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I weigh myself every day and thereís absolutely nothing wrong with me

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Although Iím in maintenance for almost 3 years, Iím very glad that I donít have an ďofficial weight dayĒ every week or month because a few days ago after 2 months of exceptionally stable (within tenths) weight, I gained 2 pounds overnight. Because I do weigh daily, I knew that this was a fluke fluctuation. For each of us the amount of fluctuation varies by person and will be affected by oneís existing body weight. For me 2 lbs is just a bit less than 10% of my weight loss. I knew I didnít regain 10% of my weight loss in one day. If it had been a month or more since I last got on the scale, it might have been a possibility.

If I hadnít monitored each day, I might think I gained back 10% of my hard fought loss in spite of doing everything right. That WOULD be distressing to me. Daily fluctuation Ė no big deal! An upward trend? Yes, thatís a big deal that I want to turn around before it becomes more difficult. If it is a trend, I would have reason to reevaluate. Perhaps Iím not being honest about something?

Personally I think that avoiding the scale CAN become as obsessive as overusing it. However, if 66% of Americans are overweight or worse, how many of us are overusing it in the manner for which it was intended?

Iím sure that some people are too thin or ďskinny-fatĒ but they are an ever-shrinking minority. Looking around I sure donít see many. I would think it would also be easier for them to eat more and get fit than it is the other way around. If they actually have an eating disorder, thatís a different matter entirely, requiring serious intervention.

I also know that some people naturally can carry more weight in a healthy, successful manner than others. In the end we all make our own decisions and try to avoid judging others. We all define for ourselves what the right weight and ďbeing healthyĒ means for us. Quibbling about the best method of measurement obscures the problem. We each choose the means to achieve our goals which very likely differs from that chosen by other people. We often hear that ďa number on the scale doesnít define me.Ē Of course it doesnít. Neither does a specific percent of body fat or some bust, waist, hip measurement or dress size.

Iím more than a number on a scale Ė absolutely true. However, our collective numbers on our collective scales are continuously increasing and as a society, this is something that should concern us.

  
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FITFOODIE806 11/11/2012 7:19AM

    What a thoughtful and well written blog. Ill chime in a day I'm another daily weigher. Keeps me accountable and on track. For me it does tr opposite of getting upset about the number. It helps me see patterns. I record the number and compare week to week not day to day.
Thanks for putting this out to spark!

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TINAJANE76 11/10/2012 8:23PM

    I agree with you 100%. I think the number on the scale is a valid measurement of progress, as are lots of other methods like body fat %, how your clothes fit, medical results, etc. For me personally, if I'm avoiding the scale, it's usually because I'm not facing weight gain and that's a problem. After all, I didn't get to 260 pounds by facing reality! Near-daily weigh-ins keep me honest and focused on where I want to be. They've also been an eye-opener for me in terms of coming to understand that a big meal here and there isn't going to undo all of my progress. The weight always goes back down within a few days if I'm otherwise on track.

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KANOE10 11/9/2012 8:08AM

    I weigh myself daily also. It keeps me focused.

Great blog., emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 11/8/2012 10:04PM

    Very good! Your determination will make you one of the 5% that keep the weight off. Good show!

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DEBBY4576 11/8/2012 5:54PM

    In the end we all make our own decisions and try to avoid judging others. I so agree. Also agree that weighing daily can not be a bad thing, and for the very same reason. If I weigh once a week and that's the day I gain the 2 lbs, I'd think I really gained 2 lbs. So there's another thing we agree on.

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ELAYNE39 11/8/2012 11:41AM

    I agree that for some people weighing daily works. But there are some of us that daily weighing is not the best course. Bottom line is only you know what works for you. When losing or maintaining weight, what works for one person, may not work for another. There is nothing wrong with any of us. We just need to find what works in our situation. I think its great you shared this. It lets others know that weighing daily can work if you put the results in the right perspective. You have a lot of great company that also believe in daily weighing.

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SHAYLAGETFIT 11/8/2012 11:38AM

  Great blog!

I am a weekly weigher typically. there are some days though, especially after a horrendous weekend of alcohol or too much restaurant food that I will weigh more than my official day. I don't usually weigh more than 3 times a week though. I do this because the number is not what bothers me so much as how I feel about myself. I know I have to lose some weight to stay healthy but I aim for other goals such as finishing a 5K and how certain clothes fit.

good luck! and thanks for sharing more thoughfulness!

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MPLSLINDA 11/8/2012 10:27AM

    Love this post. You make a strong, common sense case for the reasons you weigh yourself everyday. "Quibbling about the best method of measurement obscures the problem" might just be my favorite sentence. I also love what you said about being more than a number on the scale or measuring tape or BMI or clothing size or any other instrument of measurement. As you say, this is all very true. Those numbers do not define us. Nor are they indicators of our worth as human beings. Once we separate our human value from the numbers, we can get down to the business of facing the facts those numbers tell us about our bodies. I weigh daily because for 3 reasons: I want to be aware of the fluctuations; doing so helps me set my intention for the day to mind my portions; and to practice separating my identity from the number on the scale.

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LEB0401 11/8/2012 10:26AM

    I weigh daily.. sometimes several times a day. But Saturday mornings are my "official" weigh-ins that I plug into SP. The minute I wake up I undress and weigh in with the Body Fat % and Water % option on. This way my weight charts are affected by as little external factors as possible.

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SUZYMOBILE 11/8/2012 9:49AM

    Great blog! That's exactly how I got into trouble over the past year--switching over to a weekly weigh-in that didn't tell me in strong enough terms that I was on an upward trend! Now I'm weighing daily and will never stop. (Well, actually, I'm weighing three times in a row, but never mind! emoticon )

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HFAYE81 11/8/2012 9:16AM

    If you go off track, it's much easier to see the results and get BACK on track with those numbers staring you in the face. I wonder if your 2 pounds were the result of water retention? I only weigh every week or so, but that's because I don't have a scale at home. It's going on the Christmas list emoticon

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PMRUNNER 11/8/2012 8:56AM

    The tools we use are most helpful when they lead to self awareness. That works differently for everyone. I appreciate you sharing what works for you and, more importantly, why it works and that you share it in a supportive and positive manner.

I am a daily weigher also and when I eventually transition to maintenance, I see myself continuing that. It works for me! One thing I am surprised about is that you can go so long with only +/- tenths of pounds. On any given day I can go up or down 2-3 pounds with a range between my weekly high and weekly low of 5+ pounds! I think you are right though, if you have the awareness to know the difference between fluctuation and actual gain, then you don't sweat the small stuff!

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SUSIEQ911 11/8/2012 8:47AM

    I weigh in almost every day. I've been in maintenance since mid-July and ended up settling at a lower weight than my actual goal. I like where I am and it's not hard to stay there (right now, holidays will be a challenge).

I'm weighing now mostly to make sure I'm staying hydrated when I run in the AM. I read that you should weigh the same or +/- 1 to 2 lbs if you're drinking enough when you workout. So I weigh before I run and after so I know.

I also can't lose anymore. My dr. told me this is it. No lower. I don't want the wrath of Dr M. when I have my next appt in January. She's a great dr.

I think weighing in every day is bad when people get upset over it and don't see that weight fluctuates all day long every day. Somedays I'm up 2 lbs from the day before depending on my diet. I know most is water retention from a high sodium day. It pains me when I read how upset some people get and I just want to shake them and tell them to snap out of it. emoticon

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NEWMOM20121 11/8/2012 8:44AM

    I weigh myself daily. Every morning first thing before I do anything else. I helps keep me on track and focused.
I am not at my goal weigh, however I know that I will have to continue to watch my weigh if I intend to keep the weigh off.

Great blog.

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MJZHERE 11/8/2012 8:42AM

    The research shows one of the things that most successful maintainers do is weigh daily (so absolutely nothing wrong with most of us lol). For me, it is good to learn to not obsess about the number - mine has flunctuated 2-4 lbs. However it is a good tool - it is teaching me that my body does want at least 1200 calories a day - and that when I give that amount to it, it quits trying to hold onto the weight. If I was only weighing monthly, depending on that day's flunctuation, I might have concluded that amount of calories was causing me to gain weight.

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MENNOLY 11/8/2012 8:32AM

    I too am a daily weigher. For me it just makes sense. If I weigh under the same conditions and time I have very reliable day to day weights. Although occasionally I will have a up tick especially after eating out. Usually if I have a down tick it actually is weight loss. emoticon on getting to maintenance!

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WELLNESSME09 11/8/2012 8:11AM

    Love your blogs!
Thank you for sharing them with us! emoticon emoticon

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NELLJONES 11/8/2012 8:06AM

    I was an hourly weigher when I was fat, went to once a week while losing, and have weighed daily ever since. The weight has stayed off. It's the only way to make sure I always remember that maintenance is something to DO every day, not a destination that is automatically forever, like graduation.

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BECKYANNE1 11/8/2012 7:39AM

    I weigh myself daily also. I've been seeing my Dr. reg. after having surgery and I've heard a few women complain when asked to step on the scale to be weighed before going in for their appt. Denial! That used to be me! then reality hit and I got on that scale and I've been on it daily ever since. Mine also fluctuates and I'm ok with that unless it's too much and it doesn't come off right away. Then I have to re adjust what I'm doing to get those lbs off. Much rather take off 5 than 10 or more.

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WILSONWR 11/8/2012 7:37AM

    As usual, great blog!

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How to celebrate an anniversary? - 3 yrs of maintenance

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

How appropriate that Thanksgiving Day will be the date that Iím scheduled to join that special 5% who keep the weight off for 3 years. How ironic that itís also a day we traditionally celebrate with food, lots of food.

What can I do to mark the occasion? Maybe:
Find a ďTurkey TrotĒ race to run. Thatís an alternative to a morning of cooking.
Plot a route through the mall to hit all the sales on ďBlack FridayĒ
Find a fancy restaurant that charges a lot for very little food Ė enforced portion control.
Volunteer to help serve Thanksgiving Dinner to the needy

My husband and I donít have a good record with anniversary celebrations.

The problem began 45 years ago on our wedding day when the priest didnít show up. He FORGOT the date. There I was standing in the back of the church, with the organist playing ďHere Comes the BrideĒ and this bride wasnít moving. There was no clergyman there to make it official.

Fortunately, it was Brooklyn in 1967. Finding a substitute priest was easy although the delay did cause a stir among the guests who were wondering which one of us was having second thoughts.

The marriage went well, but each anniversary was a bust.
Recalling a few of them:

#1 - DH got his orders to active duty in the army. Lots of tears, no celebration.
#2 - DH got orders to Viet Nam. Same reaction as last year.
#3 - DH was in Viet Nam. Baby & I were alone, very sad

#5 - 6 months pregnant pulling a U-Haul across the country with a 3 year old throwing up in the back seat

#10 Ė There was a gruesome murder in our neighborhood.

#20 Ė DH scheduled his elective hemorrhoid surgery. Why not, right?

#39 Ė I tripped over a planter outside the restaurant and fell sprawled out face first resulting in a frozen shoulder that took 6 months of rehab

If youíre familiar with the songs of the sixties, our anniversary, June 3rd is noteworthy for another reason. According to Bobby Gentry, it was also the day that ďBilly Joe McAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge.Ē (Ode to Billy Joe, August 1967)

Maintenance is a different kind of anniversary and even if I donít plan anything special, I will be very thankful just as I am for 45 years of marriage. In both cases Iím in this for the long term. One bad day doesnít matter in marriage or as we work toward a healthy lifestyle.

  
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GINIEMIE 6/9/2013 12:29PM

    Love it! Ouch no priest!!!!
didn't read it first time around. My husband had lost his job 1 months prior to our first anniversary. We had a 1 month old at the time. On our anniversary he was still unemployed and was contemplating selling Rainbow Vacuum cleaners. If you knew my Steve you'd have died laughing. I did several months later.
Like you said a few bad days does not make a bad lifestyle or marriage. It's what you do about those bad days that count.
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NUMD97 1/11/2013 11:31AM

    Catching up on some of your blogs, this one, belatedly, but well worth it. Fun read. You've weathered a lot and come out of it all, in great shape [no pun intended]. I'm only a few years younger than you, and remember some of your events very well. Truly glad for you, that it worked out well.

Keep up the good work!

Nu

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SUSIEMT 11/27/2012 5:54PM

    Woo Hoo to you! Good blog. Keep up the good work!

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EATVEGAN 11/23/2012 1:49AM

    It's always good to hear about people being successful maintainers. I've never in the past made it all the way to goal before I started gaining back. NOT THIS TIME!!! Thanks for sharing.

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 11/22/2012 11:56PM

    Wonderful and funny blog. Hope this maintenance anniversary was a little less eventful than some of your wedding anniversaries were! But I think the important message in all this is that you are still married to the same guy -- 45 years --WOW!--and you are still maintaining--3 years---WOW! I hope to hit both your achievements. I've been married to the same guy for 42 years and have maintained my 178 lb. weight loss for 19 months now. So I'm only 3 years short on the wedding anniversary thing and more than halfway to the 3 years maintenance anniversary thing. Maybe I can do both! I sure hope so! Congrats to you on a very significant achievement!

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CM_GARDNER78 11/21/2012 11:49PM

    Oh my gosh what a story! Don't worry about old Billy Joe! :-) At least you can look back now with some laughter.......

I KNOW that you're weight maintenance anniversary will go MUCH better!!! Keep at it - and keep your wonderful attitude. :-)

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WELLNESSME09 11/21/2012 6:56AM

    You did emoticon and I love your story!
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POPSY190 11/20/2012 1:48AM

    Congratulations on all your anniversaries, but especially on 3 years' maintenance.

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 11/15/2012 9:31PM

    Outstanding blog! Loved it and at least this year you don't have to worry about DH getting deployed. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CARRAND 11/15/2012 6:23PM

    Great blog!

I've been married 40 years. My anniversaries have been pretty calm compared to yours!

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BABES-R-US 11/15/2012 6:08PM

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary!

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LIVIN2LOVE1 11/15/2012 5:31PM

    Keep Calm and Carry On...

Congrats on your 3 year maintenance! You have now crossed over the tracks to better stats!


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PRESBESS 11/15/2012 4:12PM

    My take-away from your blog is "keep going... keep pushing forward". Thanks for sharing your story!
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TUBLADY 11/15/2012 2:24PM

    Congratulations on 3 years of maintaining and 45 of marriage. Both take work and dedication.
I plan on making that 3 years mark in 2014. Same year I will be divorces 45 years.
I'm excelling at maintenance, wasn't so good in marriage.
Take care,
Be strong, stay positive.
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JEWELY_ROADS 11/15/2012 1:33PM

    emoticon You are an inspiration to me, I like your story. I managed to "carry well" extra weight. No more! I hope to follow in your tracks and reach the 5% too! emoticon

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CELIAMINER 11/15/2012 1:07PM

    Yet another entertaining and informative blog. Have you considered a follow-on career in writing? :-)

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MILLIE5522 11/15/2012 1:00PM

    Congratulations on your fantastic achievement!
Wouldn't it be a good idea to mark each maintenance year as Wedding anniversaries are marked eg. year one could be a wooden spoon, year two could be a coffee mug, year 3 could be some new scales....you get the picture???

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/15/2012 12:16PM

    Congratulations on reaching the 3-year mark for keeping the weight off AND on 45 years of marriage--both significant accomplishments these days. Your philosophy and attitude are what makes the difference in both, keep it up; you're beating the odds and doing awesome!

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SLENDERELLA61 11/15/2012 11:20AM

    Congratulations on 3 years of living at goal. You've broken the odds and raised your chances of significant success. Hooray! And you are so right about one bad day not mattering in maintenance or a 45 year marriage. Wonderful analogy. Thanks.

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 11/15/2012 11:05AM

    Thanks for sharing!
I am in the 5% club too!
Blessings on your continuing journey.
Have a great time Turkey Trotting!!!
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Very well done on three years of maintenance and an amazing 45 years of marriage!! What a foretelling of future anniversaries to come was that rocky start to your marriage!! That you overcame them shows the strong bond you share with your husband and in this day and age of breakups that is so wonderful to hear!
May you have many more and happier anniversaries to come!
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NUOVAELLE 11/15/2012 10:31AM

    I'm sure anniversaries numbers 4, 7-9, 11-19 and 21-38 had lots of beautiful memories to share and so did many other days in your years of marriage. And surely your years of maintenance are made up of many good days and some bad ones. A proof that success doesn't always come with no bad days and no setbacks. But it almost always comes through persistence.
Congratulations on your maintenance and your successful marriage.
Thank you for this inspiring blog!
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CEEBEE33 11/15/2012 9:59AM

    What a great way to think about it. Congratulations on maintaining both marriage and health!

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WINDSURFNERD 11/15/2012 9:44AM

    well said! I've never made the connection between marriage and maintenance but you're right! I guess I needed another 20 years for the idea to "click" ;-)
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MEXGAL1 11/15/2012 9:05AM

    well said....one bad day does not ruin the overall battle.
Happy Anniversary.

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CATMAGNET 11/15/2012 8:57AM

    Mazel tov, darling! emoticon

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62NVON 11/15/2012 8:23AM

    Love this! Congrats on your 3 years of maintenance and 45 years of marriage!

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LESLIE871948 11/15/2012 7:49AM

    Ok, now I feel better this morning, thank you

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TORTISE110 11/15/2012 7:49AM

    Wow, do you know how to celebrate! Holy Cow, what a set of milestones But you made it and are making it. Wonderful blog, wonderful accomplishment. I admire your slow and steady progress. I believe in it too! Thanks for your inspiration. emoticon

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KANOE10 11/15/2012 7:42AM

    Congratulations on 3 years of maintenance. I like the way you say you are in for the long term and one bad day does not matter in living a healthy life style.

Celebrate. I hope you enjoy your day. What an accomplishment1
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MARTHAWILL 11/15/2012 7:41AM

    Thanks for hanging around to inspire others! Well done.

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WATERMELLEN 11/15/2012 7:33AM

    Great blog! As a 10 year + weight loss maintainer (with a llittle blip in there in 2009 . . . yeah) abd a 33 year + marriage maintainer . . . I love this connection.

We stick to it. It's tough. And it sure feels way way better than the alternatives, so it's worth it. Every single day!!

Congrats to you on both maintenance successes.

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AMARILYNH 11/15/2012 7:12AM

    WOW - congratulations on BOTH anniversaries!! Obviously you are one TOUGH lady - just the Vietnam thing was cause for many marriages to falter!! I'm with Blue - I'd have probably considered changing my anniversary date too!!

Great ideas on how to spend Thanksgiving!! I too am in maintenance so I know just having lost the weight isn't the biggest victory - three years is!! emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 11/15/2012 7:05AM

    our anniversary is june 4 (40 this year), it must have been a better day - we had two clergymen at the wedding, and they both showed up:-) in queens, though, not brooklyn.

congratulations on a long marriage (not common these days!) despite those anniversaries, and on 3 years of maintenance!

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MJREIMERS 11/14/2012 9:52PM

    emoticon on your anniversary and for staying married for so long! I thought I had it bad when we are still waiting to go on our honeymoon after almost 20 years of marriage! You definitely are tuff and persistent!!

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BLUE42DOWN 11/14/2012 7:36PM

    By about year 10, I might have considered renewing vows on a completely different day and celebrating all subsequent anniversaries then. emoticon While no fun at the time, I'm sure that is a great little conversational topic.

(And, wow, congrats on 45 years. That's very impressive to be sure.)

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MANDELOVICH 11/14/2012 6:36PM

    Love your blog!! Congratulations!

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NEWMREY 11/14/2012 6:09PM

    emoticon Congratulations!

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MTRACHEL 11/8/2012 6:59PM

    Sometimes the best food is food for thought. Now you've got me thinking about how to celebrate the days worth noting. Thanks for sharing your story.

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SHAYLAGETFIT 11/7/2012 11:04PM

  Congrats on your achievement! You deserve to have an awesome time! Sorry to hear about the sad things through your wedding anniversaries! But beyond those, all the rest were great right?!

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The View from a Plateau

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Ah, the dreaded plateaus of weight loss. As I read the new blog posts each morning, itís a rare day that they are not a focus of concern to someone. A search of the message boards reveals the same thing. Anyone who has ever been on a weight loss journey has been there.

If I think about it geographically, standing on a plateau gives me a chance to see where Iíve been and where Iím headed. I can look around, take in the scenery and focus on other things for a bit. Maybe thereís something here that I havenít noticed before, like some inches lost, or stronger abs, or less jiggle in my arms. Maybe the jeans are going on easier or that image in the mirror looks surprisingly good.

After a rest period on the plateau, Iím ready to continue my journey down the mountain to my final destination. I trust that my body knows when itís time to move on as long as Iíve been honestly taking care of it and I havenít been unrealistic about the distance or speed Iím trying to achieve. Finally, I definitely prefer the view from the plateau to retracing my steps back up the mountain only to have to come back down again.

Difficult though it may be, donít be discouraged. Plateaus are just a necessary part of the terrain.

  
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COCK-ROBIN 11/6/2012 7:12PM

    Very good and motivational.

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COCK-ROBIN 11/6/2012 7:12PM

    Very good and motivational.

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SHAYLAGETFIT 11/6/2012 10:51AM

  Very insightful! I always love reading your blogs! I have not come to a plateau as of yet, I have a long ways to go so long as I don't give up, and I won't. but I know that the plateau will come and that I have so much more work to do when I get there as my body is saying more is needed.

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DAVIS_6311 11/6/2012 10:01AM

    emoticon for your amazing insight! It's very true...they are a great place to see where you've been and where your headed!

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CELIAMINER 11/6/2012 9:18AM

    It's great how you trust your body's wisdom!

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TREYONE 11/6/2012 8:42AM

  what a fantastically positive blog!!! It is so easy to get discouraged when you don't seethe numbers falling anymore, instead of looking at the big picture - how you feel!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DAWN14163 11/6/2012 8:36AM

    A good way of looking at it!

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SUZYMOBILE 11/6/2012 8:32AM

    Well said, as usual! Though I have to admit, it's the most positive spin I've ever seen put on the concept!

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WILSONWR 11/6/2012 8:31AM

    Excellent blog. Plateaus used to frustrate me, but now that I've been doing this for about 5 months, I noticed that nothing may seem to happen for a few weeks (according to the scale), but then it "suddenly" drops pretty dramatically. It may not go down in the same increments every week like I would prefer, but as long as we get there in the long run, who cares? It's all about the journey and learning to change your lifestyle to a healthier one. I certainly feel better!

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GOTTAPLAN4U 11/6/2012 8:17AM

  Words that are worth repeating. Thanks.
This advice goes hand in hand with the other wise words I have read on SP that say to pick your healthy path, press on a step at a time, disregard the occasional blip, and have confidence you will arrive.

Kate

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DMEYER4 11/6/2012 7:45AM

  great blog and much to think about Thank you

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DH gave away a package of cupcakes! Dare I hope?

Monday, November 05, 2012

Could this be a new direction for the junk food king?

My husband, aka the junk food king of the world, has carried on a 45 year affair with Little Debbie, the snack cake lady. On my sparkpage I have a candid photo of our kitchen table at its worst.

Recently while we were grocery shopping together, he passed up all of Debbieís ďcharms.Ē He still put his sugar laden fruit juice and apple cider in the cart, but progress is progress. Then on the way out of the store there was a Bake Sale for a very worthwhile cause Ė a man with high medical bills not covered by insurance. When DH stopped at the table, I suggested we just make a donation and leave the homemade baked goods for others to enjoy. He got it halfway right. He bought 2 packages of cupcakes and told them to keep the change.

Once back home he was visiting a neighbor who was working on his house Ė serious physical labor. He told me about the neighborís project, grabbed one of the cupcake packages and gave them to him.

My husband is about 20 to 30 pounds overweight. In our society thatís hardly noticeable anymore. However, thatís exactly the position I was in when I decided I didnít want to carry around the extra baggage any longer. Both of us have been considered healthy and fit. He swims, I run and we canoe and kayak, weather permitting. Iíve also written in a previous entry about how we switched to healthy nutritious meals about 20 years ago. Unfortunately, our weight didnít decrease at all since ďportion distortionĒ affected us as much as it did the rest of America. Who knew that we were perfectly capable of eating enormous quantities of healthy food too!

He recently had a physical and the results, while not terrible, were heading in the wrong direction. Thatís not what you want to see at almost age 68. Since objective assessment by a professional doesnít happen all that often, itís easy to fall into a false sense of security.

Now considering his ďdonationĒ of baked goods: Was this just a solitary moment of generosity or maybe a sign of good things to come? Time will tell, but Iím hoping for the best.

  
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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/6/2012 8:42AM

    Ooh, that's a great sign!! Good for you guys for supporting a good cause, and good for your husband for supporting a neighbor AND his own health at the same time! I checked your page to look at the photo of your table...I love that you posted that photo! LOL that is a LOT of junk food. :) It actually looks quite a lot like my in-laws' kitchen table. But it gives such a good idea of what your background and your particular challenges are like - I'd never have made it if my husband was such a junk food junkie like that. I am now that much more impressed by your accomplishments! :) And by your husband giving away those cupcakes! Hooray for conquering junk food (gradually)!

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WILSONWR 11/5/2012 10:13PM

    Hopefully that's a great sign. Maybe he has finally experienced that moment in time that makes you decide enough is enough. I hope so!

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SHAYLAGETFIT 11/5/2012 9:23PM

  Sounds like a wonderful thing in the making! Great job to the both of you!

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COCK-ROBIN 11/5/2012 7:38PM

    I am hoping the best for you and DH as well.

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KANSASROSE67 11/5/2012 3:20PM

    Hoping these small steps continue to lead to bigger ones! My DH needs to lose 30-40 pounds and though he's made some changes, he's just not consistent with them yet. But you're right that we can't push someone...it's a decision only they can make.

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ALLENJOSEPH 11/5/2012 10:05AM

    It was nice to see how your DH could change around from buying the cupcakes because it's always been a favorite of his, and then giving a package to someone else he thought might enjoy them. emoticon emoticon That is progress!

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MAHGRET 11/5/2012 10:00AM

    I think Little Debbie has some crazy addictive power-they call out to my husband, too.

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/5/2012 9:51AM

    Sweets are a hard habit to kick. I have only toned my sweet tooth down, myself. But fingers crossed this is the start of a positive trend!

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HAYBURNER1969 11/5/2012 9:37AM

    Yay for Dad! His grandchildren hope it's a trend. They want him to be around for a long time. emoticon emoticon

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MJZHERE 11/5/2012 8:56AM

    It will be interesting to see what happens. My dh was not at all on board with me when I started - he was about 20 lbs over. After several months, and after I joined sp, he suddenly became interested and joined in and lost the weight as a result (it really wasn't effort on his part). Now, if I bring the stuff in (which shamefully I have because of sales, coupons, dgk, visitors) he eats it, but I have noticed the lbs have pretty much stayed off.

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TREYONE 11/5/2012 8:48AM

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CELIAMINER 11/5/2012 8:38AM

    Loved the picture! My pantry used to look like that. Hope this small step in the right direction leads to another...and another...and....

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SMILES4383 11/5/2012 8:28AM

    Little Debbie Divorce emoticon

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BOILHAM 11/5/2012 8:08AM

    Ooooo, you said "Little Debbie". Who doesn't love her? Little Debbie Nutty Bars! Mmmmm. Too much fat though, so I gave 'em up.

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KANOE10 11/5/2012 7:56AM

    My husband is about 30 pounds overweight also. He has lost weight this last year but needs to lose more. We are also eating healthy meals..but like you say portion matters..plus the snacks he has later.

I am happy for you and your husband. It could be a sign of good things to come. Maybe the lab test is pushing him on the path of health!!

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SUZYMOBILE 11/5/2012 7:51AM

    I'd say it's a trend! emoticon

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MENNOLY 11/5/2012 7:31AM

    I hope he makes the changes he needs to make to join you in a state of fit and healthy weight. Have a great week!

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Did you have work done?

Sunday, November 04, 2012

It took me a minute to understand what that old acquaintance was actually asking. I hadnít seen her since my retirement and when we reconnected, I was two years into maintenance.

I lost my weight very slowly so I really didnít get much recognition for my efforts one way or the other while I was on my journey. However, when meeting someone whom I hadnít seen in a very long time, the change was obvious to her.

Isnít it interesting that her first thought was that I had surgical help to achieve the new me? Breast implants, tummy tucks, butt lifts, face lifts, all kinds of nips and tucks as well as serious gastric intervention are so common now that that scenario seemed more likely than the possibility that I might have managed it naturally.

Whenever I see a movie star who looks great at 50, 60, 70 or more, I have to wonder how much artificial help was sought to keep up with their contemporaries or younger competitors. Fortunately, Iíve never had a job or lived in an atmosphere where I depended on my looks for success or validation. I can understand how someone who has a camera thrust in their face with great regularity might consider it a necessity.

I would never criticize anyone for what is really a personal choice. My fear of medical procedures far outweighs my need for bodily perfection or improvement. I even close my eyes when having blood drawn or getting a flu shot. Yeah, Iím a wimp.

So the answer to my incredulous friend was YES, I had work done and I DID IT!

  
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TRAVELGRRL 11/5/2012 2:28PM

    I love that answer and am going to steal it too! I'm still doing my "work" but one day it will be done and then I'll be doing the "work" of maintaining it!

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DEBBY4576 11/4/2012 5:14PM

    You are an inspiration. I too lost very slowly. And, also, I go up and down in the same weight range. No one that sees me regularly ever notices. How can they not see those bulges in the midriff area, or the hunks of skin (fat?) bulging in the mid back? They don't seem 'em come or go. I agree with you, wouldn't it be awful to have all those things noticed because we are constantly in the spotlight. So I guess I'll be happy to only have my pounds noticed by people I haven't seen in a long time.

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COCK-ROBIN 11/4/2012 3:41PM

    You have much to be proud of, and I'm proud of you. Keep it up!

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BLUE42DOWN 11/4/2012 1:52PM

    emoticon emoticon answer!

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SANDYBREIT 11/4/2012 1:17PM

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What a great response! I'm going to remember that and steal it should I ever get to the point where someone asks me that question -- although most of my friends know that I, like you, would do almost anything other than undergo surgery...

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/4/2012 12:39PM

    Fabulous response!

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GODDESSOFHOME 11/4/2012 12:09PM

    Fabulous response, way to be assertive!

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ALLENJOSEPH 11/4/2012 10:58AM

    I sure like what you told your Friend about your weight loss. It was the most perfect answer. emoticon emoticon

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SHAYLAGETFIT 11/4/2012 10:14AM

  Awesome reply! Another well written and thought out blog post!

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HAYBURNER1969 11/4/2012 9:51AM

    Great response!!!!

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MJZHERE 11/4/2012 9:07AM

    Love it! What a great answer! I am so glad you found your voice - really enjoy your blogs. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 11/4/2012 8:24AM

    Love that answer!! You did the work. Me, too!

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DAWN14163 11/4/2012 6:59AM

    The best way (IMHO) to lose weight for good!
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