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Monday, February 13, 2012

Goals: you need them.

It's nice to think that you can just decide good things to do for yourself every day, but that isn't always the case. For me it's all about setting and attaining goals. I stopped goal setting and as a result I started gaining weight and skipping workouts. That kind of behavior won't help me get stronger and healthier. It will make me slower, fatter, and more unhappy with myself.

So it's time to get back to goal setting. This week my goal is to get my lazy behind to 6 Jazzercise classes. I went today so I just need 5 more to reach my goal. When I get there I will give myself a pat on the back and set my goal for next week.

Goals keep me pushing forward and forward is the only way I want to go!

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I don't wanna!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Today I had a meltdown. I decided that I was too fat to lose weight, that it was too much work and wasn't worth it. Seriously, almost in tears about being at this weight. The problem is that I gained weight. I went from 185 to 143 and now am at 157. I feel like I am starting all over and I am pissed at myself for gaining weight. Instead of losing another 13lbs to reach goal I have to lose 27. It may not sound like much, but it feels like the world to me. How am I supposed to do it all again? Do I even have the motivation to get it all done? Today I would have taken the magic weight loss pill if it were handed to me.

I know better. I know making conscious decisions about food and getting plenty of exercise is the only lasting answer to weight loss and maintenance. Today sucked, but I still made good choices on food and went to Jazzercise this morning. I just need to get my head in the game. I have a long year of weight loss ahead of me.

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    I know how you feel! I went from 164 to 150 then I went back up to 160 in a really short period of time and I'm struggling to get motivated once again! You can do it! It sounds like you have all the tools that you need to be successful one day at a time emoticon

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JAZZIEASH87 1/18/2012 1:54PM

    Good luck! I know exactly how you feel because I am right there with you! We can do it together

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SDJOLLY 1/16/2012 8:52PM

    Oh wow, how I can relate. I was down to 167 and now back at 188. I'm starting over too. Exercise is not a problem, but I'm really struggling with food. I'm finally getting back on track. We're in this together!

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ICHOOSETHIN 1/16/2012 8:40PM

    Hey - thanks for sharing your blog. I, too, am trying to lose what I gained; although, mine was a 32 pound gain. Of course we can do it! It sucks to be back up but it's definitely a learning opportunity. I'm sending positive thoughts your way.

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SHELLY8212 1/16/2012 8:30PM

    You can do it, don't give up!!!!

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TAGSUIT2 1/16/2012 8:28PM

    emoticon Just think about the people that have to lose more then 27 pounds.

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CAVEPRINCESS65 1/16/2012 8:27PM

    emoticon for doing the class and good choices on food today. If you did this today, that means you did not completely give up. emoticon weight loss yo-yo is hard but don't get frustrated. Start small, enrolled in challenges like 10 minutes workout challenge on this site. Check out the fitness tab for short videos from coach nicole - they are short workout and doable. As you get stronger you can double the time by repeating the video. This is a great way to get more workout without realizing that you are doing it. Hang in there and you will see the results. It takes time to gain weight and it takes time to lose and maintain it. Be patience with your self. use this site for support Lots of emoticon to cheer you up and to give you support and advice. You are not alone!

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JENNDYCHES 1/16/2012 8:25PM

    Dont give up. Find whatever your motivation is n reconnect in with it. I m at 192 .. a weigth that I never thought I would see. I still can't believe that I am what I am ..
Just hang in there ..Dont give up .. emoticon

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ERINLINDSAY83 1/16/2012 8:24PM

    I know how you feel. I'm at my heaviest weight right now. Had an AWFUL summer, gained 35 pounds from August until now.... thanks to LOTS or Prednisone, other steroids and copious amouonts of stress eaing. It's hard to look in the mirror! (Plus Im still on steroids, so I feel like it's hopeless and not even worth trying.)

Well, we have to pick ourselves up and keep working! :)

Great job on your good choices for today! Keep it up! You can rock this!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

I missed Jazzercise this morning because it was snowing when I woke up. We had already gotten a couple of inches overnight and were expecting more throughout today. I really hate to drive in the rain and the snow so I avoid it if I can. Today I could stay home and it would be just fine.

In place of my normal workout with Jazzercise I did 30 minutes of Dance Dance on the Wii in workout mode. It's definitely not as intense as Jazzercise but it was better than sitting on my butt. I also shoveled the glorious snow from our sidewalks and driveway for another 30 minutes of fun exercise!

I have met my nutritional goals for Monday and Tuesday. I also expect to meet my goals today. So far it's a good week and I am doing just great! I hope the scale reflects all this work on Friday!!


Day One, Week One

Monday, January 09, 2012

Today is my first day of my first week of healthy living in 2012. Yes, I realize the New Year is a week old and that if I was a good at Sparking as I pretend to be it wouldn't be a first anything for me today. Sometimes you get off track, but the proof of your commitment is when you get yourself back to action. So this is me getting back on track. This is me recommitting to food logging and exercising on a regular basis.

My goals for this week are to stay within my calorie range Monday through Friday, taking the weekends to enjoy small portions of the off-limit foods and drinks. I will Jazzercise on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I would love to hike on Saturday with my DH and dogs too.

Also, I am carrying my water bottle everywhere I am so that I remember to drink. I am not sure if I am on my 2nd or 3rd 20oz bottle today, but I am pretty sure it's my 3rd. Working toward 5 overall for the day and everyday.

What are your short term goals?


2011 Review

Friday, January 06, 2012

2011 was a great year of fabulous progress, some regression, some good news and some bad. I started SparkPeople in November 2010, working on my New Year's resolutions, knowing that starting early would give me a better chance of succeeding.

I started here at 185lbs, determine to lose weight in the hopes that doing so would help my body accept pregnancy without the use of pills, shots, and/or doctors. I also wanted to get off the blood pressure medicine I had been on for a couple of years.

I worked my way up from 3 Jazzercize classes a week to 2 classes per day, 6 days a week. (I think it might have become an obsession.) I earned my 150 class shirt in May and I reached 300 classes for the year!!

By August I had reached 143lbs, my lowest weight since joining SparkPeople. I was thrilled and scheduled an appointment with my doctor who agreed that I could stop taking my blood pressure medication! I also went from a size 16 to a size 6/7 in jeans.

At the beginning of October we sold our house in Texas and moved to Colorado. Due to paperwork errors on the part of our lender we were without a home for 3 weeks. During October we ate out every meal and moved from hotel to hotel anticipating the closing of our house. It was a hard month and it took a toll on us physically, emotionally, and financially.

In the midst of all the chaos we finally conceived, which was a total shock since we have been trying for so very long. We were thrilled! We even bought a crib and were making plans to rearrange the house to make room for a nursery. Unfortunately a few weeks later we lost the pregnancy. Thankfully we didn't share the news with very many people so we were able to move on quickly. It has been difficult at times but I am doing better than I would have imagined.

2011 ended with us safely in our new home in Colorado, enjoying the snow and beauty of our new surroundings. Seriously, this place is stunning! It also ended with me being at 160 lbs, 17lbs up from my weight in August, and wearing size 9 jeans.

Knowing what I learned from 2011, I have no doubt that 2012 will be the year I reach all my goals and I can't wait to lay those all out for you, but will save that for another day!

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GGCHET 1/15/2012 2:15PM

    Loved reading your blog.
Congrats & sorry for your loss & Excited for you for what is to come!!!
Blessings for this to be your year!!!!:)

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MCK0582 1/9/2012 4:47PM

    Sounds like you made some amazing changes in 2011 and I hope 2012 brings everything else you are hoping for!

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SANDYB223 1/6/2012 2:06PM

    I am rooting for you all the way!!!! Thanks for commenting on my blog. We can do this--this is the year!!!!!

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APIRLRAIN888 1/6/2012 12:25PM

    Great yr and great attitude

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