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Day 100 -- This IS HOW I LIVE

Friday, December 19, 2014

I can honestly say that I am happy to make it to day 100 - There are many moments that I thought I would give up along the way. But I committed to 100 days and that is what I did.

Now the part about the weight loss. I lost 10 pounds this entire time. That isn't huge, but it is better than gaining. What I really wanted to do was to stay motivated during this fall and the start of the holiday season. I am not sure that I can say I have felt motivated to lose weight. What I do feel motivated to do is to keep a healthy lifestyle filled with daily exercise and healthy diet. I do feel motivated to keep trying to lose the extra weight that I carry around with me everyday. I am very motivated to stay healthy and get healthier. And I am motivate to make this my lifestyle forever.

  
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SAPHRAEL 12/22/2014 3:31PM

    Staying motivated to live a healthy lifestyle is a big win! emoticon

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_BABE_ 12/21/2014 5:05PM

    Commitment and consistency are big in this weight loss game...you got what it takes my friend! emoticon

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Congratulations on completing all 100 Days!



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LIFECHANGZ 12/20/2014 10:05AM

    emoticon It really is a nice milestone ~ 100 days & sparktacular thoughts to ponder! *yay* u :)

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Day 99 - It's Not In Here

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Today is day 99 of 100 days of weight loss. The exercise today is about making signs that will stop you from emotional eating. Linda Spangle suggests putting a sign on your fridge or cupboard that says, Not In Here. I have tried this in the past and found that I don't even look at the sign. You know how it is, easy to ignore what you don't pay attention to.

For me I have found that positive sayings catch my eye and pictures of things and people that are important to me. I have one of those I love Sparkpeople bumper stickers on my fridge and I always see it. It is a great reminder to me of how much my friends here and the website have helped me. In turn seeing it helps me stop and think before I grab something I shouldn't really be eating.



I think it is important that everyone find out what works for them. This might take some experimentation, but it is worth a try to see if it helps.





  
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LIFECHANGZ 12/19/2014 11:19AM

    emoticon emoticon positively & totally agree :)

edits to add after pondering a bit ~ I agree because... I think it helps to embrace the positives/benefits of why we are doing things... when I do the stop type signs (other than when white knuckling through things, and even then) I tend to rebel and feel deprived at the giving up or being told no... Rather, if I think how sleep will help me at bedtime (instead of the show I can't watch) or how some music or candlelight will make me feel good instead of a cookie when I'm not really hungry but restless... or maybe a good really hot bath, or cold one in the summer... well, there are all sorts of examples, but this blog really resonated with me, to embrace the positive (instead of focus on the roadblock :)

thank you for sharing this, it was thought provoking :)

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ONTHEPATH2 12/19/2014 11:04AM

    Love it! It's not in here!!!!

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CHEENY 12/19/2014 10:57AM

    I put a huge post-it chart on my refrigerator with a 68 lb count-down! That usually stops me dead in my tracks!

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_BABE_ 12/18/2014 8:47PM

    I guess I could have it on every cupboard....lol... NOT IN HERE!

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RAWCOOKIE 12/18/2014 1:40PM

    emoticon 99/100! It's a wonderful feeling to have worked through the entire 100 days, isn't it?!
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Days 98 New Year's Resolution

Wednesday, December 17, 2014



In today's lesson we asked to write a New Year's Resolution, but with a different twist. We are to assume that we have reached our goal weight - The date is:
Dec 17, 2015 -

I now weigh 135 pounds.

I am pleased with my new amount of energy and ability to move my body. I love feeling confidant when I am out moving through the world.

My body feels healthy and slim.

I am exercising by walking the dogs, dancing around the house, and lifting a few weights and yoga.

I've learned how to control my emotional eating by using a few techniques I learned in the 100 days of weight loss book. When I am faced with stress I stop and meditate, do some deep breathing, go for a walk, get active.



  
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    You are doing great, really love that first quote too!! We are never too old. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RAWCOOKIE 12/17/2014 4:38PM

    emoticon that sounds like a success story to me

That Change for Life graphic caught my eye - it's a UK campain (I think it's funded by the NHS)

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Day 97 - Use What Works

Tuesday, December 16, 2014




Today's lesson is about going back and looking over what has worked for me in the past and then pull out those great strategies and do them again.

Here are the strategies that work best for me:

1. Stay consist - this happens when I chart everything. That means that I write down all the food I am consuming in the day, all the exercise that I am doing, and chart all the other goals that I have for myself.

2. When faced with emotional eating I will stop - sit down for a few minutes, relax, do some deep breathing, drink a glass of water, then physically give myself something else to do until the feeling of wanting to eat my emotions passes.

3. When I feel my motivation weakening I come and blog on Sparkpeople or I read other people's blogs and get inspired.

4. Start the day and end the day with a feeling of gratitude, even if it is just a few minutes before I get up in the morning, and another few minutes when I go to bed. It is really important for me to clear my mind of anything negative.

5. Set goals for myself, write them down, and reevaluate them once a month.

6. Repeat all of the above over and over again - because when I stay consist I keep myself motivated.

7. Give myself nonfood rewards for staying consist - like new clothes, a trip, getting my hair done, a new book.


  
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_BABE_ 12/16/2014 5:48PM

    I think what works for you just so happens to work for me too! No wonder you are my Sparkfriend. emoticon

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    Awesome!

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LIFECHANGZ 12/16/2014 12:12PM

    emoticon wonderful strategy/path to follow, I hope it becomes well worn, used, wider and easier to walk... as you follow what works for you :)

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 12/16/2014 11:42AM

    All good, very important to find what works for us. emoticon

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Day 96 What Will It Take?

Monday, December 15, 2014



Are you have trouble staying one track with your goals or intentions? Today's lesson is about breaking your goals down into smaller steps that you can accomplish easily. So for instance, I have an intention to gain more strength in my knees. So what I am doing in order to achieve this is that while I am walking I will stop and do some knee bends while holding onto my walking stick. Also, when I am getting out of my chair I try to do at least 10 knee bends. So during the day I am able to get in about 60 knee bends without thinking about it very much.

Another thing that I am trying to accomplish is adding a few more steps to my walking each day. So while I am waiting for my coffee to drip or waiting for the microwave to heat milk, I walk around the island in my kitchen. It doesn't seem like a lot, but it is more than just standing still or sitting down while I am waiting.

On my refrigerator I have one of those I love Sparkpeople stickers that reminds me everytime I am in the kitchen that I have goals that I am trying to achieve. I also read my goals everyday on Sparkpeople and that seems to also tweak my memory each day that I am working towards something that may take me awhile, but don't give up.

  
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    Awesome blog!

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