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September Challenge Day 9

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Day 9. How old are you and do you think your thoughts about weight loss, fitness, and wellness have changed over time?

I am 45. I have never been strong (still am not). I was a cheerleader in high school and did well with that, but have never been much of an athlete. I did decide when I was 42 that I wanted to run a 5K and I trained for and accomplished that. It felt GREAT. But I *gained* weight during the training. My clothes fit better so I know there was some change for the better. About halfway through training, life was majorly disrupted so I think the stress countered the benefits of the running. I never did like running, but I felt good about the accomplishment. I did it again at 44 last spring!

I was one of those fortunate people when I was younger. I am tall, so I can carry a lot of weight, but I never had to try to stay thin. Of course, like most women in our society, I didn't think I was thin, but I was. But I also have a classic "apple" body so even thin, I was not trim or toned or even curvy, really. I look at old pictures and regret that I didn't feel good about myself then, when I looked great.

I was 136 the day I got married, 142 when I got pregnant with my first and topped out at 182 the day my second was born. I got down to 150 when he was about 18 months old and then slowly crept up to 178 over the next 8 years, at which time I started really trying. Mainly due to the threat of cholesterol meds.

Now, I would like to be healthy...and I know that by being healthy, I would also look good.

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JENNYR0506 9/9/2012 5:41PM

    ... and feel GREAT, again! emoticon

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LUCINDARW 9/9/2012 2:36PM

    From your past history I know you can achieve your goal. I would start using the trackers and all the other tools that SP has to offer and that will help keep you focused. Good luck with your journey! Lucinda

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September Challenge Day 8

Sunday, September 09, 2012

8. What do you think will be different when you reach your goal weight? If you are in maintenance, what did you think would be different? What actually was different?

The main thing is that I think I will look and feel better in my clothes. And spend less time thinking about my body in a negative way. When I was closer to goal, I found myself being impressed with the progress, even though it wasn't ideal, I could see what I had done, and I felt good about that. Clearly this didn't happen this winter, but I do wonder if it will be easier to make healthy choices when I have a body that feels worth maintaining. That just reminded me that my friend Tanya always said that part of her success was appreciating the body she had at every step of the process! Maybe that is a renewed tool for today!

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CLCINNOVA 9/9/2012 2:33PM

  Thanks everyone!

Jenny, that is one of my favorite quotes of all times. It really gets to the heart of it all.

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KANOE10 9/9/2012 9:19AM

    Great thoughts..appreciate and love your body each step of the way. You can do it!

Taking care of your body now is what is important!!!!!

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TANYAP71 9/9/2012 8:42AM

    :-) I am still amazed at how, as mad as I was to be 176, when I finally accepted that being a size 12-14 was probably my genetic destiny and started taking care of the body I begrudgingly accepted I ended up the weight I was whe I got married. I think there really was something about all the negative thinking that kept me at a size 12-14.

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JENNYR0506 9/9/2012 8:24AM

    Know that it is not just your body that should be worthy of maintaining - but your soul as well. We are not just our bodies - YOU are worthy - no matter what the size of your body!

One of my favorite quotes by C.S. Lewis:
"You don't HAVE a soul. You ARE a soul. You have a body.
(the emphasis is mine)

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TELFERS01 9/9/2012 7:56AM

  You go!

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September Challenge Day 7

Friday, September 07, 2012

Oh look, I'm back!

Day 7. How do you measure progress towards or maintenance? Scale weight? Body fat percentage? How your clothes fit? Other?

Mostly by scale weight but I keep track of body fat percent and actual pounds as well. How clothing fits isn't quantitative enough for me, but it certainly is a more pervasive reminder. I am currently barely squeezing into my clothes...the ones I bought because I had lost weight and they would fit me perfectly if I lost just a tiny bit more. I also look at BMI, mainly because I know that is the thing that will keep the doctor off my case.

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MJZHERE 9/7/2012 4:33PM

    Oh, did this hit home. I just went shopping this morning and found myself wanting to buy the clothes that will fit best when I lose just a few more lbs. Left store without them - when I settle on my final weight, I will buy the size that fits me then.

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JENNYR0506 9/7/2012 3:57PM

    Welcome back!

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September Challenge Day 4

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Day 4: What are (or were) your fears about weight loss?

(1) That I won't succeed at it.

(2) That I will become obsessed with food and my weight

(3) That I won't be able to enjoy food and eating anymore.

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CLCINNOVA 9/4/2012 3:10PM

  Thanks to you both! emoticon

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TANYAP71 9/4/2012 2:13PM

    I can DEFINITELY relate to #2. I think that may just be the biggest challenge in maintenance for me.... learning how to NOT be obsessed but still maintain. I *know* it's no fun for anyone around me when I'm obsessed and, honestly, on some level it's not fun for me either.

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JENNYR0506 9/4/2012 12:21PM

    I hear you about fear #2. I think a lot of us can relate with going in and out of a kind of obsession with the scale or with food choices or restrictions. Just be aware that they may come and go along the way. As long as you are prepared to identify them and work your way through them you'll be OK. As an example: I had recently found myself wanting to step on the scale several times a day. I had to stop that compulsion and now weigh only once a week. That seems to be working for now.


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Challenge Day 3

Monday, September 03, 2012

Day 3: Who have you shared your weight loss goals with? What has been good about sharing your goals?

The first time I could hardly control myself from talking to people about it but mostly talked to my friend Tanya. Over time, it seemed like people didn't really want to hear about it, so I kept it to myself a lot more except with other people who were working on it. I'm not talking to many people this time because I am embarrassed that I gained back so much of the weight from the first time. I could see being more public about it when I get back to where I was before. Sharing goals with the right people is very helpful because it helps to reinforce them and also bring new ideas to help me

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TANYAP71 9/3/2012 11:48AM

    Please do start talking about it when you are comfortable with it. Maybe not one-on-one but on FB or here. Those who aren't interested can tune it out. Those who are just might be inspired. And I *know* that some of the people who were sick of hearing about it from me eventually were inspired by me. Sometimes you need to hear over and over and over and over that it's really possible to be successful. Some people who think they could 'never' be successful eventually start thinking 'maybe' they can and take the chance and ARE!

It's hard to talk about struggles but maybe if more of us talked about them (when we are strong enough to - which may mean well after they are over) even more people would take the first step knowing you don't have to be perfect ... you just need to make progress.

I lost and regained half of my initial loss early on this time. But you know, I STILL lost those first 8 pound! I was STILL 8 pounds less than I was when I started. Maybe some of what we need to do is stop beating ourselves up for wobbling. Like they say in my balance training - wobbles are how you learn and if you don't push yourself to your limits you won't get more balanced. I think the same applies to maintaining my weight loss in the context of a balanced life.

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BRASKIN 9/3/2012 11:28AM

  ignore the others...share away! emoticon

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