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Two Woo Hoos!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

One Woo Hoo, early weigh-in success..
Two Woo Hoo, proportion control under pressure.

.....Three Woo Hoos ~ I'm overweight not obese anymore! Hello 29.9 BMI!

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HANKENSTEIN 2/14/2011 8:40PM

    Girl, you are a rocking, rolling inspiration! CONGRATS!!!

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KINCAISF 2/14/2011 2:38PM

  Way to go!!

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SUNNYBUNNY112 2/14/2011 12:49PM

    Congrats! You are making great strives in getting healthy. :) you are an inspiration to me cuz you have a lot going on in your life...and you are doing it! Very impressive :)

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DRAWNTHISWAY 2/14/2011 9:22AM

    Congrats on all of the woo hoo's! I don't know which one seems most impressive!

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LINTPICKER 2/13/2011 6:30PM

    Way to go! It is always good when we stay in the ranges that we have selected for ourselves! You are right, you may lose more exercising, but you are doing fine. I'm not much of an exerciser either. I have a torn miniscis (sp?) anyway, I do light movement and exercise, but at least I move!

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26M8J7 2/13/2011 4:50PM

    Congratulation on your weight loss! You look emoticon
Great Blog!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 2/13/2011 2:52PM

    Third Woo Hoo!, Is I am now "overweight" and no longer "obese"!!
Happy Day!

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Humble Pie still tastes like sawdust

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

I had a grandiose idea that I would be one of these super-motivated women we've read about in the Spark Pages and have all these migraine/pregnancies pounds shed within a year.
I just bought a scale.
I hate logging my food. I'm not ashamed of the calories being tallied, I get annoyed that nothing I eat is easily accessible and what should take seconds takes too long.

I fell to the pressure that my health is not a priority. That if I was going to take time to care for myself with fitness than I was being selfish. I don't enjoy getting sweaty. I've got dry skin and curly hair, bathing extra is not a desire of mine. It's been a battle this year.

I begin again. The extra has to come off it is killing me spiritually and I'm sure it's laying groundwork physically as well.

It's sad that a dream has died, but, I plan on being at 170 by September. It is a priority over everything. I really think the extra weight is contributing to the seasonal depression and migraines.

I can't give up on me.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 11/12/2011 9:44PM

    How cool is it to look back at this?! Thank you God!

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    Yay!!! (I'm back now, too.)

That's right -- you can't give up on you. And you're reminding me not to give up on myself, either. Thank you!!!

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OLGAINTX 2/3/2011 1:31PM

    I think you are doing great. Just trying to start over is wonderful. Just think of all the other times you tried to loose weight as practice and now is the real thing and you can do it now since you already practiced it. Don't think about all the past mistakes and how hard it USED to be. Just think of how wonderful it will in the future.

I know how hard it is try to loose weight with migraines and depression. Eating with headaches always makes me feel better. But, we can eat healthier things most of the time, right?

Good luck. You can do it.


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JULIE_MAY 2/3/2011 11:34AM

    I'm glad you're back! You can do this. I, too, struggle with some of the same issues. I have Celiac disease and many of the gluten-free foods I eat are not on the tracker, nor do I know the calories of the gf bread I buy at the bakery. However, I've input most of what I eat in my Favorites and substitute for the rest. I can also relate to the dry skin issue (though NOT the curly hair, which I've always wanted! LOL). I had to get to the mental place where the exercise was more important than the inconvenience of putting lotion on after every shower.

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SOPHIADARE 2/3/2011 10:32AM

    Good for you for not giving up!

Good for you for noticing your goals are set high!

Only you can decide how to go from here, and today is the first day of the rest of your life. One day at a time, you decide how much you can do and what goals to set. If you need to re-think, then you must, but you are so right: you cannot give up on yourself because wherever you go, you will still be right there. Don't worry: you are WORTH EVERY BIT OF IT!! Good for you for focusing on your priorities!!!

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LINTPICKER 2/2/2011 6:50PM

    Hang in there! logging in food becomes a nice habit before long!

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EMMANYC 2/2/2011 2:58PM

    Don't give up. Logging your food does get a lot easier after a couple of weeks. Once you've entered the foods you typically eat, it becomes much simpler to record them. If there are food groupings you often have, you can save them as groups and enter just the group in your tracker (and all the foods in the group show up). For example, I've saved the typical ingredients in the salad I order at work every weekday (about 8 items). I just choose "workday salad" the tracker adds the 8 items, which I can then edit if necessary in my daily tracker.

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Slow is still a go

Sunday, August 22, 2010

This morning as I was recording the remainder of yesterday's food intake, I stopped and pondered the results. I was over (again), but, what was this odd deformity gracing my lips?...A smile? How can I smile in the face of failure?
I hadn't failed. It wasn't the picture of perfection, but, it was not close to a FAIL at all. As far as I'm concerned I could have been far more destructive and the effort I put in yesterday was a vast improvement over my old habits.

1. I didn't take seconds on the absolutely luscious ribs my children made (even at the risk of John and Kate not barbecuing ever again for the mama...I doubt that, those kids have seen me cower in fear of the BBQ).

2. I didn't snack when hubby came home from his absence. He usually power snacks when he gets home. I had oodles of cookies for prepared for him. He tends to not need a snack buddy when there is ample cookies available. I hope I remember this trick.

So as far as I am concerned I avoided a minimum of 1, 500 calories yesterday that I wouldn't have before and that my friends is success. Slow success, but, success none-the-less. Slow is still a go...

HaPpY DaNce.....2 min.= 10 calories burned ;)

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    I'm doing the Happy Dance for you, too!

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FARMCHIK 8/22/2010 8:26AM seconds that is a real challenge and you won!!!! Good for you ...........your moving forward and your doin it!!!! emoticon

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Wee-who, new do!

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

It has been a month since I have begun with sparkpeople. It has been an emotional endeavor as I could not have imagined. I knew of the challenge to be responsible with my portions (and dreaded the boredom hunger-pangs), but, I did not fathom the emotional baggage that I was going to have to purge.

I was really going at this challenge as a race. I fell a couple of times (hard) and because of encouraging, patient folks here at sparkpeople, I learned to shake off the disappointment and began to take it slow. Fortunately, the slower pace geared me to pay attention to emotional patterns and I've been slowly sorting through them.

So, I've rewarded myself with a long desired haircut in celebration for not giving up. The hubby likes the long hair (as do the vast majority of hubbies) and is still in a snit :( , but, is happy to hear the migraines have pretty much disappeared.

This is a picture from Christmas. This is its length before I attacked it Friday:

Friday, I hacked off a half of a foot just to see if I could cope with the dramatic change.

My little sister encouraged me to take some pictures of the before...

Saturday morning after working a few minutes and fighting with the mangled wavy tats and still feeling like a hag, I was sold on getting myself a new do. I did a walk-in to the First Choice hair place and requested a chin-length Bob. The stylist was the manager (yay, me!..that felt secure after all the horror stories I've heard). She said my mop was the thickest she'd ever worked with, and asked me if I happened to experience many headaches because of it's weight and length. Man! I wish I had one of those super-duper scales...I should have weighed my hair before and after! ;)

It feels F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!

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RIPLEIGH_MICH 4/6/2010 2:39PM

    LizzyLouV, that hairstyle looks FAB. U. LOUS.

It's very flattering, and making me reconsider growing my hair long for the summer.

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ANGELFMABV 4/6/2010 1:52PM

    Wow! You look fabulous. Congrats all the revelations you have discovered. Keep up the good work. You can do this! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AMBERLOU_87 4/6/2010 12:43PM

    OH! I love it!!! Yes, my hubby is a fan of the long hair as well, but I'm trying a shorter style right now that just feels fresh and young. YOU LOOK GREAT!! I'm glad you won over your fears and went in to the salon.
And Congratulations on a month here on spark! I'm glad to have you here and don't worry about the times when you fall, because we all fall, but we don't stay on our rear ends! Good job at getting back up and making the hard choices to improve your life!

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JULIE_MAY 4/6/2010 12:24PM

    I LOVE your new haircut! It looks absolutely adorable on you! It's hard to imagine hair that thick and heavy (especially heavy enough to cause headaches!). Mine has always been so light and fine. You will really enjoy how easy it is to wash!

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FIZZLESTIX 4/6/2010 11:36AM

    Too cute and it's going to be SO much easier to manage! I have the exact same texture and thickness of hair as you (but longer than your before) and I get sick of always blowing it out straight so that it's manageable instead of bushy and frizzy. I think you're going to love the cut and I wish I were brave enough to do it!

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    Your new 'do' is G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!!


So glad you're feeling better, too!

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Week 2: Weigh-In...I am my enemy! I am merciless! Fear me!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Did you hear that?
It was me kicking my dog. I wonder how many calories that burns. Cuz it feels good and I have a talent for it.........
My dog is in reality very fine. I never kick him. Even when I know that he's taken his big furry butt and pinned the toddler to the wall on purpose. I think it, I don't actually do it. I asked for him for my birthday last year because I thought the guilt trip to do daily walks would be an excellent incentive (also, my 3rd-born, 'Tank', likes to perpetually run, jump, defeat death and he needed a cohort). The guilt-trip was easily disregarded when my brain threatened to explode with last autumn's migraine mayhem. I'm jealous of my dog. He's all trim and has this huge mane of golden blond hair that he never brushes. It's disgusting. He has his food out all day and he's not fat. The toddler that he torments is his personal cookie-dispenser. I think I may try his food...... I think it would be easier to handle the starve moments if only dog food was available.

Follow me along as I continue my tangent in a whole other direction. My hubby; is 6ft.5' and 240lbs. He fills doorways. He's a big ol' teddy bear or grizzly depending on the fuel level of his stomach. He is my rock. Sometimes the rock that holds me up, sometimes I drop him on my own foot. I've noticed that lately when we go on his 'couch potato mode', that I am out eating him. Just this month I realized that I have paced my eating to his and surpassed! Wait. I'm not supposed to proud of that... No wonder I'm a big girl! He's been gently reminding me that I'm trying to be healthy by being an example and not taking extra portions. I am finding that bitter-sweet. Instead of taking that as a gentle reminder I take it as a challenge. Suddenly, "You want to be healthy" has morphed into, "see, how far you can torment/hate yourself before you really do kick the dog."
Which, brings me to my 5ft9'ish' preteen son. He is a master saboteur.
"Mom, lets stay up and watch the entire 'Murder, she wrote' 5th season on DVD. I know you wanna...."
"Hey, Mom, I'm hungry. Lets have chips! They're the Sour Cream and Onion - your favourite....."
"Mom, is on a diet!....Nah, na, na, na, na...."
I succumb to HIS peer-pressure?! I think the migraines have done some brain-damage.
Why do I think that I have to sabotage myself? Do I really think I am selfish, superior, self-absorbed, snotty and vain when I take time to take care of myself? Do I feel guilty that the migraines steal time and that I don't deserve to have anymore to take care of myself? Am I afraid of becoming the callous woman that dumps her family and finances to be gorgeous? Do I really believe that there is only those two choices available, 'self-seeking' or 'martyrdom'? Do I really have NO SELF-ESTEEM?! Why do I equate beauty with evil? God loves beautiful things....and why is that Northern Pike's song, "She ain't pretty, she just looks that way." playing in my head?
So, this weigh-in I managed to keep 1/5 of the lbs I lost off. Not as traumatic as it could be. I have my boobs back, which is a love-hate thing cuz I also gained back my calves and that pinching back-fat. Looks like I have some psychological issues to work on this week. I think some time to reflect that gluttony is evil and beauty is wonderful is in order.

Week Three Goal: Don't kick the dog and drink more evil water.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 3/15/2010 8:48PM

    I hugged my dog, he licked my face (I recant my proposal of using dog food as a diet supplement), and 4/5 kids and pooch went for a twilight walk. It was refreshing.

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ANGELFMABV 3/15/2010 1:17PM

    Ok, No more kicking the dog and calling water evil! You can do this! Instead hug the dog and tell him thank you for asking me to take you for a walk. Grab the nice water and off you go! Sounds good doesn't it! It takes time but things will fall in place one at a time. Take it slow and easy and you will see! emoticon

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