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Progress is wonderful!

Monday, March 07, 2011

I had a comment recently on my overalls picture and when I went to see the comment I had to really look at that picture. I can still remember Ray coming out in those striped overalls and then he made me try them on. We thought I looked so hot in them! I wore them all day!!

You can see in the picture how happy we both are - but I looked at my face and I can see a tremendous difference.

I am 120 today and adjusting nicely to it!

I am not afraid to indulge myself and I get back on track within a few days generally so I feel pretty darn good about it.

During the weight-loss part of my program, a slip meant about 3000 calories for the day. Now a slip means about 2000 calories for the day. My binges now tend to be peanut butter via teaspoon or a handful of nuts instead of whatever I can cram into my mouth.

I am feeling comfortable in my new lifestyle, even with the occasional slips. I have been told by thin people that this is maintaining my weight.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SOPHIADARE 3/8/2011 8:01AM

    Three cheers for you, Linda!

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MSLZZY 3/7/2011 11:06PM


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RISSASPIECES 3/7/2011 10:13PM

    You rock!

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ANTEEKER 3/7/2011 8:54PM

    You in spire me to continue. I will not give up emoticon

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LOPEYP 3/7/2011 8:54PM

    You have the right attitude regarding living your life healthy and happy!

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LIBBYFITZ 3/7/2011 8:32PM


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KELLEEH 3/7/2011 8:03PM

    You are a great role model. I look forward to someday being in "maintenance."

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AJDOVER1 3/7/2011 7:42PM

    Now when I need a "thin person's" opinion, I'll come ask you!

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WEEZYB7881 3/7/2011 7:33PM

    thanks for keeping on, keeping on. it is so reassuring to have you here. and it's always delightful to read your blogs.

thanks for you

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    You sound so happy. That makes ME happy too! Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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CALIFORNIA-GAL 3/7/2011 3:52PM

    You've always been such an inspiration Linda. Many of us have that big fear of what to do when we get to, or close to, our goal weight. I'm learning the lesson that you've learned and now when I'm not 'perfect' I just pick up where I left off and keep going. It's making a huge difference in my life. I think the All or Nothing viewpoint I used for most of my life is finally fading away.

~ Candi

(P.S. Coming to Mississippi on May 1st. Right after my half-marathon in Nashville on April 30th!)

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/7/2011 3:24PM

    Youa re looking good!

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RUTHLATHE 3/7/2011 3:03PM

    Isn't it amazing? New knowledge and healthful habits. Would you have ever "thunk" it before you started? I was running today, and had to smile - in January I could not envision running for 5 minutes!!! Now I run 35 minutes several days a week, and that is just PART of the activities I participate in. Cardio, strength training, skating, hula hoops. And I have been able to ease up on my stringent diet A LITTLE.
And getting a little carried away with eating no longer involves days and days of stuffing myself with all kinds of food until I have a stomach ache. I actually decide to have a piece of chocolate, a slice of pie, or a glass of wine. And that's it.
So nice to have a kindred spirit to trade notes with!! Keep up all your good, HEALTHY work!

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MEADSBAY 3/7/2011 2:47PM

    This is me: emoticon
whenever I read about you! emoticon
You have been a source of encouragement and inspiration for me since day 1.

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MMNICKS 3/7/2011 2:25PM

    You look amazing, and look how many you inspire with your success. Thank You, you really encourage us all!!

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RIMAJO 3/7/2011 2:17PM

    You've done so well for yourself.. good on you Linda! emoticon

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MARTY19 3/7/2011 1:52PM

    You look fabulous and are truly an inspiration to everyone who knows you.

Love you,

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    I love both pictures you look so happy and isn't that what we should feel when we accomplish so much. Hope I reach that maintaining step one day...but it will be a while yet. Stay happy and enjoying life.

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COOLMAMA11 3/7/2011 11:39AM

    Such a big beautiful smile..the smile of achievement...Congrats my friend! You truly are an inspiration to us all!

Hugs Elaine emoticon

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JHADZHIA 3/7/2011 11:34AM

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You look great, and what you consider 'going over' is next to nothing -at least its HEALTHY choices -that is coming a long way! You are thinking like a thin person, and living it!!
Keep up the great work!!

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LUCYSRAIN 3/7/2011 11:34AM

    Your journey and attitude inspire me!


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NOVABLUE 3/7/2011 11:03AM

    Fantastic! You are an inspiration to many here.....we keep going cause we know it can be done because of you! Thanks for all you do here at SP!

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    GREAT blog!!! Yes, our lives have definitely changed! Healthy lifestyle changes are not diets, and they are so incredible! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEDONACAT 3/7/2011 10:26AM

    Looking good! emoticon emoticon

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STREAKFREAK 3/7/2011 9:46AM

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VALERIEMAHA 3/7/2011 9:30AM

    emoticon You're my model of SUCCESS!

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    Don't ever let anyone get you down. You have made a major life change and you look amazing! Keep working it!!!!

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LADYBUGG67 3/7/2011 9:09AM

    You look great! emoticon emoticon

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    Keep up your GREAT work, you truly are an inSPiration!

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NEW-CAZ 3/7/2011 8:57AM

    You are one AMAZING lady!Such an inspiration, so glad you now feel comfortable in your skin and new lifestyle emoticon emoticon

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DAYHIKER 3/7/2011 8:47AM

    It's so wonderful that you have slipped into the new lifestyle and are comfortable there! You glow with good health and are a great inspiration to keep up the good fight until the end! emoticon

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WJGRIFFIN 3/7/2011 8:46AM

  Great job, you seem to have figured it out for yourself. During the holidays I gained back about 5 or 6 pounds and since can't seem to shead them. I have increased my workouts and watch what I eat. I feel great actually look thinner but it is killing me that I can't lose those pounds. Any advice.

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MIZCATHI 3/7/2011 8:41AM

    I am so happy I found you yesterday while reading blogs! You are such an inspiration, and I plan on putting the work in to be at goal within the year. I am not worried about maintaining so much because I believe that I finally have what it takes to keep this weight off!

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