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Excellence... is not an act, but a habit

Four years ago when I turned 50 I got serious about losing weight and taking care of myself, body and soul. I got really close to my weight goals and was really proud of my achievement! Then, following a series of health issues and a serious lack of discipline, I regained all the weight back, which I've learned is not uncommon.

But I'm determined to reach my goal. I did it once, so I know I can do it again. And this time, I know the real challenge will be maintaining the weight ...
Four years ago when I turned 50 I got serious about losing weight and taking care of myself, body and soul. I got really close to my weight goals and was really proud of my achievement! Then, following a series of health issues and a serious lack of discipline, I regained all the weight back, which I've learned is not uncommon.

But I'm determined to reach my goal. I did it once, so I know I can do it again. And this time, I know the real challenge will be maintaining the weight loss and healthy habits once I get there.

I've made progress in the past by setting monthly goals and assessing how well I did at the end of the month, in order to see what worked. So I am trying that again.

I'm focused on building sustainable habits and practices that I can use to maintain my weight loss once I reach my goal. Four years ago when I lost 25 pounds, I stopped drinking alcohol entirely for 3 months and trained for a half marathon. I wasn't able to keep up that high level of activity, and I didn't want to stop drinking permanently.

And while I am sure there are other ways I could have maintained the weight loss, I wasn't in the habit of doing those things, and the weight slowly but surely crept back up.

This time, I am going to create those habits and practices while I'm on the journey, so they'll be familiar to me once I reach my goal weight. I want to keep on learning more about how to eat well while eating healthy. I want to do everything I can to work out and exercise in ways that keep me healthy and prevent injury, because I've learned these past few years that I need to take care of this body..it's not quite as resilient as it once was, and I want to be strong and active for a long time!

So, truly the goal here is more about changing my habits, than reaching a number on the scale. If I can successfully build good habits, step by step, I can achieve any goal I set for myself.

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“Learn to be calm and you will always be happy” -- Paramhansa Yogananda

“Peace is to be found only within, and unless one finds it there he will never find it at all. Peace lies not in the external world. It lies within one's own soul.” -- Ralph W. Trine
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Member Since: 8/4/2004

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My Goals:
Overall, my main goal is to make healthy living a habit in all aspects of my life: body, mind and soul.

For My Body

* Gain strength, endurance and flexibility

* Lose 20 pounds in 5 pound increments, which is just over 12% of my current weight

* MAINTAIN through 2015.

* At that point, consider whether or not to lose 5 more pounds.

* MAINTAIN healthy habits and a healthy weight for life.


For My Mind

* Reduce stress in my life

* Increase my self discipline

For My Soul

* Maintain an Attitude of Gratitude!

* Create beauty in the world.


My Program:
Follow the Beck Diet Solution, changing my thinking to change my behavior

Tracking calories

Maintaining a weekly deficit of 3,500 calories

Fitness goals:

Strength training 2-3 times/week.

Cardio: 4-5 times a week: running, elliptical, biking, walking.

Yoga at least once a week.


Track and reduce my stress level through meditation, yoga, writing.


Rethinking Rewards:
* 150 #: New dress
* 140 #: Jewelry



Personal Information:
I feel so fortunate to have an awesome boyfriend and two incredible and beautiful grownup sons, wonderful friends and work that I enjoy. Most of all, I am thankful for my positive outlook on life.

I have two cats and a kayak. I love travel and art.


Other Information:
The only thing I can truly control are my actions and reactions.

I practice yoga because I believe in the interconnectedness of all things.

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NOLAHORSERIDER
11/2/2014 4:03:00 PM

Thank you for your awesome reply to my blog! I can understand your plight! I too had lost all my weight and gained it all back! I threw in the towel...Then one day, my younger sister told me she had lost 47 pounds. Wow, that bit of sharing sparked my interest to get back on track. I found Spark People in July and I have not looked back! This is such a motivational and information highway, a person need not ever feel alone. Losing weight, I have found, requires a support team! That's what we have here!! I am glad to hear you are on this journey with me! Take those baby steps and you will be at goal before you know it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon



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MJZHERE
10/23/2014 9:42:49 AM

Thank you for your kind words on my blog. There seems to be so much to learn about ourselves on this journey. Reading your sp page, you are so wise to be focusing on habits. Discovering and breaking old patterns while developing new habits is vital to maintenance. emoticon emoticon Added you as a spfriend.

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10/17/2014 12:58:46 AM

Happy Friday!!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT
10/9/2014 3:53:31 PM

Thanks for sharing that story - I do pray things will turn around for her soon.



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