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#115 - Just a Blog.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I probably should do my update from last week, but I'm not happy with how my weekend went. Instead, I decided to show you all what I bought myself as a reward for losing 20 pounds.

I bought this shirt off of . It was only $10, but I fed 16 girls in Uganda. (They have shirts for $20 that feed $30 girls in Uganda.) I loved the idea that I was rewarding myself while also helping others out.

Anyways, I haven't really been in the mood to exercise or eat healthy. I've had some emotional things going on, and it's really put me in a mini funk. When I took the picture, I felt good about myself (somewhat), but here's what really hit home for me:

When I put these two photos side by side, I am blown away. Not because I am successful but because I have committed to this lifestyle and I stuck to it even when it was tough. I never gave up (ok, maybe for a week or so, but I always came back). This is the FIRST time that I have ever stayed this committed to this journey. I never thought I would be able to continue on this path, but I am so grateful I did.

Please don't EVER think for one moment that you aren't making a difference in your life. Spend time on yourself because you DESERVE it. When things get tough, keep going. You may not be losing weight on the scale, but you are giving what your body deserves, and it will reward you in the end.

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WINNIE1978 12/28/2012 11:10PM

    You look great... you can definitely see a difference! emoticon

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WIFEALF 12/20/2012 1:34AM

    you look awesome...

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HEARTPROCLAIMS 12/19/2012 1:46PM

    Great job on your amazing progress!!

You look fantastic!

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POOKASLUAGH 12/18/2012 6:51PM

    What an amazing difference, and I love the idea behind those shirts!

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CHODGES83 12/18/2012 2:51PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE that you bought a reward that supports others!!!
Also look at the changes you have made! You are doing awesome! Way to go!

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KANDOLAKER 12/18/2012 1:38PM

    How wonderful - your cool new shirt that helps others and your amazing before and after photos. You should be proud of yourself, you are doing great. Thanks for being an inspiration and all the best!!

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MUFFIY831 12/18/2012 1:21PM

    Fantastic! It's so easy to lose sight of the little wins, but when you add 'em all up you get to that before-after picture and it all makes sense. Keep up the great work!

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CAGMUAHFO2 12/18/2012 12:56PM

    You look AWESOME!!! I'm sure your b/f has to be your bodyguard when you two go out. :)

Awesome blog!! I am not all that motivated right now. (You read my blog and have a little idea of what I'm going through) but reading your blog has helped me. emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 12/18/2012 12:35PM

    Hope you can get of that funk soon. You look INCREDIBLE! Way to go Sam!

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C8TSON 12/18/2012 12:20PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Girl you look amazing!!! I am so glad you decided to do the comparison of pictures for yourself!!! That is wonderful!!! It's really difficult to keep pushing sometimes. I know...I had the little funk myself last week. You have come such a long way though. Don't think for one second you are not a most certainly are! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DRAGONFLY02 12/18/2012 12:10PM

    You look A-Mazing!! I know I get that way too, seems like I'm stuck in a rut and not getting anywhere, then I see comparison pictures and I'm like, wow! I bet no one mistakes you for being pregnant now, that's for sure. emoticon Love the shirt too, that's awesome. I did something similar this month in which I purchased necklaces for my 2 new adopted cousins I get to meet next week that my aunt and uncle are currently picking up in Africa. The company that I bought the necklaces from donate the proceeds to missions in Africa, so I love that I'm buying them something unique and special that they will enjoy and at the same time, helping others from the same continent they are from.

Keep up with the positive thinking! You look great and you deserve it as you've worked hard.

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PAPER_WINGS18 12/18/2012 11:56AM

    Sam, I absolutely love, love, LOVE this blog! How inspiring! I've been feeling funk-ish again too this week(eating cr@ppy Sunday and yesterday), and kept telling myself it's okay to continue the cr@ppy eating to Christmas, which makes nooo sense. Reading this is just what I needed to remind myself to stay w/ it and track today and make smart choices.

I LOVE the idea of those tee-shirts.

Your picture blew me AWAY! You are soo tiny! :D Amazing job girl.

Sorry to hear you are in a mini funk, but if you ever need to vent to someone just send me a message! I know how that goes. Sometimes we just need someone to vent to about life that wont judge. :) It will pass though! Keep on keepin' on, girlie!


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#114 - Holiday Party NSV.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Yesterday, I went to my first Christmas party of the season. It was for the new museum that will be opening up in March; the Director wanted to give back to her volunteers!

Before heading to the museum, I wanted to get in some quick exercise, so I took a 35-minute walk around the inside of my apartment (silly, I know, but it was raining outside, and I didn't have time for the gym). During this walk, I gave myself a pep talk and came up with a plan. My plan started out with "no soda or candy" because these are December goals that I truly want to stick with. I allowed myself water, iced tea, and lemonade. For food, I decided that one plate with decent portions would be plenty. My goal was to stick with salads, fruits, and vegetables for most of my plate. Lastly, I planned that I could have a small dessert. As for the pep talk, I told myself to remember my goals as well as the fact that I have a 5K in 18 days that I need to prepare for. Eating more than I should would not be helpful. I also reminded myself to try to do more talking with other volunteers than eating.

When BJ (my boyfriend) and I first arrived, we were greeted by another volunteer as well as a small table of appetizers - a cheese ball with crackers, spinach dip, and peanuts were a few of the starters. (Luckily, before I left the house, I ate a Luna protein bar because I did not want to arrive starving which would lead to bad choices. Glad I did! Seriously, I had a mini battle about the cheese ball and chips.) I decided to go find something to drink instead of snacking.

Arriving at the drink table, there were quite a few choices - sweet tea, iced tea, coffee, water, beer, and two kinds of wine. I thought about the wine for a minute, but I knew I had a long ride home, so I decided to skip it for water.

Anyways, my Director really outdid herself with the dinner. She made Greek salad, Wardolf salad, chicken linguine (spelling?), green beans, and bread. Here's my plate:

The Greek salad was filled with tomatoes, peppers, and artichoke hearts (my first time trying them!), so I loaded up on that. I'm a House salad with Ranch kind of a girl, but this salad was actually really good. I stuck to one spoonful of pasta which was good because the sauce was heavy. Although the green beans were cooked with bacon, I tried to eat more of those than the pasta. Lastly, I tried a little of the Wardolf salad. If you have never had it, it has marsh mellows, cranberries, apples, and grapes. It wasn't too bad; I loved that it had so many fruits in it which is why I grabbed some. I stuck to water with my dinner.

Dessert was next. They were in tiny little serving dishes which were cute. Unfortunately, I had eaten my desserts before I remembered to snap a picture, but here's the finished product:

I had a mini cherry cheesecake and banana pudding. I loved both of them as you can tell. emoticon

Anyways, that's how the night went. I went home feeling satisfied with my decisions. As for another NSV, when I got home, I was craving cookie dough due to PMS, but I managed to stay away from it. In all honesty, I think I was just really tired, so I went to bed instead.

I'm sorry if this post is long, but I can't believe how well I did last night. I have another Christmas party to attend on Friday night, and I feel like tonight set the tone not only for that Christmas party but for the weekend because of how successful I was!

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POOKASLUAGH 12/12/2012 10:11PM

    Awesome! I would have caved to the chips and cheese, I think... :D You did well! And I don't think it's silly to walk around the inside of your apartment. I walk around my living room all the time when I don't have any other choices!

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COUPONS0216 12/12/2012 9:20PM

    It sounds like you had a good time and you did an AWESOME job sticking to your food decisions! Great job!
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CIPHER1971 12/12/2012 5:29PM

    emoticon that is a brilliant example of making a plan and sticking to it.

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WALKING_WONDER 12/12/2012 3:43PM

    Good for you! What does NSV mean?

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CHODGES83 12/12/2012 1:42PM

    Great choices! Way to stay on plan!

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LADYJ6942 12/12/2012 11:41AM

    Sounds like a great day. Good luck on your journey.

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C8TSON 12/12/2012 11:29AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I knew you could do it! It's difficult, especially this time of year when it's so easy to succumb to all the goodies that are EVERYWHERE!!! I walked by our community "food table" at work where we keep goodies just like these for people to enjoy around the office just this morning, and it was like looking at Candy Land! HA! I did indulge in the smallest piece of homemade candy that was there, but I wanted to snatch up everything on that table! It's so difficult, but you proved to yourself, and all of us out here that it can be done, so thanks for sharing! Glad you had fun!! emoticon

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IMARUNR 12/12/2012 11:08AM

    Awesome!! Way to go with planning your night and making great choices!! You should be proud!

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ASHESS85 12/12/2012 11:06AM

    Good job with this plan. It's an accomplishment that you stuck to your plan with all of that good food around! emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 12/12/2012 10:58AM

    I love that you took pictures. You did so well! I can only hope I can do as well as you did at my holiday parties. You're inspiration my dear!

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FITNAPTURAL 12/12/2012 10:14AM

    Thats awesome! I'm sure the next party will go well too! The party I went to last night was basically all appetizers and sweets. It wasn't a complete meal and I wasn't so lucky since none of it was healthy. But I didn't stuff myself and still woke up and ran this morning. We're totally conquering the holidays! lol emoticon

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PAPER_WINGS18 12/12/2012 9:39AM

    I am so proud of you! Battling holiday parties are no easy feat! I'd call yesterday a win for sure. Way to go girl! And it sounds like you had a LOT of temptations! I'd be with you with teh cheesecake & I'd prob give into the cheeseball, lol!

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DRAGONFLY02 12/12/2012 9:34AM

    Oh my gosh, you did great. That's an awesome idea with the pep talk. I would have had a hard time resisting the cheese and crackers too. But good for you, I'm proud of ya!

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#113 - Week 2 of 4 Week Challenge.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Recap of last week:

Week Two (December 3-7)

1. ST at least 3 days a week (20-25 minutes): 3 days completed.
2. Cardio at least 4 day a week (20 minutes): 5 days completed.

1. Sticking to portions: 4 days completed.
2. At least 3 fruits/vegetables: 5 days completed.
3. Track food: 4 days completed.
4. 8 cups of water a day: 6 days completed.

1. No soda: 7 days completed.
2. No candy: 5 days completed.

While these numbers look ok, I know deep down they aren't. I'm not proud about a few them. Thursday morning when I stepped on the scale, I was down to my lowest weight - 150.2 lbs. I vowed not to allow that number to become an issue. It wasn't up until Friday afternoon. I was hungry, and for some reason, I grabbed a bag of chips and dip. After grocery shopping, we went out to dinner and had drinks. One of my friends was just going on and on about how great I looked. It felt great, but at the same time, I think I made her uncomfortable because we took pictures together, and she was like "I don't like that one. I look fat." I tried not to feel bad because I earned where I am now, but it was not my intention to make others feel crappy about how they look.

Saturday, my boyfriend and I decided to sleep in until 9:30 AM (Yesss!). It was nice, but it caused an issue because it put off the meals for the day. I ended up eating so much food. I got careless.

Since Friday and Saturday wasn't good, I tried to get back on track on Sunday only to fail miserably again. I only got in 1 cup of water. I ate anything I could get my hands on. It just wasn't good.

So, here I am again, staring at the same number - 154 lbs. I'm ashamed. I hate that I made bad choices. It's not like I don't know what my goal is. I want to reach my goal, but I keep hitting the weekends and allowing them to becoming setbacks. All I can do now is get back on track and hope that I can stay this way, but honestly, I feel like I'm always going to be stuck doing this - do well during this week and mess up on the weekends. Plus, I have two Christmas parties this week which aren't going to help my cause. I don't know. Maybe I should just start on January 1st like I always say to myself every year....


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    It's about progress...not perfection.

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DRAGONFLY02 12/11/2012 2:43PM

    I say stick to your plan and keep trying. Don't wait until Jan. 1st. And remember, you were going to go easy on yourself this month, so don't beat yourself up over what is probably gain from sodium and extra food weight. You are looking awesome in your pictures and don't let your friend feel bad about your weight loss. You earned it.

Awesome job on the no soda too! Keep it up.

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C8TSON 12/11/2012 12:28PM

    Don't feel bad about this to the point that you wait for January to come around. Besides, women can fluctuate in weight up to 5 or sometimes even TEN pounds within a day. I can sympathize with you about the weekends, I just usually write off everything good for those two days and vow to do better on Mondays. It's a bad habit, but it can be broken. One thing I have been doing the last two weeks, is writing a definitive menu plan which also includes the weekends. I will even plan for the nights when I know we are going to be eating out, so I can plan ahead. It's sometimes frustrating to be so rigid, but it is worth it. I personally think your numbers look great! As for Christmas parties, it's one of those things that we all know is going to be there. But being aware of it ahead of time, and knowing that it's going to be a temptation, is a good thing. But definitely, emoticon emoticon

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CHODGES83 12/10/2012 9:22PM

    You're being honest and I know for me, that is a much better place than where I started. Don't be ashamed or beat yourself up. It's only 4lbs, your body can literally fluctuate that much from day to day. Be proud and stick to it. Make a plan for your weekends. You know you may not be on the same schedule and may be eating on the go more. Just be prepared. You're doing great!

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WALKING_WONDER 12/10/2012 4:25PM

    Don't beat yourself up if your friend(s) feel fat and you've lost weight. Don't let it get you down. You know what your goals are, no go for it! The holidays are upon us, so don't feel bad if you don't eat well during this time. I'm not saying that it's OK to pig out or anything. I'm just saying that the more you make yourself feel bad for gaining the weight, the more you might be tempted to give up. Please don't give up! You can do it!!!

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WIFEALF 12/10/2012 3:28PM

    Dont give up...Hang in there never give up!!!

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CIPHER1971 12/10/2012 3:13PM

    Keep pushing - we have all done it, and I have restarted so many times, normally after gaining back 10lb or so.

Minimise the Christmas 5lb but still have a great time

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MELLYBEANS0919 12/10/2012 11:40AM

    When I was reading your stats on how you did with each goal I was so impressed. You should be proud of that! People often look at Jan 1st as a fresh start, a new years, BUT you can start anew right now! I wouldn't put it off. It will only make you feel worse in the end. You can certainly get back to where you were.

Also, the number on the scale doesn't speak of any of your healthy habits and how amazing you look and feel. As for your friend feeling fat next to you, that isn't your problem. You are taking care of you, and she is either jealous or she feels insecure. Again, not your problem. You have no need to feel bad or apologize.

I think you are being way too hard on yourself. As for the parties, I'll be in the same boat. I think you should enjoy them, eat what you want but in smaller portions, and in the end not beat yourself up if you overindulge.

Let's rock the rest of this year!!

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FITNAPTURAL 12/10/2012 10:40AM

    First of all, I'm so proud of you for keeping track of all of those and more so for admitting when you didn't meet those goals. Please don't throw in the towel and wait til January. Step away from the scale and think about everything you did right! It's sodium! I don't weigh in on Mondays because I tend to eat more sodium in one day than I do in the entire week. Drink tons of water and you'll be surprised at how quickly it goes down. Don't get down on yourself. Drink water. Eat veggies. Keep working out. Don't let your success ride on the number on the scale. Have fun at those parties and try to focus on the people and not the plates lol! (Easier said than done I know). We can do this! I have a Christmas party tomorrow night too. Let's make the next few weeks more about the small victories than the big ones. My example, not going back for seconds of cake and other sweets emoticon emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 12/10/2012 10:25AM

    Sodium. You'll get back down there. A couple days doesn't gain back 4 lbs. It gains back water weight and the physical weight of food in your stomach. Within a few days, you'll be back, I promise!

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PAPER_WINGS18 12/10/2012 10:12AM

    Woahhhhhh hold up! Starting on January 1st is a bad bad bad move! You are smarter than that, Sam! Get your shiz together! hehe. January 1st is still 3.5 weeks away! Do you know how much you can slim down in those 3.5 weeks? And on the flip side, do you know how much damage you can do in 3.5 weeks? Where do you want to be when January 1st comes around? With MORE weight to lose than before, or closer to your goal? Yes, holidays and all the parties are really, really challenging! BUT, it's doable. We just need a plan. Maybe set a goal to maintain until January 1st? That's kinda my goal right now- not to go up any more than I already have these last two months. Don't let the next month of holidays and parties ruin all the hard work and progress you've made this year, girl! You are smarter & stronger than that!

Sorry for the tough love, but we can do this!! :) :) :) And when January 1st comes, we will both be feeling healthier and happier than if we would have waited 3.5 more weeks to eat and be lazy! We will feel PROUD that we kicked the holidays' @$$ses!!

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#112 - Week 1 of 4 Week Challenge.

Monday, December 03, 2012

I can't believe it's already December! Time has really flown by. I would post December goals, but I started last week with a 4 week challenge that will carry me through this month. I think I will start recapping each week to see if I am staying on target.

Week One (November 26-December 2):

1. ST at least 3 days a week (20-25 minutes): 1 day completed.
2. Cardio at least 4 days out of the week (20 minutes): 6 days completed.

1. Sticking to portions: 6 days completed.
2. At least 3 fruits/vegetables: 5 days completed.
3. Track food: 6 days completed.
4. 8 cups of water a day: 7 days completed.

1. No soda: 7 days completed.
2. No candy: 7 days completed.

I feel like I did really well this week, and I want to continue on this track. I would like to say, that I feel like I can do better when it comes to strength training, so I am going to really work on that this week.

As for my weekend, I didn't do too bad. Although I ate out most of the weekend, I tried to stick to my portions, and I tracked when I could. I also did a lot of walking which helped me maintain my 151 lbs! Lastly, I got in 8 cups of water Friday, Saturday, and Sunday; this is a huge accomplishment. So, although I did not do well with eating, I did well overall this weekend, and for that, I am happy.

Hope everyone has a great week!

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CCSDESTINY 12/8/2012 7:54PM

    Keep up the good work!

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CHODGES83 12/7/2012 12:02PM

    Way to go! Great job meeting & exceeding those goals! Keep it up!

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    Whoo hoo!!!

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WALKING_WONDER 12/5/2012 9:47AM

    Way to go!!! Great goals and you're doing so good. Keep up the good work! Maybe I need to start doing something like this to get my rear in gear.

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C8TSON 12/4/2012 5:36PM

    emoticon Your goal setting is always such an inspiration to me! Also, way to go on giving up the sodas. This is my biggest vice in the entire dieting world! Ugh! I'm so glad you have a plan. emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 12/4/2012 1:07PM

    You are doing amazing! Keep it up girl!

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CLUMBOY 12/4/2012 4:29AM

    you did beautifully! great focus.

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OJIBWEEQUAY 12/3/2012 8:21PM

    yay!!!!! emoticon

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POOKASLUAGH 12/3/2012 6:47PM

    Awesome job on the weekend maintenance!

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SBRAN833 12/3/2012 6:07PM

    You got this girl! Proud of you!

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DRAGONFLY02 12/3/2012 1:51PM

    Awesome job on your first week. Take it from me, keep it up with the no soda. I think I stopped drinking it in June. Last time I tasted soda (beginning of Oct), it tasted disgusting to me. Way too sweet and all around bad taste. It's amazing how your tastes change when you don't eat certain foods.

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OLIVIANIGHT 12/3/2012 1:40PM

    Well done : ) I managed all my water this weekend too!

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PAPER_WINGS18 12/3/2012 1:21PM

    woo hoo! proud of you for doing good this weekend. That is great :)

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#111 - Holiday Goals.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

I realized that I have not shared my goals for the next 4 weeks. I said I would, and I completely forgot! Anyways, I decided to just be healthy over the next several weeks. If I lose weight, great! If I don't, that's cool too. Below are my goals:

Exercise -
1. Strength Train at least 3 days a week (20-25 minutes).
2. Cardio at least 4 days a week (20 minutes).

Eating -
1. Stick to portions.
2. At least 3 fruits/vegetables per day.
3. Track food.
4. 8 cups of water per day.

Other -
1. No soda.
2. No candy.

I believe this are attainable. I've been doing really well the last few days. Each day, I have gotten at least 10 cups of water, stayed in my calorie range, and worked out. (No candy or soda either!) I'm so excited because my weigh in is set for Sunday, but I REALLY want to take a peek tomorrow morning. I feel a good loss as I think most of the Thanksgiving weight I tacked on was water weight. I may take a sneak peek tomorrow morning since it is the end of the month, and my original goal was to be at 149 lbs, but I changed it to 152 lbs. The only issue - I think I am afraid. I've hit 151 lbs twice (20 lbs lost) and then I give up. So, I think I am afraid of reaching this goal and continuing. Any ideas on how to get past this? Should I weigh in tomorrow morning?

After tomorrow, my boyfriend will be taking my weigh and not letting me see the sheet until my mini challenge is over.

It feels good to be back on track. emoticon

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KANDOLAKER 11/30/2012 6:01PM

    Congrats for getting back on track! You are going to buzz by 151 and keep going down - this time you won't give up. Just a day at a a time, and you've accomplished so much already. Best wishes on your continued success!!! (And, I'd wait to weigh in :))

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WALKING_WONDER 11/30/2012 10:50AM

    Do the best that you can do. That's all anyone can do. I commend you on your goals, and feel confident that you will do the best that you can do to achieve them.

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POOKASLUAGH 11/29/2012 8:37PM

    Don't be scared of the wall weight! You can do this!

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CIPHER1971 11/29/2012 3:46PM

    Well done on getting back on track.

emoticon and you will make it past 151 and below

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BREW99 11/29/2012 2:41PM

    Oh my you are brave to let him take it and you can't see it! I'm sure you are doing great though if you feel great, that's what's important!

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LESLIES537 11/29/2012 2:33PM

    Go for it!!! emoticon

Fantastic goals! Rock it girlfriend! emoticon

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