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80 lbs Bites the Dust!

Friday, February 10, 2012

I hit the 80-lb down mark on Wednesday...the day before my 19-month Sparkversary. This was the hardest mini-goal I have ever sought after. I kept inching close, then snapping back, inching close, then snapping back. But I finally grabbed the brass ring! Yay!!!!!!

I was really beginning to wonder if I would ever make it. I am still struggling with "traveling on plan." When I travel and don't have my routines, eating on plan goes "out the window." I won't be traveling again until after August. So I have a good solid 6 months ahead of staying put and being on plan and so hopefully, I will continue to move through the upcoming mini goals.

Mini goals that are on the horizon... 1 more pound and I will be at the 2/3-of-the-way mark... 3 more pounds and I will be in the 150's!... 4 more pounds and I will be at the 85-lb down mark. Those are exciting ones!

My new job is going well. One of my co-workers is fast becoming a great friend. That is so nice. I have a hard time making friends, so this really means a lot to me. It was one of my goals for 2012...and it's already coming true! I was really hopeful that getting hired on into a new, large company would afford me a lot of acquaintances and then from them hopefully a few close friends. And it's looking like that could very well become a reality. We have a lot in common in our values and she wants to start walking outside when it gets warmer! Her idea! How cool is that! There is a water pond/fountain in the front of the building with a walkway around it so we should be able to do a lap or two after lunch most days.

Sad bit of news...we had to have our girl, Bella, put to sleep yesterday. She was 12/13-years old and had incontinence problems and hip problems. She was a Mastiff/Shepherd mix and the sweetest dog you ever met. DH and I had a very sad day together. We have known for a long time that we needed to do it, but did not have the funds to take her. Finally, yesterday, was the day. What do we learn from a great dog like that? To always be kind, gentle, loving, and caring...and when you are gone, you will be missed...and those who remain will have fond memories of you. We love you, Bella, thanks for being such a blessing in our lives.

Hope you all are doing well. I am trying to find the new "routine" in this very different work/home schedule. Now, I work 8 hrs on Sun, 11 hrs on M&T, and 10 hrs on Wed...then have Thur, Fri, Sat off. So I am eating all my meals "out" on M&T&W. I eat my breakfast in the car on the way in to work each morning...a banana and usually a cookie...I know..."big" breakfast...but it works for me. And I have been packing my lunch everyday and on M, T, W, I have been packing something to heat up for supper, too. So this makes my meals very controlled and not spontaneous. That's easy. I'm saving money and staying on plan. I haven't spent a single penny in the cafeteria yet. I'm there to make money, not spend it. And I really like my packed meals. They are exactly what I want.

I haven't been logging my food for the past couple of weeks and I am doing okay. I think that I have gotten to a point where I really know what is on plan without running the numbers. So, as long as the scale keeps giving me the thumbs up, I'm going to try eating on plan without recording it. My computer crashed and I'm doing most/all of my sparking on my phone which is way more tedious and time-consuming. But Spark was keeping me company during my breaks and lunches while I was being "new" and not knowing anyone to have break or lunch with. Now, my new friend at work and I have been doing breaks and lunch together, so I will have to find new Spark time...probably on the computer that DH and I are sharing before I head off to work.

Well, guess that's about all my news. You guys keep up the good work! And don't be offended if I am slower to respond than usual. I'm trying. Just have a lot of new routines to work out. Thanks for your encouragement! Spark on!
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  • CHEVY63
    Glad to hear that the new job is going well! I'm also glad to hear that you've made a friend - I have a great friend at work and it's so nice to have someone to look forward to seeing.

    I am sorry to hear about your loss - it's amazing how attached we get to our furry friends. I know that she appreciated all the love and care that you gave her.

    And of course, kudos on your weight loss - you have been one amazing person to follow!
    3457 days ago
    WTG on your WI!

    I am sorry about Bella.

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    3458 days ago
    Congrats on 80!
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  • LENKA763
    Bella is now in good place Dany will be watching after her.I know how you feel , I had to do the same thing just last June and still have very hard time to deal with it.

    Congratulation on your weightloss success.
    3458 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10259955
    I am so very proud of you! You have worked so hard to reach this goal!

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    So difficult to say goodbye to a loved pet - they become a part of our family and no one loves us like they do! I was just laughing at my two collies - the older one "head butted" me coming down the stairs (luckily I was holding on!) because he is the alpha dog and the little one was taking his place at my side! Little Brady should know better! emoticon

    Your new routine sounds exhausting but at the same time I would love to have a three day weekend! You can accomplish so much! My job doesn't allow for it yet....nature of the business - but maybe some day -what I would really like is part time TWTH with Friday through Monday off to travel! Maybe one of these days!

    3458 days ago
    Congrats on 2/3 to goal! You are rocking the house! I'm very sorry to hear about your Bella. Our doggies are such an important part of our lives. You'll find yourself missing her in unexpected ways in the days/months to come.

    Sounds like your new job is challenging...something you relish. Enjoy the new digs and meeting new friends! Friends
    enrich our lives too!

    Hope you're able to get your computer fixed! emoticon
    3458 days ago
    CONGRATULATIONS on meeting your 80lb goal! Wow, so much hard work and you did it-woohoo.

    Nice to hear you made a friend at work. Must make it more enjoyable.

    So many mini-goals coming up..let us know when you reach them.

    Keep up all the hard work:)

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    3459 days ago
    I remember when you were hoping to equal my 30 pounds weight loss. Now you have left me in the dust! I wish I had you stick-to-it-ivness. I would be at my goal weight by now. You are awesome. So glad to hear work is going well and that you are making friends. So sorry about Bella. Hope you can get your computer up and running soon. I always look forward to your posts.
    3459 days ago
    emoticon on new job new friends n 80 lbs lost!! emoticon Sorry about ur dog its so sad we get so attatched to them! Keep on reaching before u know it u will be at goal weight!! U are an inspiration thanks!!
    3459 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    Cathy, emoticon on your 80 pound loss! That is terrific! I am so very sorry to hear about Bella. We had to put our dog down too, after almost 16.5 years. It was hard. He just didn't want to leave us. . .
    So glad you are seeing the results of creating your won reality in you life. Keep up the good work with your affirmations! So glad you are enjoying your new environment and it's challenges. emoticon for sticking to your plan!
    3459 days ago
    So sorry about dear Bella....I know how hard that is, having been there myself. But WOW! Congrats on the 80 pound loss! You inspire me to try harder too!
    3459 days ago
    emoticon on reaching 80 pounds down! That's very exciting! I like that you're still so excited about the mini-goals you have coming up, too. It's nice to have such motivation.

    I'm also happy for you that you're making a new friend who you'll be able to walk with. SparkPeople is amazing, but it's nice to have some in-person accountability, too. And good job on not visiting the cafeteria at work. Those places are danger!

    I'm sorry to hear about Bella. It is so hard to lose a part of the family like that. emoticon
    3460 days ago
    Bella is running, playing and being the gentle giant you love.

    High five on your 80 AND all else that is going so well for you. Rawk On!
    3460 days ago
    I'm sorry about your dog. :(
    But it's great to hear you working it out with the new routines. New routines are hard for me too.
    3460 days ago
    Bella will be missed....but is in your heart forever!
    emoticon on hitting 80 lbs down!!! You ROCK!!!

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  • ABB698
    emoticon on meeting your goal! That's fabulous!
    So sorry about Bella, may she rest in peace! emoticon
    And yay for new friends! emoticon
    3460 days ago
  • CINDYKC2000
    Sad to hear about Bella.

    So glad to hear about you reaching your goal! emoticon
    3460 days ago
    Great news about your weight loss. Sorry to hear about your sweet dog, I know you miss her! Good luck with the new job, hope it continues to go well.... emoticon
    3460 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5915724
    Great job! Congratulations!
    3460 days ago
  • L1LL1AN_M
    emoticon You're looking good!!! emoticon to hear about Bella. I now how hard that is as we had to do the same thing a couple of years ago. I still miss Teddy and I told my husband that Jett is okay but he's not Teddy. emoticon
    3460 days ago
    Way to go, Cathy!

    Sorry about Bella.
    3460 days ago
  • SUNNY332
    How absolutely wonderful for you, my friend.

    Thanks for sharing the good new with all of us.


    3460 days ago
    Congratulations on the 80 lbs and how great to make a new friend at work! I am so sorry about Bella, tho...that's really hard.
    3460 days ago
    Great news on your goals!! Woo Hoo!

    My condolences about Bella. It's so hard to say good bye to our furry family members.

    3460 days ago
    I came here to get some good news and I'm certainly not disappointed. It is so rewarding to see you doing so well and achieving your goals. You are achieving some big milestones.

    I am so glad you like your new job and have made a friend.

    I'm sorry to hear about Bella. You gave her a great home and lots of love. {{{{Hugs}}}}
    3460 days ago
    I'm glad you're sorting it all out!
    3461 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6232784
    emoticon ...great job! Lots of accomplishments!

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  • BECCAJ98
    3461 days ago
    congratulations for everything : weight loss , job , new friend . I'm glad to hear you're doing so well
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    3461 days ago
    That is absolutely emoticon !!!

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    3461 days ago
    Cathy! 80 pounds! That is BIG NEWS! Congratulations for reaching this mark! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon It was good to catch up on you and your happenings! emoticon
    3461 days ago
    Great news on the job and your weight loss. I knew you would crack the 80lbs goal. Now onwards!

    So sorry to hear about the loss of your furry friend. Now she is at the rainbow bridge, painfree, and having fun.

    Miss you around SP but we will be here when you need us. emoticon
    3461 days ago
    Wonderful news! Congrats to your progress!
    I'm glad your new job is good , and it helps you make friends and to eat healthy.

    I'm sorry your dog passed away.
    3461 days ago
    Congratulations!!! I'm so happy that things are going so well for you, except for the sad situation with your dog. I know how hard it is not only to have to say goodbye to a furry family member like that, but to have to actually make the decision that it's time. Hang in there. And keep up the awesome job with staying on plan and making friends and everything! :)
    3461 days ago
    Good to hear from you and how well you are doing. Friends mean a lot, so nice you have found somebody to be a girl with. Sorry about the puppy, too, I have 2 young ones now and I am very attached.
    3461 days ago
    Yay! I've been trying to keep up with you, but you keep a couple of pounds ahead of me. Keep up the good work!

    I know what you mean about making friends. My close friends are all people I've known 20 years or more. It's very difficult for me to make new friends beyond the casual level.

    So sorry about Bella. It's so hard to let our dear pets go.

    3461 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8069511
    Congratulations on your extrordinary weight loss! Keep the momentum going. Sorry to hear about your loss.
    3461 days ago
  • DRB13_1
    Sorry about Bella.
    In every other way, 2012 is YOUR YEAR!!! Thanks for continuing to share your successes, they are so motivational! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3461 days ago
    Congratulations on the 80# emoticon

    Sorry about Bella. It's a hard thing to do, but sometimes it's the kindest. emoticon
    3461 days ago
    Congrats on the 80 lbs... that is freaking fantastic!!!!

    So sorry about your dog. It's so sad when it's their time but sounds like you got a lot of great years.

    Good luck on all your min goals... of course I don't think you need luck, you will get there because of your strong determination and hard work! Can't wait to celebrate them with you!
    3461 days ago
    Congratulations on your weight loss!
    I am sorry to hear about Bella. My sweet Mattie, who is a collie/shephard mix, is getting there. Yesterday she pooped all over the house. Poor baby.
    3461 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11189655
    Sounds like lots of exciting changes (not the least of which is 80 POUNDS DOWN!). Good for you!
    3461 days ago
    Wow! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments. Sorry to hear of your loss though.
    3461 days ago
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