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Winter 5% Challenge: Why I want to lose weight

Friday, November 25, 2011

I am now almost 10 months into my SP journey and down 61 pounds with another 9 to go before I decide if I want to stop and maintain or continue losing. In that time, I have reached a level of fitness I had thought not possible for me at 55, discovered weight loss is NOT impossible after menopause, gained tremendous self-confidence, and started spreading SP principles into other areas of my life (now on a decluttering quest). In addition, I met all my summer goals (go sleeveless, wear a swimsuit, tuck in my shirt, wear a belt) and successfully lost 5% during the Fall challenge.

For the Winter challenge, I want to lose weight for these reasons:
- Prevent the holiday gain
- Reach my goal. I'm close enough to do it in the next 8 weeks.
- Wear my favorite suit (very outdated, but I'll do it anyway)
- Take more stress off my arthritic knees, back, and hips
- Prove to myself that I can do it
- Run/walk my trainer's spring 5K (mostly walk with the arthritis)

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BESSHAILE 1/12/2012 6:20AM

    LOVE the "tuck in my shirt" goal. It's one of mine too. You're an inspiration!

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PINKNFITCARLA 11/26/2011 12:12PM

    Great job Celia!! You have done awesome and I am quite sure you will meet your winter goals also :-)

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KAYELENE 11/26/2011 3:16AM

    emoticongoals. emoticon on your weight loss. What a huge achievement, you have done a fantastic job. emoticon Good luck with the winter 5% Challenge emoticon

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SHARON10002 11/26/2011 1:00AM

    Great goals for the Winter Challenge! emoticon on losing your 5% during the Fall Challenge. I lost 2.5%, but that is still something and I'm happy about that!

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BENDIEB 11/25/2011 2:28PM

    Congratulations! 61 lbs. WOW!!! I too have found that I can bring the same SP principles and get the same successes in other parts of my life. I just had my 63rd Birthday last month. I started my weight-loss strategies when I was just shy of my 62nd Birthday. So I agree. Weight loss is not impossible after menopause. In fact, I'm not convinced it is any more difficult. At any age, it takes commitment, strategy, and consistency.

You ROCK!!

Good luck on your Winter 5% Challenge!

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CANDOK1260 11/25/2011 12:14PM

    well I am 51 and doing all the sp things I did at 50 and the weight gain is starting this blog really help me feel better

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CATHEMARIE 11/25/2011 10:28AM


Yes! I too am 55 ~ had a hysterectomy and BOOM started gaining weight and it seemed like I was just going to keep gaining weight. Just when I was thinking, well, I guess this is just how it's going to be . . .

Something clicked, I got serious with SP and things started to change for the BETTER!

Thank you for sharing your experience in this healthy lifestyle. We are doing it together.


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WELLNESSME09 11/25/2011 10:00AM

    emoticon emoticon on your weight loss, you have done a fantastic job at loosing!!!
Good luck to you on reaching your goal in the Winter 5% Challenge. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Beautiful Women Do NOT Bog Down the "System"

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

For everyone who got their undies in a knot over the Beautiful Woman postings, please, please get a life. There is absolutely no difference between hand-typing a comment to 8 Spark buddies OR giving goodies to 8 Spark buddies OR sending mail to 8 Spark buddies and pasting some encouraging words to those buddies. I see the proliferation of message threads exhorting members to "emoticon" their mood, sleep quality, whatever, and if THOSE don't bog down the system, a few heartfelt comments to close buddies won't either.

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MIBELLALUNA 11/23/2011 6:41PM

    I didn't know anyone was complaining about that! Wow. Learn something new everyday! I guess I don't read the actual site email much, I just plod along. Congrats by the way , on the 'year of YOU!" :)

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PINKNFITCARLA 11/16/2011 9:26PM

    I so agree!

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SHARON10002 11/16/2011 4:57PM

    Ditto! It's the same number of characters either way. . .

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BESTMEICANBE51 11/16/2011 4:17PM

    emoticon emoticon

You tell'em !

I agree with you, too.

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 11/16/2011 8:31AM

    I agree!

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Another Reason Cats are Superior

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Saw this and wanted to share with cat lovers.

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SANDBBAR 10/27/2011 9:05PM

    Hahaha!!! That's cats for ya! emoticon

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NINETOZE 10/27/2011 9:02PM

    Love it! Mine look down at me like that sometimes.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 10/26/2011 11:10PM

    Great! Cats are accurate observers of the panoply of human foolishness! emoticon

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SPARKCHANTAL 10/26/2011 2:02PM

    learning by doing?

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BENDIEB 10/26/2011 12:31PM

    Luvin' it!
Cats were once worshiped as Gods---and they will not let you forget it :)

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DEELYNNE1 10/26/2011 11:29AM

    I think that may be my shared cat Troi up there on the right ... looking down as usual at the stupid humans.

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CLAIRESML 10/26/2011 11:06AM

    funny emoticon

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MRE1956 10/26/2011 10:38AM

    Heh, heh, heh!


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Do I look fat...?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

For anyone reading this, my blog is asking for advice from your experience. Do you look at yourself differently day-to-day? Some days I look in the mirror and see how far I've come and feel strong and confident and think I look good in my clothes. Other days, I look at the fat that's still there and think I haven't made any progress at all. Guess I just need to know if others have the same confusing thoughts.

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GRATEFULADY 10/11/2011 10:15PM

    No, you don't look fat!!! You are looking good!!! emoticon

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 10/3/2011 11:15AM

    Even though I have lost a noticeable amount, I still have days when I look in the mirror and have those thoughts - but now I ask myself the question why I am I feeling this way - usually there is a reason, and it has been dealing with those emotions (mostly through journalling) that has made a world of difference for me on this journey - I still have a ways to go, but I'm pretty sure this self-reflection is what will help me keep from backsliding

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HAKAPES 10/3/2011 10:47AM

    These days I get so much positive feedback about my new look, that I just enjoy looking at myself in the mirror, and encourages me to go forward.

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PINKNFITCARLA 9/26/2011 9:43PM

    I think to ourselves, our body image never seems to be quite what it should be, at least for myself. When I was at my biggest, I didn't see I was that large until I saw a picture. But then once I lost a lot and changed 4 pants sizes, I didn't see that either. Obviously I knew clothes were too big and I knew the scale was changing, but I didn't see those changes as others did. I was absolutely shocked when I started taking pictures and saw the tremendous differences. Even now, I'm in the same place I was last year, but I feel bigger. I look at last years pics thinking I need to get back to that weight again, but I am there, LOL.

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BOBINVA 9/26/2011 3:56PM

    Me too. If I have lost weight and still see fat I think I must have lost muscle. But I can see more muscle, but I still see fat.

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SPARKCHANTAL 9/26/2011 2:33PM

    oh DEFINITELY!!!!! i thought i was getting really skinny but then today i went and bought myself a new swimsuit. aaauauuurrrrrggghhhh time to start all over again.
but to be fair with myself, i had to get about three or four sizes smaller than half a year ago.
and why is it that sometimes i look (and feel) really good, and just a few days later nothing suits me at all. puzzles me to no end.

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MS_DOLLY 9/26/2011 12:26PM

    Yes, some days I do. You are so not alone in this. My pants were falling off before I would really recognize that I had lost any weight. I look in the mirror and still see the fat chick most of the times, and then there are days that I have my new slimmer clothes on and I feel great, not skinny but a work in progress!

hang in there

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FUNKY5RED 9/26/2011 10:35AM

    I feel the same way. It all seems to be related to how I am feeling about myself on any particular day. Just remember you are beautiful and special no matter what size you are.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 9/26/2011 10:32AM

    I do try to avoid the mirrors. I don't even have a full-length mirror in this house. And my gym is not covered with them. For me it's the scale followed by the way my clothes are fitting. I know that my own eyes distort the way I look and make it worse than the reality.

With the clothes and the scale, you have more objectivity. You can't have a pair of pants fall around your ankles and still believe that is your proper size. emoticon

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LEAH57 9/26/2011 9:04AM

    The comments before me have been way more eloquent than I ever could be, so, I'll just chime in with:

Me, too - you are not alone!

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BESTMEICANBE51 9/26/2011 6:52AM

    DEFINITELY ! I do this all the time.



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NDTEACHER1 9/25/2011 10:47PM

    I can only speak for myself, but what you're experiencing I have also. Hang in there!

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CANDOK1260 9/25/2011 10:26PM

    I do not look at myself must. But mom have a picture of me at my fattest in the living room and won;t take it down because she does you won;t how far you gone if you see where you been

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1TRULYBLESSED 9/25/2011 9:35PM

    Absolutely, I do, especially when trying on bathing suits! emoticon

If you take your measurements each month, that will help (more than the scale, which is EVIL, you know!). Are your clothes looser, or have you even gone down a size or more? Are you more energetic? Able to do things you weren't able to do before? Look for those NSV's (non-scale victories) and write them down when they occur so you can refer back to them on your "fat" days (like, TOM days, or days after eating out and ingesting too much sodium!).

You're not crazy, and you're not alone... you're just like the rest of us!
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MAXIE56 9/25/2011 9:21PM

    I still look at myself as if was still 350 pounds, but I am working on it

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TRENTDREAMER 9/25/2011 8:47PM

    1st of all, good to hear from you again (you left a comment or a goodie on my page earlier this year).

I think most of the other commenters will be with me on this: yes I do. There are days when i put on a pair of jeans and a tshirt that would never have fit a year ago. I look great. I feel great. I know it.

other times, especially if ive eaten out a lot, gained a pound or two or slacked on exercise, ill see the flab start to appear (i mean literally just a pound or two). i won't lie, it stings a bit. it's weird that a body i would have given anything for just two short years can be mentally "ruined" in my mind. it's not logical. it's not rational. it is what it is.

when i had lost about 15-20 pounds (i think), i had that "walk past the mirror and not quite recognize the image" moment. How we perceive our bodies doesn't always catch up. Other times a bit of puff under the chin will throw me off.

all that to say, you're definitely not alone and I'm pretty sure you're not in the extreme minority on this site. It's frustrating, though.

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GREENTHUMB70 9/25/2011 8:44PM

    Those times when I got to my goal weight I often thought I still looked fat. Today I look into the mirror and though I look fatter. I am still fat but someday I can't see that I have lost any weight at all. My perception and self esteem level change everyday.

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NIKOBLUE 9/25/2011 8:40PM

    Absolutely. I wish I had more pictures of myself along the way, all the way from 300 to 150. I've lost 34 lbs on this latest leg, and there are days I can look at myself and tell, and other days where I am not so sure. Some days I look at myself and I feel super confident and pretty and all that, and then other days I feel kind of blah and plain and sad-sack. So no, you are definitely not alone, and definitely not crazy. I guess it's just like any other feeling, though. Some days you feel mentally sharp and others you feel dull; some days you are full of energy, others you can hardly move. For me, I just try to remember the big picture and remember that the bad days don't last. =)

emoticon emoticon emoticon my friend. You are beautiful!

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I fought the Devil and won

Sunday, June 19, 2011

emoticon Look! The rain stopped. Let's go for a walk!
emoticon Naw, it's steamy outside, and you have laundry to do, and your knees and back hurt.
emoticon It's not THAT bad. I don't have to overdo it.
emoticon But you know you will.
emoticon Will not!
emoticon Will, too!
emoticon Maybe DH will walk with me.
emoticon C'mon, he just worked all night. Would you want to go for a walk after working all night?
emoticon Sigh, guess you're right about DH, but I'm still going out for awhile.
emoticon I'm not going to win this one, am I?
emoticon No, but I'm sure you'll be right there trying to make me wish I'd stayed home.
emoticon Will not!
emoticon Will too!
emoticon Okay, okay, but just walking, no running. Give your body a break!
emoticon I can do that. See ya!

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JERSEYDEBBIE23 6/22/2011 11:35AM

    Great blog!

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NEOLE2682 6/21/2011 12:42PM

    emoticon lol.... This was fantastic... Love the blog! Keep up the great work!

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PINKNFITCARLA 6/19/2011 2:10PM

    emoticon for winning!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 6/19/2011 12:47PM

    Love this! emoticon

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NANCYE43 6/19/2011 12:06PM

    You Can do it! Way to go!

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1TRULYBLESSED 6/19/2011 11:54AM

    Love it!! Way to put that "bad" girl in her place! emoticon

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BESTMEICANBE51 6/19/2011 11:46AM

    He CAN be persuasive sometimes can't he?



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