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1st Weigh In of 2011 Tomorrow

Thursday, January 06, 2011

So far I've done great not weighing myself daily! Deciding to only weigh in 1x a week was a very smart decision! My boyfriend and I decided we would do a joint weigh in on Friday Mornings...he's so supportive and I love him so much for that.

I do admit that I am nervous to know my actual weight...I'm hoping I don't let it affect my mood if it's more than i thought it would be. I haven't weighed myself since before Christmas and am hopeful that any damage I did is coming off. I am proud of myself for making healthier eating decisions regardless of my's been very liberating.

I just signed up for a step aerobics class that's Mondays and Wednesdays for the next month, and have committed to my 2x a week workout w/ my trainer on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I am headed in the right directions and can say I AM PROUD OF MYSELF.

Here's to a healthier lifestyle!....

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JSRAWILLIAMS 1/6/2011 10:03AM

  I have decided to only weigh in once a week also! I am really bad about wanting to weigh every day or every other day. I'm horrible at being patient with losing weight. I feel like I'm taking the right steps though, not only to lose weight but be healthier!

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4 Years...100+ Later....time to focus on BALANCE

Sunday, January 02, 2011

4 years ago today it finally dawned on me that I was overweight, unhappy and needed to take action. I was 24 and weighed 270.8lbs. 4 years ago today I walked in to Jenny Craig and began the journey to a healthier me.

I have learned so much about food, health, fitness and most importantly about myself. Since starting my weight loss journey, I thought from now on everything would be easier. Some things are, such as clothes shopping, activity and fitting in to chairs and rides at amusement parks.....but my journey also brought out things that I'd never realize would challenge me.

For starters, I never "realized" I had issues with food. I simply ate because it tasted good and satisfied me and because I had to eat for survival....but before I didn't understand that my habits were unhealthy! I didn't "realize" I turned to food for comfort....that I leaned on it for emotional was a crutch. I didn't know how much I weighed, nor did it matter to me.

It's interesting that once I became aware I had unhealthy habits, new things became issues for me. I've had to work at figuring out what options I had when i felt "emotional", instead of turning to food. I've had to work at figuring out what combinations of foods could satisfy me without filling myself with tons of empty calories....trying to focus on nutritious foods. I've battled with my scale....defining myself daily by the number my scale said every morning, allowing that to dictate my mood and battling the temptation to work out extra hard or try to eat veggies and fruits all day instead of focusing on BALANCE. Learning to address these things have been a rollercoaster all on its own, but what I now understand is that it's a BATTLE WORTH FIGHTING.

My goal this year is to focus on finding my BALANCE. I want to work on being reasonable...understanding what is reasonable for me without one extreme or another. I've put my scale away...I want to work on not letting that number define me. (this is tough for me but I know it's important for my sanity!) Instead of weighing myself daily I may opt to do so maybe once a week or month...I haven't decided yet.

I wish everyone working to achieve their goals patience, motivation, wisdom, balance and success.


Short term goal...10 year hs reunion

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I am a big fan of setting short term goals...if it is a tool to help me in the long term. I've been trying to think of what I can use as short term goal to keep my head in the game of being healthy! (though i know health is not something to play with!) I'm thinking if I have something to look forward to, it will make me take my goals much more seriously.

Since Thanksgiving I've managed to stray 7lbs from my goal the wrong direction. I am confident that I will work that weight off.

My plan for the short term to help me achieve this:

1) Commit to Keeping My Food Log...Even on Splurge Days!
- I used to be really committed to doing this, even on my splurge days. Then on my splurge days I stopped logging...and pretty soon I wasn't so committed to keeping my food log. I believe that not facing the numbers on what I was actually consuming enabled me to take advantage of stuffing my face!

2) Share my food Log with my Personal Trainer
- He hasn't been too concerned with my eating habits, since I'd been able to maintain my goal weight for 3 months. I think sharing my log with him will help keep me accountable about making healthier food choices....or else he'll kick my butt in my workout!

3) Work out 3x a week. No EXCUSES.
-2x with my trainer and at least 1x on my own

4) Drink minimum 8 cups water daily

5) Positive Daily affirmations
-I've been pretty down on myself lately. I'd like to remind myself daily of all that I have to be thankful for and proud of.

I would like to aim for doing this daily up until my 10 year high school reunion date. By then, I hope that this would become a habit and something that I will be happy to continue through the rest of the year.

I want to show myself that when the going gets tough...i'm not going anywhere.




One Step at a Time...

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

I am really trying to hold on to that mindset right now. I can too easily overwhelm myself with what-ifs, negative thoughts and feelings of hopelessness...all because I haven't been as disciplined and on top of my eating lately.

I am going to take an Active Approach in battling those things. There is TOO MUCH in this world that i have to be grateful for. SO MUCH that I have to celebrate and appreciate. How easy it is to keep the focus on what's not going right at the moment. I WON'T LET IT TAKE OVER ME.

I have a wonderful, loving family.
I have the most amazing and supportive boyfriend.
My friends love me for who I am, no matter how silly or stubborn i can be.
My baby niece and nephew are due early in 2011.
I am able to hear beautiful music and the sound of my loved ones saying "I Love You"
I am able to see all the beauty nature provides
I am able to work and provide for myself and those I love
I am healthy....I am capable...I am able to continue to succeed.

NO...I will not let the negatives take over me. I have TOO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/15/2010 7:59AM

    It is truly difficult this time of year: darkness, easily availability of treats, expectations not being met...

So... good steps in recognizing the positives in your life. Do one good thing for yourself today and take time to recognize it and pat yourself on the back: even "drinking my water" is a promise kept.

emoticon and you're worth it! emoticon

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LITTLE3LAM 12/14/2010 9:23AM

    I believe there is a lot of power in positive thinking. Keep on going for your goals!

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Still Fighting...Not Quitting

Monday, December 13, 2010

Ugh...My eating was a mess this weekend!

I plan a day or 2 each week to allow a splurge...but travelling home more frequently for the holidays and birthdays has proved to be more of a challenge to me than I anticipated. I know it's all about choices....and I keep CHOOSING to overindulge. It has reminded me of old eating habits i've fought so hard to try to change.

Again...i'm trying to fight the urge to kick myself while I'm down. I need to get it together...and really FOCUS on my goals and where I want to be.

I want a goal to keep me focused. Maybe I can decide on a running program to keep me motivated throughout the winter. I'm toying of the idea of training for a 5K. The Couch to 5K program will take me through the next 10 weeks. Hmmm...what's stopping me from committing?

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HAL0EYES 12/13/2010 9:36AM

    Its not bad to splurge once in a while but when you see yourself wanting more after you just had that piece of pie or piece of chocolate drinking a bottle of water helps me... you fill your stomach with empty calories and you might not feel the need for that extra splurge... Just a suggestion. Keep up the good work!

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CATIEMARIE 12/13/2010 9:27AM

    The idea of a goal is important I think. For me I had a goal of achieving 4 pounds by the end of January. I am going to try really hard to do it.
My second goal is to get on my treadmill at least 4 times a week in the mornings before I leave for school. Then, if I get to run with friends in the evenings that will be a bonus. Winter here makes running outside difficult some nights, freezing rain, dark at like 4pm etc.

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