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

Three years ago when I turned 50 I got serious about taking off some weight and taking care of myself, body and soul. I got really close to my weight goals and felt so good! Then, following a series of health issues and a serious lack of discipline, I added all of those pounds back. But I am still determined. I did it once, so I know I can do it again. Over the long term, I know I will achieve my goals.

In January 2013, I began setting monthly goals and assessing how well I did at ...
Three years ago when I turned 50 I got serious about taking off some weight and taking care of myself, body and soul. I got really close to my weight goals and felt so good! Then, following a series of health issues and a serious lack of discipline, I added all of those pounds back. But I am still determined. I did it once, so I know I can do it again. Over the long term, I know I will achieve my goals.

In January 2013, I began setting monthly goals and assessing how well I did at the end of the month, in order to see what worked. And I made some progress. After fits and starts, I'm back to that again -- because it worked!

I'm focused on building sustainable habits and practices that I can use to maintain my weight loss once I reach my goal. Three years ago when I lost 25 pounds, I stopped drinking 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 alcohol 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

* Lose 16 pounds (10% of my starting weight) by the end of April 2014 and MAINTAIN for 4 months to reset my my set point.

* Lose 9 more pounds by early November and MAINTAIN for life.

* Gain strength, endurance and flexibility


For My Mind

* Reduce stress in my life

* Increase my self discipline

* Get organized


For My Soul

* Maintain an Attitude of Gratitude!

* Create beauty in the world.



My Program:
Tracking calories, with a goal of maintaining at the low end of my daily calorie range.

Fitness goals:

Strength training 2-3 times/week.

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

Yoga at least once a week.

Sign up and train for races.

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

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150 #: Workout wear
144 #: Jewelry
135 #: Really nice dress for the holidays

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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FRENCHSEAMS
7/11/2013 9:38:04 AM

TCA , the stuff used for skin peels can fade tattoos with repeated applications. It's only $60 a bottle. It's a acid so you have to be careful, but it does work.

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KERRIELYNN719
7/8/2013 8:23:53 PM

What are your thoughts between "new rules of lifting for women" and body pump? I have read a bunch of reviews..rom what I read, body pump provides more for muscle endurance and the new rules is more for building muscles...which makes sense...

I like the body pump class and find it fun...but I need muscle! Just wondering if you've noticed a difference between the two....



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VALERIEMAHA
7/1/2013 8:27:26 PM

How nice of you to stop by my woe-is-me, sad sack blah blog -- giving me some food for thought. In my case, when I've cut down on calories and added exercise for the formula, I've inevitably lost pounds. And I have FIFTEEN to get rid of. I've never been able to get into using measurements as a gauge, but as I added to the blog, my clothes are not ONE SPECK looser, dang it.

Though muscle doesn't actually weigh more, it is heavier by volume -- more dense:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/423436
-is-muscle-weight-heavier-than-fat/

The fact is I'm eating better, moving more and have MUCH to be thankful for...and THAT'S a fact!
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HIPPICHICK1
7/1/2013 9:41:51 AM

Hey Sweetie! Thanks for the rose goodie. I don't think you suggested JF was a bad dad. Maybe *I* did! LOL!! I think if we'd had a child together we would have definitely had arguments over parenting styles though...in fact we *have* had arguments over parenting styles which is when he told me that I wasn't capable of parenting because I hadn't given birth.
Everyone who commented on that blog could relate to the situation and it was really helpful to read all of the comments. It gave me some ideas and I garnered more information on the issue and I'm moving forward from there.
Thanks for your kind words and for your support. I really appreciate it!!
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HIPPICHICK1
6/30/2013 7:50:44 AM

Thanks for commenting on my blog. I do feel stuck between a rock and a hard place! It's quite possible that my partner feels he hasn't done a good job of parenting. He and his ex broke up when their daughter was around 8 or 9 and there certainly was instability at home for a couple of years leading up to the eventual collapse of his marriage. I suppose any parent would feel that they haven't done a good job if they only get a chance to do it every other week and the kid is virtually living out of a suitcase between mom and dad's place. It was a confusing time for her and I felt for her when she was a little kid.
I think your idea to get counselling is great. My darling partner would probably balk at any suggestions at all concerning anything pertaining to him as that has been the way he is since the beginning of our relationship. Don't you know that *I'm* the one who needs therapy? Not him. He's fine and besides he doesn't have time. His relationship with his daughter and his money is ultimately his business and since I wrote that blog I have gently asked a few questions about his finances and he's assured me that he's paying his bills and debts before he doles out cash to his kid. That's a good sign!
I'm glad to hear that counselling worked for you and the relationship you have with your son sounds like it's working out very well.



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