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Measurement time!

Saturday, September 04, 2010

I first did my measurements on August 6th. Tonight I did it again. Probably wasn't the smartest thing to do while I'm PMS'ing (and up 2# since yesterday, but hey! Gotta do it sometimes!) AAaaaannnnnnnndddddddddddd...........

I've lost 2 inches from my waist, an inch from my hips, 1/2 inch from my thigh, and 3/4 inch from my upper arm! And 15#!!!! That's in an month! Yay!!!!

I'm really excited about this. Maybe even more than the 15# on the scale. The 2" in the waist explains why my favorite capris wouldn't stay up last weekend, lol.

I had a good day. Going to yard sales with the family this morning. I love that time with my hubby talking while we drive around. Olivia watching cartoons in the backseat. I packed breakfast and snacks for everyone so we'd have no reason to run thru a drive thru. And that even works better with a 2 year old. :)

We made a spontanious stop at Costco and bought a membership. We found some great deals on healthy foods. Between working full time and parenting, I'm all about shortcuts when cooking. They had so many! from chicken breasts pre-seperated into 2 breast packets to 3 packs of sandwich thins, to veggie crisp chips they were sampling and I bought. (Very yummy with tuna, btw).

I even had a Snickers bar today. I logged it, and am still well under my calories so I can have a snack in a bit. And it was so nice to NOT feel guilty for splurging. I walked a lot today and worked that indulgence into my plan. I didn't eat a whole bag of them. I ate 1. I enjoyed it. And moved on. No obsessing. No spending the day feeling bad and guilty and sick. Just an enjoyable splurge. It felt...... normal. Nice.

Thanks for reading, and for comments on my past blogs. Hope each and every one of you had a good day, and have a peacefull night.

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CHYRL_C 9/5/2010 3:01AM


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CHAOTIC-KITTY 9/4/2010 10:46PM

  Such a great attitude about that snickers bar. :) Sounds like you had a fantastic day. Congrats on the inches you've lost.. amazing stuff! :)

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Tracking PMS/period is REALLY helpful!

Friday, September 03, 2010

I've always blamed PMS for binges. But in all honesty... as often as I did that, I'd be PMS'ing 3 weeks out of the month, and then blaming my period the other week. HA! I call BS on myself. But now that I'm getting honest with myself, I decided to take an more "scientific" approach.

I've been documenting when my period starts, and documenting those days that I'm just STARVING all day! yesterday was one of those days. I only had 76 calories left at the end of the day. I usually end with 500 left! (I have a high, broad range because of where I'm starting). But yesterday I was simply hungry all day. I did ensure that each snack I had was low calorie, and had some nutritional benifit. BUT I ate.

Sure enough... my period is due this weekend or Monday.

This isn't to say I'm trying to give myself permission to eat. But I think it's helpful to get to know my body. I so often eat out of emotion, and I'm trying to be so MINDFUL of why I'm eating. Yesterday I just felt hungry. All day. I have those days. I'm sure I'm not the only one.

I think I'm going to use the notes section of my nutritional tracking even more. Note things like "bad day", "Emotional because....", "Great day!" and see if there are any more patterns I can learn.

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CHAOTIC-KITTY 9/4/2010 10:07PM

  You are not the only one. But at least you are now trying to get it under control.. and I think that's amazing. :)

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MEETINGMYGOAL15 9/4/2010 10:55AM

    I am a very big emotional eater.... watching you in your journey Judy is inspirational to me...although i've not been the best as you have read still i look up to you and your journey you are such an amazing person! You are doing great and I think you are hitting a huge nail on the head when you say you are wanting to get to know your body and how it effects when and what you eat... being aware of what and why you are eating amazing!! Great Job!!

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Wednesday, September 01, 2010

I'm having a good "diet" day! Weighed in to a 3# loss this week. 2 more pounds and I'm out of the 290's! Yay! I'm at 15# lost right now. In just less than a month. I'm good with that.

My daughter isn't feeling 100% today. Likely just allergies from the goofy weather, but I stayed home with her anyway. She is whiney, clingy, and overall just not a happy camper. After a couple hours of watching cartoons, she just seemed restless. Instead of taking her to the backyard to play while I sat under the gazebo, or turning on another cartoon, I decided to go for a walk.

Yesterday we walked to one park neary my house and I got in just under 3000 steps. Today I put Livy in her stroller and headed in the opposite direction with no particular destination in mind. I pointed out flowers, kitties, doggies, and we ran from a ferocious 2 pound chijuaja (sp?) that chased us. We were having FUN. We were near another neighborhood park, so we stopped. Livy enjoyed the swings for a minute, but her malady kept her from having any interest. So back in the stroller and resuming our walk. We meandered down some cul-de-sacs and she chatted most the way.

And I did 3445 steps!!!! YAY!!!!! My fitness minute goals that SP set for me is 90 minutes per week. Other than playing some Wii, I never do it. I'm already at 75 minutes this week! And it was enjoyable! I attempted to walk a 5 mile March for Dimes walk in April. I made it 2 miles and was in so much pain. Serious pain. I did about 1 1/2 miles this morning and am fine (sweaty but great!). I love progress. :)

And yes.... now that we are home, cartoons are back on. Little sickie is sitting in her toy box watching them. ;)

In the hopes of capitalizing on my good vibes today, I trying spaghetti squash for the first time tonight. *fingers crossed* I have a fantastic turkey spaghetti sauce I make, but I don't usually get to eat too much of it because I use all my calories on pasta! Hope it's yummy!

My baby girl at the fair on saturday

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JANEXA 9/2/2010 12:32AM

    I knew you could do it!!!! I am thrilled for you about your weight loss AND taking those extra steps beyond the steps you took the day before!!! Way to go, my friend!!! I have faith in you that you will reach your goals no matter what--you are soooo emoticon!!!! Your friend, Janet

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2BFREE2LIVE 9/1/2010 11:34PM

    emoticonon your weight loss. The little one is so cute in her outfit, yes she is so worth all the hard work and effort your putting into getting healthy. Great job!!! Yes your doing great. Sandy

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MUSICALBABE85 9/1/2010 2:58PM

    Good Job! Hope your little one gets to feeling better!

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MCATHY57 9/1/2010 2:43PM

    Keep up the great work. You can do it! emoticon

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I had an epiphany today!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I'm playing hookey from work today after such an awful day yesterday. Well kind of.... I still have my work phone on me and taking calls from clients. I just moved my out calls to tomorrow. I needed a mental health day.

I was sitting here reading spark message boards about fitness and how people are working out and thinking about what a loser I am. I LOATHE exercise. Seriously.... I am not an athletic type of girl. (Hence the reason my all time high weight was 411 and I'm currently 294!). But reading the message boards left me feeling extremely guilty. So I went and dug out the cardiac monitoring watch / pedometer my husband gave me for Christmas last year. Um yeah.... It was still in the box. But I got it out, and programed it. And looked at it. "What the heck am I gonna do with this stupid thing? Not like I'm gonna join a gym".

But the day is unseasonable cool and breezy... just a touch of Fall in the air. I love this weather. And since I stayed home with Olivia today, I figured we could at least enjoy the weather. So we headed to the park. Just so I could tell my husband I used the watch, I strapped it on and turned on the pedometer. I brought the stroller, but Livy wanted to walk. So we walked (at the pace of a 2 yr old) for a while. She picked dandilions and pointed out rocks and flowers to me. And we walked. And walked a little more. She ran, giggling, a few times and I had to walk my fastest to keep up with her. And we ended up at the park about a 1/2 mile from our house. We played on the slides and I pushed her in the swing. And as I looked at my gorgeous baby with her eyes closed, smiling wide, with the wind blowing her hair, I realized something! I don't HAVE to be a fitness guru to obtain MY goals. Those may be the goals for some people, but they aren't mine. I don't want to be an athlete. I want to be a healthy mom! THAT'S my goal. And my daughter deserves this. To walk to the park, actively play in the park, be chased by mommy, etc.

After we played (and Livy completely melted down because..... well, because she's 2!) I put her in the stroller and walked uphill the half mile home. When we arrived, I checked the pedometer and was surprised to see I'd gotten in nearly 3,000 steps! I'm proud of this! I know it's not the "goal" for most people. But it's a good start for me.

My daughter and I had a wonderful time, and I'm so glad that I'm able to now see my own goals more clearly. I don't have a desire to run a 5k. I just want to be able to run after my child. I don't need to be a competitive swimmer. I just want to feel comfortable in a bathing suit and play in the water with my family. THAT is the life I want. And what I saw today is that I'm LIVING my goal while ACHEIVING my goal. I don't have to "arrive" there. My goal can be met today. And for that I smile.

Thanks for all the comments on yesterday's blog. It was a huge support. :)

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JANEXA 9/2/2010 12:25AM

    I am so proud of you! Isn't amazing what you can do if you take the first step to "just do it?" When I first joined Spark People I could not walk up the 12 little steps to my front door without gasping for air, and feeling "like I wanted to die." On your first venture out, you did 3,000 steps!!!! I don't care if 3,000 steps is "nothing" to all the runners and joggers in the world; YOU did an AWESOME job yesterday!!! Your journey is all about what YOU can do, not what anyone else can do or does. Be proud of yourself, and do as much or as little as you can do on your journey. We all start out taking baby steps, and how cool that you can take your baby steps with your wonderful little "baby" girl. Keep up the great work, and remember to forgive yourself when you make mistakes or do/eat something that is not quite healthy. Two steps forward, one step backward, and then you start again the next day. emoticon emoticon Hugs, Janet

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TOWHEE 8/31/2010 10:27PM

    Good job!! Don't belittle those 3000 steps. For a first time out you did great. Next time try to exceed your steps. Aim for 3250 or something you think is doable. Before you know it you WILL be chasing your daughter around the park. emoticon

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LADYMABH 8/31/2010 7:36PM

    You have a great attitude and I am glad that you both enjoyed the day. I don't feel the need to train like a professional athlete either. We're just trying to be a little healthier.

I must admit I don't really look forward to going to the gym, but I do feel better after I have done some activity. Today was hot and muggy here so I didn't push myself as hard as normal. We do get to choose our own goals and our own pace. You're doing great. emoticon

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PURPLESPEDCOW 8/31/2010 7:29PM

    emoticon now you will achieve anything you want because now you are doing it for you and not for anyone else. If you are not doing it for you, you aren't really invested. I am so glad that you had a great day with your daughter. I hope you have many, many more.

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2BFREE2LIVE 8/31/2010 6:11PM

    emoticona big smile on my face as I read your blog.
You've got it now, exactly what you need is motivation and your daughter is the motivation you have and that is all you need. Think about how she is going to grow up so quickly and how much fun it is going to be to enjoy every day with her just as you did today.
So yes a smile indeed is in order for today, congrats on the 3000 steps to the park and back, I wear my pedometer every day and keep track with the Trans America walking program from the Heart association. It is great fun. Let me know and I will direct you to the team. Sandy emoticon emoticon

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JPP533 8/31/2010 6:09PM

    Congratulations on your epiphany today, isn't it great to have these once in awhile. It's amazing to think that just getting up and moving around even taking a walk to the park is doing our bodies good. The more the better of course, but getting out there and taking those first steps is awesome, and your kids love it too! Keep pushing forward your doing GREAT!!! emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 8/31/2010 3:43PM

    Great blog, enjoyed reading it. And you don't have to aspire to be a runner or a swimmer, just a more fit and healthy YOU. emoticon

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What a craptastic day!!!

Monday, August 30, 2010

Seriously... today was awful. I'm a case manager for adults with chronic mental illness. One client may need to be re-hospitalized, one got evicted (and is 30 weeks pregnant!) and another lit a cigarrette without removing his oxygen. Yep! Kabam! Burned half his face. Oy Vey! And while I was rushing around like a chicken with my head cut off to meet everyone's needs, I hurriedly got into my van and heard a loud "rip"! Looked down and my pants had ripped. From my waist to nearly my ankle. Fun times. Had to drive 8 miles out of my way to change at home (and walk from the street to my front door holding my pants closed!). Sigh! At least the work day is over Dinner was nice, and hubby is blowing bubbles for the little one. I hear her laughing and it helps.

In the midst of all the running around, my day got long and I didn't have enough food with me. Starving, I drove thru McDonalds. Got a grilled chicken sandwich with no mayo, no bacon, no cheese, and no lettuce (don't like lettuce on hot sandwiches). Added bbq sauce. OMG! SOOOOO HOT! They have some seriously spicy chipotle bbq sauce! Pretty good stats tho. Very large and filling sandwich for 400 calories. Not bad. I still have 400 calories left for a bit of dessert tonight.

If you read these ramblings... God bless ya! :)

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JANEXA 8/31/2010 1:38AM

    Good thing today is over, and may you have a better day tomorrow, the date after, the day after that, etc.

Thank you for posting this blog--it helped me keep my "little" problems in perspective.

I wish you continued joy with your family so your day's troubles disappear!

Hugs, Janet You are emoticon !!!

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ALLBW2U 8/31/2010 1:34AM

    Isn't it "great" to have a day like this to make a "normal" day seem so excellent?


I hope that your week gets much, much better.

Best wishes always.....Bill

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LADYMABH 8/30/2010 10:22PM

    Congratulations on keeping you head held up high through all the crap. emoticon

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2BFREE2LIVE 8/30/2010 10:12PM

    Staying sane when the world around you is crazy!!! Good girl for hanging in there and not letting your day ruin your mood. Hope the rest of your week is safe and I hope you hear a more laughter from everyone in your life. Sandy

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PAULINATOR 8/30/2010 10:01PM

    I love the word craptastic, it's one of my favourites.
Tomorrow will be better I am sure!

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WINDLEG 8/30/2010 9:33PM

    Sorry your day was less than is a blessing to know that there are people like you out there trying to help others who can't always help themselves. Your job is a true calling - I'm praying for a better tomorrow for you!!!


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PURPLESPEDCOW 8/30/2010 9:28PM

    You dealt with a lot today and can still smile. I would say that is a win in the plus column. Hope tomorrow will do better.

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DIANNEMT 8/30/2010 9:28PM

    Some days just are MONDAYS! Enjoy your litle one and your evening!

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IOWEIT2ME 8/30/2010 9:24PM

    Sorry you had such a challenging day! I really dug the fact that with everything going on, including your pants mishap, you kept a good attitude about it all. Good for you!!! A person with a lesser spirit might have crumbled, but you hung tough! Way to go!!!!

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