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Heck of a journey - 1 year later 91 #s down the frustration & triumphs

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Wow, what an exciting ride.. 1 year ago April 21st was the day I re-committed to myself that I am ready.. I will no longer make excuses I will make progress.....

This is my message I posted to a friend... and to anyone who will listen (i.e. read :) )
All it takes is 1 step forward... next thing you know you are miles in the right direction... set up small achievable milestones and work towards them.... this is an exhausting but fun journey to see how beautiful/handsome we can get our bodies... God gave us this vessel and we have neglected it - now we get to put it back to rights.. I have had a great time in the last year.. seeing how hard I can push myself and keep going.. it is wondrous and exciting to see what I thought was not possible at my age.. enjoy your journey.. I am here if you need a push or a shoulder to lean on..

Start simple.. I did 30 minutes a day.. do not stop when you're tired (because you would be done in 5 minutes) .. stop when you reach your goal.. I set myself up in 30 minute increments. I now do 45 before work, 30 minutes at lunch and after work I go home, eat dinner and take my dog on her walk, we walk about 2-4 miles around the neighborhood.. I usually end up carrying her, so more workout, lol (she weighs only 4#s)..

I am so happy - people at work are seeing that I just did not talk, but I walked the walk.... it is starting to motivate other people to walk and ask me questions about what I am doing.. I tell them they have to have that click go off inside you head.. saying enough is enough.. I am sick and tired of being sick and tired.. then start doing something about it.. Commit to yourself 10,20, even 30 minutes a day to start with that isn't much, but what an excellent start.. within 3 weeks you are feeling lighter and happier.. it isn't how fast we go through our own healthy lifestyle journey.. it is how we commit to it and how we are determined to get where we want to be... if you fall back do not berate yourself, tell yourself tomorrow I will do better and actually hold yourself accountable and do it..

I went from January 2013 through part of April of not losing but 1 pound.. I was getting distressed and frustrated but kept at my goals.... I added the walking at night, tried changing what I ate, nothing helped.. I ran harder, I ate less ugh!! I was at my wits end and then like a new fresh rainfall, I started losing weight again... Plateaus are hard and they sure test your dedication to your goals.. I think some of it I was eating too little for all the work I was doing.. I have upped my calories some and continue on my journey.. I have a little under 25 pounds left to go to reach my goal weight.. then life will be about maintaining.. I know through my plateau time that I can maintain.... so that was a blessing...

When I get exhausted - when exercising - I start to break it down in increments, just 10 more steps, 10 more reps, 10 more minutes.. I pep talk myself... telling myself.. you can do it, you are so close.. almost done, almost there... like a motivation coach would be - but I do it to myself.. lol inside my head of course - out loud I think people would think I'm crazy... lol.. whatever works to keep you motivated to keep your 30 minute goal you set... stick with it... positive self talk is awesome!

Don't be too hard on yourself, but also hold yourself accountable for what you put in your mouth and what exercises you need to do to maintain or lose whatever your goal is, You can do it!! Stay positive and focused..

Remember excuses are for those who do not want it bad enough...
You have to have that "click" go off inside yourself, telling you enough is enough... time to take charge and make the difference not another excuse..

Good luck.......

  
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    Loved what you said about plateaus! So true! You are doing great and I am so proud of you!

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I'm what???? 85 down?? Can't be me? Never thought it would happen!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Journal Entry #4 - Wow! I can hardly believe I made it this far.. Talk about determination and perseverance... I have been happily working my way down since I got serious in April 2012.. - I used to be a size 24 and now I fit into Size 10 and 12 jeans!! My shirts are 14-16 because of my belly but I am working on that area pretty darn hard.... I hit my plateau end of January and have not dropped any weight since.. but the total cool thing is I have been maintaining!! Which is totally awesome for me.. I was starting to get depressed because I haven't lost anymore... I got a bit slack on diet and exercise because of illness and health issues.. I have not been down lower than 165 since 1991. I have tried many times to get below that horrible number for me to no avail.. this time will be different.. I am motivated and I keep that US Navy Seals motto in my brain like a mantra... how bad do i want this and what am I willing to do to get... and the only easy day was yesterday...

Since April is my anniversary date of changing my mindset last year - I will put the get up and go back into me... Excuses are for people who do not want it bad enough.. And I want to get rid of these last 30 pounds! A new year, a new month and a new me..

So I'm revamping my diet and my fitness routine.... I'm going to purchase 1 item of clothing that will be my motivator for me in a size 8 because I know I will do it!! I am thinking a wrap dress.... because it is simple, cute and flexible, lol.. I borrowed my friends for my most recent pic.. I loved playing dress-up that day when I reach 85# down!!!

Just another cool thing.... in the beginning it took me about 45 minutes to walk a mile... I can now jog 5 miles in one setting and it takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes!!! I did it tonight after work... I use fitbit.. and I just changed the basic goals from 10k steps an day to 15k steps and i changed 5 miles a day to 7... those are pretty challenging and I am hoping this will help break that plateau.. Have a good night and thanks for reading... I just wanted to voice out loud to hold myself accountable....

  
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ISATSAM 4/3/2013 11:24AM

    Thank you all for the comments! Much appreciated.. :)

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PJBONARRIGO 3/28/2013 10:15PM

    Wow, great blog! Congrats on your weight loss and the maintaining too- that is great! I love that Navy Seal mantra; I'm going to keep that one in mind! emoticon

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IDICEM 3/28/2013 10:02PM

  Congratulations! You'll make your final goals before you know it!
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    Congratulations, huge accomplishments. I am very happy for you!

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Thanksgiving Treat! 68 pounds down - kids reactions

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Journal Entry!

I want to thank all of you for your words of encouragement and well wishes from my first post... I just wanted you to know how it turned out... I love the support system of the SparkPeople, it helps keep me encouraged and motivated!

Pretty darn crazy, by the time Thanksgiving rolled around I was down 68 pounds. The kids saw me 4th of July (234#s), so when I walked in the house their mouths dropped. If I had a video camera.. lol I told them I was down to 182#s. They could not believe the difference in my looks, one said I lost a small child.. another said that I look like a different person all together.. I have about 47 pounds left to go to my goal... It was so exciting to visit with them, they cannot wait to see me at Christmas... I laughed and said that is a few weeks away I will not change that much but Valentine's Day will be another estimated milestone. I ate a nice meal and indulged but with moderation, so I didn't gain any weight from hanging with the kids..

The kids and I went for a walk, so it was fun to get out with them after the meal... They said, Mom! Your moving around and not sitting down. I said, of course silly, I didn't lose the weight sitting on my duff.. They said they were so proud of me and want me to keep going.. We ended the visit with kisses and well wishes... I left feeling very good about myself...

My son was so excited he went and purchased a fitbit, so he can keep me motivated (I really think it was for him..lol)

The only thing I can suggest for someone out there struggling is take one day at a time and remember your goals.. I work hard at mine, knowing my small accomplishments are worth the reward of being healthier in the end.. I am able to mostly keep up with my kids.. I still have a ways to go and will continue to persevere...

What are YOU willing to do to obtain your goal...

Thanks for listening or reading! Keep Sparkin!!

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    That's what I want to experience!!! Good job!

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    you look wonderful and I doing great keep up the great work

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    Thanks - I needed that

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Wow! Cannot believe I am now 62 pounds down and 53 left!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

I think I'm blogging because I have a record of my small accomplishments... so if I ramble it is meant for me :)

Wow! What an adventure.. Never thought I would ever be considered a gym rat, lol... I am at the gym at 6 am when they open, mon/wed/fri I actually do strength training and 20 minutes of cardio, tues/thurs mornings I do 33 minutes of cardio and some crunchies.. then I go back to the gym at 12 (m-f) for 33 more minutes of cardio, I love the elliptical machine... I am getting a FitBit this friday and have a friend who has one, she is 23 and I helped her be more motivated, we are going to compete with each other over trying to get all our steps in and water intake for the day. I'm excited and it should be fun!

Completely changing your whole life is an adventure. Reducing stress, changing my eating habits and exercising daily.... I never thought I would make it this far, it is amazing on how strong and motivated we can be when we see results and put our minds to it.... I still have 53 more to go but I know it is doable because I made the first half of my goal now the next half...

My kids are away at college, I will see them over Thanksgiving. They have not seen me since July 4th, which I was at 234 #s. I am now at 189 and have 17 more days till I see them! They will be so surprised... I'm excited for them to see me...

Thanks for listening or reading....

  
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MINISANDY 11/15/2012 11:28AM

    You have done an awesome job of sticking with it. Congrats on your weight-loss & wishes for success in your continued journey.

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  Good for you

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DESERTFLOWERG 11/12/2012 12:36AM

    Congratulations. You have done awesome and are an inspiration!

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    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 11/11/2012 12:06PM

    Thats awesome, you are over half way to your goal!! Way to go, and ps you are looking fantastic!!

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RANDOM00B 11/10/2012 11:02PM

    Wow, congratulations!! That's amazing!!!

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BEBOP4ME 11/10/2012 9:26PM

    Wow! Ypu look awesome and so happy too! Congrats!

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    emoticon Wonderful accomplishment!!!

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MAYAQUINTERO 11/10/2012 12:54PM

    wow!!!! you are amazing.... great job.... let us know what your kids said.... take pictures!!!! emoticon

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KAYBEE37 11/10/2012 9:53AM

    Congratulations!! You should be very proud of your accomplishments. That's really great about working out at the gym.

I wish you lots of luck on the other 53 pounds, and have a great Thanksgiving!

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ESIGURBERGSSON 11/9/2012 9:23PM

  Your kids are going to be thrilled! That is awesome!
Congratulations on your terrific weight loss.
Love how you are fitting little bits of exercise throughout your day. That is awesome.


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WHITEANGEL4 11/9/2012 9:08PM

    Great Job.....you found what works for you and followed thru.......You will have success.....Hope your children realize that you are making a lot of lifestyle changes to be where you are

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NUTTMEGG9 11/9/2012 8:38PM

    What an accomplishment!! You should be so proud of yourself....let us know how your kids react!!
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LUVSLIFE2 11/9/2012 9:17AM

    Thanks for sharing with us! It is always motivating when someone takes the time to share a part of their journey emoticon

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Your children would be sooo proud!!
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JILLIEWILLIE1 11/9/2012 4:36AM

    They will be amazed! You are looking FANTASTIC! Your over half way there! emoticon

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LOVEMYBODY2012 11/9/2012 1:39AM

    Very inspiring!

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SLIMINDOWN31 11/9/2012 12:16AM

    Wow!!!! You should be so proud of yourself

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VBCABELLO72 11/8/2012 11:37PM

    Congratulations! That is terrific, and I am excited for your children to see you too. I hope you blog about the whole experience. It would be a great story to hear. Keep up the good work!

~Vickie

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MARYJEANSL 11/8/2012 11:22PM

  Fantastic! You look great, and you must be very proud. Congrats!

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  You are doing just great and have a wonderful attitude. Your family will be so surprised and pleased emoticon

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    Awesome Job!!! They will be so proud of you! What an excellent example you're setting for them. WAY TO GO! emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 11/8/2012 7:57PM

    What a great job! Keep going. I'm sure your kids will be surprised and happy that you're taking care of yourself.

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ELLEN105 11/8/2012 6:34PM

    A very big W.T.G. Your kids are going to be so happy to see a more healthier mom. The best gift you can give yourself and family. I just bought a fitbit on Tuesday and I am luvin it. emoticon

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SPEEDY143 11/8/2012 6:03PM

    emoticon sounds like the best Thanksgiving Day ever!!!!!

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FARIS71 11/8/2012 5:57PM

    How awesome! The look on your kids' faces will be great!

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GEMINIGEM6 11/8/2012 3:56PM

    You look great! Congrats! But umm.....you're gonna disappear if you lose 53 more lbs!

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WARMSTRONG2 11/8/2012 2:32PM

  Great going, keep it up and have a great reunion.

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KRISTIMRHODES 11/8/2012 1:47PM

    Way to go!!! This is Awesome!!!

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SOLOMUA 11/8/2012 1:31PM

    Congratulations! Awesome going, its blogs like these that keep me going on my own weight loss journey! Keep it up!! emoticon

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 11/8/2012 1:24PM

    Woohoo - you look amazing - your kids will be so impressed! Congratulations


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    Your family will be surprise and supportive no doubt. emoticon emoticon

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Sad but happy

Monday, September 10, 2012

I had to retire my favorite pair of pants this weekend.. After I wore them to church, my best friend said they looked like hell on me and made me look like a slob.. He said I know you are not even close to being a slob but darling you do not wear size 24 anymore.. You are in size 18 and almost to size 16.
I love those pants they are so cute and I love them but I am not looking like a slob to wear them.. he gave me 2 shirts (and a pair of shorts) this weekend and they show my belly rolls not a lot but enough for me to feel uncomfortable.. He kept saying they look good on you and in 2 months they will feel better... so I decided against my better judgment to wear one of the shirts to the gym this morning.. the gym supervisor said wow, you look great in gym clothes that actually fit you. That those size 4x you wear do not look good on you, it is time to move on to clothes that fit. Wow, it is hard to believe I made it 49 pounds down this week… only 65 more to go… I’m really going to miss my favorite pair of pants… maybe I will make a pillow out of them, lol…
The pic attached is me at 40 pounds down. I need to get one of me when I reach 50#s down…

  
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JOYFULROAD 11/8/2012 12:07PM

  fantastic - I would say keep up the good work, but I know you will anyway! You go girl!!


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AMANDASTAFF 11/7/2012 8:23AM

    Awesome about all your weight loss and for being so committed about going to the gym faithfully. I know it may be hard to say Goodbye to some of your clothes but just think how terrific it will be to go clothes shopping and get a whole new wardrobe. I bet you will feel amazing with your new look. emoticon

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TATTER3 9/15/2012 9:57AM

    Yea to you!!!

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TIG123GER 9/10/2012 10:54AM

    CONGRATS on the weight loss and here's to the next 10! Keep the pants and take a look at them as you continue to lose weight to see where you've come from. It will be a huge eye-opener. Good luck on the next steps.

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DAWNDMOORE40 9/10/2012 9:02AM

    emoticon on losing 45 lbs! That is quite the accomplishment! I know it's hard to give up old clothes, but you will look so good in the new ones! Just remember it's all about what makes you comfortable, and not what everyone else thinks! Have a blessed day! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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