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Two NSV's

Monday, November 12, 2012



Today is day 257 of my "on track" streak!

NSV report! I am wearing a shirt today that I was not able to wear just a couple of weeks ago! Its a cool Ron Jon Surf Shop shirt that I got when I lived in Florida back in 2006. I was at my goal size back then, and I wore this shirt a lot. When I started gaining the weight back, I held onto all my "thin" clothes...and I'm so glad I did! Now that I'm back on track, I am slowly fitting into my old wardrobe. Its great to be wearing this shirt again! In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit...the shirt was a little loose on me back in 2006. It doesn't fit me loosely now, it fits me just right. But I can wear it again, so I'm very happy! (And besides, its going to be loose on me again soon!)

I actually have TWO non-scale victories to report today, but first I want to update you (if you're interested) on my progress with my goal for this month. Have you ever heard of
S. M. A. R. T. goals?



My SMART goal for this month is to be able to do 5 to 10 pushups with good form. To achieve this goal, I have been doing wall pushups every time I go into the kitchen, and doing upper body strength exercises 3 times a week.

I can do pushups, but they are a struggle for me, and my form is terrible. So I've really been working on it, and today I did a self checkup to see if I've improved. Well...not very much, lol. I was able to do two pushups with good form, but no more than that. Even with all the upper body strength workouts I've been doing, I still don't have the strength to do more than two pushups with good form. But I'm not discouraged, and I'm not giving up! Last week, I couldn't even do ONE pushup with proper form! So the fact that I could do TWO today shows that I am making progress, and I'm proud of myself!




My plan for the rest of the month is to just keep doing what I've been doing. And if I don't reach my goal by the end of the month, I'll just give myself a little more time, and hopefully I'll reach that goal by the end of December.

To help with my progress, I am going to amp it up a bit. I started the month by doing 5 wall pushups every time I went into the kitchen, and then slowly built up to 7. But now, instead of doing wall pushups, I'm going to do incline pushups against the kitchen counter, and I'm going to do 9. Hopefully next Monday I'll be able to do THREE real pushups with good form. Wish me luck!

Yesterday I went to the grocery store, and fell right into temptation. They had these cute little boxes of dark chocolate non-pariels for sale, and they looked so yummy. I gave in and bought a box. I figured that I could just treat myself to one a day, for about 30 calories. Well, I should have known better! For me, chocolates are like potato chips...no one can eat just one! (Remember that old commercial?)



So last night about an hour before bedtime, I had one little chocolate....and then I couldn't stop thinking about them! When hubby went outside to walk the dog, I went into the kitchen and sneaked a handful of chocolates into my bathrobe pocket! And I started nibbling! I was counting the calories in my head as I ate them....30....60...90...120....and then I stopped. I realized that I wasn't even enjoying the chocolates. I went into the kitchen and emptied my bathrobe pocket into the trash can before hubby came back in.

I hadn't gone over my calories for the day but I'd certainly pushed myself to the higher end. And for what? A few little chocolates that weren't even that good! I was really mad at myself. I told myself that in the morning, I would just throw the rest of the chocolates away.



When I woke up this morning, I thought of those chocolates, and I decided I'd just have "one more for the road" before I threw them away. But guess what? I didn't do it! I didn't have any chocolate this morning...I just threw the rest of the box away, and then I took the trash out. I was so proud of myself for doing that...getting rid of that temptation without one last taste! I am stronger than chocolate, I am stronger than temptation. I am stronger than I was when I started my streak in March!

I didn't feel guilty for throwing that food away, either. I hate to waste food, but I'd rather WASTE it than WAIST it. So that is my 2nd NSV for the day.





  
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SLIMMINGSHAY 7/24/2013 2:36PM

    Way to go! Bet getting into that shirt felt totally amazing! You should feel like you have accomplished something since you can do decent couple of pushups! THat;s a great start! keep it up! I look forward to more of these NSV posts!

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    Yay! Good for you!!

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    going back through the "Best of" Spark emails and came upon this gem again!
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NLYR20 12/6/2012 1:39PM

  Great thing... Instead of being our own enemy for the success, we should support ourselves!!

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    emoticon Your the best at inspiring me

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AMANDEES76 11/21/2012 11:12AM

    Congrats on your NSVs and your impressive streak! You are well on your way to reaching your goals. Keep pushing on the pushups and you will be doing them with ease before you know it!

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DIDMIS 11/15/2012 2:44AM

    I have 4 huge bars of dark chocolate (70% cocoa) in my fridge and have had them there for my 134 days of no dessert. I can't just eat one either. One night I ate a whole box of chocolate. LOL
You are really doing good my friend.

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ALLENJOSEPH 11/14/2012 10:52PM

    So happy you're wearing that shirt again, and very happy you threw the rest of those chocolate treats away. "Good going!" emoticon emoticon
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PCASEY7 11/14/2012 10:13PM

    Great willpower!

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CHERYLSBUTT 11/14/2012 6:02PM

    Awesome NSV report!
Good Luck with the push ups...it will come as will toned arms!!!

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SJKENT1 11/14/2012 2:57PM

    Victory!!!!

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  Your doing great!!!

I know what SMART means, but not NSV's. Perhaps you can let us in on what it is. emoticon

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 11/14/2012 12:25PM

    I'm such a newbie that I had to look up the meaning of NSV. lol! Congrats!!!!!
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  emoticon emoticon emoticon So proud fo you. Thanks so much for sharing. I wrote some of the words you wrote to hang on my fridge and bathroom mirror. God Bless.

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    Thanks for sharing!

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SLIMLEAF 11/14/2012 5:50AM

    It's great to hear how well you're doing. I really struggle with the number on the scale, so non-scale victories are great and I will try to take inspiration from yours to work towards a few of my own.

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    Pixie, emoticon on your 2 NSVs!!! That's got to feel so good fitting back into a favorite shirt! And even though you haven't reached your "number" of push-ups you can now do 2 with good form! 2 is better than none! 200% better!

Good for you beating a trigger food and craving! You are doing great!!! Keep up the good work. If it were me, I would have found a way to fit them into my daily totals emoticon. I have a hard time saying no to chocolate . . . So that being said I applaud you!!!!

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    Good for you -- keep up the good work!

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JERICHO1991 11/13/2012 10:08PM

    Lots of good reminders. Great job!

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  Congrats! Thanks for sharing!

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BABYSTEPS123 11/13/2012 9:09PM

    Amazing! Congratulations! What a great example. I'm not there yet, but I really appreciate what you are doing to succeed, and hope I can learn some of the lessons you are learning!! Wow!

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LDAVENPOR4 11/13/2012 8:52PM

    Thanks for the encouragement and congratulations on your NSVs. You're my new Get Tough Hero!

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4KWALK 11/13/2012 7:52PM

    What a great example that is for me - to throw out the chocolates even though I hate wasting. I'll remember this blog the next time I put myself in that position to be tempted.
Thank you.

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EUEK098 11/13/2012 7:50PM

    Congrats on the NSV's and way to go on stopping the chocolate

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MYJUNIEMOON 11/13/2012 4:50PM

    Excellent! You ARE doing it. We ARE doing it! Keep on Keeping on!
You are such a positive and motivating Sparker!

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I think I'm past the plateau!

Saturday, November 10, 2012





Today is day 255 of my "on track" streak!

I have been at a plateau for a while now. My last weigh in was on September 3rd, but even though I haven't weighed myself since then, I could tell by the fit of my clothes that I was just staying the same. No progress to show, but I know it was because I was kind of careless with tracking my foods, and not really putting any UMPH into my workouts. My motivation was at a pretty low point, but I kept hanging in there, although just barely.

"When you get to a plateau, think of it as a landing on the stairway to your goal. Maintenance is a lifelong plateau, so a bit of "rehearsal" for maintenance isn't the worst thing in the world." (Unknown)

But after two months of being on that stairway landing, I finally decided that I was ready to start climbing again! So on November first, I set a plan, and gave myself a new mini goal. My mini goal is to be able to do 5 to 10 pushups with good form by the end of the month. I also wanted to start making progress with my weight loss again! So to make these things happen, I have....

1. Started doing wall pushups every time I go into the kitchen.

2. Increased the weight of my dumbbells, going from 6 lbs to 8 lbs.

3. Been doing more cardio, even though I hate doing cardio.
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4. Gotten back to being fanatical about tracking my food, measuring my food, and eating as healthy as possible.



After just ten days, I am seeing progress! My clothes feel a bit looser, I have more energy, and I feel stronger! Today while doing my DDP Yoga workout, I realized that certain poses were not quite as challenging for me! There is one exercise on that DVD, and I can't remember the name of it, but you start out in downward dog, bring one leg up behind you, and then crunch it in until your knee touches your elbow. Well, I have never been able to get my knee to my elbow. Close, but no cigar, as my hubby always says. But today, I did it! I was actually able to bring my knee close enough to my elbow to touch! So that is my awesome NSV for today!



Wishing all my gorgeous Spark friends a healthy week ahead, and NSV's for us all! Keep pushing hard to reach your goals, because you are absolutely worth the effort.





  
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CM_GARDNER78 11/22/2012 11:58PM

    That is AWESOME!! Keep pushing on - I LOVE the sayings you posted!! So totally true...and definitely words to live by whether in a plateau, or just simply feeling like giving up! Thanks for sharing!!

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    I too have been on a plateau for way too long to remember, about a 2 to 3 pound varience up or down and I know I have got lazy too, not so much slacking up on my exercise, but I confess I am walking slower, still getting out for 60 + minutes a day either outside or on my treadmill, but I always seem to be looking for someth8ing to stick in my mouth, and know I have to buckle down and start tracking everything, and I am getting better, talking to myself, when my hands get wandering and I think I am hungry, mostly bored.
glad you have got a handle on yourself,

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  Well done. Keep on keeping on.

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    Congrats!

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    Great blog! Very motivating!!

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    You're the star. Congrats.

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    This is fabulous!!! GREAT job on your progress. :) And I love the quote about plateaus and maintenance.

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JANESLOSS 11/12/2012 12:10PM

    Wow, great job on another NSV!!!!

I'm happy that you are doing so well!!

I'm trying to make baby steps to regain some momentum to get back to as much as I can.

Thanks for your continued encouragement. Your successes are very motivating!!

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SBZERINGUE 11/12/2012 12:10PM

    emoticon emoticon Way to go!! Keep fighting against that plateau and eventually, you will win! You are proof that if we keep making the right choices, we will get to where we want to be. (Although, it is never quick enough for me! lol) Also, thank you for continuing to motivate us with the idea of NSV. That has really helped me. And I keep getting ideas of what to notice from what you post. I always think of the one about your elbows touching the bed. :) You are an amazing woman!

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MOMMY445 11/12/2012 11:28AM

    way to go! woo hoo! you are doing so well! keep it up! have a fabulous day!

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    Well done! Way to take that plateau into your own hands and develop a plan to break right through it! Continued success!

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  You look great and getting even better.

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  Thank you. I've been helping my sister. I will share with her, th emoticon e fist quote you said about plateau's.

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    I hate the dreaded plateau!!! Good luck!!

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  Congratulations! Every little success adds up - you are well on your way.

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    I LOVE non-scale victories! Way to bust through that plateau! They are so evil!

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OJ_2_OK 11/11/2012 1:43PM

    Wonderful blog and thank you for your inspiring words! Keep up the great work!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 11/11/2012 1:34PM

    I'm glad you got past the plateau. Whew, it lasted a while. I do know with a plateau, I either have to work harder, or eat less. At the very least, I have to focus on my intake and make sure to weigh and measure everything that goes into my mouth.

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JELLI-LEAN 11/11/2012 11:49AM

    Pixie~ You ROCK!! You are a true inspiration to me. Your non-scale victories are such encouragement to me to also give up that scale!!

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  Woohoo! Stay motivated!

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KARRENLYNN 11/11/2012 11:36AM

    Congratulations! Plateaus can be so frustrating but you have a good outlook for them. You know what you need to do to get results and you're working your plan. I'll be cheering your success along the way!

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    Wonderful, and I keep forgetting to tell you, I love your new background. emoticon

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Motivation lost...and found!

Wednesday, November 07, 2012



Today is day 252 of my "on track" streak!

I've been under a lot of stress since hubby lost his job last summer, and it has really been hard for me to stay on track. To be honest, for a while there I completely and totally lost my motivation! I didn't want to workout and eat right. I just wanted to sit around and eat copious amounts of junk food.

The only thing that stopped me from doing that is that I knew exactly what would happen if I did. You see, a few years ago, I was on track, doing great, and lost 50 lbs. My motivation was so high...and then hubby was laid off from his job. And my motivation went right out the window...I stopped doing all the right things, and went right back to my old habits. And I'm sure you can guess what happened next, right? I gained all the weight back!

Even after hubby got a new job, it took me forever to get myself back on track. But finally, last March, I did it. I started streaking....eating 1200 to 1500 calories a day, and working out. My motivation grew week by week, and I really was on a roll. But then...hubby lost his job again! And my motivation just died.



But I didn't want to go back to my old way of living. I didn't want to go back to being unhealthy, unhappy and unable. I didn't want to gain the weight back this time. I knew that if I gave up, I'd regret it forever. So I forced myself to keep going. I had no motivation, and there were times when I was lazy during my workouts. There were times when I didn't eat as healthy as I should. But the important thing is, I didn't give up. I kept trying. I figured that a half hearted workout was better than no workout at all. And even though I wasn't eating as healthy as I SHOULD have been doing, I was proud of the fact that I wasn't going into an all out junk food binge mode!



I've been unhappy with my lack of progress, though. I know I should be a lot further along than I am. So at the start of this month, I decided to set a goal for myself...to be able to do ten pushups with good form. (I do pushups with my DDP Yoga every day, but only a few, and to be honest my form is pretty lousy.)


Well, having a goal set for myself has done something great....it helped me to find my motivation again! I wake up every morning with such determination now! I am back to eating as healthy as possible, weighing and measuring my food, tracking everything...and also working out HARD! I'm pushing myself again, really breaking a sweat, breathing hard and getting my heart pumping!



I am back to thinking of food as FUEL, and of workouts as a way to get stronger, fitter and better at everything I do. I am doing wall pushups everytime I go into the kitchen, to help build up my upper body strength so that I can reach my pushup goal by the end of the month. I am so motivated, I feel like I could fly!

If you are struggling with motivation, don't give up. Motivation comes and goes, but if you keep trying, your motivation will come back. Quitting will get you nowhere. Keep working hard, keep your goals in mind and do your best. Even if its not 100%, as long as you are trying, you will succeed!





  
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    Love seeing your blog featured in the Sparkmail. What an honor.

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    Wow, this was great to read!

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    Knowledge is power, showing up is half the battle!

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LOSINIT52 11/11/2012 12:39PM

    Lovely blog and amazing success you have had. I snagged the image about the pain of regret. This is so true.
Thanks for the motivation and keep your spark alive!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 11/11/2012 8:05AM

    Thank you Dixie for sharing such a wonderful blog. Love the pictures. Thank you for your comments and support on my page too. Have a wonderful day.
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KTGAL52 11/11/2012 6:31AM

    All I can say is: Thank you for this!

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CLIP53 11/11/2012 5:52AM

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EATVEGAN 11/11/2012 1:56AM

    I have to admire that you continued to workout and (even half-heartedly) eat well. So much better than sitting around and eating everything in sight. This is a great, practical, where-we-live blog. emoticon

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JANI-LOU 11/10/2012 11:41PM

  Thank you so much for the motivation! I just recently got back on track after regaining thirty pounds of the eighty total I lost in the past four years. I just absolutely refuse to go back there, and I'm going to lose this thirty pounds again, and then the other thirty I still needed to lose. Thank you!!!! Great blog.
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OSUBUCKI101 11/10/2012 9:28PM

    Great blog! Keep up the good work and you'll be doing those pushups as if they are nothing! You rock!

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KIJIPEOPLE 11/10/2012 11:37AM

    Thank you for sharing. We all feel like giving up sometimes and it's so good to hear people picking up and moving on!

My husband and I are looking at how our life is going to change once we've closed on a building loan and started building our house. We're never going to see each other (self-build, means he's going to be working even when he's not working) and once the loan comes due, we're not going to have much leftover money anymore. It's scary to think about.

It's inspiring to hear about someone who looked uncertainty in the face and kept moving! Thank you.

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    Thanks for this. Motivation is the hardest thing to find sometimes...and it makes the journey so much easier. I will keep pushing and looking and doing it half-heartedly until it's found. Thank you! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the inspiration! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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MITCHDY 11/10/2012 9:42AM

    Very inspirational. Thank you...

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COLETTEISGREAT 11/10/2012 8:24AM

    Great Blog!!

I really love the Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence + Persistence = Success idea!

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FATHINSN 11/10/2012 1:20AM

    Keep on pushing yourself, keep on persist to success!

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REENIE131 11/9/2012 10:15PM

    Great blog..thanks!

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TREYONE 11/9/2012 8:42PM

  Great Blog! Thank you!!! emoticon

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THOMASINA57 11/9/2012 8:24PM

    What a great motivation blog! It's so easy to fall off the rails when major life events happen like the loss of a job.. I know, my husbands been laid off a few time also over the years and it puts me into an anxiety tailspin, but now that I've found Sparkpeople I feel like someone threw me a lifeline.. emoticon

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NERDLETTE 11/9/2012 8:20PM

    Wow, I need to frame that one - EXCELLENT BLOG!!!!!

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TEMPENATIVE 11/9/2012 8:19PM

    great blog, very motivating, im glad you shared, because its true!

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CURLYCURLY62 11/9/2012 8:03PM

    I really needed to hear this today! Thank you! I have been off Sparkpeople for 2 months and have been in denial for 2 months. As a result i quickly regained the 7 pounds that took me 3 months to lose. What you have written is so true and makes so much sense. Thanks again.

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KRISTEN_SAYS 11/9/2012 7:30PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 11/9/2012 6:10PM

    Great blog

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LEIELD 11/9/2012 4:26PM

  you motivated me with this blog:)

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FALLNTENN 11/9/2012 4:00PM

    You are doing great Pixie. emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 11/9/2012 3:06PM

    You go, Girl!

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PCASEY7 11/9/2012 2:49PM

    I totally agree! The expression 'fake it until you make it' comes to mind and it sounds like it worked for you! Loved the blog!

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POLSKARENIA 11/9/2012 2:17PM

    Great blog Pixie, as ever - keep it up - yopu will get there!!

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BRONZE50 11/9/2012 2:09PM

  I can relate to everything you are saying. Great blog!


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Working on my November goal

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Today is day 248 of my streak!

My goal for this month is to be able to do ten pushups, with good form. I do pushups with my DDP Yoga workouts, but my form is really bad, and its a struggle. I want to get better at it, so I'm working on it.




To help me build strength to reach my goal, everytime I go into the kitchen, I do wall pushups. And I've started doing upper body strength workouts with My Fitness Coach for Wii. I will be doing that three times a week. I think this is a great goal, and I look forward to seeing progress.




  
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FIRECOM 11/26/2012 5:24PM

    Your ALTITUDE is determined by your ATTITUDE.

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    you could do it just keeppushing your self never give up emoticon

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CM_GARDNER78 11/24/2012 11:47PM

    That is awesome!! You will do so great at this - and what a concept! To make a goal - no matter how simple, but yet oh so specific - and see it through. Love it. You've given me something to aspire to!! :-)

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WILSON1926 11/10/2012 7:50AM

    Great post...................One day, one hour, one minute at a time, every day

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SCOOTER4263 11/5/2012 10:37AM

    Good for you! You've got a great attitude and some real momentum going for you.

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MARYJEANSL 11/5/2012 12:11AM

  Good for you! You WILL achieve this goal...the only question is when. Keep up the good work!

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PCASEY7 11/4/2012 11:19PM

    Great goal!

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JUDY106 11/4/2012 8:34PM

    Wow! you really blowed me away when I saw you lost 71 lbs since March. You are really on the ball. You seem so positive. I like your goals for Nov. Thanks for sharing how you are doing this. i have been working hard, but can't seem to get as active as I should be to get more of the weight off. I am work on that area. I would like to be your friend. I am putting you as one of my friends. Have a wonderful Nov. Hugs Judy

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LIZZIE-BELLE1 11/4/2012 8:05PM

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COCHRANE0511 11/4/2012 7:41PM

    My 4 days seem so small in comparison to yours.

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 11/4/2012 7:37PM

    Great Goals. Now I need to blog about mine.
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LOGOULD 11/4/2012 7:14PM

    Great goal.....one I need to work on myself! Thanks for sparking me!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 11/4/2012 6:31PM

    Great goal!

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PATRICIAANN46 11/4/2012 5:56PM

  You can do it Pixie!!! emoticon

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    Great goal! emoticon

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LEEVER 11/4/2012 4:52PM

  Great ideas! Thanks, k

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CHANGING-TURTLE 11/4/2012 4:51PM

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/4/2012 4:45PM

  !0 push-ups sounds good to me.WOW.

Hey BTW- your background pics are adorable

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JANESLOSS 11/4/2012 3:16PM

    Great goal and great way to stay on track to meet your goal!!

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FAVORITEAUNT84 11/4/2012 3:02PM

    Great, realistic goal!

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DIANNEMT 11/4/2012 2:53PM

    Sounds like an EXCELLENT goal!

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SHOSHANADP 11/4/2012 2:34PM

    What a nice, healthy goal. One goal at a time. One month at a time!

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ANDREA0301 11/4/2012 2:14PM

    Wonderful goal!

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ROCKYCPA 11/4/2012 2:03PM

    Great goal - keep up the good work!

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KARRENLYNN 11/4/2012 1:15PM

    Great goal and way to stay motivated. I'm sure you will be successful and I can't wait to hear about your success. ;)


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EAGLES_WINGS 11/4/2012 12:05PM

    I hope that you are successful in all you do!
Best wishes in achieving your November goals!
You can do it!
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WALLINMW 11/4/2012 11:51AM

  Wow! Congrats! Stay motivated!

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  good goal

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MOMMY445 11/4/2012 11:05AM

    that is a great goal! you can do this! you are worth it!

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JANEMARIE77 11/4/2012 9:59AM

    great goal you can do it

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NINAB4REAL 11/4/2012 9:38AM

    emoticon You have given me some great ideas. You are an inspiration for sure! Have a great day!

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ADELE66 11/4/2012 9:09AM

    It's such a joy to read your blogs -so positive and motivational. Keep up the great work!

Adele

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A non-scale victory first thing in the morning

Friday, October 19, 2012




Today is day 233 of my streak!

I had planned to sleep in this morning, but the sound of thunder woke me up before dawn. I was very cozy and comfortable, so I just rolled over onto my back and lay there listening to the rain. And then I suddenly had a non-scale victory! Before I even got out of bed!




Whenever I lay on my back in bed, I fold my hands together over my stomach. Before I started my streak, when I'd put my hands on my stomach, my elbows would dangle off to the side and not reach the bed.

As I've lost weight, of course my belly has gotten smaller. One of my goals has been to be able to fold my hands together on my stomach and have my elbows actually touch the bed.

Well, this morning as I lay there listening to the rain and trying to remember if I'd shut all the windows last night, I suddenly realized..."Hey....hey...my elbows are touching the bed!"

What a great non-scale victory! Perhaps my elbows have been touching the bed for a while now, and I just didn't notice. Thats the way it is with non-scale victories sometimes....they sneak up on you! I think sometimes I get so caught up with looking in the mirror to see a change that I don't notice when other signs of progress happen. But boy when I do notice...it sure feels great!




  
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MOWINELADY 11/23/2012 9:10AM

    Thanks for a great blog. Yes it is great when we see results that are not on the scale!!

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MARYCLYDE 11/4/2012 7:35PM

    That Blog really helps!

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  Awesome, Congrats emoticon on your victory!!

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52114ME 10/30/2012 4:53PM

    I bet that was a great feeling, keep it in your thoughts.
Smile on!


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    yeah you, how great does that feel!
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AMOMENTSNOTICE 10/24/2012 1:18PM

    I'm on the look-out for my won non-scale victories now!
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  emoticon I never would have thought of that as a goal. Great idea thank you

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IRISHGIRL3 10/24/2012 7:29AM

    Congratulations!!!!!!!! That's a huge achievement!

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CONCERNED85 10/23/2012 5:48PM

    That's awesome. I never would have thought of that simple way to make a non scale victory. I have been too wrapped up in the mirror thing. Congrats on reaching that victory that you have been waiting for. emoticon emoticon

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    Awesome!!

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    LOVED THIS! Congratulations and thank you for sharing!
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FIT4MEIN2013 10/22/2012 6:18PM

    I love non-scale victories! One of my favorites is decreased shoulder pain from my arms not having to stick out around the fat. Keep pushing!

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NEWCHINELO 10/22/2012 5:46PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!

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BLESSED2BEME 10/22/2012 2:02PM

    That is one of the best NSVs I've heard about in a long time!

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ERTSMOM 10/22/2012 12:55PM

    Great story - I'm proud of you. This blog is a great reminder that the scale isnt everything.
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    Wow! Great point! Congratulations!!!
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ANDREAG89 10/22/2012 12:25PM

    Thank you for posting this - it's such a great reminder for us to be aware of all the good things that are happening to us on this journey, especially when we don't always see the scale change for the better. Congratulations!

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    emoticon ...great blog!

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AMANDEES76 10/22/2012 11:15AM

    emoticon Sometimes it is those little victories that make us celebrate more. I remember the first time I realized that I was sitting with my legs crossed without having to hold my leg up there! It made me start laughing and think little changes mean the most.

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MS_PERCEPTION 10/22/2012 10:06AM

    What a fun discovery! I love those NSVs!!

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