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Gone public with my goals

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Yesterday, I updated my Facebook status, informing friends and family that I had lost 30 pounds. I was inundated with well wishes, support and congratulations, which was super cool. I promised that I would post pix once I reached goal.

There's something about going public that takes your accountability and kicks it into overdrive. Now I feel like I owe it to the folks I've inspired to see this process through.

For now, I'm focused on my intermediate goal which is to lose 20 pounds by August. This goal is reflected in my current ticker; I have 11.5 pounds to go.

Today, my mom asked me how much weight I've lost. When I told her 30 pounds, she said "That's good. How does that compare to what you weighed when we went to Vegas a few years ago?" I told her I needed to lose 10 more pounds to return to that weight. She said, "Then that's all you have left to lose. You don't wanna get too thin, you'll look old."

Oh, mom, seriously? Lol, I know I look good as a thick woman, but this is about my health.

When I went to Vegas my BMI was 28. My long term goal is a BMI of 25.

That's still 35 pounds away.

Onward and downward.

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DIBANANA 6/8/2012 8:01AM

  The way your going you'll wow em for sure at that reunion.


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TACONES 6/6/2012 11:58AM

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FLEURGARDEN 6/6/2012 11:09AM

    Congrats on the weight loss and going public! I've been talking to my siblings a little bit lately about my weight loss, since I've finally lost enough for them to notice the change. They've asked me what my goal is, but I haven't told them yet. I've just told them I have a number in mind, but it's a long ways off yet and I'll just see how I feel when I get closer to that number. My ultimate goal weight may end up being a little higher or a little lower than the number I currently have in my head.

Keep up the great work!

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2.5 lbs down!

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

After only four days away from the scale, I decided to weigh in again. When the scale registered a 2.5 lb loss, I was so surprised I stepped off the scale, then jumped back on about three times just to be certain. Sure enough, 2.5 lbs gone!

For some reason, I think the difference has been my morning smoothies. During my five week plateau, I tried all kinds of things to shake things up; cycling my calories, changing up my exercise, tightening up my food diary. Maybe all of those strategies together contributed, but the biggest change I made was getting all my fruits and vegetables in. I had no problem fitting in two or three servings a day, but sometimes things got busy and I found myself eating meals that were within my calorie range, but lacking a fruit or a vegetable.

The smoothies kicked my nutrients up another notch. One smoothie amounts to three servings of fruit and vegetables. I was ingesting lots of flax meal, spinach, berries and kale as part of my smoothies.

Therefore, please take a lesson from my experience. If you are not getting the results you want, check your fruit and vegetable intake. If it is anything less than five a day, find a way to include more in your daily diet. For me, the smoothies turned out to be an ideal solution. Another strategy might work for you. I recommend that you invest in meeting with a nutritionist to assist you on this journey. My employer cafeteria plan reimburses me for my nutritionist visits, so I am planning to meet with her quarterly.

Above all, DON'T GIVE UP!

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FLEURGARDEN 6/5/2012 11:43AM

    Congrats on the weight loss! emoticon

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MDWSTRNR 6/5/2012 9:50AM


(I[m toasting you with *my* morning smoothie!)


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Making SP work for you

Monday, June 04, 2012

What is your formula for success? We all have one, but what becomes clearer to me over time is that a successful eating plan is as unique to us as our DNA. When we start imposing these weird and silly rules for everyone is when we set people up to fail. Ever seen these rules before?

1. Substitute fat free salad dressing for full fat salad dressing
2. Put your fork down between each bite
3. Chew each bite 20 times before swallowing
4. Avoid all processed food
5. Exercise in the morning
6. Don't cheat on your diet
7. Don't exceed your calorie limit
8. Don't eat after 7 p.m.

Now, I'm sure these rules work for someone, somewhere, but they don't work for me. In fact, some of them I think are just plain silly. At the same time, I've found things that work specifically for me. Examples are:

1. Drink a smoothie for breakfast most days of the week.
2. Exercise 4 evenings during the week and on Saturday morning.
3. When you have a social or event to attend, bank your calories and indulge. (E.g, I ate a bratwurst at a major league baseball game. Seemed kinda silly NOT to)
4. Eat a mid-morning snack and a mid-afternoon snack so your blood sugar doesn't get too low.
5. Don't just eat certain foods because they're good for you; eat them because it's what you like.

Those are just a few examples of how I'm doing this program. What are things that work/don't work for you?

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KRIREDMON13 6/4/2012 4:48PM

    I love your blog, and i love the fact you post what works for you and some of the other previous rules. I believe people have different things that they can do to budget themselves and tips and tricks that they can do.

This is inspiring and motivating, as well as impactful.

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SONYALATRECE 6/4/2012 11:45AM

    Moderation and consistency in ALL things.
Besides, if we did/ate things only because it was good, we'd never get to ENJOY the benefits OR reap them. Don't you agree?

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MDWSTRNR 6/4/2012 10:09AM

    I think, for me, the main thing has been to constantly reinforce that I am taking good care of myself. For example, starting the day with a smoothie kind of sets the tone for how I want to eat. While I'm having my smoothie, I plan (and during the school year, pack) my healthy lunch and also plan for supper - way easier not to cave to tasty junk if I've got a plan.

The other thing I do is more of a sensory reinforcer: after my post-workout showers I use a (naturally) scented lotion or body butter. The rest of the time I use unscented lotion, so that little luxury is a reward, a reminder that I treated my body well, and a subtle encouragement to keep doing so.

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LEMONTWITTER 6/4/2012 9:23AM

    I think the core and very valuable lesson in what you have written above is to understand and be responsible for what works for YOU. Each of us have different changed habits that we can sustain; where as it might be really easy for my friend to chew something 20 times before swallowing; I sure am not going to sit there and count the number of times my teeth pulverize a lettuce leaf.

This is both the blessing and the bane of community boards: there are some "Nazi's" out there that will tell you that you are doing it all wrong if you aren't doing it THEIR way, and there are others that are so unstructured, it as if merely belonging to Spark People will somehow magically make the weight go away and the habits change.

Life is about balance...find the middle path.

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You wanna buy Women's size clothing?--You'll need to go upstairs.

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Today, I went to my favorite store to buy some summer casual clothes. With 28 pounds gone, I had no idea what size I am. I tried on a few 1x's in the women's department but they didn't look right. I realized with smug satisfaction that I would need to go downstairs and shop in the misses' department. At the same time, I realized something else. The women's clothing department is on the second floor in the back of the store behind the cookware. BEHIND THE COOKWARE?! Seriously?

In other words, when you walk into the store, the misses, juniors and petite departments are near the door. But, if you are over a size 16, you must walk to the back of the store, go up an escalator, pass the lingerie and cookware before you see the women's clothing department. I had been so accustomed to heading for the escalator, that I hadn't noticed. It made me feel like the store wants to hide fat women because our appearance doesn't jive with the store's image. This might not register on a conscious level, but rest assured our minds are receiving this subliminal message. All these years I've shopped there and didn't notice what they were doing until today.

Okay, so the entire time I'm shopping in the misses' section, I felt out of place. I was waiting for one of the clerks to follow me around or remind me that the women's section was upstairs, you know, behind the cookware. None of that happened. I tried on dozens of items and settled on a size 14 pair of Capri's, and two XL tops.

Anyone who wears these sizes knows they are straddling the women's and misses departments. It's kind of awkward to be somewhere between a size XL and 1x. Size 0X, exists, but they are as hard to find as a Chico's store size 3.5 or a Junior size 17.

The only answer for me is to drop a few more pounds and leave behind the department that's been so familiar to me for the last four years. Goodbye women's department, hello misses. Hopefully, one day your collections will be moved to the first floor, next to the misses, juniors and petite clothing, because your customers, too, are just as worthy.

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FLEURGARDEN 6/2/2012 7:33PM

    Congrats on moving to the misses department! Woo Hoo!

I'm also amazed that while statistics show the average woman is of the larger sizes, stores still buy oodles of clothes in those ultra-small sizes of 4, 6, and 8, and perhaps one or two in each style of sizes 12 and above. That means I have a hard time finding something I like in my size (the one they purchased is often sold right away), or if I do find it, I have to buy it right away at full price. There are so many clothes of the smaller sizes languishing on the clearance racks. I can't wait to get into a smaller size so I have more selections to buy from and also can find things I like on the clearance rack and save some money.

Sorry... didn't mean to go on and on like that. :-)

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LADYIRISH317 6/2/2012 4:02PM

    The way retailers treat large women is a disgrace. They know they have a captive market, so they treat us with contempt they're not even subtle about.

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SUZIEMAH1 6/2/2012 3:55PM

    I really connected with your blog. What I've also found is that on the wall racks the smallest sizes are prominently displayed at the front and the larger sizes at the back. Congratulations on moving into the misses department. All your hard work is paying off...Keep it up! emoticon

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Make that TWO pounds down this week!

Friday, June 01, 2012

Yesterday it seemed as though I spent all day running to the restroom. I assumed my body was releasing lots of water and when I jumped on the scale I was right. I am now a total of TWO pounds down this week!!

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I also measured myself. I've lost another inch in my waist and another inch in my hips. That brings my total to three inches lost in my waist and two inches in my hips.

Thanks to you, my Sparkfriends, for encouraging me, cheering me on and for being so compassionate and understanding while I was on my plateau and wondering if I would ever see results. You all told me to stick with it, keep pushing forward and NOT to give up. I kept working the plan and now the WHOOSH effect of months in the gym and writing down every bite, lick and taste is finally here!

Sometimes we lack faith and when we lack faith we quit. Just because we're not seeing results on the scale or in our measurements does not mean that our bodies are not benefiting.

I read a theory somewhere on the internet that when we plateau, it means that our bodies are repairing themselves--getting the blood sugar and blood pressure down, cleaning the plaque out of our arteries, adjusting enzyme and hormone levels, etc. The body retains the energy it needs until it is satisfied with these repairs, adjustments, and "upgrades" to these critical functions. Once the body is satisfied with the repairs, it will release weight.

Who knows? It could be true. But right now, I'm celebrating!!

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DIBANANA 6/1/2012 11:11PM

  Congrats! You are right. Our bodies have to do a little maintenance once in a while!

Spark People are the best support ever!


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FLEURGARDEN 6/1/2012 12:48PM

    Woo Hoo! Congratulations!

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SUZIEMAH1 6/1/2012 11:26AM

    WooHoo...fantastic news..I knew you'd break that plateau...keep at it you're getting there! emoticon

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XTINEMAS 6/1/2012 10:09AM

    Great job! I've also learned to always stick with the plan and it always pays off in the end. Keep up the great work.

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