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Working towards a milestone

Friday, August 01, 2014

I'm just 2.4 pounds away from losing 40 pounds off my highest weight. Thought I'd get it this week, but I guess it will be next week since I stayed the same weight this time around.

Looking forward to next week's weigh in!


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LBEEKMA 8/3/2014 8:06PM

    You will do it! Thanks for encouraging me on my blog! emoticon

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THEEXERCISER 8/2/2014 6:47PM

    emoticon I am so proud of you!

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    Just keep already know the right stuff to do...keep doing it and trust the PROCESS!

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/1/2014 7:03PM

    Just NEVER give up!


Our bodies don't always follow what we do.

It will eventually even out!

Stay the Course!

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WILLOW49 8/1/2014 6:30PM

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The fat is melting!

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Hi all!

Guess what?

It's been an amazing past few weeks! I'm down 30 pounds total, a little over 26 of that was done just in the last 5 weeks!

Feeling good!

This week has it's challenges though. ...

A graduation party with pizza, etc. ...

An upcoming family outing. ...

Oh the food.

I've tracked it the best I can, at least as much as I can based on best guesses about calories.

I guess it's all I can do when things get a little outside the usual routine.

But aside from that, everything is smooth sailing so far! Hope June ends as well as May did for me.

All I can do is keep plugging away at it and hope the pounds keep melting away!


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RAINBOWFALLS 6/16/2014 7:57AM

    It sounds like you are doing great!

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LACEYKYLE 6/7/2014 7:16PM

    Excellent work!! emoticon It's amazing what we can do when we really set out minds to it. Now I need to do it! LOL

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STRIVERONE 6/7/2014 4:54PM

    Congratulations. Just and don't let your success give you permission to let your guard down with those challenges. I've been there and done that.

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/7/2014 2:15PM

    What a wonderful feeling.

Just remember that feeling when you get
around food. Consider how you will feel
if you overeat. Usually will really help!



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WILLOW49 6/7/2014 11:29AM

    GREAT job! Keep up the good work! You should be very proud of yourself!

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GONNALOSE5 6/7/2014 6:15AM

    My first thought when I saw the title of your Blog post was 'wicked witch of the north' from "Wizard of Oz," in this case fat was the wicked witch and melted. emoticon

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Doing fabulously

Monday, May 12, 2014

Hi all!

I'm glad to report the good news. I finally got my groove back and am doing fabulously. At my weigh in last Thursday, I lost 11.1 pounds in one week. I thought my jaw was going to hit the floor!

I'm aiming to lose another 5.5 pounds if I can this week so I can finally say that I am out of the 400s!

It's just a few days away, so I can hardly wait to see how I've done!

Today I became the leader of a SparkTeam, TOPS Challengers. I'm trying to revitalize this team because I think it's goal is an important one -- encouraging one another to meet their goals in a fun way. Who doesn't love to compete in challenges and play games?

I'm hoping to Spark some new life into this team. Wish me luck!

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TEDYBEAR2838 5/25/2014 7:57AM

    You are doing great! Keep the vision!

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DDOORN 5/13/2014 11:00PM

    Now THAT'S what I call SPARKIN'!

Woo HOO to YOU! :-)


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WILLOW49 5/12/2014 6:31PM

    GREAT job! Keep up the good work!

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STRIVERONE 5/12/2014 11:51AM

    Fantastic. Let's keep up the momentum.

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RHOOK20047 5/12/2014 7:59AM

    Congrats, that is great. In a past life I was a TOPS chapter leader. I lost 64 lbs with them. When I became a leader I felt I was more accountable and needed to set a good example. But life got in the way, and I fell by the wayside. Congrats on leaving the 400's. I am hoping in the next few weeks to finally leave the300's, where I have been for over 25 years or more. Again Good work! emoticon

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ROX525 5/12/2014 5:48AM

    How wonderful! Keep up the great work!!

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PICKIE98 5/12/2014 5:33AM

    Wow!!Reach right around there and pat yourself on the back!! great job!

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OSDOWNS 5/12/2014 4:19AM

    Yay you!!

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Doing better despite the recent numbers

Monday, May 05, 2014

It's been a rough month or so and just as my weight was going down, it popped back up again. But fortunately, that's not the end of the story, I've gotten back on track.

I haven't quite implemented everything quite like I last blogged, but I think that's okay because I accomplished the ends, even if the means weren't precise.

I've been eating well over this past week and although I've missed today's swimming workout, I'm still wearing my pedometer trying to make the most of that.

So perhaps it's not perfection, but it's a step in the right direction.

It's helped that I have been trying to get up a little early some days -- of course which means I must go to bed before 7 a.m. as I've occasionally been known to do -- even 8 a.m. sometimes.

That's hard to maintain though -- staying up that late -- so late that the sun's already come up for the next day.

It's taken it's toll, but I'm trying to take the toll back.

I've started eating breakfast again. I've changed my usual lunch out for a lower-sodium option.

I've been more public with my weight loss journey. Accountability makes a difference sometimes.

And my food this past week has been tracked in advance and I've stuck to my plans.

Hopefully this is the beginning of me staying on track for once. I feel this time's different, so maybe it will be.


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DDOORN 5/7/2014 9:45AM

    Baby steps take us to GIANT progress! Hang in there and Keep the SPARK! :-)


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HAWTGRANNY2014 5/6/2014 10:00AM

    Are you still on the hungry girl diet?
No one is perfect and who wants to be that rigid. We all need to find our direction and keep going forward. I have had many backward spirals but the thing is to never give up.

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LILLYBY50 5/6/2014 6:31AM

    You stated..."So perhaps it's not perfection, but it's a step in the right direction. "

You got that one is perfect. As long as you are still headed in the right direction, you will still get there......

Stay on the journey......

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Breaking through the barriers, setting myself up to meet goals

Sunday, April 20, 2014

It's time to re-evaluate. I've been stuck lately. The numbers show it and I can't deny it either.

What's been wrong?

Well, I have been blogging about already, but in the plainest way I can put it, these are my issues:

1.) I stay up to late.
2.) I get too little sleep.
3.) I mismanage my time.
4.) I'm rarely home.
5.) When I'm home, I'm too tired to cook or clean.
6.) I stay too long at work and miss my workouts.
7.) I don't have time to workout before work because I get up just before I have to leave.
8.) I can't cook because my dishes need to be washed. (Ack.)
9.) I also don't have time or energy to cook.
10.) I'm sometimes too tired to grocery shop.
11.) I plan, but I'm too disorganized to implement.
12.) Or, I'm too tired to implement my plans.
13.) I'm overwhelmed and don't always know where to start.
14.) When I know where to start, I'm too tired to start.
15.) I skip meals lately, mostly breakfast and don't eat for long stretches of time, after which I find myself famished.
16.) I'm late to just about everything, and when I'm on time, it's usually an accident.

WOW, there's the list. Essentially, my life has been walking chaos and it's about time it turns around.

Reflecting, I know, this looks like a list of excuses. I would argue that point and say they are legitimate reasons and that they only become excuses if I stop legitimately trying to do something about them and give up altogether.

Well, I'm not willing to give up. Which brings me to the list of goals I listed the other day:

1.) Grocery shop without the motorized cart.
2.) Go up a flight of stairs without stopping for breaks.
3.) Go to bed before 3 a.m.
4.) Exercise at least 3 times a week, although more is preferable.
5.) And get up at least once per hour at work rather than staying so glued to my chair that I never move until it's time to leave.
6.)Stop using the pharmacy drive thru and walk inside the store.
7.) Wear a pedometer and get more steps into my day, even a few.

I still have yet to accomplish any of those goals.

Where do I start to make changes so I can accomplish the list above?

1.) Post reminders around the house to do things like go to bed at a certain time and such.
2.) Cell phone or timed email calendar reminders for just about everything, including one to remind me to go home.
3.) Set up a fine jar and pay it every time I don't meet my daily goals. Earn it back as a reward by losing weight that week. Unearned money in the fine jar goes towards paying someone else's monthly dues at my weight loss group. Tell the group about this goal. Accountability is important.
4.) Create goal list for fine jar and keep track of progress every day.
5.) See if I can find a wake-up call service to call shortly after alarm clock rings.
6.) Move alarm clock out of reach so I have to get out of bed to turn it off.
7.) If I can't start being on time to everything every day, then move clocks at home and watches back one hour. Make obnoxious reminder signs to keep near clocks to remind me of this. Take signs down only if I can be on time to everything for a month straight, and then only take them down one sign at a time, one successful week at a time after that first month's success.
8.) See if I can program my TV to turn off at a certain time every night so I don't wind down too long after work.
9.) Set aside 24-hours time from days off to just get some r&r so I'm not overtired the rest of the week.
10.) Share this list with others for the sake of accountability.

Daily goal list mentioned in number 4 above:
1.) Get up by 11:30 a.m.
2.) Go to bed by 2:30 a.m., lights out by 3:00 a.m.
3.) Do at least 10 dishes (unless there aren't that many to do)
4.) Exercise for at least 10 minutes
5.) Be on time everywhere you go
6.) Spend at least 10 minutes cleaning your house
7.) Eat breakfast
8.) Don't skip meals

Begin this routine by Monday, April 21 and use the time in between (Easter day) to review and prepare. Get signs and reminders in place as well as the fine jar. Call someone about possible wake up call service. Move alarm clock. Program TV if possible. Share list with members of weight-loss group by end of week.

I truly hope this works. I have to do something and I have to be serious about it.

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Wish me luck in bringing order to what has been a pretty chaotic life! Spark on!

Also, thank you everyone who responded with great ideas to my previous blog. I really appreciate the ideas and will give them a try! Thank you, thank you! emoticon

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GRETA242 4/21/2014 7:23PM

    Happy Easter to you too. Weight loss is a journey. So you are hitting bumps in the road. Okay, you have a plan in place as to where to start to change and how to go about it.

I could say yes to so many of the things you listed about why you've failed. Yeah, I fail too, but I keep going. I hope you will keep going when you are overwhelmed. I hope you will find comfort and friendship in sparkpeople.

I wish you well in your journey.

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RHOOK20047 4/20/2014 10:28AM

    You have everything in place to get started. We're pulling for your success!

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DDOORN 4/20/2014 8:28AM

    Great start...fanning the flames of your SPARK! :-)


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WILLOW49 4/20/2014 8:19AM

    Good goals you have set for yourself! Stay positive and stay strong!
Happy Easter!
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JAROL7 4/20/2014 6:44AM

    Good goals ... now just do it.
Happy Easter!

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AJR2013AJR 4/20/2014 5:20AM

    You need to sleep! It sounds like you work evenings and have mornings free, which is the best time to exercise! My life got better when I started getting up earlier to take the train and walk to work. It is now the best part of my day! It looks like a great plan to take small steps at improving. You can do it no matter what, but it will be easier if you are getting enough sleep and using circadian rhythms to your advantage (wake up when it is light and go to bed when it is dark). It sounds like you are in a constant state of jet lag! Take care, and good luck!

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PINKHONEYLILY 4/20/2014 4:51AM

    You seem like you have a good plan in place. Follow through. Visualize your goals and make them happen. emoticon

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THRIVE2DAY 4/20/2014 4:13AM

    Looks like you definately need to overhaul your sleep time. It doesn't look like your sleeping enough, going to bed at 2:30 or 3. Our minds and bodies need to rejuvinate. Try this first and see if some of the other issues natually fall in to place. Blessings and emoticon

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