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#31 - Day Seven - Monday.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Day Four (Friday) was a really great day up until dinner. I had eaten well, and I did my usual 4.08-mile walk. Unfortunately, dinner pushed me over my calories.

Day Five and Six (Saturday & Sunday) aren't much to chat about. I ate way too much, and I didn't exercise much. However, I was able to make it to the store to stock up on healthy eats for this week.

Here's Day Seven (Monday):

Water: I did much better yesterday in this area. I drank two cups in between breakfast and lunch; I drank two cups after lunch and before supper. I also drank two cups after my work out. So, I feel successful in this department especially since I'm not much of a water fan. Slowly but surely I am working my way to eight cups a day.

Exercise: I tried Wii's Zumba fitness yesterday. I absolutely loved it! It got my heart pumping, and I was drenched in sweat. I did about 58 minutes of it! Yeah!

Sleep: Unfortunately, I did not meet my bed time as I was trying to finish up cooking my lunches for the rest of the week. So, tonight will definitely be better in the way of going to bed on time!

Food: I did great yesterday. I was in my calorie range again. I feel like I have the eating under control although I could use more discipline on the weekends.

Day Seven Goals:

1. Be active for at least 30 minutes. emoticon
2. Eat healthy for at least breakfast and lunch. emoticon
3. Drink at least four cups of water. emoticon

Tomorrow morning, I will be weighing in and measuring. I am a little nervous since this weekend didn't go so well. I do feel skinnier and healthier, so I hope that means good things!

Hope everyone has a great day!

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BECCAJ98 1/31/2012 3:47PM

    KKeep it up!

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TARAFROMTX1 1/31/2012 1:49PM

    Your Doing Great!! Good luck on tomorrow weight in! And Keep up the Great work!!!! emoticon emoticon

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GOOBERIFIC1 1/31/2012 1:45PM

  i hope your weigh in goes well! sounds like you really got back on track after the weekend :) how long does it take for you to do your 4.08 mile walk? i hope you have a good day!!

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SRBULLARD1 1/31/2012 1:10PM

    I hope your weigh in goes well. Regardless, you are doing all the right things so keep up the good work! emoticon

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#30 - Day Three - Thursday.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Day Three went like this:

Food: I did pretty good. I stayed in my calorie range. I was a little over on the sodium though; however, I am not going to beat myself up over it. It's only Day Three. There is room for improvement. I was a little worried yesterday because I go to my mom's house to have dinner with her every Thursday night, and we usually grab something out. At around 3:30, I checked to see how many calories I had left. I only had about 650 left, so I thought about what I could eat that wouldn't completely kill all my hard work. Zaxby's sounded good, so I looked up the nurtition information online. I chose the House Zalad with grilled chicken. That in itself was about 600-700 calories! So, I played around with the numbers, and I ended up doing the House Zalad with grilled chicken minus the toast and fried onions. By taking out those the toast and fried onions, the calories, fat, and sodium were cut in half! So, I was pretty excited that I found something that could work. Usually, I just go over there, eat what I want, and then vow to do better the next day. Not this time! Woo hoo! emoticon

Water: Ehh, another so-so day. Right now, I am shooting for at least 4 cups, and I ended up getting that, so that was good. I did better though about drinking after working out. For some reason, the past two days I have forgotten to do so. However, I made sure to grab a bottle of water as I left the house to go to my mom's. I drank the entire thing before I got there (about a 25-minute ride). Small victory! emoticon

Workout: My mission was to do at least 30 minutes of walking today. The weather was perfect in the fact that it felt awesome outside (60s). However, there were rain clouds, but that didn't stop me. I ended up doing my 4.08 miles in 60 minutes even though it rained on me. Oh well. It just meant I was dedicated! emoticon

Sleep: I didn't do too bad last night. I laid down at 10pm and watched a little TV. I drifted off about 10:30pm, so I met my goal bed time. However, I woke up twice last night. The first time took me about 15 minutes to go back to sleep. The second time took about five minutes. I probably got about 7.5 hours. (This was without the sleeping aid.) I'm hoping to get some better sleep tonight. emoticon

Day Three Goals:

1. Be active for at least 30 minutes. emoticon
2. Find one to two healthy recipes. (Chef Meg's Super Fast Pork & Veggie Stir Fry & Easy Black Beans and Brown Rice.) emoticon
3. Create a shopping list for Friday night's shopping trip. emoticon

I decided not to type out all the question and answers to the sleep diary. I have chosen a few questions to post though:

1. How long did it take to fall asleep?:
- 30 minutes.

2. How hungry did you feel today?:
- 2 (Normal Hunger).

3. How awake did you feel today?:
- 1 (Exhausted).

4. How irritable did you feel today?:
- 1 (Calm).


Hope every one has a great Friday!

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MATHISC4464 1/30/2012 10:15PM

    That sounds like it was a pretty good day! You are doing very well! Keep up the good work! I know somedays its hard, but in the end it will be worth it!

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MENNOLY 1/30/2012 9:58AM

    Do work on upping the water. It does wonders for your complexion and if you walked for 60 minutes you should have had 4 cups of water to just rehydrate. emoticon

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CULAINA 1/29/2012 7:37PM

    i've heard that water is some sort of magical elixir so keep up the good work xx

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BECCAJ98 1/27/2012 11:12AM

    Keep working on the water!!! Way to go meeting goals!!!! Awesome!!!!

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WINNIE1978 1/27/2012 10:57AM

    Sounds like a good day! It is amazing how removing just one or two items from a meal can cut the calories, fat, etc. so much!

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SPICEMWE 1/27/2012 9:56AM

    Hooray for victories big and small! You're doing fantastic. Isn't is nice to see the numbers go down when you take out one little thing from a meal you've enjoyed in the past? For me it was taking out the sauce in the Grilled Chicken Go Wraps at Wendys.

4.08 miles in 60 minutes? That's awesome! You must walk really fast!! Envy...I have it!

I hope your sleep schedule gets better. Having little to no sleep makes for a bad day.

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MISTYBLUE716 1/27/2012 9:51AM

    Great job making GREAT choices eating out! It's so hard! emoticon

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#29 - Day Two - Wednesday.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Here's how Day Two (1/25/12) went:

Food: Despite missing an ingredient for my lunch-time pizza, I still ate well. Something in the back of my mind told me "Hey, you forgot the cottage cheese for the pizza. Let's just go get some fast food and start over tomorrow." However, I didn't do that. I ate my pizza (minus the cottage cheese), and I ate healthy the remainder of the day. I felt really good about this decision! emoticon

Water: I was slacking a little in the water department. I don't usually drink a lot (of anything), so I strive to at least drink four cups a day. However, yesterday, I didn't start drinking my water until about 30 minutes before lunch. emoticon I ended up only consuming four cups of water the entire day (plus two cups of green tea). I need to do better. This might have to be one of my daily goals for Friday.

Exercise: All of yesterday, I sat at my computer thinking about how great it would be to go on my walk this afternoon. When I got home, I laced up my shoes, got dressed, and grabbed my iPod. However, about ten minutes into it, I was already feeling exhausted. I was thinking about quitting. I was thinking about not doing the entire 4.08 miles. Even though my body was tired, I didn't stop. I kept my quick pace. I told myself "Come on, girl. You can do it. Think about how healthy you are going to be. Think about how badly you want it. Remember your Spark Friends are out exercising, and they want you out there too!" I made it! I did the entire walk, and I even beat my time from yesterday! So, thanks Spark Friends for your encouragement every day! emoticon

Day Two Goals:

1. Get eight hours of sleep. --> Unfortunately, I didn't achieve this goal. I think I got 7.5 hours. I am having a rough time falling asleep. I will go to bed earlier, and I will eventually get achieve this!
2. 30 minutes of exercise. emoticon
3. Go to bed at 10:30 pm. emoticon

Wednesday AM Sleep Diary:

1. How long did it take you to fall asleep?
- 45 minutes.

2. How many times did you wake up during the night?
- Not sure.

3. In total, how many hours did you sleep last night?
- 7.5 hours.

Wednesday PM Sleep Diary:

1. What time did you wake up?
- 6:30am.

2. What time are you lying down to go to sleep?
- 10:30 pm.

3. What, if any, was your bed time routine?
- Sleep tablets & Sleepy Time Tea at 10:00pm.

4. What were the last foods you consumed tonight?
- Chicken pizza (1.8 servings) at 7:30pm.

5. Did you exercise today?
- Walked 4.08 miles for 59 minutes at 5pm.

6. Did you consume any alcoholic beverages today?
- No.

7. Did you consume any caffeinated drinks or food today?
- Green tea at 12:30pm and 2:30pm.

8. Did you take any medications?
- Birth control (1) and sleep tablets (2) at 10pm.

9. Did you take any naps today?
- No.

10. What types of stressors did you encounter today?
- Work & relationship stress.

11. How hungry did you feel today?
- 2 (Normal Hunger).

12. How awake did you feel today?
- 1 (Exhausted).

13. How irritable did you feel today?
- 3 (Moderately Irritable).

Reflection: Day Two went pretty well. I made some big accomplishments! I am excited for Day Three! emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NAIMATANNER 1/27/2012 9:03AM

    GOOD FOR YOU! Think of how awesome it will be once these changes are permanent! You'll lose weight, feel better, and have tons of energy. I'm proud of you! Keep up the great work.

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JORDANA84 1/27/2012 6:18AM

    Awesome job on pushing through the exercise even though you didn't want to!! Plenty times I'd find myself wanting to quit after a few minutes, but didn't allow myself and found that I was glad. We will never regret exercise we did do, only that which we didn't do !! As for the water thing, maybe telling yourself to drink 1 glass every hou, or even 1/2 glass every hour, and that way you can get it in over the course of the whole day instead of having to chug it down and force it. emoticon

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JEANNINEMM68 1/26/2012 9:52PM

    I love how detailed that you are being. I think that I need to start doing that. I will become more accountable when everything is written down. Keep up the great work.

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WINNIE1978 1/26/2012 7:35PM

    I've never heard of putting cottage cheese on pizza before... what else do you put on it? Good luck getting in your water... some days that's a struggle for me too.

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MELLYBEANS0919 1/26/2012 1:00PM

    Your pizza sounds great, what else is on it? I have never heard of putting cottage cheese on it. I really struggle to get my water in too, but keep trying!
You pushed yourself to exercise and go the miles, way to go! Be proud! It is hard to do when your body is tired.
Sounds like you are doing really well.
Keep it up!!

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SPICEMWE 1/26/2012 10:27AM

    That is fantastic! Way to stick with it. :) I'm proud of you for making the right choices yesterday. Let's make today awesome!

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MARVEEME 1/26/2012 10:10AM

    Nice. Stay the course, and I promise you that you will feel your energy level soar. Mine is through the roof, and I actually started to notice it after the first five pounds were gone.


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#28 - Day One (Again).

Wednesday, January 25, 2012


So yesterday was my day one... again. Here's what happened:

Food-wise: I did quite well with my eating. I was in my range for calories, calcium, protein, carbs, fat, etc. I'm pretty proud of myself! emoticon

Exercise-wise: It was a beautiful day outside yesterday, so I walked my 4.08 miles in 61 minutes. Pretty awesome!

Water-wise: I wasn't very thirsty, so I only drank about two bottles of water (4 cups). emoticon

I have this new thing where I set three goals for the day. I try not to do the same goals every day because it's always nice to have something new. Here were my goals from yesterday:

1. Be active for thirty minutes. emoticon
2. Drink two bottles of water. emoticon
3. Eat good for both breakfast and lunch. emoticon

Lastly, I am trying to keep a sleep diary as sometimes I have insomnia. So, here's the entry from last night:

1. What time did you wake up today (Monday)?:
- 6:25 am.

2. What time are you lying down to go to sleep?:
- 10:15pm.

3. What, if any, is your bed time routine?:
About 30 minutes before bed, I take two sleep tablets.

4. What were the last food(s) consumed tonight?:
- 1 serving of baked Ziti around 8 pm.

5. Did you exercise today?:
- Yes, I walked 4.08 miles for 61 minutes at around 5 pm.

6. Did you consume any alcoholic beverages today?:
- No.

7. Did you consume any caffeinated drinks today?:
- I'm not sure if Green Tea is caffeinated, but if so, I had a cup at 11:30 am and another cup at 1:30 pm.

8. Did you take any medications today:
- I took my birth control (1 pill) and sleep tablets (2 pills) around 9:55 pm. I ended up having to take tylenol (3 pills) around 10:45pm as well.

9. Did you take any naps today:

10. What types of stressors did you encounter today, and what types do you expect to encounter tomorrow?
I don't remember any stressors today, and I am not sure what lies ahead for tomorrow.

11. How hungry did you feel today?
- 2 - Normal Hunger.

12. How awake did you feel today?
- 2 - Somewhat tired.

13. How irritable did you feel today?
- 2 - Slightly annoyed.

Well, that completes Day One. I'm ready for Day Two (1/25/12). Here's to a good Day Two! emoticon

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SHANNONNICOLE85 1/26/2012 12:01PM

    emoticon I like the idea of changing your goals. I'm doing an accountability blog, and I have 6 goals each day for 30 days. Depending on how I feel after this month, maybe I'll use your idea and change them here and there. Also like the idea of the sleep diary. I have a touch of insomnia too. Hope both work well for you! Keep it up!

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MARVEEME 1/26/2012 8:52AM

    Very interesting approach. Did you make up these questions yourself, or were they suggested in something you read?

I'd add a category to record your dreams too.


Just sayin'

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SAHASARA 1/26/2012 8:50AM

    I like the sleep diary. I see you took sleeping pills and tyelnol. Have you ever tried just tyelnol PM? It knocks me out! Good Luck!

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MRSB929 1/25/2012 11:00AM

    Awesome! I think I'm going to steal your idea of 3 goals a day! :P You're doing great...keep it up...we're all here to cheer you on!

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BECCAJ98 1/25/2012 10:24AM

    Great job!! Keep it up! And I got in 60 minutes of exercise yesterday!

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SPICEMWE 1/25/2012 10:06AM

    I love the idea of the three goals a day! Congrats on meeting those goals too. Keep it up! :)

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WINNIE1978 1/25/2012 9:35AM

    Good job on day one! I hope day two is good too!

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#27 - When Will it Just Click?

Monday, January 23, 2012

emoticon I don't mean to complain; I'm just frustrated. I need your help! emoticon

August - September 2011. These two months were tiring but exciting times in my life. I was finally getting healthy. I was excited about it. I was talking about it. I would work out 5-6 times a week. I was at the gym all the time. I was creating and exceeding personal records. It. Was. Awesome.

Then the end of September happened. I had gotten on the scale to find that I had only shed about six pounds those two months.I was frustrated. I felt defeated. I felt like I had poured my soul and heart into each workout. I was burnt out.

October 2011 - Now. I decided that since I couldn't lose the weight, I would just eat whatever and let fate happen. Fate happened all right. I gained 15 more pounds during this time period. I hate taking pictures. I don't really hang out with friends anymore. I'm huge (to my standards). I hate looking in the mirror. I'm disgusted and ashamed of my body.

I want to lose the weight (40 pounds now). I want to feel confident. I want to take photos. I want to feel beautiful. I want to hike and run. I want to no longer be ashamed of my body. I want to be healthy. I want to be successful.

I look at all of my beautiful and wonderful Spark Friends' blogs and statuses, and you all inspire me to get off my butt and start this. However, as soon as I am off the site, I revert back to lack of energy and motivation.

So, I ask you wonderful, awesome Spark Friends:

1. When did it click for you that you needed a life change?
2. How did you find the motivation when all these pounds held you down?
3. How do you start?

It's hard trying to start again. I wish I had never stop in September because now I have even more to lose. I just need help. I have no support except for this website. (Sad, I know.)

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MARVEEME 1/24/2012 8:42PM

    1. When did it click for you that you needed a life change?
Every single day....until I started taking baby steps to actually make it happen.

2. How did you find the motivation when all these pounds held you down? Sit instead of laying down, stand instead of sit, walk instead of stand, and occasionally skip instead of walk. When did you stop skipping? 6 or 10 years old? Why?

3. How do you start? Baby steps indeed! Trash the crap from the kitchen and vow to treat yourself better. If the people you live with MUST have crap....move it into a cabinet that is forbidden to be used by you. Try 1 new thing a month, or a week. If someone asked me over a year ago if I'd like a turkeyburger or Greek yogurt with granola, I'd tell 'em to go pound sand! These items are a staple of my diet now, and even DH enjoys a turkeyburger ('cause that's all I'll cook now). Set new rules for yourself, and everyone else will adjust to the new baby step at a time.

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1500LUNGES 1/24/2012 3:03PM

1. When did it click for you that you needed a life change?
When I had 6 months before I walked down the aisle / went on honeymoon.
2. How did you find the motivation when all these pounds held you down?
Visualizing myself in the body I wanted. This made the time on the treadmill fly by.
3. How do you start?
Baby steps that will lead to healthy habits. I start with upping my water intake, having fresh fruit or veg with every meal and snack, and walking or moving my body everyday. Once that feels easy I start hitting the gym a few times a week for a full body workout. Before I know it I'm back to my 4 day splits and not tempted by treats cause I'm loving the results I'm seeing.

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LOVEISBRUIN 1/23/2012 7:18PM

    I realized that there were things that I wanted to do, that should have been easy, that I was just in no shape to do.

I set a goal that excited me - not just a goal to lose weight, but a goal to be able to do something that I can't do now. You just have to figure out what excites you. A lot of people like running 5Ks, half marathons, etc. Maybe you want to go hiking, skydiving, whatever. Once you figure out that motivation that really excites you, I think everything falls into place.

That's what worked for me, anyway. emoticon

Keep on sparking, and making good choices, and you'll do fine! Good luck!

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SMILINGTREE 1/23/2012 6:42PM

    I haven't lost any appreciable amount of weight in the (almost) two years I've been using this site. I have made LOTS of important changes, though. The thing that motivates me is that I feel better when I exercise and eat well. I like myself more, even if I look pretty much the same to everyone else. I feel strong and healthy and good. As for starting - I'm going to quote Nike here - just do it. Set yourself a time and work out at that time.

For me, it cannot be early morning, because I won't. Choose a time that will work for you, when you will. Then DO.

It never really "clicked" for me. There hasn't been a defining moment. It's been more of a gently sliding into a different way of approaching things. It doesn't have to be drastic. You can make tiny changes that will add up. Chances are, your lethargy will lessen as you make those little changes.

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MISTYBLUE716 1/23/2012 5:34PM

    I was unhappy with myself for a while...but not enough to really get "serious" I was randomly at Target one day..impulse shopping..and found Supreme 90 Day. It was only 20 dollars..claimed it would get me "ripped" so I said...why the hell can't afford a gym membership and driving to the gym everyday would just get old....I started doing s90..and after 10 days saw results. After that I found spark through the s90 fb page...someone recommended it..and it was over from there...well BEGINING..I made a profile..started tracking...realized I needed to eat well too if I wanted to REALLY shed weight. It started falling off....and here I am..It really helped me once I was able to SEE results and SEE how I was able to do more and more in workouts.... emoticon

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NAIMATANNER 1/23/2012 1:36PM

    Gosh I know EXACTLY how you fact, I'm waiting for it to "click" for me too. I feel like I take one step forward and two steps back. It's SO frustrating to be so far away from my goal and it feels like sticking within my calorie limits along with exercising is SO much of a sacrifice. But we have to keep trying and taking it day by day. I'm just trying to approach each day as a new start and make healthy choices. GOOD LUCK!

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MELLYBEANS0919 1/23/2012 1:26PM

    1. When did it click for you that you needed a life change?
I have been on SparkPeople for a long time. I only just started to get healthier Nov of 2011. It clicked because I realized I am the one in charge of myself, and I am the only one who can feel what I feel. If I am out of shape, it is me who suffers. If I am getting healthier, it is me who feels better. I am responsible for myself.
2. How did you find the motivation when all these pounds held you down?
I started to use affirmations, talk positive to myself, and rely on my friends on here who are amazing to keep pushing me and supporting me.
3. How do you start?
I started by saying I'd exercise 10 min a day, and slowly am adding fresh healthy food to my meals. I am far from having it all down right, but I keep fighting.


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ASHESS85 1/23/2012 1:18PM

    I can relate to this. The entire time since joining Spark People has just been a roller coaster. I am motivated and lose 20 lbs, then have a hard time gain a few then try to get back on track...and it goes on like that. This is why it has taken me about 3 years to lose 30 lbs. For some of us...this is extremely hard and will always been a continuing battle have just keep trying. It does not matter how many times you fail...what matters and how many times you pick yourself up and keep at it. I mean if I had just given up and stayed where I was...I would probably be much heavier than I am right now. Recently though...I have just had to take a hard look at how unhappy I am with myself and the negative effects it has had in my life. I think if you are feeling similar then you need to do the same thing. Is eating that extra peice of pizza worth your tears later? No way! No food is worth what it feels like to be healthy and lose weight. Good luck girl! We are all in the same boat here so just hollar if you ever need us!

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WINNIE1978 1/23/2012 12:36PM

    I started with small changes. Drink water. Ok I can handle that. Track food. That took a little time to get used to because I found out I had been eating way more than I needed. Add exercise. I started with just cardio to drop some weight and once I was comfortable with that I added in strength training. For me it was all about making small changes that over time added up.

Over the holidays I took a bit of a break and it was harder than I anticipated to get back on track. I told myself today is the day that I get back on track! And I did good until dinner time. So the next day I said today is the day! I had a few false starts but eventually things fell back into place.

You can do this... You just have to start! And keep starting until you get it right!

And you really have to not pay attention to the scale. I know that is easier said than done. I just spent the last 4 weeks trying to lose the same 2 pounds over and over again. The scale was being a pain but I was losing inches!


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SWAN47 1/23/2012 12:19PM

    Wishing won't get you anywhere! You just need to start in again taking it a day at a time. I struggle and haven't reached my ultimate goal. I slip routinely but know I'm doing far better than if I just gave up. I just keep coming back. emoticon make a reasonable plan and start today...even if you walk for 10 minutes and drink your water. Good luck! A lot of us are like you hang in there!

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