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This week's update is quick and to the point. I gained a pound. Last week as well as half way through this week was quite stressful with my real job and with photography gigs afterwards. Results, stress eating. OUCH, STRESS EATING IS PROBABLY ONE OF MY BIGGEST DOWNFALLS AND IT THOROUGHLY STRESS IS ME OUT REGARDING MY WEIGHT WHEN I REALIZE I ONCE AGAIN CLEANED OUT THE REFRIGERATOR!!!

I need to figure out how to control the feeding frenzy so that I can realistically start my next weight loss indicator I call the Button to Button Hole Test. I have a brand new pair of size 34 blue jeans and once a week, I am going to see how much of an expanse exists between theses two points with the blue jeans on.

Weight 241 Body Fat 30.6% BMI 34.1

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Comment by Sabra zirkle on June 27, 2010 at 8:41pm
I will be following your progress . . .stick with it . .I agree with Chris, don't have crappy food in the house & then you can't eat it (my weakness too)= :). Plus when stress hits even going for a quick 10 minute walk takes away the munchies! best of Luck! Sabra
Comment by Chris Carlson on June 17, 2010 at 4:31pm
Ralph, I too use the button hole test on ALL my pairs of pre-baby pants. I refuse to buy bigger pants so I have 'til this fall to fit into them. I am down 45 pounds with 10 to go, my mantra is, "Being skinny feels better than chocolate tastes." I have learned that I can't have crappy food in the house or I will eat it, stress eating on powerfoods isn't too bad for the waistline. Good Luck, Rachel
Comment by Trudy L DeCoronado on June 16, 2010 at 7:28am
determination, perseverance and a great support group will help you reach your goal.....if there's anything I can do to help you please let me know! I'm one of your many cheerleaders to encourage you w/your endeavor & will be here if you ever feel like you're slipping as we all sometimes do, but remember you have alot of people you can count on to help keep you focused!!!!
Comment by Renee Santiago on June 15, 2010 at 7:10am
Hey you! Get your fanny up in the morning and get to the gym or on Barr Trail! I know you can do it - I have witnessed it with my very own eyes! WE are the team that won the biggest loser contest at the Y! You know what you need to do. Make it happen!

Rooting for you from Tennessee :)
Blessings,
Renee
Comment by Melanie Fryar on June 13, 2010 at 10:24pm
Go Ralph! Losing weight is hard, and you are doing it!! As a serious athlete, I have to really watch my stress eating, too. It can be discouraging to see the affects poor eating chooses have on our bodies. But the good news is every day is a new one. I am excited to follow your journey to a healthier you. :)
Comment by Rebecca E. Tonn on June 13, 2010 at 9:13pm
Ralph,
Your courage is inspiring. Lots of people have offered advice: so I'll make mine short and sweet. My favorite trick is to drink 12 ounces of water or sparkling water or herbal tea, and wait five minutes--before each and every snack or meal. Turns out we are more often-than-not actually thirsty, when we think we are hungry. Good luck!
Comment by Robert Mitchell on June 13, 2010 at 9:25am
Keep up the hard work! If you have to eat out of the realm of your diet just remember, fat isn't the enemy sugar is. Good luck, stay dedicated, and keep up the hard work! You'll love your results. Thanks for sharing your story!
Comment by Tracey Cohen on June 12, 2010 at 9:19am
Ralph, take comfort in the fact that most people have the same weakness. Then out yourself first, and see if you can find something else of comfort that you like to do besides eating. Reward yourself with something other than food each time that you succeed, but don't beat yourself up when you don't. There is always a new day.... Your honesty is refreshing, and you WILL achieve your goals. Hang in there. Respectfully yours ~ Tracey
Comment by Jeff Shelton on June 11, 2010 at 11:36pm
Ralph, I have been reading your postings and I respect your honesty. I too can relate to stress and I used to do other activities that was not beneficial to my health. I hope you continue your journey and keep us informed how well you are doing.
Comment by Jon Zanone on June 11, 2010 at 10:51pm
Ralph - Hang in there! I make it a point to not weigh myself more than once a week. In fact, I haven't weighed myself in about a month. Great idea with the button hole test - I think that's a much better indicator than a scale, anyway. We're rooting for you!

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