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Sometimes I just want...(do NOT read if you are NOT strong)

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Sometimes I just want...

* a cherry pie. You know, like the $0.99 ones with the iced crust surrounding the pie filling!

* Cheeto Puffs

* Glazed cake donuts

* Pigs in a blanket

* a pizza with sausage, green peppers, onions, jalepeno's and extra cheese

* a LARGE piece of carrot cake with a tall glass of cold milk

* TheTour of Italy at Olive Garden...don't act like you don't know what that is

* a GOOD steak, with garlic mashpotatoes and mac n' cheese

* chocolate candy bars...does it really matter what kind?

* a double chocolate cake with chocolate frosting

* The southwestern Cheddar BBQ Cheeseburger from Chili's

* hot, buttery bread...and lots of it

Sometimes while i'm sitting at the computer inputting what i plan on eating for the day or week, i think about these foods. These are the foods that saw me through so many ups and downs in my life. They hugged me when no one would. They were ALWAYS there for me when i needed them. BUT...

But they came with a price. The price? They made me feel even worse about myself soon after they comforted me. They would never leave me. They just morphed from their food shape to fat on my body. They cost me a lot of great adventures that i could've, should've or would've done if they didn't pack on the pounds.

So yes, sometimes...like NOW...i want these things. But then i remember how much they deceive me and I continue on with what will fuel my new found love of a healthier lifestyle much better.

So even though i may stroll down the aisles at the grocery store where some of my favorite items live, I cast a glance their way, sigh, and carry on...

  
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GRAMTOTWO 7/6/2012 4:52PM

    Can certainly relate. Sometimes I even go so far as to put my cravings into my food tracker and shock myself back to reality. Try it, it really does work :)

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PANDASUE2 7/6/2012 12:04PM

    Yep, I hear ya. I miss certain things all the time, but its just not worth it. However, once in a while, in extreme moderation, we can have those things, just to get us over a slump. Just not too often!

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JAMIELOGICAL 7/6/2012 9:23AM

    Sometimes, in my weakest moments, I imagine that I will allow myself a full-on binge where I can eat ALL of the foods I want/miss. I make a list of all those foods in my head and I cling to the idea that I will allow myself to eat them all at some point in the nebulous future. Sometimes I hang onto that image for days and days, but I do eventually get over it. It's like my rational mind's way of tricking my irrational mind into contentment for a little while.

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LRBIRT 7/5/2012 8:59PM

    Haha- I was at the store today and looked at..even held, a candy bar like it was my long lost love ;op lol

But I wished it well and put it back. I think its a great feeling to have the information on nutrition that we are learning and using it to make better choices for our BODIES and not our emotions! Great job!

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ANDI571 7/5/2012 8:49PM

    Yep, been there and done that....... emoticon

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STLADEE 7/5/2012 8:35PM

    yes indeed, I know the feeling, glad your will power is SO strong for the most part mine is, other times not so much.

Keep up the great work!

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KDCLEWIEN1 7/5/2012 8:03PM

    I can relate although I usually give in especially if I'm feeling down, lonely, unloved, etc then have loads guilt afterwards.......Something I need to work on. Thanks for writing this.

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LJCANNON 7/5/2012 7:48PM

    emoticonOh, Yes, I have "Been There, Done That"!! But as NICETOCYOU said, when you Do Indulge they never taste quite as good as you remember.
emoticonSometimes it helps to fill out the Nutrition Tracker with foods that you are craving or that you used to eat. That can be a Real Eye Opener!!

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MISSCHRIS3 7/5/2012 7:28PM

    LOL I know what you mean.....

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NICETOCYOU 7/5/2012 7:28PM

    I bet if you allowed yourself some, it wouldn't taste as good as you remember.

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LADYDARYA 7/5/2012 6:47PM

    I can sooo relate....

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MJ7DM33 7/5/2012 6:12PM

  I know how you feel!!! Just keep up the good work!! ! emoticon

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JULY 2012 - DIE FAT DIE! ...day 1

Monday, July 02, 2012

July 2012 Goals
* Complete 325 miles (walking/running/cycling) ...completed 18.71
* Complete 4000 CORE reps
* Lift/Push/Pull 600,000lbs ...completed 26,150
* Lose 17.2lbs
Starting Weight: 269.8lbs



Other Goals:
* Yearly goal of 1500 miles...completed 797.16
* Yearly goal of dropping 100lbs...lost 49.2lbs
* Overall goal of dropping 169lbs...REACHED 29.11%



July 1st:
Biked 12.54 miles, 51 minutes, 741 calories
walk/Jog 6.17 miles, 120 minutes, 912 calories
Lift/Push/Pull 26,150lbs

I ended my 100 Day Challenge because my body needed to rest. I go hard and i needed my muscles to relax a bit before i jumped into July. I KNEW that for the month of July i was going to go EXTREMELY hard. The wedding i'm in is in August and this is the final month to push it. The dress finally fits, but now it's time to make myself proud. NOT that i'm not proud of how far i've come, but now it's time to start seeing what i'm really made of.



Measurements: January 1st - July 1st
Weight: 301.8...269.8...-32lbs
Stomach: 54.5...49.25...-5.25
Waist: 50...43.25...-6.75
Hips: 57...49.5...-7.5
Thigh: 28.5...24.5...-4.0
Arm: 14...13...-1.0
Calf: 18.5...17.75...-0.75
Bust: 52.5...47...-5.5
Under Bust: May 45...July 1st 42.25...-2.75
Total Inches Lost: 33.5

  
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LRBIRT 7/5/2012 8:55PM

    Great job!!! You are a machine! emoticon

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GIGI0607 7/5/2012 5:05PM

    Wow, you are doing great & you look great too. Make the best of july and make yourself proud...

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-POOKIE- 7/5/2012 4:29PM

    Doing great!

I started out at 323lbs, I never took inch measurements, I wish I had of done!

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CALLIKIA 7/5/2012 4:16PM

    You're doing amazing!! And you look absolutely gorgeous!

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AMYB1985 7/4/2012 4:27AM

    What an amazing change!!! Keep up the good work!

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 7/3/2012 1:04AM

    Wow!!!!!!

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STLADEE 7/2/2012 10:45PM

    Love the title! AWEsome job on the cardio way to get it in! It will die in no time!
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JAMIELOGICAL 7/2/2012 1:39PM

    Holy cow! You did almost three hours of cardio yesterday?!?! That's commitment!

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June 2012 Recap & Fireworks

Monday, July 02, 2012

June Goals:
* My ultimate goal this month is to get that bridesmaid dress to zipper up all the way ...IT FREAKING FITS!!!!!
* Complete 202 miles...completed 223.13

Other Goals:
* Yearly goal of 1500 miles...completed 778.45
* Yearly goal of dropping 100lbs...lost 49.2lbs
* Overall goal of dropping 169lbs...REACHED 29.11%

I ended my 100 Day Challenge...on Saturday my body just needed a break. I don't know how to go anything but hard. So i was wore out! But it felt great to relax and i ended the night under the stars watching some fireworks...







My friend took those firework pictures with his camera...

  
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JAMIELOGICAL 7/2/2012 1:42PM

    My husband is all about taking fancy firework photos. We're not going to see fireworks until Saturday night though.

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June 28th: all about non-scale victories

Friday, June 29, 2012

I love the sauna...


Lately i've had a real hatred towards my scale. I haven't yet thrown it across the room or taken a hammer to it, but i have thought about it. Well, in my last few blogs i've expressed this discord and quite a few of my Sparkies reminded me to look for other clues that the hard work is paying off. Well, yesterday it was as though a shining light was show casing certain victories. Here are a few of them...

1) We all keep certain clothes that we want to fit back into. I have 2 pieces. One is this librarian looking dress from the Gap in a size 18. My sister hates it! But i just want to fit into it again...not actually wear it in public. It buttons all the way down the front and has a butterfly collar. It's from 1998ish...hahaha...well i'm not stupid - i'm not going to even attempt to put it on. BUT the other piece is a size 22 pair of shorts from 1998ish that i still LOVE! I tried them on about a month ago and i was able to close them but i was NOT able to breathe in them standing let alone trying to sit in them. So i tried them on...and they fit perfectly! AND i can breathe...

1999ish (I was about 230lbs here)


June 28 2012


2) My sister has lost just over 27lbs so she's about 220lbs right now. I've always been used to the idea that i was 100lbs heavier then she is, but yesterday while we were discussing our weight loss, it dawned on me that i'm ONLY 49lbs heavier then she is now! Not that i'm trying to beat her, but it was an internal victory that i'll soon closer to her weight.

100 Day Challenge
June 28th was day 18. I'm doing pretty well so far with not giving up and the "just keep going" attitude.

August Wedding
OK, so i've told you all that the bridesmaid dress finally zippered all the way up. After speaking to my sister last night i was talking to her about hair and make-up. I'm not really good with either. But she is always so beautiful so i asked if she could help. So my sister is doing my make-up (which means when i'm back in Chicago i'll be making an expensive make-up run) and my 13yr old niece will be doing my hair! How sad and funny all at the same time. But she's great with hair! I can't wait to see the transformation...

OH...and here's the finished product of my Chicken Tortilla Soup. EVEN with the sourcream, cheese and fried tortilla strips it was still pretty low in calories...but high in sodium...tasted sooooooo good!


June Goals:
* My ultimate goal this month is to get that bridesmaid dress to zipper up all the way ...IT FREAKING FITS!!!!!
* Complete 202 miles...completed 223.13

Other Goals:
* Yearly goal of 1500 miles...completed 778.45
* Yearly goal of dropping 100lbs...lost 49.2lbs
* Overall goal of dropping 169lbs...REACHED 29.11%



So what are my July goals?
* Complete 325 miles (walking/running/cycling)
* Complete 4000 CORE reps

  
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UCANGOME 7/3/2012 12:40PM

    I can hear the joy and excitement in your writing voice, good for you!!! Send some of that my way, would ya, haha!

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BRAVENEWGRL 7/3/2012 11:16AM

    Awesome job!!!!!

Have you tried using the low sodium chicken broth/stock? It takes a while for your taste buds to get used to the lower sodium taste but it certainly helps cut down on the daily total! OR better yet you could make your own chicken stock...

That soup looks delicious though....and if it weren't 1000000 degrees in Denver, I'd want some!

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RICHILA 6/30/2012 4:38PM

    Congratulations! NSV's are important.
Spark on! You Got This! emoticon

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LAINYC 6/29/2012 2:21PM

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NURSEWITT03 6/29/2012 1:00PM

    Great job! You are doing awesome! emoticon

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JAMIELOGICAL 6/29/2012 11:34AM

    Fitting back into old clothes is a huge victory. I have some clothes I was wearing pre-surgery that I can't wait to get back into. I was wearing size 14 jeans a year ago! I went all the way up to a 20 in March, but I'm in an 18 now. Tomorrow I am busting out the 16s to see if I can squeeze into them. That would give me a little shot of confidence since the scale hasn't budged at all lately. I happen to know for a fact that I weight 211 when I bought the 16s two years ago. This morning I was 212.6, so I think I *should* be able to just squeeze into them.

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CINCYCHIC27 6/29/2012 11:14AM

    Wow! Great Job!
Keep up the good work.

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June 27th...the day the scale almost died!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Deep breathes...

100 Day Challenge
I've made it for 17 days...wooo hooo! There were SOOOOO many days where i just wanted to lay on the couch, or lay by the complex pool, or just sleep. But i didn't. Why? Because i want a better & healthier life for myself. Truth be told, when i look at my past pictures i can recall how sad it was. How lonely i was. How i allowed my weight to hold me back from a lot of fun events. I don't want to hold back anymore. I want to have fun and not have to worry about breaking something or embarrassing myself.

I was at the gym and ready to do my Walk/Jog Your Way week 2 day 2. I was 15 minutes into it when i realized that as much as i WANTED to complete those 27 minutes of walk/jog intervals...my body needed a rest. So i walked the rest of it. And while i was walking i came to this conclusion: I can't go hard every day. My legs need a rest so they can repair and rebuild. So over the next two days (Thursday and Friday) my legs will get a breather. I'll focus my efforts on other things - core and upper body. BUT i will still jump on the stationary bike. You see, i don't have cable at home so i don't get any channels. And well...i don't want to miss the Olympic Trails! Phelps all the way baby! So instead of my usual 110-124 speed, i'll go at an easy 80-90. I mean, i can't just go to the gym and sit in front of the TV. I guess i could - but i don't want to get laughed at!

THE SCALE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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So that blasted scale said 270.4 on Wednesday morning, on Tuesday it was somewhere in the 271ish area, Monday it was at 269.8...so yesterday i really watched my sodium intake. I was still over BUT not by much. So what happens when i step on the scale this morning? 269.4...My response that i said out loud: You've got to be freaking kidding me! This scale is gonna be the death of me!

So here's the thing. I used to just weigh in weekly. I hated it because i needed control over what i was doing and the number at least indicated if i was doing well with what i was consuming or not. I went to weighing in just 2x a month - andi ended up gaining weight to end the month. So then i went back to watching it daily. And here's what i now think...NO MATTER WHAT THE SCALE WILL AT SOME POINT DISAPPOINT YOU. So i think watchingmy sodium more closely i'll be ok. That doesn't mean taht i won't want to throw it across the room from time to time...but i do refrain from doing it!

So let' stalk about last night...
I made Chicken Tortilla Soup for the first time. It tasted GREAT! After i made it (it was for work so i had it for lunch today and shared it with the ladies here) i had left over tortillas. So i made cheese flauta's...so YUMMY! But not exactly good for me. But i had three of them with a diet coke at 10:30pm last night and i went to bed with a smile on my face. It reminded me of thedays my momma used to make them...i mean, hello, how else did i get this girlish figure?!







And the flauta...yumm....

  
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ANGELWENDYMAMA 6/29/2012 1:40AM

    The dress fits you now?!!! WOOOHOOOOOOOOOO

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YESCURLYCAN 6/28/2012 10:49PM

  Thinking about Shoes comment I just remembered that I read you retain water when it is hot because your body stores the water to cool down. Now how true that is, I don't know but lets just all believe it is :) My weight is doing the same even though I have been on point, like to the T. All I have to say is that you are doing an AWESOME job, and I know that we want that scale to sing our praises but have faith in your journey. I know you will get there. You are walking inspriation lady emoticon

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BESTLIFE79 6/28/2012 6:35PM

    Your are doing awesome! I weigh everyday too- its what works for me. I tried going weekly too and yep-- I gained big time.... Don't put much faith in that sucker-- it lies alot, I swear! haha

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SHOES17 6/28/2012 5:13PM

    I cant help but wonder if the heat has something to do with these wacky numbers. My numbers have been all over the board. I am a daily weigh-er, which I know is bad.

Even-though my numbers have been all over the place, my total trend is down. Those ups and down can be frustrating for those of us that are working so hard.

I just happen to get luck when I did my weekly weigh in. If it had been a day earlier I would have been up a pound. Sometimes we just have to keep the faith - look back at what we have done right and keep trucking! Hang in there!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 6/28/2012 5:11PM

    I weigh in daily and tomorrow is my "official" weigh in day. The scale is showin me no love this week, but oh well. Just keep on keepin' on! Soup looks great!

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JAMIELOGICAL 6/28/2012 4:43PM

    Hopefully I'll see similar results on my scale sometime in the coming days. It's being such a jerk to me right now! I was so depressed to have to post a gain to my Biggest Loser Team this morning. There is NO REASON for me to have gained 0.8 pounds since last Thursday. I've been working my butt off!

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TXGRANDMA 6/28/2012 3:52PM

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NURSEWITT03 6/28/2012 3:36PM

    I been having that same war with the scale lately. You have done great and will continue to do great. Sooner or later the scale will reflect your efforts. Congrats on fitting into the bridesmaid dress and blowing away your mileage goal for the month!

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