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Becoming more aware of the sizes of my friends

Sunday, June 05, 2011

I have always been one of the heaviest among my group of friends. Now that I've lost 25 pounds I'm coming closer to the average. Since my weight loss my friends are starting to look heavier to me. I don't think they've gained weight. Its very strange that the people I always wanted to be more like are now looking out of shape to me. I guess I was always so self conscious about my weight that I imagined others were perfect compared to me. I am by no means model material, but I guess I'm starting to feel more confident about myself. This is a good thing!

  
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MARVEEME 6/6/2011 8:37AM

    You bet! It IS newfound confidence, and it IS good for you! It will be the source of strength you'll need to get all the way to your goal, and watch out....it can be infectious!

SPARK ON!
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OPERADIVA114 6/5/2011 9:23AM

    That confidence that you suddenly find is the best thing about losing weight. (Sure, it improves your health, but I find that I'm "healthier" all around when I feel good about myself.)

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COOLAUNTBBW 6/5/2011 9:13AM

    One of the great things about weight-loss is the self-confidence it instills in you. emoticon

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Do what coach Nicole says!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Pay attention when coach Nicole says to make sure the band is secure under your feet when doing Day 4 May Boot Camp. It really hurts when the band flies up into your face. My eyes are still watering - but I got the exercises done!
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MARVEEME 5/3/2011 6:44PM

    OUCH! Hope you didn't do any permanent damage.
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BARBAELLEN 5/3/2011 5:25PM

   

This bootcamp thing is a month? Should we expect to be thin, but blind? Will we still be alive in a month?

You're a day ahead of me, so thanks for the warning!
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8 weeks already?!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

I was surprised this morning when I counted the weeks and realized that I have been at this for 8 weeks. I'm surprised because I still feel motivated and positive about working on my new healthy lifestyle, and I have not been crossing off the days on the calendar like I'm enduring a prison sentence. I have lost weight, inches, and increased my energy. In my previous attempts to get fit I would have been splashing around in a bowl of dip by now and hanging laundry on my treadmill. Not this time. Now I'm splashing around in a bowl of fruit and running (jogging actually) 19 straight minutes on the treadmill. (A huge accomplishment for me). Here's to another 8 weeks!
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MARCH_ 4/28/2011 1:07PM

    Have we really been going eight weeks now. We'd better be careful or this could become a LIFESTYLE! emoticon

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BARBAELLEN 4/27/2011 4:53PM

    You've really been seeing some impressive results! I agree that it's surprising how this doesn't feel like something that you have to "endure". I think that before SP, the longest I've ever stayed on a diet was, say, three days? So glad to hear that your motivation is still strong. It gives me even more confidence that this really works. emoticon

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MARVEEME 4/27/2011 4:42PM

    ATTAGIRL! WOO HOO! I'm so proud of you, and happy for you, I'm doing the happy dance on my Lay-Z-Boy chair. I think my husband just called in my reservations for a rubber room, but what the heck.....

Nice feeling, isn't it?
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ARLENE_MOVES 4/27/2011 2:52PM

    Good for you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAERENE 4/27/2011 12:18PM

    That's awesome! I'm really happy for you that you are succeeding at living a healthy life! I work at it every day, and hopefully am getting better at it little by little! Keep up the awesome work and keep us updated!

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Why??

Saturday, March 26, 2011

I often sit and wonder why? about a lot of issues concerning food and weight. Why does food have so much control over me? Why, when I'm sitting watching TV, do i feel the need to eat something? Why can't I ignore that feeling? I tell myself that I'll feel bad later about eating while watching tv, but I do it anyway. Why? Why does food comfort us and make us feel good? Why are our family celebrations and holidays always centered around food? Why do we reward ourselves or our loved ones with a special food?

Why are some people thin their whole lives while others struggle with their weight? Are the thin people born with something that helps them maintain their weight? Look at Oprah. She has all the resources and support available to help her stay thin and she can't do it. And she has the motivation of being on tv in front of millions of people who might be judging her. Why are my sisters thin and I'm not (yet)? We have the same parents, the same upbringing.

I know there are theories to answer many of these questions, but they don't help me when I'm fighting with that nagging voice in the back of my head that's telling me to eat chips and dip. I need to keep working on making that other voice stronger. The one that says that chips won't make the tv program any more enjoyable. The one that says eat an apple if you're really hungry. The one that says you'll feel a whole lot better about yourself in the morning if you stay away from the kitchen tonight.

  
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MARCH_ 4/24/2011 8:27PM

    So much of this is our brain!
How can one break the mental association of tv with noshing.

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CLAIRELINN 4/11/2011 11:57AM

    Wow...we really do think alike. Just read your blog and have asked myself those same questions over and over. The good news is that I am coming to terms with some of the answers. I am realizing that the reason I eat "comfort" foods is because I haven't found accessible comfort anywhere else. So...I have been trying to find healthy "comforts" to replace the unhealthy ones. I have also come to realize that I am soooooooooo worth giving a healthy body. That does not take away from the difficulty of losing weight or changing my mindset...but I am committed to this... Small steps...one and a time.
Btw...I have three sibling (out of six) who are naturally thin. They can literally eat anything and stay stick thin. Again...same parents...same habits...different bodies. sheesh.
Hang in there!! Don't give up! I am pulling for you!

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MARVEEME 3/28/2011 6:01PM

    The TV has become such an important companion to evening snacking, hasn't it? I took a page out of my Mom's book on this one. When I was a kid, we were never allowed to watch TV unless we were also doing something else, and that could not include eating. I used to string beads for necklaces and bracelets, give myself a manicure or pedicure, or crochet my way through the few programs I was allowed to watch. I am often here on Spark while the TV is on, as it has become background noise to me. I still string beads, but make rosaries instead of jewelry now. Perhaps a making a list of the things you could do while watching TV could help you to create that new habit, and a new hobby simultaneously?

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JAERENE 3/28/2011 1:26PM

    I'm right there with you. I just started reading The Spark (really good so far, by the way) and Chris says that if we add small healthy habits, they will begin to nudge out the unhealthy ones. So we need to just keep adding small healthy behaviors - and eventually (so says Chris) we won't even miss the old habits, and the new healthy ones will have become our lifestyle - and we won't need to really think about it anymore. The healthy food will begin to taste better, etc. Lets get there together! I'm new to SP, too, and already feel that this time is different. For the first time ever, I'm setting very small goals (instead of setting myself up for failure). Let me know if you find a way to quiet the voice of unhealthy habits! I hear them too - and I certainly didn't invite them! LOL! emoticon

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KIYOSHI04 3/26/2011 4:48PM

    for some of us, and i dont know why, it will be a lifelong struggle. it just will. i feel you. you arent the only one wondering these things. i know that doesnt help, but you are not alone.

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worried about my motivation

Friday, March 25, 2011

I have been a member of this group for about a month now. During my previous efforts to lose weight and get more fit, this has been the point where my focus fades and my enthusiasm flags. Having this community makes a huge difference in my commitment, but I'm still worried about ability to stick with it. I've read from other members that they work hard at their nutrition and exercise but can go a week or two without losing. I'm not sure I will be able to stick with the program if that happens to me. I get very down and disappointed if the scale doesn't budge, or worse, if the numbers go up. I dread stepping on the scale!

I am determined to make this work and I am depending on the spark community to help me along the way.

  
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CONNIESUIT 3/26/2011 10:33PM

    I read both this blog and one titled 'Fat Talk' by SALSOOL1 from the spark team SP Class of February 27-March 5, 2011. I think the content in that blog and the video that she posted the link to might help you. Please don't hesitate to contact me personally or to turn to your class team whenever necessary. Since you all started the same week, you will be working through the program together. You might also want to check out the Healthy Lifestyle tab. There is a sub tab called Motivation that has a lot of great resources. Please let me know how I can help.

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BELLABANANAS 3/25/2011 4:13PM

    The scale can be your best friend or your worst enemy. It can tell you things that will make your week, or kill your mood. Don't give it that control. Take measurements so that you can combat the mean things the scale may say to you. And all in all its about being healthier, not just losing weight.

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JAERENE 3/25/2011 4:11PM

    I'm right there with you - BUT - I recently made a major change. This will sound crazy to you - it used to sound crazy to me. I got rid of my scale. I used to think, "How do you know if you're losing weight, if you don't have a scale?" That is true in the short term - but you also don't know if you have stalled temporarily. I put way too much stock into that number on the scale, allowing it to make or break my day - my week - my self-worth. But, it's just a number. If at the end of the month, you weigh less than at the beginning of the month, that's success. And you may never know that you stalled in the middle of the month! (Assuming you can't throw the scale away completely - maybe you could weigh only once per month.)

If you are making healthy choices, you will get results. Small steps in the right direction do add up. Do you really need a scale to tell you you're eating right? Your food log can tell you that. Same goes for exercise. You know if you are getting any exercise, or if you're not. So, maybe you can make your healthy habits your focus, instead of your weight.

You can do it! Just keep moving in the right direction!

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NEWMAC2011 3/25/2011 4:01PM

    It is normal for the scale to not move even when you're doing everything right and it can be discouraging. I am determined to get to my goal weight no matter how long it takes so I made a commitment to myself & my SParkFriends that I will keep going, NO MATTER WHAT! That means I won't quit even if the scale goes up which happens, or doesn't move as quickly as I'd hoped.

Hope you'll make a similar decision because you will reach your goals as long as you stick with it. Find other ways to see progress other than the scale. Take it one day at a time & you'll get there.

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