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New Team Needed!

Monday, March 12, 2012

I've had a great surprise this morning! I weighed in as I do every few days. The scale and I are on good terms at the moment, and I was delighted to see that another lb disappeared. What a good start to the week - woohoo!

When I joined SP in Aug '11, one of my first teams was the one for 50+ needing to lose 50-99 lbs. Some months later, reading a new member's page made me realize that I now needed to lose 25-49 lbs. It was really exciting to drop one team and join another that fit my current weight goals. This morning I saw that a friend had joined that team too, so I responded, telling her how excited I'd been to be able to join that team, that I was looking forward to the next one for losing 10-24 lbs, but it would be awhile.

Then...I started doing the math...I am only ONE POUND from being able to join that next team! It could happen this week. It could happen in a few days--and with that possibility in mind, I'm strongly motivated to make sure it does happen!

I am so accustomed to thinking of myself as overweight, obese if I was being honest, and needing to lose lots of weight. The 25 lbs I have left to go really isn't that much when I look at where I started and how much I've already lost. I'm well over halfway to my goal already. I'm getting used to not looking for XL and larger clothing because I don't wear those sizes anymore. I like being able to wear almost everything in my emptier closet, now that I've given away bags of things that are too big. I need to revise my image of myself and see a person who is only moderately overweight. That's really good. It just dawned on me that one day in the not too distant future, I will be eligible to join the team for needing to needing to lose 10 lbs and under. And that is AWESOME!

  
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BLUE42DOWN 3/29/2012 6:11PM

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I've actually been trying to decide myself on whether I should move to the next down Spark Team. Part of me really doesn't want to leave the one I started on, but I'm not sure about being on both at once either.

I do love that being so close to the next team has given you extra motivation. That's pretty awesome!

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POETLKNG2LOSE 3/22/2012 9:38PM

    Great job my friend! You are really doing well. Keep it up! emoticon emoticon

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JUSTBIRDY 3/13/2012 11:14PM

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SAGEMYST 3/13/2012 10:26AM

    You have worked very hard to get where you are and you deserve congratulations galore!!!

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ROXYZMOM 3/12/2012 9:14PM

    You are doing so good! Now your metabolism is speeding up, too. Isn't is great? I know what you mean by not seeing yourself different. I am now 124 pounds and I still don't see myself as skinny! I know that I am, but my eyes haven't caught up to my brain! If I didn't like food so much, I could see how I could have ended up anorexic!

What is your husband thinking about all this??



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MAMAWLINDALOU 3/12/2012 6:03PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss. You are doing so good.

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BACKTOTEN12 3/12/2012 3:38PM

    I hope you don't leave the Triple Threat team! Congrats on the weight loss! You are awesome.I can't wait until my weigh-in on Wednesday. Even if I haven't lost anything. I can wear my size 12 jeans even if I can't fit into a large top. I'll be able to in another 10 lbs or so. you are doing great. Keep on sparkin'! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MENNOLY 3/12/2012 2:10PM

    emoticonI was wondering about that very thing. I no longer need to lose 50 lbs. I wasn't sure that I should quit the team and join the 25 to 50 team. My head still thinks "I need to lose 50 lbs" I just don't have it to lose anymore.
Keep up your great work!

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LVMAMAW 3/12/2012 11:01AM

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LOSE4LIFE47 3/12/2012 10:53AM

    You are doing awesome. Keep up the good work.

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JERZRN 3/12/2012 8:40AM

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Great job!!

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MUSOLF6 3/12/2012 8:24AM

    Awesome, keep on going. emoticon

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WARNING - Appeared in Swimsuit!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Well! You just never know what SparkPeople might incite you to next! Thanks, THERESAPHILBY, for reminding me I have yardwork to do. While thinking of what I could do instead (I'm still NOT a yardwork fan in spite of progress; see fall blog Sanctuary Garden), I remembered that I needed to wash the car after parking it under a bird-occupied tree.

It's a really nice sunny Florida day, and I suppose that's what inspired me to consider digging out a swimsuit to wear while washing. Next thought: Do I even have a swimsuit anymore that I can wear in my new 31 lbs down size? My old one, size $#%&@, went out a couple of donated bags of clothing ago. OK, off to rummage in the drawers.

Well, one down with totally shot elastic. But wait! Look! What's this? I have FOUR swimsuits in this drawer, and...(time out for try on), THREE of them fit! These things are 14s from my last successful weight loss. Well, obviously not that successful since I needed to do it again when I started SP. At any rate, I had CHOICES! I put one on, actually looked pretty good. NO, I'm not brave enough like BLUE42DOWN to post swimsuit pics. But I did go out there in the driveway and wash my car with swimsuit and body visible. Wow! I never even thought about how I might look in a swimsuit these days! Far from perfect, but a BIG improvement on last year's body!

PROGRESS REPORT
Wk 1 - lost 2.5 lbs, consistent increased exercise, consistent AAPT--when is it going to look like I've done something???

  
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SAGEMYST 3/13/2012 10:23AM

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CEILIE2 3/10/2012 3:17PM

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WOO HOO!!!

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BACKTOTEN12 3/9/2012 11:51PM

    Another success. Keep racking them up. you go girl! Next it'll have to e a NEW swimsuit, size 12!! Woohoo!!

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ROXYZMOM 3/9/2012 5:32PM

    That is totally awesome! WooHoo!!

I am so happy for you.

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THERESAPHILBY 3/9/2012 7:24AM

    Way to go!!! I had to buy a swimsuit for my trip back in January. That was the most grueling shopping trip of my life. I did wear my swimsuit on the beach but a large portion of the time I put my cover up on over it. emoticon I should probably try to post one of those....yep, with the cover up. LOL

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GOLFGMA 3/8/2012 7:39PM

    That is just awesome! My hat is off to you! I envy you the warmer temperatures to get out and wash your car in a swimsuit. I washed my car on Tuesday afternoon and was lucky enough for short sleeves in high 50's but you must be in high 70's or 80's. emoticon emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 3/8/2012 6:33PM

    That is emoticon!

What a emoticon surprise reward for you!

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LVMAMAW 3/8/2012 5:01PM

    emoticon emoticonYou Go Girl! Good For YOU! emoticon

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MINALESCA 3/8/2012 4:58PM

    Good For You!

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DIANA3BANANA 3/8/2012 3:52PM

    Thanks for the inspiration, I hope to be in your shoes next summer and wear a bathing suit for the first time in almost 10 years! emoticon

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LITTLEBJANET 3/8/2012 3:43PM

    That is so cool. I'm happy for you!!! emoticon

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Got GOAL!

Saturday, March 03, 2012

G - Get on my exercise bike daily while the pollen count is too high outdoors

O - Opt for unadorned veggies as often as possible

A - Act NOW, today, this morning.

L - Let myself succeed

I have a numbers goal: I want to bust the plateau I've been on and lose 4.5 lbs by my birthday next month. Posting my intention is a start. I've eaten a protein-filled breakfast on the low end of my calorie range. I have major cleaning on my to-do list, and I'm SO grateful that after last week's attack of the stomach virus, I can do a video workout today. I have green beans and asparagus in the refrigerator; both are veggies that I enjoy plain or with only some no-salt seasoning.

The next four weeks will also take me to the end of the 8 Week Diabetic Challenge. I want to finish it with a bang. I know numbers aren't the only way to measure progress, and my favorite indicator is how my clothes fit. But I'm ready to see 160s on the scale, something I haven't seen in who knows how long.

Friends, I need support! I welcome any advice you want to share. I'd also welcome a one month partner with a similar goal. Here goes Day 1!

By the way, Organized Life Team has a sub-group AAPT, Attack A Pile Today. I'm including that challenge in my one month plan, to set the timer for 15-60 minutes and go to it. Think CLOSETS and DRAWERS and PANTRY and...maybe even GARAGE? My house and I are going to be in great shape by April!

PROGRESS REPORT
End of Week 1 - 2.5 lbs lost, consistent increased exercise, consistent AAPT. When is it going to look like I've done something???

End of Week 2 - NO ACTION FROM THAT DRATTED SCALE. However, I'm going to give it the silent treatment since other indicators say otherwise. I feel really good about my cleaner pantry, the paper piles are shrinking, I have a small stack of books to go out. I've stuck with the increased exercise and am finding all fitness activities easier. One bump in the road - needed to adjust BP med downward after consistently having too low readings and feeling lethargic. The reduction has done wonders for my energy level, and I'm making sure I check my BP more often. I was doing neck rolls with a video when I realized: "Huh! That doesn't hurt!" My chronic tight spot seems to have disappeared with all the exercise. emoticon emoticon

  
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SAGEMYST 3/7/2012 11:47AM

    Go for it!! You can do it and reach your goal by your birthday!!

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HICALGAL 3/4/2012 4:45AM

    heres to a successful month for both of us and thx for your support on 'in 30 days i want to see changes'..it helps and i appreciate it a lot! new week..lets do it!! emoticon emoticon

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BACKTOTEN12 3/3/2012 10:52PM

    Great goals. I, too, am hoping to be in the 160's by the end of March or early April. I have a diet partner but would be happy to post to the message board and check up on you (and vice-verse) I weighed in today at 175 (my real weigh-in day is Wednesday but I couldn't resist) I've been staying on my plan except for the fruit I ate(again). I'm working on my current short term goal which is 173 by March 21st. Today I went to a conference and I ate the ham from the ham sandwich and a few strawberries and lots of carrots. No cookies, brownies or any of the plentiful candy,granola bars and muffins. I am having a tough time with the no fruit part of phase I, though. You would think I could do it for 2 weeks, but noooo. I made it 2 out of 4 days, only 50%.Will try to get that higher this week. I have stayed in my calorie range and have done my exercising.Let me know about the boards. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 3/3/2012 7:19PM

    You got a plan...and you stick to your plans so you are going to do very well! That AAPT should keep you busy and put of trouble :)

I am going to sketch out my running plan this weekend after I am done my homework. I am finally getting in the swing of this class.

PS. Where's the new picture?

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MAMAWLINDALOU 3/3/2012 2:30PM

    I have confidence in you I believe you will meet or even exceeed your goals this month. Thank you for your comment on by blog. They did finally find the parents to the little girl but she is in critical condition. Thanks for being such a great Spark Friend. I hope you have a Great week.

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LITTLEBJANET 3/3/2012 12:30PM

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You go girl!!

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MENNOLY 3/3/2012 10:42AM

    emoticonYou have set your goal now just take it one step at a time. It is wonderful that you have been so successful. The better weather should perk you up and make you more energetic. Good Luck!

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Since when did I look forward to dr visits?

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

That is a good question. I don't recall looking forward to doctor appointments being listed as yet another perk from SP. It certainly feels good to want to see what the scale says, knowing it will look mighty good compared to the last visit and the one before that! My prescriptions are being reduced now that I've lost 10% of my previous body weight. I was hoping that might be the case, and one will cost a little less at the lower amount.

This stomach virus has really got me down for the past two days. I felt really sorry about losing my long-running fitness streak, but it just wasn't possible. Today I've done a little stretching and walked gently. I'm not up to resuming SP videos yet; maybe a short one tomorrow. I'm VERY glad to be feeling better than I was.

THANK YOU for all the sympathy and well wishes, friends. I'm too far behind to respond individually. Hoping to get caught up by the weekend.

  
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LITTLEBJANET 3/2/2012 11:51AM

    Those nasty flu viruses can really knock us down. I'm glad you are back up and getting stronger. You are right to take it easy. Sometimes we just push ourselves too soon.

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ROXYZMOM 2/29/2012 9:14PM

    Take care of your body, it needs rest right now to fight the bug. You will get right back into your streak when you are better.

I can't wait to hear about your appointment!

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MAMAWLINDALOU 2/29/2012 5:34PM

    Take it slow you don't want to push it too soon. Glad you are coming off some of your meds, this is one of my goals.

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SAGEMYST 2/29/2012 4:10PM

    Don't worry about catching up on things. Just take it easy and you will be feeling better faster. Just do what needs to be done. And now you get to start a new fitness streak!!!

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POETLKNG2LOSE 2/29/2012 2:49PM

    I am so sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. Miss talking to you. I hope you get better soon. Just do0 what you can and leave the rest go. emoticon

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LEAP OF FAITH

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My last blog, NEW JEANS 2 SIZES DOWN, was extra-satisfying to write. LEAP OF FAITH is an update. I went back to the store where I bought those jeans, and...I bought TWO more pairs, one in a 12 and one in a 10! Looking at those jeans is a tangible motivator to buckle down and start working hard again to take off the second half of the pounds I want to live without. With your help, cheers, and support, friends, I can and will do it!

  
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BACKTOTEN12 2/28/2012 1:34PM

    you're doing great. We are going to make our goal without a doubt. Keep on sparkin'. I might just take out my 10's, too. I can get in the 12's but just barely. Maybe just looking at the 10's will help inspire me. What a great idea!! you go girl. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 2/26/2012 9:48PM

    You are going to do it! Thanks for allowing me to share in your journey - so much fun watching you go for it!!

Yayyyyy!

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SAGEMYST 2/22/2012 7:38PM

    I agree with Blue42down. A great big emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 2/22/2012 12:15AM

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It will be so exciting as you gradually change to fit one then the other pair!

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LHLADY517 2/21/2012 8:29PM

    You will make it. You will,.

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