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How Happiness Changes Things

Monday, July 30, 2012

When weight comes off easily without me having to think about eating healthy and working out it puts into perspective that when I was unhappy it was harder to lose weight. In the last year I have added baby boy number three, Levi, been in a healthy and very happy relationship, and been able to keep going to school, while work on a creative outlet that makes me happy. Right now my life feels complete, happy, the way it should be. For so long I was unhappy, and for so long I struggled with the weight. Now for the first time losing weight and being healthy is as easy as tying my shoes. I just don't think about it anymore. It's just habit. The way it should be.

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MOMFAN 8/1/2012 9:05PM


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WALKINGIRL5 7/31/2012 7:27AM

    That is fantastic- life does sound really good. I think you're onto something there with the happiness. Managing stressful thoughts is a big deal for me and i have to get better at it. emoticon

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ARNETTELEE 7/30/2012 4:36PM

  Glad that things are going your way! Great!!

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I Feel a Little Silly Now: Excuse Deflated

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

My number one excuse for not getting healthy sooner was: I just don't have the time. It was working for a long time, that small excuse. Now that I have been living life healthier I am finding that I have more time. Who would of known? More time, and more energy, and feeling a little bit more satisfied in life.

I used to not get in much physical activity. I was a coach potato really. Now every break at work I go for a walk (exception to lunch when I enjoy my chicken salad and soup) and then 3 to 4 times a week I do a DVD exercise program like Tae Bo or JIllian Micheals.

Eating healthier has saved time too. I cook in bulk and its so easy to throw a recipe together now. Shopping is quicker now that I mainly shop on the perimeter of the store.

And now I have energy, and those days I didnt have time.... it wasn't about time. I didn't have energy. Now I do, and my boys and I are having a blast with it.

So ya, I feel a little silly now.

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MOMFAN 7/7/2011 3:56AM

    WooHoo! You go girl! You got this!

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CASCADE21 7/6/2011 5:15PM

    Thanks for the reminder! It really does save time to be healthy, plus having more energy! emoticon

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LADYSTARDUST 7/6/2011 12:41PM

    Agreed! It really never was a lack of time for me either..somehow I could always find time to do the things everyone else needed me to do, but not what I needed me to do. Good for you for getting perspective! And if that makes you silly, you're in lots of goofy company here! emoticon

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I Finally Found the "I HAD IT" Moment

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I am confident the reason I have struggled, and yo-yo dieted for years is because I never found that moment, that real moment in time where I had enough of being overweight. My i had it moment came when I was looking at pictures on facebook at the karokee bar I go to and seeing what I really looked like, wasn't what I was seeing in the mirror. I don't want to be that girl on facebook, I want to be a healthy happy girl, and I am making progress getting there.

I love to exercise now, I look forward to it. Never had that with any "diet" I have been on.

I love to eat new veggies. Love fruit smoothies and an almond crunch bar for breakfast.

Just love living. Its awesome when somedays I track at the end of the day and see even though I wasnt tracking every meal at the time it was eaten, I knew in my mind what was best to eat and how much.

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CXNLITTLE 7/2/2011 1:56PM

    Great! Keep it up!

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MESSA82 6/30/2011 11:37PM


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COUTURELADY 6/30/2011 2:43PM

    That moment makes all the difference in the world doesn't it? Years ago when I first had that moment I had topped out at 242. I had experienced something negative that prompted me to get started eating better and working out. Though I've had to struggle with the last 20-25 pounds I've kept off 65-70 for 10 years.

Good job on finding what you need to do. Life is pretty amazing isn't it? Good job sister! emoticon

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The Truth About Failure and Progress

Monday, June 13, 2011

It is so easy to let what you believe is "failure" bring you down:
"Damn I'm up a pound"
"Forgot to workout today"
"Blew it, I had a cookie..."

And so many of us think of progress in only terms of:
"staying on a strict diet"
"Exercising 5 days a week"
"losing pounds every week"

But in reality it's those perceptions that lead to many of us to real failure, and halting us from real progress. That was a huge eye opener for me this month. This is the first time I have been looking beyond the numbers on the scale, that one cookie I may have had. Just because I have a cookie I don't use that as an excuse to get into that "I blew it today might as well keep blowing it..." and just because the numbers on the scale don't move fast enough to I throw in the towel. I'm down 14 pounds for a reason since the beginning of May.

You know what I have been celebrating?
1. My clothes fit better
2. I bought my first size 14 swimsuit last night, I havent been able to buy one for a long time that small
3. I have been able to donate clothes and buy new clothes because Im smaller
4. I eat pretty good and exercise pretty good, and consitently
5. The back rolls are almost gone!!!

Now that's progress. Who cares what the scale says. How do I feel today? How do I look today? Hows my energy level? And all I can say is Good to all three, so I must be having real progress. Today I didnt even hop on the scale because I've been on track with myself, so to me the number couldn't say anything else different then this: "I'm doing good."

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BYUTIFULLE 6/14/2011 3:23PM

    Good blog. This is definitely something I have to keep in mind. This weekend I blew it and though I gained all my weight back. So I'm trying to make up for it now. For the past two weeks, I've been wearing long dresses to work, because they are more comfortable. But this morning I work up with no more dresses to wear. So I tried on my pair of too tight grey slacks, and guess what, I can pinch the sides. Being able to move in my pants, reassured me that I was making progress and I need to stay on track. Thanks for this blog.

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MESSA82 6/13/2011 8:23PM

    I think the reasons you chose to celebrate are the best ones!!! Yes it's nice when the scale goes down but it's even better when your pant size goes down!!!

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One Tree At A Time

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

I am feeling rather refreshed this morning, I started a new 6 week 3 hour a night aerobic class through the college I go to, and after last nights run/jog I'm feeling more energetic then ever. I also learned something rather powerful as well. My teacher said "start goals on where you are now, and not where you wish you were." He said if you could only run to the first tree that's fine. Just build on from there. He said that's why so many people make unachievable goals, there goals are just too big, so they fall short and throw in the towel.

So before our walk last night, I thought about what he said. He said you can either: walk, jog, run, or combine. For a tougher workout I told myself, lets run and jog. I ended up running 5 minutes, jogging 10, and walking 5. I am so proud of myself. Maybe by the end of this 6 weeks I can run/jog 20. I think it's possible.

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MOMFAN 5/20/2011 12:25AM

    emoticonstart! You will do this!

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JUICINGJOJO 5/18/2011 10:58PM

    That is a great way to look at things. You can do it! emoticon

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MESSA82 5/18/2011 8:08PM

    small steps at first... soon you'll be running for an hour! and 20 minutes will feel like nothing!

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