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Managed to lose a few pounds when there were many factors against me

Monday, July 14, 2014

So, I am shocked. Last Monday, I stepped on the scale. It said 196.6 (yikes! how did that happen?!?) Anyway, I decided that this was not acceptable, clearly, and decided to do something about it. I started making the healthiest choices that I could at home and worked out quite a bit. By Thursday, I was down to 195.7... then, I went away for the weekend. We had already scheduled a trip on the first ever Cape Cod Railroad Beer Tasting Train. Plus, my fiance wanted to visit a bunch of breweries in the South Shore region. We're working on visiting all the places on the Massachusetts Craft Brewer's Passport. Beer, plus inconsistent schedules, plus having only pub food and/or carbs available most of the places we were going = BAD news for my waistline. Plus, it's that time of the month= double BAD news.... I always get bloated and feel nauseous and often become ravenously hungry (maybe I'm weird, but that's how it happens for me) So I decided to try to basically do damage control: drink copious amounts of water, try to make smart choices about food as much as possible, taste beers without getting too carried away, try to get some veggies in when I can, squeeze in some exercise if I could manage it and Brett would humor me... So, that's what I tried to do. Not easy, but I made healthy choices. I did at one point get super frustrated with Brett though. He has even more weight to lose than I do and he was acting like he just didn't care, going to McDonalds between places and getting two burgers, fries and a diet soda as a "snack" Gahh! First of all, McDonalds (and most fast food places) gross me out. Second of all, how dare he eat like that in front of me who is trying so hard to make good choices. It worked out okay in the end. We ended up having a conversation about how my real frustration was in feeling alone in this journey, but the truth is he's just at a very different place. You can't expect someone to overnight go from eating fast food, coffee, vending machine snacks, pub food galore, overindulging in alcohol to eating clean, low calorie foods without a major learning curve. I've had a couple years of this journey to figure out what works for my body in general, and even that is changing a little bit as I get older. But, I can't expect him to learn all that overnight. Anyway, so I did pretty well. I drank at least 4 liters of water almost every day. I made healthy choices when given the opportunity. I even got in a nice little jog on the treadmill one of the days this weekend. So, now comes Monday morning. The moment of truth. I step on the scale, and.... 193.8! Progress in the right direction! Not huge, but I managed to lose a couple of pounds despite beer drinking, often not great food choices, and that time of the month... I am kind of shocked, but in a good way!

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SLIMMINGSHAY 7/16/2014 9:15PM

    that is FANTASTIC! Keep up the awesomeness!

I'm a lil green with envy over here but hey! YOU put in the effort!

Great job!

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KABMPH 7/14/2014 1:33PM

    This journey really is yours alone! My BF doesn't exercise or generally eat healthy (unless I'm making it) -- though I know he would not fully agree with my healthy eating statement.

So when we travel together, I go to the gym or the pool by myself. He respects my choices even if they're not for him. And I try to do the same back to him, even if I know my choices are better than his. emoticon

CONGRATS on losing that pound despite the challenges. Weight loss is HARD. You are doing great -- and the wedding will probably be a good motivation for you, too! Thanks for the comment on my blog today, too, btw. I either need to be OK with what I've got or see if I can do something about it.

PS - I can't believe you got spammed on your blog!

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MIRAGE727 7/14/2014 9:46AM

    Stay strong, Stephanie! I've been hard on a few SparkPeople until my wife talked with me about our beginning the journey. I remembered how I spent the first 1 1/2 months fooling around with SparkPeople. I was overdrinking, over eating, and slowly killing myself! It reminded me exactly what you said, "but the truth is he's just at a very different place."
It's so much easier when two are involved in a mutual goal. Our motivation was our Granddaughter. We just have to find our own. You stay strong, stay focused, and be the best you can be. My wife set an example for me. Because of it, I became a runner at 60 and a Triathlete at 63!
Know we're here for you! Boston Strong!

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RUDITUDI2000 7/14/2014 9:21AM

    Yeah! Victory! This is very encouraging to know it can be done int the real world..the day to day! Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work!

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Back to the Real World (sort of) ... and a recap of vacation

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

So, it has been a very busy couple of weeks for me... I got out of school for the summer just two weeks ago. Although, admittedly it seems like it's been a lot longer.
So, what have I been doing all that time?
Neglecting sparkpeople? a little bit. emoticon
Having fun? absolutely! emoticon emoticon
Traveling the world? Not quite, but it sure felt like it... emoticon emoticon
Getting engaged? Yeah, that too emoticon

We started off our whirlwind week the Friday after I got out of school by driving up to Montreal. We made the journey fun though, by stopping at some attractions (read: breweries... Brett is considering it as research for the brewery he now wants to open himself)

When we arrived in Montreal, it was actually pretty late since we made so many stops along the way. Brett was dying to have me try one of his favorites meals in Montreal: smoked meat. So we went to this restaurant.... their small sandwich had 10 oz. of meat! Brett decided he wanted the 1-pounder, but luckily the waitress rang it in "wrong" and he got 10 oz., which as it turns out was more than plenty and he went away too full for dessert. emoticon

We spent the next couple days walking around the city, swimming in the hotel's rooftop pool, and just taking in the sights. We even stumbled upon a fireworks show one of the nights. emoticon Another highlight was trying some bagel places and breweries in the city.... (you're getting the picture: this trip was not kind to my waistline)

Next, we drove through Quebec, into Vermont, and then into New Hampshire. Again we made a few stops along the way. We had to pick up some soda in Quebec (Brett always gets A&W Root Beer and Gingerale in Canada because they use real sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup). We also got some syrup and ice wine, so we had a very full car.

In New Hampshire, we first stopped in Littleton NH at a really neat little brewpub. They had a few of their own beers on tap and a small menu of food that was cooked in a brick oven right in the middle of this little old mill (complete with slightly slanting floors) We both really liked it. After lunch there, we headed up the hill to Main Street where we explored the longest candy counter in the world and picked up a few pieces of candy that reminded us of our childhood a bit. We were a little too full to eat any candy right then, so we packed it away to save for later.

We drove the rest of the way to North Conway and checked in at our hotel. First things first, more swimming, and hot tub time. That's one of the best things about staying in a hotel afterall. After that we ventured out to another local place for a late dinner/beer tasting. Brett was definitely still on city time, so he was shocked to see that almost everywhere in North Conway closed up by 10 pm...

The next day was spent walking around North Conway, after a stop at Glen Junction for a pretty big, and delicious breakfast. Brett's a train guy, so eating at this restaurant with model trains running around the restaurant was a must. Plus they have good food. We also ended up buying Brett some better socks and shoes... apparently he's not used to doing this much walking and his feet were kind of hurting. I have a tendency to walk everywhere when I go on this sort of a vacation and think nothing of it... but he and I are a little bit different in that regard. We actually got caught up for most of the afternoon at the Mount Washington Observatory Museum. They have this exhibit where you are supposed to use a set of 24 fans blowing in different directions to maneuver a toy boat into the little dock... It was not as easy as you might think. Between the two of us and a little girl who was at the museum, we finally got it! (Thank God, I would have hated to be bested by a child's toy!)

Anyway, that evening we went on the Conway Scenic Railroad dinner train. It was a beautifully restored little dining car, and perhaps because it was a Tuesday night, it was not even crowded. Brett and I got our own little private table. They served a nice four course meal on the train. Luckily for me, I guess... the first course was a salmon chowder which I didn't like, so I saved some calories there. Then we had a caprese salad, which I very much enjoyed, with a molasses oat bread which was quite tasty. We both chose beef medallions as our meal, which was served with green beans and potatoes. All very good. So they serve those courses on our way up to Bartlett, where they have to run the engine around to change direction and get us back home. So, while we're stopped, Brett takes my hand and says, "How about we have something to celebrate on the way home? Will you marry me?" I think I said "yes", although it might well have been more of a "yeah".... So we definitely did lots of smiling over dessert on our return trip. Somehow, he also managed to do it so discretely that our waitress didn't even know until we told her... After the ride was over, we got the engineer of the train to take a picture for us under the Conway Scenic logo, and Brett got a chance to be a train geek and talk about stuff that I don't know anything about....

So there's my exciting news! I'm getting married!

Anyway, the next day, we went to another brewery and then went and played in the water like little kids, until it started to rain, but it was fun anyway...
We did get into bathing suits, FYI... it's just that I couldn't take photos while we were actually in the water with my phone not being waterproof and all...

We took our time getting back to the Boston area, and then spent the Fourth with my family.

The trip culminated with a ferry ride over to Long Island and then driving back up to Brett's house.

So, now, we are back to the real world: working out, eating right, and hopefully getting back into shape.... not just for the wedding, but for a long, healthy life together!

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SDLEE514 7/17/2014 9:49AM

    Congratulations!!! thats a beautiful area up there, what a wonderful story! so happy for you

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RUDITUDI2000 7/14/2014 9:17AM

    So happy for you! Congratulations to you both on your engagement! The vacation sounds fantastic. What a trip to remember! emoticon emoticon

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KABMPH 7/14/2014 9:07AM


I'm so happy for you!!!!!

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MELITAG 7/8/2014 9:02PM

    Love blogs like this - they make me smile - Congrats

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IRP1114 7/8/2014 4:38PM

    Awww : ) You made me smile. Yes lots of good reasons to get back to routines. Sounds like it was a great trip in many ways!

Food sounded worth the calories lol. I am sure I would have enjoyed and indulged just the same.

Congratulations girl!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JLHODKINSON 7/8/2014 3:17PM

    WooHoo! Awesome!

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SLIMMINGSHAY 7/8/2014 1:58PM

    That is so fantastic ! Sounds like loads of fun! Congrats on your engagement!

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    What a great blog! SO happy for you :) Sounds like it was a fun trip & Im happy to know Canada is doing something good in their fast food chain...haha (I LOVE A&W rootbeer...always has to be cold though otherwise it tastes too sweet! lol) I try to "forget" there are TWO A & W's within 20 minutes of me... either direction I drive down the highway! lol. Gotta love little towns, guaranttee Tim Hortons, and some sort of fast food...but that train ride sounded great..everything on your trip--so fun! & I like all the pics...the water shot is fun too :) Well, you guys keep smiling away! Again.... emoticon emoticon
PS that is one beautiful ring!!!

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SHOAPIE 7/8/2014 12:47PM

    So much fun!

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Weekend report

Monday, June 23, 2014

This past weekend I knew I would face some challenges and I wanted to try to stay on track over the weekend. I came up with a basic plan to drink water, exercise, avoid alcohol, and eat a bunch of fruits and veggies. This is how I did.

Friday- Fifth grade moving on party was full of a bunch of greasy crap. They served the kids pizza, mozzarella sticks, fries, hot dog bites wrapped in crescent rolls, and fried chicken tenders. I took some chicken and a few bites of mozzarella sticks and went upstairs where we had some fruit leftover from our teacher lunch the day before. I did get plenty of water in for the day and I danced with the kids for at least half an hour. It wasn't too bad. Then in the evening, we went for a walk around Plymouth, and split a couple of sandwiches between the three of us for dinner. I did give in and have a beer because my youngest sister really wanted one, and I didn't want her to be the only one drinking. But, I stopped at one, so I count that as not too bad of a day.

Saturday- Started off the day with a greasy egg sandwich. I did have them throw onions and peppers in the homefries, but I don't think it counts as health food. I did find some time to exercise. My sister and I went for a walk in a local park with a few fairly steep up and down sections. Nothing too strenuous for her with the baby and all, but it was a good little bit of exercise. We went to Plymouth again in the evening to go to the restaurant where my youngest sister waitresses. I drank water and avoided nibbling on nachos by choosing to feed the baby instead. I split a burger with my sister, so that wasn't totally horrible. I never felt like I totally stuffed myself, so that's another plus.

Sunday- Another breakfast out and splitting meals with my sisters, followed by some downtime at home. We took the baby for a couple of loops around the cul-de-sac to try and put her to sleep. We tired out the dog, but the baby wasn't particularly interested in going back to sleep. In the evening, we had a cookout at my grandparents, complete with a delicious salad, so I got some more green stuff into the weekend. I also got to go in the pool for a little bit, so that was fun.

All said and done, it could have been better, but it certainly could have been worse. I think it helped to continually remind myself to drink water and look for opportunities to exercise.

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SLIMMINGSHAY 6/23/2014 5:43PM

    It sounds like you had a fairly successful weekend! I'd call it good. Eating out doesn't help, but you did opt for water most of the time and splitting meals is always good! Good on you! I don't think I did as well as you on the food front!

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JLHODKINSON 6/23/2014 4:36PM

    Way to be mindful the entire weekend! Good job!

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BRAINYBLONDE5 6/23/2014 3:16PM

    I think you did a great job! hope you had an awesome weekend!

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Weekend plan

Friday, June 20, 2014

I'm heading down to my parents this weekend since my sister will be up with the baby for a couple of days. Unfortunately I do have work Monday and Tuesday, so I'll only be able to spend a couple days with her. Anyway, I'm starting to get myself back on track and I am determined to not let this weekend derail me. So here's my plan:

Friday night: dinner in Plymouth and a stroll down by the waterfront. We will probably end up splitting something unhealthy like nachos or fish and chips... I don't have a plan exactly what, but I'm hoping to either split the meal or eat only half of what I order. I plan on refraining from alcohol the entire weekend. I will also try to make good choices today at the fifth grade moving on party. They never have healthy food, but I'll make whatever the best choice is in order to stay on track. I also have a healthy breakfast and fruit/veggie snacks ready to go so I will get all that good stuff in, no matter what.

Saturday: I have no idea what we're doing yet. My plan is to drink plenty of water, find at least one opportunity to exercise, avoid alcohol, and eat fruits and veggies whenever possible.

Sunday: Also, no specific plans yet, so... same plan as Saturday.

Hopefully with these thoughts in mind, I can keep myself on track over the weekend.

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SLIMMINGSHAY 6/20/2014 11:16PM

    You can do it if you just keep your eye on the end goal. and if you do have a slip, it is NOT the end of the world.

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STRONGCOURAGE 6/20/2014 6:25PM

    Good plan! Give it one more read before you take off (for good measure :D) & enjoy :)

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KABMPH 6/20/2014 4:33PM

    Slightly off-topic, but are you part of your school's wellness committee? Some schools/school districts restrict unhealthy foods at parties. Perhaps other people will want to try to be healthier at those functions, too.

Enjoy your time with your sister and her babe! (Niece or nephew?)

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BRAINYBLONDE5 6/20/2014 2:46PM

    sounds like a good weekend!

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RUDITUDI2000 6/20/2014 12:29PM

    Sounds like a good plan. I think having lots of veggies and some fruit certainly make it more realistic. They are so filling if your focus is on them, the rest will fall into place! Lifting you up for the weekend. Enjoy your family! :-) emoticon

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SPORT410 6/20/2014 10:10AM

    Sounds like you have a plan, the hard part is sticking to it, but YOU CAN DO IT emoticon Have a great time. BTW, is that Plymouth Mass??

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Monday, June 16, 2014

I started off today determined that the next ten days, I would be super committed, eat only fruits, veggies, and lean protein, drink a bunch of water, and get myself back on track... As the day has gone on, that determination has begun to waver. I've started to think I can't really do that. We have a lunch/dinner party for a coworker today, a union meeting tomorrow where dinner will be served, a field trip in to Boston culminating with ice cream, a birthday party lunch on Thursday, a party to celebrate the fifth grade moving on... It's going to be food, food, food, everywhere I look this week. That's going to make sticking to my guns ridiculously hard. But, at the same time, I realize that something has got to give. If I don't change something, then I will remain exactly where I am, or worse gain even more weight. That is not what I want. I'm not really okay with saying, again, "I'll start_____ (fill in future date of choice)" This is just the way that life is. There will be parties, there will be temptation, there will be obstacles. It's my job to say, "that's okay, I don't need the _______ (insert delicious treat here). There will always be another opportunity to indulge, but which decision will make me happier in the long run? " I already know the answer. I've been here before. I've made the right choices. I lost the weight once, not totally, but close. I felt awesome. I had more energy. I felt better about myself. I liked it a lot. I felt strong. I loved the feeling I got after I worked out. I don't know why it's taken me so long to get back with it, but hopefully now is the time. I can't keep finding excuses. I've got to find a way to manage my weight and fitness goals in the real world. It will take preparation and determination, but I can do it.

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RUDITUDI2000 6/16/2014 11:48PM

    It is hard to stay the course! You are worth it though! You know what you want, now go after it! Don't give up. Make the next best decision. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLIMMINGSHAY 6/16/2014 3:58PM

    Yes you CAN do it! Great attitude!

Making choices everyday in every moment is just what happens in life. It's not always going to be easy, but if we want something bad enough, we know what needs to be done.

I am also in that same boat. Pizza?! Woo! 4 slices later not feeling so fab. That was last night. Shoulda stuck to my guns and went home for my chicken caesar salad as planned...

I think that you have a great plan for the day. Make it the goal to successfully finish each day and then plan for the next.

You got this!

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IRP1114 6/16/2014 1:56PM

    Determination is the key! You know how to do this. There will always be something going on to keep us from our goals. But it is up to us to make the best choices we can in each moment. One day at a time! Don't overwhelm yourself with what is to come. Make the best choice you can right now and cross the next bridge when you get to it! YOU CAN DO IT! Le't stick to our goals girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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