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Desperately seeking dresses

Thursday, November 03, 2011

That was me roughly 3 years ago. My niece was getting bat mitzvah'd and I'd put on a lot of weight. Most of my west coast relatives hadn't seen me at that weight - ever. I was searching high & low for a dress that could camouflage the pounds.

I did find a nice dress - black, of course - but nothing could really camouflage the pounds. I knew I was gaining weight; I even thought I knew how much I weighed despite the fact hat I hadn't been on a scale for years.

Somehow a cut I didn't even know I had got infected, half my face blew up, couldn't wear my contacts & I had to see a doctor - which meant getting on a scale. I was right about my weight, but seeing the number in glowing red really brought it home to me. I suppose it was a blessing in disguise.

I joined SP, slowly began to use it, changed a lot of things & I think lost 1 whopping lb in the first 3 months. Then I swallowed my pride & went back to WW. Slowly, but surely, the weight began to come off. Until a couple of years ago.

Flash forward to today. I'm going to my cousin's wedding in 2 weeks. I have not one, but two dresses that fit great. Neither one is black. I probably could have easily bought another half dozen.

I'm not writing this to say how great I am - anyone following this blog knows my weight loss came to a screeching halt 2 yrs ago & basically refuses to budge. I'm writing this to share that no matter how frustrating your weight loss journey may be, it's worth it. That you could be doing everything "right" & still not have scale success - but there are other successes.

And just because I have hit a long plateau doesn't mean you will. I have plenty of buddies who didn't and achieved their weight loss goals. I have to assume I just haven't found the last piece to the puzzle yet. That ultimately I must be doing something wrong but haven't figured out what yet.

No matter what, I will never regret the time I've spent at this site & in WW meetings.

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JOAN_HEO 11/4/2011 12:36PM

    Some wonderful thruths here! We all need to know and understand them. Thanks.

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SA9CHI 11/4/2011 12:15PM

    Your message is so IMPORTANT - to never give up on yourself even if you're at a standstill. After all, this is for life, it's just a momentary pause when you look at the big picture. emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 11/3/2011 8:47PM

    I admire how consistent you are with the healthy choices, even if the scale refuses to move. You're right - it is worth it. I'm sure you'll find that next piece of the puzzle.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/3/2011 4:37PM

    Hooray for you! BTW, our plateaus started around the same time. I have become convinced that mine are thyroid related. But that's okay cause I'm not going to get started on meds. Have a great day.

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NEWNAC304 11/3/2011 4:34PM

    Thanks for sharing.

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NATPLUMMER 11/3/2011 3:50PM

    Awesome blog!!!
I'm sure you'll look fabulous in whatever dress you decide to wear.

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The best laid plans

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

My best advice for training for a HM? Give yourself more time than you think you'll need because you never know what will happen. Of course, keep in mind I haven't actually run a HM yet!

I've been pretty lucky, but I've dealt with a painful hip & now some mild flu-lime symptoms. I'm sure some people would run anyway, but I know my body: if I don't rest it now, I'll only bee sicker down the road. I can afford to be sick now; in a few weeks it would be a problem.

Today's plan should have looked something like this:

Change bed
Vacuum upstairs
Grocery shopping
Walk dogs
Yoga maybe
Some sort of meal prep or baking

Instead it will look like this:

Walk dogs
Lay on couch all day watching tv
Make sure to drink plenty of fluids

Which is pretty much a repeat of yesterday.

Tomorrow I'll probably go out no matter how I feel because we're in serious need of groceries & I haven't been to a WW meeting in 2 weeks. I don't feel terrible . . . I just don't feel great. And I am lucky enough to be able to lay around & rest when I need to - even if there are so many other things I want to be doing.

So pad your training. Your immunity takes a hit with those long runs. Maybe you'll never have to deviate from your plan, but wouldn't it be nice to have wiggle room if you have to?

Of course, sometimes even wiggle room isn't enough. Life throws curveballs at us. You also have to know when to cry uncle, if necessary. Live to run another day.

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SHEILA1505 11/3/2011 1:30AM

    Glad you are listening to your body - I listened to mine and curled up to read all day Sunday while it poured with rain, instead of going to the treadmill at the gym. I've felt great ever since :)

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WALKINGBYFAITH2 11/2/2011 10:33PM

    That is good advice. Hope you will be up and running around soon!

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JESSIEJUICE 11/2/2011 6:09PM

    I hope you feel better soon. I am veeery aware that our HM is in 4 months as I watch my fellow students get struck down by colds (and it's only October!!). I'm glad you're taking the rest you need, but I'm sure you'll feel good when you get out of the house a little bit tomorrow. Take it easy!! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 11/2/2011 4:55PM

    It's frustrating to be laid up, but you're smart to take the time your body needs. I wanted to train for a tri last spring, but didn't allow enough time & illness through my training schedule too far off track. I'm going to try to remember your advice and start that training earlier this year.

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NEWNAC304 11/2/2011 4:32PM

    Feel better.

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RUNJEWELRUN 11/2/2011 3:43PM

    Hope you feel better :)

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/2/2011 12:23PM

    Sorry to hear you are feeling less than perfect, get some rest today. I definitely hear ya about padding the training. I got a curve ball thrown last night. Had a 5 miler planned and ended up having to take the kitty to the emergency vet last night. Poor Harley chewed one of his pads half-off, poor baby, he's better now with an antibiotic and some mild pain meds, but there went the run, now I have to make up for it tonight, putting me behind in this weeks miles, uggghhh. It's always something. Hope you feel better.

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TWNOMWE 11/2/2011 10:13AM

    Take the time your body needs to repair itself and you will get back in the game sooner.

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NATPLUMMER 11/2/2011 9:56AM

    Definitely get some rest while you can. Hopefully you'll be back to your normal self soon.

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/2/2011 9:51AM

    The Lyme symptoms may be why you've been a bit tired lately? I know you'll do great in your HM. You are a determined lady on a mission! (smiling)

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DDHEART 11/2/2011 7:51AM

    Take care of yourself....I know you will! How about a nice cup of tea?

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Hopefully I won't do THAT again

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Don't worry - nothing to do with Halloween candy. Not long after we got to 4 animals, we stopped giving out candy. We turned off all the lights, went into the bedroom - ok YOU! I'm talking to you - get your mind out of the gutter! Nothing like that. Actually, if I felt better, you might've been right. Anyway, we watched the most re net "Tron" on my iPad since we don't have a tv in the bedroom.

No, earlier in the day I decided I wanted pancakes for lunch. From the clean eating favorites edition (something like that). Which I topped with chocolate nut butter, which breaks my minimal sweets during the day rule, but I'd planned to simply have cereal as my treat after dinner (which I did), so I figured I could slack a little on that rule.

Only then I craved sweets the rest of the day, even tho I seriously wasn't hungry. I had a couple of dried pineapple rings, but otherwise I just ignored the cravings because I knew they were mental, not physical cravings. I'll have the pancakes with plain nut butter the next time.

I so seriously wanted to curl up in a ball and sleep the afternoon away. Just feeling a bit eh. Only since Simba decided to pee on me on the way home from the vet, I had to wash my coat (thank God it was machine washable), wipe down his crate & my car, & wash his crate pad. No rest for the weary.

He wasn't marking, btw, I think he just really had to go & didn't want to get his crate dirty.

Then I had to squeeze in a short run on the treadmill, which I still seriously didn't want to do but did anyway. Today I've got to get to the grocery store; I guess i'll see how I'm feeling this afternoon before deciding whether or not today will be a rest day.

For righ now, it's time to relax & watch DWTS while waiting for it to warm up a bit more before our walk.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 11/1/2011 4:50PM

    I've done the hiding trick before! This year there was nobody home until after 9pm, so I missed most of it. I did apologize to kid before turning off all the lights in the front.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/1/2011 11:32AM

    Sounds like you need a rest from your trip, maybe just a little tired still since you don't sound like you are feeling that great. Do what you can and listen to the body, snuggling with the animals and waiting for the weather to warm up is a perfectly acceptable kind of day, wish I could be home snuggling with the animals instead of at the office.

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NATPLUMMER 11/1/2011 10:48AM

    I don't blame you for hiding from the trick-or-treaters. I didn't get the door because I'm slow in the boot but my husband reported on all the cute little kids (and the teenage boys dressed as teenage boys).
Some days are just sweets days, I've noticed. Definitely triggered by having something sweet but it doesn't always do that to me.

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TEMPEST272002 11/1/2011 9:12AM

    Sounds like you're a touch under the weather. I always want more sweet food when I feel like that... which I do right now. Some weird association between eating carbs & feeling better - and our resistance is low because of being tired. Good for you for resisting. I didn't fare quite as well last night.

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Some plateau misconceptions

Monday, October 31, 2011

I read a blog a few days ago & it really bugged me. So be warned this is sort of a mini-rant.

First it talked about how people misusecthe term plateau. Well, that point is actually true: if you haven't lost weight for a few days or one week you are not on a plateau. According to my WW leader, if you lose weight at all you're not technically on a plateau either, but if you go up & down the same few pounds, as I have for 2 years now, I think it's safe to call it a plateau.

The irony was the blogger wasn't on a plateau, either - they had lost weight, just not very much. I'd be ecstatic with steady weight loss no matter how slow.

Now, I'm really not looking for sympathy or advice here. I've heard & done most everything. I've never given up & I've continued to try different things.

No, the part the really upset me was the implication that the real reason people plateau is they're slackers. They stop tracking or exercising or both or they slide into old habits.

I'm not saying this can't be true, but the truth is it's not true for me. I've never stopped tracking - heck, I track on vacation - and I've never stopped exercising. I'm no angel when it comes to food, but in general I believe I eat pretty healthy.

Mainly I'm writing this blog for all my spark buddies - even the one's I don't know - who are in the same boat. Because I know there are a lot of us out there & I know firsthand how frustrating it can be.

Never give up. Never forget how far you've already come. Because if all you do us maintain a new, healthier weight, you're already a winner.

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NIKI778 11/1/2011 12:30PM

    I agree that plenty of people are quick to jump to conclusions on this site. In the short time that I have been following your blogs (about 6 weeks now), I know that you are working hard and are very mindful of your eating. In fact your vacation was an inspiration to me, to keep tracking and moving when I wanted to quit. I am sure that being so close to your goal and not having any changes for 2 years is very frustrating, I am a long where from being at that point.

Not trying to be judgy or critical, and not knowing you or your body, but being that you seemed to have stalled despite all your efforts, maybe your body is telling you this it your ideal weight, your healthy life weight that you can maintain. Everyone of us is different, and weight ranges are all based on height, that doesn't mean that every body can actually a certain place in the given weight range. My point being that maybe your body is telling you that your ultimate goal is unattainable. I have no experience, the closest I have ever been to my first goal is about 10-5lbs away and that was almost 6 years ago (I have a high goal and a lower goal that isn't really as weight specific but more about body shape and muscle definition).

You maybe on a plateau or maybe you have arrived at your destination and you just don't know it yet. Just something to think about...

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TEMPEST272002 10/31/2011 11:43AM

    I remember my first few months on SP - I was so smug. I'd see people complaining about plateau's & be all self-satisfied because the pounds were just falling off. 18 months later, there's no smugness left in me.

The truth is that the longer we do this & the closer we are to goal, the more difficult it gets to shift that scale. There are many times that I wonder if this is as good as it's going to get for me. It feels like I've been struggling with the same few pounds FOREVER - though the truth is I've lost an average of 1.5lbs per month over the last year. So not really a plateau, just a decline so gradual that it is barely noticable.

Now, I've been checking in with you pretty much daily for the last year & I KNOW without a shadow of a doubt that you put a lot of effort into your fitness & nutrition. You approach it with consistency & intelligence. If the scale isn't moving, it's not for a lack of trying. Wouldn't it be great if calories in + calories out = a reliable weight loss?!

No answers for you today. Just commiseration. If it's any consolation, I think you have a totally hot little body & all your efforts keep it looking that way. What you do to care for yourself - it DOES show.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 10/31/2011 10:28AM

    I got stuck too at one point and was accused of not exercising or not tracking my eating. Luckily I had my records and could prove to myself that I was doing it right. It still hurt my feelings. Thanks for posting this!


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JERSEYGIRL24 10/31/2011 10:09AM

    As long as you know that you are doing the right things, in terms of eating, exercise, and tracking, don't worry about what other people say. I do see the point that sometimes people will claim that they don't understand why they are losing weight, and the fact is that they have slacked off. I do know that it is possible to do all the right things and still not lose weight. I think there is a strong temptation when that happens to actually become a slacker (i.e. I might as well eat my ice cream because I'm not losing weight anyway). That is when trouble can begin.

Your point about maintenance is also very true. Maintaining a healthy weight is terrific.

Hope the scales are in your favor soon!!!


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NATPLUMMER 10/31/2011 10:00AM

    I agree with you 100%. People don't understand the concept of the plateau.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/31/2011 9:52AM

    Thanks for writing this blog because there are alot of
Plateau-ers out there, me included. Slacker is definitely not in our character. You summed it up best....we are all winners because we never stop trying.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/31/2011 9:39AM

    My next blog was going to be about my forever plateau. Even after a month of amazing eating, nothing changes. Yes, I am frustrated. I think I'd just better embrace this plateau and do the best I can w/o busting my butt to eat right. Happy Halloween.

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Music to the rescue

Saturday, October 29, 2011

It's not supposed to snow that much today - more overnight - but it could get quite messy so I wanted to knock off my long run early. Despite the fact that the first time I checked I thought I'd been running longer & farther, it was a pretty good run. Faster pace than I've seen in quite a while - about 12 mm - no doubt due to the cold.

It was about freezing when I left & despite the fact that the temp actually increased while I was there, it definitely FELT like it got colder. My running top had hand pockets - you can fold a flap over your hands that sort of forms a mitten - I had them folded over to start, then folded them back as I warmed up, but after an hour I had to fold them back over because it was frickin' cold.

The critters today were cows (there's a farm next to the park), ducks, geese & of course the ubiquitous squirrels. As I made one loop, the geese were staring at something; on the next, there were less; and by that last loop they were gone. It was kind of weird!

The ducks have taken up residence in the "new" ponds: the rather large lakes that all this rain/snow have created. It's weird to see them swimming around in water that shouldn't even be there.

I was thinking of going for 10 miles even tho the plan called for 9; in the end I did 9 1/2. My hip is a little achy - I might ice it later but frankly right now I can't face it. You should have seen how red my legs were from the cold when I peeled off my tights!

I signed up at the health center afterwards since it's close to the park. Maybe I'll go for a swim tomorrow if the roads aren't too bad.

I refueled with a banana & my dark chocolate pretzel while I was there - the pretzel survived! I made a stop at Marshalls but no purchases. The bagel & lox when I got home really hit the spot!

Oh, and the reason behind the title: when I was discouraged when I first checked my time, 2 Journey tunes came on that brought a smile to my face: "Keep on running" & "The girl can't help it". Let's hear it for the 80s!

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DDOORN 10/31/2011 8:58AM

    Music is just SUCH a Godsend when it comes to workouts!

My fitness center is finally re-opening TODAY! It's recovered from the flood damage and ready for ACTION! Woo hoo!


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SHEILA1505 10/31/2011 2:25AM

    Well done - good run!

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TEMPEST272002 10/30/2011 9:47PM

    Great job getting through the cold run.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/29/2011 2:55PM

    I have to give you credit - tons- for heading out when it's freezing. As for music, I don't really know if I could exercise without it. It's like oxygen to me. I can't believe snow so early in the season. Have a good day.

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NATPLUMMER 10/29/2011 2:11PM

    Yay for a run!!! Sorry it was so cold.
Yay for pretzel :-) Even more yay for bagel and lox ;-)

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SUNSHINE99999 10/29/2011 1:53PM

  Very entertaining so stay warm and cool. :)

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