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Need to make a new goal

Monday, December 30, 2013

I went to the doctor today and discovered that I have lost another half inch in height since last year. I have been yo-yoing from 3-7 pounds away from my previous goal so feeling apprehensive about now having to try to loose more, but I can tell from looking in the mirror that a bit more blubber needs to go, so need to get more serious this year.

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AIDEN487 12/30/2013 10:25PM

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yoyoing and assessing progress

Saturday, November 23, 2013

I decided it is time to take a look at my progress.

For quite a long time I have been 3 pounds away from the goal. Well sometimes 5 away and sometimes, very occasionally 2 away and do not seem to be able to do any better.

Looking at the mirror, things are much better than when I started my diet, that's for sure. No more multi rolls of back fat or double chins and the thunder-thighs are much smaller and actually somewhat concave at the inner thighs. There are no longer hang-over knees, but they are still pretty chunky. There is one small roll of fat from the waist going toward the back yet, and I still have flabby hangy-swingy Grandma arms, though they are much smaller, and I can wear a size smaller shirts.

I used to just feel disgusted when going into a dressing room at the store. There are full length mirrors which I do not have at home, and the view was revolting. Clothes never fit very well and the whole experience was depressing. I feel much more confident when seeing myself in the full length mirrors now as I am much slimmer. Unfortunately, the clothes still do not fit very well. Pants still bag out in the back at the waist for one thing and I just do not have a very "pulled together" look that I see in other people. It could be I still just do not know how to choose flattering clothes.

One thing that never occurred to me has happened, I am too little! I was so pleased when I got down to a 6 and then a 4, though some stores do not even carry 4. Now some styles of 4 plants are too baggy at the waist, so I would like to try a 2, and have found a very few. No such thing in most stores though, or they want you to go online and purchase without trying them on if they do have them! I have gone to the Junior department and found some things that fit in the 3 or 5, but pant legs are very skinny and I can't even get my legs in them, or the waist line is so low, wearing a belt is mandatory and do not sit or bend over or way too much that does not need to be exposed will show!

There is one "little" thing no one told me about loosing weight which is about as shocking as the one "little" thing no one bothered to tell me about having a baby (the extensive bleeding afterward). TURKEY NECK! I did not realize I had it until a friend took my picture and kept telling me to do things like, look up and to one side or the other. Or, he said take your barrette out and let your hair fall forward around your face. When I saw the pictures and what he was trying to hide, I was just floored. It has been several months since that happened and I have looked up exercises for the neck, but there continues to be a distinct dangle of skin wattle going vertical from under my chin and down the neck. I keep hoping it will dissolve like the other loose skin that showed up as I was loosing, but this one seems quite a bit more stubborn.

I should be very pleased with the results of my diet, and I really am feeling better about how I look, overall. I have given away all my 10, 12, 14, and 16 clothes to the thrift store and never want to see those sizes again in my closet, so that feels nice. I kept a few of the 6 and 8 that I use for working in the garden or painting, that sort of thing. Some stores only carry 6 so I have a number of dress pants in a 6 that I had to adjust the waist and hips so that I can wear them. I never thought or considered running a 5K until I joined SparkPeople and have completed 2 now. My cholesterol is barely under 200, so that is an improvement from when I started and I am no longer considered obese or even on the cusp of obesity as my Doctor called it. I still have the feeling of being a fat person, especially when eating just a little, swoops me up several pounds the next day. Well, just keep at it and keep on trying.


Earth Day 2013 and I finished my first 5k

Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day today and Bellevue, Nebraska had a 5K as part of the events. I entered it, though have never run that far. I ran part of the way, but walked a lot of it too. I wore my fitbit and with all the hills we covered, it registed that I had climbed 53 flights of stairs.

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One year

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I discovered Sparkpeople one year ago. I had begun my diet several months before that when I went to the doctor and discovered, to my shock that I was considered obese. I had never thought of myself as THAT fat, but the charts at the doctor's office said I was and I was shocked. My cholesterol was also too high, as it has been for several years. I cannot take the statin drugs as they caused me to get arthritis and loose all my strength for several years after the 3 or so months I took the drug. I was wearing a size 12, though had at least one size 14 pants that I wore that fit. Going to the store to shop for clothes has always been difficult because nothing ever really fits very well and I was always disgusted when I saw myself in the full length dressing room mirror.
One year later I keep changing my date to reach my goal of 125 pounds and for the past several months have not budged from hovering at 129-134, depending upon the day and time of day. I am down to a size 2, which is amazing, but still have trouble finding pants that fit as they still gap at the waist in the back and some are still way too tight in the legs. The hanging jowls at my cheeks are way less hangy and the back fat is nearly gone. There is still a little roll at the waist, hang-over knees and chunky thighs, so I can sure see where some of that next 5 pounds needs to come from. I gave the size 8, 10, 12 and 14's to the thrift store and hope to never have to purchase more. Some of the 6's and all the 4's still fit ok but are a bit loose, so did not get rid of them.
Even though I have not reached my goal, I rationalized that it is ok to reward myself for haning in there for a full year with Sparkpeople, checking in nearly daily and reading articles and recipes. I bought a set of handmade wooden crochet hooks today that I had been looking at for a couple years. Thankyou sparkpeople.

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JACKIE542 1/30/2013 8:46AM

    Congratulations, you have done so well! emoticon

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YOBETHIE 1/30/2013 7:52AM

    Happy Sparkversary!

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LILYBELLE12 1/30/2013 12:59AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You should definitely pat yourself on the back, you have done very well!!!!

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fat update and changing goal

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Today I changed my target date to reach my weight goal, again. At the beginning I was loosing so fast I was sure I could keep it up. I don't remember how many times I have changed the target date to reach weight goal.
I have been successful this year in loosing weight. This week I went to JC Penny and bought a new pair of pants in the smallest size I have ever worn, though I am sure that there has been some sort of updating in sizing since I was a kid since i really do not think I was super fat and my Mom used size 12 and 14 patterns to make my clothes. A year ago I was wearing 12's and a few 14's in jeans. I am a pretty solid 4!!! now and last night I bought a 2!!! Most of the 2's are too tight in the thighs and a little snug at the hips, but the waist fits fine. 4's look looser and are generous in the waist, though I still have a roll of fat that rolls from my tummy and waist up to my center back that need to go away. I can see the fat on my thighs starting to go as indents starting to happen on my inner thighs, hopefully leaving in the last 5 pounds of my goal. Hangover knees are still there. The strangest thing is that I do not think I look like a 2 or 4 as I still have that "healthy" look and not the slender look of other people I know who wear small sized clothes.

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YOBETHIE 12/30/2012 10:41AM

    Amazing progress! so happy for you!

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LYNNJ1976 12/30/2012 9:24AM

    Great job! emoticon

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JACKIE542 12/30/2012 8:53AM

    Congratulations. emoticon

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SKMINNY 12/30/2012 7:41AM

    Congratulations on changing sizes and progress... i do think u need emoticon emoticon emoticon awards!

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CLWALDRO 12/30/2012 5:45AM

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Going from a size 14 to a size 2 what an accomplishment. I understand the clothes issue all too well. If they fit everywhere else you have this huge gap at the waist, what is up with that?
I would not e too hard on yourself for the last few pounds as it sounds like your body is changing and having a healthy looking body is what is the best. We are all different and we need to just be comfortable with who we are because we will never will achieve the perfect body that they show super models having.

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BUSYGRANNY5 12/30/2012 1:54AM

    Keep on keeping on!

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MAKINACHANGE4ME 12/30/2012 12:11AM

    Congrats on your progress! emoticon

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