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100 Pound Milestone w/ Pictures

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

100. One Hundred. Such a nice round, wonderfully hefty number, isn't it?

What a journey so far. A roller coaster by any other name is still a roller coaster, folks. I cannot believe I'm finally here. When I started December 17, 2011, my hard and fast goal was to lose 100 pounds by the end of December 2012. Round about August I became sidetracked. It might have had a little to do with a giant double layer chocolate chip cookie cake that was brought in for a co-worker's birthday. It might have had to do with my trip to England, and the subsequent isolation I put myself into. It might have had to do with ineffective coping skills around the holidays. Or it might have been that I needed a break (or balancing period) after losing those first 60-70 pounds so quickly. Perhaps it was the stress of a looming deadline I "knew" I couldn't meet.

Either way, December 31 came and went with my head bowed in shame and my tail between my legs. The first of the year saw a huge recommitment to my weight loss goals. Except this time, I didn't put a time limit on it. The weight isn't coming off as fast now and that's okay. It IS STILL coming off. When I stay focused.

Focused on what you ask?

1. Tracking Nutrition. Tracking your food is, in my opinion, the most important tool of SparkPeople. Those who have successfully lost weight, and keep it off, track. Tracking is very burdensome at first. You have to hunt and peck for every morsel, every time. Eventually, you will a) find an easier way to find the food you want to track and b) accumulate a bunch of "favorites" which makes it so much easier with home cooked recipes or your favorite products. Ideally, I track every meal and it is very easy. SparkPeople will give you a calorie range based on your anticipated exercise and calories burned. The goal is to stay within that range. It's not perfect. Sometimes I have to eat more, sometimes less, but it is such an important part of my success.

2) Tracking Fitness. Recording your fitness minutes and calories burned is the second component of SparkPeople and Spark offers a tracker for you to keep up with these numbers every day. It is also on the smartphone app. The motto is 10 minutes a day. I know several people who successfully lose weight who do very little fitness, but the large majority of people exercise to boost their weight loss and health benefits. Personally, I have found that exercise allows me many more calories a day and I like having food options!! I also like the lean, strong body I have under my skin and remaining subcutaneous fat. (Confession: I enjoy groping myself and finding new muscles or muscle definition!)

3) The smartphone app is a lifesaver for tracking nutrition and fitness. Again, it takes a bit to get used to it, but the benefits far outweigh the learning curve.

4) Heart Rate Monitor. There are several ways of estimating your calories burned. You should find the one that works best for you. Spark has a calorie estimator in the tracker. I think the numbers are extremely inflated. I originally bought a cheap Sportline Heart Rate Monitor watch at Walmart for the purpose of measuring my calories burned when I exercised. These numbers were more accurate than SparkPeople's estimates on their Fitness Tracker. However, the watch was a pain to use and I didn't care for the format. Since then, I upgraded to a Polar HRM at the beginning of this year. The calorie burned numbers are much lower for the same amount of exercise, which frustrated me at first, but I have adjusted and feel like ithas been a huge tool to taking my weight loss to the next level.

5) Water, water, water! In December 2011, I stopped drinking sodas and iced tea and only drink water now. Since that time I have had a handful of sodas. In addition to the automatic decrease in empty calories, it has helped my physically in many other ways too. (Not going to detail those here, because they are kind of gross). Almost every day, I drink 8+ cups of water. It is my drink of choice.

6) SparkFriends! I can't believe I waited two months before opening up enough to interact with other Sparkers. I was so shy, and introverted and downtrodden and paranoid and lacking confidence, I couldn't bear the thought of "putting myself out there." Once I started though, there was no stopping me. I have shared with you guys a lot of personal information over the past year and a half. Yes, I'm still very shy socially. (Some of my close SparkFriends may beg to differ, but you guys are "in the loop.") However, some of those walls are beginning to come down. I'm stepping out of my comfort zone a bit. The constant support and love and genuine concern you all show on a daily or weekly basis is the absolute key to my success. It's not like the tools of tracking. It's less concrete--like a web or net constantly underneath my high wire. I still fall, but you guys make sure I survive to climb back up on the wire again. When I do the worst is when I unplug from my SparkFriends. Even if I'm not posting, reading what you guys are doing, your struggles and triumphs, keeps my mind primed, keeps the hope alive.

About a month and a half ago, I bought a reward dress. It was in anticipation of reaching 100 pounds lost and, soon after, reaching Onederland. (I have 5 pounds to go!!!). It's not the kind of dress I buy. The dress is useless for work, but it makes me feel so good! My goal in the next couple of weeks is to find a group of friends to take me out to celebrate--and give me an opportunity to wear the dress!

I need to celebrate this milestone. I let my One Year Sparkversary pass without even a nod. I can't do that this time. It has been a really rough month--lonely without family.

Okay, enough blah, blah, blah. Here's what you really came to see. I don't have a really good full body. I'm sorry they are blurry and that I have a "phone in the face" shot that is annoying as heck. (I wish I had a pic of me in the dress, but sadly, I don't. Maybe I'll post one of me in the dress in the next couple of days).

Love to you all!

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    You look awesome, Tiffany! I love the confident look you have in your last two pictures, just a sense of being done with the things that have held you back. Need to channel this...

    1825 days ago
  • AWOOD1973
    What a transformation! YOU LOOK FABULOUS!! I love seeing the "befores" trickle down to the "WOW"! Onederland is SOOOOOO near, and you are doing great!
    1827 days ago
    Congratulations on the awesome achievement! You are very inspiring!
    1829 days ago
    1829 days ago
    Wow! You Rock! Congratulations!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1829 days ago
  • MARIES32
    1829 days ago
  • JONEIL513
    INCREDIBLE!! you have done so well and it is such an inspiration!
    1829 days ago
  • MINEA999
    Amazing! You look fabulous!!!!!!! I'm gonna join you there some day soon!
    1829 days ago
  • HFAYE81
    You've GOT this!!! You look amazing already, you've accomplished SO MUCH! emoticon emoticon
    1829 days ago
  • LISAMG1220
    I love this blog! You are so amazing and I am so proud to call you my friend. You inspire me so much and this blog made me tear up. I can see your self confidence shining through your eyes in your newer pictures. You have given such a great "blue print" for success and I have to say I was in severe need of reading it. You have helped me today more than you know. And yes we need a "coffee" date soon-sans coffee more walkee. lol.
    1829 days ago
    Amen! Track track track!!
    Congratulations!! Wishing you continued Spark Success for the rest of your Sparky life!!!
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    1829 days ago
    What an accomplishment! I know you're been reaching for it for a few months so I say JOB WELL DONE!!!
    1829 days ago
    Wow! Congratulations! You look so great!!

    1829 days ago
  • -AMANDA79-
    What an amazing accomplishment! I know that you are still losing, but keep the "At Goal and Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance" team in mind. I love it there!

    1829 days ago
    Who's that super-hot momma? It's YOU!!! Good grief, what a transformation on the outside, but I admit that I love the inside the best. You are the best sparkfriend, inspiring and supportive with all that you share in your blog and comments. You are BEAUTIFUL and AMAZING. I wish I could just show up and take you out for a celebration in that dress! You deserve a whole flash mob!
    1829 days ago
    You look Amazing!
    a true fighter and inspiration to everyone out there, who have gotten sidetracked.
    You are Beautiful!
    1829 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
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    100!!! emoticon ...wait a sec...I guess even FROSTY is excited!!!

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    If you have some room in the party, throw me an invite and i'll see if I can make it!!!
    1830 days ago
    emoticon You are beautiful! Yes, it is time to celebrate how far you have come. I am so proud of you! You have dealt with a lot, especially these last months. I will be waiting to see you in your reward dress....I am sure you ROCK!

    1830 days ago
    Awesome!!!!! Congrats! Love the pics! You have totally kicked rear!
    1830 days ago
    Love your hair short - it looks good on you. You really have accomplished a lot - way to go!!! Look - we all take a side step or even a back step now and again - but you are wiser. Does that mean you won't ever do it again? No - but you keep coming back and you do the things that work for you - you keep pushing and it is making a huge difference.

    I'm so glad you went out and bought yourself something nice - you really deserve to celebrate that milestone! Very inspiring!

    1830 days ago
    Congratulations!!!! Loved your blog and all of your pictures! Keep on keeping on!!
    1830 days ago
  • KIMH51
    Absolutely beautiful!!!! Awesome job! and YOU LOOK WONDERFUL!!! I'm on my way too, have a ways to go, and really don't care how long it takes me to get there, just keep going.

    Keep it up and much success to you in the future!

    GO CELEBRATE! You soooo deserve it! emoticon
    1830 days ago
    You look AMAZING!!! I'm so happy for you, I wish I could give you a big hug for REAL! I'm so proud of you. This journey is so hard, and I'm so blessed to have you as a friend. You keep going and you never quit, that's why you're gonna make it. I can't WAIT to see you in that goal dress!!!!!
    1830 days ago
  • SPARKER513
    What an accomplishment...Congratulations! I just started SP again this week this is my 6th day. I have not yet posted a picture of myself as I am so afraid to put myself out there. Congrats again on your weight loss! emoticon
    1830 days ago
    OMG, such a huge transformation! You deserve all the praise that's about to be heaped upon you in this thread! emoticon Not only are you an awesome person, and a total fox these days, you're also a super supportive Sparkfriend who freely shares your wisdom with others. I'm SO proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1830 days ago
    GAH! 100 Pounds Lost!! Way to go, Sistah! I'm so proud of you! I'll be there soon enough (well, maybe 3 months or so) and it's so exciting! emoticon

    PS - You look freakin' amazing!
    1830 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/22/2013 6:19:36 PM
    FANTASTIC!!!!!You and your family friends must be so proud of you! You are an inspiration! emoticon
    1830 days ago
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