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When Flying Squirrels Attack!

Tuesday, September 03, 2013



More than a year ago now, my girl Susan (IMSOOZEEQ) introduced me to the flying squirrels... no, not the little furry creature pictured above, but that pesky arm jiggle we tend to get under our arms! I had never heard that phrase before, but it totally described them perfectly.

So the other day, I started Hip Hop Abs with Shaun T (which I LOVE LOVE LOVE btw), and as I was doing a move that required me to pump my arms... I heard a weird *smack*. It startled me a bit but I kept on moving. All of a sudden two more *smack* *smack*. emoticon My dog Sparky didn't seem to be alarmed so I didn't think there was anyone at the door, or creeping around outside. I continued on and sure enough *smack* *smack* *smack*! It was the attack of the flying squirrels!

For a second it kind of bothered me... I've worked really hard, I've lost almost 80 pounds... I've dedicated a lot of time and energy into this journey... and I still had these flying squirrels just flapping away. I had a brief moment where I was a little upset about it, and what has happened to my body, but I quickly snapped out of it! I hadn't heard the flying squirrels *smack* around in a long time, and that reminded me that I was working out and working really hard to lose the rest of this weight. The flying squirrels never made noise while I was sitting on the couch, sitting in the fast food drive thru, or eating all that unhealthy food. They were smacking around and making noise because I was pushing myself out of my comfort zone, trying a new exercise, burning some calories and getting my sweat on! So to the flying squirrels I say FLAP on! They are nothing to be ashamed of, and I will flap mine with pride! emoticon emoticon

  
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NASFKAB 11/10/2013 4:12AM

  love your attitude way to go & couple of other tips the wall pushups & weights so thanks to all

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WHITEANGEL4 9/17/2013 9:59PM

    Enjoyed the great blog.......I am working with light weights hoping to firm up my squirrels

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MRSRIGS1 9/13/2013 3:22PM

    You crack me up! I call mine - My angel wings! emoticon

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1SALMON1 9/8/2013 5:29PM

    Thank you for this! Mine are getting flappy and floppy, & I am trying to fill up the loose skin with biceps & triceps because I don't think it will shrink back all the way. But thanks to your inspiration I will fly proud!

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    emoticon emoticon Yup! I got'em too!!

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MLLEMINOU 9/6/2013 8:27PM

    emoticon As others have said: great attitude and perspective, and reading this blog has helped me (I have arms that jiggle too), but your blog *sparked* me! Just wanted to say emoticon for inspiring me and emoticon !!

p.s. I have really been wanting to try Hip Hop Abs (Shaun T is a great dancer in the commercial!!) and I think I will try it after reading your positive review on it!!

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FRAN0426 9/5/2013 1:33AM

    Keep up the great journey you have been doing. The first time slap, slap, slap takes you by surprise, I remember mine well---ugh!

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MARYJEANSL 9/5/2013 12:20AM

  Love that term!

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KITTYCAT64 9/4/2013 11:41PM

    There are much worse things than flying squirrels. You keep on s p a r king.

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DEBSZOO74 9/4/2013 10:46PM

    I had to find out what your blog was about when I saw the title. emoticon
Keep working on those flying squirrels! I'm so proud of you! emoticon

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JOANNHUNT 9/4/2013 10:36PM

    YA THOSE FLYING SQUIRRELS CAN GET LOUD AT TIMES. WE JUST HAVE TO MOVE ON PASSED THEIR NOISE TO VICTORY.

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WEEPINGANGEL74 9/4/2013 10:28PM

    If you keep up the great progress and exercise, those schools will take a flying leap and be history. You are doing fantastic!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 9/4/2013 8:56PM

    My Mom calls it jello.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 9/4/2013 8:18PM

    emoticon I have seen them on TV

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JAMER123 9/4/2013 7:55PM

    Never heard the term Flying Squirrel but we have always called those lovely arms, bat wings! It's the same principle. At least it didn't scare your dog! (LOL) Thanks for sharing!!
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HEATHERFREE 9/4/2013 7:29PM

    Yeah my flying squirrels have been getting bigger and bigger....BUT if you do wall push-ups and the strength move where your arms go up in front of you and you bend your elbows so the weights are behind your head. Those have really helped me get some tone, the skin can only go back so far but strength moves REALLY help.

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LABGIRL8 9/4/2013 6:30PM

    I call them my wings. All I need are feathers and I'll FLY!

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BLPRETTYGIRL1 9/4/2013 6:00PM

    emoticon emoticon Okay ladies get in line to do the squirrel. 1 and a 2 and a 3 , ....flap, flap, flap ........

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CERTHIA 9/4/2013 5:50PM

    emoticon Yes, flap on! Love the squirrel.

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JERICHO1991 9/4/2013 5:42PM

    Hopefully you will only lose the flying squirrels when they leave your body, not due to stopping exercise.

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  I'm a flapper and I know it!

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SMAGEE 9/4/2013 2:38PM

  I love your attitude and view of the world. Very inspiring. Thank you.

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    great attitude!

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  Thanks for the chuckle and the cute aniMal pic!

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ABUFFKIN 9/4/2013 1:42PM

    You hit the nail on the head!!! I'm trying to get rid of those pesky flying squirrels myself!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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  emoticon I emoticon the way you have turned the "Flying Squirrels" into a positive experience.

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JANEMARIE77 9/4/2013 1:02PM

    I had the same kind of experience. I love the attitude and thoughts, how you handled the voices in your head that wanted to take you down a bad path good for you you are awesome

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NONNAOF2 9/4/2013 12:39PM

  I call mine "ding dongs" because they are like bell clappers when they sway!! :-)

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NASFKAB 9/4/2013 11:58AM

  AWESOME ATTITUDE

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SHIRAZSOLLY 9/4/2013 11:57AM

    Well, at least your flying squirrels don't also make a knocking sound when they hit the tree (arthritic shoulders cracking)!

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SUSIEMT 9/4/2013 11:38AM

    Very good! I have always called mine bat wings but flying squirrels is great! Periodically I hear mine and just have to laugh out loud!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 9/4/2013 10:54AM

    I LOVE it !!! LOL. emoticon That's aging with a positive attitude.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 9/4/2013 10:21AM

    LOL that's a great term, and I love your perspective on it. Fly on! :)

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Breaking News: I Have ONE Chin... I Repeat ONE Chin...

Sunday, September 01, 2013

This is not a drill! But don't be alarmed, no one stole the other 2 chins (I used to have 3), but apparently over the last 17 months they have gone missing, and I have no intention of looking for them! Now before you see the picture, I will say I was the Queen of camera angles. I could make 2 chins look like 1, or 3 chins look like 2, all from the right angle. But this new picture is actually straight forward and genuine. On top of that I was looking in the mirror and I saw it first hand, 1 chin. I couldn't believe my eyes! emoticon



So I texted my coworker to let her in on the news! She was laughing at me and then she says "Um, you really should look in the mirror more often, it's been like that for a while now!" emoticon I said I just noticed today, when I look in the mirror my eyes immediately go to the stomachs. emoticon She knows how I joke and stuff, so she wasn't phased by this, she just said "Well every once in a while, look UP!" This was definitely a huge NSV, and I am feeling really good. Sometimes it is SO easy to look at how far we still have to go, or to look at the things we like least about ourselves, like my stomachs or the flying squirrels (my arms)... that we don't see how much other things are progressing... like having 1 chin and some pretty killer calves. :) I am going to make sure to continue to look at what I have achieved, and not just think about how far I still have to go... and I'm going to learn to appreciate all the little changes. I'm going to make more time to look around and smell the roses! emoticon

  
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CATNCAG 5/6/2014 1:34PM

    emoticon emoticon I use to have 5 chins now I only have 3! emoticon

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PENUMBRA52 1/15/2014 2:57PM

    You should be very proud of yourself I sure hope I can do it too


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WHITEANGEL4 9/14/2013 11:35PM

    Congratulations

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    You look great! Keep up the good work emoticon

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TIMETOGETGOING 9/12/2013 10:05AM

    Way to go! You look wonderful! emoticon

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LEANMEAN2 9/10/2013 5:41AM

    Congratulations! And I love your stars on your page.

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    An Enormous NSV! emoticon

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NYCUTIE22 9/5/2013 4:23PM

    Hi, Congrats and I love the quote!

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CICELY360 9/4/2013 10:05PM

  Good for you

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CERTHIA 9/4/2013 5:40PM

    emoticon You are just plain gorgeous! Your one chin looks very good on you. You are probably also aware you have some killer cheekbones and very beautiful eyes?

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FIRECOM 9/4/2013 12:47PM

    EXCELLENT!!!
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    Congrats! emoticon

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SDEHNKE 9/4/2013 10:08AM

    Looking forward to the day that I have one chin again! LOL That is wonderful news. You've worked hard for it and you deserve it. emoticon

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ANKLLOYD 9/4/2013 9:58AM

    Awesome! You are beautiful!!! Woo-Hoo!!!

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G33K10V3 9/4/2013 7:07AM

    Congrats on your spare chins shortage!!!! That is great, you're looking fabulous!
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IMSOOZEEQ 9/4/2013 6:36AM

    You have some a long way baby! You look fantastic! Your co-worker is right...LOOK UP once in a while! lol Look at how far you have come. Look at how much your thinking has changed on this journey! You have achieved so much more than just weight loss, don't forget that!

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TANGOKATE 9/4/2013 12:43AM

    I am learning the same lesson. Loved your blog.

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MARMAERT 9/4/2013 12:42AM

    emoticon looks like it's time for a full body re-asessment! you might be surprised about other areas, too!

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MRSLCDR 9/3/2013 11:37PM

    Way to go!! Keep up the good work, you are an inspiration and I'm cheering for you !
I just got into Onederland!

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DONNELDA22 9/3/2013 10:53PM

    Congratulations! Down to 1 chin. That's great. emoticon

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 9/3/2013 10:47PM

    What a lovely face you have the structure really shows through.

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FAIRHAVENQUEEN 9/3/2013 10:18PM

    You are looking awesome! Keep up the good work. You deserve to feel good about yourself!

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YHINESS 9/3/2013 9:57PM

    Really awesome!

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    emoticon You look fantastic! emoticon emoticon emoticon Love them NSV's. Love your sense of humor too.

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KIMBERLY_Y 9/3/2013 8:26PM

    You look terrific! emoticon

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BOODIGGETY 9/3/2013 8:22PM

    Why Steph...you really are famous! There you were sitting pretty on the blog spotlight! That is so awesome! You look great. Hey, one of these days I'll get to post that I can see my kneecaps again! emoticon

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KKLENNERT809 9/3/2013 7:56PM

    You are so right! Keep doing it!!

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JOANNHUNT 9/3/2013 6:05PM

    CONGRATULATIONS ON THE NSV. ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY AND REMEMBER TO LOOK UP WHEN LOOKING IN THE MIRROR. YOU JUST MIGHT FIND MORE OF WHAT YOU LIKE.



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KIN59VARA 9/3/2013 4:40PM

    Great Blog!

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    emoticon emoticon Absolutely LOVE those kind of NSV's!!! Love the inspirational quote, definitely something to remind myself along the way!

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MONTREAL12 9/3/2013 4:03PM

  I love your quote of focusing on what has been done as opposed to what lies ahead! Thanks emoticon

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JUSTCHELLE75 9/3/2013 3:44PM

    Awesome

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LUVTOBOWL 9/3/2013 3:36PM

    Wow! Keep up the awesome, hard work!!!

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    What a great achievement! Keep up the great work. emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon Keep up with the good work!!! You look awesome!

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BEEANDHAM 9/3/2013 2:21PM

    What an amazing accomplishment! You also have a great sense of humor which is definitely needed in this struggle we all face. Keep up the excellent work! emoticon

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    congrats

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I am changing, so my journey must change also...

Saturday, August 31, 2013



When I started off losing weight, the smallest of changes were able to get the weight rolling off. Although there is nothing easy about weight loss (at any size), small changes in my eating, and being slightly more active resulted in big losses. As time went on, I walked more and more, and I lowered my calories and made even better choices, and the weight continued to come off. I overcame many plateaus, and I started walking farther and farther, but I've never consistently made big changes to my plan.

The plan that worked for me when I was over 200 pounds does not work as effectively now. Sometimes I think my body is so confused... I am around 195, there is still PLENTY of weight to lose, especially in my stomach, but my body seems to worry that we are wasting away. I've known for a while now I need to up my game. I've known I've needed to do additional exercise to add on to my walking (Because Sparky needs his walks no matter what emoticon), but I've been all talk! Just as I often am with my strength training. I know first hand that my arms need work, and more importantly I know how important strength training is but for some reason I refuse to get on board and do it consistently.

So September is going to be the month of change for me. I have gotten too comfortable in my routine, and despite my "feeling fat days", I am quite enjoying my 195 pound body. But I am not done losing weight, for health reasons and vanity reasons (hey, at least I'm honest emoticon), There is nothing wrong with being comfortable, I have worked really hard to lose 77 pounds and I definitely deserve to be happy and comfortable in my own skin... and I definitely am. But as my buddy Annie on here says, good things happen when we get a little uncomfortable. Uncomfortableness can drive us to change and push even harder, and I'm ready for that next step in my journey.

I recently ordered Hip Hop Abs and I love it! Absolutely love it! At my weight abs are the least of my worries, but getting in an awesome work out and working on my core strength (which I really need to work on) is definitely my cup of tea! emoticon For the first time ever I printed up a workout schedule, and September is going to be my month of actually doing what I say I'm going to do!

I am also working on cooking more healthy meals and relying less on processed food. I took the time to plan out my calories, because I know with more exercise comes more calories, but not so much so that it undoes all the efforts put in with exercise. I am going to work on tweaking the calories until I can find the sweet spot.

Here is my calendar and my goals for September:


emoticon One thing not on the calendar is my walking, that happens everyday with Sparky or at work, it's a given and I didn't need to put that on there, but it is still a huge part of my goals. emoticon

emoticon Hit 2,000 Fitness Minutes for the first time ever! I came close this month but didn't push it, so I fell short.

emoticon Continue to try new, healthy recipes until I get a good amount that I can rotate and incorporate into my weekly routine.

emoticon To follow my workout calendar the best that I can, with special attention to the strength training for my arms... that is what always seems to get forgotten.

emoticon Pay attention to my body. I have arthritis in my knees, a metal plate in my leg and screws in my ankle... I need to listen to my body and if I feel like some of the exercises are too much or I'm facing a flare up, I will scale it back.

emoticon I also want a huge focus to be paying attention to my body in terms of hunger. Eating when I'm hungry, stopping when I'm full, you know, all that good stuff. emoticon

Let's all join together and make September a good month! If August was great, use that momentum to propel you right into September! If August wasn't everything you hoped it would be, or was just down right horrible, let's just forget about it and start off fresh for September! emoticon

  
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MRSRIGS1 9/12/2013 2:55PM

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your idea for a workout calendar!!! Here's to a GREAT and AWESOME September!

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DAY2DAY45 9/2/2013 8:54PM

    Great Plan! If you past success has any insight as to how September will be you will do wonderfully! emoticon

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AMDODSON12 9/2/2013 6:59PM

    You are so inspirational!

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MOM3GRTKIDS 9/2/2013 5:07PM

    way to go!

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TOKIEMOON 9/2/2013 4:53PM

    Count me in on your plan to revamp eating and exercise attitudes and activities. Three months post-op back surgery, I am now allowed to start PT this week! Talk about a need to work on core muscles! emoticon

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SUZIPAM1 9/2/2013 4:32PM

    congrats a lot - have you ever tried spinning?

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    Sounds like a plan to me!!!
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    Really good goals. I need to focus on my strength too this time. emoticon emoticon

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FIRECOM 9/2/2013 11:50AM

    Sounds like a great plan. I was doing better at strength training and then CANCER. Now I am in chemo and I am dedicated to continue the training when this is over.

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    Great post

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    Great post! Thanks for the inspiration!

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ITSABSURD 9/2/2013 8:37AM

    So true!

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SKC123 9/2/2013 8:16AM

    You can do it--you have some great goals! My goal for september is to get 1000 fitness minutes. I had over 800 in August, so I think i can do it. I also want to find indoor fitness activities that I can do during the winter. It's not here yet, but will be soon and I need to have an alternate to swimming and walking. Good luck on reaching your goals!

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BOODIGGETY 9/2/2013 6:49AM

    "Do Epic Sh#t. Go forth and be a force of the awesome." I'll post the photo on my Spark page since I can't send it to you here. Remember..."If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you." I'll kick it up 3 notches this month if you will! Let's do it. I'm ready to crank this Lamborghini into high gear! emoticon emoticon

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CHRISGORGME 9/2/2013 6:28AM

    Great blog!! My goal for September is 1000 minutes!
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JACKIE15108 9/2/2013 3:58AM

    Good plan Steph-Knee.... emoticon and congratulations on the 77 you have lost so far!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 9/2/2013 12:36AM

    Woo hoo! Looks good! I need to do more strength as well!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 9/1/2013 11:31PM

    Awesome!!

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    AWESOME.

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JSEATTLE 9/1/2013 10:47PM

  I love your enthusiasm and dedication! Thank you for the encouragement!

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SIMONEKP 9/1/2013 6:14PM

    great goals Steph. I tried hip hop abs and found it not to be my cup of tea but others love it.

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  emoticon Sounds like a great plan.............

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SUSIEMT 9/1/2013 2:44PM

    Woo Hoo to you!! Keep up the good work Steph!

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DIANNEMT 9/1/2013 2:36PM

    Great plan!! You can do it!!

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KKLENNERT809 9/1/2013 1:23PM

    You are doing a great job-keep up the work!

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A Chat With 272-Pound-Stephanie

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I have been having a rough week! When I say rough, I mean disaster area type stuff. emoticon I have eaten, and eaten until I was overly full emoticon, and then eaten some more! I have not done that in several months. I have probably gained 2 pounds this week (will know the damage Wednesday afternoon at weigh in), but more importantly I feel bloated and sluggish. This has ended up affecting my dog Sparky emoticon, because instead of our regular 2-3 mile walks, he's been getting jipped with measly 1 mile walks. He definitely doesn't deserve that... if I won't turn things around for me, I at least need to turn things around for him.

So my girl Susan and I were talking about how lately I've been eating like 272-pound-Stephanie. This means 3000+ calories a day in some cases. Other days maybe 2400, but far more food than I (or anyone for that matter) needs. For a brief second I thought to myself, 272-pound-Stephanie had it GOOD. I mean she could eat whatever she wanted, whenever she wanted. She never EVER worried about how many calories were in something or "if she should eat that". She didn't have to worry about finding time to exercise because she didn't exercise. But then I thought there was a lot more that 272-pound-Stephanie had to deal with that I was blocking out. I was forgetting about all of those things. So Susan suggested that I have a quick chat with 272-pound-Stephanie, make a list, and then send her on her way. No offense to her but I don't want her sticking around.


So of course I started off asking her how great it was to be able to eat whatever, whenever with 0 consequences. This was her response:

"Food is great! I eat almost nothing other than fast food and I love eating chicken strips, burgers, and french fries all the time."

I couldn't lie, she had me intrigued... not worrying about food or calories ever? How great is that? She saw the twinkle in my eye, and just as I responded "That sounds great!" She cut me off right there and she gave it to me straight!

"You aren't seeing the big picture. Eating whatever, whenever is the ONLY redeeming quality about the way I am living, and to be honest that is what is causing me the most damage. It is physically exhausting carrying around all this weight. I get winded walking up the 7 stairs to my bedroom. Tying my shoes is a struggle, doing the dishes hurts my knees and my back from all the standing. I can't walk through Target without breaking into a sweat. Each night before I go to bed, and I struggle to turn over, I say to myself I wish I could find the strength to lose this weight. The extra weight sits on my chest, and sometimes it is uncomfortable even just laying down. Having to buy bigger and bigger clothes because I am growing out of them makes me feel even more defeated. So trust me when I tell you, all of that food comes with a lot of consequences."

I immediately remembered how all of those things felt. I chose to block out all of the negative things and focused on the 1 thing that I thought was fun (back then). I had already learned my lesson but before 272-pound-Stephanie left, she let me know all of the things that she was jealous of... and reminded me to be thankful for what I have, and that I need to FIGHT to keep it.

"You do many many things I wish I could do. You can walk up and down the stairs with ease, doing dishes is no big deal for you. You can walk your dog Sparky 3 miles and I can not even walk him to the corner. The physical and emotional exhaustion that comes from carrying this weight is no longer a burden for you. You also have grown much more confident not only in your ability to lose the weight, but in life in general. You do not want to go back to where you were, so stop eating like you want that life back. We both know that it's not the life you want and it is not a place you want to return to. Keep your head up, dust yourself off, and work on getting deeper into Onederland!"

Okay okay, so that might have been a silly way to approach things, I didn't actually have this conversation with myself... but seeing the huge difference between the way I used to live and the way I live now made me realize just how far I have come. I will never forget what it was like to be so far overweight, but sometimes if we don't tap into that part of ourselves and give ourselves a gentle reminder, we can let that part slip away. We have to remember it is worth it and we have to continue to fight for what we want. We didn't set out on this journey because we didn't want to change something, and sometimes we have to go back to the very beginning and get in touch with why we are doing this.

So whether I have a 1-3 pound gain at weigh in, I will take that number, and I will do the work to get the weight off, and to keep doing the work to get to my goal weight. THEN I'm going to do the work, for a lifetime to KEEP the healthier body that I have worked so hard to get. This is going to be a lifetime struggle, but I don't mind struggling to keep something that I truly want. emoticon



  
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GWINNER1 11/18/2013 7:15AM

    Staying on track is not easy but oh so worth it. Great job getting it back together.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 10/18/2013 12:22AM

    Thank you for this swift kick in the rear! I need to have a long overdue talk with the old Julia ...

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GRAMPIAN 10/13/2013 5:10AM

  Interesting blog. emoticon

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MRSRIGS1 9/11/2013 2:25PM

    What a GREAT blog! I think it IS a GREAT idea to talk to our 'old' self so he/she can remind us why we are choosing a new and healthy lifestyle. We all stumble a bit along the journey BUT the important lesson is to dust ourselves off and NEVER give up on ourselves!

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WHITEANGEL4 9/9/2013 11:06PM

    Great blog , enjoyed readinf

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NETSUE64 9/7/2013 2:47PM

    Thank you for this blog. I have recently really been craving food and missing the way I used to eat. I don't miss how things were, just the food, like MILKSHAKES! Your blog reminded me that what I have is worth all the decisions not to eat the way I used to. It's not one big decision, it's lots of them all day long, every day.

The one thing you didn't mention that pulled me through was: I do NOT miss the way I felt when I ate way too much. Bloated, sick, and only wanting to nap.

Good job and good luck with the next weigh in. You're doing awesome!

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 9/7/2013 9:52AM

    I need to have this conversation with myself....................thanks!!!
!!!! AND Way to go getting to onederland!!!

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CRYSALLIS1 9/6/2013 9:50PM

    Great idea. I'll remember to do the same thing with the old me as needed!!! Thanks for sharing.

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CMCRUZ01 9/3/2013 6:41PM

    Great job getting yourself back on track!

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GRLTAZ 9/3/2013 3:19PM

    Applause (for you) ! It kind of reminds me of the weight loss commercials on tv lately but I wish I had done this the first time I lost the weight and maybe I would not have gained it back plus another 50 lbs. My angels pointed me to spark today when I got called to stay home instead of work and you are just the thing I needed. Thank you !

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MANDYLOVE_76 9/3/2013 12:19PM

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BANDMOM2012 9/3/2013 10:07AM

    Great inspiration for me today :) Thank you!

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VERAMSW 9/2/2013 7:52PM

  This blog was very powerful, the tool of having a dialogue with your prior self is awesome. I especially liked the statement about not wanting to go back to what you were so why are you eating as if you do want to go back there? I have back-slid a lot and keep struggling to get my mojo back. A dialogue with my re-emerging past self sounds like it could be very helpful. Thank you for sharing!

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MILLYDALLY 9/2/2013 6:21PM

    Yeah.. I think I might have to have a conversation with 220-lb Emily...
Great blog!

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JAKENELL 9/2/2013 11:09AM

    I truly needed to read your words today. I have been on the brink of giving up and going back to the "old me." I am sorry to admit that I have done that pounds-wise - but not my ATTITUDE and that is what counts!
I am going to sit down and actually write a list about the "old me" and use it to provide encouragement to myself.
Thank you for the motivation and inspiration.
Sheila

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4GREEN4 9/1/2013 10:47PM

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LUVTOBOWL 9/1/2013 7:53PM

    What a way to look at your journey! emoticon

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LEANMEAN2 9/1/2013 7:09AM

    Good luck with your goals.

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THESHELBSTER 9/1/2013 6:54AM

    Oh Stephanie. This blog made me cry. This is one of the best blogs I have ever read. I loved it.

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MYAKAYAH 9/1/2013 12:32AM

    I needed this perspective, to be willing to fight to get what I want. It may be a struggle (it is) but the payoff is worth it~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZAPPATTACK 8/31/2013 5:18PM

    This was so inspiring to read!! Thank you for sharing your perspective :)

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ASCHU2 8/31/2013 12:50PM

    Thank you so much for posting this. It made me tear up, because I've been struggling with the same thoughts this last week. I am a teacher, and the first day of inservice this past week, I ate like "Old Amber," which meant all the food put out in the staff room (even though I'd brought my own healthy choices), in the quantities I used to eat it (probably 2 or 3 times the amount my coworkers would eat), AND I couldn't seem to stop myself with my thoughts. I would think,"you've already had 5 mini chocolates-why are you reaching for more?!?" and I would do it anyway! I thought I had kicked "Old Amber" to the curb, and it was frustrating to know that she's still there. It's comforting to know that I'm not the only one who has to keep fighting, because some days I feel like I should have "arrived" at listening to my hunger signals. Great job-and thanks for giving me a boost today!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/31/2013 9:35AM

    That was AWESOME. What a great reminder of why we're all doing this and why we've chosen to take up more exercise, even if it's boring/painful/time-consuming sometimes, and why we've chosen to give up unhealthy foods that don't properly nourish our bodies. Thank you for sharing this. :)

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NANCYTUNBERG64 8/31/2013 9:27AM

    I love the internal dialog. We all have it but are just no honest about it. Thank you for letting us know how important it is to be honest with ourselves.

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ADAPTINGANNIE 8/31/2013 8:49AM

    Thank you for sharing this. Your candid talk with yourself has led me to rethink some recent actions. Going to have that same "little chat" with myself. Enjoy your journey deeper into "One-der-land".
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JOANNHUNT 8/30/2013 11:30PM

    CONGRATULATIONS. WAY TO GO. WOO HOO.

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SCRAPBECCA 8/30/2013 11:28PM

    thanks for your candid and honest post!

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JERICHO1991 8/30/2013 10:27PM

    Thanks for sharing. Let's keep struggling and never give up.

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NANCYPAT1 8/30/2013 10:10PM

    How true

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ILUVTHE80S 8/30/2013 9:05PM

    I loved the way you wrote this it is so cute! My heaviest weight was 273 a year ago and now I'm at 256. Not in onederland yet, but I hope to be next year. Excuse me, while I go talk to my 273 pound self.

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ALLEGRO13 8/30/2013 6:22PM

    Loved your post!

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ELIZABETH5268 8/30/2013 4:59PM

    Your friend had a great idea. Sometimes I get frustrated with being choosy about my food and working out almost everyday. BUt then I eat something I wouldn't eat anymore and I feel sick or I don't work out and then I feel lazy and have less energy. Maybe I should have a talk with my previous self. That could even be a great idea to do when it comes to anything we've come so far from, break ups, jobs, etc.

Thank you so much for sharing! I think this will Spark many people

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TIME-4-TINA 8/30/2013 2:49PM

    Congratulations on all your success. I too, may have a conversation with myself. sounds very motivating. I will put it in my journal instead of a blog, don't want to be a copycat!. ha ha. I find it very motivating to look at old pics of myself. Pics that I thought I looked good in at the time. I realize that I barely recognize the person in the pictures. It's like a puffy blown up version of myself. I never want to be puffy again!! (mmm, that might be the title of my next blog.)
I am adding you as a friend.

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KITTYCAT64 8/30/2013 1:45PM

    Great way to share your struggle with food. I totally get it. You look beau t foul. Keep up the great job. Cathy emoticon

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KITTYCAT64 8/30/2013 1:45PM

    Great way to share your struggle with food. I totally get it. You look beau t foul. Keep up the great job. Cathy emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 8/30/2013 10:52AM

    GREAT blog!!!!! This is an awesomely fresh perspective - thank you so much for sharing it! It was just what I needed to read today!!! (((HUGS)))

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CALGALINIOWA 8/30/2013 10:26AM

    Love it! Thank you so much for sharing.

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JIBBIE49 8/30/2013 10:21AM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor.

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For My Animal Lovers, Lilo & Stich (Feral Kitties)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013


This is just an update, because I had so many fellow sparkers reach out with support and advice on the feral kittens Lilo and Stitch. They are doing wonderfully! I was able to pick them each up and put them back in their crate with no problem. The first time Lilo jumped out of my hand, but not in a mean way, but the second time she was fine. At first we were only petting them from the side when they weren't looking, but now even if they see your hand coming they will let you pet them.

They will still need some work of course, but they are definitely going to make good pets for someone at some point. We are trying to catch the last feral kitten tonight, so wish us luck because each day out there is another day older that kitten is getting. I think the fact that there were always lots of people at my work and the fact that these kittens already kind of associated humans with food has helped us in the taming. :)



  
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AMOS76 9/25/2013 8:31PM

  Did I miss an update on Lilo and Stitch? How are they? Also, how do I get involved in your BLC program and when does it start? Thanks!

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CERTHIA 9/4/2013 5:43PM

    Yay! So happy to hear things are going well. Yes, the taming process probably got a head start from being fed. They are both sooo very cute! :)

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FIRECOM 9/2/2013 11:55AM

    Our two cats are both from feral mothers. They have adapted themselves to being indoor cats.

Now we have a absolutely beautiful calico that is attempting to adopt us. I think she is a drop off because she is a total loving female. She wants in when she comes by for her daily feeding and loving. Our big male would like to let her in but his younger male cat will have nothing to do with it.

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VAINVT 9/2/2013 8:31AM

  Adorable! You have given them a good home, and that benefits you, as well as the kittens.

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5KGRANNY 8/29/2013 6:25PM

    Stephanie too cute!! You know you have blossomed in so many ways. emoticon

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SIMONEKP 8/29/2013 11:35AM

    cats are cute, too bad I am extremely allergic

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DEBSZOO74 8/28/2013 6:01PM

    Look at those cute little faces! I'm glad they're doing so well! Thank you for caring enough to do this for them!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/27/2013 10:25PM

    Beautiful!

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HEATHERFREE 8/27/2013 8:29PM

    yay! so happy its working out!

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JACOBSBELOVED 8/27/2013 3:42PM

    Ah! Such good news regarding the kitties!

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CARIOLA 8/27/2013 3:21PM

    Glad it seems to be working out!

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JMOUSE99 8/27/2013 10:53AM

    what gorgeous little guys! Thanks so much for taking them in. I hope you catch their sibling soon.

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SLIMMINGSHAY 8/27/2013 10:42AM

    aww! love animals! good luck!

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TRIXIETEXAS 8/27/2013 10:37AM

    What wonderful fur babies! Bless you for taking care of them!

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SILVER_WOLF1221 8/27/2013 10:36AM

    That is awesome! I don't know if what they would've done had you not taken the time to try. You are emoticon emoticon

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JAKENELL 8/27/2013 10:16AM

    What a wonderful thing you are doing!
Sheila

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WEIGHTING4BABY 8/27/2013 9:14AM

    so cute!

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MERRY_XMAS 8/27/2013 8:48AM

    Awww so cute!
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JACKSGRAN 8/27/2013 8:42AM

    I'm sure it won't take you long. You've had such good progress so far. Thanks for keeping us in the picture

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PATTYKLAVER 8/27/2013 8:35AM

    I love watching kittens play. Thanks for sharing that with us. You're doing a lot of great work with them. I appreciate your efforts.

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