I'm On My Way!

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Tue, 10-26-2010 - 11:31am

I am so happy!

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Tue, 10-26-2010 - 3:05pm

Congrats on getting below 200lbs! Like you, I swore that "2" will NEVER, EVER be the first number when it comes to my weight!

One thing I've learned in my weight loss journey? Set small goals and reward yourself when you meet them (by rewarding I mean.. buy a new bottle of nail polish, some new shoes, have your hair cut, etc). I found that I got very discouraged when I said I want to be 150lbs and I was 25 or more pounds away from meeting that goal. If I said "I want to be 185" when I was in the 190's it just felt like a more attainable goal. I was over 200lbs at my heaviest and I reached my ultimate goal of 150 last month.. so it IS possible! If *I* can do it, so can YOU!

One thing that helps me? Having healthy, easy to grab foods available at all times. If there's a protein bar in the cupboard for when I'm really hungry, I won't eat cookies instead. When we're busy - sometimes bad choices are made.. so always have a good choice available at arm's length. I keep some protein and granola bars in my purse so if I'm out and about I have a snack so I won't be tempted with something I KNOW I shouldn't have. :)

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Wed, 10-27-2010 - 9:38pm
earnhardt.jr.fan wrote:

Congrats on getting below 200lbs! Like you, I swore that "2" will NEVER, EVER be the first number when it comes to my weight!

One thing I've learned in my weight loss journey? Set small goals and reward yourself when you meet them (by rewarding I mean.. buy a new bottle of nail polish, some new shoes, have your hair cut, etc). I found that I got very discouraged when I said I want to be 150lbs and I was 25 or more pounds away from meeting that goal. If I said "I want to be 185" when I was in the 190's it just felt like a more attainable goal. I was over 200lbs at my heaviest and I reached my ultimate goal of 150 last month.. so it IS possible! If *I* can do it, so can YOU!

One thing that helps me? Having healthy, easy to grab foods available at all times. If there's a protein bar in the cupboard for when I'm really hungry, I won't eat cookies instead. When we're busy - sometimes bad choices are made.. so always have a good choice available at arm's length. I keep some protein and granola bars in my purse so if I'm out and about I have a snack so I won't be tempted with something I KNOW I shouldn't have. :)

Thanks for the encouragement.

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Thu, 10-28-2010 - 1:32pm

WOOHOO Carol!! It's a great feeling to see that "1" as the front number isn't it. Congrats to you-have you seen any improvement in health yet (like your BP, energy levels, etc)?

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Sat, 10-30-2010 - 9:22am
cmkarla wrote:

WOOHOO Carol!! It's a great feeling to see that "1" as the front number isn't it. Congrats to you-have you seen any improvement in health yet (like your BP, energy levels, etc)?

Thanks!

The biggest change I've seen is in my blood pressure.

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Mon, 11-01-2010 - 8:05am

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Tue, 11-02-2010 - 9:00am

There hasn't been any more changes in my weight.

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Tue, 11-02-2010 - 9:15am

Hi Carol-yay for you! I am on that if it isn't good on first bite I don't try it again. I need to keep your brown rice in mind and learn to give things another try. I'm not really a picky eater, I just don't try new things often. Veggies are definitely my downfall and I've been working for months now to not only eat more but serve more to my family.

We need to start some sort of vegetable accountability check in for those of us who are veggie challenged. ;)

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Tue, 11-02-2010 - 8:52pm
cmkarla wrote:

Hi Carol-yay for you! I am on that if it isn't good on first bite I don't try it again. I need to keep your brown rice in mind and learn to give things another try. I'm not really a picky eater, I just don't try new things often. Veggies are definitely my downfall and I've been working for months now to not only eat more but serve more to my family.

We need to start some sort of vegetable accountability check in for those of us who are veggie challenged. ;)

Right now it's just my husband and I here, and we don't like the same veggies.

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Fri, 11-05-2010 - 11:38am
Way to go Carol, keep up the good work.
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Fri, 11-05-2010 - 11:45pm

I don't know if you liked "flavored" rice, but Uncle Ben's makes some "flavored" brown rice. I didn't care for brown rice the first time I tried it, so I eased myself into eating it. I bought chicken brown rice first. It isn't as healthy as regular brown rice, but it is definitely better for you than white rice. After awhile of eating chicken flavored brown rice, I bought plain brown rice and found that I liked it.

Losing weight is a journey. Changing your eating habits is a HUGE journey. One small step at a time. I was a Mountain Dew-aholic. I used to drink anywhere from 3-5 cans of it a DAY. When I started this journey, I didn't want to give up my Dew. It was the one thing I just enjoyed having. I don't drink, don't smoke, don't do drugs.. it was my "vice". Eventually, I got to a point where I was ready to give it up. I'm happy to report I haven't had a Dew in over a month.

Small steps are better than nothing.

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