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DAY # 79 LIVE AS A HEALTHY PERSON

This REALLY struck home with me:

"You're tired of salads and you're bored with grilled chicken breast. When you've been on a diet or losing weight for a while, you may be longing for a little more variety and fun in your meal plan. All you really want is to be able to eat like a "normal" person.". Unfortunately, I still find myself thinking this and telling myself this and my eating behaviors sometimes reflect that!

There has been a lot of discussion here about today's "normal" person and how obesity is reigning supreme! I love "people watching" and DH and I find ourselves commenting more and more about the number of obese people we see. Or, have you ever found yourself checking out someone else's grocery cart and thought "No wonder your overweight!". Or sometimes I think "Is this how you feed your children?!". It is indeed a sad world when it comes to being healthy.

So although I am still struggling with this I think my life has shifted just a little to the healthier side. In my mind, my goal really isn't so much about the number on the scale (although that is still there). Now what drives my thinking is the desire to overcome my emotional eating. To make it MY choice to indulge with delight instead of as a reaction to some situation.

Here is what I wrote last time and the ideas still apply today:

I WANT TO BE A HEALTHY "NORMAL"! HOW DO HEALTHY PEOPLE LIVE?

1. They stop seeing the way they eat as dieting.
2. Survive the transition from weight loss to maintenance.
3. See beauty in low-fat eating.
4. They develop & enjoy new tastes in food.
5. They indulge themselves but spend their calories wisely.
6. They learn to listen to their bodies.
7. They develop consistency in their way of eating.

A few other guidelines:

1. Know the difference between hunger & desire.
2. Hunger is not an emergency.
3. Stop eating when you notice you are full.
4. Know how much you are eating.
5. When you are emotionally stressed DO NOT turn to food!
6. Believe YOU CAN DO THIS!
7. Even most thin people have to restrict their eating and they accept these limitations.
8. This needs to be a life time habit.

One other note - I ran across an index card where I had written:

Living as a "Healthy" Person = Healthy-Fit-Active-Balanced-Strong

These are the things I believe in and what I want my NORMAL to look like!


Edited by: FUNLOVEN at: 11/24/2019 (10:19)
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Day 79 - Live as a Healthy Person

I confess - I quickly looked at Linda's summary this morning and thought, "Oh, not really a weight loss lesson. Maybe I'll skip it." Then read some of your posts here and thought, "Oh!!!! I need to get back to this when I have time to think thru it."

Gill, You are right! It may be one of the most important lessons in the book. And I completely believe that all of life's habits weave together to support or undermine the others.

A Healthy Janet is striving for:
1 - Nutrition - focus on getting plenty of fruits and veggies. Switching processed foods for unprocessed foods when possible.
2 - Exercise - Get 20 minutes of walking or indoor exercising each day.
3 - Family - Husband and I have been practicing having "Date Night" (as in not scheduling things with other people for the past few months. I like it, and it's going well.
4 - Friends - This is easy for me. I have plenty, and a variety, and I spend time with them in different ways. None of them initiate eating with poor choices with me.
5 - Spiritual - Be consistent in spending time with God daily in Scripture and in prayer.
6 - Personal - Turn off of the computer at 9:30 pm.

I watched a movie from 1936 last week. It struck me that the women in it were a good, healthy weight. None looked exceedingly thin. Our culture then was influenced by very thin women to be the standard. I was striving for that as a teenager. I think I did a lot of damage to my health with that goal, losing and gaining more than I lost, etc.

But yes, obesity has become very normal, and so has having an inactive lifestyle.

In 2015 my husband lost 35 pounds and has kept most of it off. He amazes me. Honestly, it was intimidating to me until this year, and I still ask him to not talk about what he is eating, saying he can't eat something because it has calories, etc. because it bugs the crap out of me. It has taken until this year for him to rub off on me in a good way. My food changes are lining up with where he is at.

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Day #79 Live as a Healthy Person (what I continue to strive for)

My healthy life:
1. Nutrition--eat healthy foods with just enough extras to keep it interesting!
2. Exercise-- keep active (must get creative in winter months)
3. Family--always be open to new and fun plans
4. Friends--continue to spend time with those who keep laughter and joy in my life.
(I have some awesome friends both physical and on line)!
5. Personal--have regular checkups to stay off meds (still doing well with this)!
Always keep my "ahh" spaces and look for rainbows!

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Day 79 - Live like a Healthy Person



Health and fitness via 6 criss cross support habits - sleep, nutrition, exercise, stretching, social interaction, meditation. I don't want to be thin if I am not fit, I do want it all, I want to be optimally fit and svelte in a right/sized body that is strong, flexible, and agile. That takes living like a healthy person. And well said, the average person in this day and age eats way too much and unhealthy food to boot. That is not a healthy way to live.


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Where you end up is more important than how fast or where you start out.
- Improved fitness and nutrition, energy and confidence are my rewards.
It is our choices...that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.
A PH (personal high) is the main goal, a PB is the sometime icing on the cake.
Never underestimate the inevitability of gradualness.
Sopra le nebbie delle valle e le vicende della vita sorge una promessa di luce e serenita.


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On reflection, I think this has been one of my most important days from the book. Adjusting my own self-image, so that I am not feeling like a deprived victim, but feeling proud to be living a "healthy" life - to the best of my ability.

A phrase that popped up for me when we did this Day before, and which I keep on my phone (!) is "I live as if eating healthily is easy and enjoyable"

This "as if" lesson comes up on Day 90, but it applies here. In fact, all of the lessons kind of support each other in some way.

I live as if eating healthily is easy and enjoyable
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There is some great information on this thread if you're looking for inspiration check out a few of the links.

In January 2018 I posted this on this thread

"I love that I am no longer the only person at work using plant milks, or avoiding the cookies. We only have one really overweight person on our work team - and this helps everyone stay a healthy weight. It has been shown that if you spend your time with healthy people, it's easier to stay healthy!"

I am shocked to realize that since then the work team has changed - and I am now the ONLY female at work who is no overweight (one is overweight, the other six women are all obese). The men are all a healthy weight (there are six of them) although some of them are getting 'bellies'.

Staying a healthy weight has not become any easier in the past two years - it's getting harder all the time! This is an extract from the blog by Dr Barbara Berkeley (Refuse to Regain) who talks about complacency about obesity, and how we really do have to work hard if we want results.

"....our younger generations have been born into a world where people are appreciably heavier than older Americans remember. It is interesting that we are so shocked when we look at photographs or movies from the 50s or 60s and see the size of the people. The memory of that world is fading and a new normal has taken its place. For younger people, the urgency to lose weight may be less intense simply because the world is just....bigger."


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Day 79, 100 days Live as a Healthy Person

I would like to continue to be a HEALTHY person, strong and determined, not THIN! emoticon

A healthy Donna will continue to eat to the Slimming World eating plan even returning as soon as possible if I have a 'holiday/seasonal break'. I will also continue to maintain healthy relationships and friendships, I will try to take time for myself, to try to worry less and continue to go exercise classes while I am able and try to do 10 minutes back exercises on most days. emoticon

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This was hard to do! I wrote down quite a lot of things, but will just share one from each category here.


At my healthiest and happiness:

Eating: I will limit sugar, wheat, dairy, rice, potato and enjoy a plant-based diet.

Exercise: I will enjoy riding my bicycle to venture farther afield.

Family: I will endeavour to visit one of them each year. I will use Whatsapp to keep in touch.

Friends: I will make dates to meet regularly and not let a week pass without being in touch

Finances: I will make sure I stick to my budget and have an emergency fund.

Work: I will work with gratitude for my work and give of my best.

Fun: I will say 'yes' to something every week. I use local information websites and Eventbrite.

Home: I find keeping my home clean and tidy very easy. I use Fly Lady routines.



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Day 79, 100 Days of Weight Loss, Live as a Healthy Person

A partial repeat of what I wrote 1/23/18. "Living life as a healthy person has become my lifestyle and ongoing goal. It has taken a LOT of time and thought on what does and doesn't work for me. It takes daily planning and it continues to evolve with new insights to meet life's ever changing circumstances. It is incorporating healthy habits that I have learned through reading 100 DWL, SP (5% Challenges, At Goal & Maintaining, Beck blogs/study) and books from my local library."

I did not mention last year how challenging it can be to keep at this on an ongoing basis but it is possible. Last summer I was what I call mind numbinglly tired of making good choices. There are many ways to keep going but one sure way for me is to visit here and other inspirational sights daily for all the wisdom, reminders and encouragement offered. I try to always read the links because like those offered today by Gill and Maribeth, they are insightful and thought provoking to offer new ideas or small tweaks to help keep me going.

Love your closing lines Phyllis and Babs. emoticon emoticon


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Lots to think about on this lesson.

I need to try some new recipes.
I need to push myself as far as getting more exercise time each day
I have thought of flexitarian. I'm happy not having meat EXCEPT I crave a cheeseburger often. I can do that too with veggie burgers. I do this during Lent. Maybe I should consider extending this timeframe.

Be more open with family & friends regarding my goals is another area I need to work on.

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Thanks for the early morning reading today Maribeth & Gill!

Day #79 Live as a Healthy Person
My healthy life:
1. Nutrition--eat healthy foods with just enough extras to keep it interesting!
2. Exercise-- keep active (must get creative in winter months)
3. Family--always be open to new and fun plans (planning two trips this year)
4. Friends--continue to spend time with those who keep laughter and joy in my life.
(I have some awesome friends both physical and on line)!
5. Personal--have regular checkups to stay off meds (still doing well with this)!
Always keep my "ahh" spaces and look for rainbows!


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emoticon emoticon for link u.nu/ne4x emoticon Us!
"Hard-to-Swallow Truths" goes with Linda's lesson today.
My truth: "Information overload has officially set in"

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I've had a lot of information coming my way recently which seem to be giving me the same message - I need to work a bit harder at this; take it a bit more seriously!

There was a Spark blog recently which really made me think.
www.sparkpeople.com/resource
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rticles.asp?id=2359


Then there was an email from Dr Barbara Berkeley (Refuse to Regain) who talks about complacency about obesity, and how we really do have to work hard if we want results. This took me back to her book, and her website to revise what I knew, but don't always do!
www.refusetoregain.com/2019/
01/has-wei
ght-loss-jumped-the-shark.html


Finally, I've started reading PROPERLY a new book I bought myself for Xmas: Go Lean Vegan by Christine Bailey. I've tried a couple of recipes and they're good. High protein, and excluding certain carbs (wheat & other gluten grains, potato, rice, pasta). I'm not doing the '30 day programme' but using the recipes.

I'm going to sit down with a coffee and my drawing things later and do my mind-map

A Healthy Gill!


Edited by: SWEETENUFGILL at: 1/22/2019 (04:43)
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Linda's image is sweet emoticon u.nu/e47u
Healthcare plan Find * Balance
1. Eat slowly when hungry, stop satisfied - high nutrients/low carb
2. Exercise to strengthen muscles, flexibility & energy
3. Relationships - love & forgiveness *Celebrate their strengths
4. Stick to grocery list. Food is everywhere!
~~~~When shopping for other items don't buy food.
5. Learn as I go, document what works! (separate work & home)

Metabolism boosters: water, green tea, ginger, spices, herbs, green banana fiber, leafy greens, foods rich in omega-3, vitamin D, and calcium. doctoroz.com/slideshow/mega-metaboli
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Progress with new foods : (replaces)
Protein - fatty fish, liver, eggs (dairy, egg whites, tuna, deli meat)
Natural fats - ghee, olives, coconut (butter, refined oils, processed foods)
Veg - leafy, cooked cruciferous, limit yams (starchy potatoes, nightshades)
LC fruit - avocado, berries, green bananas - limit HC apples, citrus, melons
Limit nuts & seeds for WL - 1 Brazil nut /day for selenium
emoticon Realize, tendency to buy extras. Working on behaviors to achieve healthy buying habits. Patience, eventually easier, I won't struggle with off-plan food in home, too many choices! "4 Types of Eating" u.nu/s01y
Whole olives, limit EVOO

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I have frequently thought, and maybe even said, "I will be glad when I get to my goal weight so I can eat like a "normal" person again!" Linda points out in this lesson: What exactly does "normal" look like? Do you want the "normal" of today's culture (which is obese)?

I WANT TO BE A HEALTHY "NORMAL"!

I have had a book for some years now called Thin For Life by Anne M. Fletcher, M.S., R.D.
In it she lists some facts about how "Thin" people live and their keys to success:

1. They stop seeing the way they eat as dieting.
2. Survive the transition from weight loss to maintenance.
3. See beauty in low-fat eating.
4. They develop & enjoy new tastes in food.
5. They indulge themselves but spend their calories wisely.
6. They learn to listen to their bodies.
7. They develop consistency in their way of eating.

A few other guidelines (I think from the Beck Team) to what I call Think Thin:

1. Know the difference between hunger & desire.
2. Hunger is not an emergency.
3. Stop eating when you notice you are full.
4. Know how much you are eating.
5. When you are emotionally stressed DO NOT turn to food!
6. Believe YOU CAN DO THIS!
7. Even most thin people have to restrict their eating and they accept these limitations.
8. This needs to be a life time habit.

One other note - I ran across an index card where I had written:

Living as a "Healthy" Person = Healthy-Fit-Active-Balanced-Strong

These are the things I believe in and what I want my NORMAL to look like!


Sue

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To live as a healthy person, I...
..track my food to ensure I get a good mix of nutrients
..eat when I’m hungry
..stop eating when I’m satisfied
..minimize sugar, flour and processed food
..stay active
..keep my attitude positive
..be grateful for life and the years I’ve had.



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I live with a healthy hubby. Some of his habits have ruined off on me. When I get with my BFF ... we can party hearty.

I can live as a healthy person ... I know I can. The better I follow my own path ... the easier it gets.

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Healthy Person... I want to live as a healthy person. Definitely. For me that's following the eating plan of the Mediterranean Diet. It tastes good. It's healthy. I have more energy. So much like the SW Diet.

Get outdoors more. Be more active. And be aware of ME. Focus on ME. It's OK. That doesn't mean never think of someone else or put someone else first. But I have a tendency to leave myself out. That is not healthy.

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Day 79, 100 days Live as a Healthy Person

My ideas are very similar to last time, I remain wanting to be a healthy person, strong and determined NOT THIN!

This Determined Healthy Donna will eat to the SW Plan, returning to it after a 'Holiday Pause', will continue to maintain healthy friendships and relationships, will try to take time for herself, to try to worry less and continue to go to Aquaerobics classes and have a walk on other days to stay healthy, strong and determined in mind and body.

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Gill I certainly agree with you, spending time with healthy people puts me in the right mindset. So true! The oposite can be true too. emoticon When that happens I need to remember all the positive lessons I have learned here.

Mindful.....let me know what happens with your vet visit, sending positive healing vibes to your fur baby......my dogs are my world ......I know how you feel.

May we all have a healthy, happy day! emoticon

One day at a time!


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Living as a healthy person:

Positive mind set. Focus on the positive. When I follow this idea my mind is in a better place.

This chapter is all about my current plan. I am following WW to be healthier.

I remind myself of that every time the scale does not change or goes up.
I think of that every time my mind requests high sugar or fat foods.
I remind myself of this every time I do not feel like exercising.
I remind myself of this every time my kids are watching what I do and eat. I see they are eating a little healthier when I am eating healthier.
I remind myself of this when I am stressed or not feeling great (like today)

Really bad sore throat. My dog is having x-rays Friday. I hope it is something we can help him with. He is only 8.

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Day 79, 100 days Live as a Healthy Person

I would like to be a healthy person, strong and determined NOT THIN!

A Healthy Donna will eat to the SW Plan, returning to it after a 'Holiday Pause', will continue to maintain healthy friendships and relationships, will try to take time for herself, to try to worry less and get my money's worth from my leisure centre membership.

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Over the years I have developed lots and lots of habits which support my health. Someone said to me the other day "have you always been skinny?" (she is large) - In my opinion, I've never been 'skinny'. I said "well, I've always been a healthy weight".

And one of the things that helps me keep on caring about being a healthy person is a kind of mantra I've heard myself use when people challenge me about my choices: "It matters to me!"

Yes, I want to be a healthy weight, I want to be able to walk and run and carry things. I want to able to reach up and bend down. I want to keep myself away from the doctor as much as possible. In other words, I think of it as 'looking after myself'

I love that I am no longer the only person at work using plant milks, or avoiding the cookies. We only have one really overweight person on our work team - and this helps everyone stay a healthy weight. It has been shown that if you spend your time with healthy people, it's easier to stay healthy!

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Loved reading your posts!

A healthy me eats and lives mindfully!
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This is pinned up by the fridge....
"A healthy me...
Keeps her hydration levels up.
Eats intelligently.
Eats at regular intervals.
Eats multicoloured freggies.
Sticks to her recommended eating plan. "

This is pinned up on my memo board...
"A healthy me...
Has less stress on her hips and knees and can therefore
work towards a balanced, pain-free exercise schedule.
Practises Calm and no longer stresses unduly over small stuff.

A healthy me appreciates the body and mind given to me and treats them both with respect. "








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A healthy me goes beyond my eating plan and exercise. They are extremely important but my frame of mind, my focus, my commitment, my desire to make changes and be healthy and happy are also what helps me Live as a Healthy Person.

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Day 79, 100 Days of Weight Loss, Live as a Healthy Person

Living life as a healthy person has become my lifestyle and ongoing goal. It has taken a LOT of time and thought on what does and doesn't work for me. It takes daily planning and it continues to evolve with new insights to meet life's ever changing circumstances. It is incorporating healthy habits that I have learned through reading 100 DWL, SP (5% Challenges, AG & M Beck blogs/study) and books from my local library.

It feels so empowering to be able to watch the barrage of dieting ads this time of the year and refuse to feel that twinge of inadequatecy that they used to generate in me and to be able to remain positive and to tell myself, " You do NOT need them or their plan. You are more than enough and you KNOW what works for you, KEEP doing it."

A recent change to my daily goals of a balanced and healthy life are my 3 tiers of steps goal: okay 7K, good 8K and awesome 10K. I try to make "awesome" but still feel positive and okay about the days where life gets in the way. Other goals remain unchanged: time with God, family, friends, eating as healthy as I can and getting daily exercise, setting new goals and making time for fun.






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Day #79 Live as a Healthy Person
My healthy life:
1. Nutrition--eat healthy foods with just enough extras to keep it interesting!
2. Exercise-- keep active (must get creative in winter months)
3. Family--always be open to new and fun plans (planning two trips this year)
4. Friends--continue to spend time with those who keep laughter and joy in my life.
(I have some awesome friends both physical and on line)!
5. Personal--have regular checkups to stay off meds (still doing well with this)!
Always keep my "ahh" spaces and look for rainbows!

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A healthy me eats nutritious foods and stays in a good calorie range, drinks plenty of water, is active, organized, creative, loving and giving. A healthy me values myself and others and counts my blessings every day.

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A healthy me has strength, stamina and flexibility.

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A healthy me...

Keeps her hydration levels up.
Eats intelligently.
Eats at regular intervals.
Eats multicoloured freggies.
Sticks to her recommended eating plan.

Has less stress on her hips and knees and can therefore...
Work towards a balanced, pain-free exercise schedule.

Practises Calm and no longer stresses unduly over small stuff.

A healthy me appreciates the body and mind given to me and treats them both with respect.





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It was good for me to read your post, Chris. I kind of 'skipped' doing this lesson really............ if I take the time to look at those headings that Linda suggests, I am not as 'healthy' as I'd like to be in all of those areas.

However, this time round - I'm just moving on. Maybe next time I'll spend some time looking more closely at this one.

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Day 79, 100 days Live as a Healthy Person

eating, --I am eating healthy foods but still too much and way too often! Still working on this.

exercise,--Not bad, even with bum knees, I love to do exercises in the pool. I have done this for years. It took me awhile after making the house move to get this re-established. But now I am going to the Y pool twice a week for 1 hour exercise classes .

relationships --doing well with my new friends here at our new(one year ago) home and doing well meeting 2 people I grew up with. We are enjoying reconnecting after 40 some years.

family, Not seeing as much of my family as I'd like. I am caregiver for my husband. It would be nice if the family came to us a little more often. I am working on this. They have been here a little and I have made some trips to their homes through this past year. Still trying to make stronger ties. Also the best part is getting our daughter "back." For years we did not see her. She now lives about 2 to 3 hours away and she is definitely getting healthier. She has become a help to us. For the past maybe 3 years we have taken her in and worked on all her issues. It was not easy but I think the worst is behind us. I am very grateful!

work--retired but have lots of work related to running our "household" and caring for hubby, 11 years now. Time flies, sort of. emoticon

fun. --Well, I am working on this. Writing to friends on sparkpeople is my main fun. Honest! But the place we are living runs little local trips. I have gone on some of them. I also just joined a writing group here. The average age is 84 here. We are 70. I kinda wish there were more people our age. but all the people I have met are wonderful.

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I can't add anything to what I posted last time - which is not very long ago!

I do think I AM living as a healthy person. My scale does help me to carry on living as a healthy person, by reflecting back to me how my choices affect my body weight.



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Inspiring posts! Gill your image is right on target for living as a healthy person.

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This lesson must have really resonated with me previously because I "dog marked" the page.

BTW - Gill I have seen that THINK saying before and really like it. So thanks for posting. You and Phyllis are both inspirational examples of conquering that "Inner Critic"!

So what does living as a "healthy" person mean to me. I don't think I have ever actually thought of defining it! I did, however, relate to Spangler's statement "You're tired of salads and you're bored with grilled chicken breast. You've been on a diet for a while and you may be longing for a little more variety and fun in your plan". This is something that repeated resonates with me and it is something that I feel I really need to work at getting a "handle on it" if I want to succeed. It also shows me that having balance in my life is important. I am not and will never be a "die hard dieter". I have always proclaimed that slow & steady will win the race.

With that all being said. I had an emotional event yesterday and turned to food for comfort. So today I will probably spend a lot of thought on coming to terms with that behavior. On a positive note - I have been successful for 13 days in a row! So I know I can bounce back from this.

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Day #79 Live as a Healthy Person
My healthy life:
1. Nutrition--eat healthy foods with just enough extras to keep it interesting!
2. Exercise-- keep active (walks with fellow Sparker Tina are a joy added to my life)!
3. Family--always be open to new and fun plans (today I'm flying to Florida on a "sister's trip to visit the sister there)! 4 sisters on a plane, that's a rainbow moment!
4. Friends--continue to spend time with those who keep laughter and joy in my life.
(I have some awesome friends both physical and on line)!
5. Personal--have regular checkups to stay off meds (still doing well with this)!
Always keep my "ahh" spaces and look for rainbows!


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Day 79, Live as a Healthy Person

I echo Gill's list and I want to say that one of the most important things on the list is "by staying curious". All of the other things are important also but having curiosity is part of a desire to learn. Learning is a necessary part of daily life and I need to feel like I'm always learning. I've learned a great deal about the other things on the list here on SparkPeople. I also learn from the people in my life, from reading, from trying new things, etc. On this trip through the book I added a daily strength exercise component and I have learned a lot about exercise and the determination it takes to really try to make it a habit.

If we don't continue to learn, we stagnate! Keep learning!

exercise Day 79 was squats and lunges and my favorite SparkPeople 5-minute upper body video

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I live as a healthy person by being aware of what choices I am making.

- what, when and how much to eat
- what, when and how much food I buy
- what, when and how much I exercise
- how much I sleep
- by staying curious

And other people do not always react well to my being a healthy person, so actually, I've got better at not letting what other people say or do put me off!




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On most days this is how I live my life and re-reading these lessons keeps me headed in the right direction! Thank you Gil for keeping this going.

Day #79 Live as a Healthy Person
My healthy life:
1. Nutrition--eat healthy foods for fuel
2. Exercise-- keep as active as possible
3. Family--always be open to new and fun plans (spa weekend coming up)!
4. Friends--continue to spend time with those who keep laughter and joy in my life
5. Personal--have regular checkups to stay off meds (appointment tomorrow for this year's results)
Always keep my "ahh" spaces and look for rainbows!

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Day 79: Live as a "healthy" person
You're tired of salads and you're bored with grilled chicken breast. When you've been on a diet for a while, you may start longing for a little more variety and fun in your plan. All you really want is to be able to eat like a "normal" person.
But in reality, this may not quite be what you had in mind. Stop and think about it. Most of the "normal" people in our society eat way too much, make poor food choices, and don't care. Is that what you're striving for?
Think healthy instead of thin
When you talk about your weight-loss efforts, start changing your words to match your lifestyle goals. Maybe you always tell yourself that you want to be thin or skinny. Rather than using these vague, weight-related words, describe your goal as part of a long-term plan that includes other aspects of life. Instead of aiming to be thin, consider using words such as healthy, fit, active, balanced, or strong.
In fact, start creating a new image of how you will live as a "healthy" person. What does a healthy person do each day? What type of eating and exercise programs do healthy people follow? And what attitudes do these people have toward food, eating, exercise, and coping with life?
This new wording may change how you think about a lot of things. For instance, over the long run, a fit or strong person will probably sustain a much healthier lifestyle than a thin person. The difference is that now, these are lifetime goals, not just ones related to staying on a diet plan.
Encourage children to be healthy
You can also teach children to use these new labels. Instead of setting goals around losing weight or getting thin, you can encourage children to improve their levels of health, fitness, strength, or other physical and emotional qualities.
When you discuss eating plans with your kids, avoid using words such as dieting or weight loss. Instead refer to healthy food plans, better nutrition, and being physically fit. If you talk about their weight, use words such as healthy or active. For example, say, "We want to eat in ways that will make us healthier." Or you might say "Let's take a walk to improve how fit and strong we are."
In the center of a page in your notebook, draw a stick figure or other image of yourself. Beneath the picture, write the words "A Healthy _______" and fill in your first name.
Draw lines outward from the picture, and then label each one with an area of your life such as eating, exercise, relationships or family, work and fun.
Describe how you will work on each of these areas as a healthy person, not as a thin or skinny one.
A HEALTHY Leslie Knudson
is choosing to journal food bite write it
is choosing to track exchanges
is choosing to being accountable to my mentor
is choosing to increasing water intake
is choosing to create a exercise routine and following it
is choosing to get more movement less sitting
is choosing to be honest with self and others
is choosing to cook more meals for week and do prep work for lunches

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Day 79: Live as a “healthy” person

Thinking healthy instead of thin. I would love to lose about 20 more pounds but right now my goal is to eat healthy and hope weight loss goes with it.

When presented with an exercise or food choice I choose to remind myself: “What choice is best for a healthy person?”

We all encourage each other in our family. We share positive self-talk with our kids and they share it with us. Yes they have some snacks, but have healthy fit bodies.

I have to stop eating their snacks. I also need to ease off the cereal. Even though it is not sugar cereal I eat more than a healthy person does.

I am healthy when I:

Choose healthy fuel
Drink enough water.
Choose to exercise daily (even if it is 5 minutes)
Choose to always be honest with myself
Choose to always be honest with my family
Choose to do my best at work.
Meditate for at least 2 minutes a day.
Write my foods in my honesty book.

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Day 79 - Live as a Healthy Person

I have enjoyed reading everyone's lists. I also liked 100 DWL pointing out what "Normal" has become for most people. I most certainly choose Healthy over Normal.

One thing I know I need to do to stay healthy emotionally is find ways to expand my world within the limits of caring for others. While no one in my life needs a full time caregiver my husband, mother-in-law and daughter all currently need extra help due to health issues. This is one of the goals I will be setting for the New Year.

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I really liked reading everyone else's healthy goals. It gives me some inspiration on how to frame mine. One thing that popped into my head as I was reading Leslie's was how she has made friends more important. I am guilty (and I am not proud to admit this either) that I have been task and things-oriented for way too long. I got into a mindset of paying bills to the point where I wouldn't 'allow' myself to have any fun. So, in 2017 in order to make myself more 'fun' person (LOL) I am going to do more people-oriented activities and not be so miserly and frugal with my money. That will make me more well rounded.

Like Chele, I really need to reframe my thinking about weight loss. I have realized this for the past six months but I will admit that I really didn't know how to put it in an outline form that I could act on so when I get done here that is what I am going to do. The main thing is to quit focusing solely on numbers on the scale. Yes, they are one marker of progress but I have so often acquainted thin with being healthy. Here is a quote that I have on my computer monitor that I am trying to internalize.

"Your weight does not determine your health. Enjoy your body at any size and take good care of it."

Again, this hails back to when I used to believe I could 'start living' once I was a specific size. Well, baring any natural disasters or being hit by a bus, if I am postponing living my life to the fullest now then I am just setting myself up to be miserable. NOW is really all we can be certain of.

So, although I am not entirely ignoring the scales and what it says I also need to realize that a body at my present size still needs to be treated lovingly, respectfully and healthily. That means to me to establish and promote healthy habits that will make me feel 'alive' every day regardless of what my clothing size or number on the scales is. I owe this to myself. That is the Healthy Pam of 2017.






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January 1st, 2018: 231.6 lbs.
Total Wt. Loss in 2017: 33.8 lbs.

2018 Wt. Loss Goal: lose 52 lbs.
End of Year 2018 Wt. Loss Goal: 188.2 lbs.

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Day 79: Live as a “healthy” person

Thinking healthy instead of thin. (Boy do I need (choose to do) this. I have been eating poorly the past few days. The scale is up too.)

I started using this way of thinking when I started walking down the weight loss road. I make healthy choices (most of the time) and follow my plan as a forever life style, not as a diet. I reviewed diet plans and decided I wanted something I could do forever. That is why I chose “No S”.

When presented with an exercise or food choice I often think “What choice is best for a healthy person?”
We all encourage each other in our family. We share positive self-talk with our kids and they share it with us. Yes they have some snacks, but have healthy fit bodies.

A Healthy Chele:

Choosing healthy fuel
Choosing to exercise daily
Choosing to always be honest with myself
Choosing to always be honest with my family
Choosing to do my best at work, but not bring work home with me (well except the video I need to finish for the 9th.)
Choosing to use my emotional safety place when I feel overwhelmed


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I don’t want to be NORMAL … I want to be healthy, strong and full of life.

1. Nutrition- Keep Journaling to track my exchanges and where I am in evening.
2. Exercise--wear my pedometer and make sure to get active steps daily. Plus work at getting to gym 1-2 or more times a week. a goal of mine for new year. move, move, move the rest of the time
3. Family--always be open to "family fun" plans get planning a sister day.
4. Friends--get in touch with friends and make some play dates
5. Personal-- Keep in tune where I need to be for a Healthy me.
6. Spiritual - Start with reading bible in new year and be more Christian.

I like these too.
1. Eating mindfully when hungry, stopping when satisfied--
2. Exercise to strengthen muscles and improve flexibility
3. Relationships--- Love, Patience & Forgiveness ***Celebrate their strengths
4. Fun more often
Eat what I want ... starting with veggies and foods for fuel first ... plan, plan, plan

Here is what I wrote last time and they still hold true. I will be a successful healthy KOPS
still learning the maintaining part of it. I still am in the losing mode. just as I am in the have to be home mode when caring for dad. He been gone three years now. a very hard habit to break.
working on replacing old bad habits with new healthy habits.


"This fits in right with TOPS- A lifestyle change- It is not a diet.
To be healthy, fit, active, balanced and strong I need to to do.

Eating- Follow the Exchange plan- and keep journaling my food. Will I be perfect? No not all the time. But I will follow it as best as able as life does happen holidays come and go. But to follow my plan 80 to 100 percent of the time is goal. Each day is a new challenge to complete all the exchanges. for the most part I am getting them all in. some days I fall short or I am over.

Relationships(Friendships) I am single and I don't have a special person in my life. So my friendships are important to me. I will keep in contact with me. Most my friends don't live near me. Who knows I may make new friends the future is unknown to us.

Family- Mom and I do lots together. I would like to do things with sisters maybe in the future. I do love them dearly. Cousins I have many but rarely see them.

Exercise- I am working on this but I plan to get extra exercise in weekly in addition to my work as I get lots of steps in at work.

Work - I am content at work for now. I never know what the future brings but for now I am happy there. it is close and they are very good to me. TOPS is great as I am an area captain something I never thought I would do speak in groups. I am doing it and loving it. It truly is a lifesaver

Fun - Right now I don't have a lot of fun. It may be due to friends living far away. But I enjoy going to chapter visits and TOPS events like SRD and IRD. Retreats are awesome. I love to travel and hope to go on another cruise maybe even a non-TOPS cruise. One place I would love to go is Europe. "





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Day #79 Live as a Healthy Person
My healthy life:
1. Nutrition--eat healthy foods for fuel, follow NoS.
2. Exercise-- keep active, stand instead of sit.
3. Family--always be open to new and fun plans.
4. Friends--continue to spend time with those who keep laughter and joy in my life.
5. Personal--have regular checkups to stay off meds.
Always keep my "ahh" spaces and look for rainbows! emoticon

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A HEALTHY Susan

Has ENERGY for all of her daily tasks. She gets this by eating primarily for FUEL for her body and very little FILLER.

Has STRENGTH to enjoy outdoor activities including hiking and nature walks.

Maintains HEALTH through annual well woman exams, mammograms and annual physicals.

Has STAMINA to meet the demands in her day which is accomplished through taking the supplements recommended by her Doctor along with eating a healthy diet including at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily and drinks at least 8 cups of water per day.

Has PEACE OF MIND attained via prayerful reflections on the areas of her life that need focus.

Has a SENSE of HUMOR and remembers to not allow perfectionist thinking derail her motivation.

Has FUN and ENJOYS her favorite hobbies including crochet, meme making, sewing, improv, comedy clubs, cooking with her love, antiquing and estate sales.

Has made FRIENDS WITH THE SCALE and uses it as a daily tool to observe fluctuations and catch and pauses before they turn into lapses.

Will MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT while ENJOYING LIFE, for the rest of her life.



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Irony. I read and pondered the lesson, but have gotten behind because I've been sick! LOL.

Again, this is such an important lesson. Contrary to every previous weight reduction attempt or success, my mindset now is NOT "looking forward" to "what I can eat" once I've "gotten to goal."



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This is a journey. But it is a journey without end. There is only working toward progress never I have arrived at perfection. My major goal is to constantly be changing so that my progress is continually improving.

goal is to be able to walk again
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This is a 'journey not a destination'. I am trying to enjoy the ride and the scenery along the way.



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I was surprised to see an entry here from me in March! I apparently opened the book at random and commented, or picked that topic from the contents page. At any rate, I still agree with myself!

"Something I read from someone else came to mind, that is eat while losing weight the way you will eat at maintenance, that is eat healthy fuel food you love in quantities that satisfy both you and your body. Contrary to numerous previous experiences of losing, then eating the things and quantities I'd deprived myself of, thus gaining some or all of the weight back, I'm using this approach this time. My weight loss is slow, but I love what I'm eating and work in all kinds of foods I like in small tasty portions. I find my tastes changing toward the healthier foods as well. I'm healthy and expect to follow this very sustainable food plan for the rest of my life."
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I agree - I do not want to be NORMAL ... not with what is becoming the "Normal" for our country ... epidemic lifestyle diseases, going broke with medical costs while being on umpteem medications that are not curing anything ... only masking 'symptoms'. THAT is a 'norm' category I don't ever want to fit in. And, I've pushed myself way too close to that edge.

Today I liked Linda addressing having a healthy lifestyle lieu of sheer thinking in terms of calories in/calories out/pounds lost...getting thinner or skinny. I also like she wrote about being - and setting - good examples for children. Children these days have a battle ahead far harder than we did growing up. Advertising, product promotion (and sheer availability), peer pressure, etc. ... much more intense these days.

So it's very important to be the example of healthy lifestyle choices and try to balance what children are seeing - and hearing - today in the media and with their peers. I can see how 'talking' about it - choosing words wisely - could make it more appealing to children. It's an important subject - their HEALTH - and should be talked about. And this can apply to any of us that have interactions with children ... even those of us who do not have children ... but are around them.

A Healthy DJ:

1) Takes care of her 'inner' health first ... spiritual life.

2) Educates herself ... does not accept blindly what anyone 'recommends' ... including the health community and/or the FDA.

3) Considers making changes if health conditions or weight loss are not improving in reasonable amount of time. Changes based on study, research and documentation of evidence ...nothing crazy anymore - ha! Preferably result experience over decades ... not something 'new' and 'improved' - ha! Not the latest 'fad' in other words.

3) Considers new ways to exercise ... due to changes in ability/flexibility in regards to personal aging and/or health conditions but also looks into new research. Some studies are finding that what was once thought to be good ways of exercising may not actually be true. What was 'good' in the past may have since then been proven to be more harmful than doing actual good but the exercise 'form' is still so 'popular' it's widely accepted as the right thing to do. Information is power ... and healthy!

4) Develops and 'tends to/cares for' healthy relationships ... with family, friends, online friends, community, etc. but sets boundaries when necessary and/or appropriate.

5) Has strength of character, integrity, is true to herself ... and others.


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Whole-foods, Plant-based, No Sugar/Flour/Snacks, Moderate Exercise, Spiritually Focused/Supported - that's the plan!

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Linda wrote … Most “normal” people in our society eat way too much, make poor food choices, and don’t care. Is that what you are striving for????

I don’t want to be NORMAL … I want to be healthy, strong and full of life. Whatever we do to lose the weight … we will need to do with some enhancements to keep it off FOREVER.

I stole this from OOLALA53 … Get to the next meal hungry.

Eat when I am physically hungry.
Stay in the moment while eating.
Stop when I am physically full.
Eat what I want ... starting with veggies and foods for fuel first ... plan, plan, plan.
Exercise 5 times a week ... and move, move, move the rest of the time.

I use to say I wanted to be skinny … now I want to be fierce.

Change your mind and the rest will follow.


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Day 79: Live as a “healthy” person

Thinking healthy instead of thin.

I started using this way of thinking when I started walking down the weight loss road. I make healthy choices (most of the time) and follow my plan as a forever life style, not as a diet. I reviewed diet plans and decided I wanted something I could do forever. That is why I chose “No S”.

When presented with an exercise or food choice I often think “What choice is best for a healthy person?”
We all encourage each other in our family. We share positive self-talk with our kids and they share it with us. Yes they have some snacks, but have healthy fit bodies.


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A Healthy Chele:

Choosing healthy fuel and follow the No S plan
Choosing to exercise daily (at least 10 minutes but shoot for more)
Choosing to always be honest with myself (not sneaking food)
Choosing to always be honest with my family (let them know when I need more support)
Choosing to do my best at work, but not bring work home with me
Choosing to use my emotional safety place when I feel overwhelmed


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Day #79 Live as a Healthy Person
The life of healthy Phyllis:
1. Nutrition--eat only when hungry and stop when full.
2. Exercise-- keep active, walk instead of sit.
3. Family--always be open to plans especially those not involving food.
4. Friends--continue to meet with those who keep laughter and joy in my life.
5. Personal--have regular checkups so I can continue to stay off medications.
Always keep my "ahh" spaces for mind and spirit!

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Day 79, 100 days Live as a Healthy Person


A Healthy Leslie(ME)

This is a vitual picture of me at my goal weight.

This fits in right with TOPS- A lifestyle change- It is not a diet.
To be healthy, fit, active, balanced and strong I need to to do.

Eating- Follow the Exchange plan- and keep journaling my food. Will I be perfect? No not all the time. But I will follow it as best as able as life does happen holidays come and go. But to follow my plan 80 to 100 percent of the time is goal. Each day is a new challenge to complete all the exchanges. for the most part I am getting them all in. some days I fall short or I am over.

Relationships(Friendships) I am single and I don't have a special person in my life. So my friendships are important to me. I will keep in contact with me. Most my friends don't live near me. Who knows I may make new friends the future is unknown to us.

Family- Mom and I do lots together. I would like to do things with sisters maybe in the future. I do love them dearly. Cousins I have many but rarely see them.

Exercise- I am working on this but I plan to get extra exercise in weekly in addition to my work as I get lots of steps in at work.

Work - I am content at work for now. I never know what the future brings but for now I am happy there. it is close and they are very good to me. TOPS is great as I am an area captain something I never thought I would do speak in groups. I am doing it and loving it. It truly is a lifesaver

Fun - Right now I don't have a lot of fun. It may be due to friends living far away. But I enjoy going to chapter visits and TOPS events like SRD and IRD. Retreats are awesome. I love to travel and hope to go on another cruise maybe even a non-TOPS cruise. One place I would love to go is Europe.




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I've never wanted to be "thin" or "skinny" - my body image "idols" are athletes, not models. So I do want to look good (which I think is a lifelong goal like good health), but it's not so much the size of my hips as the jiggle that I judge when deciding if I'm happy with the woman I see in the mirror or if I'm comfortable wearing a bikini in public. My boyfriend's son introduces me to his friends with "she's really strong" and that feels to me like the best compliment.
I'll take this body over this body any day.

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Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!
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I started the approach of a moderate lifestyle six years ago. Been through downs and ups and all in between but weight loss for its own sake was never the goal.

I maintained (with a blip up for several months right up until recently) for three years. Then, got a new wind and made even more changes to support a new facet in my health spectrum, that of mental acuity, or anti-dementia. I weigh only seasonally but discovered this morning that with the new focus, I've dropped below my previous maintenance weight. Weighed for a week and averaged, so I think it's not temporary. I think it's not a honeymoon, but who knows. Having this orientation has made a difference. Instead of debating whether eating something is delicious enough to make up for feeling too full or less peppy, which used to be my guideline, I now realize I can't have what I'm striving for long term if I fudge this and that. Most of the dickering has stopped. I will still never judge my worth by any habit, good or bad.

I also over time have kind of adopted the fantasy that I come from a combination of the Blue Zones, places where it has been rather typical for people to live long and without the degenerative diseases of developed societies. I think of myself as someone who got transplanted but really wants to hang on to the habits of my homeland (unlike many slim immigrants to the US who adopt our habits and gain weight and health problems!) I choose most of my food from their routine foods- very low beef intake, chicken or fish just a few times a week, lots of grains and veggies, probably more salads than they eat. I even ADDED a glass of red wine a day. I don't love wine, so this has actually been a tiny sacrifice. I'll do this rather rigorously for the spring and then reflect on whether I want to adjust.



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Love this! Something I read from someone else came to mind, that is eat while losing weight the way you will eat at maintenance, that is eat healthy fuel food you love in quantities that satisfy both you and your body. Contrary to numerous previous experiences of losing, then eating the things and quantities I'd deprived myself of, thus gaining some or all of the weight back, I'm using this approach this time. My weight loss is slow, but I love what I'm eating and work in all kinds of foods I like in small tasty portions. I find my tastes changing toward the healthier foods as well. I'm healthy and expect to follow this very sustainable food plan for the rest of my life.



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I am becoming a healthy person.

Eat when I am physically hungry.
Stop when I am full.
Eat what I want ... starting with veggies first ... plan, plan, plan.
Exercise 5 times a week ... and move, move, move the rest of the time.

Food is fuel ... not my life.

Change your mind and the rest will follow.

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I love this lesson! As a healthy person I see myself walking more, eating more fruits and veggies and not being a junk food pusher to my Grandkids. I used to think to show love to them I was suppose to serve them cake and cookies with chocolate milk every time I see them. They love going to the park and playing too.

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emoticon excellent 'life plan' Phyllis! (love the white water rafting image!)

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Day #79 Live as a Healthy Person
The life of healthy Phyllis:
1. Nutrition--keep using the Spark tracker to know how I'm doing on my balanced, low-sodium food plan.
2. Exercise--wear my pedometer and make sure to get active steps daily.
3. Family--always be open to "family fun" plans even when it seems too much
(white water rafting comes to mind)!
4. Friends--continue my weekly get-together with "the girls" who always keep laughter and joy in my life.
5. Personal--make sure to have my "numbers" checked regularly so I can stay off medications.
Always keep my "ahh" spaces for mind and spirit!


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Yes, Maria, emoticon I love them too! We've got a great thing going here! emoticon

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WOW!! emoticon illustrations and responses everyone. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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My past mistakes do not dictate my future. At any given moment I have the ability to improve and choose a new path for myself. Today I choose to follow my plan and live a healthy lifestyle.


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A Healthy Dot

Food - eats a healthy diet

Exercise - exercises every day, I am worth it.

Fun - make time for me to have fun and stop with planning my days around others. I matter too!

Family - while I love my family, they do not rule my world, it is time I stop being the always giver and they stop always taking




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A HEALTHY CAT

Eating, exercise, relationships, family, work, and fun.....all taken ONE DAY AT A TIME!


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Day 79 – Live as a “healthy” person

A Healthy Karen

Eating - I will eat a balanced healthy diet and allow myself occasional treats. When I have a treat, I will plan around it with lighter meals or extra exercise.

Exercise - I promise myself to exercise every day in some fashion and to do my weight training several times a week; this is critical for my body's health and I am worth it.

Family - I will make time for family because love and family are high priorities.

Work - I will do my best at work and always pursue excellence.

Fun - I will be sure to plan fun activities into my days and weeks because all work and no play makes Karen an unhappy girl! :)



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19th October 2015

Day 79 – Live as a “healthy” person

Note: If you find your way to the beginning of this thread, which was started in 2011, you'll find inspiration from posts made about this activity.

Here are today's suggested activities:

1. In the center of a page in your notebook, draw a stick figure or other image of yourself. Beneath the picture, write the words “A Healthy ….............................” and fill in you first name.

2. Draw lines outward from the picture, and then label each one with an area of your life, such as eating, exercise, relationships or family, work, and fun.

3. Describe how you will work on each of these areas as a healthy person, not as a thin or skinny one.


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A healthy me...

Keeps her hydration levels up.
Eats intelligently.
Eats at regular intervals.
Eats multicoloured freggies.
Sticks to her recommended eating plan.

Has less stress on her knees and can therefore...
Have a balanced, pain-free exercise schedule.

A healthy me appreciates the body and mind given to me and treats them both with respect.

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Day 79 - Live as a healthy person

Have energy to move through the entire day.
Choose healthy foods and feel satisfied and content.
Drink 10+ glasses of water daily.
Sleep well every night.
Move daily.
Think and feel positive.

To be continued ...

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I want to be healthy by keeping within my caloric range until I lose all I need to lose and then to maintain.

Healthy - free to be away from most medicines, free to wear what I would really love to wear, free to have self-esteem about my outward presentation.

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A HEALTHY Martha will

1. log in her food every day and stay w/i her calorie range
2. exercise at least 30 minutes a day 7 days and strength train at least 10 mins a day for 3 days
3. drink at least 8 glasses of water
4. limit sodium and fat by cooking her meals most of the time
5. read her meditation books


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Day 79

I really noticed what Linda wrote about 'Most of the "normal" people in our society eat way too much..........' so true! I walked past the restaurants down on the Wharf last night and saw the big platefuls of food people were eating - and thought 'I couldn't eat that much!'

I guess I don't want to be "normal" at all! I just like the idea of being able to eat like that sometimes!

I want to be part of the 'healthy community' who DO care about what they eat and how they exercise!

I haven't done today's suggested activity yet - and will add to this post later.
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A HEALTHY Susan

Has ENERGY for all of her daily tasks. She gets this by eating primarily for FUEL for her body and very little FILLER.

Has STRENGTH to handle the lifting and pushing of wheelchairs. She maintains this by following a regular exercise program including cardio and weightlifting exercises.

Maintains HEALTH through annual well woman exams, mammograms and annual physicals.

Has STAMINA to meet the demands in her day which is accomplished through taking the supplements recommended by her Doctor along with eating a healthy diet including at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily and drinks at least 8 cups of water per day.

Has PEACE OF MIND attained via regular meditations and Bible Study, prayerful reflections on the areas of her life that need focus.

Has a SENSE of HUMOR and remembers to not allow perfectionist thinking derail her motivation.

Has FUN and ENJOYS her favorite hobbies including crochet, meme making, logic problems, and gardening.

Has made FRIENDS WITH THE SCALE and uses it as a daily tool to observe fluctuations and catch and pauses before they turn into lapses.

Will MAINTAIN A HEALTHY WEIGHT via all of the above, for the rest of her life.


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Wonder if everyone in life struggles with an "addiction" of some kind.

"Normal" eaters never cease to amaze me. I so long for that.

I am a finisher!

WHATEVER IT TAKES!

I am not where I need to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be. - Joyce Myers

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I know 2 people in my life who have no real interest in food so to speak, they just eat when they are really really hungry, but .....one is a drinker, drinks way to much as far as I am concerned and the second uses drugs, not sure what my point is but years ago I went to a diet club sort of thing and the leader of the group told us that having a hearty appetite is a healthy thing and something we needed to work on....also being hungry was a healthy thing too....we had to find the balance that worked for us....getting in a healthy weight range was when we knew we were eating normally.....guess we have to find what is normal or healthy for us as we are all different

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I agree, and think this is a good exercise to do periodically. I think our definition of normal/healthy has to be tempered by realistic for us personally, and what we are willing to do/try...

There were 2 people, in particular, in my life who were the typical "normal" eaters I hear described as normal by various "diet plan" authors, doctors, etc... I am soooo far away from being able to eat that way, that I can hardly fathom eating that way and I know they are frustrated and can't fathom why I struggle with overeating...

I like to think that I am moving along a range from harmful eating patterns to eating patterns that help/nourish me... and as I live, learn & improve, I move towards normal. I think this exercise for today is a good assessment/touchstone tool for defining what would be useful/doable for me, especially willingness for next steps :)

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good luck Warm, you are moving forward

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This is good stuff!

Outwardly, I have said from the start that weight loss is not my goal, being healthy is. But, then why do I get so frustrated when the scale doesn't move. I wanted to lose 20 pounds over the last 5 months and I've lost 4 - count 'em - 4!

I can do so much more than I did 50 pounds ago: I can garden, I can fit comfortably in the dentist's chair, my tummy doesn't touch the steering wheel in the car anymore, I can walk for miles, I can get into smaller clothes, I have more energy, I don't get as many headaches anymore (not sure how that's even connected, but true), my back feel better - and the list goes on. So many things that I've gained with a healthier lifestyle. Then why do I get so upset. I think I need to do this project. I haven't really completed a lot of the assignments due to time constraint, and I'm behind as it is. One a day is just nearly too much for me to take in, so I'm just dwelling on my "takeaways." This is one of them, and I hope to do this.

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I don't mind the word "normal" here. I am healthy, was a good weight until almost 30 years old so "normal" means getting back to not having to concentrate so much on the individual pieces. I just didn't stay aware of how life was changing me; I'm not 26 anymore? emoticon

I think I want to be "appropriate" for my current location in life, quit forgetting or trying to be what I no longer am. Ingenue are not us!

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This is something I did not learn along the way... I learned to cope by overeating, among other things, so I am working to learn and define what this means and what it means to me. It evolves as I make progress and it's interesting to see how my thinking changes. I will be doing this and tucking away to look at again, now & then :)


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I forgot this, so plan on doing it tonight and see what it looks like, I can't find the one I did the first time I read the book

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emoticon Day 79, Live as a "Healthy" person

Can you relate???

You're tired of salads and you're bored with grilled chicken breast. When you've been on a diet or losing weight for a while, you may be longing for a little more variety and fun in your meal plan. All you really want is to be able to eat like a "normal" person.

But in reality, this may not be quite what you had in mind. Stop and think about it. Most of the "normal" people in our society eat way too much, make poor food choices, and don't care. Is that what you're striving for?



emoticon Think healthy instead of thin
When you talk about your weight-loss efforts, begin changing your words to match your lifestyle goals. Maybe you always tell yourself that you want to be thin or skinny. Rather than using these vague, weight-related words, describe your goal as part of a long-term plan that includes other aspects of life. Instead of aiming to be thin, consider using words such as healthy, fit, active, balanced, or strong.

In fact, start creating a new image of how you will live as a "healthy" person. What does a healthy person do each day? What type of eating and exercise programs do healthy people follow? And what attitudes do healthy people have toward food, eating, exercise and coping with life?

This new wording may change how you think about a lot of things. For instance, over the long run, a fit or strong person will probably sustain a much healthier lifestyle than a thin person. The difference is that now these are lifetime goals, not just ones related to staying on a diet plan.



emoticon Encourage children to be healthy
You can also teach children to use these new labels. Instead of setting goals around losing weight or getting thin, you can encourage children to improve their levels of health, fitness, strength, or other physical and emotional qualities.

When you discuss eating plans with your kids, avoid using words such as dieting or weight loss. Instead, refer to healthy food plans, better nutrition, and being physically fit. If you talk about their weight, use words such as healthy or active. For example, say, "We want to eat in ways that will make us healthier." Or you might say, "Let's take a walk to improve how fit and strong we are."


emoticon Suggested activities for today
~ In the center of a page in your notebook, draw a stick figure or other image of yourself. Beneath the picture, write the words "A Healthy ____________" and fill in your first name.

~ Draw lines outward from the picture, and then label each one with an area of your life, such as eating, exercise, relationships or family, work and fun.

~ Describe how you will work on each of these areas as a healthy person, not as a "thin or skinny" one.


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