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Out of the 300 lb Club!

Friday, May 16, 2014

I reached my heaviest weight recently of nearly 310 pounds. However, I am happy to say that I am now 299 pounds and have met one of my short term goals of getting out of the 300s!

I am so proud of myself, yet so ashamed at the same time. I want to be happy, but I really am having conflicted feelings. I want to shout it from the roof top that I am no longer 300+ pounds, but that would also involve admitting that I did once weigh that much. I want to be happy that I've lost 11 pounds, but it's also very daunting to think that I have so far to go before I reach my goal weight. I've lost nearly 6% of the weight that I want to, but that still leaves 94+% that I have left to lose.

I know I need to just take it one day at a time, but I'm a long-term planner, so it's hard to focus and be proud of today.

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JENSHAINES 5/18/2014 3:44PM

    You know what? You COMPLETELY rock!!! You SHOULD be shouting this from the rooftops - no shaming! You're taking your health into your hands and that is totally AWESOME!!!

Much love from an Azurita ;-) emoticon

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YENGLISH100 5/18/2014 11:07AM

    Great job on losing 11 pounds. Be proud of your progress. emoticon

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SUSANELAINE1956 5/17/2014 12:29PM

    emoticon on breaking that number. I understand how you feel. I rarely admit how high I was at my highest, and won't even admit to anyone not on SP where I am now. Really, it's no one's business. You are doing great and learning what works for you, and with every loss you are going to get more energy and feel better. If you can focus on that and your progress, the numbers are easier to accept. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 5/17/2014 4:40AM

    i remember when i got under the 300 as well.i started out at can do it love.also be proud of what you have done.if you donīt want to tell people your weight but still want the lob you can say you reach your first mini goal of 10 lbs and celerbrate every 10 lbs loss with people.believe me it is something to celerbrate.infact every lb lost should be celerbrated.i know you can do this.take one day ,one meal,one choice at a time that is less daunting than seeing the whole thing ,how much is still to go etc.well done emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSILVER94 5/17/2014 12:45AM

    Well you can shout it from the roof tops here! Were so proud of you!!! Remember focus on one small goal at a time and you'll get there, don't think of it all it will overwhelm you! Big congrats! This is just proof you can do it!!!

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LMALSBURY 5/16/2014 10:35PM

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I remember when I went into Onederland for the first time. I was so excited and more determined to get the weight off. I de railed on that ride and gained weight but once again in onederland just a few weeks ago! Its great and a great feeling. I am trying to push even harder to get to my weight. I know you can do it!! Keep up the great work

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You should be extremely proud!

Sometimes focusing on the big picture can rob us of the joy of the current victories. Don't let that happen. Celebrate all of your success!

Each step takes you closer to where you want to be!!
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HILLSLUG98239 5/16/2014 6:03PM

    Good job!

Celebrate the success rather than regretting what got you there in the first place. It's always harder to regain fitness than it is to lose fitness, so you should be very proud of your tenacity.

Remember that you are so much more than that number on the scale. You deserve to be fit and healthy. I'm impressed with what you've done, because I know how easy it is to get side-tracked.

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GIVEMEFRIES 5/16/2014 4:58PM

    I know exactly how you feel. I once got down on myself for losing weight because I felt like I should have never gotten myself into that mess. All that negatively got to me and I gained back the weight and then some. I'm in the same boat as you, starting out at 300. Now I'm at 297 and I'm learning to count the small victories and celebrate just being able to move about and reach my goals.

Congratulations and many more 11lb. victories to come!

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BEACHCALSIX 5/16/2014 4:32PM

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Wow you are doing great! I felt the same way (and still do)
It feels like it takes forever but you just have to distract yourself and keep busy. When I'm bored I read a lot of SP blogs and articles or I go out and do something with my family. I try not to think about how much time it's taking. but when you think about it, it's not that long. what, maybe 8 months to a year of changing your habits leads to years and years at your goal and good health. That is SO worth it and only a tiny percentage of your time :)
Congrats on the loss so far, shout it from the rooftops! 11 pounds is great!!!
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Growing Avocados

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

I actually managed to grow an avocado from a pit!

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BANANAFANNAH 5/15/2014 2:44PM

    cool !!!

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    Impressive! I had no idea avocados would indoors.
Thanks for posting this.

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MSILVER94 5/15/2014 10:02AM

    Wow! I had a pit just yesterday and joked about planting it! That's awesome!

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Today Can Only Get Better...

Thursday, May 08, 2014

My morning started off really rough. I bought myself some chocolate covered Craisins as a treat for myself a couple of days ago. This morning, I found them on the couch and they had been cut open. I knew perfectly well that it was my daughter, but I am trying to have a calmer approach to dealing with her lying and taking things. She is almost 6-years-old, so I'm really trying to break her of these bad habits. Unfortunately, lying seems to be a genetic trait in my husband's family. I asked her calmly a few times if she did it and she looked me in the eye and lied to me. She then promised she'd never lie and take things again, which is a lie in itself, so I left her there with my husband and went to the store. I talked to my husband about his own selfish habits and told him that the kids pick up on it and how I feel disrespected a lot in our house by him and the kids. He blew me off as being over-dramatic.

At the store, I discovered that the hubby had lost his debit card and taken mine. It's not a big deal except for when I am stuck at the store with no way to pay! I was embarrassed and had to put everything back.

This led to another argument where he again refused to accept responsibility. He called from work to say he was sorry, but I told him that, for at least the kids' sake, he needs to take responsibility at the moment that he makes a mistake, not long after the fact.

When I was driving my daughter to school, my neighbor, who was driving her child to school, cut me off. When we were waiting for the kids' teachers, she tried making small talk, but I was not in a good mood and she was included in that after cutting me off! Rude!

I went to the store for the second time to buy the items that I couldn't buy before. Luckily, there was a different cashier. I would have been more embarrassed if it was the first gal. I also picked up some items to pamper myself after this rough start to my day. I am going to soak in a bubble bath and give myself a pedicure.

Today can only get better after this rough morning.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 5/9/2014 11:29AM

    i am having the same problem with my 8 year old not only taking things and lying about it but also hiding them as well.i am finding empty packaging in the most unusual places,lol.when you figure out how to stop it let us know.glad that you are pampering yourself to a bubble bath and pedicure and not food etc.take care and keep smiling emoticon

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    Sorry for the troubled morning! Hoping your day got exponentially better!

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BEACHCALSIX 5/8/2014 7:05PM

    sorry for the rough day, hope things are getting better!
My 3 year old disrespects me a lot and I am dealing with that now too.
We can get through this!

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HILLSLUG98239 5/8/2014 5:54PM

    I'm glad you can vent here. I do the same thing - it's why my SparkPeople world does not intermingle with my Facebook world.

Keep up the good (and painful and difficult) work in socializing your child to societal norms. I'm grateful my mom was "mean" - I cannot imagine what kind of train wreck I would be right now if it weren't for the fact she was more stubborn than me!

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BLC 25 Week 1

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

I learned a lot about my teammates for this challenge and found that I had quite a bit in common with people. Probably the most challenging part of the challenge was the Freggies portion. I had to try a new fruit or veggie or prepare them in a different way. With sharing a car with my husband and how busy we are, it was tough finding time to go to the store to purchase new freggies. It was surprisingly tough to pamper myself daily, too. It definitely reinforced that I need to make myself a priority.

I did the fitness test with my kids and a neighbor girl. For the fitness test, I was able to do 14 push-ups in one minute, 20 crunches in one minute, and my pulse was 132 after the 3 minute step test.

For the scorecard, I scored 1050 out of the possible 1200. I didn't get a perfect score as I didn't get in the maximum amount of fitness minutes. This was only week one, though, and I will continue to improve throughout the rest of the challenge.

This challenge and especially the fitness test has inspired me to start some sort of challenge for my Girl Scouts over this summer. We meet tomorrow, so I will run it past them and see what they think. I will definitely emphasize that it will be an individual challenge where they are only competing against themselves. Every girl is at a different fitness level.

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    I like it when challenges are fun learning experiences!
Glad you are learning about yourself and sharing with others!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 5/7/2014 3:50AM

    emoticon which team are you on love.tried to get your link to work but couldnīt for some reason.what challange are you doing with the girlguides?keep on keeping on you are doing great. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Layering up for Zumba

Saturday, May 03, 2014

I treated myself to a Zumba class tonight. The instructor of tonight's class is really into twerking and jumping. I don't have much of a butt, so there's little that I can do about that issue, lol. However, I am large chested. So that I could participate fully in tonight's class, I wore a sports bra, a tank top with a built-in bra, and a looser tank top over the top. Zumba was a lot less painful tonight, though it was more cumbersome wearing so many layers.

The instructor noticed that I kept up with the jumping a lot more tonight and complimented me a couple of times. The slight annoyance of so many layers is worth being able to get more exercise and not be in pain

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    Layering up is necessary sometimes. I've gotten used to it. Pretty soon you'll layer-up for class without even thinking about it!

Congratulations on the progress!!!

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BEACHCALSIX 5/3/2014 2:26PM

    It will get better promise! I had the exact problem. I'm kind of sad because I'm losing my chest but it does feel better exercising now. Awesome that you found a way to tackle the issue. I never thought about layering, I always just wore a sports bra and thought that was all I could do.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 5/3/2014 6:22AM

    that is great that your efforts was noticed .i would always go for uncomfortable over pain any day did it right. emoticon

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RASPBERRY56 5/3/2014 5:36AM

    You got that right! Why make yourself miserable when exercise is supposed to be so beneficial?

So cool that your instructor complemented you!


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