Sunday, December 7, 2014

Do You Want To Lose Weight - Will You Listen?

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The last few weeks I've heard so many people talk about losing weight and trying to get into shape that I tended to clam up and not say anything.  Why?  Because what I heard from most equaled defeat not a life long change, which is what it takes to get to your goal and to maintain it.

I've been doing this a long, long time and know enough that its a continual mental process of change that I must go through to succeed.

Our bodies change on a regular basis and we must stop and try different combinations of things to keep it burning and for me maintaining.

I must continue to stay motivated and in part of doing that is why I daily go to the Nutrisystem Community to read others successes, struggles and triumphs.  Also, I regularly continue in being honest with myself where I am at today and make adjustments as needed.

Looking back on where I came from is huge for me.  Its like I don't even know that person anymore.  I have been at goal for over 6 years and pretty healthy for a Type 1 diabetic.

Take a good hard look at why you're here and what you think its going to take to be successful.  It isn't a short effort, its a lifelong effort and its best you keep that in mind now as you approach goal. 

Going back to the overweight Sheri and very, very sick one was and is not an option for me.  I do whatever it takes to stay on top of my weight and health daily, what about you?  Are you willing to do what it takes?



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Thursday, November 27, 2014

No Regrets - What Choice is Right For You?




Thanksgiving can be very intimidating for those that are "watching their weight". 

We can approach it on the really strict side, you won't eat anything that isn't on your plan or you can approach it in a relax mode plan ahead make the choices you want to have and then hold yourself accountable.  

Before making it to goal, while I was losing I didn't go off my plan.  I stuck to what I was suppose to eat.  No regrets at all I was thrilled to see the scale come down that week!  However, once I made it to goal (back in December 2008) I have made choices each Thanksgiving Day.  I don't eat what I really do not want, I will choose specific foods that I rarely get to eat throughout the year like my Mom's stuffing or her homemade Pumpkin Pie.  Yum! 

Remember today isn't all about the delicious food, but about the family you're spending time with and the memories you are gathering in your heart.  Life is short, focus on what is most important.

No regrets - make your choice and then live with your choice.   

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 




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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Calm Down, Breath and Relax...

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On Saturday going to my massage appointment, I was on the interstate not for very long really maybe 15 minutes and as I approached my exit.  I saw a line of cars backed to the highway!   

I thought what on earth is going on down there?  Well as I sat frustrated and nothing to do I started looking for food something to chew on, something to take my mind of this frustration.....and I stopped and looked up and heard myself say "Sheri, calm down, breath and relax".  I took a deep breath in and exhaled out the need to eat was gone.  

I thanked the Lord for pulling me back to focus.  I believe all good things come from Him and that was good.  He taught me something there that I need to remember for the next time.

Over the last 6 weeks of my Made to Crave Online bible study, I found out when satan launches his attacks of sugar temptations.  It is when its not focused on something.  Seriously, that is when it happens just like sitting in the traffic on my way to my appointment.  

I cannot just sit and watch TV for more than an hour without this war starting in my head.  So, I have counteracted how to fight it, read.  Simple as that right, well yes and no.  


The Lord says there is always a way out in 1 Corinthians 10:23 "No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. “

If my way out is by reading, then I have to really get involved in my reading and folks sometimes after a long day at work I really don't want to read.  I am a computer programmer, so technically I am reading words all day.  I build programs with them for pete sake.   

I love all of Lysa Terkeurst books, so I bought on my Kindle her newer book "Unglued".  I will read this book in the evenings and see if that holds my attention.

Until next time....

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Reflections on my 5 years of Maintaining My Weight-Loss



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Me - July 2013 / Nutrisystem Anniversary join date of July 2008

Today I am reflecting back on some of my older blog posts that I wrote and re-reading them.  Wow, I have come far!  I am like a new person really.  I use to have to work so hard to stay strong, to focus daily on what I am eating and how much I worked out.  Now eating healthy and exercise is a part of my life and its not hard at all!  

Yes, yes, some days can be harder than others, but I am getting to that part.  :)

It has taken me 5 years of maintenance to finally get to this point in my life, it has not happened overnight.  I also believe that without those struggles and all those positive things that I did over and over again in the past were my foundation to getting here.

Today, my struggle is not keeping my weight off, but I struggle with cravings.  However, I am attacking it more on a spiritual front than a physical front.  How you ask?  Studying as much as I can, receiving daily devotions from Proverbs 31 Ministries and joining the Made to Crave Online bible class.

Made To Crave by Lysa Terkeurst

Matthew 6:25-26
Do Not Worry
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Lysa Terkeurst over at M2C Week 3 said these words and it hit me with so much truth she said “when I am not making choices to live in peace; I am worried about it” So you see, I want to live in peace and through God I am able to do so.

God built in us the cravings we have, but it was designed to “crave Him”, not food, not alcohol, not smoking and not drugs.  


This isn’t a bad thing, we just have to turn it toward His purpose!  Pray ask for strength, ask for self-control its truly made me stronger mentally and by doing so made me a better Christian woman ... the verse that stands out is 2 Peter 1:5-9.

Starting at verse 5: 
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
There isn't anything more unproductive when I eat something that I think will sustain me like a Chocolate Poptart knowing it won't, then feeling guilty over it and then go eat some more! That is just insane, seriously I hate getting caught up in that craziness.  

I knew re-reading Made To Crave would be a positive thing in my life to get me the answer that (I already knew, but had to hear it again).  


I just want to thank you Lysa and the ladies over at Proverbs 31 OBS for working so hard daily and for sharing the Word of God as you know how.


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Sunday, January 19, 2014

Finding My Source for Cravings




Today begins the Online Bible study with the ladies over at Proverbs 31.  I signed up to re-read the book "Made To Crave" by Lysa Terkeurst because my cravings are so severe.  I have to find an answer to why my craving is so strikingly potent at times.  

As I started re-reading Made To Crave, I started highlighting all the same thoughts and familiarities Lysa and I have when it comes to food.  Its amazing how much other women who have this same disease as I can relate to one another.  I imagine its like that with any addiction, such as alcohol, smoking and a lot more dangerous things out there.  

People shouldn't take it lightly when a person says they are addicted to food.  Just look around at all the diseases that can take form when a person is overweight and eats the wrong things.  Its not something to joke or laugh at!  You should want to support that person, to help that person get better and to know there is a way out of the nightmare.

I found the way out thanks to God and His guidance to #Nutrisystem and also to the strength of my inner being to get better!  I have been maintaining my weight loss for almost 5 years now.  Obviously, I still struggle or I wouldn't be re-reading this book the second year in a row.

Part of the first Chapter we have "Personal Reflections" at the end of the chapter.  Usually I skip over those, but I think I would like to try to answer these questions and to see if I uncover any knowledge about myself I do not already know.

My goal in life is to be happy and to be the best Christian I know how to be, but to achieve this I must learn what and why I have such dark thoughts on this drug called food.  I do believe Satan has a lot to do with it just like he did with Eve in the Garden of Eden.  


Genesis Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”
“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.
Think about it.....Until next time.......

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Monday, March 18, 2013

How often should you eat?


Skipping meals might sound like an easy way to lose weight. But it rarely works because your body outsmarts your plan. ~ Linda Spangle 100 Days to Weight Loss

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I don't know how many times I tried starving myself to lose weight just to find out it backfired. The way it usually worked was I would skip breakfast and lunch and find myself starving at dinner and I would eat none stop junk for the rest of the night.

Not only did I consume more calories than if I would have eaten my breakfast and lunch it was all useless calories.
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Linda Spangle in this chapter teaches how important it is to eat frequently small meals and I 100% agree with her. I know #Nutrisystem teaches this too and as you know that is the tool I used to lose weight. I try to eat every 3 hours and everything I eat has nutrients, vitamins and great source of fiber nothing like the crap I use to eat. I apologize to my body often how I use to treat it. God gave me a perfect tool to live on this earth for however long that might be and I took advantage of that gift. NOT ANY MORE!

Its been 4 ½ years since I ate that way, and I love my life now. Eating such good food on a daily basis makes me feel good mentally and physically.

“Whenever you go long periods without fuel, your body protects itself by hoarding some of the calories for later use.”

“When you undereat during the day, your body believes it may not get enough food, so it conserves what does come in.”

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If you think your doing yourself justice by starving your body and eating a larger meal at night, your wrong. Linda insists our bodies will store those calories that we then do eat rather than burn them. I am not a scientist, but I do believe in what she is saying.

Eating a little bit every 3 to 4 hours is easy, once you get use to it you develop a pattern. You can do this, give yourself the love that you deserve and take care of your body while you have it.   


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Monday, March 11, 2013

Fuel or Filler?



“Don't ask your body to run on junk” Linda Spangler 100 Days to Weight-loss

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Have you ever gone on a long trip and forgot to fill up your car with fuel along the way? Have you left your gas cards, cash or credit card at home knowing you'll need one of them to fuel the tank? I doubt it. Why do you think you plan and organize your trip before your trip? Because you want to be prepared, and not run out of gas and be stuck somewhere right?

Well Linda Spangle teaches this same thing here in Day 12 Fuel or Filler chapter, but for our bodies. We should plan ahead for all things including lunches out, flying on an airplane, going to work etc.

I take with me every day to work a Fuel source snack to eat at 10AM. It doesn't matter if I am in a meeting or at my desk, usually by 10AM my body is feeling hungry and its time to put some fuel in it. My snack is based off Nutrisystem stats that I learned during the program. It must contain over 4g of Protein and the calorie range is 80 – 120 calories. They also teach to eat a afternoon snack as well, some days I do not eat it because I am just not hungry.

Here are a few snack goodies I eat, I do not go beyond them usually. What works for me might not work for you.
Kashi Trail Mix bar has 10 calories higher than Nutrisystem 120, but I am okay with it because it works for me.

By eating fuel foods every day, has allowed me to keep my weight off and its also leveled out my blood sugar! I have heard numerous times from my Endocrinologist that he wished all his diabetic patients were as committed as I was to their health.

I guess they haven't lost the ability of their feet like I have yet, or what it feels like to live with chronic constipation because of the Autonomic Neuropathy, which by eating right I have overcome that obstacle as well (on most days).

Most people wait until disease strikes before getting committed to themselves. I sure wish I wouldn't have waited.



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Monday, March 4, 2013

Self-Talk Make It Positive


"To increase your success with this program, skyrocket your self-talk and create a strong belief you can do this." ~ Linda Spangle 100 Days of Weightloss.

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One thing I have learned over 4 1/2 years on my weight loss journey is the importance of PMA (Positive Mental Attitude).  

Surprisingly after losing my initial 52 pounds I struggled living inside the new me.  I didn't understand all the emotions that I was going through.  I felt I was still fat when the mirror said I was thin as well as others.  I went through these strange emotions that needed worked out, and to work it out is to get rid of the negative self-talk.

Linda Spangle teaches here to "become your own cheerleader."  She is right!  Once you lose your weight and you become the thin person it will be normal to others.  You will no longer get the praise and encouragement that you once got during your weight loss.  DON'T let that get you down!  

You didn't lose your weight for those people, ask yourself why did I lose my weight or why do I want to lose weight?

Write your answers down and put them up on your refrigerator, so when you do get discouraged you can review them. 

This journey makes you have to dig deep inside yourself.  You have to be willing to find the answers that will help you.  Let others who have done it inspire you.  Take notes, ask questions that is another thing about #Nutrisystem I love.  We have an arsenal of SUCCESSFUL losers in the Community no matter what stage you might be in there is someone always there to help.



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