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Getting back on track....

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

I went to Costa Rica in mid February to have some work done on our property and my 2 week trip turned into a 2 month stay. I came home for a month and then went back with John for another month.

Somehow, during the past 4 months, I've managed to gain back 3 pounds! I know this happened because I didn't have access to SparkPeople to track my nutrition and exercise, nor was I able to contact my SP friends.

I'm back now and I'm ready to get back on track with SparkPeople. I really want to reach my weight goal by this time next year.

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SMARTIEBEE 6/23/2010 9:14AM

    So glad you are back! We have actually made time for a little geocaching the last month or so - in between the rain!

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Baggy Britches!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What a fun evening! I actually had to break down and buy a new pair of jeans. I was tripping on the cuffs of the 20/22's because I couldn't keep them up at the waist in spite of the elastic. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on new jeans, because I'm still a work in progress, so I went with my husband to Wal-Mart this evening. I tried on everything they had and finally settled on a pair of SIZE 16 Short. I can't remember how many years it's been since I've been into a 16. Another milestone reached!

I am gradually cleaning out my closet and filling plastic bags full of baggy britches and blouses that now look ridiculous. As I fill a bag I take it to a local charity for the homeless. How sweet it is! We both benefit.!

I can't imagine how I could have done this without all the terrific support and encouragement I get from my SparkPeople Friends. You have made a significant impact on my life and I will be forever grateful.

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    you are doing it girl.. all by your self.. we are just watching you .. lol. wow good going. it is soo great to be able to get into smaller clothes. YIPPEEEEE emoticon

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SMARTIEBEE 10/21/2009 11:15AM

    WOO HOO!! Good for you! And it just keeps getting better and better!

Keep on Sparkin'!


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AMAS92568 10/21/2009 9:33AM

    Yeah! Way to go! Great job!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/21/2009 7:48AM

    What a great feeling! emoticon

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IRONGRANNIE 10/21/2009 4:07AM

    Congratulations! It's a grreat feeling isn't it? I did just what you have done a few weeks a go and it felt sooo goood!

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ERIECANALGAL 10/21/2009 12:31AM

    Isn't it wonderful!!! I'm doing the same thing. I just bought a size 10 pair of jeans today and a men's small sweatpants. I couldn't NOT buy then when they fit in that size. I was up to a 14/16 in bottoms and XL in tops.

Yahoo for Sparks and Spark Friends.

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TALKSCHMALK 10/21/2009 12:25AM

    Yay! That's awesome! Mine are baggy, but I have so far to go I'm afraid to spend money on clothes for a month.

Great job!

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NYCGRRL 10/20/2009 11:40PM

    Yay! How fun to need new jeans.

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KIRSTEN 10/20/2009 11:33PM

    How wonderful to see the results of your hard work! emoticon

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XFITSTRONG 10/20/2009 10:52PM

    emoticon I hope to be where you are next month. I'm in 18's now and can't wait to be in my 16's. Good job!!!

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THEADMIRAL 10/20/2009 10:50PM

    emoticon emoticon That is awesome and inspiring! Vikki

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MILDEXSPI 10/20/2009 10:45PM

    emoticon emoticon Isn't it an amazing feeling?

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HAPPYMOM8 10/20/2009 10:40PM

    What a great "problem" to have! Congratulations! Pat

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CRAZYPROUD 10/20/2009 10:40PM

    I am excited for you! Growing out of clothes (I mean when they get bigger not smaller! :-) ) is such a good feeling! Congrats!


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ONE-derland... How sweet it is!

Sunday, October 04, 2009

My SparkPeople friends and my husband are absolutely right! It will happen and I will reach my goals! It just takes a proper diet, exercise and patience.

I have had the most stubborn scale. It wouldn't budge for 3 week, no matter what I did. It was stuck on 200.6 pounds.

I really got serious in early August and started riding my bike all over the residential neighborhoods in my area. I started out riding just a mile or two a day and I've gradually increased this distance to closer to 10 miles, 5 days per week. Even with all the extra exercise, the scale wouldn't move.

As many of my supporters know, I whined a lot and got very frustrated. Thanks to all of you that encouraged me to just keep doing the work and the payoff would come. Yesterday I got on the scale and saw that magic number I haven't seen in at least a decade, maybe even 2 decades. I weighed in at 198.8 pounds yesterday and today at 199.2.

It's official, I'm in ONE-derland and I'm celebrating! emoticon

emoticon SparkPeople for giving me the encouragement I needed. emoticon

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NANNIESCHICKEN 10/28/2009 1:53PM

    Congratulations. Your and my story are so similar. You are doing an awesome job. Keep going.

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SMARTIEBEE 10/5/2009 11:27AM

    Congratulations!! Yay for YOU! It IS hard work, but doesn't it feel good to know you DID IT!! WOO HOO!!!!

Keep on Sparkin!


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ONEKIDSMOM 10/5/2009 7:49AM

    Happy dancing for Pat! Way to keep with it!


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    ohhh Pat.. i am celebrating with you....

woohooo...... we knew you would do it.... WE JUST KNEW IT. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHEILAS6 10/4/2009 1:13PM

    NOW THIS IS EXCITING............ there is no stopping you now!!!

It takes hard work to lose weight!! CONGRATULATIONS TITA!!!

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SUEWOODARD1 10/4/2009 12:59PM

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Frustration and the elusive ONE-derland

Thursday, October 01, 2009

This is nuts! Why am I stuck at 200.6 and why have I been stuck here for almost a month? I'm controlling my calorie intake. I'm riding my bike, at least 5 times a week, anywhere from 5 to 10 miles at a clip. My immediate goal is to weigh less than 200 pounds. I haven't seen that side of the scale in more years than I can remember. Why can't I get to the elusive ONE-derland?

I went back and re-read my blog entry from September 1st, just to remind myself why I'm doing this. I'm doing this for me. I don't want to be the fat wife, the fat mother, the fat grandmother, the fat sister, or the fat friend anymore.

I want to be the same size I was when I lived in Costa Rica many years ago. Back then I ate healthier and I walked everywhere. It was a rare day when I actually had to drive the car anywhere. After years of neglecting myself, I'm eating right again and getting the right amount of exercise. I have soooooo far to go, but for now I'll be happy if I can just reach 2 short term goals: 199 by 10/3/09 and 190 by 11/25/09.

We are going on vacation to Costa Rica on 11/25/09 and it would be so rewarding to be able to drop another size so I can buy some new clothes. Right now I'm in between sizes and most things are baggy, especially in the legs, but not baggy enough to get rid of them. Grrr! Argh!

It's time I stop whining and start moving. I have lots to do today.

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JAZZYDOC 10/2/2009 2:11PM

    Sound like you are doing a lot of things right. How's your sodium intake? and your water intake?

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NJJAZZ 10/1/2009 9:43PM

    No giving up and neither am i.
We are doing lots of the same things with the same results......... no results.

Hang in there............ there is some little click we are not finding that is going to make the difference. Its probably not the same thing for everyone........ but we just have to find what works for our own body and go from there.

ITS NOT EASY.................. but we;ll get there.

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SMARTIEBEE 10/1/2009 8:59PM

    Have you checked your measurements? From my experience, sometimes, when the scale isn't moving, the tapemeasure is! The plateaus are just the time your body is "rearranging" itself! You may well find that your weight is staying the same, but your measurements are getting smaller! Check it out! And if that isn't happening, then check your logs, and make sure you aren't eating too LITTLE! That can really screw up your metabolism! Most of all - don't give up! Keep at it, and it WILL change!


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SHEILAS6 10/1/2009 7:40PM

    THIS IS THE PART I LIKE ....you said..."It's time I stop whining and start moving"

Good advice given below.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/1/2009 7:10PM

    Be kind to yourself, you ARE worth this effort. Make sure that you are getting *enough* to eat... don't know your individual plan, but one thing many people have problems with is cutting too much, and then those resistant plateaus tend to last longer.

You'll get there! And it will feel so good!

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MYSTICRAINS 10/1/2009 12:42PM

    Just to let you know, your body DOES NOT adjust to your food like it does your work out. You don't have to take it from me, SP dietitian Beccy said so in a recent post.

"Eating a similar breakfast and lunch will not slow your metabolism....AS LONG AS you are meeting your calorie and nutrient needs throughout the day with your total food selections.
Dietitian Becky"


You sound like you're just on a very aggressive plateau. I know it's frustrating. I'm fearing the same when I get to be as close to Onederland as you. Hold tight and fast. Eventually it'll break

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TEXASGIDGET 10/1/2009 12:31PM

    It sounds like you need to go back to your food journals and look at what you are eating. Are you eating the same thing everyday? If so, it may be time for a change. Your body adjusts to your food as it adjusts to your workouts. It may be time for a change to shock your body and get back to losing. You can do this!

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First Fall Storm & Power Goes Out

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

What a day! Power went out shortly after 7:30 AM.

emoticonWe had lots of wind, rain, lightening and thunder, so my daily bike ride was out of the question. emoticon The rain took a break around 10:30 and I decided to try and a get a walk in before it started again.

emoticonNaturally, the heavens opened up on me before I could get back to the house, but I did get a 1.5 mile walk.

By noon, we still had no power and I started to get worried about all the stuff in the fridge & chest freezer in the garage. After Hurricane Rita hit Houston back in 2005, John and I decided to buy a couple of gasoline generators: A large high capacity unit and a smaller one with enough juice to run the critical appliances.

I dragged the smaller, but very heavy, generator out of the garage and got it setup outside, in the front entry way. I managed to get it to crank over and start on the very first pull on the starter cord.
emoticon(Nice to see all my recent exercise is starting to pay off in other ways besides weight loss.)

I then had to move the kitchen refrigerator out of it's cabinet so I could run an extension cord to the generator. I ran another power cord to the freeze in the garage.

After that, I ran a third extension cord to the living room to power to my PC. Next, I tethered my cellphone to my PC's USB port so I could use it as a modem and get an internet connection.

emoticonLast, but not least, I raided the fridge for a cold lunch.

I was halfway through eating my lunch when, as Murphy's Law would have it, CenterPoint Energy restored power to the neighborhood. emoticon

Now I get to disconnect my elaborate setup and put everything back in its place. I've had enough physical activity for one day. emoticon I'm ready for a nap.

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JAZZYDOC 9/22/2009 3:35PM

    Wow, I better check on my daughter in Houston.

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