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11/10/08 2:35 P

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I just signed on to two (2) programs to make sure I don't gain over the holidays: an informal "BIGGEST LOSER" where we each pay $20 and weigh in on Jan. 8, and whoever has lost the most (or NOT GAINED the most!) wins the pot. 6 of us X $20 apiece - $120, not exactly chump change! I'd sure like to win that! Need some strategies to manage the upcoming food debacle. . . .also signed up at the YMCA for the weight maintenance over the holidays program. . .$7.00 and you get a long-sleeved T-shirt to wear to proclaim your "maintainer" status if you do, in fact, maintain your weight.

"Do What You Love; the Money Will Follow." (That's the title of a book I love -- and I'm working on getting the gumption to believe it!)


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11/8/08 11:31 A

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Just wanted to thank all of you for your support. This week has been much better, thanks to you! This reaching out thing really works, what a surprise!

I've still stumbled but I haven't fallen. So, keep up the great self-care - everyone - and remember that we are WORTH IT!!
Love,
Carol
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11/3/08 5:24 P

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*I feel your pain, Carol -- I'm just maintaining right now -- haven't lost for about 3 weeks in a row. Halloween candy, pizza party at work. . .you name it, I've excused it or indulged in it.

I'll get back to my food tracker tomorrow -- you do the same, OK? We'll lick this!

"Do What You Love; the Money Will Follow." (That's the title of a book I love -- and I'm working on getting the gumption to believe it!)


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11/2/08 4:35 P

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emoticon Hey Carol, you are on top of this! You have the strength & discipline I can tell...it's a temporary setback and beware the Ides of Thanksgiving & Christmas are coming!!! So ditch the HALLOWEEN candy NOW. You know I decided that if I am going to "cheat" I will only eat what I really really love....which is either chocolate covered pretzels or chocolate covered cranberries. So NO M&M's for me...they are 3rd on the favorite list and too easy to get. So I just give them away!!!!

I have been stuck at this 10 lb loss for weeks...but because of you, I am not giving up. It does help to calculate all those calories using the Spark Pages!!! So just do it. And by the way, forgive yourself right away for the slip up. No guilt, no glory in it. emoticon

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11/1/08 11:22 P

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Hang in there Carol. You're doing great. I wish I could say that I've done as well as you have. I've been Sparking since April and sure haven't lost much weight yet but I am enjoying the web site as I do get some support and encouragement to keep on trying. This is only a temporary setback for you I'm sure, as you are going through a significant change in your life circumstance. Take care.
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11/1/08 3:00 P

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Excellent idea!

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11/1/08 2:59 P

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Thanks, Sarah. I have such a hard time drinking water. Maybe I should try that for a streak. See how it effects me - just as an experiment. And I like the idea of exercising while I watch tv. Maybe if I made it a requirement - it would keep me from sitting on the couch so often!!
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I mostly appreciate the kind, supportive words. It is hard to reach out sometimes, but it really makes a difference. Thanks for being there. And I have an idea - let's get rid of the Halloween candy!
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11/1/08 2:23 P

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I'm right there with you. I started sparking over a year ago, and I think, because of everything that has been going on in my life, I've really not taken full advantage of the site. I hoped that becoming a team leader would give me some motivation and it has to a certain extent. Also, I'm starting to find time where I didn't before to exercise. Sure, it might be no more than ten minutes while I'm waiting for a ride, but it's ten minutes I wasn't taking advantage of before.

Also, I've found that because of my busy lifestyle now, I simply don't have time to watch TV, but I have been there with the snacking while I watch...and when I do watch TV, I am constantly munching. I think one of the best ways to combat this is to try exercising while you watch TV. It could be as simple as seated leg lifts or as complicated as a full fitness band workout. I also need to work on this, though.

Halloween candy is my nemesis. I ALWAYS go back for more, especially now that the trick-or-treaters have come and gone and I know I can have whatever is left - I don't have to save it for them.

Biggest thing I would suggest, and I'm working on this myself, is to drink water. Whenever you feel the urge to snack, drink a glass of water instead.

Hope this helps, but remember, we are not alone in this. YOU are not alone in this. I am right there with you. Reach out for support, just like you did, and you should find that there are so many people ready and willing to offer advice.

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11/1/08 1:24 P

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I'm scaring myself. I've been sparking since January and staying pretty darn consistent. I've amazed myself! I thought I was done. I thought I had things "under control." Ten months should certainly eradicate old habits, right?

But, my life is currently in a huge state of flux. I quit a job I've had for over eleven years. It was an emotional departure. I'm trying to start a small business. My time is unstructured. And I'm falling to temptations I've resisted all year, like sitting beside an open can of cashews while I watch tv. Like going back and going back to the Halloween candy bowl for tootsie rolls. Like grabbing handfuls of animal crackers and not logging them in my food diary. Like eating out and not logging it because I don't have the food in the system and it's too much trouble to figure out how to enter it.

Help, please? I am DONE being the fat girl. This time is for keeps. I won't go back. Any suggestions? It's a slippery slope.

Thank you for listening.
-Carol
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