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I Broke Through My Plateau

Sunday, October 06, 2013

I think I must have been on the longest plateau ever. You all probably know too well how it goes, but this one just did not add up. I was exercising, eating the right foods, and drinking my water, but still not losing weight. Still, I had promised myself when I started this that I would not give up.

I noticed that their was a Plateau Busting Program offered with SparkCoach. So, I decided to try it and follow all the advice to a "T". When the time came that I had to step on the scale, to my delight the scale moved. For the next three times I stepped on he scale it registered that I had lost weight. So now I think I can safely say I broke through my plateau.--eight more pounds down. Yay for me!

This weekend I rewarded myself not with food but by getting my nails done. I feel good and I want to make this feeling last as long as I can. I have lots more weight to lose and I now I know I really can do it!

If you're experiencing a plateau in your weight loss, don't despair and please don't give up. The answer might be as simple as making a few tweaks in your program to get you rolling again. Whatever it is, keep going, find the answer and meet me in your skinny jeans!

  
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SYDLETZIII 10/30/2013 10:03AM

    emoticon on losing 8 pounds.

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MISSANNE2ME 10/26/2013 10:52AM

    Great encouragement! emoticon

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LILSHINE 10/7/2013 12:32PM

    Congrats!!! 8#s is awesome. Keep up the great work. Nice nails and hair

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PRIN1978 10/6/2013 9:59PM

    Nice! Congratulations! I will use you for inspiration when the times get tough and I feel like throwing in the towel!!

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LINDA! 10/6/2013 7:34PM

    Your nails look pretty. emoticon Congrats on breaking the plateau.

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PENNYSAVER2 10/6/2013 2:11PM

    I'm happy for you!!! May the pounds continue to melt away!! emoticon

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ALIHIKES 10/6/2013 1:18PM

    Congratulations on busting through the plateau! And your nails are lovely

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BUSYGRANNY5 10/6/2013 12:31PM

    Awesome blog!!! Congratulations to you on breaking your plateau and your gorgeous nails!

Have a great week!

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JSAMMONS1981 10/6/2013 12:01PM

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Strive - Keep Going - Change

Sunday, July 21, 2013

It seems with a little practice I've made a good habit of daily exercise and healthy food choices. Well, that is, at least on the weekdays. Somehow on the weekends I still have the mentality that I'm "off" and when Saturday comes around no matter how much I tell myself I'm going to keep on my regimen, I don't.

This weekend's motivation from other SparkPeople members really caught my attention and gave me the impetus to create a motivational board of sorts of my own. I scoured my resources and came up with my own three steps for success and here they are:

1. Strive for progress not perfection
2. Keep going and I will not regret it
3. I most absolutely have the power to change

That makes my mantra: Strive, Keep going and I will Change. As a matter of fact, I'm already changing. When I got finished with this project I felt so excited I got right off the computer, popped in a tape and exercised. Plus I made my healthy food choices albeit a Saturday.

I think this is a great exercise for everyone to do. Make your own motivational or vision board. Get your own mantra. We got the POWER!

  
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SYDLETZIII 7/24/2013 10:21PM

    Keep it up, I took off one day from exercise to write my book and have not exercised for two weeks, I always have something more important. I am trying to change that but it is harder than I thought. I wish both of us success.

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LILSHINE 7/23/2013 9:33AM

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SPARKLE1908 7/21/2013 5:43PM

    emoticon Sounds like a great mantra!!!!! emoticon

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Count Your Blessings Where They Lie

Thursday, July 04, 2013

As I look forward in my calendar I can see that it will soon be a year since my first visit to SparkPeople. When I first thought of that I felt ashamed. Ashamed because it has been ten whole months and all I've only lost was 12 pounds. What have I been doing? What exactly have I accomplished? Then I thought about it. Ten months ago I was so tired and ached so bad I couldn't even stand up to exercise. I found all the sitting exercises I could and did them. Then I graduated to walking. I walked one block and prayed to get back home. I didn't push myself to do more than I could, but I didn't stop either. Ten months ago, I didn't know what portion control was. I couldn't eat just a handful of nuts. I didn't know eating too much fruit could keep you from losing weight.

My progress might be slower than most but I've accomplished much. Today, I can power walk for a mile. I've taken up Yoga and can even do Hip-Hop Abs! I found out I can eat a lot of veggies, pull back on some of the fruit that I love and add reasonable portions of protein and that seems to work for me. I'm not dragging myself out of the bed in the morning, my afternoon lulls have stopped and I feel good. And heck, I lost 12 whole pounds. Those are my blessings and I know there are more to come and I'll be sure to count each one.

So, to all of us who appear to be struggling with our weight loss, remember the journey isn't over. That's why they call it a journey and there will be many blessings along the way as long as we don't give up.

  
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SYDLETZIII 7/11/2013 11:24PM

    I did not know that eating too much fruit could keep you from losing weight. emoticon on losing 12 pounds emoticon

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NHES220 7/4/2013 11:36AM

    Congratulations! You did not give up and you have made progress. Congratulations on your anniversary and keep Sparking! Good luck on the next 12 months and continued progress - keep us posted!
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COLLEENROSTE 7/4/2013 5:15AM

    emoticon look at you go girl!! Look at all you have learned, and how your body is responding to those gentle nudges in the right direction. the upcoming year is where you will notice bigger changes as you are able to enjoy more freedom of movement. Keep at those healthy food choices too. \my first year I thought the scale was going backwards as denser muscle mass started to take over . Stay consistent and you will achieve your desired weight goal as well. emoticon

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My Time Wasters

Thursday, May 09, 2013

One of my biggest time wasters is spending too much time on the computer. I work on my job sitting in front of a computer. I'm attending online classes and when I'm not on my computer taking classes I'm caught up in social networking. First, of all that's too much time sitting. Secondly, going to buy some of that time back by setting the amount of time I spend on facebook and stick to it no matter what. Then, I can use that time to exercise or prepare a healthy lunch for the next day. Yea, I think that's something worth implementing. Also, I'm going to practice standing up at my desk as much as possible, and walk around when possible. They're small changes but I think they're worth it.

  
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SUNSET09 5/10/2013 1:21PM

  emoticon It's all in priorities as some are obsessed with the news. We need to pull up, take our time back and gain control. It's about making time for the things that are important to us. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GKENNEDY74 5/10/2013 9:52AM

    I think there are a lot of us in that same boat. I am getting ready to go on a girls getaway and we will have no internet while there. I downloaded a book to my kindle called "unfriend yourself" that deals with taking yourself off so much media socialization. I thought it might be a good time to read it. good luck with the steps you are taking! I wish you well!!

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PURPLE180 5/9/2013 10:45PM

    Great ideas and goals. Very achievable as well. emoticon emoticon

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SYDLETZIII 5/9/2013 10:38PM

    I was in the same situation. I no longer go on facebook, I got Dragon naturally speaking 11, so I no longer have to type. I read the screen, and walk around as I dictate to the machine, my answer, it save a lot of time.

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GODSCHILD2_2011 5/9/2013 10:32PM

    Sound like me and you are in the same boat. Great steps your taking!

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SPARKLE1908 5/9/2013 9:50PM

    Very smart idea emoticon

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MURRAYGOLD 5/9/2013 8:23PM

    Small steps will make a huge difference.

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EVIE4NOW 5/9/2013 8:22PM

  I KNOW I spend wayyy too much time on this little contraption too.

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It's Like I'm Learning to Walk Again

Saturday, December 22, 2012

No, losing weight and getting healthy isn't the same as undergoing a trial or tragedy, but it can certainly feel like one. I've been dealing with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromayalgia for about 15 years. The fatigue was nearly crippling for me. Not that I couldn't literally walk, but I quit my job, moved from my family to a warmer climate, saw doctor after doctor all of whom always told me I needed to lose weight but could not tell me how. All the while my health was getting worse and the pounds kept piling on. I was so buried under I can'ts I really was starting to believe I couldn't. I had been active in the past and knew the right foods to eat. But, despite all my efforts it appeared nothing, and I mean nothing would work for me. Well, I'm now excited to say I'm feeling differently. Starting out with small goals, sticking to them and the tracking is really working for me. I started by just drinking the eight glasses of water every day. Then I started doing the 9-minute SparkPeople video. (Because I didn't have the energy to stand.) Amazingly that created more energy and I started walking 10 minutes per day. Now, I'm up to 30 minutes and I've added the 15-minute SparkPeople Qi Gong video which I do twice a week in the evening alternating with strength training with elastic bands or dumbells. Plus, I also do a 30-minute yoga class after work once a week. I am proud to say I have lost my first 10 pounds and I'm feeling better. I'm taking baby steps and I feel I'm getting stronger. My desire to lose weight and get healthy is no long a mere wish without a way to achieve it. It resonates deep within and puts a whole new perspective on what I believe. Yep. I'm learning to walk again. I was surprised to see the difference in this pic of me I took a few short weeks ago and one I took yesterday. Can you see it? Tired vs. Energized

  
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MIA-MORSEL 8/27/2013 5:25PM

   




emoticon oh my goodness, what an inspiration you are. I've added you as my friend, hope that's ok with you, and will return often to read your words. please keep in touch. emoticon






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DANIELLE_FIT440 2/16/2013 11:36AM

    VERY INSPIRING!!!

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MELWEN 1/16/2013 3:01PM

    Congratulations, I think a lot of people suffer from the symptoms you describe and this will give them hope and encouragement. Good luck on your journey :) emoticon

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PEACEHOPE1 1/7/2013 10:05PM

    That's a terrific difference! You're doing great!

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HDHAWK 1/1/2013 8:02PM

    You're making great progress! 3 yrs. ago I could do so much and now I'm starting over and it's much more difficult! I know, however, that if I stick with it I will be able to do more each day. emoticon

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PURPLE180 1/1/2013 6:32PM

    emoticon I am so happy for you and your accomplishments. emoticon

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MPETERSON2311 1/1/2013 1:36PM

    how inspiring! Great job! emoticon

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GLORIAMAJDI 12/31/2012 2:40PM

    These small steps make big differences! Congratulations on your start! emoticon

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CHESAKAT41 12/28/2012 10:01AM

    I am so happy for you - happy for your determination! You are a go getter and not a quitter. My daughter has Fibro and I believe I have the Fatigue Syndrome (7 yrs), but with me is comes and goes from a week at a time to a month and then lets up. I am much better this year - taking B12 500 and Magnesium 250 am and pm (Magnesium especially helps) which seems to comfort my body a lot from what I call 'skin pain', tingles all the time and you know, like your flesh hurts when someone touches you. That all goes away on the Magnesium. But, being a Diabetic, the weight loss is very difficult since I am on Insulin. I am in control, but it is a struggle not to eat all those carbs.

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In the meantime, keep on do'in what cha do'in! Happy New Year to you...LI sends you a wave!!!

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ALIHIKES 12/22/2012 9:25PM

    Yes I can see a difference, so glad you are able to Spark on despite your health issues emoticon

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SANDYBREIT 12/22/2012 1:27PM

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Those small changes can add up and make a huge difference to our lives! I think it's particularly important for many of us that we keep in mind we aren't in a competition with anyone else... I sometimes feel rather inadequate because I rarely walk faster than 2.5 mph, while it seems that "everyone else" is doing 15-minute miles -- LOL. I have to keep reminding myself that I'm doing a lot better than I was 3 months ago, and no matter how fast or far someone else is walking, running or whatever, it isn't helping me -- but doing my own walking definitely is! I'm very glad it's working for both of us!

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STEVIEBEE569 12/22/2012 10:14AM

    Congratulations on your weight loss! Keep pushing! You can do it!

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