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Going to My Head Or is MY Head Going!

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

As I have some occasional memory issues
my three young adult son's advise me,
"Mom, the hotter you get the less intelligent you get."
It's all in good loving fun, of course.
This past sunday I was meeting up with the three of them and my husband at a restaurant, They had arrived ahead of me and were at the table. It was early and there were 3 lovely hostesses at the front door. I greeted them saying
"I'm meeting my husband and sons who are already seated.'
"They're your son's?" they replied.

Now, let me begin by saying I've had to work very hard to learn how to graciously accept compliments. I didn't believe them. Inside I'm the same me that I've always been, but I do get compliments now.

So I was thinking that These young women thought that I looked way too young and hot to be the mother of these three young men.

Before I had a chance to say "yes. I'm their mother" one of them
blurted out "They are so hot!"

Maybe the boys are right!!!

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Peace and All Good!

  


Looking Back

Saturday, July 26, 2008

In Jan 2002 I weighed somewhere between 230 and 265 lbs- I refused to look at the scale. I had cravings for chocolate, ice cream and Snapple sweet raspberry tea. If I awakened with a craving at 2am I thought nothing of putting on clothes and driving to an all night grocery store to buy dove bars. I liked them with a cup of hot tea, so I would purchase a chocolate bar at check out to eat in the car on the way home and have my dove bar when I arrived. I often awakened at night with terrifying episodes of reflux where I felt like I was choking. At 4pm every afternoon I HAD to have a Snapple sweet raspberry tea. If I didn't have my act together to bring it to work (which I often didn't due to lack of sleep) I would leave work to go to the drugstore across the street and bring back treats for everyone. Also, every food that I purchased was labeled "lowfat". I was a train wreck. I was an addict

In October of 2002 , I started on a low carb diet. During that first 2 weeks I limited my carbohydrates to 30 per day. I was certain that I was going to die. It was truly a fast of sorts for me. After that first period I "upped" my carbohydrates to 60 per day. More than anything, the thing that struck me the most was that I was liberated from the cravings, my reflux was GONE and I was not hungry. My addiction had control of my whole life. In reflecting back, it was almost as if I was being fed as an infant beginning with the protein and fat of milk and advancing my diet gradually. As I now read more about "glycemic index" I feel relatively certain that this was critical factor for me.

I joined curves for exercise. I was a size 22 and weighed 209 lbs. On march 8th of 2003 at my daughter's wedding,my mother of the bride dress was a size 12 and I weighed ~178. I moved better, I felt better and I looked better to myself and others.

Today I give thanks to God for all blessings and for His comfort in my sorrows. I weigh 147 lbs. I wear a size 10. I eat between 1300-1900 calories a day and~100 gms of carbohydrates a day . Logging my food intake has really helped me to make adjustments. I go to curves 3-4 times per week , I walk my dog daily from 20-60 minutes and I am employed outside of the home full time in a moderately physical job.

I feel good. My BMI remains in the "overweight" zone. I would like to comfortably maintain a weight in the "normal" zone. 144.9 lbs would award me the "normal" label. So under 140 seems reasonable to shoot for. I know that BMI has both it's purpose and it's limitations. It 's a point of reference as well as a psychological factor for me.

Meanwhile, as I am poised a near to the finish, a few steps away from goal I look back to see how far I've come and how many have helped me along the way....it feels nice.

Not so bad for an almost 50 yr old , is it?

  
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LOOKINGUPALWAYS 7/28/2008 9:33AM

    You are truly amazing. What a journey you have been on and you never gave up. I'm so proud of you. Let's do the happy dance for you when you cross your finish line. emoticon emoticon emoticon

susan

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PIXELSMOM 7/27/2008 9:29AM

    Thanks for stopping by my page. You've done an amazing job, I'm sure you are an inspiration to many of us. :)

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DAGNY99 7/26/2008 5:34PM

    Congrats!
You lost over 100 pounds?! No, not so bad for a 50 year old, but that is incredible!
Keep up the great work! emoticon

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No Harm, No Foul.

Monday, July 14, 2008

I did it. I managed my way through vacation visiting family without collateral damage. Even with two 50th Anniversary parties for my husbands parents. I tried to make reasonable food choices. I ate carrot sticks, but I ate cake too! I walked every day. Some days long walks, some days shorter, but I tried to stay active and get at least 30 minutes of physical activity in every day. I had a nice break from the rat race, I'm refreshed, renewed, and my clothes still fit!

  
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LOOKINGUPALWAYS 7/15/2008 10:27AM

    Great job. That is so hard going to events and staying healthy. But you did it. And a piece of cake doesn't hurt.

susan

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Four and Goal

Sunday, June 22, 2008

In four more pounds my BMI wil be "normal". I'm not sure about where I want to go from there. I would like to be comfortably in the normal range with some "wiggle room" to work with. I originally had my goal weight set at 133 but I adjusted it to 138. I guess I'll see how it goes. I have been working on boosting my metabolism by keeping in diet mode 1300-1600 calories for 11 days and increasing to 2000-2500 untill I gain 3 lbs. Then I go back into diet mode. The closer I get to goal the longer it takes to gain the 3 lbs. I have been losing 5-6 lbs on the 11 days back on. It's a little tedious, but it really seems to be paying off. I try to just live life, love my family, work honoraby , play hard and eat smart in the meantime. I am very excited about our upcoming trip to Montana in August.

  
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MY_AGREEMENT 6/24/2008 3:48PM

    Way to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

W
hat an awesome feeling that must be, to be so close to your goal. All your hard work has paid off, and you'll enjoy that trip to Montana even more knowing that you have accomplished a personal milestone! Good for you!!!!!! --Marsha

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They're God's Creatures

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Skunks. I have known dogs to get in the way of skunks, but I have never known a human who got sprayed until now. ME! In my quest to become more fit and closer to God, I was out walking my dog late under the moonlight when suddenly he charged something. He was on a long leash, but the force caused me to fall forward all the way down. I looked up an saw the black and white tail lifted and I tucked just in time. I was roughly 10 feet away and was more or less "misted" on the top of my head. Cabo was sprayed in the shoulder and head at "ground zero". I was furious with him. He was totally undisturbed by the odor. He was only troubled by my outburst. It was 38 degrees outside. When I got back to the house I yelled to my husband to bring my laptop out. He wisely contained his amusement. I found a remedy that worked pretty well. You make a solution of 32 oz of peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda and 1-2 tablespoons liquid dish soap. You lather it on, wait five minutes and rise it off. Repeat if necessary. Did I mention that it was 38 degrees out? There I was on my deck in the dark cold night lathered up along with my dog in the nakedness of my birth. It was necessary to repeat. Two treatments did it for me, Cabo had 5. I believe that in God's ordered wisdom skunks have their place and I still walk at night. I ponder the moon and stars that Jesus saw, but it's a short leash for Cabo.

  
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TAB257 6/15/2008 10:46PM

    I now know someone who got in the way of a skunk. I know it wasn't funny at the time but I am sure you can laugh about it now. Your story sure put a smile on my face tonight.

Glad the remedy worked! Take Care!



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