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Plan to stay on track over the holidays:

Monday, December 16, 2013

Plan to stay on track over the holidays:

-Enjoy myself and food, but not overdo. Taste/eat foods that are worth it to me- leave foods on plate (at any party/outings) that is a disappointment to the taste buds. :)

-I am not going to set myself up for failure- I will not purposefully buy or make trigger foods to have hanging around.

-Keep up my workout routine. 5-6 days a week

-Active fun with kids on wii to "play" and burn some calories in a fun way.

- Healthy snacks packed in the car so there are not any SOS runs to fast foods if I get stuck out.

Moderation is the key!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 12/16/2013 8:16PM

    You can do it!!

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FITAT50 12/16/2013 3:26PM

    emoticon I know you can enjoy the holidays and stay in range emoticon

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AJB121299 12/16/2013 2:46PM

    good luck

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Ups and Downs of the Health Journey

Monday, August 19, 2013

How did you weather the ups and downs of your health journey?

I have gained and lost in a repeated cycle over the years. After working hard for a year, 1 year ago I reached my "goal weight". I've since adjusted a bit to work to find ways to maintain. Trying to maintain has been a challenge and I work to tweak things constantly.

The downs have included typical negative self talk, doctor lectures, low energy, depression, and low self-esteem.

The ups are new clothes, new muscle tone, stress and depression reduced by exercise and healthy diet, and more energy and enthusiasm.

Every day and week through the journey does have its ups and downs.

I have found that to feel my best I need to exercise 5-6 days a week in the morning. I have learned to listen to my body better and adjust my schedule for non-typical soreness, or days I need a boost (I do my favorites!!!), or days I need mindless (treadmill with TV), or a challenge (C25K).

I'm constantly adjusting food and nutrition. I know I don't feel as well if I have a day with less freggies. I know I don't feel as well after a meal/food that has high salt. I've tried to eliminate the guilt cycle of splurge/guilt and plan for my splurges. Tracking works best for me in cycles so I don't overfocus.

This is a lifelong journey to health. I'm looking forward to more ups than downs (except the scale!!).

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BRIGHTPENNY 1/12/2014 1:35PM

    Great job Lynn! It's been a while since i've been on board. I lost 75 lbs as of June'12 but then got ill this past year, I was not at work, lost focus, gave up and gained 20 pounds. Now i'm trying to get my focus back! I

like your look at how to best maintain. I think it's harder than loosing weight. How do you get away from that feeling of needing to be constantly vigilant? I guess that for a while those things as you mention in your blog that gave me a smile didn't for a while, and i just have lost theses good habits. you have been an inspiration today as a restart a third time since the New Year!!! emoticon


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SAM_FIT_2014 8/22/2013 1:35PM

    I have also found that maintenance is harder in many respects than losing - sounds like you're finding what works though.

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SANDLADY48 8/19/2013 10:56AM

    Good that you have figured out what works for you! emoticon

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LIS193 8/19/2013 10:36AM

    Maintaining is harder than losing as we sometimes lose focus!

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FITAT50 8/19/2013 7:20AM

    Maintenance is hard! You've done a great job Lynn!

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ELRIDDICK 8/19/2013 6:54AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Scavenger hunt road trip

Thursday, April 25, 2013

My daughter's room had a shell for our hunt.

We went searching through children's books for a seahorse. Does this count?

She and I had fun searching.

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SANDLADY48 4/26/2013 11:18AM

    I love your seahorses. And your shell is beautiful, can you hear the ocean.
Maggie, be patient, is that even possible, LOL?

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FITAT50 4/26/2013 6:23AM

    Ok, ok, I'll let it pass. I'm glad you had fun searching!
Lovely mementos, go ahead and log your Scavenger Hunt Bonus Miles to the tracking doc.

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RUNNERJUDY 4/25/2013 11:54PM

    That's a really pretty shell! emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 4/25/2013 9:36PM

    I don't know what this is about except that it is keeping you from being bored on your road trip? Are we there yet?

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What's on my mind?

Sunday, March 10, 2013

What's on my mind?

I'm in maintenance mode, and have been since October. It is a real challenge. I have to work just as hard as I did when I lost the 50 lbs. over a year's time.

Finding the "sweet spot" on the calorie range is a work in progress. I've had to learn to adjust and modify as needed (just like when I was losing). I've also had to learn that maintenance is a range for me. As I get stronger and build muscles my range has been sticking to a few pounds higher than before.

Being part of the BLC, there is not as much info on maintaining as there is info on losing. I've started looking into it some websites on maintaining to do some research.

On website
3-Ways-to-Maintain-Your-Weight-Loss, says you need to find your new normal. That is what I've been working to find. Most of the other tips, I follow regularly (before I read the article).

One of the last tips is to remind yourself WHY you need to stay vigilant. It reminds you to think about the fat cells and the before, so you don't go back.

I don't want to go back, I want to keep going forward.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 3/10/2013 10:35PM

    Maintenance really is NO JOKE. I agree with you 100%.

And I also agree that part of what makes it hard is that it's a moving target, depending on lots of factors including exercise, illness, injury, hormones, etc. All of these can affect the rate at which we burn calories.

Congrats on holding out since October, for sure! If you'd like to celebrate your anniversary with the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team, we'd love to have you over there!

More info here:

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JANAMP09 3/10/2013 9:53PM

    Congrats on maintaining all that time. I just reached my goal a couple of weeks back and I am still losing. Also have to find that balance

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SANDLADY48 3/10/2013 8:40PM

    Great job! It is hard, but you are a shining Master of Maintenance!

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MICHIGANLORI 3/10/2013 5:58PM

    Congrats on maintaining since October. I hope to join you and Dar sometime this year. It would be nice if SparkCoach would have a program for maintenance. I need to suggest that.

Keep it up. emoticon

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EUGENERUGOSA 3/10/2013 5:39PM

    emoticon on being in maintenance but still being aware of all the choices the can move you forward or back. You are awesome :)

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FITAT50 3/10/2013 5:34PM

    Maintenance is finally having that "cheat" meal without doing any damage. Way to many times once someone reaches their goal they let their guard down and it turns into a viscous circle again. You will always have to be aware of what you're eating and stick to portion control, there is no way around it.

Never give up the ST, you will be thanking your younger self later in life.

I don't think there is ever a point where it becomes easy at least it hasn't for me and I've been maintaing for 5 years. If I let my guard down I can quickly put on a few unwanted pounds.

emoticon we can maintain together.

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ROX5CAR 3/10/2013 5:33PM

    emoticon Yep right there with you!!!

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16 year old self

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Note to my 16 year old self:

Keep having fun with your friends- this is the time of your life to have your worst worry and fear to be where to go on Friday.

Try to learn to find joy in something physical- be it walking, aerobics, or a sport. Remember how much you rode that bike before you got your license? Get it back out sometimes!

It is not changing your cute teenage bod now, but think about eating something more than chicken fingers every now and then!

PS- You won't believe me now, but you will marry that quarterback down the hall you haven't met yet!

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MOMNLUVNIT 2/1/2013 2:54PM

    Awesome! How sweet :)

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BABIESTEPS 1/29/2013 10:44PM

    Adorable! 'Sacked' the quarterback! emoticon emoticon

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FITAT50 1/28/2013 6:39PM

    Too cute! Great blog Lynn!

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UWPALUM 1/28/2013 3:26PM

    Such true advice! :)

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JUSTCHELLE75 1/28/2013 2:27PM

    love this

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LUCYLU22 1/28/2013 2:23PM

    I LOVE IT!!! I love your line about the chicken fingers....oh if we ONLY knew LOL

Your P.S. is too cute!


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THEMRSH 1/27/2013 8:55PM

    emoticon the girl got the quarterback!

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MICHIGANLORI 1/27/2013 4:37PM

    emoticon to the quaterback! emoticon

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SANDLADY48 1/27/2013 8:12AM

    I love it! especially the chicken fingers! We tell our DGD17 that ALL THE TIME!
And the quarterback is frosting on the cake, whoops, sorry, make that hummus on the carrots!

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