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Inches, Not Pounds

Friday, February 05, 2010

As you can all see on my weight loss ticker, the scale has hardly budged this month. Ugh.

BUT I measured myself today, and I'm down 8 total inches! You know, an inch off the thigh, 2 off the bust, etc. emoticon

The scale had me discouraged even though I knew that I was losing circumference: my clothes are getting looser all the time. emoticon Still, I was annoyed and discouraged and kinda felt like giving up. Not good.

My January consistency goal and today's measurements are keeping me on track, though. It's fantastic to see progress, even if it's not the kind you were looking for. emoticon

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-FEMALE- 2/5/2010 9:29PM

    That is such an incredible loss! 8 inches, WOW! Definitely be proud, cause that is amazing.

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JESS_LARA 2/5/2010 8:50PM

    I'm so glad you lost inches! Awesome job! You can do it!

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PALIFANY 2/5/2010 5:44PM

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I wish I had the ambition to take measurements. I see that in some areas I'm shrinking, yet I just can't make myself do it. Grats to you!

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ROMANS_8 2/5/2010 5:28PM

    I have the same problem! It is so frustrating to not see the scale move when you are working so hard. I've stopped weighing myself and go by measurements only. Our weight will catch up one day. Congrats on the inches lost!

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Hubby's big breakthrough

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Probably like a lot of you lady sparkers, I'm the main driver behind healthy eating and lifestyle in my household. My husband knows that when I've made up my mind, that's it. He can either get on board the train or get run over by it. Patrick decided to hop on board, albeit reluctantly.

So for three weeks or so we went on like this. I insisted on eating healthy, and reminding him that we don't want to end up with severe health problems in our 50s like our parents. I went to the gym, he didn't. Patrick did help me with meal planning; I think he likes having some control over what's on his plate.

Then everything changed this weekend.

Sunday we sat down to plan our meals and write the grocery list as usual. Then I sent him to the grocery store with our list while I ran another errand next door. When I found him in the grocery store, he'd only added two items not on the list: extra fruit for me and chips for him. So far, so normal, right?


The fruit was very thoughtful. (Which, thankfully, is normal for him.) But he'd BOTHERED TO READ THE NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION on his chips. And chose baked ones low in fat and cholesterol.

Health food? Probably not. But hubby read the nutritional information - all on his own! Breakthrough!

Later that night he fixed dinner (whole wheat pasta with tomato sauce and meatballs) while I worked out on the Wii fit. He asked me if I could step away for a minute and make a salad to go with dinner.

I almost fell off the balance board! Could this really be MY husband, requesting a salad? The man in the kitchen didn't appear to be a pod person, so I made him a salad. Loaded with vegetables he specifically requested. Weird, but delightful.

After dinner I got back on the Wii while he talked with his dad on the phone. He saw how much fun I was having and jumped on as soon as he finished chatting. This was at 10:30 at night!

Since then Patrick has stayed on the healthy diet, working out plan. Because he wants to and enjoys it.


I am so proud of him. And relieved, because this will make our healthy lifestyle journey easier. And deeply joyed because it means we'll have many years of health and happiness. Way to go, Patrick! emoticon

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JESS_LARA 2/1/2010 3:46PM

    I'm so glad Pat is eating healthy too, and even working out! That's wonderful! Yeah, Pat!

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JENJESS48 1/27/2010 10:04PM

    Btw, Patrick read this blog and likes it, too. He thinks it's funny. emoticon

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THEZWOMANN 1/27/2010 10:00PM

    Good for you! I'm still waiting on my hubby, but your story gives me hope! LOL Thanks for sharing.

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-FEMALE- 1/27/2010 9:59PM

    Aww, that is so cute. Go Patrick!

(BTW, I LOVE that name!)


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Proud of holding even

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Last weekend was the second of my three wedding receptions, and we had family and friends in from out of town. We ate out almost every meal, and of course the h'ors derves that we served at the reception weren't exactly health food. Oh, and of course there's the cake. And the restaurant desserts. Ugh.

BUT I did the best I could. I stuck to my plan all week, and was reasonably careful at the restaurants on the weekend. I limited my dessert intake despite my husband's best efforts.


Yesterday was the moment of truth: weigh in. And, shockingly, I stayed dead even. I didn't gain an ounce! I didn't lose either, but I'm still really proud of myself for just holding even. Sometimes the best you can do is just tread water, and last weekend was one of those times. I'm really proud of myself for doing that.


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JESS_LARA 1/24/2010 9:57PM

    Way to go Jen! I always have the hardest time when there is a special occasion; there are so many temptations!

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4DOGNIGHT 1/20/2010 3:46PM

    Good for you. THat is a real achievement with all those temptations. Beautiful picture!

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Doing better today

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Today is day 3 of getting back into the swing of things, and I'm finally doing better. I even feel awake! Now if I can just make it to the gym, it'll be a great day. emoticon

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LISANANCY 1/9/2010 10:00AM

    You get to the gym, I'm right behind you. Hey we could make a crowd! How's that! emoticon

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Time to get serious

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Okay. [deep breath]

I got married in late November. And then the holidays come, as they do every year. And since the wedding, and partly because of the holidays, I just haven't been watching what I eat and making sure I get to the gym. But now those days are over. It's time to get serious. No more excuses. If I don't do it now, I'm not going to. I go! emoticon

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NEILSKM 1/5/2010 11:36AM

    Good Luck! I know you can do it.

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