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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Well, here I am a couple months in with lots of setbacks and yet, not discouraged. While I am still down from the weight I started at. I have gained a little back. But not around my waist or thighs. Nope. I like to call it muscle. It's fascinating to me to watch this new found love form a beautiful spot on my legs. I never thought I would appreciate it as much as I do. The scale doesn't bother me, because I can see the results in my mid section and the fit look on my legs.
Either way, I know that I work hard every day and that the results aren't going to be there overnight, but eventually they will be.

Running 3miles a day is now a part of my routine. I had a therapy appointment earlier today and it interfered with my running schedule. My therapist is the one that sent me on my quest for exercise in the first place. She is the reason I even found SP, because according to her- It would help my anxiety and panic attacks. Turns out, she's mostly right. But when I don't get the run in like I want- I start to crave it. I am so glad that this is something for me that is a requirement just like a cup of coffee in the morning for most. I still found time to run today, not as long or as far as I wanted- But better than nothing.

I pushed myself the other day, to go just a little farther, then a little farther. I felt better after going a little longer on that run, than I thought I would. I am now that person that talks about how I run and how much I NEED it and want it and LOVE it to everyone I know. My husband is supportive, and yet probably tired of hearing me talk so much about it all at the same time. It is my new passion and now. I only have one other REAL passion other than family and that is photography. I couldn't resist sharing my pics from today where the sun moved in behind some clouds. So spiritual and beautiful all at the same time.
I am by no means Amazing with photography (yet), but I have heard that your first 10,000 photographs are your worst, so I have about 2,000 to go. :)

And if you are still with me and have somehow read this entire post of nothingness and rambling, I have just one question for you.
I need a good running shoe. Suggestions???

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MUSICMOMOF2 4/29/2010 8:45AM

    Love the pictures! You are doing great. It always feels wonderful when you find something that keeps you going. I am the same way with doing my workout first thing in the morning. If I have to skip it, I am completely off for the rest of the day. Keep it up! As for running shoes, I don't know, I'm not a runner.

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SHELLKAYE 4/28/2010 10:31PM

    Way to go on sticking with it and staying motivated. Keep up the good work.

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Looking for Team members for Bettendorf Iowa March of Dimes walk...

Monday, April 05, 2010

Okay, so in an effort to not only exercise but to feel good about it emotional and physically I have decided I want to walk for the March of Dimes on Saturday, April 24th in Bettendorf, Iowa.
I can do this by myself but was hoping to form a team and make some friends at the same time.
I know that there are several people on SP from the Quad Cities and we all have the same goal- losing weight and learning how to live healthier lives. So lets do something meaningful in the process.

I do not personally have a reason to support March of Dimes, but I do believe that it is a good organization and for a good cause. The walk is 3.1 miles and begins at 8:30 am on Saturday 04/24.

Want to join with me?
Just leave me a comment or send me a spark mail.

I went to my friends on Facebook to join me and they are all about getting their exercise in at the gym. So there loss. :)

Are you with me??



Sunday, April 04, 2010

April is usually a fun month.
If you live in Iowa like I do- it means your weather is unpredictable and usually at the extreme sides. (At least in my opinion) This last week was Spring Break for my kids. My pre-schooler technically didn't have a break, but I kept him home for the week so we could spend it together as a family. (and so I could sleep in until 8am everyday, hehe :)

I have managed to keep up with my exercise routine for the most part. I had some interruptions in March, with the stomach flu, the dentist, a sinus infection and some rain that prohibited me from jogging with the baby and her runny nose. Aside from those obstacles, I've done okay. I thought Spring Break would be a hard one to work around with 4 little kids to have to tote around, but since the weather played nice, We spent hours everyday outside playing in the yard or at the park. Turns out 2 hours jumping on the trampoline with the kids, an hour playing tag in the back yard and 2 hours kicking a soccer ball with my 8 year old at the park is a good work out. My muscles hurt in places I didn't know I had muscles and this surprised me honestly. We did this everyday for at least 6 days, and the best part was that my kids thought this was the best spring break ever even though we stayed home. That's rewarding.

April is Autism Awareness month. Having two sons on the spectrum this is something very important to our family. We have just started a journal taking notes of their daily lives, highlighting meltdowns, possible reasons, eating habits, and sleeping habits along with daily activities and sensory triggers. This has been very eye opening and honestly puts more emphasis for me to stay healthy. I am their example and if I am fat and lazy and a poor eater- they will be too. I can't leave that legacy with them, they have enough to deal with.

So- HERE's to a Fantastic April with no more Tornado sirens and a lot more nice weathered days in the 70's perfect for running :)

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MOM-OF-SIX 4/5/2010 9:34AM

    What a fun Spring Break! I'm glad you had a chance to exercise a lot with the kids. My kids only got Good Friday off from school, so we don't get a break. The good news though is that I should be able to keep up my regular exercise routine. Have a good (and active) week!

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MUSICMOMOF2 4/5/2010 8:36AM

    Way to go on getting outside with your kids and enjoying the weather! It was absolutely gorgeous last week! Hope you have a good week this week!

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checking in

Friday, March 12, 2010

My last blog entry was 10 days ago. I was falling off the wagon and feeling a little defeated.

Today, not so much.

I am down a complete pant size. NO LONGER an average 14. WAHOO!!
I still wear one of my favorite pants because they are SOOO comfy and stylish, but when I find those babies in a size 12- The other ones are going to Goodwill!

I took the advice given to me 10 days ago and instead of trying to do everything at once with nutrition tracking, exercise tracking, calorie intake- and the rest of my crazy life. I started over. I exercise and I sort of watch what I eat. I'm not counting my calories, but I am still conscious of what is going in my mouth. I still have a treat now and then, but I think I am setting myself up for failure if I ban them all together. I have to have a splurge item when I'm feeling so great.

I have always told my friends and family that although I am 31, I feel like I am 25. Except when I would look in the mirror, I would totally see 35.
Today, I saw 28. I'm not where I want to be yet- but progress is being made!!

I have been running/jogging with my baby in the jogger stroller 3 X's a week rain or shine, for 3 miles, half up hill. I LOVE IT!!! I am more excited that the weather here isn't stuck at 30 degrees or below. It's 60 BABY!!! and March isn't even half over!

I have put a priority to the things going on in my life and I am proud to say that I am no longer on the back burner. I am Priority #1. It's all about me, myself and well, Me.

I still take care of my kids needs, but depending on how urgent the need is- I do what I want to do first. Life is good and my kids are happier too. Even better- other people are noticing. A lot of other people. I can even tell when someone wants to say something, but they just aren't sure how or what to say. They can see it- not necessarily the weight loss, but the change in perception of life, the happy attitude and the smile I carry on my face. Sometimes the unspoken compliment is the most rewarding.

Who is this woman? I Don't know, but I sure do like her a lot better.

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MUSICMOMOF2 3/13/2010 1:03PM

    Glad to hear that things are going great!! There is nothing wrong with focusing on yourself. As moms, we tend to forget to take care of ourselves and focus on our kids, spouse, etc. When that happens, we forget who we are and what we need. Keep up the great work!! Spring is almost here!!!

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SHELLKAYE 3/13/2010 7:33AM

    Terrific. Glad to hear the good news. I also have a favorite pair of jeans that are just too baggy and they are hard to part with. The other day I had them on (they are just so comfy) and noticed that they are too big and just did not flatter me anymore, so I'm going to try finding them in a smaller size this weekend. It's great that you can see the positive changes in yourself. For me it's sometimes hard to see them, but since I've been on spark, I can. I think when I can see the positives and feel the positives, it's more motivation to keep going. I like what you said about still caring for the kids, but putting yourself first. That is something I'm trying to work on. I remind myself that if I don't take care of myself then I'm not being the best for them. Keep up the great work and take care.

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Stress is not helpful

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

So, we just finished our little mini vacay with the family and now I am struggling to eat right. It is so easy to just eat for no reason and to continue to splurge on one treat, then another and well, you get the idea. I'm here for a reason and it wasn't because my diet was full of fruits, vegi's and plenty of water.

The healthy wagon has left the station and I totally missed it. I need to get right back with it, but I am struggling to find the motivation to do so. I feel as though I have gained back everything I have lost. So frustrating.

Our little family getaway wasn't entirely just that, it was more of "find a new house, cause we're moving out of state" mini vacay and honestly more stressful than I really want.
Why don't diets and exercise go well with stress. Donuts and Soda go together so much easier and tend to be my comfort food. No wonder the equation works so well for me and so very much against me.

How can I become stronger against this weakness? I need to re-group and honestly, I thought of you first. If there is anyone that can pick me up right now - it's gonna be here. My brain is having trouble thinking of anything good because of sugar overload.

Packing a 3 story house with 4 little kids is already stressful, then throw in other real life drama and the desire to change your health life and it becomes even more than I think I am equipped for.

At least the weather here has warmed up to 40 degrees. That's practically tropical here in March- maybe this will help with the motivation part......

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ROCKSTAR707 3/3/2010 12:08PM


You know what you need to do... you just have to do it. Think about how great you felt when you were doing good. It totally changed your outlook on so many levels... you started really focusing on you... and you need that!! You are doing this for you. You need to start putting your needs higher... not on the back burner.

*** "A year from now you may wish you had started today." - Karen Lamb ***

How true is that? How often do we say that we'll put things off and then never get back to them? And then when we do get back to them, we get all down and depressed because we feel we're too far gone... or that we waited too long?

"To make others happy they must first learn to make themselves happy."

You cannot make others truly happy... unless you are happy... inside and out. If this is what you really want... to get fit... then do it!! Don't let anyone stop you from reaching your goals! Sure, we fall along the way... and it's going to be a long journey... but if it wasn't hard, everyone would be doing it. If it wasn't hard, the victory wouldn't be so sweet.

Don't overwhelm yourself with so many changes.. because that just adds to the stress. Focus on one thing for a little while.. then throw something else in. Like right now I'm focused on exercise more then eating. I do cardio 3 times a week. Then when I'm comfortable, I'll add in lifting weights at the gym. Then when I'm comfortable with that... I'll throw in the focus on eating... but instead of really limiting my calories, I'll slowly cut down the intake so I'm not shocking my body (if that makes sense). Baby steps.

Don't compare yourself to others. You can totally do it!!

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MUSICMOMOF2 3/3/2010 9:30AM

    Just take it one day at a time. SHELLKAYE has great ideas. It's funny how we can be going along great, then a little bump completely throws us off. I've been on that track for the past 4 months and I am still struggling to get back on track. Hang in there!

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SHELLKAYE 3/3/2010 8:35AM

    I sort of know where you're coming from. I could say I'm an emotional eater, so stress leads me to sweet treats. My advice is to take atleast 10 mins for yourself everyday. During this time, deep breathe and try to log on to Spark. On here you can vent and get some of the stress off your mind. The reason I recommend this is from my own struggle. I started SparkPeople last June and did awesome and felt awesome. I was happy with myself. Then we sold our home and found our "dream" home in the country. We did not have internet in the country except for dial-up, which was a joke. I had lost my motivation w/o my SparkPeople. The move was very stressful on me. I gained my weight I lost back, plus about 10 lbs and struggled w/ dieting. Now, I'm able to get back on here everyday. It has made my diet easier and having you guys to blog with gives me a chance to unwind. Good luck to you and your family w/ the move and I hope the best for you. emoticon

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