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Joined BL#21 for the next 10 weeks

Friday, February 14, 2014

So I joined the BL#21 and am looking forward to it. I feel like if I have a bit of a challenge and am held a little more accountable for my weekly weight loss, this could really benefit me in reaching my goals.

During the next 10 weeks I hope to lose weight and become more in tune with my body. Learning what works and what doesn't will help me greatly. I'm still learning what the appropriate workout limit is. I can work out and burn 1000 plus calories in a session and not lose a pound. I know my PCOS can play with this greatly and doesn't make sense to me.

However, I am going to try to do small groups of cardio though out the day and see if this helps. Still a learning process but I'm sure Ill get it at one point. As far as a weight loss number, I'm not going to give one. Anything will be better than nothing and headed in the right direction.

My second goal is not to be unrealistic and too demanding of myself. I have a habit of putting to much pressure on myself to meet big goals in an unreasonable amount of time. According to my husband, this is why I always quit. Honestly, I would have to agree with him. I get this grand idea in my head and when I don't meet my goal I give up completely. So this is a continued goal I have had since the beginning of the year and it is paying off so far.

The last goal for the next ten weeks is stick to my juicing. My current juicing schedule ends the same day that the BL challenge ends. So its nice to have something go hand in hand. Now that I have something to work towards while juicing, I think I will be able to finish with no problems. I actually look forward to this nice little challenge.

So that's it! Those are the two goals that I have during the next 10 weeks. I feel they are reasonable and not to demanding. Something feels different this time....I really do believe I will meet all my set goals for this challenge.

Here is to a healthy and bright future!

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RENEENAE0220 2/15/2014 12:14PM

    Im excited to get this challenge started with you!

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DUMBBELLE84 2/14/2014 5:01PM

  Sounds like a good plan! Can't wait to read about your success!!


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BANANAFANNAH 2/14/2014 2:42PM

    So glad to hear you're looking forward to BLC! (Go Coral Curlers!!)

Those are great goals, and I wish you the best!


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Restarting my 100 day challenge... fell off the wagon.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Well the first week went so well and after a mishap of giving in, I got right back on my juicing wagon and am at it again. However, even with my mess up I still lost 2.4 pounds this week.

I was emotional and just having a stressful week and gave in to eating. It's amazes me daily how my will power to do this can be swayed so easily.

I went to see a movie with my husband and had made the point of not eating. I drank an extra large glass of juice so that I could fight the temptation later. We were half way through the movie (The Hobbit) and I finally gave in. I ate popcorn. And not a lot, just a few small handfuls. Well I felt bad about doing that so when I came home and made my husband dinner , I gave in and had dinner with him.

Needless to say eating food after a week of just juicing wasn't the smartest idea. My stomach was grumbling and upset for days. Its not like I decided to eat anything healthy, no, couldn't do that. I ate pasta(gluten free) and sausage and Alfredo sauce. Very fatty and oily and I actually felt worse after doing it.

So needless to say I started over. I have been juicing for 4 days and have done great. I had a hard time during the Superbowl because of all the snacking and treats my husband had. But I made it through. I am allowing myself sugar free gum and that helps a bit. I get the Extra gum that tastes like cake and other treats, hoping this will curb my need for something sweet and different. Needless to say my jaw has been sore these last few days working through the beginning again.

Between the Superbowl, my birthday, today, our anniversary( the first time we met, still celebrate this) and Valentine's Day all this month, it is going to be a tough month. However, I feel if I can just get through this month the rest of my time will be much easier. I know I can do this! It is just a matter of telling my mind to get out of my way. So I continue on this journey and hope that in just a couple of weeks I will have accomplished this and won't want to break again.

I'm thankful for the weight loss and what I have learned in the last week. I feel confident that I will be able to accomplish my goal this time around.

96 days to go!

Here's to a bright and healthy future!

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KEELIE21 2/4/2014 4:47PM

    Happy Birthday!! Sounds to me like slip or no slip you are doing really well. Great idea with the gum! February is a rough month for me as well, both my stepsons birthdays, my own birthday, V-Day and I have a baby shower coming up. That's a lot of cake!! But I'm confident we BOTH can get through it and be the better for it!


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Trying not to gag while drinking a glass of the " Healthy Stuff"

Monday, January 27, 2014

Its been one week since I started my 100 day juice reboot and have lost 13.1 pounds. While I am happy with the loss this week, I'm even more happy with what I have learned.

If you have never done a juice fast before, here is a small glimpse at what happens. You go from eating to not eating but drinking your calories. All of which comes from freshly juiced fruits and vegetables, mostly vegetables. You will convince yourself that you are taking the right steps, that wont taste as bad as it looks, while trying not to gag as you drink a glass of the "healthy stuff". After one week, I'm still getting use to the taste. However, most times I try to drink it down as fast as I can as my husband watches me and laughs. I'm Still waiting for the moment I can say I actually like it.

Next, you go through a detox period( different for everyone) and you can have any symptoms raging from stomach pains, headaches, joint pain, moodiness, hunger(obviously), noise and light sensitivity and a number of others. Enough pain to make anyone quit. Now if you can make it though these days than I would say you are good to go, if you can get past the mental stage.

Where am I? The mental stage. I have never noticed how much I eat out of boredom or because my husband is eating. This seems a little absurd when I think about it. Really, I eat anytime my husband eats? When did that happen? I thought about this for a little while and realized that one of the things that actually triggered this was his constant snacking. NOW, let me be clear, I am not blaming my husband for me eating or my weight. I feel that I snack a lot more because it is a learned behavior I picked up from my husband. Weekends use to be our stay up late and snack nights. We'd watch movies or play games and we would have several snack into the wee hours.

This was never as clearer until this week. My husband popped popcorn late Friday night. As I had a hand full of popcorn headed towards my mouth I looked at my husband who had this shocked and slightly horrified look on his face, asking " what are you doing?". What!? How did I forget for that moment that I wasn't eating and only juicing? This is when I realized eating had become a habit for me.

This would not be the only time that I had dealt with my struggle I was really emotion on day 3 and 4. I kept telling my husband I'm hungry and whining like a little baby. Within the same sentence of complaining that I'm hungry, I would also say " I'm not, just want to eat". That is a horrible place to be. Knowing you're not hungry but still wanting to eat. It's a horrible feeling and I still deal with it. I'm not really hungry but I think its more of me missing eating. That I would like to eat something because I am jealous of the meal my husband is having or because something smells good. Speaking of smells, they are not my friend. I think smelling food cooking actually made it worse. I'm learning to walk away and find something to occupy my mind for a while, seems to help.

Until this week, I never realized how much I was putting food into my body and not even paying attention. All I do now is focus on what goes into my body. A complete change. It is still hard but I know I will learn so much about myself and what changes I need to make. From here I will take what I have learned and continue on my journey to 100 days.

93 days to go!

Here's to a bright and healthy future :)

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LILPIXIE55 2/4/2014 8:59AM

    Well done you! I've missed you! Happy to read your chipper thoughts and progress! Once more :) Keep it up girlfriend :)

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My 100 Day Challenge: Day 1

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My 100 day challenge is a 100 day reboot with juice. There are many out there who have seen the documentary " Fat, Sick and Nearly dead" and if you haven't I would highly recommend it. It's a documentary describing how increasing out Micro-nutrient foods(our fruits and vegetables) we can significantly change our bodies and help them for the best. I have discussed this before and can not rave enough about the amazing changes I have seen when I do this.

Now I have tried this before for a short period of two weeks and after not being able to maintain it I had to take a look at why. After a while I believe continuing what you learn through eating will help you succeed a long way down the road. When I started this originally I didn't learn how important that was. Its a lifestyle change and I cant say this enough. This is why no one can stick to there crash diets because you can not maintain it. That is also why the weight always comes back and everyone is disappointed and we feel like failures. A couple of improvements I have made is to still count my calories for what I will be consuming. This wasn't something that I did before and I feel like it was a big reason for my failing, I wasn't having enough. I will have anywhere between 4-6,16-20 oz juices a day. A wide variety of fruits and vegetables, primarily focusing on my vegetables. I know how to get my electrolytes and and vitamins and minerals I will be missing during this time. I will also be excerising but wisely. There are many times I would workout until I burned a 1000+ calories and not that is not a typo. I have decided to bring that down some. I now know that working out crazy affects my PCOS and I need to be careful.

Below I have created a list of symptoms and issues I have at this time and will be updating these regularly to show any improvements during my 100 days.

-I have PCOS and all the terrible side effects that come with it.

- I would like to be able to have a family one day but due to my problems and weight I am infertile. I don't believe that this is a forever thing due to having a miscarriage last year. However if you had asked me last year, I'd tell you differently.

-Doctors believed I had cancer and after six months of changing what I ate all cell growth had disappeared( this was during my first juicing attempt)

-I have Hypothyroidism and have gain a considerable amount of weight

- I have dry skin along with Keratosis Pilaris ( chicken skin) gross I know.

- I have achy muscles and sore joints

-I get migraines and tensions headaches frequently

- I'm noticing some issues with my gums. Something that can actually get worse if you don't learn to manage your PCOS.

-I also have celiac disease and haven't managed this very well.

Now, 100 days? Are you asking why? Well there are a few reasons. First, 100 days because I need to take a break from everything, refresh my system and just have a diet primarily of juice will get me back on the right path. I have issues with so many foods that this is the best way for me to fight cravings, help me enjoy fruits and vegetables more and to prepare me of my lifestyle of fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts the rest of my life. Second, every year I make a resolution to lose weight and it never works. I thought about it for a while and decided that it was due to just wanting to see a smaller number on the scale. I would reach a goal and then slack off the rest of the year and have the same issue the next year. This year I approached it differently. I made a goal list instead. Yes weight loss was on there, but it wasn't the first thing like usual. I decided that I wanted to accomplish things this year and made a list.

A few of the things I'm hoping to accomplish this year is to get out more and hike. I have a 14er in my sights this summer. I tried to do one last year and even though I did really well wasn't able to get to the top. So I will be preparing myself during this spring to take one the challenge. The next big thing on my list will be to run a half marathon by October this year. That seems like a big task and I really know that it is, but I feel so confident in myself this year and know that if I stick with it I will be able to accomplish my goals. I am not one to take on small challenges and feel better when I have dates to try to meet goals by. With these goals I also hope to feel more accomplished and teach myself that I am capable as long as I keep with it.

The 100 days will lead up to the beginning of my training for my half marathon. The great thing is this year is my husband and I will be training for it together! I have run long distances before, however, I was in much better shape than I am in now and a fair amount lighter. I know that there is a great chance I won't be able to do this, I cant run now. What I do know is that I have a strong mind and that is the thing that will hopefully carry me through to accomplishing my goal when I feel like things are to tough. I know this will be a challenge and I say "Challenge Accepted!".

100 days is a small price to pay for the rest of my life.

At the end of 100 days I hope to have a stronger grasp and be more comfortable with a gluten free vegan diet. This is the lifestyle I will need to follow for numerous reason but the biggest is so that I don't need medicine. I look forward to all the challenges and accomplishments I will have along the way.

Here is to a bright and beautiful future!

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KEELIE21 1/24/2014 4:18PM

    Your goals are so clear I can see them for you!! Strong mind first and strong body will follow, cheering you on every step of the way!


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Weight loss pics so far

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

It's that time again to post the photos. This month feels like I had hardly any progress. can see some differences but not a lot like before. I have been so busy with work and visiting family that it has taken away from my workouts that I would like to do. I only did cardio this month instead of my resistance and weight training. I feel disappointed that I didn't give it all I had...but am pleased that I continued to go to the gym.

I have exactly 80 days until our vacation and I would still like to be out of the 300's by then . I know that will be a lot of work and may not be something I can reach but it is one of my biggest goals. I feel like if I can get out of the 300's I will have the confidence and the strength to keep moving forward and reach my goals. I feel stronger every day and know I will get there.

Here's to another beautiful and healthy day!

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SUECHRIS50 7/31/2013 2:52PM

    WOW girl you are doing great !!!!!!

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CIRANDELLA 7/31/2013 1:40PM

    You're doing amazingly well - congratulations!!

Yes, there is a dramatic difference in your midsection since you started. It looks like you've also been exercising, or that a great deal of the weight loss you've had has come from your middle. That seemed to be the last part of me to change, so how wonderful for you! And congratulations on having lost such a lot of weight, too - wow!

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SPARK_JO 7/30/2013 3:09PM

    You are doing great, there IS a difference since last month, it shows especially in the back. The more weight you'll have dropped, the less spectacular the changes will be from month to month, but there's definitely progress!


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BLINGANDBOWS27 7/30/2013 12:42PM

    Fantastic job! keep up the great work!

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    I LOVE the picture idea. I think I may have to steal this to see my own progress.

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EG8383 7/30/2013 11:37AM

  you've stayed committed the best you can and that's what really counts! Great job!! You are changing in each of those pics and you deserve to be proud of your accomplishments! You are awesome, keep up the great job. You'll be even more stunning when it's vacation time! =)

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LILPIXIE55 7/30/2013 11:34AM

    Well I can see the difference! YOUR looking AWESOME Sister emoticon emoticon emoticon

emoticon for being so darn consistent! Real reminder to me that 1 day or 1 missed workout or ice cream! doesn't matter if we just step right back on towards our goals. Inspiration. Thank You emoticon

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LIZ324_NYC 7/30/2013 11:07AM

    You are doing great!!! emoticon

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ABAKER34 7/30/2013 10:59AM

    There is a big difference, you probably don't see it because it's coming off of you everyday, but the pictures don't lie. you are doing fantastic! emoticon

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BRENDA_G50 7/30/2013 10:52AM

    You've came a long ways since your first picture. emoticon emoticon

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TIME_TO_SHINE1 7/30/2013 10:47AM

    You look great. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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