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Small victories add up to big victories

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Today's small victory is that I did my very first unassisted roll up in pilates class today. This goal has been three months in the making. Woohoo! I have yet to conquer the dreaded teaser, but with the success of my first roll up, I consider myself pre-teaser certified!

Today, I also completed Week 4 Day 2 of the Couch to 5K program. Yay me! I am so proud of my so-not-a-runner self pressing on to become a lean, mean, jogging machine!

This week I lost 4.5 pounds. Woohoo! This after a two-week stall of gaining and then losing the same pound. I tried not to let it get to me when it happened, telling myself that I'm doing everything I should be doing and my body will let go of the [water]weight when it is ready. Well, I guess it was ready because there it went. That puts me at a total loss of 21 pounds in roughly two months. Amazing! This sounds like a big victory, and it is, but I am exactly one third of the way to my goal weight. Even so, that goal is feeling a heck of a lot closer today than it did just two months ago.

Because of the weight loss, I'm starting to look and feel differently, too. I ran into an old colleague of mine the other day. The first thing she said was that I had lost weight. I guess it's starting to show. Yay! Also, I noticed that my stomach doesn't stick out as much when I am seated and I don't feel the pressure on my breathing that I used to have. I didn't notice that the pressure went away, but last night it occurred to me that the pressure wasn't there anymore. That's huge! I've noticed that my skin is much better now. I really was suffering from acne and especially cystic acne for several years, which is very painful. I was on antibiotics for months at a time. The antibiotics really helped, but each time I went off of them the acne would return. Well, I've been off the antibiotics for about a month now and the acne hasn't really returned. Yeehaw!!!!!

I could keep going, but can you tell I'm feeling really good? That may be the biggest victory of all!

  
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JOKNOWS 5/14/2010 10:12PM

    Congrats on your great progress. Your positive attitude is positively infectious. I'm almost about to LOL get the C2K program. And 'almost about to' is closer than I was. Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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JAYJO64 5/14/2010 5:54AM

    So awesome, not only your weight loss but ALL that you have accomplished!!



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LEASIM1231 5/14/2010 1:03AM

    :)

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LMBARR1 5/13/2010 10:00PM

    Sherryl, Did you get your Oprah magazine yet? She would have a lot to say about your blog entry! You are beginning to live your best life! I just got mine today and was reading it on the treadmill and everytime I read something good/inspiring, I thought of you and wanted to share them. Well...I will have to go through it again and find the places...

Congratulations! I am sooo happy for you and only a teensy bit jealous :-) I have been at it for 4 1/2 months and have only lost a little more than you have in half the time... But...I'm happier for you than I am jealous!

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SPARKLERFRIEND 5/13/2010 5:16PM

    emoticon on all of your victories!!! I can't believe how much we have in common (same weight loss by half a pound, almost the same end goal, not a runner but running a future 5K, getting recent compliments, hanging onto and finally losing 4.5 lbs., breathing better, etc.)!

Can you PM me something about pilates? I have vertigo and can't do Yoga because of many of the moves that require your head to go down. Is this true with pilates?

Again, emoticon on your mini - and not so mini - victories! emoticon

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MINIUM 5/13/2010 3:12PM

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It's so good to hear you're feeling great! Well done! You're amazing!
I wish you an excellent evening!

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I'm Not Going to "Try" Anymore

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Yesterday’s plan was to do a pilates class, then complete Week 4 Day 1 of the C25K Program. My walk to the gym usually takes between 8-10 minutes. I decided to jog to the gym, which I thought shouldn’t really be much of a problem at this point. Well, after 1.5 minutes I was feeling winded and took it down to a brisk walk. It kind of bummed me out, because how could I up the C25K training intensity from last week to this week if I had trouble breathing after only 1.5 minutes? I started to doubt my ability to move up to the Week 4 intensity and wondered if I should just repeat Week 3. I finally decided that I’d try to do the Week 4 intervals, but if I couldn’t do it, then I’d drop back down to Week 3.

After pilates, I got on the treadmill and started with the warm-up walk, still thinking about my decision to “try” to do Week 4. Then something hit me. “Try” has, hidden within it, a sinister belief that one is not confident of success. It also has an implied ability to quit, because, after all, you accomplished your goal of “trying” even if you didn’t succeed at whatever it was you were “trying” to do. Trying lets you duck out at any point when the going gets too tough for comfort. I decided that this was not acceptable. I was going to DO Week 4. And if I really couldn’t, then I wouldn’t do it, but I wanted my body to determine that and not my mind. I then thought about how this relates to life in general. Don’t “try” and just DO. Have the confidence that you can accomplish more than you even believe you can accomplish, but the only way to know is to go for it, to push through the self-erected mental barriers and achieve something that you can be proud of.

So I made a decision that I would complete Week 4 Day 1. To do this, I needed to complete the 3/5/3/5 min. jogging intervals. The first two were good, but the second three-minute interval was more challenging, because my chest had started to tighten up. But I reminded myself that I had done even more before, so I knew that I could do it. I’m not going to lie. The last 5 minute jog was not easy. My breathing was getting pretty ragged at the end. But when I knew I only had one more minute until I completed W4D1 I took a deep breath, relaxed, and jogged passed the finish line, breathing relatively easily.

This is a life lesson. I don’t want to be a “trier.” I want to have self-confidence and pride in my achievements. So for now on I want to remember to not try anymore, just DO!

  
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LMBARR1 5/12/2010 11:57PM

    Good insight Sherryl. I think that thought has been swirling around in my brain, but never capsulising. You are an inspiration!

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JOKNOWS 5/12/2010 7:59PM

    I agree -- "to try" kind of gives us a built-in out. We can say, "Well, I tried." And to borrow a line from the Star Wars character, Yoda, "There is not try, only do." Good for you -- you just did it! emoticon

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LEASIM1231 5/12/2010 6:14PM

    Yay for the weightloss I just noticed!

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SHERRYLHBB 5/12/2010 9:37AM

    Thank you, all, for your support. We are going to do this together!
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KRAE_98 5/12/2010 8:22AM

    Way to go!! You are doing great!

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SPARKLERFRIEND 5/12/2010 6:48AM

    emoticon on getting W4D1 DONE! emoticon

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JAYJO64 5/12/2010 5:45AM

    I jumped on your blog to give support and was surprised to see the outcome. Good for you!

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MINIUM 5/12/2010 4:25AM

    It really is mind over body, isn't it? Congratulations for succeeding - that will definitely push you forward the next time you're not self-confident. I'm VERY proud of you!!! emoticon

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VICIOUS421 5/12/2010 4:20AM

    As Yoda said "Do or do not. There is no try." I think you are doing great!!!!

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LEASIM1231 5/12/2010 1:14AM

    Catchy title :P

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YOGINIMAMA108 5/12/2010 12:25AM

    You are SO right! To try gives us an out. To say "I will DO this" gives us determination! Cheers to your certain success!
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Today Is My Two-Month Sparkversary!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Today is my two-month Sparkversary! My husband thought it has been longer than that, but I feel the opposite. It doesn’t feel like I’ve been seriously working on my diet and exercise for very long. I think I feel this way because I haven’t been trying so hard; I’ve just been doing what I need to do one day at a time. This is SO encouraging, because I believe I can keep this up for a very long time, if not indefinitely. I guess that’s why it’s called a lifestyle change and not a diet!

Here’s a recap of my accomplishments over the last two months:
Weight: -18 lbs
Breast: -2”
Chest: unchanged
Waist: -3”
Hips: -2.5”
Thigh: -2”
Upper Arm: -1”
Neck: -0.5”

Couch to 5K Program Week 4 Day 1: complete!

As I begin month three, this week I’d like to complete all three installments of the C25K Week 4 program. I plan to exercise each weekday and one Sunday. I will continue to eat within my calorie range. And one non-fitness goal is that I plan to finish reading the partial draft of my novel-in-progress so I can begin writing again.

The top 5 things that motivate me to reach my goals are the vision of:
- A healthier and fitter me;
- Me shopping for cute clothes that fit well in a non-specialty clothing store, feeling confident and proud of my weight-loss accomplishment;
- Me jogging past the finish line of a 5K race, feeling utterly elated;
- Me sleeping without the need for a CPAP machine; and
- Me as a professional who is not subjected to weight-related discrimination.

  
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LEASIM1231 5/11/2010 11:08AM

    Nice post :)

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MINIUM 5/11/2010 8:53AM

    Happy Sparkversary!!! Keep up the good work! You're an inspiration to me! emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 5/11/2010 12:06AM

    Congrats on 2 month sparkversary and on your achievements. Having goals is so important and achieving them is even better. emoticon


emoticon + emoticon = 2 month

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JOKNOWS 5/10/2010 11:57PM

    Congrats on your 2-month anniversary and for achieving good results so far. emoticonon listing your goals and moving forward. emoticon

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SPARKLERFRIEND 5/10/2010 10:00PM

    emoticon on your accomplishments and your goals! emoticon

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LMBARR1 5/10/2010 9:47PM

    Congratulations! You are out of the rut, heading to the mountain top, seeing a whole new perspective! I'm so pround of you!

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PATRICIAAK 5/10/2010 8:58PM

    Fantastic!

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BRITTVFAN 5/10/2010 8:50PM

    Congrats on your achievements, keep up the good work.

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One Step Back Before Stepping Into The New Week

Sunday, May 09, 2010

The weekend is over. A new week is soon to begin. And I feel residual agitation that I'd rather not carry with me into this fresh, new week.

I know I've come so far, but at times I feel the old habits peaking up their ugly heads. I think part of the agitation stems from the uncertainty of my job interview's outcome. The rest comes from a family situation that occurred on Saturday, which I am confused about and wonder what drove certain people to do or say certain things. All in all, I believe the agitation is based in uncertainty for which I can't get resolution. I just need to learn how to deal with it, just let it go.

Last night I succumbed to a little bit of emotional eating. I had a small ice cream sundae, which wasn't as yummy as I had envisioned before I ate it. It also did not take away the agitation. I am proud of myself that I had a very small serving, which was probably a fifth of what I used to eat if I had a sundae, but I ate over my calorie range for emotional reasons. Bummer. One small step backward, but with awareness. Now, I just need to figure out how to make peace with all of this uncertainty without using food.

I'm looking forward to my exercise tomorrow. Maybe that will work off some of my nervous energy. I'm curious to know if or how much exercise will help. I shall see tomorrow.

Have a great, fresh, new week everyone!

  
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MINIUM 5/10/2010 4:21AM

    Thank you for your blog!
Funny how we've come to the very same conclusion - I'm tired of uncertainty too, that drives me crazy and leads me to emotional eating. So I've just decided that I would do what I'm CERTAIN is good for me, both physically and mentally, and I'll do some exercises!
How was your workout?
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SPARKLERFRIEND 5/10/2010 12:06AM

    The weekend is behind you and the new week is ahead! Congrats on your acknowledging your struggle, charting all that you ate, and making plans to move forward! emoticon

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VICIOUS421 5/10/2010 12:03AM

    We all slip up on occassion, the realization you came to from your slip up is great! You are doing great!!!!

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Interview Update and Thank You!

Friday, May 07, 2010

My job interview went as well as it could have gone. I don't expect that I will hear anything for at least a few weeks, but I am very hopeful.

Thanks to all who sent me encouraging words, positive thoughts, and prayers. You were with me today. I could hear you cheering me on and it helped to carry me through.

One thing I noticed during and after the interview was that I had more confidence than I have ever had in an interview. And although I have been self-conscious of my weight in past interviews, it didn't even enter my mind this time. I know I looked professional and my suit fit my body well. But even moreso, I felt confident in general. Turns out that what I am learning about and through exercise and weight loss has sent ripples through every other area of my life. This makes sense, of course, but having witnessed it so plainly today was a wonderful confirmation of how much I have grown since February. As a result, I really do hope I get the job, but I also know that I will be fine even if I don't.

Thank you all so much for your support!!!

  
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REYES80 2/10/2013 7:10PM

    You inspired me! emoticon

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SPARKLERFRIEND 5/8/2010 8:52AM

    I'm happy to hear that your interview went well and you had (and have) the confidence in YOU and no worries about your weight in the process! Keep up the emoticon work on your goals, and may your confidence continue to grow whether this job works out or not! emoticon

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JOKNOWS 5/8/2010 7:12AM

    You're right, having confidence transcends size. Just ask Mo'Nique who just won an Oscar or Niecy Nash who's doing a bang-up job on Dancing with The Stars. So glad the interview went well and good luck on landing the job.

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LEASIM1231 5/8/2010 3:59AM

    I was thinking of you! I am glad you feel good about how it went overall.

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MINIUM 5/8/2010 3:05AM

    I'm so glad!!! Thanks for the news! I hope you'll get the job, and if not, that you'll get another one worthy of you.
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BYEPOUNDS 5/7/2010 11:43PM

    best to you

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