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Monday, April 22, 2013

Whew. Life's been a whirlwind. Good things, hard things, sucky things, you know, things.

Still grappling with trying to get to 10K steps a day. Grrr. Averages around 7K-ish... So, for now, the goal: Get to 7500 steps a day CONSISTENTLY. Then we'll worry about 10K.

Food: I've been consistently (there's that word again!) whittling down my carb intake. The goal? around 100 carbs a day from fruits and veggies, not from grains. Again, I'm about 70% successful. What am I shooting for realistically? 80%. If I can eat 80% on track consistently...that will be a great place from which to fine tune and attain the goal of eliminating more processed foods. All at once? yeah. that works for about 2 hours for me. What seems to be working? Consistently (3x I've said that now) adding more veggies and reducing grains/processed foods. Replacing grains with veggies. Walking away from the sugar.

This is National "Lab" week and of course, I work in a lab. What does that mean? Food! I should say, Carbs! Today, pizza. Instead, I ran home for an early lunch of a giant salad with lots of chicken and veggies (new fave: Trader Joe's "Healthy 8" - prechopped mix of broccoli, cabbages, radishes, jicama, etc - great for tossing in a salad!) and so far I have avoided the lure of the aroma of pepperoni wafting up the stairs....Tomorrow? Sub sandwiches. I will likely try the same tactic to avoid the carb fest - eat my own salad right before food arrives so I won't be starving and dive in...

Water continues to be an issue. Working it, but it's an issue.

I've cut way, way back on diet soda. I would not say I am free of it, pretty much have at least one drink out of my partner's cup a day, but I no longer buy my own and now I'm working on not pouring my own at home either - just because she drinks it doesn't mean I need to!

CPAP usage: 85%. I'm pretty darn proud of that one! I might miss one night a week on the weekend from falling asleep before I put it on...but otherwise, it's on every night and I can FEEL the difference!

Weight? Exactly the same: 244. Nope, no change. Haven't measured in around a month. Not in any hurry to either. I get on the scales maybe once a week, or every other week. Doing this is about feeling better. YES, I want to lose weight, but....the scale is my quickest tool to sabotage myself so, no. Just say no....

That's it! I've been lurking around SP all this time, watching my friend feed - I'm watching you friends, LOL! Just too busy to post much or do much else on the site.

i'm working it though!!

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LEXIE63 4/26/2013 1:46PM

    I've come to the conclusion that it isn't so much about losing weight, but more about feeling better, fitter, stronger, happier. Weight loss is only a very small part of this journey. :-)
Lex xxx

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So Far, So Good

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Strength training 2x this week: Check
Walking: Check
Lower back spasm: Check.

Sigh. The back thing...ugh. I knew the week we went to tacoma I was in mild pain. The week before I'd sat on my keister beading, beading and beading. Then we had a 6 hour car trip, followed by two days of sitting and judging categories, followed by the 6 hour car trip home - back to my job where I... sit. What's the worst thing for a chronic back injury? Sitting. So Monday I was really feeling it and by Tuesday? Spasm. Typically, this would have ended with me being flat on my back with muscle relaxants for a week.

I can't afford the time off. So, instead:
Ice. Ibuprofen. Rolling the affected area on the floor with a tennis ball and a knotted rope dog toy, LOL - works surprising well! Walking. Getting up out of my chair every 30 min for a lap or two around our floor at work. Repeat.

Is it all better? no, but it is improving and with no lost time from work or muscle relaxants. Let's cross our fingers it continues to go the right direction here - I have a LOT of stuff coming to a deadline, and being injured is putting it on hold in a big way.

But, I'm working it. I'm working on strength, on walking, zumba etc. One day at a time.

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MINIDRIVER63 4/15/2013 12:57PM

    Hi Sweetie! I'm so proud you're still making progress and working through the pain. You're doing the right thing with your exercises and stretching. I just takes so long to heal - longer the older we get!


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MANDYLOVE_76 3/15/2013 10:15AM

    SItting all day is horrible with for us. I try to get up once an hour.

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MAW_OH 3/14/2013 10:57PM

    emoticon emoticon Keep on keeping on!

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WATCHMEGO! 3/14/2013 9:33AM

    I feel for you. I have lower back issues as well. I do some Pilates-type stretches every day, along with taking some meds. Mine is related to my spinal column, not muscular.

I'm glad you found a way to manage without time off and without meds! Great job figuring out what YOU need!

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SUSIEQ911 3/14/2013 8:44AM

    Is it like sciatica pain?

If so, there are quite a few stretches you can do to help. I can send links to you if you want.

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 3/14/2013 8:37AM

    Hope it feels better soon!

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WILSON1926 3/14/2013 8:36AM

    emoticon emoticon

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A Year Til 50

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Yesterday was my 49th birthday. I woke up with a fire in my heart that in a year, when I turn 50....I want to have changed my body.

I'm still stuck at 244.

I had weeks I was well on track. 244.
I had weeks I was so tired and stressed I ate what I wanted. 244
I skipped weighing all together for two weeks and after that? 244.

I look a little different - some measurements have shifted. But I'm still definitely morbidly obese and still physically miserable at this weight.

So, what to do differently? In no specific order, my thoughts on the subject:
1. Consistency. In what I eat, in what I do.
2. Track my food.
3. Replace other beverages with water. (I have reduced my diet coke consumption by about working on that last half)
4. Body weight exercises
5. Keep dogging that 10K steps a day - get to it, and stay there or increase it!
6. Work on stress levels

That's it for today. My last goal? To spark daily. Being on site keeps me motivated and focused.

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LEXIE63 3/14/2013 7:19AM

    Can be so frustrating when the scale refuses to budge, no matter what you do. Good for you still trying things though. It will budge again soon, and in the right direction, I'm sure. :-)

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WATCHMEGO! 3/12/2013 9:45AM

    I agree that consistency is key. I like your plan. The only thing I would suggest that I didn't see would be to focus on eating few, if any, processed foods. Try to eat things you great-grandmother would recognize. That has been the key to me, after calorie counting. It's not glamourous, but it worked for me.

I turned 50 last October. After being in the high 200s and sometimes over 300 since late elementary school, I finally made it into the 100s and was there by the time I turned 50! You can do it!

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LOVESTOWALK49 3/12/2013 8:40AM

    I turned 49 as well yesterday. Neat. emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 3/12/2013 8:06AM

  Being consistent is the key to success. Falling 'off' occasionally is okay, but don't let it stretch into more than one meal or snack. If you wake up every morning and say to yourself "I can do this today", then you will. Good luck, and never, never give up! emoticon

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AZMOMXTWO 3/12/2013 8:04AM

  keep up the good work it is all done in baby steps

my weight stays about the same but my clothing fits different (looser) so I know I am on the right track

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See that smile on my face?

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

This is my dance partner and I performing this weekend at a bellydance competition in the troupe/duet category:

This is me on the far right with a big smile, because we WON! 1st place out of five groups!

This competition has been my major focus for three months, and the last three weeks I have done nothing but work and bead that costume. The last week, I did no zumba or other exercise, I beaded, LOL.

Whew. Glad to have a good result for all that time!

The other amazing thing? I was the largest woman in that category. Some of them were tiny barbie dolls, a couple were more curvy, but I was the largest. And yet, we won.

That is a success for every fat chick, in my book.

Now...back to zumba. Back to walking. Back to eating clean. I remain, believe it or not, at 244. Despite having eaten whatever I really wanted the last two weeks due to intense stress (lot more than the competition going on, sadly, in that regard).

Today when I stepped on the scale, I thought really?? 244, still? I'm beginning to think it's broken, LOL. I was asked more than once this weekend tho, how much weight I've lost. That means those measurements don't lie. I HAVE lost some inches.

Back to regular posting and the pursuit of health, as of today. :)

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LEXIE63 3/7/2013 5:23PM

You both look terrific!
Lex xxx

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MS_ZENZI 3/6/2013 6:37AM

    Congrats on your win!! I'm glad your efforts have paid off.

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TLG71567 3/5/2013 11:28PM

    Congratulations! Your costume is lovely. Sadly, like the woman above, I too have no rhythm. Thank God dance and music were not part of the graduation requirements back when I was in school.

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PPLUNICORN 3/5/2013 11:11PM

    Wow! congrats on your Win!!! I have always wanted to learn to belly-dance. emoticon every time I go to do it I chicken out... may be something to do with me having NO rhythm emoticon

I am a little envies :)

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

I've been MIA....beading, beading and more beading. Costume is finally done, aside of a bit of finishing work. I'll try to post pics of the complete costume soon, but below are some in progress pics from last week. I spent literally 18 hours last weekend, and up to 3 hours a day on weekdays the last two weeks.

Cardio, steps, exercise, all have suffered. I tell people - you can do everything you want, just not at the same time. In this case, the exercise had to take a back seat to finishing this costume on time.

Every bead and every sequin....hand sewn. I think, no kidding, I passed the 120 hours mark sometime mid week - I lost count. At LEAST 120 hours. Possibly closer to 150 hours.

Competition is this weekend in Tacoma, Washington. Finally feel ready to go and have some FUN. I'd like to place in the competition, but more than anything I'm looking forward to having some fun and seeing old friends. Back to the business of steps, cardio and health on Monday.

I signed up for a 10K on Labor Day. I haven't done more than a 5K in many years, so it's a good "next step". :)

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JAZZID 3/2/2013 12:21PM

    How beautiful. I really admire you for completing your project. I have so many going on that I have not completed anything. You have inspired and motivated me to do this. I will concentrate on working on "one" project at a time. I love this!

Thank you for sharing. ~ Dee emoticon

PS:... good luck on the competition and please keep us posted on the results... you place emoticon in my book!... and yes, have fun! emoticon

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