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Crunching Numbers, Upside Down

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Friday, January 18, 2013

I'm not much of a numbers cruncher; I tend to measure most of my progress in non-scale victories. But occasionally, I take a look at the numbers. For someone who lives in WonkaLand most of the time, it can be a firm reality check. But you know what? As black and white as those numbers are, sometimes I still need to interpret them from different angles, even upside down. It helps me keep things in a healthy perspective, and there's value to that. That's what I did on my walk this morning, so I thought I'd share it with you, in case it was relevant to anyone else. "Once more, unto the breach, dear friends!"

Shakespeare makes everything classy

Side note: several people have asked how I'm able to film myself while walking and doing stuff. Well, I used to just hold out my camera or phone at arm's length and hope for the best. But I got an iStabilizer monopod for Christmas, so that's what I've been using lately. It holds my phone or GoPro, has a telescoping handle and is really well-balanced. I'm still getting the hang of it. It's still pretty shaky, there's still an element of "hope for the best," but it's a pretty handy gadget to have. Now you know. Mystery solved.

I can even slip it onto a belt loop. Batman would use this monopod. Batpod!

Bonus side note: Speaking of gadgets and gear, I have to tell you about a recent temptation I had. Some of you know that I edit video for a living. From time to time, I use plugins, which are little effects or tools that supplement editing software. One of my suppliers came out with a new one, called Skin Smoother. It's basically photoshop for video. You can take out the wrinkles, age spots, blemishes; you know the drill. Initially, I thought, "Hmm, some of my clients might appreciate that." Then I thought about how easy it'd be to use that in my own vlogs here. I have quite a few laugh lines (one of the hazards of living in WonkaLand) and new age spots seem to pop up every few months. Did I mention, I film in HD? So yeah, everything pretty much shows. And I'm often outside, under harsh light, wearing workout clothes and minimal makeup, if any. Not exactly supermodel conditions. This plugin was tempting. Then, I shook myself awake and realized what a crazy idea that was. Please. The point of my vlog is sharing my journey--my real-life, middle-aged, suburban housewife, work-from-home mom journey. That one. So, as tempting as it was, I said "no" to the plugin. My clients will just have to be real too. Lol. Spark on, brave Sparkers!

PS: (slightly different than a side note) Did you notice my hair being kinda blue in this video? That's because it is, or was. I made Steampunk Goggles last night and got blue paint in my hair. Hey, these things happen. Anyway, it washed out, just in time for me to get a haircut and fresh, purple highlights this afternoon. WonkaLand, heh heh, it's a great place to live.

I do NOT wear Steampunk Goggles on my walks.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:

    That monopod (or momopod, if you will :o) ) will fit so well next to a magical Wonder Woman lasso!

Good for you for standing up for your OWN beauty! (And also for helping your clients to stand up for theirs. :) )

Cool goggles! I went to a "Thrifty Steampunk" panel yesterday, and am dying to get back to the second-hand stores for some outfit fun.

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DIANNEMT 1/19/2013 6:23PM


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CICELY360 1/19/2013 6:07PM

  good blog

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SLIMLEAF 1/19/2013 6:01PM

    Hey, Shelli! You lost 13lb last year! LOST! That's great!

I GAINED that, maybe more. :-(

So don't put yourself down for having lost 'only' 13lb - you're doing really well!

And today? Today I stuck to my calorie goal. I know, one day is nothing - it will take many Months of sticking to my calorie goal before I lose my excess weight, but at least today was a start.

Thanks for sharing your blog with us - you brightened my day. emoticon

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PENOWOK 1/19/2013 4:10PM

    Great perspective!! I love how you think...I have done something similar, that is not lost a ton this year but am happy to be overall nicely ahead of the game, so who cares what the actual number is. It's the overall difference that makes the difference!! (goodbye, snow deer-what's your newest creation??)

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PATRICIAANN46 1/19/2013 3:23PM

  If you are an example of what the people are like in Wonkaland, then I want to come there and live.
emoticon for another uplifting blog.

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BLUE42DOWN 1/19/2013 2:24PM

    Excellent perspective.

Loved the little look at the melted snow deer's remains at the end!

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VONBLACKBIRD 1/19/2013 1:00PM

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MARYBETH4884 1/19/2013 12:49PM

    You are absolutely correct!! Holding off those lost pound while inching forward will indeed lead to victory! Something we all need to keep in mind,when you do reach your goal you will be an expert on maintenance. emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 1/19/2013 11:31AM

  You crack me up, in a good way : )))

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TRISTAROSE 1/19/2013 10:53AM

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GOOSIEMOON 1/19/2013 10:52AM


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SMILEY3826 1/19/2013 10:52AM

    i agree! that is fantastic! have a great day!

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READYBETTY 1/19/2013 10:30AM

    I LOVE your blog!! You have the right attitude and have really encouraged me! Thanks so much!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 1/19/2013 10:25AM

    Haha thanks!

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POUNDSAWAY13 1/19/2013 10:05AM

    What a great perspective!!! Thanks for sharing and the advice. I am sure it will be helpful to me. Way to go!!! emoticon emoticon

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WALLINMW 1/19/2013 9:59AM

  thanks for sharing!

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FLORNH 1/19/2013 9:53AM

    As usual, an awesome post! I was feeling a bit bummed about gaining a few pounds in the last two weeks-- life got crazy with a good friend's daughter in crisis with anorexia and then a sinus infection for me. I KNOW my weight will fluctuate, but this is the first gain after a good losing streak, so your encouragement to put it all in perspective helped. I still fee SO MUCH BETTER than I did 6-7 months ago and I know those extra pounds are in trouble in term of my long term goals.
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DW33412 1/19/2013 9:49AM


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TEDIEBEAR1 1/19/2013 9:30AM

    The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves. Shakespeare never goes out of style and your vlog is awesome as always. Your hair didn't look blue to me :o)

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KARRENLYNN 1/19/2013 9:13AM

    I love your ability to laugh and poke fun at yourself! It's a great trait to have. Thanks for sharing a smile and sometimes a laugh out loud moment with me.

Have a great weekend in Wonkaland!

Karen emoticon

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JIBBIE49 1/19/2013 9:04AM

    Once again you're in the Spark Mail. What a Star.

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MOMMY445 1/19/2013 8:22AM

    loved this blog! have an awesome day!

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DOROTHYBERO 1/19/2013 7:48AM

    Love your blogs and your sense of humor!

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SANDYCRANE 1/19/2013 6:58AM

    Great blog.

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REGILIEH 1/19/2013 6:52AM

    YOU are so delightful!!!! emoticon emoticon

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LEXIE63 1/19/2013 6:08AM

    Constantly reminding myself that I already lost two stone (28lb), so not to worry if the loss slows down or stalls. Still a lot better off than I was two years or more ago. :-)
Thanks for reminding me of that.
Lex xxx

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STEPH-KNEE 1/19/2013 5:56AM

    I LOVE the way you said that! That is how I'm feeling about my plateau central over here! I have been hovering around 212-214 since Halloween, and was not the least bit amused. But the highest I got was 217 and I'm back down to about 214 and I'm pushing forward, but when you say it like that I have kept off about 58 pounds and prevented from gaining any of them back during those holidays. Thank you so much for the perspective and congrats on losing the 13 pounds and keeping those 34 at bay, outstanding! emoticon emoticon

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MSBEKANATOR 1/19/2013 5:03AM

    What a great way to think! Love it, and need it. Absolutely LOVE the goggles! You are so creative!

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CALLIDUS 1/19/2013 2:29AM

    Thank you for that reminder. Got a little teary eyed because it's so true and I'm sure it hit home for many others as it did for me. I needed that boost - got to stop being distracted by the numbers and start turning my thoughts upside down! Love it!

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GOSPARK45 1/19/2013 12:27AM

    You're doing great. Remember, the less we weigh, the harder it will be to lose. That's why SP says to lose 5% (or is it 10%) at a time. Because as we lose weight, it becomes harder. Just a fact.
But my biggest difference "this time around" is that I am only making changes I can live with forever. Nothing is off limits. I'm not eating weird food. I'm making healthy choices more than just for weight loss. So what if it's slow as long as it's permanent.
I'm always happy even if the scale stays the same. At least I haven't gone the wrong way. And I'll get there eventually.
Keep sparking!
Poor little snow deer.

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MISSY455 1/19/2013 12:19AM

    Shelli your 13 pound loss is soooo much better than my several pound gain in 2012. You are doing awesome and your attitude is even more so! Wonder Woman status is within reach!
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_JODI404 1/19/2013 12:06AM

    You definitely have the right perspective on number crunching, and I truly admire your positive attitude.

When the calendar turns to a new year, you do not lose all of your accomplishments from the prior year. You have lost *47* pounds!! That is *AWESOME*!!!!!!!! Go lift a 45lb dumbbell and tell me that is not victorious! I think it is.

Slow and steady wins the race.(even though it is NOT a race) ;) You absolutely WILL get to Wonder Woman goal weight... but you are doing it in a healthy way, with good choices that are sustainable which will bring you great success in maintenance mode. Sometimes those last pounds can be a little more stubborn, so your patience will really pay off. You know it will happen, and that is key too -- believe in yourself!

I also agree that your NSV's are equally important. 2012 = 366 days of your current exercise streak!! Today you are out walking in 20* weather. Those are BIG woo~hooos.

Love your hat, your purple hair, your steampunk goggles, and of course YOU!
You are inspiration to me, and more people than you can probably imagine!

Keep Sparking ~ you've totally got this!!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/19/2013 12:05AM

    that's great!

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SJKENT1 1/18/2013 11:40PM

    Shelli, you looked so cute and healthy with pink cheeks. I love the way you think. WonkaLand sounds like a fun address

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CM_GARDNER78 1/18/2013 11:10PM

    First of all, SNOWANGELDIVA's "running commentary"...HILARIOUS! It was worth coming here to read that! LOL

You are so funny...I think that I can count laughing at your vlogs as ab work, right? RIGHT?! You have awesome perspective - and this is a great way to look at weight loss...especially crunching numbers! :-) (((HUGS)))

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TREYONE 1/18/2013 10:41PM

  You have such a great perspective - it is so inspiring and thought provoking!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNOWANGELDIVA 1/18/2013 10:30PM

    running commmentary...
:04 GRASS?!! I'm quaranteened to my igloo with the blizzard of the century and you're out and about with GRASS????!!!
Ivan's sister...I thought you looked Canadian, eh.
:42 Sweet sneaks, sistah!
1:00 really cold. lol.
1:42 You have one of the sweetest voices...I have no idea what you're talking about though. I'm gonna hafta rewind (rewind...who does that? I'm old)
3:34 You are so very awesome.
4:15 Slow and steady win the race.You're controlling each pound's destination and are leaving no stone of growth unturned. You've got this!
...I'm jealous of the demise of the deer...

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DANAPRIME 1/18/2013 10:26PM

    You are SOO cool!!! and CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

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LAHUDSONCHEF 1/18/2013 10:21PM

    I've never been more aware of the difficulties of maintenance (keeping all those pounds off my back!) until I made it half way to my goal. Losing became harder (it was quick initially), and I could see how my lifestyle changes need to "stick" if I'm gonna stick maintaining. So, slow is making me happy now...less chance of those sneaky pounds coming back to haunt me as I learn how to LIVE smaller.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 1/18/2013 10:19PM

    I am all for mussin' with skin smoothing stuff. If we ever get to play together and you hold the power to make me look like a super model, I exect some serious intervention.
I love wonkaland and I know that Johnny Depp is not as young as he looks, but, I'll still play with him.
Gonna watch your vid now. CUz, I can't multitask,um, ever. that Batbat.

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DESERTJULZ 1/18/2013 10:17PM

    Great perspective! This professional number cruncher likes your viewpoint!

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KIPPER15 1/18/2013 9:17PM

    emoticon I love the way you look at things!!!

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CARRIEANNE1027 1/18/2013 9:14PM

    I love your perspective.. It's definitely food for thought, and something that I needed to hear :) You truly are an inspiration!

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DJSHIP46 1/18/2013 8:51PM

    Upside down is good... not gaining is good. Always love your vlogs. Thanks for sharing!!!

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PEGGYO 1/18/2013 8:51PM

    way to go!

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