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  • A good day to be a good day

    "A fat lady enters the plus size store and asks for workout clothes." That sounds almost like a joke, doesn't it? Well, I suppose life writes the best jokes because that's exactly what happened.I started to plan my future workout routine. By the end ...

    Posted on 6/05/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 57 Comments

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  • Only 99 pounds to go

    At first, when I signed up here, I was overwhelmed when I typed in the number of pounds I wanted to lose. Over 100 pounds- 140 lbs to be exact. That's a number that weighs heavy, not just on the scale, but also on one's shoulders. 140 pounds, that's ...

    Posted on 5/26/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 64 Comments

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  • It Isn't Always Easy

    My biopsy came back positive for cancer in 7 out of 16 cores. One of the cores is serious. They are going to pursue some non-surgical treatments.Cancer sucks!I am still working on my food consumption and cutting it back. Remember the days when you we...

    Posted on 5/09/2017 by dsjohndrow | 47 Comments

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  • I Decided to Live

    How did I ever let myself get to almost 300 pounds? I ate too many calories. The change occurred slowly over a period of millions of bites of food. It's pretty much the same way I became a daily drinker, a smoker and drug user. I never set out to be ...

    Posted on 5/16/2017 by dsjohndrow | 19 Comments

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  • Even after 6 years, this fitness thing requires effort

    It's been 2194 days in a row. It sounds like a lot, but logging in doesn't matter all that much. What matters are the changes that I have made to be fit. A lot more fit. I call them lifestyle changes.In the old days, I stopped using the scale at 276 ...

    Posted on 6/13/2017 by dsjohndrow | 27 Comments

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  • My last big summer?

    I don't like summer, can't stand the warm weather and all the outdoor activities. I love autumn and winter. The colder months are perfect for big people like me. Then I can hide my body under layers of cloth. In the summer time that's not possible, t...

    Posted on 5/13/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 29 Comments

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  • Viva Scale!

    Last week's weigh-in was not a success. I stepped on the scale, and for the first time in 150 days, it didn't show a weight loss. I felt disappointed, stood there, butt naked in all my glory in the bathroom and started an argument with our new, digit...

    Posted on 6/14/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 25 Comments

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  • Tough Love

    "Be kind and gentle to yourself - Love yourself - You are beautiful!" That's something I often read in the comment section of my blog. You all mean so well, and you seem to care about me and my well-being. I appreciate it very much - more than I can...

    Posted on 6/21/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 34 Comments

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  • Onederland!

    I updated my profile today because I passed my first goal - Onederland!  It actually happened last week, but because of Shark Week and other life events, I didn't want to memorialize it until it was reliably true.Now I just need to keep on track over...

    Posted on 5/12/2017 by ButterballBookworm | 29 Comments

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  • I allowed myself to...

    This phrase is one of the most powerful phrases you can use in life. When you blame someone else or something else you give away your power.  When you take responsibility for your choices you take back the power and you can make changes.  This statem...

    Posted on 5/24/2017 by usmcmp | 28 Comments

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  • Gamble wisely

    Tonight is our Ladies night out. We will meet at a nearby casino with an all-you-can-eat buffet that is extraordinary. I know, because I have eaten and overeaten there many times.I have juggled numerous plates back and forth, all of them with piles o...

    Posted on 5/06/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 14 Comments

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  • Dialing in the Calories and Running Marathons

    The older you get, the easier it is to regret that fact that you didn't do anything about your health for too long. Long enough to end up on MFP. I will turn 60 next year. I first joined MFP when I was 53 - right after a week-long stay in ICU after h...

    Posted on 6/20/2017 by dsjohndrow | 18 Comments

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  • Weight Loss is a Religion

    Since the beginning, mankind and their various religions have often turned the world upside down. Everyone has an opinion about unseen - whether it's good, bad, or somewhere in between. They worship, they teach, they hope, they pray, and they even sp...

    Posted on 5/30/2017 by dsjohndrow | 25 Comments

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  • Bye Buddy

    We had to say goodbye to our oldest dog last week and even though I knew it was coming, it hit me hard. Losing a four-legged family member hurts. That night we had a few drinks, celebrated our dog's long life; we laughed and cried when we shared our ...

    Posted on 5/22/2017 by The_Movie_Chair | 39 Comments

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    Anyone who follows my blog knows I've been down this road (and many others that look much like it) MANY times before!  About three weeks ago I had an appointment with a dietician which I blogged about in my last entry.  Since that time I have not bee...

    Posted on 5/31/2017 by SnagTop | 13 Comments

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  • Struggling But Keeping Positive

    I'm feeling quite positive after quitting here and returning, trying to sneak in the back door un-noticed , but I've been struggling and was up 20lbs. I'm at the heaviest I've been. I'm up 2 jeans sizes and my bras don't fit, wearing baggy tops. That...

    Posted on 5/05/2017 by margeh75 | 23 Comments

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  • Appointments, appointments, appointments!

    My blogs have been few and far between . . . as has my activity at MFP.  I look like I have quite a streak going (555 days!) -- but the fact of the matter is it is mainly because my iWatch automatically uploads my steps every day so it looks like I'm...

    Posted on 5/15/2017 by SnagTop | 4 Comments

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  • Idioms for Health and Fitness Nuts

    I have traveled a lot, and even in my little town I meet folks for who English is a second language. For me, the language of nutrition and fitness is a second language. I mean, when I started, I thought a burpee was a couple of bodily functions gone ...

    Posted on 6/06/2017 by dsjohndrow | 7 Comments

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  • What's Your Fitness Sign?

    It might be true that when you were born, the stars had a party, or the year you were born might have something to do with your destiny. But here on MFP, your sign is based on how well you do the program. :) The Dog - A walker at 3.0 miles per hour. ...

    Posted on 5/23/2017 by dsjohndrow | 33 Comments

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  • I Woke Up Hungry Today.

    Sadly, I woke up before my alarm this morning thanks to my husband's incessant insomnia.  As I lay there trying in vain to get back to sleep, my stomach growled.  And not just a little "prrrr..." - this was a "GROWL".  That moment made me realize som...

    Posted on 3/22/2017 by ButterballBookworm | 6 Comments

    30 votes + -