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Monday, May 09, 2011

I have been following the plan I set out for a week now and have lost 2 pounds. I have been exercising less intensely and eating less and I feel great. I am doing the Spring Challenge and have been consistent with tracking, doing the videos and even blogging 3 x week, I am going to keep this up. It feels really doable. I think changing things has made a difference in my weight. I think I was doing too much, getting hungry and eating too much.

By the way, my friend is having her pancreatic cancer surgery today so my thoughts and prayers have been with her all day. Please send yours her way if you would like. She says she needs all she can get.

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RURAL3 5/11/2011 11:12PM

    my dh's mom went through this. It is a long rough road.

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JOYINKY 5/9/2011 10:38PM

    Great going! Mixing things up has helped me too. Prayers for your friend. Hugs to you.

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CARLANNIE 5/9/2011 9:58PM

    Yeah - change it up. I feel so bad - I totally forgot I signed up for the Spring Challenge, and also I've flaked out on the 10,000 step challenge. I'm pathetic. Just too much going on right now. I have my Half Marathon coming up Saturday, so I'm psyching myself up for that.

Congrats on those two pounds down! Awesome. And I hope by now you have some good news about your friend.

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DDOORN 5/9/2011 9:46PM

    Two big thumbs up!!

Keeping your friend in my thoughts and prayers....


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OURELEE1 5/9/2011 5:38PM

  So glad for the 2 pound loss. Will keep your friend in my prayers. Life can be very tough at times.

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SUECHRIS50 5/9/2011 5:22PM

    emoticon whoopee for you,im so proud!!

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Plans and Strategies

Friday, May 06, 2011

I am going to:

Stay within my calorie range daily
Have at least a 500 calorie differential each day
Exercise at least 30 minutes a day
Walk each day
Swim at least 1 x week
B ike at least 1 x week
Take at least 10,000 steps daily
Blog 3 x week
Do the Spring Challenge videos
When I have urge to eat mindlessly I will do an extra video and drink a glass of water before I make the decision as to whether to eat (Hopefully, I wont eat!)
Thank God daily for my family, friends, and health!

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RURAL3 5/8/2011 9:12PM

    emoticon committment is the key

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MNNICE 5/8/2011 6:22PM

    A plan is the first step to success!

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ROOBEARZ 5/7/2011 11:59PM

    Sounds great!!!

Curious though - what's this about? "Have at least a 500 calorie differential each day "

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OURELEE1 5/6/2011 9:23PM

  Sounds like a good plan. You can do it.

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JOYINKY 5/6/2011 7:49AM

    Sounds like a good plan. Plans can be tried and tweaked as necessary. Not planning is a setup to failure. You are a planner! Proud of you! Be well, Joy

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Moving Forward

Thursday, May 05, 2011

I am getting back into swimming again. It is easier on my back and very relaxing. My back is slowly improving but I always get very apprehensive when I have a bout of back pain. I don't want any more surgeries and I don't want to be disabled. I think I need to take care of my back more. I do back exercises daily, but I think because I have been feeling so good and enjoying my new fitness I have been very hard on my back. I think I am getting ready to move into a maintenance mode of "this is how I want to live for the rest of my life" rather than a losing weight and getting fit mode. I have lost weight and I am fit. Now I need to maintain this level of health and stop pushing so intensely. I can still remain active without putting some much pressure on my back.

I have 8 pounds to go to my original goal weight. Maybe I will lose it, maybe not. I will continue to watch my calories and nutrients and focus on my nutrition. I will continue moderate daily fitness. Lets see if I can lose those 8 pounds over the next year by moderation.

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RURAL3 5/5/2011 5:01PM

    You are a very wise woman Nancy. You listen to your body and mind and don't overdo. I think that is a good choice. I believe you will get there it will just be how your body tells you. You have had an amazing journey and come a long long way. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KARRYB1 5/5/2011 10:39AM

    You have done such a good job of losing, and I'm sure you'll stay on track with that winning attitude. emoticon

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SMILEYBEE 5/5/2011 9:48AM

    You sound very wise! You have accomplished so much! I saw something you posted recently about completing your first kickboxing class. That sounded way to robust for me! emoticon

Enjoy your new healthy lifestyle!

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CARLANNIE 5/5/2011 9:04AM

    That is a GREAT attitude, and the perfect one! Listening to your body is key to good health, and you have done fabulous things to help your body carry you along. Three cheers for nurturing yourself - hip, hip, hooray!!!

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JOYINKY 5/5/2011 9:02AM

    Sounds like a good plan to me. Ease into maintenance and listen to your body! Be well, Joy

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Falling Short on Blogging

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

I was looking over my Spark Goals and realized I haven't been blogging 3 x week ... so here's a blog.

I have had a resurgance of my lower back pain recently and it has really affected my mood. I can't do intensive physical activity and that intense activity (running, elliptical treadmills, biking, spinning, etc) has really kept my endorphins flowing) I have felt great for months. No depression. Well, the back pain has allowed me to sink back into a depressed mood. The depressed mood has led to several days of emotional eating in the last week. Not good. Last night I totalled up my calories ... 2400 not good. Added to the two 2100 calorie days earlier this week, I can see that I am headed down a slippery slope. I had swum for 30 min of easy laps but hadn't moved much at all yesterday, so I got up and walked slowly on the treadmill for 30 min and did the 10 minute ST video `for the Spring into Shape Boot Camp. I felt much better about myself and am moving into today in a better mood.

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KOFFEENUT 5/5/2011 12:22AM

    Hang in there - back pain is tough, and together with not being able to move as much is enough to make anyone feel down. Sending hugs your way!

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KARRYB1 5/4/2011 5:47PM

    There is nothing more painful and aggrevating than back problems.
I find I'm always better if I keep moving a little each day.
Exercise does make such a difference.
Hope your better soon.

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JOYINKY 5/4/2011 2:56PM

    I agree with Don; I keep my lower back in check with exercise. Even walking helps unless the pain is too great. Exercise helps my mood to so I can see why you're missing it. Just listen to your body and take it easy; may be time to "mix it up". Be well, Joy

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DDOORN 5/4/2011 12:08PM

    Apologies if I've mentioned this before, but for lower back pain you can't beat the various exercises that physical therapy will teach you. I still use the pelvic tilt on a regular basis:


Any strength training to build your core / abs will also benefit your lower back.

Great to hear from you...! :-)


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They Took the Clothes Off my Back...Thank Goodness

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

After almost 2 years I finally made the decision to get rid of all my 20 to 26 size clothing. I have been hanging on to it "just in case". At size 14, I have made the decision that I won't go back to size 20 or over 200 lbs. It has been really hard to let go but I am ready.

So today I took my things to 2 consignment shops.....BUT they didn't want such large sizes. What a kick in the gut. My clothes are so big that nobody wants them. After going home and crying on hubby's shoulder for a while, I went back out and went to a thrift store that supports "A Woman's Work"

"A Woman's Work provides support for women in the St. Vrain Valley whose immediate financial needs cannot be met by other sources.
We ask only that recipients perform an act of kindness in return."

They only wanted seasonal things so after I gave them my summer clothes, I went to the Humane Society Thrift store. They took everything and even commented how they couldn't believe the clothes had been mine. Made me feel good.

So after all the stressing I came home with a weight off my shoulders. This is it! I am size 14 and I won't go back.

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KARIJO-OSAGE 5/5/2011 9:48AM

    What a great story, I think the lifestyle changes that you have made are remarkable, so proud of you girl!!! You are not that woman anymore, you are strong, fit, healthy and heading forward, don't ever look back!

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MNNICE 4/27/2011 10:42PM

    At first it was hard letting go of those clothes, because I do think it takes our brains a while to catch up with and realize the progress our bodies have made. It's still hard for me to think of myself as a thin person instead of a fat person who has lost weight! You won't be needing those large sizes ever again!

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KAZ814 4/27/2011 12:23PM

    Congratulations! That's fantastic and you're truly making it a lifestyle!

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DDOORN 4/27/2011 9:47AM

    Sadly, around here big sizes are very much in demand! In my work with clients I often visit such clothing stores and they often report such shortages.


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KOFFEENUT 4/27/2011 12:18AM

    This is TERRIFIC news - and good for you for "letting go" of your former wardrobe. I have to admit, I got a rueful laugh at "they didn't want such large sizes". I tried to donate my SMALL wardrobe (when I realized I'd never be that small again) to a women's dress for success organization. They wouldn't take them because they were too small - they were only interested in larger sizes. Figures!

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BRAVEONE92 4/27/2011 12:17AM

    Can't believe the consignment store didn't accept your
clothing. In the area where I live and all areas around,
the need for those sizes is great. When I am out
shopping I see lots of women who are in need of
these sizes. emoticon to you for being down
to a size 14!!! That is so emoticon! I am really
happy for you. I know that you feel so much better.


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GATOR12 4/26/2011 9:31PM

    I understand your dismay at first to realize that your clothes might not be wanted but you found a better use for them, in my estimation!! Congrats to you for feeling comfortable getting rid of the clothes in those larger sizes YOU ARE NEVER GONNA BE OR NEED AGAIN! WooHoo!! Mentally that is a real milestone. We are such yoyo-ers and it is a mental a-ha moment to reach. Plus congrats on reaching the point you are now.

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JOYINKY 4/26/2011 7:08PM

    Good for you! I understand the two years; it took me even longer! Even then I purged only two sizes a year; this year donating the 10's and 12's. That was really hard! I'm still not used to being in single digit sizes. But, I'm in my 6th year and confident it truly is a lifestyle change this time.
AND, doesn't it feel great to gain that closet space!!
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CALGALFOX 4/26/2011 7:00PM

    You are a size 14 and now you KNOW you won't go back. YAY for you. I'm sorry that you had some sadness at the consignment store, but they just didn't understand.

...and it's been long enough. You know you've got this now.

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CARLANNIE 4/26/2011 5:49PM

    Wow - I would have been surprised about the consignment shop, too! Maybe if they took those sizes, they'd see there was a need for them. Glad you got to give them to places where they would get some good use, though. You are awesome - I'm so glad you made this decision - it should be very therapeutic for you!!!

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OURELEE1 4/26/2011 5:22PM

  Congratulations! A job well done.

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CATLADY52 4/26/2011 4:33PM

    emoticon that is quite an acheivement. Now someone else can benefit from what you did for yourself. emoticon

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ALIHIKES 4/26/2011 4:26PM

    Congratulations on such an amazing transformation, and for giving away an entire wardrobe! emoticon
Way to go!

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