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C25K Day one

Monday, October 18, 2010

emoticonToday I decided it was time to vamp my exercise routine a bit. My weight loss has been slow and I'm almost to goal. So it was time to change up a few things. My diet is basically great. I cover all the guidelines and I have room on most days for extras. I even have had what I like to call "moments" and the damage isn't as bad as it could be. I"m getting there like i've said before, slow and steady. So today I took on a new exercise training program. I've heard so much about it, i've been running for a while but really I haven't gotten too far, I still prefer to walk it. So today I laced up my tennis shoes and headed out. It shouldn't of been too bad heck it was only walk five minutes, run one minute, walk one and a half minutes, and run one, walk one and one-half for 20 minutes. Ok, off I go, omg, by the end of twenty minutes my one minute runs where like crawls, but I did it. I finished it. I was so proud of me I felt like rocky for a minute.

So as I head off to my doctors appointment, my six month cancer recheck, i'm going after a great exercise session and I can't wait to tell my doctor. He was so on to me for being over weight to begin with and now today i'm officially 20 lbs lighter and now i'm heading off in a new direction. I hope in the spring to run my first 5k. This has been a dream for a while and I hope to see it through.

No matter what today brings remember you have all the tommorrows to get it right.

Michelle.

  
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FITCOFFEEMOM357 10/18/2010 10:57PM

    Thank you for the commenting on my post. Good luck to you.

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JUNEBUG1944 10/18/2010 9:41PM

    Woohoo! You go, girl. You can do anything you set your mind to! Good luck with your doctor...we'll be emoticon emoticon for you!

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KNITTABLES 10/18/2010 8:50PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonYou go girl!

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HUMMINGBIRDFLY 10/18/2010 7:40PM

    emoticon Michelle! emoticon

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 10/18/2010 1:58PM

    I'm so proud of you! You can do it! And I'll be cheering for you when you cross the finish line for that 5K!!!
Good luck with the doctor. Let me know how it goes. (yeah, I know, you'll be waiting for results..)
You've come so far and are doing such an amazing job! Keep it up!
Kristi

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BARBACASEC 10/18/2010 12:20PM

  good luck!! I just graduated from the C25k program and ran my first offical 5k race yesterday IT WAS AWESOME!!! the people, the crowd just the whole thing. i was shooting for under 37 mins and I was able to do it in 32.34!!! the plan works!! when I started I thought I was going to die after the first day but keep with it and before you know it 30 mins will be nothing!! I am starting the bridge to 10 plan tonight!! Cant wait to hear about your progress and you should def join the C25k group!!

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 10/18/2010 10:08AM

    Go get em, Girl!

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ANMISU 10/18/2010 10:07AM

    Awesome! My first day for C25K is going to be tomorrow, no more putting it off. Hope all is well at the Doctor's. Keep up the great work!

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JUDYFRANCE 10/18/2010 9:56AM

    Good for you!! That is exactly how I started running. There is also a C25K group in SP - check them out....they are VERY motivating!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 10/18/2010 9:56AM

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You can do this girl!!!

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Slow and steady

Saturday, October 16, 2010

emoticonSlow and steady seems to be my mantra this month. I have lost a bit here and there but gained a bit also. I'm still in the same place I was but I'm sticking with the plan and getting my exercise so this is just a small bump in the road. emoticonI have got my goals in sight and the ribbon on my finger is reminding me that I have work to do still.

I"m not going to let myself down. I had a small gain is week but i'm good with that. I was kinda expecting it, I mean you can't fool those pesky emoticon no matter how you try. So i'm ready, i've got my goals set, i've got me set, and i'm ready to take on this new week. I have gotten in my walk today and my elliptical was put to work this evening.

tomorrow is dinner with my daughter for her weigh in and then our exercise and dinner session. We have come to count on those sunday dinners me and her. She keeps me grounded and I love to see her reaction when she steps on the scales and sees her hard work pay off also. this is a lifestyle that is worth paying forward.

So i'm off to begin the next step of my journey....rest.

  
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JESSIELOVE78 10/17/2010 10:22PM

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JUNEBUG1944 10/17/2010 4:28PM

    I hope you had a great visit with your daughter. It's fun to exercise with someone you love!

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RACEMOM576900 10/17/2010 12:42PM

    Keeping your goals in sight will keep you on track. Enjoy the dinner and time spent sharing this journey with your daughter! You are very fortunate to have this time with her.

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KENDRACARROLL 10/17/2010 11:48AM

    Enjoy the time with your daughter. I think this dinner on Sunday thing is great. Great way to keep in touch, great way to catch up, great way to motivate her and get some motivation in return. I'm wishing, your daughter had a successful week.

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 10/17/2010 11:02AM

    Wishing you and your daughter the very best this week, Michelle! Let us know how your daughter did this week, will you? I feel like she's on this journey with us! emoticon emoticon

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 10/17/2010 9:21AM

    Enjoy your time with your daughter!!!!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 10/17/2010 12:34AM

    Have a good visit with your daughter tomorrow! And congratulations for knowing the scale is only a tool along the journey, and just because there is a slight bump in the road does not make all you HAVE accomplished disappear! You are doing great just keep it up!!!
Kristi

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KNITTABLES 10/16/2010 10:41PM

    Enjoy tomorrow and have a great week.

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Seeing is not always believing

Thursday, October 14, 2010

emoticonWhat? Is that me in that mirror. It can't be i'm a size 14 and so unhappy with myself. When did the change occur? I must of fell asleep and woke like rip van winkle. emoticonI mean I still feel like the same ole fat women with no neck and two chins. But as I get myself up each morning and put on a pair of size six pants to head off to work I have to stll shake my head in wonder.

I"ve been struggling with this. I've been at a point in my journey where i'm wondering why do I bother. I exercise religously, I eat all that I can in the fruit and veggie department and I drink water until i'm litterally sloshing when I walk. but the scales don't move a lot of the time now, I have moments where I so want to just lay down my gaurd and eat till I can't move. I want to have that donut and cake, and chips....you get the picture. but then I can't. I just don't have the want anylonger, I do on occasion spin out of control, who doesn't. Those that say they don't just are kidding themselves. And to the few that don't well good for you but in my real world the temptations are great sometimes. Saying i'm not going to eat that is like hanging a red flag in front of a bull....suddenly what didnt' seem to important is now all consuming.

Oh I eat the occasional treat. I do not temp fate. I keep mostly good in the house because I know myself. I'm also learning that the longer i'm on this lifestyle change I don't like sitting around the house anylonger on my days off. I want to get out and do. Who is this new person? I'm still trying to figure that one out.

Yup, seeing is not always believing. I see but i'm still working through this part of the change. No one said it would be easy, and I guess I never thought about me at this point. I always started but never got this far before. New territory? you bet. but each new day i'm learning about me. I may not see movement on the scales like a lot of folks, but I see the change each time I walk by a mirror. I've even taken to checking it as I prepare for my day......I even tuck in my shirts now and guess what? I like what I'm seeing.

So take a moment to stop and look. You may be amazed at what is happening right before your eyes.

  
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KNITTABLES 10/14/2010 1:25PM

    Your doing great. hang in there, we all have these moments.

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JUNEBUG1944 10/14/2010 12:46PM

    It's tough to give up those goodies! But, you are doing a great job. Keep it up, girl and enjoy what you see in the mirror!

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WILDWOMEN2 10/14/2010 11:56AM

    Transformation -- you have turned into a butterfly--now spread those wings and enjoy the flight. YOu are exactly who need to be right now..love and light to you!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 10/14/2010 9:14AM

    Tuck in that shirt proudly, Michelle!! You just keep looking in that mirror until you see the YOU that is in there!!
You will learn to see her more clearly as time goes by, just give yourself time to get to know her. As far as wanting to get out of the house and go do when you are off..hmmm maybe it's all the increased energy?? Self confidence?? Enjoy it!!
Kristi

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I'm still here struggling the old struggles

Saturday, October 09, 2010

emoticonIm still here. Still pluggling along. I have had a very busy work week and that has kept me from blogging like I should. I had my weigh in this morning. i"m emoticon0.2. A blip on the screen but a loss just the same. So I will take it with a smile and move on to next weeks.

I'm struggling some days, and gliding through others. I guess this is all a part of the journey but I can honestly say at this point in the game I thought I would of had it beat. Wrong!!! I'm still learning about this lifestyle as I go. I'm still learning about me and what I need and don't need as the case may be. Oh I want to reach for the quick, the easy, the goohey, the sweet, the salty, and on some occasions I do. Oh the guilt follows me on those moments. I think others before me have done this why can't I? meaning they have lost the weight with such ease and i'm struggling daily. I"m not hungry when I grab for the junk, i'm really not sure at the moment what I am. I ;ve tried to study it all out, but sometimes as the stuff is going in it is hard to decide which it is, the taste, the texture, or am I really just tired or thirsty? I'm not going to pretend each day isn't a struggle with some kind of outside interferance. I mean I work where most all but one other are eating to eat, we talk about food all day long. New recipies and such. My husband isn't following any kind of rules with his "new lifestyle" as he likes to call it as he is having that bowl of icecream each night, I have it in my mind that I need to have the munching food at all times. meaning it must be in the cupboard just in case.

I work on myself daily. I haven't given up on me. I'm close to reaching my goal but have I learned anything yet? i'm still learning each day, I'm trying new foods, new recipes, new exercise. I'm telling myself i'm doing what has to be done, I look darn good in my size six jeans, if I say so myself. But who am I kidding? MYSELF that is who. I haven't won this battle. I'm holding off the other side but they are closing in on me. I want to reach goal yeah, but I want to stay there when I get there. I don't want to just taste the freedom, I want to live it.

We are all here struggling with the same things. It is nice to know that i'm not alone. I read all that I can get my hands on about change, ideas, and such. I read blogs from others with the same struggles. I know we can do this together. I thank you all for your support and my dear friend who hears this way more then anybody should. She listens and then gives me advice and a kick when I need it....thank you kristi. You have become a big part of my picture. We are standing in the mirror and we see the beauty that we are.

Michelle.

  
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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 10/11/2010 8:45PM

    Thanks so much for sharing... I cant wait till I get back to the size 6. I hope this time I will appreciate it more and appreciate the victory!

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JUNEBUG1944 10/10/2010 6:02PM

    Hey Michelle...Size 6? That is utterly fantastic! I don't know if we ever "learn." It is an ongoing process. We try and try, and, hopefully, someday, we will be doing exactly what we are supposed to without trying!

We aren't perfect and will have good days and bad...hopefully, the goods outnumber the bads!

Keep at it, girl! You're going in the right direction! .2 gone is so much better than .2 here!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 10/9/2010 8:07PM

    Michelle, we will do this together and you won't give up on you and neither will I. Take a good long look at that woman in the size six jeans and now tell her how absolutely beautiful and amazing she is. I know that I am proud to call her my friend.
We are going to do this..heck we ARE doing this!! Yes, we will continue to learn about this way of life, but think of where we started!! Look at how far you've come..you aren't only learning you are ALREADY living it!!
Hang in there. You are going to taste the freedom and you are going to live it, my friend.
Kristi

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RACEMOM576900 10/9/2010 7:55PM

    Struggling with weight or self image is a daily event for most people in society these days. Society has drilled it into us that we must be skinny to be happy, but I beg to differ! You have to be healthy to be happy- not skin and bones. Keep working on those little goals and the weight will take care of itself. You are not a number-you are a human being with needs, wants and desires. I believe that everyone wants and deserves to be healthy and happy. Most have just lost thier way on how to make it happen. SP brought me back to see the light and I am sure you are doing a wonderful job!

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KNITTABLES 10/9/2010 3:57PM

    One day at a time, good luck.

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KENDRACARROLL 10/9/2010 12:31PM

    Hey, I'll have my 2nd WW weigh-in tomorrow. That means I really have to be good today...

I'm really not sure that this battle will ever end. Looking back, I've learned a lot over the past few years about food, eating, exercising, being healthy, and the longer we are on this road the more we learn. But will there be a point where we have learned enough so we won't struggle with food/weight any more? It would be nice, but I don't know. I think this is probably a commitment that will need to be renewed daily - forever - ugh.

However, I also think that practice makes perfect, which means this should and does get easier as we go along.

On the subject of men in general and their support in this in particular - I'm not touching this... :) Happily single and planning to stay that way. (Now if I'd only get those kids up and out soon...) Hope this doesn't sound evil; just a bit fed up lately.

So, let's both hang in there. We can do this! We're almost there!
Have a wonderful Saturday.

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JHADZHIA 10/9/2010 9:59AM

    I feel I am fortunate to be single and can control my own destiny without interference. I see a common theme on here, women struggling to lose weight and be healthy while their significant others eat what ever junk they please. Complaints on having to make two meals, one for him, one for her. Society stresses woman have to be thin, perfect, while men are allowed to have their big beer bellies. I have seen lots of photos of thin women with tubby hubbys. This website is overwhelmingly female dominated. Wonder if this will ever change? Why can't men support their spouses in this change by getting on the bandwagon too?
Enjoy your weekend!

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APIRLRAIN888 10/9/2010 9:08AM

    pls chk out my blog 250 lb vs 120 lb woman, also posted in motivation msg board.

I found all kinds of motivation there.

I hope you do too!!!

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HUNIBUN06 10/9/2010 8:52AM

    Michelle, You can do this,just one day at a time.We all struggle with weight loss.I to struggle,I keep in mind I'm doing this to live a long and healthy life. I do slip from time to time and that's ok,we are human and it happens just pick ourselves back up and on our way agian.

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IILAAD65 10/9/2010 8:48AM

    I have decided it's never really easy. I will have to get up every day for the rest of my life and think... "What am I going to eat today"



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dinner with my daughter

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

My daughter and I had dinner and a walk on sunday. It was so nice. We chatted and planned her wedding, had a nice healthy meal, and got in 30 min. of walking. Since she is just starting out that was a great start. She has also been walking at lunch a couple of days and that made me smile. She knows that she has to lose this weight for her health. She has set a goal. A small one and says when she reaches that she will take it from there. That is smart. We sometimes jump so far ahead we miss a step or two. I'm learning from her as much as she is learning from me.

My weeks is off to a slow start. My exercise, though i'm doing it, is not up to my standards. I'm going to have to get this back on track. the weather is cooler now and maybe I need to take my mornings inside on the treadmill and walk on the weekends when the weather is a bit warmer in the afternoons. I walk during my lunch and it is nice but the mornings are so cool and i'm not much for cold.

I will take this one day at atime. I have slid myself this week but not enough to hurt me. jUst enough to frustrate me. I do that to myself a lot. So, i'm off to get in a good morning workout.

Michelle.

  
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RACEMOM576900 10/7/2010 11:31AM

    Wonderful that your daughter is inspired and starting small. That is the best way to begin to build strong habits. You are doing great. Any movement is better than none!

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 10/6/2010 5:43PM

    I'm glad your daughter is setting small attainable goals. That is smart. Too often in the past I overwhelmed myself with wanting to do it all at once. I'd give up before I even got started. Even if your exercise hasn't been your usual, you are MOVING at that is a good thing. Hang in there Michelle. You are doing so great and I know you are a great inspiration to your daughter. Keep up all the good work!! I believe in you!
Kristi

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TRYINKEEPUP 10/6/2010 2:25PM

    I love it when my own journey encourages those around me to start their own. they're smart to take it slow. We all forget sometimes that this is a lifestyle, and not a race.

Rock on for making a plan to get back and stay on track. It sounds like you're enjoying the process - a giant plus!

Keep on rockin', sisterfriend!

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JESSIELOVE78 10/6/2010 11:43AM

    Great start for the day!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 10/6/2010 5:28AM

    Doing some exercise is betta than none! you will get there accentuate the positive!

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KNITTABLES 10/5/2010 11:36PM

    So happy for you that you daughter is getting healty and fit too! Always nice to have someone special to share your journeys together.

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SLIMPAM23 10/5/2010 1:45PM

    I think it's wonderful that you and your daughter can lose together. My baby girl is too far away to be able to work out with her. I would love that, so enjoy your situation extra for me!!! It was pretty brisk this morning when I ventured out at 6:00 - but I worked up a sweat and it felt good at the end!!
Your daughter is absolutely right to start small and build on that. Slow and steady wins this race!!
I hope you have a great week - and if you slid a little - just get back in your groove and you will be fine!!!
Hugs,
Pam

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 10/5/2010 8:01AM

    I am soooo delighted for your daughter! What a great start she's making!!!

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BILL60 10/5/2010 7:32AM

    Let's get a good program going. Get tough!!!

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