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Tips…fighting weight loss!

I have researched tips..helps…and must do’s on weight loss… you can google it and find hundreds if not thousands of ideas…. I have sifted through them to come up with the ones I want to implement..
#1 No soda…not even diet… I gave up soda in August and have not looked back!
#2 Drink water.. drink water.. drink water.. your body needs it.. do it..! Add lemon if you like.. but drink it!
#3 Cut out sugar… we don’t need it.. it is useless calories… and it encourage us to over indulge..
#4 No White Flour.. I find that I feel better if I don’t eat white flour..I do use Almond and Coconut flour only!
#5 Limit carbs…carbs are NOT good for us.. period.. empty calories ..I am the first to admit its difficult!
#6 Limit dairy… try other non dairy prive oducts..I can not digest dairy well..
#7 No Cows milk..choose Almond milk… it even comes in chocolate. I am also enjoying coconut milk…!
#8 Use Olive oil…it is good.. also coconut oil..!
#9 Flax Seed…. put it in smoothies…it will help regulate you…once scoop is all you need!
#10 Vegies at every meal.. yes even at breakfast…I love 2 cups of salad in my smoothie! Or in a omelet!
#11 Limit your time sitting down.. limit computer and TV time.. only reward yourself with more time if you exercise!
#12 Exercise..take the stairs instead of the elevator..park further away and walk…join the gym!
#13 Bake…broil and boil and grill…love grilling even in the winter!
#14 Plan ! Plan! Plan ! Always plan your meals for the week! you are less apt to overeat…
#15 Never shop when your hungry…period!
#16 Drink green tea… before and after meals.. it helps with digestion…
#17 End your day with a protein drink..it will help burn fat at night
#18 Eat fresh! No packaged foods! Your health will thank you!
#19 MOVE IT! MOVE IT! Move as much as possible!
#20 NO FAST FOOD! Period.. there is nothing good there..nothing…
#21 Eat at the table..not in front of the TV…no seconds..
#22 Use veggies for snacks… it helps you get in your daily requirement!
#23 Use water or hot tea to ward off hunger..drink if you are feeling hungry between meals..
#24 Meditate… it sooths the soul…
#25 Look for exciting..active things to have as hobbies…get out there and try new things.!
As my list grows I will update this….don’t try them all at once… spread them out… and enjoy!

Educate yourself to a healthier you!

healthy breakfast
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sasuage egg and cheese

As I am traveling on my healthy journey I am trying to educate myself on the why’s and how’s of nutrition..recently I have started to track different area’s of nutrition…not only calories..but carbs,fat,Protein, Sodium and sugar’s…
In doing this I have started to made some comparison’s to what my life was like before in the matters of what I ate daily…I am trying to not only get healthy , but to understand the how and why’s so I do not do it all over again. I think the more I can understand about food and what it does to our bodies..the more we are able to make educated decisions that will benefit our bodies.
Today is my first of what I am sure to be..many comparison’s… I must say I am shocked at the results…it’s no wonder I am fat…in my mind …I was thinking..that One sasuage egg and cheese biscuit..would be better for me than say…donuts from Dunkin doughnuts.. or some type of pastry…but in reality it was worse!

Here is my first Comparison’s….

Item Calories Carbs Fat Protein Sodium Sugar
Hardee’s Sausage, Egg & Cheese 630 37 45 18 1520 4
Glazed Donut 260 31 14 3 330 12
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Healthy Meal
2 eggs 120 1 9 12 124 0
2 ww toast 140 13 1 3 125 2
peach fresh 33 8 0 1 0 8
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TOTAL 293 22 10 16 249 10

I was shocked that I was eating 630 calories for breakfast! 31 carbs and 1520 of sodium! And this was every week Monday through Friday on my way to work! OMG! And if someone brought donuts..I would eat one or two of those! UGH!

I no longer go through the drive through window at fast food joints..nor do I eat in my car.. I plan my meals..down to the last morsel…some might think this is too rigid for them.. but let me ask you this.. How are you doing with eating on the run? Would you be reading this if it was working for you?? Maybe being rigid is a good thing…and it could help.. I know one day it will all be second nature for me to eat healthy.. but right now I need a plan..and figuring out the nutritional value of what is being put into my body…is my priority these days! I urge you to do the same.. educate yourself..knowledge can be a wonderful tool for you to win your battle with food..we can’t eliminate food completly..so I need to learn to live with it..the best way I can..so that I can have a healthy body..yes, I am just beginning to learn about nutrition…but each day I make my numbers in my food diary on MY FITNESS PAL..IT MAKES ME FEEL GOOD!
Give this a try…and get MYFITNESS PAL and start tracking your numbers…it will benefit you…and you will be on the right path to a healthier you! I wish you the best…

Addiction

Food-AddictI can’t imagine what its like to be a drug addict..to want a high so badly you will go through thousands of dollars just to get a high..I don’t like to take over the counter drugs unless necessary…let alone the hard stuff..when I had my knee operation..I didn’t like taking the pain medicine..because of the way it makes me feel..I would rather have the pain…how can you like how that makes you feel? And not knowing if the next high is going to kill you… or not..a chance I am not willing to take…why take something that isn’t going to let you remember what the heck you did the night before? I just can’t wrap my head around this…

I can’t imagine what it’s like to NEED a drink everyday… I have beer and wine in my frig that had been there over a year now..I know for some, that it would of been gone the next day….everyday they stop and grab that 12 pack on the way home…and finish it off..before bedtime…Don’t get me wrong.. I enjoy a nice glass of wine..but the rest of the bottle goes to waste…I may have a white Russian if I am out for dinner..but one is enough.. I’ve never been drunk…NEVER… Two glasses of wine and I know I don’t like how it make me feel.. I like having complete control…I don’t like how alcohol makes me feel.. I can’t understand why people can’t see that they can’t drive after have too much? If you fumble while getting the keys in the ignition.. don’t drive.. it’s a no brainer.. how do you like laying by the toilet and puking your guts out? Yet, You still enjoy doing it all over again..tomorrow.. Not me…lives and familes are ruined by alcohol…why do it?

I enjoy sex.. but I can’t imagine being addicted to it and giving up my body to anyone that I meet….or being addicted to looking at it…people meet in the back alley and arrange sex…with a stranger and then go home to their partner..and do it again.. I’d be afraid some creep would kill me.. or that I would end up with a STD..or even AIDS..isn’t this degrading to you? How can you be addicted to this? How does it even begin?

And don’t get me started on cigarettes…I’ve kissed a man who smoked and it tasted awful! I have lived with a smoker and seen his yellow teeth and smelled the smoke on his clothing.. I hated it.. how can you want to stick a cig in your mouth and do all that harm to your lungs! We have all seen the pictures of the smokers lungs…black with tar like substance …and the cancer.. they spend millions of dollars on campaigns to keep young kids to stop..and yet.. its a multi dollar business… no matter what anyone says.. it’s not cool to smoke..not to mention the cost of a carton of those things! How do you like spending all of your hard earned money like that??? Up in smoke!
No I can’t understand how a person gets addicted to smoking.. drinking.. drugs..and sex…..those things don’t interest me…however….
I do under stand being addicted to food.. I understand how it make me feel better after a long day at work.. I understand that no matter how bad my day goes..that I can turn to the freezer and reach for the half gallon of ice cream… and eat myself happy…
I get great pleasure out of eating.. it comforts my soul.. it can make a bad day better.. a fight..tolerable..it can heal my broken heart.. and make me feel better inside..I use food like a druggie uses a needle.. it make me feel better.. and it’s not illegal.. No one cares if I stuff myself and weigh 300 pounds.. no one says a word…

In fact many family and friends of mine are are enablers … my hook up..my pimp…my dealer…see they make things to eat that I like and they even encourage me to eat me.. oh I am not blaming them.. I am just telling you they are enablers..and they don’t even know it..

If I was a alcoholic..would you ask me over to your house and offer me a drink? Or if I was a addicted to drugs..would you ask me over and have some on a silver platter for me?
If you saw me destroying myself with alcohol and drugs.. you would intervene? Why of course you would..
then why don’t you do that for me..? The food addict? Why not encourage me to seek help for my addiction???
Why not talk to me as my weight rises..and not ignore it?
Do you think I enjoy being fat? DO you think I just eat to much so I am getting fat? Do you even care?
It’s a disease that is not spoken about..after all you don’t want to hurt my feelings, right?

I have often said that I wish I wouldn’t have taken up the food addiction vise.. why? Cause I can get no help..if I was addicted to just about anything else..my insurance would pay for me to get help.. and certainly my family would seek that help for me.. out of sight out of mind..with alcohol..drugs.and tabacco…
but not with food addiction.. I still have to eat.. and to someone that LOVES food and is addicted to it.. there is no half ass way to do it.. all of nothing..yes , I eat all…everything.. and then afterwards I feel guilt..shame.. and despair.. which in turns makes me want to eat more to make me feel better..its a vicious circle..one that is difficult to break..but I am trying..
I started attending OA, Overeaters Anonymous …I attend the phone meetings.. it helps me be more aware..of what I am eating.. and allows me to be accountable..this helps me..my family still doesn’t get it.. nor my friends.. and I understand that. it’s really ok..I need to get through this..breakthrough my addiction myself..and with GOD.. at my side..
I hope that one day people who have a food addiction will have a place to get help..a outreach program..even a in house program to learn how to eat again.. I am going to beat this food addiction.. even if I feel that it is the hardest addiction on earth to kick.. after all I can drive down one block and find a fast food joint..just waiting to help me get my food fix! Hell they even have Dollar menu …that I can always afford something to fill my need…I get to walk the isle at Walmart and find just about any food that I want to get my fix..and if I am lucky..they are giving out samples… and being the kind person that I am.. sometimes they will give me seconds! Every second of every day food is on my mind.. every where I look..on TV on Bill boards..in Magazines.. I can find food porn.. and something new that could help me stay in this addiction!
But I want out… I have to get out.. I need to get out..I want out! So step by step. I will fight back.. I am stepping up and taking responsibility for my choices…I am eliminating many unhealthy things.. I started with Diet Coke.. I use to drink 6=8 a day.. I have been diet coke free for three weeks now.. and I feel better already.. my heartburn at night has stopped.. and I thirst for water now.. the colder the better! Now I have eliminated fast foods..I don’t go.. I can’t go.. I don’t have control..it’s not good for me.. so I am removing it from my life…period..next will be packaged food…all packaged foods..then white flour…baby steps..tomorrow is my first face to face OA meeting .. and I am scared shitless! But I am going… I am not sure what to expect…but I am looking forward to this very much.. the phone meetings are great..but this will be even better! wish me luck.. .and to those who are suffering with food addiction.. please reach out to someone.. a friend. pastor ..doctor…ask for help… and find OA ..go to the internet and find the phone numbers and conference call code to participate..it does help..
Cheers!
BeverlyFood-Addict

Choosing a food plan just for you!

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I know I am probably get a lot of flack for my choice of food plan to follow..but your not me..no food plan is for each of us..if it was we would all be skinny! We have to figure out the road we want to take..count calories,low fat, low carb, paleo,weight watchers, tops, clean eating..no matter which one you choose..it has to be personalized for you..I’ve choosen low carb..because I can eat…there I said it.. I can eat real food..and not feel deprived. I love eggs..( ask me that in two months) I love meat.. oh I will miss bread and pasta..and sweets..but I wanted to cut out sugar..and white flour..I have experimented with cutting back on flour and do notice a big change in how I feel. Also I have done Atkins before.. I lose a considerable amount of weight. But had a false sense of security that I would never gain it back..and didn’t work on a Lifetime Maintenance plan. Big mistake on my part. And I have since understood the importance of maintenance in weight loss. No matter what plan you choose..you must always figure out and follow a maintenance plan of some kind. If not.. you will be where I am and doing it all over again!
I am all for convenience in the beginning weeks of following my food plan. .on days I work I just want to grab something quickly. And still stay on my program.. Atkins allows that! And tons of choices for me to choose from.
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Atkins dinners are a big help for me.. And they taste great! I haven’t met one I didn’t like.. Right now they are a little costly..but I think they are worth it! Tonight I had the Atkins Italian-Style Pasta Bake.. YUMMY! I enjoyed every bite! I hope Atkins will continue to add to this line of products..my only word of caution is that you must limit the number of these you have a day. or It can slow down your weight loss. Atkins has a line of Protein bars.. Protein Drinks and even candies..
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mmchchip</a They can help you through any sweet attack..and the protein drinks are to die for! Serve over a big glass of ice..and yummo!…The protein bars fit in my purse for food attacks and late meetings..stopping my hunger! And the best thing is that I stay on track! No trips to the vending machine or coffee shop! just remember to use in moderation!

I will be featuring my review’s on each new Atkins product that I try… nope I’m not a ATKINS paid spokesperson..but maybe one day I could be! Right now I will leave that to…….Sharon!
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sharron

Daily Journal #11

JOURNAL22

Food Journal

Breakfast
1/2 Cup cottage cheese 90 Calories 4 carbs 14 protein

Lunch
2 Tab Peanut butter 180 Calories 7 carbs 7 Protein
1 cup raw salad 20

Dinner
4 oz grilled chicken 211 calories 0 carbs 32 protein

Total amount 501 Calories 11 Carbs 53 protein
Gazzell
2:00 1 mile
4:30 1 mile
6:30 1 mile
8:00 1 mile Total 4 miles 484 calories burned 45 minutes

Notes: Today was another busy day! I went to the Doctor ( it took me 4 hours!) Had my blood work done and physical so I can start the gastric bypass diet~ Once my blood work comes back my DOC will give me the green light.. I took all of my research to her..she went over it with me.. agreeded that there are many risk in having the surgery..( which surprised me)and thinks if all my blood work comes back ok..she will give me the go to do this! And will follow me in my journey! I am excitied about this!! Right now I seem to have no desire (or hunger) to eat…I don’t know why..but right now.. It isn’t going to hurt me to do without! I could stand to get more carbs in my daily eating.. tomorrow I am going to the market to stock up on this to eat….I am going to make my list tonight and be prepared to get more in my days..

I find that I am little energy these past two days.. which bothers me..but I know it will get better in a few days! My mental determination is so great right now..I want to keep it going forever..but I know from past experience it won’t ..there will be days and maybe even weeks when I want to give up in the near future…but I want to remember this feeling at this moment so I can use this to draw upon in those moments when I need it the most! I want this more than anything ..I need this.. I want to be able to play with my future grandchildren..I want my kids to be proud of me.. not ashamed..I want to be healthy. Oh and I am going to Florida on a family trip with my sister, Mom and son in October..I want to swim with the dolphins..and I want pictures lots of pictures of our vacation together..and I want to look good…more motivations to lose it!
So as I go forward I have much hope and excitment for my continued success..and becoming healthy!
Cheers!
Beverly

Daily Journal #10

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Food Journal Day #20

Breakfast
3 scrambled eggs 234 Calories 18 protein 1.50 Carbs
water hot tea
Lunch none
hot tea
water
water
Dinner
Cauliflowe pizza 7 squares 180.95 calories 14.49 Protein 2.45 carbs
water
hot tea
DAILY TOTAL 414.95 CALORIES 32.49 PROTEIN 3.95 carbs

Gazzell
2:00 1 mile
4:30 1 mile
6:30 1 mile
8:00 1 mile Total 4 miles 484 calories burned 45 minutes

Notes: Today was a odd day.. I couldn’t sleep last night.. don’t know why..but I couldn’t sleep..I went back to bed around 8 am this morning to try and get a few hours sleep. I slept until 1:00 pm..so that is why I didn’t eat lunch.. Breakfast was my lunch! Got such a late start and a heardy breakfast.. I didn’t feel like snacks..and not realizing the cauliflower pizza was so low in everything.. I have very low counts today..crazy.. here it is almost 11 PM and I am not hungry! Crazy! I am sure it has something to do with not eating sugar!
I am hoping I sleep better this evening..I had lots of energy when I get up today…( this afternoon!) and I did a lot of house cleaning I had been needing to do..I can sure use this extra energy! I want to talk about the scales.. I have decided to weigh each Sunday instead of everyday..I am ok with that for now.. I just don’t think I can take the ups and downs of the scales right now.. I am going to go on how I feel..what I know I am eating.. and Sunday weigh ins..so this Sunday will be the big weigh in..I am feeling good about it too! Planning tomorrows meals now..need to get in more vegetables!!!
Cheers
Beverly

Daily Journal #9

JOURNAL22
Food Journal day #9

2 3-minute eggs 156 calories 1 carb 12 protein
Hot tea
Water
MIDMORNING
1 oz cheese 78 calories 0.5 carbs 8 protein
Hot tea
Water
LUNCH
Cottage cheese 90 calories 4 carbs 14 protein
hot tea
water
MIDAFTERNOON
Nothing
Dinner
Chuck eye steak 4 oz…250 Calories 0 carbs 21 Protein
Mushroom and onions grilled 21 calories 3.7 carbs 0 Protein

Total counts 595 Calories 5.05 carbs 55 Protein

Gazzell
8:00 1/2 mile
9:30 1/2 mile
1:00 1 mile
4:00 1 mile
6:00 1/2 mile
7:30 1/2 mile total miles 4 miles 484 calories burned 41 minutes

Notes: Kind of sluggish today… from what I read its because of the low carbness I am doing..and it should go away in a few days..so I will just go with it.. it seems to help when I exercise on the gazzell… also going to the bathroom constantly! Like really really a lot! Good thing I don’t have to leave the house!! LOL! really enjoyed the steak tonight..and the muchrooms and onions were yummy! I need to get to the grocery..but think it will be Friday before I get the chance to go..Got a call about a part time job ..hoping it pans out..I am not hungry at ALL! What the heck? I like it ..but I have to remember to eat…WOW! that has NEVER happened before! I know I didn’t get all of my carbs allowed ( 20) today…but as I said not hungry and I don’t think It will kill this girl to miss a meal or two.. I even made regular peanut butter cookies for my son today.. I wasn’t tempted by them.. I am sooo committed to this healthy lifestyle.. they just didn’t bother me.. not even one tiny bite.. none!!! I am very proud of myself too!!! I feel LIKE DANCING!!!! it really makes me smile!! Going to plan my eating for tomorrow and maybe even go swimming!!! If it is 70 outside..like they say ..I will be out walking the dog! thinkin chicken tomorrow!
Cheers!
Beverly

Daily Journal #8

JOURNAL22Food Journal Week 8
BREAKFAST
2 3-minute eggs 156 calories 1 carb 12 protein
Hot tea
Water
MIDMORNING
Protein drink 90 calories 12 carbs 5 protein
hot tea
water
LUNCH
1/2 Cottage cheese 90 calories 4 carb 14 protein
hot tea
water
MIDAFTERNOON
1 oz cheese 78 calories 0.5 carbs 8 protein
hot tea
water
DINNER
4 oz fish 181.2 calories 0.5 carbs 30 protein
broccoli 31 calories 6 carbs 2.6 Protein
hot tea
water

TOTAL COUNTS 626.2 calories 29.4 carbs 71.6 Protein

Gazzell
8:30 1 mile
10:00 1/2 mile
11:30 1/2 mile
2:00 1/2 mile
3:30 1/2 mile
6:00 1/2 mile
8:00 1/2 mile total 4 miles 484 caloreis burned 40 minutes total time

NOTES: First I want to say the my goal for the first two weeks was to walk 2 miles daily on my gazzell.. I have done three miles each day and today I did 4 miles… this makes me happy.. I think I will go for time..instead of miles.. I did 40 minutes today.. that will be my goal for the next week or so…with a goal of one hour in the weeks to come..Today I wasn’t feeling really great…so I ate less than normal. I took a afternoon nap for one hour..and got up feeling better..not sure what was wrong..but glad I am feeling better. I am figuring out that I feel better ..when I don’t drink diet coke.. I have been diet coke free for over a month now.. I had headacks at first..for about three days.. but I feel better now..I drink water and hot tea a lot..green tea..
and I am also figuring out that the less carbs I eat the better I feel.. and I watching my carb intake to see if this is a on going thing..I am trying to limit..grains..and starches as much as possible.. I want to see how this effects me..both in how I feel and in weight loss.. I didn’t want to neccessarly limit any one thing from my diet..but I am seeing this makes a difference.. listen to your body.. watch and pay attention..to what it is telling you.. do you feel bloated when eating grains.. and starches? Then try to stop them and see how your body reacts..I have also limited sugar.. I know that sweets are my down fall. and I know that some can eat different sweets and it satisfies their sweet tooth.. so far I am finding that my sweet tooth wants to take over..so I don’t want to start it going again.. I will keep sugar on my NO list..for now.. The thing I am learning about food for me.. is that I need to listen to my body.. slowly add or remove something and pay attention to how it makes me feel..I think this is important..if we listen and reconize what our bodies are trying to tell us..you can tell from my food journal , I am not eating proccessed food.. I don’t like the list of ingredients I see on the packaging , that I have no idea what it is.. if I want a egg… I will eat a egg..not some powered egg that has 20 different ingredients..I am trying to eat “clean”..like back in the day of our great-great grandparents..so far this is working for me..there is not ONE diet..or ONE plan that fits everyone.. we have to work to find our own way in this food mess..we have become addicted to. Do I really like it? Or am I use to just eating what is put in front of me? Now days..I have to LOVE it to eat it..I am not wasting my time on so so food.. I want the best of what I like.. prepard the best way I know how..I won’t put JUNK in my body anymore..I will treat my body better than that! Hope you do to.
Cheers!
Beverly

Daily journal #7

JOURNAL22

Food Journal

Breakfast
1/2 cup cottage cheese 90 calories 14 protein

Blueberries 42 calories 1 protein

Midmorning
yogurt 100 calories 10 protein
Lunch
chicken noodle soup 150 calories 7 Protein
Midafternoon
Banana 105 calories 1.3 protein
Dinner
broccoli 50 calories 4.2 Protein
rice 1/2 cup 108 Calories 2 1/2 proein
chicken 92 calories 17.2 protein
Midevening
blueberries 1/2 cup 42 calories 6 protein

toal amounts 706 calories 69.2 protein

Gazzell
9:00 1 mile
12:00 1 mile
3:00 1 mile 3 miles 364 calories burned

Emotions can change the way we eat..saddness, joy, hurt, lonelyness..can make one over eat or undereat…depending on who you are. for me ..I overeat ..period..no matter what, happy sad…lonely…joy..hurt..I eat…that is what lead me to my revelation that I am addicted to food..knowing this has helped me to understand my eating issues. I am taking baby steps..but each step forward is firmly planted..because I don’t want to go back..today I have had to deal with saddness over death of people I know..but I was able to keep it together with food choices and not use the food to comfort my saddness.. this is a good thing..
cheers
Beverly

Getting Serious about weight loss

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Why I decided to get off my ass and get serious about getting healthy…Due to my weight and size…I have started being limited to what I can do. I use to brag that my weight didn’t stop me from doing what I loved..and it didn’t .. I did everything I wanted to do.. but now my weight is at the point that it does hamper what I do.. I had a knee replacement 2 1/2 years ago..that didn’t turn out like I had hoped for. yes the knee pain was gone..but I didn’t have the mobility I had before.. I never got over 85 % use of my knee.. I can’t bend down on my knee.. and when I walk up and down steps. I have to go sideways.. and now I have a injury to my good leg…right below the knee.. it makes me limp..and it hurts ! So add this to the fact I sit and watch Tv..or am on the computer playing games..several hours a day… and I will just say…it hasn’t helped my weight.. as I watched the pounds pack onto my 5’2″ body.. I realizes more and more..this is not good.. at one point my family said I should apply for disability.. because now I couldn’t work..cause I can’t stand for long periods of time.. a couple weeks ago my son said, I think we need to get you a wheel chair.. and maybe I should bring the walker you used after your knee surgery in for you to get around better…WHAT? I remember thinking…is this how I am going to live out my life..? Is this what I want? Can I live with this?

Well it didn’t take me but all of two seconds to know this is not how I wanted to spend the rest of my life.. I don’t want to be dependent on anyone.. I still have a lot more life to life.. What the hell have I done to myself? And how the hell did I get here? But more importantly..how the hell am I going to fix this shit?

Off on the computer I went.. I am a canadiate for gastric bypass..but that is when I made the decision that wasn’t really for me. too many risk.. Did I mention I wanted to LIVE life…! So that is when I decided to follow the gastric bypass diet..with a little help from my Doctor..( I see him next week)
So the past six days..( today is day six) I have been slowly cutting calories and trying to get in exercise..my goal is 2 miles on my gazzell..and I have been able to do three! But I feel that I need to step the exercise up so I am going to start power walking in the swimming pool next week.. which is really exciting to me..

But I have been thinking about my way of life..and examining..how it is effecting my health..I have become lifeless…truely…not only do I have a food addiction..but I have somehow started living a unactive lifestyle..
Yes , I realize now that it is a result of my knee surgery..but Until now I didn’t look at how much I don’t move ..I get up, let the dogs out( to the recently fenced in back yard, now no need to walk the dogs)..fix my breakfast and then plop my ass down in the chair and use the TV controller to “surf” what I want to watch.. each hour knowing what is up next on the TV..then I may hobble into the kitchen for a snack before lunch.. and more TV or Internet surfing.. then back into the kitchen for lunch…fixed and ate infront of the TV…after I eat that makes me tired, so It’s time for a nap…which is usually for 4 or 5 hours..up just in time for dinner…in front of the TV..cause it’s time for the news.. and then evening game shows..then prime time shows..ohhhh snack time.. maybe a BIG bowl of BLUE BELL ICE CREAM!! Or a FULL BAG OF CHIPS! No I am not kidding…I may head of to bed about 1 am…only to wake and stroll into the ktichen for a snack..taking it back to bed..yes eating in bed..watching a espisode of FRIENDS..and then back to sleep…only to start all over again tomorrow..

As I type this I am sickened by what I read..tears falling down my Fat cheeks.. it’s sad..how I came to this.. I seem to have loss my ZEST for life..I use to be the FUN MOM..FUN AUNT! The adventous one! What the hell happened to me..I seem to have given up on life..period..If I remained on this track of life.. I would surely die way before my time…I am glad that I finally came to my senses…finally addimitted that I have a food addiction..and I need help..just like a alcoholic..or drug addict…I am sick..

So ..I am going on my new journey.. addmitting I am a food addict..addmitting I have to make changes.. just to live..addmiting I have to get my head out of my ass..and do this once and for all.. is it going to be easy.. HELL NO! If it was I would of already done it! But I know with all the love from my family..and frineds…the love of GOD.. I can do this…

Changes aren’t easy… in my head and heart I want this more than anything.. yet..in my stomach.. I want Pizza…but I am stronger than my stomach.. I want this so badly..that it will not win..I will win…

So looking back on my daily habits that need changed…I am cleaning house.. starting first with the TV.. yes I did it.. I called the cable company and shut it off.. no more TV.. I can get the news streamed live on my computer..that is what is important.. the other shows.. I can live without..now instead of sitting on my ass watching TV.. I am going to be up and about doing things.. it doesn’t really matter WHAT THINGS.. as long as I am moving.. I am also limiting my time on the computer.. one hour total ..for the whole day! And if that seems to be getting out of control I will shut it off..and only use HOTSPOTS to send my updates..hopefully is won’t come to that.. but I will shut it off ..if I need to…

Meals…snacks…etc.. I am keeping a food journal and planning my day… it’s ok if I change things around a little..but I want to try my best to stay on plan. I plan for everything…meals..snacks.drinks..that way I only have to think about it once day.. it will help with my fixsation with food..I also keep everything I can’t eat…out of the house.. you wouldn’t fill your house with alcohol…if you were a alcoholic…so don’t keep forbiden food around..it’s just too tempting..plan..plan..plan.. I have made the decision not to eat out.. that is what is best right now.. NO FAST FOOD is a given.. no eating in the car.. no eating anywhere but my kitchen table! NOT in front of the TV! Not in BED! Kitchen table.. and write it down!! IF I feel hunger pains..then I drink water or hot tea..first..then if I am still hungry..fruit or protein..small amounts…

Excerise…yea..we all hate that word..but fact is .. we gotta do it.. it will helps us reach our weight loss goals…but not only exercise but being active… parking and walking further than normal…making time to take walks..hikes..yes hikes… with a bum leg..being active is a challenge for me.. but I take that challenge and am determined to MOVE IT MORE! I will take the dogs for walks everyday…they will enjoy it too! I will make housecleaning fun and active! Playing music helps me MOVE IT! MOVE IT!

And I will not let the cold..snow..or rain stop me… if the weather isn’t good enough to walk my neighborhood.. then I will go to the mall and walk..hey any exercise I get is better than what I use to get..right! I can even go to Sam’s Club or Wal Mart to walk…nothing wrong in that! I will put to great use a stability ball that I have in the spare bedroom…again…being active.. I will take up geocaching…partner glove boxing…and use my Wii…yes I have a Wii.. I use to love bowling and boxing on there.. so I will push restart and play! I have a dance 2 game…OH ..yes I will do it ALONE!!! No gawkers!!! LOL! I will find things to do to be active..when the summer comes I will work in the garden and my flower beds…mow the yard with the push mower not the John Deere…and I will trim! Using the gas powered weed eater..
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So here is what my day will look like..
up at 7:00 ..do 2-3 miles on the gazzel…
7:30 breakfast..at the kitchen table…
8:00 walk Madolyn around the nighboorhood..is weather permits..if not.. Wii exercise or walk at SAMS
9:00 clean house or yard
10:00 stability ball or floor exercises…gazzell time.. maybe 1 mile
11:00 Take Winston for a walk..or Wii or Walk at SAMS
12:00 lunch at the kitchen table..or on the outdoor deck if weather permits..
1:00 craftroom/computer time
2:00- 3:30 Swimming…power walking at the Senior center…deep end exercises
3:30-4:00 shower and drive home
4:00 play with the dogs outside…frizbie..etc…if weather is bad..gazzell/floor exercises..or Wii
5:00 dinner prep and eating
6:00 gazzell 2 miles
7:00 watch evening news…computer time ..no eating after 7 pm
8:00 Yoga…meditation..
9:00 evening shower…reading time..
10:00 bedtime..

Now this is the schedule if I have no chores in town for the day.. it will differ if I have to go to town..but I will adjust it ..today is my first day on this schedule.. except the swimming they are not open on the weekend.. I know there is a big change in my day… but I am liking it..and my heart knows it’s for me..to get me healthy.. changes aren’t always easy…but they can become a habit..just as quickly as becoming a couch potatoe..make the move to change to get healthy…your heart will thank you..

I am going to be on the lookout for ways to move it! Move it! I will let you know how it goes!
CHEERS!
BEVERLY

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