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Good-Bye Seat Belt Extenders

Saturday, October 17, 2009

For those of you who don't me...I am a PEAR with a capital P and about 2/3 of my weight is below by waist. So when I got heavy, I learned that seat belt extenders were necessary. Honestly asking for one and being told that they are going to give you the demonstration one (ie that they show you how to hook and then walk down the aisle and hand to you in front of everyone....ummmm, thanks!) was really hard on my self esteem. So last year I procured my own to avoid the shame I had felt asking for one. I am happy to say after 4 flights on different planes in the past 10 days, that I don't think I need it anymore. I still wish the seats were bigger, but for now I will just be happy that I fit in them! It is a silly, but great accomplishment, especially for me since I travel so much.

Below is a pic of me in Las Vegas Last night ~ 252 lbs (best guess, weigh in on Monday)


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BLASIAN-BEAUTY 10/28/2009 7:57PM

    You look FABULOUS and congrats!

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HARMONYBLUE 10/19/2009 12:11PM

    Congratulations!!! You look great in that photo and it is so awesome that you don't have to wear the extender anymore. That is a huge sign of accomplishment!

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FELICE73 10/19/2009 11:30AM

    Ya - know about the pear thing but I think all my letters are capital!! PEAR! Now about those seat extenders - don't you just LOVE saying bye bye to all those things!!!

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GLORILEE 10/19/2009 12:48AM

    That is a GREAT accomplishment!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITSPIRATION 10/18/2009 11:39PM

  That Rocks! emoticon

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SLOLOSER 10/17/2009 8:31PM

    You look fabulous!

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ANGRYCAKE 10/17/2009 7:08PM

    Ohhhh, flying. At my heaviest I needed the extender and it was mortifying. What a wonderful way to experience the results of your hard work!

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JORETTA2 10/17/2009 6:52PM

    Great going, I am happy for you. You know, I never thought about it, but I bet you anything that I would probably have to have an extender. I do not fly, do not plan on flying so I may never know. I have noticed however that the seats at the movies are getting a little snug. Hopefully it will not be long that that changes.

Good luck to you and BTW, you are a beautiful person.

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THATONEJEN 10/17/2009 3:12PM

    Congratulations! And P.S. - that is a great color on you!

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XTMONT 10/17/2009 12:17PM

    Congratulations! That's a fantastic accomplishment. The first (and last) time I had to use one was my big AHA moment. I was so humiliated that I knew I had to do something. Don't forget to celebrate your success!

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JSTCHLIN 10/17/2009 10:41AM

    Congratulations! We travel about once a year and their were times I didn't even get the belt to click. Thank goodness the FLight Attendant wasn't doing her job because she just passed me by assuming it was clicking under my shirt I guess. But shortly after I began my journey, after about 30 lbs lost, I traveled again and the belt was able to click. Just barely but it did.

It's these little moments that make us continue this journey I believe and not just the numbers on the scale. Way to go on your weight loss to date, you are doing a great job.

Take care and stay healthy

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CHANA-D 10/17/2009 7:15AM

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That's great news! I am so happy for you. These are the kind of results that make this change in lifestyle worth it! Even when the scale isn't moving as fast as we may want it to, there are other results that let you feel your progress. So - bye bye seat extender - hello new wardrobe! Keep on Sparking - you are on a roll!

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SESPINOSA5150 10/17/2009 2:24AM

    That is a great accomplishment. You should be happy for yourself. These little battles add up!! emoticon

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LAWRALOO 10/17/2009 1:53AM

    That is not silly at all. That's actually one of the reasons that I decided my fat HAD to stop. I was sitting on the plane (I'm on a plane usually at least 2 days a week for work) and the seat beat was difficult to hook up and I thought, no way I'm I going there. I work for the airlines, I KNOW the people I'd be asking for those extenders.

I flew home tonight and noticed as I was sitting in the seat there was room on both sides of me on the seat and there was slack in the seat belt!
It was absolutely amazing, so I know somewhat how you feel.

Congrats on not needing it anymore, you're doing great! :D

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FRENCHTOSD 10/17/2009 1:53AM

    Getting rid of the seat belt extender is one of my main goals as well. I hate - hate - hate using it, but if I don't, my flight is sheer hell. I will fly to JFK and back Thanksgiving week, so we will see if I need it.

By the way, I see you live in WV. I lived in Elkins and near Elkins for a year in the early 90's. It was one of the best times of my life. I'm jealous that you get to be there - so peaceful!

Congrats on more weight loss. You'll be in 240-ville soon!


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Week 11: 2.0 lbs & 3.25 inches - Woo-hoo!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

YAY! I am working really hard to get under 250 by my birthday (consider it a gift to myself). So today is 254, and now I have 5 lbs to go to get to 249...not sure if I will make it (birthday is sneaking up fast on Oct 31st) but I work better with a goal. When I started this journey, my goal was to be 245 by Christmas, so I am ahead of schedule anyway. I wore a new pair of jeans yesterday and felt really good. My hip line is finally started to smooth out a little, and while I know intellectually that I am still very overweight, I felt more like a normal person yesterday (not sure if that makes sense to anyone but me) but I actually felt like I looked good in my clothes and it has been a long time since I have felt that way.

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INKYWAG 10/15/2009 10:40AM

    You look great keep up the hard work.I know that feeling,Im notice it in my clothes too already.The feeling is good.
Your working hard and it has paid off keep going.
I hope youve joined the mini Nov. challenge I would like to do another with you,you have been very supportive of me. emoticon

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FELICE73 10/14/2009 10:40AM

    You can do it!! If only we could all get rid of "the girls"!! Love your picture - you look FANTASTIC!!

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MYLUCKCHARM 10/13/2009 6:27PM

    You are doing great ahead of schedule wooohooo! I'm right there with you at 255lbs, I know how great it feels when your clothes start fitting better. I had to buy new pants because they were too big last week. Anyhow way to go girl, keep it up!

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FRENCHTOSD 10/12/2009 12:05AM

    You have the right attitude and you are being really consistant. That's the key.

I will be running along behind you trying to keep up! Let's see what all these towns look like and have fun doing it!

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ANNEKATHLEEN 10/11/2009 5:14PM

    That is so awesome! I know the feeing of finally feeling "normal" again. You are doing a fantastic job toward your goal. Keep it up! YOU CAN dO IT!

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P.S: You are very beautiful! Don't forget that! (operationbeautiful.com)

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DAPHNERUNNING 10/11/2009 3:48PM

    You're doing so well!! I know you'll hit that so soon! Plus, you look HOT!

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TRAIL75 10/11/2009 1:26PM

    I know you will do it. Don't give up.

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Home Sweet Home

Thursday, October 08, 2009

I am so happy to be home from Boston! I have never seen so much fattening food in my life. In 2 words: lobster rolls. Need more? Clam chowder, butter, fried clams, etc. I felt like I was in a Biggest Loser challenge, with frequent temptations staring me in the face. I think I made healthy choices 99% of the time, but since this was a very social occasion, I also allowed myself a dessert when I was out with a friend I hadn't seen in 8 years. And surprisingly, I didn't feel guilty. Still, happy to be home with my husband's support, better access to HEALTHY, yummy foods and bettersleep in my own bed.

I missed all of the Spark Support while I was gone this week! Can't wait to catch up with everyone.


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SLOLOSER 10/10/2009 6:59PM

    Hmmm, clam chowder....

Good thing I already ate. Well, that and I don't have any clams or chowder in the house... and I rarely do, since I don't live near Boston.

Good work making the choices that work for you!

(I probably would have had the chowder and skipped the desert. But only because the chowder would tempt me more. Not that I think it's a better choice.)

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HARMONYBLUE 10/9/2009 9:22AM

    Good for you! I have only been to Boston once and of course it was when I was first starting my healthy journey and I will admit I did cheat in a big way...twice! #1 Pizza #2 Garlic Fries. I am sure you felt much better for limiting your indulgences; I ended up with a major case of sour stomach emoticon

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FEATHERSTITCH 10/9/2009 8:37AM

    Oh, lobster rolls, clam chowder! You did great if you resisted either of those since they are hard to get when you're away from the east coast! Glad you enjoyed a good dessert. Sharing food with friends is an important part of life. Keep up the good work! emoticon

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CHANA-D 10/9/2009 6:07AM

    I am glad you had a good time in Boston. I lived there for two years, and my husbands family lives there. But I have to say - the access to foods like lobster rolls, and the best clam chowder in the world, makes it a very tempting place to be. Glad you were able to make good choices 99% of the time, and splurge a little without feeling guilty. Still - I know it's much easier to be at home where you can be in better control of the choices available for healthy eating. We missed you around here at the message boards. Spark on!!!

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MYLUCKCHARM 10/9/2009 4:55AM

    I'm glad you got to see your friend on your trip! Boston is one of my favorite cities....you forgot to mention all of the great pizza places they have. Anyways, you are home and can be back on healthy food for your meals. Hope you had a good trip!

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Week 10: 2.5 lbs & 1.25 inches

Friday, October 02, 2009

I decided to do an early weigh in today since I am going out of town to a conference tomorrow and won't be near a scale for several days and got a big surprise! Down 2.5 lbs to 256! 258 was the marker for 10% of my body weight loss and 256 makes it officially 30lbs! I will be dancing the happy dance for a week on this energy! I think that this loss will also help my keep focus on healthy eating and exercise habits at the conference (which is usually a hedonistic free for all). So happy! So freaking happy!!!

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HARMONYBLUE 10/7/2009 10:38PM

    I know exactly what you mean about the "free for all" but sticking with my healthy lifestyle while on business trips feels like an even bigger accomplishment and I get to avoid the bloating and energy crashes that accompany the "free for all"!

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SESPINOSA5150 10/2/2009 7:22PM

    Have a great time and keep up the great work!! emoticon

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CHANA-D 10/2/2009 6:58PM

    I am so happy for you!! You are doing great!! The results of your weighing in early was a good incentive to help you stay focused while at the conference. Keep on doing what you have been doing - you are a big inspiration to me. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Let's all do the happy dance!!!

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Ab-Revolution Update: Conquering it

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

6 weeks ago I had a rough day. My brand new exercise machine (gift to myself) arrived and I was so excited to use it...only to discover that I couldn't. (Literally did not have the strength to get it going) I blogged about feeling inadequate and panic-y (what if I can't do this, not just this exercise machine, but it...the whole enchilada). It was the only day I felt like that. My Spark Buddies immediately rallied and let me know that it was only a matter of time until I conquered it. You all let me know that I could do it.

Well I am pleased to say that I have DONE IT! Every few days I got on the machine and tried to get going. The first few times nothing happened...but I stuck with it, and by the fourth or fifth time I got it moving, not a lot but definitely moving! Each time I was able to do a little longer. Today I made it for the complete suggested 3 minute workout.

So here is my message to everyone else who is struggling with something: Stick with it! Whether it is trying to walk farther, run harder, or conquer an exercise machine, YOU CAN DO IT!

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