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Male attention

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Okay, preface to say: I am VERY happily married.

That said, I've been noticing that I've been attracting attention lately. Male attention. I'm not used to this, I've been very heavy for so many years, and while you're heavy you're invisible. People look right through you.

Now, I'm garnering appreciative glances. I go for my walks and men offer me rides (no thank you, I'm out here exercising, lol!). Guys smile at me, and try to strike up a conversation, even flirt a little.

I have to say, I find the attention flattering. I like being appreciated, I like when someone thinks I look cute. Does this make me shallow?

I've felt like I've had to tone down my natural friendliness...smiles and direct looks are being misinterpreted as flirting. I've noticed that beautiful women are not friendly when out and about and always thought that was because they're stuck up, but now I think I know why. This whole thing is new to me, it's been so long since I've been in this situation! I'm learning...

Wow, I hope this post doesn't make me sound conceited, it's not that I think I'm so hot or anything. I'm really not! Hope to be one day, though...

But it's a motivator to keep going! I like this, and don't want to ever go back to being invisible again!!!

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DANCINLOVE 1/10/2012 2:03PM

    Definitely enjoy the attention. I sometimes wonder if I keep myself fat to insulate myself from it. You deserve it!

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CHIEF_GEEK 1/10/2012 1:01PM

    No it does not make you sound conceited and it is after all what you have been experiencing. I would hope that your husband has taken notice also. If not someone needs to get the frying pan out and hit him over the head!

Congrats on the 100+ weight loss and your renaissance lady photo in your galley will turn a male's head. So enjoy you new found attention and keep it all in perspective!

At least that is this male's point of view.

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JSPIN74 1/10/2012 12:36PM

    emoticon fun stuff....i don't think ur shallow unless maybe i am

enjoy the attention & keep it moving...sounds like u already have your head on straight though emoticon

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Raking leaves kicked my butt

Thursday, November 03, 2011

More evidence for the "change your workout every so often--keep your body guessing" campaign!

I am stiff and sore this morning! Yay! Raking leaves really did a number on my hamstrings and glutes. And I work out--hard--on the elliptical for 60 minutes 2-3 times a week! And yet, some gardening worked my muscles to the point of (good) pain.

I'm happy about this because the pain will go away, but the benefits will stick around. I'm getting stronger and fitter. And the next round of leaf raking is just a few days away, thanks to this rain. Yay! More opportunities to work out.

Put away those leaf blowers! Fall clean-up is a great opportunity to get some great exercise and help you reach your goals.

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MATTERJT 11/7/2011 9:04AM husband and I were just talking about a leaf blower yesterday. LOL!! Raking leaves in our yard is just insane. While I enjoy the exercise, there's just way too much. We just spent 45 minutes yesterday raking leaves.....filled up about 7 bags and barely made a dent in our yard. We probably have about another 20+ bags to fill. And since we do not own a leaf blower, it looks like we are going to be getting plenty of exercise in the next week or two. :-)

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FANGFACEKITTY 11/4/2011 8:37AM

    That's exactly why I have been resisting my kids' pleas to get a leaf blower and a snow blower. Raking & shoveling are great exercise.

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THEPANG 11/3/2011 12:05PM

    I love to rake! Gardening is not so much about planting flowers as it is yard clean up, pulling weeds, digging, raking, hauling and generally getting a work-out!

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I have lost...a hundred pounds.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Wow. A hundred pounds. It took me like four years to do it, with a long break in the middle, but I did it. July of '07 I weighed in at 303 pounds at the doctor's office. That was a terrible day. I was so depressed about my weight. But also, my health was not good. I was experiencing joint pain, having trouble moving, some days couldn't even get out of bed.

Now look at me today! I averaged 54 minutes of exercise PER DAY this past month of October. I feel better than I've felt in years. I am in better shape than I've been for probably my whole life. Even though I was thinner as a teen, I never exercised and didn't have great muscle tone. Now, I've got muscles. They are hidden under some fat, but they're in there!

I feel really fortunate today. I'm glad that I have all the tools that Sparkpeople makes available to me, especially the food and exercise trackers. I've become somewhat obsessive about tracking, but I believe that's paying off.

I know one thing. I never, ever, want to go back. This lifestyle is for keeps. I think my last three months of plateau has shown me that I can and will do this for life.


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NICOLELOVESGOD 11/16/2011 11:37AM


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MATTERJT 11/4/2011 9:23AM

    Wow! That's just incredible! Good for you for sticking to it to reach your goals. You are an inspiration to the Spark Community.

Way to go! :-)

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OFABULOUSME 11/4/2011 9:10AM

    That's FANTASTIC!! Really, truly fantastic. emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 11/4/2011 8:38AM

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LORILEEPAGE 11/3/2011 3:08PM

    So happy for you and your hundred pound weight loss! emoticon

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MCJULIEO 11/1/2011 10:43PM

    You are an inspiration to all of us!
Way to GO!!!

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PAMNANGEL 11/1/2011 12:04PM

    emoticon You go girl!

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FITANDFIFTY2 11/1/2011 11:41AM

    emoticon emoticon This is so AWESOME,, isnt it such a wonderful feeling? I remember when I reached my goal (8 years ago) and I tried on a size 8 and it FIT.. I was so excited that I told the check out girl at the store,, "these jeans feel better than any donut ever tasted!" I had lost 157 pounds and oh what a feeling. I am still at goal, and my health is the best ever as well. Congratulations Spark Friend.. you are doing WONDERFUL!! emoticon

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The stall breaks? Maybe?

Friday, September 30, 2011

Well, I'm kinda scared to jinx it, but the scales appear to be moving again! Two days in a row they're down by .4 and .2. Not stellar, but it's the way my losses tend to happen, in dribs and drabs over a few days, rather than a big whoosh all in one day. One day does not a trend make, two days maybe, I think I'll start to believe it if it's happening again tomorrow.

It seems that the starvation mode is a real phenomenon. I never believed it. I always thought that bodies were made up of food, and nothing but. Less food, less body. Apparently there's more to it than that, and when I was advised to start eating more, then things started happening.





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BILL60 10/1/2011 8:05AM

    Sounds like a plan. If it works, keep doing it.

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JRAGONJOY 9/30/2011 6:47PM


I've heard that, about starvation mode. A person can gain weight from not eating enough. Crazy, huh?

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I've decided to pretend my scale does not exist

Thursday, September 22, 2011

If it doesn't exist, it can't screw with my head, right?

I asked hubby to hide it from me, but he doesn't want to because then he can't use it (because HE'S losing weight right now, darn him--yes I'm jealous!). So I'm ignoring it. I'll just keep doing what I'm doing (I'm getting REAL tired of saying that) and give it a week or two before I take a peek.

Yoga class today...I'm looking forward to it! Maybe some elliptical too, we'll see.

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BILL60 9/23/2011 7:40AM

    Hiding it won't make it go away.

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MOOVINMAMA 9/22/2011 3:01PM

    I had my husband hide mine last week. I'm holding out for 30 days before I weigh again!

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FANGFACEKITTY 9/22/2011 2:34PM

    The scale is not your friend, sometimes it lies just to mess with your head. Keep ignoring it, don't let it rule you.

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