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Hi! I'm Leisa. I've struggled with weight and food issues my whole life. God has been leading me to freedom from my dysfunctional past and I am ready to take off!

I am participating in my second BLC as a Pink Flamingo!

I'm proud to be a Shooting Star for the Fall 2018 5% challenge. I've always loved this Norman Vincent Peale quote: Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars.

Fall 2018 5% exercise commitment: I am struggling to get back into the routine of exercise. Therefore, I'm going to start slowly so I can start a streak and build up some success. I will do a minimum of 15 minutes every day. My goal is to do 20-30 minutes of walking daily. My goal is to get 7,500-10,000 steps daily.

Fall 2018 5% food and nutrition commitment: I will plan my meals. I will record every bite I eat. I will eat more fruits and veggies. I will cut back on the things I have been turning to for comfort during this difficult storm I have been in. Food will no longer be my comfort!

I am not a dog! I will not "reward" myself with food!

Member Since: 7/15/2010

Fitness Minutes: 85,797

My Goals:
I want to feel good and be healthy! I want to get under 200 pounds! I want to be a healthy BMI.

SW: 261 April 2010
1st goal: 250 DONE! 7/2010
2nd goal: 240 DONE! 9/2010
3rd goal: 230 DONE! 1/2011 DONE AGAIN! 6/2015
4th goal: 220 DONE! 4/2011 DONE AGAIN! 8/2015
5th goal: 210 DONE! 9/2011 DONE AGAIN! 10/2015 I've lost track of how many times I've been "DONE" at this level.
6th goal: 200
7th goal: 190
8th goal: 180
9th goal: 170
10th goal: 160
11th goal: 150
12th goal: 140

My Program:
I have to get back to this it worked for me! I've gotten off track but I'm making my way back!

Moving, moving, and more moving is how I did it the first time. I like to walk, do my Wii, and swim. In 2017 I discovered kayaking! Let me get on the water and I am one happy girl!

I have cut out fried foods, sodas, sweet tea, second helpings. I am eating fruits and veggies.

Personal Information:
I'm from North Georgia. I've taught for 26 years. I have a 21 year old son and 15 year old boy/girl twins. I have a Westie.

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Favorite quotes:

If you think you can or think you can't, you are right! (Henry Ford)

I'm not crazy. I'm medicated for a chemical imbalance! (Mrs. Beadle on Barnyard)

DIETS give you a bunch of rules and regulations that you have to follow. A LIFESTYLE is a learning journey to an abundant life. (IMSOOZEEQ)

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    "Just because you are not doing what other people are doing, does not mean you are failing or falling behind. You're charting your own course and staying true to yourself, even though it would be easier to join the crowd. You are creating a life you can fall in love with rather than falling in line. You're finding the courage to do what's right for you, even though it's uncertain and scary and hard. Give yourself some credit, because these are reasons to be proud." - Lori Deschene

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    Shooting Star Power to see you through week two!!! emoticon
    32 days ago
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    It’s Motivational Monday . . .

    • When you make a mistake, don’t look back at it long. Take the reason of the thing into your mind, and then look forward. Mistakes are lessons of wisdom. The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. – Phyllis Bottome

    • Mistakes are always forgivable, if one has the courage to admit them. - Bruce Lee

    • All the mistakes I ever made were when I wanted to say 'No' and said 'Yes'.
    - Moss Hart

    • Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on. - Les Brown

    Don’t agonize over your mistakes. It really doesn’t help you in any way, and may actually keep you from moving forward, and being more proactive in the future. It’s been shown in studies that helping people to control their eating in a less rigid. more compassionate, and understanding matter when they make a diet mistake might actually help to promote healthier eating in the future.

    It was observed that those who treated themselves with compassion when they overate, or ate a “restricted” food, might be more successful at regulating their eating because they are less motivated to eat in order to cope with negative self–feelings, and this might be particularly true of restrictive eaters. Simply put, these people might be able to remain aware of their goals for healthy eating because they have a “clear head” that is not cluttered with negative, critical unpleasant thoughts and feelings.

    So it seems that self-compassion in the wake of our mistakes may help us to better monitor and control our eating. Those who are very restrictive in their dieting and learn to treat themselves compassionately when they break their diets, and avoid the self–criticism and the accompanying guilt, appear to be able to recognize the fact that everyone eats unhealthily once in a while. By doing this, they might control their eating more effectively than those who focus on the negative implications and guilty feelings of their eating mistakes and failures.

    To read the full study:

    I wish you a proactive and productive week!
    33 days ago
    Thanks for weighing in for week 5. We are half way there. You are doing an amazing job. Just being here is half the battle. Remember I'm only an e-mail away if you need to talk about anything. Hugs! Stay strong. Debbie

    37 days ago
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