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The best laid anticipations...

Saturday, September 04, 2010

I was so looking forward to this weekend and I woke up sick. I went through the phases of denial (this will clear up after I take a shower), hunting for an easily explainable cause (I switched to 1/4 caf coffee too fast?), and braving it out (if I just get past this one appointment, I can come home and crash)...

Down to actually the coming home and crashing. So I'm not feeling very sparkly, but hopefully tomorrow will be better.

  
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SUNNY332 9/6/2010 8:56AM

    I had kind of a rough weekend too. I woke up at the hotel on Friday not feeling good and now back home and still trying to get my energy back. I am feeling really wiped out.

It is just one of those things. I did wake up feeling better today so may get some exercise in today.

Take care and do have a Marvelous Monday.

Hugs, Sunny

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BZYBOYSMOM 9/5/2010 10:36AM

    Bummer my friend! I hate when that happens! I hope you feel beter soon!

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ANDI571 9/4/2010 11:17PM

    Bless your heart, as my mom would have said. I hope you get feeling better soon. No fun being sick, especially when you have plans. emoticon

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REJ7777 9/4/2010 9:36PM

    I'm sorry you're not feeling well. emoticon

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PEGGYJEAN13 9/4/2010 8:55PM

    That is no fun on a holiday weekend. Take care of yourself.

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CHRISTURTLE 9/4/2010 8:07PM

    Don't you just hate it when you have wonderful plans for your day then something upsets them? Worse still that you're feeling sick, but I'm sending get-well-soon vibes your way. Hope before too much of the day's passed you're feeling well again.
Feet up, good book or knitting or movie to occupy you if you aren't sleeping, and the time will pass till you find your Spark again.
Take care,
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KE11YJAE 9/4/2010 7:40PM

    Feel better soon!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 9/4/2010 6:19PM

    Sorry Barb!

Feel better soon!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/4/2010 4:39PM

    Get well soon, Barb. Rest and take care.

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WALKINGANNIE 9/4/2010 4:28PM

    Uh oh. So sorry that you're feeling sick Barb.

Hope it passes quickly and that you are soon back on top form.

Take care.

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It's FRIDAY!

Friday, September 03, 2010

Furthermore, here in the US, it's Friday leading into a holiday weekend! AND... I "ate that frog" emoticon this morning, getting my Couch to 5K workout out of the way early. emoticon I feel, as usual when I blog post-workout... fantastic! See those bubbles? emoticon

This should be a good day. Here are my best wishes that it be so for all of you, as well!

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APRILLSCOTT 9/3/2010 11:22PM

    Have a wonderful week end! You are beginning to look skinnier and skinnier!Looking great! emoticon

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REJ7777 9/3/2010 7:46PM

    That's a emoticon way to start the day! emoticon

Have a great weekend! It's a long weekend here in Canada too. emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 9/3/2010 3:38PM

    emoticon You made me smile. Hope you enjoy the holiday weekend. emoticon emoticon

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LJCANNON 9/3/2010 11:10AM

    I'll send all my Frogs over to you, Barb!! I am grateful for them eating Bugs and all, but they creep me out. Sorry!

I do enjoy the occasional Fried Frog Leg though. I wonder if that is on the SP Calorie Counter?

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ANDI571 9/3/2010 9:49AM

    You rock! emoticon

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PEGGYJEAN13 9/3/2010 9:05AM

    It's a great feeling when completing the day's exercise! You are doing great!

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PATRISNA 9/3/2010 8:21AM

    Have a safe and happy holiday weekend! I hope Turtles don't eat frogs. I love frogs too. I saw a little bitty tree frog the other day about as big as my thumb nail. It was so cute! I told it to be sure to eat a lot of bugs. lol


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REDOKIELUV 9/3/2010 7:30AM

    emoticon I look forward to the day that I can do a 5K

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NANN66 9/3/2010 7:27AM

    LOL! This made me smile today!!! Thank you!!!

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Approaching "home" - the OTHER challenge of maintenance

Thursday, September 02, 2010

One of my major problems in past efforts at "maintenance" has been knowing when "done" is "done". You can get hooked on the numbers drifting downward, you know.

Sometime in August, the scale dipped below 130 for the first time and I kind of freaked. The last time I saw the scale register "12X", I was entering college. Um... 39 years ago. I began to wonder if I had reached that point of "too far".

The past couple of weeks I've been thinking more and more that "this is home", meaning that I'm where I want to be, in terms of number on the scale, size of clothing, etc. I don't really want to go lower: I feel healthy. I think I look healthy.

So... this is my declaration of residence... between 125 and 130 is my new "home range". And I'm going to do my best to "keep house" here.

  
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APRILLSCOTT 9/3/2010 11:26PM

    I once lost 60 pounds! Maintenance is where I could not hold the show in the road! To me it is worse than losing the weight! I look forward to turning to you and some of the others to be able to tell me where I went wrong last time! So get it all down pat before I get there! emoticon emoticon

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PEGGYJEAN13 9/3/2010 9:07AM

    It is hard to know when to stop and once you decide where the stopping point is, how to manage it. Just another puzzle to figure out.

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KASEYCOFF 9/3/2010 5:08AM

    I think REJ has hit the nail on the head: maintenance really is very much an 'ongoing' process. It's not as tho you reach a certain point - in terms of weightloss, or BMI, or fitness - and say 'Well, I've arrived. I can get off the train and stop now.' It's continual. There's the proof that it truly is a lifestyle change, because you are figuring out the details of your 'new' lifestyle. People who have never been overweight still weigh themselves, and (I assume, not having been there myself for very long at any one time, lol) if they see their clothing sizes suddenly going up (or down) it signals them to find out what's going on. I like that you have given yourself a range; it sounds like a very good plan to keep you at your healthiest. Kind of like Alice - keep adjusting until you hit the 'just right' balance in the middle. :-)

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REJ7777 9/2/2010 9:51PM

    emoticon Maintenance is just as much of a challenge as weight loss, if not more so. I've succeeded in losing weight several times, but I've never succeeded at staying at goal. You've put together a healthy lifestyle that will enable to do just that! "Keeping house" is work, but oh so worth it!

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MNTWINSGAL 9/2/2010 9:48PM

    Way to go Barb! You look great, you feel great, you are at a healthy weight. You are definitely home!

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ANDI571 9/2/2010 9:40PM

    I'm glad you finally made it home. I wish I would have done that when I orginally lost my weight. I never made it home. It was like 5 or 10 more pounds. I think I put way to much pressure on myself. It wasn't until I gained 30 pounds back and look at old pictures, that I see I had made it home and didn't realize it.

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PATRISNA 9/2/2010 4:48PM

    Congratulations! I think you are paving the way and learning the best method for the rest of us. We are proud of you! Maintenance in a range of 5 pounds is a good idea. Feeling healthy and comfortable where you are is the way to go. You look wonderful!

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WALKINGANNIE 9/2/2010 4:13PM

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Welcome home Barb!

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Wishing you a long and happy stay.

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NELLIEC 9/2/2010 3:26PM

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KATIEJO5 9/2/2010 11:50AM

    I followed Mary over here, since I am dealing with this right now. I am 6ft tall and originally set a goal of 170 just because! I have been at 175 for several months now and the scale is not budging! I feel good, I look healthy...but it seems like failure to change my goal! Dumb, huh? I decided yesterday to quit beating my head against the wall and work hard on maintaining right here.

Thanks for the insight into home!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 9/2/2010 10:54AM

    Well, if you'e going to have a housewarming party, make sure you serve healthy foods. LOL! I think home should be where you feel most comfortable and not dictated by the number on the scale. If you're most comfortable within that weight range, then by all means that's where you should plant your roots and call it "home." Congratulations on making it home!

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GOHUSKERS2 9/2/2010 10:46AM

    What you have accomplished is truely awesome in every way. I hope that you are very proud of yourself....you should be!!! And I feel really happy for you. Contratulations!!!
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LJCANNON 9/2/2010 9:47AM

    emoticon emoticonWelcome Home!!!

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SROUS1340 9/2/2010 9:38AM

    Congrats on reaching home! I can't wait to find that spot myself!

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KALIGIRL 9/2/2010 8:25AM

    Good place to keep house. I'm staying between 115 and 120 for the same reasons.
Isn't it great to break from the number and find a safe place in a range?

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SLENDERELLA61 9/2/2010 8:18AM

    CONGRATS on finding your home weight. I can totally relate. Deciding to quit losing is tricky. I've decided several times and changed my mind, but there truly comes a time to stop. You should celebrate that you have found it!! Congrats on reaching your ideal weight. Keep up the good eating and activity!!

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Odd thoughts

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Subtitled: "Thoughts that pop into Barb's head while under the influence of endorphins"

Most of the time when working on weight / body image issues, I'm looking at my belly, my butt, and my sagging skin. But this week it's been the armpits. Yeah, ewww!

Seriously, ladies, if you've lost considerable weight and been working out, have you noticed a change in shape of the armpits? Mine have become deeper, curvier... harder to shave! Which of course is why I noticed in the first place. Who knew? Fat lives in the oddest places, and serves some unusual functions (like making it easier to shave my underarms)!

Another area that's odd that I notice is the neck and collarbones... when those start appearing to have texture and definition... it must mean something is working in those workouts.

Do you have any "unusual" spots where you notice your shape changing? Or just feel free to laugh at mine, if you don't want to say! emoticon

  
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APRILLSCOTT 9/3/2010 11:29PM

    emoticon emoticon my arm pits are the same! emoticon When you find out what to do for them let me know!

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PENNYAN45 9/3/2010 9:37PM

    Yes, I have noticed changes in the tops of my arms, my neck, and the tops of my thighs. Unfortunately, it is not a pretty sight! Oh well.



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ANDI571 9/2/2010 9:42PM

    My inner thighs are sinking to the south. Eww! Or it could be my boobs down there, who knows. I may have to buy bigger shoes if they go any farther down.

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ANONALEE 9/2/2010 9:40AM

    I've tightened my watch, my rings are looser and I've noticed wrinkles under my arms that weren't there before (ewwwww). Of course, all my clothes fit better and I'm especially grateful for the bra not biting into my back anymore. And this is just from 25% of goal. I imagine the changes will keep on coming if I do.

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KALIGIRL 9/2/2010 8:26AM

    Glad you blogged about it - I thought it was only me...
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LINDAJOYWK 9/2/2010 7:34AM

    I'm "beginning" again,so no change-I've been there before though & it is fun
hearing about your changes!

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MSLZZY 9/2/2010 12:01AM

    I'm waiting for my lower body to catch up. Anything happening? Better work on it! LOL!

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WALKINGANNIE 9/1/2010 12:43PM

    Yes! My armpits ARE deeper! emoticon

I've also noticed that some shoes are 'sloppy' now and I've tightened my watch strap by a notch or 2 .....

I still tend to think that my fat was all on my belly - and recognise that, unfortunately, some still is - but it has shifted from other unexpected places.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 9/1/2010 11:49AM

    I haven't lost enough weight to notice much change, but I am enjoying the changes you describe. You crack me up.

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NURSECLARA 9/1/2010 8:47AM

    I've got CRAZY bat-wings! But it's weird, your body does change shape, for sure. I've lost a whole shoe size and width. 9 wide to 8 normal.

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PEGGYJEAN13 9/1/2010 8:21AM

    I have noticed crazy things like my rings don't fit. My arms look better but I have this crazy fat under my armpit. How do I get rid of that? It probably was there before but I was too busy looking at my belly!

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BUGGYS 9/1/2010 8:13AM

    Hven't noticed much, but then I haven't lost a ton of weight yet but I have noticed that my bad right knee is feeling oh so good now!!!

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JHADZHIA 9/1/2010 8:07AM

    I noticed the same thing, but mostly my sandals falling off my feet is kind of irritating LOL. I also look a little bony in my shoulders too.

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SUNNY332 9/1/2010 8:06AM

    My legs are more defined as are my upper arms/shoulders. It is amazing where fat can hide out. September, I am working on overall fitness - getting back to the treadmill and dancing.

Have a Wonderful Wednesday, Barb!

Sunny



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PATRISNA 9/1/2010 7:50AM

    My legs are more defined and muscular looking. This is weird my feet have lost weight. I did notice losing fat in the under arm pits. However, I'll use Kasey words I do have a few saggy baggy places that need work.

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ELLEN0407 9/1/2010 7:21AM

  didn't notice this but i'll check it out in 30 min or so.

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KASEYCOFF 9/1/2010 7:21AM

    The sagging skin, fer sher - there's an old Golden Book called 'The Saggy Baggy Elephant.' Somehow, I can identify with that, LOL!

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Spark Friends and collective wisdom

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I love the interaction here and how we all boost one another up! The response to yesterday's blog about my own reaction to the imagined reaction / feelings of others around me was incredible, varied, and wise. Thanks to you all, even if I didn't get to your page to say so individually.

Often my blogs are something like a 12-step meeting "share"... they are about experience, strength and hope. That's why you see "I" a lot in my blogs. I can't share what I don't have. I can't fix other people (and need not "preach"), and other people can't fix me. What I can share is my own experience, and my own hope. While I may sometimes say "fear", hope is its counterpoint.

When I respect my own voice (spoken or written) and listen to what comes out... I sometimes am surprised. It strengthens my resolve. And the comments of others shows me their experience, strength and hope.

Together, we go down the path to recovery. One day at a time.

  
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ANDI571 9/2/2010 9:43PM

    So true....

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MSLZZY 9/1/2010 5:30AM

    Makes perfect sense to me! HUGS!

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FIT-AT-50 8/31/2010 10:18PM

    You said it so well! The mutual support of our spark friends is awesome!

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WALKINGANNIE 8/31/2010 4:28PM

    Together, indeed, we can.

I have learnt a great deal from you, from the way that you have recognised and dealt with issues and from the way that you prompt thoughts that wouldn't have occured to me otherwise.

I love the way the way that we pull and push each other along this path, sometimes taking detours, but ending up in step again.

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REJ7777 8/31/2010 2:06PM

    That's been my experience too. When I speak about what I'm living to a trusted friend, it helps me to make sense out of the mess in my own mind. I have to think things through in order to communicate them. And the feedback I receive helps me to see things from another point of view. I really appreciate my Sparkfriends!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 8/31/2010 11:48AM

    Amen, sister!

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JHADZHIA 8/31/2010 8:28AM

    It is all about sharing. I have been here a year and love sharing my experience with others. Made a lot of friends and have no intention of leaving. I still track my food and fitness and want to continue to do so. But the bottom line is its all about improving yourself and no one can do that except yourself. So its a very individual thing, but with great support.
Enjoy your Tuesday!

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KALIGIRL 8/31/2010 8:26AM

    Amen sister! (sorry couldn't resist) emoticon
Your blogs are always full of thoughtful recognition which helps the rest of us along our journeys.
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SUNNY332 8/31/2010 8:06AM

    Yep it sure is a togetherness kind of thing and that is definitely a win-win situation for all of us.

Take care and do have a Terrific Tuesday.

Hugs, Sunny

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PEGGYJEAN13 8/31/2010 7:39AM

    Your experience often coincides with what I am feeling so it gives me a chance to relate to someone else so THANK YOU.

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