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Weight Loss Checks and Balances

Monday, June 18, 2012

With only being one month away from maintaining my weight at 160 for exactly one year, I realized I treat my weight loss like my checkbook.

When I was trying to still lose weight, I would eat in my calorie budget. Even through I wasn't exactly hungry, I had to spend (eat) those calories. This is actually one of the reasons I do not track the calories but rather go by how I actually feel.

Now, that I am in maintenance, I realized I treat my daily weight the same way. Let me explain. Earlier this week, I was down to 155. Before I knew it, I was telling my friend that stayed for the week that we could for chinese and I was having fried chicken. I cannot even blame him. I suggested chinese and he completely respects my lifestyle. But, because I was five pounds below my maintenance weight, I could spend the hard work of losing those pounds. Now that I am above my maintenance weight, I find I am like I have to be strict with myself by eating right and exercising.

It was just an observation I have noticed. It makes perfectly sense now when I haven't gone below 160. In the past, it was afraid of being under 160. As of today, I do not think that is my issue. Honestly, it is alot of hard work, being strict with myself day in, day out. Right now, I prefer to maintain while splurging a bit.

Maybe this means I made an investment in myself and now can retire, hehe?

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SHERYLDS 6/19/2012 9:41AM

    confidence and discipline.... emoticon
you've come a long way Lady

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YDAVIS23 6/19/2012 8:11AM

    People who are naturally thin don't really think about it - they just eat reasonably most of the time and eat larger when they're celebrating or socializing. I think it's completely normal and commendable to find this groove for yourself, and congrats on the maintenance! That's awesome!

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XRSIZE18 6/18/2012 11:09PM

    It's SO hard to remember that it's a lifestyle and not just something that you can do until it's DONE. There is no finish line, unfortunately. No end date. But staying within the same basic weight category is a GOOD thing. Keep reminding yourself of what's really important and you'll do it. You are so strong.

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/18/2012 5:20PM

    Interesting observation. I don't think there is anything wrong with occasional splurges once you're maintaining successfully. It's a matter of making sure the "occasional" doesn't become the "regular" for me!

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NATPLUMMER 6/18/2012 5:06PM

    Maintain while splurging a bit is definitely the way to go :-)

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No Grandma's Marathon for Me

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Grandma's Marathon was today.

[Not sure why it won't sure upright as it is before I upload it.]

Months ago, I registered for the full marathon and after a couple months I started to experiencing signs from my body to rethink it. It wasn't until a month ago that I decided it was best to not run the marathon. After making that decision, I planned on volunteering. This week, I decided against that. In the end, I went to the the expo with my friend, Stephanie (who recently joined Sparkpeople). Here is her page:

I still want to do Grandma's Marathon but thinking I should work my way up to it. Next year, the half marathon (as long as I get into the lottery) will be in my future. The following year, if I feel better about training and have more time, maybe I will give it another whirl.

I know people are wondering how I participated with Grandma's Marathon this year so there you go. Tonight I am not feeling so happy due to some guy relationship stuff. So, I am going to leave it to be a short and sweet blog. But, i f you are wondering what is next for me. I am starting to look at the Ragnar Relay races. Anyone else?

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/18/2012 5:18PM

    I can't say I blame you for deciding not to do the full; I had planned to do the full for Seattle Rock'n'Roll this year, but training basically did not happen, so I dropped to the half. Listening to your body is always the right option!

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PATRICIAANN46 6/17/2012 10:12PM

  Hi Savannah.......
You have to do what is best for you at this time and I think that you have done just that.
There is always another time.

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OPTIMIST1948 6/17/2012 11:36AM

    Dissapointed yes, I can hear that in your words. But better to listen to yourself than not.
Next year...

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MYLADY4 6/17/2012 10:11AM

    Agree that it was for the best to listen to your body. It was a really hard thing to do.

I am hoping to get in on the lottery next year too. I have a high school friend that wants to run it so I hope we get in. Even though it will be a week before the big 40, I would still like to do it.

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NATPLUMMER 6/17/2012 10:02AM

    I know it was a difficult decision to make but I'm glad you listened to your body.

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LALAFLOWERS 6/17/2012 7:52AM

    Sorry that you couldn't run it.

But.. you have the right attitude!

Only question: could you have dropped to the half this year??

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Roughing It, hehe

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

My scale confuses me. Somedays I don't know if I can even trust it. Like today.

When I weigh in, I have to have certain specifics for it to be considered a "weigh in".

- Morning*
- Sufficient water and sleep
- Bowel movement (I know, too much information, sorry!)*
- Taken my shower*
- Dried my hair
- Naked*

Without these "requirements", it is a rough estimate of what I weigh. In the last week, I have been roughing it. All week I have been around 159/160. I just am so relieved I am back under 160 that I wasn't really trying to lose weight. Well, today I met most of these requirements, especially the mandatory ones (the ones that are starred) so I thought I would weigh in. I was nervous. I ate half a pizza and Cold Stone Ice Cream yesterday.

Today, I weighed 155. emoticon

I want to trust it but really am not sure. In the past, I know after having a strict diet and exercise routine, than eating something fatty, like pizza, I tend to drop weight like a drop of a hat, like this.

For now, I am going to take it.

Moving onto other updates....
Today my new boss/Run For Life supervisor called me and told me that the CEO of the Y I work at has requested to speak with both of us for about 5 minutes next time I am in! emoticon She just got my boss's position so I know her's is open and our Marketing Director has recently left quickly. I really hope this is a good thing... *crossed fingers*

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SHERYLDS 6/14/2012 8:55PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
that is absolutely fantastic

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PATRICIAANN46 6/13/2012 10:12PM

  Hi Savannah..........
I am laughing as I write this because so many of your weigh-in requirements match mine exactly!!!!!
emoticon on your weight loss. You are doing GREAT!!!

I just tried Cold Stone Creamery yesterday for the first time. Thank God it is close to 45 miles away!!! I have NEVER tasted anything that good!!!

Good Luck with the Y. Let us know what happens. I have EVERYTHING crossed!!!

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/13/2012 8:54PM

    Congratulations on the great weigh-in. I, too, have similar criteria and it leads to a wonderful consistency that can be relied upon. Unfortunately, with official Weight Watchers weigh-in, it a matter of leaving the house at 7:30 am, 11:30 am, 4:30 pm, or 5 pm (depending on which Tue, Wed, or Thu meeting I can make). In those cases, it's a matter of not eating out (high sodium) the day before and dressing lightly (12-16 oz, and yes, I've put my clothes on the scale.)

Hope you have fun with your activities planned with Grandma's Marathon. A friend is trying to talk me into the 2 mile walk, but I'm not sure I want to fight the crowds (and try to find parking).

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1CRAZYDOG 6/13/2012 3:28PM

    My dear Savannah:

I had to LOL @ your starred requirements, because they're mine as well! Great minds, I suppose!

Hope your meeting goes well @ the Y. Fingers crossed for you too.

AS for the scale just keep on doing what you're doing. It will move and yes, scales can lie!!



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MYLADY4 6/13/2012 2:26PM

    Great job!!!!!!!

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NATPLUMMER 6/13/2012 1:58PM

    emoticon emoticon

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ERLYWA 6/13/2012 1:33PM

    Your blog about your weigh-in requirements reminded me of a commercial my friend and I saw...the woman steps onto the scale in her bathrobe and slippers! Michelle and I are like, "What the HECK?? We take EVERYTHING off, even our earrings!" LOL

Great job though on the weight, you're such an inspiration!

Anyway, I am SO crossing my fingers AND toes for you for that meeting...keep us posted!

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/13/2012 1:26PM

    LOL--your list of requirements sounds like mine! Take the loss for what it is and keep going. I hope the talk with the CEO is all good news for you--like a new, better position!


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Exciting Updates

Friday, June 08, 2012

Thank you everyone for your kind and thoughtful words to my last blog. It really helped. He was trying to be helpful but still, it was unwanted advice. In the future, I will be trying to avoid that member at the Y.

I have been trying to carve some time out to respond to everyone's comment but in the mean time, I have had some fun updates. Let's dive right in!

It has been a couple weeks since my phone interview with the internship in SC. With that said, I was assuming I did not get it and was waiting to get the official rejection. This week, the day I stepped on a bee, I got the email. It's actually a relief to have an official answer. While waiting, I have applied to the Mayo Clinic, Apple Wellness and North Dakota State University.

In addition to that, I have been offered the internship at the Y. I really want to take it for many reasons. It could give me experience in grant writing, recruiting and supervising staff. I cannot see this opportunity provided to many interns.

Also, I have found since working a the Y, I have become part of the town's community. I love going somewhere and running into people I know. And, these are people that know ME, not my parents or grandparents.

There is another reason I want to stay. A boy. Hee, hee! I recently contacted a boy that I thought was interested in me that used to live just down the hall from me. And, now we have been texting ever since. I really like him!

Another update is that I am officially done with one of my summer classes. I was taking lifeguarding for the last two weeks from 8:30-12:00 everyday. It really sucked the time out of my day! Now I can focus on my other classes!

Now for my last update is that I have decided to volunteer at Grandma's Marathon even through I am not running it! I am actually super excited to give back some support and encouragement while seeing the other side of the race! My friend and I are actually going to go to the expo on Thursday after supper. So, I will get to learn the ropes somewhat before I run the race which I hope to run next year... just the half marathon though.

I think that is all I have for now. Time to jump in the shower and get to step aerobics I am teaching, one of like four group exercise classes I am teaching!

Have a great weekend!

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EGRAMMY 6/9/2012 7:11AM

    emoticon You have made your life good.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/8/2012 9:46PM

    Wonderful news! Sorry that SC didn't work out but there's always a reason.

It really does sound like the Y might be a good fit for you, but glad you have other irons in the fire. It is so difficult!

And . . . a BOY, huh! HEE HEE Good for you, Savannah. I hope that he treats you really well. You deserve that. Happy for you.

Now that you've finished your lifeguarding class, hope you have a little more time to do things for YOU.

oh, I think you are so wise to volunteer @ the Grandmas Marathon. Good experience.

That's about it. Clara had her last final exam yesterday, so this is officially day #1 of summer vaca for her.

Jason just got back from D.C. so gotta make him some supper!



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PATRICIAANN46 6/8/2012 4:39PM

  Hi Savannah........
I can feel the excitement in your blog. SC didn't work out, but it sounds like what you really wanted at the Y is going to. have met a nice "BOY"...........that is always exciting. Enjoy this time of your life. You will NEVER be this young and full of excitement for what lies ahead again. I envy you. I wish I had taken more time to enjoy it when I was your age.
I am very HAPPY for you.

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/8/2012 2:05PM

    I'm sorry you officially didn't get the intern in SC, but it sounds like there are a lot of good, exciting things happening for you instead. Have FUN and enjoy volunteering at Grandma's--I need to do that kind of thing, too, because I appreciate the volunteers at races so much!

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BAILEYS7OF9 6/8/2012 1:06PM

    great news! very exciting all the way round!!

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    Sounds to me like you have found a perfect place to intern. You seem to have lots of good things coming your way.

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NATPLUMMER 6/8/2012 12:45PM

    Very exciting!!

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ERLYWA 6/8/2012 12:30PM

    WOW, lots of great things happening in your life. Enjoy, you deserve them! :)

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/8/2012 12:29PM

    Your title puts a wonderful spin on your update. Sounds like everythings coming together quite nicely. Have a great week and enjoy Grandma's . . . it's such a big highlight of this area.

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Judge me by character, not my appearance

Sunday, June 03, 2012

I have a blog outside of Sparkpeople and tonight did a write up about judging others. Sometimes I just post the same words here at sparkpeople or there at blogger.

Tonight I don't think so. Simply put, I am too emotionally tired. You can have the straight feelings. I am straight up hurt. I never get why people think it is okay to tell people to change their appearance in one way or another. In the past, it was people telling me to lose weight.

Today, it was someone telling me I should take a supplement for Vitamin C so my complexion would clear up. I have two blemishes that don't seem to want to go away, ever. I am okay with them. But, now I feel I should go run for some foundation. He even was like.. don't be offended. Really? I am supposed to be happy that you are picking on my appearance? *sigh*

Judge me on my character but on my appearance. The thing is I don't even want to associate with this person where appearance is so important yet at the same time, I know how that is life is.

We get judged.

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I would probably have punched him and then told him he should get some ice to clear up the bruising.
Ok so not really, but I'd have said something about minding his own business...

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SHERYLDS 6/4/2012 4:48PM

    I feel your pain...... however, there are 2 things to consider
when someone says something to you that stings.

What is their intent?....and.....Is what they say helpful?

If you trust them as a friend...then they may be just trying to help make you happy by offering info that could make you even better.
It just may be that they (or someone else close to them) had similar issues and they know of something that could help you.
And with the internet, it is easy enough to check out if what they say is it happens ... it is....vitamin C does help blemishes.

The world is full of people who offer unsolicited advice....
weed out the INFO from the CRITICISM.
It may sometimes make us feel uncomfortable but you know that saying:
"keep your friends close, and your enemies closer" ... well
when it comes to comments...develop a thick skin....
Consider the source...consider the intent...
pocket the info to better yourself.
You know you are getting better and better
and stronger and stronger

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1CRAZYDOG 6/4/2012 2:22PM

    Dear Savannah:

I don't know who waid that to you but, honestly it doesn't matter. That was totally uncalled for. Out of line. Unacceptable. Insensitive. And so with all that said, you obviously have no need of him!

I think all the advice/opinions you've geen given echo my thoughts, so I won't belabor the points.

Just know you are a beautiful woman . . . inside and out. If someone doesn't recognize that, they're the losers.

Hope your trip to the gym helped.



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PATRICIAANN46 6/4/2012 1:04PM

  Hi Savannah.......
Usually a person who says things that are hurtful to others, has a very low self-esteem. He doesn't feel good enough about himself to even imagine how hurtful he is being. Even though it is difficult at the time, it is best to just walk away. Chances are pretty good, that he will not change. Now you know to erase him from your life and move on to better people.
When you list all that is right in your life compared to what might be bugging you, I am guessing that the "What's right list" will be the longer one.

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BAILEYS7OF9 6/4/2012 11:27AM

    Unsolicited advice just plains sucks. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 6/4/2012 10:36AM

    emoticon People can really be crappy sometimes.

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MYLADY4 6/4/2012 10:35AM

    Wow, some people just have no filter and do not realize how simple words can hurt.

You are great just the way you are.

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JPGSMOM 6/4/2012 7:46AM

    Sigh... Yes, there are people out there that just do NOT think before they speak! And yes, judging a book by a cover is incredibly unfair. Although hard to do sometimes, it's best not to waste energy on people like this. It only gives their unsensitive comments power over us. Savannah, people who know you know how beautiful you are inside and out! Don't give this jerk the satisfaction of one more ounce of wasted energy on him! Plus, it's the little imperfections that give us CHARACTER!!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 6/3/2012 11:47PM

    Savannah, he was out of line. He even knew he did not have the level of trust established in your relationship to offer unsolicited advice by how he approached you.
Unsolicited advice leaves a person feeling vulnerable. What are these advisors expectations? Who is he to you to feel such a liberty to inflict his preferences? It was bold of him to spend so much time thinking about a blemish or two on your face. He spent more time concerned than you were and that's not balanced on his part.
Haters are gonna hate. Friends know you well enough not to dump unsolicited advice. They warm up to it...
emoticon I can't fix mean, well, without a blunt a bat.

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