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Day One

Sunday, October 19, 2014

I have decided to take a page from one of my friends and start over from the ground floor.

Here goes the first day of helping myself be healthy and HAPPY.....

  
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PIXIE-LICIOUS 10/20/2014 8:03AM

    Congrats on your Fresh Start! Wishing you a great day and a healthy week!
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NEWBIRTH2014 10/19/2014 11:19PM

    One step at a time…you can and will complete this journey emoticon

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SUSANSLIFE 10/19/2014 9:12PM

    Wonderful decision and by doing so, you are holding yourself accountable!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 10/19/2014 2:56PM

    A fresh start can do a world of good!
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PFERG66 10/19/2014 2:24PM

    It really is up to us, isn't it?
Love your family; lean on us!
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ANGELFMABV 10/19/2014 11:32AM

    You have this girl! One day at a time!

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My Enablers

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I came face to face with the realization that I am very close to my enablers. They live within my intimate circle of family members. I won't rat them out today because I love them dearly.......

If you do not believe the ones closest to you can be enablers then pay attention to the things going on around you. Last night I was doing ok. I did indulge on a couple of taco's from a local fast food place around 3:30 or 4:00 because I allowed my stress level to rocket through the roof of my truck but It was better than other things running through my mind. I knew that the tacos would fill the void until I could get control of my mind and nerves.

Then it was suggested that we order Spaghetti for dinner at a well known place for take home.....
That's one of my weak spots..... pasta!

I will do better today..... Never give up my friends..... and know that although we have enablers around us it's US that have to become strong enough to say NO! emoticon

  
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MICKEYMAX 10/17/2014 11:01PM

    I think you are an amazing woman!

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BLUEJAY1969 10/15/2014 4:40PM

    I have one supporter and one enabler in my close circle so I have both ends of the spectrum! I know how hard it can be! Strength young padawan!
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PFERG66 10/15/2014 3:48PM

    I hear you! My enablers love me so much; they want to love me to death emoticon .

When I am given two or three choices of where we should eat out (and it's not all that often) I pick the lesser of all the evils and, if possible go kiddie size!

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KAREN608 10/15/2014 1:27PM

    oh so true. and learning moderation with spaghetti is something i am working on. I can have my favorite foods but not in the giant portions of my past. It seems to be working, a good weigh in day again this week. Keep working the plan!

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SUSANSLIFE 10/15/2014 9:12AM

    You are soooo right!

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I'm Acting Out! >:[

Thursday, October 02, 2014

My body seems to function opposite of what all the weight loss experts say that it should. I think that's part of my problem, I try to make myself fit into the mold of what the weight loss coaches, doctors, and specialists say that I should. I do well eating 2 main meals with the occasional apple, banana, or orange with fresh ground peanuts when I FEEL hungry. My biggest failure is in the amount of food I allow myself to eat and the type of food I feed it. I could behave and eat what I am suppose to but that's the issue with me...... I tend to rebel when I am suppose to get started on these healthy eating plans. I know that IF I can get my head straight then the body will follow
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I do know that until I stop throwing temper tantrums, I stop acting like a spoiled child, I grow up and face this weight and brain issue, and get with the plan, I will NEVER accomplish the amazing goals that my friends have and will just continue to sit here stagnant and crying on weight in day because I gained instead of lost.

Who knows for sure what my body can or even will do until I stop acting out in rebellion?!

  
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JULIAMOONCHILD 10/14/2014 11:04PM

    I hear ya, Deb! It is tough to get with the plan and to stay with the plan ,,, UNLESS we figure out what is stopping us from continuing the plan once we're on it. That's where I am right now the figuring stage, but I've also discovered a new way of self discipline that might prove to be my life line, More on that to come.
In the meantime, I will share this - It has been brought home to me, so to speak, that we ALL need to have something to dream about- a special something along each step of the way that we look forward to doing- and then DOING IT. Something we do for OURSELVES. Something we enjoy just for OURSELVES. I have come to the realization that much of what has held me "stagnant and crying" (to borrow your words) is not having anything at all to dream about. Today I am working on creating small visions (dreams) of things I WILL do for myself in the very near future. Little things, perhaps, but rewarding things that will take me for a day (if not longer) out of my day-to-day routine. By dreaming and by fulfilling even the smallest of dreams and then creating even more, is spiritually renewing. I truly believe this. But Deb, like I said, it has been a very long time since I have entertained even the smallest of dreams. So, what would you dream of doing for yourself - as in short term dream goal, if you were feeling generous and kind to your spirit, no matter the reading on a scale?
Sometimes it can be as simple as taking yourself to a matinee, or away for one night to be ALONE with your own thoughts (and your laptop, of course) emoticon
But whatever a dream is, once it is realized, I truly think it empowers us and gives us reason to dream of more and to dream of bigger and better things. I have not been dreaming but have been like a near dead spirit ... and that is what must change in order for me to make the changes in my life that will be rewarding.
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KAREN608 10/9/2014 11:04PM

    I need a reset button for my brain when it comes to eating. I used to be a slim child so somewhere along the way I got my brain out of whack. Rebellion is a good word for it!

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SMITHKRISTI 10/3/2014 11:31AM

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DLYNN1113 10/2/2014 10:50PM

    Debbie, I can empathize with you, but they tell you to eat that way for a reason. Years of being a nighttime nurse and coming home at 10 am hitting the bed and sleeping till 5 leaving me only enought time to get up and ready for work again wreaked havoc on my metabolism. I went for days without eating except for snacking on chips or candy they had in the breakroom at work. I still to this day do not get hungry no matter how long it's been since I have eaten. I have to make myself eat otherwise I find I start craving junkfood. Not sure what all the nutritional reasons are for that...could just be the way I conditioned myself. I make myself eat breakfast (instant oatmeal, quick and simple plus healthy), sometimes lunch will just be some fruit and a fiber bar, then I eat dinner since I have to cook for my mom and brother. But I make myself do it not because my stomach says I'm hungry I want to eat, but because I know if I don't at about 3 pm I will not have eaten all day and I will be saying I want chips. And that is how I got to where I am. So there with you my dear sparkfriend, taking it one day at a time. emoticon

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PFERG66 10/2/2014 12:25PM

    Good morning. I read through all your friends' comments and I hope you see the same thing I did: One. Small. Step. At. A. Time.
Let us know which small step you choose and we will help you with accountability.
Throw that temper tantrum on the Emotional Eaters message board instead of at yourself.
You have already started by blogging this, right?
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Hey. We love you.

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FORMYDARLINGS 10/2/2014 11:54AM

    It's really hard to accept that when you eat properly, with the right balance of foods, that less will be enough. I started slowly by taking my regular amount but leaving a little of each food on my plate each meal. I would leave 1 bite of meat, 1 forkful of rice or potatoes and 1 piece of veggies, even though I know we can have the veggies. Slowly I got used to a little less every day. I also switched to a salad plate for all my meals and for dessert, if we were having or snacks, a dessert dish instead of a cereal bowl. Little mind games sort of but now I have no portion issues. Try a few things to see how you can be kind to yourself and still work your program. It' is very hard to get 'diet' out of your mind. I started a few years ago calling it a food plan. Never the word diet. It made it more comfortable for me.


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BLUEJAY1969 10/2/2014 11:16AM

    You can't bite off too big a chunk of your life to change at one time or you won't sustain the changes! Go with one small thing, make it a streak and when you feel you have it add another streak! I know with the diabetes you have to follow certain guidelines and that is hard in itself so don't keep whacking yourself over the head for not getting it all done at one time!
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SUSANSLIFE 10/2/2014 10:37AM

    Debbie, you can only change one thing at a time. Choose what you want to accomplish, such as no second helpings, or eat a protein-packed breakfast, or make an extra (one more than you usually do) roundtrip up and down the steps entering into your home each day. But only choose one. Be faithful and do it for a week before you ADD a second new habit, while continuing the first. A habit takes at least 28 days to settle in and be something you willingly do each day, so keep adding, not substituting. When at least a week has gone by, you add the next new habit, but you can take 2 weeks or whatever you feel you need on that one, before you add the next new one.

During these subtle changes forming new habits, let everything else just be the same. Most of us with a lot to lose simply cannot make too many changes at one time. Changing what and when we eat is very hard because those patterns are ingrained in us. Don't throw your body and mind into a tantrum and think that you can't do anything right. Be gentle with yourself and add just one new habit at a time. It works!


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DEWILL2 10/2/2014 10:22AM

    Now that you know that, don't beat yourself up. Take one step at a time and make a plan and stick to it. Some people can just jump in and do it but you may be different and need to accomplish things one thing at a time. Believe in yourself and know you can do it when you put your might to. Good luck.

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Back In Action

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

I am back in action today. emoticon

I re-read my instructions on eating this morning, made my list, and headed to the store with a determine and a little worried attitude. emoticon emoticon

I knew how far I was out of kilter but chose not to acknowledge it. So I am ready and willing to get this going and hubby is right beside me! So this evening we are fixing beef patties on the grill with a 3 pepper blend with onions and plain boiled potatoes.

We purchased chicken breasts that we plan to cook half on the grill and half will be boiled. I have a new favorite, grilled chicken breasts with 3 different peppers, onions, and garlic. I make a pouch in foil, spray it with olive oil spray, place the chicken breast inside, spritz it with EVOO and garlic, put the peppers and onions in, a little water, and close it all in nice and tight. Hubby cooks it on the grill real low until its done..... about 45 - 60 minutes depending on how hot the temp is and
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DREAMSEEKER9 10/1/2014 8:50AM

    Sounds very yummy! If you like fish, you could do something similar with fish for some variety.

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FORMYDARLINGS 10/1/2014 6:12AM

    Great job Deb! Part of the secret to healthy eating IS to make what you eat , too good to be true. Take time to prepare and purchase quality foods and take pleasure in preparing tasty meals. You've got the idea. Way To go.


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BLUEJAY1969 10/1/2014 1:56AM

    I like to cook my chicken breasts in a slow cooker with some spices! Yum! So glad you found out what was going wrong and I am doubly pleased that your DH is in like Flynn with you!
Hugs,
Jeanne

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HOLIERTHANTHOU 9/30/2014 8:47PM

    I make exactly the same kind of chicken with peppers, onion, and garlic. It is absolutely wonderful. And so easy! I usually make about 4 chicken breasts at a time and use the leftovers in sandwiches or salads for lunch. Cold pepper / onion-flavoured chicken is just as good as the hot-off-the-grill chicken.

Nicely done for getting back on track with such determination.

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EVIE4NOW 9/30/2014 7:28PM

  Sounds good and love the idea of little clean up.

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    Your menu sounds yummy!! enjoy emoticon

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I was all hyped up! :(

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Well I was all hyped up for a BIG weight loss this week because I wasn't eating glutens anymore and was so disappointed to be up instead of down

I just knew I had lost so much because I'm not bloated anymore......
Opps, guess that was wrong!

But I have 2 goals this week.
1. Do everything in my power to NOT ride the handicapped cart at the store. I am back into the habit of not even doing a body check to see if I can walk that day or not.

2. Very low or NO table salt this week......

I will continue to steer clear of the glutens, lactose free, and starches this week and see what happens next week. I do know that my sluggish intestines have picked up and that's a good thing!

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There is always hope! This week, next week, next month, next year........ emoticon

We can't look at this as a week long fix, that's just a fall waiting to happen.

We will get this, WE WILL my friends! emoticon we just have to remember that getting healthy and getting this weight off means learning what our bodies are doing, what we are doing to them, and what they need to get better. Ever stumble we take leads us to a stronger foot hold so look at these stumbles as your next STRONG foot hold! emoticon because WE GOT THIS!

  
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NEWTEXDEBBIE 9/30/2014 7:09PM

    You are all awesome!!!!!!!

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BLUEJAY1969 9/30/2014 1:56PM

    Think about the terrific NSV Deb! I think that you feeling better is a big step in the right direction! It's hard to keep up with everything else when we feel poorly especially the exercise! I know you are going to do great now that you feel better physically!
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PFERG66 9/30/2014 12:49PM

    emoticon Deb for your persistence. You just emoticon and by doing that you spur the rest of us on to try our best. emoticon

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JULIAMOONCHILD 9/30/2014 12:09PM

    PS. Wow, Deb, I just read your previous blog about having to give up on glutens and the trouble you were having from eating foods that contain them. That had to be very tough!!! And the PAIN that these foods with gluten were causing you is just horrible. Unimaginable! But thank God you are aware of the culprit! Some people suffer from gluten unknowingly for years and it is only after damage has been done to their bodies that the villain is discovered. Anyway, I am so glad that you have made the necessary and quite remarkable changes in your diet in order to greatly improve your health and sense of over-all well being. Surely a life saving decision on your part and one that is most definitely going to change your life for the better. But oh how hard it must be to adjust your diet so drastically - Yet YOU are doing it - and eventually, I'm sure, the absence of gluten will be somewhat like the absence of cigarettes to a previously heavy smoker who has quit smoking and now enjoys the wonderful feeling of renewed health and the joy of breathing FRESH air.
You amaze me with your discipline and enthusiasm and positive attitude. I know it is not always easy and I do not expect you to be UP all the time, but I have to say, in your shoes right now I would be whining - and the fact that you are NOT causes me to rethink my own attitude most days. Mine could surely use a kick in the arse. emoticon
Thanks again for sharing your truth - up or down - it is always welcomed and appreciated .
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SUSANSLIFE 9/30/2014 11:53AM

    That's the spirit, Debbie! Keep doing all that you've been doing and add in those new goals for this week. Don't think about what you may or may not lose, just think about eating healthier and NOT GAINING. Although we want to lose a little every week, getting healthier is the real goal. Keep pushing that cart use it like this:
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JULIAMOONCHILD 9/30/2014 11:49AM

    I think it is really interesting that you are now eating gluten free. It is something I have thought about doing, too, but have not yet started. I do love my cereal in the mornings. BTW, if you don't mind me asking, are you doing this because of a gluten allergy or just for your own purpose of better health? I am sure there are great advantages to being gluten free, no matter what the reason for doing so.
Anyway, I relate to a need for digestive system improvement - believe me - and the feeling of being bloated. I have been counting my calories and tracking my food and staying within a calorie limit that should result in more weight loss this week - BUT - I honestly feel like just the opposite is happening. I actually feel fatter today than I did at the end of last week. It is so frustrating! Still, time will tell - I weigh-in on Friday's - and then I can work on making changes if necessary. And I am wondering since you actually are feeling better and no longer bloated, if your scale is simply not YET giving you a true reading. I don't know all about body fluctuations and how that can give inaccurate scale readings, but I do believe that it can - So, I say go with your -"feeling better" - and count that as success for the past week and then see what happens next. I bet the scale will catch up with you very soon!
Oh, and I do like your goals for this week. Giving up or using very little SALT is something I could put to good use, myself. Good grief, I have been abusing it and I know I need to stop.

Well, thanks Deb for sharing your enthusiasm in keeping yourself on the right path. It is exactly the kind of blog I needed to read this morning.
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ALOOGOBI 9/30/2014 11:20AM

    Yes, just keep going!! I found that when I started avoiding gluten and cutting down on grains in general the biggest change was not feeling bloated and how my clothes fit, so you might find things fitting better and feeling looser before you notice a lot of change with the scale. But just keep going and you WILL see changes everywhere! Good luck with your journey! emoticon

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