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Plateau- a good update

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

I'm happy to log that I stayed true to my commitment to 'trust the program', even when I didn't see the scale move anywhere for three weeks.

For what feklt like FOREVER, the scale hovered at one number. FINALLY, it has begun to shift downward gain. Today I dipped into my lowest weight yet- half-pound movement, but hey, getting there!

This is a big motivator, to say the least. I think I'll reward myself with a fantastic Zumba class that is payment-per-class. It will be $15 well spent.

If you'd like to know what I did to stay motivated, I did the following:
- I measured
- I tried different classes
- I learned to appreciate myself for what I AM, not what I want to be, or where I think I'm going to end up (BIG pay off with this one, folks- I encourage you to focus on loving yourself for who you are right now, not 'how happy you'll be when you "get there").
- I tried endurance testing

  
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CHACKER2 7/19/2012 11:16AM

    The longest plateau that I have experienced was about 4 months. And then I finally started losing again after I added jogging to my walks. emoticon

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CHRIMSONFYRE 7/18/2012 1:36PM

    keep up the great work!
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DISPATCHGIRL32 7/18/2012 1:36PM

  Sometimes it can be tough when the numbers dont move but give it time and see the big picture and continue your commitment to what you are doing and the numbers will change!!

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BLUE42DOWN 7/18/2012 1:30PM

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Appreciating the journey and yourself is definitely important!

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Clothing- making it work

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Confidence manifests itself in different ways. For me, it's been in color and clothing. I am a conservative dresser by nature, but lately, I've been venturing in to new territoy.

So, I bought something ORANGE. Unmistakably ORANGE, when I made my commitment to lose this 20lb that's been stuck to me for 10 years. When I first bought it, it fit well. Now it's too big.

Since it's now baggy and TOO low cut to wear the right way, I was playing around and put it on backwards. In an age where boys are wearing nut crushing jeans and girls platform shoes that make them look like a circus act, I hardly think this looks odd. And anywa, who CARES what anyone else thinks. I like the way it looks and that's enough for me!

This is a Target 'premium' tee-shirts, which basically just means that it's stretchy. and smooth- nice fabric, actually. The tag is iron-on, so it's not visible.



So, confidence is abundant today, which is extremely motivating to say the least. I hope you find something to be motivated about today, too, be it related to successes, starting over, noticing a change, or just plain feeling positive. emoticon

  
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KAREN42BOYS 7/14/2012 2:54PM

    Love it! Way to make a fun shirt work for you!

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EMMANYC 7/14/2012 1:42PM

    You look great! The dip in the back really flatters your fit curves.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

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Other measurements

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Another muscle that needs building is our mental endurance muscle. How do you strengthen a mental muscle? What scientific evidence is out there that teaches the principles of 'Try try again"?

My feeling is SparkPeople's approach of setting small goals is one way to do this. I've found that the "cycle of set a goal - achieve a goal - feel good about it" is one smart way to condition the tenacity muscles. Perhaps it's how we lay down new neural pathways in our minds to remain consistent more easily.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CHACKER2 7/5/2012 11:01AM

    Take control of what you can. emoticon

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WALLINMW 7/3/2012 10:40AM

  Stay motivated!

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What are your thoughts? Rough Patches

Thursday, June 28, 2012

The journey to healthy habits is not a smooth one. It is loaded with pitfalls, detours, setbacks, as we all know.

We're doing great until...
- we get sick
- we injure ourselves
- work happens
- family happens
- love happens
- tragedy strikes
- we fall off the band wagon
- we lose interest
- we lose hope

... and then we find ourselves discouraged in not only the areas listed above, but with our lack of consistency or success in our health and fitness goals.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS on how to hardwire our minds and bodies that healthy eating and exercise as a stress reliever, not not a stress adder?

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