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Sidetracked, but not derailed

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ugh, so I have not had the most stellar eating over the past 2 weeks. I've been bad about tracking, too. I've also had some respiratory illness and because it's in my chest, I have been avoiding intense exercise. I was looking through my old blogs (with pics!), and I now remember why being healthier is important to me. So, enough playing around, today I will track and eat within my calorie range. I'm still sick, but I am going to go out and do some gardening. Maybe working with my fruits and veggies directly will kick my butt into gear!

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GEMINIAN1 5/19/2011 7:00AM

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AMZY68 5/19/2011 4:22AM

    We all have set backs sometimes. Well done for getting back on trck!

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AMM12076 5/18/2011 11:47PM

    I have had a small set back the last two days after injuring my shoulder. You have reminded me that I need to just keep moving, even if it is something small, just keep moving! Start that upward spiral...

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EMRANA 5/18/2011 9:08PM

  Don't feel guilty or like kicking yourself in the butt ~ respiratory illnesses are very draining. You're sick. I understand that you wish you'd made healthier choices, but illness challenges all of us. The important thing is that you're getting back to the track you want to be on. No kicking required.

Hope you feel better soon!

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MARVEEME 5/18/2011 6:58PM

    You have just made the decision necessary to kick start the cycle. The exercise will give you more energy in the long run, even though you may feel ill right now. This is what you'll need to push past it, and push this illness out of your system.

If not intense exercise, KEEP MOVING!

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Updated Pics--27 pounds down!

Thursday, May 05, 2011

I posted some pics a few days ago, but my friend just took progress pics to show April's weight loss.

February 2011--first progress pic





Taken on May 5th, 2011--27 pounds down!





That's right, it's the self-gratifying "after" (or "during") pictures!!!



Comin' along!

  
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PHILLYGIRL2012 5/6/2011 9:01PM

    LOL...I was smiling with you on that third pic. Great job!

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GRSMITH80 5/6/2011 5:19PM

    Great job! Keep up all your hard work!

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SUMLADIE40 5/6/2011 12:17PM

    You'll have to go thru your old clothes soon or by something snug and watch it fit.
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LIOCORO 5/6/2011 2:06AM

    So awesome!! emoticon emoticon

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GOGIRLOLDER 5/5/2011 11:53PM

    emoticon emoticon Keep on going!!!GRE

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JUICINGJOJO 5/5/2011 10:58PM

    Way to go! Very nice work, keep it up and keep the pics coming! emoticon

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LAMOURA 5/5/2011 10:06PM

    AWESOME!! emoticon emoticon

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EMIM05 5/5/2011 9:48PM

    congrats!!!

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MISSME1223 5/5/2011 9:13PM

    WOO HOO!! Lookin' goooooood! YEAH!!
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KNOWING that I will reach my goal

Sunday, May 01, 2011

I think everyone can relate to approaching a weight loss plan with some apprehension and doubt, being surprised to step on the scale and seeing a loss, hearing the quiet (or not-so-quiet) voice in the back of our heads saying that we will probably not be able to achieve what we have set out to do. Even though I have been losing consistently since January, I still had the sabotaging thoughts: "Yeah, I'm doing good now, but I'm sure I'll mess it up;" "It's too much to lose;" "I can't do it because ____."

Over the past month, I have had major changes in my appetite; that panicky feeling that comes with cravings is gone. My appetite seems to have regulated itself. I track diligently and plan my foods every day (and will continue to do so), but I find I naturally eat within my calorie range. I don't worry about going over my calories here and there any more, and am done punishing myself for overeating by eating even more. The way I have been eating has been satisfying and sustainable; I even have chocolate almost every day, and find the 1 ounce of dark chocolate to be plenty.

Luckily, I have always enjoyed exercise, and I have been exercising regularly despite having arthritis and a really bad right knee. Boxing has been awesome--major calorie burn with almost no impact on my knee. I miss lower-body strength training, but have been getting great results with Pilates. I walk and dance whenever I can. And my upper body has been getting lots of attention with the free weights, and I can see some definition. I have dumped the black-and-white thinking I had about exercise and have learned to adjust my program to what will be easy on my joints.

I was doing yoga the other day, and as I was relaxing into a stretch, I realized that the changes I have made are permanent. It was the moment when I didn't just THINK I would reach my goal weight, but that I KNEW I would reach it. It was simply a fact. Yes, 136 pounds is a lot to lose, but learning to enjoy the journey has made this a fun adventure, not a diet. I'll see you at the finish line!

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MARVEEME 5/4/2011 9:08AM

    YOU are inspiring! Bless you, my dear. You WILL reach your goal, and slide into the finish line with a smile on your face in the process......I'm certain of it.

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SPARK ON!

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EMRANA 5/1/2011 3:03PM

  So true! Isn't it marvelous when you reach that realization?

146 is a lot to lose too, but I'm gonna! Will definitely see you at the finish line!

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4 Months, 27 Pounds GONE (with pics--eeek!)

Saturday, April 30, 2011

I have lost a little over 25 pounds since January, when I really focusing on weight loss. I have been taking progress pictures, and I finally looked at them. The difference is not that noticeable, but there is a difference!

Beginning of February 2011





Beginning of April 2011 (Don't you love the boob sweat, fresh from a long walk?)



Hmmmm...couldn't rotate the pictures...

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XSBLUESGIRL 5/1/2011 11:12AM

    I can see a difference! Great job! emoticon emoticon

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JILLIAN40 5/1/2011 4:32AM

    Looking good! I can see stomach muscles really starting to show up in your current picture! Awesome job!

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LEONALIONESS 5/1/2011 2:08AM

    I'm also seeing BIG differences! Especially in your face, abs, arms. :) Excellent work! :D

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MISSME1223 4/30/2011 5:43PM

    WOOT!! I can totally see it! Lookin' GOOOOOOOOOD!!

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CANCIONESDEAMOR 4/30/2011 4:39PM

    Lookin' good!! emoticon

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GEMINIAN1 4/30/2011 4:14PM

    Woo-Hoo; I can see the difference.
Nice Ink.
I with you sister on the Boob sweat ... lol.
Great job.
I hope you're having a Stupendous Saturday ... :-)
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MEGSRN30 4/30/2011 3:38PM

    I agree about the difference in your face chin and waist. You are doing a great job keep it up!

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GRYPHON55 4/30/2011 3:04PM

    I can definitely see the difference, especially in the chin/face and waist! Great job, and keep going!


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ISLANDBETH 4/30/2011 3:00PM

    Awesome job!!!

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Old jeans fit!

Thursday, April 07, 2011

I've lost a little over 20 pounds so far, and have had some major shape changes over the past few weeks. Yesterday, I pulled on a pair of size 18 jeans and they fit (snuggly--but they fit!)! When I started the SparkDiet in January, I was wearing a tight size 22, and now those pants are almost falling off!

Also, today one of my coworkers commented on how good my abs look--I can see visible changes too!

I haven't had major changes on the scale over the past month, but my body composition is changing drastically. Goes to show that the scale doesn't tell all.

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GAILRUU 4/12/2011 9:16AM

    It is such a good feeling when that smaller size fits!

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MRSSCHENCK 4/9/2011 6:11AM

    emoticon on your weight loss.

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XSBLUESGIRL 4/8/2011 5:20PM

    Fantastic! It's nice to see all the hard work paying off!

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SPARKLED146 4/8/2011 1:48PM

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LEONALIONESS 4/8/2011 7:21AM

    Awesome job! :D

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GABENSEBSMOM 4/7/2011 10:07PM

    Awesome! Way to go! That is some serious success! emoticon emoticon

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TREEBELLA 4/7/2011 9:50PM

    Wow 20 pounds! Thats great!

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CHELLEBO1 4/7/2011 7:26PM

    What a great feeling going down a size.

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GEMINIAN1 4/7/2011 7:04PM

    Good news; really good news.
Thanks for sharing.
You're right; the scale doesn't tell all, especially when you're growing muscles ... :-) ... :-)
Peace & Love
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