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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

emoticonI am jumping up and down for joy, might even be able to do that literally nowadays! SABLENESS has completed, YES, FINISHED the January Jumpstart Challenge! THANK YOU, ROXYZMOM, for inviting me to this team; I wouldn't have thought of it myself.

So how was it? Well, before committing to the challenge, I tried out the first video. I couldn't do it all, but was able to adjust so that I was at least doing something aimed in the right direction. So I signed on. My December had been pretty good, considering all the holiday events and tempations, but my weight loss had slowed to a trickle. I figured this Challenge could only help--if I didn't injure myself overdoing or trying to do something I really can't do yet. OK, I'm off!

First week: HA HA HA! LOL over all the things I can't do: "You want me to do WHAT?" So I modified my way through the first week. At least I was moving. That Pilates one was a killer. Raise this body that way? HOOHOOHAHA!

Second week: ADD TWO EXTRA VIDEOS? And here I was patting myself on the back for surviving one of those things a day. SIGH...OK...I can do this. I picked the two I found to be the easiest for me--but I did them.

Third week: Hm. These things aren't too bad. And, the scale is moving again, thanks be. I went through my closets and drawers and was amazed at what fit and what was now hanging on me. I have a nice pile to go to Religious Community Services, including some favorite shirts. One has seen me through a number of different weights, but it's time to let go of it; I'm NEVER going to wear that size again. No more Xs, 18s in my wardrobe! And, it looks like a lot of the summer clothes I hoped to fit into will likely be too big by then.

Fourth week: Those videos are mostly doable, and I am HOOKED! I love those things! I'll be using them as a regular part of my fitness now. :-) I did my very first Hip Plank today; granted, not spectacular, but my body was up off the floor briefly. I'll see how that feels tomorrow, ha ha.

I've dropped a few more pounds, but what I notice most is how the arms of my shirts fit. No more sausages. I think there's some muscle in there!!! My new tight jeans that I bought to replace my now baggy ones aren't as tight as they were. They feel like the baggy ones did after my beginnings with SP last August.

From husband looking at sideview: "There's less of you!"
To husband: "That's the idea!"
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LITTLEBJANET 2/3/2012 1:47PM

    I did the challenge too. The last week with the Pilates video, I hurt my back (behind the left shoulder) and that had me scared. I thought I was having a heart attack by the next day when the pain started. Anyway, all is now well. I'm healed now and started another challenge yesterday. I don't seem to do too well on my own. I need Coach Nicole to tell me what to do. What about you? Isn't SparkPeople awesome?

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MAMAWLINDALOU 1/24/2012 5:59PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonYou worked hard for it celebrate!!

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BLUE42DOWN 1/24/2012 5:05PM


That's what I love most about working out - how REAL the progress feels from week to week!

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ROXYZMOM 1/24/2012 4:38PM

    Congratulations!! I am so proud of you! And I love the way you really enjoyed the whole process.

I found it amazing that there are so many free videos on this site! I don't think we could get bored and we are saving a lot of money.

Your husband sounds very supportive. He must love how excited you are about your success! You did an awesome job!

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SILVERBIRCH65 1/24/2012 12:12PM

    Great update--so glad that the past month has been so productive!

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PBAIRSLIM 1/24/2012 11:52AM

    Yeah!!! it's pretty exciting isn't it?!

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GIRLSEEKSTRIBE 1/24/2012 11:33AM

    Progress is such an amazing feeling! And I love that your blog highlights that there are many ways to measure it, not just the number on on the scale! You are stronger, more confident, and your clothes fit better. isn't that the whole idea?? emoticon

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Oriental Super Buffet and 5 mo Sparkversary!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Today, January 16th, is my 5 mo Sparkversary! One of my many learning experiences over these last months has been the art of eating out without overeating out. Today was the true test, the Oriental Super Buffet that I haven't dared frequent since I started. I feel as though I aced an exam!

I emptied my large glass of water and ate
--one bowl of sweet and sour soup with 2 T chopped green onion instead of crunchy noodles
--a modest plate of vegetables and beef with about 1/2 c of those thin spaghetti-like rice noodles
--2 pieces of kiwi, about 1/2 of a small fruit
--1 small but not tiny wedge of watermelon
--about 1/4 c of tapioca

I left feeling full but not stuffed and was over my range by only about 60 calories. So how did this work?

First, I thought about what I really wanted before I went in. I LOVE the soup, so that was a must. The station where you can have things sauteed is new, and there were plenty of veggies to put on my plate before adding a small portion of beef. My plate looked like a mere appetizer compared to the two men ahead of me who appeared to be seeing how much food can stacked and balanced on one dinner plate.

Second, I ate SLOWLY. I had time to notice when I began to feel full. It was pleasant to sit there and savor my food with no sense of urgency, no need to sample everything. I've been there before; I know how good the food is, and there will be more of the same the next time I go.

Third, the desserts looked good, but there was nothing particularly Asain, nothing I couldn't have any time, anywhere else, so I stuck to fruit. I like watermelon and know that it's next to no calories for a great sweet taste, and guessed that the kiwi was also nearly a freebie calorie-wise. Which gave me room for a small portion of tapioca, not Asian either, but it was just enough for a treat.

Fourth, 5 mos ago, I'd have had no idea about estimating a half cup, a quarter cup, or a couple tablespoons of something. I know that the meat I had was about 2 oz based on five months' practice. So my success tool was to visually measure and stick to the portion size I'd have had if I was at home.

Fifth, I made a conscious choice to eat out. I have a wide range of things I can do now instead of celebrating or consoling solely with food. A food reward is OK now and then. This meal was a real celebration just because it was successful, and I feel really good about how I did it, especially when I recall--ouch--other meals eaten there.

Sixth--I just thought of this--I enjoyed focusing less on food and more on my surroundings. The place has been interestingly redecorated. I had an out of the way corner to myself near a fountain and a good view of my fellow diners. The older Latina across from me had a beautiful smile. An Asian family had two children who were excited about all the choices. I could identify with the larger folks filling their plates because not all that long ago, I was one of them.

SABLENESS is one big smile!

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CHANGING-TURTLE 1/19/2012 4:40PM

    I love Sweet and sour soup, you made good choices. I bet you had a blast there, sounds like it. I think I well make a plan to go to the Asia restaurant near me soon. Thanks for showing me how to handle it.

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KANOE10 1/16/2012 7:06PM

    Great job on mindful eating at a buffet. Really planning and making careful choices are the way to go. I just returned from eating out all weekend and tried to do the same. I also tried to watch how much I ate and left entree unfinished.
Hooray for you!

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FLA-1956 1/16/2012 4:56PM

  You're doing great!!! emoticon

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BLUE42DOWN 1/16/2012 4:00PM

    Fantastic job!

I really really like the expression you used "overeating out". So true that sometimes when going out to eat, especially at something called a buffet, we don't think of it as eating the same way as we do normally but out of the house. We think of it as an excuse / reason / explanation for overeating.


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PBAIRSLIM 1/16/2012 3:25PM

    awesome! emoticon

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SNHSND 1/16/2012 3:08PM

    Congrats on your victory over the Chinese food buffet! It is a good feeling when YOU are in control of your eating and not a mindless eating machine running off of emotion or cravings. What a great way to celebrate month 5 of SP....Way to go!

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Keeping the skinny jeans

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I just read the article "5 Reasons to Get Rid of Your Skinny Jeans". While I can see that keeping clothes from ages past that aren't realistic for the new healthy you you're on your way to becoming, I find the opposite is true for me. Most of what I've kept is 1-2 sizes smaller than I was when I started SP 5 mos ago. I knew it was realistic to expect that even 10 lbs would get me back into some of them, and that was a reasonable goal.

Now, it's gotten even better. Those clothes are my 3-D scale. I love taking some time on a Saturday morning to browse my closet and see what "new" thing fits now. If something doesn't fit yet--and it's important to add that word "yet", then I'm likely to think, "Wow! I couldn't even get this on at all in August; maybe next time I try it on, it'll fit!"

I'm not looking at those clothes as an end. Thanks to SP and all the positive support, I see them as a free in-between wardrobe. After all, I LIKED these clothes when I wore them. I'm going to enjoy them until they don't fit anymore--and then treat myself to a thriftshop spree.

That's the fun of it, of being in this exciting in-between time, well on my way, but not at my goal yet. I don't want to spend loads of money I don't have on new clothes that I'm sure won't fit by my 1 yr Sparkversary. So I'm shopping in my closet and making frequent forays to thriftshops for clothes to carry me through this transition period.

Yes, I've been guilty of buying a cute pair of capris that are nowhere near fitting me now. However, by summer time, I not only hope, but expect to have reached my initial goal of 50 lbs in 50 weeks (Triple Threat Team), and I have these to look forward to.

Another confession...there's that red skirt I've had in a drawer for...OK, I'll be really honest...over 20, maybe even 25 years. I loved that skirt and still do. I have no idea if it's going to be a realistic fit when I reach a healthy weight for the woman I am now. I like the idea that my red skirt is waiting to see where we end up. If it fits, I will celebrate with new shirt, shoes, accessories to go with it. If it doesn't, it'll be donated to the domestic violence shelter, and some other woman can love it, too.

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BACKTOTEN12 1/15/2012 12:46AM

    I was going to do a blog on that same article because I, too, love using my old jeans, etc., as a 3-D measure of my realistic goal.I have some nice clothes that only need 20 lbs or so and I'll have a great new (old) wardrobe. Good luck on the red skirt. I'm betting you'll get back into it. I know you can do it. I fit into lots of my old clothes after losing 50 lbs. Still working on the last 25. We can do this.

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SHADOWCHIC12 1/14/2012 10:29PM

    Thanks for your blog! I love your comment about the clothes/jeans being a 3-D true! Sometimes that scale says one thing, but I feel like another, and clothes are a better indicator of how far I've come than those numbers on the scale!
Thanks again, and good luck with that red skirt! :)

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BLUE42DOWN 1/14/2012 6:22PM

    Yeah, I added a reply on that article. In part I was amused because one of the related articles linked to the right was on "Non-Scale Victories", one of which was getting into those smaller clothes.

I realized the article focused on the "too skinny" jeans more than just those a size or two smaller. It also talked about those clothes that are bought when we can't fit into them as an incentive - as opposed to ones we wore at an earlier weight we want to get to and pass.

I remember girls in high school who would soak their jeans to put them on, lay flat and suck in their stomachs just to zip them up. They could barely breathe, they were freezing in the winter, but they had such SKINNY jeans on they felt they looked good. THOSE jeans need to go. They weren't even realistic on their bodies back then!

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MENNOLY 1/14/2012 3:46PM

    Since the jeans I am currently wearing were jeans I hel on to for over 27 years, I disgree with the article. I have lost 70 pounds since I started my journey. Not only do I fit in thowe jeans but they are loose on me. And I love it! I went looking for new pants recently. The current style is not something I would be comfortable wearing. I don't like low rise pants. Did not like them when they were called hip huggers. At least I have jeans that fit and that I like. I can wait this fad out. emoticon

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FLA-1956 1/14/2012 1:30PM

  I agree with you about hanging on to things for years in the hopes of getting back into them. I do have a number of pairs of capris that are a little snug right now but 15 lbs from now they should fit perfectly. Byt I'm still hanging onto a belt that I wore in 1996 that is for a 26-28 inch waist and I really want to be able to one day wear it again. emoticon emoticon

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KMF2012 1/14/2012 1:02PM

    I'm with you 100% of the way on that! I have an extra drawer that I keep only my "hope to wear again one day" clothes, and once a month I try them on. It is so much fun to see how much better they are fitting, even if they are "not quite there yet" -- but it's really motivating and rewarding simultaneously! Thanks for the blog, as always, you say it so well! emoticon

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KMF2012 1/14/2012 1:00PM

    (Love your blogs!)

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BUFFYSMOM2 1/14/2012 12:38PM

    Good goals and good luck! I know you'll do it, sparkgirl!!!
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Fitness on the Cheap

Friday, January 13, 2012

When I was newly married and expecting our first child, my husband and I picked up a gem of a book titled something like "How to Keep Your Family Together and Still Have Fun!" It was a goldmine of ideas for fun things to do together that cost little or nothing. It inspired us to make a list of our own, and we never totally exhausted it. We went to parks, went on history tours on trolleys, attended concerts at churches, played boardgames, read aloud together--the list goes on and on and on.

I think of that book when I'm looking for creative ways to work on fitness with a limited budget. I'm realizing I have good tools already. Walking, of course, is free, requires only supportive shoes. I start most days with a 10 min stretch in bed routine suggested by a massage therapist. I go to a free gentle yoga session once a month. In warmer weather, I have a generous neighbor who shares her pool and has a great water workout. The few pieces of equipment I have came almost entirely from yard sales and thrift shops. My inventory includes:

Set of resistance bands, a treat to myself for losing that first 10 lbs
3 sets of handweights in 2, 3.5, and 5 lb weights, all from second-hand sources
A great exercise bike from a yard sale; when I bought it, I didn't want to spend much in case I didn't use it
A glider for balance, legs, glutes that is presently collecting dust under a bed; need to get that out
A real bike, used, with a woman-friendly seat and a basket for nearby errands; this was a gift
The Bean, bought by husband, something like a ball
An abs roller - ouch! Also bought and not used by husband

That's a pretty good collection of stuff that cost me relatively little. I didn't realize I had so much till I made this list. I think my February Challenge will be simply putting to daily use the things I already have!
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Strong Women

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

This is not my work, but something I received in a card recently. After sharing one stanza of it with lots of friends, I decided to post the whole thing. What stanza speaks to you?

Strong women are those who know the road ahead will be strewn with obstacles, but they still choose to walk it because it's the right one for them.

Strong women are those who make mistakes, who admit to them, learn from those failures, and then use that knowledge.

Strong women are easily hurt, but they still extend their hearts and hands, knowing the risk and accepting the pain when it comes.

Strong women are sometimes beat down by life, but they still stand back up and step forward again.

Strong women are afraid. They face fear and move ahead to the future, as uncertain as it can be.

Strong women are not those who succeed the first time. They're the ones who fail time and again, but still keep trying until they succeed.

Strong women face the daily trials of life, sometimes with a tear, but always with their heads held high as the new day dawns.

--Brenda Hager, Occasion Gallerie from Blue Mountain Arts

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    So glad you told me about this post. Took me awhile to find it but it was well worth the effort. emoticon

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MAGICKCAT 1/7/2012 4:05PM

    I like that....and it's relate-able to a lot of my life. Thanks so much for sharing dear heart! emoticon

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POPPY1010 1/5/2012 5:04AM

    Thank you for sharing x

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KMF2012 1/4/2012 4:32PM

    That speaks to me in so many areas of my life! Thank you for posting it!! emoticon

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KLEE201 1/4/2012 12:28PM

    Strong women are easily hurt, but they still extend their hearts and hands, knowing the risk and accepting the pain when it comes.

Amen. Thanks for posting this. Loved it!

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CAROLYNINJOY1 1/4/2012 1:11AM

    "Strong women are not those who succeed the first time. They're the ones who fail time and again, but still keep trying until they succeed. " That is so TRUE! Thanks for posting it.

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ROXYZMOM 1/3/2012 5:27PM

    This went with my optimistic personality:

Strong women are not those who succeed the first time. They're the ones who fail time and again, but still keep trying until they succeed.

Thanks for sharing!

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BLUE42DOWN 1/3/2012 2:15PM

    I think the one that most resonates for me is:

Strong women are sometimes beat down by life, but they still stand back up and step forward again.

In my life, no matter how bad things got, I always know that continuing forward is the only way to make them better.

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FLA-1956 1/3/2012 12:16PM

  I like that. I'm going to "borrow" it for my yahoo weight support group. emoticon emoticon

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