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Some of me is Missing

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Today is kind of special for me--I reached one of my goals! My short term goals are to deal with 10 pounds at a time, but I saw a bigger victory as shedding 10% of me. That happened today!! Who would have thought I'd ever get excited about losing .4 of a pound!

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I try not to talk about "losing" weight because when you lose something it implies (at least to me) that I'll soon be looking for it again, and there's no way on earth or heaven that I'll be looking for this 10% of me. And, if anyone finds it, don't send it my way--my plans are to never see it again!

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Now...on to the next 10%. I have work to do and it's time to get it done.

  
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VTMAID 8/19/2011 9:11AM

    Congratulations! That is a wonderful achievement!
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GRANPATTIE 8/18/2011 8:29PM

    Congratulations!!!!!! Did you set a reward for yourself??? I still have a few pounds to go to reach that. I thought it was coming...then I stalled. I will try to get moving again if I ever get rested enough! Insomnia is a bear!

I'm really happy for you. You're doing a GREAT job!!!

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SPEEDY143 8/18/2011 4:32PM

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TORTILLAFLATS 8/18/2011 3:11PM

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That is why I call it shedding, I don't ever want them back. I am so proud of you Jeannie, well done on shedding that 10 % and we will be here rooting for you on the next 10%

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ESILBO 8/18/2011 2:35PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon GOOD JOB AND I LIKE USUAL I LOVE YOUR FUNNY BLOG...WE ARE ALL IN IT TOGETHER, KEEP PEDALING...
PS I WON T ACCEPT THEM EITHER, SO FORGET YOU LOST THEM...JUST SAY YOU PACKED THEM IN A SAFE AND YOU LOST THE KEY.. emoticon

PROUD OF YOU JEANNIE AND KEEP DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING..
LOVE
LISE

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JILL313 8/18/2011 12:24PM

    WOO HOO Losing 10% off your Weight is a huge step in getting healthy and feeling Better!! I should also be there soon and we'll have to Celebrate! You've worked hard for it so enjoy your day!!

Hugs,

Jill
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BR>PS - Don't send those pounds my way as there is no chance I'd accept them--LOL!

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Taking Measure(ments)

Sunday, August 07, 2011

About a month ago I decided to record some measurements other than my weekly weight reading. Experts tell us that there are other ways to measure our progress besides our weight. Earlier this week when I added my weekly weight I decided to update these other measurements.

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I quickly got out my sewing tape measure. My neck measurement was first on the list. Hmmm...where does that tape go again? Up here? Down there? How did I do that last month? With my thumb inside the tape to hold the ends together? In front of the mirror? Oops...the numbers are backwards and I can't read them. I finally enlisted the help of my husband and came up with a number that might be about 1/2 inch less than last month.

On to the waist. The waist...really? What did I measure here? Around my middle more or less went the tape. Peering over my ample bosom, I got a reading on what I think is my waist--down an inch...I think. I didn't have anything recorded for my bust for some reason. Odd, really, as that is the one place I could probably get an accurate reading.

Regardless...time to do the hips. I understand that we are to measure around the biggest part. That should be easy, I thought, as there's no shortage of big parts there. But wait...does the tape go around the belly that used to be my waist but is now sagging towards the South Pole? Or should I be measuring kinda under the belly apron (my term for my excess skin/fat)? No, that's too far down on the hips! I finally settled on a spot and called Richard again since I couldn't see over the other parts. Down an inch...maybe.

Suddenly I realized a truth! I have no waist! Those measurements were the same, give or take an inch. What on earth did I measure last month? It must have been a dream as I have no memory of taking them, and short of using permanent markers to mark the spot, I'll never find the same place twice.

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No more measurements for me! Although I'd love to know how many inches I lose over the long haul, I decided it really doesn't matter in the least. I'll settle for the traditional weight readings, how my clothes fit, and by making note of the things I can do now that I couldn't before.

Happy measuring to everyone with a waist!!

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SPEEDY143 8/9/2011 8:42PM

    Holy cow... that's exactly my experience when trying to take measurements. I gave it up months ago and concentrate mostly on how much better I'm feeling and how much more I can do when that darn scale doesn't move emoticon emoticon

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VTMAID 8/9/2011 8:39AM

    You cracked me up!!! What a nice way to start my day! I've never tried the measuring part, for many of the same reasons you stated. Besides, I'm not sure a standard measuring tape would go around my very ample caboose!
Karen

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GRANPATTIE 8/8/2011 1:22AM

    Jeannie, this is hysterical! I'm still smiling a LOT. I also related completely to everything you said. I did the measurement thing twice and never did it again. But, those first measurements are there, so if I do it wherever/whenever the "end" is, I'll have a comparison.

I love your sense of humor.

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JILL313 8/7/2011 9:19PM

    I sure LOL when I read your blog and OMG I'd be just like you as the boobs have gone way south and I have no waist but do have gigantic hips & butt. I've always meant to take my measurements but never have and it would be hard to measure myself. I guess like you I'll have to depend upon the good old scale to tell if I'm making progress. I just love your great sense of humor and I'm so glad you share that with us!! I know you'll want to join in the upcoming Challenge that Pattie will be posting later tonight!! Hang in there as you have plenty of friends in the same boat as you!!

Love You,

Jill

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SWEETBEETL 8/7/2011 8:50PM

    You are a riot!!!! Thanks I love a good laugh.



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JAKEANDNELLIE 8/7/2011 7:51PM

    I don't do measurements either - it's too hard to do alone and I'm always wondering if I'm measuring in the correct place. Your words gave me a "mind picture" of myself with black permanent marker lines on my body showing me where to measure every month emoticon! That would require some explanation at my next doctor appointment!
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CHAOSTHEORY635 8/7/2011 7:41PM

    Ha, I barely have a waist either! Some measurements are harder than others...I never know where to put the tape on my neck either. Good thing that one never changes. For my thigh, I have a very convenient scar I use as a tape-landmark :)

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MADKAPKID 8/7/2011 6:58PM

    Oh my Jeannie, This is one EXCELLENT blog. I am still laughing! You have such a wonderful sense of humor..... have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon emoticon

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CTUPTON 8/7/2011 6:43PM

    Jeannie, You are hilarious! I don't like doing the body measurements either. At Curves they do them for you. That is the only way mine will get done.

Thank you, thank you, for the laughs today! Chris

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ESILBO 8/7/2011 4:26PM

    emoticon JEANNIE
I WISH I HAD THE MIC ON SO YOU COULD HEAR ME LAUGHING AND CRYING AT THE SAME TIME...
YOU ARE NUT (I HOPE ITS OK TO SAY THAT, I WOULD SAY IT TO A FRIEND HERE)...

THE SAME HAPPENED TO ME LAST WEEK AND ME IT WAS MORE INCHES...OMG...LMHO

ME TOO NEXT TIME I MEASURE ITS WHEN MY PANTS FELL OFF BY THEMSELVES...

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LOVE, ALWAYS
LISE

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Making a List...Checking it Twice

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I love to make lists and make a lot of them: grocery lists, to-do lists, things to talk to my Mom about lists, things to do on the computer the next time I log on, etc. etc. Anything that can go on a list does.
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More than making a list, I think I like to check things off as I get them done. I usually have several things to do around the house on my lists, as well as my stretcing and strenghtening exercises. Consequently, I almost always get them done.
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However, there were other things that I could have been putting on my list and haven't been! It finally occurred to me a few days ago that these lists of mine are nothing more than daily goals and while I have my goal list in SP, sometimes I don't look at them until the end of the day and yikes...who wants to start drinking the other 4 glasses of water at 9 p.m.?
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So, my new plan is to put those things that I especially want to get done on my to-do list every day in the morning right along with all the other things I want to get done for the day. I know this isn't a novel idea for most of you, but it is kind of a light bulb for me!
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From now on I'll be including my water (and making 8 little marks next to it as I drink them) and 10 minutes of exercise (having trouble getting my 30 minutes a day in, but I almost always can get 10 and if I mark it off at the time and where I can see it, I'll feel so much better about it). Did I mention I'm a very visual person?
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The bottom line for me is whatever works is what I should be doing, and I know this is one thing that will help me stay on track each day, so here's to a better and more focused LIST!
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VTMAID 7/22/2011 9:50AM

    I guess I am in the list category as well, but I don't do it on paper. I do it on my daily calendar on my phone. But....the first thing I do each day is decide what I am going to eat for the rest of the day. I log it on the SP app, and very rarely deviate from what I put down. Basically, if it isn't on my list, I don't eat it.
I love technology!
Karen

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 7/21/2011 11:41AM

    I'm a list maker too. If I don't write it down--I'll forget all about it. Good idea on adding your Spark goals to a new list--something to see and feel good about achieving. Keep up the great work!

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SPEEDY143 7/20/2011 10:46PM

    emoticonanother list maker here emoticon emoticoncouldn't function without one emoticonIn fact if I do something that's not on my list I write it down and cross it off emoticon

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MADKAPKID 7/20/2011 8:44PM

    Hi...Looks like there are lots of us that make lists. Lists work for me...as does keeping thing in a journal form. Whatever works for us...is what we should be doing. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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ESILBO 7/20/2011 6:31PM

    SAME HERE...OH MAYBE THERE IS A CONNECTION WITH OUR GAINING WEIGHT...LOL....JUST KIDDING...
WHEN IT WORKS, DO IT...

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TORTILLAFLATS 7/20/2011 5:25PM

    Me too, I am a list person. Right down to the time to put dinner on. It really helps, and a grocery list. I right it down and then half the time I forget to take it with me but I still remember because I wrote it.
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Great idea.

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JILL313 7/20/2011 5:07PM

    Hi Jeannie, I'm also a list maker as I'm so afraid I'm going to forget something important--and it does really help me. You sure sound like you're doing well so I'm really happy for you. I couldn't get on Spark as it wouldn't let me until this afternoon so I've got plenty of catching up to do.

Hugs,

Jill

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PEGPABEN 7/20/2011 4:54PM

    Jeannie: I like lists as well. I make them for everything. I think you are right, if you add some of the things you would really like to get checked off in a day to your list, it will get done. I like all the check marks or lines crossed through completed tasks. It does help keep me focused as well. Good luck on your new plan. Don't have a doubt it will work. Take care, keep cool. Peg

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Stick a Pin in it!

Monday, July 18, 2011

A number of years ago one of our family members was having some mental health problems and was hospitalized for several weeks.** I stopped by to visit for a few minutes and as I was leaving, she pulled me over to her to give me a big hug. Thinking nothing of it, I hugged her back, but she held on tight and whispered in my ear: "Jeannie, you know you're not really fat. If you just stick a pin in there (pointing to my sizable tummy) all that air in there will just go out!"

Hmmm...is that all it would take? Well, obviously the relative's thinking wasn't on track right then, and my tummy WAS fat, not full of air (or not completely, anyway). But I thought about it and wished with all my might that it really was that simple--just stick a pin in it and the air (fat) would magically disappear. Imagine the run on pins and needles if it could be "cured" so quickly. I wouldn't mind a puncture or two!!

Magical thinking has been a part of my life for a long time when it comes to weight gain and loss. I was always looking for the magic diet, hoping for a safe pill, or even looking to bypass surgery over 25 years ago. I also was a genetics nurse for a number of years, and research into the genetics of obesity fascinated me. Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was an honest excuse for my obesity? Something that wasn't my fault that led me to be more than 100 pounds overweight?

Now here we are in the middle of 2011 and there still is no silver bullet or magic pill, and while I haven't stuck any pins in my abdomen recently (or ever for that matter), I have finally come to the realization and understanding that the solution may not be magic but it is here! Coming back to SP again after several years, focusing on setting goals and trying my best to meet them, and participating in wonderful Spark Teams has become the closest thing to magic that I can find. The challenges I continue to face are surmountable if I keep the prize in sight--good health, energy, and the joy of achieving something that I've been trying to do for so many years. So, while we're all out there shopping for those pins and needles, don't forget to pick up a copy of The Spark and let the magic begin! I, personally, am looking forward to many magic-filled days ahead.

**In no way am I making light of mental health issues, but merely using this as an example of the faulty thinking in which I was engaged.

  
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MADKAPKID 7/18/2011 8:46PM

    what a wonderful blog. Wouldn't it be nice if we could just stick a pin in it....and poof, the problems would be gone. Alas, there is no magic pil...or pin. BUT, the good news is WE CAN DO IT! WE CAN achieve our goals. IT may take awhile...but, WE CAN do it! Have a joy filled day.....Karen emoticon

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LINOVER 7/18/2011 4:48PM

    Great blog! I think we all would like to find a magic pill to make that extra weight go away overnight! It didn't appear overnight and won't go away that quick! Sometimes it takes us a long time to accept that fact!

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ESILBO 7/18/2011 3:22PM

    THANK YOU JEANNIE, YOU ARE SO GOOD AT MOTIVATING ME AND I LOVE YOUR SENSE OF HUMOUR...GREAT BLOG...


LOVE
LISE
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JILL313 7/18/2011 11:31AM

    Jeannie, What a great blog and like you I was/am always looking for the magic that will let me loose this excess weight with no hardship on my part, Well, we both know there just isn't any--yes it's up to us to have determination and motivation to get healthy and it is hard work at times. Now, I'm impatient as I've been Sparking for more than I care to mention and have lost only 24#s. It's time for me to re-read the Spark again as that really helps me focus and get my act together better. Thank you.

Hugs,

Jill

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TORTILLAFLATS 7/18/2011 10:56AM

    Hey Jeannie, love your blog. And I have to tell you, just incase, somewhere in the far reaches of your brain you are wondering about those pins, LOL, they don't work. I take insulan with a needle twice a day and I think it only lets more air in, my belly just keeps getting bigger. We better stick to Spark and what really works.
Thanks for being so supportive.

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VTMAID 7/18/2011 8:51AM

    What a nice blog! I was always looking for the pin, but found it here on SP. Sometimes things move a little too slowly, but to me patience has never ever been a virtue--it's been an excuse for not getting things done! I am learning different ways to not set myself up to fail, and reading blogs like yours are one of the things that helps!
Thank you!
Karen

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EOWYN2424 7/18/2011 8:28AM

    hang in there! You can do it!

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Embracing Hunger: Is it Possible?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Who hasn't uttered these words: I'm starving! Or, I'm hungry as a ____ (you fill in the blank)! We work hard at being not hungry--plan our meals, shop wisely, track what we eat and try to stay within our calorie range. There are all kinds of hints to help us deal with hunger, such as drinking another glass of water, eating a piece of fruit, and saving a few of our calories for a snack when we feel those first rumbles of hunger.

I wonder how many among us have gone to bed really hungry. I mean the kind of hunger experienced by millions around the world due to abject poverty, famine or war. I'm pretty sure I've never had that kind of hunger. In fact, I eat well. So well over the years that I've become morbidly obese. Now I'm on this weight loss journey looking for ways to curb my appetite and hunger.

I've heard it you should stop eating when you're 80% full! I couldn't begin to tell you when I'm 80% full. We're also reminded to eat slowly because it takes the brain 20 minutes to recognize when we're full. I don't seem to have that shutoff valve regardless of how long it takes me to eat. Most of my mindless eating happens at other times--when I'm cruising the kitchen looking for something to chew on, for example. A bite here, a bite there--a piece of this or that. It has nothing to do with hunger, for the most part.

So, I'm wondering if there's anything wrong with teaching my body to experience those tiny hunger "pains" that often show up in the evening after I've had a wonderful day of good food and I've eaten all my planned food and calories? I'm not starved, nor am I hungry as a horse (that's what I usually say, although I don't really know how hungry horses get). Since I have this food addiction that keeps me eating long after I take that first bite, I really don't want to take it. Perhaps I can embrace this little bit of hunger, secure in the knowledge that I will have a good and well-balanced breakfast in the morning. I am so blessed that, unlike my sisters and brothers around the world, I truly am not starving to death.

Wishing a bright, happy and healthy week for everyone!

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TORTILLAFLATS 6/15/2011 11:47AM

    Jeannie, well put and very thought provoking. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.
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LINOVER 6/13/2011 9:52PM

    You have really made me think! I also have repeatedly said that I am hungry when I really am not! I also will find myself picking for no particular reason!

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DEEGEE2 6/13/2011 3:04PM

    I think it will be great to be able to not eat even when I think I am hungry - especially at night !

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JILL313 6/13/2011 12:47PM

    A great blog Jeannie!! I almost never go to bed really hungry and in fact unless my stomach is growling I don't know that I'm hungry. I'm more of an emotional eater like so many people and I turn to food to ease tiredness, anger, boredom, etc. I'm going to try to be more mindful of what I eat as I still eat too much processed foods and once in awhile a few pieces of pizza, etc. I'm going to try to eat slower. . .I have a whole list of shall do's and not's. Have a great day!!

Hugs,

Jill

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_KATHY_ 6/13/2011 11:35AM

    I think some of us were just born hungrier than others. I was told that I demanded 2 bottles instead of one. Now, that could have meant something other than hunger to a young new Mom but I've felt "hungrier" than most all my life. I've also thought my hunger pangs must be more severe than most because when I got hungry, it was an immediate and almost desperate need to stop the pain of hunger, not pang.

Now that I'm restricting my calories, I feel hunger again. Pangs not pain. I look at it in a similar way as Bill up there. If I'm hungry and I've eaten what I need, then I must be getting rid of ugly fat and pounds. It also helps me to remember that 25% of all children in the US go to bed hungry. It almost feels like amends to those children when I feel the pangs of hunger and just let it go.

Another thing I try to remember is no one dies from hunger between eating diner and breakfast. Here is another mantra that helps me.. "Hunger is my friend" You get the picture. Any way you look at it, it's annoying to be hungry. But as with everything else, it passes, even hunger.

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 6/13/2011 10:41AM

    Good insight! We are NOT hungry in the truest sense of the word, and yet we eat and eat and eat. Hunger (the way we experience it) isn't such a bad thing. I worked for so many years to never be hungry. I didn't even really enjoy my food, because my belly was always at least half full and I never allowed myself to get very hungry. I was afraid of being hungry I think.

Now--I enjoy food so much more. Simple, unprocessed fruits and vegetables taste so good to me and before I wouldn't touch them. It's a learning process, but you are right--we need to learn to embrace that hungry feeling!

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BREWMASTERBILL 6/13/2011 9:16AM

    I was at a pretty significant calorie deficit for about 8 months. Towards the middle of the run, I learned to deal with hunger pretty effectively. Hunger made me think "OK, now I'm burning some crappy fat cells" and I felt good about it.

Another great way for me to deal with hunger was cardio. Going out for a reasonably hard bout of cardio killed hunger pangs. This doesn't work for everyone. You need to find the things that work for you. Other things to try, caffeine, strong mint calorie free chewing gum, gargling mouth wash, a large apple.

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STARTINGATSIXTY 6/13/2011 9:07AM

    So true. I must say "I'm hungry" a hundred times a day. Old habit for me. I'm working hard on eating slowly but it's not a easy task. Thank you for this article. I love when spark friends get me thinking. Have a great day.

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