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Day 95: If the Pants Fit, Wear 'em

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Wednesday, April 07, 2010

I’m a simple girl. I like simple things. Salt and pepper, peanut butter and jelly, and zipping up my pants…

Every week for the last month, I have been trying on the smallest size pants in my closet to see if they will fit – size 13/14.

First, I could pull them up to mid-thigh.

Then, I could pull them all the way up my legs, but my bedunkedunk was just a little too luscious to fit too; and I was dangerously close to breaking a pelvis bone if I exhaled.

But yesterday, I slipped those pants on, zipped them and sat down with no obvious PBC (plumber’s bum crack) showing.

Sweet.

The only thing better is going to Easter dinner at someone’s house…

Strange menu... No tracker to rely on...

And still nailing my calorie intake to the wall - 1,290 calories to be exact. Yes, I ate 5 pieces of chocolate, a piece of cake, 3 deviled eggs, etc.

I looked at the grub and did some quick math.

[oddly, my best math skills happen figuring out sale prices and how many deviled eggs I can eat]

And I counted in my head the approximate calories and I ate that amount. Simple.

[I rock deviled egg/chocolate bunny math. Woot!]

For years I was an all-or-nothing person.

If I missed a workout, then I would quit. If I ate salad for 6 weeks but had a chocolate 1 day, I would quit. If I couldn’t live up to the insane standards I created, I would quit.

Quit on my dreams, quit on my body, quit on myself

Quit on all the things I claimed I wanted out of life – like freedom, happiness, and love

Because I set myself up to fail by setting unrealistic standards

Because I thought I had to be perfect to succeed

When all I had to do was set reasonable goals, work consistently and then be patient.

Like have bucket loads of patience, okay - oceans of patience [but that’s just part of the gig]

[and a little deviled egg/chocolate bunny math doesn’t hurt either…]

So size 11/12 pants here I come!

And this time I am not trying to be perfect

I am just keeping my goals simple and achievable

Simple is easy.

So easy.

And it actually works.

XOXO
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ALWAYS_DREAMIN 1/14/2011 7:43PM

    Omg, you're a rock star. This blog is epic. Chocolate bunny/deviled egg math and not quitting. EPIC. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOUUUU!!!

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JENLYNHEB 5/5/2010 2:34PM

    Congrats! ...and nice work.

*runs off to find skinny pants* ;)

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LAMOURA 4/24/2010 3:29PM

    Thats the way the sparks book says to do it you are like I say one smart lady!!! emoticon

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GEODAWG 4/19/2010 10:37AM

    I am so glad I backed up and read your earlier blogs. So delightful!

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GONABFIT 4/18/2010 9:21PM

    ooo I love this! I may do the same thing of trying to get into my small size. I can get an 8 on, but not button... so maybe I should work on that!

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SPRING1973 4/18/2010 8:01PM

    You write the best blogs! emoticon


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KOOLBREEZE75 4/18/2010 2:53PM

    Congratulations on your success! You are such an inspiraton! Keep up the great work!

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CM70830 4/18/2010 11:22AM

    Love love love this blog!!! You have such a great positive spirit (and a beautiful smile). Congratulations on your success!

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STARTINGALLOVER 4/17/2010 6:21PM

    I LOVE your blogs! It sounds like the same math voice in my head!! I LOVE it.. quicker than lightening.. easter creme egg..equals how much cardio? or walking..? or my daily max for calories... zip zip and I know the answer ha ha
You are doing fantastic!! I look forward to your words of wisdom!!! Keep writing!!!
I have four pairs of pants I have big plans for as well!!!
YAY NEW PANTS
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FATMOM48 4/16/2010 1:21PM

    I really enjoyed your blog! It's so true. We all fall into the all-or-nothing routine and it sabotages us. You are looking great!! Keep it up! You'll be back in those "hot" 13/14s before you know it.

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SBARR1313 4/14/2010 9:54PM

    I have always given in to quitting too. Stay strong -- we can do this! emoticon

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MOTIVATIONFOUND 4/14/2010 12:07AM

    That is so exciting fitting into those pants! Great job. You are doing an amazing job and your attitude is fantastic. Keep it up!!

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DEE_DEE11 4/13/2010 11:44PM

    This one is such an important concept. I give up on myself everytime I screw up based on perfect expectations that I set for myself which is essentially setting myself up for failure. I'm just starting to learn that moderation and acceptance that I will have bad and good days is key. thanks for posting! emoticon

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WREN67 4/13/2010 8:54PM

    Thank you - this was a big help for me to read today!!

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THEDIME 4/13/2010 4:48PM

    You go girl...those 11's are just around the corner! emoticon emoticon

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KAHOLLIDAY 4/13/2010 4:17PM

  so glad you aren't quitting!! Keep it up you look GREAT!!!!!! emoticon

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NOWEAPON 4/13/2010 2:49PM

    SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET. I FEEL YOUR SUCCESS!

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NAVYCHICK73 4/13/2010 8:07AM

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I am so proud of you!! That is SUPER!! I love being able to put on pants that were too tight but now fit JUST RIGHT!!
Keep up the hard work! You are such an inspiration to ALL of us!

Hugs
Marina

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SPARKANN 4/12/2010 11:29PM

    Wonderful! Wonderful! Such true words! Thank you for sharing--and congrats on your pants victory!!!

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SPARKANN 4/12/2010 11:26PM

    Wonderful! Wonderful! Such true words! Thank you for sharing--and congrats on your pants victory!!!

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ANNASPARKY 4/12/2010 11:26PM

    Isn't that just the best feeling when you fit in a smaller size!!!!

Congratulations!>
(You are so right, simple and consistent will get you where you want to be)

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EBAILEY128 4/12/2010 6:06PM

  GREAT POST!!! Congrats on your progress!! Keep it up!! emoticon

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TURNANEWLEAF 4/12/2010 2:58PM

    CONGRATS on fitting in those pants! That is so EXCITING!! Love your positive attitude and your blogs are always enjoyable. Keep up the good work! And props for remembering to keep it simple.

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FROGGERHKC 4/12/2010 12:47PM

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Way to go getting in those jeans girl!!! Keep up the great work (and great blogs- you have a great sense of humor)!


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K8NJKSMOM 4/12/2010 12:24PM

    Congrats on your accomplishment!!! I too measure my weightloss journey on my clothes! Last week - got a pair zipped up - and buttoned at the top. And was still able to breathe!!! Good luck! Thank you for sharing and inspiring us!!

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29ANDHOLDINGON 4/12/2010 11:44AM

    Simple is so sweet! I am the same way - as long as I am losing, I keep on going. The week that I don't lose - well I take a "break" and well we end up back where I started or worse. This time is different and I am willing to be patient, but also to fight harder for what I want. Life is too short to not make the best of it! Thanks for the blog!

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MAQUESTA 4/12/2010 10:38AM

    Congrats!

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FRIDA11 4/12/2010 9:58AM

    Yes - Achievable goals should make life happier and successful
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SALVARAD1 4/12/2010 7:41AM

    As always, thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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LUNADRAGON 4/12/2010 12:52AM

    Way to go super calorie counter fragilistic egg counter!
Your attitude is super contagious!

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JFDOHERTY 4/11/2010 5:37PM

    You are an inspiration! emoticon I remember telling my sister (she was Kelly Green O'Hara, sister to Scarlet O'Hara in my frog 5k photo -remember the Carol Burnett show take-off on "Gone With the Wind"? ) about how I succumbed to the wiles of a bag of Hershey's kisses. I bought them, along with a lot of other candy, to make an Easter Basket to send to my son who lives out of state. I kind of knew that the kisses would never make it into the basket, and over a five day period, they all made it into my stomach. She, like me and my son are all chocoholics. She laughed at the 'Hershey's Kisses diet' and told me she had tried that one before too. It helped to see the silliness in it and it put things back in focus. Just because I slipped, it wasn't the end of the world. Things were back in perspective, my goals were clearer and after watching my diet and nutrition closely and following the exercise suggestions, I even managed to lose a little weight despite my binge.

Oh Yeah, Tim (my son) did receive his Easter Basket and reveled in the chocolatey goodness.

Thanks for being so upbeat and positive! emoticon

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PRINCESSTTM 4/11/2010 3:28PM

    your outlook on life is precious!!!!

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ARTGIRLJENN 4/10/2010 9:49PM

    LOVE your blog...and your thinking!
I can SOOO relate to the all or nothing idea. I was there first time around on SP, but not this time.
THIS time I am being real and loving every minute of it!

Here's to size 11/12 for us both!!
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K10BETH 4/10/2010 9:08PM

    Being a Math teacher I'm always happy to hear anyone using their math skills! ...deviled egg math, chocolate bunny math, any kind of Math---seriously ...Great blog!
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TONIABLAKE 4/10/2010 9:05PM

    I love your light, cheerful attitude. I am a simple girl too. I just want to drive without my arms rubbing against my midsection tires.

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NADJAZZ 4/10/2010 8:21PM

    I love the attitude that goes with your new size! I can definitely see the swagger in your latest picture.
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And your Hello Kitty background is just so cuuuute!

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 4/10/2010 6:30PM

    lol lol lol 13/14? AWESOME!!!!!!!
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22PHAT 4/10/2010 5:44PM

    Congrats on your accomplishments! Moderation is the key. I'm glad you were able to enjoy your chocolates.

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HEALTHYJOANN 4/10/2010 5:31PM

    I love it! I have a pair of those pants but still can't get into them. I am hopeful tho! What exercise do you do?

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AUNTRANDOM 4/10/2010 3:53PM

    Thank you so much - you inspire me to believe that I, too, will get back into those favorite jeans. Even after a chocolate bunny massacre! LOL!

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KATHRYN1955 4/10/2010 3:04PM

    You are so right...I was able to enjoy pizza and donuts yesterday without breaking the budget (mind you, my fruits, veggies and fibre took a beating!). And it is back in the saddle today. I am not killing myself with exercise or starving myself either and the weight is still coming off. Hey, who knew it would be this easy?? Once one comes to grips with the all or nothing tendencies, things start falling into place. I am quite willing for this to take as long as necessary, because I know this is how I will be living now anyway, whether it be at 168 pounds or 135 pounds. This journey is about way more than just the weight....do I get credit for blogging on your blog??!!
Take care,
Kathy
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NONNATAMMY 4/10/2010 2:36PM

    That's the way to do it-reasonable goals. One step at a time and not give up. emoticon

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JURORI 4/10/2010 1:57PM

    Congrats, sounds like you're doing a great job. :) Keep up the wonderful work!

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JOYOUS111 4/10/2010 1:53PM

    love, love love this...that all or nothing attitude hurts many....baby steps will still get you across the room!

Love your humor. let's keep touch!

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RUSSELLORAMA 4/10/2010 1:34PM

    LOL that cracked me up! I can totally picture you trying those pants on. I am so amazed at your perseverance. You rock!

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GRANDMAJUDY6 4/10/2010 1:20PM

    I have a shirt that I am doing the same thing with. I will get into it by fall!

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APOKALYPSI 4/10/2010 12:46PM

  Congrats on the pants! I love how you say your butt was too lucious, you made me grin.

I do the same thing with a size 10 pair. funny how simple things like zipping up ones pants can make their day!



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LIZZYMITCH 4/10/2010 12:23PM

    i'm still amazed by how easy this is after giving up on being perfect. it's not instantaneous, but consistent progress? it's crazy! we're not stupid people. why wasn't it obvious? i'll never know, lol.
congratulations on the zipped pants! i know you'll be zipping up a pair of 11/12s in no time =)

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MADGM66 4/10/2010 10:41AM

    "deviled egg/chocolate bunny math"

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JUSTFOXXY 4/10/2010 10:38AM

    This is so much like me now. I am really trying to get past the perfectionistic tendencies. I don't know why I set my standards so high. I do this too myself. Ugh!!!

Thanks for the tips on patience because I also have issues with instant gratification. Aarrgh!

Where's my bunny chocolate!

Great blog!

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