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Saturday, January 19, 2008

Yes, I've been at work for almost 6 hours now and it's Saturday about 20 after NOON. UGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH. hahahaha

And it was snowing? Not sure if it still is, but this is ALABAMA. ??

So anyway -- this week has been relatively successful. After weighing in very skeptically on Tuesday, I saw it go up a lb on Thursday, but yesterday I weighed in for Scale Back Alabama and it showed a 3.2lb loss from last week's Scale Back Alabama weigh-in, so hey! I guess I really did lose around 3.5lbs probably! I'm hoping to at least maintain that loss, or hopefully lose a bit more, by this coming Tuesday's weigh-in. The only bummer is that I can't go to the gym today.

I'm kind of relieved because I'm so worn out, I don't think I would have really been able to give my all.

But kinda bummed.

Anyway -- we're going to go tomorrow. My DH's school computer DIED so we have to go do computer saving/replacing activities today. We will probably end up eating out for lunch, and I am going to be a VERY GOOD GIRL. I'm so determined not to go out of the healthy BMI now that I've reached it, I am not slipping one bit! Now... depending on where we go, I may not be able to get nutrition facts or anything, but I am definitely going to go for something healthy and not "justify" any kind of splurge. I ate a really high sodium dinner last night and I don't want to extend the bloat. HAHAHAHAHAHA.

TOM is coming up, too. :P

Working this much overtime is definitely a bit exhausting, but I can't wait to see my paycheck!!!!! ;)

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KACHAFFE82 1/20/2008 5:40PM

    Congrats on all the weight loss! Keep on truckin'!

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MISS_BETH12 1/20/2008 9:30AM

    Great job on the loss! You're doing awesome! There are days we all can't make it to the gym. I understand feeling bummed though. Hey, that next paycheck will be really nice, just remember that. ;)

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NASCARFAN44 1/19/2008 9:51PM

    Its no fun working on Saturday,but it will look good on the paycheck. Congrats on the weight loss and reaching a health BMI.Stay with your plan and you will maintain it.

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KIMCATUS 1/19/2008 5:44PM

    Snow??! Ugh! That's even worse than working on a Saturday! lol

You're better than me...we did out errands today ans I had a very naughty breakfast at a fast food restaurant...so now I'm religiously watching calories and trying to keep under my limit. So go you!!! :D

Good luck with your weigh-in Tuesday...I'm sure you'll do great!! You can buy yourself a great reward with all your OT monies! :P

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One Year With Sparks

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I have come a LONG WAY this year.

I'm going to really start considering where I was December 2006 -- I felt like a totally BLOB. One of my SparkFriends (*BETHIE*) blogged about how she felt "blob-y" and how it helped motivate her back to Sparks. WELL LET ME TELL YOU. I couldn't believe she used the same exact words. She described EXACTLY how I was feeling at that point.

I felt uncomfortable at every moment, just because of the state of my body. I couldn't help but notice how lethargic I felt, that I was doing nothing all day, and coming home and doing nothing. I felt ugly, and just BLAH.

Then I go to the Dr's to get my annual exam and some birth control, and step on the scale to see the number 294 flashing. I couldn't BELIEVE I had let myself just balloon up to this weight. I had ALWAYS been overweight, but not always obese. At 294, my BMI was 37.7. Morbidly Obese starts at 40. I was MINDBOGGLED. I could not believe my weight was so close to 300.

I had already been kind of thinking about it, but that really pushed me over the edge. NOW was the time to do something about my health. I set a New Year's Resolution to GET HEALTHY. I talked to my husband about the possibility of getting me a gym membership. I researched local gyms, and the best value was getting added to my husband's membership at the University Rec Center.

I started working out on 1/6/2007, and went grocery shopping and bought what I thought were healthy foods. I realized that I really needed to learn how to eat right. I knew the basics -- what foods were more healthy and what foods weren't. But I didn't know WHY or HOW MUCH I should be eating, or ANYTHING about how much protein vs. carbs or anything like that.

I searched for a resource. While looking through healthy eating type communities on livejournal.com, I saw a few different people mention SparkPeople.com. So I checked it out. At first I was skeptical about it being FREE. I figured I would sign up, then it would say, to use this feature and this and this (the things I would want of course), pay $$$ each month! But no! :) To my delight it was free, and it had so much more than I even imagined!!! I signed up for my account on 1/15/2007.

I don't have my inches numbers in front of my right now, and I'll come back and edit this entry with the details...

But I've lost at least 10" from my waist, I think at least 10" from my hips as well. I've lost a few inches from my neck even!!!! I didn't start measuring my biceps, calves, bust, or thighs until later. But I have definitely decreased in size.

At the beginning of 2007 I purchased some new clothes. I said I needed them because my old clothes were worn out, but the truth was, only one pair of pants I had still fit me, and they were stretchy. Nothing would fit me at any store but Lane Bryant, where I purchased some size 24 dress pants and jeans.

Just recently, after Christmas, I purchased some NEW clothes. Size 16 pants now.

I have lost 4 sizes. :)

I've lost, since starting with SparkPeople.com at 290, 96.5lbs.

My BMI now is 24.85 - IN THE HEALTHY RANGE. :)

I set a goal to start learning to run once I had lost 50lbs.

I started the C25K program and on Thanksgiving 2007 I ran my first 5K.

The most important change is how I FEEL. I feel infinitely better than that BLOB I was in 2006. That person is gone FOREVER. I now CARE about what I put into my body for fuel. I feel the relationship for how I treat my body and how I feel. I KNOW the difference between me eating healthy and working out, and me eating crap and doing nothing.

I have confidence to take on pretty much any goal which may come into mind because I NEVER really expected to do this and succeed -- and now that I have, I know I can do ANYTHING.

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LUVBONNIE 1/16/2008 3:07PM

    Great Post Happy Hump Day :) xo-Bonnie

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LILHLFPINT 1/16/2008 12:00PM

    (::big big hugs:: that post was truly inspiring.

thank you SO much for sharing.)

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MISS_BETH12 1/16/2008 10:44AM

    This post almost made me cry! It is so comforting to know that someone knew EXACTLY what I was talking about! As I continued to read this, I couldn't help but think this is where I want to be a year from now. Thank you so much for sharing your story, you're such an inspiration, and happy one year anniversery! You look WONDERFUL! That you so much for being such an inspiration!

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AQUARIANN 1/15/2008 10:51PM

    Saw your post on sparkpeopleslj about this blog entry and had to check it out. Congratulations on all that weight loss, that is AWESOME. You look gorgeous.

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NASCARFAN44 1/15/2008 9:16PM

    Congrats on your 1yr. anniversary. I hope that I to can write such an inspiring story one day.

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KIMCATUS 1/15/2008 9:11PM

    Congratulations on your year anniversary and on your amazing weight loss!! You truly are an inspiration and a huge motivator...thank you so much for all you do for the HP Challenge...you make the team so great and I'm so gld I got to know you! *holds up glass* Here's to another great year! Cheers!!

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BLUESOX4113 1/15/2008 7:44PM

    Happy anniversary! You've made splendid progress and you look great, and you'll look even better as you go. Congratulations!

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KACHAFFE82 1/15/2008 5:21PM

    Dana, you are amazing. I am so blessed to have known you in high school... You've always been one of those CHS members that stayed with me. You were always upbeat, talented, and so caring. It's fabulous (and honestly moving) to see how much you've done in a year. In the big picture, a year is just a foot print in our live, BUT look at the massive progress in your health you've made! You're a huge inspiration for me. Thank you for that and CONGRATS to everything you have accomplished!!! You should be glowing with pride! ROCK ON!

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TOBICAE 1/15/2008 5:07PM

    Happy 1 year! You're such an amazing person, I'm so glad to have met you on SP. How does it feel to be a motivational non-blob? : )

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Monday, January 14, 2008

Well, it's been a while for ME anyway, so I figured I should write something. I feel good.

I feel like I'm getting my spiritual life in order as well right now and it feels really good to get some things going on in that arena as well. I never struggled in that area until more recently -- as in also 06... I guess it reallly reallly is true that the body and spirit are interconnected.

I didn't realize it, but reflecting on it now I can see that I have been getting that area of my life more in order and improved as my physical health has improved. :)

I weighed this morning because of my HP Challenge, although my OFFICIAL weighin day (the one I actually change info in Sparks for) is now going to be Tuesdays since that's when the BLC Challenge weighs in. I'm glad. Because this morning was only down .5lb from last week -- I'm HOPING it's because I ate some higher sodium foods on Sunday because there were some lower numbers on the scale before the weekend. :( So I hope it's sodium and not the splurge I had on Saturday.

If so, I'll be alright. I'm getting my ST back on track this week and I'll be ok. I will make this!!! Even if it takes longer than I'd like it to.

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MISS_BETH12 1/15/2008 12:53PM

    Hey I think we all can work on the spiritual thing. I know I could do. But for me, I feel like I am by being healthy. Does that make sense? And hey, a loss is is still a loss. I bet you'll get rid of the rest in no time at all once you get restarted on your strength training. :)

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LAURANICOLE3 1/15/2008 10:57AM

    Ugh I hate the high sodium dilema. You know it's not really weight that you gained but you have to go by the numbers on the scale. Not to mention it can be really really hard to limit your sodium when you have a busy life because so many convenience foods, no matter how low fat and low calorie are packed full of the stuff! Half a pound is still somethign though. I hope hope Taylor Hanson gives you better numbers today =)

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KIMCATUS 1/14/2008 10:04PM

    Isn't it wild how when one thing is getting straightened out in our lives, other things do too...even when we didn't realize they may have needed it? :D It's great though...and I'm glad your getting everything right in your life! You'll be ok...even if it isn't a huge loss, it's O.K.! It will happen...you're doing everything right and it's all gonna go your way! :D

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Scale Back Alabama!

Friday, January 11, 2008

So there's this thing... the state of Alabama wants people to lose weight! :) Anyway. Teams of 4 can participate, and if your entire team loses 10lbs or more each, then you qualify for a grand prize drawing and the winning team receives $1000 each. The contest runs 10weeks. I'm kinda sad I just found out today because today was the deadline to sign up and weigh in.

SO ANYWAY! :) I'm IN!!!

With my boss, my old boss who's in the new department, and a lady in another department at work. The admin department at my work is their own team.

My team's called Three Chips and a Dip. :) HEHEHE.

(We're all female except for my boss...)

I'm really excited to be doing something like this with people I ACTUALLY KNOW. HAHA. So we went to one of the local businesses that was offerring their services as an official weigh-in location and weighed in! :D My weigh-in for the challenge was 198.6lbs (That's after eating and fully clothed, so I'm ok with it.) One of their three scales told me 196, but that's what I weighed at home this morning without clothes and before eating anything so I'm gonna say that's probably not accurate. :D

Anyway - FUN! :D

Oh and I'm our team captain.

P.S. -- I just created a Scale Back Alabama TEAM.

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SEXYCOOL* 1/14/2008 9:19AM

    i am so geeked for you guys...um, hey...when you win that loot, can i borrow twenny dolla's?....lol...i kid, i kid...

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KACHAFFE82 1/13/2008 9:08PM

    Well, GO YOU team captain!! I wish there was something like that for GA. I hope you win!!

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    Wow, I wish Idaho would do something like that! It's great that you've got some coworkers to participate. They'll be too busy concentrating on their own health to even remotely think about sabotaging you! Woohoo!

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MISS_BETH12 1/12/2008 10:17AM

    Oh that sounds like fun! Keep us posted on how it goes! :D

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KIMCATUS 1/11/2008 10:01PM

    Wait, who's the dip??? lol J/K! How very cool!! Good luck although I know y'all will do great!! Just stay AWAY from the chips and dip! ;)

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New Pictures up, AGAIN.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Yeah, I'll chill with the pictures for now.... ;)

My head has been hurting so bad the past couple of days.

I can't WAIT to get to the gym tonight. I guess I've just missed it, even though Tuesday's workout felt like it was taking forever, and was irritating me by how I was not performing up to my previous levels (last gym visit was either the 20th or 21st of December...), but I figured as much. :P I haven't gotten back to my ST yet either. I really need to get that in. Maybe tonight, since DH will theoretically be going with me tonight, I can get my cardio in first and do some ST while he's still going? We'll just have to see.

I've also been informed that I can pretty much have AS MUCH OVERTIME AS I WANT at work right now, so yeehaw. :) HAhahaha. Not that I really want to be at work more, but how can I turn down an offer like that?!?

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MISS_BETH12 1/11/2008 10:26AM

    I LOVE your pictures! You look awesome! You just inspire me that I CAN do this! :D

I understand missing the gym! I am rejoining mine today and I can't wait. I'm sooooo excited! It's odd how one can miss the gym. LOL

Ooooooo overtime! It's always nice when you have that option! :D

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KIMCATUS 1/11/2008 9:40AM

    Blah blah blah...more pictures, look how gorgeous I am...ROFL! Just kidding!! I love the pictures!! They are very inspirational and motivating, and hey who doesn't like to look at gorgeous peoples! :D Hope your headache is better...I hate headaches...I get them a lot from allergies and usually just work through it, but still...ugh!! Good luck at the gym!! And hey there's your money from the OT for all the new rewards! lol

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SHANTASTIC! 1/11/2008 9:29AM

    WOW! Your side-by-side pics are SO inspirational! You look great! Now I'm thinking about how I want to have a cool pic like that by this summer and I am revved up to make it through the weekend without falling into old take-out habits!

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AMUNET_RA 1/11/2008 9:13AM

    I'd love to see your pictures, Dana! Where are they?


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