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I lost my cat

Sunday, May 04, 2008

in body weight!!!!! Hahahaha, yes, my darling Jenny June Bug whom we affectionately call Fatty McFatFat weights a whopping 18 lbs. When we got her (she was about 2) she was already this fat and we haven't been able to slim her down. Today, I am down 18 lbs!! I lost my cat!!!

Every time I pick her up I am going to think about the fact that this much weight used to be on my body. Eighteen, it's my favorite number and it feels good. I was born on the eighteenth, in the Jewish religion it means "chai" (pronounced hi) and means good luck. Now I am down eighteen pounds. I lost Fatty McFatFat!!! hehehehe, yay me!

I'm on track to my goal of 20 lbs by my birthday!!! That's even better!!!!

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11-RENEWAL-20 5/6/2008 5:13PM

    After reading about you losing your cat's weight; I realized that I have lost the weight of both my cats...Griff weights 20 pounds and Maggie weights 11 pounds...everyone comments on how huge he is and how tiny she is...I'm using her as my goal model...he as my before ...LOL...they make a good visual
reminder. Don't get too angry with yourself; we all have frustrating days like you had today...good luck...take care. Sharon J/IN

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MRS_TOAD 5/5/2008 7:53PM

    What an awesome reminder of how far you have come! I constantly am reminding myself and others how much we have lost by the increments of 5 lb bags of sugar. It gives a great perspective. And here I was scared that your cat was lost. lol

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GIRLINMOTION 5/5/2008 9:19AM

    Like others before me, I was feeling your loss for your cat (I have a cat and love him dearly). But I am glad to hear it is the weight of your cat, lol. As well as you I feel better too (knowing it wasn't the cat that is lost, but the weight, lol). Way to go Gallynne!

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DORY.A 5/5/2008 8:52AM

    It's funny how we see our weight loss as things like your cat. When I hit my first goal (18 lbs, funny enough), I insisted on finding enough things that weighed 18 pounds so I would know EXACTLY what I was carrying around. I think I found some cookbooks and such... Now that it's 32.8 lbs I've lost, I notice things in the gardening centre that weigh that...

I believe I've lost a couple of bags of fertilizer!!!!

Congrats for sticking with it and staying on track to your next goal...

You rock!!!!!!!

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BLINDBETH 5/5/2008 6:19AM

    Ok.... my first response was that we really need to organize a search party...

Whoo Hoo! You are doing so great! I want to jump with glee for you! Actually, thinking of another object that weighs the same as the weight you've lost is a great visual. I know you are ready for more people to notice the weight loss... and surely they'd notice that a fat cat is gone...

Have a great day!

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FOXYLOSE30 5/4/2008 5:40PM

    You really got me....I was thinking where could the darn cat be. Continue to do well......but I am glad you are losing your fat..LOL and didn't really lose the cat.

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ITEACH91 5/4/2008 2:31PM

    You are too funny! But you're right, thinking about it that way on a daily basis is going to keep you motivated and on track.

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KAREN8241 5/4/2008 1:15PM

    Wow, you scared me for a minute! emoticon I'm glad the "loss" of your cat is only in comparable poundage!
You are doing so well and I know you'll meet your goal! Congratulations!

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EFAKER 5/4/2008 11:45AM

    How funny! I was prepared to offer you sympathy, but what a great visual/tactile reminder of your weight loss! We had Bubba the cat for 17 years... he weighed about 21 pounds, but his head was normal sized so he was hysterical, looked like a cartoon cat... he stressed out when we moved and he had to go on Prozac... very neurotic cat!

Good for you with the weight loss!

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TAMMI1963 5/4/2008 9:55AM

    When I ready your blog title I thought OH NO!!! How sad. WHEW!!! Good for you for losing the 18 pounds and I am also glad your cat is still with us!! Keep up the good work emoticon

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NANCYVV 5/4/2008 9:03AM

    Whew! You really had me scared with the title of your blog!! Congrats on your weight loss and keep up the great work! (And I'm very glad that Jenny June Bug is still with us).

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BARCINTL 5/4/2008 8:44AM

    Congratulations!!! I knew you could do it and I know you'll be 20 down and the belle of the ball at your party :)

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90 Days

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Today is officially 90 days on SparkPeople. Hard to believe I've only been here that long. It feels like at least a year. I've lost 17 lbs. in 90 days. Pretty impressive for a middle aged woman who's had a hysterectomy.

What I find really strange is that still, no one has noticed. I continue to go to my clients homes, continue to see friends and yet, anyone who doesn't know I'm trying, doesn't see anything different. How can that be? My friend Dawn keeps telling me that when I hit the 20 lb mark, everyone will start to notice. Gosh, I hope so.

I've been pretty good about exercising this week. It is always the hardest thing for me. I've walked the lake 4 out of the last 5 days. That's 3 miles each day. Don't know if I will make it today because of appointments and it's quite cold out but I'm still going to try and get it in. If not, I'll use some weights tonight.

I'm glad I'm here. I'm glad I've changed for the better. I still don't feel "smaller" but while no one sees it, I am. I'm looking forward to the next 90 days. If I can lose just 5 lbs a month that will take me very, very close to where I want to be. I'm still hoping for that 20 lb mark by my birthday.

Ya know, I'm kind of excited about that!

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BARCINTL 5/4/2008 8:47AM

    Yeah, I'm her friend Dawn and here's an example of what I mean. I met my old editor friends about 6 weeks ago when I was not significantly heavier than I am now--maybe 6 lbs lighter but that would have meant that I had already lost 41lbs when I last saw them. Nobody said anything. When I saw a lot of the same people just this past Friday, they all asked how I'd gotten so skinny. It has a lot to do with what you wear and also what's on *their* minds at the time since we were really concentrating on my friend Mike and how he'd just been fired from his job the last time we were together.

People will notice. I promise.

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TAMMI1963 5/3/2008 9:51AM

    Congrats on your 17lb weight loss. You're doing great so keep up the good work.

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BLINDBETH 5/2/2008 6:25AM

    It does seem to take a while for some to notice. And I know that some folks are afraid to comment about weight as it can be such a touchy subject.

I agree with Dory though - you probably haven't changed much in the way of clothes. And that can hide your losses. Since I've lost weight, more people have noticed when I started wearing clothes that fit. Though you'd think that having to hike up your britches would be a clue that you've lost weight.... go figure!

The first half of the weight I lost didn't make nearly the impact on my body size as the last half. Just something I noticed.

You are doing great! Keep up the hard work and people will start noticing...

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DORY.A 5/1/2008 9:44AM

    On the comment about no one noticing... have you changed your wardrobe yet? I found in the first 20 lbs that I was still wearing clothes that were a couple of sizes too big... they appeared baggy but didn't do anything to emphasize the weight loss...

Then I bought a new blouse that was fitted closer to my body and the comments came flying out....

You're doing so great... and you WILL be noticed... and even if you don't get noticed, you're doing this for YOU mostly, right? So YOU know... that should be what matters most!

You go girl!!!!

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How I've changed and grown with SparkPeople

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Back in the day....back when I would "diet" I would find myself going along swimmingly. I'd be losing weight, I'd be happy and then...oh then the dreaded pitfall!!! Something like a holiday, birthday, special party, whatever, would come about and I'd fall. I'd fall and getting back up was nearly impossible. If and/or when I'd get back up it could be weeks, months and sometimes even years later. It was that hard for me.

Last week was Passover. What a difficult holiday to get through for me because not only is it my favorite holiday but it is considered the biggest eating holiday filled with yummy foods. The holiday is at my home as well and I cook for weeks. It was hard to maintain and not cheat, very, very hard.

By mid-week I had given away most of the leftovers. I still hadn't completely tracked all my food but I wasn't terrible. By the end of the week, I was back. Tracking everything I ate, making good choices and now I'm completely back in that proverbial wagon.

I didn't lose anything during Passover but I didn't gain either. This morning I had a two pound loss!! Hooray! I feel so pleased that I am back. No excuses, no giving up and gaining it all back, but just back into eating right, exercising and taking back my life.

I really want to thank my friend Dawn who told me about SparkPeople. It really has changed my life. Reaching goals has made this even more rewarding and now I'm back on track for my next one. 20 pounds by my birthday May 18. I want this one so much!!

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MSCHREF 4/29/2008 9:51AM

    Thanks for your comment on my blog. Reading yours I see that I haven't hit any holidays that I celebrate yet. I can imagine, though, how tough it must be to get through! Some years back I was in a behavior modification class for weight loss and one of the things I remember in the class about eating out, etc was to say "I'm here to be with my friend, spouse, etc. and the friendship is what's important, not the food". I imagine the same thing could be applied to eating at Passover though it doesn't help if you are the one doing the cooking!! Another tactic from the class was to say something like "What an interesting art display" and to think of the food as a colorful exhibit rather than something edible. Sounds like you've got a lot to be proud of. I hope I do as well!

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TBUCKNER 4/28/2008 10:35PM

    I AM SOOOO PROUD OF YOU!!! You have come such a very long way, since the first blog reply I made to you, -been awhile...and Gayllynne you've worked so hard. Your attitude is wonderful. I am so proud to know you...even if only through "the threads"; people like you lift my spirits up, and help me to keep at it! I really admire your strength, and again Gayllynne, I am so proud of you! emoticon -Tammy

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BLINDBETH 4/28/2008 9:18PM

    That is impressive to not gain during Passover. We didn't cook (thus eat) nearly as much this year because Passover came right in the middle of two Proms, a lot of catering, and just a life that has been too busy. No one had time to cook more than the basics.

And I love the word swimmingly.

Have a great week!

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DORY.A 4/28/2008 9:03AM

    I totally know what you mean about going along and then hitting an "eating" holiday... I would never get back on the wagon after those... now I do.

I am learning, as are you, what my triggers are for over-eating... or for just giving up too soon.

You are an inspiration and have been a great encouragement on my own journey - thank you for your words on my page... and the new workout shoes!!

I can't wait to celebrate with you on or before your birthday, that you've reached that next goal!

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CANNOTFATHOM 4/27/2008 7:58PM

    You have a fantastic and healthy attitude! Best wishes on your continued success!


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BUNTINGL 4/27/2008 6:38PM

    Thanks for the nice comments on my page. Just read your post. I celebrated Passover at a friend's house so I can completely relate. I'd been off track since Easter! Back on track now though. Good luck with your goals!

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GIRLINMOTION 4/27/2008 12:36PM

    I want to thank your friend Dawn too for telling you about SparkPeople. You have begun re-blossoming as your old/young confident self and a healthier body too.

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TORINBAMA 4/27/2008 11:27AM

    Way to go! The longer we stay on track the easier it's going to get. Don't expect to be perfect or you'll be setting yourself up for failure. Little changes daily will be the way to win this battle. I'm so proud of you! Keep up the good work. I'm trying to lose 20 pounds by Memorial Day and since you are trying to lose that much by your birthday we can do it together! We can do this!


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BONLOR 4/27/2008 10:15AM

    Congrats on your "loss" and on your successful journey through the holiday. It is very difficult to avoid those wonderful foods that get prepared during holiday times, so instead of passing on them we have to learn to just have a very small amount to satisfy that craving (which it sounds like you succeeded in doing!) You are doing great, keep it up!
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Catching a glimpse

Friday, April 25, 2008

I dropped my son off at his baseball practice which is at a place in a mall. This particular mall is going out of business and one of the big department stores is selling off everything. Of course I checked it out.

I decided not to buy any clothes. I am no where near the weight I want to be and I will wait until I am half way before I pick up anything! As I was shopping I walked around a corner to look at some cooking things and looked to my left to see a full length mirror. I stopped for a moment and just looked at myself. When this happened in the past I looked away very quickly but this time I realized I was making progress.

This wasn't someone I didn't know but was me. Yes, I'm still heavy but not like I was. I didn't recoil in horror at what I looked like, I just thought, "Hmmm, getting there, little by little."

For me that was a defining moment. I have been so angry at myself for so long and now I'm starting...just starting to realize I'm doing everything I can to get to where I need to be.

As Martha would say, "It's a good thing."

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MUSTANGCATHY 4/27/2008 12:29AM

Like you I had a health scare only it took me a few months (12) to get it together. I want to be able to look in the mirror and not recoil,not quite there yet but I will be. I feel that if I can get up , it doesn't matter what hurts, IT"S A GOOD DAY!!! We can do this because we are strong and we want to be FIT AND FINE. Have a great weekend.


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GIRLINMOTION 4/26/2008 4:39PM

    "Oh, what a feeling, now you are high in believing that your are getting there". It does help when you see results. Today I went to the bank, and I didn't recoil either when I saw myself in the security camera. So I know exactly how your feeling and nothing can beat that. WOOHOO!!!!

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BLINDBETH 4/25/2008 9:02PM

    And like you pointed out, I am going to do better at appreciating my assets (pun intended) in a more positive light. Body image is something that can make such an impact on each of us. It is about time that we start focusing on the positives.
Have a great weekend!

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TORINBAMA 4/25/2008 1:51PM


It is greaaat to be able to see some progress isn't it? Be very proud of what you are accomplishing! My trainer noticed that I don't look "as swollen" the other day. I'd quit eating salt - cold turkey - which is HUGE for me since I have loved it, craved it, inhaled it all of my life. How awesome it is that things are changing for the better for us and we're actually starting to notice the changes in our looks!


Keep up the good work!


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Those Ex's are good for something!

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

My ex took our daughter to look at colleges this past week. They left right after Passover dinner. He has the patience of Job and is a really great guy and wonderful dad. We are very good friends.

They got back today and of course his first question was whether there was any chicken soup left. Naturally, I had a whole container waiting for him. As I was feeding him I asked if he liked this dish or that dish and of course, his answer was yes.

So, all those leftovers that were calling my name in the fridge are going home with him tonight. I couldn't be happier because my children don't eat this stuff and I love it. It now won't go to waste and will be really appreciated and best of all won't end up on my hips!!!

Talk about win/win!!!!

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GIRLINMOTION 4/24/2008 9:37AM

    Win/Win is great.

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BLINDBETH 4/24/2008 6:40AM

    Way to go! I often send meals and leftovers to my Ex, too - especially since he is single (and it is always harder to cook meals when there is just one person eating). I love that you have such a great attitude about your Ex - and that is so much healthier for your children. My Ex is still one of my best friends - and he is great friends with my DH. Also, I am good friends with my DH's Ex-wife. The kids have had no success in trying to play us against each other and they really haven't even tried. We are all just one weird and happy family!

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BARCINTL 4/23/2008 9:36PM

    But the real question is, did he take any of the cheese ball?

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