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Getting a bit sidetrackedÖ

Tuesday, May 27, 2014


However not derailed; I think I knew going into this that I was going to have hurdles and that things were going to slow down. I have learned so much since February, like how to take small steps and not expect miracles. I have learned that every day is important and that you can make a mistake or make a poor choice but it doesnít have to ruin the whole plan. I have also discovered that it is really hard to track food after a while. It gets tedious and boring but in the same sense I have learned how much to eat and how to make the best choices at a restaurant and that exercise is important but you donít have to kill yourself to get healthy and lose weight. All the small changes that I have made and all the things I have learned are adding up to a 30 lb. weight loss today even with distraction I have been moving toward my goal. I look in the mirror and I see the changes and I know where I am headed and I am looking forward to getting there but I know that it will take time, lots more time but not forever. And getting a bit sidetracked along the way isnít going to undo all the good that I have already doneÖ

  
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MOJO0607 5/27/2014 10:28AM

    Great job...keep up the great work, and more importantly, the spot on perspective.

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GOOSIEMOON 5/27/2014 9:55AM

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JAROL7 5/27/2014 9:47AM

    I LOVE the SP Nutrition Tracker. It is the foundation of any plan.

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The hare and the tortoiseÖ

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The hare and the tortoiseÖ

I have a problem. You remember the story of the tortoise and the hare right? Well I am the hare. As sad as I am to admit it I like to hurry up and get things done quickly so that I can be done and take a nap. I am learning that with weight loss it really is no difference. I am inpatient and I want to SEE results right now. I donít care that the number on the scale is changing I want to fit into smaller clothes and see my body shrinking to a smaller, healthier, size and I want it now. I started this journey thinking that it would just start to fall off and that I would be skinny again before I knew it and the sun would shine and I would be happy crossing the finish line really fastÖ.

Well, I really need to learn how to think like the tortoise. Because, letís face it, that guy is smart. He is just taking it one day at a time and one step at a time and no matter how long it takes he is happy with the results and happy along the way. And he isnít expecting miracles or instant gratification because in weight loss those things just donít work out. There are no quick fixes and no magic pills. I know that much already. So I have just jumped in with both feet and took off from the starting line like the hare and now here I am outta steam and my momentum is faltering.

It really is only a matter of time before perspective changes and that tortoise passes me up and I just jump up and start running again to try and win the race but we all know how that story ends. The tortoise crosses the finish line first because the hare is just too willing to slow down and take a nap. That is how I feel about my motivation and momentum right now, they are taking a nap. I have lost an amazing amount of weight so far, 25 pounds. That is something to be proud of because I have never made it so far in the past. And as happy as I am to be in this race, I really wish I could find the perspective of the tortoise so that I can just plug along day after day until I cross the finish line and feel happy about my progress along the way.

I am not giving up this time like I have in the past. I will not stop trying to reach that finish line I can see it too clearly now. I just wish it wasnít so easy to lose momentum and motivation along the way. I am off to a really strong start so why am I faltering? I know what I want so why am I losing momentum?

I have a problem. You remember the story of the tortoise and the hare right? Well I am the hare. As sad as I am to admit it I like to hurry up and get things done quickly so that I can be done and take a nap. I am learning that with weight loss it really is no difference. I am inpatient and I want to SEE results right now. I donít care that the number on the scale is changing I want to fit into smaller clothes and see my body shrinking to a smaller, healthier, size and I want it now. I started this journey thinking that it would just start to fall off and that I would be skinny again before I knew it and the sun would shine and I would be happy crossing the finish line really fastÖ.

Well, I really need to learn how to think like the tortoise. Because, letís face it, that guy is smart. He is just taking it one day at a time and one step at a time and no matter how long it takes he is happy with the results and happy along the way. And he isnít expecting miracles or instant gratification because in weight loss those things just donít work out. There are no quick fixes and no magic pills. I know that much already. So I have just jumped in with both feet and took off from the starting line like the hare and now here I am outta steam and my momentum is faltering.

It really is only a matter of time before perspective changes and that tortoise passes me up and I just jump up and start running again to try and win the race but we all know how that story ends. The tortoise crosses the finish line first because the hare is just too willing to slow down and take a nap. That is how I feel about my motivation and momentum right now, they are taking a nap. I have lost an amazing amount of weight so far, 25 pounds. That is something to be proud of because I have never made it so far in the past. And as happy as I am to be in this race, I really wish I could find the perspective of the tortoise so that I can just plug along day after day until I cross the finish line and feel happy about my progress along the way.

I am not giving up this time like I have in the past. I will not stop trying to reach that finish line I can see it too clearly now. I just wish it wasnít so easy to lose momentum and motivation along the way. I am off to a really strong start so why am I faltering? I know what I want so why am I losing momentum?

I suppose now it the time I look at my first list of goals and my reasons for starting this journey so that I can get back my motivation and my momentum and continue a journey that will change my life for the better...

  
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MERRYMARY42 4/23/2014 6:58PM

    it seems like the more I try, the more I stay the same, but everyone tells me, I am replacing fat with muscle, emoticon personally I would like to see a change on the scales too,

I guess we are all more like the hare in this instance.

Good luck, it will happen.

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MLHAYES17 4/23/2014 5:23PM

    I am like you also I want it right now but reality is for me the soonest would be Christmas and probably more like January or Feburary. So I know how you feel. We just cant quit is the key. emoticon emoticon

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NIKKICOLE83 4/23/2014 5:12PM

    I do remember that story, and unfortunately, I am also like you. I want the instant gratification and I want to be done with dieting and exercise and just be thin already. I am just now picking up the mindset of the tortoise after being on my "official" weight loss journey for nearly two years. I really had some momentum for about 15 months and these last 8 months, I have "taken a nap". Unfortunately, I woke up 18 pounds heavier. Now I am really trying to respect the process and focus on the habits that create weight loss.

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Finally Physical Therapy!!

Friday, April 11, 2014


I have been waiting for several weeks to start physical therapy for some pain I have been in for several months before I started trying to get fit. It turns out that my lack of flexibility has created some problems with my fitness routine.
I have inflammation in my lower back and severe inflammation in my piriformis on the left side and beginning to feel it on the right now as well. On top of that I have severe weakness in my hips so that will be dealt with as well. Here is hoping that I am successful with this round of physical therapy and that I will be able to exercise the way I can picture myself moving instead of what my body allows.
So for about 6 weeks I will be exercising for only 5 days a week instead of 6 and doing physical therapy 1 day a week with Joy.
Joy is awesome and she helped me to regain stability and balance in my core so that I could reach a point where I was able exercise again. This is going to be a long road but unlike before I can actually see how well it will turn out if I follow the plan.

As a side note for people who are curious my physical therapist told me that a lot of knee and ankle pain is from having weak hip muscles. So if you are like me and struggling with pain in these areas you can try hip strengthening exercises and donít forget to stretch, donít forget that flexibility is so very important.

  
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Things that get me off my butt and exercising

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

#1 I want to feel better/stronger/fitter and moving helps me feel all of those things. Days go by and I get into a nice flow and then rest day gets here and I'm bummed I have to actually take a day off. That's how I measure what good this exercise habit is doing for my body.

#2 clothes!! I really love how jeans used to fit when I was fit. I want to be able to walk into any store and buy cute fashionable clothes. Currently I'm limited to a few places and frankly I don't much care for the styles within those limitations. Exercise will help me fit into a smaller size and some better style.

#3 I want to show my children how important it is to make heLthy choices. They see me get in a work out and eat healthy and drink water and sleep then they are more likely to make the same changes.

#4 sitting on my butt all day being lazy makes my body hurt and my mind depressed. I have injuries to my spine and pain radiates out from there and makes me feel miserable. But if I get up and go for a walk I feel better and I feel less pain. I also feel like I'm in a better mood. So yeah exercising is like pain and anti anxiety meds all in one easy do anywhere fix

#5 self esteem is higher. I am really liking the changes that I see in the mirror. I actually can feel some muscle forming and I feel better about what I see in the mirror. I am working on shaping my body as well as my body image into something I feel good about.

  
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13UST_IT 4/10/2014 10:04AM

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Taking the weekend ĎOFFí

Monday, March 31, 2014

Well sort of. I spent Saturday and Sunday doing what I wanted to do rather than worrying about tracking my food or measuring my portions and counting calories. I took a break. I think I needed one. I have been very good about sticking to my calories and making sure that I donít eat too much. And exercise. OMG Saturday I tried a new Firm DVD that KICKED MY BUTT literally! I am still sore. Saturday I had healthy meals and snacks and didnít eat anything crazy or go overboard I just didnít measure or track everything. We went out to eat at my favorite restraint where I was hoping to get a nice gluten free cheeseburger but I somehow ordered a bison burger on a dry bun and skipped the fries. (WHAT?!?!) I was looking at my 3 year old cheese burger with envy. Next time I will get it right LOL. It was good and was only missing the cheese. Sunday we did yard work and hung pictures on the walls (finally we moved in like a year ago) oh, I ate cookies. A couple too many but they were good. So my weekend off was mostly good. My eating wasnít perfect but I did get to recharge and not lose track of what I am doing and why. I think itís important to take a day or two and just let go otherwise I might end up eating the whole box instead of just a few too many cookies LOL. I think for my next break I will definitely order cheese on my burgerÖ

  
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SOON2BCOURTNEY 3/31/2014 3:53PM

    I think we all need a break from time to time. Thursday I was sick, and had a really stressful day so I ordered a pizza and opened a bottle of wine. All things in moderation. As long as you get yourself back on track and a break doesn't last for too long I think it is actually a good thing

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