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August half over already

Sunday, August 18, 2013

A few things to share. I stopped at a second hand store today to buy a few sheets for my friend in Alaska; she has a massage business, and uses the sheets to cover her massage table, There was a big display of jeans on sale, & I had to look. Surprise - found a pair size 18 that fit. Other size 18s did not fit - way too small; but these did! How many (many!) years since I bought pants this small???
Co-workers have been giving me second glances, noticing that I look different, and complementing me. One, who lost a lot of weight 5 or 6 years ago on a liquid diet and who has gained it all back and more, asked me what I'm doing, and so of course I told her all about Sparkpeople. It's hard for her to work up emotional energy to try again, but she says on the last Monday in August she's going to start working on losing weight. We're going to provide each other with mutual support. I'm really happy about that. There are a few folks at my workplace who are carrying a lot of extra weight - it would be wonderful to see them get Sparked!
I am way over my August goal of 6 hours per week working out, and I'm using heavier weights for strength training. I'm up to 15 lb dumbells for some exercises - soon will need heavier.
A very interesting thing - MORE PROTEIN! If my calories break down to 30 - 35% protein, 15 - 20% fat, and 50% carbs (fruit, veggies, beans, & a little grain) I feel Much Better. Stronger, less inclined to snack or binge, more satisfied; and steadier weight loss. I'm eating an awful lot of chicken breasts, waterpack sardines & tuna, and other fish. I eat a lot - before Sparkpeople I was eating maybe 1100 calories most days, then a 2500 calorie day once a week, and gaining weight on that; it seems strange to eat 1600 or more calories a day every day and lose weight. Of course I was not getting nearly as much exercise before - 3 times a week at the pool for an hour at best.
I found a tailor who will take in all my too-big pants for me, so I don't have to buy new. She does good work, and I like supporting a local business. It costs less to alter these than to buy new, and I hope to retire in a year or two, so why buy more work clothes?
My family and friends are well, there are no pending disasters that we know of, and I am thankful.
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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 8/19/2013 8:24PM

    What wonders! You sound so fantastic and fabulous! If you are in a size 18, is 16 far behind? emoticon

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FELINEBETTER 8/18/2013 2:26PM

    Hey Girl! Congratulations on the new slimmer you and finding jeans to fit! Good for you! And look at how your spreading the Spark in your office! That would be really nice to have other people with whom to share the Spark at work! I hope you are feeling very proud -- because you sure have earned it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MAWMAW101 8/18/2013 8:24AM

    Thanks for sharing your "non-scale" success with us. Keep up the good work.
I do know how it is to be able to re-size those clothes. Luckily I can sew and being retired means that I really don't need many new things.
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MISSUSRIVERRAT 8/18/2013 8:03AM

    You are doing a great job! Thanks for sharing what works for you.

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KASEYCOFF 8/18/2013 2:23AM

    G'morning, hon! Yepper, it's great to have people around you who are also working to become healthier, lose weight, exercise more - that's a true support group, even if there are only a few of you. I totally agree about the exercise: I've been going to the gym for a couple months now, and it is making such a difference. I don't know that I'll ever become a body-builder (LOL), but so long as I can maintain strength, flexibility, endurance, all those good by-products of exercise, I plan to keep going.

I took a dress to our local seamstress the other day - and you are so right. Not just a money-saver, but also means I can keep some of the clothes I really like even after I've "outgrown" them.
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