Sunday, March 14, 2010
First things, first - I just had my weekly weighin. The scale didn't move this week! But, I'm still happy. I am still on my average of 2 to 3 pounds a week and I'm still shrinking.
That brings me to my big prize. I badly needed to find a new winter jacket, since all of mine are way too big for me. I had a bag of old clothes to take to the thrift store for a donation yesterday. While I was there I decided to look for a jacket. What a find!! There on the rack was a perfect leather jacket just waiting for a home. I saw only two problems. One, it was a size large (which I haven't worn since I was in high school - a looong time ago) and two, I was expecting it to be out of my budget, even at thrift store prices, since it was in very good condition.
When I checked the price and found it was only $18.00, I was sure it wouldn't fit. That would be too good to be true. As soon as I tried it on, it was mine!!!! It fits perfectly.
The unexpected price was when I got it home and felt a a round object in the bottom inside the lining. With some searching I found a small opening in the stitching on the inside of one of the pockets. When I finally got it moved up and out of the lining, I found a very nice (and expensive) Cross pen!! And it still writes.
With that lucky find, I'm guessing my jacket was a freebie. Should have bought a lottery ticket!!
Sunday, March 07, 2010
The logical side of my brain says that the numbers on the scale are not all that important, but when I stepped off the scale this morning after my weekly weigh-in, I was jumping for joy inside. Just knowing that I have been able to lose 104 pounds (so far - not finished yet) was a great feeling!!!
But that is just icing on the cake! The great things that I have learned, the people I have met on line, the way my health has improved, the changes in my appearance, and the good feeling I have about myself are far more improtant.
Without SparkPeople, I'm very sure I would have never come this far. Now all the things I have learned and the changes I have made are becoming habits I have incorporated into my new healthy lifestlye. I just thank God that He gave me the strength and determination to search for help and then take advantage of it when it presented itself.
These days, one of my favorite things to do when some one asks how I did it is to hand them one of the little SparkPeople cards I have printed from the "Spread the Spark" page. In fact, this week I stopped at the fitness center where I had therapy on my knees over a year ago (just to show off to the therapist - LOL). She was totally amazed at the transformation!! The first thing she did was give me a big hug and tell me how proud she was of me. Next she asked how I did it. Before I left, she had a card and the receptionist was already looking at the web page on her computer!!
The bottom line is, I am feeling better every day, spreading the Spark, and having a great time!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Yesterday I got some new pants I had been waiting to be sent. It took about 10 days from the time I ordered them before they arrived. Well today I am sending them back and exchanging them for a smaller size! The pants I I ordered were 2 sizes smaller than the ones I am currently wearing, so I thiught I would be safe for a while. WRONG!!
Since it will probably take at least 2 to 3 weeks to send them back and get the replacements, I am going to go for another 2 sizes smaller. That will be 7 sizes (14 inches) down from where I started.
All this is frustrating and exciting at the same time. I guess I'll just keep wearing the baggy ones a little longer, tighten the belt another notch, and stay excited.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
After 3 weeks with a total weight loss of only 1 pound, my body finally caught up with the increases I have made in my exercise and activity. With a recent change in my strength training, I can tell I have been steadily building muscle and can see by my clothes that I am losing fat (which is exactly what I want to do). Since muscle weighs more than fat, I wasn't surprised to see no real changes in my weight, but it is still great to see the results there too.
I just stepped off the scale on my weekly weigh-in. I have lost another 6 pounds since last week! I was so surprised that I actually stepped back on to be sure I read it right. Sure enough - the same number came up. That makes a total of 96 pounds that I am not carrying around.
The combination of gaining muscle, losing fat, and now the scale moving again has really got me motivated to keep it going.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
This morning I woke earlier than usual and just didn't feel right. Not that I was ill, I felt distracted and and out of sync. I sat at the computer and read some very informative and motivational articles and blogs which helped some. Finally I decided (half-heatedely) to start my workout.
Now I have done my strength training and spent 40 minutes on my stationary bike with good reading material, had breakfast, and I FEEL GREAT!!! I guess, for me, what it takes is to get moving and do something. Now I'm ready to take on the day.
Thank God for exercise and giving me the resolve to do it when I have trouble getting myself going.
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