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Let me find my weight-loss zen again.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Perhaps if I admit it in the old blog, it will be properly exorcised and I will be able to successfully fix this. Since I've been dating Jess, I went from gaining 10 pounds, to 20 pounds, to 30 ...and this morning scale, which may be a bit off because of my current mid-periodness - said 40 LBS, I went from 309) to as low as 195-ish - and this morning 235 lbs. Efffff.

I know I'm beautiful. I know I don't need to (actually no, I don't know I don't need to, I know I need to, but Jess keeps telling me that I don't need to and I'm beautiful and all that wonderful stuff) but I really hate that I had lost all that weight, and slowly in the past year, I've let my weight creep back up with bad eating and not working out.

Jess and I joined a gym yesterday (note: Jess is 5 foot 8 inches and maybe has gone up to 130 lbs with a full tummy, she wants to gain more muscle, get more fit, not lose weight), and she won me a Gazelle in an auction ("as part of my christmas gifts) (I really did get spoiled). I need to get back to going a bare minimum of twice a week. I need to use the gazelle multiple times a week. I need to stop eating second helpings of pasta at her parents house. I need to have one desert, not three. NO MORE TABLE CHOCOLATES (her parents house, which since Jess lives there, I am there religiously during the weekend, always has chocolates on the table in the living room, oh gods.) I need to go back to tracking my food and exercise, it was tedious, but it worked. I'm disappointed in myself for letting this happen and now I have to fix it, again.

Let me find my weight-loss zen again.

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BROOKLEE99 12/31/2012 4:39AM

    Ah--- love handles. Love often has that effect. It sounds like you have found yourself a prize in Jess but don't forget to lose the weight for yourself, for your health and for your future.

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TENNISJIM 12/30/2012 6:20AM

    You both can do it!

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MANDAROSE80 12/29/2012 4:53PM

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120 lbs lost! Eeeee!

Thursday, November 03, 2011

I went on the scale today, curious to see my weight (has been goofy due to joining the gym and my period) and to my surprise, it told me exactly what equals to 120 lbs lost! Oh hecks yeah!

.... Now this weekend is my birthday weekend, hopefully I will maintain this!

P.s hope everyone had a great halloween!

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BABYSOX 11/3/2011 3:47PM

    Happy Birthday and congrats on your weight loss and a healthier you.

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GOATS03 11/3/2011 8:36AM

    Congratulations..that's awesome!

And Happy Birthday to you...enjoy!


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YICHE12 11/3/2011 8:25AM

    emoticon emoticon That is awesome!

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JRICHARDS092907 11/3/2011 8:15AM

    What an AWESOME birthday gift!!! Rock it lady! You look beautiful!

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TENNISJIM 11/3/2011 8:12AM

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GONEWLIFE 11/3/2011 7:55AM

    Happy birthday and congratulations !

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AWOL! not MIA! I'm here, just on my terms :)

Monday, October 17, 2011

OMG. This is my biggest beef about SparkPeople's blogging style -- many a times have I written an entry and then I'm nearly done and it freezes / disapears / goes away to the land of unicorns. I seriously detest the pop-up screens. UGH!

SO! I will not do a big photo post.

Which I just spent major time making.
... and then it offed its self.

SO, here is the jist of it:

I am not MIA from SP --- I'm just AWOL --- I log-in when I've lost weight (I'm dancing around 194) to change my weight-tracker, and I randomly check out blogs to find some inspiration now and again. But the amount of time it would take to make a nice structured blog entry, I spend walking, treadmilling, working, cleaning, hanging out with friends. I'm living life.

I just joined the YMCA this past Friday --- I`ve been surviving on my excercise being walking with the dog and using my parents treadmill 2-3 times a week since this past winter - but I need something new, more stuff, and need to really work on building more muscle in my arms (I can fly! I`ve got wings!) - so I`ll be going on my days off and then once midweek before I head home from work.

My previous attempt at blogging, had 7 or so photos in it, but I`m not even going to bother, so here are the two you get - this horrible, photo which is from May 2009 - a year before I started my journey ---

and here is my saucy self, August 2011 up north ---

Work it! (and credit to Ben of Bendoeslife for posting forever ago about posing with your hands angled like that your waist to take off inches magically. Bwhaha.

OK .... one more... cus my mom and I are the absolute cutest, yes?

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 10/17/2011 12:32PM

    Yay! Glad to hear from you. Good luck at the Y!

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WONDEROONA 10/17/2011 10:23AM

    Great job on the weight loss!!! You look fantastic. As far as being AWOL, take it on your own terms. You are doing great. No one says you have to log in everyday, blog everyday or post everyday. Just do what you can, when you can and celebrate your victories!!!

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199 is now just a few hours on the treadmill and a few bikerides to and from work away!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I kicked ass this week pound loss-wise this week. I can't give the full tally as I left my tracking book at the parents house on Thursday night by accident, but I did a total of 3 hours on the treadmill for the week, went for one walk that lasted 1 hour and 40 minutes, plus biked at least 3 times this week to and from work (18 minutes each way).

I also had sweet potato fries and eggplant parmasean on Saturday night, Golden Corral buffet on Monday afternoon and (veggie) sushi and tempura on monday night (thus had to call a friend and say HAI lets go for a long walk hahah)

and despite the food orgies..


BUT WAIT... the cherry on the top? I am now just 4.6 lbs pounds away from being in Onederland / having lost 110 lbs lost.


I have my fingers crossed that I may be able to accomplish this in the next two weeks but I will be ok if it doesn't --- but I really do want to be under 199.8 for Pride (first weekend of July)

Of course I took a photo of it! I am now beyond how light I got when I lost my weight back in 2003. I had lost down to 208 (hurray for me having an old fitday acct I can remember the login info for to be able to verify this) --- near the crossing line to onederland. When I started this 105 lbs ago, 199 was SO FRICKEN far away and now its a few hours on the treadmill and a few bike rides to and from work away. EEEE!

Love how skinny the legs are looking (there is still lots of fat, but I'm not about to photograph that :P)

This is from 2 weeks ago, love this new shirt, love the slim-ness (I'm clearly not one of those fat people who won't show their arms, hhahaaha)

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ERIN4771 6/18/2011 7:32AM

    congrats!!! legs are looking awesome!! and your totally rockin that top and necklace emoticon...keep up the awesome progress!

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Safely over 100 lbs lost! How I did it & photos.

Friday, June 10, 2011

When I had lost 49 lbs, I never rounded up, and when I had lost 98.2 lbs, I never rounded up so let me first say: WOO HOO! I am safely past 100 lbs pounds lost now!


May 19, 2010, the day after my moms birthday I started keeping track of my food, WW style. I did not have my license yet, and biked most days (only did not if the weather did not permit it - biking to work is 20 minutes at a steady pace. Also, much to my friends torture I added going for hour long walks with a minimum goal of 3 hours accumlative per week with quite a few weeks being a total of 6-7 hours worth of walking. October we tried out a yoga place that opened up near my house (which I just found out is closing NEXT MONTH :( ) and in Janurary I gifted myself a 20 class pass for it so I could go to hot yoga regularly on Saturday mornings (loved it, especially on the cold winter days) This winter my parents bought themselves a treadmill and its safe to say they'll never get amount of hours in on it that I have. I use their treadmill on Saturdays, Mondays if I'm there and then I come over on Wednesdays after work and use it again. I first started with 40 minutes, going 3.2 mph to 4mph walking with no incline, now I have stepped up to going an hour, going an average of 3.2 to 4 mph with varying inclines that usally average to 8% ,,. for some reason my mom doesn't want to hug me after I've done that for an hour..... something about the sweat just dripping off of me. HAH!

Did you notice the complete lack of mentioning of a gym membership? Yes. Now, you may want to count yoga since it is an establishment I went to and paid money for classes for - but otherwise, come on, I just proved that one can lose major weight without stepping in a gym! BOOYA.

As mentioned in the first paragraph, my yoga place is closing, and the owner is recommending a new place opening up thats going to have yoga, spinning, and other things I can't remember right now - which is cool --- except its on the other side of town! We'll see, I may chose to try that come Autumn, maybe.

SO! Lets see that photo from July 2010 one more time:

and here is a full body photo taken for my mom (she wanted something purty of her baby, lol) at the wedding I went to this past Saturday:


I have gone without a proper camera since our vacation in October, shortly after Asheville, my camera died so I've been taking photos via my android phone. For the wedding I had my moms camera and I bought a new one (Canon elph 100) as this past Sunday. Tis the season being summer I *NEED* a camera especially when Toronto Pride is a month away, def. want a camera then, The weirdest thing for ME is seeing new photos and going DAMN MY FRAME IS NARROW. Not so wide (thought I still have plenty of belly fat and thigh fat to go, lemme tell ya) but DAMN, look! ...

Yes a classy drinking photo! but come on, look how skinny I look! haha. Don't you worry, I used my two drink tickets and then I was done drinking for the evening - and hey! that drink matched mydress!!!!

SO here is my update, now I have to get ready for work --- boo hoo! At least the weekend is upon us!

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You're so awesome!

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KERLIN26 6/11/2011 12:06PM

  Congratulations! Amazing :)

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KAY-SUPREME 6/11/2011 8:54AM

    Great blog! You just reminded me that I lost my first chunk of weight at home, with MY treadmill, and my workout DVDs, and military calisthenic workouts... I just asked my mom when my gym membership expired and was going to try to figure out how to work it into my budget, but it's like, I haven't made ANY progress since I joined the gym, so perhaps it isn't worth it? I have quite a home gym going anyway... Hmmm

You look AMAZING! Such a great attitude, and hey, maybe you could just bike to the new yoga place and have it be an additional workout?

Keep IT UP! BAMF Status Achievement UNLOCKED.

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NAPPILICIOUS 6/11/2011 6:22AM

    You look great. Keep up the good work

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NATURALLYJEN 6/10/2011 10:42PM

    Congratulations on your great success. Keep up the good work. You're lookin' amazing and that dress looks FABULOUS on you! emoticon

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VOLUPTURAPTOR 6/10/2011 9:33PM

    Congratulations! Super cute dress and HAPPY PRIDE! xx

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ISLANDBETH 6/10/2011 8:53PM

    That is so awesome!!! You rock. I am going to be in Toronto a month too late for pride... I bet it is crazy! You look wonderful and I am so proud of you!!

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LEGALLYBLONDE81 6/10/2011 7:35PM

    Congrats, Lady! You look great. And I'm going out on a limb and guessing you feel even better.

I'll be looking out for you in Toronto next month!

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JAMKNITTER 6/10/2011 7:28PM

    you look terrific.... keep up the hard work!!!

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    Awesome! You look great!

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BEATRIZ269 6/10/2011 5:18PM

    You have done a fantabulous job young lady! Very inspirational!!!

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KIBAISREADY 6/10/2011 5:12PM

    Well done lady! emoticon emoticon

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ZOOMTOWN04 6/10/2011 4:29PM

    wow!!! It can be done.... emoticon

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 6/10/2011 1:56PM

    Good on you! You've done an amazing job. Such an inspiration!

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ERIN4771 6/10/2011 1:21PM

    congrats on your success so far!! your dress looks beautiful and your arms and legs are looking mighty awesome as well!! keep up the great work emoticon

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Congrats!! :) Keep up the AMAZING work!

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DEGENNAN 6/10/2011 1:06PM

    You are an inspiration and proof that one doesn't need a gym membership or personal trainer or anything like that. You put in the time and made it happen and BAM! You look fabulous and probably just added a decade to your life. Just in time for Pride no less. Thank you for sharing your amazing story and pix emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHORTSGIRL 6/10/2011 12:25PM

    Stunning difference! You have done an awesome job and you look great emoticon emoticon

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KIMFISH76 6/10/2011 9:57AM

    Congratulations! You look great!

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CDOHERTY55 6/10/2011 8:15AM

    Congratulations on losing 100 pounds. I have about that much to lose and so your story is inspiring to me! Thanks for sharing!

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ANGIEFROMMI 6/10/2011 8:14AM

  Way to go! Congratulations. I'm at the 45 pound mark with no gym and no program like WW. I'm a walker and biker as well. emoticon

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SJSLOWRUNNER 6/10/2011 8:03AM

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Great job!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 6/10/2011 8:03AM

    emoticon emoticon I'm right there with you, except I'm 7 pounds away from 100 lost. I don't go to a gym and I don't use any program like WW. Instead I'm walking through a neighborhood near my house. I walk 2 hours a day, everyday.

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DANCINGJILL 6/10/2011 7:57AM

    Hoooray!! Outstanding job losing 100 lbs. That is a huge accomplishment! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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