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Still moving forward

Saturday, July 25, 2009

I've been away from SparkPeople for a few weeks, but I have been staying on track with my food. I'm continuing to lose weight, but I haven't been exercising regularly. I started a new job and got sick shortly afterwards and kinda lost my momentum. My schedule at work has changed and I'm going in an hour earlier, so exercising in the morning is out. So, beginning next week I will try to workout at the end of my day. I've lost a total of 30 pounds since coming back to SparkPeople about 5 months ago, and I want to keep moving forward.

Wish me luck! emoticon

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MKPQ51 8/16/2009 7:25AM

    I know this blog is about three weeks old, but I still wanted to make a comment.

It's hard when there is a change in schedule to get a routine going again; but, don't let having to rise an hour earlier stop you from doing your exercise. If it's too hard to get up earlier to exercise, try doing it when you first get home from work or if that doesn't work out for you, try just before bedtime.

Don't think you have to do all your exercising at one time; break up your time throughout the day. In the morning, you can just do a ten minute video, which may give you a jump start for your day. While your supper's on the stove, get in a few exercises. Be creative; put on some pump-you-up music and go to town! Finish up your day with a few more exercises and then take a warm relaxing bath/shower before hitting the bed; the combo of the exercising and the bath/shower may be just the trick for a good night's rest.

On your journey to a healthier lifestyle, it's key to work on food intake, exercising, drinking water, and sleep--and all of them at the same time. So, my friend, do get back to exercising. And, don't fret if it's not equivalent (timewise) to what you did in the past; some is better than none!


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More Progress!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Yesterday was an outstanding day for me emoticon. Friday was my last day at my old job and I was truly touched by all of the well wishes, gifts, encouragement and hugs received from those I've worked with throughout the hospital over the last almost 4 years.

My day began at 5:45 Friday morning, when I lay in bed trying to decide what I would wear to work on this my last day at the hospital. I remembered it was 'jean day', and thought, "If only I could wear my favorite jeans". I decided I would try them on and jumped out of bed, didn't even turn on the light, went to the closet, pulled them off the hanger and stepped into them. When they got pass my hips with ease I held my breath! I pulled them over my stomach and tried to button them and to my surprise they buttoned emoticon. I paused for a minute and thought ok, now for the zipper. I took a deep breath and pulled on the zipper and up it went without stopping -- I screamed!!

I ran to the phone and called my daughter who is my comrade on this journey and also a SparkMember, and when she answered, at 6:00 a.m., I began singing, "I'm wearing my jeans, I'm wearing my jeans!!" and kept singing that song in my heart all day long. Finally, after a going away dinner with co-workers, I returned home and undressed and sang my song one last time as I headed to the closet to hang my favorite jeans in their new place in the front of the closet.

Never give up, never give up!


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SEAWILLOW 5/16/2009 6:22PM

    Congratulations are doing Awesome!

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LADYINBLAQ 5/16/2009 5:36PM

    Wow! Congratulations! That must feel awesome. I have clothes in various sizes to try on along the way ... eventually working my way to my prom dress that my mom just found and put in her closet for me. I can't wait.

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Getting Back On Track

Saturday, May 09, 2009

I have been putting other things ahead of my weight loss routine again, and that always leads to backsliding. I get tired and/or sick, take a break from my exercise routine, start eating things I shouldn't eat, and before I know it I'm putting back on inches and then pounds. Well, I'm determined not to let that happen this time! This is the year I will lose the weight!!

I only worked-out twice this week and I didn't do much tracking on SparkPeople. Tracking on SP and communicating with other members is as important as eating right and exercising, so I'm committing to getting back on track with everything this week.

Being tired is a major factor in my eating habits and so is stress. Right now I'm having some financial difficulties and I'm about to start a new job in a week. My financial troubles are short term, but pressing. Once I leave the old job and start the new one, the stress of the old job will be gone and I'll be on my way to resolving my financial woes with my new salary. So, I just need to stay prayerful, think positive, and keep doing what's working.

I put on a pair of pants this past week that I have not been able to wear for 5 months emoticon emoticon, so I know I am making progress and I will not lose the progress; no more starting over - I'm continuing to move forward from this point!

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MIATHESKINNY 5/9/2009 12:02PM

  It is so encouraging to hear that you keep your weight loss routine under the BIG stress of changing jobs, financial difficulties, etc. This is where I fail badly: every challenge - big or small- - throws me into binging, cravings, etc. We all know that the secret is NOT TO GIVE UP . Much easier said than done. People like you help A LOT!

P.S. HAPPY MOTHER DAY ! emoticon

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    Good for you! There are times that I have to renew my commitment nearly every day. The important thing is not quitting. As long as we don't give up we will keep making progress.


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Making Progress!

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Well, my monthly weigh-in was Friday and I lost 5 pounds! Of course I wanted to lose more (I was shooting for 15), but I am ok with 5. One of the reasons I can accept the 5 pound loss rather than the 15 is because I feel so much better than I did a month ago emoticon. I have more energy and I'm sleeping better and my clothes fit and feel better emoticon. There is no way I can deny that I'm making progress, not matter what the scales read .

This month I've set several goals: increased my workout to 4 miles of a walk aerobics program; using 3 lb. wrist weights during workout; drinking 10-12, 8oz. glasses of water; eating 3-5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

I'm working it emoticon.

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JAMAICATRIP 4/7/2009 10:17PM


Hang in there....I will soon be 53 in June and the weight is coming off much slower than I wanted it to come off but I am determined to stay the course no matter how long it takes. I think that 5 pounds in a month is really great and see how good you feel. Think of it like a dripping faucet eventually a dripping faucet will fill a sink and eventually 5 pounds will turn into 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 pounds and the next thing you know you'll be posted as a success story with before and after pictures so.......keep working it.........

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AMACUBA 4/7/2009 7:09PM

  I find it helpful (to put things into perspective in another way), to pick up something that represents the weight I've lost. I did it last week, and I can't even lift it! I can't believe I used to carry all that weight around!

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Not Giving Up!

Sunday, March 08, 2009

I set unrealistic goals when I returned to SparkPeople 3 weeks ago and renewed my efforts to lose weight. I lost 4 pounds the first week and was disappointed; I wanted to lose 10. Then the following 2 weeks I didn't lose anything; disappointed is not the word for how I felt.

Rather than give up this time, I reached out to SparkMembers and received encouragement and support and shared stories of how they continued on when discouraged. So, I took another look at my goals, changed the frequency of my weigh-ins and committed to continuing on my journey and not giving up.

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JUSTGLORYOUS 3/17/2009 8:10PM

    Yes, please set realistic goal, one to two pounds per week. We are about the same age, and I also have grandchildren. I want to be around for them. It is not about looks at this point in my life it is about health. From everything I have read, it is much more likely to stay off if we stick to losing one to two pounds a week. And I am sure we don't want to have to do this again! Good luck, I know you can do it!

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LAILA07 3/11/2009 8:40PM

    That's the attitude Joycelyn!!!! Be proud of all that you have accomplished!! Take things day by day, one step at a time. Keep up the great work!

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KIMSOLOMON 3/9/2009 9:39PM

    I aim for 10 lbs a month and that has been a push more me. In fact I have yet to accomplish 10 lbs a month so far this year. LOL

Keep on keeping on girlie! Sometimes we have slow weeks..... I have been there! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 3/8/2009 8:29PM

    I know you aren't giving up. You want to be healthy and you won't quit. emoticon

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