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ShariNov 15, 2015 @ 7:41 PM
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Joined: Nov 10, 2015 (6:19 PM)

Age: 54
Gender: Female
Country: United States
Occupation: Homemaker
This is my last post.  I have so much going on in my life right now.  I'm thankful to have the tools and coping skills from this site.  And, I'll come back from time to time to look at healthy meal ideas.  I wish everyone success.  God bless!

Shari

ShariNov 15, 2015 @ 9:08 AM
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Age: 54
Gender: Female
Country: United States
Occupation: Homemaker
So, yesterday was an emotional day.  I dealt with it by walking - a lot.  I am emotionally drained and depleted. George asked if I wanted anything from Panera Bread.  My Achilles' heel because, of the cornucopia of trans fat baked goods.  Although, I would normally ask for a blueberry scone or two, I said, "No thank you."  I had my coffee and an orange for breakfast and a few walnuts.  I'm mentally tired from not being able to comfort myself with food and I've stopped emotional eating.  It will get easier over time.  The cravings will lesson and my stomach will shrink and it will become my new normal. So, today my body needs rest and I will honor that need and receive self-care.  I have a couple of new arts & crafts books, I'll take a look at.  I haven't watched TV in a week so, I'll have a movie day today.  I won't cave in and eat out of boredom.  Those days are over.  I have self-control and self-discipline.  God is helping me.

Shari

ShariNov 14, 2015 @ 12:37 PM
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Age: 54
Gender: Female
Country: United States
Occupation: Homemaker
Thank you for your kind words, Ashley.  And, thank you for your encouragement and support as always.  Yesterday my daughter took me to the Genghis Grill.  It is Mongolian food.  Asian food is extremely healthy.  When I was in Korea, two years ago, I lost 12 lbs. in 10 days.  Asian food consists mostly of vegetables with meat added for flavoring.  There is always rice.  There is no sugar in their tea and they do not eat fat. They have fruit for dessert.  So, I was able to maintain my healthy diet by ordering a small portion bowl of mostly vegetables (broccoli and green beans) with 3 oz. of fish and some rice.  So, I stayed on track.  I had a treat of an 8 oz. of zero calorie diet soda. I rarely eat out but, that night my daughter and I ate out for dinner.  I had plain fish tacos (no sauce) with a side with a spring mix salad with vinaigrette on the side.  After dinner, I had a craving for a sweet dessert.  The sugar addiction rearing it's ugly head and tempting me.  So, I quashed that by having a decaf coffee with milk and one calorie free sweetener package.  And, that's all I needed to get through the craving.  I, also, bought a second Hamster after lunch yesterday.  I named him Turbo.  He will never have a weight issue because, he continually runs on his exercise wheel.  He's inspirational.  I walk every day and I get exercise in by parking farther away and using the stairs.  I keep busy every day which helps.  I have a lot of pets to care for:  4 Chihuahuas and 2 Syrian Hamsters.  They give me unconditional love and I enjoy caring for them.  It helps relieve my stress about my Mother's disease.  I will post once a day.  Whenever I have a free moment to write down my thoughts.  I hope that this site will come alive again.  And, if not my words will remain as accountability for myself.  And, for others if they check out the site in the future.  To be continued tomorrow...

Shari

Ashley - Health EducatorNov 13, 2015 @ 6:41 PM
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Great work Shari!



It sounds like you are putting a ton of hard work into this I am very sorry to hear about your mother and the difficult circumstances you mentioned though. I am glad you are taking good care while you are dealing with all this.





Ashley, Health Educator

The HWC Support Team

ShariNov 13, 2015 @ 9:55 AM
Posts: 6
Joined: Nov 10, 2015 (6:19 PM)

Age: 54
Gender: Female
Country: United States
Occupation: Homemaker
Day 3 of posting on this seemingly post-apocalyptic site.  It's strange to be the only one on here but, I continue...I woke in the middle of the night feeling ill from hunger so, I ate a few crackers and went back to sleep.  This morning, despite not being a breakfast person, I ate anyway to prevent me overeating later.  I'm sticking to my scheduled meals!  I've lost 4 lbs. thus far.  16 lbs. to go!  

Shari

ShariNov 12, 2015 @ 3:23 PM
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Joined: Nov 10, 2015 (6:19 PM)

Age: 54
Gender: Female
Country: United States
Occupation: Homemaker
I posted an icon photo but, there is a technical issue.  I'm also wondering if this site has been abandoned?  Regardless, I'm going to post in this thread about my progress, even if I'm the only one here.  I lost 2 lbs. overnight by eating 3 small portion healthy meals and drinking water and coffee.  It was easy because I was very busy and I didn't have time to think about food or snacking.  I haven't read the whole program in it's entirety but, I am implementing what I remember so far.  I have pre-packed snack bags with the right quantity of protein (today it's Walnuts).  And, I stopped myself from skipping breakfast so, I wouldn't be starving later and over compensate.  I'm conscious of what I am eating in the moment and I record everything in my Healthy Weight Journal. Only 17 lbs. to go!  If I feel hungry, I tell myself, "This is just a temporary cycle and in 10 minutes the feeling will go."  And, it does.  After breakfast, I walked to the store instead of driving there.  I bought 3 oranges and 2 bananas and walnuts.  I also pray daily for God to help me to lose weight.  Today, I have a quieter afternoon, before class tonight, so I have a "fun tote" of happy distractions, like:  Sudoku, Circle Word Puzzles, a novel, knitting and crochet pattern projects.  I have a couple of new Arts & Crafts kits coming in the mail:  Polymer clay, I want to make a clay sculpture of my Syrian Fancy Black Bear Hamster named Remy.  And, a Pom Pom Dogs kit so, I can make Pom Pom Chihuahuas.  I have four Chihuahuas.  Before I joined this group, I had hit rock bottom, emotionally, a couple of times.  The Catholic Church was there for me and took me in and I had counseling with a Priest.  I'm taking RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) classes to become Catholic.  It is really helping me with self-discipline, self-control and it gives me the structure that I need.  I don't judge others and I know I won't be judged for mentioning it.  I want to share everything I am doing in my journey of weight loss success which includes God and the church.  More tomorrow...

Shari

ShariNov 10, 2015 @ 7:11 PM
Posts: 6
Joined: Nov 10, 2015 (6:19 PM)

Age: 54
Gender: Female
Country: United States
Occupation: Homemaker
Hi! I am so happy with the results from the Panic Center, I decided to join the Healthy Weight Center.  I joined because, I've gained weight due to emotional eating and stress.  I am in an emotionally abusive marriage and I am in counseling.  My Mother is also dying from cancer.  I need to lose 18 lbs.  I am at a crossroads.  I could continue to gain weight or, I could stop and go back down to a healthier weight.  My choice is clear.  I am here.  I need the coping skills and tools and support of others to make this permanent lifestyle change.  I know two things.  One, it won't be easy.  Two, with perseverance, I can do this and so can you.

Shari

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