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Why I Want to Lose the Last 15 Pounds!

Friday, June 21, 2013

emoticon emoticon Spark Coach has asked that I write about why I really want to lose the last 15 pounds! So here goes: I have always been the tallest girl in my class -- not something I enjoyed. I towered over the boys and all my girlfriends. As I got older it wasn't as bad but I always felt self conscious. One thing that I did have going for me is that I was thin -- so thin in fact, that I had to eat to try to gain weight. I was the proverbial bean pole. That added to my self consciousness even more. I would hunch over and try to seem smaller and that just gave me poor posture. At age 25 I finally had achieved an average healthy weight. I loved it -- feeling like everybody else and looking nice in my clothes. I felt healthy and had energy to burn. As I got older I married, had children and went through the biological changes that brought with it. Each time I managed to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I walked a lot to do it, but I managed. Somehow over the years I lost that healthy weight range through focusing on my job and not taking care of my body. Being tall, my friends would say. "Oh with your height you can carry the weight. You don't need to lose any." But I felt like crud and walking a mile I was out of breath -- ridiculous! I was out of shape and I knew it. When I retired I began to sit around and do almost nothing physically and now I knew I was in trouble. I just don't ascribe to the tenet that it's just a part of age. No, it's just a part of not living a healthy lifestyle and taking care of myself!

Since I have been on Spark People I have lost 9 lbs. and will continue to lose that last 15 pounds that some people would say I don't need to lose at all. Those people are in fact at least 50 pounds overweight and want to feel better about being overweight I suppose. At any rate, I feel better already, my skin and nails have improved and who knows what else might improve that I can't even see? I know when I feel sluggish and out of breath, when my joints ache worse and when my sleep patterns improve. I want to be able to continue to play tennis with my granddaughters and take hikes with the family! Those times make it all worth it! I will not give up my weight loss goal until I reach the finish line! Why run the race if you are going to stop before the finish line? That would be self defeat for sure. Even when we pass the finish line this is a lifestyle and maintenance may be less intense but the lifestyle changes are the real goal -- the real prize if you will. One thing I will be working on next is how to exercise more doing activities that I truly enjoy because I am in this for the long haul!

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EYRUNINGA89 6/21/2013 3:02PM

    You can do it! I have had a similar thing happen to me, when my co-workers would ask if I was trying to lose weight (they saw me eating healthier and that I was working out more) they would tell me that I'm fine the way I am and I didn't need to lose weight. Most of the people who said those things to me are overweight themselves, so go figure. I'm not really mad at them for saying it but I think they are trying to make themselves feel better.

You CAN lose the last 15 pounds! I believe in you!

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    I was the short bean pole growing up. LOL. I didn't get fat until after menopause but like you I want to get this back off and be a normal weight.

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Day 54 - Pushing It Today...

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Here I am at Day 54 - almost 8 weeks into this. The first 2 weeks were sort of just figuring out what to eat and how much I needed to move the body. After that it has been a matter of consistency. All in all it averages to a little more than a pound a week - 9 lbs. so far.

I am more confident in my knowledge of how to fuel my body. It is a little complicated as I am gluten intolerant and I can't do any whole wheat products at all. Gluten free oatmeal is an important component to my diet. I don't do a lot of breads and quinoa is so high in calories it just isn't worth it to me. Once in a while I have a gluten free wrap or piece of bread and I do a lot of fresh fruits and veggies and I have learned to keep my protein level up if I want to lose anything. I do get dairy into the mix with some non-fat milk every day and plain Greek yogurt. My sweetener is stevia - a natural plant based product that satisfies what little sweet tooth I have. (My food weakness is salty crunchy foods, especially potato chips! However, I have been able to avoid them successfully and move on as they aren't worth stagnating the weight loss. )

Today was a day to push the cardio and I managed to work out twice for a total of 60 minutes. I was motivated to do an extra 5 minutes inspired by a friend and an extra 25 minutes in honor of one of my Spark Friends going through a painful medical procedure today. If she can get through that I can get through an extra few minutes of cardio. I just wanted to acknowledge her bravery and strength in getting through something unpleasant.

I think it is important to stand with our fellow Spark Friends who are going through some tough days and need encouragement. If you are reading this -- today find someone who needs your support and make sure they know you are there for them and will help them through. It could be a Spark Friend, a neighbor, a relative, or a friend who needs a boost. Let's pay our Spark positivity forward to those around us!

I am grateful today that I have the ability to work out and good health. It is a gift that I appreciate. I am also grateful for the encouragement, wisdom and support I have received from all you Spark Friends that I have met. I never expected that when I came to the site, and I know I would not have been successful without your part in all of this. Thank you one and all.

I especially want to give a shout out to my Spark Sisters on the No Cheat Weekend Go Boom team who have been so wise and caring. It is a small team but a close knit sisterhood of love and support. You are all very special people and I respect and care for each of you. Thank you for having me on your team. (This in no way diminishes the other friendships I have found here. )

Take care and make it a great day!
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    You are doing great! 9 pounds in 8 weeks is fantastic!!

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CALLIECURTIS4 6/20/2013 7:57AM

    I agree...Sheila....SP is a great site and I have made great friends. I would love to have everyone of them live close by me...what a "heaven" that would be. I am happy for you that you have found SP to be so encouraging to you and supportive of your journey. You are such an inspiration and I love that you are so upbeat. I know you will attain your goals and learn along the way of what works for "you".
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JOHGLO2011 6/19/2013 6:23PM

    Sounds like you are doing well with your lifestyle changes! Congrats on your weight loss and also your exercise. Friends are such a great support no matter where they come from. Best wishes to you!

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FAITH80 6/19/2013 5:27PM

    Keep up the great work. I am trying to get more serious about all of this and you have motivated me.

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Back on Track...

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

I had a couple of rough days as I somehow got into some MSG and I am very allergic to it so I ended up with a 2 day migraine. Fortunately I didn't feel much like eating so overeating wasn't an issue but getting exercise in with a migraine isn't any fun. I managed to do about 15 min. of cardio each day just to keep my metabolism revved up.

When I weighed in this morning I was down 2 lbs. so I was delighted. I ended up Sparking for most of the day as I had over 100 emails to go through. At any rate I had a really good cardio workout today to get back on track, and tomorrow I will start with the resistance bands to begin toning again. I do appreciate some of the suggestions you folks have made. I definitely upped my protein level and that worked well! Next I will be journaling reps for toning, and increasing over last time. I just received a stronger resistance band today so that will help with the toning. It was good to be back online and to hear some you are making progress too. Thanks again for stopping by and your support.

Take great care of yourselves and make it a great day tomorrow!

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    I have way too many emails to get through too. LOL.

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CALLIECURTIS4 6/19/2013 12:06PM

    It IS very tuff to exercize with a migraine. you did right by doing alittle...ME? I know I would hav enot done any..guess I am not as dedicated. Glad that you were able to get yourself back on track.

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EYRUNINGA89 6/19/2013 8:40AM

    Im sorry about the migraine but great job getting in exercise! Its often hard when you are not feeling good! Also, congrats on those 2 lbs! emoticon

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CASTIRONLADY 6/18/2013 10:44PM

    Good job with getting back on track. emoticon

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What Can I Do Better?

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Well, I am going to weigh in the morning and I am kind of dreading it. I am afraid it won't go down. I always get to the point where I don't believe it will move down any more and then when I don't expect it to drop it finally does. At any rate, Spark Coach has assigned me to write about what I can do better for my program.

So, in all honesty various things come to mind. But what is really important and doable at this point in my journey? Well, one thing I am having trouble with is my dinner portion with certain kinds of meals. You know that old nemesis, portion control! Tonite I made Sheila's Chicken Curry (I uploaded it if you are interested.) It is a low cal yet tasty meal. It is supposed to serve 4, and you serve it over brown rice (1 cup of the rice.) The rice is no problem. but when I am looking at the pan I made the Chicken Curry in, it is difficult to tell just how much is one serving. So, I think I may have been going over the mark with my portions at dinner. I am going to have to solve that one. It is easy if you fix a piece of meat. We can figure 3 or 4 ounces fairly easily -- but things that we fix in a pot or pan are a bit tougher and I tend to kind of err on the high side. Hopefully, this wasn't too much to my detriment because I tend to try to save calories for the end of the day when I have the munchies at night. That does help me.

Second, I tend NOT to do my strength training. That is not helping me. I need the additional calorie burn and I need to tone up -- which I really want to do. I'm not sure why I don't do this. So I resolve tomorrow to begin my resistance bands again - upper body and lower body. This may help to get the old metabolism going better and help me to look better.

That's all that really comes to mind right now. I am very consistent with cardio and so maybe taking a closer look at portion control at the dinner hour and figuring out a way to measure when I do meals that are not individual pieces of meat.

I'm sure there are a million other kinds of things but these are doable for me at the moment.

I am open to suggestions from anyone reading this -- I really do welcome them -- so please feel free to comment away. That's what this program is all about -- helping each other to find what works! If you found something that helped you please share it.

Thanks once again for all your comments in the past, your support, your encouragement and suggestions. Keep them coming and make it a great day tomorrow!

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    I hate strength training so I tend to do it while I watch T.V. or something to take my mind off it. I have the same problem with judging portions of meals like you described.

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RIGEIN24 6/16/2013 4:51PM

    What helped me is tracking my progress in a journal...keep a number of how many reps you can do or how challenging it felt. When you see the changes on paper it might inspire you to do more! I mean who doesn't want to get stronger, but actually KNOW they are? You can try the pushup test or crunch test and see how many you can do in a minute, if your body is capable of it anyway. Also the step and mile test. Here's a link with the fitness tests to see how you measure up:


By the way you mentioned a tofu recipe but I can't find it, can you link to it? I'll definitely try your chicken recipe sometime though!

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GRAMMY7070 6/15/2013 10:02PM

    Sounds like you have a some good goals . I know what you mean about portion control. That is one of my problems, too.
With your good attitude and knowledge of where to go from here, you will reach your goals.
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TREE57 6/13/2013 11:34PM

    Make sure to get all your protein! That has made a huge difference in my weight loss. When I don't achieve my nutritional requirements, the scale doesn't move.


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HOTPINKCAMARO49 6/13/2013 11:19PM

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It is more important to measure how you FEEL now .. then to measure by pounds. Like you said ... "and then when I don't expect it to drop it finally does".

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A Great Family Day

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Today was lots of fun. We had my daughter and granddaughters over and my two granddaughters are here for the night. The girls swam in the pool, we had a healthy dinner, played games, watched a movie and in general had a wonderful family day. We laughed, joked, and shared experiences together. That's the best kind of day ever and I was healthy enough to enjoy it! My husband worked, but joined us later in the day. These are the kinds of days we reap by living a healthy lifestyle.

Hug your kids and grandkids and enjoy those special days together. That's what it is truly all about. Maintain your health to allow yourself to enjoy each precious day!

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    You are so blessed to have your loved ones near by so you can do this. It sounded wonderful

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RIGEIN24 6/13/2013 9:44PM

    emoticon Such an important message we need to be reminded of now and then. Thank you!

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CALLIECURTIS4 6/13/2013 6:33AM

    I sooooo love those times. Our 16 year old grson still loves to come over and "chill". He isn`t here as much as his brother (age 11) but he comes when he can. He will spend the night a few times a year because he is so busy with school, etc,
. He does not drive, yet,but I do believe when he does that he will be by to visit. We are so blessed.
Thanks for sharing your day with us. Did you get pictures? Would love to see them

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