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MY PANTS ARE TOO BIG!!!!!!!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

We're heading to the county fair in a bit, and I slipped on my favorite (size 28) capri jeans and they are TOO BIG! I wore then a week ago and they were fine (loose, but not big). I've only lost a pound since then, but I think my body caught up!

Such a big non scale victory for me!!!! I'm so excited! I changed into a pair of my 26's that have been cutting me in half and they fit! A tad tight, but they FIT! Nothing hurts when I wear them!!!

So ridiculously happy about this. My husband just gave me a blank look.... he doesn't get it!

  
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ALLBW2U 8/29/2010 12:24AM

    Oh, yeah!! That is a great feeling. Keep up the hard work!

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RONDAMB 8/28/2010 8:01PM

    I am SUPER PROUD of you!! Way to go!!! emoticon

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LADYMABH 8/28/2010 7:28PM

    Congradulations! I know the feeling. Dropping a dress size is a great accomplishment. You are doing great. emoticon

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DEVENIR 8/28/2010 12:26PM

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Congratulations!!!! That has to be a great feeling. Good for you! All of those small choices are having big results!

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Yummy Yummy Yummy!!!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

So, after a 4 day vacation, the scale said I'd gained 4 pounds. Must have been water because I ate pretty darn good! The 4 pounds also slid off in 3 days back home. :)

So, back in my routine I'm looking for yummy, calorie-wise snacks and desserts. And I found a winner tonight! I LOVE chocolate covered strawberries but the chocolate isn't worth the calories. So, I improvised. Isn't that where the best treats of dieting come from?

1 cup cozy shack no-sugar added chocolate pudding (120 calories)
5 strawberries diced up (they were pretty small)

Mix the strawberries into the pudding. Top with a bit of fat-free Rediwhip. YUM!!!

Decadence for about 150 calories!!!

  
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JOYFULJUDYLYNN 8/27/2010 11:29AM

    Mmm... thanks for the tip on the sugar free chocolate chips, sandy! Didn't know they made them!

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2BFREE2LIVE 8/27/2010 11:26AM

    emoticonWant to share? I use sugar free chocolate chips melted and dip strawberries in that for a special treat. They make both milk and dark chocolate chips. Thought I would share. Sandy emoticon

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ALLBW2U 8/27/2010 1:06AM

    Yes....that does sound yummy. I think that we will try it, too. Thanks for the tip!!

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CHATTYMCPATTI 8/27/2010 12:27AM

    That sounds nummy!! I will have to try it:)

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A new voice in my head

Monday, August 16, 2010

No, I'm not schizophrenic. But I do make a habit of talking to myself.... more acurately composing emails to people in my head. Tonight my husband and I worked up a sweat playing Wii (he kicked my butt), and while in the shower, I found myself "talking" to my brother.

My brother is a very new figure in my life. I'm adopted, and so is he. I found him about 2 months ago. We have yet to meet in person, but are getting quite close thru emails. And I enjoy his perspective, his humor... and the acceptance and belonging I find with him that I've never experienced before. I tend to open up to him. And in doing so, find a nugget of truth I've yet to discover myself.

And so while talking to him in my mind, I hear ".... and I've lost 10 pounds. Course, what's 10 pounds when you have over 100 to lose, right?" and usually that's where my thoughts would stop. But tonight, a new voice, or thought, occured. Soft, but firm. "What's 10 pounds? It's a start. That's what it is. A start."

Is this hope? Is this the "lightbulb" going on?

Whatever it is, I'll take it. It's a start.

  
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CHAOTIC-KITTY 8/17/2010 9:10AM

  10 pounds is 10 pounds. Be happy with what you have accomplished so far. That is great. Congrats on the first 10lbs.

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2BFREE2LIVE 8/17/2010 1:50AM

    The first 10 and many more to come. Congrats on the great number 10 x 10 is one hundred you know. You can do it just 10 at a time. Mini goals always work. Sandy

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JUST_BREATHE08 8/16/2010 11:49PM

    emoticonwith the emoticonattitude!!! I know that emoticon!!!

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DRRIGGS97 8/16/2010 11:35PM

    It's 10 lbs less for you tolose and that much closer to your goal. emoticon

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Anxious about vacation

Sunday, August 15, 2010

We're going to visit my in-laws this coming week. I'm excited to see them and watch them spend time with our 2 year old daughter. But I'm also nervous. I will not have complete control of my food.

One thing people don't always understand about me is how seriously OCD/anxious I am. I am a type-A, right brained, control freak with an anxiety disorder. Lovely, huh?

I love my inlaws. Love spending time with them. Love hanging at there house. And usually love the big ol' family meals around the table. But it's down home type food. Steaks, biscuits and gravy, eggs and bacon, pizza, etc are typical offerings. That's not gonna cut it for me this time.

I'm trying to make my "game plan". We will be with them Thursday evening, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning. I can bring my crystal light packets and drink that and water. I can bring my healthy snacks.

And I "know" that ultimately it's up to me what I put into my mouth. But that's difficult when I don't feel complete control or freedom over the cooking, kitchen, or even the fridge. With a picky toddler to feed, I'm thinking I can get away with bringing more food "For Livy". No?

I keep reminding myself that this isn't a "diet" with a begin and end. This is a healthy lifestyle. And that means that I go, enjoy my family, eat as healthy as I can WITHOUT sacrificing the fellowship of visiting. And that when I return home, I get back onto my scheduled routine. I love routine. It makes me feels safe and secure. But I can do this. I know I can do this. I can go, make good choices about my food, and resume my routine when I return home.

*sigh* Dieting doesn't mean giving up my life. I KNOW this. Why is it so hard to accept?

  
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2BFREE2LIVE 8/15/2010 10:38PM

    I tell everyone I know about Sparks, my family and friends are all behind me 100%. If your share with the inlaws that your changing your lifestyle to a healthy one they will understand and it will take the pressure off, you should tell everyone that way you have allies in your journey. Have fun with the visit, and do let them know. Sandy

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VICTORIA12U 8/15/2010 9:20PM

    Hey. Just did a week with my sister at the lake. It was the same thing here. I slipped a little. Had a piece of bday cake. But, besides that I ate whatever protein they served then just added massive amounts of veggies with that. Stop at a market stand along the way and stock up on veggies and fruits. I also packed my oatmeal for the mornings because it really filled me and and then I did not start picking at whatever was around.
I offered to prep all the veggies and did it early in the morning. Then if I needed a quick hit there was veggies prepared.

The other thing that was great, was my other half downloaded sparkpeople for his iphone. I tracked every single bite that went in my mouth as soon as each meal was done. They made fun of me as I was doing it. But at the end of that week I lost 1 more pound. It's not a huge amount...but I have never lost weight on vacation before so I was pretty excited.

You can do this. I believe in you! Just imagine those skinny jeans every time you go to put something in your mouth. If you have a chance post us and let us know how its going. THIS IS POSSIBLE!!

Oh yeah...and remember...most family can be convinced they should go for a walk or a swim after a meal if you do it right. Manipulate the family towards your goals...not theirs.

Good luck!

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Things I will NOT MISS!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Here is a list to read back to myself when I feel like giving up. When "dieting" seems like too much work. When I feel hopeless and that the road to health is too long.

Things I will NOT MISS about being fat:

1) I will not miss having to buy clothes that fit instead of the clothes that I like.

2) I will not miss walking into a room and instantly looking for chairs that don't have sides, or are sturdy enough for me.

3) I will not miss telling myself that "Disneyland is for kids. I wouldn't want to go anyway" just because I know I'm too large to fit on the rides.

4) I will not miss purchasing furniture based on how sturdy it is, and how well it will hold up.

5) I will not miss passing on all the door-buster specials on cute clothes that will not fit me.

6) I will not miss feeling like an idiot on the beach because I'm wearing jeans and a t-shirt simply because I feel too insecure to wear a bathing suit.

7) I will not miss sitting in a crowded theater or stadium and worrying about fitting in the seat comfortably, or touching the person next to me.

8) I will not miss worrying about flying due to the size of the seats.

9) I will not miss going somewhere fun and being too tired to run and play with my daughter.

10) I will not miss feeling too large and un-energetic to enjoy all the blessings in my life.

I am sooo ready to say "goodbye" to these things in my life. I'm ready to leave them behind and enter a new phase of my life.

  
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2BFREE2LIVE 8/14/2010 10:23PM

    YOU GO GIRL, YOU CAN DO THIS. GREAT LIST, HERE IS ONE I USE TO STAY MOTIVATED.

MOTIVATION IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS. THIS HELPS ME WHEN I NEED THAT LITTLE PUSH TO KEEP GOING.

M- MAKE SHORT TERM GOALS
O- OUT WITH THE NEGATIVE THOUGHTS
T- THINK OF WHY YOU WANT THIS
I- IMAGINE HOW YOU WILL FEEL
V- VISUALIZE HOW YOU WILL LOOK
A- ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR SUCCESSES
T- TREAT YOURSELF WITH RESPECT
I- INVESTIGATE NEW IDEAS AND FOODS
O- OBSERVE YOUR HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
N- NEVER GIVE UP AND NEVER GIVE IN

STAY MOTIVATED, YOUR DOING GREAT. SANDY

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WINDLEG 8/14/2010 8:13PM

    Awesome reflections!

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 8/14/2010 7:58PM

  love your list. :)

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PURPLESPEDCOW 8/14/2010 7:55PM

    I love your list (and your background!).

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