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4 Inches

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I finally went out and bought a tape measure like I should have back at the beginning of mine and Kristen's personal challenge. I measured my body in the places under the measurements on Spark. The last time I recorded these were 2/16/12. My waist is up 4", my hips 2", my neck, upper arm and calf .5" each, and my thigh 1". How sad!!!!

So far, I've lost 2.4 pounds in my challenge. I need to recommit. So to recap, my rules:

1. 30 minutes of exercise (up from 5 minutes...I don't have time to play around anymore.
2. A salad everyday
3. A piece of produce
4. 10 cups of water
5. Check in with Kristen.

All that's left today is the exercise. I'm going to let you guys know how I fare each day, too, so I can be held more accountable. Here's the photo I took this morning. I started photographing from the side, because it's when I can really see how fat I am.



Now, off to exercise...then bed! I have to get up early.

  
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JAZZEJR 1/24/2013 9:01AM

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SEATTLESIMS 1/23/2013 1:29PM

    you can do it.. refocus on your goals and you can do it!


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HICKOK-HALEY 1/23/2013 3:06AM

    I need to get back to salads as well. Good for you. Your on the right track!

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/22/2013 10:18PM

    Hang in there! emoticon

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REBECCATKD 1/22/2013 9:31PM

    Keep checking in -- we're here for you!

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GETSTRONGRRR 1/22/2013 9:27PM

    That's good motivation! Salads are good, I like mine with a little protein (2-3 oz).....helps me stay full longer. Nuts are good too.

Cutting out sugars (e.g. soda), potatoes, and other starchy foods has helped as well.

Good luck...keep checking in....it works!

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RUTHXG 1/22/2013 8:58PM

    Yay for losing weight on your challenge! If you're like me, the inches will soon be melting off too. emoticon

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I Am Awesome

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Not because I'm losing weight, because I'm so not.

As it were, here are my pictures.





Those are the last two. Sorry I haven't posted them, but I haven't posted anything in awhile.

Anyway, I was looking in the mirror last night, and without even thinking about it, I was talking to myself...and it was nice!

I told myself that I was smart...way smart. And kind and caring. I adopted my blind, deaf nightmare-dog because I'm so kind and nice. And I'm brave.

It makes me feel a little uncomfortable to be telling y'all this. It was much easier to tell myself, but maybe that's the problem. Maybe we shouldn't be uncomfortable saying nice things about ourselves out loud and in public. =)

  
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DUXGRL1 1/19/2013 8:47PM

    We probably all should be doing that more! You are setting a good example for all of us!

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SHRINKINGSHERI 1/15/2013 5:32AM

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SEATTLESIMS 1/14/2013 11:55AM

    you are awesome! you are kind, smart and nice.. good for you for telling yourself so!


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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 1/14/2013 11:15AM

    AWESOME!! I love this blog. Oh man, I haven't been posting either. I still hit most of our daily objectives but it would be nice to be able to post my pics and measurements with some positivity. But I should do some mirror talking, too. I think it might help!

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AMYLONGHORN 1/14/2013 9:19AM

    OMG I talk to myself all the time...must be something we get from Mom! LOL! You ARE awesome!! Love you!!!

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RUTHXG 1/13/2013 9:39PM

    You ARE emoticon ! And I think it's very appropriate to tell yourself so in public every once in a while!

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/13/2013 9:24PM

    emoticon I think it's good to tell ourselves (and others!) that we're awesome!

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SABLENESS 1/13/2013 9:08PM

    Thanks for sharing. Upbeat positive self-talk should be a daily habit. emoticon Thank you for reminding me about the Winter 5% Challenge.

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 1/13/2013 9:07PM

    I couldn't agree with you more. Let's have an awesome challenge.
I still plan on sending you a SparkMail. I have been in MD for the last two weeks taking care of my grandchildren. Heading home, tomorrow.
Bleib gesund und munter in 2013!

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ADRIENALINE 1/13/2013 8:13PM

    Yes you are!

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Dog-Related Blog; Creative Advice Needed

Monday, December 24, 2012

This isn't weight-loss related. Just saying that upfront. And it's a little gross. Not super-gross, but a little.

Little Dog is turning into a monster. He's got these lesions on his head, and they keep changing size, based on the antibiotics we give him and the helmets we are making him wear, so that in all his infinite blindness, he doesn't traumatize them by hitting them with the wall. We have to get rid of them, or they'll have to be surgically removed.

We created a helmet with pantyhose, an old sock for padding, and those ouchless pads that are like the white part of a Band-Aid.

We've been dealing with this for months and months and months. I think what has had the most effect on them is the helmet. When he wears it, it gets better. When he doesn't, it gets worse.

But he HATES the helmet, and I'm worried about an Elizabethan collar around his neck. I don't want to HURT him, but I'm so mad at him for not letting me help him get better. So...I have a new idea.

He spends most of his time not snuggling in the kitchen. He has his bed and his heating pad and his bowls and stuff in there. It's his dog cave. After my move, I realized I had toooooo many sheets and linens. So, I'm thinking I'll just helmet the entire kitchen. I'm going to go get liquid starch to spray on the wall and stick the linens on. And fabric adhesive to fold the sheets up into maybe 12" strips. I considered buying baby bumpers, but even Walmart's are $20 a pop.

Any other ideas? Tips? Do you think this is dumb? I'm at my wit's end.

  
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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 1/7/2013 5:28PM

    Woahh... hmmm... Idk! Do the collars really hurt them? poor Sammie. I wish I had some ideas, but I kinda agree with STILLWATERSSB

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RUTHXG 1/4/2013 2:50PM

    Brenda, I've been mostly away from SP for a while, & just realized that I had somehow gotten unsubscribed from your blog! So sorry. And I'm really sorry Sammy is having these terrible woes. I hope you can find a solution that's good for both him & you!

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CARLYG8 12/27/2012 7:31AM

    Oops...just seeing this, but...I think the starch on the wall would not be a good idea. I believe it will mess up the paint/wall and any future painting. Probably not a good idea if you are renting. I like the bumper idea. Check around you for used baby stores, and second hand places. You should be able to get them way cheaper than you think. Yard sales are also another great place to find them, but you will have to wait for spring up there before yard sale season starts up again. Also try any local flea markets.
Hope everything else is going well for you! Have a Happy New Year!! emoticon

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STILLWATERSSB 12/26/2012 5:59PM

    The collar would probably be less work. I think you could get him used to it by pairing putting the collar on with giving a preferred treat at the same time. What causes the lesions and what time frame are you looking at to have them removed?

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L*I*T*A* 12/25/2012 10:45AM

    my vote is the collar too...........

Merry Christmas to you and yours enjoy today....

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CARRAND 12/24/2012 6:05PM

    I'd go with the collar. You can remove it after the lesions heal. What does the vet recommend?

On a related subject - Do anyone know how to keep my cat from throwing up 3 or 4 times a week? I'm really tired of the mess. She's not losing weight or anything, she just has a nervous stomach. She's been doing this for years.

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MEMARE 12/24/2012 1:15PM

    I agree with the e-collar they make soft ones... A quick Internet search found this: (copy/paste into browser)

http://www.dtpetsup
plies.com/catalog/soft-e-fabric
-elizabethan-dog-collar-size-5-
p-63440.html

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MARTY728 12/24/2012 12:44PM

    I am a dog person and have 3 dogs (2 large and 1 medium) that are indoors pets. I would go with the Elizabethan collar. It will be better for the dog, you and your home.

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End of Week 2, Start of Week 3

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I lost .2 pounds this week. Much less than what I lost the week before, but I'll take it. Especially because I did not eat well yesterday or today. I need to make sure I'm eating better for the rest of the week.

Isn't it wild what a slippery slope it is? I didn't eat junk for a long time, because I didn't have any, but give yourself permission to eat kisses in the work kitchen once, and then you're at the vending machine two days in a row.

I've been to the gym every day this week, but I think that's over for the week. Scary weather is coming, so I will be walking to work and not schlepping my gym bag. But I have the Spark videos, and a couple exercise videos I haven't dealt with in a loooong time.

No photo this week, because there isn't enough sunlight to take a pic in my bedroom. I still haven't put any lamps in that room. So I have the closet light and the hall light, and the window. I hope I manage to put the lights in soon. So I'm going to go do that now. =)

  
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RUTHXG 1/4/2013 2:59PM

    Yep, it IS a slippery slope! But you are doing so well. emoticon

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ANGRITTER 12/20/2012 12:00PM

    Slipperly slope, indeed! But any loss is still a loss. I lost 12.2 pounds in November just to gain 8 pounds back in one week then spent the past week fighting to get 7 pounds back off of me. And I didn't even eat badly... well, except the ice cream, of which I have banned once again (no one listens to me!!!).

You are doing great and you are making progress. Every day is a new challenge and there will be detours along the way. Just get back on the horse before the horse runs over you, I say!

And keep on Sparking!!

Hugs, Angela

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SEATTLESIMS 12/20/2012 10:34AM

    stick with it... you are making progress and that is great! good luck with the junk food. We've all been on that slippery slope!

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LHLADY517 12/19/2012 10:24PM

    Good job on the weigh in. Keep it up. and yes, it is a slippery slope.

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So...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I lost 4 pounds this week!!!

I weighed in on Wednesday at 154.2. Until the next 5% Challenge starts, I'm going to make Tuesdays my weigh-in. I did weigh myself almost every day, so I knew it was coming off, and I was shooting for 151.6, so I was really happy to see 150.2 on the scale today!

As short as I am, though, you can't tell in the picture...



But the point of the picture isn't to show off. It's to increase my accountability.

I haven't been as good as I should have been with the rules we set. There have been days when I haven't exercised 10 minutes. There have been several days when I didn't get 10 cups of water. But I did check in with Kristen virtually every day and I did eat a salad every single day.

Most importantly, I think, I didn't bring any junk into the house. All my food is fresh produce, a bag of frozen peas, a little meat, eggs, milk, a little cereal, some canned beans and tuna, a little pasta, cheese, various condiments and seasoning. And if it's not here, I can't eat it. Because I reeeeeeally don't want to waste food, I haven't been going out, either, because I don't want to eat meals outside and then let the food spoil.

Although, I think I'm ready to venture out and try trivia. I will ask a coworker or two if they want to go, but if not, then I'll go by myself and see how it is. I'll order a salad there. And maybe one light beer.

  
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RUTHXG 1/4/2013 2:57PM

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HAKAPES 12/15/2012 12:23PM

    WOW!
Congratulations!

Sou
nds like the keys that you are on a new, healthier diet now, and you pay attention to have the environment to help doing it.

I do similarly - no candy in the kitchen = no chance to eat it! :-)

Keep it up!

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 12/12/2012 6:32PM

    I read on the friends' feed that you lost 4#. What an accomplishment! You probably have less temptations where you are now. Thinking of you, and still plan on sending you a SP. Sorry for the delay. I have been so busy and have lots on my mind. Take care; stay strong; I know you can do it. emoticon

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MISSB8604 12/12/2012 1:41PM

    Woohoo!!!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 12/12/2012 9:37AM

    way to go

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RAINBOWCHOC 12/12/2012 4:58AM

    Doesn't it "do your head in" when sticking to the plan produces positive results? I am really glad you've done so well just before Christmas, keep it up!

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TCANNO 12/12/2012 4:06AM

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Keep it up you are doing well



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