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Sunday, January 30, 2011

I'm so sorry it's been so long since I've written a blog on here. I write in my Open Diary a few times a week, but I usually save my blogs on Spark for more meaningful entries. So for those of you that have been asking about me, I'm doing pretty well (thanks for asking!)

Just before Christmas, I reached a low weight of 128--just 2 pounds from my goal! I should have known it wasn't going to last, because my mouth was still wired shut from my broken jaw. On Jan 4th, I got all the wires removed and with the exception of some pain in my joints (just under my ears), I'm feeling pretty good. I'm able to eat solid foods again and the week after Christmas I gained 8 pounds!! However, I've been working really hard not to get into old habits, and I've maintained my weight between 134 and 139 for the entire month of January. That's where my weight was in November, before I fell and broke my jaw. So even though my weight is up from Christmastime, I still feel like I'm doing really well with all things considered.

DIET: I did get re-addicted (for lack of a better word) to sugar--which I had forgotten how hard was to overcome! After 16 months of losing weight and eating a pretty balanced diet, I started eating too much sugar around the holidays and it is SO HARD to cut back on it. I think if I could kick the sugar habit, I'd get my weight down to goal pretty easily--but I'm having a hard time getting through the first 4 days of sugar withdrawl.

As I type this, I am on Day 3 of counting WW Points again... which I REALLY hate to do. I was doing really well through December with intuitive eating, but that is what led to the sugar cravings again, so I know now that I MUST count calories or points or something in order to stay on track. I chose to count points because WW's came out with their re-vamped program and I thought it might be fun to do something "new" and learn a new program (in other words, I might actually enjoy it! haha)

WEIGHT: I was 137 today, so I'm 11 pounds from goal. I *should* be happy about it (it's in the "normal" range for my height and my size 4's all still fit), but knowing that I was 128 before the wires came off is messing with my head and makes me feel like I should be in the 120's. However, my jeans were starting to feel tight and a little uncomfortable, so I made the decision to start counting points again. Hopefully I'll get the last 11 pounds off soon--if it becomes TOO hard and I am miserable doing it, I might revise my goal weight to be around 132 (where I feel good, my clothes feel good and it's easier to maintain). I chose 126 simply because it'd be half of my starting weight, which is a stupid reason to choose a goal, but when I started losing I had no idea I'd actually make it this far! So I'm giving it a month to see how I feel and then I might revise my goal.

EXERCISE: I've still been running consistently. The roads have been icy and I'm terrified of falling and hurting my jaw, so I've been doing my runs on the dreadmill. Normally I like to run for distance rather than speed, but I cannot endure more than 3 miles at a time on the treadmill, so I've been running 5k every other day and working on increasing speed. Today I set a new PR of 25:50! I was THRILLED to get under 26 minutes. Maybe by fall I'll get under 25 minutes.

OTHER STUFF: I'm thinking about getting a tummy tuck in May. I spoke with the insurance company about it and it sounds like they might cover it--and if they do, I definitely want to get it done! Cosmetically, my stomach looks terrible! But it causes me non-cosmetic problems as well (particularly when I run) and I would love to get it out of the way.

I wasn't going to say anything about this until I knew anything for sure, but I was contacted by the producer of The Rachael Ray Show to possibly appear on a segment about weight loss in an upcoming show. That was last week and I haven't heard anything since, so I'm guessing that nothing will come of it. It was still exciting to be recognized for my hard work, though :)
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  • MRS_GLAM44
    2300 days ago
  • CATHRINE2010
    So nice to hear from you. Don't worry about the weight gain you will take it off again. SLOWLY is the key here. There is no quick fix. Have found by sucking on dried fruit it will reduce the sugar cravings. I make my own and it is very low in calories. Cantaloupe is the best! Good luck on your running! emoticon
    2362 days ago
  • HUGS2015
    Good to see you back and that your jaw has healed! I hope that you make it to the Rachel Ray show! Fingers crossed for you!~Deanie
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    2373 days ago
    Here's good luck to you dear!
    2385 days ago
    You are doing so well!!! I highly recommend a tummy tuck I had one a year ago and love the results!!!
    2385 days ago
    You will get back there-your body is just responding to the trauma. It happens everytime I get sick- I gain for now reason at all, other than that. Sugar is the worst addiction. Once you start it is hard to stop. Hang in there! Glad your jaw is doing so well! Let us know if you do get to appear on RR-that is awesome just to be contacted- wow! emoticon
    2385 days ago
    so I am new here, and was just wondering...did you lose all that weight from doing weight watchers and exercising?
    2386 days ago
    I wouldn't worry about those few little pounds though I know how scary it can be that you will get out of control. Size 4 jeans? I wish, that is my goal again I miss those size 4's has been over 2 years since I saw mine. I too am a sugar addict and have been off it for one whole month. It is such a struggle to get off it but falling off the wagon and starting all over again can be a bit frustrating. I have been there many many times. Sugar will always be something I need to monitor very closely...........You keep up the good work you look great!
    2387 days ago
    Great post
    2387 days ago
    Glad that you are getting better each day! and dont worry about those last 11 lbs you will get them off in now time!! I look forward to your blogs and updates!! Hope you hear something back from Rachel Ray! that would be totally awesome!
    2389 days ago
    Thank you for being so open and honest in your blogs. I am seriously addicted to sugar! I've been pretty good about getting the exercise but my biggest struggle still remains with food, particularly sweets.
    I have kept up with your story and find you incredibly inspirational. I hope that something does pan out with the Rachael Ray show because you would be able to reach even more people.

    Stay positive and stay the course! You'll be back to 128 in no time. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2390 days ago
    Great effort, fingers crossed you may still get on Rachael Ray!
    2390 days ago
    stay positive!
    2390 days ago
    Katie it sounds like you are doing awesome . Please dont make yourself Crazy over that number on the scale. I know exactly how you feel . While tri training last summer I finally dropped the 5-9 extra pounds I had been trying to lose to meet my personal goal ( I was also a WW member at one time ). As soon as the training was over and the TRI was done,, right back to where I was. And even while training for a 1/2 Marathon,, I never took off that 5-9 pounds. I just figure my body is happy at this weight,, I maintain it pretty well through diet and exercise,, I also am in a size 4 Jeans,,, and you know what,, I am Happy with myself . I am gonna just keep plugging along I guess.. TRI Training starts again the end of March ,, this time I am training for a half Iron,, I am excited,, and scared . Good luck to you my friend,, let us know when that Rachelle segment is so we can tune in. Dont be shy about it,, that is Fabulous,, Congrats to you and good luck .


    2390 days ago
  • JAMIE601
    Just out of curiosity, how tall are you? I am around the same weight as you are right now (up from 127 lbs a few months ago.) We have pretty similar goal weights. Mine was 120 lbs but I am thinking about bumping it up to 125. I am 5' 2"
    2390 days ago
    I have never been real good about the intuitive eating thing. But I also dislike the weighing, measuring and counting points. But it is one or the other and i choose to use what helps me keep my weight where it belongs. WW always ends up winning out
    2390 days ago
    OMG!! I don't even like Rachel Ray but I'd have to record it that day just to see you!! :)

    Congrats girly! You totally rock!!! :) You are doing awesome!!
    2390 days ago
    i loved all your pics, i am going to steal some of your ideas. i will watch your blog over again i'm sure. thank you for sharing with me!!!
    2391 days ago
    We all cross so many challenges in life. It's what we do with those challenges that give us character. You have chosen to face those challenges and take them on. Again, we all have setbacks but we can choose to recognize them for what they are and then move on again! You have bravely chosen to move on and adjust! Good for you! Thank you for sharing your challenges so others can be encouraged. We are NOT on this planet alone in our pain, we can share so that others can see that fact! It is our job to make sure that we uplift and support each other in this life that was given to us! You are holding up on your quest through this life very well! Thanks :)
    2391 days ago
  • FABAT402009
    Not sure how I missed your last few blogs. So happy you are doing much better and I love how information and inspiring all of your blogs are. I wish you all the happiness in the world, you've come a long way and deserve every bit if it!
    2392 days ago
  • PIERCE65
    I think I will probably have to write down and keep track of all I eat from now until forever. It seems to be the only thing that really keeps me in check. Any time in the past that I have stopped writing down my food intake, I end up falling off the wagon and putting back on the weight. It may seem like we shouldn't have to do it, but if it keeps the weight off I think it is worth it.
    2392 days ago
  • G293537
    Everything you posted is something most of us have gone thru, up and down, lost alot and gained a few back. Its sounds like you have it back on track. Sugar, carbs, so addicting and the holidays are the worst so congrats on getting it back in line.

    Keep at it and good luck with the Rachel Ray show, hope it happens!
    2392 days ago
  • WVDEB717
    Stick with it ! You have worked so hard. I spent a lifetime going up and down , mostly up I wish I would have known that when you work hard to lose the weight you are never cured and it comes back on even easier. Keep up the good work!
    2392 days ago
  • EGRIER99
    Wow your doing amazing and especially to be open about your journey. I admire your dedication and you should be proud of who you are and what you have accomplished. emoticon
    2392 days ago
    You have worked so hard. Look forward to following your journal.
    2392 days ago
    Wow, I have been reading your blogs after being moved by the video blog. You have come so very far and its amazing all that you have been through. What an inspiring strong person you are.

    I wish you much luck on the RR show, just like others, I absolutely love that show. Keep us all posted on that.

    I also quite interested in your tummy tuck. I too have lost a lot of weight and have thought about a tummy tuck or body lift, but have been so afraid of insurance rejection that I haven't even gone in for a consult. I just figured they would brush me off, but I too have problems from extra skin and wonder if that would be enough to have insurance cover it. I too am a runner and would love to get some of this extra flesh off so I could run not only faster but more comfortably.

    Anyways, I really enjoyed your blogs!
    2392 days ago
    WOO HOO!! Rachel Ray! I love her--I watch it every Friday on my day off! Be sure to keep us posted if you get to be featured on her show. You could inspire that Christina, the teenager they are currently featuring on the show. She is trying to lose 70 lbs. by prom. I don't think she has lost much weight at all, and they have been working with her for months. It's frustrating, cause they give her the world, and here you and I are--having to do this on all our own, nobody giving us trainers or gym memberships or cooking pan sets like they did for Christina!
    2392 days ago
    Glad you are doing well.. checking out your daily diary right now :)
    2392 days ago
  • CAROLZ1967
    Try not to get discouraged. I lost 65 lbs. and after 6 months or so it slowly went up some. My low was 134 & I wanted to stay btwn 134-140 (as I weigh daily to stay on top of it). And slowly but surely that "5" lb flex went up to 10 & then 15! :-( I had to stop it and forced myself to log all i eat again & cut back on the little cheats I was doing. I'm now back w/in 5 lbs....139! So stick with it and you will get there. But you are smart to adjust goal a bit if 128 is too hard to get too & you know you look & feel great at 132! Be don't want to make yourself miserable over a few lbs that aren't important to your health!
    2392 days ago
    So glad to see you back on the Spark! Breaking off the pain meds when you did was a great decision. Loved the pics of your tongue. I was an ENT OR nurse for over 20 years, so can picture your wire removal very well. Not fun!! Glad things are getting back on track for you. If you feel comfortable at 133, I say go for it. emoticon
    2392 days ago
    You are amazing and have been through a lot! Don't let some struggles take away from all your great accomplishments!! Best wishes to you in your endeavors! I would love to hear about the tummy tuck. I would love to get one someday and also for my arms! Any tips for getting insurance coverage would be appreciated! Keep being your fabulous self! Blessings!
    2393 days ago
    So glad you are feeling better. Put the bat away and stop beating yourself up! You have been through a really rough road and you came through a hero. You WILL get back on track 110% in no time at all!
    2393 days ago
  • BUSYB72
    So good to hear that you are doing well. Super cool that you got a call from the Rachel Ray Show! Woohoo! Congrats on your 5k time. Thanks for keeping us posted - we have missed you around here!
    2393 days ago
    You're doing fabulously, especially after having been wired up!!
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    2393 days ago
  • VLEASE84
    that is awesome, even if they don't have you on the rachel ray show, you are doing amazing. You are such and inspiration! And I think it is so awesome that you can run under an 8 minute mile. That gives me something to work for. I have a long way to, but I don't like running, though I hope that I will learn to love it, but either way I want to run in some marathons. The boston and new york marathons, being my goals! And a triathlon. Thanks for being you!!
    2393 days ago
    Glad you're doing well! Even if nothing comes of it, it definitely is awesome to be recognized by the Rachel Ray show! Also, you look great! I understand wanting to be at half of your starting weight and why you chose that particular goal, and I also think it's great that you are secure enough to be able to say you might change that to make it more manageable! emoticon
    2393 days ago
    Great to see that you're doing better! C'mon warm weather! Those last 11 will fly off!!!!
    2393 days ago
    You're doing great. Everyone has setbacks once in a while and sugar is hard to stay away from.
    You have kicked the habit before and can do it. Get rid of the extra sugar and see where your weight feels comfortable. You want to give yourself a range. Like 30-35 pounds since women's weight fluctuates with hormones, etc...

    I consider you to be half the size you were. A few pounds doesn't matter so much in the big picture!!! Wow! Such a journey.

    I do hope you get the tummy tuck covered. It would be great for you; both aesthetically and practically. And good luck - I do hope you get a call back from the Rachel Ray show!!!!!

    2393 days ago
    Glad to see you back and doing better. emoticon
    2393 days ago
  • TERRY631
    So happy to hear that you're doing well and the running sounds fantastic! My neighbor's daughter is a segment coordinator for the Rachel Ray show, so how cool is it that they contacted you! Please let me know if you will be on the show :)
    2393 days ago
    You have been through such an ordeal. You are doing great. Take your time. You are closer to the end than the beginning of your weight goal and your lifestyle change is truly changed. You are doing awesome!!
    2393 days ago
  • KTMAE2006
    You should be exactly where you are right now. I am so glad that you are having a fairly smooth recovery! And, if you hit 128 once, you can do it again! don't be discouraged, you can do it!!!!
    2393 days ago
  • AWOOD1973
    So glad you are doing well! You are going to be fine! You will get the weight back off! I am so happy that you don't have to deal with the wires on your jaw anymore! That has to be a great feeling. Don't be so hard on yourself! You have come sooooo far in your journey, and will continue to do so! Hope that you are on the show, I watch that thing everyday, it's like my addiction! :) Keep doing what you are doing! emoticon
    2394 days ago
    That's so exciting about the tummy tuck and show! I think it should be covered by insurance, You worked so hard to get where your at you deserve it anyways!
    2394 days ago
    Exciting news about the tummy tuck AND Rachael Ray show. Keep going!
    2394 days ago
    glad you're doing well :) I hope you hear from the Rachael Ray show!!
    2394 days ago
    So happy to hear you are doing well. emoticon

    I hear you on the sugar addiction. I allowed myself to eat too much of it during Christmas and had to go through the whole process of weaning myself from it afterwards. While I am not usually totally sugar free, I feel much better when I get back to the point where it's pretty minimal.

    That is awesome to be recognized for your weight loss, even if you don't get on TV; but I sure hope you do! I catch the Rachel Ray shows during my 'lunch break workouts' most days, but I never get to watch the whole show because I have to get back to work.

    2394 days ago
  • LUCYLIN101
    We will be waiting and cheering you on whether you make it to RR or not. They will def be making a big mistake if they don't choose you though! Don't beat yourself, you are an awesome, incredible inspiration to so many!!
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    2394 days ago
    I have been thinking about you and wondering how you are doing after your painful jaw injury. So glad to hear that you are on the mend and getting back onto your program. I am in the same boat about not knowing what my goal weight should be, for now it is 125 lbs. I guess we will know by the way we feel and also about being able to maintain the goal weight without constantly obsessing about exercise. How exciting to get recognition from the Rachel Ray show. You should be on the show to tell your story of your amazing transition; you would be an inspiration to so many women. You have motivated and inspired me. emoticon emoticon
    2394 days ago
    I am so glad to hear you are doing well!!! I think about you often when I am here on Spark because your story is so inspirational! Thank you for keeping us all posted and keep up the great work with your running:)
    2394 days ago
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