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Sunday check in

Monday, July 09, 2012

OK its Monday but I was traveling all day yesterday.

Last week, in discouragement, I decided I needed some accountability and support. I figured so did some of you so we agreed to have a Sunday check in and see how we are all doing, to support each other and what we can improve. Everyone is welcome to join in.

I still feel like I'm not on solid ground. I lost a few pounds last week but did not weigh before I headed down to Vegas for 4 days. It is ridiculously hot here so my goal this week is to limit sodium and stay hydrated. I'm going to try to get some form of exercise and I may be able to swim or hopefully do some dancing !

How is it going with you guys? What's working? What isn't? Words of advice?

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CANNIE50 7/11/2012 11:45PM

    I was traveling, also. I did fit in a run, which was great, and when eating at restaurants I was mindful of portions but I didn't make great choices, in terms of the foods I ate. I am fighting the urge to eat mindlessly and continuously - hmmmm, that seems to be a recurring theme. Oh, here is one for my plus column. I just checked the results from a 7 mile trail race I did. In my age group there were 40 women - I came in 19th out of the 40 women aged 50-54, so that is a nice little pat on the back. Keep up the h20 and the walking, Miss Jan - nice work, especially given the weather. I hope you enjoy the pool, also - I love a dip in the pool after a walk - extra refreshing.

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BIGMAMAT 7/10/2012 7:10AM

    Ok, It's Tuesday for me. Lol. (better late than never).

On the positive side, I have lost 20 pounds since April. My goal was 23 but I'll take it. July 7th was my goal date. Happy Birthday to me! emoticon

Now to ditch the birthday cake eating, and reach for the water. I am running a fever today? Not exactly sure, maybe a little virus of some kind. Not expecting anything spectacular this week.

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SLFRISBEY 7/9/2012 3:32PM

    I am traveling this week but I am determined to get in a cardio work out today, and some ST tomorrow morning and maintain that through the week. I already went over my carbs for today but I am going to eat well for dinner and start over tomorrow. It is all going to be ok! :)

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    I had a vacation week and apparently that meant go on an ice cream binge one day. I definitely did not eat the volume or the stuff I would have but was not on plan either and now I am back to normal life and feeling better about my eating again. I am not going to let a week be an excuse to give up anymore.

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/9/2012 1:27PM


Drank a lot of water
Portions in check for most days
More fruits and veggies

Improvements Needed:
Limit sweets and sugary drinks
More fruits and veggies to meals

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CELLISTA1 7/9/2012 1:08PM

    On the plus side:
Ate really well 6 out of 7 days.
Tried something new: rode a recumbent 3-wheel bike at the beach. This was big because I never learned to ride a bike as a kid and have been scared of bikes all my life. The funny part is that once I got going down the beach path, I realized I didn't know how to stop it. Instinct kicked in; I figured it out.

On the minus side:
Fit back into jeans that were too big (wrote a blog about it).
My left knee is complaining, sometimes loudly.

Suggestion to you: try something new this week. A new food, a belly dance class (you would be awesome at that), just something that goes on the plus side instead of the minus side. (That would apply to me too.)


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DAISY443 7/9/2012 11:50AM

    Lost a pound, but may have sweated it off camping in 100+ weather for 4 days! Did pretty well on nutrition except for 2 glazed donuts from the best Dutch bakery ever! Too much wine here, too! Drank lots of water, though! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/9/2012 11:22AM

    I've been stuck around the same weight for a month or more. I just came off a girls weekend, so I refused to get on the scale this morning. Too much food and wine makes the scale VERY unhappy. I think you've got a great plan. Limit sodium, bump up the H2O and exercise. I think I may be jumping on that bandwagon = ) Don't get discouraged, we're all in it together! *HUGS*

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4 th of july. i was a baddddddd girl!

Friday, July 06, 2012

OK since you begged, I decided to come clean. I walked the dog that morning, planned my whole eating day, and was good to go. BBQ at my house with lots of healthy choices.

Then 2 thing's happened.

1. One of our friends walked in with a chilled bottle of captain Morgan in one hand and a chilled bottle of a new rum called Kracken in the other.

He said we outta do a shot to try it out and of course, I thought, heck no! But my mouth said yes.
Then he said we should do a shot of Captain,. To see which was better. My mind said, oh HECK no! And my mouth said yes.

2. Then my best girlfriend, remember she had back surgery a few months back? Walked in and somehow everyone who walked in had to do a shot.
And we were off and running.

Laughing, talking, eating, I did pretty well on the food situation by the way, drinking, dinner, a water fight, fireworks and other mayhem ensued.

We had a blast. Finally after 10 hours of all this, I finally winded down and went to bed.

HUGE hangover yesterday. It am feeling better today thank goodness. I dont know what got into me but I had fun anyway.

Frank asked me about 8 times yesterday if I was hungover and I finally told him YES! STOP ASKING ME! You're making it worse!!! So he walked last night without me and I stayed home and recovered.

It was not my finest hour but I didn't misbehave, we all had a good time and that is that.

We are leaving Sunday early to go to Las Vegas to do a roof for our friends and will be back on Thursday. Don't forget to look for my Sunday blog to help keep each other you guys...jan

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/9/2012 10:05AM

    Sounds like you had an awesome time! My weekend revolved around wine, food, and oh ya, more wine... Had a blast and don't regret a thing. Life happens, you have to roll with it. Did I miss Sunday's blog ; p

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DAISY443 7/7/2012 6:09PM

    Been camping, been drinking lots of wine, will do better tomorrow. Short story, but almost all of us have been there! Enjoy Vegas! emoticon

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MAVERICK59 7/7/2012 1:18PM

    Life is supposed to have some fun down time.
I am sure your friends were delighted you joined in instead of voicing concerns over the calories in alcohol and damping their holiday fun.

Sounds like you managed the food well and had a great time.
Sorry about the hangover over though.
Be careful on the roof!

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    Meh, I thought it was going to be something amazing and stupendous, not just fun and carefree...well, minus the whole hangover thing.

Glad you had a good time. Sorry you had to pay for it later, though.

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LISALGB 7/7/2012 12:13AM

    Sorry about the hangover - but glad you had a good time with friends. And, I agree with Cellista1, at least you didn't overeat!! Pat yourself on the back for that.
See, you weren't a bad girl afterall!!

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CANNIE50 7/6/2012 11:23PM

    I thought of you, just now, when I saw an advertisement for the Captain, and, lo and behold I read this blog and find out the Captain has had his way with you, you naughty wench! emoticon aaaarrrrgggghhhhhh......

I had my way with angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream. My dear mother made it for me because she has been making me angel food cakes for my birthday for over half a century!

For some reason I find it funny that Frank kept asking you if you were hungover - usually a hangover is not too easy to hide. The only kinds of hangovers I get these days are food hangovers. I have to admit, they aren't fun but they aren't as punishing as booze hangovers - UGH. So, Vegas here you come! What's the plan, Jan? Walking the strip? (wait, that sounds bad, I meant for EXERCISE!) Showing buffets who the boss is? Drinking way more water than Captain Jack's or any of his evil relatives? I will check in with you on Sunday, for sure. emoticon

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CELLISTA1 7/6/2012 11:06PM

    Oy vey! But the booze didn't give you permission to overeat? I'd say that's a pretty positive side to it. We all have our weaknesses. I was attacked by Chinese barbecue duck.

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    Who can resist the Kracken? It happens, no drink a bunch of water with an emergen-C and tomorrow is a new day. I at 2 chorizo on the holiday and was upset at first but now I am over it. It is life. Hugs. Have fun in Vegas.

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just when i think i havent done much

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

My daughter showed me video today of our Hawaii vacation 6 years ago. I remember being in so much pain with my knee I could not take enough pain meds to stop it. I was miserable, in pain, fat and depressed. Seeing that today on film really encouraged me.

I have lost a lot of weight

I did get a knee replacement and can walk, not waddle now

I am physically active, happy and fairly energetic.

I have made progress!! When I started, progress not perfection was my motto. I think I gave myself a little too much permission , a little too much leeway.

Now, I am gonna be back to PROGRESS!!

For shock value, here you go....

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CLOVER2 7/6/2012 8:41PM

    Girl, you look incredible!!
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    Seriously, woman, you look totally hot, hot, hot! I love that belt, oh my to wear one of those again....some day. Have a wonderful weekend.

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SLFRISBEY 7/5/2012 8:53AM

    You are one hot mama!!! Look at the amazing progress you have made!!! This is a huge motivator for sure! :)

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BIGMAMAT 7/4/2012 4:25PM

    Awesome ! emoticon emoticon

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PAMATX 7/4/2012 3:10PM

    Fantastic!!! Here's to progress! Woohoooo!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 7/4/2012 1:04PM

    Wow lady! Amazing :)

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SARAWALKS 7/4/2012 12:03PM

    What striver said...what cellista said...yep the fridge is the place!
Jan, you are looking emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 7/4/2012 10:56AM

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STRIVER57 7/4/2012 8:46AM

    wow! is all i can say. yes you've made a lot of progress. and if you really want to, you'll make lots more. hugs from paris.

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    Amazing!! Great job!

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TERRYT55 7/3/2012 10:03PM look fabulous, Jan. Happy you are feeling so much better too.
You rock!

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GODIVADSG 7/3/2012 9:58PM

    You look fabulous!! Keep it going!!

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CELLISTA1 7/3/2012 9:37PM

    OK, gorgeous! In which photo do you look a) younger and b) sexier? These go on the fridge.

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DAISY443 7/3/2012 8:54PM

    You are amazing, inspirational and a great cookie maker!

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3G1RLS4ME 7/3/2012 8:53PM

    wow you do look better good job keep going

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/3/2012 8:21PM

    Wow! You certainly have changed and you obviously feel a lot better. Great!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/3/2012 8:15PM

    WOW! I can't believe that's you! ALWAYS go back and look at old photos. I only have a couple of me at my biggest and I have a copy on the fridge and one in my purse. I see them at the most perfect times too. You know, like going into the freezer ofr ice cream or reaching for my wallet when I'm out and want to get... well... ice cream, lol! You will get there, progress NOT perfection = )

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ALLISONAZ 7/3/2012 8:11PM

    Wow! Amazing progress! You look great now and I'm glad to hear that you feel better.

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    SEEEEE! That is why I told you to look back at photos. That is a very big difference. I am proud of you for coming so far and you can continue.

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NWFL59 7/3/2012 7:57PM

    Wow! You're doing terrific and look emoticon.
Your program is definitely working for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HEALTHY14REAL 7/3/2012 7:40PM

    You're doing great! Keep it up! emoticon

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    emoticonyou look great keep up the good work it is working emoticon

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You are cordially invited.....

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Per my last blog, I need accountability, so I am assuming so do some of you.

I do not want to start a formal team but I'm thinking we can sign in here once a week and just let each other know how we are doing or what we need help with.

Anyone want to join me?

How about Sunday evenings?

It might keep us all in check a little bit on the weekend and we can state weight loss, non scale victories, encourage each other, ask for help, confess our sins or whatever is going on that is helping us with our goals or keeping us from them.

Maybe we can do a team down the road but I prefer informal, just dropping in for a chat.

I will create a blog on Sunday and start with that.


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BIGMAMAT 7/4/2012 4:31PM

    I'm in. Walking right along with you! emoticon

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GODIVADSG 7/3/2012 10:02PM

    I am in... I got took the time today to read!! And not a self help book either!!

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DAISY443 7/3/2012 1:27PM

    I'm in-Something good-going camping in 100 plus degree weather!

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KKINNEA 7/3/2012 1:23PM

    Great idea!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/3/2012 12:15PM

    Of course I'm IN!!! Something good... the rain stopped = )

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CELLISTA1 7/3/2012 11:31AM

    Oh, you had to say TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD! I saw Chaka Khan at the Bowl a week ago and couldn't get that song out of my head for 3 days! Finally, it went away.
Til now..............

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HEALTHYASHLEY 7/3/2012 10:57AM

    I am in.

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/3/2012 10:52AM

    Sounds good! Accountability is key for me.

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PJH2028 7/3/2012 10:52AM

    I LOVE this idea!!! Accountability is key... and me myself and I aren't making the grade alone with the keyboard these days. Count me in for Sunday!! THANK YOU!

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SLFRISBEY 7/3/2012 10:39AM

    sounds fun! Lord knows I need alot of help with this and weekends are my downfall.

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Monday, July 02, 2012

When I first started here on sparkpeople in March of 2010, I did not really believe I could lose weight. I was going to "give it a shot".

I told nobody but my husband and my kids. But I told myself, when I lost 15 pounds, I would announce it. I had to prove to myself I could lose some weight and then I was going to tell everyone and I would have a head start.

I would be accountable.

I did lose 15 pounds. I told the top 3 F's...Friends, Family, Facebook.

Those first 15 came off so quickly, I was encouraged. I also knew that once I told everyone, people would expect me to keep going or they would wait to watch me fail.

I lost 50 pounds that first year. The 2nd year I lost 20 and got a total of 70 pounds off (keeping in mind, my original goal was to lose 111 pounds).

Then vacations happened. Life happened. Cake pops happened.

I lost the same 5-10 pounds over and over and over. But I was happy because I proved to myself that I could "maintain".

I decided this year (my 3rd year) would be about finishing.

Now that life is still happening, as well as vacations, cake pops, cookies, Captain Morgan, summer, winter, spring and fall, I have to face the truth.

I am gradually losing ground.

The glowing numbers on my tracker no longer read 70 pounds down. The truth is in Orange letters....55.

That means I have not maintained my weight. It means I have gained 15 pounds.

My shorts are getting tight. My muffin top is growing. I feel every one of those pounds.

I re-read some blogs to see where my head was at when I started. I am going back to read my trackers...what was I eating then? what was I not eating then?

I am determined to lose these 15 pounds and then keep going.

I didn't come here to be defeated. I came here to LOSE and by lose, I mean WIN.

So, I have confessed the 15 pounds, I am accountable, I am determined and I AM going to finish what I started.

Please hold me accountable. Please stay with me. I did not lose the first amount of weight by myself and I will need you to help me.

Here we go.....

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BIGMAMAT 7/4/2012 4:28PM

    emoticon" I am accountable, I am determined and I AM going to finish what I started. "

I AM WITH YOU! let's do this thing!!! emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/3/2012 10:57AM

You did it before, you can do it again!

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DAISY443 7/3/2012 8:18AM

    I find that I start "cheating". "forgetting" to log those 2 cookies (with bites out of them or not), thinking I will exercise tomorrow, doing 12 reps of strength training instead of 15 or 20. Maybe we just need to go back to step one, woman up and do it! We can, you know!

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CINDYLUFUS 7/3/2012 7:51AM

    I am exactly in the same spot as you. I had lost 85 lbs. and maintained that loss for over a year. Then life happened, and now I am up about 20 lbs. I decided it is time to regroup and restart. We can do this together!

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OJIBWEEQUAY 7/3/2012 6:55AM

    Oh I should read some of my blogs! Great idea! We got this! emoticon

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BAYBELIEVER 7/2/2012 10:28PM

    I have been doing these same things. Wondering what happened to my head and my meals and my exercise and why I let this happen when I told myself I never would let it. But WE can do this! We are still here and we will find a way to make this happen! I came across this quote the other day:

You've done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.
--Ralph Marston

Let's get on it!

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LISALGB 7/2/2012 10:09PM

    Cheering you on!! You can do this!!

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RUNNER12COM 7/2/2012 9:03PM

    So much wisdom here, there is no way you can fail.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/2/2012 8:56PM

    That's right mama, here we go! I did the exact same things when I was having a hard time. I went back and read my food logs. Read what kind of workouts I was doing and did EXACTLY that. It jump started me and get me right on track. You're gonna do this, and I'll be here every step of the way. Love you!

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CELLISTA1 7/2/2012 7:49PM

    I hear you. That was hard for you to admit. However....... I think the time is coming for some serious examination of personal issues. You've said it before: why, just when you have a plan or a goal in place, do you do just the opposite of what you should be doing? I do it too. This is not about not knowing what to do, because we know. What is it that is stopping us? I give you (and me too) credit for enjoying life! But something is stopping us at a critical moment and if we don't examine it, I don't know if we will ever really conquer this. You know how much I respect and admire you. I will listen to whatever you have to say.

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ISAHLIA 7/2/2012 6:53PM

    emoticon It's good to look at where you are to re-group, re-focus, and charge ahead again! You CAN do this, you know you can you've done so much already. Finish the rest to show the rest of us how it is done! You can do it.

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    Right here with you my friend. It is go time.

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