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This Time the Real Me Is Here to Stay

August 2014 Update:
I am watching my portions, cooking at home, and trying to eat as many whole foods as possible. I am doing a mix of cardio and strength training about 4-5 days a week. I lost most of the weight before and rebounded just to gain it all back. I have learned a lot about myself, and I am a much different person mentally and emotionally this time around. With all that I have learned along the way, I am positive that this time I can lose it all and keep it off.
August 2014 Update:
I am watching my portions, cooking at home, and trying to eat as many whole foods as possible. I am doing a mix of cardio and strength training about 4-5 days a week. I lost most of the weight before and rebounded just to gain it all back. I have learned a lot about myself, and I am a much different person mentally and emotionally this time around. With all that I have learned along the way, I am positive that this time I can lose it all and keep it off.

Emergency Emotional Eating Prevention List:
Examine Logic - If you would eat healthy foods instead of your craving, you are hungry. If you only want to eat your craving, it is a craving. Distract yourself and resist it.
Throw Out Trigger Foods If You Can't Control Yourself
Go For a Walk and Talk Problems Out With God/Pray
Fill Up on Water
Sip Hot Tea
Pet a Cat or Two
Read a Book
Masturbate (Please do not be offended at my very valid personal list.)
Distract Myself Constructively
Lay on Bed Listening to Music in the Dark
Watch a Good Movie. Food Not Included.
Go to Sleep

Binge Help:
�Avoid that first compulsive bite.� "[The bite that is compulsive is the one you know will send you into a binge frenzy. Prevent the first compulsive bite and you prevent the binge.

Be careful with your emotional triggers that lead to you reaching for food as a comforting tool and HALT before that first compulsive bite. H.A.L.T. = Hunger. Anger. Loneliness. Tired. Just some of the many feelings that lead us to reach for food. Before you even reach for the food, ask yourself what you are feeling and distract yourself while you figure it out mentally. Once you know why you want to eat and what the root cause is, do something about it or decide to not. Make it your choice, your decision; put things in your hands again. You are now in control.]"

Mindless Eating Prevention List:
No eating when not hungry
No eating while watching t.v. or movies
No eating while doing anything than distracts focus away from eating
No eating while simply bored
No eating as something to do
No eating as a way to put off something you don't want to do
No eating after cruising the kitchen absent-mindedly; walk on
July 2013 Update:

I have been bedridden off and on for a good portion of this last year, overcome by crippling pain, unable to walk. The pain keeps migrating, the diagnoses changing to accomodate. I have gained all but 3 lbs of my weight back. I got on the scale today (7/3/13) and took all my measurements again. I'm starting over. I was in physical therapy, and it did help. This time I will be able to deal with my emotional and mindless eating. This time I am ready to succeed.
Feb 2012 Update:

Ummmmm..... Soooooo.... Yeah. What happened to me? Well, I could analyze the bejesus out of it, but I think to sum it up, I would have to say I got side-tracked and paralyzed by stress , depression, and anxiety for a year and a half, and I turned to my poor, long-time coping mechanism of emotional eating to handle it all. I went through periods where I would exercise like crazy, but I never could quite get a handle on my eating long-term. I think that is why I have put back on half of the weight that I originally lost. I am not to the point of being successful at keeping it off, but I would still like to work on taking off the weight WHILE working on healing myself and changing my bad habits and coping mechanisms so that this time, every pound I take off will hopefully stay off. For good. For a permanently, healthier me.
Feb 2011 Update:

I'm around 180 lbs now and ready to incorporate more strength training, toning, and intense cardio into my daily routines. I am ready to up it a few notches and get this thing done. I am still dealing with some issues of emotional eating which have hampered my progress, but I am confident that I AM making progress, having maintained 180 lbs for over 6 months already.

30 lbs more to go. I can do this! �S�, YO PUEDO! Let's get it done!
March 2010: The Year I Joined Spark

My life is a good life. I have my challenges, my obstacles, my triumphs, my joys, and my dreams. I have good self-esteem and have survived a variety of difficulties in the path of life. I would like to recover some or all of what I have lost along the way in the process of living in survival mode for a period of time. When a person is just trying to make it from one day to the next, it is easy to lose perspective of the importance of the actual quality of our lives. Two of the things vital to the quality of my life are my health and my spirit--two things that are incredibly intertwined in the mind/body continuum. My goals go much further than simply a number on the scale. They go further than simply very good nutrition and an acceptable amount of necessary and rejuvenating exercise. My goals go beyond reducing risk factors for obesity-related diseases. I have my spirit pointed hopefully towards the future, in acknowledgment of today, and with respect for the past but without continued entanglement in it.

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My Goals:
-learn to truly manage the urges to emotionally and mindlessly eat
-really strengthen my foot and get in such incredible shape so that not only can I dance, but I can follow any lead elegantly my partner may throw at me
-learn how to swim several different strokes really well
-go from being morbidly obese to obese then to being just overweight then to residing within a healthy body weight range
-be able to walk 4 mph for at least an hour
-cinch my waist and boost my booty sexy (get my curves back)
-weigh 150 lbs, my normal weight, and being optimally fit
-participate in RAGBRAI

My Program:
I am rehabilitating my right foot from a procedure done to treat three Morton's neuromas in it. Hopefully as I recover, I will be able to increase the amount and variety of exercises I am able to do.

Right now I am walking almost everyday, especially to reach my total minutes exercised if my other cardio exercises for the day fall short. I am also biking, doing water aerobics, swimming, strength training, and dancing (just a little bit).

Personal Information:
I live in Iowa, and I prefer to be known only by my pseudonym, Sage.

Other Information:
When I Meet My Final Goal: it's just too delicious to decide on yet. ;D

My Reward for Losing Weight During My Weightloss Journey: I have taken to opening vacuum-packed bags of clothes which I had put in storage until I could hopefully one day wear them again. Every 20 lbs or so, I get out the next bag and start to go through both it and my closet. Anything that is obviously too big or is the right size but doesn't look good on me gets chucked. It's incredibly cathartic!

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Member Comments:
11/27/2015 8:33:13 AM

emoticon Blessings today and always! I just want to share some thoughts about life.\ from Mother Teresa who has truly inspired me and continues to motivate me to become a better person.

Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is a beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it. '
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is life, fight for it.

I will continue living each day with an attitude of gratitude. So many opportunities await us if we only choose to become involved by truly living life fully one day at a time.

emoticon So blessed and happy to be your friend

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11/17/2015 7:37:58 AM

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During my morning mediation and prayer time, I realized something very important......ATTITUDE. Do I truly have an Attitude of Gratitude? It's time for me to realize that my ATTITUDE toward the life I'm living and the people in it can have a tangible,. measurable and profound effect on what happens to me day by day. If I expect good, then surely good will come to me. If I try to each day to base my attitude and point of view on a spiritual foundation, I know it will change all the circumstances of my life for the better. Through daily communion with God my spirituality will be maintained.

During this month of November which celebrates THANKSGIVING may you and I remember to have an Attitude of Gratitude.......and may we continue to have it 365 days a year!

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10/28/2015 8:42:39 AM

emoticon This day is mine. It is unique. Nobody in the world has one exactly like it. It holds the sum of all my past experience and all my future potential. It belongs to me to do with whatever I like. I can fill it with joyous moments or ruin it with fruitless worry. If painful recollections of the past come into my mind, or frightening thoughts of the future, I will put them away. They cannot spoil today for me.

Today is my special gift from God. How will I use it? The less I let others affect it , the more serene and satisfying it will be for me.

emoticon Have a serene and satisfying day!

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9/20/2015 9:46:56 AM

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We need to be studetns of life, We need to be open to learning. Our spirits can grow if we're willing to do three things: First, we listen, Second, we think about what we've learned. Third, we turn what we've learned into action. Listening, combined with thought and action, will help us learn life's best lessons.

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8/8/2015 7:25:23 AM

Abraham Lincoln once said." We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. Do we see the glass half full or half empty.

There are ten benefits of positive thinking.

1. A positive mind attracts postive events ....imagine how many great things you will experience in your life.

2. Postiive thinking promotes great and harmonious relationships because you notice the positive qualities in a person instead of dwelling on their defaults.

3. You make a better first impression because people are attracted to
a kind and friendly person.

4. Postiive thinkers experience birant health and are less prone to
depression and are less prone to illness.

5. Positive thinking is the key to success because it allows success to
become doable and easier.

6. Positive people overcome stress more easily.

7. Positive thinkers see problems as opportunities for growth.

8. Positive thinkers notice the abundance of good things in their lives because they develop an attitude of gratitude.

9. Positive thinking motivates us to achieve our goals.

10. Beauty shines from within a positive thinker because friendly and
happy people are extremely attractive and the inner beauty is able to be seen by others.

Make positive thinking you daily habit!

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