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Day 39 and I have left the 170s!!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Today is a good day! I have managed to exercise for 39 days in a row. And today I broke the 170 barrier, but 0.2 lbs, but I claim my 169.8 pounds since I know I have earned it.

I had another magnificent salad at lunchtime that has left me quite full! It had green leaf lettuce, fresh spinach, sliced cucumber, yellow bell pepper, red grapes, sliced smoked pork loin, bean sprouts, green onion, yellow corn and I put about 2.5 tablespoons of fat free Italian dressing over that this morning so it all sort of marinated until lunch. I am really getting into fat free Italian since it doesn't get so slimy as the regular does. It was YUMMY!

Then I managed to jog & walk 3 miles at lunch in 40 minutes! I sort of alternate the jogging with walking. I jogged for 11 of the 40 minutes, which is about 0.825 miles. My goal is to get it up to half of my walking/jogging.

I am very excited about all of this!


I had to edit this and thank my husband for the WONDERFUL dinner he made me! Pork fried rice (we're trying to use the leftover smoked loin) with tons of onions, celery and bean sprouts. He also used spicy sesame oil and a small amount of olive oil. OMG Good!! (He measured everything for me too!!)

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BATHMOM 5/20/2008 4:11PM

    emoticon, Oakborn! emoticon

That salad sounds delicious. It could be a Spark recipe for sure!

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THREADHEAD1 5/19/2008 5:04PM

  That is awesome!!!! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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You'd think I'd burn out on salads!!

Saturday, May 17, 2008

I eat a salad nearly everyday. Even last night, I had a taco salad with fat free refried beans and cheese salsa as dressing.

I love what you can do with a salad and how much goodness you can pack into one. They are so versatile. I generally have lettuce and lots of veggies in mine, with a little fruit (I like a hint of sweetness), a slight splash of dressing, maybe some tuna or other meat.

Today's salad has some stuff from the farmer's market (we went this morning) and that is so exciting to me. I can't wait until it ALL comes from the farmer's market as the summer goes on! My heart beats a little faster when we peruse the stalls on a summer Saturday morning. I also love the fact that we are buying local, seasonal produce, which is so much better for the earth. This morning we bought a roma tomato plant and a strawberry plant.

My lunch salad today, fresh leaf lettuce, fresh spinach, grapes, tomatoes, cucumbers, green onion, fresh bean sprouts, yellow pepper, ham lunch meat (very lean) and low fat cheddar cheese, topped with a tablespoon of low fat ranch. This salad is my lunch, full of vitamins, protein, minerals and every good thing. The more colors in my salad, the better.

One of my favorite salad toppers is grilled fish (esp. salmon) quickly cooked up on the George Foreman grill.


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SHANONBUG 5/17/2008 2:53PM

    I have never put anything sweet into my salad...maybe I will try it!
I have never tried grilled fish either. THanks for the ideas. I think the fish would be good on a spinach salad.
We are starting a garden this year...I am looking forward to all the fresh veggies this year too, but I am just learning to love veggies so it is a little bit different for me. Awesome that you love salads.

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A couple more days...

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Without exercise this week I would be crazy, and trying to fit it all in yesterday and today is crazy too...

Miss M (my 16 yo daughter) has dropped bombshell after bombshell on us since Sunday. First there was the sneaking in at 4:00 am with a friend on Sunday morning.... then Monday she got a parking ticket and exchanged paint with a guy in a truck... then yesterday morning she revealed her newly pierced eyebrow and a few other things... and I've not had enough time to absorb the first few, let alone the last pile of goodies. My sane center right now is exercise and my hubby.

Mr A (my 12 yo son) has brought his grades up and is going to audition for the MO Symphony Society Youth Orchestra on Saturday and has been practicing for that.

In the meantime, I finally lost another pound and my BMI is down to 26.8. My plateau was all of a week and a half.

I've exercised a total of 34 days straight and I've managed every challenge for the Swimsuit Bootcamp for 11 days running. So that is all good.

"The best things in life are paradoxical"

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SERIALKNITTER 5/15/2008 1:16PM

    Ah kids. I'm sorry you're having some rough patches...I hope the road smoothes soon. Way to go on the loss and the streaks.

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First plateau... wah!

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

I weighed in yesterday and hadn't lost from the previous week. So I remain 172.4.

I've been so lucky so far, this is like "harumph". But I have to look at the success, amazing really, that I have had.

Additionally, I have to look at the fact that my body feels and looks leaner all the time. I don't think I have any fat left on my legs.... really!

Also my belly is nearly gone (except the c-section shelf)... and I have muscle definition in my arms that I have NEVER had.

Following on that is the fact that I'm wearing a size 12! I started @ size 18 (pushing a size 20 at the beginning).

Then there is the fact that I have lost 32.2 lbs, which is 15.7% of my starting body weight. My BMI has gone from 32 down to 27.

Apart from the numbers is the way that I FEEL, which is fantastic, energetic, focussed and healthier than I have in years.

Some days have motivational humps to move my butt, but once I do I NEVER regret it. However, most days I can't wait to get out and DO IT and some days I can't wait to find time to DO IT AGAIN. I love the feeling of being stronger, having better balance, an overall well-being that being fit gives me.

Salads are my friends... I always liked them, but I crave them. I love the fact I can cram so much nutritional goodness into something so low in calories.

I have learned a great deal about myself, my eating, my body in this process, so I can't let a momentary stalling of weight loss hold me back.

So I will keep eating right, pushing my body to new limits and health will continue to be mine.

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BATHMOM 5/13/2008 1:48PM

    Hi, Oakborn! You are doing so AWESOME! Hang in there and you will get beyond this plateau. I have that c-section shelf, too... well, more of an overhang. I have wondered if it's possible to get rid of that. I don't know, but I'm trying! :-)

(Thanks for the ant idea! Those little creepy-crawlies are so fun.)

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Sunday, May 11, 2008

I am feeling so amazing lately... and can tell in so many ways how good this whole change has been for me. Things just don't stress me out in the same way that they used to. I have become downright mellow.

My daughter stayed out too late and tried to sneak in and woke us up... well she's got curtailed curfew for the next two weeks. However, I was able to be upset and disappointed without yelling. We also have the ongoing sewer pipe thing in the back, but I am just having faith that it will sort itself out while trying to plan for how to pay for it.

Today is my 31st consecutive day of exercise and the 8th day of Swimsuit Bootcamp. I love the challenges. They really keep me motivated.

I'm solidly wearing size 12 @ Old Navy now and I REALLY love that. Actually, those are getting loose on me now. I don't ever remember wearing size 10. If I did it was in high school and fleeting. I know part of clothing sizes is vanity, but to watch myself to get into ever smaller sizes is a miracle to me. Hubby (aravine) says that once I've reached goal I get a new wardrobe, but with on stipulation: that the old clothes go away and if the new stuff starts to get tight, then I work the weight off until things fit again. I can deal with that.

I think my daughter is concerned/enthused by the prospect of the two of us sharing clothes.

My son Mr A participated in the culmination of the Coming of Age program at our church today. The YUUTs (Young Unitarian Universalist Thinkers) ran the the service too. Mr A played his cello 3 times and loved it. He will be trying out for the local Youth Symphony this coming Saturday.

There are so many good things in life and losing the weight is so helping me to feel free and enjoy them.


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