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Hello, Goodbye

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I admit it: I have emotional attachments to a lot of my clothes. Today is a particularly bittersweet day for me. One of my old standby camisoles, a dear friend, is on its last outing. It will go from the laundry to the "too big" box. While I'm sad to see it go, it's also a triumph: it is the very last of my Lane Bryant clothes to go in the too big box. They are now all officially eradicated! No more plus sizes in my wardrobe! emoticon Getting rid of all my plus size clothes was one of my goals for this year, so I plan to reward myself with a pair of new sandals.

As if this wasn't enough, I got to wear a new blouse for the first time this year. Last year I bought an exact replica in a 14. I absolutely love the thing; it's lightweight, cheerful, and very flattering. Plus it was one of my very first rewards for meeting a goal after joining SparkPeople. At the end of the season I bought the same blouse in the same color, which caused DH to question my sanity. I told DH I couldn't resist the sale and furthermore the blouse is a 10, two whole sizes smaller, and I expect to be able to wear it next summer.

Summer weather has already come to DC - it was nearly 80 degrees when I left the house this morning - so I pulled out the new blouse, hoping it would fit. And lo and behold, it does! Despite the too-big camisole! emoticon

This is definitely cause for celebration. As I mentioned in my previous blog, the scale isn't matching other measures of progress. My clothes are definitively proving that I'm shrinking. That's a psychological boost I can really use right now, given the scale's irascible behavior. emoticon

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DITZYCHICK 5/26/2011 7:53PM

    I can't tell you how happy I am for you!!! Although you have to say goodbye to some of your favorites, it's gotta feel GREAT to get rid of those plus signs!!! Keep it up girl, this is FABULOUS!!!

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ELLYFINT 5/26/2011 7:15AM

    This is great news, Jen! Good to read that you're making big and steady steps towards a healthier being :) :) :) Keep going!!!!

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KRAZYKATT 5/25/2011 8:50PM

    Hooray for you! How wonderful for you!

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DANCEMANIAC 5/25/2011 4:46PM

    I am very happy for you!!! emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 5/25/2011 3:17PM

    Great job ...
Enjoy those up and coming shopping trips!

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KITHKINCAID 5/25/2011 2:23PM

    Hurray! I'm in smaller stuff today too for the first time. Feels great! Congrats :)

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CAALAN23 5/25/2011 2:19PM

    Good job, schweets! You are in that twixt stage...almost single digits! WooHOO!

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ANGELI68 5/25/2011 2:16PM

    Wonderful! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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LOSE4LIFE47 5/25/2011 2:14PM

    Congrats!! Great job.

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Scale Battle

Monday, May 16, 2011

The scale and I are having a bit of a battle. Last week the scale told me I lost 1.6 pounds and I was happy; my hard work was finally paying off and I busted through my plateau. I was good all week on my nutrition and worked hard in the gym. My reward? I gained back that weight.

Here's the thing: I think it's water weight. I'm still sore from my workouts on Friday and Saturday and I've been drinking water like a maniac without needing more bathroom breaks than normal. I know for a fact that I am losing fat because my clothes fit differently and my fat deposits are definitely smaller. I also know that I'm gaining muscle. Not only do I feel strong, but DH commented today that I'm getting nice definition.

So. The scale clearly does not indicate whether I'm making progress or not. I am doing the right things and improving my health and body composition. Body composition and how I feel are now going to be my goal, not a number on the scale. If I get to my goal weight of 145, great. But if I am happy with the way my body looks and feels and my body fat is 24% or lower, I'll declare victory and move to maintenance mode regardless of what the scale says. I'm starting to think 145 may not be realistic for me anyway since muscle is so heavy and I'm very muscular. I am also one of those people for whom BMI doesn't really work; I have broad hips and shoulders, and a nice sturdy bone structure.

That said, I am still going to weigh myself. I like having as many indicators as possible; I just have to remember to put it into context. Measurements, my clothes, body composition, and fitness tests are all more accurate indicators for me. But the scale can be instant gratification, which I like, and I'm not ready to give it up yet. I'm just going to take it a lot less seriously.

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HAMMLIN 5/18/2011 2:56PM

    I'm having the exact same battle with my scale. I stayed in all of my ranges, did all of my workouts, including a half marathon, and I gained 4 pounds? really?

Keep fighting- I'd take definition any day!!!

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LOTUSFLOWER 5/18/2011 2:00PM

    I love Jenn's comment on this, you WILL win the scale battle. As Jenn told me, there is no other choice. Love ya!

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KITHKINCAID 5/18/2011 9:46AM

    The scale and I have been fighting for a month. I do a ton more exercise, it compensates by staying the same. It dropped today, but I can't count on that to stick around with TOM on the will all even out in the end though!

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DITZYCHICK 5/17/2011 4:22PM

    Great job looking at the whole picture! The scale can be a tricky little bugger.'re doing great and you're obviously changing. Stay positive regardless of what the scale is telling you now because it'll catch up with what your body is showing you!

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CAALAN23 5/17/2011 11:29AM

    Oh yeah. If you're feeling any kind of sore, your body will be pulling in and holding on to the fluids. A day or so and you'll have tossed that pound or two off. :) Good work!

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ELLYFINT 5/17/2011 7:21AM

    Very reasoned, reasonable post. Yeah, the scale is one of many indicators but yeah important to keep it in perspective. :) :) :) Congrats on moving closer to your healthy ideal! WTG, Jen!!!

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KATHIERAE 5/16/2011 11:57PM

    Good for you, to make the scale one tool of many. I lose and then gain, then stay the same, lose, gain , etc. Makes me crazy!! I am blaming my thyroid partly and my bad food choices partly. The clothes are def fitting differently and my arms getting more definition so... some things ARE working. Guess the key is to KEEP GOING! emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 5/16/2011 7:29PM

    Putting it into context is great. I have to remind myself of that daily. Sounds like you're on the right path and staying healthy mentally and physically.

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JMUCKINHOUPT 5/16/2011 7:21PM

    The scale can be a friend or enemy... I have to learn that it is just a tool and not either. It sounds like you are trying to keep that perspective, too. Good luck!

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Super Sexy Sunday and Plateau Busting

Monday, May 09, 2011

I did not set out to have a Super Sexy Sunday yesterday; it just kind of happened. I set out to have a sexy breakfast, then go to the farmer's market. Yesterday was opening day of the farmer's market for this season, and it was so nice to go back! DH and I bought strawberries, radishes, asparagus, and goat cheese. Nom nom nom nom. emoticon

When I got home I couldn't resist getting into the garden. (photo blog to follow later this week or this weekend) The lettuce was going nuts and threatening to overflow its bed, so I took only the leaves necessary for the plants to have enough room. That equated to TWO GALLONS!!! This, obviously, led to a super sexy salad for lunch. emoticon emoticon

DH and I finished up in the garden, then called our moms. I painted my toenails, did a couple of chores, started some rice for dinner, and settled down to cross stitch my niece's birth record. DH grilled swordfish steaks and some of the aforementioned asparagus. Talk about a sexy supper! I capped off the day with a bubble bath and 9 hours of sleep. Oh, bliss!

Not only is this my idea of a perfect Sunday, but it capped off a very good week. I was diligent about tracking my nutrition, skipping my birthday and Friday; got in three cardio and two full body ST sessions; drank my water and got my sleep every day. I finished a book, read two magazines, and got tons of craft work done. I have set myself up very well for meeting my May goals. emoticon

My reward for all this hard work was a 1.6 pound loss and a huge dose of motivation. I've been gaining and losing the same pound for two months now and I am so tired of it. Spring is my favorite season; I love the dramatic rebirth and growth, not to mention the sunshine and warmer weather. Having a May birthday doesn't hurt, either, lol. This year spring also motivated me to get moving again. I'm tired of dragging around all this extra weight and just want to be OUTSIDE and ACTIVE. Plus all the wonderful fresh freggies always inspire me to eat better. Losing weight this week underscored that my plan works quite well if I just stick to it. This is also a big motivator for me. So I'm back at it in good earnest and hoping to keep moving forward.

There are two speed bumps on this road: a trip to Peru and getting close to another milestone number. Business trips and 5 pound increments tend to be stumbling blocks for me. I have a few weeks before I have to worry about this, but I need to find a way to stay focused and not lose steam. I plan to pack resistance bands and gym clothes for Peru, so the trick will be to not overindulge. Lima is the culinary capital of Latin America, so this is going to be very tough. The key here is OVERindulge. Indulgence is fine as long as I keep it limited. My round number problem is a little more challenging because it's purely psychological; remnants of the diet mentality are hanging out like dust bunnies in the corner that refuse to be found by the broom. I've been focusing on the process of a healthy lifestyle for the past 5 weeks and it seems to be working really well. I need to keep chugging away like this and prove to myself once and for all that this is a permanent lifestyle change. I know I can do it - I just have to focus on one task and goal at a time.

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 5/10/2011 6:21PM

    You're a rock star! Keep it up!

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LOTUSFLOWER 5/10/2011 12:27PM

    Sounds like a GREAT Sunday!!! I need to have what you're having

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ELLYFINT 5/10/2011 7:53AM

    Your blog is just emanating spring/summer cheer :D Looking fwd to the garden pictures the Peru report! Keep it going!

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JMUCKINHOUPT 5/9/2011 7:39PM

    Wow! What a great day you had and a positive attitude. I, too, have been playing with the same 2 pounds in April and May and I made another action plan tonight to deal with it. Good luck on your healthy journey and I am excited to hear about your Peru trip.

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KATHIERAE 5/9/2011 7:16PM

    BLISS indeed!!! emoticon

Does it help at all to quit looking at the scale and use other measures? Like a smaller pair of pants to try on daily until they fit? Or something like that?? I know the scale can make me nutso too and sometimes I just have to stay OFF it and concentrate on all the GOOD I'm doing and how strong I feel. emoticon emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 5/9/2011 6:41PM

    You DID have a super sexy Sunday ... sounds like an amazing day worth repeating when you can.

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KITHKINCAID 5/9/2011 5:42PM

    Happy Belated Birthday!!! That sounds like the BEST Sunday ever! Super jealous!

I'm watching you for your plateau busting moves. Hoping some of that rubs off on me too. I got to my big milestone on April 15th and haven't moved since. Argh. Can't wait to see a Peru report!

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RRP546 5/9/2011 5:36PM

  good luck in peru

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April Progress Report and May Goals

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Here is how I did against last month's goals:

emoticon Do 3 cardio sessions a week.
I did this every week except the last week, when I had a terrible cold and didn't feel up to exercising. So I'm giving myself full marks for this one.

emoticon Do 2 ST sessions a week.
Same as above.

emoticon Take at least one rest day a week.
I did this one every week this month.

emoticon Blog once a week.
Again, every week except the last one.

emoticon Participate in D&A team.
Done and done!

emoticon Make significant progress on UFO.
The pile of knitted and felted pouches now has closures and is in the gift bin.

emoticon Read one book.
Almost but not quite...I almost finished Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and read a whole bunch of the magazines that were trying to take over the living room. So although it's not exactly what I initially intended, I'm still counting this one.

emoticon Knit FIL's hat.
It turned out better than I expected.

emoticon Wear a special garment once.
Doubly done.

emoticon Do monthly goal check in.

emoticonStart C25K.
I meant to last week. Drat you, stupid cold!

emoticon Continue working on wedding photo book.
I didn't get to it. emoticon

emoticon Go to church once.
Didn't quite happen.

emoticon Update SparkPage.
It's so fresh and pretty!

emoticon Earn my next Spark trophy.
Done and done.

I gained .4 pounds this month but I'm not convinced that's completely accurate: I weighed myself just before my period started this morning so I think there's a bunch of water weight in that number. I lost a net inch this month, half an inch of it off my hips. emoticon So I'm giving myself a B for this month.

So that makes an A for January and February and a B for March and April, with 10 pounds gone for the year. While this is good I know that I can do better. So I added food tracking five times a week to my goal tracker and May goals and am going to start weighing myself every week. I'm in a much better frame of mind and can get back to that habit again. And I'm ready to start working hard again: I lost 10 pounds in January and February and have held even since then. I'm ready to start losing again. So, with that in mind, here are my May goals:

emoticon Drop to 170 pounds (a 6 pound loss).

emoticon Do 3 cardio sessions a week.

emoticon Do 2 ST sessions a week.

emoticon Take one rest day a week.

emoticon Start C25K.

emoticon Track my food 5 times a week.

emoticon Blog once a week.

emoticon Do monthly goal blog.

emoticon Participate in Determination Challenge.

emoticon Make significant progress on a UFO.

emoticon Knit 2 baby hats.

emoticon Start Mike and Leah's wedding afghan.

emoticon Knit MIL's socks.

emoticon Cross stitch niece's birth announcement.

emoticon Read one book.

emoticon Continue working on wedding photo book.

emoticon Read 2 magazines a week.

emoticon Wear lingerie once.

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LOTUSFLOWER 5/1/2011 8:23PM

    I love all of your goals, congratulations to having such a great month! Good luck on the UFO :)

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JMUCKINHOUPT 5/1/2011 7:46PM

    I am so impressed by your diligence and integrity to yourself, because you are so worth it. You have inspired me to look back over my yearly goals and make some monthly changes. emoticon

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    Awesome progress! I'm glad you're giving yourself full marks for the stuff you weren't able to do while sick.

May looks like it will be a great month for you too!

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KATHIERAE 5/1/2011 7:16PM

    emoticonA "B" is nothing to sneeze at!
emoticon Cheering you on for May!!

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ELLYFINT 5/1/2011 5:30PM

    Congratulations on a good grade! And good luck on meeting your May goals :) :) :)


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PARAMAGIC66 5/1/2011 5:18PM

    Sounds like some pretty intense goals. I would be proud of myself if I just remembered what all my goals were. I know you can achieve them all. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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Garden-tastic Photo Blog

Monday, April 18, 2011

DH and I have spent big chunks of the last three weekends on our gardens. We'll plant most of the vegetables next weekend or the weekend after, but everything else is done - and I'm really happy about how it turned out.

The front bed and porch:

The lilac and forsythia on the side of the house:

Window boxes on the back deck:

Back deck:

The patio:

The blueberry bushes:

The veggie garden and shed:

Most of the backyard:

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KT-NICHOLS-13 4/23/2011 3:22PM

    Looks Great!

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MERRIKATE 4/21/2011 6:20PM

    WOW -- um, now that you two are all warmed up with seasonal expertise, c'mon by my still-thawing back garden and show me your stuff right here???!! We are still getting snow, darnit, and our temps have stayed close to freezing for the past week, with more of the same ahead. ONE of these weeks I will be following your awesome example ... and smiling like mad! Meanwhile, vicarious triumph from ogling your achievements will do: AWESOME!


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DITZYCHICK 4/20/2011 10:39PM

    Your garden areas are BEAUTIFUL...looks like you really worked the ground nicely and now you just need some sunshine!!!
Love your patio areas, and...the hot tub!!! Can I come soak my knee and admire your gardens?
emoticonCan't wait to hear updates as everything starts to grow and bloom! emoticon

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 4/19/2011 7:06PM

    Squee! I'm going to live vicariously through you until all this dang snow melts here & I can put out some plants of my own.

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RWALTON730 4/19/2011 7:59AM

    Great pictures! We have the same hot tub.

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ELLYFINT 4/19/2011 6:59AM

    That looks so nice, and it'll look lovelier over time!!! Looking fwd to seeing photos over spring and summer!

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KITHKINCAID 4/18/2011 11:12PM

    Dude...totally want. That's awesome! I just have my little herb gardens in my kitchen. BUt hey - at least they sprouted!!! I have the blackest thumb on the planet, so I'm feeling very accomplished that I managed to make my seeds grow!

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KATHIERAE 4/18/2011 10:46PM

    OH! I am GREEN with envy!! emoticonWe still have snow and I have spring fever big time! Your gardens are wonderful, you have obviously put lots of thought, time and effort into them!! What a joy!! emoticon

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NHOLBROOK 4/18/2011 9:46PM

    Your yard and gardens are awesome! emoticon I wish I could do that, I live in the country, in GA...Where our soil is actually Red Clay! I am with Lotus, I have a black thumb for sure! Any tips for ladies like us?

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LOTUSFLOWER 4/18/2011 9:41PM

    It all looks so nice!!! I have a black thumb, but somehow we get beautiful hastas around our back deck every year. Probably because they are easy. Great job!!!

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WISHABONE 4/18/2011 9:32PM

    It all looks very nice. Great Job! Keep up the good work. I'd love to see another photo blog as the growing season continues.

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