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A Letter To A Friend and a Reminder For Me February 3, 2010

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Congratulations on your fantastic weight loss.  Whatever motivates us is what motivates us and clearly your love of family is what moves you.  When I was pregnant with our unexpected DS, I never ate better in my life because I was trying to take care of him as best I could. And since I was an older mom I wanted to do what I could to help him develop successfully.  Six weeks after I gave birth I was my driver’s license weight (135 lbs.).   That of course is NOT my driver’s license weight now unfortunately, as you well know.
You think I would have kept it off, but no, I let the stresses that were occurring in our family life (blending family, some mental illness and financial concerns since we were now down to one income), DS’s birth defect, surgeries and weekly doctor’s visits for the first year of life, overwhelmed and scared me, and my older son’s major education difficulties, constant string of bad luck (which continues to this day), chronic intestinal problems which(which continue to this day with no diagnosis) and broken noses, both of which required surgery,  drive me to emotional eating to relieve myself from all of the out of control problems going on around me.  DS was just a little over a year old when my little sister went blind and finally got her MS diagnosis which didn’t help either.
I tell you this, to encourage you to work on whatever issues have led you to overeat now, at the time you are so properly motivated so that you can be the healthy, thin grandmother you want to be when the baby is born and throughout his formative years. 
Looking back, if I could do it over again, I believe I would do the following things:
1.  I would continue eating the very same meal plan I used when I was pregnant.  I would not have changed a thing.  It kept my blood sugar at a constant rate which I know caused me not to crave the things I craved.  I no longer have that plan – thrown out because I knew how to do it and didn’t have to keep track of my food any longer.  I literally wrote every little thing that went into my mouth (can you say FOOD CHART!) and I ate three meals and 2 – 3 snacks each day.  I felt like I was eating all the time but I was eating the right stuff in the right proportion.
2.  I would have gone into counseling much earlier (I have a fabulous therapist – well former therapist – but she is fabulous) and worked on my issues before they got so bad.  I may not have been able to deal with all of them at that time but who knows, perhaps I would have or would have been better prepared to deal with the things that were yet to come.
3.  I would have relied heavily on reading my Bible, seeking out uplifting, biblical, spiritual books and would have prayed regularly and often.  God/Jesus wants to be our friend and good, deep friendship develops over a long period of time spent together.  I can’t expect to have an intimate, close relationship with someone if I don’t spend time with them and share myself with them.  Why would I think my relationship with the Lord would be any different? Duh.  For me, being able to personalize God as my loving parent and good friend help.  I know how much I love my children and want to spend time with them no matter what their age.  How must God feel about me?  Well, the same way, of course.



How To Lose Weight January 12, 2010

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1 Smaller Portions

This is obvious you say. But can you do it?     Read how I actually accomplished that and realize that these methods can work for you.

2 NO Seconds

This really makes a difference.

3 Fruit

The food that can keep you on track. One in particular made a tremendous difference.

4 Cut Out All

Desserts and Snacks – (Almost)

Watch out for the first bite.

5 Exercise

This doesn’t have to be as hard to do as you think.

6 You Need to Be

Your Own Cheerleader

You will be surprised at the people who will try to undermine you.

7 Avoid Resentment

This is kind of the opposite of number 6.

8 Always Be Aware

of the Calories

There are some numbers out there that should scare you.

9 Don’t Let Bad Days Stop You

Tomorrow is a new day. Don’t give up—remember your goal.

10 Always Dieting

There is no end. If you aren’t watching your diet, you’re gaining weight.

From this ad for a weight loss book.


Insulin Resistant May 14, 2009

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I found out a few weeks ago that I am definitely insulin resistant.  My doctor has scheduled me for a class in June to learn some about it.  I went to the bookstore and found a book by Cherye R. Hart, M.D. and Mary Kay Grossman, R.D. called The Insulin-Resistance Diet.  I have skimmed it once an have read about half of it.  I marked some pages that contained information that I felt was important for me to remember.  What follows is what that information is:

High insulin levels mean more body fat, while low insul levels mean less body fat.

People have different baseline levels of insulin because of individual genetice makeup.  The more overweight you are, the more resistant to insulin you tend to become. 

Information from page 7 of the book about Hypoglycemia explains to me that I have been tending to insulin resistance my whole life.  I used to feel this way way back when I was a thin teenager with a great figure.  That was before I started drinking Diet Coke/Pepsi/Rite but that is further down the line in this synopsis.

Factors that make Insulin Resistance worse include some high BP meds, synthetic progesterone only birth control pills and implants (I was on the pill or had Norplant for HOW MANY years?!) 

Glucosamine supplements which are recommended to help with arthritis can affect insulin resistance because it is a type of sugar. 

Caffeine, artificial sweetners and nicotine can increase insulin.  With the sweetners it “sends a confusing signal to the body” causing insulin levels to increase resulting in low blood sugar levels and hunger if not used with food (and I’m sure it means properly balanced food).


Update on ADD May 3, 2009

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My strattera is no longer working.  I have found myself back with the swirling thoughts, been terribly forgetful, been agitated and caught in that I don’t know what to do now mode.  I have an appointment with my doctor in two weeks (I think).  In the meantime I am going to walk on my treadmill or ride the bike daily as well as do at least one exercise video from SparkPeople each day.  I will continue to take my Vitame D, which has helped my blood pressure as well as the calcium and the Omega 3 capsules.  I am going to research the info I found on If you crave chocolate you need magnesium (raw nuts, fruits and legumes) and if I crave sweets I need chromium (broccoli and grapes), carbon (fresh fruit) phosphorus (eggs and grain) sulfur (kale cabbage and cruciferous vegetables) tryptophan (raisins and sweet potatoes).

I am also going to get back to the Bible and to my relationship with God.  I am completely out of balance.


A Helpful Meditation on Weight Loss April 26, 2009

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April 26

1 Thessalonians 5:18
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.


It’s easy to be thankful when we have everything we want or need. It’s when we’re forced to do without that thankfulness be-comes difficult. Giving thanks for the opportunity to do without our daily bread is sometimes very, very hard. Yet, God is sure to help us when we need help the most. When we feel weak or hungry or unhappy, He will stand beside us and give us comfort. We’re blessed to have God to rely on. Be thankful for the love and care of our Lord. In all things praise Him. When we learn to be thankful in our need, we are all the more thankful in our abundance.

Today’s thought: If it is my heart’s desire to be thin, God will help me!


Very Useful Weight Loss Information April 6, 2009

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April 6

Psalm 40:1
I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.


Leah was not the kind of woman to just make excuses. When she said that God would help her when she was ready to let Him, she wasn’t just copping out. A day came when Leah really needed and wanted to lose weight, and she did it. Though it was hard, Leah stuck to her diet, and she gave most of the credit to God. She had lived for years wishing that she could be thin. Only after trying and failing many times was she able to succeed. Waiting on the Lord can be tiring and defeating. However, no one knows us like God does, and if we can wait, He will always do what is best for us.

Today’s thought: Our best effort will always include God.


TOPS on TODAY March 26, 2009

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I found a fairly new to me blog  called Hooked on Houses.  They host a  weekly blog party about what you are hooked on today.  I enjoyed viewing the entries and I thought I post mine.  I’m a TOPS gal.  TOPS is a great, non profit support group that has been around since the late 1940’s.  Check out this video from the Today Show.  This woman lost 140 pounds after joining TOPS!  She looks terrific.  We had two new women at our meeting today – I wonder if they saw this show?

To see what everybody else is hooked on, check out this link


Some Good Exercise Tips

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Are found here


This is What I Believe About Our Bodies January 26, 2009

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January 26

Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.


Once we decide something is wrong, (being overweight, for exam-ple), then doing that thing is sinful. Some may say, ‘Well, the Bible doesn’t say obesity is a sin.’ The Bible does tell us that anything we do that makes us less than God created us to be is a sin. To be pure in heart means to try to do everything we know we ought to do. We ought to regard our own bodies with respect. We ought to be an example for others to follow. We ought to do all we can to be all we can. When we stay true to what we know in our hearts is right, then we will be assured of a place with God in His kingdom.

Today’s thought: I will do all I can to be all I am meant to be!


Actions Speak Louder Than Words September 29, 2008

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