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Five things that are complicated or stressful in my life, and what I can do about them.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

1) Just losing everything I just typed for this blog is stressful. I am still writing another blog.

2) Depression. Panic Disorder. Agoraphobia. These are things I have that are terribly annoying!!! I am learning to accept them and to try my best to get better!

3) Finances are stressful. We are doing everything we can to sell our RV... it is our perpetual money pit. Sigh...

4) Being fat is stressful. Going out in public because of being fat just adds to the agoraphobia. My husband tries to make me feel better.

5) I know there is something else, but now I forget it. Hmmm... how about a forgetful memory... that can be stressful at times! I'll have to practice Lumosity more often!!!

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JANICEJEM 7/26/2013 10:41AM

    Thank you for your encouragement! You are appreciated!

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    Something that may help with the Agoraphobia is taking a little stuffed animal in your purse or a stress ball and squeezing it when you feel uncomfortable or start panicking. Also, it is difficult to go out in public when you are overweight but there is a good chance that a lot of other people who are out and about will be overweight too. Stepping out of your comfort zone is intimidating and frightening but the more you do something, the better it gets. Easier said than done and I am not trying to simplify how difficult it is.

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CANDOK1260 7/26/2013 5:49AM


emoticon on your A&I win

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CHALLENGER15 7/17/2013 7:34AM

    I think that identifying stressors is a great tool in helping to minimize them. emoticon

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AMYBELLES 7/17/2013 12:46AM

    Janice, emoticon for not giving up and doing your blog over again after you lost it! Having depression, agoraphobia, and panic disorder are indeed stressful! I applaud you for trying your best to overcome your challenges and also trying not to worry about your weight or what you think people are thinking about you! I hope and pray that you will find a buyer for your RV soon, so that will help with your finances. I can identify with the forgetfulness...that is definitely annoying and stressful to me, too!
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For Team Mango Challenge!

Monday, June 17, 2013

For team Mango Challenge:

List 5 things you can do for yourself to make yourself a priority. How will doing these things help you?

Five things I can do for myself are:

1) exercise
2) eat properly
3) read
4) get out of the house (I struggle with agoraphobia.)
5) smile

These things will help me by:

1) I'll get fitter.
2) I'll get slimmer.
3) I'll nourish my mind.
4) I'll conquer some fears.
5) I'll think of something happier than the depression I am dealing with.

Go Team Mangoes Go!!!

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CANDOK1260 6/22/2013 10:59PM

    emoticon for sharing this wonderful blog

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JANICEJEM 6/19/2013 1:53PM

    Thank you, Barbie.

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BARBIE176 6/18/2013 12:05AM

    emoticon blog. Great list of things to do for yourself and things you will achieve by doing them. emoticon emoticon

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So I'm starting again... that's better than giving up!!!

Friday, June 14, 2013

I have learned that when my routine goes off schedule, or my meal plan is forced off schedule, that I just put everything off schedule and eat and eat and eat. So, now I am looking for a way to be flexible when life happens *and* to remain in my calorie range. This might be tricky. I do, however, now know where my biggest problem spot is, and that is a large part of the bulge battle... I now know my enemy!!!

Weight, be off with you!!!


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BARBIE176 6/15/2013 11:10PM

    Very common problem and recognizing it is an important part of this journey you are on. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANICEJEM 6/15/2013 5:51PM

    Thank you for the encouraging notes. We are together in this, aren't we? Go us go~!!!

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CATHYGETSFIT 6/15/2013 2:45PM

    I have had the same problem in the past. Now, I just try to go with the flow and do the best I can to eat well and get back on schedule for eating and exercising as soon as possible. The good thing is that you aren't giving up and that you are trying to find a way to be flexible with everything while trying to stay in your calorie range. emoticon emoticon

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KRAZY4KATZ 6/15/2013 10:18AM

    I too have the same problem. emoticon

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CANDOK1260 6/14/2013 10:47PM

    i have the same problem but emoticon

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ICEANGEL0531 6/14/2013 3:23PM

    If we fail today, success is as close as tomorrow. You can win the battle.

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For the Team Mango Challenge... recipe!!!

Monday, June 10, 2013

This is a very easy, very delicious recipe. It's great for hot summer days or for winter time when cuddled under a warm blanket.

Mango Ice Cream

150 g 1% plain yogourt
300 g frozen mangoes
1 tsp vanilla (real vanilla)
3 oz filtered water
1 tbsp honey to drizzle on top

Mix yogourt, mangoes, vanilla and water in blender. I use a vitamix which mixes the whole thing in about one minute. Pour into a bowl. Drizzle honey on top.

Calories: 345

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JAMARIGOLD 6/10/2013 5:57PM

    Sounds yummy and very refreshing! Thanks for sharing.

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KRAZY4KATZ 6/10/2013 3:20PM

    That sounds delicious!

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RFJSJ50 6/10/2013 9:31AM

    This sounds delicious and quick to make. My kind of recipe!
Do you know approximately how many servings it makes?

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I keep gaining weight!!! Ugh!!!

Sunday, June 09, 2013

I don't understand this.

I am exercising on the treadmill each day for 45 minutes.

My calories for the past week have been:


Why am I not losing weight?

I am just about ready to cry.


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JANEATT 6/10/2013 9:59AM

    Just a word of encouragement from someone who has been there! May I suggest what works for me? DON'T get on the scale for another week. Look at the whole picture of a week, not a day. And for the next week: drink 8-10 glasses of water each day. Increase your lean protein (chicken, fish, etc.). Enjoy an egg or two each day if you want. Have a non-fat yogurt or two (without sugar!) each day - gets your gut bacteria back in line. Eat all the veggies you want and one or two fruits (preferably before mid afternoon) every day. Don't add sauces, dressings, etc. Just enjoy the real flavor of the foods. When I do these steps, the weight will just melt off and I feel so much healthier (which is most important!)

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MINDHORIZON 6/9/2013 11:17PM

    Yes, I would think going a little lower with the calories would help. 1600 - 1800 would be maintenance calories for me, and I might even gain weight on that if too much of it is grain.

The following article has a table of daily calorie needs by gender, age, and activity level. That should give you an idea of what adjustments you need to make.


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BARBIE176 6/9/2013 7:01PM

    The emoticon is just evil. Do not give up because I have the same problem and if you stay focused and emoticon you will start seeing results. While it may be a good idea to reduce your calories maybe you can adjust them by a smaller amount. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KERRYG155 6/9/2013 6:44PM

    Sometimes it takes a while for the body to start cooperating and start to actually drop the pounds. Hopefully you are noticing other differences like looser clothing!

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MELAMA210 6/9/2013 3:17PM

    emoticon emoticon Don't let the scale get you down! emoticon

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JEANWALLEY 6/9/2013 1:49PM

    It seems so unfair and hard when you work so hard, but keep going you'll get there, you know you can do it. This time next month you will be losing weight. emoticon

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JANICEJEM 6/9/2013 12:31PM

    I am going to go down to the 1200's for number of calories. Hopefully that will help. I am concerned, however, that 1200 will feel more like a *diet* and less of a *lifestyle* change. sigh.....

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SNAGGS 6/9/2013 9:15AM

  Dont know what to say other than keep going .

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