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New Shirt Surprise!

Saturday, December 08, 2012

The other afternoon I stopped in a store that was having some serious sales. I had a coupon, of course, and I decided to use it. The coupon was for $10 off a purchase of $25, and I decided to reward myself for all of my hard work. I put about 5-6 items that I wanted to try on, in my cart . (I was trying on tops and capris that were smaller than my current ones.) Every item but one that I tried on fit. The top that didn't fit was a smaller size but still way too big! Since I do have a budget, I chose 2 tops that matched shorts that are "hard to match" colors. One top is a light metallic purple and the other was an odd shade of lime green. The exciting news is that the green top was a size extra large and it was only $8! It has been about 14 years since I wore a size extra large! How exciting is that?

I'm learning to appreciate and celebrate new, non-scale measurements of progress. My clothes are getting looser, my lab numbers are improving, I'm feeling stronger with more energy and I have more confidence. As the new and improved version of me begins to emerge, I am getting excited about my future. I feel that every day is filled with blessings and opportunities to rediscover my inner spark!

  
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SLENDERELLA61 12/9/2012 7:37AM

    You are doing so GREAT, Cyndi!! I'm excited about our future, too!!

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I've Now Lost 15 Pounds Since September!

Friday, December 07, 2012

It is official! Today I got my 15 pound award at Weight Watchers. So far I've gotten my 5 pound award, my 5% body weight award and now my 15 pound award. It is so motivating to have the Weight Watchers leader announce your achievement and have everyone clap and congratulate you. It makes me want to be more diligent in my efforts to stay with my plan. The old saying, "Success breeds success," is really true.

I'm going to join SLENDERELLA61 and start a streak of days when I stay within my range. I think my first goal is to see if I can have a streak of 7 (or perhaps more?) days straight between now and Christmas. I chose 7 because I know that there may be a time when I'm faced with holiday goodies between now and then. I do have 49 flex points but I'd like to see if I can go a whole week without using any of them or any of my activity points. I know I can do it.

  
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TJCADDO 12/7/2012 9:47PM

    Great job! I like Slenderella too! She is very inspiring and your story was very inspiring too.
Keep going keep going!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 12/7/2012 9:43PM

    Congrats!!

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Tracking Is Key To Success

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

One thing that I have learned on both Spark People and Weight Watchers is that tracking what you eat is key to your own success. Only once this week did I partially track and I am positive that I went way off plan for that day. This is the first week since I began Weight Watchers in September that I've used all of the 49 weekly plus points. I have never used my activity points either but I may end up using some of those this week if I'm not careful! I do a much better job of eating healthy when I plan my eating in advance. This particular day, I went to a birthday party and did fairly well but I could have done better. The next time an occasion like this rolls around, I will plan my eating a little differently and have better success. Am I beating myself up over it? No way! Since I'm on a lifelong journey, one day of falling off my plan is just a little blip on my radar!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 12/5/2012 8:12AM

    I know just what you mean - if I don't track my food I don't lose. It's as simple as that!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/4/2012 10:46PM

    Very good! Good attitude. Those extra pointsplus are there for such occasions, so you can live your life and still meet your goals. You are doing just GREAT!! Looking good.

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5% Of My Body Weight Is Gone!

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Yesterday was a milestone day for me. I have lost 5% of my body weight so far with Weight watchers and 35 pounds overall since I started with Spark People. I actually weighed myself at home yesterday morning before working out and I had missed my goal weight by .2 of a pound. I have a lovely purple outfit that I purchased as a reward for myself but didn't wear it because of the .2 of a pound. I promised my Weight Watchers friends that I would wear it to next week's meeting. I am hoping that I will lose another 6 pounds by Christmas. I even joined a "Lose 6 Pounds By Christmas" Challenge! I'm hoping that if I lose 1-2 pounds per week, I can be the challenge winner. Even if I'm not the overall challenge winner, I will win by dropping the weight! emoticon

  
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    Doesn't it feel great??!!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/1/2012 8:22PM

    CONGRATS!!! You are doing great, Cyndi. I'm so proud of you. Celebrate your milestone!!!

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It Feels Amazing!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sigh! My daughter left to go home this afternoon. I miss her a lot but not the way I did the last time she visited. I expected to be a basket case but I wasn't. "Why?" I asked myself. The answer is surprising. I am eager to get back into my exercise routine (I only went to the gym once during her visit) . We did a lot of walking and shopping while she was here, as well as being active as we cleaned and put up our Christmas decorations. I confess that part of me liked the change but the other part of me missed my workout buddies and my exercise classes. My daughter was fighting the tail end of an illness for the first half of her visit, so the gym was not a good place for her. I had exercise withdrawal, so on Monday I got up early and went to the gym by myself. It felt good to do a regular workout.

I am also eager to get back to my regular eating style. I didn't really mess up the whole time she was here but I did have to struggle quite a bit to stay in my range. I know that the way that I currently eat is a bit regimented - especially for other people. My daughter was "on vacation" and thus allowing herself to indulge a lot more than I. This caused some friction between us as I am constantly counting Weight Watcher points. It was interesting that she started eating the same way I did, at meal time, by the end of the week. I think that she noticed that she felt better physically when she ate that way. She even liked my selection of healthy snacks.

I never would have thought that I would miss my normal eating plan more than I would miss eating "treats" but it's true. I think my new eating plan has become a habit (abet a good, healthy one) that makes me feel good. Eating "junk food" makes me feel sluggish and tired. Therefore, I choose to eat healthy and feel better.

Wow! I just read that again. Is this really me? I never would have thought this was possible. I used to eat processed foods without thought. I used to eat sweets without thought. I drank diet Coke without thought. I ate vegetables and fruits but not enough of them. I had cut out almost all fat from my diet due to the fear that I'd eat the wrong kind. Now I eat whole grains, fruit, vegetables, lean protein, healthy fats, low fat/ fat free dairy and drink water. Most of my meals are homemade, low fat, low sodium with as little processing as possible.

The good news is that over the course of time, I've stopped eating most sugary foods, processed foods, diet soda and unhealthy fats. I became very aware of these changes when I found myself silently (mentally) calculating the number of calories and Weight Watchers points in the food that was present during Thanksgiving dinner and during the rest of my daughter's visit. The great news is that it has happened gradually in baby steps so it wasn't overwhelming or painful. All I did was set up a plan for myself and hold myself accountable. I hope that I will continue with the success I've been able to achieve so far. It feels amazing!

  
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DONNABRIGHT 12/3/2012 9:11PM

    We are so glad to get home and get back to normal eating. Being at the mercy of other people's ideas of meals just does not work for us anymore!

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MPETERSON2311 11/30/2012 8:07PM

    Great inspiration! Good for you!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/29/2012 8:27PM

    Wonderful! Your gradual improvements in your eating is just great!! I did a lot of parallel things and some I'm still doing well and some I need to get back to. And that you missed your workouts is very, very good thing. I was at the Y today at 2pm and there was almost no one there. Hope to see you there soon. Martin & I are going to 9am WW, so you'll probably be a little later. Best wishes for a helpful meeting and {{{ skinny vibes }}} for your weigh in!! -Marsha

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