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Let us know how you like the youtube of Gentle Fitness.

Lorraine An attitude of gratitude makes all the difference. According to aerodynamic laws, the bumblebee cannot fly. Its body weight is not the right proportion to its wingspan. Ignoring these laws, the bee flies anyway.


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Lorraine - thanks for the interesting post on chair exercises. I'm going to look into them for those days when sciatica keeps me sitting or snoozing. emoticon

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SongbirdPaula, emoticon for being such an inspiration! You are emoticon
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Morning all. Songbirdpaula, noticed your post about the sore bottom. Have you seen the Gentle Fitness chair exercise take 5? It helps stretch your muscles and doesn't hurt anything. She has MS and is very sensitive to keeping the exercises doable for folks with various disabilities. What I liked best was the limited exercise for the feet. I started with her and it helped me sooooo much. Now I can even do most of Paul Eugene's chair gospel. That one has lots of foot action. It leaves my right thigh a bit cramped but it feels soooo good to be able to finish it.

Lorraine An attitude of gratitude makes all the difference. According to aerodynamic laws, the bumblebee cannot fly. Its body weight is not the right proportion to its wingspan. Ignoring these laws, the bee flies anyway.


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Good morning team. I just joined the team and am reading through a lot of the posts. One thing immediately stuck out for me. Indygirl said " I wan to live again" So do I .

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Good morning to everyone on the team!
I'm a retired/disabled nurse since 2003. With all of my health issues I take 26 different type of prescriptions on a daily basis and most of those twice a day. Sometimes I think I might lose an extra pound or two if I could just stop swallowing some of them! emoticon With my doctor's assistance and diligently working with me, we've tried to take me off of or reduce the milligrams of some, but I guess it just isn't in the cards for me. Some of the medicines that I take for my leg tremors and seizures just happen to make me sleepy, so I don't really have an issue of not getting enough sleep. I've always been one to wake up quick when my husband gets me up in the mornings, so I'm not to dependent on caffeine, but I do love my iced tea in the mornings whether the weather is cold or hot. I had a brain hemorrhage and almost died and that left me with several disabilities, plus I have the regular ones that come along with age and living an unhealthy life style in the past. About the only thing that I don't have is diabetes. Even when I was at my largest 365+ lbs, my blood sugar was always great. I definitely count my blessings. I enjoy my walking emoticon emoticon when I can outside in the fresh air. It is wonderful to not require a wheelchair any longer due to weight.

I want to encourage all of us and know that emoticon and I'm so thankful for Indygirl and her team and her spirit and her sharing and encouragement.

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I "will" reach my goals; I have the "power". That's what WILLPOWER means to me! emoticon

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Up until September, I started my morning with a quart of coffee.

Lorraine An attitude of gratitude makes all the difference. According to aerodynamic laws, the bumblebee cannot fly. Its body weight is not the right proportion to its wingspan. Ignoring these laws, the bee flies anyway.


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I'm trying something new after Emmabe1 posted about the danger with caffeine. I will admit to you all that I am a terrible caffeine addict. I mean 500-600 mg a day. I got off of it for awhile, but when my energy wanes or depression hits, I go right back to it. Emmabe suggested I try vitamins and so I am. I have a multi called ALIVE, and a mix of folic acid, iron and b12. I'm also drinking an acai, blueberry, pomegranate juice with it. I'm hoping this works.

I'm also weeding out some of the medication I'm on that makes me sleepy. I have insomnia, so I'm also going to try using melatonin instead of sleeping pills. This morning, it had only given me 4 hours of sleep, but that's par for the course no matter what I take. No wonder I'm tired all of the time.

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10/28/12 10:58 A

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How many times have we asked ourselves "Why don't I just have enough WILLPOWER to do this?" Well, I don't. No, really. I don't use will power. That is a big tip here. Willpower does not really work in our situations. It's a mix of mind and physical changes that need to take place to make our bodies work for us rather than against us.

You will find along your journey, as I have, that there are mindsets and things you make up along the way that you have to take with you as tools. I call mine the ~Indyisms. You can see them on my blog today.

You will also find that there are foods that MAKE you hungry and foods that don't, Stick to the ones that don't. Also we need to get over the paranoia about buying fruit trays and veggie trays and healthy things for yourselves. You and I both would just as easily drop that same money on junk food. Consider it a treat, as you would the junk and it takes on new meaning.

Leptin is a satisfaction hormone and grehlin is a hunger hormone. They both fight for the same spot on the neuropathways of your brain. Of course you would rather leptin win. Leptin is going to win, provided you don't eat grehlin producing foods that contain tons of high fructose corn syrup, fats, sugars and trans fats. Basically many processed foods contain these things. Cooking fresh or eating fresh helps keep you full.

Keeping stress under control helps too by eliminating a fat packing hormone called cortisol. I buy scented candles and hand creams and soaps to treat my senses now, as opposed to food. They say your sense of smell is strong medicine. I believe it.

Lean protein and fiber, my favorite is protein and fruit, together keep you full. Eating snacks regularly that contain these items is a good idea for me to stay on track. Protein does promote weight loss for me... I'm not talking low carb necessarily, just higher protein in general (if you don't have kidney problems.)

Hope something I do helps out....



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It was some sort of synchronicity that I clicked on this site last week. I too was on my way down and out emotionally any way but physically too. Moving was hard --But I read your story and even more I received amazing support in the responses to my firt post. I've been walking 5-10 minutes even upto 20 minutes today!! and doing chair exervises to strengthen my knees . I sooner rather than later hope to alleviate that pain. I am tracking a bit hit or miss, but I am not giving up.

thank you for being there

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I'm loving this conversation this morning ladies.

I left SP for several months when I needed to take care of my mom. It was a very stressful time for me. After her death, I returned to SP...about 2 months ago. I gained about 60 or more opounds while I was away. Since I've been back, I've already lost 14 pounds
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What I've learned is, despite what type of stress I am going through in my life, I should never give up on myself. Eating and living healthy should always be my number one priority in life. Without a healthy "me" I am not much good to my children and grandchildren.

I am thankful for SP who is helping me to stay on the right track in my weight loss journey.


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In July a friend invited me to Spark people. In August I joined, but mostly just read the daily emails and clicked into some articles. A few days ago there was a blog by Indygirl that really resonated with me: it was a message about only picking strategies for weight loss that you can stick with and is the reason I joined Indygirl's team.

Here is some info about me:

I am a 48 year old single mom who has struggled with weight problems all my life, but much more after back problems in my 20's made it harder to do the physical things I loved.

7 1/2 years ago I got motivated to diet and exercise and rapidly lost 30 pounds in about 12 weeks. I was looking and feeling better than in a long time. While vacationing, I had the equivalent of a stroke in my eye that cost me the sight in my right eye - likely culprit was undiagnosed high blood pressure. Two years ago I fell down a flight of stairs and damaged by knee (and probably my foot too, but that wasn't noticed at the time because my knee was so bad). The shock and pain from the injury either caused psoriatic arthritis to start or took away my tolerance for dealing with it. I got treatment, but by the beginning of August 2011, I was up to 240, in pain, sedentary, depressed, etc. My ex and step-daughter were still in the picture (they moved out last January) and a constant source of stress due to mental illnesses they both have. Life was looking hopeless and I knew either something would change or I would be dying sooner rather than later.

Because of the stroke equivalent after a rapid weight loss, I was afraid to go on a strict diet, but I convinced myself that 0 pounds in 3 months was a safe way to do it. Besides if I did that for a year it would be a 40 pound loss. I knew when losing weight it gets harder as you drop so I set myself a 3 - 4 year goal to lose 100 pounds.

After a quick start to the first 10 pounds from mostly water loss, progress slowed, but I had lost 25 pounds by Memorial Day. My daughter went away for 6 weeks starting in June and I decided that even though my foot hurt wearing shoes so walking outside was very painful, I could manage the pain of walking barefoot and restarted an old friend Leslie Sansone's 2 mile walk (I've had the VHS tape of this from when it first came out). With only about 3 days missed since the beginning of June, it has become a part of my daily routine. It really has improved my energy level, my stamina, and my rate of weight loss.

The other changes I needed to make related to what I ate and where. I adore Ice cream. I no longer buy large containers of it on sale because I eat to much of it. I do get some single serving novelty things and Edy's fruit pops, but I don't crave them much any more. I also used to get massive amounts of takeout Chinese food and pizza and then just eat them for the rest of the week. I don't get that stuff to bring into my house any more. I can enjoy it out occasionally if I am with others.

I used to crave sweets, but after a few weeks of eating lots of summer fruits, those cravings basically went away. I discovered Greek yogurt - very satisfying. I also started going to stores I knew had vegetables at reasonable prices and adding more vegetables into my diet.

Well, I made my first 40 pound goal the day before I drove my daughter to her college dorm at the end of August. I decided that a goal of 150 by the time I became 50 (16 months to lose 50 pounds) was my new goal. I started a temporary job mid-September which also increased my level of activity. It is now two months later and I have lost a total of 55 pounds.

The last two weeks had a lot of stress due to problems i needed to help my daughter resolve and I helped her relocate to another dorm room. I have been eating more over these 2 weeks (not huge stress eating, but a few nice meals out) and my weight drop was about 5 pounds in these two weeks alone. I am hypo-thyroid and had been stable on my dose of levothyroxin for about 15 years. However, this morning i realized that my constant dry skin was no longer dry. Has anyone ever heard of someone reversing being hypo-thyroid based on changes to what they are eating? I know I should get blood work to see what my TSH level is, but I also wouldn't mind a few more "easy" pounds coming off first.

Any way, that is me and where I am at now and where I hope to be at the end of this phase of my journey.




The positive changes to how I feel and my increased ability to function are my motivation for doing this. The changes to my appearance are a happy byproduct, but being able to live long enough to eventually have grandchildren and be able to enjoy playing with them and going places with them are what will give me the strength to stick with positive changes to my life.


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Tried the Nectar Fuzzy Navel today. It smells deliciously tropical. I'll try it with milk another time. Hope it turns out like an orange julius drink.

Lorraine An attitude of gratitude makes all the difference. According to aerodynamic laws, the bumblebee cannot fly. Its body weight is not the right proportion to its wingspan. Ignoring these laws, the bee flies anyway.


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I started SparkPeople because I was on my way out... literally. I was waiting to die. I had no life. I couldn't walk or get out of the house or much or anything. I depended on my husband and friends for just about everything and I hated it and myself. Since I couldn't get out of the house, that left me looking for something online. I found SparkPeople after a suggestion by my high school best friend, Lioness822. I ignored it for a long while, but then I got serious and started working hard at earning SparkPoints every day. Working at points helps you do the healthy things that help you prepare to lose weight. I literally tried to get fit like it was my career.

So what made me start Sparking... I needed to live again.

Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now.
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I recently posted on my FSC's team's forum about "Why did you start sparkpeople" my friend Randy suggested that I blog about it and I just did, my blog "why?". Take a minute and think back yourselves. Why did you start sparkpeople? Do you have the enthusiasm that you had then? Is it time to refocus? Lets get this weight off and get back to life.

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emoticon emoticon Good morning team!

Thanks Lorraine for the information regarding some chair exercises. I'm anxious to get started on them.

My computer is running so slow this morning that it is a pitiful sight. Oh well, it does this from time to time. Since I am on time constraints in the mornings it really puts a crimp in my lifestyle when I can't move as fast on here as I would like to.

I'm still fighting my battle with my new leg tremor medicine to not gain weight on it, but it does get discouraging at times. I get on a see-saw and just stay there and then it's always a surprise what happens after I stop. I am so thankful for all of my friends and teams. I can't make it without the Lord and all of you.

I hope everyone has a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!

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Yesterday was the first time I tried the Syntrax Nectar protein drink. I put the powder in warm water and mixed it. The top layer wasn't dissolved. It was like iced tea mix that doesn't completely dissolve. The taste was ok and the aroma was great. It was cappuchino.


*SPOILER*




Today was very different. I put the powder in the cup and poured boiling water on it. The powder took on the consistency of melted cheese. I was stirring and trying to break up the clumps. Totally unappetizing. I dumped the whole thing and started over. I put cool water in a cup and added the mix. This time I watched it dissolving as I stirred it. The taste was ok, the smell great. Moral of my story, don't use hot water. :) I'm looking forward to trying the Roadside Lemonade and fuzzy navel that also arrived.

Lorraine An attitude of gratitude makes all the difference. According to aerodynamic laws, the bumblebee cannot fly. Its body weight is not the right proportion to its wingspan. Ignoring these laws, the bee flies anyway.


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Great attitude Denise emoticon

We all get frustrated with ourselves but we need to just stop and regroup and go back at it :)

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Going backwards. I was so happy to reach 197 a couple of weeks ago. Now I am back up to 204. I am beyond frustrated, and so angry with myself!

I have tried hard not to get down on myself about this. I have given myself pep talks. Made sure I had healthy food choices.

I have dropped from my water aerobics class from 3 times a week to 1. This, for sure, is not helping. My neck is so painful, I can't drive myself there and rely on friends to get there. Unfortunately, my friends are usually busy.

My neck pain and back pain have limited my favorite form of exercise - walking. This frustrates me on more than a weight-loss level - not walking affects almost every aspect of my life!

Okay, enough of all that. Yes, I am frustrated. Yes, I had a moment to vent, and I thank you for that! Now it's time to put on my big-girl shorts and get to finding solutions on not dwelling on problems!

Time to re-vamp my short-term goals!

Best wishes!

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Songbird, doesn't matter if you are moving toward your goal at less than lightening speed. You are approaching your goal and that is nothing but commendable. I will sparkmail you a list of chair exercise sites I have. Emmab1 has chair exercises on her posts, on a thread, on a post from chair exercises and on this teams thread also. I wish I were going out and walking daily! I stepped out the front door other day, and for the first time turned around and came in the front door. Haven't done that since about March because the last step was tooooo intimidating. We each have different mobility issues but the chair exercises range from gentle to super intense. Find what works for you. You will find that your flexibility will increase. I'm rooting for you. At this point, I do a bare 50 steps of marching a day while holding on to something. I know you will improve and be able to enjoy more time outdoors. emoticon emoticon emoticon One of the DVD's is Stronger Seniors done by Anne Burrell Pringle and she is here at SparkPeople.

Edited by: LORRAINE10141 at: 10/24/2012 (11:53)
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emoticon emoticon Good morning everyone!

Today, I've been thinking about goal setting. It has been a while since I've really set any, sooooo, I've decided to join the Chair Exercise Team (just did a few minutes ago) and my other one is to try to lose 1 lb per week. I guess since I've lost so much 200+lbs in these past years (began journey March 2009) that it is really going slow now, almost to a crawl. My determination to "never wanting to return to the old me" is over-powering at times. I just need something new to make it to the 2nd and final goal the doctor's set for me. I have to lose a few more lbs to suit them I guess. It is less than 25 lbs, but right now it seems like a century. All I have to do is to find a book or something that will show me some of the exercises that I can do using a chair. I will continue my emoticon emoticon outside as I enjoy the fresh air and getting away from the confines of my house. I've been disabled since 2003 and in a wheelchair, and this year I'm finally able to be out of it permanently and on a walker. If I can walk just to the end of our driveway, I enjoy it so. I try to do that a couple of times a day.

Well, I'll close for now. I just wanted to share thoughts and plans with friends.

Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!

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I am doing a little better with moderation. I am using the Spark meal plans as a guide to the variety and amount of food I need. I modify the plans every day, but they are still a great guide.

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Welcome to the team Livelong58! There are many chair exercises linked here and they have helped me. They might help you too.

Edited by: LORRAINE10141 at: 10/22/2012 (14:49)
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I hope this is the correct thread for introductions. I'm a 54 yo female, married, three grown kids, one grandbaby that I want to live to see grow.
I've just joined this team. I must say reading through some of the entries you all are losing a lot of weight...I'm looking to lose 180, one pound at a time.
I seem to be in a good frame of mind, I'm early into this eating plan and was recently put on metformin (pre-diabetic) and an anti depressant. The combination seems to be working out pretty well. I'm not craving carbs too badly...well its not a wonder drug but I seem to be managing better. I'm down about 15 lbs. in the last two months. I've been seeing my Dr. monthly in preperation for gastric bypass but found out my insurance no longer covers it so I'm out of luck and pretty shattered by the news to be honest. So I'm dong this on my own.
I'm not doing any exercising yet. I am recovering from a bad pulled back, just as it started to get better my knee went out (I must have been overcompensating or something).


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~Indygirl, you're sooo right about perfectionism and how hard it is to learn moderation. I struggle with that BIG time:-)

Thanks for sharing!

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It is so true that what is most affordable is junk. I really began to notice since having kids (3 yrs and 1 yrs). Everything fresh and healthy cost more. It is a financial sacrifice that many can't make. I feel blessed to be able to buy fresh items. I also find myself using coupons like crazy :)

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Good declaration, Paula. "I'd rather be hungry than overeat."

Lorraine An attitude of gratitude makes all the difference. According to aerodynamic laws, the bumblebee cannot fly. Its body weight is not the right proportion to its wingspan. Ignoring these laws, the bee flies anyway.


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You are an inspiration to all, your message is a walking billboard, YOU! It is so true we need to learn what we can live with and live without to find our success on this journey. I have over 45 lbs to lose and at times feels like 500 lbs that won't budge. I know it is how I eat because I walk on my treadmill everyday. I started my exercise streak on July 4 and it continues. So I conquered exercising. I now need to work on my streak for eating healthy. As I am sure you learned along the way, that loving yourself no matter what you weight is, helps you succeed. Not beating yourself down and feeling worse causing eating frenzies back to back. I am happy to say I'm not doing that anymore. I think as I've gotten older, just turned 55, life is getting shorter and I want to be joyful as I take on this journey and find even more joy when I start the next which will be maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

LOVE from Above, Georgie

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You are sooo right! They are wondering why America has an obesity problem, well go to the grocery stores and look at the prices! See what is affordable and what is not.$3.00 a lb for grapes or $3.50 a lb for asparagus? Everything is going up,but the "healthy" stuff seems the worst. And look at fast food places, they have $1 menus compare that to a "real" restaurant the government really cares about public health and childhood obesity, it seems they would work a little harder to make healthy food more affordable just have to make the best choices we can with the budget we may have. emoticon emoticon

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10/22/12 7:52 A

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Good morning everyone and happy Monday! Thanks for those 2 post you made yesterday Indy, I so much agree with you. I'm in a good place with my food plan and am hoping to lose another 2 pounds this week.


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10/22/12 6:38 A

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emoticon emoticon Good morning everyone!

Please read my blog for today, 10/22/12....It has one of my favorite "declarations" that I use for me. This is my 1st blog of where I really share about my beginnings. My "declaration" that works for me is "It is better to feel hungry, than to overeat." Some may disagree, but that is okay. We all have to work and make our journey our own. I just thought I would share something about me and my journey.

Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!

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10/22/12 6:11 A

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Good morning :)

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Indy that is wonderful and I agree about it is about the quality of the food we eat....



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I'm so glad I came to this team! So much great information that completely makes sense to me. Some great ideas to try when I feel like I just want to eat for the sake of eating, and good ways to make better choices on what to eat if I don't feel like I can stop myself from eating when I don't really need to be eating.

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Thanks. :) So true. Part of my NSV are the "duh" moments. I was enjoying the Silk Soy Chocolate milk. I was straining my shoulder patting myself on the back because I was trying something "new" and "healthy". Then the "duh" moment. The sugar was way too high for someone with type 2 diabetes. emoticon


Lorraine An attitude of gratitude makes all the difference. According to aerodynamic laws, the bumblebee cannot fly. Its body weight is not the right proportion to its wingspan. Ignoring these laws, the bee flies anyway.


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10/21/12 9:57 A

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I posted this in response to a blog and thought you might like to read it:


We eat far too much processed junk all together, but that IS the cheap stuff. We are hooked on it and the chemicals they dump in it so freely, like sugars, fats, and synthetics. Most people are basically time restricted and tired. They don't have the time to prepare fresh fruits, veggies, grains, and lean proteins for the most part. They feel sluggish from their diet of crud and it isn't their fault. That's what's out there and mostly affordable and visible. It's our job to get the word out to LOOK HARDER at what to eat and CHANGE IT. People need to know that the haze of being tired and sluggish actually goes away with the right food. Good quality food isn't just for weight loss. It's vital! But... lose the tired haze and what do you have? Energy!!! Energy makes you move and be productive. Thus weight comes off. The body also responds better to real food by producing leptin, a satisfaction hormone. It shuts down it's mass production of grehlin, the hunger inducing hormone and insulin and cortisol. These chemicals all fight to make you hungry. The trick is not to eat less, it is to eat MORE of the right things.

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10/21/12 9:39 A

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I think this really can be your last time losing weight. What I did was only pick strategies that I could stick with for the rest of my life. In other words, if you don't think you can do something for the rest of your life, that isn't the weight loss plan/ tip for you. Customize your plan to your life, not the other way around.

Think of it this way, maybe you can't or won't exercise for 30 minutes a day... but will you do 10? Stick to that. 10 is actually my goal. It seems to be working.

Stop the last meal mentality. This really isn't the last pizza you're ever going to have until you reach your goal. It's the last pizza you're going to have until you break, so include your favorite foods into your plan and track them. Those foods will still be there tomorrow and you can eat them meal after meal until you are sick of them, if that's what it takes to get over cravings.

"Always and never." If you are using those two words, there should be a red flag popping up that it might not be something you can do every single time a situation arises. Ease up on yourself so you can maintain a real lifestyle change.

Beating perfectionism and learning moderation is hard. So many of us want to jump into a plan, be perfect, get thin and healthy, then go on maintenance. That's how it should be, right? Well, in a perfect world... But in the real world it doesn't work. We have to be flexible and therefore our health and weight loss plans have to flex with us.

We also have unique personalities with unique bodies. What works for one person doesn't always work for someone else, no matter how hard they try. So be willing to accept that you did NOT fail. The things you have tries are simply things you cannot stick with for the rest of your life. The thing to do now is find out why and what WILL you be able to stick with for the long haul.

I personally set my goal to lose 1lb a week. If I want extra food, some months I'll even set it to 1/2 pound a week loss. The point is to lose, maintain, just don't gain. And if you gain, make sure it aint stayin'!

Life is happening now, not 10 pounds from now.
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10/20/12 9:45 P

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It is more about the QUALITY of the food than the quantity of the food you eat. If you eat real food instead of junk food, you will lose weight without putting as much effort in. What do I mean by real food? I mean lean protein, fruits, veggies, whole grains, cereals (not too sugary... Kashi brand is my fave), organic lowfat dairy. Why organic on the dairy? I lost much of my weight by switching to organic dairy at the suggestion of a book that explained that some people are sensitive to the growth hormones given to cows. These hormones are given to cows to make them get bigger and passed on to us, thus making some of us who are sensitive or drink a lot of dairy get bigger. think organic Dairy is too expensive? Most would easily drop that same money on fast food, so spending it on something healthy only makes sense.

Add healthy foods like extra veggies or an extra healthy snack or meal to your plan and don't take food away. By doing this, you are not deprived and there is always food there if you want it. That cuts out the stress and anxiety of feeling being upset. Taking your favorite recipes and add in extra veggies or grains to the mix is an easy way to make a bigger batch, cut costs, and make a much healthier lower calorie dish.

Breaking plateaus...
I was hospitalized over the summer for low blood sugar and was not eating enough because I had been feeling ill. I was complaining about not losing weight and the nurses said to have more protein. I explained that I was having trouble eating, so they suggested I try a protein drink. The particular one I tried was called Nectar Sweets and you can buy it on Amazon. There are even variety flavor packs to sample. It mixes well and is more like a Kool-Aid than a milk shake. My favorite is Fuzzy Navel flavor. This isn't a commercial, just letting you know what I use personally. I like the protein drink because it adds a lot of protein for few calories, it gets rid of hunger, is convenient, is easy to add to smoothies, and is cheaper than meat. Well anyway, as soon as I started getting over 70 grams of protein a day, my weight started coming off again. So starvation didn't yield results on my plateau, but protein did. I started losing weight in about 2 days after beginning to reach my protein goal.

I hope this helps someone.

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I just ordered the Nectar Sweets protein powder and then checked out the Bariatric Pantry items. This should be a big help for me. I can use it instead of the Cinnamon Pecan bread bars by Quaker which have more sugar and less protein. I also mentioned Indygirl and SparkPeople.com where it asks at Bariatric Pantry about who recommended you. The Bariatric Pantry showed up when I went to Amazon and checked out Nectar Sweets. You can't order the BP items from Amazon though. emoticon

Lorraine An attitude of gratitude makes all the difference. According to aerodynamic laws, the bumblebee cannot fly. Its body weight is not the right proportion to its wingspan. Ignoring these laws, the bee flies anyway.


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Everyone have a great weekend and remember this:

"Just because I'm in the kitchen, doesn't mean I have to eat!"
(original by me)

Have a blessed day and wonderful journey to the new you!

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Hope you are all breathing easier soon.

Lorraine An attitude of gratitude makes all the difference. According to aerodynamic laws, the bumblebee cannot fly. Its body weight is not the right proportion to its wingspan. Ignoring these laws, the bee flies anyway.


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I woke up with a cold or sinusitis this morning and don't know where I got it. My head feels so big. I'll be resting most of the day, as I can hardly breath.

Wishing everyone a nice weekend. Stay on track, keep hydrated, and keep moving.

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10/19/12 10:51 A

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SANDRA2BSKINNY - I hope that you feel better soon!!

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

I need to get moving today. I overslept and didn't get in my cardio this morning. so I am adding in movements as I can at work!

Everyone is doing the best they can with what they have and where they are.

Remember that the scale isn't the only way to measure weightloss success!


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I am off to bed feel I am coming down with a cold.

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Beth-I deal with SAD too and have found that having daylight bulbs in all of our light fixtures really helps me.

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Hey! I just completed my first 7 days of the 28 day Bootcamp, whoo hoo! I know it's temporary, but I am buzzing with happiness & exercise!
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Woohoo on the jeans! Let's hear it for jeans! I like yoga pants too!

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I am looking forward to feeling my hipbones, maybe in another 80 pounds. I also want to wear a pencil skirt with black tights and boots. Today I made my first 20 pound goal!


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