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Twenty pounds in 10 years

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

I'm on a weight plateau ---- since February.

Though now I've come to call it "maintaining." It just sounds more positive. I've resolved that maybe my body just needs to "maintain" at this place for a while --- and then we'll move on.
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My DH says not to sweat it. He says, "What if you just lose 2 pounds this entire year? In ten years, you'll be 20 pounds later! That's a GREAT thing!"

Hmmmm? Yeah, I guess he's right. I'm still not buying the 10-year-plan, but it helps me to see that this is not the end of the road. I can live with this weight for now, I guess --- even though it's not my ideal weight. I'm still a lot more active than I was. I still get compliments from people right and left. I still fit into clothes I haven't worn in a while. There are good things.

In a way, this relinquishing of control is a good thing. It's a part of "listening to my body" that I admit I don't do very often or well. Until now. Maybe. Let's watch...
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KACYBEE15 11/6/2009 10:18PM

    Wow! I really liked this blog. It seems that everyone wants to lose FIFTY POUNDS in TWO MONTHS and other ridiculously unattainable (at least by healthy means) goals. I personally have been stuck in a rut for about a month now where I can't even drum up the motivation to track my weight watchers points, much less exercise. I am, however, still over 10 pounds down from where I was last year, which is a good thing.

I do think you're on to something with the listening to your body thing. I've been very stressed lately, and maybe my body/mind just aren't up for anything right now. I don't know. It's very frustrating, but thanks for helping me focus on the positive! emoticon

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DIET_NO_MORE 6/30/2009 3:46PM

    There's nothing at all wrong with maintaining a loss for a while...after all, the whole act of maintenance is going to serve you well once you get to your goal weight, too. So what you're doing is a bit of practicing for that time - all good!

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THENHEATHERSAID 6/30/2009 8:44AM

    Here is my advice for plateaus.

Set some FITNESS GOALS.

run a mile without stopping.
Or walk/run a mile in a certain amount of time (what is your mile time now? now set a new time)
Do a certain amount of push ups/pull ups.
Etc.

Now- give it everything yuo've got to get to the end of this goal.

and watch your body shape change. and your weight start to drop off again.

im not 100 percent sure on your current program so here are some other recommendations:
give up one thing. Just one thing. Soda (even diet). Fast Food. Mayo. You may have already given up all of these things...but there is probably ONE Thing in your diet that you can give up.

Als0- do you eat every three hours? I have talked to MANY MANY women who have done this, and with in a week of changing their eatting pattern, they are back to shedding pounds. Breakfast snack lunch snack dinner snack.


Either way- KEEP IT UP. DON'T GIVE UP! You've Got this!


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JESPAH 6/30/2009 8:27AM

    I figure the body lives by its own rules. All we can do is give it good stuff and do good stuff with/to it and trust in it to get where we want it to go, eventually.

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Veggies from Guantanamo

Sunday, June 14, 2009

My DH and I joke that we've built our own version of Guantanamo. But instead of keeping prisoners IN, we're attempting to keep the wildlife OUT.

Our personal Guantanamo is a raised vegetable garden fully enclosed with wire mesh fencing. Since we're planting and nurturing these veggies, we also wanted the opportunity to eat them ourselves instead of growing them as food for area squirrels, rabbits and whatnot. Our structure has removable side panels so we can get in to weed, water and pick. It's our own derivative of the "square foot gardening" method and was a lot of work to build. We hope it'll be worth it in the end. It's already getting fun now that the heavy lifting is over.

We're growing tomatoes (several varieties), peppers (several varieties of those too), peas, beans, strawberries, pumpkins, watermelon, basil, cilantro, radishes, onions, carrots, cucumbers, lettuce (3 types), spinach --- a true assortment. We hope to be eating healthy from our very own backyard!

The radishes and lettuce are first up. I'm planning a salad tomorrow night. How exciting!

This photo was taken a few weeks ago. I'll update it soon.

  
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LINDA! 6/15/2009 11:35PM

    Awesome garden....

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PITAKELLY13 6/15/2009 11:09PM

    I've been wondering how to keep my dogs from digging up my garden! I'll let them out of the kennel and the veggies in!

Bet the salad was DELISH!

I did a blog about gardening too!

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BEVERLYJEANNE 6/15/2009 6:16PM

    What a fantastic garden! Thanks for the great pictures. You work will be well rewarded with a great crop of healthy food.
I love growing my own things but only have squash and tomatoes this year.
You know gardening is very good exercise too!

Nice to hear from some new people and know that there are still some of us still interested and active on thie team!
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SWEETZMIX 6/15/2009 1:32PM

    That is very cool!! Hope you get to enjoy all the fruits and veggies of you labor :)

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DIET_NO_MORE 6/15/2009 8:13AM

    I saw in the huddle this morning that you actually grew yourself a salad there in Guantanamo (love your garden's name - lol!)! What a clever, foolproof way to keep out the critters - thanks for sharing those pictures with us. Veggies are my favorite fruit, and I do love the bumper crop you've planted for this year! Everything I love is coming up in your garden. Enjoy it in the best of health (which it virtually ensures!)...and emoticon on your wonderful weight loss! - Susan

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KATHYI2011 6/15/2009 8:00AM

    Your garden looks wonderful. My husband has a raised bed garden plots in our backyard. This year, I'm learning to cook. This weekend we are going to his parent's house and we're going to make gooseberry jam.

Anyway, have fun with your garden and the good nutrition it provides.

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The most important path

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Each summer, the bible study group my DH and I lead joins other area groups in a combined study. This allows us to meet more people and gives our leaders a break from the rigors of weekly teaching. We also take turns hosting in our homes. Gatherings can range from one to four dozen people.

Last night, we traveled to a higher crime area of our large city, one without the tony shopping malls and chain restaurants. We sat out in the host's small back yard and he began by encouraging us to focus on what we were doing instead of on the loud music, barking dogs, random gunfire/fireworks emanating from the neighborhood. For the many suburbanites in the circle, it was a wake-up call, one that took some out of their comfort zones.

Our extended church family is quite diverse. We know that...and we love it. God works in our lives in big ways --- and in small ways. It's always a blessing. When we focus on Him, we find that the setting or the background of His people is more often than not, merely incidental. That was certainly the case last night as we shared around the circle. We were reminded once again...to simply listen. He's provided ept teachers in many forms.
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BEVERLYJEANNE 6/15/2009 8:44AM

    God is good! We are confused sometimes but He has a plan!
Inspiring blog.

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LINDA! 6/13/2009 10:57PM

    You are right. He does make us all different....great blog!

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I'll be a time traveler

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Next week, I'm flying west. I'm going on a long-overdue jaunt to visit my mom. She usually comes to the midwest because my sister and our families live within a few hours of each other. It's easier/cheaper to move one person across the nation than 8.

That said, I haven't been out there in awhile. (Guilty as charged.) I'm going solo --- no DH and no kids. I'll sit through countless friends (of hers) and relatives. Though I don't relish it, I shouldn't really complain. Everyone has to do their time, huh? I am glad that I still have a mom to visit!!! That's a blessing...

Another plot twist to the journey is that I'm going to spend a couple days with a friend that I haven't seen in 25 years. She was my best friend when I lived there for 2 years in high school. Though she too lives in another state now, we arranged it so we'd be back there at the same time. We have a couple decades to catch up on and it'll truly be "a blast from the past." I can't imagine it, really. How will it be, in so many ways, to meet up with your high school self? What will she remember? What will I remember? (This is the part in cheesy movies where you see the swirling vortex tunnel and the weird music plays...)

Honestly, I'm not concentrating on diet and exercise currently. I'm eating about 1500 cals/day and not really doing substantial exercise. For me, that's maintaining. My brain doesn't want to start anything new until I return from my trip. There's lots to do in the interim, so that's my excuse (and I'm sticking with it). My mom is a Weight Watchers/Curves girl, so although that's not my program, things shouldn't be too tough when I'm out there visiting. We'll muddle along.

If you have hints/tips/similar experiences, I'd love to hear about them. I'm (strangely) a little anxious about this trip --- and that's not like me.

  
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BEVERLYJEANNE 6/11/2009 1:35PM

    Maintaining is not a bad thing! Sounds like you have it under control until you return.

Hope you have a good time on your travel back through time. Our 40th Class Reunion is the end of this month but I will be unable to go. It is wonderful that you will have a chance to connect with your special friend again.

Yes it is a real blessing to have a mom to go visit. Mine went home to the Lord 8 years ago. Would give much to see her again! So,you go and sit with all her friends and be happy that she has them and you have the opportunity to share time with her and them. Enjoy her company.

Have a safe trip and will look for your post with updates when you return!
HAVE A GREAT TIME!

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My 1-Year Spark-iversary: The View from Here

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I've said goodbye to 60 pounds this year. That's an accomplishment.

All accolades aside though, I've been resting on my laurels (which is a nice way of saying "my hind quarters") and I've been stuck right here for about 3 months. I guess the good news is that I know how to maintain!
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As I begin my 2nd year on SP, I'm ready to drop 30 more pounds --- the tougher 30. Thanks to SP and the info I can find here, I have the tools. Now I just need to DO IT. Cheerleaders welcomed!

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BUBBLYB 5/30/2009 12:21PM

    Congrats to one year down and the next one a head. YOu can do it and good luck, im ready to do it with you.

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WOLFKITTY 5/28/2009 1:14PM

    GO FOR IT! :)
You know you can!

Jocelyn

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TELERIE 5/26/2009 5:23PM

    Yay Glenda! Happy Sparkiversary! I'm with you on way - I am about half way to my (arbitrarily set) goal too, and I just KNOW we can do it! We have the tools! Keep on keeping on and let's have FUN!

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JDMART7 5/26/2009 5:19PM

  Nice job!!!

I've lost 32 during my first year. I have another30ish to go also. WE CAN DO IT!!!

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STLKINGHORNS 5/26/2009 3:57PM

    Congrats of the 60 kept off, that alone is a feat. Good luck on the 30 still to come!

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JESPAH 5/26/2009 11:51AM

    Heyyyy sistah!

30 lbs., hmmm. It can be done. It will be done. Go go go!!!

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NAYNAY2759 5/26/2009 11:34AM

    Congratulations on your 60 lbs. lose. . . WOW, that is awesome. . . And if it's 30 more lbs. you want to say goodbye to, then you will!! Stay focused and motivated and the weight will come off before you know it!!

Best of luck to you!

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ANITABREAK2 5/26/2009 10:35AM

    Congrats on both your weight loss and one year anniversary!

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JCARDINAL 5/26/2009 10:35AM

    Congrats on your anniversary! Keep up the good work and I know you'll reach your goal.

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RINSKY3 5/26/2009 10:23AM

    Congrats on your 1 yr sparkaversary!!!

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FIESTYMARY79 5/26/2009 10:15AM

    Congratulations on all of your hard work! And good luck with the final 30. Keep up the good work!

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