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This is really working!!!!!!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Down 5.2 pounds in 14 days. This is so exciting. And although I am being pretty serious about my eating habits and exercise, I am not killing myself. I don't feel deprived of food, in fact I wanted to take pictures of my meals yesterday, they were so yummy and wonderful. And although I am trying to push myself in my exercise time, I'm not killing myself. Just as much as I can do, nothing too crazy. That's it!! I never would have thought that the rememdy to my decade long dilema could really be this easy. I have heard it my whole life, eat less, exercise more. Yeah, well, I always thought you had to eat so much less it would be unbearable, and exercise more than was possible for me to acheive. I really had myself fooled on this whole weight loss/healthy living thing. I just didn't realize it was so easily attainable. I mean, I'm not to my goal weight by any means, but this early success will give me the strength I need to continue through the plateaus. I am really amazed a what sparkpeople is doing in my life. I can't beleive it is free, and I can't get over all the constant support that you get here. I am a very happy girl. Oh, and prayer works, everyday atleast once I ask God to give me the strength, to help me through this, and everday I have it. God led me here, and each day leads me to a new and brighter me. Without my faith I would never be here, and for this I am so humbled, and so in awe of the power of the force that created this beautiful ball we a call Earth and all of it's diverse inhabitants. Glory be to God in the HIGHEST!!!

  
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RIDMYCOCOON 8/30/2011 11:40AM

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HIPPICHICK1 8/29/2011 9:51PM

    I wrote the a very similar blog to this one after being here for 2 weeks. Pretty amazing how easy it is, eh?
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WICKEDQUEENTREE 8/29/2011 6:29PM

    How absolutely awesome for you!

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WENDYLEE15 8/29/2011 11:33AM

    Another awesome blog..you are on a roll :).I am so glad you are here too!! I love my Spark friends..and too can't believe this is a free site!!You are doing awesome..I am so happy for your success so far and am here to root you on the rest of the way!!
Take care..Have a great new week!!
Bless you and yours :)

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SHUTTERBUGG 8/29/2011 10:32AM

    Congrats! Keep up the good work! I have always been surprised that Spark never charges anything for all that you get out of it. Such a great resource!

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Skinny girls

Sunday, August 28, 2011

OK, I have some confessions to make, I've been eyeing you skinny girls for years now, making up ideas in my head about why I might possibly be better than you. Why your smooth, long legs make you look like a hootchie, and why you are just running around in your short shorts to get attention from every man that passes you. OK, I admit it, and I consider myself a Christian, hmmmm, not exactly the love eachother mentality I am striving for. But, suddenly, slowly, I am looking at you all, now, this past week, wanting no longer to find some flaw, but instead to sit you down and ask how you do it. What keeps you motivated? And I want to give you a high five for doing it on your own, without the interactive, daily guidance from something like SparkPeople. To all you skinny/healthy people out there that I have been giving the evil eye to for more years that I can count, this fat girl is sorry. I think you are all beautiful and instead of trying to find your flaws, I am now going to use you as a source of inspiration. ( And to all you skinny people on here that did use SparkPeople, thank you too, because you are all a daily source of motivation for me.)

  
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BYEFATNANNY 8/29/2011 8:01PM

    Great new attitude.


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WICKEDQUEENTREE 8/29/2011 6:28PM

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WENDYLEE15 8/29/2011 11:29AM

    Cute blog..I know exactly what you mean!! Very well said :) Great change in attitude :)!!

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FITMRSKAYTE 8/28/2011 4:27PM

    Great blog! I just wrote something similar today about people hating on thin, attractive people. Way to be a bigger person and a kinder person. I don't know you but your attitude is great. :) have a great summer and I hope you are never a "skinny girl". I'd rather we all be "Fit and Strong girls" if we had the choice!

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MERWAK 8/28/2011 4:16PM

  Thank you for writing this!!!!
I'm slender and I guess could be called a skinny girl...but I haven't always been this way. I was an overweight teenager and at about 20 I decided to start exercising and began watching what I ate.

I'm 41 now and despite 2 pregnancies in there, I have worked hard to stay fit and healthy. It's not effortless- and I bet most slender women would agree that it takes quite a bit of work to stay slender- particularly as we get older. I work out HARD 6 - 7 days per week and I watch what I eat closely. I put myself and my health first- and for many women this is hard to do. If I look at my packed working mom day and all I have is my lunch break to take a walk, you will see me squeezing it in- no matter what.

Consistency? Determination? They are made, not born. Meaning it takes work- I have to be consistent, I have to be determined- it doesn't just happen to me. But it's worth it- I'm setting a good example for my children and owning my life. And it feels great to work for it.

And those bikinis I wear? They are my inspiration for every summer and every vacay- to always be able to fit into them comfortably & confidently. I work for them! So even if the skinny girls say they don't work for it- don't buy it. I think that's the exception and NOT the rule.

Keep up your hard work and you'll be there, too!

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VVKIMBO07 8/28/2011 4:07PM

    Here's a secret that I've found from being friends with a lot of skinny girls...90% of them don't do anything for their figure (at least the younger ones). So many of them are just genetically destined to appear fit. In fact many of them are in worse shape than us who have to work to get/keep off the pounds! Just know that appearances can be very deceiving!

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One eye open

Saturday, August 27, 2011

I have been meeting my cardio and strength training goals and my calorie boundaries, and I have lost a few pounds and I am TIRED!! Is this normal? I am so tired! I am sure after awhile my body will get used to this new lifestyle, but for today I've been a little cranky because even getting off the couch seems a task I can't bear. I'm thinking maybe I need to just do more, maybe go swimming? Or maybe I'm doing too much? I just don't know??? This is all so new to me, the eating better, eating less, exercising regularly and as hard as I can. Yeah, this hasn't happened in my life in atleast 12 years, if ever. So I think my body is confused. I have been sleeping like a rock, for the past few nights. But last night I was so tired I couldn't do my scheduled cardio, so I passed out and did it today instead, which was supposed to be a rest day. I know it's not a sprint to the end, but I also know that if I don't push myself and see some results, I might not continue the way I want to. But I have to listen to my body. I am tired for some reason, I just haven't been this sleepy eyed in a really long time, really wondering if I am doing something wrong? Guess I'll go to the message boards and ask some questions.

  
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ME_HERE_NOW 9/6/2011 10:02PM

    listen to your body - i remember being super tired at the start, but it was a good tired, soon you will marvel at how worn out you used to be ;) spark on!

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HIPPICHICK1 8/28/2011 11:11AM

    If you aren't used to exercising the first 3 weeks can be very tiring. It's normal. And it's a process that takes time. Don't change anything yet.

When I started here I was already very active so the tiredness was not what I experienced, but back in 1994 when I first started working out on a regular basis I was tired and cranky for 3+ weeks. After that it became a habit and I found I had more energy.

Give yourself one rest day each week and consider 2 rest days. Follow the guidelines for your calorie intake that Spark has given you. You should not work out more and more while eating less and less. You have to fuel your body with healthy foods, but you are also allowed to live!

For fun snacks I eat kashi bars, dark chocolate (one or two squares at a time) and lots of fruit. Fruits are higher in carbohydrates than veggies, so make veggies something you eat in abundance. Potatoes with the skin on become complex carbs and are NOT evil. I usually microwave my potatoes, or boil them. For a flavour kick I used tzatziki (Greek yogurt based dip with cucumber and garlic...YUM!) or a tsp of Becel and a bit of salt and pepper.

I hope you just stayed on the couch yesterday!!

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WENDYLEE15 8/28/2011 9:30AM

    I hope you are feeling better.We do need to listen to our bodies.Hopefully you are getting enough as far as calories in calories out..and your iron or vitamin B-12 isn't lacking.If this continues maybe you should get some blood work done..to see if you are getting enough of everything.
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I'm in love......with my morning!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Slept like a baby last night, good dreams, pillow felt like a fluffy cloud. AND I lost three pounds in 10 days. I am so excited because I had an intial loss of 2.4 pounds, and then gain of 3.4 pounds the first week. So now I have lost 3, and I am going to keep it off. I know it. I can feel it in these slowly strengthening limbs of mine! And the biggest mystery, what to eat, seems to be gradually figuring itself out. I kept figuring if I searched long enough on this site I would find a "diet" plan, one that told me all the things I could and couldn't eat and the portion sizes. Well I haven't found that, thank God, because I think with the inspiration and knowledge tools on here to choose how to meet my own nutritional needs I am so much better off than with a do A,B and C type of approach. I feel in control, and although it is spark guided growth, I feel like I am doing the work how I choose to. And that is making me feel enpowered and proud of the choices I am making, not a slave to someone elses plan that I don't really enjoy following. Been there, done that, it doesn't work for me. So I am giving myself a hug this morning, because I am proud to be me today. I'm on a path I've dreamt about for my whole adult life, a path that I'd pretty much given up on being possible for me. I have placed such importance on my health my whole life and when something is so important to you and you don't have it, and it seems like you never will, that becomes a source of constant desperation. And this morning, I don't feel that way. I feel confidant, secure, driven and motivated to be the very best I can be. This is what life is supposed to feel like.

  
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ME_HERE_NOW 8/27/2011 1:57AM

    the great thing about spark is you make a plan that works for you, and you can constantly tweak it as you go. you find the exercises you enjoy, you find the foods you enjoy and you GO FOR IT and you keep learning more at every turn! i am so so so excited for you, and your energy is contagious! i am so glad you have found us and i am so happy to be a part of your journey!!

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RIDMYCOCOON 8/26/2011 2:15PM

    Morning Love Child! emoticon
Here is a hug from me too! I am so happy to read your sweet words today! I too slept like a baby last night. emoticon A new day! Yay!!! emoticon

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WENDYLEE15 8/26/2011 1:10PM

    Beautiful blog!! That is so key..it's like you are having a lot of emoticon moments at one time.That has to be an incredible feeling!! I am so happy for you and proud too!! You are well on your way on the journey you've always wanted and dreamed of..now it is within your reach !! emoticon emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 8/26/2011 12:39PM

    Well said! I know exactly what you mean. This isn't a diet, it's the rest of your life. Nothing is off limits. Everything in moderation.
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Grocery shopping extravaganza.......I conquered Grocery Outlet!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Had my first grocery shopping experience since starting SP. So cool. I managed to get the best stuff at Grocery Outlet, which made it super cheap. Found frozen mixed brown, red and wild rice. Had it for dinner, sooooooooo good, so easy, so fast. And Annie's organic cereal for like a buck fifty! I manged to put together the easiest, yummiest, most satisfying dinner without slaving in the kitchen and without breaking the calorie bank. While I was eating all I could think about is how I felt like I was really nourishing my body, not just stuffing any old thing down my gullet just to make the "hunger" urges go away. I am really realizing just how much I ate on a daily basis, thinking I was hungry, thinking I needed to keep eating until I was completely full. It is no longer a mystery to me why I weigh what I do. I have been overeating for 10 years!! That is behind me now, I am begining to feel what satisfied feels like. Not stuffed to the gills, so full I can't move, or so hungry I can't bare one more second without food, but satisfied. It is a really great feeling. I never really knew I could feel this way. I didn't realize how easy it actually is. I mean without SP it would have been impossible, but with SP, it is pretty doable. I always thought those people who said eat less and exercise more were out of their minds, I thought that could never work!! Wow, I'll be honest, if I never loose another pound, I am still happy to be on this routine, living this way, eating this way, exercising this way. It feels really good, and I am really proud of myself. I've been telling people all day about SP, I can't imagine what I will be like when I reach my goal weight! YIKES, watch out world!

  
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WENDYLEE15 8/26/2011 1:17PM

    You go girl!! There's no stopping you now.It is amazing how much better we feel when we treat out bodies right.YAY..keep up the great work!!

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SLS-NY2IN 8/26/2011 8:37AM

    Wow, you make me feel like shopping. You are doing a fantastic job. emoticon

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ME_HERE_NOW 8/26/2011 1:37AM

    what an awesome post! you are feeling the motivation and the positivity of a healthier lifestyle flowing thru you! i am still amazed every time i grocery shop that my first stop is the fresh produce area - a place i never used to visit, that i now bypass the frozen foods entirely, that i do the rim for dairy and meats and bread and i am outta there - it is totally a freeing feeling walking out with a cart full of things that are good for you instead of shuffling around with 20 cans of chef boyardee and 18 packs of ramen noodles and 10 frozen pizzas *laughs* or maybe that was just me ;)

keep it going girl, gradually incorporating more challenges for yourself you will start seeing and feeling the changes as you work towards your goals! a big woohoo for bringing some fresh energy into my world too!!

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