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BIGGEST LOSER and My Pedometer

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

I couldn't WAIT for last night's finale of The Biggest Loser. It's one of my favorite shows! I love watching them work hard and seeing what they are able to accomplish. I love their Ah- Ha moments, it helps me to push forward!

I hurried to tuck in my little ones before the show started and then began to sit down to enjoy the 2-hour finale. As I sat I realized I didn't have enough steps in for the day, only 7900, not the 10,000. I got up and started walking in place checking every once in awhile. It actually took me 30 minutes to get to 10,275 but I did it.

Then that led me to remember 2004 and how I had lost 70lbs in 3.5 months. I watched what I ate and I walked 10,000 steps six days a week. I realized that my results back then were VERY similar to the weight loss of the Biggest Loser Contestants. Unfortunately I got complacent around the holidays and then had a miscarriage before I knew it I had celebrated and stress eaten my way back up to my original 310 weight plus gained 10 more.

But the fact is I do have another chance, and another and another (if I need it) to get healthy. I will keep fighting until I get myself healthy because if I don't I've already lost.

Today, it's now 3:30, I don't have my 10,000 steps in but I'm planning ahead. One of my daughters has an eye therapy appointment every week that is 40 minutes from home. Instead of just sitting there reading a book I'm going to walk in the dark cold night (high is 25 today) and see how high I can get my pedometer. (I've packed a hat, two coats and gloves!)

As far as The Biggest Loser finale goes, it was AMAZING! The amount that all the contestants lost in a 7 month period was phenomenal! Although it's inspiring I want to lose mine at a more normal pace. No starve tactics here just eating right and trying to exercise 30-60 minutes a day six days a week. Danny and Rudy were so handsome, Rebecca win was exiting for the at-home but I didn't care for her hair, dress, or hyper personality. I was thrilled with Shay's loss. She weighed in only 1.5 more than I weigh now. I look forward to seeing her again in May.

Hey, that gives me an idea...I'm going to race with Shay. I'll compare my weight loss to hers come the May finale. That will be motivating although I won't be receiving $1,000/per pound like she'll be. Anyone want to sponsor me? I'll have to come up with some kind of award for myself if I lose more than her. Any ideas?

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BRIEDANIELLE 1/2/2010 7:20PM

  Do you find your pedometer to be very accurate, then? I've tried many, and found them all to be faulty. I don't want to waste any more money on garbage pretending to be a pedometer. If you like yours, please tell us about it. Specs, price, brand, etc... Thanks!

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TWOCANS 12/11/2009 11:29PM

    I like your idea! That show soo motivated me! I too would exercise when I would watch the episode clips!

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URMYLF 12/11/2009 11:22PM

    Wow, you are really on the ball getting your steps in, determining ways to continue doing so, and finding a way to keep yourself motivated! Great work!

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JCDUBEA63 12/11/2009 12:19AM

    Yes Shay is an inspiration they also have a guy on spark people that was close to 535 that has lost almost to his goal Billalex70 is at 251. So we have someone on sparks to motivate us!! We can do this!!!

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NOTGIVINGUP49 12/10/2009 10:30PM

    WAY TO GO on getting in your steps!!!! Be proud of yourself--I am proud of you!

As for Shay--I LOVE your idea about a challenge with Shay. She is such an inspiration to me. I am about her weight now.

While I love the show I have mixed feelings about the message it may leave some people. It is unrealistic to think that the average person is going to loose that amount of weight in that period of time. I need to remind myself that I don't and can't exercise 5 hrs per day and therfore, should not expect the results that they acheive. I want to loose my weight with SP to have a LASTING healthy lifestyle with behavioral changes.

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WEIGHTLIFTGIRL 12/10/2009 7:15AM

    I think it's a good idea for you to race with Shay. The show was great. We'll have to think about the rewards part - that's a tough one.

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PATTYS74 12/10/2009 2:16AM

    I love the idea of racing with Shay. She is one of my favorite contestants. You are doing fabulous walking in place getting in that many steps good for you. You are motivating a lot of people to move way to go.

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CARTOONB 12/9/2009 11:53PM

    I didn't get to watch the show, but have heard from many people that Rebecca's new "persona" was not favorable. I like your idea of "racing" with Shay. Maybe you can't afford $1000 per pound, but can you put aside $1 per pound or $5? Then, in May, take that money and buy yourself something you normally wouldn't. A massage, clothes, a manicure, a trip to a show or museum...whatever you really want to do!

Great job getting those steps in. Way to go!!

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CHERYLANDERICA 12/9/2009 10:17PM

    I absolutely love the show as well. I always watched Rebecca because she started where I am now. And while she is lower now than what my goal is, I felt inspired to get there. I agree, the hair and mini skirt weren’t the best, but I tell you what…when I get to 160lbs I wanna wear something little too!! LOL!! It is gonna happen for us. I know it is. I will race Shay with you. I think it is a good plan. I don’t have an incentive plan for us, but I am in for the challenge of it. May, here we come!!! 5 months girl. Let’s make it happen!!

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SMILESWITH7KIDS 12/9/2009 9:14PM

    Oh gee, I just have to buy a pedometer. I love your enthusiasm and your idea to race Shay is just outstanding. I've missed the Biggest Looser the last few years because I can't remember when it's on, but it sounds like it's well worth marking on the calendar. I'm going to hunt around for an archived video online.

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LOOZINITNOW 12/9/2009 7:19PM

    Good for you making sure you get that 10,000 steps a day in! And the goal you are setting yourself for May...that is awesome! emoticon

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MEGS4148 12/9/2009 7:17PM

    It is impressive that you walked in place when most people would have just sat on the couch and enjoyed the show. Stick with that and you will be successful. Racing Shay is a great idea! Good luck and I hope you win!

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JSHEAK31 12/9/2009 7:10PM

  Good Luck. Shay is an inspiration for us all

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Thank Goodness My Bucket Was FULL...

Monday, December 07, 2009

...As I started this week because it's now almost half empty!!!

It all started last night. I went upstairs to have a discussion with one of my teenage sons about his weekend ( and some poor choices). What I thought would be a small 5 minute discussion ended up being two hours with lots of tears from both parts. I finally hugged my huge 6'6" "little" boy, told him I loved him and wished him good night. I went downstairs and did some more crying! It's so hard to be a teenager and harder still to be the teenagers mom. My heart aches and I'm emotionally drained!

I finally fell asleep at 1:00 a.m. so I didn't get up at 5 to go to Curves. My morning did start at 6 though to get started on my transcription work and get my kiddos up and moving for school.

Then this morning as I was driving my two middles schoolers and three neighbors to school my car overheated and broke down! ARGHHHH! Thankfully I was in the school parking lot and had already dropped off the kids. So I gathered up my little ones, went inside and called my hubby. He came to the rescue but we had to leave the car there.

I'm thankful for the strength I'm feeling. My old self, just one month ago, would have caved under less pressure and would have gone to the store for Peanut M&M's, Hershey Nuggets and WHOLE milk! I would have shut the world out (or as much as I could with 8 kids to watch over, including my daycare child) grabbed a good book and eaten it ALL!

This WILL be a good day, I'm making it my mantra. It IS a good day, It IS a good day!!! I will make it so! Now I just have to figure out when to get my workout in. But for now I've clipped on my pedometer and will NOT go to bed until I reach 10,000 steps.

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KELLI9001 12/8/2009 8:26AM

    Good job. You are handling things well. Glad to hear those bad habits are changing.


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PATTYS74 12/8/2009 2:37AM

    Well you are really getting a handle on things. Great that you didn't turn to the stash when your problems hit. We all know what that is like we have all been there. You made a big step with your new attitude and it WILL be a good day. Congrats on being our Biggest Loser way to go. emoticon

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CHERYLANDERICA 12/7/2009 10:39PM

    Great attitude!! I know how hard it is with our a vehicle, even if only for a day. I hope it is a minor problem. Hope you got those steps in and stayed strong today!!

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CHRISCROW 12/7/2009 7:24PM

    way to stay possitive even when it is hard.... sorry to hear about your car... and your son.. thanksfully you are there for him - he is lucky!!!! Keep your chin up

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MMILUS 12/7/2009 1:34PM

    Hang in there with the teenager and congratulations on keeping the positive attitude going. Be thankful he's still open to talking with you, eve if there are tears involved.

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LOOZINITNOW 12/7/2009 1:23PM

    Awesome attitude and I agree with how it would have been handled before Sparkpeople. emoticon That was my fix all...so I thought. Keep your head up high and smile. emoticon It is a good day!

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CUTENCOMPACT05 12/7/2009 1:08PM

    Sorry to hear about your car. My battery died about a month ago and I didn't find out until I was already late for work. Hopefully it will be something that is cheap and easy to fix. Keep thinking positive and good luck on getting your 10,000 steps!

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Rejuvenated For A New Week

Monday, December 07, 2009

I'm ready for tomorrow. I'm ready to weigh in on Tuesday (and Wednesday for my BL challenge). I'm ready to feel the difference in my body, the happiness in my soul and the looseness of my clothes.

This weekend has been perfect! Yesterday I got a lot of workouts in. I'm following a routine which on Saturday means a workout at Curves at 8:30 in the morning and then a 3 mile walk in the afternoon. After my Curves workout was done I went outside to get into my car only to find it was blocked by a huge truck hanging a sign on the business next door. They told me they'd be a few more minutes. Instead of wasting my time I went back into Curves and just jogged in place on their jogging boards. (I'm wearing a pedometer so that DEFINITELY helped me get closer to my 10,000 steps).

At 1 o'clock I met my sister, along with two of my daughters, for our weekly Saturday walk at a nature park. This time we decided to take a different trail for variety. I'm definitely the slowest of the group so I told them to work at their own pace, don't wait for me, we're all in this to get ourselves healthy. My 11-year-old jogged the whole thing with my sister. My 17-year-old would run/jog ahead and then jog back to find me and walk for a little bit. Then she'd be off again running, etc, etc....

To be honest I LOVED the time I was walking by myself. It gave me so much time to think. I thought of my goals, visualized myself skinnier, healthier. A young mom with a stroller ran past me and I imagined myself doing that a year from now pushing my youngest while the others are at school.

The new trail we chose was harder, longer and had hills to climb up and stagger down. It was a WORKOUT! There were times I wanted to quit. At one point when my daughter was walking with me I said, "It's better walking here than at the track. At the track if I was tired I'd cut across the middle and go to the car. But here even though I'm tired I CAN"T give up. I have to keep walking if I want to go home. During the times it felt too much I thought of inspirational people. The Biggest Loser show, my own kids and Zircadia from Spark People. She ran her first marathon yesterday while I was struggling with my 3.5 miles. What a wonderful example she is! I ended my day with over 15,000 steps, my legs ached and were shaky but it felt SOOO good!

Today was a growth building day in a different way, it was my day of rest. On Sundays I don't exercise I give my body a break to focus on the spiritual. I was definitely spiritually fed!

In my church, I'm LDS, we have a fast Sunday. First Sunday of each month we do not eat or drink for up to 24 hours. The money that we would have spent on those meals we donate to the church which is then given to those in need. It's also a time to focus on our spirit and not our physcial body and draw closer to our Heavenly Father and Savior through prayer. After church I was able to view hundreds of nativities. They were gorgeous, all donated for the week's display at our church and from all over the world. Then I was able to listen to wonderful music and inspirational Christmas messages.

I'm so thankful to be able to start a new week. Make changes where I need to. Put my body to the test. Continue to make my weak areas stronger. Spend time with my kids and their CRAZY schedules. And help bring the true meaning of Christmas into our home trying to ignore the commercialism of it all as much as we can.

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FLUENTFROG 12/7/2009 9:28AM

    What a magical sounding walk, and wonderful insights and motivation you bring into this week! You're doing GREAT!

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LOOZINITNOW 12/7/2009 9:05AM

    You have a wonderful, success oriented mindset! Keep it going! emoticon

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    Good for you!

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KELLI9001 12/7/2009 8:25AM

    Way to go, great job. You are well on your way to your goals.

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    Sounds like you had a great weekend and have your mind positively focused on your future vision. emoticon

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SMILESWITH7KIDS 12/7/2009 1:22AM

    I just stopped by to send you a note asking how your weekend was only to find that you already wrote a post about it. Sounds like the nature walk was wonderful. It's way past my bedtime, so I'll catch up with you tomorrow. Woo hoo on 3+miles of trails and hills, that "ain't" easy. I'm still struggling with one mile that has two small hills.

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Nice, OBESE, Clear Voice

Friday, December 04, 2009

So I went for a CT Scan today as follow up from an appointment I had a few weeks ago at the ENT. As I sat in the exam room the doctor pulled up my file online. He had to leave the room at one point so I took a glance. The description he had put from my first appointment was "Nice, Obese, Clear Voice"

I'm glad he thinks I'm a nice person and as a professional considers my voice as clear (it's a good thing he didn't ask me to sing he may have put something else down) but the Obese part stung.

Yes, I know I'm obese. I hate it but the first step of change is acknowledging it. I AM OBESE. The thing I hated was actually someone writing that about me as who I am. I know it's important for the doctor's to know the health status of their patients I just wish I was in a different position so a different status could be written down.

Seeing that Five-letter word is another motivator that is going to keep this fire burning! The thing is I want to get that Obese word changed on my file. I may have to schedule another appointment in a year just to go in and say...OBESE???? Not anymore please take that off of my description.

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TRICIALICI 12/5/2009 12:30AM

    You are definitely moving in the right direction! I usually hate going to any doctor appointment. I hate being weighed - I'm certain they hire the tiniest little things to do their weigh-ins! I have a routine check-up scheduled in January. The neurologist I see noticed a year or so ago that I had lost a few pounds, and she was very complimentary. I kind of pooh-poohed the fact as not being anything significant, as it was just 7 or 8 pounds. She surprised me by saying that every pound lost is significant, and pulled a true to scale, simulated l pound lump of "plastic fat" from a drawer. She told me to imagine 7 or 8 of those gone (whatever it was), and complimented me again on my efforts. It made an impression on me. One pound of fat looks like a lot! I'm kind of excited to see what she says when I see her again in January. (She'll never know that I gained that 7 or 8 lbs. back, because when I see her next I should weigh a good 20 or so pounds less than I did when she complimented me on the loss!

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PATTYS74 12/4/2009 11:59PM

Our medical community can be hurtful. Some don't seem to understand, we don't want to be here. I went to a doctor one time and ask if he could help me lose some weight. His answer was just cut back on what you are eating....as if it were just that easy. I guess we have to look at it as just a word and not as who we are. Don't let them get to you. I love your last sentence let that be your goal.
"Not anymore please take that off of my description." Let it keep you motivated, let it keep us all motivated and we will show them. You are a White Tiger now you will do it....lol

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SMILESWITH7KIDS 12/4/2009 7:39PM

    Oh, the sting of that word. When I was pregnant with one of my kids the doctor left the room and I opened the folder (paper then) and right across the top it said "morbidly obese" I was furious LOL It obviously didn't change my eating habits, but the memory of it still stings. How dare he write the truth on paper ;)

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KITKAT2010 12/4/2009 7:16PM

    I had a similar experience a year ago, seeing "slightly obese" caucasian female, written in my medical chart. It really hurt my feelings. I seriously thought that it should have said over weight female even though I know I am obese. I still took it very personally.

I too am waiting for validation on my next visit. Do you think the doctor will mention that he has seen I've lost weight instead of gaining more this year?

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LOOZINITNOW 12/4/2009 7:10PM

    I have been to the Dr. and had him put obesity on the diagnosis form that gets sent to the insurance...embarrassing!! It's like if you are sick, it's because you are obese! Enough of that for me too!

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TRENTDREAMER 12/4/2009 6:56PM

    Yeah, that stings. I just left O-town three weeks ago. There is something just so painful about that word. Until recently, I thought that I was alone in hating that word as much as I did.

Keep the fire burning!

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So Close I Can TASTE It!!!

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Tuesday was my official weekly weigh-in day but I do have to admit I usually weigh myself daily. On Tuesday my scale showed an official loss of 4.8lbs!!! I was excited to get that kind of result with the past week being Thanksgiving and TOM arriving the day before. Then yesterday I got on the scale and I was down another .2. Today I got on the scale and I was another pound down...303.8!!!! I can't believe it!

I am almost out of the 300's. It is SO close I can't stand it! I think this is going to push me to work out a little harder each day and really log every bite I eat. (I've actually been doing great with that. My 9 year old got a s mall candy cane blizzard yesterday, didn't eat it all so I ate the last6 bites. I logged it and I still came out okay on my tracker.)

I see a lot of people excited to enter the ONEderlands and it is exciting for them (Hey, when I get to that point I'll be sobbing with Elation!) But for me, right now, leaving the 300's is thrilling. I haven't seen the 200's since the beginning of my pregnancy with Hannah almost three years ago.

Speaking of Hannah, a little update. It's been almost two weeks since her finger accident. Since then we've been to the specialist twice for bandage changes. I have to admit it was hard for me to see her finger. The last time, two days ago, her finger was looking worse to me. Red, puffy with green pussy scabbing. I asked the doctor about it and he said, "It actually looks really good". Okay, if you say so. He said we can start taking her bandage off at home only for showers. I visited with the older kids and let them know not to make an comments like "Oh, GROSS" "YUCK" etc... Some are a little apprehensive and said they'll leave the room when we take the bandage off for the shower. The doctor thinks it will mend nicely on it's own, if it doesn't then they'll shave off the tip of the bone and do a skin graft.

I'm so thankful for the success I'm having and that it has finally "clicked" mentally to stick with this.

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TRICIALICI 12/3/2009 4:20PM

    Great job! You are doing VERY, VERY well! Just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and soon you'll be looking at the 290's, 280's, 250's, 220's, and so on . . . You can do this - you have proven that you can!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 12/3/2009 2:31PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss.

I think that the finger will be fine. I shared with you about my grandma. It really was fine for here too. Now it is just part of her. Not a big deal. She taught herself to play the organ anyway.

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LOOZINITNOW 12/3/2009 11:53AM

    WOW!!! You are doing so awesome! What a Christmas present to yourself...you should be there by then! I can't think of a better gift! Glad to hear your daughter's finger is healing. emoticon

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FLUENTFROG 12/3/2009 11:12AM

    emoticon You're doing AWESOME! The 'milestones' we create for ourselves are our own, that we're all traveling this path together to get back to healthy lifestyle is the commonality, and what truly matters. (Great news about Hannah's finger, too!)

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KARVY09 12/3/2009 11:12AM

    I'm proud of you! You'll be in the 200s in no time! Keep up the fabulous work!

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WEEZBUG82 12/3/2009 11:10AM

  Woo hoo! Twos-ville here you come! emoticon

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