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My legs aren't fighting anymore.

Saturday, June 09, 2012

Lately I've noticed that when I'm sitting, my legs aren't battling for chair space. They might cozy up a little, but there's no all out battle anymore. When I stand up they do get all loving with each other, but that won't last forever. I may not have all that space yet, but I can see the progress of skinny legs. I look at other women and see all that space between the legs, but then look at mine and see how much less space there is, but I can see the progress to skinny woman legs.

I do still sit enough to notice this. They used to have no space, they used to be the best of buddies and cuddling up to each other all the time, but they are starting to grow apart like old friends that had a change in lifestyles from each other. They are slowly losing touch with each other and eventually they'll never see each other again.

Usually it's sad to see one lose a friend like that, but in this case it's better this way. The relationship they had was toxic. They were relying on each other to feed their habits. They were giving each other back-handed compliments. They were making sure the other felt worse so they felt better. It wasn't working and it is starting to fade.

As much as I love my legs, they will be better off being long distance friends. They need their space.

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TANYA602 6/10/2012 9:14AM

    Kudos to you! I like the perspective of your legs as friends. Mine are still mighty close, though showing their own individual strength.
I hope you are having a great weekend!

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COREY195 6/9/2012 11:44PM

    Great post on your blog. It's amazing the changes we start seeing with our bodies with the Spark program- I like the clothes fitting better thing. Very funny blog love it.

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MNNICE 6/9/2012 10:07AM

    Very cute! I bet you notice how much easier it is to cross them, too!

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Last day of school!

Friday, June 08, 2012

It's finally the last day of school. Had we not had a springtime snow day (it was bad that day...) we would have been done yesterday.

We tend to have last day of school rituals. We always pick the kids up (to make sure everything they brought to school comes home) and go out somewhere to eat. I suggested Perkins and that seems to have gone over well with them, they love the pancakes there. Fortunately the nutrition information is online, unfortunately it's only online, I can't get a printed nutrition sheet while sitting there. I may have to call corporate about that... Looking at the menu, there are few things that I can have without killing myself with salt and half (or more) of my calories for the day. I found one thing that I will be having today, steak! I was looking at the breakfasts, but even with omitting the things I wouldn't order with them, I was still getting half my calories or more and most (if not all) my sodium for the day. There are few options there for anyone wanting a decent portion size.

I don't know if I can go online with an Amazon Fire. Does anyone know if that has that capability? I would love to be able to have portable nutrition with me and can't afford an IPad. I don't have one of those fancy phones that does everything my computer does, I just have a cheap one with prepaid minutes to do phone calls.

I plan on being at the school all day and going to lunch with the kids again. I discovered that I can do lunch there for under 400 calories. They have a great salad option! If I don't do the extras, like goldfish or animal crackers, then I can get it under 300 calories!

I know the kids love having me there and enjoy having me play with them at recess. (I actually like recess, workplaces really need recess!) I've made many kid friends and just love the things that come out of their mouths. I even ran into one of the kindergartners at Target last night and waved, as I was walking away I could hear her telling her mom that I'm the mom of one of her classmates with an excited voice.

Hopefully the kids will end up with summer friends from their classes. I know they have gotten a couple of phone numbers and there are a few of their classmates right in the same building as us. I look forward to an exciting summer playing with the kids!

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OUT-OF-ASHES 6/8/2012 6:10PM

    I use to love the last day of school! Oh to be young again, lol! As for the Kindle Fire, I think it can probably access the internet via WiFi but I don't think it has a data plan. So if you had one, you would need to be around a WiFi hot spot.

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TANYA602 6/8/2012 2:45PM

    How sweet! The younger kids are a fun age - to play with! They terrify me in the classroom! hahahaha
I hope you all had a memorable day! Enjoy the start of summer!

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EJHEINRICH1 6/8/2012 9:51AM

    I remember those days! Seems like yesterday but my kids are 37, 33, 31. So it has been a few years for me!
Happy Memories!

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What are you waiting for?

Thursday, June 07, 2012

I'll do it tomorrow. We've all said it. To figure out why we're procrastinating is the issue.

If you're here, you've taken the first step. It's no longer tomorrow in your world. You may not have started all the steps to a new you, but you're here.

"I'll have one more big meal, then I'll start my diet tomorrow."
Problem with that is that there are many "One last meals". Start today and have a sensible meal. Start out by adding fruits and veggies. Don't deny yourself of anything, but don't start with your triggers. I have cookie triggers, I'll eat the whole box. I haven't had cookies in months, not the whole 5 months I've started this, but it has been a few. Most days I have fruit, veggies, yogurt, cheese and meat at at least one meal. Occasionally I have cookies, chocolate or the occasional pastry. I do not have the trigger items in the house, I make sure I have to go to the store if a craving is bad enough. Having one car, that sometimes means walking a mile for my craving. I only buy one of whatever I'm craving so I don't go overboard.

"It's too hot to go outside and walk."
You could easily do walks in the mornings during the summer before the heat starts, you could invest in some weights or tension bands and do strength training instead. How about using one of the Spark People videos? Don't give yourself excuses to sit on the couch watching tv instead. (I mean, really, what's that important on tv, there's only 2 shows on right now that I consider even watching, the rest is pretty much garbage.) Start looking for opportunities to get extra steps in. Go to work? Park at the back of the lot, your car is less likely to be dinged and you get the extra few feet of walking. Have stairs? Use them! It can actually take you less time to get to your floor than waiting for the elevator some days. Have a video game system? Invest in the games and accessories that get you off the couch. Find your local park and walk the trails. Look into local gyms that offer group classes, some of them can be fun and there are a variety of them to choose from, community buildings may have classes too.

Next time you go to the grocery store, don't put those high calorie foods in the basket. Be proactive. Walk the sides, not the isles. There are very few things you need in the isles, like canned or dry beans, pasta and rice. Most of the things that will work for your plan will be on the sides. It doesn't matter what grocery store you're in, all the ones I've shopped, and it's been quite a few, have all had their healthiest, freshest options around the edges. Start off with in season produce, add a few meats and eggs (if you're not vegan), head toward the dairy and add some cheeses and yogurts, then find other options for fruits and veggies in the frozen section. Change from white items to whole grain, read labels when you're doing this, some "whole grain" breads have more sugars added than white. Go from that minute rice to good brown rice for most of your rice dishes. It does take much longer to cook good rice, anything that claims it can be cooked in under 5 minutes isn't worth the time. Brown rice is just as cheap as that minute stuff. When mixed into hot dishes (casseroles) you can hardly taste the difference. There are whole grain pastas too. Little changes make a big difference in your diet.

Use a lot of sugar? Try using one spoonful less for a week, then use a second spoonful less. Eventually you'll be able to go sugar free without going chemically sweetened.

Start exploring. Explore your neighborhood for places to walk. Explore your neighborhood for those farmers markets that are starting to open now. Explore your neighborhood for people who want to do things similar to you, there are many groups that have similar goals, some are listed in your local newspaper. Explore your grocery store for new and unusual things you've never tried before. Explore your local parks for new ways to play.

Stop waiting, just go! Start now, not tomorrow. Tomorrow never comes, today is what you make of it, so make the best of every day!

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RICOCHETBEAR 6/7/2012 10:14PM

    I don't go into the aisles either. Some of my friends say well, you have to , for dish soaps and stuff like that. Nope, Not at the grocery store I don't. I go to Walmart for things like that because when I go to Walmart, That is all I go the re for...ours store does not have a grocery section, so it makes it very easy to come out with only household cleaners of what ever sort I am needing.

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TANYA602 6/7/2012 8:39PM

    Yep, somehow we all decided not to use the "one more day" excuse. Thank goodness!
Now that you mention it, I don't think I've had a cookie in 4 months. whoa! And I know that as I type there are oatmeal raisin ones in the freezer. Luckily I'm not interested.....phrew! I suspect if my husband knew they were there he would help out by throwing them away.

Comment edited on: 6/7/2012 8:39:55 PM

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OUT-OF-ASHES 6/7/2012 12:26PM

    Awesome! Thanks for writing this!!!!!! emoticon

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TRUCKERWIFE2 6/7/2012 11:50AM

    Great ideas!

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NINJA_SMOO 6/7/2012 11:11AM

  All great ideas! Thanks for the reminders :)

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Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Now that I'm down a second pants size, it will require me to buy a new pair again. Fortunately I did think ahead and buy the smaller pair when I found the convertable pants/capris for $15 a piece when I bought the 1st size down. My bigger pants are still fitting and not falling off, but I see the inch difference between my waist and my pants.

Now, don't get me wrong, it's great that I'm shrinking. The issue I have with pants is that usually I can't find a pair for under $30. I haven't tried on the biggest Target size yet and I know I can always find every size on their clearance rack. I've gotten used to buying clothes at stores that only sell clothes. I've discovered my new clothes rack "Fashion Bug". Surprisingly it carries those plus sizes that I have been fitting into. I'm getting closer to being able to fit into the stuff on the other side of the store. For some reason there's a wall in the center that shields the "skinny" women from the "fat" ones.

I won't have a problem with shirts, they're always on clearance for really cheap and some of those xl's that I got recently are "athletic" formed, so I have plenty of time before I feel I look good in those. I'm still working on getting rid of the stomach that protrudes through that fit. I won't be a medium any time soon, so those fitted xl's will fit me until then.

Pants fall off much more easily. I don't own belts nor would I want that extra thing to get through when I have to run to the bathroom. I love clothes shopping, but I've always hated shopping for pants. I have to try them on every time, each style fits differently. Some brands fit so differently that you're buying a whole different size. Different times labeled clothes differently, the bigger we got the higher the number went in the smaller pants. Although my highest pants are labeled 22's, I know that has to be a 2 size difference from what they used to be labeled. Today's pants size on me that fits right are 18's. I will have to start looking for a great deal and buy both one more pair that fits now and the next size down. I've been shrinking so much that it seems that I'm in a new size every other month.

As much as I love new clothes, it's getting expensive. I'm running out of fun money for the year. I know how to find the deal, but I don't even have that kind of money anymore. Hopefully this next size lasts me long enough to find a new pair of pants for a reasonable price.

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MISSG180 6/8/2012 9:18AM

    Pants are notoriously bad at sizing. But good for you, losing pants sizes!

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OUT-OF-ASHES 6/6/2012 10:17PM

    Woo! You are doing an amazing job with the scale and non scale victories alike! I find that wearing elastic banded waist pants help and last longer as you lose weight. I have a lot of yoga pants. emoticon

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TANYA602 6/6/2012 9:56PM

    First and foremost - congratulations!!
I think it is so awesome that you are down two sizes! And were you ever smart to buy a second size when the price was right!
Just in the past month I've noticed that my clothes are all too big, but because it is almost the end of the school year and I rarely go out in the summer, I am saving up for new school clothes in the fall. That means that these last few weeks of school I look a bit baggy and unkempt. Oh well.

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JEANNINEMM68 6/6/2012 9:08PM

    This is a good problem to have I guess but I understand about the money. Maybe you can clothes swap with someone??? Just a thought. I find that jeans are the one thing that I really need to try and and make sure that I like them b/c if not i will not wear them and then I will have wasted the money. I say just keep looking for the clearance deals and hope you get lucky.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 6/6/2012 2:18PM

    I have shopped the local Goodwill and their jeans are priced as high as some of the things I can find on clearance. I've been shopping cheap for years so I know where the good deals are. Yes, I probably could find the occasional $5 pair of jeans there, but most of them are close to $20 a pair. I don't need brand names and find many good deals for new stuff on sale. I coupon and am on the mailing lists for the local stores, so I get stuff for pretty cheap.

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KJDOESLIFE 6/6/2012 2:01PM

    Have you tried second hand shops? It takes a little longer to sift through the sizes, but it's a much cheaper way to find "temporary" clothing. And you can always donate it back when you've outshrunk it!

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BEARGODDESS 6/6/2012 12:56PM

    It's great that you love clothes shopping. I hate it for just the reasons you put here in your blog. When I was young and thin, I always knew what size I was because all of the designers agreed on what a size was. Calvin Klein started the trend where designers decide for themselves what a size is back in the late 70's. Also the sizes changed completely. When I was 5' 9" and 130 pounds I wore a size 10 dress. Nowadays it would probably be a size 2 or 4.
What I'm doing is buying cheap jeans on Woman Within on line. (We DO have a Fashion Bug here in town though, hmmmm) Right now I'm straddling the line between size 20 and 18 but I have 16's and 14's waiting in the wings. (Good thing jeans don't go out of fashion very quickly! lol!) I DID find a couple of cute pairs in our Goodwill store though!

Ah the problems of losing weight!

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FLEURGARDEN 6/6/2012 11:53AM

    Great job on the weight loss!

Fortunately I have clothes in three sizes in my closet, so that helps cut down on the expense of buying new clothes as I lose weight. I've packed up the largest size, so now I have my current size and one smaller size left before I'll have to start buying new clothes. That will be fun, but for now I'm glad I can shop in my closet for free. :-)

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NINJA_SMOO 6/6/2012 11:52AM

  The downside of losing weight: all those expensive new clothes!

I know some people are averse to using them, but have you consdered purchasing interim clothing at second-hand shops? Once you make it to a certain milestone or goal then have new-new clothes as your treat, perhaps? Then you're not running around with your pants around your ankles until you reach your goal, but can still be a bit more thrifty.

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Another 2 pounds bites the dust!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

This bring me to 35 pounds lost.

What has changed in 35 pounds?

I'm down 2 pants sizes.

I can walk farther without losing my breath.

I've gotten into a swimsuit! (And taken my picture in it for the world to see.)

I am able to eat a proper serving size instead of an American serving size.

I have proper running shoes (barefoot is my favorite way to go).

I've tried new foods and liked some of them.

I don't crave pastries and chocolate like I used to.

I've tried new exercises in new places I never thought I would. I have been doing group yoga and I did some pool running.

I feel more energized.

I actually get upset when I don't go out and move around, even if it's because I'm exhausted from illness.

What hasn't changed?

I'm still the same internal person with the same beliefs about humanity and same love for my family. I still love myself and am simply showing myself that more than I was 35 pounds ago.

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JEANNINEMM68 6/5/2012 9:50PM

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WVAWACKADOO 6/5/2012 8:54PM

    Congrats on the 2 lb. weight loss...every little bit counts & you are moving in the right direction. Take care...

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WERNERETTE 6/5/2012 8:31PM

    Congratulations Cakermom! It's so nice to see not just the pounds you've lost but all the other accomplishments and benefits that you've achieved as a side effect! Not too shabby!!


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TANYA602 6/5/2012 4:14PM

    Two pants sizes?! Congratulations! It is truly cool to follow you on this journey and see such success! I'm really proud of you for staying true to yourself and for all of your hard work towards a healthy lifestyle!

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MOMMY445 6/5/2012 2:54PM

    congratulations! that's wonderful news!

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MNNICE 6/5/2012 1:37PM

    Congratulations! You have the right attitude and know how to reach your goals!

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FLEURGARDEN 6/5/2012 11:56AM

    Woo Hoo! Congrats on the 35 pounds lost and all the positive changes in your life. emoticon

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BEARGODDESS 6/5/2012 11:51AM

    I'm delighted for you!! You're a hard worker at this weight loss journey! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NINJA_SMOO 6/5/2012 11:33AM

  Congrats on all your hard work so far! It's paying off!

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JACKIE542 6/5/2012 11:00AM

    Good work. Keep going. emoticon

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KRYSTL719 6/5/2012 10:42AM

    awesome awesome awesome! Glad to have watched your journey this far! Your doing great. Glad to be your sparkfriend emoticon

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