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It's not about what I lost . . .

Friday, January 01, 2010

. . . it's about what I've gained.

I'm a slow loser. I lost 20 lbs the first year, I think 10 lbs this past year. I guess maybe only 9, since I still haven't quite hit that 30 lb gone mark. Of course, being petite, 30 lbs off me is like 40 lbs or so off a normal person. That's what the trainer on "DietTribe" said, anyway!

But I got to thinking the other day about all the things I've gained over the last year:

1. Collarbones. A good visual reminder of how far I've come. At good physical reminder sometimes, too!

2. More energy. You might not have known that last night -- I used shoveling the driveway (it's a darn big one) as my ST yesterday. Must've worked, I got my 10,000 steps in. I was in bed long before midnight . . . but I'm up & at em at my regular time this morning.

3. Clothes shopping is sooooooo much easier -- and more fun! Sometimes that's a dangerous thing.

4. More self confidence.

5. Knowing that I can take off the weight I gain on vacation quickly by returning to normal eating. Doesn't mean that I plan to gain weight, and I'll keep working on that!

6. Weekly WW meetings work for me. Forever. I'm a lifer! And this year I want to be a lifer who doesn't have to pay.

7. My taste buds have really changed.

8. People notice me more now.

9. Happiness is definitely a choice. Even if you're living somewhere you'd rather not live. Even when things that are promised to be delivered aren't (no new DVR like promised yesterday, and no new coats for the dogs yet, either) and your computer is frozen.

10. The best weight loss secret weapon is definitely SP!!

What have you gained this past year, and what are you looking forward to doing this year?

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DDHEART 1/1/2010 4:04PM

    Lately, it seems as though you have gotten inside my head as I had very similar thoughts. So many of us came to SP because of weight issues and have gained so much more than we have lost.....and that is not a reflection on those last stubborn pounds that I can't push off my ticker!! LOL
BTW......being able to communicate with you is one of the things I gained this year. Happy New Year friend!

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HEYRED221 1/1/2010 1:01PM

    Way to go - those are all such wonderful positive results. Nice way to go into the new year. Happy New Year!!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/1/2010 10:22AM

    Thanks for the reminder of what I've gained also. I tend to get discouraged by my slow progress. However, I've kept it all off, which is a huge feat. Happy 2010 and wishing you the best.

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KEAKMAN 1/1/2010 10:18AM

    My most important gain this year has been you and all my other wonderful Spark Friends! It is the people who are involved in my life who keep me doing this. THANK YOU!

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DAYHIKER 1/1/2010 8:11AM

    What a great blog! You are doing a good job of staying motivated and sticking with it! emoticon on your accomplishments!! Slow and steady wins the race you know!! emoticon

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SEKSUNSHINE 1/1/2010 7:57AM

    Great accomplishment and self assessments!

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    Congratulations on all that you have accomplished last year. (Wow! For the first time I am referring 2009 as "last year"!) You are truly inspirational. Thanks for the reminder that success should not be defined by just the decreasing number on the scale.

I wish you continued success in 2010! emoticon

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What I want for 2010 & what I'm grateful for now

Thursday, December 31, 2009

I took a little time yesterday afternoon and sat down and thought about what I want out of next year, what I've learned from this year, and what I'm grateful for. One of my spark buddies talked about doing a gratitude list and a list of things she wants to let go of. I was going to do that, too, originally, but decided I wanted to focus on the positive.

I already met one of my goals: to put me into my profile. I've hidden behind the animals long enough! There are so many people who are so pretty even when they're carrying a lot of weight. I am not one of them. Trust me, I'm not being down on myself, it's just that extra weight just makes my face look doughy. I still take some bad photos, of course, but now at least I have some that I'm happy with.

What I'm grateful for in 2009:

1. Everyone survived the move. There were definitely a few times when there was a bit of doubt on whether I'd kill Simba or DH . . .

2. A 2 week vacation in Europe.

3. Finding great pet sitters & a new vet here. I was worried!

4. Living in such a nice neighborhood. Everyone we've met so far has been very nice; it's defnitely a step up (even if the house is just ok).

5. Nothing important to us broke or was damaged in the move -- a first!

6. Our house sold so quickly, and for our asking price.

7. A plethora of good sushi restaurants nearby.

8. Finding a great new WW meeting with a leader as good as my old one (again, I worried about it!).

9. Online library systems. Just why did I wait so long to use a library?

10. We are all healthy! Well, one of my cats has been a bit off, I must admit, and I'm still watching him. Hoping that maybe it can wait a little longer (like til it gets warmer).

My goals for 2010:

1. Run a 5k.

2. Start painting again.

3. Sell something on Etsy.

4. Reach my GW -- and maintain it!!

5. Go on a cruise. This is most likely a given, it's our 25th anniversary this year and that's the plan. Just have to corner DH to make some decisions. We went on a cruise for our honeymoon, didn't go on another for 10 years, but it's been speeding up since then.

6. Limit my time on the computer more. I spend more time on it than I'd like, even if a lot of that is helpful to me, it's not helping me to reach some of my other goals (like painting).

7. Start a food blog. I thought I'd be tackling that this week, but I need my own computer healthy for that, once again.

8. Attend a knitting and/or a painting group. At least once.

9. Set up "my" room. We've been here 8 months, and you still can barely walk into it. Nuff said.

10. Finish our kitchen rennovation.

My husband does let me use his computer, but my time is more limited at the moment because he's been home so much lately. I don't really want to work on my computer when his is on, because I'm afraid of infecting his computer, too.

So if you comment and don't hear from me or give me a Goodie, please know that I am very grateful & appreciate every comment & every goodie!

Tomorrow will be some more reflections on the past year. Maybe a before/after photo -- I kept waiting for that magical 30 lb mark, but I haven't quite made it yet. Despite my overhungry day on Tuesday, I was down a bit this week. Not enough to break the plateau. TOM is still on the horizon, but it WILL happen.

Here's to a wonderful 2010! Stay safe & celebrate wisely tonight.

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SEKSUNSHINE 12/31/2009 10:24PM

    Very good. Looking forward to the before and after pic. Also looking forward to seeing you on Etsy!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 12/31/2009 9:49PM

    What a great blog - thank you for sharing! I'm still working on my 2010 goals, taking my time....lol. Have a wonderful evening and Happy New Year! 'See ya' in 2010! emoticon

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STARTSPARKING 12/31/2009 4:34PM

    What a wonderful blog post of reflections and new goals to end the year. As I've mentioned on my page comment, I love your new profile image. I'm so happy for you for all your success so far. With your determination and diligence, I just know you will reach even more goals in 2010!

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ROCKYCPA 12/31/2009 4:30PM

    Great profile pic and your goals for 2010 are great and achievable. Good Luck to you.

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KEAKMAN 12/31/2009 4:17PM

    I LOVE the profile pic of you! Thanks for putting it up!

And of course I am thrilled about your goal to run a 5K this year! Here's hoping that you find it as much fun as I did, and that you stay healthy while training.

Have a great 2010!

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Getting back on track after a "bad" day

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Nothing was particularly bad about yesterday, other than the weather. I was not able to get out to walk -- too cold. Not only did the temps fail to rise out of the single digits, there was a fierce wind on top of that. Yesterday was the first day in a long, long time that the dogs didn't get a walk.

I walked with Leslie instead, for an hour. And did a 20 minute yoga DVD (loving Sarah Ivanhoe's Totaly Body makeover, which is 6 20 minute workouts; usually I do a couple at a time, but I was out of time yesterday). That still wasn't enough to get me my 10,000 steps, altho I did come close. It's also the first time a long, long time that I haven't had a 10,000 step day during the week.

I ate well. Plenty of protein, plenty of water, plenty of fruits and veggies. The problem was the quantity I ate. Nothing filled me up. I just hate days like that. No matter what I eat, no matter what I drink, no matter how healthy I eat, nothing is enough. It's pre-TOM, but I still hate it. And can't figure out why some months I sail thru it without any problems whatsoever, and others it's like someone woke a sleeping monster.

I was really hoping that this week might break my plateau. I knew I could do it if I just kept focused enough. Now I'm just hoping I don't gain too much.

It is, as they say, just one day. One day won't make or break me. It's defnitely no excuse to continue to give my appetite full reign. Today is a new day, with new choices, and that is the beauty of life.

Today is supposed to be warmer, and I believe less windy. It won't be warm by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm pretty sure I'll be out walking the dogs today as usual.

I didn't get much computer time again yesterday, since DH decided to work from home and obviously needed his computer (altho he also has a work laptop). I did get a lot of chores done, some things I'd delayed from last week when he was on vacation.

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STARTSPARKING 12/31/2009 4:09AM

    Sorry you are not getting much computer time. However, kudos to you for using your time to get so many chores done. Thank you for the reminder that each day is a new beginning of new choices and opportunities!

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KUNGFOOD 12/30/2009 8:19PM

    Let's blame it on the blue moon. I'm sailing in the same boat with you. But am just feeling blah... and I know it's from not getting all the exercise in that I had planned. Not really bad... but for me viciously hormonal!

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DDHEART 12/30/2009 6:10PM

    SIGH...................I'm looking in Alice's looking glass and while I'm seeing you, I'm also seeing me! I don't know why sometimes I seem to need to eat and eat without satisfaction....can't blame it on TOM since that ship left port a long time ago! LOL Whatever the reason, I do know that it generally passes especially when I really focus on the tasks at hand. The cold makes it difficult but you've got your indoor fitness plan so go for it.....and when you get off the plateau, take me with you! emoticon

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FITKAT2010 12/30/2009 8:02AM

    So, if I understand this correctly, you are on a plateau. You made the best of a day that wasn't perfect. Your DH could have given you computer time and you didn't ask him to?

OK, doesn't sound like a horrible day to me.

Now, the eating issue. Honestly putting this with being on a plateau and the other factors, I'd take a stab at looking deeper and perhaps writing out thoughts and feelings. Maybe of frustration?

Just a thought.

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SEKSUNSHINE 12/30/2009 7:27AM

    Sometimes it's good when you can't get to the computer, I know it is for me! emoticon
Hope you can get outside today, I won't it started snowing last night and by the end of today we are supposed to have at least 2 more inches.

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HEALTH4LYFE 12/30/2009 6:13AM

    Thanks for the comment on my blog and the recommendation to read yours. I suspect there are many of us dealing with this issue during and immediately following the holidays with all of the "goodies" hanging around. I have read from a few people how they have just thrown them out, which may be the best choice for me at the present time, with my currently low resolve.
I got in a lot of exercise yesterday and am up early to do more today. Also, heading into work, which should make it easier. I'll keep you posted. Thanks. emoticon

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I never even thought about the bad stuff

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I did my grocery shopping yesterday. Hate to do it right before a holiday, when the stores are jam packed. And I realized as I finished up, that it never even really occurred to me to get something special for New Year's.

By special, I mean fat laden treats. New Year's used to be the time when I might buy some peanut butter M&Ms (have some languishing in the pantry, actually, they've been there for months), potato chips & dips, maybe some of those little cocktail franks. The stuff I normally wouldn't eat.

Don't get me wrong, we do plan a special meal. Actually, DH has the assignment to bring home sushi. We'll see what happens. We actually did go out for sushi twice last week, he surprised me on his last day off by saying he wanted to go out to dinner again! And I bought a rib roast that I'll make for New Year's Day eve.

But the little snackies? It quite honestly didn't occur to me to even go in search of them. Just not the sort of thing I crave anymore. DH has his own potato chips he bought, and if I'm in the mood, maybe I'll make some popcorn. I'll probably make a nice healthy raw dessert.

I've come a long way in my eating habits in the last decade!

I didn't get much time to tackle my computer problems yesterday. I didn't have a moment to sit down til about 1 pm. Apparently I had some bad electrical aura around me yesterday -- we've been having some weird problems with our DVR (like a Tivo), and it's been getting progressively worse. Long story short is that after about an hour on the phone, they're sending out a new one. Then somehow the washing machine got locked.

I am very grateful that I have my husband's computer to fall back on, but I do want my own back! Especially since he has a short work week, and will probably be coming home early most of the week.

Today I have no plans to go out except to walk the dogs, altho I do have a lot of chores to get done. But hopefully I'll have some time to at least hunt for some of the stuff I need to troubleshoot further.

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KUNGFOOD 12/30/2009 8:16PM

    Now *that is* progress!

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 12/29/2009 12:01PM

    Way to go on your shopping! I am going to have shrimp cocktail for New Years, DH & DS can have the cheese, meat and crackers. I absolutely LOVE shrimp and we don't have it too often so it's a treat.

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HEYRED221 12/29/2009 11:02AM

    Way to go. I am thinking about new years day too, more so because I have a cousin in town, trying to decide if I want to invite over for dinner.

I have a DVR too, I've had to replace it a couple of times over the years, I think that since they are mini computers they die eventually too :-)

have a great day!

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DAYHIKER 12/29/2009 9:34AM

    Congratulations on your transformation to Lifestyle Change!! emoticon
I hope your electrical aura change to good! Yikes!

Cindy emoticon

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MYMONSTERSX3 12/29/2009 9:01AM

    I am the same way. When I go to the store unless my hubby specifically asks for a treat himself I barely enter the middle aisles. It's an amazing change.

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MSWEEZER 12/29/2009 9:00AM

    Great job!

I got our usual shrimp for New Years but otherwise, it will be without a lot of things. Won't miss them, haven't missed them, and well, I feel better just knowing.

I chuckled about the M&M's as I have a bag on the shelf I was given from my secret santa at work LAST year and never opened. I think it is time to say good by and throw them away. Seems sad but...........they're old!! LOL

Happy New year!

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SEKSUNSHINE 12/29/2009 8:20AM

    Good for you and the snacks. I have purchased some because hubby can't have New Year's without them, but they are for the rest of the family not me. I think he would rather give up Christmas turkey instead of his cocktail wieners!

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SHEILA1505 12/29/2009 8:10AM

    Same here - SP has certainly changed the habits. I don't even go down the soft drinks or chip aisle other than grab nuts at one end, and haven't been near the bakery /confectionary or biscuits in months

HOWEVER in the Health section - I did manage to find some 100% wholegrain RYE crackers - 3 of those with very low fat hummus = 100 cal snack! Not a granule of gluten in sight - Yay!

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TCLARK319 12/29/2009 6:59AM

    Bravo! I too try not to buy snacks and treats but these are things my mother likes to have on hand and I can't deny her. I have been checking out Hungry Girls web site and she has a lot of eat this not that suggestions. Found a Jello chocolate Mousse for 60 cals at her recommendation. I keep trying receipe's from Spark and have really yet to hit some that are a supper hit. Ah well. Hope the electronics start behaving! Off to the treadmill. Have a great day!

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STARTSPARKING 12/29/2009 6:06AM

    Forgetting to get your usual New Year's Eve snacks because you haven't even thought about them... THAT is the secret of your success, my friend. Congratulations!

Boy... You have had a LOT of electrical issues these past few days... Are they on a 10-year Y2K delay? emoticon

Good luck getting all of your electrical problems resolved. emoticon

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 12/29/2009 6:00AM

    Isn't it great when you realize junk food does not have the hold on you it once did? What a blessing!
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Winter motivation

Monday, December 28, 2009

I was pondering why it can be so hard to come by motivation during the winter. And I had a thought that had never occurred to me before. One of the most motivating things about losing weight is noticing the changes in our bodies, AND showing off those changes.

It's so much harder to notice OR show off those changes during the winter, because we're cocooned in so many extra layers of clothes. I get cold easily, so I am often swathed in at least 2 layers inside, often 3 (if we're not counting that big ole down jacket) outside. I feel like the little mummified kid who can barely move. All those clothes seem to literally weigh me down.

It's harder to feel good about myself. Well, I'm sure it would be easier if the scale were moving -- THAT's sure motivation. I am in awe of all the people who have continued to lose weight throughout the holidays, and if you are one of them, you deserve a big pat on the back.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not depressed, and exercise is my constant companion. It's just harder to see all the changes I've wrought.

What do you do to stay motivated through the winter?

On a side note, as noted in my friend feed, I'm having computer problems. I'm writing this on my husband's computer. Mine just locks up. It's a virus, I'm pretty sure, but I don't know WHICH virus. I've been trying to boot into safe mode, but so far I haven't been able to, and that is pretty much killing all my troubleshooting ideas. There isn't much troubleshooting that can be done when your computer is frozen!

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STARTSPARKING 12/29/2009 5:57AM

    I hope your computer will be up to speed soon. I'm glad at least meanwhile you can use your husband's. The willingness to share a computer is a sign of true love! emoticon

I guess trying to stick with as many routines as possible is my way of staying motivated through the winter. Of course with both my own and the gym's holiday schedules, I haven't been taking as many exercise classes. I do look forward to everything going back to normal next week. I don't want to get used to missing too many workouts!
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DDHEART 12/28/2009 9:49PM

    I do hope you get the computer cleaned up....I hate when that happens...as to motivation, that's hard sometimes.....my reason for joining the quickfire challenge and the spark your body bootcamp.....something new and something which I feel I have to do or I'll be delinquent or something LOL....yes motivation comes from within but it also comes from without so I'm going to get a boost from these tools and then with accomplished challenges I know the inner motivation will rise to the surface....At least that's the plan!

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KUNGFOOD 12/28/2009 5:43PM

    Sorry to hear about the computer. I hate it when modern technological advances turn to the dark side.

About finding motivation... I find it in the same place I find "spare" time. Haha.

I *make* it. If I want to see my friends, sometimes I really have to work to coordinate schedules. It can be frustrating, but when you finally succeed in pulling it together and have a great time, well... I wonder why I don't do it more often.

Sometimes I take myself out for a "me" date... looking at magazines, books, blogs, having a cup of coffee. Just to sit and work a crossword in my favorite coffeehouse can be a good motivator. It gives me an opportunity to observe others and just *take* time alone to think about where/which/what I want to do/go/be.

Yeah, someone might say you can also take your car in for an oil change and do the same thing while your car gets taken care of too. But that defeats the purpose. It's because *I* need the "tune up" that I give myself the time and attention.

Some of my friends treat themselves to spa days, or new hair dos. But for me, I'd rather look at books, browse the perfume counters, or take a steamy hot shower and watch a favorite movie on DVD. Some of my friends even travel alone just for enjoyment. I don't think that would do it for me, though.

What I mean is... I treat others well and I treat myself well. It motivates me to keep moving in the "right" direction.

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HEYRED221 12/28/2009 12:10PM

    Great blog. My motivation comes from how my clothes feel, my level of exercise and most obviously, weight loss. But even if I don't do great with weight loss, exercise makes me feel so good!

Good luck with getting your computer problems resolved.


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WANNABESEXYMOM 12/28/2009 10:10AM

    Sorry about your computer. Hope you can find the problem soon.

My motivation comes from some of my spark friends. We do small challenges between each other and have fun with it. Each day. I hope this suggestion helps.

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/28/2009 9:29AM

    I got a new computer for Christmas, and had a ton of problems with my last one. Being a non-techie, I really can't offer any advice except to listen to Leo Laporte on the radio. I've learned a lot. Thanks for your response to my blog. Once again, you've given me great advice on reasearching the exercise dvds first, before buying. (smiling) Have a wonderful day.

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DAYHIKER 12/28/2009 8:35AM

    That's an interesting idea! For me it is probably due to the short daylight hours and the cold weather which makes it harder to get outside in the fresh air and sunshine.

I sure hope you get that computer problem corrected soon! It doesn't sound like it will be an easy one to ferret out if it's frozen, though. emoticon

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SEKSUNSHINE 12/28/2009 8:30AM

    Hopefully you will find the computer problem. I hate when I have to us our son's laptop, don't like the little keyboard.

I would have to say motivation comes from within ones self no matter what time of year, at least mine does.

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