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So close! I'm going to do it!

Monday, October 08, 2012

This mornings' weigh in was soooo great! My week's loss was 6.5 lbs (that's coming off a .5 loss the week before and nothing the week before that)... This puts me at 93.5 lbs gone... FOREVER! I'm seriously NEVER going to go backwards... only forwards.

I just wish I'd discovered all of this sooner, or had my head in it, or well, whatever. I guess I always knew what the keys to success were, but finally I'm using them and it's working!

A few things going on for us now is that my 15 yr old son announced over a week ago that he's a vegetarian. So, I'm trying to make sure he's got all the foods to be successful in his journey of better health and whatever else his reasons for it are. My husband and I, on the other hand, are losing very successfully on the 17 Day Diet program (although, we've taken out alot of the structure of it), and are constantly eating lean proteins in meat form... so it's a balance I'm trying to play out here at home... I know that I've been watching alot of the carbs eat and haven't fully embraced the complex carbs into daily life, or even other daily life... but now, I'm learning quickly because of his choice and I do indulge and eat what I cook.

We had a small festival of sorts a few weeks ago here in town... and a local university had a table setup to cook very healthy dishes. It is their Diet and Nutrition department. I've been going there EVERY single Saturday morning to see what they are offering and tasting it and then bringing home the recipe cards... I've been buying cous-cous (spelling's off, but can't figure it out now), looking for Quinoa, sweet potatoes, squashes, peppers, onions, tomatoes... etc... just healthy stuff. I'm loving it. Tonight, I'll make a butternut couscous (oh, maybe that's the trick, no hypen?) anyway... and then I also found a recipe on here for a sweet potato/black bean burrito. Interesting.. might try that, too. Now, I cook mostly for him, but I'm trying as I go, so a burrito may become my lunch tomorrow.

Well, just so excited for my new healthy life... I think it's arrived... what do you think?

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    Interesting recipes. Butternut couscous sounds delicious. How do you make this? Sweet potato and black bean burrito is worth a try.
You are doing great! Inspiring.

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SARAMCK1 10/9/2012 1:31PM

    Absolutely marvellous. Well done you. Your are a true inspiration to all of us.

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KELLY19770 10/8/2012 11:35PM

    Fantastic! You totally rock!!! emoticon

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CHRIMSONFYRE 10/8/2012 3:15PM

    wow, what a fantastic and inspiring journey you have had so far. Keep up the great work. Sounds like you have some yummy recipes set up too, let us know how they are!

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COCK-ROBIN 10/8/2012 8:46AM

    Way to go! i'm proud of you.

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DEBSDESTINY 10/8/2012 7:56AM

    I think you are doing great! I am so proud of all you've accomplished. And I think it's wonderful that you are trying so many new foods. I like your sense of adventure. That's my downfall as I am kind of a picky eater! Way to Go! Keep up the good work.


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It's all in the head...

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Just through some recent talks with friends I started thinking that it'd be a great post for a blog...

It's just crazy how the mind works... It's really so powerful.

I've got some friends who are waiting to "diet" (for lack of another word) til after... fill in the blank. After vacation? When do you leave? Doesn't it make more sense to lose some weight before you go? LOL Especially since most of us tend to not follow diets closely on vacation. Wait til after the holidays? Well, I think the next one is more than a month away... I lost 20 lbs in my first cycle of the 17 Day Diet...

I think you get my point... I'm finally shedding weight that I've held onto for over decades! Well, no more than two decades... I'm not THAT old! LOL ;-) I KNEW what to do... I knew how to do it. I just DIDN'T.

I've never been one to be on diets and not lose... I feel for those that experience that. I always knew that if I didn't lose weight while dieting, it was my own fault... If I got on the scale and saw the number stay the same... it'd be a disappointment, but I never was like... REALLY?? AFTER ALL I DID! Or if I gained a little something... I almost always can say... hmm, that was that cupcake and chai I had... or missing workouts, or well... whatever.

I recently was in a conversation and this happens alot about the 17 Day Diet... and there are times that the "I don't like that, or that... or I really hate that"... I don't think I can do the diet... Well, I am a firm believer in the fact that there is a diet out there for everyone. This is the one for me. However, I think I'm definitely proof positive that it's working very well for me.

This diet is time consuming... I'm eating way more fresh foods and not "quick" foods all the time... I actually have to cook! And that's not a favorite thing of mine to do. However, it's getting better and easier... It's been several months now and I'm adjusting.

As for the liking things... well, I do feel that once on this plan, I started getting rid off all the processed foods in my system and then everything started just tasting better. I NEVER liked brussel sprouts... but hubby did... and I gave it another try... and now I love them.

I hear "I can't eat the same things over and over"... and well, I can. I actually do much better with lack of variety, only because, variety is way too hard a concept for me. I do more... cook various things and sometimes I crave other things... so it's a danger zone for me. However, I don't eat the same things over and over... The "variety" that I feel I have is that I'm always figuring out new ways of cooking things, or trying new vegetables, etc... trust me, one or two max recipes is ALL I have time or energy for. I just can't imagine wanting something different for every meal... I'd be in the kitchen all the time. I like to precook meals... grab and go... that's the kind of person I am.

Also, I've given thought to Thanksgiving a bit... and it's not that frightening. I can eat turkey... in fact, I can have as much as I want before I get full... I can load up on vegetables (a big part of the holiday in my family)... I may have to reconsider the stuffing or the mashed potatoes... but one of two things can happen... I can search for new recipes that I can sort of mimic the item I'll miss... or just have a bit of it... not worry that it's on the table, just don't "go to town" on the stuffing, ya know?

I hope that we all can get our heads in our individual games (journeys) and that we are all successful. Really? We all are smarter than some of the things we try to convince ourselves.

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FP4HLOSER 10/3/2012 1:57PM

    "I can't eat the same things over and over"--this one is funny since when it comes down to it most people eat the same things over and over anyways! It just isn't the healthier versions!
If you are on cycle 3 by Thanksgiving you could indulge in a smidge of dressing and potatoes. But don't want to tempt you on that! LOL! You know yourself better then anyone. we are spending a quiet Thanksgiving alone this year at a rental cottage so we may not have the traditional food. emoticon

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BOTTLEDIGGER 10/3/2012 7:51AM

    You are so "right on " with this blog...there is always going to be something coming up like a party or holiday, but the best thing is to just START on your can't wait or you will never start...once you "start" eating healthy you already feel better that very first day because you know longer have to say "I need to get on some kind of diet"..."I need to do something."...because you ARE doing something! I keep thinking about your success and how good I feel already and that is keeping me the food thing am trying to work on getting the exercise in...had a headache Day 2 but that went is Day 6 and feeling pretty positive about things...thanks again for the blog!

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Maintaining... It's not a bad thing.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Maintaining and good with that!

I have to admit to weighing in a few times a week. For me, it totally keeps me accountable. I had a few cheats this week (Thai Drunken Noodles on Tuesday with a cupcake and on Friday late night, a half order of nachos)... The other things I had, really weren't cheats, but they were added carbs which I try to have only in the first part of the week, but this past week had towards the end.

I kept the exercise up, but didn't do the volume that I tried the week prior.

It's all a journey... I've definitely got a handle on my weight now... I keep an eye on it... I work out extra if I feel that I was bad. I amp up the veggies and water after high sodium days, etc.

My wonderful husband lost 4.5 lbs this week, so he's on track... with a total of 67.5 lbs lost! I'm so proud of him! Really, I know there are ALOT of you with hubby's out there that just can't get into the diet thing or even the healthy thing... and he was one of them! So, it's HUGE what he's doing right now and even that keeps me more on track with my journey.

I know that this week, this maintaining will stay on my mind (not punishing myself, just ultra aware)... so I feel this will be a good week for me... I know I'll report a weight loss next week!

It feels great to have this much control over my own body!! FINALLY! It feels awesome!

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BOTTLEDIGGER 9/26/2012 11:05AM

    You are fortunate to have a supportive husband...I have a "good" one, too!!! We walk together and he helps cook...sometimes we give in to sugary/carby foods together so we have tried to stop that!

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KELLY19770 9/24/2012 10:28AM

    Yay you! emoticon

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ELAYNE39 9/24/2012 9:08AM

    Sometimes just maintaining is a win! Congratulations. Hope you have a great week!

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Wow... almost 6 months in... great success!

Monday, September 17, 2012

Wow, today I weighed in and I've lost 87 lbs! I'm so close to getting to that magical 100 lbs lost mark... I can taste it! Ivan has lost 63 lbs, so that puts us at losing 150 lbs between us today! And, on Wednesday, marks our 6 months of living healthier! I'm so proud of us it's insane!

In all, it seems that it's been coming off pretty quickly... and even though I'm exercising up to 5-6 times a week... and always watching what I eat and documenting what I eat... it's been relatively easy! I've tried other plans before and not sure why, but they all seemed like work. This is the only plan that taught me how to eat, so the thinking is out of it... I just know. It makes ALL the difference! I'm grateful that I found this plan (the 17 Day Diet, which at this point, we've totally modified for our lifestyle)... when we did. We were HUGE (look at my pics and I have them in order)... and I can honestly say that I don't remember us that big... I see bone structure now... I see shape! I see the person that's been hidden inside of me for decades!

In fact, I just believe I can keep going and I'm eager to see what my 44 yr old thin self looks like (I guess she'll be 45) lol! She's still in there... I've still got over 110 lbs covering her shape!

How wild is it that when I find a cute top that I just buy it in my goal size? I borrow clothes from others and if I see something super cute and on sale, I purchase it for the thin me that is inside. Pretty wild!

I'm just SO EXCITED! My body is under major construction and I'm loving every step of the journey!

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BOTTLEDIGGER 9/26/2012 11:02AM

    Your success is an inspiration to me. I have just joined the 17DD team...have not got the book yet, but have been reading a lot about it. I have about 85 pounds to lose and could really use the support...congrats to you on your success!

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FOXFIRENDTS 9/20/2012 10:13AM

    Congratulations and well done, you are are great inspiration and a motivator. emoticon emoticon

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CHRIMSONFYRE 9/20/2012 9:53AM

    You are doing fantastic and are very much an inspiration to everyone. You will be reaching your goal in no time!

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ANGIE3376 9/18/2012 11:27PM

    That is awesome inspire me to not give up. I can't wait to start this diet and hopefully get to see results like yours. You look amazing!! emoticon

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SERVINGTHRUPT 9/17/2012 3:19PM

    Woo Hoo, way to go!

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IMSUNSHINE 9/17/2012 7:46AM

    That is awesome!! Thank you for sharing and good luck with the remainder 13 lbs!

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CINNAMARIE 9/17/2012 7:10AM

    Thanks so much! I know for a fact that if I can do this, anyone can! I'm still surprised I've kept up with the exercising, too! LOL Trust me, I was VERY sedentary and in pain...

Again, thanks for reading and cheering me on! So appreciated!

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KDGILOMEN 9/17/2012 7:08AM

    Thanks for the positive post, I really love to read about others success because it shows me that I can do this. Have a wonderful day and congrats on your awesome success!!

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What a successful day... blogging...

Thursday, September 13, 2012

I have been very busy today... I took the day off work today. I started off this year with pneumonia, then a throat infection and then a sinus infection! LOL Not quite a good start. I used up alot of days off from work, plus I had a vacation in July, which was shortened because of being sick... but had 1 day left.

This is the time of year, I tend to just work, work, work til the end... taking advantage of the 2 days off at Thanksgiving and the 1 day for Christmas and 1 for New Years Eve... so it's not really that bad... but today, well. I needed a ME day!

I've been really ramping up my presence on Sparkpeople and joined a few teams... the first one and the one I'm the most visible is in the 17 Day Diet team. Such an amazing group of ladies!

I've lost 83 lbs thus far and just wanted to join teams that I could relate different parts of my life to. Diet, check... so I went hunting down a team for Leslie Sansone walking tapes (the majority of the exercise I do)... then one for people losing 200+ lbs (way similar stories there) and well, you get the idea... I'm covering ALL the bases!

I realized that I didn't have ANY blogs. Blogging and me go way back... I've had several and I always get to the point of not keeping them up... I'm working on that. However, I am always here in Sparkpeople... so thought, why not try again. Plus, I'm currently on the path of losing ALOT of weight, so my other blogs would only be diet-centric anyway lol No need to bore people who aren't interested in all that! So, I got to blogging today... and blogging, and blogging... I've just about covered my life story! LOL It's back to work for me tomorrow, party tomorrow night, Saturday morning lake walk, new free spanish class I'm trying afterwards, then a battle of the bands down in our town square after that... well, you get it... I'll be busy!

I'm a talker (NO!, you don't say!... I'd have NEVER guessed)... but yes, I am. I can talk about anything, anytime, and my blog will probably reflect tons of random thoughts or interests or just ME.

Things you might read about me, posted by me. Let's see...

1. I'm married to the most amazing funny guy! He's my best friend. He's brilliant (no, really! I fell in love with his mind way before anything else) In fact, this was his last facebook status update (I'm sharing, because I think it sums up his sense of humor, so you'll all get a feeling of what he's about and why I love him so darn much...)

Dieting can certainly mess with your head. I was shaving last night, squirted some shaving cream onto my hand, and just for one moment, I swear, if there had been a slice of apple pie anywhere nearby I would have loaded it with that shaving cream and gone to town on it's ass. I recovered quickly from this moment of deluded weakness , but still, better make sure the bathroom is kept a pastry free zone. How embarrassing would it be to have to go to E.R. and explain eating a can of shaving cream?

Get it? Thought so.

2. I have THE most amazing, smart, funny child (of course I feel that way and I know you all feel that way of your children, too! That's the #1 job of being a mom, right?)... my son. Christopher. He's 15, sophomore in High School. He's in the Marching Band, honors classes and currently rehearsing as Brad in his second show ever, Rocky Horror Picture Show (pretty progressive, I know... and not popular with alot of the parents, but it is what it is.. at least I know where he is at night and I much prefer it to other places)... His first part was ensemble in RENT (yeah, I know... lol)

3. I sell Avon... love it. I'm not at all pushy about it, but may mention it from time to time. I love all the jewelry, makeup, nail polishes, etc... and I'm modeling all of it all the time at work! People look now and my sales have gone up. Fun!

4. I love to craft. I like scrapbooking, cardmaking, paper'y stuff... I even make necklaces and I do a few craft shows a year... my next one is November 10th this year. I haven't had tons of time to craft, but winters are much better times for me to even think about doing it.. as we are stuck indoors more often with the cold winters up here in Northeast Pennsylvania.

5. I am VERY diet/exercise focused right now.... it's about all I talk about. On the diet I'm on (adapted to our lifestyle), the Dr. Mike Moreno who designed it says "You can do anything for 17 days"... well, I'm focused on losing all this weight and figure I'll be at it for at least another year... small price to pay for a lifetime of being healthy, so talk I will... and it's what I'm focused on now.

6. I like photography... I like flowers... I like scenery... I like day trips... from time to time, you may get to see some of what I do and hear me talk about where I went, etc.

7. I LOVE TV. I'm totally that child who grew up watching it and I don't think I turned out to bad. I watch lots of shows... and love Tivo for making it way more easy to watch it on MY TIME and not have my life revolve around being home to catch shows. I watch dramas with my hubby... almost all the food competitions... what can I say? I love food and always will... Food Network is probably on at least once a day in my house... we all watch it. I don't watch too many sitcoms, but do watch a few. And, hate to say it, but I do get sucked into some reality tv. Big Brother (TOTALLY), Project Runwy (aren't you?), So You Think You Can Dance (They are AMAZINGLY talented)... well, you get the idea... not really the ones like Dance Moms or Housewives or Jersey Shore, though... I do draw the line at some things..

Right now, I can't think of much else... but I find something I like... then tend to obsess on it, then move on to the next thing... it just is my creative mind at work.

I hope I can get to know some of you through shared interests as well as weightloss and exercise!

My hubby is sleeping now, I'm about to get some socks on and put in my Really Fast Miles LS DVD and get maybe a 3 or 4 mile workout in... Chris is at rehearsal tonight and I'll get some tv watched... then it's another work day tomorrow... this is my life!

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BOTTLEDIGGER 9/28/2012 6:55PM

    What a great blog...dang, I needed a good laugh....your husband and his shaving will have to tell him he got a good laugh all the way down in south Georgia...

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FP4HLOSER 9/14/2012 8:44AM

    I love reading your blogs Marie! I can relate to so much of what you say! emoticon

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CINNAMARIE 9/13/2012 7:38PM

    I so write the way I think... now I just need readers to read the way I think! LOL It sounds like that's you! :-) We are blessed!

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HONDABLONDE 9/13/2012 3:56PM

    What fun to read your blog! Seems as if you write the way you talk or think. Me, too :)

Life is good, huh? Mine too!

We are so blessed!

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