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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.
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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Keep it going!! I am impressed with your motivation and breaking a plateau.

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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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    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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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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COMPUCATHY 11/10/2012 9:55AM

    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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    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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    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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    Great blog

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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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POLSKARENIA 11/9/2012 2:17PM

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

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

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    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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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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  Great ideas! Thanks, k

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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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    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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    Wonderful goal!

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

  Wow! Congrats! Stay motivated!

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  You can do this!

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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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    great goal you can do it

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    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!

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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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    Congrats!!

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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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    Awesome reminder! Thanks! emoticon

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    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.
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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!
Great idea! Thanks for that.
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  emoticon I never would have thought of that as a goal. Great idea thank you

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    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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TEACHFIRST268 10/22/2012 6:43PM

    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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    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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    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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    What a fun discovery! I love those NSVs!!

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What a cool NSV (Non-scale victory)!!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Today is day 213 of my streak! emoticon

My streak is to eat 1200 to 1500 calories a day, and to exercise every day. (I usually get 60 to 90 minutes of exercise a day. I do at least 30 minutes of cardio, then I do DDP Yoga and a Spark workout video. Three workouts a day, spread throughout the day.)

I started my streak on March 1st, and after I got my starting weight (286 pounds) I decided to stop weighing myself. Instead of trying to just lose weight, I wanted to try to be as healthy as possible. I'm 51 now, and I have neglected my health for many years, but since I started streaking, my health has been a priority.



I did weigh myself on August 13 for the start of a challenge, and then again on September 3rd when the challenge ended...and I've lost 71 lbs since the start of my streak! I'm sure I've lost more since then, but since I'm not going to weigh myself again until New Years day, I have no idea how much more I might have lost.

Its so much easier for me to stay on track when I don't have to worry about the scale and how I will do on "weigh in day." Besides, non-scale victories are so much MORE rewarding for me. How can a number on a scale compare to a non-scale victory such as hubby being able to put his arms all the way around me? Or being able to wear that beautiful hoodie that I bought last year? (I wore a size 3x then, and the hoodie is a Large! It fits me now, but I can't wear it yet until I get a camisole or something to wear under it because its too low cut for me.) Non-scale victories are definitely the best!



Yesterday I had a really cool NSV. I was doing my DDP Yoga workout. I do my yoga in a little corner of the bedroom, between the end of the bed and the dresser. Its not a huge space but its where I like to do yoga. It just feels like a good place, for some reason. Nice and cozy.

Well, lately I've been thinking that something is just DIFFERENT about my little yoga spot. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but I knew something was different. Then yesterday, while I was doing yoga, I started thinking to myself "Whats different? This space seems....bigger."

And then, just as I was about to ask hubby "Hey, did you move the furniture or something"....it hit me; the space isn't bigger. I am smaller!

I actually started to laugh a bit right in the middle of my workout! Hubby said "Whats so funny?" and I said "The room didn't get bigger, I got smaller!"

He didn't know what I was talking about at first, but then when I explained it to him he said "Well of course you're getting smaller" and then he went right back to his computer! So he wasn't impressed, but I sure was!

That was such an unexpected NSV! When it comes to NSV's, I usually look for stuff like fitting into certain clothes, or having more energy, etc. I never thought about something like having more room for yoga because my body is smaller now, lol.

I try to look for NSV's every day, and that one was one of the best so far!

Have a great weekend, Sparkers....I hope you have some NSV's to celebrate too!




  
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ALIHIKES 10/13/2012 9:30PM

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    I loved this! So that makes your wholehouse bigger-right? emoticon

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COURTNEYANNEMT 10/11/2012 7:06AM

  Way to go! Can you tell me more about your ddp yoga?

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GIVENTHANKS 10/10/2012 10:45PM

    I love your blog! Love the NSV! emoticon You are an inspiration!

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SONITA34 10/8/2012 11:43AM

    I CAN REALLY RELATE TO YOUR BLOB CAUSE THATS THE WAY I GET AHEAD NO SCALE, I LOOK FORWARD TO SMALLER THINGS SO I PUT AWAY MY SCALE

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WELDEDLIFE 10/8/2012 10:53AM

    I really liked your post. It really inspired me and I will definitely be using NSV. I have wanted to do this in the past but I can be so controlling that I gave all the power to that number on the scale. A NSV is all about the positive and can keep you focused.

Thank you.

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KARRENLYNN 10/7/2012 7:55PM

    NSV's are really great, especially if you didn't like the way the scale was talking to you! Congratulations on your bigger yoga space - great NSV. Have a great week and thanks for sharing!



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IFEOMA4 10/7/2012 2:31PM

  I'm inspired. WWWWOOOOOOWWWWW

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SPARKFRAN514 9/30/2012 8:03PM

    I am with you now scale victories are much better then the scales and those spinning . it some times reminds me of the spark wheel you never where it will stop and some days you say Woo hoo when it stops and other days you want to toss the wheel out the front door emoticon

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GAILSMAILS 9/30/2012 4:03PM

    I love the things you share!! NSVs! GREAT FOR YOU!!!!

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    Phenomenal attitude! You'll get there - emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 9/30/2012 7:06AM

    Pixie, that was a really cool NSV.........I am so proud of you and what you are doing for your health. You are definitely worth it. Great job. emoticon emoticon

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CVRONEK 9/30/2012 6:37AM

    Thanks Pixie. Another great blog.

I know what you mean, about spaces, seeming bigger. I feel that way about the bath tub!
Keep up the great work!

So, I thought I would let you , know, that September was the healthiest month of the year, for me. Thank you, so much, for the idea.

I especially like the Acorn challenge, that Ashley and I have started. We are loving our new walking program.

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123ELAINE456 9/29/2012 11:38PM

  Awesome Amazing Blog!!! You are doing and accomplising many NVS Victories and things. Keep It Up. You are a Great Inspiration to Everyone. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Have a Fun Day. Take Care.

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HEALTHY4ME 9/29/2012 9:24PM

    That is so cool, you are right a true diff. NSV awesome. So glad for you! On to the next one... lol great!!!

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    What an AWESOME AWESOME NSV!! I'm SO happy for you - and for US, having you as our mentor and inspiration!! emoticon emoticon

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DALID414 9/29/2012 7:47PM

    I had a similar realization on my drive back home from the gym this am. I can see the seat on both side of my legs!! I couldn't figure out what was different, so I was adjusting my seat at first, then it hit me at a red light; I have wiggle room! emoticon

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DIXIESIMPKINS 9/29/2012 3:48PM

    emoticon That's awesome! You're an inspiration! I think that I'll start counting my NSV's instead of my pounds...You're emoticon

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KATHYJO56 9/29/2012 3:02PM

    I love it that you thought your space got bigger. My first realization was when I realized how much roomier the bed was. LOL Keep going girl! You are doing emoticon

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4RASCALS 9/29/2012 2:03PM

    That is an awesome NSV. You are starting to see more and more non scale victories. That has to be a rewarding experience. Congratulations, to you.

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AUNTJAM 9/29/2012 1:54PM

    What an awesome realization! I had one a few months back when I lost my first 14 lbs. I didn't even realize it at first. Cisco (14 lb pom) used to jump up and take a nap next to me in my recliner. He had found other spots and I thought nothing of it. When he jumped up one day and took his old position, I realized that there had been no room for both of us. After joining Spark on May 4, staying on track with eating, joining the 10 minute exercise club, in my 2nd week of 28-day Fitness Challenge and 14 pounds later, he had resumed his favorite spot. He fits even better these days. Keep on keepin on PixieFriend. I'm right there with you!
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LAINIESNEWLIFE 9/29/2012 1:48PM

    That's an awesome NSV, Pixie!!! Keep up the great work!!! You're doing awesome!!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 9/29/2012 1:07PM

    THAT IS A GREAT NSV PIXIE

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JANESLOSS 9/29/2012 12:59PM

    Hi Pixie,
I just loved reading your blog today about your NSV. It's amazing the things we now notice now that we are smaller.
Lately I've noticed that I don't need the car door as wide open anymore or that when I go to an appointment I just pick any chair and fit in it with extra room on the sides.

Congratulations on your latest NSV. I know that you will have so many more to come!!

Big Hugs and healthy living,

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PINKNFITCARLA 9/29/2012 12:11PM

    That's an awesome NSV Pixie. I agree that they are better than any weight on a scale. The scale changes too much on a day to day basis and makes many people crazy. I'm really thinking to weigh Monday (the official start of my 100 mile for the month challenge) and not weight again for a month (maybe 2?) I get so inspired reading your blogs and watching your progress and the not worrying about a number seems very appealing! Still streaking on my end too!

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JJAQUES41 9/29/2012 10:42AM

    Congrats on your NSV's! I love that acronym. To become aware that you're taking up less space in the world is pretty amazing!

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CANDOSUE52 9/29/2012 10:39AM

   

How wonderful for you!! You have so many reasons to be proud!!

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ANNIEMAE56 9/29/2012 9:59AM

  so great to hear that. isn't it funny how we don't think we're doing anything and then wham it hits us like a light bulb going off.

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MANDELOVICH 9/29/2012 9:58AM

    Hi Pixie!! You know, when I read your NSV's, I celebrate with such joy that it feels like they are my NSV's too! Further, your blog today (and always, but especially today) is such a positive reminder of what matters in life. I've come to see that this journey is about so much more than weight, and the fact that you focus and fully embrace your NSV's with joy, helps me realize that more. I weigh myself daily, it's just my thing. But when the scale goes up a bit, it can be a real downer for me. And today it was up a bit. Reading your blog put everything in perspective. I have so many NSV's to celebrate! For example, I can run 1 minute faster/mile now. I can fit into clothes I never dreamed I could wear. I wake up feeling light and clean everyday. And my daughter sees a mother who eats to nourish her body, not for escape, comfort or abuse.

Thank you Pixie and congratulations! Please keep telling us and celebrating those NSV's. Oh, and get some more hugs! That was by far the best I've read!!

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