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Time for change


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Well, I've just returned from town, and you will be pleased to know that life has returned to normal in our little neck of the woods. All the debris has been cleared, animals are safely back on their farm, and I suspect that those taking part in yesterday's event (see yesterday's blog if you missed it) have spent today trying to get warm! I'm glad we opted to give it all a miss, even though IMLOCOLINDA thought I should don my bathing suit and go down the helter skelter in the rain.

Today was a much better day. Glorious sunshine once more, and still the leaves stay on the trees. Bronze, copper, all shades of yellow, and lots of red. I checked some photographs from last year - this was the tree that I see from our back door taken exactly a year ago.



See how grey it was? No leaves - and no berries either. Contrast it with today



this was taken early, just as the clouds were clearing and the sun breaking through. I should have taken it later when it was resplendent with blue sky behind.

There are lots of changes happening. Don't worry if you don't recognise me - it's still me, but, as I mentioned on my status earlier, I've had my short hair cut shorter again. Of course, it's really a ruse to try and get the scale to move. It's stuck again. Isn't it strange - the more sylph-like I feel the more the scale sticks at just under 20 pounds lost. I've shared before how things are happening in spite of the scale, and I want to tell you about a surprise I had earlier in the week.

Two years ago I went clothes shopping with our daughter. We went to her favourite shop - and just as we were leaving I saw the perfect dress for me! It was on the 'sale' rail, excellent! As the shop was closing I grabbed it and we left.

You've probably already guessed what happened? I picked up the wrong size emoticon

Two sizes too small emoticon

And to make it worse - because it was reduced I couldn't exchange it

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I threw it into the bottom of my cupboard and that's where it stayed until I decided that one of my Spark Goals was to be able to wear it! I did show you on an earlier blog, but you've probably all forgotten.

Well...... yesterday (note, that's before I had the haircut) I decided to try it on.

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IT FITTED emoticon

I CAN WEAR IT ON SUNDAY WHEN WE GO TO GROWN UP GRANDSON'S BIRTHDAY PARTY!!!!

What a surprise!



But then I had another thought.



Now, this doesn't look very much (the dress doesn't look much on the hanger, either, I admit) but I love this top. It's made from a linen mix yarn and I was so upset when I grew too large for it. On the spur of the moment I tried this on too...... HOORAY!

YES!

IT fits too!

So the moral is - don't panic when the scales don't move. If you are tracking and exercising, just keep doing whatever you are doing, because it works! I can bend down and tie my shoelaces without having to sit down,, and going up and down stairs is a doddle. Playing with the grandchildren isn't a chore any more because I have so much energy and I still can't believe how far I can walk! I feel so much healthier, My sleep is consistently better, I'm loving my food, and ........

Sparkeroonies. You can read this sort of thing all over Spark. THE SYSTEM WORKS! Just keep going. We know that it's Onwards and Downwards - I've said it before - but as far as LIFE is concerned - it's ONWARDS AND UPWARDS! Who knows what we will all accomplish by the time we reach our goal weight. And as for changes - tomorrow I collect my new specs, so once again you may not recognise me, but I'll be back with something. Have a great rest of the day, wherever you are.
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HARROWJET 11/22/2013 10:34AM

    Isn't it a wonderful feeling when something finally fits? Congratulations.

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PROUD-GRANDMA 11/21/2013 11:18PM

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COCK-ROBIN 11/21/2013 9:59PM

    I'm SO happy for you! Doesn't that feel great that you can fit into such wonderful clothes?

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 11/21/2013 7:50PM

    What nice Non-Scale-Victories !!!
So very happy for YOU !!

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NORASPAT 11/21/2013 7:31PM

    I am with you. I have had a plateau for over a year and I am buying 2 dress sizes smaller.
The real big deal is I take no medications for my diabetes I am off High blood pressure meds and cholesterol is almost there. Great program this Spark people I am healthier than ever before. So you are exactly right on!!!


. Pat in Maine U.S.A. emoticon

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LEWASKO 11/21/2013 7:09PM

    OUTSTANDING! Totally the advice I need today. That scale moves so slowly, but we need to "feel" the changes and see the evidence! emoticon emoticon

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NOWYOUDIDIT 11/21/2013 6:00PM

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I've lost way more inches than pounds. I continue to lose inches even tho my weight is the same!

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TURTLELADY56 11/21/2013 5:05PM

  ahhhh....the feeling of sucess.....you made me smile for you today!!! ty

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MADEIT3 11/21/2013 5:03PM

    How wonderful! There's nothing like "shopping in your closet" and finding all the old (and new) stuff fits. Yay you!!

But what's a "doddle?"

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THINFITFEMINIST 11/21/2013 4:51PM

    this made me feel hopeful. congrats and thanks.

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BLUENOSE63 11/21/2013 4:38PM

  I am so happy that your dress fit! All your hard work is paying off!

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POUTINGPEGGY 11/21/2013 3:40PM

    A new woman before our eyes, new hair, new glasses, smaller dress size, next you will be getting a tattoo on your right shoulder. There's a question for you to ruminate on. What will your tattoo be?
All these changes are very exciting as they happen everyday. Small changes. Small steps and they all mount up. When I get dressed in the morning it takes me 10 minutes, before it took me almost 45 minutes. I can touch my toes and put my tights on without contorting myself. I was thinking today about how much has changed in only 5 months.
You are so right IT WORKS. emoticon emoticon

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ROZOZ68 11/21/2013 3:40PM

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LUANN7 11/21/2013 3:25PM

    emoticon emoticon on your new clothes doesn't it feel good???

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PGHP31CK 11/21/2013 3:23PM

    Awesome! So very true!

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JRTITTLE 11/21/2013 3:05PM

  Congratulations on your NSV!!! emoticon

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MARITIMER3 11/21/2013 2:56PM

    Congratulations on being able to wear the dress and the top. Every time you put one of them on, you can feel justly proud of yourself.
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PMFISH 11/21/2013 2:56PM

    emoticon emoticon on getting into your smaller clothes! Always a boost to our incentive to stay on track.

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RUNNERRACHEL 11/21/2013 2:34PM

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EMMACORY 11/21/2013 2:22PM

    emoticon 2 great NSV!!!! emoticon emoticon

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