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Why do I want to lose weight?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Let's see... when I started this journey I had breathing problems, joint problems, back problems, high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, depression, and the list could go on. Why wouldn't I want to lose weight? And yet it took me years of being like that, feeling like that to come to the conclusion that I needed to act. I guess I had a disconnect from reality that lasted about 15 years! I started gaining weight in college, but it wasn't until after college that I got sick and got so wrapped in the identity of being "sick", that I stopped trying to be healthy. It is a sad place to live. But I stayed there a long time.

I say my "before" picture is what convinced me to start changing how i live my life, but really it was all the things I didn't feel comfortable doing on that vacation because I was so heavy that triggered the desire to change. I want to be able to do fun stuff and feel comfortable while I am doing it. Whether it is flying off on vacation, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or just having the physical stamina to see all the sights I want to be ABLE. No more lump on log days, weeks, months. No more justifying my sedentary ways. I may have health issues, but I can live a healthy lifestyle. I can minimize my health risks by not wallowing in "being sick".

So, I want to lose weight so I can live. Not even necessarily live longer, but living an actual life, instead of just the shadow of one. I lived a shadow life for over a decade, it isn't really living at all.

Question: Why do I want to lose weight?
Answer: So that I can truly live!

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YSIENKIEW 9/20/2011 10:10PM

    You are an inspiration!

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LARRYHARWOOD 9/19/2011 10:58AM

    with your attitude, your new energy and of course Cooper, there is no way you won't succeed Leslie! Keep up the great progress. We're all here with you and support you!

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RG_DFW 9/19/2011 7:01AM

    Great blog!

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SHELLYBABE2 9/19/2011 6:26AM

    So there with you!

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KARIDIAN1 9/19/2011 1:13AM

    You are on the right track. Keep going and enjoy your new world.

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KARMA70 9/18/2011 10:04PM

    Good for you! Sometimes we get so stuck in believing we are a certain way that we don't bother trying to change. I know how you feel, I too feel so much more alive since I started to take care of myself. I'm so glad you had an epiphany of sorts - you're making awesome progress!

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NIAGCHRIS246 9/18/2011 9:59PM

  Great bit of introspection! And its great that you are doing what you need to do because you want to do it!

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JUNA89 9/18/2011 9:17PM

    GO HEAD GURL!!!! emoticon

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GEMINIGEM6 9/18/2011 6:49PM

    Me too!! I'm with you all the way!!

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LJR4HEALTH 9/18/2011 6:17PM

    emoticonreasons for wanting to lose weight YOu aren't alone many of us are here for our health so we can really live our lives once again.


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MYBULLDOGS 9/18/2011 6:06PM


find foods that work with your chemistry. i created this meal on my own. i can't seem to loose weight if i eat any grain products. so one day i experimented.

i make this mixture for breakfast , lunch and dinner. i have lost 28 pounds in 14 weeks. i cook

4 large portabella mushrooms sliced, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, 4 large onions sliced, 2 large green peppers, 3 cans green beans, 1 can rutabaga and 5 sliced chicken sausages.

it makes enough for at least 4 days, three meals a day. total cost is 12 dollars. i buy the mushrooms and chicken at sams club. sounds crazy but it taste good and most importantly it's working. i'm not hungry . if i feel the urge to cheat i go get a fork full of my mixture. i chew very slowly as to enjoy my meal.

i have added a small banana and grapes for my snacks and to be a fix for my sweet tooth.

you can add other foods into your menu. just know what works with your body chemistry.

I have gone from 198 to 170 pounds. i can now fit into a size 14 comfortably. i feel so much better. think of carrying a 2 year old around your waist every minute of every day. no i am not done. on the obese chart i have gone from being obese to just plain fat. my goal is to drop another 22 pounds. then i will be happy, healthy and never allow myself to get in this condition again.

one might say eating the same food every day would get boring. not true. when you look in the mirror and can see the difference it's totally worth it. once i reach my goal i will change my menu. not until then.

portion sizes are critical to your success. exercise has to become a way of life. good luck


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DANA564 9/18/2011 6:05PM

    Great reasons! You are ready for the Fall Challenge! emoticon

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HALEYSMUM 9/18/2011 5:42PM

    And live you will!, Good luck!

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Slightly fewer steps today

Saturday, September 17, 2011

So... yesterday my pedometer read 16, 987 by the end of the day. That's a lot of miles! Anyway today was a training day for the 5k, and Cooper and I were out first thing this morning and put in 2.75 miles to start the day. Cooper did fine, though he fell asleep when we got home. Today we will probably accumulate about 10,000 steps. That's about 3 miles less than yesterday, which is fine. My knees are telling me to take it easy. Since tomorrow is a non training day we might make it an easy day, and not aim for our 10,000 steps even. Walking so much yesterday, followed by a goodly length walk this morning, plus subsequent walks this afternoon has worn ME out, I don't want to know what Cooper is thinking right now! Nothing felt rushed today, which was nice. Everything was calm. Tomorrow I intend to be lazy. We'll see if I can pull it off. I have trouble taking a day off from walking these days, but I need one.

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GEMSTONE1952 9/18/2011 12:54PM

    WOW! You are doing amazing. I think the operative word is a "rest" day not lazy, though I guess Lazy does sound more appealing when you have been so amazingly active! You're doing great, keep it up! Enjoy your well deserved "lazy"day. Have fun. emoticon

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SHELLYBABE2 9/18/2011 12:40PM

    Who would have thought when you first started this that you would accumulate so many miles that you could manage to do 3 less and still have plenty of walking in! Poor Cooper you will be wearing is legs down lol!

Take care & enjoy the lazy day! :))

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RG_DFW 9/18/2011 7:28AM

    A lazy day one in a while is a wonderful thing. I plan to be fairy lazy today, too!

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KARIDIAN1 9/17/2011 9:44PM

    You have earned a well deserved rest. Glad that you are taking a slower day today.
Cooper needs a rest too it sounds like.

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KEKEIKO 9/17/2011 8:38PM

    You're doing great! You're walking lots of steps and it's okay to push it a little harder but not at the expense of tiring yourself out. Maybe take one day off from walking and do some hand weights (filled water bottles work if you don't have dumbbells) if you feel you need to do something. emoticon

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    I loved my first 5k training, after I finished it! emoticon

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GONEWLIFE 9/17/2011 6:30PM

    keep it up !

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Fall 5% Challenge Committment

Friday, September 16, 2011

I joined the Fall 5% challenge because I thought I could meet the challenge and succeed. To accomplish this I am going to continue to do at least thirty minutes of cardio a day, but I will also resume doing strength training consistently three times a week. I have been slacking off on strength training this past month. I will also continue to train for the Halloween virtual 5k here on SP. My measuring cups and spoons are available and hanging in plain sight, and my food scale came in the mail this week, so I am set for being accurate with portion sizes. My cupboards are bare of junk (though they could use some reorganization), and full of healthy options. Also, my parents' garden is coming in with Fall crops so I can pick up yummy, healthy, organic veggies as needed. I am also considering cutting out chicken for the month of October. I would still eat fish, and of course there are beans of many varieties for protein.

I am fairly diligent about posting on threads on my other teams, so I see no problems expanding to another team's threads and discussions. I also will support and encourage my team members to do their best, by doing my best. I will be a friend where I can and encourage where I can. Good luck to all of us in the challenge! We can do it!

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SHELLYBABE2 9/17/2011 9:01AM

    Good luck with your 5%fall thingy - I've been looking for something to kick start me again and that might just be the thing am going to check that out this aft! Need to get back to spending more time on this site keeping me focused

I'm so envious of your access to fresh grown produce sounds so yummy! I have grown my own strawberries this year but the crop hasn't been half enough to keep us going - we eat way too many lol.

Take care :)

ps thanks for the messages on my page, much appreciated!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 9/16/2011 11:07PM

    This is my second time with the 5%, you will enjoy it! You are well prepared!

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KARIDIAN1 9/16/2011 9:51PM

    Your dong a great job.

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KEKEIKO 9/16/2011 5:32PM

    You're so focused Leslie! emoticon

You will succeed! emoticon

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HEALTHYBARB1 9/16/2011 2:39PM

    Good goals! I am just starting on the 5% challenge team this fall and will be excited to be part of this challenge with you! emoticon

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DANA564 9/16/2011 2:24PM

    I joined too and just read the pre-assignment. I'm really excited to start! I've done well so far but this will give me an extra boost! Good luck!!

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RG_DFW 9/16/2011 2:12PM

    Keep on keepin' on!

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Weigh day results

Thursday, September 15, 2011

So, I lost three pounds this week, bringing the total lost in the last three and a half months up to 42 pounds gone. Gone. Gone. Gone. Unfortunately, my muscle/fat percentages are going in the wrong direction, but I have been completely inconsistent with strength training for the last month so it is not unexpected. The really cool bit is that my BMI is now under 40. It is still over 39, but it hasn't been this low in years (a lot of 'em)! I have only walked a little over two miles so far today, but I am going out before dinner to walk 2.5 miles with the dog. It is supposed to be a training day with that 2.5, but I can't walk all that fast with the pooch, so my time will probably suck today. Oh well, I will still have walked, which is the important part. I am averaging a loss of about 12 pounds a month. That is so cool!

I went out to lunch with friends today, and had second thoughts about finishing the half-sized salad I ordered. Two months ago I ordered the same thing and still had a slight edge of hunger when the plate was empty, so the changes are there, and they are noticeable. My father was very pleased when we talked this afternoon. He objects to the term "obese", as I am very active these days, but according to that little chart at the doctor's office that is what I am... for now. It's going to change too!

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LIFESGREAT2DAY 9/17/2011 6:05PM

    emoticon I am sooo proud of you for all the hard work you are putting in!

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LARRYHARWOOD 9/16/2011 3:41PM

    You are really doing well Leslie!! WAY TO GO my friend!! You and Cooper are such a positive influence on Libby and I, I can't tell you how you are affecting others here on SP!

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SHELLYBABE2 9/16/2011 9:16AM

    emoticon Great news & you really can tell a difference from your pics. You're looking really good - keep up the great work & keep noticing the little differences too such as the not needing to eat quite so much etc they really give you a boost! I'm so envious of the amount of exercise you're managing to get whilst I have done absolutely nothing over the last 3 weeks :(( I finished work today and decided against the gym as any exertion is making me cough but I'm definitely going over the weekend even for just a mini workout - I'm desperate to get back on the exercise wheel lol!

My advise on the eating out front would be that if it's a special occasion and you're not eating out too regularly, go off track a little and eat what you fancy by making a bit of an allowance the day before and the day after and get straight back into your program that way no damage is done!

Take care - so proud of all your progress & loved the pics!

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HEALTHYNOW4ME 9/15/2011 10:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You Go Girl!

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KARIDIAN1 9/15/2011 9:44PM

    Keep up the good work. You and Cooper are really working at it. Bet he never expected to be out walking this much when he came home with you.

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NIAGCHRIS246 9/15/2011 9:09PM

  Dag!!! I'm jealous!!!

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MINDA31807 9/15/2011 6:20PM

    emoticon Keep it up!

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What's okay to eat at a Mexican restaurant?

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I intended to do almost three miles this evening, but due to circumstances my 6 year old niece needed to go with us. So, I took Cooper and let the two of them run. They ran for about a mile, but then they were worn out and slowed way down. We still managed to do two miles, even with the kid and the dog. It took a while longer, but it was highly entertaining! I have been walking the dog about 5 miles each day, plus whatever training I do for the virtual 5k.

I finished off the fresh onions today, in sauteed veggies for dinner. Tomorrow is grocery shopping day, and my mom is sending along some low fat, organic ground beef. She is also replenishing my tomatoes, onions and blueberries from their garden.

This weekend is a friend's 21st birthday. i won't be going out drinking with her, but I did offer to take her out to dinner. She wants to go for Mexican. I have to think about what I can order to eat that still sticks fairly close to my plan. Any ideas?

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THEADMIRAL 9/15/2011 7:47PM

    You've gotten some pretty good advice so far. Definitely stay away from those "free" chips they always set out before your meal - tons of fat in those puppies. However, I don't agree about the combo dinners; usually that's just way too much food. Spark People should have suggestions for Mexican under their healthy lifestyle section; take a peek there before you go to figure the landmines you might face. Have fun this weekend! emoticon

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LILLI56 9/15/2011 6:51PM

    My husband and I always share chicken fajitas. I only eat 1 or 2 of the flour tortillas. If I have been good during the day, I will have 7 small chips with tomato salsa, if not, I will forgo them. emoticon

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RG_DFW 9/15/2011 6:40AM

    Don't eat the chips. For the dinner, I usually get combo (been and chicken) fajitas.

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KEKEIKO 9/15/2011 5:06AM

    Fresh carrot sticks or celery sticks to dip into the salsa or Guacamole. Black beans, grilled shrimp or chicken. If you must have a taco order corn not flour.
ENJOY! emoticon

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ZEESPARROW 9/15/2011 12:59AM

    Last time I went, I had a taco salad... just didn't eat the shell!

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GEMINISUE 9/14/2011 10:45PM

    you can google the restaurant and check out the menu and maybe call and ask if they have nutritional values available, it might be offered on the menu or near it.

I usually get a burrito, open it up and eat what is inside of it. Mighty tasty! Not sure of the calories.

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GETSTRONGRRR 9/14/2011 10:05PM

    Mexican is pretty tough. My best attempt at eating good was when I ordered something like Tortilla soup.....depending on the restaurant, it can be quite good and low cal if they make it with a clear broth.....if it's cheesy, then expect more calories

Watch out for going crazy on tortilla chips as appetizer, they can add up in a hurry

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KARIDIAN1 9/14/2011 9:49PM

    Watch out for the cheese, it seems to be on everything.

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  If they have them on the menu, try the "street tacos." They are very simple, just corn tortilla, onions, and meat, but very flavorful and much lower in fat than the standard taco. Fajitas are also a great choice if you skip the sour cream and guacamole and go light on the cheese. Also, ask for corn tortillas instead of flour and you'll cut the calories in half! Spark people has a cuisine specific dining guide that might have more suggestions. If you go for something like an enchilada, ask for salsa on top instead of the usual cheese sauce.
Have fun!

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