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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

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I met my first 20 pound goal! Yep, that right! I've lost 20 pounds!!!

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What a difference a nap and a day can make. I am leaping for joy! emoticon

I have 40 more to go (I'll be doing it in 20 pound increments--it's not so overwhelming that way).

Oh yea---I've lost 10% of my body mass!!!

Oh--and to top it off, I got 50 sparkgoodie points on my wheel spin this morning!


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MRYTYLER 11/18/2009 4:54PM

    Congratulations. 10% of your body mass, that is wonderful. I think 20 pound increments is a great idea. I will be cheering you on. emoticon

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HULAGIRL257 11/17/2009 10:08PM

    So Inspiring!

Congratulations Jenn!

May the next 20 melt like magic for you emoticon

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MAMAEAGLE 11/17/2009 1:14PM


So awesome!! Keep up it up, that next 20 will be gone before you know it!!


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    Congratulations Jenn. Keep up the good work.

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CHUBBYPIE 11/17/2009 11:17AM

    Thats Awesome!!! I am so happy for you

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TIFFANY_SUZANNE 11/17/2009 10:48AM

    Woot!! Way to go lady, that is fantastic!!!
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WE_PA_FIT 11/17/2009 10:35AM

    YAY!! Congrats on losing AN AUTOMOBILE TIRE!!!! soon you'll be at 40 pounds or a 5-gallon bottle of water or an average human leg !!!! Hehe, checkout GIRL*IN* MOTION's page for the whole list.


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DIXIED88 11/17/2009 10:09AM

    emoticon ~Happy dance around the room~

I'm so happy for you! emoticon

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CAALAN23 11/17/2009 9:11AM

    WooHOO! *bootyshakin goin on*

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RITAROSE 11/17/2009 6:53AM

  I love to read news like yours, it gives me hope! Congratulations on a job well done!
I hope you great success, especially as we go into a challenging time of the year for weight loss. emoticon Ritarose

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Feeling better now

Monday, November 16, 2009

Gosh, I just couldn't shake the "beat myself up blues" today. But I took a "happy nap" with the kids I watch and I am feeling much better. Much lighter. Much more able to take on the world! Bring it on!!!

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MAMAEAGLE 11/16/2009 7:19PM

    Naps are awesome!!! Glad you're feeling better emoticon

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DIXIED88 11/16/2009 3:48PM

    Yay! Naps are wonderful, aren't they?!?!?! emoticon emoticon

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Loving myself and Learning from mistakes

Monday, November 16, 2009

Aunt Flow is visiting--so I'm a weepy mess. Had lots of gooey cheese this weekend. Was really rough on myself. *Big Sigh*

I have to cut myself some slack. I'm still losing. I'm still exercising. I'm still making great choices MOST of the time. I am capable of making some gooey choices and still remain within my calories. And--even if I go over--it won't be an everyday occurrence. Those days are long gone!

I started knitting a few years a go. I was a quick study, but wouldn't try anything really challenging. Scarves were easy and quick--so I stuck with that. Now I would try new patterns, but never wanted to make anything that required making two identical pieces. (socks, mittens) I had a friend who bought me the yarn and my first double point needles and picked a sock pattern for me. And then she plopped herself down with her knitting stuff until I started my first sock. I made mistakes. I cursed. I felt like giving up. She wouldn't let me! She gently showed me how to correct stuff, or told me to leave some in cause some mistakes are just not that big a deal. Well, I finished those socks--and I even wear them! I have gone on to make a few more pairs. My daughter and my Mom wear theirs, so they must not be too bad. I think the mistakes are what make a piece uniquely mine. And most of the time--I am the only one who sees them.

Ain't that the truth. I am my own worse critic. I have to stop looking for the flaws. I'll surely find them! But when I'm feeling down, or feel like I have messed up--maybe I should seek the good parts. They seem so much harder to find, and therefore a challenge. And, well, since I'm all about challenges these days... Seriously, there is always something good to find too. There is always something to learn. There is always something to love. (Sometimes, I love something even more once I realize it's not so perfect).

I have to share a knitting mistake too. I have been working on a pair of socks for some time now. (I get tendinitis in my wrist and elbow, so it takes me a long time to complete a project) I love the yarn, but it's a type I've never worked with before--it's got some elasticity in it. Well, I started one sock, got to a good stopping point and started the second sock (knitters can get into a second sock syndrome and not start the 2nd). I was doing really well and really liked the way it was turning out. I got out the first sock, and oops, they were vastly different sizes! I was perplexed about what to do. I had knit much further in the first sock and really didn't want to tear out all that work. But I couldn't bring myself to tear out the second sock either. After stewing on this for a couple of days I realized that I had to tear out the first sock. I had knit it too loosely and the sock was GIANT. I had the nagging feeling the entire time I was working on it, but I have such a hard time ripping out all that work. I finally ripped away. It was empowering. I know I made the right decision. I will have two socks, evenly matched, that are the correct size (but still have a fair share of mistakes in it too) --even though it's going to take me a little longer to finish them. I can't express how proud I am of myself for doing this.

I love myself. I eventually love, laugh, and learn from my mistakes. I enjoyed my weekend. I enjoyed the food. But I did pay a price. I felt so yucky after lunch yesterday. I do believe I wont be paying that price again anytime soon. Some mistakes are easier to correct than others. Some may not even need correcting. Some just need to be learned from. Some can be turned into something beautiful. Some are serendipitous.

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DIXIED88 11/16/2009 1:27PM

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When you are talking down to yourself, you need to think what you would say if someone else blogged the same thing. It's easy to be mean to yourself but you wouldn't dare be that ruthless with your friends. Be your OWN best friend! It's okay to make mistakes, to overeat occasionally, to have a redo. Smile and wave, sister! Life is way too short to try to be perfect!

With lots of love,

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CAALAN23 11/16/2009 11:00AM


And sometimes it's cool just to wear two different socks. Makes people wonder about you. ;)

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Sabbotage on the weekends

Sunday, November 15, 2009

My BF and I spend the weekend days with each other. We go out to lunch both Sat and Sun. Some times I do better than other times. This weekend was the weekend of CHEESE! Gobs of gooey cheese. It was yummy, yesterday (loaded potato skins, low fat main entree: chicken, rice and broccoli). But the whole time, I kept thinking that I will do better tomorrow. Then, today came and lunch was delayed and we were both starved. Mozzarella sticks as appetizer. Avocado quesadilla for meal. Cheese overload! I felt so bloated. I WILL remember this next weekend!

I feel the need to tell you--the BF is actually quite supportive. He has also started exercising and choosing better alternatives in food too. He is totally encouraging and wants both of us to get thinner and healthy. We often spend time walking and exploring the outdoors. But, he just won't let me cook lunch for him. He is very picky and says he doesn't want to hurt my feelings if he doesn't like what I make. He also feels like he wants to treat me to some "cooked for me" meals, since I have to cook for myself all week. I feel like one meal a week is not going to break me, but two is too much. I have to put a stop to this, or at the very least--put a stop to the greasy fried appetizers. Why can't I JUST SAY NO! when this food is put in front of me??? I know better. I know I want to be in the next decade of numbers (I'm just 3 pounds away). Why would I do this?

Okay. A little reality check on the numbers. I have logged in my calories for both days--and well, I'm not over on my calories. Just on the high end. So why am I beating myself up??? Geeze, I need a serious head screwing back on! Why am I mentally punishing myself when I haven't been "that" out of control? Hmm..some food for thought this week. I am SO the person who goes at something 100% and then ends up giving up because no one can be perfect all the time. Help me!!!

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    Maybe you're beating yourself up because you didn't feel good (bloated) after you ate. Whenever I eat something unhealthy plus I get sick to my stomach I beat myself up and feel guilty for so long. My only suggestions is to try and pick places to eat that has lots of yummy healthy chooses like stir fry, hummus, veggie wraps....stuff like that.

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DIXIED88 11/16/2009 1:20PM

    I'm with Tina. Stop the all or nothing thinking! You do deserve a meal that is cooked for you and some quality time with BF. So you were at the high end of your calories....that's why they give you a range! Everything will be OTAY!

I've even found that sometimes eating at the high end for a couple days convinces my body to let go of poundage since it knows I'm not going to skimp on calories forever.


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CAALAN23 11/15/2009 8:45PM

    You absolutely need to stop that type of thinking! You did nothing wrong. You just lived life. If life has to be lived within specific parameters at all times, it wouldn't be worth it. Enjoy the moments.

Now. Tell the BF since he is so supportive that it's nice that he wants to treat you but that you need to be at least able to pick a place without so many temptations? Maybe? idk. You're right that one lunch won't hurt, but I'll tell ya, two won't hurt you either, especially if you take a nice long romantic walk after. :)

Much love,

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Plastic Surgery?

Friday, November 13, 2009

I was lamenting my growing slightly smaller breasts. (They're triple D's, so I don't really think I'm in any danger of losing too much, but still...they are not the same anymore) And mused whether or not I could actually go under for some improvements. (Obviously in my musings, money is no object) What do I really consider not so aesthetically pleasing? I've always liked my "girls", but how long will that hold? As they shrink and sag will I still love them? How about my changing arms? The fat that was there used to be plumped up and therefore didn't keep moving long after I stopped waving. Now, there is some flappy upper arm waving going on. Not so much liking that. I know Oprah had serious issues with her flappy upper arms, but didn't like the fact that there would be visible scars from the surgery. The scarring gets to me too. I've seen breast reduction surgery (I always thought that's the kind of surgery I would need someday) and the scarring is awful! What they have to do to reduce a boob is amazing! I decided that I would only go through with it if my quality of life was seriously compromised. Well, that's a good rule of thumb, don't you think? If your quality of life is seriously compromised-then surgery is okay. Except, I know people who have chosen to get face lifts, nose tweaks, and mild boob-jobs and it did make them feel better. Their lives were not compromised (except in their minds). You really wouldn't even know they got it done. Now that's a good plastic surgery outcome, if you ask me. I wouldn't want to be a different me. I've spent a lot of time dealing with the lot I was given. I don't like the idea of everyone looking the same. A perfect ideal. Unique is cool. Unique is flavor. I may not be a Hollywood starlet--but I'm not so sure I'd want to be. Defending my big nose is part of what has made me-ME. If my feet weren't a glorious size 9, what would I have in common with my not height challenged cousins? How am I going to be the cute little Polish grandma if I changed my squishy parts? Ya need some squishy parts to give good hugs! So when you see my nose, boobs and feet coming round the corner, never fear a big flappin wave and a squishy hug are soon to follow! It's just Jenn. Me. Beautiful, God given ME.

Of course, if you happen to be independently wealthy and a like to share... send me a private message. We'll talk. LOL!

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STOPTHECRAVING 11/13/2009 1:16PM

    Yea--I'd probably never get any done. (never say never--my nose would be at the top of my priority list) I think aging gracefully is a wonderful thing. There's something to be said for earning your wrinkles!
Bug=I wish we lived closer. I'd totally share my shoes!
Caa=I love your nose exactly the way it is! (of course, I am the first to understand that YOU don't feel the same)
Someday, I hope to be a grandma. But I sure do hope my only child, who is only 12, doesn't make that happen too soon. And well, even if she never has kids--I'll be the squishiest volunteer grandma around. Hmm...actually, maybe not the squishiest. Just squishy in all the right places! Ha!

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CAALAN23 11/13/2009 12:19PM

    Love the polish squishy grandma comment, because that is So. True. LOL! I'll take that hug any day!

I'd do surgery if I had the money, but I don't. I don't think what I would wish done would be too extensive, but that doesn't change the price tag. Mostly I would want to correct skin issues, if there were any. I used to want to change my nose, but not now. If I change my nose to a dainty dollop what am I going to offset my growing ears with later?

Have a fantastic Friday the 13th!

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DIXIED88 11/13/2009 10:44AM

    You just gotta love what you have and I love you that much more for putting it out there. I have the large girls (40 DD but shrinking), the big feet (9s here too! hee hee we can share shoes!), and a little of the arm wave that keeps waving. I've considered surgery for the girls just to put them back where they orginated (pre breast feeding) but I kinda like that their natural, soft, and move with gravity (don't block the tv when I lay down lol)! A good bra does wonders (hence one of my rewards!) and is probably cheaper in the long run. Plus I can change styles!

I like the "If your quality of life is seriously compromised-then surgery is okay." idea. Makes perfect sense!

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JDTHUMPER 11/13/2009 8:42AM

    There were times I thought of pastic surgery but who can really afford it. Insurance won't cover it. So whay bother and the maintenance well that is another story...
Good for you on wanting to have a "normal" appearance to your grandkids.

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RENA1965 11/13/2009 8:26AM

    Loss weight, train until your toned up.. They are expensive operation that has to be re-done every 10 years and it costs the same price or more each time.. Even women whom have natural cancer reconstructions transfering fat to the breast area can't loss too much weight or the area will sag. Then they have to get a implant. I have several work mates whom have had a reconstruction and they moaned about it..
Also Oprah is a terrible role model she can't even keep her weight stable. If you regain weight with surgery scars, they became ugyly and I have kept my weight nearly 3 years to this coming febuary. If you put on weight you get the ugyly look again plus a scar that turns dark and looks so unactractive..
I have to shave just below my tummy tuck because the surgeon has played around with mother nature. I hate think if Oprah shaves over her belly button lol.. Having a hair line about the navel kinda freaks other ladies out at the gym- but Oprah has enough money to cover up all her sins with skin peels where they use a medal brush to sandpaper the lays of skin...
Also plastic surgery hurts.. I have photos on my home page, I don't want anymore thanks a good bra and training has helped the bad wings 100%.. My free extreme operation was to avoid skin folds being attacked by yeast infections and loss of blood circulation making the apron die. I used to have 100dd, but at best fill a 36c cup now..

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HAASESH 11/13/2009 8:07AM

  I'm all for plastic surgery!

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