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Victory with my motivators

Thursday, May 24, 2012

So far the plan to reward myself with a mini-goal reward is helping. I decided to make a chart and mark it with a rubber stamp on each day I eat within range for calories. I've made it 4 out of 4 days, now, and at week's end I will have earned myself a new magazine to read. I've started reading the covers of magazines on the shelf, trying to find one I will buy on next Monday when I WILL have made it a full week without going over. YAY!

What has been helping me be motivated with my exercising is the chart I made with all my options for workouts, and the days of the week. I find myself striving to mark off more than one activity each day, and have managed to walk each day this week on top of another workout, and sometimes I've done more than that. No rewards involved in this, I'm just motivated by seeing lots of marks on my chart. Instead of marking the spot with a checkmark, I fill in the square with the amt of minutes I did that activity, which also motivates me to try to beat myself in time spent each workout.

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SHERIO5 5/25/2012 11:09AM

    It sounds like you've found a winner! Great work! emoticon

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AUTUMNBRZ 5/25/2012 8:13AM

    AWESOME! Keep up the great work!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/25/2012 1:14AM


Great job!

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_JODI404 5/24/2012 9:13PM

    That sounds like a great, motivating plan to me! I like to see the results visually too! I add a new post it note to my stack for each day of my 10mins streak. Sometimes I draw more on it, add stickers etc to make it cute/fun.

Way to go on finding something that works well for you to give you that little extra push you needed!

Hope you have a FABULOUS weekend ahead!!!

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No loss, but no guilt

Monday, May 21, 2012

The only reasons I feel ok about not losing any weight this week, is that, first of all, I followed my chart and I know by looking at it that I did my best in getting my workouts in, which reminds me that I am doing good things for my body. Next, when I look back over my week, I had many occasions when I looked in the mirror and was satisfied with what I saw. I felt pretty this week, and I felt like I was a healthy size for my frame. I don't feel fat!

It also helped this week, that I got a compliment from my former boss, who often is critical of overweight people,( which only feeds my fear of rejection if I weigh even a little too much.) In that way, she is not good for me to be around, but she's 90 and lonely, so I get together with her once and a while to have lunch and walk around the mall.

I didn't do my best in avoiding sweets this week, but I'm not going on a guilt trip about it. I had 4 days that I went over my calorie limit, but stayed well under on the other 3. I feel like a mini reward for each day that I stay within goal might get me back on track. Any ideas on a good mini reward that I could either award myself each day preferably? or even for making it a whole week I could collect my award at the end of a week. I have become very consistent at weighing only once a week by awarding myself $5 for every time I wait a week. I had been obsessed with the scale. I still am tempted to use it again after Monday, but the $ keeps me motivated.

Hope you all have a great day and a successful, healthy week!

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_JODI404 5/22/2012 7:49PM

    Looking in the mirror and being happy with what you see is *awesome*!!!

Compliments from Shirley were icing on the cake!!

Can't think of any reward suggestions ~ sorry!

Hope you have a fabulous week!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/22/2012 3:34AM

    I never did very well at coming up with mini-rewards, but perhaps as SHERIO5 mentioned, sometimes making a free time activity the reward can work.

Silly, perhaps, but the first thing to cross my mind was stars / stickers - the way teachers do in lower grades or parents sometimes do for younger children. But the base idea might work if you play with it a little. For example, a vision collage can be built from one picture or mantra a day. You could pick one out each day that you succeed in staying in range and add it to your collage, building your vision image by image.

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SHERIO5 5/21/2012 12:51PM

    I have a difficult time coming up with mini-rewards too...but one I've tried lately is rewarding myself with a magazine purchase, or an extra hour of "fun" reading or dvd watching.

I'm glad you are able to see yourself as a healthy person and kept from being upset with yourself for less than perfection. It sounds like you are getting close to "balance"! I'm happy for you, makes me inspired!

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New tool to help myself get fitness minutes.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Not only did I walk 90 minutes, I remembered to do ST, circuit style, for the second time this week. I've been only doing it once a week and I know that ST is key to helping my fitness level. I start out the week with good intentions, and then as the week goes on I put it off.

Last weekend I made a chart, with a list of all the different activities I do as workouts. I made spaces to mark off how many minutes I do of any of the items on any particular day. So far I've been very motivated by it. Up till now I've just kept in my mind what options I have and choose something each day. This way I'm finding myself doing more than one item each day and I'm getting more fitness minutes in, partly because it's all right before my eyes and I'm reminded of my options. It's also helping that I have more time since I'm not working.

I love lists and journals and charts. For some reason they motivate me. I'm sure others can relate. And I'm sure there are others who can't!
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KATD13 5/22/2012 7:06PM

    Great Job!
I'm with you, love charts. They motivate some crazy competitive OCD in me ~ LOL.

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NUTRON3 5/18/2012 7:49AM

    Great idea!

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SHERIO5 5/17/2012 10:26PM

    I'm glad you are finding a system that motivates you, so important, as I'm sure you know!!! Whatever it takes!! When I first started working out (in my 20's) regularly, I put the type of exercise I needed to do on my calendar, so cardio or strength...I got so much satisfaction out of highlighting that I completed the workout on my calendar!!! Kinda like my "to do list", I love crossing things off!!!

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GREENEYEDGIRL4 5/17/2012 5:30PM


I just started doing a daily activity list with little boxes to check off the things I have done for the day. It has really helped to motivate me more also.

I need to make a fitness log with all the different exercises like you did. I think that would help me quite a bit.

Good luck with your journey.


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Complements are fun to hear!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

I am 119 calories away from burning my goal for the week, and it's just Wednesday. If I keep up this pace I'll have to consider upping my calories. But I'll wait and see if I'm feeling more hunger. I'm learning to eat for hunger, not just because I think it's time to eat something. Of course now that I'm talking about it, my hunger is starting up. It's 4 in the afternoon. My hubby likes to eat a little after 5 and I'm debating if I'll eat a little fruit to keep from being too famished when supper time is here.

My friend who is 90 treated me to lunch today. I was able to have vegetarian chili in a bread bowl. Was yummy. The best part of our day together was when she first saw me, after not having seen me for 6 weeks, she exclaimed that I look really, really good, and that I look fantastic; she kept going on about it and said I must feel great. I thanked her and beamed.


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BJPENNY70 5/16/2012 5:36PM

    Lorilee I am soooooooo proud of how well you are doing. You keep it up, girl. You are getting healthier by the minute. Comments do go a long way don't they? emoticon

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Love those spontaneous compliments!

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_JODI404 5/16/2012 4:27PM

    I totally agree.... it is really rewarding when others notice and have kind words!!

Makes for a really nice lift in your day!

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SHERIO5 5/16/2012 4:20PM

    Aww, gotta love those sincere compliments!!! It's a nice non-scale measure of how well you are doing!

Thanks for the coffee BTW! I'll have it iced since it's a little warm this afternoon! Would love to have a gab-fest too!

Enjoy the rest of your afternoon! Maybe have a few nuts with your fruit to keep the munchies away, I read that combining fruit or veggies with a protein is more filling...it seems to help me when I get the afternoon hungries...


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Today was a great Mother's Day!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

This morning we picked up my Mom-in-law and drove 3 hours to see my daughter, her boyfriend and her two kids. They cooked us brunch and sent us home 2 hours later with 4 quarts of strawberries. My daughter had just baked ginger snaps, yum, and they served fresh banana bread with their omelettes. Homegrown rosemary and sage in the omelette.

As I said, we drove three hours there from my hubby's mom's, and spend under 2 hours in asheville, then drove 2.5 hours back to our house; lots of driving for a short visit. But it was worth it. When we got home, we got on a video chat with my son in Hawaii and saw him, his wife and our 1 yr old little Ingrid. While we were visiting, my other daughter and her hubby and 2 and 1 yr olds came through the front door. We were going to cook out salmon on the grill, but I didn't feel like fighting with the rain. We ordered pizza and picked up pound cake for the strawberries that I somehow managed to cut up during all this madness. While picking up the pizza with hubby, our youngest son came home to share the meal with us. We ate two pizzas and each had a serving of strawberry shortcake (which was delicious). In a whirlwind, my hubby and his mom left for her house, my daughter and her family left, and Joe and I stayed behind. He didn't want to leave me alone on mother's day, but after we had talked a while, I said he could take off, I was fine to just go clean up the kitchen.

I got to see all my children and all of their children. Now I'm going to call my own Mom.

I didn't pay attention to calorie counts today. For once, I took a deliberate day off. Tomorrow is a new day.

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ALMMOM 5/14/2012 11:12AM

    Sounds like you had a good Mother's Day!!!!

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SHERIO5 5/14/2012 8:51AM

    Wow! Your day sounds like it bursting with lots of family love, what a perfect Mother's Day! Be kind to yourself today, sometimes we need a little "recovery" from all the family fun!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/14/2012 2:25AM

    What a splendid Mother's Day. So many generations involved, and so much family love.

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_JODI404 5/13/2012 9:34PM

    Sounds like a really special day with family. These days make fond memories.

Strawberry shortcake is one of my all time favorite desserts. MMMMMM.

Tomorrow is a new day. Moderation, not perfection. Special occasions, to me, warrant some splurging!! Glad you were able to ENJOY!!

Happy Mother's Day Lori!

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    Glad you had such a nice day! emoticon

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HDHAWK 5/13/2012 9:05PM

    Sounds like a wonderful Mother's Day with yummy food! I'm glad you enjoyed!

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