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Sunday, December 09, 2012

What a first week it was for me. I'm actually doing 2 challenges at once. First I started Power 90 and then I joined a 100 squats per day challenge.......both on December 1st....what was I thinking? LOL It's been going good so far, a little sore, but still good. Tony is really trying his best to kick my butt, BUT (LOL) I'm determined not to let that happen. It says in the booklet that you CAN workout on the 7th day but you don't have to, which was Friday for me. Yeah, you know it, I didn't LOL. Maybe when I get past the first month I'll pick up an extra day or 2 a month. But for the time being, I was MORE than happy to take that 7th day as my rest day. For some odd reason though, I actually felt bad about not doing Power 90. I can't say I didn't workout at all because I did still do my 100 squats that day. Kinda weird how you look forward to your rest day but then when it comes around, it sort of makes you feel guilty. I can tell you I did feel that way, but not enough that I forced myself to do it LOL!!!

Oh, also, I did my week 1 weigh in..........4 pounds!!!! I knew I was hungrier than usual. When I tell you I eat all day long, I really mean it. Every 2-3 hours I'm shoving something down my gullet LOL. It's not like candy or cake or anything like that, more like granola or fruit or even a Special K bar.....mmmmm those are scrump-diddly-uptous. If I lacked a little more self control, I could easily eat the whole dang box LMAO!!!! Why do they make them so yummy? I hate you Special K bar people!!!!! How dare you tease people like that. grrrrrrrrrr

Anyways, I would consider my first week back on the wagon a successful one. Hope everyone had a great week........now back to work!!!! LOL

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The long road to recovery

Monday, December 03, 2012

Well my personal challenge started December 1. The first thing I did was tighten up on my eating. I'm trying something called eating cleaner. I don't think I'm going to fully succeed at it because there's that little piece of me that still screams, "WTF do you think you're doing? Where's my refined sugar?". But I figure it this way, at least I'm trying to make some things better for myself. It's about removing processed foods from your diet, and is supposed to be one of the healthiest ways of eating and also to assist in weight loss and body maintenance. I know you can't change a tiger's stripes, but honestly, how difficult can it be to try. I think I already eat somewhat clean now. I wouldn't go as far as saying it's going to happen overnight, or even at all, but all of us warriors can do it try their hardest.

Today was day 3 of hell, ummm I mean Power 90. That Tony Horton is a beast. I have P90X and watched it........that was all, watched. I said to myself, "self, you are SOOOOOO dreaming. What in the world is he doing? That's actually an "exercise" move? PFFT as if you can do that" . So myself and I consulted and came up with the lesser of the two evils......Power 90. It kinda falls in between his 10 Minute Trainer and P90X, which might I add are at totally opposite ends of the spectrum. It has some of the moves that are in P90X but not to the extreme. I do have to say though, you're still going to have to bring your beast mode. This isn't for the faint of heart or the "tryers". This is a bring-it-on type program and I'm vowing to finish it. Granted it's only day 3 of 90, but hey, you've gotta give yourself to something right? And instead of giving myself to food, once again, I'll give it to Tony Horton LOL.

With that, I bid everyone a good night and healthy tomorrow.
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A New Beginning

Friday, November 30, 2012

Ok so, September 2011 I started a weight loss challenge at work and won, losing 75 pounds by the end of February 2012. Briefly touching on Feb-Aug I found a lump in my neck that was diagnosed as thyroid cancer. Aug 27th, I had a total thyroidectomy. Here we are 3 months later and I've regained 15 of my lost pounds. Who knew that my minimally working thyroid was still trying to do what it was supposed to.....I knew I shoulda kept it LOL.

Anyways, Monday Nov 26th, I started to change that. I lost all those pounds and vowed not to find them again. But low and behold I found 13 of them.......WAAAY better than most all of them LOL. So I started working out and getting a little stricter on my eating.

I've never told anyone how much I weighed before my challenge last year, including my husband of 20 years. He knew how much I was losing each week, but I never had the courage to tell him my starting weight. One day we're driving to my sisters and I asked him if he wanted to know. He said it didn't matter because I didn't weigh that anymore, but if I wanted to tell him I could. So chicken little that I am, I told him and hid my eyes. I could see the surprise on his face but said that it still didn't matter.

So here I am again, facing the scale. Since I was so embarrassed to tell anyone last time (because of how much I weighed), I will tell everyone who will listen that on Monday when I started my personal challenge, I weighed in at 271 pounds. I know it's a far cry from Miss America but I don't care because I don't want to be her, I want to be me. If that means I'm chubbier than the person standing in line next to me or the mother of 43 kids that weighs 95 pounds soak and wet......then so be it. My goal is to get healthier and hope that my clothes fit better in the long run.

Have an awesome day!!!!

Leanne :-)

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FLCRACKER6171 12/3/2012 4:45PM

    Oh thank you all so very much for your kind words. It means a great deal to me that I have the support I need, especially after the tramatic last few months. I knew when I came back, I would be greeted with open arms and warm hearts. You all are more of an encouragement to me than you can ever think.

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TERRIH8118 12/1/2012 11:39PM

    Very brave. You know how to do what you need to do. and you'll achieve all that you want, have faith in yourself.


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ITSMATT 12/1/2012 10:43AM

    I am encourage by your brave spirit and your positive attitude.

Weight loss is hard, of course.

It takes a committed, concerted effort to take off the weight and a committed, concerted effort to keep it off.

The brain's got a lot of reinforced habits - what I call "brain programs" - that will activate when cues happen - a smell, a place, a setting, when there is stress... whatever - and the hard part is having a way to combat that and not do the default thing. My most famous (LOL) and detrimental one is the cue that fires every afternoon - EVERY AFTERNOON - when I pass the Wawa convenience store where I've stopped - and I counted this because I keep all my receipts - 67 times this year and purchased a large soft pretzel and two bags of licorice. That's a LOT of bad choices made without any real thinking. See what I mean?

The great news is that you are strong. Stronger than you think.

And you're a VERY brave person.

I like that you're husband said what he did - it absolutely doesn't matter what you were yesterday or last year.

Today is a new day.

And hey...

Make it a great day!

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EUEK098 11/30/2012 5:30PM

    You're brave, and you've been on this journey, and know the ins and outs, you got this.

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JANEMARIE77 11/30/2012 3:49PM

    Good for you and good luck

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I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! what a whirlwind of emotions today. I weighed in today because I started vacation as soon as I punched out and won't be back until Tuesday and I REALLY REALLY REALLY wanted to know where I stood with my weight going into Christmas. SOOOOOOOO as usual, I had to go it alone today. I go out on my weekly trek to the scale at work. I stopped and said a little prayer and a thank you for my progress before I stepped on. I take that leap and.................... 283 ............. that's 3 pounds .............. AND making my 50 goal!!!!!!!! OH-MY-GOODNESS is all I can seem to say. I am just so beside myself with my progress and my goal success. I said it before and I'll say it again, it's so very surreal. I knew I have been doing good but not 50 pounds in 4 months good. My goal was 50 and hoping for 30 but got 50 anyway. I can't wait to tell EVERYONE at Christmas!!!!! I might even have a small sliver of pie since I skipped it at Thanksgiving. We'll see how brave I am when that time comes LOL.



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AGASSIFAN 12/23/2011 11:13AM

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Can't wait until you join me in the ONE club!!!!...and I KNOW you will do it!!!!

Merry Christmas...

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FLCRACKER6171 12/22/2011 6:08PM

    Thank you everyone for you comments. It's nice to know there is so much support out there by so many people who don't know you.

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MSPRIS3 12/22/2011 12:52PM

    50 pounds, AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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BAKER1009 12/22/2011 10:51AM

    That's emoticon!! Keep up the great work!
Happy Holidays!

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READY2CHNGE 12/22/2011 10:42AM

    That is WONDERFUL!!! You should be very proud of yourself. Maybe it's time to buy a new outfit for your accomplishment!


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HDHAWK 12/22/2011 10:40AM

    emoticon What a great accomplishment!

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EMMANYC 12/22/2011 10:33AM

    Congratulations. You should be very proud of yourself.

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BRANDI.FEY 12/22/2011 10:01AM

    Great job! Congratulations!

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YOOVIE 12/22/2011 9:45AM

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C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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ASHL_84 12/22/2011 9:45AM

    emoticon you're doing AMAZING!!!!!! Congrats!

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MSBLT82 12/22/2011 9:36AM

    congrats on 50 lbs!!

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P0KERS0PH 12/22/2011 6:24AM

    emoticon That is awesome!!

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HJFOGARTY 12/21/2011 9:28PM

    way to go!!! that is so great! and I say have a small sliver and then go for a walk - you will enjoy the treat and the walk will allow you to not feel guilty for enjoying it. you are such a great inspiration - enjoy your Christmas completely and wear your smile proudly - you have done the work towards better health and it is showing! take care of you! but most of all - ENJOY

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almost there....

Friday, December 16, 2011

Well everyone it's not Thursday but that's okay. I was off yesterday on my normal weigh-in day. I've been doing my weigh-ins all by myself for the past few weeks because of miscellaneous reasons by my fellow challengers. That's ok because I can concentrate more and work harder than they can imagine. I much rather not have them know my progress until the end and then, WHAM-O!!!, they get hit with my awesome loss.

Anyway, I got on the scale and it said 286. That's 3 more pounds for a grand total of 47. OMG I only need 3 more pounds to reach my goal by the end of the year, and I still have 2 weigh-ins left. That's an average of 1.5 pounds a week and I'm certain I can do that. I'll just have to workout harder, eat smarter than I already do, ride longer, lift heavier. I'll have to get sweatier and stinkier than normal; well you get the general picture (I wish it were that easy).

I just can't believe how far I've come in such a short time. I have lost a whole kid worth of weight. I often think about my weight loss and how my 6 year old niece weighs 42 pounds. Sometimes it's surreal. I often want to pinch myself to wake up from this fairytale, but I know pinching yourself hurts and I'm not that desperate to wake up LOL!!!!!

My short term goal was 50 pounds by the end of the year but my long term goal is to get back to 175 pounds. That leaves me 111 pounds to go. You know, I'd even settle for 185-190 pounds as long as I was healthier and stronger, I would be happy. Heck I'd be happy not to be in the "M.O." category anymore.......(sigh).

I can see my future ahead of me, and I'm almost there.....


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