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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Have you ever went to your closet to get dressed and realized you had nothing to wear?! Seriously, I have never had this problem! My closet has always been overflowing with too much of everything in at least three different sizes. The size I wear, the size I wish I could wear and the size so small that I vaguely remembering having worn it in the mid 80's. Well, I have been purging my closet at the rate of two boxes of clothes a month. I had one huge purge in February or March and I went into my attic and found a box of clothes in a smaller size from years ago and refilled my closet. At that time, I also went to the Goodwill and bought 6 pairs of pants in a size that I could get into, but were a little on the snug side. I made sure all the pants had belt loops so that I could extend their usability. I'm not a wealthy woman and I can't buy a new wardrobe every three months.

So, today I purged out the last of the pants I just bought three months ago! They are huge on me! Further more, I pulled out the last of the pants from the 80's and now have four pair of pants and three skirts that fit. Oh, and the jeans I am wearing from circa 1984 will not be worn to work! The leg cut is cute, it flares a little which is in again, but they are the high waisted cut with no back pockets that make my butt look like a huge round drum! But, hey, they are my Gloria Vanderbilts, size 12 that I wore when I was 18. So, I'm wearing them!

I had to buy a couple new knit shirts. You know you've lost some serious inches when your tshirts are too big on you! A couple months ago, I had to start disciplining myself to stop buying size XL when I bought new running shirts. I would literally have to tell myself (out loud), you are not an XL anymore, don't buy XL. It was hard, I was so used to grabbing the largest size of everything and hoping it would fit. So, I have been buying Large t-shirts for a couple months. Now, they are getting big and I have to practice saying, you are not large, you are medium. MEDIUM!!! Here all these years I thought I was a BIG girl with broad shoulders and big bones. I am not! Who knew? Believe me, this came as a shock to me!

So, my closet is now a whole lot less crowded and I'm hoping to get near my goal by fall so that I can buy some pants that I love. I mean who wants to fall in love with the fit of a pair of pants and have to say good bye to them in a month or two? I'm very happy to be shrinking at a steady pace, but dressing cute and affordable is important as well.

Okay, to the food!!! This is what keeps me shrinking!!! Last month I decided to enlist some help to assist me in reaching my strength and weight loss goals. I had been following the weight loss and muscle gain of one of my Spark friends, NANCYANNE55 . I had met her on the Eating Clean team here on Spark. She was and is a fabulous role model for the over 40 crowd. Her results were phenomenal and got me thinking . . . maybe, just maybe I could accomplish more than just weight loss. Maybe I could build some muscle (which I love doing) and maybe my figure wasn't totally shot. So, over the months as she worked with Ruben (FLEXCHEF), I paid close attention and made a few gains on my own. Then I decided I really needed help . I kept getting off track and not sure of exactly what was right for me. So, emailed Ruben and asked for his input and what he thought was reasonable for me. After a consultation, it was decided, I needed Ruben on my team to help me to the next level. I must say, I was skeptical, at first. I am now a true believer that professional assistance from someone who knows how to get results is worth every penny.

LOW CARB DAY #1 - Saturday Breakfast

This is a Soy based 'sausage' like product I use

Mix it with my 4 egg whites and 1 whole egg and salsa

Stuffed into a whole wheat pita!!! Delicious!

LOW CARB DAY #2 - Sunday Breakfast

Soy based 'Chicken' like product I use. I had four strips as a side, instead of the sausage.

4 hardboiled egg whites and 1 hardboiled egg, mixed with Omega Heart Smart Mayonnaise to make an egg salad

Egg Salad in a whole wheat wrap

LOW CARB DAY #1 - Lunch

Chopped grilled chicken, cilantro, red onion, jalepeno, cabbage, lime juice, salsa and avocado! mmmmmmmm!

Loaded onto four large romaine lettuce leaves!

LOW CARB DAY #2 - Lunch

Same ingredients as above, just in a different form. I made the 'salad' like a southwestern coleslaw (minus the creamy dressing). It had lime and salsa for dressing! And yummy grilled chicken on the side!

LOW CARB DAY #1 - Dinner

Tilapia and Broccoli with fresh grated parmesan! mmmmmmm!

LOW CARB DAY #2 - Dinner

Extra Lean Ground Beef sauteed with red onion and broccoli with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

LOW CARB DAY SNACKS: I have three 'snacks' a day each day, so they are the same for both low carb days.

Mid morning snack

Mid afternoon snack

Evening snack

I hope you eat something good today!

Just a funny picture from my 'celebration' yesterday of having gone from a size 22 to a size 12 in a year! A year can make a huge difference! Right now, I week makes a big difference in how my body looks and feels! I hope you are feeling good. If not, I hope that you know that you are worth the effort it takes to change that. If I can, you can. If you can't do it alone, don't worry, there are plenty of Spark friends right here for you!

Oops!!! I forgot the nutrition stats!!!!

Day 1:
Cals: 1,322
Carbs: 60
Fats: 41
Protein: 191
Sodium: 1,651

Day 2:
Cals: 1,519
Carbs 48
Fats: 49
Protein: 162
Sodium: 1,360

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    The broccoli and beef look sooooooooo good
    I went out and found 96/4% natural beef..
    3749 days ago
    Isn't she amazing? That's what I say about you every single time a read one of your blogs. Thanks for the inspiration and the great attitude!
    3749 days ago
    Your progress makes me weepy. Your blogs have given me some much-needed inspiration.
    3750 days ago
    nom nom looks wonderful!! It this not the best time of the year for all the vegies???
    3751 days ago
    You make eating healthy look good!!!
    I better find a goodwill to shop at. I wore a horribly oversized blouse to work today only because it was under my jacket. I cannot believe this used to fit close! My bra has room for a friend! lol. This bra cost me a very pretty penny so I am NOT eager to let it go!!

    You are doing awesome and you make healthy eating look really good! Inspiring me you are!!
    3752 days ago
    I really enjoy the food blogs. I get so many good ideas from them, things I would never think of on my own. I love the pic of you in the pants leg. You've done such a great job...everytime I read one of your blogs or see your picture I smile!!! You're definitely an inspiraton!
    3752 days ago
    Absolutely AMAZING results...so love the Carolyn in one leg pic! I'm rootin' for you and am SO happy that you are flying those pounds off !!...whoop da!

    The closet thing made me laugh..I have a whole shelf of size 10 Gloria's and gosh darn it...I'm going to get into her again! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Drat...I know you posted that recipe for the yummy tilapia coating...but I went back through your many blogs...(you like to blog as much as I do..hee hee) and couldn't find it..would you mind sharing it once again...I know it had nut coating..but what else...please, please...pretty please? emoticon
    3752 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/14/2010 7:27:42 PM
    The inspiration I needed! Thank you for sharing!!!! You look fabulous! WTG!
    3752 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6465553
    Your food looks SOOOO yummy!! *drool* And wow!!! That last picture is amazing!!! WAY TO GO Carolyn! You're emoticon
    3752 days ago
    I am so very happy for you...great picture of you fitting in one leg of your old pants...LOL!

    Thanks for sharing your meals...they look great! I might very well be experimenting with some of your suggestions!

    As always,
    Stay Strong!!
    3752 days ago
    mmmmm it all looks delicious :)
    3752 days ago
    I love your blogs!!! all the info with great ideas for eating healthy! Please keep them coming ..... you are such an inspiration.
    3752 days ago
    Your pants picture made me laugh! You are doing an amazing job. Keep it up!
    3752 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1454540
    I love morningstar products MMMMmmm your picture blogs are great, keep them up.
    3752 days ago
    So, I get on the laptop today, looking for some "reinspiration" if you will, checking out sparkpages from the friends I added last year, and came up to your page - you are one inspiring lady! Thanks for posting and sharing! emoticon emoticon
    3752 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5142827
    Looks yummy!
    3752 days ago
  • LDY_ALI_79
    emoticon & emoticon on your accomplishments!

    Thanks for sharing your food blogs, I was searching around yesterday on the internet for some low carb meals!

    Take care~
    3752 days ago
    Thanks Good food ideas! emoticon
    3752 days ago
  • KLOSH1
    I LOVE the photo of you with both of your legs in one leg hole!
    I have been doing the purge as well, and my clothing choices are very few. I hate to go but new clothes knowing that I don't want to be this size for very long...you are my inspiration as always Carolyn!
    3752 days ago
    Congrats on the clothes front! I bet you never thought you would fit into something you wore when you were 18! I don't think I even own anything besides formal dresses from when I was 18!

    It definitely doesn't look like you are starving either.
    3752 days ago
    Woohoo, your accomplishments are totally awesome look at you after one year fitting into one leg of your previous pants !!!! Goodwill is the way to go for clothes until you are maintaining or whenever you decide to. Thank you for your food blog it puts a lot into perpective and ideas. Have yourself a great week. Rock on Sista !!!! emoticon
    3752 days ago
    Yummy food and awesome pants pic! Ruben definitely knows his stuff. Tia is looking great shaping up for her figure comp too. You all rawk! Thanks for sharing!
    3753 days ago
  • WREN67
    You are amazing - and gotta agree that Nancy Anne (and Ruben) are too!

    Keep it up - your journey and Nancy Anne's give me so much hope and encouragement - I'm determined to get there too!
    3753 days ago
    Your food and You look fantastic. Keep it up Lady, you are beautiful!!!! emoticon
    3753 days ago
    How cool is that picture? Awesome. Your food looks yummy too. emoticon
    3753 days ago
    You are awesome! Food looks great! Thanks for sharing all your positivity!!
    3753 days ago
    I can so relate! As my girlfriend Barb says, "that's not a bad problem to have!" She helps me make my negative stuff into positive stuff a lot! Love the new food ideas. This morning I had a whole egg with 3 egg whites and 2% shredded cheese and Canadian bacon for breakfast and I was thinking of you and your egg/egg white breakfasts.
    3753 days ago
    Carolyn, I am so proud of you! And so honored to have been a small part of you improving yourself- For me, that's what Spark is all about: Helping each other!

    I agree that paying Ruben is more than worth the money. Because of him, I have decided I am going to try and start distance training and put this certification to work. Using his training has helped me, and been the thing that set the example for me that it really CAN work. I had to see it on my own body! LOL!

    See? We're all payin' it forward!
    3753 days ago

    Comment edited on: 6/13/2010 9:43:00 PM
    OMG! Are you in ONE leg of your old pants???? That is freakin' awesome.

    Food looks yummy.
    3753 days ago
  • EILEEN160
    More yummy, healthy foods to try--yay!
    I love your chocolate protein drinks--had one today while gardening!
    I have to get on the "right food wagon". I've been exercising but haven't been making good food choices lately. I'm going to try these in your blog.

    You look so good "swimming" in those big pants of yours! How wonderful it must feel.

    You keep on inspiring me, thanks!
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    3753 days ago
    I had to stop by and THANK YOU again for your support. You talk the talk and walk the walk! I truly love that about you! Your success has been phenomenal, but really, the fact that you enjoy all of your steps toward success is what is so amazing. I love you ZEST for life.
    Your food looks yummy, and I love the fact that you need to keep redefining your wardrobe!
    You GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    !!!!!!!!!! :)
    3753 days ago
  • B-N-ME
    AWESOME! What else can I say!!
    I bet people who haven't seen you for quite a while are shocked to see your transformation!!

    Congrats Carolyn!
    3753 days ago
    You are my freakin HERO! You look awesome, you eat awesome, you are AWESOME! I use that word way too much on here but what else can express how truly terrific my spark friends are?

    3753 days ago
    You look amazing and you are amazing---I am insprired by you each and every day. YOU ROCK GIRL and I am honored that you are my friend on this journey
    3753 days ago
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