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Lost 113# from 3/13 through 11/13... No longer Obese!! not done yet..


Sunday, December 08, 2013

Haven't checked in since I posted my 100# lost blog... Life is full and good! Finding time to blog hasn't been as high priority as living my new life... but here's what's going on..

After finally reaching my 100# loss milestone.. I felt ELATED.. followed by a bit of a let down.. just had trouble finding traction.. probably for several reasons.. one being the weight loss and dramatic changes had slowed and I was just tired, ya know? tired of being obsessed with tracking every morsel of food (and I'm talking down to the gram cuz I weighed everything) and tired of wearing my fitbit everyday and tracking every minute of exercise.. I spent a lot of time and mental energy doing those things.. don't get me wrong, they were absolutely a couple of my keys to losing the weight.. the data was fun to track and it kept me accountable.. but I have said all along that I just want to be "normal" and my "normal" fit healthy friends don't weigh food and they exercise because of how it makes them feel not because of the number of minutes/steps they're able to log (again, these are my thoughts NOW, after nine months of laser sharp focus not at the beginning when I was struggling to establish new habits and learn a completely new way of living.)

I talked about how I was feeling with my coach and he agreed "why not stop the tracking"? So, for the month of November I didn't track a morsel nor did I wear my fitbit or log my fitness minutes. I did not change HOW I ate and I did not change HOW much or how long I exercised - I simply "lived it". So How'd I do? Here's a recap

- Lost 9 lbs during the month which is in line with other months
- Celebrated 105# lost and 110# lost milestones
- FINALLY moved my BMI to 29 and am officially no longer obese in anyone's dang book (and yes, I called my doctor to let her know and ask her to please update my medical record!!) LOL
- Moved into a SIZE 12 for the first time in DECADES!!! DECADES!! (I started this journey in March wearing a 22/24)... I have now bought 2 skirts and 3 pairs of pants in a size 12.. so it feels pretty solid.. and I'm loving it!
- Lost 7 inches (as the move to a size 12 would indicate.. well that and my baggy clothes)

Here's a reminder of where I came from ... 326#


Here's me at 218# in my first size 12 skirt.. and my first size 12 pants at 214#


One of the things I love about my new life is all the new things I'm trying... like target shooting! This last weekend I shot my first rifle too.. this is me at last weekends International Practical Shooting Confederation where you just don't stand and shoot.. you run around obstacles and all sorts of fun stuff.. it's a mix of accuracy, speed and power.. I'm still working on the accuracy part!


The big physical thing I worked on in November was "heaving snatch balances" at my gym CrossFit Exile.. I love them.. they are very technical and require both strength and speed (both of which I'm working on).. I will post the video as soon as I publish this... excuse the chomping of the gum.. I get a gross taste in my mouth when I workout and chewing gum helps with that (coach says it's ketones.. whatever it is, it sucks LOL)...

So, I did it! I was "normal" during November.. no logging anything, just continued living the way I have for the last nine months... went on a trip to Las Vegas where I ate off plan and Thanksgiving where I ate off plan.. and still had a month full of successes!! I am proud of myself..

What's in store for December? No trips.. lots of holiday parties.. and the biggest thing is that I'm having brachioplasty (skin cut off my arms) on the 19th... It doesn't look like I will be hitting my 1/1/14 goal of ONEderland (especially with the surgery) but this is just a goal delayed not denied.. I will hit ONEderland in the month of January, I know I will.

I've had a bunch of emails asking basically the same question: What is the one thing that led to me losing 100# in 7 months and 12 days (okay, I put in the 7 months and 12 days part LOL)? So, the answer is that I started eating only real food (also called Paleo for weight loss) and after 5 days was completely craving free.. I feel more nourished than I ever have in my life.. my skin is clear, my hair is shiny, my nails are strong and white (well, the tips). I've had ZERO hypoglycemic events - zip, zero, nada. I have been healed by eating real food. I do not eat any processed foods at all but I do eat a ton of vegetables (and met some new ones along the way like turnips, kale, parsnips, etc.).. for now, I don't eat dairy except butter, I don't eat grains even whole grains (that means bread, pasta, etc.), I don't eat legumes/beans (including peanuts) and I don't eat sugar.. Most people hear this and focus on all I don't eat but never hear me when I say I don't miss it 95% of the time.. I do think when I reach goal I will see how my body responds to dairy.. but if my body doesn't like it or the cravings return then I will be fine with cutting dairy out..

After I say all this about my way of eating being 80-90% of my success, the next question is "how often did you cheat?".. first, I never cheat myself, ever.. I plan (which means I made a decision in advance!) to eat "off plan".. and in my journey to 100# I made that decision twice, once on a trip to Chicago and once for my trip to Africa... That's it.. I was very very consistent.. I strung those days together.. and I'm not saying you should or shouldn't eat off plan more or less.. all I know is that for me, I wanted faster not slower weight loss so that focus helped me make those decisions.. Other than that I stuck to my plan with relative ease.. because you see, I have such a clear picture of my goals that the momentary yumminess of a treat would NEVER be more valuable to me than my goal.. ever.. eating nourishing real food ALLOWED me to be able to make the choice.. my mind was free for me to make healthy decisions because I'd broken the hold the chemist had on my brain through their processing voodoo and sugar.. yeah, I'm highly opinionated about this point.. my coach always says if you say you really have a particular goal and then you're unwilling to give up something specific that stands in between you and your goal.. well, you may need to take a closer look at that "something" because if you're willing to sacrifice meaningful goals because you won't give it up? mmmmm sounds like it could be an addiction... in my case, he was right.. I WAS addicted to processed carbs..

I'll post the vid of the heaving snatch balances now... and I'll be back to document the brachioplasty at the very least.. and then the December update.. and soon my ONEderland post.. YEAH!

Annie
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FLAMENM 12/17/2013 11:12PM

    Here is to living. Beyond the tracking.

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PELESJEWEL 12/16/2013 12:19AM

    emoticon Amazing!!!

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GETSTRONGRRR 12/12/2013 6:40PM

    Great job kiddo! You look fantastic.....must be a reflection of how you feel!

Hope the surgery goes well.....and that your aim improves!

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HAPPYJUNEBUG 12/12/2013 10:32AM

    You look GREAT! I love the new outfits you wore, in style and color. Very chic!

Excellent! So proud of your accomplishments!

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STEPH-KNEE 12/11/2013 4:15AM

    In all my rambling I forgot the most obvious comment... YOU LOOK FABULOUS!!! emoticon

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STEPH-KNEE 12/11/2013 4:14AM

    First off, I miss you! Now that that is out of the way, I LOVED that you called your doctor to update your medical record!! I also love that "you got this!" Okay, so I've always known that you got this.... but see... I only "got this" when I track my food and weigh everything and count my fitness minutes (for now)... I have not gotten to that happy place where I can just walk the walk. Just LIVE and do the right thing and still lose 9 pounds in a month! You have this down to a science, and this is life. This is eating "off plan" when you want and being "on plan" most of the time. Exercising because you enjoy it and because you are darn good at it, you are a fit healthy NORMAL person. You aren't a fit healthy person that is having to crunch numbers and live and breathe weight loss. You've proven that in November and I am just so proud and so happy for you! :D

That is so exciting about your surgery... I know that you were ready to get those arms taken care of and you worked hard to show off those muscles! I wish you a speedy recovery and you will be in my thoughts on surgery day. emoticon

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NEWKATHYNOW 12/9/2013 10:03PM

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LOSTLIME 12/9/2013 7:16PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Thank you for sharing your blog! Simply amazing!

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MRSP90X 12/9/2013 3:22PM

    Love your coach and thanks for sharing! Diet really is the key and of course heavy lifting! You found the key to fast weight loss: Paleo and Heavy weights and rocked it!!

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PHATFIT2 12/9/2013 3:18PM

    You ROCK! As someone with about 140#'s to lose, you are an inspiration to me. Congratulations that is a HUGE accomplishment

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COLUMBINE2 12/9/2013 10:45AM

    Annie....well....everyone's already used up the best adjectives to describe you!

"Amazing" just keeps showing up in the comments. So I looked up "amazing" which means "astound greatly, astonish and flabbergast. Yep..that's YOU and your commitment to live the life you are determined to live.

And folks, don't get in her way...'cause she's NOT stopping until she gets there & stays there. That's why you are our fearless leader and when we "losing it"..we go to your page to see how a champion lives.
Congrats and keep up the great work. I am very interested in your surgery & hope you'll share your insight. Keep blazin' that trail, girl! emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 12/9/2013 8:17AM

    YEAH, Annie, is right! I am so glad to hear from you again. The span between blogs is a good sign that you are living life just as you always wanted. Soon you will have to change your Spark name because you will no longer just be "Skinny In Your Head" - you will actually be living it!

Happy Holidays Annie emoticon

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CHICAT63 12/9/2013 8:15AM

    You are AWESOME !!!!! Rock on Sista and congratulations. emoticon

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 12/9/2013 3:07AM

    You have done an amazing job. I am so happy and proud of you.
Joan aka Kentucky Woman

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/8/2013 10:13PM

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 12/8/2013 9:59PM

    I love you Annie

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WEEPINGANGEL74 12/8/2013 8:59PM

    You may hit Onederland with the surgery. Getting excess skin cut off will be cutting off weight/pounds. I don't know how much you have to cut off but between that and your amazing eating/workout program you just might do it.



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LADYOLIVER 12/8/2013 8:36PM

    emoticon emoticon Amazing focus!!!!!

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CYCLINGSANDY 12/8/2013 8:01PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon On your focus, motivation and efforts, but mostly on your success!

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MT-MOONCHASER 12/8/2013 7:57PM

    Great going!!

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ZEECHA 12/8/2013 7:27PM

    You look fantastic!
Thanks for sharing with your SP readers what is working for you.
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TXGRANDMA 12/8/2013 7:16PM

    Wow! What an inspiration you are to so many people! You have completely changed your life, and that is a tough thing to do, right at first! I have no doubts at all that you will get exactly where you want to go, on this long journey....... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SCOOTER4263 12/8/2013 6:55PM

    You know you're my hero, right?

Until that recent-but-now-past 5 month lapse of sanity, I was eating Raw/Clean, which is very close to Paleo except it allows beans (and nuts - not sure about Paleo on that one.) Clean is essentially Raw, except you can cook it, which is nice for winter. When you've been working outside in the snow, somehow coming in to a nice glass of...cold juice...just doesn't do it.

I can happily digest any damned thing, so I do toss the occasional handful of Parmesan on a salad, but Ive discovered that nutritional yeast tastes much the same and is really good baked onto kale chips. While I don't live near a gym, I do live in the midst of a county full of dairy farmers, so to be totally anti-dairy is akin to being, I dunno, a chupacabra or something.

I recommend a book called SuperFoods Kitchen - great recipes, although they use a bunch of stuff I'd never heard of and had to buy from Amazon. Still, when I was eating from that cookbook, I felt fantastic. And of course anything by David Wolfe, who is not only clever but darling. emoticon

I'm so darned proud of you! You solid rock, woman!

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MAMACHAMBS 12/8/2013 6:41PM

    Annie ~ You have been my inspiration! I love what your coach says about addiction. So very true!! Figuring that out is what helped me complete my journey. Now I can have an occasional treat or an occasional day off and get right back on plan and leave the addiction behind easily. Thank you for sharing your journey with me and for supporting me in mine. And CONGRATS!! You will hit Onederland in january. I have no doubt!

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AMARILYNH 12/8/2013 6:28PM

    You are so amazing!! Thanks for the info on WHAT you've been eating - cause its OBVIOUSLY working for you and working WELL!! I can't wait to see that onederland post - I'm expecting it soon!! LOVED what you said about addiction - SOOOO on target!! emoticon emoticon

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PONYFARMER 12/8/2013 6:26PM

    Friend, all I can say is WOW! You look amazing, sound amazing and well darn it you are amazing. I have been not on here a ton, due to getting two new knees. That set me back a bit, as I gained 20 pounds, laying around feeling sorry for myself and how much pain and yada, yada. Could kick myself now, because I have to struggle to get back to where I was which was 200, on the cusp of Onederland. I will see it again.

You so inspire me to do better, work harder and keep going with eating clean. I can do this. You go on with your bad self and keep it up Skinnyinyourhead.

YOU LOOK WONDERFUL, SOUND WONDERFUL AND ARE JUST SOMEONE TO WATCH, FOR WHAT SUCCESS LOOKS LIKE.

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SHERYLP461 12/8/2013 6:15PM

    This is amazing! Congratulations

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