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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Part of me buys into the whole "resolutions doomed to failure," "what a passe way to ring in the new year" mentality. I mean, really, how old am I?

Well, who cares how old I am? New Years is a great time to re-up on things that I really need to re-up on. It's a chance at a new beginning. It's a free pass to forgive old transgressions, ignore the lapse in gym membership, forget about that Holiday pie, and attack your goals like they were brand new.

Maybe my resolutions will only last a couple of months. Maybe I won't make that weight loss goal or complete that project. So? For a couple of months, I'll move in the right direction. Isn't that reason enough to go for it? I think so.

So, here are my 2014 New Year's Resolutions:
- Read 52 books. (Really, my reading list is getting out of hand.)
- Finish Ridley's quilt.
- Pay off all of my debt except for my student loans. (Those we'll get next year.)
- Finish emergency preparedness preparations at least to the point where we are ready for all probably natural disasters in our region. (I recently read that another 5.0 earthquake in this region could trigger up to 30,000 mudslides statewide. We had not considered mud when we packed our gear bags.)
- Finish writing 2 of the 3 books I have partially completed. (No excuses about being too busy to write.)
- Comfortably wear size 8 pants.
- Hold a balanced handstand for 60 seconds.
- Do a back bend (without breaking anything.)
- Do an unassisted pull-up.
- Complete a 5K.

I can do all that. No problem!

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JMCCONNELL74 1/9/2014 2:00AM

    Hello! Happy New Year!
Excellent goals! 52 books though, seriously? I'm not used to people reading more than me....
I like that "hold a balanced handstand for 60 seconds" one. Great idea, I really should try that. I haven't tried to do handstands since I was in my teens. It would be awesome to be able to do that again....

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Damn That 200 Pound Mark!

Sunday, December 01, 2013

I went to put on my "fat 10s" this morning. I was so excited to wear them last week. They're a pair of size 10s designed for big girls, so they really fit a 12. Still, a 12 is big progress for me, and it felt great to wear them to work. But I went to put them on this morning and they wouldn't zip.

I didn't weigh in. I was afraid to. I weighed in at the end of last week at 200.6. I've been trying to fight my way out of the 200s for sooooo long. I get close like this and then it just doesn't happen.

Ugh! I'm so frustrated. I want it gone. 199! Please, dammit. 199!

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    I'm crossing my fingers that you bypass 199 for 198!!! XOXO

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WEEPINGANGEL74 12/2/2013 10:56PM

    I completely understand! My scale reads the same but I am suddenly having to wear bigger jeans again .... what gives/!?!?!? You will cross out of 200s soon, just keep up the great work!!

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MJJB19 12/2/2013 5:08PM

    Focus on a small goal that will get you there like getting your 8 cups of water and at least 5 veggies a day. Visualize how amazing it will be to see those magic numbers on the scale.

Remember, it only takes persistance and not perfection!


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KATIE5668 12/2/2013 12:58PM

    Hang in there...I know exactly what you are feeling!
with WW I lost 35 lbs..was actually at 196!! celebrate!!
got injured..fell off track & not only gained it all back but more..
so like you am now struggling to see that 200 mark not show up!

we can do this..a day at a time...a meal at a time!
I have about decided if all I do is hold the mark over the holidays..then I will be happy.
It would be great to continue losing..but not sure if that is realistic with the temptations out there thru this time of year. I am gonna try..so come on with me..Let's do this!!


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JUSTYNA7 12/2/2013 12:18PM

    Breath. Lots of breathing. Did you know breathing is exercise?

Me too. I did so many plateaus on this journey and when I started on SP my goal was to get to 180. After a couple of years I changed that to a90 because I am a turtle losing weight. Do turtles lose weight? Hehehe.

I did all the diets. Did not work. I just gained after. So when I came to SP my only goal was to stop gaining weight. Which I did. And in fact by learning some consistency exercising (small goal of 10 minutes a day) I felt better. Plus by adding in more veggies I started seeing a loss of... drum roll... about a pound a month. Whatever, it was more than I expected. Then I just stopped losing. I tried challenges and all kinds of things and while other people lost lots, I would lose... a pound. Still, it was always in the right direction.

My solution was always more exercise, more veggies, more water. And sometimes it made a small dent and sometimes not. So after years of this, I started wondering if I needed a different approach. A. I started watching my friends who are "normal" and don't need to diet but don't eat crazy foods. I noticed that they ate differently to me or for that matter most people I knew. Fewer grains. Very little junk food. Smaller portions. Hmmm. B. I joined the writing diet because I am definitely a writing person... and a guest here gave me the book which I finally got around to opening and when I realized there was a spark team, I started it. I realized that "eating clean" was a good goal for me. C. I joined the evening sabatoge team because as much as I did not want to admit it and would often defend it... night eating was my problem

My point - keep looking for a solution that works for you. You can do this. You have gotten to 200 emoticon

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New Low... Weight!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

When I went on my first date with my husband, I was 135 pounds and a size 6. (I have a lot of muscle, so I tend to be heavier than my size might "normally" indicate.) 3 years later, I went from an active job to a desk job and I quit smoking. I put on 70 pounds that year. Over the next couple years, I added another 25, for a total weight gain of 95 pounds give or take.

This morning, I weighed in at 200.6 lbs. That's about 25 pounds of weight loss, and I'm now lighter than I've been in 5 years! Wow!

Now, I've gotten close to this weight before, though, and then always lost momentum before busting back out of the 200s. That's not happening this time!

I'm getting to 199.

I'm starting my next phase.

I'm going to lose the weight.

I'm hitting the gym after work.

I'm not that girl anymore!!

And I haven't worn these pants in so long. OMG! You should see my butt. It looks fantastic. I've been taking the stairs up 10 flights every morning at work. I have a rock-star butt.

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WEEPINGANGEL74 11/27/2013 8:04PM

    Way to go!! You are making great progress Rock Star!!

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MJJB19 11/27/2013 2:56PM

    Love this - you rock!

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LUANN7 11/27/2013 2:48PM

    emoticon on your weight loss!!!

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JMCCONNELL74 11/27/2013 1:09PM

    So cool! I'm so happy for you! Of course you're going to make it under the 200 this time - you're on a roll.
Keep being awesome ;-)

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Coming Back

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

I've been barely holding my grip on my healthy lifestyle while I've been swimming through my sea of stress. I take comfort in the fact that I didn't gain back more than 2 pounds of what I'd lost. It was hard as I haven't been exercising the way I should, and I haven't been logging on. But I'm thrilled to report that I'm still in my size 13 pants, I'm still eating fairly healthy and taking my supplements, and I'm still committed to getting fit and healthy.

It's a shame that I allowed the extreme stress I've been under effect me so much, but it has been a lot worse in the past when stress has hit and I've come out on the other end heavier than when I started. That's how I've steadily crept up to 225 pounds, a piece at a time during stressful periods. Next time, perhaps I'll be so prepared that my fitness won't stall at all when the stress descends.

For now, I got the great job at the IRS, my husband is feeling better (chiropractor released a pinched nerve bundle that was causing the problem), the dog does have cancer, but she isn't on her last leg yet, my son's broken finger has healed and his writing deficiency is being corrected. I'm writing again too, with the support and accountability of NaNoWriMo.

None too soon, the wave of stress is starting to go back out to sea. I'm back. There's a new battery in my pedometer. I'll have a regular work schedule again in two weeks at a building that is right across the street from a branch of my gym.

As I won't be able to travel armed into the city to my government job (no weapons in a Federal building for obvious reasons), I'm thinking about taking a martial arts course. I'll be on a city bus for an hour twice a day, and I'd feel safer and get fit faster if a went a practiced protecting myself a couple times each week. Any recommendations on the type of fighting?


Stress Wave Receiding

Friday, October 11, 2013

I've been so stressed out the last couple of weeks that I haven't been able to do a lot of the things that I need to. I can't write. I try, but my brain is just drenched in stress. My weight loss stalled. I may have even gained a couple pounds. It been one horrible thing after another: my husband is furloughed with the Government Shutdown, my dog has pryometra and has to go in for a dangerous surgery next week, my son broke his finger, my stove was broken, there was this and that and everything from my son struggling with his schoolwork to fighting with the neighbors. It's been relentless.

I got to my breaking point yesterday. I won't say I lost control completely, but a couple things did get thrown across the room. There may have been a couple tears. I had to chop this out, I had to give that up... But this morning my new stove arrived. And now, phew, I have been called in to work at my new job I've been waiting on. Not next week... tonight!

For some reason we seem to go through stages of stress. For years, everything will go great. For years, it's all perfect. And then BOOOOOOMMM! All at once, it'll just rain down on us. It's like running a gauntlet, and then it's just gone for years again. I feel like the wave has started to ebb today, though. I feel like we can start moving forward again, mopping up the mess and moving preparing for the next time.

Now, if Congress could just deal with their mess and get my hubby back to work.

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WEEPINGANGEL74 10/11/2013 11:45PM

    You have had a rough couple of weeks! I'm glad things are starting to turn around for you. Good luck with the new job!!

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