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Saturday, March 13, 2010

No modesty here. I'm up there in the top ten. There it is: OldMom3 at 93% for this month!! Because of SparkPeople, I'm getting more knowledgeable about nutrition and exercise everyday. Isn't that something??

  
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JOHAL52 3/15/2010 12:00AM

    Wow, in the top 10!! That is terrific!

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    Too Cool!
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WALKINGANNIE 3/13/2010 1:09PM

    In the top 10 on the world's foremost healthy living website surely?!

You are truly wonderful as well as wise!

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MONTY68 3/13/2010 10:00AM

    Marsha,
That is fantastic 93% . I struggle to stay in the 70's but I am learning a lot that I didn't know.
You are still # 1

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/13/2010 9:41AM

    WooHoo!! Awesome!!

I think I am in the bottom 10%
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AMANDAJCD 3/13/2010 8:22AM

    Oh congrats -- that's wonderful!

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PERSISTANT123 3/13/2010 7:35AM

    With age comes wisdom (we hope).

Can you hear the applause from my house?

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Keep up the good work!

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MONGO2TEN 3/13/2010 5:48AM

    Great job! I'm working on getting there, but it probably won't happen this month. I do well at first, then miss some.

~Nancy

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    emoticon Great job!

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Recounting My Weight Loss Journey

Friday, March 12, 2010

I weighed in at Weight Watchers weekly, and my weight went up and down, up and down and down, and up and down and down and down. I didn't always feel successful. When I look at the lowest weight of each month rather than the weekly weight, I got a much clearer picture of a very successful weight loss journey:

(In 1998-99 I lost from 212 to 152. In December 2008 I started again at 177. )

December 2008 = 171.8
January 2009 = 167.2
February 2009 =161.2
March 2009 =156.2 (I became free lifetime @ WW; within 2 lbs of goal wt of 155)
April 2009 = 154.6 (I added 4 points about 280 calories daily for maintenance)
May 2009 = 150.6
June 2009 = 148.6 (added 2 points)
July 2009 =146.2 (added 2 points)
August 2009 = 143.6 (added 2 points)
September 2009 = 142.0 (I signed up for SparkPeople & started tracking)
October 2009 =137.2
November 2009 =134.4
December 2009 =132.0
January 2010 = 129.6
February 2010 =131.8
March 2010 =131.2

I'm usually 1-3 pounds lower at home, naked. My lowest here has been 127.4. This morning I was 129.4; yesterday 128.0. I'm still getting used to the fluctuations, but I think that looking at a monthly weight probably gives more useful information. -Marsha

  
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JHADZHIA 3/13/2010 7:28AM

    You have done very well Marsha! Weight Watchers is a great program!
I was using my monthly weigh in and measurement at Curves for my guideline since they have one of those Dr. office type scales, I figured it would be more dependable then my own. I am very much missing my weigh and measures at Curves. I am okay with weighing once a month, though I do a weekly check on my own scale just to monitor how things are going.
Have you been told by a physician what your ideal weight range should be for your height and bone structure? I can't wait to see my family Dr. She has seen me since I was 16 and would be able to tell me better than anyone else what I should be weighing. I have not seen her since my weight loss as she is very busy and always booked up and they gave me appointments with her substitute Dr.
Keep up the great work!

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SWEATONCEADAY 3/13/2010 1:24AM

    congras on your weight loss. also wanted to thank you for all your support and comments on my blogs. they are much appreciated.

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PERSISTANT123 3/12/2010 10:00PM

    Way to go. You show me that this can be done if I just stick to it!

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/12/2010 6:21PM

    Way to go, Marsha! You've got a great record there to look at in restrospect and see how far you've come!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/12/2010 5:37PM

    I think so too Marsha!

I weigh daily because I need to. But I don't obsess about the numbers. Knowing up and down keeps me on track.

You have had a most remarkable journey my sparkling friend!!

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WALKINGANNIE 3/12/2010 1:06PM

    This is such wise advice - and it's a great reminder of all that you have achieved to see the numbers in sequence in your blog. You have come such a long way.

You talk such sensible talk because you've walked every step of the walk - when you haven't been cycling, boot camping and being a general human dynamo.

Thanks for being there for us as well as doing it for yourself.

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KALIGIRL 3/12/2010 1:05PM

    What a great history of your SUCCESS!
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You'll need to let us know how and when you stop 'weighing in' and reach a comfort level in maintaining. It will serve as a milepost for all of us.

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MONTY68 3/12/2010 11:44AM

    Marsha
May I congratulate you on a fantastic job you have done over the last several years. Look at you, It should be an inspiration for all that it can be done. As far as now and maintenance, I guess the body does fluctuate and your idea is excellent in using the monthly results. Nothing better then seeing it on paper. Just keep writing your wonderful blogs to motivate the rest of Sparkers.

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 3/12/2010 11:40AM

    You've done an AMAZING job!! The scale and gravity are too good of friends sometimes. It really is about keeping big picture perspective, isn't it?? A lesson I learn over and over again...

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AMANDAJCD 3/12/2010 11:23AM

    Good point, Marsha. It reminds me of something I read when I was reading the Hacker's Diet (google "Hacker's Diet" -- it's a free PDF on the web, written by the guy who developed AutoDesk). The author's big point with that diet was the trend line to one's weight loss. Some days or weeks will be up, some will be down, but as long as it's all down over the course of time, you're headed in the right direction :)

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Did You See the Elephant Blog?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Maybe you can help me. I read it. I went on. But my mind kept coming back to the elephant. Now I can't find it.

It goes something like this: the rider(driver) is the brain; the elephant is the emotions. The rider can keep the elephant going for a while, but if there is no change in the elephant eventually it gets too hard for the rider to control.

There was a recommended book about change, and why change is hard. And I would bet it contains some strategies for making change easier. The way my mind kept coming back to it, I must get that book. Maybe you've seen that blog. Or maybe you know that book. Can you help me out??

  
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KALIGIRL 3/11/2010 6:43PM

    Will check out the blog and book - thanks for asking.

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MONTY68 3/11/2010 6:37PM

    Marsha
You found the book, that is good. For a number of years I have been a student of Change your thinking Change Your Life. There is information about our belief system which to sum it up says that everything we do comes from what we believe about it. It is on a subconscious level and these beliefs are developed over the years. A couple of examples could be on relationships, money, success and all other things. When attempt to do something, we recall from our belief how to do it and if we attempt to do it differently we struggle and most times fail in what we are attempting. That is why they are saying about the need to change. I should add that the thinking part isn't from the conscious level( that is our desire) the thinking we change is how on our deepest level believes. I picture it like a computer with a lot of folders on the different ideas and filled with the old experiences. We need to delete the old files with new and positive ones. We need to delete those things that say we don't deserve to lose weight, or be prosperous or have good relations a with a new and strong belief that we do deserve and change our lives that match that with good success in all we do. That is why that book sounds that they take those beliefs that are hard to do into positive ones. Sorry I rattled on so much, I have a blog about 50% complete somewhat on this idea.

Monty

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WALKINGANNIE 3/11/2010 5:25PM

    Thanks so much for my goodie Marsha. What a lovely surprise.

Glad that the link was helpful. I had never heard of the book and might look out it myself.....

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SLENDERELLA61 3/11/2010 4:44PM

    Thank you, thank you, Annie! Actually that isn't the blog that I had read, but it is a blog about the same book. Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard by Dan & Chip Heath. I'm going to get it. Thanks again!

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WALKINGANNIE 3/11/2010 3:34PM

    I was lucky in searching and found this.

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Hope it's what you're looking for.

Look forward to the update about your hair. I like its color too. It suits you.

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Precise: Estimate::Obsessed:Rational

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Precise is to Estimate as Obsessed is to Rational.?! Hmm. Maybe, on maintenance anyway.

When I look at the top rack of my dishwasher I used to be able to tell you what my bathroom scale was doing. If my dishwasher was full of measuring cups, measuring spoons, and the top of my food scale, I was losing weight. I was measuring my portions. I was cooking, almost always healthy foods. On the otherhand, if the top rack of my dishwasher had no measuring implements you could almost guarantee I was not doing well on the big scale, either.

It may be different now, as I am learning maintenance. Estimates may be acceptable, may even be preferable. I am pretty good at it now. I pour a bowl of cereal and think, well, I should measure it, and it turns out to be exactly one cup!! Weighing and measuring everything seems kind of obsessive. Estimating may simply be a more rational approach for the long run. So I may just back off of weighing and measuring so much. Maybe just my teaspoon measure for oil, because it is so calorie dense.

If the bathroom scale goes up, though, the food scale and friends will come back out!

  
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JHADZHIA 3/11/2010 7:12PM

    I am not much good at estimating so I will stick with the cup and weigh scale, but do have to guess when at a restaurant, but I rarely eat out so shouldn't be a big problem. I plan on staying with tracking mainly because I struggle to get enough carbs and fat, and usually end up too low on them in a day, so have to add something extra.
All the best with maintenance!

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PERSISTANT123 3/10/2010 2:36PM

    You have described the correlation between the top rack in my dishwasher and my success. I am not at maintenance, but I do hope that by the time I get there I would have a pretty good idea what my servings are on things is normally eat.

This is something for me to file away for future reference when it get there.

Thanks for being a role model for those of us still struggling (sometimes) to get there.

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WALKINGANNIE 3/10/2010 2:08PM

    I LOVE your observations Marsha. You should write short stories or novels! (Perhaps you do!)

You blog has helped me a lot today. I have felt that I'm still too obsessive about all of this because I still track very day. My own analogy of using trackers as sensory supports like reading glasses or hearing aids moved me forward a bit. Your blog has now helped me edge a bit further forward as I realise that I have progressed from measuring portions to estimating - except for oil!!

As an all or nothing person - like you I think - I'm trying to move to middle ground so that not doing it all doesn't mean total relapse.

Actually, I think we're so far down the road this time and have such a strong support network that I don't think that we, or any of our mutual friends, will go back to our bad old ways.

Thanks as ever

Annie


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AQUAGIRL08 3/10/2010 2:02PM

    Good plan! I know you're going to be successful!

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MONTY68 3/10/2010 1:36PM

    Hi Marsha,
I have been on maintenance over 2 years now. For the most part I do not use the scale or cups. In items that I use or eat quite often, I think I am pretty accurate in using my sight. However, If I am trying something new that I am not familiar with, I will measure it. The one thing that I will not stop is tracking everything I eat.
Like you, I feel once a person reaches maintenance, that we should be experienced at measuring.
What I like is the brilliant way you present a topic but most of all the way that you can motivate others.

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REDFROG25 3/10/2010 1:32PM

    I laughed out loud at the scale/dishwasher comment, Marsha. Good for you for being on maintenance! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 3/10/2010 1:20PM

    I agree with estimating (and folks call me anal retentive...)
To tell you the truth, I've been estimating all along. If I couldn't find the food in the nutrition tracker, I just used one close - seems to work, particularly with Spark's rule of thumb portion sizes.

Good luck!

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One Down Differently Today

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Yesterday when I wrote "One Down" I was talking about finishing the grant proposal that I'd been stressing about. Today my "One Down" is a good one, too. I'm back down the one pound I was over the weight I'm aiming for. I expected it to take 5 days, but just one day of careful eating and I'm there. This experience helps me build confidence that I CAN maintain a healthy weight! Happy Dance! Happy Dance! Everybody, dance with me!! -Marsha

  
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 3/9/2010 3:39PM

    Doing the Happy Dance with you Marsha!!

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PO_PAZZA 3/9/2010 2:47PM

    Learning that is worth a very happy gavotte.

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WALKINGANNIE 3/9/2010 1:17PM

    WooHoo!

Happy Dancing is just the most satisfying calorie burner of all!

Congratulations!
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AMANDAJCD 3/9/2010 12:46PM

    Yay, happydance!!!

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    emoticon Happy dance! Way to go Marsha!

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MONTY68 3/9/2010 11:04AM

    Yes Marsha , I will dance with you. Congratulations. I had no doubt that you would release that pound. You are balanced and focused on what you want in life and I have confidence in you that you will maintain that weight. You are an inspiration to all that read your blogs.

Monty

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DONNABRIGHT 3/9/2010 10:19AM

    Good for you!

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BESTSUSIEYET 3/9/2010 10:03AM

    Celebration Dances are FUN! Enjoy yours, and we'll be with you!

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KALIGIRL 3/9/2010 9:42AM

    I'm DANCING!
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PERSISTANT123 3/9/2010 9:41AM

    You are the Dancing Queen. We're dancing together!!!

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