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Answer to Disney Question - with Pictures Again!

Monday, February 25, 2013

Yesterday Aquagirl asked if Gwen got her haircut at Disney. Now that's a hard question to answer. My husband says no, but my daughter says yes! Actually, DD didn't want much cut off so Gwen got just a bit of a trim. She also got her hair pulled back and some pixie dust. Usually she pulls hair bows/clips/barretts/bands out right away, but she left it in for most of the day. The hair cutter was sweet as can be and gave Gwen stickers and toys throughout the process. Gwen also got a hat with ears that says "First Hair Cut", some trimmed curls preserved for momentos, and a certificate of first haircut at Disney World.

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo does make-overs for little girls. They get hair extensions - some in pink or purple and some match their hair color -- and a variety of services. I've heard some people pay $60 and some pay $200! Well, for Natalie we had her hair put in a pony tail and she got some pixie dust for $5 at the Barber Shop. She was as happy as if she'd had the whole Bibbidi experience!

Gwen getting her hair cut in the background. Natalie sporting a pony tail and pixie dust she got at Disney's Main Street Barber Shop:


Gwen's trim:








Natalie poses:









  
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AQUAGIRL08 2/26/2013 8:34PM

    Gwen and Natalie look cute, cute, cute!!! You know who steals the show in that last picture? Gary with his "Cat In The Hat " hat on! What a softie he is when it comes to Gwen and Natalie!!! He can expect some teasing at the team dinner!

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SUZYMOBILE 2/26/2013 9:59AM

    I just love Disney, and it was great to see some little-girl makeovers from the inside! (I'm also glad that they were pleased with a minimal makeover!)

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SHRINKINGSHERI 2/26/2013 5:04AM

    They are just beautiful!!!!!

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JIBBIE49 2/26/2013 12:54AM

    It is good to have fun memories of being a child, since it stays with a person our whole lives long.

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AGK3112 2/25/2013 8:52PM

    Lovely

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FROSTY99 2/25/2013 3:23PM

    They are just too cute. I would have never thought about a haircut at Disney!
Such memories!

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REMEMBER2BME 2/25/2013 3:11PM

    Precious!

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_LINDA 2/25/2013 2:32PM

    Wow! So very awesome getting your first hair cut at Disneyland!! They look so beautiful, those girls!!

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MEXGAL1 2/25/2013 2:24PM

    Just too darn cute! What fun!

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 2/25/2013 2:15PM

    What a great experience.

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NATPLUMMER 2/25/2013 2:11PM

    Cute!

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 2/25/2013 2:07PM

    So adorable!

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JOYINKY 2/25/2013 2:03PM

    Wonderful pictures and memories! Belle was my DGD's favorite at that age too!

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GABY1948 2/25/2013 2:02PM

    I love these pictures! What a fun time you must have had!

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PMFISH 2/25/2013 1:44PM

    Too cute! The girls are precious.

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More Disney Pictures

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Gwen as Chip and Natalie as Phillipe in Belle's new interactive sotry:


That's me as the wardrobe and Gwen as Chip:


Hamming it up:


Hubby on left; girls and daughter in center with smaller horses:


Fun, fun, fun!!

  
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_LINDA 2/25/2013 2:34PM

    A wonderful time! so glad you can share it with us in photos!!!

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    Loved the pictures!

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WILLOWBROOK5 2/24/2013 9:31PM

    Looks like so much fun!!

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JOYINKY 2/24/2013 8:36PM

    Great fun! You're getting younger and younger! Looking great!

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WATERMELLEN 2/24/2013 7:51PM

    All the pics in both blogs are so fun: you're building great memories.

If you go in the Princess race . . . does everyone get to wear a tiara??

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 2/24/2013 5:42PM

    What fun!!!!!!!!!

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AQUAGIRL08 2/24/2013 4:32PM

    Looks like you had fun! I'm glad that you enjoyed it!

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CINDYW1102 2/24/2013 9:58AM

    You have a beautiful smile! Glad you had so much fun!

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MEXGAL1 2/24/2013 9:42AM

    Yes it sure looks like fun and hamming it up is great!

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NATPLUMMER 2/24/2013 9:32AM

    Fun!

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BUSYGRANNY5 2/24/2013 9:23AM

    Love the pictures!! Enjoy!!!

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COCK-ROBIN 2/24/2013 9:23AM

    Looks like you had a great time!

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KANOE10 2/24/2013 9:06AM

    Great pictures. You are having such fun with your family.

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Fun Day at DisneyWorld with Pictures

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Gwen and Natalie meet Ariel:



Gwen and Natalie meet Jasmine and Alladin:



Gwen and her mom (my daughter) ride the magic carpet:



I've got lots more pictures, including me being the Wardrobe in a "production" of Belle's story, while Gwen is Chip and Natalie is Phillipe, the horse. It was a blast!! Many of the pictures have to be edited - turned and cropped - to fit on SP.

I carried a water bottle around and found that helpful, except it leaked and got my husband wet once, Natalie wet once, and me wet several times. (It is my hand held running bottle and I didn't want to throw it away. It's hard to get the lid on right.) I ate a grilled salmon salad for lunch. Got too hungry for supper - we didn't eat until too late. Next time I'll carry more healthy snacks because the other adults were eating junk and weren't hungry earlier. We had some good and some not so good snacks for the kids.

I saw lots of people wearing 5K medals for the earlier race yesterday and everyone I talked to said it was a fun, fun race with lots of characters and good spirit. Today is the Princess Half Marathon. Lots of people yesterday wearing buttons declaring their intention to run it. I saw two women in pink shirts that said, "Forget the glass slippers, this Princess wears running shoes" and saw two similar looking people in shirts that said "Twins RUN in my family." I've got the bug! I'm going to run a Disney half marathon in 2014 for sure, probably the Princess in February 2014. For now, I am planning on running a half in November. I believe the first ever half in my home town of Lakeland will be November 9th. Then I may go run the Women's Half Marathon in St Pete again two weeks later, as ONEKIDSMOM is talking about coming again, and that would be just too cool to do that one again!!

Hope you are making great memories with your family, too!!

  
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_LINDA 2/25/2013 2:41PM

    So many things to do and see -I didn't know that they had races -that would be an great thing for you to particpate in.

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    Looks like you guys had a great time!!!!

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    Thanks for sharing your fun photos!


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JOYINKY 2/24/2013 8:41PM

    Making memories is a very special part of grandparenting; fun too!

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AQUAGIRL08 2/24/2013 4:31PM

    Did Gwen get her haircut yesterday? I'll bet she looks cute!

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FROSTY99 2/24/2013 2:37PM

    Thanks for sharing the pics-looks like all were having a wonderful day.

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PMFISH 2/24/2013 1:18PM

    Nothing better than making memories with the family. The GC are adorable. Thanks for sharing.

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CINDYW1102 2/24/2013 9:57AM

    Looks like you had a beautiful day with your family! Your granddaughters are precious. I love that t-shirt slogan also "this princess wears running shoes." That's classic!

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BUSYGRANNY5 2/24/2013 9:22AM

    Oh what memories you are making with your family! Awesome!! Enjoy every minute!!!

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JIBBIE49 2/24/2013 9:10AM

    I love Disney World.

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KANOE10 2/24/2013 9:04AM

    Looks like a wonderful time. It is inspiring to see so many runners. I love the no glass slippers and give me running shoes comments. I love my workout shoes.

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LANNIEMANUEL 2/24/2013 9:01AM

    good for you. my bf did the 5k and came in 4th in the stroller division. sounds like fun and i might have to do it next year. Keep up the good work

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WATCHMEGO! 2/24/2013 8:55AM

    What fun! Sounds like you guys had a great time!

I loved our visit to Disneyworld. Now you have me thinking about a half marathon.....



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GABY1948 2/24/2013 8:54AM

    What a fun time! So glad for you and it makes me feel good just for reading it!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/24/2013 8:51AM

    The Princess HM sounds like such fun! And that t-shirt slogan: this princess wears running shoes... classic!

Whether you decide two HM's that close together is too much or not, hope to see your smiling face at some point next November. And someday when I grow up (retire) I want to be like you!

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DARJR50 2/24/2013 8:48AM

  Sounds like a fun time for all. Glad you had a good time. Someday I want to visit DisneyWorld.

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Rambling About Goals and Intentions

Friday, February 22, 2013

The SparkCoach assignment today is to take your big goals and break them down to smaller, more quickly achievable goals. I've been very clear that achieving and maintaining my weight at 126 is a big goal for me, even though this morning I weighed 127.6, only 1.6 from my target weight. Doesn't seem like I have much to do, but believe me, I do. I learned in 2012 when I had my goal weight range set to 124-130, that if I stopped trying to lose weight every time I hit 129, I never got under 129 and often went up to 132. If I want to weigh 126 I'm going to have to work for it. If you've read this far, give yourself credit for reading a whole blog. But I want to ramble on and on today ---- indulge me!!

Is it the right weight for me? I think it is the weight I like best. Whether other people can see a difference between 126 and 132 or not, I can. I know it is an achievable weight for me, because I was there in 2011. Is it maintainable? I think the only way to know is to give it a good try.

Reality is that the bigger goal is health and fitness and living at a weight of 126 is really an intermediate goal. Gaining muscle and losing body fat is a good goal, too, but I want to achieve the living at 126 before the body composition becomes my priority. In order to address the fat loss/muscle build I'm going to have to find a place that can measure body composition accurately, because my scale and the YMCA have such imprecise measurements to be useless. I really don't want to drive to Tampa or Orlando to do Bod Pod and don't know anyplace here to get what I want. In the meantime I'm going to keep running and keep strength training and I may not achieve optimal muscle building nor optimal running performance, but each will contribute to my health and fitness.

Focusing on my 126 goal, there are many, many small goals to get there. Drinking water, getting enough sleep, choosing healthy foods, tracking my food, trying new healthy recipes, continuing to Spark daily, burning at least 2200 calories through exercise per week, and attend Weight Watchers at least monthly. All of these things I'm doing pretty well, but some could do even better. One more glass of plain water per day, for example, would be good. Continuing my low intense sweets streak is definitely in my best interest and may continue to help reduce my sweet cravings. Continuing to track my streak of days eating within the calorie range as a way to overcome the vestiges of my binge eating compulsion is a positive step. Emphasizing eating with dignity is the way to go! I could weigh 126 and binge twice a month and still feel really bad about my eating and myself. Eating with dignity 100% of the time is my goal. For March I'm going to get better stickers for my calendar and make the sticking to calorie range and low sweet intake streaks more prominent!! So as far as the assignment goes, that works.

I'm also working on giving up the emotion attached to weighing, putting the emphasis on healthy lifestyle behaviors. I continue to release the anger I feel toward my mother for raising me so fat, being a terrible eating role model, teaching me to want the ultimate taste rather than good health, and just feeding me badly. I can't help but feel badly that I unnecessarily suffered from obesity and being overweight for more than 50 years. From time to time I wonder what my life would have been like had I been a normal weight as a child and teen and young adult. But I recognize the amazing way my body has healed from that experience and I feel gratitude! And most of the time these days I am just bursting with energy and joy! Releasing the negative and embracing the positive ---- Yeah, that's the way to go.

Enough rambling for today!! If you've made it this far, count yourself a special, special SparkFriend!! Have a great day, my friend!

  
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NEEDBU66 2/25/2013 10:37AM

    Congratulations.

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GABY1948 2/23/2013 12:18PM

    GREAT blog! You are well in control! I can't wait to ride the rest of the trail with you and watch you at the finish line of getting your maintenance down pat!

You are such an inspiration!

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KANOE10 2/23/2013 8:36AM

    I have been overweight for 50 years also, You are wise to forgive your mother for her poor role model. Good for you overcoming your obstacles and aiming for that 126 goal weight. It is work, but you are succeeding.

Great inspirational blog.

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COCK-ROBIN 2/22/2013 11:23PM

    Wonderful!

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KLMEIRING 2/22/2013 11:13PM

    I'm with you... Releasing the negative and embracing the positive is definitely the way to go! Thanks for the Blog! emoticon

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I learn so much from your ramblings!
Forgiving your mother is a gift you gave yourself.
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FREELADY 2/22/2013 9:21PM

    Eating with dignity really struck a chord with me. That is a concept which will be motivating for me I think.

And I had not thought of the tracker as useful in binge management, but it makes a lot of sense. I have seen so many benefits of tracking, and you are really on to something (again!) ; it is going to help me there, too.

It is very valuable to me to listen to you and feel the hope that my body can, like yours heal from years of obesity.

Thanks for a great blog and for your generosity in letting us learn from your experience and analysis!

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AQUAGIRL08 2/22/2013 8:54PM

    Actually, I think YOU are the one who is a special Spark friend! Like you, I have an emotional attachment to the scale. The scale has a direct effect on how I feel about myself. I grew up in a family with a rigid eater and an anorexic. I have a very warped relationship with my weight and self image. Both of my parents were afraid of being fat so while I was growing as a child, I heard loads of fat comments about other people. I lived in mortal fear of gaining weight. When I was 13, I lost so much weight, in order to please my mother, that our family doctor was worried about my health. This shocked my mother as she was pleased with my weight loss. I was a large boned/large framed, 5'5.5" female and I weighed no more than 115 pounds. I saw a picture of myself many years later and I couldn't believe how horrible I looked! That was taking weight loss to the extreme. Isn't it strange that so many years later we still struggle with the things that our parents hung on us?

I think if we both stick with our goals, we will be successful despite what we learned or didn't learn as children. We will prevail!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/22/2013 8:30PM

    I've admired you for a long time as you know. Now that you've shared your early life, I am more in awe of what you have overcome.
Good luck with all of your goals. Your plans always suggest something new to me.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/22/2013 8:11PM

    My favorite sentence in this blog? "For March I'm going to get better stickers for my calendar and make the sticking to calorie range and low sweet intake streaks more prominent!"

Thanks for reminding me of a small visible reward I'd been skipping for several weeks. You are right, it *does* work.

Oh, and my cousin's daughter just posted me the link on FB to November 2013 St. Pete women's HM... and since I PROMISED I would come do it with her if she trained up... you might just have me in your neck of the woods again this year. In the midst of shovelling snow... I dream of Florida. emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 2/22/2013 5:36PM

    My friend, thank you for showing me how it's done... through the struggles as well as the victories. You encourage me and give me hope. You will reach your goals, and I'll be here cheering you on!

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HEALTHY4ME 2/22/2013 3:48PM

    Great blog right to the end! LOL I as so far not where you are yet, but sometime I will see 145 as WOW right now I dream of 167 what I weighed after I had my dd 32.5 years ago! Havent been above 200 but nto below 179 since!
Have a super day and enjoy your meals!
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PMFISH 2/22/2013 3:38PM

    Marsha I have no doubt you will reach your goals. You have the right attitude and have been working too hard not to reach it. Sorry for the pain you have experienced in your life, but you are in a much better place now. emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 2/22/2013 2:56PM

    You are using every tool in the arsenal to meet your goals. I have no doubt that you will be successful at reaching all you set out to do!!!

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REMEMBER2BME 2/22/2013 2:43PM

    Great blog. I feel i can relate to exactly what you are saying. I too want to be at a certain number. Then I am focus even more on toning and jogging. I think then, once I am more tones if I decide to adjust my weight up, I will be more comfortable doing so.

I have considered buying a scale that measures body fat. I think I have checked Consumer Reports but it has been so long ago. Just a thought. Keep up the great work!

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MAGGIE101857 2/22/2013 1:22PM

    When I first started to read this, I thought to myself "wow, Marsha uses SparkCoach?" I look at you and I see the picture of health, achieved through hard work and discipline. I had to go back and re-read your page, to remind me of how difficult your journey has been for you. It just goes to show that no matter how "together" or how "fit" we look on the outside, there may still be a journey to undergo on the inside. So proud of you for continuing your journey, for setting new goals and for using whatever tools needed to achieve your inner peace emoticon

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MEXGAL1 2/22/2013 12:48PM

    Marsha, I just think you are so awesome and have accomplished so much. You can ramble here all you want...this is a safe place. You should be just so proud of where you are and how far your journey has come. You truely are an inspiration!
After your blog yesterday, I am working on my attitude regarding daily weigh in. Thank you so much for blogging about that. I think it's always so important to work on our mental attitude to grow and learn. Also to realize that we aren't perfect and it truely is a journey, a learning process to find what works best for us as individuals.
Keep up the good work.
Best of everything to you.
Sallie

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_LINDA 2/22/2013 12:08PM

    Oh Marsha, you had so many emotional and physical issues to overcome to get to where you are today and you can be very, very proud of yourself. That being said, the way you are brought up unfortuantely will always resonate throughout your life and you must be ever so vigilent not to slip back, even ever so slightly into those ways. It only takes a pebble to start a landslide. Focusing on the emotional recovery is a great way to go, and releasing your scale for a more healthy measurement is also a necessity.
The huge goal really is the lifestyle. Doing it up right will allow all the other pieces you desire to fall into place. Really taking a good look at your nutrition and fitness tracking to make sure they are as accurate as possible. Watching the sugar and sodium intake is a must. Sparkpeople's trackers really are good for this. The nutrition tracker can also track way more nutrients then the basic ones listed. Proper nutrition is a must for a healthy mind and body. Make sure you are getting ALL the nutrients you need to fuel that amazing body of yours!!
You go girl!!

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ONMYMEDS 2/22/2013 12:04PM

    Nice blog. Bursting with energy and joy is the only way to go!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 2/22/2013 12:02PM

    Great blog, all the way through! emoticon

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ARUN4ONE 2/22/2013 11:51AM

    I love how you are determined to make changes to your life, so well into your life! Many people give up much earlier on in the game or quit trying once they've tasted failure one too many times. What a wonderful example, motivator and role model you are for your dear family and so many. Wow!

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TINAJANE76 2/22/2013 11:13AM

    Nice blog! I think that releasing your anger and negative emotions will go a long way in helping you to reach your goals. We often talk about how much of a role the emotional plays in our weight management, but tend to focus more on managing our eating behaviors rather than tackling the emotional issues that cause (or at least contribute) to them. I wish you much, much more pride and joy as you work on tackling these goals!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/22/2013 10:58AM

    Just curious why you are so sure your gym's measurements are so wrong?

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MANDELOVICH 2/22/2013 10:54AM

    You have come so far and are doing so well. It's amazing. And it's great that you are working towards moving away from the emotional attachment to the scale, though I know all too well how hard it is to do that. Good luck with your goal.

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Honestly Looking at Behaviors, Habits, and Fluctuations

Thursday, February 21, 2013

My good SparkFriend, TinaJane, wrote an incredible blog today that I think will make a big difference in how I approach the scale and use the information from that tool:

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage.asp?id=TI
NAJANE76


I have committed to read this blog daily until its message truly sinks in. Since I have struggled with the scale for more than 50 years, I expect to truly work to get to the point that I can "honestly look" at my behaviors and habits and then use the scale to confirm what I know. Looking back on it, if I could have back all the times I got discouraged and quit because the scale did not show progress, and had I just kept trying, I'm sure I would have discovered how to live a healthy lifestyle decades earlier.

Right now I am trying to very slowly lose to 126 pounds. I actually have SP set to lose from 131 pounds to 126 from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. I really think losing slowly is good. Yet I get very impatient. Three times in 2013 I have seen 126 - 126.6, 126.8, and 126.8. Each time the next day the scale showed 128, 129, or 130. Once I had really blown it and knew it would be up. Once I thought I'd done okay, but eaten near the top of the calorie range and with a little too much sodium. And once I thought I'd done so good I expected to see the scale stay the same or go down a tenth. So, I'm way ahead of my December target but still kind of nuts dealing with the fluctuations, especially when they make no sense to me. Incidentally, I do expect to need to lose down to 124 in order to stabilize at 126. And also incidentally, I changed the battery in my digital scale, thanks to the advice of my SparkFriends, and it is functioning now.

So I'm really going to emphasize this "honestly looking" at my habits and behaviors. I'm going to keep reading TinaJane's wise words and I'm going to succeed at taking the emotions out of my weigh ins.

On a related note, I ran over 6 miles today. Felt good! I am so glad that I really enjoy running. It still blows my mind that I can do it and that I love it!! Still need at least one more strength workout this week - don't love the ST near as much, but I do love feeling strong. I'll do it!!

Wishing everyone a week you can look at honestly and say, "I did good and I feel great!!"

  
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NEEDBU66 2/27/2013 12:26PM

    "I did good and I feel great." I suppose that is what we should aim to be able to say every evening after having looked at the Nuitritional Feedback Report. May we have many more occasions where we can say t his than we can't.

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CINDYW1102 2/22/2013 7:00PM

    I weigh myself every week, however, I do not get concerned unless the scale shows a 3lb gain...I have been a slow loser these past eight months, but I have many other positive things happening in my body. I actually have lost four sizes in clothes altogether, so my scale is reflecting gains in muscle I believe. I think you should just keep being diligent about your calorie intake & exercise and not get too upset at that scale! emoticon

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REMEMBER2BME 2/22/2013 2:23PM

    Thanks so much. I will read the other blog as well.

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MEXGAL1 2/22/2013 9:43AM

    Great blog and thanks for linking me to the other. Very good information and thoughts. I am looking at the scale in a whole new way for me. It's more of a science experiment for me now. I am looking at the foods that I add to see if they put me up or down according to how my body chemistry deals with the food. So when I saw the scale go up overnight after I thought I ate light, I looked at the "new" foods that might have been reactive. It is making sense to me. I also now know that depending on what foods I eat and not particularly the amount of calories is how the scale will react. I am learning what foods to eat in moderation and only occasionally.
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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TINAJANE76 2/22/2013 3:18AM

    Thanks so much for the shout out on my blog. I'm really happy that you found it helpful. I think your goal of taking off those last few extra pounds very slowly is a wise one. It's so easy to get wrapped up in a particular number only to end up sabotaging ourselves and our efforts trying to desperately to get there (in addition to making ourselves and those around us crazy). Although I have a specific number in my mind that I like to stay under, I realize that no one but me notices if I'm two or three pounds over or under that number. It just doesn't make all that much of a difference and it's really more of a psychological game I play with myself. Generally, the times when I take the focus off of weight loss are the times when I tend to do the best, like when I started transitioning to maintenance. I was focusing on keeping up my healthy habits and learning how to maintain as opposed to losing and another ten pounds dropped off me--all while making far less effort to lose than I had during some of my more maniacal weight-loss periods.

I also realize that just because I was able to achieve a certain weight at some point in my life, that doesn't mean that it's a sensible weight for me now. I weighed 135 back in high school (at the lower end of the BMI range for my height) and think I looked and felt good. But I didn't do any weight training at all and my lifestyle was dramatically different. I also wasn't able to keep the weight off. Now, a sensible range for me is 10 to 15 pounds more than that taking into account my lifestyle differences and the sustainability factor. Looking back at pictures, I think I look pretty much the same at 145-150 as I did at 135, so go figure!

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COCK-ROBIN 2/21/2013 9:03PM

    You're doing great! I'll go look at that other blog.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/21/2013 7:58PM

    I'm going to read it after I finish this comment. I will copy and print it off if I feel that it would help. I was disappointed in myself after last week's weigh in too. I decided to take my measurements to update my record. That was when I found out that I have lost 17.5 inches since October 4th. The moral of the story is that sometimes when the scale is jumping around, you are actually changing inside where you can't see the changes. They will eventually show up on the scale but I think we get fixated on the scale number sometimes to the exclusion of everything else. Looking for non scale progress can be very motivating and Marsha, you have tons of non scale progress going for you! I am limiting my weigh ins to once per day. Just one quick on and off again to keep me accountable!

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MANDELOVICH 2/21/2013 7:49PM

    Tina's blog was great. The scale can be a great tool when we use it as a source of information and not as a gage of our happiness. But to me, you are amazing, doing so well!

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KIMBERLY19732 2/21/2013 4:33PM

    Great blog, loved reading your friends blog too!
I've taken comfort in some info I read recently-a persons weight can fluctuate by 3 pounds from day to day. For someone who loses sloooooowwww that is encouraging emoticon .

I had a thought the other day. To me it has always been *horrible* if the scale goes UP a pound. But when it goes DOWN a pound I think "Oh that's a tiny amount"

Good Luck!

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BOOKAPHILE 2/21/2013 4:32PM

    You inspire me! Thanks for giving me more things to think about.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/21/2013 3:44PM

    I'm a true believer in slow and steady and also of weighing daily. It's always been just a number to me, but an important number that I want to keep track of.

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KBRADFORD88 2/21/2013 3:13PM

    There was a great blog on weight from ON2Victory. Check him out he has some great insight into why we fluctuate so emoticon much...good luck

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MJREIMERS 2/21/2013 3:02PM

    I think many of us have a lifelong struggle with the scale. My attitude has totally changed since my oldest has been diagnosed with an eating disorder. She is muscular and a premier soccer player. She was also on the cross country team this year, but never got to run due to her heart rate and health because of her eating.

I'm glad you have a good perspective on the weight loss. I still find it "funny" that when the scale goes up, even 2/10th of a pound, that it bothers me. Then, I remind myself it's a number. It doesn't define me. I'm mentally preparing for an increase since I started Insanity and am building muscle.

emoticon job on the running. I run, but I really don't enjoy it. I like when I stop, though. Maybe I'll run with my girls once the weather warms up. I'm willing to try again.

Hang in there and be healthy!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 2/21/2013 3:00PM

    First, you do know that it takes more than a day for over-eating to create permanent, real weight gain. 3500 calories over your maintenance calorie requirement. So unless you ate over 5000 calories on that day you "blew it," then an additional pound on the scale the next day is not permanent weight gain.

Second, over 50% of our body weight is water. I think I remember your saying that your body fat tested at 27%. That leaves about 20% for bones, muscles, etc. Given this breakdown, what is the most likely source of largish daily fluctuations? You are not piling body fat on and off on a daily basis. Also keep in mind that the undigested food in your gut has weight too. Do you think that you have exactly the same amount of food, waste and fluid in your gut every time you step on the scale? Unlikely. Remember, one glass of water weighs a half pound.

So one other example. When I lost weight 3 years ago, I got to a goal weight of 125. I, too, was excited to weigh what I did in high school. But when I had my body composition tested, I learned that the number was the same but the weight was not. I was still "fatter" than I was in high school, even though I saw the same number on the scale. In fact, 35 pounds of my 125 pounds was fat. Today I weigh 134. Of that, 27 pounds is fat. So I have "gained weight" according to the scale, but I have also lost an additional 8 pounds of fat. I am much healthier at this weight than at my 125. By the way, I can still wear all the new clothes I bought when I weighed 125.

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REFFIE1 2/21/2013 2:54PM

    Thank you for sharing the blog about the scale. It is very valuable information. Congratulations for persevering especially when you look so good right now. emoticon

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GEEKYGRANDMOMMY 2/21/2013 2:36PM

    You can do it.

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SANDICANE 2/21/2013 2:27PM

    Good for you!

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FIRECOM 2/21/2013 2:26PM

    You are absolutely correct. slow and easy is the key.

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