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Just a little success will do ya

Thursday, January 05, 2012

The whole weight loss thing has been moving in the right direction the last few weeks - I know, finally, at the hardest time of the year!

It only takes a few weeks of success to help kickstart yout motivation. Not that I wasn't motivated before, but it can be hard to believe in yourself when nothing seems to work despite your best efforts.

If you're struggling or ready to give up, DON'T! Winners never quit. NEVER!

Keep trying. Baby steps. Try something new. Rethink your choices, your portion sizes, how much effort you're really putting in.

It's a new year & a new opportunity.

I had to skip my regular WW meeting to take Chester to the vet this morning (a cough, nothing serious, but serious enough for me to skip my meeting). It was tight, but o managed to get to a later meeting. Even with my cheese & crackers snafu this weekend & the later meeting (which translates into more food consumed), I had a small loss which made me really happy

But here's what happens at a meeting, for me, when I meet someone new:

New person (NP): you're a lifetime member, right?

Me: yes, but I'm not at my GW.

NP: really? But you look so thin!

Me: thank you.

NP: maybe you set your GW too low?

Me: um, thanks, but it's set as high as it can go & I'm still 9 lbs away from it.

NP: really? You don't look like it!

Thought you might get a chuckle out of it - it happens to me a lot. I think the answer is the exercise.

Tomorrow I take a fitness test; you can have one for free every 8 weeks at the rec center & I finally got the courage up to do it. Yes, believe it or not, but I'm a bit afraid of what I'll find out - but I'm doing it anyway.

  
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MZSLYDE01 1/12/2012 4:15PM

    I would definitely be beaming from that whole conversation. Even though you hear it a lot - it would feed my ego and my ego needs a bit of a boost these days....


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ON2VICTORY 1/6/2012 11:38AM

    I have a feeling you will do better on your fitness test than you think.... just gotta feelin'....

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TEMPEST272002 1/6/2012 10:46AM

    I bet you do EXCELLENT on that fitness test! I get the same reaction when I tell people I still have 20+lbs to go. I'm sure you're right about being fit equals looking like you must weigh less than you do. Have you had your body fat actually measured? I haven't, but I do wonder how it would compare to our estimated BMIs. Congrats on the dratted scale moving in the right direction!

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DDOORN 1/6/2012 10:19AM

    There is a wonderful and positive "ripple effect" when we start taking control of even little portions of our life...Spark ON! :-)

Don

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KANSASROSE67 1/5/2012 3:31PM

    Just goes to show how little the scale measures the stuff that really matters! I'll bet your fitness test will be eye-opening, in a good way.

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FREELADY 1/5/2012 2:52PM

    My favorite sentence: " . . . I'm a bit afraid . . . . but I'm doing it anyway." HURRAH!

I was a bit discouraged today and needed to read your blog. Once more you made the prospect of success very tangible. Thanks for a needed spur.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/5/2012 2:46PM

    emoticonon the loss, I you definitely are putting in the efforts, good job. Can't wait to hear about your fitness assessment, will be interesting since I've never had one either.

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NATPLUMMER 1/5/2012 2:34PM

    YAY!!!
Hope Chester is okay.
You may just surprise yourself with the fitness test.

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Weight loss is like an infinity scarf

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

And for those who don't know, an infinity scarf is one of those circular scarves that has no beginning and no end.

I was going to title this blog the long & winding road . . . talk about how this is a journey with no end . . . and then it occurred to me - while there's a beginning, there is no end.

If you joined recently & expect that you'll get to your GW & that's the end of the story . . . think again.

Now, that may sound harsh. But it's the truth. It will ALWAYS be hard. But then isn't being overweight? Choose your hard, as they say. Just don't expect it will be - or even become - easy. If it were easy, everyone would do it.

Because let's be honest: no one wants to be fat. You may think you do, for whatever reason: to be invisible, to eat whatever you want to, to blame all your problems on - but deep down you don't want to be fat. You just want something else more than you want to do the work, for whatever reason.

It's a struggle worthy of your best effort. Lose the weight & you just might find yourself again - or even discover who you really are for the very first time.

So not where I planned to go with this blog but sometimes they take on a life of their own . . .

  
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PCOH051610 1/5/2012 6:34PM

    I clicked "like" because I think this blog is one we Sparkers, new and old, should be encouraged to read! I love it and you put it in such a simple way to understand.

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MOMGABE 1/5/2012 11:26AM

    You are so right!!! Even though I have maintained a weight loss of 50 lbs for over 6 years, I never seem to get to what I consider goal weight. And it takes daily effort to eat healthy and exercise. But I guess that's why I'm here on Sparkpeople.

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NATPLUMMER 1/4/2012 2:08PM

    Oh so true!!

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FREELADY 1/4/2012 1:22PM

    You said this so beautifully. I needed to hear it!

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/4/2012 1:20PM

    I was just thinking about this the other day when reading several newbie blogs. Made me smile as I remember those exact thoughts when I started all this three years ago. The expectations that certain wgt. goals would be met. The battle with the scale frustration. The indignance at the forever plateau. And let's not forget the feeling of having "fallen off the wagon." Sooner or later, just as your blog states, it's the infinity scarf. I accepted that this is a true process and so much to learn. And what a funny thing to have thought that I'd change an entire lifetime of eating patterns in three years. Maybe some - yes, but not all. Wishing you a wonderful new year. And also, about your race being slower this year? You know, it's not the chronology that's responsible. It's just the day. You know how some days are better than others.

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KANSASROSE67 1/4/2012 1:09PM

    "You just want something else more than you want to do the work, for whatever reason." I love that...so true!

I've been on Spark long enough now to see people who were total success stories gain the weight back and either give up or start over. There really isn't a finished product, and that's hard for us to accept. Great blog!


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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/4/2012 1:07PM

    I'm glad you said this so well, I really need to forward this to a few people, but they can't swallow the truth. You're right, this never ends and this never gets easy. A true test of our character, and what we really want and somewhere along the way I discovered who I really am and what I want the most. It's been a "long and winding" road as you put it, now lets put the pedal to the metal and have a straight-away for a little while, shall we?

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Just a quickie . . .

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

. . . which is ironic, as I'm getting slower!

They finally got the results up for Sunday's race (3 1/2 miles) in 40:40 - which is almost exactly 2 minutes slower than last year. I know that doesn't sound lime much, but it's actually a fair amount! Works out to a 11:37 minute per mile pace, which isn't actually that bad for me.

I actually took longer to run my very first 5k!

But I was pissed because I saw someone I know - who used to be slower - and older - than me - finish 2 minutes ahead of me. Well, she's still older than me.

OTOH, someone else I know who's also older than me was significantly slower. I hope I don't slow down that much in the next decade!

Looking back at my week, tho, I realized I ran 7 miles Sunday, 7 1/2 miles Friday, & then the race on Sunday. Which isn't much for some people, but is definitely more than I normally run. And my HM was only a month ago.

Really, I just aspire to be average. I'd like to be able to run a 10 mm for more than 1 mile. I think I may've run that first mile in 10 minutes - but that's still just too fast for me.

Rant over.

  
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MOMGABE 1/5/2012 11:23AM

    Thanks for sharing your struggles. I ran a 5K in November that was 3 minutes slower than the same race last year. I was so disappointed in myself. But I'm still out there running. I have signed up for my first half-marathon in June. Plan to use the Jeff Galloway run/walk method to complete. Losing 10 pounds will help too.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/4/2012 8:19AM

    and.... you are part of the 1/10th of the world population that participates in running. Fast or slow, doesn't matter, you are still in the race. YOU GO GIRL !!! emoticon

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 1/3/2012 10:59PM

    Congrats on your race. I agree, she will always be older emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/3/2012 6:49PM

    She will always be older than you ;-)
Not every race is a PR but at least you ran it.

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FREELADY 1/3/2012 5:18PM

    You are getting stronger. Sounds like this time your "fast" was just spread out over several sessions within a short period of days . . . . but you are evaluating everything so sensibly, you will figure out how to adjust it for what's important to you.

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JANETRIS 1/3/2012 5:14PM

    Hey...congrats on your race, and the facts that your legs didn't fail you! Be proud of your time.....you rocked it out! emoticon

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Time for healthy eating

Monday, January 02, 2012

We're fond of saying it's time to get back on track. But that's diet-speak. In a healthy lifestyle you're never really off track; you're making poor choices. And yes, I made some poor choices over the weekend.

They were dumb poor choices, too. Notthe I'll have a shake with those fries choices, but I've eaten too much here so I've got to cut back there choices.

Yesterday I raced; I knew I'd be racing. I planned some healthy pancakes for breakfast - well, as healthy as pancakes can be: whole grains, no fat & totally delicious - topped with PB2 instead of maple syrup (the pancakes are from CCK - chocolatecoveredkatie.com ).

A snack of Greek yogurt, blueberries & dark chocolate chips. A banana an hour before the race. Good plan so far.

A honeystinger protein bar after the race. Andhere's where the plan fell apart: because there had been some extra nibbles the last few days, that honeystinger bar was meant to be my lunch (the race ended around 1 pm). A 190 calorie protein bar for lunch when I've just run a hard 3 1/2 miles?

Well, that's what happens when you don't live a healthy lifestyle. No, here's what really happens: you go home, polish off the rest of the pretzels (less than a serving left in the bag) & then move on to the crackers & cheese that your neighbor left at your house.

I should have known better than to skip properly refueling. Just because I made a few bad choices the previous days didn't mean I had to try & deprive myself when what my body really needed was some healthy food!

I'm not "back on track" tho - I am choosing to eat healthier. Because eating healthy gives me more energy & makes me feel better. And let's hope I've learned my lesson: if I don't fuel my body properly, it will only come back to bite me in the end.

  
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TEMPEST272002 1/2/2012 6:38PM

    When I let myself get too hungry, I almost always end up overeating on high carb food. It's a lesson I've had to re-learn a few times too.

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NATPLUMMER 1/2/2012 4:52PM

    That's the lesson I need to learn.

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KANSASROSE67 1/2/2012 11:19AM

    A lesson I keep needing to learn!

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FREELADY 1/2/2012 8:35AM

    Hey, we get to learn from your experience! Thanks!

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KISSFAN1 1/2/2012 7:56AM

    That's very true, you feel so much better and you're not raiding the cabinets for something when you feed your body what it needs. emoticon

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STALEYK 1/2/2012 7:53AM

    I'm right there with you! Have a great week!

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Racing into the new year:

Sunday, January 01, 2012

The good:

*Warmest run in forever, about 45F at race time

*I was racing on new year's day - a great way to start off the year

*Nothing hurts

The bad:

*I got there half an hr early & there was no parking in the closest lot - but this turned out good, actually, as I found a couple of empty spots at the chapel nearby & didn't get a ticket or towed

*DH didn't come; no photos

*Wasn't able to find my new running buddy in the crush

The ugly:

*No mile markers

*No water stops til almost the end - but it was only 3 1/2 miles & there was a HM too (now there are some nutty runners!)

*I'm having a serious attack of the munchies & that's been happening way too often the last few days

*No idea of my time. It's not chip timed, supposedly there was a clock at the finish line & you're supposed to note your time . . . but I didn't see it, so no idea of my time - my watch says I took longer than last year, but I'm not sure I started & stopped it at the right times.

I already knew this is a disorganized race, so why do I do this to myself? Because I do believe a race is a good way to start off the new year!

How's 2012 going for you?

  
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SKINNYPOWELL1 1/3/2012 3:45PM

    emoticonstarting the year off right. Good job. Hoping I'll be back in the race real soon.

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TEMPEST272002 1/1/2012 4:32PM

    Too bad about the disorganization, but I like your attitude: it's about the running, not the race. I haven't run in months, but I decided to start 2012 with a 1 mile run. Now my lungs are killing me! lol Still, I'm glad I did it. One of my mantras is "start as you intend to proceed" - and we have both started this year with the intention to be healthy & fit. Happy New Year!

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NATPLUMMER 1/1/2012 2:58PM

    Yay for a great start to the new year!!
I did 2.64 mile run/walk this morning :-)

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FREELADY 1/1/2012 2:32PM

    Much better than a day when you don't exercise!

Sorry about those frustrations. But you did your part well.



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