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New Little Signs of Progress (Blog #222)

Friday, July 30, 2010

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As you know, my scale has not budged but I am noticing other little things that make me smile. I am learning that this is perhaps way more important given my TRi training. Here are a few of the most recent signs of change.

emoticon 1. I actually had fun shopping at Chico's this week. Was not afraid to look in the mirror! I did not wonder what the salesladies were thinking about why I would even venture into their shop. I just shopped! (and was happy with the smaller size!)

emoticon 2. As I run, I notice that I am not jiggling! (And I happen to like small on top, so this is GREAT!!)

emoticon 3. I've fallen back in like with my legs and my knees! They are starting to look athletic and healthy again.

emoticon 4. I was disappointed that DH and I had totally differently schedules tonight so we did not cook/eat together. I still ate healthy food, but I am liking our new routines delighting in our foods.

emoticon 5. I planned for my looooong commute today. I packed some sun dried tomatoes and some cranberries and walnuts and a whole jug of water.

emoticon 6. I was in a meeting and at the end I spied a table with chocolate, cookies and bananas. Do you know what?? The bananas looked more appetizing knowing that I needed to have some extra energy for the upcoming commute. So I snagged one!

emoticon 7. I had a headache yesterday during the day and instead of reaching for aspirin, I reached for water. My first thought was "Oh, I must be thirsty!" THAT IS A BIGGIE, people!!! (And I did feel better.)

Yes, the scale has not budged, but I am enjoying noticing other little "budges."

emoticonHope your little budges are making you smile too.

QUOTE: "You don't need anyone else's permission to be happy. Your life is magnificent not because someone says it is, but because you choose to see it as such." ~Ralph Marston

MANTRA: "Just TRI it!" DBH May 2010

TRI-ing: A total of 99 days to train. Today is Day 63. Days til race #1: 36! OMG
A short but intense run.

PHOTO OF THE DAY: This color of begonia is scrumptious!
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    Happy blog! I noticed basically the same "little budges" and changes in my lifestyle as I became more healthy, too. Another thing I noticed was that I started buying clothes that were not only quite a bit smaller, but were in bright prints, etc. Before, I would only buy clothes in dark, solid colors as I felt bright colors and prints would only make me look bigger.
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  • MONTY68
    Hi Diane
    Well , it is Diane's daily lesson on how to succeed. I feel the biggest problem people have in releasing weight is releasing the weight. Certainly that is why most people come to Spark and I think that it takes blogs like this to remind all that weight isn't all there is. Yes, It must come off but to many people ignore all the wonderful things that happen. When someone comments a person on how they look, they have no clue as to how much weight was released, they see it in the person. Each idea you commented on is part of the process too get to what I call living life. Each step is necessary and your reminder to all, will allow some to get motivated and more excited, Yes, some go on a plateau, but other things are going on as part of the process.
    So for those who are discouraged when the scale seems broke, should understand that they are still successfully working on a healthier life.
    Thank you again for all that you give, you certainly are an inspiration for all that read it.

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    2852 days ago
    Oooh, Chico's! I love their prints and vibrant colors - so much more interesting than anything I see in other clothing stores, too. Congratulations on that short, intense run! When the next 36 days have elapsed, I think you'll be feeling more than ready for your tri :) Scales are such infernal, fickle contraptions, aren't they? I've made a new policy of only checking in with ours once a month, and I'm more at peace with that, since all my other days are going according to plan. The ULTIMATE progress is when a banana beckons more than chocolate or cookies!! Until very recently on my own journey, I would've told you that was impossible...but it really does happen!

    O to be

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    2852 days ago
    LOVED the blog -- all of it, including the photo!
    I'm proud of you.
    It takes commitment to hang in there even when you aren't seeing the scale move, and you've done it admirably.
    Congratulations on your success, and all the best to you for continuing on your goal.

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  • GEINAHG0757
    Your lifestyle is what matters...the exercise, the good food, the right choices (like the emoticon !) Like I said before, keep doing what you are doing and the scale will take care of itself. (Or just forget the thing!)

    (P.S. My begonias have burned up. The temperature for us is supposed to be 100+ this weekend...ack!)
    2853 days ago
    I quit looking at my scale long ago. I just go by how my clothes fit and how I feel when I move. Are you going to share the new pictures of the mountain?

    Today is Feeling Lucky Friday!

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    Hope you have a good day today and a wonderful weekend!

    (((Sending SKINNY Vibes))) you way.
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  • HEYRED221
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    I don't think I'm gonna lose weight this week either (I never know, but I was up a bit this morning)....even so, I'm feeling good about my running.

    And I've noticed that
    I feel happier after I run than before

    I like how my knees look...something is changing about the shape of my legs

    I wake up planning what cardio I'm going to do today, not if I am going to do cardio

    My times are getting faster, even though I "think" I'm going slower

    Those are all good things...even though the weight is probably staying the same this week.

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  • L*I*T*A*
    healthy changes are ones that really count.......
    awesome blog..........
    thanks for sharing.........
    blessings and hugs.............lita
    2853 days ago
    I love Chico's! I even bought stock in the company when I discovered their clothes 6 or 7 years ago.
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    2853 days ago
    Great reminders to all of us to focus on the improvements APART from the scale. We can't let the scale rule our lives because it is only one measure, and there are so many other metrics, perhaps intangibles, that prove success!
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    I LOVE getting to read about your little budgets and smiles! This is a wonderful list!!! I too love seeing my legs and limbs take new shape! Isn't it amazing? Little miracles! Keep up the good work!
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    Thanks for some great inspiration!
    2853 days ago
    I like this blog-- it's not about the number, but about total well-being right?
    2853 days ago
    All those little nudges in your thinking and behaviour are what this is all about. The weight loss is a positive side effect of changing your lifestyle. Without those nudges, we wouldn't have the tools to build a healthier life. How wonderful that you are cognizant of those small but incredibly important nudges!
    2853 days ago
    I never thought about water and a headache, but it makes so much sense.
    So glad you're noticing the healthy changes.

    PS - gorgeous photo
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    Comment edited on: 7/30/2010 8:38:27 AM
    Diane, you are doing such a great job with your program!! So glad you are wise enough to look at all of the positive signs in your life instead of being depressed about the scale! I can relate to so much of what you said, and yet starting this journey over a year ago I had a "poor me" attitude instead of "where will this adventure take me and what will I learn from it?"

    I am so excited about your running and your upcoming race!! I'm not running yet, but it's in my future plans. I enjoy hearing about your training, so keep on blogging!

    Have a super day! You're such a joy and inspiration!! emoticon emoticon
    2853 days ago
    Yay! And I loved your epiphany about the water... it is so easy to forget the impact of dehydration.
    2853 days ago
  • SUGIRL06
    Awesome job! I love those little moments too. Like last night at kickboxing when I realized I was one of only 2 or 3 other people in the class still keeping up with the instructor after 45 minutes! High kicks, jumps, punches, and all!
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  • FITKAT2010
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  • REJ7777
    You've made improvements in your life in so many areas that cannot be measured by a weight scale! emoticon I think it's crucial, in the long run, to be able to recognize those improvements. You're not only improving your health physically, you're changing your tastes emoticon and the way you think emoticon . It's obvious you feel so much better and so much better about yourself. Those are the very reasons for losing excess weight in the first place! emoticon on all your progress!
    2853 days ago
    Totally agree on the budges Diane, over the 3 years on Sparks it's amazed me how my habits have changed and the things I now do without a second thought.

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    Wow, that is amazing...good for you!!! emoticon

    I was looking into joining a marathon of some kind. How did you find one in your area? Is there a specific place you can go to find them?
    2853 days ago
    Congrats! Your successes almost beats a drop 8n weight. Way to go!
    2853 days ago
    Keep up the good work. I like your background. The tree/bush is beautiful
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