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Body Envy

Monday, February 20, 2012

I just saw a motivating picture of a woman who went from size 20 down to a size 0!!! How did she do it!

I know we all have different body types and structure, and a 7 is the smallest I have ever been since middle school when I was a 12. I was a 7 just before I had my first baby, and after that mostly a 12. I am 53, that woman was 42, and had had 2 kids. I have had 4. There I go comparing myself to someone else. Don't many of us do the comparison thing? I need to get over it and love who I am. Just be happy for other people who are at this stage in their lives. And be proud of what I am doing and the progress I've made. Size 14 down to 10. 161 down to 142. More confident in my personal life, eating healthier, actively involved in getting my body in shape. My back is stronger, my arms aren't flabby, my love life with hubby is blossoming. I have friends on SP who have my back. I am growing in my relationship with God, and also with my children, and hubby. I am a happier person. Yay me.

I just talked myself out of the envy I felt for that other Sparker. WooHoo! emoticon

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_JODI404 2/20/2012 9:46PM

    I guess it is human nature to compare... but I really do try not to do it. We really are all unique, so comparisons will never be legit and can tend to make you feel "less than".

In contrast, look at this wonderful list of your own awesome accomplishments that you've got going on!! Those are really great things!! Yay You for sure!!!!!!!!

You go Girl! You do YOUR thing!! You've got it going on!!!

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SHERIO5 2/20/2012 10:48AM

    Awesome! Celebrate you, Lori! emoticon

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What the heck?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

What the heck is going on here? i just had a salad for my afternoon snack, followed by a handful of pistachios. A salad? who me?! Where did the real Lori go? OH, maybe this new Lori will become the new real Lori.

The last 4 weeks or so I have given in to buying more sweet junk food. I have done pretty well at limiting myself to 1 sweet treat a day until the last few weeks. At Hallmark we were selling valentine's day candy. I didn't struggle this year with sweets or pie from Thanksgiving through the new year, but once the valentine candy came out I was not doing so well. I kept my calories in check, but I substituted the healthy snacks with sugar. I haven't gained weight, but I just know this could lead to problems in that area and I've decided to get back to my 1 treat a day routine. This usually works for me.

I finally made the decision to move on from stage 3 to stage 4, and this is giving me new resolve to tighten up my reigns on goals that i had set before and of course, now I am setting some additional goals. I haven't developed them yet, since I just changed stages yesterday. Today I spent time in the Spark (book) to see what week 4 looked like. I think that is similar to the content of stage 4, if I'm not mistaken. I did start my list of 50-100 goals of things I want to do in my lifetime. I guess that's what a bucket list is. I've never written one down before. So far I have 23 things listed.

Any one have any insights or advice for me going into this next stage of my life? I want to make the most of this newfound commitment to myself to continue on my journey.

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FRANCESCHA 2/26/2012 7:46PM

    I have been doing the same as you. One sweet thing a day and it is usually weight watchers ice cream or some other treat. I blew it today though. It was my mother in laws birthday so I had lots of cake and ice cream. Oh well. I'll get back in the game tomorrow. Best advice someone gave me was don't beat yourself up over missing a goal. Tomorrow is another day. emoticon

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SHERIO5 2/19/2012 5:40PM

    How fun that you find yourself making some healthy snack choices!!!

Good for you taming the sweets with just one a day...it's hard for me!

I don't have any advice, but I think you are doing great with moving to the next stage and reading the Spark for motivation...super choices!

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Extra calories today, but I'm not gonna let it get me down!

Friday, February 17, 2012

I could easily get discouraged by the fact that I went WAY over my calorie limit for the day. But I've decided to look at that good that has happened today. Even though I had a calorie laden dessert to celebrate my birthday, I chose a lean yet tasty soup as my entree. I ate a half serving of chips and salsa. I got a skinny mixed drink. I turned down candy earlier in the day. I took a walk after dinner, even though I'd decided for it to be a day off from exercise. I did 250 pushups over the span of the day, 5x50. I also woke up all excited that it was my birthday, waking up after 6.5 hours of sleep. I really need 8-9 due to my bipolar disorder. The good thing is that after being up for an hour I decided to lay down and fall back to sleep for an hour and a half.

On facebook I've so far had 42 friends wish me a happy birthday and many of you have done so as well. Thank you everyone for being so encouraging!

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_JODI404 2/17/2012 10:15PM

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lori!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I firmly believe that birthdays are special, and are not a day to be worried about calories, whatsoever! That's just my opinion. I have birthday cake for my breakfast, and I look forward to that so much!!! We go out for a special dinner, and will have a couple of drinks too. I wouldn't binge eat or anything... but it is a day for indulging in good food and good times without worries for me!

Everyone gets to make their own rules to this game though. Sounds like you had a really nice day! Glad you had a special day and lots of people to wish you happiness!

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BLUE42DOWN 2/17/2012 8:03PM

    One day, and a special day at that, good that you're not letting some calories over get you down. That would be silly. Life will have those days you can't eat as much (sick, busy, whatever) and those days you eat more (treats, forgot to track something, etc).

So emoticon for your birthday! You only get one a year.

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MARGIE4230 2/17/2012 7:38PM

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Photo Update, at goal BF%!

Monday, February 13, 2012

These are my current photos. I took them today wearing my swimsuit. I don't have a full length mirror, but I wish I did. I'm at 142 pounds and have reached my body fat % goal. My last picture was taken at 150 pounds. I started at 161.

I am SO EXCITED about the changes I see.

Today my yoga pants slid off my butt. (I was at home, thank goodness!)

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SHERIO5 2/17/2012 9:39AM

    Awesome! I am so glad for you!!!

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THIGHMASTEROMG 2/13/2012 11:37PM

    Looking good, BA-BY! But just out of curiosity, why are you wearing JEANS with your bathing suit? emoticon

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_JODI404 2/13/2012 7:42PM


You are looking S L I M!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

* AWESOME * *AWESOME* *AWESOME* !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great, very noticeable changes!!!

Woooo Hooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Way to Go Girl!! Can't wait to see you at Goal!!

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YIWEN39 2/13/2012 7:22PM

    WOW, what a difference!!! You look just GREAT, emoticon
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As far as I'm concerned, I've met an important goal!

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Yesterday I said it had been two months since my last Body Comp. measurement was taken. But it was 3 months.

I am SO excited. Though some may say it's not a very accurate measurement to have done, I was excited with the results I got. I had the same person doing it and everything seemed the same this time. At any rate, I went down from 28% to 25.5%! She said I really don't need to go any farther. 25 percent give or take a half percent is great for my age group. She said often a person sees weight loss but not success in fat% differences. She said it depends on the amount of toning done with strength training, not pounds lost. As we know you may not lose much and gain muscle weight, or lose pounds but not tone up.

I smile each time I think of my new number. It feels more rewarding than losing a half pound at a time, more fun than losing a quarter inch around the thigh or waist at a time.
She said not to lose more than 2 more percentage points, but I can continue to work toward goals I have in mind, but from a health standpoint, I'm doing great! emoticon

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BABY_GIRL69 2/11/2012 9:12PM

    That's so wonderful!! Glad to hear such good news!

God bless & continued success!


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POOKASLUAGH 2/9/2012 9:59PM

    Great job!

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CALICO_CHLOE 2/9/2012 8:16PM

    Congratulations on hitting an important goal like that

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    Woo Hoo!

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BLUE42DOWN 2/9/2012 5:56PM


That's definitely exciting. Mine's nowhere near that, but I love seeing the BF% my scale tells me slowly decrease. Who cares if it's not very accurate if it is consistent within itself and over time as a measure?

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CHAOTICMOM4 2/9/2012 3:43PM

Congrats! That is great news!

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_JODI404 2/9/2012 2:43PM

>That is so AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I think that body fat % is a very important #, one of many various important #'s that make up the total picture of our health. You can lose weight, but if you don't lose enough fat, you will be what I have heard referred to as "skinny fat".

You are right on TARGET!!! Way to Go!!

I just had mine checked, and I have to get mine about 5% lower. I'm working out with a trainer, and I feel confident that I will get it done. I already see changes in my body after a very short time training. I've done ST for many, many years... but totally lacked any consistency as of late.

Girl, with the # of push ups you can do... I am hardly surprised that you are doing so well! You are STRONG!!

Congratulations again on this wonderful level of success that you have achieved! Celebrate this HUGE victory!!!

Woooo Hooooo!!!!!!!!!

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