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Monday, June 30, 2014

Well June is ending without the financial assistance to continue at the Y. But I will not let that deter me. I will continue working out at the Y until July 15th since that is paid for and will look for other options to continue participating with others in an affordable way. I need the support and motivation of others doing the same thing in order for me to maintain this momentum. Someone mentioned to me that Planet Fitness offers a monthly rate of $10 which is all I can afford, so I will look into that this week.

I want to have a plan for July that keeps me wanting to exercise and as surprised as I am about it, I think the gym atmosphere is what will do it for me.

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APPEALSTOME 7/17/2014 7:46AM

    I was sorry to read you only received a ten dollar discount on Y membership. Have you tried Planet Fitness? My friends gave up their private gym memberships for PF and like it. Have you looked into Spark teams in your area? My area has a exercise group that meets twice a week. We walk and exercise in mall in winter and beaches or park in summer. Trainers in my area use parks, etc for group work outs and agree belonging to gym is not necessary to exercise and stay fit. emoticon

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    I know you will make it work for you as did the Y. I wish you the very best and keep blogging.

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ROBEC4175 7/4/2014 11:06AM

    Debigene, I hope you find a good fit for your exercise routine. Being off mine this past week feels weird and I look forward to getting back to it next week.

You're doing an awesome job! Keep it up.

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IAM_HIS 7/2/2014 8:59AM

    Deb, you are a wonderful inspiration and motivator for me. I so enjoy you "Living a Simple Life" spirit and attitude. Thank you for this blog. Can't wait to hear about what door opens for you.

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8BALANCE8 7/1/2014 3:34PM

    I can totally relate to having an atmosphere where there are others working on their fitness. It's so much more motivating that doing it at home. Fingers, toes, eyes crossed that you find another gym that fits your pocketbook. Hugs, Cat

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Who'd a thunk it .......... def not me !!!!!!

Friday, June 27, 2014

WOW, I finally made a move !!! I can hardly believe that I am working out in a gym at the Y .... and I'm liking it !!!! I mean it I'm shocked !!! I even worked up a sweat for the first time tonight and enjoyed the excitement of watching it happen on the chart as I was cycling. I just want to keep this motivation going and the only way I can do that is if I get the financial assistance the Y has available for those that qualify. Otherwise I can not continue and I know that I will lose my motivation to exercise. I am enjoying it at the Y because there are other people around that are there for the same reasons as I am (like SP) and I do not have anyone to workout with at home. The videos do not do anything for me, I find it boring, and I do not like walking alone. I just want to have fun with others and the Y is doing that for me. So I am praying that the FA will be approved. I need to get this weight loss moving again and this is motivating me to stay more focused on my problem with portion control.

I will stay positive that things will work out. In the mean time I am getting my money's worth while I can. I only have until July 15th when my membership will have to end if I don't get approved so I have to make the best of it till then.

I just can't believe how much I am enjoying this when I thought I never would !!! I just don't want it to end.

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ROBEC4175 6/28/2014 10:52AM

    I hope you get good news on the FA. It's wonderful to hear the excitement in your posts when you're off to the Y or back from the Y. You're doing a great job and you should be very proud of all your efforts.

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8BALANCE8 6/27/2014 11:17PM

    Praying you get that special rate Debigene. So proud and happy you are so motivated and enjoying it so much. Keep on keeping on!!

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What the HEdoublehockeysticks went wrong ??????????

Saturday, June 14, 2014

WOW ..... can't believe May slipped away and now 1/2 of June is just about gone !!!

What's even more disturbing is that I haven't lost any weight that has made a difference. yeah I am still juggling that same 6 pounds that I just can't get rid of in order to inspire me to lose more. Worst of all I just don't know why? Well I mean I know why; it's because I am not in control of my portions mainly, but also because of too many occasional treats. What I mean by why is - why am I not in control of these things??? I used to be when I was losing weight regularly. I was so determined that nothing would get in my way of learning how to get healthy and it started with losing weight. As I did I became more confident and wanted to participate in having a social life ... in other words having fun again. Maybe I became to complacent?

I haven't been able to pin point where I strayed and why?

Is it because I got very comfortable with the weight i had loss since it made such a drastic difference, or was it all the compliments I was getting making me feel too confident, or is it because work has been going through a lot of turmoil that has effected everyone, could it be the price of everything has gone up and my pay check has not seen a raise in 4 years. I dare say that all of these have had some influence and probably others that I haven't even thought of yet !!!

Here I thought a plateau was something that only lasted a few weeks or months, not for me it's been 2 years that I've been juggling this 6 pounds !!! I will say that on the positive side at least I have been able to juggle it, I think that says something. I have learned to eat healthy and I recognize when I am not, I know I need to choose healthy eating AND exercise not one or the other and in this last 2 years I have added 15 minutes each day of walking and stair climbing as a regular part of my day. So knowing what I know tells me that 15 minutes each day has warded off those 6 pounds from becoming 12, and let me at least juggle them.

But that's not what I want to be doing !!!

Now that I have had this talk with myself and can see the words in front of me, I think I can put things into prospective now and move forward with a clearer vision of where I am going and how to get there.

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ROBEC4175 6/16/2014 12:26PM

    DG, I struggle with a lot of the same quandaries you are struggling with right now. I lose a few pounds and start to feel good and the next thing you know, I've gained a few back.

Over the weekend I was reading blogs and one woman wrote something that went something about pick your hard. It's hard to be fat, it's hard to be skinny, it's hard to be ... Anyway, you see the general idea; pick your hard and I just thought how right she was.

You've been doing really good with a weight loss two weeks in a row! Come on, push hard, YOU CAN DO IT!!!

I hope your app for the Y gets approved. You deserve it!

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GINILEE4 6/15/2014 7:06PM

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IAM_HIS 6/15/2014 5:26PM

    Yes, you can do it. Just sometimes it takes longer than we want. Keep emoticon

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MERRYMARY42 6/14/2014 9:38PM

    me too, but I too know that it is portion control and those sweets that I think are harmless. I have to shape up soon, or I will be back where I started

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April ..........

Sunday, April 27, 2014

My 60th birthday was terrific and full of good times spent with friends and family. After a long 5 years with the same old fat pic on my driver's license I finally got a new one and if I must say so myself it's a pretty good one.

Work has been busy and we received news that a raise is on the horizon for the fall .... FINALLY !!! That will def be a blessing long awaited. Depends on what it will be but I'd like to increase my retirement savings even if it's just 1%, just something !!!

I've managed to lose 3 pounds , then gain it back and then lose 2 again, so I am still a little behind in my 1 pound a month goal but I will work harder to make it happen in May, now that birthday celebrations are behind me it should be a bit easier.

Spring has finally sprung although we did have some unexpected snow mid month, but the days are getting longer and that will make being out doors in the evening after work more doable and enjoyable for a bike ride.

I'm making it a point to reach out to my friends in a personal way to let them know how much they mean to me. I don't want to go thru' the rest of my years not letting people know I love them and they are important to me, So I will be finding different ways to do this. It's important to me because they have all played an important pert in my life in one way or another. When my time comes to leave this earth I don't have anything to leave but my love so I want it known.

WOW turning 60 does have some effect huh? LOL !!!

Well I guess that's all till ......... May !!!!

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KASEYCOFF 5/23/2014 10:31AM

    I missed your birthday too, but hope it was not only a wonderful day - hope you have a real milestone of a year. Sixty's a Big Deal, thinks me.

As for people in your life, friends and family - sometimes you don't even need to have met someone face-to-face to know they are a good friend. emoticon

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MNDEBBIE1 4/28/2014 1:40PM

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MERILYNN1 4/27/2014 11:17PM

    I missed your birthday but my good wishes and prayers were there. I was 79 this month and can't imagine how or when this happened! I've been told that " accepting what is" is a progress - when I am proceeding but slowly! Best wishes to you!

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Waiting for Spring ...........

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Looks like I am really late with my February blog huh !!! Well better late than not at all I guess.

I know I am not alone in this comment but I'll say it anyway ..... I am so over this winter, cold, snow, sleet, and ice oh and did I mention the shoveling and still having to go to work in it all ?? But I know Spring is coming, it's on it's way. I know this because I hear the birds chirping in the morning, some days the temps are rising and today was daylight savings time. So all the signs are here .... so I am waiting !!!

Now about my healthy habits in Feb, well I think I am still a work in progress since I am still losing and gaining the same pounds over and over again. I'm still getting my exercise in just not enough I guess but there was no desire for me to go out once I get home in the dark and cold and the weather just took a toll on my mood and motivation. All I did when I came home was go on SP and motivate others and catch up with my SP friends. This by no means is a complaint because I love being an active member on SP it helps keep me accountable to myself and it works.

So I am looking forward to warm enough weather with an hour extra of daylight to take an evening walk during the month of March. Here it is already the 9th and I have enjoyed some extra walking this weekend, so things are looking up.

Come on Spring push winter away and let the sunshine in !!!

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VONBLACKBIRD 3/10/2014 3:04PM

    I'm ready for spring too. We have been having warmer temps now and loving it.

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CARRIE310 3/10/2014 12:49PM

    I am with you on this. We will keep pushing on. We can and will do this.

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MENNOLY 3/9/2014 9:10PM

    I am also ready for spring. Past ready in fact. Just to let you know when I list WATP as my cardio it is a Leslie Sansone video which I do in my family room. It is a power walking program which gets my heart rate up as high as 140 bpm. She has several videos on you tube and I will generally do either a 3 mile or 4 mile walk. If you search it on you tube you can see her in action. It is low impact cardio which is very important to me. Have a good evening!

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LJOYCE55 3/9/2014 7:22PM

  snowed here this morning. Made me want to crawl back into bed. Ugh!

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MNDEBBIE1 3/9/2014 7:21PM

    I have to agree with you. I am so over winter. Maybe we need to figure out a dance to get spring to come faster lol.


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