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"What's Your New Plan?"

Monday, July 21, 2014


So I didn't mean to be a tease on my last blog, I promise I didn't! emoticon It was never meant to be a secret. emoticon I had a few inquiries about what that new plan might be... especially after I lost about 5 pounds the first week. (I lost 5 pounds in my "spark week" from Wed-Wed but 7 pounds in the first 9 days on the plan). The thing of it is, I know this was mostly water weight. When we start a new plan we can get that "whoosh of water weight" right in the beginning. Even my coworker (who is like a weight loss buddy) immediately wanted to try "whatever it was I was doing". The thing of it is, if you start any new/organized plan, you can expect some water weight loss right away. Does that mean it's the best plan ever or that we are going to be super successful on it? Not necessarily.

There are 2 reasons I am not ready to talk about *how* the plan is working for me. The 1st reason is I simply don't know. It has only been 2 weeks, and we will see if I have any weight loss to show for week 2 on Wednesday. My coworker and friend were impressed by my initial loss, but I was quick to mention "what if it's a month from now and I only lost 2 more pounds?"

The second reason is that every time I announce that I am doing a plan, I end up quitting, failing at it or just simply deciding it's not for me. Then I feel like a dofus coming back to tell you all that I quit it after a week or two. emoticon So those were my personal reasons for not talking about it.

But then I had several people saying they couldn't wait to hear what it was... and then I felt bad for not sharing. I know people are just genuinely curious, I would be too. I enjoy hearing about others plans and learning about them. Does that mean they are for me and that I will do them? Not neccessarily, but if it sounds like something I might like then I may look into it.

I will also say this... I lost 85 pounds eating whatever I wanted and counting calories. That's it. I ate easy mac, chicken nuggets, and lean pockets sometimes. I ate cheetos and other goodies. Are they the most healthy? No. Does that work for everyone? No. Would I recommend to anyone to go on an "easy mac/chicken nugget/cheeto diet? No. I did eat other foods though, I swear LOL. emoticon My point is just to say that is how I lost 85 pounds of this weight. So if anyone were to ask me for advice on how to lose weight, I would tell them calorie counting is the #1 reason for my "success".

I have only been doing this plan for 2 weeks, from the author himself, he says it's a tool and not a lifestyle plan. In a sense that bugs me. My calorie counting is incorporated into my healthy lifestyle that I will do for a lifetime. So going on something that I will eventually come OFF of was not something I was ever really interested in. But with the last 25ish pounds hanging around I was ready to try something different and see if I could shake things up with my weight loss. I am ready to get to my goal and learn about maintenance.

I was also hesitant because I tried this plan last October and failed miserably. I blamed the plan, but it was all me. emoticon I see that now. I only made it 7 days last time, and I have completed day 14, so I think I am in a better place mentally.

emoticon So please, the only thing I ask is that any possible negativity about the plan itself or me going on a plan that is only temporary, please keep it to yourselves. Most of you are incredibly fabulous and supportive people, so clearly that doesn't apply to you. emoticon emoticon

The plan is called the Carb Nite Solution. A cliff notes version of what the plan entails can be found here: crossfitchallenge732.blogspot.com/20
12/07/carb-nite-cliff-notes.html


I also want to say specific to this plan, they don't give calorie guidelines, and they encourage only counting carbs and not worrying about calories. I know that is not helpful to me. For me, it's calories in/calories out and so I still count my calories and stay in a healthy range. emoticon

emoticon Am I promoting this, saying it works, saying I've been successful at it or suggesting you do it? Not a chance. emoticon I have been on it for 14 days, I do not have any opinion on how it has worked for me because it's too soon. I have not decided how long I will be able to continue this plan... I will however say, that IF I continue for 1-2 months (I am collecting data/daily weights as I go) and have enough information to form an opinion about how the plan worked out for ME, then I will let you all know. :)

  
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REALITYCHECK86 7/24/2014 12:36AM

    I'm sorry! I know I'm one of the people who "couldn't wait" to hear about the new plan. I didn't mean to make you feel guilty, I was just curious. I totally understand your reasons for not wanting to talk about it too much yet, and either way was fine with me, I promise!! I also have lost weight eating pretty much whatever I wanted and using the nutrition tracker. I've lost a total of about 60 lbs, but gained about 10 back and I'm working on getting back on track. I couldn't do the plan you are trying anyway because I am a type one diabetic, and I easily consume 30 carbs at one time if my blood sugar drops and I have to treat it. So, a plan like that would never work for me, but good luck with it! I'm still curious to see what you think about it after you've done it for a while. Sometimes something like this "temporary" plan can help kick the old plateau bug! Good luck, and I will never have hard feelings no matter whether you choose to share or not to share with me!! And congrats on sticking to it so far! No worries :)
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LISAN0415 7/23/2014 10:42PM

    I am all for trying new things- and I have seen many people at work that have phenomenal results with a lower carb lifestyle.... and as you have said, what works for one person may not be the best for another, right now, my husband is just doing calorie counting and doing well, but as he gets closer to his ultimate goal weight, he may need to re-evaluate and do something different.

Also any plan that encourages eating less processed food and more whole foods, is a positive one I believe.

You ae doing great and I think after releasing 7 lbs in 9 days, your body may be trying to catch up, but next week I will bet you see more weight loss! Just stay on track with the plan, and like Pixie says, trust the process....

Take care!
Thanks for sharing!
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NEWLEAF16 7/23/2014 4:55PM

    Thanks for sharing this! I had not heard of this plan and I always like to learn about something new! Hoping it will work out well for you and will be just the 'shake up' you need! I know I have done things just for a little while, just to keep things moving in the direction I want. Hope you are happy with the results!

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-LORI-B 7/23/2014 1:24PM

    A dofus is one who keeps doing same thing even tho it isn't working. It is perfectly fine to try something new. How else will you know what works for you. We need to change our fitness around now and again to confuse muscles etc. I would think the same can be said for food
You are only responsible for yourself. Share what you want on your time. People should understand. Good luck

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BARBARAJ73 7/22/2014 9:56AM

    Whatever works and is healthy - go for it! I'm a firm believer that we have to change it up now and again - for both physical as well as mental reasons. Have to say I'd never heard of this before - but it's like a "cheat day." My most successful weight loss strategy was strict food tracking 6 days a week and a "cheat" day on Saturdays. Will bookmark this one for future reference - thanks!

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JAMER123 7/21/2014 8:20PM

    The cliff notes sound interesting. Hoping you continue to do so well. You have a great head on your shoulders and will do well!!
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SLIMMINGSHAY 7/21/2014 7:41PM

    Those who matter don't mind, those who mind don't matter! Who said that?!

Anyways, that's what I get from this and when you are ready, you will share! Thanks for giving us a 'hint' of what you are up to!

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CHELLEBELLE104 7/21/2014 6:55PM

    Awesome sauce on the explanation. I complete hear you. I am kind of trying to do Carb Cyling. Can't wait to hear if its still working in 60 days. Hugs good luck.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/21/2014 6:02PM

    My dear, the bottom line is at this time it's working for you. THAT'S all that matters. The rest, as they say, is gravy.

HUGS

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KOKIWANEE 7/21/2014 5:18PM

  emoticon great attitude and great post! emoticon

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DREAMSEEKER9 7/21/2014 4:28PM

    Great success so far! Best wishes as you continue with it! emoticon emoticon

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JDUBLANKO 7/21/2014 4:24PM

    I have been eating LC for almost 10 years...switched to KETO about a year ago...and added in a carb up nite a few weeks ago...found out it really helps...

I also do it with a calorie cycling thing...it took a bit to figure it all out but the fat seems to be moving so it all works...

For me and many others it is a lifestyle... :D

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LINDAK25 7/21/2014 4:16PM

    Hey, sometimes you have to try something new, just to start moving forward again. Wishing you success.

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MOMTO6CUTIES 7/21/2014 3:44PM

    Great! Thanks for sharing!!!

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LOVINGKATE 7/21/2014 2:56PM

  Every ones body is different, what works for you may not for some one else. You keep on your journey and see where it leads you. You know your self better then anyone. I wish you well and I hope it all works for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GINA180847 7/21/2014 2:26PM

    Like you I am hesitant to talk about what I am doing for the same reasons. I am not too consistent with things. I swear I am going to make up a 30 day meal plan but who am I kidding? I wake up saying to myself 'what will it be chowmein (lots of veggies in it) or maybe a vegetarian chili ?' I prefer to surprise myself. I am better off logging what I did eat rather than a consistent plan. I am a Leo, maybe that is it.

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INSILVERSCRIPT 7/21/2014 1:24PM

    I hope it continues to work for you :)

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LOVINSHERRY78 7/21/2014 1:15PM

    u gotta do what you gotta do for you! I say GOOD LUCK in your new venture. I myself am a huge cutting carbs and sugars but logging food is soooo important still too. keeps us accountable!.
so u go on with your bad self and kick butt as always. u got this!

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TRUNKJUNK 7/21/2014 12:47PM

    Steph - I applaud you and your decision just to see what happens. It's definitely too early to be singing the praises of this. I wish you well. You have some great tools in your tool belt that I might add you'll probably need to buy another belt.

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SPEDED2 7/21/2014 12:44PM

    Travel your own road...it will take you where you need to go.
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CHESSARIA 7/21/2014 12:28PM

    Just because the author says it is a tool and that you will "go off" the plan at some point doesn't mean you actually have to. If it works for you, you could just keep to it.

Best of luck!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 7/21/2014 11:22AM

    man can I totally relate to the "didn't want to share because I may end up not finishing personal reasons" stuff..LOL

Your secret is safe with us!

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VERSESTHATHURT 7/21/2014 11:05AM

    I hate that you felt pressured to do so, but still, I appreciate you sharing the plan you're trying. And, I'm glad it's working for you!

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MARITIMER3 7/21/2014 11:00AM

    You're right - we each have to find our own path through the potholes and bumps of losing weight and adopting a healthy lifestyle. What works for one person doesn't necessarily work for someone else, and what works for us one time might need to be switched around another time.

My doctor strictly limits his carbs for a couple of weeks every time he gains 5 lbs., and he quickly loses them. Then he goes back to eating healthy carbs. I prefer to stick as close as I can to the SP recommended 50% carbs, 30% healthy fats and 20% lean proteins, because this is something I feel I can continue for the rest of my life.

Thanks for sharing your plan, and don't feel like a dofus if you switch it around again. Trying new things, and evaluating their worth to you is all part of this journey to a healthy, sustainable lifestyle.

Hugs, you're doing great,
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SUBMOM2 7/21/2014 10:57AM

    Good for you for shaking things up a bit. I hope you have a great week!

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BOOKLOVINGGIRL 7/21/2014 10:56AM

    I don't blame you for keeping the specifics to yourself. I like that you're waiting to see how the plan works first.

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MRSP90X 7/21/2014 10:54AM

    Its a good solid plan to quickly lose body fat, not just weight loss AND keep the fat burning hormones burning on a low carb diet AND not letting the thyroid plummet from a long term low carb diet WILL do. If any one does low carb, this is the way to go to keep the thyroid still functioning by strategically placing in carbs at the right time . Like I said, I shared this with Beanies_Mom about a year ago. I have the whole pdf book of the plan. The only reason I couldn't do it is that with getting vertigo from progressive lenses, going to low of carbs triggers vertigo back, unfortunately. I also do a lot of weight lifting and got his Carb Backloading Plan, but still afraid of trying it and end up with vertigo, and besides, it is WAY more complicated than the Carb Nite Solution. Have you checked out his website at http://athlete.io/

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SEATTLE58 7/21/2014 10:54AM

    Thanks for "spilling the beans"!! One person's determination can sure rub off on others and I certainly hope that you'll be rubbing on me! We'll just keep pushing!! emoticon

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KATESCAPE 7/21/2014 10:40AM

    Try anything once, if you like it try it again....Good luck. emoticon

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KIN59VARA 7/21/2014 10:23AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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BRENDA_G50 7/21/2014 10:03AM

    emoticon Whatever works for you, just "GO FOR IT"!!! emoticon

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WHYTEBROWN 7/21/2014 9:54AM

    I'm sorry that you felt pressured to share your plan before you were ready because I understood your reasons for not sharing. It's emoticon though that in your sharing you were honest and open about your lack of any real data about the plan and you also made it clear that you weren't pushing it on anybody else. I truly hope that this plan is beneficial to you and that it can make your journey to your goal a little smoother or even faster. emoticon on exceeding your former attempt!! emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEMT 7/21/2014 9:34AM

    Stephanie you do what you need to do to get the scale moving to your satisfaction. I really like how you know you need to keep a check on your calories as well. I always try to keep my nutrients in check. Since I am on meds for a hypothyroid condition I have read on spark that it is a good idea for me to stay at the lower half of my carbohydrate range. When I do that I seem to be much more successful with my weight maintenance. LOL Of course, everything I do food exercise etc always plays into it! Can't seem to get away from that!
Fight on girl!! Woo Hoo you!

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BEANIES_MOM 7/21/2014 8:56AM

    I am happy to see it going well for you. I hope it continues to give you the results you want, and with all your hard work I have no doubt you will hit your goal. emoticon

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KANOE10 7/21/2014 8:49AM

    I hope your new plan continues to work for you. I moved to low carb eating to lose weight..however, like you I continued to watch calories as well as counting carbs.

You are doing well. You are right. This new plan is for you and you alone will decide if you want to continue it.

Good for you trying something new!

I liked your quotes. My husband and son do not understand why I like to count my steps. That is Ok. I do it anyway!

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FELINEBETTER 7/21/2014 8:29AM

    Hi Steph! You continue to amaze me. I just want to say though that despite your large fan club/following on here -- you are only accountable to YOU! While we all read the blogs of others to get to know them and learn from them, you are not obligated in anyway to write disclaimers for whatever you might be doing! Being open to new ideas and consistently dusting ourselves off and getting back up every time we fall -- that is what makes us successful. What makes you beautiful and lovable -- is just being YOU and I thank you for it!
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RAINBOWMF 7/21/2014 8:24AM

    emoticon let us know how this works out for you

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FIT4ME41 7/21/2014 8:20AM

    Interesting plan!

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VEG954 7/21/2014 8:18AM

  GREAT BLOG!
It has been my experience that when sharing weight/fitness with friends they have expectations of your progress.
I found that to be a negative.
I had lost 90 pounds and sharing my success with everyone.
It was a big mistake when the weight starting to creep up they were critical.
I felt like a failure. Gained lots of those lost pounds back and friends eagerly brought it to my attention.
Learned my lesson.
This time I am not sharing about my lifestyle change.
Friends are remarking about how great (not my ego talking) I look.
My response is just to say thank you.

I get more than enough support with SP.
This is what works for me.

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NANCYTUNBERG64 7/21/2014 8:00AM

    Thank you for the link.

Like you, I am a huge believer in a lifestyle change rather than a plan. However, I also believe that sometimes these plans get us excited again and kick start a sluggish metabolism.

Keep up the great work!!

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MYTURNNOW2013 7/21/2014 7:35AM

    emoticon Steph-knee!

You are off to a solid start. Keep going!

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NASFKAB 7/21/2014 7:07AM

  great

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AMARILYNH 7/21/2014 7:02AM

    Stephanie, I love your attitude about this change!! I suspect if you continue on it for a while, then are careful as you add back various foods, you will learn a lot about what your body will tolerate and what it won't.

Your attitude is exactly what mine was in January when I went on 'The Plan'. And it has been a life alternating thing for me. I pray this plan will lead you to the same happiness and satisfaction. Whether or not it does, I admire you for being willing to try new things until you find the one that suits YOU and YOUR lifestyle perfectly!! Hugs!!! emoticon emoticon

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5lbs Down & Lots Of Milestones On The Horizon...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014


I lost 5 pounds this week! emoticon emoticon I know I am kind of obnoxious about that, but that really never happens anymore, so it is exciting news. emoticon I do know the reason behind it, it's because I've started a new eating plan... I am not quite ready to spill the details, but it is an experiment in the making. If I do it long enough to form an opinion and have results from it, then I will share. I'm not trying to be secretive, but I have announced that I was doing various plans in the past, ended up quitting or deciding they weren't for me, then feeling like a failure having to announce to everyone that I "quit". So I think by not sharing the details, and knowing that no one is "waiting to find out how I did", it kind of takes the pressure off. So I am fully aware a lot/some/all of that could be water weight... but when you are getting back on track, seeing the scale go down for any reason is enough to get you motivated again.

Not only that, but I am 183.2, which is the lowest weight I've ever seen. I've gotten down to 185 several times, I was 184 for 2 seconds once, but this is the real deal this time and I'm excited!

I usually try to focus on 1 day at a time, or else I get overwhelmed. I don't want to jinx it, but I can't help but look to the future milestones that are sitting on the horizon.

emoticon I am 1.2 pounds away from my 90 pounds lost trophy! emoticon
emoticon I am 3.4 pounds away from being in the 170's for the first time! emoticon
emoticon I am 6.2 pounds away from my Disneyland goal: August 18 emoticon
emoticon And not to get too far ahead of myself, but I am 11.2 pounds away from reaching 100 pounds down! emoticon

Again, I don't want to get too far ahead of myself, I need to take it one day at a time. As I said before, I have been down to 185 several times, I panic and I start eating poorly. I don't know what it is, and I wish I could understand why, but this time is different. I feel truly excited to get to those milestones. I don't feel afraid, at least not right now. I don't feel like I need to eat or sabotage myself, I feel like I need to try my hardest to get where I want to go. Don't get me wrong, I won't get too comfortable, because that seems to be when the self sabotage or Binge Monster kicks in. I am going to keep my guard up, I'm going to proceed with caution, and I am going to work hard to reach my goals!

I have forgiven myself for all the bad days, weeks, months. I have forgiven myself for all the time I "wasted" fighting with the same 10-15 pounds. If you had told me in September when I hit 80 pounds down that I would be celebrating 90 pounds down some time 11 months later, I would have told you that you were crazy! Why would it take me 11 months to lose a measly 10 pounds?! But I see now that this journey isn't just a straight line, and there are curve balls, challenges and rough times. But the good news is, by not giving up, I still have the chance to reach 90 pounds down! Was it as soon as I would have liked? Of course not, but better late than never right?! emoticon So hopefully in the next week or 2 I will be celebrating that first milestone! emoticon emoticon


  
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NASFKAB 7/22/2014 1:21AM

  great job keep pushing

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TWIRLNYC 7/20/2014 6:01PM

  Excellent job!

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BORN2BMORE 7/20/2014 2:51AM

    Way to go on hitting your lowest weight! Thanks for sharing!

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REALITYCHECK86 7/19/2014 11:07PM

    I love that you always post motivational pictures/memes with your posts. The ones in this blog are 100% relevant to your blog. I like the pom pom kitties, lol "YAY ME"... adorable. Anyways, congrats on seeing progress! I know what you mean, even if it's water weight, it is still hugely helpful to see such a large decrease at this stage of the game. You are so close to so many milestones! This is the time to DO IT!! I know you will! If anyone deserves to hit those milestones, it's you! I hope your new eating plan goes well, and not to add pressure, but I hope I get to hear what it is soon!
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    emoticon So glad your new plan is working for you! emoticon

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PHATNOMO11 7/19/2014 8:26PM

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SANDICANE 7/19/2014 1:24PM

    Oh girlfriend...onward you go to your goals. And, when you're ready to share your new eating plan, could you share it with me too please?



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ZELLAZM 7/19/2014 8:31AM

    Good grief, I had to scroll forever to find the box to post in! Now I forgot what I wanted to say - oh yeah! YOU ROCK!

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    emoticon So happy for you!! emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 7/18/2014 11:54PM

    So much of what you wrote here could have come straight from me!
I'm on a rapid weightloss regime, too, it works for me and that us what counts.
As for getting scared and sabotaging yourself, no need for that! If you find when you get to your goal you need to put on some weight in order to feel safer, more comfortable, whatever, you have proved to yourself that you can put it on just as quickly as you like.
So, just keep trending down, and you'll get to where you want to be.
God luck to us both
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FOCUSD 7/18/2014 11:27PM

  glad you hit a mini-goal. keep it going

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KEELYDEUS 7/18/2014 8:41PM

    So proud of you and happy for you!

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YVETTEB57 7/18/2014 6:06PM

    Congratulations! I love you have it figured: so many pounds to this and so many pounds to that. Your weight loss is very impressive. Go for it!
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KBURGOS05 7/18/2014 4:23PM

    congratulation and good luck emoticon

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TIFFFIT 7/18/2014 3:22PM

    Great job! You are an inspiration to the rest of us...keep pushing!

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MOMTO6CUTIES 7/18/2014 2:49PM

    That's awesome so excited for you! You've done amazing!

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MOMMY445 7/18/2014 2:41PM

    that is so awesome! congrats!

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SWALSH329 7/18/2014 1:05PM

    congratulations! that's SO great! keep doing what you're doing! you've got this!

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KALISWALKER 7/18/2014 12:07PM

    I am cheering for you!

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  Your doing GREAT! Keep up the good work emoticon

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WHYTEBROWN 7/18/2014 10:30AM

    emoticon Such a victorious blog!! emoticon you so much for sharing this blog because there was so much truth and motivation in there that I NEEDED!! emoticon on being totally inspirational!! emoticon on that 5 lbs!!! WOW!! Obnoxious? No triumphant and rightly so!! Your lowest weight so far?!! emoticon Man I can't wait to celebrate all those upcoming milestones with you because I KNOW that you'll achieve them!! Just emoticon Keep being aware and keep your weapons ready to knock out the self-sabotage and binge monsters when they rear their ugly heads!! emoticon

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LILMOMMY22 7/18/2014 9:25AM

    Great Job!! I love your mini goals and taking one day at a time. I need to get better at that!! Have a great weekend!! emoticon

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AJB121299 7/18/2014 9:10AM

    nice

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SPEDIE1 7/18/2014 8:36AM

    I also set mini-goals as it keeps my eye on the next prize! I set one at least every 5 pounds, often with one in-between.

Keep up the good work!!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 7/18/2014 8:29AM

    Excellent post

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  emoticon Fabulous!

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SANDRA_E 7/18/2014 8:10AM

    Way to go! Even with all of the diet changes that haven't worked out, you are far from a failure. Congrats!

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CARRIELYN56 7/18/2014 6:51AM

    Way to go! I can't wait to hear the details!

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I agree, one day at a time is the way to go. But I'm seriously rooting for you and the Disneyland trip!!!!

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The Puppies & Rainbows Are Back & Better Than Ever!

Sunday, July 13, 2014


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I have been on this journey for close to 28 months (yes I count emoticon), and I often get distracted... it doesn't take much to distract me either! The scale can stall, I get distracted, get lazy, gain a few pounds. Or the scale even drops to an all new low number, I can respond the same way... I mean I'm doing so well, why can't I slack off a little? emoticon I also am easily distracted by food, oh something delicious is in the kitchen at work, well I might as well eat it today and get back on track tomorrow... emoticon



I have learned that for me, there is no starting over. I had stopped and started so many times, and that always meant quitting, gaining all the weight back, and then trying again. That is no longer the case for me. When I recommitted in March of 2012, I had decided it was going to be the final time! Sure, I had decided that EVERY TIME I had started over, but I was determined to do it for real-sies this time.. and I have!

I have messed up, lost my way, fallen in the pit of despair several times... but I have never once given up! I have not disappeared from Spark, I have posted my gains on my ticker (many times for that matter), consistently tracked my food and exercised... and just kept at it! There have been some really bad days and weeks, but there were also some good ones. Through the good and the bad, I realize one thing that is different... my attitude has changed. A bad day or week doesn't mean I have to give up entirely and start over in the future. It's called life. There's twists and turns, good and bad and you just gotta keep on truckin'. emoticon

A "fresh start" in my mind is different than "starting over." Sometimes we need a fresh start to get things going again. Sometimes we need to forgive some of the "bad days" and just focus on the here and now. So last Monday, I got a fresh start! I started counting my good eating days, and I forgave all the bad that had happened the week prior. Since then, I have been focused and doing well. The scale is already starting to come back down (after a hefty gain), and Saturday I completed day 6/6 on track! Boy does that feel good! Do I expect ALL the days will be great? No, but I do like having quite a few good ones under my belt. With each good day I get to add a rubber band to my rubber band ball, and I forgot how good that felt! It feels good to reach our goals, even if it's just a daily goal of staying in calorie range. Success is really just a bunch of small victories all strung together! So I am getting there, day by day, pound by pound... and that is how I know (not think, I know emoticon) that I will reach my goal weight! I can't tell you when, but I just know that with my determination, I will get there! emoticon emoticon emoticon



  
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AMARILYNH 7/16/2014 6:45PM

    Love these graphics - it truly is all about consistency!!

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SUNNYRAYE 7/15/2014 2:52AM

    Awesome :) I love puppies and rainbows - fancy that

Your attitude is awesome and so uplifting. I too started again last week monday. The first week was great. The weekend I fell off the wagon but here I am - starting again.

All the best my friend. I hope to see many more puppies and rainbows for both of us in the future.

By the way - can we add unicorns as well? emoticon

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SLIMMINGSHAY 7/14/2014 8:36PM

    That is fantastic! Thanks for reminding me that starting fresh is different than giving up.

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GRLTAZ 7/14/2014 8:08PM

    Good attitude ! Keep pushing and remember, it is not all up hill. Good with the bad is just life so I am happy to see you living in the moment.

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MCJOYFUL 7/14/2014 4:26PM

    Absolutely! Bad days are part of the journey, but they don't mean the journey is over. Way to go on getting back on track and on all your good days. May there be many more to follow! emoticon emoticon

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MRSP90X 7/14/2014 2:25PM

    Yes! Fresh start! Not start over! I am concentrating on a few weeks at a time instead of thinking of weeks of the journey. I am planning only a couple to a few weeks with my food planning and workout planning. My P90X is set in stone pretty, much, but I am also trying to add in a little more to get the scale moving a little more. Concentrating on setting mini goals every few weeks that will move me to my ultimate goals. Yes! emoticon and emoticon indeed!!
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SIMONEKP 7/14/2014 1:26PM

    you are awesome!

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REDSPIRALWOMAN 7/14/2014 12:31PM

    I agree with Minimoe1 - you read my mind. In fact, I just had a similar conversation with a friend this morning, telling her that this is just how I need to live. That I know I cannot 'go back' even for a bit - not for vacations, special events, sadness, depression etc. I feel that carbs just capture me, so even the few carbs I allow do not live in my house. They live in restaurants where I watch the portion and how often I choose to eat them. I also watch carbs at other people's homes - too much is available. But the biggest thing, as you so well stated, is the recognition that this is IT. Onward we go. Together. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MINIMOE1 7/14/2014 10:43AM

    You've read my mind emoticon A super blog with lots of aha's for this Spark "lifer". Thanks for your wisdom.

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LOVINGKATE 7/14/2014 8:30AM

  Puppies and rainbows I LOVE them. emoticon Blog!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 7/14/2014 8:13AM

    Puppies are looking pretty happy with that rainbow.... Glad the brain has been reset, and if you are doubting that, take a look at the before pictures in the last blog, SISTER... WOW, look at you! You are fricking amazing! Yes, Yes you, you can do it, you can do it all!!!

YIPPPEE for puppies and rainbows!

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GODZDESIGN95 7/14/2014 12:00AM

    YEP! YEP!

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RAINBOWMF 7/13/2014 11:26PM

    emoticon emoticon never give up

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MARITIMER3 7/13/2014 10:15PM

    You can do it, and you will!

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MAMAMOOSE54 7/13/2014 9:26PM

    Love your positive attitude-you are going to make your goal-I have no doubt about that!!!
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LINDAK25 7/13/2014 8:32PM

    Good for you! It's always great to have more good days!
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JCMSMILE 7/13/2014 5:42PM

  You totally rock!! Keep up the good work emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/13/2014 5:35PM

    Good job!!! This is spot on.

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INSILVERSCRIPT 7/13/2014 5:19PM

    I know the feeling. I was doing really well a few months ago and then accidentally injured myself. Eventually I just stopped exercising and stopped caring. The other day out of nowhere I decided I needed a fresh start, and I've had four days of activity (plus a day off yesterday to rest).

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POSITIVEHOPE 7/13/2014 4:29PM

    I love your fresh starts. Start with forgiving yourself, add in new inspiration, motivation and stir like crazy to get things going. When you don't know what else to do, stand in front of your mirror and lift your arms high in a victory pose crossing the finish line and tell yourself how good you look!
Awesome attitude!

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POSITIVEHOPE 7/13/2014 4:27PM

    I love your fresh starts. Start with forgiving yourself, add in new inspiration, motivation and stir like crazy to get things going. When you don't know what else to do, stand in front of your mirror and lift your arms high in a victory pose crossing the finish line and tell yourself how good you look!
Awesome attitude!

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WHYTEBROWN 7/13/2014 4:08PM

    emoticon blog and emoticon attitude!!!!! You are soooooo true that it's consistency and all those little steps that count!! emoticon on 6/6 days of reaching your goals and that scale going back down!! You're doing an emoticon job!!! You are SOOOOOOOOO right!! You WILL reach your goals!! emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEMT 7/13/2014 3:57PM

    Yea you girl!!! Fresh starts are great! I am so glad for you! You can and will get to your goal. Then I am confident you will be a maintainer!
I would like to say that once you are in maintenance even if you gain 5 or 10 lbs you are still in maintenance! So don't ever even think that you are a failure. Stephanie you will always always be a winner in my book and the book of spark! emoticon

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HOLLYM48 7/13/2014 3:57PM

    Great job and great way of thinking. It is a never ending journey and we are in it for the long haul. Take it one day at a time, one good choice at a time! emoticon emoticon

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SUSANELAINE1956 7/13/2014 2:35PM

    I totally agree with your fresh start sentiments. It keeps life interesting to shake things up a little. As long as you stay on a healthy course (for the most part - doesn't have to be perfect), you will get there. I know you will get there! emoticon

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    emoticon Puppies and rainbows all the way! Sending love to you! emoticon

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NASFKAB 7/13/2014 11:25AM

  great blog

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BRENDA_G50 7/13/2014 11:17AM

    emoticon emoticon I LOVE your idea of a "Fresh Start"!!! That's exactly where I am right now. I'm still logging my food and trying to be consistent everyday, but, sometimes life gets in the way and I take a detour now and then (like having to eat unhealthy food when I'm on the road away from home and I don't have that many healthy options to choose from. Even the food at the nursing home my mother is in isn't always the healthiest...at least I don't think so). I also loved the motivational pictures at the end.

Thank you for keeping everything real and not expecting perfection from yourself or others. My forecast for you is: emoticon emoticon and a Disneyland Pass!!! emoticon

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AMYSYOKO 7/13/2014 10:47AM

  emoticon emoticon thanks for once again inspiring me

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JAZZII4 7/13/2014 10:24AM

    emoticon emoticon Great way of thinking!

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REALITYCHECK86 7/13/2014 9:57AM

    This is such a positive blog!! I feel like I'm finally getting on to my fresh start as well! You're right you WILL get there! Keep going positive, and we can get there together!!
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FELINEBETTER 7/13/2014 9:55AM

    Steph -- your concept of a fresh start is exactly what consistency is all about! I have no doubt that you are going to hit your goal (although you may want to have a look at your original goal again) because your attitude shines brighter than those rainbows and puppy dog eyes!! You really & truly are amazing! I think they are rolling out the red carpet at Disneyland about now.... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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KATESCAPE 7/13/2014 9:21AM

    emoticon on putting 6 days of healthy living together! emoticon

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KANOE10 7/13/2014 9:03AM

    I like the term "fresh start". There are always times when we need to step it up a notch and get re-motivated on the health journey. You have made excellent progress in getting rid of the all or nothing mentality and simply accepting that there will be detours in your journey, but that you are still on the path of success.
6/6 days is great.

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WENDYANNE61 7/13/2014 8:50AM

    Big sigh of relief that you have had a brillant 6 days! So glad to see you are up and running again! Congratulations!

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JAMDRGN76 7/13/2014 7:05AM

    You hit it right on the nose. emoticon

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    You, my friend are emoticon !!!
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MARYBETH4884 7/13/2014 7:03AM

    I'm glad your journey is on the upswing!!! Attitude is so vitally important and you have a great one!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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123ELAINE456 7/13/2014 5:37AM

  Awesome!!! WTG!!! Keep Pushing Forward. YOU CAN DO IT!!! God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!! Coming Your Way. Take Care. Love The Quotes. Thank You.

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    Keep those puppies and rainbows coming - and kittens, too! emoticon

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Never Before Seen "Before" Pics! ;)

Thursday, July 10, 2014


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I let my weight hold me back from having my picture taken... not only that, but the few that were taken never really saw the light of day, because I looked fat and didn't need anyone to see that. I realize how silly that is now, if they knew me, they knew I was fat, they knew what I looked like, so there was no reason to hide it. But if you check my Facebook, all the pictures posted of me in that phase are at the perfect angle and perfectly cropped LOL! More importantly, there aren't very many of them. I regret that now, and it is also why I don't have very many "before photos". They just didn't exist... Most of the ones on my page in the green shirt are even from the same day.

I have been working on changing my perspective and having a positive attitude. I know that things can't always be emoticon's and emoticon's, and there are many things that I can't control in life... but I can control myself and my reactions to outside stuff... and I am choosing to be positive! So instead of looking how far I have to go, I decided to look at how far I've come. Then I thought, "It's such a shame I don't have other before pictures to look at"... Then I realized that some of my friends might have some on THEIR facebook pages. Yes that's right, I looked fat, so they were not on my page, nor was I tagged in those photos... as far as I was concerned they didn't exist. But when I found them, I was sure happy that my friends didn't listen to me when I asked them to delete them. emoticon Between the darker hair and the excess weight, I don't even recognize "the old me", and that is a really exciting feeling!


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JEANETTESTING 7/17/2014 9:11AM

    Look at you go!!!!!!

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KIM22211 7/14/2014 2:17PM

    you know you dont even look like the same gal! I am so inspired by you!!!!!

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SIMONEKP 7/14/2014 1:23PM

    Look at how far you've come!

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SANDICANE 7/14/2014 7:06AM

    What a difference!!! What a difference!!! You truly have transformed yourself and these pics are proof positive!



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TINAJANE76 7/14/2014 6:56AM

    I understand exactly what you mean. I would love to have more 'before' pictures as well, but like you, I often hid from the camera, untagged pictures on Facebook, etc. so I have large periods of time that are basically undocumented as far as pictures go. Congratulations on your great changes and on not recognizing your old self--I know exactly how that feels too and it's great!

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CICELY360 7/13/2014 11:21AM

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FREESPIRITME 7/12/2014 7:50PM

    You look much prettier with your lighter hair color. Congratulations on your weight loss!
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ZELLAZM 7/12/2014 4:01AM

    Yes, there's more light in your eyes now, too! emoticon

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MCJOYFUL 7/11/2014 7:03PM

    Waybto go!

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SHERYLP461 7/11/2014 6:53PM

    I do like the lighter hair a lot, also you have come so far since the before pics, good for you!

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CAROLJ35 7/11/2014 6:49PM

    THANKS FOR BEING SO HONEST!!!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/11/2014 4:21PM

    Amazing the difference. i wish I had before pictures but I never let anyone take pictures of me.

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ROADSAYLOR 7/11/2014 1:59PM

    You look great! Thank you for sharing your journey....it encourages me to stick with the program. Through you I can see that the hard work pays off!!

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NONNAOF2 7/11/2014 1:48PM

  What a wonderful transformation and a great job you have done in getting yourself healthy! Congratulations on your successes! :-)

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Thanks for sharing you have given others courage to do the same
One day at a time

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Oh good thing there is evidence. Isn't it better to see how far you've come than whatever is left? Oh boy! WOW

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JSEATTLE 7/11/2014 11:09AM

  I see visible, POSITIVE changes in you!! Way to GO!!

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HOLLYM48 7/11/2014 10:45AM

    Way to go on all the changes that you have made and how far you have come! I loved taking pics when we were out and about but like you I didn't like how I looked in them but I kept them anyway. Now I look at them and see how far I have come and love the new me! Keep up the great work!

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LCRUMLEY81 7/11/2014 10:33AM

  Congrats on the changes

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    Great job!

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RAINBOWMF 7/11/2014 9:40AM

    emoticon emoticon new attitude.
I went through the same thing.

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CFMOSS 7/11/2014 9:28AM

    You have done so well. Way to go and keep on going.

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CHRISTINECAN 7/11/2014 8:58AM

    Great new attitude!

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    Fun

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PENOWOK 7/11/2014 8:39AM

    Totally awesome, my friend!! I am glad you have the pictures to show what a glorious transformation you have made. ...and by the way, the transformation is not just physical!! You have made some rather significant changes in your thinking as well. It shows in your blogs!! Totally inspirational!!

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LEANJEAN6 7/11/2014 7:21AM

    You have done so well!!!!Lynda

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SHARON7464 7/11/2014 6:57AM

    You've come a long way....I see Disney in your future!

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    you look great. emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 7/11/2014 6:31AM

    Wow, you have done a great job!!

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BESSHAILE 7/11/2014 6:09AM

    I'm so glad you've come to see that the real Stephanie is so beautiful from any angle.

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Perfectly Timed Perspective...

Monday, July 07, 2014


I have been struggling for quite a few days now... I am not panicking yet... but it is getting close to that emoticon zone. So what happened today could not have come at a better time. But to paint a better picture... let me give you a little extra insight into today...

I am feeling bloated, crummy, TOM is coming any second, I feel like a fatty-mc-failure... made terrible food choices, and just feel all around blah! emoticon But then something happened... something that definitely threw me for a loop. A coworker that I don't see very regularly saw me, in free dress (so jeans and a tshirt instead of a baggy uniform) and said "Wow, you have lost so much weight! You look like a different person! I'm kind of freaking out right now, lol, it's amazing!"

I thought it was so nice of her, but being honest I always just blurt stuff right out... so I said "I've gained like 10 pounds!" Okay, exaggeration, I've gained about 5, but it just came out... and being me I made a joke "I can't even button my pants!" We had a good laugh... and I asked if they wanted anything from Starbucks, and yet another joke "because that's what I need when I can't button my pants, Starbucks." Another coworker having lost a lot of weight himself said "You still look amazing, you can have some cheat days now and again, you are doing great!" I thought that was so kind, I wanted to say I've had one too many "cheat days" this week, but I decided to take the compliment with kindness and not make a joke. It is just in my nature to crack a joke like that, but I do appreciate the compliments and always say thank you.

emoticon It really was eye opener, and a much needed one! I am not a failure, not in the least. I'm still "successful" at weight loss. Until the day comes that I throw in the towel and gain back all 80+ pounds, I am clearly doing SOMETHING right. I needed that reminder today, I needed that reminder that I look VERY different to everyone who knew me at my highest weight. Even if I don't feel amazing today, it doesn't mean I haven't accomplished some amazing things. It reminded me to be proud of what I have accomplished, and it reminded me that I need to have confidence in myself. Not just confidence in the way I look or the person I am, but confidence that I *KNOW* how to lose this weight. Every time I start to gain back some weight, I question everything. I question why I'm doing this, how I'm doing this, whether or not my plan works... but I have no reason to doubt myself or my plan. My plan works, when I do it... when I start gaining it's because I'm not following "my plan", plain and simple. I don't need a new plan, I just need to do it.

The other interesting thing about perspective is, to others, they see someone who has lost 80+ pounds, I see someone has recently been off track and has gained back 5 pounds. It is not because I think lowly of myself, it is because I need to keep things in perspective. I could easily shrug off 5 or 10 pounds stating "I've still lost 80 pounds"... I could be in denial about the weight gain and say "Everyone says I look great, so I don't need to worry about that", and I could do that all the way to where I've gained back 80 pounds going "how did I let this happen?!"

So just as balance is important in a healthy lifestyle, and honestly for most things in our lives... balance is important here. I have to find the balance between being proud of what I've accomplished, but not so much so that I turn a blind eye to regained weight. I can be happy to receive compliments, but I can't allow the compliments to justify my poor eating. I can't take it lightly that my pants are getting tight, but I am also not going to beat myself up for it either. I am going to take control, continue to attempt to get things back on track.. and continue to TRY each and everyday. All I can do is keep trying... I will keep trying to lose the weight, and one day I will have done it. Then I will try to maintain, for a lifetime... There will be fluctuations, there will be horrible awful days, but there will always be good, fabulous on track days too! I just need to remember that being healthy (and looking fabulous, I can't even lie emoticon) is something that I want so badly, that I will never stop trying! (And yes, you Star Wars people would say Yoda says "Do or do not, there is no try", but I'm not a Star Wars person emoticon emoticon)


  
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SIMONEKP 7/14/2014 1:29PM

    learning to not always look at how far we have to go takes some doing, accepting that we are indeed succeeding is also hard sometimes.

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REALITYCHECK86 7/10/2014 5:45AM

    Not only do you look fabulous, but you are an excellent writer. Even when you're not quite following your plan, and you're having a bad week, you still manage to post a blog that resonates with so many people. That in itself is a huge accomplishment. You are so motivational. Keep trying and keep writing. Take us along with you on your journey. And never forget just how AMAZING you are.
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VALIENDRA 7/9/2014 3:06PM

    Wow. So many comments. Not only is your blog helpful, the comments are too. All th efforts we've put into our journeys... and yet, we struggle to see how far we've come and we focus only on the "how far we still got" part. I used to think about it as a diet and not as a lifestyle change thought I read about it on SP and everywhere else. What changed? Perspective. There will be bad days and there will be times when I want to give up. But how can we give up on ourselves? on life? Do we really want to stop living because of how we think?
Sometimes, you just have to think outside the box. Perspective.. thank you for sharing!
Isabelle ☼

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 7/9/2014 1:33AM

    It really is a perspective....and the coworker summed it up...with such great timing for you! Sometimes our internal "feelings", like bloated, crummy, fat,blah, is just that....internal, but from others who are on our outside, it just isn't true!
You can do this...we can do this...let's walk it together and help each other through!
Hugs,
Mary

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SNOWYOGA 7/8/2014 11:17PM

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MALAMI518 7/8/2014 10:46PM

    Thank you so much for another wonderful blog! Congratulations on WOWing so many people.

This is what I really needed to read: "The other interesting thing about perspective is, to others, they see someone who has lost 80+ pounds, I see someone has recently been off track and has gained back 5 pounds." I tend to forget how much I've lost and see only what I've recently gained back or that I'm not quite where I want to be. I think I still envision myself as much heavier than I am, too. I need to remember perspective! Thanks for the reminder.

Great job getting things in perspective and getting back on track!

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LINDAK25 7/8/2014 7:00PM

    Yup. Just do it and don't stop!

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ADF1981 7/8/2014 2:02PM

    You definitely are successful! Keep trying! Like Dory says, just keep swimming LOL. It is easy to settle into justifying bad choices at this point I think. The point where I have come so far, but not quite where I want to be yet. I've been at this point before and ruined it in the past. This time I am hanging on, but I recognize that I have gotten a little relaxed about somethings with myself like tracking. We can do this!

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BESSHAILE 7/8/2014 6:26AM

    those "Wow" compliments are really so welcome, aren't they

sometimes they're all you need to veer off into the healthy choice when you're chugging down those bad choice backstreets.



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JAMER123 7/7/2014 9:45PM

    You are still WOWING people not only here but in real life.
You are struggling with the positive and negative feelings.
You are NOT a failure! The only failure we have is to quit!!
You are not a quitter!! Keep that chin up &work on that 5-10#.
You will set your goals so they are obtainable.
You ARE beautiful!!
You ARE kind and loving!!
You are AWESOME!!

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SARAHSTORY23 7/7/2014 8:37PM

    Thank you for your well-said words. I am just starting on this journey, and I did have exactly the reaction some other have had to your success: "Wow, 80 lbs. She's amazing!" And as far as the regain, I'm a dedicated watcher of weight loss shows, and I think those shows sometimes give me the wrong idea. Who has the time to work out 4 hours a day? Who consistently drops over 10 lbs. per week? People on T.V., that's who. We "real people" are going to have bad days, and I think you do a good job of showing that those days happen but are "beatable." Keep at it! You are encouraging to me.

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KOHINOOR2 7/7/2014 7:10PM

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1CRAZYDOG 7/7/2014 6:36PM

    Score for NSV's!

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CYPRIANARTEMIS 7/7/2014 6:06PM

    Thank you again for how well you put into words your insights. I felt like I was hearing my own voice so much while I was reading this. I also work to remember my success and take confidence from that but also to keep up new lifestyle habits.

I have also said many times to both myself and others that maintenance is a huge success!!

You have already lost 16 times the amount of 5 lbs. emoticon

I so understand the struggle with striking a balance with confidence, realism/awareness and not berating oneself. One day I will regain a few pounds, notice this and simply take the appropriate actions, there will be no need for all the mental gymnastics.

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Just wanted to add instead of seeing it as just keeping yourself afloat see it as a brief stopover at an island, or something similar, both can be true but one feels much more positive.

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POSITIVEHOPE 7/7/2014 5:48PM

    You have company in this leaky boat. Why don't I want to allow myself to lose any more weight? What has happened recently? What is going on? I have recently crossed one of those 10 pound mile markers. I have also dropped two clothing sizes. I have seen an improvement in my overall appearance. I am about 25 pounds from one of my major goals.
It feels like I've hit an invisible wall. I can't move forward until I get everything in alignment and I can't get a handle on what is out of kilter so I don't know what to do. For now, I am just trying to hold the line. It helps to know that I'm not the only one trying to stay afloat.

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LUVTOBOWL 7/7/2014 4:26PM

    You said the key word in your sentence...."all I can DO is try" so see you're part Yoda too. Lol

I'm like you, I'll never give up.

Just keep focusing on the fact that you're no longer where you started.

Hugs

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JUNEAU2010 7/7/2014 3:10PM

    Both perspectives are accurate and both are needed in order for you to keep moving forward. That reward, the acknowledgement from your coworkers, warmed your heart and I bet it inspires you to tighten down on your choices (food/movement/use of time) so that 5 pound gain doesn't sneak upwards. Once 5 pounds is ok, 7 is easy and 10 is here before you know it. (I did let that happen and I am now right back where I started...)

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GINA180847 7/7/2014 2:39PM

    It is true, your stuff is so great to read.

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SLIMMINGSHAY 7/7/2014 1:42PM

    Awesome read again! You should write for a living! Seriously!

Obviously, we don't give ourselves enough credit for how far we have come. You are absolutely right that we will all have good days and bad but that doesn't mean it discredits any of the work we did to get there.

Great job!

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AGGIEKBEAR03 7/7/2014 1:41PM

    Wonderful! Well Said!

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VEG954 7/7/2014 1:25PM

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AMARILYNH 7/7/2014 1:17PM

    p.s. LOVE that perspective quote!!

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AMARILYNH 7/7/2014 1:17PM

    'By George, I think she's got it!' (and in case you are too young to recognize that, its from 'My Fair Lady'.) EXACTLY!! You are defined by your success, not by a pesky 5 pound gain. Of COURSE you have to get back on plan to lose them again because as most of us 'career losers' can tell you (and as I'm pretty sure you know) if you don't they will be joined by some of their friends. But to the people SEEING you they DO NOT see those 5 pounds!! They see the BIG picture. So smile and say 'Thank You' ok?? Hugs, Marilyn

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SPEDED2 7/7/2014 1:03PM

    Your friends and co-workers see the positive results of your hard work: 80 pounds lost.

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BRENDA_G50 7/7/2014 12:58PM

    I can identify with what you're saying. It has always been hard for me to take a compliment, so I would always have a silly remark as a response, it sounds like you do too. I had to re-train myself to just say "Thank You" and let it go at that.

Stephanie, you are an emoticonperson and you should be proud of who you are no matter how much you weigh. Here are the reasons I think this: (1) You NEVER quit, even when you have bad days; (2) You NEVER give up!!! Our weight will always fluctuate, probably on a weekly or daily basis, so treat yourself as you would a best friend. There is no doubt in my mind that you are going to make your goal. After all, Disneyland is waiting for you!!! emoticon

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MINEA999 7/7/2014 11:49AM

    Thanks for the reminder - I'm in that 'gained 10 lbs back' category while people are still telling me I look great. I have still accomplished a 60 lbs if not 70 right at this moment and have to remember to be proud of that!

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CHELLEBELLE104 7/7/2014 11:18AM

    Great perspective! emoticon . Just keep pushing forward. You've got this girl. emoticon

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LOVINGKATE 7/7/2014 11:05AM

  emoticon for those coworkers!! You needed a mind set change and they gave you that. emoticon . You know what you must do and not to do but stop being so hard on yourself. You are so emoticon so emoticon emoticon snap my jean day is on it's way!! Have a great Monday. emoticon

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SUSANELAINE1956 7/7/2014 10:23AM

    Yay for your co-workers noticing and letting you know. It does sound like you needed to hear it ... and you are doing great! emoticon

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WHYTEBROWN 7/7/2014 10:12AM

    Really profound blog!! It's emoticon that you're learning so much about yourself on this journey!! emoticon emoticon

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MAMAMOOSE54 7/7/2014 9:52AM

    Be proud of what you have accomplished. I think you are emoticon and emoticon .




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FELINEBETTER 7/7/2014 9:34AM

    You know, Steph -- it's the old "the Starbuck's cup is half full or half empty" sort of thing! While it's important to keep your eye on the prize so to speak -- it's also important to recognize and acknowledge all you've accomplished. When you find yourself starting to panic or berate yourself -- stop and think about what you would say to a friend who is in the same predicament. I doubt you'd say, "Well you've sure made some bad choices, McFatty!" -- even though you(we) are probably guilty of talking like that to ourselves! No - you would probably say something like "Hey! So you've had a little setback! Did you forget you also lost 80+lb up to now, exercise more than you ever have and have made numerous changes to your life? We all slip and slide sometimes but what's most important is we get back up! You've done that and will continue to do that. I have all kinds of faith in you. You need to work on finding that for yourself! Have a glimpse at an old picture (a "before" pic) and see and feel how successful you've been! Disneyland awaits you! I for one am waiting for the pictures!!!! emoticon

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GODZDESIGN95 7/7/2014 9:13AM

    You have come a long way..... emoticon .

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WORKNPROGRESS49 7/7/2014 9:04AM

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PEGGY11 7/7/2014 8:58AM

    Your "perspective" is great and a perfect reminder to us all. Thank you.

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MYTURNNOW2013 7/7/2014 8:25AM

    It is not the five pounds that creates the problem, it's the not stopping there that does. You've got this under control and will be fine!

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ZORINIA 7/7/2014 8:22AM

    One of the hardest things for us to do is to stop looking at how far we have yet to go and instead realize how far we have come. It's so easy to be down on ourselves. It's harder to lift ourselves up. Try focusing on each day instead of the end goal. Did you make a good choice just then, can you change it if you didn't? Can you make a better choice next time. Did you give your all in that workout or did you just phone it in? It's hard to work out when we are tired or riding the crimson wave or just cause that jerk cut me off on my way home and now I'm in a bad mood... Those are the times when we should push through when we should make ourselves go do that workout, cause when you've given everything you have to that workout, when you are done and sweaty, your mood will have changed. You WILL feel better about yourself! You WILL feel accomplished! You WILL feel better and KNOW that you have done something amazing for yourself. You are such a strong woman. Keep Pushing, You've got this! We will get to our goals no matter how long it takes. That time will keep passing whether we work toward our goals or not. Might as well get off our duffs and do something!

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KANOE10 7/7/2014 8:22AM

    That is a good comment about needing to find the balance in weight perspectives. Yes, you need to stay positive and appreciate all of the healthy changes you have made by losing the 80 pounds. Yet, you also need to work on not letting 5 pounds turn into more and to not ignore them. I think the key is acceptance of yourself as having times when the scale will go up a few pounds.
You are doing a good job of staying positive!

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123ELAINE456 7/7/2014 8:20AM

  Well Satd. Keep Pushing Forward!!! You Can Do It!!! We are Behind You!!! Keep It Up!!! Love The Quotes.

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-LORI-B 7/7/2014 7:56AM

    We seem to be our worst critic. Sometimes it takes others to put things in perspective.

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NANCYTUNBERG64 7/7/2014 7:46AM

    The big picture does say it all!! That is wonderful to have people in your life to make those compliments to remind you.

You rock!!

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GRANJERRY1 7/7/2014 7:29AM

    That's my girl Stephanie back with a bang.... Yes you can and you will.... so true it's all about looking at the glass being half full not empty.... so you have lost 80+ lbs and that is what matter.....

Love you loads sweet heart.... don't ever ever ever give up.

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MARYBETH4884 7/7/2014 7:18AM

    emoticon emoticon Sometimes we get bogged down in the details and we lose sight of the big picture!! Remember the scale # is only one element of a healthy lifestyle, don't worry or panic at tighter jeans, but evaluate energy and stamina too. Just keep moving in the right direction at your own pace!! emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 7/7/2014 7:05AM

    but you are now aware of them! So give yourself a break and get back on that taking care of yourself

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ICECUB 7/7/2014 6:55AM

    emoticon WE ALL HAVE DAYS LIKE THAT. JUST DON'T GIVE UP. AND YOU WIN BY MOVING AHEAD.

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JUSTJENNN 7/7/2014 6:50AM

    Woot Woot!!!! What awesome compliments! And you ARE moving in the right direction....every road has a few twist and turns, bumps and potholes along the way, but we don't turn around and go back from where we come from because of it. We carefully tread until it smooths back out again and we can begin to speed up once more ;) As long as you are still moving FORWARD, you WILL get to your destination.
(And all that thought out just for you...before my first cup of tea! heehee!!) {HUGS!!!}

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WENDYANNE61 7/7/2014 6:25AM

    Yep, it all boils down to: "to try or not to try" - so lets decide to try today! All the best for today!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 7/7/2014 6:15AM

    I knew you would bounce back! emoticon

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MARYJOANNA 7/7/2014 5:16AM

  Keep on keepin on!

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NASFKAB 7/7/2014 4:51AM

  just keep at it we are rooting for you

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