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Loving Those Fractions - Tales from 100# Down


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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

I weigh every day. For those of you that don't I fully support your decision not to (grin) for me it's a check and balance. If I see an uptick I work a little harder to eliminate sodium, push water and eat cleaner. If I see it go down it motivates me to push even more. It's brought me to a place where I have learned to love the fractions! My scales measure to the tenth of a pound and some days that TEENY loss is enough to make me feel good about my progress and push forward.

Today was just such a day 0.2 down. Oh how I love that "down" part. Those fractions add up. I've lost a "whole" human being off my frame over three years and 4 months. It didn't come in big chunks (oh at the very beginning when I was 350 I was losing 3-4 pounds a week but that quickly slowed when I got under 300 to 1 lb. a week and in the past year it's been more like 0.5 ... but it ADDS up.

I was asked to do an "exercise" for a sparkpeople team where I had to list how I had changed and I'm going to share a few of them with you:

1) I drink no soda pop (none since June 2012)
2) I share entrees at restaurants
3) I don't eat fast food OTHER than Subway and Wendy's small chili on occasion.
4) I never order a burger and fries
5) I have increased my fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains.
6) I have learned to ask for special prep on my food in restaurants.
7) I exercise DAILY
8) I have walked two official 5K's and many virtual ones.
9) I fit in an airplane seat with NO extender
10) I can go up and down stairs without huffing and puffing
11) I have NORMAL blood chemistry!
12) I have more toned muscles.
13) I SMILE a lot more
14) I have learned how to read nutrition labels and do!
15) I can go through turnstiles normally
16) I can sit in booths and have room left over
17) I don't feel like everyone is staring at me in public places.
18) My doctor is THRILLED
19) I have more energy and do more.
20) I have hope for a brighter future.

Yes I LOVE fractions now! I've left a trail of fractions behind me.

Take joy in your fractions. They count!

PRESS ON!
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BESSHAILE 12/4/2013 8:05AM

    you got it, sweetie.

Down is Down

that's my motto

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WATERDIAMONDS 12/4/2013 7:47AM

    This helped me so much. I am off to make my own list of how I have changed so that I can stop beating myself for slow progress.

You're right. Every fraction counts.

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JCRAFT6 12/4/2013 7:24AM

    thank you this was so encouraging. I am losing very slowly like .5 or less a week and get very discouraged. Thanks for the reminder that every fraction adds up. Keep up the good work. You are an inspsiration

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CARRIELYN56 12/4/2013 6:50AM

    Great plans.... thanks!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/4/2013 6:48AM

    Outstanding observations. Yes, those little things *do* add up.

I especially note this one:
" 18) My doctor is THRILLED "


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SHERYLP461 12/4/2013 6:25AM

    This is awesome, thank you!

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JOANBRESLIN 12/4/2013 4:36AM

  Wow

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MFBUTTERFLY 12/4/2013 4:24AM

    emoticon You've made a wonderful new YOU!!!! You're sooooo worth the effort!

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MARYJEANSL 12/4/2013 12:04AM

  I think the mathematicians would agree with you about all those fractions adding up! You are awesome!

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DRADDIE 12/3/2013 8:42PM

    So awesome that you are an ATHLETE now! Wooo!!

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TREYONE 12/3/2013 8:18PM

  I love your system of checks and balance!!!!! Thanks for the wonderful blog !!

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COLOR-BLUE 12/3/2013 7:45PM

    Pink,

Yes, we do need to be very proud of our fractions, as sometimes that's all we get, little by little. However, just as you said, it all ADDS UP TO THE BIG PICTURE!!!

emoticon on your success!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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SUSIEMT 12/3/2013 7:19PM

    I agree! I love fractions as well! I officially started at 325 lbs and I learned to live and love those .2 lb losses or even gains. I never let it get me down! I always tell people that those point 2's etc add up to lbs! I may have to copy that list of yours. I was able to tick all of them off as I was reading them. Thank you and keep up the good work!

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TRAVELGRRL 12/3/2013 7:12PM

    Now that I too have a scale that measures in tenths (as opposed to the old one that measured by the half pound). I too am loving the daily differences! You've made so many changes and just as fractions add up, so do the small changes.

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GEORGE815 12/3/2013 5:45PM

    Love fractions!

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GRAMMY7070 12/3/2013 4:28PM

    what an inspiration you are. thanks for your tips. my hardest part is accurate weighing and measuring of my foods. I try to manually enter all my foods in favorites on the food tracker. i'm not sure I enter it right, but I am trying. do you have any tips for weighing and measuring foods? I am really not good at visualizing my food to a deck of cards or a pair of dice.
Thanks
Marge

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LYNMEINDERS 12/3/2013 4:22PM

    You are awesome and doing so so well...an inspiration

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 12/3/2013 4:07PM

    Great job! Keep going strong!!!

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KANOE10 12/3/2013 3:10PM

    emoticon I just came back from a trip and love not having seat problems with 100 pounds gone.

Good for you!

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BABY_GIRL69 12/3/2013 1:59PM

    Most excellent!! In this getting healthier the one thing that sticks with me is what works for me doesn't generally work for someone else.

God bless,

Dee

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NASFKAB 12/3/2013 1:27PM

  thanks for this awesome inspiring blog every little bit counts

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 12/3/2013 1:19PM

    Congrats!!! That is a great list

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    emoticon You are awesome Suzanne.

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CM_GARDNER78 12/3/2013 12:55PM

    emoticon I LOVE people who will acknowledge that fractions DO matter!! :-) I'm grateful, because my scale may be going the right way, but never as fast as I want it to! You are awesome Suzanne!!

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JEANNETTE59 12/3/2013 12:34PM

  This may sound silly, but as I was reading your blog, I kept thinking Action Fractions. Each of your changes is an Action that has lead to your love of Fractions.

I'm going to develop my personal list emoticon

More important, with a little research, I will devel0p into a learning tool for at risk children. Reading Buddies is just one program offered by a non-profit I helped develop emoticon

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AMARILYNH 12/3/2013 10:58AM

    I LOVE those fractions too!! And you list includes many changes I have made - the freggies, water and ST are my biggest changes in the years I've been around SparkPeople. I have learned (as you have) that small habit changes equal BIG health/fitness results!! Thanks for another inspiring blog! emoticon emoticon

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MARYBETH4884 12/3/2013 10:57AM

    I have always hated Math, but I too love fractions!! Thanks for sharing your list of victories!!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/3/2013 10:56AM

    I'm SO proud of you!

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BATCHICK 12/3/2013 10:52AM

    You are so right! Small amounts add up over time.
I love your positive attitude, you've really come a long way!

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JSTETSER 12/3/2013 10:45AM

    What a great way to live!
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ELLELARS08 12/3/2013 9:39AM

  I love the postivie attitude.

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SQUIRRELLYONE 12/3/2013 9:37AM

    Congratulations! What a great way to see it!

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