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Drew Carey Shows Us We Can Do it!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Drew Carey went from 44 inch waist with type II diabetes to 33 inches with no diabetes. How did he do it?

You already know the answer to this one.

Diet and exercise!

Apparently he reduces carbs, drinks water, and exercises 45 minutes a day. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

Congrats to Drew! Still funny, just healthier making us laugh!


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ARCHIMEDESII 7/31/2010 1:23PM

    I recently saw Drew Carey ! I had no idea he'd lost weight. He looks great. You know who else lost a lot of weight ? John Goodman. He's still a big guy, but he looks years younger.


-- karen

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KAYOTIC 7/31/2010 10:37AM

    It really isn't rocket science is it? Just common sense, and getting up and doing it!

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GRANDKATZ 7/31/2010 12:51AM

  I saw that yesterday; he looks really good. emoticon

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SARAHCAT24 7/31/2010 12:21AM

    Saw him on ET - he looks great! And you are right. If he can do it, we can do it. emoticon

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Jarod Shows Us It's Hard to Maintain

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Remember Jarod, the Subway spokesman who lost 245 lbs on a Subway diet? Seems Jarod has another lesson to teach us. Once the Subway endorsements slowed down, so did his diet and motivation, it seems. It's all too easy to slip back into familiar patterns. He has regained some of his weight back.


So like Jarord, you've lost the weight. Yay! Bikini party! Work it, work it, fashion, fashion baby. Once the high fives, pats on the back, and strutting is done, then what?

As a long term maintainer, I don't have great news here. However hard you had to work in order to lose weight, is what you will have to do to keep it off. If you successfully got the idea of 'lifestyle change', then you have a good chance of doing this.

Even still, it's harder than some may realize. In the 5 years of maintaining my weight, I've had more than one alarming spells when I realized I was slipping. Things like this went through my mind:

"Oh, I'm still eating well, but I haven't exercised in a couple of weeks."
"BBQ ribs with all the fixings won't hurt me this one time (but in reality I've had it 3 times this week)".
"I haven't counted my calories today, but I'm sure I'm within range (I'm underestimating)".

And predictably, my weight starts creeping up, my pants get tighter. I threw out all of my fat clothes, and I absolutely refuse to buy a larger dress size. So when things start feeling a little snug, that's usually my kicker to get back on track.

When it becomes a daily routine of exercising and counting calories, I find it pretty easy to keep up with. It's just like brushing my teeth in the morning and washing my hair. It's something I have to do.

However...whenever there's something that disrupts my routine, that's when the trouble starts for me. A break in my routine, like a vacation or a cross country move, and that's usually when the above thoughts start slipping in my head.

It hasn't happened just once. It's happened enough times, it's predictable. I gain back at most 5 pounds, which may not sound like a lot, but I'm only 5'0". A 10 pound weight gain is enough for me to move a full dress size up.

I hated how I felt when I wore a size 14. I hated myself. I couldn't stand myself in my own skin. A size 10 leads to a size 12, which isn't too far from a 14. I absolutely detest the idea of buying a size 10, and I'm certain that's the main reason why I haven't regained the full 30 I lost. A size 10 is off limits. It represents a person I never want to see in the mirror again.

And so, exercising and counting calories becomes like brushing my teeth again.

I hope Jarod finds what it will take to stop him from regaining all the weight he lost, before the past is looking back at him in the mirror.

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VHALKYRIE 7/28/2010 5:02PM

    Thanks so much for your insights, Karen. Like you, it's more important to me to be healthy. While image is part of the equation, for me, keeping the weight off is more about enjoying life. When I carried a staggering 44% body fat, I couldn't walk up stairs without struggling. I didn't ride a bike or walk in the park because it was just too hard. I'd sweat like crazy, and my joints would ache. Exercise was not enjoyable.

Now, I carry 2-3 loads of groceries up 3 flights of stairs to my apartment with no problem. Sometimes I use it as an extra challenge to see how fast I can make it up, like a bonus workout. I ride bikes, swim, walk - I'd fly if I could flap my arms hard enough! Exercise is fun! I don't ever want to go back again!

And yes, looking more attractive is a nice bonus.

I haven't seen the newest commercials. I'm glad he's back on track! I have always rooted for him, hoped he would make it for the long haul!

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ARCHIMEDESII 7/28/2010 3:45PM

    Great blog ! I know many people think that losing weight is hard, but I think maintaining is much much harder. Losing weight is easy. We've all done it hundreds of thousands of times. The challenge is keeping it off.

It really is a fine balance. On the one hand we know we have to keep up our healthy habits in order to keep the weight off. BUT, we don't want to be so Spartan that we can't enjoy ourselves either. We should be allowed to sit down and eat something and not have to worry about whether or not we'll "gain" weight if we do.

Did I gain back some of the weight I lost ? Yes and no. Yes, I gained scale weight, but I lost body fat. When I increased my weight training, my weight went up. Not substantially, but enough to make me wonder whether or not I was doing the right thing.

Then I thought about it and I decided that being fit and healthy was more important to me than being "thin". That's the trade off i.e. you can be thin or you can be fit. If you decide you want to be fit, you have to realize the scale might go up.

And seeing the scale go up doesn't mean you're fat. It took a long time for me to reconcile myself to that realization. I always taught that thin was in. The thinner you were, the happier you'd be. That was wrong too.

No, oddly enough, even though the scale went up a bit, I'm happy with my body. It's not perfect. never will be, but I'm happy with all my accomplishments.

As far as Jared, I have seen his new commercial and it does look like he took off the weight. Maybe he got to a point where he started feeling uncomfortable with his weight and decided he'd lapsed back into unhealthy habits and needed to make a change.

That's what happens many times and it's understandable. stuff happens. I've been pretty good about keeping all of my healthy habits. I'm doing my best to follow the 80/20 rule i.e. 80% of the time I eat right to the best of my ability and 20% of the time, I go a little wild. that's worked for me.

Like you, I don't want to see myself wearing size 16 pants ever again. So, I guess I'll have to be mindful of what I eat for the rest of my life.

Some days, I really wish we'd live in a world where we didn't have to worry about our weight or at least, we lived in a world where you weren't criticized for being overweight.

-- karen

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VHALKYRIE 7/28/2010 2:57PM

    No, he hasn't 'porked out'. He HAS gained some weight, though. He's just like the rest of us in if he doesn't get a handle on it, then 'porking out' is a real outcome. I was using him as an example of how difficult it is to maintain weight loss, even with the greatest motivations.

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SIGLED 7/28/2010 1:09PM

    Don't be too down for Jarod. That article was written in 2009. Also, you don't know how "doctored" the photo might be. When folks are on top, there is always someone trying to bring them down, albeit, falsely.

If you notice the latest Subway commercials, Jarod looks pretty good. The camera will add at least 10 lbs to you. Also, he is training for a marathon this Fall to run with one of the past contestants of the Biggest Loser. I doubt very seriously if he porked out at this point. Besides he has a contract with Subway that has a maintain the weight clause. If someone were paying me a jillion dollars to stay slim, I would pretty well do it.

My doctor told me last year that maybe 10% of people who lose weight maintain it. I have lost and gained enough weight in my lifetime to equal at least 3 people. Yet, I am trying and succeeding once again.

Why? Why don't I just give up and eat and drink myself to death? I could do that very easily. But I love to ride the bike (since 2005). Biking has saved my life. I don't ride the bike to lose weight, I lose weight to ride the bike. I ride much easier, much stronger and much farther with less weight. It's a passion.

Not to mention the terrific advantages to my health, strength for my job and being able to be a much better husband to my wife.

It is always sad to see someone who has fought the good fight to gain it back again. But it happens. So what'll you do? You do again and again and again if need be, until you get it right.

The very best to you in your SPARK ADVENTURES!

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BJW-FARMGIRL 7/28/2010 10:16AM

    Having lost and gained large amounts numerous times in my adult life, I have always claimed that maintenance is the hardest part of a wellness/fitness program. If you think losing is hard, just wait until you start to try to maintain. Not trying to burst anyone's bubble, but it's a hard reality. Good Luck all! (and me, too)

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BREWMASTERBILL 7/28/2010 10:10AM

    "And so, exercising and counting calories becomes like brushing my teeth again. "

This is the key. Think of our inability to accurately judge how much we eat as mis-wiring in the brain. It's a lot like having to wear glasses. You can't wear glasses for a year, take them off and expect to have 20/20 vision. So is the case here. Once you stop tracking, you lose the ability to perform small corrections to stay on track and then it becomes a BIG problem again. I think most people have problems maintaining because they toss the tracking habit in the garbage. We're not fixed! We have to wear our diet glasses forever, or until they come out with diet LASIK. heh.

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MABELPIE 7/28/2010 10:03AM

    Yeah, good job for you...and sad, but not unsurprising, for Jarod. Thanks for bring his struggles to my attention, though.

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JAZZYJAS 7/28/2010 9:29AM

    His diet was always pretty limited with just eating subway all the time -- it didn't allow for variety. Good job on maintaining for so long.

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I'm Back! And a Fresh Start.

Monday, July 05, 2010

I've had a lot of changes in my life since my last blog post. I've moved from Seattle, WA to Savannah, GA, and I'm engaged to be married! What hasn't changed is I'm still 10 pounds from my goal weight.

I've come to realize it really is a mental thing. My last physical, my doctor says I am healthy, and healthier than the average American. I've successfully lost 30 pounds, but I can't seem to lose the 'last 10 pounds'. Am I happy enough with 130? Is that good enough?

Perhaps so. However, since moving to the south, I have a new motivation. There are many, many more bikini days than there were in Seattle! We've been going to the beach almost every weekend, so I am finding the desire to tone and tighten up a little more strongly. On the other hand, the temptation to eat poorly is much, much more prevalent in the south. Delicious BBQ is at every turn, and not much in the way of sushi, one of my favorite healthy foods. Farmers market with fresh veggies and fruit is nearly non existant, however, I am finding it easy to grow tomatoes and peppers on my balcony due to the strong days of sun.

I've been holding off on trying on wedding dresses, and I've got to get on that.

So, here's to another fresh start!

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HAPPYNOW26 7/16/2010 3:20AM

    Glad you're back!!!

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TURBOAMIE 7/7/2010 11:31PM

    welcome back!!!

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SLIMMER150 7/5/2010 5:24PM

    How Wonderful your life is right now! Congratulations on everything! Wow! 130 lbs!!! I touched that once when I was in 8th grade.. now 61 yrs old... IF ONLY I had put in the extra effort to just do ALLLLLLL I could to get off those last 10 lbs Maybe I would have work to Stay there..instead of getting up to 230 for MOST of my life and almost 300 for a few years!!! DO IT! Whatever it is Watch all the little extras you put in your mouth...and get out and move even more! I know you CAN do it.. What a Thrill... think of it like climbing Mt Everest.. but a lot warmer! Do ..and hold it... I do think if only???? I mean all this from the bottom of my Heart... I never in my life even went into the 120's even for a second... I made a big mistake... and paided somehow all through life..and now with Health.. really paying for it.. so Go Girl! Do IT!

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-FEMALE- 7/5/2010 8:16AM

    I'm so happy to see you're back. I've missed you! Congratulations on getting engaged!!

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CARRIE1948 7/5/2010 7:29AM

    Those last 10 pounds are the killer. Good luck.

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    emoticon Welcome Back!

and emoticon on your engagement!

Good luck with your weight loss goals!


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Fatty food as addictive as cocaine or heroine?

Monday, March 29, 2010

Food for thought. I've often said that when I got serious about weight loss, I cut out all fatty food completely and suffered through the withdrawals like a heroine addict. There may be something to it. While moderation is key to lifelong success, I know for me I had to go cold turkey at the beginning. I was not able to do moderation because I was addicted.


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VHALKYRIE 3/30/2010 12:58AM

    I was able to relearn my behavior. It was not easy. In fact, I would say it is among the most difficult things I've ever done. But now I eat healthy, avoid fatty foods, and have maintained my weight loss. Mostly because I realized I WAS addicted to bad food! I didn't want to live that way anymore. I suffered through the 'withdrawals', got through it, and haven't looked back. I figure if someone can do something as difficult as losing weight and maintain it, they can do anything!

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EATNBOOGERS 3/29/2010 9:26PM

    One of my "addictions" is chocolate. The only way I can practice moderation for any length of time is to not buy any of it myself. My husband has it hidden somewhere and gives me a bit every night. Cold turkey is best for me for other things which require moderation.

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SNOWHIT 3/29/2010 6:46PM

    This is an incredibly interesting article. Thanks for sharing. I was some what taken aback by the conclusion of the article where they state that we should look into drug therapies. Not that drug interventions may not be useful, but there are other types of therapies that have been shown to work with addiction, why not start there?

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JILLWILSON2102 3/29/2010 12:02PM

    It is true. We have bad habits that have to be broken and it is the rare person indeed that can be successful with moderately reducing rather than cold turkey and then a slow re-introduction later. I would agree with you that the cold turkey method is the most successful for me as well, so that I concentrate on the good habits I am trying to incorporate. emoticon

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Jillian Doesn't Kid Around!

Friday, February 05, 2010

I've seen lots of comments about it on the blogs and message boards, and my curiosity couldn't take it anymore (I am half cat, I think.) I just got Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred this morning.

I paid attention to the warnings, and was fully prepared to get my butt kicked. At this stage in my fitness, I *want* to get my butt kicked. Bring it, Jillian.

I was not disappointed. My butt has Jillian's boot prints all over it. I admit, there were a couple of times when I was tempted to take a little break. Just a little. But there was Jillian - she KNEW. "Don't quit!" Drat, how did she know?

I followed along as best I could. When she says "No rest", she isn't kidding! When my muscles screamed and I wanted to stop, I imagined Jillian screaming at me like I was on the Biggest Loser, "Don't give up! Don't you dare give up! You can do one more! Don't ever say you can't!" I did one more jumping jack; one more butt kick; one more squat. All the while thinking it was the longest 20 minutes of my life!

And I loved every minute of it (once it was over). Phew. I'm a glutton for punishment. Excited for another kicking from JM tomorrow.

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GLAMOURGIRL-9 2/5/2010 8:21PM

    I just did one of her dvd's wed. and i am STILL sore! Yikes she is evil but in a good way!

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LADYROSE 2/5/2010 8:02PM

    Take care of you first... Jillian will be there waiting to dish out more butt kicking when you're ready. ;)

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VHALKYRIE 2/5/2010 7:37PM

    It's the most awesome workout DVD I've ever had. Jillian is definitely no perky aerobics instructor - she is a drill sergeant! And I love it! From my experience with martial arts, I can definitely see the influence in her style. It's also a pretty intense circuit workout, which is exactly what I'm looking for. Most workout DVDs I've had in the past have been more of a low intensity aerobics. Jillian is definitely going for big bang personal training in a workout video. I give it an A++!

Unfortunately, I'm not going to be able to work out with her tonight. Got a sore throat and feeling under the weather. Planning on taking a nap after I log out.

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EATNBOOGERS 2/5/2010 7:29PM

    Wow, I'll have to check it out!

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DARCEYOH 2/5/2010 4:06PM

    Same here... I knew she was difficult but I had to try it. I fell in love with it. And seeing pictures of others doing this workout, how good they looked, really helped me in deciding to do it. Speaking of which, I need to get that back from my sister.

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JELLAJIGGLES 2/5/2010 12:09PM

    Yeah I got that one. It's nice when you think you are in tip top shape to have a new challenge. Way to step up and work it super hard all the way through!

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SNOWHIT 2/5/2010 12:00PM

    Where is that darn tiny, buff, mean woman emoticon? I like the 30 Day Shred too. I don't follow the plan, just throw it in when I want to get some quick cardio. It feels very intense. Have fun with Jillian.

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MYTURN11 2/5/2010 11:08AM

    Good for you! I love it when she says "If you are looking for a modified version of this move, look elsewhere" emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARCYNA 2/5/2010 9:57AM

    Wow , great!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AEDWARDS22 2/5/2010 8:09AM

    I almost got that one! I did the the BL sculpt one yesterday. I thought I would like it because it goes up in levels. 1,2,3. I have been exercising for a while now but don't really do many weights. I thought this would be a good starting point. Funny thing is at the time I felt the burn but did not think it was to bad. Until I woke up this am! My butt is killing me! They say to do it 6 days a week but I don't know if I will do that. Maybe every other day for me. At least at first. Have fun with Jillian!

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