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Only a Large

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I bought a new t-shirt at Disneyland yesterday and it was ONLY A LARGE.......not a 3X or a 2X or even an XL.....it was only a large. It is a little sung in the hips and shoulders but I will remedy that in the next month or two. I love the way my body is changing and how different I look in smaller sizes........now if only I looked as good naked as I think I look clothed. But that's another subject. Happy Sunday!

  
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ROCKMAN6797 7/19/2010 1:00AM

    That is great news!
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TEDYBEAR2838 7/18/2010 4:56PM

    emoticon that is too funny... but I'm so proud of you. Send us a photo of the new improved you!

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How do I stay here?

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

I am in the "zone" of eating properly, keeping a journal and exercising. The big question.....how do I stay here? I have started here countless times only to be pulled back into chaotic eating and living. I know all of the signs of slipping into old habits, I know how to shop and cook healthfully, I know how to exercise etc. I am too old to continue this self destructive path. Life is so much better when I have my eating under control. I feel better, I have more energy, I enjoy sex more, I sleep better, I spend less money, my house is cleaner and more organized. With everything in my life being better how do I allow myself to slide into a place where I am morbidly unhappy as well as morbidly obese???????

  
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FITKAT2010 7/18/2010 4:27PM

    You simply let go of all the reasons you want to stop.

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TERRYT55 7/11/2010 1:56PM

    WOW.......Thanks to everyone who has responded to my post! All of you have great ideas for me and I SO appreciate you taking the time to write.

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JUSTYNA7 7/11/2010 12:23PM

    Attitude. I was great at doing ANYTHING but not at being consistent. Finding spark people 2 years ago that was the thing that hit me in the face. These streaks.... they are the answer for me. I was lucky enough to be in a chat room where there was a discussion that asked: how do you see yourself in the future eating and exercising. I answered "eating 5 vegetable servings every day and 2 fruits, and being active every day". Then the next question was "what stops you from doing that right now?" I learned that doing extremes was fine... but I could not expect myself to be consistent at them.... so I changed my goals to include minimal expectations. Yes... my goal was to eat 5 veggies but a minimum of 2 (at first). Then I b reainstormed for how I could make sure I would make my minimum every day. Yes...I wanted to exercise 3 times a week doing cardio but at a minimum I wanted to do something, ANYTHING for at least ten minutes every day. So again I brainstormed what I could do. I guess I changed my "success" measurments. And those minimums were my streaks. It astonished me that I could succeed for so many days in a row. And the 5 veggies and 3 workouts? Icing on the cake. On days I did those it was cause for celebration. It has been a whole change in attitude. And the funny thing is those brainstorms and minimum goals have become habit and just "normal" now. Yup, it is still sometimes a struggle to do the harder goals. But that's where I like the mini challenges. I can find those with many of my team members or spark teams. It may involve doing a new video or trying to do a certain number of wall pushups, or trying a new recipe, or signing up for a marathon or class. Whatever... I always see they are extra leaps towards my goal over the steady small steps. I felt great when I ate in the zone. I had some wonderful recipes including rattatoille and spagetti squash with pesto so I have added those to my normal meal plans. What things about it can you see yourself using for the rest of your life? And what is stopping you today? The last thought... oh my this seems like a long comment and very preachy... I hope you take it with a grain of salt!.... ask yourself if you are feeding your body what it needs, or what it wants. Is the difficulty that it is too hard to make the food choices you want (no time, not handy?) If so brainstorm fallbacks. I found some great boxed soups that I really enjoy that are easy to grap. Or... is it an emotional sabatoge? The little kid in you has a tantrum and says "I want this NOW!" and you have a hard time being the grown up and saying no? Maybe keep a food journal. Or do you forget? You reach for something and it is in your mouth before you remember you are trying to eat a certain way? Then you might have to do some preparation.... avoid temptation by cleaning out the cupboards or not go out to eat or prepare meals in advance, just until you have gotten over the "hump" and it has become a habit. Or maybe it is just too much to do at once. I had to laugh but one article said if you keep failing at your goals then maybe it is time to change your goals. The truth is sometimes we just are not ready for a change. So if it is consistently not working look at a different goal and then one day when you are ready try again. I remember hearing of someone who gave up all white flour and sugar. I remember being shocked. I could NEVER do that. And sure enough when I tried I failed. But I was able to switch white for whole grain. Then I was able to cut out most of the processed white foods. It was slow. It was relatively painless. As I am writing this I am amazed how little sugar and white flour I now eat. Hmmm. Anyways, think positive. Brainstorm. Make small minimum goals and definitely try some streaks. Don't beat yourself up for failure. Instead celebrate the little successes. And let me know how you do! Justyna

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/10/2010 9:49PM

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Basically it's a choice. Only WE can make that choice. Make choices .. CONSCIOUS choices. Too many times we let ourselves make MINDLESS choices, about food (we stop measuring); exercise (We cut corners, when we KNOW we are capable of more) other areas of our lives also.

Let's Promise to Make Wise Choices.

When you choose the behavior, you choose the consequences.

Ask yourself EVERY TIME.... do I really want to eat this... do I really need this... Can I walk a little further, exercise a little longer.

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SHER51306 7/7/2010 8:20PM

    yes you can do it.I think we all fall into that I know I do. When I do I jump right back on it even though its hard, I try. I write in my journal I exercise I watch what I eat for awhile then I slip, but thank God for sparkpeople and all the people who encourage you that yes you can we all make mistake just don't stay down get back up emoticon.

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/7/2010 6:49PM

    I think that is the 64,000$ Question. There is lots of help on SP but ONLY WE CAN prevent slipping back into old habits. SOmeone said, make a collage, maybe that would help you. Sometimes it's just a matter of doing the RIGHT thing and doing the right thing is taking care of our bodies, I'm talking to myself here also. I been struggling with the same things. Let your spark friends, be your buddies and we're here for you... no matter what!

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Have I beaten my sweet tooth?

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Six months ago when I started this journey I decided to cut foods with added sugar out of my diet completely.......no candy, cookies, pie, cake etc. I know eliminating certain foods completely is very debatable but so far it's working for me.

Looking back over the hundreds of pounds I've lost and gained over the years, the diets I've tried, the groups I've joined.....I realized that trying to eat highly refined, sugary foods in moderation has never worked for me. In the past a sliver of cake at a birthday party could send me running to finish off the rest of the cake washing it down with a couple of sodas, followed by cleaning out any candy dishes that might be around.

This time around I decided to treat myself like an alcoholic or drug addict and cut myself off from my drug of choice, sugar. The cravings were terrible for the first week or two.....maybe three or four. I even stopped drinking hot tea with a teaspoon of sugar and I LOVE good tea.

I did start drinking hot tea again with a bit of sugar as a treat. Yesterday it occurred to me that I haven't used a cup of tea as a treat in months. When my husband makes a pot on weekends I always have a cup or two but there are no cravings involved.

I don't think I'll ever be able to eat sweets in moderation..........On Father's Day I had a small slice of strawberry-rhubarb pie (my favorite) at a BBQ. It tasted SO good. I found myself going back to that pie again and again for "just one more bite". Then I found myself hunting for more desserts and thinking that tomorrow I would make myself a big stack of pancakes for breakfast and while I was at it I would bake a nice pan of brownies.......and go to the store for the vanilla ice cream that goes so well with the brownies. I reigned myself in, realized what was happening and went outside to play with my grand-kids.

So, with the exception of that stellar strawberry-rhubarb pie I haven't had anything "stronger" than a teaspoon of sugar in my tea in six months. When I am at a gathering and there are desserts available I would still love to have a slice of everything on the table but as the saying goes "nothing tastes as good as thin feels" and I am on my way to being thin and fit for life!

  
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MISSY455 7/6/2010 2:00PM

    emoticon That is quite an achievement. Each of us has to do what works for them to achieve success. Sounds like you are well on your way! Thanks for sharing.

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My first blog entry

Monday, July 05, 2010

I have been trying to make my first blog entry for the last month.......I am so unsure of myself but here goes. I joined Sparkpeople at the beginning of May but didn't become active until the beginning of June.

In January 2010 I started this journey and as of today have lost 63 pounds and have at least another 58 to go. Six months ago I could barely walk a mile.....today I walk/jogged 5 miles in 76 minutes and half of the walk was uphill. I lift weights three times a week and walk daily. I'm in love with my pedometer! I make an effort to get at least 10,000 steps a day. I feel great and have boundless energy most days.

I got my husband the same pedometer and he now skips the bus and walks to and from the train station so he can get his steps in.......even my 79 year old dad is walking daily!

I am so happy to have found this site and all of the wonderful support here.

  
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ONE_SUMMERTIME 7/6/2010 8:41AM

    You are an inspiration and you are spreading the spark. emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticongOSH LOOK AT YOU GO AND TO HAVE YOUR FAMILY INVOLVED IS EXCELLENT

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TEDYBEAR2838 7/6/2010 8:30AM

    WOW, what a great story. I'm so happy you joined spark people. IT's a great group of folks with a little bit for everyone.

I also belong to "50 Pound Challenge" a great group, diverse interests, very encouraging and helpful.

I wish you continued success at losing weight. YOu are doing all the right things.

Keep blogging. Get your thoughts out in the open. We love reading how you are doing, doesn't always have to be weight related, just life in general. Get us to know you better.

Tell us if you have a garden, what you like to do for fun, interesting vacations etc.

I have logged almost 200 blogs this year alone and I love it. Make me accountable to me, mostly, but others enjoy reading and commenting from time to time.

Enjoy your week.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/6/2010 12:16AM

    Welcome to SP. Best wishes for success.

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NURSE4HEROES 7/5/2010 11:43PM

    GREAT first post. You're loss is fantastic. I look forward to reading the rest of the story!

-Holly

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WENDY107 7/5/2010 11:10PM

  Congratulations on your successes so far. Sounds like you have a supportive environment too. I am sure that helps.
Good job, and keep sparking....
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ANIMAL_KARMA 7/5/2010 11:05PM

    Congratulations on all of your successes. I posted my first blog entry today as well, although I am just at the beginning of my weight loss journey. And I am really happy to hear that you are 'spreading the spark' as they say. emoticon

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ESIBAN 7/5/2010 11:03PM

  Wow, you have already accomplished so much! You must be so proud of your accomplishments to date. What a positively uplifting story. Keep at it! You can do it! emoticon

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