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The tale of the tape (I know, not like this is an original blog title).

Thursday, January 20, 2011

So it is no secret that my weight loss has been less than satisfying lately.
I know we all get freaky about not seeing that scale go down or worse, seeing those numbers go up. I read alot of blogs (cause I am a Blog Ho in case you didnt get that memo before). I see alot of NSV stories and "I may have not lost weight, but my bod had changed, I have lost inches etc". I like those stories. They give me hope. This is another one of those.

I took a short walk tonight and when I got home, I decided to take my measurements. Eureka!
Since November, I have lost over 4". I dropped between .25 and and 1" on various parts of my body. That is progress, people.

I will not bore you with a bunch of measurements and stats but suffice it to say that since I began in March of 2010, I have lost over 5" in my chest,5.5" in my waist, 5" in my hips, 3" in my thigh, 1.75" in my calf, 2" in my arm and 2.5" in my neck. ( I didnt realize my neck was soo fat). A fair portion of that was since November. When I haven't lost much weight.

So yea, let this inspire you to keep going no matter what the scale says, no matter what your brain is telling you, no matter what that crappy voice in your head is telling you. Work it and it works. Period.

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PELESJEWEL 1/22/2011 7:18PM

    NSV are awesome!! Congratulations, Jan! I didn't realize we started during the same month! Cool! You've made fantastic progress thus far, with more to come for sure!!

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BBGYRL4 1/21/2011 10:57PM

    You're so right Jan, thanks for sharing this blog!

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ANELAKANOA 1/21/2011 9:27PM

  emoticon emoticonThat is why I like the tape measure better then the scale:) Congrats!

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GIRL_WALKING 1/21/2011 8:45PM

    Thanks for posting this. Glad I'm not the only one depending on inches! Yay for your progress, keep working it! emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/21/2011 7:50PM

    Amen, sis. I just took my measurements this year. But you are right - it is not all about the scale.

Your progress is awesome and so are you!


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BAYBELIEVER 1/20/2011 11:09PM

    Out crappy voice in my head, Out! Thanks for sharing your NSVs this week! That is awesome! Work it and it works, and keep your senses aware for those non-scale victories! They are there and we just have to acknowledge them!

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MRSMLBJ 1/20/2011 7:41PM

    Tightening up and getting fit. Love it!!! I bet you are going to be needing a new wardrobe real soon.

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ATREAT4ME 1/20/2011 4:39PM

    Congratulations! You're doing great. I amdoing the happy dance for you!

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/20/2011 12:39PM

    Love. This.


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STEINERMOM 1/20/2011 12:17PM

  Good for you and your tape measure! So glad that hear about the lost inches. Keep up the great work. I am really comforted by the inches lost when the scale is slow in moving. You are doing a great job!

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KAMAPERRY 1/20/2011 12:15PM

    YEAH!! emoticon

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RIGBY31 1/20/2011 12:05PM

    The incredible shrinking woman! Good for you! I sadly rely on outside elements to define my weight loss: clothing stores, mirror glances, scales, comments. I have my *numbers* written down somewhere, but am afraid if both the scale AND the numbers havn't budged, I'll have to leave my fantasyland!

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MAIA2011 1/20/2011 11:58AM

    Blog hos unite! I've learned a lot from member blogs about taking the stats, too, and they can be comforting when the scale isn't moving but they can suck when they are going backwards, too!

You are doing great in measurements and weight loss as well as being such a friendly and funny blog ho.

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DAZZLINDANCER 1/20/2011 11:36AM

    Way to go.... Sometimes it is easy to get caught up with what the scale says or doesn't say. I do not measure my journey by the numbers on the scale- because it does not define who I am . I just recently started P90X & Brazil buttlift again ( both say to take measurements) so I did. I will take measurements on the 14th of next month ( I have a challenge with another group that ends on that day)

You are doing awesome..... Remember on this journey to better health to focus not so much on the scale but on your overall health and well being. Keep up the great work

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KARLYNCANDOIT 1/20/2011 10:21AM

    bhahaha BLOG HO!! That is great!! You are doing great!! emoticon

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NEDERLUNG 1/20/2011 9:59AM

    Smart of you to not only think of taking the measurements, but actually doing it. I (on the other hand) didn't take beginning measurements (obviously regretting it now) and so have no base line. Scrunchy face.

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TINA5318 1/20/2011 9:23AM

    That is awesome work!! Way to go!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/20/2011 8:01AM

    That's so great Jan! I always measure when the scale isn't being so nice. It makes me feel good that something is still working!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 1/20/2011 7:02AM

    Nice job Jan!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/20/2011 6:47AM

    Good for you Jan! I am so proud of you. Those are amazing stats! Way to keep it in perspective.

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DAISY443 1/20/2011 3:15AM

    Wooooooo Hooooooooo!

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WOLFKITTY 1/20/2011 1:17AM

    Oh yeeeeeah. I keep meaning to take mine. I think it's been a year,a nd I know I'm bigger, but I'll need them for when I'm smaller.

Thanks for the reminder!

(I laughed at "Blog Ho", btw.)

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KRAWRS 1/20/2011 12:52AM

    I'm a total blog ho myself. GREAT NUMBERS! Good job! I bet that relights YOUR spark as well!

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DEESJOURNEY2FIT 1/20/2011 12:38AM

    Great job girl! That's awesome news! Who needs that pesky scale?? emoticon

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Pieces of the puzzle

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I am having a stressy day. I didnt realize how edgy I was until Frank called and talked to me about a work thing. I blew up over a very small thing. Then I came in and was ragging at the girls and Kelly calmly informed me that I was not doing anybody any good. (I was nagging about stuff that needs to happen for Kady's medical appts this week. WE have remicade, blood work, ct scans and surgeon appts. and I am trying to be organized to maximize our trips into the city and be prepared for everything). I realized I was over reacting and worse, upsetting Kady. I am supposed to be her rock, not add to her stress. I told the girls I needed to go do some errands and I drove away. I called my sister, TEXWIFE (on spark), who gave me good, sound, practical insight and decided I would go for a walk. Then I realized I hadnt eaten so I went to the grocery, bought a salad and some yummy rice crispy chippy things. I sat in the sun (first sun we have had in weeks) and drank my water, ate my salad and talked to my favorite neice on the phone (smaymay on spark). She reminded me to take some time for myself, that it was normal to feel overwhelmed by all that is going on and that she was proud of me for taking care of myself.

I came home, checked the office and decided to not wait for Frank or take the dog. I needed to go. Now. So I walked. Up the street, over an overpass, back over the overpass and around the block. 1 and 1/4 miles. No big mileage but it felt good. While I was walking, I saw a puzzle peice. I stopped and picked it up and it got me thinking. Then I found about 4 more as I walked. I realized that those peices were worthless without the other peices. That without ALL the peices, there would never be a big picture. And because this is how I think nowadays, it all related to my weight loss and getting healthy.

Welcome to my anology.

Puzzle Peice 1. Nutrition: if you are not eating well or eating enough or you are eating too much or eating bad things, you are never gonna get to where you want to go.

Puzzle Peice 2: Excercise: You gotta do it. Period. It doesnt have to be massive, painful or expensive. Just move more than you did before.

Puzzle Peice 3: Support: You need it. Get some. From SP, your family, your friends, your pets. It is too hard to be a one person show. It really is.

Puzzle Peice 4: Commitment: You can say it all you want but unless you WANT it bad enough to get up every day and actually do this thing, you are not gonna make progress (Ok, Jan, how much longer are you gonna talk about not hitting 60 pounds and still eat a few french fries cause they were there?) Talk the talk, walk the walk and you will actually get there.

The peices of puzzle that I picked up today do not fit each other. They are separate, indivdual peices but they all belong to the same Big Picture. Without them, it is incomplete. They are part of it but not all of it. The rest of the peices are ours to figure out.

What do you need to succeed?
What do you need to get rid of?
What is going to complete your big picture?

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BJW-FARMGIRL 1/25/2011 8:08PM

    LOVED reading this, except for the part about your stresses. Good that you took some time for yourself, to destress. You are a great mom! Love the analogy. Keep fighting the battle, Mama!

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WILLIAMV3 1/25/2011 5:29PM

    Very inspiring, something that I needed to be reminded of. Thank you.


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STEINERMOM 1/20/2011 12:22PM

  Like your analogy of the puzzle pieces. I think that we all are slowly and piece by piece finding what we need in order to take better care of our bodies, our minds and our spirits. For some, the pieces are found quickly and close to each other. For others, the piece finding is sporadic. The key to remember is that you will not ever stop searching for pieces until your puzzle is complete. No matter what detours arise or how long it has been since you have located a piece, you still need to keep your eyes open so you can find them. Trust in the perfection of your process. It is just right for you.

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WOLFKITTY 1/20/2011 1:19AM

    Very nice blog, from another (another) analogy thinker! :)

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CELLISTA1 1/20/2011 12:05AM

    You know what I think is the best part of this saga? You didn't WALLOW. You got up and out of the house.

Stress - pull - tug happening; you took yourself out of the way. You ate well so you made it better, not worse. You walked so you cleared your head. I love it, Jan. So proud of you!!!

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ARMOYBYRD 1/20/2011 12:02AM

    Thank you for this blog

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PUMPKINFAIRY 1/19/2011 6:03PM

    Thanks for sharing this.

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NEDERLUNG 1/19/2011 1:27PM

    Sweet analogy! Smart of you to pick up the first piece, because if you hadn't, would you have had this revelation?

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MS_MANDA 1/19/2011 8:58AM

    Needed to hear this today, so thanks. I know that my problem is portion control...but it still makes me angry when I eat healthy and exercise and am not losing weight. Logically I know it's cause I eat TOO much in one sitting, whether or not the food is healthy is besides the point. Too much of something is never a good thing.

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VEEJAY3 1/19/2011 2:38AM

    Ah! A fellow analogy-lover! I see analogies in absolutely EVERYthing. It's a nice way of thinking. Thinking deeply.

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/19/2011 12:07AM

    love this analogy. you and kady are in my prayers. keep your head high. emoticon

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PELESJEWEL 1/18/2011 10:52PM

    Loved that you found exactly what you needed at the moment you needed it most...on your walk you found puzzle pieces and figured out your next steps!! Love it when the light bulb goes on emoticon but love it more when you share your journey! Good stuff!!

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RIGBY31 1/18/2011 9:52PM

    Wow, what wonderful words, Jan! I need to start looking around when I walk... nothing like that has EVER popped into my head and heart. How great you took yourself out for a walk to get things calm for you. Prayers for you and Kady.

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MAIA2011 1/18/2011 9:41PM

    I agree with the popular blog post award. This blog is actually on my mind, too, because I am trying to get all the pieces together at the same time. You are handling everything so well, lady! I hope all the medical appointments go as well as can be expected!


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KRAWRS 1/18/2011 9:35PM

    This deserves a popular blog award. I loved it! You're absolutely right... without ALL the pieces of the puzzle, you miss the big picture!

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BIGMAMAT 1/18/2011 9:27PM

    sending big mama size hugs to you sweetie! xoxoxo Tricia emoticon emoticon emoticon

so proud of you for doing this, emoticon. and this emoticon, and emoticon and this emoticon emoticon!!!

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ATREAT4ME 1/18/2011 8:59PM

    Congratulations on figuring out this wonderful analogy! I love it. And, the self-correction you did today was amazing. I am in awe of it. Woohoo!

I am working on recollecting my puzzle pieces too! I especially appreciate how you highlighted support. It is hard to do it all alone. I felt better after writing it, but after reading the comments back I feel phenomenal!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 1/18/2011 8:43PM

    Stress = suckage and I am right there with you.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/18/2011 7:15PM

    Jan, you could not have written this at a more appropriate time if I asked you too. I've had a little melt down over the last 24 hrs and I needed to do some serious re-evaluation of my journey and my goals and how I'm going to get there. This puzzle analogy is exactly what I needed. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom!
~ Holly
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DAISY443 1/18/2011 7:10PM

    Ya know what? We are allowed to be stressed sometimes. It's human, it's normal! have shown that there is a way to come back from it and be stronger than ever. Yay, you!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/18/2011 7:06PM

    Awesome! What a wonderful insight. I know for me part of this is addressing my emotional scars and loving myself. Until I had done that the weight loss was always temporary. I am so proud of you Jan! 60 lbs is gonna be your biatch soon.

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sunshine, rainbows, lollipops and unicorns....tralalalaalala!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I know. I'm annoying. LOL.

I woke up feeling really good this morning, I dont know why. Even tho I was awakened early by a Cable guy who was supposed to email me for an appt, not show up on a sunday morning.

I have walked a lot this week and Frank and I are consistantly pushing our steps and or mileage up. We found a few new places to walk and I will bring my camera next time. One of the places is along a canal. It is nice and even and straight on hard gravel. There is not as many bunnies or squirrels (aka: Cheeps) for the Baby to chase but it is good walking. 2000 steps = 1 mile on that path but 2500 steps - 1 mile when I walk on these city streets going up and down curbs etc. Weird.

Anyway, we had decided to hit 4000 steps consistantly then have bumped it up to 4500 steps. I remember it wasnt long ago when I walked a mile for the first time. I could NOT believe I did it! I felt like a rock star. Now I am going to be working on 2.5 then 3 miles then 5k.

In between, I am Kinect boxing or dancing or yes, even zumba so I have stepped up my fitness.

The other night when I got in bed, I was feeling my flabby tummy (looks like a deflated balloon these days) and felt a lump. It freaked me out! I was pushing on it and realized what it was. I have a sternum!!!
I literally laughed out loud so now I am road mapping my body and feeling the bones that I didnt know were there like my collar bones and my shoulder bones and ribs.If I lay on my side in just the right way, I even have hip bones under there, too! It is intoxicating!

I am STILL working towards my 60 pound loss and beleive me when I say, you will KNOW It when I get there. This has been the hardest 10 pounds I have lost so far. I feel like when I get there, I will have broken the road block and be able to keep going.
On another note,Pasta is a waste of calories. Last night I made some with bacon
(a few slices), bell peppers, onion, mushrooms and eggs (carbonara style) as a sauce. I was starving all night and I wont be making it again. I need Protein!

Speaking of which, I am having a hard time eating enough fiber and protein so I am trying really hard to get enough every day. (dinner of pasta was of no help last night).

Today's plan: Shower, walk Stitchy, go to the next town to find a recliner for me cause my couch is KILLING me, and dinner that I do not have to cook.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend (3 days for some of you! Thanks MLK!) and that your day is full of bouncy, sunshiney, sparkly, giggles and fluffy small animals.

What can I say? I'm an optomist. (stop growling, Maia.) lol....

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/22/2011 12:08PM

    I remember when I refound my collar bones. So freaking exciting!!! :D

I feel ya on taking forever to get to 60 lbs loss. I'm 2.5 away from a 9 lb loss I've been working at since around Halloween. I'm going freaking insane with it. I feel ya.

Pasta is delicious. You, madam, are wrong. :P

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VERITY50 1/18/2011 11:48AM

    I am with you on that pasta issue too many calories, not enough fill factor. However, one benefit that I have found is that it is good fuel for aerobic activity. The day after eating pasta, I find that I have more endurance and can move faster, longer and with less effort. This will help you as you build up to walking a 5k. emoticon

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BOOKWERME 1/17/2011 7:19PM

    My "lump" turned out to be a rib...also with relief that there was a matching one on the other side!

I agree with you on how tough it is to get sufficient protein and fiber...I have the same issue repeatedly.

Keep up the good work. emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 1/17/2011 6:56PM

    Hahaha. Found the ole sternum did ya?? ahahaha emoticon

Mine was the pelvic bone. Being the hospice nurse I was coming up with all kinds of different scenario's of how my last days would play out... Then I discovered another one on the other side! tehehe. goodness...

so very proud of you for stepping up the exercise. You will meet your valentines goal for sure!!! emoticon

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SEESTARS 1/17/2011 2:43PM

    Oh, fiber... where art thou? Why is it so darn hard to get the daily fiber requirment?

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NEDERLUNG 1/17/2011 1:19PM

    I have difficulty getting in enough carbs to and I agree pasta is a waste of calories (even whole wheat pasta) if it doesn't fill you up. I remember doing the self exploration for bones and how giddy I was the first time I felt my hip bones. Smiles for you! - Debie

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BBGYRL4 1/17/2011 10:26AM

    haha @ feeling the lump that turned out to be your sternum, that's hilarious!! I love that you're optimistic everyone should be that way. As far as protein and fiber go have you ever tried some of fiber one's products? I'm totally addicted to it! They have muffin and pancake mix, yogurt and bars, they are all delicious. Also if you like having cereal Special K has a protein plus cereal that has 10g's of protein in 2/3 of a cup. Anywho's hope that you had a great weekend, ttys!

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WILLIAMV3 1/17/2011 9:58AM

    Have you tried Whole Wheat Pasta. It has a nutty flavor.

I love finding new lumps (bones) that I could not feel before. I'm glad you are experiencing new lumps. hehe.

Have a great bouncy, sunshiney, sparkly, giggles and fluffy small animals kind of day.


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BAYBELIEVER 1/16/2011 11:54PM

    Way to go! I would love to know more about what Kinect games you are using and what you like the best. I want to get one, but only one because it is my son's XBox and he will take it to college next fall.

As for pasta, I think white pasta is a waste, it even tastes gross to me now. But I do a whole wheat pasta noodle with peanut sauce I make that is really simple and usually some sauteed chicken or pork. I love it! And with the peanut butter and meat it adds the protein I need. And sometimes I even put the broccoli right in it. If you are interested, let me know.

Have a great week! 60 lbs, there you go soon!

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ATREAT4ME 1/16/2011 10:27PM

    I'm pretty perky too, Mama. A fun way to go through life. I think all your extra steps are making you giddy! Way to go. Keep it up.

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KAMAPERRY 1/16/2011 10:10PM

    Lol @ Lump/sternum! I love the self discovery!

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KRAWRS 1/16/2011 4:44PM

    Just a thought... you could always add chicken to your pasta! I love pasta too, but if it doesn't fill you up, its not worth it! Adding chicken or steak or something to it (like Olive Garden, only healthier w/out all the fat in their sauces!) means you can still have pasta, but less of it, because you're having chicken/beef and veggies too!

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MAIA2011 1/16/2011 4:06PM

    Growl. Growl.

Actually I am an optimist, too, but I get all wimpy, whiny, nostalgic, and overwhelmed when I have to move apartments/houses. I apologize for my recent personality.

Much love to you, little unicorn hugger! Here's to getting to 60 pounds down fast!


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RIGBY31 1/16/2011 2:16PM

    I'm sooo rooting for your 60! I think I'll know the day even before I turn on my computer... it will have confetti and streamers spilling out! For myself, I'm trying the 10-lb marker, just keep it doable and not focussing on the BIG number I have to lose. Each day, just do it. Then do it again. etcetcetc
ps: just started walking the beautiful Rose Bowl 5k path and wow, I have a renewed interested in getting out there!

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KJELLYBEAN429 1/16/2011 1:15PM

    Way to go on the walking... I really hate most milk products but I recently found Chobani's Greek Yogurt that has a WHOPPING 23 grams of Protein per 1 cup serving. So needless to say, that is what I have been eating mixed with a few almonds and some blackberries... yummy!!!
Just an idea for you.... Huggss

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ARMOYBYRD 1/16/2011 1:15PM

    I love your style!!! 5 fluffy animals here. two cats Tig and Mimi. They hate eachoter. and 3 rescue dogs. Cheba, Fred, and Birt. I don't trust people that don't love animals.:-)

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DAISY443 1/16/2011 12:57PM

    Fluffy small animals abound. 3 inside and a couple of squirrels, a bunny, 4 blue jays (well, maybe not fluffy, but small) outside the window to keep Daisy dog entertained.
I wonder if it is the winter weather that makes us crave protein?
I was trying to talk myself out of shoveling snow, but after reading about all your exercise, I gotta do it!
Happy MLK day!

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/16/2011 12:53PM

    such a cute blog title hahaha i loved it! but for pasta, maybe make turkey meatballs with oatbran & some spices with it for a little extra filling. (its actually a clean recipe i tweeked!) but cant wait for you to lose the next 10 lbs :) enjoy your 3 day weekend!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/16/2011 12:48PM

    Way to go on the fitness. I revamped my eating these past 2 weeks and am actually get more protein than I should and doing well on fiber. I lost 4.5 lbs since. If your interested I will email you some of my meals.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 1/16/2011 12:46PM

    Confession: Your blog title made me think "ok, Jan dropped some acid this morning".

Pasta IS a waste of calories... NEVER fills me up.

There is something about this 10 pound thing... it's ridiculously hard to get rid of. Me no likey either.

I eat a ridiculous amount of protein, and then sometimes it's not enough. Wierd what changes.

I emoticon you.

Ok, randomness over.

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Team Maia vs. Team Jan

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Back in November, when life was good and we were feeling confidant, back before Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years and vacations, back to a peaceful time, Maia and I made a little wager. Whoever could lose the most weight got to have lunch bought by the one who lost the smallest amount.

on 11-5, I weighed in at 237.2. You will have to await Maia's response to see what her weight was but I believe it was really close.

Now, over 2 months later, the day has come. The final weigh in.

So as of this morning, I weigh 233.8. That means in over 2 months, I have lost 3.6 pounds.

While yes, this progress, it is not even close to perfection. It is pretty lame actually but it's ok. I STILL get to go meet Maia! And I still am on my way to my goals so I will take it.

We should have put a clause in to count the pounds we both kept gaining and losing!

It has been fun having this challenge and I admit, at times, it kept me straight. I am not a terribly competitive person but Maia made it fun cause she would taunt me and that always made me laugh and kept me going.

So thank you, my friend. Post your final loss and we will do lunch after next week's medical extravaganza!!!

And, if you are buying, I will have the appetizer, Steak, Lobster, wine, desert. Oh. and a salad.

If I am buying, I will have water. lol.

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BIGMAMAT 1/15/2011 1:42PM

    So exciting that you all get to meet!!! I will require a full report when you all return! emoticon

P.s. Thank goodness you are not letting her cook for you!! emoticon just kidding! hahaha

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ROBINSNEWNEST 1/14/2011 12:00AM

The part about putting in a clause just made me roll! I want to be put on speaker phone for the entire luncheon, and I'll call in the tip for your waiter! oh, wait... I need to get a job first... there I go with that optimism again... You both are emoticon

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ATREAT4ME 1/13/2011 11:09PM

    LOVE it! Now that's a friendly competition. I am so proud of the both of you!

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BAYBELIEVER 1/13/2011 10:49PM

    What a great challenge idea! You are both winners and awesome people! Have a great lunch together and enjoy getting together!

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ATREAT4ME 1/13/2011 10:35PM

    Hooray! You both lost. That's awesome and amazing and I'm so proud of you. I love this friendly competition. It has been a blast to watch. Thank you!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/13/2011 10:27PM

    FYI hate you both for leaving me to rot alone in the snow in Boston. Just saying.

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MAMADWARF 1/13/2011 10:17PM

    lol leave it to Maia to correct my math and I jumped the start! dang!! I love the whaling station my friend, but I am just kidding about steak and lobster. I will take deli sandwiches on the beach or a box of crackers sitting in the truck. I aint picky beleive me!! Now we have to get serious Maia and I know everyone wants a super awesome blog from you tomorrow!!!

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CELLISTA1 1/13/2011 10:10PM

    Aw, you are both so cool...

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HEALTHIERTINA 1/13/2011 9:13PM

  Congrats to both the winners (or do I mean Losers in a good way?) Enjoy your well deserved lunch and camaraderie. emoticon emoticon

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 1/13/2011 3:40PM

    Don't hate me MAMA!!!

And congrats on your win (although you are both winners!)

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SARAWALKS 1/13/2011 2:12PM

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We really really need a ROFL emoticon...just for you two...

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/13/2011 2:09PM

    Love this!!

PS - losing weight over all those holidays? Sounds like a win in my book. :D

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MAIA2011 1/13/2011 1:28PM

    I have a couple quibbles. First, we both started at 237.4 (thus the idea) which means you have actually lost 3.8 pounds (not just 3.6 in over two months). Also, the official weigh-in was for tomorrow, my one year Sparkversary. I am game so I weighed in today at 235.2. (I'll change my ticker tomorrow after the fiber/water fast I planned for today.) So, you beat me fair and square by 1.4 pounds. Let's just remember that you have lost over 50 pounds in less than a year on Spark whereas I am still working down from my gain this year on Spark. You blew me out of the water before we even started, lady! That's why I have saved well over one hundred dollars to take you to lunch since the beginning of the contest. With your stated preferences for steak and lobster I would like to suggest the Whaling Station in Pacific Grove, CA next to Cannery Row where I celebrated my 21st birthday with a steak dinner and a cigar (simpler times).

You are the champion/No time for losers

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Though I hope you will still take time to have lunch with this loser.



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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/13/2011 1:11PM

    hahaha such a cute blog! my sister and I are doing the same thing and the final weigh in is in June. I hope you won, that steak sounds good :P

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KRAWRS 1/13/2011 12:52PM

    Awww I like both nederlung and daisy's responses!

3.6 lbs is still progress! I'm with you! Go celebrate progress and friendship! You go girls! :D

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NEDERLUNG 1/13/2011 12:38PM

    Sounds to me like you are both winners no matter what the weightloss - friendship and health, woot woot!

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DAISY443 1/13/2011 11:47AM

    I hope it's a tie and you buy each other lunch! Have fun! It's been fun waching the competition.

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Just tried Zumba

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

I just tried Zumba (on my xbox kinect). What a hoot! I did it all alone so nobody would laugh at me trying out the moves! lol. It was really fun and I did if for 30 whole minutes! woot woo!

You people who do these classes all the time are Badasses in my book! I will start doing this instead of just walking and who knows, I may actually go to a class with my kid.

My knees do not allow me to move very quickly but I was able to modify some of the moves as needed so it was alot of fun.

What do you guys add it under on your trackers? Dance (like the twist etc?).

Anyway just wanted to say yea, I mixed it up and thanks for your inspiration to give it a try! It was pretty fun! (Plus I wanted to eat cornbread with the chili I made for dinner.....hahahaha!).

The final weigh in for Team Jan and Team Maia is tomorrow so you will want to tune in for that. Either way, we both win cause I am going to drive down and meet her in person! I know you are all jealous but when we do meet, Im sure you will feel a slight tremble similar to an earthquake brought on by so much smart aleck-ness in one location!!

Have a great night, peeps!

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PELESJEWEL 1/16/2011 11:12AM

    I love Zumba!! So glad you tried it and even happier that you plan to do it again!! The Zumba moves can be modified & you can add your sassy kick ass attitude to spice it up as well. Soon you'll be going to Zumba classes where the skinny minnies will be like -- that woman has the MOVES!! I blast girls that are 1/3 my size with my moves by just having fun & letting my body get down with the music! Woo Hoo!

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GRACEISENUF 1/15/2011 11:17AM

    Came on to check my page (even though I feel like "dead woman walking with flu". It was great to see your post. Better than that is this blog. No one, I repeat NO ONE can write a blog like you never fail to make me laugh.

Hope the chili and cornbread was worth EVERY zumba move, haha!

Love You Jan!

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ATREAT4ME 1/13/2011 11:08PM

    Boy to be at that lunch with you and Maia! I bet I would burn through a 1000 calories just laughing. Take a picture of the two of you, so we'll know you did it! ;-)

Kudos to you for trying something new. That rocks!

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BTINTERNET 1/13/2011 1:23PM

    Woohoo! Have fun and play with it!

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NEDERLUNG 1/13/2011 12:36PM

    I've seen the Zumba ads and it looks like fun. My little (skinny & young) neighbor walks with me so that I don't have to walk through the big scary park by myself (they are more worried than me). But maybe I should ask her about Zumba, I think she has an xbox or whatever that thingy is.

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SLFRISBEY 1/13/2011 9:37AM

    I love love love Zumba! it's one of the few things I get really excited to do! :) I think it can be tracked under high impact aerobics because of all of the jumping and moving. Not sure where to check that out though... So glad you've discovered zumba!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 1/12/2011 10:59PM

    mmmm cornbread! I wanna meet Maia!!!! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 1/12/2011 10:52PM

    Awesome! emoticon

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RIGBY31 1/12/2011 10:40PM

    I injured myself doing the at-home DVD, threw a major hip move and was out of wack for 2 weeks. Got so wound up in the fun I didn't pace myself. But I'll give it another try (with caution).

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/12/2011 10:21PM

    SO glad you tried zumba! at my gym moves are always modified. i tend to do my own little thang once I memorize a dance. have fun with it and keep kickin butt!!! :)

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KJELLYBEAN429 1/12/2011 8:19PM

    Wow! I have been meaning to do the Zumba... Gonna have to try it out! Thanks

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/12/2011 8:00PM

    Sounds awesome! Some people told me that there are great zumba videos on YouTube. So jealous you guys are meeting :(.

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/12/2011 7:32PM

    Woo hoo Zumba! I've been meaning to try that out. :D I hope your meet up is fantastic!!!!

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FIT2SWING 1/12/2011 7:13PM

    I generally put Zumba as Aerobic: High Intensity. I figure if i feel like i'm going to die after a 60 minute class then its high intensity... Its good to hear that Zumba for Xbox is worth getting. Thanks!

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MAIA2011 1/12/2011 7:07PM

    Our weigh-in is Friday, brat! Eat your chili and give me a chance to fast and go sweat in my car. THEN we weigh! I just did Zumba for the first time, too, at home with a DVD. I put in under dance/twist.

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BIGMAMAT 1/12/2011 7:02PM

    WOOHOOO!!! Finally!!! Soooo glad you liked it honey!!! emoticon

It is ALL about modifying it and having fun!!!! emoticon You will shake those pounds off baby!! emoticon

I count it aerobics, but some count it as dance. Either way, just dance, dance, dance!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/12/2011 7:00PM

    I can't wait to try zumba. We have the Wii and I just found out they have it, so excited!

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CAIKEN74 1/12/2011 6:59PM

    I tried my first Zumba class last weekend and LOVED it! Good going on mixing things up. I saw another post about what to track it as and some put it as aerobics, others as fast dancing.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 1/12/2011 6:58PM

    Super cool Jan. Good luck!

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DAISY443 1/12/2011 6:58PM

    Wish I could be there for the big meet! Oh my, what a couple of what you said! Hugs!

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BLOOM49 1/12/2011 6:54PM

    Thanks, I need inspiration to try it too.

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