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Saturday, May 04, 2013

I started out here last month with all the great intentions and motivations and everything else that comes with the idea of starting something new and fresh and positive. It lasted about 4 days. This past weekend I was at a family swim with a couple of friends. One friend mentioned needing to lose weight (for herself). I mentioned that I started a program 4 weeks ago that lasted about 4 days. Instead of laughing (which I anticipated) she said, "That's good! You started, you tried to do something". I had never really thought of it like that. I had been thinking I am not good at eating well for myself.

When I was younger and healthier I would look at larger people and think, why can't they stop eating so much? Now that I'm older and larger I get it. I have a hard time stopping eating so much. I am hungry. Logically, I know I'm not truly hungry. I don't have hunger needs like those who are truly starving in the world, but hungry like food addiction type hunger. The larger you are the more it takes to fill you up. I've never understood skinny women who take two bites of a dish and declare themselves so full. That's not me.

I survived a larger woman's nightmare last weekend and went bathing suit shopping. I did it. I found a suit - well, 2 pieces at 2 different stores. Swimming is something I've tried to avoid the past couple of years. I'm embarrassed to be out on a beach looking the way I do. So I would swim and then pull on a pair of shorts and a tank top over top as soon as I was out of he water. Well, my kids love swimming and it really is a great family activity so I am determined to stick it out and swim with them this summer.

So this is me, 4 weeks later and not a pound lighter, but I'm here.

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QUADCMOM 5/4/2013 8:41AM

    I'm very proud of you. One pound lighter is great!!! Like your friend said, you started. Starting is the hard part and like everything else that is new to you, there is a time to learn. You are learning a new way of eating. Read, learn and practice.


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SNS1968 5/4/2013 8:21AM

    One day at a time. Instead of giant goals, think about small steps. Eat healthy for one meal today. Walk somewhere instead of driving. Drink water instead of soda.
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Day 2 here we go...

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Well, day 1 was a day of mixed success and not so much success. I achieved my goal of tracking every bite. That was a wake up call! Wow - no wonder I'm gaining weight.
I also started my bonus goal of getting daily excercise in - I walked 20 minutes on the treadmill (while watching How I Met Your Mother on Netflix - made the time go by really quickly).
Today, I just finished tracking my food, thought I'd be able to have a little snack later, but now realize that I am done for the day. I am 30 calories away from going over, so my snack will be tea. I hopped on here to stay in touch and keep going.

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JENNYFAYE55 4/3/2013 8:03AM

    Wonderful job! The tracker is awesome. Sometimes it is a reminder that we've had enough for the day and sometimes it just makes it too much trouble to pop something into your mouth if you have to write it down! There have been times when I didn't eat something just because I was too lazy to go track it! Tracking is our friend!!! emoticon

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SKINNIMINIME 4/2/2013 8:05PM

    I think just realizing how quickly our calories add up is a great first step! I was shocked too. I left myself with too little for dinner, so that was soup and now, I too, am having tea:)). Tomorrow I need to be more aware of calories during the day! Good luck tomorrow!!! emoticon

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GERARLAUR 4/2/2013 5:37PM

    Be proud, you are doing well.

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2 Years? Really?

Monday, April 01, 2013

Well now I know where 2 years off plan gets me. It gets me an extra 20 pounds. I now weigh more than I ever did pregnant. Wow! I have no excuses. I have eaten and lazed about for every extra inch.
Being this heavy now, I started to realize that the more you eat, the more you need to eat to feel full. It's a vicious cycle.
I'm starting this week with two simple goals.
The first - replace my diet pop with water. I have read enough to know how detrimental my diet Coke addiction is for my body.
The second - track every bite. I know that will be a challenge for me, but I know how essential it is to a weight loss journey. I need to keep myself accountable.
I've joined two teams which is enough to start building a community here without being overwhelmed and getting in too big to keep up with.
Looking forward to getting real and giving this a go.

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SKINNIMINIME 4/1/2013 6:42PM

    I'm trying to give up Diet Pepsi this week too except on the weekends to start! I'm surprised my body even tolerated the water I had I lunch today:))

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QUADCMOM 4/1/2013 12:49PM

    Great goals !!! You can do it !!!

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Monday, June 13, 2011

After doing so well for May and the first part of June, I had a serious derailment starting last week. Last Sunday we came home to a flood in the house. While we were dealing with the insurance company and our landlord, I received some bad news regarding my job in the fall (I didn't lose my job or anything, just a location change that would be extremely taxing on me). And then my neighbour asked if I could provide some emergency childcare for their son, which I agreed to. But all of it led to a very stressful week with some changes in my schedule throwing off my motivation for my program. Not wanting to lose momentum completely, I have rescheduled my days to get my workout in, starting today. And then this morning I pulled a muscle in my back (I think from picking up a child) - it is so frustrating because I really want to give this a go and get back into it. At least I've started tracking my food again, and I didn't give into stress eating last week (which I easily could have done!). I'll try to get some cardio in tonight and hold off on the weights until I know I'm not in danger of throwing my back out completely.

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HOPEFULSWEIGH 6/13/2011 9:14PM

    The balance of life if a tricky. Keep the focus!

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CHEETARA79 6/13/2011 4:06PM

    It sounds like you're still doing great, exercise or not. Remember that weight loss is 80% nutrition, 20% exercise. You didn't give in to any emotional eating so I think you are doing awesome!

Be careful with your back. You don't want to injure it further and be laid up any longer.

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28 Day Bootcamp Day 4 - the benefit of having kids

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Yesterday I did the dumbbell workout with 10 pound dumbbells, purely because I couldn't find my 5's and my husband's set is easy to find. I was worried that it would be too much weight for my, but guess what, it wasn't. That has got to be the Mom muscles working. I haven't carried kids around for almost 7 year to be an arm weakling. Wow, I never thought I would be able to do that!
Today I was dreading. I knew an ab workout must be coming and I'm so weak in the abs it isn't funny. I was so pleasantly surprised to find that this was the easiest ab workout I've ever done. A standing ab workout - who would have thought it?


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