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12/7/11 11:46 P

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Sharon, let me know if I can help!

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Sharon maybe you should keep coming in here, we can help you with Whatever it is you are struggling with.
I know that lately, I have been really down and I also know that when i am like that, this is the place that builds me back up.
We can do that for you too.


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i'm still REALLY struggling. but not with cycle 1. best explanation for that is i need one thing to do that is positive and health oriented when i can't seem to see or think clearly.

so, i am not showing up much here or in my life. isolating and just bare knuckling it.

but, as i said... i am adhering to cycle 1. so at least i have that.



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2018 ended at 205. Rejoined BLC round 39. 1/9/19 203.8 round 40 201.2 rd 41 198.2 rd42 209.4 4/1/2020 199.6 5/6/20 201.6 Round 43 187.8 round 44 9/2/20 183.8 r45 1/6/21 176.4 LEVEL 20 - FBI Director R46 5/5/21 180.8 LEVEL9 – FBI Secret Agent
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12/6/11 1:15 P

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If you had one bad day, I would refocus and finish the cycle as cleanly as possible. Don't restart (unless it was your day 1 or 2 or 3 in C1). Being on a cycle like C1 for too long can make you really bored and more apt to have a little something here and there. Plus your body needs to keep adapting to new ways of eating. that is why there are cycles - to shake things up!

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Unless one off day leads to another, and another, and another ... emoticon

Edited by: GABBY308 at: 12/6/2011 (12:37)

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Don't start over, Just pick up where you left off.

To dare is to lose one's footing temporarily, Not to dare is to lose oneself. -Kierkegaard



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12/6/11 6:31 A

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You all have such great tips! I had an AWFUL day yesterday. I started off perfectly - then went to lunch with an old friend - went to mexican - and 2 baskets of chips and a taco salad later - well you get the drift. Then went to a fancy holiday party - had 2 beers and a wine and a few snackies. OK - confession done :)

I just wrote a blog yesterday about how I was going to control myself. AHH! OK Erica - new start today - don't beat yourself up. This morning - water with lemon - watch fatloser.com - go to work - healthy lunch - come home and WORK OUT OUT. Doesn't sound so hard.

Love these boards - I am not going alone this time. 5 pounds done - I'd like it be 10 when the 17 days are over.

That brings me to a questions - when you have an off day - do you restart the 17 days?

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12/5/11 1:43 P

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A book you may want to read is Intuitive Eating by Evelyn Tribole M.S., R.D.

It teaches you how to make peace with yourself and food. Also how to not feel guilt when you do eat one of your favorites.



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emoticon Sharon is looking for company on C1 and started a topic under General Discussions. Here's the link:
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Thank you for the welcome back. I thought about what you said Gabby and talked to dh about it. I/we decided if I wait until after the holidays (and the perfect time when we won't have temptations) it will never happen. I agree that I have (at this moment) only 2 events in the first 17 days and one of those will be at a restaurant where I can order a salad with chicken.

I do need to reread the book again. I will do that this week. But I started today. I am going to follow the menus that are in the book. This will take away the decisions. I need to not make decisions for the next two weeks.

I don't think I can lose 5% in the next 4 weeks but I will try. Here is to a new start!

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12/4/11 12:18 P

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Hi, Tova and welcome back!
Sounds like you need to be your own CEO......i.e., if you were the CEO of a company, you wouldn't let your employees take time off willy nilly or steal the company supplies........

So - if you apply that to yourself......you'll end up with a schedule that you contract to - and - you don't steal the company supplies......big grin!

Have you watched fatlosers.com? One of the things Steve says in that seminar is that 99% compliance doesn't work in our situation anymore than it works for faithfulness in a marriage. I thought that was a good analogy......

I know holidays are tough - but - my thought is that today is December 4.....you still have 17 days to get thru C1 and detox before the heavy partying happens between Xmas and New Year's.

So my thought is that if you start working on this again now, you probably won't even want that ''other stuff' when faced with it over the holidays themselves.

Welcome back!! Here's to ya!!! You can do this!! Stay close - these boards make all the difference in the make-it-or-break-it world of ours. It's very tough to make life changes in isolation!!!


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12/4/11 10:32 A

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Welcome back Tova! I'm not sure that I would start with C1 now. I hate to suggest waiting until Jan 2nd but in your case that's what I would do. Why don't you read the entire book again as PNM suggested and start practicing with the cycles you couldn't do before. If you cut out all processed foods and artificial sweetners, eat the two fruits, two starches before 2pm and have your two probiotics you should still be able to keep weight off. Then you will be more confidant that you can continue after C1 which you already know that you can do.
If your cravings are out of control just do C1 for 5 -7 days.

I know that this is contrary to everything we preach but only doing C1 2x because you lost control in C2 and then gaining weight back is not good. Yoyo dieting wreaks havoc with your body and can cause serious medical problems. I'm afraid that since you already mentioned all the holiday functions coming up you will be setting yourself up to fail. C3 is doable while attending parties. Drink white wine spritzers instead of cocktails at parties because alcohol lowers inhibitions and leads to overeating. You can practice avoiding things with wheat and filling up on vegetables.


If you practice, you'll have a good jump on successfully completing all 3 cycles. emoticon


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12/4/11 7:52 A

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It sounds like it's been awhile since you did this so probably a good idea to start over with c1 but before you do, please read the book from cover to cover. It will help you to have an overall understanding of the diet and clue you in on tricks and ideas that you won't find in the first couple of chapters. It's great that you are willing to give it another go. My advice is to stop beating yourself up. You were successful the first time around and you will be again. It sounds like you need to plan carefully ahead of time for the c1/c2 switch. Have all of your meals planned ahead of time and pack a little bag full of healthy snacks to get you through the hard moments. I pack an apple, carrot and a couple of celery sticks every morning to carry around with me when I head into town or meet with a friend. It's easier to stay "on" when you prepare.
Holidays can be hard but remember the three bite rule when you socialize. I'm not planning on breaking my diet through the holidays. If I do, then I do , but my plan is to stay focused on the plan. I figure I have the rest of my life to indulge in the holiday orgy eatfest. Right now I'm putting my health and well being first for a change. I'm cooking the Christmas meal so there will be abundant choices for me to choose from even though I will be on cycle 1 at that time. Yummy salad, turkey, green beans and for dessert yogurt with pumpkin pie spice.


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I joined this group so long ago! I did c1 (twice) and did well. But when I went to c2, failed. Epic fail. Then it all went away. I am ready to get back at it. What I am doing now isn't working. Since March or so, I have regained 20 pounds. Not good.

But I don't know where to start. I have the book. I guess I need to just follow the meal plans in the book. But I am worried about family get togethers and holiday parties. I seem to have a hard time saying no! I am worried about failing again.

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12/2/11 11:35 P

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17 minutes is the minimum. I've exercised a lot more form the beginning and I'm very happy with the results but I know lots of people who only do the 17 minutes and do fine and a few who don't exercise at all and do fine. You will have to figure out what works best for you with the minimum of 17 minutes twice a day.

If you follow the book, cycle one can seem to have not enough calories. Make sure that you eat loads of veggies with your eggs and throughout the day. Get your food ready ahead of time and you shouldn't have any problems. I always have soup in the freezer as well as some of the other recipes.

Welcome to the team!

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12/2/11 11:06 P

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I am about to really start the 17 day diet tomorrow. I've been "readying" myself for C1. Anyway question I can't seem to get answered is concerning the 17 minute exercise a day thing. I like to exercise more in one day. Should I alter C1 at all? I hear that you can gain weight if you don't eat enough.

Please let me know! Thank You.

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12/2/11 7:09 P

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Kathy, I think the outlook you have on this is a good one. Eat on C1 during the week and enjoy your weekends. I plan on doing the same thing, because there are a few events coming up that I too would like to enjoy. Funny though, I tend not to overdo when I plan these c4 weekends lol.
You can do this. You will be fine.

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12/2/11 5:31 P

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I've definitely been struggling to get back on cycle 1. I think it's because there are several things planned that, while I could modify them to work with cycle 1, I don't really want to. I want to enjoy these events. My husband and I are not very social and the only parties we go to are usually 2 in December and 1 in January. Our anniversary is also in December So I want to go to these and have a few drinks. I've been resisting starting cycle 1 because I keep thinking "I don't have 17 days before this event so why bother".

What I've come up with is to take a cycle 4 approach. I'll do cycle 1 most of the week, and let myself enjoy the events that are planned for this month and the one in January. It doesn't have to be all or nothing. I realize I likely won't lose much this way, but I shouldn't gain either which I did do last week. I have to remind myself the goal is progress, not perfection.

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12/2/11 5:16 P

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i am struggling a bit less. having some food handy is sooooo helpful. and i am now cooking cod for the first time in my life (also, i don't think i have ever eaten cod). this is first day of cycle 1- round 3 for me.

took the puppy for training class. the class was small so we actually got to try a little bit of agility training.

again, having this board and especially this topic right now... is a huge blessing.

@Gabby and others who are "away" for the weekend, i wish you some needed time for self and replenishing of energy and/or whatever you might need.

i am actually figuring to be on here more than normal. i thought i was going away or planning meetups, but with such a lousy mood week, i am just hanging on my own with my puppy and his older brother the talking parrot. (who now makes puppy sounds)

be well, all.



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12/2/11 12:00 P

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Feeling a little better with an artificial "high". I forgot shopping can have that effect on me. Hopefully it will keep me on track for a couple weeks!

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Just wanted to add that "Struggling" is a very apt description for my week, too! I, of course, overdid at Thanksgiving and was back up half of what I've lost (4 out of 8 lbs). I did fine getting back on track after Thanksgiving and have seen that 4 pounds slowing slinking away again. But boy did I suddenly get out of control on Wednesday! I stopped at the memory care unit where my mom is for a visit and was met by a bag of chips on her counter. I allowed myself 5 chips. And then I returned to the bag about 5 or 6 times. I finally acknowledged that I had NO will power and put the bag away in a lower cabinet so it would be out of sight. Unfortunately, I then caught sight of the deluxe chocolate chip cookies that were stashed in there. OMG! At LEAST 5 trips to THAT bag. I just couldn't believe I was so beyond any self-control at that point! What's so horrible is that I'm not even one that's even that much INTO sweets (my weakness is the salty munchy stuff)!

Yeesh! I've managed to get myself back under control as far as what I'm eating since then. And thank goodness my scale had still moved downward Thursday and this morning (don't ask me how THAT was possible, because I sure didn't deserve it! I'm sure it will catch up with me later!). But I feel like I'm STARVING! I'm hoping if I can just keep control thru today that I'll get back to the comfort zone for the weekend. Wish me luck!

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12/2/11 9:00 A

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We will all here waiting for your return on Monday Gabby. I don't spend a lot of time on here on the weekends either as they are the only time I do have for ME! So everyone have a great weekend and I will see you all when I do pop in....and I will lol. After all the housework is done and the running around.

Off to work for a wonderful 8 hours of dealing with people at the Post Office. Oh please say a prayer that I don't go Postal !!!!!!!!!!!! lol.


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I won't be on much this weekend. Maybe just to check new posts and check in. I think I need to push away the PC for a few days and do some serious "me" time for meditation and reading self help books. I feel like I need to refresh and get my mojo back. It would be wonderful if I had a tub big enough for a bubble bath but we only have a normal one and my fat displaces all the water :)
Hmmm, I should add that to my 3 year plan! Oh yeah, and I figured it was time to start doing lists again i.e. a 3 year plan. Another member (who shall remain nameless lol) reminded me that's it's a good idea. I'm kind of floundering right now and need some direction besides losing weight.

So I'm going to check out that free download on time management and setting goals first i.e. after I get a haircut.




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Hugs,, Kathy......


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Thank you Linda, I really needed that....

You only fail if you quit.

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I'm not happy about everyone's stresses and anxiety right now but I do feel so much "not alone". Hopefully we will just wade through until the new year reveals our renewed direction!! I don't know when I have been so emotionally drained! When our children go through a difficult time it feels so much worse than if it was happening directly to us... what I wouldn't give now to remove the pain my little girl is going through. We are strong and surrounded with love, I know we can conquer any diversity but pain is pain....it's tough. We just have to be tougher...
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You are welcome hon. Just look at your numbers....you are doing amazingly.

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Thanks so much @ AngelLinda. Loads to think about ...

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One of the reasons that you do need to do the 3 cycles is because you have to be able to see that you can maintain your weight and eat the healthiest you can. Yes c1 and c2 are very healthy, but c3 adds in things that you also need in order to maintain. If you aren't losing much on C3, isn't that better than gaining?????. That is why I always do c2 and c3, I don't usually go back to c1 unless I have gained, because I can get the best of both worlds, but eating c2 and c3.
Like I said down the line here if you aren't losing, yet not gaining, you are still winning. You are learning to maintain your weight. That is what I am doing right now. Do I want to lose these last 10 lbs???? Heck ya!!!!!!!! But will I go off the diet if I don't? Nope! I am in this for the long haul....LIFE. I love the way I eat on this diet and I love the way I feel on this diet and looking good is a bonus that I am loving too.

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I always lose on C3, and this time around I think that I will lose more then I did on c2. I want the metabolism mix up to keep me burning. I know that some people stay on c1 or c2 but you bought the book, you are in the program, how about giving it some time to make the magic happen. I think that you are worth it. Anything worthwhile usually takes a little time. Sit down, have a cup of tea, put your feet up and enjoy the ride.

To dare is to lose one's footing temporarily, Not to dare is to lose oneself. -Kierkegaard



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I realized that I have been dieting since I was 5 years old and I'm now 58. Jeez! What I think makes this work for me is that I really thought about what was most important to me and decided that I really wanted more than anything to be thin and healthy (probably in that order) and stay that way until I die! It has been so limiting to be heavy for so many reasons. Anyway, I think of that every time I want to eat or drink something that will impede my progress.

That being said, C3 (where I am right now for the 2nd time) is the most difficult for me because I don't see any weight loss. It's also not as structured as 1 and 2 and it does become a "slippery slope". I go back on C1 next Thursday and I'm already counting the days! I'll miss the freedom, but I feel so much more in control. I think that I might consider staying on 1 & 2 for awhile next time. It feels SO good to lose the weight on C1 and C2. Still, I wonder if we don't need to follow the cycles as outlined to get the best results. Ah well, thanks for suggesting thus topic, Gabby. Good luck ti us all!

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Now THAT'S what I am talking about emoticon

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I just want to say that all you women (notice there are no men here!) are truly inspirational that you have made it thru the rounds and are still going. I haven't even finished 2 cycles nevermind 1 round and have had lots of doubts. I read thru old posts and difficulties that others have had then I can tell myself "see, it's normal, I will struggle but it is only temporary because that is what happened to the ladies who were here before me".

Just think, out of over 1000 people who have come and gone you are still hanging tough. How can that be anything but success!

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I did go shopping for food (for me and the puppy). And I am planning to make something for tomorrow so that I do not have to think about "what to grab".

I really believe that I am feeling a bit better than I was before this topic appeared (and definitely since I emailed one of our co-leaders in desperation earlier than that). one of my old tactics is to just "tough it out", "go it alone", be very stoic. and find my own way out of difficulty. i have to say, it is considerably easier to have ears and shoulders of others. perhaps if i learn to do that better here, i might learn how to do it better off line. but, first i will have to continue to isolate much less than i have for so long.

so, here's to new starts, and self acceptance, and getting back on horses (boy, would i really love to do that in more than the figurative sense).

and here's to journeying to a truly healthy life(style).


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I'll provide the horse.....:-))


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We sure can and beating ourselves up when we do something wrong is the quickest way to give up on this thing.
Just pick yourself up and get back on the horse and ride into the sunset.

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I'm adding my Amen to what they said!

LOL! I'm not Puerto Rican but I need my rice and beans too...that's why I can't wait until I get to C2! I eat them for breakfast.

Usually C3 is my favorite cycle but I got out of control this time. I think I was getting "too cocky" as my father used to say. The only thing that works is to follow it exactly and not get too full of myself. I was experimenting with substitutions like frozen yogurt for Skinny Cow and a cocktail for the wine - nope doesn't work.

The holidays are a tough time for a lot of people for a lot of different reasons - we can get through them together.

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Amen Cindy!!!!!!!!!!

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The person that you were is not the person that you are. Wrap your arms around yourself and give thanks.

To dare is to lose one's footing temporarily, Not to dare is to lose oneself. -Kierkegaard



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Morningglory...please let me share this with you. For the past few months, I too have been stuck at my current weight, but you know what??? It is ok. I look at myself and see that I have lost almost 50 lbs in 6 months and I am so close to my goal that I have set for myself, that I really don't care. If the scale goes down some more....great...if not. Oh well. I am eating healthier than I ever have in my entire life. I look better than I have in many, many, many years. I know what to do if a lb or 2 comes back on and I am elated if a lb or 2 comes off.
I started getting all bent out of shape on this plateau that I am sitting at, until last week when my best friend came to take me to dinner and told me I looked GORGEOUS!!!!!!!!!!! I have known this man for 6 years and he has NEVER said I look GORGEOUS. You know what? I feel gorgeous too.

So stop concentrating on what you are or are not doing right to take the weight off. If you are feeling good and sticking to the plan...be thankful that someone, somewhere, thinks you are gorgeous.

I still have about 10 more lbs to lose to get to the goal I have set for myself. I have been sitting for over a month just 1 lb shy of my mini goal. It doesn't matter. What matters is how I feel about me. One day it will come off and BONUS!!!!!! Will I be happy....HELL YA!!!!!!!!. But until that happens, I am not going to beat myself up over it.
Just enjoy this diet, it is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good for you.

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I have been tacitly struggling for about a month now - following the plan as best as I can; however, I hit a long plateau and just couldn't budge it. I stepped up the exercise and tried to "live there" and be proud of myself for being pro-active, since I have never been one to exercise at all . . . and I kept telling myself all of the things that you wise women have posted, particularly about how C3 can be funny and one day the scale just moves. I have been hovering around the same weight for several weeks and this morning, 2 days before C3R2 ends for me, I am down 3.5 lbs. I'm delighted. But ...

I still need to do some serious work. I'm terrified of C3 and not so keen on C2. I like living in C1 because I trust myself most there. Lean protein and veg - I can do that easily. And it's so proscribed that I don't have to worry about anything. Once I get to C2 and/or C3 I panic. I don't yet fully trust myself to exercise a even modicum of control - the "bad" angel on my shoulder keeps telling me "if you eat that 1/2 cup of brown rice, or those lentils, it's over." ... as if those starches are my gateway drug. I'm terrified that I won't be able to bring myself back. So my work for the next few weeks is to enjoy C1 but really do some heavy duty thinking and soul searching about the terror I feel for certain foods.

I've been in such a funk since this is by far my least favourite time of year. . . and it's generally a time of great sorry and sadness. I'm going to pledge to use this time of year to do some heavy duty introspective work to try to start decoding these fears. I am Puerto Rican for goodness sake - I need my rice and beans!!!!!!


Thanks for this thread, Gabby. And thanks to all of you who have posted so far for your honesty. It really helps me to dig deep and be honest, too.

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Then I am going to do just that....thanks sis.

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I like this discussion. I guess I was a tiny bit frustrated with cycle two second time around. I lost a grand total of 1.9 pounds but the key word there is LOST. This morning (2nd day on cycle three) I lost a whopping 1 pound. Did I ever tell you all how much I love this diet????!!!!!! It's a process, it's a process, it's a process. Like a journey in the car when you were a little kid, at some point you stopped asking "How long until we get there?" and replaced it with..."Wow what's that?"

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You don't need an e reader - you can download and save it on your PC That's what I did.
There are also a few other free downloads and tips on his site.


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Thank you Gabby, if I get an e-reader for Christmas/b/d...I will most certainly download this info.


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Here's something intesting about setting goals and planning -

The author who worked for Microsoft says "the 30 Days of Getting Results will help you build a strong foundation for personal excellence. You start off by building a rhythm for results for your day and for your week. You then map out the most important things in your work and life. You then learn how to prioritize with skill and spend more time in your strengths. From that foundation, you grow your ability to think, feel, and act your best. "

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@Sharon - I understand. I remember your sharing why a long time ago. Well, a couple of months ago, but when you're dieting a couple of months seems like a very long time doesn't it!




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None of us have smooth sailing all of the time.....what I'm working really hard on is stopping myself when I have the urge to stuff when the seas get rough! A little bit at a time, I'm chippin' away at that old behavior. I.e., my daughter took exception to a request from me this morning.....used to be that I'd run and stuff......today I found myself doing exactly the opposite - taking stiffer control of me.

Ah - a growth spurt!! I can't control my daughter's reactions, but I sure can control MY reaction to the reaction!!!

I'm sad about our little tiff this morning, but I'm not gonna let it control my day!

My day is just beginning - hope y'all are having a good one!!


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Thanks Gabby for starting this topic. There is so much going on for me right now, that it is absolutely affecting my ability to feel positive about what i am doing or have done. I start cycle 1 again tomorrow. i am last day on round 2. last time i took a mini break cycle 4 but i was SO committed and the timing was right for me to do that. this time i do not want to take a break because i feel like i have not been in control. i have not gone so far off, but it is merely a miracle or lack of access. (hmm. maybe it is partially i am still committed but just not so excited).

so i think it is best for me to go back to cycle 1. to devote part of today to shopping for the food.

also, by having this topic here where those struggling feel free to voice what they are experiencing... we can help each other. and i have learned in life that the best advice i give to someone else is also advice i need to heed myself. and i have learned that hearing what i can say to myself, from someone else who is truly experiencing a similar situation and is only trying to help.... feels better.

so, this will be very helpful to me.

thanks again everyone.

with care,
Sharon

ps I think I didn't want to post in the other topics because i didn't want to dampen other people's resolve. plus, selfishly, i didn't want someone who is having an easier time giving me advice. i remember round 1 cycle 3 was very easy for me. and actually cycle 1 of this round 2 wasn't so bad either. so, it was so much easier to be positive. and, yes, this season is just so tough for me. and for some reason (i actually know why) this particular year is even harder.


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2018 ended at 205. Rejoined BLC round 39. 1/9/19 203.8 round 40 201.2 rd 41 198.2 rd42 209.4 4/1/2020 199.6 5/6/20 201.6 Round 43 187.8 round 44 9/2/20 183.8 r45 1/6/21 176.4 LEVEL 20 - FBI Director R46 5/5/21 180.8 LEVEL9 – FBI Secret Agent
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Funny! I said 'makes me overheat' - meant to say 'makes me over EAT!!!'....I guess overheat is appropriate too, eh?


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@LSG - blog in here! I'll bet writing what you just did helped a little. Look back at what you wrote and you may notice that you do know some of your triggers. I gained some insight about you from reading your post.

@Terri - "Season of Pain" yup! Treading water doesn't sound bad as long as we don't start sinking.


I think I started this so no one quits or gives up completely. No one should feel like they have to be 100% or they can't post or join in topics. Staying active here will help going off track completely. It's hard to stay focused when you're on it for more than a couple of rounds, even when you know it works. For anyone who was ever obese - it's more than just the food. We need to figure out why we can't stick to a plan. Why do we sabotage ourselves? Why do we give up?


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I am struggling a little. Not really losing more than a couple oz a day and then seem to gain it back. I wish I knew my triggers. I do have OCD and when I'm obsessive about being on a diet, I do very, very well. But then I falter. I have it ingrained in me that you have to do your best or don't bother doing it.

And then other things chip away at me. Thinking about final goals for example. I try realy hard to think 189 is my goal, but then after reading something I think about my "ideal weight" and then I think it can't happen. 60 more pounds? It sounds impossible. So then my 189 goal gets pushed out of my mind and I can only think I can't do the 60. Which is silly, right? I love 40ish - why would 60 sound impossible?

For me, I think I need to get back to blogging a little more regularly.

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I'm right there with you. I just want to explode from all the stress...well explode, cry, crawl into a hole...the typical self destruct mode that got me fat in the first place.

Thankfully, we all have the success of this program behind us. We know it works and we know we can work with it. AND we have each other.

It's important for any of us who are struggling to come together every day. Maybe our goal is to simply maintain for the next few weeks...to slowly work our way back into an emotional position to get back on track. Maybe we tread water...

But we do not give up and give in. We fight our stress - whatever it may be - and come together for support.

That's my goal. To get though this season of pain one meal at a time.

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Good topic!! I had a situation come up yesterday that was telling! Someone at work has been missing the mark lately - which means we have to 'rescue' situations for her.....

That makes me angry and makes me want to overheat!!!

Fortunately - I recognize that now and am learning to stop myself in my tracks!!!

Point of this? Watch the triggers!!! They can do a number on us!!!


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My confession - I have gained and lost the same 8 lbs for two months now. Started the slippery slope Rd3 C3 with dark chocolate and substuting cocktails for red wine a couple of days. I quit C3 early and started C1 rd 4 on 11/15 and took a break for Thanksgiving. I went back on C1 this past Monday and lasted 2 days and because of a stressful event let myself get derailed. Yesterday I skipped lunch and yogurt and fruit and after an early dinner had 2 martinis, 5 squares of dark chocolate and a small bowl of frozen yogurt.

Now I need to figure out why I'm sabotaging myself and what I'm going to do about it and I'll do it here to keep accountable. Now I'm off to re-read a book that helped me start this diet in the first place - The Self Compassion Diet by Jean Fain.

I know that I have to get it through my head that this is a lifestyle change and I just can't ever eat certain foods that I used to love such as those made with wheat or allow myself cocktails which lower my inhibitions and contain empty calories.


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This is primarily for those of us who have completed at least a round and are struggling with staying on it for the long haul. It sounds like their are quite a few of us who are having difficulties sticking to the plan; struggling a little or a lot; those who decided to go off of it for a break and gained weight back (instead of considering it a lifestyle change and keeping the weight off with cycle 4) etc., etc.

How many times have you read these words in posts lately "I'm starting C1 again tomorrow to get back on track" only to see the same person say the same thing a few days later and a few days after that?

So this is for those of us who are having a difficult time lately sticking to it. Let's discuss it. Write whatever you want. Write about your struggles; write about the causes or triggers if you know them and want to share (it sometimes help to write about it to figure things out); write about your plans to correct it; add quotes, books, links to websites or articles - whatever you find is helping you NOW at this time, today, in this moment. Daily journal your struggles (and victories) here if you want. Use this as sort of a sounding board. Lets' get a "roundtable" discussion going - a brainstorming session. If you don't want advice and just want to vent say so.

Make this topic whatever you need it to be.
Consider it your Diet Tool Kit (DTK) and let's just get through this together!!
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