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Can This Be Real? - June 19, 2010

Saturday, June 19, 2010

I've reached fifteen pounds down on SparkPeople, which added to the fifteen pounds BSP (Before Spark People), I'm now down 30 pounds total. Whoa! As I get deeper into this journey, and the pounds slip and slide off, I've discovered a few things:

emoticon Massive food cravings don't really exist anymore. Oh, sure, I buy the "forbidden" items (no longer in bag size, I don't trust myself *that* much), but in small size and by the time I get home, I discover that candy bar is not what I really want. And it can stay in the fridge for days. Now that is really something.

emoticon I've also discovered that when I don't exercise, my body yells at me. It actually craves the workouts. Interesting.

emoticon Each good habit adopted (and yes, of course, there is backsliding), is starting to become part of the routine. It's no longer so alien to me.

emoticon Applying the "80/20 Rule" is a great way to stay on track. Using the monthly calendar, I can *allow* and forgive "bad" days. "Bad days" comes to about six days a month, if need be. That's 20% of a month. That gives me wiggle room if I'm not totally on point. And it's all good. The calendar keeps me in check. I'm not *looking* to allow for the bad days where the calorie count may be slightly over the mark (or even not so slightly, occasionally), but being human it does happen. As long as the rest of the month is populated by gold stars, it is a successful month.

emoticon I'm starting to reexamine other areas of my life and trying to apply the same principles there as I found with the weight loss: Namely, discipline and perseverance. I am worthy of those changes in those aspects of my life as well.

Isn't it interesting how when one starts on a weight loss quest, it spills over into other areas of our lives? What a revelation. It's the beginning of a revolution for me. Wow. I really like all that I'm seeing. And this time, it looks like it just might be for good.

And THAT is worth everything.

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SLY_REDUX 6/19/2010 7:56PM

    I've noticed that spillover effect too, and I love it. There's nothing so empowering as success!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 6/19/2010 5:56PM

    Congrats emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

May the good times keep on rollin

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ASH72461 6/19/2010 1:14PM

  congrats on the weight lost
we are still learning on this journey even on a bad day emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEGONIAC 6/19/2010 10:24AM

    I'm with you...the weight loss is fabulous...but the other benefits are just really exciting and what I HOPE will help maintaining the loss possible. The beauty of SP is the changes we're making in our lifestyle. Sometimes I feel like a totally different person!
WooHoo for losing the 30 lbs....Wowza for losing the stinking thinking!!!! emoticon
ps I love the 80/20 perspective! emoticon

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ALISA1223 6/19/2010 9:33AM

    Wow that is so great for you. I keep waiting for it to just happen, but I know that isn't how it works. Keep up the great work seems like you have a great attitude.

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KLEE76 6/19/2010 9:31AM

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BRINAGU3 6/19/2010 9:24AM

    Good for you - congrats on the lose. It is interesting the things we discover as we work this journey.

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Celebration Day! - June 12,2010

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Today I officially cracked that nasty plateau that has been haunting me since forever. Now, I am officially (there's that validation word again) on a roll. Between the gold stars that I have been getting regularly (not perfect, mind you, but regular) on the Spark Summary Calendar on the main screen, and the month at a glance showing me everything I am doing right, I feel joyous. Ramping up the exercise and changing that around a bit, has surely confused my poor, old, aging body. It's working!

I couldn't be happier for ME!

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NUMD97 6/12/2010 11:55PM

    Thanks, Platinum 755. I appreciate the support. emoticon

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PLATINUM755 6/12/2010 11:49PM

    I knew you'd do it...just stick with it...there is light at the end of the tunnel! emoticon emoticon

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NUMD97 6/12/2010 5:44PM

    Thank you, LightHouseGirl1! I couldn't be happier!

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LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1 6/12/2010 5:05PM

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Fat Jeans - June 10, 2010

Thursday, June 10, 2010

These days, I've noticed, that quite a few have remarked how they are once again back into their skinny jeans. Today, I was able to get into my fat jeans completely, including the infamous "zip up".

Why is this a celebration? Because, sadly, these jeans used to be my benchmark of what I wouldn't dare go beyond and somehow (yes, we all know how), even these got away from me, and I had to order two sizes above this one. Wearing scrubs, with their elastic waists or tie closures, made it easy not to be aware that the weight was creeping slowly upward, as on call in the hospital took priority over eating right. By the time I realized what was happening, it was quite late, and the weight damage was done.

But I can still count this as a victory, as the weight is definitely trending downward, and healthier habits are becoming second nature.

It's a process, and it's all good if there are more positives than negatives. So today I won't be beating myself up, and I will celebrate getting back into my fat jeans once again.

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MOMMIARSES 6/24/2010 9:34PM

    Keep up the good work!!
One of the reasons I am on this journey is because I really want to practice what I preach. I can relate to what you mentioned in this blog.
I am a nurse and I wore scrubs for work just about everyday. There's no such thing as a snug waist in scrubs.I psyched myself into thinking hey these scrubs still fit. Well no more rose colored lenses for me. Now I try and wear dress slacks a couple of days during the week to work to keep in check with my waistline.
We can do this!!

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NUMD97 6/10/2010 11:22PM

    Thanks, Platinum!

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PLATINUM755 6/10/2010 11:20PM

    You have reason to celebrate...Keep up the good work! emoticon

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NUMD97 6/10/2010 10:21PM

    Thanks, YesIWillDoIt. And so shall you!:)

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YESIWILLDOIT 6/10/2010 10:19PM

    emoticon emoticonYOU GO GIRL!

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NUMD97 6/10/2010 10:03PM

    Thanks for your words of encouragement, ST91347. I really appreciate them.

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ST91347 6/10/2010 10:00PM

  congratulations! it's progress. you're going in the right direction, you should celebrate. emoticon

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Gold Stars And Kindergarten - June 7, 2010

Monday, June 07, 2010

As I read someone's blog this morning of her one year anniversary, it got me to thinking what on Spark People has reignited my weight loss journey. I took a very serious look at the My Spark Summary Calendar on the Start page about a week and a half ago, and painfully, but forcefully, looked at the results since January. There's no denying, I woefully and willfully fell off the wagon. The only thing heartening, was the fact that I was maintaining my weight loss, and that, I can only attribute to the Nutrition page, and faithfully entering everything eaten each day. That, at least, was a promise kept: Good days, bad days, all are logged days. It's the only thing to keep me from backsliding completely. As many know, this is a process. And even at the goal weight destination, it is important to realize that that is not the end. Not by a long shot. Even the most successful ones here, I have been reading lately, have had their moments of backsliding. It actually is a good thing to see: They are not supermen or superwomen. Just human. But they continue to journal and they continue to write all the foods eaten daily. And it gives the rest of us hope. They struggle, too.

When I looked at the calendar, I noticed for each successful day, keeping within your calorie limits, a gold star is given. Since the end of May, I have consistently gotten my daily gold star for the past 12 days. Whoa! It may be silly, and I haven't gotten gold stars since kindergarten, and that was, oh so many, many years ago, but I shoot now for my daily gold star. And somewhere I still have my kindergarten workbook (we're going back more than 50 years, so this is no mean feat!) with its share of gold stars. Who says we can't feel like that kid again? Not me! I like it and it shows a day well done.

As people post, I find that there are new things yet to be discovered on SparkPeople that I was unaware of. And it helps me with my own quest. This is an amazing community, rich in diversity, and all-giving, and all-compassionate. It's the common thread. And it's lovely to see.

I thank you all for sharing your own struggles, and being brave enough to post them here. It's helped me rekindle who I am and where I want to be.

See you all at the top!

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NUMD97 6/7/2010 12:45PM

    Thanks, DEBNICU. I think seeing it globally as a month's worth of effort is very helpful. Have a nice day.


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NUMD97 6/7/2010 12:44PM

    You're welcome, REVJVH. I find it quite helpful.

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DEBNICU 6/7/2010 11:17AM

    Thanks for letting us know about the gold stars. I am plucking these keys as fast as my fingers can go so I can go pay closer attnetion to my callender.
A gold star, I will have to see if I have any.
Hope you have a great day.

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REVJVH 6/7/2010 10:24AM

    Thanks for drawing my attention to the summary calendar. I'd never noticed it before. I have a tendency to be under in my calories, so I have very few gold stars. I think I'll pout! The last couple of days I've been burning more calories on my bike, so I'm making an effort to hit the bottom of the range.

Thanks for sharing.

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=Gasp!= - June 3, 2010

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Well this is a nice, fine how do you do. I got behind on my exercising, so without overdoing it (and I DO feel comfortable), I've been going swimming in the morning, then treadmilling around midday, and finally capping the day with about five minutes on an elliptical machine. I'm still trying to get the hang of that. I'm not the most coordinated person in the universe.

So what's the issue you ask? I got a note on my Fitness Page, that if I continue to burn all these mega calories, I need to adjust something somewhere. SP actually was warning me in bold red letters at the bottom of my tabulations that perhaps I should rethink my plan. That was a first! Ergo the =gasp= in the title. I didn't know SP could talk to you personally.

All told, the whole day only amounted to about an hour's worth of exercise, so I'm not truly worried. It's only for a few days more to appease the insurance gods. Plus you can't beat the endorphin rush. And it certainly is keeping my stress level really in check.

A couple more pounds to go, and I'm already thinking of my reward for work well done. I'm thinking beach. Jersey Shore?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SLY_REDUX 6/19/2010 7:59PM

    Did you know that the prototype for the elliptical is in a locked room at Guantanamo? True story. That said, I love it too. Sometimes I worry about myself.

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NUMD97 6/4/2010 9:11AM

    Thanks, folks.

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SAPNA. 6/4/2010 4:26AM

    Nice reward, enjoy!

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