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The longer journey --- how to maintain weight loss UGH!

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I have maintained for quite a while but it seems that the weight creep has caught up on me. I have put back on 15 pounds in the past 6 months! THERE, I said it loud and clear - no hiding, no denial.

Thou I still watch what I eat and am no way close to being the old person was, my loosey goosey way of keeping track has bit me in the bootie. So, as the true fighter I have become, I am back to the grind of doing what I know works. Track my food, track my workouts and keep it front and center in my world to stay on track. The 172.6 I put in today isn't my low of the week, but it is what it is when is was - 10 minutes ago that is what the dang scale said. It was 167 last time and I will bet there is some bodily reason or the big jump and it will go back down BUT, it seems the ups and downs are scooching up on me and I am going to fix this he way I have learned how.

I have been working out and for the past two weeks I have honored myself by bringing back the run after my cardio instead of strength. I do better with more cardio and if I want to have more freedom with food then I have to do more working out. Period. I have not stopped working out since Feb 2008, I have remained strong but at times my effort was short. I have been very present with my effort levels and workouts over the past couple of weeks and know that this is my salvation, so to speak.

So, I have great event in August that I will be on track for my clothes fitting well and lose again but I am going to shoot for getting back to my goal as well as being closer for the work event. I am going to be running at 5.5 a full mile by then as well.

I have so done this before and know I can do it again and I have not let it slip back to the 245+ size I was. I am different now and learning how "normal size" people ebb and flow with their weight has been an eye opener. I have NO experience with maintaining I only knew getting bigger. So, back to the grind and back to using the tools that SP offers to keep me reaching towards my goals.

So, good work out tonight and track my food ad let the system work once again.

I am embarrassed and feel at times like I am huge again BUT THIS IS THE TEST - what will I CHOOSE to do with this.

I CHOOSE TO BE IN CONTROL AND BE A GOOD STEWARD OF MY OWN BODY! period

upward and onward----- nice to be home again....

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KPRATT38 7/2/2010 2:29PM

    Boy do we run in similar paths! I checked my weight this am and guess what...170! GAH!
So here I am again, posting, tracking, taking it back! We will do this ;)

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PAIGESMAMA 7/1/2010 12:43AM

    Nice to see you are bqack. Sorry you have put a little weight back on. Good for you to come back.

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BAREADER 6/30/2010 7:03PM

    I know you can do it, and I so sympathize. We should have a special team for maintainers because it is a different kind of ball game now. I only just officially started maintanance, it is scarry. I haven't lost any in months, but I was still working in the weightloss calorie range. I changed it and now my range is 1550 -1840, boy is that scarry. But I am still tracking every day and exercising a lot. I have put on a few pounds in the last couple of months but my measurements are the same and the clothes still fit fine so I know it is muscle, I have been upping the strength training recently.

I know what you mean about not being the same person as when you started, I'm not either. I eat completely differently now with the emphasis on healthy, lots of fruits and veggies and whole grains. It dosen't seem fair that I could have changed this much and still have to worry about gaining it back!

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Sometimes you find something just to good to pass up... A Must Read for anyone needing a laugh.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Gotta Laugh....to keep from crying:

The economy is so bad that I got a pre-declined credit card in the mail.

It's so bad, I ordered a burger at McDonalds and the kid behind the counter asked, "Can you afford fries with that?"

The economy is so bad that CEO's are now playing miniature golf.

The economy is so bad if the bank returns your check marked "Insufficient Funds," you call them and ask if they meant you or them.

The economy is so bad Hot Wheels and Matchbox stocks are trading higher than GM.

The economy is so bad McDonalds is selling the 1/4 ouncer.

The economy is so bad parents in Beverly Hills fired their nannies and learned their children's names.

The economy is so bad a truckload of Americans was caught sneaking into Mexico .

The economy is so bad Dick Cheney took his stockbroker hunting.

The economy is so bad Motel Six won't leave the light on anymore.

The economy is so bad the Mafia is laying off judges.

And finally...

Congress says they are looking into this Bernard Madoff scandal. Oh Great!! The guy who made $50 Billion disappear is being investigated by the people who made $1.5 Trillion disappear!

  
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KAITLYNSNAMMY 1/30/2010 1:21PM

    We all need a good laugh. Thanks and have a wonderful weekend.
Susie in CT

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GLENDAJ5 11/3/2009 9:47AM

    This is funny. Thanks for the laugh.

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BLOSSOMKITTY 10/13/2009 12:47PM

    I printed this out! hahahahahaha!!!! how true it is!

Stephanie

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LADYIRISH317 10/2/2009 12:10PM

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I'm "borrowing" this for a couple of my teams and a lot of my friends!

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HIP-MOM 10/1/2009 3:35PM

    That was really funny! Thanks for brightening my day, Catherine! emoticon

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DAKOTANMISTY 9/29/2009 9:03PM

    I enjoyed this emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRANDMAMAOF3 9/29/2009 5:50PM

    This is great, thanks!

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Holding my ground!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

18 months with Sparks and 5 months at goal and I am proud that I am in control of my weight. It is a daily "battle", not really the right word, but does reflect how much attention I give maintenance. It is easier to default into losing, but the up and down of natural body fluctuations is the hurdle of maintenance, for me. I have a five pound window and have once gone outside it since being at goal, BUT-- I got back to where I want to be by dropping my calories a bit and focusing on tracking my food better. Each time I gain more confidence that I CAN handle the ups and downs.

My going to sleep mantra lately is "I am STRONG, I am in CONTROL, I CHOOSE my DESTINY daily".

The ups and downs of maintenance is the journey. In my "old" life, the ups were 100 to 1 to the downs so of course I do not believe that when I go to the up side of my window that I will bring it down again. But, each time I do is another confirmation of my new tools and ability.

For anyone that thinks once the weight is gone the battle is over... HELLO- this is the battle to win and I am WINNING!

Catherine

  
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DAYHIKER 9/29/2009 11:39AM

    You are doing a great job of maintaining and I know it is hard work. I've struggled the past two years with it--ARG. Your determination and success are inspiring!
I believe you will stay strong and win the war!!

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KAPOWILICIOUS 9/28/2009 5:57PM

    You are SO right on the whole "maintenance battle" thing!

Four years ago I reached my goal weight. I stayed at that weight for approximately one year, and then slowly gained all the weight back AND THEN SOME. I guess I thought my body would magically stay thin- boy was I wrong!

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LADYIRISH317 9/27/2009 12:17PM

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JUNIPER1974 9/24/2009 10:18PM

    you can do it!

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RAINRUN 9/24/2009 10:41AM

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MJLUVSANIMALS 9/24/2009 10:30AM

    The battle of maintenance looks to be a task. So losing is half the battle. Good blog. MJ

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SPARKMEFIT 9/24/2009 9:56AM

    Good for you!!! emoticon

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No mom, it is the sock----

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

This past weekend I took my 15 1/2 year old daughter with me to my moms to celebrate my moms 75th birthday. Coming home strolling through the airport I thought people were glancing at me because I was cute (not in a vain way but I did notice that people would glance at me). Not being considered cute and pretty for my whole life of heavy girl, it is now different to have people look at me as pretty, I am still getting used to it, but I did think I looked good that day and thought that was why people were glancing my way.

But, reality check from 15 year old daughter --- she said "Mom, did you notice people are staring at you" I said yes, I am cute today, for which she said "No mom, they are looking at you because you have those men's socks on"

UGH, to funny, from the mouth of a child. Ha ha ha. My hubby said she was wrong but I must say, her comment made me stop and think again about feeling cute in that outfit.

Another moment to blog on for the memory book.

  
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PAIGESMAMA 9/3/2009 9:53AM

    You look great and you should be proud of that. Teenagers don't want people looking at their mom. Remember we are embarrassing in their eyes, so I had to be the socks. It could never be that you look hot and people noticed.

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BLOSSOMKITTY 9/1/2009 5:01PM

    I completely agree! You're adorable!
Believe me. it's not the socks......we live in sonoma county! People wear pajamas around and don't get starred at:-)( not speaking from experience, of course) :-)

Hope you're having a wonderful day!

stephanie

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KKLAJOIE 8/30/2009 9:28PM

    Yeah, it probably was because you (were) ARE cute. No 15 year old is going to admit that. Especially when they are with you are the time! You Go Girl!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAXTONBLUE 8/26/2009 2:41PM

    Kids say the funniest things. They crack me up. I bet they were looking at you because they thought you were cute :)

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OVERW8GRL 8/26/2009 1:33PM

    Hahaha trust me, it takes more than socks to make people stare in a negative way! It's definitely because you are cute, and most definitely because you were feeling confident- it always shows and draws attention! Congratulations to you for walking around with your head held high-you deserve every look you get!!

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ETAGGEL 8/26/2009 12:43PM

    I agree, it was because you're cute!

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TLN-NOW 8/26/2009 11:10AM

    I think you could take a pic and we could vote!
Although, in advance, I'm pretty sure it's was cuz you are cute!

;o)

too funny! emoticon

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DAKOTANMISTY 8/26/2009 11:08AM

    LOL--did you check your socks? Sounds like typical teen response--embarrassed by anything the parental unit does or doesn't do. Take the stares & glances as compliment, you are cute!

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CINDYHOUGHTON 8/26/2009 10:52AM

    haha! How cute! I agree with ctonyan. Cute people make anything look good even men's socks!

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NINJALINDA 8/26/2009 10:23AM

    Yeah, I think that was just a 15 year old 'OMG everyone is staring' kind of thing...but it WAS funny!

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CTONYAN 8/26/2009 10:15AM

    In my humble opinion, the comment that was made from a 15 year old is something I would have thought when I was 15...everybody notices everything...not true. I think it's because you're cute!!

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Staying Positive - What is the alternative?

Friday, August 07, 2009

I am working really hard to be as optimistic as possible, I have to, what choice to I have? The world is crazy, jobs are being loss, paychecks cut, all scary stuff. And, I work in the non-profit sector--- oh my. So, I must stay positive, I must because the alternative is to have people lives lost, children not educated, mothers not provided health care--- wow. Not that I or my work save everyone, but our work does infact make that big of a difference. And, this economy puts a risk to this. But, I refuse to allow it and I refuse to not be anything but the most positive- every day, every minute, every second!

  
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CTONYAN 8/26/2009 10:18AM

    You are on the right track definitely. Beating the negative drum does nothing but draw more negativity. Law of attraction, thoughts and words DO matter. Keep up the attitude..you will be glad you did.

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RAINRUN 8/11/2009 12:01PM

    \great attitude!
TIA

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CARILOUIE 8/7/2009 1:17PM

    I agree - what other alternative do you have? I can see the positive in just about anything. Your attitude is great.

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BAREADER 8/7/2009 12:43PM

    Good attitude. There are all kinds of things we could worry about if we choose to, most of those things will never happen. Don't borrow trouble, today has enough of it's own.

Things are getting tight at our house, income going down and expenses going up, insurance is eating us alive. But it will all work out.

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STRONGMELISSA24 8/7/2009 11:38AM

    That is a wonderful outlook! Absolutely great! We cant let this economy or the world get us down--things will get better!

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DAKOTANMISTY 8/7/2009 11:10AM

    That is a great outlook emoticon on life. I am an optimist as well, I try to find the positive in everything. When I was laid off last year, it was very difficult to absorb; but I know that there is something better for me. I now live with my boyfriend, closer to my family and know I will find a job eventually.

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