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Half Way There!

Friday, June 03, 2011

I can't believe I am halfway to my goal. Actually about 8 pounds more than half way, but half way at any rate.

Right now I'm working on the last 13 to be under the 200 mark and reach another goal which is to beat diabetes (pre) and not have to take the pills. Plus by then, I should definitely know how to release the weight and keep on going to my 180 or 175 goal.

So many things in my life have changed. I rarely go to McDonalds because I have a strong enough mind to have termed it poison (it is for me) and I stay away from it and all the others of the same idea in food.

I wear smaller clothes than I did at 250 and if my scale was broken, I'd be using clothes as my guide and motivator because it is quite a strange feeling to realize that you can now wear smaller clothes and get rid of the "fat" ones. I recently was in a clothing store and I said to the clerk, what size do I go to after getting out of Plus? She looked at me like I had lost my mind, but I was having an anxiety attack and wondered how I was going to shop for clothes that were not in the Plus department. She took my hand and moved me down a couple of rows and pointed to the next size down. (Well, of course - but she was probably never 1 pound over weight in her life, how could she understand?) My problem was more than sizes, it was a mind set. I was thinking small or very narrowed. Like someone that thinks small company instead of big company. The point is, you limit yourself. In my case, I was limiting my loss, from Extra Economy Industrial Strength to normal. Will I ever wear petites, maybe if it counts as short legged, but not if it only means how big around you are. Do I care, no.

38 pounds down from the original weight that I started on Spark and I don't know how many more pounds I had lost before that because I rarely stood on a scale. But that doesn't matter, I'm 38 pounds less than I was at the start of my journey and that's what counts.

I had a friend ask me how I did it - lose weight. I told her about SparkPeople. She smiled and asked what kind of diet that was - she had never heard about it. I told her more about SparkPeople. She said she would check it out. I know she didn't because I know what she was hoping I would tell her. The magic formula for losing weight without having to work for it. There is no such thing.

Losing weight is something different for everyone. We must all find the formula that works for us. Mine is walking daily, doing three 10 minute breaks of quick aerobics every day, Strength training three times a week, plus eating healthy. Because of diabetes, I chose to stay within reaching distance of 30 carbs for the three main meals and 15 carbs for the four snacks I have everyday, which means I eat about every 2.5 hours a day. It keeps me from getting hungry and keeps the blood sugar levels nice and gently rolling.

When I look in the mirror, I see a thinner me and that makes me happy. Happy enough to keep walking down this road.

When I log onto SparkPeople I see friends there to encourage me and friends that I can encourage, too. Because we all need the encouragement. That is the most important thing about SparkPeople.

Thanks Spark Friends for all the help I've had and thanks for the future help. Thanks SparkPeople for being there everyday with a conduit for me and all my friends to get together in our cyber clubhouse and talk about the piles of junk we are going over, under, around, and through. We can help each other across the miles, mountains, oceans, and all the boundaries of this world and find something we can work on together that will benefit all mankind, or just ourselves.

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    Such a pretty picture of you! You are doing great! I was telling my chiropractor the other day (after he praised my weight loss) that it has been hard, but it is getting easier as time goes on. He said I bet it is really easy when you go and get smailler clothes! You betcha! I go through stores now, just sighing as I go through the misses section, where clothes are prettier and brighter colors- I am almost there! Keep up the good work! Never give up! We are all in this together!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2379 days ago
    Great job! I've had similar experiences with people when I share 'my secret'. They can't believe its just paying attention and moving all your parts. "But you've lost so much weight! What else are you doing?" Seriously, nobody wants to knuckle down and do the work, walk the walk and eat the eats... just making one good choice after another. It took me six months to lose 35 pounds and I consider that wonderful, but it certainly wasn't magic. I would never minimize the effort I've invested in this journey. When I'm asked about what the secret is, I tell them about SP - the wonderful supportive community and the plethora of tools and resources, motivational pieces and like-minded individuals. Most of them roll their eyes like they think I've gone around the bend. Oh well, maybe they aren't ready yet to hear what I'm offering... but maybe, just maybe, I'm planting a seed that will sprout when they are ready.

    I can't wait to shop in the regular size department!!!
    2379 days ago
    emoticon Keep up the good work, you are almost there emoticon
    2387 days ago
    I loved this Blog, Pat!! Well done on so much hard work! Yes, it's a journey... that's OK... we are here together so it doesn't seem as hard!
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    2387 days ago
    what a great accomplishment! You truly are inspirational. I wish you continued success...I can't wait to read your next blog that says you accomplished the diabetes battle!
    KEEP IT UP... emoticon emoticon
    2387 days ago
  • GINNJEN2000
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Rocking IT!
    2387 days ago
    YOU are doing the work! Way to go!
    2387 days ago
    Half way to goal is a huge milestone! Congrats! emoticon
    2387 days ago
    emoticon You are doing great!
    2387 days ago
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