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Starting my picture diary....

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

There are few Sparkers who have mentioned to take pictures of oneself while on one's Sparkpeople journey.
At first I was opposed to the idea. But then I realized the reason why...I didn't want to see myself as others do because I always thought I looked better than I really did. When the scales say one thing, my mind tells me something else...and I continued on a path of an unhealthy life style.
I shut my mind off to what I saw below my chin.
Therefore what one doesn't see, one does not acknowledge.

But, how long can one deceive themselves? It's been a lifetime...but now, for whatever time I have left...I am going to be deep down honest with myself.

This one was taken at our local track last Aug 23...my 74th birthdate.



The next two were taken today.




I realize that I feel better than I look.
So how much better will I feel when I am happy with the way I look?
A lot, I am hoping.

Anyway...now I've done it.
I will continue to keep a visual record over the coming months.


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DOROTHYAKERMAN 2/9/2013 8:12PM

    Looking good Lyn. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon

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GAMOMMY3 2/8/2013 12:03AM

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CHANGING-TURTLE 2/7/2013 12:59PM

    You look great!!! emoticon

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CELEST 2/7/2013 8:17AM

    We are all going to be saying the same thing....I hope I look half as good at the same age. My mom looked pretty good till this year 79 but after a car accident last year she now walks bent with a walker.
You really look great.

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GLORYB2014 2/7/2013 7:32AM

    Lyn, you look GREAT! I agree with the other posters here, you definitely do not look to be in your mid 70's and you have a beautiful straight carriage!
If I get brave enough, I'll do the same pictures one day. But, I look every bit my age, 78 this summer, yikes!
Congrats girl, you're doing great!
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JOSIE2013 2/7/2013 4:29AM

    WOW!! You look great! Is that a typo? You don't look anywhere close to 74!
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ONLYTEMPORARY 2/7/2013 12:09AM

    Awesome, you go girl!

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BOOKWERME 2/6/2013 11:28PM

    Ditto all the comments already made! You'll be glad to have "before" or "along-the-way" pics when you get to your goals! emoticon

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DETERMINED_ME 2/6/2013 9:23PM

    You look younger! I would not guess that you are in your 70's. emoticon

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 2/6/2013 8:41PM

    WOW!!! You look AMAZING!! emoticon emoticon

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TULIPVIC 2/6/2013 8:30PM

    I think you have made wonderful progress! Lookin` good~
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WATERMELLEN 2/6/2013 8:10PM

    Great idea! I like the way you're carrying yourself in the current photos. And: you sure don't look 74!

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A happy moment tonight!

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

emoticon I may have lost only a half a pound last week, but when getting dressed for meeting just few minutes ago, I looked down and my skirt is fitting more loosely than last week.
Pretty soon I will have to get out my cobwebbed sewing machine and make some alterations! emoticon emoticon

  
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GAMOMMY3 2/8/2013 12:06AM

    That makes for a GREAT night!!! Well done!!

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    Congrats! You will be dusting off that sewing machine before you know it! emoticon

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CELEST 2/6/2013 8:08AM

    Wonderful and dont forget that many "only half a pounds" make many clothes fit better. Keep going and you will need new clothes in a completely different size.

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 2/5/2013 9:36PM

    Aren't the non scale victories wonderful?

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WATERMELLEN 2/5/2013 9:25PM

    That's a great feeling: good for you!!

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First real challenge....

Monday, February 04, 2013

This past month I have been focused, seeing results at each weekly weigh-in.
I have been tracking every bite that goes into my mouth....and exercises too.
This morning the scale was not as forthcoming as I had hoped....a loss of .5 of a pound.
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So I took a few minutes and mentally went over my last weeks schedule.
I was hoping for at l-e-a-s-t a loss of one pound.

While contemplating....I also realized that this is when I start to sabotage myself, I'm thinking because of seeing little progress, I would soothe my pride with food, just a little here and a little there... thinking that it wouldn't make any difference because the scale showed such a minimal loss anyway.

This is a major time for me, because I know now, I mean I REALLY KNOW NOW....that I have to stay on course. It's almost as though when I met the first really challenging hurdle, I would side step it. Well, not this time buster!!!

Even tho' I stayed in my calorie range last week, I had a 'thing' for Ciabatta buns!
I fit them in, but somehow my instinct tells me to back off a little with the bread.
And more walking....more walking...more walking....can you hear that Lyn???....I said, MORE WALKING!!! Just DO IT!
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So today I started in earnest.... again.... emoticon

I'm looking forward to this week....I don't mind if you stop by and give me a boot in the butt to keep me going...it really would be appreciated , ya' know. emoticon

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AY_BEAUTIFUL89 2/5/2013 4:49PM

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AMBIENTRAYN 2/5/2013 9:52AM

    Don't forget about the numbers you CAN'T see, too. We've all been there, wishing for more visible/tangible evidence that we're working so hard! But as long as you're working out and eating right, you know that you're being good to your body and that's awesome.
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Hang in there, sis!
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BOOKWERME 2/4/2013 8:47PM

    When I gave up wheat (not totally, but almost), I promptly dropped five lbs and the up/down/up cycle seems to have stopped. It might be worth a try. Wheat we have in food today is NOT the same healthy whole grain of ages past.

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WATERMELLEN 2/4/2013 8:26PM

    I totally hear you on that bread thing Even when I'm within calorie range, if I've had a lot of simple carbs I gain weight . ..

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2JEN-MARIE 2/4/2013 6:53PM

  Push through the slow losses...and remember, you didn't gain, and you did lose a little! It's great that you took time to examine your week and choose to move forward responsibly instead of indulging your sense of disappointment. Good for you!
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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 2/4/2013 6:48PM

    One thing I will tell you about breads.... actually two things..... carbs and sodium. Especially sodium because it causes water retention which equals weight. Even if you are drinking tons of water, sodium is a bad dude. Mucho hugz!

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GLORYB2014 2/4/2013 6:46PM

    Sometimes when the scales show just a bit of a loss or even a standstill, they will make up for it the following week with a big drop!
But whether they do or not Lyn, I'd go easy on the bread too!
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I'm like that with bagels, love them and yet know they'll contribute to my weight hanging around.
You're doing good, girlfriend, keep it up!
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Hhgggrrr...I'm a snarky Momma bear right now!!!

Monday, January 28, 2013

emoticon What did I think when I made up my menu for dinner?
My stomach has been shrinking and the volume of food I eat at each meal is getting less than before SP.
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I had intended to eat 4 oz. of steak, only had 2 oz.
I ate the spinach, broccoli, celery and brussels sprouts...came to
about 3 cups. Then I started to growl softly like a upset black momma bear!
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And I hadn't even had my yam yet!!!
I forced it down, because I wanted the potassium it provides.
Well, I'm glad none of you can hear me....I'm still growling, huffing at myself from the back of my throat....sounding like a ticked off bear roaming out in the backwoods.

The only good thing I can say at the moment is that I stayed within my calorie range and did quite well with my carbs, fats, protein...etc.

Sure is a different scenario from pre Jan1/13. I could eat until the cows came home, and if you asked me to go for a burger at Mickey-D's....I would say no problem.
Hey SparkPeople....look whatchya' done to me....
Ain't it great!!!
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GAMOMMY3 1/30/2013 3:09PM

    That's great news! Well, except for the rumbly in your tumbly... emoticon

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    Love that last line of your blog!!! emoticon

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    emoticon Hope you feel better soon. Way to go on shrinking that tummy.

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VANDYJ 1/29/2013 11:40AM

    Your menu looks perfect to me! Protein and veggies are pretty much my favorites and my body does best on them. Having your need for larger portions dropping is natural, and you will begin to adjust them accordingly. The transitions can be a little rough sometimes. Keep up the great work!

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GLORYB2014 1/29/2013 10:24AM

    YES, it IS great my friend!
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DETERMINED_ME 1/28/2013 11:12PM

    On the bright side, what you ate too much of was the veggies and not the meat. So inspite of how you feel from overeating, at least it was the "good" stuff.

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GRAMMAP1 1/28/2013 10:54PM

    It is so good that the tummy recognizes when it has had enough. You are doing emoticon my Friend. I was like that until the last few days and suddenly I am hungry as a Mama bear. I hope I get back to where you are. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 1/28/2013 10:27PM

    Isn't it a great feeling to see that results are happening in all areas???!?!?!?!!

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It's been a good month....

Monday, January 28, 2013

I restarted SP on Jan 1....sort of with the same attitude and expectations I had several years ago. Meaning that I didn't really, deep down, have the confidence that I would stay with it. Just thinking that.....wait,...there was my problem...I was NOT thinking.
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I made the effort these past four weeks to not compromise myself. And I stuck with that attitude. I MADE myself do as much as was possible, considering some back problems the past two weeks. And I did stick to between 1100-1300 cal. every day.
That surprises me. Because after all these years my perception of self is changing in a positive direction. Who knew! emoticon

I need to give credit so many of you wonderful Sparkers who stop by my blogs and encourage me....thank you so very much.
Also I re-read a quote on my Sparkpage I put there several years ago regarding effort:
" Knowing is not enough, we must apply.
Willing is not enough, we must do."

Sometimes it takes a long time for some of us to learn....and believe me, that if I can type this message at my age, then it is NEVER!!! NEVER!!! NEVER!!! too late.

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I lost just over one pound last week...which averages to 1.75 pounds per week.
I am very happy with that. And I love the way I am eating. My cravings are gone,
I am sleeping better....and I carry myself with more self confidence.

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I just love INDYGIRLS Jan. 26 blog.
It goes as follows:


"My message to everyone is that you can do it at any time in your life at any age, even while disabled. Just don't give up. Time does not matter, screw ups do not matter, failures are not ends, they are speed bumps. There is no more wagon to fall off of, there is only the journey. Make small changes and tweaks that you can sustain for a lifetime. Adapt your eating plan to your lifestyle, not the other way around. Then you will see the changes come."

These words lift me up if I am feeling disappointed in myself....and her example always inspires me.
So dear friends...if you have got this far in reading my blog emoticon please
know I am so happy to be part of a community such as SP and hope the best for all of you.

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KIMS_SHNOOKY 1/29/2013 9:29AM

    You have some motivational finger tips at your age! And everything is following them along! emoticon on your determination and healthy habits and of course the weight loss!


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WATERMELLEN 1/28/2013 8:00PM

    Great blog; great to have you back, and so inspired, and so inspiring!!

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GLORYB2014 1/28/2013 4:45PM

    Yes . . . I do "just lovit!" emoticon

You're doing really, really good Lyn!

Keep it up girl, one whole month has almost passed by and look what you've achieved!
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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 1/28/2013 2:21PM

    what an inspiring and encouraging blog!

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CELEST 1/28/2013 2:01PM

    What a delightful and happy blog. Glad to hear that you are doing so well...congrats and keep going. Today I heard a quote from a young man to his younger wife about her health issues (lymphodema) He said "its easy to do whats right when things go right, but remember to do whats right when things go wrong."
So true. So we keep encouraging each other through the tough times and the good. The more good times there are, the better your chances of reaching your end goal.

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