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Day 25... There's no such thing as fat OLD people

Friday, January 11, 2013

My husband said that. Take a look around. Bet you dollars to donuts you wonít find any. Thatís because fat people donít get to be old. If theyíre fat they die young. Thatís the bottom line. Itís a sad reality. You die in the real physical sense in that your life ends because of disease, but when youíre fat you also die in a figurative sense.

When youíre fat you limit your options. You limit your mobility. You miss out on so much in life. There are many things you can't do.

You canít walk places or you can walk very little.
You canít run at all.
You canít chase your kids or get down on the floor to roll around with them.
You canít sit go on a roller coaster.
You canít sit comfortably in a regular airplane seat.
You canít ride a bike.
You canít fit into nice clothes or nice shoes.
You canít stand for too long and are always in search of a seat to take that load off.

When I first joined SparkPeople in March of 2010 the scale read 263 pounds. I never lost the pregnancy weight. The problem was the kid came out but I still had the weight. The bigger problem? The kid had come out 7 years prior. The bigger problem even more? I had gestational diabetes with both my kids, and my mother was a diabetic. This meant that my chances of being diabetic were 50%. Even worse that? Most people with gestational diabetes develop Type 2 diabetes within 7 years unless they take an active role in delaying the onset of the disease with diet and exercise. I knew all of this, yet I did nothing about it. Maybe if I ignore the problem it will go away was my attitude. Well it did not go away.

Almost 7 years from the birth of my youngest child I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. This was March 2010. I needed to act and I did. I couldnít do any of the things I mentioned above, like walking far, running, and getting on a roller coaster. CANíT was my middle name. But I made a choice to change my life. I lost 45 pounds in 6 months and then I also lost focus. I lost sight of my strategy and my goals and with the lost focus I found 25 of those lost pounds again. It wound up being a 2-year hiatus.

But in November 2012 I found my focus again. With this new found focus I have also made an important realization. I cannot do this alone. I decided to become involved in the Spark online community. My Spark Friends have become a huge part of my journeyÖ much more so than my family and friends. Family and friends are a great support but no one really knows my struggles, my pains, my triumphs, my victories the way my Spark Friends do.

As of this morning the scale reads 222 pounds. I am 3 pounds away from my low of fall of 2010. Thank you Spark Friends! On my Calories R Us team someone started a thread called, ďYou know youíre a SparkPeople member whenÖ ,ď and we had to complete the line. Some of my favorites:

When you try paying for groceries with SparkPoints
When a Spark Goodie is as good as the real thing
When you can have an entire conversation with emoticons
When you use the word spark is used as a verb
When you rush in the morning to look at email notifications and SparkMail

As a result of the online community I have regained a laser like focus that I did not have before. Before, I tried conquering the physical side of the journey without making the mental adjustments. Now I realize I need support.

I have come very far, and yet I still have a long way to go. But letís look at how far I have come since I restarted my journey in November. In addition to the numbers,

I can now squat a little bit.
I donít have to hold on to the couch to lower myself into it or get out of it.
I can use my thigh for balance instead of a table, chair or the like when doing stretching exercises
I can cross my legs.
I can fit more loosely into my clothes.
I donít feel like crying from pain after a Zumba class anymore
I can exercise every day.

Thank you to my wonderful Spark Friends for all your encouragement, comments, and Goodies. They mean so much to me.

By the numbers since 11/6/12:

Exercise Streak - 25 Days
Tracking and within calorie limits - 64 days
Water consumption of 64 oz - 52 days
Pounds lost - 22
BMI Ė down 3.6 points

Here's to our good health!

Anna

  
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PAULA3420 2/19/2013 6:46PM

    emoticon I'm with you, LOVE SPARK PEOPLE, and couldn't do this without the support and motivation from Sparkers JUST LIKE YOU!! This blog was just what I needed to read today.

I have been saying can't too much recently. I will think of you and your SUCCESS and tremendous RESULTS emoticon

I enjoyed reading your blog and look forward to more.

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MIRANDA2112 1/26/2013 3:08PM

  Interesting blog!

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JUJIFRUIT 1/15/2013 12:47PM

    Nice blog, and good observation. Thanks for sharing part of your journey!!

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BLUEFISH1881 1/14/2013 11:46PM

    You've got a great exercise streak.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/14/2013 10:21AM

    You are doing great! emoticon

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 1/13/2013 10:21AM

    I was just thinking yesterday that when we lose a pound and it's posted to SP, a "Woo Hoo" from a sparkfriend is worth so much more than a "good for you" from a non-sparker. Sparkfriends know how much work and dedication went into the 1 pound lost. And we mean it when we say "woo hoo" instead of being jealous or judgmental.
Because we're there too.
Great blog post!

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CHANGING-TURTLE 1/12/2013 7:38PM

    Well said
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EMMABE1 1/12/2013 7:18PM

    Great blog - and remember - young FAT people look OLD!!

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DIANER2014 1/12/2013 7:08PM

    Great blog! You are doing great! emoticon

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STINAMARIE86 1/12/2013 5:45PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing! I am proud of you! Look at everything you can do! Awesome! Pure Awesomeness my friend!

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JUSTLLAMA 1/12/2013 4:37PM

    As a nurse, I can definitely tell you that there are older people who are heavy. Generalizations hurt everyone.

That aside, I think you are doing amazing and have a lot to celebrate! Keep up the great work.

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RISINGBLUESTAR 1/12/2013 2:32PM

    Anna, I think you have a lot to celebrate but I don't agree with everything in your blog.

I have seen older people who are heavier. I have seen heavier people walk and run without any trouble. I have seen thin people huff and puff up stairs. I noticed there are some people who are thin who have diabetes and some people who are fat who don't.

I am not saying having extra weight is healthy at all. I am just saying you can't generalize people into groups like that. Being thin isn't a picture of health. A lot of people think they are healthier than someone who is fat but if the thin person is eating fast food & junk & the heavier person is trying to be healthy & making good choices, who is honestly healthier?

I think the benefits you have earned through working on your health are great though & I am glad you are feeling better.

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KOFFEENUT 1/12/2013 1:21PM

    You have a lot to celebrate! And good for you that you've discovered it isn't just the weight loss - it's the mental adjustment to take care of yourself for LIFE!!!

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NEEDTOLOOSE1 1/12/2013 12:58PM

    Thanks so much for the inspiration you keep me putting one foot in front of the other. You help me more than you will ever know. Thank you my friend emoticon emoticon

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ALISHAB3 1/12/2013 11:32AM

    I'm sorry but you are wrong. As people age, they put on weight. Having some weight is good for one's health in their golden years.

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MARYBETH4884 1/12/2013 11:13AM

    You give just as much inspiration and support as you get . Thanks for that! I'm so glad you are back on the healthy track you want to be on!

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111BUTTERFLY111 1/12/2013 7:14AM

    I'm sooooo glad that your middle name is "Can" now! Because, YOU can!!!! Keep up the GREAT work, my sweet friend!


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SLIMINDOWN31 1/11/2013 11:26PM

    You are an inspiration!

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BOOKAPHILE 1/11/2013 11:17PM

    Anna, you are doing so WELL! I'm proud of all you've accomplished already! You encourage me.

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BARBIE176 1/11/2013 11:11PM

    emoticon blog. You are doing great. Keep up the good work!

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RG_DFW 1/11/2013 11:10PM

    looking good... keep it up!

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Day 17 - A&I Blog... Review of 2012, goals for 2013

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Today was a good day! Stepped on the scale and I lost another 1.7 pounds but SP rounds up! I like that!

I had a follow up appointment with my endocrinologist. He was so pleased with the progress on my sugars. He stopped one of the medicines I am on! Hurray!!!!
He said, "you are doing so well. The only thing you need now is to stay motivated."

Stay motivated... Hmmm this is the key for me.

He wants to see me again in 3 months. If I continue along this pace he will take me off another medicine. He said if I lose enough weight and keep exercising I would be able to stop ALL the meds I'm on right now.

How's that for motivation???



I will stay motivated by taking one step at a time, one day at a time.

Which brings me to a review of 2012. I started the year, and continued for 10 months, along an unhealthy path making bad choices. I was conscious of my bad choices. I was loving all that pizza, pasta, dessert several times a week. I was gaining pounds. Many nice articles of clothing kept making their way to the back of the closet because they were too snug and too unflattering to wear. Out came my fat clothes.

By the eleventh month I chose differently. I chose to be healthy by actively choosing well. My choices were 3 simple steps:

1. I started tracking all my food. I followed SP's recommended calorie range
2. I started monitoring my blood by testing twice a day, varying between fasting sugars and different post prandial (after meals) sugars.
3. I began to exercise... I started with 10 minute SP videos and built up to 30 minutes about 3 times a week.

By month 12 of 2012 I made the following adjustments:
1. I reduced SP's calorie range by 400 calories. This included reducing carbs to 35% of my calories versus 50%
2. By monitoring my sugars I was able to pinpoint which foods were the bad triggers. Gone were most grains, sweet potatoes and all breads.
3. I decided to start a cardio exercise streak of a minimum 30 minutes DAILY

My main objective is to control my diabetes. This means glucose in the normal range WITHOUT medicine. This is the GOAL for 2013. My program for getting to my goal is:

1. Eat within a calorie range which will enable an average loss of 1 to 2 pounds a week
2. Consume at least 64 oz of water a day
3. Cardio exercise daily for a minimum of 30 minutes


My execution PLAN to achieve my goal is:

MEASURE - ANALYZE - ADJUST - IMPROVE



And what is the secret ingredient to guarantee success?



I think it's a winning formula. Now it's time to stand up and deliver!


By the numbers since 11/6/12:

Exercise Streak - 17 Days
Tracking and within calorie limits - 58 days
Water consumption of 64 oz - 44 days
Pounds lost - 18
Medicine - Down 1, 2 more to go!

Here's to our good health!

Anna

  
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ON2VICTORY 1/8/2013 11:32AM

    you are really focused.... make it happen.

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STINAMARIE86 1/6/2013 6:51PM

    Way to go! Sounds like you have a set plan and you are ready to conquer! You can and will do it! Good for you! The news you received from the endocrinologist is amazing! It is surprising how much change takes place with the body with just a month or so of exercise and tracking food!! Keep up the great work!

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CJWORDPLAY 1/6/2013 2:32AM

    It is so encouraging to get good news from your endocrinologist. You have worked hard to find out what works for you and you have a reasonable plan laid out to follow. Cheers for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 1/5/2013 4:29AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon all the way around! Such great news about your medicine! I just know that this is going to be a fantastic year for you! So proud of you! I'm sure your family is too! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KMEYERRING1 1/4/2013 12:35PM

    emoticon you have done an amazing job on SP...great plans for 2013. Keep up the good work

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/4/2013 12:08PM

    You are doing fantastic. I hope you can keep this up and get off all the meds!

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 1/4/2013 11:19AM

    Loving your NSV of coming off the med! I think proving to your doctor that you will do this would be a great motivator. So many times they have to treat ppl who refuse to take care of themselves... you may spark him into believing!
Loving your polar bear background!

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JUSTLLAMA 1/4/2013 8:55AM

    Great blog! You are doing such an amazing job!

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RISINGSUN2013 1/4/2013 8:46AM

    Way to go with getting off one of your meds and improving your health!! Here's to 2013 being the best year for you yet! Go Anna! emoticon

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111BUTTERFLY111 1/4/2013 6:54AM

    Consistency is key ... emoticon on yours!!! Keep up the great work!!!

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BEFIT014 1/4/2013 6:15AM

    That's wonderful thay you're coming off meds one by one! What better goal could there be!

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JUJIFRUIT 1/4/2013 12:04AM

    Wow, what a great blog! You are doing so well and you're right! It's all about consistency. Thanks for sharing your story and your goals. I can't wait to share your successes with you and celebrate when you wave goodbye to your last medicine! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLUEFISH1881 1/4/2013 12:04AM

    Nice exercise streak... emoticon

Are you still doing Zumba?

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KELTIC-CARA 1/3/2013 11:35PM

    Great about the meds emoticon 2 to go and with your determination they will go this year. There is much on SP and from members to keep you motivated so you are on a winner

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Goals? You don't need goals... you need commitment and perseverance!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

It has been 15 days of my cardio exercise streak. That is half a month! Day by day I am getting there. Getting exercise has always been my biggest hurdle in my weight loss journey. But here I am at 15 days. I am not thinking about tomorrow. I woke about today and thought to myself I need to get my 30 minutes in... I got 45.

Since it's January 1st... Happy New Year, by the way... I thought I should write down my goals for year. Isn't that what we're supposed to do when a new year rings in? I was also looking at my Spark Page and thinking, geez I need to go in and update it. I haven't really touched it since March of 2010 when I first joined SP. When I restarted back in November I didn't really look at any of that. I just entered my current weight, goal weight, measurements, etc.

So today since I was thinking about goals, I thought I could update my Spark Page as well. Surprise, surprise... there was nothing to update!

My introduction still applies.

My goals still apply.

My program is the same.

My personal information I had to tweak slightly. It said I was living with my husband of 10 years... well, it's 2 years later. We're married 12 years now!

My "Other Information?" I added the line at the end about I love the support I get from my Spark Friends.

This last bit is a huge difference from 2 years ago. Two years ago I did not really take advantage of the SP Community. This is a HUGE part of being successful on this journey. We all need each other to get through the bumps in the road.

I have made my streaks public. I cannot bear to have to say to all of my Spark Friends that I broke the streak so I stick with it. I don't like to exercise. I dare say I rather loathe it! But I got through day 15.

It hurts... I am sore... I get sweaty... I am generating a lot more laundry.

BUT...

I am sleeping better... I hurt less... My blood sugar is coming down... AND, I FEEL SO GOOD ABOUT MYSELF!!! I am doing it! All because I made a commitment to myself with all of you as my witnesses! I cannot let you down because I would really be letting myself down. You are my accountability partners! I have made myself accountable!

So back to my goals... I don't need goals for my healthcare journey.

I need CONTINUED COMMITMENT!!! I need CONTINUED PERSEVERANCE!!!

That's what we all need! I am sure most of you have made goals to start off the New Year on the right foot.

Are you committed to these goals? What's your work plan to achieve them? Do you have a plan for HOW you will achieve these goals?

What happens when it gets hard? Being the best you can be ain't easy and ain't pretty! It is hard work!



What happens when you fail? Do you give up? No! You fall down, you get back on your feet, dust yourself off and try again... and again... and again. You WILL fail along the way. Probably many times. You go at it again.



It's all about perseverance and sticking to it. It's having the tenacity to keep going.

It reminds me of my 2 sons. They are both very talented baseball players. My sons are only 13 months apart so they tend to do similar things, have similar friends, and compete with one another.

Son #1 is a naturally gifted baseball player. The kid was born to play the game. He loves it. He's had a remarkable swing since he was 18 months old. He works very hard but he's a natural. His form, his technique? It's flawless... he just looks good.

Son #2 is very talented, but he does not have that natural ability his brother has. He doesn't look quite as good. Doesn't have the perfect form. But what this kid lacks in natural ability he more than makes up for with sheer will and tenacity. During practice one time I saw him swing and miss 15 balls in a row. Everyone was getting antsy. I was squirming, my heart aching for him. But then he connected and hit 4 in a row. After practice, already losing daylight, we were anxious to get home and start dinner. I saw my son walk up to his coach and ask him if he was willing to stay for a little bit and work with him on his hitting. I got a bit annoyed. I was tired, hungry... I wanted to go home. But I sucked it up. There was a lesson there for ME!!

The coach started throwing to him. He missed the first 4 pitches. Whiffed right through them. Coach made a couple of suggestions about his stance. He then went on to connect and hit the next 16 balls in a row. They went far, they went deep... long flies, hard line drives, hard grounders. My heart was soaring! I was so proud. I wasn't proud because he was hitting so well. I was proud because most kids would have cried and given up. He just refused to stop working. He tried and tried.

They say we learn from our kids. Both my kids work so very hard. They have so much discipline. They are both scholars as well. I would like to think they learned some of that discipline and hard work from me, therefore I know it's within me to succeed on this journey. I just have to persevere and keep my eye on the prize!



In 2013 my goals, my program are the same as before. I reaffirm my commitment to persevering and TRUSTING the process. There will be bumps along the way but I must stick to the plan.

Will you stick to your plan? Will you stay committed? Will you persevere? Yes, we CAN do this!! Together!!

By the numbers since 11/6/12:

Exercise Streak - 15 Days
Tracking and within calorie limits - 56 days
Water consumption of 64 oz - 42 days

Here's to our good health!

Anna

  
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JUSTLLAMA 1/12/2013 4:37PM

    Great blog! Your accountability and determination are inspiring!

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CATHYGETSFIT 1/4/2013 12:17AM

    My goals are to work the program (i.e. exercise and eat right) and allow for flexibility in my workout schedule. I haven't set goals that I don't know if I can achieve or not. So, I don't set goals like lose x pounds in x days, months or whatever. If I hit a speed bump then I'll deal with it the best I can and move on. If I stumble and fall I will not beat myself up over it. I pick myself up, dust myself off and start again.

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KATCANTY313 1/2/2013 10:59PM

    With Spark friends like you, who needs silly posters for encouragement! This post made me tear up!

I am so excited to share 2013 with you. And, I wanted to tell you: I love exercising. If you EVER need some encouragement, a friend to give you that push to do your exercises, I am always here for you. It took me a little while to really enjoy it, and now I find myself sometimes going over the time I had originally set because I have fun and lose myself in it. We're in this together, and we're going to make 2013 a FANTASTIC year!

Happy New Year, Anna!

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JIGGILY 1/2/2013 3:19PM

    I just so want to give you a hug.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/2/2013 3:02PM

    Good luck with your goals. You are already knocking it out of the park.

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ASHAIXIM 1/2/2013 12:10AM

    I love this... and I bet that young man is going to go far.

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THESLIMMERME1 1/1/2013 10:43PM

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Happy New Year you are off to a good start.
I'm struggling with starting an exercise 'streak' too.
Your persistance and commitment are very motivating. Thanks.
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BOOKAPHILE 1/1/2013 8:25PM

    Yes! Yes! Yes! Great attitude and blog!

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WILLOWBROOK5 1/1/2013 8:16PM

    There is a lot to be said for Just Do It. Congratulations on all you have accomplished and best of luck for your continued success in 2013!

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ITSMATT 1/1/2013 7:51PM

    Very good Anna. You are inspiring.

I liked this blog post.

Can't wait to hear about your continued progress this year my SparkFriend!

Make it a great day!
Matt

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MARYBETH4884 1/1/2013 7:13PM

    Great commitment! emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 1/1/2013 6:52PM

    Good for you that you've found motivation in your accountability to the folks here at SparkPeople! The folks here are so positive and encouraging, it's a great environment to stretch ourselves. And you're right - that commitment and perseverance DO pay off!

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111BUTTERFLY111 1/1/2013 6:39PM

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Day by day... TRUST the process! Day 13

Sunday, December 30, 2012

There isn't a full length mirror in my house anywhere. In the dresser mirror I can see waist up only because the bed is in the way. I can't back up. Bathroom mirrors allow me to see chest up. Never really thought about this before. I don't know why there isn't a full length mirror. Maybe there is a reason and it is buried deep down.

I have always had a poor body image.

Always... I can't ever remember feeling good about my body.

I hate shopping for clothes. When I do shop I usually gravitate towards what I know will be somewhat flattering. It's a functional process. Get in. Get out. Done! No enjoyment whatsoever in trying on different types of clothes. Odds are I will be disappointed.

I remember when I was younger, the thing I hated to hear more than anything... ANYTHING, was, "Oh, you have such a pretty face."

I didn't want a pretty face. I wanted to hear, "Oh, you are so pretty." I don't ever remember anyone saying that to me... EVER!

That changed when I met my husband. There were many toads along the way before one finally turned into a prince. And a prince he was! And I should say is. Of course I was much thinner back then but I still had plenty of rolls... Oh I could definitely pinch way more than an inch when I met him! But somehow he saw beyond that. He did see a beautiful woman... I guess love really is blind! emoticon

I tell you all this because as I was perusing blogs and Spark pages today, I realized that so many people post pictures along the way. Weight loss pictures... chronicles of weight loss with pictures as the evidence of progress. I thought to myself that's something I should do also.

I called my prince and asked him to do the honors. I stood there in my under-garments... isn't that the obligatory photo op? Anyway, the prince snapped away with the camera. Snap, snap, snap. Frontal view, side view, the other side view.

As I looked at the pics I felt like someone had kicked me in the stomach. It was a stunning shock to look at myself. No wonder I don't have full length mirrors in my house. And I have never looked at myself like that with barely any clothes.

I hated looking at those pictures. I really did. I cried. It brought back so many painful memories from middle school and high school. I won't discuss those memories here now.

I sat and wondered is it really possible that there's a thin me underneath all that blubber? Is there really a beautiful body locked away dying for some Aladdin to come along and rub the magic lamp to free the beautiful genie in a bottle?

After I was done feeling sorry for myself, I wiped away my tears and realized that I AM Aladdin. I AM the one that will free the beautiful body buried within me.

I can't let this be a pity party. I have done that for far too many years. I am DONE with I CAN'T!! I CAN, I CAN, I CAN!! I have to TRUST the process! I need to get through each day... one at a time! Just one day... when that day is finished, I get up and do it again. I have to take strength from small victories.

I got through today. I ate well, I exercised, and I drank my water. I got 6 servings of fruits and vegetables. Today goes in the WIN column. Tomorrow is another day, and the process starts anew.

I have to TRUST the process. Somewhere deep down there is a beautiful body. Eventually it will come out.

By the numbers since 11/6/12:

Exercise Streak - 13 Days
Tracking and within calorie limits - 54 days
Water consumption of 64 oz - 40 days

Here's to our good health!

Anna

  
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JIGGILY 1/2/2013 3:19PM

    Oh Anna, it was like you were writing this blog for me!!!!!

It was such a moving and insightful blog, thank you for sharing.

Know you have so much back up on here, we are all rooting for you and will be by your side all the way.

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 12/31/2012 5:48PM

    You are such a BRAVE woman! I know I've said this before, but I'm PROUD of you.
My grandmother used to say, "pretty is as pretty does" and I always interrupted it to mean that she couldn't bring herself to say I was pretty.
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Now I know the importance of telling little girls that they are beautiful and helping them to realize it.
I believe that all women are still little girls inside, needing that validation and encouragement before being able to find the woman they can be.
Here's to finally believing your husband's words and finding yourself... this is our year!
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111BUTTERFLY111 12/31/2012 11:29AM

    emoticon And it's going to be sooooo AWESOME watching you conquer this journey! I'm so glad I'm along for the ride!

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JUSTLLAMA 12/31/2012 12:31AM

    You are absolutely amazing!

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THESLIMMERME1 12/31/2012 12:24AM

    emoticon What a big step you have taken today - you may not want those photo's posted today - however, as the pounds melt away, you will be glad that you have them... emoticon emoticon Your beauty shines through - give youself time, krrp looking, you will see it too.

It is one small step at a time - like a child learning to walk.

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BOOKAPHILE 12/30/2012 11:06PM

    "I CAN, I CAN, I CAN!! I have to TRUST the process! I need to get through each day... one at a time! Just one day... when that day is finished, I get up and do it again. "

Anna, this attitude is the one that yield results for you! Keep it up and you WILL see results. Be encouraged by the small things... they add up to much bigger things later.

(Hug that husband for taking the photos you wanted even though he probably knew it would hurt at first. You will be glad you took them down the road when you want to see how far you've come!)

We're in this together. I'm cheering for you! You've done some hard work today, and I'm proud of you!

Joan

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ERCELLAJS 12/30/2012 10:37PM

    I really relate to your blog. I have never liked my body either. It is great that you are taking one day of a time and I think you are doing really good so hang in there and emoticon . Together emoticon .

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/30/2012 9:43PM

    Anna, you are pretty and it's so sad that you can't see beyond the extra pounds you want to shed. Your husband obviously sees you as you are and hasn't embraced the waif image that we have been encouraged to love. My husband is not into waif either. They are both keepers. LOL.

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Day 10 - Double digits exercise streak

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Day 10 is now in the bag, but I learned something today. Since I started the streak I have always done my exercise first thing in the morning. I would get up, get my exercise out of the way and move on. It was always such a relief knowing that I honored my commitment.

Today was different. I got up and started doing stuff. I gathered laundry, emptied the dishwasher, puttered around doing things. It was then time to run errands... I missed my opportunity to exercise in the morning. All day long it was a heavy weight on my shoulders. It was a constant preoccupation. Had it not been for the streak I would have said the heck with it but I couldn't do that. Finally after dinner I did 50 minutes of Zumba Rush. Streak intact. Worry over. Lesson learned.

Exercise should happen first thing in the morning... at least in my case. But really, as long as you're getting the exercise it doesn't matter when you do it. The important thing is to just do it!

I am also keenly aware of something else. I started the exercise streak on December 18th. It was the second day of my Christmas vacation. I have not done any of this during the course of my normal routine. I don't go back to work until January 3rd. I am curious how daily exercise will affect my normal routine. Well, it just has to get done. Period. Full stop.

Getting my minimum of 8 glasses of water each day is a breeze since I exercise. I can usually down 32 oz during and after my workout.

With 4 days left in the year I am starting to think about the year ahead. I hope the best of 2012 is the worst of 2013 for everyone. I don't particularly like resolutions, but setting SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) is important. I have been giving some thought to my SMART goals. I will share these in due course.

How about you? Do you have SMART goals you want to achieve in 2013? I would love to hear about them.

By the numbers since 11/6/12:

Exercise Streak - 10 Days
Tracking and within calorie limits - 51 days
Water consumption of 64 oz - 37 days

Here's to our good health!

Anna







  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NEEDTOLOOSE1 12/29/2012 7:21PM

    You are doing a great job. Keep up good work.

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AMYBELLES 12/29/2012 12:59AM

    At the beginning of 2012 I started a 10 minute or more exercise streak and did very well. I didn't make it to 100 days like I intended though and after I broke it, I was sporadic with my exercise again. I wish you all the best in continuing your streak after your vacation is over. I know you can do it with persistance and determination. Getting the workout done first thing in the morning works best for me, too. Some busy days I would do the minimum 10 minutes right before midnight, just so I didn't break the streak! I am going to start January with a bunch of streaks again. Along with the exercise, I will do 8+ glasses of water and 5 or more freggies.
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BLUEFISH1881 12/29/2012 12:44AM

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...ten days. You're doing great!



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JUSTLLAMA 12/29/2012 12:34AM

    Great job! You are so inspirational!

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/28/2012 11:38PM

    Great job on keeping the streak going! I think that exercising for each person is different as to when they do it. It depends on their lifestyle and many other factors but I tend to agree that getting it over and done with first thing usually is best. I have been thinking about my goals for this coming month and year. Hoping to get to blog about them soon. Don't forget to write your goals down. It's been said that the difference between people who attain their goals and those who don't is that the people who achieved success with their goals are the ones who wrote them down. Just some food for thought! emoticon I like the idea of the best of 2012 being the worst of 2013! emoticon emoticon

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RFJSJ50 12/28/2012 10:22PM

    emoticon Wow! I'm impressed and jealous of your dedication to your Spark journey! You inspire me to do better.
I'm not a morning person since I don't work. I've always been an evening person so that's my best time to exercise unless I'm going outdoors to walk. Then, anytime is good!
Stay positive and motivated.
Sheila

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BARBIE176 12/28/2012 8:46PM

    Very wonderful blog. I hope that once you are off your Christmas vacation you find a plan that continues to work for you. Now that I am "retired" I find I have the same problem - if I don't get my workout done in the morning, it is so much easier to find an excuse why not to get it done. I find that if I get to the gym and out before noon I do so much better. I will be posting my plan for 2013 in the next few days. I like what you said about the best of 2012 being the worst of 2013. That would be emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RG_DFW 12/28/2012 9:37AM

    Way to go!!!

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BEFIT014 12/28/2012 7:50AM

    I do my workouts first thing in the mrng, too! No excuses have come up yet, life hasn;t gotten in the way yet & it's just me and my dvd player-my daughter is still asleep.

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Only 4 days left--how scary!

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111BUTTERFLY111 12/28/2012 7:45AM

    emoticon I do better with morning exercise too. It's way to easy to skip it when it's in the afternoon. So many things come up.

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 12/28/2012 7:17AM

    You're absolutely right... I know I should do my exercise in the morning. I think learning this and putting it into action is one of those signs that you see when a person truly "gets it" finally. It's a big deal, and you GET IT! That's as good as losing 5 lbs right there!
Way to go streaking!!!
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STINAMARIE86 12/27/2012 11:54PM

    Perfect! Glad you got your workout in! Don't ruin the streak! You are doing great! Some say that getting up and exercising right away is the key...They say you should because your brain isn't awake yet and doesn't realize what's going on...LOL. I believe it. I exercise at night because it fits in with my routine with work and everything else. I'm glad you started thinking about your goals for 2013!

Keep it up! You can do it!

HUGS

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