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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 5

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

( Questions from TANYAP71's blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038746
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5. What is your weight history like? How old where you when you first 'went on a diet'? Have you lost and regained? How is this time different from others?

I don't recall ever having much concern about weight growing up - especially not in the earlier years (until about 12). We were all very active children, climbing trees, riding big wheels and bikes, piling leaves and leaping into them at the park, walking to school, playing a tag variant at recess. I remember being active more than I remember being still.

One memory I also have is of my mother's brother and a couple of her older kids coming to visit and all of us running around the block. No reason. Just an abundance of energy to burn off.

There's a picture of me around 12 or 13 when my father married my step mother - just before I hit puberty. I actually look scrawny. At a guess, I'd just gone through a growth spurt and gained an inch or two, but had no girly curves yet. Then poof, seemingly overnight, I was being teased at school. I'd had another growth spurt as it were, going from flat-chested to filling a C cup.

I think that and seeing the difference in the size of my bones compared to classmates was what taught me that I was literally "big-boned" and not just saying that to excuse away gaining weight. (Bangles / bracelets that easily slipped on and off other girls' hands and wrists sometimes couldn't get past my thumb or were too snug at the wrist bone.)

I also got lucky and somehow the beauty magazine I was most exposed to was Glamour, which had long had a leaning toward more diversity in their models. So I avoided the worst of the body esteem issues in that regard.

I started putting on some extra pounds after I moved out on my own. One of the biggest changes was what I was eating. Most of my meals came from fast food joints, and that meant sodas with them. I also walked a LOT, so it didn't pile on too fast - just a bit here and there.

My early response to it was actually things like control top panty hose, girdles, and the like. I'd eat a few less treats through the week if my clothes got too uncomfortably snug. I never thought about it as dieting and really didn't think about the connections between food, activity, and weight.

Then I got pregnant. Weight gain was normal, but sort of meaningless because it was part of carrying a baby to term and not directly tied to my food / activity level. I do remember my surprise at my high - 198 or 199 pounds - because I was able to say to my mother that I'd never weigh 200 pounds or more, not even pregnant. (Little did I know.) When DDb was born, she was 8 lb 15 oz, and I was immediately dropping weight from walking and eating my mother's cooking rather than fast food. So again it never really entered my mind to diet.

I soon was married and pregnant twice more, having marital trouble, and finally separated then divorced. My weight was really mostly a background concern when I'd have to buy clothes. I hated things like company Christmas parties or my EX's family barbecues because I felt the clothes I got made me look matronly. I contented myself with the fact they weren't from "fat people stores".

A few years after the divorce I was finally breaking free of my EX's ongoing lies that he still loved me and wanted us to eventually fix things. I tried dating once, but obviously wasn't ready, and I couldn't handle guys hitting on me - so I made my screwy decision to become invisible by gaining weight.

Long story short - I never intentionally dieted with a goal weight. I knew plenty about diets from others around me, from articles, from books, from the internet. But the closest I ever came was a while that my brother and I tried to follow the Zone diet (40-30-30? I don't remember exactly, just the higher protein percentage). The goal was feeling more alert - though we both figured a little weight loss wouldn't hurt.

Nor have I really ever considered this past year a "diet" in the sense of some specially restricted eating method. I knew I was eating too much. I was eating a LOT just to maintain and keep gaining. I was eating more than anyone could or should deceive themselves into thinking was normal for one person.

My weight has often fluctuated up and down through the years. Whether I had a car, how much money I had for food, whether my kids were living with me (I ate their leaving rather than store leftovers), and other factors had direct roles in my weight. I think a large part of my consistent success has been that very lack of yo-yo dieting history.

This time is different because I actually took off the blinders and really started paying attention to connections and details.

I read nutrition labels very thoroughly. What's the serving size? How many servings in the container? How much am I likely to eat at once? How much sodium? Is that natural or added?

I watch my totals in a variety of nutrients as I add and remove foods from each day. I finally understand the egg white "nonsense" even if I won't change my mind and do it - because I could see how much cholesterol two eggs versus one egg added to my day. I swapped to no-salt-added cottage cheese because the amount of sodium added "for flavor" is absurd.

I see the direct benefit of a focus on muscle development - not just to weight loss, but also to general body fitness and functional strength. When we get injured or have joint pain and a doctor assigns us physical therapy, what is it but a variation on strength training of the muscles around the affected area. I knew it generally from my ankle. Often sprained, it was strongest when I was ice-skating regularly because that strengthened my calves and the tendons of my ankle.

I also recognized the foolish connection I had created between a sort of social (relationship) anxiety and my body - one that had no positive benefit. I snapped that connection and go out of my way to avoid other connections. I'm eternally grateful that my only real food issue is my sweet tooth and really wanted to enjoy certain flavors to their utmost. I'm learning how to fulfill that with higher quality treats rather than higher volume treats; heck, higher quality foods not just treats.

  
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MICHELLENRGZED 9/19/2012 4:45AM

    I second what both the previous commentators here wrote. :)

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IMELECTRIC 9/18/2012 11:41AM

    People can relate to your blogs!

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A year (and 74.5 pounds) of progressive change

Sunday, September 16, 2012

That's right. Today is what I count as my emoticon !

Yes, my SparkPage shows my original start date as 2 June 2011, but I didn't really do more than create a login so I could see if the Meal Planner was anything like what I was looking for. It wasn't, so I logged out and moved on.

Three months later, I was finished with a move, no longer feeding, housing, and supporting my adult children, and ready to make more changes in my life. JAHCANNON, whom I knew from another forum entirely, mentioned there how much success she was having on SP in her own health / weight loss journey. I remembered having made an account, but now I was coming back wanting the things it actually offered - food tracker, fitness tracker, information, ideas, and so much more.

Starting off @ 250.5 pounds on 16 September 2011, the highest number I'd ever seen on the scale:


I started walking every day, at least a mile. After a couple days I added some simple Strength Training - crunches the first day, a few things like Boxers and Skater Squats a couple days later.

I also started tracking every food I ate. I'd already cut down to more "reasonable" amounts the first couple weeks of September, but tracking got me seeing things I didn't even realize about serving sizes. I knew that a huge mug of milk thick with chocolate mix wasn't good, but measuring and seeing what actually made one serving of cereal with milk was a real eye-opener.

Right before my 1-month mark, I did my first 5k - Oktoberfest - and got hooked on the challenge of doing better.

One month in @ 240 pounds on 16 October 2011:


Two months in @ 234 pounds on 17 November 2011:


Three months in @ 224.5 pounds on 17 December 2011:


Four months in @ 217.5 pounds on 16 January 2012:


This is about the point where I actually started feeling like I could really see a difference. Prior to that, I would think it was the lighting, how I was standing, how zoomed in I had the camera. I didn't feel like I was really visibly seeing changes. I could feel it in pants that had gotten too loose, but that four month picture is when I suddenly could really tell excess fat had melted off my hips.

This is also the point where trouble with my left foot (swelling of the plantar fascii) was causing me trouble and I was feeling limited by my lack of workout equipment at home for progressing in my ST. I walked into the gym I passed every day on the way home, took a tour, and paid for two years.


Five months in @ 210.5 pounds on 16 February 2012:


Six months in @ 204.5 pounds on 16 March 2012:


Seven months in @ 196.5 pounds on 16 April 2012:


Eight months in @ 191.5 pounds on 17 May 2012:


Nine months in @ 186 pounds on 16 June 2012:


Ten months in @ 183 pounds on 17 July 2012:


Eleven months in @ 180.5 pounds on 17 August 2012:


And finally, twelve months in @ 176 pounds on 16 September 2012:


(( Sadly my usual camera has decided to become immensely troublesome. It sees the memory card as set to read-only no matter what and to get the cable, I have to order it online as it's a special end just for their cameras. So the last picture is taken with my smartphone. The angle is different - a good two feet lower and closer as well - which makes my legs look proportionately longer. ))


My journey isn't done, and I expect it to be around February or March that I'm swapping to a maintenance calorie range as I continue to tone up my muscles.


What would have happened if a year ago I looked at how long it would take to lose 90+ pounds? I wasn't going to be "skinny" by my birthday or even by the end of 2012. Looking at that from the viewpoint of September 2011, it might have been easy to just say forget it, it'll take too long.

BUT, if I didn't do it then, when?

What if I'd kept eating the way I was to gain? Maybe I'd be looking at 260 or 265 on the scale. I'd also be looking at mid-2014 to lose it all.

Every day we avoid starting because it's going to take too long is just one more day (or two) longer before we live the life we deserve to have.

Every day we make poor choices and use those as an excuse to give up and make worse choices, that's another day on the end.

I'd rather have the maximum number of days living healthy and with a body that doesn't hold me back.

  
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SASSY5468 9/20/2012 4:15PM

    The incredible shrinking woman! It's so great watching the transformation! Congratulations :)

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JENNCABA 9/19/2012 7:13PM

    HAPPY SPARK ANNIVERSARY !!! You have made such great progress !! You look great emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROXONA 9/19/2012 9:18AM

    Happy Anniversary!!!! You're doing great and looking healthy.
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NIELSENSLADY 9/18/2012 9:36PM

    Congrats to you!! emoticon

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TKAYSMILES 9/18/2012 1:30PM

    Great job Blue!! Thank you for the inspiration!!

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HEATH2 9/18/2012 10:40AM

    absolutely incredible! You look great!!!!! Wonderful job and congrats!!!!!!!

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PKCTTS 9/18/2012 1:53AM

    Great success story - great motivation for others. Thanks so much for posting this blog.

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SPARKFRAN514 9/17/2012 10:45PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon you are a inspiration those of us still working toward a happy healthy sparkversary emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon you look great even if your camera acting up you may h=just need to reward your self with a new once you reach your goal
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DENNETJ 9/17/2012 10:08PM

    I just love these picture progressions. I really should do some of these. I think it would help me to see the changes.

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WEEZER66 9/17/2012 4:54PM

    totally awesome.....Congratulations

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KIMPY225 9/17/2012 4:24PM

    Wow I love the pics! Great job so far!

I wish I kept up with my pictures! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JESSERS22 9/17/2012 2:47PM

    Congratulations on your sucess! Your my Thinspiration! :) emoticon emoticon

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TANYA602 9/17/2012 2:45PM

    You are the Inspirational Incredible Shrinking Woman! I am truly proud of you for "making the decision to live the life" you deserve! Congratulations on your anniversary!

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CATHGREEN8 9/17/2012 1:34PM

    Wow! just wow! thanks for sharing, you really give me hope.

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NERDLETTE 9/17/2012 1:12PM

    AWESOME!! You are truly an inspiration to me!! emoticon

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TALENKARR1 9/17/2012 1:03PM

    you are a insperation to us all

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REALLY_ROBIN 9/17/2012 1:03PM

    Wow...great pics. Thanks for being such an inspiration!!!

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DEBJAE 9/17/2012 12:25PM

    So proud of you! You are inspiring to so many people and you always give such good advice/feedback on my blogs...THANK YOU!

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HYDROQUEEN 9/17/2012 12:08PM

    You have done such an amazing job! Congratulations!

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KISAKATT 9/17/2012 12:08PM

    Awesome job! It's great to see your success and hear all your thoughts and tips along the way! Good luck on continuing this journey!!

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JANESLOSS 9/17/2012 12:08PM

    Congratulations!!

It was fun to scroll down and watch you melt away!!

Wishing you continued success!!

Jane emoticon

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BMCKEOW1 9/17/2012 12:07PM

    I love the pictures. It shows just how far you've come. Way to go.

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2BFITKAT 9/17/2012 11:08AM

    You are such an inspiration and make me believe this weight loss is doable.
Thanks for sharing.
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SHERIO5 9/17/2012 11:04AM

    What a positive blog!

Congratualtions on your emoticon !!! You'll be there before you know it!

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EMGI129 9/17/2012 10:21AM

    Wow!! Just look at you! What dedication and rhythm you have going!! emoticon

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YOUNG2012 9/17/2012 9:11AM

    You have done amazingly and I love how your smile grows with each new picture that is taken! It shows how proud you are of all of your progress, as you should be!
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DIET_FRIEND 9/17/2012 8:57AM

    That is terrific to see how you looked at each weight. I could really see a difference from the 1st and 3rd months. You look terrific in the last one and seeing these photos is so inspiring to me! TY For sharing!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 9/17/2012 8:30AM

    Happy Sparkversary and congratulations on all your success. emoticon

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ILOVELIFE2012 9/17/2012 8:05AM

    congratulations and thanks for sharing your journey. Awesome job!

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TMCLEOD4 9/17/2012 7:36AM

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I've said it before, congrats on your progress. You've made tremendous progress in a short amount of time. I've lost 53 in 17 months compared to your 75 in 12. Truly awesome!!

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FLEURGARDEN 9/17/2012 7:30AM

    Happy Anniversary! And Wow - You've really come a long way and you look marvelous - congrats!

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KSCHRAUT 9/17/2012 6:58AM

    Happy SparkVersary! I loved celebrating mine last week - it is such an accomplishment to stick with something for this long! And you're right - if we looked at how long it would take us to lose this amount of weight, a lot of us would have given up. Nice blog!

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MOM_TO_AKI 9/17/2012 6:20AM

    Happy anniversary.

Congratulation with the progress on your first year.

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SWEDE_SU 9/17/2012 6:20AM

    happy sparkiversary - your story is what spark is all about! emoticon

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FAT2FITKECIA 9/17/2012 5:00AM

    WOW!!! Wonderful Blog!! This is exactly what i needed!! You have just told me all that i needed to "hear".. I'm now a month into my weight loss and did lose 13 lbs, but as i can't really "see" the difference, I was starting to get despondent thinking my "slimmer-me" day will never come!

With your permission, I would like to print this out, stick it on my motivational wall and cheer ou on daily while i push me to get to be like you!

Hip Hip Hooray for your hard work and commitment!

And THANK YOU for sharing this blog!!!

Hugs from Geneva, Switzerland, emoticon

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FINALLYBEINGME 9/17/2012 3:52AM

    emoticon blog. emoticon emoticon

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YESCURLYCAN 9/17/2012 3:28AM

  Happy Sparkversary! You look fantastic; look what a year can do for you. Spark on! emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 9/17/2012 2:08AM

    I can't express in words enough how awesome this blog is! Look at you go! :o) Congrats on growing emotionally while shrinking physically!!

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_BABE_ 9/17/2012 2:06AM

    The years shrunk along with the pounds....you look fantastic.

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RUNNINGWILD 9/17/2012 12:32AM

    Happy Sparkiversary!!
I love that, while you shrink, your smile is growing.
Congratulations on a fabulous year.

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SHEL_V2 9/16/2012 11:57PM

    Great progress, both for you, and that lovely green plant!

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/16/2012 11:53PM

    You look amazing! What a difference a year makes! emoticon emoticon emoticon

You are so right. So many of us are reluctant to make decisions or change our path because we think it will take too long...but if you hadn't made that decision a year ago, this year would have still come but you would not have seen the progress. This journey would still have yet to have begun...but you didn't wait. You decided to take the plunge. I really admire how you've been so consistent and dedicated. You tracked and followed the program and have seen results. You're a great role model and motivator! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHELLYK972 9/16/2012 11:29PM

    Wow...wow.. wow!! You're looking great! I love that you wore the same bathing suit in your pictures as you progressed! Keep it up!

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TRACYKHOLM45 9/16/2012 11:24PM

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KING_SLAYER 9/16/2012 11:09PM

    Happy Sparkversary! Excellent job you've done, taking a picture every month is an awesome way to see how far you've come. Keep up the good work, you're doing great!

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THETURTLEBEAR 9/16/2012 10:55PM

    The incredible shrinking woman! Looking fabulous!!! emoticon

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KATHUGGS 9/16/2012 10:44PM

    Congrats! Happy Sparkversary!!! You are amazing! emoticon

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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 4

Sunday, September 16, 2012

( Questions from TANYAP71's blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038746
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4. What are (or were) your fears about weight loss?

When I first started out, one fear was that it would be harder than it has been. Unlike many others, I hadn't dieted multiple times over the years. I'd never focused on trying to lose weight ... ever. But I'd had people around me who did. I actually knew people nutty enough to do the cabbage soup diet. I saw others yo-yo, I saw them lose a lot and then stall or regain.

Another fear was that I'd have to surrender to eating "health food". My variation on this is a bit strange, though. I differentiate healthy food from health food. One is simply nutritious things - such as vegetables I've always loved eating. The other is bending over backwards to try to eat just right - such as freaking out if food has sugar or HFCS or adding powdery/gritty stuff to food (bran).

I understand better now why even SP's meal plans throw egg whites in rather than simple eggs, for example, but will never make that my style of eating. Thankfully this fear is gone because I've proven I can eat good food, delicious food, and meet my nutritional needs while losing weight.

Another residual fear is that I have to hit a dreaded plateau. I've somehow managed to avoid one until now. Sure, I've had points where my weight trend flattened out, but every single time it followed directly on the heels of eating more which my tracker showed me clearly. I haven't had a legitimate plateau in which I'm actually "doing everything right" and my body has simply decided to stall.

The next fear is that I won't be able to tell when someone cares about me as opposed to how I look. It's not just weight I used to hide for all these years. I haven't worn a skirt or dress in many years. The heels I bought earlier this year are the first I've owned in a long time. I can't remember the last time I wore more makeup than some color on my lips.

There's another fear behind that one. I lived a really bad way for a little over a year. I knew I had to get out of living that way. Yet there remains a part of me that craves part of that life. I keep that part suppressed most of the time, but it's there when someone pulls over and offers me a ride. I hate the attention; I crave the attention. I'm afraid I'm not normal enough to have real relationships with people. Even my best friend and I aren't "normal" when I let this side of my mind natter.


While I do have these fears, at the point I decided to work to be strong and fit I decided that I wasn't willing to continue harming my body and my future in it over fears. I looked at what the "worst case scenarios" were for each of the fears and realized I'd rather deal with those than with aching knees and clothes that looked dumpy and wore out quickly, not to mention spending more than twice what I "should" on food.

  
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MICHELLENRGZED 9/19/2012 4:44AM

    Oh, yes, fears - not something anyone really wants to face, but important to do so in order to move on & to keep going. You've done so beautifully here & shared honestly. Thank-you.

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DIET_FRIEND 9/16/2012 7:55PM

    Very thoughtful blog--TY for sharing.

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SHERIO5 9/16/2012 2:08PM

    I'm glad you made the decision to become healthy. You demonstrate in your blogs that becoming healthy has many facets (such as "what is normal?", relationships). I think it's wonderful that you are taking these challenges on along with weight loss.

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NEWMOM20121 9/16/2012 1:46PM

    I ask what is "normal"?

You are doing an amazing job and figuring out what works for you.

Great job and keep it up.

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SPARKFRAN514 9/16/2012 1:24PM

    emoticon emoticon that you have not had the experience of a plateau.
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TALENKARR1 9/16/2012 12:18PM

    when I was 20 or so I "dieted" big once and lost 60 lbs. I cut out "bad" food exersized till I puked thing unless I made myself sick with it it wasn't exersize. then I hit a platue. and then gave up I lost my musclesand gained it all back. I now relized eating about 1000 calories a day and the "spew" exersize regimene was bad. I thank god that I hit that platue because if I didn't I probley would of killed myself.
Now my focus is smart eating not eating less. healthy foods not health foods. and basicly not being stupid!
And if I end up doing something like the cabbage soup diet it is because I realy like cabbage ..... and i do! but as for egg whites most of the nutreince are in the yolf. to me it is like throughing the baby out with the bath water.

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CIPHER1971 9/16/2012 4:28AM

    Wow - I have some of your fears (and some of my own)

You are an amazing person, and 'normal' is so overated

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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 3

Saturday, September 15, 2012

( Questions from TANYAP71's blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5038746
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3. Who have you shared your weight loss goals with? What has been good about sharing your goals?

Early on, I didn't share them with anyone outside of SP other than my best friend and my kids. I've shared that I'm working to lose weight and get fit with a couple of my co-workers, but mostly keep my mouth shut about it. I don't exactly share my weight loss goals, but I do share things like new pictures and information about 5ks that I walk with siblings.

I think the best result from sharing where and what I have is the positive result on those I share with.

My best friend was also trying to lose weight, but has moved into doing a 5k, sadly missing out on a Zombie run because it was sold out and now signed up for a half marathon. One brother plans to get back into P90X, though his schedule was a bit too wild to be consistent for a while. Here on SP I see the community enthusiasm for setting and meeting goals, not just weight loss ones, around me and it's extra energy and motivation to succeed.


I know it's not really asked, but I'm still really resistant to talking about "weight loss goals". Then again, outside of SP ... I don't talk about ANY of my goals really. When I accomplish things, I like knowing I did it under my own power without help. That's the cussedly independent side of me in control.

  
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MICHELLENRGZED 9/19/2012 4:42AM

    Yes, sharing can help, but sometimes it's easier to just go along with only a few knowing, eh? You can do this. :)

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TALENKARR1 9/16/2012 12:20PM

    oh you missed out on a zombie run?! THAT SUCKS!!! next year I will do your face for it kay ;)

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SPARKFRAN514 9/16/2012 12:32AM

    I am just the opposite as you i need support from my Spark family i have even pushed the panic button several times here at spark i have one friend who trying to lose weight too so we have been supporting each other along the way. emoticon

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LBEEKMA 9/15/2012 10:57PM

    I agree with your approach. Every time I start telling everyone what I'm doing, I put unnecessary pressure on myself and feel like a failure if I don't make my goal. At my last doctor visit, I was lamenting about being heavy and the PA stopped me and said, "You weigh less than you did at your last physical. That's something to feel good about." We all need to remember this. It's little by little!

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DIET_FRIEND 9/15/2012 3:20PM

    I don't tell everyone my plan either. I have a FB friend who is going on some kind of shake-drinking pyramid-selling diet and she announced her intention to lose 30 pounds by Christmas. I would hate to put myself under that kind of scrutiny. She's using shakes, but many people pledged to join her but not necessarily by drinking these shakes she says she could soon be selling. Her announcement made me wonder if by using the spark plan I could be down 30 pounds by Christmas too.

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SBNORMAL 9/15/2012 3:08PM

  Please keep Sparking' because you are helping me stay focused!


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CIPHER1971 9/15/2012 8:13AM

    I can really relate to this.

Have a great day

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BLC#20 Weekend Challenge: Creative Writing 101

Saturday, September 15, 2012

(( For those who don't know, BLC stands for the Biggest Loser Challenge. Round #20 started just this week on the 12th of September. Entry is closed at this point, but I'm pretty sure it is possible to join the "Mailing List" team if interested in getting announcements when BLC#21 is coming up. ))

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Blog your 12 week plan for success. Be specific. Don't limit yourself to minutes of fitness and calories consumed. Really think about it! How can you fit in the minutes that you need in your busy day? How will you be sure to have quality food options? How will you reward yourself along the way? Post your 12 week plan in a BLOG entry to receive 150 points. (complete any day, receive one time points)
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FITNESS:
- To work toward a full military pushup, I'm going to add doing 3 sets of modified pushups one of my three ST days each week.
- To lose my pound a week, but also look toward future maintenance, I will be decreasing my cardio on my ST days and adjusting my fitness minutes to get an updated calorie range.

NUTRITION:
- Space out my snacking at work more. They're becoming more habit than just available if I get hungry. Some days I seem to be eating so much that dinner is really small to compensate.
- Expand my lean protein options beyond beef, egg, tuna, and the rare chicken breast.
- Look at more slow-cooker recipes to see if it's an option worth considering.

PARTICIPATION:
- Check in with the team at least once a day - looking for new posts and blogs by teammates.
- Don't back down from a challenge just because it's uncomfortable. Push my boundaries a bit every time. (In fact, if a challenge is "too easy", try to find a way to go one step beyond.)
- Live by the rule "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all" and expand it to saying something positive and encouraging.
- HAVE FUN! If this isn't fun, MAKE IT FUN!

REWARDS:
- Make actual plans for New Year's Eve, solo or with someone is not important. Just do something other than be at home and text my kids.
- Tickets for something more than movies - Sharks game? Opera in SF?

BACKUP PLAN:
- Never let one bad decision become two bad decisions. Fight it with two good decisions.
- Injury? Find what I can do and drop my calorie range pronto.
- Health is a necessity, not an option. Live that truth.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LIZZYP609 9/18/2012 2:44PM

    every well thought out and complete plan. Great job Blue!

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DIET_FRIEND 9/15/2012 3:21PM

    Hope you win the challenge!

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ALWAYSOWNIT 9/15/2012 12:07PM

    Never let one bad decision become two bad decisions. Fight it with two good decisions. I will remember this. emoticon

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CARIOLA 9/15/2012 10:51AM

    Sounds emoticon

I may need to borrow your backup plans--I didn't think that far ahead.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/15/2012 9:53AM

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ILOVELIFE2012 9/15/2012 8:49AM

    how awesome, your plan sounds so empowering!!

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CIPHER1971 9/15/2012 8:16AM

    Great plan, and I love the backup plan bit, I may have to borrow some of it. emoticon

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KSCHRAUT 9/15/2012 6:18AM

    Nice plan! Keep up the good work!

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