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It's a journey, not a destination (and other cliches that work for me)

Friday, October 04, 2013

So I thought and I thought about a story to share on my weight loss journey for this weekend’s challenge. I cannot think of anything clever and complete.

There is certainly a beginning to my overall story...

An over weight teen with a poor self image wants to be thin and "beautiful". She dreams of looking like Brooke Shields or some other thin beautiful movie star. To get there she tries starvation and pills, but never sees that perfect image she dreams of.

There is also a middle of the story…

The teen grows into an adult on a weight loss roller coaster, strangely believing her life would be perfect if she could just unload a few pounds. Babies are born and the scale slowly creeps up. Life happens and time goes by. She tries to lose some weight. The list of attempts seems endless… the cabbage soup diet, Atkins, Nutrisystem, Weightwatchers, Body for Life, pills, smoothies, infomercials, crash diets and oodles of other things. There were glorious successes and dismal failures.

My journey thus far has been pretty typical of many women I know. Pretty sure it will end in a similar way. What the story doesn’t tell is what I have learned throughout this saga. Here is what I think I know…

1. I am responsible for my own happiness. There is no pill or diet that will “fix” my life. I can choose to be happy, or I can choose to let everything that happens along the way make me feel bad. Regardless of what I choose, life goes on. I choose happiness.
2. The people who truly matter in my life love me no matter what size I am. Those who judge me by size are not worth the effort.
3. Healthy is more important than a number on a scale or a tag. I have taken my health for granted (like any other young healthy person) and done all kinds of unhealthy things for a quick moment of gratification. Now I’m watching my friends suffer the consequences of some of those unhealthy choices and it breaks my heart. My latest life lesson has taught me to guard my health and treat my body with respect. I will choose the healthy food (most of the time). I will get up and move as often as possible. I will not pollute my body with chemicals and poisons (except maybe on girls weekend).

I cannot predict the rest of the story, but I do know I am going to make the most of it.

Life is short. Make the most of what you’ve got. You never know what is going to happen next.

  
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SEAJESS 10/25/2013 6:05PM

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Beautifully written and full of wisdom!

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The true beauty from a True Blue!

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MAYBER 10/4/2013 11:57PM

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts it is very inspirational
One day at a time
Love Prayers Peace
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GIELLIOT 10/4/2013 10:00PM

    Yes!

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DEE797 10/4/2013 7:49PM

    Love your blog and I can relate to #1, #2, and #3. emoticon

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JCRAFT6 10/4/2013 5:27PM

    Great story. I love # 2

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ZORAHGAIL 10/4/2013 5:21PM

    emoticon Love #1.

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CJGODESS101 10/4/2013 4:24PM

    I love #2, I'm going to start telling myself that every day. Thanks for the inspiration.

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LADYJ6942 10/4/2013 3:01PM

    Such a familiar story, heard hundreds of times. I'm thankful I've not done it but oh the issues it leaves behind. Way to go on moving past that and deciding on a new path.

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MEGNEG 10/4/2013 12:09PM

    Wonderful story Tammy!! I think your points are so so true and I could not have put it better!! As my daughter would say - YOLO!!

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ARKPLE 10/4/2013 12:05PM

    Your 1,2 and 3 hit it right 110%. What you've shared is "truer than true." Good for you for coming upon these insights. xo

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Reflections

Monday, July 22, 2013

The plan began with...
1. Stay active and Stay young.
-Walk 10-12 miles a day.
-Continue to walk with DH daily (good for the relationship and the body!)
-Explore new routes to accomplish these goals (Maybe a walking tour in the city?)
2. Lose 14 lbs.
-Eat my 5 or more freggies daily (Hit the farmers market often to find fresher better ones.)
-drink 8-10 glasses of water a day
-Stick to lean meats and fish, and limit the carbs.
3. Learn to do a pull up
-strength training 3-4 times a week
-don't stop trying!
And now?
1. Staying active emoticon
I'm keeping those steps up, walking with DH and feeling good. A day without activity for me feels wrong. I think I developed a good habit here.
2. Lose 14 lbs. emoticon
I'm not really seeing a lot of movement there. My diet has gone astray and I need to seriously work that out. Veggies, water and lean meats are coming regularly. It's the little cheats here and there.
3. Learn to do a pullup. emoticon
I am strength training 3 times a week now. I feel stronger and I need to keep going.

What will I do for the rest of the challenge? Work hard and Clean up my eating. emoticon

  
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2BEABETTERME 7/26/2013 8:53AM

    We all have blips in the road where we get off track for a while. Keep up the great work!
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LADYJ6942 7/24/2013 8:59PM

    A solid plan, now to implement it and stick to it. You can do it, as can I. My cheat days have slowed me down too but I am reinvigorated to reach my ultimate goal and will do so.

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WATREKKIE 7/22/2013 10:52PM

    You're doing emoticon , sweetie!! You set a formidable plan, and have made headway on several parts of it. I'm thrilled that you're feeling off if you aren't active - sure sounds like a healthy habit you're building there!!

A plan of action and positive babysteps will get you where you want to be. Keep your head up, your focus forward, count your successes, and try to have FUN doin' it...!!!

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WALKINGBYFAITH2 7/22/2013 10:26PM

    You are doing emoticon my friend!! That is great mileage, and smart relationship advice all at the same time!! Keep that habit and add another! You can do it!!!! Go, go, go!!!!

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KHCHARMED1987 7/22/2013 9:23PM

    Good Luck! emoticon

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BLC22 Goals (and how I plan to get there.)

Sunday, June 09, 2013

1. Stay active and Stay young.
-Walk 10-12 miles a day.
-Continue to walk with DH daily (good for the relationship and the body!)
-Explore new routes to accomplish these goals (Maybe a walking tour in the city?)
2. Lose 14 lbs.
-Eat my 5 or more freggies daily (Hit the farmers market often to find fresher better ones.)
-drink 8-10 glasses of water a day
-Stick to lean meats and fish, and limit the carbs.
3. Learn to do a pull up
-strength training 3-4 times a week
-don't stop trying!

  
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KSMGLASS 6/13/2013 8:59PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon you can do it!! Great goals I'm you're sideline cheerleader!!! emoticon you on!!! emoticon

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LADYJ6942 6/11/2013 3:52PM

    AWESOME, OBTAINABLE, MEASURABLE GOALS. GO GET'EM!!!

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2BEABETTERME 6/10/2013 8:46PM

    My favorite is don't stop trying! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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PATTK1220 6/9/2013 11:33PM

    Wow! That's a lot of walking! Great goals!

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Details, details-my plan for the break

Sunday, April 14, 2013

My plan for BLC break is to "Stick to the Plan."
Slow and steady wins the race, Just Don't Quit!

Week 1-Stick to the plan. 11000 steps a day, 10 flights of stairs a day. 1000 calorie deficit from activity. Core challenge Every Other Day.
Prepare lunches and breakfast for work Mon-Fri.
Dietbet begins-1#
Week 2-Keep moving-More outdoor walking-increase to 11500 steps and 11 flights of stairs. Core Challenge 3 times this week-strength train upper body 3 times-1#
Week 3-More of the same.11500/11/3Core/3UB strength plan-1#
Week 4-12000steps/12stairs.2Core/2UB/2dance workouts-1#. REWARD Yourself(New clothes?)
Week 5-Keep it up! 12000/12/3C/2UB/1SwimClass-1#
Week 6-Almost there.12000/12/3C/2UB-1#
Week 7-Stick to the plan.12000/12/3C/2UB-1#
Week 8-Take a break...10000steps/10flights of stairs/3 core workouts-Eat wisely, but not strictly.Measure/pictures/and strength test for prep.

Week 9-BLC22 WOOHOO!

  
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WATREKKIE 4/16/2013 10:11PM

    You can't get there without a plan!! And you've got a emoticon one!!
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MEGNEG 4/15/2013 10:09PM

    Go Tammy!! 12,000 steps!! Way to go!! I love your plan!

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LADYJ6942 4/15/2013 8:57AM

    Love the details; sounds and looks like a solid plan. You can do it!!!!

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GIELLIOT 4/14/2013 11:30PM

    Great detail! I love that you included step increases, rewards, and meals.

You can get to that 12000 step goal--can't wait to hear how great it feels!

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My plan for 2013 Q2 without the BLC challenge to keep me going (YIKES!)

Sunday, March 31, 2013

12 weeks with BLC21 are coming to an end. emoticon
I'm a little amazed and nervous about how much I have come to count on my new bunch of emoticon s and teammates! emoticon
What am I going to do on the break?

A lot of the same...
Workout 30minutes or more a day. emoticon
Track my food. emoticon
Weigh in weekly to stay accountable. emoticon

and then there's some new stuff...

participate in my BLC Break Dietbet challenge. emoticon
Get serious about strength training. emoticon
Start at day 1 of my dietplan again. emoticon
Lose another 10 lbs. emoticon
Get ready for another rockin' summer with my team for BLC22 emoticon

  
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ARKPLE 3/31/2013 7:50PM

    Love your plans and love that you loved BLC21!! xo


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