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Sunday, July 22, 2012

I have another non-scale victory to share!

I put on a pair of denim shorts to go to the grocery store today and not only were they sliding down as I walked around, but they were taking my underwear with them! Time to either get a belt or toss these shorts!

I believe all of this exercise is paying off big time, some of it at the scale, but more of it with my body. Can't wait to take measurements on Aug. 1 !!!

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KSCRAP363 7/22/2012 4:36PM

    You rock!!!

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/22/2012 3:09PM

    Way to go! Now you will HAVE to reward yourself with some new shorts/pants!
I waited a long time before I did, because I was afraid I would put the weight back on. SP wouldn't let me do that, so I finally have some clothes that fit.

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BLUE42DOWN 7/22/2012 2:27PM

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Such a great feeling!

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MIRAGE727 7/22/2012 2:27PM

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Been there,exposed! Started hitting thrift stores in the interim of my journey to my goal weight! You are doing so well, Bella! Keep them pants up
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and stay the warrior!
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LOVELYCLARITY 7/22/2012 12:43PM

    AWESOMENESS! It will be so much fun to shop for new clothes. YAY for you! Congrats!
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PARKERB2 7/22/2012 11:55AM

    Great. It's good to have a way to measure success besides just the scale as it can LIE.

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Success is ...

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Making a plan and making it stick!

Went to my social event last night as planned, despite the less than optimal weather. I thought our riverboat ride might be cancelled, but the rain slowed enough that we could still go. I avoided all of the snacks on the boat and focused on the people while sipping 4 oz. of pinot grigio (wish I would have skipped that, it wasn't even all that great)!

By the time we docked, I was pretty hungry. Found my way to the celery and snacked on two "dipless" sticks before dinner. I stayed with ice water the rest of the evening. I enjoyed grilled chicken breast (without the bbq sauce), salad with cucumbers & tomatoes, 1/4 c. of baked beans, and half of a dinner roll (just because I could feel my blood sugar dropping and needed some carbs).

I totally bypassed the cake (and the server not only visited our table once with a full tray, but a second time as well). The cake triggered me a little ... and I wanted something sweet. Driving by Dunkin Donuts on the way home was a little tempting, even though I know that's BAD FUEL. But I kept driving! I came home and had a Blue Bunny lowfat 10g carb popsicle, sparked a little and was in bed by 10!

And ... I put 90 minutes in at the gym yesterday afternoon, learning my way through the new equipment!

I AM a warrior and I love it!!!!!

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FUCHSIAGAL 7/21/2012 6:16PM

  Awesome job! emoticon

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JERSYGRL 7/21/2012 4:09PM

    How inspiring!! emoticon Carol

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KILA91 7/21/2012 3:46PM

    Great job! You are a warrior, so don't ever forget it. I can relate to the temptation of passing fast food places on the road as well. And its def okay to indulge in sweets as long as its in control portions

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RADFEN 7/21/2012 12:27PM

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/21/2012 12:09PM

    Way to spark! emoticon

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MOTHEROFBOYS5 7/21/2012 9:03AM

    Good for you!!! You should be incredibly proud of yourself!!!

I know this journey is all about lifestyle change and habit change...but sometimes it's just sheer willpower!!

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STARTINGINLIMBO 7/21/2012 9:01AM

    Wow, good for you!

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KSCRAP363 7/21/2012 8:28AM

    You are doing GREAT!!!! emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/21/2012 8:17AM

    Sounds like a great evening, where you were in CHARGE!!!

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What's Your Weekend Game Plan?

Friday, July 20, 2012

I'm celebrating the fact that it's Friday. I had thought about taking the day off, but when I heard the weather forecast and learned it would be raining and not all that nice, I decided to work. During the summers I work until 1 on Fridays (and work a half hour longer Mon-Thurs), so it will be an early quit anyway.

My plan is to go straight to the gym after work, then a trip to the library with my ma (she's not into the Kindle world). This evening I have a Chamber of Commerce picnic/river boat ride. I was sponsored by my employer to participate in a leadership program last year and this year happens to be Leadership Lycoming's (Lycoming because that's my county) 25th Anniversary. All of the alumni from all 25 classes were invited. So it should be a fun time.

My plan: I checked out the menu and see there is bbq'd chicken and tossed salad. Everything else is pretty much a bust for me (chips, baked beans, potato salad, cake, beer--not a beer drinker anyway). I may opt for a glass of wine. I'm going to eat some steamed veggies before I go, just so I'm not famished and tempted to eat everything bad in sight! It's just a good menu for someone who is health conscious or a diabetic, but at least there are two things I can have.

That's my plan and I'm sticking to it. It's not about the food anyway, it's about the people and the socializing and the show of support for the program and the chamber. I have, however, opted to skip my church picnic on Sunday. It's lethal and one outing is enough for one weekend for me right now. I'm happy with my progress but I also don't want to derail myself.

Hope you have a great Friday ... make a plan ... and stick to it!

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NASFKAB 7/21/2012 12:10AM

  great

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MIRAGE727 7/20/2012 8:51PM

    Wow! Impressive, Bella! Stay strong, have a great time, and give us a success story to read!
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DEBBYFROMMT 7/20/2012 1:53PM

    Great plan! Have a good time!

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How long should we work out?

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Last night, I believe I had a very efficient 35-40 min workout. It was my group training night and there are 3 of us in my group. We warmed up for 5 mins on the treadmill, and then worked chest & back, more cardio, then biceps and triceps, more cardio, cool down.

My upper body is so happy it's singing this morning!

Is it really about time ... or intensity ... or both?

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KSCRAP363 7/19/2012 7:12PM

    I think it varies from person to person, but it sounds like you did a great job!!!

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BLUE42DOWN 7/19/2012 4:17PM

    I'd say it's a combination of both and finding the balance that works best for you. After all, even 10 minutes of cardio can be beneficial as long as we get our heart rate elevated throughout. Extremes or lack of balance are where trouble crops up.

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RADFEN 7/19/2012 12:40PM

    Too much high intensity cardio for me can cause hypoglycemia, so I have had to scale back a bit. I shoot for 35 minutes of cardio each day, two days of strength training, one day of training for fencing and longer runs/walk on weekends.

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MIRAGE727 7/19/2012 8:47AM

    I go through a strength training session and truly have never timed it. I run through 2 set of 20 reps of about 10 exercises and I feel it good. When I do cardio, my minimum is 30 minutes and max depends on the race I preparing for. That's why I focus on Jeff Galloway's training plans. I think it's relative to the person. Sounds to me like you're doing great. Remember when it gets too comfy, to change it up. That's imporatnt.
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DEBBYFROMMT 7/19/2012 8:45AM

    I think SparkPeople recommends 30 minutes 3-4 times a week. But you know your body and what you can do and what you have time for. If I'm not working, I get about 2 hours total in. (but over a longer period than 2 hours). Your workout sounds wonderful and you sound happy with it! Keep it up!

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Down 9 lbs but UP in so many ways!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

When I was younger, it was easy to drop 9 lbs in a matter of a few weeks. The first time I tried WW, I remember losing 8 lbs the first week. But the 9 lbs I've lost over the past 6 weeks means more to me because this is not a contest. It truly is a lifestyle change. I'm learning from others who have succeeded that it will be a lifelong challenge. I'm ready for it!

My body craves healthy fuel and movement. I feel stronger. I feel less "jiggle." I'm beginning to see definition in my arms, legs, shoulders and face that wasn't there 6 weeks ago. And I feel in tune with my own body. It speaks to me ... and I listen!

My short term goal from the onset was to lose 15 lbs by my daughter's graduation from college on Aug. 4. The weight loss has been a little slower than I anticipated, but it's coming off and I'm doing the right things. I'm going to keep doing them, looking daily for ways to improve through reading, my interactions with others, and listening to my body.

I posted a few pictures yesterday, one in particular I am uncomfortable with--here's another one (with my mom, who really rocks)! I look at that picture now and don't really recognize the person. I was miserable. And now, well, I'm a warrior!

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NASFKAB 7/19/2012 12:19AM

  AWESOME CONGRATULATIONS

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/18/2012 6:20PM

    Excellent! You are the poster child for SparkPeople!

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MOTHEROFBOYS5 7/18/2012 8:05AM

    Well done, you!!! emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/18/2012 8:05AM

    Congratulations on your success and keep on pushing.....

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RIDLEYRIDER 7/18/2012 7:47AM

  You are doing it right! Slow, gradual changes that you can live with forever will bring permanent results. Think healthy! emoticon

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WELLNESSME09 7/18/2012 6:58AM

    emoticon on your weight loss! emoticon

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