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My huge Valentine's Eve scare

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Wow, I don't think I slept two hours last night. Just in time for Valentine's Day, I lost my wedding ring!! I remembered putting it on last night before hubby and I went out for pizza. Later, we met my friend at the train station at BWI airport to give her dog back. (We were puppy-sitting while she went out of town for a few days. ) After that, we came home and watched TV. Around 10:30 p.m., I went upstairs to change and noticed my ring was gone!! Looked all over the bathroom and bedroom. No luck. Hubby looked downstairs. We retraced our steps to the pizza restaurant. (We had walked there, as it is 5 minutes away, and thought maybe I dropped it along the way or left it at the restaurant). The restaurant was closed, of course, and it was dark outside. We walked the path we walked earlier, shining a flashlight to the ground the whole time. Hubby checked the car -- my seat, his seat, backseat, floor. About 12:30 or 1 a.m., we drove back to the spot where we met our friend at BWI. Shone the flashlight some more. Nothing...
Came home. Searched the house from top to bottom -- in all the likely places and all unlikely places too (inside each and every sock in my sock drawer, for example). By then it was close to 3 a.m. We went to bed; I couldn't sleep, of course.
I got up at 6:30 a.m. Made some herbal tea to soothe my stomache. I just felt so nervous and sick about losing that ring. At 7:30 a.m. I called my friend. I had gathered the dog's bowls, toys, etc. into the bag that she brought over with all the dog's stuff so I wanted to see if it had fallen in there by chance. She checked... AND IT WAS THERE!!!! THANK GOD!!!!!!! WHEW!

Wow, I have no idea how it got in there. It is getting a little loose but not enough to just fall off. Maybe I was holding it and then got distracted from putting it on and instead started packing up the dog's stuff. Who knows? But it's found!!!!! I am so happy I could cry!!

Then, later on this morning...I logged on to Spark and found out I've been named as a SparkPeople motivator!!This really should be a separate blog entry, but I am so EXCITED and HONORED! Thank you to everyone who voted for me as a motivator. I hope to make you proud and live up to the title. There are so many people on this site who inspire and motivate me every day; especially my wonderful SparkFriends! Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

As for my weight, I am on the cusp of reaching the 120s! My home scale has been showing the high 120s in the morning and around 129 or 130 in the evening. Yes, I have been weighing myself twice a day, just to see how much my weight fluctuates, since we bought a scale for the house. I will eventually stop being so obsessive about it, but it's interesting to see how your weight changes throughout the day. Once the scale is more consistently in the high 120s and if the scale at the gym also shows it, I will change it on my weight tracker and join the 120-ville team! Yay, I can't wait!

So, overall, it's shaping up to be a great day after all! :) Happy Valentine's Day everybody! Sending hugs and kisses your way....

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RUNNINGSLOW 2/17/2008 4:05PM

    I am so glad you found your ring! Congrats on being a motivator!!!

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DD-THEOTHERHALF 2/15/2008 10:32AM

    What a great experience. The roller coaster ride. You had a great reward too. Congrads to a great motivator !!! DD

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BETHSTL 2/15/2008 10:31AM

    So glad you found your ring. That must have been tramatic for you. Good job on being a "Motivator", because you are just that.

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DNJEN471 2/14/2008 8:34PM

    Lucky you finding our ring. I say that is just good karma! I am happy for you!

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SEATTLESPARK 2/14/2008 8:24PM

    So glad it turned out well in the end. Hey, you are a great writer - I was on the edge of my seat, chewing my lip, waiting to find out where in the world it could be!!

Now, you deserve that motivator award. Don't even THINK about having to "live up" to it - you've already done and already ARE just what you do and just who you are. And that's why you got it!!


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CHANAMAJA 2/14/2008 7:08PM

    congrats on being named a motivator, and on finding your rings. I can relate to how it feels to lose them, although i was not so lucky, and never did find them. It really tears your heart out ... glad you were able to find them, and just in time for valentines day too!

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PIGLETSMALL 2/14/2008 5:00PM

    OMG! What a lovely surprise. First you find your ring and then you discover you are a spark people motivator! Woo Hoo! You are awesome! I love you, buddy and a huge congratualtions to you sweetie! Keep up the good work! And shine the light for others to follow. I'll be right behind you buddy! Hugs, helen x

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SAYRAH-M 2/14/2008 12:19PM

    Wow, remarried with a ring find and a motivator for us guys here. Actually you were already a motivator you just got the recognition!! WOO HOOO!!

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ANNE7777 2/14/2008 12:10PM

    Tweety!!! COngrats on the SP Motivator!!!
I had lost my rings for 3 months! My DS was three & said he put them down the forced air heater vent from the 2nd floor!!!!!! We were debating on hiring a guy to open up our 60 year-old furnace........3 months later my DD spied them glittering, inside the back, leather panel flap of our old recliner chair! I cried & said the was my HERO!
I felt terrible for months. Peace--Anne

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ANG76H 2/14/2008 11:41AM

  That is great that you found your ring! I'd be sick too if I lost my ring, not to mention my husband would kill me. LOL! Congrats on becoming a motivator! Way to go!

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BLONDEGIRL10 2/14/2008 11:41AM

    Whew! I am glad you found it! And YOU Motivate ME!!! I think I have told you that once or a million times! I am happy for you! Keep up the good work! Hugs-Gabrielle

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 2/14/2008 11:34AM

    Wow, girl, what a day! I am so sorry you went through the scare of loosing your ring. I did that once, too. If you didn't love your ring before, or were getting tired of it, I'll sure bet that its the most beautiful thing on the planet to you now. That was my experience, anyhow.

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I have no clothes for work!

Monday, February 04, 2008

I am looking to go back to work -- hopefully soon. In preparation for interviews and such, last night I tried on all of the nice work pants that I bought in the fall. NONE of them fit. I was SWIMMING in them! Even with a belt, which was also too big. In fact, I don't have too many clothes overall that fit correctly. I have one pair of jeans that don't drag on the floor when I walk and show off my underwear when I bend down. Hubby keeps commenting on how my jeans keep falling down. I feel like one of those fashion victims on "What
Not to Wear." Stacy and Clinton, I'm here! Come and get me.

I know I should be thrilled about this, and of course I am. However, the drawback is that unless I want to wear workout clothes to interviews, to work and generally when I am out and about, I am going to have to go on a shopping spree or find a good seamstress. And that will be expensive!! I plan to buy a new wardrobe when I get to 120. That will be 5 pounds away from my ultimate goal and that will give me some wiggle room to fluctuate. If I stay within 115 and 120, I will be happy. But I am 11 pounds away from 120 right now, and I don't want to go out and buy more clothes that won't fit in a month or two!

Also, I have no idea what to do with the clothes I have now once I get new clothes. Some of them I can easily part with because I don't like them much anyway. But I have so many pairs of nearly brand new size 12 pants. I don't know whether to save them for when I am pregnant (if that is in the cards) or give them to a consignment store or just donate them to Goodwill.

I wish we had some sort of clothing swap here on Spark. Of course, no one is going to want to give away their smaller clothes for bigger clothes, since we are all striving to go in the same direction -- DOWN in size, not up.

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MSALWILLIAMS 2/14/2008 10:58AM

    Having your clothes altered shouldn't cost too much especially if you limit it to just your absolutely favorite articles of clothing.. To bad you are not out in Colorado my sister is a seamstress and has altered clothes for people who have lost weight. Just look for goods sales at Kohl's and JCPenny's and you can get a couple nice suits for working and pair those with blouses. Also if you find a goodwill store that is located in a super nice neighborhood you can usually find great clothes for next to nothing. Just make sure the clothes look great on you or we will send Stacy and Clinton after you.

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SOMERN 2/7/2008 11:15AM

    Keep in mind that while the clothes you're giving away are "big" to you, to people who started out a lot heavier than you did, your "big" clothes are their "smaller" clothes! I'd check out the swap link someone mentioned and see if someone's looking for something in that size!

You're doing so great! I'm doing much better this week, but I'm still not as devoted as I was a couple of months ago. I'm getting there, though, and at least I've maintained my weight loss!

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PIGLETSMALL 2/5/2008 2:11PM

    Woo Hoo! Congratulations for your obvious success with your weight loss. Woo Hoo! I'm so proud of you. I love the picture of you in your big pants! It's fantastic! Sorry about you having to buy a new wardrobe though. Losing weight can turn out to be quite expensive. Thanks for you encouraging comments on my blog. You are awesome. Have a fab day, my friend. Thinking of you. Hugs, Helen x

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ERKRON 2/4/2008 4:37PM

    Actually, there is a clothing swap team here on spark. You can search the teams for "Weight Loss Clothing Exchange" or here is the link to it.

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NITAINMN 2/4/2008 4:07PM

    First of all, Congratulations! I am very happy for you. I would take almost new clothes to the consignment store if you have no financial means to buy interview clothes. If not, just donate them so you would not have it hanging in the closet! Yeah! I do so wish Spark had team for swap your clothes here - we can post photos for people to see and choose!

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SUZE500102 2/4/2008 3:30PM

    I bought the same black slacks (on sale) in 3 sizes. So I wear the one that fits and aim for the next size down. I just keep changing tops. The tops are more forgiving if the fit isn't perfect and I can usually find them on sale. I'm keeping my purchases to a minimum until I can meet my goal. Maybe people notice that I keep wearing the same outfits over and over, but I think they notice the weight loss more.

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    This has been my solution. I buy new-to-me clothes from thrift stores as I am loosing. I can dress myself head to toe for less than the price of one piece of new clothing. I am a petite (short), so new clothes are pricey. Once in a while I'll find a real gem. Like last week I got practically new Calvin Klein cord pants, petite sized, for $6! As for what to do with the old, big clothes, I keep everything that is really nice. One day I or someone I know might need them. The clothes that I don't care for or that were new-to-me once and now too big, I just give away. I am a member of . There are groups all across the world. I give clothes and other things away through Freecycle and I've been able to acquire a few decent clothes for myself -- and my growing kids! -- too.


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MIXITUP1 2/4/2008 1:56PM

    I'm with you on this matter. I have bought so many clothes of different sizes over the years. I need new clothes but don't want to spend the money and then not wear them in 2 weeks.
Oh Well!!!!!!!!!!!! there is nothing like the thrill of buying clothes in a smaller size, especially the big step from plus sizes to regular sizes. THat in itself is such a big milestone.

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You know those weight-loss commercials?

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Hubby and I had a good laugh the other day. The pants in this photo are ones that I wore pretty much all last summer (and the summer before too). In fact, there is a picture in my photo gallery of me weaaring them. I have three pairs, all the same size, just in different colors. So I decided to put them on and this is what they look like on me now. (As an aside, how did I ever let myself get to the point where I needed to wear pants this big without really and truly noticing how bad it had gotten?) I showed my husband and he laughed and took a picture. "That's just like those people you see in the weight loss commercials," he said. Oh yeah, "I lost 46 pounds with NutriSystem, and so can you!! Order today!"
Except it's NOT NutriSystem. I have never been on any official diet, other than a few Slimfast shakes in college. No, this is ALL thanks to SparkPeople. And unlike those crazy "diets," it's all for FREE!! I am awed and amazed every day by this wonderful site. What a gift SparkGuy has given us.

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CROWGIRL 2/1/2008 1:20PM

    Excellent! That is great photo. :)
Well done!

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DD-THEOTHERHALF 1/31/2008 12:58PM

    LOL... Love the attitude.
My d-h and I were just commenting on a couple newer ones on t.v. I think he gets kick out of my reaction to them. I just have to say " YEA RIGHT. I get this for free and in a healthy way!!!! Thanks to Spark Guy & Sparkpeople, the whole weight lose business is changeing their toons.
You are such a motivation for people. You show them they can do it too!!! WTG!!!! DD

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PIGLETSMALL 1/31/2008 11:41AM

    Wow! What a fantiastic feeling. It's amazing. You are amazing. Congratulations on all your efforts. It's been so worth it! Woo Hoo! You make me so proud of you! Keep up the good work my friend. Hugs, Helen

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TKLINKEN 1/30/2008 12:47PM

    What a great motivational picture! Congratulations on the outcome of all your hard work! It's true we do have SP and SPGuy to thank for the tools, and don't forget to thank yourself for implementing the plan and following through on the commitment to get yourself where you are. You look great!

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INTRINSIC 1/30/2008 12:28PM

    Woohoo you look amazing!

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PRAIRIEDAWNPAM 1/30/2008 11:52AM

    Deary, that picture just earned you a Motivational Nomination. Woo hoo! Looky at you! I am so gonna be where you are... one day. :-) ...Pam

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CNANCE06 1/30/2008 11:35AM

    I could see that on tv! Watch out NutriSystem might decide to do some copy and pasting. lol ... Congrats you look great!

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BERNIEBABY08 1/30/2008 10:57AM

    Wow...Good job.. You do ook like one of those commercials,it's so funny. But that's awesome and you have just given me more motivation to keep going. YOU LOOK GREAT!!!! Congrats!!!

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CHANAMAJA 1/30/2008 10:35AM

    wow ... that is an awesome loss. Congratulations!

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1 year Sparkiversary!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Today marks exactly one year since I found and joined SparkPeople! I am the type of person who researches something to death before jumping in head-first, so in reality, my one-year anniversary really should be around June 1.

My journey started out veeerrryyyy slowly. I spent January-June just reading the e-mails and articles and reading but not posting much on the message boards. I had to start some of the stages over a few times before I felt that I had made enough progress to truly move on to the next one. The most important thing that I did during this time was start paying attention to portion sizes and make a good effort to use the nutrition tracker. But I fell off the wagon a lot in terms of tracking food and staying within the calorie range set for me. And I hardly exercised. No time, too hungry, don't feel like it. I was the Queen of Excuses!

In June, I quit a demanding job for which I was commuting close to 4 hours a day and decided to take my health and weight loss seriously.

So what has changed?
Last year on this day I was:
Extremely overweight, tired, out of shape, unhealthy, depressed, stressed and unmotivated.
Today I am:
Not only 46 pounds lighter, I am happier, healthier and less stressed. I love the gym and I exercise most days of the week. I am motivated and inspired by so many people on this site.

I can't thank SparkPeople enough for what it has given me. I am not finished yet, but I have everything I need to reach my goal.

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JIBBIE49 1/29/2008 3:33PM

    One year is so fantastic!!
I was checking back in to see how you are doing. I see you are signing into SP every single day. I've signed in now for 109 days and I've lost 26#, which has been slow, but I'm happy as long as I never ever gain back a single pound of it. We can do this!! It has been so upsetting to me to check on people and find they never really got started or they have quit signing in to Sparkpeople. This is so important to care for our health and well being.
I finished reading Dr. Phil's "Ultimate Weight Loss Solution" and found it so motivational because he deals with feelings and emotions.

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BLONDEGIRL10 1/28/2008 5:13PM

    Happy One Year Anniversary! And Happy New YOU!!! You are an inspiration!! -Gabrielle

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CARPEOMNIA 1/28/2008 1:38AM

    I guess when we're in the middle of this weight-loss journey we don't see the picture as clearly as stepping back and seeing where the year has taken you.
congrats on your successes...and best wishes on your future goals!

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DDPATTERSON01 1/27/2008 8:03PM

    Happy Anniversary!

I really needed to read your blog and didn't even know it. You are SUCH an inspiration. Thank you!

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ANNE7777 1/27/2008 7:50PM

    Excellent!!!! Congrats on your success! Hope you will be picking that Prada soon! Peace--Anne

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Can Prada motivate me even more?

Friday, January 25, 2008

Ok, so, my reward for getting to 135 was to get a cute new purse. That was 3 pounds ago but I still haven't bought it yet. I wasn't sure what I wanted. And then today, I came across this beauty: The Prada "Tessuto Multicolor Weave Tote." It's only $1,450! Ha. I wish.
Guess a trip to TJ Maxx this weekend is in order for a Kenneth Cole or something. ;)

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PIGLETSMALL 1/26/2008 1:19PM

    Wow! Congratulations on reaching 135lb! Woo Hoo! You deserve a treat! But maybe Sayrah-M is right. You might have to lose another 10lbs before you can have that cute purse! lol! Have an awesome day!

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SAYRAH-M 1/25/2008 3:34PM

    Honey I think you can have that but you might have to lose another 10 pounds! LOL

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    I agree, that is an adorable purse! You have great taste. Congrats on achieving your goal. You deserve a reward.


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MOCHAHONTAS 1/25/2008 2:01PM

    wow! now THAT'S a reward!! congrats on making it to 135!

have a great weekend

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