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One Day at a Time - Part 2

Donna's Slips into a Size 12

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Couldn’t all of us use a little motivation from time to time? Recently, one member inspired everyone here at SparkPeople, and we think her story can help you too. Donna (DONNA999) may be several pounds away from her goal, but as a busy mother of two with a demanding job, she’s like so many of us—learning from mistakes, making gradual changes, seeing progress and facing pitfalls. We’re going to follow her as she uses SparkPeople to reach her goals. If you missed her first entry, read "Donna's Ah-Ha Moment" before you continue below and see where she is now!

4/30/05
My younger sister called, complaining about all the weight she's put on in the past two years…5 pounds. She's determined to get back down to 110 so she fits in her size 3 jeans better. As I listened to her, I knew I didn't want either of my sisters to EVER know how much I weigh.

Until then, I'd been feeling great about the weight I'd lost so far. I didn't say anything but after I got off the phone I felt almost depressed. Getting to 130 will take so much time and effort—it almost seems an impossible goal. And when I do finally get to 130, then I'll STILL be the fat sister—well maybe the healthy, athletic sister.

5/6/05
Today has been great! I weighed this morning and I'm down two more pounds ... 188 now. I've lost 17 pounds since I started. Three more pounds and I'm taking scuba lessons. I think I'll pick up few copies of the scuba schedule so I can tape them on my mirror and on my fridge as extra motivation to stay on track.

I'm struggling today not to give in to temptation. My ex brought home a chocolate pie. Every time I open the fridge it’s sitting there with its creamy topping and curls of chocolate on top. Several times I've picked up a spoon so I could have a tiny taste but I've managed to not do it yet. I KNOW if I start I won't stop until I eat too much. Better if I don't start.

That pie isn't worth regaining any of the pounds I've lost. I've got to keep telling myself that! It helps having the scuba schedule on the fridge. It makes me think every time I go to "trim" the edges of the pie.

5/7/05
The good: Lost 2 pounds, stayed within the lower part of my calorie range and within my carb range, drank my water, exercised at least 60 minutes on 5 days.
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  • I'm a type A personality and always am starting over. Everyday is a beginning for me. I've always been very busy and still am. I can see how much slower I am than I used to be. I took care of a husband and three children. I worked full time, cooked meals, cleaned house, took care of my yard and vacumed at least three times a day. there were always birds,cats,and a dog to care for also. Now it takes me all day just to straighten up my house and take care of my birds and dog. I don't want to cook for one and skip meals because I'm just not hungry. My passion has always been to paint and create. I also sew and whatever is creative for me. Thankyou for your inspiration. I'm starting again today. Maybe not as fast but I keep on keeping on. Nancy - 4/1/2010 12:15:48 PM
  • While I have always been the thinner sister, (I only have one) I was always the thinnest coworker. Recently though, (in January) I switched from managing our corporate office to an office closer to home, and that had better hours for my children. Well, was I in for a suprise! There are now 3 of us managers total and I am the youngest by over 20 years, (one is 42, the other 52 and I am 26) and I am BY FAR the fattest of us three! They look like teenagers and I look like the fat old lady! I never looked at my 165lb 5'6" frame as being overweight until I looked at the two of them. I realized, though, that my body wasn't in any way, shape, or form healthy! While I know it's not quite the same as being the overweight sister, these 2 women are like surrogate mom's to me, (who BTW is ALSO thinner than me now thanks to her weight loss program). Your story though gives me encouragement and I realize that this is going to be a lasting endeavor if I want to lose the weight and keep it off! Thank you for sharing :) - 3/21/2010 11:04:47 AM
  • ROTY2008
    I have ALWAYS been the heaviest of my four sisters! Thank you so much for your post. It really is inspiring. - 3/19/2010 12:20:18 PM
  • I can see myself in your story. I am the fat sister, my younger sister has alway been a size 2 and me going to the plus store online. I don't want to be a size 2 , I want to be heathly (no knee pain) and able to do things with my family. - 12/30/2009 2:57:16 PM
  • I enjoyed the story,I cant see myself at 130lbs ,maybe at 150lbs some day . - 11/19/2009 8:42:03 PM
  • JACOLE18
    What a great story. I am also the "chunky" sister, and always have been. You are sticking to your guns, and I love it. Very motivating. Keep up the awesome work! You have made me feel much better about my quest for health and thinness! =) - 10/20/2009 5:39:55 PM
  • URSATLP
    Congrats!!!!! It takes a strong will to turn down Mom's treats.Your on your way to where you want to be. Keep up the great job!!!! - 7/10/2009 9:08:30 AM
  • I can relate to Donna's story. My sisters were always the thin, trim ones and I was the "curvy" one but oh how times change! I'm still the curvy one but it's fit and trim curvy. The kind that gets you noticed. They also weigh more than I do.
    I also understand Mama feeding you. Mine used to make my favorite desserts and southern comfort dishes too, including yeast rolls. I find myself doing the same thing to my daughter and after reading this story, I know I've got to stop. I'll only make them if she asks me too.
    Donna, stay encouraged, focus and motivated. Know you're not in this alone and your Spark friends are here for support!
    - 1/11/2009 5:47:29 PM
  • GIANT-STEPS
    Congratulations on your succcess!

    Is your diet sustainable? I mean, are you ever going to eat cobbler again?

    Seems to me you are on such a strict diet sooner or later you are going to fall off the wagon then what happens?

    Seems to me the better strategy would be to eat healthy and budget a certain amount of calories for indulgences like a serving of cobbler.

    I think your diet should be something you can stick on for the rest of your life and I don't think that having to be so stoic is something you can stay on indefinitely. - 11/21/2008 2:50:52 PM
  • donna,
    I read your story....& I can't believe how much this story is a lot like my own...
    You have encouraged me to stay on track.....keep up the great work.
    I often lie about how much I have eaten thruough the day.....I guess I hope that if I don't admit to it.....it wont all go to my hips....LOL
    but you & I both know that is so far from the truth....being accountable is the only way to go....Thanks for your story.....Lil jenn - 9/26/2008 6:16:50 AM
  • Great inspiration! - 5/27/2008 7:49:24 AM
  • Donna,

    you are a wonderful person....continu
    e to strive for your goals and above all, be your own best friend! good luck, duan - 2/15/2008 10:58:30 PM
  • I really am enjoying your mini blog, your a strong woman, I live with a 15 yr old son and a 39 yr old fiancee who refuse to diet (fiancee is 100 lbs over weight) they get junk food all thtime and i have to buyt it, been so hard to not get myself some lol been holding strong tho. good luck to you :) - 2/3/2008 1:08:20 AM
  • Your story was great. I really liked the entry on 5-6 about the chocolate pie staring you in the face. I started a few weeks ago, but haven't really watched what I ate. Now is a new beginning. I'm going to try and plan my meals the night before. Thanks for you story. Jann - 1/22/2008 12:16:24 PM
  • Donna,
    I enjoyed your story! It is Madi Gras and thanks to you, I won't be licking the icing off the top of the Madi Gras King cake again today! I did that yesterday and I HATED putting it on my nutrition log! I will always think of you the next time I "trim" the edges of the pizza, pie, or brownie! - 1/20/2008 9:05:22 PM

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