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Week 22: From 132.8 to 132.2

Saturday, June 16, 2012

I can't believe I almost forgot a blog entry for last week! I weigh-in again in three days, lol!

Mike asked if I was "Still doing that Spark thing- blogging?" and I was like OF COURSE! And that's when I realized I hadn't remembered to post for the first time in 22 weeks!

I'm sorry to write that I have been struggling a bit. Nothing tragic, but I'm feeling lazy and less in control of my eating in the last week plus. Yesterday and the day before I ate what can be called "midnight snacks," although last night's might more fairly be called "second dinner." I'm just feeling very hungry (yes, TOM is coming in a week, but also I'm still not eating enough).

To combat this crappy behavior, I went for a nice walk yesterday (only 30 minutes, but it made me feel pretty good) and yesterday and today I completed my calisthenics (still trying to get Michelle Obama arms for my friend's wedding) early in the day, rather than waiting until I'm lazy and over it in the evening. I am two weeks away from the move to Hawaii, so I just want to stay afloat until then- eat cleanly, continue being active, and maintain... Here's a pic Mike sent of the view from our Lanai:

Last weekend, I went to my first library conference (actually billed as an unconference- a casual roundtable type thing) and I blogged about it here:
Feel free to read a short dry blog if you aren't blogged-out after reading this! It was all about professional preparations, so I shared a lot of what I have been going through- seeking jobs, applying, and interviewing. And then on Tuesday, I was offered my #1 pick- a job managing circulation and staffing/developing the student volunteer program at a community college on Oahu. I still can't believe it. I have run elementary libraries for three years, but with the budget crisis, it has practically been a volunteer position (read: paid peanuts). This is a real job with real pay and real benefits. I am elated.

I think I'll end there on that very positive note. I hope all of you are doing well and continuing to fight for your health and happiness. I think the hardest part of the fight goes on in our heads, not what we do to or put in our bodies. I'm forever working on that, but having my Sparkles' support makes this achievable.

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LEIAMLOW 6/20/2012 12:15PM

    I am so excited for you! You are going to love Hawaii! I visited there once as a child and it is still my most magical memory.

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Week 21: From 134.0 to 132.8

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Still going dudes.

I hope everyone is having a good week... My week has been so filled with ups and downs, and I'm grateful to have a place like SP to share my thoughts. You are all always so helpful and encouraging.

The downs. My parents moved to Texas about a year and a half ago to run their own lunch truck business on a military base. They have gone through so much, and this week, the restaurant that supplies their hot food was 86's by the base for lame reasons (they are so strict on inspections!). It looked like this was the final straw and that my parents were going to move back to California, back to unemployment, roommates, and debt. Miraculously, it looks like things are coming around. They found a military-approved restaurant and now plan to stay. They are incredibly hard working, and I just really want this to work for them.

Mike's grandma Edith was taken to the hospital for shortness of breath, but thankfully, is doing fine now. She was diagnosed with congenital heart disease, which is troubling, but she is so strong and resilient. Here is a photo of her, Mike, Peggy (Mike's mom), and me from Mike's graduation last month:

I know that people get older and have issues like this, but I just adore her and hate that she has to go through this. She is an excellent cook, eternal optimist, sharp-witted woman and the only person who calls me "Natty," which I really like.

Okay, the downs are out of the way. Whew... The ups are as follows: I have a second interview for the community college library job on Oahu and the University of Oahu Library director called me to schedule an interview for next week. I feel like I might be forgetting other good things, but it's been a rollercoaster for sure.

Health: Hmm... To tell the truth, I've been in a bit of a funk since Mike left three weeks ago, and I have not been active. I take some short walks and do calisthenics, but I believe I am losing weight because I am still eating 1200 calories a day. I am not in maintenance mode at all. CyndiBunnie had great suggestions for adding the additional calories to my day, but honestly, I can't get over the guilt of eating anything but lean protein, whole grains, fruit, and veg. Like real, deep guilt. I want to find a good balance where I'm much more active and enjoying 1800 calories a day to maintain this weight, but after dieting like this since January 1st, I'm finding it difficult (please don't hate me).

Food: I'm eating really well, just not enough for maintenance. Tonight I made this recipe for moo goo gai pan: http://rasamalaysia.com/moo-goo-gai-pan/2/ , but added in some onion and red bell pepper. It was really nice. One miss was overnight oats. I LOVE me some oatmeal for breakfast, but it's been too warm lately, so I tried it with rolled oats (it tasted nice, but was like mush), and later steel cut oats (too tough). I am like overnight oatmeal Goldilocks- looking for overnight oats that are juuust right. Here's a pic of the overnight steel cut oats with soy milk, nectarine. dried cranberries, and cinnamon:

One last thing (to end on a positive note)- I came across a picture from last fall of myself, Mike, and his old boss after a work softball game, and holy moly is it awful (thanks, Facebook!). It makes me proud of how far I've come.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

LEIAMLOW 6/6/2012 1:52PM

    Wow! You have had a rollercoaster lately! I hope things begin to settle for you. Oahu would be amazing! My fingers, toes, legs, arms and eyes are crossed for you.

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CINDYBUNNIE 6/6/2012 12:39PM

    I'm glad your parents found a new restaurant and that your grandmother-in-law is doing fine now, and I hope everything continues to get better for them.

It can be scary and intimidating to go from dieting to maintenance, especially if you've dealt with weight issues most of your life (which a lot of women do). Maybe you're afraid if you go back to "regular" eating, you may lose control and gain the weight back, so you're sticking to what's safe and known to work for keeping your weight down. It can take some time to feel okay with eating more to maintain, and that's okay. Just do your best, do what you feel comfortable with, and you'll eventually get to where you no longer feel guilty about what you eat. You can try starting small, like adding 50-100 calories for a while, then another 50-100 the next week or whenever you feel okay with doing that, etc.

Just like starting your journey to a new and healthy lifestyle when you first started SparkPeople, with changing how physically active you were, how you ate, what you ate, how you view food, etc., maintenance is another new journey for you. Just believe and trust in yourself, keep trying, keep going, and you'll get to where you want to be.

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2BEABETTERME 6/6/2012 11:54AM

    Good news that things are working out for your parents!

Congrats on more pounds gone! You have been rocking the scale!

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RYDERB 6/6/2012 10:40AM

    This economy has changed so many lives, and small business owners have really suffered. I'm glad your parents are so resourceful and resilient. Obviously you take after them. I know you'll figure out the right balance of exercise and calories for your body.

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APONI_KB 6/6/2012 8:45AM

    Ooh tough bit about your parents, glad they seem to be getting over the hurdle.

I've wondered about steel cut oats. I've heard a lot about them but I get my oats in a huge box at Costco so I just never bothered trying it out.

nice before/after

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Week 20: From 135.4 to 134.0

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Here are some pictures from Las Vegas... My best friend Dulce had her bachelorette party, and my sister came out from North Carolina. We had a freaking blast... I will say this- I knew we'd be drinking quite a bit, so I made the decision to NOT splurge elsewhere (no buffets, no 3 a.m. doughnuts, no slacking on exercise). In other words, I chose one vice and stuck to it!

I ate egg whites at breakfast, salads at lunch, and watched my portions at dinner. We also had so much fun at the pool Saturday morning- dancing and swimming for hours before we went out that night. Champagne was NOT going to take me down this week, lol!

My sister and I at our hotel:

All of us at a lounge in Cosmopolitan

A picture I would have NEVER shared in the past- a BATHING SUIT shot:

AC/DC Penny slot. I love Vegas, lol:

It was a great time. I felt positively confident in positively tiny dresses and even had fun at a POOL in a BATHING SUIT. I wish I could bottle the feeling.

In week 21, I will continue strength training and I will begin to eat a little more. I've read this elsewhere (and I used to shake my head, but now I can relate), that it is HARD to go from 1200 calories a day to 1600+... It's like adding an additional meal!

LOVE to all my Spark Peeps! emoticon

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RYDERB 6/4/2012 11:07PM

    emoticon emoticon You look FABULOUS!

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OMMAMA7 6/3/2012 7:30PM

    Congrats! You are doing SO awesome!!

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LEIAMLOW 6/1/2012 10:43AM

    You really do look fabulous! Your bathing suit is ADORABLE! I love the color blocking! Very flattering in every possible way!

It looks like you had a great time! emoticon

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FITNESSMONSTER8 6/1/2012 10:36AM

    You look AMAZING! You should feel confident in tiny dresses and bathing suites.

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APONI_KB 6/1/2012 8:28AM


Good work with the one vice. I find that drinking leads to Ihop at 3 am.

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CINDYBUNNIE 6/1/2012 12:49AM

    You look so cute and I love that bathing suit!

And I can get why it's probably a little hard to go from the "diet" calorie range to the maintenance range, because our bodies learn to become full with the "diet" range. Plus, eating healthy tends to make most of the foods you eat pretty low in calories already.

Maybe add little things to your meals to get in the extra calories so you don't have to eat another meal if you don't want to? Like have a cup of milk instead of a cup of water, add cheese to sandwiches or salads, dip/slather fruit in peanut butter or yogurt, mix peanut butter to oatmeal (I don't know how that tastes, but I've seen/heard people do that), add croutons/bacon/diced hard-boiled eggs to salads, put or add a little more rice/potatoes/pasta to soups, etc.

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2GETFIT7 5/31/2012 10:08PM

  Awesome! You look fantastic in all your pictures! Great job, keep it up!

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/31/2012 6:45PM

    You looked great, you must have had an amazing time!

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ALYSSA40 5/31/2012 4:42PM

    Honey, it looks like you had a great time AND you look hot! "sizzle!"

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What's Cooking...

Monday, May 28, 2012

It's so nice and warm here in Southern California! Grilling weather for sure. A few things I've made in the past week or two:

Yogurt marinaded pork kebabs/ lemon rice/ grilled veggies

London Broil/ Baked Potato with all the fixin's/ Spinach/ grilled tomato

Grilled Pork Chops/ Green Beans/ Baked Potato

Grilled Lemon Pepper Chicken/ Cheesy Broccoli over Brown Rice

My MIL made Hawaiian Burgers from Bitchin Kitchen today for lunch... SO SO SO GOOOOOD! Sirloin Burger with Bacon, Pineapple, Mozzerella, and veg/ side of Mango and Papaya/ baked Sweet Potato Chips

Trying to plan meals that will please the in-laws while still being healthy! I'm still sticking pretty firmly to my oatmeal or Greek yogurt parfaits for breakfast and salads with whole grains for lunch, which leaves a lot of wiggle room for dinner (sour cream on the baked potato, butter on the green beans, bacon on the burger, etc.).

What have you Sparkles been eating lately??

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THELILEA 5/31/2012 7:37PM

    UM, wow ! These all look SO freakin' yummy! Way to go!

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SHOES17 5/30/2012 5:58AM

    It all looks wonderful. I do a Greek yogurt and protein shake every night. It is an easy way for me to get in my calories and my protein. emoticon

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THINKSHRINK 5/29/2012 3:16PM

    That all looks so delicious! I haven't tried any new recipes in a while but this is very motivational to do so! emoticon

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OUT-OF-ASHES 5/29/2012 9:05AM

    Wow it all looks SOOOOOOOO good!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/29/2012 12:51AM

    Can I fly you up north to feed me? emoticon

Those look absolutely delicious!

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2BEABETTERME 5/29/2012 12:19AM

    It all looks so yummy! I am slightly jealous of your grilling capabilities. My hubby took the grill apart last fall (it wasn't working right; but, I could work around the cool spots) and it is still in pieces. He means well; but, is a very busy guy. Hopefully soon....

Have a wonderful week!

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LEIAMLOW 5/28/2012 9:39PM

    Yummy! Your pics look great! I made lemon chicken this week too! We baked ours as my grill propane tank was empty. lol.
Where are you in SoCal? It would be cool if we were close!

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RYDERB 5/28/2012 8:43PM

    Funny you should ask, our SASS nutrition challenge this week is a photo food blog. Got to get to work on that one. All your food looks delicious! emoticon Especially those Hawaiian Burgers and your London Broil and grilled tomato.

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Week 19: From 137.0 to 135.4

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I have been tracking and walking and this happened in 10 days. The Spring 5% challenge ended last week, so I decided to start weighing in on Mondays again (it keeps me honest over the weekends, lol). But on Sunday I went to a graduation (with a burger and chips/dip/cookie lunch) and a grad party that night (taco man, margarita, champagne, and candy), so I was afraid to weigh in yesterday... But I got my courage up after eating well and walking around a mall yesterday.

Here's a pic from the party with my bonus sister (Mike's sis) Pam and my niece Taylor:

135 is a significant weight for me. When I was in seventh grade, they weighed all of the students during P.E. Weight had never bothered me before that day. I really thought I was the same size as my friends until the teacher announced "Beatrice, 110 pounds... Natalie 135 pounds... (enter more names and tiny weights here)" I was mortified/horrified/supremely embarrassed. Of course 135 was not overweight or bad, but it made me think about my weight (negatively) for the first time. I have been a dieter from that day on. Grapefruit diet, cabbage soup diet, hard boiled eggs and canned tuna protein diet, weird made-up deprivation diets, The Zone, Weight Watchers, and it finally happened here with Spark People.

So now, 15 years later, I am back at that seventh grade weight. It's strange and wonderful and scary. Someone is going to come over and teach me maintenance now, right?

Love to you all,

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SMWATRMLON 5/28/2012 8:42PM

    Congratulations! You look amazing

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RYDERB 5/24/2012 8:53PM

    You look beautiful! Congratulations on reaching 135! You're still more than that number. You are healthy, fit, strong, and beautiful!

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/24/2012 8:38PM

    Your steady weight loss just continues to astound me.

I LOVE your dress in that pic!! You must be in a whole new wardrobe, yes?

I agree with the person who said it was wrong of your gym teacher to announce your weight. That is private information.

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FITNESSMONSTER8 5/23/2012 11:25AM

    Congratulations!!!! emoticon

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APONI_KB 5/23/2012 9:19AM

    I'm no psychologist but I really think that all of us are walking around with some trauma from something like this in middle school.

My sister was the classic last kid picked and it made her just hate sports.

I spent that age out in right field with my softball mantra "don't hit it to me don't hit it to me".


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OMMAMA7 5/23/2012 8:48AM

    Congrats!! That part about 7th grade really made me feel like tearing up because I can SO relate! I know that feeling and it's horrible and no young girl/kid/anyone should feel that way! My daily hell was having to shower after swimming in gym class in front of everyone else. Those early feelings of being "fat" set us up for a lifetime of struggles. I too started dieting at a young age with all sorts of different methods, and this is the most optimistic, successful, in control I've ever felt while losing weight, and this is the longest I've kept going and the most weight in one attempt. It's amazing, huh? :) I think going through that when we were younger helps us really appreciate how far we've come and how healthy and strong we feel doing it this way. I hope you are very proud of yourself! :)

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2BEABETTERME 5/23/2012 7:35AM

    I think announcing things like that was common "back in the day," it was wrong; but, common.

Great job on the weight loss! I bet you will find maintenance a breeze.

Have a wonderful week!
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CINDYBUNNIE 5/23/2012 1:09AM

    Nice weight loss, especially after a couple big events. Congrats. :)

I'm surprised your teacher would announce that stuff aloud for everyone to hear, and I think that was just plain wrong of him/her to have done that. That should have been done privately. I'm really sorry you had to go through that and how it affected you from then on.

You are beautiful. And don't let anyone tell you differently... Well, unless it's another positive comment. emoticon You know what I mean!

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