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How My Life Will Change When I Reach My Goal

Sunday, January 27, 2013

This second blog is also for the BLC weekend challenge.

Before I joined BLC20, I honestly never thought I would reach my weight loss goal. I started at 264 in 1998 and have been trying since then to lose weight. I must admit that after 2004 when I got RA, I kind of stalled out on the trying thing because I was in so much pain that exercise got booted to the curb and eating healthily wasn't high on my priorities when high fat food was way more comforting.

That said, in Fall 2012, I joined BLC20 with the goal of losing 10 pounds but being happy with 5 and thinking all along that I'd be lucky to lose anything. But to my surprise, not only did I lose 5 pounds, I actually lost 8! So, now reaching my goal weight seems much more attainable. However, it's still a long ways away but I haven't given up.

My rheumatologist is thrilled with my weight loss (now more than 10 pounds) and told me to keep on doing what I'm doing so that's the first thing I'm looking forward to. Losing weight will take a lot of pressure off my knees and therefore, less pain (in theory) and if there's less pain then maybe I'll be able to be more physically active.

I'd love to be able to buy clothes anywhere and not just for plus-sized women. I'm looking forward to being able to sit in an airplane seat more comfortably.

But, honestly, the biggest change I hope will just be my health. I'd like to reach my 60s in the best health that I can have so that I can retire to an active and healthy life. I'll still have RA and OA but I can manage those. And, I have to remember that living healthily is for life not just until I reach goal.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/29/2013 11:30AM

    WOOHOO! I'm glad you joined the challenge and got such great results! You are doing exceptionally well.

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ANGEL1066 1/28/2013 7:59PM

    I hear you about the comfort food, always my downfall. But every ounce of weight I have lost has improved my pain level and exercise has really improved my ability to manage daily tasks. Great blog!

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A-STRONGER-ME 1/28/2013 7:00PM

    Keep fighting the good fight and it will happen!!

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_LINDA 1/28/2013 6:18PM

    emoticon This Biggest Loser challenge seems to be just the motivation you need to get it moving in the right direction! Do know this. I have RA and OR as well and I feel WAY better now then I did when I was packing around 198 lbs on my tiny little frame. It made a HUGE difference! I can move better, participate more, and even though there are more serious pain challenges, I can handle it better, and moving always makes me feel better than sitting around. Pushing through the pain and becoming fit was so worth it, just for the way it makes you FEEL -GREAT!
You can do this Joanna!!
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IMAGINE_IT 1/28/2013 9:09AM

    emoticon Blog Joanna....and i like the way you think...because living healthy is an absolute 'Must' at all times (except the occasional slip-ups) and not just until the challenge is over..or until we reach our Goal. You will succeed! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FUSIONFITNESS3 1/28/2013 1:07AM

    emoticon blog, Joanna.
You've hit the nail on the head when you say the big change will be your overall health. We read it, we hear it, and we see it all around us all the time. I know that for me I didn't believe it for myself in the least. On my weight loss journey over the past year I have been pleasantly surprised to experience better overall health. I say surprised because remember I didn't believe it for myself. My joints hurt, not because of any diagnosed arthritis so I believed my exercise would be limited. I now run and the knees are cooporating so far. I had been on BP medications for years and resolved that wouldn't change because my Mom had been too so it must be gentic. Guess what. I am off all my BP medication. So what I read, what I heard, and what I saw had truth to it and I do believe it is possible for me to improve my overall health. Joanna I believe that for you too.
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DDOORN 1/27/2013 8:28PM

    Re: "living healthily is for life not just until I reach goal." Now THAT'S the true secret to success! Because beyond your improved health there won't be too many changes to your life when you reach your goal. The At Goal and Maintaining SparkTeam helps folks to take the LONG view toward our health and is worth joining well ahead of reaching your goal as research is now revealing that folks who prepare for maintaining their weight in advance have a greater chance of success.

LOADS of support, knowledge and wisdom on that SparkTeam also!


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GLASSART43 1/27/2013 7:22PM

    emoticon Joanna!

It took me almost a year to lose 55+ pounds, and Spark and the Warriors are why I haven't quit. You have done amazingly well - I'm in awe of your energy and know you will keep improving your health.

Go Warriors! emoticon

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 1/27/2013 6:02PM

    You are doing great!!! From one Warrior to another, you can do this!
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ROUNDTOWNMOM 1/27/2013 4:33PM

    You have been an amazing Warrior.............and you continue to inspire me with your determination and your success. I'm so glad we've gotten to know each other and that you are part of our team!!! Keep up the great work!!!!!!!

............and thanks for your support of me........................! emoticon


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KMM1123 1/27/2013 4:20PM

    Way to go on the weight loss! Overall health is a great goal to have. Any mini goals you create will help you to reach your main objective.

This is my first ride with the BLC and I'm having a great time!

Keep up the great work!


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DEDICATED2HIM 1/27/2013 3:18PM

    OK I admit I'm slow. What on earth is a BLC challenge?? Please leave a note on my spark page and explain....sounds like something Id like to do.

Keep up the good work girl, you're making steady progress!

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SEATTLE58 1/27/2013 2:25PM

    Wow Joanna, you are doing so good, I know that you'll get to goal by the time you're 60 and way before even, I feel. With the way you're going at it for sure! I have faith in you Girl!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANGRITTER 1/27/2013 2:07PM

    First of all, there is no way you are almost 60! So entering your 60s healthy will be a goal met as you must have over 15 years to get there, right!!

Secondly, I love that the BLC challenges are doing great for you and are challenging you more and more. I am not ready to dive off into one of them for myself yet, but I am sure that one day I will have to drive and commitment to step into that challenge pool!

I say that anything that motivates you is a wonderful thing. My motivation lately has been more along the lines of havin more space in the bed for my fat butt so I can sleep AROUND my dog and still have my own room. Today I outslept him (I slept until 1 pm!!!) and he kept coming in here and using my body as a trampoline. I think I won, I am not sure yet as I have not moved very far!!

Remember, on Sunday a Goddess rests!

Hugs and Love, Ang

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Forgive a Regret & Write About It

Sunday, January 27, 2013

I have my fair share of regrets but I must admit that I haven't held onto them. Life is about moving forward and not dwelling in the past. But, this is part of the BLC Weekend Challenge so I will put down one of my biggest regrets.

My biggest regret is that I stopped exercising when I got married. Before DH and I married, I weighed 130 pounds and to maintain that weight, I walked everywhere. I lived out in the country where a bus only went by our house once every 2 hours and once every 4 hours on holidays and Sunday so if you didn't feel like waiting for the bus, you walked.

The furthest I ever walked was 7.5 miles, which seemed like a lot especially given the fact that it was a hot July day. But, my best friend's boyfriend lived in Binbrook and she wanted to go to his house so my dad dropped us (her, me and her sister) off about half way there from our house and we headed off. It took us most of the day to get there as it was dusk when we arrived.

We (a different we) walked/hitchhiked 10.5 miles to Gage Park in Hamilton one summer night just for something to do. But, since there were 5 of us, rides were few and far between so there was a lot of walking. We had more luck getting rides home.

So, you see, walking was no big deal to me. But, when I got married, we ended up driving everywhere and hence no exercise.

I always tell my nieces and nephews to stay active no matter what and maybe that way, they won't gain as much weight as I did.

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_LINDA 1/28/2013 6:31PM

    Sometimes circumstances can be a good thing -I must walk every where I go as I don't drive and buses are infrequent. But today living out in the boonies would be very inconvenient -nothing much to do except walk around the roads would get very boring very quickly (my sister's farm is 30 miles from town so her kids could only play around the farm yard -they used to be outside a lot, but now its computers and texting) Your solution of keeping your exercise interesting by trying a multitude of DVD's is the best for someone in isolation.
I gained my weight when I lost the ability to move in a major flare up affecting almost all my joints except my hips. I lost it, but gained it slowly back again. But now I have learned to track and count calories I have no excuse for ever regaining the weight again. Even through surgeries I have kept it off and that is thanks to Sparkpeople!!
Spark On!

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 1/27/2013 6:03PM

    Good job! You are changing things up for yourself now.

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 1/27/2013 4:29PM

    Now that it's out there..............no more regrets. You are doing an amazing job!!!


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ANGRITTER 1/27/2013 1:41PM

    Hello Gorgeous! I love that times were safe enough for you to hitchike. Think if your young family members did that these day.... no way! Too many cuckoos out there to even risk it!

I used to be nice and pick up hitchhikers, so if I had been in another country in my past, I would have given you and your 4 friends a ride but only if I saw you walking that pattern several times a week. I only picked up people that I saw were"repetitive walkers" because I figured they had a job or something to be at and were least likely to hack me to small bits and steal my 1974 Corvette Stingray. I never picked up anyone else in any of my other cars! Funny how that works.

But congratualtions of embracing your inner teen and getting back out there and walking again!

Hugs and Love, Ang

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LADYJ6942 1/27/2013 11:39AM

    Oh so true. Great blog. I used to walk a lot, still try to but having the car and living in my new neighborhood it just isn't as convenient. Maybe come spring I'll do more.

Hope all is going well for you at work with the training and project and the new BLC round. Sure miss you Warriors!!!

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DDOORN 1/27/2013 10:42AM

    Where we live can have such a huge impact on how we live our lives. I think one of the best investments a community can have on our health and well-being is to plan the growth of the community and position homes and businesses in such a way that fosters walking, riding bikes and getting out and MOVING our bodies! Trails, parks and just PLANNING where homes & businesses are situated can make a tremendous difference in how people choose to spend their time.

Not that it takes us off the hook for our choices...kudos to YOU for turning your life around and choosing to follow the way of the SPARK! :-)


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MYRTLE811 1/27/2013 10:39AM

  I remember when I started walking again; I walked in a park and actually sat down every time I reached a park bench. Now I'm walking three or four miles a day and it does make a difference, not only for weight loss, but also for how you feel afterward.
I like your thinking about the walking again and hope you are taking it one step at a time, one mile at a time. You will do it.

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Overcoming Obstacles

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The weekend challenge for BLC21 includes just doing something that you perceive to be impossible because of obstacles, that is:

D: DECIDE to just DO IT. Have a break-through this weekend. Attack anything that has been holding you back. It could be something you fear. Maybe something that makes you feel silly. Something that you think you can't do. Have you told yourself that you're too old/heavy/out of shape to do something? Maybe you've been putting something off for tomorrow, and tomorrow hasn't ever came. Tackle it, DO IT. Need some ideas? Ask on your team chat thread, your teammates may have some ideas that help spark you! Set a goal of 1 obstacle to overcome. Can be done anytime Friday through Monday. One time points awarded. 100 points.

I have overcome a lot of obstacles in the last year or so but I believe that my biggest obstacle was having the willpower to actually decide to tackle losing the weight that I wanted to lose and therefore, I had been just doing a so-so job of it over the last few years but that changed when I joined the BLC20 challenge. I decided that I was going to do my best to participate in all the challenges and I would really try to succeed this time.

Often in the past, I'd be okay during the week and my routine but the weekends and special occasions always sidelined me because I figured I deserved a treat or I deserved to eat what I wanted to during special occasions since I was good 90 percent of the time.

But the problem with that was that the 10 percent of the time that I wasn't good created the obstacle for me to lose weight because I wasn't 100 percent committed to the end goal. However, since I joined BLC20, that has changed and I am now 100 percent committed and it's showing on the scale.

So, now I don't know what to do for this weekend's challenge since I've already overcome my biggest obstacle. The only other things that I can think of concern obstacles that are caused by my lack of energy as the day progresses and the only way that I can see to overcome those are to do what I need to do early in the day before my energy flags and I already do that as well. That's why I exercise before work and that's why I take such a late lunch (1:30ish usually) because I have more energy before lunch than after lunch and that's why I go to bed so early so that I can get accomplished what I need to get accomplished the next day.

Another obstacle for me are my physical limitations due to osteoathritis and rheumatoid autoimmune disorder in my knees. For example, I couldn't hike for years because of my knees but last year, we bought me hiking sticks so now I can do that. I have also found that the more I move, the better I feel so regardless of my physical limitations, I haven't let that stop me usually.

As you can see, I'm still stumped on what to do for the weekend challenge. Any ideas?

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/23/2013 4:36PM

    Sorry, I didn't see this blog until today. I called our waste management system and threw out 2 water heaters, a treadmill and an old ratty couch that my cat destroyed by running back and forth over the top of the couch. From what I understood on the challenge it could be anything. For me what is holding me back in a lot of ways is the clutter in my home. Therefore lightening the load in my house helps me feel better and able to do more towards living helathy.

Hope you found something to use!

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ANGRITTER 1/21/2013 1:28PM

    WEll, if you keep overcoming your obstacles, you won't need us will you??? LOL

Maybe WE are your biggest obstacle! I sure feel like I am in my own way today, for sure!

Hugs to you and congratulations on really kicking butt this year!

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CAPTHAMMER 1/19/2013 8:07PM

    Our team's Do Its are very varied.
I'll SparkMail you.

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LOUISE979 1/19/2013 4:04PM

    I truly wish you continued success!!! Make it happen.

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WC - Food & Fitness Tracking - Day 4

Monday, January 07, 2013

Today's CICO:

Eaten 1,448
BMR* 1,982
Exercise 383
Total Burned 2,365
Differential -917

Mondays are always a better day for tracking food and eating properly. I have set meals that I make regularly for each meal Monday to Friday and it's easy to plan and prepare for.

And, where Mondays are typically better food-wise, they're not always better exercise-wise since on a day by day basis, I find it really hard to get up at 4:30 but it's especially hard on Mondays after getting to sleep in without an alarm on the weekends. I know people say you should go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time on the weekends but seriously, who does that? When I can sleep without an alarm, it's the best thing and if there is no alarm then there's no way I'm getting out of bed at 4:30 a.m.!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/7/2013 11:01PM

    I'm with you there. If it weren't for my husband having to get up over an hour before I do, morning exercise and so most exercise would be non-existent. I too like to sleep in without alarms on the weekend. It really helps get me through the next week, although Mondays are typically the hardest. Do what's right for you!

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ANGRITTER 1/7/2013 8:45PM

    I second that opinion on getting up on the weekends. If I wanted to be that discipline, I would have gone into the military! I also have trouble working out on Monday's because it is a cardio day, which means several different workouts instead of one video for 50 minutes or something.

But I have some stability ball workout planned and still have the resistance band work that should get me all stiff and pain-ready to meet with the doc tomorrow. HAHA

I just can't seem to get down on that floor right now! HAHA

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BLUENOSE63 1/7/2013 6:16PM

  Wow I never read that sleep the same on the weekend as weekday ideology.....my body wakes up at the same time every morning even without a clock.

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WC - Food & Fitness Tracking - Day 3

Sunday, January 06, 2013

Today's CICO:

Eaten 1,525
BMR* 1,982
Exercise 375
Total Burned 2,357
Differential -832

I started the day with an hour long cardio session with Kari Anderson's Sweat Express II.

It's a newer DVD and I'm still learning the steps but it's a lot of fun.

Then, I had breakfast, made a green tea and called my dad. We had a nice chat about my first week back to work and his trip to Montreal to see my sister and her family.

After the phone call, started the laundry and the cinnamon swirl protein bread. The cinnamon bread recipe is by Jamie Eason who is a bodybuilder. There was supposed to be 16 servings in the 8 x 8 inch pan but that just seemed like too small a piece so I actually made it as 9 servings, much better in my opinion. The bread turned out wonderfully. Although, the recipe called for it to cook 24 to 28 minutes, it took almost an hour in my oven. But, it was well worth it. It's really yummy.

For lunch, I finished the crustless quiche w/spinach, mushrooms, low-fat cheddar and feta and bacon. I had the cinnamon bread and a tea for dessert.

Then I got caught up on the BLC thread and started making dinner. I ate some cantaloupe while cooking. For dinner I made boneless, skinless chicken breasts with roasted red pepper and garlic sprinkles and kamut pasta with homemade parsley pesto and vegetables (zucchini, mushrooms, onions, green pepper and garlic). I had those and a glass of milk. For dessert, I had a fudgsicle.

And, now it's almost bedtime and so a new week begins. It will be a busy one for me. My training project starts tomorrow with a conference call between the administrators (of which I'm one) and the vendor. I imagine we will be figuring out our schedules for starting to get into the project.

Wednesday, I have a retirement party to go to after work. It's the totally opposite direction of where I work and even further and more opposite from where I live. But, I liked the guy so as long as the weather plays nice, I'll probably go for a little while anyway.

Thursday, I have an appointment with my rheumatologist and Friday, I have a hair appointment after work.

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ANGRITTER 1/7/2013 3:15PM

    Man! I feel like I am going to starve to death with your food descriptions! I really need to branch out my cooking techniques. Tonight is plain old spaghetti, an dmom is making it, which is very nice of her.

But when I listen to what you cook and then Cyndi too, I am like "where did all those ingredients come from?". We really do show our ignorance when it comes to cooking down here in the south. I swear that my uncle would fry grease in order to fry grease! (Mom loves to tell me that!)

But I promise to branch out and learn what all these new foods are and what I can do with them! I am determined to make something that sounds pretty and looks pretty too!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/7/2013 2:37PM

    Sounds like you're off to a great start this year. Yesterday's foods sound yummy. Keep up the great effort, especially now that you are getting back to work.

I'm seeing my rheumy tomorrow and getting my hair done on Wednesday. Along with my new glasses it's an all new me.

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