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165 by 45, an update on my 2/15 post and goals

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

This is a short and simple update to my blog on Feb 15th. Keeping myself accountable is the best way to succeed!!
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No more excuses.
emoticon Doing great with this!! Any time an extra session is offered, I do it.

No more 'slower is better' used as an excuse so I can eat 'X' this: weekend, trip, holiday, random tuesday.
emoticon Eating to live while not depriving myself.

No more alcohol until I celebrate reaching 165. (this will be HARD!!)
emoticon Not only was that HARD, but unrealistic. While I did overindulge a bit for St Pat's, I also have eliminated drinking on weeknights and only partake for special occasions

No more whining.
emoticon Nuff said!!

No more taking weekends off from exercise.
emoticon Have exercised almost every day since 2/15 and have to FORCE myself to take a day off this weekend.

No more deciding to have a relaxing day off and not leaving the house, rain or shine.
emoticon Snowed, rained, hailed for Shamrock run, could have wimped out and didn't

I will eat real, whole foods
emoticon Doing great with this!! I love food, food loves me!!

I will eat my minimum calorie/nutrition limits
emoticon Have had to increase my calories due to working out more... weird huh?!?

I will exercise more, bigger, louder, higher, stronger, longer
emoticon I'm actually having to force myself to take a day off on Friday this week.

I will practice, take lessons, golf as much as I can (weather pending)
emoticon Weather has been HORRIBLE in Oregon

I will read ingredients and stop eating any food that contains stuff I can't pronounce
emoticon Takes a little longer to shop, but it's pretty easy

I will go out with my friends and not deprive myself of life during this time
emoticon Had loads of fun on St Patrick's weekend!! Around working out and doing Shamrock Run 5k

1.5 lbs per week, 20 weeks, 45 years. I can do this!!
emoticon 6 lbs lost so far, which is about 1.2 lbs per week. I'm okay with that. That puts me right on target with my goal. I'm also doing more weights so increasing the muscle at the same time. Burn fat/ gain muscle, rev up engines for more fat loss!!

It's all good!!
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VICD25 3/30/2012 11:42AM

    you have really kicked some bu**
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50 pounds... GONE!!!

Friday, March 16, 2012

I've been in this process for quite a while now. There have been ups and downs. Luckily, one of the few downs has been my weight!! emoticon

Here's what 50 pounds looks like...

4 sticks of butter in a pound... that's 200 STICKS OF BUTTER!! It takes me almost 2 weeks to eat one stick of butter now.


10 fully grown chiuahuas. Which make a nagging, yapping noise like the pain in my joints that I no longer hear screaming at me.


10 bags of sugar, which I eat now, sparingly (real organic sugar only, no fake stuff please!!)


5 10 lb hand weights, which I use almost daily to help tone my shrinking arms.


2 of these spare tires, which are no longer around my belly

And something to remind me when I'm sad that I "only" lost 1 lb...


Thanks to my SparkFriends who support me on my journey!!
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SASSYWIFE_06 3/23/2012 12:34PM

    That is such an amazing accomplishment..

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BOBINVA 3/18/2012 12:50PM

    Amazing. Great visualizations. Congratulations.

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OSUBUCKI101 3/17/2012 8:36AM

    Awesome job Gretchen! You rock!

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THROOPER62 3/17/2012 7:09AM

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FIT_TERI 3/16/2012 8:59PM

    great job!!!
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SEAGIRLRUN 3/16/2012 8:57PM

    Wow, that is incredible! Way to go! You are an inspiration. :)

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MILLISMA 3/16/2012 8:33PM

    emoticonWhat a great goal to achieve. emoticon

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AGAMER 3/16/2012 7:22PM

    I have a bag of sugar at home wrapped in plastic wrap and taped up, ready to remind me at the 5-pound mark that I've lost that much weight. Thanks for posting those pics. It's amazing how much extra baggage we carry (or have carried) with us every day.

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165 by 45, drawing a line in the sand.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

My Goal weight is 165. My 45th birthday is Friday, June 1st. My goal is to get my weight to 165 by that date. That's 20 lbs and 15 weeks.

In my lifetime, I have been at 165 twice. When I was blowing past it on my way to 180's in my teens and 8 years ago, before having major surgery. The first time, I was young, too much under the influence of family pressure and teen angst. The second time, I was ill and doing Weight Watchers... the wrong way.

My life with WW was marred by me finding a way to 'cheat the system'. I'd weigh in on Friday morning, eat drink and be merry over the weekend, and then starve myself until Friday weigh in. NOT a smart way to do things. Oh yeah, and I didn't work out. I golfed some, walked on occasion and just didn't do it right. I did weigh in at 165 one time and then everything went kerplooie! emoticon

At the same time I was on WW, I was suffering from Fibroids, anemia, "Girl Problems" (I will be glad to discuss details further privately, but don't want to gross people out here. Please email me privately if you'd like more info.) Culminating in the final diagnosis of needing to have a partial hysterectomy. Thankfully, my issues were not due to cancer and I was left with my ovaries, so hormone issues were not a problem either (knock wood!!).

After having a hysterectomy in February of 04, I was out of commission for 6 weeks, couldn't work for 3, couldn't golf for almost a year due to lack of strength and pain. I'll account about 20 lbs. to that issue. The other 40 lbs... that was sheer loss of my mental focus. As well as some left over feelings about my own femininity and my lack of a uterus. (BTW, having a uterus did not make me a woman, so NOT having one does not make me NOT one either!!)

When I lost the weight, I threw away my 'fat clothes'. Should have sent up some huge red flags when I had to buy bigger sizes. emoticon emoticon

I do wish that one of my friends would have pulled me aside and given me a shake. I don't hold them responsible for my weight gain. I think it would have helped if someone had noticed and showed that they cared enough to be alarmed.

Thanks to joining and sharing on SP and following the principals set on the site, I had the courage to tell some of my friends about my weight loss and health journey. I have asked them to keep in touch with me and throw water in my face if they see me sliding again. They now check in on a regular basis. I know now, that they have my back. emoticon

So I looked at the calendar the other day and saw my birthday. June 1. And realized, I'm going to be 45 this year. 45. FORTY-FIVE. quarante-cinq. cuarenta y cinco. No matter what language I write it in, it still equals 45. That's a new check box on forms. That's what I always considered my 'half-life' age. Most of my family has passed away by their early 70's if not sooner, so I set my sights on 90 to beat the odds.

I've never been afraid of birthdays or sharing my true age. I was only 39 or even 29 once. But there's one thing about this one that has lit a fire under my ever-shrinking butt.

I am running out of time!!
I could share a million and one articles about the fact that the older you get the harder it is to:
* lose weight
* get healthy
* avoid family history of health problems
* find the love of my life
* learn new things
* teach my body to move
* and a whole lot of other things that I'm beginning to forget already...

So I figure that I'd better get cracking!! I have redefined my current goal to lose 20 lbs, by June 1. That's 20 pounds in 15 weeks. 1.5 lbs per week.

No more excuses.
No more 'slower is better' used as an excuse so I can eat 'X' this: weekend, trip, holiday, random tuesday.
No more alcohol until I celebrate reaching 165. (this will be HARD!!)
No more whining.
No more taking weekends off from exercise.
No more deciding to have a relaxing day off and not leaving the house, rain or shine.

and the positives
I will eat real, whole foods
I will eat my minimum calorie/nutrition limits
I will exercise more, bigger, louder, higher, stronger, longer
I will practice, take lessons, golf as much as I can (weather pending)
I will read ingredients and stop eating any food that contains stuff I can't pronounce
I will go out with my friends and not deprive myself of life during this time

1.5 lbs per week, 20 weeks, 45 years. I can do this!!

  
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CHRYS13 2/18/2012 9:59AM

    Beautiful goals.....realistic and do-able!
Please know that you are a youthful, vibrant, and astonishing woman!

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 2/17/2012 5:12AM

    You have set a fabulous goal!
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BOBINVA 2/16/2012 2:18PM

    You can do this. Record your food and fitness and let everyone see it. Brag about it. Tell us when you are struggling and tell us before you give in to anything that is not on your goal list. Let us help you help yourself. You CAN do this!

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My friend told me that I look 'shorter'... (insert head tilt here!)

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

I've been looking for 'thinner', 'stronger', 'fitter', 'hotter', but shorter?

First of all, he's a stereotypical guy. Not so good with the communication. Not one with a compliment unless forced or coerced. A friend of mine for over 15 years with NO physical/emotional/relationship history other than friendship. Married to my BFF and father of 'my girls'. So we spend a fair bit of time together.

I had just jogged down to the stop light with the 9 year old to hit the Walk button and when the rest of the family caught up with us to wait for the light he says "I know this sounds weird, but you look shorter." emoticon

I have to admit, I was confused by his comment, so I had to ask him a few questions. Since losing 45+ lbs, and working out consistently, my over-all size has shrunk so much that I am not as "intimidating" any more. And therefore, I look shorter. Yep, that's what it came down to. We are about the same height. I'm 5'8" he's 5'9". He's always been at least mostly fit, I've always been in the obese to morbidly obese categories.

Think about it. When you're walking down the street and you see 2 guys, both 6'0" tall. One is thin, the other could be a linebacker in the NFL. Which one looks more intimidating?

I was a linebacker. Intimidating. Taller than many other women. Not very 'girly'. Not very feminine. Now, I'm starting to get an hourglass figure (of course mine's about an hour and a half). I'm wearing cuter clothes.

So we are on vacation together in Disneyland and I'm out-walking everyone, not whining about aches and pains, running to catch up with Goofy for a hug and cute picture, giving the girls piggy backs for blocks. Not eating funnel cakes, only having a couple bites of churro before handing it off, getting the sliced mango and pineapple instead of ice cream, apple slices instead of fries, eating off of the 'skinneylicious' menu at Cheesecake Factory (No dessert thank you.).

Did I feel deprived? Not one bit. Did I feel stronger, fitter, thinner and maybe a little bit hotter? Yes, I sure did.

So, 'shorter'. Yep, I'll take it.

  
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SWEETZMIX 2/9/2012 7:47PM

    He noticed! hehe I am short enough at 5"1...imagine me shorter. Sometimes it takes men a little while, you know.

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ERIKO1908 2/8/2012 12:06AM

    I love your description of the hour and a half glass!! This blog was awesome!! Congrats on your shorter presence!! :)

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BESTMEPOSSIBLE 2/8/2012 12:05AM

    So shorter after 45lb. I wonder how he will describe you in another 20lb; shrunken? deflated? or will that tip the comment to hotter? lol. Keep up the great work!

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BOBINVA 2/7/2012 3:54PM

    Sparkalicious.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 2/7/2012 2:30PM

    At least he noticed there was a difference.

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PAMNANGEL 2/7/2012 12:29PM

    Shorter?! Okay.

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Small Things and 2012 goals

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Last March when I went to Colorado by plane, I fit in the seat... mostly. But I was squirting under the armrest so that it would slowly slide up over time. And then I'd ooze over towards the other seat.

Flying home to Boston for Christmas, I pulled down the arm rest and it didn't touch!! There was no one sitting next to me and I still kept it down for most of the flight... because I could. No squishing, no sliding.

I know that I have more to go. I know that I have to make a few changes.

2012 Goals:

1. Re-do vision board
2. Keep exercising (find balance between strength training and cardio)
3. Get back to measuring food. I have been logging on the BodyMedia site, but will switch back to SP logger
4. Cook more healthy meals (remember to bring lunch to work!!)
5. Bust through my plateau
6. Take body measurements
7. Focus on 1-2 lbs per week loss

What are your goals? Have you set good ones?
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CHRYS13 1/1/2012 4:33PM

    Hey, awesome! Congrats!
I'm so proud of you....and I know you will continue to fulfill your goals!
Wishing you a bright and glorious New Year!

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SOKKERNUT 12/31/2011 10:31AM

    emoticon Awesome goals! emoticon

My goal for 2012 is to eat better/cleaner. I have no problem with exercise its the food part that I need to get under control.


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GETFIT2LIVE 12/29/2011 3:33PM

    Isn't that a great feeling, to truly fit in the seat? That's the kind of measurement that we can miss when we focus on the scale too much, but they are important ones. Those are great goals; way to go!

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BOBINVA 12/29/2011 2:18PM

    Great goals and will be looking forward to hearing you check each off in the new year.

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