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5/15/21 6:59 P

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The weekend should be eating days since I'm only fasting M,W,F. This is Saturday. No family meals happened. I kind of fell into another fasting day. It should help me lose a little more before weigh-in on Sunday.

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Another fasting day winding down. The weight loss has reallty slowed this week. There have been two small gains following the eating days. One was 0.2 and the other was 0.6 pounds. That's better than what used to happen!

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Yesterday was fasting Wednesday. I am down 3 pounds today. Total of 26 since I started ADF on May 3, 2021.



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Six-weeks of Alternate Day Fasting (M,W,F)

Mon May 3 - fast day - 0 calories
Tues May 4 - OMAD 1458 calories - down 7.2 pounds
Wed May 5 -fast day - 0 calories - down 1.8 pounds / Total down 9
Thurs May 6 - OMAD 1704 calories - down 4.4 pounds /Total 13.4
Fri May 7 - fast day - 0 calories - down 1.4 pounds / Total 14.8
Sat May 8 - OMAD 1546 calories - down 4.4 pounds / Total 19.2
Sun May 9 - Mother's Day - 1168 calories - down - 0.2 pound / Total 19.4
Mon May 10 - fast day - 0 calories - down 1 pound / Total 20.4
Tues May 11 - 2250 calories - down 2.8 pounds / Total 23.2
Wed May 12 - fast day - 0 calories - up 0.2 pound / Total 23.0
Thurs May 13 - 1049 calories - down 3 pounds / Total 26
Fri May 14 - fast day - 0 calories- up 0.6 pound / Total 25.4
Sat May 15 - fast day - 0 calories - down 2.8 pounds / Total 28.2
Sun May 16-
Mon May 17 - fast day - 0 calories
Tues May 18 -
Wed May 19 - fast day - 0 calories
Thur May 20 -
Fri May 21 - fast day - 0 calories
Sat May 22 -
Sun May 23 -
Mon May 24 - fast day - 0 calories
Tues May 25 -
Wed May 26 - fast day - 0 calories
Thurs May 27 -
Fri May 28 - fast day - 0 calories
Sat May 29 -
Sun May 30 -
Mon May 31 - fast day - 0 calories
Tues Jun 1 -
Wed Jun 2 - fast day - 0 calories
Thurs Jun 3 -
Fri Jun 4 - fast day - 0 calories
Sat Jun 5 -
Sun Jun 6 -
Mon Jun 7 - fast day - 0 calories
Tues Jun 8 -
Wed Jun 9 - fast day - 0 calories
Thurs Jun 10 -
Fri Jun 11 - fast day - 0 calories
Sat Jun 11 -
Sun Jun 12 -
Mon Jun 13 - fast day - 0 calories


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I found this awhile ago. It speaks to me. My journey has been very long: I joined Spark in 2006. It has been a time of loss and regains, always left behind.
I discovered intermittent fasting in 2019, then OMAD. I thought I had the keys to open the magic doors to reach goals and the fantastic world of maintenance.
2020 was weird, very wobbly, with very little to show for it.
2021 back on track, great progress in January, reaching a major goal and moving beyond. Then came a scary health issue, and I wondered it was related to my way of eating. Eating lower carb and OMAD had kept my calories low.
I tried to increase calories, leaving OMAD, and sliding into a stinking hole of weight regain. A few starts and slides.
May 3 Beginning of ADF, committed to stay the course for 6 weeks. Weight and inches are moving again. Is this my fast train our of here?







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5/13/21 12:56 A

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Thursday, May 13. Today would be my big sister's birthday. I wish I could pick up the phone and talk to her. I wish we could have sister's week again. She touched so many lives in her own way. Sending you hugs today, Sister, on your special day. Wonder what you will be doing in heaven today. I won't be sad today. I will remember the beautiful person you are.
I am so blessed to be born into this family.
Who can I bless today?

* * * * *

Today is my eating day. I have leftover roasted veggies in the refrigerator. I've been wanting eggs. Maybe a cheesy omelet with veggies.

I stayed strong Wednesday for fasting day, even when they made nachos and steamed green beans for lunch. The good kind of nachos, buiild you own, with meat, sour cream, salsa or whatever you wanted to put on it. Fresh green beans, so good for us.
I could still lose weight if I had OMAD meals all the time...but I am committed to alternate day fasting for 6 weeks and maybe beyond if it works well. I have an ADF partner. In fact we have a little team within our ADF team for now where we can encourage each other and share intormation. It helps me stay strong on days like yesterday where I could have rationalized eating one meal. I am in a very strong place now, and I know what a slippery slope those rationalizations can be. Eventually they lead me where I don't want to go. So tired of losing and regaining.


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Tuesday is an eating day for me.


The scale was down 2.8 pounds today. This is the second week of alternate-day fasting. The losses after a fasting day are smaller now.

I am in a strong place now, feeling the rhythm of the ADF program.
My clothes feel looser.
I am moving better. It is easier to stand up from a sitting position.

* * * * *

It is after 3 PM. I finished my OMAD meal. 1305 calories, in the calorie range. Now I will fast until Thursday's eating window.

Family are here all day so I didn't get to eat what I wanted. My tummy hurts. I should have said "no, thank you" sooner and stopped eating. I do not normally hurt after I eat. This is a rare occurrence. I am ready for nap!

I have not perfected my eating days yet. I try to eat enough to get me into the calorie range. I eat more than I normally would because I know I will not eat again until the next eating day.

I prefer the fasting days! I don't get hungry. I am not miserable. I feel good on fasting days.


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Results of first week of alternate day fasting (M,W,F) and IF/OMAD on eating days:

Mon May 3 - fast day - 0 calories
Tues May 4 - OMAD 1458 calories - down 7.2 pounds
Wed May 5 -fast day - 0 calories - down 1.8 pounds / Total down 9
Thurs May 6 - OMAD 1704 calories - down 4.4 pounds /Total 13.4
Fri May 7 - fast day - 0 calories - down 1.4 pounds / Total 14.8
Sat May 8 - OMAD 1546 calories - down 4.4 pounds / Total 19.2
Sun May 9 - Mother's Day - 1168 calories - down 0.2 pound / Total 19.4

I haven't shared this with my IF or ADF team. It's a natural tendency to compare ourselves with others. I don't want to discourage those who lose more slowly, and I don't want anyone to rain on my parade either.
There will always be naysayers to tell me I should only lose 2 pounds a week. That's based on old traditions, not the newer scientific studies. Doc was not concerned when I lost 43 pounds in a month. It's more harmful to carry this much weight around every day than to take it off quickly. He was pleased with the loss and said it gives me a good start.
I cannot MAKE my body lose according to any human schedule. I can only make conditions right so that it can lose weight and inches.
I tend to lose and gain weight faster than others. I can lose or gain 20 pounds in a week. My body determines that.
I am eating healthy. I am eating enough calories. I am getting enough sleep.

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Another successful fasting day done. Sat and Sun are eating days, staying within the calorie range, aiming for OMAD.
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I'm not doing fasting. I do servings instead and it's working good for me . Good luck

It's as easy as I make it. Have an action plan and commit to it.
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Bobbie on the IF team started a thread for us Alternate Day Fasters to talk about our journey. She called it Alternate Day Fasting with Annie. Deep breath. Another brick in the wall of commitment. It will keep me stronger than if I was doing it on my own. No telling myself that little deviations from plan don't matter.
Actually, I have stayed on plan since I started Monday. I know how my mind works. Give a little ground, eventually I'm a mile away and experiencing regret and failure.


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I posted on the IF team to see if anyone else is doing alternate day fasting. Had one response so far on my request for a partner. She plans to do it the rest of the year if it feels right.

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Nobody I can really share this with. I am so excited. Another successful water fast day complete. I am doing alternate day (M,W,F) water fasting, and OMAD the other days. I started Monday, May 3. Total success so far. Down 9 pounds this morning. Water fasting and intermittent fasting are two super big keys for me. Life changing. All the years of struggling to lose weight *shaking head.*
God called me to prayer and fasting in my 20s. I tried. Not very successful. I thought fasting was 24 hours, midnight to midnight. It's so much more than that. There are infinite possibilities with fasting. The fasting window can be anything we design, from one hour to 24. It can be fasting a certain food for a specified time or a certain activity. If I had only realized that in my 20s! Fasting is a gift from God. People have been doing it since the beginning of time.
I love this lifestyle.


I don't have any plan for that kind of extended fast. Mine are usually 3-day fasts.
I've let extended fasting go for this 6 week period when I am doing alternate day (M,W,F) fasting. Stick to the Alternate Day fasting plan.





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Anyone can talk. It's harder to do it.


I wanted to start the 6 weeks alternate fasting last week. It didn't happen. I changed it to May 1. That was a weekend. The plan was for OMAD on the weekend. That didn't happen. So now Monday, May 3, is my start day. It's a fasting day.

I am committed.


I've done it before, and I will do it again.


Fasting Monday!




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May 1. Today is my father's 104th birthday. Miss you, Dad.
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I set up the plan for the next 6 weeks through June 12, 2021.

Alternate day fasting (M,W,F).

On eating days:
1. Stay within calorie range
2. Make vegetables a priority EVERY eating day
3. No added sugar

Sleep: Go to bed before midnight.
* * * * *



I am commited to this for six months, no waivering.

So many days my plan has been soft. Maybe I will make this a fasting day. Maybe I will eat (on a planned fasting day) because someone is cooking and I don't want to say no. Not one fasting day this week because of this wobbling. I still lost 10.4 pounds this week. No idea how since I was over on calories every day. I am not complaining. I call it an unexpected blessing.



Even though I've had great losses, I can't keep flying by. I work best when I have a plan and stick with it. I can count on it.

Through the group A Healthy Alternative, I've learned that people can reap the benefits without really commiting to the plan. The group's ultimate goal is health, not weight loss. Taking short cuts may help you lose weight but you will probably put it back on. You have to commit to your health. That includes all the things you can't see.

Losing weight is part of the package of maximum health. It happens when you eat and live healthy. Work with your body.

So I am commited to this six week period to living healthy. It's not just staying within the calorie range. It means making healthy eating choices. (Not perfection, but persistence.)

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Fasting is a gift from God.












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Weight is finally going down again. Yes, I have been saying no to many eating opportunities. Some days I give in. Other days it is an intense struggle to say no.

Sat Apr 24 - down 3.4 pounds - 2300 calories - two meals
Sun Apr 25 - down 1 pound -2302 calories - two meals
Mon Apr 25 - down 2.4 pounds - 1082 calories - OMAD
Tues Apr 27 - down 0.4 pounds - 2250 calories - OMAD and snack
Wed Apr 28 - down 3.4 pounds - 2196 calories - two meals
Thurs Apr 29 - down 1.2 pounds - 2886 calories - two meals
Fri Apr 30 - up 1 pound - 2443 calories - two meals
Sat May 1 - down 0.2 pound - 3501 calories - 2 meals and snack
Sun May 2 - up 3.2 well deserved pounds - 3628 calories -2 meals and snack
Mon May 3 - up 1.4 pounds - 0 calories - fast day

(Daily chart continued under May 4, 2021 above, when I started the ADF 6-week trial).












I have a secret source of power. God gives me strength when I call on Him. He gave me the gift of fasting. It is up to me what I do with it.

The plan is intermittent fasting and OMAD on eating days, with regularly scheduled water fasting days.
I have tried the alternate day fast (M,W,F) with success but haven't made it a regular habit. Going forward, I would like to give this a fair chance for 6 weeks, starting May 1.

I found that I lose just as much weight doing alternate day fasting as I do when I do a 3-day fast. However, extended fasting is easier because I don't break the routine like I do when I eat on alternate days.
I prefer 3 day fasts a couple of times a month. That is the ultimate, the shiny bauble that draws me like a magnet. Can I let go of that to give alternate day fasting an honest trial for 6 weeks?



My alternate day fasting plan looks like this:
Sun - OMAD - family meal
Mon - water fasting (includes black coffee and tea without additives)
Tues - OMAD
Wed - water fasting
Thurs - OMADy
Fri - water fasting
Sat - OMAD

I get sick of salads. I've been collecting recipes and pictures that look interesting. The problem will be getting the ingredients.
I will take time today to plan what salads I will try each week and what ingredients I need. I give up when I can't face another boring or repulsive salad. I am a purist and cannot tolerate too many flavors in a dish. Keep it simple.

Edit: I had planned to do ELAB salad, protein and veggie tray on eating days. That isn't happening. I did it the first day and went into revolt. How can I like salads served in restaurants but can't seem to make a good salad at home? Am I willing to eat an ELAB salad when it makes me so unhappy? Shelve that idea for awhile. Just eat healthy meals on eating days while doing the 6 week ADF trial.

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4/25/21 11:27 A

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Sunday. Menu for today.
Baked sweet potato with butter
Cucumber and onion with mayo/vinegar dressing
Sliced tomato
Pepper strips (yellow, red, orange)
526 calories

This made me feel good. Healthy, fresh veggies. On the right track...
Then the food obssession stuck an hour later. Toast and processed snack stuff. Why? It made me feellike a failure because it opened the floodgate. Once I eat, I want to keep eating. It's a bad habit.

When I am on track with intermittent fasting, OMAD meals, and scheduled fast days, the chains of bad habit fall off. I lose the desire to eat and eat and eat. When I do a three day fast, I wonder if I couldn't go a little longer because I don't WANT to eat then. I feel so good when I fast. My body loves it. It's a chance for my body to go into repair mode. I move better. I have less (or no) pain. I sleep better. I think better. Everything is easier when I fast.
And when I eat an ELAB salad with protein on my OMAD days, the good times continue. All the benefits of fasting plus losing pounds and inches.
This is the key for me. Stay on track with intermittent fasting, OMAD, and occasional water fast days.





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(The creator of this used the wrong word. Should be intentions.)
We have a better chance of success if we plan. I might have a soft plan in mind, but then my brain ponders the notion of flexing and in that moment I may choose the path of short-term satisfaction.




Here is the plan for today and next week:

Sat 4/24/21 - water fasting
Sun 4/25/21 - OMAD - ELAB salad, protein, and raw veggie tray
Mon 4/26/21 - water fasting
Tues 4/27/21 - OMAD - ELAB salad, protein, and raw veggie tray
Wed 4/28/21 - water fasting
Thurs 4/29/21 - OMAD - ELAB salad, protein, and raw veggie tray
Fri 4/30/21 - water fasting
Sat 5/1/21 - OMAD - ELAB salad, protein, and raw veggie tray

Why would I have a veggie tray with a salad? Most people would chop the veggies and toss them in a salad. My taste buds and stomach rebel when there are too many flavors in a dish. I learned that young when our family stopped at a dairy-queen type place one Summer Wednesday night and Dad went to the little window and ordered banana splits for us. I got sick. Years later I realize it was too many flavors. Probably why I prefer vanilla ice cream. Keep it simple.

When I tried to make big dinner salad meals, I would add a little of this and that as I created the dish. I think that's why I can't stick with ELAB ridiculously big salads. I do better when I keep it simple with just a few ingredients. It still can be a large salad, just not a jumble of flavors.



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Healthy idea for today

I have everything on hand to make this except the hummus. Not crazy about hummus anyway. How about Marzetti veggie dip? Check the calories. It will be just as good without the dip.

There are a few healthy foods that I need to learn to like:
hummus
avocado
cooked beets
cooked cauliflower
Maybe they are an acquired taste.
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Do your work. Don't be stupid.





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Doesn't this look good? Stacy S shared this.



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1/2 cup guac, 1/2 sour cream, and a little milk to thin (give or take on the milk to desired consistency). Juice from half a small lime. Dash of salt to taste, and maybe a couple tablespoons of fresh Cilantro. I threw everything in the blender until smooth.


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My Story - Martina Slajerova

I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based low carb approach to food.

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My birthday was yesterday. It was an awesome day. Lots of love.

Today I woke up feeling great. Singing. This is a new and wonderful period of my life. I will celebrate every day God gives me.
I feel energized, like I can accomplish great things. All those things that I haven't had the energy to complete. I am so blessed.

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Sun March 21 - 0 pounds lost - 1619 calories
Mon March 22 - 1.8 pounds lost - 1767 calories OMAD
Tues March 23 - 5.6 pounds lost - water fast day 0 calories
Wed March 24 - 6.4 pounds lost - 1587 calories OMAD (included cake & ice cream)
Thur March 25 - 1.4 pounds lost - 981 calories OMAD (32 oz cranberry juice)
Fri March 26 - 2.6 pounds lost - 837 calories OMAD (32 oz cranberry juice)
Sat March 27 - 2.8 pounds lost - fast day 0 calories
Sun March 28 - 5.6 pounds lost - lunch and supper today, 1817 calories.
Mon March 29 - 0.8 pound lost - fast day 0 calories
Tues March 30 - 1.6 pounds lost - 2461 calories (pizza day...bad move)
Wed March 31 - 2 pounds gained - 973 calories OMAD
Thurs Apr 1 - 1 pound lost - 2421 calories OMAD (warmed up pizza!)
Fri Apr 2 - 2 pounds gained - 2582 calories - lunch and supper
Sat Apr 3 - 2.8 pounds gained - 2946 calories - breakfast, lunch, supper
Sun Apr 4 Easter - 2.4 pounds gained - 1583 calories - breakfast and lunch
Mon Apr 5 - 4.4 pounds lost - 0 calories - water fast day
Tues Apr 6 - 4 pounds lost - 0 calories - water fast day
Wed Apr 7 - 2.2 pounds lost - water fast till 2PM to make 72 hours total. Then 1713 calories for OMAD after 2PM.
Thurs Apr 8 - 1.8 pounds lost - 833 calories - OMAD

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I have everything I need to do this successfully. God has equipped me with the fruit of the Spirit, that includes self-control.
When I water fast (includes black coffee or tea without additives). I stay strong most of the day, staying focused and easily saying "no, thank you" to anything anyone offers.
Then there comes one moment when I cave or embrace/actively seek what others are eating. This is fine for OMAD. It is not fine for water fast days.
It is good to be able to flex. It is not good to flex every day. I need to be crystal clear in my own mind if this day is a water fast day or OMAD and stick with it. I need the water fast days to keep the weight going down. I need OMAD days for balance. When a water fast day turns into OMAD on a regular basis, I disappoint myself.
I am currently up 1 pound this week from what I weighed last Sunday. Is this what I want for the Lose 25 Pounds in 25 Weeks challenge? No.
Note to self: Do not disappoint yourself.


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Fasting is a gift. Fasting is liberating. It makes me happy. It's been around forever. It works. It's free. It lets our bodies heal and brings good health on so many levels. It is a life-changer.



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I can do this!

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Little minds are tamed and subdued by misfortune; but great mind rise above it.~~Washington Irving
quote shared by IF team member MACRATDOLL

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You are on a fast moving train to success. Some people won't get on with you...You are going anyway.

In my early days on Spark, other members who joined after me would sail past on their way to their goal. On challenges, I would make a great start and then stall out, and be among those left behind. I never reached maintenance. Bogged down with regains. It made me sad.


In the second half of 2019 I found intermittent fasting. That helped with the snacking, especially late night. Shortly after IF I found OMAD. For me, it was a natural combination. It was exciting and so liberating. I feel passionate about this as a lifestyle. Sprinkle in extended fasting (usually 3-day) and alternate fasting.

On a fast moving train to success. Going as fast as I determine, depending on how much effort I want to put into it. Getting healthy is really up to me. It's MY journey, not a team sport. I had it all wrong with the no man left behind idea. Sadness happens when I disappoint myself.

Not everyone is on board. Lot of naysayers out there so it's easier to be quiet. That's too bad because there might be someone out there that needs this kind of help.





Thank goodness for the IF team. Only one reminder that we are not all on the same plan. All are IF. There are as many variations as team members, though some form of low/lower carb seems common. It's good to be able to talk about it with like-minded people.


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youtu.be/GkUBZWIG8Y0

Amanda Rose is the creator of the Eat Like a Bear program. She practices intermittent fasting and one meal a day. She originated the "ridiculously big salad," which is keto.
In a video on the ELAB website, she said 10 pound goals don't spark much motivation. Imagine yourself 10 pounds lighter. When you are big, 10 pounds doesn't mean a lot. Think bigger to kindle the inner fire.

When I think of losing 100 pounds this year, that excites me. That is 8.3 pounds a month or 1.9 pounds a week. To lose 100 pounds, I will have bigger losses per week than someone who only needs a small amount of weight.

On the other hand, because I have a larger amount to lose, it can feel discouraging. Will I ever reach a healthy weight? I've been at Spark 14+ years and weigh more than when I started. That is a discouraging thought that I must turn around and make into a positive. I will celebrate each pound lost, each goal reached...and that includes getting back to my Spark starting weight and blowing right past it.

Amanda Rose talks about staying firm during the time it takes to reach maintenance. It will be worth it. It is really a short period of time in comparison to a lifetime.









* * * * * *

I posted a blog today with a link to this inspiring video by Amanda Rose. This video spoke to me. I may not do the ridiculously big salad every day, but I can do intermittent fasting and sometimes even OMAD. They work for me.

I've been on this journey awhile with some successful periods and some unmotivated periods. When I find something that sparks me, I want to share it with others.Why would I not share this info so others who are seeking can have access to it? I really want to help others. I love when someone shares what inspires them. It might be just what I need to hear.

Not everyone will be excited. It is discouraging when people leave negative comments without listening to what it being said. I just move on when I don't feel I can leave a supportive comment on blogs I read. I do not post many blogs anymore because of the negativity in our culture today. Develop a thicker skin, my dear! You are too sensitive.

We all design a program that works for us. We grow and change over the years. Our programs change as we do.

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cookieandkate.com/29-epic-salad-recipes/
29 Epic Salad Recipes (look hearty and filling). Plus a LOT of salad recipes under the Salad tab.
COOKIE + kate website, Celebrating whole foods

cookieandkate.com/best-frittata-recipe/
Her frittata recipe

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March 1 - down 6 pounds
March 2 - down 3.4 pounds
March 3 - up 0.2 pound


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Sunday - fasting day complete. Down 6 pounds this morning.
When not doing an extended fast, fasting 3 days a week (mostly alternate days).

Everything in moderation when I need to flex, but aiming for ELAB salads for my one-meal-a-day. I have to add more protein to the salad. Two cups of lettuce fills me up, so I may cut back on lettuce to get my calories higher.

Aiming for 1200 calories on non-fast days. I prefer lower carb, but it's hard to get enough calories with a big-salad OMAD meal.

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lifegoalsmag.com/recommitment-ritual/
How I Practice A Weekly Recommitment Ritual For My Goals
Coley Lane Bouschet, Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Life Goals Mag.

...This meeting with yourself is just as important as your meetings with others. I’d argue that it’s even more important. Choose to take this meeting seriously, and keep your commitment to your recommitment practice. ;) It’s a way to show yourself that you take yourself seriously enough to keep this practice sacred....

...it’s time to start writing. I ask myself three questions each week, as it relates to both my personal life and business.

What went well last week?
What didn’t go well?
What would I like to do differently in this week ahead?
Look over your goals
After asking myself the three review questions, I’ll look over my goals and see how I feel about them.

Am I on track to accomplishing them?
What should I be focusing on right now?
Are there any goals that I need to press pause on, while focusing on something more important?
How is my balance lately?

...If looking over your goals isn’t inspiring you, it’s time to take your practice up a level. Create a gratitude list of everything that you love about your life. On the next page, create a self-love list with all the qualities that you love about yourself. Keep going until you’re feeling worthy, and like you’re enough as you are... writing down the things we love about ourselves and the lives we lead, can help us remember how capable we are of accomplishing hard things...

.Next, I brainstorm what I want to accomplish for the week in the different areas of my life. I think about the following things:

Business: How will I approach my business this week?
Fitness: How will I move this week?
Nutrition: What will I eat this week?
Self-care & Mindset: How will I stay grounded and happy this week?
Family, Friends & Partner: How can I show up for the people I love this week?

...I also take the time to be intentional about the week ahead. What do I want to act like?...

Outline what you want to accomplish that week, and put it in your calendar. Figure out how you want to batch and complete your tasks this week. How will you make time for the new tasks that align with your goals? It’s important to fit it into your schedule, in a way that feels doable for you.

Lastly, visualize how you will approach the week ahead. Picture yourself tackling the week like a boss...

This is your recommitment practice, so create a process that leaves you wanting to do it again and again each week.
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Note to self:
Goal: to lose 10 pounds a month and move into maintenance.
January: lost 37.2
February 1-14: gained 13.2

There was a health set back in February. You lived through it. Move on. Go back to what worked the second half of January.





Today is a minefield. My brain has to reset.

This morning my brain shot a dimly-hopeful, quickly-shot-down, thought of eggs for breakfast. I don't eat breakfast because I'm not hungry in the morning (and it works doing intermittent fasting). Why should I even be thinking such a thought?

When I filled my coffee cup this morning, my brain asked if I wanted cookies with that. My sister sent me homemade cookies for valentines day...not the sweet or frosted kind. Two kinds, her versions, cowboy cookies and blondies.
There are still homemade brownies on the counter that someone else made. They don't tempt me. The only temptation is thinking that I need to eat them before they get too old and have to be thrown away.
I'm the cookie person. Sis is allergic to chocolate. RJ lives on carbs but only eats small amounts of food at any time.

RJ has lunch in the crockpot, something with beef. Smells good. How does that fit in with a fasting day? Do I eat a small portion or say "No, thank you"? Once I start eating, the mental floodgates open and my brain wants to continue eating all day.

A divided mind is like a ship without a rudder, tossed to and fro by the waves. It's my plan, designed by me. Do I want to do alternate fasting, OMAD, or some other variation? Make up my mind and do it. Quit this wobbling.

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Keto Baked Beef Empanadas
Saturday, February 13, 2021 SP CHERIE38

Baked beef empanadas are loved by non-vegetarians. These delectable delicacies are excellent to have as a side course as well as a fulfilling snack. The keto baked beef empanadas are a ketogenic version of the classic baked beef empanadas.
Ingredients required

Total Servings – 12

Prep Time – 15 to 20 minutes
Cooking Time – 20 to 25 minutes

Dough:
● 85 grams cream cheese
● 1½ cups mozzarella cheese
● 1¼ cups almond flour
● 1 egg


Filling:
● 454 grams ground beef (tender)
● 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
● 1 teaspoon chili powder
● 1 teaspoon cumin
● 1 teaspoon paprika (smoked)
● 1/2 cup chopped onio● 1/3 cup salsa (of your liking) CARBS?
● 1/4 cup green olives (chopped)

How to Prepare Keto Baked Beef Empanadas
Filling:

1 – Set the oven to 425 0 F.
2 – Place a saucepan over medium-high flame and add olive oil to it. Saute onions in it.
3 – Now, add the ground beef to the saucepan while breaking it to several smaller pieces using a spatula. Add chili powder, cumin, and paprika. Keep cooking until the mixture turns brown.
4 – Add a salsa of your choice and green olives. Set the saucepan aside.

Dough
1 – Mix cream cheese and mozzarella in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave the same for about a minute. Stir thoroughly.
2 – Add egg to the cheese mixture and mix well. Now, add the almond flour and mix again to form a dough.
3 – Prepare a flat dough with ¼-inch of thickness. Carve several circles out of it.

Cooking:

1 – Grease a parchment paper and place the circles on the same.
2 – Equally distribute the beef mixture on one side of the circles. Use the remaining side to fold over. Press lightly on the loose ends to seal. Slightly roll the edges.
3 – Place the empanadas in the oven and bake for about 12 minutes or until they start turning golden-brown.

4 – Remove the baked beef empanadas from the oven and set aside. Serve hot or at normal room temperature.
Note:
● If the dough is too sticky, then:
○ Add a little more of the almond flour, or
○ Put the dough in the refrigerator or freezer for about 15 minutes prior to using,
or
○ Rub your hands with some low-fat oil prior to using the dough.
● Instead of parchment paper, you can also use a cooking sheet or a silicone baking mat.
● Roll all the remaining dough cut-offs to form more circles.

Calories: 152.2

Total Fat: 13.0 g
Cholesterol: 34.3 mg
Sodium: 114.7 mg
Total Carbs: 3.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 1.5 g
Protein: 7.2 g

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mw-SZWapTDI&t=20s
Discover The Secret To Overcoming Obesity Part 1 │Keto Rewind Tool Box │February Monthly Challenge 18.53

www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB8Vj0JwtWs
Discover Your Secret To Overcoming Obesity Part 2 │Keto Rewind Tool Box │Do These Three Things First 22.08

www.youtube.com/watch?v=us0zybyp7Lo
Keto Rewind Tool Box Challenge Part 3 │Discover Your Reasons To Stop Emotional Eating 22.35

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ep0pGdDQA2Y
Keto Rewind Tool Box Challenge FINAL VIDEO │What Do We Do Now? 16.45

www.youtube.com/watch?v=fB8Vj0JwtWs&t=90s
2 YEAR KETO ANNIVERSARY │What I've Learned About My Weight Loss Journey │BEFORE AFTER PICS



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Keto Cauliflower Fritters
Friday, February 12, 2021 SP CHERIE38

Ingredients List

2 (10 oz) bags frozen riced cauliflower, thawed
1 cup (4 oz) shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 cup fine almond flour
1/2 tsp garlic powder
3 large eggs, beaten
4 scallions thinly sliced, white/light parts and green parts, divided
~ sea salt and freshly ground pepper
6 Tbsp olive oil, divided

Instructions

Set a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet. Layer it with paper towel.
Place the riced cauliflower in a clean tea towel or cheesecloth, roll it up, and squeeze and twist to wring out excess moisture.
Transfer the cauliflower to a large bowl. Stir in the cheese, almond flour, garlic powder, eggs, the white and light scallions, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.
In a large skillet over medium heat, heat 4 tablespoons (¼ cup) of the olive oil until shimmering hot. Working in batches, scoop a (¼ cup) pile of the cauliflower mixture into the hot pan. Flatten it with a spatula to form a 3-inch patty. Cook until the bottom is crispy and deep golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes, then carefully flip to cook the other side, 3 to 4 minutes more. Transfer to the prepared rack and sprinkle with salt. Repeat with the remaining cauliflower mixture, adding and heating more olive oil and adjusting the heat during cooking as needed.
Top the fritters with scallion greens and serve.

serves 8

241 Calories20g Fat10g Protein3g Total Carbs2g Fiber
Keto-Mojo

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Roasted Keto Parmesan Brussels Sprouts with Caesar Dip
Friday, February 12, 2021 SP CHERIE38

Ingredients List

1 lb large Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise
4 Tbsp olive oil
3/4 tsp sea salt
~ freshly ground pepper
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
3/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tsp fresh lemon juice
1 tsp anchovy paste
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp Dijon mustard
~ pinch of red pepper flakes (optional)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°F). Set a rack in the middle of the oven. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and place it in the oven while it heats.
In a bowl, toss together the Brussels sprouts, olive oil, salt, and a pinch of black pepper. Arrange the Brussels sprouts on the hot baking sheet in a single layer, cut-side down.
Roast for 15 minutes. Flip the Brussels sprouts and sprinkle with two-thirds of the Parmesan cheese. Continue roasting until the Brussels sprouts are deeply golden, crispy, and tender, 12 to 15 minutes more.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, anchovy paste, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, the remaining Parmesan cheese, and a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Whisk to combine, then scoop the dip into a small serving bowl.
Transfer the Brussels sprouts and surrounding crispy Parmesan bits to a platter. Serve with the Caesar dip.

serves 6
335 Calories33g Fat5g Protein4g Total Carbs1g Fiber

Keto-mojo Recipe


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I woke up feeling so good this morning. Down 4.4 pounds from Day one of fasting.


Healing Activity on Day 2:
Resets the Microbiome
Cellular Autophagy
Rise in Human Growth Hormone
Stem Cells Rise
Resets the DNA
Hormone Optimization Occurs


Day 2 of Water Fast
Major Energy Source: Stored Glycogen and Body Fat/Ketones
For most people this is the most challenging day

Possible symptoms you may experience:
Increased fatigue
Mental lethargy
Mood changes
Tongue changes
Rashes
Feeling cold

You can do this. You are healing.
* * * * * *

Day 2 of 3-day fast. My brain wants to push through to 5-days this time. Day 2 is the hardest, and I'm almost through that today.
Am I up to a 5-day fast? Not sure. I've took a week off from fasting to figure out a health issue. This is probably not the time to push the limit.

The eating days are problematic. Have to switch from OMAD to 2MAD to get enough calories. Increasing calories always gets me into weight gain. Staying low calorie on eating days will slow metabolism and weight loss.

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Two recipes from SP CHERIE38

ZUCCHINI PIZZA BITES

1 zucchini
2-3 tablespoons tomato or pizza sauce (use your favorite!) Look for sugars
1/2 cup mozzarella, grated
4-5 pepperoni (I used a tiny cookie cutter to make minis, but they can be cut into strips or triangles if you don’t have one)
Chopped parsley for garnish

1. Slice zucchini into 1/2-inch rounds. Top with sauce, mozzarella, and pepperoni. Bake at 400 F for ~10 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Garnish with chopped parsley!
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Keto Roasted Cauliflower Cheese

When cooking, frying, or sauteing, use unrefined coconut oil, avocado oil, and even ghee.
makes 4 servings

Ingredients:
1 large cauliflower head cut into florets (about 4 cups of florets)
2 Tbsp olive oil, avocado oil
1 cup unsweetened almond, coconut, or cashew milk
1 Tbsp almond flour
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (I used sharp)
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Accepting the health changes since Jan 30 as the new norm, and moving on.

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People who succeed have momentum. The more they succeed, the more they want to succeed, and the more they find a way to succeed. Similarly, when someone is failing, the tendency is to get on a downward spiral that can even become a self-fulfilling prophecy. - Tony Robbins

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Excellent blog by Sparker JaneWatkins.

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=6733877


DEARLY DEPARTED. She writes with humor and deep undercurrents about end-of-life preparations. She pokes a little fun at our generational use of words that no longer are used (or have a different meaning now), like thongs and sneakers.

I came across her blog about the Prodigal recently and friended her. Excellent writer.

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Timely quotes from my IF team

Focus On Your Goals, Not Your Fear. Focus Like A Laser Beam On Your Goals... Roy T. Bennett

Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.~~Dale Carnegie

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When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.
~ Alexander Graham Bell

SP KendraCarroll posted this quote in a blog. Appropriate for where I am right now.
I have to make a change, and I don't like it. Scary and confusing. I have the winning combination but my body does not like it. I have to get my calories higher on eating days. ELAB is out because a big one-meal salad does not have enough calories. I may have to switch to 2MAD for awhile until I get the calories higher. That makes me sad. I did that yesterday, 1077 calories. Up 0.8 pounds today. I have been working too hard to lose this weight. Finally seeing some progress. It should not take 14 years to do this.
I don't know why my body responds so well to fasting, even 1-day fasts. Most people lose slower than I do. I am not ready to give fasting up, whatever form that takes. I would like to stick to M,W,F fasting - alternate day fasting. If I don't, I think 2MAD will erase all the progress I have made.



See last entry 1/28/21. Her advice ties in with this.
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Progress:
1/30/21 two meals 1077 cal
1/31/21 one meal and one snack 1289 cal
Gained 1.6 pounds.

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www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/erika-lost-
213-pounds/

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned so far?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is patience. In the past, when I didn’t see instant results, I would always give up. This time, I was the tortoise instead of the hare.

What advice would you like to share?
The best advice I have for others who want to lose weight is don’t focus solely on the total amount of weight you want to lose. Start with something small like 1, 2, or 5 pounds. Once you reach that goal, set your next small goal.

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Every one of these people has successfully lost weight. They have created a plan that works for them. What can I learn from this?

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/taryn-lost-
38-pounds/

Taryn - doing Keto. She has a coach.
- 70% fat (coconut oil, avocados, fatty meats, butter, heavy cream, some cheeses, some nuts)
- 25% protien (chicken, beef, fish, eggs, Turkey)
- 5% carbs (veggies)

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/alphonsia-l
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Alponsia - doing Keto. 75% fat, 25% protein, and 5% carbs.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/layshae-los
t-52-pounds/

Layshae - doing Keto. "I have 40 grams of carbs maximum. I also have 40 grams of protein with each meal."

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/jacynda-los
t-130-pounds/

I really loved junk food and fried foods too, but I cut those things out. I don’t eat red meat. Baked or grilled chicken, lots of veggies and a good amount of carbs is an example of what you’ll find on my plate.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/shaun-lost-
67-pounds/

I changed my meal plan up to make sure my body doesn’t get to use to the same thing so I’m able to see continuous results. My body reacts well to a low carb and high protein meal plan. I eat every three hours to keep my metabolism as it should be.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/doral-lost-
104-pounds/

I only ate lean protein, green vegetables and lots of fruits. I also drank lots of water. I had take all sugary drinks out of my diet. (Soda, fruit juice and anything with high fructose corn syrup). I do not eat starchy carbs on a regular basis because they put weight on me immediately.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/riana-lost-
80-pounds/

A friend on mine came to me with some ideas about healthy foods that I love to eat, to help me jumpstart to my healthy eating transition. My favorite food is seafood, so I started pairing that with vegetables only. I still had the satisfaction of having food that I loved, just in a healthier way. From there, everything clicked. I did not feel like I was starving myself. I mostly follow the KETO diet, eating lots of protein and veggies. My beverages would be black coffee, water or green tea.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/busola-lost
-82-pounds/

For the most part, I cut out junk foods. I stopped eating out as much and cooked all of my meals. At the beginning of my journey, I was just counting calories and reducing my portions. As time went by, I’ve transitioned into a Low Carb/Ketogenic diet. I don’t eat rice, pasta, potatoes, bread, etc…
I believed I could actually do this is when I started seeing results

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/sakeena-los
t-62-pounds/

I simple cut out all processed foods, junk foods and fast foods. I ate a low carb diet instead, with veggies, chicken, fish and low sodium seasoning. I drank lots of water and let go of all the alcohol and wine.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/shamika-los
t-83-pounds/

I cut down on carbs and started eating a lot more fruits and vegetables. Three months into this new, healthy lifestyle, I’ve cut out red meat and pork. That was the best decision I’ve ever made! I made sure that I got 7-9 water bottles down a day. The weight has just been falling off.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/rotessa-los
t-55-pounds/

The second thing I did was educate myself about healthy food in general and the foods that could help you lose weight. YouTube became my best friend. I began eating more vegetables, salads, lean meat, fish (grilled or baked) and green smoothies. I searched recipes so I wouldn’t get bored with eating the same foods. I did meal prepping in the beginning, until I was more disciplined.

I got rid of unhealthy snacks and replaced them with healthier choices. I eliminated sodas and sugary drinks, sticking with water (with lemon) and green tea instead. I eliminated fried foods, sugar and carbs. After about a month, I added carbs in every few days (carb cycling). I don’t have cheat days. If there is something I want to enjoy and it’s that not healthy, I just eat the portion size and I don’t over indulge or eat that way everyday.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/akia-lost-6
4-pounds/

She cut out soft drinks, junk food, bread and pasta. She had a cut off time each day for eatings, which was 7:00 pm. She also counted her calories daily on My Fitness Pal (goal: 1,880 calories).

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/eyezs-went-
from-a-size-18-to-a-size-12/

I eliminated fast food, red meat, pasta (Omg, this was extremely difficult), pork, white bread and brown skin potatos. I also cut sodas out completely. I started adding more veggies, fruit and ate lamb to replace red meat.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/mahlet-lost
-114-pounds/

I had fruits and veggies for breakfast and dinner. I treated myself with Lean Cuisine for lunch. I also drink a lot of hot water mixed with lemon throughout the day. I was a challenging diet, but once my body got used to it, most of my cravings stopped.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/dorothy-los
t-109-pounds/

63 year old Dorothy
What I eat: I eat lots of veggies and fruit (Heavy on the vegetables, moderate on the fruits). When I have a meal, it consists of grilled or baked chicken or fish, a green salad, baked yam, string beans, etc. I love bread and potatoes, but I only eat them once a week so I don’t feel deprived. I also try to drink at least 75 ounces of water per day.

I have oatmeal 2 times per week with brown sugar, butter and cream.
I drink a green smoothie/meal replacement smoothie twice a day, which consists of: spinach, pineapple, papaya, banana, protein powder and coconut oil.
Snack foods are a must for me. I cut up cucumbers and apples. Then, I put apple cider vinegar and maybe a little salt on the slices. It’s very good and satisfying. I also have cherry tomatoes with apple cider vinegar and tumeric powder.
I love Coca-Cola and will have one every now and then, but not often.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/tiffany-los
t-86-pounds/

I started making small changes in portion sizes, but not denying myself of the good stuff on occasions. I cut out the sodas cold turkey and cut back on the sweets. My meals consisted of a protein and lots of veggies.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/cee-lost-41
-pounds/

Portion control has been key to my success. In fact, I didn’t have to make radical alterations to my diet. I make sure I eat breakfast, and I eat more plant based foods, whole grains and lean meats. I also drink more water — lots of it – as well as cutting back on sugar. I still have occasional sweets, nothing too rigid.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/dayjelle-lo
st-94-pounds/

I ate a high protein and complex carb diet that included healthy and whole fats, like coconut oil, almonds, walnuts, and eggs.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/crystal-los
t-66-pounds/

I committed to being vegetarian for 8 weeks and never went back to eating meat. I also monitor my carb and calorie intake using apps, like My Fitness Pal. I allowed My Fitness Pal to set my caloric intake, but I try to stay between 1200-1400 calories/day. I cut back on alcohol and junk food, especially chips and cookies. I didn’t eat them unless I made them myself (sweet potato chips or low carb cookies).

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/alice-lost-
80-pounds/

I have decreased my carb intake to under 100 carbs per day. I drink up to 125 oz of water per day (half my body weight in oz) and eat an abundance of vegetables. I also have grapefruit with every meal. I may eat some sort of “fast food” occasionally, but only things like Asian cuisine, chicken salad at Subway or something from the healthy menu at a restaurant. Most importantly, I seek God constantly to help me appreciate who I am, inside and out.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/jul-lost-47
-pounds/

I stopped eating bread, white rice, fried plantain, chips,…etc and I eat 3 hours before bedtime. I made healthy food choices like beans, avocados, greens, more fruits, grapefruit, almonds, and more water intake.
I stayed away from fast food and starchy food (Pizza, McDonald’s, rice, etc). I increased my protein shakes.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/taneal-lost
-62-pounds/

Eating habits: I had stopped eating after 7 o’clock p.m. I began eating breakfast everyday. I eat clean and make sure that I drink lots of water.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/malecia-los
t-47-pounds/

I received information from a nutritionist on healthy eating, making lifestyle changes and learned about the right foods to eat to boost my energy. I immediately cut out sodas, bread, pasta and made sure that I ate 6 small meals a day. Four of those meals included a full serving of fruits and/or vegetables.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/chantel-los
t-69-pounds/

I stopped eating processed foods and foods that contained a lot of sugar! I started meal prepping and eating more fruits and veggies, more protein and complex carbs such as sweet potatoes and brown rice. I eat chicken breast, egg whites, ground turkey and lots of fish! I do not eat red meat or pork, but that’s only by choice. I grill, bake or broil all my meats. I allow myself one to two cheat meals a week.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/rebecca-los
t-55-pounds/

I cut out fried foods and started drinking more water and tea. I slowly cut back on snacks,and sweets. I would watch what I ate, meaning portion control. Then I started adding more greens, veggies and fruit to my diet and less rice and pasta. My family is Haitian so we eat rice for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and I love it. I now eat it once a week, maybe twice. I was never a fan of soda or sugary drinks. The biggest help was packing my lunch for work. There is no reason to eat fast food or junk if you packed something you like. Later on, I started drinking protein shakes and adding a variety of fruits to my diet. I love kale, so I eat a lot of that. Protein shakes were hard to drink at first but I started adding fruit to make them taste better. I limit my carbs, which means no carbs after 6 pm. I make fruit smoothies for snacks and drink green tea twice a day.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/angela-lost
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I ate lean meats, fresh fruits, vegetables and complex carbohydrates. I cut out all sugary drinks, juices, fast food, and late night snacking. Now, I meal prep every week to keep myself on track.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/quita-lost-
99-pounds/

...made better food choices, like cutting back on red meat, only drinking water and eating more vegetables. I also stopped fried foods and began only eating chicken and fish. Now, I still only drink water.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/winter-lost
-65-pounds/

I eat a lot of vegetarian dishes and prepare lower calorie meals that include lots of chicken and fish. Examples: chick pea patties, grilled chicken with spinach and eggplant parmesan. I replaced the pastas that I love with spaghetti squash or use my Veggetti to spiral slice zucchini. I have turkey burgers wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun. Also, I only drink water and I use greek yogurt to cure my sweet tooth.

www.blackweightlosssuccess.com/katrina-los
t-73-pounds/

I stopped eating all process foods and started following the Paleo Diet. I also stopped eating junk food and fast food, as well as drinking soda or fruit juices. I replaced them with whole foods; such as, fruits, vegetables, lots of green smoothies and lean meats (chicken, turkey, and fish).

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This is a very special entry. I have reached a major milestone goal. I have not weighed this since 2010.
In Dec 2019 I came within 12 pounds of that goal. 2020 was wobbly. Today, 28 January, 2021, I broke that goal.
Now I will have to be diligent if I do not want to bounce up and down around that number again. Not big regains but those normal little bounces that occur as our body settles.
Next goal is 20.6 pounds away. That is my 2006 Spark starting weight. I will make that before my birthday in April.



Said no to asiago cheese bagels and paczki today. Yes, I could have them in moderation. Timing is wrong. I am on a roll.

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How to remove recipe from my collection:
When you click "Edit This Collection", you should see a link for "Remove Recipe From Collection" in red just below the name of each recipe. Click that link and then OK on the confirmation message.


Access to the Planner
The old planner /journal page was unlinked from the site, but you can still access it by going to this page, which you may want to bookmark to have easy access to it:
There is a link on that page to view all journal entries; they will not display in the Summary Calendar on the Reports page.
sparkpeople.com/myspark/planner.asp

Pookie shared this about finding the planner.
In the MY TRACKERS drop down
Go to REPORTS
There are lots of different reports there, including "My SparkSummary Calendar"
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For help
Click the "Help" link in the upper right of most pages on our site. There is a button there for "Tutorial Videos", which cover some of the highlights (tracking, SparkPage, etc.). They can also search for anything else on that page to access our FAQs.


To leave a group
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Spark Motivator of the Day
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This takes you directly to that page:
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www.lifehack.org/863045/self-sabotaging
8 Ways to Change Your Self-Sabotaging Behaviors
Kathryn Sandford 12/1/20

“Stop standing in your own way. Stop making excuses. Stop talking about why you can’t. Stop sabotaging yourself. Decide what direction you are going in and take action. One decision at a time, one moment at a time.” – Akiroq Brost

Are You Self-Sabotaging?...
1. Procrastination
If you are setting goals, working on projects, and not achieving anything – in fact, if you are doing lots of thinking but taking no action – then you are definitely procrastinating. In this case, self-sabotaging thoughts could definitely be ruling your life....

2. The Inner Critic
...If you are constantly criticizing yourself and your self-talk is always negative, then self sabotage is in control of your life.

3. Perfectionism
Perfectionism is a very subtle self-sabotaging behavior because you can always rationalize why you should listen to that voice in your head...
Perfectionism stops you from moving forward and closes you down to any opportunities that will take you out of your comfort zone....

How to Stop Self-Sabotaging

“You can’t imagine just how much believing in negative thoughts is affecting your life…until you stop.” – Charles F. Glassman

...We all have one gift that can help us take control of our lives for the better. This gift is our power of choice.

1. Understand Self Sabotage
..the root of the problem is often low self-worth...

2. Use Strategies to Help You Manage Avoidance and Procrastination
...make a to-do list that outlines every step involved in achieving the project outcomes...or, have a daily to-do list that prioritizes the tasks and activities that must be achieved at the end of the day. Make sure that you have no more than 3 tasks that are a top priority and must be done.

3. Find Your Inner Positive Voice
...The best way to manage your inner critic and the fear that comes with it is by not engaging in what it is saying. Meditation, mindfulness, exercise, celebrating success, keeping a gratitude journal, and helping others are examples of how you can build your inner voice to where it has a positive influence on your life...

4. Change Your Patterns of Behavior
Everything you achieve is a direct result of your actions. Learn how to control your negative habits and your fear of failure will diminish. Take control your achievements and focus on those behaviors that will reduce your stress over time....Recognize that your negative actions and behaviors come from a place of low self-worth. Understand your limitations and look for opportunities where you focus on self-improvement..

5. Make Small, Meaningful Changes
...real change happens one step at a time....ask yourself, “How can I improve this by one percent?” rather than asking, “How can I eliminate this self-sabotaging habit?”

6. Set Goals and Plans
...Having set goals and plans in life gives you clarity and focus and as a result, helps you to stay on track....

7. Surround Yourself with Positive People
...we tend to inadvertently surround ourselves with people who are in the same predicament... – they will suck your energy...
...surround yourself with people who are living the kind of life you desire...

8. Practice Self Acceptance and Self Care
Making changes in your life requires time and energy. You can’t ask yourself to make big changes if your energy levels are depleted.
Find ways for you to replenish your energy levels so that you are able to make those changes you need to commit to your journey of change....consistent activity brings positive energy into your life, and with this energy, you will find that your self-belief and self-worth will flourish...

“The most dangerous way we sabotage ourselves is by waiting for the perfect moment to begin. Nothing works perfectly the first time, or the first fifty times. Everything has a learning curve. Learn to learn, learn to fail, learn to learn from failing. And begin today. Begin now. Stop waiting.” – Vironka Tugaleva.

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6 WAYS TO STOP FEELING DISAPPOINTED IN YOURSELF, by Michael Bonnell 5/3/2019

...what I have learned over the last year is that it’s okay to be different. I mean, everybody has their differences, and it is those differences that make life exciting and worth living. The people who I used to think of as being “normal” have differences as well, just in their own different ways. And while you may not believe it, being different is your greatest superpower.

1. Know that you are enough just the way you are.
You were born the way you were for a reason. You weren’t born just to fit in and live an average life, you were born to make the most out of every opportunity that life throws at you...

2. Quit trying to be perfect.
No matter how skilled you might be at something, you will never be perfect... So instead of trying to be perfect, focus on being the best that you can be. Use every obstacle that stands in your way as an opportunity to challenge yourself and improve on who you are as a person.

3. Realize all that you have already overcome.
...Collectively, all of the obstacles that we have encountered and overcome in life outweigh any one obstacle that we are going to face in the future.
What does this mean? It means that if we have had the strength to overcome the obstacles that we have already faced, then there isn’t anything that we can’t overcome. It means that we are strong and that we can achieve anything that we set our minds to.

4. Focus on controlling what you can control: yourself.
You can't control what others think...If you can’t control something, then don’t worry about it. Instead, focus solely on the things that you can control. Focus on loving yourself for the beautiful person that you are, focus on working as hard as you can, and focus on loving every minute of your life because you will never get that minute back.

5. Take risks on yourself.
If you want something that you don’t have, then you need to do something that you haven’t done. This means that you need to be willing to break out of your comfort zone and try new things...
Learning to take risks on yourself is scary at first, but you have to realize that it is the only way you will ever grow from who you are now into the person that you want to become.
Plus, life is meant to be exciting and full of memories. If you don’t take a chance on yourself, then you won’t be able to create either. The worst thing that can happen is that you make a mistake. When you make a mistake, learn from it, get right back up, and go at it again.

6. Mind over matter.
...Simply put, if you want to stop feeling disappointed in yourself, then you first need to change your mindset. Quit beating yourself up for every small mistake that you make.
Instead, learn to encourage yourself, tell yourself that you can and will achieve whatever it is that you put your mind to, and stay positive...

...Let go of the past, focus on the present, and embrace all that is to come in the future. Life is too short to not love the gifts that surround you, so be grateful for what you have, and never give up on the things that you desire.

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