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Important numbers; 24 to 18 and 127/80 and no gain over break

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Great news. I was able to buy a size 18 pair of pants tonight! This is down from the size 24 I was wearing when I started in January. Although I did buy them in the women's section, it felt really good to be able to not just fit into them but have them fit me well. They look great and that really makes me feel more confident in other aspects of my life.

I've been on two week, spring break induced, lull in my program. It has actually been a good test of my new skills. I did not track my food intake during vacation. But I did use my new habits to keep things under control; lots of water, veggies for snacks, walking/hiking (in Zion and Snow Canyon, awesome!). At the same time I did enjoy meals with friends and family including hamburgers, fries and ice cream... in modest portions. It was great to not have to deny myself and to have tools to help me navigate vacation successfully.

I had a great follow up visit with my doctor today to see how the medication I just started taking for high blood pressure was working. Great news... it is working. And the doctor was impressed with how much weight I have lost and was sure that was a contributing factor to my lower numbers as well. He even said if I keep it up we might be able to back off on the dosage or eliminate the medication all together.

My new goals are to 1.) be able to shop in the regular size part of the department store (it is kind of weird I don't even remember what it is called!) 2.) get below 200lbs before my next checkup and 3.) to add more strength training and yoga to my current aerobic routine.

Sparkpeople is awesome! And not just because of my shrinking backside but because of the other measurable benefits to my health and confidence.

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DERTREFFER 4/15/2010 11:04AM

    Sounds like you did a great job on spring break! I'm sure with your level of dedication that you will meet your goals before you know it!


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Plan to work, work your plan

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

I'm in for a tough week this week because of lots of late nights at work, big meetings and tight deadlines, so the challenge this week with diet and exercise is how to stay on track even during a crazy week. Several of the articles and blogs I've read lately have talked about the importance of having a plan. And at this stage in the program I'm supposed to be planning my meals in advance.

So... here is the plan. I switched supervision with a co-worker so I could do my regular gym workout on Monday. Tuesday (today) I did a quick but intense Jillian Michaels workout after I got home from a late meeting. Wednesday my plan is to squeeze the exercise in in small increments; walk to work, quick trip to gym before late meeting and walk home. Thursday, Friday and Saturday I'll have time to hit the gym. My goal has been to do at least 10 minutes everyday and this plan should get me over hump day successfully.

When it comes to food the plan changes a little. I have a hard time planning meals for a week at a time because my tastes and level of hunger changes from day to day. Plus for most of this week there will be little or no time to cook. So my plan is to keep my favorite staples in the house (granola, brown rice, apples, oranges, nuts, etc) and use them as building blocks for balanced meals. I have also cooked and frozen several low cal, low sodium meals I can thaw out for lunch and diner. This will give me quick options to get me through the week.

So that is my plan. Now I'm going to work it. And even during this crazy week I will drop another pound or two. Thanks Spark People for helping keep me on track!


Spark People motivated me to try some new activities today

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Today was the 5th annual Adventure Summit in Dayton, Ohio hosted by 5 Rivers Metro Parks and Wright State University. One of my reasons for wanting to lose weight and become more health is so that I can do more of the outdoor activities that I love like hiking and kayaking. So this year decided to go to the event. It was a blast. I tried Zumba for the first time and even took a yoga for kayakers class.

One of the best side benefits of this using Spark People to help me on my journey is that it has given me the confidence to go out there and try new physical activities like these. In my previous life I might have gone to the event but I would not have participated because I would have been very self-conscious of my weight or my ability to keep up. I'm sure many of you know the feeling that people are watching you and judging you because of your weight. Well that is going away for me. I did struggle to keep up in the Zumba class but rather than let that discourage me I felt good because I was trying something new that was good for me and I'm motivated now by the challenge of getting good at it. I can't wait to try another class.

So for anyone out there battling that little voice that says you can't do it, you're too big tell it to shut up. Get out there and do the things you love. Don't wait until your are to your goal weight either. Start enjoying them now. I promise you will have fun and they will help you get to your goal.

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GRFXGIRL 3/7/2010 8:49AM

    Tahts awesome that you are willing to try new things. I saw a zumba class in action at the Y on saturday so one of my new goals is to get a little more fit so that I too can join that class. It looked like a great time and I want to be able to try it.

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Jumping jacks, push-ups and crunches, oh my!

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Today is day 4 of Jillian Michaels 30 Day shred. Several people on the site recommended it so I thought I would give it a try. Mixing up my workouts makes it more fun for me. OMG it is a butt kicker.... literally! (One of the moves is to try and touch your heels to your fanny while running in place. She calls the but kicks.)

The first day ways not that bad but the 2nd and the 3rd were killers. Of all things, the jumping jacks are the hardest. My body just isn't use to that kind of an explosive move. I skipped a day yesterday. (Late night on the town with husband, fun!) But I am committed to doing the 30 days, so I ran it again tonight after the gym (I must be crazy). And I was surprised to find that the push ups and some of the cardio is getting easier. I think this is a great lesson in having faith in yourself and your body. I haven't done some of these things in a long time and it feels really good to know that my body is still up to the challenge. Plus I'm finding that after two months I am really craving the exercise now at the end of the day. I'm sure it is an endorphin thing. And I think the goal setting aspect of Spark People is starting to really motivate me because I'm actually looking forward to moving up to the more difficult levels on the disk. Being able to do these old school exercises seem like a huge triumph to me. Plus it is another great way to measure your progress besides stepping on the scale.

So I would like to close with one of my favorite lines from Dory from Finding Nemo, "Just keep swimming." Thanks Spark People for all your encouragement.


Big girl pants out > skinny jeans in

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Whoo Hoooo! I fit into my new pair of skinny jeans this morning. 2 sizes smaller that when I started. I also packed up a whole back of big girl pants (and other clothes i have "undergrown") so I can drop them off at the thrift store. I can't wait to go shopping for my spring break trip!

My next milestone will be the ability to shop in the regular sizes at the department store and not have to search for the woman's section. It has been years since I could do that. I can't wait!

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DEBBIE98632 3/2/2010 6:03PM

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I can't wait to 'shop' in my closet from some of the smaller sizes!! emoticon

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    That is awesome! Keep up the good work. I too can't wait until I'm in regular size clothes. So many more choices from the plus size ones. emoticon

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EMOAYN 2/24/2010 11:35PM

    Congrats!!!!! I still have a phobia of the skinny jeans!!! Great job!!!

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HICALGAL 2/24/2010 11:30PM

    yay for skinny jeans!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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