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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

My basic goal and reward structure is set at every 3% loss of body weight. Each subsequent 3% is based on the new weight, so that slightly less actual weight is needed to be lost to reach the next 3%. I did it this way since weight usually comes off slower the closer to goal one is, and I didn't want to wait too long for each goal by keeping them at a set weight interval.

Anyway, in addition to these 3% increments, I'm also celebrating 5, 10, 15, 20, 25% of my starting weight, and of course my final goal (which is close to 30% but not quite).

So, in this first month, I've already reached my first three goals! 3%, 5% and the second 3%! emoticon

At my first 3%, I was going to give myself a new water bottle. I ended up getting two emoticon. One minimalist and one maximalist - if that is a word:

The one on the right folds when empty and takes hardly any space:

I'm sceptical about its durability, but it may surprise me with lasting a long time.

My second reward at 5% was a new top. However, I didn't feel enough difference to inspire me to go clothes shopping, so I changed it to a pepper grinder. I've wanted to get a good one for a while so this was a good opportunity. I looked at many and finally settled on a classic, medium Peugeot grinder in dark brown. Sometimes little things like this makes cooking more fun:

The third reward was putting aside a little money for my big shopping spree when I reach goal. I didn't take any picture of the green though emoticon emoticon

The next goal is quite a bit further away so now, perseverance is of essence...

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INGMARIE 3/1/2012 12:35PM

    emoticonway to go.
Great ideas with the 3% looks easier that way. emoticon

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V_ON_THE_VERGE 3/1/2012 9:57AM

    Yes! They also have a closed hook to attached to a backpack or your belt hoop or something so you don't actually have to carry it in your hand.

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TEMPEST272002 3/1/2012 9:53AM

    Congrats meeting two goals this month! I'm going to keep my eye out for one of those folding water bottles. They'd be great for taking hiking.

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MEDDYPEDDY 3/1/2012 12:50AM

    You remind me that I forget to reward myself... thank you and I am happy for you - keep up the good work!

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Thursday, February 09, 2012

They say that losing "just" 10% of your body weight significantly improves your health. Well, 10% for me is still quite hefty, so I have broken down my weight loss goals into smaller increments, 3% at a time. Meaning first 3% of my starting weight, then 3% of my "new" weight, and so on.

I know that the closer to final goal, the slower the weight comes off, so this is a way to take that into account and not have to wait too long for the rewards as the finishing line gets closer.

I reached my first 3% today and that was a nice feeling. Even though the change in my body is barely noticeable, it is still encouraging. Maybe even more so when the physical signs are not that obvious.

To each milestone, I've attached a reward, going from pretty small to more substantial. As for my first 3%, I'm going to get myself a new water bottle emoticon
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SAGE150 2/17/2012 4:11PM

    Good for you, babe. I think I might try that. I feel a bit overwhelmed with the whole weightloss battle right now. I feel like I'm going in the wrong direction. :( But, there's always hope.


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MEDDYPEDDY 2/13/2012 12:48AM

    Good strategy as I am following the biggest loser now and then I see that 3 % is what the contestants lose every week... for me it might take a little longer!

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X5X52000 2/10/2012 2:24PM

    emoticon Ty for sharing!!! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 2/10/2012 11:02AM

    Well done reaching that first goal! Have you tried the Brita water bottles? Talking to a friend yesterday who loves hers so I'm going to try it out myself.

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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

I hit the reset button today. Reset my trackers and my SparkDiet Stage. I weighed in and took all my measurements this morning.

I got the book a while ago and have been making my way through a few chapters. Now I felt it was time.

I've created 3 Fast Breaks, namely:

~Drink 8 cups of water a day (I have been doing good on no soda, more water, but still not getting enough water in a day)
~Take the stairs if it is 4 flights or less and walk up escalators (have one of those mega long ones when I get off the subway on my way to work)
~Post a blog or in a team every day

In addition, I'm continuing my no soda streak and strive to turn my lights off before 11 pm at least 22 out of the 29 nights in February. That is to help me get more sleep of course. The loose goal to get more sleep in January didn't work, so I'm trying to be a bit more specific on how to accomplish that.

February will also be a no sweets month. There is nothing to celebrate really in February - except Valentines, and my little 11-month old Valentine doesn't eat sugar yet so we'll feast on something else that day.

It might seem ambitious, but several of these are already "in effect" and I feel it's the right stuff I need to do at the moment.
Here's to a fabulous February! emoticon

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MEDDYPEDDY 2/5/2012 3:07AM

    Very consistant goals I think - "förnuftigt" - would be the swedish word. Hope to see you around!

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SAGE150 2/2/2012 12:30AM

    Sounds like some good goals. I think the no sweets things will be the hardest, but going by your activity feed, it looks like you're off to a good start! emoticon


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FLORIDAJOE1 2/1/2012 8:41PM

    This sounds like a great start. Not too much and not too little. Build those habits into your life and you will definitely see a difference. Keep up the good work.

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Inspirational story

Saturday, January 28, 2012

I came across this inspirational story and video yesterday. I'm a few years younger than this woman, but I can very much identify with her "before" pictures and believe I could achieve similar results as her "after" pictures, with some small but significant changes to my daily choices, i.e., my life style!


I am not familiar with the program she went through and don't endorse it in any way, but here is a link to her website, if you want to know a bit more:

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V_ON_THE_VERGE 1/29/2012 8:00PM

    Doesn't she?! We can do it too Sage!!

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SAGE150 1/29/2012 12:39PM

    Wow, that is inspirational. Made me want to take an extra walk today. She looks SO much younger. She looks like a totally different person....and yet, more herself.

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"...be lead by your dreams"

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Last week, I bought a kitchen magnet with this proverb:


Today, in an effort to look up from my "problems" and identify my "dreams", or at least the "whys" of wanting things to be different, here are the things I came to think of:

emoticonI want to be here for my daughter tomorrow and well into my old age
emoticonI want to be a good role model of healthy, normal eating to my daughter
emoticonI want to live with energy and spark
emoticonI want to feel strong and flexible
emoticonI want to live with radical acceptance of my body and be comfortable in my skin
emoticonI want to choose my leisure and social activities based on my desires and needs (as opposed to how I feel in my body and whether I have something reasonably chic and comfortably concealing to wear)
emoticonI want to dress my style (as opposed to least gruesome available in applicable size)
emoticonI want to enjoy trying on and purchasing clothes
emoticonI want to be part of the change in how we take care of ourselves in the western world
emoticonI want to inspire and support others in their change process
emoticonI want to be able to dance all night
emoticonI want to enjoy the feel-good aftermath of exertion
emoticonI want to fit comfortably into airplane seats
emoticonI want to be as oblivious to my hip and feet as I am of other parts of my body (i.e., no pain)
emoticonI want to be able to pick something up from the floor without cutting off my airsupply

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TEMPEST272002 1/29/2012 1:01PM

    Yes! Focusing on the positive is what drives me forward. All of these dreams are within you to realize.

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SAGE150 1/29/2012 12:33PM

    Me, too. Me, too. Me, too.

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MEDDYPEDDY 1/29/2012 1:01AM

    Loved your quote, stealing it for my january blog theme... when my daughter was born eleven years ago I had the same thoughts as you. Today I wonder how to be honest about my eating disorder without giving her too my grown up information...

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