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burn burn burn, only not my throat!!!

Friday, November 02, 2012

First on this note just to get this out of the way. My SP tracker, for some reason says I have lost 35 pounds, but I have lost 45.
So, I dont know how I have messed that up, but 45 is the number.
Now, as for today. I felt so bad yesterday and last night, first started out as a kind of just ickiness, just felt run down and tired, and kinda sick to my stomach.
Then yesterday began feeling a little of a sore throat...and tired and achy.
Lack of sleep was a little part of it. Tonight I plan to get to bed earlier and maybe will help some.
I went today and bought some coriciden hbp for colds and some alka seltzer cold remedy....just in case.
Along with some orange juice.
I dont feel so bad today, throat isnt as sore and I dont feel like this is a cold coming on.
I was kinda scared, cause one of the little ones in the family had the chicken pox, and I have never had it.
I went shopping today, found some workout pants that just might work, they are still bootcut, which I despise, but they fit and arent dragging the ground.
So, I also bought me a boggan, with the long flaps that come down, cover the ears and tie under the chin.
Perfect for keeping the cold wind out.
Time will tell. I walked an hour today, for the first real solid hour in over a week.
The wind was a little swifter and chillier than I would have liked, but I ended up shedding my hoodie after about 30 minutes.
I am actually feeling really pretty happy today.
I feel good, with the small annoying exception of a back ache.
Some aleve and icy hot might help, or a half hour on the masssage pad.
The weatherman is predicting warmer temps and no rain for tomorrow, so I am hoping to double up my walks and spend the day, home alone, cleaning, and get in a good strength workout.
I havent been overly focused on the scale for about a month now, and its time to really get back to focusing on burning more calories and really working out harder and getting that scale really moving again.

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L1ZB3TH354 11/3/2012 11:03AM

    Hope you are feeling better soon. Don't over do it. emoticon

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it was a good one

Thursday, November 01, 2012

I have had a pretty good day today. Have stayed on track, with the exception of one small cookie. And I am not even going to stress over it.
I had a great lunch of salad and a great dinner. Took a short walk, the wind was so cold and blustery.
It seems our local weather man missed it today, was supposed to have been in the 50's...and warmer and a little sun.
Well, anyway, I had a good day.
I sure am hoping to get to walk more tomorrow and maybe twice....getting things ready for my sons return.
I am not going to stress out over that either....but, I guess I will be making adjustments and might as well face it.
Going to really try to enjoy tomorrow, walk, eat healthy, drink my water, and shop...all alone and by my happy lonesome.
Might even get my nails done...or buy a new purse, or maybe just put that money in my bank account.

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i missed it be this much!!! (4lbs)

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

So, today being the final day of October, I get on the scale to see how far off I am from my goal to lose 10 pounds in Oct.
Well, I am a little disappointed to say I missed it be a full 4 pounds.
However, with the last few days, no walking, and eating alot of unhealthy foods brought by well meaning friends and neighbors, I am really surprised I didnt have a gain.
I stayed the same as last week and that was good enough for me.
Cause I had totally expected a gain.
But new goal has been set for November and I am determined, bad weather be make this goal.
I am back to my healthy eating and I will walk, regardless of the cold, rain, slush, ice, etc, etc.
The next two months will be a test for me I know.
With the holidays approaching.
But, I say let them come, I am not scared and I know my mind is back on the right track and my feet will be soon too.
This week has really taught me a lesson. Outside forces will tempt us, and stress and lack of sleep and even just the togetherness that eating can bring in times of sadness and loss, or times of happiness and joy.
I asked someone why is it, here in our region, most especially, that people bring unhealthy greasy chicken and sweets to feed people with when someone dies???
Why doesnt anyone bring a fruit or veggie platter???
I guess its comfort food, fast to get to in grocery store deli's....
One of the older sisters and her husband, are both diabetics, she just had her gallbladder out, isnt really terribly overweight, but doesnt exercise at all and they are sitting there eating this greasy fried chicken and mayonnaise based salads and sweets.
I sat there shaking my head and then asking myself, is there where you want to be in 20 years????
It is not. So, I went back to my fruit and veggies and protein and water and set aside the sandwiches and other calorie laden foods.
I went and walked an hour, in the cold rain....didnt really feel like I had accomplished much at the end, but at least I did it.
So, now its just the fact to be faced. Cold weather has arrived, days of walking at 6 am, will maybe be pushed back an hour, or two, or three.
And walking in shorts and short sleeves will be replaced by bulky sweats and headwear.
But I will stil be walking and focusing alot more on at home workouts.
So, everyone have a nice Halloween and a nice Wednesday and watch out for ghouls and goblins bearing candy.

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FENWAYGIRL18 11/1/2012 12:14AM

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NATNOEL 10/31/2012 11:16AM

    Wow , you are doing really great. Six pounds in a month is awesome.
I have not lost 6 pounds in a year.

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secret numbers and fat bas***d belly!!!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sometimes I need a reality check. Probably more often than, there is this one song I play when I feel life is spiraling out of control, or when I just need a slap back to reality.
Or when I just want to be reminded, that we are all human and make mistakes and learn, hopefully, and move on.
Walk on.
Today I got on the scale again, not my regular weigh in day. I know, I am getting back into that bad habit of weighing too often, but this week its been for good reason.
That wall I had hit, is beginning to slowly crumble.
It took three weeks, but I am finally beginning to lose weight again.
I have lost 5 pounds. Today when I got on the scale I seen a number that a month ago, four months ago, seemed impossible to achieve!!
I never dreamed when I first gave up soda and began walking daily, and adding weights, and gave up junk food and began really sparking and journaling my food, that I would reach this number.
I am no where close to where I want to be, but its just beyond the horizon, I can see the forrest thru the trees now.
Nothing is impossible to achieve, look at the dude who jumped from outerspace last week!!!!
I know that I have a long road ahead, and I plan on walking that road daily, learning the scenery, and figureing out new paths!!!
Methaphors....but this is real now.
So, I have been asking myself when I am going to share my number. I read a friends blog recently on this subject and I think its silly that I say to myself, "wait til you lose a little more".....of course, when I share how much I have lost, everyone, who can do math that is, will be able to figure out how much I weighed to begin.
So, I am still a number sharing virgin!!!
I guess I will be ready to admit it soon enough....if the scale keeps going in the RIGHT direction that is.
I got to thinking about my blog about not losing inches and sizes quickly enough.
I went out to lunch with my mom, son and sister yesterday....(plans for my friends bday lunch got postponed, will blog on that later)....and we also did a little shopping.
All day my pants were so baggy.
Here is the thing, my pants are lose in the butt, and around the upper thigh area, so I know that I am losing, but in the waist they are still about the same.
I can wear a smaller shirt size, and fitted shirts, however, my tummy is still there and there and here and a little over here too.
So, no matter how well they fit, and make me look thinner in the waist and chest, cause they arent loose and baggy shirts, they still fit snugly around my stomach.
This damn stomach. The pain in my side!!!
Guess I will just keep doing my best and work it and accept what I cant change.
Hoping everyone has a great weekend.

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RG_DFW 10/20/2012 5:49PM

    The body doesn't gain (or lose) everywhere at once. You'll notice it soon enough after the body moves on with the orderly process.

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CORTNEY-LEE 10/20/2012 2:07PM

    my waist is the LAST place I lose weight... *sigh*

You are doing such a wonderful job!

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YELLOWDAHLIA 10/20/2012 2:06PM

    Don't worry about the stomach goes away too, I promise. Our bodies decide where the weight will come off first and it doesn't always choose it to be the tummy.
You'll be pleasantly surprised when you get closer to your goal weight.

Take care, Linda

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skin, inches, pounds, pain, life, love, cupcakes

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Tomorrow is one of my best and most valued friends birthday. And I have invited him out to lunch, at a pizza place and I am going to buy him a Reese milkshake and cupcakes!!! And I am going to sit there, probably a little envious, and maybe a little sickened, and watch him eat them....and pizza.
While I have my salad and water and will be very happy. Cause getting to spend an hour over lunch with him is plenty of enough treat for me.
He has been thru so much this last year and just being able to take his mind off that issue for an hour will make me feel like I have given him a great birthday gift.
Today, I got on the scale, for a little midweek torture and wasnt at all tortured, but a smile crept across my lips.
Another pound gone and I am happy.
My goal for October was to lose 9 lbs and so far I have lost 5, with 2 weeks left, I just might make it.
I got in my walk, late today, but it was so windy out, the weather man told me it was gonna rain early this morning, but he was wrong.
So, I had gone back to bed and slept late til nearly 9am....of course, once again, I didnt lay back down til nearly 7...waiting to see if the wind let up.
But got that walk in and feeling great, back is hurting a little.
I gotta watch this week, with the birthday lunch and a baby shower coming up on Sunday.
I gotta keep myself in check.
I have had a minor issue with a skin seems that on my right side, up under where my bra band lays, I have begun to get a rubbing friction rash??? Maybe not even a rash, more like just where the band rubs, and leaves redness and pain, I mean literally I was in so much pain from it the other evening I thought I would die.
I use moleskin, but cant do that as it pulls off the top layer of skin, and so bandaids, the water proof big bandaids is my only relief.
I am going to discuss this with my doctor if it continues, but I am sure short of offering me some kind of cream or something and telling me not to walk til its cleared up, not much she can do.
The redness and pain are gone, but I am left scarred.
And not only from that, I have a scar on my side from where my pedometer laid to deeply and I didnt even feel it when I was walking.
Between that and my feet....sometimes I sit and wonder why it is that trying to get fit and lose weight and get healthy exercise can be so problematic.
Wow, I wish I had started this plan of action about 50 or 75 pounds ago.
But people say to me, wow you look so good, you can tell you've lost weight, etc, but when am I going to start really seeing it??????
I mean 42pounds ppl and I am not seeing much. My tummy and my body does feel smaller to some extend, I can walk up a hill or stairs now without falling over from lack of air.
I am down ONE pant size, ONE shirt size and ONE bra size.....
ONE....after 42 pounds!!!!
I mean come on when are the inches going to fall off ???
Toning and strength workouts dont seem to be really brining the inches off, someone said maybe all I have lost is water weight, damn that is like alot of water!!!!
Just hoping to start really seeing some changes soon.

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NEVERMIND2010 10/21/2012 5:16AM

    It took a long time before anyone could tell I had lost weight, and I didn't go down a size until I had lost about 25 pounds (from a starting point of about 215, I think), so don't despair. If you are doing all the right things, keep on doing them, and you will be thrilled with a sudden release of weight eventually!

As for the irritation, get yourself some BodyGlide. Apply liberally BEFORE you work out. It will help. You may need to re-apply if you exercise for very long or get very sweaty.

Good luck and keep up the good work!

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DABLUECAT 10/19/2012 8:15AM

    We are our own worst enemies when we look at ourselves. Like we "can't see the forest for the trees" type thing. My DH looks at his biceps and thinks they are small, no matter how much other people say they are big. I saw a photo once and asked my mom who was the lady in the bathing suit. She said "It's you!" I was shocked. I had curves?

You are working hard and it is showing. And it is showing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LADYBUG546 10/18/2012 9:49PM

    Great job can do it the way watch that rash...I don't know if it is on your back or sides but my mom got shingles around her bra line and you don't want it to get worse as it is extremely painful and difficult to get rid of at times. Check with your doctor sooner than later.

Your amazing to have lost 42lbs wish I could say the same...but some day

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KARRENLYNN 10/18/2012 8:27PM


It's not all water weight and 42 lbs lost is great. I can't wait till I can say that too! The others are right too - take the compliments from others, notice the other non scale achievements like feeling better and less winded, etc. And what a cool thing you did for your friend taking him out for a great Birthday lunch and taking his mind off his problems. I bet he really appreciated it from you.
Have a great day!


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    Sometimes it takes a while to show up but before you know it it will make a HUGE difference. Hang in there! Keep doing what you're doing and you'll see results soon!

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ARTHURTOM 10/18/2012 6:50PM

    Just want to share with you a sign that I saw on my travels in my taxi last night as I was driving along Interstate 90.

"Patience is a key ingredient in success"

This is why measurements are so important. Because you see yourself everyday, you don't notice the small changes over time that others will notice. More important than physical appearance, how are you feeling? From your writings, I see other than the small problems that the exercise is bringing to you at the moment, your mood is positive and focused.

Using those two tools along with some patience will carry you through to the physical appearance you are working for all while you are feeling good.

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LEN_VERSION32 10/18/2012 5:40PM

    congrats on the 40plus lbs! You are doing awesome; don't beat yourself up! Enjoy the journey!

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GIVENTHANKS 10/18/2012 3:56PM

    Don't beat yourself are doing emoticon! Forty-two pounds is alot of weight to lose and no, it is NOT all water! We see ourselves every day so sometimes we don't notice the changes like other people do. It is great that other people are noticing your weight loss. Sometimes we look at ourselves in a totally different way than others do and we can be more critical of ourselves. Keep up the great work and the inches will come off. Don't get discouraged.


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SUNFLOWERS4ME 10/18/2012 3:48PM

    One of the things a friend of mine told me to do on this journey was to take pictures. EWWW! I mean I avoid the camera at all costs and can't remember the last candid picture of me with my family. But she told me (and opened up and showed me) just how much of an encouragement it can be. You see, we live with ourselves every day and often don't see the changes in our body because they are so gradual. But when we look at pictures, in the same outfit (until you just can't keep the same outfit on!) in the same pose, we see the changes.

And 42 lbs is nothing to turn your nose up at! Neither is going down a size! That is an awesome accomplishment! Trust that the people telling you they see a difference are being honest and continue walking the path to a fitter you! You can do it! emoticon

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JTNELS61 10/18/2012 3:45PM

  sounds like I could have written this

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