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Motivation Sometimes Comes From Unexpected Places

Friday, April 16, 2010

I am so thankful that Spring is here. The weather, for the most part, has been wonderful. :)

Yesterday was no exception, it was a great day for a run outside, so as soon as I put my daughter on the bus I strapped on my shoes and iPod and headed out. I was determined to run at least 5k, maybe more. The temp was perfect when I started, not too hot, not too cold. The first part of my run was great.

Then I turned a corner and the wind started up. It wasn't a hard wind, but enough to provide resistance and almost blow my hat off. Despite the wind, I pushed on still determined to make it through the whole distance.

When I was about halfway I started getting a blister on my heel (AGAIN! ARG!) which made every step painful. So, I was more tired than usual from running against the wind, my heel hurt, and it was getting hotter. I had about 2k to go and was thinking about just stopping and walking the rest of the way. I started rationalizing it in my head thinking I had given it my best but today just wasn't my day and walking the rest of the way is better than sitting on the couch, and so went the little voice in my head.

I was just about to stop running and start walking when I looked up and saw an old man that reminded me a little of my late grandpa walking to his car. I always wear headphones when I run so I don't say hi or anything when I pass someone. I was planning on just running past him like I would anyone else when he looked at me and threw both fists in the air and yelled "YAY, keep going, you're doing great!!" I couldn't help but put my hands in the air too with a big smile on my face and yelled back "Thanks!" All of a sudden, my legs didn't burn as much, I got more air in my lungs, and the pain in my heel was nagging but not debilitating.

I picked up my pace and ran the rest of the way. When I got home, my legs still burned and the blister on my heel (which was more like raw, exposed skin OUCH!) still hurt like hell. But I had accomplished what I set out to do with a little help along the way and that is what is most important. I don't know the old man that cheered me on and he doesn't know me and I may never see him again, so I'm writing this as a "Thank you" to him. And, I hope others read this story and do the same thing for someone else. We all need a little encouragement to keep going sometimes and it doesn't always have to come from a friend or family member. Sometimes a complete stranger can give us the boost we need with a smile or a compliment or big "WAY TO GO!"

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PECAS123 4/18/2010 4:51PM

  I really like this story emoticon -- it's true, we all need some encouragement to keep going sometimes, and to get it randomly from a stranger at the exact right time, that's just cool!

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GETFIT2LIVE 4/16/2010 4:42PM

    It's amazing what just a little encouragement will do to spur us on! Way to go!

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ABETTERCHERYL 4/16/2010 4:01PM

    Awesome! I need a little old man like that to cheer me on on my runs, no fair!!

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STEPHYC32313 4/16/2010 3:53PM

    What a wonderful blog. Thanks

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Almost Half Way There!!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

So, today is not my official weigh-in day, but I am a daily weigher. I know, I know, I shouldn't be (although some research says it's a good idea) but I do it to help keep myself on track for the week. See, I have a habit of starting the week out great and then getting tired and lazy about Wednesday and not finishing out the week so good. SO, I get on the scale every morning just to make sure I stay on track the WHOLE week.

I've been having trouble staying on track over the last few months and since January 1st have only lost 5 lbs., 3 of which I gained back in Feb/March. For the last 3 weeks I have been refocused and really working out hard, but my eating has been a bit off. But this week I have been on target with exercise and nutrition every day. For my official weigh-in last week I was at 159. Good, but still not down to 157 like I was sometime back in March. I felt good this morning and was optimistic about stepping on the scale, hoping to be back at 157. I stepped on and waited for it to adjust and then looked down and saw 156! What?!?!?! That was WAAAYYY better than I had hoped for!!

I never really knew (or just don't remember) what I actually weighed when I graduated high school, but I think it was about 10 lbs. less than my current weight. I have been trying to lose weight since my mid-twenties and I have NEVER seen 156 on that scale. So, I couldn't resist entering the weight into my ticker on SP. I am only 2 lbs. away from being at my half-way mark and I wanted to MAKE SURE that I stay on track for the rest of the week and will hopefully get down to 155.

Now, I'm going to go do a little happy dance and then get back to my homework...

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JODI912 4/14/2010 9:44PM

    That is fabulous! emoticon

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TALLYCAT13 4/14/2010 4:24PM

    awesome!!!! I'm a daily weigher too lol. Its essential to me to stay on track:) Keep rockin' it girl, you got that thing moving in the right direction:)


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Faking Being a Morning Person - Day 2

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ugh, today was not as good as yesterday. I made it up on time and did my Insanity workout, but I wasn't as energetic as I'd hoped I would be. I finished the workout but didn't burn as many calories as I normally do. And, I'm pretty sure I called Shaun T more names today than I normally do, even after he took his shirt off...

After my workout, I drank 2 cups of coffee and started my day. I felt pretty good after the coffee and got tons done. Then my hubby called (it was almost bed time for him) and he kept yawning. I sat outside in the sun talking to him, listening to him yawn, and afterwards I was so tired. I chilled on the couch for a bit watching Celebrity Apprentice (probably shouldn't admit that, but hey, it's like a train wreck, I can't stop watching) and then made myself a coffee smoothie.

That did the trick!! Was able to get some more stuff done, take my baby girl to dance, and walk the dogs. Thankfully it was leftover night so no cooking and I'll do the dishes tomorrow...

I've read that if you do something for at least 21 days in a row it will become a habit. So, 2 down, 19 to go emoticon

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BK2SQUAREONE 3/30/2010 10:58PM

    DWIECHERT, I wish I knew!! I don't generally stay up past 10pm. I have always been like this. I've tried everything, going to bed earlier, making myself wake up at the same time every day, hypnosis, etc., etc...

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DWIECHERT 3/30/2010 10:45PM

    Why is waking up in the morning such a chore to you? Do you have late nights?

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LUMETH 3/30/2010 10:44PM

    Good luck with it! I've discovered I'm more of a morning person than I used to think... but my bedtime is too late at night for me to get up real early! This is partially my fault, but also partially due to my DH's work schedule.

Keep it up and you'll have a good habit on your hands in no time flat!

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Am I Becoming A Morning Person?

Monday, March 29, 2010

HECK NO!! LOL But, I'm trying to fake my way through it.

When I first started exercising daily I tried to do it early in the morning because that's what I had always done when I was working. Now, I'm a SAHM and rarely do I get up before it is absolutely necessary to get the kids to school. We won't talk about weekends, summer, and school breaks, but let's just say I always sleep in a bit ;o)

A few months into my weight loss journey I quit trying to get up at the crack of dawn and exercise. I told myself that I had all day to do it and now that I didn't HAVE to do it before work I could get in my exercise later in the day. I did pretty good for a while, after the holidays is when the trouble started.

My life started getting busier with my school, kid's school, and after school activities. I got behind on laundry, housework, and homework and would often skip my workout or shorten it so I could get other stuff done. Subsequently I hit a major plateau and have only lost 5 pounds in the last 3 months YUCK!

So, last night I set my alarm for 6am (kids have to be up by 7am) and told myself that I WOULD get up and I WOULD workout before school. And, I did it!

This may not seem like much of an accomplishment to some, but that's because they've never lived with me. I am not a happy person in the morning and not for a lack of trying. I don't want to be groggy and grouchy, but it always seems to happen. I thought that after I had lost weight and started exercising it would get easier to get up in the mornings. I was wrong. I've lost 25 lbs and am in the best shape I've been in since high school and still can't get out of bed in the morning. I've tried EVERYTHING - waking up to my favorite dance song, beeping alarms, alarms you have to throw at a wall to turn off and then they go off again 10 minutes later so you have to get up and find it, putting the alarm clock on the other side of the room, etc., etc.

But today I got up early and worked out and it felt great. I was not happier than I normally am when the alarm clock went off. I still mumbled expletives under my breath, but instead of turning it off and rolling over I forced myself up. I got my workout in before 7am and then had the whole rest of the day to do what I needed to do. I'm exhausted right now and will probably head to bed soon even though it's only 830pm, but I'll get up and do it again tomorrow. And, who knows, maybe someday I will be one of those perky, annoying morning people, well, maybe not. (no offense meant to morning people. I have several in my family and I love them dearly, after 10am).

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DIVASHIVA 3/30/2010 1:20PM

    I am so in your boat... coffee is my secret, and don't talk to me until after my latte, or it's at your own risk.

Cheers to getting it done! emoticon

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CLAVINOVA 3/29/2010 10:44PM

    Good for you! You may always be grouchy in the morning but you should get used to getting up earlier if you get used to getting to bed earlier too. You have great motivation so I'm sure you'll be successful with this project just as you were with your initial weight loss success. Have a great early-waking week!

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New Goals

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Well, this week I had to do something that I really, really didn't want to do - push back my goal weight date emoticon

When I started with SP I set my goal, the date I wanted to reach it by, and started plugging away. At first I did really well, the weight seemed to fly off. I gave myself plenty of time to reach my goal by the set date, but I didn't take into account the plateau that I hit. When it first hit I thought, no big deal I'll get over it in a week or two. Well, it's been WAY more than that. I have only lost 5 lbs. in the last 3 months!! WHAT?!? Before the first of the year I could lose that in 2 weeks!!

At first I thought "why is this happening to me? I'm eating right and exercising. I should still be losing weight!" I repeated this mantra for several weeks trying to stay positive but being disappointed each time I stepped on that scale. Then last week I stepped back and took a look, a real honest look, at what I have been doing for the past 3 months.

After I had lost 25 lbs. I kind of went on auto-pilot. I was still tracking my food daily, but I wasn't honestly tracking every BL&T. I didn't account for the chicken nugget I ate while cleaning up my kids dishes, the cereal that I took a handful of, the swig of OJ that i had. Who knows how many calories that all added up to, but I'm sure it wasn't a small amount. Then there was my exercise routine. After I finished the C25k program, I felt lost for a few weeks. I didn't have a goal to go after or a program to stick to. So, I bought Insanity.

The weight should have been falling off after I started a workout routine as, well, INSANE as Insanity, right? Nope, it wasn't. Again, time to take an honest look at why - I wasn't doing it consistently. It has taken me almost 6 weeks to get through the first 4 weeks of the DVDs.

And, worst of all, I have stopped writing out and posting my weekly goals. Writing, displaying, and sticking to my goals was an AHA! moment I had when I first started SP. I realized that I needed those goals taped to my 'fridge to keep me in line and to have a tangible reminder. I need to get back to doing that every week!

I am staying positive about this and like GI Joe says, knowing is half the battle. Corny I know, but my son makes me watch it :o) So, now I know what is holding me back from losing more weight. Last week and this week I have been trying hard to eat right every day and exercise my butt off (literally, I hope). We will see what my old friend the scale says on Saturday, but even if I've only lost half a pound, at least I know that I am back on track and ready to go!!

I can do this! I may not reach my goal by May 9th like I had originally planned, but this time I am going after my goal the smart way. The healthy habits I am forming will stick with me for the rest of my life!


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