Drove this car into the ditch, BUT I am driving it out today! Sz 20 to a 10 pics too!

Monday, November 29, 2010

I have done so well with staying on plan and following the no sugar and white flour eating plan called “Why Can’t I Stop Eating”… (see my 9-17 blog if you want to see the actual eating plan)

I have no doubt this is the plan for me!

IT is EASY, SIMPLE and I feel SO GOOD on it!

Other than a few tiny bumps in the road (bumps I created LOL.. ) I have stayed on the plan very well! IT has not been hard for me… it has actually been such a “NO BRAINER” way of eating that I embraced it and ran with it! I am telling you when you don’t eat sugar and flour (processed foods) then you simply don’t CRAVE IT!

THEN comes Thanksgiving… I followed the plan…. Amongst 65 people at 2 different dinners.

THEN… I ate a silly little Rice Krispie square!

OH.. the sugar rush… and then the SICK feeling PHYSICALLY.. … I just felt light headed and yuck! I chased that sucker with 2 bottles of water! LOL

I came home and then I picked at the sweet potatoes my Aunt sent home…. She adds brown sugar and tons of butter and bakes them…

And get this… they didn’t even taste good… the were so darn sweet… (they used to be my favorite dish at Thanksgiving)

Then the next day I ate other stuff that was not on the plan…
And Saturday too and then Sunday!

AND let me tell you a little secret…. When you don’t eat sugar and flour for 4 mos (other than 2 different times in the last 4 mos and those times I stopped after I did it and got right back on track with the next meal!)
ANYWAYS when you don’t eat that stuff and then you do immediately you will feel sick and light headed and just plain yucko!

BUT if you eat some more again… and then again… before you know it… the YUCKO feeling becomes the norm… for how you feel!

And the snacky,,edgy cravings begin…. And “Eat Like a Cow and Graze All Day Plan” takes over (wink to my friend Nancy!)

Well I have felt too good and slept too good to go back to that way of eating!

THURS, FRI , SAT, and SUND night I didn’t sleep good at all…. IT has got to be the sugar I have eaten!

Some of my 10’s have felt a little tighter the last week so that definitely is not acceptable!

My goal is to be in an 8 by New Years! T-32 days BABY!

Friday’s weighin showed I had lost a lb… but I doubt seriously if the scales were right! My scales are 1 yr old but just in the last 2 mos. I have been getting strange readings out of the blue like this: I weigh 3 times in a row and I used to get 3 SAME readings in a row exactly!

NOW I weigh 3 times in a row and I get 3 different readings… So I keep weighing till I get the SAME reading twice… which leads me to believe.. the scales are broken!???

Anyway Fridays reading showed 172 and today’s reading shows 175. I got new scales and will weigh on them in the morning! STARTING point for a challenge I started for the next 10 days!

I am not going to flip or stress about the number! SERIOUSLY… this is not a journey that comes to an end…and some magic number will finally appear and I will say “OK I am done!”

This is finding what works for you and then keep doing it… and incorporate it into your life to where it BECOMES PART of your life in such a way that you just do it… without thinking TWICE about doing it!…. YOU just breathe “HEALTHY” and


I trust and know when I follow this plan I lose weight.. I don’t even have to wonder about it! I just do!

NOW to just get a workout routine that I BREATHE and JUST DO.. without THINKING ABOUT IT!!!

I only Strength Trained 1 day last week! COME on….. now…. That is not going to be acceptable!

NOPE can’t do that… THAT changes starting TODAY!

OH yeah.. I can try to make myself feel better and say I raked the leaves for about 4 hours Saturday… and cleaned the yard for about 6 hrs… (we have a HUGE yard WINK)

BUT bottom line…. I have to STRENGTH TRAIN to build muscle and get smaller and more toned for my 8’s!

OK.. SO said, done, finished! MOVE forward… put some action… NO more wasted weeks….
ALTHOUGH I CAN say the week was not completely wasted as far as eating and exercising goes.. because I learned allot about what I DON’T WANT TO GO BACK TO!

I will NOT go back to putting the weight back on… My health is just too valuable to me!

FOR the next 10 days I challenge ANY and ALL of you to stay on your EATING PLAN of choice.. and DRINK YOUR WATER.. and EXERCISE or just MOVE!

DIG deep!!! It is within you to do this.. to get healthy... to pursue that fit body that is WAITING TO EMERGE!

DON"T let complacency or upcoming holidays... let you get stagnate.......

Don't keep trying to improve and don't lose your focus!

I think I even was letting complacency creep in a little and also my reaching the 50 lbs lost milestone let me get a little lax... and I started thinking "HEY I look pretty good... BUT the reality is still this.... I am overweight! PERIOD!
I am not going back to 221 but I also don't want to stay in the 170's either! LOL

Here are some pictures of my new clothes I got for Thanksgiving. My boys had given me a gift card back in May but I just didn't want to buy any clothes at a size 16...

These jeans are a 10 and the shirts are a medium.

First picture below is comparison from Last Thanksgiving (2009) and this one (2010)!

Picture above is December '09 to Thanksgiving '10

All pics are from a size 20 to a size 10 except for the one with 195 across my face??? LOL that was on my pants leg when I did it! ?? ANYWAY in that outfit I was in a 16...

AND soon to be an 8, YEAY BABY!

SO who is up for a 10 day challenge! SEE emoticon above!

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  • LESLIES537
    I SO needed to read this! I LOVE your attitude! Thanks for inspiring me! emoticon
    3215 days ago
  • LDY_ALI_79
    emoticon Keep knocking those pants size down!
    3235 days ago
    Wowzers!! Awesome pictures!!!! You look absolutely beautiful! You have taken years off your age! Way to go!!
    3236 days ago
    YOu put everything into written words that I have experienced. Thank you. It felt like I was reading about me...not this Thanksgiving in particular but other times I've gone off program. I appreciate you writing this blog.
    YOu a re doing a fabulous job!!!!
    3241 days ago
    My Dear Friend,

    How fantastic you are doing! Love that long lean body~and wow....that fullll smile on your face in your final pic! BEAUTIFUL! It is amazing how once we have given in to dern near anything we "had" given up, first makes us sick, and then becomes that "out of control craving."

    You have done very well, and bless your heart for getting the mindset and will not to "waste" any more weeks. If you dont mind me saying, if and when that moment arrives you just want to skip that one day of exercise, get out there and do it for me, not you! Of all the things I miss the MOST about normal living, and great physical health, it's EXERCISE!

    Sending you loads of LOVE! I'm up for the 10 day challenge...YESSS I AM! It is going to be about the eating well, water drinking, skipping my FAVORITE SODA BEVERAGE, and emotional eating after my Mom has left here EVERY DAY. Exercise for me, if you would please....mercyyyy I MISS THAT!!!

    Bless your heart keep up the wonderful healthy ways~you are STUNNING! LOVE THE NEW "DUDS!!!!!" Your boys did wonderful getting you a gift card~they loveeee their Momma Bird!!! emoticon

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    3243 days ago
    I must admit that even without the blog your progress pictures just amaze me!! That alone ought to be reason enough to stay on track! I'm so glad to be able to share the challenge with you!

    3243 days ago
    Hi again! I stopped by your page for the first time yesterday and I finally had a moment to read your most recent blog. I have come to the very same conclusion as you -- I can no longer eat the sugar or flour or processed foods. From now on (except for extreme occasions where it can't be avoided), I will live a sugar-free, flour-free, processed food-free life! I'm at a point, where I'm afraid having one sugary thing will send me off to binge-ville. I'm thinking of it as something evil emoticon emoticon Anyway, keep up the good work and keep promoting healthy eating! emoticon Kathy
    3244 days ago
    emoticon Lookin' good!!!! Your pics are super motivators!!!!
    3244 days ago
    Looking great. You will do it! Have you got any great recipes to share?
    3244 days ago
    OMG you look so pretty and sexy (if I may say so).

    How much do you have to weigh to be in size 8?
    3244 days ago
    It seems that you've discovered things that work and don't work for you. The proof is in the pics and pant sizes that it's working...Keep It Up, you look FABULOUS!
    3244 days ago
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    3245 days ago
    Wow! Impressive changes in a year, and something to the thankful for! You sure look slimmer than 175 from what I can see. Well done!
    3245 days ago
    Good Job on the wt loss!

    Re: the fluctuating scale, I had that problem on my digital scale, changing the battery worked for me! emoticon

    3245 days ago
    I got 10 days to do this.
    Easy as pie.. haha..
    3245 days ago
    Gorgeous!!! Love your challenge! Will take you up on it! Let's Rock December!
    3245 days ago
    It's so great to see how far you've come!
    I'm in for 10days & can't wait to see what that 10 days shows.
    3245 days ago
    Wow, you ROCK!!!
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    You rock!
    3245 days ago
    Congratulations! You look fabulous! You are an inspiration. You're going to make it to those size 8s by New Years!
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    3245 days ago
    Great blog. I definitely needed to hear that. It is hard not to become complacent when the compliments start coming in. Thanks for the reminder to stick to it. I'll take that challenge.

    BTW... you look marvelous!
    3245 days ago
  • SPARKIE1964
    Girlfriend, I so needed to read this & see your progress which puts a smile on my face

    So proud of you for sticking with your plan and taking care of YOU!

    I'm traveling a lot over the next 2 weeks so it will be a challenge to stay on track, but with you as motivation, I know I can do it too!

    3245 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/30/2010 10:04:24 AM
    Very Impressive!!! You look fantastic! emoticon

    I am going to take a look at your blog with the eating plan. I know that's something I need to do. I'm petrified about it for some reason...probably shows how big my addiction to sugar is...

    Thanks for this wonderful blog! emoticon
    3245 days ago
    Wow!! You have done so well, and I am sure you will continue to do so. Your transformation is absolutely stunning - fantastic!

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    3245 days ago
    Holy Cow lady! You are beautiful! You know, I am so glad I came across and read your blog today! I've been at a plateau for a little bit, and I've been trying all kinds of things to try to get over the hump. Quite honestly, my efforts this past week haven't been as hardcore as they have been since I started at Spark..don't know if it was because of the holiday (didn't eat bad, but didn't eat as healthy as I could of).

    After reading your blog, it lifted my spirits and made me smile, so THANK YOU for being my inspiration today..I needed it!

    You have had quite a journey so far, and I wish you all the best on your "yellow brick road"! emoticon

    Merry Christmas to you, and all the best to you and your family for a happy, healthy new year!! emoticon

    3245 days ago
  • FELLE442
    Sheryln...thank you so much for this challenge!!! I am ready for it. Over Thanksgiving I too ate foods that I am no longer accustomed to and suffered for it as well.

    My body severely rejected it all and reminded me the entire weekend!!! Just yesterday did I start to feel like my normal self and my stomach quieted down. I am so ready to kick it up a notch to reach my year end goals as well.

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    3245 days ago
    Awesome changes Sheryln!!

    You are such an inspiration and the challenge is just what I need over the beginning of the holiday season. Thanks for creating it.

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    3245 days ago
    wow you are beautiful and inspiring
    just saw your blog for the first time , I plan to read them all eventually thanks so much for sharing emoticon
    3245 days ago
    I think I said this before, sweetie, but you DO remind me of a young Meryl Streep! WOW....You are in the ZONE and I love it! Congratulations!!!!!!!! You should feel very proud of your own bad self. Keep up the good work!
    Happy holidays, Sheryln. XO MaryAnn

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    Comment edited on: 11/30/2010 8:40:05 AM
    I am sooo ready for the challenge! You have come so far girl! Your before and afters are so inspiring, and it sounds like you learned a valuable lesson over the holiday.
    3245 days ago
  • KAREN_01
    I have so much confidence in you, I'll be willing to put money on you getting to that 8 by new years! Thank you for your inspiration.
    You look so beautiful in your pics and I adore the colourful tops you have on in them. Really beautiful.

    3245 days ago
  • CHRYS13
    You rock!!! I know, without a doubt, that those size 8's will be yours before the New Year!
    3245 days ago
    You are looking great! I hear you about the one little taste! That has been my downfall too.
    3245 days ago
    Man you give me hope, that I can do this. I am off to read your food plan. I am so addicted to sugar that if it were to be found a drug and removed from the shelves, I would have to get a drug dealer to supply my sugar needs. LOL!
    3245 days ago
    What a huge change! I know my pictures show a difference, but not that much! I've at least gone down 2 pant sizes. I just don't wear the 10s yet because they are still a bit too snug. I may have to give my 10 jeans a try this Saturday at work, though, because it'll only be for 4 hours.
    3245 days ago
    I am up for the challenge and may I say, your body is banging! look at that booty! woot woot! You look fabulous!!
    3245 days ago
    I love the before and after photos. Congratulations on your continuous journey!
    3245 days ago
    I'm so glad I stopped by to read your blog. Wow, such and inspiration! I love the before and now pictures. I can't wait until I can compare myself to 'then.'

    For me this Thanksgiving it wasn't the sweets that got to me but it was all things made with fat. Mashed potatoes and stuffing smothered in gravy used to be my favorite part of the holiday meal but I could honestly feel the fatty texture in my teeth. I couldn't believe that what once was my favorite food has become something I can truly do without!! Yay!

    I enjoyed reading your blog, thanks for posting! Mel
    3245 days ago
    You inspire me to never give up. Your attitude is truly contagious.
    3245 days ago
    Wow, I love the progress pics! You look absolutely amazing, keep up the great work!!!
    3246 days ago
    Sherlyn you are awesome! I LOVED the pics, you look incredible! I'm so happy for you and so encouraged by you. You have been such a great mentor and motivator to me. Seeing that you are vulnerable to the "bad" foods, only makes you more real. Despite having temptation, you have prevailed and look how amazing you have done. I'm exciting and ready for the 10 day challenge:) We are going to have 10 days of FABULOUSNESS!!!!
    3246 days ago
  • DANGEL117
    I Took a Very Uneccessary Break, you inspired me to get it back in Gear! I plan on doing alot of Dancing the next 2 weeks to prepare for my show. Making better food choices & drinking some water wouldn't hurt either! :o)
    The only thing that has saved me on the scale this week is my favorite winter drink (cappuccino)has been making me very sick and left me with NO appetite!
    To DRINK or Not To DRINK???;o)
    Back to my Motto; Dance More, Eat Less!!!!
    Did I forget to mention you look AMAZING????? ;o)
    3246 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/29/2010 9:52:21 PM
    Wow!! Love your before & after photos!!! That is something I could have done better with! I have photos but not the intentional comparison! They will come in handy when the magazine offers come!!! ~ and they will! emoticon
    3246 days ago
    I will take you up on this challenge!!!! I need this kick in the rump ;)
    3246 days ago
    You are AY-FREAKIN-MAZING!!! Whatta difference!
    3246 days ago
    Wow, you've got me wishing I could go run a mile, girlfriend! emoticon What an upbeat and encouraging blog! I already don't eat a whole lot of sugar or refined flour, but I'm sure I have some. I think you are right, though, because I used to love cheesecake, and I had some for Thanksgiving, and it even made my TEETH hurt, it tasted so sweet! emoticon Good for you, Sherlyn! emoticon
    3246 days ago
  • FRECKS96
    I love the new shirts!! You're looking awesome and I have no doubt that you're already back on the plan. Keep up the great work!
    3246 days ago
    I love your shirt! I noticed since I've cut down on my sweets I couldn't eat very much of them at once (only small portions) because they tasted so rich. I never thought weight loss was possible over the holidays but now I'm a believer! One step back will be a giant leap forward for you I know it! emoticon
    3246 days ago
    You look wonderful, Sherlyn! You look like a different person. You know I'm in for the challenge -- I've had a great day today and will record my weight in the morning. Can't wait! I really like what you said: "...this is not a journey that comes to an end". That's the part I may have tattooed on my forehead...LOL! Sleep well, my sugar-free friend! ♥
    3246 days ago
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