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Should they stay or should they go?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Okay… So, I’m getting ready to go back to work at the university. I needed to get some new clothes because my clothes were getting kind of worn and dated. I ordered a bunch of clothes on line, ordering the same size as the clothes that I’m getting rid of. However, I guess those old clothes have stretched a bit because the clothes I just ordered are a little snug… well, more than a little snug – unsightly snug. I can get them on, but every little bulge is obnoxiously evident. I AM GOING TO LOSE THIS EXTRA WEIGHT! Nevertheless, the dilemma still exists. I can lose a few pounds before school starts yet, but will it be enough to wear the new clothes? I know I will have to buy a few things to get me by until I lose the weight. But, will keeping the new clothes give me incentive to lose the weight? Or, should I send them all back and buy what fits me properly? What would you do?

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BILLB000 8/14/2014 5:26PM

    It is important to feel comfortable in what you have on at work. You will feel better as you go throughout the day. You can still work on the pounds. It sounds like you are determined to do so. Reward yourself with some new clothes once you have some success with weight loss. Thank you for sharing your dilemma. I think it is something all of us go through.

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PATTISTAMPS 8/8/2014 1:21PM

    Send them back - you will really hate it if you have clothes that don't fit. I have found that even clothes from the same company fit differently if they are made in different places. So don't feel like your old clothes just stretched. But if you can afford to keep them, and they will fit you with maybe a few pounds gone, then do keep them for an incentive. But you need clothes that fit you now....

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LOSINIT52 8/8/2014 9:11AM

    Hmmmm! Little Miss Practical here I guess. I would likely send them back. I already have clothes in my closet that don't fit and that doesn't seem to motivate me. You know yourself best though. If you would feel motivated by keeping them....
Spark on!

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FITKAT62 8/7/2014 4:18PM

  I'd just buy a few new outfits to fit you now and work on losing enough weight to get into the smaller stuff. If you return the small stuff you won't have much incentive to lose the excess weight.

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To my fellow Firecrackers: I'm back!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Dear Firecrackers: As you know, my husband and I went sailing up along Lake Huron and into Canada for almost a whole month! When I left, I thought I would be able to keep up with the challenge by accessing the internet when we came into port. However, Internet was not as readily available as I hoped it would be. Nevertheless, not a single day went by that I didn't think of you. Just knowing that you all would be thinking of me kept me on track as much as possible. I certainly didn't lack any exercise! Sometimes we would be sailing as much as 10 - 12 hours a day. However, food choices are limited. I ate as best as I could under the circumstances. I'm happy to say that when I got on the scale this morning, I hadn't gained any weight. I'm sorry I didn't lose any weight, but now that I'm back, I will be able to control things much better. I look forward to seeing you all everyday now! We still have time to make this challenge a success! Let's go Firecrackers!!! emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 7/23/2014 2:02PM

    Welcome back! Yes, we need you! Let's rock the rest of this challenge! We can do it!!!

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JENGRAMMER 7/23/2014 10:56AM

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emoticon Trust you had a GREAT VACATION.
Sounds like a really nice way to go--

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NHES220 7/22/2014 2:22PM

    You maintained and that is an accomplishment, good for you! Welcome back!

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It was a beautiful day in Michigan!

Sunday, February 09, 2014

We have all this snow, but I've been too busy to go skiing... until today! And what a georgeous day it was!

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AMURDOCK68 2/10/2014 5:50AM

    I bet the day was great. So neat that you brave the cold, get up that mountain and then fly down it. So glad you got to go. And thanks for sharing the pics!

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/9/2014 10:21PM

    What fun!

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 2/9/2014 10:17PM

    Love the pix!

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144AUTUMN 2/9/2014 7:44PM

  Keep up the good work!!

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What I used to do when I was at goal weight...

Sunday, November 03, 2013

I have battled with my weight all of my life. Being thin was never easy for me, so the few times in my life when I was thin was something that I had to work really hard for. As I struggle again to get my weight down, I thought back to a time when I was at my goal weight. What did I do to get to goal and stay there (albeit temporarily)?

1. I had a mindset that wouldn’t let me stray. Every second of every day was focused on what I needed to do to lose weight.

2. I tracked every single morsel that went into my mouth. NO BLTs (bites, licks, tastes) unless I counted them. I stayed at 1200 calories religiously!

3. I ate vegetables at every meal, including breakfast, so I got at least 5 servings of vegetables in every day.

4. I prepared everything I ate myself. I would make many foods on the weekend and put them into single serving containers so I had all of my meals for the week prepared.

5. I was active a minimum of two hours every day, even if it meant just walking. However, most of the time it was high impact aerobics, weight lifting, and biking. I would work out one hour before I went to work in the morning and one hour again after work.

6. I avoided parties because I wouldn’t know how to count the calories in the food.

7. I avoided alcohol because I would lose inhibition against food with one little drink.

This is what I did just to stay at the high end of my goal weight range. I kept this up for a period of two years at one point. I was by nobody’s definition skinny. Looking back on this, it is easy to see why I didn’t stay at goal weight. It was an all-encompassing project, and I’m sure I wasn’t much fun to be around. As I whine and snivel about not being able to lose weight, I have to keep these habits in mind. And, the older I get, the harder it gets. If I really want to get back to my goal weight, how much effort am I willing to put forth?

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GRATEFUL_BEING 11/4/2013 1:06PM

  I've been a yo yo my whole life. Your words sum up my story.

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BBONET 11/3/2013 7:57PM

    Hey my friend this is so true for all of us!!! I see myself in those words. It is so true that the older we get the harder it is to lose the weight. emoticon m emoticon emoticon emoticon
But don't feel discourage just take one day at a time and remember it is not a diet but a lifestyle change. Eat what you want in moderation and do it with the mindset that the weight did not come on in one day and it won't go away in one day.
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HDHAWK 11/3/2013 6:45PM

    I agree. I think that's why I'm struggling to get back on track. I know how much work it was before and now I'm 5 yrs. older. I did love being at goal though. I want to be able to have that occasional dinner out or drink with friends.

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I know it can be done!

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Last night I went to bed hungry. I ate a reasonable portion for dinner, skipped the cookies and the candy, and didn't have any of the wine that other people were drinking. That, along with getting back to my workouts this week, really paid off as I was down almost two pounds this week. Everyone loves a success story, especially me! I was thinking today that the Sparkblogs I read the most are not the ones that bemoan the trials and tribulations of losing weight. We all know how difficult it is. What I really love to read is people who are making it happen. It gives me hope and inspiration. It gives me the drive to keep working at it. So, I want to stop being the person who bemoans the weight loss process (although I reserve the right to cry once in a while!).

Thanks to all of my Sparkpeers for helping me to carry on!

Happy Easter!

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BBONET 3/31/2013 10:06PM

    Keep up the great work!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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