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Week 2 Results

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

So today was weigh in. I lost 5lbs this week!!!! For a total of 10 pounds gone!!!!!! I am thrilled! I know I won't see numbers like that every week but it's keeping me going, sparking my enthusiasm.

That's EXACTLY what I need right now. My husband left today, he'll be gone for three days. That makes me a single parent needing to fill everybody's needs while still trying to meet mine.

I have two concerns:
#1 - I don't want to allow the crazy, hectic schedule stress me out and send me straight to the food. That's what the ME two weeks ago would do. I would have headed to the store for a good book and some chocolate (bags of it) something to escape to at the end of the day to unwind.

#2 - Getting my workouts in. I only have a short amount of time to fit my work out in each day, early in the morning before the little ones wake up. Unfortunately some nights my 23-month-old wakes up and climbs into bed with us. I'm hoping that doesn't happen. When she's in bed with us and I get up early she instantly wakes up and won't go back to sleep. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed that for the next three days she stays in her own bed until at least 6:15!

Thank goodness for internet, Spark People and success, three things that will keep me on track this week!!!

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KIRSTY1306 11/17/2009 7:37PM

    emoticon on the weight loss, that is an amazing loss. You should be SO proud of yourself!
Try not to stress too much when your husband is away , just think it's only for three days! The more you stress the more you will turn to food for emotional support, just try and plan and stick to the plan .
We are here for you if you need us!
Kirb xxx

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SPUNKYDUCKY 11/17/2009 7:19PM

    First of all-CONGRATULATIONS on the tremendous loss! YAY! Second, consider doing several small exercise sessions. This is what I do when things are super-hectic. I can almost always find four 10 minute time periods. Take a walk for 10 minutes, do 10 minutes of strength, throw on an exercise Dvd or Wiifit for 10-15 minutes. It ALL adds up and it ALL counts! Think of how impressed you will be 3 days from now with yourself for succeeding. Hold on to that thought!

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4MYBOYSANDSELF 11/17/2009 4:23PM

    WOOHOO!! That's fabulous!! And you can do it!! But I so understand the bags of chocolate...sigh...

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HILARYMM 11/17/2009 3:22PM

    Congratulations! That is awesome!


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KRITKRIT 11/17/2009 2:54PM

    Yay for 10 lbs!!!!! emoticon

Keep it going!!

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LOOZINITNOW 11/17/2009 2:50PM

    Congratulations on your 10lb loss! That is awesome! You bet we are here for you! Just holler if you need anything. Keep on sparking! emoticon emoticon

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KSM1634 11/17/2009 2:34PM

    Congrats! I complain about time with only a 9month old to look out for. You are doing an awesome job! emoticon

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A Change For The Whole Family???......

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I hope so!

I'm obese. After checking out the BMI charts I realize I've been in the very overweight (obese) category since child number 2 was born, that was 15 years ago. Becoming so overweight was brought on by many bad choices. Unfortunately there are 7 kids in my home who have been watching and participating in those bad choices.

The choices of our unhealthy lifestyle are not outwardly visible on our whole family. Some of the kids have fast metabolisms and a slender build. Unfortunately two of my daughters do not.

Last week I joined Curves in doing so they gave me three gift certificates to give to others worth 30 days of a free membership. I decided to give them to my two daughters, let them try it out and see if they like it. Tonight my oldest went in to be trained on the machines and will be joining me at 5:30 tomorrow morning. Tomorrow night my other daughter is going to learn the ropes and then join us.

I'm really hoping this is the sign of things to come, that making these small steps will lead to bigger ones with amazing results!!! I'd love to see my husband take the step as well, he has diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and sleep apnea.

I AM going to become an example to my family of good healthy choices and it's NOT going to take 15 years to reverse what we've created over the last 15!

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    Good luck to you and your family as you strive to be healthier.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 11/17/2009 12:38PM

    I think involving the family is a great way to make sure that it is a permanent change for you. I think getting your daughters involved at the gym is also a very positive way for all of you to spend time together.

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WBOYACK 11/17/2009 10:44AM

  Good for you! I'm trying to do the same... I think my girls are getting the lesson better than I am.

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SMILESWITH7KIDS 11/17/2009 10:09AM

    What a great plan and it will insure that you stick with your program too, although I think you would anyway because you seem so committed. We have a similar thing going on here too with the eating, but only the 15 yo dd shows the effect of bad choices. She has about 15 pounds to lose and is counting calories. We have to stay with this for them.

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HILARYMM 11/17/2009 8:35AM

    Good for you. It is wonderful when the changes you make can help your family too!

-- Hilary

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SANDRAKDEE 11/17/2009 8:27AM

    Good for you! Having your daughters join you will help you to stay strong on your journey. Good Luck!

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    Very cool that you are getting your daughters involved as well. I did the same thing. Taught my kids bad choices. They both have fast metabolism, and say what happened to hubs and I will not happen to them. However, hubs and I both had fast metabolism until our late 20s.

Good luck and keep up the good work!

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4MYBOYSANDSELF 11/17/2009 6:56AM

    That's awesome!

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CHANA-D 11/17/2009 6:20AM

    It's great that you made the commitment to be a good example to your family. I hope the spark spreads to everyone in your family. But just a little note of caution - be patient if the spark takes a little time to spread to everyone. Certainly by making better and healthier choices of what foods you buy and serve to your family, you can make healthy changes to everyone's diet immediately- and that will help everyone in the family. As to the exercise - that may take a bit longer - especially if it involves getting up at 5:30 AM for kids that may need more sleep. Let us know how it works out. Best of luck.

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L-OSTER8 11/17/2009 12:29AM

  Good for you . . . every single step that you take in the right direction is a sparkle from heaven . . . before you know it the sky will be completely lit up!

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FLUENTFROG 11/17/2009 12:24AM

    What a great attitude! You have all the power to make your choices be the first of what's to come. Whether you spark quick blooms for your family to follow or seeds that they need time to unfold on their own, you will be an example regardless.

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As I Begin A New Week...

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I've been taking some time to do some evaluation. I now have two weeks under my belt with Spark People and about a week, week and a half, of really putting some effort forward.

WATER - I don't hate it but I can live without it and I used to. It was very rare that I would pour myself a glass of water. I could go days, even weeks without taken any. Not Good, I know. With trying to be healthier I know water is key. I've been getting it in daily but I've only been able to get 8-8oz in once during the past two weeks. As I'm typing this I do have a big glass of water.

FOOD - I've always eaten breakfast but between the first meal of the day and dinner I used to snack and binge. I LOVE to read and I LOVE chocolate. It wouldn't be unheard of for me to sit and read while eating out of a large M and M bag. I haven't done that for the past two weeks. YAY ME! I've done great with my food choices and even feel full and content. The problem is I'm not getting enough calories in. I've been struggling to get my calorie count higher than 1300 (yesterday it was 1100 and I even had a fried chicken and a few JoJo's with my family since my count was so low). I'm going to try harder to get my calorie count up with healthy low fat foods.

EXERCISE - I know this is key for me. I can gain weight eating an apple if I don't exercise, my metabolism is SO slow! My sister joined Curves and excitedly invited me to join up to. I did. And I'm glad I did it! I was only able to make it there three times last week but I can already feel a difference! For me I know I HAVE TO get my workout done first thing in the morning or it's NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. So my alarm goes off at 5a.m. each morning.

Back in February, when I started getting serious of taking care of me, I went to see my doctor. He told me that my BMI was dangerously high. He was going to give me three months to bring it down or strongly suggest I look into gastric bypass surgery. That scared me but obviously not enough to do something about my weight then. It still scares me but now I AM doing something. My current BMI is 43.6. YIKES. Definitely in the very overweight (OBESE) category. I really want to get it down the just the overweight category so I went to a BMI calculator to figure out how much I need to lose to bring it to 29.9 (the highest number in just overweight). I need to weigh 220lbs to have a BMI of 29.9. That's 100lbs. Okay, it's a little discouraging to know that after losing 100lbs I'll still be considered overweight. It put where I am now more into perspective. I'm dangerously unhealthy and need to get this weight off.

I'm looking forward to this week. I'm actually excited to wake up at 5:00 and go exercise. I can't wait to get on the scale on Tuesday to see the results of my hard work (I've already taken an unofficial peak and it's pretty great!!!)

I just need to say I am so thankful for Spark People!!! It's a place where I've met tons of inspiring people who after long struggles are now where I want to be and people who are on the same journey just beginning. It's also a place where I can go if I need information, encouragement or motivation any time of day and I'll find it!!!

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CARTOONB 11/15/2009 11:12PM

    I'm impressed. Getting up early to work out? I can hardly get up early to get to work and I really need my job! LOL! Great job on everything you've done. Good luck!

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GRACEISENUF 11/15/2009 10:39PM

    YOU ARE DOING SO WELL MY FRIEND...One day at a time and in NO TIME you will be at the finish line!

Glad you just stumbled upon my page, I hope I can encourage you to hang in there and to believe... YOU CAN DO THIS! Way to go on joining Curves and getting up so early! WOO HOO!


You are going to ROCK THE SCALE on Tuesday!!!

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FRENCHTOSD 11/15/2009 10:34PM

    How great that you are taking time to reflect on all of your progress. This will be a good entry for you to look back on. Regarding water: I have the same trouble. One of the hints I got was to drink the first glass right after waking up. That gets it out of the way and counters dehydration from the night.

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WBOYACK 11/15/2009 9:58PM

  You are doing great! Keep up the good work!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 11/15/2009 8:51PM

    Sounds like you have had a fantastic start to the Spark! Congrats on sticking with the plan and doing so well!

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LOOZINITNOW 11/15/2009 7:11PM

    You go girl! Look at the amazing changes you've made in just 2 weeks! That's awesome!!! Keep going with all the small changes and soon it will all seem just a natural part of your life.

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OVERHAULING-ME 11/15/2009 6:31PM

    Thanks everyone for the support. This is why I'll be successful!

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CHANA-D 11/15/2009 6:27PM

    I think you have made a great start in just a few weeks! I really think you should be proud of yourself for setting goals and working towards achieving them. If you keep it up like this, you will succeed. I know the BMI scale is pretty harsh. One of my goals is to get to "overweight" as well. I still have a ways to go, but I am heading in the right direction. Keep active on the site, read, post, blog, and all your Spark buddies will be here cheering you on and encouraging you on your journey. You can do this!!

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LAURAWILLBEFIT 11/15/2009 6:02PM

    Your doing a Great job on taking care of you!
It takes time for us to get everything down pat. I'm still struggling with the cals. too. I tend not to eat enough and then when I do eat its to high in fat. Its just a matter of time finding the right balance.

I'm glad you enjoy going to Curves! I hope you continue to enjoy your sessions.

I hope you have a great week, and the scale is nice to you.!

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JOHJEN 11/15/2009 5:55PM

    good for you!! Keep up the good work! You can do anything when you put your mind to it. I have found that keeping junk food out of the house has helped... it is not there tempting me! I look forward to watching your progress!


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After Three Years of Worry...A Sigh of Relief!

Friday, November 13, 2009

About three years ago I started feeling like there was a lump in my throat. I'd struggle swallowing at times, felt uncomfortable lying down and just overall bothered by the sensation. At the time I was pregnant, mentioned it to my OB. and he said it was my thyroid. I accepted that diagnosis, took a small dose of thyroid medicine and went on with life.

They symptoms continued off and on over the three years but life was too busy and I didn't like how heavy I was so going to the doctor was the last thing I wanted to do. Well about two weeks ago the lump sensation was getting worse, felt larger and more restrictive. I made the appointment to see my doctor and he said he didn't feel anything so he wanted to send me to a specialist who would have a scope they could put down the nose to see the throat. YIKES!

Yesterday was my appointment with the specialist. The doctor said, after one minute of listening to me explain, "I know exactly what's wrong." Wow, I thought that was easy and I didn't even have to do the scope thing down the nose. Then he said, "Just to make sure I'm going to take a look with this thing" Oh, no, the SCOPE! I have to say it wasn't even half as bad as I feared...very doable!

To my relief the only thing wrong with my throat reflux. I don't even use tums and had no idea reflux could be the problem. He gave me a flier that told about it and right at the beginning it listed some of the symptoms, three of which I had: Trouble swallowing, a lump sensation in the throat and mucous draining down the back of the throat.

Then the doctor told me ways to control it. Two things stuck in my mind because following them will also help me with my weight loss...#1 No Chocolate #2 Nothing to eat or drink two to three hours before bed. Of course losing weight was on there as well.

I've spent years neglecting my own health and in the process have been on a steady decline. At first I didn't notice, I was proud of myself that I could be heavy but yet be so healthy. But now that I'm getting older having spent too many years being obese it is catching up with me. I'm now wanting/needing to take action. I want to try and reverse the damage I've done to my body, get my body farther away from being put 6 feet under, and treat my body the way God intended me to.

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GRACEISENUF 11/15/2009 10:43PM

    I had the same diagnosis before I lost 60 pounds. It is completely gone now and I'm sure it will be gone for you in no time at all. I have not had anymore symptoms. You are going to feel GREAT in every way. Keep trusting God and he will turn it all around for you! XXX

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DENVERTIGERLILY 11/14/2009 11:24AM

    Wow, glad to hear that after 3 years it turned out to be something managable. Just following the Dr's orders will make life more enjoyable for you! Especially to enjoy your family!!

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CHANA-D 11/14/2009 6:26AM

    It's good to know what the problem is finally. And now you have extra incentive to work on creating a healthier lifestyle. It must be a relief to know that the problem was not more serious. I have also had periods of reflux problems, and with proper medication and now losing some weight, I very rarely have issues with that anymore, and when I do notice the beginnings of problems, I can recognize it, and can take steps to control it before it gets really bad.

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What Time is it Mr. Shark????

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Have you ever played that game? I did...today! I belong to a preschool co-op. There are six kids and each mom takes turns teaching. I teach once every six weeks and this is my week.

So today I had 6 - 4/5 year olds, my kindergartner and my 23-month-old. After two hours of learning, crafts and playing we headed out to the backyard to play What Time is it Mr. Shark. Oh, my goodness, I am so out of shape. Chasing after the kids and running back and forth really got me out of breath. At one point my 5 year old turned to me and said, "Mom, I'll run ahead of you and protect you since you're the slowest runner." Chivalry isn't dead!!!

So added to my list of reasons WHY I want to lose weight and get healthy...So I can play What Time is it Mr. Shark!!!!

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TRICIALICI 11/13/2009 10:30AM

    Your five your old must be a real sweetheart! I've never played "What Time is it Mr. Shark", but I played "Car Lot" with my grandkids this summer, and did my share of huffing and puffing! I think about that sometimes when I add a bit of jogging to my walk - it is motivating!

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CARTOONB 11/12/2009 10:32PM

    Don't know how to play, but it sounds like fun! Great motivation!

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FRENCHTOSD 11/12/2009 9:03PM

    That sounds like a fun workout!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 11/12/2009 7:50PM

    Sounds like good motivation to me!

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