Weekly Weigh-In: Dot In Onederland

Oh, what a beautiful sight! I was so excited this morning that I did something I don't normally do -- I jumped on my home scale prior to my Weight Watchers meeting.  I just had to know if I landed in Onederland.

Oh, what a beautiful sight! I was so excited this morning that I did something I don’t normally do — I jumped on my home scale before my Weight Watchers meeting. I just had to know if I landed in Onederland.

Since July I’ve set my sites on Onederland – that wonderful mythical place that all of us fatties dream about. I haven’t seen Onederland for nearly 25 years.

Today felt like Christmas. I woke up excited and I couldn’t wait for my Weight Watchers meeting. I don’t use my home scale that often, but this morning I couldn’t help myself. And sure enough, I finally reached the promise land – “Under 200 lbs.”

I ran down stairs and told my husband, who gave me a big hug and wisely told me to get to my meeting and lock it in before I drink or eat anything. Smart man.

Celebrate Success, But Don’t Lose Site Of The Ultimate Goal
When I stepped on the home scale this morning and saw the 198.5, I ran for my iPhone, got back on the scale and took a picture before leaping for joy. Imagine my surprise when I got to Weight Watchers and saw I was really at 198.2 lbs. — that extra trip to the bathroom helped a lot! Read More


Halloween Challenge Update: Candy Crush!!!

A successful night. I didn't eat any candy and all leftovers ended up in the trash (not in my belly). An awesome night.

A successful night. I didn’t eat any candy and all leftovers ended up in the trash (not in my belly). An awesome night.

Success! Not only did I avoid eating any candy last night, I easily tossed all the left overs into the trash.

I admit that I got nervous since we had fewer Trick-or-Treaters than last year. For some reason I started thinking about how I didn’t want to waste the candy. But that thought quickly came and went.

When we closed our door and turned off our porch light, I simply took the candy to the trash and dumped it.

This morning I’m off to weigh in. Regardless of what that scale says, I feel great and very much in control.


Daily Weight Loss Motivation: Fat Jeans Vs. Skinny Jeans

I was feeling pretty down about my weight loss this morning. It was time for some perspective. Fat jeans to the rescue!

I was feeling pretty down about my weight loss this morning. It was time for some perspective. Fat jeans to the rescue…again!

I woke up this morning feeling pretty frustrated that I can’t seem to shake these last 5 lbs. before reaching Onderland; I needed something to give me that little extra push. So I got the urge to pull out a very special pair of jeans – my fat jeans.

This is what I wore when I tipped the scales at 325 lbs (wow…was I really that big!?!). Once in a while I pull them out of a drawer just to remind myself how far I’ve come. I compared them with what I wear now.

Well this put a big smile on my face and was just what I needed this morning.

I’ve gone from a size 28 (and those size 28 jeans fit pretty tight back in the day) to wearing a size 14.

I’m feeling pretty awesome now! Time for my spin class.

 


Food Doesn’t Equal Happiness

I use to think a slice (or 2 or 5) use to make me happy. It just made me fatter. The weight started coming off after I changed my views on food.  Image courtesy of Witthaya Phonsawat and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

I use to think a slice (or 2…or 5 if I’m honest) use to make me happy. It just made me fatter. The weight started coming off after I changed my relationship with food. Image courtesy of Witthaya Phonsawat and FreeDigitalPhotos.net.

One of my favorite bloggers, Diane Carbonnel at Fit to Finish, has a great post about overeating creating a false sense of happiness.  I read the post and it triggered a lot of bad memories.

For me, food was my salvation when my job annoyed me or stressed me out.  Bad meeting, hit the vending machines (Doritos makes the pain go away, right?!?); last-minute project, suck back 2-3 cans of Coca-Cola to deal with stress; ticked off about working late, just run out (ha, more like waddle) to grab some fast food to ease my mind.

I thought all that crap I was shoving into my mouth was a slice of fried gold in my otherwise miserable day. Read More


OMG…I Can Wear Skinny Jeans

In March my jeans were a size 20. I'm now down to size 16 and can wear kitty approved skinny jeans.

In April my jeans were a size 20. I’m now down to size 16 and can wear kitty-approved skinny jeans.

Last night it got a little chilly, so I decided to toss on a pair of jeans before heading out to the movies with the hubby. Now I haven’t worn jeans since April. I work out so much that I haven’t worn anything other than my exercise or cycling shorts this summer.

What a shock to discover my jeans no longer fit.  They were way too baggie around the waist and thighs.  When I reached for my belt, they fell off my butt. Woohoo!

Thankfully Old Navy is having a sale on jeans today ($19/pair plus $5 off for trying on jeans). I was a size 20 so I figured I’d save time and just grab a couple of pairs of  size 18 jeans before doing my other errands.

But a little voice in my head said to try them on first. I actually thought about ignoring that little voice — I mean, no way I went from a 20 to a 16, right? Read More


Hear My Story Of Losing 100+ Lbs., Changing My Life On Health & Fitness Podcast

My interview with the Lifestyle Accountability Show, a podcast that motivates people to live healither lives, is now live. I go into detail about my weight loss journey so far.

My interview with the Lifestyle Accountability Show, a podcast that motivates people to live healthier lives, is now available. I go into detail about my weight loss journey to date.

My interview with the Lifestyle Accountability Show went live today. The show is health and fitness podcast designed to motivate people to live a healthier and happier life.

Hosted by brothers Adam and Devon Bate, I had a blast sharing my story especially those little ah-ha moments along my weight loss journey.

Check out my interview here or you can download it for free at iTunes (I’m episode 203).

If you are in need of inspiration for your own weight loss journey, I suggest to check out the other 200+ interviews by Adam and Devon. You’ll hear great tips and tools, as well as great stories about people with the same ups and downs with food and fitness we all go through.


Shrinkage: I’ve Lost 9.5 Inches Since March!

I know I should take my measurements each month. But I have to admit I love the big dramatic drops when I wait 3-4 months before breaking out the measuring tape. I’ve lot 9.5 inches since mid March!

That’s the great news. The awesome news is that despite my 4-month plateau, my body was still changing for the better. The not so good news is that despite 2 years of building good, healthy habits, I allowed that blasted scale set the rules of engagement. During my plateau I paid too much attention to those stubborn scale readings. I know better than that…Ugh!

Lesson learned (again!). Time to move on and do better next time. Now, on to the numbers.

Dot’s Weight Loss Measurements

Date Chest Upper Arm Waist Hips Thigh
June 27, 2012 48″ 17″ 53″ 57″ 35″
March 8, 2013 46.5″ 16″ 47″ 53″ 29″
April 23, 2013 45″ 15.5″ 44″ 53″ 27″
Aug. 13, 2013 45″ 14.5″ 44″ 52″ 27″
Sept. 16, 2013 45″ 14.5″ 43″ 50.5″ 27″
Jan. 4, 2014 44″ 15″ 43.5″ 50″ 25″
March 11, 2014 42″ 14″ 42″ 49″ 27″
July 29, 2014 40.5″ 13″ 42″ 45.5″ 23.5″
Total Inches Lost 7.5″ 4″ 11″ 11.5″ 11.5″

I thought I saw my most dramatic changes these last few months in my hips and thighs. Turns out I was right. I lost 3.5 inches in both areas. I continue to lose fat in my chest and saw some movement in my arms too. Nothing happened with my waist these last few months.

Perhaps a 30-day core challenge is in my future!


Looking For Weight Loss Motivation? Check Out Lifestyle Podcast

Last night I was interviewed for The Lifestyle Accountability Show -- a great motivational podcast that can help you on your weight loss journey. Image courtesy of Renjith Krishnan and Freedigitalphotos.net.

The Lifestyle Accountability Show will feature an interview with your humble little blogger. The show is a great motivational podcast that can help you on your weight loss journey. Image courtesy of Renjith Krishnan and Freedigitalphotos.net.

Soon I’ll appear on The Lifestyle Accountability Show, a health and fitness podcast, sharing the ups and downs of my weight loss journey. Hosted by brothers Adam and Devon Bate, there are more than 200 podcasts (I’m #203) chock full of great tips and inspirational stories. The goal of the podcast is to inspire and encourage folks to make the switch to a healthy lifestyle by sharing the stories of others.

I had a blast during last night’s interview. The timing was perfect too as I recently wrote about my challenge to stay motivated over the last few months. Thinking about the interview is what led me to reassess my motivation and write that post. So see, the podcast really does work!
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The Blood Work Is In & I’m Awesome!

Results of my 3rd annual physical are in and my new routine helped I've turned the clock back 20 years!  Image courtesy of smokedsalmon and http://www.freedigitalphotos.net.

Results of my 3rd annual physical are in and my new routine helped I’ve turned the clock back 20 years! Image courtesy of smokedsalmon and freedigitalphotos.net.

Last week I had my annual physical and, unlike most people, I actually looked forward to it. I mean, who doesn’t like sitting on a tissue-covered examining table wearing a very large paper towel opened in the back? As fun as that sounds (and it does sound fun), I didn’t always feel that way.

When I went in for my first-ever physical, in 2012, I wasn’t the same tissue-sitting-lovin’, paper-towel-with-holes-wearin’, physical-takin’ aficionado I am today. I knew I wasn’t in perfect health, and I expected the usual from my doctor: lose weight, get more exercise, been there done that, please pass the ketchup. You know, like what doctors say to normal people.  Right?

Wrong. Unfortunately for me, I got what can only be described as a punch in the gut. I was well on my way to a heart attack and to becoming a diabetic. Only time would tell which would hit first if I didn’t change my life.

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My Contortionist Days In Public Bathrooms Are Over!

I can finally use the smaller public bathroom stalls rather than the roomier handicapped ones.

I can finally use the smaller public bathroom stalls and not the roomier handicapped ones.

Last week, I noticed that I’ve lost enough weight where I can cross my legs.  Well, yesterday I had another small victory — I used a regular bathroom stall.

And by regular size, I mean the ones where the gap between the sweep of the door and the toilet is less than an inch.

That may seem a strange thing to celebrate, but for me it felt wonderful to walk into a small stall without having to purposely dislocate a shoulder, yogi-like, to fit.

In the past, a trip to the ladies room usually started with me staring at the open stall like a cow studying a Rubik’s Cube. Then came the laughable task of trying to slide around the wall without falling into the toilet. If I made it that far, I’d lean back like Neo, dodging bullets in The Matrix, to get the door closed. Then I’d repeat the process, in reverse, to get out.

For ages, I’d used the handicapped stalls, all the while secretly worrying I’d get reported by an actual handicapped person (to whomever one tattles to in those situations). Maybe they’d give me a ticket?  Maybe they’d put my picture on the door, frowning and sucking-in my stomach, with the caption, “Not Handicapped”.

My next challenge: flying coach without the threat of gangrene.