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Saturday, February 09, 2013

My Mom was a depression era baby who had a hard time throwing anything away if it might be useful later. When she died, my sister and I (at Dad's request) went through all her clothes and decided what was to be done with them.

We laughed (and cried) about things like kleenex in ALL the pockets and why on earth she would have kept some of the things we encountered. She had 5 closets with clothes from the decades of 81 years of her life. (Not All the clothes she'd ever had, but some from infancy through her final year.)

I thought that I wasn't like that. Lol. Perhaps I AM - more than I'd like to be.... I've spent the last 2 days going through ALL my clothes (5 sizes worth!) because I have dropped another size. When I lost the weight 3 years ago, I stored the bigger clothes away. It was my intention then (and now as well) to get rid of those clothes if I could maintain my goal range weight for 2 years.

Somehow the clothes got mixed up, so I had to try them all on to decide where they belonged. Now only the smallest sizes are left in my closet. Everything else is stored away clearly labeled. Whew, what a job! But I'm so glad I didn't have to spend $$ to buy bigger stuff when I gained!!!

I REALLY don't want to go through the weight loss phase again. If I can keep my goal weight for 2 years, I think I can keep it forever, and those clothes will leave the house and give me more space. I'm looking forward to it!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/21/2013 6:05PM

    You are a rockstar! I love the idea of sitting in a chair until the fullness hits. That's an "aha" moment for me, thanks!

PS - what is your fitbit name?

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MEADSBAY 2/12/2013 8:51PM

    Never mind IF-
it's WHEN
you maintain your weight for 2 years!

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SAWYERPATTI 2/11/2013 12:08PM

    My mom has hoarding tendencies. I am a neat freak as a result but I will own once in awhile I had kept that "thing" I got rid of.

I have issues with the scale- love hate relationship kind of a deal. So I keep clothes that are "too small" and try them on to gauge my weight.

This morning I tried on 2 dresses that were snug- they fit beautifully and I feel great. I consign my clothes as they get too big and use the money to buy new ones.

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ROCKMAN6797 2/10/2013 10:35AM

    I feel the same way. I know that I have to get rid of these bigger sized clothes but they represent a memory that I use to remind me of where I was over three years ago. Since I don't own too many pieces of clothing I feel I can do this but I need to develop an exit strategy. Good luck on yours.

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WATERMELLEN 2/9/2013 8:28PM

    It actually took me 5 years to believe I'd keep the weight off and get rid of the big clothes . . . and then I put about 20 pounds back on (in 2009) which meant my "biggest slim" clothes were pretty uncomfortable. Took it off again and more, kept it off. You will too.

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TRAVELGRRL 2/9/2013 7:59PM

    I try to get rid of my old, bigger clothes right away. When I feel my current clothes getting tight it's "do or die time!"

My parents are like your mom -- when I cleaned out the Florida home to get it sold, I found LOTS of old containers that they repurpose: Altoid tins filled with nuts, bolts, etc., baby wipe containers (the square ones) inside bathroom drawers to hold hair rollers, bobby pins, bottles of nail polish, etc!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/9/2013 7:21PM

    I had a rule. Every time I bought a smaller piece of clothing, I got rid of a big one. It took a couple years to get rid of my big clothes, but eventually I did. I've now been at goal almost 4 years and I have the clothes I need. I still have a few clothes I need to get rid of. Thanks for reminding me!! Getting rid of those clothes is a real commitment to stay at my goal weight. -Marsha

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POINDEXTRA 2/9/2013 6:27PM

    LOL! This reminds me of when my mother died - we found a plastic flower pot (one of those large thin ones from a nursery - filled to the brim with the elastic waistbands from Dad's old underwear - just the waistbands, mind you. I guess that when his briefs wore out she would carefully snip off the elastic and save it to be used "someday."

Not long after that, I was housesitting for someone and was doing a lot of yard work/brush removal, and those waistbands came in really handy. Cut apart and knotted together, they made the perfect "rope" to bundle cut branches and twigs together. So, I guess I'm like Mom too - I found a use for them instead of throwing them away!

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My Non-scale Victory

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I'm about 7 pounds from my goal weight now. Sunday I wanted to wear a dress for a presentation at church, and the only long-sleeved one I have, I have regarded as my small dress because the matching belt is so small in circumference.

The belt ends on this dress wouldn't even meet when I began this journey in November. I tried it on just to see if I could squeeze into it and found that the belt was a bit loose! Yay!

When I showed my husband, he looked the outfit over and told me that the whole dress is now too big for me. (I'd totally missed that in my concentration on the waist.) Double Yay!!

Monday I bought a couple of longer tops that were size small. (Me, small?) Yesterday I wore one and thought the waist of my pants seemed big through the knit of the tee-shirt. I have pants the next size smaller tucked away from before, so I brought out the size 6 jeans and tried them on. They fit beautifully. Triple Yay!!!

Why do I wait so long to try on my smaller stuff? I could have worn some of these things and gotten a motivation boost from them. Later this week, I'll be going through all the clothes in my closet and removing those too big and adding those that are the right size now. That's rather motivational in itself!

Don't forget to try on smaller clothes every so often. You may be surprised at how your body is changing!

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KANOE10 2/1/2013 9:06AM

    Good for you fitting smaller clothes and getting thinner! I did the same thing. I wore larger clothes, until I dared to try on smaller sizes. emoticon

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DARKBEAUTY80 1/31/2013 1:12PM

    How exciting!!! Well done! We reap what we've earned this! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MEADSBAY 1/30/2013 9:20PM

    That is so wonderful!

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NIKKICOLE83 1/30/2013 5:24PM

    That is a great NSV. I think we don't try on those things because when it doesn't fit, it can do so much to your momentum and confidence. We are afraid of what would happen if the belt still didn't fit.

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MISSB8604 1/30/2013 5:18PM

    Nicely done!!

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TRAVELGRRL 1/30/2013 11:41AM

    Wow, what a GREAT DAY FOR YOU!

I do the same thing, but the opposite: when I gain four or five pounds I'm always sure the clothes I've been wearing consistently will NOT FIT. I'm always relieved that I've not ballooned back to a size 16!!!

Congrats on your NSV -- they are sweet, so sweet!

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PURPLE180 1/30/2013 10:47AM

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/30/2013 10:18AM

    I recently went through this very thing. Great reminder blog.

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ROCKMAN6797 1/30/2013 10:12AM

    So true, so true!
Congratulations on the non-scale victories. I feel these are more significant than the ones involving a scale. Great work!


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GATORADE71 1/30/2013 10:00AM

    That's GREAT!!!

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HHB4181 1/30/2013 9:57AM

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So exciting!!!!

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Dodged Rebellion with a Burst of Motivation

Friday, January 25, 2013

What a great day! I've finished my workout by 10 AM and have the whole day left to accomplish things. (And I do have things to accomplish!)

I blogged about feeling close to open rebellion against my exercise plan a couple of days ago. For now, anyway, that has been averted. I have motivation again - from more than one source. emoticon

1. My husband is retiring today. It is his last day at work. Next we get to learn how to be retired. Not to stop doing things and decay, but to be able to examine subjects and locations we previously had no time to explore. We're both looking forward to it.

2. My youngest daughter is engaged. The wedding is in June, and I'm just now diving into a number of sewing projects she has asked me to do for that event, and I am eager to do them. My usual rule is that I have to finish my workout first, so I'm not dragging my feet as I was earlier in the week.

Amazing the difference between slogging through a workout because it's a chore that's "good for you" vs. doing it with energy so as to be able to do something you are looking forward to doing!

I hope your workout is good and leaves you feeling GREAT!

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ROCKMAN6797 1/26/2013 2:36PM

    Great attitude....I love the feeling after a workout but having a fun thing awaiting you once you have completed the workout certainly helps immensely!


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KANOE10 1/26/2013 10:02AM

    Congratulations to you and your husband for that wonderful phase of retirement, I am looking forward to that day in two years. That is also exciting about sewing for your daughter's wedding.

Yes, a workout with motivation goes so much better than one that you slug through. I am glad you are on track and doing well! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 1/25/2013 6:30PM

    Congrats to you AND to DH . . . lots of happy times ahead (nothing like putting the rebellion in its place!!)

PS You'll be a beautiful mother of the bride!!

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TRAVELGRRL 1/25/2013 4:00PM

    Congrats to you and hubby! I quit my FT job in May 2011, stopped teaching online in May 2012, and I've really been enjoying all my new hobbies and activities. I know you both have a blast.

I love your "rule". Working out first keeps you from feeling guilty all day, too! Great job avoiding open rebellion!

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DEBRA0818 1/25/2013 3:40PM

    Sounds like you have a lot to look forward to, celebrate and enjoy! Speaking as a person who stopped working in 2008, I can say that I've never felt busier, more rushed and out of time as I do in so-called retirement. I quickly found things that interested me and called to me to investigate and do and now each day is filled to the brim somehow. Exercise is a vital part of maintaining energy and health while advancing ever more rapidly to older age (we're 57 now). Mind the gap between reality and expectations and you're all set!


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MEADSBAY 1/25/2013 3:36PM

    emoticon to you and hubby and my very best wishes on the next exciting chapter of your life!

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My Location on the Cycle of Motivation

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A few days ago, ONEKIDSMOM put in her blog "The cycle of motivation."

It went like this:
1. Phase one - active rebellion.
2. Phase two - patiently waiting for motivation to kick in.
3. Phase three, highly motivated, actively working.
4. Phase four, success and flying high, living easy and loving it.
5. Phase five, burnout starting, but still on auto pilot.
6. and something snaps, and it's back into phase one.

I've been thinking about this since. Last time through this cycle, phase one lasted about 18 months. Phase two another 8 months. Together they undid the 30 pounds I had previously lost.

I hit phase 3 in early November, and I had lost 16 poundsby the end of the year.

In phase 4 I joined the January jumpstart fitness challenge to give myself some variety and add some strength training to the cardio I was doing. I think I have been in phase 5 the last week or so. I'm feeling burned out. Yesterday and today I've really had to force myself to work out - and it's been hours later than usual. I think I'm a hairsbreath away from open rebellion.

Knowing it's a cycle of phases is very helpful. I hope I can keep the phases 1 & 2 VERY short this time. I'm trying to complete the January Challenge so I don't lose my chance to win a prize that it is VERY unlikely that I'd win anyway due to the number of people involved. Lol. I'm a type A who likes to cross things off my list by finishing them, not by quitting. Leaving things unfinished disturbs my mind! So, I'll probably keep forcing my exercise through February 2nd.

What can you suggest for FUN exercise - especially if it doesn't include much financial outlay? Maybe I'll find something new to try that I will love. I love the way I feel AFTER I work out. Who knows, if I find a fun exercise, I might skip phases 1 & 2 altogether! That would be great!!!!

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TRAVELGRRL 1/25/2013 8:00AM

    Wow, I have never seen this cycle, but it certainly makes sense. I am a Type A also, and I spend a lot of time in Phases 3-4, but Phase 5 comes in a nanosecond and then it's back to Phase 1 for an extended period of time.

This is very useful to me -- hopefully I can learn to NOT be a perfectionist in stages 3-4, thus allowing me to sustain them indefinitely.

I think you are doing great!~ My favorite activity that doesn't feel like exercise is hiking. Having snacks and lunch in the backpack, getting out into nature -- for me, it doesn't get any better than that!

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KANOE10 1/24/2013 3:37PM

    I think January and February are hard months. I find myself dragging to go the gym. I also have to talk myself out of cutting the workout short.

I like dance tapes for fun. There are all sorts of tapes..even Hawaiian workout tapes.

I hope you feel better and that if you do hit Phase 1, it is short. I was on Phase 1 for a couple of years also in the past and regained my wieght. I am staying in Phase 4 for now.

Good luck to you! emoticon

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DEBRA0818 1/24/2013 4:43AM

    I can rapidly cycle through those stages of motivation in just a few days, but I always return to Phase III.

My favorite fun exercise is dancing: in the pool, Zumba, ballroom, disco, anything. If it's got a beat and you can dance to it, you can forget you're "exercising" and it doesn't have to be a class or a formal set. It can be as simple as putting in an old song and moving to the music. Practically free and fun!

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WATERMELLEN 1/23/2013 7:55PM

    Love this cycle of motivation concept: it's very familiar to me and all of us, I suspect, who struggle to maintain.

Fave exercise for me in winter is xc skiing: love it love it love it.

Ballroom dance is great exercise -- DH and I have taken many series of classes (although not currently). Would that be fun?

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LAWANDMUSIC 1/23/2013 7:22PM

    Thanks for posting the Cycle of Motivation. I had it stored somewhere, and am glad to have found it here!

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Saturday, January 19, 2013

I'm happy and amazed to say I'm down a pound since last week. Down 20 from where I began in November. emoticon

I've eaten well and exercised consistently, but my scale read like a roller coaster this week. Yesterday was the second day I touched down below last week's reading. I spent most of the week at or above that figure. Today I was down the other half pound. There's just no accounting for weight fluxuations. I'm happy to say I wasn't thrown off emotionally this time. emoticon

I made 3 new sparkrecipes this week, and will be adding one of them, Chicken Leftover Tostada, to my favorites file. It's always a win if my husband likes it as much as I do.

Have a great day, and don't be intimidated by your scale if you've been following your plan!

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DIANNEMT 1/21/2013 8:20AM

    See how the clothes feel--that is the best indicator. I plan to stay in my size 10s (instead of 14-16) for the rest of my days!

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MEADSBAY 1/19/2013 1:39PM

I was going to say 'slow but steady wins the race' but 20 lbs since November is not really slow, is it?

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BRASKIN 1/19/2013 11:53AM

  weight changes frequently, even over the course of a day. While you can watch the scale, watch the clothes instead!

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