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Pick up where you are and move forward - 50 pounds again July, 2012

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* I have never regretted a healthy choice.
* It is always a choice, not a sacrifice. ~ Danni (Hungry Healthy Happy)
* Only 1 in 10 are finishers. I am a finisher!
* I have a choice!
* Just because I can't do it today, doesn't mean I won't be able to do it some day. ~Arthur
* If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed. ~ David ...

* I have never regretted a healthy choice.
* It is always a choice, not a sacrifice. ~ Danni (Hungry Healthy Happy)
* Only 1 in 10 are finishers. I am a finisher!
* I have a choice!
* Just because I can't do it today, doesn't mean I won't be able to do it some day. ~Arthur
* If you have the courage to begin, you have the courage to succeed. ~ David Viscott
* Figure out what's good for you, then create a liking for it. You've got to work at living. ~ Jack LaLanne
* Self-respect is the root of discipline: The sense of dignity grows with the ability to say no to oneself. ~ Abraham Joshua Heschel
* I am not where I need to be, but thank God I am not where I used to be. ~ Joyce Myers
* There are no shortcuts to any place worth going. ~ Beverly Sills
* The harder the conflict the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap we esteem too lightly. ~ Thomas Paine
* The song only goes wrong when we keep thinking back to the wrong notes . . . Fall Forward. ~ Ann Voskamp
I started this journey in 2009 in my late 40's. I have been overweight for many years. Twice before I lost 40 pounds at a time; but then it seemed something in me just broke and I let everything go and put all the weight back on plus.

One of my fears that has held me back from making the necessary lifestyle changes sooner is that this scenario will re-occur and I will be right back where I was. I pray that the third time is a charm!

I want to do this in a way that I hope I can live with on a permanent basis, trying to make more healthy choices along the way, and fewer unhealthy choices. By God's grace I know I can do it, and I pray that I can reach out and take his grace when I need it.

4/1/09 - 302 starting
5/11/09 - 292
6/18/09 - 279
7/19/09 - 272
9/27/09 - 260 1/4 to goal
12/20/09 - 250.5
1/30/10 - 241.5 1/3 to goal
7/10/10 - 232
6/1/11 - 252 (20 pounds gained since my Mother's death and my job loss)
1/1/12 - 262 (up another 10 pounds)
2/16/12 - 265 (this stops now)
April, 2012 - 254
7/25/12 - 249
12/31/12 - 244

April, 2010 - 1 year anniversary for my new lifestyle -
down 60 pounds from 1 year ago. On track! Added 1 pound walking weights into my cardio walk.

June, 2010 - introduced strength training back in to my program.

August, 2010 - Mother passed away after some time of declining health. As of November, I am still struggling to get back on track with my healthy lifestyle and have actually gained some weight. Am behind in my long range goal for the first time. I've re-set some goals while I work through my grief. I will beat this! I just need some time.

June, 2011 - I've gained 20 pounds since I lost my job in March and had to take a position with a 90 mile commute one way. Time for a fresh start. Re-set my goal weight, my trackers, etc. I am not sure if I am quite at determined, but I am determined to be determined.

January, 2012 - I'm up 30 pounds. I've got the exercising down, but am working to lasso the eating. Fall as often as I will, I am determined not to give up!

April, 2012 - Down 6 pounds. Re-committing to an eating plan that will work for me. New goal for 2012 is to lose the 30 pounds I gained last year. I can do this.

June, 2012 - Working on renewing my mind, in healthy living and other areas of my life. If the battle is not won in my mind, it will never be won. This is my renewed focus for 2012. I've been training for a 10K in July for over a month now. No running per my trainer - yet! But I'm going to walk it! I am eating less and exercising more than I did in the fall and winter of 2009 when I was at this weight, but the scale is not budging. At that point, the weight practically slid off. Is it my 3 hour per day commute, lack of sleep, meds? I wish I knew. Nevertheless, I will not give up. Whatever it takes!

July, 2012 - has been a difficult month of learning endurance and perseverance, but has ended up being a month of wins. I walked my first official 10K, came off of my meds that I was suspected of causing weight gain, moved forward in my thought patterns regarding eating, crossed 1,300 miles on my walk across America, already achieved my fitness minutes goal for 2012, and broke that plateau by a 4 pound loss. For a total of 53 lost. There is only one way to go - forward! Rejoicing! Tears of joy!

December, 2012 - I've not achieved all I wanted this year, but I've learned a ton. I am a finisher. I will go on.
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My Goals:
*Ultimately, a healthier lifestyle is my goal - weight loss is a by product.

*My long range goal is to lose 157 pounds. I've had some setbacks and pitfalls. April, 2012 - I wanted to be at my goal weight by now. I am not, and I'm trying to let it go, set smaller short term goals and press forward.

*Hopefully avoid some health issues by exercise and healthy diet.

My Program:
*Consume calories per day based on Spark People's plan following a balanced diet using diabetic dietary exchange chart.

*Drink at least 6 - 8 cups of water per day.

*Add more whole grains, fruits and vegetables into my diet. Trying to make a healthy lifestyle one choice at a time.

*If eating junk food/pre-packaged food is a "necessity" for my sanity, limit myself to package serving amount and track it.

* Walk at least 3 miles per week.
January, 2012 - changed to 13 miles per week.

* Look for ways to be more active, not sedentary.

*Strength training 2 - 4 times per week.

Other Information:
I am a homemaker and work full time as a Software Test Analyst.

I love to read - I used to be an avid espionage reader, but somehow it doesn't hold my interest right now. I'm more into inspirational and biography type books. Listening to a lot of inspirational audio books on my commute to work.

Joined Flylady November 2009 - Baby steps in other areas of life.

For a long time, I had a single white rose as my wallpaper and a pink page in memory of my precious Mother who died 8/8/10. She was the rose in my world. Every time I went to change it, I would end up in a sodden emotional puddle. I've finally managed to change my page, but somehow I cannot make myself yet remove this small tribute to her. It will never be the same. I love you, Mother.

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Member Comments:
11/6/2013 11:55:03 AM

emoticon Thelma! Letís make this Thanksgiving holiday a great time to focus on our health! Promote healthy nutrition, expand fitness minutes and thrive for emotional wellness to achieve optimum health! Moderation, balance and consistency are the keys to avoiding holiday pitfalls! TOGETHER, we CAN turn our NOVEMBER goals into extraordinary results! Have a blessed holiday month!

emoticon N = Nothing can replace you because you are a very special person!
emoticon O = Overcome each obstacle by never giving up and never giving in!
emoticon V = Visualize and trust that all goals and dreams are possible!
emoticon E = Embrace inner well-being, healthy nutrition and fitness activity!
emoticon M = Maintain focus on each goal, daily commitment and follow-through!
emoticon B = Believe in yourself that you are a winner in all that you do!
emoticon E = Encourage and inspire others by sharing your success!
emoticon R = Remember, you are the SPARK that creates extraordinary results!

~ Monika ~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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10/15/2013 2:50:51 PM

My sister has a timeshare on Deep Creek Lake and my nephew and his sister bought a trailer in Garrett County to use when they want to visit. We don't have a lot of money to eat at restaurants, or to go on vacations.

I enjoyed living in Garrett County until I was 18. The scenery is beautiful, but when my Dad was alive, he plowed snow with a farm tractor. Though I could drive the tractor, I was never taught how to plow snow with it. I don't have any close friends there any more and the landscape has changed a lot since 1970 when I left. My memories of the time I spent there are very good, but the people I knew have either died or moved away.

Thank you for letting me know about the weather. I am a homebody and do not like to have to go some place to have fun.

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10/14/2013 5:32:52 AM

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Success is not a race, be patient.
Success leads to success.
Success is always a work in progress.
Success doesn't come to you--you go to it.
Success is a journey, not a destination. Focus on the process.
Some people dream about success... while others wake up and work hard at it.
Success is achieved and maintained by those who try-and keep trying.
Everyday is a good day to SUCCEED!
If at first you don't succeed-try, try again
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"Any experience can be transformed into something of value. Everything depends on the way you look at things. You cannot have the success without the failures.
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What are stumbling blocks and defeat before you, can be stepping stones to victory if you remain determined.
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10/13/2013 5:35:39 PM

thanks for reading my blog.

hope you are well

have a healthy week

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10/6/2013 4:37:09 PM

emoticon and emoticon Thelma! I'm dropping in to see how you are doing. Letís make October the month to renew and refresh ourselves! Fall is the season to rejuvenate our body, mind and spirit! Letís enjoy the colorful sights, autumn scents and wildlife sounds of October! Fall for outdoor fitness fun! Find healthy recipes with autumn flavors! Embrace positive modification for inner well-being! Enjoy Octoberís journey of improved health! Have a happy and healthy autumn month!

emoticon O = Our journey is about self-improvements and personal growth!
emoticon C = Conquer obstacles by turning setbacks into comebacks!
emoticon T = Trust your choices, decisions and actions!
emoticon O = Open your mind to new ways of doing new things!
emoticon B = Bring out the very best in you and your abilities!
emoticon E = Embrace each goal with optimism, dedication and completion!
emoticon R = Reduce stress, eat healthy, drink water, exercise regularly and have fun!

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