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What does it cost?

Saturday, July 10, 2010

I started thinking today: What has it cost me to be fat?
Fast Food: 10.00-15.00 a day
Gym membership I never used: 85.00 a month
Bigger clothing: approx. twice what a "normal" size would cost
New furniture because I have worn it out sitting on my big butt: 1000.00
New Bed becuase the dip I made was too uncomfortable to sleep in anymore: 2000.00
Medical bills including knee replacement: 10,000.00 a year
Camping chairs built for bigger people: 100.00
New seats for my truck since I smashed them all down:2000.00
Loss of self respect
Loss of energy
Inability to move and do fun things with my family
Humiliation getting kicked off a roller coaster becuase the seat belt wouldnt fit
Humiliation asking for belt extender on airplanes
Causing my family undo stress and worry

Now what is it costing me to get healthy?
Fresh fruit and veggies and food to make healthy meals: 10-15.00 a day
Walking: free
More energy and an excitement to be alive: Free
Smaller clothes: Free because they were my "skinny clothes" I was going to wear again someday
Healthy dog and husband going for walks with me: free
An appreciative husband and kids: Free

(I know you know this is coming but it is so true!)
Getting healthy with SparkPeople: PRICELESS!

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INFLATED 7/11/2010 9:50PM

    Think of it this way, we are nipping it in the bud as Barney on Andy Griffith used to say. For me, I don't want to go on pills or insulin shots for diabetes. I don't want to always be saying to my family, "Go ahead without me, I don't feel up to it."

I had a medical scare with my left leg that set me on this journey and I don't want to go back to that kind of worry. If something happens to me now, I have taken some weight off and am doing better things for my body and would face a surgery knowing I have made changes for the better.

Don't look back except as a lesson learned, but look forward to having a future of participation in life and living it to the fullest.

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JMCADE 7/11/2010 1:36PM

    Wow we never really look at the difference in the costs. Thanks for making me think. Keep moving forward.

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/11/2010 1:25PM

    I agree. There is no price I would not pay for this new life. Well said, gorgeous.


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MISHKALA 7/11/2010 1:21PM

    You are blessed with the gift of writing. Thank you for the inspiration!! emoticon emoticon

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TEXWIFE 7/10/2010 9:19PM

    Jan you nevercease to amaze me in your writing. You always say I.m s4elf reflective but you do it in a positive way! It made me think about my own wieght battle, it doesnt have appeared to have cost me much so maybe thats why I dont work as hard as you. Thanks again for being such a delight to others. Love Becky emoticon

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 7/10/2010 9:03PM

    Nice job with this blog! You can do it!

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INFLATED 7/10/2010 6:49PM

    I agree with you.
My belly used to rub against the steering wheel making it uncomfortable to drive and difficult to make sharp turns.
I still have trouble finding wide width shoes, but my blouse size has come down a size.

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GRACEISENUF 7/10/2010 2:38PM

    Very good reminder of the ill effects of being overweight and very motivating at the same time!



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Mama's got a brand new bag!

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

I have been inspired recently by some people doing visual before and after shots as well as in progress pix. Well, I am definatly in progress but when I lost 25 lbs. I posted this picture:

Now today, I was in Petsmart and I bought a 35 pound bag of dog food. This is how much weight I have lost since March 10, 2010

I dont know what this says about me using dog food as a gauge, but I do love seeing the progress I am making. It is really kind of amazing because for the first time in a long time, I dont cringe when I see a picture of me and I am excited to keep this journey going and be one of the spark people success stories, too! Keep up the hard work everyone, we are looking FINE!

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MISHKALA 7/11/2010 1:19PM

    You're doing a fantastic job!!! You look fantastic!! I have to buy dogfood too, I'll have to pick up some bags to guage for myself! It's so hard not to get depressed when we hit plateaus - we have to remember what we've accomplished so far! Way to go!! emoticon emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 7/10/2010 2:39PM

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NEWYEARME 7/8/2010 9:26AM

    Great visual!!!!


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NEDERLUNG 7/7/2010 11:55PM

    I think this is an excellent visual. You have worked very hard to reach 35 pound loss, you should be very proud of yourself. Of course, I can see that you are proud by that huge smile on your face.

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SUSHIMAVEN 7/7/2010 11:31PM

    great idea to use dog food!

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MD300BOWLER 7/7/2010 11:27PM

    Thanks for sharing.
Donít forget to drink losts of water everyday and join the BOWLING TEAM for great Huddles. emoticon

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I just want to show off

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Here is a picture of me and my gorgeous daughters from this weekend. We went for an all girl cousin-sister-daughter-neice weekend and it was alot of fun. We watched some home movies, looked at photo albums, had great food and a wonderful time. I feel great and made fairly good choices and really enjoyed my time with the women I love. My girls (19 and 24) are so special to me and a huge part of why I want to get healthy and be here for them as long as I can. (I also want grandkids but hey, Im not nagging! Much) They are such strong, insanely funny people who take life by the horns and bend it to their will. I have learned so much by being their Mom. My youngest, the blond, Kady, has crohns disease and has suffered horribly for the last 4 years but she will not let it beat her and is currently doing very well. She reminds me to not let health get away from me. I am a proud mommy.

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NEDERLUNG 7/7/2010 11:54PM

    How fun, a girls weekend! You all look great and very happy.

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GRACEISENUF 7/6/2010 11:20AM

    I guess your blog answered my question of how the "girls time went". YEAH! So glad you had such a good time.

This pic shows how happy the three of you are is "written" all over your faces.

You are a proud Mom and that is a VERY good thing...they are beautiful indeed!

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LILABEL 7/5/2010 12:08PM

    That's lovely!

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SLEEPYDEAN 7/5/2010 12:17AM

    Awww sounds like you had a great time! That is the stuff that memories are made of.

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SELF-LOVE 7/4/2010 11:51PM

    Ya'll look like you stepped out of a 1940's magazine cover. Good Job I like this! emoticon

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ya we are sisters...

Thursday, July 01, 2010

here is my sisters blog about shorts on the ground (you can read my blog about pants on the ground). yea we are
On another note, I had a victory today. I drove my RV today and the arms on the seat actually fit down over my butt and legs...that is a first! It was an unexpected confirmation that I am indeed smaller!!!

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MISHKALA 7/3/2010 2:21PM

    Congratulations on your success!!! I think it's the little things that really make a difference to us. I noticed a smaller shadow and it was a really nice feeling!!! emoticon

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NEDERLUNG 7/1/2010 9:43PM

    Exciting that your realized the arms can now go down. Reminds me of the first time I realized my belly was not touching the steering wheel of my car.

The little things that please us, woohoo!

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Help! There's cake in my house and it won't leave me alone!!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

I am in a bad situation here, kids. I have had iron will since I started this deal in March. I have lost 35 pounds. People cannot beleive how strong I have been. I have had a hard time believing it too! But today, the old me is trying to take over!! Im at a disadvantage. I am TTOM (that time of month) and I am so hungry and not just hungry, but craving sugar. It is the first time this has happened to me since I have been on SP.

MY hubby and I took the dog and went to the lake yesterday. Had a nice day. Then came home and my girls had baked a lemon cake (one of my top 5 favs). So I was ok about it, stuck it in the frig, out of sight, out of mind, right?
Uh no. This is one of the most powerful cakes I have come across. It has been calling me all day from my outside office. I have been thinking about that damn cake. So after lunch, went back to office then came through to run to the store. Opened the frig to check on supplies and there it was. It literally LEAPED into my hands, plate and all! I did not know a lemon cake could move so fast.

I understood then and there, I would be eating this cake, so I gave myself permission and cut a 2" by 2" peice. I got a fork and thought I will eat it nicely and slowly. Uh, again with the leaping,right into my mouth! So I stopped fighting it, gave in, enjoyed my peice standing in the kitchen with my purse and car keys in hand. Got into my car and thought "well, thats that. You better factor that in for the rest of the day. No problem, I have some wiggle room, so off to the store.

Came back, put some stuff away in the frig and WHAM! That SOB jumped right back into my hands!! Another square into the mouth.
Now I am starting to feel a bit crazy, weak and ashamed and I dont friggin like that one bit. So I wrapped that bad boy up in Blue saran wrap as tight as possible and shoved him so far down and back in the frig, someone will have to ask me where it is to find it. I think I have a grip now, after blogging this and realizing the cake had its moment in the sun but now I will have mine.

I have a stir fry planned for dinner tonight, very healthy and yummy. I am not afraid to open the frig since the cake is secure but damn, we had a moment there, didnt we? Sometimes maybe you have to go back to remember how far you have come. That cake? Would have won just a few short months ago. It may have got it's licks in (yea, that's intentional. Im funny like that) but I am the big winner. Cake 2 (pcs), Jan 35 (pounds). Progress, not perfection!

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NEDERLUNG 6/30/2010 10:06AM

    I don't bring cake into the house, but then I don't live with others who want it either. Occasionally, I'll make a cake for a potluck, but I always make them in one of those 'dollar store' pans so I can leave pan and all at the potluck - no excuse to bring it home! Hope others find the cake and eat it before you have the opportunity to hear it screaming for you again. Smiles.

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CLEVAGAL 6/30/2010 2:10AM

    All in moderation my darlin-that sounded like moderation to me! Well done! Cleva xxx

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 6/29/2010 7:59PM

    Is it the end of the world if you toss the cake? I've done crazy things in my past, like dig it out of the garbage (who knew that was a symptom of an eating disorder)... I just polished off a bag of bbq baked lays. At least it took me 3 days to finish instead of the normal hour. emoticon

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HEALTHIERTINA 6/29/2010 7:46PM

  Loved the blog as always. And I love your sense of humor. emoticon

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MISHKALA 6/29/2010 7:19PM

    OMGosh you are HILARIOUS!!! I do believe the willpower grinch has visited my house too! Ohhhh, I've been sooo good. But I ate Doritos this evening. It's that salt craving time of month. And with every single one I popped into my mouth, I had the identical swath of emotions. Thank you for bringing such humor into the scenario. We still win this match!!! emoticon

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