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My Day of Delusional Thinness

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Today I went shopping for, among other things, knee-high black boots. I tried a bunch of different stores and wasn't having any luck. Either the fit wasn't quite right or the price was too high. In the last store I tried, I had a super helpful salesclerk. She gave me fashion advice and brought me different boots that I had overlooked.

I told her what I had in mind. She looked at the boots I tried on and said they were way too roomy in the calf. She said, and I quote, "You have really thin calves." She hustled to the backroom to find something slimmer in the calves while I sat there, marveling that anyone had called me thin ANYWHERE. Me? Thin calves? ME? Is it possible that I'm... THIN?!?!?!?!

While I basked in the glory of potential real-time thinness, I overheard my helpful sales associate consult with another associate. She said, and I paraphrase here: "Can you help me? She's trying to find boots, but we need something really narrow in the calf."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm sorry, but this is killing me. I don't have thin anything. Except, okay, truth be told, I have abnormally bony-looking ankles.

So I'm sitting there contemplating how thin my calves are (who knew?!) when ever-so-slowly a thought enters my mind. What else could explain these abnormally small calves?

I'd rather tell a story that is just that -- oooh, lucky thin-calved me. All my hard work paid off and now I'm thin! Woohoo! But no... It doesn't work out that way. Not yet. (Someday I will tell a "Woohoo! I'm Thin!" story.)

The revelation hit me. What else could explain why all these boots are gaping around my calves? Something to do with the proportion..... Oh yeah! My ginormous feet! OH YEAH! I have a bit of a complex about my ginormous feet, which are by all accounts waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long in proportion to my height. So naturally all these boot makers assume that if you have ginormous feet, you must be a tall woman with the larger proportions to fit that BIG FOOT. No, not me. Just big feet, average height.

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/19/2012 11:24AM

    Very funny! And I say that as someone with big feet and "strong" calves. emoticon

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SADWHITEWOLF 11/19/2012 10:30AM

    I have an opposite issue. My feet and ankles are really tiny compared to my body. If I try to get boots, they often are too tight at the calf. Especially now that my calf muscles are getting built up by the exercise!

Still funny, enjoy those moments, Being called thin-anything is priceless and rewarding!

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BLESSED2BEME 11/6/2012 10:19AM

    I have small feet and huge calves. Wish I was the other way around like you! Funny story:)

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JUMPINJULIE 11/5/2012 8:58PM

    LoL out loud. But you will have your woohoo thin story to tell. emoticon

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great story!!

sounds like some sexy mamma boots to me!!

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MIRFA71 11/5/2012 12:19PM

    emoticon Thin Calves... I can just dream about them.. Best wishes..

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MAUREENIE1 11/5/2012 10:51AM

    I would love thin calves. I have the opposite problem. I can't get boots to fit me because my calves are big compared to my size 6 feet. If I do find boots, my husband has to help me do them up with a crowbar. I guess we all have our imperfections and that is what makes us human. Thanks for sharing!

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MEXGAL1 11/5/2012 10:06AM

    Fun!
Have a terrific week with those thin calves!

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FUN2BAROUND 11/5/2012 9:25AM

    Good for you - and you really might have slimmed down in your calves - have you measured? My legs are thin, and it is a miracle they can hold all this weight! :) Have a great day and enjoy one of the rarer problems in this life!!

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KNYAGENYA 11/5/2012 8:31AM

    Congrats on your thin calves!

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DSSECRETS 11/5/2012 7:48AM

    It's so easy to dismiss the good comments. I say embrace the thin calves and ankles! Revel in that and enjoy your day!
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BEECHNUT13 11/5/2012 7:30AM

    I have big feet, too. And small calves. But my butt is chunky!

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JSALERNO 11/5/2012 6:04AM

    I HAVE BIG CALVES. WHEN I WENT TO THE GYM YEARS AGO TO WORK WITH A PERSONAL TRAINER I WAS TOLD I HAD NICE FIRM CALVES.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 11/5/2012 4:21AM

    Love the story : )

I have big calves - and could only wish to fit in high boots like you were looking for.

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ROSALIEESTHER 11/4/2012 10:32PM

    I'm betting all that running IS making a big difference on your thinness. Let it in! Those salespeople see all types. She just might have been telling the truth about those skinny calves of yours.

Congratulations!

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November Goals

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Okey-doke, time to go public with my Great Big November goals. If you've been reading my blogs, these just might look a little familiar. That's because they are essentially a repeat of my October goals, which... um... did not work out so well. That's okay. Try, try again!

1. Resume moderate drinking ONLY if it fits in my daily calories.
2. Stick to my strength & cardio training 6 days a week.
3. Stay under 1550 calories every day.
4. Meditate every day.

A couple changes from October:

* I'm bumping up my calories to what Spark says is my max. I have to be realistic. I wasn't hitting 1400 very often, so let's take this in baby steps.

* I'm not setting a weight goal. I will be happy with any loss that come my way. If I focus on eating right and exercising, weight loss will happen, maybe not as quickly as I'd like or maybe even quicker! Who cares? The point is living a healthy lifestyle.

That bears repeating.

---------------------The point is living a healthy lifestyle.--------------------

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JUMPINJULIE 11/4/2012 4:49PM

    Excatly we all need to be reminded of that. emoticon

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VINTAGEPAGE 11/3/2012 10:23PM

  Yes, yes and yes! I am going to aim for all these goals too! Thanks for sharing, we can do this!

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/3/2012 4:25PM

    These are great goals. Knock them out of the park!

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KNYAGENYA 11/3/2012 12:20PM

    You can do it! I have faith in you.

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Today Is Brought to You by the Letter F

Thursday, November 01, 2012



I pretty much blew my goals in October. Stress took over, and, well, I just didn't handle it very well. Too much food, too much drink, too little exercise, too little meditation.

The good news is... Well, actually TWO good newses. (It's a word. I just made it up.)

1. I made it through my stressful event with flying colors. It went wonderfully! (Lesson learned: Don't freak out about upcoming stuff. Energy wasted. Life not enjoyed while you're fretting about future stuff!)

2. I get another chance to get it right. I can put those blunders behind me, reboot, and start over. Today. Now. And that is what I'm doing.

Happy November, everyone!
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MARJIMAC63 11/3/2012 3:54PM

    The title itself--hilarious!!
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Thanks for the Sesame Street reference.

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JUMPINJULIE 11/2/2012 4:34PM

    Here is to beinning anew. You well work november. emoticon

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MEXGAL1 11/2/2012 10:20AM

    Happy November to you as well.
Best of everything to you with your rebooting.
You can do it!

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AUTUMNBRZ 11/2/2012 6:52AM

    Newses! Love it! lol

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KARRENLYNN 11/1/2012 11:09PM

    That's the great thing, each day you wake up, you get another chance to make changes for improvement. As long as you don't quit or give up, you're gold! So make your plan and go for it! :)

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BEECHNUT13 11/1/2012 10:27PM

    That's so F-ing awesome!

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LASKIE2 11/1/2012 9:16PM

    So "F" means fantastic, Fabulous and funny! emoticon

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 11/1/2012 9:08PM

    Amen!

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MEADSBAY 11/1/2012 9:04PM

    Woooo-hoooo!
Let's hear it for fresh starts!
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Good News!!!

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Now I get to share the news I hoped to be able to share with you all. The event that has been causing me MUCH anxiety, increasingly month by month, culminating in this month me being just really a tight fist of anxiety ready to punch a brick wall -- the event went off without a single hitch!

My nerves, truth be told, were not the best. I didn't sleep well last night, and this morning, I was definitely physically tense. I avoided coffee, knowing that would only amp me up more. I was back and forth between worrying and then feeling that everything really would be okay. I never do this, but as I was putting make-up on in the bathroom, and I gave myself a little pep talk in the mirror, and I actually believed it. I knew that I could handle this. I knew I would be fine.

And so... I got through the event without an ounce of anxiety! I was "in the moment." I wasn't sitting there thinking about myself and worrying if I'd have a panic attack. Seriously. I was just paying attention to the amazing stuff going on around me. Awesome. Uplifting. A relief. I can overcome!

Now I get back to life minus this obsessive worry. Life resumes! I turn my focus back to family and fitness. And I try to absorb these lessons so I handle stress better in the future. We can't avoid stress in life, but we can handle it in a sane and healthy way. That's the goal.

I can't begin to thank my wonderful Sparkfriends enough for your prayers and encouraging words. I believe in the power of prayer. You lifted me and carried me through this tough time. Thank you! Thank you! THANK YOU!!!

  
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JUMPINJULIE 10/31/2012 7:27PM

    I'm so happy for you. emoticon

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MEXGAL1 10/29/2012 10:53AM

    woo hoo....take a deep breath and relax now!
Have a terrific week.

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MEADSBAY 10/29/2012 10:02AM

    The universe never sends us things until she knows we can handle it.
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AMANDAROX 10/29/2012 7:24AM

    Hooray!! Congratulations on a job well done!!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 10/29/2012 4:20AM

    emoticon on getting past the difficult emotions... Here's to a great week ahead!

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RTWAITE 10/28/2012 9:02PM

    I know where you are coming from, glad that you were able to overcome!

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    emoticon So happy it went well! Proud of you!

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MAGGIEVAN 10/28/2012 8:53PM

    I am so glad for you. Congrats. Just never give up.

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BEECHNUT13 10/28/2012 8:50PM

    Well, duh, you're awesome!

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KNYAGENYA 10/28/2012 8:16PM

    Good job!

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Mid-Month Check-Up

Sunday, October 21, 2012

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I meant to do this middle of the month and here we are two thirds through October! This has been a crazy month for me. Busy and stressful, and it's fair to say I am going to see many Fs on my report card this month.
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I've been enjoying a few too many cocktails.
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I'm not doing great with the strength training and non-running cardio. But I have been sticking with running three times a week. Except last week.
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That 1400-calorie limit has been tough. Very tough. With my stress-churned tummy, I feel hungrier... Excuses, excuses...
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Meditating every day would probably help my nerves, right?! Why is this so hard to find time for??
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My weight goal is going to be very difficult to hit. At this point I will be happy to not gain this month. I'd love to see a loss, but that will mean serious dedication in the next week. I so want to do better!!!
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I know my stressful situation doesn't even compare, but the way I've been dealing with my stress in the last three weeks just made me think of all the stories I've read of people who pour their lives into taking care of a sick family member, and in the meantime end up putting their own health on the backburner and end up gaining a lot of weight. It seems like such a natural reaction to dealing with stress and being too busy. We forget to take care of ourselves and reach out for some small bit of comfort (foods we love), and before you know it, you've gained 10 pounds, 20, 30..... I'm not going to let that happen to me (and trust me, like I said, the stressful thing I'm dealing with is NOTHING like caring for a sick family member 24 hours a day). I just need to find ways of dealing with my stress better. Not resorting to food and drink and obsessive worrying thoughts.

So... I'm going to try to finish out this month better than I've done so far. I know I can do better. And obviously doing WORSE really doesn't help matters, does it? HA! It's not like my stress levels are better because I've been eating and drinking too much, not meditating, and skipping some of my workouts. Hmmmm. This is not rocket science.

Here's to finishing October ... BETTER.
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JUMPINJULIE 10/21/2012 7:30PM

    You can do this. Just say tommorrow is a brand new day and start doing something small that you've been skipping like workout or eat healthier. Just start off small and you can bulid on it. emoticon emoticon

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MEXGAL1 10/21/2012 1:54PM

    Hope you can find non food ways to release your stress. I know how hard it is to not give in. I have had a ton of stress lately but have passed several times on the desire to give up and eat and drink what I want. But I have to say each time I pass on a splurge I feel so much better and stronger. Makes me believe that I do not have to turn to food and drink to relieve stress.
Here's to better days for you ahead.
Sallie

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BEECHNUT13 10/21/2012 1:41PM

    You have a third of the month to go! Be strong!

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    I'm with you on putting our health first and finishing the month strong! emoticon

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