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Monday, March 15, 2010

For years, that word struck fear and loathing into my heart except for those few and, sadly, brief periods when I'd managed to lose 20-30 lbs (which always came back).

On Saturday I mustered up some courage and finally decided that I really did need to replace the slacks that I wear to work because for the last couple of months I've been able to remove them without unzipping them.

It always seemed like no matter how much weight I dropped, it took forever for my body to change. During the winter of 2008, I'd been wearing size 24 slacks and jeans. After emergency gallbladder surgery in July 2009 (a whole 'nother story in itself), I'd dropped about 20lbs, so the slacks that were now hanging on me were size 22s.

I got to my favorite store and thought, well, I'll start with 22s because sizes are so not standard, and those might actually fit. I didn't want to start with 20s and face disappointment and depression if they were tight.

Nope: way baggy!

So I downsized to 20s. Again, still baggy.

Imagine my shock when I put on a pair of size 18 chinos and discovered that they are almost baggy. (Unfortunately, that roll at the top of the hips still requires a size 18 waistband and hips.)

I left with black, gray, and khaki chinos in size 18!

Yes, I've been more careful about my eating, and I've been tracking my caloric intake, but I haven't starved myself. I haven't exercised regularly because of foul weather and fibromyalgia pain, but I've been slowly increasing my activity level and doing some wind-down yoga before bed. These small, gradual changes in awareness and attitude have really paid off already!

Even though I'd always known the "right way" to change my body, I'd never followed through on it before. Sparkpeople has given me the tools to stay motivated, even if I just track my food and read articles and blogs now and then. Mark me "believer" -- I'm heading for size 16s!

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CMDEERWALKER 3/20/2010 5:02PM

    Congratulations on the smaller pants size! That's the best feeling ever -- I celebrate with you! emoticon

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My first blog entry - ever!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hi everyone. I'm a writer, but I have never blogged before. Chalk up another Sparkpeople-motivated lifetime first. emoticon

For my fellow fibro people: I have read a lot about ribose supplementation to increase energy levels for people with chronic fatigue issues. I have now been using it (5 grams, 2 times a day) for about two months. My energy levels have definitely increased, in spite of major stresses -- holidays, workload, boyfriend's fight with prostate cancer, my son leaving home for college, for example. I am not recommending it to anyone (I'm no health care professional), but if you were already thinking about trying it, you might really want to research it.

Here in NoVA, there might be a light at the end of the snowy tunnel, finally. It's still blustery and cold -- more than 10 degrees colder than normal -- but for the last few days, nothing nasty has fallen from the skies!

I don't make New Year's resolutions, but for the last couple of years I've been picking a yearly theme or motto. This year's theme is "Cast out the darkness," which means trying my best to eliminate negative influences from my life.

I hope that everyone who is reading this is content and confident and motivated by the knowledge that they are doing good things for themselves by participating in Sparkpeople. Enjoy!

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CATHY_G 2/18/2010 10:00PM

    Nice blog. I'm glad that you have found something to help with your energy level. That can make such a difference and really help with your efforts to better overall health. I too am so glad that nothing has been falling from the sky this week. The sun was so beautiful today.

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FLAME42 2/18/2010 5:15PM

    This is a very good first blog -ever! Hope you enjoy adding blogs to your SP habits. Like your motto of Casting out darkness.This can be a difficult thing to do but wish you all the luck at keeping true to your motto. Positive thoughts lead to positive actions....

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