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A size 14?? Are you Serious???

Thursday, October 21, 2010

I've been losing weight...it's not a secret. When I went from my longstanding size 18 to a 16 in dress pants I was estatic. However I have been really discontented with how large my jeans have been on me. So last night I decided to break down and buy new jeans. I currently need a belt to hold my old ones up which are when I say "old" they are truly "old". I tried on the 16 but asked the gals at the store and they said they were bunching (ladies....you know where the bunching occurs)she said yes..they do have some spandex in them and will stretch a bit. I begrudgingly told the gal to get me a 14 (really REALLY highly doubtful they would fit) I tried on the first pair and they fit...snug like I guess they are supposed to fit. I was SHOCKED...I MEAN SHOCKED...did I say I was SHOCKED??? I have NEVER EVER worn a 14 in my adult life. I tried on the next pair..they fit..tried on the 3rd pair and didn't like them at all. Pulled out another pair size 14 petite (I'm short) and they fit. I walked out with 3 pairs of size 14 jeans and paid less than $75 for all 3. I'm still shocked...I may need to go home after work and try them on ...AGAIN and again..and again.....

  
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SHOAPIE 10/21/2010 10:07PM

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HEIDISO 10/21/2010 12:12PM

    Great job!!

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THECRAZYMANGO 10/21/2010 11:17AM

    Do it! It will make you emoticon each and every time! Bask in the glory! You have earned it!!! emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 10/21/2010 11:15AM

    emoticon that is such a great feeling isn't it? I found going to Goodwill to get jeans was really helpful as I was dropping sizes and didn't want to spend full $ every month.

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HHILDE99 10/21/2010 11:13AM

    Congrats!!! I had a similar experience not to long ago and it was SO exciting! emoticon

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UWHK8STER 10/21/2010 10:43AM

    Kudos! Always a good thing to be pleasantly surprised when trying on clothes...I'm holding off on buying any new clothes until I drop to a 10 and can't wait for that feeling to put them and have them fit. :)

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NANADB 10/21/2010 10:33AM

  thats wonderful, what a boost for u... im stuck at my size 12 for a long time im short too and have trouble with length of pants lol.... u give us all hope to keep on working. emoticon

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ILOVELIFE2012 10/21/2010 10:31AM

    nice job!

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CMCHAISSON 10/21/2010 10:28AM

    Congratulations!

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BECKYANNE1 10/21/2010 10:27AM

    That's great! I haven't been a 14 in a long time. I'd love to be there again. I'd try them on numerous times also. emoticon

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CHESAKAT41 10/21/2010 10:26AM

    I am so happy for you. Reading your uplifting adventure gives hope to all. I want to get down to a 14 - I would be very happy at that size. I am in a 16 now, but a 14 would feel so much better...
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Back from my Spark LOA

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

WOW...we are in May now and I have been on a Spark LOA for quite some time. Reason being--I felt like crap--can I say that on here?? Sorry if offend anyone but that really is how I have been feeling lately. Like a HUGE failure who can't seem to lose weight and make herself healthier. Worst part is that I shut out my support group which is my fine Spark Friends who always encourage me.

Let me share a bit of the changes going on. For about the past 3 years I felt horrible no matter what I did I couldn't get energy to do what I wanted and needed to do. It's easy for my Dr. to say "exercise and lose weight" he's a small Philipinno guy that I threaten to sit on break at every visit. After about 1.5 years of brain fog, low producing Thyroid, sleep disorders and not living my life like I want to I finally decided mentally and emotionally I needed a change.

I was at my Chiropractors office (she is a Natrupath and nutritionist) for my annual bio-feedback she had me completely assess how I felt. I was very honest this time. I hated being cranky, tired and not being able to still remember anything. She put me on 3 supplements and asked me to cut Gluten out of my diet. I decided it was time to make that drastic of a change because I can't go on feeling like this. So I did.

I can't believe the changes which have happened in less than a month. I don't feel so bloated, the fog is lifting more every day. I sleep so much better and I don't feel so cranky all the time. Who would have thought that one itty-bitty thing in my diet was messing me up so badly. I realize I'm only less than 1 month into a Gluten free diet but I have to say, I feel so much better. OH there were bumps in the road and will be bumps in the road.

I have learned to carefully read every label. I purged my cupboards of the products that hinder me (timing was perfect for the food drive at church). I'm finding more substitutes and discovered I am also getting my water and fruits and veggies in me more than I was before.

Is it hard? yes and no...it's a different way of thinking and buying. It's being even more accountable for everything I put in my mouth.

Side affects? Of course there are!!! Generally happy disposition all the time, brighter eyes, great sleep, I dropped a pant size, lost some weight. My blood glucose is down 16 points from 6 months ago (still isn't good enough for my doctor--hmmm think I may change that too). Not so tired in the morning. Less stressed. MORE ENERGY!!!!! I can finally get things done around the house and yard.

I've discovered an even greater support group right within my support group with the Gluten Free spark team. I have to tell you I'm glad I made this change and I'm glad I'm back from my LOA!!!

  
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ILOVEME2MUCH 5/26/2010 2:24PM

    I'm glad you are back. I may check out the gluten free support group. I've been thinking about it, but have been afraid to make the leap.
All the best!

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Back on Track...

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

What a crazy summer and fall it has been. For whatever reason about a week before I left on my trip that I had been planning for well over a year, I seemed to fall off of the wagon. On the trip I did well, I ate well (watched portions and made sure I had fruits and veggies in there). I walked and walked and walked quite a bit, but for whatever reason, I just couldn't bring myself to get back into my regimen when I got back. As a matter of fact I completed 2 additional 5Ks and did well but didn't train--I just did them. I just couldn't get back in the swing of things no matter how hard I wanted to.
I had no heart to exercise, my head would back my heart up so I took some time off.

Yesterday was my first day back in my excerise routine. I must say it felt really really good to sweat and work my heart rate back up. I'd like to say I missed it on my little hiatus but I didn't. I've been stuggling with a health issue and that was the last thing I needed to deal with. I feel as though I have finally turned a corner. I celebrated my 45th birthday this past weekend and spent it with friends--which I also have not done in a very long time.

I must say it's so nice to be back among the land of the living again. Getting out and doing things. I'm getting myself back on track and feeling good about it. I've come to the conclusion that sometimes you need a break..especially when your body says so....

  
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LISALYNN1960 11/3/2009 10:15AM

    Happy Birthday and welcome back to the world of the "living!" Nothing wrong with taking a break. Sometimes that is what the doctor ordered.

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I've been banned...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

from weeding my garden this weekend. BANNED...I'm not allowed to go out there and weed.

Let me back up a bit. I have a co-gardner this year. We try to split the work but I do more because the garden is located at my house and well, it's a lot cheaper than seeing a therapist. The last 3 weeks have been very very trying for me mentally and emotionally. I lost a really good friend who battled cancer the better part of 16 years and I miss her. I was verbally assaulted at a family gathering by my uncle (see my blog The Words We speak) and then on top of all that, I sent out an email at work trying to clarify something and get the staff to do something when there is a problem instead of waiting for me to come the next day (I work in a hospital). Apparently telling them to call the help desk is insulting--whatever.

After all that and just feeling crappy about life in general I headed out to my garden to give the Tomatoes a Haircut and weed. It's one of those things where one thing, leads to another and the next thing I knew I forgot to eat lunch and it was time to get ready to go to church on Saturday evening. I did that (grabbed a snack till I could eat). Sunday, I cleaned and then headed back out to the garden to finish the haircuts, weed and feed my maters. I had a blast out there. I got so much done and felt good about everything and better about everything.

Monday Eve came in and told me she was going to do the rest of the garden. She came over and FORCED me to sit in chair while she weeded (yep you guessed, a couple of co-worker drove by and saw it and are still talking about it). Eve didn't get "her" section (her words not mine) finished and told me that I was NOT ALLOWED TO GO OUT AND WEED THIS WEEKEND. There is a section to be finished and she won't let me touch it. She stops by my desk every day and reminds me.

I can't believe I've been banned from weeding my own veggie garden. It's a good thing the flower gardens are mine!!!! I'm going to see them this weekend. It's way cheaper than therapy and way more productive.

Thanks for stopping by!!!

  
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KAYAKID 7/31/2009 1:25AM

    nancy is is ok to unload on us. we are easy and we actually understand when other don't do what they say they are going to do. Keep your head up high! thanks for sharing. 1 b1g hug for you!!
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The words we speak....

Monday, July 20, 2009

I hit upon a truth this morning about 3 a.m. That truth is that the words we speak to one another can affect them in a positive way or a negative way. We can be encouraging or discouraging by what we say.

Let me explain. For some dumb reason at family gatherings with extended family I seem to be the one who is dished out a LOT of teasing and I mean a LOT. The problem with teasing someone is that it is hurtful. Here's the example: I have several uncles but one in particular who has not ever said one thing nice to me. He continually picks on me in front of his small children who are my 1st cousins. Of course I have no relationship with them, he makes comments like --"if you see her coming run the other way" or "when are you going to take your mask off" and the such. It's been going on since I think the dawn of time for me. I know he thinks he's being funny but really he's being hurtful. As a result I finished off a 1/2 gallon of Chocolate Almond Fudge Ice Cream.

I cannot establish any kind of relationship with the kids because nothing nice comes out of his mouth about me. The problem is this has become the family culture. It really didnt' dawn on me until this past February at my sister's surprise 40th Birthday party. I stood there trying to strike up a conversation and all that happened was that I was verbally assaulted. It spills over into other family member and frankly I had all I could do to get myself together this morning -without crying again to get to work.

Family should be safe but they are often our worst enemies. They think they are being funny by what they say and while I'm laughing on the outside, on the inside of me is experiencing a whole different set of emotions. Frankly, it hurts...a lot. I feel like get I respect at work and with my immediate family and friends but the extended family I become a joke and I don't know why.

I know how I feel when people speak words that are not truthful to me so as a result my goal is to be encouraging and uplifting to those around me. My dad always said "if you can't say anything nice to someone don't say anything at all" but what do you do when it's family? I'm stumped I have no idea of what to say or do other than not attend family gatherings which are NOT an option because the next 2 big ones are my nephews weddings.

Why cannot I not carry on adult conversations with my family members? Why is there a need to continually put me down and WHY don't I put a stop to it? What do I do???? I"m really stumped here.

  
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CUTEMATHNERD 7/20/2009 10:09AM

    I agree with ANGELFIRE4U. I really think you need to let these particular individuals know how they make you feel when they say hurtful things. Make it short, sweet, direct, and to the point. Something simple such as, When you say things to me, such as _____, it really hurts my feelings and I would like for you to stop, TODAY, IMMEDIATELY! Let them know that they are also setting a very bad example for those younger children, because guess what... As they grow up, they will talk to you the same exact way if it is not put to a stop now!
If you just stop going to family functions, you will miss out AND all the other family will think things about you that are not true. (You don't want to go from bad to worse!)
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NO_SNOW_BODY 7/20/2009 9:26AM

    I had to confront this issue recently. I mean "confront". I was tired of listening to the garbage being thrown at me. I took the person aside, told them that it was hurtful and mean. I did not need their verbal "garbage". I had to do it to make myself "safer", now that person says nothing when they are around me, which is ok, it is better than saying nothing good. I have a feeling that they don't realize that words hurt deeper, a bruise may ehal, but words cut like a knife and leave a scar more frequently.

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