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Diet Enthusiasm... Or Lack There Of...

Tuesday, June 04, 2013


I had a status update about this yesterday, and got some good feedback, and just wondering if there are any others of you out there that can relate to this one.

A coworker and I had kind of talked about how much weight I lost a couple weeks ago, and yada yada blah blah. Cut to 2 weeks later, and she is on some wazoo diet. I don't care how anyone decides to go about getting healthier, that's not my place to say anything... but the crazy part is... she is trying to help me... um WTF?! emoticon

Now, I know what you are thinking, help is nice, etc etc. But time out. She weighs more than me and has just started on a self proclaimed "diet". She knows I've lost 60 pounds, and that I've been at it a while. But she proceeds to tell me (in a bragging tone, as I eat my El Pollo Loco I got at work, all tracked and dandy btw), about these smoothies she is making for breakfast. Then later she tells me "Oh, you really must go on this site Skinnytaste.com", and I cut her off right there and said "It's a great site, I had her jalapeno popper chicken, it's great, you should try it." AKA, you can't tell me anything I don't already know. emoticon

I don't share what I know, I don't share my plan, so I understand she has no way of knowing what I know about and what I don't... but just like I am not giving unsolicited advice to her about her "diet", I don't need it in return. I told her that I kind of go through phases where I cook a lot, and then there are times where I rely more on frozen foods because I get lazy but I still plan everything and it helps me. She laughed and she understood I think as she said "I go through phases too, I'm on the upswing right now." To which I just said "I am on the downswing, 14 months in and losing the same 5ish pounds for 5 months can take it's toll on you." emoticon



Her enthusiasm is overwhelming, and I am not hating on her for that, I think it's great. I too was once emoticon's and emoticon's about everything too. You woke up and the emoticon was shining and the birds were chirping and you saw yourself in the mirror emoticon and you said, "You are awesome, you got this"... but that doesn't last forever.

I just was not overly excited about the fact that she felt the need to help me, when she knows I've lost 60 pounds, weigh less than her, and now knows I'm over 14 months into this. Although once I got that zinger in of how long I was doing it, she quickly got quiet. But I had the last laugh as I ate my perfectly portioned and tracked ice cream and she chewed on her celery. emoticon I guess that my friends is the difference between some "diet" and a healthy lifestyle full of things in moderation. emoticon

  
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THESHELBSTER 6/8/2013 3:46PM

    Awesome! Loved this.

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MEGYSU 6/8/2013 12:01AM

    I love this. There is nothing more irritating that someone that feels the need to "enlighten" you because they've had a snippet of success. Like you said - that's great for them, but when you've been at it for as long as you have... you've been there, done that, got the t-shirt.

I particularly love the comment you have about eating your perfectly portioned ice cream while she's eating her celery. That is my philosophy - I still have a candy bar at least once a week. Because I know if I don't, I will want to smack someone. So I eat my planned candy bar, count it, and go about my day. You go, girl! You have made changes that are real and that will stick!

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SIMONEKP 6/6/2013 10:30AM

    Steph, I'm going to take a little different approach so hear me out. I know it's annoying what she's doing but unless you think there's some malice try to humor her. She's just getting started (maybe for the millionth time) but right now she's excited about what she doing and she's sharing it with you because she feels like you understand and that you guys have something in common. We can always learn something new so the fact that she's just starting or is doing something wacky doesn't mean you can't learn something from her, even if it's what not to do.

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 6/6/2013 1:50AM

    Uh Oh...I think I might be like your friend!
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It seems that Spark People and my fitness plan comes up in every conversation lately! I don't tell people what to do, but I do tell them about all the articles and tips I read, the zumba I tried...the hip-hop-abs...the fitdeck flashcards...ya da ya da ya da. It's such a huge part of my life right now...I just can't help but talk about it! Oh Lord, help me to not be obnoxious! LOL! emoticon

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JESSICA_STULTZ 6/6/2013 1:29AM

    There is always someone there to tell you how you can do it better. I think they need to realize that if we are losing the weight, to back off, we are obviously finding a way to do it without help. We all have our own ways of doing things and not one specific thing works for everybody.

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DEBADEAU 6/5/2013 9:30PM

    Oh man! I hear you on that. i have a friend that diets to a fault. She's always on some sort of fad diet that I "need to try." Sweetie, I know what I need to do!! Cheers to knowing how to live healthy and not diet!

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MERRY_XMAS 6/5/2013 1:34PM

    Changing your whole life is really difficult. Most people don't understand that it takes a new lifestyle in order to lose and maintain the weight. I can totally understand that you don't like to talk about how you handle it (I'm exactly the opposite, but I totally get it).

Maybe you can try to explain to her, that this journey is a personal matter to you, and you prefer to handle it your own way. Or you can just pretend to listen to her and nod emoticon .

No matter what, it's always funny to see people's faces when we eat our tracked and measured portions of EVERYTHING and they think that diet=grazing freggies emoticon

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ZELDABEE 6/5/2013 12:27PM

    I am totally on board with you! I'm all for everybody doing what works for them and I guess I expect the same courtesy. There is this girl I know who is attempted to go vegan in an effort to those weight and keeps sending my information on it - I have nothing against people who chose to to be vegan in fact one of my very best friends is vegan but for a completely difference reason - point is I'm happy that it seems to be working for her but that doesn't mean I JUST have to try it. I know my body, I know what I can and can't have and what works for me and if someone wants my advice I'm happy to share what I know works for me but the conversations always ends with but you have to do what works for you because everyone is different and that is totally not a bad thing and I will be your cheerleader whatever it is YOU choose to do.

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BTW I totally think you should tell her about spark people.

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PUNKY100 6/5/2013 8:27AM

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yes yes yes. I have a couple of coworkers who keep trying crazy things to lose weight, and keep telling me about them. I just nod my head. I have tried to tell them not to eat under 1200 calories a day, but then they're like 'oh but this 1000 calorie diet is supposed to be awesome!' At that point I'm just saying to myself 'ok, I tried, but it's their body and they'll learn sooner or later that it just won't work.'

I think my favorite line from any blog ever is now "But I had the last laugh as I ate my perfectly portioned and tracked ice cream and she chewed on her celery." God that made me laugh SO hard!!!! I think we can all remember those days when we thought that eating just salad was a good way to lose weight. How foolish we were, huh? :-P

Anywho, just see how long that celery lasts before she ends up putting it away in favor of some crazy dessert. :-P

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ADARKARA 6/5/2013 7:26AM

    Anyone who's been at this as long as you have (I'm going on my 20th month, myself) is going to have rollercoasters. She may be enthusiastic now, but watch how long she sticks with it. That's the key. "Just don't give up" is the best advice I've heard on this site. And you know what? What works for you may not work for her and vice versa. emoticon

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DEBRA0818 6/5/2013 7:10AM

    Part of what I am learning to do is to smile at people and say "you may be right," but for sure my experience being on both ends of that conversation -- evangelizer and evangelizee -- has convinced me that the quiet proof of success speaks loudest of all.

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MARYBETH4884 6/5/2013 6:13AM

    Tell her about SparksPeople and that will give her a real taste of lifestyle versus diet. I think maybe she feels she needs a cheerleader for her diet. Someone to tell her she's doing the right thing. Over enthusiasm is sometimes a sign of lack of confidence. If she starts spouting websites to you again, just give her this one. This journey is for the long haul and you are right it not always fun and thrilling!

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EATVEGAN 6/5/2013 1:35AM

    I'm glad you didn't kick this enthusiastic little puppy. Now when she starts losing momentum, you'll still be able to help her.

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IMSOOZEEQ 6/5/2013 1:17AM

    I guess there is a good thing to not working and staying at home! I don't have those kind of people problems! lol



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CORTNEY-LEE 6/5/2013 12:07AM

    People do the same thing to me too.

My fave is when they try to push something like Body by Vi on me...

good luck!

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DETERMINED_ME 6/4/2013 10:39PM

    What?? You mean after 2 weeks of "dieting" she doesn't know it all?? OMGosh...How can that be? It's like telling someone they have to try this play doh with peanut butter, it's just the right about of salt with the peanut butter emoticon OoooKKKKaaaayyyy, maybe not but you get the picture. emoticon

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TRUNKJUNK 6/4/2013 10:02PM

    We all run into these type of people that think they know everything. But you my friend is living proof of knowing what works for you. I'm so proud of you and what you have accomplished. I love that you don't care what others say but are true to yourself.
You Go Girl!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 6/4/2013 9:56PM

    Haha I love this. I've had people do it to me too and although I get that no one believes that I've lost weight (and in reality I've gained back all I lost but this isn't about that) it's really annoying when they start spouting off all the things I know, like its supposed to help me. It's like you said, I really just want to say "thanks but I've been at this a hell of a lot longer than you and believe me I definitely know how to succeed" but.. I figure in the end, our success will be our story.

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I Stop Eating When I'm Full... Who Am I?!

Friday, May 31, 2013

My brother and I used to joke I was Monica emoticon

Seriously, who am I? I know putting down the fork when you are full is what most normal people usually do... but between you and me, you don't get up 272 pounds only eating when you are truly hungry, and stopping when you are full.

I also used to eat waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too fast. So by the time my body told me I was full, I was already way beyond the full point. emoticon

My uncle and I went to the Casino yesterday to see his ladies, Celtic Woman lol. We had a blast. My schedule was thrown off as I was only able to get an hours sleep before we left, but we had a blast. We had El Pollo Loco for lunch, I usually get a kids meal pollo bowl but I didn't see it on the menu, so I said eh, I'll get a regular sized one and a loco salad. I ate the loco salad and about half of the bowl before I said I'm full. And I never took another bite. My uncle was amazed, he's used to seeing me put away good amounts of food. He even joked "what's happened to you?!" LOL.

I remember going out with my friend at age 19 and saying "I'm so full" as I was STILL eating she finally said "then why don't you stop eating?" Oh, that makes sense! emoticon I was just a food lover and I loved to eat so that never occurred to me in the past.

Dinner time rolled around and they had this thing called an "Animal Style Potato". Think In N Out animal style sauce on a huge potato with hamburger meat and onions. I was also looking at the chicken salad sandwich and my uncle said well I'll get the sandwich you can have half and I'll have half the potato. Okay good plan. NOT! The result: I ate half the potato and the pickle off his plate, I was full and done. He ate most of his sandwich and some of the potato. It was delicious but I didn't stuff myself.

Ladies and Gentleman, I am a changed person, inside and out! emoticon I have been on this journey just over 14 months, I have lost 60ish pounds, but this entire month of May I have finally felt like I "got this".

In the month of May:
emoticon: I have not eaten any fast food on my own for giggles. I had El Pollo Loco once at work, Chipotle once at work cuz I forgot my food at home, and obviously out with my uncle. But never drove thru on my own for no reason.

emoticon: Have not binged.

emoticon: Have not even eaten 2000 calories when before I would regularly have 3000+ calories 5-7 times a month.

emoticon: I have over 1400 fitness minutes or something crazy, NEVER had that before.

emoticon: I do not feel like this is work. I know I'm working my butt off cuz I'm getting the job done, but this feels like LIFE, not a diet, not a plan, not work, just regular old life, and it feels amazing!

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SIMONEKP 6/6/2013 10:33AM

    awesome

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JUDY106 6/5/2013 6:33PM

    So proud of you. emoticon emoticon

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JACKSGRAN 6/4/2013 4:34AM

    Wow, well done. Very inspiring. Thank you. emoticon emoticon

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IMSOOZEEQ 6/3/2013 11:48PM

    Oh I am SO proud of you! You are kicking butt and taking names! That is my girl! YOU ROCK!!!!

I can't wait to use this confetti I have been carrying around in my pocket! It won't be long!!! ONEDERLAND here you come!!!



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EATVEGAN 6/3/2013 10:46PM

    This IS amazing. I want to be YOU when I grow up. I don't think I've ever been that way. Well, now I know what I'm shooting for. These are really lifestyle changes. emoticon

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DEBADEAU 6/3/2013 7:02PM

    AMAZING job!! I ate fast food almost every day in May. Done with that!!!!

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HEATHERFREE 6/3/2013 5:30PM

    Good job dude u did amazing in may and yes I need to do amazing in june! Espesh since I have my Ethiopia stuff

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CRAFTY1960 6/2/2013 8:39PM

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-THINQ- 6/2/2013 5:09PM

    O.YES.YOU.DID. emoticon

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FORBANDE 6/1/2013 6:00PM

    Awesome! What an amazing change! As someone who also battles the binge and fast eating demons, I can't wait to be where you are. :)

Keep up the amazing work!

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MERRY_XMAS 6/1/2013 5:17PM

    You are doing an amazing job! You must be very very proud!
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WORKNPROGRESS49 6/1/2013 4:53PM

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SHONTAY528 6/1/2013 4:44PM

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GOPINTOS 6/1/2013 4:01PM

    You are the woman of your dreams! emoticon

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EILEEN828 6/1/2013 6:22AM

    Excellent! emoticon

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ADZY86 6/1/2013 3:13AM

    emoticon Such a good feeling, knowing you're in control. Keep it up. And congrats on the amazing weight loss so far; you're flying

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GEMINIGEM6 6/1/2013 12:03AM

    Congrats! You're doing great girl! :) emoticon

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MJPECK7015 5/31/2013 10:54PM

    Way to go!! Congrats on your loss of weight and your gaining of insight!

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PRETTYPITHY 5/31/2013 10:48PM

    Wonderful! Congrats!

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TRUNKJUNK 5/31/2013 10:43PM

    You're doing awesome. I too had to come to the realization that if I slow down eating then my brain has time to send the signal that I'm full. So like you I've started to try and be mindful of my eating, also to eat slower and put my eating utensil down. Thanks so much for sharing.

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EMELEE82 5/31/2013 10:22PM

    You are doing great!! emoticon

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ZELDABEE 5/31/2013 9:30PM

    So awesome! I'm still working on not obsessing about what im going to eat next emoticon Sounds like you have an amazing month and your all set to make June your bi- I mean make June even better emoticon Keep up the awesome work!

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MUSCLE-UP 5/31/2013 9:22PM

    Sounds like you got this down and are still having a blast going out with your uncle. Great post!

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LIVERGIVER 5/31/2013 8:41PM

    I'm so happy for you! It's so much easier when you are able to eat just when you're hungry. I wish you the best on your continued journey.

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MARYBETH4884 5/31/2013 8:16PM

    Good for you!

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 5/31/2013 7:55PM

    Wow! this is fantastic! WAY TO GO!!!!!
I look forward to the day where it's 'no big deal' to leave food on my plate, where I stop without even thinking about it. Not there yet...still thinking about every choice and measuring portions...but someday...I will get there.
You're accomplishments are astonishing and I am sooooo happy for you!
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My Scale Got A Makeover!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

In an attempt to get free from this "power" the scale seems to have on me, I gave it a makeover, and this is the result!



How can I get upset over something that says right on there that "This means nothing" and that thinks I'm awesome?! I can't get mad at that! emoticon I will however say, that when the scale finally shows me in Onederland and someday at goal, that number will surely mean a lot! emoticon But in the grand scheme of life it is just a number, and I am more active, more energetic, and happier than I've been in a long time!



Have a great weekend everyone! And I hope everyone that has the privilege of having a long weekend enjoys it lots! emoticon emoticon

  
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HEATHERFREE 5/30/2013 8:49PM

    that is a great idea! and OMG that is the best pic of you yet, that smile is great! seems like you never smile with teeth! and I LOVE IT!!!!

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MONICA_W 5/30/2013 12:54AM

    WOW congratulations on your progress so far!!! You're doing so well!

I like your scale idea. Mine shows me so many different numbers (depending on the day, the weather, its mood, whether I go left-foot-first or right...) I'm pretty sure it means nothing too! emoticon

I had you as a SparkFriend already but I'm subscribing to your blog tonight. You're such a great inspiration! 60 lbs down... wow!

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JESSICA_STULTZ 5/29/2013 5:57PM

    I like that! I thought about using dry erase marker on mine since it is glass but figured it would either come off easily or would get stuck in scratches and end up looking dirty. You look really good!

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SIMONEKP 5/29/2013 9:51AM

    awesome!

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JUDY106 5/28/2013 9:47AM

    You are doing so well. You look wonderful too. Keep up the good work and yes, that scale does not have to rule us.

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EMELEE82 5/27/2013 5:37PM

    This is such an awesome idea! Congrats on 60 pounds down! That is fantastic. Keep pushing you are doing great!

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FORBANDE 5/27/2013 9:54AM

    What a fantastic idea!! LOVE it!!



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GEMINIGEM6 5/26/2013 9:27PM

    Great idea! You look great too! Love that pic of you! So pretty!

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TRUNKJUNK 5/26/2013 9:08PM

    love it

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IMSOOZEEQ 5/26/2013 8:35PM

    I love what you have done to the scale! That is great! What I love most is that beautiful big smile in that pic!!!! You are looking fantastic!!!

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JESSYJAINES 5/26/2013 11:23AM

    Great idea! You're doing great and you are right, the results are in how you feel. Keep up the wonderful work and onerland will find you sooner than you think. emoticon

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ZELDABEE 5/26/2013 9:53AM

    I love this! such a great idea and i think the scale has one thing right, you are totally awesome!!

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 5/26/2013 12:00AM

    What a great idea! Thanks! emoticon

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MERRY_XMAS 5/25/2013 3:47PM

    Amazing idea! I love it!
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EILEEN828 5/25/2013 2:54PM

    Love it! emoticon

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AMARILYNH 5/25/2013 12:40PM

    emoticon LOVE IT!! And its RIGHT - you ARE awesome!! I'm so glad you are finally realizing it!! Why do we all tend to be so much harder on ourselves than we are on anyone else? You've learned the secret - be your OWN best friend!!

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JACKIE542 5/25/2013 9:18AM

    Love it. emoticon

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MOTHEPRO 5/25/2013 9:08AM

    Awesome! Love it!

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STEVIEBEE569 5/25/2013 8:34AM

    Love the scale makeover! Keep up the good work!

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ROX525 5/25/2013 7:09AM

    Have to admit the first thing I thought was those letters added weight (I even take off my hair tie when I get on the scale...and would never have gum in my mouth). Congratulations on the 60 pounds and I do love the encouragement from the scale.

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CHICAT63 5/25/2013 6:51AM

    Awesome make-over, have a great weekend Steph !!!! emoticon

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CATLOVER110 5/25/2013 6:35AM

    Great scale makeover! emoticon

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Focusing On Healthy Habits & Not Numbers...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

emoticon Disclaimer: I am in no way shape or form saying there is ANYTHING wrong with daily weighing. I know many people that do it and are awesome and amazing and it is a great accountability tool, so I am not snubbing anyone who is a daily weigher. emoticon

When I started this journey in March 2012 at 262, I just wanted to lose weight. I can't lie to you, I wanted smaller cuter clothes, and to stop feeling like a beached whale when I'd roll over in bed. emoticon Being healthier was the least of my worries, exercising was the least of my worries, because as we all know, "diet" is 80ish% of weight loss, depending on who you ask, so who cares about exercise?

Was that the wrong mentality? Absolutely! But when you are 262 pounds, that number on the scale seems like the most important thing in the world, and as long as it's going down, who cares about anything else?

Now that I am well over a year into my journey and 60 pounds down, I am learning to focus more on the healthy part of this lifestyle. I want to go for my physical and have good blood work, I want to continue to NOT have any flare ups of arthritis in my knees. I WANT to eat better, and pay more attention to the kinds of foods I'm eating and make better choices. emoticon

And here is the biggest shocker, I want to exercise! emoticon emoticon


Walking Sparky is still counting as fitness minutes for me, tracked by my fitbit. We've been hitting 2 miles regularly and it feels great, but I am learning that I have more energy and can afford to add in something more than walking on my days off. I am working back to incorporate strength training and other forms of exercise. I have even changed my ticker to reflect fitness minutes instead of weight loss. That isn't a permanent thing, but the things I can control are my food and exercise, so I am focused on that. I will put my weigh ins for BLC on the side of my page though, no secrets here. emoticon

After losing 4 pounds last week, the scale didn't look like it was budging and I found myself getting discouraged. Not only was I a daily weigher, I was a twice a day weigher. I'd weigh before bed and when I woke up. I could basically guess my "morning weight" from my "night time weight". Needless to say I was obsessed. Most of the time it didn't bother me, I'd take the number, whatever it was and move on with my day. Lately it is making me crazy! emoticon So I put it in the closet and I am going to learn to break myself of this habit. I will weigh in June 5th for the start of BLC and will weigh each Wednesday after that. I can't lie and say I will NEVER step on the scale in between, but I am working on breaking this habit.

Here are some fun things the scale doesn't know:
emoticon: I can walk 2 miles with Sparky without feeling like I'm going to die or can't make it. I also don't get sore from walking anymore.

emoticon: I have been making AWESOME food choices that have included more veggies, less carbs, and much less starchy carbs.

emoticon: I have more energy than I ever had eating my processed diet food stuff.

emoticon: I sleep so much better, except when Sparky is outside trying to bark at Alvin. emoticon (The squirrel, but this was the closest thing LOL)

emoticon: Had to start wearing my belt at work again, because my pants are too dang big. Yes, I'm supposed to wear the belt, it's part of my uniform, but when I was 262 pounds I physically couldn't wear it, it was too small and it hurt.

emoticon: I'm happy! I've kicked to the curb some stupid boys, and now kicking the scale to the curb, I just feel happy, and free and like myself again, and that is a reward the scale could never give me. emoticon

I still mark the scale as a FORM of success, but I am learning it isn't the end all be all. If I do what I need to do this weight will come off, I will get to Onederland and I will get to my goal, and that in itself is super exciting! emoticon

  
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EATVEGAN 6/3/2013 10:55PM

    Congratulations! You are accomplishing that rare fete of getting smaller while you are growing. You are showing some amazing growth there, girl. emoticon

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BYKRYD62 5/28/2013 8:10PM

    Like always your the best!!!

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THESHELBSTER 5/27/2013 3:06AM

    You are so amazing. This was so uplifting to read. i just think you are freaking fantabulous in a bajillion different ways.

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MAMADWARF 5/24/2013 6:48PM

    Love this and you are so right..it will happen!!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/24/2013 3:35PM

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LYNNWANNABE 5/24/2013 6:47AM

    Yes, another great blog, touching my heart as well.. I'm not committed to exercise yet [so, very motivational]; my exercise is on and off, ..and I also could relate to feeling like a whale when trying to roll over, ONLY FOR ME, MAKE IT A BEACHED WHALE as there IS no rolling over, not without sitting up and flopping over first! emoticon It's not easy at this weight.. and then I have my hubby who thinks I'm a rock to crawl under.. emoticon But, seriously, WE ARE GOING TO DO THIS!!! aLL THE WAY TO THE END!!! BY, THE WAY, DID i SAY, You really do inspire me??? emoticon TY

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MRSP90X 5/24/2013 1:16AM

    I am mostly a daily weigher and at one point I really wanted to throw it out as I was getting obsessed with it. But, like BEANIES_MOM, I leanred that I slip to quick especially since I have a lot of weight to lose.

This ia an excellent blog!! Love the don't want to feel like a whale turning over in bed, lol. Awesome attitude AND job on the food choices! I am eating less starches and more fruits instead to help with inflammation.

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SARI_GIRL 5/23/2013 7:07PM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing!!! I'm cheering for you!

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JUDY106 5/23/2013 5:41PM

    I am so glad you are at this point in your healthier lifestyle. I was forced to this point because of my age and health. Good for you to get to it sooner than I did. emoticon emoticon

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GEMINIGEM6 5/23/2013 4:18PM

    I love this blog. And you sound like you truly are happier and that is so great! I have cut back on carbs myself and I always feel better when I do. It's def about health for me as well....so I get you on that. And that kitty pic was too dang cute and funny. I laughed out loud. :)

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MOTHEPRO 5/23/2013 12:26PM

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MERRY_XMAS 5/23/2013 8:33AM

    Do whatever feels better for you! I'm a weekly weighter and it works like a charm!

Find your own way to handle your weight and keep in mind that you are gonna probably need to act this way for the rest of your life if you want to maintain the weight-loss.

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FITNESSARTIST 5/23/2013 8:25AM

    Good choice. The scale isn't the best indicator, especially if you're starting to gain muscle mass!


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BEANIES_MOM 5/23/2013 4:11AM

    Yea I'm a daily weigher, but I have come to terms with it not going my way lately. I am trying to focus more on how much more I can do physically then what the scale says, but if I don't weigh daily I slip very quick. I am happy to see that you are getting back to you. emoticon

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EILEEN828 5/22/2013 11:35PM

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KATYDID412 5/22/2013 10:00PM

    I'm with you! I am not weighing in until BLC starts. In fact I'm a little worried about starting that weekly weigh-in thing again with BLC 22 just because for me the scale does hold a crazy amount of power when I allow it to. So ... I guess that means I should try to lessen its power.

I've been noticing fun things my scale doesn't know, too, like:

I have been waking up feeling -- awake! -- not tired and dragging.
I've been looking forward to exercise.
Unprovoked, someone at work told me I am noticeably smaller.

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ZELDABEE 5/22/2013 9:18PM

    Yay! I'm totally with you on not obsessing about the number on the scale and I'm going to join youl, I won't weight in again until we start BLC either :) I"m so excited about that! I totally need to talk to you about this low carb thing too, I find even if I am staying with in my calorie range but my carbs are really high and I could use some pointers emoticon blog as always!

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JACOBSBELOVED 5/22/2013 9:11PM

    Way to go! Way to get rid of things that are more of a hindrance than a help!

I'm glad you're also reaping the rewards of eating cleaner and I'm glad you weren't disappointed with the outcome.

I'm really, really, REALLY excited for you to weigh in on June 5! No pressure. :)

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ADARKARA 5/22/2013 9:08PM

    Well said! I am a daily weigher (unless I'm being lazy), and I weigh on the Wii fit. If it's not looking good, I might take a few days off to get my mind right. It's really not about the numbers!

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AKALEI349 5/22/2013 8:44PM

    I found this post very encouraging and uplifting. I also see a lot of truth in this post that I can apply to my own life. Thank you for sharing.

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Super Happy & Super Obnoxious ;)

Thursday, May 16, 2013



I just have to admit it, my happiness and my Spark is at an all time high, and I am actually, well to be quite frank, OBNOXIOUS! emoticon

I am beyond emoticon's and emoticon's right now, and when I sweat I'm pretty sure glitter comes sprinkling out. emoticon emoticon

I think I struggled for so long that I forgot how good it felt to have this weight loss under control, finding the "sweet spot" again has been amazing! My emoticon jar has been receiving a lot of action since the big drought these last few months.

Part of this happiness came from forgiving myself. Any of you who have followed me and watched me moan and whine about being on a plateau and struggling know the last few months have been hard. emoticon Hitting 212 in October of last year only to plateau, then gain, then lose, then gain, then lose then maintain and then gain 10ish pounds March-April was just heart wrenching. There was a part of myself that kept reminding me that I had "wasted" 6 months because I was not losing weight. I should have been in Onederland, in fact I should have hit my goal of 180 in that amount of time. It was a devastating blow to feel like I just threw that time right in the garbage. emoticon

But I have since gotten on track and gained some serious perspective. Even when things got hard, I never stopped coming to Spark people. I never lied about any weight gains, no matter how big or small. I NEVER let my weight get higher than a gain of 10 pounds, and once that happened it was my true wake up call to get moving in the right direction. The old me would have just ate her way all the way back up to a new all time high weight, but not the new me.

So I feel great because not only am I back on track, but I can now say the last 6 months were NOT wasted because I learned:

emoticon: It's easy to slip back into old habits, and that one week of an "I don't care attitude" can turn into an entire month.

emoticon: Weight can come back on sooooooooo much faster than it takes to lose it, and we can easily lose ground.

emoticon: I've learned that I know how to maintain my weight within a 5 pound range, that knowledge is going to help me SO much when it's time for maintenance.

emoticon: My support from my spark friends and logging onto this site daily is a very important part of my success.

emoticon: I've also learned that any time spent not regaining all the weight I lost is still a huge success! The scale going down is the obvious success, but the scale not going back up is a success in it's own right!

So yes, my happiness is obnoxious right now, and I don't care who knows it. When you go from down in the pit of despair to the sweet spot, all you want to do is celebrate! emoticon

My name is Stephanie, I'm sickeningly happy, I'm headed to Onederland and I don't care who knows it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Whether you are in the pit of despair trying to climb out, in your sweet spot, or somewhere in between, don't give up! Keep your eye on the prize! If I can do this, I promise you ANYONE can do this! emoticon

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

HEATHERFREE 5/22/2013 7:53PM

    YAY sounds fantastic!

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BETHIEBOOPS 5/21/2013 7:41AM

    owow! You go girl! I am celebrating with you!

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GEMINIGEM6 5/19/2013 3:09PM

    Girl. If I don't know how this feels firsthand I don't know who does. And aside from me, there are sooooo many people on this journey that is filled with imperfection. That's why it's a journey! I think sometimes we are too hard on ourselves. We have to take into account that (and this differs from person to person on how long of course...and I say 'we' meaning in general)we didn't put the weight on overnight. For a lot of ppl it took years, some it took months. But the REASON why the weight is there is what the journey is about and why we can go up and down. It's in our thinking. So I COMPLETELY understand. I have been on SP since 2008. Since that time I've lost and regained on average the same 20-25lbs the whole time. Now I'm back on the up side. I am now at my highest original start weight. Which totally sucks. In the end of 2011 I was down close to 30lbs. I completely sabotaged myself w/ my thinking. My point to all this jabber (lol) is that it's a journey and not everyone who has lost the weight and kept it off got there their first try. I'm so glad that you are so transparent and staying positive. You rock girl! And you are going to reach your goal!!!

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AHTRAP 5/19/2013 2:00AM

    trying to come up with something snarky to say, and failing :)

just glad that you're happily kicking that proverbial posterior

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DEBSZOO74 5/17/2013 8:34PM

    I'm so happy that you're happy! You're doing an awesome job! emoticon

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STARSUB99 5/17/2013 6:36PM

    So glad you are back in the sweet spot- - I love your confidence - you will be in onederland before you know it! emoticon

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CHICAT63 5/17/2013 5:44AM

    Woohoo, great blog ! You can do it my friend. emoticon

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 5/17/2013 5:41AM

    Your attitude is infectious! emoticon
Great Blog! Thanks for sharing!

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LOPEYP 5/17/2013 5:19AM

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LISAN0415 5/17/2013 2:40AM

    I am so happy for you- it's great to have days like this, and it's great to document it, it makes it easier to stay on this journey!

I am very happy I have lost the weght I have, and now I am getting serious to get to my ultimate goal weight of 146 by the end of summer, I believe I can do it, with a weight loss of 1-2 lbs per week, by August, I should be there!

Best wishes!
Lisa

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MOTHEPRO 5/16/2013 3:16PM

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You're not obnoxious at all! You're super-duper inspiring!!!!!


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5KGRANNY 5/16/2013 2:22PM

    I want to sweat glitter Too!!!!!!! Great job Stephanie!!!!! Keep that mojo going and you'll be in Onderland the end of June if not sooner. Do you realize how much growing up you've done since the start of the last round? emoticon

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ITSJUSTJANE 5/16/2013 2:15PM

    :) GREAT JOB!!! Love your positive attitude! You're doing just a great job. Thank you for this post!

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SIMONEKP 5/16/2013 1:41PM

    One truly awesome post

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MEGYSU 5/16/2013 1:35PM

    Congratulations, lady! There is nothing better than getting back in the groove and remembering the feeling of losing weight and feeling awesome.

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AMARILYNH 5/16/2013 12:22PM

    emoticon This blog deserves a LOVE LOVE LOVE button, not just like!! Happiness is NEVER obnoxious - it is contagious and I'm sure everyone reading your blog feels happier just READING it!! I am so happy for you - and you are SO right, not gaining (or limiting it to 10 pounds) IS success!!

Losing weight isn't easy - if it was none of us would be here. And for most of us it isn't a completely smooth path down - most of us have a few gains along the way. But we CAN do it and we can maintain it - WITH the help and support of our SparkFriends!! You ROCK!! emoticon

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MERRY_XMAS 5/16/2013 11:58AM

    You made my day! I love this optimism!!!
You are doing a great job and you see the results!

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MARYBETH4884 5/16/2013 11:26AM

    Congrats! Your enthusiasm is well deserved! Enjoy the glow!

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ADARKARA 5/16/2013 11:08AM

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ZELDABEE 5/16/2013 10:56AM

    I'm so happy that you so happy! emoticon I'm hoping your fantastic attitude is contagious

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JAVAJENN 5/16/2013 10:41AM

  Thanks for sharing this post, I loved it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEANIES_MOM 5/16/2013 8:59AM

    emoticon Yayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy
yyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep that happy going!

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