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Motivation Lost

Friday, October 26, 2012

Still struggling to get my motivation back. I bought the 3 months of sparkcoach hoping it would help motivate me to get back to my diet and exercise program. I am only a few days in, and so far haven't been doing so great. Of course I have been sick and that never bodes well for any workout program ever! However, I just don't have the drive so far. I have been reading motivational stories, trying to check in everyday, and still no progress. Really don't wanna gain this weight back, but I feel like crap an just wanna eat comfort food and lay in bed! Grrr!!!
If anyone has any suggestions, please, I'll be happy to hear them!

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PEBBLES706 10/26/2012 11:14AM

    I had the same problem. What I did to get myself motivated again was to go back to day 1 and read all of my own blogs. This helped me in showing me what was important to me and how far I have came in my journey.

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MOONFAIRY 10/26/2012 11:14AM

    On the FB group, you asked us to call you out when you started to slip. Let's get on this, girl! Remember--no excuses b/c you now have a high-speed internet connection? emoticon

I've been struggling as of late as well, but every morning I wake up and think "today's a new day". You have a fresh chance at making positive choices. emoticon

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634MEG 10/26/2012 11:09AM

    just try to keep focus on what it is you want more!

i often fall for the comfort foods, too but i'm usually not comforted by them at all. unless i keep in control...making smart choices, watching my portions and not over indulging.

i, too, signed up for sparkcoach in the hopes of recommitting. it is a day to day process and sometimes meal to meal! i wish you the best!

hang in there! stay strong!

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ANNE821 10/26/2012 10:59AM

    Don't beat yourself up over this. We all go through periods of low motivation. Hey,life gets in the way but over time you will make healthy living a permanent part of your life. The main thing is you are very aware of your desires, but are others in your life feeling the same way? Do they understand your goals and feelings about this? My recent success can be attributed to having my husband on board with me. He and I are on the same page when it comes to healthy eating and being active. He helps me more when it comes to getting out there and doing something and I help him with the eating part. Hopefully you have someone very close to you who can help you with your goals, even if it is just listening to and encouraging you. You won't gain the weight back if you really don't want to, it just might be easier to do when you let others know your desires!

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Glutton for Punishment

Friday, October 19, 2012

I don't know why I do it.

I never intend to stop working out. It just happens. I got busy with a new job, 3 kids on 3 different soccer teams, I am coaching 2 of those soccer teams, and before I know it, I have gained weight and not worked out in 3 months! I am tired, achy, fat, bloated, stiff, and wondering why this happened again. The good news is I haven't gained all the weight back yet. The bad news is if I don't start trying to get back to being healthy it won't be long before I have.

So tomorrow I begin again. I will pick whichever workout I feel like doing and I will complete it before I post here in the morning. I am also going to weigh in to see how much damage has been done. Then while I take my son to the eye doctor, I will shop for healthy foods and attempt to follow a meal plan.

I have been successful before. I will be successful again. :)

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UMUCGRAD 10/19/2012 11:09PM

    You WILL be successful again. Try this - put YOURself and YOUR health first.
You'll be a better, happier, more effective mom and coach if you do.
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IRISHPROUD46 10/19/2012 10:07PM

    I understand this all too well. I've found that conventional workouts don't work for me. I want to have fun working out without realizing that I actually am. Good luck!!

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NKOUAMI26 10/19/2012 10:01PM

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Body happiness

Thursday, April 19, 2012

When your losing weight and want to keep motivated the most important thing is to be positive. Celebrate every, single, teeny, tiny victory. A few days ago I noticed my arms looked smaller. I measured and sure enough!...I had lost an inch off my arms. Today before getting in the shower I stood sideways and (ignoring my big stomach) focused on my back half, and thought...WOW! That's not so bad. My back is much less flabby :) and the fat rolls are shrinking. My butt is toned and almost virtually free from cellulite. My legs look much more toned, and getting slightly muscular.

If I could get rid of this stupid gut I have, I would be happy with my body. emoticon

That is a shocking thought. That I could be this close +.....+ to having the body I could be happy with.

The problem is how to get rid of belly fat. I have read books and listened to what Dr. Oz said and I think it is time to start following some of the advice. Most "Belly fat" plans suggest limiting carbs and sugars. I can do that. I also have learned that these types of foods bloat me. Not fun....or attractive!

Dr. Oz said to use caraway seeds to reduce gas and bloating. So I added them to my morning smoothie. Well, most of them did not blend up and I had to swallow them or chew them like tiny annoying pills. But again, a change I can live with to get a smaller belly.


The rest of my day will entail finishing the work day, grabbing my son, taking him to grab something to eat, and getting him somewhere where he can change, having him change into his soccer uniform and then running him back to school to get on the bus to go to his game. Then I will run home, grab my money, get gas and head to his game the next county over. After the game we will grab something healthy to eat and head home. I will hop on my bike and ride 30-60 mins ( I already did LV 2 of the 30 day shred) and then will announce my day done!

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AZURELITE 4/21/2012 12:41PM

    I wonder if the caraway seeds would work just as well if they were ground (say, in a coffee grinder) before adding to your smoothies? Flax seeds are supposed to be easier to digest this way...perhaps the same goes for caraway seeds?

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CHATTIEGIRL 4/20/2012 10:06PM

    Hi Melody;

Darling, don't forget grab about a half hour of relaxation for you, down time. It is so nice to see changes in our bodies and if I don't get myself started back with more exercising my changes are going to go in the other direction. Stay healthy and love life. God bless you always.

Smile Joyce

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JANDK156 4/19/2012 11:53PM

    People store their excess in different places. When you get to the right BMI/weight, etc., it'll go.

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OLETA92 4/19/2012 7:27PM

    Ahh the dreaded belly fat, something I just CANNOT get rid of. Hope the caraway seeds work well for you. =]

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DNS9264 4/19/2012 4:17PM

    Let me know how the seeds work, and congrats in the new found body happiness!

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20 pounds and 7 inches gone! :)

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

I have been hanging in there. Despite some questionable food choices, I am hanging steady at 217. I haven't weighed in awhile and am hoping to see the scales number reflect some loss. I have been working out, which is the one thing I have been consistent with over the last month. Which is why I am still about where I was. The good news is I am down 20 pounds now and I have lost a total of 7 inches. :) I am firmly in a plus size 16 now and can squeeze into a missy size 16 with some muffin top. Hoping to obliterate the muffin top shortly. :)

I have decided to get really serious about my working out. I have stopped logging my food but am doing pretty well staying within my calorie ranges so for now I am going to keep doing that. I have been eating healthy. I upped my exercise. Yesterday I did 28 mins of the 30 Day Shred, 30 mins running (2.5 miles), 30 mins biking (5 miles), and a 10 min flexibility workout for a total of 100 mins. It was good. :) Today is an easier day and I am going to ride the bike for 30 mins and do some light upper body strength training. Tomorrow will be a harder workout day if I don't work, and if I do it will be another light day. I want to focus back on strength training some as I noticed as I had been slacking that I have gotten a little flabby. I must correct that pronto!!

Family drama has died down. Still am not sure about what is going to happen with my boyfriend's job. We know the factory will eventually close, but they are saying not for 2 years...Since the kids and I don't want to move, we have talked about him commuting down and spending the week, and coming back up on the weekends. If not he will have t turn the job down. My last blog I did not really explain my position very well for not wanting to move and may have come off a little ungrateful that he may be offered such a nice position at the new factory in AL. I'm not ungrateful. However, I am trying to find a teaching job. I am not certified to teach in AL and am unsure what is required to become certified. Secondly, my entire family is here. We know no one in AL. I would have no one to help out with my children...I have3 school age, when they are sick, if I am working, I will have no one to help with their care or even to help afterschool, etc. Also, my parents are getting older and it would kill them if I took their grandbabies 2 states away. I would also like to be here to participate in my parents care care if they should ever need it. My sisters ad I are super-close. They are my best friends and not being able to see them and my nieces when I want to, would be a huge burden.

Then there is the matter of my Boyfriend. In a lot of ways he is a good guy, He has made huge strives to become a better man and I am thankful for it everyday. However, he doesn't "take care" of me....in any way. He makes 10 times as much money as me a yr. Yet I have to pay for all the stuff the kids need. I am in debt up to my eyeballs because I have been unable to get a teaching job, due to cuts in education and have been living off my credit cards. When I fall short- which is a lot- my mother helps me out. Not him. Moving to AL would mean I would have to rely solely on him for everything and I am not sure that it would be a smart move.

Enough said.

Today I will be busy as always with soccer practice, work, and normal household stuff. I hope everyone has a blessed day!

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AZURELITE 4/20/2012 7:37AM

    Congrats on the 20 lb weight loss & the inches loss too. Great goals for fitness ... that muffin top will be gone very soon!

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JANDK156 4/19/2012 1:29PM

    Maybe going over a budget with him would help him pry open his wallet and help out more?

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NELLIEC 4/18/2012 4:24PM

    It does sound like you need to be cautious about having to depend on your boyfriend.

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Everyday day I'm strug-ug-ug-alin'!! (Put yo hands up!)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

I'm barely hanging in there.

I mean barely.

This week has been a huge struggle with me. I have had huge family drama. I got into a stupid argument with my sisters and nieces. It was stupid, I didn't cause it, and I am not going to apologize for something I didn't cause. Then I found out that my boyfriend who is the breadwinner, by a landslide in my house, is going to lose his job within a year. The factory he works for is closing and moving to Alabama. He has heard rumors that they are going to offer him double his salary now to move and work at the new factory. I say no. I have lived here all my life, my entire family is here, my friends are here, and all my children's friends are here. We know nothing and no one in Alabama and I refuse to move. The company is also rumored to give him a nice severance package, but he is only thinking about the money he would be making if he takes the AL job, and not how such a move would affect us all. It's been stressful, and caused 2 arguments so far, and I am really not looking forward to the next few months.

Plus, it's TOM.

I have started reading Joyce Meyer's "The Battlefield of The Mind" and I am really trying to rid myself of negative thoughts. I am also trying very hard to study the Bible everyday and make God a part of my daily life, through bible study, and prayer.

I also am job hunting for a teaching job. It takes a great deal of time to search, fill out applications, contact superintendents and Principals, put together and distribute your portfolio....It's endless.

It's soccer season, and I have been gone 3 nights this week in addition to working during the day, which means my house looks like a tornado went through it. :
I also am wanting to start writing again. Not just in my little blog here, but to write down the stories I have bouncing around in my head.

On top of that, I am a mother to 4 kids.

I am feeling overwhelmed and don't know how to deal with all this stress....and workout too!

My food intake has been horrible. I have been eating out more since I am not at home as much and I haven't always make the best choices.

My goal for the next week is to make better choices, workout more, stay on plan, and be here every single day!

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 3/29/2012 5:07PM

    OMG you are SO SO SO blessed to have a "breadwinner" who CAN earn double his salary! My husband's job disappeared 8 years ago - I am the sole support of my household and my mother's - my husband is way to old to be hired by anyone now. He looked daily for 5 years and never got a nibble - due to age!!!! Relocating is difficult - but having NO money and NO remaining credit and no hope and no help is worse. It does sound like you have emergency support (family) where you are - so that leaves options open to you. I have no one on this planet that would or could help me financially. No one. No family. No friends who are not struggling too. No one. Please think very hard before you decide to pass up a pure golden opportunity to have enough money. If you have that, you are free to travel. You are free to visit. You are FREE!!!! If you have nothing, it is SO hard to cling to hope and faith. SO very hard. Thank God every single day for options. Take the options - try it. You can always go back. But if you pass up the opportunity, it may not knock again. Believe me, even though it is a year away, I would already be packing. I gained weight when I lived for MONTHS at a time on nothing but Ramen noodles - my one treat a week was one dollar burger at McDonald's. I worked overtime every day for the money, commuted 2 hours, could never sleep due to stress and gained weight while totally UNDEREATING for years. Now I work for a company that is desperately struggling to survive, it hasn't paid me since October 28th, we are losing the office because they haven't paid the rent and I have nowhere to turn. Living on cash advances - almost at the end of all the credit lines. PLEASE think long and hard before you let your man pass up an opportunity that will give you more than you have now plus some real financial security. I will pray for you, too.

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NELLIEC 3/29/2012 4:30PM

    Yes, there are those times when we struggle. The key is to give the situation to God and find out what HE wants us to do.

For years there was a situation in which I struggled. Finally, the breaking point came and I just followed what God led me to do, which sometimes was pretty scary. I ended up without a husband, but with my 6 children and our pets, over 3000 miles away from what was familiar and known. But HE guided me every step, and I certainly don't regret it.

What is somewhat amusing is that now my ex and I get along reasonably well -- 3000 miles apart.

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SUE5007 3/29/2012 3:56PM

    Cute title. ;)

I would just try to keep the diet in check since soccer games make life so busy! Make a goal to always plan ahead to have grab-n-go foods like clementines, apples, peanut butter crackers and water bottles on hand if you have to literally run out of the house. You could even make a giant salad, and grill up some chicken and keep them in the fridge. When it's time for a game fill a tupperware container with some of the salad, throw some chicken on top, snap on a lid and go!

Get in a walk during the game if you can, but you'll have more control over what you're eating than anything else.

Balancing a busy life is a full time job. Good luck, keep your head up. emoticon

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