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Positive Self Talk-Love my new SPARK ACTIVITY Tracker and you will too!

Saturday, February 08, 2014

I have been on my journey for a straight 10 months now. During this journey a lot has happened. But more importantly I have transformed into this person with a more positive self talking way to myself and others. I have made a lot of friends and supporters along the way. I have learned so much about me, food, exercise and more.

Today marks a BIG milestone. I have lost a total of 50 pounds! My reward was to purchase the Spark Activity Tracker. I bought this two days before I reached my goal. I knew deep inside, that this time I would reach this goal. As you all know from my previous blog that I tried to get to this goal 2 months ago and did not succeed. In fact, I gained quite a bit. I may have gotten discouraged, but I DIDN'T GIVE UP! I had all the tools, friends, support from YOU ALL, my family, my friends and my TOPS family to succeed. So, I went back to the basics. I only tracked my water and weighed in every morning. This my friends was pretty darn easy as I mentioned above...I had all the tools. I may not have tracked my food, but I did measure and use what I have learned to keep on the right path.
Back in December, I went into a downward spiral because I felt I was failing the people on the challenge I joined at the gym. I did not succeed and kicked myself the rest of 2013. But I learned something about me. I am a PERFECTIONIST! I saw I was not able to keep up with the information overload from the nutritionist and trainer, so I quit.
Fast forward and you will see I will not let the perfectionist part of me win. I called on Our God and asked for his help and look at me now!
I received my tracker today and I opened the box and darned if it didn't look like a piece of expensive jewelry to me. All in a nice little Box tucked away ready to motivate little ol' Me. All you in Minnesota know how flipping cold it has been. That did not stop me. I just walked, jogged and even ran until I got my first Glow Getter Award. I have to say this little thing is a jewel and a great motivator. I know this was the right reward and the right time for the reward. So don't hesitate to reward yourself with this jewel as it will give you a bit more motivation as you continue on your journey! Go ahead give it a try! TRY IT YOU'LL LIKE IT!

So there! As you see positive self talk can get you through the tough times. Understand you are gonna have some tough days, but don't let it determine your ultimate goal on your journey!

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    emoticon WAY TO GO!!! Congratulations on your -50lbs!!!
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I am so coveting a Spark Tracker.

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PURPLEBIRD63 2/11/2014 10:50PM

    How did I miss this blog?? Sorry!
I'm so proud of you for reaching a 50 lb weight loss!!
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And, I'm so very happy you got a tracker! emoticon emoticon
I feel like I could be spokesperson for the tracker! ;)
I'm sure every SPAT owner feels that way!
I know what you mean by "asking God".
HE is the only reason I was able to quit smoking - ONLY reason!!
You have done so incredible Penny! :)
You should be so proud of yourself!!
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SILVER1369 2/10/2014 7:42AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I love mine also!!

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OTEN36 2/9/2014 10:23AM

Great Blog! I love how your being nice to yourself.
I also have gotten overloaded with info in the past.
I can relate. I'm glad you got the tracker....let's "run" with it...hahaha
I crack me up....(it was a funny)
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SLIMMERJESSE 2/9/2014 10:01AM

    Congrats on your success!

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FELINA 2/9/2014 9:58AM


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    So proud of you! You proved that with determination and not giving up you can succeed. So happy that you reached your goal losing 50 pounds and rewarded yourself with the tracker. It is awesome and a great motivator to boot. Positive self talk reigns!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JACKIE542 2/8/2014 9:42PM

    I am glad you like the tracker, and I agree positive talk will get you through the tough times. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Glad you never give up!!

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HICKOK-HALEY 2/8/2014 9:24PM

    emoticon I will see you on the spark tracker team!! I love mine as well. It is a good motivator, which is funny since it is small. I'm amazed that you are jogging in the snow. Cold country where you live. The most I can complain about is our cool wind lol. Keep up the good work, I am proud of you!! emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 2/8/2014 9:10PM

    I read lots of good stuff about them,

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Super mini goal-lose 2 pounds by next Saturday

Saturday, December 14, 2013

I have decided to do a super mini goal.

I am so close to my 50 pound weight loss marker, that I have decided to do a short goal. To make this goal I will need to lose 1.8 pounds this week.

I know I can do this and I will make it happenby doing the following:
-lots of protein and veges emoticon emoticon
-limited sugars and carbs
-workout daily emoticon
-do not exceed on my nutrients and calories.

So wish me luck! emoticon

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BECKYLIZ 1/24/2014 8:44AM

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/15/2013 8:46PM

    emoticon Sounds good. Your doing good!!

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AUNTB63 12/15/2013 9:59AM

    Wishing you luck, but I just know that you will meet this mini goal. After all YOU have a very good plan. Now all you have to do is act......YOU can do this. ONE day at a time....for ONE week. emoticon emoticon

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JACKIE542 12/14/2013 4:05PM

    emoticon Cheering you on emoticon and of course lots of emoticon

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    Small goals stacked up equal large progress

Make today the greatest day of your life

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Getting Fit with "Get Fit Body Challenge" at my gym.

Friday, November 29, 2013

As some of you may already know, I have been on a hiatus from "Sparkpeople". This is not by choice that is for sure. The Challenge I have joined need me to track my food on a different site and it is too hard to do both.

With the extended weekend from work, I wanted to touch base with all my favorite people here on Sparkpeople and any new beginners as well and share my story.

I joined a Get Fit Body Challenge with my local community center. This is an 8 week challenge. We meet as a group with a personal trainer once a week and she gives us a strength routine and we are to do this routine 3 times during a week along with our cardio 3-4 times a week at minimum. We submit our food log (tracked on myfitnesspal-not liking that part) once a week and it is analyzed and criticized to benefit you on your weight loss/get fit journey.

I happened to be a bit bull headed with the suggestions and the devil found the opportunity and jumped on my back and ranted in my ear. I ate all wrong and did not write it down and really was only doing the work but not doing the food. Not a good place to be. Nutrition guy was pushing protein and veggies and telling me to back off fruit and did not like that I ate air-popped popcorn and OMG!!! I just wanted to SCREAM!!!! Well I decided I need to quit sabotaging myself and just do what I can and use what info from them I feel will work for me. I try to build my meals around protein, then veges. I limit my carbs and even my fruit. I write every thing down even if HE ain't gonna like it.

I have lost 4 pounds since this journey and we do our measurements, for the first time since our first day, on Monday, so this should prove to be interesting.

I really needed to do something. I was in a deep slump, due to an issue in my lower back and other issues and like I said the "Devil" climbed on board and took hold and was not letting go.

We all struggle with different things on a daily basis. What we do with these struggles as they come to us, is what makes us who we are. These have been my struggles and I was heading back up on the scale or maintaining and personally I did not want to lose my momentum, so found a way to get it back. With the Holidays coming, I decided this would be the kick I needed.

I certainly appreciate all my friends here, that have kept in touch while I been moving along on my journey and look forward to being back on a regular basis.
Whatever struggle you encounter, keep fighting and you will get through and conquer!

Love n hugs!



Started Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred-Level 1-Day 1

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Hello Fellow Sparkers!

As I go on this journey you may have noticed, I have lost 44 lbs and then slowed down on the losses. I noticed this too. I have learned during this section of the journey that I can maintain this pretty well.
Pixie-Licious has invited me to join her, as she does Jillian Michaels 30 day Shred again. So I have decided to join her. Those that know me, know I am not one to make a commitment easily; as I don't want to set myself up for failure. I am pretty hard on myself in such cases and am working on this during this journey too.
Today I woke up at 3:45am to let our dogs emoticon emoticon out and decided, since I get up at 5am, what better time than the present then to start the "Shred". Oh I was nervous emoticon about doing them push-ups emoticon mind you, but Pixie-Licious was very encouraging emoticon and told me not to think that I had to do it just like them and to just take my time and only do what my body would allow. What a great friend emoticon to soothe me and let me know it is ok to just do what you can emoticon .
I did pretty good today and am looking forward to tomorrows workout. I am not sure I am going to rise and shine every morning at 4am to do the workout, but I will get it done at least 6 days a week, so as not to burn out.

I am also making sure I get a minimum of 10,000 steps a day 5x a week or more.

I am being mindful of my eating and hoping to stay around a 1500 calorie intake. The first two days have gone pretty good so far.
I am looking forward to the end of this month to see how my progress will look.

I will be taking my measurements tonight and take them again at the end. I may even do photos, but have not decided yet!

Wish Me Luck! emoticon

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Have a great day all!

Love n Hugs,


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JACKIE542 10/1/2013 10:40PM

    emoticon Sounds like you are off to a great start, glad you have someone to encourage you, and who is doing the same program you are working on.
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JOANNEO5 10/1/2013 10:12PM

    Good Luck. It sounds like you already made progress by joining the 30 day Shred and actually doing it and making goals. emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 10/1/2013 9:14PM

    Way to go on doing the Shred, Penny! Push ups are hard, and I struggle with them too, but I figure as long as I just honestly push myself to do the best that I can do, then its enough. We don't need to compete with Jillian Michaels. I'm proud of you for giving it your best today, keep up the good work!

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Keep on tracking!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Wow, what a revelation today was. I was running behind time emoticon, so decided to track my food emoticon when I got home.

I packed my bag and felt it was pretty healthy. Came home rather rushed and decided since I had a pretty healthy breakfast and lunch I would splurge and have my favorite...Bread, butter, homemade beef gravy with 2 oz of Chuck roast with a glass of milk.

Come to my surprise emoticon while eating emoticon , I sat down to put all my food for the day in and low and behold...There will be but one small snack after dinner tonight. Calories were high, my fat was high. Anyway lesson learned. Enter food in the morning and don't think your eating good.


Feel free to browse my food tracker to see the damage done.

Have a great night all!
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PURPLEBIRD63 9/23/2013 10:55PM

    I've done that too!!!!
But I ended up overrating for the day
I wasn't good like u and stopped!
I have to get soooo much better at dieting!!

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KA_JUN 9/23/2013 9:28PM

    Tracking is a good tool to keep us honest, you can do it, you have the awareness!

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