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Goal!!! 10% Lighter...100% Happier these days!!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Here it is, my 10% key chain!! This is the 3rd time in 6 years that I've earned this key chain. I am hoping the THIRD time is the CHARM! And speaking of charms, I am going to put my WW 5K Walk it Challenge charm right on it!! In addition to doing cartwheels across my living room floor, I bought myself these flowers to celebrate losing 10% of my starting weight!!

What does it really mean though?
It actually means a lot to me. It means I lost 10% of my starting weight. It means I reached a place I'd been trying to get to for months now. It's not the ultimate destination, but it's a stopping point along the journey. A place worthy of noting. Why? Because tt means that I stuck with it, I didn't give up. I have to work so hard some days I ask myself, "Is this worth it?" And the answer is always yes. It's worth having shed all the extra weight, it's worth having gone to all those Zumba classes, it's worth all the good choices or better choices every day. It's worth the occasional backslides and even the occasional gains on the scale. It's worth the time...and it did take a lot of time...and it's worth it because, simply put, I'm worth it.

I can get frustrated and even a little angry at myself when I think about all the time it took to get here. But then I reflect on that and realize that isn't what matters. That's what I spent most of 2010 thinking about--how I let myself down and gained back the weight I had lost, on my 1st and 2nd go-rounds. That is the thinking that REALLY cost me, it cost me time and energy and self-esteem.

Today, I'm thinking instead of the goal. The goal is a healthy BMI. The goal is to feel better in my clothes. The goal is to be the best role model I can be for my kids AND to be around longer for them. The goal is a number on a scale, but it is also so much more than that. It is living w/out fear and regrets. It's living life with both arms wide open. So, it may very well take a 1000 miles--this journey--to get my destination. But here I am taking a single step closer.

What about all of you--what are you doing to get one step closer to your goals? I'd love to hear from you!

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HIPPICHICK1 6/15/2011 11:38PM

    I'm doing everything I can - within reason. I like being practical and reasonable and I like not having to deprive myself because that's what always trips me up.
Congrats on your 10%!!
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On Oreos and other things

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

I am fully aware that those Oreos I ate on Monday were the result of stress eating. My son lost his cell phone and I basically ruined my beautiful wood table w/ a vase of flowers that leaked through. So those Oreos, they seemed like a pretty good place to turn.

And wow, for those of you that do Weight Watchers...although I knew it was stress...what I did not know was 3 Oreos=5 Points. For those of you that do not do Weight Watchers...5 pts is a lot. And I ate about 6 Oreos. (at least).

Ok, well. Oreos is not the path to stress relief. Nope. It's not. Mostly produces more stress.

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TEENY_BIKINI 5/29/2011 11:21PM

    Great job on self-awareness. It happens...

I love your background. So cute!!


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HIPPICHICK1 5/26/2011 6:23PM

    Try yoga instead of Oreos!

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KABOOPER 5/26/2011 11:13AM

    Hey at least you recognized that they did not fix anything. AND I applaud you for looking up the point value and tracking it. You probably even had enough extra points to justify it.
But I hear you when you eat something and your are only allowed like 21 points a day....and then you sort of waste them on stuff you know you didn't need.

Keep up the terrific work, we all have our indulgences once in a while, but you deserve them.
Go you!


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The "Balance" Problem...

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

I am really struggling with balance this week. It has been building up the last couple of weeks but now it is at critical mass. I finally have put myself on "the list" so to speak as a priority, which is great. However, adding 300 minutes of exercise to my already busy schedule comes w/ a price. I'm a mom of 2 and I teach College English. I can't seem to find enough hours in the day but I'm not going to give up on myself now. Can anyone else relate? Here's how I feel:


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KIYOSHI04 5/5/2011 6:41PM

    cute photo.
balancing for sure.
i like what hippie said... i break my workouts up into 15 minute increments.

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JENIFIREHARP 5/4/2011 10:13PM

    Balance is a tough one for me as well!

Keep on chipping away. Don't try everything at once!

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HIPPICHICK1 5/4/2011 3:36PM

It's a balancing act for sure!
You know you can get the same benefits from doing 3 ten minute workouts each day.
Maybe you can do some classes and on days when it seems impossible to fit anything MORE in you can go for a few 10 minute speed walks instead of taking a coffee break.

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SPIKELET67 5/4/2011 1:57PM

  I totally relate. I have 2 children, 11 months apart, and a severe spinal deformity. Juggling the children, the pain, and not giving up on moving and exercising is a comedic joke, in my life.

I just laugh at the circus-like pace our lives take on and always hear, in the back of my head, "Yakkity Sax," (the theme song to Benny Hill). I have no advice or tips, other than laugh at the insanity of it all.

You have a great page, BTW.

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Workout Log:

Monday, May 02, 2011

60 minutes of Zumba today. I emoticon Zumba. It is so much fun. I go to a place where you pay a drop in rate for the class you go to and it was exactly what I needed. Plus, a lot of my girlfriends go there--so I get to see them more often.

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KIYOSHI04 5/4/2011 1:32PM

    neato. glad you have fun & are doing something you like.

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Labels: Looking forward to being merely Overweight!

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Ok, well I found out that until I lose 9 more lbs ,and reach 153, I'm obese. That's according to my BMI. Makes being just "overweight" seem like such an accomplishment. I just thought I'd share that.

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SUPERMAMA82 5/2/2011 10:21PM

    I am right there with you, Lisa! I have 5.2 lbs to lose before I'll be out of the 'obese range' according to my BMI. I can't wait to be just overweight. Maybe then it won't seem like such a daunting task to get to the healthy range! But it sounds like you're well on your way! (Zumba must be your thing!) Keep up the great work girlie! You can do it!!


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CALIFAMILY 5/2/2011 3:32PM

    @hippichick, yeah folks have been calling me skinny lately. Reality check: nope. I'm. only 5 feet so that doesn't give me lots of wiggle room. Being short=dislike. Anyway--Lots of work still to do. It's a process. I want the process to take less time. I'd take that magic pill if it existed. I admit it!

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HIPPICHICK1 5/2/2011 12:43PM

    It's shocking isn't it? To realize that it doesn't take much to put oneself into the "obese" category. People call me skinny (and I hate it) and I correct them and say, I'm 166 lbs, which actually makes me overweight for my height (5'4"). At 260 when I began this journey I was morbidly obese!!
Keep on keepin' on, sister!! You can do this!

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