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Monday, October 10, 2011

I'm annoyed with myself and with the world. That's maybe overstating things but I really want to be ten pounds down. I'm within a pound. I've already bought my reward and told people I'm down ten pounds when they comment on how good I'm looking. I know the scale doesn't matter and I really shouldn't be that caught up with a number but I just want to get that little bit further. Ultimately I want to get back down to 135 but right now I will just be ecstatic when I get to 155.

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SKYBLUEGIRL 10/10/2011 12:05PM

    emoticon The scale can be such a mean device. I hope you don't let it steal the satisfaction of what you have accomplished. It stinks when the scale stops BUT it will move again! Celebrate your 9 for now.. 10, 11, 12 ..... will follow! Keep at it, make adjustments, you can do it! emoticon emoticon

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JEANIE07 10/10/2011 11:04AM

  im in the same boat lol, i bought some trousers a uk size14, they close but theyre snug, but i havent moved a pound on the scales in four weeks. I know im changing and my body looks so much better but it still seems to grate on my nerves that the digital dial doesnt say anything different, so you know what i did i measured my waist in milimetres , there i see a difference. the scales may say no but the trousers say different......we will get there....wanna a cyber buddy to motivate you, id love someone to do this with, and who knows we may buy the sexy wee black number yet.

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ANIMAL_L0VER 10/10/2011 11:02AM

    I feel your pain!! I have been hovering at a 8-10 lb loss and can't seem to lose anything more. Fortunately, I took my measurements back in June and when I took them again last week, found that I had lost just over 12 in, so I know I'm doing something right.
Have you considered taking measurements? I'd never done it before, but am sure glad I decided to this time. Or taking pictures along the way in order to compare works for some as well. Find what works for you and stick to it! I'm sure you look fabulous and will keep up the hard work!

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Feeling it

Friday, September 16, 2011

I don't really know what's different this time. I've been on SP before. I've lost some weight before and thought "cool, this works" but it didn't stick and I went back to my regular old ways and the weight crept up and I grew to hate mirrors. This time has been different. Maybe because I haven't put as much emphasis on what my workouts need to be, maybe because even though I've been tracking I've been less stressed about every little piece of food. Maybe because this time it really is a lifestyle change. Eat less, move more. Whatever the reason it's working and I'm starting to like mirrors again.

I went out of town for the last four days for work. Four days of not really tracking and no gym. Four days of eating sensibly and walking as much as I could, even if I didn't track it everyday. Four days of glimpsing what maintenance might look like when I get there. And I got home and got on the scale and I'm down. Which is nice. But what's nicer is my pants are too big and I tried on a size ten pair of jeans while I was in the city and they almost fit. I bought a cute size 12 skirt and it's a little too big (but it's Marshall's so you take the size they've got that you can make work). This time it's working and I feel good.

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PHANTOMSSIREN 9/21/2011 8:29AM

    Yay! Glad to hear it's working out for you, it's inspired me to stick with it :)

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SKYBLUEGIRL 9/17/2011 11:33AM

    Great blog! It's a wonderful thing to make those good, permanent changes that will help you be happy and healthy for a lifetime. emoticon emoticon

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NEELIXNKES 9/17/2011 11:10AM

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STELLAR-LIGHTS 9/17/2011 8:51AM

    Hooray! There is nothing so wonderful as feeling good and healthy AND knowing it can last. You are in control!

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    Seriously, great blog. Thank you for sharing and it's very relate-able. Your days on vaca are what we should all strive for. Great job! emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 9/16/2011 1:57PM

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LIVING is what it's all about. Keep on keeping on!

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Stay on Target...

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Was dead on target for all my nutrition goals today, which is nice feeling (ok I lie, I went over on fiber, it is not something that worries me).

Dinner was mushroom pierogi from this neat little Polish convenience store that opened up not too far from our house. I boiled them to heat them up and while they were going sauteed some onions and mushrooms in a little white wine. Added in some "real bacon bits" (25 calories to the tbsp), some sweet peas and gave the whole thing with a few squirts of "butter" spray. Yummy, yummy for under 500 calories for a big bowl. They also have some great little Kinder chocolate bars which, while they are very tiny for their 60 calories, are so much better than American chocolate they kick chocolate cravings in the butt.

I am a big fan of "ethnic" markets. I hit our local Asian Supermarket (that is actually the name of the store) up regularly for great frozen dim sum to steam and for udon soup packages (they did start carrying those in the local supermarket's "ethnic" aisle but there's a better selection at the Asian market). I definitely recommend people go a little out of their comfort zone when looking for delicious lower cal options. It doesn't have to say "diet" on the package (in fact it's usually better when it doesn't). Frozen dumplings of various backgrounds are a big hit for really quick (under 10 minutes) healthy meals in our house.

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JODYTYPER 9/11/2011 6:22PM

    I think I know the little kinder bars you mean, they are divine!

We don't have many Asian food stores near us but I am very tempted to find one now and see what they have, it's so hard sometimes to find new low calorie food! emoticon

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SKYBLUEGIRL 9/9/2011 2:19PM

    Sounds delish! I have made some really tasty finds in ethnic markets and even in the ethnic aisle at my local grocery. It's good to be open to all the possibilities of eating globally. I am getting hungry...... emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 9/9/2011 1:33PM

    Variety in food is a good thing!

I love ethnic foods. With my many food allergies, I've had to mostly quit eating out for them. So I'm learning to cook some new things in new ways.

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BELLEHUE 9/9/2011 12:35AM

    I totally agree with you about checking out your local ethnic markets. I regularly stop at the asian and hispanic markets. Not only is the food super tasty a lot of the time it's cheaper.

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Rain or Shine These Hips Will Hoop

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

It's still raining but I have a new toy and I must play. It's like a new bike on the day after Christmas. You can see the wet results of some rain dance hooping. It felt great :)!

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BELLEHUE 9/8/2011 10:25AM


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STELLAR-LIGHTS 9/8/2011 10:23AM

    I felt that good about my roller skates last year, but their major failing is that I cant take them out in the rain... Perhaps I'll join you all in the hoop passion.

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MIRDREAMS 9/7/2011 7:36PM

    What I love about this picture is that you can infer both what direction I most often hoop in and how often I drop the hoop, thereby rewetting it on the grass : )

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SKYBLUEGIRL 9/7/2011 6:57PM

    Good for you! Hoopin' in rain! emoticon

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NIKORI 9/7/2011 5:51PM

    Your hoop is lovely! Rain hooping sounds like it would be a ton of fun; I'll have to try it some time.

Also... that desire to hoop won't go away. You've caught the hooping bug!

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JESSAMINE82 9/7/2011 5:41PM

    Sounds fun!

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Hoop de hoop

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Well last week didn't go quite as planned. We went out a few times with friends and then had a wedding over the weekend so there were a few days I was over calories and then a few days I wasn't tracking but I thought given I was in NYC those days and walking a fair amount it would all come out in the wash even if I didn't lose anything. Well I didn't lose anything but I gained three pounds, just enough push me back over 160, so frustrating. And the most frustrating thing is that three pounds is nothing, your body can fluctuate that much with just water and it means nothing. But being over that number again arbitrarily sucks. I love being motivated by the scale going down but I hate the thought of being one of the people who's a slave to it.

But on the good news front my hoop came! I was so excited that even though the hubby was coming to take me to dinner (doesn't really count as a night out 'cause we did the Panera thing and you can eat so incredibly healthy there), I took the hoop out on the front lawn to play with while I waited. Just hooping and dropping but I started to get my groove back from decades ago. Then I was going to go out and do it some more before bed but it had started to rain. I was too excited about the hoop to be deterred so I discovered that if I left the front door open and stood in exactly the right spot there's just enough room to hula hoop on my front porch. Only hooped 15 minutes total today and I'm amazed by how much I feel it, especially in my back and in my bad knee. I'm going to keep building it up, when you get that groove it's such a sweet feeling.

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BELLEHUE 9/7/2011 11:57AM

    I use to love hula hooping! Is yours a normal one or one of the weighted one? Great idea for fun exercising!

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SKYBLUEGIRL 9/7/2011 10:21AM

    All these Hula Hoop experiences are making me wonder if I should give it a try? I could use a change from my tread mill. emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 9/7/2011 8:09AM

    WooHoo! Hooping is fun. I'm glad you got yours in.

Take care of that knee.

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NIKORI 9/7/2011 6:59AM

    I'm so excited that your hoop came in! Giddy, actually. What colors did you get? I can definitely relate to the "hooping groove." It's hard to resist.

I'm thrilled that you're hooping again. Hoopers unite! ^__^

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