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NEW JEANS 2 SIZES DOWN!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Woohoo! It's been only a week since I bought, with hope, a pair of size 14 jeans in the same style and brand as the larger ones I gave up. Last week they zipped--barely--much like the other pair when I bought them. One week, half a pound, and lots of exercise later--they fit! LOVE those SP videos and the 8 Week Diabetic Challenge! I'm about to finish Week 2 today after I do my video with the new resistance bands I bought when I found the jeans! Maybe I'll start looking for this pair in a 12!

Edit: 6 MONTH SPARKVERSARY TODAY!!! What a way to celebrate!

  
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RASHEDAPOE 2/21/2012 11:08AM

    You Go Girl... Before you know it, you'll be a size 6 and wonder how you could've ever fit those jeans...

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BANDMOM2012 2/18/2012 10:39AM

    Yay! Go get those 12's emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 2/17/2012 3:50PM

    That is fantastic! Congratulations -- you are doing great !

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POETLKNG2LOSE 2/17/2012 10:33AM

    That is great! Good for you! Doesn't it fell wonderful to see that much weight gone? Keep it up! emoticon emoticon

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BACKTOTEN12 2/16/2012 12:20PM

    Way to go! Isn't it fun to wear smaller sizes. I'm working on my former 12's and hope to get into those 10's by summer!! Let's stay sparked! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SECRETSTARGAZER 2/16/2012 12:17PM

    That's amazing! I'm so excited for you!

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Never think you know what you're doing!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Yesterday's blog was about my excitement in partly reaching the goal of donating my too-big clothes to a women's Clothes Closet. That project came about as I determined to spend the afternoon doing serious cleaning and sorting. Wouldn't you know, the first thing I tackled was the pile of clothes in my bedroom, which meant going somewhere to donate the clothes, which is why it hadn't gotten done in the first place! SO I decided to combine it and another errand some distance away--which is why THAT hadn't gotten done--and loaded up my trunk.

Setback #1 - it occurred to me on the way that I should have called ahead to make sure this place was still offering a Clothes Closet. Answer when I got there: No, they're not. OK, no problem. The third thing I was going to do was stop at the charity's thriftshop, off my usual path, with the coupon I had, with the intention of looking for some "new" clothes to replace the old ones. So I could just take the clothes and donate them there.

Off to errand #2, the farthest away. No problem. Off to the thriftshop.

Setback #2 - where WAS that place? Oops, must have passed it. Turned around, looking at numbers, here we are.

Setback #3 - DARN! The store is still open, BUT...no donations taken after 3:30; it's now 3:45. Ah well, I can still shop. I found one top, bright red, MEDIUM - woohoo! Not enough to use my coupon, but the lady in front of me had a cart full of stuff and was happy to use it since I couldn't.

OK, it's getting close to dinner time, and my snack has long since worn off. Husband is working late, so I'm on my own, and I want steak. Aha! I just passed a grocery store. Turn around, park--and see that next door is an outlet store. Well, maybe I can find some clothes there. It won't kill me to be hungry a bit longer.

No setbacks here! Wow! I found two fitness items I wanted, resistance bands that are much better than the ones I have, and a fitness ball in just the right size at outlet prices! Woohoo! It gets better. I remembered that I bought the favorite jeans I'd just packed up at this line of outlet stores and went looking to see if MAYBE there was another pair in my current size. I found the size I'd just parted with, but not the size I was looking for, SIGH....I really liked the cut and style and fit of those jeans. But wait--persistence pays off! On the wrong rack, I spotted a pair in the next size down. OK, these are mine, I WILL be able to wear them eventually.

Now what about dinner? It's WAY past my dinner time, I'm starving, and I'm about to go into a grocery store? BAD BAD and DANGEROUS. But I really want the steak. Oh everything looks so good, I could eat everything right now, I could buy something to eat in the car on the way home...OUT, FANTASIES, OUT! NO NO NO. I've done really well today, and I'm NOT going to mess up now. I bought my meat and a bag of tostitos. I like to have half a serving with hummus as a snack. But I'm still starving and home is 30 min away. Solution: PUT THE BAG IN THE TRUNK so I can't possibly open the tostitos.

After dinner (FINALLY!), I try on the jeans. AWESOME. They fit like the other pair did when I bought them - they zip, barely, and I'm not ready to wear them out of the house yet, but it's a good thing I didn't find my current size. They wouldn't fit for long!

  
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SAGEMYST 2/13/2012 12:10PM

    Wow!! Such determination!! Again, way to go!! Glad you found the jeans.

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ROXYZMOM 2/11/2012 2:07PM

    You did great! I love your perserverance!

When I am going to run errands, I pack a snack in my little cooler - it's usually a single serving of breakstone's 2% cottage cheese or yoplait light yogurt. They both keep me satisfied.

I donated 3 bags of clothes to Goodwill today. They were all in great condition. It is a nice feeling to know someone else will enjoy them, and now my closet is finally thinning out to all the same size!

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JILLITA55 2/11/2012 11:58AM

    You can do it! I donated my clothes when I lost alot of weight. Some of the clothes were really nice too. There is always someone out there that needs help. Donating clothes is a good way to go after you have lost your weight.

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Part of a goal - donate now!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Sableness is really happy! I'm about to load the car with about a third of the contents of my closet to donate to the Clothes Closet of Religious Community Services. I know from having volunteered there that larger size women come in and find little that fits them. I have my former favorite and nearly new jeans in that pile, a dear shirt that's seen me through size ups and downs, a great denim skirt with pockets, tons of tees, and other odds and ends.

I still have my goal of losing at least 50 by my Sparkversary in August. I'm halfway there, and I don't want to have any of my old clothes by then--except the very very few I've held onto for a very very long time.
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SAGEMYST 2/13/2012 12:05PM

    Awesome!!! Way to go!! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 2/11/2012 2:09PM

    That is fantastic! Thanks for sharing your journey with me, I am really enjoying reading about your progess!

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LHLADY517 2/10/2012 8:08PM

    WTG

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POETLKNG2LOSE 2/10/2012 8:05PM

    That is great it's exactly what we did yesterday. Got rid of 4 bags of clothes. Pray for Jennifer, my daughter she is in a lot of pain and discomfort from her yeast infection. Miss talking to you; hope all is well.

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BITTYGIRL51 2/10/2012 6:21PM

    Yep, it's very wise to get rid of your old "fat" clothes. Otherwise, it's too easy to let things slip, and before you know it, you are back in them. Especially, if you know they are in your closet.

They are goint to a worthy cause too! Good for you!

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SUNNY572 2/10/2012 2:35PM

    That is great Sableness, recycle, give back and keep up the good work I see you going back again to donate after Spring!
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Yesterday could have been my last

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Yesterday could have been my last. I was only half a mile from a major three car collision, saw tons of dust and stuff swirling, and realized there were three totalled vehicles right in front of me. I was the second car to stop. In the car nearest me, I saw a still driver in a smoking car and someone struggling with something in the backseat. Thinking it was probably a child, I ran to help. The driver, a young mom, was only stunned. The young woman who'd also stopped to help handed out the baby to mom who was able to get out by then. Cars continued to stream by, so I took the little boy by the hand and got them to the side of the road. Neighbors and other drivers helped by blocking the road, making 911 calls and getting people out of cars until the Fire and Rescue crews began to pour in. My little group seemed more shaken, scraped, and bruised than anything worse. I gave the mother my phone to call her parents and held the little boy while his mom held his little sister. We looked at the fire trucks and the helicopter. He'd just gotten to sit in a fire truck the week before. I have no grandchildren, and it's been a very long time since I've held a little warm body with face buried in my shoulder. All three were given neck braces and taken by ambulance to the area's major hospital with a pediatric trauma unit. Eventually, I was free to go, praying all the way for them. It wasn't until some time later last night that I realized had I finished my shopping just moments sooner, I might have been in that crash. It was amazing, given the carelessness of the responsible driver, and the condition of all three vehicles, that there were no fatalities.

Live each day to the fullest, friends.

  
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SANDYB223 2/10/2012 9:44AM

    Thank you for commenting on my blog this am. I am so glad you are okay and that everyone else was too!! You were there to assist and that's so great!!!!

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POETLKNG2LOSE 2/8/2012 4:07PM

    Glad to hear that you are all right. It is scary to think that if you had finished earlier you could have been in it too. But thank God that you were able to be there to help them out when they needed it. You are a true Samaritan like the one in the bible. I am sure that they won't forget what you have done and neither will God. You have a big heart my friend and i am proud to be your friend.

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MISS_VIV 2/8/2012 9:27AM

    Thank you for stepping up and doing all you could do during this episode. You were there for a reason and you did what you had to do.

It is good to be grateful.

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CHANGING-TURTLE 2/7/2012 10:45PM

    Glad you are all right, that was a close call, someone is waching over you! emoticon emoticon

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CHANGING-TURTLE 2/7/2012 10:43PM

    So glad you are all right, that was a close call.

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BACKTOTEN12 2/7/2012 9:42PM

    So glad you came out of this incident unscathed. My parents were killed in an accident when the truck driver in from of them fell asleep driving and hit a parked semi on the side of the highway.Live each day to the fullest and always be ready for we never know when the day will come. God bless. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good.

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ROXYZMOM 2/7/2012 5:20PM

    I am glad you are okay. You were met to be where you were at that exact time to help that family. I am sure when the mother calms down and thinks back she is going to be so grateful that you were there to help.

You are awesome!

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BLUE42DOWN 2/7/2012 1:42PM

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How frightening! Instead of focusing on what could have been, remember that by being there at the exact time you were, you were able to provide aid and comfort where needed.

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TAMPATINK67 2/7/2012 12:42PM

    The reality is, that Mom and her little ones will probably never get the opportunity to thank you for helping during their time of need - but your helping hand, phone, and shoulder is something they will never forger either!

Let us be grateful for Your safety and Celebrate you and the others who were selfless enough to be the Heroes and true 'First Responders' for someone in need....

Since they won't get the chance -

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TSVL-VICKI 2/7/2012 12:28PM

    So glad you weren't in the crash but you were someone's angel on earth, helping those poor people. emoticon

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SAGEMYST 2/7/2012 12:01PM

    Oh my goodness!! Thankfully you were not involved in the wreck and were able to lend assistance to the people involved. Having been in an accident a couple of years ago, I know how scarey it is, and more so for children.

Glad you are ok and thanks for sharing.

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TGIF!

Friday, February 03, 2012

Woohoo! TGIF! This has been a long full week. I've barely had time to turn the computer on, so I'll start with THANKS to all my faithful supportive Sparkfriends. THANKS for all the goodies, comments, and mail. Your constant encouragement means so much and keeps me going. This week has been tough. I knew eating well would be difficult, and it was. After the Fla presidential primary, I was so tired, I knew I'd be vulnerable, and I was. I did the first serious mindless eating I've done in months, not, mind you, to the extent I might have in the past, but still NOT what I've made a habit of with SP. Today I am back on track, looking for a new Challenge to start, and back in touch with my friends.

I suspect that some of what caused me to briefly and partially revert to old ways was a little angst over having reached my halfway mark. I like what I see in the mirror, I AM NOT OBESE ANYMORE!!!! and I'm a little uncertain of my ability to do more than I've managed in other successful weight-loss attempts.

I looked at the goals collage I did in October, made a celebratory one this morning, and am reminding myself of all the tools I have for success. It's scary to know that I still have as much weight to lose as I've already lost and that my past track record says here is where I've failed to keep going. Friends, thanks to you and SP, that is NOT going to happen this time.

  
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CHANGING-TURTLE 2/4/2012 8:59PM

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SAGEMYST 2/4/2012 10:10AM

    You've made it this far and you can go farther. The other attempts were not with SparkPeople! You will succeed this time.

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ROXYZMOM 2/3/2012 9:49PM

    You rock! You are doing great! Stop doubting yourself - you are on a roll and you are going to do this! It's okay to give in and indulge time to time as long as you watch it the rest of the time.

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SILVERBIRCH65 2/3/2012 7:05PM

    It is--so exciting to see your progress. I am so proud of you--keeping going, not injuring yourself (not a negligible concern) and making these regular progress reports.

I am so looking forward to following you down the scale. And--have you gone trouser shopping recently? I think you may be surprised to find out what's fitting you--and maybe you'll even have a laugh, at the size creep!

(yes, I went trouser shopping yesterday, and I was happy to be in a size down from what I'd been wearing, but a little annoyed at the number--which in no way reflects my actual body measurements!)
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BLUE42DOWN 2/3/2012 2:51PM

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First off, an absolutely HUMONGOUS emoticon and emoticon. For what? For being able to have that moment of mindless eating, but not to the extent you would have in the past. In classic cup half empty or cup half full, the flip side of seeing it as being off track is seeing how much strength and control you have to reduce the damage it might have done and get back on track. That's well done!

Second, emoticon job getting out of that Obese category. If you could come this far, there's not much out there that you haven't already had to overcome and you've built a lot of very good habits along the way. It's not going to be an easy cruise perhaps, but you know you can set goals and meet them, make healthy changes and get them to stick.

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LITTLEBJANET 2/3/2012 1:50PM

    You're going to do it. I'm at the same place. I'm prepared for it to take longer, but that's OK. We'll be all ready when summer comes. Maybe I won't have to hide my arms this year! Keep it going, girl!
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SUNNY572 2/3/2012 10:13AM

    You can and you will do it this time around!

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