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5/19/14 1:30 P

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@LIFECHANGZ I'm still here! Still losing, too. I got caught up with real life for a bit and my computer died so I can only blog from work (which is a no-no for obvious reasons).

I'm down 21 lbs so far, but I'm still struggling with the throwing food away business. I've actually kinda stuck myself on that habit and am not moving forward until it gets easier. Thanks for checking in on me!

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4/22/14 10:17 A

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Today I'm supposed to commit to eating breakfast for the next week and then write what I eat each day. Luckily, this is something I'm in the habit of doing anyway. I can't go without morning food. I wake up hungry! And after going to the gym, I'm usually famished.

This morning I had an egg white burrito in a whole grain tortilla with cheddar cheese, salsa and sour cream. Along with some apple juice. Not exactly my favorite food, but it was ok. By the time I got to work, I was hungry again so I ate my morning snack of pretzels and cream cheese. An hour later and I'm feeling tummy grumbles, but that's pretty normal for me after an hour.

Also, I'm supposed to come up some late afternoon snack ideas that will fill in the space between lunch and dinner. For me, I usually try to have something with a little protein in it to hold me over. Apples & mozzarella cheese is a good one. Along with some slivered almonds. Or some Strawberry Greek yogurt. Satisfies the sweet tooth.

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4/21/14 10:01 A

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Day 12 & 13

Fuel or filler? Yesterday was probably not the best day to do this exercise as it was a holiday and my mother-in-law is a food pusher. But here we go:

Breakfast: Ham & swiss wrap and an orange. FUEL both.

Lunch: Nachos (chips, black beans, cheese, salsa), and an apple. FUEL. I measured everything and stayed within my calorie range. This was a suggested meal by SP.

Dinner: 4 servings of potato salad (1st was fuel, rest was filler), 2 slices of ham (FUEL), mandarin orange salad (FILLER), fresh carrots & tomatoes with Ranch (FUEL), orange cake (FILLER).

Snacks: truffles and robins eggs. Both FILLER.

Day13: Oops, I forgot to eat.

Being diabetic this really isn't an issue for me. I have to eat frequently and I do. Usually 3 meals and 2 snacks a day.

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4/19/14 9:34 P

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Day 11 Two purposes for food

My problem with food is that I so often eat it just for the taste. Or overeat for the taste, I should say. I can't eat one helping of pasta salad and be happy. I have to eat 4 or 5. If I have it in my house I will eat it. But I am trying to do my best to remember that the first priority for food should be as fuel. As a family, we've been eating healthy for two days and it feels really good, even if it does mean I have to cook for almost every meal. Knowing that my son and DH are getting nutritious meals is really a good feeling.

On to today's exercise. I wrote down every time I ate and additionally what TIME i ate it. I don't think today was the best example because we had soccer practice and a game at what would normally be my lunch time, but here they are anyway.

Breakfast @ 8:30. We had Cheerios and a banana. I boiled eggs for a mid-morning snack (instead of eating my egg with breakfast) and took mini to get a haircut. When we got home it was time for his soccer practice so we took our boiled eggs and headed out with a bit of a protein boost. That was about 10:30. I wasn't really hungry then, but I felt I needed the protein to get me through the lunch hour until I could get home and make lunch. At 12:06 I wrote that I was getting hungry. We were just stating the game and there was a guy beside me eating a BBQ sandwich. It smelled awesome so I'm not sure if it was true hunger or sandwich envy. AT 1:30 we had a spinach salad with strawberries and black beans. Then we ran to get new soccer socks and to Wal-Mart for dishwasher detergent. By the time we got home we were all hungry again and had a snack about 3:00 of mozzarella, almonds and an apple. Cleaned out a couple of cabinets and rearranged my kitchen so it will be a little easier to cook in, and cleaned out from under mini's bed. Vacuumed the whole house, mopped, etc,etc. By 5:30 I was g3etting hungry again. I cooked dinner and we ate about 7:15. Parmesan crusted tilapia, baby carrots and mashed potatoes. After eating the serving alotted by my nutrition plan I was stuffed! Now it's 8:30 and I'm thinking about food, wanting a snack but I think I'm going to drink some water instead.

I think I should do this exercise again during the work week. That way it'll give me a clearer idea of when my body needs food and when I'm just bored.

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4/19/14 7:15 A

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Ten pounds you say! Great news. You are off to a wonderful start. You inspire me. Always remember that "actions speak louder than words." Mary

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4/18/14 9:20 A

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Day 10, Appreciate good support

Yesterday something miraculous happened. I finally buckled down and talked to my DH about my plans and did the exercise from yesterday with him. Told him what to and not to say to me and asked him to support me. His response was to say he was going to do the nutritional program with me! I was so shocked!

So, I made up a meal plan for the week thanks to the suggestions on My Nutrition page and then went shopping. $225 later, I have gotten all the junk out of my house and filled the pantry and fridge with fresh, unprocessed food. I bought a food scale and a slicer for my mixer and then I cooked dinner. I portioned his out and put it in the fridge then prepped stuff for breakfast today and set out fish for tonight. He ate dinner and then got up when mini and I had breakfast. It felt really good to know that I was putting healthy food into the bellies of my family.

So, onto today's lesson. I told DH that I was supposed to learn to accept compliments graciously. This is really hard for me cause I don't typically feel that I deserve them. But he said I made a good breakfast and he was proud of me. I smiled and genuinely thanked him. It felt good. I didn't second guess it. I didn't overthink it. I just said thank you and moved on.

I'm still feeling motivated, ten days in. I've lost 10 lbs so far and even though my thighs are really sore from leg day yesterday and 35 minutes on the elliptical this morning, I have a smile on my face and am happy with the day.

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4/17/14 1:47 P

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Day 9: Here's what I want...

The answers to the quiz for the day are as follows (and I'm going to put them on my fridge and remind my husband of them):

1. If you see me eating something that's not on my diet plan, you should GIVE ME A HUG or ASK ME IF I'VE HAD A BAD DAY.
2. When I'm making progress, such as losing weight COMPLIMENT ME ON HOW I LOOK or PRIASE ME IN FRONT OF OTHERS
3. When I'm struggling or gaining weight HUG ME AND SHOW ME EXTRA AFFECTION
4. When I'm making progress you can't see (such as improving my self-esteem) COMPLIMENT ME ON HOW I LOOK or GIVE ME NON-FOOD GIFTS OR REWARDS
5.When I've maintained my weigh (even though I may still want to lose more) TELL ME YOU'RE PROUD OF ME

I have never considered telling somebody what to say to me to help give me support. I hope this works. I'm very driven by others noticing my results.

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4/16/14 9:44 A

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Oh, thank you, SOWANDREAP!!! I didn't know anybody but me was reading this nonsense!

Today is Day 8. Over one week and I've stuck to my plan. Do you realize what an accomplishment that is? I've worked out everyday in some form or another and am REALLY loving strength training. I feel empowered when I lift. I went out last night and bought a new shirt and some yoga pants that aren't 2 sizes too big. My celebration for sticking with it.

Day 8: Help me, please...

This one is probably where I fall short the most. I don't often feel like I have support at home and I HATE talking about my goals with other people, let alone telling them what to and not to say to me, but I can definitely see how this would help. Just yesterday I had a situation that could've benefited from this. I had to run errands at lunch and I forgot to pack me a healthy lunch so I stopped by the Wings to Go close to my office and grabbed a 12 piece boneless. Now, normally I would also have a large order of fries and a large diet coke to go with it, but this time I stuck with just the wings. Beefcake (guy at work; former Mr Missori) said something to me to the effect of 'that's not on your diet' and it really got under my skin. And not in a beneficial way. It made me mad. I know what I can and can't eat and I am learning my limits, but I also know myself and when somebody says I can't do something, my automatic response is to go out of my way to do it. So when he said that, my knee jerk reaction was to eat it all and tell him to go stick it.

BUT, I ate half of the order and stuck the rest in the fridge. They razzed me about it and said that I only did it because he made me feel guilty instead of celebrating the HUGE amount of willpower it took me to put it away. If I had been able to say 'please don't say things like that' or something similar maybe it wouldn't have been such an issue.

I'm rambling again, I know, but I'm thinking about the people in my life and their likely reactions. If I tell my husband not to eat his cookies in front of me, he'll tell me to go in the other room or suck it up. Same with my mother in law. If I tell her I don't need to eat pasta, for example, she'll make a huge lasagna. Sometimes I think it's better if I just keep my mouth shut and suffer in silence.

I'm hoping that the support I get here will suffice to keep me in check.

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4/16/14 8:07 A

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Yes, you can do it and you are doing it. I enjoy reading your accountability reports. Don't stop writing them whatever you do. Mary

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4/15/14 2:14 P

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Day 7: I can do it!

I am feeling it today. Last night I had a great success in eating out. I took mini to Fazoli's after scouts, as per usual. However, instead of getting a chicken parmesan and a salad and loading up on breadsticks, I had a half portion of ravioli, a small side salad and only 2 breadsticks. And I was pleasantly not hungry for the rest of the night.

Today, I made it to the gym this morning and had a salad for breakfast (not a fan of breakfast foods). For lunch I ordered boneless wings because I didn't have enough time to run home, but instead of eating the whole order (~1000 calories) I put half of them in the fridge for tomorrow and wrote them down in my notebook. I'll eat them tomorrow. Or whenever.

So, the task for today is to write down reasons that 'I can do it'. Here we go:

1. Because I'm committed, not just interested.
2. I've done it before.
3. I'm capable of doing anything I want.
4. I'm a MOM. Therefore tougher than many.
5. Other people have done it.
6. Others think I can't.

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4/14/14 9:49 A

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Day 5 & 6:

Magic Notebook on day 5 is what I've been using my blog space on SP for lately. It gives me a place to whine and complain, plus a place to celebrate my accomplishments, regardless how small they are. It really helps to keep me accountable and motivated when I get feedback and support from people who have been or are currently facing the same struggles. And it's much easier to stay on track when I have it written down.

Day 6: Protect your program. This is hard. So hard for me. For example, my husband loves Oreos. I don't. I could leave a whole bag of those nasty, dry cookies sitting on the counter for weeks and never feel the need to eat one. Not a big deal. But last night he went to get cookies and instead of getting Oreos like he normally would, he got Grasshoppers - mint + chocolate = my downfall. It's SO hard to say no when he sets them down in front of me. I gave in and had a few, but it was far from what I would normally eat so it was a small accomplishment. This is one area that I'm going to have to work hard on because my will power is weak.

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4/12/14 8:52 P

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Day 4 - Boundaries vs guidelines. I'm not a fan of this exercise. I don't see the point in defining the ' Wider Road' and listing things I'll do once I've reached my goal. I have no idea what my life will be like at that point and what my willpower will allow. But I'm gonna try to do it regardless.

Narrow Road:
1. Eat within my calorie range as defined by SP. If I need some flexibility, I can do a little extra exercise to allow more calories in a day.
2. I really don't know.

Wider Road:
1. Maybe allow for more trigger foods? Carbs/pasta... I really have no idea.

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4/11/14 10:48 A

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Day 3 - Do it anyway

This couldn't come at a better time. I woke up this morning sore and achy. I didn't make it to the gym at 5am. BUT I will go tonight after work. This new LiveFit workout plan is what I need, I know this, but after day 1 my arms are so sore! Tonight I do back and biceps. I love working my back - it eases the tension that I always store in my lower back area - but I am not looking forward to it. I have to use gym equipment I've never used before and the thought, frankly, embarrasses me. But I'm going to do it anyway.

I know that DH and mini are going out of town to go turkey hunting so I want to indulge in fast food. Taco Bell is calling me, but I need to refrain. As much as I don't want to, I'm going to do it anyway.



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4/10/14 9:51 A

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Day 2 - Interested or Committed?

Linda really sparked something in me with today's lesson. When I found out I was diabetic, I really stuck to my diet and lost 85 lbs in 5 months. But then I gave up. I was tired of watching DH come home and eat a half gallon of ice cream or a bag of chips and rotel in front of me every night and not being able to join in. So, I stopped eating right. And I have blamed him ever since.

Linda called this being 'interested' in weight loss. By allowing somebody else to divert my efforts so easily I was proving that I wasn't truly committed. I wasn't going to stick with it no matter what.

Today's lesson asked that I do 1 thing that proves I'm committed and to write a list of things that I can do to stay committed. I got up at 5am this morning and went to the gym. I did 30 minutes of cardio and a couple of tricep/chest exercises. My list for things I can do:

1. Not blaming others for eating how they want to in front of me. I am not the boss of them. But I am the boss of me and I make the choice of what goes in my mouth. Nobody else.

2. Remind myself often that I will stick with my new lifestyle NO MATTER WHAT. Regardless of how difficult it may seem sometimes, staying where I am is worse.

3. Give up fast food in order to buy healthy groceries. I will be able to afford fresh produce and healthy food if I don't go to Sonic every morning and spend $7 on breakfast.

4. Take responsibility for my own choices. Again, I'm the boss of me. Nobody else. If I want to be able to be proud of my accomplishments I need to also claim my failures. And learn from them.

5. Get up and go to the gym every morning. Starting the day with exercise makes the rest of the day easier. It seems silly to eat like a pig after exercising.

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4/9/14 4:12 P

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I'm terrible with follow through (I blame my Aries Ram). Hopefully, I'll be able to stick with this for 100 days. Here's day 1:

1. I used to be lazy, but not I get up and go the gym every morning before work.
2. I used to eat my emotions, but now I will go for a walk or do a strength workout when I get in my feels.
3. I used to think I was too fat to exercise, but now I do it anyway.
4. I used to worry about how I looked in workout attire at the gym, but now I don't really care.
5. I used to think I was too old to change, but now I know change is always possible with some focus.
6. I used to never finish things, but now I am committed to myself and will reach my goal.

There! It's written down for posterity. I have also written in my journal, but hopefully this will keep me accountable. As I think of new fears/negative thoughts I will add them, even if I'm past day 1. I really need to remember this step and utilize this method repeatedly.

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