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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Had a co-worker notice my progress yesterday, and her mouth literally fell open. Ya- that felt good.

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CHACKER2 7/25/2012 10:53AM

    When people notice it is great. It gives you the desire to keep up the good work. emoticon

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SUCCESS-AMT 7/24/2012 5:20PM

  Way to go. emoticon

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EAWESTON1 7/24/2012 2:17PM

  Isn't that a fun feeling? It's so motivating! Keep it up!

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JENNIFERH625 7/24/2012 1:26PM

    That feels amazing! Keep up the great work!

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BUBBLICIOUS6 7/24/2012 1:09PM

    It's always nice to hear compliments like that! And you'll have more to look forward to in the future!

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Motivation Exercise: Writing a Progress Report

Monday, July 23, 2012

If ever you need help refocusing, or reminding yourself of your progress, I suggest trying what I did this weekend. The intended goal is to focus on your accomplishments and outline your progress. While there is some self-congratulating built into this, the most important part of the exercise is to generate motivation to move forward.

Below is a Progress Report that I wrote for myself. It lists where I started, and where I am today. Using this site, I fished around and pulled the data together. I encourage you to spend more time on a social media site that you can actually get something out of- say goodbye to Facebook. :)

In each item below, the starting measurement is listed first. Start date was May 6, 2012.

Starting Body Fat %: 31.2, currently 28%
Starting BMI: 28.6, currently 24.4
Size 14 to size 10
Starting Weight: 176.5, currently 161
Upper Abs: 33", currently 30.25"
Thigh: 28", currently 26"
Hip 44.5", currently 41.5"

Running: 4 miles at start, 6 currently
Cardio- couldn't make it 30 minutes through Zumba without doubling over. Can now take two 1-hour classes in a row.

Eating whole grain for breakfast almost every day (Kashi, or Cheerios)
Almost no dairy now
Fruit for snacks
Hardly any read meat now
ONE soda per week, if that
Fried food only once per week

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IAMARMSTRONG 7/23/2012 12:55PM

  Thanks for reading!

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CHACKER2 7/23/2012 11:56AM

    emoticon emoticon

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KAREN42BOYS 7/23/2012 11:40AM

    Great summary and throw down!

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New Exercises

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Did a double class yesterday- whew!

Zumba, then Bootcamp. Was great. Lots of things I haven't done in a while (mountain climbers, jumping squats, burpees.

I'm sure it was water loss, but the pendulum swung a little lower this morning.

Will hydrate heavily today to be safe.


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


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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