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BLC#20 - Finish STRONG challenge for final week

Sunday, December 02, 2012

The BLC (Biggest Loser Challenge) #20 (Round 20) is coming to an end very soon. Our final, week 12, weigh-in will be on Wednesday. This blog is part of our weekend challenge.

O: Overcome the obstacles of the BLC/Holiday Break. Journal or blog your plan to continue your weight loss success during the break (one time points 1000)

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Well, I don't really have nearly the obstacles in store for me that "Holiday Break" implies. No family drama, no food-related get-togethers other than the company one, no real craving for common Christmas goodies. Maybe I'll have a candy cane, maybe not. Those can last a stinking LONG time, but I've never been big on hard candies.

There is a single big company Christmas lunch (more like multi-course dinner around mid-day). However, even with a company owner who is very big on eating and pushing food, and multiple delicious foods presented, I haven't had trouble in past years with honestly saying no more by the time I'm starting to get full. I expect to eat well, enjoy it thoroughly, but also to get some extra walking in and eat less calories, more nutrition, for several days around. I've done it in past years because I just don't like stuffing myself to discomfort.

One thing I am doing during the break is I'm signed up to plan and run one weekend challenge (between Outlaws and Warriors). I'll be participating in the challenges run by others as well, staying active in our team chat. That will be a good weekly reminder to not slack off.

Beyond that, my routine is pretty steady. I'm honestly looking forward to not pushing quite so many fitness minutes. My goal during the break is to ease up some on minutes, ramp up some on physical challenges, reduce some of my excess treat-eating, and increase my main meal size rather than adding more snacks.

Excess treat-eating: I firmly believe in eating the same foods I enjoy. However, I've gone from having a single serving of a treat to having three or four treats, snacking through a day. Part of that came of more physical activity giving me more calorie room, so I filled it with more treats. I want to keep the treat I do have special rather than routine.

I'd like to see myself stably below 165 by the time BLC#21 starts, with less than 10 pounds to go to the goal weight I have SP set to. Yes, I am planning to do at least one more BLC - it has been fun and has given me several new strength-training exercises that I've made a regular part of my routine.

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I actually have a different obstacle that I'm really going to be tackling head-on during the break, but that's a topic and blog I've been putting off this past week while finishing up NaNoWriMo. I'll be writing that in the next day or so.

  
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ILOVEMALI 12/2/2012 1:37PM

    Still wanting to take a walk with you!

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CIPHER1971 12/2/2012 8:41AM

    Sounds like a great BLC20 experience for you, and that you have the break sorted. So I am looking forward to your next blog, and good to hear you have nearly completed you NaNoWriMo.

Take care

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JAZZY_JOAN 12/2/2012 6:42AM

    Liked your Blog. I also don't have obstacles in my ways, not even a Company one, being retired. Your almost to your goal. Keep up the good work. Jo

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MISSY455 12/2/2012 3:00AM

    Added snacks has also become an issue for me, with a larger calorie range. It is something I have started addressing this week. Best of luck to you during your break form the BLC challenge.

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YESCURLYCAN 12/2/2012 2:16AM

  emoticon on your challenge. I am impressed that you are already geared up to do another challenge, and even more impressed that you are less than 10 pounds from your goal weight emoticon. You are a force to be reckoned with emoticon

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Grocery shopping and landlord's dog

Saturday, November 24, 2012

I've been meaning to do this some week, so here it is. This is my "haul" of weekly grocery shopping.



Yes, that's all to feed one person - but aside from the produce, most of it lasts more than a week. Alternate weeks have different larger staples I'm buying.

I get to haul all of that home on the bus and carried the last block or two. I use a backpack, duffel bag and a separate reusable grocery bag for the produce, then carry the water by hand. Total weight of all that is usually 40-50 pounds.
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My landlord and landlady have a dog. Actually, I think he belongs to their son or stayed with their son somewhere else until he moved back here. When he was first brought here, he would run away, bark, even growl. It has taken many months to gradually get him used to me. Dog treats helped. emoticon Hey, I'll take any advantage I can get and I only gave him a small bit at a time.

More recently I've taken him out for walks, particularly on weekends when everyone else is away. They take trips and leave him enough food and water, and a door to the back open. A few walks and now I've become his BFF.




He now is very aware of when I'm home and will sit / lay in front of my door and "sing". It's not howling, more like pitched whining to make sure I hear him. I don't mind at all taking him out when I can. It's a 0.4 mile walk around the block, some of it standing around as he sniffs every blade of grass and some of it jogging along to keep up with him.

It might not be 4 mph cardio, but every bit of extra activity is keeping the body in motion and actively using muscle fuel.

  
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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 11/30/2012 8:48PM

    Carrying all that food is a workout! emoticon

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RAMONAFLOWERZ 11/29/2012 6:14PM

    Awwww! He's super cute! Good for you for taking him with you - may as well, right?

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DOLPHINSINGER72 11/28/2012 5:36PM

    Your landlord's dog looks like an Isha mini me complete with sniffing every blade of grass. :) And yes, I love my little extra walks with my girl. We both get a little motion in which is good. Dogs are the best.

Ah, yes, whenever I spend some time with my friends in Carson I do my own shopping to get some healthy food in the house for my nutrition guidelines and I get to carry the food about a mile up and back. Fun fun, but it is extra exercise also. Sometimes not being able to drive has its benefits. :)

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FRANCES-AGAPE 11/26/2012 11:52PM

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WOW ! what a work out
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GOOD FOR YOU !

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Nice pic of your new friend !
Please pet him for me
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but hubby says no. When I
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Have a Terrific Tuesday

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MNJONES2 11/26/2012 2:31PM

    You are so dedicated - finding ways to exercise every day!

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SHERIO5 11/25/2012 6:08PM

    Awww...my dog keeps me moving!

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1EMMA2011 11/25/2012 2:33PM

    So so so CUTE!!! What a Cute Puppy!!!!!!

I am proud of you for carrying your groceries the way you do. It must be so rewarding to get home and then on top of that to know you have healthy meals.

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DIET_FRIEND 11/25/2012 1:39PM

    I used to schlep my groceries on the bus and subway when I lived in Atlanta. Your arms feel pretty long after hauling heavy groceries. I think the good life is part of what makes me overweight--a car, a remote control, ease. Keep on sparking and enjoying the dog--all the benefits none of the responsibility!

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NANCYSINATRA 11/25/2012 12:17PM

    The dog treats will win them over every time. :) Love that you get in ST when shopping. Never thought about that one. :)

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ADARKARA 11/25/2012 9:47AM

    That dog is adorable! It's great using a dog to help you get exercise. =)

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GOLDENRODGIRL 11/25/2012 9:16AM

    Ooooohhh, so cute!

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2BEABETTERME 11/25/2012 9:03AM

    Strength training and grocery shopping all in one! LOL

That dog is adorable!

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BEATLETOT 11/25/2012 8:28AM

    I love that little dog! No wonder you love it, too! And no wonder it loves you!!! Yay for added activity from our four-legged friends!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/25/2012 8:04AM

    Soooo cute!

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RG_DFW 11/25/2012 7:55AM

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DOVESEYES 11/25/2012 5:37AM

    cute dog and what a heart you have.

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ILOVELIFE2012 11/25/2012 5:16AM

    Wow, bottled water is really heavy, LOL. I really like the dog too. What a win win, you get your exercise in and the dog gets a walk...... you obviously have touched this dog's heart is a wonderful way, kudos!

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YESCURLYCAN 11/25/2012 4:24AM

  Hauling those groceries, working out and walking the (very cute) dog; no wonder you look marvelous! I am a bus rider as well and I can't do all of that at once, so you are a very brave and strong lady. Keep up the emoticon work!

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CHICCHANTAL 11/25/2012 3:09AM

    I've often thought I need to borrow a dog to walk. Unf dog would have to be 'emptied' first, as I seriously couldn't scoop poop.

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SUSHENO 11/25/2012 2:08AM

    Every bit counts. emoticon Keep it up. emoticon

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JENNY888 11/25/2012 1:58AM

    What a cutie pie dog. He looks great.

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/25/2012 1:23AM

    Nice that you have a dog friend/neighbor! He looks very sweet. emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 11/25/2012 12:40AM

    Food and walks. Dog heaven.

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RUNNINGWILD 11/25/2012 12:03AM

    He is super adorable.
FWIW, I complain about carrying that many groceries in from the car that parks 6 feet in front of my house..... emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 11/24/2012 11:38PM

    we count every 'around the block" and it is great to have a canine friend along for the company:-)

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Straight to the point

Thursday, November 22, 2012

What? ME?!

Actually, I'm not talking about my blog getting straight to the point. Instead, I was thinking about the vision that many of us have related to losing weight.



Way way too often, we think of it as a straight line. Start at this weight, end at that weight - done deal. We think our graph will look like this:



The reality tends to be more like Billy's paths in Family Circus or, in the case of this particular variation, Kittycat's path:


(Copied from a blog, though I don't know where that blogger got the image from. Original credit is, of course, to Bil Keane.)

Now it's time I got to the point, wouldn't you say?

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The point is that it doesn't really matter how many deviations your path has, so long as you work your way back in the direction you truly wish to go.

  
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FRANCES-AGAPE 11/23/2012 11:42PM

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YES ! you nailed it

Perfect analogy with Family Circus



Have a Wonderful Weekend

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PHOENIX1949 11/23/2012 8:07PM

    emoticon Good illustrations of a serious topic. Keep on keeping on is key.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 11/23/2012 7:21PM

    Good one...my track has been zagging the last couple of days. Heading back the right way.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/23/2012 5:25PM

    Very true! And, wow, I just toured your page more closely and what success you've had! Congrats!

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JSTETSER 11/23/2012 4:53PM

    so true!

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13ICANDOIT13 11/23/2012 3:12PM

    Thanks for saying that I just deviated and now I am on my way back. Teresa

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RG_DFW 11/23/2012 9:44AM

    So true, so true...

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FLEURGARDEN 11/23/2012 9:06AM

    Perfect analogy! I (and many others) get so frustrated when we don't see that straight line of progress on our weight loss journey, but I think mine does more accurately reflect kitty kat's route. :-)

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CATHLEENT3 11/23/2012 8:39AM

    totally awesome!

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KSCHRAUT 11/23/2012 7:32AM

    Well said, and in not so many words ;)

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NERDLETTE 11/23/2012 7:15AM

    I needed that today, Blue. Thank you! emoticon

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AHTRAP 11/23/2012 4:06AM

    Well timed, what with the Thanksgiving detour just passed and holiday (de) construction ahead.

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THISTIMEMYWAY 11/22/2012 11:04PM

    That's my path, winding :) I am back to trying to run 30 mins straight. I made my own plan this time...learning...

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YESCURLYCAN 11/22/2012 10:45PM

  Love this!! It is so true. Reminds me of a pic on another Sparker's page that shows its is never a straight line but more like a squiggly line emoticon

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DIET_FRIEND 11/22/2012 10:43PM

    Thank goodness I'm not the only one who's route is all over the place. TY for sharing!

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3G1RLS4ME 11/22/2012 10:34PM

    Well said totally agree

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CAT609 11/22/2012 10:17PM

    Awesome! Thanks.

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ILOVEMALI 11/22/2012 10:09PM

    Agreed!



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RUNNERRACHEL 11/22/2012 10:08PM

    Yes! So true!

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JENAE954 11/22/2012 9:56PM

  Thanks for the reality check.

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KARL1266 11/22/2012 9:45PM

    Spot on! And if I may be so bold...to the point!

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1EMMA2011 11/22/2012 9:25PM

    So perfect. I couldn't agree more. emoticon

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An old Thanksgiving memory and saying I Love Food

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

On another forum today someone was talking about looking forward to the L-Tryptophan nap. I realized that in 43 years, I have never once sat down to a Thanksgiving dinner at which the goal was gorging myself.

Of course, the first 18 years that was because we didn't celebrate at all. Raised as a Jehovah's Witness, no holidays were celebrated. Even birthdays were marked by no more than being another year older.

My earliest Thanksgiving memory is in second grade. My parents had made sure I had the appropriate notes and whatnot for the teacher to excuse me from all holiday projects at the beginning of the year. I didn't make a decorated bag or cut-out pumpkins for Halloween or a flag for Veterans day. I got to work on a random non-Holiday project each time.

The Thanksgiving Day craft was creating Pilgrim or Indian outfits out of construction paper and other materials. I was given my usual make-work craft and had finished that. Being the independent thinker and doer I already was, I went to the teacher and told her that I knew my parents had excused me but that I wanted to participate. I remember the Pilgrim bonnet and apron I made and happily wore at our little feast - lunch out at one of the long benches.

(( Yes, I realize in retrospect that it seems like the teacher was helping me do something my parents said "no" to, but if I remember right the excuse notes they sent didn't outright say I couldn't do things, just that I could not be pressured and had to be offered alternative activities. It's the difference between a doctor's orders to stay off a foot and having an doctor's excuse to get out of P.E. if a foot hurts too much. The latter is left to the discretion of the person whether to do or not. ))

Why this comes to mind is that I can't even remember when I learned that people stuff themselves like turkeys for Thanksgiving. What I remember best was the stories of the Pilgrims. They arrived here in winter and it was horrible - nearly half of those who made it across had been lost by the time the harvest came around the following year. After so much trouble and struggle, they had a good harvest and they had a good relationship with the natives who had helped them pull through.

They held a feast to celebrate all the things to be thankful for - those who survived, a good harvest, a future that was looking up, good will between people.

Truly, while they did feast that day, there are three differences I think are pretty critical:

1) Harvesting is hard work. Heck, everything they did to survive that year was hard work beyond anything we go through in modern times. They "worked out" constantly as there were no machines, no refrigeration, no conveniences, and no guarantees. They worked long hours, mostly very physical manual labor.

2) The food, the harvest, that they were thankful for was going to have to last for months during which very little would grow or be available. They'd already gone through a very harsh winter. Without a doubt they'd have that in mind and not want a repeat.

3) The Pilgrims were Puritans. Puritans very strongly believe in simplicity and in the sinfulness of pleasing the flesh. Gluttony would have been considered a horrible way to show their thanks. The feast would have been more about the gathering than eating.

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Makes me actually glad I've never celebrated in the "L-Tryptophan nap" style.

Of course, I'm no Puritan. I love food and see nothing wrong with pleasing the flesh IN MODERATION.

In fact, let me take that statement and say something more on it.

I LOVE FOOD

How often have I heard someone say that, how often have I said that, while eating something too fast to even register the flavors fully?

Consider the difference in eating ice cream.

One person takes a small spoonful, lets it rest on their tongue and melt just enough, biting any fruit or harder objects such as chocolate shavings, chewing enough to break it up and extract a maximum of flavor, smiling in that way that says "oh, this is amazingly good" as they swallow and take a moment to even savor the aftertaste, the recent memory and look forward to scooping a little more and repeating the experience.

Another person starts shoveling spoonful after spoonful into their mouth, barely chewing unless there's a choking hazard, swallowing as soon as possible so they can get more in. Enough flavor gets through via sheer volume that they know it is their favorite, but too soon the bowl or carton is empty.

Both will tell you they love food.
Both will tell you what their favorite foods are.

One, during the process, actually looks like they are loving and appreciating the food. The other looks like they are more in love with eating than with the food which becomes an afterthought.

Of all things, the food I actually learned this on was the Ultimate Cheeseburger from Jack in the Box. That thing is overkill, but (in my opinion, of course) delicious. I've eaten it ridiculously fast, on the order of 5 minutes. I had a vague appreciation of the burger, but while I felt stuffed I didn't feel particularly satisfied with it. I've also cut it in half and eaten it slowly, on the order of twenty minutes. That's right ... four times as long to eat half as much. I enjoyed, yes loved, every single bite thoroughly. I wasn't stuffed, but I was more than satisfied.

When we eat too fast, we miss out on an important part of the experience - the mind's appreciation of the meal. We get the aromas and basic flavors, our stomach gets filled, but our brain is sitting up there going "What?! That's it? No! I want more!"

I LOVE FOOD.

I love the entire experience. I love slowing it down and dragging it out, so my senses can be fully engaged. The aroma tickles my nose before any food passes my lips. My eyes light up at a beautiful presentation. My tastebuds dance with the first explosion of flavor across them. My ears perk at the crunches and snaps, even the occasional slurps that escape. My tongue delights in the smooth and the rough, the soft and the crisp, a world of textures to experience.

THAT is truly loving food and brings the experience from just loving the taste of something to loving the entire experience fully.

Take the time to make your next experience of food worth having, worth saying "I love food" and really meaning it at every level. Not because it is comforting or pleasurable in a life lacking those. Not because it smashes down some emotion we can't handle. Not because it is a habit or a necessity. Definitely not mindlessly.

Because food and our body's capacity to appreciate it is truly an incredible thing. Food fuels us, but we could be fueled with bland bread, water and supplements. Instead, we have the ability to eat a very broad array of food items, exploring a wide spectrum of flavors, colors, textures, temperatures, and more.

Treat the next bite like you haven't eaten all week and this bite is the only one you're going to get.

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AHTRAP 12/2/2012 4:46AM

    Julia used the perfect word to describe your I Love Food thought when she picked "meditation"...that was a very thoughtful, and a very wise read. Thanks!

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JULIA1154 11/30/2012 8:47PM

  Thank you for a lovely meditation on Thanksgiving. I know it will come to mind again next year, to be enjoyed and appreciated again.

Our family definitely celebrated holidays but has never been in the business of gorging. Perhaps some of it is because my parents grew up during the Depression; self-restraint and appreciation of what one has have always been part of their personalities. I will treasure those aspects of my parents (and my extended family) all the more for having read this piece.

Again, thank you.

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NERDLETTE 11/25/2012 7:59AM

    Thanks for this, Blue! Makes me wish I could do Thanksgiving over, and take your advice this time. emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 11/24/2012 9:30PM

    thank you for the reminder to eat slow and enjoy my food .
I worked so hard to eat slow and some where along the way i started eating fast again so thanks for the reminder . i was the last done at dinner on Thursday and was still on my first when the others were working on seconds !!!

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FLEURGARDEN 11/22/2012 10:46AM

    Happy Thanksgiving!

I don't gorge on Thanksgiving, but I'll admit I do eat more than I probably should. Perhaps because, being single, I don't prepare large dinners for myself and I usually eat alone. So on Thanksgiving, when I'm with family or friends and there are all those yummy foods on the table that I don't get the rest of the year, I do tend to try them all while enjoying the companionship, conversation, and laughter that eating with others provides. And even though I try "just a dab" of each item to keep it in moderation, all of those little dabs add up! But I do have a walk scheduled tomorrow to help me burn off those extra calories.

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TEADYBEAR77 11/22/2012 9:23AM

    You have given us some good advice. Everything in moderation. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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KARL1266 11/22/2012 6:49AM

    I LOVE FOOD. 3 simple words that can be taken in two entirely different ways. Your explanations of each are far superior to what I could come up with but at the same time echo many facets of my own thinking.

Truly exceptional blog once again.

Have a very memorable and Happy Thanksgiving! And savor the experience.

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1EMMA2011 11/22/2012 2:11AM

    So proud of you! What a lovely, thoughtful blog post!! I appreciate you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FRANCES-AGAPE 11/21/2012 11:54PM

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Have a Wonderful Turkey-Day !
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LOVE and BLESSINGS!

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KSCHRAUT 11/21/2012 9:12PM

    Yes, thanks for this blog. I have never been one to gorge on Thanksgiving -- I may have 2 servings of something, but I don't eat until I'm stuffed and overflowing out of the chakras most people describe themselves as doing onThanksgiving.

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HEALTH4LYFE 11/21/2012 9:02PM

    Savoring each bite is an excellent suggestion. And, I have read, probably on SP, that it's only the first three or four bites of food that provide us with the satisfaction of enjoying the taste of what we are eating. My plan is to select healthy food options and to "taste" the less than healthy options, if I am hungry. Happy Thanksgiving to you and thanks for all of the information about the first Thanksgiving. Very informative!

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HEALTHYHEIDI12 11/21/2012 8:56PM

    This is so wise, and so timely. Thank you and I hope you enjoy every bite of your Thanksgiving meal tomorrow. You deserve it! emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 11/21/2012 7:51PM

    Loved your blog, enjoyed it all, from the First Thanksgiving, to how we really do overeat, to the point of misery, I have done it myself, we all have, but I plan on being careful tomorrow, Thanks for the reminder, I will savor my food, and give Thanks for our bounty.

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FAITH__IN__ME 11/21/2012 7:18PM

    I find it very sad that a group of people could not celebrate the birth of their children; but that is beside the point. I do not love food, I think, if I could live without it, I wouldnt eat. I found comfort in food, if not for that, I'd be skinny! Haha.

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/21/2012 6:55PM

    Thank you! This is another great blog! I will keep this in mind as I sit down to thanksgiving food. I will take my time and savor it.

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13ICANDOIT13 11/21/2012 5:16PM

    Well, that was well said. I am glad you are doing well on your journey. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Have a great day. Teresa

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CIPHER1971 11/21/2012 5:13PM

    I hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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_JODI404 11/21/2012 4:43PM

    I don't always have time to comment, but I *always* read and enjoy all of your blogs.

I LOVE this very wise reminder:

"Not because it is comforting or pleasurable in a life lacking those. Not because it smashes down some emotion we can't handle. Not because it is a habit or a necessity. Definitely not mindlessly."

Thank you for a timely reminder on the proper appreciation of our food....and what it should not be to us.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday, and cheers to REALLY ENJOYING and savoring our food!!

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ANTOF9 11/21/2012 4:26PM

    Oh, my goodness! Thank you for writing this! I *was* raised with the traditional holidays, but I, too, never sat down to Thanksgiving dinner INTENDING to eat too much. Sure, I knew I might; but that was not what I planned. But over the years, I certainly did it many, many times. In fact, you've reminded me of one (recent) year where I finally ate too much. I ate so much that I actually had the indigestion feeling of thinking I might be having a heart attack. I will NEVER forget that feeling.

I love what you've written about the first Thanksgiving, and your take on "loving" food. Thanks, thanks for writing this!

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DIET_FRIEND 11/21/2012 3:50PM

    I like this thoughtful blog. I think part of my problem isn't wolfing it down, it's just that the array of goodies is so vast. Even if I take just a small portion of each delight, it adds up to a lot! Also we are eating foods we eat only on special occasions and often fix more than is really needed. Probably the recipes we all rely on were designed to feed large gatherings. Now we have leftovers and a bit of free time to make trips to the fridge for snacks. One way to combat this problem is to ATTEMPT to make smaller amounts and to seek out recipes using our favorite seasonal ingredients in tasty lower fat/lowercarb/lower calorie ways. I don't think I'm doing much of this myself as I am going to my sister's for the meal. I'm bringing a jello salad she requested that is full of manderin orange sections, celery, pineapple, and pecans. It's probably pretty sugary too. My sister will be making an old fashioned turkey and dressing that will not skimp on richness. I am also making yeast rolls. Hopefully the kids will eat the bulk of these. My goal this day is to keep my weight at a standstill. Eat what I want on the day, and not to overindulge for days on end.

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ILOVEMALI 11/21/2012 3:01PM

    I am thankful for your reminder! Savor each and every moment. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Fourteen months along - super sweaty day

Sunday, November 18, 2012

And not from heat.


We'll see how well that picture comes out. That is the back of my shirt I wore at the gym this morning, after I'd finished my workout. The top little section at the neck - that's the only part that is dry. The front didn't fare much better. Whooo-eee.

Here's the latest shots:

17 Nov 2012 @ 169.5 pounds


Side View

Another three pounds this month. I'm in a little bounce up from my latest low of 168.5 pounds (which I sat at for three days, then bounced up a tiny bit for my Wednesday Weigh-In for the BLC#20 I'm doing).

This puts me at 81 pounds down from my starting point - and only about 15 pounds away from my "goal" of 155 (originally was set to 160, but I dropped it after some consideration). I'm leaving that goal really open-ended though. For all I know, my memory of my body at 150 pounds could be skewed and I could safely get down to 145. Or because of all my weight work, I could have more muscle / lean body mass and 155 be a stretch.

Really, even now I'm less concerned with the scale than the pockets of fat that need to be reduced - most notably around my torso and abdomen. They're the last to let go, and likely to take longer than hitting a goal weight to shift as needed.

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Last picture has nothing really to do with the above. I've gotten into the habit of walking from work to a further away light rail station that gives me a 1.6 mile walk. The city I work and walk in for this has decorated a freeway underpass I walk through. Hopefully this picture shows what I mean:



It's neat to walk toward that in the dark. (Not so neat that it is that dark when I'm walking ... it's the one pitfall of losing Daylight Savings Time. But I wear my reflective bands from a Firefly Run, so at least I'm not hard to see.)

  
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NERDLETTE 11/28/2012 9:49PM

    emoticon You ROCK, Blue!! emoticon

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THISTIMEMYWAY 11/22/2012 11:07PM

    Wow! You look amazing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JICKEE 11/21/2012 11:43AM

    Wow, 14 months 82 pounds, my how time flies, looking good.

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FAITH__IN__ME 11/19/2012 10:25PM

    You'll reach that goal and it's good that your not letting the scale rule you, muscle is more heavy than fat, so you might have a nicer body at 155 than you used to at 145 :)

go go go, you can do it! :)

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TEADYBEAR77 11/19/2012 8:25PM

    I love the progress pictures. You're doing awesome.

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/19/2012 1:15PM

    You are an amazing inspiration!!
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SCMAMAJONES 11/19/2012 8:05AM

    Amazing!!! Way to go!!

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FRANCES-AGAPE 11/18/2012 10:33PM

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13ICANDOIT13 11/18/2012 9:27PM

    That is awsome I cannot wait to hit that wieght. Great Job . Teresa

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MICHELLE_391 11/18/2012 7:28PM

    Congratulations! You look amazing! And the sweat is beautiful, keep it up!

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KING_SLAYER 11/18/2012 7:23PM

    You've made some excellent progress so far and according to that t-shirt, you're busting your tail at the gym! Good for you!!

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SHERIO5 11/18/2012 4:33PM

    Wonderful pictures! You have gained tons of muscle!!! emoticon

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A-NEW-TARA 11/18/2012 3:25PM

    Wow, you look amazing! I love how you are leaving your final weight goal open to adjustment to fit how you feel when you get there. Thank you for sharing your pictures with us, they are a great inspiration.
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RUNNINGWILD 11/18/2012 2:52PM

    Ok, something occurs to me but I'm not sure how to ask.... You've lost a bucketload of weight and that suit isn't saggin' (that I can see), how on Earth did you fit old you in it when the new you fits in it so nicely? Random though #2 - I have that exact same scale.
Last thought - that underpass reminds me of the Chicago airport.


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LYDDIECAT 11/18/2012 2:40PM

    Wow...your photos do not lie. Great job!

That is one cool looking underpass. That must liven up your walk a bit.

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HEALTHYHEIDI12 11/18/2012 12:50PM

    You look great and you have such a fantastic attitude about numbers. Woohoo!!!

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LMH1223 11/18/2012 11:36AM

    You look fantastic!!! Way to go!!

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PKCTTS 11/18/2012 10:52AM

    emoticon I love these updates. You look great!

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JENNCABA 11/18/2012 10:48AM

    You look great !!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TANYA602 11/18/2012 10:32AM

    You're looking good there! And what an amazing sweat! It sounds like you and I are just about in the same place - near maintenance, debating the next few pounds and beyond. Way to go!

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LIFEFOUNDONARUN 11/18/2012 10:26AM

    You.are.awesome!!!!!! Amazing transformation!! Keep it up!

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_JODI404 11/18/2012 10:04AM

    emoticon You are looking so great!!! Awesome progress!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIET_FRIEND 11/18/2012 10:02AM

    Love your photos! You are a real role model!

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GOLDENRODGIRL 11/18/2012 9:12AM

    You look great!

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ROXYZMOM 11/18/2012 9:04AM

    Amazing! I have really enjoyed reading about your transformation! You are fabulous!

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KSCHRAUT 11/18/2012 8:14AM

    Woohoo! Nice job!

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2BEABETTERME 11/18/2012 7:40AM

    Great workout...and great work overall! Keep it up!
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TEADYBEAR77 11/18/2012 7:40AM

    You're doing great. You inspire me. Congratulations. I'm working on the last stuborn fat pockets as well. We'll both going to make it.

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SWEDE_SU 11/18/2012 7:14AM

    you're doing great! emoticon

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CIPHER1971 11/18/2012 6:25AM

    Way to go emoticon

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ANNEBOO 11/18/2012 5:40AM

    I "spied" on your page and I have to say.....What an Inspiration!!
You are doing Great!!!

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HANDYV 11/18/2012 4:27AM

    Wow. You truly worked it out girl. emoticon

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YESCURLYCAN 11/18/2012 3:43AM

  Your effort and hard work is all over that t-shirt emoticon. You look great and I am so impressed with your loss. emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 11/18/2012 3:21AM

    You look great! Let's hit our goals!

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JESSERS22 11/18/2012 3:04AM

    Blue your such an inspiration! emoticon

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