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Monday, January 20, 2014

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I had been feeling disappointed in myself for gaining back ten of the forty-five pounds I lost. It took me two years to lose all of that weight and in one winter I went from 156 pounds to 166 pounds. It was a bitter pill. I knew it was coming. I had gotten overly confident. I relaxed on some of my hard rules. #1) put my snack in a small bowl #2) drink a full glass of water before each meal #3) exercise everyday
Recently I have even allowed some junk food to enter the house--This has been a big No-No until recently.
I have been looking back on previous blogs and I began to feel better about my current disappointment. -I have come such a long way. It is invigorating to know that I was capable of losing 45 pounds in the first place. 10 more is not going to be a big deal.
I have changed so many of my bad habits, only a few had begun to creep back in. I still don't drink soda on a daily basis. This had been the hardest habit to kill. However I have been treating myself to a few a week from the vending machine at work. -this needs to stop right away. Soda is my worst enemy and is not worth my health. -Dark chocolate is a much better alternative.
Today I will start by drinking water before every meal, putting my snack in a small bowl and keep moving throughout the day.
If I pull back on the reigns a bit and follow my own rules I will be back on track in no time.

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SHERIO5 1/21/2014 10:36AM

    Good for you catching these bad habits! You know yourself, and that's half the battle. emoticon

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KAYOTIC 1/21/2014 9:04AM

    emoticon Do what works, and it sounds like you know what that is! Kudos to you for making those habits stick, and for recognizing the setback and correcting it! Look forward, not backward!!!

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JAROL7 1/20/2014 9:37AM

    Congratulations on your two years. That is great. I'm on Day #165 and still learning how my body functions.

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Scaling back didn't work, it made me crazy!!!

Monday, June 17, 2013

April was quite some time ago. It has been that long since I have been on here. I still weigh myself often, but not every other day like I used to. Slowly I have realized that I eat well. I exercise everyday, even if it is just playing with my kids in the yard, or gardening (that can be pretty intense sometimes Hoeing is a bitch :)) I drink lots of water everyday. I allow myself to have treats but a few years ago I would eat an entire bag of chips, today a handful will satisfy me if I really want some but I would much rather have an apple or whatever fruit is in season. )

My life is turning out just the way I have always wanted it to be.
1) I graduated from college with a B.S. in Education
2) I have begun house hunting for the first time in my life emoticon
3) I am happy in my own skin emoticon
-This last one is what prompted me to be happy with the weight that I have attained so far. I feel great, I comfortably wear a size 8. I can run with the kids and feel great rather than exhausted. I have an energy and a confidence that I don't think I have ever had before in my life. I feel like I can do anything.

I did not quit on my goal of reaching 146, but rather I stopped focusing on an ideal number. It was just that, a number. For now I will work on maintaining my current weight and if the rest slowly comes of than that is great too, but I have no desire to eat like a bird, and I enjoy myself the way I am.

This feeling that I have right now is really what I wanted when I began SparkPeople.com. I wanted to look good on the outside and feel good on the inside, and I do.

Some extra's that I have attained so far are

1) my daughters are proud of their mommy, and I am invited to school events by them more often than I ever used to be. (My middle child made a comment to me that most of the other mothers are chunky-not like you mom. I was so happy inside.
2) my daughters have benefited from my weightless. They too have lost some weight. They get less pimples than they used too. And have more fun with their mom.
3) my husband enjoys swooping me up in his arms and I enjoy the fact that he can do it without getting red in the face. (our intimate relationship has gotten much, much better as well :) )


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SHERIO5 6/17/2013 8:43AM

    Congratulations on your many achievements! I especially like that your screen name really is a good fit now!

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GOLFGMA 6/17/2013 8:02AM

    Happy for you! emoticon

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PINKEUROGIRL 6/17/2013 7:54AM

    Good for you!!

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Scaling Back Down

Friday, April 05, 2013

This morning the scale read 155.
I was relieved.
For an entire day my mind was on nothing but the threat of 160lbs. I literally felt like my entire world was crashing down on me.

Moving forward I will pay more attention to what I put in my mouth. Bathing suit season is right around the corner and my goal is to be toner, not fatter.

I felt a little better after I went out yesterday and bought a new dress. A ten was a smidge tight. I know it is bad but I told myself I was going to lose 4lbs before the wedding on Saturday. (insane, right, but possible, if I eat less and move more) Yesterday I consumed under a 1000 calories and walked all day. Not necessarily to exercise but I stayed on my feet, cleaning, shopping, for 12 hours only stopping to eat and drive. This morning I woke up and the scale was 5 lbs less. The scale was either messing with me or I lost 5lbs in a day. If I can handle it today, I will be good to go. I know that this is an awful way to come back but I think I need the kick in the A!#.
For the next two days I am buckling down on my nutrition and fitness then Monday I can readjust my eating habits to what they were before I goofed, even a little more stringent since my stomach should be smaller and ready to handle smaller portions of food.

My ultimate goal is 146. At 155 I have 9 lbs to go. I was almost there before at 153 before my goof.

I worry that eating under 1000 calories again today would make me suffer later, but I need this cleansing. Kind of like the two day leek diet I was on but without the leeks. yuk!
I can do this. I am on my way to trim and thin. If you asked me a year ago I would never have believed I would have come this far.
When I started Sparkpeople I used to read the success stories and only wish I had the motivation and determination to do what they have done.
Well here I am.
On the home stretch.
9 more pounds to go.
Lets do this.

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CHICVINTAGE 4/5/2013 10:00AM

    I'm a little concerned over your anticipation to your weigh in. You are a lot more than a number! Try to focus on good nutrition and an active lifestyle. How you physically feel is a better place to be emotionally than how you feel about how you look or weigh.
1000 calories is much too low for an active adult. I have a BMI below 20 and my daily maintenance calories(before exercise)is 1480.
I suggest you use the formula I learned in my nutrition class.
Convert your weight into kg(1kg=2.2lbs): this makes you 70.5kg
X your weight in kg by 20-25 calories to lose weight: your range should be 1410-1763. On the days you exercise you eat the higher amount. Try to follow SP guide as to percentages of carbs/proteins/fats and get enough fiber! Aim for 20-30g daily.
I've been using this formula over the last 8 weeks to lose 1lb a week so I know it works. At my BMI level, it's incredible to me how well it works!
I also aim for a six hours of activity every week and I do rather chumpy stuff like walking, yoga, some Zumba and crunches/push-ups.
Consistency is the key to weight loss and a healthy lifestyle. A roller coaster of extremes will just put your body and your emotions through the wringer.

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Slip up

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Major slip up. I have gotten cocky with my ability to melt off the pounds and began eating snacks that I normally wouldn't give a second look to. I have gained six pounds over Easter break.

I am so upset with myself. I need to shop for a dress to a wedding and was hoping to fit comfortably into a size 8, when now I think I will struggle to fit into a size ten.
I am so mad at myself because I have two more weddings to go to in the next two months and I have to look hot and sexy.
There is nothing I can do to take my behavior back. I can only look forward. The first of three weddings, this Saturday. I can lose two pounds by then if I only drink coffee and water and consume no snacks whatsoever, and I will wait until Friday night to go by a dress. As for the other two I still have until May and June to get back my groove.
1)My first problem is that I have let bad food creep back into my house. It has become acceptable for the cabinet to contain Cheetos and Dorito's and whatever my husband wants to fill it with. I have even bought them on occasion. I was too confident that I would be able to stop eating when I was full. But with those foods, there is no full.
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2)My second problem is that I have been exercising and when I am done and the whole next day I am ravishingly hungry. Problem one and problem two together are lethal.

My solution is to not by any bad snacks, that way when I am hungry after exercising I can't dig into a bag of Cheetos. I am also going to go back to drinking an entire glass of water before I eat anything. That worked really well at the beginning of my diet and I think I am at a point where I need to go back to some of the basics. The more water I consume the less likely I will be to consume something bad for me.
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I hope to be back on track in a few weeks.

I want a trim summer. I don't want to screw it up just months before it arrives.

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PINKEUROGIRL 4/4/2013 7:29AM

    don't beat yourself up too much. I munched a lot of easter chocolate this week too. Move on :-)

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EVIE4NOW 4/4/2013 7:22AM

  I don't buy Cheetos either simply because I inhale them and before I know it.. have eaten wayyyy too many. Time to pick yourself up and dust yourself off and jump back into the program. emoticon

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CATE195 4/4/2013 7:18AM

    Hope you can put the slip up behind you, forgive yourself, and do the things you need to do to get back on track.
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Spring is here :)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

I have done pretty well these past months.

I haven't had time to commit to Spark People but have at least maintained. Student Teaching really through me for a loop. For two months I have done nothing but teaching, morning, noon, and night. I have been working all day teaching in a middle school, then I would grade papers and make copies for the next day to come home, say hello t o my family, and hide away to do my homework for the classes I take to accompany my internship.

Dinner time I came down and ate my husbands wonderful, healthy dinners. We talked about our day, then I went back upstairs to plan lessons to teach the students.

It has been crazy. Wonderful crazy, but I miss my family and am looking forward to being done.

I have two more papers due for school this week. And some online stuff to catch up on. I should be complete everything, EVERYTHING, by the end of next week.


I can't wait.

I will have time for my family again. I miss them so much.

I am looking forward to having time to scale back and enjoy other parts of life for a while.

With school being done I will be able to look for a job.


Yay! a job. A career. I will have an actual career.

I honestly believe that the feeling successfully completing my degree, and fulfilling a life long dream was the real reason that I lost 45lbs. The previous ten years of trying to lose weight always failed miserably. It was not until I stepped up to the plate and challenged myself to get my bachelors degree. One challenge made the rest seem easy.

I will continue to raise the bar for myself and strive to achieve all of the goals I set for myself. One at a time.

1. I practically have my degree in hand
2.I lost 45 lbs in a little over a year (a size 18 down to a size 8)

Next goal

3. Exercise to tone my body and get rid of the flab.

To help me accomplish this I have taken over a team called "Teachers in Training"

If any of my friends are in the education field I would like to invite you to challenge yourself with me.

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KIMBERLY_Y 3/24/2013 10:53PM

    Great to see that you are doing so well. Happy for you!

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SHERIO5 3/24/2013 1:48PM


You have been working hard! What a great way to begin Spring!

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