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Sometimes I DO Like My Scale

Friday, May 30, 2014

I've been reading a lot of blogs lately about this particular "relationship," and I sympathize. It can be a very frustrating one, no doubt.

Most of the time it doesn't accurately reflect the progress we're making on our journey. I agree with my sparkfriends who have blogged about this, that NSV's are a much better indicator of our successes. And the scale is usually not our friend!

And perhaps I do have an unusual relationship with my scale. But here's where I am with it. Decide for yourself, if I'm kooky or not!

When I started this journey, I was in the 240's. Didn't like the scale at all then! Still didn't like it when I started going down into the 230's, maybe not even in the 220's. But once I started seeing the two-teens, and now the two-oohhs, I kinda like looking at that scale a little more often. Right now, I'm at 205 . . . and I haven't seen that in well over 2 decades! And the closer I get to Onederland, the more often I want to keep stepping on that darn thing!!!

So sometimes, I guess, I do like my scale! emoticon emoticon

  
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BRADMILL2922 6/4/2014 3:10AM

    As the number gets smaller on the scale, the more love I have for it lol! You are right and not kooky at all :)

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MELISSIMAUS 6/2/2014 12:03PM

    Fantastic progress!

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THINANDFITEMILY 5/31/2014 8:58PM

    emoticon You are on your way!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 5/30/2014 10:41PM

    You are doing great! emoticon

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IAMBIZI 5/30/2014 10:31PM

    congratulations carol!
happy for you!
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SHARONSIZE8 5/30/2014 3:57PM

    Great job!!! You can do this!!! emoticon emoticon

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KITT52 5/30/2014 2:48PM

    emoticon ...great job

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AMAZING! Keep up the great work! Onederland here you come!!!!!

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NSV, Caught by Surprise!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Walking is now a pleasure, as my inner thighs no longer touch! Apparently, all the spinning classes I've been doing has toned up my inner thighs, and now that awful, "flabby" tissue/loose skin that had always rubbed together when I walked, no longer meets!! (It's still there, but not as pronounced).

It kinda caught me by surprise one day. I was walking into Walmart & something just felt different. Couldn't exactly put my finger on it even. I felt a little lighter on my feet. I had just weighed myself that morning, so I knew I hadn't lost any weight. Thought maybe I was walking with my legs pointed out or something. Just couldn't figure out what was different. So I thought maybe it was something with my gait? So I paid particular attention to my legs & how they were moving.

Then I noticed it . . . my upper-most, inner thigh-flab area was not touching anymore (we all know that area, don't we?)! I must have been grinning from ear-to-ear!! You see, I'm still wearing "those" comfortable loose, elastic-waist-type pants, so I've been so used to skin-touching-skin for many, many years.

What a wonderful, fantastic, marvelous, exciting, you-name-it, NSV!!! Really a big one for me! I've always been embarrassed by my big legs & for them to be shrinking down to a more normal size is monumental for me. Talk about incentive . . .

I credit spinning class & the toning it's doing for this NSV. It's a keeper!!!

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MELISSIMAUS 3/23/2014 5:25PM

    Oh, Carol, congrats! I can SO relate!! This was the hugest thing for me. I tend to carry all my extra weight in my upper arms and thighs (and butt)—but my thighs are the worst. Even when I was a kid, they rubbed together. A few weeks ago, I wore a dress out to dinner without stockings or a "spanx" type undergarment—for the first time in my LIFE. I am not even kidding. I couldn't stop smiling.

BEST feeling! I'm so glad you got to experience it.

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BRADMILL2922 3/6/2014 3:36AM

    That is awesome! Got to love a good NSV! Keep it up!

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FRENCHSEAMS 2/26/2014 11:06PM

    emoticon emoticon What a great feeling! A wonderful summer is ahead.

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JAYDEE1211 2/21/2014 10:14PM

    Well done and best wishes for future NSVs.

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WONDAWOMAN2 2/21/2014 3:32PM

    Woohoo! I have just discovered spinning too, so this motivates me to keep it up. I definitely have inner thighs that need reducing! Thanks, Carol!

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CINDYAST 2/20/2014 8:43PM

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I think it's probably time for new pants WITHOUT elastic/ stretchy fabric! You're doing great!

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IAMBIZI 2/20/2014 8:36PM

    I am so happy to read this for you!
yeah!
keep up the great work that you are doing!
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HIKETOHEIGHTS 2/20/2014 5:42PM

    Yay
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RILEYBOT 2/20/2014 4:00PM

    Good for you! emoticon

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JODROX 2/20/2014 3:28PM

    Congrats!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 2/20/2014 2:32PM

    Congrats on that awesome NSV! Toned thighs....how wonderful! Keep up the good work!
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Getting over a setback

Monday, February 03, 2014

As some you know, my favorite "me time" is reading, health magazines mostly. I came across these words of wisdom in one of my many, many magazines. It's kinda where I'm at right now & no doubt you've all been there as some point or another in your life, so I thought I'd share with my sparkfriends.

Especially after a setback,
It's easy to think that other people are getting ahead
While we're falling behind, and might never "catch up."
But dreams don't have deadlines
And the best things in life don't happen overnight.
They take time.
And in time, they will happen for you.
Give yourself time.

I had been at a plateau for such a long time, I was getting discouraged. And then the past week and a half, I've been so swamped at work (with audits, meetings, end-of-the-year reports, a seminar) stress took over & all my good habits went out the window. Well, I guess I broke the plateau--but in the wrong direction! The scale starting inching upwards again! Definite setback mode!!!

We need to remember this when those inevitable setbacks occur. Whether it be a plateau, overindulging at a party, breaking a streak, or falling back into old habits, they are bound to happen eventually. Sometimes they just can't be avoided, although we can try to minimize the damage. Maybe the secret is not to not dwell on it, but simply pick ourselves up & continue on our journey. 'nough said!

Follow your dreams, my friends!

  
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RILEYBOT 2/5/2014 10:14AM

    Very encouraging,I needed that, emoticon thanks,

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NEXTSTEPS 2/4/2014 9:55AM

    Good thoughts! Thanks for sharing.

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IAMBIZI 2/3/2014 8:39PM

    hugs to you girlie
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LOLA_LALA 2/3/2014 7:01PM

    It's all right and it's all good, Carol! emoticon There's not one neat, even, "perfect" route to that goal...especially this time of year, when we're sandwiched (bad choice of words on my part!) between football festivities (dips, dips, dips!), the carnage left from Christmas/New Year's celebrations, and upcoming anticipations of untold chocolate. Yours is a solid, realistic view!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 2/3/2014 6:46PM

    Great blog, thanks so much for sharing this!

PS: I have started a private team, its called Countdown to Spring....the focus is to support each other as we just do our best to make as much progress as we can by the first day of Spring. If you'd like to join us, let me know and I'll send you an invitation.

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POSITIVEHOPE 2/3/2014 5:52PM

    Reading your blog showed me that you are keenly aware of what is happening and why. You seem to be focused on fixing the parts that can be fixed and releasing those that can't.
I see a pattern that always helps. Assess, address what you can fix, reassess and repeat until you like the results.
Gotta remember that!

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MIMICOTO 2/3/2014 5:21PM

    Fantastic attitude!

Drink lots of water, work up a sweat with some good cardio if you're able and eat clean for a few days....short-term blips like that can be corrected quickly...

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JODROX 2/3/2014 3:48PM

    That's great advice. Thanks for sharing!

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Spinning--To Shake Things Up!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

As I blogged a few weeks ago, I promised myself I'd start spinning classes once I dropped below 220 pounds. Well, I'm finally there! So this morning, off I went to a spinning class. And out I came, sweaty and weak-legged. Wasn't sure I could walk to the car . . . my legs felt like jello afterwards. This particular instructor did a lot of "standing climbs." If you're at all familiar with spinning, you'll understand my pain. I wasn't just sitting & pedaling all class . . . I was challenged. But that's a good thing! I accomplished my goal and I'll go back!!!

I'm fortunate to have a job that allows me to make my own hours--so that I can go in to work early & work through lunch--then take 2 hours mid-morning to do these classes at the gym, thus getting in the workouts I enjoy so much. Right now, I'm doing the following:

Monday - Strength Training Class (Les Mills Pump It Up)
Tuesday - Spinning Class
Wednesday - Kickboxing Class
Thursday - Spinning Class
Friday - Strength Training Class (Les Mills Pump It Up)

And usually I get home early enough that I have time to walk around the block a couple of times before my DH gets home, so I can get a little extra exercise in that way, too. So I've really been able to up my exercise routine lately & I'm finally seeing some results. Slowly, but surely.

Have a Happy Holiday everyone! If we keep at it, maybe we'll continue to lose--even if we splurge a little during the holiday festivities.
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JUST_BRENDA 1/10/2014 9:21PM

    Good for you.... it's so challenging to get that exercise in when we have so many other things we'd rather do...

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BRADMILL2922 12/17/2013 1:21AM

    Good for you Carol! Glad you had a good experience with the class despite the jello legs. Well, that is a good thing when it comes to working out anyways :) Keep it up!

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CAPECODBABE 12/13/2013 8:26AM

    You are doing emoticon

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MJ7DM33 12/12/2013 9:14PM

  WTG! You are doing great!

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IAMBIZI 12/12/2013 9:01PM

    YOu are awesome!
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PIXIE-LICIOUS 12/12/2013 5:38PM

    emoticon Congrats on keeping your promise to yourself! Spinning class sounds like a real challenging workout, but fun too! Keep up the good work. You rock!

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CARMRUN 12/12/2013 5:12PM

    I feel your energy and I love it! You are doing such a great job. I've never tried spinning nor have seen anyone do it. I should probably google it for fun. lol. Congrats on the weight loss too! What an inspiration you are.

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MELISSIMAUS 12/12/2013 3:00PM

    Awesome! You rock for trying something new and getting out of your comfort zone. Also, congrats on the continuing weight loss. You're inspiring me!

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BLIH20 12/12/2013 12:42PM

    Great job, keep it up!

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Getting Out of My Comfort Zone

Thursday, November 21, 2013

When I started this weight loss journey, I was 247 lbs. I’ve lost 24 lbs to date. I do feel good about that, as I should. It’s been a slow, steady spark journey—with just the right amount of commitment and support. I love sparkpeople.com! It’s been a wonderful addition to my life, and my family lovingly calls me “sparky” when I’m at the computer all night!

But it’s now time to shake things up and get out of my comfort zone. So here’s what I’m thinking. When I get into the “two-teens” (219 and below)—and I’m close, as I am now at 223 pounds—I will start attending Spinning classes at the gym (which I used to love!). Then when I drop into the “two-ohs” (200-209), I’ll try Zumba. I've always wanted to try that, but was too self-conscious about my size. So there are two strong incentives—for two 10-lb markers.

The main reason for shaking things up with my exercise and getting out of my comfort zone is that my diet can’t be tweaked anymore. I really don’t have a problem in that area. I don't eat junk food or cheat. I already eat very low carb (nothing white), low fat, lots of lean protein, and mostly vegetables. I love my vegetables! And for the most part, I don’t drink many calories. No sodas, fruit juices—just water and skim milk. So I know that in order to continue to lose weight my exercise routine is what needs to be tweaked.

So that’s my plan. One thing I know for sure, though . . . I will continue on with my spark journey, one day at time! So until next time, "Sparky" signing off!

  
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HABITATVITALITY 12/2/2013 10:52PM

    I hear you re shaking up the exercise. My diet is pretty good now also, there is not much more tweaking I want to do there. Hence the reason I have started to try to jog LOL. Practice makes perfect - will keep practicing! You are doing great by the way! emoticon

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MOONSTREAM 11/29/2013 9:22AM

    great. I love spinning because it is low impact and I control how hard I work (and hopefully the music is great). And ZUMBA just makes me happy. On my darkest days, the only good thing of a day would be when I dragged myself to the Y to do zumba. It ALWAYS helps improve my mood. I'm proud of you for what you've lost - it takes work. Glad to hear you are on a roll. emoticon

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THINFITFEMINIST 11/24/2013 9:43AM

    what a commonsense plan. I applause you! It looks like you know what works and what will work better.

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WEEPINGANGEL74 11/21/2013 10:44PM

    Sounds like you are ready to roll!!

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IAMBIZI 11/21/2013 8:53PM

    hi carol this sounds like a great plan!
you can do it!
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DRUIDPRINCESS 11/21/2013 4:27PM

    Why wait? Do whatever exercise classes you want now! Everyone goes to these classes for their own reasons.... hopefully mostly for the fun! No matter our size, ability or age, we have the guts to get into our workout gear and go for it! And that's all that matters.
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PIXIE-LICIOUS 11/21/2013 4:09PM

    Way to go on your progress so far, Sparky! Good luck with spinning and Zumba, I think its great to have something to look forward to!

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SUZIPAM1 11/21/2013 1:54PM

    congrats

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PLUGINALONG 11/21/2013 1:51PM

    Hello Sparky. That is a Sparky blog. Congrats on the weight loss. Keep up the good work.

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    emoticon on the weight loss. Sounds like a great plan emoticon

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