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7-12-16 (Today's journal entry)

WOW! It's been a year since I wrote anything here. It's late; I'm sleepy and want to get to bed. Suffice it is to say, the last time I was here I was discouraged because my weight was staying the same. Now I wish I were at that weight ... and staying there! Sometimes I complain about things I should be grateful for! I have gained 8 or 9 pounds since that time, and am trying one more time to do this!

I'm back to baby steps again, although I am amazed that even with the weight gain I sometimes walk 10K steps! (Although, since coming back I've had setbacks caused by illness and foot pain that kept me off the treadmill a couple of times for a week or so.) Life is not perfect now and it won't be after I lose the weight, so I've started over each time. How's THAT for a positive attitude! :)

A few other little things I'm doing:
1. Sign in to SP each day, even if I cannot stay, or if it's almost midnight!
2.) Track most of my food. I used to agonize over getting everything exactly right, but I have decided not to worry about everything's being perfect. If I don't know how many calories and cannot find something similar, I just skip entering it. I KNOW what I ate! It saves time and prevents frustration.
3. Dear Husband and I are trying together to lose a little (an inch in the waist for him, 10 pounds for me). It's AMAZING how helpful it is to be doing it together! We were at Hobby Lobby tonight and I saw something that I have never seen before: a Klondike candy bar! IT WAS TEMPTING! However, after picking it up and putting it back as he watched me, I said, "That's not for someone who is trying to lose 10 pounds!" He agreed with me. I knew he would like to have had one also. :)
4.) Drink and record my water! (Easiest one for me!)
5.) Walk at least 30 minutes 5 or 6 days / week. It's a challenge, but I feel so great after I have done it! (Trying to keep my mind on that good feeling ... more positive attitude.)
6.) Positive self talk as I walk (or during commercials, if I am watching TV). I tell myself I am lowering my blood pressure and at least reducing the dosage of my bp medicine; I am lowering my cholesterol and getting of my statin; I am lowering my triglycerides; I am burning fat and losing weight; gaining energy, etc. Also: The more weight I lose, the easier it will be to walk ... and do everything else!

That's more than I meant to write, but writing it was good for me. It has reinforced my desire to to take care of this body of mine!

7-10-15 (Today's journal entry)

I worked so hard the first week of the summer challenge -- harder than I have ever worked to lose weight! I counted and tracked calories, exercised every day, avoided the scale and even journaled every day and lost .3 of a pound!


Tried to psych myself into being persistent (and consistent) in spite of disappointing results, but this past week has been another one of surprises (read: messing up my planned schedule) and the first four days I ate like a starving person.

I gave into temptation Wednesday before driving to Nashville and has lost .4 of a pound in spite of all the eating. (I KNOW! I was on the verge of that loss I wanted Saturday! If I had limited my calories, I'd have had a big loss this week!)

Regardless of what the scale says tomorrow, I am learning some things that I need to know -- about myself and about persistence in the struggle to change my mindset / lifestyle!

Have been more in control of myself the past couple of days. Not expecting much at tomorrow's weigh-in, but hoping for a small loss at least.

I have been in the kitchen ALL DAY! This is the first time I have even been to my computer (almost midnight). I have not exercised or tracked my food (and I have eaten ALL DAY)! Not a good day, goal-wise).

On the flip side, I am amazed that I have had the stamina to be on my feel all day with only one break! A few years ago it was 30 minutes up and an hour down! I am reaping the benefits of all the walking and mindful eating!

Still trying to get out of the 160's! I get to the high 150's, stay a few days and back up to the 160's! On the flip side, it surely beats struggling between the 170's and 160's!

I have been so discouraged I was going to drop out of the spring challenge, but the sweet, kind, insightful leaders encouraged me to stay (which is what I really wanted to do)!

Now I am looking forward to the spring challenge that starts tomorrow and hoping to contribute to the team as well as hoping to get down to the 150's and stay there! Would love to be struggling between the 150's and 140's!

So happy to be a DETERMINED DAISY!

Discouraged / Angry with Self today. Wrote a blog about it.

Finally made it out of the 160's! What JOY! More ENERGY! LESS PAIN!

Today is the first day of the Winter 5% Challenge. I am excited about it; I NEED it! I have been stuck around 163 for several weeks. I made it through Thanksgiving and Christmas pretty well (quite well, as a matter of fact ... I should give myself credit) but later some stuff happened and I had a new challenge: to keep my promise to go to God for everything, not to food! Thanking Him for slow growth (He knows I do not do change very well!) and for the renewed determination the 5% Challenge has given me. Go, DETERMINED DAISIES!

Had a little gain this week. Disappointed in myself, but determined to lose that gain and then some. I am trying out Spark Coach this morning. It is helping my motivation so far. Plan to blog about it later -- don't have time right now.

One goal met: I wanted to be out of the 170's by my 75th birthday (today) and I made it! I refuse to allow the scale to determine my attitude for the day, but I admit it made me happy this morning when I weighed 168.3!

Next samll goal: 165 pounds. (



I have been loyal and disloyal to SparkPeople for longer than I want to admit. However, I am back this time with COMMITMENT!

Things have changed a lot and I am getting adjusted. The funniest thing is that years ago we were supposed to make a VISION STATEMENT ... a reminder of our goals and means of reaching them. I never completed mine, although I collected quite a few pictures and quotes which I saved in a big envelope and I even bought a poster board. I am so determined to reach my goals this time that I finished my VS two nights ago. When I was going to get my points for finishing it, I discovered it has been replaced with a Goal Board, which I really like because it comes up on my Start page! But OH, the time and effort I put into that VS! LOL! I decided to upload it to my photo file. Now the problem is that it is too big to photograph well, so I am going to upload sections of it in separate photos. It's not a total loss; It actually encourages me many times throughout the day as I glance at it. Undoubtedly, the Goal Board will do the same, so I have Double the Encouragements!

Something else that I am really excited about it my SPAT! I had been researching activity trackers before I came back to SP and could not justify spending the money on most of them. How happy I was to discover the SPAT! I put it on my shoe the first day it arrived (after I had already walked on the treadmill), but every day since then (except Sunday / Sundays are very sedentary for me / will have to wrok on that) I have walked more than 6000 steps! That is an amazing accomplishment for this old, fat, partially crippled (IS that like being a little pregnant?) woman! It's a great feeling to discover I can do more than I thought I could! Eventually, I want to raise my goal to 7000 steps, but I will lose a little more weight first.

How do the words go from that song in "Cabaret?" ...

The FIRST thing I started doing in the WHATEVER IT TAKES column was to get to bed earlier in order to get more sleep! I was going to write about it here, but there was a blog about sleep/weight loss that I read this morning and here are my comments that I copied and pasted:

It's probably not possible, but I think it would be interesting to study the association of WHY people don't get enough sleep, thus having more problems with weight loss. My dear mother was a lonely divorced woman, an RN who worked double shifts (this was in the days of 8-hour shifts) who never got enough sleep and overate continually, even after being diagnosed with diabetes. (Yes, she eventually became obese, not just overweight, and that was AFTER the diabetes diagnosis.) I suspect the same stresses that caused her to overeat contributed to her lack of sleep. I also think that being tired makes it more difficult to be self-controlled as well as more difficult to identify fatigue or hunger that needs to be satisfied.

The SECOND thing I did was to decide to start a dessert-free streak. The next day I discovered the 4-weekSUGAR CHALLENGE and joined that. It's bound to help me stay off the desserts and probably learn other ways to avoid sugar.

The THIRD thing is a reward. I give myself a reward of $1 each day for each successful day. Rewards have not worked for me in the past, but this one is working. I love seeing that jar with my little wad in it every time I walk into the kitchen, and I look forward to adding $1 each night. :)

The FOURTH thing I did was to start back on my 10-minutes a day / 5 days a week exercise. (I usually do more, once I get started.) I will never be able to walk enough to generate weight loss, but it is good for my cardiovascular system plus I feel so much better about myself just having exercised that little bit of self-discipline!

My weight was down only .9 of a pound this week, but it was DOWN! It continues to go down slowly. I'm still positive!

An interesting insight: Yesterday as I wrote a very private journal about my negative feelings toward a certain friend, among other things I discovered is an inner conflict I didn't know I had. I LIKE the inner me very much; I HATE my (outer) body. Mmmmm ... something to think further on!

Several things have come together serendipitously that have encouraged me to start over.

Last Sunday our minister was speaking about making God the number one priority in our lives, and among other things, he said DO WHATEVER IT TAKES! I do want God to be the prevailing priority in my life, but the rule applies to all goal seeking.

Then I watched Steve Siebold�s video on STARTING OVER, which made me realize that my backsliding doesn�t mean I have to give up. There are times when it is necessary to start over; this is one of them!

Wednesday I read NEVERORNOW�s blog that she wrote on Friday, April 27, expressing her thoughts on the NEVER QUIT pledge that is going around SparkPeople. She said that before SP, she�d have quit and gone back to all her old habits and undone all the progress she has made. (She has lost 60 pounds!) I was on the verge of doing the same thing! (Again!) Like Karen, I have been inspired repeatedly by articles, blogs, challenges, and messages on SP. However, I have been away for such a long time, it was very tempting to throw in the towel � again. If I had, I know I would never have tried to lose weight again; I was standing on the edge of a cliff! If anyone reading this is discourage, I recommend her blog!

Notes to myself:

(a) Put this on my SparkPage as my new beginning, using dates to track my progress as well as my struggles.
(b) Read THE SPARK again
(c) Follow the steps in THE SPARK (I�ve been working on [read �fiddling around with�] a vision board for more than a year!)
(d)Use more recipes from THE SPARKPEOPLE COOKBOOK. (Those I have used are delicious!)

(a) Get to bed early enough to get a good night�s sleep!
(b) Sign in to SP every day
(c) Be open and honest with my weigh-in. (Log it weekly, even if it is a gain.)
(d) Be open and honest with my food tracker. (Allow others to see it.)


I am signing the pledge here and now AND I�m copying it and posting it on my fridge � or pantry!


Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and
downs I pass through,
I will continue on my journey.

I pledge to make a NEW START today,
and forgive myself for my past,
and to stop being so critical of myself.

I pledge to take control of myself,
To stop making excuses,
And stop blaming other people or situations.

I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best
Because that is who I am.

I pledge to stay in the race
and to be a WINNER.

Signed � Barbara (Puglover1999) 5-3-12

August 2006 (I think): (On 11-4-14 I deleted most of this.)

I joined Spark People several years ago, but have not been active. However, I continue to read articles (WONDERFUL ARTICLES) that are sent to my email and have decided I have probably been ignoring the biggest help available to me (second to God's answering my prayers ... when I pray)! So ... here I am again ... still fat, but hopeful.

Member Since: 8/16/2006

Fitness Minutes: 74,824

My Goals:
Changing my weight goal to 159. Maybe that will help me get out of the 160s!
11-4-14 Changing my goals:
Goal Weight:
150 pounds
Attitude Change:
I am learning to love and care for the body God gave me. It is the temple of the Holy Spirit!
Self-Talk Change: Changing each negative thought to a positive one.
Habits Change:
Log-in to SP daily
Eat Slower
Drink LOTS of water
Limit desserts to one / week st the most
Walk at least 6000 steps every day

My Program:
1. Check into SP daily
2. Track nutrition
3. Track exercise
4. Read articles
5. Participate in teams
6. Repsond encouragingly to at least one other person's post daily
7. Earn at least 50 points every day

Personal Information:
My name is Barbara ... I am a Christian ... a wife (51 happy years) ... a mother ... a grandmother ..a mother-in-law (My daughter-in-law is my daughter-in-love!) ... and a friend (Have to mention that b/c my friends are so important to me!)

I am a private person and do not connect SP to my FB page because I appreciate the anonymity of SP.

You can tell by my name that I love dogs (our last one was a pug), although we do not have one now. I just don't have the energy to deal with anohter "baby" at my age plus we are gone from home a lot, whch is not fair to a dog. But I do love them! I enjoy watching them on the Animal Planet channel. :)

I also love to read, cook, have dinner guests and/or house-guests, cross-stitch, and play word games and card games (versions of Solitaire) on my smart phone.

Other Information:
I will add pictures soon. This site is a bit overwhelming ... and can be very time-consuming, just like Facebook! (Except I get more out of this one for me. )

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