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Stolen Weight Loss Survey - Yoink!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

1. What was your highest weight, what do you weigh right now and what is your goal weight?
Height: 5'8"
Highest weight: ~230
Current weight: 196
Goal weight: between 160-170

2. What is your #1 motivation for losing weight?
To look better and feel more confident. I know, it's strange, but even at my highest weight all of my 'numbers' were good. So, I want to feel better about myself and be able to take better care of my appearance. (There is nothing more difficult than finding well fitting professional clothes when you are overweight.)

3. Have you always been overweight?
Relatively. I think I've probably always had an extra 10-15 pounds. When I was a kid I certainly wasn't a 'thin' kid.

4. When you want to give up what inspires you to keep going?
Straight up stubborness. I refuse to prove anyone right who thinks (thought) I can't do this.

5. What is the #1 thing you look forward to when you hit your goal weight?
Clothes. Clothes. Clothes. Clothes. Clothes.
Bathing suits.
No longer being affraid to fly Southwest for fear of being a 'passenger of size'

6. Do you have support on your weight loss journey?
Yes.

7. What is your favorite exercise?
I like to bike. Though, I have to admit that running is actually starting to grow on me.

8. What is the most important thing you have learned on your weight loss journey?
That things happen on their pace, not mine.

9. What is one thing you have given up that you miss the most?
Being able to be completely careless about what goes into my mouth. It takes a lot of time, effort, and energy to be on top of the calories all the time.

10. What is your strategy for losing weight?
I think having a consistent level of activity and realistic expectation of what I should be eating are my strategies. Also, planning pretty much everything.

  
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AJS_MOMMY_1985 9/27/2012 9:18AM

    I like this survey and might just have to steal it! Lol

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RISINGBLUESTAR 9/26/2012 9:38PM

    I agree. Clothes! It's so awful to shop for clothes when you are heavy but so much fun when you aren't!

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SKEETOR 9/26/2012 9:15PM

    You, stubborn....naw! I would've guessed you'd have chosen running over biking. Planning is always good.
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P.S. Speaking of clothes.....

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DIZZYCOCOA 9/26/2012 3:22PM

    Clothes clothes clothes!! Me too :)

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Days 98 - 99: Reflections and Celebrations

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Well, Ladies and Gents, we're now officially 1 day away from the century version of days... Cent-day-ion? I don't know. still, 100 days is the longest I think I've stuck with anything, ever. So, I'm very, very proud as you can imagine.

Still, sitting here on 99 I'm finding myself finding reasons not to go out and get some today! For insistance, it's raining. Yeah, for a second there I thought some drizzle might keep me out. Then, I didn't pack my gym bag last night. And, of course, there's the allure of having lunch with friends instead of getting my run in.

Nope, not when I'm so close to 100. Not with the looming presence of the Great Race 5K a meager 4 DAYS away.

So, my run will happen today, it's just a question as to whether I think I can best dodge raindrops at lunch or if I'll try my luck for an after work run. (I think Lunch is the best plan at the moment..)

So, in celebration of day 100 I'm planning on taking new measurements. It's been about two months since the last set, so I'm looking forward to getting them done. (There's no disputing my progress..) Oh, and I promise guys, new skivies are on my list of 'presents.' :-P

It also occurred to me last night that I am nearly halfway to my goal. With just shy of 25 pounds lost since June and another 30 to go I'm feeling momentum is on my side. I weighed 230 in March. I was down to 220 by June, and now I'm sitting at 196. Ultimately, I would like to weigh around 160 - a weight that, honestly, I've never been in my adult life. Well, at least not that I can recall. In high school I weighed about 175; in college that ballooned up closer to 180-190. By graduate school I remember vividly when I tipped the scales in the 210 range. Then I started working at a desk, and my weight came up to it's ultimate 25 -230 mark. At 5'8" and built to "carry" my weight, I tend to get pretty shocked looks when I say what my weight was.

More important than the weight number, I just want to get into a size 12. That's it. 12. Would it be nice to be 'smaller'? Sure. Do I think that 'smaller' is reasonable for me? Not right now. I need to focus upon what an attainable ultimate goal is. Who knows, I could get to 12, feel like I can keep going and change that; but, that's looking too far ahead for me.

The other major thing I'm considering at this point in my journey is a re-baseline. In my field of work we do a lot of measurements against baseline plans. We look at how well that orginal plan was set in terms of sequence and expectations and then measure progress against it. (Hence my charts); I don't know if I should start anew with my new 195 weight, a more informed expectation of my weight loss progress each week, and a more narrow window of focus; or, if I should stick with my history and keep my focus on where my lines are plotted to head even if I know they aren't quite 'right.'

I have lots of thinking to do :)

I hope all of you have a WONDERFUL Wednesday. Tomorrow the celebration begins :)

  
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MSMOSTIMPROVED 9/26/2012 4:04PM

    I totally get the new skivies bit! Every time I've got to strip down in the gym, I'm embarrassed by my granny panties pulled up to my navel. In honor of your 100 day celebration-- I'm getting new skivies too! YES, I want in on your Peppy Party!!! If it's not to late, I vote for lunch rain run. Just get out there and get it done before life gets in the way. MOVE IT LADY!!!!!! MOVE! MOVE! MOVE!
RRRRRUUUUUUNN FRACKTHATNOISE RUUUUUNNNNN!

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ENDERLI 9/26/2012 12:40PM

    WOW! 100 days! You are doing great! I'm excited for you that the goal you set is around the corner! You can do it!
Awesome.

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KELLY19770 9/26/2012 11:21AM

    Awesome and very motivational, too!

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NELLIESUE2 9/26/2012 10:29AM

  Wow almost 100 Days!! That is so awesome. What a great way to look back at your journey and to motivate yourself!! Great Job!!! emoticon

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SKEETOR 9/26/2012 10:26AM

    Ooooh...tough call. Whether to keep the old start and see how far you've come or to start with the current to make sure you don't get lazy.... How about starting around 199? That way you still have some progress showing on your chart but not enough to make you overly complacent.
Have a great day! Hooray for a great tomorrow!

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Day 97 - I am a cheap, cheap bastard

Monday, September 24, 2012


Day 97 - filled with hillarity, a guest appearence by Jack, and my feeling on my new meds

  
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NOW2DAY 9/30/2012 9:57AM

    After you buy the new underware, pack up the old and put them away. So glad your meds are working.

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POMATOJUICE 9/25/2012 3:33PM

    Awww, puppy!

How to make things fit again:

SAFTEY PINNSSSSSS lololololol

Really, though, if you want to make something last a few months, it's easy to just baste a seam on the inside. Honestly, I'd go buy some more undies :P If they're ones you had when you were at your heaviest, They've stretched to hell. (Mine have!)

I just bought a 6 pak of cottons in the same size 7 hanes I'd been buying for years, and the new ones aren't too big! lol Next time I buy undies, I may try a smaller size!

Also, I think it's worth it to buy maybe one or two tops and one bottom that fit well. You can mix bottoms that fit with big tops and pin them or whatever, and it feels sooo much better to buy a smaller size and feel good in your clothing! Sure, it's not time to buy a whole new wardrobe, but if you buy something now, it'll last you a few more months!

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SKEETOR 9/25/2012 2:47PM

    So glad to hear you're feeling better! -now get some new undies! emoticon

Give Jack a big hug from me!

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GRACEOMALLEY 9/25/2012 1:28PM

    Enjoy your new undies, give Jack a pat from me (mine is Australian Shepherd mix female named Nalla) and get a good run in with your new "pantaloons."
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WONDERFUL2BME 9/25/2012 11:30AM

    Yes, I think it is time for new underwear! Anything that gets in the way of a good work out needs to go. Sweet dog.

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GINGERLY4 9/25/2012 7:21AM

    Jack is a cutie!
Underwear - Buy some compression shorts to wear under your running shorts or pants. This will remove the need for underwear, support your booty while you run, and keep you comfy. I LOVE mine!
Good runs are awesome!

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WALKZWDOGZ 9/25/2012 5:17AM

    emoticon Possibly the best blog title on Spark!

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_BABE_ 9/24/2012 10:04PM

    Go to your local consignment store and pick up something new....cheap!

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SHELLIECAN 9/24/2012 8:55PM

    Very funny..You have a contageous laugh emoticon and a very entertaining way of talking.
What a beautiful boy Jack is.
I agree with lilac_lane......has to be underwear ( or elastic ! )
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LILAC_LANE 9/24/2012 8:05PM

    Celebrate your 100 days by going out and buying yourself a
6 pk (minimum) of new underwear, LOL

Your dog is sooooooooo cute.
Congrats on your weight loss.
I'm glad to hear that the meds are helping.
~J~

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Day 96 - Beautiful Bike Ride

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Evening, everyone!

Today was quite a busy day. Started off the morning with a dog walk and then went for a nice bike ride. Just about 12 miles of beautiful sunshine. I have to say, it was a challenge. It's been about two or three weeks since I got on my bike and I assure you my quads had something to say about it! I felt like I was moving pretty slowly; but, I coached myself through it remembering that I was going for duration not speed.

Sometimes I just have to refocus and remember the task at hand.

After the bike ride I went out for my weekly treat - a trip to Sugar Cafe. I had an order of bread pudding and coffee. The Pumpkin-chocolate-cherry combination was more delicious than I ever could have imagined! After that it was time with my brother, a trip to the grocery store, house cleaning, and video games.

I'm kind of glad to finally have ten minutes to think!

Tomorrow I have a short run planned (Just a mile or so) and only one other run this week before the Great Race 5K the rest of my cardio is going to come from either the bike or walking.

How was everyone else's weekend?

PS - no soreness this morning from the sit-ups, I think that means it's time to up the repetitions :)

  
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SKEETOR 9/24/2012 1:47PM

    My weekend was good until last night. All night long my husband and I suffered through some sort of stomach flu. At first I thought maybe the culprit was the store-bought potato salad but my Pa didn't get sick and we all ate the same thing. I'm a little better this morning but not sure whether or not I have it in me to do a workout. Hubby is still in bed. :(
I am glad you enjoyed your bike ride!

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GINGERLY4 9/24/2012 10:35AM

    Sugar Cafe sounds yummy! I had unplanned treat yesterday too, but mine was probably way worse than yours. My daugther works at Starbucks and she brought home a pumpkin scone for me (sigh). It was yummy and I logged it! Sounds like you are ready to bust this 5k out!

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WONDERFUL2BME 9/23/2012 11:29PM

    It is nice to be able to have a treat and then get right back with it. Good for you. You sure have your font set small. If it is too small for you, you can edit your spark page and change it.

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 9/23/2012 7:36PM

    Well you got back in the saddle fast! I partied at a wedding yesterday--my Gangam Style dance reminded me how old these bones are but, it was still a lot of fun. I spent the night in a hotel with my 2 kids and then went to brunch this morning. The place was super cute in the Capitol Hill area near the Marine Barracks. This place makes homemade PopTarts and Twinkies. Thankfully, I am really not a sweets girl so the only trouble I had was the award-winning Bloody Mary, How can one pass up the opp to have an award winning Bloody Mary. What does an award winning Bloody Mary taste like? Can you see how that conversation went with the menu this morning?

Fortunately, that's over. I'm about to get prepared for the week and log my lunch for tomorrow. I hope you have a fit and focused week. You're off to a great start!!!

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Day 95 - From 10 to 50

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Hello everyone!

Welcome to Fall!

If I haven't said it enough already Autumn is truly my favorite season. Not too hot. Not too cold. Beautiful. I love the smell of Autumn rain showers and the feeling of crisp fall mornings. Really, it just makes me want to go up to my parent's camp and doze by the camp fire. (Side note - I have a fire pit in my back yard, maybe I should use it?)

In any event after talking to my doc she seems to think it could be just hormonal shifts related to PMS or perhaps even PMDD. Right now we're just focused on getting symptoms under control. While I don't know how much I like the idea of taking pills without treating root causes; I am willing to do so in order to get my life back on track. Of course, I'm well aware the medication I'm taking could get me thrown out of the FKC. I'm not sure how I feel about that.

So, this week I've really slacked off on my cardio. I only ran twice and didn't bike at all. Tonight I didn't want to go for a run in the rain so I did my sit ups. Once upon a time it was difficult for me to do 10 or 15, now I'm up to fifty. I'm hoping tomorrow to wake up with that soreness in my middle that reminds me of a job well done :)

I hope all of you are enjoying fall as much as I am! Hoping to get around to catching up on people's blogs soon!

xoxo

  
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MSMOSTIMPROVED 9/23/2012 7:02PM

    I think your doc gave you a reasonable plan. As for the cardio, no slackin' off this week, okay? *arms crossed and foot tappin* Well, thumbs up for getting in the 50 sit ups. That is no small feat. I see washboard abs by next summer in your future!

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LILAC_LANE 9/23/2012 10:40AM

    You really inspire me.
Regardless of what's going on you don't quit.
You should be very proud of yourself!
50 situps is 49 more than I have ever been able to do :)
I'm glad that your doc is trying to help you.
Keep moving forward!
Wishing you a good week,
~j~

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GINGERLY4 9/23/2012 9:54AM

    I have a love/hate relationship with that soreness!

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