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Ain't Nothing Gross about 144!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

As I weighed this morning I saw 144.4 on my scale.

It was another epiphany! There really isn't anything gross about 144! It is the most awesome number I have seen in over 40 years!

(It's a numbers thing, 144 = one gross when counting, lol.)

Happy Days Are Here Again!

  
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TAHOEMAMALOI 12/31/2008 6:03AM

    145 lbs is my goal weight, and I'm at 245 lbs today.
Since most of us do not have aspirations to be supermodels, but rather to feel good and be healthy, I think 144 lbs is FANTABULOUSLY wonderful!
I enjoy reading your blogs and posts and you are quite an inspiration. emoticon

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KAREN42BOYS 12/18/2008 1:28PM

    144 sounds pretty sweet to me!

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HUGGERS1 12/18/2008 1:16PM

    LOL, I got the gross thing :)

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Amber

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SKISINCO 12/18/2008 9:52AM

    Woohoo, wtg Linda!

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SARACSJ 12/18/2008 12:28AM

    LOL A gross. Now THAT'S funny.

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MARTY19 12/17/2008 4:18PM

    emoticon That is outstanding.

Marty

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TABBYKAT75 12/17/2008 1:49PM

    Congrats You are doing awesome !

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CRTSANG 12/17/2008 1:40PM

    That's fantastic! emoticon 144.4--how great is that! You're wonderful and I, too, hope I have what it takes to stick it out the way you have.

Love the moose/reindeer/whatever animal it is. It's a great illustration. Thanks for sharing it.



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SUPREME5 12/17/2008 11:35AM

    diud you steal santas raindeer. on the 144.4
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YOOHOORENEE 12/17/2008 11:17AM

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I love your raindeer! Merry Christmas!



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JENIFIREHARP 12/17/2008 10:06AM

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LBSTRINGER 12/17/2008 9:04AM

  You never cease to amaze me. I only hope I can stick this out the way you have. Love yah!
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MOB8/2009 12/17/2008 8:11AM

    emoticonLOVE THE MOOSE!!! But that number 144.4 looks even better! Way to go, girlfriend!

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Never lose sight of your goal!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Never lose sight of your goal. When temptations come, and they will, try to remember how nice it feels to get into a smaller size. So far that has kept me on track.

I hated having my picture taken - so much so that I would be the picture taker instead.

It took all my willpower to make the first picture at 178, shirt tucked in, and that was after losing 30 lbs. I felt so thin! Now I look at the picture and cringe. But we cannot hide from our past; we must learn from it.

You too will reach your magic weight and stop hating the camera. Now it is my DH asking, "do we take another picture today?"

You can do this! I am here for you! This is an older picture but I like the superwoman stance, lol. I look more like "keeping my eyes on the prize".

Hugs,
Linda

  
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MEGSAMAMA 12/13/2008 4:09PM

    You are so right! Thank you for posting this!

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LIVELIFELONGER 12/13/2008 11:48AM

    I truly can relate. I hate having my pic taken and sad thing is I don't have any professional family photos because of it and I did allow to have a picture with my DD's first birthday and DH just because I thought she needed to see us together but I hate to know she is going to look at that in her later part of life and go oh gosh you were fat! That part bothers me. But my keyword is were. Thanks for your post and you are inspiring and beautiful!

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MARTY19 12/12/2008 6:13PM

    You not only have your eye on the prize, you are grabbing it with both hands.
Way to Go!!

Marty

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SUGARINTHESUN 12/12/2008 4:49PM

    Way to go "Superwoman"!!

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BONMACK 12/12/2008 1:53PM

    Well, YOU GO WONDER WOMAN! HAHAHAHA! All you need is the shiny hubcaps to wear up top and you got it down pat! emoticon emoticon Also proud of ya......look how far you've come!! RAYLIN ROCKS, for sure! I've always been the same way......I have NO pics of me at my heaviest. I finally, after all this time, posted a pic of my current self on my page, and for the first time in years, actually didn't mind looking at it.......will wonders never cease. Gotta love sparks!!!! You're a true inspiration, Raylin, keep on truckin'! emoticon

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BOOKLOVER5034 12/12/2008 12:22PM

    ugh....i hate my picture taken...i was so embarrassed when i would take pictures because you could see my two chins! i would pull my head up as much as it would go to make my chin look leaner...never worked. that's my favorite part about me now...no two chins!! yay! now i can take a face pic ok....it's the rest of the body i'm having to deal with.

keep up the great work!!

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MARTY19 12/12/2008 11:55AM

    I always hated having my picture taken until I realized there were big gaps in the family history when it seemed I was MIA. I didn't want my daughter or sisters to wonder. So for better or worse I always had at least one picture per gathering. Now I love having my picture taken.

Marty

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SUPREME5 12/12/2008 11:37AM

    I RELATE ALSO TO THE BIGGER IS NOT BETTER CLUB
YOU DO HELP KEEP OUR GOALS IN FOCUSE. YOUR DOING GREAT
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CRTSANG 12/12/2008 10:31AM

    That is a great picture--so full of confidence. You are looking terrific. I always hated to have my picture taken, even when I was thin. All I could ever see was my flaws. Now, of course, I'm glad to have the pictures people actually took anyway. Even looking at my fat pictures makes me feel good about how far I've come. So don't cringe! Have pride!
You are always so inspiring.


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SKISINCO 12/12/2008 9:37AM

    Linda,
I can relate to this post too, I hate having my picture taken. I love your superwoman stance too, you are so right about keeping an eye on the prize. Have a nice weekend.
Tanya

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MOB8/2009 12/12/2008 8:27AM

    And I LOVE your pictures! You look so very healthy, and so very happy. I'm proud of you, girlfriend.

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JENIFIREHARP 12/12/2008 8:20AM

    You are doing fabulously Linda, and you look terrific!

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JENIFIREHARP 12/12/2008 8:20AM

    You are doing fabulously Linda, and you look terrific!

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~(*-*)~ 12/12/2008 7:32AM

    everything you said is
exactly the way i feel...
always the "picture taker"
I love how you are keeping
a photo record of your
fabulous weight loss !!!
you inspire me...
thank you kindly :*)
janet

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OMG! I broke 146 today, I am 145.9!!

Monday, December 08, 2008

Picture to follow when it gets warmer outside! Can you say, "Red Shorts?"

Today I have had another first - I can feel the bones just below the waistline! And my hipbones! I don't know what they are called but to me they are heavenly! This means I am rapidly approaching my body's goal weight!!

And I think I now know why I was never able to maintain my weight 23 years ago when I last got down to 148! I was going to "Roll Away Inches" while dieting for a year and it really did roll-away those inches. No flabby body parts even after losing 40 lbs!

But that is also probably why I couldn't maintain the weight. Like a body-wrap, it was mainly removing water I now think, so of course it would have to return. It simulated exercise but back then I didn't know how important it is to do exercise.

Just one more little proof that this is going to be a permanent change in me and my body.
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FL_SUNSHINE 12/11/2008 11:59PM

    Yay!!!

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XUXA05 12/10/2008 3:23PM

    I am sooo happy for you!! :) You are so close to your goal!! Great job!!!! :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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~ELLE~ 12/9/2008 7:30PM

    emoticon You look great!

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    Girl you look awesome! emoticon

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~(*-*)~ 12/9/2008 5:27AM

    WOW !!!! YOU LOOK FABULOUS !!!
You are such an inspiration :)
sincerely, Janet

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SUGARINTHESUN 12/8/2008 8:00PM

    emoticon Way to go!!! Yahooooooooooo! Congratulations!!!!

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MARTY19 12/8/2008 5:43PM

    YOU LOOK FABULOUS my Friend. I am so pround of what you have achieved.

Marty

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NEBWRITER 12/8/2008 2:25PM

    You're doing great. Not many people can say that they're in better shape now than they were 20+ years ago. I enjoy reading your blogs.

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CRTSANG 12/8/2008 12:21PM

    Can't wait to see you in your red shorts!

emoticon on those bones, too. You are doing so well, I know you will be able to keep the weight off.

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Change is good!

Saturday, December 06, 2008

I adjusted my Cardio this week, down to about 60 minutes, and my weight is moving again! I must have been under-eating for my over-achieving cardio!

I have lost 64 lbs! I am not going to find them ever again - they can just stay lost!

My advice today would be, "Surround yourself with people who have found the path to healthier bodies and go forward and do likewise."

Today I am 146.7! On to 145 and beyond! I am only 11 lbs away from my goal!
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Life is sweet!

P.S. I like having my picture taken now! And DH loves taking it!

  
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NEBWRITER 12/8/2008 3:07AM

    Congrats on the incredibe work. I see that you have put a great deal of work into your lifestyle change (I don't like the term diet since it sounds so temporary). Good work and keep it up.

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The goal is within reach.

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JENIFIREHARP 12/6/2008 8:22PM

    Good advice Linda! Good advice!

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MOB8/2009 12/6/2008 4:48PM

    You are really ROCKING, woman!! You LOOK fabulous, you SOUND healthy and happy, and you ARE an inspiration. emoticon

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CRTSANG 12/6/2008 3:04PM

    emoticon That's great! I'm in awe--but I'm always in awe of you.



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QUILTINGB52 12/6/2008 2:01PM

    On one of my "blogging adventure" days I ran across a guy that is not LOOSING pounds, cuz his reasoning was if you "lost" something you will eventually find it again.

He is "re-assigning" his pounds gone.......

It's all in our perception ~ whatever works for you, stick with it! You obviously have figured out what works for you!!

Congrats!

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QUILTINGB52 12/6/2008 1:57PM

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Keep up the GREAT work ~ skinny!!! Your biggest hurdle will be to kick our butts to follow your lead!!!!!!!

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DINA:-) 12/6/2008 12:26PM

    emoticon way to go! you are doing great! keep up all the hard work- it sure is paying off!

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HUGGERS1 12/6/2008 11:48AM

    Congratulations, I am so proud of you :) 64 pounds gone for good and I know that by the end of December you will have kissed 145 good bye ;)

hugs
AMber

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MARTY19 12/6/2008 11:25AM

    emoticon You are getting close to me and might reach goal first. I'm rooting for you. Let's nail that last 11 pounds together. Kick my butt if you think I am slacking off. LOL

Marty

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SUGARINTHESUN 12/6/2008 9:37AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss...Yahoooooooooooooooo!!!
Sp
ark On!

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How do I handle hunger?

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Today I was asked, "How do you handle hunger? Lately I have been so hungry even though I'm eating 3 meals plus snacks a day and getting all of my calories in! What are good low calorie snacks that will fill you up and keep you full for a while? That's my biggest weakness. I get hungry and then I overeat to try to fill myself up."

My reply:

I keep low-fat, no-fat yogurts in my fridge at all times. I try to eat slowly and savor like it was ice cream.

And in this weather I discovered I like cooked celery, go figure! And I like to cook it in thinned-out salsa. Yummy, filling, and very few calories - loads of fiber! Add any other low-cal veggies, so many go great with salsa!

I also will eat earlier if I get really hungry. Then I find I am not hungry at regular meal-time so I just let it pass me by. The worst thing I can do is to try to ignore my hunger. As you stated, then I go completely uncontrolled when I sit down to eat. So I try to appease my hunger. Those 100 calorie snacks help a lot but remember to drink plenty of water when you eat them. It will make you feel a lot fuller. I drink hot water often for my sinuses and that helps me too.

I eat my cereal dry and will eat that with "a spoonful of cereal, a drink of water" and repeat until the cereal is gone. Between the cereal and all that water my belly gets really full and I am no longer hungry. And it helps me to drink enough water for the day too!

I hope something will help you through the holidays. But remember, the only thing anyone can expect of you is that you do your best. You aren't going to fail yourself as long as you really do try. And always, always forgive yourself if you have a slip-up.

We are going to get through this, we will do it together!
Hugs,
Linda

  
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JAT1986 12/3/2008 10:25AM

    Good tips...thanks for posting!

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BOOKLOVER5034 12/3/2008 10:00AM

    good tips!! i get really hungry sometimes, and it's really hard to keep myself under calories when you're hungry

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LIVELIFELONGER 12/2/2008 11:31PM

    Thanks for this blog. Great Suggestions!

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QUILTINGB52 12/2/2008 6:09PM

    Great suggestions!!!

Since I've changed my habits ~ I've been waking with a growling stomach (a totally new sensation). I fullfill my needs with a protein for breakfast ~ either a broccoli omelet OR chicken, rice & broccoli.

I'm also eating smaller portioned meals 5 to 6 times daily (about every 3-4 hours). And if I take a couple days to prepare snacks that are readily available, I have less chance of straying to something less favorable.

~Ann

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MUGSYMOM 12/2/2008 1:46PM

    I really liked this blog! You have passed on some really good ideas. Thanks for enlightening me emoticon

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CRTSANG 12/2/2008 1:38PM

    What a great blog. Thank you for all you do!



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YOOHOORENEE 12/2/2008 12:39PM

    You are a very inspirational writer! Thanks for posting this blog!

I agree - those days when you think you will never stop feeling hungry ARE AWFUL!! I try to eat high protein high fiber with lots of water on those days....but sometimes I just blow it. You just have to pick yourself up and start again the next day.

My new favorite saying is, "This is not a diet it is a life style change. Diets come to an end but life is what you make of it!"

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SUPREME5 12/2/2008 12:36PM

    emoticon blog and good ideas
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MARTY19 12/2/2008 12:07PM

    I love taking a wrap, adding 1 slice of cheese, any veggie, wrapping it up and nuking it. This is a long lasting breakfast for me.

Marty

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LIFES*2*SHORT 12/2/2008 11:42AM

  Great idea!!!

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TABBYKAT75 12/2/2008 10:01AM

    Great Advice
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HUGGERS1 12/2/2008 9:21AM

    I love fruits and veggies as well, and you are so right about drinking water with them to make you feel fuller. Also getting enough protein and fiber in the mornings and lunch time will help stave off cravings later in the evening. Also if you avoid sodas you will feel less hungry as well. Sweet foods and drinks tend to cause you to want more food later. They act as appetite triggers. Interesting HUH!!!!

hugs
Amber

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