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Slow and Steady wins the race

Thursday, September 19, 2013

So I'm trying a new appr0ach to this weight loss journey this time around. I'm trying to lose just one pound at a time. I'm not going to lie I do have a much larger long term goal, with fantasies of skinny jeans and being able to shop for boots and cross my legs and have my husband be able to pick me up.
But when I step on the scale every morning(I know I shouldn't weigh everyday) I am just looking for progress towards the goal of being 1 pound lighter. By approaching it this way a .2 pound loss feels great because thats great progress on a pound not to mention I hit my goal weight about every 2-3 days. I know this will slow down as I get lighter but right now all those little victories really fuel my motivation and make this journey, that I fully expect to take 2-3 years, not seem so daunting.

  
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HARMONYAGAIN 9/19/2013 5:16PM

    If this works for you than it is the right approach! emoticon

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GRAMMY7070 9/19/2013 10:59AM

    I also take it one day at a time. I think it helps to stay off when we lose the weight slowly. It's taken me over a year to lose 20 lbs. , but have kept it off and will continue this way till I reach my goal. You'll reach your goal. I know you can do it. emoticon

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Feeling Impatient.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The past few days have been a little frustrating. I have an addiction to the scale, I want to weigh myself everyday when I know I shouldn't. I have been trying to make myself wait a week before I get on it again, but it's so hard.

I know logically that the number on the scale is unimportant. My brain knows that so many factors such as muscle mass, water retention, and undigested food affect the numbers on the scale. And I also know that numbers on the scale aren't the most accurate measure of success. But this journey is a long one and it can be really difficult for our bodies to be able to do what we want them to do, and that number on the scale can feel so important sometimes.

I know I'm rambling a bit but it's four more days until my official weigh in day and I am feeling very impatient and needed to vent.

  
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KAREN608 8/23/2013 6:20AM

    It is hard to break a scale habit but try to focus on your eating plan, tracking food daily and exercise, to take your mind off of the little rectangular thing. I use the wii fit balance board as my scale and when I step on it says ooh! which is weird, like weighing WITH someone watching. Sometimes I got on mid week to see how things are doing. Sometimes good sometimes an eye opener. Anyway salt is my enemy as I retain water when I crave salty things. You will eventually see other victories like measurements getting smaller- for me that takes time as I have much to lose and going at it slowly with a thyroid that is fighting me tooth and nail, and a doctor that will not give meds for that since I still lose 10 lbs in six months. He tells me do 20, and I am like ...yeah right, tell my thyroid to let me burn the energy already. He is so thin I could use him for a shoehorn.

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PRINCESSAA12 8/22/2013 6:51AM

    oh boy sometimes I feel like that too. Kick that scale watching habit if you can. All it does is to destroy your self esteem. emoticon emoticon Try to look for non-scale victories such as keeping within the calorie range, pants fitting better, face looking thinner. Anything, that keeps you wanting to push further. Good luck. :)

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NELLJONES 8/21/2013 9:00AM

    My goal is my day, and a day isn't reflected on the scale but in my planner. I am at goal now so I weigh every day to catch upward movements immediately, and I don't care if it's water or what, I cut back on my eating. When losing, though, you eat according to a plan every day, and the scale will take care of itself.....over time.

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KACEYSW 8/21/2013 12:39AM

    I have had the same issue in the past. Once you gain victory over the "power" of the scale, it does become easier. It takes time and patience with yourself... You can do this!

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Changing my life because I'm Happy.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

I keep reading all these success stories about how miserable the person was at their highest weight, how it was the worst time of their lives.

I kind of feel just the opposite. I have a wonderful family who loves me unconditionally and a new hubby who thinks I'm the most beautiful woman on earth, even at my heaviest. It's all the good things in my life that are inspiring me to change. Not because I hate my body or because I'm miserable with who i am, but because I want to be the best person I can be for all the wonderful people in my life.

If I used negative emotions to fuel my motivation I don't think I would have made it past the first week. I'm not saying this to diminish anyone's journey, for some that may be the only thing that will truly motivate them. I just think there are so many of us with excessive amounts of weight to lose feel if we just hate our bodies enough it will motivate us to change them. If you love who you are in this moment, and recognize why other people love you too, then you will want to do right by yourself.

I know I'm not breaking new ground here, it's just something that has been bugging me and I wanted to get it off my chest.

  
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MAYBER 9/7/2013 8:54PM

    Thank you for sharing your views
I too am one who was happy with my life it was just that darn scale when it hit the 200 mark I knew it was time to do something
One day at a time
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NANA-B-FITZ 9/3/2013 12:17PM

    Great post
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LINDERVEE 9/2/2013 10:25PM

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You remind me of my mom... her beauty shines from within and people can't help but love her.

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DELLMEL 8/29/2013 8:21AM

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SHAWNGIGI 8/24/2013 11:33AM

    This is just the attitude that I've been working to embrace! Thank you for your words. They have meant so much this morning.

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SMAGEE 8/23/2013 3:28PM

  Thank you so much for your positivity.

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JUSGETTENBY42 8/23/2013 2:40PM

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CANDIK48 8/23/2013 12:19PM

    Good for you!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/23/2013 9:35AM

    I have to agree. I spent a decade hating my body and making only very rare half-assed attempts to lose weight - some healthy, some not - and it was never sufficient motivation for me. Taking control of my own health is actually what did it in my case, and it was because I loved my life and didn't want to lose it! And I wanted to create new life with my husband. Shaming and criticizing myself never motivated me, and during my weight loss process, I only ever did those things when I wasn't happy with my progress. And obviously, that doesn't get the scale moving! So anyways, I totally get what you're saying. Sometimes I feel bad about how people use negativity as fuel - but hey, I guess whatever works for some people! :)

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ABUFFKIN 8/23/2013 6:25AM

    Very well said, thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 8/23/2013 5:54AM

   
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ASCIESZKA 8/23/2013 2:30AM

    Thank you for sharing!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/22/2013 9:35PM

    Awesome blog. You are so right.


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JERICHO1991 8/22/2013 8:51PM

    Good motivation.

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MISSLISA1973 8/22/2013 8:38PM

    Excellent!

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POINDEXTRA 8/22/2013 8:02PM

    I too, wasn't able to make changes in my diet until I began to love myself just as I was. Here's to moving forward from a place of acceptance!

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KIPPER15 8/22/2013 7:47PM

    Great blog. We don't have to hate ourselves to change, we have to want to change. emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/22/2013 6:46PM

  Thanks for the insight. This is productive and good you feel this way. I also appreciated what the other comments also like Spark 942 and others. Good conversations going...

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BABY77A 8/22/2013 5:07PM

    Well said!

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WINDSWEPTACRES 8/22/2013 3:19PM

    I've been trying to remember to bless my body for all the wonderful things it can do, instead of hating it for what it can't do yet. We wouldn't treat a friend, child or lover badly because they couldn't run a 10K, or lift 80 pounds, or walk a balance beam. We need to love ourselves where we are, in order to support the change we want to make. Not easy sometimes, but possible.

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WHITEANGEL4 8/22/2013 2:05PM

    Everyone has a different reason for making this journey. I like you was having no negative feedback from Hubby and family when I was heavy, but now Hubby comments on my weight loss and he is making an effort on his part to lose what he needs too. It helps him the way we prepare our meals. etc. Have a great time as you are changing your lifestyle

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CPIFER2 8/22/2013 1:33PM

  Nicely said.

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SJKENT1 8/22/2013 12:34PM

    awesome!


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LISA_FRAME 8/22/2013 11:42AM

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RURAL3 8/22/2013 11:41AM

    well said

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STEVIEBEE569 8/22/2013 10:57AM

    Absolutely! Thanks for sharing!

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SPARK921 8/22/2013 9:52AM

    I definitely don't hate myself or my body, but I know I have been missing out on things that are FUN for years. My family loves me and I love them, but when they are all skiing and I'm just watching because my calves don't fit in any of the ski boots...it takes some of the fun out of life.

I want to choose whether or not to skip an activity. I don't want my weight to make the choice FOR ME. :-)

Thanks for the words though, it gave me an idea for a blog based on my sentence above. LOL.

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PENOWOK 8/22/2013 7:13AM

    You are very fortunate that you are so loved no matter what!! ...and doubly fortunate that it motivates you to make the changes!! Good for you!! Keep up the great work!

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IDICEM 8/22/2013 7:02AM

  Thanks for the positive way to approach motivation. emoticon

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CVRONEK 8/22/2013 7:02AM

    The more positive I am the better I do.
Not everyone is the same, for sure.

I did get to a point, where I said enough is enough, the time is now, but always with a positive, attitude.
Good luck on your journey!

I know you will do well.


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WATERDIAMONDS 8/22/2013 6:02AM

    Thank you for sharing your point of view

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TRYINGHARD54 8/22/2013 5:55AM

    emoticon for sharing.. this is sooooo true..

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DANAYARAK 8/22/2013 1:35AM

    So that's my problem.... I have the loving husband and supportive family and friends. But, I'm the one that hates my body. How do I get there, I wonder? Thanks for your insight. Gives me a different way to try and look at things.

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HUNTETOWN 8/21/2013 6:22AM

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ROCKLE45 8/20/2013 8:07PM

    I had to reach this point, too, before I could really commit to making changes that would stick! Thank you for your positivity!

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JRRING 8/20/2013 5:42PM

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MRSRIGS1 8/20/2013 3:00PM

    It's always wonderful for me when I read a positive blog! Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 8/20/2013 2:27PM

    Thanks for sharing

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FATTYBOY230 8/20/2013 12:09PM

    I think it all starts in childhood..... of course....... people learn to hate themselves thru external sources. The thick skinned insensitive children don t have the interuptions in learning proper behavior to an extent that a sensitive child has. When we get older and wiser we look back a t these behaviors in ourselves and wonder .... could it have been different. Of course not . You got to make the best of what it is now. My opinions only! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CBRECK77 8/20/2013 11:34AM

    I completely agree. Using a negative viewpoint of your body or abilities will only fuel you so far, and it's a tricky habit to stop. I know this from personal experience. Operating from a place of self-care and acceptance will take you all the way.

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NEWTINK 8/20/2013 6:20AM

    It is true that some of us start with a hate of our bodies, I hated my body for hurting all the time and had done everything I knew to make it stop hurting physically. However two years into this life change I dont physically hurt and have found that my motivations have changed over the course of it . In the end no matter what we all are changing for the better I believe but sometimes like me people have to rock bottom to dig out of it. Kudos for your positive outlook and I wish you well on your changes for whatever reason you are changing for emoticon

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Wedding details mutlipy like bunnies

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Omg I knew planning a wedding was going to be complicated but I had NO idea what I was getting myself into. Invitations, save the dates, rsvp cards, gift registry, guest favors, table runners, flatware, centerpieces, florists, photographers, caterers, the list goes on and on until your head feels like its going to explode. Someone save me from this madness, Lol.

  
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I.M.MAGIC 8/22/2013 9:47PM

    I helped my sister AND my brother plan their weddings... I know what you mean...yikes!
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you get through it but I'm not sure how...lol

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I hate my new scale

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

I have had the same scale for 4 years and it is extremely unreliable. I can stand on it 4 times and it will give me 4 different numbers. Well today i decided it was time for a new one. I went online did my research found one with really great reviews for accuracy and consistency, went to my local wally world and purchased it, and then brought it home. And it consistently, down to the tenth of a pound, weighed me 11 pounds heavier than my old scale. So very very frustrating. I feel like I have taken a huge step backward.

  
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CRAMOMMY 1/9/2013 8:35PM

    I have to say thats a very large difference. Are you making sure to calibrate it? Weight on a solid surface (not a carpet)? Are you weighing yourself naked? I would try a first thing in the morning weigh and see how it goes.

I had a scale from Walmart that got FANTASTIC reviews ... except the damn thing never worked after the first week - Id get wildly different readings. I have this scale myself: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0
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It was a bit of an "investment" BUT it measures Fat, Muscle, Water, and Bone. I was amazed comparing the day I bought it to one month later ... I had lost like 25 lbs in fat but only lost 20 lbs on the scale ...

Oh ... and when I bough this scale - my weight was down 5.5 lbs from the Walmart scale. So I guess the old saying is right- You get what you pay for!

(Oh and the Walmart scale I had was Health-0-Meter brand which is suppose to be the best of the best but Im sure that company is just as guilty as others of making a "less expensive" version for Walmart/Target type places .... think of Targets "Neiman Marcus" line ....)

Oh and please dont take offense to this ... but I noticed on your main page that your weight is close to 300 lbs. Some scales have a top accuracy weight of 250 lbs., 300 lbs, etc. Id say the closer you were to that number the less accurate the result. So if the limit is 300 ... you might be getting an incorrect read because of that... Id be very suspicious of an 11 lbs jump ... just saying. Doesnt sound right.

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KMM1123 1/9/2013 1:47AM

    Sorry to hear that. I don't know why scales are so different all the time. Why is that? Aren't they all supposed to ACCURATELY weigh things? I mean that their job! Why in the world are scales so different? It doesn't make any sense. Have you thought about taking it back and getting a different one? Maybe something's wrong with it? 11 pounds seems like a big difference.

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*MAMA*2*BOYS* 1/9/2013 12:51AM

    Aw, I'm sorry! :( This is why I am refusing to buy a new scale, even though mine sometimes works and sometimes does not.

I know it must feel like a huge step backwards, but remember that it is just a number. You don't look any different, your clothes didn't get tighter, etc. And honestly, most people wouldn't care a bit about how much they weighed as long as they looked and felt a certain way.

Try not to get too down about it! Just emoticon emoticon!!

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