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They Won't All Be Good Days

Friday, February 22, 2013

While this week was wonderful in some areas, it was not a good FOOD week for me. Most days my schedule changed from its normal routine & the good foods were just not there for a myriad of reasons. In some cases, poor planning left me without a healthy food and by the end of the week the money was simply not there to purchase the good stuff. My weekly weigh in reflected it too. I gained 1.5lbs.

But just like any other setback there are times when we have to regroup, recharge & restart. I'm going into this weekend feeling hopeful but yucky. The raspberries in my smoothie had lots of seeds and scratched my throat so much it's hard to swallow much of anything. Since I had been eating well this week, the sudden intake of junk has left me feeling, bloated, constipated and sluggish. I need to detox and get my system back on track.

I just wanted to let everyone know that there won't always be sunshine, the journey isn't quick and is not without obstacles. Just stick with it. If you fall, get back up. If you indulge or eat more than the suggested portion size, just start again with the next meal. If you slack off in exercise, pick up where you can at the next opportunity. Just don't give up. I won't.

  
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The Balancing Act

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The light bulb just lit up and it had the word BALANCE illuminated inside of it. Having your world in balance is so critical in losing and/or maintaining weight. This doesn't mean that you have to have your LIFE in order, it just means that you need to be conscious of what's going on around you and be able to manage the chaos (if there is any).

I've been pretty focused on a number of things in my life. I'm a single mom so most of my focus each days is just making sure my four year old is alive and well at the end of the day. We have school, gymnastics, dance and QUALITY TIME to keep us running throughout the week. I'm a full time student myself who returned to college after a number of years in order to propel myself forward. I work a full time job and a part time job and volunteer at church. Throw a significant other in to the mix who needs a little attention sometimes too. While it seems like a lot, I'd like to think that I handle it well... most days. But I have found that on the days that I'm off, something suffers and it's usually my health.

It's a priority to find the balance that I need. Some days I make all the right food choices but I am not productive at work or school. Some days I'm so stressed out about an assignment that I forget to eat.

Some people would say that I have too much on my plate, but I don't agree. I love having things to do and I'm lucky that every thing that I do, I love. It's a learning process and I'm learning to balance.

  
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SLIMINDUBAI 2/23/2013 12:29AM

    Wow, that's an amazing attitude. We all have to find what works for us. I'm just learning that slowing down and taking time to listen to myself helps in balancing and using food for food only and not for other reasons. Wonderful that you love what you do, and then often hard work is more rewarding and healthy than procatrinating at home. Keep it up!

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MOMMY2MADILYN 2/21/2013 9:37PM

    Good for you!! With your positive, can-do attitude you can conquer anything you put your mind to!!
Balance, is very powerful and something that I have to strive towards. Thank you for the reminder!

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Mid-Month Update

Friday, February 15, 2013

So I weighed in this week and I have OFFICIALLY made it to my first short term goal. OH!! BUT WAIT!! The great news doesn't stop there. I went a step further and decided to take my measurements. *Drum roll please*
-10lbs lighter
-lost 3in on my waist
-lost 2in on my hips
-lost 2.5in on my arms

Yes, I'm turning in to QUITE the FINE BROWN FRAME!! HOWEVER, while I am on a high, I know that things can turn very quickly if not maintained. These numbers motivate me, and I know I must keep up the momentum. I've printed the measurement numbers so that I can put them in a place that I can see them regularly, as a reminder and as a motivator.

I haven't been working out as much as I'd like ( or as much as I can for that matter) . That is to change immediately. I have learned some things about pain. All pain is not bad pain. Some pain is good pain and means that your body is healing, rejuvenating, reviving itself from wear, tear and misuse. Recognize which pain you are actually experiencing and decide whether it is necessary to rest or push through. Right now it think that it's time to PUSH to the next level. emoticon

  
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MIDROAD 2/15/2013 5:03PM

    Congratulations, that's so exciting!

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SUSANELAINE1956 2/15/2013 2:33PM

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One Month In

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

I'm happy to report that today, I CHOSE to eat baked chicken(although I wanted the crispy fried), steamed broccoli (although I wanted the mac & cheese) and brown rice (even though I wanted the peach cobbler) for lunch today.

I'm one month in and 8lbs LIGHTER. Watching the numbers on the scale decrease is QUITE the motivator. I've watched the scale move up and down this month but right now I have pretty much maintained the same number (give or take a few ounces) for a little more than a week.

I'm shaking it up (meal replacement shake) once a day during the week and exercising portion control for the rest of my meals. A meal replacement shake was a great choice for me because of my schedule and lifestyle. I am a full time student (18hrs), I work full time and I am a full time Mommy of a 4yr old. Our schedule means dance and gymnastics nights for her and class some night for me. I found a HEALTHY meal replacement in a powder form that I add to my smoothies mostly for breakfast but sometimes lunch or dinner.

On to month two.... my "FAT GIRL" pics will be forthcoming.

  
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MIDROAD 2/6/2013 3:06PM

    Congratulations on your awesome progress!

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What I'm Doing Different

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

I'm already starting off on the wrong foot and I know it. But I plan to play catch up. I've been a member of SparkPeople.com since around this time last year. Shortly, after I stopped logging in and often forgot all about it. I later joined another site and did quite well; only because I did exactly what I was supposed to do... LOG IN. I have found that in my battle of the bulge, LOGGING IN, JOURNALING and KEEPING TRACK of my food is what works for me. I don't like to commit to ANYTHING!! I know me. I tend to get side tracked rather quickly. But I'm committing to this. To improving my health. I am making the commitment to my health and logging in SOMETHING everyday. My goal is to log my food, water intake, moods, exercise, ANYTHING daily. And I also plan to blog at lease once a week.

Here are my plans for the rest of the week (planning is key right?).
1)Planning my menu for the next 7 days so that I can shop and eat accordingly
2) Workout at least three days next week.

  
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RIBKNIT 1/4/2013 3:00PM

    Great job blogging - you're making a great start by doing it. And emoticon back!

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MIDROAD 1/3/2013 11:30AM

    It's not the most glamorous ritual but it WORKS!

I have found if I do the tracking, do the blogging etc it just works!

Best of luck to you!

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ABBEYCHARLIE 1/3/2013 8:28AM

    Good job! Planning IS the key! emoticon

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 1/2/2013 9:19PM

    You've set good goals -- you can do it!!!

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MPETERSON2311 1/2/2013 8:16PM

    have you bought The Spark book? that turned me into a faithful sparkmember instead of one that had an account but didnt use it.


good luck! emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 1/2/2013 7:31PM

    Those are important goals. You can do it. Like you, I hate to commit to things especially around weight. My solution is that I found ONE thing I could commit to - I apply ONE RULE and it works in every area of my life. The rule is to ask myself the question, "Is it better than it would have been in the past?" The why or way this works is that it is almost anything can be evaluated on that scale. Some examples:

I ate 2 doughnuts - WELL, in the past I would have had 6 or a dozen, is 2 less and therefore BETTER?? YES, therefore I SUCCEEDED.

I ONLY exercised for 5 minutes - WELL, in the past I might not have done ANY exercise therefore 5 minutes is BETTER than what it MIGHT have been, therefore I SUCCEEDED again.

The best part of this is that the criteria for being BETTER keeps raising the bar and therefore in order to SUCCEED, I have to keep getting BETTER than in the past, but also better than NOW too.

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PARKERB2 1/2/2013 7:18PM

    2 important goals. emoticon

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