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Don't compare yourselves to others

Monday, January 10, 2011

"A tulip doesn't strive to impress anyone.
It doesn't struggle to be different than a rose.
It doesn't have to. It is different.
And there's room in the garden for every flower."

Marianne Williamson




I have never compared myself to anyone, I don't get mad when someone loses more weight than me, or is thinner, or can run faster or lift more weight than I can.
We are all different, each with our own abilities, successes and set-backs...I say set-backs rather than failure, as failure means giving up!

Now don't get me wrong, I like "friendly competition" this drives me to better MYSELF, not to out do the people I am with...I like to believe we drive each other to do the best we can...when we think we can't do something, can't lift more, can't go any faster...that little bit of encouragement from others just pushes me to try to do more than I thought I could.

Working out in a small group, such as the boot camp sessions I attend does all the above for me, as well as making working out fun!
I still work out on my own during the day, but then I only have myself to push me. I try to go faster than I did the previous session, go further than before...or complete the same distance in a shorter time.
Same with strength training, do more than previously, lift more, try something new...like pull-ups! Still working on that one!


Unbelievable to think this was taken just a week before I turned 40!




I will be 48 this year and I am in the best shape of my life.
90 pounds (6.5stone/41kg) lighter, non-smoker for almost 18 months (stopped after 30+ years) and now exercising 5 days a week!

I've come a long way (tooting my own trumpet lol) since that was taken and I have NO intention of going back to that! Just keep on improving where I can.

So, do what you can do, don't compare yourself to others, compete with yourself!

  
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SALMONINTHEBEAK 1/17/2011 7:34PM

    I always enjoy reading what you write, and really appreciate this blog!! Thank you!! Your progress is amazing, and you provide valuable insight that is truly encouraging!!!

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JENSFITJOURNEY 1/13/2011 8:49AM

    So true! Look at all you have done! AMAZING!!

What an inspiration you are to so many here on spark! Keep pressing on!

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MNSMOV 1/11/2011 10:27AM

    Lizzy - Look at you!! You have done wonderful! You are an inspiration!!! emoticon emoticon

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LYNNIE63 1/11/2011 12:08AM

    Lizzy, You are an inspiration! I would love to know where I can find that kind of motivation to stick to it!
Great job on all that you have achieved and shared with all of us! emoticon

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ELLY37 1/10/2011 10:24PM

    I agree! You're awesome Lizzy! Well said and well done! You're blog is inspiring and so are you. I know I haven't known you very long on-line here but I feel very glad that I do. Best wishes today and always!!!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/10/2011 8:16PM

    woohoo! and you're right about the comparing and healthy competition ;p

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LOSINGITALL4ME 1/10/2011 5:20PM

    I needed to be reminded of this - thanks! Congrats on all of your accomplishments. That's fantastic.

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JULIAOAK 1/10/2011 5:03PM

    very true!! emoticon

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THENEWCINDY 1/10/2011 4:09PM

    emoticon lizzy!!!!!!

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HEALTHYME47 1/10/2011 4:02PM

    Great blog entry and very wise words! You have come so far and I think we could all learn a lot from your attitude.

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ROOTBEERFLOAT2 1/10/2011 3:33PM

  Lizzy: I like the way you think. Thanks for the good advice to compete with yourself and thank you for the continuing encouragement.

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First blog of 2011

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Hi all and Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a good evening/weekend and have recovered if you over indulged lol

Myself and hubby just had a quiet night in, one glass of wine with a lovely venison dinner, another about 10pm then the 3rd and final glass to bring in the New Year. So no snacks or over drinking at all.

I did miss being in Thailand, as that is where we usually are during the winter, New Year is the main event (apart from the King's birthday on the 5th) as they don't "do Christmas".

Anyhow, after my indulgence at my sisters over Christmas I am just a pound away from my pre-Christmas weight, so very happy to start the New Year under 130 and plan to stay there!

Back to boot camp on Wednesday, which is the final one of the previous session...and then hopefully there will be another which puts more focus on fitness rather than weight loss.


I took measurements yesterday and they are still going down...18" total since Nov 1st....just two months!
I'll have to take some "progress pics", but am looking a bit pale due to no Thai sun lol


Good luck everyone with your 2011 goals, whether they be losing weight, inches, fitness or something totally non-related to weight loss!

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Happy New Year!

  
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JIBBIE49 1/26/2011 12:57AM

    My husband was stationed in Thailand when he was in the military and there are many pretty places there.

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HEALTHYME47 1/3/2011 8:30PM

    Congrats on all your success and thank you for sharing your motivation!

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JULIAOAK 1/3/2011 3:06PM

    keep up the great work! emoticon

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DAWNOFCHANGE 1/2/2011 9:59PM

    Glad to hear you had a nice New Year's Eve with your hubby and that you have recovered from Christmas.

You are really making great progress! I love your determination and willpower! Keep up the good work!

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THENEWCINDY 1/2/2011 4:00PM

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APIRLRAIN888 1/2/2011 3:05PM

    happy new year

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New Years Recipe

Friday, December 31, 2010

Take twelve whole months,
Clean them thoroughly of all bitterness, hate, and jealousy,
Make them just as fresh and clean as possible.

Now cut each month into twenty-eight, thirty, or
thirty-one different parts,
but don't make up the whole batch at once.
Prepare it one day at a time out of these ingredients.

Mix well into each day one part of faith,
one part of patience, one part of courage,
and one part of work.

Add to each day one part of hope,
faithfulness, generosity, and kindness.
Blend with one part prayer,
one part meditation, and one good deed.
Season the whole with a dash of good spirits,
a sprinkle of fun, a pinch of play,
and a cupful of good humor.

Pour all of this into a vessel of love.
Cook thoroughly over radiant joy,
garnish with a smile,
and serve with quietness, unselfishness,
and cheerfulness.

You're bound to have a Happy New Year.

Author Unknown

  
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FREETOBETHIN6 1/1/2011 5:45PM

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BAILEYSMOM7 12/31/2010 11:47AM

    What a great blog!

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SALMONINTHEBEAK 12/31/2010 11:38AM

    Love this!!! Thanks for sharing!

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JULIAOAK 12/31/2010 10:58AM

    thats great - thanks!! emoticon

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Almost reached goal

Thursday, December 30, 2010

I was just 2 pounds from my goal on Christmas day, but then gained another 4 over the 5 day break!

I am very pleased with my results, just need to work on the extra couple pounds again and tighten up the body.

Hubby says I've lost enough and I do honestly agree with him, so although I would like to see the scale saying 120 something I will just work on my training and if any more pounds come off so be it, it's inches that matter most.

I've gone from a UK size 22-24 to a UK 10-12, something I never thought would happen and a size I haven't been in since first starting junior high!

So my goal for 2011 is to keep up my attendance at the gym and become fit and firm!

  
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DAWNOFCHANGE 1/2/2011 10:08PM

    You've done an amazing job! emoticonon your accomplishment!

I love the goal you've set for yourself for this year. It is realistic and achievable. emoticon

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ELLY37 12/31/2010 10:34AM

    good for you! congrats!!!! You will do it! Have a wonderful New Year!!!

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JULIAOAK 12/31/2010 4:08AM

    well done on all your hard work this year - enjoy the gym!! emoticon

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ANNTORR53 12/30/2010 9:02PM

    Lizzy you have been such an inspiration. You don't let anything knock you out of the game. I admire you.

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APIRLRAIN888 12/30/2010 7:44PM

    congratz! way to go

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WATCHMEGO2 12/30/2010 7:20PM

    Good job Liz! You have done great!

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Merry Christmas Everyone

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Have a wonderful Christmas.

Hoping the New Year brings all you wish for.




Best wishes

Your friend

Liz

  
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FREETOBETHIN6 12/24/2010 9:04PM

    Merry Christmas to all!!

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APIRLRAIN888 12/23/2010 2:22PM

    happy holiday to you too

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JULIAOAK 12/23/2010 10:26AM

    Merry Christmas Lizzy!!! emoticon

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GEMINI-SKY 12/23/2010 7:47AM

    Merry Christmas Hugs to You, Too ! ! !
OXOX

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THENEWCINDY 12/23/2010 7:44AM

    and merry christmas to you as well!!!

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KRUSSELL35 12/23/2010 7:44AM

   
WISHING YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS! SAFE TRAVELS!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 12/23/2010 7:33AM

    Wishing you Merry Christmas. May you experience the magic and joy.

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SUEDEVLIN 12/23/2010 6:31AM

    Merry Christmas one and all!

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MARYJOANNA 12/23/2010 5:59AM

  I wish God's blessings on you and yours! Merry Christmas!

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TAZZ46 12/23/2010 5:23AM

  MERRY CHRISTMAS LIZZY WISHING YOU A BLESSED THURSDAY HUGS VICKIE

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GROEDER 12/23/2010 5:21AM

    I hope Christmas brings you happiness and joy!!!

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