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On a Spring Roll: Giving Mr./Ms Creep the Boot!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

My maintenance lifestyle includes keeping within a weight range. Lately I have been noticing that I am staying at the top end of my range, and not working off the up pounds. I picture Ms./Mr. Creep sitting on that step on the up escalator, and not moving downwards..but instead, riding upwards. Upwards means heading to Never Never Land.

Technically I am successful maintainer. I am in my range, exercising, and eating healthy. However, staying at the top of my range is not a good trend. Plus I can feel the difference in my clothes.

I decided to do my own Spring Maintenance Challenge.

1.Using my Spark Tracker, I increased my fitness workouts..as well as increased the calories burned. I study my graphs daily and love my trophies.

2. I cut back on my eating. This means eating lower fat and lower calorie. It means cutting out a few foods.

3. I changed by Start Trackers. I added a daily tracking of did I accomplish my plan. I also added a weekly streak for the number of days on plan. I then added a number of weeks on plan,

4, I added Start motivators that were specific for my goals as of this reboot.

5. I returned to using my powerful motivator for staying on track. I am now calling it my Pay It Forward tool. This is a modification of the random kindness idea. I think that giving myself a positive kindness or reinforcement really does create "echoes that are truly endless - Mother Teresa"
My pay it forward tool is to picture how happy I am in the morning when I have stayed on track. I love to wake up happy and to check my trackers that I am successful. This is important to me. I prepare my coffee the night before and picture enjoying the coffee and feeling positive for the day. Those echoes from yesterday are right there in the morning.


Success: Mr./Ms Creep is heading down the up escalator. I have lost 3 pounds and am now in the middle of my range. My clothes fit better. I am more energetic and feel like I am on a good Spring Roll.


Happy April everyone., Thanks for your support.


  
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BRADMILL2922 4/8/2014 4:13AM

    You certainly have the plan to get where you want to go. You know how to do it so I have no doubt that you will be at the bottom end of that range in no time!

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HAKAPES 4/7/2014 11:15AM

    I love your positive kindness idea!

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IRON_RESOLVE 4/6/2014 10:32PM

    I think what you've accomplished is amazing. I applaud your resolve to get a grip, now, before you gain and leave your goal range. In the past, l've lost every pound l hoped to, but l didn't have the maintanance skills. l so am inspired by your shared journey.

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BESSHAILE 4/2/2014 7:06AM

    You go girl.

It's funny how those small checks can really reap big rewards.

bye bye Ms Creep.

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SUNSHINE20113 4/2/2014 5:25AM

    Great ideas! I love how you always create new ways to stay on track! I also love the positive kindness/ reinforcement idea. I'm going to adopt that one! Congratulations!!

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MOMMAKNOWSBEST 4/1/2014 7:09PM

  I am looking forward to the maintenance range....I'm still in the "releasing energy to the universe" range:(

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ROXYCARIN 4/1/2014 3:51PM

  Great

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GINIEMIE 4/1/2014 3:17PM

    Great Blog and good goal setting. I thank Brooklynborn for sending us here.
Thank you for verbalizing our struggles so well, except I'm not near maintenance yet.
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ANNEMARIA6 4/1/2014 3:02PM

    You are a great example and I want to be where you are today, WAY TO GO! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 4/1/2014 10:00AM

    I'm in the same boat, and need to do something to squash the creep. Thanks for expressing this so well for all of us emerging from winter.

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2BSCOOBIE 4/1/2014 9:50AM

    I appreciate your insight, as I am starting to think about what maintenance will be like for me.

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KANSASROSE67 4/1/2014 9:17AM

    Excellent blog! I'm at the high end of where I want to be too, and have been for a while. I need to tighten things up. Appreciate your ideas...thanks!

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GOCALGAL 4/1/2014 8:37AM

    emoticon You really have it All together for permanent maintenance! Not only are you positive when you meet " Mr Creep" but you set goals and then follow your plan of action to reach them.

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CELIAMINER 4/1/2014 8:21AM

    Hi, Kanoe! Brooklyn_Born pointed me to your blog, and it is super! I finally faced myself recently after the winter weight gain that had me adjusting the center of my range would not budge. The scale is finally showing a very slow downward trend, but at least I'm not gaining.

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AJB121299 4/1/2014 8:14AM

    nice

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MADAMES 4/1/2014 5:25AM

    Thank you for an amazing blog! This is exactly what I needed this morning.
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WRITERWANNAB 4/1/2014 1:29AM

    Good for you! It's so easy to relax & let the weight creep back on. emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 3/31/2014 3:13PM

    I'm at the top of my range also, and it stops TODAY! Thanks for the ideas to reset my motivation.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/31/2014 12:13PM

    Perfect blog for me to read today. I've been hanging out at the top of my range too. My excuses: I was training for a HM. I need the extra carbs.
I finished the HM. I must replace the glycogen stores.
The extra distance pushed my body into retaining more water.
And so on. NO, I'm eating too much - AGAIN.
Good thing that scale keeps me honest,

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MANDELOVICH 3/31/2014 7:42AM

    I'm inspired by your blog. I've had quite an uptick in my weight lately and though I think my original goal weight was too low, I'm still up much higher than I'd like. Today, Monday, is a great day for a reset. Time for that creep up to go down again!

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NEWTINK 3/31/2014 6:44AM

    you are doing good and I am proud of you. Realizing what is not alright with you that the rest of the world can't see is a necessary step in any of the process to loosing and maintaining a healthy weight. emoticon

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MILLIE5522 3/31/2014 6:31AM

    Excellent ideas for keeping motivated! emoticon

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SJKENT1 3/31/2014 2:18AM

    way to go

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JSEATTLE 3/31/2014 1:42AM

  Yay!! great progress, love to hear about it!

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CICELY360 3/30/2014 9:28PM

  good blog

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JAMER123 3/30/2014 9:01PM

    Excellent blog and great suggestions. I am pleased you are on the way down and I hope you can continue to you goals to maintain!!
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THEBEV2 3/30/2014 8:14PM

    Great plan! I'm in the same spot and need to make a few modifications myself. It's amazing how quickly you "pay" for not being diligent. Good job and thanks for the inspiration.

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SCRAPBECCA 3/30/2014 8:12PM

    excellent! Thanks for the motivation to stand firm with tracking! emoticon

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MICKEYH 3/30/2014 7:45PM

    Thanks for sharing your Spring challenge. I shall follow your trend as much need of my escalator going down. emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEMT 3/30/2014 7:43PM

    Good job! I may need to take a page out of your book to Spring into action!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/30/2014 7:00PM

    Sounds fantastic. You are an inspiration to us all.

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LIVELYGIRL2 3/30/2014 6:58PM

  It's hard to know how to do this custom stuff, but sounds like a wonderful idea.

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DIANNEMT 3/30/2014 6:13PM

    I am having the same issue--I will have to take notes and copy you!

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MARYJEANSL 3/30/2014 4:49PM

  It's nice to read such a positive blog!

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LCRUMLEY81 3/30/2014 4:32PM

  You are on the right track

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QUEENIEBELLE 3/30/2014 4:20PM

    emoticon I am so proud of you for staying on top of it! What a great example you are. You're teaching me about maintenance from the very beginning and I thank you so much for sharing. emoticon

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NONNAOF2 3/30/2014 3:23PM

  You are so on top of things! Congratulations! :-)

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RR1_RR1 3/30/2014 2:03PM

    I too am checking my charts- I make sure the slice of the pie doesn't have too much fat. Im gonna have to cut out the tortilla chips though:(. Im learning w P90X that you work out for 3 weeks then have a recovery week and then switch it up for another so your body doent get used to the same thing and stop loosing. Congrats on the weight loss too! I still want that tracker lol.

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Replacing "I can't" with "I'll find a way."

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Linda Spangle has a book, "100 days of Weight Loss." I use it for motivational tools every now and then.

I like her comments on the words, "I can't". As we lose weight or we maintain weight, we run into challenges. They can be social challenges. I can't eat healthy at the conference as the food they offer is not on my plan. Or they could be physical..either illness or medicine interferes with your healthy eating plan. Weather can intervene. Family can intervene.

She comments that every time you tell yourself that you can't do something, you cement it as truth. Saying "I can't is like tying a huge rock to your ankle, then trying to run." In my case it is trying to walk. LOL. However, I like this visual image.

Replacing "I can't" with " i'll find a way" is what is needed. For some reason, "I'll find a way" resonates with me. It indicates that I am in control and that I (not the challenge) will find a way. It indicates a belief in myself. It also indicates future action. I will do something to solve this. Lastly it indicates a commitment to a healthy lifestyle. This lifestyle is important.

Challenges may not be easy. Another tool that I like is, " Challenges may be hard, but they are not impossible...and I will find a way."

So I have a post it note on both of my computers with " I will find a way." It makes me smile and reminds me of my own power in my life.

I have been on a healthy eating plan for 3 and one half years. I am keeping those 100 plus pounds away for good and continue to look for new ways to be successful.

Right now I am happy that the worst of winter is over and spring has arrived. I love the new energy that my increased exercise has given me.
I am pleased that my spring clothes fit .

Right now my current minor challenge is figuring out how to wear my tracker at a formal event that is coming up. However, I will find a way.


Happy March Spark Friends.

  
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ANGELN325 3/25/2014 6:26AM

    Love this and I agree. I was starting to feel like I can't lose weight because no matter what I tried, it backfired and the scale refused to budge so I decided to stop focusing on weight and just go for health. I don't know what the scale will do, but at least I'm sticking to my lifestyle changes I've made so far even with a year of great adversity.

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SUPERDAD55 3/23/2014 11:11PM

    Excellent blog and just what I needed today. Thank you for your message, I will find a way!! this is my new attitude!
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WALKINGGIRL6 3/23/2014 3:01AM

    Just what I needed to read, thanks

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MARYHENNIG 3/22/2014 9:11PM

  Good One!

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JEWELY_ROADS 3/22/2014 1:18PM

    Great blog! Yes! "I'll find a way!" It feels so empowering and full of faith vs the old, I can't. Thank you for the positive message. emoticon emoticon

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TORTISE110 3/22/2014 8:13AM

    A great blog and I am laughing about finding a way to wear your tracker to a formal event! I have a fitbit and wear it on my bra. But with a sheer top, not so good!! I know you will find a way.

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WENDYANNE61 3/21/2014 1:10AM

    Thank you for the positive post! I have one formal dress and two pairs of trousers without pockets and I have sown strong little loops of a fine band on the inside of the waistlne. I attach a little hook-like clip to my tracker and clip it into the loop. Wearing my tracker to formal events reminds me to practise moderation at the buffett and to circulate more to get in some movement. To be quite honest, it gives me a feeling of being in charge of myself!! emoticon

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QUEENIEBELLE 3/20/2014 11:23PM

    That is SO good!! Cracks me up that you will wear your tracker. Cracks me up in a oh-I love-that-inventive-genius-girl way! emoticon emoticon Now please excuse me, I have a post-it to copy and put on my computer! emoticon emoticon

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DAWNFIRE72 3/20/2014 4:20PM

    I love this. The "I can't" is admitting defeat, where as "I will find a way" means that you are creative enough to work around the obstacles that life throws in our way every so often.

Let us know how you managed to wear your tracker to a formal event. I managed to take my pedometer with me to my niece's wedding recently because it was small enough to fit in the pocket of the little blazer I wore with my dress.

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KMOMMO 3/20/2014 8:40AM

    I have had a long list of "I can'ts". I think now it is time to start finding ways around those things.

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TRAVELGRRL 3/19/2014 5:35PM

    Ha! Only a die-hard Sparker would want to wear a tracker to a formal event. Yes, I am quite sure you will find a way! Great blog.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/18/2014 10:06AM

    Perfect advice! Right up there with "focus on what you can do, not what you can't"

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    Great post. Great advice. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/18/2014 7:06AM

    Love it... finding a way... will always overcome the "I can't". I love that you posted slogans in places you see, and it makes you smile! I do that, too! emoticon

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BRADMILL2922 3/18/2014 4:19AM

    With your success, you are proof that we can find a way! Thank you for sharing such an important message!

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WRITERWANNAB 3/18/2014 1:56AM

    You just keep going! You're doing fine! Try putting some bling on that tracker when you wear it to the formal event. emoticon

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GOCALGAL 3/17/2014 11:40PM

    I'm going through a challenging time right now and guess what I have just posted on my computer? "I'll find a way". Thanks! Just what I needed. hugs!

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DDOORN 3/17/2014 10:38PM

    It's all about recognizing the rigid (I can't) and shifting the lens toward flexibility and openness. Great points & thank you for sharing!

Don

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JAMER123 3/17/2014 10:22PM

    Enjoy your fun party and I bet you find a way to wear the tracker emoticon !

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ROCKYCPA 3/17/2014 9:24PM

    Enjoy the month of March - good for you!

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MANDELOVICH 3/17/2014 8:34PM

    Awesome reframe!

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    By His divine power I CAN do all things, just got to look to find the way!!! emoticon emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 3/17/2014 7:42PM

  Happy March to you!

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CICELY360 3/17/2014 7:13PM

  good blog

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DIANNEMT 3/17/2014 6:11PM

    Love the "i'll find a way". I say that to my kids all the time--let's them know that we can figure it out if we can come up with 2 possible ideas. Haven't used it so much for myself so thanks.

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    Attach the tracker to the top of you pantie hose emoticon I like the I will find a way better also ... there is always a way if you want it bad enough emoticon

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    I really like that sentence and it's so powerful! Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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JSEATTLE 3/17/2014 3:59PM

  Good Reminder! I will find a way today too.

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TINAJANE76 3/17/2014 3:26PM

    Where there's a will, there's a way and, boy, do we need a whole lot of will for this journey. But when our will becomes stronger than our won'ts and can'ts, we can find a way!

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SUSIEMT 3/17/2014 3:11PM

    Yea you!!! I just love your attitude!

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HAPPYMENOW58 3/17/2014 2:19PM

    Good for you. Keep up the super job!

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JIBBIE49 3/17/2014 10:44AM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail.
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LCRUMLEY81 3/17/2014 10:12AM

  good blog

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MATTEROFHEART 3/17/2014 9:52AM

    Excellent! I really like this idea!

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Spring Fever: buying spring clothes in the snow and I'll eat that food when I hit my goal.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

I have definitely been hit with Spring Fever. Snow is forecast and it is cold. I am walking around looking at the swim suits and shorts that the fashion world presents..regardless of the weather. I purchased two lovely cotton print shirts. Now the question is will I wear them over my merino wool sweater? LOL.

When I was seriously overcoming my addiction to food and binge eating, I would often use this tool. " I will not eat that food now. I will eat it when I reach goal weight." This was a helpful tool in the initial stages of dealing with cravings.

However, as I reached this goal weight, this tool has taken an interesting twist. In the year that I lost weight and in these two plus years of maintenance, I have developed new eating habits. I have returned to some of these foods I craved..but in healthier ways such as low sugar high fiber waffles or greek yogurt instead of ice cream.
However, with 90 percent of the foods that I craved, I will not add them back into my eating plan. The reason is that they are unhealthy for me.

Seibold from www.fatloser.com (Thanks, Watermellon) made an interesting study. He found that overweight, obese people when choosing what food to eat, all had the same thought.
The thought was, "What will taste the best?" However, thin people differed. Their thoughts were consistently, " What is the healthiest food I can eat?" Seibold encourages people to develop this thought as a habit.

I am now in 2 years and 5 months of maintenance. I am happy and staying in my range. Adding the Spark tracker has added energy and movement to my life.

Happy Spring Spark Friends..whenever it arrives!

  
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SIMONEKP 4/1/2014 1:20PM

    I've officialy delared winter over by wearing spring clothes and my spring jacket today

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/2/2014 7:54AM

    Successful maintenance does require a different mindset. I found that mixing plain yogurt with my old favorite french vanilla really cuts down on the sugar content - even in my organic brand. What's healthiest not what tastes best - absolutely!

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EDDYMEESE 2/28/2014 11:11PM

    How very interesting, and you know, you're right. When I'm in "healthy" mode I think about what would be the healthiest to eat but when I'm in "not caring" mode, I eat whatever sounds best. There are at least two problems I can identify with:
1) when I choose healthy, I rarely need to try and try again until something "hits the spot". But when I want something tasty...I can try over and over and never quite eat what it is I think I'm craving.
2) why is it that we identify nutritious foods with being good and unhealthy foods with being tasty? Is a deep-fried snickers bar really tastier than a bowl of strawberries with some sweet cream?

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TINAJANE76 2/24/2014 11:49PM

    So many great changes! I had a great revelation this Christmas when I consciously chose to eat my healthy protein pancakes rather than making traditional ones. Not only do they taste great, but I feel great after I eat them and I'm not hungry an hour later. Here's to our continued maintenance and good health!

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GOANNA2 2/24/2014 7:29AM

    You are amazing. Looks like you will be set with
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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/23/2014 10:43PM

    I hope to lose some more weight soon before I have to buy clothes. I would fit into some I have better if I lost more weight and could buy less.

I was thin most of my life and to be honest seldom worried about what I ate. I noticed then that heavy people seemed to worry more about what they ate and planned for it. I ate only when I was hungry and just filled the tank. I would pick something from what was available and seemed to choose the better choices without thought. They naturally appealed to me.

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BOOKAPHILE 2/23/2014 9:36PM

    You'll be set when the warmer weather gets here. Great job keeping at the same weight range through all the seasons!

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WATERMELLEN 2/23/2014 7:45PM

    Thanks for highlighting that distinction: what will taste best versus what will be healthiest?

Out for dinner with friends last night and have to say -- it wasn't "healthiest" and it also didn't "taste best"!! Plus I woke up with a ferocious thirst because I'm not used to all that salt.

Yay spring clothes shopping: fun when you've kept in shape all winter!!

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THOMS1 2/23/2014 6:50PM

    emoticon I have been on vacation for this past month and while I thought I was making healthier choices I have gained 8 lbs. We leave here next Saturday so my choices this week are going to be very healthy plus my nutrition and exercise buddy is now here for these last two weeks so that will help. Great blog by the way. emoticon

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_LINDA 2/23/2014 6:30PM

    emoticon Good thoughts!! You have got this!
Spring? What spring? Thinking of stocking up on winter clothing sales -to use now in this -22 weather which is supposed to hang around all this week. And yes, this is well below seasonal normal for Canada north.
Enjoy your purchases, they sound nice -if you think it, it will come?

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LORILEEPAGE 2/23/2014 5:35PM

    We've had spring weather for a few days now. I bought new t-shirts and a swimsuit. I still think about choosing my food by yumminess. But now that you mention it, I guess I'm more often choosing based on how good it is for me! Have a great week!

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SNOWYOGA 2/23/2014 1:44PM

    Sounds like a good study I like the clothes idea (on top) But I really do enjoy your blogs! The tems here keep going way up 73 1 day last week and then almost in the teens or singel to come again I just wish it would make up it's mind emoticon Thank you and have a good week emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GINA180847 2/23/2014 1:40PM

    Just thinking, the way I want that WW waffle is with greek plain yogurt spread on it and then unsweetened fruit on top of that. That could be either blueberries, raspberries or unsweetened apple sauce. Maybe then I can justify having a second one. I really have to quit thinking like this.

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TERI-RIFIC 2/23/2014 1:40PM

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GINA180847 2/23/2014 1:37PM

    Right now it is -25C outside here so there is no way I can fool myself into thinking spring is right around the corner. Oh, well! Survival mode it is. I hear you about that way of thinking and I can see that becoming part of my new way of thinking BUT portion control will always be my nemesis. I am happy eating that WW waffle but I want at least 2 big Belgian waffles. I will deal with that when the time comes I guess. I actually would rather have greek yogurt than ice cream any day to start with. Ice cream gives me such headaches.

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CHRISTINATODAY 2/23/2014 1:08PM

    Another interesting blog! Thank you!

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QUEENIEBELLE 2/23/2014 1:01PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your insights! It really helps. I have been fighting 'eliminations' for over three years now, -falsely- thinking that only "all things in moderation" would help me lose weight. After years of trial and error, I truly know what gives me issues and symptoms but the amazing thing is there is an abundance of wonderful, tasty, healthy foods "left" to choose from. I cleaned all of the other stuff out of my diet just a few days ago and I feel great with no cravings. At this very early stage, I at least know that I have finally listened to my body.

Your heard-earned success helps us all, and I thank you so much for that. Springtime! Bring it. The country is ready! emoticon emoticon

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SUSANNAH31 2/23/2014 12:18PM

    It's fun to buy new clothes when you like the way you look in them. That is one of the great benefits 'gained' from the weight loss.

I can remember times when I would dread changing seasons because I HAD TO buy new LARGER sizes.

No more!!

Nevermore! as the raven said.



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CELIAMINER 2/23/2014 11:42AM

    Congrats on your continued success, and I admit I just ordered some hot weather workout shirts.
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SUGARSMOM2 2/23/2014 11:26AM

  I am begaining to think that warm weather is just around the corner . waiting with held in breathe . but soon we can be all that we want to be . I am thinking if i gave up the foods i am not going to eat them later . I have made a life style change to the way we eat . never to return the old fat ways .

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ANNIEONLI 2/23/2014 11:16AM

    emoticon Eventually warmer weather will stay around!
I have the mantra of "How is food going to make me feel?" and that makes all the difference in my maintenance plan.

Whatever makes us stay on the healthy path is what we all have to figure out and do!
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DDOORN 2/23/2014 10:40AM

    Congratulations on your ongoing maintenance successes!

I'm looking forward to enjoying clothes shopping again! :-)

Thank you for stopping by my blog, offering your support AND inspiration!

Don

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PHOENIX1949 2/23/2014 10:19AM

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COCK-ROBIN 2/23/2014 9:31AM

    I'm so happy for you!

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My Husband Does Not Understand Tracking Steps and It Is OK!

Monday, February 10, 2014

So February is a hard month. The winter simply takes extra work to follow your habits of maintenance. Shopping, exercise,driving are often more difficult in the cold and icy roads.
The overcast days led me to turn to music, flowers, bright colors and trying new recipes.

I decided to try the Spark Activity Tracker as a way to increase my exercise and for a little fun in motivation. It works for me. It is fun to see your steps tracked and graphed. The virtual trophies are also nice.

The funny part about this is that my husband and my son do not understand why I am doing this. My husband jokingly said it was somewhat obsessional. Well this obsession has led me to exercise beyond what I normally do. After working out at the gym I came home and discovered that I was a number of steps away from my goal..so I walked some more! I also walk as I talk on the phone.

It is motivating to me to look down at my shoes and to have that Spark Tracker with me all day.I feel like I am doing something healthy for myself. It adds a Spark to my steps!

I am secure in this weight journey and will continue to do what I need to do to stay on track. Husbands can and do get used to my new healthy habits!

I admit it is comical to wear tennis shoes with my pajamas the first thing in the morning as my tracker is on shoes.

Thanks to all you at Spark for your support. These last winter months have been warmed by the lovely kind posts here!

  
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LSWEETING63 4/2/2014 1:09AM

  Men just don't get it sometimes lol I love my spat; I have gotten to the point that it is a part of me now....very motivating.

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WENDYANNE61 3/21/2014 1:25AM

    My husband has got used to me clipping on my tracker first thing in the morning. The other day as we were setting off for our first decent walk in Spring sunshine he checked his watch (so he could see later on, how long we had walked for...) and asked me if I had my tracker clipped on - we grinned like idiots at each other and bounced off down the road! Hey, trackers are fun!! emoticon

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CHARTHESTAR 3/17/2014 9:51PM

    You got to do what works for you. being diligent in tracking your food, or hitting your goal for steps.

It does motivate me to get steps in and sometimes to try and beat the day before. 5 days a week I hit at least 15,000 so I do relax and rest my body on my off days. As with ST your body does need time to repair itself.
You take care of your body and it will take care of you.

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TORTISE110 2/19/2014 5:06PM

    FUNNY! Those tennis shoes anyway. I often hop on my elliptical in my pj's--why get a whole new set of clothes involved? I think this is commitment. And you ought to be secure on your weight loss journey. You have earned it!!



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TINAJANE76 2/18/2014 10:55PM

    Keep on stepping! Awareness is a good thing and we often have to do things that might seem peculiar to others to keep ourselves focused on our goals. Most people do get used to our seeming oddities eventually, especially once they see how we're able to keep up our success in the longer term.

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SIMONEKP 2/16/2014 4:50PM

    they'll adjust

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CUTENHEALTHY 2/14/2014 8:15PM

    What a great and healthy obsession! That would really get me up and moving more....hmmm I see myself getting one in the future. I just went to a fundraising luncheon and a woman had one attached to her fancy belt. Not a Spark Tracker, but a FitBit. She loves it and she said it is how she lost 40 pounds. She told me she paces upstairs in the bedroom at night to get her last steps in. I agree with others on here, "can't have too many healthy obsessions...you'll just get healthier:)" . I like how others said their husbands are now following them! Oh and "wearable health technology is the wave of the future!". Oh, I love Spark People!

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TERI-RIFIC 2/14/2014 8:14AM

    I just got the Spark Activity tracker for the same reason, and feel the same way as you do about how it helps me - especially, as you say, with the bad weather. My husband and son don't understand ANYTHING i do.

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RR1_RR1 2/13/2014 9:21PM

    What is this spark tracker you speak of? lol. I manually track. i love the trophies!

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LYNNWANNABE 2/13/2014 1:21AM

    Maybe this summer I'll get me one; with this extra cold weather, the cost of propane and running electric heater.. it's not going to happen; however, I've been using the stopwatch on an old cell phone and using the videos [so, I'm still moving].. emoticon
I enjoyed the blog and all the comments!

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QUEENIEBELLE 2/13/2014 12:56AM

    Those men! LOL! Gotta love 'em. It's great that you're getting your exercise in. I think everyone's ready for Spring this year! Hugs.

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DDOORN 2/12/2014 8:32AM

    I used to think tracking all my food was obsessional too, but have come around to realizing that if I am not vigilant in many ways I am not going to be able to attain / maintain the level of health that I want for myself.

And we all deserve optimal health with minimal judgements! :-)

Don

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HAKAPES 2/12/2014 1:13AM

    It sounds obsessions from their point of view... but people around me, who tell me this, are often obsessessed by other things: their car, eating steaks, beer... I think healthy living cannot be overdone! Because by definition, if you do healthy even more, what you get is more health! :-)

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TRAVELGRRL 2/11/2014 5:18PM

    It's all good! My husband used to laugh at me for my Fitbit, but then when we hiked he'd ask about our steps...and finally yesterday, his brand new one came in the mail! So perhaps in time your DH will become a convert as well!

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NICKYCRANE 2/11/2014 3:00PM

    My Fitbit motivates me to do extra steps to get up to the the next 1000. Sometimes it also tells me to take it easy and listen to my body...

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GOANNA2 2/11/2014 7:18AM

    My son used to laugh at my steps, but now understands
that my FItbit motivates me. I am trying to convince him
to get one too. I know I try that little bit harder to get more
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RDEE22 2/11/2014 2:14AM

    He will get used to it when he sees the new healthy you emerging. He may invest in one for himself emoticon They are sensitive little creatures husbands. emoticon

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REGILIEH 2/10/2014 9:41PM

    emoticon I find it fun and it does motivate me. I have a fitbit too so I am obsessed!
I already had the fitbit but wanted to try the tracker and for me the tracker is just more fun for all of the reasons you mentioned. We shall ENJOY!!!

Hugs!

Anne

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SUSANNAH31 2/10/2014 9:37PM

    The SAT sounds like a real motivator to move more -- and in a fun way!
Thanks for telling us about it.

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WATERMELLEN 2/10/2014 8:05PM

    I've contemplated getting one of these and your blog just adds more interest to the thought!!

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THOMS1 2/10/2014 5:26PM

    I wear my tracker even on my pajamas when I go to bed. I want to get every step. It's funny how such a small thing can be such a big motivator. Have a good week. emoticon

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LESLIESENIOR 2/10/2014 2:24PM

    I got my Spark Tracker for the same reason last fall. I needed that little bit of extra motivation to keep moving on days when I was less enthusiastic. It is a very healthy obsession. Wearable health technology is the wave of the future. I think it's awesome!
Congratulations.

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GINA180847 2/10/2014 1:32PM

    Not only did my husband criticize me getting the tracker he then turned around and wants one for himself. So I said I will have to set up a spark pg. for you then and he had always thought that was a silly thing to do but now he says 'Yes, please!' So I ordered his. The only time I don't wear mine is in the shower. I figure there is no where to put it or I would. Clipping it to body hair might be painful. At night I wear it on the neck of my nightie and in the day time I clip it to my socks at the top. So far so good.

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PHOENIX1949 2/10/2014 1:24PM

    My pedometer is pretty much a given wearable item except when I'm sleeping or in the shower. It rests on the nightstand so I can grab it and swing my arms for a middle-of-the-night bathroom break. It wasn't counting my steps on the Gazelle but I recently moved it from my waistband to my pocket when on the Gazelle and it picks up steps for the longer strides. Gadgets make life more fun. Whatever works!

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BOOKAPHILE 2/10/2014 12:40PM

    I have a fitbit One which does the same thing for me. My sister also got one, and the rest of the family finds it funny that we have a friendly competition to get steps in. I also do most of my phone talking while walking around the big dining room table.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/10/2014 11:15AM

    I have always been into my pedometer and my hubby doesn't understand it either. He is more into exercising until he is ready to quit. He likes less formal exercise and I bet most men prefer that.

I am thinking about a fitbit. I think it would really motivate me.

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GOCALGAL 2/10/2014 9:40AM

    I am having similar experiences with my spat and I love it! First thing out of bed, on go my socks or Uggs as I do not want to miss any steps.

I am so thrilled I can wear it in the pool for water aerobics. It has motivated me to add many more steps to my day...sometimes right in front of the computer as I challenge myself to reach my goal for the day.

After 43 years of marriage my DH is pretty used to my "craziness" and he just smiles and laughs.

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LORILEEPAGE 2/10/2014 9:32AM

    I use a pedometer, which helps, even without all the bells and whistles. But the tracker sounds like fun! It's been a long winter and I'm glad you've found a way to get in extra movement!

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MADEIT3 2/10/2014 9:26AM

    I love my SPAT and it has encouraged me to walk more. I also wear a Fit Bit One. Go figure! And my husband thinks I totally off my rocker.

You do what you need to do and the men in our lives will just have to adjust.

I'm so glad you're enjoying your winter!

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Watching Old Family Videos Without Feeling Like Crying: NSV

Sunday, January 19, 2014

I have spent a lifetime of being overweight with periods of being thin. I would carefully weed pictures of me out of the family celebrations as much as possible. Frankly I disliked looking at myself being overweight and I was embarrassed and sad to look at them.

Now I have reached my goal and have maintained it for over two years.

My husband decided to compile all of the old family videos of our kids into an epic DVD. He proudly showed me his results. While I loved seeing my children as babies, toddles, children,
I zoomed in on shots of me. With astounding accuracy I recognized the dark clothes bought to hide weight gain, the skirts worn in the summer as I could not wear shorts comfortably. I watched the weight gain from the birth of my twins to through the birth of my daughter and third son. I had four children under the age of 5.

Here is my NSV. I looked at myself and did not feel the urge to cry like I have in the past. In fact I thought, " That is who I was then. I am not that person now." I felt strong and resolved.

So I was able to comfortably and positively watch my old overweight self. I did notice that despite my weight problem, I was very happy raising my children and loved being around them.

I am not going to have my husband edit out my most overweight shots. I accept this part of my life. I celebrate my present life of being at goal weight and maybe I will get my husband to make a current DVD to update the new me!

  
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CHARTHESTAR 3/17/2014 9:55PM

    wonderful. I got tears in my eyes. I totally understand. I gained half of what I lost back and i have it. Looking at yourself fat when you are fat is hard.

Being proud of where you are- one of the best NSV!

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BEESPARKLE 3/4/2014 10:07AM

    I was fit when my children were born and small and teenagers . Then as I hit into my menopause that was when I became the blimp. I was looking the other day of pictures when I was on the back of my oldest Granddaughters water machine. I was on the back and she was ready to drive over the waves with me. A joy ride as she knows I love water and fast boats and would love the water ski do. Oh my what a butt I had looking at the picture. I thought how could I have had my hubby take that picture before we set out. One thing I was sure enough padded for those waves. oh did I look like that in-front of my teenage kids i thought looking at the pictures. Oh my.

Well I am 72 now. I have thinned down allot. Even more since the profile picture I have up. I have loss that butt ya! Oh I never want to look like that again . How unattractive it looked. My opinion.

My daughter tells me. Oh Mom you were a trooper to even get into the bathing suit and get on
the water-ski do. Plus swim at the beach with us.

Never the less.

She can say that. She was not me. Yet I was truly a happy Grandmother then and still am. Grinning always from ear to ear. I will smile all the more if I can get to my goal and keep it as long as you are doing.

I cannot look at those pictures again of me. Maybe I will when I get to my goal.

Thank you for your blog. Your honesty is the best policy.

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ANNIEONLI 2/23/2014 11:18AM

    I Spark-liked this blog....because I think it is something that al lot of us go through, or will go through. Making peace is a good thing. A very good thing. emoticon
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BESSHAILE 2/2/2014 7:56AM

    Oh wow. I LOVE this blog. And I am so delighted to think that you see your joy and generosity first - and then your hips - in those old videos.

What a strong woman you are.

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RR1_RR1 1/24/2014 5:02PM

    Today help me let go of negative thoughts I may be harboring about my past. I can accept with gratitude, all that has brought me to today. -Melody Beattie

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CUTENHEALTHY 1/23/2014 11:48PM

    I like that you found self acceptance in your old photographs. Raising four children is something to be very proud of and those family photographs should bring you joy! Thinness alone doesn't bring happiness. It sounds like your inner and outer joy have become one. So happy to hear about your great progress and continued growth!

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TINAJANE76 1/22/2014 11:06PM

    This is just amazing and I'm starting to understand this feeling too. I'm no longer embarrassed by old pictures of myself when I was overweight or obese. That was part of my past and is not who I am now. And like you, in spite of the challenges posed by being so overweight, I was generally still pretty happy.

Love this NSV!

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GEORGE815 1/21/2014 9:09PM

    Good to look back!

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LYNNWANNABE 1/21/2014 6:17PM

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SUSANNAH31 1/21/2014 5:47PM

    This was a great blog to read.
The new, slimmer you - accepting and appreciating the larger you.
You have lost more than the weight; you've also lost all those negative feelings you could easily have felt - but didn't.
This sounds like a healthy self-love.



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DDOORN 1/21/2014 9:33AM

    Wonderful trends...! Accepting ourselves, warts & all...I no longer beat myself up over waiting all these years to pick up the reins of my life. Rather, I look back on what I've gone through as necessary steps which have prepared me for where I am now.

Don

ps...thx for your blog support!

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TRAVELGRRL 1/20/2014 4:21PM

    I am really proud of you! This is an EPIC NSV! I really, really mean it.

My husband told me a few years ago that if I died first he would have no pictures of me -- it would be like I never existed.

That made me so sad and I stopped giving him such a hard time about taking pictures of me and I stopped getting rid of them.

Thank you for sharing this story.

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NUOVAELLE 1/20/2014 1:54AM

    Raising four kids is no easy job and I'm sure all of us mothers agree on how easy it is to actually let the pounds pile up through motherhood. But you were there, enjoying the process of creating healthy and happy young adults. So, you can be proud of yourself for many reasons while watching this DVD. Making a better and healthier version of yourself is definitely one of them!
Beautiful blog!

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GINA180847 1/19/2014 11:41PM

    I am so happy for you that you can accept the flawed you as just part of the process. After all would you appreciate being in good shape if you hadn't been so out of shape at one time? 4 children under the age of 5 .......Yikes!

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DIANNEMT 1/19/2014 9:31PM

    So proud of you!!

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OHMEMEME 1/19/2014 8:13PM

    Awesome NSV! Your victory is heartwarming. Sounds like a big aha moment of forgiveness and acceptance. Bask in His glory and grace. So happy for you! emoticon

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MADEIT3 1/19/2014 8:01PM

    You have reached that point of acceptance as a result of your efforts and your success. You can be proud of that while holding on to the realization that your weight did not define the wonderful person you are.

You are such an inspiration to me. Thank you!!


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MJREIMERS 1/19/2014 7:05PM

    Good for you! As you said that was you then. Now you are healthier and able to continue doing things you want to do.

You've made a major milestone, emotionally. You should be so proud of yourself for being able to see what a great person you were then and now. Yes, you were overweight, but you took care of your family and enjoyed time with them. I know they enjoyed the time with you, as well.

You've come a long way baby! Now get in front of the camera and start taking new video of the new you!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/19/2014 6:49PM

    This is a wonderful NSV, seriously. Coming to accept that this was all part of getting to where we are today? Priceless! emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 1/19/2014 5:59PM

    I'm glad you left your bigger photos in. It will make your successful weight loss obvious. Congratulations on the NSV of being able to accept that you were a different person then vs. now. " Yay" that you do not feel depressed now because of your size then.

I have very few photos of my heavier weights to compare to now. At the time I didn't want the record, so I took the photos. Now I wish I could see the full contrast. I'm proud of how far I've come, and you've come even farther!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/19/2014 3:44PM

    I think a new DVD with your children now would be great!! It's a fantastic idea.

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NICKYCRANE 1/19/2014 3:33PM

    well done, both accepting your weight then, getting it down now, and coping with 4 kids within 5 years of each other!
Friends of mine had 3 kids under 5, intentionally, as they married late. An old lady took the husband, a vicar, to one side and suggested he should practise self-control!!!!!

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THOMS1 1/19/2014 2:56PM

    I used to cringe as well but, I'm way over that now. I guess we just have to remember the occasions that the pictures were taken and enjoy the memories. Have a great week. emoticon

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MOVEITMARY 1/19/2014 2:18PM

    Not only are you happy with who you are now, you can fogive yourself and be happy with who you have always been. That is really amazing. Good for you!
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LJCANNON 1/19/2014 2:12PM

    emoticon What a Great Step you have taken!! Accepting your Old Self and Celebrating the Strength and Happiness in her shows how much you have Gained along the path to the New, Healthy You!!!

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PHOENIX1949 1/19/2014 1:52PM

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At one point between my thin and fat phases, I made the conscious decision to remain fat because I read yo-yoing was not healthy. What a defeatist attitude. An example of non-critical thinking.

After reading your blog, I thought about going back through albums and ask the fat images what it was that triggered the emotional eating at that time. Then again, that may be a waste of time as Siebold has said to let it go. Perhaps the knowledge that I'm an emotional eater is enough.

Thank you for sharing this.

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QUEENIEBELLE 1/19/2014 12:43PM

    Wonderful! We are so much more than a number on the scale or the actual size of our body. Good for you for celebrating and accepting every stage of your journey- that is awesome. Your family must be so proud of you. I know I am! emoticon

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SMILINGEYES2 1/19/2014 12:00PM

    Love hearing your journey and how you have adjusted. Thank you for sharing b

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MANDELOVICH 1/19/2014 11:10AM

    Beautiful! Bravo!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 1/19/2014 11:10AM

    Thank you for sharing your awesome NSV! It is great that having reached your goal, having two years of maintenance behind you and knowing your plan to stay at goal forever gives you a new perspective on what could have been difficult in the past. And it is very special that you realized the positive - you saw the happy and loving you rather than letting your size cloud that realization.

Good for you! Congratulations!


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_LINDA 1/19/2014 10:42AM

    Very well done!! An awesome non scale victory!! Realizing you were a loving, happy Mom is the greatest thing! The weight is what it is, it doesn't define us. I think an update would be a wonderful thing -surrounded by your loving family as they are today!!
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WORKNPROGRESS49 1/19/2014 9:46AM

    Congrats on your major accomplishment!!! Accepting ones-self (fat or thin) IS a major accomplishment.
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COCK-ROBIN 1/19/2014 9:42AM

    You've come a long way, and I'm proud of you.

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KELLIEBEAN 1/19/2014 9:30AM

    What a wonderful moment for you. Congratulations on your accomplishments!

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HDHAWK 1/19/2014 9:15AM

    It's a positive reminder of how far you've come!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 1/19/2014 9:04AM

    Wonderful blog and great attitude!

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WATERMELLEN 1/19/2014 9:00AM

    Four kids under 5, including twins? And you were a loving and engaged mother?

You can forgive yourself for the weight then, AND you can celebrate the fit and healthy woman to whom you've now given rebirth.

What a moving and powerful blog. So many of us were heavy when the pressures of motherhood were most overwhelming . . . we did our best.

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LORILEEPAGE 1/19/2014 8:53AM

    Accepting your body in those earlier clips freed your eyes to see the happy mom you have always been. It's hard to appreciate those cool things when we are just zooming in on our size in photos or clips. Nice NSV!

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GOANNA2 1/19/2014 8:52AM

    You have acceptance of self and that is truly
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MAUREENREDUX 1/19/2014 8:47AM

    Accepting yourself, warts and all, is a remarkable accomplishment. Congratulations! I hope ( no-intend) to join you in the future. Along the way, I'll continue to work toward my goal-and rely on successes such as yours for inspiration.

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ZUMBAOBSESSED 1/19/2014 8:47AM

    You should feel strong, maintaining as long as you have. I hope that will be me one day. I look at old photos of myself, and I think, "is that really me?" It's like a different person.

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