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Weighing In

Last week, I was down another 2lbs but this week, I was up 6lbs. I’m not sad about it. I have been having a hard time eating since I got out of the hospital. Anytime I eat anything, I get very nauseous which makes me not want to eat. I don’t seem to have an issue with fluids because I can’t get enough water but my body just seems to hate food right now. This should be a better week because I saw my doctor yesterday and she gave me something to address the nausea.

This past weekend was the 67th Annual Tacoma Golden Gloves. I have been singing the National Anthem at the matches for 10+ years now. One of the photographers took a picture that finally helped me wrap my head around how much weight I have lost. I know that my clothes are fitting differently and better but I don’t feel any different other than being less ‘solid’.

This picture brought everything into perspective and I cried when I saw it…

This is me 60lbs thinner than my starting weight.
This is me 60lbs down from my starting weight.

I feel so proud of myself. God knows this journey has not been easy; full of many ups and downs but I am staying in the race.

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Me at 25lbs down from my original weight.

It’s crazy to see the differences in my body and a bit overwhelming. There are times when I feel scared and I allow that fear to steer me toward unhealthy choices (I am an emotional eater; any emotion) but I am determined to conquer and live above my fear. I know that ultimately, I will be better for it.

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Looking Back: 10 Things I Lived and Learned In My 2014

This was a particularly trying year. I can’t say that it was all bad but there were definitely some very deep valleys to go along with the peaks. I am thankful that I was here for the turmoil and the triumphs. I have learned a lot about myself over the last twelve months; some hard truths have come to the light. Through it all, I am grateful to God for seeing me through another year.
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1. I have lost 50+ lbs. this year. I haven’t felt this good in a long time. I still have quite a way to go in reaching my ultimate goal but I am well on my way. I’ve learned that being prepared will help to stop you from breaking away from your healthy eating routine.
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2. I went to my 20-yr highschool reunion. I can tell you that I was a true gleek. I knew and was friends with lots of people but all of my closest friends were in choir. I learned that nothing makes you feel older than realizing you’ve been out of school for twenty years. Just saying that gave me achy joints.
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3. I got to go to my first Seattle Mariners game. We had great seats that were right on the third base line. Also, it was Felix Hernandez bobblehead night. I learned that baseball fans are some of the happiest people on earth.
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4. We went to New Orleans for our birthday this year. We had an amazing time, ate some of the most delicious food I ever had and my wife got to show me where she grew up. I can’t wait to go back! I learned that you need comfy walking shoes whether they match your outfits or not.
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5. I lost my job. That is a very humbling experience. I learned that you should never get too comfortable. It also taught me that it is alright to feel your feelings but don’t wallow. Regroup and make a plan.
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6. I had corneal transplant surgery. Another very humbling experience. You are very dependent for a few days and that can be difficult. I learned that people can be very helpful…if you allow them to.
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7. Maya Angelou passed away. A woman who touched a nation. I love to read and hers was the first body of work I experienced as a young girl that was by an author that looked like me. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings is the first book I read by her. My favorite quote also came from her. “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”
I learned that living your best life, being true to yourself and kind to your fellow man is a beautiful way to live.
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8. We went to see Lalah Hathaway at Dimitrou’s Jazz Alley…for the 2nd time. This time, she was with Ruben Studdard. It was an amazing show.

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9. We celebrated our 1-yr wedding anniversary (11 yrs. together). Tomi is truly the mate that was created for me. Loving her is like food to my soul. I’ve learned that love changes; its work. But there is nothing, no situation, that love can’t conquer. We are strong individually but together, we are unstoppable.

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10. My baby girl got her first place. She also got engaged. I am overwhelmed with emotions over it all. She’s always been/ will be my baby. Now, I see her as a woman and I am not ready.

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All in all, 2014 has been a year of growth. I look forward to 2015 as a year to walk in the power of the lessons I’ve learned. I bid a fond farewell to 2014 and welcome the new year with open arms. Most importantly, I’m choosing to live by choice and make life happen instead of allowing life to happen to me?
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Weekly Weigh-In x2

So, I got really busy and really sick so I didn’t post last week. My weigh-ins are always on Wednesdays. At last week’s weigh-in, I was down 1.6lbs and another 3.25 total inches. Yay me!!

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When I weighed in this week I had gained 1.4lbs. but still lost 2.25 total inches. Yay me…again!!

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Upon discussing things with my health coach, we discovered that the gain was more than likely due to the sugar in the cough drops and cough syrup I have been taking because of my illness. Also, the provider that I saw gave me prednison (steroids) which didn’t help my situation either.

So, the score card for those keeping track…

I started the Ideal Protein program on 1/19/14

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As of 3/19/14 I am down a total of 24.6lbs

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I am down a total of 11.25 total Inches…-3.5in in my chest, -2.75in in my waist, -3.25in in my hips, -1.25in in my arms, -1.50in in my thighs.

What is most awesome for me is that I am having to buy some clothes in smaller sizes; I bought new pants that are 3 sizes smaller the other day. WHOOP! WHOOP!

 

 

 

Weekly Weigh-In

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Well, after a weekend of grazing on ‘whole’ foods, I gained a pound. I am back on track though so next week should be back to my normal loss ration of about 3lbs. We were out of town for the weekend and had to eat out quite a bit and our options weren’t always the best.
The one thing that I appreciate about where I am mentally with doing Ideal Protein this time is that I can recognize where I went wrong and because I was mentally ready this time, a small derail doesn’t cause me to go completely off track.

Cheaters Never Lose…Weight.

This is the face of a cheater!
This is the face of a cheater!

This weekend was my first “test” and I failed. I was in a situation where I couldn’t have any of my Ideal Protein foods or healthy veggies to snack on so I did what you are never supposed to do; I just didn’t eat. And then when I did eat, I did not make the best choices. I felt soooooo guilty!
This is also my first “time-of-the-month” since I have been on the program and the cravings I usually have (sweet & salty) but I have been able to control myself and not going on a snacking bender.
I have been so proud of myself with staying on program. I did not like the feeling that came with being a “cheater” and I definitely don’t like the 2lbs. that I gained as a result. I am back on the wagon and I have learned from my mistakes. I am definitely going to have to do some better planning when we travel to make sure that I don’t have another cheating episode.

Ideal Protein…The Remix!

I was on the Ideal Protein program before, a few years ago,  but the timing wasn’t right and I was not successful and had to stop.
Recently, I tried to start again. That day was a comedy of errors that resulted in me making the decision to stop, regroup, wait a couple days and then start again.
REEEEEMIIIIIIIIXXXXXXXXX!!!!!
Sunday, January 19th, 2014, I restarted my restart of Ideal Protein (You still with me?). I had a great week and followed the program to the letter. The program eliminates dairy, fruits and grains from your diet. My diet must have been carb & sugar heavy because I definitely went through some withdrawals but I stuck it out.
The good thing about the program is that you don’t ever feel hungry but I definitely had to fight a couple ugly behaviors that presented themselves; blind snacking and emotional eating. I had to find another outlet so I read more, wrote in my journal more and blogged more; that seemed to do the trick.
I had my first weigh-in on Friday, January 24th. I was so anxious about it that I was nauseous. I am down 9.6lbs. It felt so good to hear that I almost cried. It definitely gave me the boost I needed to jump into the next week with renewed strength of will. I am -9.6lbs closer to my first goal which is to get out of the 400 club.
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