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NSV: How Did This Happen?

Monday, October 28, 2013

A couple of days ago I found some old button down shirts of mine I used to wear when I was at my post-illness heaviest. I washed and dried them and hung them up without trying them on.

Out of curiosity yesterday, I tried one on yesterday. OMG. They hung on me like a sack, like I was wearing a really large man's shirt. What happened???!!!!

I say this because I don't feel thinner, smaller, lighter, or different than when the shirts fit. How can this be? I'm wondering if this is normal.

When I dieted as a teenager and lost weight, I always felt different, but perhaps that was youth. I am completely different since Sparking, but I don't feel different. Either this is a very healthy thing or it isn't, lol. I honestly don't know.

How could I change so much and be so completely unaware?

I am boggled, but I'll take it. emoticon

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JANEDOE12345 9/16/2014 5:50PM

    We should all be so lucky. So tell me, is there a real problem here? If so, you are welcome to gain it all back! lol.

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AQUAGIRL08 5/27/2014 9:03AM

    Congratulations! I think that when you lose slowly, over time, you become used to the way you are now without all of the wonder dust and celebration. You are losing in the healthiest way possible. Way to go! emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 12/1/2013 12:20PM

    Way to go! I think the NSVs are the best rewards. Why were you unaware? Maybe it's because we change over time and what was once important isn't the same priority these days. Wear that big ol' sack~like shirt with pride! *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon

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ICEHOUSEGUITAR 10/28/2013 11:23AM

    Good point! I measure, but I don't weigh, ever. I feel about the scale like the girls in the cartoon warning each other not to step on it because it makes you cry.

I've lost inches, but I don't feel differently in any other way. If I hadn't tried on the shirt, I would have never known!

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GINIEMIE 10/28/2013 11:19AM

    Good job! As long as you are well, not feeling deprived and in good spirits I guess it's okay not to feel different. You are eating healthier, I'm assuming, and you are reaping the rewards.
Now I do agree with others about documenting your journey with pictures and a tape measure.
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SASSY5468 10/28/2013 11:10AM

    Try comparing before and after pictures. Maybe then you'll see the difference. Do you measure? I really need to start :)

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RILEYBOT 10/28/2013 10:39AM

    That is awesome! Congratulations.

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ICEHOUSEGUITAR 10/28/2013 10:06AM

    Thank you for your comments! I think each of you has nailed it in a super positive way.

I will keep your insights handy and will keep on Sparking. (I don't think I could stop now if I tried! emoticon )

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EMILY0724 10/28/2013 9:56AM

    Maybe you don't recognize feeling different because you're losing weight the right way--slowly. But as you said--it doesn't really matter--take the joy and run with it!

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JANET552 10/28/2013 9:53AM

    emoticon Maybe it's a good thing that you just feel like yourself!

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GRAMMIEOFTWO 10/28/2013 9:44AM

  I too would like to be boggled again. Congratulations on your weight loos.

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Pig Races!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Pig Races at the Texas State Fair, opening day!

Best viewed in HD for all the blazing glory. emoticon


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KKLENNERT809 9/28/2013 12:49PM

    OMG--funny emoticon

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I'm at Maintenance and guess what?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I don't know how much I weigh; I don't know how much I've lost; and I don't care. emoticon

All I know is that I look and feel like myself again and that was always the goal. Numbers were never the goal.

Through Sparkpeople I've developed new habits of eating--very tiny portions!--and new habits of exercise. I still cross train because it's what I love to do, but I apply the TED talk rule of 20 minutes to all my activities because I know I will do them. Twenty minutes suits my psychology and suits my lifestyle, such as it is. No one told me to do these things, but through Spark I was able to discover these things through trial and error. My journey is one of patience and persistence with no quick results.

I plateaued my first 6-8 months of Sparking, but changes--big changes--were happening on the inside, so I stuck to the plan. I always stayed within my calorie range and just rode things out.

The constant support--and you know who you are--has meant everything, too. emoticon emoticon

So here are the pictures, but not the usual before and after pictures since I don't have those, unfortunately.

The old, healthy me:

And the new, healthy me:

I can live with this and fully plan to. emoticon

Thanks, Sparkpeople and all the beautiful Sparkers! Here's to us on our Sparking and sparkling journey! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 12/1/2013 1:33PM

    Bravo~! This is such an AWE~some success story! I love how you said~ "I don't know how much I weigh; I don't know how much I've lost; and I don't care."

Thank God! I've found a kindred soul. I hate the flippin' scales so much I pitched mine in the trash in '92. Positively loathe the scales as the # on the scale used to equate my self-worth. No more!

While I'm still far from what the Met Life charts would call "goal weight," I'm on my way to a healthier lifestyle where I'm comfortable in my own skin again. Thanks for sharing your experience~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/13/2013 11:53PM

    Great job!

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GUILDWARSGIRL 6/13/2013 8:00AM

  So happy for you!!
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DAZZEEDOO 6/12/2013 6:19PM

Feeling Yourself is the best any could hope for.
Continued SUCCESS in your healthy lifestyle.

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HOPEFULHIPPO 6/12/2013 10:43AM

    You found what works for YOU and that's emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 6/12/2013 9:30AM

    Good for you! Great attitude!

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GAILRUU 6/12/2013 9:09AM

    Great attitude!

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BAKER1009 6/12/2013 9:05AM

    Wonderful philosophy Jane! You've done great things and I know you will continue to do so!

Couldn't leave without leaving you a cup of coffee emoticon emoticon

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 6/12/2013 8:55AM

    I LOVE this philosophy!!!

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GOLFDAVE43 6/12/2013 8:41AM

  Great work!!

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One Year Anniversary Post!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Yes, I've been here a year and what a year it has been. Quiet, calm, steady, peaceful. Okay, well maybe not that peaceful, but I digress. I'm proud to say I've been Sparking for one year exactly today. So what's changed you may wonder?

Me. emoticon You knew I was going to say that, didn't you?

I was fumbling for answers and solutions to my fitness and body woes. I went from a very healthy, happy gym rat to someone who experienced congestive heart failure (in '07) very unexpectedly. They found other stuff, too, while I was being treated in the ER that afternoon. The result of the entire experience is that the illness wrecked my body, the treatments wrecked my body, I began to recover slowly (Yay!) only to discover I was left with a wrecked body and little guidance about how to proceed.

Today I'm around 15 pounds lighter--my goal--and now I'm in the process of toning what's left of me... ha ha. And guess what, folks, I'm actually toning up and getting stronger.

I'll never forget the day I joined because I discovered I had shingles (Eeek!) about 2 hours later. I was sick for a few months, but I Sparked every day and hardly ate because of pain. You'd think I would have lot a ton of weight, eh? Yeah, it didn't happen. This is the best description I can find to describe how I lose weight:

I lose around a pound per month, and so help me, if I hadn't caught on to NSVs, I might have given up. I lost inches immediately. I looked less "round" according to one friend. Ha.

I don't have any new photos; my profile pic was taken about a month before joining Spark. I will take some at some point and post them here. emoticon I think my new goal is to be a contemporary version of my old self. I felt pretty good here back in the day:

We'll see how it goes!

This progress is all due to Spark and to you, my lovely and amazing Spark friends, who share so much and help so much and who are so constant in my life. I could never thank you enough. I don't believe there are enough Spark goodies to give!

Just accept my love and thanks for everything you give every day and for making life a much better--and healthier and happier--journey for us all.

xo, Jane

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LEANJEAN6 1/28/2013 7:59PM

    I think you do so well--I lose weight slowly too but--at least we aren't gaioning-Thanks for the encouragement-Lynda emoticon

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LEANJEAN6 12/26/2012 9:32AM

    good blog--Yu look great!---Lynda emoticon

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SWANATOPIA 12/11/2012 1:30AM

    Happy Anniversary!

Congrats on the weight loss and toning....success!

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RAINBOW_LADY 12/9/2012 6:43AM

  Great blog! Have been in and out of Spark People several times - lose a bit, then instead of carrying on I get complacent, lose motivation and ruin all my previous good work. Must be more patient and keep on keeping on. Thanks for the motivation

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BAKER1009 12/5/2012 12:50PM

    Wow, it's been a year already? emoticon !
emoticon on losing the 15 lbs that you came here to lose! emoticon Can't wait to see and updated photo at some point.
It's been so wonderful getting to know you Jane...and having coffee with you!!


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GETTO140 12/5/2012 11:17AM

    Happy 1 year anniversary! Keep up the good work!! emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 12/5/2012 10:36AM

    I'm glad to have been here with you on this journey! I love that picture of the snail - wheeee! :D That's just awesome. :D

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MAMISHELI53 12/5/2012 9:24AM

    Congratulations - and Happy Anniversary! May God bless you on your journy to healthy living and wholeness. Love the picture of the tortoise and snail! Shel

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