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Monday, December 03, 2012

This entry is just to say "HI!"

It's been a massively busy several weeks, and I'm not sure how soon it'll die down. But, I thought I'd throw a blog in here so I'm not entirely out of practice.

My friend's wedding was this was lovely, met their out of town family, had a good time in the awesome French Quarter of New Orleans, had a really talented jazz trio at the reception, walked back and forth through the Quarter, enjoyed a couple balmy December days just perfect for an outdoor wedding.

I got very little sleep, walked a lot, drove a lot, and ate a lot...ate more than I should've, but way less than I would've done in times past. The turtle soup was divine, the Pasta St Charles was yummy and rich, and all the little pass-around bites were delectable. And that was basically my only real meal yesterday, so I was STARVING by the time it came along around 3:30. Oh, and I'd started on my beer around 3:00 (Covington Bock), sipping slowly. But after only about 3-4 oz, I was seriously buzzing. That happens when you drink on an empty stomach. However, that meant that if I wanted to continue to be in my right mind for the next 3 hours, I needed to eat soon...and ended up eating EVERYTHING that came my way. :) But, I'm not sorry. The food was fantabulous and fancy, very upscale, not things I'll see again any time soon.

And you may be asking how THE dress came out... I had nearly 5" cut off the bottom, and the shoulders taken up about an inch, and it was PER-FECT! I just wish I'd asked friends to purposely get a couple pics of me in it. The jacket was fitting more snugly by Sunday than it was before the weekend started, but everything we did for 3 days involved far more salt than I've been used to booze...and I got puffy all over. Long time since that's happened, I nearly forgot what it's like.

So, in light of everything, I'm not going to weigh in until the sodium levels "normalize". That could be another couple days. I'm gauging by how thirsty I am, in relation to how often I have to visit the loo.

Anyway, it's been great, and I have decided that I will keep on keeping on...and just work on not gaining as this month progresses with its various parties and other events. I'm so done with beating myself up. Tracking is still the best thing...can really see what you're doing and remain in control. If I manage to lose even a pound this month, I'll consider it a raging success! :)

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STEPH-KNEE 12/3/2012 11:04PM

    It sounds like you had a fabulous time! I'm glad the dress turned out fabulous and I do not blame you for waiting out the sodium madness before weighing in, sounds like a great plan. emoticon

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REGILIEH 12/3/2012 11:02PM

    Good Luck! emoticon

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One Word Blog

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Copied this from one of my Sparkfriends who copied it from someone else...and so on...and so on...

Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use one word answers.

Where is your cell phone?


Your hair?

Your mother?

Your father?

Your favorite thing?

Your dream last night?

Favorite drink?

What room are you in?

Your hobby?

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in 6 years?

Where were you last night?

Something that you aren't?


Wish list item?

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?

Your pets?


Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?


Your car?

Something you're not wearing?

Your favorite store?

Your favorite color?

When is the last time you cried?

Where do you go over and over?

Five people who email me regularly?

Favorite place to eat?

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?

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CRAFTINWIFE 11/13/2012 4:54PM


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Shostakovich, Strauss and a Shock!

Friday, November 02, 2012

So, I went to see the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra play tonight. emoticon

I had to spend a while picking an outfit, because very little fits right now. A few things from my sis are close, but need a few more pounds down before I can really wear them. So, I pull out my one pair of dressy black pants, close-fitting, thigh-hugging, flared-out from the knee. Since they no longer make me look like a sausage, I'm wearing them while I can. (Hope to find something similar to replace them with when they outgrow me, they're gorgeous.) I also chose a lacy off-white top with 3/4 sleeves, that is also gorgeous, and also finally fits! emoticon

So, I pick up my friend's daughter and we head into the city to go to the symphony. Before it starts, as everyone is milling around in the lobby, I cross the space to throw away an empty water bottle. Just before turning back, I catch a reflection in the glass wall of someone dressed exactly like me, except she's shapely and lookin' hot. For a split second, I wondered who she was. ...


Did you make the connection yet? I did...a split second later. Oh my goodness, I didn't even recognize myself in a reflection! I couldn't stop looking for a minute...could hardly believe my eyes.

Even if I weren't to go any further on this weight-loss journey, my self-image is so totally different now. I both feel and look more confident. emoticon

For now, though, I'm still just stunned. emoticon

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CRAFTINWIFE 11/2/2012 4:11PM


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WEBEZE 11/2/2012 2:48AM

    emoticon emoticon You are doing amazing.

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SLIMINDOWN31 11/2/2012 1:28AM

    You go girl! You should be very proud of yourself!

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"New" Clothes! - and more NSV's!

Friday, October 26, 2012

My sis (who lives 90 min from me) called the other day. We hadn't seen each other in well over 6 months - i.e., before I got serious about getting healthier and losing weight. (Remember, I blogged about one of my NSV's is thinking about how surprised family members are going to be when they see me.)

Anyway, she called and asked if I'd like some size 10 jeans that she still has in her closet. Ummm....YEAH! She's also very slowly losing a little more weight, just trying to be wise about her foods and making sure she gets in some exercise each day. Frankly, I think she looks amazing where she is, but she wants to drop another 10-ish pounds. (I've never thought she looked "fat", but she did.)

Well, upshot, we met in the middle (about 45 min from here) for lunch and she brought the clothes she pulled from her closet. I am so freaking's a list of what she gave me:

1 - size 12 jeans (that fit PERFECTLY RIGHT NOW!)

3 - size 10 jeans in diff cuts (I can get them up, but that's about it...will take at least 5lbs before I can button them - but, I got them UP!)

1 - size M/L 3-pc pants set - lined wide-leg trousers with embroidered design, sleeveless black sweater shell with coordinating embellishment at the high scoop neck, black long-sleeve cardigan with matching embroidery (I can wear it all, even fasten the pants, but it's still too tight at the waist - but I can get IN ALL OF IT!)

1 - size 10 2-pc skirt/blouse set in black with tiny white polka-dots (it goes on easy, but it's a stretchy material, and I look a little like a sausage in it right now, but it's a 10! And I LOVE this set, it's adorable!)

1 - size Small cream silk shell (it's bigger than a small - I can get it on, but it's too tight just now to wear it comfortably)

1 - size Med pink gauzy wrap blouse (not keeping this, it's too "old" for me, besides which, I can't move my arms in it)

3 - Med-Lg Sweaters - 2 are eggplant, the other is a deep teal, and they FIT. What a concept! Wearing a sweater that fits my body instead of a huge, shapeless box of knitted material! The colors are wonderful for me, too! So glad my sis and I have similar coloring! :D

In the parking lot of the restaurant, she stopped dead when she saw me and said, "You look great!" Then, gave me a big hug! :)

That right there is a huge NSV!

Another came when I had to pull out my driver's license for something yesterday. I looked at the pic offhandedly and my jaw dropped. That pic was taken only 5 months and a week ago, and I remember being glad it was a good pic, the best DL pic I've ever taken. It's a different person looking out of that picture. Wow. The visual difference is very striking. Major NSV!!!!!!!

And another one...I get to see a good friend this weekend for the first time in months (he's the one who mapped out my 5K and is timing my Trick or Treat Trot race). He's not seen me since about a month after I joined SP, so I'm now nearly 20 pounds below the last time he saw me. I'm curious about what his reaction will be. (FYI, this is not a romantic thing, so don't go down that route.) To me, how people react are my biggest NSVs.

I'm having a very good day, and I also did an entire 5K on the treadmill tonight, varying walking and running speeds, good cardio workout. When I stop running (given previous injuries and current bursitis, I don't think it's good on my joints to run too much), I'm going to need ankle weights for walking to increase difficulty and stay in cardio zone. A great NSV is my cardio fitness improvement...way quicker than I expected, I can do so much more without giving out.

Okay, I need to shut up and get to bed!

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FUN2BAROUND 10/26/2012 10:09AM

    Wow, these are great accomplishments - and way more rewarding than depending on the scale to "reward" you!

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SPARKABELLA13 10/26/2012 6:00AM

    emoticon I loved reading your blog -- these are all such important milestones and I'm glad I'm here to celebrate them with you. You ROCK! AND it sounds like you have a new wardrobe!!!!

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STEPH-KNEE 10/26/2012 2:35AM

    That is beyond awesome!! And new clothes (new to you at least) are always great to put some pep in our step!! Great job! emoticon emoticon

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WEBEZE 10/26/2012 2:18AM

    emoticon What great NSV's. Here's to many more on your journey to a healthier you. My greatest NSV is when I no longer had to shop in plus size. Right now I am a size 12 and still going down slowly. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Blogging to Blog

Sunday, October 21, 2012

This week has been nuts...even with a double-scoop Baskin-Robbins Waffle Cone one night (I had over 400 calories left to reach the bottom of my range because of eating so lightly earlier that day), and barely getting anything but my minimum 10 min exercise most days, I still logged a pound down when I weighed in Wed. emoticon

Not that I have anything spectacular to say, but I'm blogging to stay in the habit of blogging.

If you didn't see my new pics, check out the last 2 blogs. I'm so excited! My sis also called me (she hasn't seen me in person in months, but she's seen my pics on FB)...she's cleaning out her closet and has some size 10 jeans, a skirt suit, some slacks and tops, shorts... She's going to give them to me as soon as I can get out to meet her (about an hour away). Very excited about that!

I keep thinking that if I'm in a 12 now (some bottoms are even loose) right now, that by goal, I'll at least be an 8. It's conceivable that I might get into a 6 in some things. I can hardly fathom that.

Need some help & encouragement on the exercise lately - been forcing myself to do my 10 min/day, but sometimes it's half-hearted. My sched has been nuts, and I can't seem to get myself up early enough to do it first thing in the morning...if I'm not up by 7am, it's too late to get in a good walk/jog, and getting up has always been difficult for me. some good reports, and one cry for help/encouragement...not bad for a blog for blog's sake blog.

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LAHUDSONCHEF 10/24/2012 12:48AM

    Thanks, everybody, for your thoughts and comments.

Courtney, I essentially have 3 jobs, one is as a long-term volunteer in community relief and recovery, it takes all my mornings and 2 afternoons a week, then I work my main pay job afternoon-evenings, don't usually get home until after 8pm (dark), worn out. I also clean a house every other week. I have time for exercise, but when I don't get up early enough (to fit in the walk and a shower), I have to do it at night, which I don't prefer, so I tend to do only the minimum to say I've done it.

And I don't really know what my goal size goal weight is 145, which given what size I am now, my size then will likely be an 8 or even a 6. Hard to fathom. When I go look at clothes, I forget that I don't have to go to the Plus size, or the Women's section. I can shop in Misses now! Whoa! That's still hard to get used to. The clothes my sis is giving me are just a bit beyond me right now, but in a month or so, at least some of them will probably fit. These are transition clothes, and I so grateful I haven't had to spend a lot of money!

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CRAFTINWIFE 10/22/2012 3:14PM

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COURTNEY055 10/22/2012 4:00AM

    emoticon on the weight loss...that's emoticon ...wish I could say the same..I'm going down slowly but surely. You can read my latest blog if u want that'll give u an update on my situation but good for you for getting into your goal size. That is your goal, right? Keep up the great work and the exercise will fall into place! Do u have time to do a walk at work or maybe at night when the kids are winding down? IDK your home situation, but maybe u and DH could do a walk together. I know I drag mine out with me at night..

Whatever you're doing, it's Keep it up!


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WEBEZE 10/22/2012 2:54AM

    I too have been struggling to get in my exercise the past week. I agree that music does help once I make the time to get it done. Have been so tired lately have been having a hard time getting up early enough to squeeze it in. Don't get home until 11pm which is too late.
You might be surprised what size you will be when you make goal. Whatever it is, it is going to be size awesome.
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LAHUDSONCHEF 10/21/2012 11:51PM

    When I go to the gym, I always forget to take my headphones...but I'm mostly only there for one line dance class a week (can't make any of the others), but occasionally can't make that, so just get on the treadmill to walk/jog (still "training", for lack of a better word, for the Trick or Treat Trot).

At home, sometimes I use SP vid's, if I'm doing strength work, I don't bother with music. Maybe I should. Thanks...I'll see what I can come up with.

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SOCDIRECTOR 10/21/2012 11:47PM

    Are you using music to keep you motivated to exercise? Playing my favorite tunes helps me push myself when I don't feel the motivation to get moving. Just a thought!
You are doing great!
Keep Sparking...
~ Lynn

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