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Wednesday, November 19, 2008


It's time for the month in review. Since this one is probably as close as any one of these that I'm going to do for the middle of my journey, well, that's the reason for today's song.

It's been exactly 10 months since I started taking alli. 10 days before that I started portion control and 10 before that I started working out. So much has changed, it's hard to know where to begin, so I'll start with the numbers.

Current #s, taken on 11/17/08:

* Bicep 13.75 down .25" Personal Best
* Bust 44.50 down 1.5" Personal Best
* Band 38 down 1" Personal Best
* Waist 39 down 1.25" Personal Best
* Belly 44.25 down 1" Personal Best
* Hip 45.75 up .25"
* Butt 50.50 up 1.25"
* Thigh 24.25 up .25"

Original #s, on 1/9/08:

* Bicep 19" highest
* Bust 54.75" actual highest was 55" on 2/25/08
* Band 47.5" highest
* Waist 49" highest
* Belly 59.5" highest
* Hip 51" actual highest was 54.5" on 2/18/08
* Butt 64" highest
* Thigh 32.25" actual highest was 32.5" on 3/3/08

Differences from highest to current
* Bicep down 5.25"
* Bust down 10.5"
* Band down 9.5"
* Waist down 10"
* Belly down 15.25" WOW!
* Hip down 8.75"
* Butt down 13.5" WOW!
* Thigh down 8.25"

Overall Average Inch Difference: 10.125"
Overall Average Inch Difference (bicep and thigh not considered): 11.25"

It's no secret that I didn't do much exercising before starting. That much is true about most of the people here. My current regimen is lifting 25 lbs. every day and walking 6 out of 7 days (Sundays are a rest day). Most of the time I walk 30 minutes but on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays I try to sneak in an extra 15 minutes or more.

Walking is easy, jogging is hard. I can't say my jogging is getting faster or easier or that I'm going farther because none of those things are true. I suspect that a lot of this has to do with the worsening weather. I only jog in the mornings (as I'm inevitably late so I'm trying to get to the bus stop faster) and when it's under freezing it is not a pleasant experience. I'll get better, I know I will, but I'm not there just yet.

Diet, Food and Portion Control
The biggest change is that I've added chicken soup to my diet. Homemade of course. I am doing it with nearly no salt. One challenge is to make matzoh balls that are tasty, low salt and low fat, and not the consistency of rubber. Not quite there yet. Having a third weekly go-to meal is a big help in terms of generating more overall food variety. Plus it helps to keep me interested in what I'm doing.

Thanksgiving is going to be a challenge. There is no getting around that. After all, it is centered on food, particularly if you're not a college football fan. I'll persevere. The main issues will be salt and carbs. Fat won't be too much of an issue but I'll be vigilant about it just the same, mainly because it may be lurking in some areas where I don't expect it to be. I will take alli, even for the Thanksgiving meal -- I am dancing with who brung me, so to speak.

The following holidays are actually less of issue except for any traveling we may do. Since Xmas is not celebrated by my husband or me, there are few food temptations. Latkes are nice but I can do without if I have to. I know that next year or the year after, when I am on maintenance, things will be a bit different, but right now I'll mainly just avoid and that'll work.

I continue to battle the onset of Seasonal Affective Disorder and my own boredom. After all, I've been doing this for quite a while, so it can get a bit tiring. Some of that is wrapped up in boredom with my work situation so I need to be certain to separate those out in my mind. Boredom at my job will not be cured by my eating more.

I started this journey at a size 28 or 4X (pants) and size 26 or 3X (shirts). I am currently an 18 or XL for both, with the tops getting a bit loose. I fit into some L tops but that's touch and go as sizes can vary among manufacturers and I am on the cusp of getting out of women's sizes when it comes to tops, so the cut is different. I am confident that I will fit into all Larges in two months, possibly a lot sooner than that. The pants are a little loose, and the stretchier ones can sometimes (with a little effort) be put on without unfastening. Not to jump the gun or anything but in two months or less, 18 pants are probably going to feel like 26s do now.

Future Plans
Since I lose, on average, about 11 lbs. per month, I suspect that rate will slow down a bit. But even if it goes to 9 lbs. per month I can still finish getting to healthy BMI before the end of calendar year 2009. Again, not to jump the gun or anything. If it takes longer, well, it takes longer.

My 2009 goals are beginning to take shape, and include about 15 minutes more of walking every day (even on long walk days) and eventually moving from 25 lb. weights up to 40, in a gradual process, of course. Diet goals are mainly to make it to healthy BMI, but it may be a good idea to incorporate more into my cooking repertoire, particularly if these are things I can make in the slow cooker.

The really big middle of the road milestone occurred late last month, when I recorded a 100-lb, weight loss! Right now it is a struggle to push through the next 10. I'm down about 3 in the past three weeks, which is not a typical rate for me. Another couple of milestones were being named Done Girl of the Day and on the same day being named a Motivator. Those two things still make me smile.

On balance, I'm happy with my progress. I can see a major difference in my appearance and feel it in my energy levels. I find myself easily saying no to unhealthy foods and yes to exercise.

Stick around for next month's report. You ain't seen nothin' yet.
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  • CATHM26
    good job!!
    4389 days ago
    Eek I love mushrooms.

    Perhaps I love them too much.

    Hello, my name is jes and I'm a mushroom-a-holic.
    4390 days ago
    How do you feel about mushrooms. Mushrooms are full of Vitamin D which is what causes SAD. So if you like them eat them in winter...

    4391 days ago
  • SUMITH2008
    Way to Go! You got everything down to a system don't ya? I could definitely learn a lot from you. Keep up the good work, always love reading your thoughts and progress. I always smile when i see your background image, its just TOO KEWL *COOL*
    4392 days ago
    I think over 75% of my success is because of what I've been doing, rather than alli. I see it, these days, as being (a) a bit of help and (b) a reminder to be true to myself, my portions and what I need. The mantra I repeat is: you can't lie to alli -- but I bet you could figure out something different from that and still make it your mantra.
    4393 days ago
    You have laid out what has happened thoroughly and clearly. I like it. It's inspiring. I will print out parts of it to (1) encourage me and (2) see what a factual rendition looks like.

    Congratulations on the fantastic progress you have made.

    I am reluctant to try Alli because I have tried so many things and I know Alli is half the strength (but for that reason perhaps safer) than the prescription was a few years back. I probably wouldn't mind the side effects since I have those kinds of things often from all the different things I have tried.

    Again, congratulations! emoticon
    4393 days ago
    Definitely, let's -- bring the pooch :)

    It's the Spark Posse.
    4393 days ago
    Congratulations! I do regret sometimes that I never measured myself when I started. But it's ok. And YOUR losses are incredible! While my weight loss has slowed considerably and I feel like I have to fight for every half pound, I'm continuing to improve in my running and gain muscle tone. I am looking forward to 2009 too -- as the year that I become "normal." Glad you're still on track!

    Let's do it!

    4393 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/20/2008 7:19:38 AM
    Aw, you'll make me blush!

    I'm glad to be walking this journey with you, too. :)
    4394 days ago
    I'm going to stick around, rest assured! I intend to shrink, buy new clothes, exercise more and more, struggle with food, no doubt be bored and stressed from time to time and keep on keeping on. I am really looking forward to spending 2009 in your company with more exercise and learning about your successes and your struggles while dealing with my own of the same. I'm glad I'm walking this walk and with people like you, you are so inspiring!
    4394 days ago
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