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Old 09-17-2015, 05:04 PM   #1
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Talking Weight Loss and Fitness Brag

After realizing I'd forgotten my early morning weight check, I stepped on the bathroom scale this afternoon and discovered I'm just a half pound short of my "Lose five pounds" goal. YAY, ME!

I now have a half dozen pair of jeans and two of casual slacks I couldn't begin to zip up six months ago that I can not only wear comfortably, but they're verging on baggy. You know that wardrobe issue, I'm guessing--the too-small pants you've kept around for years and years thinking you'll lose the weight and be able to wear them again "someday"?

Well, I have finally made it to someday!

And, I am going for five more pounds to put my BMI at LOW normal for the first time in over a decade of its being instead in the "low overweight" category. I've lost nearly twenty pounds in a little over a year and, even better, have kept them off but for occasionally backsliding a wee bit. I used those minor lapses to motivate me still more...and succeeded beyond expectation.

Add to that the fact that I've been walking as exercise until I now can easily walk 3-4 miles at about 4 mph the whole way without feeling the least bit tired when done. Yeah! Honestly!

I'm telling you that eating a healthy diet, portion control and regular exercise DO WORK. The catch is as it's always been that you have to start doing them all and keep doing them.

Don't wait as I did for a doctor's "or else." Start now doing it for yourself, for how much better you'll look and feel. You deserve both.

If longtime Ms. Excuses (namely me!) can do it, you can, too. "If you can dream it..."
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WOOHOO!!!!! way to go. It is hard work and you are doing a great job
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Congratulations! I've also found that making a real effort to only eat when I'm hungry & not just mindlessly snack really helps. I also don't keep snack foods, like crackers, chips, cookies etc., in the house because if it's not there than I can't eat it. I've learned that I'm much better off give in to the occasional craving for something & eat reasonable sized piece of cake or whatever it is I'm craving than to deny my craving by trying to satisfy it with other things only to end up twice or three times as much of what I was craving in addition to whatever it was I ate trying satisfy that craving.
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I've also found that making a real effort to only eat when I'm hungry & not just mindlessly snack really helps.
Heartily agreed! It takes some mindfulness and self-awareness to determine when you're truly hungry, I discovered, and not emotionally unsettled and wanting a food fixer-upper.

Also, much of the time, you're actually thirsty and will be satisfied with a big glass of water or plain tea or coffee instead of any food.

I've all but quit drinking anything carbonated except a rare Coke when we go out to eat, and then I drink scarcely half of the huge glasses most restaurants have these days. It's been probably 6-8 weeks since I last did that, though. About once in three months for an eat-out Coke or one of those little 7.5 oz. "baby coke" cans does it for me.

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I've learned that I'm much better off give in to the occasional craving for something & eat reasonable sized piece of cake or whatever it is I'm craving...
Yup, I really do have to cheat occasionally myself but have changed my tastes enough to healthy foods that more than a sliver of most sugary desserts will be plenty. Your tastes really can change after having forced yourself to eat only healthy stuff.

My biggest discovery was that about a third of the portion size I formerly ate is actually enough as my metabolism has slowed with age. Having become cheaper to feed is a concern for Disney as huge as portions generally are there. We'd probably do better anymore eating OOP as little as I should eat now, but I'll likely be naughty while there. I typically walk so much there that I never gain more than a pound despite oinking it.
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New brag

I walked just about 4 miles to the nearest Starbucks, lingered with coffee for an hour and walked home!

I'm just a wee bit proud of self if the post title didn't clarify enough. < sly wink! >

Barely two months ago, I could have done one way but not round trip. And I wasn't tired to speak of either, just feeling some leg muscle burn that a few stretches resolved.

Mega-YAY for me!!!!
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That's one of our best pics from last trip, we both think. Glad you like it.

I still hate that getting DH's old iPhone 5 when he got the new 6 meant abandoning the case I had on my 4 with that photo on it.

Disney's photo product prices are pretty scary, but I felt the magic every time I picked up that phone. Best of all, I discovered an unused gift card that paid for that case. Sort of free sure felt good!
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Dot's SUCCESS update

Realized this morning that I've lost 25 lbs. gradually over the past year, and better still, am keeping it off. I'd like to lose five more and then my BMI will be LOW normal. BMI is down from overweight 2-1/2 years ago when I weighed nearly 160!

I'm now getting close to a size 8 from a 14 edging toward 16.

How'd I do it? The old standard-- healthy foods (with an occasional junk treat), few snacks, no soda at all, very few processed foods, portion control and regular exercise. Any other diet I tried had the usual disadvantage of my feeling deprived and then when I lost as much as intended, I'd soon put it back on.

The old tried and true works and keeps working longterm. I'm living proof.

I'm happiest that I can wear nearly all my "someday clothes." You know, all those you store for "someday when I lose this weight"?

I DID IT!
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