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Chocolate covered pretzels are my nemesis

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Recently, I attended a training in Atlanta for work. The Marriott in which we stayed was lovely, but the food served launched a vendetta against my waistline! There are certain foods I know to NEVER buy, because I find it impossible to stop eating them. I don't consider myself to be a binge eater, but there are a select few foods I love so much that I eat them until the bag is empty. On that short list: Doritos, chocolate covered pretzels, mini Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. I have eaten 1-2 entire bags of each of these before in total in life, so not much damage has been done because I avoid them like the plague.

However, this Marriott served a full breakfast (sausage, eggs, grits, ETC!) then TWO snack breaks, and lunch, all included in our package. And on those breaks were the dreaded chocolate covered pretzels! I must have had 15 in the morning break and 15 in the afternoon- each of the 5 days of training. I went to the gym 5 times that week, but unless I started exercising like Michael Phelps it wasn't going to help.

Damage done? 5 freakin' pounds! One for each day of pretzels and various other unhealthy goodies! Now to spend the next month burning it back off!

  
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POETWIFEMOM 12/8/2010 8:26PM

    Hi Ayanna: It's so easy to yield to those tempting snacks and to eat bad food. So glad you first recognized and acknowledged it. But you heroically kept exercising. Your continuous taking action motivates and encourages me. Keep up the excellent work. Congratulations of setting and reaching goals.

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OBURRELL 10/21/2010 9:17AM

    I am sorry about your weight gain but it amazes me too how just slipping for a few days can set us back so much. I am still working on the 3 pounds gained from 1 weekend of bad eating! It sucks, but you will get the weight off and good work so far!

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Getting it off my chest, pun intended

Monday, September 27, 2010

I won a session with a personal trainer at my gym, and one of the first things he asked me is what my goal was. When I couldn't answer, he offered a couple of body types I might like: Beyonce vs. Serena. "Yes" and "yes" were my replies, lol. I know they look different, but I like the femininity of both of them and especially Serena's strength. But in the end, I know I cannot look like either.

I find it frustrating that the more I lean out, the less feminine my curves become. It doesn't help that one of the "women" whose figures I most admired growing up was Jessica Rabbit, a cartoon for goodness sake! I am trying my best to come to terms with this conundrum: improve my body overall while removing one of the most important feminine body parts (to me) at the same time. But it's better to love 90% of the new figure and buy a special Victoria's Secret bra than to love 10% while fitting into a size 16. Sorry this isn't really a happy blog, I just needed to get it off my chest (haha).

  
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POETWIFEMOM 9/29/2010 9:33PM

    Hi Ayanna: I like your new blog. Congratulations on winning a personal trainer. That's wonderful; but, even more wonderful is your approach in knowing what goals you want to attain. The most important thing is that you do what's right for you and your body type. You are "fearfully and wonderfully made". You have encouraged me with your working out in order to maximize your full potential. There's greatness in all of us and I am blessed by your wisdom. God bless you. Love, Mom emoticon

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BNPHILLIPS 9/27/2010 5:23PM

    I feel you Ayanna.. when I was at my smallest, I was often joked on (by family members) because of my relatively small and somewhat flat butt.. :- / In fact, I started eating MORE food in college because a guy or 2 commented that I should be even "thicker" in that area.. sigh...so sad!! If I had been satisfied with my body at that time & appreciated it for what it is, maybe I wouldn't be in the shape I am in today! I started eating b/c I thought, well, it couldn't hurt -- plus, I noticed I was getting rounder in all the right places... (Up to a certain point ... that roundness became a little more extreme & not quite as flattering as the years went by!)

Yes, I have the boobs, but we're all wishing we had more or less of something else. For me, it's the round derriere. But, truly, there is no perfect body -- even plastic surgeons make mistakes (ewww!! lol). We will always find something we're lacking that our society (and maybe we do too, internally) deems valuable.. But I am challenging all of us to embrace our natural shapes & love ourselves. I've resigned myself to the fact that my bootie won't be... well, you know... once I am at my goal weight. But, at this point, I'd take that flat bootie if it means I'll be healthy & trim. I'll still be looking good and I'll FEEL great! I'll be the BEST me I can be -- who could ask for more?!

You, my dear, are naturally beautiful & wonderfully made :))

Embrace YOU!

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B

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KISSFAN1 9/27/2010 4:48PM

    That's funny because I had a breast reduction years ago and was so thankful for them to be smaller. They got a little bigger as I gained weight, so I wasn't happy about that, but now that I've lost weight, they've gone down some in size and I wish they would go much smaller.



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PSSN4FITNESS 9/27/2010 4:20PM

    I know the STRUGGLE!! It prompted a slight identity crisis when I realized that I was fast making my way to a size A cup of all HORRORS!! I assumed that that size was the domain of tweens and stick-figure models. Well, I am now a part of the club. Plus, my boyfriend is a big time boob guy, so you can imagine my conundrum too. However, I have found that my curves are actually more emphasized now because my whole body is smaller. I feel way curvier now than I did before. I can see the roundness of my butt in my pencil skirts because my waist is so much smaller. My boobs seem to stick out further because my stomach is so much flatter. I think it all works out in the end. The fact of the matter is we were born with certain proportions. If you were built curvy, you will still be curvy when you lose weight.

Just keep pushing forward. You will find new things to love. For me, its my toned butt, formerly nonexistent collarbones, and my smaller feet!

Enjoy your body!

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A size what?

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

I am not a fan of vanity sizing, since it makes it hard to tell what size I am at any particular moment. In different stores, my size can range within 6 sizes. But the good news is that while my size ranges, that range has been getting lower and lower. In the past couple of weeks, coworkers have pointed out that my size 8 skirts have been getting loose. Last week, I finally buckled down and bought myself a SIZE 6 skirt- AND IT FIT!

I have to be honest, I didn't think I would get below a size 10 and now here I am. Thanks to Body for Life's program, my thighs are finally becoming muscular, and I am comfortable in the skin I'm in. Now if only I could figure out how to get the fat I'm losing from my legs into the chest area....

  
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POETWIFEMOM 1/16/2011 11:41PM

    Great job Ayanna. You inspire me. emoticon

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PSSN4FITNESS 9/9/2010 1:23PM

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I totally feel you on the fat transfer thing. More would be welcome into the boobs! haha!

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QUANNA76 9/8/2010 11:44PM

    congrats

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DIVASPARK 9/8/2010 9:52PM

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ANNISSAT 9/8/2010 7:03PM

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RINDYS1 9/8/2010 6:37PM

  Look, your coworkers noticed the baggy skirts and said something, that's not vanity, it's the hard work you are doing, getting the job done. Ask me how I felt when I got into the size 12 black jeans, YES, it was wonderful. Congrats and enjoy the shopping or find a good tailor to alter things for you!

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CHAIRUL 9/8/2010 6:36PM

    You have done really great!!!!!! And you look awesome-don't pick on yourself! emoticon emoticon

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MRSMLBJ 9/8/2010 6:31PM

    That's great! I am looking forward to the day I can wear single digits.

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MNNURSEKATIE 9/8/2010 6:29PM

    Awesome!!! I have been wearing sizes from 4 to 7/8 now & it ROCKS!!! Too bad you can't just move fat from one area to another ha ha.
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Whew!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

I am in a rush to re-lose this weight and get back to 166, where I was after Body for Life. Today I am steady at 170, but hopefully with my increase in cardio through jogging 6 days a week I'll get there in the next few weeks! Here's to not re-losing this weight any more!

When I started a few months ago I was running 3 miles in 48 minutes- today it's at 27:45, so I'm making progress in pounds and mileage. I'm happy for this at least, even while I wait for my bikini body emoticon

  
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PSSN4FITNESS 7/15/2010 6:18PM

    wow! That is an amazing progression! Congratulations on getting your run time down. I am working on increasing my distance and endurance. Running definitely helps those pounds melt away.

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MEEBELO 6/24/2010 11:33AM

    Wow! That's quite an improvement in your running. I'm sure to reach your goal soon.

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ELE_GANCE 6/24/2010 10:38AM

    Great job girl! You will be down to 166 in no time! :)

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My love affair with my tape measure

Saturday, June 19, 2010

This year has been difficult for me with weight loss. I lost 11 pounds on Body for Life, then proceeded to gain back 9 pounds of it. Thankfully I've refocused in the past few weeks, and now I'm 6 pounds from where I started on New Year's. It's discouraging to know that I'm working on losing the same pounds I've already lost, but at least the scale is headed back in the right direction.

I've used a tape measure since the first day I wanted to lose weight last year, because I didn't want to be upset if the scale moved up and I gained muscle. Also, it takes away the excuse of "I'm gaining muscle, that's all," because if the scale AND the tape move up then it's obvious something's wrong.

The good news is that last year I lost 30 inches all around, and this year I've lost 7 more to total 37 inches lost! I've lost 8 inches from my midsection, 7 from my hips, and 5.5 from each thigh. Actually, since I only measure one thigh I guess that means I've lost more like a total of over 42 inches!

I'm glad I have consistently measured myself, because otherwise I'd feel like this year had been useless. Now, I'm encouraged to lose more!!!

  
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POETWIFEMOM 7/25/2010 10:43PM

    Happy Measure Days to you! Thanks for being a role model.

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AYANNA47 6/19/2010 8:21PM

    Thanks, Divaspark- here's to your journey as well

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AYANNA47 6/19/2010 8:20PM

    JENKINSK1987, how often do you measure? I think no more than once a week is good, but probably every 2 weeks is even better.

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DIVASPARK 6/19/2010 8:07PM

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JENKINSK1987 6/19/2010 6:34PM

  Glad to see the tape thing worked for someone, I find it discouraging sometimes but I may just be taping too often. Good to see that it worked though, it makes me want to focus on using one more.

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AYANNA47 6/19/2010 6:33PM

    Thanks JoAnn!

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JOANN1212 6/19/2010 6:29PM

    good luck

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