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Start of my daily check-in with goals

Monday, January 03, 2011

I firmly believe that taking this journey one day at a time will help me out further in the long run, and with that I will make sure I state my goals for the day, and then the next day put down how I did with that day's goals then stated. There will be a lot of goals; however, it is progress and NOT perfection, so if I don't hit all of them, that is okay. The more I do, though, the happier I will be and the clearer my mind, body, and soul.

My weekend went FANTASTIC! I am where I need to be. I am doing the right things, I am feeling bloody wonderful! I ate GREAT, I ran, I shoveled, and today I spun.

My goals for today:
emoticon emoticon1. The majority of my intake today will be freggies, proteins, fiber, and other yummy foods. I will be having whole grain spaghetti with marinara sauce for supper, but a smaller serving with a bigger side of broccoli and cauliflower.

emoticon emoticon 2. Drink water, water, water! No caffeine (on day 3 of no caffeine so far). I can have ONE can of Diet 7-Up.

emoticon emoticon 3. For exercise, spinning for 55 minutes plus strength training throughout the day including push-ups, crunches, lunges, squats, and supermans.

emoticon 4. Keep as busy as possible. When "bored" that is the time to either get out of the house to go window shopping with the family or stay home and clean or play with Kaylee.

emoticon 5. Go to bed by 9 p.m.

emoticon Wow, okay, so not that many goals. But, they all do take a lot of time. My main focus is to not be bored. Boredom for me breeds munching mindlessly on food, which adds up quick to a lot of extra calories!

Goal weight for WW: 163 pounds (fully clothed and at 5 p.m.). Last week's weight with them was 168.4 (ouch).

Goal weight for the Periwinkles (Biggest Loser team) is 161 pounds.

emoticonCountdown to Cancun: 60 days!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROOT4HOME 1/3/2011 5:48PM

    You've got a workable plan - emoticon!!!!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 1/3/2011 4:17PM

    Great goals! emoticon

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SADIESUE09 1/3/2011 3:34PM

    Great goals. emoticon

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    Having a schedule is half the battle.

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BLYNN710 1/3/2011 1:02PM

    Great Goals! You are going to rock this.

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NITELITE72 1/3/2011 11:03AM

    I think those are great goals! You don't need a million...and you covered pretty much everything. I can't wait to see Cancun pictures!!

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RAVENSONG37 1/3/2011 11:00AM

    I love your energy! It leaps off the screen!! Great goals for today!

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RDARLING 1/3/2011 10:56AM

    Great goals! Cancun in 60 days. SO JEALOUS!

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GRACEISENUF 1/3/2011 10:48AM

    Great goals and I agree boredom = munching for me as well. How exciting Cancun in 60 days away!!!!!!!!!

DH and I are of to see Mickey Mouse in southern Cali this Wed. (just a quick 3 day trip). I need to behave at the "Mouse House" and I am already planning on taking healthy snacks.

Have a GREAT day!

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My 2011 goals to be a better me :o}

Saturday, January 01, 2011

I'll be keeping this simple and to the point since I am so tired, but really want to get this done before the end of the first day of the year!

1. Lose 25 more pounds and/or just plan on getting to the weight that I finally become the most comfortable at.

2. Run as many 5K's as I can, get in as many 10K's, another half marathon, and my first marathon.

3. Wear more than 1 swimsuit this summer including at least a monokini if not the bikini I have right now.

4. Continue to spend as much time as I possibly can with my family.

5. Go back to school full time (pre-Pharmacy at UND) the fall of 2011.

6. Go on vacation to another country.

7. Take a stay-cation in August before school starts (for both me AND DH, who is a teacher).

8. Try new and exciting things to keep things fresh, such as Pilates, yoga, cross-country skiing in the winter, maybe start training for a triathlon this summer.

9. My main goal? Is to just be the best that I can be, and do the best that I can do. And to be proud of myself for that.

Happy New Year everyone!!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 1/3/2011 4:17PM


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BRENDY_28 1/2/2011 10:14PM

    great goals! :) good luck!

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CUPCAKE_LIL 1/2/2011 7:36PM

    I love your goals - especially to another country!

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LOVE_2_RUN 1/2/2011 7:03PM

    Great goals!!!!

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    Woohoo, here's to 2011 with lots of GREAT goals!

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SCRAPPYLADYV 1/2/2011 12:25AM

    Awesome goals!! You have come so far already that I have no doubt that you will attain them!

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PAMATX 1/1/2011 10:34PM

    Great goals! Run run run! Good for you!

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HHI0901 1/1/2011 10:02PM

    Number 9 will get you through all the other goals. I love it and am going to adopt it for myself ;) Thanks for your support and good luck this year! See ya around!

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ROOT4HOME 1/1/2011 9:33PM

    Great goals for 2011!!! emoticon emoticon

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MIECHI7 1/1/2011 9:02PM

    "Be the Best You Can Be!" ~ It's the most anyone can ask of themselves:) My son leaves next week for Army Basic training and I would love to go to his graduation in fourteen weeks many pounds less so he can be as proud of me as I am of him.

Great job Erin emoticon on your emoticon and for your 2011 goals!

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    Sounds like a great set of goals! Happy New Year!

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NITELITE72 1/1/2011 9:00PM

    You have such drive...I have no doubt that 2011 will be an amazing year for you!!

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RMAC Challenge Pictures/Restart?

Saturday, January 01, 2011

It has been about 3 weeks since I posted progress pictures for the bikini challenge. No excuses, just did not do them. I have gained about 4 pounds since the beginning of the challenge, and I can almost guarantee you there was no muscle gain! I have too many reasons to list here as to why my sense of purpose with this challenge is renewed (refer to 2011 goals list), but let's just say that I have been going strong the last few days and doing what I know I should be doing.

Here are the pictures:

I hope these turned out alright! I finally did a thing to get them side by side. I am now doing this pictures with a self-timer so they can be more consistent and I will work on consistent posing, also. Not seeing much positive change, but I more than expected that. I am not letting that get be down, as I know what I need to do, and as long as I continue doing that, my goals will be met!

Have a great day everyone ~


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PUPSALOT 1/5/2011 4:52PM

    I also gained. Just get back on the wagon and we can do it!

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    You can do this girl!

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MELLYBEANS0919 1/3/2011 12:50PM

    Way to go on rejoining the challenge! emoticon

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LORIBURKS1 1/2/2011 10:56PM

    That is soooo awesome you re-joined! Way to go's really hard to post pics after eating badly (I ate sugar, sugar and more sugar for 10 days) but nothing like accountability, right? (:

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ABETTERBECKY 1/2/2011 8:40PM

    Way to get back on track. I'm up today, and cannot figure out why today of all days my weight goes up. Refocus, plan and get it done. Great job!

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PIP103 1/2/2011 7:20PM

    Me too but by staying accountable and continuing to post, we'll be back on the right track in no time! Can't wait to see the differences in another week. We can do this!

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LOVE_2_RUN 1/2/2011 7:01PM

    I too gained over the past few weeks, and not muscle. Let's rock this challenge from here on out!!! What did you do to get your pics side by side? I'm still trying to figure it out.

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MUSICLVR2675 1/1/2011 9:01PM

    I'm in the same boat. Starting over is not failure. I think its great to refocus. Do what you gotta do girl but never give up ;)

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You Are Special.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

That's right, you. You are amazing. You are unique. You have all the abilities in the world. All of the opportunities laid out before you.

Now, those opportunities? What are you going to do about them? Are you going to shove them by the wayside? Work on them tomorrow? Get to them later? Yeah, because that has worked so well in the past.

And I am talking about ANY opportunity in this world. Because this world IS your oyster. There are so many people in this world who have accomplished things that you figure would have been IMPOSSIBLE to do! But, with determination, focus, the want, the need, the PASSION...that's how they got it done.

You have legs. You have arms, hands, lungs, heart. You have everything you need to do what you know in your heart of hearts you can do. Stop dreaming about doing them, and just do them.

Why are you special? Because you can write your own story. You can change the chapter. You can change the outcome! When you are looking back on this year to come, how do you want it to read?

What are you afraid of? What is stopping you? Is it fear of failure? Fear of being ashamed or embarrassed if you don't quite live up to such lofty expectations? Well, I'll tell you something right now. Who cares! Who cares if you fail? Do you think your mom...your dad, brother, sister, significant other, etc. would say you are a failure? If they do, they're not worth being a part of your everyday life. And need to start treating yourself with respect, and start looking at yourself in the mirror to see the rockstar you truly are!

Don't put off until tomorrow what can be done today, love. Just get up and do it. I know, I know...easier said than done. But, before you put your lovely head down to sleep, and you look back over your day, won't you feel so much better knowing you did this and did that, rather than mournfully reflecting on how you didn't do this, you didn't do that?

So, chin up, darling. Chin up, and be the best person YOU can be. You are worth it, and you know it.

Love, me.

P.S. This may be a letter to myself, or this could be a letter to YOURSELF. Or, I may be writing this letter to you. Does it matter? No. But you matter. Love yourself.

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TRIP2HAPPINESS 1/3/2011 11:11AM

    Love Love this blog! Said everything we NEED to hear! :)

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RAVENSONG37 1/3/2011 11:01AM

    Totally love this...and LOVE YOU!

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SCRAPPYLADYV 1/2/2011 12:45AM

    Thank's Erin!! We all need to remember this and just live our lives and be the best we can be.

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 12/30/2010 10:53PM

    Right back at you, Erin...for you , for me, for all of us. Well written.

Happy New Year to you, to me, to us all.


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LEAG0628 12/30/2010 9:29PM

    Thanks, Erin. Needed this today.
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THEHONESTME 12/30/2010 9:00PM

    Nice blog, Erin! I hope you reach all your goals in 2011 -- something tells me that won't be a problem for you emoticon Kathy

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PRICANSTINA84 12/30/2010 8:50PM

    this is great! thanks for sharing emoticon

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NITELITE72 12/30/2010 6:23PM

    LOVE THIS BLOG...GOOSEBUMPS!! Thank you for writing it - it applies!

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RLHOTAN 12/30/2010 6:22PM

    Back at you Erin!!! Have an awesome New year!!!

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NOT_BIG_BONED 12/30/2010 5:35PM

    You are absolutely right. Thanks for sharing.

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BLYNN710 12/30/2010 4:59PM

    I absolutely love this and it is very well said. I fully intend on stealing this to help me with my journey.

Thank You!!

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PINKBEANBOO 12/30/2010 4:30PM

    Love it!!

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    Love it!!! :) :)

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SGRAY478 12/30/2010 3:52PM

    Loved it!! You know who else is special? YOU!

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I love this!

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MINETTE19 12/30/2010 3:50PM

    this is a great blog :)

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_AIYANNA_ 12/30/2010 3:50PM

    Very well said, Erin. Your family and friends are very lucky to have such a positive and inspiring person in their lives :)

We can do it!!!

Elen xxx

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    This is the BEST blog! I printed it out to share! Thank you for writing it! YOU are amazing!!

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My year of 2010 in review

Thursday, December 30, 2010

So much has happened this last year. I wish I had started here earlier, that is for sure. I started my journey the month after my daughter was born in July 2009. I started here on April 9, 2010. So, though I have not been here a year, I will still go through my year in general.

What did I accomplish....?

~ On January 1, 2010, I weighed 239.6 pounds (my start weight in July/August 2009 was 286 pounds). My last weigh-in for this year was yesterday and I was 163 pounds. In the year of 2010, I lost 76.6 pounds (down a total of 123 so far).

~ On May 21, 2010, I did my first 5K with no training at all. I had been exercising, but I hadn't run (except for a "practice" run with my partner a few days before, which made me realize how freaking hard it was to run!!). I finished this first 5K at 36:42, which I was so proud of!

~ After realizing I could run and not hurt my foot (plantar fasciitis), I decided to start training, thus starting the C25K program!

~ I ran my second official 5K on July 4 and finished at 32:00. I shaved almost 5 minutes off my time!!!

~ Third official 5K on July 31. 30:15. Cowabunga!!!

~ On September 11, 2010, I ran a Huntington's disease 5K and PR'd. I ran this 5K in 29:15 and cried. Just cried.

During this time I was training for my biggest accomplishment yet. The half marathon. I hadn't run a race bigger than a 5K yet.

~ Potato Bowl 8K on September 17 with a time of 48:27 (5 miles). Yay! Feeling like a runner!

~ October 9, 2010. Half Marathon. Was I ready? Yes and no! But, I did it, and that day really changed my life and my perspective on what I can and cannot do (basically that I can really do damned near everything I really set my mind and focus on!). I ran that race for a time of 2:17:44. I shocked myself with that race, thinking I would be walking most of it. I pushed on, and pushed on. I walked only a handful of times for a short time each (mainly to drink water/Powerade).

What else did I do in 2010? I made a lot of friends on here. I gained self-confidence. I worked through self-esteem issues. I hit a plateau finally. And I'm still in that plateau, but I am still WORKING on it. I had many days of self-doubt, but came through and pushed on. I fell, and I got up, and that is all I can do.

Was 2010 my year? Maybe, but I don't think so. Or I think it was 2nd place in my life :o} I think 2011 is my year. And that blog will come shortly.

P.S. I would post pictures, of myself in January compared to now, but that will be a separate blog after the 1st of the year, a collage of pictures if you will :o}

Love you all, and thank you for all of your support and encouragement!!!


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ANDASI 12/31/2010 6:27PM

    You have done fenominal work ! I love that you cried.

I wish you wonderful things on youre continued journey !

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SGRAY478 12/31/2010 5:31PM

    You killed it in 2010!!
Can't wait to see what you accomplish in 2011!
Happy New Year Erin (hope you're surviving the blizzard!)

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ELYMWX 12/31/2010 5:27PM

    Happy New Year, and have an awesome 2011!

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CALIKIKI 12/31/2010 2:33PM

    Amazing progress!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 12/31/2010 8:56AM

    emoticon 2010 was a great year for you! Can't wait to see what is in store for 2011!

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BRENDY_28 12/31/2010 7:17AM

    So many accomplishments! way to go! have a great new year!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 12/31/2010 7:06AM

    Wow wow wow. I am truly impressed by you AND your times. That's amazing!

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MNGIRLIE 12/30/2010 10:17PM

    What a great recap of 2010! You've accomplished so much! You are such an inspiration!

You'll totally own 2011!

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PRICANSTINA84 12/30/2010 8:53PM

    wow, you've done great at your running!

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BRIAEL 12/30/2010 2:48PM

    I think the indicator of a life well lived is that each year is better than the last. Whether that is based on achievements, or whether it's personal development in the emotional/mental stakes in the years to come ... it's about being in a better place that allows you to grow.

Love seeing all that you've achieved this year, Erin. There's a lot of growth in all of us, just waiting for us to lose the weight and liberate our more confident sides.

Keep up the great work! :)

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MIECHI7 12/30/2010 11:34AM

    You are awesome, as well as all your accomplishments!!
2011 here we come!!
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KAITLYNSNAMMY 12/30/2010 11:26AM

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Happy New Year my friend!

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KAREBARE00 12/30/2010 10:55AM

    wow, that's amazing! :D

i ran my first 5k on thankgiving and it was exhilarating! i can't wait until it warms up again so i can train for other 5k's!

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RAVENSONG37 12/30/2010 10:15AM

    You have done awesome things woman and I cant wait to see whats next!

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ILIKECACTI 12/30/2010 10:15AM

    What an amazing year! Very inspiring!

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THISISFORME924 12/30/2010 10:14AM

    Your such a great inspiration!

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_AIYANNA_ 12/30/2010 10:11AM

    Wow!!! What a great year 2010 was for you, Erin!!! I'm so impressed that you have evolved so fast as a runner.

You are capable of so many things and you know it!!! I am sure that 2010 was just the first of many fun-filled years to come!!!

Keep up the great work and I'm truly proud to have you as a friend and role-model :)

Elen xxx

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BRANDI.FEY 12/30/2010 10:09AM

    What an amazing year! You're going to blow 2011 out of the water!

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TRAVELISMYGAME 12/30/2010 10:08AM

    Wow! Sounds like you had a fantastic year! Congrats!

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