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It Isn't ALWAYS about the Scale.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

As much as I try NOT to get all wrapped up in that number on the scale, I'm terminal - it'll never happen. A big butt equates with other big body parts and I am ecstatic when I can button a blouse or get a pair of jeans up, zipped and buttoned without laying on the bed. I have to drop pounds to have those victories.

My first victory after beginning The 17-Day Diet was a drastic, really drastic, drop in my cholesterol levels. On the 31st day of this cleaner way of eating, my cholesterol fell from an overall reading of 247 to 179. My ldl fell from 147 to 74. My wonderful hubby was taken off his blood pressure meds. A remarkable non-scale victory coupled with my 17.6# loss for those first 31 days.

Another benefit of dropping some serious fat pounds . . . . being able to get my wedding ring back on my hand. I quit wearing it over 10 years ago, as it needs repair.

I will be getting this repaired now that I can get this gorgeous piece of jewelry back on my hand without having FAT fingers. My son tells me that I need to update my avatars and profile pictures, so he was happy to snap a few shots of me as I quilted. I am always telling him to quit fiddling with his hair - looking at the photo, I can see where the habit originated. Had I not 'fiddled' I wouldn't have such a pretty shot of my wedding ring. It may be the last shot of my hair this long as I hope to get a new do before we go to Boston.

Instead of non-scale victories, I'd like to see them as sought-after side effects. Others include:

Better energy
More restful sleep
Limited INSANE carb/sugar cravings
Getting into clothes I made that were too small from the get-go (Like the suit I made to wear to my daughters wedding. The skirt was too short because my butt was too big.)

I still have goals to reach and some of them are changing, but I plod on. The bottom line - it still comes down to that number on the scale. Especially where my knees are concerned.

Here's to YOU,

and to me.

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    Oh I needed to read this thanks, seeing that I just had a tamtrum and is about to shoot the scale too.
    Thanks and love the ring.. enjoy it..
    2414 days ago
    Great blog...I love the cartoon!

    I hope this 17-day life style change lasts a lifetime!

    Keep at it!

    2414 days ago
    What a great blog!....I can relate to so much of what you said! That whole jeans thing hit home with me. Congrats on your healthy cholesterol numbers. That is priceless! You look glowing in the pics and you should be so proud. Best of luck!....Jane emoticon emoticon
    2415 days ago
    Woo hoo!! Great victories!! Beautiful ring :)
    2415 days ago
    Never let the scale dictate WHO you are or WHAT you've become!

    Great work though!
    2415 days ago
    Lovely photo, Lynne, great smile! You look so happy. Gorgeous rock, too! These results came from the 17-Day Diet? I may have to look into that!
    2415 days ago
    LR, You are B.E.A.utiful!!

    I love the side effects and Non-Scale Victories. they are even better than the numbers on the scale. fitting into some once tight jeans or a beautiful piece of jewellery is pretty exciting and the cholesterol and blood pressure going down and not needing treatment, WooHOO!

    i am still working on getting my engagement ring back on. i haven't been able to wear it in about 10 years now. i still drag it out every once in a while to try it out. as for wedding rings, we both had to get ours cut off about 3 years in to our marriage, but we immediately got them resized! ever since, my hubby complains about the imperfect circles. the jeweler didn't do a very good job. but me, it reminds me of how imperfect our marriage is, the bumps in the road, but we keep on going. God Is Good!

    looking forward to seeing your new hairdo!
    2415 days ago
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    you rock!
    2415 days ago
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