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I'm not going to blow away!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

It is interesting (sometimes annoying) to hear the reaction of people who are noting the difference in how I look now that I've lost 45 pounds. A common comment is "you're going to blow away" as if I've become a dandelion seed that is in some kind of danger of being at the mercy of the wind. I guess people mean well when they say, "I certainly hope you are not going to lose any more weight." Well, as a matter of fact I have not reached my target weight yet and so I do intend to lose three more pounds - maybe five (to make it an even 50 just for fun). If nothing else, I don't want to quit before reaching my goal after having worked so hard for five months to get this close. I am far from emaciated - another comment, "you're going to look emaciated." I'm not seeing any ribs yet - really emaciated? Admittedly my appearance has changed. Perhaps people mean well - giving a sort of back handed compliment. It's a reminder of how we don't always encourage each other well, or know what to do with positive change. I would rather celebrate the fact that my medical tests show remarkable improvement in cholesterol levels and blood pressure. I rejoice in the improved fitness - I can do exercises easily now that were torture in the beginning. This is all good. Why spoil it with words of caution? Why express fear that I will push to highly unlikely extremes like emaciation? Oh well, regardless of all that, I'm pleased with what I've accomplished. I picked up a 45 pound kettle ball at the gym yesterday and marveled that I have lost that much weight. I used to carry that many extra pounds around with me all the time. I have no regrets. This is a good place to be.

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GODS_TEMPLE 3/14/2013 2:13AM

    The only time in my life that i was thin, I got the same thing. My grandmother was the worst. "You look sick." That's what everyone wants to hear after they've struggled to lose weight!

Keep up the great work!

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JULESJET 3/13/2013 8:29PM

    You are doing Amazing! Don't listen to all the negativity! You know what your goal is, so strive for it!

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HEALTHIERKEN 3/13/2013 11:07AM

    "I'm not going to blow away!" Yet : )
And who says blowing away is a bad thing??????? I'm sure dandelion fluff gets a whole new view of the world : )
You're doing the right thing, stick to your guns.

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RENATARUNS 3/13/2013 10:53AM

    My mother the other day: "Well, just make sure you don't go the other way and get anorexic." Sure Mom, whatever you say. Would you like to check out my menu for the day?

People are weird. You're doing it! That's great.

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DJ9ERS 3/13/2013 9:46AM

    You have found methods that work, have developed a plan, and have pushed yourself toward making yourself look and feel good.

The other people are saying those things because they really lack the motivation to do it themselves, and they don't understand the commitment involved. They might even be scared to try.

I, for one, am constantly impressed with you. Keep up the great work, and I am anxious to see you meet you goal. (I think you should shoot for 50 lbs)

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KARENE10 3/13/2013 9:42AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I think people mean well when they say things like"you're going to blow away"~I would take it all in jest. You are doing AWESOME!

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SUNSHINE99999 3/13/2013 9:41AM

  a great place to be. You are doing great so do your best to ignore those not so loving comments. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PMRUNNER 3/13/2013 9:26AM

    Forget the naysayers, you are doing awesome! Keep up the spark!

Besides, you won't blow away in the wind, but you will blow THEM away with your success, motivation, fitness and perseverance!

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It's still hard sometimes

Friday, March 08, 2013

I've come a long way and I've learned a lot. Still, there are hard moments like last evening. The day started off well but we received a surprise invitation to a Guatemalan friend's house for lunch after we had already eaten lunch. They had prepared tacos for us and I felt obligated to receive the gift they had prepared so generously and so I ate (and the tacos were delicious). When I got home I realized I had eaten 900 calories of extra unplanned food. In order to stay within my calorie range for the day I essentially had to skip supper (except for a little tossed salad with balsamic vinegar) and also have a smaller evening snack than usual. It was hard to stay away from eating more when my routine was so interrupted like this. It was hard to get back on track. But fortunately, I did and it paid off. This morning I weighed in found that I had lost two more pounds. I'm now down to 179, four pounds from my target weight of 175. Each hard sacrifice like this moves me closer to my goal. I'm always glad when I make the hard decision even though it's a struggle in the moment. I've really seen the benefit of consistency. I hope to apply this to other life goals as well where I'm not yet as consistent as i would like to be.

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ASHPATCH11 3/11/2013 8:38AM

    Consistency noted need to be more consistenat with my eating habits for sure. Thanks for the postive blog great read and you rock already within arms reach of 175!!!! You have some serious stength to do what you did I would have caved into the food temptation. emoticon

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WAYNE1997 3/10/2013 9:37AM

    Irv, Thanks for sharing your thoughts about your experience. I am having difficulty with this recently. Hanna is here with 7 friends from college. We had diner with them last evening and Krista'a mom made a delicious desert. I ate a few more of these cookies bars then I should have and found myself grazing a bit as I put leftovers away. I need to get motivated to stay consistant as you model for me. I have small group this afternoon and we usually have delicious food at these gatherings. Whew, a tough weekend. However, this past week was great and I exercised regularly. Thanks again for the inspiration as I work to be more consistant once again. Congratulations on dropping 2 more pounds!! emoticon

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JULESJET 3/8/2013 8:38PM

    Good for you! You are very close! Keep it up!

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GODS_TEMPLE 3/8/2013 7:17PM

    I am very proud of you! These are life lessons, and will be beneficial even after you reach your final goal. Great news about reaching that mini goal, too! You deserve a non-food reward!

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My Latest Greatest Little Mini-Goal

Monday, March 04, 2013

Each little mini-goal in my weight loss journey has been motivating. I've had a whole series of them because for me even having a modest goal like losing five pounds seemed too overwhelming and too far out into the future to give me much motivation. But a pound or two feels realistic and possible. So I've set these little goals in front of me and imagined how great getting them accomplished would be. A mini-goal might get me to where I win a little virtual trophy or might drop me below a certain milestone weight. For example, a big and exciting one was the two pound mini-goal of dropping from 201 to 199 to enter into ONEderland. Arriving at 199 was amazing and I couldn't resist taking a silly picture of the scale that morning as proof of the good news! Well, now I'm gearing up for another hugely significant two pound mini-goal. Five months of effort with Spark People has resulted in 42 pounds of weight loss and I now weigh 181. My current goal is to lose two more pounds which will put me at 179. This is huge for me because according to the Centers for Disease Control standard, when I drop to 179 I will be, for the first time in decades, out of the "overweight" category for my height and body build. I am already wonderfully fit and trim compared to the past and it is a joy to see and feel the difference. I was remembering this morning how difficult it used to be to even tie my shoes. It is a bit embarrassing to admit that I actually got winded tying my shoes because I couldn't breathe with all my belly fat compressed against my lungs in that position. I essentially had to hold my breath while tying my shoes and then gasp to catch my breath afterwards. How wonderful it is to feel so much better now and to be able to tie my shoes effortlessly. So even though 179 is just a number (not hugely different from my current weight of 181), nevertheless, it will be a thrilling milestone to reach on this great journey toward better health which I've been on. The status of "normal" will be a very satisfying affirmation of accomplishment for these five months of discipline and effort. In losing 42 pounds to date, I've accomplished more than twenty or so little "one to two" pound mini-goals. So this latest greatest mini-goal just adds to the accumulating benefit of each one accomplished along the way. So its not really any greater than any of the others. Each one was equally important in getting me to this place for which I am so grateful. But it is great in that it marks a significant result of the total effort. So in a week or two if you hear a loud scream of joy, it just might be me!
P.S. I just thought about how at moments like this I quickly forget about all the frustrations and set backs and struggles along the way. It certainly wasn't as if it were smooth sailing the whole time but staying at it, especially when feeling discouraged, certainly pays off over time.

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TKLBRIDGET 3/8/2013 8:54PM

    awesome blog! The little victories add up to the big ones!
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GODS_TEMPLE 3/5/2013 1:26AM

    Thanks for the heads up. If I hear someone screaming, I wont call the police!

Proverbs 12: 14

"Well-spoken words bring satisfaction;
well-done work has its own reward."

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WAYNE1997 3/4/2013 7:17PM

    Great! I thought I would come to your site to see if you had written anything. I am really glad I did! I have had a week plateau at 193 to 195 ish. Last week was busy and I had trouble getting to the gym. I was also facing a new lower calorie goal to meet my new weight goal. So to be reminded about the little steps along the way was so good to hear. I am today setting up my mini goal for the week to drop to the 191 - 193 range and the following goal will be to drop to the magical number for me.. 189 which would put me in the 180's a whole new set of lower numbers. Thanks again for the inspirational words as I continue the journey you inspired me to take in the first place. emoticon

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LEVELPATHS 3/4/2013 11:09AM

    Woohoo! Looking forward to an "I reached 179" blog! :-)

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NANADERRICK 3/4/2013 11:04AM

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I'll be listening for that shout of joy!!!

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Purposeful Snacking

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Part of my success with Spark People has been learning to enjoy and look forward to creative, healthy snacks. This is in striking contrast to my previous old habits of uncontrolled binge snacking where I literally ate everying in sight to the point of painful discomfort followed by a miserable night of sleep. Good grief, that sounds awful doesn't it? But I really did that almost every evening. My goodness, I'm so glad those days are behind me. Now I plan my daily eating and confirm with my food tracker to see how many calories I want (and need) to take in to complete my day. It's kind of neat to realize that I need to snack at the end of the day to get the nutrition and fuel my body requires. Imagine that, needing to snack! I can deal with this new improved way of living! This kind of snack is good for me and feels like a special treat to look forward to in the evening for good discipline throughout the day. Still, I recently found myself in a bit of a snacking rut in spite of these good changes. I was getting a little tired of my popcorn, nuts, fruit, and chocolate snacks. I also realized that in spite of good overall eating, I needed to get more fiber in my diet. I considered commerical fiber suppliments and saw all kinds of artificial ingredients (and a rather expensive price tag) and decided there has got to be a better way to do this. So I designed a new evening snack for myself - a snack with purpose! I start with a half cup of fiber one or all bran cereal (60 calories, 14 grams of fiber), a half cup of homemade fat free plain yogurt (55 calories - and yes I've started making my own yogurt - it's fun to do) and a half cup of frozen blueberries (41 calories) and mix them all together and I've got a semi-frozen, crunchy, sweet-sour mix that I have found to be quite pleasing and satisfying (156 calories). The fiber is filling and it is providing the desired benefits :) So this is a new twist on my snacking - combining purpose, flavor, and reward treat together in one package. Nice!

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ASHPATCH11 3/4/2013 9:10AM

    wow thats amazing! I need to start doing that! way to good what a great example!

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GODS_TEMPLE 3/3/2013 1:47AM

    Isn't it great that we HAVE to eat snacks? I usually have to eat 2 a day to get all my nutrition in. emoticon

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DJ9ERS 3/2/2013 2:20PM

    That sounds like a great snack. I think I may have to try it.

If you wouldn't mind, and have the time, let me know your recipe for homemade yogurt that you use.

I admire your dedication, and use you as a measuring stick through the process. I too eat with purpose, and carefully choose my snacks to fulfill my categories as I meander through the day.

Keep up the good work, and thanks for the idea of a fun, healthy snack!

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Leg Cramps

Monday, February 25, 2013

I've got a new routine going that is annoying. Every night for the past week I have consistently awoken between 4:00 or 4:30 AM with cramps in the calves of my leg, usually my right leg. I get up walk it off and go back to sleep. Strange. This morning it was different. The cramps came at 6:30 when it was time to get up anyway. I just had blood work done and my potassium levels were fine. Dehydrated? I've been drinking eight cups of water a day consistently. I can't figure this one out.

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GODS_TEMPLE 2/26/2013 1:01AM

    For many, many years, I have taken Calcium and Magnesium to prevent leg cramps. They used to wake me every night, but now I seldom have one. My sister's doctor recently prescribed magnesium for her to alleviate leg cramps. Her blood work showed she was very low. A usual blood test doesn't screen for things like that.

Here's an article about it.

It's worth a try.

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NUTRON3 2/25/2013 8:34AM

    i had them last night, ugh

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