AMGIFF's SparkPeople Blog AMGIFF's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Who is that slender woman? I have been the heaviest sibling in my family for decades, and I'm used to picking out myself in the family pictures by looking at the largest one. <BR> <BR> But this past summer I went to a family wedding, and in one picture with my sister, I'm actually slimmer than she is! What a shock - at first I thought I was looking at my sister, but then realized it was me! <BR> <BR> I'm not the slenderest - another sister has been thin her entire life, but now we can share clothes - those clothes a... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 18:10:26 EST Wow! Shopping can be fun! I still get a thrill when I go to a clothing store and walk right by the plus size section. While I technically still fit into Women's sizes (I'm a size 14), the Women's size 14 is just a little bit too big for me. <BR> <BR> I'm in normal sizes now, and it's such a pleasure. Although I sometimes feel overwhelmed by all the choices - we don't have such a large selection in the Plus-size departments! <BR> <BR> This weekend we had a neighborhood-wide yard sale, and as so often happens, we ... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 16:20:30 EST What I've learned on my weight loss journey I thought I'd make a list of what I have learned in the past 18 months. I've gone from 310 pounds to 200, with another 50 pounds to lose. Maybe something will resonate with some of you who are just beginning your journey or feel stuck. This is what worked for me, but the number one lesson I have learned is that everyone has different needs, so you need to develop a plan that fits your life. <BR> <BR> 1. Don't be afraid to be hungry. I'm often hungry, but I don't let it get to me. In my... Mon, 25 Apr 2011 21:13:55 EST Spring is coming, and I have nothing to wear! I scraped through the holiday season with clothes that no longer fit. I wore the now too big satin pants with no belt loops to the work holiday party, praying they would stay up. I wore the red corduroy trousers to the casual work party, tightening my belt until the waist bunched up and I had to cover it with my sweater. <BR> <BR> But not it's Spring and my special occasion outfits have gotten so big on me that I can't wear them in public. I can't even wear them at home. <BR> <BR> My com... Sun, 27 Feb 2011 22:44:18 EST What a difference! There are groups of people in my life that I only see once a year - extended family and other members of my profession. In the last three months I saw those two groups for the first time after my 90-pound weight loss. <BR> <BR> My family was great - telling me I looked great and congratulating me on the hard work. Many shared their own weight struggles, and we had fun discussing diet plans, exercise routines, and the best way to stay motivated. We had a great time, swapping stories. On... Sun, 31 Oct 2010 10:11:48 EST Think before you eat. I have a work friend who is trying to eat healthier, and he occasionally shadows what I'm eating when we go to lunch because he likes the results I'm getting. I don't mind that at all - I'm always happy to share what has worked for me so far. <BR> <BR> But my friend isn't seeing results, and I've lately observed that he often finds himself with a high-fat lunch despite his best intentions. I think what's been happening is he forgets about all the extras that add up to a lot of calories an... Wed, 21 Jul 2010 20:18:51 EST The Work DOES Pay Off One of the hardest things about this journey is that the hard work that occurs every day is not automatically matched to success. I sure do know how much work I do every day to eat right and get exercise, but the progress only becomes visible over time. <BR> <BR> Progress is noticed when I suddenly become aware that my clothes are looser, or I'm able to do something at the gym that I couldn't do before. Today I noticed that two love handles over my hips are gone. I've had those for decades... Sun, 11 Jul 2010 20:13:33 EST 80 pounds! I do not weigh myself weekly because I know that week-to-week fluctuations are normal and I don't want to get discouraged when my progress is not as fast as I would like. So I set other goals and weigh myself when I achieve that goal. <BR> <BR> My first goal was to get to a size 16, and recently I achieved that goal. I set that goal because I figured I would have to get new clothes once I dropped three sizes. In addition, I had been a size 22 for years, and the last time I was able to wea... Sun, 27 Jun 2010 09:20:39 EST Celebrating small victories. I'm starting to see real progress. Many of my clothes no longer fit, and this week my elastic stretch pants are gapping. Even the stretch fabric clothes are almost too big! <BR> <BR> I am clearly down two sizes, and when I get to the next size down I'll be out of the plus size range and can start thinking about more "normal" woman's sizes. I'm not quite there yet, but now that I'm firmly settled in my plan I know it's just a matter of time. <BR> <BR> Before, I didn't always celebrate m... Tue, 20 Apr 2010 19:53:11 EST Progress is slow but sure Today I visited my friends at the gourmet take-out. I've been avoiding their wonderful store because it is filled with food I'm not eating right now. Not only do I want to avoid temptation, I would feel bad if I walked into the store and left without purchasing anything. <BR> <BR> They noticed I've been "working hard" and I explained that the reason I've been walking by without entering the store for the last months is because they have too many excellent foods that I'm not eating right no... Sun, 18 Apr 2010 18:54:46 EST