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February wrap-up, March goals

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Alrighty, it's the end of February, so that means measurements and making March goals!

Let's recap:
Neck - 13.5
Bust - 38
Waist - 31.5
Hips - 41.5
W/H ratio - 0.75

And now, 2/27/2011
Neck - 13
Bust - 36
Waist - 29
Hips - 39.5
W/H ratio - 0.73
(new measurements)
Right thigh - 24
Left thigh - 23.5
Chest - 32

So yay!! losses all around! ... now if I'd just lose a couple inches in my hips I'd be an hourglass, haha. But I really AM glad to be under 40 on my hip measurements. And I'm super glad to have lost that half inch in my neck - it sounds silly, but I ALWAYS notice my gains and losses in my neck and face before I notice it anywhere else. Losing that half inch tells me that this is working for real.

Now for March goals.. well considering there's spring break and all those crazy distractions..
- do a JM video each day of spring break
- gradually start running outside again
- make an appt. with a personal trainer to get an idea of how much I should be lifting
- cook fish once a week
- learn to cook quinoa

I think I can do all that =) Again, I'm not really sure what kind of goals I should be making for my measurements, so I won't. I'll be happy as long as I'm losing inches - heck, even half inches.

As far as the scale goes, I'd LOVE to reach my 15% loss milestone and weigh in at 142.8 by the end of March, but I think my dream would be to reach 140 by then. That's the "goal weight" by body composition results gave me, and even though I definitely want to get below that (115 - 125), it would be really nice to meet that goal and know I'm near a healthy body fat percentage.

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OILOVETEA 3/1/2011 12:13PM

    WOW! what great results! good job! and best of luck with those March goals... they definitely sound reasonable but very specific and helpful!

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QUE-SERA-SERA 2/28/2011 7:59AM

    CONGRATS on your success this month!!! I noticed the same thing about losses/gains in my neck area too. So i don't think it's weird at all!

Those are some awesome numbers girl! Be proud of yourself!!! emoticon

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CURVYDIVA86 2/28/2011 2:57AM

    Fantastic measurement losses! Congrats!

Quinoa is really easy to cook, btw! You can do a lot of things with it, but basically.. You just rinse it off and then cook it with water or chicken broth (which I prefer!!) You'd do 1 part quinoa, 2 parts liquid, and you cook it until the liquid is absorbed and you see the little ring around the quinoa (makes sense when you see it). You can add spices, veggies, etc. I really like it mixed with black beans, peppers, etc. and some spicy spices!

You will rock March, I know it! emoticon

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GETSTRONGRRR 2/27/2011 7:27PM

    Nice job! great progress....all of you are inspiring me to get organized and start taping...that's what I need, more numbers to track!

Congrats and best of luck as you zoom towards your March goal!

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JONESINATOR 2/27/2011 7:21PM

    Great measurement results! Good goals too, I'd forgotten how crazy March can be, I'll have to take that into account as well!

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AGENTNER 2/27/2011 3:56PM

    way to go!!! those are some awesome losses!!!! KEEP IT UP! you are doing fabulous!!!! woot woot! hopefully March will be just as inspirational!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/27/2011 3:30PM

    Wow, awesome inch losses!! You're doing awesome and you're going to rock March!!

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An "ehh" day that I'm kind of okay with

Saturday, February 26, 2011

I know yesterday I celebrated 20 lbs lost and that should have me super motivated to keep going and not lose steam, etc. And I definitely don't want to get comfortable at 147 and just stop here cause it's easy. That's not the plan.

But you know, I had a really long night last night, so I didn't wake up in time for an early morning workout. Then I had a late lunch, which is never good for me - it always means overeating at dinner and going overboard on snacks through the day.

So yeah, today I ate more than I should have and didn't work out. I'm not super happy about my decisions , but I also don't necessarily regret them. Today was ONE day. Yep, I had a lotttt of carbs, and I'll have to be a little extra careful through the rest of the week. But I enjoyed them, tracked them, and I refuse to dwell on it.

Worst case scenario, I gain this week. Gains happen. That's not going to stop me from reaching my goal. And, even if I do gain, I know I'm not going to reverse all of my progress in one day of semi-irresponsible choices.

I'm not getting comfortable; I'm not making excuses. I'm allowing myself to be a little imperfect when I know I need that kind of flexibility.

On another note, today one of my roommates told me "Hey, I just wanted to let you know, but I really noticed tonight that you just look so much healthier."

That was really good to hear, even at the end of a not-perfect day. She's lost more than 130 lbs in the past couple years, and she's smaller than me now. We're both extremely competitive people, and with my history of EDs, she and I try to be discerning with how much we talk about weight, food choices, and our bodies, so I really appreciated that she noticed and felt confident enough in my mental/emotional health to let me know.

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MAYBE_SOMEDAY 2/27/2011 10:15AM

    Congratulations on losing 20lbs! You have a great attitude, one day of poor food choices does not mean your progress is going to be reversed. So true.

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OILOVETEA 2/27/2011 8:21AM

    I think it's such a great compliment to hear that from a friend like that. Love the positive attitude, because everyone deserved one day off every now and then!

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SPEEDYDOG 2/27/2011 5:09AM

    It is always nice to get a compliment. Those are the little things that keep a person going. Congratulations on your weight loss.


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JONESINATOR 2/26/2011 11:48PM

    Good for your friend to wait until a time when she felt it would be okay to mention something; if she knows your history, that takes guts to wait as long as she did, hopefully by seeing healthier patterns of yours emerging and then encouraging.

I won't even say "you'll be back to it tomorrow" because actually, as you've admitted, every day is different and there is no falling off and getting back on, because it's a lifestyle thing. Hope all things are well with you, take care.

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Progress pics - what 20 lbs looks like

Friday, February 25, 2011

Oh boy. Half of me wants to post this, half of me doesn't. I'm really embarrassed by the "before" pictures, and still not super comfortable with the pics now, but I want to be able to look back and see my progress the whole way through, and I know how inspiring it is to me when I see other SP girls doing the same (I'm talking about you, Miracleinsixty!!!)

Anyway, here it is:

Barely starting - 1/05/2011, 163 lbs

1/14/11, 158(ish) lbs.. a little difference, but not too noticeable yet

2/05/11, 154 lbs

And finally..

2/25/11, 147 lbs

So I STILL wouldn't go out in that bathing suit (yet), but I'm at least getting there. When I first looked at the 163 picture, I was like, "What?! I can't even see a difference!" ... but rest assured, I see it now, haha, and I'm proud of myself.

Anyway.. that's that, I spose.

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DARK_BLUE 2/26/2011 4:28PM

    Wow! You look great. I should change my new goal to "look like Love_Liane"

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ALCYON 2/26/2011 1:04AM

    Awesome job! There is definitely a big difference. I'm super impressed :)

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JREA24 2/25/2011 9:43PM

    You can see the difference for sure. Keep up the good work.

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HEEEYBOOBOO 2/25/2011 9:19PM

  You look amazing! Great great job on all your hard work - it is definitely paying off. Your tummy vanished!! emoticon

And kudos for sharing these pics. You are inspirational for sure.

Enjoy your weekend!

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JENNFIT24 2/25/2011 8:52PM

    Wow that is a big difference! I love that you can see how much you have changed because it is so noticeable. Your stomach looks way different in your most recent picture. You should be so proud of what you have accomplished. I was watching the show "I used to be fat" and the trainer said this one liner that I think you would appreciate: "your body is the only accomplishment in this life that you can do 100% on your own. Changing yourself is such a big feat".

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CURVYDIVA86 2/25/2011 7:26PM

    Big difference!! I love Progress Pics.. they don't lie, unlike the scale! Glad you can see the changes, because they're amazing! Congrats!

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QUE-SERA-SERA 2/25/2011 7:19PM

    Great job girl! Posting prog pics is always a challenge...i'm glad that you did it!

emoticon keep up the good work!

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VHBU88 2/25/2011 6:52PM

    you look Great!! this will hopefully give me the confidence to post my own pics soon!

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JONESINATOR 2/25/2011 5:27PM

    Big differences! I know how hard it is to post pictures where we feel vulnerable; I still feel so vulnerable I refuse to put certain ones up. I can really notice the difference in your face though, that's really awesome to see how much an area that we don't think of much can change so much.

But you look great and the cathartic feeling of seeing the changes, I hope, will overwhelm any of the negative feelings. It's all a journey and as long as we're meandering forward, albeit with pit stops and back tracks, we're still going forward.

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20 lb milestone and my new favorite workout song

Friday, February 25, 2011

Yep - I've officially lost 21 lbs. From 168 on Dec. 27 to 147 today, Feb. 25. And this is HUGE for me. I've never lost that much weight without going back into ED behaviors. I've always "had" to start purging again if I wanted to lose, or I always "had" restrict my calories below 1,000/day if I wanted to lose.

Not this time! I kind of hate to sound like one of those gimmicky commercials - "I got to eat whatever I wanted and still lost weight!" ... but that's kind of true. This week I had french fries, ice cream, pizza, and cornbread. Of course, I had small, appropriate servings of each of them and I was ABLE to stop myself after I was done. And most importantly, I made sure to track it and make sure I made good nutritional choices through the rest of the day, getting in all my protein/carbs/fat/etc.

But this has really proven to me the quote at the top of my sparkpage - I don't have to let perfect be the enemy of better. If I focus right now on making better choices, I don't have to live under the pressure of being "perfect." As I keep making better choices, I'll get closer and closer to where I want to be. This time last year, I would have been appalled - "I can't eat pizza! I can't eat ice cream! That's just like sooooo many calories!"

and then you know what would happen? I'd live like that for like, 6-8 weeks, have a moment of weakness, and end up binging like crazy. Then I'd feel guilty, refuse to track it, drown myself in negative self talk, end up binging again, and then I'd give up.

I haven't had even ONE true binge since December. Sure, I've had days where I ate more than I originally planned, but nothing like a real binge. THAT is an accomplishment.

I still have 12 to go to reach my "Healthy BMI by B's wedding" goal, and March is a notoriously difficult month to stay on track for me -- I lose the "New Year" steam, I have midterms, Spring Break effs up my routine.. But hey, I'm still gonna go for it. And if I don't lose much in March, I'll be okay.

Also.. March 5, 2010, I weighed in at 146... which means I've pretty much "caught up" to where I was before I gained! And I really can't wait to do measurements. It'll be good.

Finally, I wanted to post my new favorite workout song. I listened to it last night on the elliptical (Zumba and Jillian have ruined me for the elliptical) and it made everything so much better.

The best part? Near the end, when it goes:

"I'm a horrible dancer, I ain't gonna lie
But I'll be damned if that means that I ain't gonna try!
I'm a shitty romancer, baby ain't gonna lie,
But I'll be damed if that means that I ain't gonna try!
Get up! Get up! Get up! and DANCE"

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GETSTRONGRRR 2/25/2011 5:27PM

    Wow congratulations, that is fantastic news!!

Way to go getting to where you want to be in a whole new manner of living and with such a healthier outlook on life!

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ALCYON 2/25/2011 3:08PM

    congratulations ^_^ 20 lbs. in 2 months is impressive! you've definitely got what it takes to make it through march :)

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HEIDI0924 2/25/2011 12:09PM

    that's awesome!! Congratulations on the weight loss!! 20lbs. is HUGE!! :)

fun song too emoticon

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 2/25/2011 11:59AM

    Congrats! Super happy for you and I love your positive attitude!!

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TIGERJANE 2/25/2011 11:25AM

    Gettin' it DONE!

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QUE-SERA-SERA 2/25/2011 10:14AM

    CONGRATS GIRL!! I'm so proud of you!

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ARCHIMEDESII 2/25/2011 9:49AM

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You've made fantastic progress !! Congratulations on your new positive outlook !!

Oh and if you're looking for get upbeat music to workout too... I highly recommend Mumford and Sons. They're a marvelous rock band from England. I liked them so much, I bought their CD !


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JONESINATOR 2/25/2011 9:44AM

    YES! Congratulations Liane, I'm so so so so so proud of you! The no bingeing is amazing because I know you struggled with that before, and now I'm reading a gal saying "I ate pizza and french fries" and knew that it's totally okay to do so.

And I think THIS March will be different; I think you're going to go "I'm doing so well, I'm going to kick this month's behind" and I think you're going to drop at least another 2 pounds and probably 3 or more. I can't wait to see your measurements as well!

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BRITGIRL88 2/25/2011 9:44AM

    Congratulations!!!!! That is so awesome!! Reaching those milestones feels so great. Keep going, girl!!

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HEEEYBOOBOO 2/25/2011 9:01AM


That's a big deal to overcome binging. You should be AMAZED by yourself - because it's no small thing.

As always, thanks for the motivation and inspiration!

Have a great weekend!

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BELLABLUE10 2/25/2011 8:54AM

    congratulations are your weightloss!!!Hope you have continued success!! emoticon

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Wow.. I inspired someone?!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

There's a girl at school who normally takes aerobics and sometimes Zumba classes with me, and even though we're not super close, we're definitely friends. I rarely see her outside of aerobics, though, since we don't have any classes together and live in different buildings. Anyway, I got on Facebook today and saw that she wrote me a message:

"Hey girl! How's the weight-loss journey going? I'm so proud of you for tackling the beast of weight-loss/self-control/healthy living, blah blah blah. It is rather inspiring. I've been thinking that I would really like to kick a few pounds and re-establish healthier habits. I think it would make exercise more comfortable, and I'd really like to lose at least 10 pounds, esp. after going to the health fair and learning my body fat ratio/bmi thing. Not awful, but not within the healthy range. Boo. I don't plan to join WW (lack of money), but I do plan to start food-journaling again, and I just wanted to let you know. Thanks for the inspiration! :) "

SO encouraging! She knows about my past and about how I'm doing WW now, and while I'm so so so so incredibly blessed to have my SP friends, it's amazing to know that there's someone here who wants to encourage me - and who I can, in turn, encourage as well. I'm definitely going to tell her about SP!!!

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CURVYDIVA86 2/24/2011 12:40AM

    Aww that's the best! emoticon

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QUE-SERA-SERA 2/23/2011 8:33PM

    emoticon that's AWESOME! way to go little lady!

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JONESINATOR 2/23/2011 7:59PM

    Yay sign her up! You've been doing great and I bet that infectious smile and rockin' bod have gotten people to notice your progress even more! Awesome job, I'm so proud of what you've been able to do!

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OILOVETEA 2/23/2011 7:56PM

    wow, that is so amazing!! I just read an article in the NYTimes about that inspiring others to be healthier without going out of your way, but just by trying to tackle the beast yourself and being open about it. I think it's awesome that you inspired someone you know!

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JENNFIT24 2/23/2011 7:53PM


Keep up the good work buddy:)

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MNCYCLIST 2/23/2011 7:18PM

    Awesome, Liane, this journey really starts to get fun when others look to us as inspiration. That's when we see that the Lord desires not only to help us but also to use us for his glory and the good of others, and in this is our joy!

Thanks so much for sharing, and again--AWESOME!

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BECKYR16 2/23/2011 6:47PM

    So awesome! Hope you guys can help each other in weight loss!

And WW is pretty awesome. I lost a lot with them a couple of years ago. :)

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FLAB2FAB26 2/23/2011 6:43PM

  That's awesome! There is no better compliment than being told you inspired someone. emoticon

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