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Goals, motivation and expectations

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Here it is, another "SparkCoach made me do it" blog! emoticon Today I need to blog about the reasons behind my fitness/weight loss goals, my true motivation, and what I hope to achieve or experience after reaching my goal.
My ultimate goal is to be in the 150 pound range. I want to be able to run with my kids, to feel good most of the time, to have energy, to feel attractive, to not attempt to hide my body behind my sisters' thin bodies in a group picture. I want to be proud of myself, to be as happy with my outside as I am with my inside. I want my kids to see a working model of a healthy lifestyle; I want to grow old and gray with Dave. I want to know how good working hard feels, long term.

My true motivation is me, and everything I described above. I get mad that I can't. I'm driven to work until I can.

As for hopes/expectations? I hope I am able to use all the tools available to me to create an ACTION plan for success. I hope that others will see me as an inspiration. And I hope my daughters follow in my footsteps, BEFORE they get to my current size. I expect that I will be healthier. I expect that this is a lifelong journey, not a "short sprint". I expect to struggle with my weight for years to come; to struggle with food choices and motivation and self-doubt for a long time. I also expect that I will eventually overcome these struggles, and the road will get that much easier. I expect this will take a while. A year or two to my goal weight, anyway. And then maintenance. Forever. I can do it. SparkPeople and it's millions of members will help me along the way. And hopefully, I can help others along the way too.



Thursday, October 11, 2012

Today is another SparkCoach-induced blog. SparkCoach definitely succeeds in keeping me active on the site!! Today's action is to blog about the progress I've made and the healthy habits that I have developed.
I'm happy to say that as of Tuesday, I was down 5.8 pounds in 3 weeks following the Skinny Rules by Bob Harper, and tracking EVERYTHING on SP. That really is the key for me. Having both a plan and tracking helps me know what I'm putting in my body versus what is leaving my body.
Surprisingly, I've also found that the scale is not my sworn enemy. Because I track and weigh daily, I have almost instant feedback. I notice trends of what foods make my weight go up, and what makes the weight go down. For instance, I noticed after my Wednesday night "splurge meal" of pizza and fries, I actually lose 2-4 pounds by morning. While that continues to fluctuate throughout the week, and I only track my "official" weigh in from my weight loss meeting on Tuesday, I find it significant.
The pieces are falling into place nicely. What I read makes sense, and I can easily fit it into my life. I'm more analytical about how everything I do affects the scale, and how it makes me feel. Every time I stop and start my weightloss plans, more and more becomes clear. And I want this. I want to work at it. I want to struggle for it. And I want to keep it - forever. As Bob says, forget the finish line. There is no finish line, because if you get to your target and think you can give up, that target will disappear in no time.

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LSHARP02 10/13/2012 7:54AM

  I am glad that the pieces are falling into place nicely for you.
Can I ask you a question?
You get to eat pizza and fries? What kind?

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KITT52 10/11/2012 11:55AM

    glad it's working for you

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TRACYNOTGIVINUP 10/11/2012 11:42AM

    This is the kind of insight that will help you achieve your goals and not just your weight loss goals. I am so happy for you that you are achieving so much and doing so well. Keep working like this and you will be a success story before you know it!

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SparkCoach...have you tried it?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The reason behind this post is simple. SparkCoach told me to. But it got me thinking...who else is using this new tool? I find myself eager to log in and go through the coach steps, excited for what new tidbit of information I may get today. I like that it asks you daily about your feelings over the last 24 hours on some pretty important issues. How do you feel about your eating choices, motivation, overall action toward your goal, plus others. And then it asks for your highlights or challenges over the last 24 hours. Over the last few days, I've seen just how essential that is for me. Checking in every day with those factors has already shown me, in 6 days, the increase in my motivation, and the boost in my confidence in being able to follow the program. That's pretty invaluable when you're starting you healthy living journey, and you question if you can. The answer is simple. You can. SparkPeople and SparkCoach are here to help.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BETHYSMAMA 9/19/2012 9:45AM

    Did it and took from it what motivated me. I loved how it made you evaluate your last 24 hours and I am now doing that on my own.
Didn't like that the trial didn't include personalized support most of what was brought up was a reminder of what I already new.

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SELIZAC22 9/18/2012 11:12PM

    I'm doing sparkcoach too. It is very motivational to go through the steps each day and kind of check in with yourself. Good luck in your journey! You are not alone.

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ELAYNE39 9/18/2012 1:03PM

    I haven't done the Spark Coach yet. Thanks for the information (and testimonial).

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How I know I'm on the right path...

Monday, April 02, 2012

I've been on a teeter totter these last few weeks...not checking in on SP enough, not tracking at all, not drinking enough water, but finding new ways to be exercising, like being outside raking and playing with my girls. We're trying to institute nightly walks while Daddy cooks dinner. We haven't gotten out all the time, but Ali and Cami really want to. On to the reason for the blog...
I have found myself being often complimented on how much my weight loss efforts show, both from people I see daily and from people I see weekly or less. In reality, I'm only down about 10 pounds total over the last 6 months or so, but I can FEEL a difference. When I button my pants, my belly doesn't hang over as far, almost at all. When I look at the ground, I see just boobs, not boobs then belly. My size 26s that were too tight a month ago are now comfortable, and my 28s fall off as I walk without a belt. Not just slip down a little, but literally fall off my hips. During "adult time", I can stay in my favorite positions longer without pain. My underwire bras no longer leave dark red lines on the top of my stomach, and the yeast infections below my breaster are fewer and farther between. The scale may not reflect the changes, but my body is. And I'm perfectly ok with that!

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    That's an awesome way to look at things! I always notice change in small ways all over before the scale will give me what I want. Especially if I've been getting a lot of workouts in. Muscle weighs more than fat, so a lot of times even if we're staying the same on the scale, or not losing as much as we expect, we have gotten rid of a ton of fat.

Keep moving in the right direction!

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What a weekend...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Well, that weekend was fun...not. 3am Saturday to 10am Saturday was spent on the couch with my vomiting 7 year old. After that, she was able to sleep until early afternoon. Quiet day at home? Check. Just like her sister last week, after 24 hours she's fine. We go to my in-laws' house for our family Sunday dinner...everything is good, except sis-in-law (who watched Cami Friday night) is not there, because she's not feeling well. Fast forward to 10pm...both my husband and I start complaining of stomach aches. By 11 he's stuck in the bathroom, and I'm doing everything I can not to be. There is nothing I hate more than throwing up. At least I know I'll never be bulimic... Thankfully I had Monday off for the holiday, but he had to call in. He was in bed until 5pm. I was in the living room, where our two healthy little girls were bored out of their minds. They were pretty good though, and quite helpful. Thank goodness that's over! I've missed 2 days at the gym this week, and it looks like I'll be missing tonight too since we only have 1 vehicle. Bummer. Guess the Wii gets fired up tonight!

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ABEAUTIFULMESS1 2/22/2012 10:04AM

    Sorry this weekend was so rough!!! I know that it can be a little discouraging to have missed the gym for a couple days, but know that its important to take care of you the best way you can depending on the situation and at least you did that versus pushing yourself and being worse off!

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