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Tale of the Tape (measure)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

FYI, I don't believe in the Biggest Loser approach to weight loss. Quicker the better, only one "Winner" allowed concept, from the tv show that I refuse to watch. Frankly, I believe it gives unreasonable expectations for general public that doesn't have 24/7 doctor, trainer, cook and psychologist. That being said...

I joined the Biggest Loser style competition at my gym (Diesel Fitness ~ Woodburn, OR) this year. It was held February - April 23rd. If nothing else, I viewed it as a little extra inspiration. We had loads of extra classes and some educational seminars as well.

First things first... I did not win. Not even close. I set a goal of losing about 1.5 lbs a week and lost less than .8 lbs per week. And while I do wish I hit my goal, I'm damned proud of myself for doing what I did do:
I worked out, almost 2 hours a day, 4-5 days a week, for the ENTIRE time.
I also enjoyed myself. While I did track my food and calories, I attended parties, sports events and concerts.
I did not deprive myself. I did not starve myself. I did not crash diet. I did not use hcg or another chemical food replacement.

Here's the Tale of the Tame (Measure):
Item Start Finish Change
Weight 188 180.7 -7.3 (now 175!!)
Fat % 39 35.5 -3.5
BMI 28.6 27.0 -1.6
All measured in inches:
Neck 13.5 13.25 -.25
Upper Arm 13.5 12.5 -1
Forearm 9.5 9.25 -.25
Chest 44 40 -4 emoticon
Waist 38 36.5 -1.5
Hip 45 44 -1
Thigh 23.5 23.25 -.25
Calf 15.25 14.25 -1

What I did do is win the "Healthy Lifestyle" award. It was given as a special award to the people who are the most likely to continue Healthy Lifestyle habits (versus the people who lose, gain, lose, gain.... ) I take more pride in this certificate than if I had one the whole 'game'.

How I see it is that I am a "Biggest Winner". In the long run, I will keep of the weight. I will continue to exercise. I will not need the Biggest Loser contest next year, because I will be at my goal (12-15 more lbs.) well before next February.

I never thought that I would be the one that people come to for advice, that is organizing challenges, that is getting "thank you" messages from people who I have inspired to get healthy.
Me. The girl who has been overweight, mostly obese, her entire life.
Me. The girl who has been called names, bullied, and had things thrown at her by hateful people.
Me. The girl who just fit into some pants that I have been unable to fit into since before having major surgery 8 years ago (10 pounds heavier than I was then, but WAY more fit and healthy now.)
Me. The girl who still has a way to go before I reach my goals.
Me. The girl who WILL reach her goals!!!

Spark on my friends!! Never give up. Believe in yourself. When you need help, ask for it!!

  
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VICKI-B--56 5/17/2012 12:26PM

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LEVERB66 5/16/2012 7:15PM

  Awesome Job/Attitude!!!

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GRANDMABABA 5/16/2012 3:35PM

    You are on your way. Congrats!

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 5/16/2012 3:35PM

    Congratulations - what great achievements - long term healthy lifestyle is more important than sudden weight loss that can't be sustained, this is an awesome effort - you deserve to be so proud of yourself.
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A grain of sand in my shoe

Monday, April 30, 2012

So I'm about 2.5 miles into my 5.25 mile walk, when the pain started. I swear, at the moment, I felt like there were legions of Huns behind me and I had been struck in the achilies by a spear. I was at a spot where I have a short walk back to my house before hitting the other side of the "loop". I almost just turned right then and limped home.

So I says to myself, "Self... just stop for a moment and check it out". Not a spear. Not a rock. Frankly, it wasn't even much of a pebble. It was an extra large grain of sand that flipped up in between my sock and heel. Not sure how I didn't feel it sooner, but I was already bleeding and raw by then.

Pulled out the offender. Made sure he didn't have any friends hiding. Used a little water to rinse off the spot. Looked down the road towards my house. Stood up tall, smiled, and started the other half of my walk. It bugged me for a while, but I got over it and finished my walk well within my time frame.

I thought about that grain of sand. I could have let it annoy me, make me bleed more, trip me up for the day. But I didn't want that day become a week, a month, or an even excuse to not go further.

It felt good to walk it off. About a half mile afterwords I was rewarded with this:

I have always loved the scent of lilacs. They last such a short time. You have to truly enjoy them while you can. If I had given up and limped home, I would have never seen those lilacs.

I was reminded of this quote: "It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out; it's the grain of sand in your shoe. "~ Robert W. Service

Lesson learned, don't let the grain of sand become a mountain. Let the grain of sand, instead, become a pearl!

And next time you walk, tuck a couple of band-aids in your pouch.

  
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KATETK 5/1/2012 5:24PM

    Great analogy and smart of you to link it to the quote. You are so very correct. Glad you figured it out and got back out! K

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LAURIE-RN 5/1/2012 8:03AM

    Good advice! Thank you for sharing.

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BOBINVA 4/30/2012 7:13PM

    Great job. Great attitude. The reward is finishing what you started. The lilacs are a bonus.

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IAMSUPERGIRL 4/30/2012 6:20PM

    Pretty flowers! Glad you didn't miss them! :)

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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!!
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
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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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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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