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I love NSV's!

Monday, November 26, 2012



Today is day 271 of my "on track" streak!

I love the feeling of being on track. That doesn't mean that I am perfect! I certainly am not. There are days when I don't workout as hard as I should, and there are days where I eat something that is not very healthy, or I am very close to going over my calories. But although each day isn't perfect, there are good moments in every day!



As many of my Spark friends know, I'm not a big fan of getting on the scale. I weighed myself when I started my streak on March 1, 2012, in order to get my starting weight. (And it was a horrible shock to see that I weighed 286 lbs!) But after getting my starting weight, I said goodbye to the scale. I'm not trying to lose NUMBERS. I'm trying to lose SIZES. I'm not trying to get thin. I'm trying to get healthy. Thats what my streak has been all about. It was never about getting to a certain weight. Its always been about saving my life and being as healthy as I possibly can be.

So every day, I do as much as I can to benefit my health. Some days are better than others. I'm sure you've all heard that its important to take steps towards your goals every day, even if its just baby steps. Well, there have been days when I couldn't even take a baby step...I just crawled! But I never STOPPED, and I never took a step backwards. I'm proud of that! (But even if I had taken a step backwards, I know I would not give up. I would just start over.)



The funny thing is, once I started focusing on my health, the weight started coming off! At first I had no idea how much weight I was losing, because I wasn't weighing myself. But I sure did have a lot of NSV's (non scale victories) to celebrate! My clothes were getting looser...and I was able to wear smaller and smaller sizes. I remember the day I packed up my size 3X clothes for donation, because they just hung on me. I couldn't stop smiling all day long! And it was the same way when I "un grew" my size 2X clothes! I went from size 3x to XL without stepping on a scale, and it felt great.



When I did finally weigh myself for a team challenge, (on August 13) I was thrilled to see that I'd lost 65 lbs. At the end of the challenge (3 weeks later) I weighed in again and had lost 6 lbs more, for a total of 71 lbs. I was so happy about that, but you know what? It was just a number, and although I was proud of it, it didn't mean nearly as much to me as my NSV's have.

I've had so many NSV's since I started my streak last March. Prior to my streak, I must confess that I basically lived in nightgowns. I was so obese, I didn't feel comfortable in anything else. But now I get up in the morning and get dressed in my workout clothes right away. (I call it my Warrior Gear, lol.) Its an absolute thrill to be able to wear size Large t-shirts! They look so small to me, and when I put them on I still marvel that they fit me. And I feel so proud of myself because I know...I worked hard to be able to fit into them! My next goal is to move down to a size Medium t shirt.



And there are other NSV's. The fact that I have so much stamina and energy now is a HUGE non scale victory! I literally used to get out of breath just walking from the bed to the en suite bathroom...but not anymore! When I go to the grocery store, I used to park as close to the entrance as possible, but now I park as FAR AWAY from the entrance as I can! I don't get out of breath, and I don't limp from plantar fascia pain. I walk without pain, and with a bounce in my step!

But my favorite NSV is the closeness with my hubby. Before my streak, my stomach was so huge...when hubby would hug me, I'd try to suck in my gut, but there was still way too much of my belly in between us. I would always feel embarrassed, so I would avoid his hugs as much as possible. I didn't feel like a woman...I just felt like an enormous blob. But now, I love hugs! His arms can go all the way around me now, and I feel like a woman again.

I will probably weigh myself again on New Years day, and I know I will be happy with whatever number I get on the scale. But it won't matter to me as much as NSV's do!




  
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YULLABELLE 12/6/2012 8:58AM

    NSV are great and getting healthier is even better.

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CROWLEY123 11/30/2012 7:55PM

    Oh what I wouldn't give for about 50% of your resolve!

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TRUNKJUNK 11/30/2012 5:06PM

    I'm with you like age is but a number so is the figure on the scale. What's more important is how you feel, how you look and what makes you happy.

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CHERRY666 11/30/2012 3:59PM

    What a wonderful post. Congratulations for all your success and thank you for sharing. I needed the reminding that the number on the scale is far from everything. . .

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GOCALGAL 11/30/2012 3:50PM

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Thanks for sharing your inspirational journey!

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IN102WIN 11/30/2012 11:16AM

    emoticon NSV!!!!

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EAGLES_WINGS 11/30/2012 7:03AM

    It sounds so exciting. I know that my pants are looser and that makes me feel really great. I have been struggling with sweets lately though and I am hoping that with a little effort and giving it to God that I will be able to curtail that and perhaps try going gluten free and sugar free. I have thought about this a lot and I think it will help me with both scale and non scale victories. I am learning a lot.

It is always great to see your energy and positivity. I know you are an overcomer. I have made a lot of changes but I need to keep on top of it.

Congratulations on your streak!

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MISSB8604 11/29/2012 3:51PM

    Fantastic!!!

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CAROLINAKIWI 11/29/2012 1:02PM

    Wow!!!You are sensational and I hope that I can follow in your footsteps.

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KSUITS 11/29/2012 11:00AM

  You are such an inspiration! Great job! Thank you so much for sharing your story. It really motivates me to read stories like yours! Continued success!

Katrina

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KJELLYBEAN15 11/29/2012 10:50AM

    I for one focus way too much on the stupid numbers. I guess it's from all the years that the medical field has been claiming that if we didn't measure up, or shall I say down, we would be outcasted from the "normal" people, who just so happened to be thin.
You have reminded me to enjoy the fact that I am less than an inch away from buttoning skinny jeans two sizes smaller than when I started. I opted for the next size up and am anxiously awaiting to pick them up from being altered - the joys of being short.
And because of your post - I am going to rock those jeans like nobody's business.
Happy Spark Day my friend. And keep getting those hugs!

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PUNKADOO 11/29/2012 9:57AM

    I love the idea of NSV's. I know that the first time I ended a long shift at work without feeling like a hundred year old woman, it was a huge moment for me. Congratulations!

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FROMNDTOGA 11/28/2012 7:20PM

    You inspire me! I love the NSVs too! emoticon
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LASSKERR 11/28/2012 2:41PM

    Amazing job!!! I also loved the quotes you posted into this post. I need them :) Thanks for the inspirational blog!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/28/2012 9:30AM

    I like your term warrior gear. It is true. You are doing fantastic. I truly believe that the NSV's are more motivating than the scale. emoticon

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COOKIE_AT_51 11/28/2012 5:31AM

    Pixie, I am so happy for you! I love the warrior gear emoticon You are such an inspiration!! Love your attitude and outlook ... it keeps me hopeful. Rock on Girl emoticon

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PCASEY7 11/27/2012 11:53PM

    Wow what great NSV results! Best of luck along the way!

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KARRENLYNN 11/27/2012 11:40PM

    Losing weight over and over has been a life long issue for me. This time, is the first time I've given as much attention to NSV's as to the scale. Somedays, they are more important and fun than the scale. I'm proud of your accomplishments and all the NSV's you've gained. Keep going!


Have a great week,

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NEWCHINELO 11/27/2012 11:05PM

    Congratulations!

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SKYVALLEYGAL 11/27/2012 10:41PM

    SO AWESOME! Keep up the attitude, you have already won. emoticon emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 11/27/2012 10:23PM

    Good for you - keep pushing!!!

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REENIE131 11/27/2012 9:59PM

    Fantastic!

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CHARTHESTAR 11/27/2012 9:47PM

    'warrior gear' Can i use that too? I love it! It is so appropriate because we are our own warrior to get into the best health we can be in.
What exactly is the track you are on track with?
I love your blog and your positive attitude! Thank you for sharing.
emoticon until you get to that sweet spot that is yours alone!

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TONYTHETSANGEL 11/27/2012 9:18PM

    Love it and thanks for being honest! A lot of women feel that way when there significant other tries to embrace them. emoticon

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NEWTINK 11/27/2012 8:55PM

    I am so proud of you ... You have some awesome NVS"s .. thank you for sharing with us emoticon

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Great blog!! I especially like the perfection quote!!

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JIBBIE49 11/27/2012 7:07PM

    emoticon Glad to see you featured in the Spark Mail.

You can not weigh all you like, but for me, I weigh DAILY and will continue to do so. Otherwise, I'd be back up to that 214# where I started 5 yrs ago. emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/27/2012 4:40PM

  I REALLY got a kick out of your NSV's so much, but it has got to make you do the happy dance to also see those numbers plummet.

So GREAT!!!

That's the wonderful part, all those benefits too.

My brother was kinda giving our sister a talking about ow it was no big deal, that she put on 5 lbs in a few weeks, before she hit goal. He though it was obsessive. She claimed she didn't want to have to get id of that, and whatever occurred during the holiday.

I think the light bulb finally went on, wen he was showing everyone his new camera. He kept exclaiming various funny remarks about how the size of her tush ( very loudly / in contrast to it's dimensions a year and a half ago.

Maybe you'd have to be there to get this. But one year, 3 of them got ew cameras at Christmas. Also, one relative was doing a video. The kids were making all these wisecracks, about the shots, of our mom, leaning over to pass out gifts, and the view from the couch.

Hopefully everyone isn't shuttering, or wanting to throw rocks at their computer; but going from size 24 to 6-8 is kinda conspicuous ( in particular spots ).

It's NOT that she an buy cute clothes; it's her energy level is TOTALLY different, and the LIFE regained. emoticon emoticon emoticon

She is of the opinion, that God assisted her in her efforts.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 11/27/2012 4:29PM

    Awesome! Love this, and congrats on the great NSVS!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/27/2012 2:48PM

    WONDERFUL blog!! Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous attitude. :)

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WORLDSERIES11 11/27/2012 2:41PM

    NSV's are what keep us going!!! Love your positive attitude and motivational sayings!!!

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SMILEY3826 11/27/2012 1:50PM

    me,too! i also love nsv's!

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DNRAE1 11/27/2012 12:21PM

    Fantastic, Pixie!!! Inspiring!

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SJKENT1 11/27/2012 11:58AM

    you are so right!!!

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REGILIEH 11/27/2012 11:39AM

    You are right on!!! You inspire and encourage, I would call that a NSV for you as I am sure you are helping so many others. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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The first part of "workout" is WORK!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012




Today is day 259 of my streak!

I'm still doing three workouts a day, and really enjoying it. In the morning, I do my strength workout. This morning was core body. I workout with a video game called My Fitness Coach for Wii. It really is a good workout and I enjoy it. Depending on my mood, I do either 30 minutes or 45 minutes.

Then in the afternoon, I do cardio. I've started doing cardio kickboxing workouts, and I love it! It makes me feel like a tough girl, lol. I have these pink weighted gloves (1.7 lbs) for the workout;



I'll have to get hubby to take a picture of me wearing my gloves, maybe for my next blog.

Then in the evening comes my favorite workout, DDP Yoga! I look forward to this workout all day...I think of it as my treat for doing the other two workouts. Here's little Youtube clip of a DDP Yoga workout;

www.youtube.com/watch?v=shPjl0R5kHo&
list=PLEFF6AA9C61E1F44B&index=1&featur
e=plpp_video


Before I started my streak on March first, I always looked for an EASY workout. If a workout made me start sweating or breathing hard, I would think "Oh, its so hard...I can't do this...I'm so tired...I want to stop." I never pushed myself to see just how much I really could do. But now I know that a workout SHOULD be a bit challenging. After all, the first part of workout is WORK!

When I first started my streak, I could only workout for 15 minutes at a time, and it was such a struggle. In the past, I would just give up...but I was determined not to give up this time. I knew that if I just kept pushing myself, I would get better and stronger. So I hung in there, and slowly I did get better, and able to do more and more. I could see and feel the progress I was making, and it made me so proud!



I'm so much stronger now than I used to be. I have muscles, I have stamina and I have balance. I also still have a lot of fat and extra skin, but that fat is slowly melting away, and the skin is tightening up somewhat. At my age (51) I know that my skin won't firm up the way it would if I was in my 20's, but I'm okay with that. I'm not losing this weight to look good. I'm doing it to feel good, and to be healthy. I'm doing it to save my life.





I just thank God every day that I finally got started and that I stuck with it. I am not at my goal yet...I still have a lot more work to do, but I am ready for the challenge! I know I WILL reach my goal next year, and its a very exciting thought. It will be awesome when I get there, but in the meantime, I am making my life NOW as awesome as I can.






  
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EATVEGAN 11/19/2012 12:54AM

    Great blog. I watched all 20 DDP workouts, though a couple were repeats. I'd like to do that. I used to do Yoga that I taught myself from a book. But that was many years ago. I'll look into this more. Thanks

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    Great!

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    Good for you - keep pushing!

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    AWESOME!!!! You Go Girl!! emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 11/15/2012 6:07PM

  I am very impressed. Good for you! You are amazing!

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KARRENLYNN 11/15/2012 5:31PM

    You're making progress mentally and physically. Changing how you view working out and eating better is progress. And thinking as a long term lifestyle change and not just to look good right now will serve you so much better now and later.

Good job, keep going! :)

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TERRIJ7 11/15/2012 4:29PM

    I love being able to look back and see how far I've come.

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Love the motivational pic about not having guns yet! emoticon

What a wonderful thing to have found a routine that totally works for you! And so right that we should be struggling just a little and sweating if we're working out hard enough. If it's too easy, we can't make any progress.

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    You've been such an inspiration! Thank you and good luck! emoticon emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/15/2012 3:42PM

  I've never hear of or considered doing 3 workouts unless it was t hose 3 0 minutes bursts. Oh my GOSH.

If you do all this, it will probably pay off. I'm sure the feeling good part and confidence is the section to foc emoticon us on, while you wait for your body to change.

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NASFKAB 11/15/2012 2:46PM

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    Awesome!

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NEWCHINELO 11/15/2012 12:21PM

    With all these hardwork . . . Definitely you will get there.WAY TO GO!!!

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RAINBOWMF 11/15/2012 10:39AM

    Wonderful.
You work hard for your success, I am proud of you.

Mary

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FUZZIEBEAR3 11/15/2012 10:10AM

    Way to go! I'll have to try My Fitness Coach next, after I finish with EA Sports Active 2.
I love that your 3rd workout is a 'reward'.

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DABLUECAT 11/15/2012 10:10AM

    Love the pistols!!
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SANDYCRANE 11/15/2012 10:00AM

    3 workouts a day? So that is your secret. You are one determined lady, keep up the good work.

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KOOKYCOOKIE 11/15/2012 9:48AM

    You are doing wonderful!! Very inspiring blog :) You are awesome!!

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MOMMY445 11/15/2012 9:48AM

    woo hoo! way to go! a fabulous blog,Pixie!

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    Glad to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. emoticon

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JOANNHUNT 11/15/2012 9:41AM

    emoticon Lady. You amaze me with your outlook on life. You are doing what I need to do. I need to push myself and stop this tomorrow crap. Tomorrows never come. I need to do it today. I have a WII FIT Exercise workout and an Active 2 Personal Trainer Workout for the WII. I have had them for over a year now. My granddaughter and her friends have used the WII Fit Workout but I haven't touched either. I was waiting for my knees to heal. So now I have no excuse. I am so ashamed of myself for this lack of motivation. I can, I will, I am stoked and I will succeed. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEWTINK 11/15/2012 9:34AM

    Great blog as usual .. you rock emoticon

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FARIS71 11/15/2012 9:34AM

    Love the guns/water pistols!!!!! Keep it up!!!

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PENOWOK 11/15/2012 9:16AM

    I'm with you...I have some saggy skin, but most of that covers well...the important thing is my health and yours!! You are doing a wonderful job and motivating the rest of us!! Keep it up!!

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DJSHIP46 11/15/2012 8:56AM

    Well you certainly do make it sound fun and although I don't usually approach my workouts as fun, I must say I ALWAYS feel better after... now I will also try to match your attitude!!! Thanks for the dose of positivity :)

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    Good for you. Keep it up.

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DIANNEMT 11/15/2012 7:34AM

    Great!! 3 a day--wow! Keep going!!

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JANEMARIE77 11/15/2012 7:28AM

    you are doing it great job

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BESSHAILE 11/15/2012 7:07AM

    You go girl - and take us along with you, riding the crest of your enthusiasm!

Thanks for the inspiration.

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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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ELIZABETH5268 7/24/2013 2:25PM

    Yay! Good for you!!

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

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    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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    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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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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    Lots of good reminders. Great job!

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

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    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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    Excellent! You ARE doing it. We ARE doing it! Keep on Keeping on!
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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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    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.
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    Great blog! Very motivating!!

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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.

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

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    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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    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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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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    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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    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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    All I can say is: Thank you for this!

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    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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    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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COMPUCATHY 11/10/2012 9:55AM

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    Very inspirational. Thank you...

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    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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    Keep on pushing yourself, keep on persist to success!

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    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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    Thanks for sharing!

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  you motivated me with this blog:)

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

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