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I'm back to my goal!!!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

I can't believe it's been over six months since I've blogged, but here, I am now!! At our weigh in last night at our final TOPS meeting (Christmas party) for 2013, I met my goal weight, and I am so happy. THat does not give me a license to eat whatever I want; I still have to watch those portions, exercise and stay focused to keep it!!

I can tell you what got me out of my range in a couple of sentences: Having a little extra of something here and there, not paying attention to what I was eating and NOT doing the portion control! I kept at the exercise of at least 20-40 minutes of aerobics or weight lifting, but you can't do that alone and hope to lose weight! I also stopped talking out loud to myself in a positive way; instead I muttered "negatively" saying "what's one more of these cookies going to hurt?" Well, that adds up in no time. I soon saw the scale inching upwards and lost my KOPS status, which I kept for over 2 years....BUT I'm back and there will be no more of the negativity. I will keep those portions under control and eat truly what is good for me, having a treat now and then....not every day!!

It's the good choices we make every day, every hour that get us where we want to be!!

I will not let food boss me around ever again!! I am in control. In the end, when we do overeat, it only makes us feel bad about ourselves; we're better than that!

Have a healthy day and remember to keep it movin.....especially away from the kitchen!

  
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JANETELIZABETH1 12/21/2013 3:46AM

    emoticon Barbara, I know it's not easy to get back down the scale...just managed that myself too so speaking from experience!!!
I'm right there with you...treats only now and again!!
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PRESBESS 12/20/2013 8:34PM

    Awesome! I am so happy for you. Yep, we have gotta watch what we are eating no matter what. I am sooo with you.

Hooray for Bellacuddles! Your hard, consistent work paid off.
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RURAL3 12/19/2013 3:58PM

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LIVINTODAY 12/18/2013 6:20PM

    Yay YOU!! Really enjoyed this blog!

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CODEMAULER 12/17/2013 9:09PM

    Way to focus and GET IT DONE!!

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IRISHMUM3 12/17/2013 4:36PM

    Wonderful! Congrats! Thank you for the positive reminders of how we can make it down this path. Big hugs!

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BATCHICK 12/17/2013 3:48PM

    Woo Hoo! Congrats and never give up on your health!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/17/2013 11:58AM

    You are my motivator! Love you, friend!

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SOVTWALKER 12/17/2013 10:24AM

    Congratulations!

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JAROL7 12/17/2013 8:27AM

    YAY! CONGRATS!!!! I'm also at the lowest weight in my adult life.

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See yourself..........

Saturday, June 08, 2013

.......where you want to be in a month!!

That's not too far away, especially if you've been struggling like I have these past 4 months! I'm not even sure how I got to be 3# heavier than my leeway goal, which is: 7# under and 3# over!! I've thought about it, and I've come to the conclusion that I "let", "chose" to let some old habits come into play and I also told myself, "1 more of whatever it was I ate surely won't hurt" and I said this all to myself...NOT OUT LOUD, which I am slowly getting back into the habit of doing! I find when I talk OUT LOUD to myself, ONLY in POSITIVE words, do I see myself changing!!

We are all soooooo worth it to be healthy, pain free, and happy!! Take a look at yourself, and decide today.....where do I see myself a month from now? How will I feel? How will I have changed........for the better? Put away ALL negative thoughts.......and JUST DO IT!! You start by putting 1 foot in front of the other and you KEEP it movin!! BELIEVE........as I have said many times before.........YOU CAN DO IT!!!!

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VISUALIZE YOURELF 5# SLIMMER! I AM!!!

  
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MARYLOU1960 8/28/2013 2:07PM

    In a month I see myself lighter, more focused and still living a healthier lifestyle!
Thanks for another great blog

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MAYBER 6/10/2013 8:12PM

    My first five months of 2013 have not been very progressive toward my goal need to get inspired and determined to make the next few month striving toward goal one day at a time
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SVELTENSASSY 6/9/2013 3:54PM

    Good advice.
Just what I needed to hear today.



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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/8/2013 6:44PM

    Way to go!

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PATRICIAAK 6/8/2013 3:11PM

    Wise words!

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IRISHMUM3 6/8/2013 2:46PM

    I love this message! Thank you for yet again being such a positive force for healthy change! Yes, we can all visualize our next goal and reach it. Positive talk only!

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Enough is enough........

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

......Since March, I have been skating on thin ice.....not literally, but with my weight at TOPS........right on the border. In this group you can be 3# over and lose up to 7# and still remain a KOP, but I have been right on the edge for over 2 months now, and I've decided today...doing some positive self talk....it ends....I'm done. I've been thinking that just one more won't hurt me, of whatever "treat" I may want, but it is that EXTRA one that has gotten me to almost be out of being a KOP. I've noticed my jean capris from last summer are a little snugger, and that surprised me! Then I though, why should that surprise me.......I looked back at my food journal and I see the frown faces I put on several of my days of journaling emoticon !!!

It's time to as I'm sure you've heard before...PULL UP THOSE BOOTSTRAPS and get that focus back!! I have two weeks to get my act back together or I will lose my KOPS status, and I WILL NOT DO THAT!!

I have noticed the past two months, that I stopped the OUT LOUD positive self talk, and actually talked to myself inside, that "one more Hershey mini candy bar won't hurt me"! That's NOT true.....especially as we age, and I turned 60 on the 13th!! Now, it didn't help that my wonderful husband bought me a lovely white cake with decadent frosting and a wonderful quart of triple peanut butter (regular) ice cream, but did I have to finish it off within 3 days?? OK, I did share the cake with him and even took some to the elderly care home where my mom lives, but that ice cream just called me till it was gone.....and I GAVE IN! I.....ME.....I made the choice to continue to eat it, and I did not move as much (exercise) as I usually have done in the past! Why not.....after all it was my birthday!!??!! Didn't I deserve it??!!! Ya, but did I have to finish it off within 3 days! It is about portion control...I know that and so do you!

It's a brand new day........a brand new year (with my b-day being over a week ago) for me......and YOU to start anew and get my (your) good habits going again......to get that tunnel vision back! My hubby did not help matters with the b-day treats, however, as he said to me last night after I ate that peanut butter cookie that was out at a presentation on social security that we went to......you need a little more self control. In all the 35 years of marriage, this is the first time, he has ever said that to me, and I think I needed that!! Oh, ya, did I tell ya.......he retired, and his last day at work was 4/30, and now he is here 24/7!!! Now that is something to get used to, if you have been pretty much the queen of your home for those 10-12 hours and come and go as you please, and now all of a sudden, I have to say goodbye, give him a kiss, which I don't at all mind doing, feeling like I need to tell him where I'm going, when I'll be home, etc! It's a new thing for both of us, but with God's guidance and help, we will be OK! I know that for a fact! It's just a little weird, that he doesn't leave to go anywhere in the mornings! He is finishing up the family room painting, loves to tinker with his 2 classic sports cars and he writes comedy too.....and even performs it. Oh, ya, he's a writer for Jay Leno too, so I'm very proud of him, and he deserves to have relaxation and other fun things in his life.....he's paid his dues by working over 40 some odd years!

I'm glad I blogged today.......it feels great, and feels like I may have lost a little weight......it's a huge burden off my shoulders to unload my feelings! Thanks for reading (listening) and may God continue to bless all of you!

Remember this always......YOU ARE SO WORTH IT.......TO FEEL GOOD MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY ABOUT YOURSELF!

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JANETELIZABETH1 5/23/2013 4:39PM

    Oh Barbara isn't it so easy to slide where food is concerned...well done you for shaping up and being determined to look the issue right in the eye!!

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SUNNYSIDE 5/23/2013 10:33AM

    I really enjoyed reading your Blog also, Barbara! It is just a good reminder to us that even our successful friends still have to work at keeping the weight off and it is something we have to be diligent about for the rest of our lives. Your blog really struck home base with me as well and I thank you for your input! Great words of wisdom! emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 5/22/2013 10:10PM

    I know you can do it. You've done so well all along & been such a wonerful motivator for us. Get at it Barb!

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PATRICIAAK 5/22/2013 8:36PM

    CHOICE - you're in control.

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SOPHIEDO13 5/22/2013 8:07PM

    I understand completely. We have DIL birthday on Monday and I was just thinking how that piece of cake and ice cream will set me back. !!! Sometimes she leaves me with cake, refuses to take bc she doesn't want to gain (she has a gorgeous figure). But I know you'll cut that candy out and get back on track. emoticon

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CODEMAULER 5/22/2013 7:47PM

    The changes - granted, pretty positive changes - are enough to shake up the routine. Keep to your good habits and OWN that KOP spot!

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DIVAMAMAOFTWO 5/22/2013 7:26PM

    You can do it! So proud of you for having a made up mind!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SOVTWALKER 5/22/2013 6:00PM

    I can totally relate to most of what you are saying. The same kind of habits that you are describing are what got me in trouble many years ago- but I was not as smart as you and I didn't get back on track. I bounced in and out of leeway for months and then one time I didn't get back in and lost my KOPS status- and that started a period of "bad attitude syndrome" and even more weight gain. It has been over 14 years since I lost my KOPS status and I have never gotten close to being back there. It is much harder to lose the second (or third or fourth) time around, so you are wise to get things under control now. I know how proud you were when you became a KOPS and I will be cheering you on as you get back on track and get to the lower end of your range.

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IRISHMUM3 5/22/2013 4:48PM

    Great blog! I know you can stay a KOP. Retirement is an adjustment for all in the house - you are so wise to get yourself back on track right away and start this new part of your life together on the healthy path. Big hugs for strength, because I know you have the knowledge and will!

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JOHNMARTINMILES 5/22/2013 4:23PM

    Blogging is a great way to release pent up emotions without damaging either yourself or someone else.

Make Today a Great Day!

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Celebrating 2 years maintaining......

Thursday, February 14, 2013

and I'm still learning!!

I am very happy to report the above, but it has not been any easy trip and still at times, I see myself slipping back into those old habits of eating whatever I want, not watching those portions, and talking and thinking negative thoughts! THAT's when I catch myself and say S T O P!!! I make a conscious effort to move more every day, to be around positive minded people......and attend my support group....TOPS on Monday nights! Its that weigh in that I am accountable to.....either up or down or a turtle. I tell myself, how far I've come and I am NOT going back to feeling mentally or physically "handicapped"

Remember, keep it movin, keep those words in your mind and on your lips positive ONLY!! Watch those portions, not eating out of a bag or box....but portion it out in a nice bowl, dish to keep you HONEST!!

YOU ARE SOOOOO WORTH IT!!

  
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MAYBER 2/18/2013 11:40PM

    congrats on your two years and many many more are being wished for you
One day at a time
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ELLENIRENE 2/15/2013 5:12AM

    Awesome!

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PATRICIAAK 2/14/2013 6:01PM

    super!

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IRISHMUM3 2/14/2013 1:55PM

    Congratulations! Keep up the amazing work and the encouragement here - you are such a wonderful role model!

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CODEMAULER 2/14/2013 1:33PM

    Congratulations on your success and thank you for always sharing your tips and tricks!!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/14/2013 12:14PM

    Great bloggin friend!

Congratulations on your maintenance!

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maintaining 1 year, 9 months.....

Saturday, November 17, 2012

....and this is the longest I've done that, and it DOES feel great, and I have to be aware of that everyday and not take it for granted! I still do slip and get back into old habits, but I STOP myself. It is my choice! We have choices every single day to make in all areas of our lives. Why not choose to eat healthy? Now, I'm not saying I don't have "treats", M & M's a peanut butter cup, Hershey kisses, but I keep those treats in the basement, where I have time to think about it, and I measure out how many I will have....and I talk out loud to myself, saying I can enjoy 15 M & M's, a small peanut butter cup. I hope you get my point! I believe, you should enjoy the journey to getting rid of the sticks of butta (weight). I like a visual like sticks of butta (butter). Getting rid of 1# is 4 sticks of butta!! Can you see that in your mind? WOW....that's a lot of butta!!

Keep it movin, eat a little less, say, think positive words only and praise Him in all you do!!

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Also REMEMBER this: YOU ARE SOOOOOOOOO WORTH IT!!!!

  
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MYFEETHURT 1/13/2013 6:20PM

  Good for you, Barb. You always know how to inspire me! Here's to a happy, healthy New Year. mary

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BEESPARKLE 1/12/2013 12:13PM

    Good advise Babara. I am back from Summer and have gained weight. Wrong choices but I am back. Loss 3 pounds already. Doing exercise the best I can and I love to dance so for me that is good and walking with Lesley Sanson's Tapes. Winter is pretty hard in the country now. So in Spring I plan to get myself a HHoop. I see a gal who does the Hoop and she is good. Look her up. Shelii ( Curvy Hoopers Spreading the hooplove.Her video blog.

Grandchildren of mine are all grown to teen, 17,19. My married grown adults they are all healthy eating keeping slim.

So no excuse for me. It is real nice that you have kept the weighht off and keeping maintance. I am so proud of you. Your an Inspiration to all of us who read this.

I joined the DONE Girl Gang. Also the Shutterbugs as I love photography as my hobby.


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SVELTENSASSY 11/28/2012 6:17PM

    Enjoyed your post. Congratz on your maintenance. It gives me encouragement.

From the info on your SparkPage it looks as though we have a lot in common. General age, two grown kids, Joyce Meyer . . . .

I'm looking forward to your next post.



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MAYBER 11/19/2012 9:44PM

    thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas on how to maintain and still have a treat once in awhile
One day at a time
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DOLPHINSINGER72 11/17/2012 10:28PM

    First of all my mom's name is Barbara. I have a special place in my heart for people named Barbara. :)

I found your blog on Catholic Critters. Yes, PRAISE HIM, for he is GOOD in ALL things.

That is so awesome that you have maintained for 1 year and 9 months. I am so looking forward to maintenance time. I keep taking one day at a time though and one pound (4 sticks of butta) at a time. As long as I am losing or staying the same and not putting on butta that is what matters right? RIGHT!

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CODEMAULER 11/17/2012 9:57PM

    Your blogs are so smart and helpful!!

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VISUALLYRICS 11/17/2012 6:23PM

    Barbara.....

Love how you keep going...love your visuals!
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I have just arrived at maintenance myself ( see blog ) ...and look forward to this wonderful season in my journey!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/17/2012 3:00PM

    Wonderful job Barbara!

How's your mom doing?

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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XNANNY 11/17/2012 1:10PM

    You are doing so well! I am still on my way down to goal. You are right about controlling the amount of candy you eat but that is hard for most of us to do, but all things are possible with God's help.

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PATRICIAAK 11/17/2012 11:22AM

    TERRIFIC!

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IRISHMUM3 11/17/2012 10:24AM

    Way to go! And thank you for always being so positive and encouraging!!!

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JFIZZL 11/17/2012 8:08AM

    Congratulations! Great job!

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