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2013 Week 1 - Three Pounds Down!

Friday, January 04, 2013

Hey SparkBuddies!

Well, I'm going to call this a very successful week, given that I didn't start watching what I ate or exercising under New Year's Day. So it's a 3 day effort that let me drop 3 pounds... largely water I'm sure, but still nice. Oh, and in case you're wondering my scale at home is off (heavy) by .6 pounds, as determined by the weight test... I put my kettlebell and 2 dumbells on it that should weigh 31 pounds, and it weights 31.6. For that reason, I round my ticker down to the nearest whole number (sometimes that's in my favor, sometimes not - but it all evens out in the end, right?). Plus, whole numbers just make me happy - ha! Here we go, as promised:

I just realized that my feet are really puffy in the morning, and I need a pedicure. Guess I'd better hit 175 soon, since that's my reward. LOL! As you can see from the Omron, my BMI is still over 28. I need to get down to 159 pounds (I'm 5'7") to be below 25 and in the healthy range. I don't really trust that thing for being clinically accurate when it comes to body fat%, but it will give me a trend to watch. Once I hit my goal weight I will go to the bod pod again and get an accurate assessment to let me know if I still have more work to do on body composition. I'll tell you, the charts all say that body fat % of 31 or less is normal for women, but it's not a "cute" normal. Maybe more like a "today's typical" kind of normal. I'm aiming for 22-24% in the long run. I think I have too much chest to go below that, even at a healthy weight. We shall see! :) The bottom line this time around is that I refuse to get so hung up on the numbers that I stop enjoying life and obsess. All that does is cause binge behavior and weight regain, and since I really don't want to lose these 30 pounds AGAIN, I will be more mindful this time.

We leave for the cruise three weeks from today! I'm nervous and excited and worried to leave my kids all at the same time. We've done this before (a year ago, in fact), but it never gets any easier to leave my kids. I ordered a formal dress online today, because the one I have in my closet will not fit me by the time we sail... it just won't. I was sad and in denial over that, but now that I have a replacement 2 sizes larger ordered, I'm actually feeling more excited about the trip. I hate feeling down on myself, and not having a nice formal dress to wear would be really upsetting since it's so important to my Mom (they are going with us). The guys are even renting tuxes this year at my Mom's request. :) This may be the last trip they take with us, since my Mom's health and joints are deteriorating so badly. :( Hard to cruise if you can't walk, especially when you're too prideful to use a wheelchair or a walker. Sigh. I love my Mom, but I so wish she would make an effort to lose weight. It would really help her to get the load off her joints. Two years ago, she signed up on Spark for exactly one day and logged 2 meals (breakfast and lunch) before declaring that it "doesn't work for her." I'm sure you have all heard something similar from a friend or family member that isn't ready to change. Anyway, enough of that. I just hope she can enjoy our vacation even with her physical limitations.

Oh, and for Morticia - here is our beloved Chloe dressed up in her Mrs. Claus dress last year... RIP "Fat Dog."


Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    Chloe was soooooooooooo cute. You immediately want to pick her up and hug her.

I can understand about my mom. I wish my mom would have listened to me and she would live longer. She was no overweight but she took too many meds and would not force herself to be active. Sigh. I hope your mom will some around.

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JAZZID 1/6/2013 1:58AM

    Great Blog Alllison!... you are doing great!

Sorry to hear that you mom is not ready to make the change, hopefully your great example will help her make the decision to take better care of herself. She is lucky to have you as a daughter. I wish her luck,.

Keep up the good work and emoticon on the pounds lost emoticon ... I hope I will be saying that soon! emoticon

~ Dee emoticon

Comment edited on: 1/6/2013 2:00:22 AM

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KPETSCHE 1/6/2013 12:59AM

    Great job, Allison. I would love to lose 3lbs in one week! You rock!
PS love the doggie Mrs. Claus suit. Really cute!

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SEPPIESUSAN 1/5/2013 7:43PM

    Wow, we are right on track with each other..started the same day at the same weight and have lost about the same amount! Too bad you're an inch and a half taller than me, haha!

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ANDYINBC 1/5/2013 3:36PM

    You have done great this week, way to go! Keep up the great work and you will definitely reach your goals.

Have a great time on that cruise, sounds like it will be a memorable experience.

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WOUBBIE 1/5/2013 11:44AM

    BIrgit's right, the best thing we can do is to set a good example. In my family it's my sister who sets her back against the evidence because she doesn't want to give up her precious wheat. She was just telling me last night about her new arthritis symptoms and I had to bite my tongue to keep from lecturing her. *sigh*

Take your time and don't obsess over losing. It's a long life, plenty of opportunities for ups and downs. It's not about weight loss it's about weight control, right?

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MONAMOM 1/5/2013 9:07AM

    I can so relate to your frustration over gaining lost pounds back. In the last year and a half I have gained 60. Just cannot beleive I allowed myself to do it. But I am determined to get back to where I was and then lose the rest to reach my goal.

I lost my precious Mom in November and she had been so proud of my weight loss. She was 86 and a liflong smoker. No way would she quit!! Just enjoy every minute with your Mom.

Your "Ms Santa" is adorable.

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SEEHOLZ 1/5/2013 7:35AM

    Well, my Mom would not ever sign up---- at least not to actually loose weight, so yours is a step ahead....

Congrats on the lost pounds, but also for taking care of you and not allowing anything- not some number of a scale define how you feel!

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-POOKIE- 1/5/2013 4:32AM

    Here's to getting back to our new normal in the new year!

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HOUNDLOVER1 1/5/2013 1:20AM

    I hear you about wishing your Mom would change and get healthy. I am wishing the same for my parents. Maybe the best you can do is to set an example for her on the cruise. Maybe she'll see that you can still enjoy food a lot and that it is possible to take care of one's health even without recording all food.
She will see you a lot healthier and that may motivate her, too.
Best wishes in getting ready for your trip. emoticon

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