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Pushing myself

Friday, April 11, 2008

As anyone who knows me or reads my blog knows, I'm really not all that into exercise. As a matter of fact, I hate it.

Yesterday was the first truly Spring day we had in NY. Temps were relatively warm and I finally felt better. In the morning I decided to walk around the nearby lake. I love doing that so much more than getting on the treadmill and as a bonus it's an extra mile longer. So, not only did I walk the three miles around but I broke my previous time record and did it in 49 mins. Not bad!

Later that day, after taking my son to the Dr. he asked to go to Burger King. We hardly ever eat fast food but he wanted a chicken sandwich (we don't eat red meat) and was starving, so I said OK. We went, he got his food and he ate it on the way home. When we got home he said, "Ya know mom, it's not good to eat fast food and as an athlete I need to burn it off. Let's take our bikes and ride around the lake."

I told him I had already been around the lake but would ride with him and wait while he went around. So, we rode over and pass the first bench and I said, "No, next one." So we continued and passed another bench and again I said, "No, next one." Well, you can see where this is going.

Yes, I made it around the lake on the bike. Another three miles plus the 1/2 mile ride to and from our house. That's 6 1/2 miles in one day!!!!

I slept really well last night LOL!!! Wonder why? hahaha

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FOODFROMAFAR 4/12/2008 9:07AM

    That's wonderful, Gayllynne! And I know you made one boy happy, too! An added bonus!!!

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GIRLINMOTION 4/11/2008 7:39PM

    And I bet your son had a great time because you spent quality time with him. Now that is a great day!

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JLITT62 4/11/2008 9:47AM

    What an exellent day you had!

It's funny, too, because I was just thinking this morning -- if I just get off my butt more (and I do exercise regularly, but so many of my hobbies are sedentary) -- I bet I'd sleep great all the time. Most of the time I do, but sometimes I have trouble.

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DORY.A 4/11/2008 8:46AM

    Exercise comes in many forms we forget we enjoy... including bike rides with our kids! Glad you got your exercise in... and yes, it does help with a great night's sleep!

WTG! Keep up the good work and you'll be leaving this stinkin' 150sville soon enough!!!!

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CLASSYLADYMAY 4/11/2008 8:43AM

    Wow Good for you!!!!! see you can do it.. and had your son to help you too!!! i think exercise has to be a habit.. i never liked it much either i love lifting weights thou so i do that but i do get on treadmill almost every day . its a habit and i feel so much bettewr mentally and sleep better as you so try it try to do what you can each day and soon you will want to do it! hugss Geri

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Monday, April 07, 2008

Yesterday I decided to get into my closet and get rid of some clothes. I figured if I haven't worn it in a decade it can go. :) I grabbed a pair of jeans out and looked at them and then at the inside tag. Hmmmm size 10.

I decided to pull them out and I left them on a chair in the bedroom. Today after my workout and shower when I got home from work, I looked at them and decided to give them a try. I am currently wearing size 12's and they are literally falling off me.

One leg in.....the other leg in and OMG, they went up. I tried to close them but no luck. I need another inch or so but I was thrilled. I took them off and put my baggy jeans back on.

For the heck of it I took out my glasses and looked at the tag in the other jeans again. OMG!!! They weren't 10's. They were 8's!!! Yes, I got on size 8 jeans. Still not ready to wear them but they went up!!!!

Hooray!!!!! In about a month or two I'm going to be wearing them and in a month after that I plan on being here complaining about how baggy they are!!!

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BARCINTL 4/8/2008 9:16PM

    You're right--they'll be baggy before you know it!!

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DORY.A 4/8/2008 12:52PM

    WTG!!!!!! What a great feeling it is to get into those "old" things we hold onto but always wonder if we'll get back into!

Well done! Congrats to you!!!!!!!

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GIRLINMOTION 4/8/2008 8:50AM

    Oh what a feeling! It just keeps on getting better for you. Did you do the happy Dance? Way to go Gayllynne!

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ANEWCARI 4/7/2008 11:12PM

    Congrats!!! I can't wait for the day I wear 8's!!! Keep up the good work!!! =)

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BLINDBETH 4/7/2008 7:46PM

    Whoa! That is great news! You are getting so skinny, girl - Keep up the good work!

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mini goals

Sunday, April 06, 2008

When I first started on S/P I had no specific goals in mind. During the course of the two plus months I've been here that's changed.

My first goal I set for myself was to lose 15 lbs by April 19th, Passover. Since today is my weigh-in day and.....I lost another pound, HOORAY... I am now one pound short of that goal. I know I'm going to make it with two weeks to go. I'm feeling pretty good about that!!

My next goal may be more difficult. It's not huge but it's not going to be as easy. I want to lose a total of 20 pounds by my birthday. That is May 18. That will mean approximately 5 pounds in a month. Not impossible but with Passover in there it's going to be a challenge. It's a real "eating" holiday and my personal favorite. In addition, the end of May will bring a very close friends daughters Bat Mitzvah. More eating, more partying.

I hope I can be strong. I'm motivated, I want this but these will be my first road blocks. I watched my dear friend Dawn go through all the holidays and never veer off her diet even when confronted with the yummiest food. I will use her as my inspiration, as well as all the wonderful people here who support me.

Well, a new week has begun and I'm another pound lighter. I'm off to my son's little league game and I can't wait to see him smack that ball!!!!

Have a great week to all!!

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GIRLINMOTION 4/6/2008 12:01PM

    I know you can do it!

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JLITT62 4/6/2008 10:15AM

    I wish you luck. Making goal dates of weight loss has never worked for me -- it comes off when it comes off.

Matzo brei! Yum! I just adore Matzo brei. Yet I don't usually find it that challenging, because there's so much you can't eat.

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Saturday, April 05, 2008

I don't really have to worry about motivation at this juncture. I'm extremely motivated just by looking in the mirror or the life events I have coming up. What I lack some times is endurance.

So, what keeps me going. It's a funny little thought I have that has been stuck in my mind the last time I tried to lose weight and failed.

I remember it clearly. I was in the shower and thinking to myself, "You know, if you had stuck to your diet you would be 2 months into it by now and have some of this weight gone."

That thought has never left me. I know if I go off the "wagon" and don't get right back on I will look back and think about what could have been. I've decided to not do that to myself. I know there are going to be very rough patches but I also know I will hate myself if I don't follow through. I really want to be done with hating myself so I will endure.

It will get easier because it has become more of a lifestyle now and less of a diet. This is good. I know I have a long way to go but I also know I will look back and have no regrets.

Thanks for all the wonderful support out there. It means more than you know.

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BARCINTL 4/6/2008 8:06AM

    This is totally true--I used to say that I'd be alive a year from now and I could either be 50lbs thinner, even heavier than I was then or the same. The time would go by no matter what. It helped.

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JMALONE44 4/5/2008 11:37AM

    Go for it girl! You were very thin in your picture. It's good to look back in ways, but are bodies do change. I'm saying this because I can't expect myself to look how I did 20 years ago. Self esteem is important.

Focus on your strengths and as you said, it's a lifestyle change. Don't beat yourself up...I know I have in the past (about these issues). It's worth it for us to show good self esteem for our children and ourselves.

You can do it!

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GIRLINMOTION 4/5/2008 10:14AM

    "Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don't quit." -- Conrad Hilton

I hear you about getting off the wagon and not getting dusting yourself off and getting back on quickly. Would have got to your destination quicker. Maybe you would have, and I am glad you are not fretting over it anymore.

Through my time with Sparks, I have found many new (really old) skills to help me and have managed to maintain my loss. With the knowledge you now know that it does take consistency and honesty about what you are eating. That when you get to your goal weight, you will be able to keep it off because you have made it a lifestyle.

Hugs, Sonia

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Wanting it

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Did you ever want something so badly you would do anything to get it? That's how I feel about my weight loss right now. I have just started my third month and I know this month will present challenges.

I have been feeling pretty good about my progress and do ok as long as I don't look in the mirror. My clothes are getting loose and I find myself pulling my jeans up all the time because they feel like they are falling down. All this is good but when I go to take a shower and catch a glimpse of myself I get angry that I got this way, sad that I am this way and determined to never look like this again. Lots of emotions going on.

So, I'm here. I haven't, in over two months, gone off this diet...oops I mean new lifestyle. Yes, now and then I won't exercise but I still watch what I eat and continue exercise the next day.

I want this. I need to be thin and healthy because I deserve it. Am I afraid it will never happen, of course I am but I just try not to go there.

Thought I would share a little poem my boyfriend sent after I told him I had lost 13 lbs:

13 pounds!
That's a lot of wood
But...just so you know
You always looked good

Isn't he sweet????

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BARCINTL 4/6/2008 8:09AM

    Your boyfriend is the Robert Frost of the Internet :)

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GIRLINMOTION 4/4/2008 9:09AM

    Oh, what a sweet man you have in your life Gayllynne.

You are seeing so much progress and yes, it is hard work, but where is the value in anything if you didn't work hard for it so you could appreciate it?

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FOODFROMAFAR 4/3/2008 10:11PM

    Great way to turn that negative mental image of your self seen in the mirror into a motivational thought - I'm not coming back here! I did the same thing. It took me a long time to like what I saw in the mirror. Even when everyone else is saying how great I look, I still see "too heavy" when I looked in the mirror for the longest time. I had to keep reminding myself I'm not going back there... It's getting better as time goes by...

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BLINDBETH 4/3/2008 9:17PM

    Awwww... what a poet!

I think we all battle the balance in eating what we should and exercising when we are already tired. You are well on your way to achieving your goal. And anything worth having/achieving is worth working hard to get.

You are doing great!

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    Yess i have felt like that.. and do now.. but i am patient and not giving up and know i will get there.. i am so much older than you and i wonder why i finally got to this point to do something.. not good when your older.. so look at bright side.. and keep smiling.. dont judge your body no one does like that.. we arent perfect.. you are beauiful and you must know that!! hugss Geri

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CALENSARIEL 4/3/2008 10:03AM

    You know what? While you're working on the eating patterns and exercise, you need to be working on the inside of you, too. When you look in the mirror at yourself, that's not YOU! YOU are so much more than that outward image! I think in trying to lose weight and change our lifestyles, THAT right there is the hardest thing to deal with because we have tons and tons of crappy self-talk and ideas about ourselves due to what we look like. Start telling yourself you're a beautiful miracle of life! Love your blog, btw! Have a GREAT day! Calen~

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