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3/20/19 8:51 A

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Hey - I just read a couple of your posts here; very insightful. I'm going to read more of this thread later when I have time. You proclaim the truth of weight loss, Sista!

I'm actually going to meet people for lunch today. It's a 4 person, everyone bring something you're assigned, meal. I spoke up and said I'd bring chicken salad and spinach. Other people are bringing healthy items. I'm planning to skip the crackers.

Last week my efforts were sabatoged by a high calorie sandwich that I wasn't planning on. Today should be better.

Janet in Georgia

Just using SP suggested calorie/protein/carb range

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3/20/19 1:57 A

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100 More DWL: Day 1 Others have done it and I have too

March 18 -- I’ve been thinking about today’s writing prompt since we started the 100 More DWL study on March 4th, because it asks about the successful strategies of other people. I know people who have lost weight with gastric bypass surgery and others who have lost weight on medically-supervised low-calorie shake diets, but the person who has lost the most weight while eating whole foods is me. I’ve been successful losing weight. It takes a lot of planning, organization, and constant vigilance—hence the name of my report thread, 100 Days of Paying Attention. You have to plan to have food that you can eat available and ideally, already prepared so that reheating something or throwing a couple of ingredients on a bed of greens is faster and easier than calling for pizza or making a fast food run. Exercise needs to be scheduled rather than “I’ll get to it”, because I won’t.

Three things to make the best effort:
emoticon Plan, plan, plan!
emoticon Schedule exercise and make opportunities to fit in additional bursts of exercise throughout the day.
emoticon Always make sure that you have food that is on your plan available, by preparing ahead or cooking on the weekends—whatever makes “grab-able” food easier.

emoticon My sign says “I’ve done it before and I can do it again!”

Marjimac--PST Seattle / San Francisco
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3/20/19 12:45 A

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Monday, March 4, 2019
I’m making a renewed commitment to weight loss. It helps that March 5 is the beginning of Lent -- so I have a good excuse for giving up meat, sugar and flour, and everything else that form the centerpiece of my family of origin’s diet -- and that it is Spring. Looking at my SparkPeople account I can see that I emerge from winter doldrums at the beginning of March.

Key #1 is to start and always move forward.
Key #2 is to do what worked before.
Eat to Live was a very successful diet for me because of the restrictions. There was a very clearly defined “diet box”. As for exercise, I think I need the formality of going to the gym, which is not to say that I can’t or won’t find other opportunities to exercise such as walking around campus during my workday or walking extra aisles in the grocery store, but going to the gym gets me in the zone much more than trying to fit it in here and there.

Key #3 no more excuses.
Here are the reasons why I haven’t been making progress and losing weight or exercising:
emoticon There’s a toxic food environment EVERYWHERE outside of my own home
emoticon food pushers
emoticon not exercising because I feel guilty when I’m not at home with the cats after working all day (why are you at the gym when you should be home with your cats?)

Key #4 Create a finish line
emoticon The new me will move with greater ease and fewer aches and pains.
emoticon I’m going to have excess skin to remind me where I’ve been.
emoticon I’d love to get fat cells sucked out after I lose weight, but I’m afraid the doctors (aka the lower-paid technicians who will actually do the procedure) will botch the job.

Key #5 Kick the roadblocks.
Here are the things that get in the way when I work on losing weight:
People pushing their food.
People wanting you to eat socially to enable them to feel like they’re not eating too much or the wrong stuff
Within myself, being sad gets in my way
eating emotionally
wanting to reward myself for a task I completed
being tired,
and honestly having to be vigilant all the time that in itself is tiring.

Key #6 line up a support system.
Here my support people: Lolly, SP colleagues , Liz

Key #7 Continue to learn and grow.
Here are the ways that I can continue my personal growth journey on the diet train – woo,woo!!
Continue to meditate daily
Keep going to the gym.
Walk when the weather gets nice.
When I get to less than 250 pounds I can write my trike and jump on the trampoline



Marjimac--PST Seattle / San Francisco
Joined SparkPeople Sunday, Sept 16, 2012

You don't need to follow anybody! You've got to think for yourselves. You're all individuals! -- Brian Cohen


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3/6/17 3:58 A

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Great start! If you can action those positive statements they'll set you up for success.
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Gill

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"...regardless of the short-term outcome, the very fact of your continuing to struggle is proof of your victory as a human being." Daisaku Ikeda

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3/5/17 7:40 P

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Day 1: I used to be that way…

Make a list of fears or negative behaviors that hurt your weight loss success in the past.

emoticon Fears -- which are hard to shake emoticon
I’m afraid that will always have to diet.

I’m afraid that I will always be in a state of resisting temptation to eat high fat, high sugar, high calorie foods.

I am afraid that l will miss the pleasure, thrill and comfort of eating high fat, high sugar foods.

I am afraid that I will never get to eat in a restaurant or at other people’s houses.

I worry that people with think I am weird or holier than thou when I don’t eat gross cake (doughnuts, bagels, potlucks, etc) at work.

emoticon Negative behaviors- which with effort can be changed emoticon

I used to skip breakfast, but I now eat breakfast.

I used to skip lunch, but I now eat lunch.

I used to pack my daughter’s lunch, but now I pack my lunch and my daughter’s lunch.

I used to pack everything in the morning but now I do some or all of the preparation at night.

I used to sit on my big fat ass, but now I exercise.

--- And this is just the tip of the iceberg. There are a lot of things that should go on this list.


Marjimac--PST Seattle / San Francisco
Joined SparkPeople Sunday, Sept 16, 2012

You don't need to follow anybody! You've got to think for yourselves. You're all individuals! -- Brian Cohen


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3/5/17 7:13 P

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10 reasons why I want to reach and maintain my goal weight

1. To live for a long time
2. To keep blood pressure in normal range
3. To avoid hip and knee replacements
4. To sit comfortably in airplane and theater seats
5. To look good
6. To feel good
7. To be healthy
8. To get rid of my fat clothes
9. To wear normal size clothes size 16 or less
10. To be around for my kids for a long time and watch them grow into successful adults


Marjimac--PST Seattle / San Francisco
Joined SparkPeople Sunday, Sept 16, 2012

You don't need to follow anybody! You've got to think for yourselves. You're all individuals! -- Brian Cohen


 current weight: 282.0 
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