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my transformation
You look great hon! Way to go! I'm hoping to get where you are, and I'm so relieved to see that you did it over a couple of years, not in 5 months like you always read in those ladies magazines! Gives me some hope that I'll get there eventually!
by CollyMP (submitted 12 months ago)
What do you have to be thankful for in life
1. Woke up on this side of the grass yet again! 2. School year is almost over. 3. Coffee 4. Under 200 pounds and staying under. 5. Lots of fabric to sew. 6. Beautiful day! 7. More coffee 8. Wonderful husband! (seriously-he's awesome!) 9. Delightful son! 10. Goofy cats that always make me smile. There's SO much more but then I'd be typing all day!
by CollyMP (submitted a year ago)
Help!
He may think it superficial, but if you approach it from a health perspective he might be more responsive. 20 pounds is just enough to increase your risk for a lot of overweight/obesity related illnesses (I take a handful of pills a day to try to take care of those very same illnesses, so I can assure you while it might not be happening right now, it may well happen in the future). Taking of 20 pounds is a lot easier than taking of 40 or more, and the longer that weight stays on you, the more likely you are to gain extra weight to go with it. I did hear a doctor say something one time about behavioral issues that applies to just about everyone-the first and automatic reaction of most humans, when told to behave, is to misbehave harder. Keep throwing "no thanks" in his direction when he wants you to eat this stuff, and it not only gets easier for him to hear, but it gets easier for you to say. Someone else does not get to decide whether you are happy with your weight, only you can decide that.
by CollyMP (submitted a year ago)
Boobs!!
Weight training will help perk up the muscles that hold up your breasts, so they'll look better-I wont' say bigger, but better works, and a good bra does as well! I only went down one cup size when I lost weight a few years ago, from DDD's to DD's. I think if you do the weight training on your chest and don't lose too fast you'll probably be able to keep your D's, especially if it's a very full D.
by CollyMP (submitted a year ago)
Calf Muscles and Trouser legs (for those that have lost 100lb+)
Definitely try a boot cut-you only need enough room to skip over the calves, and some boots are slimmer than others. Best bet is to get all of the ones in your size off the rack and try on all of them. Due to the way garments are cut in factories, sometimes the same size tag will go on jeans with radically different fit (hey, they have to learn to use the machine sometime, right?) The way they're cut is a big stack of lengths of fabric are wheeled over on a flat bed table on wheels, and brought to a machine that looks like...well it actually is, in fact...a kind of band saw. Unless the stack stays perfectly vertical, the size that's cut on the top of the stack will differ from the size cut on the bottom, in spite of the fact that the top piece has the correct drafted size drawn on it. The lower leg is usually smaller thus making the stack harder to handle and accuracy suffers. (it takes an experienced cutter to keep it entirely accurate and those cutters usually work on the high end lines that the company makes-it's why the pricier lines of a department store have more consistent sizing)
by CollyMP (submitted a year ago)
Garcinia Cambogia
Ya know, there's nothing wrong with taking what works for you, or using any part of a message that resonates with you personally, and discarding the rest. We can learn from ANYONE, even people we disagree with or don't necessarily admire. Knowledge is never wasted. Just verify information when it involves ingesting things, with your own doctor.
by CollyMP (submitted a year ago)
Do you Weigh With Clothes On?
LOL-no, sorry, no one gets to witness me on the scale, I don't even let the cat in!
by CollyMP (submitted a year ago)
Do you Weigh With Clothes On?
Nope, I weigh without clothes. Some folks weigh weekly and just make sure they wear the same things, but I weigh daily. I don't want to mess with putting on the same thing each day to weigh myself when just eliminating the clothes solves the problem.
by CollyMP (submitted a year ago)
Do you get more motivated in Spring/Summer?
I probably would, if it would quit snowing. I have a great neighborhood for walking small but lots of ways to go around various areas to get your time in. I am YEARNING for it to be warm enough to do so!
by CollyMP (submitted a year ago)
What is Your Cheat Food?
Sasha, the US members may not quite understand because our idea of Easter eggs is chicken egg size or smaller hollow plastic eggs, or tiny tip of the thumb size solid chocolate ones-Easter eggs in the UK are generally great big hollow chocolate eggs filled or at least sold with smaller wrapped candies. They're big enough to hold in two hands, sometimes.
by CollyMP (submitted a year ago)
What is Your Cheat Food?
And congrats on making your goal, btw!
by CollyMP (submitted a year ago)
What is Your Cheat Food?
Oh, you are SO right, it is FOOD (and here I am telling myself and others that there are NO BAD FOODS!) So, chips are a TRIGGER food for me, probably a less urgent one but just as deadly is bread. I love bread, and I make a lot of my own. The family feels neglected when I don't make it, but some types of it I just cannot stay out of when I make them (honey oatmeal, for instance). Not sure I can be trusted with it just now, maybe in a few months.
by CollyMP (submitted a year ago)
What is Your Cheat Food?
It's awful isn't it? I had two bags of candy in my sewing room stashed behind my machines for MONTHS and finally gave them to my teenager to eat because I knew I'd never finish them. But don't try to sneak a Dorito past me! LOL!
by CollyMP (submitted a year ago)
What is Your Cheat Food?
chips. Any kind of chip-potato chip, tortilla chip, whatever it is. Can't stop eating until the bag is empty.
by CollyMP (submitted a year ago)
You lost what?!
Holy Cow I've lost a bald eagle!
by CollyMP (submitted a year ago)
You lost what?!
LOL-I usually buy mine at Sam's, we do a lot of pickles over the summer and the child loves his Kool-Aid so I buy it ten pounds at a time. I've lost 2 Chihuahuas! Or the average amount of chemicals an American eats in a year...ulp...
by CollyMP (submitted a year ago)
You lost what?!
2 bags of sugar...OMG that's a lot! I just went to the kitchen and hoisted my big container that I just filled with a big bag of sugar. That boggles my mind!
by CollyMP (submitted a year ago)
need support
Chiming in here on this one-A food diary really has been the biggest help for me, particularly the food diary on this site, which helps you see exactly what you're eating, what is in it, and how healthy it is, or isn't as the case may be! It's been a huge education for me, to see how much fat is in so much of the food I eat. I lost 40 pounds a few years ago but because I didn't change my eating habits, not only did I lost it the hard way (exercise only) but it came right back when I moved and didn't have a free on-base gym 2 blocks from my house to go to any more. I joined here a couple of weeks ago and just by tracking my food my weight has gone down steadily. It hasn't been without some sacrifice, and sometimes it's been really difficult not to binge when I'm stressed. I'm not doing this for others, though, it's for me, so my success is all my own as well.
by CollyMP (submitted a year ago)
I need some advice
It is difficult when you're a stay at home mom-I'm one as well, and my son goes to an online charter school. Your day can just fly by sometimes, can't it? Good for you for taking this step now before you start having health problems because of it! As others have said I would not advise going too low, you didn't get here overnight and you won't get "there" overnight either. Be nice to yourself, weight loss is not a punishment, it's a gift you give to yourself because you appreciate your value-and you ARE valuable, to your kids, to your spouse, to your family and to the world for raising kids with a mom at home so you can make sure they grow up to be kind, courteous, contributing members of society.
by CollyMP (submitted a year ago)
Sweating at the gym
Just joined, so I hope it's okay to respond-The gym is one place where sweating, sometimes profusely, should be considered absolutely normal. If you feel people are staring, stare back at them! Serious gym rats rarely notice anything that anyone else is doing, and if they've got time to stare at you then they probably aren't working hard enough to make it worth being there. You've stated you're cleaning the area you've used so you should be fine.
by CollyMP (submitted a year ago)
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This is tough......I,m spending 90% of my time trying to stay on meal plan and the other 10% going off it.....Resulting in an increase in weight..
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