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I did it all myself

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I am very happy with the progress I have made over the past year, but there are bumps in the road on any journey. I encountered on last week - that I put there myself. I stepped on the scale this morning and found that I had gained back 3 pounds that I have worked so hard to lose!! And I did it all myself!!!!! I got lazy about portion control, tracking everything, and stopped thinking about what I KNOW is right for me. Now I have the opportunity to use the advice I always give to others - let it go, use it as a learning experience, and move forward. I will get back on track from this moment on!!!!
I am having knee surgery on Thursday, so the exercise time and intensity will be less for a while, so I will have to be even more careful about calorie intake.
I am trying very hard to think of this as a short detour on my longer journey to being more healthy and fit. I don't tell myself I can do it. I say I WILL DO IT!!!!

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ARCHIMEDESII 5/17/2010 12:59PM

    Hang in there ! You didn't really "gain" 3 pounds of fat in a week UNLESS you ate an extra 10,500 calories. Don't forget that in order to truly gain one pound of fat, a person has to eat an extra 3,500 calories on top of their normal daily calories. So, unless you ate three whole cheesecakes this week, you did not gain 3 pounds of fat.

You probably ate food that was a little high in sodium. If so, what's happening is your body is retaining water. this is perfectly normal ! I can easily gain 3-4 pounds in a day! is that a fat gain ? Nope, it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain. If you return to your normal eating habits, you'll notice the scale will go down.

So, don't worry, you're doing just fine. When a person loses weight and keeps it off, they will still experience various ups and downs. Water weight can easily skew the scale. thus the need to not fret and remember that there is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning.

You've done an amazing job. this is not a set back. it really is nothing more than a temporary water weight fluctuation that will pass in a few days.


-- karen

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SAM60SUMTHINK 5/16/2010 7:11PM

    You bring up an important distinction: "I WILL do it" is sooo much more potent than "I can do it"!!!
Good luck with the knee surgery.

During my years of pool therapy I've met manyl people preparing for or recuperating after knee surgery. Their experiences lead me to believe that if you have access to a physical therapist with a warm water pool you can continue getting exercise of both strength an cardio...AND!...the knee will heal more quickly. (Water exercise is probably the most adaptive to all skill and ability levels!)

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WINGS2DREAM 5/16/2010 12:43PM

    Good for you, you will do it. stay focused and TRACK, TRACK, TRACK.

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MSSUGARBAKER 5/16/2010 10:29AM

    Thank you for taking time to notice my first blog post. I'm impressed with all the good you've done for yourself prior to this knee surgery. Priceless. Best wishes for a smooth and complete recovery. May you there be a new spring in your step when you return to the "weight loss cha-cha".

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WATERMELLEN 5/16/2010 10:20AM

    All best with that knee surgery: anyone I've known who has ever had it has been totally grateful for the improvement in mobility and release from pain, so I'm hoping you have the same experience.

Three pounds on is something to keep a close watch over, of course -- but is within that fluctuating range which is normal for maintenance. It may be a bit of stress eating (understandable, given your situation) or a bit of sodium-related water retention, or a combo.

You can tell yourself: it's nothing permanent, does NOT negate all you've accomplished!! Which has made this knee surgery possible!! When I'm out of commission on the regular exercise "calories out" thing for a while (and I've got a surgery coming up too) it's all the more essential for me to track the "calories in" with greatest diligence, and I'm sure you're all over that.

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NWFL59 5/16/2010 9:48AM

    Good morning to you, sounds like you've got a doable plan of action to reverse direction and get back to achieving your short term and long term goals. Best wishes for a successful surgery and full recovery without any hiccups . I too am experiencing a self induced weight gain and its also from lack of adherence to my proven plan. Your post helps me renew my resolve to get back on track and see achievement of some short term goals once more. You've done so well and will continue to do so since you've incorporated the tools into your improved lifestyle!

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One year done........122 pounds GONE!!!

Sunday, May 09, 2010

I started my journey to a healthier life on May 10, 2009, stumbled onto the SparkPeople website by accidnet, and tried it out of despiration.
One year later, I feel (and look) like a diffrent person.
Some of the physical changes I have made are:

Start ----------------------------------- After 1 year
Weight 320 lbs. ---------------------------------- 198 lbs.
Shirt size 4 XL ---------------------------------- L
Pants size 48 ---------------------------------- 34
Strength Training None ---------------------------------- 6 days/ week
Cardio 5 minutes ----------------------------- 60-90 min. every day

In addition, my doctor has reduced me from 2 medications for blood sugar, 2 for blood preasure, and 1 for cholosterol to 1/2 of one of the meds for blood preasure. All those other prescriptions are history!!!
My energy level has increased dramatically so (except for some serious knee pain) I really feel like being active agian.
I have learned how to eat properly, what to eat, how to cook healthy, and how good healthy food tastes. I also discovered that I don't need 2 liters of soda a day and water really is a good thirst quencher.
Every day some one comments of the changes that are so visible and ask how I did it. My standard answer - " I did nothing more than change my entire lifestyle". Then I proceed to tell them all about SparkPeople and the difference it has made in my life!
I has arthroscopic knee surgery scheduled for May 20 to help with pain and mobility, and I am confident that all the strength training and cardio I have been doing will make the rehab go well and quickly. I'm actually looking forward to the surgery so I will be able to become even more active.
The only down side to this year is having to change my wardrobe every few months (LOL). They know me pretty well at the thrift stores in town since I'm there often to donate my old clothes and look for different, smaller, ones. I do plan to buy new clothes when I reach my goals, but for now, I like paying less for temporary outfits.
To sumarize my last year - I love my new life and will never look back!!!
Thanks so much to everyone at SparkPeople and to all the friends I have met along my journey.

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RAINBOWMF 6/16/2010 10:56PM

    I am just catching up on all your blogs.

I sure am glad I found you.
What an emoticon friend you are going to be.

Hugs Mary

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EVILKLOWN 5/16/2010 6:33AM

    WOW! And here I was being all proud of myself and stumble across your page and now I feel like a dilettante. WAY TO GO!!

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RONNIEHUEY 5/13/2010 12:53PM

    122Lbs.Wow! Keep it up! I need to do what you are doing! emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 5/13/2010 12:53PM

    122Lbs.Wow! Keep it up! I need to do what you are doing! emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 5/13/2010 12:53PM

    122Lbs.Wow! Keep it up! I need to do what you are doing! emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 5/13/2010 12:53PM

    122Lbs.Wow! Keep it up! I need to do what you are doing! emoticon

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WINE4GIRL 5/12/2010 9:10AM

    Amazing! I have been piddling along. After reading your story, I know I need to stop dawdling and get on the program! emoticon

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TIGGERIFFIC123 5/10/2010 3:58PM

    Such an inspiration. CONGRATS on making the lifestyle changes that you needed to have a new and healthy wonderful to hear all the things that have no longer needing your medications!! Keep up the amazing job!!


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SPICYTLB 5/10/2010 2:43PM

    emoticon emoticon What an inspiration!!!!!!!!!!

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JRNYFAN 5/10/2010 3:47AM

    Wow!!! You have accomplished sooo much!! You sound so thrilled - you deserve the best, you've really turned yourself around. We are all so proud of you! Great going!!!

Thanks for inspiring the rest of us to keep it up!!!

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TERRIEJO53 5/9/2010 10:18PM

    emoticon on all the hard work you put into changing your habits. It has obviously paid off well; you are a much healthier person now. Good luck on your upcoming surgery. I'm sure all the strength training you have done will make your recovery go faster.

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AMBUDMAN 5/9/2010 7:08PM

    What an inspiration!!! You will do well with the knee surgery. It is truly amazing what they can do in medicine these days. I will be thinking of you on May 20th, that was my Dad's birthday.

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WATERMELLEN 5/9/2010 4:48PM

    Gotta be the most important year of your life . . . or right up there! Your results are absolutely outstanding. Best of luck with the knee surgery.

I'm one year SP tomorrow also and like you think this is an amazing site. And also like you -- a great believer in the thrift store approach to accommodating wardrobe changes . . .

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NWFL59 5/9/2010 12:37PM

    Excellent results from changing your lifestyle! I find your success very inspirational and I value reading about your progress. Best wishes for continued success and speedy recovery from the knee surgery later this month.
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WINGS2DREAM 5/9/2010 10:03AM

    An Inspiration to all! awesome job, what a great journey you have had, a gift to yourself and your family emoticon

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JAE_HENNINGTON 5/9/2010 8:12AM

  I am inpressed... and inspired...thank you

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POETCHIK 5/9/2010 7:49AM

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NAKIOMA 5/9/2010 7:43AM

    Can hardly believe it - what an inspiration for us all.....................

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BRIDGIRL 5/9/2010 7:38AM

    Fantastic and an inspiration for sure


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The temptations felt non-stop!

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Last week was one filled with one temptation after another. Three of the five days at work felt like they were designed to test me. Here is how it went:
Monday - Started bad by oversleeping, but I did get in my workout before work.
Tuesday - Boss's birthday so people brought in food. There was a strawberry pie and a chocolate and cool whip cake with crushed Oreos on top. My reaction: An apple and 1 oz. of almonds for snacks and a happy birthday wish for the boss!!!
Wednesday - Very normal. I loved it.
Thursday - Annual open house and eyeglass sale at work. Fresh bakery cookies, punch, and coffee out all afternoon. One of the reps who was there bought pizza, pasta, and bread sticks. My reaction: A box of raisins for a snack, sliced turkey breast sandwich for lunch, and waited until I got home in the evening to make a healthy dinner.
Friday - Big going away party for an employee who is leaving for "greener pastures". Everyone brought something for pot luck lunch. (I brought roasted vegetables) My reaction: Tasted the three salads that were brought in, had some of my roasted veggies, and about 2 oz. of pulled pork on a piece of French bread. I left all the deserts for everyone else.
I'm feeling pretty good about myself and how I handled all those temptations. I don't know if it is will power, or just stubborness, but whatever it was worked. I have come too far to spend an entire week giving in to all that food, which I did not need.
I also dropped another pound last week!!!!

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WATERMELLEN 5/9/2010 4:52PM

    Gotta hand it to you -- my motto is "I can resist anything but temptation" (which I deal with by avoiding, as much as possible).

But you were really put to the test with these tempations that you pretty much could NOT avoid: and you were victorious!!

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TEDDYTEDDY 5/9/2010 7:18AM

    When I was successfully losing weight I recall an awful lot of snacking and bringing in of treats going on around me (it seemed there was more than ever...but maybe not?). I also sat within 5 feet of the treat table and just had to avert my eyes and keep my fresh fruit lined up on my desk as a reminder of what I had with me to eat that was healthy instead. I did break down and have some cake when it was for my going away party (I had worked in that dept 18 years) and now I am in another dept. We have a weekly treat group that I tried for awhile and after I gained 10 lb I resigned from that group and have to bring in my own healthy treats instead of having all that rich stuff people bring in.

Good job....we don't have to eat to "make other people happy."


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JRNYFAN 5/3/2010 12:01AM

    Oh my gosh!!! Talk about testing your willpower! I'm so proud of you for not caving in.. not even a little teensy little bite. Wowie!!! That is just awesome... the best part is that you had your own treats with you to help you out. Great planning... you are truly an inspiration!!! Way to go!!!
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And your reward.. little did you know it... another pound lost!! Awesome! emoticon

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NWFL59 5/2/2010 1:04PM

    Excellent choices and actions on your part!! Way to go!! Maybe your coworkers will take notice of your healthy habits and the next office celebration event will have healthier choices.

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RONNIEHUEY 5/2/2010 11:59AM

    Good for you! I bet your co-workers have noticed how you deal with temptation.Keep up the good work! Who cares if it is stubbornness that is keeping you on track, as long as it works.

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Back on my bike!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Until this week, I hadn't been able to ride my recumbent bike since Easter when I injured my knee. That meant virtually no cardio since I could barely walk either. I tried it on Monday for a few minutes (25) and although it wasn't easy, I was able to do it!!
Yesterday I saw the Dr. to get things checked out and he gave me the ok to ride it regularly again. That was the good news!!! He also scheduled me for surgery on the knee for May 20. It isn't the replacement surgery that is going to have to be done at some point. This is arthroscopic surgery to "clean out the joint" as he put it.
So, while I wait for that I will be back on the bike every day and hope that I will soon have less pain.
I know prayers are answered. God will give me what I need to get through this and the strength to keep going.

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DAVEINSEOUL 5/2/2010 6:31AM

    Glad to see you back on the bike. I'm glad you enjoy the blogs about the adventures of riding in Seoul.

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JRNYFAN 4/29/2010 1:12PM

    Great news on being able to get back on the bike, but make sure you don't overdo it... nice and slow and easy... we don't want you hurt again! I hope your "cleaning" surgery goes well. :)

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GMASANDIE 4/28/2010 11:38AM

    Twenty five minutes is great after being off it for awhile. I must get back on mine. It has been months. When I first started I did four minutes. I did get up to fifteen then stopped. Take it easy. You will feel a big different after your surgery.

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NWFL59 4/28/2010 11:20AM

    Enjoy the movement and I hope the surgery goes well and the pain goes away.

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RONNIEHUEY 4/28/2010 10:34AM

    That's good news! Please take it easy on the knee.Good luck on the surgery. emoticon

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SPARKROZ 4/28/2010 5:59AM

    Congrats but take it slow on the bike!!!!


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The biggest cookie I ever saw!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Yesterday, being Administrative Assistant Day, the Drs. I work for got a very nice boquet for everyone in the office ( except me, since I am the only male in the place). They know where I buy my coffee beans, so I got a gift card from that coffee shop/bakery. They also had the bakery make a cookie for everyone to share. That thing was huge - about a half inch thick and 12 inches in diameter!!! It even had "Thank You" written in frosting.
The gesture was very nice and the cookie looked wonderful. However, I will never know what it tasted like. The ladies cut it into nice pie shaped wedges for everyone and set about devouring it! I politely declined and gave my portion to the smallest one there. She might be little (she weighs less than I have lost - LOL) but she sure can eat. She had no trouble getting rid of her piece as well as the one I gave her!
I ate the pear I brought for a snack, and felt good about myself all day!!!

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SCHMEVELYN 4/25/2010 9:18PM

    I love when will-power wins!

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JIMDAB 4/23/2010 9:23PM

    Right On!!!!! How are you with potato chips???

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JRNYFAN 4/23/2010 2:02AM

    Now that is some incredible will power!! I'm proud of you.... if it tastes like others I've had in the past, they're good, but later the guilt sets in ("HOW MANY CALORIES WAS THAT???). So, you did an awesome job!!!

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RONNIEHUEY 4/22/2010 12:42PM

    Aaw... you didn't even lick the frosting a little bit?Good for you! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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SALTYCHOCOLATE 4/22/2010 10:02AM

    Wow, good for you for having the willpower to say no!

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NWFL59 4/22/2010 10:01AM

    Excellent! So glad you were able to resist temptation and stick to your planned snack of the day. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MILMOM2000NEW 4/22/2010 8:04AM

    You go! That is awesome! I wish I had that much will-power when it comes to cookies! I had a friend bring over banana-chocolate chip cookies. And yes, I had to have one, ...... or well, two or three. Like you, I though, the jesture was nice but do people not understand that we are TRYING to eat healthier and NO chocolate chip cookies are NOT part of that!

Congrats on being strong! Hope your pear was FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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SPICYTLB 4/22/2010 7:43AM

    emoticon on resisting that temptation.

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