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Workin' it!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Until last night I was spending most of my cardio hours on the treadmill, but one wasn't available, so I hit the elliptical. I started my workout without a real goal other than to get a good workout in. I have to mention that a few weeks ago (the last time I got on the elliptical) I could only do 20 minutes without stopping. Well last night, thanks to determination and a new playlist on my iPod, I was able to hit 45 minutes without stopping. Woo hoo! Tonight I mounted the elliptical again with 45 minutes as a goal and guess what? I was able to do 60 minutes without stopping! Go me! Go lots of calories burned!

I think the elliptical is going to become a new staple in my workout regiment.

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SHAWNEDA 5/11/2011 4:50PM

    Elliptical and ARC trainers are cool and easy on the knees. CONGRATS on the increased stamina.

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Hit a plateau but still raring to go...

Monday, May 09, 2011

I had my weekly weigh-in over the weekend and the results weren't what I was hoping for. I had a loss on the week of 0.9 lbs. I know - many of you are saying "A loss is a loss.. that's almost a pound.. don't be so focused on the number on the scale". I know all of these things and should celebrate in the fact that I had a loss. Indeed, I do feel a change in my body and am starting to gain some traction when it comes to my endurance. I suppose my disappointment stems from the fact that, with a total of 77lbs overall to lose to get to my end goal, I feel like I should be losing more weight up front. I was hoping to lose 1.5 to 2 lbs a week in the beginning. Here I am, over 8 weeks in, and I haven't even lost 10 lbs.

I could be discouraged but I won't be. I will use this as motivation. Flip it around and celebrate that I've almost lost 10lbs!! I'm evaluating my food consumption and my exercise and will continue to adjust until my body realizes that this isn't a fad - this is my new way of life going forward. I still have 2 weeks to make my "Six on the Beach" goal of losing 6lbs before going to the beach on May 22nd and I'm raring to go.

Thanks to all of my fellow sparkers for the motivation that has kept me going on this journey! Have a good week everyone!

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SHAWNEDA 5/11/2011 4:23PM

    Good job, you're doing great!

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TWOSWEET504 5/9/2011 9:35PM

    emoticon Great Attuide...Keep It Going Because Im COMING!!!!!!!

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Great SparkPeople Article About Guilt

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

There are many great articles on SparkPeople on a variety of subjects, but this article really resonated with me so I thought I'd re-post a link to it for future reference:


The premise is about guilt - specifically listening to the voice of conscience before you make an action and not letting toxic post-action guilt derail you. I tend to be, as most of us are, pretty hard on myself. Whenever I make a poor decision, I will beat myself up over it, when I should have listened to the voice of reason before making the decision. I'm also guilty of letting one poor judgement call lead me off the trail in a blaze of "well, I messed that up, so it really doesn't matter". It is so easy to do this in the context of eating well - you splurge on that cheeseburger for lunch and then, since you've already ruined your eating for the day, you might as well have that chocolate cupcake for an afternoon snack and fried chicken for dinner.

I won't let myself be derailed anymore. I will listen to that pre-action voice and not let post-action guilt tear me apart.

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SHAWNEDA 5/3/2011 1:02PM

    You're doing great and it takes time to reteach yourself positive inner talk. You're doing great. Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing the article.

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JULIEIRENE 5/3/2011 12:02PM

    I just read that article today myself and am reflecting on it as well.

Thank you SO much for your kind and encouraging comments on my page & blog. I know you have been through some rough and emotional times lately as well and I'm sorry I haven't been more present in my support but I am proud of you for weathering the storm and continuing on this journey. I am honored to call you my Spark Friend!

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Beach in three weeks...

Monday, May 02, 2011

Small mini-challenge for myself: I'm heading to the beach for a few days on May 21st to celebrate a friend's return from Malawi, where she has been doing her doctoral research for the last 9 months. I am going to try and lose 6lbs over the next 3 weeks. 6lbs won't make me look super-svelte in my swim trunks by any means, but it is something to work towards and I'm ÜBER PUMPED! That will bring me closer to my goal of losing 8lbs before the end of the month and getting out of the 240s by the end of May.

Reward: If I lose the 6lbs before May 20th I get to buy a new pair of swim trunks. I currently have my eye on these seersucker ones from J Crew:

Wish me luck!!!

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TWOSWEET504 5/9/2011 9:32PM

    Oooooo...you are gonna look great in those trunks!! So I already know you are going to get your reward!!

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TARHEEL9 5/2/2011 4:44PM

    good luck

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SHAWNEDA 5/2/2011 1:19PM

    You got this! emoticon

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BETTERTEE 5/2/2011 12:45PM

    You can do it! And who knows with your determination and will you may lose more than 6 lbs! So go for it and btw - I like those swim trunks.....Good Luck! emoticon

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MONIQUE1908 5/2/2011 12:03PM

    Make it happen. You know what to do. Let's get beach ready! emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 5/2/2011 11:47AM

    Good luck! Love the trunks! Don't forget to post a photo of you in the reward at the beach! emoticon

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GIGIROMEO 5/2/2011 11:01AM

    Good Luck....love the trunks! emoticon

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Goals for May

Sunday, May 01, 2011

May is going to be all about me! I plan on refocusing on myself and many things in my life. My main goals for May include:

- Get out of the 240s by May 31st. I have not been under 240 in over 2 years.
- Exercise at least 10 minutes a day. I joined a 10 Minute Exercise Streak Challenge and I WANT that trophy.
- Improve my endurance running by following the Couch-to-5k plan.
- Back to logging my food. Being out of town the last several weeks caused me to be slack in this category. I know it is important for accountability and identifying trends.
- Cooking at home and taking my lunch to work 4 days a week.
- Be more social. I need to get out and make new friends in Atlanta.

Does anyone know of any other good challenges going on for the month of May?

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TWOSWEET504 5/9/2011 9:34PM

    Im doing the Couch to 5K plan as well and it works...are you trying to beat me lol!!

Love the goals great to have them!!

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SHAWNEDA 5/2/2011 1:09PM

    I think you're doing great. I'll be posting the SparkAtlanta May Challenge so stay tuned. You're gonna do great.

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