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Just a reminder to myself...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012



I really need to get back to working out regularly again. NO EXCUSES!!

  
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JADOMB 7/27/2012 1:07PM

    Got that right

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IUHRYTR 7/26/2012 6:55AM

    Yes, don't lose all the momentum you have built up this year. You have made tremendous progress; it's obvious from your pictures and you are well on your way to your goal, so don't let up now. Stay focused and keep the image of the new you in mind. Even a few minutes of exercise when you don't feel like it, adds up. You can do it, Annie. I have confidence in you and draw inspiration from your success and positive attitude. emoticon emoticon -- Lou

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DMANN104 7/26/2012 1:04AM

    emoticon, I mean to say... emoticon emoticon

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KICKINGIT@56 7/25/2012 9:19PM

    We would all like to get into the exercise groove and stay there, but just like the traffic light makes you stop for a while - life happens. Now the light is green again so "step on it!"

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RBETYOURASS 7/25/2012 3:54PM

    Yes indeed!
It is a true key to success so get on it!
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~Rana


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ELLISH 7/25/2012 3:11PM

    That's cool! :)

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Slow and steady DEFINITELY wins the race!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

This week, I am down to 156.5 lbs. I've been on this journey for five months now, and I've been losing weight quite slowly but very steadily along the way. I've had my share of motivational lows as I said on my last entry but I've pushed through it because I knew that it was only temporary and I would eventually get my spark back. I've made mistakes and had those days when I ate way too much and worked out too little, and weeks of very poor judgement. But what counts, in the end, is that I never stopped moving forward, even if my pace slowed down temporarily. I've never been this confident in my entire life about the fact that I can actually do this: I can lose the weight and keep it off for good! And for the first time ever, it really doesn't scare me at all. I know I can do it!

My goal from now on is to lose only 2 kilos (about 4 lbs) a month so that I'll reach my goal weight of 60 kilos (about 130 lbs) by New Year's Eve. I'm not in any kind of rush so I just want to take this very slowly to make this lifestyle change stick! I've lost weight quickly before and I always, always gained it all back in the end, so this time I'm doing things differently.


  
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IGSBETH 7/23/2012 11:43AM

    Good for you!

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FITNESSMONSTER8 7/23/2012 11:03AM

    You are doing great! emoticon

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CLHENDY1 7/23/2012 9:19AM

    Love the qoute!! You can do it girl!

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WENDY19861 7/23/2012 8:43AM

    You are so inspirational! I love reading your blogs!


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DMANN104 7/23/2012 12:58AM

    emoticon emoticon Keep up the good work! Love the quote!

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RBETYOURASS 7/22/2012 10:58PM

    You can do it!
I am doing the same thing here! Losing one pound a week is good for me too. I believe the longer you make it to progress, the healthier it is for you and longer lasting habit of healthy!
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~Rana


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JADOMB 7/22/2012 9:43PM

    Looks like we started at about the same time and have the same idea of pacing ourselves on the last 10 lbs. I also lost at a pretty steady 1.25 lbs per week average. I know that is the best way to do it and it is easier to continue into a lifestyle than just a short term goal. Good on ya for doing so well. God bless

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HEARTS116 7/22/2012 8:58PM

    LOVE the quote! I am trying to the lose the baby weight I gained with my daughter...It's hard but I'm taking it little by little. Good luck!

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IUHRYTR 7/22/2012 8:24PM

    Love the quote, Annie., and know you will reach your goal. Your progress has been inspiring. -- Lou

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LEN_VERSION32 7/22/2012 6:10PM

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GOULDSGRANITE 7/22/2012 5:06PM

    Congrats on all your great progress! emoticon emoticon

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Highs and lows

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

First of all, sorry for being MIA for a while! I've missed all of you!

As I said on my status update earlier today, I feel like I've finally gotten my spark back and it makes me so happy! Lately, I feel like I've been going through the motions but I haven't felt very inspired or motivated. I've been going through a lot over the past couple of weeks and I felt exhausted both mentally and physically.

Going through this made me think of something I think is very important. I think most people go through periods of high and low motivation. I know I do! In the past, going through a phase like this when I just don't feel motivated and the spark seems to be disappearing I used to just give up and go back to my old unhealthy ways.

But not this time!!

Even though I was going through a period of very low motivation, I kept going tracking my food (most of the time) and making (mostly) healthy choices. I still managed to lose two pounds and stick to this thanks to the momentum of the past few months. I think that is SO IMPORTANT when you're trying to turn your life around!! That makes all the difference in the world. In the past, I would have given up, but now I know it's okay to go through difficult times and it doesn't mean I have to - or get to - throw it all away.

I decided to just wait it out. I knew it would pass eventually, and it did! Today I woke up in a great mood, excited, motivated and SPARKED! I feel very motivated to start paying more attention to my health again and keep working at this.

I've changed so much over the past five months or so! It's really incredible and it motivates me to keep moving forward along this road to health.

  
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IUHRYTR 7/22/2012 8:34PM

    A doctor told me recently that when I feel down or think negative thoughts to re-focus on something positive. It works, but takes a while to re-program our way of thinking. -- Lou

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DMANN104 7/18/2012 11:57PM

    Way to go!!!

I totally get where you are coming from... I had the same thing for the last couple weeks. I have kept at it, but I was kinda just "going through the motions". But I am happy to say that my motivation is back, and it makes it so much easier & better to make all the healthier choices!

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LRBIRT 7/18/2012 8:46PM

    I know what you mean.. the past week especially was a low motivation week and I felt like it was just going through the motions..a kind of 'fake it till you make it' deals..but I still went through it and I didn't lose anything last week..but I didn't gain anything either. So it was a success in a lot of ways.

I hope you're proud of yourself! emoticon

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IGSBETH 7/18/2012 2:50PM

    That is great that you kept it up and lost weight, even when you felt unmotivated. That is an accomplishment! You should be proud.

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Inspirational Quote of the Day

Saturday, July 07, 2012



This is so true! REMEMBER THIS, my beautiful SparkFriends! Love your bodies at every weight!! I've finally learned to love mine. My body is a temple and taking care of it is a something I take very seriously these days.

I've been focusing too much on the number on the scale. At first, I only weighed myself once a week, but now I weigh myself daily even though I promised not to. I don't want to be obsessed with a number! My weight might fluctuate from day to day, sometimes due to factors beyond my control, and I definitely don't want to let a number ruin my day!

I'm taking care of myself, nurturing my body and taking steps towards a healthier me. That's something to be proud of!

Love yourselves today, no matter what the scale says :)

  
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WENDY19861 7/10/2012 4:23AM

    That is so true! I am in the process of learning to love myself just as I am, while making healthy improvements.

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IUHRYTR 7/9/2012 9:16PM

    Something to be proud of, indeed! -- Lou

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KCWIND 7/7/2012 7:19PM

  Thanks for the reminder. The scale should not be the most important part of our journey.

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BEAUTIFULBRIT50 7/7/2012 6:59PM

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NATURALROCKS 7/7/2012 6:15PM

    emoticon This is so true- I have learned to LOVE me no matter what the scale says. I thought I had high self esteem but through this journey I realized that there were some things I still needed to work on. Putting myself first was #1 and sometimes I struggle with it.

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Stupid scale!

Friday, July 06, 2012

So yesterday I was happy to announce that I was happily in the 150's, but this morning as I weighed myself I was so disappointed and frustrated to see that my weight had gone up overnight 3 whole pounds! SO ANNOYING! I know it's only temporary but I never wanted to see that number on the scale again. It's especially annoying when you know you're doing everything right and staying within your calories and your body decides to ignore all that. I know that I sound ridiculous right now, but I haven't been feeling myself the past few days. I've been really irritable and restless and it just frustrates me when the scale won't co-operate.

Oh well. The best thing I can do right now is go to bed and have a nice, long sleep. Tomorrow is a new day! Hopefully I'll be back in the 150's again and that I won't be feeling restless and irritable anymore.

  
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IUHRYTR 7/9/2012 9:19PM

    It would sure be nice if we reached a lower weight and never went above it but that's just not the way it works so we must stay positive and realize our weight will fluctuate, sometimes for no reason we can understand. -- Lou

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LIZ1147 7/6/2012 5:20PM

    I know the feeling! It's definitely been frustrating...I've been dealing with the same thing everyday. Just remember your body weight fluctuates throughout the day and based on what you eat, and your salt intake.

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REESYK 7/6/2012 5:03PM

    Gah stupid scale, HTey are mighty frustrating. As long as you feel good thats all that matters! Keep up the good work!
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IGSBETH 7/6/2012 4:50PM

    I'm sorry.
I do often weigh myself every day, but I don't let a loss "count" in my mind till it sticks for three days. Crazy? I dunno, it works for me. It keeps me motivated to work until a loss "sticks."

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LRBIRT 7/6/2012 4:17PM

    Have you thought about not weighing yourself every day? If I do, it drives me crazy lol I try not to hinge my emotions on the numbers of the scale bc they will fluctuate as surely as that scale
You're doing such a great job and you're doing great things for your body and your health...stay positive!

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