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Day Thirty - 1/31/10

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Last day of January, and, to be honest, I could be a little happier with my weight loss. Not that I am unhappy, but I guess I still have a little bit of that immediate gratification illness lurking in my heart. I mean so far this month, I am down 10.5 pounds and technically, my sparkversary is the 2nd, so I still have at least another day, but I'm not due to weigh in until next weekend. Hopefully I can keep myself from taking a peek at the scale before then.

All in all, though, I quite pleased with the progress I've made. My fitness level have improved greatly. I actually enjoy eating the healthier food, and I am starting to get fuller on less food. There is a definate increase in my energy level and my mood is better on the whole. My clothes are starting to fit better. The benefits are evident, I just need to keep reminding myself that it takes time.

Waking up this morning without hitting snooze was DIFFICULT, but I did it. I worked last night until 10:30, and had a little tracking and e-mailing to do when I got home, so, by the time I got to bed, it seems that the 7 hours just wasn't enough rest for me last night.

It is Sunday though, and I do love Sunday! Life is slower - there are few, if any have to do's and I get a little time to rejuvenate. It's the day I have planned to take off fitness, but that doesn't happen. I've grown to kind of appreciate fitness...not "like" it really, but a fond appreciation, and I would miss it if I did none.

So tomorrow ends month number one and Tuesday I start month two. I pray the motivation stays high as the numbers don't fall as quickly.

Thank you all for the support you have been....I look forward to long and lasting friendships with you all as we continue to walk (run) the road to better health.

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PAG2809 2/1/2010 11:18AM

    Keep reminding yourself that 1.5-2 lbs per week is a healthy amount of weight to lose - and by losing slowly and making permanent lifestyle changes you are more likely to keep it off. I know its hard to wait, but its worth it!

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LISANANCY 2/1/2010 8:19AM

    You already are a success, look at your new attitude. Keep going. It took me months just to lose 5 pounds. Law of average I should have given up I didn't and now that little lose is mine! You are doing a fantastic job. I read to set goal at about 10% of the amount you want to lose and work for that. The big number really scares me. So this has helped. I hope you find little tricks that keep it interesting for you. emoticon

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PAM1864 2/1/2010 12:06AM

    Your weight loss is emoticon and emoticon for that.
You motivate me, inspite of having busy days you never fail to workout. I just lazy around after my workouts. I'll have to find ways to keep myself busy.
Take care.

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MIMIKK7 1/31/2010 9:45PM

    emoticonon your goals. Your weight loss is remarkable for your first month. We both just completed our first month with sparkpeople and the sky is the limit. It is up to us to continue to support and motivate each other to better health.
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Day Twenty-nine - 1/30/10

Saturday, January 30, 2010

I'm excited! It's not yet ten and I am up, animals fed, at least the four legged ones, morning devotions done, car gassed up, tires aired, grocery shopping done for the casseroles I have to make today for tomorrows brunch and my Sparking is caught up. Now, I'm going to go get my breakfast, vitamin nand try to get in my fitness early today. Work tonight, so I'm going to try to keep this roll going. emoticon

I have to be honest, I did think about hitting the snooze, but I triumphed over the impulse and I think I'm going to be the better for it. emoticon

Looking forward to a productive day!!! emoticon

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WINNINGSPARK 1/31/2010 12:59AM

    Isn't that just the greatest feeling to get up early without hitting the snooze and get a bunch accomplished???? I love it! Great job. Let's keep it up!
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LISANANCY 1/30/2010 4:45PM

    You do all that work before you have breakfast. I have no morning before coffee. emoticon

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AHEALTHIERME9 1/30/2010 2:37PM


Wow, sounds like you're being incredibly productive! That is awesome, awesome, awesome!

You are doing great! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NELLIEC 1/30/2010 1:49PM


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MIMIKK7 1/30/2010 11:02AM

    emoticonWOW, what energy you have!! Keep it rolling!!!

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Day Twenty-eight - 1/29/10

Friday, January 29, 2010

The month is coming to a close - almost my Sparkversary. Sometimes it doesn't really seem like a month, and sometimes it seems like forever since I've pigged out on a bowl of ice cream or warmed sundried tomatoes in olive oil with bread for dipping...etc., etc., etc...

I do seem to be getting used to eating better though. I went to breakfast with a friend this morning to Panera. Not wanting to eat half my days carbs and fat on the bagel sandwich I normally would have ordered (which by the way, she did), I had the lowfat black cherry smoothy made with yogurt (300cals) which is also on the planner list and a kashi - crunchy protien bar which I brought along in case of emergency...good thing I did. They wouldn't even sell me an apple though they serve them as a side option. It used a little more of my cals and carbs than I would have liked, but it wasn't as bad as some of the other options I normally would've chosen and I was still able to eat lunch and have enough left for dinner and a snack after I work out.

On a lighter note (literally), my jeans which used to fit comfortably as starting to get a bit saggy in the seat and I have to wear a belt with them now to hold them up...very cool. Time to retire this pair i guess emoticonso, to reward myself I found another darling pair for $5 at a resale shop and bought them to replace the ones that are now getting too big. They are the next size down and don't fit yet, but I have a way to go, so they are getting tacked to the wall next to my motivation picture until they fit.

Over breakfast, I was talking to my friend who is already smaller than me about wanting to be able to run a 5K by my birthday. See is mulling over the idea of getting off the holiday weight and is thinking about doing it with me....well see, it would be nice to have someone to train with when the weather gets nicer. She also bought a pair of jeans the next size smaller and we both plan on taking them with us when we go to San Antonio this June/July.

My plan says I should reach my goal at the beginning of Aug, but I think with hard work and determination, I should be there (or so close it won't matter) by the time we go.

As for getting up today without hitting the snooze, well, let's just say I may need to buy a mouse trap to get that one. Put the mouse trap (set it first) on the alarm clock and it is supposed to deter you from hitting the snooze....maybe we'll try going to bed earlier a couple more nights first.

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AHEALTHIERME9 1/30/2010 5:42PM

    Good for you for celebrating your loose jeans and buying the next size down! WOOHOO! These moments are so motivating!!!

Great job on ordering healthful things at Panera! That's absolutely fantastic! I did that yesterday after the dentist office ordeal. We stopped for lunch and I ordered rainbow trout instead of my favorite, pot roast! And the fish was really good!

I think you are off to such a powerful start, my friend! HERE'S TO YOU!!!!! emoticon

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    I'm so happy for you! Love the smaller pair of jeans.

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PAM1864 1/30/2010 4:36AM

    WoW!!! emoticon girlfriend. Lucky for you, now go get new inspiring, sexy clothes and upload new photos for us. emoticon
It's good idea of getting a pair of jeans the next size smaller for target. I will do that too. emoticon


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WINNINGSPARK 1/29/2010 10:48PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
That's wonderful about your jeans. I just love that - I'm wearing smaller ones and lovin' it!

And your competitive spirit with the mousetrap on the snooze is a bit over the top - just so you know!
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    WOO HOO!!! Pants getting too loose is a GREAT thing!!! Congrats!!!

And hahahahahahaha about the mouse trap!

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Day Twenty-seven - 1/28/10

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Today, I am so grateful for being able to sleep in till 8am. I've got lots to do, like always, but at least I'm not doing it at break neck speed.

Still think I'm recovering from the marathon cardio session the other day...or is it just TOM? I want to eat the world, but am learning the difference between true hunger and just wanting to eat.

Breakfast today was over 400 cals. (one serving of whole grain hot cereal w/ 1/4cp of dried fruit, twelve almonds and 1/2 cp of milk)...sstill could've eaten more, but this too shall pass.

Going to concentrate on staying busy and enjoying a leisurely pace to the day. Hopefully will motivate me to do my fitness early in the day and be caught up on all my reading, mail etc so I get to bed at a decent hour.

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PAM1864 1/29/2010 4:18AM

    Hey girlfriend, Enjoying your workouts. I love to read your blogs. I am having off day today, but did few workouts.

You take care and keep writing. emoticon


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BOVEY63 1/28/2010 12:19PM

    TOM is when I want to eat like a maniac too! I try to keep myself more occupied so I won't cave in to the draw of my kitchen cupboards.

Enjoy your leisurely-paced day!

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Day Twenty-six - 1/27/10

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

I really don't believe this and when I have time I am going to go double check. I received a message on my activity feed that says I passed 1000 fitness minutes. I'm not sure when, but I'm pretty happy. Today wasn't even a long one, since it was a long work day and then I had other chores to do then dinner before I could get to work out.

Tomorrow I have some extra time (yeah, right), but I plan on doing a little extra. Still can't say that I really love, or even so mucb like to work out, but I sure do love how it makes me feel. That's progress.

I even got my sister to eat a half-way healthy dinner tonight, untill she poured vinegar and olive oil over about 280-300 calories worth of vegetable in a salad.
It's progress though - at least she's eating veggies - with 1.5 oz of ham and 1/8 cup feta cheese. Pumpkin and acorn squash soup on the side.

Okay, well, it has been a busy day, and I want to get up early and try to start getting my fitness started earlier in the day. (it's hard when all I can think of is eating my BREAKFAST!)

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PAM1864 1/28/2010 11:51AM

    emoticonYou are very punctual when it comes to

exercises emoticon

Look how you are inspiring others around you. emoticon


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SLIMGRAM2 1/28/2010 7:17AM

    emoticon You should be so proud of your self. You are really dedicated to making changes in your eating habit's and fitness. Look at the impression you made on your sister. emoticon You go girl. emoticon emoticon

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