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Reached a Milestone I feel like Celebrating

Friday, October 07, 2011

I can remember a time in my life when I climbed on the scale, saw 172 and felt embarrassed that I weighed so much. I am now down to 172, a 35 pound weight loss. I look at myself in the mirror and wonder how in the world I could have possible thought I was heavy.

I am 5 feet 8 1/2 inches tall. I was 5'9" the last time I weighed this much. I am a big person. My hands are 7 7/8" long from the bottom of my palm to the tip of my middle finger. My calves are larger than many people's thighs, yet my legs look shapely. When I look in the mirror I don't look particularly heavy.

Between 16 and 30 years of age, I maintained a weight that was well below a healthy weight for me. I was always hungry. I was always very physically active. My hip bones stuck out and you could count my ribs from 6 feet away. At 172 pounds, I was over my idea of an ideal weight by 37 pounds.

In my thirties, I let my weight drift up. I would fight it and get it back down every few years, but nothing was ever permanent. I tried so many quick fixes that I can't even remember half of them. The weight would just come back on again. When I injured myself so badly in an intense weight loss boot camp that I could no longer stand on my feet for more than 10 minutes at a time, I gave up.

I gained about 23 pounds in the 2 years it took for my injuries to heal. On my 50th birthday my driver's license expired. I hadn't really looked in a mirror for 2 years. I hadn't weighed myself in over 2 years. When the woman at the DMV handed me my driver's license with my photo, I was stunned. I was so depressed.

It took me 2 months to weigh myself. By that time I had already started walking 3 -5 times per week. I read an article about a couple who had lost a considerable amount of weight on Sparkpeople, so I joined. I've been here since May and I've lost a total of 35 lbs since then. I'm taking it slow. If I'm hungry I eat. If I'm injured I take it easy. I have lost weight every week so far, knock on wood. Sometimes I only lose a half a pound a week. I figure the longer it takes me to lose the weight, the longer I'll have to develop good habits. Good habits will help me maintain a healthy weight.

I am not at my goal weight yet. I still have 12 pounds to go. My calculated BMI is still over 25, 25.8 I think. I have 6 more pounds to lose before my BMI is under 25. I know at my goal weight I will be trim, but not unhealthily thin. Even though my calculated BMI is over 25 right now, I am quite happy at this weight. I'm not going to starve myself. I will devote a reasonable amount of time to exercise, but I won't start "doubling up" to get to my goals in a hurry. I'm ok with how ever long it takes me to get to my goal weight.

I FEEL GREAT! I think it's time to reward myself. I'm dreaming of some new jeans and sweat pants.

  
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FRANCES-AGAPE 10/7/2011 7:26PM

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Great attitude! - and attitude is
a BIG portion of the health equation.
You're on the right track, dear.

Taking small steps re-learning food and
exercise habits is the KEY !

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BLESSINGS!

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I bought my first swimsuit in 2 years and I'm going to wear it in public

Friday, August 05, 2011

We have an exercise pool in our garage. I can't remember the last time I was seen in public in my swimsuit. It had to be at least 4 years ago since I exposed my upper thighs in public and that was in a suit I had owned for years. I did own a swimsuit. I realized that it was 2 sizes too big. It is also one of those black suits that go down to the knees. Even though it's stretchy, the front gaps open when I'm swimming. No one wants to see that!

Since I didn't have time to order one online, I decided to put on a brave face and go find one in the store. I'm still 14 lbs away from a BMI of 25 and 24 pounds from my goal weight. I'm ok with my size right now, but trying on a suit in front of a mirror for the first time in ages was tough. My thighs aren't what they used to be. Strangely I had become complacent because I felt so much better about myself after having lost 23 lbs. Trying on the suit was a real motivator.

The suit is a regular one-piece suit. It shows my thighs. I can wear swim shorts over it if I feel too exposed. Over the last 4 or 5 years, I've made excuses for not getting in the water with my family. The most important thing about this suit is that I will swim with my girls and husband this weekend. Actually participating in activities with my family was a goal when I started this lifestyle change. I am not going to let a few pounds get in my way.

  
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FRANCES-AGAPE 8/8/2011 9:01PM

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YAY for YOU !

Enjoy

BLESSINGS!

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PEGGY-BEE 8/5/2011 12:05PM

    Have a wonderful time with your family! That is what matters the most. The memory will be about the fun you all have, not about your swimsuit (unless there is a "wardrobe malfunction" emoticon)


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PRUSSIANETTE 8/5/2011 12:02PM

  Well, it appears you might not be feeling completely confident in your new swimsuit, but heh, it has to feel good buying one two sizes smaller than the one you have!!

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MEXGAL1 8/5/2011 11:46AM

    good for you...wear it proudly!

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Home Cooking And Making Our Own Recipes

Friday, July 29, 2011

Long time, no blog. I really haven't had much to say. I've been plugging alone. I'm trying to find things to be grateful for every day. I try to exercise everyday to relieve stress. Both my husband and I try to eat as well as possible everyday. We've been having a lot of discussion lately about restaurant food and recipes.

Our youngest is an athlete who burns a significant amount of calories a day. Last night my youngest and I did community service. It was quite late by the time we had a chance to eat dinner, so we went to a local buffet. I filled my plate with fresh veges, some beans, a little bit of a rice salad and a little bit of a salad made with whole grain pasta. As we were sitting at our table I watched the people walk by toward the main courses and desserts. The only people I saw who were not overweight were under 13 years old. My observations illustrate something my husband and I have been discussing, if someone were to eat out a lot it's difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

My husband and I have both been collecting nutritional information from restaurants since we started watching what we eat. It's difficult to find menu items under 500 calories. Often if you find them, you have to ask your server to leave off cheese or dressings. Many restaurants have salads that have more calories and fat than their dinners. Most restaurants do not have items that are under 450 calories a serving. We have found it challenging to find a really healthy well rounded meal when we eat out.

Both of us are eating meals that are 450 calories or less, so that we can have a small snack or two per day. Those 450 calorie meals have to include the right portion of carbs, protein, and fat. They must also include the right amount of calcium, vegetables and fiber. Not only have we had difficulty with restaurant meals, we've also had difficulty finding recipes that are well-balanced and under 450 calories. My solution has been to modify recipes and change portions. Both of us have been cooking a lot of vegetables, using herbs and eating very lean protein. I've picked up a lot of low-calorie, low-fat cookbooks, but I've found that the majority of recipes in those cookbooks will have to wait until we are no longer overweight.

We are doing a great job of changing our eating habits. The hardest part has been learning how to navigate restaurant menus when we are traveling or super busy.

  


Time To Stop Obsessing About Losing Weight

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I feel like I spend way too much time on this site reading articles, reading blog posts, posting status and blog posts, as well as tracking my nutrition and fitness. I think the tracking is a great idea, but I think I need to limit the amount of time I'm spending at it. I feel like I'm obsessing about losing weight so much that I'm losing myself in it. I'm pretty sure I can keep on track without spending so much time obsessing about it. I've already started not posting so much. I have other things I need to be doing. I want to enjoy my summer a little more. I have yet to start some of things I had planned for this summer.

  
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HINZEE57 6/30/2011 2:46PM

    I guess balance is the key. Oh wait, that's why I'm overweight!! I can't balance eating with not eating. It's all eating!! I know I sound crazy but you are right about obsessing. I go from one way and swing all the way the other way. I guess I have to find a happy medium someday if I live that long! LOL. Good luck !!

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HERE2BTHIN 6/30/2011 2:28PM

  Spark like A Lot of Internet Web Browsing, is meant fer Down Time. Yes, it can take over your life, if you let it. But, if you use Spark as a Support System & not a Tool to Skip out on Life. You'll be o kay.

Good Luck

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ULTIMATELYME 6/30/2011 1:34PM

    This is my downfall with SP too. I feel like I get a little obsessive compulsive with tracking, planning, posting and reading....it takes up alot of my time!! But i soooooo need to lose the weight!

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Jumping Jacks sound like fun! How about a cartwheel?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

I saw a group with a jumping jack challenge yesterday. The challenge is to do 50 a day. It had me thinking. If I put on a pair of good shoes, I could do 50 a day. It would probably be good for my arms as well. I think I could even get my girls to come out and do 50 jumping jacks with me.

Jumping jacks had me thinking about other tumbling exercises. I watched my girls do cartwheels over the weekend. I laughed. Even though they are both out of grade school, they haven't practiced tumbling much. Like most kids their age, they have spent a lot of time using their electronics rather than getting out and enjoying the fresh air. I remember practicing cartwheels from the time I was in grade school up to my 20's. I keep wondering if I could do one now. I'm actually frightened that I will fall.

I'm going to use this fright as a motivator. I want to do a cartwheel. First, I'm starting a toning/strength training routine. I want to have stronger arms. Second, I'm going to go outside and do jumping jacks. I'm a gal on a mission!

  
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FRANCES-AGAPE 7/3/2011 4:03PM

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Your post reminded me of Hool-Hoops.
I just went to a H-H post here on Spark to report what I did this weeked.
IF anyone is interest, feel free to check it out:

http://www.sparkpeople.
com/myspark/messageboard.asp?im
parent=11242625&imboard=6

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BLESSINGS!
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HERE2BTHIN 6/28/2011 1:56PM

  emoticon, You Rock & Cart Wheel !!!! emoticon


Karrie
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