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Today is the Actual Day! Reward Time!!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Four years ago, on March 21, 2009, I had my first free lifetime weigh in at Weight Watchers in many, many years. I then weighed 155 with a BMI of 25. Since then I have had 48 free lifetime monthly weigh ins, which means I've weighed in timely each month not more than two pounds over my goal weight.I've not had to pay once. I've also reduced my goal weight from 155 to 148 to 139 pounds. On March 20, 2010, I had my first WW weigh in ever under 130 pounds. I've fluctuated, but stayed under 135 since then. Almost all the time I have been 132 or less, which means I've maintained an 80 pound weight loss. I largely credit SparkPeople with helping me get to my current weight and BMI. Recently I've been weighing in dressed and after a small breakfast at around 129 pounds. My personal goal is to average 126 pounds (BMI 20.2) here at home and 129 at WW, dressed and lightly fed. Right now I am very, very close to doing that!!

Earlier I got a lot of congratulations from my At Goal & Maintaining Plus.... Team because I'd listed my goal weight anniversary date a little early.Ooops. I appreciate all the support! It isn't always easy, but it is definitely worth the effort.

I plan to reward myself. I had planned to take Gwen with me and go to the health food store and splurge on some things I don't usually buy. One thing I know I am going to get is steel cut oats. I eat oatmeal all the time, usually the old fashioned kind, but I've never tried the steel cut. Looking at the price has always stopped me from getting it, but I'm going to celebrate! Looks like it probably won't be today that I get to go, though. My hubby is in terrible pain from a shoulder injury. We're waiting on a call from the doctor's office. We share a car and he may need me to drive, so I'll put off my reward shopping and today's training run until we get him taken care of.

I also need a new wrist watch and I plan to get a better one than I would have had it not been for this celebration!! The watch will be another daily reminder that hard work and healthy eating pay off!!

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IAMWINNING 3/22/2013 5:43PM

    emoticon You've earned the rewards.

Hope your hubby is ok.

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PEGGYANNSCH 3/22/2013 11:33AM

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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/22/2013 9:56AM

    Congratulations! What an inspiration you are!
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We get our steel cut oats from the bulk section of our regular grocery store...the quality seems the same as the health store. Enjoy!

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MANDELOVICH 3/22/2013 9:47AM

    Big congrats to you on this huge anniversary and I hope your husband is OK!!!!

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GINGERSSPARK 3/22/2013 6:52AM

    Congrats Marsha. What a proud moment for you. The watch is a wonderful reward to remember this omens in time and all the future milestones you will reach.

Hope your Hubby feels better soon

Ginger

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COCK-ROBIN 3/21/2013 10:01PM

    You ARE amazing. And an inspiration to me.

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COCK-ROBIN 3/21/2013 10:01PM

    You ARE amazing. And an inspiration to me.

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_LINDA 3/21/2013 9:24PM

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So very well done!!
Sorry about your husband's injury :((
Enjoy your well deserved rewards!!
I like steel cut oats, nice and crunchy with a nutty flavor more robust then normal oats. I have them sometimes when at Mom's and she also makes muffins out of them for me :)

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WATERMELLEN 3/21/2013 8:52PM

    Hurray! You are amazing and what an accomplishment you've achieved! Rewards are a very good idea . . . I haven't tried steel cut oats yet either!! The new watch is a terrific reward too because every time you look at it you'll remember why you earned it!

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MIRAGE727 3/21/2013 7:44PM

    In the last two months, I started adding oatmeal to my breakfast menu. I would wear out egg white omelets. Now I can't get enough as the oatmeal fills me up, tastes great, and provides good fuel for the day. I am definitely going to go out and get some steel cut oats. Thanks for sharing, Marsha, and congratulations on your outstanding maintaining effort!
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FRAN0426 3/21/2013 7:40PM

    Congrays on such a milestone, you have worked consistantly to reach the goal. Sorry your DH is having a lot of pain, hope he has relief soon.

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/21/2013 7:34PM

    So sorry for your DH's injury. Hope the Dr. is able to help.

And so many heartfelt congrats on your maintenance of a healthy weight. It's not easy, as we keep saying, but it is OH, so worth it!

Finally, hope you like the steel cut oats after I've bragged on them and gushed over them for so long. LOL. I never knew they were any different until a friend from California (not a Spark friend, online friend from another community) 'splained it to me.

I discovered a recipe that I go back to, day after day, because I'm feeding just me: I put a cup and a half of skim milk in a sauce pan, bring it to scalding, add 1/4 cup of steel cut oats, turn the heat down to low, and let them simmer for about 45 minutes. Yes, I know it's long and slow... kind of like cooking rice (except uncovered)... stir every so often so they don't stick/burn to the pan. Add fruit and or spices and enjoy! Obviously, if you're feeding DH or the kids, you'll have to adjust portions. I truly love them cooked in milk, so creamy and nummy... I cook my rolled oats in milk, too.

Again, Happy Maintenance Anniversary, Marsha! Spark on.

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NATPLUMMER 3/21/2013 4:30PM

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GABY1948 3/21/2013 2:53PM

    What a wonderful milestone! SO glad for you. You are a TRUE inspiration. I just pray hubby starts feeling better...pain is never fun!
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HEALTHY4ME 3/21/2013 1:07PM

    LOL Hubby laughed at me the other day my treat was a red onion, I don't normally buy them cos they are big and he doesn' t like them, but with me eating a huge salad daily it will get used up. That and some other diff food, he just laughed.

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TRAVELGRRL 3/21/2013 12:49PM

    I have to tell you to prepare your steel cut oatmeal on the stove rather than the microwave! Can't tell you how many times mine "blew up" (what a mess) before I finally gave up on them and went back to regular. Hopefully your experience will be different!

Congrats, congrats, congrats on your marvelous accomplishment! It is a testament to hard work, focus, determination -- all the good things that you obviously have in abundance!

Hope DH is on the mend soon.

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-AMANDA79- 3/21/2013 12:17PM

    I think that rewards are an important part of the process. And congrats on your continued weight loss. Why settle for good when great is so much better!

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NEWSGIRL2177 3/21/2013 12:02PM

    Congrats on your milestone! Great rewards, too.
Hope your hubby feels better soon.

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JOYINKY 3/21/2013 10:56AM

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NEW-CAZ 3/21/2013 10:50AM

    emoticon Marsha. Sorry to hear DH is having problems, take care emoticon

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AQUAGIRL08 3/21/2013 10:08AM

    Congratulations! You have worked hard and deserve to celebrate. emoticon

Tell Gary that I have a wonderful orthopedist. I hope that he feels better soon.

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MSLZZY 3/21/2013 9:51AM

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Hope it all works out for you today. Sorry DH is having
problems. Take care!

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