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Saturday, January 15, 2011

So, I finally decided to clean out my closet tonight. I have to say, it was quite a wreck - I couldn't walk in and didn't really know what I had in there. Anyway, I took the opportunity to try some stuff on. NowI've been on SparkPeople since June and really got serious about losing weight at the end of August. I knew I went down a couple of sizes, just because I'm now wearing smaller sizes, but I didn't realize what that really meant - visually. Tonight I tried on the pants I wore when I was at my heaviest. They absolutely swam on me! It was such a good feeling to really SEE how much weight I lost. It was just so much more impactful than seeing the numbers on the scale or wearing the smaller side...I think it was all that empty space between my body and the fabric.

These pants are also a great reminder of what I don't want to go back to. So, I'm going to keep sparking and keep doing what I'm doing nutritionally and physically. 2011 is off to a great start!


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SPOOKYTHECAT 1/26/2011 12:37PM

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I am waiting until I hit goal to take my "loose pants" pic~ lol. They were already pretty big when I retired them...
Good luck, Zoejada!

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TEJAS1291 1/22/2011 9:27PM

  Congrats on that success that you have had!!!! I'm sure it will continue.I've been in a plateau since Nov.28 not 1 LB lost.I took a Bootcamp to kind of try and kick things in gear.But wound up with a knee injury that has affected my intensity and ability to do some exercise.
Remember too though that even when we are not losing we ARE still living that healthy lifestyle that we seek!!!LOL

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GHK1962 1/17/2011 10:07AM

    Yeahhh....reading this I can tell it just made you feel so good. Seeing others succeeding is great! Woohoooo!!!!!

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KALISWALKER 1/16/2011 8:39PM

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What a great way to start the year!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/16/2011 2:39PM

    Good job emoticon

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KIMJEWKES 1/15/2011 11:26PM

    Yay!! It's so good to have these kinds of realizations!

I hope you are doing fantastic!

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1st Week Down - Off to a strong start!

Saturday, January 08, 2011

I am very proud of myself - after a holiday season of pretty much letting myself go, I seem to be on track. I am being mindful of what I'm eating and am making healthy choices (though not going crazy) and I have completed week 1 of P90X! I do it in the morning, so I need to wake up by 430 - which is a huge accomplishment for me! And, even better - I seem to have a lot more energy. I would have thought I would have been dragging all day - but I am energized and able to make it through the day. Of course I get tired at night, but it's the kind of tired you're supposed to feel at the end of the day.

It was a goo first week; here's to an even better 2nd week!


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KALISWALKER 1/9/2011 12:03AM

    Thanks for the good vibes in your blog!

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GHK1962 1/8/2011 7:40PM

    wooohooo...what is always amazing to me is that the more you exercise and eat right...the more you want to exercise and eat well.

Good on you!

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CHICON16 1/8/2011 4:29PM

  Wow! Congrats!! Getting up that early obviously shows your dedication! Many of my friends completed P90X and loved it. Made a huge difference for each of them. Keep up the great work!

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    Sounds like you've had a great first week, especially with the motivation to wake up at 4.30 - there's no way I could do that!! x

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Long Time No See...Starting the New Year Off Right

Saturday, January 01, 2011

Happy New Year!

As I went to post my blog, I saw the date of my last posting - 11/9 -- almost 2 months ago! I can't believe I've been away that long. What happened - let's see - the BF's son's bar mitzvah (which I must admit, I looked pretty awesome - once I get some photos, I'll post), then work got silly crazy, then Thanksgiving, then I got sick, then the holidays...and so on and so on...

Lot's of excuses, lot's of rationalizations as to why I fell off track. In the past, I would have beaten myself up mercilessly. Now, today, while I'm not thrilled with my behavior, I am putting it into perspective. It's just a blip on the continuum...and I did it before and I can do it again. And it's taken me 48 years to be the way I am, I'm not going to change overnight - it's never a straight course - there's always adjustments to keep heading in the right direction. I am looking at this two month lapse as a course adjustment.

I've bought the P90X and am going to start it this week. Tomorrow, I will take my before pictures and measurements, as well as do the fit test. I must admit, I'm a little terrified of this - but all I've heard is how great it is (well and how hard it is). I'm going to give it a shot - do what I can each time, and I'll just keep getting better.

It's a new year, a new day and I'm going to embrace it.

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SPOOKYTHECAT 1/4/2011 8:53AM

    Welcome back~ I keep hearing about P90X ...I had to check it out. Sounds intense~& like a great way to start the new year!
Wishing you loads of inspiration & success emoticon

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AUNGERER 1/4/2011 5:48AM

    Welcome Back You Can Do it!!

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AUNGERER 1/4/2011 5:48AM

    Welcome Back You Can Do it!!

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AUNGERER 1/4/2011 5:47AM

    Welcome Back You Can Do it!!

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LIGHTNINGBUG45 1/2/2011 7:27PM

    Glad you're back!

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LOUANN22 1/2/2011 1:51AM

    wish you the best and happy new year!

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MORRIS1989 1/2/2011 12:24AM

    Wish you the best!!

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DANDRAS 1/1/2011 10:38PM

    Wish you all the best in 2011

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Areas for Improvement

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

While I'm doing pretty well on the eating heatlhy and working out fronts - I do have some areas that are opportunities for improvement. They are: sleep and planning meals.

Sleep - I strive for at least 7 hours (very hard for me to ge more) - but I've been having trouble sleeping, even if I go to bed early. My goal is to be in bed by 10 and up at 5, but those seem to be floating targets lately. And no matter what, I still feel tired. With all my working out, I feel like I should have more energy by now.

Planning Meals - between working and working out and whatever else, by the time it's time to eat dinner the last thing I feel like doing is cooking. One because I'm tired and two, because it's starting to get late. At least I have a couple of go to meals - PB&J (healthy whole grain version) and pasta with red sauce and veg. Every Sunday I say I'm going to cook and freeze, and plan meals for the week... and every Sunday, the day just gets away from me.

Any advice?

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HARRIET8AL 11/11/2010 10:10AM

    I also have sleep issues. After much research (asking lots of people for advise) I've discovered that getting out in the sunshine for at least an hour a day without sunglasses helps regulate your circadian rhythm. You can also use a special lamp. Turn lights down several hours before bed. You can read but don't let the light shine in your eyes. Structure you bedtime so that you go to bed and get up the same time everyday. It may take a couple of weeks but this really does work. Good luck and hoping for a good nights sleep :)

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GHK1962 11/10/2010 12:41AM

    I too don't like to give "advice"...but I do like to babble! So..here goes...consider this talking bubbles and not 'advice'...

Anyway, I suspect with the sleep it might be a matter of getting used to getting your 7 hours. Perhaps after it becomes routine it'll start feeling like rest...at least I hppe that's true

With meals...I would say...for the 1st week or 2...force yourself to pre=plan meals and such. I would wager that after a bit it'll start seeming more normal than you'd have imagined. It gets to a point where you start feeling like you not only think of it as a chore..but as just part of life...just keep tryin ok...don't stop...yo'll get there.

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KALISWALKER 11/9/2010 11:09PM

    I like that you asked for advice, otherwise I feel awkward about offering it. During the week, I seldom every start a whole meal from scratch. I cooked Basmati brown rice once a week and freeze half for later in the week. When I bake fish or cook meat, etc. I make enough for a few meals. I have a box of salad in the fridge and tomatoes, onion and cucumber. I cook frozen veggies each evening. So... I can put a meal together in 7 minutes - ie. salad, rice, salmon, green beans (or some combination of veggies).

One hour before bed, I shut off bright lights and have low lights. I read with a reading light so it is focused. It helps me gear down.

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KIMJEWKES 11/9/2010 9:44PM

    Sometimes when I'm really busy I'll quick throw together some chili or a lentil soup. I'll stick it in the crock pot just before I go to bed and when I wake up in the morning I cool it on ice and portion it out for the week in those little 'glad' tupperware things....

I pack one of those for lunch with me and throw in a cut up cucumber and a piece of fruit and call it lunch.

You could easily do dinners the same way...I personally haven't gotten that far yet! Good luck!

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My day for myself...and to remember my dad

Sunday, November 07, 2010

didn't go quite as planned. Though, I did get to work out, and get some work done (not as much as I would have liked), and spend some me quiet time. I was about to go to the mall this afternoon, when BF came home. He asked me to come with him when he went back out - I said yes as long as we got to a mall. I shouldn't have gone, but I did. At least I got my errand done.

I started out with good energy today, but toward the afternoon, I just tanked! I cannot believe how exhausted I am - maybe it has something to do with not having coffee until 2pm, I don't know. I have so much to do and all I want to do is go to sleep - which may be the winner. It's also the 10 year anniversary of my dad's death - that's been on my mind too. And I just found out that my brother made a facebook page for him. I went to the page and there were all these pics of my dad - I miss him so much.

I think I will end here - I don't want to ramble and I'm beginning to get a headache. Sleep may be the answer.

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LAURIETAIT 11/8/2010 8:51PM

    My Dad died 13 years ago this month. I miss him too. Even now, out of the blue I sometimes find myself tearing up. There's so many more things I would have liked to share with him. And of course there are always the regrets. I try to think about how lucky I was to have such a great Dad for as long as I did. He is with me everyday. The values he imparted, the skills he taught me and the example he set are a part of me that I will never lose and I find some comfort in that. emoticon

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LYNNOTT 11/7/2010 10:27PM

    I think it was very nice that your brother made a facebook page for your father, that way you can look at the pictures and remember the good times with him. Having just lost my father last year, I know how much you miss him. Another good reason to want to get healthy - he would want that for you.

As for the tiredness - could be the time change? Wish I could have gone to bed an hour ago, but DH has to work tonight and would keep on sleeping if I didn't wake him up to leave for work. Hope you get a good night's sleep and have a great week!

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GHK1962 11/7/2010 8:36PM

    I saw the title, read the blog...I am sorry about your dad. Even though its been a while...I know the sorrow and emptiness never goes away. I can feel it when I read your post...and wish that you can feel all the good things too. In fact, I suspect you do feel that...no one can miss someone so much without feeling the good things too.

Taking care of ourselves, eating right, exercising...that makes our lives better...but having others in our heart, no matter if they're physically with us or not...that makes us better too.

I hope your tomorrow goes well.

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