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Weight Loss Wednesday: -12 lbs, 6 More to First Goal

Saturday, June 21, 2014

I copied and pasted this from my actual blog, which is http://www.daniellesconfessions.blogspot.c
om. There are so many social networking sites that I'm involved in that I often forget to post here emoticon

Weight Loss Wednesday: -12 lbs, 6 More to First Goal

This past month has been quite a challenge for me. Iíve said goodbye to pizza, garlic knots and days on the couch, and hello to turkey sandwiches, large salads and daily workouts that wouldnít cause Barbie to break a sweat. (Sadly, I often wake up feeling paralyzed.) My commitment to eating steel cut oats every morning didnít pan out. Turns out you have to continuously stir it for thirty minutes, and I donít even have the patience to watch my Keurig brew a K-cup which, by the way, is about 60 seconds.

So I started drinking protein shakes, specifically Special K Mocha Cappuccino. If you ignore the fact that they have 18 grams of sugar per serving (regular cola has around 30), theyíre fairly healthy. (Coffee-flavored cola doesnít sound enticing, anyway.) The combination of protein and caffeine help keep me awake as I wait for my dog to relieve himself. By the time I come back inside, Iím somewhat awake, my stomach is nice and full, and my coffee is ready.

12 pounds is a small amount of weight compared to what I need to lose, but Iím really proud of myself. So far Iíve done it on my own. No dieting, no extreme workouts (as if), and no diet pills that send me running to the bathroom. Perhaps I couldíve lost 20 by now had I avoided Sonic, but their Reeseís Blasts are mighty delicious.

The only hard part has really been staying inside on my lunch hour. I used to love getting out and eating in my car. Unless youíre a massage therapist, Iím sure you also have stressful days. (Even they must want to scream sometimes.) Now I eat in the break room. On the one hand, Iíve gotten to know coworkers with whom Iíd never get to know. On the other hand, sometimes I feel like Iím suffocating by being inside all day.

On average, I go to the gym three to four days a week. Every day, though, I walk my dog for 15-30 minutes. Iíve noticed little things since exercising, like walking uphill doesnít take as much effort and my joints arenít as sore. (Before now, I hadnít admitted to the latter.) Itís embarrassing being this big. People judge you, cast silent judgments and wonder if you should really be in the Sonic drive-thru to which I say yes, damn it. My body, my problem.

I know there are others out there like me, and I would love to connect with them. Feel free to message me on my Facebook page. There are strengths in numbers.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HAPPYJUNEBUG 7/27/2014 12:21AM

    Love this blog. So well written. Yes, when I'm on my lunch break, I too, like to get out of the building. Congrats on the 12 pound weight loss!!

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WILLOW49 6/21/2014 8:08PM

    Keep up the good work! Those baby steps really do add up :)

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STEVEN2GO2 6/21/2014 6:43PM

    You are doing wonderfu!

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Monday, April 14, 2014

I joined a gym and am really happy about it. Today was my first day. It's supposed to be a 'judgement-free' zone but, of course, I overheard two women talking about 'fatties' in the bathroom. When does it end? It took everything I had to join, everything I had to get out of bed today and go, everything I had to step on that treadmill knowing all I could do was 30 minutes. It was hot, I was sweating and really uncomfortable. Like, really. I wiped down my station. I put on deodorant so I didn't smell, and then they go off about how gross that feeling of sweating is while putting down overweight people for running on the treadmill? How about either not making any comment or thinking 'wow, look at her go?' or, better yet, just focusing on YOUR workout and not everyone else's? I know I shouldn't be taking this to heart, and I wasn't working out when they were, but I've dealt with being overweight my entire life. Kids used to poke fun at me in middle school, so the comments hit a little too close to heart. Nobody seems to understand how sensitive I am about those comments. They think, 'You're strong. Why let it bother you?' I'm only human, though. It won't stop me from going, but I'm definitely bringing headphones and tuning everyone out. People can be so mean.

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DDOORN 4/16/2014 8:55AM

    I feel sorry for people who need to boost their egos by putting others down...they are not worthy of your angst, leave 'em in the dust! :-)


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SHAKESALOT 4/15/2014 8:17PM

    GREAT for going to the gym!!!! Bullies need to get a life instead of destroying others. Way to go!!!! Please go back and keep us posted. emoticon YOU ARE emoticon

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STEVEN2GO2 4/15/2014 8:46AM

    Congratulations on working hard and putting your all into your workout! It is terrible that a few people will make comments that hurt! They just are too conceited to realize how their remarks injure others. It is a great idea to bring your earphones next time so you can focus on your workout so you won't be hurt by such insensitive snobs!!!

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FEMALEWRITER99 4/14/2014 6:42PM

    Thank you! People who feel the need to put down others are probably very sad with their own lives. I'm just going to throw on my headphones, do my thing and leave. In the end, we really can't care what others think of us.

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LIFTINGLIFE 4/14/2014 4:20PM

    I have a friend of many years who does that, puts down everyone. I used to work out with her with a trainer and finally I told my trainer to train me alone because I can't stand that. I actually don't even really talk to her any more. It infuriated me so much, particularly at the gym where people are trying to better themselves physically and mentally then you have someone putting others down!? It's bs. People need to grow up.

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Fruits & Veggies

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

I'm trying to aim for 5-7 servings of fruits and veggies each day. It's harder than I thought it'd be. I used to eat waaay too much pizza, so I'm trying to find another way of getting that fix. Like a lot of people, my job can be very stressful and pizza always makes me happy.

Every day I've been eating an apple, orange and a banana, and trying to fill up my lunch and dinner with a lot of veggies. This has, unfortunately, had quite an impact on my stomach and Gas-X isn't doing the trick. Does anyone have any suggestions for, um, relieving some pressure aside from letting it out? I like to be as much of a lady as possible about it emoticon

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DDOORN 3/9/2014 8:42AM

    Lots & lots of water to flush all that fiber through our bodies...I'm betting you'll find that to be helpful.

Two thumbs WAY UP on all the freggies! :-)


ps...now if one really thinks about it, is there really ANY food that can make us happy? I think taking care of ourselves, connecting with people who matter and filling our lives with memorable experiences that are essential for happiness...

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KAT321123 3/6/2014 9:21PM

    Any sudden dietary change can cause digestive issues (bloating, gas, etc.) so the good news is it will go away. =) I don't have any great suggestions for getting through it, though, other than excusing yourself and doing what you need to do in private. It really will get better.

As for getting more produce in your diet, personally I find it works great for me to have lots of produce-based snacks during the day but I also love fruits and veggies. So during a workday I'll snack on some baby carrots, sliced peppers, cherry tomatoes, or pieces of fruit. I typically eat breakfast around 9AM, lunch around 1:00, dinner around 8:00 and have one or two produce servings between each mealtime. Most days I hit between 7 and 10 servings of produce and it keeps me feeling satisfied.

Also, if pizza is a food you crave, you don't need to deprive yourself. Chocolate is that way for me and I have some pretty much every day (sometimes twice!). It's all about how you incorporate the food into your diet. You can try making a cauliflower-based crust (super tasty), putting on some sauce, very light cheese (or try no cheese at all!), and pile on the veggies. OR, if you don't feel like making your own crust, take a whole wheat tortilla and do the same. I used to make tortilla pizzas all the time and a whole one (with a 10-inch tortilla) would come to around 300 calories. If you pile on veggies, that pizza can get you to 2-3 servings of veggies, too!

Pardon my babble =) Hope this helps!

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FEMALEWRITER99 3/6/2014 5:21PM

    So over time it gets better?

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ENKSATSUMA 3/6/2014 7:35AM

    My mom usually gave us remedies like fennel tea, ginger, or caraway seeds. They help. Don't worry though, in about a week or two, your intestines will be digesting veggies like a pro!

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MJRVIC2000 3/5/2014 3:55PM

    You can do it! Try smaller fruits. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure

Monday, March 03, 2014

My nutritionist diagnosed me with high cholesterol and blood pressure last week. I can't say I'm surprised, but it's still hard to comprehend. I've pretty much eliminated all fast food. There's a strong history of heart disease in my family, though.

I begin every day with a bowl of steel cut oats with some type of fruit, like strawberries or banana. She recommended I eat fish and I grimaced. I cannot stand the taste of fish. When I asked if omega-3 supplements would help (along with losing weight), she said yes, but not as much.

I've been walking every day for 30 minutes, too, if not longer. Is anyone else in the same situation when it comes to fish? Most of my friends and family enjoy it, but not me. Nasty.

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FEMALEWRITER99 3/5/2014 3:50PM

    Thanks, everyone! I'm going to pick up some almonds tonight emoticon emoticon

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KAT321123 3/3/2014 9:58PM

    I'm a vegetarian now, but never liked fish so that was one thing that was VERY easy to give up when I stopped eating meat. I do agree that you can train your palate to adjust to new foods (I used to hate most vegetables and tofu and now adore all of that), but I don't think you necessarily have to.

There are other great sources of Omega-3s. Try flaxseed and/or walnuts on your morning oatmeal. Per weight and per calories flax and walnuts are both WAY higher in Omega-3s than any sort of fish.

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WILLOW49 3/3/2014 6:41PM

    Raising my hand high...I absolutely HATE any type of fish or seafood. YUK! I've tried and tried to eat it; just can't stand it.

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ENKSATSUMA 3/3/2014 5:34PM

    I used to be in the same boat, hated fish with a passion and would only eat it deep fried and breaded. You can totally train your palate to start liking it though. Takes a bit of time, but less effort than one would think. Good luck! :D

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Walk In Winter

Monday, February 24, 2014

I stopped by a local park on my way home today. It's staring to get colder, but it was nice to see other walkers. I did about 20 minutes around the frozen pond.

It was a lot warmer this past week, and I noticed I wasn't as depressed. I'm concerned about the upcoming polar vortex, though. After the holidays I think we're all just ready for spring.

Time to renew my apartment lease and, as I expected, it's going up by $25. My goal is to own my home within the next 3 years. Getting tired of paying rent.

I hope everything is well with all of you!

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DDOORN 2/27/2014 9:18AM

    Was your walk on Saturday? I had such a GLORIOUS time walking 'round the entire Otsiningo on that day of STUPENDOUS weather! Can't wait for MORE! :-)


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IMLOCOLINDA 2/25/2014 1:13PM

    We're back in the below zero temps again. Only got a skiff of snow so that's something. The joys of home ownership are not all they are cracked up to be...no landlord to call when things go wrong and you are responsible for all the work!! Sometimes I think renting might have been a better option...and those taxes just go up year after year!!

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WILLOW49 2/24/2014 5:59PM

    My dh walked the same park on Sat. using his nordic walking poles. Was so nice to be outside in the sunshine!

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FLAGLINDA 2/24/2014 10:19AM

    Good for you for walking! It looks cold,but very pretty. We have had a unusually warm winter. Hardly any snow which will be a problem come summer. Good luck with your plan of owning your own home. It really is so much better to have your own home.

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LAURELSPARK 2/24/2014 9:43AM

    Doesn't it feel great to get outside........even if it's cold?!

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STEVEN2GO2 2/24/2014 6:23AM

    The last lease I signed the rent went up $75 dollars a month! The thing is with the amenities here and location it was worth it though. With this winter snow I am glad my apartment complex cleared our roads and walk ways, so I did not have to shovel all that white stuff. I am looking forward to the Spring when our pool opens up!

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CERTHIA 2/24/2014 4:16AM

    Good for you for getting out there! And best of luck on your three year plan. (I rented for a long time, so I know that feeling.)

Spring has already sprung where I live, and that is just very, very odd. We haven't seen snow since new year, and now even the ground is thawing. This has been a strange winter..

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144AUTUMN 2/24/2014 1:21AM

  Keep up the good work!!

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IDICEM 2/24/2014 12:25AM

  We've had nicer weather the past week as well, and it really does make a difference to my outlook and body rhythms. Hope your new cold spell is short!

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