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I may have fallen off but I didn't knock myself out!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Over the past year I have gained back 30 pounds of the 85 I had lost. First mistake... I lost focus on maintaining balance in my life when I accepted a full-time desk job 30 miles away from home and leaving a part-time position at a local Curves. Second mistake... I started "resting" every night after work attempting to recover from the mental workout I was getting all day. That became a habit VERY quickly. One week of resting became two became 4 became months became a year. Oye! Third mistake... I stopped weighing in after I had gained ten pounds. Fourth mistake... I bought a new pair of bigger pants for work. Just one. Enough of those mistakes.

Here's what I did RIGHT. I've left all my new size 8 clothes in my closet. I've kept all of my workout clothes in my closet where I look at them every morning and night. I took home an elliptical someone actually GAVE me at yard sale. I started walking a week ago- every day... 30 minutes at lunch at work (when I have seldom indulged in a real lunch break this past year.). NOTE: Do NOT ever walk barefoot in the summer on the street; the blisters will hurt. I went back to SparkPeople and got serious again, finally!

After a week, my boss noticed today that I am feeling really good. Yesterday he let me know that I may be heading to Florida in late October to attend a training. Talk about incentive! Not for the beach, but I have loads of family there I haven't seen in years, including my father.

October is my birthday month and I plan on giving myself the best birthday present ever. A return to my strong, svelte self!

I am on a mission and happy to be reporting for "Do"-ty. emoticon

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Off the treadmill and onto the sidewalks! Yay for spring-like weather!!

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

The last two days I stepped outside for some wonderful walking! How I have missed the sunshine and fresh (somewhat... more about that below) air! Yesterday I was in need of some bananas, so tucked into my fanny-pack a little light-weight backpack, keys, phone and water and off I went with my MP3 player buds in my ears and my pedometer attached to my hip. That was a 2mile walk. Unexpected lesson learned? Don't throw 6 pounds of ripened bananas onto your back while briskly walking. Some will not survive the journey. At just ten cents a pound, I didn't feel too badly about losing 3 of them, but still...

Speaking of bananas, I had some bloodwork done yesterday morning at the doctor's office and found my potassium level was just over high end of normal. Potassium is not easily obtained in an everyday diet, so on one hand I am quite proud of myself for having kept my level at a maximum. On the other hand, as with all things, too much of a good thing is no longer a good thing. So, I am adjusting my mid-afternoon snack by removing my 2nd banana of the day and replacing it with an apple or unsweetened applesauce or whatever other fruit catches my fancy.

Today, I ventured out on a 3mile walk. At my half-way point I was startled to see my Husband's car pull up beside me. He and his Operations Director were on their way to check out a facility nearby which they were considering as the location for Staff Appreciation Day. I went along and they shortly dropped me off where I had left off so I could complete my walk.

As the breeze today was blowing in from the west, the aroma of the stockyard 2 miles away was pretty strong; thus, my caveat above. I hesitated to open the house windows, but it's been months since any air has flowed through from outside, so open they are now...

I feel a little more energized having gone outside for my walks. More so than I do after a treadmill walk. I am looking forward to the coming months and getting back out on my favorite walking trail really soon!

Happy Spring Everybody!



6 Months after Reaching "Goal" Weight

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

February 6th marked my 6-month Maintenance Anniversary and this morning I weighed in at 140. I fluctuate between 140 and 143 on any given day. And I am very happy with this range.

It has not been difficult to maintain because I have kept in mind every day the foods that work for me and the appropriate portions, the amount of exercise that keeps me feeling energized, and how healthy I feel overall. I treasure that feeling most of all. And I never want to lose it.

My mantra remains "This is SO Do-able!" I have fun with my ladies at Curves and strive to be an inspiration to women everywhere I go.

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Happy New Year!

Monday, January 02, 2012

5 months since I reached my goal weight (and then some!) and maintenance is still consistent. I am grateful for all my new health has brought to me and those I love. I am more energetic, more relaxed, more mobile and active, and more open to trying new things (including foods) and sharing my gifts and talents with new people all the time.

In preparing to plan for this year's vacation with Mom, my focus is on outdoor activities... rafting, hiking, horseback riding and sleeping under the stars. Wonder what Husband and Mom have in mind... probably envisioning something a little different. LOL.

Sticking to what works these past several months. Portion control, good-for-me wholesome foods (and enough of them to ensure sufficient fueling), consistent cardio and strength-training. These things have really become the cogs of the wheel of my lifestyle, and I am so happy about how naturally my body now dictates the good things it wants and needs since removing so many of the chemicals from my daily diet which mess with our brains and lie to us.

I am wishing all of you fellow Wellies out there a FABULOUS NEW YOU this year. Here's to Strength, Faith, Friendship and Walking Hand-in-Hand with Destiny!



About the "Letting Go"

Sunday, November 13, 2011

I have been very faithful to pre-planning and tracking every morsel I have taken in even after reaching my goal weight in August and since entering Stage 4 of the SparkPeople 'Diet'. This week, I have decided that I will track only two days a week from here on out (so long as I remain at a steady weight of between 140-142 lbs). I am also going to continue exercising 6 days a week for at least 30 minutes a day, including my 2 mile walks and Curves Circuit workouts, but will let go of logging those as well. It's just time. Time to rely on what I have learned, time to rely on my gut instincts (pun definitely intended). I feel good about this decision. I know the tracking system is here for me if I should find myself wavering from what works. And I will certainly be utilizing the recipe calculator for all the winter foods I will be preparing for freezing.

Here's to continued success and launching my own boat of self-confidence (which I have aptly named "Power Tool"). Picture the smashing of a bottle of champagne on the bow! I know that's what I see! Bon Voyage!


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EMGERBER 11/13/2011 8:16AM

    Way to go. Good decision.

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