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1 day @ a time!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

My grandpa is on Weight Watchers (it does work! he's lost 40 pounds so far :)
and he uses these 3 month tracker notebooks and it contains a lot of motivational tips and some recipes, it's a good resource.
Right now I'm currently looking through the book, trying to find the quote that really stood out to me, but I'm noticing that they have a lot of great things to say!
So maybe I'll post a new one every week!

Ok I found the quote that I love, here it is:

Take this one day, or even one meal, at a time.
Thinking too far ahead can make you feel overwhelmed and defeated.

How true!!!!!
Maybe that's my problem, is that I'm thinking too much and too far ahead that I can't even look at the moment because I'm already thinking about tomorrow!

So this whole weight loss journey needs to be taken one step at a time!

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WHYWEIGHT552 2/3/2013 4:09PM

    thanks for your comments!! :)
it is cliche
but slow and steady really does win the race!

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SEATTLE58 1/30/2013 9:31PM

    That is so true, just one day at a time, or one meal at a time. Whatever it takes to get it to work! They say that the best is taking it off slow. Slow is the key because it'll be easier to keep it off. My motto too! emoticon emoticon

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CHRISTINE1623 1/30/2013 8:02PM

    Amen to that! One day at a time. Thanks for reminding me of that, I tend to look weeks and months ahead. No more! Best wishes to you on your journey (and congrats to your grandpa!)

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Some pics of my weight

Monday, January 28, 2013

This picture was taken on July 14,2012 around 208 pounds
My 'before' picture, this was during my weight loss

And this is what I look like now
It's kind of scary to post this picture but heck why not?
And it's kind of reverse, this should be my before picture!
Well I guess it is now...
it was taken on January 14, 2013 at 234 pounds

Ok, these pictures aren't of the best quality-they were taken with my computer's webcam, lol!

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LH-CRYSTALSTAIR 2/20/2013 5:56PM

    You look beautiful! It won't be long before that weight is melting away!
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SEATTLE58 1/28/2013 11:14PM

    You are such a cutie and pretty, all at the same time. Give yourself a couple of months and go back and look at your latest picture, and you WILL see a difference and everyone else will too! emoticon

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My Weight Loss Journey...

Monday, January 28, 2013

Growing up, I was never Ďfatí per se, just always a tad chunky. But when I got to the middle school, I became obsessed with losing weight. I would count points on Weight Watchers, and avoid junk food, and walk like crazy up at Wickham Park. But then came the weekends and I would go overboard and pig out on pizza and whatever else. One day I just decided that I was going to eat junk food and think nothing of it. So I did.

But let me go back all the way to childhood. My sister and I werenít really taught good eating habits. I remember we would have soda out of a baby bottle! My grandma would give us whatever food we wanted, like McDonaldís all the time after school. There were no rules around food; basically we ate whatever we wanted.

So back to high school. Thatís when my weight really started to go up. Every year I got bigger, wondering if my classmates would know or tell. It was also embarrassing to walk into a room thinking, do I make the floor shake? It also didnít help that a lot of my classmates talked about junk food 24/7! And in senior year we were surrounded by junk food all the time in the senior lounge, which didnít help. I would have a can of Coke and UTZ BBQ chips many times a week. When it came to Junior/Senior Banquets, thanks to God I found dresses that fit! And I did feel beautiful, especially senior banquet.

But anyways, my weight has always been an issue. Me and my sister would talk and dream about losing weight ALL THE TIME. We would say: maybe after this trip to DQ, mom this will be our last time, we promise! Because back when my mom used to be able to drive we would have her go buy us fast food and give her a tip for going and trust me she was at fast food places a lot! I still tend to waste and spend money on junk food, and I like to joke that Iíd be rich if I didnít do that! Every person goes through this: they say Iíll start Monday, or next week, but another day goes by and nothing happens. And then next thing you know, theyíre at their heaviest in weight.

Thatís what has happened to me.

But let me back up a few months.

It all started in early March 2012. I went out to Friendlyís (my absolute favorite!!!!) with my friend Jackie, and I just felt so utterly fat and my clothes felt all tight and what not. And then that Friday we got Chinese takeout, and my sister made a comment about her thinking about the future where she would be the skinny sister getting me junk food. And my grandpa repeatedly makes comments about do you want to end up big like some of our family members? (um no!) So those comments stuck with me and I thought ďRight now is the right time. If not now, when?Ē Because I would always (and sometimes still think) that there has to be a right time to lose weight but thatís not true!

The ironic thing is, is that I knew about weight loss, I loved weight loss! I subscribed to health magazines, read through countless success stories, and was knowledgeable about weight loss. But I wasnít doing anything with that knowledge. I would watch the Biggest Loser and eat junk food. Or just dream about losing weight.

But I made that dream into a reality. I started my journey officially on March 11,2012, with my first goal being to drink only water.
And let me tell you, itís tough at the start!
I LOVE food! Pizza, fries, frostys, Coke! Reeseís, chips, basically junk food hello!
But as I started to make goals and accomplish them, I was feeling so good!
And not to mention that everyone was noticing how I was doing!
I was losing weight!


After doing well for a few months, summer came, more specifically, Grammyís beach came.
And I blew it.
That whole week, I blew it.
There was tons of junk food! A person whoís trying to lose weightís worst nightmare ever!
But I gave in. I gave in to my flesh rather than what I knew to do.
So it was all a downward spiral from then on.

And now, Iíve gained back all the weight, plus some more.
I now weigh 234 pounds with a BMI of 40.2, which puts me in the morbidly obese category!
I was like no no no no no no nawww nahh! This canít be real!

But it is; this is reality.
And I can try to deny or cover up myself with clothes that will hide my fat but the truth is Iím fat.

But I know I can do it because I did it!

I have to tap back into that place and see what I did and see what I can do again.
History seems to repeat itself because I am swearing off sugary drinks- theyíre all empty calories and just by doing so I can lose weight, or not gain any!
Iím going back to that healthy place, and this time Iím not going to rush.

Iím going to learn, grow, change, and enjoy the journey, and I want you to do the same!

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WHYWEIGHT552 1/30/2013 7:34PM

    thanks, CRAMOMMY for your ideas.
I think that's what I need to do, just make really small changes.
And I do have to remember that is a lifestyle change, not a diet!!

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CRAMOMMY 1/29/2013 9:00AM

    I can relate... just remember one day at a time. It helped me to ditch the soda but work the junk in.... calories/carb-wise.... then I started with 7 fruits/veggies but still junk ... which lead to cutting out fries but keeping sandwich... you get the idea. Sometimes total denial is what leads to the hinge. Also remember: its not a diet. You are changing your lifestyle... so next time bring the fresh fruits/veggies whole food snacks.... and keep the junk to what it should be: rare treats

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SEATTLE58 1/28/2013 11:11PM

    Oh my dear, you will learn, grow, change and enjoy the journey. Your exact words that you will put to use, I know. Alot of this journey is just that. To pep-talk ourselves all the time. Into good healthy choices and out of bad healthy choices and what a complete difference that will make in our bodies, our blood pressure, our blood sugar, all those things that make our body work! emoticon

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Hey there SparkPeople!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

This is just an intro video
Right now I'm not doing so well with my weight
Actually, I can use my own advice regarding weight and such
But I do plan on writing a blog about my weight loss journey so far
thanks for watching!!!!

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WHYWEIGHT552 1/27/2013 6:57PM

    Oh my gosh!!
both of your comments just made my day!
Thank you, I plan to do so.
We've all got to do this, we're all in this together, so let's inspire each other!
thanks for your encouragement, I'm glad I could help!!

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GLORY-LEE 1/27/2013 12:07AM

  i was doing great myself and maintained my weight loss for a year and a half..and then in the past 7 mos, out of sheer laziness regained 35 of the 62 i had lost. its my second time on SP and damn if im waiting for 3rd times a charm. im finishing what i started once and for all...and YES..LETS DO IT!!! emoticon

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SEATTLE58 1/26/2013 10:08PM

    What a sweetie and I just love the way you talk with all your bubbliness and warmness! Wow, after listening to you, I feel hat I can do this for sure!! Nothing's going to stand in my way now! I need to come back and back to you and listen to your vlog over and over again because I feel so upbeat after finding you! Thank you for the inspiration and please keep us posted on your journey and I have to add you too so I can keep track of you! Take care and have a good rest of the week-end!

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TGI... Food?

Saturday, January 26, 2013

All I want to do is eat. Thatís it. Food is always on my mind. In fact, right now Iím thinking about going to church with Linda tomorrow and hopefully weíll go to Friendlyís after or something.

I hate to admit it, but Iím in love with food. Yes, you heard right.

I donít just love food.

Iím in love with food.

And thinking about trying to lose weight and how I wonít be able to eat whatever I want of however much I want stinks, totally stinks.
In fact, my eyes are tearing up just thinking about it.
Food is my friend. A good one too. Ití s always there for me, within my grasp. It never lets me down. It always makes me feel better in that moment. It says: yea Renee, címon, stuff your face!
And usually, I listen to that voice.
Today we were at the Hometown Buffet which I call ďfat peopleís paradiseĒ because you can get as much food as you want. How fat can you get?? (Don't worry, I'm one of those fat people too.)
And trust me, every time I go there Iím embarrassed because I realize gee Iím fat. Actually we went there one time for Motherís Day and Grampy commented on my weight, it was a few years back.
I think now heís stopped talking about it because he realizes, what good is it?

It hasnít always been like this.
I actually was losing weight. I started March 2012 and I was doing so great.
And now Iím at my highest weight.
And itís all me, there is no one else to blame but me.
Why am I not doing anything about this?
Why am I constantly dreaming, thinking and talking about losing weight rather than actually doing it???
I need to go back to that place.
I need help.

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WHYWEIGHT552 1/28/2013 7:55PM

    Thank you so much for your feedback-
you're doing such a great job!
You're an inspiration
That's what I seriously need to learn- to take this journey one day at a time, and try not to think about tomorrow!

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SEATTLE58 1/26/2013 10:36PM

    emoticon I know you can! If I can do it, anyone can! I was 232# at my highest and I'm only 5'2"!! SP suggest that you start out with just 10 min. of exercise per day. Just 10 minutes. Wow, I thought I could do that! I remember starting out with doing 2 min. on the recumbent bike and then little by little it got to 5 and then 7 and then even 10 min. one day. Wow! Now, 1-1/2 yrs. later, I'm doing 3-4 10 min. increments on it per day. My husband will every now and then remind me of how I couldn't even do 2 min. at the beginning! I learned to like more veggies than I ever thought possible. I cut way back on simple carbs and when I rarely replace them, it's with the complex carbs, like healthy pasta, like Dreamfields, Barilla, full-grain breads. I had to completely cut out my beloved buttered popcorn. Talk about stinking sad about that! I allow myself a bowl every now and then but I have to quickly have something else to do or eat that doesn't add up the fat and calories so fast! Calories is really what it's all about. We can eat junk and rich foods, butter-laden sauces and casseroles and deep-fried this and that, all which add the calories up as fast as you can say it, or........we can have healthier foods that can actually taste yummy and the calories add up tons slower and we can actually eat tons more of it! I find that when I eat my yummy salad greens with my favorite Wishbone Light Thousand Island dressing, I'm happier because I get my quantity then. I love to eat tons of food! That's just who I am! Talk about loving food! I'm the exact same way. I used to sneak food as a kid, I've thought about food all my life. When I'm not eating it I'm thinking of what to eat next. That's all part of being a wife and mother too I know, errrrrr, we have to plan and plan and plan! I can even dream about it! I do feel that I've toned it all down quite a bit with SP and with the success I have. I have found other outlets! Thank goodness! Well, I'm writing a book, sorry about that! Just take a day at a time and if you ever need help, just call on me, I'll be there. I'm on SP every day, all day, off and on, depends what's going on. There are teams here for whoever you are and whatever you do. For foodies too! That's us! I have enough teams for now but I just might join that one before too much more time goes by! We can use all the help we can get!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Those skinny gals are you and me after our SP help!!

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