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Monday, July 09, 2012

Happy Monday!!! Mondays are great for me b/c I feel like if I get off track anywhere, I always get back on Monday morning. I got up and got completely dressed the last couple of days and it makes me feel so much better. I noticed when I got dressed for the wedding it made me feel better. So I set a goal to get up and dressed with make up plus all the other works in the mornings. I will leave the weekends for lounging days. I feel much more energized than the days when I don't have make up on and remain in what I call my "grungy" clothes. I like to dress what most would call "business casual". I just call it my norm.

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/10/2012 2:46PM

    Yay for a great start to your week! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 7/9/2012 7:11PM

    Happy Monday!
I find putting a bit of extra effort into my look boosts my mood too.

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MAMMER3 7/9/2012 7:00PM

    There is something to say about looking good and put together on the outside can make u feel good and put together on the inside!

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HEALTHY513 7/9/2012 6:43PM

  I always have the same problem when I'm off for the summer. Not only do I need to avoid the grungy clothes, I have to make myself a schedule and follow it. I can't handle being on my own, LOL.

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TERRIEHICKS 7/9/2012 6:12PM

    I have noticed I feel better about myself if I put a little make up on (I am a stay at home mom). I sometimes feel a little depressed because I do stay at home and I really do not need to but there are no good jobs out there right now plus I do not want to work for anyone!

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KATIEGARCIA 7/9/2012 6:07PM

    I agree about Mondays helping you get back on track...

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SP Virtual 5k

Saturday, June 30, 2012

emoticonI am tying up my running shoes. I joined the SP Virtual 5k Race.

Join with me, we can do it together emoticon

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TERRIEHICKS 7/1/2012 10:45PM

    It is way too hot in AZ to that right now. I want to do one in the winter when it is a little cooler. Good luck, tho!!


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ELISEL 7/1/2012 2:47PM

    Yup, I'm all signed up. Whoo hoo everyone!

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    Oh yeah, I did.

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SHEENADEE 6/30/2012 10:58PM

    I'm in!

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ZOORHO 6/30/2012 9:44PM

    I joined in too

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RUNNERRACHEL 6/30/2012 7:52PM

    Yay! See you at the finish line! emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 6/30/2012 7:48PM

    Yay! I am in too!!

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SHFELKEY 6/30/2012 7:26PM

    Way to Go, Jessica! You might win a prize for participating!!

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Wednesday Reflection

Wednesday, June 20, 2012


What is your weight today – the exact number not just how much you lost? :) UGH!!!! 180.0

Did you lose, gain, or maintain? Why?
I did really well this week and thought I would maintain, then the clues came and I realized TOM should be visiting today or tomorrow. I am really frustrated. I never used to gain with TOM until I lost most of my weight. Now, I seem to gain no matter what I do. I try avoiding sodium, drinking extra water, exercising more and stay really focused on eating healthy foods, yet I still seem to gain a day or two before TOM arrives. I hate using that as an excuse for a gain, but I really do not have any other explanation.

Are you ready for BOOT CAMP??? And ADMIRAL FRISKY120276????
YES, YES, YES DEFINITELY!!! I need the extra push to get back into a good routine. I have been really slacking with the move. To be completely honest, I would rather cuddle with my bf when he gets home from work instead of workout. He works 8pm to 8am three days a week and has night classes three nights a week. My plan is to start getting up an hour before he is due home to get my workout in, be showered and dressed before he gets home. Then I will be more apt to stay up. I have been working on getting up earlier. My schedule is just so off that it's going to take time. Goal: by next MONDAY, I will be up at 7am.

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HEALTHY513 6/20/2012 1:10PM

  Nice reflection, Jessica! I also didn't have TOM gain when I was at my high weight. Really it makes sense because you're already retaining excess fluid when you're routinely eating unhealthy foods in large portions. Thus explains the really large drop we see when we first get on track and clean our systems out. But you've been eating clean for a long time, so you do notice the hormone-influenced fluid retention.

Keep up the good work!

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My schedule is changing

Monday, June 11, 2012

I have noticed that I seem to be falling into a sleep in and go to bed late routine. I knew my schedule would change a bit as I have moved in with night owls. My bf works three nights a week 8pm - 8am and has classes from 6pm-10pm three nights a week. I am so conflicted. Part of my says I am wasting my day in bed, the other says "as long as you get 8 hours your day can run at different times than you are used to." All honesty, I am in bed by about 11:30. I'm' just used to being in bed between 8:30 and 9.

I will adjust, it just takes me time telling myself that changing my sleeping pattern by a few hours is okay. I will still have time to get things done...I think that is my biggest problem. When I wake up, I feel like there is so much I should have been doing instead of sleeping. So weird for me. I grew up on a farm, so I just always got up early in the morning. Now it's mid-morning. I will get it all figured out. I needed to rant for a bit.

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TERRIEHICKS 6/11/2012 9:19PM

    You will adjust to the new schedule. It will just take a little time to get used to it.

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ROXYZMOM 6/11/2012 4:46PM

    You will adjust, you are working on the art of compromise as a "couple". It's worth it :)

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 6/11/2012 4:09PM

    Remembering we all have seasons. This is your sleep a bit later in the day season emoticon

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RHEYNKLW 6/11/2012 1:23PM

    I think you are totally fine as long as it really is becoming a new *pattern*, not just arbitrarily switching between staying up late/sleeping in and going to bed and waking up early.

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Reflection Wednesday - BLC19

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Every Wednesday this round will be called REFLECTION WEDNESDAY, and we will have the same QOTD. The goal of REFLECTION WEDNESDAYs is to help us stay accountable! So please make an effort to answer the QOTD every Wednesday! Here it is…

Assess your progress so far this round.

What is your weight today? Did you lose, gain, or maintain? Why? What have you done well? What could you have done better? What changes will you make so that you can be more successful during the rest of this round?
**Even with TOM this week I have been able to maintain. This better than the last few months where I gained each month during this time. I have been getting 40+ minutes of exercise in every day this week. I am back to my old (newer) self and have remained quite active through out my days. I have also gotten back to tracking my food intake. This is something that I really began to slack on. I think it is very important to at least journal, as it helps me stay focused. I may not necessarily be recording in my Sp tracker, but I'm writing it down and very aware of what I am eating. I have also gotten back into drinking 10+ cups of water every day. My plan for the rest of the round is to continue tracking my food intake and aiming to stay quite active every day. I also need to continue spending time on myself every day.

Are you still streaking? If you joined more than one streak, which streaks have you been able to keep alive? Steps? 20 cardio minutes? Vegetables? Tracking? Please post a goal met icon for each of the streaks you are still keeping alive!
****Yes, I'm still streaking. 20+ minutes 6+ days a week; journaling my food; drinking my water.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 5/25/2012 3:59PM

    I like your log in name.

Keep Sparking!


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