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January 5, 2012

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Today I managed to walk for 41 minutes outdoors with my dog. I walk at a 3mph pace so that was about 2 miles. It was such a perfect day. It was sunny and 68F with a slight breeze. I had set out to do 20 minutes, but it was so nice out that I decided to go ahead and do 30 minutes, but then it was still so nice and I felt I could do more and the audiobook I was listening to was interesting (Purity in Death by J.D. Robb aka Nora Roberts) and next I knew it was 41 minutes and time to think about cooking dinner!

I also managed to do the Day 5 video of the January Jumps Start Challenge, which was a Pilates workout for Hips and Thighs. I think I will be feeling that one in my right leg tomorrow even though I've done extra stretching to try to avoid soreness.

Not only that but I had gone shopping today as well after getting my allergy shot. So now I am over 10,000 steps for the day for the first time in over a month!

I managed to stay within my calorie and exceeded my water consumption goal.

It's been a great day!

Oh and I made a decision. I weight myself every day first thing in the morning, and I keep track of it, so I can see the nice decline over time. I have been doing this since June 1, 2011 with only a few days missed in between so the line is pretty cool to see. I have been updating my weight on Spark about weekly, sometimes bi-weekly if there was a gain or only a very minor loss. My decision is to only update my weight monthly on Spark so I can see how I did each month. I figure that will be more satisfying than much smaller increments. I can do that at the same time as I put in my measurements.

I want to start putting in a blog much more often, preferably daily to help keep me focused and on track. I found myself withdrawing from SparkPeople and losing motivation and falling back into tired old ruts I don't want to return to. So to avoid that going forward, I *KNOW* that I must have accountability.

Since my last blog on 1-1-12 I have tracked my food daily, drank my water and exercised daily. I have been reading, planning dinners out to cook and been getting caught up on some house work. So I am feeling quite Sparkalicious! =)

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SWAYDE 1/6/2012 6:46PM

    Thank you for being such a huge encouragement and inspiration Shelbster!

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THESHELBSTER 1/6/2012 6:21PM

    You are doing awesome. What a way to start the New Year. I am a cat person but I wish I had a dog to walk sometimes. :0) Keep up the great work. Hugs.

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SWAYDE 1/6/2012 11:30AM

    I tried to to only blog for something "newsworthy" but I think I need to be more involved and accountable so it is not so easy for me to just kind slink away into over indulging and being lazy.

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POOKASLUAGH 1/6/2012 8:30AM

    Sounds like a realy wonderful day. Whatever keeps you here and working is a good thing! I know a lot fo people who like putting up daily blogs or a daily tracker. :)

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SWAYDE 1/5/2012 11:41PM

    Thank you Knittables!

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KNITTABLES 1/5/2012 11:19PM

    You are doing a great job, keep it up, emoticon

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SWAYDE 1/5/2012 10:39PM

    Thank you Christybug!

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January 1, 2012

Sunday, January 01, 2012

2011 was pretty successful for me. I managed to finish the year off weighing in at 229 lbs. That put me at a total loss of 26 lbs. for the year, which I didn't begin trying until June. Yay!

I have been able to wear some of my older clothing that I'd outgrown. My 24s are definitely too big for me. I am most comfortable in a size 20 now, but apparently I didn't spend much time there in the past because I have very few items that are in that size, but that is okay. I do not intend to remain this size long so I will just wear clothing that is a little bit too big for me until I can fit back into size 16s which I have lots of.

December was a very challenging month for me. It's my birthday month, and we had many parties to attend and did a lot of eating out. I am utterly amazed that I managed to maintain my weight for the entire month. Sure a loss would have been nice, but to be able to maintain with all that indulging is remarkable to me and gives me great hope in being able to maintain my lifestyle once I achieve my goal weight.

I am very excited to begin this new year. I don't normally make any new year's resolutions or tend to even set any new goals or anything, but I am going to this year, since my goal setting has been working out rather well for me.

In 2012 I would like to...

1) Lose 50 pounds. This seems realistic based on my current results
2) Be able to fit into a size 16, or smaller again.
3) Keep up with my food tracking daily. This seems to be crucial for me.
4) Exercise daily, even if it's only a brief amount. No excuses!
5) Read through my One Year Daily Bible and attend church as often as possible
6) Continue exceeding water drinking goals daily
7) Complete the Bucs blanket I began 2 years ago to give to my brother.
8) Complete my doggy cross stitch project
9) Read 75 books from my current favorite authors as well as classics and new authors
10) Keep my home clean and organized
11) Try a new healthy dinner recipe once a month
12) Get my planters weeded and kept weed free

These goals should give me a nice plan of action to get my life into the order I wish it to be in. I want to be healthy, both physically and spiritually and keep a nice balance to everything. I also would like my successes to be an encouragement and motivation for my loved ones =)

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SWAYDE 1/7/2012 9:48AM

    Thank you everyone! Happy New Year and let's kick our butts into shape this year =)

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NO_DEFEAT_HERE 1/6/2012 11:51PM

  Great job on losing 26 pounds in 2011! I too finished out the holidays holding my weight (and agree with you that a loss would have been nice...) but I was pleased to hold steady.

I can identify with some of your 2012 goals too! Keep up the good work!

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 1/1/2012 8:41PM

    Great goals! You can do it!! Happy New Year!!

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KNITTABLES 1/1/2012 3:48PM

    Happy New Year, What a great list! emoticon

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KEEPITUP05 1/1/2012 1:59PM

    Congrats on the weight loss so far!!!! Keep focused!! emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 1/1/2012 1:55PM

    Great goals! I love how well-rounded they are. You can definitely lose the 50!

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I lost a pant size!!!!!!

Sunday, September 11, 2011

I decided to try on a pair of 22 slacks that I haven't been able to button up for about 2 years. They fit me nicely! They aren't too tight, they are comfortable! So I've gone from a 24 to a 22 in pants =) Also the 1x top that I am wearing is comfortable. The buttons don't look stressed out across my chest and the sleeves don't feel like they are going to rip apart at the seams.

Oh it's a happy day! I have breathing room in my clothes!

It's so much nicer to put clothes on that fit and are comfortable and loose rather than trying to squeeze into clothes I've out grown for a change =)

Soon my lovely 16 and 14 jeans, I will grace you with my presence!

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MNOT2THICK 10/11/2011 11:03AM

    emoticon emoticonAnd I just noticed the lovely 22 lbs down. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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MEPLUSFOUR77 9/24/2011 12:13PM

    YOU GO GIRL!! Feels good ! I cant wait till I drop a size! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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HEATHERM4444 9/14/2011 2:43PM

    Good for you!!! emoticon

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KNITTABLES 9/12/2011 12:03AM

    That's awesome, congrats!

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SWEETBEETL 9/11/2011 11:21PM

    Vainity shamity IF YOU LOOK GOOD be proud of it!!! You are working hard at it- you deserve the compliments and deserve a pat on the back for sticking to it.


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READYBETTY 9/11/2011 6:13PM

    Looking good!


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ASTORRES1 9/11/2011 5:43PM

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You are on your way GIRL!!!

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JSTHIESS 9/11/2011 5:22PM

    emoticon WAY TO GO!!! Thanks for sharing:) it helps sometimes to see people getting results when you are starting out emoticon

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BESTCK 9/11/2011 4:24PM

    Now do you count that as one pants size or two? Cause, I think it should be two. (Not that you could buy a size 23 or 25, but still!

Way to go! It is a nice feeling.

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USFBULL 9/11/2011 2:18PM

    Way to go, nice work and its always nice to get good positive feedback. It works! awesome emoticon

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SWAYDE 9/11/2011 1:21PM

    Thank you everyone for all your encouraging words and cheers. It's really an exciting and happy day for me =)

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SWAYDE 9/11/2011 1:19PM

    Pooks, it's that avocado shape I'm thinking. I always weigh more than people think I weigh, and wear larger sized clothing than most people at my weight. But I'm very proportional and am totally okay with that. I really can hardly wait to get back into my 14s and 16s. I've probably got another 20-30 lbs. to go before I can do the 16s and I know I need to be around 180 for the 14s. Some day I may even see a 10 or 12 again like I did before my son was born. It seems I can wear skirts & dresses smaller than pants or jeans. Got big legs =) I think it was from years of playing catcher for fast pitch softball heh. Happy I am starting to see some muscle tone in my legs. I've always rather liked my shapely and strong legs. Yea, I used to be quite vain :P

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LTRUM71 9/11/2011 12:40PM

    So awesome!!!

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BIG_BEAR73 9/11/2011 12:02PM

    woo hoo way to go!!

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POOKASLUAGH 9/11/2011 11:15AM

    That is so wonderful! And can I tell you something? I'm glad to meet someone else who seems to be shaped the same way I am! I hear of all these people fitting easily into size 18 and 16 at 230-240 lbs and I'm wondering how the heck that's possible!! I was fitting into 22s comfortably around that time, and here around 200 I'm finally starting to fit into an occasional 16 depending on the brand. :D So I'm glad I'm not alone!!

You look great!

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HS1056 9/11/2011 11:12AM

  Congrats! You look fantastic! I have been doing the same thing. Trying on smaller clothes that I couldn't get into before. It feels so good to slip them on with ease, and with room to spare! emoticon emoticon

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KIRCHNG 9/11/2011 11:10AM

    That is the greatest feeling!! Congratulations!!

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DKLENOX 9/11/2011 11:04AM

  That is wonderful!! Keep it up.

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KEEPITUP05 9/11/2011 11:00AM

    WOW! You look great! I know what you mean about being uncomfortable. It's a great feeling to put on something smaller and be comfortable! emoticon emoticon

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MR54BLD54 9/11/2011 10:41AM

    You have made me want to go dig out my smaller size and see if they fit too. Thank-you

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September 9, 2011

Friday, September 09, 2011

I just completed my 3rd day of my 1st week of walking a 5k training program. I walked 1.5 miles with my dog in 30 minutes. I could have gone faster, but it is garbage day and she gets spooked by garbage cans so I have to tug her along more than usual. Silly dog.

I weighed in at 239.0 today. That makes 3 days in a row of the 230s. I'm very excited about that. It's been 2 years since I was in the 230s. I really would like to be under 235 by the end of the month.

I haven't worked on my blanket project in 2 days. I've been spending my free time reading and playing World of Warcraft with my husband. We needed some time together, so I don't feel bad about putting my project off for a few days =)

Well I need to get ready to go to the grocery store. I just wanted to post an updated blog and take a little break after my walk.

Have a wonderful weekend!

God bless,

PS... The weather was perfect for walking this morning. It was cool, but not too cool for shorts and tank top =)

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MNOT2THICK 10/11/2011 11:08AM

    You will be kicking the 230's in the butt real soon. emoticon

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KNITTABLES 9/9/2011 1:18PM

    Keep up the great work and spending time with hubby.

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POOKASLUAGH 9/9/2011 10:06AM

    Woo-hoo on the 230s sticking!

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BESTCK 9/9/2011 9:13AM

    Congrats on your progress! That's Awesome!

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Crocheted Bucs Blanket progress update

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Here's an updated picture of the Bucs blanket I am working...

And here is what my doggies do while Momma crochets...

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SOOKIE 10/12/2011 11:01AM

    Nice work. can't weight to see the completed project!

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MNOT2THICK 10/11/2011 11:05AM

    Oh my, I did not know you were a hooker (crochet) emoticon
That blanket is looking great. I can not wait to see the finished product. Absolutely awesome!!!

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 9/5/2011 2:01PM

    WOW! Looks great, and very complicated! Good job!! Love the pups!

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SWAYDE 9/5/2011 9:26AM

    IMREITE... I am pretty sure I saw that Packers blanket on crochetville.... if it's the same one I saw there, than THANK YOU! That was one of the main inspirations for me to do this =)

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SWAYDE 9/5/2011 9:21AM

    Thank you guys. I am proud of it and can't wait to get it all finished. My brother is a huge Bucs fan and always has been. We're Tampa, FL natives =) I'm so excited to see his face when I give this to him

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STEELERSGIRL3 9/5/2011 8:56AM

    From someone who has zero creativity I must tell you how impressive that is looking!! ( the only way it could be better is if it was a Steelers helmet...lol)
Great job girl!!!!

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IMREITE 9/5/2011 12:58AM

    i made a packer one a few years ago from my cousin. it was actually of a football field ans the end zones said Packers, and green bay on he other one. there was a G in the middle. it was a lot of work. yours looks pretty cool. i have in-laws in Florida that would love it.

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DEE107 9/4/2011 10:53PM

    great job

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SWAYDE 9/4/2011 8:20PM

    Thanks guys. I got the pattern on Ebay, it's actually a cross stitch chart.

It's much easier than it looks. It's all single crochet stitches. If you can SC and color change, you could do it =)

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AJINMN 9/4/2011 7:07PM

    Wow! That's fantastic! I don't think I'll ever crochet well enough to do something like that!

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KNITTABLES 9/4/2011 6:34PM

    Wow, what a great job you are doing. How you keep those balls from tangling up is amazing and hard to do. Can't wait to see it finished. Where did you get that pattern for it?

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