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1/5/2014 Here We Go: Before Pictures

Sunday, January 05, 2014

So, to help encourage myself, I'm going to post a "before" picture for this year. I'm hoping to update it throughout the year to show changes. I think it's healthy to do before/after pictures just because, even if the scale doesn't say I've lost weight, I'll be able to see it in the pictures. Soo...here is the before picture, front and side.

  
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CAMEY13 1/6/2014 4:23PM

    At Tips for Writing and Weight Loss we support you for trying to lose weight.
It is very difficult and we, as a group of members, have lost. Why? Because we support each other and help anyone falling down to get up and succeed.

I have looked in the mirror and seen my face starting to get smaller. I have gotten on the scale and seen lbs. go. Support and motivation is our goal and that is why we are losing. Good Luck. emoticon

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MISSJULESCA 1/5/2014 8:45PM

    Wish you lots of luck. You can do it!

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LADYBIRD82 1/5/2014 8:38PM

    Keep it up. you can do it. emoticon best of luck on your journey.

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EDDYMEESE 1/5/2014 8:20PM

    Awesome! You've got a great shape :) Can't wait to see the transformation!

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Fresh Start

Monday, December 30, 2013

It's been quite some time since I last posted anything in detail about my weight and about myself. I have been fighting very hard to lose weight and to get healthy again, but I haven't managed to get into the routine yet. Yes, I'm working out, and yes, I'm trying to eat healthy, but I'm eating too much and I'm not taking care of myself mentally. There's a lot of stuff going on in my life, some good and some bad. Stress has become one of my biggest enemies, and I am working to find ways to cope with the things that are upsetting me, but it takes time to heal and make things better.

I've reached a weight that I know I can not stay at any longer. Things I used to be able to do when I was thinner I cannot do anymore. I've grown out of my smaller clothes, and I don't feel good physically or mentally about myself. However, this is not a post meant to be self-depreciating. This is not a post meant to make excuses. This is me trying once again to get healthy, and I'm taking a few steps to do that.

1. I am going to start doing the Weekly Weigh-ins again. I got very discouraged when I kept gaining weight, so I stopped doing these, which I think just made me give up. So, starting December 30th, 2013, I'm going to start recording my losses and gains. I would just start it on the 1st, but I figure, why not get started early?

2. I'm going to allow myself to have 1 cheat day a week again. When I first worked on losing weight, I allowed myself a cheat day on Mondays after I weighed in. This helped me get through the week and forced me to eat healthier because I knew I could unwind a little on Mondays.

3. I need to cook more meals rather than eating out and eating frozen foods. There is so much sodium in frozen foods that it's just not good for me, and I miss eating home cooked meals.

4. I need to up my work out. I'm doing about 6 days a week, but once I get home, I typically just sit on the couch, so I need to add in extra reps at night to keep my body moving.

5. I need to learn to be more positive about my life in general. I need to pay more attention to the good things instead of the negative. For 2014, I'm going to really try to see the glass half full because quite honestly, I can't keep going on the way I'm going. I need to allow myself to be happy again and I need to learn to love rather than criticize myself. For every insult I give myself, I need to learn to find two positive things.

6. I need to learn to say no and to find my willpower once again. A year ago I could say no to bad food or get healthy meals when I ate now. Now, I need to learn to say no to myself as well as to other people if I'm offered fatty or high-calorie foods. Willpower is one of the hardest things to have, but I think if I work hard, I can get it back.

There are plenty of other things that I'd like to do to change my lifestyle, but for now, this is a start. I'm hoping that the 60 lbs I've managed to gain in about the past year, I'll be able to drop in a year.

Here's to a healthier and happier year.

  
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IMAGINE46 1/3/2014 10:19PM

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NINETOZE 1/2/2014 10:43PM

    Some great goals. Many we share!
When I make my dinners I make extra servings and make my own frozen meals. For example tonight we had spaghetti with lots of veggies in the sauce and the meat was ground turkey. It came from the freezer. A homemade meal a few weeks ago. After a few minutes in the microwave it tasted just as good as it did the night I made it and took almost no effort at all!
We can do it. You can do it. Finding ways to enjoy it will make it a lot easier to keep it going.

Thanks for sharing!

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DRAGONLADY069 1/2/2014 8:23PM

    GREAT Blog.. I have also been fighting with my weight and haven't been on here for awhile.. emoticon emoticon

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GRLTAZ 1/1/2014 9:26PM

    Good plan. emoticon

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WILLIS9301 1/1/2014 11:19AM

    This post could have been written by me. 2014 is here. We CAN do this!

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MAMAWANTSTORUN 12/31/2013 11:40PM

    You can reach your goals! You have a great attitude! Go get 'em :)

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SUCCEEDNOW7 12/31/2013 11:17PM

    Sometimes it can become very overwhelming to make a lot of changes in our life. I think what may help is if you take your goals one at a time and practise them till you feel comfortable and satisfied with how you are performing them. For example, whenever I embarked on a weight loss journey, the three most important things for me were water, exercise and portion control. I will take one of these each week and focused on it for the week and then move on to the next and then eventually I would have incorporated all three. I will tell you that the portion control was the hardest for me to incorporate, because I hated tracking what I ate. I wanted to eat what I wanted and when I wanted. But I kept at it and now I doing better with that. Do emoticon not be discouraged, think up strategies that will help accomplish the things that matter to you. Weight gain is not just about eating, it is more about why we eat what we eat. Deal with the stress and the negative thoughts. This may mean you have to let go of people places and things that are weighing you down or change your perspective on how you are looking at certain situation. I wish you the best and I know if you keep at it you will succeed in all that you set your mind to. Be blessed and have fun on your journey to a New You, not only in your body but also in your spirit and soul (mind, emotions and will).

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MOTHERBEAR4 12/31/2013 11:04PM

    I felt the same way about my weight and the end of September decided to get back on Sparkpeople and make a hugh effort to lose this 100lbs. Besides stepping on the scale - take your measurements!!!! Even if the scale sticks or goes up - you might be building muscle.. By taking measurements on Sparkpeople you will see a difference.

I started also not eating so much prepackaged food and eating fresh. Trying to do follow some PALEO/PRIMAL and doing low carb, high fat, low protein.

Check my food tracker. I am still working on this.. Once I started I felt so much better. I don't feel so bloated or puffy. and now I can fit into 5 prs of size 18 jeans. But the main goal is to tone up, be healthy and have more energy. Now I have to start adding walking and weight workouts. emoticon emoticon

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ZIEKEPPLER 12/31/2013 5:20PM

  You're not alone! I was in exactly the same place a few weeks ago. For me, re-reading The Spark helped me focus on just what I wanted to do. Really thinking about concrete goals and writing them down gave me that I'm-on-my-way feeling. You not only CAN do, you WILL do it! And so will I. Best wishes for a 2014 that you'll be proud of. emoticon

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MJEFFERSON23 12/31/2013 2:19PM

  Keep logging on, it will get better. I know, I have been on a plateau for so long but I'm determined to stay on course. Sometimes losses take months, and then BOOM! it drops off. We are all here for you.

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PLIDC1 12/31/2013 11:41AM

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I'll weigh in if you will. I have had a hard time losing and ended up gaining, too.

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When I stepped on the scale, I felt like a failure.

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I like the cheat day, too, because i can say to myself, "I don't want that today," but saying is too frustrating.

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Good job planning to cook more. The sodium content in meals prepared by somebody else is enough for a whole week!

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I am going to try one big workout in the morning and several 10 minute ones throughout the day.

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Stop listening to the negative committee that meets in your head.
Practice exactly what you will say when offered food you don't ultimately want.


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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 12/31/2013 10:57AM

    Good for you. Remember the positive. Don't dwell on the negative. YOU can do anything YOU choose to. RIGHT?

Best,

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ANNROW0354 12/31/2013 10:30AM

    Good luck and thanks for sharing. Make yourself a priority this year. emoticon

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JUNETTA2002 12/31/2013 9:53AM

    Stay positive. You can do this. We are all behind you. Just one step at a time.

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COLESLUCKYMOMMY 12/31/2013 8:43AM

    Love your honesty-you can make 2014 YOUR YEAR!!!
The glass is always half FULL of so many wonderful things!!! Remember that always!!
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PAULA_J 12/31/2013 8:05AM

  Keep up with the blog - keep positive...

Doing a great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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NAESREALITY 12/31/2013 6:19AM

    emoticon Each day is a new day. I have to remind myself to only focus on today.

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ROXYCARIN 12/31/2013 2:44AM

  Happy new year

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SUSANELAINE1956 12/30/2013 5:20AM

    It's a great start. Good luck!

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EMMACORY 12/30/2013 2:48AM

    On another blog a person said her new mindset contained repairs: "choose or refuse"' . I like this because it invites me to be more aware. In 2013 I started wearing a pedometer to make sure I was moving enough...especially on the weekend. You might want to consider wearing one. It helps with the motivation. Blessings on your 2014 journey. emoticon

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Starting Over

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Hey Everyone,

It's been a while since I last logged into SparkPeople. For those of you who have read my blog, you know that I've had health problems for the past year. While I still don't have any solutions to the problems, I have decided that I really need to focus on my diet since I can't control entirely what's going on with my eyes and my stomach, to a degree.

The reason why I'm doing this is because I've ended up gaining a lot of weight. My lowest weight was 185, and I am now sitting at 234.2. I'm disappointed, but each time I try to lose weight, I think I do it the wrong way. Instead of focusing on the successes I might have, I think of my failures and how I 'used' to be 185. So, I'm pretty much starting over. I'm looking at it as, "I've gotten up to a weight that I do not like, so I'm going to aim for my goal of 150 again." I am going to weigh myself weekly, take my measurements, and also post pictures.

This week, I have started eating really healthy again. I'm trying to make more vegetarian meals because I think that's healthier, and it also mixes up my diet a bit more. Tuesday night I had a portabello sandwich with spinach, peppers, and feta cheese. Tonight, I made vegetarian tostadas with black beans, homemade guacamole, light sour cream, spinach, and reduced-fat cheese. I ate a little too much of that tonight, but I'll recover tomorrow and eat better. I hope to make a black-bean-guacamole wrap this week as well.

I really want to do this. I really want to get my health back in order and feel better both physically and mentally. So....here's my new beginning.

7/3/2013
Starting Weight: 234.2 lbs
Goal Weight: 150 lbs

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SHADOWSEER 7/4/2013 6:26PM

    I can follow some of your recommendations, but not all, unfortunately. Because of the GERD, I need to keep some carbs/breads in my life and I have to be careful with the fruit and vegetables I eat. Tomatoes are mostly out, sadly. I would put the fake sugar in baking, but I've read so many things about how bad that stuff is for you, that I think I'd rather just use regular sugar and just make sure I control my portions. I also have tried to work out for an hour everyday, but my body gets really worn out because of how hard I push it. I need a rest day, and I've heard that rest days are very important for your body to recover. The other stuff I will definitely take into consideration, though!

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CAMEY13 7/4/2013 2:14PM

    Try staying off bread, cheese, sour cream, butter, and sticking to chicken, turkey hamburg, fish, broiled or baked. Have lots of salads with kidney beans, chick peas, fava, lettuce, tomato, cukes, etc. Stay away from peas and veggies that have sugar.
If you bake put in the fake sugar and make cup cakes real small. Freeze them and only take out one a day. Exercise everyday for one hour, weights, bike, walking, etc.
I know I shouldn't but I weigh myself every morning so I can catch any weight that goes on before it gets too far.

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Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

Monday, April 15, 2013

Cream of Chicken & Wild Rice Soup




Original website recipe: www.eatingwell.com/recipes/cream_of_
turkey_wild_rice_soup.html


Nutrition

Per serving: 354 calories; 9 g fat ( 3 g sat , 4 g mono ); 87 mg cholesterol; 27 g carbohydrates; 36 g protein; 3 g fiber; 378 mg sodium; 577 mg potassium.

Review: 5 out of 5. Delicious!!! This is a very hearty soup full of flavorful vegetables and rice. Now, the first difference I made was that I used chicken. The original recipe called for turkey, but I decided to go with chicken. I cooked a couple chicken breasts and seasoned them with some salt/herbs. That helps give it a little flavor before you actually add it to the soup. I didn't cut up any celery for it, because I don't like celery, but I imagine you could add more vegetables if you want. My main mistake is that I didn't check on the servings of rice in the box I bought (I knew I would screw up at some point). I bought Long Grain & Wild Rice quick mix with 23 herbs and spices. I just didn't realize the box had 3 cups of rice. The recipe only calls for 1 cup. So....in short, I had to add more broth and light sour cream. I'm going to freeze the giant amount of soup that I cooked (I've read several places it is okay to freeze soups with cream). That being said, the calorie and fat count might be slightly skewed. Anyway, this was a pretty easy dish to cook, and it came out really tasty. People on the site complained that it didn't have much flavor because they used reduced fat chicken broth and didn't add much salt. On my end, I used fat free and 33% less sodium broth. The herb and spice packet may have made up for the lack of salt. So, if you make it with normal wild rice, it might not be as flavorful. Take note that you want to get the quick cook rice instead of the normal wild rice which may take 40 minutes to cook. I basically followed the rest of the recipe, though. I failed mixing the flour with the vegetables correctly, but besides that and the extra rice, I didn't have too many issues.

  


Warm Chicken Sausage & Potato Salad

Monday, April 15, 2013

Warm Chicken Sausage & Potato Salad



Original website recipe: www.eatingwell.com/recipes/sausage_a
rugula_salad.html


Nutrition

Per serving: 258 calories; 9 g fat ( 1 g sat , 3 g mono ); 60 mg cholesterol; 27 g carbohydrates; 3 g added sugars; 15 g protein; 2 g fiber; 483 mg sodium; 103 mg potassium.


Review: 3 out of 5. This was a surprisingly tasty dish. I was rather happy that the picture on the website looked similar to mine. The first difference is that I used spinach instead of arugula. I'm not a huge fan of arugula, and spinach has so many health benefits, I thought it was a good idea to switch it up. Now, I believe there should actually more spinach, but most of mine had gone bad by the time I made the salad, unfortunately. The other difference I made was I used smoked turkey sausage instead of the chicken sausage. When I compared packages, the brand of turkey sausage I used actually had fewer calories and fat than the chicken sausage. Also, the smoked flavor gave the salad such a fantastic taste, that I'm glad I changed meats. This is a very flavorful salad, and it actually makes you feel like you're not eating a salad at all. I was actually full when I finished it! I read some reviews that the vinegar flavor in the dressing was too strong. I actually agree. I ended up adding more maple syrup to it to dilute some of the vinegar flavor. So if you like more vinegar, leave the recipe as is. If you want it sweeter, as I said, add more syrup. I only made about half of what the recipe called for, but I have two more servings in the fridge. I have no idea how it's going to taste tomorrow. Hopefully it's still yummy when it's reheated. When you cook the potatoes, make sure that you don't overcook them for one thing, and for another, make sure that you cut them up into more pieces. The recipe said to just cut the potatoes in half. I'd quarter them instead so you don't get such a heaping chunk of potato in each mouthful. Overall, it was a tasty recipe without leaving you feeling guilty.

  


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