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2/26/20 5:45 A

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The stuff you've shared about OMAD is interesting. Do you find it difficult to eat enough calories and nutrition in your one meal? I find I can't eat as much as I used to - in terms of quantity. Just wondering.

I'm not doing OMAD. But I have also had the desire to make a kind of 'recipe book' - I thought of using like a card system, so I have a collection of meals that I like to eat - so I don't have to keep thinking of what to eat!

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2/25/20 8:39 A

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Beginning of Day 4 on IF and OMAD restart.
Day 1 Sat
Day 2 Sun - down 3 pounds
Day 3 Mon - down 1.6 pounds
Day 4 Tues - down 1.8 pounds
Total lost this week: 6.4 pounds

Is it worth it?

Joe Holman says many people contact him. Some want to lose the weight on OMAD without any hard-work side effects. They don't want to feel hunger. He says if you don't ever feel hunger, you are doing it wrong.

My thought is that if they don't want to feel hunger, they should stick with eating 5 meals a day or any other plan that caters to that.
Hunger is a God-given mechanism to let up experience hunger and full. We are so unused to listening to our bodies. We won't die if we wait to eat until we feel stomach-hungry.

There have been times the last few days when I felt hungry. I ask myself, Is this head hunger or stomach hunger? It's usually head hunger. I distract myself by doing something else to keep busy and move on. It passes and I forget that I wanted to eat becaue my mind is busy with other thoughts.




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2/24/20 9:01 P

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Day 3 of IF and OMAD restart done successfully. My calories were much higher than the first two days, but still within my calorie limit.
I had a BBQ beef on wheat for lunch, then added hominy for a vegetable. My choices were hominy, corn, baked beans and green beans. We've had green beans a bit lately, so I chose the hominy. Need more veggie choices.

Down 2 pounds this morning, for a total of 5 in the first two days restart.

I need to make a dental appt for a loose tooth. It's starting to hurt a little when I drink cold water.
I checked the weather for the next ten days. It's still iffy. I do not like to drive in ice or snow. It probably won't be bad but I'm not risking it since I don't HAVE to be on the roads at all. The joys of being retired.

I am back to my old habits of staying up too late.I was reading and researching political information. It is a presidential election year with some disturbing trends. I am very careful of my sources for information. Can't trust so many of them now.
It was around 7AM when I went to bed, back up around 9:30. Took an hour nap later.
Sleep is such an important part of this journey. I need to go to bed before midnight and stay there until morning.




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2/23/20 7:54 P

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Everyone was hungry after church and wanted something fast so we made egg sandwiches for lunch.

RJ made oven baked fish and green beans for supper. I could have eaten and been ok, but I didn't want to eat again today. I am not hungry and can wait until tomorrow. Feeling really good to be back on track with IF and OMAD. Day 2 is a success. I can do this!

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I've been reviewing the numbers again. I've not done well this year (and we are only in February). On track only a handful of days. Most days were 2 or 3 meals a day, and way too many calories.

In January I lost 20.4 pounds and gained 27.6, for a net gain of 7.2. So far in February (1-23), I've lost 8.6 and gained 18.9, for a net gain of 10.3. That means I've lost 29 and gained 36.5 so far this year, for a net gain of 17.5 in 2020.

I can't do this. I am not going to undo all the loss from last year. Putting on the brakes. Went back to strict intermittent fasting and OMAD yesterday. Had a 3 pound loss this morning.

For my own information, I looked back at the last two years.
In 2018 I lost 214.6, and gained 220.5, for a net gain of 18.9 in 2018.
In 2019 I lost 289.14, gained 250.48 for a net loss of 28.66 pounds in 2019.
These figures are from my record of daily morning weight.

I've blogged about the gains and losses and gains and losses. The yo-yo is killing me. I had my highest weight ever in May 2019. I did so good the last quarter of 2019. By the end of the year I was down 69 pounds from that May weight.

I set a goal to lose 12 pounds in December to reach my next huge milestone. It didn't happen. I only lost 1.8 pounds in December, even with avoiding all the sweets. Still staying away from added sugar.

In January sugar and snacking crept in. By February I was eating more than one meal every day. Many nights I would feel uncomfortably full and declare I would not do this again. I didn't stay the course. I felt lost.

It's strange because nothing really tasted good. I was not hungry for any particular food. It was a case of grazing because nothing was satisfying. I'm burnt out on salads.

I still can't say I've figure out why nothing tastes that good to me. But at least now I refuse to eat more than one meal a day, whether it satisfies or not. This is my second day back on track, and I'm down 3 pounds from Day 1.

My goals are pushed out a little farther. The goal I wanted to reach by the end of 2019 is now the goal for my birthday in April. That's now a goal to lose 26 pounds (with the weight I regained in Jan and Feb).
The second goal will be to get back to my Spark starting weight. That will be a lose of 22 pounds. I would like to reach this before my appointment with the oncologist in July.
The third goal is a round figure that will be to 27 pounds under my second goal.

None of these goal dates are concrete. I will not put that kind of pressure on myself. My body will lose at it's own pace. I will stick with intermittent fasting and OMAD, and give my body the right conditions to lose.

I currently need two surgeries but have to wait until I lose weight. Tomorrow will bring it's own trouble. I know when I don't keep on top of medical issues, tomorrow brings more issues. It's not good that I have to wait but it's the way it is. I will work with my body to make the weight loss happen so I can have the surgeries.

My daily goal is to lose one pound, to get down to the next number from what I weighed that morning. It may take several days. That's ok. Just don't gain!

My previous goals were set in 5 pound increments. That was just too overwhelming. It wasn't happening and I felt discouraged. If I aim at losing one pound, I should be able to handle that.It will boost my motivation.

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2/22/20 10:00 P

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A very good day. On track. I stuck with one meal (baked salmon and pasta). Kept busy doing things around the house that needed to be done. I feel good.

I still haven't started working on my menu book that I wrote about in one of my recent entries here. It will help me get out of this stuck place. For the last couple of months, nothing sounds good to eat. I burned myself out on salads in November. There are a lot of other healthy things to eat besides salad. I want to browse recipes and set up a plan to get past this feeling. When nothing sounds good, it can lead to nibbling which is never a good idea. That's why I like OMAD. Intermittent fasting and confining my eating to one meal helps me eliminate grazing and adding up all those extra calories on foods that didn't satisfy.

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2/20/20 11:17 P

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I am moving slower than a tortoise on this journey. Have to keep my head in the game and stay focused. It's amazing how many times I've reached for something tonight that seems of no consequence in the scheme of things, then stopped myself, asking, "Does that have calories?" Since the answer is always yes (even if it's only a 5 calorie hard candy), I walk away. Not meaning to be a killjoy about it, but I've been having trouble building a winning streak for awhile now. I will NOT erase what I accomplished last year.

Food has not been interesting for the last couple of months. Nothing sounds good. I have a task on my to-do list. It's a small book to enter pictures and recipes of salads I would like to try. I burned myself out in November eating so many spinach salads that I can't even stand the smell of some greens now. That's crazy because I used to feel interested in trying new recipes when I would see pictures of vibrant, healthy salads. Maybe I need to change the focus to any other healthy recipes that look interesting. I need to get out of this funk where nothing sounds good and most things don't taste good, leaving me wonder why I ate them. Some of my choices now are convenient rather than healthy. My weight loss is minimal, and sometimes goes in the other direction, adding back on a few pounds. I do not want to regain any weight. I still have a long way to go. I am having trouble staying focused.

It's a head game. I have a general plan. I need to get down to micro-planning, including menus. I can't rely on a strong mental place to carry me through. It's not happening.




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2/17/20 12:41 P

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OMAD REVOLUTION (Joe Holman) video on You Tube: Advice for Chronic Eaters (3 Big Tips)

Bingeing can occur all at once or spread over the day.

Recognize what you do.
1. You are eating to take back the power when you are unhappy.
2. You are eating to celebrate. Everything can be a cause to celebrate.

Don't get bogged down by degrees. Don't compare yourself to someone else who binges worse than you, etc. You have reversed the dynamic: living to eat, not eating to live.
Not all bingers are fat. They may even be underweight.

If you are following OMAD, it will stop all the psychological eating.

Recognize that you eating disorder is extremely destructive (as much as a sex addiction, drug addiction, or other addiction). You are not alone.

How to overcome:
1. Accept unflattering truth about yourself. Two sides of you have emerged. The angel on one shoulder, the devil on the other shoulder (advising you to do the right thing, and to do the wrong thing). When you first went out of balance, you tried a binge to solve the problem. The binge made you feel good (serotonin). You felt good because your brain had a new experience, creating a new pattern. Each time you do it, your brain reinforces the pattern to fall back on.
Most of the things you do are pattern based, things you already know to do everyday.
The only way to beat the binge pattern is to start a new pattern.

OMAD. You know what to do. Eat at a certain time every day.

You need help to start a new pattern.
You need pacifiers.
Short term pacifiers: non caloric drinks
Long term pacifier: hobbies (gardening, crafts, collecting things, working out, etc)
These outlets should be non-insulting to your intelligence. Don't punch a punching bag to relieve anger. Be positive, that leads to something fruitful. Non-destructive coping mechanisims.

To stay on top of tendency to binge
1. Eat at the time of day when your cravings are the least.Don't make your OMAD meal so late in the day that you are famished.
2. Do not make your meal when you are isolated. Make eating a social time. Makes you accountable because others will notice what and how much you are eating. (Same reason it's good to jog with an accountability partner.) People binge in isolation.
3. Be honest with yourself at all costs. Go way out of your way to make sure that when you make a decision in your relationships, be honest and true because your mind keeps a record. When you refuse to speak up, or settle to date someone who's not right for you, your brain keeps a record. If you have a problem with someone, address conflict in your relationship. Deal with the problem. This will let you lead a fruitful, productive life with others.Your thinking is not isolated. How you think affects others. Do the right thing, and avoid the dark place (crawling in a dark hole where you don't feel valuable). Look at what value you have.

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2/16/20 9:49 P

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It is almost 10 PM. The little voice inside my head says, "I'm hungry." But I'm not really hungry. It's head hunger, not stomach hunger. Another voice inside my head says, "Wait. You can eat again tomorrow."
I will be glad later that I listened to the second voice. I feel very wise now.

It's Sunday. I had coffee for breakfast.
Our big meal on Sunday is lunch after church. We had do-it-yourself tacos.
For supper I had thin sliced ham, lettuce, and cheese on rye...and blueberry pie.
I am good on calories.

I've given up the 5 pound weight loss goals. My goals now are 1 pound at a time. As soon as I lose a pound, I set another goal to lose the next pound. I am still struggling with the loss-regain every week, so focusing on losing 1 pound at a time keeps me focused.

Got enough sleep last night. Took naps today. Trying to get the swelling in my legs back down again.

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2/1/20 9:23 A

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Today is the first day of February. My mind turns to reviewing/setting goals. While it's a continuation of the same journey I have been on, there has been some laxness creeping in. I don't expect all or nothing perfection. Got over that crazy idea long ago. I would like to do a little better. Can I make this my personal 29 day challenge? (Yes, it is leap year so 29 days this month...an extra day to stack up those successes!) I am thinking of putting a sticker on the calendar in my office for every day I stay under the top of my calorie limit. It would be visual kudos to see the month full of colorful stickers. It would be a visual reminder that calories matter TODAY so stay the course and earn another sticker. What a boost to see more stickered days than blank days! My range is 1200 - 1500 calories. I do best when I come in closer to 1200 than to 1500, so maybe add a marking system to the calendar with a 4 for 1200 calories, 3 for 1201-1300 calories, 2 for 1301 - 1400 calories, and 1 for 1401 - 1500 calories. I am already using the Nutrition Tracker so it's not really that much work. Keep it simple.

I already use a small 12-page datebook where I enter my weight and total calories each day. Later I log them into a spreadsheet that calculates how much my weight goes up or down each day, month, year, and from my top weight (in May 2019). There is definitely a fairly direct correlation between calories consumed and what I weigh the next morning. I find this visual very helpful. It keeps me mindful and focused. When I reach maintenance, it may not be necessary to do every day. That is a long ways off.
It's easy to delude myself into thinking I haven't weighed this much very long. I can look back at the charts and see that I weighed that last year and the year before. I can see how the constant little re-gains are destroying the losses. I can see where I need to target. Having the facts is crucial to problem solving.

I have said so many times that I admire the people who set a goal, know the steps they need to take, and head straight for the target. So many people started Spark after me and have reached their maintenance goal. I have NEVER reached my goal. It is a generous goal, not unrealistic, higher than weight charts say I should weigh, higher than WW said I should weigh. Heck, at this poinit, I am really aiming at the next small goal out of many on the journey to that healthier weight! Not howling for the moon.
So if I truly admire people who head straight for their goals, why can't I make the decision to become one of them?: It's not my nature. I'm a free spirit, wandering around, following my inclinations, easily distracted, and easily bored with the process. That doesn't mean I can't fan the flames to get this done. Not that it's every REALLY done. It's a healthy lifestyle that will never be done. But reaching that healthy weight goal can be achieved. Maintenance can happen. I can stop wasting all this energy and brain space going over the same ground, trying to lose the weight and maintain each small loss.
When I blog, the responses make it apparent that we are not all at the same place. So many of my friends are in maintenance. My blogs are still in the passionate losing phase. I won't change that until I reach my healthy weight.

How would my day be different if I was one of those people who make a goal and work on it faithfully until it's achieved? Again, I am not referring to all or nothing. We all make mistakes or stupid decisions occasionally, and need to pick ourselves right back up and move on. However, I could minimize those stupid decisions. Be more mindful before acting out. Make better decisions. We all have that 2 second window when we can decide a different course of action before we eat out of alignment with our goal. Not honest mistakes of miscalculating calories but deliberate decisions to have our own way and do something off plan, whether it's eating outside of our eating window, going over on calories, grazing, late night munching, consuming all our calories too early in the day, or whatever.

I am doing IF and OMAD. That doesn't tell me what to eat. It tells me when to eat. Nothing is off limits but I try to make fairly healthy choices most of the time. I don't feel well if I don't eat balanced. I always come in low on protein so I have to be mindful of that.

January was full of loss/regains on a regular basis. Back to what I was doing in 2019, mostly eliminating (or minimizing) the regains. November was my best month, very minimal regain. I was eating a lot of salads with protein for my one meal a day. I overdid it and am tired of spinach. Even the smell makes me a little sick. I was not eating breads or grains. In January I had more breads (sandwiches) for satiety. It's hard to do low carb on OMAD because it doesn't satisfy hunger. Low carb works best if I eat all day. I don't want to do that because I have struggled for years to stay within the losing end of the calorie range. That's why OMAD is more sustainable for me. I cannot consume the same high amount of calories in one meal setting. OMAD eliminates grazing and late night munhing. It works for me when I do it.




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It's Thursday. OMAD Day Two (restart). Off to a good start. Down 3.2 pounds since Wednesday morning's weight. There will be bigger losses at first, then taper off. That is normal.

Day One and Two both had my one-meal-a-day at noon. I prefer to have them later (around 3PM) so that I am comfortably full and my thoughts don't wander to the kitchen when we are sitting in the living room at night. It's easy to think of food when I'm sitting and not particularly busy in the evening.

I was hungry earlier today so I was glad when Sis made lunch. RJ made lunch yesterday. That's why my OMAD meal was at noon both days. When I make it, I wait till later.

Can I hold out until tomorrow to eat again? Of course, I can and I will.






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OMAD Day one (restart): Success! Only ate during the eating window, one meal today. A gold star day.
I had an egg and sausage patty sandwich with milk. 848 calories.
I had 3 cups of black decaf coffee during the rest of the day. Zero calories.

I've been seeing commercials about problems with fish oil capsules. Not regulated by FDA.Of course, they are trying to get us to get prescriptions for it.
It feeds into what I've wondered. Many times the fish oil capsules give me heartburn and make me burp. I buy from a reputable dealer where I get all my supplements.
I understand that the oil that some companies sell is rancid.
There was a lot of push a few years ago to take fish oil for our hearts because we do not get enough. I do not have heart problems. Do I really need the fish oil at all? I could eat more tuna, sardines, mackeral, salmon. I have access to those.


The check finally came that I was expecting on Jan 24. Thank you, Jesus.

I posted a blog today, titled NEVER GIVE UP. I think I will use the stuff in the last entry here as a springboard for a few blogs. This time I used Joe Holman's words about not stopping because he didn't want to repeat the process (lose and regain). I can keep it simple because many Sparkers do not have time to read an article-length blog.

It's been a good day. Cold outside but I didn't have to go anywhere. Winter in Michigan.



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Philippians 4:11-14
11 Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12 I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.

As I restart Day One on IF and OMAD, these verses came to mind and were actually part of my reading today. I am not in need, but I choose to cut back. There will be occasional hunger. I choose to live like this for health reasons, and I believe God will bless my efforts because he wants me to treat my body properly and have a right relationship with food. It breaks the obsessive power I give food. It strengthens self discipline.
The fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, longsuffering (patience), gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (moderation). I received these gifts when I accepted Jesus as my Savior.


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From OMAD Revolution (Joe Holman) videos on You Tube.
OMAD will require sacrifice. No cheating (or splurging) during the first 14 days.

Phase 1. (January 30-February 5, 2020) 7 days. This is the hardest phase. You will experience hunger at times. You may have headaches.

Phase 2. (Feb 5-13) 7-15 days. Adaptation. Not as hungry. More mental clarity.

Phase 3 (Feb 13-28) 15-30 days. Adaptation. Not always full. Mental calmness about not have food all the time. More energy. The conviction that you can keep going.

Phase 4 (March 29) the 60 day mark. More energy and enthusiasm. Experience hunger highs. You have broken through plateaus.

Phase 5 (April 28) the 90 day mark. You have become a socially complex eater. You can be social without eating if it is not your eating window. You have become more choosy about what you eat. Weight loss progress speeds up.

Phase 6 (April 28 - July 21) 4-6 months. You crave better foods and eat healthier. You have no doubts that you will succeed. You don't even think about splurging. You will need smaller clothes.

Phase 7 (Aug 15 and beyond) 8 months and beyond. You are making good progress. You have more zest for life. No looking back. You are thinking about maintenance and what lies ahead. Self improvement takes on new meaning.

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Joe Holman tips

- I didn't stop because I realized I couldn't if I didn't want to repeat.

- You are happier and more productive when you are empty.

- Keep busy. (Suggest listening to audio books when exercising but that works anytime to keep your mind busy and away from thoughts of food.)

- Eat foods you like. (Don't eliminate the foods you are surrounded with because that is what you will eventually eat so make peace with those foods.

- Expect to be hungry. You won't die.

- Don't keep changing your "diet" plan. Stick with it and master self control. (Reminds me of the verse in James about a double mind being like a wave driven by the wind, turning this way and that. Some people never give their plan a fair chance to work if they haven't achieved success in a couple of days.) Once you start failing, it becomes a new norm. You fail, quit, then start something else after awhile, and the pattern repeats. Stick with the plan. Set a course and do it.


- Once you have the knowledge, you don't have to be afraid you will regain the pounds because you now know what to do to lose weight. (I hear people in maintenance obsessing with this one because they live in fear they will regain. Live in freedom; monitor if clothes are getting tighter or weight is going up, and get back to basics. In a video I watched some time ago, Joe said you don't need to pay attention to the scale because your clothes will tell you if you are gaining or losing. If you feel you need to buy bigger clothes, go back to losing mode.)

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Basic nutrition tips for OMAD
1.Don't eat when ravenous. Wait 5 minutes to regain control before eating.

2. Don't eliminate food groups.

3. Don't worry about counting calories. Use the one plate rule (nothing falling off the sides, food not stacked higher than 3 inches. (I skip this one because I use a small plate to discourage eating everything loaded on the plate. It lets me stop when full. If still hungry, I can eat more, as long as it's in the one meal a day window. I used to fill the plate and then find it was more than I could comfortably eat. Now I take a smaller amount, knowing I can have seconds).

4. Hunger comes in waves. It does not start and build up until you can't stand it. You will probably experience 5-7 hunger waves in a day. They pass. (This goes along with something I read about gherlin, the hunger hormone. It appears at your normal eating time to remind you to eat. If you are used to eating multiple times a day, it will appear multiple times a day. If you are used to eating once a day, it will appear at the usual time you have chosen to each your OMAD meal.)

5. Let healthy eating improvements happen naturally. Over time your body will crave healthier choices. Eat the foods you like.

6. It doesn't take much food to fill you up. You will find you spend less for groceries.

7. Choose to make the OMAD meal what works for your schedule. You do not want to be out of control.

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How do you treat a binge?

1. Act like nothing happened. Get right back on track.

2. See it as an investment. What did you learn? You know something you didn't know before.

These are thoughts from Joe Holman videos on You Tube.

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9 Real-Food High-Protein Snacks
By: Jen Mueller, 4/29/2015

1. Peanut butter
2. Cottage cheese
3. Tuna
4. Part mozzarella cheese
5. Hard boiled egg
6. Trail mix (avoid dried fruits, chocolates, sugars, oils, salt)
7. Greek yogurt
8. Milk
9. Edamame and hummus




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Plateaus can be devastating. I've found that doing a non-caloric fast usually breaks a plateau.

Today I came across this blog from 2008 that I saved. Something to think about. Going in the opposite direction of a fast.

Plateau advice from FAIRGLENN 7-31-08

"When I was losing weight, I considered plateaus as no weight loss for over a week and a half. I got really upset and frustrated (understandably) when they happened. One day I was researching what I could do, and some lady (with nerve!!) posted that she ate a giant, super high calorie cheeseburger every time she hit a plateau...and that it worked!! She claimed that all of the high calorie and fat intake right at once convinced her body that it wasn't starving, and that weight loss would be ok. I figured, hell...why not?!?

"So...I ate an ENTIRE 1500 calorie Chipotle burrito...and ignored the calories. I pretended that they never happened, and STILL ate my 1500 for the day on top of it. AND...it worked!!!! I'd be up about two or three lbs that day, but then over the next few days the burrito weight would come off (because let's face it, 1500 is a lot...but it's not three lbs!!) AND one or two more lbs would ALWAYS come off with it! It was like, a miracle...a delicious miracle ha ha. I'm not sure if it works for everyone, but it works for me and that lady...whom I owe FOREVER for giving me the best and most pleasurable secret to plateaus ever ha ha.

"Anyway, maybe you should enjoy yourself something REALLY bad for you...and see how it goes??? Hee hee. Good luck!!!"
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I can see where that would work, too. Sometimes we need to shake things up so our body gets out of a rut. Would it be hard to stop after one high calorie day? Not a good idea if it damages my resolve and motivation. It just might work if my brain understands it is a one-time event to bust a plateau.





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Woohoo! Another good day. Now if I can just stick with that plan the rest of the evening when everyone is snacking. Of course I can do it!






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Another one meal day again yesterday but over on calories. I made supper, then someone suggested nachos. I had some calories left after supper, but not enough for homemade cheesy nachos. Layered on the chips, cheese, topped with pepperoni, salsa, and sour cream. I didn't have taco meat to use. A poor substitute for Taco Bell Nachos Supreme. Up 0.2 pounds this morning.

I went to bed early on Monday. Got up around 3AM Tuesday morning and stayed up about 23 hours! So tired. Drifted off after the nachos while sitting in the recliner watching a Hallmark movie with the family. When everyone went to bed, I tidied up the kitchen and washed the nacho dishes, brushed my teeth, and sat down at the computer to complete the nutrition tracking for the day. By then I was awake enough to putter around on the computer. Watched a few episodes of Chopped on TV anywhere (on the computer) while playing card game on the computer.


I've been mulling over Romans, chapters 6 through 8.

Romans 6:16-18
16 Don’t you realize that you can choose your own master? You can choose sin (with death) or else obedience (with acquittal). The one to whom you offer yourself—he will take you and be your master, and you will be his slave. 17 Thank God that though you once chose to be slaves of sin, now you have obeyed with all your heart the teaching to which God has committed you. 18 And now you are free from your old master, sin; and you have become slaves to your new master, righteousness.

Now I'm not trying to equate overeating with sin, though the Bible does call gluttony a sin. The thought that came to me from this verse is how we let things become our master, like our obsession with food. Cravings can be powerful. Habits can be overwhelming. There is an enjoyment in indulging. Remembrances, emotions, that warm special place (even though not in our best interest) can suck us in and make it hard to create new habits. There have been times more recently when I look at tempting food and think, You are not my boss; I don't have to listen to you. This verse says we can choose our master.

Sometimes there is that fleeting moment when I think about eating when I am not hungry or I am during the fasting hours and have not arrived at the eating window for my one-meal-a-day. It will hit in the evening when we are watching television and the snack parade begins or a tempting commercial (especially cheesy pizza) comes on the television. I am not hungry but I want to indulge.
This morning there was a short moment when I thought about making something to eat. Sometimes my mind says, I don't care, just eat anyway because it really doesn't matter and you can go back to eating right afterwards. A cup of coffee or tea gets me beyond the stinking thinking.



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Yesterday was another successful day on OMAD. Dinner was chicken and veggies chowder, toast, and an apple. 940 calories.
Down 2 pounds this morning.

This morning the repairman will be here about the electric range. Need to replace an element.

Rain and snow have stopped. Snow has melted.
Sump pumps were running once every two minutes most of the weekend. Now it seems to be about once every five minutes.

Flooding along lake and river. Post office is closed due to flooding.

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I did it! One meal yesterday. We fixed a small turkey.
Down 2.6 pounds this morning. Woohoo! Finally moving in the right direction.

Can I do it again today? Yes.Turkey pot pie today.

I had second thoughts last night. Did not give in.
This morning I looked at the paczki, checked the fillings, closed the box and walked away. Yay for me!

Stay the course. Follow the plan. OMAD works.


It's been a rainy weekend. We had a little bit of ice and snow when we woke up this morning. Parking lot was icy.
Sump pumps have been running every other minute (literally. I time it and worry.) I can hear the water running into the crocks (where the pumps are). Back yard has a lot of water.
We have not gotten the ice and snow accumulation the rest of the state suffered. Most of ours has been rain.


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December loss was disappointing, ending the year without reaching the goal for 2019. Struggling to stay the course in January. I KNOW what to do. Just not wanting to consistently do what I need to do. The problem is a wavering commitment.

So far, so good today. We had a roasted turkey dinner for lunch. If I can stay out of the kitchen tonight and say good bye to night time munching. Don't even think about food. I can eat again tomorrow.

This was the lesson today (Prayer for weight loss).
Lord God, so often I don't want to do the things that would help me be healthy. I would rather eat chips than carrots. I choose cookies instead of fruit. I sit rather sit than move...I pray for your strength to make better choices today. My desire is to lose weight and honor you by taking care of the body you have given me. Please help me, Lord. I know this is only possible by Your strength and power at work in me. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

The verse with the lesson is I Corinthians 6:19-20. Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own, you were bought with a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Being inconsistent, wavering, reminded me of another passage. James 1:5-8 If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to tell you, for a doubtful mind will be as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind; and every decision you then make will be uncertain, as you turn first this way and then that. If you don't ask with faith, don't expect the Lord to give you a solid answer.

My disconnect is not following through on what he tells me. I know what to do. He gently reminds me when I am tempted. I don't want to consistently do what I need to do to be healthy. I have left my strong place. When I consistently do what I should, I feel strong and invincible and in control.
So this is what I need to work on. I know what I need to do. I am letting myself and everyone down when I don't consistently do it.
This is not to be mistaken with all or nothing thinking. That is not what this is about. This is about deliberately choosing behavior that I would not choose when I am strong. Choosing short term satisfaction (shabby at best) over long term satisfaction.
Today I will stay strong. If I cannot do that when others are snacking, I will leave the room. I am stronger than that. Don't even entertain thoughts of what may be in the kitchen to snack on. Think of something else.



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I try to do intermittent fasting and OMAD. Occasionally I do a non-caloric fast day when I need a boost. It's great for busting plateaus, too.

Fasting makes me strong. It loosens the power of food. It puts me in control.

We've made our obsession of food into a fashionable trend by becoming foodies. We have food channels on television. Our online viewing is saturated with food, from posting pictures on social media to what we save and view on Pinterest. We gravitate to food blogs and recipes. Being a "glutton" is so old school. No guilt with the new way.

Food is fuel. Is food as a hobby a bad thing?
Are we being wasteful when so many do not have access to enough food? Oh no, not the moral high road to spoil our fun.

I'm not really addressing that here. The best thing about fasting, whether partial, intermittent, or complete, is how I feel and what it does for my body.

1. It make me strong.
2. It lets my body go into fat-burning mode. If long enough, it lets my cells go from "go" mode of creating cells, to cleaning out or repairing damaged cells. That helps with so many illnesses and conditions.












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JESUS CALLING, by Sarah Young

"Don't be hard on yourself. I can bring good even out of your mistakes. Your finite mind tends to look backward, longing to undo decisions you have come to regret. This is a waste of time and energy, leading only to frustration. Instead of floundering in the past, release your mistakes to Me. Look to Me in trust, anticipating that My infinite creativity can weave both good choices and bad into a lovely design.
Because you are human, you will continue to make mistakes. Thinking that you should live an error-free life is symptomatic of pride. Your failures can be a source of blessing, humbling you and giving you empathy for other people in their weaknesses. Best of all, failure highlights your dependence on Me. I am able to bring beauty out of the morass of your mistakes. Trust Me, and watch to see what I will do.
Mistakes are not sin;they are simply the result of being human. Notice how I am turning your mistakes into blessings. Now release those regrets to Me."

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Micah 7:7 Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.


I need to remember this. I ditched the all or nothing thinking about eating long ago. I am doing intermittent fasting and OMAD. Lately that has changed to two eating periods a day, but the second one is unplanned. Sometimes it is healthy, sometimes it puts me over on calories. Sometimes foods that I've eaten are foods that I haven't eaten in months.
My mornings are good. I fast until my OMAD meal, usually around 3PM. Sometimes we have an earlier family meal (like on Sundays after morning service at church). Then I get hungry and/or tempted later in the evening when we are sitting in the living room and someone comes in with a sandwich or something else to eat. Sometimes I give in and eat a second meal. Sometimes it's light, like a piece of fruit.
This week that has opened the door to late night snacking. That is where I go over on calories for the day. It causes my weight to creep back up.

The second thing that is happening is the choice of unhealthy foods occasionally. We all eat something unhealthy occasionally but this could let me slip back into old habits. I need to go back to lower carb and eliminating sugary foods.

I have not had a soda since October 2019, so no slip-ups there. It has been a mental issue of late because someone told me I shouldn't cut it all out, just limit it. I don't do Diet version of anything, including pop.
I need to keep the door on soda closed for now, and maybe forever. It's not something I have to have. I've done well in what I've been drinking--a lot more water (which I like anyway), black coffee, and tea without additives. Those are all things I can drink while fasting because they are non-caloric. They help me get through the fasts without feeling so hungry I cave and eat. Anything that makes the journey more comfortable and helps me stay strong are good. The merits of coffee and tea could be argued, but this works for me. I still lose pounds doing it this way.

I've eliminated sweets since the last week of October 2019. This week I opened the box of chocolates I got for Valentine's 2019. In the days since I've eaten a total of three pieces. After the first piece, I thought I would never miss having chocolates again because it was so sweet. I felt sick and wanted to eat something savory or salty to counteract it. Last night I had another piece and didn't have quite that reaction. I do not want to start eating sweets again. I don't miss them. The three boxes of chocolates (that were gifts and 2 are still unopened) need to find a new home. I don't need or want them.
I've had one piece of birthday cake twice since October. Quite frankly, it wasn't that good, even though it had a less-sweet whippy frosting. I've had one milk shake in December. I've had ice cream twice. I've had a donut twice. That's all the sweets since I changed my eating the last week of October 2019. I don't miss the sweets. Now I need to tighten up and cut out all sweets as much as possible. I will still eat a little fruit (which is sweet and has natural sugar).

The other foods I was avoiding because of carbs are bread and grains. Only occasionally would I have rice or pasta. I've had bread more often lately, so I want to go back to making it less often.

I need to go back to the plan that helped me lose weight in 2019. Intermittent fasting and OMAD cuts out all snacking. It helps me stick to one healthy meal. It creates a calorie deficit and takes my body to fat-burning mode and cell repair status. I have some serious health issue. It is important I give my body a fighting change.

I also want to increase my veggies. I like veggies.

I need to take more control of my meals, more planning, more doing. I've grown a bit lax, and that is what leads me into trouble.
I am not planning my meals. I half-heartedly think I will make it a non-caloric fast day because I really need to do them. I've not done one yet in January. So I start with the idea of a zero-calorie fast day, but because I've not totally commited to it, when someone makes something to eat, I start hedging, thinking I can make it OMAD and eat one meal. However, the food is not always what I eat. It is usually higher in carbs and leads me to stretching out the eating window, perhaps even snacking later. It would be better to just plan and eat my one meal, than to plan a zero-calorie day without making a commitment.

I was really into salads for awhile but I think I've outgrown it. I will eat a salad if it's prepared. I like salads. Lately I've had some that were not that great. Maybe I added one too many ingredients that made it less enjoyable. Salads are easy to build, using what I have...but sometimes it can turn me off if I add too much of anything. Better to keep is simpler. I ate so many spinach salads that even the smell of raw spinach can turn my stomach lately.

I got a small unlined spiral notebook and planned to put pictures and recipes of salad ideas. Now I feel totally uninspired to proceed. How did an exciting project sour so quickly?
In fact, since I've become more lax with my eating the last week, NOTHING looks good. Except pizza. Dang pizza commercials are on several times a night. Hot melty cheese. Mmmmm. There are healthier versions of pizza but I don't feel inspired to make them. We rarely have pizza so it's not a biggie. Can't get fat from drooling over a commercial. Not like I'm going to pick up the phone and order a pizza every time I see a commercial. I can enjoy the thought without actually consuming the calories.
Enjoyment of many foods is in the anticipation; the consuming can be a bit of a disappointment.

On another note, I'm getting lax about sleep. I rarely stay in the bed for 8 hours. I am starting to go to bed later and later again. Sometimes I go to bed too early, get back up in a couple of hours, and don't go back to bed until 5 AM or so, and sleep for a couple more hours. The doctor-prescribed naps (elevating my feet) are slipping, too, so this week my legs are starting to swell again. I still do the leg wraps every day.

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A little humor for today!







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Thanks and same to you!

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Great Blog! I totally agree with you!

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I got up around 2:30AM this morning. Went to bed early last night so had 6.5 hours of sleep. My stomach was upset so I decided to stay up and work on a few things. For some reason, I thought it was Sunday (instead of Saturday) so did the things I do on Sunday. I was wondering about what to make for Sunday dinner when Sis woke up and straightened me out about what day it was. I'm feeling a bit discombobbled. It's after 5AM and I'm about to go back to sleep.

There are three major bills that come due (house insurance in November, property taxes for half year in December, and health insurance and car insurance in January). I know this and plan for it.
In November 2019 I had an unexpected surprise with another bill (close to 4,000.) I paid part of it and will make the final payment mid January. The timing is bad. The rest of the money will be available January 15 but it may take a few days to move money between banks, and the bill is due Jan 16. However, there may be another option. Thank you, God, for options!

I was looking back at last year and noticed the same thing happened. The furnace went out in November 2018. I paid part of it in November, and had to make the final payment by the beginning of January 2019. We are blessed to have a lovely home, but there are a lot of responsibilities.

God has always provided. The bills are always paid. We try to be wise stewards of our resources. God has promised to give wisdom to those who ask.

We are so grateful for the roof over our heads, for heat in winter and a/c in summer, for enough food, for family and friends, and for resources to share with others. As Mom used to say, we can't complain. We are incredibly blessed. Thank you, Lord.
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We would like to replace the laptop and printer (that Sis uses) as soon as possible. The laptop freezes and has to be restarted. The printer no longer prints color. Sis does printing each week that she is commited to doing. It is frustrating when mechanical things don't work as they should. I've been putting off replacing them for a few months, so now they are high on the list.

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What a wonderful Christmas holiday! One of the best. Can I say perfect? It suits me. Made me happy.

AND I didn't gain weight! Controlled eating. Enjoyed myself immensely. This is the way it should be. Just my opinion.




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I am going to re-do my Spark page, so I'm moving all the good stuff that has accumulated there over 2019 to this entry so I can find it again.


Take chances. It's YOUR plan. It doesn't have to look like anyone else's plan. If it doesn't work for you, let it go. Experiment. Enjoy your journey.

When I am tired, I am hungry for sleep.
When I am thirsty, I am hungry for liquids.
When I am feeling down, I'm hungry for support.
When I am feeling lonely, I'm hungry for people..
- Submitted by GANASSI 1/28/2011 in Weight Loss

Stop worrying about what you have to lose and start focusing on what you have to gain. - KURTZIE1998

Lose, maintain, just don't gain. -IndyGirl

But we must hold on to the progress we have already made. Philippians 3:16

Life is too short to have a bad day (a choice). - SPICY23

if you don't move, there are no golden years. just years of pain. -SPEDED2

You will never FEEL like it. If you wait until you FEEL like it, you wil never do it. (paraphrase from TED talk by Mel Robbins)

My doctor said, "One pound a week is 52 in a year." It was a life-changing statement. – Donna Gettings Apperson

You are a shining star. Never let anybody dull your sparkle. KATHYJO56

What people think of you is not nearly as important as how you feel about yourself. Maria Akopyan - 1CRAZYDOG

Some days are easy and inspiring, other days are hard and down-right boring. Don't give up! Know why you are fighting. TSTETSER

Some days you just don’t wanna do it – follow your nutrition plan or exercise, maybe both! But if you fake it till you feel it, you’ll get through it. 1CRAZYDOG

We define ourselves far too often by our past failures. That’s not you. You are this person right now. You’re the person who has learned from those failures. Joe Rogan

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.-Og Mandino

Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense. ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Don’t waste your time. Joe Rogan

Build confidence and momentum with each food decision you make from here on out and choose to be inspired. Joe Rogan

If you can control what you eat, you can control all other aspects of your life. Joe Rogan

No one deserves to punish themselves with their own thoughts... I want to take charge versus being a victim of my own thoughts... I have more control over my emotional and physical wellness than I probably realize. -SUSMANNIE

The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any. Alice Walker

"...You can do it if you forget the yesterdays and remember that today is yours, and the miracle is, it is always today. It will take courage..." fromTODAY IS YOURS by Emilie Loring.

I'm more capable than I think or feel. -Stephen Guise

Success is achieved and maintained by those who try, and keep trying, for there is nothing to lose by trying and a great deal to gain if successful. By all means TRY! Do it NOW!!!
~ W. Clement Stone

“Begin as you mean to go on, and go on as you began, and let the Lord be all in all to you.”― Charles H. Spurgeon, All of Grace

I love being able to participate in life. - DEBYDOINGIT

I deserve as much rest as I need or want. -Stephen Guise

Thrive, not just survive.

I've done it before,
And I can do it some more,
I've got my eye on the score, (Tick, Tick, Boom.)

Don't stop me now. Cause I'm having a good time. (Queen)

You ain't seen nothing yet. B-b-b-baby, you just ain't seen nothing yet. (Bachman Turner Overdrive)

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It Couldn’t Be Done
BY EDGAR ALBERT GUEST
published in 1917

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done
But he with a chuckle replied
That “maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it!

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one ever has done it;”
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure,
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing
That “cannot be done,” and you’ll do it.

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Today, I was asking the right questions instead of the wrong ones.
"What can I do today to make me healthier tomorrow?"
"What can I do to finish this painting by the end of the month?"
We are constantly asking ourselves questions. Rather than "Why am I so fat?" ask yourself, "What can I do Right NOW that will help me to become thinner?" We need to be conscious of the questions that we ask ourselves because our brains are programmed to come up with an answer. Make sure that you are asking questions that lead you in the direction that you want to go. -ARTISTSBRUSH

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A pledge by LADYLUK:
I promise myself to be so strong that nothing can stop me from losing weight.
To talk health, fitness and weight loss to every person that wants to listen.
To help all my overweight friends feel that they too can lose their extra weight.
To look at the fact that I really can lose weight and to make this fact come true.
To think only of success, to work only for success and to expect only successful weight loss.
To be just as enthusiastic about the weight loss of others as I am about my own.
To forget the failures of the past and press on to the great weight loss achievements of the future.
To be motivated to lose weight at all times and to help every overweight person I meet to be motivated too.
To be so focused on doing things that help me lose weight that I have no time left to do things that make me gain weight.
To be too determined to give up, too fit to be unhealthy, too slim to be fat, and too focused on successful weight loss to permit the thought of failure.
To think well of myself and to proclaim this fact to the world by losing all the extra weight and keeping it off.
To live in the faith that I can be slim for the rest of my life so long as I stay focused on the slim and slender me that I know I can be.

Member Since: 4/6/2006

Fitness Minutes: 61,277

My Goals:
My Reason to be Healthy...
Independence! To have the surgeries I need to get my life back. To take care of myself. To go where I want and do what I want when I want.
Stay focused! Set short term goals that are challenging and keep me focused.
Concentrate on maintaining each loss.

I have lost hundreds of pounds since joining Spark without really getting where I want to be. My big goal for the rest of 2019 is to hang on to each weight loss. Eliminate/minimize weight gain.

My Program:
Nutrition goals
I am crazy about intermittent fasting and one-meal-a-day (IF and OMAD). It works for me. It is sustainable. It is a healthy way to live. Fasting lets my body switch from go mode to repair mode. (There are many kinds of fasts.)
1. While we may eat what we want on OMAD, it's important to strive for balance. Get enough protein. Listen to my body.
2. Eat more fruits and vegetables. Limit carbs.
3. Stop eating when approaching full.
4. Make water the beverage of choice. Reach for black coffee or tea when I want something besides water.
Because of health issues, I avoid sugar. I also try to limit fried foods and excessively salty foods. Doing OMAD helps because I am not reaching for junky snack foods.

Other goals:
Move more. Get enough sleep. Visit Spark often.

I will celebrate each victory, each fraction of a pound or inch lost. I do not look at how far I have to go. Set small goals. Be creative, try new recipes and new foods. Look for the p


Personal Information:
I am celebrating each day, counting my blessings. There are benefits in a good belly laugh.


Other Information:
You are their glorious strength. It pleases You to make us strong. Psalm 89:17

Serenity Prayer
- Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
enjoying one moment at a time;
accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
that I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
forever in the next.
Amen.




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Feeling so incredibly blest today. Thank you, God, for your great love and constant care. We are so blessed.




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We went to Christmas Eve service at church tonight. Such a special service with Holy Communion. Drawing families closer together. If you don't have family there, you join someone else's group. We added two ladies (who were by themselves) to our little "family." It's a good way to get closer to others at church.

When we got back from church, RJ and the dog each opened one gift because she couldn't wait. She said she is not getting up at the crack of dawn to open gifts. I said we are not five years old. We can wait to open gifts until everyone is ready.
She loved the new Dremel tool and attachments we got for her. She is so artistic. She is really interested in the carving tool.

I did really good on eating today. It was a lower calorie day. Then tomorrow is Christmas dinner. I don't expect that will be a problem calorie-wise.



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Non-caloric fast day did not work as planned. We had grinders delivered for dinner. My weight still went down 0.8 pounds. Now I'm wondering if timing made the difference. I fasted all day with water and 2 cups of black coffee. We ate around 7PM. I did not continue to eat after dinner. In fact, I did not stop as soon as I should have and ate the whole sandwich (with a few bites for the dog). I felt unpleasantly full but not overstuffed. It doesn't take much to fill me up any more. Being full, I was not tempted to eat after dinner at all!

I was so discouraged last night. I "wrecked" a perfect zero calorie day. I may have gone over on calories, not sure because I couldn't find the nutrition info for grinders from that shop. I selected nutrition info for a similar grinder from another restaurant. There were several listed, and I picked the one with the highest calories because I would rather err by entering too many calories than to delude myself into thinking I am doing well and be negatively surprised when I weigh. Many people underestimate calories and get discouraged at weigh in.

The upcoming election (11 months away) and the current political climate weighs heavy on my mind. Every day there is something in the news to keep us unsettled. We have a very polarized, negative press. I have never seen the level of disrespect and anger that exists on all levels today.
I thought the grandkids would suffer the repercussions in their lifetime of the insane actions of politicians (saying the opposite of everything they have stood for all their political lives in an attempt to get votes) today and brainwashing of the young in school, but I am now beginning to think it may well occur in my lifetime. I am afraid for the very existence of our country if they follow through with the things they are saying.
We are becoming a country of scofflaws, everyone doing what is right in his own eyes, only respecting the laws that serve us and lack of respect for authority.

I usually do not post about politics here. This is not the forum. This is a community of support and encouragement, regardless of one's political views. I try to keep my remarks kind and respectful and supportive. I do not like the negative feelings some people create in me by their political remarks. I can never see them quite the same again. Some use the excuse that they have a voice and are using it. We can share that we are upset and disturbed because it does affect our health, our eating, our well being. Just my opinion.
I think Spark will cease to be helpful when people make the community anything other than what it is, a community where we are united in our efforts to lose weight and be healthy. There are enough things to divide us. Different things work for different people. Different things work for us as we move along in our journey. It is ongoing, changing as we change.

I am expressing strong feelings this morning. We all have them. I will keep mine here in my journal. Why do I think it's safer than a blog? Few people find the journal entries so I can be a bit more direct. It's my day to day record. It's a place where I can think out loud and work through things and plan. It's where I can be detailed and nerdy about the numbers. It's really about me. Is that a bad thing? I try to direct my blogs to be helpful to others. That's just my philosophy. Some use their blogs to share their daily life, and that is interesting and helpful, too. I get a little wordy in my journal, not editing like I do blogs.

I feel much better for having journaled my feelings a bit. I feel the optimism starting to pour into me like liquid sunshine, starting with a smile. This is a new day. I will make it a good one, as much as is in my power.
I will be cheerful today. I will try to spread kindness and cheer to those around me. No negative words today!

Oh, and my quiet time today was based on Luke 12:22-33 about worry.
22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! 25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?

27 “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

29 “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. 30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. 31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.

32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.

33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. 34 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.

God is in control. His ways are not our ways.His throughts are not our thoughts. He sees things clearly, things we do not know. He is not limited by time and space. He knows the end from the beginning. What an awesome God!
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Back to earthly thoughts. What is the plan for today?
Tomorrow is Christmas with ham and vegetable for dinner. Defintely not a fast day, though it should be a healthy eating day. No sweets planned. (RJ is starting to miss the decorated sugar cookies, and Sis is thinking about making some for her. Good thing I am not fond of her painted sugar cookies so they won't tempt me. If they were truly a frosted Christmas cookie freshly made I might have to eat one.)

So with tomorrow being a regular eating day (still one meal a day), I will try for lower calories today, and perhaps a non-caloric fast day on Thursday.

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Sticking closely to my plan for no added sugar or sugary foods. One day I was wishing I could have a Coke. RJ told me I could eat sugar once in awhile, just don't do it very often. I would have told myself that in the past.

I am trying to reverse a liver condition. If sugar is the cause, should I be eating something high in sugar? The nutrition tracker on Spark shows me how much sugar I get every day. I am still getting sugar. I am not concerned with sugar that occurs naturally. It is probably not realistic to think (or to even want to) eliminate all sugar. I will avoid obvious choices that are loaded with sugar. However, I will deviate for special occasions. I've had birthday cake twice since Oct 26 so I haven't totally cut out everything with sugar.Only one piece of cake each time.

I am surprised how often sugary foods make it into the possible choices. No wonder we are so fat and unhealthy. When I accidentally signed up for the Sweet Tooth Challenge, I figured it probably wouldn't apply to me. I don't have a sweet tooth. Ha. A bite here and a drink there. I consumed more sugar than I realized. And Americans like things much sweeter than other westernized countries. I didn't know that until my friend visited from England. She couldn't even eat our ice cream because it was too sweet. She said some of our drinks don't taste the same either. I've wondered about that.

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I had a blog milling around in my head yesterday but I was too tired to write it. Thought I would wait until this morning. Now I don't feel particularly inspired. LOL.

Update on my progress. The numbers show I am stuck. I don't feel stuck. I make progress. However I have been in the same 6 pound span since Nov 26. Up and down, seeing the same numbers. The problem may be the weekends.
On Sundays we eat family dinner together. We spend more time together. It's easier to eat when I am not as active. Most of the time when I deviate from one meal a day is on the weekend. I know some people recommend having an off plan day one day a week, usually Sunday when we are with family. I am not eating dinner and then a snack later on purpose.

Normally I try to eat my one meal a day around 3 PM. On the weekend, we eat our family meal earlier. Sunday, we eat when everyone comes home from church. That means I will get hungry again later in the day.

Gherlin makes us hungry. It always elevates at the time we usually eat, telling us we are hungry. When I eat earlier, it still tells me at my usual time that I am hungry.

I confuse the gherlin-sender by eating at different eating times on the weekend. Come Monday, it then tells me to eat earlier like I did on Sunday. It also makes me think about food more than usual.
To get it back under control, I try to do a non-caloric fast day on Monday. That resets my system and helps put me back in control. When I do this kind of fast, I don't think about food because the decisions have already been made.

So on Monday morning, my weight is up a little. Up and down. If I control the weekend, I would not keep covering the same ground. Well, truth is that I am at the lower end of that 6 pound range. I'm not regaining all of it.

There are 9 more days left in this year. I have spend about 20 days in the same ten pound range on the scale. Now it may not be possible to reach my 2019 final weight goal. I still have a very long way to go, but that was a big milestone on my journey. I wanted to start the new year ready to go, not carrying over from this year. I will be very good for the rest of the year and see where I can go. Not doing anything stupid. Just keep on with IF, OMAD and occasionally a non-caloric fast day. Almost impossible to string fast days together because I need lower calorie days when coming off a fast. For instance, I want to eat Christmas dinner with my family.. So if I fast today, tomorrow will need to be lower calorie and foods that can be tolerated coming off a fast.


Yesterday I heard several OMAD Revolution videos with ideas I wanted to remember. I didn't write them in my notebook so trying to remember.

He was talking about how we are not firm in our plans so are easily swayed. We think we might do a fast day, and then someone suggests food and we cave because we really don't have a firm plan of what we want to do.
Even this morning I was wavering in my resolve to follow this plan, thinking maybe I should do a lower calorie fast instead of a non-caloric fast. I got on line and picked up inspiration from my friends on Facebook that are doing intermittent fasting and talked myself back into my strong place. As I write this, I am not hungry. It is not in my best interest to waver and question if it will really matter if I eat something, and that I can always fast another day. And that is why I have been at the same weight span for 25 days. Ten of the 25 days were over my regular calorie range (1200 - 1500). Sometimes only a little over. That's why I can't lose weight just trying to eat within my calorie range. I've tried that for years and I can't sustain it.
Intermittent fasting and OMAD don't tell me what to eat. They tell me when to eat. And that has made all the difference. If I do intermittent fasting and only eat during the designated one meal time window, that eliminates all the munching and grazing and thinking about whether it really matters if I eat this or that whenever I feel like it. I can wait to eat it during the OMAD window. Of course one hopes they make fairly good choices most of the time on OMAD, fixing a healthy meal and getting enough protein. My body lets me know if I don't. It teaches me to listen to my body.

In another video OMAD Revolution was speaking about a poverty mindset. I didn't think that would apply to me. He said some people think poor people would be skinny because they don't have enough to eat. Not always true because they eat what is available. What are the cheaper foods that will fill you up? He talked about people with a poverty mindset so they hoard. When you hide food, you have a hoarding problem. Gave me something to think about. We don't hide food because we don't have to. We have plenty. Why do people hoard food? They think there will not be enough. He recommends buying only enough food for a few days. Cooking for only a couple days. My frugal nature wants to stock up on bargains or buy in bulk. The idea of prepping and preparing meals ready to eat in bulk is appealing. I haven't don it because I'm too lazy and don't have the energy. Why does that appeal to me? Because it's quick to have a meal ready? Or is there an underlying motive like a poverty mindset?
I remember the Dad in one family (who had a weight problem) grousing when he looked for something in the refrigerator, "I knew someone would eat it if I didn't eat it at dinner." He would rather store the extra food in his body than take a chance that someone else would get to the leftovers before him. We snicker at that kind of thinking. Is that kind of thinking part of a poverty mindset?
I also agree with OMAD Revolution that if the food is there (like when I stock up), that causes me to eat more because we can't let it go to waste. Fresh produces spoils quickly, and we are so wasteful. Why do we buy more than we can reasonably use?
Another reason for menu plans in my opinion. When I worked off a weekly menu plan, I save money because I only bought what I would need that week. No stocking up on everything on sale or foods that looked good and we might eat this week. I could work the specials into my menu plan, and buy exactly what I would need that week.
I am not the grocery shopper or main cook anymore. I am the clean up crew, haha. I have certain go-to things that I use for my meals, like spinach and salmon and hard boiled eggs and cheese and fruit. We always have enough for me to make a meal.
Another thing that OMAD Revolution said is to not overthink what we are going to eat. If we waver between more than one choice, we usually eat too much. Just take the first choice and go with it. Tomorrow is a new eating day so if that wasn't satisfying today, you can go to the other place tomorrow. Just eat and be done with it. Don't spend time agonizing over your decision or what and where to eat.


When I did Weigh Down Workshop (intuitive eating) years ago, they told us to stop eating when approaching full. Wrap up the rest of our plate and put it in the refrigerator for later. They taught us that we don't have to eat everything right now. There will always to more to eat. We are blessed to live where we have plenty to eat. And if you happen to get hungry (real stomach hunger, not head hunger), you won't die if you have to wait a bit to get something to eat. They were right. Most of us had trouble at first learning how to tell if we were experiencing true stomach hunger. The first week, it took me four days to be sure I was physically hungry before I ate. I felt so good!

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Successful zero calorie fast on Thursday. I needed to do that to reset.

Successful IF and OMAD today. Total calories for OMAD lunch was 695 calories. I usually avoid bread, but today Sister made egg sandwiches on dark rye bread. I had 1/2 cup of 2% milk with it. A clementine added a sweet ending.
Drinking Aldi's salted caramel coffee (black, made from grounds, no additives). Simply flavored coffee.

Tomorrow we will be going to a restaurant for dinner. It's Sister's gift to me. Her grown daughter is coming. She is a joy to be around.


Haven't been sleeping well. Last night my thoughts were roiling with the political stuff happening in Washington. I can't do anything about it. I pray. I ask God to help people to take off the blinders and recognize truth. God is sovereign, but that doesn't mean everything goes my way. There is so much going on that we don't see.
After an hour or so, I finally got up and worked at the desk until 2 PM. Got a lot accomplished. Then back to bed. The rest of the night was full of troubling dreams that kept waking me up.

Tried to nap today but someone woke me up. They said they figured if I was sleeping, I wouldn't answer. Well, geez. You just woke me up by talking to me, sweetie.

Pleasant reaction to my zero calorie fast day this morning when I got on the scale. Down a little over 4 pounds. It's not easy to hang on to losses from zero calorie fasts. As soon as I eat again, I usually gain a little. Hopefully that won't happen since today was lower calorie. Always a good idea to start lower calorie after a fast.
Wish I could have made it two zero calorie fast days in a row but that is not a good idea since we are going out to eat tomorrow. That will probably include a meal within my calorie range. If I would go from zero-calorie fast day to a normal calorie range day, my stomach rebels. Having a lower calorie day between a zero calorie day and a regular calorie day is a bit gentler on my system.

I was so excited to have successfully completed the zero calorie fast. Giddy and euphoric. Back on track. Strong and in control again. I can do this.

There are only 11 more days left in this year. That should motivate me to stay the course so I can still meet my goal target for this year. I will not set myself up for disappointment if I don't reach it. I will give it my best effort and celebrate all that I have accomplished.
I posted this on my Feed today. It sums up what I am saying.




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Note: I moved a lot of this content into a blog I posted today...just in case it looks familiar to you!
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I've really messed up people this year about what to give me for Christmas. When we reach a certain age, there are not a lot of things we need. We are trying to rid out, not collect.

I usually receive chocolates. I like a chocolate occasionally. Just having them in the house is enough. I don't over indulge. I still have two unopened boxes. I don't know when I got them so they may have to be thrown away (in case they are too old to pass on to someone else. Does chocolate get too old?)

In October I eliminated sugar from my diet for health reasons.

Now it's Christmas season. It started with the commercials on television. Suddenly the memories of all the things we used to make at Christmas are coming back to bother me. I love to make treats to give neighbors and friends.

I like homemade cookies when they are freshly made, especially chewy or soft ones. We only have frosted sugar cookies once a year. Sis dozens of painted sugar cookies every Christmas that she gives away. We haven't made a single cookie this holiday. Yes, I miss it. I miss the idea of having baked goods around more than actually eating them. It's sentimental. It's family and friends. It's all the part of the goodness of the holiday.



We skipped the cookie reception last night following the little ones Christmas program. What! All those lovely homemade cookies. What am I thinking! My brain whispers that one won't hurt. Just one? I know I can do moderation.I don't go crazy with treats because another part of my brain knows the fun is in the anticipation. Nothing ever tastes as good as anticipated, so I can stop with a bite.



So why am I doing this? For my health. I've read a lot about non-alcholic liver problems. The researchers list various causes, but the only thing they all agree on is the detrimental effect of sugar on the liver. This is reversible if I avoid sugar. That is why I choose to eliminate sugar as much as possible. I still get some natural sugar in fruit which I consume in moderation. Some fruits are higher in sugar than others.
I bellieve eliminating sugar may also be helpful to avoid having cancer again. I am very fortunate to only have seven months to go yet with the oncologist. Does that mean I'm safe? Is one ever safe?
Sweets also negatively affect my arthritis. I know that from experience.
Doesn't it just make sense to cut back on sugar?




Sis was getting distraught about what to get me for Christmas this year. I've tried to make suggestions, like stamps and paper goods from the stationers. I like books. I suggested a gift card to a restaurant. I used to love when my staff would give me cards for restaurants.
Finally today I suggested why not treat the three of us (including her daughter who lives with us) to a lovely meal at our favorite restaurant. She thought it was a great idea, so that is planned for Saturday.
I am looking forward to one of their hearty whole-meal salads...though I have been known to change my mind right up to the time we are sitting at the table looking at the menu. I am quite aware of the nutrition info for many of their offerings because we've eaten there for years. It was my Dad's favorite restaurant.

I love going out to eat. Haven't been able to do that too much since I have trouble getting into the car after my last replacement. I still drive but someone has to help me get my one foot in. No trouble getting out by myself. That means I can't just call up a friend and plan to meet up somewhere like I used to do. I really miss that. Just one more reason why independence is the root of most the reasons on my list for losing weight. They are all health related.

I am still working on exercises to strengthen my legs. I do the exercises the physical therapist had me do (side kicks, back kicks, front kicks.) Squats hurt my knee that clicks and grinds and may need replacing in the future. The floor exercises (done on the bed) are just so hard. Bridges give me a headache.

One exercise that would be beneficial is lifting the leg up and over something while standing. They had me use a stack of paper cups. Seems wasteful to me so I'm looking for something else in the house that would adapt to that (without hurting me if I catch it with my foot or knock it over).
Another exercise they had me do that I need to add again is lifting the foot up and holding for a few seconds, repeat, while sitting. That is painful and difficult. The muscles to my hip got very lazy and found work-arounds during all the years when I had to wait for a hip replacement. They said I was too young, and that I should wait until I was over 50 before having the first hip replacement. (I had bilateral hip surgeries when I was young. Pinning and bone graft. That brought on arthritis at a younger age than usual.)

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Thank you for leaving comments. It always surprises me when someone finds the journals here. They are a well kept secret. My journal is where I do my daily entries, sometimes thinking out loud, assessing, planning. It's a record of the daily part of the journey.
When I post a blog, I try to create something that will be helpful to others. Many times it springs from my thoughts recorded here in the journal.

To answer the question, what is IF and OMAD.
IF and OMAD are not diets. They tell you when to eat, not what to eat. You can take any plan you are doing and fit it into IF and OMAD.

IF is intermittent fasting which we all do to a certain extent. Most people fast at least 8 hours a day while sleeping. I started with 16:8, which is fasting for 16 hours and having an 8 hour eating window. Fasting periods may include non-caloric beverages like water, black coffee, and tea without additives. I choose not to drink soda (even zero calorie).

OMAD is one meal a day. It was a gradual progression, born out of IF for me. I found I was full and satisfied after one meal, so I closed the IF window to 23:1. It helps me control the snacking and grazing, especially late at night. It made me feel free, where I was not always thinking about food. I knew I would eat again at the same time each day.

I really like the videos posted onYouTube by Six Miles to Supper and OMAD Revolution. There are a lot of other good ones out there, too.
Kayla Cox (Six Miles to Supper) takes a laid back approach. She eats what she wants (what she is serving her family for dinner) for her OMAD meal. She has lost the extra weight and is maintaining now. She emphasizes keeping your plan simple. Don't complicate it with a lot of rules that you can't keep.
OMAD Revolution takes a different approach. He makes a lot of instructional videos. Take what you can use from them but don't get hung up on following anyone exactly. In fact, that's why he hesitates to answer when people ask exactly how he does it (what he eats, etc) because it needs to be tailored to you.
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Update on my progress:
Yesterday was better. I am down 0.8 pounds this morning. I have not given up on my 2019 goal. I will do what I can.

Last night was the preschool Christmas program. So adorable. I may blog and post pictures later. The program was followed by a Cookie reception. I love homemade cookies. Homemade frosted Christmas cookies are on my list of favs. However, I cut sugar out of my diet in October for health reasons. I can't change that now, not even in moderation, until I reverse the health condition that brought about this change. It will take time. I will not be able to eat sweets very often the rest of my life.

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My weight is up a few pounds this month too - December IS hard! Another Sparker, Harry, who has a Community Journal @I_ROBOT posted this, which I thought was a helpful attitude:-

"X-Mas feeding frenzy is planned to include an unexpected slip.
One must always plan for the unexpected.

Best I can do is limit the damage.
Thank goodness, it only comes around once a year.

Before, it was mindless eating.
Now, it's mindful eating with a slip here and there."


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Don't be too discouraged. December is notoriously bad for putting our goals at risk. Count the year as your success. What is IF and Omad
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I am going in the wrong direction the last couple of days. I have let things creep in from the old way of eating. I have not been adhering as much to IF and OMAD over the weekend and on Monday, too.

Update:
Sun 12/1 -Christmas party(2 meal day) 1820 calories- up 3.6 pounds Mon
Mon 12/2 - 880 calories - down 1 pound on Tues
Tues 12/3 - 594 calories - down 1.2 pounds on Wed
Wed 12/4 - 809 calories - down 0.6 pounds on Thurs
Thurs 12/5 - 0 calories fast day - down 3 pounds on Fri
Fri 12/6 - 1468 calories - up 2 pounds on Sat
Sat 12/7 - 0 calories fast day - down 3 pounds on Sun
Sun 12/8 - 1460 calories - up 2.8 pounds on Mon
Mon 12/9 - 642 calories - up 1.2 pounds on Tues
Tues 12/10 - 2614 calories - lost 0.4 on Wed
Wed 12/11 - 0 calories - down 2.6 on Thurs
Thurs 12/12 -1020 calories - up 0.6 on Fri
Fri 12/13 - 1699 calories - down 0.6 on Sat
Sat 13/14 - 961 calories - up 1.2 on Sun
Sun 12/15 -2175 calories (2 meals) - up 2 on Mon
Mon 12/16 - 1968 calories (2 meals) - up 2 on Tues
Tues 12/17 - 1525 calories (2 meals) - up 0.6 on Wed

I have wiped out all the loss for the month. I weigh more than I did on Dec 1.

I have 13 days left in this month. I have put my milestone goal for 2019 in danger.

Back to IF and OMAD. I have already planned my OMAD meal for 3PM, a taco salad (without the fritos), just over 500 calories. Back to non-caloric drinks the rest of the day.

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From Warrior Sue's blog, pre-holiday blues
I have so much to be grateful for. If I need to fight for my own peace? Let's go....Now I need to put my energy into what it takes for me, to overcome and even welcome, the holiday season.

For me?

prayer: continuous prayers of gratitude for all that I have.
alone time : to relax and regenerate, whether that means a nap, a favorite TV show, or just being quiet and cozy
music: to soothe my soul
exercise: to get the stress out of my body
healthy eating: making good choices and not filling up with excess yet eating what I enjoy. That means not an overload of alcohol, sugar, or caffeine.
staying in my own lane: understanding the boundaries of relationships, especially around the holidays, and being a conduit of love and care






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I need this today. Where I am currently is not my final destination.
I am not depressed. Just a little disappointed that I am not staying strong and on track. Time to go back to my strong place again. Time to tell myself I can do this. I have and I will. It has not been perfectly, and that's ok. It is a journey. I can do what I have to do right now in this moment.



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4 Big Tells (Secrets on How Food Addicts Think) From Your Emails

1. When you long to cut lose and eat again. It shows you are out of touch with normal eating. You will NEVER be able to go back and cut lose any more than you can go back and believe in Santa Claus.
When you plan your day around food [obsess], it's an indicator of a disorder.

2. When you look for easy shortcuts. If you want stuff free or easy, you are trying to buck the system. You believe you deserve better than anyone else.
There are no short cuts.

3. When you put your weight loss success in someone else's hands. You are thinking like a victim. You think life is bigger and tougher than you. You are a sheep following the crowd.
You should say, "Thanks for the tips. Now I know how. Now I'm going to kick butt." Go out and succeed.

4. When you recover binge from a diet. You start a diet. You mess it up. So instead of salvaging it, you binge until some future day when you say you'll start over, like next week, next month, the new year.

You do not have to be a slave to your eating.

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I did a zero-calorie fast day Nov 19 to move past a plateau. It worked, so I did another one on Mon, Nov 25. Even though I had no weight gain over Thanksgiving, I did another zero-calorie fast day the day after the holiday. Very nice results.

I started December out badly, having a Christmas party on Sunday, Dec 1. That made two meals in one day, something I had not been doing since going OMAD. Not bad on calories but enough to cause a 3.6 pound gain the next day.

I decided to go from 5:2 to 4:3, upping the "fast" days to 3 each week. Partway into it, I experimented with alternate day fasting. That is, fasting one day (whether zero-calorie or low calorie), followed by a feed day (up to my calorie limit), then another fast day, then feed day.

I used zero-calorie days on Thurs Dec 5, Sat Dec 7, and Wed Dec 11. There were some low calorie fast days mixed in there, too. The results were good after each fast day but not so good in the overall scheme. After feed days (even though calories were within range), there was a gain. So I weighed the same on Dec 10 as I had weighed on Dec 1. Frustrating result.

Another change this month is my sleep. I got a lot more sleep in November. We know our breathing changes when we sleep and we exhale toxins and lose weight when sleeping. I definitely need to get back to going to bed earlier, and being quicker to take naps as needed.




Easting Options:

1.Go back to Fast 800. Very slow results (losing a fraction of a pound at a time) but still continuous progress.

2.Experiment: string zero-fasts into consecutive days. There are health benefits to 3-5 day zero-fasts that one does not get with single day fasts.

3. Alternate day fasts, keeping calories lower on feed day. Not sure how fasting day would look (low calorie fast vs zero calorie fast).

The weekend is coming so it's not a good time to try a longer fast. We have the grands on Saturday. On Sunday we have lunch together. (I am making V8 roasted vegetables).

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Chris James was interviewing his brother on The Healthy Alternative. I don't remember which one said it but they seemed to agree. One remarked about detoxing from coffee. First I've heard of this. In fact, many zero-calorie fasting people have said to drink water, black coffee, or tea without additives during fast times (no-food fasting, whether IF or no-food fasting). I have been drinking black coffee on most days, usually one or two cups.

One of his guests who was over 400 pounds and needed to lose a lot of weight as quickly as possible, did some water fasts and some dry fasts, for extended periods (up to 7 days at a time). I have no problem with water fasts. Dry fasts are alarming. The body needs to be hydrated.
I googled it and the answer was that dry fasts moves the body through the stages faster so that by Day 1, the faster is already experiencing the health benefits of fasting that is normally achieved by Day 3 on water fasts. I still wonder if this is safe. I've always heard that we can go long period without food but that our body absolutely needs water.
Dry fasting is not an option I would even consider.

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Another successful zero calorie fast day done. Today will be IF and lower calorie OMAD.
I have done more zero calorie fasts recently than I plan to do in the new year. I am still trying to reach that major milestone weight by the end of the year. Then next year I will slow down a bit and rely more on IF and OMAD. I will save the zero calorie fasts to break plateaus or if I feel I need to do a fast for other reasons. I will be going back to 5:2 (or 4:3), with 2 or 3 lower calorie fast OMAD days. As long as I don't go over my limit on calories on the other 4 or 5 days, I am not going to worry about calories. I will continue to log everything in the nutrition tracker because it lets me see exactly where I am.


I've been very careful to not discuss my eating plan at home. It you talk about it, you leave yourself open to comments. RJ is sharp. She's picking up on stuff I've never said, just observing what I quietly do. I think I'm quietly going about my day without drawing attention. I don't want to say negative words like sneaky but It's late and right now my brain can't come up with a better description of my behavior.
She told her Dad and his girlfriend that I have lost a lot of weight eating one meal a day and cutting out sugar. I have mentioned I cut out sugar, only because I've turned down sugary foods. I try not to talk about it too much. I NEVER told her I am doing one meal a day. How did she pick up on that? Many days everyone just gets what they want to eat when they want it. There are times we will eat one meal together, like Sunday lunch after church. Several times she's told me to help myself to something she's made and I acknowledge it but don't act. Today she told me several times to help myself to the roast in the crock pot. Is she watching me? How does she know I didn't? Others did so it isn't like the roast looks undisturbed like when she put it in the crockpot. Sometimes she will question if I've eaten at all today. I do NOT want to discuss zero calorie fasting with anyone yet. They would probably worry about me. If they are going to worry about anything, they should be more concerned about all this excess weight I am carrying around that is damaging my health. I always dodge giving an answer when she asks anything. I know she means well. She cares about me. We show we care by feeding people.

I want to share this wonderful way of eating with my family but I don't want anyone giving me grief about any of it. It is working for me. Not really very nice to know where the well is and not tell those you love where that well is when they so obviously need water.
It makes Sis feel bad because she claims she can't lose weight. She never was heavy until she moved in here with me. We are both aging and slowing down. I never wanted anyone else to get heavy like me. Even RJ has gained weight since coming here.
RJ does the grocery shopping so the choice of food in the pantry and fridge is hers. We do put items on the grocery list that we'd like her to pick up.

OMAD may not work for everyone. RJ had a gastric bypass many years ago and has to eat small amounts throughout the day.
People have to be ready to embrace OMAD. I would never push anyone into it.
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Recent gems from others:

1. I guess RJ telling her Dad that I am doing great should be considered a gem. That she even noticed that I've lose weight is a gem.

2. She was facetiming with her daughter one evening. I was across the living room moving around. Her daughter suddenly asked if that was me and that I had lost weight. She said my wrists were smaller. It was just a quick glimpse from across the room, flashed on her phone screen. RJ has mentioned several times that her daughter noticed I have lost weight.

3. Tonight when a friend was here she mentioned that I've lost weight and asked questions. I said I am eating normal food and watching the calories, and that I quit sugar in October. It's so much more than that. It's IF and OMAD, but I wasn't ready to discuss that with her. (She's a bit gossipy.) If watching calories worked, I would have lost weight and kept it off long ago. That doesn't work long term for me. The difference that OMAD and IF bring to the table are limiting the time I eat, eliminating all the grazing and snacking. It also limits calories when I only eat one meal a day, stopping when full.

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A couple of good OMAD posters on YOU TUBE are OMAD Revolution, One Meal a Day Diary, and Six Miles to Supper. None of these people are scientists. Some have done a fair amount of research. They are all living the OMAD life and sharing their experiences. I have picked up information that I can use from each of them. They all encourage us to eat foods we like because that is more sustainable.

Eat balanced. Adjust. Enjoy life. And most of all, it is YOUR journey.

OMAD Revolution gives a lot of good, middle of the road, information. I don't always agree 100% with everything he says. The clip of his meals for a week were interesting. Not my thing as a whole, but gave me ideas that I can adapt to me, especially protein ideas. He likes rice and beans. I have been avoiding grains. He doesn't go crazy cooking gourmet meals. He us opposed to cutting out food groups, doing keto or worrying about carbs. The key is balance.
One thing he said that stuck with me is "If you are not enjoying yourself, if you are not having fun doing OMAD, you are doing it wrong."

One Meal a Day Diary is interesting. He is documenting what he tries. While normally he chooses to eat healthy, he did an interesting experiment. One week he went Asian. The next week he tried a different fast food restaurant to see if you could still lose weight doing fast food and OMAD. For instance he had a Big Mac and diet Coke, along with other things he prepared at home like mushroom soup. At Taco Bell, he had the 800-something calorie burrito. Can't remember what else he had. At each restaurant, he chose one or two things. No combo meals. No fries. He stayed within his calories. He did not go crazy. This is not to say he is recommending fast food. For the past three years, he has shown us how he eats healthy. Wish I could make the salad he makes with prepped (packaged) kale, brussel sprouts, some kind of seeds and dried cranberries and other greens. He added protein to that.

Six Miles to Supper is my favorite. Kayla Cox and her family are RVers, living simply, traveling to different areas. She eats what her family eats, one meal a day. She advises to keep it simple. Don't add a bunch of rules that make it hard.
She also chose at the beginning of her weight loss journey to walk 6 miles every day. Sometimes that was in the house. Sometimes it was outdoors. No reason for 6 miles. It was a random pick, based on the number of steps in a mile. She thought she could do that many steps in a day while still raising young children.

There are so many interesting clips out there by a lot of people doing OMAD.




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Strange thing happened. I thought I would show a gain when I weighed this morning after enjoying the birthday bash yesterday. It didn't happen. I lost 0.4 pounds. What??? How did that happen?

Update:
Sun 12/1 -Christmas party(2 meal day) 1820 calories- up 3.6 pounds Mon
Mon 12/2 - 880 calories - down 1 pound on Tues
Tues 12/3 - 594 calories - down 1.2 pounds on Wed
Wed 12/4 - 809 calories - down 0.6 pounds on Thurs
Thurs 12/5 - 0 calories fast day - down 3 pounds on Fri
Fri 12/6 - 1468 calories - up 2 pounds on Sat
Sat 12/7 - 0 calories fast day - down 3 pounds on Sun
Sun 12/8 - 1460 calories - up 2.8 pounds on Mon
Mon 12/9 - 642 calories - up 1.2 pounds on Tues
Tues 12/10 - 2614 calories - lost 0.4 on Wed

I like numbers. I like details. Numbers tell the truth. They don't know how to lie. But the numbers above are not directly correlating to calories consumed. Can't put too much value in calories expended because I would fall into the sedentary category. Sleep is a component. I've been slacking in that area, too. Getting enough sleep plays a big role in weight loss.

So far today is a zero calorie fast.
RJ put a roast in the crock pot. Humpf. We'll see where this goes. Will I stay the course? I have the option of making it a regular OMAD though it's a little late for my eating window. I could also make it a low calorie fast day. I think I will go for zero calorie fast.

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Family birthday eating went slightly off track from my plans.

I had planned to have an apple and clementine before eating the planned pizza and cake so I wouldn't be hungry and would stick to my plan. I ate those around 1.

Birthday girl showed up later than expected. Still not bad. The pizza arrived shortly after 3.

We had each picked what kind of pizza we wanted.I tried the chicken barbeque. Sis had bacon and onions thin crust. Birthday girl had deep dish, no sauce, pepperoni, sausage, and mushrooms.
I ordered three small pizzas, small order of Mozzarella bread for Sis and Lucy. The pizza place also replaced the missing reward cookie from the October order.

I planned to have 2 pieces of pizza and 1 piece of cake. Logged it in the nutrition tracker. All good for calories.

Did I do that? Yes, plus a bit more! Yikes! Not really as bad as it sounds.
I had 3 pieces of pizza, 3 pieces of Mozzarella bread (about 1x3 each), 1/3 of the chocolate chip flat cookie (shaped like a small size pizza). I drank water.

By then birthday girl wanted a nap. She had spent the morning at her Dad's house which is why she was late coming to us. She had a gastric bypass years ago, so whenever she eats she has to nap. She calls it a food coma. (She ate about three pieces of her deep dish pizza...and shared some of those bites with her dog.)

So it was later when we had her birthday cake. I could have (and should have) passed. It was white cake with lighter "whippy" frosting (from Kroger bakery), served with vanilla ice cream (which I did not need).

I quit eating sugar in October. I felt quite sick after eating cake. Remember that I had some chocolate chip cookie earlier. It was good when it was warm from the oven.
I planned to eat one piece of cake. I ate one piece.I did not plan to eat chocolate chip cookie. I do not plan on having any more sugar. I don't miss it.

Because the sweet upset my stomach, I had two pieces of string cheese.
Then I had another clementine.

Total calories were 2614. Look at the entry below to see what calories have run this month.

I know the scale will not be pretty this morning so I am considering making today and possibly Thursday liquid fast days. I'll see how I feel when my eating window opens at 2:30PM today. Either way, it will be ok. If I do a partial fast (500 calories) instead of a full non-caloric liquid fast, I don't have a chance of getting back to showing no weight gain by official weigh day on Friday, especially with the gains I've already had this week. That's ok, too. Disappointing, yes, but this is my life and my journey. I have been working on eliminating those pesky weight gains, but they happen. It's life. Weigh in on Friday, and let it go. Move on to a new week after Friday.

I do wonder if I have now set myself far enough back that I will not reach the milestone goal I had for this year. That would be very disappoiniting.
I will be diligent and give my body the chance to make it happen. We'll see how it goes.

It is now Wednesday. I am 100% right back on track with my eating plan: IF and OMAD.

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Not good news. I am up 1.2 pounds, going in the wrong direction again.
My pattern for December is not good.

Sun 12/1 -Christmas party(2 meal day) 1820 calories- up 3.6 pounds Mon
Mon 12/2 - 880 calories - down 1 pound on Tues
Tues 12/3 - 594 calories - down 1.2 pounds on Wed
Wed 12/4 - 809 calories - down 0.6 pounds on Thurs
Thurs 12/5 - 0 calories fast day - down 3 pounds on Fri
Fri 12/6 - 1468 calories - up 2 pounds on Sat
Sat 12/7 - 0 calories fast day - down 3 pounds on Sun
Sun 12/8 - 1460 calories - up 2.8 pounds on Mon
Mon 12/9 - 642 calories - up 1.2 pounds on Tues

Zero pounds lost for the month.

1. My calories were too high on the 12/1, 6, and 8. I gain weight when I go over 1200.
2. Alternate day fasting is not working for me.
3. Fasting is working for me.
4. All days are OMAD except 12/1.
5. My window has widened. For example, yesterday I ate the chili mac within the one hour window. A couple of hours later I had the popcorn. An hour or more later I had the blueberries. All of that was fine for calories. Would I not have gained today if I had kept it within that one hour window? I will tighten up the window back to one hour, ONE meal a day.
6. What other conclusions can be drawn from these figures?
Last night I was thinking that I should go back to what I was doing at the beginning: Intermittent fasting 23:1, and 5:2 (500 calorie fast days on Monday and Thursday, and up to 1200 calories the other 5 days). Save the liquid fast days to break the plateaus or when I need that extra loss to meet a goal.

We'll see what today does. It is RJ's birthday. I have already logged the food I plan to eat in the tracker: one piece of birthday cake, 2 slices of pizza, an apple. Under 1000 calories for the day.

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The kids were here tonight.We had leftover mac & cheese, so RJ added canned chili (without beans) to it to make chili mac (baked in the oven).

I decided to break my non-caloric liquid fast and change it to a low calorie fast day. One lesson I've learned recently is that it is smarter to take a small portion and go back for seconds than to use the one plate only and take too big a portion the first time. I used a very small bowl. Went back for a second helping later. I think the bowl holds less than 3/4 cup, but to be safe I counted each helping as one cup. I'd rather count calories higher and miss, than to count them lower and miss. This way I won't be disappointed with the results on the scale on Friday.

When I tracked everything in the nutrition tracker tonight, I couldn't believe it was about 600 calories because I was full. I was sure it would have come in higher. I double checked everything and it's right. It is amazing how little it takes to fill me up doing IF and OMAD.

Can it really be this easy? All the years I struggled unsuccessfully to stay within 1200-1500 calorie range! Why didn't I know about this? Thank you, Dr Mosley, Dr Valter Longo, Dr Jason Fung, Dr Mindy Kelz, Dr Krista Varaday, Kayla Cox and so many others.

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One more thing I would add to the entry below.

IF and OMAD make me feel in control. That has been a missing piece. I struggled to stay within my calorie range (1200-1500 for years). Many times I was over 2000. Not good. No wonder I weigh more than when I started. When I stayed under the limit, there were times I felt unsatisfied and even hungry.
With IF and OMAD, I don't have that feeling any more. I am not tempted when it is not time to eat. My mind isn't obsessing about food. I am not always thinking about what else I can eat. I don't keep looking in the refrigerator or pantry.
I am not tempted to get something to eat every time I am our running errands. I don't think that I HAVE to eat because it's now past my regular eating time. I am comfortable about waiting until I get home, knowing I can control the quality and quantity at home.
I've wondered if this is how an eating disorder (strictly undereating) starts. At this point, I don't think so. I am at a very unhealthy weight. Any pounds and inches I can lose will help. If I was skinny and imagined I was still fat, that would be an eating disorder. If I severely overeat (as I've been), that probably falls under eating disorder. Having a semblance of control is not unhealthy. I am getting my life back. I am trying to make the days I have be healthier ones so I can be more active and independent and enjoy life.

Fasting has been around forever. It is one of the spiritual disciplines. I've admired people who practice it. I have not done well there because I didn't understand all the different types of fasts like I do now. One size does not fit all.
I've known a couple of spiritual giants (to me they were heroes) who practiced fasting once a week on a regular basis. They also happen to be thin and healthy. Is that a coincident? They are a cut above us other mortals. They know something we can only catch a glimmer of. It always seems beyond what I could do.

I've stumbled into a successful way to fast as a tool to improving my health. The door is cautiously opening to a world I longed to access. It's the key to many things.
No longer on the outside looking in.

Wish I could share this in a blog. Would it help someone? Would it bring out the naysayers?

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Spark set my calorie range too high. Most places I look have it set too high. I cannot eat 1600 or more calories a day without gaining weight.
I keep my range 1200 to 1500. If I eat around 1200 I lose weight. If I eat more I gain. My metabolism rate probably figures into that. What my body is used to eating may be part of the reason it is so low.

1200 used to be a "safe" calorie amount to lose weight. Science is setting the limits of "safe" on it's head. There are ongoing tests. It may be awhile before the final decision is in.

Lower calorie for a period of time to allow the body to lose faster has been recommended by Dr Michael Mosley. First it was the 5:2, dropping calories to 500 on 2 days out of the normal eating week. Then it was the Fast 800, allowing 800 calories per day for an extended period while actively trying to lose weight; then switching to the 5:2, with only 2 days being 800 out of a normal eating week. He recommends a Mediterraen diet with this plan. There are a few dishes I like on the plan but many more that I would't eat.
While I like the over all concept of 800 and 5:2, I would prefer my own eating plan. It is important to get enough protein (not necessarily meat) on this plan.

Intermittent fasting is generally accepted as healthy. People have been doing that on a regular basis, fasting during the 8 hours they sleep. With IF, the hours can be extended by skipping a meal and not snacking, like after supper or not eating in the morning until lunch.

There are partial fasts, like the 5:2, where we eat one meal of 500 or two meals of 800, or whatever we decide.
There are liquid fasts where we don't eat for a certain period, and only drink non-caloric beverages like water, black coffee, and tea with no additives. Some people add diet soda. I don't drink soda at all.
There are dry fasts with nothing to eat or drink. I don't feel those are a safe option.
There are alternate day fasting plans for fast weight loss. Dr Varady calls it fast day, feast day. She found that people generally did not go nuts on feast day. They came in only a little over what they would normally eat. They lost weight.

My favorite is OMAD, one meal a day. When I first heard someone on Spark say she and her husband did OMAD, I didn't think much of the idea. What is the purpose of still consuming most of your daily calories in one meal? How can anyone lose weight doing that?

I started with intermittent fasting (16:8, from noon to 8PM) to control the night time munching after supper. I can pack as many calories into unhealthy munching at night as I consume all day. And it makes me gain a lot of weight over time. I would get it under control by saying no eating after supper. That would last for awhle and be ultra successful. Then months later nibbles would start slipping in and soon I was back to full blown munching whatever I wanted and many things I didn't really want, and the weight would go back up and up.
IF closed that night time eating. Absolutely no eating from 8PM to noon the next day.

Then I started to learn the health benefits of fasting, way beyond losing weight. The IF window for eating started shrinking.
I also found after I ate one healthy meal, I was satisfied and not hungry when it came time for supper. I did not WANT to eat. So one day I didn't. I felt fine. I made it easily after noon the next day. My regular meal started being around 2:30 or 3PM.It soon became a habit. That is how I shifted to OMAD, one meal a day.
The meal was usually a little under my calorie limit. It was mostly 800 to 900 calories, occasionally more or less. Hmmm, sound like the Fast 800, doesn't it?

My plan has evolved to include many elements from different plans:

IF for a one to two hour eating window, cutting out all snacking. This works well for me. The window can flex if necessary, such as for social occasions. Once in a great while, it may include two eating periods in the same day.

I am trying to roll 5:2 into 4:3 to include an extra low calorie or fast day. There is so much value in fasting. At times this looks more like alternate day fasting.

Alternate day fasting and extended fasting does not work as well for me because I have trouble coming off a fast. I eat when I think I should (and avoid meat) but still get an upset stomach. Part of that may be eating too much on the day I come off because of it being a regular calorie day. That is just too much food. I need to eat lightly on the day I come off. Well, if doing alternate day fasting, that does not work well since the next day will be a fast day. I am concerned that I feed my body the nourishment it needs to be healthy. It does not feel right to me to fast one day, eat lower calories the next day, then fast again the third day, and repeat. So I think there needs to be bigger gaps between true fast days...or some of those fast days need to be low calorie fast days, not true fast days with non-caloric beverages only.

I know carrying this much weight is totally unhealthy. It is just as big a threat as not eating enough with crazy eating plans.

I've had a number of health issues since 2004 (one which brought me to Spark in the first place). I had another one in October this year when I became adamant about eliminating as much sugar as possible and have successfully stuck to that since. I've had one hard candy and tried pumpkin spice cereal twice since then, and I plan to have one piece of RJ's birthday cake tomorrow. Otherwise, zilch. Not one Coke or Mountain Dew. It has not been hard to make this change. Being scared is a great motivator.

There were two other changes I made at the same time besides eliminating sugar.
Eliminating extra salt and avoiding deep fried foods.

With fasting, there is a lot of advice about making sure to get enough salt so I've relaxed that idea a bit. I still do not eat bagged salty snacks, like chips, Cheetos, Doritos, Fritos, etc.

We love fish. RJ brought Long John Silver's home twice and I had some. My stomach was upset the first time after eating fish and hush puppies. The second time was to celebrate Sis' birthday (who loves fish). I cut back on what I ate and was ok.

In one article that I read about liver damage, it blamed it on these three things (salt, sugar, fried foods). The other research I've done only agrees on sugar being the culprit. I would say I've done a smashing job on eliminating as much sugar as possible. There will always be some sugar even in natural whole foods. I'm not as worried about that. I have eliminated adding sugar to food or eating sweets or foods with a lot of added sugar.


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Another successful non-caloric liquid fast. Weight went back down where it was before the kids came over plus lost one pound towards next Fridays official weighing.

I have to do something with the leftover mac and cheese for lunch today, so I'll be checking out recipes. I hope to bake it in the oven. Still have a lot of chicken tenders too. Looking for a way to fix this that it won't shoot my weight up. I have the calories to use but not my body doesn't react the same to these kind of calories as it does to veggies or salad.




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