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2/10/17 8:24 P

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Amen!!!!
I am eating an apple right now.

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12/8/16 7:16 A

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Your goals really resonate with me! I love your comment, "Nothing tastes as good as being thinner feels!" How true! And have you ever noticed how when you're eating "bad" healthy food just isn't very appealing. An apple? Ugh. Then when you're dieting, an apple is like the BEST thing you've EVER tasted?!? LOL!

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8/30/16 2:31 P

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First off: if I try to do something..ANYTHING,, without His Guidance or Direction I will fail! My weight loss journey is absolutely included!

Secondly: Nothing tastes as good as being thinner feels! If I want or expect myself to lose these pounds then I must keep myself from all those "Delicious" snacks and stick with the Amazing tasting healthy one!!

Thirdly: I need to keep a support system around me...including keeping active with my family here on this team. My accountability is lacking which makes my journey stall..Hard! Needing to get back to being super active!

Fourth: If I am patient with myself as He is, than I will be a much more content and successful person overall. Not just my human side ,but my Spiritual side needs this just the same.

Lastly: Planning and follow through are the biggest obstacle for me that when I follow through on those two things==Success!

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9/2/15 6:51 P

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Patience
Trust
Strength
Thinking things through
Prayer!

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7/12/15 12:38 A

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5 things I have learned from my mistakes:
1. I will fail if I try to do it on my own- motivation hard to maintain alone; excitement about a new plan goes away in a relatively short period of time;
2. I need to realize I must do something/ change something in order for a positive change to occur... simply wishing hasn't made it happen for me... if anything when the scale stops moving emoticon I get upset or give up and say something silly like "I have tried and it didn't work I might as well be happy and eat what I like it doesn't seem to matter"... but it does... can U say Yo-Yo dieter?/ emotional eater?
3. For me making my choices personal rather than using a 'canned' diet where one eats something determined by the creator of the diet on X day, something else on Y day and perhaps still something different on Z day. Or when one has to drink a specific meal supplement- have lost weight on those- but as soon as I try eating real food I seem to rebound higher than before... After all this is my life not a way to subsidize some author, food supplement business, or diet/exercise person. Have tried a 'gazillion' of those try us you'll like us things and all it did was make me fatter/ heavier and financially worse off than before. You name it and I have probably tried it.
4. My priority has to be making God the center of my life... not weight loss, exercise , fitness or smaller clothes. As a matter of fact having survived weight losses and when smaller I was a victim of sexual abuse as teen, of emotional abuse as a married woman, made fun of as stupid, ugly or just to 'horrid' (my word abuser's was worse) to care about, easy to steal from/ take financial advantage of etc--- getting thinner is somewhat scary to me. (Fat was safer or so I thought). But I have come to the point where I have learned that I must forgive those abuses & abusers (forgive that I can be forgiven). Some of the people are no longer alive so I can't go to them... I need to go to others I have been awful to when I blamed someone else for my pain... and doing that - working on that. God has loved me before I was born... He doesn't care if I am a perfect figure or not... what He wants is the best for me now and in the future. He wants me to love my neighbor as myself- to let His light shine through me to reach others for His kingdom. I am stronger and bolder today than yesterday... because of Him. He sent His Son to pay my personal debt of sin... Jesus came to earth to gather me up into His arms and prays for me today in Heaven... God sent the Holy Spirit to comfort, teach, guide, love, extend patience grace and mercy to me. I am so blessed. God just needs to be the center of my life. I want to live my life not survive till I die. By the way forgiving is freeing when one does it... holding a grudge is enslaving oneself to the perpetrator and the nightmares that can come from dwelling on hurt, pain, rejection, agony, self-loathing etc.
5. Now don't get me wrong, I have to accept responsibility for my food choices and portion sizes; exercise or lack therefore... But when I ask God to guide my choices for the moment, meal, day, week it is soooo much easier! Accepting responsibility for my choices and actions means no attempts to fool myself. I am not a stressed out nut with regard to the lifestyle changes... but I do know this a a permanent change not a diet that will be over on X special occasion or when I can fit into a specific size. These changes have to be things I buy into in order for me to maintain them. Sure it might involve trying something new and seeing if I like it or not... if yes- do it/ cook it if not do something different. I believe I am unique- God create me as a one of a kind being- whom He loves and has special things He wants me to enjoy and to accomplish. I think this is true of everyone... even if one has an identical sibling you are each special in God's eyes/ each unique/ each someone He loves deeply. Each of us have our own learning style, body metabolisms, perceptions and perspectives... all of which affect what we find fun, easy, hard, or challenging... And it is wonderful that we don't stay exactly the same every day of our lives. IF we are not moving toward our goals, we are moving backward; becoming stagnant and boring to say the best; and unlovable even to ourselves. Food is a strong hold for me... (an addiction sort of) and I need to learn to rely only on God. I just bought a new T-shirt that has a really cute frog on a lily pad smiling... Above the frog is [F flower petal R flower petal O flower petal G] below the picture of my frog is the following thought Fully Relying On God. I wore it the other day and was somewhat bothered by people starting at my chest and smiling... Frankly I had forgotten what I had on and when strange men smiled at me focused on my chest I was glad I was in crowd... but not afraid..... worried I had spilled some of my lunch on my shirt when ladies starred and smiled--- finally one lady said I like your shirt. relief and comfort and realization that I had spoken to people without saying a word- if only briefly and in a somewhat comically/serious way.


Mark 10:27 (TLB)"Without God, it is utterly impossible. But with God everything is possible." first ticker,intermediate goal. Lots to lose so 25 lb. increments seems to look more encouraging than the whole goal. (The bug moves further faster. I know it is a 'head thing but works for me somewhat like all the colored belts in martial arts encourage person to keep going to eventual goal of becoming black belt).
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2/24/15 9:52 P

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I don't know if I can come up with 5 things I've learned, but I did learn one thing as of last week's weigh-in, I was only fooling myself by counting my arm therapy exercises as "exercise." So, I decided that and the shopping would no longer be figured into my exercise. Anything I might burn doing those things would be an added "bonus." It worked. I weighed myself again today, and I had the # I had hoped for last week. I may wait another two weeks to weigh myself again, or I might just wait one week. One reason I weighed myself again today was so I'd know more what I burn from exercise if I have the correct weight. If anyone had told me 1 1/2 years ago when I started this that I'd write down what I eat in a notebook, I'd have told him/her that he/she was crazy. Yet, I've filled up 4 notebooks now, and I'm working on #5! It's almost addictive. I used to claim it made me more hungry and focused on food. Well, I've come to the conclusion that we need to be more aware of what, and how much, we're eating. Finally, I've learned that I can help others by my example and some pointers. One of those is you don't have to start "cold turkey." You need to know your BMR and do the math from there. People who think they can't lose weight because they can't survive on 1,000 or 1,200 calories in the beginning are setting themselves up for failure. All a person needs to do is know his/her BMR and subtract 500 calories daily, and he/she will lose at least one pound per week. The heavier a person is, the higher his/her BMR will be in the beginning. Also, he/she will burn more calories doing cardio exercise in the beginning. I only burn 2/3 of the calories for the same workout that I did in the beginning. However, my workouts have increased too. People think they have to walk a mile to begin with? Not hardly! My first walk was up to the end of our street and back (or maybe around the block once). My first bike ride was 10 minutes long with little resistance and a much lower speed than I ride now.

Hope that helps any and everyone who might read this. Guess maybe I did come close to 5 things I've learned. emoticon

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2/13/15 8:51 P

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Baccagirl, how often are you weighing yourself? I've been going back and forth somewhat since the beginning of the Holiday Season. I finally, thanks to an article here on SP, realizedd I was falling into the trap of weighing myself too often and putting too much pressure on myself (+ too much emphasis on what the scales say). After reading the article, I decided to take a 2-week break from the scales. Since then, I've been sticking to my ranges much better. I needed that release for awhile. Some of my clothes which were just a bit snug aren't as snug now. Maybe some people need more accountability, and we all need/want some, or we wouldn't be here on SP, but sometimes you just need to take a break. You are more than just a number on the scale. If you relax and just keep tracking and doing what you need to do, I think you'll welcome the break. I'm still keeping my written journal, but it's more than just logging my food and exercise, I also write motivational quotes at the top of most pages, and I've been writing some prayer requests, accomplishments, and what I'm thankful for that day. So, it's truly a journal, and it's been helpful. It was hard not to step on that scale this morning, but I just made myself get busy and forget it. It helped that I had to get ready to go to work. Don't be too hard on yourself

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10/23/14 10:21 A

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Once again a less than perfect happening has occurred...a significant gain of greater than 5lbs!
Do I know know the exact reason? No....did I work out enough? No! Could I apply myself, to myself more this week? Yes!!
First thing to be done: Ask our Father God for His leadership and guidance each day, turn each day over to Him immediately,upon waking and create a better awareness of Him in each step of my days. I Can't do this alone and definitely need to stop trying to!

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8/28/14 5:05 P

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Once again, not being perfect has loomed it's presence: I have gained 1.6lbs this week. I am not beyond perfect and going to lose every week. I am not going to be the perfect working out woman, doing so every day. I am trying to hard to be that perfect woman, knowing that, in God's eyes I am perfect as I am!

Father God, please guide us each day, to remain perfect in your eyes, regardless of our harsh criticism of ourselves. I ask that Shelly , our GITTERGIRL69, is safe in your loving ways these days and that you remind her, each day, of your constant presence in her life. In each of our lives you are welcome to lead and guide us in our path to become perfect children of God. In your Son Jesus precious and Holy name, Amen

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8/25/14 8:48 P

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Today I am definitely not thinking of myself as at my best. Do I think that I always need to be? Yup! I guess that what I need to do, immediately, is ask myself why? God doesn't love me any less for not losing" enough" this week, not drinking more than my usual or for not paying Him enough mind, so why am I loving myself less?!

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6/5/14 5:11 P

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I know exactly what you mean, GlitterGirl. It can be a hindrance to think you always have to be the best. I always try to do my best and realize it may not be someone else's best. It's funny what bothers me if it's less than perfect. Some things I couldn't care less. Other things, I feel I have to be perfect. We definitely can't be perfect at this. We are human beings and like food. There are times we're just going to eat something that isn't the best for us but sure tastes good. That's not always bad. Deprivation won't help us in this endeavor.

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5 Things You Can Learn from Your Mistakes

I've always known that I'm a bit of a perfectionist. In high school, a B was never enough. In college, being in the middle of the bell-shaped curve wouldn't do. While the do-everything-perfectly mentality has pushed me in my adult life to advance my career and start my own business, my Type-A personality hasn't always been a blessing. In fact, it's taught me much over the years, namely that not being perfect at everything is OK—even better at times.

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