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Forty Pounds Lighter!! My thoughts on my journey so far ...

Monday, March 05, 2012

I have officially lost forty pounds. It took me 1 year and 2 1/2 months to do it, but I did it and it is gone for good.

It is an odd feeling being forty pounds lighter. In some ways, I feel like I did before I lost the weight. I think my brain is still trying to "catch up". Every time I try on a new outfit, I feel odd grabbing a size 4 or 6, like I won't be able to fit in it...but I do. People around me are just starting to say that they have noticed and I am three pounds away from my ultimate goal weight of 121 pounds.

I don't mind getting on the scale at the doctors office anymore (I always dreaded that before!). I think my metabolism sped up, I can consume more calories and not gain weight.

I am working on speeding up my runs. I thought I would run faster after losing weight but it is still taking hard work to do it. Oh well, something to work towards!

The one thing I have consistently done throughout this whole process is track EVERYTHING that I eat. A lot of times the total cals were way over what I should have consumed but I still logged everything. This includes alcohol which is a beverage I enjoy quite a lot (especially red wine). I have learned to eat and drink in moderation. I rarely eat a whole serving when dining out. I feel full a lot faster and acknowledge the feeling instead of ignoring it, eating too much and feeling stuffed and bloated. I have learned what types of menu items to order when dining out and consistently order those items. I pack my lunch every day for work. I have my "staple foods" on hand at all times.

Finally, you, my sparkbuddies, have been key in making this happen! From all the cheering, to all the great advice, to sharing your personal journeys with me. I couldn't have done it without you! You are my greatest advocates and you mean the world to me.

Thank you so much for all of your support!


  
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KAREN_NY 3/8/2012 2:31PM

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SABLENESS 3/7/2012 1:32PM

    Absolutely wonderful progress report! That's no diet, it's truly a lifestyle you've described.

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WATCHMEGO! 3/6/2012 5:50AM

    Congratulations on 40 pounds lost! What a great achievement!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 3/6/2012 2:51AM

    I'm thankful that I've been able to share the second half of your journey with you. Your discipline and optimism have been wonderful to witness! emoticon on hitting 40 pounds down!

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BLUE42DOWN 3/6/2012 1:06AM

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What a great job you've done - and in a way that is maintainable for the long term!

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INFLATED 3/5/2012 8:56PM

    You did the work and deserve a big Congratulations!

Thank you for your kind comment about me feeling better. I do feel so much better. I can't believe I may have been poisoning myself by using Truvia. It debilitated me.

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DB6864 3/5/2012 8:41PM

  AWESOME!!! You are such an inspiration!!! Congrats on reaching your goal and committing to life time of good habits. emoticon

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I Am Back From Texas...

Sunday, February 26, 2012

San Antonio was awesome. We had such a great time! It was very relaxing. The first two days the weather was fantastic - in the 80's. The second two were real cold - 40's. We didn't anticipate it and didn't bring our winter coats! We still had a great time with my BFF and her husband. I ate chicken tacos every day! One night for dinner I had tilapia tacos with chipotle - they were the best I ever had. Three out of five days I stayed in my calorie range, the rest I went over 500/600 calories. (margaritas, refried beans and mexican rice - yum!) I got exercise in, but know it wasn't enough. Today I started back on my strict food regimen. Needless to say, my husband and I are both done with Mexican food for a while! I am proud to say that neither of us had nachos the whole time we were down there. That was amazing! I am glad we gave it up for lent, we both would have eaten them every day!

We got two days of running in. One day was outside - we ran 4 miles. The other day (today) was on the treadmill at the hotel. I ran 3 miles in 27.23 mins! I have gained my speed back, now I am going to try to run faster than last year. After running on the treadmill and seeing how much harder I push myself, I have decided to spend more time on my treadmill at home. My ifit module has trainings for speed, so I am going to set it up and use it.

My son said Roxy really missed us. I could tell - she ate part of the bottom of my dresser :( He said he wasn't home a lot - school and work - and he didn't walk her. That explained the dresser! I am going to take her to work with me tomorrow and Wednesday and let her run in the playground and walk her at lunch. If she doesn't get her exercise, she chews furniture!

I hope you had a great weekend!

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SABLENESS 3/1/2012 11:19AM

    I love the way you are able to enjoy yourself without guilt over things like that delicious Mexican food. Sounds like a wonderful trip, cold and all. I've been very busy and then very sick, so haven't been doing more than SP basics. :-) But even on my worst sick day, I got up long enough to track ginger tea, a few crackers, and all my water.

Silly dog! They have their ways of letting you know they're displeased with you.

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 2/28/2012 1:45PM

    Welcome back and glad you had a fun time!

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RIVADERCHI 2/28/2012 1:52AM

    Welcome back, RoxyzMom! Thank you so much for the Crown Sparkgoodie! That was so sweet of you! I am so glad you had a nice vacation--you deserved it. Isn't it nice to know you are loved back at home, and missed too! You're such a good momma to give Roxy some extra TLC! emoticon emoticon

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DETERMINED_SOUL 2/27/2012 8:56PM

    Woohoo! Glad you had such a great trip!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 2/27/2012 11:50AM

    I'm glad you had a great trip. Good job on sticking with your commitment to avoid the nachos! It's good that your hubby did the same so that he wasn't a temptation for you.

I love reading your running news! I wonder how fast you'll be by in a few months... It's exciting to think about!

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INFLATED 2/27/2012 6:14AM

    Welcome home!

Princess will go outside and stay out for a long time. We fasten the door where she can push it open with her nose. She goes out and lays by the gate, against the side of the pool or under a side deck. Dogs definitely need their exercise.

The neighbor has a Yorkie and a white dog that he keeps inside and two dogs that he keeps in a pen outside. Princess and the Yorkie run along the fence together and then run back toward the house. When she hears the dogs outside she whines to go out.

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My foot and no more nachos...

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

So I went to my family doctor today to discuss my allergies and my foot. He didn't say anything, but, I could tell by his expression that he didn't like the way my toes looked. He especially didn't like the fact that the pin has not dissolved, is too long and almost sticking out the bottom of my foot. He is sending me to an orthopedic foot/ankle doctor. My doctor is worried that I may end up with a fallen arch. I am going to go when I get back from San Antonio next week.

I managed to get all my work done, my nails and hair done and have dinner with my son tonight. Now I just have to water the plants and I am ready to go.
I am excited to get a break from all the running around I have been doing.

I will try to keep up with you using my iphone while I am gone, I will definitely be tracking all my food and my exercise. I plan to run at least 3 of the 5 days I am down there.

My husband and son ordered nachos for an appetizer tonight and I had a few. I have been hitting them up a little too much lately so I decided to give them up for lent. When I told my husband, he decided to give them up too. That will make it A LOT easier for me since he is ALWAYS the one in the group to order them!

Hope you had a great day!!

  
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RIVADERCHI 2/23/2012 10:16PM

    Hi R.Mom! I hope you're enjoying your vacation! I saw Alan Jackson and he was really good, and I'm not even that big of a country music fan! I was sorry to hear about your food poisoning but I'm glad you're better... now you just have to get that foot problem figured out! I was so happy to hear about your trip to the mall and all the fun you had! Well, take care, and thank you so much for the hearts Sparkgoodie! You are such a sweetie! emoticon emoticon

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INFLATED 2/23/2012 12:32AM

    Enjoy your trip!



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DETERMINED_SOUL 2/22/2012 1:04PM

    I love how you are able to get so much done, even though you have an opportunity to use an excuse not to. You are such an inspiration! Enjoy your trip & kudos on getting your hubby to help with the giving up of nachos.

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52WEEKSLAURA 2/22/2012 7:20AM

    I'm amazed by you too! How you do so much with so much!

I am giving up chocolate for lent, but not forever. :)

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SABLENESS 2/21/2012 9:50PM

    Hope your trip is lots of fun, even without nachos! Hope the foot issues don't slow you down. Enjoy those smaller clothes!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 2/21/2012 9:33PM

    Your doctor was that concerned and it doesn't hurt you to do so much running on it? That amazes me! I'm glad that it doesn't hurt, of course, but also hoping that you're not just ignoring pain.

Enjoy your nacho-free time!

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Acupuncture and Getting Ready for Vaca...

Monday, February 20, 2012

I received my second round of acupuncture for my toes. While I was there I told the Dr my sinuses are bothering me. He treated my sinuses, too. I must say ... It worked! Took the pressure away. I took a picture but decided not to include it - didn't want to freak anybody out!

It was quite nice out this afternoon. I took Roxy out for along walk. We got some running in, too. Even though I am at my go weight, I decided to keep tracking my food. I happy to report that I am holding steady!

I finished packing for my trip tonight. We are going out to dinner with my son tomorrow night and I don't feel like rushing around
at the last minute. Tomorrow I am going to work 1/2 day, then drop my tax stuff off at the accountant's, then get my hair and nails done! Yayyy!! I will then be ready to go!

Hope you had a great day!

  
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WOLFSPIRITMOM 2/21/2012 8:51PM

    Have a great trip, and of course the acupuncture helped!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 2/21/2012 8:31PM

    emoticonenjoy your trip.

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FITFORMYFAMILY 2/21/2012 8:47AM

    I'm glad the acupuncture helped!
Have a nice dinner with your son tonight, and have a great trip!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/20/2012 11:48PM

    Sounds like you had a super day and are doing a great job. WAY TO GO on having some pampering time tomorrow.
ENJOY your trip. Be safe.

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Great day clothes shopping...

Sunday, February 19, 2012

I felt 100 percent better today so I was packing my clothes and realized I needed some short sleeve tops for my trip.

I decided to go to the mall. Since I had kept all my small clothes from before, I hadn't really been out clothes shopping. I had so much fun! I fit in size4 and 6 petites and size small/extra small in the junior departments. I tried on a lot of clothes, even those I wasn't going to buy, just tried on for fun. There were a lot of great sales. At the end I bought one sweater, 2 sleeveless tops and a pair of gap jeans.

I then did my grocery shopping, came home and made a couple dinners for my friend who just had a hysterectomy. I made her family cheeseburger pie (with bison burger) and stuffed shells with turkey meatballs and salad. I made enough for my husband and son too.

After yesterday, I feel like I have a renewed energy! It feels so good to be healthy again!!

I hope you had a great weekend!

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SABLENESS 2/21/2012 11:35AM

    LOL. I too have tried on clothes just for the fun of being able to fit in smaller sizes. Glad you're feeling better before your trip! emoticon

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52WEEKSLAURA 2/20/2012 11:46AM

    I'm glad you're feeling better emoticon

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INFLATED 2/20/2012 1:38AM

    Our daughter bought buffalo steaks to us a couple of years back. They were scrumptious!

That is so nice of you to do that for your friend. You are one busy woman!

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MJ7DM33 2/20/2012 12:26AM

  Sounds like a really good day!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 2/19/2012 11:57PM

    Oh, I am so glad to read about how much better you're feeling! Whew! And you're already back to being super ambitious woman. It's no wonder you're so slim and fit!


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ALLYTHEATHLETE 2/19/2012 9:59PM

    Wow! Sounds like a great day!

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KIMBAASHWORTH 2/19/2012 8:00PM

    What a great day and what a great friend! Go you!

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