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Shhh.... Be Quiet... Can You Hear That?

Friday, August 16, 2013

It's your body telling you what you need! If you truly listen, your body will tell you when it's hungry and when it's full! That may be common knowledge to you, and if it is, emoticon! But I will tell you I did not get up to 272 by listening to my body. I used to be like Monica Gellar from Friends, I thought I was always hungry!

If you've never seen "Friends", well shame on you! ;) Her mom comes to her on Thanksgiving and asks her to finish off the pies because there is no room left in the fridge. She goes to take them instinctively, but then says "No thank you!" and pushes them away. The dad then says "Judy, you did it, she's FINALLY full!" I can absolutely relate to that statement.

I used to think that full was that super uncomfortable, overly stuffed feeling, where you just want to undo the button on your pants for some relief. emoticon On the flip side of that, I thought hunger was when that super uncomfortable feeling went away, and you returned to normal and were no longer feeling bloated... that must mean it's time to eat until you are overly stuffed again, right? emoticon Oh how wrong that was. emoticon I think the first time I truly figured out what hunger was is when I did a fast for 24 hours. It was a huge eye opener of what the real hunger signals were, and also the realization that I wasn't going to drop dead if I didn't get food in that exact minute. I later learned that slowing down and really listening to your body can cut out soooooooooooo many unnecessary calories, and that bloated feeling became a thing of the past.

I no longer go by "dinner time", "snack time" etc. I stop and listen to my body. I know not everyone has that luxury, and at work I abide a little closer to those things... but when I am off I am free as a bird and I can eat dinner when my body tells me it's time. emoticon I also learned that just because I planned out my dinner and it'sin my range, doesn't mean I have to eat it ALL. *DOH* emoticon So simple, but before I would have just ate it because I was in range and I could have it.

I've learned that when I am hungry, I want food, I don't care what that food is, I just need something because my body is asking for it. When I want something specific, and my mind is saying go get some ice cream, chips, or something else specific, it just wants to eat. To that I respond "You want to eat just for the sake of eating, you can eat again tomorrow (or later when you're hungry), but now is not the time." Then I move on with my day.

I am big on tracking my food, I am big on portioning out stuff, but I am learning that if you just stop and listen to your body, it'll let you know when and how much to eat. So if you are stressing over calorie ranges, the new tracker vs. the old tracker... maybe try getting in tune with your body and see if that helps you at all.

emoticon Warning: I am 17 months into this journey, and it is only in the last 5 or so months that I've been learning to listen to my body. If you had told me to listen to my body 17 months ago, I would have probably still eaten 3,000 calories looking for that "overly full feeling." This is something you learn in time, and if you aren't quite there yet, you can be... you just have to work at it! emoticon

  
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HEATHERFREE 8/21/2013 8:08PM

    thanks for this blog Steph, I knew all of this but actually just ignored the facts.....I just need to mindful!

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MRS.CARLY 8/19/2013 1:27PM

    Great blog! Do you still track calories? I'm trying to figure all this out myself...i'm definitely an emotional eater!

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SIMONEKP 8/19/2013 12:57PM

    awesome

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DRADDIE 8/17/2013 4:28PM

    Well said! Love the mention about lunchtime, dinnertime- even now into this journey how we often still let the time dictate our "hunger". Thanks for the great reminder!

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MERRY_XMAS 8/17/2013 8:51AM

    I have a very different approach and it works for me. It's exactly what they say: that you should try things so you can choose what is best for you.

I track my food ofc, and I have "breakfast time", "lunch time" etc. I eat even when I'm not hungry because most of the days I'm on my lowest end of my range so I must eat what I have planned. In addition, I know that if I don't eat it now (even if I don't feel hungry), I'm gonna be hungry in a few hours and I'll need to eat more than what I have planned. Bonus that sometimes I feel really full although I was totally in range.

You are doing a great job figuring out what is best for you and listening to your body! Well done!

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PUREHEART_315 8/17/2013 7:39AM

    I enjoyed reading this post. I especially liked the info on Physical Hunger vs. Emotional Hunger. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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AMARILYNH 8/17/2013 7:01AM

    I can SO relate - AWESOME blog! Even when I began trying to 'listen' for true hunger signals it took a while to 'hear' them - I'd trained my body so well by keeping it full that it kind of 'forgot' how to recognize true hunger. And I'll add here - a growling stomach isn't always a sign of true hunger - it may just be the 'time' it has learned to expect food. Great idea to try the 'any food' clue - if a nice spinach salad (with fat free dressing) won't satisfy the hunger it probably ISN'T true hunger!

Its taken time for me to retrain my body (and more importantly my mind) as to what true hunger is. But it was SO worth the time!! emoticon emoticon

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POUTINGPEGGY 8/17/2013 5:20AM

    Great blog. Thanks for this.

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JACKSGRAN 8/17/2013 3:55AM

    Such a good and useful post. Thank you. It gives me hope that eventually I WILL get there.

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WEBEZE 8/17/2013 1:54AM

    Great Blog. You have learned so much and at a much younger age than I did. You are going to have so many more years ahead of you comfortable in your own body.
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EDDYMEESE 8/17/2013 1:07AM

    Great blog, so true :) I'll be thinking of this tomorrow...will give it a go.

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GEMINIGEM6 8/17/2013 12:46AM

    This is so true! I do the same thing. Of course now that I've cut out carbs for the most part I don't get near as hungry so that helps too. But you're so right! If just listen to our bodies we do ourselves a great service! Great blog girl!

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HEALTHYHEIDI12 8/17/2013 12:40AM

    Love this. Thanks for sharing!

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FITFRIT 8/16/2013 11:58PM

    I used to eat to that point ALL the time when I first married my husband..no wonder I put on 30 lbs in the 3 months before we got married and continued to pack it on after. I cannot remember the last time I was uncomfortably full because I stopped acting like an idiot!

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DANCINGFLAMES 8/16/2013 11:33PM

    Wonderful topic today, love the explination of eat for the sake of eating and eting when you are hungry.

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DIXIEDOLL87 8/16/2013 11:12PM

    Great Blog. I can totally relate

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MOTHEPRO 8/16/2013 11:09PM

    So true!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/16/2013 10:50PM

    Beautiful!

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CIROHIO 8/16/2013 10:30PM

    Hey Steph great blog. I know when I feel like eating I do ask myself are you ready hungry or are you bore. I listen to my body pretty much. You keep up the awesome job!

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SYELLICO 8/16/2013 10:28PM

    This is all so true and it there is a definite learning curve! Thanks for all the great info :)

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JACOBSBELOVED 8/16/2013 9:51PM

    This is definitely something that's hard to completely comprehend. It's hard to find the difference sometimes between hunger and cravings for me, so congrats on being able to know the difference! You're doing so good!

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MONKEYSTAR28 8/16/2013 9:34PM

    You are so right! It is something that you definitely learn. I started my journey at 268, so we are practically Spark twins! :) emoticon

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PLUGINALONG 8/16/2013 9:33PM

    Good points, thanks for sharing.

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The Good, The Bad and The Donut!

Monday, August 12, 2013

Let's start with The emoticon and just get it out of the way!


Yesterday, I ended up eating 2,000 calories on a 1200 calorie day. *GASPS* emoticon I am really not amused by this. I have been doing my calorie cycling in a 1400 calorie average, and doing great for weeks. The 1200 calorie days didn't bother me because I was at work and most of the time fully satisfied with what I was eating. Yesterday that was not the case. I had eaten my dinner, 1200 calories for the day, and I was still starving! emoticon The Krispy Kreme box had been taunting me all day, and in that moment of extreme hunger and weakness I ate a creme filled glaze. It was delicious, but the worst part is I inhaled it so quickly I didn't even enjoy it. On top of that it didn't do anything to help the hunger I was feeling, and I ended up eating some more food I had brought with me and ended up at my whopping 2,000 calories. emoticon

The Bad: Obviously the emoticon was part of the bad, the 2,000 calories was part of the bad. The stomach ache I had this morning was definitely part of the bad! emoticon Can I just say, that I used to eat 3,000+ calories on a regular day before I had this change in lifestyle, so the fact that my stomach is upset by 2,000 calories which contained one donut and all regular food I eat on a daily basis was quite a shocker. But maybe it was my bodies way of reminding me why I don't live that way anymore. emoticon

The Good: Part of the good was learning from my mistake, for accepting that I ate out of impulse and while I was truly hungry, the donut did nothing for me in terms of giving me the fuel my body was asking for. It also allowed me to reevaluate my calorie goals and I am trying for a 1500 calorie range. I am doing a lot better today and feeling more in control and not hungry like I was before. Maybe just a little bit of extra calories is what my body was asking for. emoticon

And the Super Good, is that I bought a new shirt and wore it to work for free dress. I got 3 people telling me how good I looked and that they thought my shirt was cute! emoticon

I haven't bought any new clothes in over a year with the exception of a pair of jeans here or there because I'm losing this weight and well, fat girl clothes are expensive. I recently bought this shirt and a couple of others and I'm glad I did. It makes me feel pretty and smaller to actually wear clothes that fit. Other than that I've been living in regular t shirts because even if those get a little big, you can still wear them. The compliments were great, but the way I felt was great and it came at the perfect time. It really reminded me of what was important and that one bad day can't derail me as long as I learn from it and move forward.

We all have good and bad days, none of us are perfect but it's what we do with the bad days and whether or not we learn from it and do our best to change it that counts.

  
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DANCINGFLAMES 8/16/2013 11:37PM

    1. I love that shirt, and I bet you rocked it.
2. Great attitude and outlook
3. This blog made me feel better about the bump in the road I hit recently.



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GEMINIGEM6 8/15/2013 1:48PM

    Great job girl! And I love that shirt! I want one! Lol.

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SIMONEKP 8/15/2013 12:52PM

    All part of the journey I guess

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JLEMUS1 8/15/2013 8:26AM

    AWESOME!!! We stumble but then we get up and kick butt!! We will not be denied!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JESSICA_STULTZ 8/14/2013 4:13PM

    I agree. We all have a bad day for calories. As long as we don't have those kind of days day after day we are ok. Glad things are looking up for you!

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CIROHIO 8/14/2013 9:23AM

    we learn from our mistakes! forget it and move on. today is a new day! emoticon Cathe

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HEATHERFREE 8/13/2013 11:48PM

    very cute shirt!!

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BOODIGGETY 8/13/2013 6:36PM

    Love it Steph. So true. The mistakes really do remind you how good you feel when you eat well. Glad you're picking yourself up and not beating yourself up. Keep on truckin'!

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ANTOF9 8/13/2013 9:40AM

    Love this blog entry! We do have a lot in common :) I'm with you on the new clothes -- I'm trying so hard not to buy new clothes, because frankly I don't want to waste the money on clothes for a size I'm not going to be in 5 months! But we can't go around in baggy t-shirts, either :) Good for you for buying and wearing your pretty new top! I bet that felt fabulous :)

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MERRY_XMAS 8/13/2013 4:59AM

    After a year in maintenance the only BIG difference is that I can now stop and think "Is it worth it?" before I binge. If I really feel that my body needs it, I go for it, no matter the extra calories. And I have learned to actually enjoy the extra food and not full myself with guilt.

It is a good thing that you had a little treat. We need it once in a while!

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DIRLI8 8/13/2013 12:04AM

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MABELL1WFTX 8/12/2013 9:17PM

    What a great blog. You certainly learned from your "bad" and that is what is important. It is sometimes difficult for us to do that instead of beating ourselves up. It was strong of you to stop at just one donut. Me - I could eat a whole box. Once upon a time, Sara Lee made 2 sizes of coffee cakes - a small and a large. I would buy one of each, eating the small one all by myself. Then I would take one small slice out of the big one so that my DH would think I was doing so good by eating one small slice. Well, the joke was on me and my behind.
Kudos to you and your learning.

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JACOBSBELOVED 8/12/2013 3:18PM

    First off, isn't it amazing that a bad day is 2,000 calories? Remember what a bad day used to consist of? I'm not trying to say that 2,000 isn't bad, but it just shows you how far you've come. :)


Second, I'm glad you feel like you learned from your mistake and you know what to do next time.

Third, I think you should put up pictures of you in your new clothes. That top is adorable and I think you should show it off on SP :D


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JACKSGRAN 8/12/2013 2:13PM

    I love the way you have dissected the good and the bad, and you were honest about it.

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SILVER_WOLF1221 8/12/2013 2:08PM

    Great post! It's good to see that you took your experience and learned from it instead of beating yourself up over the whole thing. But now I have a problem,.....mmmmmm donuts..... emoticon

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TIKITAMI 8/12/2013 10:53AM

   
Isn't it amazing how our body quickly reminds us that is doesn't actually like the crap we used to try and run it on.

Good for you for stopping at one and tracking even when you knew you were over.



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GSDMOMMA 8/12/2013 10:33AM

    Great blog! Donuts will do me in every time, but you have a great attitude about it and seemed to have gotten right back on track. Way to go!

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MOTHEPRO 8/12/2013 10:30AM

    emoticonGreat job getting right back on track!

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ZAPPATTACK 8/12/2013 10:11AM

    Thank you for writing this - exactly what I needed to read after derailing myself yesterday at a MLB game and then going out to the movies... I will keep in mind to forgive myself for what I've done and do better today.

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SYELLICO 8/12/2013 10:06AM

    Such a great attitude! emoticon

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LUCKYPRESENCE 8/12/2013 10:04AM

    UGH!! Donuts are sooo tempting. Keep your head up and move forward :)

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MONKEYSTAR28 8/12/2013 9:30AM

    Pesky donut! Today is a new day. You are on a fresh day! Keep on going! You are doing great! :)

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WEIGHTING4BABY 8/12/2013 9:16AM

    *thumbs up*

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AELI2468 8/12/2013 8:45AM

    I fear that all the KK/donut talk on the boards last week might have messed with you!
But kudos to keeping it to one, and recognizing how you felt afterwards!

And congrats on the compliments!!
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AMARILYNH 8/12/2013 7:45AM

    So you are still human? Glad to know it!! The GOOD I read here is that you stopped with ONE! I bet in the past (assuming there were more in the box) you'd have come back later for seconds. Am I right? How do I know (or guess) this? Because in the past I would have!

I personally DO NOT believe in allowing yourself to be hungry!! And other than that one donut you ate healthy food - that was (IMHO) the exact right thing to do!!

You are just amazing!! And YAY on the shirt and the compliments!! I also believe in buying clothes that fit along the journey - do you have any good thrift shops nearby? I've found some lovely things in them without breaking the bank.

Have a BLESSED, AWESOME week!! You've SO got this!! You SO inspire me!! That said, I'm off to walk! emoticon emoticon

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COOKIE_AT_51 8/12/2013 6:22AM

    Love the outcome ... and the wisdom gained. emoticon

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YMWONG22 8/12/2013 3:34AM

  Correct mentality. Tomorrow is brand new day to do things correctly.
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DESERTDREAMERS 8/12/2013 3:16AM

    Note it, regret it, then move on. emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 8/12/2013 1:39AM

    I'm proud of you!

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That Shift From "You CAN do it" To "You're an inspiration!" ?!

Friday, August 09, 2013


Huge emoticon moment today through the courtesy of my amazing Spark Friends! emoticon There is a huge shift in the types of comments I receive, and it is the most amazing feeling. I have been off and on Spark people since 2009... but as of March 2012 I have been here consistently and am down a total of 77 pounds. I am not sure when this shift happened exactly, but it was an amazing WTF?! moment. emoticon

When I was starting on this journey for the 2930283290 time, I got so much encouragement and support and it was amazing! It was full of comments telling me "You can do it", "keep up the good work", "you will get there, don't give up". I loved those comments and they were so helpful and encouraging. When I was down in the dumps, I would get comments to remind me of where I was going, why I was doing this and to keep on truckin', it was great!

Then today I realized my comments are different now. I get comments from some of you fabulous people saying that I am a motivation/inspiration and this blows my mind! Me?! A motivation? Really?! How?! emoticon I remember being on Spark People and seeing people that inspired and motivated me. Since I am a bigger girl, I really looked up to people who had lost 50+ pounds, because it was proof that no matter how far we have to go in this journey, it can be done! I never in a million years thought ANYONE would ever see me in the same light that I saw my own personal motivators on here, and it is an amazing feeling.

Those same people that motivate and inspire me today, and everyone on Spark is motivational and inspiring in their own way. Whether they are years into their journey and pounds down, or if they are finding the courage to get started on their journey, everyone has a Spark to bring to the table! emoticon

This may sound silly, but it really just blew my mind to be getting the nicest comments, and my brain is learning to process the fact that it's not a matter of "I CAN do this", it's that "I AM doing it". After years and years of losing and regaining weight and never truly being successful, this is a hard pill to swallow but with each passing day I am realizing "I am doing this", and you are doing this too... just be being here on Spark! With some consistency, and a little hard work, you will find that shift from people telling you "You can do it" and trying to encourage you, to congratulating you on your success! Success is really just a bunch of little victories all put together to create that amazing success we are all looking to achieve. Passing up a emoticon or taking that emoticon when you really don't want to is another step towards your goals! emoticon emoticon and many of you are already DOING IT! emoticon

I want to thank anyone who has ever been supportive and left me a comment, I am truly blessed to have amazing Spark Friends and to have a place like Spark to feel like I am not alone in this, and that people truly care about my success. Just as I truly care about all of you and want nothing more than to see you all reach your goals!

  
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SIMONEKP 8/15/2013 12:56PM

    I know right. I still have a long way to go but I find that I am surprised every time someone makes a comment about how much I've lost so far. Now if can just those dangit 2 lbs, I'll own my 50lbs down badge. You are awesome!

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HEATHERFREE 8/13/2013 11:46PM

    love this Steph! You are an inspiration to me and have been even when you were stuck! You are awesome!

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POUTINGPEGGY 8/11/2013 5:27AM

    Well you deserve it as I you've put in the hard work. It is wonderful seeing how you have changed physically. Mentally you have changed too. Wonderful emoticon

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JACOBSBELOVED 8/11/2013 2:38AM

    It's all true! The goals and plans you set out for yourself are being achieved and EVERYONE is noticing.

I personally want to say "thank you" for putting everything out there. You showed us your struggles, your victories, and everything in between. It really helps me to see someone else face the same difficulties that I'm currently facing and watch them overcome them.

You truly are an inspiration and I can only hope you continue to stay on SP even after you are at your goal weight. I'll be needing your encouragement! :D

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ZAPPATTACK 8/10/2013 10:42PM

    I've definitely been inspired by you, and it's good to see that you're seeing what we all are - that you have done amazing things!! Thank you for being here and staying positive no matter how many times "starting over" happens... You've touched lives :)

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MUSCLE-UP 8/10/2013 9:07PM

    I am so happy that you did it. Your own words of encouragement to us out here made me tear up a bit. All those little victories did make you stand out. emoticon emoticon

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JESSYJAINES 8/10/2013 5:41PM

    Great Blog! You deserve the kind words. Thanks for being a SparkFriend. emoticon

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DUMBBELLE84 8/10/2013 12:57PM

  Love it! Your hard work is totally paying off and you deserve it. Well done, sweetie!

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JACKIE542 8/10/2013 12:50PM

    emoticon Happy you are doing so emoticon

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WAY2GOCAT 8/10/2013 11:54AM

    Feels good, yes it does. I've noticed that shift too when I get comments on my page. One day, when I grow up, I want to a SparkPeople motivator...........! emoticon

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WEEPINGANGEL74 8/10/2013 11:00AM

    This is such a beautiful blog! I'm glad I stumbled across it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! Great little push.....I think I will take that walk now!

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AMARILYNH 8/10/2013 10:27AM

    You did it again - I'm just sitting here grinning at my computer saying "You GO Girl!!" Heck YES you are doing it!! And HECK YES you are inspiring the rest of us out here in SparkLand!! Have an AMAZING weekend!! emoticon emoticon (Guess we need to tell SP we need a "WE ARE DOING IT!")

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TEENY_BIKINI 8/10/2013 10:27AM

    Look out world, here she comes! You are doing great, GREAT work.

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WHOVIANGIRL23 8/10/2013 9:37AM

    You are so amazing! I hope that someday I will be able to motivate and inspire people the way you have done to me and so many others!

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TEKRU1 8/10/2013 8:55AM

    You have done GREAT! Congratulations on making the change from the motivated to the MOTIVATOR!

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YO~YOLANDA 8/10/2013 8:04AM

    Atta Gurl!!! I am so glad you shared this! I loved it most when you said...

"my brain is learning to process the fact that it's not a matter of "I CAN do this", it's that "I AM doing it". "

You ARE DOING IT!!!

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DAWNSJOURNEY 8/10/2013 7:15AM

    emoticon YOU GO GIRL.. Keep inspiring .. We get what we give .. :) and you give so you get !!!

hugs ,
Dawn

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JACKSGRAN 8/10/2013 6:11AM

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And you deserve it!

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CHICAT63 8/10/2013 6:08AM

    Love your blog and you are AWESOME !!!! emoticon

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MERRY_XMAS 8/10/2013 4:09AM

    I love your blogs! They are full of honesty and positive energy. You are indeed a motivation, as is everybody who has come as far as you during this journey!
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DANCINGFLAMES 8/10/2013 2:24AM

    Your hard work, dedication, and success should be celebrated. Keep on being inspirational!

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WEBEZE 8/10/2013 1:43AM

    I love reading your blogs. You are so frank and honest good or bad and I like that. You are an inspiration even when you are down and keep pushing on anyways. So enjoy the up time. You so deserve it.
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COCK-ROBIN 8/10/2013 12:44AM

    You can do it!

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MOTHEPRO 8/10/2013 12:07AM

    emoticon emoticonAll the support and encouragement here is priceless. The more you give, the more you receive. Spark on!

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Let The Good Times Roll!

Thursday, August 08, 2013


Okay, so I might be super obnoxiously happy lately, but I can't help it! emoticon I have had tons of blogs in the past where I was feeling crappy, so it is nice to be on the up swing with no signs of slowing!

I lost 1.8 pounds this week, while on TOM, and I have managed to lose weight every single week for10 weeks! After being on a horrible plateau and gaining a losing the same 5-10 pounds for 6 months that is a great feeling! emoticon

My yearly physical is in September, and my Doctor wanted me to get my blood work done before the visit. Last year, my A1C was a 5.8 and depending on who you ask, it can be considered pre-diabetes. I found a lot of conflicting information on what exactly is considered pre-diabetes, but either way I knew it wanted to be lower. My Grandma and Uncle on my mom's side have it, as does my Dad. The craziest part is my Dad has always been a healthy weight and active, so I was extra concerned I'd have it with my weight issues.

It has been 9 months since that test and I am now at a 5.3! emoticon I'm so happy to see that. My fasting glucose was great, my cholesterol is great, and my "good cholesterol" is up to 72 which when I googled found out that over 60 was the best possible range. emoticon

Disclaimer: I know that just because I am currently healthy, it doesn't mean that I can't get diabetes in the future, especially with it running in my family. All I can do is continue to get healthier and do what I'm doing and hope for the best.

In other news, I will say that it has been a huge transition in terms of the way I think. It has been hard work from going from thinking "You can't do it, you will always be fat!" to thinking "I can do this, I can TRY my hardest and see what happens", all the way to "You are doing this, and you aren't turning back!"

This weight loss stuff is hard, and we all need to have that confidence in ourselves to KNOW that we can do this. But it seems that confidence gets built in time, and it comes from actually doing this and losing weight and seeing the progress. It almost seems like a vicious circle, but if we can take that first step and lose 5, 10, 20 pounds, we can build this momentum and get to the point where we are unstoppable! I just had to learn that I had to spend just as much time on the emotional/mental journey (if not more) as I did on the physical journey.

I am finally feeling confident in my abilities to lose this weight, to keep it off, to get healthier, and getting back confidence in myself that I was losing with each pound I was gaining. I actually am starting to feel smaller, and the way I'm carrying myself with more confidence is showing and people are starting to notice. emoticon

Fun tidbit of the day: When I came into work last night, a male coworker (who has lost weight himself through gastric bypass) turns to the girl next to him, who is my friend and skinny, and says "If she loses anymore weight, she's going to have to wear your clothes!" emoticon I just said "I wish", but it definitely made me feel good. emoticon

  
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SIMONEKP 8/15/2013 1:03PM

    Love the graphic at the end! Folks like you keep me motivated, I've been having a hard time since June in terms of weight loss even though I've continued to work out 6 times weekly for an hour and have been eating within my calorie range. Over the past 2.5 months I've lost a grand total of like 8lbs which is still a loss and I accept it but it's hard not to grow frustrated when I was losing 8-12 lbs per month for the previous 6 months. Seeing your struggle through the plateau and then getting rolling again really lets me know that this too shall pass.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 8/9/2013 4:52PM

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WEBEZE 8/9/2013 1:56AM

    You are doing great. Awesome numbers on your blood work. Congrats on the 10 week streak. I am so glad you finally broke free of your plateau.
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JESSICA_STULTZ 8/8/2013 8:36PM

    It's good to see happy blogs! Seriously.. Your happiness has got to rub off on someone who is having a bad day because it made me smile just reading it! So glad things are going good for you and that you are seeing the results you deserve!

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CIROHIO 8/8/2013 7:06PM

    so nice to hear happy things. emoticon lab work! keep that positive attitude and the motivation coming. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MERRY_XMAS 8/8/2013 6:07PM

    Your entry is full of determination and positive attitude! Keep it up, girl!!!

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JENNIEONFIRE 8/8/2013 1:51PM

    you go girl! I am so happy I read this blog....I've been feeling in the dumps lately myself needed some sort of motivation-thanks for that :)

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JENB145 8/8/2013 12:34PM

    Keep it up!
Be on top!
You Rock!
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TEENY_BIKINI 8/8/2013 12:25PM

    You. are. a. rock. star!

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WHOVIANGIRL23 8/8/2013 11:53AM

    Look at you gooooooo! You are so amazing!

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DAWNSJOURNEY 8/8/2013 11:03AM

    Congrats !!! and you are doing Fantastic things for you !!! emoticon emoticon .. can't emoticon to much as success like that !!!

KEEP ON KEEPIN ON .. cause it is working..

btw you're right about the head part of it..sometimes and most of time way more important.. turning around our self loathing into POSITIVE SELF LOVE !! and you are well on your way .. you go girl !!

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JESSYJAINES 8/8/2013 10:59AM

    Sounds great, glad your level is dropping and keep spreading the positive vibes! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SYELLICO 8/8/2013 10:19AM

    Good for you!! Love reading these positive thoughts!

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JLPEASE 8/8/2013 9:32AM

    Awesome blog! What a great attitude!
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DEIDRESH 8/8/2013 8:55AM

    YAY! You are really an inspiration and to have continuously lost weight for 10 weeks is AWESOME, esp with TOM! :) With this attitude you CAN and WILL reach your goals! emoticon emoticon

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MYHUBBYISMYHERO 8/8/2013 8:21AM

    Glad to hear that your A-1c was better. It has to make you feel confident in what you are doing. Enjoy the rest of your week.
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FINCHFEEDER80 8/8/2013 7:59AM

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rock those good vibes, girl!

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JADED_CHICK19 8/8/2013 7:29AM

    Good for you! Congrats on your amazing blood work numbers and on your new positive outlook on life! Keep up the great work!

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MOTHEPRO 8/8/2013 7:16AM

    emoticon Great numbers! Keep sharing your happiness! I love basking in it! LOL

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 8/8/2013 7:05AM

    You go girl!! You've EARNED it!! You should be proud, all of that hard work, that effort. I love that you're getting happier and more positive.

Those are great results, I am sure your doctor will be happy to see the results. As will you. emoticon

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AMARILYNH 8/8/2013 6:03AM

    OMG - reading your blog just started my day off with HAPPINESS! For you to have gotten to this place while you are so young, and ESPECIALLY for you to be actively kicking pre-diabetes to the curb just thrills me!! emoticon emoticon

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POUTINGPEGGY 8/8/2013 4:52AM

    Lovely blog. So happy for you. emoticon

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JACKSGRAN 8/8/2013 4:47AM

    Love this blog. No wonder you are a Spark Motivator

Thankyou for your great post

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COCK-ROBIN 8/8/2013 3:04AM

    Wonderful!

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DANCINGFLAMES 8/8/2013 2:00AM

    I love this blog. Keep 'em coming!

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IDICEM 8/8/2013 1:13AM

  Congratulations on all the good news! Keep up the good work!
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I Owned July! First Outstanding Month Since...

Thursday, August 01, 2013

October! emoticon emoticon emoticon That is right, I have not had an all around great month since October! I was updating my calendar for July, and applying the appropriate stickers and doing my recap, and this is what I discovered happened in July.

emoticon I lost 7.4 pounds! emoticon
emoticon I had 1850 Fitness Minutes! emoticon
emoticon I had consistent strength training the second half of July! emoticon
emoticon I successfully completed calorie cycling for the entire month! emoticon
emoticon I exercised EVERYDAY in July! emoticon
emoticon I walked 96 miles! emoticon
emoticon I hit Onederland (which everyone knows cause I can't stop talking about it LOL) emoticon
emoticon I am at my lowest weight in 9 years! emoticon
emoticon I only had 1 bingey day! emoticon
emoticon But my favorite one is that I feel the best I have, physically and emotionally in a VERY LONG TIME! emoticon

November - May I did not achieve much of anything. I floated around the same weight, gained 10ish pounds to lose them again, but never really got anywhere. June I lost around 3 pounds, and felt frustrated that I was working and not seeing the results, and then July happened and BAM! Things turned around!

Okay, so tooting my own horn is a lot of fun, especially since I had a lot of horn tooting withdrawals the last few months... but that isn't the only reason I am writing this. If one person reading this can feel motivated knowing that you can absolutely turn things around, that would make me feel even happier! emoticon Did you have a crappy July? Did you not lose or even gain? Heck, have you had a crappy 2013 so far? It's not too late to turn it around! We can't change the past but we can focus on each day and do whatever we can to keep pushing forward!

Maybe you had an amazing July! That is great, now is time to take stock of what you are doing! What is working and what is not working? What do you need to continue to do and what do you need to stop doing? I know that sounds so simple, but it wasn't until I saw what I was doing right in July to see what I need to do for August!


My Goals For August:
emoticon Exercise EVERYDAY in August. emoticon
emoticon Get 2000 Fitness Minutes for the first time EVER! emoticon
emoticon Continue with calorie cycling. (1400 calorie range) emoticon
emoticon Continue with strength training. emoticon
emoticon Make 3 miles the "normal" walk for Sparky and I, and trying to possibly increase to 3.5 miles. emoticon
emoticon Have 0 bingey days! emoticon
emoticon Finish BLC as strong as I started! emoticon
emoticon Lose 7 pounds. emoticon

To be honest, losing 7 pounds is the LEAST of my worries. The scale has a mind of it's own... the goals I can control are the ones important to me. I didn't put down tracking food, getting in water, etc because that is so much a part of me at this point it is not worth mentioning!

Let's make it a great August, I hope you will all join me, because it's going to be a fun filled month! emoticon emoticon

  
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SIMONEKP 8/15/2013 1:04PM

    awesome! you rock!

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CHUBBEGONE28 8/6/2013 2:20AM

    Whoo hooooo! Congrats, girlie!

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MEGYSU 8/5/2013 12:01PM

    I'm glad you had such an awesome month. For me, July ended on a really good note. I had a couple weeks of being kind of lazy foodwise and thoughts started to creep in that I was going to start gaining weight back. But I managed to rally and have been doing awesome the last two weeks. I'm getting really close to my previous low. August may be the month!

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GEMINIGEM6 8/4/2013 3:36PM

    Horn tooting withdrawals. Girl you crack me up! I love this blog though b/c you are SO right! WE have the power to turn it around and any given time! Isn't that wonderful! And congrats again for all of your accomplishments!

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MLJSPARK 8/2/2013 11:08PM

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Wow! So many awesome accomplishments for you in July, congrats! My July was up and down and on and off and generally not much progress, so I'll be kicking it into gear for August. Best wishes in continuing your wonderful achievements and meeting your August goals!

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AMARILYNH 8/2/2013 11:34AM

    Congratulations on a job well done!! I predict August will be even better - you are on a ROLL!! I can't wait for the picture of you in those ZIPPED up shorts - I know its coming soon!! emoticon

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LYNNWANNABE 8/2/2013 9:50AM

    I ended July with a gain, but already see it back off this morning; however, it was enough to give me a kick in the butt and a push in the right direction. Also, enough will power to ignore my husband this morning when he woke me early with a grumpy attitude and a double candy bar for me? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? emoticon emoticon I'm clueless what I'm doing up, but I weighed myself and I'm back down the 2 lbs and settled for a glass of water emoticon and as soon as I'm done posting here, I'm going back to bed for more sleep emoticon .. four or five hours does not help curb the appetite. Oh, AND I made HIM eat the candy bar, broke his heart I'm sure! emoticon

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MERRY_XMAS 8/2/2013 5:33AM

    Amazing!!! You are on fire!!!

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DANCINGFLAMES 8/2/2013 4:20AM

    Very inspiring!

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HEATHERFREE 8/1/2013 10:36PM

    I am with you, August is a new month, and time for new goals or at least to get on with the ones I've already made!

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MOTHEPRO 8/1/2013 10:01PM

    emoticon My July was kind of blah, but I'll turn it around in August!

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CIROHIO 8/1/2013 10:00PM

    July deserves a emoticon emoticon emoticon
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JENB145 8/1/2013 9:48PM

    Way to go on a great month! Here's to August!!!
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LAWANDMUSIC 8/1/2013 9:45PM

    Congratulations!!

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LASHAYLAG4 8/1/2013 9:33PM

  That's awesome!!!!

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WORKNPROGRESS49 8/1/2013 9:33PM

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COCK-ROBIN 8/1/2013 9:31PM

    Wonderful!

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JUNEAU2010 8/1/2013 9:27PM

    Thanks for sharing. I have had, as you say, a crappy time for far longer than I want to admit (years?!)

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