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1/9/07 2:46 P

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Lori, congrats on the interview! Your outfit sounds devine and I can't wait to see a picture of you in it! How did it go, how did it go? Update, please! I'm thinking of you!

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Lori

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1/9/07 1:14 P

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Lori,
How was the interview? I look forward to your sharing because you have come so far. No offense to everyone else intended.

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1/8/07 7:31 P

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Oh and Lori, I'm so sorry, I meant to totally ask about your interview!!!!! DUH!!!! Typical me, just thinking of ME ME ME....ugh! I"m a work in progress, what can I say! lol

So anyhow...enough bout me...soooooooo I can hardly wait to hear about how it all went...and see a picture of you all spiffed up, ya little hottie, you!!!!

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Dana

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1/8/07 7:16 P

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SHOOT! Your dietician beat me to it...I was thinking on things last night, about your post and whatnot, and about "plateau's" and such...and was gonna come back in here and tell you exactly what your dietician said: Look at how active you are and if you are too active you may need to "INCREASE YOUR CALORIES!" lol

THis is what happened to me a few months back...I plateaued and tried a variety of "plateau busting" ideas and what ended up working was eating more! lol It was as simple as I was just burning too many calories compared to what I was consuming.

SO anyhow...I"m sure you'll see results!

and on that note, I'm gonna go take a nap cuz I'm poopered right out after just reading all that exercising you do! YOWZERS MAMA!

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Edited by: DANA-BANANA at: 1/8/2007 (19:17)
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1/8/07 6:46 P

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Well, thanks to everyone for all your input and understanding! I got through yesterday and stayed 100% true to my food program. Throughout the day, I thought to myself, I'm gonna eat something I shouldn't, I'm gonna eat something I shouldn't. But I just couldn't do it. I've come too far to let a flipping brownie defeat me! LOL

So this morning, I get a call from a prospective employer wanting me to come in for a job interview tomorrow! So I run to the cleaner's to get the suit I just bought cleaned, and now I have to go pick it up, get over to the store to buy a pair of dress shoes and a blouse. I got my nails manicured and my eyebrows waxed, too!

I'm going to have my husband take a picture of me before I leave for the interview because I should look pretty good! For the past 4 years, I've worked in an office where I could wear jeans and sneakers. Because I've been losing weight, I never bothered to buy dress clothes because I never had any reason to! I'm a jeans and sneakers kinda gal!

Hopefully they'll just offer me the job right up front (AS IF!!!) so I won't have to scramble to put together yet ANOTHER interview outfit that looks just as good! I did get a silk jacket that's really pretty with lots of colors in it, so I could buy a pair of basic black slacks and a shell to go with it, and I can wear the same shoes that I'll wear with my suit. That's assuming, of course, that I even get asked to come in for a 2nd interview! (Positive thinking!)

I called my dietician for an over-the-phone consult, and we went over my food (which I've been following to the letter, so I had no worries about that at all), but we also reviewed by physical activity. When I last saw her in October, I was working out 6 days/week (2x week with weight training, 4x week cardio); but now, I'm still working out 6 days/week, but I'm now weight training 3x week and doing 30 minutes of cardio immediately afterwards AND doing spin class 1x week and 2x week cardio. So my physical activity has increased quite a bit. I didn't even realize it!

She wants me to eat between 100-150 more calories per day. She says I'm not eating enough. Yahooo! She wants me to have 20% fat, 55% carbs and 25% protein each day. She wants me to be sure to have protein at each meal and snack (I eat 6x day).

I feel better now, although a bit nervous. The last time the dietician told me to eat more, it was a bit disconcerting. After all, my problem has always been that I eat TOO MUCH! She also told me to only weigh myself once a week because it's too easy to obsess over the normal everyday fluctuations the body goes through. She also said to be sure not to drink TOO MUCH water. If I'm working out, then exceeding the 8 glasses/day of water is fine. If I'm not working out, keep it to 8 glasses/day (but no more than around 12 glasses/day).

So there it is. My update! Thanks again for letting me be. What a relief! ~~Loripdx

It's not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most responsive to change.

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1/8/07 5:37 P

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Lori,
Thanks for being honest. I have been at the same weight and even went up since I've been on Spark. I also know that everyone else is wrong when they say I don't need to loose weight. I need what I need for my piece of mind. Positive, healthy and personally challenging goals. That is what my number means to me, a healthy goal. God knows I've pursued many unhealthy ones, succeeding rapidly and slowly destroying other goals.

Anyway, I view it as the journey concept. Once I get to the end I may be sad that it's over. So, I appreciate the days that I do have a goal to work torwards. Goofy, but it works for me. Hope your soul searching brings you to a happier place.

Wendy

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1/8/07 12:12 A

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Lori,
I'm just getting started on the SP thing here and working to get this 46 pounds off... no where near the goal I've set for myself. I've been really depressed the past week or so from a variety of issues, so it's hard to stay focused on the "next right thing" as far as this lifestyle reformation or my work or anything else.

One thing I've had to face in setting my goals here is that my goals today are not the same as when I lost a lot of weight in 2002... or when I lost a lot in 1981. Maybe I could still make it to the "perfect" 135 for my height & bone structure, but you know, it's just not that important anymore. What I REALLY WANT is to fit again into my closet full of nice 12s & 14s - and I know I will have to be somewhere around 140-145 to do that. I've done the obcession thing, and it hasn't served me well in regards to my weight. I still have a pair of size 10 jeans in the back of the closet, and you know what? I "ain't never gonna" fit in those again! boo hoo. When I find them again, they are going in the give away bag- talk about self-punishing obcessions! I haven't been in those in 20 years, when I was a psycho wreck from my 2nd drunk husband & his girlfriends. If that is what it takes for me to be a size 10 again, no thank you.

I guess what I'm trying to say is this: if this is just a low spot and you are just venting, this is for sure the place to do it with people who understand- if it's a chronic source of misery, however, we do have the freedom to adjust our goals when necessary. I know my peace of mind is worth more than some ideal that fit me 20 years ago. I'm not that same person, and some of the things that mattered then so much to me are just not that big a deal to me anymore. As I said on my page here, I'm not here for a diet- I'm here to baby step into a lifestyle that I can carry with me into the years ahead. I hope you find something that helps you feel better soon!
Sadie

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1/7/07 9:00 P

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Lori - heck YES I understand the need to lose those last 6 lbs. There is no way I would ever settle for anything less. And I know, no matter what nice things people say to you (look how far you've come, it's only 6 lbs, you look great as you are) you are a lot like me in that you'll consider yourself as having failed if you don't meet your goal.

I have hit plateaus in the past with all of my dieting ups and downs, and so many times, a plateau would send me in so much of a tailspin I'd end up gaining all of the weight right back, and then some. Please don't let this happen to you! Please hang in there, hang tough, and lean on us to help you through it.

I'm sorry you're having a down day, believe me I know all about how awful it feels to have days like that. Do yourself a favor and stay away from that scale for a week or two. And I'm sure you're no stranger to exercise and how it lifts your mood - do it for yourself!

Hang in there and let us know how things are going.

Hugs,
Lori

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1/7/07 5:34 P

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Lori, I apreciate your vent...it's something I really love about the program of AA and recovery-it teaches us how to be honest with ourselves and others.

So now about your present, despite all your hard work and dedication, situation....It's called "A PLATEAU"....yup, your body is comfortably cruising right now. The flip side is GAINING! EEK!

There are a great number of articles here about this subject...just type in "PLATEAU" into your the sparkSearch up top and PRESTO! The holy grail of Plateau busting tips!

In the meantime, tell the itty bitty schittee committee to shuddup! lol

Hugs,
Dana


Highest weight:
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Sparkpeople Start:
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Reached GOAL:
Sept 18/07
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Completed: Oct 7/07
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1/7/07 4:22 P

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Lori
In one of my long forgotten diets, it said that if you are stuck-take a recess NOT a pig out!
Best wishes and please keep sharing. You are an inspiration to us all. You say what we are thinking and it helps so much.

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1/7/07 2:40 P

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Lori, it's great that you're expressing your feelings honestly. It's clear that you are an organized person who likes to see things through. I've heard that the last 10 are the hardest to lose. I've got around 15 to lose, so I'm not there. Nor am I as disciplined as you emoticon I won't tell you it's just a number, because it is clearly an important number to you. There are some teams here for losing those last stubborn pounds. Have you tried joining one of those? They might have some suggestions to help. I hope it cheers you up to know that your perseverance is an inspiration to me emoticon

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God" (Matthew 5:9)


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1/7/07 11:38 A

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I'm trying SO HARD to lose weight. I don't understand why it's not happeninig quicker for me. Yes, I know muscle weighs more than fat, and I work out with free weights so much that my muscles ARE developed!

But that doesn't change the fact that--three years ago on the 18th of this month--I started my food and exercise program at 257 pounds, and my MAIN GOAL was to weigh 150 pounds.

Well, I'm still at 156 pounds as of yesterday (which is EXACTLY what I started at on Christmas Day when I joined SP), and I'm just a tad bit depressed. When I tell you I have followed my food program of 1385 calories/day TO THE LETTER, and when I tell you I have exercised faithfully--and then some--and I've even been drinking at least 12 (if not more) glasses of water a day...well, I just don't understand why I haven't gone down in weight.

I know, I know, poor me! Hey, I can't help it. I'm only human. I put so much work into this thing and I want the payoff, dammit! Otherwise, watch out! I'm gonna go eat!!! (Just kidding. I think.)

Anyway, thanks for letting me vent. I get so frustrated, and I can't complain about it to hardly anybody because all I ever get is, Well, geez, Lori, you've lost 100 pounds! Isn't that ENOUGH? Or, You look fine just the way you are. People just don't get that my stupid GOAL hasn't yet been met. Let me just reach the flipping goal!!!

I'm not saying what I've already accomplished isn't good; just that I haven't reached the goal!!! (Am I obsessed? Heck yes! Stupid 6 lousy pounds!)

And you know what? I'm so self-disciplined, I amaze myself sometimes. I put my all into everything I do. Part of me wants to say screw it and just go hog-wild and eat anything I feel like. But then the other part of me say, Sure, YOU'LL show YOU.

I know I shouldn't let this bother me so much. I know I need to let go of it. But you know what? It hurts so much. I don't know why it's so important to me. Part of it is because I'm comparing myself to others, whether or not it's wrong or right isn't the issue. I'm doing it. I look at other people who blaze right through their weight loss and lose massive amounts of weight in so much less time than I do...and I can't lose this lousy 6 pounds.

Why do I care so much? I dunno. The stupid part of it is that I went to Goodwill yesterday to buy some interview clothes (I got laid off from my job on 12/22, which is probably in good part why I even have TIME to obsess over stuff), and I found a gorgeous black pinstrip suit (slacks and jacket, both fully lined) for $24.99. The best part is that it's a size 8!!! A freakin' size 8!!! I don't think I came out of my mother's WOMB a size 8!!! And yet I have the nerve to come here and bitch about a lousy 6 pounds!

I have these battles inside myself between the logical Lori and the feeling-crazy Lori. That's what used to make me drink and use in the past. But now I've been able to identify that that's what I'm doing, so I'm able to bitch and moan...and then move on.

Well, I'm rambling on and on and on...but better to vent away here among people who know EXACTLY how I'm feeling than to keep it inside and die little by little. Emotions hurt so deeply, don't they?

"Thanks for letting me share."

~~Lori (who is pressing the "Post Message" button and not reading/editing her message, figuring that everything I've written is how I REALLY feel and SHOULD be exposed to y'all!)
~Lori




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