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My A HA moment

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I've had many moments when I realize certain things, be it about life, love, eating better, getting rest, anything and everything.

I had one the other day. You see, earlier this year, a friend lost her battle with CF. She was young, only in her 30's with 3 kids.

Here is what I realized, even though it is all around me all the time. We don't have long in this world. Even if we live to be 80, it can seem so fleeting.

I think that people need to not only realize this, but also that our health is part of what will make our life so enjoyable. You see, I could be fat, miserable, hurt joints, or I can be active, in shape and really enjoy all of my years, instead of watching them go by.

I think this hit me hard, because there wasn't anything really that my friend could do to make her life better or longer, but I sure can. I can make choices that not only lengthen my life but keep me healthy, at least as much as possible.

So, regardless of what I eat or don't, or whether I have a bad day or not, I need to be thankful for my life and make it so I will enjoy it for a long time to come. And I need to make the right choices every day for my health.

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EJOY-EVELYN 8/31/2014 2:21AM

    I seem to have a keen awareness of the brevity of life. I have so much to look forward to. Keep hope alive.

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OMMAMA7 8/28/2014 5:25PM

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Fit Bit Friday

Friday, August 22, 2014

My husband and girls got me a fit bit zip for mother's day. It is a great little tool that really helps me WANT to move and reach goals. However, it didn't do a good job when I started working out, so I ended up consistently forgetting to put it on. I was still doing great, but probably wasn't worried about doing my steps, but now I really want to make sure that I can keep moving and staying fit!

So, today, I put my fit bit back on. I forgot to do it before I worked out, and probably walked a thousand steps before I put it on, but I'm doing it again!!! Wahoo!!!

I just really am trying to stay focused, and I hope this little thing helps too!

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XRSIZE16 8/25/2014 9:57AM

    How are you liking it so far?

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OMMAMA7 8/24/2014 8:42PM

    Awesome! I have a spark tracker that I need to make sure to wear more often - thanks for the reminder :)

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MYAKAYAH 8/23/2014 2:07AM

    I love my FitBit, I keep it on me at all times so that may help you~

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JANUT57 8/22/2014 3:41PM

  Great motivator the fitbit! Hope it gets you moving! emoticon
Love mine!

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AJB121299 8/22/2014 3:30PM

    good luck

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    What a nice gift

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UNDERwhelm yourself.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

So. I've been successfully losing. I'm not bragging. Or not trying to. I'm just being matter of fact.

However, I keep getting frustrated. Not enough to quit, but I sometimes feel I've been doing this FOREVER and getting no results. NONE of this is true. I've been doing it ALMOST 2 months. That isn't long at all!!! I'm getting GREAT results! My stomach is smaller and more tone, my calves and arms are more tone, and things are shrinking. THAT IS GREAT! (I would give a pound amount, but I don't weigh myself, I find I get too discouraged).

So, I read this blog by Heidi Powell yesterday. It said that the committment, the promise to yourself is the most important part of the journey of weight loss. That you don't make goals that you might not be able to achieve, but instead set smaller goals and keep going.

So here is mine. I'm going to lose 1 pound. Or 1 more pound. OR I am going to eat right TODAY. I know that 1 pound will lead to more and today will lead to tomorrow, so that is great, but I think that this might help me get my focus on my fitness and OFF the end result. I hate getting overwhelmed with my total loss I have to get to and losing my momentum. I'm not doing that any more!!!

So UNDERwhelm yourself. Make a smaller goal and get your mind off the end game and just set a goal for the day or week or month. Just take a breath. You CAN do this.

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GRACED777 8/22/2014 11:40AM

    This attitude is great! (I too am from Indiana.) Enjoy your weekend!

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FORZACHANDMATT 8/20/2014 12:30PM

    Love this - that's the spirit and the right way

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Love you... love me... love my body

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I've read some people saying that they are struggling with the loving their body situation.

I've been there. Heck, I AM there. I don't love my body. I accept it. I love things it is capable of, like the fact that it carried and nourished a child, and so much more. However, I don't love the way it looks entirely. I don't have a problem with flaws, I just don't love the size that it is. I'm okay with it, I understand that I'm working on it.

Loving me... my hubs. Oh my word, he is so amazing and supportive. I'm not trying to brag, I just was so happy, because last week, he said that my bum was getting smaller, and yesterday he was proud of my dedication. He's just been so full of compliments, and I can't imagine doing this without his support!!! He's always supported me, but the comments about how proud he is of me for getting up and getting going, and that he doesn't think anyone else we know works this hard... he is just amazing.

I know that I can make this work. I know that I can. I'm glad of how I feel.

Can't wait for more. And more progress!

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    Good job DH! emoticon

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LJOYCE55 8/19/2014 1:50PM

  Keep up the great job.

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EMMACORY 8/19/2014 1:37PM

    You have a great attitude! So happy your DH is so supportive. Blessings on your journey to a healthy lifestyle! emoticon

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

It is funny. I read a blog entry the other day about how SP could be keeping people fat by teaching acceptance of size. I don't agree, but I did like the point. I think ANYONE can make anything fit into what they believe. Which is why I thought of this when I was working out this morning.


If you want to make a lifestyle change and to low-carb forever, it will work, if you do it.

If you want to just do low impact exercises forever, they will work, if you do it.

It doesn't matter if you go balls to the wall with a crazy program, or start training for marathons, or just start by walking your dog, it is the doing something that is key.

You see, if you are exhausted, it is okay to rest. If you don't feel like going gung-ho and doing a more low-key workout, that is totally okay! Just keep going!!!

What I am trying to do is realize that I don't always have to kill myself trying, I just need to try, to work, to push myself, yes, but to keep going. I don't have to be perfect, I just have to DO.

Now, I'm not saying that fad diets or easy workouts are the way to go.

What I am saying is that if your workout pushes you, but isn't as intense as what someone else is doing, who cares? Push yourself, yes, but don't kill yourself trying.

Fad diets, don't necessarily last, but if you find something that you can stick with, then who cares if it is low carb, low fat, paleo, or intuitive eating? Just find something that you know that you can stick with and you'll be fine. Obviously you have to make smart choices, but don't stress. Heck if Atkins works at first and then you switch to a more everything in moderation approach, that is fine too. Just find what works for you.

I guess I'm just trying to lose, yes, and yet, I want to be healthy, and fit, and just not stress about all these things. It is way more fun and enjoyable that way.

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POCKETFULOFSUN 8/14/2014 12:32PM

    Yes!! In-fact if we are doing what we enjoy we might do it more often. On a suffering scale of 1 being cozy and 10 being torture, I like to work out at about 5-7, and pain is subjective after all.
A 5 today could be a 9 tomorrow and vice versa

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SUE5007 8/13/2014 1:38PM

    emoticon I totally agree.

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