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June, 2014

I just looked back at my gallery, and the last photo I posted here was of our house buried in a three-foot snowfall, with the caption, "Not going anywhere for a while." Apparently, I was referring to my weight loss as well.

The downward spiral has continued, unchecked. I weighed 188 bounds last week! Which means I have had to buy fat clothes, I get winded doing my gardening, my feet hurt, and I am a generally cranky wench, when I can get my depressed butt ...
June, 2014

I just looked back at my gallery, and the last photo I posted here was of our house buried in a three-foot snowfall, with the caption, "Not going anywhere for a while." Apparently, I was referring to my weight loss as well.

The downward spiral has continued, unchecked. I weighed 188 bounds last week! Which means I have had to buy fat clothes, I get winded doing my gardening, my feet hurt, and I am a generally cranky wench, when I can get my depressed butt off the couch.

But, notice I said last week. Got a new outlook this week! Feeling fantastic for the first time in a couple of years. Yay!

Changing my ticker, owning my misdeeds, coming back to clean up the mess I have made by ignoring my basic physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.



January, 2012

Just decided to make my ticker accurately reflect what's going on. I thought, "Well, I haven't really gained all that much..." but GUESS WHAT? Instead of being a quarter of the way to my goal, I'm almost back to the halfway point--I'm 162.6, after my low of 151.2.

Wednesday Thursday Friday?!?!

I'd managed to keep all the weight off for a couple of years with very little effort--or rather, no more than what I was regularly doing. But what I was "regularly doing" was exercising consistently and being mindful of what I crammed down my gaping maw.

Not been quite so on top of it lately, though.

Eating less, moving more. Starting 4 days ago. It feels as good as I remember to nourish my body and make it sweat :)

Onward.



January, 2010

Quote of the month: "If you don't need it, don't eat it."

Well. If that doesn't just sum it up, I don't know what does. Thank you to my fiery, shoot-from-the-hip, calorie-incinerating, sassy, gorgeous PSEUDOBRITCHICK.


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November, 2010

Here's a tidbit of wisdom from the lovely PONDMOM. I wanted to put it here because we ALL need to hear these words at some point in our journeys. I may not need them today, but I will need them someday. And here they are...

"Value yourself. Treat yourself respectfully and compliment yourself on what you do well just the same as you would compliment another. When you disappoint yourself, tell yourself you are not a perfect person, which makes you no different from anyone else. You will not execute your weight loss plan flawlessly. Allow yourself some setbacks and keep those setbacks in perspective. When you have a failure, resolve to not repeat it, but most of all resolve to not let that failure define your ability to meet your goals."

Isn't she brilliant?

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September, 2010

Here's my original intro from when I started Spark. Cause it's a fresh SparkStart for this girlie...

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My name is Lori and I can do this! And if I can, so can you!

I eat real stuff. Lots of plants. Some meat and low fat dairy. 100% whole grains. No trans fats. No corn syrup or fructose or crap. At least most of the time. Cause we're all human and those Skinny Cow Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches are good even though I don't know what's in 'em...

The best thing about losing 30 pounds so far is the clothes! Every time I go to the store I find something cute and IT FITS!! I'm a size 12 now, which I feel the need to share because I keep seeing people on here who weigh the same as me and are a size 6 or smaller and I am hoping they are taller than 5'3", or else I'm gonna get depressed. Twelve is the smallest size I can remember EVER being as an adult (twice--when I got married and right before I got pregnant with my first child. It all hit the skids from there...) so I'm pretty happy with this.

But I want MORE. I don't just want clothes to fit--I want them to look great. And I want to be able to wear any style I want. And I want my husband to have a hot wife. And I want my kids to have an energetic, fit mommy. And I want my parents to have their daughter around for a very, very long time to take care of them well into their elderliness.

I'ma gonna get it, too!

The other best thing about losing weight has been the benefits of the exercise. I ran my first 5K (THAT sucked--I learned both that I could do it AND that I hate to run...) and my blood pressure went from 120/80 to 104/60. I do intense cardio 2-3 times a week (usu elliptical at HR 144+ or running), walk 3 times/wk, and ST 3 times a week. Then I take Pilates and Yoga twice a week. In Sept I will have both kids in school (mornings, anyway) so I will have to come up with a new plan...but for now, this is working.

And just as a backstory, I started all this because of two events in my life--I turned 40 and got sick of being the fat girl in my circle of friends, and my younger sister died of Hodgkins Lymphoma. My dad is a time-bomb, with heart disease, diabetes, emphysema, etc. and the writing was on the wall for me. If I didn't change something, pronto, I was going either the way of my sister (not that her illness was linked to her lifestyle, but plenty of cancers are) or the way of my dad. And I didn't particularly care for either option. Uh, I think I'll go the eat less, move more, stay healthy route--thanks all the same.



August, 2010

I am the Motivator of the Day. *I* am the Motivator of the Day?? Spark Guy needs to do his research! I haven't motivated anyone to do anything in a long time :( Least of all myself. Yeah, I'm still hanging in there with the maintenance, but just barely. I can see that the creeping up is going to start if I don't get back to some kind of routine. So here it goes. I have 10 days or so till my darling children jump on that bus and get the heck back to school. I love having them home all summer!! BUT. It's mama time now. Time to go back to the gym. Time to plan healthy meals. Time to stay home and accomplish stuff. Time to spark again. IT IS TIME.

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March, 2010

It has been almost a whole year since I've updated my Spark Page? WTH?? Where have I been?

Well, you know I'mma tell ya...

I've been maintaining. Now, this sounds like a good thing, unless you know that I'm not at goal and I have no business being in maintenance for a YEAR. But, it's not all bad. While I would have liked to lose this last 15 or so pounds, I'm pretty happy to know that with not very much effort, I can stay where I am. After a couple of years of borderline obsessive tracking and fitness, I've found a happy place where I'm more active, more aware of what and how much I eat, and generally able to stay away from emotional eating or binges of any kind. That's huge.

But it's time. Time to stop forking over 40 bucks every month to WW because I've been 5 pounds from my lifetime goal for a year. Time to get back to planning and tracking and running and yoga and all the other things that made me feel SO GOOD when I was doing them faithfully. Time to admit that, while I have not gained any weight in the past year, I have gained inches (1-2 all over) due to the fact that I've lost tone and muscle mass.

So, here we go. I know I can maintain. I just need to get to my goal first! Who's with me???

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**Thanks to my dear friend TURTLEGIRLPA who reminded me that I'm not doing this for the clothes or a vacation or even for a number on the scale. I'm doing this because I feel the strongest, fittest and most beautiful I've ever felt in my life. And that's why I changed the title of my page!

May 2009

I think I have a problem. I used to have issues overdoing it with food. Then it was SparkPeople (not that I don't love y'all, but...it was excessive) and now it's the exercise.

I am overdoing it.

As with so many things in my life, I have gone overboard and that's never good. The scale is getting stuck again, and I think that's due to an overabundance of fitness. My goal of a couple hours in the gym a few day a week has morphed lately into 3-4 hours, 4-5 days a week. Plus, you know, "light" fitness on the off days, which is probably what most people think of as just "exercise" (ice skating, hiking, a 5 mile walk...You know..."light" stuff!)

My new plan for this month (cause I'm all over the place like this...) is:

Nutrition:
6 points for breakfast and lunch, 10 points for dinner, 3 points for snacks. That's 25. A little more food for all the calories I like to burn!

Fitness:
Monday--Yoga and Step/Sculpt morning OR evening classes. Not both.
Tuesday--run 3 miles and Pilates.
Wednesday--rest. I mean it. No fitness. Clean my house or something!
Thursday--Interval, Yoga and Pilates.
Friday--rest. No lie.
Saturday--Body Sculpt and Spin
Sunday--walk 4 miles

I know that doesn't look much different from what I said I was doing last month, but I lied. I was doing WAY more than that.

Revamping my goal of 147 for the end of May. 138 by the start of the new school year.

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April 1, 2009

Oh, geez, I passed the 40 pound mark and I forgot to celebrate! So here it is:

WAHOO!!

Now that the scale is "unstuck" this is going along pretty well. I do WW and I get 22 points a day, plus my 35 extra points. I've been eating 5 for breakfast, 5 for lunch (and not a speck in between!) and then having a very substantial and filling snack at 3:30 or so, just before my son gets off the bus. See, that time was a particular challenge for me. He gets home, I make him a snack, eat half of it myself, and then start prepping dinner, picking all the while because I'm hungry. But not any more.

Now I eat that substantial snack before all the craziness. Usually 3-5 points, and it includes protein (nuts or dairy), fruit, and whole grains (usu popcorn, because it really does fill me up). What this does is that it satisfies me and I don't pick at another thing until dinner, and then I'm not ravenous and I can just eat a reasonable amount and stop when I'm satisfied. I mean, I've been leaving food on my plate. What the...?!

That brings me to around 20 points, and I still have room for a "treat" each night--usually a glass of wine or a Skinny Cow.

On Saturdays, I let loose a bit and enjoy just eating and socializing with no guilt, because my 35 points takes care of that.

As for fitness, I'm getting into spinning. So my routine looks like this:

Mon--20/20/20 class, yoga, spinning
Tues--Interval training, Zumba, Pilates
Wed--rest
Thurs--interval training, Pilates, Yoga
Fri--rest
Sat--ST, spinning
Sun--walk

It's a pretty extreme amount of time at the gym (2-3 hours a day, 4 days a week) but I have that luxury right now and I'm using my time for ME, not to clean my house and do errands.

My goal is to get to 147 by the end of April, which is my WW goal for lifetime membership. After that, I'm shooting for 138 by the end of June and see how I feel about that.

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Feb, '09--I'm back to interval training, spinning, a boatload of cardio and yoga classes a week, PLUS...I'm being more honest with my tracking and making sure all those things I bite, lick, and taste between meals go on my tracker (or better yet, don't go in in the first place) and GO FIGURE the scale is starting to move again. I would like to say I was on the world's longest plateau (6 mos.) but you and I both know, it was my own doin'! No more of that!!

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Jan '09--I have taken a good look at my weigh in reports and realized I have been in maintenance mode. That would be fantastic, if I were at my goal weight! I'm encouraged by knowing that when I DO get to goal, I should be able to maintain...I've been doing it for 6 months. But the problem is that I want to get back to losing, so I need to tighten up my plan a bit.

I've been walking a lot. This is great fun as I do it with my girlfriends and I don't get all sweaty, so I can, you know, accomplish OTHER things in addition to workouts without stopping for yet another shower and blow dry. But the problem is that it's not burning enough calories. So I am committing to getting back to interval training wherein I run/walk/jog/run until I am a big sweaty mess (one hour). I'm also going back to strength training, which I have drifted away from.

As far as eating, yes, I have maintained with that, too. Logging my food most of the time. Usually making good choices. But lots of bites of this and tastes of that and "oh, who cares, I'll be back on program tomorrow"s. And to my credit, I am back on program the next day--the next meal, usually. I don't have the issues with binges and emotional eating that I have struggled with for so long. I really feel as if I am eating like a thin person--when I'm hungry, good foods, not to excess.

But I do need to be more consistent if I am going to lose. I need to start by planning every week. This has always been the cornerstone of my program and it is critical to my success. I also need to track daily, as well as stay within my point range.

I would like to reach my goal within 6 months. That's less than a pound a week, which I find is reasonable for me. I don't like to do it faster because I just end up feeling deprived. Half a pound a week is generally painless for me.

Onward and downward!

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My name is Lori and I can do this! And if I can, so can you!

I eat real stuff. Lots of plants. Some meat and low fat dairy. 100% whole grains. No trans fats. No corn syrup or fructose or crap. At least most of the time. Cause we're all human and those Skinny Cow Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches are good even though I don't know what's in 'em...

The best thing about losing 30 pounds so far is the clothes! Every time I go to the store I find something cute and IT FITS!! I'm a size 12 now, which I feel the need to share because I keep seeing people on here who weigh the same as me and are a size 6 or smaller and I am hoping they are taller than 5'3", or else I'm gonna get depressed. Twelve is the smallest size I can remember EVER being as an adult (twice--when I got married and right before I got pregnant with my first child. It all hit the skids from there...) so I'm pretty happy with this.

But I want MORE. I don't just want clothes to fit--I want them to look great. And I want to be able to wear any style I want. And I want my husband to have a hot wife. And I want my kids to have an energetic, fit mommy. And I want my parents to have their daughter around for a very, very long time to take care of them well into their elderliness.

I'ma gonna get it, too!

The other best thing about losing weight has been the benefits of the exercise. I ran my first 5K (THAT sucked--I learned both that I could do it AND that I hate to run...) and my blood pressure went from 120/80 to 104/60. I do intense cardio 2-3 times a week (usu elliptical at HR 144+ or running), walk 3 times/wk, and ST 3 times a week. Then I take Pilates and Yoga twice a week. In Sept I will have both kids in school (mornings, anyway) so I will have to come up with a new plan...but for now, this is working.

And just as a backstory, I started all this because of two events in my life--I turned 40 and got sick of being the fat girl in my circle of friends, and my younger sister died of Hodgkins Lymphoma. My dad is a time-bomb, with heart disease, diabetes, emphysema, etc. and the writing was on the wall for me. If I didn't change something, pronto, I was going either the way of my sister (not that her illness was linked to her lifestyle, but plenty of cancers are) or the way of my dad. And I didn't particularly care for either option. Uh, I think I'll go the eat less, move more, stay healthy route--thanks all the same.
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Member Since: 1/29/2008

SparkPoints: 20,405

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My Goals:
Live longer and healthier.



Set a good example for my kids.



Look good and feel confident in a great pair of jeans.



Take good care of myself, my family and the planet through my food choices.



My Program:
I develop a written menu and shop for groceries weekly so there is always something delicious and healthy on hand to eat.



I read labels and choose the foods we eat carefully, emphasizing organic produce and eliminating as much hydrogenated oil, corn syrup, white flour and sugar as possible.



I follow the WW Flex Points plan, journaling daily and weighing in and attending a meeting every Tuesday.



I do cardio 4-6 times per week and strength train at least twice a week.

Personal Information:
I live with my husband and two kids in central Connecticut. I'm a special education teacher (grade 6) who's just returning to working full time after a bunch of years home with my kidlets.

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I love to cook and entertain. I garden organically and I'm pretty handy :)



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JESJES
6/11/2013 1:05:47 PM

Hey there Lori! Looks like you're on a spark break. I'm signing on for the first time in a long time, finally prioritizing myself and my health again after quite a long break, adjusting to motherhood, etc. I hope you and your family are all doing well. What are you growing in the garden this year? We have greens (chard, kale, collards, lettuces, purslane), various squash, melons, pumpkins, cucumber, herbs, and lots of tomatoes. And strawberries!



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2/11/2013 8:45:17 AM

Thank for the comment! Nothing really "happened", just one of those days that everything seemed to go opposite of planned and needed an extra 1, 2 punch! emoticon



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2/8/2013 7:45:09 PM

Awww...Didn't mean to make you feel bad! I'll go copy and paste it for you! Have fun with the kids!



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Hope to see your emoticon Goal added to the Forest list soon! emoticon



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