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Are you MAD?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Motivated & determined, that is.

No, I didn't think it up; some one shared that at my WW meeting today. I feel this way - I still feel like I'm on the right track, even if my loss was less than I would've liked today - it was a loss, after all. It didn't get me to my next reward.

Which means this week is the real challenge: I was going to reward myself for maintaining while I was away, but I also had planned a reward for getting back under 140 . . . I really thought I might've done it this week . . . I'm close . . . So reward for maintaining or wait til I'm back under 140?

I have even set yet another date for my GW: my birthday. Which isn't until Feb. Totally doable, but then I've set many dates for that auspicious date. It's a worthy goal to work toward. With maybe a trip to the outlet center in Austin as a reward - if there's time.

I will continue to be MAD.

I will get to my GW.

I will take disappointing WIs as just another obstacle I can hurdle - fuel to keep my spark burning bright.

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DISPATCHER04 8/26/2011 6:03PM

    You can totally do this! :) :)

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PCOH051610 8/26/2011 11:08AM

    I love the expression MAD......yes, I am and so are you!

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TEMPEST272002 8/25/2011 8:29PM

    I have every confidence that you will keep trying until you reach that goal.

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NATPLUMMER 8/25/2011 7:15PM

    Even if it wasn't as big a loss as you hoped for, at least it was a loss. That still gets you a great job!!!

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ASHOAF1 8/25/2011 3:17PM

  Way to go! You're positive outlook will really help you reach your goals! A loss is a loss, you will get to your goals soon! You are really inspiring me to re-exam how I look at my weight loss goals and now I think I am going to get 'MAD'!

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Saratoga food tour (photo intensive)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fair warning: if you're feeling weak food-wise, you might want to skip this blog, even tho there aren't a lot of food pictures. You've been warned!

We started out at the Saratoga farmer's market. Actually, we got there early so that I could shop a bit. Bought some plum tomatoes & some grass fed beef, which we grilled up that night. Pretty good! Unfortunately we didn't buy corn, cause we weren't actually planning to grill, so ended up buying it from the grocery store later.

Our first stop was potato chips (they gave us each a bag to take home) & tapenade. Good -- you could really taste those olives!

I took a photo of the next stop, but it wasn't terribly exciting (the photo, that is). It was the Argyle Cheese booth - where we had yogurt. Well, milk is good for more than just cheese, right? It was full fat greek yogurt and O.M.G. was it good!

Our next stop was the Old Bryan Inn.

Where they served us bruschetta with steak. They even would accomodate non-beef eaters, but we apparently didn't have any. And they told us about the history of the inn, which was quite interesting.

The Saratoga Olive Oil Company. I really never knew there were so many flavored olive oils & vinegars in this world. Coconut? Chocolate? Were we in a candy store? And you can taste everything (there are bread cubes out). We bought a garlic & a butter olive oil (yes, you could taste butter flavor in there) & some garlic salt.

The Saratoga Salsa store. They served us salsa on triscuits with a slice of cheddar on top warmed in the microwave. I may just have to add this to my snack ideas! Maybe not with triscuits, which can get me into trouble. It was yummy.

I bought a cranberry salsa.

The last stop could seriously get me into trouble. Bettie's Cakes (as in cupcakes), which opened around the same time we moved here.

Thankfully they were serving us mini cupcakes. Everyone got 2. I got one that was chocolate, with chocolate pudding inside & chocolate frosting. Another O.M.G. I didn't get one of the peanut butter cup ones because someone else snagged the last one (they really ought to let us choose rather than just having some different ones offered).

I could have bought one, but I decided 2 were enough.

The problem? They have a shop literally in walking distance from our house. Not like a minute close, but a couple of miles close. Maybe someday I'll take a run over there, snack on a cupcake, and run back. But that's only 4 miles . . . I suppose it could work for a mini cupcake . . .

I bought this ginormous catnip pillow at the farmer's market, too. The boys were too excited by it to pose properly. Simba snagged it first.

Simba has a tendency to throw all the toys off his bed, so Gizmo had a go at it.

They don't seem to realize that they can actually lay on it, but they enjoy it anyway.

It was fun, but I feel it was overpriced at $40 a person (we had half price tickets). In fact, because I'm a "glutton" for punishment I found a food tour of Pike Place Market in Seattle that we're considering -- for the same price -- but I suspect there will be a lot more food. I don't think this tour really had enough food, altho oddly enough I wasn't that hungry when dinner rolled around. I did snack on carrots & celery sticks in the car.

Unfortunately, it also took place on the one really warm day we've had in the last couple of weeks & I'd already run 7 miles that morning so I was just a tad tired out by it.

And yes, I did my best to track every bite.

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PCOH051610 8/26/2011 11:04AM

    Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a few hours!? I think I would have died and went to heaven at the cupcake place.....

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DISPATCHER04 8/24/2011 9:58PM

    It sounds like fun! But I agree it's pretty pricey. emoticon

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RATFINKROB 8/24/2011 12:59PM

    Wonderful photos, I love salsa but have never had cranberry salsa.

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NATPLUMMER 8/24/2011 9:01AM

    That bruschetta does look very tasty. I would be in trouble with those salsa triscuits. I love triscuits. The cupcakes do look good. It's a good thing they were small.
Yes, it does seem overpriced. I'm sure the Pike Place Market will have more food. That sounds like a better deal.
The kitties do look happy :-)

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/24/2011 8:01AM

    Great pics, looks like you had a great time. And good job for tracking it all, the bruschetta looks yummy and kitties look happy. And you were worried you would overeat? Ya did good.

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Reality check

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The scale can lie. Measuring tapes can be tricky. What is maybe the most accurate check of your weight loss progress? Clothes!

Those who have read this blog for a while know I love clothes. Even tho I'm not working at present. Even tho before that I worked from home. It was hard to find flattering clothes 30 lbs ago, and yes, I hid in black. A lot.

Today I'm more colorful. And I like form fitting clothes. So without further ado, my most recent purchases. Altho as usual, the photos really suck. Sorry!

While this dress isn't really special, I love the color, which is a deep emerald green if you can't tell. I should get it shortened. For $25, tho, it became an addition to my ever-growing dress collection.

I know it's a neutral gray, but I saw this & just knew right away that it would show off my figure perfectly. Funny story: I didn't think it had a zipper. I pulled it on over my head twice before I discovered it has a side zipper -- which doesn't work so well so I'm kind of afraid to use it.

When I looked at my side view in both dresses, I thought Wow! Really? That's me? Even after hovering at the same weight for 2 long years, I'm still often surprised at how I look -- in a good way.

I really don't think the photo does this coat justice. It's a Betsy Johnson, tan, leopard print faux fur trench coat. Love it! And I didn't have any heavier dress coats.

Don't be afraid of photos. I know it's really hard in the beginning and you probably won't like them, but trust me, down the road you'll be glad you had them.

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PCOH051610 8/26/2011 11:11AM

    Love the clothes as always! You have such a wonderful and shapely figure!

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DDOORN 8/24/2011 9:12AM

    Still photo averse here...know it's a healthy "muscle" to develop, to view oneself in an accepting, objective way...have a way to go on THAT one, tho!


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VLVTGRRL 8/23/2011 8:25PM

    I agree!! FABULOUS!

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JESSIEJUICE 8/23/2011 8:08PM

    That green dress is HOT!!! You're a total siren :)

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DISPATCHER04 8/23/2011 7:59PM

    I agree! They show off your figure beautifully. And I also agree that they should be shortened. That would be SO cute!! :)

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TEMPEST272002 8/23/2011 2:24PM

    The grey is my favourite, but you look great in all of them. I agree on shortening the green - you look fab in it, but would look better if you take the hem line up above the knee.

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MELODYSUE 8/23/2011 11:08AM

    My favorite is the green one but then Green is one of my favorite colors. I love clothes too but for now I am to self conscious to do to many form fitting outfits although I do find myself moving away from the ultra baggy, frumpy stuff that I was wearing for a while and am wearing things that actually fit. Great work. What an inspiration you are.

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REDEMILY 8/23/2011 9:43AM

    great dress. loving the green!

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NATPLUMMER 8/23/2011 9:40AM

    Yes, the clothes-meter works pretty darn well :-)
I totally love the emerald dress. You look stunning in it. The grey one is great, too. It does show your curves well. I guess just don't use the zipper if you can just pull it over your head.
Cute coat!!!

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KARBIE18 8/23/2011 7:45AM

    You look FABULOUS!! Love all three pics! You should be very proud of yourself!

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VANMETRE70 8/23/2011 7:40AM

    You go fashionista!! Looks great.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/23/2011 7:40AM

    I love the dress, and I agree, they need to be a tad shorter. pic of the coat didn't post. YOU LOOK GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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You gotta believe

Monday, August 22, 2011

What you believe, you achieve.

One of my mantras. I'm not saying you will never doubt yourself. You will at times. At least, that's certainly MY truth.

But deep down, when push comes to shove, you have to believe you can do it. All the exercise & planning & tracking will probably get you diddly at some point if you don't believe, with every fiber of your being, that you can do this. No matter what other people think or say.

A funny thing happens when you start believing in yourself, too: things have a way of falling into place. I'm not saying things become easy, because they don't, but making the right choices become easier & easier all the time. At some point they even become habits.

I'm finding the more I make good choices with my food, the less cravings I have - and I'm less hungry, too.

I have seen a lot of things recently that I want, but don't need. That's sort of a good thing. Because I need some more rewards to work towards - this upcoming trip will definitely be challenging & I need a carrot (or two) to get me thru it.

Hopefully today I'll have some time to work on my photos & get photos taken of my most recent purchases, too. I think they'll need to be 2 separate blogs. Found an awesome dress coat for colder weather yesterday - wasn't actually looking for one but I do actually need one. All I have is down coats. And maybe there was a dress . . .

I am believing that I have figured out what will finally move me to my GW (which could hopefully lead to a need for all those dresses). What do you believe?

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NATPLUMMER 8/22/2011 12:02PM

    YAY!!! You do have to believe to achieve.
Looking forward to seeing the coat (and dress ;-)

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EOSTAR_45 8/22/2011 11:57AM

    I agree, we are what we believe. I like that saying, when you think you can, you can. Thanks for the reminder!

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GAILRUU 8/22/2011 10:24AM

    A positive attitude is a blessing.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/22/2011 9:49AM

    I believe when I set my mind to something, there is nothing that I can't do. It may take a while, and I'll stumble and fall, but in the end.... failure is not an option. If someone tells me I can't, well that's just a great reason to prove them wrong.

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GONEWLIFE 8/22/2011 9:44AM

    Very good thoughts... we do buy too much 'stuff'.. food cravings do go away ...
Good luck !

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Body confidence - I'll have what she's having!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Hopefully tomorrow I'll have some time to process my pictures from yesterday. We went on a food tour in Saratoga Springs - named for their famous mineral springs.

One of the things I learned was that different springs had different mineral compositions - which totally makes sense when you think about it. Different rocks.

2 women in bikinis were lounging by one of the springs, filling water bottles with the water & then pouring it over themselves. At first glance, they looked like Hawaiian beauties, but when you looked closer, one looked pregnant. She had a great body, but a pretty big pooch. Didn't seem to make her self conscious at all.

I would never wear a bikini if my body looked like that (maybe she was pregnant; I don't know). I do wear bikinis these days, and my body is certainly far from perfect, but I still feel I can't wear one unless it's close to perfect for ME.

I wish I could borrow just a little bit of these women's body confidence - they were European, btw; we talked to them a bit later on.

I don't know why we feel in this country that we must be perfect to be beautiful - I know this is a twisted belief - but it's hard to shake beliefs that have been pounded into you since childhood.

Love your body a little every day, no matter what your size, & maybe eventually we'll develop that european self confidence.

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 8/23/2011 6:24AM

    A lot to think about Judy. Maybe i will work on being confident enough to wear one next year.

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TEMPEST272002 8/22/2011 9:34AM

    I understand how you feel, but on Sunday I went out and bought a 2 piece bathing suit any how. For two summers now, I've spent more time looking at other women's bodies. I see woman ALL THE TIME who wear bikinis & 2-pcs and none of them over the age of 25 have perfect bodies. Even most of the under 25's have visible "flaws". Nobody laughs and points. I started thinking "Just who do I think is out here judging me? And what imaginary standard do I think they're using? And if they are judging me - what impact does that really have on me?"

Which is not to say that I don't want to continue improving my body. Checking out myself in my two piece has me investigating personal trainers - someone who can help me tone up the loose skin areas.

Having seen you in a bikini, I know that no one would be pointing... except to point out that hot chick over there! Have to agree with STOPTHECRAVING on the guy thing. Any man I've know well enough to be honest with me, tells me the same thing - they like ALL women's bodies. Indiscriminate dogs... a totally likeable quality, imho!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/22/2011 9:33AM

    Love the skin you're in - sounds simple enough but a hard pill for many to swallow. A little dose each day.

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 8/21/2011 9:39PM

    Good advice. I've given up hope of ever wearing a 2 piece suit even though I've reached goal weight. My body just doesn't look the same. Too many squishy places! LOL

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    I wish I had her confidence too. I am working on it though!

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DISPATCHER04 8/21/2011 12:36PM

    Hmmm. I think I also feel that there is quite a bit of value in dressing to accentuate the good and not wearing things that are not flattering to my particular body. I love some of my body parts more than others. LOL. emoticon

Of course, I also have the motto: "If you don't like what you see, you don't have to look." emoticon

Yes, I know I'm full of contradictions. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 8/21/2011 10:48AM

    I know exactly what you mean! Looking forward to food pics ;-)

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JULIE2719 8/21/2011 9:38AM

    Yes! I know what you mean, except that I see a lot of young people with confidence these days in what they wear, some that should not be! Love yourself.. I will never wear a bikini again but I got a lovely tankini this year that I love.. It is all about how you feel inside, not really what the outside shows.

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    I learned form the guys on my volleyball team that they love ALL female bodies. (we were being a bit vulgar, they wanted us to "flash" the other team to distract them, and we were saying that no one would want to see our boobies. That's when were corrected--they want to see them all!) That conversation made me realize that "sex appeal" *may have a physical component* (I can point out a beautiful woman) but that there is so much more. It may seem objectifying of my teammates, but really, it was a reality check. I assumed all men want the picture perfect model (because that's what we learn in this society), but it isn't always true. (I do believe some shallow men only want a certain body type) But men are like women in that they are also conscience of their bodies and the smart ones know that we are all flawed. They choose to celebrate women in all their lovely forms.

But then there is also the component of self-love and self-confidence. I think there is nothing more beautiful than a woman who is confident--no matter her size. If you choose to love yourself (part by part, and build upon that) you will find your confidence. And ya know, some days we can look in the mirror in the morning and think "wow! I am awesome today" and come back that evening and think that we are fat, ugly, etc" Nothing PHYSICAL changed about us. It is MENTAL. And if you can remember that--you will be able to tell the "ugly nay-sayers" to take a hike--because you know that feelings are fleeting. And the mirror in combination with our mental state can be a liar. We are ALWAYS strong, worthy, lovable women!!!

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XFITSTRONG 8/21/2011 8:58AM

    Yeah! When we went on vacation to South Padre Island, there were quite a few families from Mexico there and ladies who were much much heavier than I who were sporting their bikinis and they actually looked pretty good! Made me wish I had one, lol!

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