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Here is what 60 lbs lost looks like! (LOTS of pics!)

Sunday, May 16, 2010

So, in all of my excitement of running my first half marathon last week I neglected to let everyone know that I hit a big milestone in my journey here at Sparkpeople.....as of last week I have



It may have taken 17 months but I have done it! Let the celebration commence!



What does 60 pounds look like you ask?

Here is a picture of my youngest daughter. She weighs 45 lbs, so I have lost one of her, plus three 5 lb bags of sugar...that is just mind boggling to me!



So, what does 60 lbs look like? I took a trip to Wal-mart to find out... here is 60 lbs of dog food:


Here are three 20 lb jugs of cat litter. I hate carrying home just one of these suckers, so don't ask me how I was carrying around what amounted to three of them on my body---No wonder I was tired all of the time!



On the top two shelves of this picture you will find twelve 5 lb bags of sugar.
12 x 5=60!!!!



Here is a picture of one pound of butter---add 59 more of these packages and you will have the 60 pounds I have lost!



I suppose the best way to see 60 lbs is to look at some before and after shots. This is actually a tough task as I used to hide from the camera, so before shots of me are few and far between. In fact, the best before shots I found were from 2003 and 2005! However, I weighed approx 200-205 lbs at the time both these shots were taken, so they are an accurate representation of what I looked like on January 3, 2009 when I started on spark weighing 203 lbs.



This shot is a bit over exposed and the scanner did something weird to it, but I guess it will do for a before shot:


Here is a picture from 2008 I was hiding behind my daughter, so it is not a full body shot--I probably weighed about 190 or 195 here:


And now some after shots (I like these better-LOL):

Me in Hawaii March, 2010





And, of course, me running my half marathon May 8, 2010





I am not at my goal weight yet but I am getting closer---only 7 more pounds to go!
I can not describe how my life has changed in 17 months. I am a new person on the outside and the inside...I truly have a new lifestyle and a new outlook.

Please keep in mind it took me about 70 weeks to lose 60 lbs----That is less than 1 lb a week!---in other words, I lose weight SLOOOOOOW. I have hypothyroidism. My metabolism rivals a turtle's. I joke that watching me lose weight is about as exciting as watching paint dry!

Even so, I DID IT! Not only that but IF I CAN DO IT YOU CAN DO IT! Those of you that have slow progress on the scale--- HANG IN THERE! It may take you a while to do it, but trust me--YOU WILL GET THERE....and it feels fabulous!

  
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56_PICKLES 6/14/2010 11:20PM

    Very inspiring! Glad I found your blog - thanks!

As I'm looking at at least 80 pounds (would like 90, but am trying to be realistic), it is great to know that someone has done nearly that in such a doable timetable. I'm only three weeks in and this is encouraging.

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YAY!!! Good for you!!! emoticon

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CANDINHA1231 6/6/2010 7:06PM

  wowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww that amazing, congratulation. emoticon

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CARMINACG 6/3/2010 11:18AM

    Your journey has been an inspiration to me! I have lost 36lbs to date and am aiming for 23lbs more, My goal for when I reach 30 yrs is to run a 1/2 marathon and to sport a sexy 2 peice swim suit! Which I have never worn in my life. I tend to loose weight slowly as well, and often get discouraged when I dont see the drop I was expecting on the scale! I know loosing weight is a slow process, so I have commited my self to reaching my end goal! Thanks for the motivation and your story!

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ANEWMECOMING 5/28/2010 1:20PM

  Wow...what an inspiring story you have!!! It helps remind me that even if it comes of slow...it's still coming off!!! And time is going to go by anyway so why not have it go by with slow steady progress! Thank you for sharing. Your story will help make a difference for so many of us.

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EAHBALICE 5/28/2010 10:20AM

    You look fantastic and you've done a great job! Congratulations on your milestone! emoticon

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SUPERDUCK79 5/28/2010 8:39AM

    Congratulations! That's amazing! Keep up the good work - you look fantastic!

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CHAOTICMOM4 5/28/2010 6:58AM

    Congratulations on both of your milestones. I wonder if us slow losers appreciate the loss so much there is no going back.
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L3DESIGNS 5/28/2010 12:13AM

    Looking great! Way to go!

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RUN2BEFREE 5/27/2010 8:33PM

    You look great! You are such an inspiration!

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BIG50GIRL 5/27/2010 9:03AM

    Fantastic!

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COUNTRYBUMKIN65 5/26/2010 3:14PM

    You Look Awesome!!! You've Done So Wonderful!!! I Loved The Pic's!!

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SUZIEQ1961 5/25/2010 3:04PM

    Thank you for the motivational story. I needed it.

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MJDEVEREUX 5/25/2010 3:32AM

    Lookin' Good!

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MJDEVEREUX 5/25/2010 3:31AM

    Lookin' Good!

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MJDEVEREUX 5/25/2010 3:31AM

    Lookin' Good!

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MJDEVEREUX 5/25/2010 3:31AM

    Lookin' Good!

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CATHERINEL66 5/24/2010 7:50PM

    fantasic! I thought you were always a super-runner fabulous lady - having lost 60 lbs just add to it! wow!

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ON_GAL 5/24/2010 6:11PM

  OMG! Sooo inspirational!

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JOOLIE3 5/23/2010 11:48PM

    You look simply amazing!!

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BRINI24 5/23/2010 9:55AM

    Thank you so much for posting this!!! I have been stuck in the 170's for some time now and I keeping telling everyone they are haunting me!!! I find myself having obsecure plateau's and it can get VERY frustrating!

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STEELRESOLVE22 5/22/2010 7:01PM

  Keeping your goal in front of you and not losing your vocus because your body loses weight slowly is inspiring.

Thanks for sharing!

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AZSATT 5/22/2010 2:36PM

    That's outstanfing, and thanks for the visuals on what 60 lbs looks like.

It's awesome that you're So close to your goal - and congrats again on that half marathon!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 5/22/2010 1:40PM

    You look great!! Good job! I also lose weight VERY slowly, but I have heard that is the best way to do it! I am still way slowed than you though, but it's very inspiring to see someone stick with it and not just lose it all quickly!

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LEOLO_1 5/22/2010 1:47AM

    you are SO AWESOME!!!! thank you for writing this! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MRSPRETTY 5/21/2010 10:21PM

    Ok first of all..go you! I know how hard you have had to work to get there and you are just awesome for doing it. But the biggest thing i have to say is thank you for this post...You visuals just helped me realize something. I've lost 45lbs as of today but I have felt like a failure because I still have more to go..seeing the fact that I lost a whole child worth of weight, or two jugs of cat litter and a bag of sugar actually puts it into perspective. I don't think any one of us would want to carry those items around all day but yet thats what we were carrying on our bodies. Thank you, so much. I wish you all the success in everything you do!

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GOGETTER128 5/21/2010 9:57PM

    OMG! You are my hero! You look fantastic...

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SPARK-A-LICIOUS 5/21/2010 8:22PM

    amazing!!! congrats!

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AJTABRADY 5/21/2010 7:52PM

    That is so awesome !
I have done this weight loss thing once before, and did the same thing.
I trained for my first marathon, and that in and of itself was the motivation.
Since then I have done many marathons and halfs. That is so cool, you have inspired me !


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SMOKINGUN 5/21/2010 7:28PM

    I work at Wal-Mart and heve seen and lifted each of the things you showed. What a great way to do the comparison. Now I know why I have to lose 199. Thanks

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BECKYCOLVIN 5/21/2010 6:03PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss! It sure does put it in perspective!

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MELODYSPARKLES 5/21/2010 4:34PM

    Good for you! Finally someone who didn't just loose 60 pounds in 2 months1 I am with you girl, I don't have any thyroid condition, but none the less my wt loss is slow, but steady..so what the heck! I am not in a hurry, I been hauling this weight around for many years.

Love all the photos, you are gorgeous, enthusiastic...and you didn't let time spoil your journey! Good for you!!!

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DOLFYNDANCE70 5/21/2010 4:25PM

    I am so happy for you! I also lost alot of weight,was 189 at one point and down to 153 but I have gained five pounds back and can not seem to lose it and reach my goals. I have lost my energy again since the weather has gotten hotter, so I am trying to get motivated again to push myself. I have been riding my bike and walking. My new wii fit plus game really helps. I am finding some troubles with my hormones may be to blame for the lack of energy, so I will be seeing a doc about that. I hope the best for you, and you look great!

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TIGERMOM710 5/21/2010 2:20PM

    Congratulation!!!
Thank you for the inspirational story. I had thyroid cancer and don't even have a thyroid anymore and purely live on meds. Maybe my expectations of my own weight loss should be less and I should just expect that it will take me a couple of years to loose 102 pounds. I'm glad to see that you haven't given up during this journey. Way to go!!!!!

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LKJABLONOWSKI 5/21/2010 1:36PM

    What a great blog. Very cute demonstration in the WalMart, and your before and after pics are really cool. I think you look fantastic and it's so reassuring to see your success! Thanks for the pick-me-up :o)

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LDCOLE85297 5/21/2010 12:36PM

    awesome visuals.... keep up the fantastic work. emoticon

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MOOTERS 5/21/2010 12:14PM

  Way to go!!! That is so Inspirational!!! CONGRATS!!! emoticon

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FITB4-40 5/21/2010 11:23AM

    emoticonon your weigh loss and fitness accomplishments. Way to go!

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BETHGILLIGAN 5/21/2010 8:05AM

    Love this blog!! I am losing very slowly and getting discouraged but after reading this and some of the comments I know I just need to keep on keepin' on! You look great and I love the demo pictures!! emoticon

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SUZYMOBILE 5/21/2010 7:22AM

    That is fabulous! Now, go back and re-read it, to remind yourself of everything you have accomplished and CAN continue to accomplish! You're doing so emoticon

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ANDARI26 5/21/2010 1:15AM

    I understand the slow loss. I plug away less than a lb a week. Some weeks nada. Grats on the half marathon!

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LADYLOCKS54 5/20/2010 11:31PM

    Great blog love the pictures. way to go!

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ANNABELLA007 5/20/2010 9:35PM

    Nice way to illustrate 60 pounds. You look terrific - healthy and happy.
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RACHELLECANCIO 5/20/2010 7:42PM

    I LOVE your blog & all the pictures! You had me smiling ear to ear with the dog food & all. You look AMAZING you are a great inspiration! congrats!

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JANEFOOD1 5/20/2010 7:18PM

    Wow ,way to go! You look healthy and your daughter and you look so cute ! emoticon emoticonJane

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RNETMOM 5/20/2010 7:14PM

  Wow...you look great! congrats

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JAY75REY 5/20/2010 5:39PM

    I'm losing slowly like you, and it's not abnormal! In fact it's probably more normal than not. For instance, how many people even stick with a program for 17 months! that's the way to do it, girl! My own goal is just to lose 3 lbs a month, and even that may not happen. Persistence pays off, it's not a race.
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My Official Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini Marathon Pictures!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Here are my official half marathon photos:

Finish line:



Official post race picture:



It was a great race and an awesome experience! I can't wait until my next one--The Community Health Networks Indianapolis Half Marathon on October 16, 2010--BRING IT ON!

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ANDYLIN90 5/24/2010 2:28AM

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There's nothing like crossing that finish line. Good for you!

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LIETCHI 5/22/2010 7:30AM

    Congrats, quite an accomplishment!

Can I ask in what time you finished? I'd like to run a half marathon myself next year, I'm not sure what time I should/could be aiming for emoticon


Edit: never mind, I found it on your home page already!

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CHUBBYSISTER1 5/18/2010 10:26PM

    Congrats on a great race!!! You look amazing. Congrats on losing 60 pounds...very inspiring.

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FREELADY 5/17/2010 3:45PM

    Your blogs are so enjoyable and uplifting!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 5/16/2010 5:48PM

    Great pictures!

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SPEEDYDOG 5/16/2010 4:12PM

    I like running but I like crossing that finish line even more! Nice photos! You have a great smile! Fantastic accomplishment!

Bruce
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DRAGONFLY1974 5/16/2010 10:46AM

    Awesome job!!!!!

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RKBABCOCK 5/16/2010 9:29AM

    Great pictures!

We ran Ft Harrison on Thursday. I wanted to run some hills before the Geist. It was a good workout! I know John has told you this, but we would love to meet you out there sometime and run the park with you, if you want to see it before the half.

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BIKERCHICK74 5/16/2010 12:05AM

    WHOOHOOOOO!!!

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SHOSHANADP 5/15/2010 11:21PM

    Great job! The pictures look great.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 5/15/2010 9:19PM

    Awesome! The pics tell it all....

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LUNADRAGON 5/15/2010 8:48PM

    Wonderful! Congratulations on your glorious accomplishment!
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BRAVE_NEW_ME 5/15/2010 8:19PM

    Fantastic photos!

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CAROLYN1213 5/15/2010 7:31PM

    You look awesome! Look how pretty your smile is!!!! I can't wait for our next race!!! I've been filling out my training schedule and am already getting excited!

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JOHNBABJR 5/15/2010 7:27PM

    I agree. Great photos!

Congrats on signing up for the half at the Indpls Marathon. I think you'll enjoy the course. And we will be out there to cheer you on!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 5/15/2010 7:01PM

    Beautiful! Well done!

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ANNE7X7 5/15/2010 5:27PM

    The picture of you crossing the finish line is simply A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!! You look GORGEOUS and so happy!! Congrats girl!!

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BENJAMINSBABY 5/15/2010 2:45PM

    I LOVE them! You look absolutely victorious in the first and so happy in the second!! Thanks for sharing!

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Book #19 out of 50 books read in 2010: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Saturday, May 15, 2010



Toni Morrison's first novel, written in 1970, showcases how lack of opportunity, lack of intrinsic motivation, and feelings of inferiority affect a person's life. Set in Lorain, Ohio, in 1941, “The Bluest Eye” is something of an ensemble piece. The narrative point of view is passed like a baton from one character to the next. The focus, though, is on an 11-year-old black girl named Pecola Breedlove; a young African-American girl described as ugly, whose only dream is to be the opposite of what she is-- in other words a white child, with blue eyes. Her perception of beauty is based on the reality of the culture and era in which she has been raised. Heart-wrenching in parts, Morrison writes of the importance of beauty and to what lengths a person would go to achieve “beauty." Morrison explores how a culture, in which only one ideal is accepted as superior, such as the American blue eyed blonde standard of beauty, dictates what individuals think about the worth of things and how this standard of beauty damages the soul of those who are on the lowest rungs of the hierarchy.

I won't lie; I was upset by several graphic scenes in this novel, the main one being a brutal rape described in great detail. It's depressing, complex, and downright tragic story as an innocent little girl is destroyed both by her own family and by a society set on convincing her that she is both ugly and worthless. Some would argue this novel is targeted to an African-American audience, but I disagree. The idea of self-loathing - either within oneself or within a community - is not specific to any one group of people, this book speaks to any and all who open its pages. No child should be made to feel they are less simply because of who they are. While this is not a feel good book it is a very moving book, and I highly recommend reading it..

  
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SHASHEE71 5/23/2010 12:14AM

    Love the book review! I am going to put it on my "to read" list on Goodreads. Are you a member? If not you should check it out...it's an amazing site!!

www.goodreads.com

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ANALYZETHIS1 5/19/2010 3:37PM

    hmm

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BIGBADMOMMABEAR 5/15/2010 1:51PM

    Thanks for the review! That's a book I'm thinking of reading, but will make sure I'm in the right frame of mind.

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My Trade Secrets (a fun survey)

Saturday, May 15, 2010

In the Spark article "Trade Secrets From The SparkPeople Coaches" by - SparkPeople Experts they listed several questions and each of the staff experts from SparkPeople answered them. It was a really cool way to get to know them better and to hear what works for them in their daily life.

I thought it would be fun to answer the same questions for my Spark friends to get to know me better and also see if you also want to give it a try in your blog. It should be fun!

1) In my fridge, you'll always find:

Non-fat Greek yogurt. Seriously, it is a panic situation if I don't have this item. Before they stocked in in all the stores I drove 13 miles one way to get the stuff!

2) My favorite "go-to" exercise is:

Running of course!

3) When I usually workout is:

I have to be at work by 6am so there are no early morning workouts for this girl. O work days I exercise in the evening when I get home. On my days off I prefer to exercise as early as possible

4) My biggest temptation/obstacle is:

Concentrated Sweets---I find it VERY difficult to resist the siren call of cookies, cake, candy and ice cream. I try not to even have these items in my house

5) My favorite trick for staying motivated is:

~As far as exercise goes--JUST DO IT. If I don't want to do it I tell myself I can stop after 15 minutes if I want to as long as I run, walk whatever for just 15 minutes. I mean, come one-I can do anything for 15 minutes, right? I have never stopped at just 15 minutes, so once I get going I am fine.
~I find goal setting to be key for my success. I always have some sort of running event scheduled so I remain focused-if I want to slack off I will remind myself "I have that half marathon in October--I better get a move on!"
~I have more non-weight loss related goals than weight loss goals. This allows me to remain postive even when the scale is not moving

6) In my home gym, you'll find:

An elliptical which I use all the time and exercise DVD's which I never use-lol. Thank goodness that I love to run outside

7) In the Grocery store, I usually head for ________ first.

Dairy section! Gotta get that greek yogurt! Of course, the produce section is next :-)

8) My personal Motto is:
"Our running shoes are really erasers. Every step erases a memory of a past failure. Every mile brings us closer to a clean slate. Each footstrike rubs away a word, a look, or an event, which led us to believe that success is beyond our grasp."
~ John "The Penguin" Bingham


Now, it's your turn !

  
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WESTPHAL95 5/19/2010 11:59AM

    Wow, that was fun to read. I think I found out some of your "secrets"! I'm going to put some of them into action, too! (I love Greek yogurt, too!)
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PSSN4FITNESS 5/18/2010 11:27AM

    That quote is so powerful! Congratulations on your success!

And, I am right there with you about yogurt. If it's not in my fridge, I end up making bad decisions. Gotta start the day right.

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ANGLEFACE4 5/17/2010 7:28PM

  You did it, you lost a small person. She's beautiful, by the way I'm very happy for you. Good luck, with the last 7 it should be a piece of cake next to the weight you already lost. emoticon

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NICOLELOVESGOD 5/17/2010 3:39PM

    LOVE that quote!

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LEAG0628 5/15/2010 6:14PM

    Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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46SHADOW 5/15/2010 3:51PM

    Love it. i like your 15 minute rule for exercise. For me its if i can start and finish 2 min. then I'm in.

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JOHNBABJR 5/15/2010 12:46PM

    I'm totally with you on #4. It's better if we don't even have the stuff in the house. However, I will take the girls to DQ or somewhere so that they can enjoy it.

Have a great weekend! We're looking forward to showing you the Fort one of these days.

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CAROLYN1213 5/15/2010 11:02AM

    Oh, my! I do love you!!! Greek yogurt is my favorite!!! I eat it a couple times a day in various ways! It is a staple in my house! I'm heading to the store now!!! Greek yogurt is on the top of that list!

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 5/15/2010 10:20AM

    The first time I tasted greek yogurt it was love at first sight ... emoticon Who knew that plain yogurt could taste so good. Fresh fruit just enhances it ... yum!

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BIKERCHICK74 5/15/2010 9:34AM

    This is way to COOL!!! May I copy and paste it?
HUGS

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MERALO 5/15/2010 8:04AM

    Glad to get to know you! Love the quote...

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RKBABCOCK 5/15/2010 7:38AM

    Great answers!

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ACTIVE_AT_60 5/15/2010 6:30AM

    Thanks for sharing. - If you strain plain non-fat yoghurt, it is almost as good as Greek yoghurt, and not quite as expensive.

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MARYJOANNA 5/15/2010 5:15AM

  At my age I prefer to walk. I can't find Greek yogurt anywhere.

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GOODBYEHORSES 5/15/2010 5:13AM

    Thanks for sharing! I think I'll steal this and answer the questions as well.

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MaryMack Pound for Pound Challenge: Weeks #9 and 10 Results

Friday, May 14, 2010



3/5/2010 –- SW: 148.1 lb.

3/12/2010--GW: 147.2 lb. WI: 146.8---->I was down 1.3 lb which exceeded my goal for the week! Hurray me!

3/19/2010: GW: 146.3, WI: 146.5----> I was down 0.3 lb. which puts me 0.2 lb above my goal for the week. I was not surprised as my 1.3 lb loss last week is a HUGE loss for me, so I really was not expecting much this week.

3/26/2010: GW: 145.4, WI: 144.2-----> WOW! A big loss for me! I hope to just maintain this weight while I am vacationing in Hawaii the next 8 days!

4/2/2010: GW: 144.5, WI: No weigh in----ON VACATION IN HAWAII emoticon

4/9/2010: GW: 143.6, WI: 144.3------->Basically, I have maintained my weight for the last 2 weeks. Considering I was in Hawaii for 2 weeks and had Easter thrown in, I am pretty happy even if I did not make my weight loss goal this week.

4/16/2010: GW: 142.2, WI: 143.8-------->Down 0.5 lb, which for me is a decent loss for the week. I would have liked more, but I will take it!

4/23/2010: GW: 141.3, WI: 145.1----->Up 1.3 lbs!!!!! It is bad enough not to lose but to gain over a pound???? What the heck? Ok...I did eat more than usual but not crazy unusual....and it is almost my time of month.... but still this is sooooo discouraging.....I also have been told training for my half-marathon may cause it to be difficult to lose weight. That seems very unfair to me! I have a love/hate relationship with the scale. Intellectually I understand daily fluid fluctuation but emotionally ---not so much! I will just keep focusing on the Mini Marathon and achieving that goal. If I do what I am supposed to do with food and exercise the details should take care of themselves and eventually that scale will go in the right direction, right?
So, with that in mind here is my plan for this week:
1) start measuring out my portions again as I am guilty of guesstimating these days.
2) Track every calorie this week. I may even try a photo food log. LOL-having to post pictures of what I eat may deter me from eating things I shouldn't

4/30/2010: GW: 140.9, WI: 142.5----->down 2.8 lbs...much better! Next week is my half marathon so I will be focusing on my mental preparation for that and just trying to keep the momentum from this week's good eating and weight loss going!

5/7/2010: GW: 140.0, WI: 142.4------> down 0.1 lb

5/14/2010: GW: 139.1, WI: 142.2------> Essentially I have just maintained the last two weeks. However, given the fact that I ran my first half marathon and have had A LOT of stress at work, I am OK with maintaining.

5/21/2010: GW: 138.2, WI:

5/28/2010: GW: 137.3, WI:

6/4/2010: GW: 136.4, WI:

6/11/2010: GW: 135.5, WI:

6/12/2010: GW: 135.0, WI: MACK's WEDDING!!

6/17/2010: GW:135.0, WI: MY BIRTHDAY

  
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TRILL14N 5/16/2010 7:35PM

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Remember that you have done great and not to beat yourself up when the scale goes up a little.

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BRAVE_NEW_ME 5/14/2010 9:59PM

    "Essentially" maintaining perhaps... but that scale is still creeping downwards! And we all know (generally from our experience with the scale creeping UP) that creeping can add up to big changes on the scale.

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JOHNBABJR 5/14/2010 6:06PM

    You can do it!

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SMILEITSALLGOOD 5/14/2010 4:54PM

    Great job! Keep it up!

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GOLDBERG73 5/14/2010 4:46PM

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You R doing great - I have been stuck for the past 3 or 4 weeks, so I really have to watch how much I eat and run, run, run...

~Jason

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MERALO 5/14/2010 3:02PM

    You're down over 6 pounds since the beginning...that's impressive! Well done!
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