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Spring Goals

Saturday, March 15, 2014

10 weeks seems to be a long stretch of time but in reality, it flies by. In the past when doing Biggest Loser challenges I would set these huge goals for the 10 weeks and be so disappointed in myself when I didn't achieve what I wanted. Have I learned better?? NOPE. I believe in the power of lofty thinking and lofty goal setting. It pushes me to keep going and aim high, that way even if I miss goal Im much further along than I was 10 weeks ago. I will fully admit this method does not work for a lot of people, it feels defeating in a sense but for me it is motivational. I am one of those people that refuses failure so if I messed up on a goal, well better believe next time I'll be trying to kick some serious ass. So goals for the next 10 weeks:

1. A 9% loss. This is approximately 18lbs. Ive hit a plateau recently so this will be tough but Summer is coming and I want the weight GONE.

2. Pack a healthy lunch for work everyday. Did this last challenge and it saved me sooo many calories and money too!

3. Increase cardio. I find cardio so boring that I often skimp on it at the gym, but no more excuses. 30 mins a day 5 days a week.

4. Start eating a bit more cleanly. Last thing I want in the winter is a light salad or something of that nature. But with warmer weather on the horizon, time to clean it up and lighten it up as well.

5. Lose 10" overall this challenge.

Starting Measurements:
Wt: 198
Waist: 33
Hips 43
Thigh: 23.75
Calf: 15.75
Chest: 36.25
Bust: 41.75
Upper Arm: 13.25
Forearm: 10.75

Here's to a happy and healthy spring for everyone. May our motivations be high and our resistance to temptations be great!!

  
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SASSYLJB 3/18/2014 9:42PM

    Great goals and no doubt in my mind that you will reach all of them!
Let;s make some diamond dust!

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FAIRY_MOON76 3/18/2014 2:44PM

    Great goals and very attainable. Your going to do awesome! emoticon

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CHICAMIMI 3/17/2014 1:00PM

    I think these are all great goals! And yes to the packing lunch - when I don't pack my lunch, not only am I more likely to eat crap, but it costs extra bucks that could go for fun stuff.

You can do it

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RUNNER4LIFE08 3/17/2014 10:47AM

    I like your packing lunch goal. I try to do this as well and it really does save on calories and your wallet! I tend to eat cleaner when I do this as well.

Great goals for the challenge though... this will get you through spring! emoticon

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ORCHIDLADY56 3/16/2014 5:13PM

    Wonderful goals! I like the one about bringing lunch to work - like you said, saves money and calories!

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RUTHIEBEAR 3/16/2014 10:25AM

    You are really challenging yourself - great job! Do you listen to music during your cardio? I find it really helps the time go faster and not so boring. emoticon

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2BEABETTERME 3/15/2014 10:29PM

    If lofty goals are motivating, more power to you!

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PERSISTENTTIM 3/15/2014 6:36PM

  Good luck!

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MRSVK11 3/15/2014 12:57PM

    Those are great goals! I'm the opposite when it comes to strength and cardio...I rock the cardio hate the strength...lol it's interesting to read everyone's goals and see that although our common goal is to lose weight and gain fitness we all have different struggles and ways to overcome them.
You are going to rock the SPRING into ACTION challenge and be dazzling for the summer season!
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Winter BLC Review

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Wowzers this winter is kicking my butt! The good news is I haven't given up. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and I am determined to make it there. I underestimated the holidays and all the temptations. It took a few weeks just to undo all the holiday damage but got myself back on track finally. So time to review the goals I set 10 weeks ago.

1. Pack a healthy lunch for work everyday.
- Success! This definitely is a big factor to staying on track. No fast food or high calorie take out, healthy choices and pre measured snacks. absolutely going to continue this habit.

2. Keep up with a strength training routine to help tone up
- Also a success. The guys I workout with have helped push my strength training tenfold. My muscle tone has improved so much and I can finally start to see things pull in, tighten up and look better

3. Lose 10%, so approximately 21 lbs
-Womp Womp fail. Not even close. lost about 15 lbs so only 6.9%

4. Get under 200lbs!!! (so excited for this one)
- NO. This is the saddest part for me. I want to be under 200 lbs sooo bad. BUT on a positive note I know Ive gained a good deal of muscle and muscle weighs more than fat so I cant get too down on myself

5. Feel proud of how far Ive come rather than focusing on how far I still need to go.
- Im getting better at this but still a work in progress here

Starting Measurements and Final Measurements
Waist: 35 3/4 ...... 34
Hips: 44 ...... 43
Bust: 44 1/2 ..... 43
Thigh: 25 .... 23.75
Calf: 16 3/4 .... 16.25
Upper Arm: 14 ..... 13.5

Inches Lost: 6.5

  
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DNJEN471 2/21/2014 1:02AM

    Hey! Number 3, not a fail... while you didn't achieve your set goal, you did achieve a loss! Which is better than where you were! Don't forget to give yourself a big pat on the back for what you've accomplished thus far! Great job!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Winter BLC

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Another round of BLC is here and THANK GOODNESS. So many temptations this time of year food wise and very difficult to motivate myself to get to the gym when its so cold out means a high probability of weight gain. But, BLC keeps me accountable... and I hate to lose a competition so in my mind it is enough to keep me heading to the gym and choosing healthy meals. So, goals for this go round:

1. Pack a healthy lunch for work everyday.

2. Keep up with a strength training routine to help tone up

3. Lose 10%, so approximately 21 lbs

4. Get under 200lbs!!! (so excited for this one)

5. Feel proud of how far Ive come rather than focusing on how far I still need to go.

Kind of a tough list, but Im ready for the challenge of it. I'm posting starting measurements so I can see non-scale progress as well. Hoping for about an 8 inch loss but will be happy with whatever positive changes may come.

Waist: 35 3/4
Hips: 44
Bust: 44 1/2
Thigh: 25
Calf: 16 3/4
Upper Arm: 14

  
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ORCHIDLADY56 12/19/2013 6:52PM

    Wonderful goals! Go for it!

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RUTHIEBEAR 12/17/2013 8:31AM

    I know you are going to dazzle us as you complete these goals!! I believe in YOU!!!! emoticon

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SASSYLJB 12/17/2013 6:56AM

    Great goals Onerland here you come! It is a great land to live in, and the challenge helps keep me motivated as well as all of you! Lets make some diamond dust and ring in a healthy new year!

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VALYNN26 12/15/2013 6:35AM

    Those are some great goals & I am sure you going to have no trouble meeting them. You've been doing so great! Keep up the good work. I think it's great that you're doing measurements as well. A lot of times the scale does not show us the results that we want to see. It's great to have an alternative way to track progress. Dazzle & Shine Bright. Diamonds are going to ROCK this challenge!

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Fall Wrap Up

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Another Biggest Loser Challenge come and gone, amazing how quickly the 10 weeks go. So, as per usual time to check in with the goals I set and see where I need improvement and see what works and what does not.

My dietary goals were to stay between 1300 and 1500 calories everyday and to stop grazing so much during the day.
- Well, the calorie goal I met no problem. This was one of the skills I learned early on that helps me to continue on the right path, tracking ALL my food. It helps keep me accountable and I'm so darn competitive that not meeting calorie goal would bother me too much. The grazing thing... FAIL. Ugh, I think this will unfortunately be a part of who I am so now I just have to graze on the right things or make sure I don't forget to track the calories.

My fitness goals were to burn approximately 600 calories daily and to take up an arm or squat challenge.
- I did pretty good on this. My cardio calories decreased towards the end of this challenge but I increased my strength training tenfold so I think I've probably come out the same. I'm so happy that I've found such enjoyment in ST, it has definitely helped to start shaping my body better even if the scale doesn't reflect the change. I did attempt a fitness challenge but I always only make it through the first 10 days and then find myself "forgetting" to keep up.

My NSV goal was to lose 8 inches in body measurements
- I have to do official measurements tomorrow before weigh in but I'm pretty close to this number, probably more like 6 inches. But still happy with that. I'm trying to accept that a loss is a loss and its a good thing, even if not the huge numbers I wish for.

This was my 3rd challenge with the wonderful and supportive diamonds and in that time I've managed to shed 67 pounds. I'm so thankful to be on this journey with a group of people who are so understanding and encouraging. The winter challenge starts in a few weeks and I'm so excited because I will hopefully be coming up on some major benchmarks: under 200lbs for the first time since I think middle school and officially 100lbs down from highest weight. I will be blessed to hit such memorable moments with such a great team. So looking forward to the winter challenge!

  
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FORBANDE 11/25/2013 7:14AM

    Great job!!!! I cannot believe how far you've come in the past few challenges!! That's AMAZING!!!

I'm so thankful to be a Diamond with you!!!

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ANNMACP0212 11/24/2013 9:45AM

    You are AMAZING!! Way to stick with it!! emoticon

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ORCHIDLADY56 11/23/2013 8:58AM

    Wow! What a great fall for you!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 11/21/2013 9:27AM

    You did a FANTASTIC job during this challenge! I agree... tracking everything you eat is the key.

I am looking forward to doing another challenge with you. Our Diamond team is going to rock this next challenge!

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TKOVACH1 11/20/2013 4:13PM

    You've done a great job on this challenge and the passt challenges. Looking forward to the Winter Challenge.
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VALYNN26 11/20/2013 8:24AM

    emoticon job!! You have done great! And a total loss of 67 lbs during 3 challenges?!?, emoticon Keep up the good work!!

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Cleaning it up

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

For the past 2 months I've really been struggling with losing weight. Don't get me wrong the first 70lbs were hard work too but for some reason no matter what I try the scale is moving down at a snails pace now. My workouts seem more difficult to get through despite being a fairly similar exertion level as before and trying to cook healthy has become an absolute chore. I still have about 70lbs to go before goal weight so why is my body rejecting my efforts and plateau-ing now?? It has really been getting under my skin and derailing my efforts.

Well I think my problem is that I lost focus, would let myself enjoy an extra ounce of pasta, and a few extra pretzels and another bite of that sweet treat, etc. It all adds up and yes I stay in my calorie range but really the calories I'm eating have decreased in nutritonal value and increased in processed junk! So perhaps the lesson is not to eat less but to eat smart. So I'm going to make a pledge to myself to start eating a cleaner diet, minimize the sugar and increase the vegetables (my arch nemesis). I read somewhere that diet was 80% of the battle in losing weight and exercise was the other 20%. So if I don't clean up the diet I'm only doing myself a disservice, slowing my own pace and poisoning my own body.

There is still that 20% however... what to do about exercise, which used to be a stress reliever and easy to get through but is now a cruel form of punishment. I'm hypothesizing that maybe the increase of processed food is making me more lethargic so I'm hoping that I will see my energy return in the next few weeks. But regardless I'm still going to push through those 40 minutes of cardio 4x a week. I have come too far to give up now, and I feel a million times better than I did 70 lbs ago so I can only imagine how amazing it will be in another 70.

  
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SASSYLJB 9/19/2013 6:56AM

    I truly believe that I am in the boat with you Lianne! Even though I am running close to 25 miles a week, I think I use that as a reason to be able to indulge more so than I did in the beginning! This last 20 pounds as been a true challenge not that the first 100 were not, but these have been a struggle! Thanks for the reminder, We can do this we are diamonds!

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4NEWDAY 9/18/2013 10:56PM

    You are doing great! 70 lbs is a major accomplishment. Now that your head is back in the game you will e back on track! Good for you!

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TKOVACH1 9/18/2013 7:16AM

    emoticon You have written the story of my last few weeks beautifully. How did you do that! I could have just posted your blog as mine for the week. emoticon Recognizing the problem and focusing on changing a few little things will get your restarted.
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ANNMACP0212 9/17/2013 11:15PM

    While I was reading this, I thought you had spent some time in my own head! Loved this...so true for so many of us...You will reach your goal--you've done so well so far and the last bit might be challenging, but if you keep at it you will make it!!

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ORCHIDLADY56 9/17/2013 9:58PM

    Oh my gosh, Lianne! I am soooo guilty of the same thing - one pat of butter won't hurt? That package of M&Ms won't hurt - and on and on and on. By the end of the day I would add about six or seven "this little bit won't hurt!". At least you have recognized and recommitted yourself.
You have come so far - I KNOW you can make it the rest of the way!

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