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I Want To Drop A Dress Size Already!!!!!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

So far I have lost 22 lbs and I am still a size 18! I want to be a size 16 already! I thought the rule was: 15 lbs. = 1 dress size. When oh when will I have the pleasure of being a size 16 again?????????? (Can you feel my frustration? emoticon)

But hold on...

Maybe this has to do with the fact that I stuffed my butt (and other womanly parts) into a size 18 for far to long.

Wait a second...this size 18 pants feel much more comfy than it use to. I can actually zip them up without inhaling. My shirts do not have the huge openings between the buttons when I sit down.

I still want to be a size 16 soon.

  
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REDRUDY5 1/20/2011 12:37PM

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EBIELOU 1/20/2011 9:41AM

    You may need to do strength training. I have dropped 2 sizes in a couple of months even though the scale hasn't budged much.

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BRILYNN79 1/20/2011 7:01AM

  Hopefully soon. I have heard from others on their journey that the larger the size, the more weight it takes to drop a size, but the smaller sized take less weight. Not motivating now, but it will be soon!

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TAMLKING 1/20/2011 6:33AM

    Brandi is right....it will happen soon enough. And that will only be the beginning! I was a size 16 last June and now my size 10 pants are too baggy. Woohoo!

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BRANDIGIRL313 1/20/2011 5:45AM

    oh hunny bun! just give it another 2 weeks drink the water do the cardio watch the calories and portions and i bet you'll be a 16 definitely by the !st! emoticon

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My Trip to the E.R.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Two days ago my head started hurting like crazy. It was so bad it zapped the life right out of me. I neglected to listen to what my body was saying to me because I was busy caring for my dad and my mother (both who were recently released from the hospital). Well, when I went to my parent's house to monitor their blood pressure, I decided to check mine. It was 180/120! I checked again 173/118, I couldn't believe it. I called my doctor and she said go to the E.R. immediately.

They got my blood pressure down and sent me home on anti-hypertensive which I've being trying to stay off of by controling my diet and losing weight. I failed at that. But I am hoping that I can get off of them really soon.

  
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BRILYNN79 1/19/2011 6:07AM

  Take care of you! As nurses we tend to take care of everyone else, but girl that is a sersious pressure.

Hope you are feeling better and the med works until you can get those healthy habits working for you!

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DSTDIVA9 1/18/2011 4:20PM

    Girlie don't let that happen again. I definitely need to check on you the BP was high. I got your back :-) emoticon Feel better.

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EULALIA14 1/18/2011 1:55PM

    Yikes! That sounds really scary. Whenever I have patients who tell me they are having the "worst headache of their life", I am always on the alert for 1) high BP, 2) aneurysm, 3) TIA/Stroke. I'm glad you listened to your body and got to the ER. I'm sure it feels frustrating to be on meds, but I've seen life style changes work wonders for lots of folks with HTN and diabetes, etc. Good luck!

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DHSPARK 1/18/2011 8:31AM

    Glad you went to the ER...that's a really high BP and dangerous!

Good luck on getting it under control!

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GIGALENA 1/18/2011 7:44AM

    That is scary. I am glad you went and are taking something to get it under control. Take care of yourself. YOU ARE VERY IMPORTANT!

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TAMLKING 1/18/2011 7:06AM

    What a scare! I've been there, so I know. I know that one of the biggest goals for me is to get off my bp meds, and it's happening, but a lot slower than I want! Exercise really makes a difference, and can have a permanent effect on lowering your bp if you're consistent. (it's also a great stress reliever)
Stay on the meds until they say otherwise and try to reduce your stress. Hope you're feeling better!

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SISTHOROUGHBRED 1/18/2011 6:58AM

    OH GIRL! I hope that you are able to get off of them. Stress can also cause your blood pressure to stay sky high. Every once in a while take a time out for yourself, I'm happy that you are trying to live healthier but sometimes we forget that if our mind goes, so does our health. Hope you feel better....

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BRANDIGIRL313 1/18/2011 5:40AM

    oh virgina ! man! that is one of the main reasons i called myself exercising too! because i could feel those symtoms; feeling lightheaded like i was on an elevator, the tips of my fingers throbbing, the headaches. almost immediately after i began working out the symtoms disappeared, but i probrably need to go get checked out. but my problem is , i'm one of those millions with no insurance. what to do? guess i gotta pay outta pocket, but first i'll try a cvs minute clinic to get my blood pressure checked. glad you went in and got treated, now you can relax and concentrate on your goals. will the exercise and diet eventually help take you off the meds?

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REGAN49 1/18/2011 4:21AM

    emoticon Hope your feeling better soon!!!

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Singleness...

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Being single sucks sometimes.... emoticon. But my marriage sucked all the time so I will take the occasional "sucky" day over a lifetime sucky days. lol emoticon

  
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REDRUDY5 1/16/2011 4:08PM

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BRANDIGIRL313 1/15/2011 7:16PM

    it's just kinda forming new habits, its harder some days than others but the effort will be worth it. you need to try to develop a new social life...


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KAREBARE506 1/15/2011 9:19AM

    I totally agree!

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RUNNINKAT 1/15/2011 7:07AM

    I so agree with you on that! Here's to singleness! emoticon

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CURVYCC 1/15/2011 6:54AM

    Do at least one thing each day just for you. Perhaps it was something that you couldn't do during your sucky relationship. Now is the time to do you!

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TWOTIMESS 1/15/2011 6:23AM

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Rather a happy single than a miserable couple. Take your time, mourn the loss and love yourself!

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LMATTHEWS76 1/15/2011 6:13AM

    I feel this way some times. So rather than feeling bad that I am single, I decide to see it as a time to better myself through education, lifestyle change, and learning crafts such as sewing. Take this time to improve yourself and your life and you will attract a better quality of man. The previous statement was spoken to me by a very kind person I met only breifly many years ago. Perhaps giving me that lesson was the reason for our chance meeting. I have taken her advice to heart and now I pass it on to you.

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Down 20 lbs (20.6 lbs to be exact)! I am so happy!!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

On November 1, 2010, I weighed in at my doctor's office at 245 lbs and that is the heaviest I've ever been in my life. I was shocked and knew I had to do something. That week I started using SparkPeople again, stopped fast food and soda. I went to my first Weight Watcher's November 8, 2010 and my weight was 242. Today, I weighed in at 224.4 at my Weight Watchers Meeting. Down a total of 20.6 pounds!

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RUSSELLORAMA 1/15/2011 10:10AM

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SUGARBABY60 1/13/2011 5:53AM

    As one WW member to another . Keep it up girl you are doing fantastic! and the Support and education here at Spark People is just the cherry on the top . You are building a life of successes congratulations. I started out at 235 and now am down nearly 60 lbs. follow your dreams!

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CHANTALE518 1/11/2011 7:23AM

    Your weight watchesrs experience I hope will be the same as mine. I start in 3 weeks at my job and I am looking forward to the changes within me. Great Job and good luck toward your continued success!!!

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HUNNNYBEE 1/11/2011 7:14AM

    You are making GREAT progress!!!! Congratulations!

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TAMLKING 1/11/2011 7:08AM

    I am very proud of you! Keep up the great work!
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KIMBERLIEV 1/11/2011 6:55AM

    emoticon awesome consistent effort!! way to stick with it! emoticon

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MBOLTON5 1/11/2011 6:53AM

    FANTASTIC! emoticon emoticon

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OCTOBER2842 1/11/2011 6:07AM

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That is great, keep up the good work, isn't Spark People and WW super?

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DSTDIVA9 1/11/2011 5:42AM

    emoticon emoticonI am so proud of you on your 20 pound weight loss. emoticon

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Update on my job situation...

Friday, January 07, 2011

In my previous blog I told how I accepted the lower paying job to follow my bliss! (It's all about the pursuit of Virginia's happiness this year.) I was a bit uneasy about it at first but I am so glad I followed my heart.

But guess what happen in the meantime.....

The same company offered me an additional contingent position (only 3 shifts a month) yesterday and of course, I accepted it because it will give me the opportunity to keep my foot in the hospital but not really having to be caught up in the politics or daytime drama! And it will more than cover the difference in my primary pay!! emoticon

"If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else." Joseph Campbell

  
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SUGARBABY60 1/13/2011 5:48AM

    Y E SSSSSSSS !! emoticon emoticon

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MRE1956 1/7/2011 7:14AM

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CURVYCC 1/7/2011 6:57AM

    Congrats on following your dream and taking the leap of faith.

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TAMLKING 1/7/2011 6:44AM

    That is excellent! Congratulations!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 1/7/2011 5:59AM

    I'm so happy you followed your bliss!!! It means the world to your overall happiness! I did the same thing several years ago and have never regretted it. Wishing you an awesome 2011!!!

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BRANDIGIRL313 1/7/2011 5:55AM

    you deserve every good thing that is yours because of your own perseverance and effort-brandi
i'm so glad it all worked out better than planned, you deserve it virginia!

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KITTY_WHO 1/7/2011 5:39AM

    What an inspirational post, I love that quote. x

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TAZZ46 1/7/2011 4:51AM

  congrats to you on your new job wishing you a very blessed friday huggs vickie

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