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My mind still isn't used to my "smaller" self!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Last night I put on a pair of sweat/capris that I always used to wear. I found them in my drawers & forgot how much I loved them! I put them on & they kept falling down haha. Damn! I am glad they are too big, but now I need to get more lounging clothes. They don't have a drawstring so I couldn't tighten them. They are way too wide now too.

Also, my Mom bought me a pair of pants two weeks ago because they were on sale. She knows all of my work pants are too big in one way or another. They are size 18 or 16 & are too baggy in the butt/tummy area or are just too loose overall! She got me a size 14. I have one other pair of 14 sized pants. I tried that first pair on a month ago in the store, and I was surprised they fit. But they were plus sized 14s. My Mom got me a pair of regular 14s! I have a few pairs of Walmart shorts that are 14s, but I just assumed they were sized differently than department store dress pants. I put off trying them off because I have been feeling "fat" lately. Most of the time, I pick out my work clothes the night before. For some weird reason, I finally told myself to try them on this morning even though I had different pants picked out. I took them off of the hanger, went to put them on and thought "Damn, these are way too small". I pulled them on, zippered them & buttoned them. and wow. They actually fit! They are still a bit funky around my belly when I sit- but all of my pants are like that. I can't wait to lose more of my belly! Anyways, my mind told me there was no way I would fit into pants THAT small. I still look at some of my newer large shirts, and I am still not used to them fitting me! I was wearing 2X & 3X shirts for years.

I feel so proud of myself. I really like the way the pants look on me - and now I want to get a few new pairs to replace those old baggy ones. One lady at work keeps commenting saying "go get a better pair of pants that fit! You will feel better!" She is right. Clothes that fit do make me feel better! I always feel funny when I wear baggy clothes at work. I always have to adjust them & I worry about them falling down! Now I just have to save up some money & find some good sales!

A few months ago I went through my wardrobe and packed away my clothes that were way too big. It seems like I need to do that again. I will probably have most of my clothes put away again.. so I will have to get some more! I want to go to the Goodwill store again and get some good deals from them. I will probably donate some of my 2X & 3X clothes too.

On another note, Sept 1st is creeping up fast! I weighed myself this morning and I was up to 177.2. Hopefully I can get to 175 by the 1st! I need to start my 5K training too. I hope that will help a bit.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! KEEP SPARKING! I know the weekend is a time off for a lot of people, but don't forget to try & be healthy on your days off too!

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SCARJOWANNABE 8/27/2012 11:30AM

    Congrats! I haven't been seeing the scale change lately but my clothes are all too big. Clothes are my go to for progress reports! Happy shopping!

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KAPELAKIN 8/25/2012 12:19AM

    Isn't it a great feeling to look at something, think it's too small, and have it end up fitting? Maybe you can trade in some of your old stuff for smaller stuff at a consignment/resale shop?

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MCJULIEO 8/24/2012 5:33PM

    You can DO THIS!

(You've come a long way, baby! ... and are on Your Way!)

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PEPPYPATTI 8/24/2012 4:59PM

    Way to go girl!! You are doing awesome!!
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ALICIALYNNE 8/24/2012 1:43PM

    Awesome! Isn't it fun to go "shopping" in your closet, and be able to wear all of your favorites that had gotten too small?
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JBELICIOUS5 8/24/2012 1:33PM

    Sometimes I don't think I'm making any changes and then I'll put on a pair of pants that weren't fitting and now they fit perfectly or, like you, that fit and now are too big--it helps to reassure me things are going in the right direction! emoticon

Have a great weekend!

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ALICIA214 8/24/2012 1:27PM

 


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MOEMOORE 8/24/2012 1:20PM

    That's great!

Good fitting clothes are always a mood lifter!

Have a great one!

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SKINICOOK 8/24/2012 1:10PM

    Great progress! It's such a good feeling when you get into a smaller size. My advice, if you can, buy a couple of pairs of new work pants and throw out all the old ones. It really will help to keep you on track.

Best of luck with the rest of your weight loss journey!

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My first yoga experience & 5K training advice?

Thursday, August 23, 2012

So I had my first yoga class yesterday. When I parked, I noticed how beautiful the area was. There was a small lake, barn with chickens, wild turkeys, and it was very peaceful. I signed in & the one lady explained what I Should do. The whole atmosphere was very calming. It was nice. It didn't feel rushed like the rest of the world. I put out my mat & was told to get some foam blocks and a blanket. There were about 12 people in the class with me - all beginners! I sat and waited until the class started. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be - actually it wasn't hard, it was just different. It was strange to hold some poses while trying to relax at the same time. I liked when they said to focus on which body parts were stretching & also which side had more tension. Some other poses were very relaxing and I could focus on my breathing. We did a Tree Pose and I actually didn't fall over! The last few minutes were my favorite - we laid down in a pose and just relaxed and tried not to think about anything. I haven't done that in a long time. It was nice to let go of everything and just focus on me. When I left the class, I saw one of the outside cats. It walked by two other people and came right up to me. It rubbed on my legs for a minute and then was rolling on the ground. Kitty was so cute!




Yes I have not been to the dentist in 5 years - yikes! But I went this morning before work & my teeth are all clean. No cavities! Woohoo! I thought I may of had one in one area of my mouth, but apparently not. I just need to floss a bit more - as usual!

I was going to do Zumba on Mondays & Yoga on Wednesdays, but my Mom wants to go to Zumba on Thursday night now. I am going to do my 4 more yoga classes Mondays now. I don't think I will continue yoga - it seems to be very expensive. I may get more workout dvds to do at home for the other nights.

I also decided I want to start training for a 5K. There are a few in the area I live in. I signed up to walk for CF next month and I thought... why can't I do other 5K? They are for a good cause & I think it will be great exercise. I just need to do some research to see the best way to do that! If anyone has any advice or training ideas, please let me know!


  
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BEESMUM2003 8/23/2012 5:27PM

    I agree, yoga is very relaxing..it feels good. Did you know it is highly recommended if you suffer from anxiety or depression. I love yoga! However, I agree, it is very expensive. I have a membership at the Y and if I want to do Yoga I have to pay more money for those classes.
I have been trying to work my way up to running 5km on the treadmill. For some reason I find it a bit easier than running outside.

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BACKTOTEN12 8/23/2012 5:02PM

    I started running again after many years of being very ill. I walked quickly at first, then started running 50 steps walking a few minutes, running 50 steps, walking a few minutes until I could do 30 minutes. Thsn I added more steps of running (25 or 50 each interval with the walking in between) When I was running 150 steps I decreased the time between running intervals. You can do any amount you like and are comfortable with. I like Jeff Galloway training. I didn't find it until I was running more but it lets you continue your walk intervals. You can search his training and many others. There is a C25k team on spark and they also have a training schedule. You can sign up for a virtual race, too. I'm currently training for a half-marathon. Let me know how it goes. Have fun running! You'll love it. Don't overdo and you won't give up. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SABLENESS 8/23/2012 4:24PM

    Sounds like a good experience. I'm thinking about doing SP's deal on $29 for lifetime online yoga. Can't afford classes. emoticon

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MOEMOORE 8/23/2012 1:51PM

    Glad you found a peaceful Yoga place! It can be hard in our fast paced lives to slow down.

Like KAPELAKIN said - C25K programs are great. Basically its about training for a 5K by slowing building up your running time. Alternating walking and running while going the distance or time of the day.

Good luck!

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KAPELAKIN 8/23/2012 1:42PM

    If you search Couch to 5K, or C25K, you'll find lots of information on training. Good luck, and the yoga place sounds wonderful!

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SCARJOWANNABE 8/23/2012 12:44PM

    Glad to hear you had a positive yoga experience!

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ALICIALYNNE 8/23/2012 12:23PM

    Active.com is the easiest way (for me, anyway) to find local 5k races. For training, there are tons of interval training plans available at running.about.com.

Good luck! 5k races can be a LOT of fun!

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First yoga class is tonight & I signed up for a CF walk!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

I am pumped up for yoga tonight! Well actually, I am just happy I am going. I am trying not to be as nervous as I was for zumba. I signed up for a beginners class, so hopefully I am not the only newbie. I am going to leave work a few minutes early to make sure I get there on time! I went for a walk in a park last night - it was so nice outside. I am so excited for the fall weather!
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One of my friends has cystic fibrosis, and she invited me to do a local walk next month. I asked her how long the walk is & she said about 3.8 miles. I am hoping to get a few friends to go, but I don't really know too many people who walk as much as I do. Maybe I can get my Mom & Aunt to go with me. I remember when I was younger, we used to walk for the March of Dimes.
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Edit: I did register for the walk! I will walk by myself if I have to =) I know it is for a great cause & is good exercise!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday! It is almost Friday!!!

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SABLENESS 8/22/2012 3:21PM

    You're doing great at trying new things! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SCARJOWANNABE 8/22/2012 12:17PM

    Have fun at yoga and god for you for signing up for the walk

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CAROLJEAN64 8/22/2012 10:16AM

    Even if you don't find others to walk with you, you will find friends on the walk. Just do it!

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MOEMOORE 8/22/2012 9:53AM

    Enjoy Yoga tonight! I'm sure there will be other newbies there.

Thank you for participating in Great Strides! My 2 1/2 year old nephew has CF, so I am well aware of the disease. I've done the walk here for 3 years now, and also did the San Francisco walk once with my sister and her family. The CF walk here is each May, and I'm actually going to be doing some helping with the planning for the walk in 2013. There are so many promising drugs and treatments in the CF "pipeline". I sincerely hope a cure can be found in time for your friend, my nephew and all those who have CF!

Have a great time tonight!

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RUFFIT 8/22/2012 9:46AM

    That is great!! You are doing AWESOME!! Have fun in your yoga class. Also, you will make new friends on your walk!!Moni emoticon emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 8/22/2012 9:45AM

    I hope you enjoy your Yoga class tonight!
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My first Zumba experience!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

My Mom was supposed to go with me to Zumba, but she was too tired. I was a little nervous about going by myself! I usually get nervous at new things. Even though I was new, I knew no one would judge me but I still was worried I wouldn't be able to complete the hour routine. I wasn't sure if I should eat before or after class - so I decided to do both! I ate a sweet potato before I left & then made egg whites & veggies when I got home. The church was only 5 minutes away, which is part of why I wanted to do it. (There aren't any good gyms close by to where I am living.) So I parked and followed three older ladies into the church basement. The instructor was very nice and upbeat. Her & her Mom teach the class, which was neat. I could have gotten a 5-class card at a discount, but I just paid for the one class for now. She told me it takes a few classes to get used to the routines & as long as I had a smile and had fun, it didn't matter if I messed up. There were about 25 people there which was nice. There was music on already which helped get me pumped up a little bit.

I am glad I brought two bottles of water and a towel! I LOVED the class! We took three 30 second water breaks in between some of the songs. It was so much fun even though it was hard! I knew I messed up some of the moves, but it didn't frustrate me. Some of them included turning around/spinning. I noticed some of the ladies didn't turn around at all - so I liked that everyone just goes at their own pace according to what their body allows. I could have worked "harder" at some of the moves that involved a bit of jumping. I didn't want to over-do it, so I just lifted my legs instead. I know once I do it a few more times I will be able to pick up the pace a bit. I was also focused on learning the moves, so I kept a close eye on the instructor!

When the class was finished, I still felt like I could have done more. I had a lot of energy! My arms and hips were sore a little bit when I got home & got out of the car. Around 9:30 I started getting really tired and got a headache! I went to bed earlier than I normally do, which is good! I am not as sore today as I thought I would be. My hips are mostly better, but my arms are really sore up around my shoulders! It feels nice though. I think I will have a fun time with more Zumba!

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I am still excited about yoga on Wednesday night! I am hoping I can leave work 5 minutes early so I can be there at 5:30. The class starts at 5:45 & I made reservations for it. Woohoo!! I feel super pumped up about working out. It has been so long since I wanted to do it. I feel better knowing I am actually doing it! emoticon

  
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KANSASROSE67 8/22/2012 12:35PM

    Glad you liked it! I've done a little with the DVDs at home and feel so uncoordinated...but it IS fun!

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SCARJOWANNABE 8/22/2012 12:18PM

    I really want to try Zumba, it sounds like a lot of fun

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OLIVIANIGHT 8/22/2012 8:27AM

    Well done for going on your own, I don't think I would have been that brave.

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MCJULIEO 8/21/2012 10:09PM

    Oh, that DOES sound like a fun time!

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FRAN0426 8/21/2012 3:00PM

    Zumba is fantastic, I really get a great workout when I go to my Zumba call. Thankfully, I too have a terrific instructor, she tells everyone to drink a lot of water between dances and do what you can. She says we're here to dance, but have a good time and if you mess up it's ok as we do fun fun fun in my class.

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PEPPYPATTI 8/21/2012 2:38PM

    Zumba is fun! I have the Zumba Rush for my XBox & it is such a good workout. Hope you have fun at Yoga as well!
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KFEASEL13 8/21/2012 2:33PM

    emoticon Good for you! Looking forward to hearing about future classes!

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MAMAMANDA83 8/21/2012 9:32AM

    Thanks for sharing this. I will be starting my first zumba class in a couple weeks, and it's good to see how someone else's first experience went. emoticon

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MOEMOORE 8/21/2012 9:25AM

    Whoo-hoo!! Another Zumbaholic! LOL! I'm so glad you enjoyed it!

It is really great that right off the bat you found an instructor (well actually 2!) that you enjoy - that makes a huge difference. And it does help immensely that its close by. Twice a week, my instructor is at the elementary school literally across the street from my building. That means no excuse for me!

Good luck with Yoga. I tried a series of classes 2 years ago, and found it wasn't for me. At least in that setting. I'm sure you'll do great!

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THEBETH43 8/21/2012 9:20AM

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Zumba is lots of fun. I haven't the courage to zumba in a class yet. I've only done it at home with Wii Zumba. Good for you on going to an actual class!

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One year Sparkversary! 73.4 lbs lost so far! Pics & some personal motivation..

Friday, August 17, 2012

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I put some pics at the bottom - I don't have a full body shot of my current weight yet.

Today is my one year Sparkversary. I really can't believe it has been a year since I joined this site. Later today I want to read over my old blogs to see how I was feeling this past year. I have had ups & downs - not UP in weight, but in the struggle to stay down!

I lost 73.4 pounds so far! I started at 250 - I still don't know how I let myself get to that weight. Instead of looking back, I keep looking forward at what I want to achieve & what I will do! I am glad I opened up my eyes to see how unhealthy I really was. I had terrible high blood pressure & actually felt super unhealthy. Besides feeling a bit skinnier now - my body feels healthier. I enjoy jumping around and walking more. I am more flexible, and I enjoy being alive a lot more than I used to!

Here are some things I have learned about myself in the past year:

-It is hard to say NO to food - but it is worth it instead of feeling guilty later

-If I feel hungry, I drink water first. Sometimes that really does fix my "problem"
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-Spark is amazing. When people ask how I lost all of this weight, the first thing I tell them is "I use Sparkpeople online". I get funny looks - but then I explain how great this site really is. I love every aspect of this site even if I don't use all of it - I know other people do use it, which really inspires me to keep going!
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-Don't give up - it is ok to feel sad or mad or lost sometimes. I look back at my old pictures and see how upset THAT makes me. I look at myself now & I know I am doing such a great job. I know I can't give up!
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-Be happy! I try to cheer myself up as much as I can. A smile on my face actually does make me feel better! Then I keep going from there and try to get out of that funk!
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-I try to fit in as much exercise as I can - I take the stairs, park further away, offer to go get something from someone in another room, etc. I know I am still having a hard time with the daily workout routine, so I am trying to make up for it a bit in other ways!
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-I CAN do it! and I have been! I just have to make myself do it! I am starting Zumba & Yoga next week. I am so excited about it. I hope it jump starts me to finally work out more often!
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-Rewards are great for me! I realize now there are many types of rewards! Not just "bad" food or $$ items. Sometimes I tell myself... if I walk for 30 minutes today, I can put off doing laundry until tomorrow. It may sound silly, but sometimes that extra relaxation really helps!
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-Mini-goals are great! and I don't worry anymore if I miss a goal - I know I am being healthier overall and that is most important

For my current Mini goal - 1.6 pounds more to lose to get to 75 pounds LOST! I am super excited. I want to get there by Sept 1st. I know I can do it!

Hopefully everyone has a great weekend! and hopefully you all keep sparking! Don't give up!








  
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PRINMAOTONYANE 8/24/2012 9:53AM

  WOW!!!!!!! you look so nice

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PEPPYPATTI 8/17/2012 4:40PM

    Way to go girl!! You have done an amazing job!
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NANCYSINATRA 8/17/2012 12:13PM

    You are doing awesome!! You look so happy. Great job!!!!!

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MOEMOORE 8/17/2012 12:07PM

    Congratulations on 1 year and all that weight lost!

Your posts really do help me to stay motivated!

I hope you enjoy Zumba - I love my classes!!!

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INTOTHESOUTH 8/17/2012 11:35AM

    You are amazing!!!

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BEESMUM2003 8/17/2012 11:26AM

    You look SO AMAZING! What a transformation. Very happy for you..thanks for sharing your recipe for success.

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SCARJOWANNABE 8/17/2012 11:20AM

    Congrats, you look amazing! You must be so proud of yourself. Keep it up, we're all in this together!

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JERSEYGIRL24 8/17/2012 10:20AM

    First of all emoticon on your Spark anniversary. To hang around here for a whole year is quite an accomplishment.

Second of all, you look emoticon. You have inspired me, today, emoticon I fell off the wagon last night and had a pretty good pity party. I knew I needed to get back on track today, and after reading your blog, I know I will.

I have mentioned Spark People to others but it doesn't seem to register. I have even told some doctors about it, hoping that perhaps they will recommend it to their patients. Of course I have no idea whether or not they have.

If you don't lose the 1.6 lbs. by September 1, don't get discouraged. It gets harder to lose weight as you get thinner. Also, if it takes a wee bit longer to get there, it doesn't matter in the long run. The goal does sound doable, though.

Enjoy the day!! You've earned it!!! emoticon

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VONBLACKBIRD 8/17/2012 10:17AM

    emoticonYou look terrific by the way..and you can keep on..one step at a time.. emoticon

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