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May 12, 2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Got 2 prompts today to blog so thought I should listen. January and February were pretty slow months for me in terms of weight loss; basically just held steady. In March I finally got some get up and go. I definetely react to the seasons and need to remember this. Started working out a lot more and finally started really dropping some of those pounds I had gained. I'm back in my goal range. (I have a 5 lb range I try to stay in. That keeps me from going crazy over little fluctuations but mindful of when to pull it back in). I want to hit that goal weight (the lowest end of that range). I want to SEE it. It keeps me motivated. I got a Wii Fit Plus for Mother's Day and My Fitness Coach 2. Really fun to work with. Neither is a full workout for me but it has been motivating and I am definetely getting in some extra calorie burn playing games with the family. My challenge now is to keep the fitness going over the summer with the kids being home. Just have to find ways to work it in.

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SHAKENMA 5/12/2010 9:31PM

    I love my Wii! You're right it's a good way to get some exercise and fun in with the kids.

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Jan 3, 2010

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Wow, I didn't blog for the entirity of 2009. That's pretty sad. Didn't post for the bootcamps I did. Didn't even post when I hit my 2 year spark-aversay. This is pretty indictive of how the year has been. I've been here (on SP) all along. Log in most days. But the level of activity has really fallen off. Food tracking the past few months has been sparatic at best. Busy-ness is up and exercise is down. I think I fell off the wagon at the end of summer and I keep trying to climb back up but just haven't been able to stay onboard. I ended the year a full 10plus pounds over my goal weight. Thru December I focused on just trying to stop the damage and get some healthy habits in place during the crazy and stressful holidays. I am ready to get back the energy and focus I had before and those healthy habits. I am reading The Spark, which has already highlighted for me some of the things I need to do to help. 1) Help others. Before I was participating more in the community here on SP and I have totally dropped that. Encouraging others keeps me motivated. 2) Streak. I bought a little calendar to track my streaks to motivate me to keep it going. I think this visual will really help. 3) Vision. I need to refocus on my goals. While the scale is a good, easy way to measure, its reading is not my ultimate goal. The goal is a healthy body. I need to re-do (and post) a vision collage as this will help keep me focused on that goal and be motivating. With the kids back in school I can work on that this week. I know that with the synergy effect I can get where I want to go with these things in place. This is just a little bump, an new hill to climb, on my lifelong journey. But with everything I have achieved and learned I can get where I want to be.

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NATALEKKU 5/12/2010 11:56AM

    I hope that you were able to conquer this hill or are on your way to the top of it! You can do it!

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One Year

Thursday, October 02, 2008

So I realized the other day that I have been on SP for one year. emoticon My life has changed so much in that time. I reached my goal weight and have maintained for over 6 months now. emoticon I have bounced a bit but I have a range that I set and I have not gone over that. I feel really confident that I can keep it off - my fear has always been maintance so that confidence is really huge for me. I am definetely not as gung-ho as I was; it is much harder to some days to keep everything going. But I do seem to be finding that balance of enjoying life and maintaining the healthy habits. Some weeks I excercise with much vigor, some I just eek out the bare minimum. Same with eating. Sometimes the healthy habits seem like a natural part of life and others it is such a struggle. I keep hoping that it will become natural and I won't have to think it thru so much - doing a mental count of my daily calories before choosing a snack - but I am not sure that it will. Food is always there and I do love to eat!! emoticon But overall the goal is always there and I find a way to get back to the plan. It is worth it - I am worth it!

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ETHEL_MERMAID 10/30/2009 11:03AM

    Congratulations! You're handling the most difficult phase of weight loss so competently. Continued good luck with this endeavor, and thanks for sharing your strategy!

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AMOSLA 10/4/2008 9:19PM

    Wow a year. That seems so incredible. I am so looking forward to maintenance. Please stick around long enough for some of us to make it to where you are. We can start a maintenance ohio team- It'll be fun! I want to believe that this will not always be such a struggle.

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EUGENERUGOSA 10/3/2008 10:08AM

    Congratulations! You are an inspiration for all of us!


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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

I am still here and doing pretty well. I hit my goal and actually have gone under it. A few months ago I told some friend I was excited because I had just bought that dream size. Well, I am now in the size that whenever anyone told me they were that size I wanted to punch them. Two years ago I honestly did not think it was physically possible to be the size I am now. The other day I was with a couple other moms and became aware of how skinny they are - and then realized that I am no longer the big one.

Another realization I had the other day was that I CAN do a forward bend - I can touch my toes! My flexibility still needs a lot of work but I am making progress and that feels good.

I have been doing the SP swimsuit bootcamp. I haven't been super succussful at the working out everyday thing, but I think I have stepped it up a bit. It has been a good change.

Of course we are going on vacation in a couple weeks. This is going to be a major challenge, but DH and I have both committed to making time for exercise. We will be doing some hiking and such so it won't be too bad. I think my biggest succuss is the confidence I feel that I CAN and WILL get back on track.


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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

I am ALMOST at goal. I came within half a pound but then slid back up. Its OK because I set my goal so that I had a range to stay within and I have, which feels good with everything that has been going on. I do want to see the scale hit that number just for the psych boost and that is keeping me going right now.

It has been a really hard few weeks, especially last weekend and this week is going to be just as bad. Trying to remotely stay on track when you are stuck in another town in a stressful family situation and eating out non-stop is pretty close to impossible. I am just happy I didn't completely blow it. Which brings me to my good habits - and how I really have changed my life. In the past I would have just given up and not even tried to eat healthy, or felt guilty. This time I did make some efforts and did keep a head count on where I was. When I made bad choices I was fully aware of what I was doing, but I knew I could - and WOULD - get back on track. More importantly, I really made the effort to get some exercise in. By no means did I get my usual, but I made it a priority and worked to get something in, which is an amazing change for me.

So where do I want to be? Really, I want to stay about where I am. I just want to keep going - to work this maintance thing and keep this great new figure. I want to work my abs to find my curve again (who knew you could lose 50#s AND lose your curve?). I also want to work on my flexibility. I want to make better use of our Y membership and get that confidence up to take an aerobics class. And I want to hike this summer. Those are my goals.

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SALDRU 3/13/2008 6:45AM

    You came this far, the rest should be a breeze. Congratulations on everything you've accomplished especially, the realization that you will meet your goals. Isn't that half the battle?

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