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Article on struggling with food issues

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

I wanted to share this excellent article about struggling with food issues.

How I Lost 60 Pounds Without Dieting Or Eliminating Food Groups
by Nowreen Nazmi

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KANOE10 4/2/2014 9:20AM

    That was an absolutely excellent article. Her tools are correct. Find healthy foods that you love. Take things with you to a family gathering. I am saving the article for future reading and checking out her newsletter..and also her recipes.

Thanks Mary!

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/2/2014 7:25AM

    Great article, and I agree. emoticon

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POSITIVEHOPE 4/2/2014 1:42AM

    Great article. Yes, our journey has to be tailor made for us so that it will be something we can enjoy for life.

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    Super reading. Thanks for the wonderful articles.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/1/2014 5:06PM

    thanks for shareing i also signed up for thier newsletter emoticon

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Rule #11

Saturday, February 15, 2014

I had an epic fail yesterday.

I ate well all day, went for a long walk, drank my water, went and worked in my storage unit for a while... and then I went to the grocery store hungry.

The end result? A bucket of fried chicken, a pint of Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Therapy ice cream, and a very upset tummy.


That is all.

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HICKOK-HALEY 3/30/2014 12:01AM

    I agree lol. Fortunately I go shopping when I am full. I never did this on purpose, just works out that way. How are you feeling?

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TONBEN 3/21/2014 9:32AM

    lol I have so many of those days, of course if we were closer it would be worse, cause your have to share that Ben and Jerry's. You've done amazing, just get back on track! emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 2/21/2014 3:38AM


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KANOE10 2/16/2014 12:39PM

    Yes..I am also vulnerable when shopping when I am hungry. I keep 100 calorie packets of nuts in my purse for such times. I also stop in and drink a hot herbal tea while shopping.

Have a great new day today. You can do it.

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STEPH-KNEE 2/15/2014 10:35PM

    So true!! emoticon

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SABLENESS 2/15/2014 7:03PM

    Amen to that. Happened to me last week. BAD idea, going hungry. Takes a day like that to remind us how bad. My stomach doesn't like overindulgence any more.

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The Rules (which I have NOT been following)

Friday, February 07, 2014

Thanks to BEAUTIFUL_REINA for asking a question in her blog that made me think about the things that help me succeed in weight loss. I needed this reminder, as I've been in plateau, (which I euphemistically call "maintenance mode") for many months now, and have not yet reached my goal weight.

Having these clearly stated will help me to follow them better and have more SUCCESS!!!

1) Do not allow any "trigger foods" in the house. (For me this includes just about everything made with flour.)

2) Have healthy snack foods prepared in serving sizes and always with me, so that I don't have to go more than 2-3 hours without food.

3) Drink water. Drink water. DRINK WATER.

4) Always track food as I go, even if it means writing it on a piece of paper and carrying it in my pocket.

5) Eating after 8pm is a no-no. If it is necessary due to late classes etc., then just a protein drink.

6) Exercise helps curb my appetite, so brisk walks or short bike rides throughout the day in addition to the gym help a lot. If I just need 2 things from the store, I walk or ride.

7) Keep my hands busy - knit or crochet when watching TV or any other time I'm tempted to snack mindlessly.

8) Remind myself that it is OK to feel hungry sometimes, and 3 hours will NOT kill me! (See #2 and #3.) Those hunger pangs are the feeling of FAT CELLS SHRINKING.

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In addition to just posting this here, I'm going to print them in big font and put them on the fridge and pantry doors to remind me that I CAN DO THIS.

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    You sound so determined! I hope you are finding your reminders/rules are indeed helping you reach your goal. You look and sound amazing.

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SABLENESS 2/12/2014 7:16AM

    Good one! emoticon emoticon

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CHERKYLE 2/10/2014 10:35AM

    I love this - may i borrow it - print it out!!!

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    Great rules....especially number 7.

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SHERYLP461 2/9/2014 7:06AM

    I love your discription of hunger pains, thanks for the good habits and smile

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KANOE10 2/8/2014 8:53AM

    You can do it! I gain if I eat or drink too late also. Your tools are excellent for getting healthy! Posting reminders is a good idea. I keep trigger foods out of the house as well. Planning ahead and cooking ahead really helps!

You have a great plan. I know you can do it!


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MERRYMARY42 2/7/2014 5:46PM

    it is all so simple, but not so simple sticking to it, Thanks, I think I will post it also

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/7/2014 2:35PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Now THIS is a bruise!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Update on my fall at the gym on the 7th of January. Here is how my leg looks today, the 13th:

Look, I'm a rainbow!

It looks pretty spectacular, but now that the swelling has gone and it's "just" a bruise, it doesn't really hurt (unless touched, obviously).

I was avoiding anything higher impact than walking, but yesterday I did a little jogging on the treadmill and it's totally fine.

Today is warmer, so I'm gearing up to go for a real, outdoor-type bike ride! Haven't done so in ages, I'll be happy to get out in the sun.

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INBRAZILFORNOW 1/20/2014 10:22AM


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KANOE10 1/14/2014 7:03AM

    Keep up with all of your exercise! I am glad that bruise is not painful now. Good for you staying active and positive. Enjoy your bike ride.

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SMILINGEYES2 1/14/2014 12:29AM

    Ouch. I am one of those who bruise if you look at me too hard. Glad you are on the mends.

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TIGER_LILY_613 1/14/2014 12:01AM

    Owie ! emoticon

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ANGELBELIEVER 1/13/2014 9:50PM

    Wow, That looks nasty. I'm glad after reading what happened you were not hurt more. emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 1/13/2014 6:53PM

    Wow, thats a huge bruise! emoticon

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    Now that is a huge bruise1 Hope you are doing ok. Whatever you did that had of hurt. Take good care and hope your leg heals quickly. emoticon emoticon

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SUEPERWOMAN 1/13/2014 4:17PM

YOU WIN! I've never seen a bruise that big ! Youchie!!
Glad you are doing okay, despite it!

Love, Ginger

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/13/2014 4:16PM


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OBIESMOM2 1/13/2014 4:08PM

    OUCH! Yeah, that definitely left a mark.

I've done similar "I'm okay" embarrassing things, when I really wanted to cry from the pain. But when you have an audience, you just want to get swallowed up by a hole in the floor. Lacking that, you shrug it off.

glad you didn't break any bones or tear any ligaments!

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MOTHEPRO 1/13/2014 4:07PM

    Ow! I hope it goes away soon! Glad it's not sore.

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Humiliation at the gym

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Yesterday I was feeling really tired, with a scratchy throat. With a potential cold coming on, I really thought about skipping the gym, but I talked myself into going. Next time I should listen to my instincts.

I decided on just a light workout, and did 15 minutes on the rowing machine. So far, so good.

Then comes my moment in the spotlight... I stood up, and without even pausing to get my balance (or apparently figure out which leg was which) I attempted to step over the machine to get off.

I'm not even sure what happened; either the seat slid forward and I got caught on it, or I simply didn't lift my leg up enough and totally tripped over the whole machine and went down like a sack of rocks.


What the?


How humiliating!


The girl on the machine nearest me doesn't bat an eyelash. However, a young man nearby got off his machine to make sure I was all right. Embarrassing, but also made me feel better about humanity.

I got up as soon as I could and assured him I was all right (I wan't really, but there was nothing he could do about it), thanked him, and tried not to limp (or trip) going down the stairs.

My lower back had already begun to spasm, I could see a massive bruise beginning to swell on my calf, and my elbow had a matching bruise and carpet burn.

I went right into the shower and stood in the warm water and stretched my back, until the spasm feeling went away. Slathered all my owies with arnica gel and went to bed.

This morning my back is sore but not too bad. Very grateful to have come through with nothing more than bumps and bruises.

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INBRAZILFORNOW 1/12/2014 12:46PM

    Gosh, glad you're ok!

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JOYINKY 1/10/2014 8:46AM

    WOW! I'm so glad it wasn't a lot more serious! Lesson learned? Listen to your body. I hope you are feeling better by the time you read this, keep moving but keep it gentle. Hugs.

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TERI-RIFIC 1/9/2014 8:46AM

    I'm glad you're Ok. You can be an honorary member of my family's "fall of shame" if it would make you feel better. We have quite a collection, including deep snow, crowded chair lifts, ripped nylons with two bloody knees, off of docks, - well the list goes on. You fit right in because our motto is: deny anything hurts and leave quickly.

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KANOE10 1/9/2014 7:57AM

    I am glad your back is not serious even though it is sore. Don't feel bad. I went for walk and tripped over an uneven pavement and fell down. It is embarrassing. You handled yourself well and are taking good care of yourself. Those gym machines are packed in there and are easy to get tangled up over.

Hope today you are feeling better. emoticon

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MOTHEPRO 1/9/2014 6:15AM

    Glad you're alright.

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ANGELBELIEVER 1/9/2014 12:11AM

    I am sorry that happened to you and I hope your back will feel better soon. We all have things like that happen at one time or another. It was nice that the guy came and assisted you. The girl, well...what can I say? She was just plain rude.

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HEALTHY-SPARK 1/8/2014 11:47PM

    Ow is right! Don't you love how the one moment you might not be displaying ultimate grace -- is when you are in front of numerous people. At least the guy stopped to help you -- that's a little strange the girl next to you didn't even bat an eyelash. Geesh.

Glad you managed to escape with mostly minor injuries and only a bruised ego.

Way to go for wanting to get in a light workout though!

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PANFRIEDTROUT 1/8/2014 11:31PM

    sorry to read about your owie..... hopefully in a day or so, all the pain will be gone

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HICKOK-HALEY 1/8/2014 10:48PM

    Nothing worse then back spasms. Glad yo will be ok. Hope you feel better soon!!

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PURPLEPEONY 1/8/2014 10:18PM

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/8/2014 9:52PM

    Not so bad....if I had a nickle for every time a bumped myself or tripped in the gym.....well I could probably buy the gym.

Don't let this deter you from going back

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RORYLYONS 1/8/2014 9:25PM

    So happy to hear nothing broken from the fall...The guy was sweet to get off his machine to help. emoticon emoticon

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BOOERDEM 1/8/2014 8:36PM

    Glad you are better today! I think every single one of us does something embarrassing at some point. We're all human!! emoticon

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SABLENESS 1/8/2014 8:21PM

    Glad only your pride was seriously injured!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 1/8/2014 8:14PM

    I'm sorry you fell and hurt yourself...and your pride! How disgusting that the girl on the other machine couldn't be bothered to care. Unfortunately, that is just too typical nowadays, it seems. So glad that the young man did have concern, God bless him. I hope you are feeling better soon!

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    Glad you haven't sustained a permanent bruise to your ego and you are able to feel grateful this morning. Best wishes for a successful week.

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LINDA! 1/8/2014 6:32PM

    Ouch! I am so sorry. I have also had some embarrassing moments at the gym. I know that I still look back and remember that humiliation.

I do hope that your pain decreases. emoticon

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NUMD97 1/8/2014 6:11PM

    Glad you're all right. Many in the gym are just so incredibly self-involved. But in that crowd, it's nice that someone remembered that it's not all about the abs.

Hope springs eternal!

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WORDGIRL830 1/8/2014 6:09PM

    Oh wow. I am glad you didn't suffer serious injuries, and that someone cared enough to see if you were okay. I hope you heal soon.

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