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Sunday, February 12, 2012

I just finished doing a 6 week challenges on one of my Spark teams, and I did lose a decent amount of weight--tomorrow is the official weigh-in day, but I stepped on the scale today and I'm down 17 pounds since the beginning of the challenge. Which, WOOT!

But then I got out the tape measure. And the change reflected in the measuring tape is not nearly as impressive. Only half an inch off my hips, half an inch off my waist, and no change in my thigh. And I felt frustrated. I'm working this hard, and my results are so minimal? How can this be?

Then I reminded myself: this is not a diet. This is a lifestyle change. The results, or lack thereof, are not the point. This is not something I'm doing "for right now" in order to reach some "goal" and then stop doing it. This is how I'm going to live. A healthier, fitter me is the real point, and the changes in my body are the outward sign of those changes. If I try to warp these slow, positive changes with some kind of crazy unsustainable behavior, I will sabotage myself and undo the good I am doing in my life.

And, really, where would I be if I hadn't made these changes? I've lost 34 pounds since September, well above my planned 5 pounds a month. I went into this planning to take a full two years to lose the 110 pounds to reach my goal weight, and I've stuck well to my nutrition and exercise plan. I'm doing great.

It's just hard sometimes not to want it ALL right NOW!!! And when I feel that impulse, I have to recall what following it has wrought in the past: regain, worse health, and my highest weight ever just before I joined Spark People. I don't want that again.

  
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LIZBIZ9 2/13/2012 7:44AM

    Congratulations on 17 pounds and all the hard work! As others have said, that weight sometimes comes off other places, which other parts get more muscle. But the muscle will help burn more calories effectively. :)

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HONBAD 2/12/2012 11:04PM

    Great blog! Congrats on the weight loss. Very awesome!! 17 pounds down is amazing!

I think it is easy to be frustrated like you said, but the important thing is you recognize that the long term goal is the lifestyle change and the pounds and inches lost are the happy side effect.

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BLUE42DOWN 2/12/2012 8:03PM

    If you're only measuring those three spots, remember that weight sometimes has a mind of its own about where it comes off. Face, neck, shoulders, upper back, calves, and feet wouldn't show up at all in those.

You've got it right - this is lifestyle, this is about being healthy and fit. And you're on that track!

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NATPLUMMER 2/12/2012 4:29PM

    emoticon 17 pounds is awesome!! Sometimes the scale shows the change and sometimes the measurements do. They don't always coincide.

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Sick, yet successful

Saturday, February 11, 2012

I've been too sick to do much of anything the last week, but I haven't used it as an excuse to eat bad food, and I feel pleased that I haven't fallen into my usual pattern of treating sick time as somehow excused. Because it's dejecting to get to the other end of illness and find myself having slipped far more than was really necessary.

  
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LIZBIZ9 2/13/2012 7:45AM

    That's awesome! Changing habits is the hardest part of living a healthier life, so good for you!

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KARENDEE4 2/12/2012 11:16AM

    I used to use food as comfort when I was sick.

You did great!! I know it is hard and you should be proud of yourself!

I hope you feel better soon.
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NATPLUMMER 2/12/2012 9:00AM

    YAY!

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OVERHAULING-ME 2/11/2012 3:09PM

    That's a HUGE accomplishment! Hope you're feeling better! WooHoo on the good food choices!

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OVERHAULING-ME 2/11/2012 3:08PM

    That's a HUGE accomplishment! Hope you're feeling better! WooHoo on the good food choices!

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Still sick

Friday, February 10, 2012

I woke up at 6am with a nose bleed, then went back to bed and was there until 11:30. I feel dreadful.

  
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TRAVLNWOMAN 2/12/2012 12:22PM

    It totally sucks to be sick. It just puts everything to a screeching halt. Just take care of yourself. Pamper yourself too.
Hugs,
Kimberly

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SUGARSMOM2 2/10/2012 5:00PM

  nothing worse then feeling ill . sorry . hope you are up and about very soon . do you have a humidifier ? to help get moist air unto your nose and lungs ? rest and take care .

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BLUE42DOWN 2/10/2012 1:39PM

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Take care of yourself. Hope you're feeling better soon.

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EUPHRATES 2/10/2012 1:34PM

    Awwwww.... *pets*
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K1TT3N 2/10/2012 1:31PM

    I hope you feel better soon

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NATPLUMMER 2/10/2012 1:00PM

    I hope you feel better soon.
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Sick house

Thursday, February 09, 2012

Hubs and I have both managed to come down sick. This is unusual; we generally are only sick one at a time, and don't tend to "cross-pollinate" our illnesses.

But hey, it's almost Valentines Day, and isn't this a time for loving couples to share with each other?

Last night I get into bed about an hour before he did, but I couldn't quite get comfy. I was either too hot or to cold, throwing covers on and off in an attempt to get just the right balance. Finally, I had achieved it: the sheet was in just the right place, the blankets settled around me perfectly. I began to drift off.

At which point Hubs came to bed, pulling up and moving the covers to get comfy himself. It was frustrating, but I had to laugh. The secret of our comic success is, of course, timing.

  
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PICKIE98 2/10/2012 12:56PM

    First one feeling better has to make the chicken soup!

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GRACE612 2/10/2012 8:19AM

    LOL!!! Oh the joys of marriage!!! When he gets sick, I get sick and vice versa!! Hope you both feel better quick!

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JLITT62 2/9/2012 6:58PM

    We are very rarely sick at the same time, too. Hope you're better soon!

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TOWHEE 2/9/2012 5:21PM

    My dh is so cute. He carefully tucks me in and makes sure I'm covered up and then rolls over and takes the covers with him. emoticon
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NATPLUMMER 2/9/2012 1:41PM

    Such a nice thing to share ;-)
The same thing happens to us with the covers :-)

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HONBAD 2/9/2012 1:10PM

    My husband and I use separate bedding (in the same bed of course!) for this exact reason!

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SUGARSMOM2 2/9/2012 12:23PM

  hope tomorrow is a better day .. emoticon emoticona spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down . as mary popins says.

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Getting sick?

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

In the last few years, it seems like my winters have been spent swinging from one cold to the next. This year has been much better; a couple times I thought I was getting sick, but managed to stave it off.

Today, though, I think this cold has really caught me. It may be I felt that need for a rest day because I was coming down with something. I am debating whether to take another rest day or try for a light workout.

  
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YOGAANDBIKE 2/9/2012 9:06PM

    I am so very sorry. I HATE colds! You didn't deserve it!

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AMANDASHRINKING 2/8/2012 10:11AM

    get to felling better soon

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NATPLUMMER 2/8/2012 10:06AM

    I'd give it a rest day so you can fight off this bug.

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THE-MORE-GIRL 2/8/2012 9:30AM

    Oh, bummer! Get well soon!

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TRAVLNWOMAN 2/8/2012 9:21AM

    Give your self a pampering rest day. Hot drinks like tea with honey, sugar free hot chocolate and some chicken broth (low sodium of course!). I just got over a bad cold and did not exercise or even go to work for 4 days. Looking back I think I should have been at least going outside for a 10 minute walk each day because I was so weak from doing nothing when I got back to work. So get some fresh air while you have your rest day too. I hope you feel better soon!

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