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Thursday, August 09, 2012


Finally installed the wireless receiver in the office (where I have my elliptical) and jumped on it this morning! First time I've exercised in about a year. I feel great! I've written before about having to tell myself how wonderful I feel after a workout..but still seem to not have that excitement factor before the workout. How long will it take for me to change my thinking?
I plan on starting another cleanse this weekend. These really seem to help me stay on track. I can dedicate myself to them for 2 weeks and then I can keep myself going (eating healthy) for a few weeks before I start to fray. So this time I am just starting another cleanse. Hopefully these cycles will become habit and I will go longer periods of making healthy choices until it becomes a habit and a lifestyle.
I already got a compliment at work that I look like I've lost weight! Gotta love that! I have been really good about drinking my water. As my husband I are trying to conceive, (I have PCOS), this lifestyle change will increase our chances. I have made goals for myself to lose 5 #'s a month. Slow and steady.
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Here's to Onederland by 8/31/12!!

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VAL_E_GIRL77 8/10/2012 10:47AM

    You have the drive, you just have to put it in gear and go! We miss you a ton and really look forward to seeing you complete your goal. I am now involved in a moms running group that meet up every Saturday to run a "long run". Each week we are to complete a certain mileage or to a certain about of intervals of run/walk. We are ending week 3 and I am doing great! Considering, I stopped running after my first 5k. I know, I know. So we will do a 5k in September, but our goal is to complete the PF Changs 1/2 marathon in San Diego! I'm excited. :) Well, no it is time for a shower, since I just completed my running homework. Talk to you later, Chels! emoticon emoticon

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Here I am. Forever since I've SparkPeople'd. Feeling guilty. I think, you know, I was down to 199#'s last October. I did it on my own. By just eating right. Then I gained 10#s back because of stressful times. But that's no excuse. Damn it! Focus!

I was getting to my breaking point when a miracle happened. I was sitting in the Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, waiting for my layover and checking my email while the aroma of delicious pizza was dancing around me. I was about to head over and divulge when I saw and email from one of my dearest SparkPeople friends. She was checking in on me and telling me that she was stepping back up on the wagon too. We had joined SP the same week and she was a huge support for me. What!? How did she know I was in need of support right now! What a blessing to have this "coincidence"!

I emailed her back and told her of her greatness. However, it still took me 2 months to set up shop back on SP. Regardless, I am here now. I've started the Candida Cleanse to jump start my eating habits. I am through with week 1 and have lost 3#s so far. I feel great.

I have begun to cook regularly and am loving it. I am new to cooking, and like to experiment. There are so many awesome recipes out there and combinations I never dreamed would work together. I am enjoying this new asset to my life. At the moment, I am in love with Almond Butter. You can make dinners and desserts with this stuff. I love it!

I look forward to carrying on and progressing with my SP friends and support. Thank you!

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STEADYON 7/22/2012 5:30PM

    Welcome back and I am here for ya too. I know I could use the support myself. emoticon

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CHANGE4HAPPY 7/22/2012 3:51PM

    YAY! You are back! I'm so glad! We are doing this TOGETHER... again (hopefully for the last time!)

Last time losing - but will be here for each other for our lifelong maintenance of healthy living!


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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Learning to be healthy. Why is it so hard? I know habits are hard to break, like quitting smoking, eating is just as bad. I can do well for a month or two and then I find myself right down the same road again. My choices are knowingly detrimental, yet I think it'll just be this one time.....and then ten times later, I've gained weight. What is it that happens to some people where they completely turn their life around!?
I've noticed that those people that lose a drastic amount of weight and then keep it off have made it an everyday way of life. It has to be a lifestyle change. What triggered them to finally do it!? Was it the right person saying the right thing at the right time? Was it them being tired of being overweight? Did they not fit in the seat on the airplane? Did someone make a comment about their weight? I guess you have to be REALLY uncomfortable in your skin, or understandably, want to do it for someone else (like your kids). I really want it, for me, and for my wedding, yet I am still allowing myself to make some bad decisions. Now I know that we have a meal or a day where we cheat, but we keep on trucking. One day is not everyday.

I'm having a pitty party over here. I can't make myself get out there and exercise and I keep finding excuses not too. For example, my sleep schedule has been out of whack and I'm not waking up early enough, when it's cool outside, to go run or walk. But I have a gym pass. That cancels each other out. Steve's mom had surgery and I spent a week at the hospital with them, eating out every night. Other factors are, Steve changed jobs, so there were a couple weeks where money was not coming in....but it was sure going out! But we were stressed about that for a while.

Now, I KNOW how good it feels when I exercise. I am motivated, and a better motivator! I feel fantastic and am more passionate about exciting others to feel fantastic.

Here's something else. I feel guilty about being off-line for a month here. I know that there are people who count on me for support, but how can I support them when I'm a mess? I have been putting out there into the universe that I am ready to get back on track yet it hasn't happened yet. I know it will, and maybe this blog is my turnaround point.

I have another cleanse I can do and think I am going to start it tomorrow, that way I can go to the grocery store today to prepare for it.

Thank you to my SP Buds that have kept a leash on me and not let me get completely off the charts. YOU are the reason I am blogging today and facing my demons. YOU are my reason today.

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LADONNA! 7/15/2010 11:06AM

    Hang in there. It's all a process, and it just takes time to develop. Try to focus on one change and stick with that for a while, then once you feel like you've mastered that, try to add something else. I miss walking with you, it made me get out there and walk.

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CHANGE4HAPPY 7/14/2010 5:11PM

    That is the question isn't it... WHY are some people able to get on track, stay on track and keep on truckin'? If you figure out that secret - fill me in. I've been losing for over 2 years now - but only ACTUALLY worked at it for about 6-8 months because of all my on again, off again meals that turn into days...into weeks... into months. Grrr.

I'm back in my "obsessed" mode this week... which isn't healthy either (it's feeding my OCD- which makes for a crazy Laura and an angry Joe), I know... but for now, I need to feel like I'm moving down on the scale now that I've maintained for about 3 weeks (ugh)

I'm trying to find a balance and remember that there is a whole big world of life to live out there and it's not all about fitness and nutrition round the clock... but without work, school or family to distract me it's hard to remember.

Okay - we've had a pity party - now it's time to get over it and get back on a healthy track!

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VAL_E_GIRL77 7/14/2010 1:43PM

    You're welcome my dear friend.


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CHELSERS79 7/14/2010 1:13PM

    You made me cry:) I love you too Val. Thank you for your kind and supportive words. It is friends like you that keep me lifted up; not only for this reason, but in life. Thank you.

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VAL_E_GIRL77 7/14/2010 12:55PM

    You know Chels, things happen where we detour from our goals, albeit work, personal, well, life in general. It happens to me a lot; I have a cheat day that turns into a cheat week. Obviously this is not good and why I have only lost 7 pounds and have maintained that for a month now. I know what I have to do, but it's realizing it, that "A-HA" moment when we say enough is enough or when we "Get it". We have started something here that is fantastic for our lives. A way of life. As I had my "A-HA" moment a few days ago, I finally felt different, better, I "Got It". It was when I realized I could actually do THIS forever. It's not like all the other "diets" that say they can give you quick results, but then the minute you get to a "goal" weight and stop, you start to pack on the pounds. That's because it's NOT changing your mentality. That is what has to change FIRST, then everything should fall into place. This is not a "diet", it IS a way to live like we should. To feel awesome about ourselves inside and finally outside. Look inside yourself and you will see what I am talking about. You are one of my best friends, and I love you very much. I will always be in your cheer section and help you succeed in any way.

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CHELSERS79 7/14/2010 10:33AM

    BTW~ The puppies are doing great!! little over 3 weeks and they are starting to run around have cute little personalities. Just looking for good homes for them now. And school started Monday, and I'm taking 2 classes this quarter rather than my usual 1 class.

I am strong and I will get through this!

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Get it together!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

I have to get it together. The week that I was getting back on the wagon and routine, a number of factors plucked me off the ladder. Steve's job was messing with him and he decided to quit. He did have another job lined up, but the process of leaving the one job and going with the new one was draining. His (now) old company called him and begged him to come back and even apologized for the way they had treated him. This left us in a lurch as to whether or not to take the new position. After many almost sleepless nights and talking, we decided to go with the new company. Nevertheless, the process of making that decision exhausted us. He is doing training in Chicago right now (he left Tuesday and won't be back till next Friday), but he is LOVING it!! We are so satisfied with our decision.
In addition to that problem, this is the last week of school for this quarter and I have a 10-12 page paper to write. I have been mentally writing it for several weeks, and had planned to start typing it out last weekend, but I had other priorities. So now it's Thursday and I have my work cut out for me. Plus, my dog is having puppies and is due Friday-ish. So I am having to prep the house for her. I am going to be all by myself while she delivers. I have never done this before. I have done some research but it still doesn't comfort me. I know she'll take care of it on her own, but I want to be the best mommy I can be for her too! lol
Well, with all that said, having all of this in your mind and having to make life altering decisions has got the best of me when it comes to my dieting. I did see my trainer twice this week which is good, but I have not ran. I just feel beat. Once my paper is done, there will be a weight lifted off of me and I know I will be gung-ho about my running routine again.
So, this too shall pass and I will be over this hurdle.

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CHEDDY33 6/18/2010 3:37PM

    Oh my prayers are with you . WE here are your support we will get thur this.

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CHANGE4HAPPY 6/17/2010 5:26PM

    Oh my dear sweet Chelsea... I'm fighting to stay on track too! I'm actually doing really well with my food & workouts - it's just the tracking and blogging that I'm trying to find the time for... Today, I was PLANNING on doing it this afternoon - but emptying the trash in my car's little side pocket things turned into a 5 hour interior and exterior detailing!

We'll be fine... we have each other to lean on.

AND BAILEY is going to do fine - and you will be a great mommy for her (and I guess grandma to the puppies - hahahahaha) Instinct will kick in for both of you. I would offer for you to call me, as Alyssa has... but I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' no puppies!

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CHELSERS79 6/17/2010 3:20PM

    @ mochachica-Thank you! You are SOOO right! and this was actually the 2nd time he has worked for them and quit! Lesson learned!
@Alyssa - Thank you too for the offer! They say it usually happens in the middle of the night, but any tips would be appreciated! I know that she'll take care of most of it, it's just my first time and I'm scared for me I think more than her:) LOL

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MOCHACHICA 6/17/2010 3:04PM

    Hello just noticed you on the team page
You & Steve probably made the best decision. . .if the old company behaved badly once before, they'll probably do it again!

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ALYSSAMICHELLE5 6/17/2010 2:01PM

    I SOOOOO know!!! I so know. I'm here for you! If you need help when the puppies come, call me. I'll help. My husband was a vet tech. We can help you via phone. I'll send you my number. If I forget, just email me and tell me that I forgot! lol


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Once was lost but now is found

Thursday, June 10, 2010

So I went on a vacation (for lack of a better term) to California to see a girl I babysat since she was 3 years old, graduate from high school. I also took my girls out to find their bridesmaid dresses....and ended up buying my dress too!! I had every intention on going to the gym and running while I was there....but....I only ran 2 of the 10 days and I never went to the gym. I did make good choices while going out to eat....getting salads with Fat Free dressings, Chili's has a great Guiltless Santa Fe Wrap served with steamed veggies, but it was the drinking that got me. I don't physically feel like I have gained much, maybe a pound or two, but mentally I am mad at myself for getting off track. When I returned home, I planned on jumping right back into the swing but it took me until today to finally do that.

I wondered where my mojo went on Sunday and Monday and Tuesday. I was giving myself mental talks and encouragement. Then last night while taking a shower I had visions of 2 of my best SP Buddies yelling (encouraging) me to hit the road....start running. They were telling me, "You can do it!! Remember how good you'll feel!!" I envisioned crossing a finish line with them cheering me on. I envisioned us going out in our little black dresses and having a marvelous time. Ok, self, tomorrow morning, you will go for a run, rain or shine. Run as much as you can, and if you can't run, then walk. But you have to at least do 3 miles. Ok, I got this.

Hello Thursday. I'm up, it's time to run....if you wait, it will get hotter and then you won't go running. I left the house at 902a and I walked my 1/4 mile and then started jogging. And I jogged and I jogged and I jogged. All over the neighborhood, around this block and that block, then I started to get tired. I couldn't believe how far I had gone though without stopping! Toward the end, I wanted to start walking, but I challenged myself to run to where I started running, so the cycle would be complete and I could walk the 1/4 mile home as a cool down. Those SP Buds were in my head cheering me on, encouraging me, and I DID IT!! I actually ran 3.0 miles straight through today! Plus the 1/4 mile warm-up and cool down! I am so proud of me! When I got home, at 945a, I entered my fitness minutes and looked to see what was on the menu for breakfast. This is when I realized....I found my mojo. Laura and Alyssa had it, and gave it back to me in the shower last night:) I know that sounds bad, but it's the truth!

I do my best thinking in the shower---where I can't write it down or immediately do anything about it. But I persevered! And I have SP to thank for it.

I'm on the wagon to Onederland!

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ALYSSAMICHELLE5 6/17/2010 6:33AM

    Ooooh la la! lol Just kidding :)

I'm sorry I didnt see this until today. I'm so proud of you!! You did great and you will continue to do great!!! I think that I got into that mode too. I have to jump back in. I can do this too, and I'll just imagine you guys (in the shower, lol, just kidding) so I can get up and get my mojo going again too. I know it feels great. That's why we do it. You are amazing, girl :)

I'll be thinking of you today and hope that you have a great day!!!

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VAL_E_GIRL77 6/12/2010 11:52PM

    It's nice to have people in the back of your mind always there to encourage you even though they are not right there in front of you. Just remember the outcome is so worth it: the ability to breathe easier, to feel good about exercising, to feel good about yourself as a whole. You CAN do it! So proud of you!



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DAVENPLK 6/10/2010 8:44PM

  Awesome!!! 3 miles straight through is terrific!!!

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CHANGE4HAPPY 6/10/2010 1:06PM

    I'm a little flattered (blush) that you think of me and Alyssa in the shower! LOL!
I'm so proud of you.
I have a 5K tonight and will be thinking of you and Alyssa.
It's amazing what we can do when we put our mind to it!

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