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New Year New& Renewed Goals

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Yeah, it is that time again...when we face the scale and remember that we were supposed to stay on track and maybe we did, maybe we didn't. This year I didn't. I had one of the most stressful semesters of my law school career, including planing a huge party for school and a wedding! Now I'm married (hitched in Vegas by Elvis 12/20/2012) and looking at my wedding pictures and realizing I have gained back a lot of weight. How much? Turns out almost all of it. (WHA?! Crap.) So... now it is time once again for me to renew my goals. It seems I do this a lot, but that does not mean I should give up this time. Keep getting back up on the horse, right?

I faced the scale the other day, and made a new set of goals for one year away. I think a year of time is a helpful mark for a goal and maybe that is part of what makes a new year's resolution so popular. We feel like it is a chance to get a fresh start, and there is a set time, and lots of other people with you with the dream to change something in their lives. I don't see anything wrong with that. I think that the key is remembering that it is a long term goal you have to work on every day.

I made a "vision" board on pintrest to keep images and tools that will help me stay on track. I put in some personal fitness goals, things to work towards in my workouts to keep me interested, and some affirmations to remind myself that it is hard but worth it!

Here is my board:

I hope that I reach my goals this year. I hope to loose all I gained back and then kill those extra few pounds and finally hit my goal weight. This year I have a lot of life changes, including the possibility of starting our family. In that case my goals will change slightly, but the goals of being healthy and fit are solid goals to keep for life.

Are you doing a resolution? What motivates you?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GORIANA 12/28/2012 12:43PM

    Yes, keep those goals in mind every day. Sounds like you are on the right track. Good luck and congratulations. Don't forget to pat your self on the back too. It seems like you are accomplishing many things already.

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LIZZIECA55 12/27/2012 2:54PM

    WOW! You do have a lot going on. Congratulations on your new marriage and congratulations on setting your goals and resolutions ahead of time.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 12/27/2012 2:19PM

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FLAMENM 12/26/2012 9:25PM

    Here is to reaching all your goals and enjoying the journey.

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BARBANNA 12/26/2012 6:22PM

    You have S/P behind you all the way! emoticon

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MJRVIC2000 12/26/2012 5:36PM

    My motivation come from serving the Lord who blessess me daily with all my needs. He will do the same for YOU! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Just wasted time?

Thursday, October 04, 2012

I'm thinking today about how to fit in workouts as well as all my other chores. As a law student, home maker, and law clerk I have a very busy life and some days at the end of the day you just want to come home and veg out.

What counts as extra activity? Is parking farther away really that helpful? Taking the stairs a few extra times when bringing up the groceries? Cleaning house? Kneading bread?

Running after work/school can seem like a challenge because of time issues, and because you are tiered or want to spend time with family. Just setting aside that 30 minutes shouldn't be such an issue, right? Why does it feel like I'm being asked to spend 10 hours when I know it is so much shorter. Am I wasting time by relaxing? Maybe...

My goal this next week will be fitting in that work out even when I'm exhausted, at least doing 10-20 minutes of cardio should help, right? It definitely can't hurt!

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LIZZIECA55 10/10/2012 12:47PM

    I hope you find something that works for you.

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CHACKER2 10/5/2012 11:05AM

    Starting is the hardest part. I always enjoy my workouts once I start them. I mostly just walk so it takes a couple of hours to do my workout. This makes it difficult because you have to find the time. But walking 30 miles a week helped me lose 100 pounds. emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 10/5/2012 1:20AM

    I hope that you will be able to get some good sleep, so that you will be able
to have a nice workout !
All the best !

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SDLEE514 10/4/2012 3:58PM

    Ugh getting yourself to workout when your'e exhausted and just want to sleep is the worst, I tend to convince myself that at that point sleep is most important. But you're right, even doing a little cardio should help, and I find once I start a workout I almost ALWAYs want to finish it.

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Saturday- a new day :)

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Here we are at the end of September and the start of a new fall when I seem to realize I need to do better about eating & health each year. I hope this year I can keep it up the full year. I have a big year to look forward to: last year of law school. Getting married. Taking the bar exam. Getting a job. Starting to try for babies!

Exciting and frightening all at once!

I had a rough start to my week when I found out my future mother-in-law made a negative comment about my weight. The Wii is still calling me fat and old. :p I spent the rest of the week with my Mom at Disney celebrating her birthday... and boy did we eat and drink! Although we did a ton of walking I don't think it was enough to cancel out all those calories. Yikes.

This week: eating healthy, cutting back on wine! I am now subscribed to a Community Supported Agriculture group so I get farm fresh veggies & fruits of surprise varieties each week delivered to my door. I have been cooking a LOT more healthy food and buying way less of the bad stuff at the market. Today I clean and cook up all the veggies we have not yet eaten as tomorrow I get a fresh batch! It's kind of like the show Chopped: in your basket today... fun stuff.

Proud moment: saw the Halloween Candies right when I walked in the door at the market yesterday and said "no" to them. I did not even pick them up, just walked right on by the peanut butter cups! emoticon

Happy Sparking!!

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LIZZIECA55 10/12/2012 5:04PM

    WOW! You are a busy lady. Remember to always take time for yourself. That veggie basket sounds awesome. Now is a good time to make great vegetable soup. YUM!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 9/30/2012 2:10AM

    All the best !
Happy Sparking !

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CORNERKICK 9/29/2012 4:22PM

  Those Halloween minis are VERY tempting!

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PARKERB2 9/29/2012 4:05PM

    Great you were able to resist the candy. Sounds like you are a very busy lady. Have a great afternoon.

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Some "risk-ay" motivation to burn some calories

Friday, October 21, 2011

Enjoy this video! Very cute:

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PRAIRIECROCUS 10/25/2011 2:35AM

    I enjoyed watching that video !
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LIZZIECA55 10/24/2011 3:32PM

    Ooooo, that was fun!

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TIPYRAIN 10/21/2011 3:20PM

    That was amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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LINDAKAY228 10/21/2011 10:07AM

    Oh I wish they would do that in my town!!! I'd definitely be there!

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SHOOPETTE 10/21/2011 2:34AM

    oh my... I totally would loose weight faster with that

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APIRLRAIN888 10/21/2011 12:11AM

    That that great thank u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$$

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Facing the Scale and the Truth: Starting Over... Again. Back at Day 1.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

I have been in denial for a few months now. I have been very focused on school and feeling like I was eating ok and working out here and there. Probably enough I told myself. Drinking half a bottle of wine most days of the week and eating cookies (3-4) also fine. I'd run more this week... but then I didn't. Also we all know the "I'll run more" is pure nonsense and lies we tell ourselves to be able to eat that crap. The worst part is I kept buying this stuff at the store, and then once it is in the house it is all over.

I've been noticing the signs that my weight is back up and ignoring them. It's just water weight, I'd say to myself as my thighs were once again rubbing together (hate that feeling). I didn't want to go back to daily calorie counting. I didn't want to have to worry about all I have going on plus my every bite and every step. Terrible of me, but this is the truth! Something I've been avoiding for a while now.

I logged on to my Nike Plus and my mini was complaining about my lack of activity for the past month. I realized I had not run in over a month! What? I have been going to yoga once a week, but that is not nearly enough to account for all the VERY bad eating. And the slightly dangerous wine consumption. I don't think I have a drinking problem exactly, I have an over indulgence in everything problem. It could be wine, cookies, ice cream, you name the bad food and I'll have too much. I already know I'm a stress eater so why should I be surprised that with the added stress at school and lack of free time I'd start back down that dark path.

Being a 2L has been tough: there is a lot more going on and a lot less time. I have 17 units, I'm on a Law Journal, and I am starting a school club. I will soon be adding an internship to all that. Add on that I now live with my boyfriend and you have the perfect storm. But the truth is it is my fault for not making my health a priority. With out my health I have nothing! It is so easy to skip running to spend those few precious moments with my man. But I have to find a way to fit fitness back in and face the facts.


I've been avoiding the scale for months now. I know it is bad and I just didn't want to know the true badness. So today I faced the scale. It may seem small, but I gained about 4 pounds (that is like a month of weight loss for me). The body fat % was worse, along with gaining an inch to two inches just about everywhere. Oh man! I really am in a bad backslide. But at least I am stopping the denial and facing the facts.


I am now blogging to come clean with myself and to have some responsibility to the community on spark so that I am forced to get back on track.


As of today I am giving up wine for a while. At least two months if not more. I am also getting rid of all sweets and bad foods from the house. I am going back to tracking every bite.


I'm making a pledge to run at least twice a week (30min minimum) and yoga once a week. I will also do some weight work with my cardio. NO MATTER WHAT! I can find an hour if I try hard enough. Stop with the "too busy" excuse! emoticon

I hope that this will pay off. Thanks to you all for keeping me accountable and for all your support. It means a lot. Spark really does work if you put the work in. I'm getting back on track and back on my slow but steady path to my weight goal.

Now off to Yoga!

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LIZZIECA55 10/17/2011 2:04PM

    Great Blog! Hang in there; it takes a lifetime to live a good life.

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KELLEEH 10/16/2011 3:33PM

    You are brave enough to tell yourself the truth! That is an excellent quality to have!

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INBRAZILFORNOW 10/16/2011 11:55AM

    Thanks for writing this....that too busy thing is me for sure....and the bad food in the house, well my husband buys it but that doesn't mean I have to eat it! You are awesome - and you are making it happen!

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NEWNAC304 10/15/2011 8:35PM

    It's so easy to fall off track. You know where you went wrong and what to do to get back on track. You've taken the first step and have a great plan in place. You can do it!

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APIRLRAIN888 10/15/2011 7:32PM

    U can do it! That was me 4 month ago! I let it slide for 2 month! I have been back with a venenge, couldn't run a mile! Now training for full marathon ;)

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LOVE_LIANE 10/15/2011 7:22PM

    You're back at it, and that's what matters =) I'm an avoider too when I know I've been neglecting my health - it's just easier to dig our heads in the sand and pretend it's all cool. But you faced the scale, didn't die of shame and regret, and now you're able to do something about it. Welcome back! You'll do great, and that 4lbs will be gone in no time.

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TRYN2MUCH 10/15/2011 6:18PM

    Thanks for sharing. We all struggle with the over-eating and lack of exercise and I applaud you for doing it publicly.

Good Luck on the journey! You'll get back on track.

Now if I can only follow a little of your courage.

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