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Finally! Bub Bye 190's!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Entering the 180's with a BANG!I got on and off the scale at least 8 times. I moved it all over the kitchen to different spots and its stayed at a steady 185.

OMG FINALLY!!

I've been burning OVER 3500 calories a week through exercise for the past three months, I use a Polar heart rate monitor so I'm getting a good reading. I've stayed within my calories and fat but could not seem to lose any more weight. I was stuck in the 190's.

I went down sizes in my clothes, I am looking smaller, my scale weight would just not budge!

Before SP this would have signaled the end to my efforts. I would just figure I was meant to be this size and just gave up. But after seeing the amazing results of other Sparkers I KNEW this thinking was wrong. So I looked at my diet.

I generally eat healthy, I eat a lot chicken, a LOT of veggie, I drink my water. We don't deep fry anything, I use Pam for most of my cooking, not a lot of butter or dressings, WHY was I not losing anymore?

I know my body was changing due to all the exercise I was doing now, which is walking 5 to 6 miles mostly 5 days a week with some jogging for a mile or two.

I knew my body was adjusting due to years of bad dieting. I usually lost weight by not eating. I now know that was bad bad bad.

The most healthy diet I did was Sugar Busters about seven years ago, where I dropped about 35 pounds, I was not even exercising!! So it was not healthy in that respect.

I could not continue with SB, it did not fit into my families life style and cooking two different meals was getting expensive and annoying.

So I looked back at that and the one thing I did different then was use Agave & Splenda in my coffee, tea and food. So last Friday I went back to Agave. Well I tried Stevia in the raw but I did not like it so I went back to Agave.

Apparently my body approved because I went from 190 to 185 between then and now.

I was beginning to think I ruined my metabolism with all the bad dieting and would have to go to the doctors to find out what was wrong.

I had two strokes in 1999, two years of prednisone and a couple Cytoxen treatments, then four years of Imuran. I was afraid that my body was seriously messed up from all that. But apparently it was the sugar holding me back. I am sure that all the other things, the years of bad dieting & lack of exercise was a major factor, my body had to "reset" itself but the missing piece to MY puzzle is sugar. I have to watch my sugar because it messes with my metabolism.

So, WOW. I am just so relived to know its not a medical thing!

I love this place! I am so glad I didn't give up! I'm so thankful for all the encouragement I get from my SP friends who post on my blogs "Like" my daily efforts to exercise & healthy things.

I am really grateful to the Sparkers who have reached their goal weight and have stayed on here and still write blogs & post. They have shown me that you CAN reach goal and there is life after that, you don't just float off into a happy place where everyone eats pizza and never exercises again! Their experiences show me you can actually reach your goal, and I feel like they are helping to prepare me to live after I reach MY goal. I never thought I would reach that goal, every diet I started I set my goal but deep down inside I never REALLY believed I could reach it. For the first time ever I KNOW I can.

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SOUTHERNSWEETS 1/26/2012 7:34PM

  Congrats all around! You have accomplished much!

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LISALALA1 1/23/2012 9:49PM

    emoticon your doing great soon you'll be celebrating the "170's"

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HDHAWK 1/23/2012 9:27AM

    Congratulations! Sometimes you have to bump your calories up a bit since you're exercising a lot. Remember to focus on your clothes too. You said they were getting smaller and that's what counts!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 1/23/2012 8:59AM

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INFLATED 1/21/2012 11:50PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss and your motivation.



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GERMANIRISHGIRL 1/21/2012 3:27PM

    Congrats on your awesome achievement!

LOL on floating off to happy place eating pizza never exercising...no way!

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ACECHURA 1/20/2012 1:49PM

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That is so AWESOME! Way to go!

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 1/20/2012 11:57AM

    You are so right!This journey is a lifestyle. Yes, I reached my goal weight in December. Then I redoubled my efforts, because it would have been to easy to think that now I can go back to junk food and lots of days off, or no exercise at all. And while I reached the goal weight I had set, it was not my secret, ultimate goal - which is to get ten pounds UNDER my best weight - so I can try to quit smoking without freaking out if a few pounds come back. That will happen ONLY when people are telling me I'm "too thin." (Is that even POSSIBLE? Probably not...)Anyway, when I wasn't looking (or weighing every single day) I lost another five pounds. Oooh!

I am a Sparker for as long as anyone wants to hear from me. I hope I can help motivate newbies, and long time sparkers who are ready to give in or give up. I pray that God grants me the insight to reach out to people when they need someone most - there were SO MANY wonderful SparkFriends here for me. I ALWAYS felt like people really cared. And, never before in my entire life, have I had anyone I could or would confide personal things to. I was everyone's go-to person - and so afraid they would think I had become weak and could no longer handle what THEY needed if I acknowledged needs of my own.So stress (ALL financial) and chronic UNDEREATING and working 18 hour days and lack of sleep (2-3 hours a night - for years!)and all of a sudden I was no longer the person even I could look at. My financial stress is in crisis mode - I charged healthy food to credit cards for 5 months and am almost totally maxed out on all of them. I pray that my prior diet of Ramen noodles (ONLY!!!) is not looming again. At least, this time, I'm working out and won't ever stop that again.

You will reach your goal - and beyond! And love, and embrace the new lifestyle that created the best you ever. God bless you.

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RHILL4455 1/20/2012 11:30AM

    Yay!!! Congrats on entering into the 180's with a solid number!! Keep up the hard work!!

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