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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Thursday, January 20, 2011

So........ first the bad. It's TOM AKA Shark Week AKA Misery town.

Then the ugly - I hit a car. LAME. Of course it's my fault because I was the rear-ender and not the rear-endee, but when someone is turning and then all of a sudden NOT turning and there are no cars coming and no way to predict a sudden change in movement when you are being a smart driver and checking the oncoming traffic again.... ??? OK ok, so ideally I would have looked forward again before moving but I dunno, I guess I've always been more concerned with looking at oncoming traffic than the person in front of me who according to the last time I looked was taking off into no traffic. ? I didn't get a ticket, I'm fine, our car is really fine, his bumper got cracked, insurance will take care of it, yadda yadda. :( I just hate to be responsible for a raise in our rates for something so stupid.

One more ugly which is funny - I got the jacket I have to wear for my big band gig a week from today. It is a size 46 mens suit jacket in hunter green. HAHAHA. Also I have to wear a white button down shirt and a black bowtie. I don't have such a shirt so that will need to be remedied - I think I will try to borrow one from someone. I mean, if it doesn't fit it's not like it will matter because hello the jacket is enormous.

So now - the good! YAY! I got my gym membership settled to charge me instead of my BIL, and.... I AQUA JOGGED!

I checked the pool and I saw a few open lanes - and one was really three open lanes usually open for classes. One of those got closed when another lady came to swim laps and the far lane was now taken, but I just put on a belt and got in the pool like I knew what I was doing and started going!

I had read a bit before doing it to feel prepared and knowledgeable and it said to basically have form like you're running only hands in fists or straight to avoid extra drag for the upper body (mainly so the upper body can keep up w/ the lower body and try to achieve closer to a normal stride rate). The only thing I was uncertain about was my feet... I kept them dorsiflexed mostly and so today I read to see if that was right and a couple of sources said to keep flat feet or to try to keep your feet like they are when you run, so I think I was close enough. I did a 30 min workout! And burned 315 calories! WOOT! I will be doing that again. I think I'm gonna try to rig my MP3 player to the top of my head though - it was significantly more enjoyable when a good song came on the pool radio (Like Michael Jackson's Rock With You!) but mostly that didn't happen. hahaha.

OH the buffet was ok. I did good with the meal type food, but also had dessert which was amazing, but then I didn't eat much the rest of the day so overall I feel good about how I did.

  
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SPARKLINGVIOLET 1/22/2011 1:47PM

    Booo on accidents! Yaaaay on Aqua joggging.. I didn't even know that was thing!

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/21/2011 11:09AM

    Sorry to hear about your accident. Sucks that it's considered your fault when it wasn't really 100 percent your fault.

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SKYFYRE 1/20/2011 7:43PM

    Size 46?? Dana, where will you be, in a sleeve? You will surely get lost! Silly girl...
Yay on the aqua jogging! Glad you got in there especially when you aren't able to run, hopefully it will help rehab that AT of yours! Way to Go!

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KSGROTHE 1/20/2011 5:43PM

    emoticon on the aquajogging!

Keep up the good work! emoticon

- Karen

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SEEHOLZ 1/20/2011 3:09PM

    Wohoo on aquajogging! I know what you mean about the music-let me know how that works out, as I'm too cheap to buy a fancy water MP3 right now. Also, I'm not sure if it works well above the water- part of my hesitation!

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/20/2011 2:49PM

    great job with the pool jog. i have never tried it. i need to see you in this jacket. i totally picture a little kid wearing their dad's clothes lol. you are going to look so hot!

haha on shark week! maybe you can be a special on the discovery channel?

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MDTWEETY 1/20/2011 1:52PM

    Aqua jogging...fun! I've done water kickboxing and water aerobics, both included jogging. Next up: Water step aerobics!!!
Sorry you hit a car. Glad no one was hurt. Thank goodness. HUGS and hope the good outweighs everything else!

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WAVEDANCER7 1/20/2011 10:55AM

    I love and hate that you call it shark week. First, its love b/c its hilarious. And i LOVE shark week. But I hate TOM. So how can something i love so much be synonymous with something i hate? I'll get over it, bc its freakin hilarious.

Anyways, WTG on the aqua jogging. There's gotta be some way to water proof your MP3 player, or something! And that MJ song rocks.

I LOLed about the band jacket. Sounds sexy!

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CLOVERR1 1/20/2011 10:45AM

    Dana:

I wanted to thank you for mentioning SCALE BACK ALABAMA in one of your entries. I'm organizing a team here at the Decatur library! Am hoping this gives me the motivation and real time accountability I need to get moving on those extra pounds and slipped habits.

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KSIGMA1222 1/20/2011 10:39AM

    Have to try the aqua jogging!

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MBSHAZZER 1/20/2011 10:14AM

    Dana, sorry to hear about the rear-ending but that's why they call it an accident. Hopefully the premium raise will not be too steep!

WTG on the aqua jogging! And the gym membership!

And I am LOL at Shark Week. If my cycle is on schedule, I will have shark week during the marathon. I am NEVER on schedule, but hello, Murphy's Law, I'm sure this will be the ONE month that I am!

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DREMARGRL 1/20/2011 10:05AM

    Hiiiiii!! Sounds like you're having a busy winter. lol.
I would love to try the aqua jogging. That sounds great! I would have to drive about an hour to get to an indoor pool, so that's out. Glad you like it and hope it's convenient for you.
Have a good end of January and let's THINK SPRING!!!!!!!
XO MaryAnn emoticon Oh...well, you're the one in the pool. THINK SUMMER!
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Oh the willy nilly

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

So I tried to track what I ate last night - not sure it's a good estimate, but I did try! Came about 200 cal above my 1900 cal goal, so...... eh.

Not great but not as bad as I honestly thought it was going to be before I started guesstimating around.

Tonight I'm heading to the gym after work to fix my account set up... and maybe get in a workout. I'm planning to inquire more about aqua jogging to find out how one should really do that - either there are classes or lap swimming going on in the pool, so where does an aqua jogger go so they are not being a bad pool user? I wonder if they have tethers... I did some reading up on aqua jogging yesterday and they said you can get a tether to keep yourself from going too far away from the wall. I figure if I can tuck into a corner of the pool and just stay in one place I can't be too in the way of swimmer folk, right?

Also my achilles hasn't been hurting at all after this week of rest, of course I haven't done any of the things that were potentially aggravating it when I wasn't resting so it's not surprising, but still. Knowing now as well that my Chuck Taylor's don't go high enough to rub where my running shoes were rubbing I might wear those and be able to do ArcTrainer more comfortably or spin or other LAND exercises if I'm not ready to put on the running shoes just yet. I gotta get moving again!

This Saturday after eating out for lunch my Scale Back Alabama Team and I will be weighing in. WOOT. I'm so ready! I'm excited that I will have teammates at work that we can help hold each other accountable. One friend even wants to do a daily weighin at work and offerred to bring her scale! :D hahaha.

I've tracked my snacks and breakfast for today, lunch is OUT at this BBQ type place with my work group - there's a buffet. I'm going to take this as an opportunity to take as little of various things that I want to taste as possible. Sometimes when I eat out I want to try so many things I end up getting some massive amount of food, or paralyzed by indecision. I get tiny portions of veggies and huge portions of meat and or starches because that's what's typical in American Restaurant Eating. Well with a buffet that means I can load up what looks healthy and get little portions of things I want to taste but don't need to eat large amounts of.

This is my way of taking control and rocking the buffet! :D That is what I intend to do today. :) I just hope there is something goodlooking on the buffet... I am hoping it will be a hot bar and a salad bar. But I really have no idea - never been there and even if I had, apparently this buffet thing is a new thing to the place. So we shall see!

  
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MARLIE13 1/19/2011 10:38PM

    SHADOWBOXING! I forgot that it’s a great way to burn some calories. You can even do it sitting down. Jillian Michael’s would always put her clients on that regimen if they had a leg injury. In fact, I saw one of the BL contestants doing it on last weeks show. YAY that it’s not hurting anymore. I just got an image of you floating precariously around the pool while aqua jogging. Lol! I hope the buffet turned out great for you.

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ANEPANALIPTI 1/19/2011 6:09PM

    ROCK IT GIRL!!!!!!!!!

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SKYFYRE 1/19/2011 5:43PM

    I hope the gym is helpful with the aqua jogging. I don't see why you couldn't "split a lane" with someone lap swimming? Unless there are SO MANY swimmers at your gym that everyone has to "circle" swim! I was thinking about shoes and how high they ride on AT, and you are right,... I wonder if they really need to be that high? Weird.
The plan for the buffet sounds good. That would be a danger zone for me, especially if I could go back for seconds... ;/ I am glad all was not distraught when you guesstimated your cals, I usually find that it isn't something I can't overcome anymore! I do not think you are all willynilly anymore though- you are still on track!

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/19/2011 3:28PM

    buffets... i don't like them at all. i know weird. the joggers at my pool just go in the slow lane.

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MBSHAZZER 1/19/2011 11:25AM

    I agree with BRE - you are brave to do a weigh in at work, LOL!!!

I think a buffet is a great test! And a good way to load up on veggies and healthy stuff! :D

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SEEHOLZ 1/19/2011 10:23AM

    I just use jogged up and down the lap-- I love doing intervals, because it breaks up the jogs and kicks butt. I watched a YouTube video on form... it takes a little while to get the hang of it... but once you do, it's great!



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BRE7482 1/19/2011 10:23AM

    My job is doing Scaleback too, but I didn't join a team this year. I would freak out if I had to weigh in everyday at work lol! At least your friend is committed though. Sounds like a good plan for the buffet. Have a great day!

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BRASKIN 1/19/2011 10:13AM

  Good luck at the buffet.... dh and I are going away for the weekend and it's all inclusive...so buffet it will be. Have the same concerns as you...so you're right. "we shall see" emoticon

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Not too shabby....

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I went and backtracked my randomness of food from last night and came up about 60 calories over my 1900 max aim. I'm guessing it might be a bit more or less than that because I had to guesstimate for some things, but I'm confident that estimate is pretty close.

I'm really happy about that! I went to a friend's house for a knitting circle and I brought my own low-cal chips (those baked hummus chips), and cocoa snaps, because I knew they would be making cookies. Well I didn't eat my cocoa snaps, but I did eat a couple of their cookies (they were small and I felt 2 was reasonable) and my chips and I also brought a water bottle thingie so I drank water as well. WOOT! Plus knitting really helps for not eating. I had to take a food break for my chips cause I was getting hungry.

I did eat a filling meal right before going as well, but was over there for a few hours so I knew I'd get hungry at some point. Anyway.

I learned to knit! WOOHOO! :D No purling or anything yet, just knitting and I learned to increase and decrease. At first it was frustrating because I used to crochet and there are no hooks on knitting needles and I was like - HOW CAN I PULL THE YARN THROUGH! It was not really very cooperative. But then I kinda got the hang of it. I have wanted to learn to knit for quite some time now so that was great.

I'm behind on my pushups/situps though cause I didn't do any yesterday - tonight, however, I WILL be doing them! And I will do all of them if it takes me all night. HAHAHA. That will be -14+15+16+17+18+19 for pushups. That's a total of 99! EEK! Gotta get caught up though. I mean if I do 10 sets of 10 throughout the night I'll be good + 1. *shrug* That is definitely do-able. crunches I only need to do 16+16+18+19 (70) but I'm thinking I might try to bank even more on crunches since they are so much easier for me.

Today's cals are tracking a BIT high for a 1550 day, but I should easily be within 1900.

  
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TRACYZABELLE 1/19/2011 3:46AM

    Knitting is good to stop mindless eating-- you don't want to egt your wool dirty!

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COUNTRYBUMKIN65 1/18/2011 4:45PM

    Great Blog.. Puts one in a good mood:) Still trying to learn to knit from a DVD.. Good Luck and Enjoy:)

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/18/2011 4:37PM

    get those push ups done! yeah for the knitting.

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KASHMIR 1/18/2011 3:50PM

    Love the idea of knitting to keep the hands busy and away from the food...I used to knit and crochet when my kids were little.
Good luck with the crunches and pushups tonight!

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MDTWEETY 1/18/2011 2:30PM

    Hi Dana! How are you? I'm catching up on my Spark friends' blogs. Haven't been too active on this site lately - still here but not all here, ya know? - but now I have finally almost dug myself out of my backlog from the holidays. Anyway...
I took a knitting class when I was pregnant. Wasn't very good at it. The instructor chalked it up to pregnancy hormones but I don't know. I think I just wasn't good. LOL. Good luck with it! Let us know what you make! :)

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NINJA_SMOO 1/18/2011 11:13AM

  Very cool. I want to learn to knit too. I've kinda inherited all of both my grandmothers' knitting and crocheting stuff. You rock :)

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TAMTAM64 1/18/2011 10:54AM

    My DH's grandmother knitted some of the most beautiful blankets! I agree with Sharon - knitting will keep those hands busy so you will not have time to think about eating unless you really are hungry. :)

Tammy

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MBSHAZZER 1/18/2011 10:45AM

    Knitting sounds like an awesome way to keep yourself from eating when you're not really hungry!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/18/2011 10:44AM

    I love that I can knit and crochet. It really helps. I can put on some good music and get into the rhythm of the stitches and forget all about snacking. Plus you get so many nice things.

Sounds like you are making good snack choices. keep it up.

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BRE7482 1/18/2011 9:57AM

    Whoo Hoo for learning to knit. I tried to crochet once and it didn't go very well lol! I cannot even imagine doing so many pushups, but I know you'll do it! The increments of 10 definitely sounds better than 99. Have a great day!

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100% Tracking Starts TODAY!

Monday, January 17, 2011

I have a new goal right now - no more than 1900 calories consumed per day.

That is about my BMR right now, and I do not need to gain any weight while I am taking an exercise break for recovery purposes.

Friday night I ate a ridiculous amount of food at dinner. I should've asked for a box at the beginning of the meal - the place we ate gives completely LUDICROUS portion sizes and I KNOW that if it's on my plate, I keep eating it. I will definitely try to remember this trick in the future!

Saturday I tracked breakfast, counted in my head the rest of the day. I didn't do badly at all, but I didn't track the whole day. I also caught up most of the way on the pushups/crunches challenge I'm doing (I'm doing the pushups from the knees so it has no bearing on my achilles.) The challenge is one per each day of the year - since it's still January that's the only way I was able to make up a 4 days at once. I still am behind - today I will need to do 4 days worth again. 14/15/16/17 to get caught up and 18 if I want to be a day ahead so that I will not fall behind when I DON'T do pushups again tomorrow. Crunches right now are so easy to make up I'm not worried about that, but I gotta get these pushups under control before I am so far behind I can't catch up.

Sunday - not as good. It was ok, but I was eating too much throughout the day. Nothing too bad, but after dinner my stomach was so full I felt really sick. I wanted to throw up but I am NOT turning bulimic. No way. So I sufferred through what I did to my body. :(

So I have strong resolve today - and I feel better that I'm giving myself a different calorie goal for this week as well. I need to kind of ease back into getting toward my lowered calorie goal I think... since when I'm not working out like normal, my motivation is lower - I need to take some baby steps to start that positive spiral.

I just tracked my food for so far today and see that with a dinner under 492 I'll stay within my 1200-1550 range - even just tracking that out is inspiring to motivate me to aim for that goal! :) I'm so glad I decided to go forward with that!

I had a dream this weekend where I was running and it felt sooooo wonderful. I miss it.

  
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MARLIE13 1/18/2011 10:30PM

    Wait…so at the end of the year you will be doing 365 pushups at one time? Awww…I hope your running dream comes true here real soon for ya! Go go go on the eating/tracking/1900 calories. I need to be inspired! Lol!

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MBSHAZZER 1/18/2011 10:44AM

    No time like the present, Dana!

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/17/2011 3:23PM

    how is your foot doing? maybe you need to get a foot massage to help release it? welcome to my tracking world - i have been here for 17 days and it isn't as bad as i thought it would be. you can do this.

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BRE7482 1/17/2011 1:36PM

    I hope you are pain free very soon! How long will the situp/pushup challenge last?

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CLOVERR1 1/17/2011 1:17PM

    Here's to a New Year, buddy! Best of luck on all your goals.

btw, I did brave the wintery roads last week and went to see the Hood to Coast documentary. It was interesting and entertaining! Think I still liked the film Running on the Sun (about the Badwater 135) better though...more my cup of ultra tea, you know?

Wish me luck in next weekend's 50K trail run. And let me know when you are running again!

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SKYFYRE 1/17/2011 11:35AM

    365 situps/ pushups a day? I'm confused!

Great plan on the calorie range and if you do manage less, awesome! I hope you are running soon pain free!

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GLASSYJEN 1/17/2011 10:57AM

  It sounds like you have your mind going in the right direction and for me that is the start because I feel like if your mind isn't in it it just won't happen!! I am starting back this week with tracking too!! Good luck and have a nice day!!

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Turning into a Snowman

Friday, January 14, 2011

So, after Monday's 2.5 hr snow bucketing festival (only one snow shovel meant the rest of us helping to clear the driveway had to get creative, I ended up with a bucket as my weapon of choice!), I have declared myself on rest period for a 1 week minimum - the only thing I am allowing myself to do are pushups and crunches. Granted, I haven't done any of those since Saturday so I'm not exactly doing fantastic on that front either.

Basically, the snow days happened after a Saturday wherein I was out all day from eating lunch out at a nice healthy favorite place (a place called the Happy Tummy, fresh, homemade food with good ingredients and many healthy options - I got an AWESOME chili w/ curried carrot corn muffins that I gave away 1/2 as well as samples of my chili), and ended up eating a slice of pizza, a couple pieces of bacon, and a couple pieces of birthday cake w/ homemade fondant on it (my first try of fondant, a friend of mine made it - marshmallow fondant, and it was amazing).

So I had busted the sugar dam wide open and it has continued. I have made attempts here and there of not overdoing it with the food and making healthy choices, but my will power level is SO LOW right now. It's like, ok I decided to eat this healthy thing - wait someone's offering me something delicious and unhealthy? YES PLEASE! Whereas before, my will power was iron. I was turning down things left and right.

Right now, I haven't been tracking. I know that's a bad thing for me, but my motivation is like zilch since I'm not working out. It SHOULD be the opposite- no working out means food needs to be ON POINT. *sigh* But the mojo just isn't there right now. We have already planned to go out to eat tonight. It's a special occasion, we're driving over an hour to meet some friends that we haven't seen since we moved, and I hate to restrict myself when I'm eating at a place that I will rarely if ever go to again... but they do have their menu online, so I'm going to review it and see what healthylooking option looks also really delicious to me. It shouldn't be too hard to find something with a good healthy/delicious ratio since it's a mediterranean type place. LOVE.

Starting tomorrow - I am kicking myself in the butt on this no tracking thing. I'm not going to bother tracking today since I've already eaten and will still eat some somewhat unquantifiable things... (namely an unnumbered amount of peanut butter & white & milk chocolate chip cookies at my first break of the day - I literally do not know how many I ate. 6? 8? and dinner at a restaurant without nutrition info)... but - I have a healthy lunch packed and I didn't pre-serve the serving, so I won't feel compelled to eat whatever I packed, I can dish out something smaller, whatever will make my tummy feel happy. It's not happy about all the sugar right now. :(

I also joined a Scale Back Alabama Team w/ co-workers- I may have mentioned that before? I don't remember. The first weigh-in is 1/22. On the one hand, it makes me feel like not doing anything until then. On the other hand, that's stupid. So don't be dumb, Dana. But it does make me feel a little better about the fact that I'll be resting my achilles and therefore not meeting my 2lb per week weightloss goal as originally scheduled for right now since I am at a healthy weight and dropping that much without doing something unhealthy is just not really feasible for me when not exercising. (more than pushups and crunches!)

One of my scale back teammate potentials was saying I couldn't join because I can't lose skeleton. BWAHAHA. She is nuts. But I have to admit it made me feel less like a gigantic blob.

It's hard to be above the lowest weight of a long loss - I think I've mentioned it before. Because it was always going down, going back up just makes me feel 300lbs again. I'm not 300lbs. I'm a healthy weight, I'm still fit even though I'm probably losing a little fitness with the less working out and now no working out for a bit, but I'm no lump. I was a snow bucketing CHAMP on Monday. It's hard to retain perspective since it's been so skewed at several times over the past 17 years or so of my life. I'm guessing when I got to be around 10 is when I started caring about the fact that I was chubby... maybe sooner. When I skipped grades from 3rd to 4th grade is when I first got teased for my weight. so I was around 9-10 -- I skipped halfway through 3rd grade year.... so I was almost 10 (birthday in Feb). THAT REMINDS ME! I'm almost 28! So closer to 18 years!

Back then I wasn't like OBESE, I was a chubby/fat kid, and stayed a chubby fat kid for a long time. I dunno at what point I obese - I just checked to see if I was extremely obese/morbidly obese at my heaviest and apparently I was under that- close though. BMI of 38.5/39 and 40+ is where that starts.

But I felt like the fattest kid ever. And the fattest girl in high school... I had some confidence about my appearance at times, but never about my body shape/size. I thought I had good style, a pretty face, good hair... if only everyone could just ignore everything from the shoulders to knees. (I was ok w/ my calves.) Someone said that on What Not To Wear the other day and it almost made me cry because that's exactly how I felt. Anyway -- then I started losing weight and it took me a long time for my mind to catch up with my body. Then it kind of did - but still sometimes I forget. Especially when I'm having a "fat day" as every woman calls it when you just feel puffy. And when I've been eating poorly and not exercising - definitely feeling like that. and "fat day" to me takes me back to the beginning.

ANYWAY. I can do better. I know how, I have the tools, I DO have the strength, I'm going to do it. No more moping and willy nillyness.

  
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SUSIEMT 1/17/2011 9:52AM

    Hi Dana! You sound so down! For some reason it was comforting to realize that someone as successful as you could have some of the same feelings as I have had. I have no doubt that when the week is over you will return to your relentless self again. Keep sparkin sweetie!

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SKYFYRE 1/14/2011 8:53PM

    Aw Dana, I teared up reading this. Sounds so painful to rehash these old feelings, but you know, looking back at those times you can see that you are now capable of health and fitness, and happiness with your shape. You are not a "fat kid" anymore, and I hope you never have to endure living that way again. I like the last paragraph of you blog the most, it made my tears clear up, because you are still a believer in yourself, even on a puffy day. I am proud of you!
HUGSHUGSHUGS!!!
Enjoy dinner tonight. A week of crazyness and eating out or even out of control doesn't have to mean 300lbs. You will get back on track and a treat week is sometimes needed to remind us of our goal and how we want to live.

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SPARKLINGVIOLET 1/14/2011 3:57PM

    I was just thinking to myself that I must have gotten unsubscribed fro your blogs cause I haven't read one in a long time and lo and behold, you just write one. I know exactly what you mean about feeling like a fat kid. But it took me 3 days from feeling like a fat kid, to feel like a strong, sexy, kid....a nd all because I did what's healthy for 3 days straight. See? Doesn't take long! I'm sure you'll get your mojo back!

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WAVEDANCER7 1/14/2011 3:48PM

    HUGS DANA! You know you aren't the fat girl. And yes, we ALL have "fat days". Just keep swimming lil fishy! And SHARE THAT MARSHMALLOW FONDANT OMGGGG!!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 1/14/2011 2:15PM

    how do you think i gained my weight back - did the same thing as you - when i couldn't work out or worked out lightly i wasn't tracking and emoticon. bleh. you will get back on track when you are all heeled (lol) up. i have oatmeal cookie issues... i could eat them to i puke. that is my big sugar dam.have one and i can't stop!

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SEEHOLZ 1/14/2011 1:31PM

    You are so much braver not to exercise than I would ever be- I think it's great that you are allowing your body to heal. Food for me is foremost based on emotions and then hunger- I swear- so it's really hard for me to cut down on eating.... especially during the winter. I get sugar/carb cravings, especially when I'm down about my injuries- it makes it so much harder! I definitely understand!

Enjoy the time with your friends! When I go out to eat in a particular cuisine, I picture myself in that country/region and how I would want me to eat- mindfully, having fun and not feeling stuffed. Medditeranean reminds me of the beach and I never want to feel stuffed when I'm around the beach-LOL- silly, but whatver works, right?

I was never really fat, but compared to my classmates, I was flabbier and taller and just bigger boned- they were all skinny (with a few expections) and no one was fat. Plus they were all athletic, unlike me-LOL. It's funny how we carry that around with us for ages- real or not, it becomes engrained in who we are. So glad you are taking the time to acknowledge how far you have come and how much healthier and fitter that you are!

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MBSHAZZER 1/14/2011 1:16PM

    OMG, FONDANT!!!! I am powerless in the face of fondant! We went to a wedding at a fishing campy kind of place in the Keys a few years ago, so it was really casual. Anyway, I distinctly remember eating the fondant from the leftover wedding cake the next day! SO GOOD!

whew, OK. If it's any consolation, I have a really really hard time restricting calories. If I'm injured and can't exercise, it's like I want to eat everything in sight. Fitness and eating right just go hand in hand. It's hard to bother with eating well if you're not exercising, but trust me, it's WORTH the bother! Maybe instead of calories, focus on eating really well... whole, clean foods. That will help the healing process and maybe you won't feel so deprived?

While I've never been seriously overweight, I was one really ugly kid and was mercilessly picked on for my glasses, the fact my mom dressed me in my brother's hand me downs, bad teeth, horrible hair, etc, etc. To this day, I am usually convinced that people are laughing at my appearance. I randomly started getting InStyle magazine at work... I didn't sign up for it or anything. Anyway, I have convinced myself that someone at work is sending it to me as a joke.

Wow, long comment! Enjoy dinner.. you usually can't go wrong with Med. My rule of thumb is that if I'm eating out, I try to order something I can't make at home.

Have a great weekend!

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