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FOUR MONTHS HURRAY!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

WOOHOO WOOHOO! Today marks 4 mos of SP! I started out with the Triple Threat Team's challenge for 50s wanting to lose 50 (actually 53 as stated goal) in 50 weeks. What's new?

22.5 lbs down, ahead of schedule, almost halfway
6.5 to go from Obese to Overweight
Daily habit of at least 30 min fitness activity
Accustomed to smaller portions and better choices
I don't LIKE feeling stuffed anymore
"New" wardrobe of clothes that haven't fit in ages
Wonderful SP friends - THANKS, every one of you, for all your comments and support
Yard that is no Sanctuary Garden yet, but it's well on its way
Able to eat out within my calorie range
Daily tracking habit
Countless great ways to stay motivated, thanks to SP

I could go on and on. So--when is anyone going to notice???

Ooops...How did I miss it??? My Spark-versary was YESTERDAY. I won't even start on what yesterday was like except to say that it involved both car and computer problems.

  
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CAROLYNINJOY1 12/20/2011 8:16PM

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CHANGING-TURTLE 12/20/2011 11:22AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon YOU ARE DOING GREAT KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!!

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MAGICKCAT 12/19/2011 10:55PM

    You've done AMAZINGLY well Sweetie pie! You just keep on keeping on!!!! You've got the tool, the motivation, a plan, and pals to do it with. How can you wrong? You've shown yourself and many others what it take to be a winner....I'm so happy for you!!!
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CAMMIECAT 12/19/2011 10:47PM

    WhooHoo! Congratulations!!!! I hope that I can say the same on my 4 month anniversary.

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ROXYZMOM 12/18/2011 2:53PM

    I love this blog!!! You are doing terrific!! Thanks for sharing your journey!!

YOU ROCK!!

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MENNOLY 12/17/2011 4:18PM

    It's nice when someone says something but more importantly its great when you realize your tight clothes are falling off. Hopefully you won't get the comment I got from my daughter's orthodontists wife. She said "you have lost a lot of weight, was it planned or are you ill" Congratulations on your success! emoticon emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 12/17/2011 3:28PM

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That's a long way to come in four months! Well done.

There may be people who have noticed but feel hesitant to speak up. But when someone spontaneously does say something, oh my will it feel amazing!

Until then - YOU notice the changes. And that's wonderful in its own right.

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SAINTBERNARD6 12/17/2011 2:53PM

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Dinner Oops!

Monday, December 05, 2011

Well! The last time I blogged about a mistake in "Sneaky Packaging", I had failed to read the serving size and ended up eating two. I learned NEVER to take serving size for granted, always better to check BEFORE I eat.

Yesterday I'd eaten lightly but well, with lots of protein, knowing I had a really full energy-taxing day ahead. I made it through a reception to my amazement with only a glass of water in my hand - no wine, no food, just walked around and enjoyed friends and conversations. I knew I'd be going out for dinner afterward and wanted to use my calories wisely.

Fast-forward to dinner. No appetizers, again no wine, just a large glass of water with lime for pizazz. I saw that you could order smaller portions--great! I ordered baked talapia, a bowl of soup, and garlic mashed potatoes. I usually make a habit of having half my meal boxed, but was famished and had calories to spare. So I really enjoyed the dinner, every bite of it, including bread dipped in herbs and olive oil--and then got my bill.

OOPS. With the best of intentions, I had NOT requested the smaller sized dinner. What I got--and ate all of--was the regular meal. Oh well, the deed was done, and I must say, it was well worth it. So today, I'm eating light, I've put in extra walking minutes in addition to strength training and stationary bike, and I'm not going to give that fiend of a scale a second thought!

  
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SILVERBIRCH65 12/13/2011 11:41PM

    I'm with Cammiecat--it is important to watch the calories, yes, but the times when I'm dropping weight--they're most often when I'm relaxing my calorie vigilance after a period of being strict. It's like... because I'm relaxed and my body is relaxed, my body lets me let go of the weight.

And the whole thing of context is important too. You had a good full meal--but it was not a good full meal surrounded by an entire day of binging (something I'm totally capable of doing, sigh--so speaking here from experience).

Keep up the good work!

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SABLENESS 12/6/2011 10:18AM

    THANKS, friends, for being part of this venture with me. Every time I do something like that, I learn what to do or not do the next time. Next time I'll remember that the server isn't a mind-reader; I have to ASK, not just think about, that smaller meal! Good point, CAMMIECAT. Maybe I needed it. It was a delicious satisfying dinner. I'm still totally amazed that I went through that reception with a glass of water. I don't think I ever considered not eating as an option! emoticonto all of you!

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ROXYZMOM 12/6/2011 12:19AM

    You have the right attitude! And you didn't blow calories on drinks at a reception - kudos to you!!

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CAMMIECAT 12/6/2011 12:10AM

    As they said in The Spark book, two steps forward, one step back. It's still a step in the right direction. And maybe your body was subconsciously trying to tell you that it needed it. I always try to listen to my body even if it means going over my calorie count for the day. The body always knows what it really needs. Keep the faith. you are going to get to where you want to be.

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CHANGING-TURTLE 12/5/2011 11:08PM

    WELL YOU DID SO MANY THINGS RIGHT THAT DAY SO ONE MISSTATE SHOULD BE FORGIVEN DON'T YOU THINK? SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD MEAL THOUGH. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MT-MOONCHASER 12/5/2011 8:47PM

    Boy, that was an OOPS!! I hope you enjoyed every bite.

I'm glad that you aren't obsessing about it.

Have a good week.

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BLUE42DOWN 12/5/2011 12:33PM

    A healthy view on it, really. In order for this to be a lifestyle change, we have to be able to roll with the "mistakes" and keep right on moving forward. The average over the week, the physical activity, that's how we will eventually maintain and still splurge sometimes.

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Uncooperative scale!

Saturday, December 03, 2011

THE SCALE IS MY FRIEND. THE SCALE IS MY FRIEND. THE SCALE IS MY FRIEND. Have to keep reminding myself when it seems to move in miniscule increments. I'm doing everything right--tracking every bite, varying my workouts, staying connected with the wonderful SP community--but that scale isn't reflecting it.

I'm tempted to give the thing a rest for the remainder of the month and let other things be my reflections of progress. But part of me yells, "NO, NO, I NEED IT. I'LL GO WAY OFF TRACK IF I DON'T WEIGH IN." That part is afraid, afraid that I'll repeat past failures and give up right about this point where I've been before but rarely beyond. But is that fear valid?

I don't think it is. This whole project is about far more than numbers, isn't it? How do I feel? Am I stronger? What does my doctor say? What about the wardrobe I now have, thanks to shopping in my closets? What about the very important new habits I've established regarding what I eat and how much, making fitness a given part of my daily routine and not something I might or might not do depending on whether I'm so inclined?

This is a scary thing to contemplate. I think it's telling me I don't quite yet trust the new me. Especially with the holidays cranking up.

Any thoughts, friends?

  
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BLESSEDGMP 12/6/2011 12:19PM

    I have a Hate/Hate relationship with the scale. What makes it worse my health problems makes it so that I have to weigh every day or two. Talk about flucuations they really happen when you weigh so much. I am trying to ignore it and go my measurements once a month.

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ROXYZMOM 12/4/2011 9:13PM

    When I find the scale "stuck" on a certain number, I don't eat dairy for afternoon snack - just fruit. As I lose weight I find I have to eat less calories too. If I don't I stay at the same weight - my body thinks it is on maintenance.

I hate the scale too, but it is an important tool in monitoring progress and evaluating calorie intake.

You will get there!!

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MT-MOONCHASER 12/4/2011 5:09PM

    Others on Spark have noted that sometimes you have a plateau that doesn't seem to want to break. It may just be the body's way of accepting and adjusting to the changes that have taken place.

If you are losing even a slight bit, it is still a win. As long as the scale doesn't move UP, you are a success.

Look for and appreciate the NSV's (non-scale victories) that you are getting, like shopping in your closet for those smaller clothes, the easier time you have when singing, the fact that you can move easier and without losing your breath. All of these things are WINS!!!

A break from the scale may be what you need, just be vigilant about keeping to the rest of your routine.

Good luck -- I know you will do it.

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INSEARCH4MYSELF 12/3/2011 8:12PM

    I just know how u feel ;D (re: my blog that u have replied to earlier on the same subject).
I've been thinking about this whole "stuck" number, and something else came to my mind: if this was the lowest I could get, if this is my target weight - I know this is far from truth as I am only 5'2", but say this was it - would I be ok with it? And I think what it comes down to, for me at least, is to accept where I am, and perhaps focus on the present instead to constantly look into the future. I am reading "Lost and Found" by Geneen Roth, and in my today's update I have quoted a sentence that spoke to me: "The true disaster is living the life in your mind and missing the one in front of you." I think this is what I do looking at going below the 178, just planning ahead, but missing my life right in front of me.
I think the most important thing, as u have noticed as well, is the fact that we r maintaining the weight, that instead of giving up we r waiting for this thing to be over. I think it is wonderful that u keep on recording everything that goes into ur body, as well as keeping ur body at constant surprise when it comes to exercise.
in any case, whenever u need my support, u've got it, just give me a shout. I am very happy for ur progress so far and I know u can overcome ur "pause" in progress. we both can :)

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Success out! Woohoo!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Happy December 1st, friends! The first thing I did on SP this morning was copy the Editor's Choice calendar, 31 Days to Healthier Holidays. This is a precarious time of year for foodies, and I need all the help I can get if I want to NOT GAIN, to do better than break even, and to even LOSE this month.

First challenge of the day - visit from a friend who brought Walker's mini shortbread cookies to add to the dark chocolate-covered almonds I'd already set out to go with our coffee. I'd eaten under at breakfast which gave me some wiggle room for a few almonds and two small cookies. So far so good.

Next challenge - phone call with mother that ended in a spur of the moment lunch date, "meet me at Olive Garden." Oh dear. Is that a good idea given that I'd already had a treat today? OK, look carefully for the marked healthier choices and stick to them. My favorite pasta faziole, salad, and breadsticks is not a low-cal meal, especially when the servers are so happy to refill the bread basket. Darn it, I should have just asked him not to bring one. Maybe I can remember that next time.

However, this all worked out really well. My mom wanted a panini sandwich that came with soup & salad. She wanted only the sandwich, so...my bright idea was to share the meal, she gets the sandwich, I get the soup and salad, one bowl of each. I ordered minestrone, not my favorite, but I knew it was a better choice calorie-wise than my usual pasta faziole. I counted out a few croutons and left the rest. AND...BIG SUCCESS...not one of those delicious breadsticks. This is the first time EVER that I didn't eat any. I enjoyed my few croutons, the soup was hot and good, and I didn't expire from deprivation re: breadsticks. How about that? Foregoing the breadsticks isn't fatal. Who'd have thought???

I was not going to take any home, either, but my mom had them bagged--and gave them to me to take home for my husband, who will enjoy them.

The best part is that when I got home and tracked my lunch, the salad, minestrone, and one Andes mint in lieu of the dessert my mom wanted to share came out to...are you ready for this? a very respectable healthy 371 calories!!! That was a first, too. I've been making better restaurant choices, but this is the first time I've managed to eat in the same range I'd have had at home.

This SP stuff must really work! I think I've been re-patterned! December is going to be a great month!

  
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BLESSEDGMP 12/1/2011 4:32PM

    Great choices although I might of had to break down and had the fazoli soup I love that stuff LOL. I guess Sparks is sinking in LOL. I just hit the 2000 exercise minute mark in less then 3 months that is a BIG record for me I usually never exercise 2000 minutes in a YEAR! I guess it is sinking in for me too. December is going to be a piece of um err celery!

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MAGICKCAT 12/1/2011 3:49PM

    I love it!!!! Olive Garden is a tough place to get ANYTHING healthy! ...and the bread sticks...wow.....YOU really ARE reprogramming yourself! I'm so proud of you. This is wonderful news!

Yeah... you are absolutely right this SP stuff REALLY works!!! emoticon

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My, that feels good!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Here I am after 3 & 1/2 months! I've amazed myself: I've stuck with it, honest to goodness changed my eating habits, and have made exercise a daily routine instead of a "should".

I love the way my clothes are fitting. Even when I last weighed what I do now, some things didn't fit at all. I know it's the exercise that's making a difference. I am by nature a sedentary solitary bookworm, but I know I need balance. It's OK to take that peaceful time out, but I need to move also. I'm more motivated to keep at it since I'm sleeping better, shaped better, and seeing the scale make its way DOWN instead of UP.

I'm not gaining weight at all, even though the scale has slowed. I'm convinced that I'm gaining muscle mass. I like all this rearranging! Nice comments from husband are very encouraging.

As a singer, I find that my breathing is better, again thanks to better fitness. I'm committed to those 8 glasses of water a day, also great for my vocal health. I carry a water bottle to rehearsals and have another in my bag for the long drive home.

The holidays are NOT going to derail me. I can have some extra treats, but when I do, I'll balance it out with lower cal choices and more fitness minutes.

I am a determined Sparker, and I'm going to reach my goals!

PS: This is a positive self-pep-talk. I woke up feeling like staying in bed and doing nothing. But that won't get me anwhere I want to go. Come on, Debra, you can do it!




  
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MAGICKCAT 11/30/2011 7:02PM

    Whew Hoo! You are going to win this battle....WE are! We are very similar, I started working out and though my weight is moving slow, my body is really changing...I'm gaining MUSCLES! WOW, who'd have thought it? Being a singer, I know how important water is...add a lil lemon to it.
I love the attitude!!!! You're doing so fantastically! You Rock Lady!

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BLUE42DOWN 11/30/2011 5:27PM

    Great little pep-talk.

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