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New Fur-Baby & Final January Check In...

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

So as my 7 million status updates have said, I got to bring home my new fur-baby Sparky today. The shelter kind of picked on him for his initial behavior upon getting dumped at the shelter, and he has some issues regarding fences (as in barking and growling to "protect you" from the person outside the fence). I have no fence, so problem solved. emoticon I work 12 hour shifts and would never wish that on a young, active dog, but when the alternative is that the shelter may very well put him to sleep, it makes it so my house isn't "as bad". On the flip side I am off 3-4 days a week and he will get plenty of love and attention. And him and Sheldon's "Mee-maw" live 5 minutes away and I know she'd be happy to sit with her grandkids on some of the nights I work. I don't want to jinx it, but so far so good with him and Sheldon. He is just learning that Sheldon is older and more fragile and can't play like he may want him to. But they have been fine. :)

If you are an animal lover like me, please keep your paws crossed that things continue to be emoticon 's and emoticon's between the pooches! emoticon

My final January check in... I've decided not to do this for February because, it's a little tedious, and I really doubt that anyone cares if I drank my 8 glasses of water or not... and trust me, I don't take that personally. emoticon It helped me to be accountable and it helped me to see the areas that needed work. I wanted to prove to myself I could stay accountable for 4 weeks and do this, and I have. emoticon I will still continue to kind of recap with myself to see the areas that need work, without going through the formalities of a blog. If I find myself slipping in any way though I may come back to it.

Oh and the other good news is, it looks like I'm going to have a 2 pound loss to contribute to my BLC team this week. emoticon That still puts me back to my dreaded 212.4 (have YET to make it under 212) but I'm really hoping once I get under it, my weight loss starts becoming more consistent again.

emoticon And the recap for January 23rd - January 29th emoticon

emoticon Track water and get a minimum of 8 glasses. 6/7 days.

emoticon Strength Training: 3/5 days... What I have learned from this is that my best chance at actually completing the lower body strength training is to include them on the upper body days. Maybe just to do them on 2 of the upper body days would work. That way it's a total of 3 days but just getting them all done at once.

emoticon Cardio: 7/7 days Been going great with that, a lot of it is contributed to the BLC because I want my fitness minutes points for my team. :) emoticon

emoticon 1000 Monthly Fitness Minutes: 1358/1000 emoticon emoticon emoticon And the month is not even over. My first 1000 FM trophy since October. I plan to keep the momentum going. emoticon

emoticon Track Food: 7/7 days emoticon

emoticon Stay In Range: 5/7 days This is definitely a huge improvement from last week, but still plenty of room for improvement. I'm getting there, slowly but surely, the redeeming quality is the 2 days "over range" were 1988 calories and 2115, whereas last week they were about 2300 and before that the "over days" were 3000+. So I've definitely improved tremendously.

emoticon Blog about goals once per week: This is it, so emoticon

Overall: 85%

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JUSTLIKEALICE 2/2/2013 12:04AM

    wooohooo you are awesome girl!

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HEATHERFREE 1/30/2013 10:59PM

    yes! your doing awesome! great job on the fitness minutes!

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TIMELAG 1/30/2013 9:15PM

    Congrats on the new baby! He is adorable. I hope Sheldon enjoys him, too. And congrats on the loss!

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CHICAT63 1/30/2013 5:34PM

    emoticon you can do it, remember always look forward and not back ! I am sure the dogs will get along it is always a new experience for both. emoticon

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MERRY_XMAS 1/30/2013 1:55PM

    I hope your dogs will get along even better than now! You did a great thing, taking Sparky!

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JACOBSBELOVED 1/30/2013 1:25PM

    First off, I love all the "Big Bang" references!

Your new baby already looks so at home! I hope everything continues to go smoothly.

So exciting to see you lost 2 lbs! It's back at that dreaded 212 but if you can keep pushing from here, you will not be disappointed. I can't wait for you to move past this number because I know it will make you feel so good! Pink ipod and Onederland are right around the corner!

You are doing so awesome on your eating and your exercising! Your team must be so happy you are on their side. :)

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JESSICA_STULTZ 1/30/2013 1:15PM

    Glad to hear your pups are getting along! And definitely glad you rescued Sparky. I can't go to the Humane Society without wanting to take them all home. Wish I could! As for your weight loss.. I have no doubt that by next weeks weigh in you will be under 212!

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ATTACKFATCAT 1/30/2013 12:07PM

    What a sweet puppy! I really hope they continue to get along well. It sounds like you have a great plan in place for the days you work, so I'm sure he'll be fine. And great progress in January with your goals!

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BETHIEBOOPS 1/30/2013 11:32AM

    Oh yay! your dogs are adorable! Way to go on goal meeting- there is nothing wrong with coming back to written checks if you feel the need to later :)

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ADARKARA 1/30/2013 8:02AM

    So sweet! I do hope for puppies and rainbows between the two!

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BLUENOSE63 1/30/2013 7:32AM

  As someone who has an 8 year old small rescue dog and 2 year old big dog, I found the little dog let the big know who was boss pretty much from day !.....lots of posturing for position but little dog won! You can see them on my Spark Page.....there is a 60lb difference.


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COOKIE_AT_51 1/30/2013 7:28AM

    emoticon Love the picture of him in his bed ... thank you for adopting a shelter pet! emoticon

And a big emoticon on posting and achieving your goals!

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BOGUSANNIE 1/30/2013 7:19AM

    Alright then.... This is a blog for the woohoo jar! Well done and welcome home Sparky!!!!!!

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GRACEMCC45 1/30/2013 7:05AM

    OMG I love that your dog's name is Sheldon and he has a Mee-Maw. I have big big love for Big Bang Theory!!!

Awesome January - especially those minutes, you rock!

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LISAN0415 1/30/2013 6:39AM

    Great work and welcome Baby Sparky!

He's lucky to have a great home!


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LRSILVER 1/30/2013 5:02AM

    Great job. Consistency is the key. Enjoy your new puppy.

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KAESEA78 1/30/2013 4:39AM

    I love that you named your new baby Sparky ; ) he looks like he is just making himself at home. 2 Pounds is awesome and I know you will break that 212 soon. I hope you enjoy your days off and hope you keep us updated *wink, wink* after Thursday-I'm nosey and a true romantic, sorry lol. Keep up your overall awesomenss!! Love ya

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NYXWOLFWALKER 1/30/2013 4:38AM

    ::grins:: hope your new pup adjusts to his new home without any issues

one thing with the new pup he'll make sure you get out there and get those walks in!

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I don't want to jinx it, but I think the FOOD POLICE have RETIRED!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

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So I don't want to jinx anything, but my work had the WORST food police ever! But I realized that they must have turned in their badges emoticon and moved on. I think part of this is due to some intense drama with a recent break up in the work place and that everyone is pre occupied with that (thank goodness!), but it even goes to before that.

In the last few weeks I have not heard any of the following:
Should you be eating that? emoticon
One cookie won't kill you! emoticon
Should you really be having a donut? emoticon
Well, it's okay to eat bad some of the time. emoticon

I get both ends of the spectrum. I have people that want to feed me and people who want to analyze everything I put in my mouth. I know for a fact there were many people wondering how long until I was "off the wagon" and I can confidently say 10 months in they've given up on me gaining my weight back.

The questions about "are you losing weight" have stopped emoticon and no one really comments on it anymore. That is a relief to me, compliments are always nice, but I like being back under the radar where I like to occupy most of my time. emoticon It's kind of like they have accepted 214-pound-Stephanie (give or take a few pounds) as the new Stephanie, and I like that a lot. I also haven't lost weight in a few months, and now that I am on the losing trend again, I kind of like that I will be able to lose probably another 20 pounds before anyone notices me getting smaller. I'd really like to fly under the radar until I get to 170 and then come in free dress one day that really shows my progress and just be like BAM, here I am. LOL. (We wear uniforms at work but have free dress on Sundays) But we'll see what happens.

I just wanted to share my joy, because being able to eat anything from broccoli to an ice cream cone and not be questioned is amazing in these parts!

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OHSNAPITZKAT 1/29/2013 10:28PM

    Congrats mamaz! May I suggest that when you get down to you 170lbs and just buy the most bangest dress in the world that's a really nice color on you and just show off!

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CORTNEY-LEE 1/29/2013 9:53PM

    I am glad that they are focused on other stuff.

You are doing such an awesome job! Keep up the great work!

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LISAN0415 1/29/2013 9:11PM

    Oh my goodness, this is why I didn't tel many people I was on this journey! I hate when they say "You should try this, my sister did this diet..." Or "wow you eat a lot of carbs...", "and the "Should you be eating that?!" JUST KILLS ME!

You are doing great, so proud of you!


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MELLABELLAS 1/29/2013 9:04PM

    Food police are the worst! Like it's any of their business! Glad to hear that they are preoccupied!

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FAT2GAINHEALTH 1/29/2013 5:24PM

    You can do it. I hate when people like to sabatage my efforts or go overboard the other way as well. emoticon

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HEATHERFREE 1/29/2013 5:07PM

    i think this is something that is going to get you down to onederland! Because really it messes with your mind more than you think when you have people saying all those different things all the time. I think you function much better being under the radar!

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GRACEMCC45 1/29/2013 8:24AM

    Hahah oh Stephanie - this is great! What a relief that they've buggered off!! Yahoo!!

Enjoy your SUPER awesome birthday week - very excited for you and can't wait to hear how it all goes!!

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ADZY86 1/29/2013 6:15AM

    Urgghhh what is with people?! I had food police EVERYWHERE at my old workplace! It was very annoying. They saw me go from eating anything and everything, to being more disciplined and not indulging in the snack cupboard all day long like them, and it was daily chat about what I was and was not eating. Thankfully I've changed jobs and they know no different here. Gives me motivation to not slip back into my old ways, because that would probably start the talking again.

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IMSOOZEEQ 1/28/2013 11:24PM

    It is really funny to me that you have had so many different types of police tracking you! Are you riding dirty? lol You are so funny but I can relate to all the "police" watching and pushing and reading you your rights on the food you eat or don't eat. Why can't people just ...okay you know what I am going to say. We have talked about it time and time again! lol

Maybe they got busted for being "dirty cops"! lol Okay you know I love my cop shows! lol

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SCHNOOTIE 1/28/2013 8:40PM

    You make me laugh. Nothing like new gossip to have some peace and quiet around the work place is there, lol?

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WHOVIANGIRL23 1/28/2013 12:13PM

    Very nice that the food police are gone, they are the worst!!

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ATTACKFATCAT 1/28/2013 11:27AM

    Oh wow, I cannot believe anyone would have the nerve to say "Should you be eating that?" People really need to mind their own business! I'm glad they've decided to move on though to other things. Probably because you didn't react or let them get to you. It's just the equivalent of high-school bullying on an adult level.

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    emoticon But YOU are your own Sheriff and you don't need any stinkin' food police to monitor YOU! Glad you recognize that. I can't wait to read the follow-up when you next strut in owning the NEXT chapter of your journey to a fitter, healthier YOU! YOU are writing this story and you know it's a life style and journey not a diet where there are any emoticon "can you" or "should you" eat that. If you want to and you plan it (even if you didn't); it's up to YOU! emoticon emoticon

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BOGUSANNIE 1/28/2013 1:08AM

    There's at least one in every crowd!

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JESSICA_STULTZ 1/28/2013 12:59AM

    I hate when people start to analyze my foods. I can eat what I want.. in moderation. Some people don't realize there is a difference between a diet and a change in eating habits. As for the compliments.. I don't mind them now.. but I know that will eventually change. You are making amazing changes to your body that nobody else can understand. Maybe that was driving them crazy. Haha.

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WEBEZE 1/27/2013 8:29PM

    Glad to hear the food police have backed off. emoticon

It gets so old when people have to stick their nose in other's business all the time. Since I have stalled out the last 3 months no one has asked me if I am still losing and most don't pay attention to what I am eating or not.

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STARSUB99 1/27/2013 2:48PM

    Thank goodness those wrotten food police have hit the road! Don't you just hate it when everyone is commenting and focussing on your food intake??? The looks. That's what makes me crazy.

Just do your thing and keep losing weight and when they notice the next 20 lbs down - then just give them the big smile!!!!!!!!!!

Go get em! Make sure you take pics on free dress day when it comes around - and take a few pics of coworkers stunned faces - that you are even thinner !
Go Stephanie Go!

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MERRY_XMAS 1/27/2013 11:02AM

    My dad is my food police... And he keeps giving this disappointed look when I eat something which he thinks is "bad", like an extra piece of chocolate, although I have totally tracked it. He believes that you have to eat REALLY SMALL PORTIONS in order to lose weight, he still doesn't get the tracking system.
For now, we keep away from each other's hair, we agree to disagree about the method. emoticon
Whatever people may say, losing is easy comparing to maintenance. And it seems you are doing a great job in both of them! emoticon
Well done!

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AMCLELLAN 1/27/2013 8:41AM

    You can do it! Glad to hear those people are off your back.

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    Looking forward to your report when you wow them on Free dress day.

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WEARINGTHIN 1/27/2013 3:03AM

    I went completely off for the last couple of days. I have had carbs galore. Not a word came out of my wife. It was amazing. Tomorrow, I will be right back to low carb eating. Could someone tell my why continued, consistent weight loss is so hard? Good luck to you. Glenn

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BETHIEBOOPS 1/27/2013 3:02AM

    WOOP! You are probably spot on- everyone's probably gotten used to the "new" in progress you, and will probably no longer care what you eat after the newest gossip. People are broken, and they like to see other people fail (it makes them feel better about failing themselves!) so now that they see you aren't going to fail, it's no big deal to them anymore. (at least I hope so!) You are going to look fabulous in that new dress at 170 lbs!!

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EATVEGAN 1/27/2013 2:52AM

    It amazes me that people would actually say "should you be eating that?" That takes a lot of gall. I'm used to the ones who say "one cookie won't hurt you." They are clueless, but kind. I'm afraid that even though I try not to hurt anyone's feelings and am a Christian, I might have to have a rude comeback to the other group. Glad you're slipping through the enemy lines. Can't wait for that day you come in with the fab dress on. Be sure to share. emoticon

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January Check In #3...

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Yes, I'm becoming one of those people that blog more than once a day. emoticon And no offense if you are one of those people that blogs multiple times I day, I enjoy it, it gives me something to read. emoticon

Anyways, just my check in, nothing exciting but it is really helping me to see where I need improvement. emoticon

emoticon And the recap for January 16th - January 22nd emoticon

emoticon Track water and get a minimum of 8 glasses. 6/7 days.

emoticon Strength Training: 3/5 days (I keep skipping the days where it's lower body, but keep getting the arm days done. I will work on this)

emoticon Cardio: 7/7 days (Two "rest days" but include walking) emoticon

emoticon 1000 Monthly Fitness Minutes: 873/1000

emoticon Track Food: 7/7 days emoticon

emoticon Stay In Range: 3/7 days emoticon I knew this wasn't going to be good, but I didn't realize how bad it truly was until just now. The good news is, when I was going over range previously, that could mean a 3000+ calorie day, I have significantly lowered that to where a "bad day" might be 2300. It's a step in the right direction but the #1 focus of this next week is going to be getting my eating back to what it needs to be.

emoticon Blog about goals once per week: This is it, so emoticon

Overall: 79%, definitely needs improvement and food choices and staying in calorie range are the main goals for this next week.

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IMSOOZEEQ 1/26/2013 3:54AM

    emoticon I like seeing that you are continuing to do your weekly update blog and that after you put the results, you give an "analysis" of each thing. That shows that you are really seeing where things need to be changed and where you are making progress. You are right that although there were days where you went over on calories, the totals are no where near what they were and that is great!

You are doing it my friend and I am so proud of you!


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MERRY_XMAS 1/24/2013 10:22AM

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LRSILVER 1/23/2013 4:49AM

    You are being accountable. Now start meeting your goals. You can do it.!!!

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LIBELULITA 1/23/2013 3:58AM

    I'm impressed. Out of curiosity, why do you skip the lower body days? Do you find that harder? Keep up the good work and look forwards to seeing how you get on this week emoticon emoticon

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BETHIEBOOPS 1/23/2013 1:43AM

    I know it's mostly for you to keep track of yourself and stay accountable, but I still think you are doing great. I'm with LisaN up there (or down there?) planning your meals can help stacks. It didn't work for me, because I'm too flighty and "inspired" (or something) but it can really help to get out of a rut. Hubby has decided to try and lose weight, and I've been telling him SMALL STEPS. I think he gets irritated, but really, this is the key, Can you ID what is causing the extra calories? Sometimes it's emotional, but sometimes it's the brand of ice cream you are treating yourself with. Are you eating out more? etc etc. Sometimes it's easier to squeeze out the behaviour causing high cal days with good behaviours than to "eat better".

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JACOBSBELOVED 1/23/2013 1:43AM

    You're doing good! I love how much lower the bad days are!

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LISAN0415 1/23/2013 12:12AM

    Hey- you are definitely improving, and holding yourself accoutable.

I'd like to make a suggestion that has Truly helped me, and maybe it will help you:

Plan what you will eat the night before.
Before I go to sleep, I plan what I wil eat the next day based on what I have in the house and within my range, I even leave about 150 "extra of healthy snacks, in case I get hungry.
Here's a typical day for me:

1st Meal (Breakfast (except I work 7 pm -7am, so my schedule is different than most)
1 Egg - about 70 calories (either hard boiled or scrambled)
Light Yoplait Yogurt -90 calories
2 Jimmy Dean's or Bob Evans Light Turkey sausage links about 70 calories
1/2 cup strawberries- about 45 calories
275 calories so far

1st snack 2-3 hours later:
Apple slices about 45 calories
1 Sargento Light Colby Jack cheese stick 60 calories
Total snack : 105 Total so far 380 calories

Mid day meal/Lunch:
Progresso reduced sodium chicken and veggie soup: 140 calories
Cucumber slices: 35 calories
2 ounce slices Sara Lee deli reduced sodium turkey breast: 60 calories
Jello sugar free chocolate pudding: 60 calories
Total lunch: 295 calories total for day so far: 675

2nd or afternoon snack:
Baby carrots about 5 oz: 35 calories
2 Tbs Oasis Garlic Hummus: 35 calories
1/2 ounce of almonds ( about 13 almonds) 60 calories
snack: 130 calories Total: 805 calories so far

Leaves me 400-650 calories for dinner :)

1 6 oz boneless skinless chicken breast baked: 210 cal
1/2 cup sweet peas: 60 calories
small-med baked potato- 160 calories
1/4 cup low fat shredded cheese on the potato: 80 calories
dinner: 510 calories

Total: 1315 calories well within range, and I still have a little over 100 left if I need a healthy snack like yogurt or low fat string cheese

And that's a lot of food!
Planning one day ahead really helps me stay on track. otherwise I just might grab things on the go, or if I track AFTER I eat, I find I went over my range without realizing it.

If you notice too, I tried to get a lot of protein in there. 5 servings of fruits or veggies and some calcium and healthy fats (like almonds)

I hope that helps you!


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AHTRAP 1/22/2013 10:43PM

    Yeah, I'll say you're nailing the "blog once per week" goal emoticon

You're in the ballpark with most of the rest, except for that one guy who's still tailgating out in the parking lot...good luck bringing that goal into line!

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JESSICA_STULTZ 1/22/2013 10:28PM

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GOPINTOS 1/22/2013 9:54PM

    Thanks for sharing!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
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JUSTLIKEALICE 1/22/2013 9:07PM

    Awesome Job!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAMBABY0 1/22/2013 8:52PM

    Your getting there keep it up

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If I Quit... (Letter To Myself)...

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Hey, Hot Stuff!

Okay, so I wouldn't normally call you hot stuff, but that picture was too cute to resist! emoticon So you haven't had me on your case for a while, and I'm sure you hoped you wouldn't be hearing from me. The thing is, I know you better than, well, anyone! emoticon You can't lie to me or try to downplay how you are feeling, because I know the truth!

Let me tell you how you are feeling. You are feeling so many conflicting emotions, I don't even know where to start. Let's start with frustration. I know right now you are frustrated with the fact that you have weighed about 214 since Halloween. We all know what happened, you got down to 212, claimed your 60 pounds lost emoticon, and within a matter of a few days shot right back up to 214. You thought about giving up your trophy but you figured you'd be right back to 212 soon enough. Well I got news for you, it's the end of January and you are still hovering around 214. So part of you is extremely frustrated to not be making any progress.

But on the flip side of that you are a little proud... proud because by now you would have given up! You are about 10 months into this journey, and while you have not lost any significant weight in the past few months, you haven't gained any either. You got up to 218 for a hot minute, but right back down. Then up to 216 and now back down to 214ish. For someone who was previously a quitter, that's pretty freakin cool. You very easily could have gained back 20-30 pounds in that time if you had thrown in the towel, but you didn't.

But even with some sense of accomplishment, I find that you are reminiscing about "the old you". You know the one, the 272 pound Stephanie who ate whatever she wanted and could have won the gold medal in the Couch Potato Olympics. emoticon That Stephanie got to eat large quantities of greasy, salty food and had fast food essentially everyday. That Stephanie never had to weigh or track her food. That girl never gave a thought to how many calories were in anything, that girl found nothing wrong with days consisting of sitting unless she absolutely HAD to get up and do something. That girl didn't have a care in the world.

But wait a minute, you are only remember HALF OF THE STORY!! emoticon emoticon That girl weighed 272 pounds, and was miserable because of her weight. She would lay in bed each night and wish she could lose this weight. In fact, she wasn't even comfortable in bed, she felt like her neck fat was swallowing her neck and even had trouble breathing because the weight on her chest was so heavy. Turning over in bed felt like an Olympic sport.

That girl tried every diet under the sun, only to come back even heavier. That girl hated going anywhere because she knew everyone was staring at her, and many times she could even hear the comments. So when you have thoughts of going back to that lifestyle, make sure you are looking at the BIG picture.

Yes, you can have days filled with being lazy, lounging all day and eating all sorts of delicious greasy foods, but with that comes weight gain, torment, physical exhaustion, emotional turmoil and many other things. So when you think about taking the "easy" way out, you need to think it through.

If you chose to go back to your old ways, you will NO LONGER BE ABLE TO:
emoticon Say that you have lost almost 60 pounds.
emoticon Walk up your stairs without feeling the need to rest.
emoticon Walk laps at work and not get tired after 1 or 2.
emoticon Receive compliments from people at how much progress you have made.
emoticon Wear the smaller clothes you have recently purchased.
emoticon Walk around at the grocery store or other place without getting sweaty.
emoticon Say that this is the first time on a weight loss journey that you haven't quit!

And you will NEVER be able to:
emoticon Reach Onederland and get that ipod touch!
emoticon Get to your goal weight!
emoticon Get out of plus size clothing.
emoticon Feel GREAT about yourself and look great while feeling great!
emoticon Get back your confidence you lost from gaining all this weight.
emoticon Truly be at peace with yourself and your body.

So the decision is yours. I know you, and you are a stubborn little thing. It doesn't matter anyone else says, because at the end of the day you will do whatever you want. So make your choice, but when you do it please remember that the 272-pound-Stephanie...

was not a very happy Stephanie. I trust you will make the right choice! emoticon

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EATVEGAN 2/1/2013 9:04PM

    Love the kitty! Focus on the things you're doing right. I lost 50 and regained 15. When you're going up instead of down l5 feels like 50. Libelulita is right. When you're going up the weight is far worse feeling. You did amazing to plateau instead of gaining. I'm proud of you. Glad you recognize that for yourself. emoticon emoticon

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IMSOOZEEQ 1/26/2013 3:48AM

    Steph, this is such a great letter to yourself. This is something that you need to read in those moments when you are struggling with those food choices. This is what you should read when you get down on yourself about your progress. It is right on point! I can relate to much of what you said.

You are making great progress and I am seeing so many positive things happening for you in this process. You are learning so much about yourself and seeing just what the past choices have done to hold you back but look at all that you have accomplished. You are such a stronger person than you were before and you are getting stronger and more confident each day.


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MERRY_XMAS 1/24/2013 10:20AM

    What an amazing letter... Thank you so much for sharing!
Well done for your progress!

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IRONBLOSSOM 1/23/2013 2:15PM

    GREAT idea and GREAT progress! I've been depressed because I only lost 20 pounds last year and over the holidays and a vacation I gained ten of them back! You've lost SIXTY!!! That is AMAZING and you should be proud and keep focused. It does suck to have to count calories all the time, and it takes more work to avoid the drive through in favor of the vegetable aisle...but it's so worth it! Remember the bad with the good and you'll never give up. :-)

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TERRIH8118 1/23/2013 11:50AM

    emoticon Great blog.

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ATTACKFATCAT 1/23/2013 10:49AM

    It's frustrating when you hit that "XX pounds lost" mark and then you go right back up a few pounds. The thing is, you still lost that weight, which can do it again! So there's no need to get rid of the trophy because you actually did lose that weight!

Print this letter out and keep it by your bed, couch, where you might need a pick-me-up. I'd also print the picture out of the kitten meme and put it on your bathroom mirror. Not only will it help give you a smile, it'll give you a visual reminder of this letter and where you want to be.

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BOGUSANNIE 1/23/2013 7:37AM

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WEBEZE 1/23/2013 2:17AM

    Awesome Blog. Words to live by. I have been feeling stuck myself. Weight is within 2 pounds of my last doctor visit in October. I have been so bummed not knowing how to get unstuck. Wonderful words to keep me going. I may be stuck, but I haven't given up this time, and the weight hasn't shot back up. Good things to remember.

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TEGOCHU 1/23/2013 12:09AM

    This is such a great idea! It's so easy to think of only the bad thoughts going through our minds, so it's awesome writing out all the great things about ourselves! This is the perfect thing to look at whenever you even consider giving up.. you've come way too far to give up now!! Maybe your body's just gotten used to certain exercises and you need to change up your routine? Or lower your calories a bit? Either way, I'm sure you'll work it out! Keep it up! :) emoticon

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HEATHERFREE 1/23/2013 12:05AM

    LOVE LOVE LOOVE this!!! You can do it, one day at a time, you WILL keep moving

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DUMBBELLE84 1/22/2013 8:10PM

  Really great blog, Stephanie. When our weight hasn't changed much over what seems like a long period of time (because now we're actually trying!!) its so easy to forget how we felt before. I think I'm going to have to write a letter like this sometime too.

Thanks for being you. You are an inspiration to many for your honesty, determination, and imperfection. One day very soon, the Stephanie on the outside will more accurately reflect the Stephanie on the inside. You are absolutely deserving.

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PUNKADOO 1/22/2013 3:17PM

    Wow! You encapsulated so much of what I have been feeling! Thank you so much!

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LISAN0415 1/22/2013 3:03PM

    You have come so far, and you know you can do it! If you can lose 50 + pounds, you can do anything!!!


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EMMAEKAY 1/22/2013 2:43PM

    EXCELLENT BLOG! Love this, love you!

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RWILSON19 1/22/2013 2:22PM

  All I can say is wow, you are so moving. I almost cried because Im the same way

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JACOBSBELOVED 1/22/2013 1:43PM

    I love this letter! We all need to give ourselves a pep talk every now and then, and who better to give it than someone who has been where you've been? Like you said, you can't downplay feelings to yourself so who better to pick you up than the one person who knows everything? :)

I want you to get through this plateau so bad! I want you to feel better and I know it would give you so much inspiration all the way to Onederland!

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GEMINIGEM6 1/22/2013 1:18PM

    I love this. What a great way to remind yourself of all you've accomplished and what you don't want for yourself anymore in such a loving way! You are gonna go all the way. This is just part of the journey and you are quick to reel it back in. Just don't ever quit! That's the only way you won't reach your goals! Just b/c you've hovered around the same weight for a couple of months is not a bad thing at all. You haven't gained either! That in and of itself is a great accomplishment. Believe me...I def know! Lol. Cuz I DID gain weight back. I am on my way back down though and I am not quitting either and seeing you do the daggone thing makes me feel I can do it too! :)

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JESSICA_STULTZ 1/22/2013 12:13PM

    Your smile in the picture seems only like a half-smile.. almost like you were reluctant to even take the picture. You have definitely be come a more happy Stephanie with the weight loss. You can tell the confidence it has given you. I remember some of the sufferring I went through. I remember taking my kids swimming at the lake and when we were up on the beach building sandcastles.. this group of people mooed at me. Not all at once but I think they were trying to make sure I heard. I didn't acknowledge them but they have no idea how much that stung. And I definitely remember everytime someone laughed.. I felt like they were laughing at me. We know you are not going to give up.. You've got to get that Ipod Touch and can you just imagine telling people that you've lost 100 pounds? I know you said your goal was 180 for the time being.. but may go to 170. That'd be over 100 pounds lost.. and we know emoticon . emoticon

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KASTASTROPHY 1/22/2013 10:58AM

    and you will never be able to dress up like cinderella all hot like!!! =D And i WILL see that from you soon!!!!

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TIMELAG 1/22/2013 10:45AM

    I love your blogs! I am 100% confident that you won't go back to the old Stephanie. Please read your own words to yourself often. They are powerful, and so are you!

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WOOHOOFORYOU 1/22/2013 10:36AM

    I love this. I love your attitude and self-love!

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JUSTLIKEALICE 1/22/2013 10:17AM

    You are beautiful. :)

(Everything else was already taken!)

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NUTZ4HARRY 1/22/2013 10:05AM

    Awesome blog!! It is great when you put it all out there!! emoticon

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JECKIE 1/22/2013 10:00AM

    You are amazingly awesome! Keep it up!

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MAHGRET 1/22/2013 8:50AM

    Thanks for sharing, this really made me think.

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AMARILYNH 1/22/2013 8:10AM

    This is an amazing blog - reading it started my day off JUST RIGHT!!

YES - concentrate on how much more fit and healthy you are feeling since losing weight!! How you look is just a small part of the picture. The people who love you care WAY less about how you look than how you FEEL!! Not getting out of breath is HUGE - feeling fit is HUGE!!

NOT GAINING is HUGE!! Consider that you've been giving your body a chance to adjust to your new lower weight - as any of us who spent our lives yo-yo-ing can attest, NOT GAINING ROCKS!!

You are strong - you can do anything you decide to do!! Just keep eating healthy food and keep MOVING - you WILL reach your goals and you'll feel great while you are doing it!! emoticon

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LIBELULITA 1/22/2013 7:35AM

    And as someone who went from 253 to 132 pounds last year and then right back up to 201 pounds let me tell you you think you remember 272 pound Stephanie but you only half remember. I thought I remebered until I've got back here and even though I 've still lost over 50 pounds I can tell you it's twice as bad as I remembered.

Don't even entertain going back there.

You are a great friend to yourself and have given yourself an excellent talking to. You say you're stubborn and it doesn't matter what others say to go listen to yourself emoticon emoticon

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AELI2468 1/22/2013 7:29AM

    You are AWESOME!!! And you WILL make progress with BLC21 and GET TO ONEDERLAND - and more importantly, Get that IPOD touch!


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LRSILVER 1/22/2013 7:09AM

    Stephanie. You are wearing smaller clothes!!
You will get to goal. You will be in onderland before you know it.
You are not quitting.
You are a winner.
Now start pushing yourself. You know the 3000 calorie days are not helping.
I have faith in you.
Keep on pushing.

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AMCLELLAN 1/22/2013 6:55AM

    This is a great letter. You can do this. We all get stuck sometimes. You will make it through. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EMMELINEE3 1/22/2013 6:54AM

    Dear Steph;

always remember the weight is only half of you. That message came from the other half I call it my better half.

Smile, Smile, Smile :)


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BEANIES_MOM 1/22/2013 6:09AM

    Thank you for sharing this! You have a wonderful attitude and I absolutely loved this blog. You are already a success and will continue to be one! emoticon

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GRACEMCC45 1/22/2013 5:42AM

    Only through kindness and love like this can anyone succeed. This is 100% the best attitude to have - THANK YOU for not beating yourself up or doing tough-love. This was a treat to read, Stephanie!


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BETHIEBOOPS 1/22/2013 5:39AM

    emoticon This post made me teary. I can HEAR the love in your tone to yourself- and *ah!* it's amazing. I know how frustrated you are with your plateau (mini maintenance) and I am so excited to see you break through., but reading how kind you are to yourself (in a tough way) is so beautiful. You are so strong, your body is powerful, and you CAN do anything you want to. That's the message I hear you telling you, and what a beautiful message to inspire yourself with!

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BLC 21 Goals...

Friday, January 18, 2013

Yes, it is that time again where you will see some BLC 21 related posts from me. Some of our challenges include posting a blog about certain things, so I gotta do what I gotta do to represent the Sassy emoticon Sheriff's and get those points!

The round just started this Wednesday, and I am pretty excited. I am ready to push myself for the next 12 weeks. The last round was my first time participating in the BLC, and I lost a little over 14 pound during the 12 week challenge. While I am proud of what I accomplished, I also hit my major plateau and did not lose an ounce for a little over 4 weeks. It was really frustrating not to hit my goal of 18 pounds for the round, but hey, stuff happens. emoticon

I enjoyed the experience so much that I am back for my second round. My starting weight for the round is 216.8 and my goal is to lose 20 pounds. It may be a bit of a lofty goal for me, but I am determined to push full steam ahead to try to lose 20 pounds, and if I fall short what's the worst that happens, I lose 15 pounds instead? I will take it. I really would like to at least hit Onederland during this challenge. Besides, we all know I am chomping at the bit to get my hand on the Ipod Touch 5 right?! It is definitely on my mind. Maybe I should put a picture of it on my fridge as an added reminder. emoticon

Anyways, having a goal to lose 20 pounds is great, but how am I going to get it done? Okay, I can't lie... I already set my January goals, and essentially all my goals are the same. The ONLY difference is, to get the points for this challenge I will need 300 fitness minutes a week, so that is the only thing that is really changing... trying to get in MORE fitness minutes.

BLC goals (same as January goals):
emoticonBlog once a week on Tuesdays with results for accountability.

emoticonTrack water intake and get at least 8 glasses.

emoticonStrength Training 3 days a week for upper body, 2 days for lower body.

emoticon7 days of cardio... with 2 days being just walking for the cardio.

emoticonTrack all food.

emoticonStay in calorie range!

emoticonHit 300 fitness minutes a week (added for blc, and to have 1000 fitness minutes for January).

So there you have it, here is my starting pic that many of you have seen, and here is to having a significant difference in my "after photo" 12 weeks from now!

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WEBEZE 1/21/2013 10:07PM

    Great Goals. Your after pictures are going to be awesome. emoticon

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LIBELULITA 1/21/2013 4:01PM

    I love your goals and I know you'll achieve them all emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAHUDSONCHEF 1/21/2013 10:15AM

    Stephanie, I'm rooting for you! Oh,and thanks for the SparkGoodie!

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LISAN0415 1/20/2013 9:22AM

    Those are awesome goals and I know you can do it!!!


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MERRY_XMAS 1/20/2013 7:46AM

I'm sure in your "after" photo you are gonna be totally different!

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JUSTLIKEALICE 1/20/2013 12:23AM

    You are so gonna do it! I just know it!

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JURORI 1/19/2013 7:38AM

    Hey, I know you can do it! With that kind of plan set out there's no way you couldn't do it, so hang in there and push yourself. You already said yourself what the "worst possible outcome" would be- i.e. losing 15 pounds or whatever instead of 20. OH NO, YOU'RE LOSING WEIGHT, am I right? emoticon You just keep doing what you're doing because it's workin' for ya!

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IMSOOZEEQ 1/19/2013 3:45AM

    Well Sheriff - looks like you have the plan all set and are on your way to ONEDERLAND!!! That's what I'm talkin' about! You are going to get there! I can hear the determination in that blog and I know that soon, we will be having that virtual party to celebrate!!! emoticon emoticon Whoa! Don't be starting the party yet...We gotta DO WORK first!

You go this my friend! I am right there with ya all the way!


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JESSICA_STULTZ 1/19/2013 3:36AM

    I have faith in you! You can and WILL hit Onederland in this round. And I bet your after picture will be Onederful!
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JACOBSBELOVED 1/19/2013 1:15AM

    So excited for you to be starting the BLC again! I hope your dedication, perseverance, and hard work get you the results you're after.

It's amazing/ crazy/ awesome how you could actually be in Onederland over the course of these 12 weeks! I'm totally rooting for you to get there!!!

I look forward to the Tuesday blogs and updates on your progress!

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HEATHERFREE 1/18/2013 10:51PM

    WOO HOOOOO! emoticon Your gonna kick butt!!! I'm gonna be rootin for you and trying to push myself also! I haven't been posting much because I've really been putting time into planning my meals,trying a new calorie cycling range this week and I weigh in again on monday, and I've just been busy with a new schedule and spending time changing tons of things so that it's easier for me to stick with this. So I will have an update on Monday! Have a great weekend! emoticon

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AHTRAP 1/18/2013 10:18PM

    Here's to goals...and to kicking them through the goalposts!

g'luck on the BLC...have you decided what song you're going to listen to first on your ipod touch?

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