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It’s alarming how charming I feel (1st dress in over 20 yrs!)

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This is the first dress I’ve worn in over 20 years! Lots of reasons… Main one is shoes, I guess. My right foot still swells and I have large feet, so wearing shoes is still a huge problem for me. If you are wearing clunky mens shoes, dresses just don’t quite look pretty… so, don’t wear them. Another reason is the “chafing” that goes on… I KNOW you know what I mean (many of you are reading this with weight loss struggles of your own, so I KNOW you understand)… and well, that certainly is the least fun thing for anyone to experience… so, pretty much… ’nuff said.

This maxi dress is definitely within my comfort zone… I love the colors and I love the length. Before you ask… yes, I’m wearing some tight capri’s underneath to make me feel better and confident… I may never get over that chafing worry. Question for those who have gotten over that… How did you? LOL

As for the shoes… I’m still working on that… I have a pair of slides and my foot was still visibly swollen, so that’s still a concern of mine. I may not be wearing dresses ALOT, but hopefully, as I lose the rest of the weight, maybe some of that swelling will dissipate as well? I pray that it will.

So, needless to say, I feel pretty today. Oh so pretty! I feel pretty and witty and gay! And I pity any girl who isn’t me today. (just kidding!) 😉

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It’s all in how you plan your day…

Yesterday, my husband was packing up food to take to work and I was half paying attention to what he was doing… I noticed he cut up two apples and put some lemon on them to keep them from browning and put them in sandwich bags, then grabbed a hard boiled egg and then grabbed his yogurts and whatever else, then he asks me how many prunes are in a serving… and I answer “about 4 or 5” without thinking, then stop. “Why are you taking prunes? You already have your two fruit servings.” Then we get into a discussion on food… and here it goes… 

We’ve been following this diet for a year. An entire YEAR! How does he not understand that we get TWO fruit servings a day? I just don’t get that. lol He then tells me that he needs SOMETHING to keep him full. I’m like… PROTEIN! VEGETABLES! I’m not understanding what it is you aren’t understanding here. lol (we don’t really yell at each other….) It’s just that we bicker about the stupid stuff and he is like… “How is it that you take a smorgasboard to work every day and I take hardly anything with me?” and I’m like “It’s all in the planning, my love”… 

I, seriously, am like a cow… I graze ALL DAY LONG! LOL I think I eat something every hour of the day… and I’ve been losing weight all year long… I don’t have huge meals… or huge snacks… but I eat something all the time… carrot sticks, cut up chicken, a hard boiled egg, a yogurt, some prunes, drink some tea, drink some water… have two brazil nuts… whatever. I work, I eat, I drink, I get up to go to the bathroom, I repeat, I get up to fill my water bottle, oops, it’s my break time, I walk the stairs at work… then it’s time to munch again! LOL Next thing I know, it’s time to go home! LOL My days fly by! 

Ya know? I seriously try telling him, “If you’d only listen to your wife more often!” lol


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My first year being truly healthy…

What a year this has been. 138 lbs lost. Cholesterol at a normal level. Blood pressure’s great. My arthritis pain is manageable, enough so, I’ve not needed any epidurals in over a year! I’ve only been sick less than a week in the past year. I’ve gone from a tight size 32 or 4X to a loose 18 in pants and wear L and XL tops now. Rings fall off my fingers. I have room in the chairs I sit in now. I can walk more than 1/2 a mile without sitting down (heck, more than 5 minutes without sitting down… ) I can probably walk more than 6 miles now, actually. I can stand for more than 2 minutes without being in severe pain. My feet are so terribly swollen like they used to be that it hurts just to look at them. Necklaces no longer have to be more than 22″, but can be just the standard 16″ or 18″ that they normally are and look long on me now.

This past year hasn’t been one full of deprivation, either. Today, I celebrated with my husband and son at an Indian buffet for lunch (one of our favorite meals)… and realized that we’ve shared several of these throughout the year… not weekly, mind you… not even monthly, but enough of them throughout the year to feel as though we’ve enjoyed them and not deprived ourselves of them completely. I may be able to count how many times I’ve had pasta in the past year, BUT, I’ve HAD pasta in the past year… And hot wings. I just don’t do it on a regular basis like I used to. I have basically changed my relationship with food and have adopted a clean food approach in my life… less process and more natural. However, there have been times I’ve indulged. I truly enjoy eating the way I do now… more vegetables, lean proteins, fruit and I enjoy my greek yogurt. I have always loved the simplicity of plain water… it’s truly more satisfying to me than just about any other liquid out there.

I enjoy the exercising I do. I don’t go crazy. I walk. I haven’t gone to the gym, although I’ve been getting interested in newer forms of exercise and just recently purchased new dvd’s on yoga, qigong and t’ai chi. I have enjoyed getting fit with friends, as well. Seeing them reach their goals has been fun for me. Being there for support is not only helpful to them, but very helpful to me as well. I’m so eager for this winter weather to move on and for the warmer weather to show up so I can get back out there and get active outside. Start sweating more, as I can see my goal in sight and want to reach it this year.

I know this will be the year I get to goal and that is super exciting to me. It’s been a fun past year, and this next year will see me to goal and I’m very ready for it. Then, maintenance. I’m ready for the challenge of that! I’ve got this!


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Blowing Minds… Including Our Own! (Pants Pic)

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When I first started the 17 Day Diet last March, I felt pretty good at the initial weight loss. After the first week or two, I thought… “This is it, I feel this is finally my time to lose this weight”… and when the weight started falling off and the sizes started dropping, I threw clothes away. I didn’t do what I had in the past… put them aside for a “just in case” scenario. I just tossed them! I didn’t even donate the first lot or two. THEN, I thought… “Wait! I want a pair of pants for a pic!”

These are those pants. They aren’t even the right size! LOL These pants are a 30W. When I started, I didn’t fit into a 32W. So, forgive me for not wanting to regain the weight for a photo op… but hmmm, nope, not going to happen. I’ll demonstrate the oooh, ahhhh, moment with these 30W jeans! I still think it’s a pretty remarkable moment, don’t you? They’ve been sitting on a counter upstairs for months… just sitting there.

My 1 yr anniversary is coming up on Tuesday. I’ve lost 138 lbs as of today… I was hoping for 150… it’s not Tuesday yet… but reality is approaching… fast and well, maybe I’ll get 140… but still… the pull of the pants photo was drawing me in… so the other night, I grabbed them and put them up to me and stood in front of my husband and we just were stunned! It’s one thing to see a big number on the scale… it’s entirely another to see it in a pair of pants. This just really puts it into perspective at just how big I was! Let me just say… when you look at the butt of these things… that’s NOT a pretty site! LOL But, yes, I do remember filling in many a chair in a theatre, or even my car. I remember the seatbelt cutting into my side. I remember the arms of a chair keeping me prisoner and me even wondering if I could “bend” them or “break” them as I got up. So, yes, I must have filled in that pair of pants pretty darn well, because I remember those days vividly.

I took these pants into work today to show my co-workers. Jaws dropped. I was very proud of my accomplishment and know that so many of my friends there were very proud of me, too. The pic is posted on my facebook wall and support is pouring in and I know I’ve touched so many and inspired so many. It’s humbling and I’m honored to be that inspiration in their lives. What’s more, is that I just look at the pants and they truly are a symbol that it’s never too late in life to attain a goal! To get healthy. My son is 16. A sophomore in high school. Probably the most influential time for him to see this change in me. Next year, he’s looking at colleges and reaching for his own dreams. I could be sad that I didn’t do this sooner, but then again… it’s never too late!


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Switched things up and it’s working!

Whew! I’m relaxing a bit. Trying to find what works for my body. I actually went back to Cycle 1 this past week and decided to LISTEN to what it said about the 17 minutes of exercise (sort of). What I was doing was exercising ALOT… thinking, burn it off, I’ll lose more… and well, maybe I was, but it wasn’t showing up on the scale for me. I know, I know, stop looking at that darn scale! I know I’ll have alot of you thinking that. Especially when I was fitting into new clothes up top (only up top, really) and getting compliments daily… still. BUT, for a daily weigher, it was driving me crazy. So, ever since I heard about that magazine article, I had to do something, because now I have a deadline and I seriously WANT that article!

So, at my place of employment, we have an indoor walking path (mostly due to living in the Northeast and the BITTER cold outdoors necessitating one)… anyway, it involved two floors and two sets of stairs… so even though the idea of walking at work and SWEATING, which isn’t something I ever really wanted to do THERE… I decided, I was going to do it, to ramp up my exercise for this article… and I started up with it. Well, for two days, I was doing that AND then going home and doing my Leslie Sansone walking videos (3 miles) and after 2 days, I really couldn’t walk! So, I re-thought my strategy, and decided, nope… two 15 minute breaks was really enough, especially if I FELT the workout… and an evening off was probably going to be really healthy for my body to recharge itself… and that’s what I’ve been doing this week. I’ve been getting to bed earlier, as well… Drinking lots of water, staying on track with my food, not straying and being consistent. I even took a rest day yesterday and today, I’ll grab a Leslie tape and do a 4 mile workout, just to get a good cardio in, but not do it too late in the day, so I can rest my body. My plan is to do this for the rest of the cycle, then when I add carbs in Cycle 2, ramp up my exercise with my Leslie tapes… but only maybe add in 1 or 2 miles in the afternoons, not much more… and see what that does… and stay consistent… and REST and get that sleep in.

I am going to see what happens.

I’m also going to stretch and use weights in the morning just to get some toning in… although I feel the toning in my legs BIG TIME!

On another note, I was asked to do a fashion show on the 16th of March for a retail store. Just a simple thing, nothing big… but new to me and thought it’d be fun. I went in yesterday and picked out my two outfits to model! How cool is that? If I can take any photos, I’m going to and I’ll post them here. I’m one of 40, so seriously, it’s not a big deal… just something for fun… but it’s a fundraiser for a local place for women and their babies… so it’s a good cause, which is great!

I also went to Goodwill yesterday to find new pants, as mine were getting pretty loose on me and found 2 pair for only 3.99 each! How cool is that? Nice ones for work! And several tops, too. I’m getting quite the stylish wardrobe! I hate pant shopping, but I really took the time to be patient and it paid off… if I pick a day where my patience is not worn thin, I can actually find some pretty good deals there! Perfect for when you are slimming down and don’t want to spend alot of money on the clothes you won’t be wearing too long! 


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Been busy, but on track and feeling great!

I’ve been doing great… on track… Lost what I gained, which is great. Feeling alot better. I’ve been busy, but what’s new? lol

My son’s show, Avenue Q is awesome! Soooo hilarious. It’s finishing up this weekend and I’m the full-on, supportive mom who is going to all the shows and working the lobby, helping out and loving every minute of it. He’s awesome in the show, the other kids are awesome in the show… just great fun! Next show is Chorus Line and there is talk of him doing Guys and Dolls which will be scheduled before Chorus Line opens… So, it’s always something.

As for what’s been going on with me. Well, I had some pretty cool news. Last year was my “Let’s get healthy year”… Resolution came late, March… but it was, let’s lose this weight and well, you all know where I am with that… This year, my resolution was… I’m going to write a book on the weight loss journey and I want to get in a magazine with my weightloss story. Well, the “news” is that my sister-in-law ran into someone who works for a very well known magazine and was telling her about my weightloss success… and this magazine happens to have a very well known issue that comes out once a year and I guess this person has the ability to write my story for that issue and made the offer to do so! Sooooo, I am currently MORE motivated to keep on with my journey to keep striving for my goal. We have an email address and an offer, so I’m going to do all in my power to deliver the “goods” so to speak and then it’s in God’s hands. If it’s meant to be, it’ll happen. I’m very excited, though!

I needed this boost of motivation, that’s for sure. I was just hovering and now I’m NOT. I have been amping up the exercising. At my place of employment, we have an indoor walking path outlined for the employees… it’s a loop that includes two floors, connected by two stairwells. I can complete 6 loops in 15 minutes and I’ve taken to walking on both of my breaks. So, I started Tuesday at my second break and have been going strong ever since. I also have been coming home and walking with my Leslie Sansone walking dvd’s as well. 3 miles both yesterday and tonight. I really think that upping the activity will show up on the scale and I’m very excited to see my weigh in on Monday! Even though I do tend to jump on the scale daily…


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Been hovering… and pulling myself out of a funk…

First time in my journey… I guess it’s expected.

I’ve been in a funk. I’ve been stressed. Mostly financial. I guess we all get that. I’m so glad that I’ve done my taxes and am just now waiting. I’m waiting for that check to make things LESS STRESSFUL! The effects? Well, I eat when stressed. I wish I didn’t. I guess old habits die hard and I didn’t even think that I had any old habits when I’ve been so very good for almost a YEAR now! I thought you create NEW habits after what? 7 days? 21 days? What is that saying? Well, I guess it’s not working in this girls’ head.

So, I’ve discovered a few things about myself. I’ve discovered that I am healthier. Thank God! I’ve discovered that nearly 10 months, or 10 months (since March 19, 2012) of eating healthy and nearly 9 months of exercising religiously, have made me healthier on the inside… because, even though I have been eating things I should not have been eating (cupcakes, which is seeming to become a wierd pattern as these aren’t really things I ate in the past, but for some reason they are snacks of the “now world” I think… anyway, pizza, which I don’t feel is horrible, as I have had that throughout the diet, just not as “often” as lately, and bread)… just stuff that I haven’t really had in doses that I haven’t had it over the past 10 months. Anyway, I’ve only gained 3 lbs! I haven’t stopped eating most of the foods on the plan I follow, so maybe it’s that. I sort of have stopped most of the exercise, but not completely.. just not as intensely.

I’m thinking that maybe I have built up lean muscle, which burns calories more efficiently (I hear). Maybe, from being healthier, my metabolism is much higher, and I’m processing things much better… I’m not really sure. It’s sort of a mystery to me that I’m not being that “good” yet I’m not showing it on the scale…

However, with all that said, I’m BACK on track. So, I do hope that I’m not derailed TOO much to see my goal too far away (or rather, further, away). I guess, I can’t be “perfect” all the time (and yes, I do TRY to be, even though I do realize no one can be)… It’s the A-type personality in me. First born and all that, you know. Sort of snaps me back into reality and throws the “You are only human” saying into my mind.

Stress… I did just post something about that recently somewhere… about 5 minutes of stress allows 6 hours of a breakdown of your immunity or something like that.. then BAM… this goes and happens… and Boy, does it ever! I’ve been a bit under the weather as well… and the eating, and the feeling “in a funk”… I don’t get depressed… I won’t say that is what I was feeling… in a funk way better expresses what I was feeling. I’m a very upbeat person… but when I’m “in a funk” it’s just that I get introspective… I don’t want to talk, to post, to do much more than read, watch tv, sleep, read more…

What I was doing alot of was watching Dr Oz and Ellen shows. I love to watch Ellen, because she’s about one of the only people I feel is about as positive as I am! LOL I truly love her spirit… I smile when I watch her and I laugh when she laughs and I just GET her! She’s a beautiful person and if I could be anyone else in the world (if I wanted to be, as I like being me, actually)… but I’d want to be her. Anyway… her and Dr Oz… but his shows get a bit repetitive.. but I have been trying to gleam as much info as I can… and reading tons of books on weightloss just to see if there are any little “tweaks” or things I can use or just think about.

I found a few. I already do quite a few things that are mentioned all over that show. Have been for months. Anyway… One thing I’m going to try is the ginger tea for bloating. I already have green tea all the time, so I’m going to look for decaf ginger tea, don’t need anything caffeinated, that’s for sure… but I’ll try to find something today. Anyway, the other thing I’m going to try is Cayenne before a workout. Who’s heard of this? 200 mg taken 1 hr before a workout is supposed to help you burn 40% more calories. Really? I’ll give it a try. Jorge Cruise gave me that tip and I already use his 8 minute moves in the morning and they are soooo amazing and I totally feel them working, so I’m IN with what he suggests! Another supplement I’m going to give a whirl is CLA. Read about it in “The Eat-Clean Diet” by Tosca Reno and also again, on the Dr Oz show… we’ll see. I’m going to STOP taking the Green Coffee Bean extract… not too much really studied about it and just not too sure it’s really helping or not helping actually… I think I’m losing same rate as I always was.

I like that the CLA is more than just for the fat, but also an Anti-carcinogen and also an anti-inflammatory, so with my arthritis, I love that.

I also am going to add drinking water first thing in the morning, before I even drink my warm lemon water… which I usually have after I shower and dress… so there is usually a bit of a delay.. been reading up a bit on getting water in first thing as a bit of a benefit.

We’ll see… nothing seems harmful to try… I never like to try things that seem too drastic.. just little tweaks. Everything else I’m very happy with… just need to stop the off plan and get back ON PLAN… re-focus and get rid of the stress… that isn’t good for anyone!