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My First Pair of Cute Jeans!

Sunday, May 26, 2013

The thing about dieting and getting fit, and being that you don't stay at one size very long.

This year I've been doing a lot of Goodwill shopping, which can be tough when you're a tall girl. All my jeans have been lucky finds, and I've been happy with them. The fit wasn't always great; I have no behind, commonly known as "flat butt."

But for Mother's Day, all I wanted was a cute pair of new jeans that really fit me. So my teenage daughter and I went shopping last week. When the sales lady asked me what size I was, I wasn't really sure. I started with a 9/10, then went to a 7/8. My daughter told me I needed to go down another size. It was hard to do, I didn't want to try them on and feel like they were too small. But, I put them on, a size 5/6! And they looked GREAT.

I stood in the dressing room and cried, I came out and cried, caused a little scene in the store and people wondered what was going on. I couldn't talk, but my daughter proudly informed anyone in earshot that I was at the tail end of loosing 100 pounds.

Boy, I have great jeans and a great story to go with them.

Here is a picture, the back side is great too-lots of bling, and even my flat bum looks great!

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68ANNE 5/28/2013 8:07PM

all that hard work paid off!!!!

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KBEHNKE81 5/27/2013 1:27PM

    Seriously, you look like a model!! You have totally earned your little scene at the clothing store. Your daughter is lucky to be witness to your journey and a part of your emotional shopping experience. Spark on!!!

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    Oh. My. GOODNESS! You look like a MODEL! No kidding, you are a knock-out!
Congratulations on such a proud moment. You did this. YOU did this!

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ANNMACP0212 5/26/2013 8:21PM

    Gorgeous!! Way to go!

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JACKIE542 5/26/2013 7:49PM

    Congratulations, you look great. emoticon emoticon

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OVERHAULING-ME 5/26/2013 7:19PM

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You look Amzing!

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BARBIEE52 5/26/2013 7:15PM

    That was great! I too, have a "flat butt". People tell me that I have no butt at all. I find it hard to find jeans to fit without being too "saggy" in the back. But I run across them, and yes I do a lot of thrift store shopping, too. It is nice to hear that I am not the only one who has that problem. emoticon
You look marvelous, too. Take care!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
You look Fantastic!!


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BOSSONBABE 5/26/2013 7:12PM

    You look amazing! Tall, thin, gorgeous... Congratulations on a HUGE loss!!!!

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I Know Its Just a Number...But Still...

Friday, May 17, 2013

It's been quite a month for me; fun and a little overwhelming.

Because of an annual event I run, I'm seeing a lot of people that I haven't seen since last year, about the time I started losing weight. I am 90 pounds down from my highest weight and people are kind of making a big deal about it. Its weird, and I remind them that I've been working on this for a year.

People tell me I look great and then ask me if I'm done loosing weight. I'm tall- 5'11 and I'm looking pretty lean. I'm not really sure what to say. In my mind I have had this big blazing number of 135 that I was working towards. That would give me a 100 pound weight loss and 135 is a weight I was at about 12-13 years ago. I've dreamed of that number, run towards that number, trained towards that number and even picked out a really great reward when I hit that number.

But, now I have to decide if I really want to go there. Some people say I should be done. Others say go for it. I had a trainer at my gym test my bodyfat and I'm down to 21% and I'm 145 pounds. I don't know if I can do 10 more pounds. But she knew how much that number means to me. She said I can still try to get there, with out getting crazy about my methods. If it takes me too far in the very lean fat percentage category I can add a few pounds back on. But at least I can say I did it and maybe that number won't be such a big deal to me anymore.

I know its just a number, but its been MY number for a whole year now. I think I may just have to keep working towards it.....

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OVERHAULING-ME 5/20/2013 7:07PM

    emoticon You are such a HUGE inspiration to me! emoticon
Most of the people seeing you now haven't known you when you were 135, they don't know that that is normal for your body, even after your babies. You look FANTASTIC now but if you can safely get down to that goal number, Go For IT!

Thanks for showing me it CAN be done!
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Found the above article that gives 2 charts on body fat percentage. I guess it comes down to whether you are an athlete, want to be considered "lean", or "fit." You are certainly the only one that can answer the question for yourself, but I do know that finding happiness in any # is fleeting. Feeling healthy in a certain range is one thing, but being happy with your body (and other areas) is quite another ballgame.

That said, you are amazing for losing 90 pounds! That is an incredible feat!

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ILUVTTV 5/20/2013 8:02AM

    You are amazing! What a great job! I think that you should go for the number, attain it, if you look and feel well, keep it...if you don't, then go back to 140 or 145. The important thing is for you to feel healthy...both physically and psychologically. Maybe take a longer period of time dropping that last 10 pounds so that people will not undermine your goal! I wish you well with your numbers! ~ Anne

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DIANNEMT 5/19/2013 3:53PM

    I understand the "just a number but I want it" mindset! Do what works for your body--not just your mind! I stopped at 147 cause seemed that is where my body wanted to stop--but I am heading for the 145 again--cause I need to lose at least 3 pounds so may as well go 5! The maintaining at 135 may be REALLY tough....just saying.

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MILLERGIRL719 5/18/2013 6:52AM

    Congrats. Do what feels right for your body. If getting to that weight makes your body feel back then back'll know. I understand .....I'm at 75 lost....nice round number but need/want more. 100 would make me at about high school weight and pre-two babies! Yea right! Don't know if that'll happen. Be kind to yourself! Too much pressure on yourself, the stress, can keep the weight right where it is at! Good luck!

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FRUITYFUL 5/18/2013 6:06AM

    Congrats on the 90 pounds. That is amazing! You should do whatever feels right for you. Even if it means hitting your goal weight and then, like you said, adding a couple of those pounds back on. Sometimes, you just have to get there, or at least try. Keep up the great work! You are an inspiration!!

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I'll Find A Way Around This

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Arrgghh! Another injury slowed me way down. This time my foot had kept me sidelined for a couple of weeks. Its so frustrating to want to move and not be able to. But...I didn't use the pity party as a time to eat and eat, thank goodness! And I still managed to loose a couple of pounds.
So my Honey and I took the plunge and joined a gym- a local Kroc center, with a pool. I'm doing fitness classes in the pool and even some runing. And I love it! I kind of like to do my own thing, but I have actually enjoyed the classes. I think it's just what I needed to keep me motivated for the last part of my weight loss.
Good lesson to remember- mix it up and have fun!

I love my new workout swim suit! It makes me look like I know what I'm doing!

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FRUITYFUL 3/20/2013 3:47PM

    You look great! Glad you're healed and at it again, and kudos to you for staying on track while you're injured!

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OVERHAULING-ME 3/20/2013 3:19PM

    LOVE the suit! You're doing so great!

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TERRIJ7 3/14/2013 11:27AM

    Love that suit!

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    LOVING the swimsuit! You are looking awesome! The class sounds like so much fun.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 3/7/2013 10:56PM

    Looking skinny. I wish I lived closer to the Kroc Center.

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68ANNE 3/7/2013 7:50PM

    Love the new look, it's a skinny you!

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BONNYSAMMY 3/7/2013 5:19PM

  Good work! I need that motivation! :D

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Such a Little Big Thing

Saturday, January 19, 2013

At our house January and February are audition months. My daughter is a ballet student and in January and February schools from all over the United States fly auditioners out to big cities so the girls (and boys) can audition for summer programs. In the NW, Seattle is our big city.

For the last five years we make that drive multiple times for the auditions my daughter has chosen. While we're up there we do a lot of walking: to the ballet studio, back to the hotel, to the grocery store, to the restaurant, to downtown....

A couple of weeks ago we made our first trip of the year to Seattle. We stayed at the same hotel we always stay at, started our walk to the studio the way we always went and it didn't seem nearly as far as I remembered it being. Got my daughter all registered and went to go get tea. The coffee/tea shop is up hill a few blocks from the studio. As I walked I was surprised to see how close it seemed. It didn't dawn on me until I was standing there ordering that all the landmarks I remembered didn't get closer....I got FIT-er!

The next day when we walked to the Space Needle I was thrilled to feel so good! I was walking fast, enjoying the scenery and not out of breath or dying to get to our destination. I was just enjoying the journey.

It was such a little thing, just to be able to walk and enjoy it. But it was a big thing too. I had this year to compare to the last five years I have done that trip.
Wow! It was a great weekend with my daughter and I was so glad I could enjoy every minute of it- even all the walking!

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DEBLYNN323 1/22/2013 3:05PM

    emoticon a fitter you! Congrats on your success!

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OVERHAULING-ME 1/21/2013 6:43PM

    WooHoo! Great accomplishment! And Amazing feeling! I look forward to feeling the same way. Thanks for the great example!

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MACMOM57 1/20/2013 8:27AM

    What a great feeling. You are awesome.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/19/2013 11:32PM

    What an awesome and wonderful NSV. You are doing great and look great in the pictures.

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SUSANELAINE1956 1/19/2013 8:58PM

    That is great. Good luck to your daughter, too. emoticon

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68ANNE 1/19/2013 8:28PM

    That is so awesome to hear! You've done great!

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White Tigers Stress Blog

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I'm posting this for the White Tigers Biggest Loser Team Challenge...

Stress is part of life... it happens. Women are big stressers. Dieting is stressful.
So when I step back and realize that, it helps a little. But my plan for dealing with stress is:

1. Tell someone. I tend to keep it in, but that's not a healthy way to deal with it. I'll blog on SP or talk to my Honey or my Sister. I'm very blessed to have people I can go to in my life. And I'm grateful for SP and for all of the great ladies who are working on many of the same things I am.

2. Exercise. I just feel better when I'm exercising. It relieves my stress to sweat. Even just going for a walk helps a lot.

3. Clean while listening to loud music! One of my favorite things to do...really. Since my teenage daughter isn't at home right now, I love to listen to MY music as loud as I want. I put my iPod on shuffle and let it blast. When she is home I have to skip the bluegrass songs. I love all kinds of music so I have a great mix but she can't stand bluegrass. I can go from Heart to Daler Mendi to The Frames to Roses Pawn Shop and never skip a song. Huge stress reliever for me

Awesome!! My plan is in place!!

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OVERHAULING-ME 12/13/2012 2:58PM

    Awesome! I am so glad that YOU are one of my stress relievers! Thanks so much for always being there for me!

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68ANNE 12/13/2012 1:15PM

    I've asked for a new stress ball. My old one sh** the bed. That works wonders for me

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DEBLYNN323 12/13/2012 12:58PM

    Great plan!

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 12/13/2012 12:22PM

    Haha... I can relate to blasting YOUR music when others are gone. My mood for music changes with the day. I like Celtic and Bluegrass and some dance/trance music too.
Great post!

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CAT125 12/13/2012 8:05AM

    I love to clean to loud music too! Anything but hard rock and rap is a go! emoticon

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FRESKA 12/13/2012 5:39AM

    awesome ways to deal! :) and you can play whatever you want when you come clean my house. i wont complain. ;)

glad your doing well! :)


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KSWEEMS1 12/13/2012 12:44AM

    3 really good strategies! I have to agree exercise is one i use too. When my heart starts to beat fast with stress, I give it a real workout with exercise. Heart still beats fast but I like the relaxed feeling after!

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