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Gains and Losses a Personal Perspective

Friday, March 18, 2011

I have been with Spark People approx. 2 yrs and 8 months. I have lost 175 lbs and reached my goal. So what have I gained from this remarkable journey which is far from over?

1. Learned how to set goals.
2. Learned how to "attain" a goal. It was previously thought unattainable. Spark inspired me to be bold and dream to make my long time wish come true. I would lay in bed at night looking out my window , close my eyes and say starlight star bright first star I see tonight wish I may wish I might have this wish I wish tonight. Then I would wish myself thin. Dreams can come true. You just have to work at it. Dare to dream! Well tomorrow did come about 50 years later. But it came!
3. Learned how to reach out to others. In my time or their time of need. Reading a response to a thread or reading a newbie introduction. The statement resonating within me. Hoping I can give them what they need to hear in a kind and gentle way. Sometimes having to be a bit more stern for that kick in the pants someone might need.
4. Learned that I can not do this as a solo journey. I am not strong on my own but with others I can can do many things. From walking no more than half a block to walking with my exercise buddy 5.5 miles. Getting on the treadmill training for a spring 5K. Walking one minute running 4 minutes. Going outside trying to do the same thing on good old mother earth and not doing very well. My partner was sidelined with a leg problem. My neice is going to step up to the plate to run with me as a pacer. Yea! There I go needing people!
5. Learning about nutrition! What would I do without Becky Hand and all the staff writers. I recently took all of the Nutrition quizzes and did amazingly well! Woo! As long as I keep applying what I learned I don't anticipate any problems. OOOOPPPs! They happen don't they. I refuse to let my occassional bad judgements interfere with being happy! I can have my birthday cake and eat it too! (just not the whole cake in one day) As my mother was fond of saying "everything in moderation". Who knew she was right! Not me but she was my mother.

That's all for now but I will add more to this list..

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SUNSET24 4/8/2011 2:22AM

    YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUU are just Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

just wonderfully amazing! hugssssssssssss

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MOONBIRD 4/1/2011 10:41AM

    You are SO awesome and such an inspiration to me. Congrats on your success!

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    emoticon emoticon results!

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CALIDREAMER76 3/19/2011 2:28AM

    Awesome blog Susie! As the song goes - People who need people are the LUCKIEST people!
Continued success to you!

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THOMS1 3/19/2011 1:12AM

    Good for you Susie, we are all very proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NETTER61 3/18/2011 11:07PM

    Susie - you are such an inspiration to others! Thank you for sharing with us and helping us along on our journey too. For a long time, I was able to keep up with you but then I got derailed. I will reach my goal - it's just going to take me a little bit longer.

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JMRUDY24 3/18/2011 10:47AM

    Beautiful Susie! Thanks for continuing to inspire me and reaching out! Ya, the snow is finally melting! emoticon

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BOOMAC1961 3/18/2011 3:19AM

    Very well said, Susie! Congratulations on reaching your goal weight and being such an inspiration to myself and others!

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Thank you for sparking me friends.

Friday, February 25, 2011

I am within .8 of a lb. I consider myself at goal right now. I plan on staying within Plus or minus 4 lbs of 150.

Why am I stopping at 150 you ask. Well, I would like to maintain that for at least one year. If at that time I want to get to a healthy (That darn BMI chart) weight I will attempt to go down to 130. We'll see what happens.

I have absolutely no worries about being able to maintain it. I just have to find out the amount of calories I can eat with the amount of exercise I do. Boy it sounds simple. LOL

One thing that has been bothering me lately is that I am obsessed with food. I have been concentrating on hitting my goal ever since the Holiday Challenge we had on Team 300 lbs. Plus. So much so that in this present challenge I have not been participating as much with my fellow team members. That I regret!
I went to edit my spark page yesterday. One of the actions I needed to reach my goal and to maintain it is the following:

Stay involved with my teams and the spark community. Share my success
and how spark helped me. Encourage! Encourage! Encourage others!

Wow! After reading that statement I felt so bummed. I feel like I let my teammates down! I know they would never admit that to me but facts are facts. I have to get back to basics and be there for my teammates!


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THOMS1 2/28/2011 4:32PM

    You are truly a great inspiration Susie. The other teammates on 300+ and I know you will be there encouraging and cheering us on as we reach our goals. You have nothing to feel guilty about. You look amazing and have done such a wonderful job with your weight loss. emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 2/28/2011 4:32:41 PM

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ASHBUG1 2/28/2011 1:42PM

you have always been a big inspiration to me and when ever i get disgusted with the whole thing i think of what you have accomplished. i think you look great at current weight 130 pounds may be too low

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    emoticon emoticon Best of all to you! You are proof that it can be done!

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DOWNTOWNJEN 2/25/2011 3:04PM

    OK - I'll admit to stalking your page and looking at your before and afters frequently. They help me daydream about the point when I'm in your shoes!

You rock - I can't even get my mind around being at goal weight yet. So right now I'm just kickin' back and enjoying the adventure!

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RIMAJO 2/25/2011 2:56PM

    I am so happy for you Susie & proud of you too. You've been an inspiration from the start & have never failed to deliver. You've done yourself a world of good & have opened the door to new opportunities.. the world is your oyster. Stay strong, maintain that weight & celebrate life. GREAT, great job! ((BIG HUGS))

PS - Your new pic is fantastic, but then I also thought you looked fantastic (Becky too) - the last time we got together. emoticon

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390TO130 2/25/2011 1:59PM

    Great job, you look amazing!

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PUFFKINKITTY 2/25/2011 1:53PM

    Don't get hung up on the BMI chart. Do what your body is comfortable with. I know a lot of people that went to their "ideal" weight only to find out they were uncomfortable and miserable. Be healthy! You look great!


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MOONBIRD 2/25/2011 1:48PM

    You are awesome! I get such inspiration from you and your sister. I dream of the day I get to my goal and will have to learn to maintain. I am sure you'll do great and it must be amazing to know you lost all that weight.

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MARTY728 2/25/2011 1:39PM

    When you are "within .8 of a lb." of your goal you are at the goal. Scales are like political surveys, they have an X% margin for error!

So, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Snowshoeing and ?

Friday, February 04, 2011

I haven't made a blog post for a while so I thought I had better get on the stick. I have been snow shoeing this past month. It is incredibly exhausting! Who knew! With this last snowstorm we had I decided to go out in the back yard and see if I could do any snow shoeing. I filled the bird feeders and decided to snow shoe my way over to the pine trees to spread out some bird seed. Tom had snow blowed a path to the feeders so from that point I figured I would be able to get up on the snow and go. Ha Ha Ha!!! I started out okay but somehow I fell on my backside in the snow. I was able to get my snowshoes off but I was floundering around and couldn't get myself up. I didn't want to put my hands in the snowbank because my hands would go all the way down and I would get snow in my gloves. LOL I spotted my sister in the sunroom and said HELP!! She stuck her head out the door and said Tom was on his way to the rescue! He pulled me up (I'll bet he was glad I lost all that weight!)
They should have taken a picture of me. It could have been a classic "Llucy" moment!

For my weight! The last blog I weighed 157.6. This morning I weighed 154.8, I have been struggling. I lose 4 gain 4 etc. So I am trying to stay within my calorie range. I lowered it to 1250-1500. I feel like I can't eat everything that I want. Oh Gee! I feel like I am on a diet! I enjoy going to bed with a Nature Valley bar. But it is so hard to cut out other things. Boy do I sound like a whinner. I need to sit down and change some things up. I need to eat more veggies. Stop eating popcorn in the evenings. That way I could still have my bar at bed time. Oh Well! if this was the only problem people had to worry about this would be a happy world.

Talk to you later. Susie

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RIMAJO 2/15/2011 6:00PM

    Oh no!! lol.. Glad to hear you tried your luck at snowshoeing.. even if it was a bit more challenging than you expected. I'd like to try it too & appreciate hearing about your experience Susie! Glad your BIL was watching you, could you imagine if he weren't home??!! WOW! lol

Don't beat yourself up about the pounds, they WILL come off. Knowing you, its simply a matter of time. You are right though, it shouldn't have to feel like a diet. I bet the weight will shed a lot easier once the temps warm up & spring arrives as it tends to encourage all of us to be more active. Hang in there, spring is on its way!

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THOMS1 2/5/2011 12:07PM

    If Tom hadn't been watching you through the window you still might be out there.

I guess it's time to read more of the articles on nutrtion and maintaining. Maybe when our bodies get the same foods day after day they become so used to it that its a shock when you introduce different foods. All I know is we are so used to eating the same few recipes because they are so satisfying to us maybe that's not such a good idea after all. On weekends when we have meat and potatoes and even sometimes a dessert and still keep within our calorie range we see a gain. Evidently something is wrong. We shouldn't have to feel we are now on a diet. It's supposed to be a healthy lifestyle change. When you get the answer let me know. emoticon

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WARMSPRINGDAY 2/5/2011 11:30AM

    Snow shoeing sounds interesting. I guess that would be a resolution to my problem of often not being able to walk out of doors in the winter because of unsafe road conditions.

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Michlein Man Beware!!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Today was sunny and beautiful out except it was 20 degrees. So, Beck suggested a walk. I just jumped on it and we ran to get ready..It brought back memories of getting ready to go outside as a kid in winter! Well about
20 minutes later we were ready to go, we had on our snowpants, snowboots, heavy duty winter coats and heavy duty gloves. We went for our walk however, Beck got a bad pain in her right leg and I had a pain in my left hip but I wasn't about to tell HER that! We cut our walk short. While we were out it was beautiful! Cold, but we couldn't feel it! We were so well insulated! I have done a lot of treadmill walking but it doesn't compare to being outside.

Now for my weight update. Last week I had gained a bunch something like 7.8 lbs. This past Friday I was back down to 157.6! So I lost all but .2 of what I gained over the previous two weeks. Whew! This past weigh-in is the last of this challenge for the BL Holiday challenge. I started out at 156. I gained 1.6 lbs during this challenge. In my Sparkpeople history this is the first gain I have ended a challenge with. I don't feel bad about this at all.

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HEALTHYME47 1/9/2011 3:47PM

    It sounds like you did great, getting rid of those pounds before they decided to stick around and become permanent!

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    emoticon Glad you got back on track so quickly! You are an inspiration!

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BOOMAC1961 1/9/2011 12:46AM

    You look great! You and Becky are such an inspiration to me! Keep up the great work!

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DOWNTOWNJEN 1/9/2011 12:30AM

    I remember those cold days in WI! Did you go snowshoeing yet??

Also - the final WI for the BL challenge is Jan 10th - so you still have a chance! LOL.

Keep up the excellent work - you look fantastic!

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Lesson Learned

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

This past holiday season made me realiZe that I cannot be left alone with any kind of candy or popcorn (flavored)! I am making a lifestyle resolution for next year! I will not beg my niece to make me anything covered in chocolate again! I also asked her to please ignore me even if I come on bended knees to her door begging for chocolate covered nuts raisins or pretzels! She immediately went on the defensive thinking I thought her candy was bad. OH! Contrair! (sp) They were toooooo good! We went to Chicago and had some Garrett's cheese popcorn! I went through this last Christmas! They are trigger foods that I have trouble stop eating. enough of that!

So this past two weeks I ended up gaining 9 lbs. I am back where I was at the end of Aug. Isn't that depressing. That is if I let it depress me. I won't! I am back in the saddle so to speak and raring to go. I did push my goal date back to March 12 2011.

Happy New Year one and all! Remember to make lifestyle resolutions!

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    I've had to adjust some goals since my mother's death. But I'm okay with that. Flexibility is important.

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DIVEMASTER01 1/7/2011 3:53AM

Thanks for the goodie. Nice to meet you! Also a local lady like me. Your weight loss is amazing! Your post about the chocolate, LOL! I love chocolate too. Have a happy Mardi Gras season.


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    It happens during the holidays...I too gained in December but am back on track and the scales is going back down...You will make it happen as you are AMAZING!

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DOWNTOWNJEN 1/5/2011 6:25PM

    You paint such a clear picture of your chocolate "supplication" that it made me laugh! And then wryly nod my head. I know what you mean. One of my ongoing goals is never to feel deprived. So I work in a piece of really excellent locally made dark chocolate infused with chilies into every day. I don't always eat it - but I know it's always available. And believe me - when I eat this deletable morsel - it takes 15-20 minutes. If anyone did an audio recording of one of my little "chocolate sessions" it would be filled with moaning and mmmmmm-ing. Perhaps I could sell it to the adult film industry??? emoticon

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NORA-L 1/5/2011 10:01AM

    It's a bear to have to start over again. I understand. But good for you for putting that foot forward. We can do it!

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LOVEAZ 1/5/2011 12:54AM

    Fall down, get back up. I'm back to where I was in late June. So I'm getting back up.

Now just remember, chocolate is evil ;) Actually in small doses it's probably therapeutic somehow!

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