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365th day on SP

Monday, September 24, 2012

Actually, because of the leap year, and because on not recalling precisely when I first logged in, that's an approximation, but I think of September 25 as the date, so that's what I'm going with. Scribbled this following note on the sept 25-oct 1 class's message board, and thought I should also record it here for posterity.

Happy anniversary to us

Sparkiversary, whatever you want to call it. Anyone reading this has been peeking at this site for about a year, as I have, and I'd love to hear your tales on how the site has affected you. Successes, challenges, whatever, it's worth telling, I think.

Me, I'm down between 20-25 lbs. The initial goal was a 25 lb decrease, and I've woken up a couple of times at that mark, but I haven't managed to make it stick for three days yet, which is my marker for something that's real and not artifact. But I'm close. It's a combination of paying attention to details, whether of caloric numbers, or fat content, etc, that this site has made me aware of, that's helped me in this particular journey, whereas earlier attempts lacked for that information, and floundered when I've encountered work difficulties, etc.

That said, I don't know for sure whether this is a permanent loss, since, while being aware of those numbers, it hasn't resulted in me really altering how I eat. Sure, there's less fast food in my diet these days, but that's driven somewhat by external circumstances, and when those change, that factor may change along with it. I still feel like I snack way too much, on the wrong kinds of things. I may feel some guilt over it, but that hasn't stopped me.

I feel like I'm liable to weight gains still, since I see that I've rapidly gained 5-7 lbs (lasting gains, as opposed to reversible sodium weight) on a couple of occasions, and slowly had to regain that ground. The fact that I'm regaining that ground (meaning, re-losing that weight) is a good sign, since it means I'm cognizant of what needs to be done, and am in enough control to re-orient myself in the right direction after lapses, some of which have been from deliberate choices of a celebratory nature.

Hadn't intended to ramble on at this length, but there you have it, me at a year after first peeking at Spark People. Feel free to share your tales of triumph or woe. This team has fallen by the wayside, but I know a few of you are still around, would love to hear how you're doing.

All in all, weightwise, a good year. I'm calling 183 lb the official one year number, for a loss of 22 lbs. I'm resetting the goal for the next year at 170 lbs, think I'm capable of shedding that, despite how badly I've plateaued over the past 5 months. Gives me something to re-focus on, if nothing else.

Weird thing is, I don't feel significantly healthier....it's a thought that I want to think about more before sharing how I feel about it, so, stay tuned if you're curious, I suppose....

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LEFTHANDLUKE 9/26/2012 1:27AM

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RANDOMLY_HONEST 9/25/2012 8:04AM

    Congrats on your 1 year and your progress. You may find that some of these habits are more permanent than you thought. After I started cutting down on fast food (due to monetary reasons more than anything else), I found after a few months that I didn't even enjoy the taste anymore, or that I'd get sick when I ate it. And just by incorporating those healthy habits slowly, you're making them the new normal for your body. emoticon

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SEASONS__CHANGE 9/24/2012 11:46PM

    Congratulations on the 22lb weight loss! Even with the ups and downs that is still progress.


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CATHOLICCORGI 9/24/2012 7:44PM

    Congrats on your emoticon !!!
SP has made a big difference in my life. I did not lose the weight I initially wanted to, but I AM down. If I can do the same thing in the next year, I will be that much closer to my initial goal. The weight is important, but it is not the main important thing for me. I have more confidence in myself, I have more faith in God and others. I have learned to eat healthier and well... I even LIKE apples now! And water! LOL!
Exercise is the key to losing more weight for me. I know this! I am using my DH's strokes as a semi excuse. I can always find 15 minutes each day... I just do not do it. What is 15 minutes? I spend that on FB, so why not on the Wii?
Anyhoo... I am going to blog on October 1, 2012. Gonna be a long one, too! emoticon I haven't written in over 3 months...
Life happens! And we have survived!
This SPARKing isn't a sprint... it's a marathon, and we WILL win the race!
It's more important to enjoy the journey... and I have enjoyed getting to know YOU!
Thank you for your support, encouragement and checking in on me!
May we both have a successful and enlightening New SparkYear!
Peace be with you!
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DIET_FRIEND 9/24/2012 5:40PM

    If you stay with your new lifestyle, you will surely see more weight dropping off. Isn't it great to be so many pounds away from 200? I will be so ecstatic when I am in 100-ville!

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not crossing the line in anything approaching fine fashion

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

I just updated my status with the observation that I was stumbling toward the 1 year mark on Spark, and thought that thought could stand a bit more fleshing out. I mark that anniversary probably late next week (Class of sept 25-Oct 1 from last year, so using 9/25, in lieu of more specific knowledge). I've had a goodly share of ups and downs weight wise, over those nearly 365 days, but I'm glad to not that the initial goal of shedding 25 lbs has more or less been accomplished - the 180 lb barrier has been breached a couple of times, but it hasn't quite stuck yet, so I don't consider that official. But I've been sub-185 for a good few weeks now.

As nice as that is, it also points out the barrier to any further weight loss. In a word, it might be defined as apathy. I got to certain point along the way and allowed myself to slack in the knowledge that I knew how to recover. This latest bit of apathy has struck at the point of accomplishing my goal, and yet, instead of pushing myself across that line and basking in the accomplishment, I seem content to have more or less done it. I say that, even though my weight hasn't significantly increased over the past two weeks, I also haven't done a lick of what I'd consider exercise. I have thought about it of multiple occasion, and just haven't managed to push myself into doing anything. Rather annoying,really, but there you have it.

That said, I guess it is time to figure out the next goal....I'll finish the first year of sparking down about 22-25 lbs, and while I don't anticipate a similar result the next year (had a bit of "easy" weight at the start of the trip) I think I might be able to lose another 10 to 15 lbs, and return to the 165 lbs I weighed a decade ago.

Of course, potential life changes could knock those plans way off kilter...but then again, those same factors that lead me to allow slacking off on occasion would still hold true: after a year poking around this site, I seem to have picked up a clue on how to combat those lapses, and I think I could handle even more backsliding, were it to occur.

Don't anticipate that would be the case, but it's nice to have those weapons in the arsenal!

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SIRENSONGS 9/18/2012 10:27AM

    Happy one year Sparkversary, and congratulations on reaching your goal. It can definitely be hard to stay motivated, but don't let it go for too long, lest your weight creep up on you again. It's definitely happened to me a few times when apathy has kicked in! It sounds like you're aware of all this though, and I'm happy to read that you're going to keep on going!


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ELAYNE39 9/18/2012 8:58AM

    Great blog! You've done great so far. Sometimes it's hard to stay motivated, but sounds like you are getting back on track. Congratulations and Happy Sparkiversary!

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Being bad(ish) today, foodwise, Doritos and soda pop forming the staples of today's diet. Oh, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Umm, oops. I'm sure the scale will punish me appropriately next week, especially since I'm looking at what ought to be a fun weekend. A couple of friends got married back in June, and will be having their reception/party this weekend - they rented out all the campsites at a county park a few miles south of Madison! Looking forward to it, not least because as bad as I am at keeping in touch with people, I haven't seen those two nearly often enough this year, let alone other friends I know primarily through them.

But it's not just those second degree people that I haven't seen, it's also people I used to hang out with on semi-regular occasion, from the previous job, that I've lost touch with. Might see a couple of those people this weekend, hope it isn't awkward. Guess I'll find out.

Wish I'd done a few things, and few things differently this summer. But that time's done and gone, time to move on, eh? Forward we go.

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Something something dark side

Monday, September 03, 2012

Opened up this window, and then forgot why. So you get a Family Guy reference.
Spent the last few days with my brother and sis-in-law, or, more importantly, with my 15 month old nephew. Good times. Look forward to seeing how many more words he adds to his vocabulary the next time I make it back over here.

Spent a lot of the time I've been here eating, or so it's felt like. The scale is reflecting the damage, though, it's been moderated the last couple of days, as well as the fact that I seem to be having stomach issues. After not having puked without being sick for ages, I've now done so twice. Seems like the eating of juicy things at the end of a meal (cucumbers, and watermelon, the second time) isn't treating the tummy well. Will have to keep an eye out on that, it's weirding me out.

Will spend another day or two with the parents before heading back to Madison. Have been in an unsocial mood, just not wanting to catch up with anyone on this trip. Not entirely sure what that's about, but there you have it.

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LEFTHANDLUKE 9/13/2012 11:18PM

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SEASONS__CHANGE 9/4/2012 7:16PM

    Sorry to hear you've been sick and feeling a bit detached. We all go through this from time to time. If the stomach thing continues, it might be a good idea to see the doc to find out what's going on.

Until then, keep your spirits high.

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KING_SLAYER 9/4/2012 7:03PM

    "Have been in an unsocial mood, just not wanting to catch up with anyone on this trip. Not entirely sure what that's about, but there you have it."

Perhaps you're anti-social? I'm just spit-ballin' here. I totally get it though, there's a lot of times that I don't want to run into people and have that "how you been", "whatcha been up to" conversation. Of course I've been told that I am anti-social ... and a borderline sociopath. But hey, we all got our quirks!!

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yikes bikes

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

So, got access to a scale I trust, and the psycho scale might not be all that far off. I still doubt I gained 8 lbs in 8.5 hours of travelling, but I may well have put on 6 lbs in 5 days. Probably half of that in pizza over the past hour, so I'm sweating it exactly not a whit, but, still and all, annoying to see the number creeping upwards so soon. Since I'm slated to stick around another 5 days or so, hoping don't replicate the 7 lb increase that occurred the last time I wandered back to see the parents/bro and sis in law/nephew (especially the latter, no matter how much he's protesting having to go to sleep right at this moment).

Recollection triggered by an event yesterday: when I was a kid, I used to call cucumbers "pukeumbers", because they often made me heave. I liked them enough that I'd try them again and again, and on too many occasions, I lost, so eventually, I took the hint. This was different from, say, bananas, which I didn't like and also made me queasy. But eventually, I took a shot at both cukes and bananas, and found they didn't really bother me anymore. Except the last couple of years, every once in a while, cucumbers bug me a bit, and last night, I ate dinner, finished it off with fresh cukes from my dad's garden, and, well, remember what I called 'em as a kid? Yeah.

Anyway, I'll wake up tomorrow, and the weight will be 184ish, and I'll still be annoyed, but it's better than 188. I guess.


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