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Hey You!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Just got this from a dear friend and thought I would share. hope it moves you as much as it moved me!

It is really hard to read...this is what it says:

Hey you.
Yes, you. Stop being unhappy with yourself. You are perfect.
Stop wishing you looked like someone else or wishing people
Like you as much as they like someone else. Stop trying to get
Attention from those who hurt you. Stop hating your body, your
Face, your personality, your quirks. Love them. Without hose
Things you wouldn’t be you, and why would you want to be
Anyone else? Be confident with who you are. Smile. It’ll draw
People in. if anyone hates on you because you are happy with
Yourself then you stick your middle finger in the air and say
Screw it. My happiness will not depend on others anymore.
I’m happy because I love who I am. I love my flaws. I love my
Imperfections. They make me me. And “me” is pretty amazing.

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GIANTOCR1 2/1/2012 8:52AM

    Love this little post.. Thanks for sharing it. Hope you have a great 2012


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SEDONAFISH 1/5/2012 10:12AM

    thanks for posting this. It is Wonderful I needed/need this inspiration!

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IT-IS-WHATITIS 1/4/2012 12:20AM

    So true! Thanks for sharing!!

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SEASONS_CHANGE 1/3/2012 9:54PM

    Love it... also check out this link:


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RUNNINGWILD 1/3/2012 6:14PM

    Saw this on FB. It's SO true.

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LMB-ESQ 1/3/2012 5:55PM

    Nice. While I can't say that I "love" my flaws, I've at least learned how to live with most of them. And I gave up caring what other people think a long time ago.

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ROCKINMOM77 1/3/2012 2:39PM

    Love it!! Thank you emoticon

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DDOORN 1/3/2012 10:33AM

    Well said!

Thx for sharing!


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SEYSARAH 1/3/2012 9:39AM

    Loved this..and it's so true..there is only one of each of that makes each one pretty darn special..and then there are the extraordinarily special people like you who make people like me feel special when it's just a bad day. So thanks for just being you!

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KAYOTIC 1/3/2012 9:24AM

    What a nice friend you have! Thanks for paying that forward!

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    TRUE - all of it! That's for DAMN SURE!

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2012 Goals - January

Monday, January 02, 2012

I have been thinking of my goals for the new year for a little over a week now and decided that I am just not prepared to make the whole year so I decided to with one month at a time.

My Goals for January 2012:
1. 3-4 days a week on the treadmill/bike
2. Start a new winter menu
3. Coffeehouses - spending way to much time and money, cut back to 3 times a week
4. Water - it is hard for me in the winter to not drink hot drinks and NO I refuse to drink hot water even with lemon so I need to get at least 6 glasses along with my 2 teas a day.
5. Sleep in bed Sunday - Thursday no later than 10:30 and Friday & Saturday by 11:30.

OK Starting small, I can do this! :-)

Hope you all have a great 2012!

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SEASONS_CHANGE 1/3/2012 10:12PM

    Most research and studies prove by setting and achieving small goals snowballs into bigger ones. You're definitely approaching it the right way.

If you need some extra motivation, give me a hollar!



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FT4EVR 1/3/2012 6:32PM

    Great goals! I enjoy coffeehouses too and have the same plan for them. So let's drink to your goals....water that is!...I need to push that in the winter too! Clink Clink Water Toast!

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BILL60 1/3/2012 8:24AM

    Hang tough this month. You can do it!!

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COOPSM 1/3/2012 5:04AM

    You CAN do this Liz!!! Great goals...rock this month!!!!

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“The test of a people is what they can do when they’re tired.” Winston Churchill

Monday, December 12, 2011

“The test of a people is what they can do when they’re tired.”
― Winston Churchill

In my quest of acceptance I have been reading lots of quotes and spark blogs, inspirational websites.

I get an email everyday from Real Simple. The above quote and picture was in the email from last Friday. Almost all of the quotes that I get 5 times a week from this email are very good. A Lot of them I have used here on SP.

This one hit me very differently. You see, "I am tired" is one of my all time great excuses for NOT eating right and/or exercising.

It has occurred to me I do all sorts of things when I am tired, laundry, make dinner, help the kids with homework. I would get up out of my bed and go to any number of my friends and family if they needed me in the middle of the night. BUT when it comes to doing things for ME, taking car of myself. "I'm tired" stops me.

I think I am going to write this quote out on post it notes and put it up all over my house. My bedroom, the bathroom mirror, on my treadmill, on my computer screen...wherever I end up and when I use this excuse for NOT doing something.

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LMB-ESQ 12/14/2011 5:57PM

    What can we do when we're tired? Ugh... you've hit that nail right on the head. I'm tired all the time, and I can do for everybody and everything but myself, even if I'm ready to fall over. I think it's good old fashioned guilt, that's what I think. Gotta get past that!

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GOODGETNBETR 12/13/2011 7:36PM

    You should, it's a good one. Break it down. Schedule yourself a 15 or 20 minute walk/ride/etc. I forget who said it but "motivation follows the action." I know if I can just get started that that momentum will carry me forward. And a few good songs or a podcast doesn't hurt either to make the minutes evaporate.

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FT4EVR 12/12/2011 7:37PM

    I am guilty of doing the same. I will think of your blog the next time I think I am too tired to eat right and/or exercise. Thanks for blogging about it!

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BEMORESTUBBORN 12/12/2011 5:59PM

    You know what struck me about this blog? Not the "I'm tired" but something that you touched on and may not have zeroed into as you wrote it. You are putting yourself last! Here's the proof:

"...I do all sorts of things when I am tired, laundry, make dinner, help the kids with homework. I would get up out of my bed and go to any number of my friends and family if they needed me in the middle of the night. BUT when it comes to doing things for ME, taking car of myself. "I'm tired" stops me."

Reserve a few of those post-it notes for this quote, which I learned from my husband. He says this every day when he gets up an hour earlier to hit the gym: "ME FIRST!" It's a great mantra.

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W5VEOTX 12/12/2011 1:29PM

    I like your plan - and the quote is classic!

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BILL60 12/12/2011 8:42AM

    Good for you!!

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Let’s talk Resentment

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

I am going to be thinking and probably blogging my thoughts and feelings a lot more than I ever have.
I know that my slump has to do with something that is going on in my head. I am fully capable of eating right and exercising. My goal this week is to come as close as I can to get myself in the right mental place.
In my last blog I mentioned that I was resentful of the new lifestyle changes I had made. At the time, I didn’t realize I was resentful. I think at the time I was in full scale denial. I honestly thought that once I reached my goal weight I would NOT have to track my food anymore. I thought that I could “eyeball” it. While I did know that exercise would have to be a part of my everyday life, I thought I could cut back from 6 days a week to 3. Because, let’s face it, all the magazine articles and TV shows and even articles on SP say…see results in for just 3 days a week. Right?!
It wasn’t until after I started gaining the weight back that I got really resentful. That is what the true meaning of “lifestyle change” really meant. That is when my inner 5 year old started to surface, that is when the “I don’t wanna” started. That is when the excuses started. That is when the negotiations started.

You know the negotiations right?
I will start tracking when I reach this number above my goal weight.
I’ll step up my exercise routine when I start feeling like I get winded going up stairs again.

For awhile that worked. But then I didn’t want to even do that. I WANTED that candy, I wanted those big bowel of chips at the Mexican Restaurant! I didn’t want to have to think about food so much. So I just started eating whatever and however much I wanted.

The problem is that it no longer matter if I want to think about food; I do anyway. Then I get mad. Mad at myself for thinking about. Mad at myself for having the knowledge and not using. Somehow, it doesn’t usually stop me from eating too much or eating it at all. It is more the opposite. Like I think, well I am going to eat it anyway! Like I am some rebel protester! Occupy Liz’s Stomach! YEAH!! Stick to “the man”!! I’ll just eat because I have something to prove! Of course I proved something alright. Not what I wanted though.

I’ve proven to myself that I am just like everyone else. I gain weight back. I have proven by not taking care of myself I am NOT just hurting myself. Everything in my life suffers.

I know I probably sound a little crazy, as I read it, it doesn’t make much sense to me. As in, duh, everyone knows if you eat too much you will gain weight. If you have been on SP for longer than a few months everyone knows that if you don’t take care of yourself how can you take care of anyone else.

This is the first time I have ever put my thoughts down to paper about this. My intentions for writing it are to be able to come back to it and read it out loud and see how crazy it sounds.

Thanks for reading my ramblings!

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MGJARVI 6/1/2012 10:16PM

    I could copy/paste this blog and post it as my own... i know EXACTLY what you mean and exactly how that feels...

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JMCADE 5/30/2012 11:07PM

    Thanks for reposting this. It is helping me to think things through and get my head straight.

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AEHEGE 5/30/2012 10:08AM

    You said it! Good job writing it down and sharing.

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SPARKNMOM 11/19/2011 1:33AM

    Maintaining is stinking hard. I truly think my weight issues will forever plague me. Not to the extent of obsessing over it, but I struggle every day to avoid those easy to grab for foods that I know will trigger binges and such.

I've been on track for several weeks now and lately, several weeks is quite a feat for me. I've been really struggling to get back down to goal for well over a year now. It's really not as fun losing the same weight repeatedly. I hate it, in fact, but I'll get back there. So will you....

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FT4EVR 11/10/2011 8:53PM

    Hey....if you sound a little crazy....then that makes me crazy too. I could have written your words. I know these feelings all too well. You are getting your head where it needs to be!! *BIG SMILE*

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FLGIRL1234 11/10/2011 11:12AM

    I think you wrote what we all feel at one time or another. I have a problem where I do amazing for the first couple of months, I see great progress and then somewhere along the road I get "mad" that I have to exercise all the time, "mad" that I can't eat like my husband does and still be a stick figure, "mad" that its so crazy hard all the time. I truly understand your blog. It's a honest look at what is going on inside. Now you can dust yourself off and do what really makes you happy. We are not perfect but what makes us so amazing is that we don't give up regardless of the setbacks. Proud of you girl.

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 11/10/2011 7:56AM

    I'm in the same place you are in right now. We can do it, yes it takes will power and hard work. Yes I don't wanna do it either, but I know the alternative. I don't want that either.
I am stepping up my game also....only 8 weeks left to the year. I am going out with a bang by getting things under control with my eating and making the most of my work outs:)
Make the most out of today!

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LMB-ESQ 11/9/2011 7:25PM

    Augh... you keep writing... it makes PERFECT sense. And I'll keep reading, and eventually realize I should be doing the same thing and writing it out. I can't figure out where my resentment is coming from though. I'll get there....

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ILOVEROSES 11/9/2011 7:18PM

    What a great blog Liz! We all go through that. emoticon emoticon

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WYOMOL 11/9/2011 8:38AM

    LOVE the blog! It so captures most of us though we don't want to admit it. Be proud of writing your true feelings - we don't have to be proud of everything we do, but understanding our urges, our negotiations with ourselves, our games is the difference between taking action and not.

You've inspired me!

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    You're wrong - everything you've written makes perfect sense. Let's face it - tracking is a pain, exercising takes up time and it's WORK, and having to weigh our choices about food can be annoying. I want my chips, too, and unlimited chocolate and pizza and a big juicy cheeseburger. With fries. But... we both know the score. Still, our feelings and our minds are powerful. If we don't deal with what's under the surface, we can't move on and succeed. So, let yourself feel the anger, let the resentment well up, wallow in it for a little bit. Then, move on. As you said, you are perfectly capable of getting this under control. You've done it. You know how. You WILL succeed. It's a matter of getting your attitude to synch with your lifestyle and sometimes, that takes a little doing. You've got the chops - give it your all and take it one step at a time. Face the dragons and chase them away. Or, be a dragon and chase away the demons! Whichever analogy works, use it...

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SHEL1181 11/8/2011 2:14PM

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VETTRANGER 11/8/2011 1:39PM

    Well, there's no reason to be mad at yourself for being human. I go through the same things some days. I find that counting calories isn't really necessary for me to know if my planned meals have the correct calorie content, it helps remind me what I can't add to that. LOL I refuse to go above the media point of my calorie range, and I try to actually stay below the low point of that range. So when I want that bowl of ice cream and I look at its calories and what that will take the total to, it helps me to refuse to eat it.

On the other hand, I've found a lot of snacks that are reasonable calories that I really like. Yogurt and fruit, pineapple and a little bit of cottage cheese, an apple, even popcorn without butter.

Also, you can get sugarless candy at Stained Glass Candy Company's web site. It is only 5 calories per piece, and you'd swear it was the same as hard candy with sugar in it. Those help out a lot too. The bite size chocolate bars are 41 calories each. If you can hold yourself to one a day, it gives you a sense of a treat. LOL

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I Don't Wanna

Thursday, November 03, 2011

I have a secret. Well, kind of a secret. There are plenty of people I have told and if you know me in "real" life, I am sure you know too. I think the major secret is that I haven't been fully honest with myself.

Most all of my blogs I tell you want I am going through but I always try to be positive. I think I do that to try to add an "excuse" for my behavior and attitude. As in "I haven't been eating well or exercising" but I still feel really good, I have more energy than I did before". EXCUSES!

Here it is, no positive spin. It is what it is.

When I joined Spark People in August 2008 I weighed 129. This may not seem like a lot to most of you but please remember I am a shorty. I am 5 foot tall. I carry almost all of my weight in my middle. I wasn't overweight but my BMI and weight was right at the top of my range.

I didn't seriously start and exercise and eating program until Feb 2009. I reached my goal weight of 113 at the end of June 2009. Honestly I didn't know HOW to maintain it. I had cut out almost all sugar. I ate well, except for one day a week I allowed myself a desert and pizza. I tracked food and stayed with-in my calories EVERYDAY. I have always had problems with getting enough protein in but everything else...I ate like a champ. I exercised. Walked mostly, biked in the warmer weather. Little to no strength training, even though I knew I should. I walked on the treadmill at an incline, not really fast but the incline gave me the extra ST I needed. Next to no upper body ST though. As far as I could see, that is the only thing I did "wrong" in 2009. When I reached my goal weight, I got this mental attitude that said, well I am here, I can have extra desserts and treats, I don't have to exercise a much. So slowly I added more sugar in my diet. Slowly that 6 days a week exercise schedule turned into 5 then 3 then 1 then 1 every other week.

Looking back, I think I resented the fact that I was beginning to realize that this life style was a real lifestyle. Something that I would have to do everyday of my life. I didn't wanna track my food for the rest of my life. I hate it. I didn't want to have to get up at 4:45 am 5 days a week and by 7 am on Saturdays in order to get my exercise in. Before the rest of the family, work, friends (life) intruded on my exercise time. My entire childhood I was naturally thin, but as age and children came, I see that is slowly going away. I didn't want that to go away.

Let me re-phrase all that:
I don't wanna track food for the rest of my life
I don't wanna get up at the butt crack of dawn to exercise everyday
I don't wanna stop being naturally thin
I don't wanna except that as I age this is going to get harder NOT easier.

Since July 2009 I have slowly gained weight. It isn't all my don't wanna's, I have had some major issues happen to me and my family since then (layoffs, aging parent, marriage problems, faith questioning, foot injuries, problems with son in school etc). All these things adding up, End of 2009, 2010 and beginning 2011 have not been my best years all the way around. Most of the life problems are either done or are being dealt with. NOW it is time I deal with what is going on with ME internally.

As one of my biggest inspirations and motivators (when I let her) said on my page just yesterday "Let's face it, our emotional and mental states do not improve with fat, they get WORSE" boy did that hit me like a ton of bricks! (thanks BEMORESTUBBORN, I LOVE YOU!) I have GOT to get back in this. I have got to find what is blocking me mentally that I have allowed myself to fall back to square one.

That is right. On Sunday, I weighed in at 131. MORE than I weighed back in 2008. I need to get over this mental block so I can get back to being healthy and fit and energetic person I was...

I need help people, I need a kick in the butt with pointy boots.
I don't need to be told not to be so hard on myself, only because that only brings me back to making excuses.
I need support and accountability.
I need a plan
I need to stick to that plan!

so the first step is writing this. reading it over and over. the next step is a plan. small steps, i dont' have to jump in with both feet, a toe or two is enough for now. but not too slowly, or else i'll talk myself into it "not being worth it". sigh.

Thanks for reading all of this

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FATESLADY 6/3/2012 2:57PM

    I feel the same way! I've been bouncing around the upper end of my healthy range, not quite overweight but as close as it gets, and it doesn't feel good. I spent last night doing some serious soul searching and trying to figure out why I am not willing to work for it, and today I started over. In fact, when I tried to go check out a gym and found them closed, I grabbed my dog and went for a fast walk instead. I'm going to get back on the wagon. Let's do it together.

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MGJARVI 6/1/2012 10:11PM

    Lizzy, BOY do i EVER understand that blog. Thanks for sharing!! This is the kick in the pants that I need!!

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JMCADE 5/30/2012 11:17PM

    Thanks for the link that brought me here. Your blog is so exactly where I am. And I am taking steps. I can so identify.

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FIT-AT-50 5/30/2012 2:48PM

    Thanks for posting the link back to this blog again. What a great way to help us all get firmly on your team right where you need us to be. (And I need it too.) I've been below my original goal weight and have been tetering within 5 pounds of where my body has settled for about 2.5 years now, but recently the bottom part of my range appears rarely, and I seem to bounce around the top three pounds. My body does seem to need plenty of cardio, but I've discovered that the key to my long-term weight success has been ST. (And when I go a few weeks without it, I definitely see a change in my metabolism.) Weight lifting is fun, but for me Pilates has been the key -- a couple of times a week for an hour has given tone and some lean muscle definition that I never had, even back in my skinny days. If you haven't tried Pilates yet, I encourage you to give it a try. It isn't as hard on the joints as other forms of weight-training can be.

I'm here for you, my SParkling Panther Pal.

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AEHEGE 5/30/2012 10:05AM

    Thanks for posting this blog -- well thought out and well said! There are so many of us
"don't wanna's" who "don't wanna" admit it and use other excuses. Thanks for saying it how it is.

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BEMORESTUBBORN 11/8/2011 10:04PM

    OMG! Tears in my eyes! I love you, too!

Liz, it's good that you're venting and being honest with yourself because that's the only way to grab the bull by the horns and square off with it. Yes, the lifestyle of tracking, exercising and scrutinizing all of our food choices is a pain. There's a part of us that says it's not fair! But, it's preferable to being fat and miserable. The emotional pain that comes from that is horrible. It's not a good place to be and it's self-defeating. Everything we do for our well-being, for our happiness, for our health, is well-worth it. YOU ARE WELL-WORTH IT! I weighed 98 lbs until I got married. Ate whatever I wanted, never exercised, and never gained an ounce. That was the past. At 5'0" hitting an all-time high of more than 150 lbs made me look like Humpty Dumpty! Do you know how terrified I am to ever wind up back there again? That's what drives me. That's why I embrace this lifestyle of accountability: the food tracker, the exercise, the avoidance of sugar, snacks and unhealthy choices. I've made my peace with it and accepted that this is how I have to live for the rest of my life if I want to keep the results I shed blood, sweat and tears for. I have no doubt in my mind that you, too, will come to that realization and once you do, it will be easier to accept it. It will be like brushing your teeth before bedtime - something we do automatically as a deeply ingrained habit. A beneficial one.

I'm here for you, to help in any way you need me. And... I don't offer that to everybody...


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TAMTAM64 11/7/2011 9:26PM

    LIz - being honest with yourself is the first step. Thank you for sharing your struggles with us. I know I struggled with the very same issues.

Being healthy & fit is an ongoing project & a never ending one! LOL

Give me a "Shout out" when you need some help or need to vent - Your dragons are here for ya!


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RUNNINGWILD 11/7/2011 1:43PM

    I'm with you... I have all these goals and a bad case of "I don't wanna". Tracking is a pain in the butt but I don't have a firm grasp on portion control to NOT track. Judging by my past few days, I don't have a firm grasp on "enough" either. I think we can keep each other accountable. I REALLY need a new challenge. My 6 weeks of *take it easy* ends on December 7th. Want to work on something then?

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JOPAPGH 11/7/2011 8:38AM

    I'm in the same spot. I lost 15 within months on SP to hit my goal, but all but 5 lbs is back. I'm refocusing to drop that ten.

Email mail when you need an attitude adjustment. We are all in this together.

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COOPSM 11/7/2011 8:22AM

    Lizzy---pointy boot fired up and ready girl!!!! You KNOW I have been in a slump and I am almost back to my beginning SP weight!!! Get a program and lets kick ass together!!!! We can do the same WO on the same day and keep each other accountable....let do this!!!!! You are with me right....lets help each other!!!! Hugs!!!

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WYOMOL 11/6/2011 1:32PM

    Liz - what a great and honest blog - thank you as i feel that way alot also - OK let's be harder on each other - kick more, push more...I promise to do my part!

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GOODGETNBETR 11/4/2011 6:22PM

    No problem with giving a loving kick in the pant to a friend; no pointy boots required :) These news readers must be right about the 95% of dieters and health seekers, and that's unfortunate. "Butt crack of dawn." emoticon Anyways, yeah it looks like those that look the best have a dirty little secret: they work at it. Trust me, I hate it too but damn they look so hot they make me wanna try anyway, even if I only get in a few workouts a week. Got to keep chipping away, especially as the cold weather makes us all want to reach for our Snuggies, the remote and some tasty treats. Stick with it Liz. emoticon because you're worth it.

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CANDIS799 11/4/2011 1:54PM

    I think we can all relate. You can count on me to give you a pointy boot as needed!

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LMB-ESQ 11/4/2011 7:04AM

    Awww, Liz! I don't wanna either! And I've gained weight too. We've all done it. Let stress and crap and life get in the way, slacked off the workouts.... yeah.... I haven't been in the pool in over a month, and just this week I finally got out to run for the first time in three weeks (I'll use the word "run" loosely; it was more like a "lean forward and shuffle" kinda thing). And my bike tires are low, meaning it's been sitting idle too long :-(

I need a kick in the the butt and a plan too. So what's the plan? Should we make one up together?

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HAZEL1022 11/3/2011 4:50PM

    You, my dear, are my inspiration. You are beautiful and lovely, and I'm very glad to hear that you'll be going back to feeling as you deserve.

You've got all of us on the journey with you. You can do it!!!

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SHEL1181 11/3/2011 4:07PM

    First off.....I LOVE YOU!!!!! emoticon
Second.....I'm there with you. We've talked about this before. Gosh it sucks when we realize that we're getting old and our bodies are not what they once were. I'm beginning to think I don't know the body I'm in at all (where is all this hair coming from anyway?).
I'm also tired of watching everything I put in my mouth and making sure that I do some activity every day. I need to do more but the motivation isn't there....probably because I realize that I have to keep it up FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE and that scares the crap out of me. I want to be a little lazy sometimes but I know the pounds (and the blood sugar level with them) will just continue to creep up. I wish I was seemed like we were much better at this when we were there to make each other do a walk every night and it was good for our minds too.....geez, I miss that!
Now we just have to figure out what's gonna get our butts in gear to do this and keep at it and love it. emoticon

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NAELINDGREN 11/3/2011 2:29PM

    I so completely relate to what you are going through. You have no idea! I have been too embarrassed to correctly state my weight on SP because I have been inching up and have been in denial. Today I officially stepped on the scale and I am a whopping 7 lbs up from my previous low. I am a shorty too, so although it doesn't sound like much it translates to increased jean sizes. I resent having to be hyper vigilant about my diet and exercise and as a result I self sabotage before I ever even reach my goal weight. Let's make a deal. Let's work on supporting each other and holding one another accountable. I am in the exact same boat and would love a partner in this journey. LET's KICK THIS!!

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