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I think I can, I think I can, I think I can

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Just like the Little Engine that Could, I keep chugging up that weight loss mountain. This week I'm down 2.2 pounds. With every pound I lose, I become more confident and I believe that I am making real changes to better my life.

I wasn't perfect this past week. That Halloween candy and the snacks I bought for my husband's lunches got to me. I binged on Cheetos and peanut butter cups one afternoon this week. Yet, I still lost.

I think I was successful despite my weaknesses because I'm still working out hard and when I wasn't binging, I was tracking my food and making smart choices. This weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint, and I need to be prepared for the long haul. That means ordering pizza every so often and giving in to a craving now and then so I don't completely derail myself. It means eating a healthy salad for lunch so I can eat chicken pot pie for dinner. It also means pushing myself a little harder at the gym to boost my metabolism and keep that weight loss going.

When I first started Weight Watchers I was such a perfectionist. I counted every morsel that I put in my mouth and I was meticulous about everything. Having just completed my eighth week, I've relaxed a bit and I'm allowing myself some leeway. I think this may be the difference between this time and all my previous weight loss attempts. I've let go of perfection and am relying on the averages. Even if I'm bad once in awhile, as long as I am good overall, the scale shows a loss. I am no longer setting myself up to fail trying to reach impossible standards.

I am down 11.8 pounds in eight weeks. I'm proud of that accomplishment. Next week I'll pass the 12 pound mark which is my 5% target. I can live with these results.


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ALIALI2013 11/6/2013 11:32AM

    wow, that's fantastic, I'm so proud of you, 11.8 pounds...You must be in heaven with that much weight loss. Great job, lady, keep it up! emoticon

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BTRX71 11/6/2013 1:00AM

    emoticon emoticon Doing great! Congratulations! emoticon emoticon

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TAMMYAND 11/5/2013 6:16PM

    I like your attitude and agree with you.
Congrats on your loss! emoticon

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MCCC75 11/5/2013 1:00PM

    Great Job! I think your attitude is spot on. I also think trying to be perfect sets us up to fail. Keep going!

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Believe it or not I look in the mirror

Thursday, October 31, 2013

My feathers got ruffled this week when I read about the radio station to which a woman contacted to declare she was handing out a letter to obese children for trick or treat rather than candy.


This call was likely a prank and not a real one, but it brings to mind one of my biggest and most frustrating pet peeves. For some reason, many skinny people think it is okay to offer unsolicited weight loss advice. Throughout my adult life, well intentioned "friends" have told me I need to exercise more, try weight loss methods or just generally point out that I'm heftier than I used to be. These same people have never been overweight a day in their life and have no idea what it is like to struggle with food.

I have news for these people. First of all, I do look in the mirror and I do see the weight that hides my face and bulges out of my clothes. I am well aware that I am obese and I am preoccupied with this fact every day of my existence.

Second, I have read about nearly every weight loss method imaginable and tried many of them. Your well meaning advice falls on deaf ears because you can't even relate to what you are talking about.

Finally, you happen to be completely unaware that my polycystic ovarian syndrome and the two different medications I take to manage my depression as well as my depression itself contribute to both my weight gain and the difficulty I have losing weight. They aren't excuses, but they are obstacles so perhaps simply eating less and exercise more isn't as obvious and easy as you make it out to be.

Yes obesity is a problem in America and education and awareness are important. But it needs to stop being okay to judge overweight people. You simply don't know the story behind every person's struggle.

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FEMISLIM 11/1/2013 8:39AM

    Good words.

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MARITA_TOMES 10/31/2013 11:49AM

  You tell 'em! I am completely 100% behind you on this! It's so easy to judge, especially when you don't understand. Just the fact that you are on here and are making an attempt to change your lifestyle is an awesome HUGE step! Congrats and much luck with overcoming those obstacles! I know that you can do it! emoticon emoticon

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Today I was dreading my ww meeting and stepping on the scale. I was convinced I was up again and I didn't know how I was going to face another week of struggling with my food addiction. I took a deep breath and stepped up on the scale and... I was down 1.8 pounds!

I lost almost two pounds during a week that I thought I had failed miserably. It was like magic. I just waved my magic wand and said "Abracabyebye" to those pesky pounds. Okay, maybe it wasn't magic. Maybe the good meals helped compensate for the bad ones. I also attribute my weight loss to my workouts from the past week.

Last week I met with a personal trainer at my gym. I needed to find a new way to ramp up my workouts and there is a whole half of the gym that I don't know how to use. It is full of free weights and benches and machines with all these attachments to them. That whole end of the gym intimidates me - but I also have been reading about how strength training boosts your metabolism and how girls need to start working out more like guys do if they really want to tone and build up the lean muscle that creates a faster metabolism. That is the kind of workout that I see people doing on that end of the gym and I want to be one of them.

So I met with the trainer and we sat a talked for a few minutes. I let her know what I was doing (interval training on the elliptical, 100 crunches on a ball and 3 or 4 static strength training machines). It turns out I was doing a lot right, but the trainer challenged me to go further.

Now I have a new workout to alternate with my old one. I do 5 "sprints" on the rowing machine (row 500 meters in 2:30) and between each sprint do 20 crunches on the bosu (the bosu is like half a ball that lies flat on the ground). Then she has me doing bench squats, straight legged dead weight lifts, straight arm planks and work on two of those machines that intimidated me before. The workout kicks my butt. That is why I think I lost weight this past week.

Now when I'm cursing the row machine as I struggle to meet my time I can mentally picture a great big 1.8 in flashing gold letters and know that this pain will help me meet my goal to lose 100 pounds.

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BTRX71 10/30/2013 1:02AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Great news!

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THE_RED_BIRD 10/29/2013 1:24PM

    What an excellent surprise! It sounds like you sure earned those 1.8 pounds. I admire how you're looking for way to make your workouts more effective. Good for you!

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JANUT57 10/29/2013 1:24PM

  emoticon emoticon good for you! Keep it up!

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I'm at peace with half a pound

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

I'm up half a pound this week and I decided that I'm okay with that. I know what I did wrong and how to correct it and in the grand scheme of things, I can live with that half pound.

Last week I didn't track my food and I ate some high fat and carb foods like pizza and cheeseburgers. (yes, cheeseburgers is plural) I decided I'm not going to beat myself up for it. I almost feel like I had been good for weeks and taking a "week off" isn't going to kill me. Especially since these good eating habits I'm trying to establish are intended for life.

I have to concentrate this week on making good choices. I need to bulk up on fruits and vegetables, limit fat and carbs, and focus on lean proteins.

I also have an exciting appointment tomorrow. I'm meeting with a personal trainer to discuss my workout routine and see if I can add some variety and bump it up a notch. I'm feeling good about my exercise but I think meeting with the trainer will help ensure I'm getting the most I can out of my time at the gym.

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FEMISLIM 10/24/2013 9:22AM

    Great, you can do this!!!

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LADYBUG546 10/22/2013 9:48PM

    Very good to recognize where you went wrong and what you need to do to fix it...believe

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ELLELARS08 10/22/2013 9:43PM

  I love your attitude.

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It's a Matter of Routine

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Today's Weight Watcher topic was about change but I think I really owe credit to my routines. I was down another half pound this week. It's not a lot, but I have been down at least that much every week since I joined WW a month ago and I'm down a total of over 8 pounds.

I have not been perfect. In fact, I have binged on pizza, potato chips, chocolate and numerous other evils. I think I lost despite those weaknesses for several reasons:

* When I "cheated" I still counted the points and kept track of what I ate, even if it was tough to admit I actually ate that much.

* I didn't let a binge become an excuse to stop trying. A mid-afternoon binge session didn't mean I ate whatever I wanted for dinner.

* I'm working out three to four times a week. I don't just go through the motions either. I do at least 30 minutes of cardio followed by 20 minutes of strength training and 100 crunches. If I'm going to go to the effort of going to the gym, I'm going to get my money's worth.

I'm not going to let myself give up. I have a vision of this skinny girl that I used to be and I want to meet her again. That vision is going to keep me coming back, even when I stumble. I feel really good and I want to feel even better. Every week that I weigh-in and lose, I feel a little better about myself. I know there will come a week where I may plateau or *gasp* even gain, but that hasn't happened yet. I'll be sobbing into my blog when it does.

Look out Skinny Tammy, here I come!


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