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Six Days to VACATION!

Friday, September 24, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon Wow! I had this "Ah-ha" moment just a few minutes ago! In six (6) days I will be going on a vacation - a cruise no less -- and everyone has heard of the notorious amounts of food available on these trips!! Have you ever heard of anyone coming back lighter??? Indeed not.

After a whirlwind of activity last week in Glendale (our home) I admit that I have let myself get a little careless with discipline. One night it was pizza, and another time a pulled pork sandwich (delicious but fattening) and I won't list all the bad choices, but there were many. I tried to lull my guilt by telling myself that the scale tends to be on the "heavy" side at the Glendale home. Ya, right! So I went along merrily telling myself it was "way less than the scale indicated."

emoticon emoticon emoticon Reality struck this morning as I stepped on the scale (and this is the "light" scale) and I read MORE than I had expected. "Girl -- you're going on vacation in less than a week! You're going to be eating more food than normal! You're not going to be doing 'any' work! You're going to un-do all your hard work! YOU ARE BEING STUPID!" OK, I won't go on about what else I was telling myself in my head, you get the drift.

So here I am up here in the cooler weather -- the light bulb has gone off emoticon I'm fully aware the scale needs to go emoticon not emoticon. I need to get a plan into action here. I'm aiming to hit a NEW LOW before stepping onto that ship (with it's endless food supply)! Shall we try for 140??? Read on, fellow Sparkers..... cheer me on, kick me in the butt, do all that's needed to get me there. Don't let me down now, ya'all hear?

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CBEVNOW 9/26/2010 7:55AM

    I know you will be fine. Have lots of fun. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Caroline

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THPEAKY 9/25/2010 12:16PM

    I DID lose weight on cruises: I ate and ate but I love to walk the decks, take the dance lessons and work out in the gym when we are at sea. I also admit I am very fair skinned so I had to stay in the shade of the promenade deck where I did my "laps". The only one I didn't lose weight on was the Alaska cruise in which the promenade deck was pretty windy. I hope you have a wonderful time!!

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/25/2010 10:10AM

    here is your emoticon in the emoticon
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SAPNAGIRL 9/25/2010 2:34AM

    Six days to vacation...and also to the end of the month emoticon

Why not make sure you end Sept. on a good note and then you can celebrate your success while on the cruise?

Cheers! emoticon

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CATLADY52 9/24/2010 7:26PM

    Just tell yourself you WON'T instead of I WILL. I WON'T have a large drink, I'll have a smaller one, etc until you are at the size you want.

I keep telling myself it's not the WILL POWER, it's the WON'T POWER. It seems to work for me.
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STILLFLYIN 9/24/2010 2:14PM

    WooHoo! Fun to come and the challenge is now!! YOU CAN DO IT!


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My Long Walk

Thursday, September 23, 2010

emoticon OK, I'm not quite acquainted with the area where my BF's home is, but a few nights ago he took me for a walk and we ended up walking through a nice 'park' area. It seemed strange to me because we turned in exactly the opposite direction of what I would have taken to get there. So last night he was out shopping for 'man' type items (batteries, etc.) and I decided to take Amber out for her walk. I thought I was walking where he had taken me. Then I came to a street, which I didn't remember crossing when I was with him, but I didn't remember walking on the trail "beside" the road either. So I crossed the street. I walked and walked (none of it looked familiar), but the scenery was nice and the people with dogs were all friendly so it was a good walk. But finally it seemed like we had gone far enough and I was wondering where the little cut-off trail was that led back to our neighborhood. I took one and came to a street that was about 9 blocks from where I wanted to be. We have LANE, DRIVE and AVENUE on our side of town; I was on 69th and as I progressed through AVE to 70th I saw I was at least heading in the right direction. So I walked and walked. Finally I came to something familiar from when I walked with my BF. So I took that turn and shortly came to the little cut-off that led to the cul-de-sac just past our home -- I was soooo glad to see it. No cell phone with me, of course, so if I ended up miles away I could not have even called to say "I'm lost -- come and get me!"

Whew! I definitely got my walk in last night!! Happy Trails Everyone!

  
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VITCHY-VICKI 9/24/2010 7:53AM

    Glad you made it back home you will learn the area soon then it will be old and you will have to find a new path.
Have fun walking but take that cell phone with from now on
Vicki

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CATLADY52 9/23/2010 3:09PM

    I've wandered a bit in the past but have eventually gotten home. Although I've usually done it at malls while shopping.
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STILLFLYIN 9/23/2010 12:20PM

    So, cell phone with you from now on? Sounds like quite an adventure and a nice walk.

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Little Changes I've Noticed

Saturday, September 18, 2010

When I step on my emoticon the number used to be 162, today it was 143!

When I used to volunteer at the Library (or Church) they would offer us a donut. I used to accept it, now I pass on that as it's just empty calories I don't want or need.

I used to tell my dog I was too tired to take her for a walk, or it was too late, too hot or too cold. Now I go -- GLADLY!

I used to buy size 14, now I shop in the size 10's.

I used to see photo's of myself and I was shocked at how large I had gotten, now I see a photo and I'm proud of what I've done to myself.

I could go on listing so many "then" and "now" examples, but all of you Spark People know just what I'm talking about. It's so nice to like the image in the mirror! And that's just the outer image -- inside are changes you don't even see!

  
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LIS193 9/22/2010 11:41AM

    You're doing great!
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IMEOWASWELL 9/21/2010 1:25PM

  Great,Great job! It is a good way of expressing how hard you have worked.


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STILLFLYIN 9/20/2010 4:01PM

    Very important little things to remember. emoticon

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CATLADY52 9/19/2010 11:10AM

    Amen to that! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/19/2010 8:41AM

    emoticonyou look great


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AGASSIFAN 9/19/2010 8:28AM

   

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WAY TO GO!!!!

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DEBTOLOSE 9/19/2010 8:08AM

    That is emoticon
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SARABETH_60 9/19/2010 7:02AM

    Congratulations on your many changes - you worked hard to earn them!

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ROSY_TIAMO 9/19/2010 6:26AM

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CBEVNOW 9/19/2010 2:14AM

    Way to go. Patience paid off. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Caroline

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183WANTS2B140 9/19/2010 2:01AM

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OLDERDANDRT 9/18/2010 9:28PM

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ALMAGREENE 9/18/2010 8:30PM

    It's amazing what big results you can get from doing little things. emoticon

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BABYNURSE2000 9/18/2010 8:10PM

    Way to go! Only 1 more for you until the 20# mark!
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You blogged exactly what I'd been thinking - about noticing all of the little changes that others don't see. Too many to count. It's a great feeling!

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Patience! - A Trait I'm Learning

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I'm learning to be PATIENT! emoticon Yes, me! It's taken me a long, long time to learn the art of patience, but little by little I find myself holding my tongue, not lashing out with a sarcastic remark, merely smiling and saying nothing at all. Wow! How did such a thing happen?

Have you noticed that the longer you stay on SparkPeople, and you are getting into the Healthy Lifestyle, as your weight is stabilizing more at the number you want, you're getting more exercise, you feel better, and your entire life in general just seems to be better -- that some of your personality traits are also improving? Or is it just me? I'm kind of thinking that we are all changing a bit from the inside out.

Today I'm more thankful for the little things I DID get done and worrying less about the few things that I didn't accomplish!

Today I can be happy that the scale didn't go up, even if it didn't go down!

Today I can make wiser choices in my food, and if I choose to eat something that is not really in my plan, I know how to make adjustments for it; or sometimes, to just allow myself to do it as a treat. I know that tomorrow I'll be back on track!

Today I can look in the mirror and love that person looking back at me!

Today I want to reach out to all of you, my friends, and give you a hug! emoticon

  
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STILLFLYIN 9/20/2010 4:14PM

    Loved that! Thank you. And a hug for you, too!

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CATLADY52 9/18/2010 6:24PM

    emoticon for writing what I feel.

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OLDERDANDRT 9/18/2010 10:54AM

    Followed a friend here b/c your title looked very interesting. Patience is what I had in abundance as a child, but has really gone by the wayside the last 20 years or so. You are wise and I appreciate all that you have said in this blog. Thank you. I am adding you as a friend. You remind me some of my sister in the way you speak and the way you look (pic on your main page).
Adding you as a friend. Be well,
Hugs,
Jayne

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ROSY_TIAMO 9/18/2010 10:33AM

    Today I am reaching out and hugging you right back! I enjoyed your comments about loving the person you are.....
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THPEAKY 9/18/2010 8:53AM

    Lord, give me patience but give it to me NOW! ;)

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/18/2010 6:36AM

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CTTAGENT 9/18/2010 12:44AM

    You are so correct about patience coming... in time. I too have noticed that my outlook has changed on some things too.

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The Scale is Going Down

Sunday, September 12, 2010

emoticon I'm a yo-yo! I tend to procrastinate! I'm not always perfect! I sometimes eat food that I KNOW is a bad choice! There are days I do not get a chance to exercise!

Now if I can lose weight in spite of all those slip-ups listed above, it proves that anyone can do it -- it's basically a matter of being consistent and showing some tenacity. I started over 20 pounds ago, not really upset with my weight, but I did think I would feel better and look better if I were to lose 20 to 40 pounds! As a young woman I didn't really have to worry about losing weight, no matter what I ate. But as the years went by, I found the pounds started adding up, and again it seemed "no matter what I ate." I would starve myself, it made a difference of maybe 3 or 4 pounds; then I ate whatever I was in the mood for, and again the weight stayed about the same. So why bother I figured. My husband did not complain about how I looked; I had lots of energy, and I was healthy.

But then, slowly, little health problems did begin to rear their ugly heads. By then I was in my 60's. First it was high blood pressure and 2 or 3 pills to take care of that problem. Then my cholesterol was just slightly high -- OK, another pill once a week leveled that one off. Then the doctor decided my thyroid was borderline; hence another pill. And of course there was the ever-present estrogen that I'd been on since my early 40's when I had a hysterectomy. I was starting to feel like a druggie!

And I began to notice how I looked in photo's; OMG! Was that ME??? Hmmmm! I finally realized I was no longer "petite." Now I was just short! Maybe that was my problem; if I was a little taller I wouldn't be overweight -- I was just too short but how to start growing again -- well, no one could tell me how to do that.

I found SP! I joined SP! It was fun, there were lots of people on here to encourage me, become friends with, read about, write about -- recipes. I collect cookbooks and I found I no longer looked at them. Instead I started my own SparkPeople Cookbook, all printed from recipes of the day, or found somewhere on the site. My weight loss certainly didn't happen overnight, and I didn't aim for that goal. Oh, sure -- like most people I wished I would just wake up one morning and find myself 2 or 3 sizes smaller, but I'm a realist. Today when I stepped on the scale I realized that about 2-1/2 years ago I was a size 14 and now I'm a 10! Also 2-1/2 years ago I was 20 pounds heavier than I am today. I still have a long way to go before I reach my weight from when I was 50 (and I thought I was FAT then) but I'm on my way! And you know what? I'll get there!

My motto is: YOU CAN DO IT!

  
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PSMITH3841 9/13/2010 10:19PM

    Geez, that was like reading my history, sans the thyroid, Hysterectomy, and the Petite thing. Right now I'm messing with 2 pounds..on & off, on & off...it's making me nuts... I know I'm going to finally drop those 2 lbs +, but right now it seems to be having a good time driving me crazy... emoticon But it's going to be gone! Mark my words! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/13/2010 10:06AM

    emoticonwish they had one that said We can do this together
I too will one day see my goal and if not I have a lot of friends here who will try to get me there
Thanks for being one of those friends
Vicki

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TRISTAROSE 9/13/2010 7:23AM

    Way to Go!! Your words of wisdom have awakened me this morning as I am a yo-yo also and had a very BAD week .... It is such hard work to keep going but I will get back on track knowing it isn't only me this happens to.

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LIS193 9/13/2010 1:50AM

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THPEAKY 9/12/2010 11:01PM

    I love Garfield the cat's old saying:I'm not overweight...I'm just under-tall!

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ROSY_TIAMO 9/12/2010 7:08PM

    emoticon"YOU GO GIRL"........ emoticon

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SARABETH_60 9/12/2010 6:20PM

    Great Blog. You have a terrific approach to the whole business of weight loss!

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STILLFLYIN 9/12/2010 3:04PM

    Keep it up!

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MARYANN1943 9/12/2010 1:22PM

    emoticon emoticon! Keep the positive attitude!

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