I was down to 198 about six weeks... then the death angel came through our family took 3 in 8 days. So I put on 4 lbs but I am going to take it off right away. You have encourage me to get started Keep up the good works Merry Christmas
Fantastic news and congratulations, I myself havent been below 200 in many a year till joining spark points. Just getting up the stairs is a little victory for me I always think of the film Rocky where he races up the steps to the theme tune :O)
My little victory is a HUGE step for me...I baked about 20 dozen cookies and did not eat ONE!!! I was tempted but stayed away and kept a full glass of ice water with me I felt so good at the end of the day!!
“It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the grain of sand in your shoe.”
Today I was 140 at the doctor. I haven't seen that number in quite some time. I have passed the halfway mark to my goal.
Happy Days come from a limitless well I can drink from whenever I choose - Petra Van Baar
I thank God for all His Blessings on me, And the mercy that He's bestowed. I'm drinking from my saucer, 'Cause my cup has overflowed. - Michael Combs
Wishing you love, peace, joy, and blessings, Judi
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12/16/10 3:04 A
WOW i would say that ANY loss of weight thru true lifestyle change. is good. i joined Spark at 350+ and last visit was 328, WOW 22 pounds not allot when you consider the 350 but it is in right direction, i just got a nice 45 day membership to inshape city to work out i hope i can loose faster and joind to keep it going, it would be nice to be under 300, maybe even 245 like my drivers license!!! ok how many have that up to date!!??? LOL
My small victory did not exactly have to do with food, but taking care of myself. My dearest friend is having a terrible personal problem, the kind where I want to rush in and help, but can't. I was so stressed my doctor, whom I have to see regularly, saw it right away during a treatment. She told me I had to calm down, whatever it was. A few years ago, I would have thought, "forget the doctor; this is important." Instead I did what I could by calling somebody who truly could help and then told my friend not to talk about it with me anymore. After a day of silence I am now able to talk about it again without getting upset or feeling I have to do anything (which also means no comfort food needed and no health complications due to stress.) It felt incredible to figure out the one most important thing to do to help and do it and then take the problem out of my life. I was amazed how fast it was before I could talk and be kind to my friend again because I took two minutes to THINK and do what could be done and nothing more. I'm not a 12-step person, but this really was the serenity prayer at work.
"Although attempting to bring about world peace through the internal transformation of others is difficult, it is the only way." His Holiness the Dalai Lama
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17,941 12/16/10 2:49 A
My small victory today was a Christmas party breakfast at my Gym/Pool Centre. All my other fellow early morning Swimmers had Bacon and Eggs and I had a Fruit Bowl. They all had fun teasing me!!.
But guess who will still be on track tomorrow?? Hugs Susie
Congratulations, OOPSIEDAISY ! That was a huge Victory for you ! You should be very proud of yourself ! Nicely done ! All the best to you, this Festive Season ! Keep up the great work ! You can do it !
Central Time Manitoba, Canada
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98 12/16/10 2:29 A
I had a good food day (within my calorie goal) and it was mostly because of planning. I had a Christmas lunch with co-workers at Red Lobster, but I checked the nutrition on their website so I was prepared & knew what I was going to order.
In the afternoon, the entire company had a HUGE Christmas party and I went up to get my free mug (dorky, huh?!)....and then I smelled all of the food...BBQ meatballs, cream cheese and peppers wrapped in salami. ALL BAD, but so good. I looked at the food and thought, "is it going to be worth it? How much do I really truly actually want it?" I decided to walk away. I felt a little wistful, I wish I was one of those people that could eat as much as they want...but those finger foods were going to do me in if I started eating them. In spite of feeling wistful, I also felt a little RELIEVED and for once, I felt that I had control over the food rather than the other way around. It was a good feeling. Now, several hours later, I TOTALLY do not regret passing up those meatballs. Had I eaten them, I would be regretting it now, and for just a few minutes of "happiness".
THIS IS HUGE for me!
"You miss 100% of the shots you never take" - Wayne Gretzky
Congrats to all of you. Me too.....Was exactly 217.6 lbs on 12/12/2009 and I am 181.8 as of yesterday. I have NOT been this weight since 1994. I am tired of making more holes in the belt! Going from size 44 to 34, is just a new and different world.
A life style change, a thinking change, and for sure have tested the will power recently.
We took a Royal Carribean Cruise for 5 days to Bahamas, and for sure we thought we would gain a lot. Well, in fact, we came back with an increase of 3 lbs (which is all gone a week later), and in my wife's case it was a 1 lb loss!!!!!!! That is a BIG proof of a Life Changing Alteration for both of us.
This morning I weighed in at 152. I began at 257. I haven't weighed so little since I was 14 years old. Sometimes I scare myself when I feel a bone I never used to know was there. Weird huh? I have to get to know myself all over again. A new person to bring in a New Year!
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9 12/16/10 2:04 A
While it may not seem like much...it is huge for me. I have a NOTORIOUS sweet tooth - which has pretty much been my downfall the past few years. The other night I had my boyfriend over for dinner, and I had purchased some cheesecake for dessert for him. (I know, why avoid temptation when you can stare it in the face?) He's a big boy (tall, not fat) and can pretty much eat anything he wants...hence *2* slices for dessert. I wanted SO badly to just shove my face on a plate, but I knew that I would totally go over my allowed calories for the day. So - instead, I cut a small piece, then cut it in half - and shared it with my daughter. A dessert went from 400 to 200 calories, which while not ideal, was a sign of control for me. Which is why it is my small victory...a few weeks ago I probably would have ate 2 pieces too. :P
Edited by: LILTREECLIMBER at: 12/16/2010 (02:11)
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787 12/16/10 2:02 A
Really being bored with cardio this morning and stopping halfway through... and then not giving up and going on a house clean binge that took an hour at high speed and left me sweating.. and happy!
Edited by: DAVIDPRESCOTT at: 12/16/2010 (02:07)
Whether you think you can or whether you think you can not, you're right. Henry Ford.
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6,259 12/16/10 2:01 A
I don't have to wear just stretchy pants any more.
From the depth of need and despair, people can work together, can organize themselves to solve their own problems and fill their own needs with dignity and strength.
My small victory is getting my strength routines in 3 or 4 times a week since the 1st!
Have not been at all consistent with cardio, but we are talking about small victories!
.................................... Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith ....................................
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19,549 12/16/10 1:33 A
I consider it a miracle to have lost the 70 pounds in one year and not adding any even though I am truely on a plateau. I don't recall the last time I was at this weight and am loving it. I have a ways to go but no matter what, I am happy!!!
Slow & steady makes a winner of us. Even if we hit pitfalls, get up. Know that a new day is right around the corner. Try to be all that you can be. Work at it a day at a time.
"Be not afraid of going slow; be afraid if standing still" (Chinese Proverb)
With God all things are possible.
If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed. ~ David Viscott
MN. Sparks Fat Kickers Team Leader www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/
My little victory is that on 12/15/10 I got below 130. I was 129.4! The last time I was below 130 was 8/5/10!!!! I would get to 131 and then bound to 138 and work back down to 132 back up then down to 133 back up and FINALLY I BROKE THE BARRIER!!!! Now to NOT go back up again!
APRIL 26th 2010,GOAL= 125-122 got to 126.
Jan 1st 2011 = 133 July 31st = 122.8 Aug. 1st = 122.4 Sept. 2nd = 121.6 Oct.1st = 126.8 Nov.17th = 125 Dec.23 = 133 Jan 1st 2012 = 131 February 1 = 127.6 March 1 = 132.4 May 28th 2013=139.6 June 28th 2013=136.1
Fitness Minutes: (67)
2 12/16/10 1:26 A
All positive choices are our collective victories. As we go forward towards the holidays - each time we choose 1/2 a treat, 1/4 of a meal, and veggies rather than fried or creamy ... those are the successes that are major.
In October, friend and I went 30 days without any sugar treats! No candy, cookies, pie, ice cream, etc. We did allow applesauce and jams/jellies.
We did it last week again, but only for a week. These challenges are very hard for me.
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2 12/16/10 1:09 A
The beginning of this year, 2010, was my peak weight... around 220+. Since April, I have really tried to make life changes. Working out and eating healthy. In the past 8th months, I have dropped weight, increased stamina, and enjoy jogging/running/rollerblading with the dog, which I thought I would be the last person to do :P I now weigh around 180... but I feel great. My goal is to be able to take a back packing trip for my 23rd bday next year! Thanks for all the motivation everyone!! keep up the great work.
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2 12/16/10 1:03 A
I'm averaging over 5K steps per day - a huge "step forward" for me (I started at 2K most days). Damn - I shoveled at least for an hour and a half and then walked to the store since my car wouldn't be able to navigate the roads...and it still was only 5K steps. The step forward - I am recognizing that my body says it worked hard today and it doesn't matter if my "goal" of 7K per day didn't happen. What really matters is that I chose to shovel the darn snow - and I chose to walk rather than not. I rock!
Yes, some days it's an effort to force myself to get my exercise in too, especially when I'm feeling tired, or feel like I've overdone it. On rare occasion I may skip or go for a 'lite' exercise day, but I usually do feel better after I've made it to the gym, or other exercise. It will result in feeling a real sense of accomplishment. I also have lots of clothes that are 'big' on me now, and pants I can take off without unbuttoning them! Looking forward to getting to a stable weight and buying some new 'skinny' clothes.
BTW, what's with people who tell you to stop losing weight when clearly they should be thinking about getting their self healthy? Well intentioned, I'm sure, but come on people!
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8 12/16/10 12:55 A
My little victory is having more fruit and vegetables into my daily diet.
"How should we like it were stars to burn/With a passion for us we could not return?/If equal affection cannot be,/Let the more loving one be me."~W.H. Auden
"My bounty is as boundless as the sea, my love as deep; the more I give to thee, the more I have, for both are infinite." ~William Shakespeare
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28 12/16/10 12:49 A
Congratulations, you have alot to be proud of. Keep up the fantastic job.
Those numbers are great to hear. Last night when I stepped on the scale I was within 5 pounds of my goal! Hopefully I'll reach it within the next month, which will be ahead of schedule. Then I'll have to decide if that's where I need to be or if I should try to loose more.
My ultimate target was always to reach a health goal, go try and get off insulin and other medications.
Also, I've developed a goal to reach a level of fitness. I don't have concrete goals, but I have started running for the first time in my life. I've actually run over a mile non-stop on the treadmill. I'd like to be able to run a 10-minute mile, improve on that, and maybe even run 5K or more.
At 47 I'm becoming the athelete that I never was, and I like that a lot. Hopefully I'll also be able to take control of other areas of my life which are in crisis.
For the first time in years I am wearing size 12 jeans - if you would of told me last Christmas that I would have lost 60 pounds, I wouldn't have believed you.
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16 12/16/10 12:40 A
My small victory was in convincing myself to get on the treadmill tonight, even though I had a 2.5 hour commute home (not normal, and traffic is my "worst thing"). Even though I wanted to veg out and feel sorry for myself, I managed to get it done!
Every day is a fresh start; don't measure yourself by yesterday's troubles. -- Dagny Scott Barrios
Today was not a victory! Free tickets to a pancake supper, something which I've craved for the last 3 months, so I rewarded myself. Actually over my daily calory budget for maybe the second time since I started. But tomorrow is a new day and I'll be back on track. At least I did get some exercise today, and too much denial (LOL) probably isn't a good thing! :-)
Today's little victory was in stopping when I was full. I fixed french toast for breakfast. I made 3 pieces, because that's how I can get out of 2 eggs. I almost listened to myself when I said "I can just eat all 3, then I won't have any leftovers." But my stomach said "No, you're full." So I put the extra in a ziplock bag in the refrigerator for tomorrow! It's actually hard to listen to your stomach, but I find that it doesn't really take that much to fill me up so I'm starting to learn to listen to it.
One of the great things about my diet plan, which is basically counting calories, is that I can eat whatever I want. And a slice of French Toast only has 100 calories if I make it with 55 calorie White Wheat bread.
BTW, I was 198 lbs today, so that's enough motivation to keep me eating right, too!
12/4/10 11:26 A
Good for you!
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858 12/2/10 3:12 P
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