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Who Wants To Play A Game?

Thursday, September 18, 2014


Okay, so not a scary game, but a fun game! Okay, maybe fun is over advertising a little bit! emoticon I was trying to come up for a way that my coworker and I could get back to business and kind of feeling like we are working on our weight loss together. As everyone knows, our Disneyland goal kind of went in the toilet, but we are going to Disneyland on Friday anyways. emoticon We are ready to have some fun and cut loose, but we still want to get back to business in terms of weight loss.

At first we talked about various plans, and she may go one route and I might go another. That is the thing, no one way works for everyone, and we have to do what we can stick to. If we settle for a plan that isn't what we want to do, or that is wrong for us, we are kind of setting ourselves up for failure right off the bat. So I tried to figure out a way that we could do this together but separate.

2,000 calories for us is about maintenance. As long as we do not go over 2,000 we are at the very least standing still. Obviously the bigger the deficit the bigger the step forward... but as long as we are aren't taking giant steps back, I consider that a win. So this is how I decided our game would work.

emoticon The game will last for 30 days. We plan to do more than one round, so that we have more than one chance to be the big winner. ;)

emoticon We must track all our food for the day, if we are under 2,000 calories then that counts as a good day!

emoticon If we don't track any/some of our food for the day, it automatically counts as a bad day, no point awarded.

emoticon Whoever has the most good days in the 30 day period is the big winner!

emoticon The loser will either pay for parking our next trip to Disneyland (we split parking typically) OR buy the other lunch at Disneyland.

So as basic and simple/silly as this might be, it gives us a sense that we are doing it together. The "big prize" at the end is really only a matter of 8-10 dollars. So it is not like we are betting crazy amounts of money that we can't afford to lose, it'll just be a nice treat for the winner. I also think doing it for 30 days is great, and doing multiple rounds makes it better. That way we both have a chance to win.

I have been really slacking on tracking my food on days where I've eaten poorly. So that rule about forfeiting the day if I don't track is a big one. I want to put up a good fight and have as many good days as possible, which means tracking every bite!

They very obvious benefit of this game, are that regardless of who wins or loses, we will both have lots of good days under our belt, and that is going to lead to some weight loss! There really are no "losers" when it comes to this game! I don't like competing in terms of pounds or even percentage of weight loss... it just puts too much emphasis on the scale and sometimes that can be discouraging. But calories IN are very controllable and something that we can work hard at and get the rewards! :)

We are starting our game on Saturday, September 20th, and this round will end on October 19th. I invite any of you who want to play the game to join in. The beauty of this game is that you can customize it to your needs! Try to have as many good days out of 30 as you can. You can define what a "good day" is for YOU. Maybe you want to track exercise, steps, calories... maybe you want to only eat when you are hungry, maybe you want to cut out a certain food or drink for 30 days. The world is your oyster! Of course I can't buy all of you lunch, but I will post again half way through and at the end and you can let me know how many good days you have had... and there will be goodies for all participants! (I know I know, a goodie is kind of underwhelming, but it's all I got emoticon)



  
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MALAMI518 9/19/2014 12:37PM

    Great game! I will play along; I just need to figure out what a "good" day is for me. I think it's a game where everyone will come out as a winner!

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SLIMLEAF 9/19/2014 11:55AM

    An excellent idea!

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SUSIEMT 9/19/2014 8:57AM

    Woo Hoo! Sounds like fun! Just remember to be consistent and you will always be the winner! emoticon

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JAMER123 9/19/2014 12:03AM

    I can join in too!! I do track daily my intake so I will choose something else to work on. Sounds fun!
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SLLYONS51 9/18/2014 11:44PM

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JAZZII4 9/18/2014 10:53PM

    emoticon game!

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WHYTEBROWN 9/18/2014 9:43PM

    emoticon I'm in and ready to kick some butt!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KOHINOOR2 9/18/2014 8:48PM

    emoticon plan. Have fun. emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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SPEDED2 9/18/2014 8:05PM

    Luck to you!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 9/18/2014 5:35PM

    It's a great plan! I hope that the motivation helps both of you to succeed!

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POLSKARENIA 9/18/2014 5:12PM

    Enjoy the game - you're sure to have lots of fun!

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BLUEJAY1969 9/18/2014 4:53PM

    Boy that first picture was creepy in the extreme! (I have an aversion to clowns!) Sounds like you have a great "game" worked out! I won't be joining as I'm already up to my ears in a couple of challenges but I thank you for the invite! Good luck!
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BEACHCALSIX 9/18/2014 2:25PM

    I'm totally IN. I need some motivation for these last pounds! I'll post how many good days I've had on the halfway mark and end mark! Sounds fun!!
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1CRAZYDOG 9/18/2014 2:04PM

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JOJOSLIVIN 9/18/2014 1:29PM

    What a great idea! I also do not like competing to see who losses the most weight or fat. This sounds like you are both winning. GREAT!!!!!

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SUBMOM2 9/18/2014 12:04PM

    That is a great idea! emoticon

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MARITIMER3 9/18/2014 10:57AM

    I like it. Challenges of any kind "up the ante" for me. I've only recently started tracking my food honestly on bad days, and it really helps... was that cookie really worth it? Usually not!

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MCJOYFUL 9/18/2014 10:49AM

    That sounds like I great idea! And I like that each round is relatively short term so it's easier to stay focused.

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NASFKAB 9/18/2014 8:44AM

  great way to stay focused on your goal

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BEANIES_MOM 9/18/2014 8:38AM

    I think that is a great game to play!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 9/18/2014 8:35AM

    Good job finding ways to keep yourself motivated -- it's the long term motivation and consistency that gets it done.

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GRANJERRY1 9/18/2014 7:57AM

    Good Luck with the game...hope all you children enjoy it....with my semi-soft and all vegetarian food I barely do more than 900 calories a day...but my docs are ok because I can't really exercise to burn those calories away....Ahhh some JOA

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ADARKARA 9/18/2014 7:53AM

    This game is awesome!!!

Can't wait to hear how it goes. emoticon

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BLAZINGSWORD 9/18/2014 7:52AM

    Go for it!

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LOVINSHERRY78 9/18/2014 7:48AM

    i'm in! :) great idea!!

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KANOE10 9/18/2014 7:44AM

    That is a fun creative way to stay on track. It is a great tool.

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ICECUB 9/18/2014 7:32AM

    I WANT TO PLAY!! I HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT DOING WW AGAIN. SO I WILL COUNTING POINTS AND EXERCISE. I THINK THAT WILL WORK FOR ME.

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 9/18/2014 7:27AM

    Great concept! Should be very motivating for both of you !
I don't have Disneyland near-by, just casinos. UH OH.
I love that your criteria is behaviors that you control. I definitely think that will work better for you than results criteria.

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BESSHAILE 9/18/2014 7:03AM

    Love your game. Love your reward. Really love that you are going to Disneyland!

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FELINEBETTER 9/18/2014 6:58AM

    Steph! Along with all the other wonderful things I love about you -- you are certainly creative! We are alike in that I am always looking for ways to have fun with whatever I am doing. This is a great idea - friendly sort of competition and in the end -- everybody wins anyway!

You are doing great! YOU GO GIRL!!!! emoticon emoticon

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KIM22211 9/18/2014 6:22AM

    I am sorry to say I would have to make the calories less in order to call it a good day! I wish I could just stand still at 2000!!! That would make me gain for sure! ugh!!! But I will get my "number" and go along with you! I expect you to have to mail me the lunch you are going to owe me though! lol!!!

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WISHICOULDFLY 9/18/2014 6:04AM

    You are quite the problem solver! You found something that you and your fried can do together with a common goal that will help you BOTH! I love it.

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REALITYCHECK86 9/18/2014 4:38AM

    Hey, I'm game!! I was wanting to do something anyway because I've gained a bit of weight back and I've really been slacking the last several weeks. I am going on vacation on October 20th so that will give me exactly 1 month to lose some weight before my trip. We will be traveling by plane with our 10 month old, so that should be interesting! It would be great to lose a little before we go. Good luck and may the best tracker win!
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So Here's The Problem... LOL!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


This is totally one of this ridiculous "non problem problems"! emoticon I have been thinking a lot about everything. How I am still up 8ish pounds from my lowest weight... That I am still almost 30 pounds away from my goal weight and I was trying to really figure some things out. Before I think I was scared of the success... I think I'm to a point now where I'm not really scared and I'm definitely not self sabotaging as much, which is a huge step in the right direction! But there is obviously something keeping me around this weight for a year. I know part of it is lack of focus, I get really focused, drop 10 pounds. slack off, eat too much and gain it back. Sounds like a ridiculous cycle, and it pretty much is... but here is what I figured out about how I feel right now...



Okay, so that sounds awful, but it's how I feel! I am not at my goal, but I am a happy girl lately! I am getting out and having fun, I am enjoying places like Disneyland and the Zoo that I avoided for years because I weighed 90 pounds more than I do today and walking took such a physical toll on my body. I can do so much, and while I am still overweight, I can walk miles with ease, I can fit into all the rides at Disneyland and I feel confident in doing so! I even have my trip to Florida in November, and I've never traveled anywhere past Vegas. The idea of flying as an obese person sounded like so much work, and it held me back. Now I will have finally made it to the east coast and that is exciting! emoticon



In fact, I feel so confident that I bought tickets to Luke Bryan, well actually, I bought 1 ticket! I am going alone! I could have had someone go with me, but I would have had to buy nosebleed tickets for the same price as the good seat. So I got 1 ticket, and it's seat 1 which means it's an isle seat. A few months ago I was stressing about who was going to go with me to a concert, and now I have chosen to go alone. I also plan to head to Disneyland and the Zoo by myself. I was always so self conscious going places that I needed someone with me, but now I am confident enough to go by myself, and in some cases it might be even more fun. For example: Single rider lines at Disneyland are way shorter than the regular lines, BOOYAH! Better seat at a concert because it's 1 seat, SCORE! emoticon

With that said, I am not done with weight loss. When I told someone the other day I still had the last 30 pounds to go, they very sweetly said "You can do it! But even if you never lose another pound, you have accomplished SO much, and you should be proud! You look great and have come so far!" emoticon I graciously accepted such a wonderful compliment, but in my mind I thought to myself "I want to lose the last 30 pounds, I don't want to settle." So I know the desire is there, I want to accomplish my goals, which includes goal weight, maintenance, tummy tuck and life long maintenance. I am not going to short change myself after coming this far. But on the flip side of that, it's nice to feel like I have accomplished something great. It feels good to be proud and confident and to be out enjoying life instead of hiding at home because I'm ashamed of my weight.

So that is the problem... emoticon Trying to find the balance between being proud and enjoying things how they are now, but wanting to push myself that much farther to achieve the rest of my goals. I think when I was obese and truly miserable, there was this drive to lose the weight to become happier and to feel better physically... now that I've achieved that there is no desperation to get the rest of this weight off.

So as I said, it's a non problem problem and I am enjoying life and everything it has to offer! But I do have plans to go all the way and finish what I started. It is just clearly taking a lot longer than I hoped. emoticon

  
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MALAMI518 9/19/2014 12:39PM

    I think that's one of my problems, too. I'm pretty happy and comfortable where I am (until I'm not), so I've been playing with some little ups and downs. The longer it lasts, the muddier it becomes as far as to what I REALLY want. I need to pin that down and work for it! I have a similar blog started that I hope to finish up soon.

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WALNUTT1961 9/18/2014 9:23PM

    I have gotten too comfortable at my weight now and all of my clothes fit or are too large. I need to move forward.

You are doing great! You will have a great time at the concert!

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BABECAVE 9/18/2014 8:22PM

    Your Going Places!!!

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GRACED777 9/18/2014 6:28PM

    Good problem to have--don't want to settle, but also want to find out what weight is no more effort to maintain than you want to continue to put into it. You find out by trying.

Happy continued losing and experimenting... emoticon

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*PBJMOMMY* 9/18/2014 5:59PM

    Sounds like a great "problem" to have emoticon emoticon

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GRASSHOPPER65 9/18/2014 4:54PM

    emoticon You're doing great. I LOVE your attitude. I've always said that I would be truly happy if I could watch a sunset and not HAVE to have someone there with me enjoying it. Congratulations on your self-acceptance.

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AJB121299 9/18/2014 4:39PM

    keep moving forward

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 9/18/2014 4:13PM

    Life is very good for you, so enjoy it. Don't sweat those 30 pounds, but don't lose sight of that goal to lose it either. Maintaining your weight for a year is no small task, and you should be very proud that you have done that! Continue to enjoy yourself, while keeping your eye on that gold ring (goal weight)--it's there--waiting for you to grab it, and I have no doubt you will reach it one of these days!

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SIRENAOFTHESEA 9/18/2014 2:59PM

    I'm so happy for you and you should feel proud. You have worked hard to get here. Just do what you do and if you lose weight great just enjoy! emoticon

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ALEXZANDRIA999 9/18/2014 2:55PM

  Isn't that feeling more important than some random number? You ARE awesome.

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STILLMENEWBODY 9/18/2014 2:44PM

    You sound extremely HAPPY! I love your attitude and the fact that you want to finish what you started but are comfortable in your body right now! Who knows....you may decide the full 30 isn't what you want anymore because you are healthy, happy and fit. You have the power to decide. In the meantime....sounds like you have a lot of awesomeness coming up....ENJOY!

Congrats on your success to date!

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ALMISSE 9/18/2014 1:18PM

    Congrats on your weight loss so far, and all the rewarding experiences that have come of it. You'll lose the other thirty in time, but for now just focus on living healthy, and happy!

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REDGIRL54 9/18/2014 10:56AM

    You have done an amazing job! I admire your openness about your weight-loss journey. I am 19 pounds away from my goal and I have stayed the same weight for nearly two months. Part of my issue is the same as yours. I like the way I feel and I like the way I look and I like the way my clothing fits! I feel so much healthier than I did back in January 2014. I actually look forward to exercising! I enjoy going to the pool! I love the accountability that SparkPeople offers and all this is free!

Keep on keeping' on! The final goal will come. Like you said, 'it's just taking longer than you first imagined.' emoticon emoticon
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ERABEL 9/18/2014 10:52AM

    I like your way of thinking. emoticon

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ERABEL 9/18/2014 10:52AM

    I like your way of thinking. emoticon

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PACKERMANN 9/18/2014 10:02AM

    "...there was this drive to lose the weight to become happier and to feel better physically...now that I've achieved that there is no desperation to get the rest of this weight off."

this makes so much sense to me as to why I've been stalled for a year.

thanks for sharing!

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C8TSON 9/18/2014 9:49AM

    LOVE your confidence! It's a real inspiration to me, because I have 0 self confidence. You have made amazing progress! Great job! And thank you for sharing this in your blogs. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 9/18/2014 9:31AM

    Getting off the last 30 pounds is definitely worth it! You can do it. Slowly is great, because you are learning maintenance skills as you go. You end up eating about the way you'll eat for the rest of your life.

Great blog! Congrats on a blog award. Well deserved!!

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SEDONACAT 9/18/2014 7:40AM

    emoticon emoticon and enjoy the concert!!

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ICECUB 9/18/2014 7:36AM

    HOPE YOU HAVE A GOOD TIME AT THE LUKE BRYAN CONCERT. T STILL HAVE A PROBLEM WITH GOING PLACES ALONE. I FEEL UN COMFORTABLE. BUT I AM WORKING ON IT. LOVE YOUR PICS ESPECIALLY THE PUP.

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64CHEVYGIRL 9/18/2014 6:20AM

  Thank you! I am right where you are and feeling the same way! I'm down 60, have 40 to go, but am torn between feeling great and wanting to lose the rest. Reading your post helps me realize it's okay to be happy for where I am now, and when I'm ready for that last push I can do it.

Again, thank you, and keep your chin up. You are amazing, right here, right now!



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TENNISJIM 9/18/2014 5:52AM

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PJB145 9/18/2014 1:51AM

    Good for you. My only resolution for 2014 was "finish what I started." I was referring to my WL journey. Things are good right now, but think how much better they will be.

Congrats and continue to enjoy but keep your "eye on the prize."

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FLEMIDG 9/18/2014 12:05AM

    Congratulations on what you have accomplished so far. You're doing great. Good for you for electing to do some things by yourself. I know you will reach your goal. You have the right attitude. Good luck.

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    Hugs

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NORASPAT 9/17/2014 9:52PM

    Great job. Spark is great it helps us with many issues NOT JUST WEIGHT LOSS. emoticon

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KEEPITUP62 9/17/2014 7:34PM

    I love your attitude. To finish what you started! That is what makes you a winner.

You can do this my dear.........keep pushing until you see that light at the end of the tunnel and then go for it.

Congratulations on all of your successes thus far. You are awesome!

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AMBER461 9/17/2014 7:20PM

  Great blog you have accomplished so much, you should be proud of yourself. Thanks for sharing.

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JSEATTLE 9/17/2014 6:34PM

  I am so happy to read your blog today. It shows that you have made a mental breakthrough and sometimes that is better than a physical breakthrough. You have done so well, with ups and downs and that is to be expected. Accepting where you are and how you got here are huge in moving forward!! Keep on GOING for IT! I do things by myself all the time and I love the feeling of freedom it gives me.

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EMMACORY 9/17/2014 6:11PM

    When the body is ready, it will release the weight. Enjoy all those activities! emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 9/17/2014 4:42PM

  Hi Steph........
YOU now have the self-confidence to be happy with where you are now and also the desire to still want to get to your goal weight. Sounds like the best of both worlds to me. YOU should be very proud. emoticon

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GINA180847 9/17/2014 4:05PM

    I can relate, I lost 30 lbs and then could not seem to go further. I decided to just learn to be comfy at that weight for a while and try not to gain. That has gone on for a while but lately I have been itching to lose more.

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DAWNO64 9/17/2014 3:06PM

    You've come a loooooong way, baby! I love that you realize you now have the self-confidence to enjoy life, alone if necessary! It's actually not a bad thing, like some people think, to go out and hit the zoo, go to amusement parks, movies, etc. by yourself. And I bet you have an AWESOME time at that concert!

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Opinions Are Like ________...

Friday, September 12, 2014



So every quote about opinions ended in something quite inappropriate... so I will just let you fill in the blank the word of your choice! emoticon

I am often open to hearing other people's ideas and opinions... a lot of the time I learn something new or different! I don't always agree with them, but I typically don't mind listening to what others have to say. I also do my best to remember that if they are speaking up, the most likely (not always, but usually) have good intentions and it's because they truly do care.

But every once in a while, you get that unsolicited opinion or advice that just rubs you the wrong way! Some people live their life very openly, where they tell everyone everything... and I think those people are the ones that often get the brunt of the unsolicited opinions. If you don't give people anything to go on, then they can't comment on it. ;)

When I started my job 6 years ago, I was an open book! I learned the hard way how quickly things could spread... which would have been okay if they were accurate. Things would get twisted and changed and it got to the point where I shut down. I wouldn't tell anyone anything... I knew they were going to talk about me regardless, but I figured if they were going to make up stories, they could make up the entire story, and that I wouldn't give them any words to twist.

I lost over 50 pounds before I'd even confirm the number. People would constantly ask me how many pounds I had lost and I would just say "quite a bit" or something else. I wasn't trying to be difficult, but it was hard to open back up after my prior experiences. I also knew there were the less-than-happy-for-you-coworkers that were secretly hoping that you would gain all your weight back... because that is what always happened to them!

At this point, I am open and honest about my weight loss to anyone who might ask... but it took a long time to get there. It is so much easier to share these things on Spark than it is with people in everyday life, and I think it's because here we are all working to achieve the same things. Weight loss is the one subject that I will just put out there for anyone who might want to know, but I am still guarded with most other things.

But opening up to others puts us in that magical place of hearing about what everyone thinks about you, your plans and your life. While the majority is nothing but supportive, some opinions just rub me the wrong way. In most cases, I don't think they mean any harm, but sometimes it just starts to bug me. emoticon

For me, I get the most opinions based on the fact that I want to have a tummy tuck next year. Most people wouldn't tell you they were going to have a tummy tuck or that they were thinking about it. They would go and do it, and maybe just maybe in the future they would tell you that they had one... and even then they might not say anything about it. At first I was keeping my planning to myself, but I eventually shared it here and in real life (at work). I feel like there is nothing to be ashamed of and that there is no reason for me to hide it. At work, they are going to know that I will be out for an extended period, so if I don't open up about what I am doing with that time off, that will leave them to guess... and I sure don't need them guessing! Lol!

My family is nothing but supportive, they have seen the state my stomach is currently in and they know it is necessary. I have saved up the $$, done my research, and know what to expect. I know that I want to be in the 160's and have a steady weight for 6 months. That is what *I* want. Other people want to lecture me about waiting til after I've had kids, or wait until I've been at my goal for over a year... the list goes on and on. But the thing is, you don't know my specific situation. You don't know that I've researched all about having kids after having a tummy tuck. You don't know that I've weighed the pros and the cons... You don't know that while I'm 28, I am not even in a relationship that might lead to having kids. In fact, I don't know that I will ever have children. I will not spend the next 10 years walking around with sagging skin because I "might" chose a certain path in my life. I used to say that I wanted to maintain my weight for a year before getting a tummy tuck, but that was before my stomach had become such a hazard. I don't have rashes yet, but I know it's coming. It is very uncomfortable and impairs my ability to do certain exercises. Not only that, but I've maintained my weight for a year. Granted it is not the weight I wanted to maintain, and I am not done losing, but I know myself and I know that I will not go through the pain, recovery, money and the mental struggle that comes from such a surgery and mess it all up by gaining my weight back. That might sound arrogant, but I think 2 1/2 years into this journey I know myself better than anyone. Doctors recommend you have a steady weight for 6 months, and that is my plan. Some doctors even recommend that you have your tummy tuck even if you have 10 or so more pounds to lose, because it might help and be added motivation to lose the last 10. With that said they recommend you be within at least 20 pounds of your goal weight before having surgery. My goal weight is 160, and if I'm in the 160's and can maintain then I am going for it.

This sagging skin and tummy takes a toll on me mentally and physically, and that is why I have chosen the path I have chosen. So all I ask when you voice your opinion to someone, think about how it might sound to the person you are giving it to. Think about if it will help that person to understand your thoughts, or if it might affect them negatively. Would you want the same person voicing that same opinion to you if situations were reversed? And if you are on the receiving end of such opinions, try to remember in most cases, they care and are trying to help, even if it doesn't come off that way. Most importantly, remember to make your own decisions, even if it's not the popular choice! emoticon


  
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    I KNOW HOW YOU FEEL. I FEEL WHEN I TELL ENYONE I AM TRYING TO LOSE THEN THEY WILL WATCH TO SEE IF I SLIP UP OR HOW MUCH I AM EATING. WAY TO GO ON DOING YOUR RESEARCH. THAT IS IMPORTANT. I WISH YOU WELL . I THINK YOU ARE DOING emoticon

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WRITERWANNAB 9/18/2014 12:55AM

    It sounds like you have done your research & know what to expect. It is YOUR decision. When you do it, I'd be interested in how it goes. Take care! emoticon

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ATGOALWT 9/17/2014 1:04AM

  I'm all for anyone getting a tummy tuck or any other cosmetic procedure they want. I would suggest not telling everyone and don't feel you have to justify the reason why to people either. You want it and that should be it. The reason is your business only. If you have one person in your life (BFF) that is supportive and you can share this with then tell her everything every step of the way and don't tell others who may judge you.

I think you will be very happy with your results and don't let anyone take that joy away from you.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 9/16/2014 2:39PM

    Good for you. You are young and can financially do this. You feel that the benefits outweigh the possible problems. I certainly don't think it is any ones business but your own. Hugs Pat

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GODZDESIGN95 9/15/2014 4:02PM

    Girl it is your life do what is good for you. You know your body. If could get a lipo or a breast lift I would but it is not feasible for me to do so. I guess I have to go normal way. As for the boobs well I have had 3 kids and one breast feed and I am 54 lol. You get the picture. As long as I am ok with them well they are mine. Hubbie does not complain. Giggles. You do you!

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POLSKARENIA 9/15/2014 1:13PM

    I always try to support my friends and family, both before they decide upon a course of action, and once they have acted upon their decision.
I too am very careful what I share and whom with; there are just too many destructive people about!
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GRACED777 9/15/2014 1:55AM

    Anytime I try to change someone's mind, I am out of bounds. I'd rather encourage people or give them something to consider. We each stand before God on our choices, not before people, but that's hard for me to remember when on the receiving end of others' opinions at times, especially when people try to tell me how to spend my money, what to do in health or vocational areas, etc. We are to be resources for others, not The Answer Person.

I've learned to be careful what and where I share, as well. It got worse when my marriage got rocky. Everyone and his brother knew what I should do!

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WALNUTT1961 9/14/2014 9:49PM

    Great blog! It's your body, do what you want to!

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By the way, after I get to goal, I too intend to get rid of the excess skin as soon as I'm able, no matter how old I get! emoticon


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    emoticon Joining in the chorus. It takes discernment to know what to share with whom. Not just for your own sake, but for theirs. Lesson I've been working on a lot lately!

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PATTIEMCD 9/13/2014 8:20PM

    I absolutely love this Blog !
I want to have a tummy tuck also but I haven't done any of the homework for it. I haven't even the slightest idea how much it will cost ! Hehehe
I just know I will get it done before I turn 60 (I'm 55 now).
I can totally relate about the ppl who are not capable of being happy for your weightloss. There are a handful of ppl at my job who lost weight and put it all back on plus some. Two of them still talk to me, the others just stare at me when I walk by them. Some ppl ask me how I did it but, when I tell them, their eyes glaze over. They don't understand how I can eat whatever I want to and not gain any of it back. No one wants to hear about portion control.... Lol


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DIANNEMT 9/13/2014 6:30PM

    Good for you!! You do what is right for YOU!! Sounds like you know what is going on with yourself!!

So proud of you for being down so much weight!!

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  So very true thank you for the reminder

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JSEATTLE 9/13/2014 4:42PM

  This is an important lesson. Words are powerful and often it's not what you say, but how you say it. You're doing so well, I think you really have your head on straight!

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TINAJANE76 9/13/2014 12:49PM

    Why anyone would diss your desire to do this after all the work you've put in and how much you've thought it though is kind of beyond me, but it seems to me like you know what the right thing to do is, Steph.

I had also thought about having a tummy tuck, even went for a consultation, but ultimately decided it wasn't for me--but that was my personal choice based on a number of different factors. I know quite a few others who chose to go with the tummy tuck and have had great results, so I'm sure you will too if that's what you ultimately decide.


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MARMAERT 9/13/2014 11:59AM

    Steph - you are doing the right thing and to do it now rather than later. Depending on how much looseness you have, you could see a weight loss of 10 pounds or even more as a result! I will be interested in your progress as this will be something I will have to do in 2016. along with loose skin removal on my thighs and upper arms, too. check out Pookasluagh's SP page and read her blogs about her own surgeries. she posts pictures and lots of details! Good luck!

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MARYBETH4884 9/13/2014 9:04AM

    Like you said, you know yourself better than anyone!! It is a very personal decision and if you've done the research and talked to the real experts you are set!! There are to many self proclaimed "experts" who just need to put their 2cents into your business!

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BALTOCHIC 9/13/2014 8:55AM

    You go, girl! I can relate to you in that you are someone who does their research and does not seem to make decisions lightly, so that can make it even more annoying when "well wishers" want to offer their .02. I've had people all my life telling me I'd regret certain decisions or I'd change my mind. I never have. I know you won't, either. Well done on your accomplishment! :-)

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THEBEV2 9/13/2014 8:37AM

    Thanks for putting yourself out there for us Stephanie!! I'm with you. I share very little, especially with coworkers. I'm 56 and also considering a tummy tuck. And a breast lift and augmentation. After losing almost 100 lbs (off for a couple of years now), my bits and pieces are um not where I'd like them to be:). The the reaction I get is "why bother at your age"! I tell them I might be 56 but I'm not dead yet!! My self esteem needs the boost (along with my body, lol). It's nobody's business but your own. Do what makes you happy and who cares what others think. I applauded your honesty!! At 28 you have your whole life ahead of you. Enjoy!!


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SHERYLP461 9/13/2014 8:28AM

    I see our role as giving support, not opinions. Sometimes the two things cross. Your decision not mine or anyone else's.

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NANCY- 9/13/2014 8:23AM

    Congrats on following your heart.

I am one of those that cautiously gives unsolicited advice. I preface it with that it is just for info and and not a directive, so it is a take it or leave it type thing.

We have to make our own decisions. I'm so sorry to hear that you have experienced hurtful situations. From your blog I can tell how wise you are.
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TRYINGHARD54 9/13/2014 8:09AM

    People are rude, to bad, but thats the facts of life. I guess they weren't taught how to behave as a child. You do what you want to do, Its your life and your body. Only you know whats best. and heck with others. i don't care what anyone else thinks. they can keep their opinions to themselves. emoticon emoticon

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PENOWOK 9/13/2014 7:52AM

    I am so sorry there are so many obnoxious, rude people who always think they know better than anyone else. I have someone in my life who is like that. She's always telling me what I should or should;t say and what I should do...it's pretty annoying. I bite my tongue quite a bit. "My way or the highway." In fact, before I took my current job, none of the other 26 people in the school district who were eligible for the job, was willing to take it because this person is so controlling. There's always at least one, right, but in your environment, in which I have also worked, there are lots of controlling, catty women. That's just how it is...So we smile, keep our little positive secrets and go on with being the best WE can be!! You ARE the best and you CAN make great decisions! Do what you believe is best and let no one deter you!

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MALAMI518 9/13/2014 7:10AM

    You are so right! I'm glad that you have the confidence to know what is right for you and to leave others' opinions behind when they are inappropriate.

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CHERYLHURT 9/13/2014 5:43AM

  Your life, your success, your tummy. You have done a GREAT job losing so much weight and if a tummy tuck is what you want, then go for it!

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Is The Glass 1/2 Empty Or 1/2 Full?

Monday, September 08, 2014

September 2014: 190ISH


July 2013:

^It may be only a few pounds difference, but I definitely see big changes in my face comparing those 2 photos!

I have to say, I can be very fickle, with just about everything! I change my mind, my plan, my goals, everything, all the time! emoticon But at the end of the day, there are things that I know that I want without a shadow of a doubt! I want to be healthy, happy, and I want to enjoy life. I want to reach my goal weight and learn the art of maintenance, I sure do plan on having my tummy tuck in October of 2015. Those are the things I know I want, and on any given day my thoughts are the same. But with other things I can be wishy washy.

I was realizing that where I'm at today can be viewed in two exact opposite ways! I can chose to feel down or I can chose to feel positive, and it really is a matter of perspective.

Let's start with how things would be if I chose to look at my journey with the glass 1/2 empty.

In nearly 2 1/2 years on my journey:

emoticon I have gained 10 pounds back on several occasions, then "wasted time" losing those same 10 pounds.

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emoticon The biggest "downer" is that I weigh about the same weight I was at this point last year. I have been down about 10 pounds lower, but right now I'm fighting the regain. That could totally be viewed as such a "wasted year" and could really defeat me, if I let it!

emoticon I could have been at my goal weight by now... if I didn't "slip up" so much I could have been at that weight for a while now.

emoticon Now let's take a look at the glass half full, which is how I'm choosing to look at things! emoticon

emoticon I weigh about the same as I did last year! How can this be a positive and a negative? Well I could have easily gained back 40-70 pounds in a year had a I stayed off track. But by getting back on track and working hard to be consistent, I managed to maintain (more or less) for a year. That'll come in handy down the road when I'm ready to start maintenance!

emoticon I am smaller than I was when I was 18 (I'm 28 now), and that is a great feeling!

emoticon I'm healthy! My blood work and blood pressure are fabulous!

emoticon I walked 9 miles at Disneyland, during an arthritis flare up, and still came home and walked my dog 2 miles! The icing on the cake? I wasn't in a ton of pain the next day.

emoticon Everything in the physical sense is easier. I no longer get winded walking up my 7 stairs to my bed room. Tying my shoes isn't a huge feat, and turning over in bed is no longer an Olympic Sport. Everyday life is that much easier, and I look forward to it getting even easier with the last 30 or so pounds lost.

emoticon I feel awesome... well, most of the time! I have my down days, where I'm down on myself or my body and wish it looked different or was smaller... but for the most part I am very happy with myself and my progress. I never truly believed I could do this, and I'm certainly proving myself wrong! emoticon

emoticon I know that I am in this for the long haul. I am not going anywhere, and no matter how many times I fall down, I have no doubt that I will get back up!

There are so many things that can be spun in a positive or negative direction, we just need to do our best to find the positives and go in that direction!

One of my Spark friends asked me how do I stay motivated everyday? My answer was that I don't. I wish I was always motivated, feeling awesome, and working hard, but that isn't how it has worked, at least not for me. I have bad days, weeks, regain 5-10 pounds and have to lose them all over again... but I'm consistent. I'm here, I'm trying, and even when I'm off track I am remembering why I need to get on track... and even more importantly that I WANT to get back on track. I want to be here, losing this weight and getting smaller and healthier! I don't always show that in my actions, especially when I'm having a rough week, but I always know what I need to do and I get back to it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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AMIV07 9/18/2014 11:27PM

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    GREAT blog! I like to see things in life with a "half-full" philosophy/mentality too! emoticon

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ICECUB 9/18/2014 7:54AM

    LOVE YOUR PICS. I LOSE AND GAIN TOO. I THINK BACK IF I COULD ONLY LOSE WHERE I WOULD BE BUT THAT IS NOT VERY PRODUCTIVE. I JUST KEEP GOING FORWARD. YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION. I THINK YOU ARE A VERY POSITIVE INFLUENCE.

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ONTHEPATH2 9/16/2014 11:56AM

    Oh my gosh! did I need to read this today! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!! I am just ending one of those 10 lb gains again - and struggling to turn things back around. You are so right, this is just one step in the journey. It's all about where we choose to focus. Thank you for helping me put things into perspective! You look great!!!

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RENATA144 9/12/2014 11:56PM

  Always positive. No room for negativity.

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    emoticon emoticon blog!!! You've made me realize that I'm looking at the glass half-empty but from now on I'm gonna look at it half-full!! emoticon You truly are a emoticon Sparkfriend to have. emoticon emoticon

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    Struggles make the end results a great triumph

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WOLFRUNNERONE 9/12/2014 4:59PM

    You can do it - I feel we all are rough judges on ourselves - maintaining is equal to losing - - you look lovely an your inspiration to many and too me -

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MOONGLOWSNANA 9/12/2014 1:36PM

  Cheers! Spark Cheers!

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NSCARNEY 9/12/2014 11:37AM

    Right on!

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PEANUT-M-MS 9/12/2014 10:37AM

    Good going, Steph-knee! Keep it up!

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    Sounds like things many of us deal with, but you are handling it. emoticon

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JERICHO1991 9/11/2014 9:34PM

    Definitely half, or more, full.

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MALAMI518 9/11/2014 9:03PM

    I think that you've definitely seen some body composition change over this last year. There may only be a few pounds difference in those two photos, but you look so different. Congratulations on the results of all that hard work. And I love your glass half full attitude!

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    I can see the difference in your face too.

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APED7969 9/11/2014 7:21PM

    As someone who has been struggling with regain for about a year this is exactly what I needed to read :-)

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    emoticon keep on sparking!!

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  Excellent blog, keep up the good works and thanks for sharing.

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  Great blog. Thanks for sharing.

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ATHENAFOREVER81 9/11/2014 8:30AM

    Great post! I can relate, because I have been on the journey of gaining and losing the same 10 lbs myself. Trying to get them off now and it seems like its taking even longer. But your right, consistency is key. I have been going strong 5 weeks now, and even though there are days where its easier to quit, I keep persevering!! Way to go on staying consistent and not giving up!!!

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VAINVT 9/11/2014 7:53AM

  I always like comments that talk about both the positive and the negative, and this certainly does that!

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    I had gained almost 20, 17 to be exact....so I know what you mean!!!

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PJB145 9/11/2014 1:33AM

    "You are only a failure if you stop trying." From my perspective, you have had a pretty successful year. WTG.

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I love that you are so open about what drives you and the motivation that can be awesome or lacking at times. It's really nice to see pictures too and you can definitely see a difference.

Also I'm SOOOOO going to copy you and construct a "Onderland" sign to hold up. I might even do one for when I officially go from obese to overweight BMI wise which I'm hoping is soon emoticon .

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CHARTHESTAR 9/10/2014 9:02PM

    Great blog-

A lot went on this past year even though the weight stayed pretty even. It takes a while to for all the weight to evening distribute it self after losing a significant amount.

I would say not to have a tummy tuck until you are where you want to be and have been there for at least a year. It is a lot to go through.

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    nice

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    Excellent post! Thank you! emoticon

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TANGYTANGERINE 9/10/2014 1:07PM

    Well said, I have always loved the scenario of the glass being half full/half empty and have used it a couple of times for myself too. I have been fighting the good fight for a while and know I am winning. You and I sound alot alike in our attitudes. Keep up the great work!!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 9/10/2014 12:35PM

    Well said! I too am in this for the long haul. Do we have a choice if we want to stay at a normal size? I know I don't. I am really proud of the fact that after maintaining below 160 lbs. for 2.5 years, I have reversed a regain trend that happened in the 7 months between Thanksgiving last year and this June. I got as high as 182 lbs., when I joined my first Dietbet. I was afraid I was on my way back to 328 lbs., and seemed to have lost all control. Where was my weight-loss/maintenance mojo? GONE! But the Dietbet helped me get it back and I have lost 20 of the those 32 pounds I put back on. This loss definitely makes my glass feel half-full, even though I am still 3 pounds from my 160-lb. goal weight and 13 pounds from that 150-lbs. that I like to stay pretty close to. I know I can get there now, and no matter how long it takes, I can do it! It doesn't matter how long it takes, we are on the right path!

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Disneyland, The Zoo & 25,000 Step Badge, OH MY!

Friday, September 05, 2014



Wednesday was just an all around amazing day! emoticon I could go on and on for hours about how Disneyland wasn't really crowded, we rode about 15 rides and our longest wait was a mere 30 minutes! We met lots of characters and we walked an amazing 9 miles! So the fun part isn't Spark related, but let me repeat, we walked 9 miles! Not only did we walk 9 miles, I came home and walked Sparky 1 1/2. Then I paced in my living room til I hit 25,000 steps! I got my first ever 25,000 step badge!



Not only did I earn that badge, but my knee has been swollen for weeks due to an arthritis flare up. A flare up like this would've completely prevented me from being able to walk. It was just so painful, it was impossible! But since losing this weight, my flare ups are tolerable, and I am actually able to remain quite active. I have my moments where I'm sore or uncomfortable, but I can still walk... and apparently walk all over Disneyland!

It's amazing how much added weight can impact us not only physically but mentally as well. Not once at Disneyland did I stop to think "am I going to fit into this ride?"... I never wondered if anyone was looking at me because I was fat, or mocking me. In fact, I never once thought what anyone else might have thought about me at all! It really is a new attitude and a way of life... and I am so glad I went. I didn't even once think about the fact I didn't reach my original Disneyland goal, and I didn't feel guilty about going to Disneyland. In the picture above, it is proof of how far I have come. Do I still have a ways to go? Yes. Do I want to achieve my goals? Absolutely. I have big plans and I want to get it done, but I am not going to feel guilty for enjoying myself now! I worked hard and I deserve to have a little fun, I just need to make sure that fun isn't surrounded by food! emoticon

I also went to the Zoo on Tuesday! We got up close and personal with a giraffe that came over to visit. It truly was a blast. My precious Billy was getting exercise in! I am really starting to believe the Zoo is trying. There were 2 trainers, and they would take turns throwing him food so he would walk back and forth and get some exercise in, that made me feel warm and fuzzy inside!

So the girl who never took pictures has been on a picture spree the last two days, so here's all 9 million photos! emoticon emoticon







^Thor was smokin' hot! emoticon




^Pluto's dog bed at Mickey's house!



^Sourdough Mickey bread!
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^My beautiful baby!

^Too bad the glass is grimy, this little cutie was giving me a big smile!

  
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    THANKS FOR SHARING . LOVE YOUR PHOTOS

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WHYTEBROWN 9/12/2014 11:09PM

    emoticon emoticon on such emoticon progress. You look like you had an emoticon time and you totally deserved it!! emoticon also on those 25000 steps!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARGARITTM 9/9/2014 8:59PM

    Congrats well deserved. Looks like a great vacation.

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DANI_PIE 9/9/2014 8:59PM

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AMIEMICHELE 9/9/2014 7:05PM

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HYATTI1 9/9/2014 11:16AM

    Congratulations, loved the pictures you look awesome. Keep up the good work.

Joanna

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REBESANCON 9/9/2014 10:39AM

    Congrats on the 25,000 steps! That's an incredible achievement. emoticon

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LJCANNON 9/8/2014 11:36PM

    emoticon Thank You for sharing your Disney Journey! ! What a wonderful experience, and Congratulations on all of the NSV'S! !

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DIAMOND102 9/8/2014 11:22PM

    Terrific!!! and you look great. emoticon

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JEB03253 9/8/2014 6:05PM

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JRRING 9/8/2014 3:31PM

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PJB145 9/8/2014 2:37PM

    You look happy and that says it all. Good for you.

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NHES220 9/8/2014 1:29PM

    You look great and you look so happy! Keep up the great job with the steps!

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LORNE67 9/8/2014 1:27PM

    emoticon A really awesome job on the steps!

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NORIVI33 9/8/2014 12:26PM

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STEVIEBEE569 9/8/2014 10:43AM

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CATHIMOMMY 9/8/2014 10:10AM

    You go girl! I love my FITBIT and the extra motivation to move it it inspires! Keep at it!

Have a great week,
Cathimommy

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MSFROGGIE 9/8/2014 8:23AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You Look emoticon !!

Keep up the GREAT work!!!

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NHEMBERGER 9/8/2014 8:09AM

    Way to go!
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WRITERWANNAB 9/8/2014 12:10AM

    It sounds like a great time! I can't wait to go again myself. emoticon

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MSLADYBUG3 9/7/2014 10:03PM

    Awesome and congrats to you, such an accomplishment. emoticon

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1STBUCKETITEM 9/7/2014 9:40PM

  So-o-o glad you were able to go to Disneyland! Isn't it great to see how your mental attitude is changing? You are well on the way to getting to your goals and when you get there you'll have what it takes to maintain them.... Positive Mental Attitude! Keep up the good work! emoticon
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AMBER461 9/7/2014 9:33PM

  Congrats, 25000 is very good. Thanks for sharing,

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CHANGING-TURTLE 9/7/2014 8:59PM

    emoticon emoticon YOU ROCK!!!!

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SPARKLINGME176 9/7/2014 7:58PM

    I love, love love the photos!!!!
I use to go to Disneyland almost monthly. Walking 10-12 miles sure adds up fast! Right? I was able to eat VERY well there! The plaza has green salads, Fried chicken breast (I take off all the fat & skin) & for desert I had a frozen banana! Black coffee helped me through the long nights! I also brought an apple & a 100 calorie pack kettle popcorn from Trader joe's & sliced almonds! I was able to release weight & reach my goal doing this! AMAZING!

How did you eat there?
Sparkles,
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BEAUTY_WITHIN 9/7/2014 6:11PM

    Looks like you had a blast! Congrats on the steps!

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ERABEL 9/7/2014 4:24PM

    emoticon Looks like you had fun and you look great.

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FRABBIT 9/7/2014 1:25PM

  Way to go on the 25,000 steps. All of these pictures show how happy you are! Congrats! So glad you had a fabulous time!

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AMYG5025 9/7/2014 12:54PM

    What an amazing smile, and congratulations on your 25,000 step badge! That is fantastic! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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LEESA-B 9/7/2014 12:54PM

  You're looking awesome! Congrats! I don't think I've EVER had a 25K step day.

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JUNEAU2010 9/7/2014 12:21PM

    The best part is your zillion dollar smile!

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CTUPTON 9/7/2014 11:48AM

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I am so happy for you! chris

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AMYSYOKO 9/7/2014 11:27AM

  you are so special, thanks for sharing your wonderful day [and journey] with us

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SHOAPIE 9/7/2014 11:02AM

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MARYINFL2000 9/7/2014 8:51AM

  Way to go! Fun AND 25,000 steps in the same day....awesome! I also enjoyed your photos. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VAINVT 9/7/2014 8:35AM

  What fun! Like fitting into rides, I remember the first time I walked into a clothing store and asked what I wanted rather than what would look OK.
A great feeling!

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TIME-4-TINA 9/7/2014 8:06AM

    So glad you had fun! and so glad you were able to enjoy it without being concerned about your weight. I remember going to Disneyworld when the kids were little. We went a couple times. Once we went 2 months after I gave birth to my daughter. So I was pretty out of shape. We spent 4 days at the parks. I was hot, sweaty, exhausted and sore. No fun for me. I'm sure you were much more comfortable this time. who did you go with?

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REALITYCHECK86 9/7/2014 3:46AM

    I'm so glad you got to do your trip! I had to get caught up on your blogs because I had taken a short break from spark, but I read them all because I love reading them. Reading about your hopes and fears always resonates with me. The pictures are wonderful too, you have an amazing smile! During my short break from spark I've managed to put some weight back on. Ever since I started Thyroid medications, my weight seems to have started creeping back up despite making several drastic dietary changes. Reading your blogs gives me hope and reminds me that so many things are possible. Congrats on making 25,000 steps! Keep Sparkin lady!
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BLUEJEAN99 9/7/2014 1:40AM

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JIBBIE49 9/7/2014 12:18AM

    I love going to Disney World.

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WOOFERCOALBOY 9/6/2014 11:35PM

    25,000 steps! WOW!

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SWAN47 9/6/2014 11:07PM

    emoticon 25,000 steps is something to be very proud of - keep it up...you look great!

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/6/2014 10:27PM

  We've been holding our breathe and waiting for your award and trip. How did your friend do, you mentioned before....

I'm so FREAKING PROUD of you girlfriend.

Even if you didn't put in 25,000 steps, you've come a long- lo----------ng way.

I wish I could give ya a hug.

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FRANCES-AGAPE 9/6/2014 9:35PM

   
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for sharing your journey
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CICELY360 9/6/2014 9:31PM

  Good for you.

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_LINDA 9/6/2014 9:21PM

    emoticon on the steps -that is amazing!
emoticon for sharing your Disneyland and zoo experience in photos!
You look fabulous!
I went a very long time ago and remembered getting a Belgian waffle with a character imprinted in it. They really know how to entertain in all ways!
Keep up the great work! You got this!


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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 9/6/2014 9:14PM

    Good for you. Looks like a ton of fun AND 25,000 steps, that's crazy!!!!
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