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July results

Monday, August 04, 2008

When I opened my photos from July and compared them against the month before, I could immediately see how much I'd reshaped my body. Boy, that made me feel good. The interesting thing is that I'd only lost 2 pounds in June.

I've lost 4 pounds in July, yet when I opened today's photos, I couldn't really see a difference from July's photos. You aren't seeing July and August's photos side by side; what you're seeing is my first photo, taken in May -- and that shows an almost 12 pound loss, so of course you're seeing a difference.

I keep wondering when I'll be happy with photos of myself. I am often -- but of course not always -- happy with myself, even when I look in the mirror. But I have yet to see a photo that reflects what I see in the mirror. Or a photo that shows off the definition in my arms -- because *I* can definitely see a difference in my arms, even if I can't see it in photos.

I am, of course, still officially heavy. I will continue to be heavy for a long time yet to come. My photos still motivate me. They show me how far I've already come -- much further than I have in many, many years. They also motivate me to keep moving, both literally and figuratively. I have to keep active to lose weight; and I have to keep up my healthy habits to get to my ultimate goal weight, whatever that might be.

It *is* working, too. Last night I wanted a snack. I wanted a Luna bar. What I ate was cherries and almonds. I'll admit it: they weren't what I wanted, but they did fill me up and they were the healthier choice. Sometimes -- occasionally -- we do have to make sacrifices. And lest you think I'm denying myself, I'd already had a small bowl of Turtle Mountain Chocolate Peanut Butter Zigzag. Which is why I nixed the Luna bar in favor of something a tad healthier.

My goals for August:

1. A 29" waist. Yes, I'm still trying for that one.

2. Weigh in at 153 before the cruise. I'm close, so close . . .

3. Weigh in at 153 after the cruise! Yes, I'd like to maintain. I plan to write down what I eat, but not track points.

4. Keep the kitchen table clean. Nothing to do with weight loss -- or does it? How often does our clutter give us a sense of hopelessness? I mostly cleaned off the kitchen table while my husband was home. I want to keep it that way. Of course, that's where I store his mail while he's away, but that doesn't mean I have to store all my mail, cookbooks, etc. there. Start with one area. Try to make keeping it cleaned off a habit. Then move on to the next trouble area.

I know that I am losing weight very sensibly, but yes, sometimes it does seem glacially slow. I think part of the problem is that I feel thinner than I look. There's a thin person just crying to get out; it seems she's been there for most of my life. I need to ponder what I need to do to help her out of her prison.

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    Oh, I know all too well how hard it is to resist certain after dinner snacks. You should be SO proud of yourself for choosing cherries and almonds over other junkier choices. Night time is usually when I falter, but I'm trying. I admire your determination and diligence. Good luck with your August goals!

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MTER67 8/4/2008 5:49PM

    It does seem like weight loss is glacially slow; but worthwhile things are rarely easy to attain--that's why (what is it now 60%?) the majority of Americans are overweight. Your photos show a lot of progress, even if the scale has not dropped as quickly as you'd like. You're working hard; your positive attitude is amazing--you are going to reach your goals (and maintain them) this time!

I am with you on the clutter. Just sorting through and organizing my kids' things Sunday was very cathartic for me. I honestly felt like I could think more clearly. I have a long way to go, but like you, I'll get there.


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SQUIRTZIE 8/4/2008 5:48PM

    As long as you are consistently losing weight you are doing great. Remember baby steps.

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Life's little surprises

Sunday, August 03, 2008

It was so nice yesterday to log in, and then immediately find 25 points in my spark points because I've completed another month on spark. That took the sting out of only 1 login point.

Just like it's nice when you weigh-in after a week of feeling fat despite eating well and exercising and find out you've lost more weight.

These are the small gifts we need to be thankful for, and all too often we just ignore them. There are plenty of small surprises that have nothing to do with weight loss, too, that we take for granted. The beautiful sunrise while you're standing outside waiting for the dogs to do their business. Going to take the garbage outside, only to find out your husband has already done it. The complete strangers who kindly answer your question on an internet forum.

It truly can be the small things that make you happy, if only you take the time to notice them. And it's important to notice those small gifts, because sometimes life's little surprises are no fun at all.

Oh, and here's one for Start and everyone else close to goal:

"People usually fail when they are on the verge of success. So give as much care to the end as to the beginning."
-- Lao-Tzu

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    I LOVE your positive attitude. I agree that instead of looking for the big "pay-off" or the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, we should enjoy the scenery on our journey to good health.

Thank you so much for the quote! I'll have to make a note of it. Now is not the time to start slacking off. After all, this is not my first attempt in weight loss. I've just gained it all back every time. Although I do have a goal weight, it's important to remind myself that this time my ultimate goal is not to lose weight but to maintain a healthier lifestyle.

As always, thank you so much for your support and motivation. emoticon

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SIMPLEJOYS 8/3/2008 8:52AM

I enjoyed reading your blog this morning because I have also found joy in seeing the good in each day.

--2 fawn getting a drink (while I was bike riding)
--my husband filling up the gas tank for me - so I wouldn't have to stop in the morning
--even with the heat and humidity, I can still appreciate how deeply blue the sky is, how green the corn is and how golden the wheat...sigh!

s on another Spark month!!

emoticon Karen

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Resonable goals

Saturday, August 02, 2008

I have just three weigh-ins left before my vacation, and that last weigh-in will have to be early, since I leave on my normal weigh-in day.

I didn't get make it to where I wanted to be at the end of July. I wanted to be in the low 150s; I'm at 155 1/2. Chances are I won't make it to 150 before I leave -- almost 6 lbs in 3 weeks, when your average weight loss is 1 lb per week, isn't reasonable.

So my goal is to be 153 before I leave. There is a certain irony to that, as that is what my weight was the first time I joined WW. Yet I've had to lose almost 20 pounds to get there this time. But that's life, and I can't begin to express how glad I am to have lost what I have so far.

Instead of obssessing about the weight I still have to lose, I really do try to celebrate what I've lost so far. It definitely makes me feel better about myself.

This time is different, too. I wouldn't say that it's been easy, but in some ways it has. Yes, I think about food and what I will eat a great deal -- but not to the exclusion of everything else. I have the occasional very hungry day, when nothing seems to satisfy me, but they're very, very rare. Most days I feel really satisfied with what I'm eating. And most days I get the right proportion of fats, proteins, and carbs without even trying.

Despite the weight gain of the last decade, I've learned a lot about healthy eating. I don't think you ever stop learning, but I've come a long way from the days of having 2 WW desserts a day (although those new twinkies they've come out with look mighty tempting -- even if I know without looking that they're just full of junk).

I will be the best me I can be by the time I go on vacation. And I will try to be my best me I can be while on vacation, too.

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STARTSPARKING 8/2/2008 10:47PM

    My First Sparkiversary is on August 15th, and I was hoping to get to my goal weight by then. However, I am still about five pounds away, and tomorrow's weigh-in is not looking very promising. I admire your attitude of not obsessing about the weight left to lose but celebrating the progress so far. A positive attitude is so much more productive and motivating. You are working hard and doing well. Keep up your great work! emoticon

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MTER67 8/2/2008 9:43AM

    I think celebrating the little successes along the way will keep your spirits up and your motivation stronger than if you were just waiting for a big "pay off" at the very end. You have been working very hard to reach your pre-cruise goal. You may not be able to reach your original goal weight by the time you "shove off," but I bet you will come very close!

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Friday Fit Tip: Pineapple for bloating

Friday, August 01, 2008

Yup, you heard me right (although I haven't personally tested this). Pineapple contains the digestive enzyme bromelain (pineapples are in the bromeliad family), which can help with the digestion of proteins -- decreasing the amount of gas generated by undigested food.

You can also purchase digestive enzymes as pills, but I prefer to get my nutrients from food as much as possible. So maybe pineapple is something good to eat during TOM. I'm not really all that fond of pineapple, and my TOM is just ending, but I may keep it in mind for the future.

Find out more about bromelain and the role of digestive enzymes -- findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FKA

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STARTSPARKING 8/2/2008 10:41PM

    Thanks for the tip! I love fresh pineapple anyway. I have to keep that in mind.

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MTER67 8/1/2008 8:41AM

    I love pineapple, but hate the little cuts it leaves on the sides of my mouth. Never heard about it aiding digestion, but I know it helped me with morning sickness, as did citrus fruits and ginger. Fresh stuff is always better than pills!

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Simple solutions

Thursday, July 31, 2008

Bear with me; today is probably going to be a rambling blog. Sometimes my best blogs are the ones where I don't know what I'm going to write, but then it just flows -- only I don't think today will be like that.

So sometimes the simplest way to find solutions is just to write about the problem. That's one reason for these blogs. I wrote about how many times my dogs stop on our walks. And then someone posted the simplest solution -- one that made me go d'oh, why didn't I think of that? While the dogs are stopped sniffing, jog in place, or do jumping jacks -- just keep moving.

Thank you! I have started to do that. I used to think that I was the only person who got dogs and then *gained* weight -- you're supposed to lose weight when you get dogs!

Today, however, I was tired. Although I slept fairly well last night, I didn't the night before, and of course the heat gets to you too. We've had 37 (although after yesterday it must be 38) triple digit days so far this summer. I don't know if that's just from the official beginning of summer, or from May, when the heat started.

The record is 69. I don't think we'll break it. I hope we don't break it! But it is possible.

I used to believe that I couldn't jog when it was hot. I have proved myself wrong. I have continued with my jogging intervals 3 times a week all through this brutal summer. Today I cut back on the number of times I jogged. I plan to do a turbo jam DVD in a while, so that will complete my cardio for today.

They say you need to push yourself -- true -- but you also have to listen to your body. It's hard, sometimes, though. Am I really that tired, or can I go a little harder? But if you push too hard, you make yourself sick or injure yourself. I definitely don't want to get sick -- or injure myself. So we're back to balance. Balancing the amount you push yourself vs not pushing so hard that you injure yourself.

Since I was sooooooo tired yesterday, I really didn't want to do the 30 Day Shred. I chose to try out my kettle bell workout. Kettle bells are sort of like medicine balls (only smaller & harder) with a handle.

I must admit, it was sort of a boring workout. It claims to be a cardio as well as strength training workout, but I didn't feel like I got a cardio workout. However, this morning my inner thighs are a little bit sore. That's not where I would have expected to be sore, but anything that works my inner thighs can't be a bad thing.

So there you have it. A few rambling thoughts on exercise.

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STARTSPARKING 8/2/2008 10:39PM

    Good for you for maintaining your exercise regimen even on hot summer days. I just bumped into an acquaintance earlier this week who belongs to the same health club as I. She lamented that she has not been going to the gym for six months when her family got sidetracked by the flu virus. Then she started telling me about how her husband doesn't like her leaving her baby at the on-site daycare. Conditions are never ideal for anyone, but I am so glad that you find a way to exercise. You should be so proud of yourself!

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MTER67 7/31/2008 10:04AM

    I like your ramblings. And even your ramblings are more focused than most of us are on any given day! Where are you, Texas? I thought it was hot here, but we are in the low 90's. This evening I ran just before sunset and it wasn't bad at all. Even though my HRM said that my run sucked, I felt less "wilted" than I have lately. I think it's great that you are getting out there and exercising through the summer. You are going to be ready for that cruise!

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