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Monday, July 14, 2014

eeek!!! I weighed

Early Friday morning I made my way to the doctor's office. The first thing that happened when I got there was the weighing in.



My first thought was, this can't be. I know my clothes feel a little tighter, but REALLY???? I felt light headed and wanted to cry. Over the winter I gained "12" pounds. That is a lot of extra weight I am carrying around. What happened??? 

Well, I know what happened. I turned to comfort foods. I threw caution to the wind and ate things I normally don't eat, I stopped walking, and my body is paying for it. (note to self: Baskin Robbins Rocky Road ice cream might taste delicious, but it is not really healthy)


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As women age, it becomes much easier to gain weight than to get it off. I was very thin when I was younger, but as I have aged my body has changed. It is not a terrible thing that I am not as thin as I once was, but I don't like how I look when I see myself in the mirror and I don't like how I am feeling. Yes, I have earned the changes that come with aging. There are wrinkles and sagging skin. Brown spots that are not the freckles of my youth. Dimples that are in places I don't really like. I am not trying to look like I did when I was twenty. I am trying to have a healthy body.

So I have made a commitment to myself. I will start eating healthy again and I will start back on my walking program. I won't berate myself if I slip up, I will just keep on working at it to do better. 



Today on Women Speak I thought we could talk about weight. How do you feel about your weight? Are you on a special diet? What types of exercise do you do? Are you happy with your weight? Are you feeling well? As always, there are no judgments.

Grab a cup of tea or coffee and let's chat.



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27 comments:

  1. I am a stress eater so I know i've gained weight this year! I don't feel as well as I did and I know i'm not only not eating right but not exercising enough. Too much stress isn't helping. I am promising myself to take better care of me!!

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    1. Taking care of you is definitely the most important thing, Linda. Stress is such a killer. It's the not feeling well that is the worst for me.

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  2. I've never been a real "diet" person. I've been on two diets in my life. I lost the weight. It creeps up some, but nowhere near where it was at one point when I was under a tremendous amount of stress. Am I overweight? Yes. Last time I saw my doctor, about a month ago, she asked me if I was trying to lose weight? I told her no. She said you've lost ten pounds. I should have been jubilant. But you know what? I've been eating a bowl of ice cream of various flavors every night after my half a potato. (Pupsters get the other half.) I thoroughly enjoy my ice cream, Braums, my treat for the day. Am I going to give it up? No. I'll give up something else first. A girl's got to have some treats.
    Brenda

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    1. We all need some kind of treat, Brenda. I love chocolate but chocolate and sugar and I just don't seem to get along even though I am not diabetic. I have cut it back out of my diet again and hopefully that will help with the feeling better. So glad that you are able to enjoy your ice cream. I need to find a new treat :)

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  3. I think I lost my comment and I feel so bad!! I hear you. In my vanishing comment I mentioned how I eat healthy but hate to exercise. Gradually I have lost weight just by being active every day...doing instead of sitting!!

    I hope you get your groove back on!

    Jane xx

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    1. I normally eat healthy, too, Jane, but I really have not been taking care of myself the last ten months the way I normally do. The only exercise I really like is walking so I have started back up with that. Congratulations on your weight loss.

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  4. I feel the same way you do about being healthy, I joined WW about 3 months ago and am down about 14 pounds. I have a long way to go, like another 30 lbs. but this extra weight is really hurting my back and hips so it is not a vanity issue (well maybe a little). I always feel happier and more confident when I know I look good. I am 65 and used to be slim until I hit menopause and stopped smoking. I put on 50 lbs! Buying clothing is a challenge, I can't wait until I am out of the plus sizes.

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    1. The extra weight really is hard on our joints, Lana. As someone who has has two knee replacements and has arthritis is pretty much every other joint in my body (except my hips apparently) I know the importance of weight control and exercise for arthritis. Congratulations on being proactive towards your health :)

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  5. you will lose those pounds, I know you will, I have never been thin, ever, not fat but always plumper than most of my friends, I carry twenty extra pounds all on my butt and legs, but after watching my Mum battle pounds, being so ashamed of her body I swore I would never ever hate my body the way my Mum did, it really controlled her life, she was a beautiful woman, it was very sad, she was so shy because of her weight she once told me she hated to walk across a crowded room, not me, I am what I am, healthy!

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    1. Thank you for your support, Laurie. Women of all sizes should be proud of who they are. It really isn't about the weight as much as it is about the health issues and the feeling better. Loving yourself is the most important thing. :)

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  6. I was extremely thin when I was younger. But the older you get....the more you weigh and the harder it is to lose. I go to the Mayo clinic web site and check what the ideal weight is for my height and I fall in the normal range so I don't need to lose weight. I concentrate on eating healthy and getting exercise. It helps that I can't eat sugar....I'm sure! I have some kind of allergic reaction to sugar. If I could eat it....I know I would gain. Being healthy is the most important thing....good blood pressure and lots of energy. Great post my friend! You look so great....you are so petite! Enjoy being beautiful YOU! Hugs, Diane

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    1. I love that you called me petite, Diane. I am going to go with that. Eating healthy and getting proper exercise are definitely the most important things we can do for our bodies. I know that sugar does not like me so I have to not eat it. When my weight is down and I have my green juice every morning, my blood pressure goes down You are always an inspiration, sweet friend.

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  7. I watch my diet because of my cholesterol levels more than anything. I'm not a huge person and have never dieted before, but realize that it's much easier to gain weight the older I get. I think every woman I know has battled their weight in some form of fashion. I try to only compare myself to people my own age too. I will never be 20 something again, so I shouldn't try to look like that anymore. Oh, but what I wouldn't do to be able to eat anything I wanted like I used to. Getting older certainly has it's pros and cons. That would be one of the cons. LOL!

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    1. Being health is what it is all about. We each are experts on our own bodies and know what is best for us. Yes, it is harder to get the weight off s we age and the health problems associated with weight gain also increase as we get older. I'm glad to hear that you don't try to compare your beautiful self with 20 year olds. :)

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  8. I have been sickly thin and overweight and never liked myself and never ever felt good enough, for anyone. In my mid thirties l made a commitment to stop hating myself and love myself by the time l turned fourty. With God's help l actually did it. In my opinion it is not the number on the scale or how bony you look but how you treat your body. My body is full of diease and struggeling hard with so many health issues, but nomatter what it looks like l have made a commitment to look after it. Eat healthy and move as much as my health will allow. I love nature and whenever l can l walk in the forest. I am soo very tired of the unhealthy focus on body and weight when it comes to women in particular. Even my small thin mother, now almost 80, is caught up in it and always apologizes for having sugar in her tea or a blob of butter on her porridge. Little girls down to three years of age even worry about their weight, so sad. I believe in healthy eating and being active in the every day, not excersizing. And l believe in loving ones self, and being kind to ones self by doing good things like eating healthy food. Pam xxx

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    1. You are such a wonderful inspiration, Pam. No matter what our health condition we should focus on healthy practices. Eat well, exercise. and avoid stress as much as possible. The focus on body weight in our society is ridiculous. We should all be proud of who we are. :)

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  9. I was always stick thin during my youth, and over 6 feet tall...so it's odd to see a bit of curves here and there, [of course they might be just a touch more then a bit now]. But I am doing my best to eat healthy, and yes get some exercise in...I don't mind being active, I just don't like calling it that.

    Summer time is easier because all the fresh fruit and veggies are so easy to prepare, it's the winter that makes me overeat. Oh comfort food...sigh.

    Jen

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    1. Winter was definitely my downfall this year, Jen. I agree that summer is so much easier. I really had forgotten how much I love getting out in the early morning for a walk and having the fresh produce is wonderful. :)

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  10. As you know I lost a lot of weight this winter and spring by cutting out sugar. And walking. I've put a few pounds back on because of someone's birthday and his desire for cupcakes. But I'm back to my diet routine.
    xo
    Claudia

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    1. I know, Claudia. You were so good. That is the way that I lost it and kept it off before, but I fell back into bad habits. Getting off the sugar initially is hard but I find that once it is out of my system I don't crave it at all.

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  11. I enjoy eating, but most of all I enjoy cooking. For me it's important to know what I am eating. I definitely stay away from process and prepackaged foods. It's also important to exercize. I recently fell in love with running, and I like how it really helps in reducing stress, which is sometime the cause why people turn to food.

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    1. Stress definitely causes a lot of people to turn to food and usually food that isn't healthy. I don't really eat processed foods wither and I am primarily gluten free. I am not a big cooker anymore. I usually just prepare simple meals for myself. It's great that you have found an exercise that you really like, Daniela. :)

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  12. I’m packing more pounds than my un-pregnant self ever has, Laura. These lumps, bumps, sags and wrinkles attest to a robust life. I would not go back to that skinny girl for anything. I am grateful for flowing skirts and tops, and to designers allowing me to dress appropriately for my age and enjoy the ride.

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    1. I always love your attitude, Lynn. I am grateful for those flowing skirts, too. :)

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  13. Oh, the carbs!! Those are totally my downfall. I try... but I seem to fail and always find some interesting bread or a cookie or 2 (or 3). This past winter was SO hard! Being cooped up inside for all of the rounds of the Polar Vortex..... and I baked my way through those days. My knees are so bad that I just can't walk like I used to be able to do. SO, of course, if I could take some of this nasty weight off, I might be able to walk a bit more. Summer is definitely easier. Being outside watering and dead-heading and weeding the gardens certainly helps, and the fresh zuch and cukes and tomatoes (very soon) also lend themselves to much better and cleaner eating. It truly is a struggle.

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    1. I have been where you are with the knees, Chris. I have had both of mine replaced now so I can now walk pain free. This past winter was definitely hard on all of us and especially for those of you who live in the far north. How wonderful that you have a garden of fresh vegetables. I really miss that, but am I am happy that we have some good farmer's markets. Fresh cukes and tomatoes together sounds wonderful. I'm so glad you joined in today. :)

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  14. I know I gained five pounds since two years ago that I lost 18 pounds, all by myself! Not eating carbs and sweets, but traveling doesn't help; so yes, I wish I could lose 10 pounds in all, than I will be more at easy if I went somewhere and ate the no,nos! I go 3 times a week to the gym and do spinning and I walk on the alternating days up to Saturday. I am feeling lighter, though. Great talk my friend, just don't eat carbs, specially!
    Thanks for sweet visit.
    FABBY

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Thank you for your sweet comments. I read every one of them.