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Comparison picture

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

It was brought to my attention that I didn't mention I'd put my new picture on my SparkPage (nor did I post it in my blog). *shifty eyes* No, I wasn't hiding anything!

So, without further ado - I did a hatchet job to put together my starting pic and my now pic. No fancy editing software to make them the same size, so the starting pic is actually a little larger. But even I can't ignore the changes and pooh-pooh them as the scaling difference. (Sad how small this will end up, though.)



I like seeing the difference in my legs. I've always felt stronger there. Even with a badly sprained ankle in my teens (and many many milder twists of the same ankle), general knee twinging, twice-sprained calf muscle, and foot issue - my lower body is more "fit" in my mind than my upper body or core.

  
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GMWAITE 4/28/2012 10:37AM

    Good job, girlie!

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SHIROIHANA 4/28/2012 8:21AM

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Not only do your legs look stronger but your waist line is smaller as well! WTG!

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COVEYBEAR 4/27/2012 6:10PM

    Great job i'm gone to have to do pics too (but it scares me)! Thanks for the bravery and hard work! emoticon

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SKINNITA 4/27/2012 4:23PM

    Look at the door behind you. In the first picture the gap is not very big - in the second picture your 'width' is way smaller. It's not an optical illusion - you seem to be standing in the exact same spot. WELL DONE!
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DEDICATED2HIM 4/27/2012 11:29AM

    you look super! you give me hope :)

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KAKAKALI4 4/26/2012 9:49AM

    AWESOME!! You have done an amazing job! You should be so proud of all you have accomplished so far!! You are amazing! Way to go!

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BMCKEOW1 4/25/2012 3:50PM

    That picture says a million a words. Way to go. I think my lower body is stronger as well. But I have noticed a little bit of muscle beginning to show up on my arms. It's exciting.

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SHERIO5 4/25/2012 2:44PM

    I'm just getting around to catching up on blogs I haven't been notified of...your pictures are worth a thousand words!!!

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YOGALOVESBACK 4/25/2012 12:28PM

    WOW!! You should be so proud!

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DOTTY7267 4/24/2012 9:40AM

    Great progress! Keep up the good work and motivation of others.
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HEALTHYMIX 4/23/2012 8:34PM

    You totally ROCK! Keep it up! Thanks for posting the pics!

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BANDMOM2012 4/23/2012 3:48PM

    Keep up the good work. You look amazing!

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MANILUS 4/23/2012 2:06PM

    Amazing difference, keep it up!

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MIRANDA1115 4/23/2012 1:35PM

    Thank you so much for having the courage to post pictures! I still haven't managed to do so yet, but hope that I will. You are doing an amazing job and are an inspiration! Keep it up!!!!

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JNPRGR8T 4/23/2012 1:17PM

  you look great!

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KIMBELL77 4/23/2012 12:33PM

    emoticon You look amazing!

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THEIS58 4/23/2012 4:04AM

    Awesome!

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HDHAWK 4/22/2012 6:48PM

    You are making great progress!

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SUE_2U 4/22/2012 3:26PM

    Wow you're really looking great! Both ends not just your legs. You look beautiful and I hope you are feeling proud because that was a lot of good work you put in to make yourself healthier. emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 4/22/2012 2:52PM

  You are doing such a great job! Excellent results -- I hope that you are proud of yourself. Inspirational! xoxo emoticon

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LUCKYNUMBER25 4/22/2012 12:55PM

    Just emoticon!
The change in your hips is unreal!

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MARKSTIPANOVSKY 4/22/2012 12:03PM

    Well done you +Mark

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LIVINGFREE19 4/22/2012 10:59AM

    You have definitely put in the hard work, my friend!
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JIBBIE49 4/22/2012 7:15AM

    P90X all the way.

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STEPHE_44 4/22/2012 2:08AM

    You can really see the difference, great job!!

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RINA2002 4/22/2012 12:37AM

  Great job!

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THISTIMEMYWAY 4/21/2012 10:46PM

    You look great! Way to go! emoticon

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ELLE1277 4/21/2012 9:59PM

    You're doing an awesome job. I can definitely can see a big difference! I wish I had thought of taking pictures through all the years of yo-yo-ing of weight. It would help me now, to help me remember that I can do it!! Thank you for sharing!

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MBGUYER 4/21/2012 9:24PM

  You are looking fab! Congrats!


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LYDDIECAT 4/21/2012 8:08PM

    Wow...you have worked so hard, and the evidence is in those two picures.

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CROWLEY123 4/21/2012 3:25PM

    A-MAZING! You look fabulous! Keep up the good work...and work it is, right?

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LADYGSC 4/21/2012 3:19PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep on sparking!!

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GOING-STRONG 4/21/2012 10:10AM

    Definitely can see a big difference. Love how you are wearing the same suit for both pictures. Great idea! Keep up the good work.

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LEAN-N-LEXY 4/21/2012 9:29AM

    You've lost weight all over. Your story about severe ankle sprain is similar to mine (casted twice in my teens, again at 31). I also feel that I am stronger lower body than upper. Inspiring photos, thank you for sharing.

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JPEARL127 4/21/2012 9:15AM

  You're doing an awesome job--keep up the great work, and don't forget to journal about your lifestyle journey!

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WILDFLOWERMA 4/21/2012 9:14AM

    Wow..what a difference! Thanks for sharing!

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MARGARITTM 4/21/2012 8:46AM

    WOW!!!!!!


Lookin' good girl!

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JENKAY76 4/21/2012 8:31AM

    Wow! Awesome job! Keep up the hard work. Obviously whatever you are doing is working.

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SAVVYSAVANNAH 4/21/2012 4:04AM

    I am so proud of you. Way to go! Keep it up and don't stop. You are doing a fabulous job.

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SLIMXTINA 4/21/2012 3:49AM

  Wow - great job - hope I can do this too! Keep up the good work emoticon

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IMATALOSS 4/20/2012 4:49PM

  This is a great side by side. You're lookin' good!! Thanks for posting your journey. You're an inspiration! emoticon

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SUNSHINESKYWAY 4/20/2012 11:58AM

    You are awesome! Great job emoticon

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EUEK098 4/20/2012 8:01AM

    OMG, nice

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AHEALTHIERME444 4/20/2012 7:56AM

    Wow!! Very inspiring!! You can tell the difference everywhere including the smile on your face emoticon

It is great that you were brave enough to take that before picture so that you had something to gauge your success on..and you are doing so great!!

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ADZY86 4/20/2012 7:19AM

    Wow!!! Amazing difference!!! emoticon

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CAROLZ1967 4/20/2012 7:06AM

    You're doing great! The changes are very noticeable!

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By the numbers - 7 months on the journey

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My SparkPage says "Member Since: 6/2/2011", but for everything that matters, my real entry and beginning on SparkPeople was 16 September 2011. On that day I posted my first blog and made some plans. On the very next day I tracked everything I ate, and have done so since.

A look at that first day (the 17th) that I tracked:

Breakfast - Raisin Bran and 1% milk
Lunch - Burrito
Dinner - Spinach Souffle' and 1% milk
Snack - Cucumber

Really low at 1263 calories, but actually typical for my weekends back then - I often was low on weekends because I'd get up pretty late and only eat when I got really hungry.

By comparison, today's food was:

Breakfast - Pineapple Orange Juice & String Cheese
Snacks - Fruit Bar, Cereal Bar, Carrots, Celery & Peanut Butter, Pudding
Lunch - Meatball & Sausage Marinara (packaged meal)
Post Workout - Protein powder, Apple Juice, Strawberries, Banana
Dinner - Lean Ground Beef, Green Peppers, Veggie sauce, Spinach

Right in the upper part of my range at 2109 calories, but since I tend to burn more calories than planned some days because I like pushing my workouts, it's fine.


My activity that first day was a 10 minute light aerobic session - I think I did one of the SparkPeople 10-minute videos that was very basic - and 15 minutes of walking to and from my storage space at a 19 minute per mile pace.

My activity today was 30 minutes on the Recumbent Bike, a full body strength training on the weight machines, 25 minutes on the elliptical, then crunches and stretching.

Even more exciting to me, I keep pushing myself a bit at a time, with things like the level of resistance on the bike and the elliptical, and I use the elliptical with incline now. I've been ramping up the weights little by little, so that I'm actually exhausting some of the muscles properly now. My knees do still twinge occasionally, but the improvement is incredible and continuing.


I didn't measure a lot of spots, but:

MEASURED ==== BEFORE ==== AFTER
Waist ========== 46.5 ======= 39
Hips =========== 55 ======== 48
Thigh ========== 29 ======== 26
Upper Arm ====== 16 ======== 14.5

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Nineteen inches just across those four spots. That's honestly the first time I've looked back at those measurements back at the beginning. I can definitely tell the hip difference, especially in the fit of my pants. Not measured there, but I'm also down two bra band sizes (3-4 inches). I was wearing 22/24 clothing from Lane Bryant. I'm now in 16 (Lane Bryant/Torrid) and just picked up some new exercise clothes in an XL, normal sizes.


My BMI when I started (using 5' 7.75") was 38.37 - beyond simply obese. My BMI today is 30.1 - so close to slipping into the realm of just overweight I should be there by next month's check-in.

My scale measures body fat, though it's definitely questionable numbers. However, ignoring whether the numbers are accurate, more important is the change. I started out bouncing between 47-49%. I'm now bouncing between 41-42%. (Those are high compared to the results I get from handheld versions, but those are consistently measured on the same scale.)

Oh, and my SparkStreaks - just the three that it defaults with (I think):

Log in and spin = 214 days
Exercise 90 min = 31 weeks
8 Cups of water = 213 days


All in all a very satisfactory 7 months here on SparkPeople. Made 1000 times better by every fellow Sparker I have the opportunity to interact with in one way or another.

It's funny. I think I could easily have been doing the eating and working out part of this without SparkPeople. I did buy a menu planner that will track all my nutrition. I have a phone app to track my weight training.

But what really sucked me in on SparkPeople was People. I used to regularly check out New Blogs - reading and commenting. I try to make a point of staying active on my Teams, huddling regularly, checking for new members who have posted, giving birthday SparkGoodies. I feel the heartbreak every time I see a listed friend's name go black instead of a link, meaning their page has been taken offline. I get to know people's profile images from my friend feed and miss them when they're away awhile. And I feel the elation when things go right, when something just clicks and they find it easier to make the healthier choices.

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BRIGHTPENNY 4/24/2012 4:47PM

    You are definitely making the changes you need so emoticon to you for it's hard work! But you are emoticon, emoticon and you will get to where you want to be!

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CAPGIRL1 4/21/2012 10:18PM

    You are doing so well and I admire your consistency and dedication! It shows in your photos and tracking figures. Thanks for posting and helping me get inspired! emoticon

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GOING-STRONG 4/21/2012 10:05AM

    Congrats to you on those terrific numbers. Wowwee... what a difference 7 months can make. Spark on!

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MAMAWALMART 4/21/2012 12:44AM

    emoticon for the love but mostly for the motivation and support you have given me. Also thanks for the swift kick in the pants when I needed it.
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TONIAP7 4/20/2012 11:57PM

  Great Job, you are amazing! I will be watching your progress and sharing mine!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 4/20/2012 8:13PM

    Way to go on the amazing progress!!

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IMATALOSS 4/20/2012 4:51PM

  These are FANTASTIC accomplishments. Congrats to you! emoticon

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REDSKINGIRL 4/20/2012 11:19AM

    Keep up the great JOB!!!

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HHB4181 4/20/2012 11:03AM

    Congrats on all of your success!! Keep it up!!


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CROWLEY123 4/20/2012 7:18AM

    WOW! That is some journey, and some journal! You have shown us that it all really works if you use the tools and do the work! Great job - keep it up!

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CAROLZ1967 4/20/2012 7:05AM

    Man you've done awesome!! Love all the stats. And I agree about the benefit of this site...l have finally reached my goal wt "range" (although I've been struggling at the top of it for awhile now) & I know Sparkpeople is a necessity (although enjoyable one!) for me. When I originally hit my goal wt, I SLOWLY made changes..like not recording everything I ate in my food journal or on this site. That led to increased fast food visits over time. And slowly I put about 15 lbs back on. Finally it hit me that what I was doing to get back down was not working! (I was just trying to "work harder" on it all.) I knew I had to get serious on the eating again AND track it. It's just the way it is for me. And I'm ok with that. If I can stay in my range, even though the tracking takes more time...if it holds me accountable, I'm MUCH happier! But like you, I LOVE this site and the friends too. :-) Keep up the great work! You are an inspiration to us all.

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THEIS58 4/20/2012 6:48AM

    Great job, and great blog!

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DURANGOREDDOG 4/20/2012 3:48AM

    Love this blog. You have are a motivator to me and your support to me as I have been on SP has been so helpful. Just when I need a little encouragement I have a post from you. Thank you for being a spark friend and keep up your hard work. You are living proof that this plan works. You are emoticon

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CALI_POPPY 4/19/2012 8:56PM

    So sweet! Your encouragement has been nothing less than a blessing to me. Thank you for just being Awesome!

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NORAHNICK 4/19/2012 4:55PM

    All that in 7 months!!!! You're amazing! And an inspiration!

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SAMI199 4/19/2012 1:54PM

    emoticon you,too!

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SBNORMAL 4/19/2012 4:15AM

  I am here cheering you all. Keep up the good work!! You motivate me to keep going on. I know it is possible if you work at it.

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SBNORMAL 4/19/2012 4:15AM

  I am here cheering you all. Keep up the good work!! You motivate me to keep going on. I know it is possible if you work at it.

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RUNNING-LIFE 4/18/2012 5:05PM

    We love you too! I'm amazed at how far you've come- these measurements are great! Keep up the good work- I'm so proud of you!! :) emoticon

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    We emoticon you too!

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WHOWANTS2NO 4/18/2012 11:16AM

  Love the numbers! Love the sharing of then and now food, exercise, measurements etc. It helps those of us that are just starting out to know that we are on track and to know where we may go. It also helps to remind us that we still need to tighten up. I haven't taken any of my measurements yet. So thank you for leading by example!

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AMYTRIPP 4/18/2012 8:16AM

    *big hugs*

You are such an inspiration to me. You've stuck with this for seven months and changed your eating and fitness so greatly.

I agree, the spark friends I have are making all the difference for me. I don't think I'd have stuck with this for even the less than 2 months that I have without all the caraderie.

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BABBINA 4/18/2012 4:16AM

    Honey, I am so in love with the numbers, that's what SP is all abt. When you follow the plan, the #'s just don't lie!! I'm so proud of you, yr inspirational, keep up the great work!! And thanks for all yr amazing comments on my blogs/feed, they're very much appreciated!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TIFFY0906 4/18/2012 12:13AM

    Congrats - Awesome progress. I agree Sparkpeople and Sparkfriends are the greatest. emoticon

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_JODI404 4/17/2012 11:43PM

    I agree 100%, SparkFriends are the BEST part of the journey!!!

You are a spectacular sparker, I don't know how you manage to keep up with so much-- but you do a fantastic job. You are a great team leader, write thoughtful and inspirational blogs, and keep up with feeds & friends so well!

Your success to date is wonderful! You are really looking great, congratulations!!

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MICHELLE_391 4/17/2012 10:30PM

    Jennifer - fantastic progress and inspiration. I'm going to look back at this blog during the times I feel like I need a boost. You have worked hard and it shows!

I'm impressed with your workouts and am looking forward to being able to say that I can work my body like you can.

I'm just so glad I found you on here right away.

Congratulations!
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AMBERZADE 4/17/2012 9:03PM

    You've accomplished a lot in 7 months! Congrats!! emoticon emoticon

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You are INSPIRING !

Keep up the GOOD WORK !

BLESSINGS!

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KARL1266 4/17/2012 6:57PM

    You are a lady after my own heart. I love numbers and comparisons. And seeing your progress has inspired me to take a good look at some of my numbers. Great job!

And I agree 100% with your comment on the People aspect of this. I know from past experience that my SparkFriends will be there for me just I am there for them.

Great blog!

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KSCHRAUT 4/17/2012 4:51PM

    Great job! I was looking forward to the comparison pictures that you mentioned in your status - but the numbers speak volumes without pictures!!

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RUBEE22 4/17/2012 3:42PM

    Great job! You are truly inspirational...keep it up and let's continue to support each other : )

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CHUBRUB3 4/17/2012 3:08PM

    You are doing a great job my friend!
So positive, inspiring and motivating.
Hugs,
Angela


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MEWHENRYSMAMA 4/17/2012 2:31PM

    Back at you emoticon emoticon emoticon
You are doing a great job!
Continued success!
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SPARKFRAN514 4/17/2012 12:56PM

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Thank you for the great and encouraging blogs. this is a down week for me and your blog has me re sparked to keep going. you are so right its the friends and support you get here that helps us stay on track. where else could you push the panic button and so many spark members send notes telling you to hang in and not give up and remind you to share with you buddies they are there for the good and the and not good days we have while here thanks to you i know now a can hobble down the spark trail. thanks for the help. emoticon

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_RAMONA 4/17/2012 12:31PM

    You ROCK, Jennifer, and your enthusiasm and thoughtful insight inspires and encourages me to keep struggling through this leg of my journey (the health stuff along with a now 8 week plateau is starting to wear on me)... the 'sweet spot' has to be here somewhere!

Thanks!

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.I'm really excited for you and your successes!

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SASSY5468 4/17/2012 11:59AM

    Such fantastic progress!!! It is great to see your success and I look forward to more of my own because of inspiring people like you! :)

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MSSUZZANNE 4/17/2012 11:53AM

    Wow, you have done awesome! Thank you so much for sharing with us. It inspires me even more to keep up with my journey. Congratulations on your amazing progress!

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PGNBRI 4/17/2012 11:52AM

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    emoticon You are making great progress !!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2012ISNOW 4/17/2012 11:43AM

    For many of us, you are the inspiration and the kind support we all need to get us to our goal, whatever that goal may be.

THANKS so much for sharing your story & CONGRATS on all your achievements so far

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LGAR519 4/17/2012 11:04AM

    You are doing great! I am so proud of you. I especially want to thank you for all your help finding me a protein powder to take. I use the same one you do. I had a sore mouth and blisters on my gums . After taking the protein powder , it all healed. I figured my protein intake and it was very, very low. So I think I wasn't getting enough. But I do now. I'm not a big meat eater so this really helped me.

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VALKYRIA- 4/17/2012 10:22AM

    Congratulations!!! You are doing so amazingly awesome!!! emoticon

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TMCLEOD4 4/17/2012 10:10AM

    You're doing great!! Congrats on the awesome success!!

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NEWMOM20121 4/17/2012 9:50AM

    Great job. I love reading your blogs and updates. Thank you for sharing.

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SHELLYK972 4/17/2012 9:35AM

    That's awesome progress! Your meals are so much healthier now!

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AGINNETT 4/17/2012 9:27AM

    Congrats on winning one of the kindle's
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Awesome progress.


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RAMONAFLOWERZ 4/17/2012 9:19AM

    YOU ARE KICKING BUTT! Seriously, you are a total inspiration to me! KEEP IT UP, GIRL!



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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 4/17/2012 9:18AM

    You've accomplished a lot in seven months. You should be SO proud. And all those inches lost. emoticon emoticon

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New shoes

Monday, April 16, 2012

So, yes, as per my status I went shoe shopping. My running shoes were bought in October right after the Oktoberfest 5k I did. I've been wearing them daily since - to work and to work out. (Thankfully not an issue at work that has come up.)

Turns out they were long past needing to replace. He showed me how to squeeze the ball of the shoe and see how much it gave. It's supposed to flex toe upward, but not the sides toward each other. My old ones were pretty much much and flexed almost in half. Given my usage, I was told I probably need to replace my shoes more at the 4-month mark.

Tried on a few different pairs, and ended up in the same shoe but different color and half a size larger. I have the unfortunate situation of having one foot (my right) a full half-size larger than the left. The fact that my LEFT toe managed to wear through the top portion of the shoe under a mesh was a pretty good indication they were a little small.

Sooooo, I'm wearing a men's 9 (US) shoe instead of a men's 8-1/2. The two primary things that put me into men's shoes are the heel cup (many of the women's shoes pinch the sides of my heel) and the width of the ball. Neither of those is weight-related - I've always had to be picky about women's shoes, leaning into 10W or 10-1/2 and avoiding certain styles. In addition, the position of the arch is better in the men's shoes.

Following that, I decided to go pick up some dressier shoes for work - to be able to use my running shoes ONLY for walking and working out. I didn't find anything quite that I had in mind, but picked up my first pair of cute heels that I've owned in ........... uh ....... I have no idea when I last wore dressier women's shoes. I hate nylons, so I nixed them many years ago.

I guess all my shirts are so colorful now that I went for very neutral shoes:



I have black dress socks and only wear slacks, so the plan is that combination at work with the running shoes in my gym bag.

*whistles innocently* I wonder who will be the first to notice my height. Of the others who work in the office regularly, one guy is taller than me, one guy is shorter, and the three girls are all notably shorter (even when they have heels on). The fun of being 5'7-3/4", which the heels will push past 5'10". Teehee.

I have another analogy idea percolating in my head for a future blog. A tree, of all things.

Oh, and a picture of me with my new glasses on and one of the new shirts. I don't even remember why I took this one.



Back to trying to get at least somewhat caught up on blogs.

  
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CRYSTAL_MOM 4/28/2012 1:07AM

    You look great! Love the dress shoes!

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AGINNETT 4/26/2012 10:05PM

    You look so optimistic upbeat in your colorful shirt and new glasses! Keep up the good work.

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DAMIENNA 4/18/2012 3:52PM

    Gorgeous shoes!

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EUEK098 4/18/2012 12:20AM

    Ordered anew pair also

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CICELY360 4/17/2012 8:07PM

  Fun blog

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PYTPUTT07 4/17/2012 7:23PM

    Cute heels

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JAMER123 4/17/2012 6:38PM

    Cute blog! I enjoyed it and the new shoes!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TUBLADY 4/17/2012 6:11PM

    I love those heels. I love shoes. The running shoes are nice too, but they all look sort of alike. But heels and other shoes can differ so much.
I recently had knees replaced, so am waring heels and regular shoes again and it's so much fun. I too am over 5'10 or 11 in my heels. I like being tall.
Congrats on all you have accomplished.
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SJKENT1 4/17/2012 3:40PM

    wow those shoes glimmer and glow! cool

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    emoticonWOnderful to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor.

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    i love the shoes! you look amazing! have a great day!

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IRONBLOSSOM 4/17/2012 11:55AM

    I like the work shoes! And echo the salesman that you have to replace your shoes much more often than you would think you have to.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 4/17/2012 10:52AM

    Nice--I need new walking shoes. Thanks for the idea. That is my next reward.

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IMSEWNAVY 4/17/2012 10:34AM

    cute shoes! nice blog!


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MARYJEANSL 4/17/2012 10:32AM

  There's nothing worse than shoes that don't fit right - I have the same problem with feet that are different sizes. And there's nothing like a new pair of shoes to brighten up the day!


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MIMIDOT 4/17/2012 10:07AM

    Great blog!

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BIRDLSLAURIE 4/17/2012 10:02AM

    A great reminder to everyone that running and walking shoes should be replaced regularly and a professional fitting is definitely the way to go. Thanks!

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SHELLYK972 4/17/2012 9:37AM

    I tend to like the colors of men's sneakers better! I'm not a pink and purple girl!

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TANYA602 4/17/2012 8:43AM

    What fun treats! Continue to spoil yourself - you deserve it!

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FARIS71 4/17/2012 8:11AM

    LOVE the shoes - both pair! Nothing like a fresh pair of running shoes!

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    nice!

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    Cute shoes!

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DENNETJ 4/17/2012 7:23AM

    i so need new shoes too. my running shoes are starting to hurt my feet. I think I need to bump up a half size.

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WINE4GIRL 4/17/2012 7:14AM

    I like the dressy shoes! Thanks for the idea on checking out men's shoes!
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WENDYSPARKS 4/17/2012 6:27AM

    I like the glasses and the shoes!! Very nice!

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TATTER3 4/17/2012 6:24AM

    I like the men's shoes better too!

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SUSANK16 4/17/2012 5:25AM

  Love the new glasses

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MSSUZZANNE 4/16/2012 8:41PM

    Love your new dress shoes, so cute! You look so pretty, the new glasses look great on you. I just bought my first pair of running shoes on Friday. I spent my first 6 weeks wearing some shoes that were more fashion than functional, and got terrible blisters. I went up a half-size, and I love the fit. I have worn them the past three days and they are working out well. Hope you have great luck with your new shoes!


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LUCKYNLOVENEB 4/16/2012 8:36PM

    I LOVED this blog! Good info and it sounds so fun. Thank you.

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ZANNBEE 4/16/2012 5:41PM

    LOVE the shirt, the glasses and the shoes. I am a 5 8 big girl and wear ladies 11. I may try men's running shoes when my current shoes wear out.
I started at 246 so I feel like my journey is shadowing yours. Love watching you shrink!

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    LOVE those Oxford pumps!

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    I love your shoes. Enjoy your day!

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    Awesome! Love your shoes and your new picture, glasses are great.
It is important we protect our feet with good foot wear.
Hugs,
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BUTEAFULL 4/16/2012 12:46PM

    I sure can relate to the feet being two different sizes, so either one shoe will feel too tight or the other too loose. My last pair I bought from the men's selections not colorful but the fit was better for me. BTW I like your heels selection it's very stylish

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    Love the glasses!

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MICHELLE_391 4/16/2012 12:05PM

    Love the glasses, love the shoes, love that you did these things for your hot and rockin' self!

About the heels - what brand are those? They are just so my style!

Have a magnificent Monday!

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SASSY5468 4/16/2012 11:46AM

    Love your fancy new shoes! Those are SUPER cute! And so are you with your awesome new glasses and shirt :) So happy for you!

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SPARKFRAN514 4/16/2012 11:16AM

    great new shoes i too am one who can't wear heels they not only hurt my feet the last i wore heels i fell and broke my wrist ans that was in church !! 13 years ago and a surgery to pin the wrist !!! so its been no heels for me since then but i never really like them in the first place and this gives me a good reason to stay a way form them emoticon emoticon let us know what your work friends say about your shoes.

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    Love those heels and wish I could wear them. Sadly,
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A little non-scale victory

Thursday, April 12, 2012

So this actually happened on Friday, but it didn't sink in what the import of it was until yesterday.

We had a meeting in the office. That meant going into our main training room and sitting in the chairs in there. They're pink (more a hot pink than pastel) with black trim and arms. I remember when we bought them, they offered all of us one for our office if we wanted. I declined after sitting in one.

At the meeting I sat down and briefly had the thought that the chair was more comfortable than I remembered it being before.

Yesterday it click to me two key reasons why.

1) Arms. My normal chair is an office chair with no arms. These have arms with very little give to them. When I used to have to use one while helping someone else at their desk, I literally had to tilt my hips to squeeze in and they still pinched or I perched on the front edge. I have room to spare sitting in them now.

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Made me stop and try to remember the last chair with arms I had. It was a big executive chair I had at my computer desk. Definitely wider. Every other chair has had open sides.


2) Cushioned seat. One would think with all my extra padding I wouldn't need the thicker cushioning, but the more extra padding, the more downward pressure. Less cushioned chairs (such as the folding chair I use at my home computer desk) tend to make my butt bones sore and I've even had parts of my leg go to sleep if I sit too long in them.

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I didn't feel like I was flattening the seat cushion sitting in the chair on Friday. It was properly cushioning me. (I still like my chair better - the back has much better lumbar support - but these pink ones are no longer awkward and uncomfortable.

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Wasn't nearly as badly scattered today as yesterday. Part of it was just being more aware. I agree that sleep is probably a contributing factor, but I also realized suddenly there is an emotional factor that may be involved that I wasn't acknowledging to myself.

My best friend took a trip in March to visit an old friend. Our usual level of interaction decreased some which was expected as he wasn't on his normal schedule and was being a tourist and guest. But it included them ultimately becoming a couple. We still talk plenty, but I can feel the difference in his divided attention at times.

Realizing that, I suddenly recognized that I have this obsessively independent side of me that is trying very hard to deny that I miss being his primary focus. I don't want to feel like I need more than I get. I can't let him know because he gets very sensitive to my moods and it would turn this into a me vs her situation. I refuse to do that to him. So I kind of withdrew in an odd way that I think is part of this.


Also, it may not be terribly obvious, but I do have real issues with being demonstrative with my emotions. In twenty years, I have probably broken down and cried all of 3 times. One was after my divorce was final and watching TV when they announced Princess Di's accident and death. I started bawling. I'm not into celebrities. There was no reason to cry that much for her - so I knew rationally that I was letting the emotions around the finality of the divorce free by choosing something "legitimately" sad that I could cry about. The other 2 were at work having to practically beg for a paycheck when they were doing so bad I was 6-8 weeks behind in getting paid and close to eviction more than once. I would cry when I reached a frustration level of trying to remain controlled and calm and failing.

(Okay, yes, I've cried a few more times than that. I can tear up over characters in books or particular news stories if I empathize too strongly. But not for me.)


Long story short - I think the sleep being off is as much a symptom rather than the cause, though it then contributes to the situation. The real cause I'm suspecting is that I've been avoiding feeling and expressing those feelings.


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Ending with a bit of good news. Back in February I tried to e-file my taxes. It got rejected as I had the wrong PIN from the prior year. I didn't immediately refile as I wanted to get a student loan in garnishment finalized so they wouldn't swipe my refund. Once I had that done, I tried refiling, but goofed and hit file before I changed the info. So I had to wait to try again. The next time I entered the gross income from the previous year and took off the PIN. It got rejected again. Today I found a way to get last year's PIN and refiled one more time. ACCEPTED!

So in about 6 weeks I should see that refund and be able to pay back my brother. Whee!

  
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SJKENT1 5/1/2012 11:09AM

    Step by step we go.

Taking the time to be in the moment and aware of the changes in and through us is so valuable.

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ALADY2BE 4/26/2012 11:48AM

    I agree ...celebrating the everyday victories is definitely worthwhile. Keep doing it and notice how they add up.

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    WooHoo! Getting taxes done!

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    Great NSV! Thanks for sharing!!



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    Way to go!

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DIBANANA 4/15/2012 9:54AM

  I noticed my aha moment on the airline seatbelts. Thin people don't realize how something so small to them can make a big difference to us.

Great you are getting a refund.

I don't know what is going on with your friend situation but I eat because I don't always have control. It seems to be the only thing I can control sometimes. I'm working on it.

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 4/15/2012 12:43AM

    Nobody who is normal sized realizes what we heavy people go through when it comes to chairs with arms! I have gone through a lot of office chairs in my 35 years at my job, last time I asked for permission to use by University purchase card to get myself a new chair at the office supply store, because the old one was kaputt. My weight had something to do with that I'm sure. Once I had hubby come to my work early in the morning and help me replace my chair pad with a used (better) one someone had put in our basement storage room, because my chair pad was ruined. (From all my weight on it constantly). It was too embarrassing to ask for help from somebody at work. My wonderful hubby helped me lug those heavy chair pads up and down the stairs. The things we endure when we are fat! Glad to hear of this NSV--it's a BIG deal to realize we now fit into chairs more comfortably. A small thing--but an important one.

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DURANGOREDDOG 4/14/2012 10:36PM

    This is wonderful to see your hard work paying off in other ways than a number on the scale. I imagine you are getting a lot of compliments, too! Keep up the good work and I wanted you to know I appreciate the encouragement you have given me. emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 4/14/2012 10:09PM

    Wahoo about the chairs!! Awesome NSV!!! :-) Made me smile!

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    Great job

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    Wonderful to see you featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor!! emoticon

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  Nicely done!

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THINGONJERI 4/14/2012 1:21PM

  An inspiration to many of yes. Atleast its evident that its not just the scale that can tell the progress.

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JUDICAT63 4/14/2012 8:18AM

    Well done!! I notice it in the car - I no longer "extend over the sides" of the chair - It is a wonderful feeling to realise that all your hard work has finally started to pay off! Way to go on the taxes as well - they are a nightmare! As for your sleeplessness - working through your emotions will bring up all sorts of stuff that was buried, so expect a few less hours of ZZzz, but try to get the rest in bed even if you can't sleep. Your body needs the rest as much as sleep - so no sneaking back to the computer! Just lie there and imagine yourself in a peaceful, safe place - a holiday place, or a place where you have been and felt totally relaxed! Good luck on all of this and keep the good work up!

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BAKER287 4/14/2012 7:22AM

  I can relate to sitting in the chair. It takes awhile before you make the connection. Congratulations!!!

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    Love the positive vibe

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    Congratulations!
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  Congratulations. You are doing great. Way To Go. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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    THINGS ARE LOOKING UP!!!

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    Sometimes its these types of things that really show you your making progress. Thank you for sharing your story with us all. Very inspiring. :-) emoticon

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MISSILENE 4/13/2012 7:02PM

    You are an inspiration. I feel on my tush the other day. Since I have no fat there it hurt...

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    Great and inspiring blog entry!! Thank you for sharing it!

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    It's really great to measure weight loss by something other than the scale. Congratulations!

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Scattered and not sure why

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

First off .... *BLUSH*! It was a couple of days before I even read enough of the comments to realize I had a featured blog, and I felt so completely overwhelmed and behind just trying to catch up with my friend's feed and teams, that I'm only now getting a chance to read the comments on the blog.

I'm glad so many were given new food for thought by my way of applying an analogy. My brain seems to run non-stop when I'm toddling along on the elliptical (or any other cardio, even walking).

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So, yeah, as the title says I have been feeling really scattered the last while. I've been trying to think back today to figure out when it started. Maybe as far back as when I paid for the glasses and then had three days of no cell service.

It's not notably affecting my health and fitness journey. I'm loving the gym, loving the workouts. It's not affecting my eating habits. Well, not for the most part.

I had to really laugh at myself last night when I finished tracking my food. See, many days I pre-enter the things I know I'll be eating, then know the room I have for snacks or fillers. Yesterday I had a decent amount of room and knew I had frozen veggies I wanted to eat at least one of. So I made a bag. It's a grocery store brand "Steams in the Bag". Absolutely delicious sweet yellow corn. I ate the entire bag.

Then I went to track it. Searched and didn't find, so entered the data from the nutrition label. Serving size. Okay. Servings per bag ... O_O ... 4? Eh, it's a vegetable. That's nothing to worry about, right? ROFL, well over I went. From eating corn. Unsalted, unbuttered, just simple natural sweet corn. Over 300 calories worth.

Okay, so I was only around 100-110 calories over the top of my range and maybe 30 over in carbs, but it just really made me laugh and shake my head at myself. If I had looked and tracked beforehand, I'd have known better than to eat it all.


Anyway, being scattered. I was consistently reading an ebook. I've been very spotty about doing that. I made a goal for April to track my sleep. I've thought about it maybe three times this month so far - only once on a night I was up past 1:30 am. I was keeping my room neat, doing my chores without fail, keeping close track of my budget - now there's a bit of disorder, I'm behind on laundry, and while I haven't had any major issues, I've three times forgotten about one thing as I spend money on another and had to juggle a little.

The last few days are bringing it to a head - I need to figure it out and deal with it.

Sunday night I decided to put laundry off until last night - just didn't want to be out that late with Sunday bus schedule. Monday I do my full body workout, so I get home later, so I delayed laundry until today. Guess what I didn't do tonight and delayed until ... well Wednesday is full body again, so Thursday? (Thankfully I have enough clothes to get by, but it will be a full heavy bag on Thursday!)

On top of that, I didn't update my bus card properly for April, so I'm using cash while I'm waiting for the electronic update to come through. Monday night I picked up a $20 from the bank so I'd have bus fare this morning. But getting home late meant I didn't break it and the buses don't make change.

All leading to this morning. I'd forgotten to turn my normal alarms on, so i was woken by my phone alarm which is my "finish up and leave" notification. Rush rush and out the door with change for the fare. Bus arrives, I'm plunking in $2.00 worth of change including pennies. Finally get seated, reach for phone ... oops! I'm not going to go the day without it, so off at the next stop where there's a store. I can break my ... oh, I don't have the $20 on me. Fine! I buy a water bottle and get $20 cash back, broken so I can buy a day pass. Back out, bus comes, day pass bought, and off to hurry home for the phone. Grab the phone and the other $20, back out to bus stop. Oh, I didn't mention that it's drizzling, sprinkling, raining throughout all this, but that's okay because I have the umbrella in my gym bag and pulled it out to use. Except, at some point between leaving my house the second time and getting off the light rail, I left it behind ... and it's raining harder.

Really, Jennifer, REALLY!?


So, something has got to change. It's not a funk I'm in. There's no moodiness, no depression, just ... scatter-brained. That's not even quite right because I'm clearly still thinking a lot and not brain-fogged. But even unimportant things like my game time have been scattered and unproductive.

On the plus side, even things I've been procrastinating on, I haven't let go too far. My taxes are now refiled with updated response to hopefully get the e-filing successful. My protein powder is ordered (I'm down to maybe three servings left - definitely like having it as an option). I'm even temporarily caught up on my friend feed and blogs from that, though I'm sure I've missed blogs from teammates.


Hmmmmmm ... I look at the time and suddenly wonder about my sleeping habits. I can think of at least two nights I've been up later than my usual 12:00 - 1:00 am, one of them the night I took an Aleve at around 5:00 am. Methinks it is bed time. I need to figure out a way to track this better. (Is it sad that I've been seriously thinking about one of the more fancy monitors for heart-rate, calories and such because it can track sleep?)


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SERENAMICHELLE 4/13/2012 2:27PM

    I hate when I get in a funk! This week was pretty funky for me (major PMS - which doesn't happen often). Here's to hoping next week is better for the both of us!

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    Thanks again for the great blog . i can see you rushing around to get out of the house and then have to get off the bus to rush home for your phone. i would have jsut done with it for day as mine is not as fancy as yours and can 't do all the things yours can . we all have scattered days and you seem to know how to make a experience funny even though i know it was not a fun experience . i always enjoy that you take the time to post on my feed leave a note or message for me they are making this journey easier for me i have i really was helped by the blog ion driving and our weight lose. like the other Spark friends i hope you have a clam and quiet week and get some rest and your alarm clocks go for you emoticon
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CONIFERA 4/11/2012 10:06PM

    You are so refreshingly human about all this emoticon

I can totally relate about the sleep thing -- and can commiserate how under-sleeping starts to eat away at focus, energy, productivity, etc...8-)

I can share two things that have helped me: (1) tracking my sleep with an on-body device; and (2) also logging my sleep time daily as a SparkStreak.

I don't always manage to sleep my full goal time, but I'm definitely keeping that as a central priority (in balance with other things), and I DO notice happy differences....

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LOVEREDDESERT 4/11/2012 9:26PM

    And I'm one of those lucky spark people that found you via your featured blog! In fact, I mentioned you in my follow-up blog so thank you again!

I remember a few times getting bags of ears of corn at the farmer's market, making up a batch of corn-on-the-cob and having a bunch for dinner with nothing else. Love corn but then I think about how corn is the secret ingredient that has been snuck into so many products for sweetening. emoticon

I also wonder if the lack of sleep might be affecting you. Take good care of you because you are so worth it - you've inspired a bunch of people!

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QUASIOR 4/11/2012 7:37PM

    Hey, I know that scatter-brained thing. You have ALOT to keep track of, and you are doing very well. Cut yourself a little slack and start writing up what you think you need to remember. And go easier on yourself!!! emoticon

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AEBROWNSON 4/11/2012 5:29PM

    Not enough sleep can definitely make you scattered! I've found that going to bed at the same time every night... counting back 8 hours from when I have to be up...this also means getting up at the same time on Saturdays and Sundays...really helps me. Consistency, consistency, it's all about consistency...in everything!!!

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FRANCES-AGAPE 4/11/2012 3:06PM

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Maybe it is just plain old spring fever !

Hope you get settled back down soon

At least you HAVE still been on track
food and exercise wise -
except once for the corn.

Aw, about the corn. Wouldn't you know it,
my fave veg has too much carbs and calories!

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SAMI199 4/11/2012 2:26PM

    Of course this goes without saying-lol-but sleep is important.
I know because I'm not getting enough zzz's myself. I also get those scattered days. (I hear you about the laundry,too)
It's interesting how very simple things can throw our routines off. Hang in there...



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VALKYRIA- 4/11/2012 1:15PM

    Wow. I don't like corn (except occasionally corn on the cob can be nice), but I never realized it had so many calories either. Hope your scatter-brainedness clears up over the next few days. It sounds like the sleep tracking is a worthy endeavor. It's very hard to focus when we are not sleeping well. Do you take a fish oil supplement? I've heard good things about it for brain health.

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MICHELLE_391 4/11/2012 10:45AM

    Yes! I agree with Mommy Nonny - I DO appreciate your comments. As I've said before, you are a very wise woman.

I wonder if it is the alignment of the moon, starts, and whatever planets, because I have been like this, and I'm reading other blogs where people are describing being oddly scattered.

Do you ever stop and breathe? I mean really breathe. 5-10 minutes of nothing but deep breathing. I often find that when my brain isn't on par and I'm just in "go" mode, it really helps me to feel centered.

And congratulations on the featured blog!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 4/11/2012 10:41AM

    Hope today goes much smoother. emoticon I think we all have those "scattered" days. As funny as they are when we look back on them they are not fun while we are going through them.

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LGAR519 4/11/2012 10:32AM

    I was never scatterbrained at work but here lately it has become a problem. I write everything down and then forget my lists!! I think a good nights uninterrupted sleep would help us both. I value your opinion so when you get a chance please read my last blog. I finally got around to writing one. The only other thing I could think might be bothering you would be some sort of unresolved issue that didn't seem important at the time!

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LINEDANCEB 4/11/2012 9:46AM

    Could it have been/be Spring Equinox?
More light can influence depth (or not) of sleep?

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SASSY5468 4/11/2012 9:43AM

    I think that a good night's sleep would really do well for you. Maybe your brain just needs a good rest :) I'm sorry things are so off for you right now. I totally get it after my 2 weeks of crazy business! Hopefully things will get back on track soon.

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SBNORMAL 4/11/2012 9:40AM

  You have quite a list of things to maneuver around but you are still moving and grooving. MORE POWER TO YOU!!! emoticon

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AMBERZADE 4/11/2012 9:26AM

    That sure sounds like a long day. I think there are just times when it's harder to focus than others. But yes, I also think sleeping better can help us focus. Despite everything, you seem to be doing great! emoticon

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AMANDASHRINKING 4/11/2012 9:21AM

    that was really awesome about the featured blog and you got to get your sleep ITS IMPORTANT LADY
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SCMAMAJONES 4/11/2012 9:01AM

    I've been scattered since we got back from vacation. I can't settle down and focus on anything! I think I'm just feeling overwhelmed because I'm so far behind at work, laundry is suffering, and my house looks like a tornado hit it. I've got to drag my husband into helping me tonight.

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AMYTRIPP 4/11/2012 8:24AM

    OH! And congrats on the featured blog status!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AMYTRIPP 4/11/2012 8:23AM

    I think we all have blocks of time when we're scattered. For me, it's when I'm the busiest and most stressed. For you, it might be a different trigger. I would say to pay attention to what you're paying attention to. emoticon

What is it that's actually on your mind when you realize you've forgotten something? Is there a nagging thought that's crowding out everything else?

You're doing so great in every other way, so don't let a bit of scattered brainness drag you down!

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-SONIA- 4/11/2012 7:47AM

    It seems like you're always Go, Go, Go -- in "real life" and on Spark. While I definitely appreciate all of your comments on my blog (I do, I really do! emoticon emoticon And I'm sure your Spark Friends do as well) -- have you been making sure to leave enough YOU time? Slow-down time? A nice, relaxing routine in the evenings before bed? Sometimes being scattered is just your brain's request for a little time off ;) emoticon emoticon emoticon



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PROUDLILMOM 4/11/2012 7:39AM

    I've been feeling like that a lot lately and hoping it pasts too. I also have the same problem with sleep. I have been going to bed way too late and am hoping to cut it back soon because it makes me tired all day. You have a great attitude about everything though. You can do it!

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ODAYSKI11 4/11/2012 6:07AM

    I was feeling a lot like that later part of last week - but not nearly as extreme as you! You did great not letting it get you down, keep up the great attitude! emoticon

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SLENDERSOLDIER1 4/11/2012 4:46AM

    Scattered...it happens. And you recognise it and can move on! Sounds like you're moving in the right direction with a lot of habits. Good luck!

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