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Sunday, January 04, 2009

I wasn't part of this challenge because I wasn't feeling sure of myself going into the holidays. Well..... I am very excited to tell all of you my losing my pants story which happened yesterday.

I received a gift card for the holidays from my family for the plus size store Torrid. I would typically buy a couple of tops and pair them with some plus size stretch pants from Walmart. See, I'm only 5'1 and even the short or petite pants at the plus size stores were too long.

My fashionable daughters insisted I buy a pair of "skinny jeans" which are really "in" right now. I realize I have lost some weight but in my eyes I still have a lllooooonnnnnngggg way to go.

So I went to Torrid yesterday, grabbed a pair of "skinny jeans" in size 18 (I would typically wear a 20 or 22) and a few clearance tops for the summer in a size 0. I didn't try anything on and fully expected the pants to be too tight and look awful. I figured the tops would be too small for now but would give me incentive for the summer. To my surprise I got home tried everything on and it all fit, except for the pants. I was swimming in those pants.

I went back to the store and exchanged the pants for a size 16. Got home and guess what!!! Too big again!!! Went back to the store and exchanged the 16 for a 14 short which look perfect on me and I love.

You would think my story couldn't get any better but it does. After leaving the store for the 3rd time I ran into my youngest daughters old day care provider who I haven't seen for a least a year. The first thing she said is what in the world have you been doing with yourself, you've lost so much weight! That felt really good to hear and gave me incentive to keep pushing.

I hope this gives all of you incentive to keep pushing for the best you in 2009 and to get ready for the lose your pants for valentines day challenge. Please add my name to the list, I'm aiming for a size 12 now!

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DOINME4LIFE 1/4/2009 8:55PM

    emoticon emoticon I knew people would like this story!!

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HALEYFITZ 1/4/2009 8:28PM

    Wow, that is a drastic change! That is so awesome. I would be calling everyone I knew if I dropped that many pants sizes! You almost can kiss that store goodbye!!!! I am so proud of you, this is going to be your year girl!

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MISSYMUNDY 1/4/2009 7:37PM

    I'm so proud of you! How fabulous that has got to feel! I blogged about losing my pants on my page - check it out if you get a chance, It's named the Adventures of Einstein and Missy.

Love ya and keep on doing the darn thing!

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MEKISSFIST 1/4/2009 4:18PM

    Awesome story! It's cool to be surpised something like that. Keep it up girl!

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HELP!-Month 2-Red Velvet Cake & other stuff

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Ok, where do I start?.... October started off with me baking a red velvet cake for a friends birthday. Well, I also made one for the house. I won't go into how many sticks of butter are in one of my cakes but it's a lot, a whole lot. Anyway, I ate at least half of the cake by myself (over a few days). Ok, one mess up is not so bad but it just kept going from there. I also had a minor surgery at the beginning of the month that took me away from exercise for almost two weeks. During my down time I just ate, ate, ate. By the middle of the month I finally came to my senses. I got on the scale to assess the damage and surprisingly I had not gained or loss anything. After that I got serious, I stuck to my meal plan. I asked my husband for help in the exercise department and we started on a weight training and cardio program, 30 min - 1 hour exercise monday through friday. My goal for October was to make it into Onderland. I didn't quite make it there but I came very close by losing 5 pounds in the last two weeks of the month. November is going to be different, I am starting to LOVE exercise and I am eager to make a lot of progress before Thanksgiving comes around. Do I have a plan for Thanksgiving?.... I've been thinking about it but any suggestions from my SP friends would be greatly appreciated. My family has already put in a request for my macaroni and cheese (more butter & heavy whipping cream & loads of cheese), another red velvet cake and a few other goodies. I'm thinking one day of indulgences won't do too much damage providing I keep up with my plan all other days. The problem is I will have some left over food around the house for a day or two. What to do? What to do?

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BABYFACE26 1/5/2009 8:20PM

    I was good for Thanksgiving but fell off the wagon for Xmas. Gained 3 lbs, which I'm pretty depressed about. Anyway, the others said it already, don't keep leftovers in your fridge!
I can't keep anything thats sweet around here! I can do this, cause I live alone.
...also, consider making your baked goodies, and your other recipes in a more low-fat version. ..so the other people eating it, will be more healthy too! You can get some ideas on this website, or other sources. Ways to substitute. ..and don't underestimate the damage that Sugar can do! Too much sugar sets off cravings, and also tells your body to Hold onto the fat. Something I've learned this past year.
Good luck. Know you're gonna do this!


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JESSALOU 10/27/2008 5:38PM

    congrats on loosing some lbs! thats awesome! i take it your better after surg? i hope so its good that you got your self back on track and that you know where you fell off! thats a great step in being able to lose weight! as far as thanksgiving and christmas go. eat. in . small amouts! eat the right portions of stuff or less so that you can have a taste! there is no harm in that. plus if you eat just 1 normal spoon not serving spoons it all ends up ok usually! i mean i go to buffetts and eat but i eat small amounts and leave some on the plate! it all ends up ok calorie wise. when you teach your self to have things in moderation and behave! next time you want to make a cake or cookies make some then give some away! like to a neighbor or family or friends. dont deprive your self or you might fall off again. i've even been told that by my drs. anyways congrats on getting back on track!

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LILSHINE 10/27/2008 1:51PM

    Enjoy the food that day. As Ebony posted make sure everyone takes home plates so that no food is left in your house.

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EBONYTWWHITE 10/25/2008 6:22PM

    Make everyone a plate or two to take home with them so you won't have too many left overs in your home.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Its been one full month since I began with SP. It wasn't easy, I had some really good days and some really bad ones along with a few in between days. However, most of my days were good and I'm really happy with the progress I've made thus far. 12 pounds gone in one month! Yeah Me!

I was very successful with calorie counting and monitoring what was going in my mouth but I still admit I did not make much progress in the exercise department. I know that's my weakness and struggle and I am still working to conquer that.

I've made a goal to do 30 minutes on my treadmill Mon-Fri first thing every morning. I'm sure I can stick to this. I also bought a pedometer a few weeks back and was attempting to do the 10,000 steps per day program. I'm still working on that and confident I will get there eventually... I never realized how few steps most people take in a day.

That's pretty much my first month and what I have planned going into the next month. Please feel free to share your progress with me and any suggestions that may help me conquer my exercise phobia.


10,000 Steps by James A. Fussell

Thursday, September 11, 2008

01:00 AM EDT on Sunday, May 27, 2007


McClatchy Newspapers

If you haven’t gotten your 10,000 today, maybe you should.

Steps, that is.

Many of today’s fitness regimens recommend walking 10,000 steps per day. There’s only one problem: Almost nobody knows how far that is.

Puttering around your house in the morning before work, do you burn 200 steps or a thousand? Does a walk around a neighborhood block knock off 5 percent of your daily goal or less than 1 percent? Sure, you can guess or try to count all your steps. But that’s inaccurate at best and annoying to say the least.

Recently, in the name of good health, we bought a pedometer and measured various daily activities step by step. Walking the dog around the block? Going to the grocery store? Two hours of clothes shopping at a local mall?

We know how many steps it takes.

But we didn’t stop there. Just for fun we set out to find how far we’d go if we walked 10,000 steps all at once.

The answer: much farther than we thought. With our 10,000th step we wound up where? Roughly 5 1/2 miles away.

We can hear your incredulity now: 5 miles every day?

Relax. You don’t have to do it all at once, and everyone’s stride length is different. Remember, every step counts.

BUT WHY EVEN BOTHER trying to get 10,000 steps per day?

Two words: your health. And, yes, just by walking, you can make significant gains.

“I think 10,000 steps should be everybody’s daily goal,” said Kristie Harbaugh, owner of Twin Fitness in Overland Park, Kan. “I tell my clients to buy a [pedometer] and see how many steps they get,” she said. “Most people only get about half that.”

The idea of walking 10,000 steps per day is enjoying a renaissance in the United States. It originated in the 1970s with Japanese researcher Yoshiro Hatano, who advocated walking to help slim down his increasingly obese country.

Today walking has gained popularity for many reasons. It’s easy, there’s no equipment to buy and, unlike jogging or other high-impact exercises, there’s virtually no risk of injury.

And talk about health benefits. A University of Tennessee study published in the journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise revealed women who averaged more than 10,000 steps per day had 40 percent less body fat and waist and hip measurements that were more than eight inches narrower than those who averaged fewer than 6,000 steps.

Then there’s the Amish. Researchers measured the daily steps of 98 Amish adults and found that men took an average of 18,425 steps and women took 14,196. Compare that with about 4,000 steps for the average American adult (other studies put this number at less than 3,000), and it is easy to see why only 4 percent of Amish adults are considered obese compared with 31 percent of the general population.

And attention older Americans: If you walk long enough, you could even trigger biochemical changes that grow new neurons in your brain. A study by researchers at the University of Illinois, published late last year in the Journal of Gerontology, says three hours of brisk walking per day can help reverse brain shrinkage.

BUT YOU DON’T NEED to walk that long to see benefits. In an eight-year study involving 6,000 women, researchers at the University of California at San Francisco found that even a little extra walking can help you hold onto the neurons you have. High-energy walkers, the study found, held the line on cognitive decline far better than the more sedentary subjects.

By all accounts, your brain loves to walk. Walking increases blood circulation, and because it’s not particularly strenuous, your leg muscles don’t hog all the extra oxygen and glucose it produces. As you walk, you’re oxygenating your brain. It’s good for the rest of your body, too.

It increases your breathing, your heart rate and your lung capacity while shaping and toning your muscles. What’s more, numerous studies of senior citizens who walk regularly showed significant improvement in memory skills compared with non-walkers. Walking also improved their learning ability, concentration and abstract reasoning. Additionally, one study noted, stroke risk was cut by 57 percent in people who walked as little as 20 minutes per day.

Dixie Thompson, director for the Center for Physical Activity and Health at the University of Tennessee, said that because extra walking lowers blood pressure and helps the body process glucose, it also can dramatically reduce your risk for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Of course, slow walking isn’t as good as fast walking, Thompson said, but it beats inactivity and still has health benefits.

CONSIDER THE SOCIAL and family-bonding benefits.

“People can walk in groups of two or three,” said Harbaugh of Twin Fitness. “The time passes very fast. That’s key, because people often become bored with their workout. If we can make it more fun, people will work out more. And I encourage families to go on walks right after dinner twice around the block and take their dog with them. If children see their mom or dad walking, that’s going to encourage them to become active, too.”

Bottom line?

There’s nothing to lose by aiming for 10,000 steps per day. Look at it this way, experts say: Even if you reach only 8,000 steps, you’ve still doubled your amount of daily walking. And that will still pay big benefits.

Now get out there and start walking.

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BABIE_JANE 9/11/2008 11:16PM

    Thanks for stopping by my page and letting me know about the article. Also, thanks for your kind comments. Of the past 103 days I have 101 with 10,000 or more steps, working on 70 in a roll with today's. Some days it really pushes it getting them, but I have become determined. My pedometer has become one of my best friends. I put it on as soon as I step out of bed and wear it until I go to bed. It certainly is a big motivator. I believe you will be thrilled you bought one.

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D710DANCE 9/11/2008 5:57PM

    Amen and Amen!!!!

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My First Week Using SP

Monday, September 01, 2008

I Love It!!! I am still getting used to having a page dedicated to my weight loss journey and wish I had come across this method sooner but I really, really like it. The nutrition tracker is awesome and so easy to use. I was initially intimidated thinking having and maintaining my page on this site would be difficult but it has been so easy & fun.

I feel really good about the progress I have made thus far. In just my first week I'm feeling healthier, stronger and leaner. My first week included a wedding and the rib cook off festival, I didn't stress too much though. I kept my focus on having fun and ate what I wanted in moderation. I did go over my calories allowed on that Saturday and Sunday but I had kept my calories closer to the lower end of my calorie range (1200) leading up to the two events because I knew temptation would be there.

It's Monday and I am right back on track, I've been thinking about what I can do better and I would definitely say exercise must be a top priority for this week along with journaling.


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XAVTAY 9/3/2008 7:49AM

    Best of luck on your weightloss journey! Sparkpeople is just awesome and it actually helps me stay on track. It makes you aware of what you are eating and what you could possibly do better. It also has support from individuals that are under the same challenges to help you along the way!

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KAYBUGJ 9/1/2008 11:15PM

    Congrats on doing well on your 1st week! emoticon

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