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Old 12-22-2013, 07:29 AM   #91
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Thanks, Dani! Shame about your immediate family... I'm glad you were able to come to terms with it and do what you needed to do to keep your sanity! Have a wonderful day!
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Old 12-25-2013, 04:05 AM   #92
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Just stopping by to wish you a wonderful Christmas, Judy. I do hope it turns out to be a merry one.

I understand your sadness at this time of year when we think of loved ones who are gone. That is also the case for me and it can add a layer of melancholy to the holiday festivities. Know you are not alone in sometimes struggling during the hols. Thinking of you dear Judy and wishing you joy in the coming year.
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Old 12-25-2013, 07:45 AM   #93
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Merry Christmas, Judy! I hope you are having a wonderful time with your husband.
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Old 12-27-2013, 09:15 AM   #94
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Gail and Lola - thank you so much for your sweet words and greetings! You are the best! I hope you both had a wonderful holiday!

We returned home last night from our 4 day casino trip to St. Louis.. Did our usual mega-indulging.. today I am fasting after not doing a fast in a week and a half and not giving a hoot.. (why do I do that? of course I give a hoot!!). Today is an impromptu fast for me. I had no intention of doing my next fast until Monday.. but, my girlfriends Mexican lunch out today was canceled and after being motivated on my 5:2 FB forums I realized how sick of eating and drinking I am - I just said BRING IT ON!

More later as I settle in and get back in the groove!!
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Old 12-28-2013, 05:24 AM   #95
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Judy, your new avatar is so pretty -- you look gorgeous and I love your glasses and hair color. Good for you for being motivated to fast. I love your attitude!
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haha, thanks Gail! I was being goofy with this photo as I wanted to look like a studious computer nerd (that's my laptop my face is resting on)... It also hides my double chin! And, I do love fun glasses! LOL
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So glad you had a great time at the casino! Wonderful to hear that you are feeling motivated and ready to begin again here.

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Stopping by to say hello! Love the new avi Judy
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Happy New Year, Judy. I hope it will be filled with many successes and lots of fun.
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Hi Alex and Lola, and everyone else, too! Happy New Year!!

Today is Day #1 of abstaining from alcohol for at least 30 days. I am giving my body a badly needed break and some time to heal. Don't need those calories either! During the 30 I will be making a contract with myself on a moderation plan.. i.e. how many drinks per week, max per day when I do drink. I am on a different website forum for this. No, I am not a rolling around drunk alkie, but I do have a problem.. an attachment, that must be stopped if I am to live out my years fairly healthfully.

I am back on 5:2 as of today, too and will do my first fast either tomorrow or Saturday. Will eat healthfully as possible all other days. I have to say that ditching the alcohol will help in many ways including nutrition! I am confident that my normal day calories will be normal without the booze.

Going out to lunch today with girlfriends and we are meeting at a coffee shop instead of our typical bar/restaurants where we all have some wine. I have explained to them what I need to do and they are very supportive. Being home with DH will be another issue.. but I'll figure it out. I hope to be a good role model for him.

Have a great day and ((hugs)) to all!

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Old 01-03-2014, 12:56 PM   #102
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Feelin' Good!

Feelin' back in the groove. I had a fairly healthy food day yesterday with no alcohol. Wasn't sure whether I was going to fast today or tomorrow.. but, woke up not too hungry and said TODAY! I even got a few computer related things done after not tackling anything for the last few weeks.

Today's menu plan which has already been tweaked - 550ish calories...

~ Creamer in coffee - 50
~ pickles/ cherry peppers for emergency snax - 20
~ 3.5 oz salmon 130
~ 3 flackers crackers with a wedge of laughing cow - 85
~ hot and sour broth w/mushrooms & celery - 50
~ Lite Bun with 2 slices of canadian bacon, lettuce and mustard - 145
~ Shirataki noodles - 0
~ Cucumbers - marinated - 20
~2 tsp coconut oil - 60
~ soy sauce - 5

I will count my calories over the weekend to be sure I am at my TDEE.. Next fast will be on Monday.. A little worried about keeping to my no-alcohol for 30-60 days plan on the weekend, but I bought some n/a beer that should help during the witching hour.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:18 PM   #103
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Hi Judy! I'm brand new and while perusing threads, I saw you mention HAES. It struck a chord with me because I'm from the body positive camp and now embarking on a weight loss journey. I've been a little hesitant to reach out to any weight loss communities for fear I'd find them riddled with body negative talk, but I think we might have kindred philosophies so I got excited! Hahaha. Anyway, nice to meet you and hope you don't mind if I keep up with your journal.
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Old 01-03-2014, 01:30 PM   #105
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Hey there Bubbly!! So nice to meet you! Thanks for coming by! Honey, I know...I cannot tell you how I hesitated to start yet another diet. It killed me - like I was cheating on the HAES community. But, here's the thing.. I stopped dieting for at least 7 months and didn't gain much (well at least not for me - only 9 lbs.) weight, BUT I did gain a better understanding of what it takes to accept me just the way I am. Although I accept myself and am trying to love myself, the fact remains that I am 100+ pounds overweight and cannot do the things I want to do. My health is a walking time bomb.

I tried "mindful eating", "intuitive eating" and whatever else it is called. I was unable to do it. It's all in my head - how I feel about myself, eating/drinking for comfort and entertainment. I have learned to forgive what I have done to myself, which is a big step. The fact remains that I just would feel so much better if I lost some weight. I don't ever expect to get to my "goal" weight. At the age of 57, it's something I have never achieved. If I could just get below 200 lbs I'd be thrilled!

On Facebook I continue to have my newsfeed full of HAES and many more "Big, Beautiful" types of pages. I really do believe we can be healthy at every size. I am NOT healthy though.. And, once I am I will shout it from the rooftops!

Oh, and you will find on this forum much of the body negative stuff. I just ignore it. I know that everyone deserves to feel good in their own skin, but when they start a new diet to go from a size 6 to a size 2.. well I just want to shake them!

I look forward to getting to know you!
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Old 01-13-2014, 07:41 AM   #107
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Fast Day # ??

Hey friends!! All is well and thankfully I am out of the "dumps". I just need to keep busy and have things to do outside the house. I have been doing a lot of that since last Wednesday. During the cold snap last week I was stuck inside and wanted to jump off a bridge.. had a pity party because I fast on Mondays, I had just given up alcohol for a month and some issues with DH. But I am feeling better and know what I have to do to get myself through this winter.

I may be overeating slightly on my "normal" days, but I will accept that in order to go through my 30 days alcohol free. I am saving between 200 and 1,000 calories a day being alcohol free.

Planning a road trip in late March early April to the Grand Canyon and Sedona via Route 66 as much as possible. It's been on our bucket list, so I just want to do it. It will also give me even more of a reason to get walking and strengthen the parts of me that have been unused for the last couple of years.

I forgot to come here for my fast days last week, so don't totally remember what fast this is.. here's the menu - very veggie heavy which is how I like it on a fast day:

Creamer in coffee, 1/2 C FF greek yogurt with cucumbers, shirataki noodles and lite alfredo sauce, cauliflower rice, sweet and sour cabbage soup, chopped salad w/1 TBSP dressing and 2 oz chicken

My next fast is planned for Friday.. I still haven't weighed since the Jan 2nd restart.. may not until 2/1.. we'll see..
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Hey Judy! Sounds like you're doing good, and that trip sounds AWESOME! I have never been out west, always wanted to go.
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I have South Carolina on my bucket list, too! How are you doing Bubbly??
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I love SC! We live right in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains. I'm originally from FL though, and I miss it a lot! I'm doing pretty well-- tomorrow is my 2 week mark!
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:12 AM   #111
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Sounds lovely Bubbly! WTG on 2 weeks!!
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Old 01-14-2014, 08:17 AM   #112
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Took the plunge

I decided to take the plunge today and get on the metal monster after my 3rd fast day of the new year. I haven't weighed in a month. I took a hiatus from 5:2 for 2 1/2 weeks from 12/14 - 1/1, and am confident I gained back all 8.5 lbs I lost during that "last hurrah before the new year" mindset. This morning I was 1.5 lbs less than when I last checked. So, instead of seeing it as a failure for goofing up in December, I'll just call it a success for being lower than the last time I looked. A more upbeat and positive way to look at things!

10 lbs less than I was at my heaviest on 11/17. I'll take it. It's due to 5:2 and cutting alcohol out of my diet for 30 days. I did some exercise band strengthening work yesterday and will try to do something today like chair yoga. Need to stay in because it's icy and snowy outside.

Onward!!
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Old 01-14-2014, 08:36 AM   #113
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Congrats on the good news scale-wise and even more robust congrats on being alcohol-free for 30 days. That is really impressive and you should feel so very proud. I'm also impressed that you understand yourself enough to know what you need to do to improve a glum mood and that you can find the motivation and strength to do it. I'm generally a happy homebody but I also realize that my mood almost always lightens from getting out of the house and seeing people. No matter how good or bad my mood may be when I leave home I always return feeling more cheerful and happy. Pushing myself out that door is the really hard part, especially on days like today which is completely gray and dreary and rainy and cold. But I'll have to brave the rain no matter what since I've got an appt. with the doc today. She's incredibly sweet but I always dread going to the doctor for some reason. Sigh...however maybe she'll be able to help me get my thyroid issues straightened out which would be completely wonderful. Anyway, you have a great day, Judy, and again...big congrats on the 30 day alcohol-free program.
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Thanks for your support Lola! I hope all goes well with the doc.. I have thyroid issues.. Hashimoto's thyroiditis.. Maybe we've talked about this subject before??
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Hi Dipgal!

Just read your post about being 10lbs down! Congratulations!!! That is fabulous!!!

I've been trying to incorporate 5:2 into my regimen this year and so far it must've worked because I'm back to my weight before my
Christmas "food vacation"!

Great job!!!
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:53 AM   #116
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Hello, Judy. You really are making impressive progress. Keep it up, girl. Hypothyroidism presents complicated issues doesn't it? I struggle with its effects. Based on the results of my blood tests my doc changed my synthroid dosage so I hope I'll begin to feel benefits from that. My labs revealed some other issues though so now I go back for more tests and a visit to a specialist. Maybe some of my symptoms were unrelated to thyroid disease. Sigh. It is all a little unnerving but it would be wonderful to get some of these issues resolved. I wish I didn't dread dealing with the medical community so much but then I remind myself how fortunate I am to have access to good health care. I hope you are continuing to feel well. Are you still doing the alcohol free program? How's that going?
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Making some discoveries..

Hi Lola, thanks for stopping by. I am so glad that you are getting your health issues figured out and sorted out. Be sure to keep digging until all your symptoms are figured out! Sometimes Western Medicine is lame at helping us and we have to go to naturopaths. It can be expensive though since it isn't covered by insurance.

This post (below) that I put on another thread will sum up some of my discoveries.. I had a few days last week where I drank and ate too much because of some stressful events that triggered me.. I drove through a major "white-out" snow storm that freakin' scared the pants off of me.. and then there's the problem with DH.. and last Thursday I caved and had a large glass of wine. Friday I had two drinks and broke my 5:2 fast, Saturday I drank and ate, and Sunday I added my gambling addiction to the mix by going over to the local casino, spending too much $$ and drinking too much. Monday I beat myself up - didn't drink and ate properly.. Tuesday I was fine, fasted and back on plan.. *sigh*

I have been off trying to figure out WHY I backslide when at the forefront of my mind I want nothing more than to be healthier. I had some very stressful days last week, and I did indeed backslide.

As I have so often discussed before, I am attempting to control my drinking AND eat healthier, AND stay on my 5:2 fast plan. I am reading books and spending time on a "drinking" forum, and it is all really helping. What I have discovered from the book "The Heart of Addiction", is that we become addicted to an activity that produces endorphins (overeating, drinking, shopping, gambling, sex, even over-exercising, etc.) because we feel helpless in a situation and need to take some action. We often cannot take direct action to solve the problem because it is too painful, so our addiction is a substitute for us to do something. After awhile it becomes a habit, until we try to figure out what is going on underneath the many years and layers of crap that led us to the addictive behavior in the first place.

This information is not for those of us who have a small weight problem or aren't repeat yo-yo dieters. It's for those of us who have a life-long repeated pattern of gaining, losing, gaining more, rinse/repeat. It's for those of us who are escaping from something in their life that is not working for them, yet they feel they are helpless to take direct action to solve the problem. (i.e. I am having major issues with DH and feel trapped..)..

Sorry for being so "heavy" with my post. If this thought can help anyone out there it will be worth it!
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