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Now That Euphoria Has Dissipated, Reality Has Set In

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Okay, I was on Cloud 9 for a few days due to being 3 sizes down since October 08. But now the reality has resumed in knowing that I have 20 more pounds to shed and, wow, do they feel heavy. I mean, I feel as heavy as when I first started. I think I've developed a hypersensitivity to the gravitational pull on my bones - more awareness of the strain on my frame and organs in having these extra 20 hanging around. Gotta really get going now.

  
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CARLATL 5/14/2009 5:49PM

    I know what you mean about the gravity thing. You do start to feel the pressure in your joints especially. When I am at work I am walking for at least 6 hrs a day, and that can really wear on you when you are overweight. You'd think I'd be thinner with all that walking, hmmmmm...

Just keep in mind that what you have done so far is awesome!!! Just keep yourself psyched for that last hurdle, you can do it! I can only hope I have what it takes to get as far as you have. I have only started today, and I can already see that folks are incredibly friendly and supportive...can't go wrong there at all.


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CCKELLY3 5/13/2009 11:04PM

    Congratulations on the accomplishment so far! I completely understand the lull feeling and I wanted to let you know that it's normal, even good to go through this. By sticking to your long term goals even when you're feelings aren't boosting you, you'll get such a sense of empowerment and achievement.

This is where you learn to appreciate and even enjoy the process, and understand that you can choose to live how you want to live regardless of how you feel. Find ways and tools that work for you to stick to your plan even when you don't feel like it, and the feelings will catch up again. But while feelings ebb and flow, you're life plan doesn't have to. Make your dreams bigger than your feelings and you will succeed. And trust me, that brings an amazing sense of self worth.

Spark has a series of motivational sayings and I picked one and printed it out and hung it by my bed for just this exact situation...it really helps me and I hope it helps you.

"People say motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing. Which is why we recommend both daily."

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DUTCHWAHINI 5/13/2009 8:40PM

    There may be something to the gravitational pull thing, we need someone to look into it. Sometimes we do feel heavier, could be water weight, or you are just plain tired, but don't let it beat you.

If you were to take the pounds you have already lost and strap them to your back, then you would feel the weight that you have shed away and you would feel your accomplishment. It very well might be a sign from your body that it is preparing for the continued loss of weight, and you are feeling the change in muscle mass and temperment of your bones...you never know.

Try this for motivation. Take out frozen food that weighs the same as what you have lost....put it in a big bag.....and lift it. If there is anything that will spark that happy feeling, it is knowing that you shed all that already....you already have won half the battle!

By the way, I did that exercise for how much I wanted to lose and almost killed myself trying to lift the frozen food bag off the floor! :-)

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BABYFACE26 5/13/2009 7:41PM

    Its always difficult coming down off a high! ....but thats such an accomplishment - I'm not even down ONE size yet, just feeling my clothes getting a bit looser.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 5/13/2009 11:31AM

    Hang in there. Come to SP for support, and no matter what, KEEP GOING!

Having been down this road once before, myself, I remember the feeling you describe. It's hard to come down off a high. And I did let it affect me.

So no matter what happens, even if you slip up a little, just get back up and KEEP GOING!

You've done too well so far to disrespect the progress you've already made...

Hang in there!
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ARTHURTOM 5/13/2009 11:28AM

    Steady and consistent wins the race.

I think of that song I blogged about a few weeks back called "The Climb"

"...it's not about how fast I get there, or what's waiting on the other side...it's the climb"

Enjoy who you are and what you are becoming!

Tim

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I Still Couldn't Believe it, So I Went Back to the Store & Tried Again

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

This is the last blog about my three dress sizes lower; I've just been in shock and have written three blogs about it. On Saturday, I bought dress pants and could not believe that I was down a total of 3 sizes since October 08. So, I went back again today just to recreate the experience. I had to see if I was just dreaming my Saturday experience. (smiling) Good thing that this store has name brands for a song, so that when I lose more weight it won't cost a fortune to buy clothes. I'm sooo thrilled. Okay, next blog will be a new topic, I promise.

  
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SPRING4FAL 5/12/2009 11:02PM

    WHOOO HOOO!!! Congrats on your success!!! Rave away! Your hard work deserves to be rewarded by a no-holds-bard rave session!!! Heheh!!! Congrats again and keep the spark alive!

Leah
Proud Leader of the San Diego Sparkteam

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CINDIDIT 5/12/2009 6:56AM

    I went thru the same thing, for a while there my new favorite passtime was going into stores and trying on smaller clothes, not buying, just trying them on.
The pants were a big thrill, but when a size med fit me, I kept thinking it had to be a fluke, a missprint, me a med? Me, who had been a 1x. I never dreamed I would really get into that size.
so enjoy it, keep doing it, it takes a while to really sink in.
cindy

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BINEMELLES 5/12/2009 5:49AM

    LOL! jesse, you are the cutest. i can totally understand your excitement about your new dress size! and i'm REALLY thrilled for you!
enjoy your new clothes and celebrate by showing off your body! emoticon

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PVILLELADY 5/12/2009 3:43AM

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We're THRILLED for you!! If it makes you feel good to blog about it, keep it up! Whatever it takes, chick! You ROCK!

Diane
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CRYSTALPISTOL2 5/12/2009 3:20AM

    Doesn't it feel good, to get a smaller size? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Pinch yourself if you need too.

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KNH771 5/12/2009 12:36AM

    Go ahead and write a fourth blog about the dress size if you want! It is something to be excited and proud about. Congratulations on your success so far. Remember this feeling so you can focus on it when you're having a bad day! emoticon

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Still On Cloud 9 from Yesterday's 3 Sizes Down

Monday, May 11, 2009

What can I say? I'm still in shock over the smaller pant sizes. Nothing more to add. (smiling) Have a good day.

  
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CINDIDIT 5/11/2009 7:03PM

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AMYMLE 5/11/2009 9:33AM

    It sounds like revisiting your new, healthy eating habits and working out has really paid off. That's terrific! I'm so proud of you and happy for you! Let's hear it for new clothes!
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DESERTDREAMERS 5/11/2009 3:01AM

    Go, Grrl! emoticon

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GENIEM27 5/11/2009 12:45AM

    Awesome, way to go!!!! emoticon

Have a blessed week!
Genie

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I've Been Talking to Myself All Day, Like a Raving Lunatic - 3 dress sizes down!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Honestly? I've been a bit discouraged lately due to a plateau I've been on for awhile. But I got a reminder today that the scale is not the only measure of success. I went to get new pants and thought I was one size down. But I wasn't. Went a size lower and WOW! They fit! I had to check the tag about five times to see if it was a misprint. (smiling) That means, since I started this lifestyle change of healthy eating in October 08, I'm down a total of three dress sizes. I've been in awe all day, just beside myself with surprise and delight. Yes, it has rekindled my motivation, which has been there, but needed the flame to be fanned. However, wouldn't you know it? No sooner had I experienced this excitement, I was already thinking of the next couple of smaller sizes to be achieved. We humans are very impatient!

  
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RUBYSNANA 5/11/2009 6:01AM

    emoticonJessie! There is nothing like smaller pants to build our self confidence and keeps us on track! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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SPARKLESSENCE 5/10/2009 10:03PM

    Jesse, emoticon!!! Contrary to popular wisdom, the proof is NOT in the pudding; it's in the PANTS. Wasn't it terrific to see that the scale doesn't tell the whole truth - and nothing but the truth? I don't think there's any barometer of weight loss and fitness that's more faithful than our clothes...and you're THREE SIZES down?!? You inspire me!! Keep up the great work! - Sara emoticon

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PVILLELADY 5/10/2009 6:35AM

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I wouldn't be talking to myself--I'd be SHOUTING IT FROM THE ROOFTOP! WooHoo!!! Congratulations--keep up the good work!

Diane
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BLONDISSIMA777 5/10/2009 3:16AM

    Congratulations! I went through the same phase, except neither one of my two scales would agree on a number not budge from it. But little did I know that something was changing, until I tried a dress I haven't been able to zip up in more than a year!!

Hurray for smaller sized clothes. They never lie!

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Revisiting My New, Heathy Eating Habits - #10 Hunger vs. Triggers

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Since starting this lifestyle change of healthier eating seven months ago, I have become more aware of the difference between real hunger and eating for other reasons like boredom, stress, etc. It has been very important for me to focus on true hunger and not social eating, which is one of our society's favorite addictions.

  
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BABYFACE26 5/14/2009 1:13AM

    You said it. Here's the real tricky part. At night, when I want to eat to comfort myself...and I KNOW I'm not really hungry - I'll still want to eat anyway!
and like you say, it Is a Societal thing, that we eat to Socialize, and for recreation. Its crazy. I love what you wrote on your page...about not having to obey your Feelings, but sticking to your Life plan. (I think that was you?)

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SCOTTIEGIRL57 5/9/2009 6:39PM

    Good point Jesse,
I seem to do well during the day and at the last part of the day I overeat. Not 'cause I'm hungry, but because - well comfort eating, boredom, stress, I'm not quite sure...It seems like a lot of folks have the same problem. If I could just tackle this - I'd be OK. emoticon

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SPARKLESSENCE 5/9/2009 5:00PM

    And that's a really major discovery process, isn't it? I find myself eating out of boredom, nervousness, tiredness - you name it. As for real hunger, I doubt I feel that any more than the average thin person, i.e., someone who hasn't had a weight struggle. I'm glad you happened to mention this, Jesse; it beckons me for lots of further work! - Sara emoticon

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