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The size 8 photo -- remember to feel success along the way

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Okay, as promised, here's my Coldwater Creek size 8 city-fit mini bootcut jeans photo.

I took it at the gym before I did my workout for the day. Today was a 37-minute speed program I found here on Spark. Then a Zumba class. I love Tuesdays. I get to do this and then feel good about getting my workouts done, then come home and watch The Biggest Loser (yay Kim, wish she'd won). I suppose I'll have to find something new to get excited about on Tuesdays now that the finale is over. : )

Actually, when I found out they had 7 months to lose their weight, I felt pretty good. In seven months I've lost 57 pounds, which isn't too hateful, considering I didn't spend most of it on The Ranch.

I was thinking about something when I drove home from the market on Saturday (farmers market where I sell produce). I was really starving. But I had already planned what I was going to eat when I got home and had had one mid-morning snack and breakfast. I pass a lot of food places on my hour's drive home. But I never felt the least bit tempted to stop and buy a fries and a sandwich (I say fries first because that's what I usually crave).

This was amazing to me, the more I thought about it. What I felt was . . . free. I didn't feel deprived, I didn't feel angry, I didn't feel cheated that I can't eat that stuff. I don't WANT to eat that stuff. I don't even like how it tastes anymore, based on the last time I let myself get a small order of Wendy's fries a few months ago. They are just NOT WORTH IT. But I AM!!! This sense of freedom from the tyranny of old trigger foods is phenomenal, and not something I expected.

Right now I have 33 more pounds to go. I am hoping that maybe I can get there by the time we have our hometown fall festival. But I don't care when, really. I just know I'll get there. My daughter's wedding is in mid-July, and though I won't be at my goal weight then, I will definitely look fine. :D I might make it by mid-September for the festival, but I will without doubt make it for our December 30th anniversary beach trip.

I've finally gotten to the point that I feel successful. Each five pound loss from here on out is just more success. I think it's really important to let yourself feel that long before you get to the actual number goal. Even on days/weeks when I stall out, I really do recognize that I've come a long way, and that keeps me from getting so aggravated that I give up.

I'm looking forward to being one year past reaching my goal. That maintenance will be a true sign of going all the way. But in the meantime, I'm going to remember to enjoy each stage of the journey.

Spark on!

p.s. I just realized I started trying to lose weight a year ago today! This is a good marker, then. I began by watching portions, and then by fall I got more serious with regular exercise and tracking food. It was a slow start, but steady. As the fabulous Jen says (FitFabJen), it's all about progress and persistence, not perfection.
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    You look great and I love how you are celebrating how you have changed.
    2202 days ago

    Very nice!
    2209 days ago
    Awesome photo evidence of your fantastic progress! I loved that feeling of realizing that I didn't want any of those foods, that they no longer called my name, that I didn't pass them up and feel like I was depriving myself. That is empowering! I'm glad to see an end to this season's BL contestants. Yuck. They were the pits. Season of No Excuses? Hardly. Kim looked amazing as did a few others. We are amazing-er!
    2209 days ago
    great job, you look incredible, you're the biggest loser i know!
    2209 days ago
    I love the big smile on your photograph. You've come a long way and you look great! Keep going, you're almost there. emoticon
    2209 days ago
    What a great photo. I'm amazed at how YOUNG people look when they have lost weight. Pulling for you over the next months - based on your past practices you will blow them out of the water at the wedding, the festival and the beach trip! Looking forward to reading your blogs on your continued journey to maintenanceville.

    2209 days ago
    Wow, 57 lbs in 7 months is FANTASTIC. That's really wonderful. And you look great!
    2209 days ago
    Well you could have been on that stage as far as I am concerned 57 lbs wow!!! I finally after years of trying but 5 years of being on spark have lost 20. But that's okay I am finally getting there.
    I will find a coldwater creek store when we go to the states in our RV I love that catalouge, just love it. I know that there is one in Idaho cos had a friend that lived in cour d aliene and that and a great stamping store were there lol
    I was torn on who to win, I detested Conda at the beginning, but I do think she has grown up a lot, I had no real feelings for Jeremy other than he did try hard. and I didn't like Kim at all, she seemed phony and tough as nails. But BOY did she ever look awesome in that little black dress! WOW and yes glad Mike won too would have rather Cassandra if not him.
    Well best get back to emails, having my green tea, trying to blow and cough this cold out of me before we start the day! argh......
    Have a super wednesday too!
    2209 days ago
  • YDAVIS23
    i love that you focus on the goal weight, not the deadline. Each day is amstep that brings us closer to the victory!
    2209 days ago
  • HEAT7918
    Beautiful photo and awesome blog - as usual!

    Thanks for all your inspiration and support.

    2209 days ago
    I wish you had not spoiled the ending of Biggest Loser. I don't get to see it til it's posted on Hulu the next day.. :( Well, you didn't say WHO won, but who didn't. Anyhow..

    You look terrific and size 8 - WOOHOOO!
    2209 days ago
    You look fabulous!!! As I started reading your blog, I saw about Kim and thought, well, now I don't need to watch. BL comes on in 2 minutes here on the west coast, but I will still watch.

    I have to agree, fries are not worth it, but YOU are! Keep up the good work :)
    2210 days ago
    You look amazing! Your blog is inspiring and makes me so encouraged and motivated. I'm a Biggest Loser Fan too! I wish Kim would have won also! She really did though, she looks amazing! It really struck a cord with me what you said about losing 57 pounds in the amount of time they are usually on the ranch. You did that on your own without having to be at the ranch for that amount of time!! Wonderful. I was thinking tonight as I watched that I don't need to be there to lose weight. I'm already making the strides necessary to have the success they have. It's a wonderful feeling. Thank you for validating my feelings. Best of luck in reaching your final goal and maintenance. Take pride in the fact that you look fantastic!!
    2210 days ago
    You look awesome! Keep up the great work! I feel the same way - I'm probably a little too content at my current weight, which would explain why I haven't been losing anymore lately. Great job!
    2210 days ago
    You're looking good.
    2210 days ago
    Look at you and your skinny runner's legs. You look great!
    2210 days ago
    Wow, what an inspiration! I love this blog and your view on this coming year and your past progress. I need to change my mindset to match yours better.
    2210 days ago
    emoticon You look Fab. It is interesting that you resist the fries. My journey started when I read an article about the amount of calories in fries, almost a day's worth. It was a year before I ate fries after that and every now and then I'll have a small fry. Funny, As I am writing this I have to keep going back up to your photo. Forget the Biggest Loser, that is motivating.

    I gained three pounds since the beginning of the season so I pushed my goal of losing 25 now 28 pounds by August. I think an off season challenge might be a motivator. I started a post on the BL team page. If you have any ideas feel free to share.

    emoticon Keep up the good work.
    2210 days ago
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  • WUBBY82
    You're one hot mama! I love your mindset in this blog - completely reaffirms my feelings and thought process :)
    2210 days ago
  • STELLA4561
    You look FABULOUS! emoticon
    2210 days ago
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