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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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Planning ahead to lunch and fitting into smaller pants!

Monday, June 04, 2012

Today I get to go to the Como Zoo with the kindergartners. This requires forethought. What to eat for lunch, what to wear so I don't get too hot or too chilly. It's supposed to get into the 80's today, but right now it's chilly. I decided on pants that I can turn into capris at the end of the day. I also choose to try on the smaller pair (size 18) I purchased a little while ago when I bought 2 pairs in different colors in 2 different sizes because it was such a great deal for those pants. Today the smaller pair fit! Sure they're slightly tight, but they're not so tight that circulation is being cut off or that the muffin top is being exaggerated anymore. The darker green goes better with the barefoot shoes I plan on wearing. These pants did not fit 5 pounds ago, they were still too tight. I'm actually surprised that they fit so well this morning, it usually takes 30 pounds for my body to change sizes!

Last night I also had to plan my lunch. I already logged it last night and even decided to log breakfast so I had less to do this morning. It works out better for me to log that stuff the night before so I can see if I can have certain things in my lunch, if I have too much or if I need to add more. I decided to have two different fruits with my peanut butter sandwich. I looked at snack cakes when I was at the store, but I'm not putting that little into my mouth for that many calories, the banana cakes I looked at had 300 something calories in one cake! I love the ability to look at what I want to eat before I put it into my mouth. It makes things much easier and makes it easier to make proper choices.

I'm all prepared to go walking around the zoo with a couple of kids (or 3 if not enough parents show up). It'll be great exercise for me since I haven't been doing much the last couple of weeks after all the sickness that went through the house. I did manage some pool walking yesterday and that was really hard. I wish the trackers had something for that because I swear I burned more calories than the tracker allows when simply tracking for mileage. It takes a lot longer to walk in the pool than I can go on the treadmill. The water force alone makes you have to work harder to get there. Hopefully I will be able to track my zoo walking more accurately today.

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MISSG180 6/5/2012 8:50AM

    working out changes your shape! I have experienced that quite a bit. Go you!

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FRAN0426 6/4/2012 10:02PM

    Great job now able to wear some of the new clothes you bought. Nice job with figuring out what your counts will be. Hoping you had a great time at the Como Zoo today. The temp was 97 in the Lake of the Ozark area we are at this week---wAIted until evening to go out, but had plenty of ironing to keep me busy this afternoon.

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JEANNINEMM68 6/4/2012 8:41PM

    I have not been able to go down a size but the pants I wear do feel loose. Every step counts. Hope you have fun at the zoo today. That is always a great field trip.

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VLKSHA 6/4/2012 12:01PM

    I just had to attend a preschool graduation function and found I had to find smaller pants in the back of the closet. I haven't been losing much since February but evidently I am in a reshaping phase again. Hope is reborn.

Your continued planning and activity is fabulous, you are doing this!

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OUT-OF-ASHES 6/4/2012 11:03AM

    Have fun at the zoo! I bet the kids get a kick out of your shoes. Do you track your exercises as water jogging? I bet that's pretty accurate.

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Government control over our pop?

Sunday, June 03, 2012

The news has been saying lately that the obesity epidemic is because restaurants serve pop in too big of cups. New York is trying to pass a bill that stops restaurants from serving regular pop in cups bigger than 16 ounces.

I agree with it in only one point. Pop cups have gotten too big. Small pops in a few restaurants are the 21 ounce size. I prefer having the 16 ounce cup. I have to remember where I am so I know what size my "small" is. I remember the days where small was an 8 ounce cup. You'd think that makes me really old, but I'm just a little bit old.

I do not agree with it only limiting the regular pop, diet you will still be able to drink by the gallon. Juice can still come in a huge cup, and you know most sit down places give you a 21 oz or bigger cup of juice when you sit down. It seems like trying to put a bandage on an artery burst.

Pop is not the reason for the obesity epidemic. Just because some people drink a 2-gallon bottle a day does not mean the restaurants are the pop culprit. Gas stations will still be able to sell the "big gulp" size. We fully know that there are empty calories in that pop when we decide to drink it, but it should be our choice which size to drink. I do wish that there was a consistency through the different restaurants, small should be 16 oz at each place instead of labeling the 16 oz "child size" or "value size", I mean, really, what child needs 16 oz of pop?

If the government feels the need to butt their noses into our health, they should be regulating the sizes of the pop (making them consistent throughout) and then looking into small farms to see what really works when it comes to raising food because those corporate farms just don't seem to have gotten it right. Stop giving subsidies to the corn crops and the problem will take care of itself.

Yes, portion sizes are crazy, I had dinner served to me on a serving platter last month. No way could I eat it all. I do agree with putting the calorie counts right on the menus so I can make the better choice, but I still want the choice given to me.

I don't think giving us less control over which size pop we can choose will stop the epidemic. We choose what we want, we choose to not drink it all and we choose whether we want pop that day or not. Let me keep my choice!

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CCASKEY37 6/6/2012 4:20PM

    We think we're getting a deal when you add 64 ounces for forth cents. Joke's on us.

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GUNNSGIRL91303 6/5/2012 2:05PM

    As much as I advocate healthy eating and such I don't feel the government has the right to tell us what or how much soda we can drink or how much junk food we eat. That is a personal choice. Our freedoms are disappearing one by one.

And I too remember when the smalls were 8 oz and that was usually enough to satisfy. Does that make me really old or just a little old? I remember when the big gulp came out I couldn't believe anyone could drink the whole thing. Now I see supersized drinks everywhere. We are a super-size me nation!

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CCASKEY37 6/5/2012 1:40PM

    I should know better but I have been trained to stop eating/drinking when there is nothing left to eat/drink. Lately I have been able to just order the smaller size when going out. I think regulating the size of drinks is a huge waste of time and resources by the government though. It should be the person's choice.

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KRYSTL719 6/5/2012 10:46AM

    its very truethe comment about the kids growing up. their views on what is normal compared to thinking freely is outrageous because they are so distracted with fashion, media, gadgets you name it.

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TANYA602 6/4/2012 12:53PM

    I have to say I was surprised when I heard this, as well. Why are they not regulating the number of packs of cigarettes a person can buy each day? The size of candy bars? Oh don't get me started.....The fact that choice, our choice, how we live our lives has to be regulated in this way is indeed rather silly. argh!

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PRAYING4THIN 6/3/2012 9:59PM

    At first this aggravated me. I mean come on we all know soda is bad. We all know that a larger size cup is more calories which means more weight on our backsides. We are not that stupid.... HOWEVER, the more I think about it the kids growing up today think this is normal. They don't remember the days of 8 ou. cups, they don't know anything but super size, biggie size and XL. A little scary that perhaps they are going to have the wrong idea of portion size simply because its what they are becoming accustomed too. I don't think its would help much, I really don't but it does make me stop to think of what todays young generation is viewing as normal.

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VTSKIER805 6/3/2012 5:41PM

    I spent some time in Denmark where they regulate things added to foods like sugar, color, flavor, preservatives, etc. I think that is more proactive than saying "HA! Let's try and inconvenience you enough to either drink less or buy two sodas."

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OPTIMIST1948 6/3/2012 2:05PM

    I'm a dither over this. Yes I think the govt has a role. But I hate the "You Cant Serve That" title. I agree that cup sizes have gotten too large and there should be more access to healthy food. But if you look at the sugar, its just the same in juice as it is in soda.

And Diet is not covered under the regulation. Now that's just silly.

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MISSG180 6/3/2012 1:43PM

    I personally think that such regulations are just the government's way of saying, "See! We're doing SOMETHING!!"

Even when that something is silly and pointless. Which this is.

Better access to healthy food, that's something that is worthwhile.

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