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I want a Cookie... Bargaining or Not- The Food Demon

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Holidays have foods galore sparking around like ornaments on trees glowing to get our attention. What's worse is these are EMOTIONAL FOODS! They bring back memories of childhood or better times, nostalgia.

So we see, we want. Ask yourself a few questions about EMOTIONAL FOODS:

1) Ask yourself WHAT you are wanting to FEEL. Warm, safe and comforted is usually my answer. During the holidays, nostalgic comes to mind. So how can I come by those same feelings without food? Warm luxury soft blankets, funny favorite movies, scented candles, old photos...

2) IF doing something makes you sad or really uncomfortable, don't do it. Looking through old photos brings back good memories to me, but then I get sad missing people and want to kill the pain with food. It used to be that when I was younger, people would bring up how I needed to lose weight at family dinners. Now, I would shut them down by saying "If you really cared, you would bring this up in private and not at a family dinner." If that didn't work, I would start a new tradition and avoid the negative nellies all together. There is no reason to put yourself in painful situations that make you want to overeat or binge later. Love yourself and protect yourself like you would your child.

3) I want a cookie... Well, if I have one, and I going to eat the whole box? PROBABLY! So here is the trick! Do not under any circumstances allow the whole box into your house if they are cookies you like or unhealthy cookies. Get a single cookie or two from a bakery. Leave the bakery and enjoy. Same with ice cream- don't buy it at the store unless it's single serve. Get it out, where you can only have a little.

4) Don't bargain with yourself. It just ends up badly. Have a plan in mind. Make plans ahead of time when you find pitfalls. For example, I found that I get into the box of cookies if they are in the house. I can't bargain myself down to two cookies. SO I wound up making a RULE that I have to get cookies at the bakery and no more than two. NO bargaining.

The food demon is very tricky and seducing. He lies and tells you you are in control. Then he loads high fructose corn syrup and additives into the foods to make us crave like insane people. Don't be fooled. The more natural a product is, the less processed... the better your body will respond and not crave.

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ANNABELLISABEL 11/23/2014 9:47AM

    So true! Well said. :)

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WRITERWANNAB 11/22/2014 7:56PM

    Christmas cookies are beginning to appear but I am not touching them. We must stay in control!

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HAWAII1107 11/21/2014 10:34AM

    Thank you for the great blog. I can relate, only my demon is chips. I do not buy them so cannot have them. But the other night at the Mexican restaurant, they set that basket right in front of me and, although I did hold back, I ate more than I had planned. Also, craving pumpkin bread because of the time of the year. I've looked at dozens of "healthy" recipes that still have extra calories. Trying to hold off and hope a piece of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving will do it for me.

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SUPERSYLPH 11/20/2014 7:41PM

    Thank you! The biggest problem I have is with sugary foods!

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JOYFULME01 11/20/2014 5:31PM

  You have a great perspective on this subject. Thank you for sharing. I'll keep this in mind as I navigate the holidays.

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BLONDEDOG 11/20/2014 9:00AM

    Well said! I find I really have to avoid my Grandfather at all costs because he will inevitably make some sort of snide comment about how I look like I've gained some weight since last year. Nice. I love you too. Urgh. Why? I've got a plan and I'm ready to rock Thanksgiving. I am always so proud of myself when I can managed to plate a healthy meal out of all the unhealthy food available. It's an accomplishment! lol

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123ELAINE456 11/20/2014 3:20AM

  Great Advice and Tips. Well Said. Thank You. I'm Safe.

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MAYBER 11/18/2014 4:44PM

    What great advice have gone many times to the cupboard and wanted a cookie then said to myself have to write it down if I eat it that has been enough to stop me
One day or cookie at a time
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GARDENCHRIS 11/18/2014 7:21AM

    wise advice!

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DANERUBY 11/18/2014 7:02AM

    Thanks for sharing about your portion control practices. Good stuff! I also got something out of avoiding things that I think will bring me joy but ultimately only bring me sadness and discomfort at the end of their cycle. These things include phone calls and visits with my siblings, great expectations and multitasking.

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TENNISJIM 11/18/2014 6:32AM

    Well said

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LACOOK2014 11/17/2014 10:27PM

    Good tips on single servings thanks!

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TECHNICALLYDEB 11/17/2014 2:26AM

    "The food demon is very tricky and seducing. He lies and tells you you are in control." TRUTH! Thank you, great post.

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POCKETFULOFSUN 11/16/2014 6:59PM

    Thanks, these are really great tips!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon for these great tips!!! I am sure they will work for all of us.
ENJOY the holidays!!!

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BELLACUDDLES 11/16/2014 4:14PM

    Way to go!!! YOU ROCK!!!

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DAWNDMOORE40 11/16/2014 1:26PM

    emoticon blog! You are right about if you allow a whole box of cookies in the house or a whole pint of ice cream then you will be tempted to eat it!! That is why if I do eat ice-cream then it's one time through the drive thru at Dairy Queen and that is it! There are so many temptations out there, but I am trying to eat as healthy as I can! It sounds like you are doing a wonderful job! Keep it up! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JHOPPER 11/16/2014 9:45AM

    Really good points there! Hope your holiday season is successful and you are able to enjoy sensibly. Sounds like you have it well in hand!

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DAKARISAH430 11/15/2014 6:39PM

  Words of wisdom.

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CALGIRL80 11/15/2014 6:11PM

  We said. I use the single serving rule for ice cream in our house. THankfully I am picky about what ice cream I will eat and make DH get flavors I don't like or we share a pint. (I take my serving and he can have the rest.

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M2HEALTH 11/15/2014 2:05PM

    The battle is won at the grocery store. Another idea: get the box, and immediately put the cookies into single serve baggies. It makes snacking and making brown bag lunches easy for all ages.

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JEANADOLL77 11/15/2014 12:41PM

    You got this.

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JAB2010 11/15/2014 12:12PM

    Thanks for sharing.......great advise!

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CARSU77 11/15/2014 10:52AM

    My husband has this whole house full of candy, chips and cookies. 98% of the time, I am not tempted, when I am, I make sure I can afford the calories on my tracking.

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TRIM180 11/15/2014 10:26AM

    " Love yourself and protect yourself like you would your child" nice !

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WENDYANNE61 11/15/2014 9:45AM

    You are so right, Beth! When people bring gifts of dangerous food to my house, I say "thank you" and then take them into work where about 25 colleagues can enjoy one each at most. Otherwise I will eventually have a weak moment, think I can have just one for the taste, and then end up eating far too many and feel pole-axed! No thank you!

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KLMEIRING 11/15/2014 9:33AM

    Really enjoyed this post and reading all of the wonderful feedback and comments. I am not quite there yet, but I hope to get there.

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JIMA64 11/15/2014 8:47AM

    I have the same problem you do and have to limit thevfoods I allow in the house.

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ARTSYDONNA 11/15/2014 8:33AM

    I would like to bring up in front of everyone what an amazing fighter you are! Thanks for bringing your positive energy to this party!

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PI-DROSHI 11/15/2014 8:22AM

    Love this post and encouragement. I try to reduce my sugar every day. When I have a craving, I now go to 'bites' a little cafe that sells coffee drinks and bite-sized portions of cupcakes, cookies and other desserts in a tiny shooter glass. It works!

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1HOTFUDGEMAMA 11/15/2014 7:28AM

  Thank you for the great advice!

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/15/2014 12:53AM

  probably the holidays are the hardest. Many people bring specialty treats, that are often only around this time of year, and it's a tradition, right...?

Anyhow, it had been raining and getting more chilly. I had hot chocolate from 3 TBS. cocoa and stevia. I put it in the blender to get it to mix. I even made it less sweet, and I can taste the chocolate more. I think stevia is a herb and has no calories. When you put vanilla in it, it tastes rich.

Sometimes I have some dark sugarless Trader Joes Chocolate, just a square or two. But I know some have to even avoid that. But is healthier and quality.

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JSEATTLE 11/14/2014 11:27PM

  We all have our food demons, lurking around every corner. I have come to recognize mine in their various disguises!

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JIBBIE49 11/14/2014 9:13PM

    Hugs

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SIMONEKP 11/14/2014 8:27PM

    good tips

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MYAKAYAH 11/14/2014 6:44PM

    Great strategies to deal with the holidays and its perils of emotional eating~

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Night Time Eating- My Coping Skills

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I'm a terrible night time eater. I wake up through the night and hit the kitchen like a ravenous zombie. I don't know how to stop myself because I'm half asleep. Evenings? Well, I graze. How did I lose so much weight and how am I losing weight with these issues? Let me tell you...

I planned my night attack snacks and set them in obvious reach, so when I hit the kitchen, there are low cal foods, like a can of fruit and a piece of cheese right in the front of the fridge waiting for me with a spoon.

I eat every few hours of the day, but lightly, so I stay full. I make sure to get protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. ALL of them are needed to stay full. Fiber helps a great deal!
I try to stay around 300 calories to 400 calories for a meal and 100-150 for a snack.

I do graze, but I have tried to incorporate fruits, veggies, and lean protein into my grazing. Low cal drinks like tea and water with fruit in it keep me busy drinking instead of eating. Thirst and hunger are controlled by the same part of the brain. Try brothy soups or low cal drinks for snacks.

Avoid high fructose corn syrup- it causes cravings like mad! The stuff makes you want sugar like a crazy person. Choose pure cane sugar over it if you have to have sweet.

Cinnamon helps curb sweet cravings and lower your blood sugar, A GREAT snack at night is a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon or warm milk with cinnamon and nutmeg- tastes like a fancy drink without the cost.



Hope that helps somebody.

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CHEBBA 11/19/2014 6:08PM

    I suffered TERRIBLY with night eating, cravings, grazing, secret eating - you name it. Then, by chance, I discovered that I had Leptin Resistance, It was compelling and utterly fascinating - it was like reading about me! The more 'legal' snacks I had, with eating even something tiny in between meals, nothing would satisfy me - I wouldn't want less, I would want more and more. And so it was that too many 'legal' snacks resulted in my not losing weight, even putting ON weight - and constantly having my mind concentrating on food and what was behind the fridge door, the pantry, at the garage when paying for petrol (gas, in the US!)etc. So, I decided to try the Leptin regime - and BOY! It was like hitting the jackpot! Within 3 or 4 days, my cravings stopped dead! It was astonishing. Now, I ONLY eat three meals a day, I have 5 hours between meals and at least 3 hours before bedtime. I don't follow Dr Byron Richards regime to the absolute letter, but OMG. has this sorted me out. I can now queue to pay at the garage by groaning racks of sweets (candy) and not even glance at them! The same at the supermarket - and who would EVER have believed it?!

I accept that no two people are the same. There will be people reading this who may not identify with this at all. All I can say is that this has been a true light-switch moment for me. On the rare occasions I wake at night and come downstairs, the most I have is a hot drink - which doesn't fit in with the regime, really, but it most definitely is NOT grazing or snacking. If you are reading this and haven't tried it, the science behind it makes such a lot of sense - it may not be for you, but it really has changed MY life. I recently wobbled a bit and fell into a lack of vigilance, thanks to what was going on in my life at the time. After a couple or three weeks I could feel myself reverting and I hated it. I knew what was happening, but it was starting to take hold again and I could feel myself losing the power to stop it. I woke up one day, determined to not spoil the 40lbs I've lost so far. I didn't want to go THERE again! I've managed to get back onto my leptin regime and WOOHOO, the cravings have gone again. Life is good!

Tonight, I bumped into someone I haven't seen for exactly a year, to the day. She didn't recognise me at first, was astonished at the transformation. For me, I put it down to the leptin regime, plus a year of gym work, logging in for the full 342 days since returning to SP and tracking faithfully. Fab! I am now embarking on losing the last 28lbs - and I KNOW I'm going to do it. Timescale is unimportant, I'm eating for my health and longevity - and I now know how to do it in a way which works for me.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 11/19/2014 1:18PM

    thanks! I've been struggling with evening eating. Will try some of these, esp. the cinnamon and oatmeal. XOO

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ESSENCE24 11/19/2014 9:44AM

    thanks for sharing

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MISSYGEEN 11/19/2014 12:35AM

    Good info.

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I am a night-binger myself. I have been in therapy again recently and am learning that I have to make some attempts to retrain my brain. I turned to food because it was easy and filled the hole. I am learning better ways today. I am committed now to feeding my body better with organic items and no high fructose corn syrup crap. I do not eat gluten as I suffer from celiac issues. I am learning to supplement my body, spirit, and mind with vitamins and minerals and proper nutrition, I meditate, I drink a lovely spot of tea, I take bubblebaths...slowly I am learning to feel my feelings however scary they appear to be and care for myself. The only way out is through...and after we face our fears it turns out they are not as frightening as once thought. Love and blessings to all.

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TECHNICALLYDEB 11/18/2014 3:44PM

    Seriously, this is very helpful. Thank you!

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RICKSJ 11/17/2014 10:51AM

  emoticon Thank you. This is well worth a try. I know it's boredom I'm fighting and I ask myself why before putting it in my mouth but I do it anyway.

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APRILRUSSELL3 11/16/2014 9:58PM

    I have to take a medicine nightly that causes me to sleep walk and look for anything sweet to eat. I have found Pop Majic Rice puff cake things that are super low calorie and satisfy the need to munch and I keep them where I will find them. It really helps me so I can continue to lose weight. If I really need something more I will occasionally grab a banana. But that is rare now. I didn't know anyone else had to face this! I am so glad you blogged about it. Thank you!

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    emoticon emoticon I'll give your idea a try!

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TRELLAPASCUAL 11/15/2014 2:37PM

    this is a great help for me I want to eat at night after 8 pm

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SHARONCAPPS 11/15/2014 8:30AM

  Thank you for sharing.

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BLUEJAY1969 11/15/2014 4:25AM

    Thank you! This came just in time for me! I am taking a medication right now at night that has me up with the munchies! I am slowly adjusting my calories to accommodate this little quirk but having something planned is a terrific idea! I have been reaching for lo cal snacks like fruit and popcorn but once in a while I slip and have something like graham crackers which are not nearly as filling as fruit!
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CHRISTINEBWD 11/14/2014 8:20PM

    Great tips, thanks a lot for sharing. emoticon

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GRLTAZ 11/14/2014 2:56PM

    Glad you have what works for you in place and thank you for sharing it.

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CAROLJ35 11/14/2014 11:56AM

    Thank goodness I've never had hunger through the night, but have a sister with a serious problem of eating about 3 AM. Sometimes she'll grab a banana, but too often it is a candy bar.
I rarely feel hungry, but often have a desire for sweets and that is why I joined the 100 Days Team and am now on my second round of 100 days with NO Sweets. It's great to have a buddy!

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FERNCREST 11/14/2014 8:00AM

  Thanks for the tips

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JENNIFER1616 11/13/2014 10:00PM

    I totally believe that sometimes when I'm craving it's because I'm thirsty, and yet it feels like I'm starving. Thanks for the reminder, today is the least I've drank (7cups) and I've been craving all night.

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BONNIE626 11/13/2014 9:53PM

    Thank you for the tip. I will definately put it to use.

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MRSRIGS1 11/13/2014 8:32PM

    You shared some very good ideas! Thank you!

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HIMELISSA2007 11/13/2014 7:26PM

    I do get nighttime cravings on occassion. I am not as mindful when I am tired. Hence, not as aware of what I need to be eating. Planning meals and snacks ahead of time helps. I have found that not only the corn syrup makes me hungry but any foods with white flour or white rice!!!

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NAN2000 11/13/2014 7:13PM

  Thanks!

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AJB121299 11/13/2014 6:49PM

    nice

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PCASEY7 11/13/2014 6:35PM

    Some great ideas, thanks!

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FRABBIT 11/13/2014 6:04PM

  Thanks for the good tips!

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POETANDMORE 11/13/2014 5:57PM

    GREAT TIP! SINCE I AM ONE TOO, THIS HELPS!

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GOLDENRODFARM 11/13/2014 4:24PM

    I am not a night grazer at all, mostly because I am on the go until bed time, but I do wake up sometimes hungry. I have been doing the same as you, snacks are portion sized and easy to grab in the fridge, sometimes it is a light soup or a tasty veggie, or some nuts all in 1 oz snack bags. I also put blue corn chips in 1 oz packages and use a Jardine's salsa and it is low in calories. Sometimes popcorn is my snack of choice, air popped with only 2 tsp of butter, I think planning is the key to most of this, so when you need something to eat you get to choose a healthy snack.
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LEANIE64 11/13/2014 3:57PM

    Some really great ideas ...thanks so much. I am going to have oatmeal at night before bed..with cinnamon..per your suggestion.

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MM11113 11/13/2014 3:34PM

    Yes, it does help, my blog yesterday was about wanting something to eat, and being frustrated about it! Thanks.

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SUMMERDAYS2014 11/13/2014 1:46PM

  These are great suggestions!

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THEBLONDEGENIUS 11/13/2014 1:37PM

    Great suggestions! Having healthy choices easy to grab is crucial for me, too.

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-LISS- 11/13/2014 1:01PM

    Fantastic tips!! Much more practical than a lot of articles I read.

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MUNOZ2806 11/13/2014 12:19PM

    This is an awesome article. I know exactly what you are talking about. I know if I could get a handle on the "midnight madness" I would surely drop a few pounds and feel better. I've had two nights in a row that I haven't gotten up to eat and that is a huge success for me emoticon
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VIOLETCREATION 11/13/2014 12:16PM

    Im a salt/carb junkie, not really a big sweet tooth and I have no idea how to help my cravings!

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PLAINJANEDOE 11/13/2014 11:31AM

    nice suggestions! ;)

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CHARMIN944 11/13/2014 10:35AM

    You are right on time for me! I was just beating myself up for ruining my hard efforts by gorging on Fritos and cookies. I have a plan of attack now. Thanks for sharing.

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DYANNE4293 11/13/2014 9:15AM

    Im a night time grazer too!! Thanks for the tips! I will put this into action!

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BOWKAY 11/13/2014 9:11AM

  My munchies cravings come if I stay up reading. Sometimes just gotta put down the book and go on to bed. Love the suggestions for snacks.

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Miss My Mom and Some Diet Thoughts

Monday, November 10, 2014

Today I was looking through my antiques missing my parents. I lost my dad when I was 8 at Christmas and my mom when I was 30 just after Christmas. The holidays get lonely for me, as I'm an only child and my husband's parents and his brother are also passed. It's just the two of us, just like it was Mom and I when I was growing up.

Mom and my song was "You and me against the world" by Helen Reddy. It's an old 70's song that few of you probably know. Anyway, it feels like that torch was passed to my husband.

I do miss my mother a great deal. She was a bright and creative woman who taught high school and she was my best friend. We fought like cats and dogs, however. over food and dieting. We never seemed to agree on things, as she was trying to save me from her fate of being overweight, as she was.

The 70's, however, were a time of starving to lose weight. She never knew how to balance food or live with it. It was all will power and denial/ all or nothing mentality. 800-1000 calories or eat everything in sight. That I learned early on with a diabetic exchange menu... She really tried, I mean, that's what she knew.

I'm so glad I live in a time now where I have online friends to cheer me on and support me no matter what time of day or night. I'm glad I found SparkPeople to re-educate me in a positive way.

I do miss dieting with her though... and shopping for antiques... and hearing about her love of hot fudge sundaes. To my mom, may she always rest in peace with love and fond memories!

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SPINNINGJW 11/13/2014 10:34AM

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I lost my mom when I was 30, and my dad at 33. I was busy with young children at the time, so I am not sure I really grieved "properly." Not that there is a "right" way to grieve. I go through times when I miss her, and dad too, but most of my memories are fond.

Thank you for sharing. Glad you had such a great relationship with your mom, and may your memories of her support and uplift you.
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AQUAGIRL08 11/11/2014 7:34PM

    My mother and I used to have that as our song too, only I didn't have as good a relationship with my mother as you had. My mother died 29 years ago and my father died at Thanksgiving 6 years ago. I have a wonderful daughter with whom I have a great relationship and a sweet hubby. I am blessed.

A friend of mine once told me that those who love you, never completely leave you when they pass away. I have always found that comforting, and I hope those thoughts will also bring you comfort. Hugs!

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MOINSDEMOI 11/11/2014 6:16PM

    Both my parents were killed in April when a 25 year old ran across the line and hit them head-on. Dad died instantly and my mom died 11 days later. She was in a coma from impact until she died. I am grateful she didn't feel the obvious pain she was in - fractured skull, lost a kidney and a collapsed lung, all because the guy was not paying attention.

This has been the year of firsts for me - first Easter without them, first Mother's Day and Father's Day, etc. Now we are entering the holidays that mean the most to me - Thanksgiving and Christmas - and I will never see their faces again or hear their voices on the phone. I miss them both. I feel your pain. emoticon

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RUNNINGME 11/11/2014 4:52PM

    I remember that song. Thanks for sharing your memories of your mother.

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DSHONEYC 11/11/2014 11:57AM

    emoticon Missing my Mom, too. Like yours, she hung around through Christmas and died just 4 days later after I had returned to my home. Christmas will always be a reminder of the pain of that season of my life in 1995 when my Mom was so sick.

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KELLIEBEAN 11/11/2014 9:35AM

    What a beautiful women. You look just like her. I do know that Helen Reddy song. It has special meaning to me.

I lost my mom this past February. We had a challenging relationship but I miss her every day. She didn't teach us to be fit, quite the opposite, but she was proud of me the last couple years and that meant the world to me.

You have been inspiring me along the way! I hope you have a big smile on your face remembering your mom!

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NANCY- 11/11/2014 7:37AM

    Pre internet days our moms did the best they could, with what info they had. You are doing a fine job honoring your mom by educating yourself and moving forward. She would be proud.

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JANIEWWJD 11/10/2014 11:58PM

    God bless you and know that your mom and dad are always there guiding you in all that you do. I will bet that your mom is really proud of you for your weight loss. Stay positive and continue on your road to a healthy life.
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123ELAINE456 11/10/2014 10:21PM

  Thank You for sharing your Sweet Memories with us. She was a Beautiful Lady. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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UNICORN212 11/10/2014 10:05PM

    I remember that song! I lost both parents by the time I was 40, so I can relate. Enjoy those memories!

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CTURCOTTE 11/10/2014 9:47PM

    Very pretty woman. May you find strength in your memories. ( hugs)

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    How nice of you to share your mom's picture and your memories of her with us. My mom is still living and here in the same resort we winter in. She has had a weight problem for many yrs. and doesn't like to drink anything. I have tried to share with her but haven't had success with her believing. She is also not willing to walk much nor work her arms and hands so her strength is pretty well gone. My MIL is living in a nursing home and is now bed bound, also giving up with all walking. They are both elderly, one having a clear mind and the other not. Keep those wonderful memories.
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WALNUTT1961 11/10/2014 8:46PM

    Thanks for sharing the lovely picture. Thinking of you. Always keep your good memories of your loved ones.
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  Thanks for sharing your sweet memories.

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    I would have loved to have met your mother, Beth. I know she was a lovely person with a beautiful soul because she left the world a miracle- you! Those of us who have lost our loved ones need to reach out and make new "families". You have certainly made a family of all of us at Spark who have been so inspired by your story. Remember, you and your hubby always have a place to stay with us if you ever come to the mountains of NC!
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MARYJEANSL 11/10/2014 6:51PM

  I remember the song very well. I remember it very fondly, as I could relate to it back then, though not in relation to my mother. My mother is still living, although we lose her a bit more every day to Alzheimer's. I do have other family, though. I am glad you and your husband have each other...and a large circle of spark friends!

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ALIHIKES 11/10/2014 6:51PM

    Your blog brought tears to my eyes. I guess I was missing my mom too! (she used Metrecal to try and lose weight!)

We are lucky to have happy memories of a loving parent.
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-BERN- 11/10/2014 6:21PM

    I remember that song! You are not alone with all these youngsters. Hugs Beth!

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    That's a beautiful photo.

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    Thanks for sharing your journey & memories with us.

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ICECUB 11/10/2014 5:54PM

    BETH I CAN RELATE. I LOSS MY MOM 4 YEARS AGO AND I MISS HER VERY MUCH. I COULD TALK TO HER. SHE WAS MY PRAYER PARTNER. BUT SHE TO WAS ALWAYS AFTER ME TO LOSE WEIGHT. MY FATHER WAS DIABETIC. I KNOW SHE WAS WORRIED AND THINKING OF ME. IT WAS STILL AGGRAVATING AT THE TIME. emoticon I HAVE VERY GOOD MEMORIES GROWING UP.

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TREYONE 11/10/2014 5:51PM

  emoticon I know the holidays can be tough when you are missing loved ones. I still have my parents but went through a holiday time "estrangement" because they always chose to spend the holidays with my sister and her family. My sister and I have never been close and I was never emoticon invited or included at the holidays. Fortunately, I have a group of supportive friends and a wonderful man in my life who helped me realize that I had a share of the blame in the whole situation. Last year I ventured to visit them for Thanksgiving and did not get upset (not too much anyways!) when they chose to spend Christmas with my sister (Christmas Day is my Dad's birthday). I have come to realize that whatever time I have is special and not to be wasted on trivial things. I so envy the relationship you had with your mother - cherish those memories!!! And it sounds like you have a great guy too!!!!! I will be thinking about you during the holidays!!!

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    Good memories Beth.

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    emoticon to you and I have to say that I've lost my Mom when I was around 35 and my Dad when I 39 and my one and only sibling, my sister, when I was 50, so I can kind of enter into what you feel as far as the holiday time of this year. Oh my, even though I have my dear husband and two grown kids, it still kind of bites at me that all three of those precious loved ones are gone. But you know, you and I still have them in our hearts and we always will and the memories become more and more precious. We have to make our own special memories with the loved ones that we have in our lives now. It really is a beautiful time of the year and I surely hope that you can get through this holiday time with love in your heart for making it a more beautiful time of the year with your precious husband and I will too. More hugs, Karen

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1CRAZYDOG 11/10/2014 5:36PM

    Awwwww, ((((HUGS)))) sweet Beth. You parents are looking down on you with love and pride! I don't think you ever get over missing your parents.



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A New Beginning?

Friday, November 07, 2014

I've been stuck in the 210-240 realm for 2 years now... currently 229-230 depending on which way I stand on the scale LOL! {You know what I mean if you have one of those sensitive weird scales!}

Regain is not the end, as I have said before! I have made it from 460 pounds down to here without weight loss surgery and I have maintained this since starting to lose in January of 2006. So, this small amount is really just a warning blip on the radar and I do take it seriously.


Start tracking again
Drink more water
Add more fruits and veggies
Add more movement including strength training
Cook at home more

I concentrated on cardio before without thinking about strength training, but I can't get past my pain level to get my heart rate up. I am much better at short bursts of activity that I can do through the day of slow activity that does not hurt... then l can go lie down afterward.
I've heard that strength training builds muscle which is an active, fat burning tissue, this it ups your metabolism. I have very little muscle. I think I'll start with resistance bands and a chair. Chair exercise rocks for those of us who just aren't up to the whole gym thing.

I had stopped tracking, which was a mistake. Eye balling food lets the portion sizes creep up. Eating out too much lets the fat and sugar creep up. So I need to cook at home more and I need to track. Water drinking is just- well, magical with weight loss. Try it and see. You will notice the difference between when you do and don't drink your water. Veggies and fruits are filling and low cal for the most part, not always, but for the most part, so they are great to fill up on and add everywhere you can.

So here we go... I will keep you posted.

  
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WRITERWANNAB 11/19/2014 8:59PM

    I don't dare stop tracking. I know you will do well. emoticon

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CANCUNORBUST 11/17/2014 9:12AM

  Beth, first I want to say that your posts have been a great inspiration to me over the past couple of years. Thanks especially for getting down to details about the realities of losing a large amount of weight.

I did want to speak up in support of joining a class to help with strength training. I joined a class 9 years ago through my county's rec and parks program, and I can't tell you how much it's helped. I've lost 50 lbs. with the help of that and SparkPeople (about half of what I need to lose). The benefits of a class include being taught the correct way to use weights for maximum benefit, and weight machines that make it kind of fun to work out. But the biggest thing for me was the camaraderie between the members of the class. It's the thing that makes me go to class even when I don't feel like working out ... well, plus I've paid for the class.

Check out the classes for seniors. Generally they start at whatever your ability level is, and you work at your own pace. But whatever you choose, good luck! Weight training has been of tremendous help to me for my joint pain, so perhaps you'll reap those benefits, too.

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BLUEJAY1969 11/15/2014 4:21AM

    Resistance bands rock! I have the best resistance band DVD! If interested let me know and I'll give you the name of it! It gives you a great chair workout with the bands and helps you work with your core at the same time!
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EDELL1957 11/14/2014 1:35PM

    You can do it. emoticon

Proud of you for not giving up. One day at the time

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PATTISTAMPS 11/13/2014 2:42PM

    You can do this! You WILL do this! Your goals are in sight!

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LAURAGALE28 11/11/2014 4:57PM

    You go girl you can do it. I am coming back after being self destructive for awhile. Glad to be here to see your success. Keep on keeper on.

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SAPHRAEL 11/11/2014 3:49PM

    You have some sensible goals there, Beth.
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HEATHER3477 11/11/2014 2:35PM

    Thank you for sharing this blog. I have fail short of my goals for a long time now and while I am not sure I am ready to join sparkpeople again just yet, your blog is very inspirational to me and the goals I have set for myself. I was just skimming through trying to find myself some motivation and when I seen stuck at 230 well I just thought to myself I didn't post this. LOL. I have been stuck at 230 for a while now after the weight just creeped back up on me because I stopped paying attention to what I was eating but I did continue to workout "some". Thank you again for sharing this it is just what I needed to hear to get myself back on track.

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GEORGIE1872 11/11/2014 1:45PM

  Ditto! I, too, am refocusing and determined to get under 200. You've proved you can do it and you're such an inspiration. Thanks for sharing your journey with everyone.

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PTRCRYNN 11/11/2014 1:41PM

    Congrats on your weight loss and thank you for your advice!!! Your keep going today will be a good day!!!!
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KENTUCKYMEL14 11/11/2014 12:35PM

    My weight's been creeping up on me too for the same reasons. I quit being as strict on my food intake and started eating out A LOT. I'm not sure if I should be impressed or ashamed at my ability to eat an entire pizza in one sitting. Anyway, I need to make some definitely changes. Today is my first day back on SparkPeople after a month of falling off the wagon. Your blog came to me at just the right time. Thanks so much and good luck to you!

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TRICIASHARK 11/10/2014 10:58PM

  way to have a positive attitude! I'm sure you will have more success!

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READY4CHANGE81 11/10/2014 9:55PM

    You've always been such an inspiration to me! I know you can do it!

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DAISYFACE032769 11/10/2014 9:50PM

  Believe you can and you WILL! Thanks for the dose of inspiration this evening!

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SLBALL64 11/10/2014 9:42PM

    Thx for sharing ur story

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    Keep up the good work, you are great!
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HIMELISSA2007 11/10/2014 3:50PM

    we're in this together. I'm hoping I can reach wonderland someday. But it takes patience and determination and the support that we are so lucky to have here on SP. Thank you for the good advice about eating right and truly you are someone to look up to. You know how to do this..Just keep on and don't give up!!!

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PRINCESS1309 11/10/2014 3:30PM

    I really admire you. You are an inspiration for so many people. emoticon

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NAN2000 11/10/2014 2:22PM

  This is a very inspiring blog and I think you look beautiful in the photo!

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BOWKAY 11/10/2014 2:10PM

  Thanks for sharing. I agree, tracking is a great benefit. I've done so much better with tracking nutrition and fitness. Tracking my mood also helps as a reminder to stay positive. Reading of others trials and accomplishments is great inspiration. You have inspired with your blog. Keep up the good work!

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ROSEOFSHARON87 11/10/2014 11:48AM

    There has been many articles that when you exercise, you get the same benefits whether you do it all at one time or if you break up into 2 or 3 sessions. I hope this helps and gives you the continual breakthrough that you need. You've got this :)

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MILMOM2000NEW 11/10/2014 11:38AM

    You can do this lady! Letting go for a short while is just a wake up Call for many of us that we need spark people more than anything. Let's do it together!!!!! I was at my all time highest 2 weeks ago! With alittle determination we can do this

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APACHESTEVE 11/10/2014 10:21AM

    I think it is providence that I saw your blog today. See I've gone back to my old binge food ways the last two weeks, and have not been regular at the gym or pool for exercise. Just yesterday I returned to journaling food, and this morning I jumped on the scales. I'm up 7 pounds which is not horrible, but as you say, it is a wake up call.
Perhaps this is a lesson you and I both need to learn. Healthy people get on the scale on a regular basis and make adjustments when needed. One more lesson for our journey, right?

Best wishes!
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MICHELEB04 11/10/2014 8:56AM

    You've got this! Yep, sounds like you need some strength training. Muscle mass increases your calorie burn at rest and with exercise. Might also help with any chronic pain you have. Good luck!

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SANDRA_E 11/10/2014 7:35AM

    emoticon I am in a similar spot...you can do it!!!

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LAMILLER365 11/10/2014 6:47AM

  You have stayed very positive and have made a plan. It sounds to me like you're going to make the plan work for you.

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TENNISJIM 11/10/2014 6:09AM

    You can do it

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HEALTHY42MORROW 11/10/2014 4:03AM

    I've been stuck recently too. We can't let it get us down. emoticon I Enjoyed your blog.. emoticon emoticon

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    It is about progress not perfection. You know what to do and seem ready to do it. emoticon

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DAKARISAH430 11/9/2014 7:48PM

  We can do this together. I admire your fortitude. We're all here for each other. You got us. emoticon

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POCKETFULOFSUN 11/9/2014 7:42PM

    Tracking is the ultimate eye opener...no matter what food plan I'm on I will make the commitment to track at least 5 out of 7 days. Today I didn't think about behaving food wise, I just ate whatever and let the end of the day "lets just get a pizza witch" take over my body. I just entered it in and found I ate over 3000 calories today. No wonder the scale is not cooperating with me.

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ERABEL 11/9/2014 6:24PM

    emoticon I know I have to measure, weigh, and track my food to stay on track.
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QUADCMOM 11/9/2014 5:37PM

    We can do this together. I'm on that same page. Let's get off this page !!!

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JIBBIE49 11/9/2014 4:26PM

    I hope you get the rest off.

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    You have climbed mountains! This is just a mole hill!

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SUBMOM2 11/9/2014 2:44PM

    Thanks for the inspiration. I'm trying to get back to basics, too.

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FORZACHANDMATT 11/9/2014 2:16PM

    We will be cheering you on

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    emoticon You can do this! I say everything in moderation! You don't have to cut it out forever, but you just have to keep track of everything! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 11/9/2014 1:29PM

    You can do it!

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JEANADOLL77 11/9/2014 12:35PM

    You can do it!!

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    emoticon emoticon keep tracking---Glad to hear you are headed to One-derland! Long road but worth every step!

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JENNIFERDOWNS33 11/9/2014 12:18PM

    You are worth more than you think. Put your worth into success! Focus on the goal and how it will make you feel!

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Our 24th Anniversary!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Above is 2004m when I weighed 460, but still, a proud hubby on my arm.
The next is when we were at the Cincinnati or St Louis Zoo; I can't remember which.

I finally got out of that silly wheelchair and TA DA! Anniversary trip! We stayed at a very nice hotel, went to a winery, ate great food and relaxed.

A FAR CRY FROM this pic where I started...


I was STUNNED to see how small I looked in these two pictures...


Here's the adorable hubby who loves me through thick and thinner...




My camera is my real mirror. I can;t see changes in the mirror, but I can on film, for some reason. So if you are having trouble staying motivated, take photos monthly and watch your progress!

  
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EJB2801 11/9/2014 11:16PM

    What a blessing to have a true friend for a spouse! Many happy returns of the day!

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CARSU77 11/9/2014 10:17PM

    You are so lucky to have a husband who loves you. Your progress is amazing and you look radiant. This grandma is proud of your journey.

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    Congratulations on your anniversary. May you and DH have many more years together. emoticon

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HOLLYM48 11/8/2014 8:58AM

    I agree that it is so hard to see the changes in the mirror. I too have to look at pics before and after to see the changes!
Happy Happy Anniversary to you and hubby, wishes for many more healthy happy years ahead of you!

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SHADOWJEM 11/8/2014 4:08AM

    All I can say is WOOOOOW! You look beautiful...congrats to you on all of your hard work and on your anniversary!!!!! emoticon
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BIGPEORIA 11/6/2014 6:22PM

    Happy anniversary!!! You have inspired me!!
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DIANESKATZ 11/6/2014 5:56PM

    You are definitely MY inspiration..
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AQUAGIRL08 11/6/2014 9:22AM

    Amazing!

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MYAKAYAH 11/6/2014 9:12AM

    You are right, pictures are worth everything! What a lovely husband you have and it looks like he has lost weight as well~

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KATBWIN 11/5/2014 9:27AM

    Wow. The pictures really do tell a story. What a journey the two of you have been through. Thanks for posting the pictures and being such an inspiration emoticon

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HIMELISSA2007 11/4/2014 3:48PM

    You have given me hope that there are possibilities to losing weight and getting a healthy body and mind. Thank you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Happy Anniversary! You are a true inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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MOJOLO 11/3/2014 10:16PM

    I am the same way about looking in the mirror! Pants that fall down are always a good indication too :)

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SWALLIS7 11/3/2014 9:03PM

    Such an inspiration you are! Thanks for sharing and Happy Anniversary!!!

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SKIRUNNER 11/3/2014 4:22PM

    Awesome Awesome Awesome!!! Congratulations!!!

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MARYJEANSL 11/3/2014 2:01PM

  Happy Anniversary!

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JOYGMAWANNABE 11/3/2014 10:24AM

    Happy anniversary...a big part of the beauty in the pictures is that you radiate the fact that you feel better!

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LOVINGKATE 11/3/2014 10:00AM

  Congratulations on your 24th wedding anniversary. You are stunning and look so happy, handsome hubby too.

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VINCETTI1 11/3/2014 7:48AM

    Just signed up on here for SparkPeople this morning and this is one of the first blogs I have read! I LOVE your story and this has given me a boost to get my own work done! Thank you! emoticon

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SONYALATRECE 11/3/2014 12:34AM

    Congratulations! You are so amazing!

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AMANDAHONN 11/2/2014 7:27PM

  Simply awesome

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SHENDERSO1 11/2/2014 5:44PM

    oh, wow! love it!

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WALNUTT1961 11/2/2014 5:38PM

    Congrats!

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RICHILA 11/2/2014 3:44PM

    Happy Anniversary!

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BAYLEE_BONFIRE 11/2/2014 10:05AM

    Happy Anniversary

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AUNTDO419 11/2/2014 8:53AM

    Happy Anniversary! Such an awesome couple! You are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your story.

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STARKSTRONG 11/2/2014 5:01AM

    I am in awe of your journey and congratulations to your anniversry.

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CATHIMOMMY 11/1/2014 10:42AM

    The plateau's broken! Keep at it! Your next goal?

Hugs and congrats!
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DWSCHUYLER 11/1/2014 7:35AM

    emoticon late? Isn't it great when you find the perfect one? 39 years of marriage for me with 3 added years of dating in HS. emoticon You make me smile! emoticon

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DEDICATED2HIM 11/1/2014 2:01AM

    Happy Anniversary! This year (Nov11th) is our 25th.
I'm the same as you....the mirror does not reflect accurately to my eyes. I need pictures to study.
You've done great work and now wihtout all that fat obscuring your beauty, the real, gorgeous YOU is shining through. You are so pretty!
God bless
and may you have another 24 years.

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MTN_KITTEN 10/31/2014 11:43PM

    Unconditional love!!!!!

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SPEDED2 10/31/2014 8:35PM

    What a wonderful couple! He loves you no matter what your size, but he has to be happy for your improved health.

When I lose my motivation, I read your page. Your journey to better health is an inspiration. I'm so very happy that you are here.

Happy Halloween!!

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AJDOVER1 10/31/2014 3:59PM

    What a great guy! He's always seen the beauty in you.

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LOLAJO54 10/31/2014 2:05PM

    oh my baby you have come a long way

what a wonderful man you have

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JANIEWWJD 10/31/2014 12:21AM

    You are truly an inspiration!!! You have the most beautiful eyes!!!
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KOHINOOR2 10/30/2014 11:01PM

    emoticon Congratulations. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHARONSPARKLE 10/30/2014 8:53PM

    I met you at the first Spark Rally in Cincinnati when you spoke from your wheel chair. I was so inspired by you and you continue to inspire me to this day. And your hubby is lucky to be married to you as you are beautiful - inside and out!

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DTHOR6 10/30/2014 5:07PM

    You look amazing! And a very Happy Anniversary to you! Your hubby is like mine. He doesn't see the outside you he sees the inside you! WE are so very lucky.


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CHERIJ16 10/30/2014 4:35PM

    You are an amazing couple! emoticon

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MARGOO_GNU 10/30/2014 3:45PM

    Happy Anniversary! DH and I just did 25 in September.

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JEANNETTE59 10/30/2014 3:22PM

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GIVEUP30 10/30/2014 3:17PM

    you are pretty......I am so happy for you loosing all that weight.....you take care and what a really hubby for sticky with you...I feel we married for worse or good and we are going to have our 53 this Thanksgiving.... We have both had to forgiving each other with our up and downs.....U take care Mary

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SUPERSYLPH 10/30/2014 2:50PM

    WooHoo!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 10/30/2014 1:30PM

    Beautiful! And hubby is a blessing to you! You are both blessed to have each other!
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SLIMLEAF 10/30/2014 1:04PM

    Your photos and story define "Hope" for the rest of us!

Happy anniversary.

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HEALTHIER-VICKI 10/30/2014 12:42PM

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