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How I keep motivated at the gym

Monday, October 11, 2010

I will admit that in the beginning I focused mostly on my food intake and put little emphasis on working out. I still did it but not enough and sometimes I gave it a half effort. With the weight still coming off I didn't really worry about it. Well, it bit me in the butt in my third month when the weight loss slowed to about a pound a week or less. Now don't tell me that is still great. When you 280 there isn't really a reason you shouldn't be losing more unless you are doing something wrong. That was when I decided to get serious about working out. It coincided with my gym declaring bankruptcy and shutting down. Now I had no excuse but to find one closer and actually make a real effort.
When I started working out at 345 lbs I got on the stairclimber and it sunk to the floor and I didn't have enough power to step until it came up to the level I could work out. I felt so defeated. Luckily my mom who is trainer was there with me so I felt confident with her. We tried every single cardio machine and the only ones I could do was walk on the treadmill and the recumbent bike. I did 30 minutes split up into blocks of 10 on the bikes and treadmill as well as some basic strength training. Each week I tried to use a machine that was hard for me. My first week on the elliptical I could only do 1 minute, then 2, then 5. You get the picture.
Two weeks ago when I started at my new gym I decided to dedicate all of my cardio time to the elliptical because it was the hardest for me. I had never gone more than 20 minutes straight and I will admit, I was nervous. As I neared 20 minutes I decided to play mental games with myself. I would make promises that if I could go the next 5 minutes I would let myself stop. Then when I got there I would have a conversation in my head about how I wasn't really tired and I could do another 5 and how awesome would I feel about myself if I did it. I managed to do 40 minutes that day! Now I use my own mental motivation tricks whenever I get tired or I don't want to go and it always works. Usually when I get past 40 minutes I get a second wind and I can do my whole 50 minutes. When I head home I always feel like a million dollars because I pushed myself to keep going.
When I see people struggling I always want to tell them that SO MUCH OF THIS IS MENTAL. We all have our reasons we overeat and for women they are almost always an emotional one. You can do this and you can trick your mind to push through anything. Keep up the hard work. The rewards are worth it. Make it happen!

  
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PAULETTEGMORRIS 10/27/2010 3:30PM

    I did the same thing at the gym when I ran my mile without stopping. I kept saying to myself, you are not tired, you can do this, just one more minute, then one more until I ran my 1st mile ever in 15 minutes! Great blog!

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HLTHYETER 10/26/2010 7:52AM

    My gym story is very similar--I am very limited by diabetic neuropathy in the bottom of my feet--thank goodness I found the recumbent cross trainer and have worked up from 5 minutes to 60-70. I have used the little tv attached for distraction when I felt like stopping--I would say--oh I have to see Final Jeopardy--I'll just keep going until then! Whatever we must do it is so worthwhile to break through and hit the place we really need to be. Thanks for sharing.

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4MEHEALTH 10/25/2010 11:20AM

    I agree with the mental games. I always tell myself that I can handle another 5 minutes. I tell myself there is nothing I can't endure for 2 minutes or 5 minutes or whatever.

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ROBYNROSE26 10/23/2010 4:27PM

    Whenever I work out at home on the treadmill or elliptical I play those mind games....five more minutes or I'll go to ??miles and then stop and then keep adding until I make it to my original goal. I have no problem doing the elliptical for 40 minutes but no way can I make 40 minutes on the treadmill...so tough, think it must be maintaining the speed for the entire time instead of going at your own speed???

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NELLBELLA26 10/21/2010 1:32PM

    Great blog. So much of it is mental. I really needed to read this because while I've been doing good with the food intake, I haven't been exercising as much as is needed. I need to get my butt to the gym!

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JOYGERM67 10/17/2010 5:56AM

  You are awesome and I am so proud of you. Attitude is more than 1/2 the battle! :) You are a blessing to me!

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BABYYOUSAVEME 10/16/2010 8:00PM

    I am so glad you wrote this. This is very true and so inspirational. I plan on using this for myself. You are such a strong woman and I wish you the best!!! Keep in touch!

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JRIMM4 10/13/2010 5:39PM

    So often we do forget about the mental component. Like the way listening to music with a fast beat can increase your intensity, or how breaking things into small time incriments seems to make it more achievable. I've gotten my cardio up to between 50 and 60 minutes, just recently. They way I keep it going is to switch machines after the first 30 minutes, somehow that slight break and change of pace makes all the difference.

JR

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NANAKONATA 10/13/2010 8:51AM

    You definitely hit this one right on the nose! I am glad that I found you here! emoticon

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PEACOCKXO 10/12/2010 11:42PM

    your blogs are awesome :)
keep up the great work my dear!

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HDHAWK 10/12/2010 10:39PM

    It is such a mental thing, like you said. I couldn't agree more. You're doing great! Keep up the good work. I know you'll reach your goals!

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SUSIEWHITE1109 10/12/2010 10:27PM

    I love this -- I do the same things with talking to myself!! On the treadmill I use all 3 measures...calories, minutes and distance..."just hang on until you hit 30 minutes...", or "just hang on until you hit 300 calories..."...or, "hang onto until you get to 2 miles..."

I keep rotating, and laugh at myself along the way...whatever number is "close" to an even number that seems like a good goal, I use it!!

Rock on girl - you're going great!!

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MOBEANZ 10/12/2010 5:42PM

    I am the same way. I bargain with myself. I actually reward myself with laziness. On my days off, I am not allowed to relax, watch any shows, or lay on the couch until I work out. I tell myself, if you do the entire 60 minutes you can be lazy. And when it comes to running outdoors, if I want to do 40 minutes I say well, it's really a 20 minute run because when I have run one way on the boardwalk for 20 minutes, the rest is just getting back to the car as fast as I can. Haha AWESOME. I really want to join a gym but am so hesitant to spend the money and sign a contract but you made me want to do it. Thanks :)

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MAIA2011 10/12/2010 12:21PM

    You always say exactly what I need to hear. Get out of my head, woman!



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JENN26POINT2 10/12/2010 12:06PM

    What a great blog! I do the same thing when I'm not feeling it. I'll tell myself to just run a little bit further and then we'll stop. Usually by that time, I've either moved on to thinking about something else and not concentrating on the difficulty, or I've worked past it and can go on forever. You're right. It's mostly mental. Our bodies are designed to work hard like this... we have to train our brains. Runners World had a great article about training our brain a few weeks back. It was a pretty good read. :)

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RIVERDLC 10/12/2010 8:00AM

    You are such an inspiration. I have recently gotten back into the swing of things. I found your blogs to be very helpful!!!! emoticon emoticon

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BIONICMONARCH 10/11/2010 9:13PM

    Mind over Matter. Great blog!

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LUVDOGZ 10/11/2010 8:56PM

    You are so right about so much of it is mental. emoticon

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CARILOUIE 10/11/2010 6:20PM

    OMG I totally get the mental thing. My mind is the first thing to go... even when my body feels fine, my mind says "you can't do this, are you nuts?" But I keep going anyway. Just one more song, just three more minutes, just to the next tree...

You are awesome. I love reading your blogs - they never fail to inspire me and make me smile.

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CHANGINGMORGAN 10/11/2010 5:21PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS!!! Way to go!

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ANEPANALIPTI 10/11/2010 5:02PM

    AWESOME!!!!

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HEALTHYONE2008 10/11/2010 4:01PM

    You are so right. Sometimes we have to play mind games in order to get where we want to be.

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CYNDER 10/11/2010 3:46PM

    Great post. And yes it is all mental. emoticon

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VANESSAVOS13 10/11/2010 3:44PM

    I do that when I am running outdoors. I say to myself okay I will run to that lamp post and then I can stop. And then I look down at my feet and tell myself I have a great pace going and I'm not out of breath, why not go to the next corner, or drive way, or something. It really works!

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MCSNYDER1 10/11/2010 2:44PM

    You are so smart! You've got your head on straight and you are Making It Happen!!!

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GEMINIGEM6 10/11/2010 2:34PM

    OMG you are SO right that the battle is truly in the mind!!!! Good for you!! Congrats! Once we get that that's where the battle is...it gets easier from there. :)

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/11/2010 2:08PM

    Our body can do things we didn't even know it was capable of doing!

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HEYBUTT 10/11/2010 1:48PM

    I do something similar all the time. I use exercise dvds (vs a gym) and there are times when the only thing that keeps me moving (or gets me to start moving) is seeing the counter on the dvd (or with some discs, the counter's on the screen right under the folks working out). Or it'll be a comment from the person conducting the dvd, something like "last 5 of these for this set". Hey, I can do five more, five is NOTHING.

I'm so impressed that you overcame your gym anxiety. That's a HUGE hurdle.

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DIVADOLL73 10/11/2010 1:41PM

    Exactly!! It is MIND OVER MATTER, we can do this and many times once I push my self to do more its that extra that makes all the difference. GREAT JOB!!!! emoticon emoticon

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ZANNACHAN 10/11/2010 1:40PM

    Way to go!

I often find myself playing similar mental games at the gym--or sometimes even to start exercising "I'll put this dvd in and if after 5 minutes you are still too tired to work out, you can stop." Most of the time, once I get started I can at least make my normal daily goal (30 minutes of cardio) though I rarely get more than that.

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GIANTMICROBE 10/11/2010 1:29PM

    So true. You can always do more than you think you can.

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GREENSCRAPCAT 10/11/2010 1:27PM

    I do that on the treadmill all the time, just don't give up! That is awesome!

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PRETTYINPUNK_04 10/11/2010 1:18PM

    Great idea! And emoticon on building up your cardio time emoticon

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FITBARB2 10/11/2010 1:17PM

    Your soooo right in saying that it is all Mental!!! I have tried to do the Eliptical and boy oh boy it is hard.. so I tend to go to something that is easier...

Thanks, you just gave me the courage to start trying it more each day I am at the gym.. I kinda get embarassed if I only go on the machine for 2-5 minutes, but if I keep doing it , it will get easier....

You go girl.... You inspire soo many ppl.

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K_FERGUS 10/11/2010 1:08PM

    Fantastic! Our bodies are amazing!!! It was when I figured out that soooo much of my struggle was in my head that I was finally able to break through some of my fitness barriers. Congrats!!! :)

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ALWAYSCHANGING 10/11/2010 1:02PM

    I agree with you, it's a lot of mental that goes into the physical. Once we learn to stop building up our own roadblocks and hurdles we get so much more accomplished! I also find myself doing the same thing, telling myself just a few more minutes and you can quit, suprisingly I never do.

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UNSTOPPABLEJEN 10/11/2010 12:55PM

    I love your motivational tools that you use to push yourself at the gym. It's awesome that you have found a system that works so well for you. I'm just now returning to the gym after a year-long hiatus and I plan to incorporate some of these same techniques in my workouts to talk myself into going a little bit longer each time on the cardio machines!

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Milestone! I don't waddle anymore. Non-scale victories

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Ok, stop laughing. I never would have admitted it back when I did and if anyone had ever pointed it out I probably would have clawed their eyes out. The guy at the gym decided to take on elliptical girl again, and he lost, instead of admitting defeat he told me he was faster than me but "thanks for pushing him". Way to save face dude when you got beat by a girl. Anyway, I got off after my victory and it hit me as I strutted into the locker room. I don't waddle anymore. Waddling is a fat persons nightmare and it made me think back on all the bad things about being morbidly obese that I had forgotten. Well, I say forgotten but it is more like selectively remember. I think it is a coping mechanism so you don't have to relive how miserable you were.
I feel so strong and powerful now.
In the car on the way home I was remembering that at my largest I used to get winded at the mall. How sad is that? I can remember going outlet shopping and pretending I wanted to go into a store just so we could stop walking and I could catch my breath. I never even wanted to go shopping because nothing EVER fit me. I was so sad back then. I would sweat ALL THE TIME. My family would be asking me if I was ok and looking at me all concerned because I would sweat cooking dinner. How embarrassing.
Sometimes on the journey it is easy to miss the little improvements, the none scale victories.
I don't waddle
I don't have a fat thing at the back of my neck that used to embarrass me. Who has a neck roll? Uggh
I can bend all the way over tie my shoes and paint my toes comfortably. Not hold my breath and try to do it fast.
I can't see my stomach sticking out beyond my boobs. I looked down the other day and so the floor and I started laughing right there. It was like a whole new world.
I can sit in a chair with arms comfortably.
I needed to buy a new pair of sneakers because I wore out my current pair!
I can shop in an average size clothing store for shirts now!
This past month has been a real test in my perseverance because the weight loss slowed down and I had to rely on things like my clothes still getting too big and loss of inches to see my progress. Normally I would have quit by now but with my new knowledge I know that I am still making progress.
Tell me, what is your best non-scale victory?

  
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DUSTYGIRL25 11/3/2010 6:30AM

    Definitely can relate. It's wonderful that you are doing so well. Great inspiration for me to do the same.
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TEXASMOM68 10/26/2010 2:50PM

    My best non-scale victory, sad but true, is returning to this website, creating My Spark Page, entering info and reading blogs. My short term goal, is to return to this website again and again and again. Silly?

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 10/26/2010 2:20PM

    Definitely the biggest one for me was when I had to try on several pairs of pants before I found the one that fit and the sizes kept getting smaller each time.

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BABYBEARY 10/22/2010 10:40PM

    WOW. I cant wait to be like you one day. Envy. =D

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SHANDOO 10/17/2010 8:43PM

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What a wonderful thing to celebrate! It is a BIG deal! (pun intended ;-) ) Keep up the great work! I hope to be able to say the same thing someday soon!


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NYARAMULA 10/16/2010 1:34PM

    I didn't laugh - honestly. Smiled a bit though.

Well done!

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REM-CYCLES 10/16/2010 12:03PM

    You are really making great progress Ashley - you're a great example!

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LIBBYL1 10/15/2010 10:34PM

  and make sure the colours of the toes you paint are scintillating and celebratory!

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LOLO2CHAMP 10/15/2010 10:20AM

  The non-scale victory that I am looking for is to be able to fit past people when I need to go to the bathroom at the movies without hitting them or making them get up and move so I can fit.

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BETHSEM7272 10/15/2010 6:51AM

  Congrats!!! That is so awesome

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CHERYLMIRABAL 10/14/2010 3:28AM

  I can't wait to see my collarbones again! I have a long way to go, but if I keep trying, I will get there.

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JUDE322 10/13/2010 8:42PM

  i'm aiming for sitting in a chair with arms comfortably. i go to the pool everyday but can't stay to visit afterwards because the chairs don't fit me, or i guess i don't fit the chairs. my number one short term goal is to relax in one of those chairs

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CASJ57 10/13/2010 2:55PM

    You made me smile with you! emoticon

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BAHAMIANJENNI 10/13/2010 2:10PM

    emoticon on your non-scale victories. I have noticed that I can sit more comfortably in a chair with arms and that my stomach doesn't look like I am 9 months pregnant (it's down to looking like 3 months-lol). Keep up the good work.

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AHOLLAND0108 10/13/2010 1:08PM

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My non-scale victory is sitting on an some airplanes and not needing an extension!
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MOMTO6PLUS2 10/13/2010 12:04PM

    Great list! Lists like these inspire to make one too-- to help me remember these non-scale changes.

A big one for me was to be able to cross my legs-- another one was getting the towel to wrap around me after a shower. I still remember the day I realized the towel one :)

You are doing great!

Spark on ! :)

Hugs,
Laura

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PRAYINGSUZIE 10/13/2010 9:27AM

    Thank you for your blog!

Suzie

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WILSLM70 10/12/2010 11:41PM

    Thanks for reminding me to look at the non-scale victories.... I some time focus too much on the scale.

Non- scale victory for me is.... climbing up the stairs at work with out huffing and puffing. I can actually hold a conversation when I reach the top.

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ANNTORR53 10/12/2010 11:24PM

    Way to go. Humm....you have given me something to think about.

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KAREN42BOYS 10/12/2010 9:57PM

    woohoo! what fabulous signs of change! push on!

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JESSICAH311 10/12/2010 9:21PM

    I can't wait till I can say the same!

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K82BTHIN 10/12/2010 7:02PM

    I would tell you my non scale victory, however, it is sooooo inappropriate. Just know that all is good in the 'hood!

WONDERFUL non scale victories! Congratulations and keep up the great work!

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ELECTRALYTE 10/12/2010 5:47PM

    aww yes great reminder of how far we have come! I like looking down at my shadow at the park on my walks now or catching that glimpse of the skinny girl reflection as you walk by a window, having so much space in the tub and on the plane in turnstiles stadium seats.....
I've been on a plateau for a very long time but thanks for letting me remember how far I have come! Spark on!

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ROCKMAN6797 10/12/2010 3:23PM

    Great blog, love the non-scale victories you mention.
Keep up the great work!

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KNITNYAK 10/12/2010 3:02PM

    I had just opened a bag of Chili Cheese Fritos...you made me throw half of it out. Thanks for helping me look at the positives to sacrifice!

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MYSHANON 10/12/2010 2:36PM

    Just starting out myself and really needed the reminder to look at non-scale victories, thank you :)

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GOOFYBOOTS20 10/12/2010 2:24PM

    i love this blog!

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OBURRELL 10/12/2010 1:47PM

    Thanks for this blog. I had to remind myself of this same thing this morning as the scale didn't move, but I had dropped 4 inches from my waist! My non-scale victory was when I wore my "go to" skirt-the big one that fits everything...and it kept falling off! My DH told me it's time to get it altered or I will have to give it up! I will miss that skirt but that is progress!!

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DEMARIE26 10/12/2010 1:35PM

    What a great post! For me I associated with just about everything, the large shirt that fit a few months ago and now the arms are too long was the giggle moment for me. Way to go it does work, it just takes complete control. emoticon

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GORILLAINTRPTED 10/12/2010 1:04PM

    This was awesome to read, I'm happy for you! I think that the little non-scale unexpected goals are kind of the best. :) I think a big one for me is that when I'm sitting down, I used to have this problem with my t-shirt creeping up over my belly, so I'd be sitting there with my shirt up and my stomach kind of hanging out, ew! But I haven't been having that issue this morning. I think little things like that overall contribute to a better general outlook because there are that many less things over the course of the day that kick you in the teeth and make you feel bad.

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ANNETTE1024 10/12/2010 10:24AM

    This was perfect! I've been reminding myself of the non-scale victories lately and for me it's less belly jiggle and arm wagging emoticon

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NINALEE35 10/12/2010 9:11AM

    Thanks for sharing. So often we define our day by what the scales tell us. This is a refreshing insight.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/12/2010 8:12AM

    I've had a lot of the same non scale vitories. Boobs bigger thn stomach (check), putting my foot on my lap to tie my shoe (check), got rid of that grotesque buffalo hump (ie: neck roll - check)! A lot of times, they are even more important than the numbers on that hideous scale. I'm so happy for you and all of your accomplishments!

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LESSISMORE2010 10/12/2010 1:20AM

    Thank you for sharing this! My non scale victory is the knowledge and understanding that just because I make a poor choice for one thing, does not mean that my whole day is shot. I've never had that before. :)

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SWEETMOMMY41 10/11/2010 11:13PM

  way to go! have a fabulous day!

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MYRTLEBOO 10/11/2010 10:08PM

    I just had one myself today--I went for my walk and went the distance that's been taking me 40 minutes in only 25, and I wasn't winded! I am going to have to add distance! Thanks for the funny blog--it's encouraging!

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JOURNEYOF3 10/11/2010 9:51PM

    Thanks for posting. I remember walking up a flight of stairs at work and being winded and it is a great feeling not to be panting at the top of the stairs. Great Job!

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SUSIEQ1017 10/11/2010 9:14PM

    emoticonThank you so much for making me laugh. Your insight is right-on target. emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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HUDSON_H 10/11/2010 8:39PM

    Thank you for reminding me of some of those things. I needed that.

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HUDSON_H 10/11/2010 8:32PM

    Thank you for reminding me of some of those things. I needed that.

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VIRGOGURL4 10/11/2010 6:27PM

    My biggest non-scale victory is being able to walk up several flights of subway stairs without having to pretend that I'm not winded.

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SHARIPAM 10/11/2010 6:19PM

  Everyone here is right -- you have done great work and to heck with that guy who tried to save face!!!
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RASLALIQUE 10/11/2010 4:57PM

    Your blog is very inspiring! One big non-scale victory for me is slipping into my skinny jeans on Sunday (the one I had to replace a button on because I yanked it off while forcing myself into it a couple months ago). I had prepared for a struggle by sucking in my tummy and holding my breath, ready for a battle that never came!

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Want to know a secret? Positivity doesn't have to come naturally

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

I have gotten so many comments and goodies telling me I am so positive and that people find that so inspirational. Thank you so much for those words from each and every one of you. It means a lot to me so I am going to let you in on a secret....I have always been known by family and friends for being really negative. Weird right? So when I started SP I decided something had to change this time and it was going to be my attitude and it was hard. You know the saying "if you don't got it, fake it?". That is what I did. I pretended to be positive and tried to see things in a good light and guess what???!!! It worked. I was able to trick my mind into really believing it and it was the push I needed to make this time unique and lose the weight. So, when you read my blogs and say "wow, she really has it together and I can never be like her" you are wrong. You can. You can do this. The first step is to get "I can't" out of your mind. Sit down and write a blog about all the things you want to be and point out all the good things about yourself and the progress you are making. When you look in the mirror instead of thinking "I still have so far to go!" force yourself to see how far you have come. Look at how your neck has shrunk or that you can see a calf muscle now. I don't care how much you have to contort your leg to see it lol. You earned it and you need to force your mind to celebrate it. Such a huge part of changing your life is your emotions and your attitude. If I had not dealt with my emotional baggage and accepted responsibility for my part in making myself morbidly obese, I do not believe I would where I am now. Yes, I blamed the world and got mad at when people talked down to the obese but they did not make me this way. I did.
Now that you have your list, your dreams all down, this is the most important step. DO IT. Writing it down is the easy part, buying a gym membership is easy, going to the grocery store and buying apples, yogurt, and oatmeal is easy. The hard part is making yourself do it and believe all of your own positive thoughts. YOU CAN become a psycho cardio bunny or elliptical girl. YOU CAN find time in the day to take a walk with your dog. YOU CAN find a way to fit healthy food in your budget (processed junk costs way more, do the math of what you pay for a chicken breast /lb vs chicken nuggets /lb and you will be shocked). Take all the energy you spend hating your body and yourself and life and society and channel it into believing all these good things about yourself.
This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do for myself but it worked. There are days I want to eat junk, there are days when it is cold and rainy and I don't want to go to the gym but I do it. I think about all the reasons why I will be upset with myself for not going. I even think about how sad I will be the next morning if I don't see any progress and it keeps me going. NOTABOUTHEFACE wrote a great blog about the motivation myth and she is right. Positivity comes from inside you. It doesn't have to be something you are born with, you can create it on your own. Look inside and believe you are worth it. If you take care of yourself than you can give so much more to the people around you. It's a choice. Now get out there and do it and I want to hear about your progress! Make it happen!

  
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PERFUMEMIA 10/27/2010 3:50PM

  Hello, I like your blog. You are absolutely right, positive self talk is so important!!
I count my blessings everyday, and try to be a blessing to everyone that I met.
I write down positives thoughts, feelings, actions ect. I write what I am thankful for every night. This has helped me so much!
I teach my Sons to do the same kind of things, and while they do not journal, they often catch themselves in a negative thought or conversation, and change the way that they are thinking and expressing themselves. My 26, 22 and 14 year old sons have benefited from this strategy of "Being" .
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PERFUMEMIA 10/27/2010 3:49PM

  Hello, I like your blog. You are absolutely right, positive self talk is so important!!
I count my blessings everyday, and try to be a blessing to everyone that I met.
I write down positives thoughts, feelings, actions ect. I write what I am thankful for every night. This has helped me so much!
I teach my Sons to do the same kind of things, and while they do not journal, they often catch themselves in a negative thought or conversation, and change the way that they are thinking and expressing themselves. My 26, 22 and 14 year old sons have benefited from this strategy of "Being" .
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ANGELBELIEVER 10/11/2010 2:52PM

    emoticon blog. Thanks for sharing your secret with us. Keep doing what you're doing 'cause it;s working! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NITELITE72 10/10/2010 10:14AM

    What a great blog...and exactly what I needed to hear right now!! I had a pity party for myself yesterday, but today is a new day and I choose to make it a great one! thank you!!!!

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TRABOLD8567 10/10/2010 12:29AM

  Great blog! Way to go

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KEISHA074 10/9/2010 10:00PM

    This was great... thank you!

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LUCYSRAIN 10/9/2010 7:59PM

    Wow!

Great Blog and way to go!

Once you learn the art of positive thinking even the bad days are better days.... emoticon

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BABYNURSE2000 10/9/2010 5:28PM

    I"m always telling my daughter to "show no fear". We hold back, trembling, because we might fail. But, just trying is winning!

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CINDERELLA_MAN 10/9/2010 5:24PM

    You are so right! And by putting it into words, you're inspiring :) Thanks!

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MODERN-AMAZON 10/9/2010 8:40AM

    Great blog!

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MODERN-AMAZON 10/9/2010 8:40AM

    Great blog!

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MODERN-AMAZON 10/9/2010 8:40AM

    Great blog!

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KAREN42BOYS 10/8/2010 10:12PM

    woot! what a great testimony of you really changing yourself!

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BELLEFAITH42 10/8/2010 8:18PM

    You really hit home for me with this line 'buying a gym membership is easy, going to the grocery store and buying apples, yogurt, and oatmeal is easy. The hard part is making yourself do it and believe all of your own positive thoughts.'

Thats exactly what i have been doing, reading every diet book, researching the right workout plan, grocery shopping and planning. been working hard at all that for several months now. Haven't lost a single pound, in fact gained some... Now for the hard part! Thank-you, you are an inspiration.

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STARLIGHT082307 10/8/2010 5:26PM

    As a teacher I made a conscious choice at the beginning of this school year to be more positive. There were many days that I had to fake it. But it really does work. I

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FATHINSN 10/8/2010 5:08PM

    Sometimes I can't help it but wondering how come faking something can make things works - like just laugh even though in very low mood to cheer up again and it works! Perhaps it's our effort to get something by not just waiting for the change but we do the change ourselves. And one thing I like to do to myself, keep urging, lying to myself to go on and on when the boredom or laziness is creeping in, haha.

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FLWRCHLD97 10/8/2010 3:19PM

    Excellent blog, so true! Thanks for keeping it real!!!

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SABRINASA21 10/8/2010 2:14PM

    My favorite quote that has gotten me really far in life is, "fake it, till you make it". And it really does work! Good reminder for the ATTITUDE. Thanks!

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FITBARB2 10/8/2010 1:40PM

    Love it!!! So true. emoticon

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DIVADOLL73 10/8/2010 1:24PM

    YOU ARE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT!!!! emoticon emoticon

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I am with you 100%- If you don't come by it naturally- fake it! I am leaning what you are. If I come on here with my woo-is-me attitude I get even more bumbed out. But, if I get on here and like you said- talk about all the good things God is doing in my life and showing me through this SP program, I boost myself. I get so excited with what God is doing in and around me!

God Bless you for sharing this blog.
Love in Christ,
Janet

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MYLIDDLEDALLAS 10/8/2010 12:52PM

    100% correct! Thanks for sharing!

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PURPLELVR7 10/8/2010 12:07PM

    Awesome blog, you are so right! Sometimes you do have to fake it, but if you do that long enough it becomes real

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MARCYNA 10/8/2010 12:02PM

    Yes. I used to be really negative about myself, now I'm learning negativity is NOT humbleness and I try to be as positive I can and transfer this skill to to others emoticon emoticon

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CINDBABE 10/8/2010 12:01PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing!

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DESTINEDTOBFIT 10/8/2010 11:55AM

  I came out here looking to convince myself not to grab the garbage I prefer to eat and this blog definitely has me thinking more in the right direction now. And now I'm going to read a couple more of your blogs which look interesting--thanks!
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3CHIHUAHUA 10/8/2010 11:17AM

    Make it Happen!

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KIMBERBRAN 10/8/2010 10:24AM

    awesome and SO true thanks :)

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NJCARCIERI 10/8/2010 10:14AM

    that's a fantastic blog! great way to change your attitude! thanks for sharing!
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FLBEACHBUM14 10/8/2010 9:26AM

    Thanks, great blog! I have a story about this very subject which I will save for one of my blogs but this is so true and you have put it so eloquently!

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LADY_KATHY 10/8/2010 8:25AM

    Thanks for taking responsibility and not blaming others. This is EXACTLY what I"m teaching my students. So many people blame others for their shortcomings or make excuses.


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ANJOYLA 10/8/2010 5:55AM

    Keep up the good work. It pays to be positive it also influences others to try to be positive as well.

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CHERYLMIRABAL 10/8/2010 5:46AM

  Great Blog!!!!I have trained myself to be the same way. Not easy, but so worth it. Now to get the energy (and courage) to take my 4 little big dogs(3 mini dachshunds and 1 maltese)out for a 30 minute walk. I am psyching myself into it. Did I mention that these 4 dogs, total weight about 37-40 lbs, are also the 4-headed hound from Hell to walk? Have you every been "Maypoled" by four whirling dirvishes on leashes? OK people, gird your loins, its time to take the pups out later this morning!!! (I think I can, I think I can!!!) Make it a great day today. emoticon

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SOPHIETR 10/8/2010 1:03AM

    Thanks for sharing! and continued good luck! and wishing you mant blessings on your journey to success. God bless you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLIGGACHICA 10/7/2010 11:49PM

    so true!

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LUBAML 10/7/2010 11:46PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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HELLOSTEPHIE 10/7/2010 10:22PM

  Wow! What a great blog, thanks! :)

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BTRFLY08 10/7/2010 9:40PM

    Thanks!

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FAIRVIEWBONNIE 10/7/2010 9:30PM

    Very good message. Thank you!

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NELLBELLA26 10/7/2010 9:21PM

    I want to print this out and read it every day!!!! I am one of those "Negative Nellies!" and I have a really hard time seeing the good. It definitely doesn't come naturally, it's just like the weight loss goals themselves... the change comes through a lot of hard work. I have to force myself to see the silver lining in certain situations.
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GLEORIA 10/7/2010 8:35PM

    Glad I read this blog.

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GEEKGIRL2010 10/7/2010 8:09PM

  thanks, I needed this today!

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REBECKYPTA 10/7/2010 7:30PM

    Holy cow it's like you were inside my head. All the things you said were exactly how I feel. I tend not to be such a positive person. I've had a lot of heart ache in my life so I think I just let myself go like what was the point, no one is going to like me any way. But in this point and time in my life I do have a reason to do and get better! Thanks for your inspirational message!

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JILLINWONDER 10/7/2010 6:05PM

    A big congrats to you on changing yourself into a positive person! Thanks for being so open and honest. Great blog!

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ANIHAKA 10/7/2010 5:12PM

    Thank you I must stop saying I have a long way to go. This makes such good sense that is the type of sense which I tend to lose in the clutter of other less sensible thoughts.
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MYRTLEBOO 10/7/2010 4:51PM

    Thank you--I keep thinking if I'm motivated I don't have bad days (or weeks). You help me remember to keep on even if I don't "feel" like it.

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SASSYBEAN1 10/7/2010 4:15PM

    Just what I needed to hear! Thanks!

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I have become "one of those people" at the gym

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Last night I was rocking out on the elliptical again when I noticed the guy next to me kept checking the minutes on my machine etc. Just a few months ago I would have thought he was wondering how a fat person could keep up but with my new found self esteem in overload I knew it was because he was being competitive. If you don't know this about me, I am really competitive, like worse than most men I know. I love fitness classes because I will kill myself to not be behind everyone else, even if I am dying. So I pretended I didn't notice what he was doing and I started speeding up. I was also about 10 minutes ahead of him in time so I wanted to see how long he would keep it up. After about five minutes of racing he started to fade and at 30 minutes (his time) he got off. I felt victorious. I went from being morbidly obese to blowing guys off the elliptical in a very short time period. He came back to wipe down his machine and motions for me to take my earphones out AND THEN HE SAID.....
"Can I ask you how long you have been doing this because you are really amazing at that machine?" I don't think I have smiled that big in a very long time. I told him I have been going to this gym about a week and a half but I had been working out before this and had really just gotten into the elliptical 5 days a week when I started at this gym. He couldn't believe it and told me he had been working at it for months and it was still kicking his butt.
That was when I realized, I am one of those people other people watch at the gym. I never really thought I would be that person and it feels FREAKING AWESOME. Even when I was thin I never felt this good about myself. It is funny how self esteem has so many different sources and the number on a scale really has so little to do with it for me. I catch myself posing in the mirror and smiling to myself about how different I look. It surprises me how good I feel about the changes. In the past I used to focus so much on how far I have left to go and I do think about it now sometimes. I am close to losing 70 pounds and sometimes I think how can I still have another 100 to go but those thoughts are so few and far between. Today I am rocking elliptical girl and I love it.

  
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TREESA57 10/19/2010 1:49PM

    This is just way toooooo coooool!!!!!

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SLEEKKITTY 10/18/2010 12:50AM

    Good work, girl.

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IMREITE 10/17/2010 1:52AM

    it's always great when you can keep going. i liked to "compete" with people at the gym. i didn't like people thinking that because of my size i wasn't capable of keeping up. i shocked them!

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MOMMABETH17 10/15/2010 3:08PM

    Nice work!! Keep it up!

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VIVIANCAO 10/12/2010 5:18AM

    i loved this! congrats on your progress thus far, and keep going!

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WISTERIALODGE 10/11/2010 3:41PM

  I may not be one of those people YET, but I do have a reputation at the gym for my 3 hour workouts!

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DREENAMT 10/11/2010 1:40PM

    Hey that's REALLY amazing. Way to go! I think this is a truly inspirational achievement!

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CUBBYMAMMA 10/11/2010 11:34AM

    LOVE THIS!! I had to read it when I saw the title of your blog. Awesome and WAY TO GO!!!

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EMMANYC 10/10/2010 12:39PM

    Kudos to you! But I'd also like express my appreciation to people like the gym guy who take the time to give a compliment - to recognize when we are working hard and accomplishing something. It's so easy not to speak up and yet you can make someone's day when you do. So, the next time you're at the gym, or out on the street, tell someone who you see doing something healthy for themselves - whether it's working out or buying a healthy meal - that you admire what they're doing. What goes around comes around.

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WCSTATEN 10/10/2010 10:02AM

  WooHoo!!!!

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TAMNTN 10/10/2010 12:35AM

    AWESOME! That will keep spurring you on to where you want to be! Keep it up! :)

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FOURTHWALL2000 10/9/2010 9:40PM

    This is the first time I ever read about someone acknowledging that sort of behavior. I kind of do it too (in my head) but it's usually when people are using the weight machines and I want to say "you're doing it wrong AND you're not impressing anyone".

I work out at the Y so there are all walks of life working out there. So usually I'm pretty comfortable just doing what I can do and not thinking about it too much. The other day though, there were a couple of teenage boys doing the circuit training at the same time I was. I had my earbuds in but I only use them on the treadmill, not when I'm lifting.

I saw them snickering and then noticed that they were jumping on each machine right after I did to see if they could lift what I was lifting. Before you think I'm paranoid, I did overhear them say some not very nice things about me and to confirm it I jumped around in the sequence and they followed.

Sooooo.... I decided to be devious. I would finish my set and when I knew they weren't looking, I'd move the pin to three blocks higher than what I had actually lifted. I was a little ashamed of myself for being so juvenile, but the gratification of seeing their confusion when they couldn't lift what "that fat lady" had lifted trumped it.

hee hee hee.

... I really need to grow up.

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RAEB84 10/9/2010 9:10PM

    Possibly my favorite story of the gym EVER. Congrats on being one of those people!

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MEJANE635 10/9/2010 8:19PM

  A (cute) guy at the gym stopped me this summer to ask if I ran everyday and express that he was impressed -- I have never had an easier run!!!! Awesome job!!

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KRISTEVEN1 10/9/2010 5:37PM

    I love this!!! You will continue to be "one of those people..."!!
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COCOAMARIA 10/9/2010 5:20PM

    Love this blog keep it up!

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ESTHER2175 10/9/2010 5:13PM

    Love this blog!!! I want to work up to be "one of those people". Absolutely awesome!!! Congrats on being the done girl!!! emoticon

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PRINCESSLSH 10/9/2010 3:55PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss so far. You're definitely an inspiration.

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BIGMAMAT 10/9/2010 3:18PM

    I am really happy for you hon! Rock on!! Woohoo! emoticon

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GINGERVISTA 10/9/2010 1:24PM

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FISHING88 10/9/2010 11:51AM

    Awesome! I bet your workout time just flew by with these entertaining thoughts going on in your head! You are obviously on your way to your goals. Keep it up!

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1WALKINGMAN 10/9/2010 9:39AM

    That is emoticonKeep on keeping on! emoticon

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MONIKKI 10/9/2010 9:39AM

    I love it! You go girl! Show them what you're made of

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RRP546 10/9/2010 9:35AM

  good feeling i know when that 95 year old lady says i quit to me i feel good too

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SEJULY 10/9/2010 9:27AM

  You won the elliptical race. That made me laugh!
Keep up the great work. Stay healthy.
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STORMIE62 10/9/2010 9:12AM

    You Go Girl... Yes You are one of those people that inspires the rest of us and don't let anyone stop you.

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JIBBIE49 10/9/2010 1:09AM

    emoticonGreat to see you blog FEATURED. emoticon What an honor!!

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BTRFLY08 10/9/2010 12:17AM

    Awesome! Keep it up!!

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RUBYSCLEW 10/8/2010 7:37PM

    very exciting. Great Job.

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KARLAMG86 10/8/2010 4:27PM

    This is awesome to me. Not only because you're obviously fit and fabulous (which you are and woohoo for that!!) but because you kicked a BOY's butt. Boy, man, guy, whatever. I love any time they have their tushies handed to them by the "weaker sex!"

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GOING-STRONG 10/8/2010 3:18PM

    Spark on Girl! You Rock!

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FINDING_LOUISA 10/8/2010 3:13PM

    Very cool!

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OCEAN7 10/8/2010 2:58PM

    Good job!

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HARMONB1 10/8/2010 1:31PM

    Oh god - I'm so guilty of doing this during my zumba class - there's this one thin lady that's always in my eye line - I always have a little gloat when she has to take a break and I'm able to keep going...horrible I know! But hey...if it helps you lose weight...

Congrats to you!!

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CHRIS7185 10/8/2010 12:58PM

  wow..great accomplishment...I love when people comment on how hard I work at the gym. It is the best motivator!

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QUOOTIE 10/8/2010 12:46PM

    Your story made me so proud and I don't even know you. Keep it up.

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KIGGANSJ 10/8/2010 12:14PM

    Totally awesome. It am still stunned when I receive any kind of compliment because i feel like i still have a long way to go, but they make me feel great. This morning a co-worker used the work muscular and I felt fantastic, after getting over the shock. Keep it up. I love my elliptical too!!

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DESTINEDTOBFIT 10/8/2010 11:59AM

  AWESOME!!! You must have skipped all the way to your car!
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EMSJOURNEY 10/8/2010 10:53AM

    VERY COOL! imagine what 70 pounds of flour looks like... you've lost 14 bags of flour!! AWESOME! =)

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PINKAMBER18 10/8/2010 10:39AM

    I joined a gym this past Tuesday. I also LOVE the elliptical, and can move on it! Way to go my friend! You are awesome!

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SBEAR5 10/8/2010 10:20AM

    That's awesome! WTG!

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LEMOOK 10/8/2010 9:50AM

    That's awesome. The Elliptical was the first machine that I dared to try when I first started exercising at the gym. I still enjoy it and I "rock out" too when I use it!
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I beat my craving into submission

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Friday afternoon quite frankly sucked. My boss is one of those people that has huge mood swings and takes them out on everyone. Apparently, according to her, I am too sensitive because when she talks to me rude and sarcastic that offends me. She was on one of her tirades that afternoon and even though it wasn't directed at me, and very rarely is, it makes the office a really unhappy place for everyone. When I left she had me stressed out to point of wanting to binge eat. It upset me because I haven't felt like that in a long time. When I get like that I eat sugary foods, like ice cream or cake, and I hide.
SO, I went to the gym. I knew in my heart eating was not the solution or the person I want to be anymore. My new obsession is the elliptical trainer and I got on it and 50 minutes later the cravings were gone. THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED. Not only were the cravings gone but my self esteem sky rocketed. It made me realize that I am living the healthy life that I set out to live and I am not doing it for just weight loss but because I actually like it. I literally think about the elliptical machine. Never before have I worked out for my health. It was working out for a number on a scale. Even when I retained close to 5 lbs of water weight over the week because I upped my workout I didn't completely freak out and give up. I pushed through. I am really proud of myself. So today when I left the gym I bought myself a bitchin pair of 4" black snackskin pattern peep-toe pumps. They are freakin hot. I tried to take a pic of them but it is hard to take pics of your own feet lol so I will ask the man tomorrow.

  
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KIKISLOVE2 10/8/2010 11:50PM

    I think that is awesome!, and you have given me some inspiration to do just that when I am stressed. I was upset because I didn't lose any weight this week. Even though I didn't gain any, I was disappointed. I am at the very beginning of my journey, so I look to lose something every week. I almost gave up today, and almost started bing eating, was depressed for a minute. Next time, the Zumba dvd will be my ticket out of stres. Thanks again!

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DIVADOLL73 10/8/2010 1:28PM

    Keep on kicking butt!!! And you can wear those heels proudly, binge eating is a difficult, but a rewarding challenge to conquer. YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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DESTINEDTOBFIT 10/8/2010 12:05PM

  Boy will I be glad when I am no longer tempted to binge, or when it occurs less and less often. But you sure have given me some hope today. I hope you get stares and compliments every single time you wear those hot boots, and it makes you smile even harder because you know from whence they came. Keep up the great work!!!
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JMARIES51 10/8/2010 1:02AM

    It's impossible that we work in the same place. I haven't ever seen you there, but I sure have seen your boss lady. Yes, she has an evil twin lurking at my work place. The day can be going along just fine and then something sets her off, and watch out. I also have had that feeling of wanting to grab the emotionally comforting foods, but darn it, she just isn't worth throwing away my good health.

The shoes sounds like a great idea. And of of course exercise is always a good thing. I do a lot of deflecting my feelings with sarcasm. It is terribly passive/aggressive, but at least I still have a job and haven't given in to the binges.

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GLEORIA 10/7/2010 8:39PM

    You wear those heels with pride! Thank you for sharing.

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NANHBH 10/7/2010 1:36AM

    Ash,

I love the way you write! I read this blog after the ROCKING ELLIPTICAL GIRL blog. Now, aren't you glad that you took to the elliptical machine when your boss stressed you out instead of turning to sugar? You never would have become ROCKING ELLIPTICAL GIRL!

Be cool,
Nancy

PS - Where's the picture of the shoes?

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NURSEKELLY09 10/4/2010 9:40PM

    Wow, great work! Isn't it an amazing feeling when you can beat out a craving, and to do it with exercise to boot! You are in inspiration! Keep up the good work!!

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JO2TOM 10/4/2010 7:28PM

    Wow. Keep up the good work. I am finally starting to want to go to the gym...which is a lot better than not. It is hard sometimes to get my weight training in, since I really can't do it on the days I work (12-hour shifts- intensive care). So I do cardio on those days if I am not dead, and then plan the weight training out about 2-3 weeks so that I know when I have to go if I want to keep it up.
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MAIA2011 10/4/2010 12:42PM

    You should be proud! That is an awesome achievement! You are kicking butt and taking names!

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Also, why do a^&holes always think other people are being sensitive? WHATEVER!
It's super cool that you're better than that.

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DAVISMDAWN 10/4/2010 10:51AM

    You freaking rocked it girl! Take that freakin binge eating! You are out of here!

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GIANTMICROBE 10/4/2010 8:39AM

    Tell 'em how it's done, Ashley!

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MRSSIBRAT 10/4/2010 7:00AM

    woohooo can't wait to see pics of those shoes!!! I am proud of you!!!

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KATHLOW 10/4/2010 3:38AM

    good for you! I am so proud of you for not givin in to something that would have made you frankly miserable! Now to follow your example :-)

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KATHLOW 10/4/2010 3:38AM

    good for you! I am so proud of you for not givin in to something that would have made you frankly miserable! Now to follow your example :-)

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KATHLOW 10/4/2010 3:37AM

    good for you! I am so proud of you for not givin in to something that would have made you frankly miserable! Now to follow your example :-)

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SWELL10 10/3/2010 10:32PM

    Isn't it amazing. Exercise has kept me sane during my recent breakup. It's become my go-to thing. Who'd of thunk it??? emoticon

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HOPERISING 10/3/2010 9:40PM

    You are such an inspiration, girl. Keep it up, and enjoy those shoes. ::sigh:: I wish I could wear girly shoes!

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MADEMCHE 10/3/2010 9:37PM

    Way to go Ash! That is awesome! Can't wait to see the shoes! So proud of you fro beating the crazing!

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LBEEKMA 10/3/2010 9:23PM

    Woohoo for you! Don't let HER bring you down! Congrats on rockin the elliptical when others try to rock your world! (a new pair of shoes is the perfect cure!) :]

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REM-CYCLES 10/3/2010 9:15PM

    You found a great tactic :) Great going :)

My wife has given me some good tips for those killer cravings - and it's nice when we can ignore the food screaming at us.

Great work!

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AMOHAME2 10/3/2010 8:35PM

    Amazing! You've come so far and you absolutely deserve a pair of sexy new shoes!! I hope the elliptical continues to be a great remedy for your cravings!

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PERFECTVELVET 10/3/2010 8:34PM

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You win a trophy for that attitude!

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CUATROMOMMY 10/3/2010 8:34PM

    Good job. The elliptical has become my new bff too.

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LUCKYDOGFARM 10/3/2010 8:29PM

    Ashley, that is wonderful! one of these days, i hope to NOT cave in to the craving! and the shoes! woohoo, i can hardly wait to see them!

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WOMANCHEF 10/3/2010 8:28PM

    Great job getting through the cravings with exercise! And a pair of rockin heels - you go girl!!!

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KJDOESLIFE 10/3/2010 8:24PM

    Great job! Working out is an exellent deterrent to munching or overeating. When you just worked that hard you realize it isn't worth the calories!!

Can't wait to see the shoes!

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BADASSBLONDIE 10/3/2010 8:23PM

    You're inspiring, doll! Way to go!!!

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UHYEAHABOUTTHAT 10/3/2010 8:23PM

    Way to go!! Working out frustrations is pretty awesome, isn't it? Good for you. You've got to be proud!
and I can't wait for the pictures..The shoes sound amazing. I looooove heels. emoticon

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KARENIN1DERLAND 10/3/2010 8:19PM

    Awesome job girl!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 10/3/2010 8:15PM

    That's fantastic love... just another victory in your journey!

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