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My goal is to burn a pound.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Last week I upped my fitness to 2000 calories a week and surpassed it, by a lot.

I feel pretty good. This week I set the goal for at least 3500. I burned more than that last week and lost a pound. It seems fitting. Burn 3500 calories, that is a pound.

After tonight's Zumba class I will already almost be there. I am feeling great and motivated.

I can burn a pound a week!

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KRISTINE99 3/13/2013 9:56PM

    You inspire me to take up Zumba again! I've been meaning to go to one of the classes at my gym.

Keep being awesome emoticon

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VIXSTERLU 3/13/2013 11:43AM

    emoticon Woohoo, Zumba!!! I could never get into it, I've tried. But I understand the addiction, lol.

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68ANNE 3/7/2013 6:17PM

    What an awesome job you are doing. You are on a roll

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TMCLEOD4 3/7/2013 2:23PM

    Congrats!! Keep up the good work!!

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JUMPINJULIE 3/6/2013 10:56PM

    That is awesome and fun while you workout.

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JULIAGULIA162 3/6/2013 2:59PM

    I do Zumba. You can burn 600-800 or more calories per hour depending on how much you move. I do an hour twice a week at a class, and then I do Zumba on my Wii at home (that estimates calorie burn for your weight). I also walk and go to the gym sometimes.

I am not a gym or fitness junkie. Just enjoying dancing whenever possible.

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BRITTTURTLE 3/6/2013 2:53PM

  That's so impressive. What sort of exercises were you doing?

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The Monster Under My Bed.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

There is a monster under my bed. It is quite scary actually. I worry about it all the time. It used to be in my bathroom, now it is under my bed. I wish I could banish it all together, but I know that wouldn't be a good idea.

The monster is my scale. Like I said, it was in the bathroom, but I am doing a "no weigh month" and it was very, and I do mean VERY tempting to get on it every time I walked by. I resisted, but I know I have been doing so well, I want to stand on it. I REALLY want to stand on it.

So I moved it. The idea out of sight out of mind. It helped some, but I still think about it. All the time. It is going to be a long month.

The good thing is, I know I am on the right track. I track all food, stay in my calorie range and I have been working out a ton. I need to just relax and enjoy my month. This is supposed to be a stress free month, in terms of the scale.

I need to stop worrying about the monster under my bed.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JUMPINJULIE 3/6/2013 10:55PM

    Your doing awesome. just tell the monster he/she can't scare you.

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ZUMBAGIRL6 3/5/2013 5:41PM

  I love your idea about moving the scale!!

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KDAILEY70 3/5/2013 5:26PM

    You're doing great!

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SPECIFICITY 3/5/2013 5:17PM

    Keep up the good work! If it is battery operated you could take them out and put them across the house so it takes more effort to put them back.

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Who cares about the number on the box? Breaking free of the scale!

Friday, March 01, 2013

A few days ago I wrote a blog about competing for weight loss, with others, yourself and with the weight itself. I received several of fantastic comments, but one stood out, in fact, I stole my title from her:

"I quit weighing myself other than about once a year when I go to the doctor -- since I started running 2 years ago I have lost less than 4 pounds total but I am down 5 clothing sizes... who cares about that number on the box... I would rather see the number on the tag in my jeans ." - MOM23JS

That comment really got me thinking. Sure weight loss is the ultimate goal, but the reason for that goal is to be healthier and look better in our clothes, perhaps even smaller clothes. If that is the case, why not worry about just that? Why not focus on getting healthy and trimming the waste line and not worry about that number on the scale?

The scale has been a source of stress for me. I stay in my calorie range and I exercise and it refuses to move. I get frustrated. My pants fit better, that really should be enough. I KNOW I am doing good. I should be proud, not worried about a number.

So I decided to put my scale away for awhile. It is only one tool for measuring success, and a very poor one at that. I weighed this morning, down 1.2 (finally- go me) and I will not weigh again until April 1st. This is going to be a challenge because I am one pound from One-derland and I have been working for over two months just to get there. I expect that I will surpass that this month and be pleasantly surprised.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MOM23JS 3/3/2013 5:16PM

    So glad that my thoughts were able to help you and I am truly humbled by your sharing :)

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68ANNE 3/1/2013 10:11PM

    I should pull the battery out of my scale.

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JUMPINJULIE 3/1/2013 9:48PM

    Sounds great.

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POOKASLUAGH 3/1/2013 5:01PM

    Good for you! I don't think I could do it myself. But I admire people who can!

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BOOKWORM27S 3/1/2013 12:52PM

    How often you weigh-in can be a difficult decision to make. For me, if I don't weigh-in every day.... I tend to cheat. So for me, I must have the accountability of a daily weigh-in to keep on track.

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BETHANN34 3/1/2013 12:34PM

  That takes some serious willpower! I am always checking the box. Of course I am not real sure how accurate it is! LOL!!!

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MBEHNKEN 3/1/2013 12:23PM

    Good for you. I can't get away from the number on the box myself.

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This is a Competion, but not who or what you think.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Alright, I am not going to lie, I am a tad bit jealous. I have struggled for nearly 2 months to lose 4.2 pounds, my friend on the other hand, who just started, managed to do that in one week. One week!

I took it with good stride. I congratulated her, she deserved it, but in the back of my head I kind of wanted to hit her with my car. She of course, is nearly 10 years younger and only has to work half as hard as I do.

Just saying that made me feel old.

I am more motivated this week, giving myself stricter calorie limits and working out more. I am not going to let myself feel bad about how long it took me to lose what I did, I still lost it. I AM proud of her, it is not a competition, at least not with her, or anyone else.

It is not even a competition with the weight. It is a competition with negative self thoughts, or rather myself in general. The battle will be long. The battle will be hard, but I WILL win. In fact, every day I keep trying I already win.

Motivational quote for today:
“If you hear a voice within you say, you cannot paint, then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.”
― Vincent van Gogh

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JUMPINJULIE 2/27/2013 10:30PM

    Sometimes we lose the battle but win the war. You will win the war. Negative thought's are so hard to silence but you can do it.

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SORGIN 2/27/2013 8:33PM

    "It is not even a competition with the weight. It is a competition with negative self thoughts, or rather myself in general." Thank you for writing this! I have been comparing myself to others and fully engaged in the "why not me?!" mindset. Your reminder that it is negative self talk and a futile competition with myself is much appreciated. Thank you!

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MOM23JS 2/27/2013 8:23PM

    I quit weighing myself other than about once a year when I go to the doctor -- since I started running 2 years ago I have lost less than 4 pounds total but I am down 5 clothing sizes... who cares about that number on the box... I would rather see the number on the tag in my jeans :)

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68ANNE 2/27/2013 5:09PM

    Wow, you definitely got it. I compete with that negative all the time

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POOKASLUAGH 2/26/2013 4:27PM

    I know what you mean. That's the hardest part of Spark for me, watching people zoom through the pounds, while I struggle to lose 2 per month. Even when I was morbidly obese, I struggled to lose a pound per week max. Sigh. I know, now, the benefits of losing slowly, and i don't regret it anymore, but it IS hard to reign in that jealousy.

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TMCLEOD4 2/26/2013 2:25PM

    The last time I lost weight I did it with a friend. She lost 150 pounds in 12 months and I lost 75 pounds in 14. We ate a lot of our meals together so I was very jealous. Everyone is different. It's unfair to yourself to compare your weight loss to anyone else's. I lose weight very slowly and it sounds like you do too. Don't punish yourself for that. Be happy with your progress. You're doing great!!

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MOMTO2HEINZS 2/26/2013 1:08PM

    You've got this. The previous poster is right...in the first few weeks it's much easier to lose. Pretty soon, she'll be battling the head games too. You've got the attitude that it takes to get there. Keep it up!!

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CATHWREN 2/26/2013 12:56PM

    Keep in mind that the first couple of weeks on a diet see higher losses because of the water weight coming off. Her losses will slow down to something closer to what you are losing.

Also, you are losing however slowly. Take that as a win.

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LADYJ6942 2/26/2013 11:55AM

    Ah just gotta love competition. I'm not competitive either, cough cough, I keep it to myself, in my head but I love to compete and push myself to go harder/faster then those beside me.

Love your attitude, you are on the right track and she'll slow down sooner or later.

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The Knockout Inside of Me?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Neat thing happened to me yesterday. I found a message (lost in the OTHER folder) on fb from an old high school friend. Upon responding I looked through her photos she looked different, REALLY different. Trying not to be rude, but curiosity got the best of me, I asked about it. Using a calorie counter on her phone and working out 30 minutes a day, she , as she said "became the new me" - nearly half her previous size she says (though I doubt it was quite that much, she may be being hard on herself). The funny thing is, she was always a beautiful person, but inside she had a knockout. Total transformation. So happy she decided to let that person out. She looks so happy!!!

Counting calories and 30 minutes of exercise a day!?! Can you do that? Heck ya! Sign me up for that!

I hope there is a knockout hiding inside of me!!!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MOM23JS 2/27/2013 8:17PM

    Great reminder to keep it simple and we can achieve success!

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JUMPINJULIE 2/22/2013 9:25PM

    I hope their is one inside me too. we'll find them. emoticon

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68ANNE 2/21/2013 5:42PM

    There is and you will find it!

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POOKASLUAGH 2/21/2013 5:13PM

    That's really all you need! :)

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PRINCESSAMY 2/21/2013 1:57PM

    That is emoticon

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BLOCKHEAD23 2/21/2013 12:59PM

    Great job!! It does make a difference. I've tried Weight Watchers (2 or 3 times) in the past and lost a little bit of weight, but it wasn't as motivating as SparkPeople! Everyone is here for you and wants to hear about your journey! Keep it up!

You can do this :) One step at a time! Good luck!

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JULIAGULIA162 2/21/2013 12:45PM

    Thanks. You know, according to last weeks scale, I have only lost 4.2 pounds so far. And I worked to lose them, but my clothes are already fitting differently. I feel so much better already. The motivation just that gives is already!!!

We are all beautiful! It is amazing!

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CATHWREN 2/21/2013 12:40PM

    There is absolutely a knockout in you and she isn't hiding. You are a beautiful woman. emoticon

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DIBANANA 2/21/2013 12:33PM

  You are a lovely girl already but you will be happier when you feel you are a knockout! Enjoy the journey

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/21/2013 12:25PM

    Yes, and no weird diets! You can do it too! Hang in there!

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GCHUNG 2/21/2013 12:17PM

    There is and you'll find her!!! good luck.

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