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"Normal” HEALTHY BMI…in 299 days & some NSVs too

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Wednesday, October 26, 2011

"Normal” HEALTHY BMI…in 299 days & some NSVs too

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I DID IT! In 299 days I DID IT! I weigh 136 lbs. and now have a “NORMAL” HEALTHY BMI of 24.9

When I started my Spark journey on Jan 1, 2011, I weighed 190.1 with a BMI of 34.8, right in the middle of the obese category. I didn't even know my number then. I knew I was fat, I just didn't know how bad it was, numerically speaking, I mean.

I am now down to the “normal” healthy category. Why do some people call it "normal"? I prefer “healthy”.

I have never liked the word "normal".
Maybe because I have been called abnormal.
I don't think I am abnormal, just anti-normal.
Normal is highly over-rated!
I take pride in being strange and unusual! emoticon

I weighed 120-125 all through high school and got up to a high of 135 in college...still in the healthy range...though, at the time I thought I was as big as a barn.

I weighed 115 when I got married 14 years natural weight at that time was 120-129...I lost extra weight for the wedding pictures...mistake…my DH even said at the time, that I was too thin.

I weighed 125 when I got pregnant with my first child...
gained 50 lbs...mistake...
lost 45 lbs.

3 years later...
weighed 130 when I got pregnant with my second child...
gained 60 lbs...mistake...
lost 60 lbs.

gained all 60 lbs. back when my brother-in-law(like the brother I never had) died, I mourned and grieved his death medicating my sad self with food for years.

It's worth repeating, to maybe help someone in some small way...I used food as part of my grieving process...
learn from my NOT do that!

So here I am today, back in the healthy BMI range. My body is not the same shape as it was 14 years ago. When I had my huge baby boy, my hips opened up like the Grand Canyon, and did not go back to the previous position like they did after the birth of my DD.

Wouldn't you just know it, this is all a man's fault. emoticon

I not sure if it is age or mommy gravity working here. The weight just seems to be in different places than it used to be. I need to work on tone in the upper body. If I could take the extra mommy belly skin and make it into some sort of Joey pouch that would be great! You know, when you need a third hand for something...just use your Joey pouch. emoticon
Could make it a fashion statement too, maybe some tattoos or piercings. Why not? Hey ,could I get Spark points for that?

Will I just wake up one day and say "this is it"? "This is my goal weight"? I am not sure where my natural body weight will be now.

I feel like I have already won the war, so to speak. So do I say "done"? My life habits have changed permanently. Thanks Sparkpeople! I do not fear the last quarter of the year, as in the past. I am confident I have what it takes to successfully get through:

Halloween parties...

dysfunctional family functions...

trick or treat...


dysfunctional family functions...

holiday baking...

my birthday...not sure which one...

dysfunctional family functions...



did I mention...dysfunctional family functions...

Almost forgot about the NSVs...

My latest NSVs:

Two of my co-workers have said that I need to STOP losing weight. emoticon

My son called me skinny the other day. He is only 10...but still. emoticon

I can wear a SMALL now. I did miss out on some great medium fall pants that I had. Oh well, not complaining. My pants are size SMALL, 8s and 10s. I can even wear some EXTRA SMALL tops. emoticon

And a negative NSV if there is such a thing...

The operations manager at work ran a stop sign in his company truck, totaling it. It was delivered to our shop on a flatbed. It was a mangled mess. He was lucky to walk away with only 5 broken ribs. We had to get company property and his personal belongings out of the truck, so the insurance company could take it. It was a full size club cab pick up. But there wasn't much room to get in the cab. The cab had been reduced to about half the original size. None of the guys could squeeze into it. So one of the them said, "Hey Trish, I bet you can get in there." I could fit! So lucky me had to clean out all of the crap. At that moment, I thought, for a brief second, that I wouldn't have to do this crap if I wouldn't have lost all of that weight! NO! It was so worth it! Bring on the crap!

And I would like to thank you for the support and encouragement along the way...Sparkpeople...
my Spark friends
my Clover team &
my Onyx Outlaws team...
I really appreciate it!
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Spark on!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
AGAPEJOY 12/2/2011 2:24PM

    emoticon You did it!! I guess all that exercising counts for something. Keep up the good work. All the best to you!

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EJOY-EVELYN 11/27/2011 10:14PM

    Congratulations! -- You won the war! The rebel in you should know there's another war around the corner that will pull at your shirt tails and you'll need to be strong. People of envy will sabotage your efforts to continue your losses towards a mid-range BMI . . . stop when you know you're ready to stop. Stay strong, stay focused, and continue to practice healthy living habits, like those modeled in the 5% challenges, and you'll be fine! The warrior in you will serve you well! My best to you as your rock another great challenge.

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CAROLJ35 11/27/2011 9:38PM

    You are such a good writer! I giggled the whole way through.
Hope you stay on Spark because you are such an inspiration for the rest of us. We are all so proud of you and your accomplishments!!!

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LUCKYSWIMGIRL11 11/5/2011 8:30AM

    Congratulations!!!! What an amazing accomplishment! You have so much to be proud of and you are such an inspiration. Again, congrats!!! And like you said, your changes are part of your life now, so no going back. Well done!

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KIPPER15 11/2/2011 9:42PM

    Wow! Great job and good advice. I have a fridge magnet that says normal is just a setting on the washing machine. emoticon emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/31/2011 9:05PM

    You go girl!!


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    emoticon ! Thank you for posting your success story! I couldn't help but laugh over the mommy weight dispersion and the Joey pouch...I could totally make one of my own with my C-section belly that just won't go away! LOL!! I love being on the Clovers with always provide a spark when I need it the most :) emoticon

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THEIS58 10/31/2011 7:50AM

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 10/31/2011 12:35AM

    Great blog. Funny to read that losing weight and getting small sometimes doesn't work out to your advantage. But it still had to feel good to be able to do that!

I know what you mean about goal weight. I had a goal in sight, and hit that (160) on April 15. I just kept doing what I had been doing and slowly but surely I'm still losing weight. As of this morning, I weigh 139.2. When is it enough? To me 160 was fine. I"m loving being in the 130's. BUT....I'm so afraid to try to be normal. I'm afraid as soon as I do, I will lose control and GAIN!

It's a fine line we're walking. You never had an enormous weight problem like me, although I know your problem was just as real. But it's hard to know how to be normal now in everything, now that we have normal BMI's. I'm afraid that for me, normal is THIS lifestyle. This constant vigilance, counting every calorie of everything I put in my mouth and denying myself much of what I'd really like to eat. I guess that's okay though, because with this weight loss I have GAINED so much!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 10/30/2011 3:03PM

    Fantastic... I am so happy for you.. and a teeny wee bit envious... I can't wait until I am posting a similar blog!

You have become another motivator for me to keep moving my fluffy butt!

Way to do the work and get the reward!

~Irish (aka The Incredible Shrinking Mom)

"plan to work and work your plan"

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 10/30/2011 1:28PM

    I love the anti normal!! I remember telling my mom that normal was boring emoticon

Way to go on being in a small!

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Have you posted any pictures?

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REDROSEMARIE 10/30/2011 1:27PM

    Wow, what a feeling that must be! Congratulations! emoticon

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KITTEN0908 10/30/2011 11:05AM

    Awesome! Congratulations!

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VAWHITE 10/30/2011 8:28AM

    Wow! With all the ups and downs and those notorious ...dysfunctional family functions...(I feel your pain!), you still did it. You are an inspiration to me. I don't have as much weight as you did to get to a healthy BMI, but it's taking me forever. I need to make a concerted effort to change some lifestyle habits that are holding me back.

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46SHADOW 10/30/2011 8:26AM

    Way to go! inspirational!

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DAS92687 10/30/2011 7:48AM

    Fantastic !! I love all of it emoticon

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LOPEYP 10/30/2011 5:45AM

    emoticon Congrats!

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SNUZSUZ 10/29/2011 6:36PM

    Congratulations! What a good feeling that would be!

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WALLAHALLA 10/29/2011 2:51PM

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Glad to celebrate with you!

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KELLEEH 10/28/2011 2:19PM

    Wow! I am SO HAPPY for you! Congratulations! I love your NSVs, too!

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MOSTMOM1 10/28/2011 6:35AM

    Anti-normal, I LOVE it! Trish, you are AMAZING! Healthy BMI? What?? Amazing! Bring on the crazy crap, you totally have it covered. Go You!
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GUITARMAMA80 10/27/2011 10:50PM

    Woohoo! emoticon

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CAPECODLIGHT 10/27/2011 8:47PM

    Absolutely wonderful! Congratulations!

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BABYSTEPS84 10/27/2011 5:22PM

    PROUD of you!!!

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IGSBETH 10/27/2011 12:48PM

    Way to go!

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SPARKARINO 10/27/2011 10:49AM

    Wow that is fantastic -- that's an accomplishment! Hope you enjoy all the upcoming holidays and congrats for figuring out how to handle dysfunctional family events -- I am still working on that!

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MISSY455 10/27/2011 12:25AM

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You are doing so well! I reached my original weight loss goal of 50 pounds, and then adjusted it after that. I realized it wasn't enough, and agree about the body not being what it was pre-children, or 30 years of indulging and dieting. I don't expect to get the old body back, but I want to feel comfortable in my own skin. I think I will know (or hope I will know) the weight when I get too it. You will too!

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RUARUGBYNUT2 10/26/2011 9:06PM

Fab blog you must be thrilled to lose 4stone 4lbs in just over 8months thats fantastic no wonder your a Sparkmotivator. And you know out of the mouth of babes and all that SKINNY have to change your identity to SkinnyGermanIrishGirl!. There,s no way your gona fall of the wagon and pile the pounds on & dont you just love it to be told to stop losing weight you know its worked when your collegues tell you cos they aint family!.
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APIRLRAIN888 10/26/2011 8:53PM

    Awesome congrats!!!!!

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COMPUCATHY 10/26/2011 8:49PM

    That is so awesome! I am so happy for you! It's great to hear from someone who has made it to the "promised land" of a healthy BMI...that's where we are all headed...come on's over here...she found it! Congratulations! Keep up the good work! Spark on! emoticon

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-CHERYL 10/26/2011 6:30PM

    This is an awesome blog post!! I know too much about the dysfunctional family thing too.

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MINDA31807 10/26/2011 6:23PM

    WTG! The holiday season can be rough, you can do it though.

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DOTTIEJANE1 10/26/2011 5:27PM

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MELLIL 10/26/2011 5:10PM

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Goooooooooooooooo YOU! That is totally emoticon !!!
You have really stuck to your guns and you got the job DONE!
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JENNIFER_67 10/26/2011 4:28PM

    emoticon That is great. So proud of you!!

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TEXASFILLY 10/26/2011 1:14PM

    emoticon emoticon and a big emoticon on your emoticon success, sister! *hugs* YOU DID IT! I'm so proud of you I could emoticon (jump for joy)! *hugs* Celebrate well, dear Trish! You've earned it! emoticon BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THETURTLEBEAR 10/26/2011 11:18AM

    Congrats to you! I laughed when I read the part about the Joey pouch and how the weight moves. You ain't kidding sister! I put on a belt that I hadn't worn in 20 years, when I was last at this weight. And although it fit, it was waaaaay further out on the notches than it was 20 years ago. Now the last place to go is my muffin top...but I'm not at "healthy" (aka normal) BMI yet, so there's hope!!

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 10/26/2011 9:28AM

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love your story! and your negative NSV made me giggle :)
I also hear you about things not being in the same places - I am now what I weighed in high school (or less) but things aren't where I left them!

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CHALLENGER15 10/26/2011 9:22AM

    emoticon for both the inspirational and funny blog this morning. I always like inspirational/motivational and I was in horrendous need of funny today so thank you, thank you, thank you, SMALL Clover! emoticon

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FITNESSMONSTER8 10/26/2011 9:21AM

    Congratulations!!!! emoticon

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LOSEITFORLIFE83 10/26/2011 9:13AM

    emoticon I'm working towards getting in the 'Normal' BMI range also. Let's see how long it takes to get there.

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FINALLYBEINGME 10/26/2011 9:11AM

    Woohoo! Congratulations on reaching a *huge* milestone! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMTONOAH 10/26/2011 9:06AM

    Congratulations on reaching a healthy BMI! What an incredible milestone. I love your funny blogs emoticon emoticon

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ELIZINJAPAN 10/26/2011 9:02AM

    Congratulations!!!!! Nice job! It feels SO good to break into that "healthy" category, doesn't it??

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