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Thursday, October 29, 2015

I got a message from an old friend yesterday, Jenny888. I am a faithful follower of spark but spend most of my time on the Quilt and Lose page as I am a quilter now. So I decided a blog update was in order.I now have 5 grandchildren, a little girl born Jan 4 of this year, 3 boys and my 14 year old granddaughter.
I recently started a new weight loss journey when my weight reached the point of no return, I don't want to go there weight. It was about 7 weeks ago and I've lost 9.5 lbs. We all diet and lose weight differently. We try diets that work or don't work. But what makes us finally stick it out?
My sister had gone to a strict weight loss center in our town several years back and lost 60 lbs. I always thought she was too thin at that point and she did gain 20 or so lbs back. I did not want to go to a place where supplements and diet drinks are the norm but I was at the end of my rope and had to try something. She rejoined at the same time and has lost 13 of the 20 she wanted to lose. I had lost 8 at that point and she accused me of cheating too much, like drinking wine when I wasn't supposed to. I know many people who went to this center, lost a great amount of weight quickly and then have struggled to keep it off. When you are dependent on supplements and you lose too quickly, you don't learn the way to keep it off.

So, I went there and made some of my own rules.
1. No supplements. With the meds I take and the cost of them, I decided I would do this without that crutch.
2. Dive into the protein drinks slowly and figure out which ones I like best. THis has worked for me and I do like them and they do help curb your appetite.
3. Follow the guidelines as much as I can but give myself permission to have the wine.
4. Use the lessons I have learned in the Sonoma Diet on portion control and more veggies than carbs, etc. Sonoma allows that wine as well.
5. Don't both writing down what I eat and this is important. Every diet I've ever been on tells me to write it down. I absolutely despise that part. I don't want to take the time. Rather, I tuck it into my mind so if I had to recreate the list, I could. Yes I could. Years of experience tucking things into my mind have given me that skill.
6. Check in twice a week and eat moderately and rink 2 to 3 drinks a day. Drink my water. etc.

Now, after 7 weeks, I have slowly lost 9.5 lbs. The first couple of weeks were almost a "no my body says!" "I don't want to give up any fat and I will cling to it." This is why I always gave up. The weight just stuck to me and after 3 weeks of little to no results even thought I was eating less, the scale did not budge. I got frustrated and quit. I paid $99 for 17 weeks of this program and I had to stick with it in spite of not losing much. This is my last chance.
My program goes to the end of January and by that time, the weight will have come off slowly and I will have changed my eating habits and learned the skill to maintain the weight loss. Another thing that irritated me about this program was that they prescribed a goal weight for me that was 152 lbs. I weighed 152 lbs when I was in 7th grade. Did I really want to go back to 152 lbs and be skinny as a rail and have saggy skin and wrinkles and not be able to maintain it? NO!!! I will be happy with whatever comes off, 20 or 30. Something I can live with and maintain.
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  • JIBBIE49
    You're little GD being a Capricorn, born Jan. 4th will be a good executive, but the Capricorn girl has a hard childhood with a lot of responsibility as she is often the older child who takes care of younger ones, so she is very serious. It does help her learn to be self-disciplined. (Some times the Capricorn child is an only child who has working parents and she learns to do a lot of the housework. She's a worker.)
    Capricorn has to be careful of to much stress as she can have headaches and problems with her knees.
    2051 days ago
    That is a great plan and doable too. I agree with you--it is not realistic to weigh less than we did when in our teens. I was told I need to lose to 160 and I really thought maybe I can but to be realistic--I did not weigh that when I was 18 so doubt I will get there. I am going to change my goal weight--hopefully to 170 or 175. Just keep on keeping on Carol and you will get there. emoticon
    2053 days ago
    It is good to know that you are adapting the program to fit your needs and not stressing about it.
    2054 days ago
  • DAP1313
    I think you are doing great with what you are doing. I believe you know what works for you. The center is just there making money off of people.

    Keep up with what you are doing!
    2054 days ago
    emoticon I like your approach. Using the Tools that the Center offers -- In Moderation -- probably is the Best Way to Learn Maintenance.
    emoticon May not be in the Best Interest of the Center because you won't be a return customer for the Supplements and re-lose the Weight.
    2054 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/29/2015 8:07:39 AM
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    2054 days ago
    Thanks for sharing your journey. I think you are doing this right. You are taking all things into consideration, especially what you are not willing to give up or do.
    2054 days ago
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