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Big Boned!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

At a Weight Watchers meeting earlier this month I sat by a woman who asked me many questions about my weight loss journey. I shared with her several of my favorite recipes, products, and ways to earn activity points. At one point she commented that because she had a delicate frame she was concerned that WW wouldn't work for her, but now that she saw that it worked for me, who she considered likewise petite and small boned, it just might. I certainly wanted to encourage her, but my head was spinning!

Me. Petite?? Small boned??? When I was growing up I remember weight charts with three columns: one for small framed people, a second for medium framed people and a third for those with a heavy frame, also known as "Big Boned." My relatives from sturdy German peasant stock all assured me that I was as big boned as they come. I had always thought of myself as extremely Big Boned. I got my growth early and in 5th and 6th grade I think I would have convinced an alien that I was a different species from the other kids in my class. I was a head taller and twice as wide!

Recently when my doctor gave me the results of my bone density test she said she'd never seen anyone my age with bones so strong. I commented that I'd never missed a nutrient and she smiled, but assured me that bones like mine had to be hereditary. So here it was recently confirmed. I am Big Boned.

But here this lovely woman saying I am petite like her. I look at her delicate wrist. I look at mine. Well, maybe there was a time when I was Big Boned.

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ZELLAZM 1/20/2010 9:57AM

    If big bones means strong bones, then I want big ones!

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/20/2010 9:22AM

    In your pictures you look little

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AMBUDMAN 1/20/2010 1:24AM

    What a nice complement. From your pictures I would never guess you are big boned.

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PO_PAZZA 1/20/2010 12:34AM

    Isn't it amazing how one's perspective gets tossed for a loop? I completely identify with your blog because, recently, a friend who hadn't seen me for about six months said, "I need to lose weight. How did you do it?" Before I could open my mouth she said, "Oh, but it's easier for you because you're small-boned." And right there she shot down my lifelong excuse of why I was overweight. How could anyone with these huge wrists ever be petite I used to think? I guess there was a thin wrist in there screaming to get out.


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SLIMMERJESSE 1/19/2010 8:23PM

    You see, it's all a matter of perspective. Now you have a different image of yourself. Imagine if those types of thoughts were planted early in life? Have a wonderful evening.

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JERIBERI1 1/19/2010 5:36PM

    It's strange to find out how others perceive us, when we've had ideas about ourselves for so long. I'm glad you were able to give the woman hope. That's really great!

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WALKINGANNIE 1/19/2010 4:53PM

    I once overheard someone saying, "She's not big boned, she's little exercised".

Unlike you, she obviously hadn't completed Day 17 of Bootcamp!

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    At least you gave this other woman hope.

Just looking at your wrist is not the way to determine frame/bone size. Neither is wrapping your fingers around the wrist. Measuring the wrist comes closer.

I measured mine and I am large boned. That and $5 will get you a StarBucks coffee.

At least you gave this other woman hope! That is priceless.

Love you,

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FIDESVIVA 1/19/2010 4:35PM

    I think "Big-Boned" was mostly just a euphemism used by well-meaning people to acknowledge that a young lady is bigger than others, but not so much that it's a "Terrible Shame". My grandmother in particular used to tell me I was Big-Boned when I was in high school. I think it was mostly just that I was somewhat tall for a girl, and a bit overweight besides.

But I've been looking at my wrists lately, and thinking that perhaps I'm not so Big-Boned as I was always led to believe! I can wrap my fingers of one hand aroung the other wrist and have the fingertips overlap by at least a half-inch! I've either got abnormaly long fingers, or my "frame" isn't as big as I thought...

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4DOGNIGHT 1/19/2010 4:21PM

    You might want to read my spark blog, How I became slim, thin and healthy. Day 17. I think it was day 17. Anyway, I was reading Natural Health and they were describing the three body types and I am a slug, oops kapha, the earthy type, big boned sort of woman. Kind of funny.

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SANDYSKY1 1/19/2010 4:18PM

    So last night I was lamenting to my husband that we weigh almost the same. He, trying to make me feel better said, "But you have big bones". I clocked him over the head.

Nice try but sometimes a thin person (husband in this case) can never say the right thing to someone not so thin (wife, with normal sized bones, thank you very much!).

Cute Blog. Thanks

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Monday, January 18, 2010

My daughter let me know yesterday that she is expecting our second grandchild probably in September. WOW!

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REDGRAMA 1/19/2010 3:27PM

Marsha, now you will
only NEED 5 MORE to catch up to my 7. The REAL FUN begins when
they get ALL together or when its time FOR GIFTS. LOL.
HUGS Nancy M.
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PO_PAZZA 1/18/2010 2:01PM

    Great news. I hope this nullifies the previous blog. Oh, and I'm terribly jealous.


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WALKINGANNIE 1/18/2010 1:42PM

    What lovely news! Thanks for sharing it.

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AQUAGIRL08 1/18/2010 1:31PM

    This is great news! Congratulations!
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SLIMMERJESSE 1/18/2010 11:01AM

    Congrats to all with this happy news. Have a wonderful day.

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Which Do You Want First - the Good News or the Bad?

Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Bad News is that I'm just feeling kind of blue, blah, bleck. There's some conflict in my family that we just can't seem to get over and it is repetitively disheartening.

The Good News is that for years I would have sought comfort in food, but now I am committed to taking good care of my body and mind. I will not let this situation trip me up. Maybe a solution will even present itself if I'm not numb with food. Maybe.

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SCIGEEK 1/17/2010 4:03PM

    Good for you! I understand completely I feel the same way and have some crazy family issues right now that just won't resolve itself! Pat yourself on the back for not caving into the comfort in food routine...that for sure will not fix the problems.

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FRAN0426 1/17/2010 3:19PM

    What progress!!!! When one can control the desire to mindlessly eat, eat. eat, that is a marvelously giant step in the right direction, I am impressed and so happy for you ---YOU ARE DOING IT.

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PO_PAZZA 1/17/2010 2:39PM

    Wow, just think of the progress you've made by not using food as an anesthetic, the kind of anesthetic that only works a few minutes and then has awful side effects, both short term and long term.

The wisdom you've garnered and the humor that bubbles up in you will get you through this and everything else "life" tosses at you, and that's a very good thing. Of this I am very confident.


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WALKINGANNIE 1/17/2010 12:18PM

    I'm so sorry about your family conflict and hope that things will improve with time.

It's great that you've 'got' that bad food choices would only make you feel more blue, blah and bleck. No doubt your intensive Boot Camping will also help you to work out some of the physical tension that stress can cause and this will make you stronger for you and for your family.

You're always so upbeat in your blogs and I'm grateful that you share some of the downs as well as the ups. Thanks. You remind me that we can't always change the cards that we're given but we can decide how to play them.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/17/2010 11:43AM


Isn't it awesome to see the changes we are making in ourselves!!

You are incredible!!


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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 1/17/2010 10:01AM

    Hope it works out for you and your family. Congrats on not using food as a comfort.

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Strong and Happy Streaking!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I just finished Day 14 of Spark Your Body Bootcamp. One of my good SparkFriends commented yesterday that she considered 13 days a streak! Okay. It's officially a streak now.

One observation of today's workout is that SparkPeople strength training works. Today's video contained bicycle crunches and planks that I have been doing as part of my regular SparkPeople core strength training. It was easy for me to do the advanced version of these moves, while other moves I needed to do at a lower level. Good confirmation that I am making progress.

Wishing you happy streaking, too!

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ICANDOIT63 1/17/2010 9:19AM

    Well hello there..i really have to say I do enjoy your blogs. They are full of normal I think. isay that meaning, we live this life wanting to be thin and wanting to loose weight but reality is we live this life wanting to do the best we can at the time and you do that. That is my goal to live the best life I can at the time. Keep it up one streak at a time!

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WALKINGANNIE 1/16/2010 5:09PM

    I'm full of admiration. My planks are improving and I'm getting better at bits of strength training but you're a true source of inspiration.

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AQUAGIRL08 1/16/2010 2:52PM

    Congratulations on your streak! I've had to back off on the bootcamp but plan to start again after I've had my MRI on Tuesday (assuming all is okay). The most I've been able to do for the last week is slow walking for 30 minutes a day. This too shall pass!

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Am I Cheating?

Friday, January 15, 2010

I try to get most of the SparkPoints available each day. And I want to do it the right way. I am very careful to correctly count my water and my cardio minutes. I carefully read articles I click on. If I add cardio and then delete it (say, I clicked on the incorrect miles per hour) I make up for it, because the SparkPoints don't subtract.

However, when it comes to the 3 points a day for recipes, I may be cheating. I always look for one that looks good and then save it for future use. I've made about 10 SparkRecipes over the past 3 months. A couple of them I've made more than once. However, I haven't made them all. Is this cheating?

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PEGGYANNSCH 1/16/2010 8:45AM

    I don't think this is cheating.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 1/15/2010 5:31PM

    You are not alone - I always keep the recipes I think I might like so I don't have to hunt for them when I do want to make them. I have made most of what I've saved and enjoyed most of them! Yes, I often go ahead and get the points when I'm saving the recipe.
I've also wondered about the blogs that have one emoticon - did they do that just to get points? Or what about the threads on message boards that ask you to type the next number to 100 or the next letter in the alphabet... do people do those just to get points?
In the end, we are accountable to ourselves. Like you, I read articles and blogs. I'm a stickler for making sure my exercise, water, and food trackers are accurate.
Let's forgive ourselves for the recipe points!

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AMBUDMAN 1/15/2010 4:29PM

    I don't think just reading the recipes is cheating. Some of them I read I know I would not like and I have made several I have read thinking I would like them but did not. I have also made some really good recipes from Spark.

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WALKINGANNIE 1/15/2010 3:59PM

    I'm not sure whether you can cheat anyone but yourself on Sparkpoints!

I felt as if I was cheating when I got 1000 points for pre-ordering the Spark though. However, as the book has not yet reached the UK despite Amazon's pre-order info last year it doesn't look as if my conscience will be troubled by the next 1000 'easy' points for a while!

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PO_PAZZA 1/15/2010 3:22PM

    If you're cheating a little, then I'm cheating a lot. I always read the recipes, often think, okay, I'll save that one, but I have yet to make a single one, although they often give me ideas for creating my own dish. Thanks for reminding me that it's time to try them out.



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FONTES 1/15/2010 3:15PM

    Some what, but there are worse things you could do. Your just trying to get points and you are reading and searching. Your honest enough to post what your doing, so no your cheating anymore. Have A Great Day, and God Bless You!!!! emoticon

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