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My Quest for Healthy Living Diary

Updated on November 14, 2014

My Quest to Live Healthy

There is nothing fun about dieting. Some people are so fortunate to never have a weight problem. Some years back I worked with a woman who all her life could not keep the weight on. Yet she was healthy. During the entire course of the day at work, she was constantly eating. To top it off she was a "Junk Food Junkie." She would often snack on candy bars and chips. She must have been born with an overactive metabolism.

I am not so lucky. I have always fought to be thin. I managed to keep my weight off over the years before my daughter was born. By eating very little and exercising as much as I could. After the baby (she's in college now) it became harder and harder to fight the fat.

This is my personal diary or quest to become a loser...a weight lost loser. So here I go to overcome my way of thinking, that "Diet is 'Die' with a 'T'.

(Since I have first written this my weight lost and gain has been a roller coaster. That is because this is a life choice to stay fit and keep the weight off. As a human who has fallen off this healthy style of life I need to get back to healthy living.)

My Stress and Weight Gain

Journey of a Wannabe Weight Loss Loser

The first year after my lay off, I had packed on 20 pounds. Before, when I was working outside of the home, I would get up early in the morning, have a light breakfast and go to work. Once at work I would sit in front of the computer for 8 to 10 hours a day. Rarely would I eat lunch. When the weather was nice enough, I would take a break and walk. Believe it or not, my job was very stressful and found that I was gaining weight just for being there.

Finally after a long hard day at the office, I would come home and if the weather was nice, I would take the dog for a walk. Then it was time for dinner. Not a large dinner, but at times I would eat past the point of being full. After dinner my time was mainly spent in front of the computer until it was time to go to bed.

The following day would start all over again. Do you see a pattern here?

Like many Americans, my job was affected by the economic slow down. Despite the fact that I was looking outside of the home for work, there wasn't a job to be found. Given this fact, I decided that it was time to change the way I looked on the outside, in order to become more appealing to the interviewer when applying for a job. It is a sad fact, that we are judged by our looks first before being accepted for our working experienced. This is mainly true for women. I decided to set a goal at the time of my lay off to get back in shape. After all, there is the stationary bike, a Nordic Track, an exercise glider (like the Gazelle but different brand), exercise mat, fitness ball and weights collecting dust down in the basement.

Nearly a year later, the exercise equipment was still collecting dust. And the question is: Why I am fatter?

(Note that my layoff was in 2008. So time has past since this writing. But hopefully you will find it helpful.)

Weslo Cadence G 5.9 Treadmill

Exerpeutic Folding Magnetic Upright Bike with Pulse

Healthy Soup

Make this soup without the noodles and you have a healthy low carb recipe.

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

How to Make Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Soup for Healthy Living No Pills Involved - Fun Gifts and Famous Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe


Chicken Noodle Soup – We Use No Cows

Having a shop (actually 10) on Zazzle, the print on demand online gift site, I wanted to share my famous chicken noodle soup recipe on a postcard. The photos of soup on the other products like the mugs and shirts are images of my soup that I made from scratch. The cartoon cow was not really in the soup bowls. Since this is about chicken noodle soup, I thought it would be funny to let those that see and own these products know that no cows were involved in making this soup.

These gift items shown here plus many others with soup images and recipe cards are available on

Sandyspider: Soup – View Here

Recipe Calendar

Chicken Noodle Soup is one of the recipes in this calendar
Chicken Noodle Soup is one of the recipes in this calendar | Source

Typical Day for Me

The Ho Hum of Daily Life

A typical day for me is getting up early in the morning, maybe having breakfast and spending all day and night on the computer. In between I would take the dog for a walk (provided that the weather was nice outside.) At times, I would find myself eating on junk food during the course of the day. And of course, the day spent on the computer was (and is) for starting a business and finding new ways to make money online. More and more, my quest for making money online became an addiction that I couldn’t get rid of. But this addiction soon extended into social networking. Sitting in front of this magical screen is not the best way for weight loss.

Resolute to Cut Out Chocolates

New Year’s Resolution

Fast forward to January of the year I first started this. I made a New Year’s resolution to go on a diet. The days and months passed and no diet. Everything the same as before…When I felt depressed, chocolate became my best friend. If there was no chocolate, I would have to settle for some other junk food.

(Something you may or may not be aware of, in general when it comes to junk food, women have more cravings for sweets; while men have more cravings for salty snacks.)

Week One - The Weight Loss Journey

Slow Start to Weight Loss Journey

(This is a journal or diary and written for a year that has since past. Reference to certain months cannot change since it was written as a diary for that time.)

Now it is near the end of April and how far have I gone?

I felt encourage to really start this time and commit myself to this weight loss journey.

I am a week into my diet. I decided to go low carb. Though, I have been mixing it up a bit with vegetables. In the past it seemed that a low carbohydrate diet was the only diet that would work for me. My goal (though I could lose more) is 20 pounds. And once that falls off a new goal will be started.

The first few days I lost 3 pounds. Then my husband said that he had been dying for an A&W Root Beer. (He is my worse enemy for dieting.) I reluctantly went with him and ended up with a diet root beer and a hamburger. The next day I weighed myself, I had gained one pound back. The following day another pound was packed back on, despite the fact that I had kept it to low carbs for that day. In short, at the end of week one I lost ONE POUND. Nineteen more to go!

Here are my beginning statics:
Height: 5’4″
Weight: FAT

Chocolate Diet on Gifts

"Take Two and Call Me in the Morning!" This is not something I would recommend for weight loss. But there are many crazy diets. Somewhere, there could be a chocolate diet.The brownies and truffles are found in

Chocoholics Unite by Sandyspider Gifts - available here

Brownies and Chocolate Truffles on Gifts


Dr. Robert Atkins

Dr. Atkins weighed 224 in 1963, when pounds due to a poor diet of junk food. He read a study of a low-starch diet in JAMA based on the work of Alfred W. Pennington. Dr. Carefully following this plan, he successfully lost weight by following it, which was repeated with 65 of his overweight patients. He appeared on the Tonight show in 1965, and his diet became known as the “Vogue Diet”. He published Dr. Atkins' Diet Revolution in 1972, which soon sold millions of copies.

Atkins Center for Complementary Medicine in Manhattan treated over 50,000 patients. He founded Atkins Nutritionals in 1998 to promote his low-carbohydrate diet, with revenue of $100 million. Dr. Atkins published the “New Diet Revolution” in 1992, which again became a best-seller.

Atkins argued that "carbohydrate is the bad guy", claiming that it causes the body to overproduce the hormone insulin, which metabolizes blood glucose and thus makes people feel hungry.

Read more on the Atkins Diet at:

Atkins Diet a Way of Life

Atkins Diet Recipes

Week Two

I had planned on going low carb but caved in to my cravings for V-E-G-E-T-A-B-L-E-S. Vegetables are good for you, but if you are on a low carb diet, they can add up on carbs.

Bet you thought I was going to say chocolate.

I cut back a few hours out of my computer time. Walked the dog up to 2 hours a day and cut out sweets completely. After all this work, I lost 2 pounds. 17 more pounds to go!

Week Three

I kept the carbs down; yet not quite the Atkins plan. I am not a huge meat eater and I like eating fruits and vegetables. Stayed good for five days, but the last 2 days I went on a carbohydrate laden diet. I ate some pizza slices and corn on the cob, followed by the number one food addiction that I have. Since Easter, there has been this one pound chocolate rabbit waiting...I told my daughter that she could have it once she comes home from college. This rabbit is now missing its ears and head. My weigh in at the end of the week is neither a loss nor gain. This is going to be a long weight loss.

Still 17 more pounds to go!

Week Four

A long weight loss folks! But losing it slowly is suppose to be better for a person. Although a person like me would like fast results. We went to my sister-in-laws for Mother’s Day. I went off the diet then. But I had gotten back on it for the rest of the week.

I kept up walking the dog up to 2 hours a day. I drank more water. Most of us don’t drink enough. We have always been told to drink 6 to 8 glasses of water a day.

At the end of the week I lost 2 pounds. That makes 15 more pounds to go.

For Walking with Your Dog

Retractable Dog Leash

Pet Magasin Tangle-Free Retractable Dog Leash with Reflective Belt & Poop Bag Holder
Pet Magasin Tangle-Free Retractable Dog Leash with Reflective Belt & Poop Bag Holder

These types of leashes for dogs seem to be the most popular.


Natural Hemp Leash with Fleece Handle

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Planet Dog Hemp Leash Fleece Handle, Hypoallergenic, Soft, Durable, 1"w x 5'l, For Medium to Large Dogs, Green

The hemp leash is durable to last. Personally I prefer to not use the retractable leash and something more like this to have control over my dog.


Week Five and Six

Week five, my daughter was home for a week before going back for some summer College classes. The first part of the week was fine but towards the end of the week, I found myself eating like everyone else and enjoying what I eat. For this, I chose not to weigh in.

Week six was the week to make up for week five. A couple of days were still a set back. I should of been on the low carb diet, since it seemed to work best for me. My motivation just isn’t there. But if I had gained weight during these two weeks, somewhere towards the end of the week I ended up weighing what I had at the end of week four.

I think I will concentrate on eating in moderation, getting exercise and not worrying about the pounds. I will start thinking myself thin.

Week Seven

This is the week that I went on the Positive Thinking Diet. “I will think positive thoughts when I eat fattening foods and sweets.”

Truth is, I kept up the walks and ate until I was full. Sunday I made Stuffed Peppers. And at the end of the week had two candy bars. But I kept positive thoughts of losing weight.

At the end of the week I lost 2 pounds. That makes 13 more pounds to go.

Week Eight

I am back to spending more time on the internet. This is mentioned in my article Are You an Internet Addict?

I joined RocketMoms. (This was a group on Squidoo, which is no longer around.) The very same week I had joined HubPages (2009).

At the end of that week I lost 1 pounds. That makes 12 more pounds to go. And at this rate 12 more weeks to go.

Week Nine

My internet activity jumped this last week. I am back to spending most of my time sitting in front of the computer.

I have been getting support from other RocketMoms who have joined my "Healthy Living Group" though I felt guilty that I haven't been as active in this group that I should be. I hope no one felt that I have let them down.

Despite the increase of internet activity, I still walked my dog 2 to 3 times a day. At the end of the week I had lost 3 pounds. This brings my goal to 9 more pounds.

Week Ten

More time is spent on the computer. Nothing eventful! I worked on six RocketMoms articles. Hoping to ensure Giant Squid! Sorry to say that no weight was lost this week.

(Once again this is a diary of the past. On August 15, 2014 it was announced that Squidoo was acquired by HubPages.)

Acer Aspire E 15 ES1-512-C88M 15.6-Inch Laptop

Week Eleven

I’m not here to share my weight loss this week. I seem to be at a standstill.

Week Twelve

I had been at a stand still. I have been too busy with all my work online. I have been losing slowing. But I suppose that is a better way to go in the long run. I am the type of person who wants to get instant results. I am not patient person.

But without thinking about it, I did lose 4 pounds this week. That means I have 5 more to go towards my goal. So I should be laughing that I finally broke out of the no weight loss mode.

Final Countdown

My original goal was to lose 20 pounds. The final countdown is 15 pounds and that is OK! Since starting this, I have gathered a group of women to help support my quest to get healthy.

My Healthy Living Now

As mentioned before that this is my diary of the past. Sticking with this takes willpower and a positive outlook. I have struggled with this. Once again I had planned on trying this again. But now I will accept the "Size Me".

I am not writing about failure but acceptance.

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© 2009 Sandy Mertens

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Marsha, I can relate to your daughter.

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      Marsha Cooper 3 years ago

      My daughter had that Fit Journal. She used it religiously for a few weeks then stopped....I wish she had carried on with it.

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      katiem2 Is it hard to balance on those balls. I have seen them for offices before.

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      Sandy Mertens 3 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Jill Freeman It is so much easier to gain weight than lose it. Carbs are the downfall of me.

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      katiem2 3 years ago

      I find sitting on a stability ball while at my computer works wonders. I have always included a stability ball in my routine work outs and knew it was great for the back and one day when my back was nagging while sitting in front of my laptop writing I thought ah ha stability ball. I haven't sat in a standard chair since. You work your core and legs if you continually bounce and balance, which you will periodically, it is therapeutic and a great work out and never feels like it. Not bragging but my body is rock hard and I owe it all to my stability ball. I have three in my house at all times, three that belong to me, my daughters have their own...

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      Jill Freeman 3 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I just found this Hub through the FB group page - so glad I did! I am struggling as well. My triglycerides and BP are up and I can honestly say I haven't done any real exercise in over 2 years. So...over the last 2 weeks I have committed to do 30-45 minutes of exercise 6 days a week and cut my carbs to 60 gr a day. The exercise is going well. Carbs? Not so much. I love pasta and mashed potatoes. It's a process. I need to lose 35 pounds to get within a healthy range. Your experience helped me to learn again - I am not alone. It also motivated me to get the carbs under control. Thank you!

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      Vasim Yusuf Tamboli 3 years ago

      Great lens!

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      arazzaq 5 years ago

      @RuthCoffee: A great lens about weight loss and very useful for all.

      Diet and weight loss

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      mokocoko 5 years ago

      your lens really very hep full i will follow your instruction

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      mrkensworld 5 years ago

      Trying to be healthier every day, still a little big boned :-) Thanks for sharing on this lens..

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Working on being more fit - I was doing really well for a while, but got too comfortable. Nice work on this lens! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Debbie-Dunn 6 years ago

      Wow! You did a lot of hard work on this lens. It is extremely impressive. Good luck on your weight loss journey!

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      neckfat 6 years ago

      I really appreciate the kind of topics you post here. Thanks for sharing us a great information that is actually helpful. I will follow your steps to lose weight

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      ryansmith790 6 years ago

      Great Leans!!

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      ryansmith790 6 years ago

      That was a healthy lens to share.


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      zetzetto 6 years ago

      very good and informative page thank you. antakya biberi

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very inspiring story. I admire your willpower. Try to eat a wholefood diet with protein, unsaturated fat and complex carbs. This will give your body a long slow release of energy which stop you being tempted to eat sweets and junk food.

      Also try to do some exercise 4 times a week, it will raise your metabolic rate which will increase the rate at which your body burns calories. 30 mins is all you need, as long as you push yourself hard. Before you know it you will have the flat stomach you always wanted.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Tweight loss in florida!

      Thank you so much for this lens. I have learned a lot.

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      taliasmith23 6 years ago

      15 pounds that sounds like a feat to me!

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      Charmgal 6 years ago

      Getting Fit.. I have had good luck with Atkins so far.. I have a lens and a blog site about it. I will be back to see how you are fairing!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens! Thanks for sharing!


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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The picture of your new year's resolution diet is surely confusing. A box of chocolate is utterly tempting.

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      happynutritionist 7 years ago

      Good for you loosing that weight...blessed by Diet and Nutrition SquidAngel and added to lens by the same name:-)

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      Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @happynutritionist: I need to go through these step again.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      cool and colorful lens, adding you to my health, meditation blog roll, blessings by a squid angel :)

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      MaryaSanders 7 years ago

      I'm not a big fan of dieting either, but it works. Losing weight is a great achievement for anyone but it takes dedication and persistence. Congrats to all of you!

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      hayleylou lm 7 years ago

      Well done you for losing so much weight :)

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      Penny Pincher G 7 years ago

      we can do this Sandy

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      JoinJenRoering 8 years ago

      Great Lens, Sandy! I gained weight when I started marketing online and can empathize with anyone who's in a similar situation. Thanks for all the great information and links! May your pocketbook grow larger than your booty as you continue working online. (smile). Best wishes!

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      Sandy Mertens 8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      @Virginia Allain: I know what you mean. I believe it is all in our genetic make-up. I worked with a woman who was the same was. She ate continuously. It was mainly junk food and yet she was thin and had problems keeping weight on. I haven't seen her in years, so I couldn't tell you if she has any health problems.

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      Virginia Allain 8 years ago from Central Florida

      Why does it have to be so hard to lose weight? I knew someone who was thin and he indulged in donuts daily and said he kept trying to gain weight. Then he was diagnosed with heart problems. Healthy eating isn't just for weight loss, it will keep us alive longer.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great weight loss chronology, Sandy. I hope you met your goal. 5* and blessed for you efforts.

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      happynutritionist 8 years ago

      Nicely done..I added a lens to the plexo about my past NutriSystem experience and what I'm doing now:-) 5stars ~claudia

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Great lens, 5*!

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      roysumit 8 years ago

      Great lens Sandy. I came back to it once again after seeing your post on Twitter. I had a pleasant reading again, particularly I loved the funny pics you have added.

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      Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

      Great lens Sandy! I love the colors! Good luck!

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      Lynne Modranski 8 years ago from Ohio

      I hope you'll have great success! I started about 2 years ago after a TIA (mini-stroke) at age 44. So far I've lost 30 pounds. Being an Internet Addict myself I found SparkPeople to be the best thing I'd found so far. I've tried just about everything short of pills and extreme fads. It helped me so much I even wrote a Bible study to go with it and put it here on Squidoo. Keep up the good work!

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      monarch13 8 years ago

      Added 2 health lenses. Good luck!

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      LoKackl 8 years ago

      This page is Entertaining and Motivational - what better way to encourage me to be healthy in mind and body! It's not easy - at least for me - to combine those two important ingredients, but you've done it, royally!

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      badmsm 8 years ago

      Great lens, Sandy! It takes courage and determination to do this, and it looks like you have both. 5 Stars & a Squid Angel Blessing!

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      karen550 lm 8 years ago

      Isn't it all about "focus" and where you continue to put your brain. My sister LOVES chocolate...but I can live without it. She runs an extra 3 miles every morning just so she can eat more chocolate. Me, I LOVE butter and anything you can put butter on makes it sooooo much better. I have to talk myself out of liking salty snacks and butter so I can lose some weight. I've always wondered why they make you drink those shakes to lose weight. Ick, I need a salty snack or something with butter instead. Ha. Great lens. Thanks so much.

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      Laura Schofield 8 years ago from Chicago, IL USA

      Good luck to you! I find that I have to keep a 'food log' to stick to my diet plan. Then I can see where the extra calories are creeping in my diet and what I have to cut. Also, increasing your activity level (exercise) is a way you can eat more calories and still lose weight. I wish you all the best luck!

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      wishgirl 8 years ago

      Nice lens, lensrolled to Tips on body fitness-slim for your holiday and beyond

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      annetteghallowe1 8 years ago

      Great lens! I have hovered at 10 pounds left to lose for 3 months, but can't seem to get the last 10......ARGH!

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      thepartyanimal2 8 years ago

      Way to go - I have gone through the same thing, but I have much more to lose. I started babysitting at the gym in exchange for a membership. I work one day a week and pretty much only work out on that day - that is sad. We should start a diet group on Rockemoms and have weekly meetings - what do u think?

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      Mazzer 8 years ago

      First of all I want to give you the BIGGEST CONGRATULATIONS I can give you here on both your decision, your weight loss to date and for this lens! I have sooo been there!

      I have noticed that at the end of your story to date you seem to be focusing more on getting healthy than watching the pounds or "being on a diet" - a huge step forward! A womans weight fluctuates over the course of the week/month so the scales is not always an accurate reflection of progress.

      You are already starting to form healthier habits, so the next best advice I can give you is not to get hungry! Learn when and how often you need to eat to avoid the "I would eat anything I can get my hands on " syndrome (that I know so well:))

      You are already well on your way to success! I wish you well. 5* & lensrolled!

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      QueSea 8 years ago

      I like your jokes. The illustrations are fun. I've lost 40 pounds this year and kept them off for three months so far. I want to loose more weight and have bookmarked this lens for references (smile). Thanks.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      5* And nice lens..Good luck and keep on going for your weight loss schedule

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      Andy-Po 8 years ago

      Excellent diary. This is a very useful thing to do. I must try writing a diary. I could certainly do with losing a few pounds.

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      CassandraRichmond123 8 years ago

      Useful lens

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      poutine 8 years ago

      Congratulations on your loss.

      I find that the worst thing that a person can do for herself is

      going on a diet. Low carb is not good for you.

      The best way to lose is like Fanfreluche said. Exercice and

      cut out a thing a a time, or cut down on the size of your portions.

      Moderation is the key. When we say to ourselves that "I must not eat such and

      such a thing, it is then that we go on binges, after a while.

      My own 2 cents.``

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Interesting lens. Good luck with your weight loss.

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      DarylRobidoux 9 years ago

      nice lens

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      GumboWriters123 9 years ago

      Useful lens

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      oneskms 9 years ago

      The very best of luck to you, wk2 you have done good, keep the dog walking up but try not to make dieting a must be, be happy and it will happen

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      tdove 9 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      awakeningwellness 9 years ago

      I applaud your honesty! *****

      Personally I think it is our beliefs that make us fat. If you think a food will make you fat, it will.

      Last year I just decided to be thinner, and I went down 4 sizes in about 6 months without changing my eating or exercising habits. I just determined what size was right for my body and decided to become that size. Since then the only time my weight has fluctuated is when I allow doubt about my weight to creep in.

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      Tyla MacAllister 9 years ago

      I need to lose about 15 pounds myself but I just can't eat all the meat and fat on the Atkins plan. Sitting at the computer less will probably be the most important thing I can do.

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      roysumit 9 years ago

      Sure; sitting in front of your computer does'nt help. And then, your exercise equipment is still collecting dust. Dieting definitely helps, but with a little exercise it will help faster. At least dusting off your exercise equipment regularly will be an exercise itself. You can try it Sandy, I bet. Nice lens. I enjoyed it. Five stars.

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      Andy-Po 9 years ago

      Great lens. I blame my computer too. It prevents me from doing enough exercise.

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      Nathalie Roy 9 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Exercise! It's the only way i found that really works if you have already good eating habits. Otherwise you need to change some of you bad habits but SLOWLY. Start by changing a thing or tow, and when you are ok with it, change some more.

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      Li-Li-ThePinkBookworm 9 years ago

      You go girl! I love this lens! Not too much or too little of anything! I look forward to hearing your success story!

      Li Li

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      Sensitive Fern 9 years ago

      The internet does become addictive, especially when there is making money involved. That's why I went to massage school last year - to counteract the long hours of sitting alone with a box. And I lost a lot of weight, to the point where I was too skinny. Besides the physical work I tried something called Isagenix which is expensive but very helpful. Great lens! 5*

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      I've done the Jenny Craig diet for a solid year -- the food was fabulous! I'd consider that 'diet' strictly for the convenience and taste of the food. Sandy, the best of luck to you. It takes discipline and dedication to make any 'diet' work. And, I'm convinced you've got what it takes.

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      utradesports lm 9 years ago

      Excellent lens. lots of good stuff

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      Sandy Mertens 9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      [in reply to OhMe] You are so right. We can't blame this on ourselves.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh me! This all sounds way too familiar. I think I have been on every diet that was ever invented and could write a book about it I have got to make myself get away from this computer and get some exercise. It is all Squidoo's fault! Good luck on your diet. I will be checking back and hope that maybe you might inspire me.

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      Ruth Coffee 9 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

      Best of luck with this, it's a tough battle!


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