Saturday, August 16, 2014

I Was Called the BIG Lady

Just yesterday I was walking through a store, browsing at different items minding my own business.  I was humming along to the muzak being piped through the store.  Out of nowhere I heard a loud tiny voice saying "Look at the big lady", saw a small finger pointing at me and a Mother desperately trying to shut her child up.  I looked over at them, smiled, shrugged and continued on my way.  



It was a first for me.  I've never been called "the big lady" before.  I don't blame the child, he was only stating what he observed.  I'm only 5'4", so I know he wasn't referring to my height.  I do weigh 190 pounds as of this morning.  I wear a size 14.  No excuses as to why I arrived at this weight.  Only good eating, drinking and little exercise.  

I've written numerous posts about my weight and how I'm going to change things:

Add to Lose ~ 2 Week Jump Start

Are Carbs the Enemy?

5:2 Diet ~ The Fast Diet

How Do You Unstick the Scale?


Unfortunately I have lost, gained, lost and gained again.  



I have recently joined a group of ladies who all have the same goals in mind.  

  1. Clean, healthy eating.
  2. Daily exercise or some form of movement.
  3. Sharing our daily work outs, what we've eaten, and how much water we've consumed.
  4. Engaging with each other and offering positive reinforcements.
  5. Posting photos and measurements monthly.
  6. Acknowledging that "Together We are Stronger"
We began on July 21st and will continue for 90 days.  The commitment to the women in the group has kept me focused.  I've never attempted weight loss at this level.  Having to take and post photos in a sports bra and panties is quite humbling.  

I have cleaned up my eating habits and lost 4 lbs.  I am exercising at least 25 minutes every day and feel much stronger.  I have a long way to go, but with a little help from my friends I know that I will succeed this time.  

My goal is to be a healthy 160 or size 10 by 6/25/15.  My 50th birthday.  I've shared this with the group.  That's 1 lb a week.  I'm a bit behind, but consciously working on it.  

I'm trying to refocus on size versus weight because, at least for me, that's more important. 


Have you lost weight?  What have you tried in the past?  What has worked for you?

11 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed reading ur post. I can totally relate. My biggest struggle is overindulging. I lost 20 pounds in four months and have been feeling great. However after injuring myself on vacation and overindulging last week, the combination of no excersize and over eating I gained 5 pound in one week. It was devestating by an important reminder to me that this needs to be a lifestyle change. It's not about losing weight for summer or to fit a dress. For me it's about being healthier and feeling great.

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    1. You are absolutely right when you say it's about being healthier and feeling great. Losing weight and keeping it off has to be a lifestyle choice. I know we all fall off the wagon at times by overindulging. The real proof that we've accepted a new lifestyle is to jump right back on and do what we know is right for our bodies.

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  2. From the mouths of babes... I had a friend's two year old ask if I had a baby in my tummy last weekend. Ouch! But it was a good reminder to stay motivated!

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    1. Oh no Kate! I understand completely. And yes, you are right, this just reminds me to stay motivated and keep on track.

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  3. Oh, hun... I'm so very glad that you stopped by my blog so I could read your words here. And I hope you know how awesome it is that you're staying motivated with this group of wonderful women who encourage and (more importantly) support one another. Weight loss can be such a difficult struggle--but it's important to stay healthy above all else. It sounds as though this group is doing just that and I wish you all the best success ahead. You are awesome!!

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    1. Thank you so very much. Your kind words have inspired me. "Healthy above all else" are words to live by.

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  4. I have been living that same roller-coaster and weigh a little more than you, so I totally get where you are coming from. My son took a picture of me at a party 2 weeks ago and I hardly recognized the "big lady" in the photo that was me. Yikes! I work out regularly but I eat a LOT and I love my wine on the weekends. It just gets so much harder to lose weight as we get older and after having kids. I'm trying to cut back though--this week has been pretty good. I just really need to get back to portion control. I think that is key!

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    1. Aww Marcia, it sucks doesn't it. Like you I work out each day, but the weekends are out of control. I do well during the week, but seem to blow it over Saturday and Sunday. Wine, margarita's and high fat foods. Ah well, portion control is the key, you are absolutely right!

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    1. Don't worry about the number on the scale, Barbara. It's all about how your clothes fit and how you feel!

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    2. I have gained weight since my knee surgery. Sitting on my butt for 2 months certainly takes it's toll. Forgetting the number on the scale can be difficult, but you are right when you say it's much more important that clothing fits well. I do feel great since getting back on my feet and working again.

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