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I need to remember that its not a competition!

Friday, December 07, 2012



Today is day 282 of my on track streak!

You know, I feel like an athlete now! I do my best to eat right every day. I have eliminated processed foods from my diet as much as possible, and I never starve myself....and I never binge. I think of food as fuel now, not as something to comfort myself with. I workout every day, and I push myself as hard as I can.

When I go to the grocery store, I park at the furthest end of the parking lot as I can, just so I will get extra steps. When I shop, I read the labels...not just the calories and serving sizes, but also the sugars, sodium, protein, etc. The majority of my time in the grocery store is spent in the produce section...no labels there, lol.



At home when I workout, I try to always give it 100%, and I don't quit when I get sweaty, tired, or when the workout is really challenging me. (This is a far cry from the way I used to workout! In the past, I would just do a half hearted, easy workout, and never break a sweat or even start to breathe a little harder!)

I've become so much stronger and healthier, but I know I still have such a long way to go. I FEEL like an athlete, but I know I sure don't LOOK like one. Sometimes I wonder if people look at me and just see a fat chick. Do they judge me? Do they think I am lazy, or that I eat junk food all day? The old me WAS lazy, and I DID eat junk food all day. But not anymore! I'm so different, but it doesn't really show.




People who know me (like my Spark friends) know how hard I've worked, and they've seen my progress in my pictures. But strangers don't know how far I've come. They can only judge me on what they see. And although I've worked really hard and come a long way since I've started my streak, the truth is that I am still overweight. Although I've lost 71 lbs so far, I still have a big belly and big arms. I have muscles, but they are still covered in the fat layers that I'm working so hard to melt off.

Today when I went to the grocery store, I stopped first at Dash In (convenience store) to get gas. As I was going in to pay, there was a group of about 6 or so people standing out front with their bicycles, drinking water. They were wearing those skin tight bike shorts and shirts and those special shoes, and helmets. They looked so darn healthy and in shape and athletic! I was intimidated to walk past them. Although they didn't say anything, I felt like they were looking at me and judging me. Maybe they were...or maybe it was just my own insecurity messing with my head. But I felt like saying "I'm not really what you see! I'm an athlete too!"

Sometimes I feel intimidated and insecure even here on Sparks. I blog and talk about how hard I workout, and then someone will leave a nice comment on my blog...and when I go to look at their page to thank them for the comment, I see they are thin, with a low body fat, and that they run marathons or something like that! It makes me feel like "oh, I'm not as good as she is! She probably thinks I'm just a silly old fat lady and that my workouts are just a warm up for someone like her!"



I need to remember that this is not a competition, and I'm not doing this to impress anyone but MYSELF. I am working out and eating right in order to be healthy, and to save my life. NOT because I need to be like anyone else. I just want to be the best that *I* can be. I may not look like an athlete now, and maybe I never will. But I am going to keep working hard, and make every day as healthy as I can. I may never be able to ride my bike for miles, or to run in a marathon...but I can be the best version of me!



I wish you all a great day! Keep working, keep pushing yourself, and do everything you can in order to be the best version of YOU that you can be! You are worth the effort!


  
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SUNNYWBL 12/26/2012 5:55PM

    You are so right!

I am SO behind in reading blogs, but you GO girl!

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NERDLETTE 12/13/2012 6:26PM

    Amazing Blog agin, Pixie. You are truly amazing! I can identify with you SO MUCH!!

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PENOWOK 12/12/2012 9:01AM

    Those folks at the gas station have NOTHING on you!! You are doing an amazing job!! And I love the new picture!!

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LOVEMYBODY2012 12/11/2012 11:55PM

    Love your attitude!

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FREETOWANDER 12/11/2012 2:37PM

    This is such a great blog, Pixie! I needed this reminder because just the other day had the same type of 'moment' doing a walk/run while a woman ran down the trail, back up, then turned around and I was still going in the same direction. I was DOING IT though I kept wondering what that woman was thinking about my bright red face and my huffing and puffing after running only about two minutes. Then I had to remind myself that she had no idea where I came from when I started this journey back in January 2009 and could barely do 5 minutes on the lowest setting on the elliptical. I also had to remind MYSELF that maybe she came from where I'm coming from too and for all I knew she could have been saying to herself a little cheer for me to keep pushing and that I'll get to where she is if I keep it up. Keep being the BEST version of yourself! YOU can do anything you put your mind to!!
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LULU3561 12/11/2012 10:35AM

    Great Blog - I have the same battles in my head at the gym and the store although I like that I don't need to shop plus size when I shop in the "normal" size section I feel like everyone is thinking that I am in the wrong section that I need to go back to the "plus size" corner of the store. None of those strangers know my struggle with my journey either. Keep up the great work and I think the emotional part of our journey is the hardest. emoticon

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PEACEHOPE1 12/10/2012 11:05PM

    I feel the same way when I'm at the gym. As others are walking or running laps past me, I remind myself that this is my journey and I'm not in competition with them. You have a lovely way with words, and I really enjoyed your blog. Best wishes.

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GRAMMAP1 12/10/2012 10:12PM

    Pixie, what I like about you is your honesty. I have read other blogs of yours, but even more, your comments to other people. Many of us could be guilty of overstating to make some one feel better, but your comments obviously come from the emoticon . Keep up the emoticon job and continue to compete with yourself. You are obviously respected by those who know you. emoticon

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CJPROVAN 12/10/2012 2:46PM

    I feel the same way. I would get so jealous of other Fit people, who I thought of course never had to struggle to lose weight, they are just born perfect like that. Focusing on our own journey is so much more important than thinking about someone elses! Thanks so much for reminding me to think about my journey! Not someone else's!

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MELLYBEANS0919 12/10/2012 2:19PM

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ROSGETSSERIOUS 12/10/2012 11:51AM

    Excellent blog Pixie - we all have the same insecurities!!
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FARIS71 12/10/2012 9:37AM

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BOILHAM 12/10/2012 8:53AM

    What a beautiful blog you have written here. I "liked" it and hope everyone gets to read this. I could feel you when you walked by the bicyclists, in their trim bodies (and those ridiculously colorful tights, sorry bike riders). I know you wanted acknowledgement that you too are an athlete. Well, here it is.

You are wonderful and your blogs are so inspiring. Thanks for the nice message this morning.

Congratulations on all you've done and will do in the future!

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CAROLCRC 12/10/2012 8:23AM

    I often get beat in races by people who look as though they are 30-40 pounds overweight. I've learned not to judge fitness by weight!

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DRB13_1 12/10/2012 1:59AM

    Totally awe inspired by all you have accomplished!!!!
Thanks for being the BEST SparkFriend EVER!!!
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That's what you are!!!! Great blog from a great person. I loved it!!

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 12/9/2012 7:26PM

    Pixie you work so hard at this everyday!!!! Then you make the time to share these awesome blogs with us. I am so very proud of you and can't believe I get to be so lucky to have you in my Spark circle!!!


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SHERREE66 12/9/2012 6:55PM

    Thanks for the reminder. I struggle with this often.

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    emoticon You ARE the best you there is. I'm glad we are on this journey together.

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JANSPARKLY 12/9/2012 5:16PM

  Wow. What a great post. I could so relate to what you are saying. Thanks so much for posting this. Keep up the great work. emoticon emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/9/2012 3:46PM

  Pixie, I like your blogs, you I could say; I respect you, but your a real genuine article.

Now I understand what you are saying about thinking twice about those skinny bike people and the ones you" think" might be doing better. Ya, we all have approval addiction sometimes, and make a million assumptions. Oh ya...

I believe I told you and others my sisters journey on my blog ( she has lost nearly 100 lbs ), ad now she says I am her hugest supporter and fan. Now that means the world to me, truly, and she had t one time felt intimidated, because I was never over 35 lbs.

So we t can't never really know about these people we notice, where they are opinions are coming from , or we can read minds, or they tell us.

But I have tried to interrupt peoples behavior and attitudes. Sometimes I think ,I'm an expert, but sometimes I'm outright wrong.

Even when have a conversation with someone, there could be a particular reason that causes them to react in a clueless manner. Like their mind is somewhere else.

Who knows if there is a situation going on with them, and this is why someone comes across as having a negative opinion or indifference . emoticon

I think its helpful for me to pray, when I'm wanting to judge these things, because if I'm correct or not, it helps me deal with it. emoticon

Now I'm convinced we have a lifetime to figure out this stuff, if we choose to... emoticon





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LANAHAUTH21 12/9/2012 2:54PM

  Wow! that was great. Thank you for sharing.

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FROMNDTOGA 12/9/2012 2:24PM

    Isn't it terrible when we fall prey to thinking about what others might thing. One thing Spark People has done for me: I've only lost aout 1/4 of what I want to lose, but I'm already 'braving' the outside world in clothes I would never have worn before. So what if I'm still bigger than I should be - I have lost and the clothes I'm wearing are looser. I know that I'm doing something about my health - and I like it.
You inspire me.
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242WILLNOTDO 12/9/2012 10:15AM

    "I'm not really what you see! I'm ____________ too!"

That could be said by those thin biker people as well. That could be the first fitness activity that one of them has done in months. One could be a smoker. One could be hungover because of active alcoholism. One might eat only from fast food places or out of a can when at home. Another might be using steroids or other unhealthy substances for a competitive edge. How many of them were there? You see, you could've been the healthiest person (physically) in the parking lot!

My mother was tall and naturally thin all of her life. If you just glanced and saw the two of us walking in a parking lot you would pick HER as the healthy one. That is, until you see her smoke a cigarette, eat 5 pieces of fried chicken at KFC, smoke another cigarette, go into the drug store to get her blood pressure meds refilled, smoke another cigarette and struggle to get back into the car. It would then dawn on you just how unfit she was when you saw her take off the wig that was prescribed by her oncologist and put the soft knit cap back on as she grabbed a bag to arf up all the chicken she just ate.

So, keep on working on your mental and emotional fitness, too - 'cause that could be where those thinnies have us 'beat'...if this were a competition. There are plenty of articles here on Spark to help and the blogging is awesome for that as well! I am finding out that people just don't pay that much attention to other people...especially if they are out with friends, involved in an activity, socializing etc. I will have to tell you my lifeguard story sometime...

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LAWANDMUSIC 12/9/2012 9:25AM

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 12/9/2012 1:56AM

    This is really a hard lesson to learn, but you can do it! It doesn't matter what anyone else thinks! It matters what YOU DO and what YOU THINK! Keep it up!

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CM_GARDNER78 12/9/2012 1:25AM

    Ohhhh...that is so hard!! Sometimes getting out of our own brains is what trips us up the most!! You are doing fantastic - you are an inspiration!!! Keep it up..........and it doesn't matter what it is, people are judgmental in general, so if it wasn't for being overweight, they'd find something else to judge! Hold your head high - you are amazing!!!

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ROCKYCPA 12/8/2012 11:56PM

    What great inspiration - and well said!

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AUNTJAM 12/8/2012 9:37PM

    I honestly love you for who you are. I love your motivation, your thoughts, your brain, your pictures of you, your pink gloves. Those bike people may or may not have judged you, but part of being a true athlete is the mentality that you are who you are and everyone else can do what they want with that. If they see something else, they don't know how to look at people and their heart. PS: cool Santa yogas, see that's who you are, quirky and creative

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JAMER123 12/8/2012 9:05PM

    You are doing great!! Keep it going and if you need to see a non-skinny person, you are welcome to take a peek at my page (hehe)
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MARYJEANSL 12/8/2012 7:58PM

  You are so right! It's hard not to be constantly comparing oneself and mentally competing with others. This is what I tell my son at bowling every week - you are only competing with yourself. You want to beat YOUR average. You do not need to care about the other kid who bowled 150 - you only need to care about beating yourself! I keep hoping that if I drill it into his head enough, it may eventually stick. I may have a harder time with myself.

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LOGOULD 12/8/2012 6:26PM

    WOW! emoticon You really inspire me to keep on keeping on. I'm far from perfect, but I'm emoticon emoticon emoticon a far cry from where I was when I started this journey. I've done better and I've done worse than I am doing today, but everyday all I can do is to do the best that I can do for THAT day. Just because someone else is fitter, faster or sparkier doesn't mean that I can throw in the towel because we are all traveling our own paths to find our own best selves. Thanks for reminding me of that!!!

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TRYINGHARD54 12/8/2012 5:35PM

    your on a wonderful path.keep up the good work...

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BRENDA_G50 12/8/2012 4:42PM

    Pixie, you're an inspiration to more people than you realize. You have came a long ways on your journey. I admire you and respect you for who you are and the accomplishments you've made. I, myself, have NEVER ran ANY of the races or marathons that a lot of these people on SP have done...probably never will either, but that doesn't make me a bad person.

Just because I'm overweight doesn't mean I don't care how I look, or that I'm lazy. I don't particularly care what other people think of me, it's what I think of myself that's important. I guess I just got tired of caring what others thought and now I'm happier than I have been in a long time.

You are a beautiful person inside and out with a beautiful heart to match.

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WALLINMW 12/8/2012 4:41PM

  Great blog. Stay encouraged. You will get there, one pound at a time.

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WALLINMW 12/8/2012 4:41PM

  Marvelous job, Pixie!

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NEWCHINELO 12/8/2012 3:19PM

    Pixie,you have done a lot for yourself and you should be proud of it.

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WORLDSERIES11 12/8/2012 1:55PM

    I think you were reading my mind!!! I often feel the same way. That's why your blogs are such a delight to read...so many of us can relate to your experiences. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and feelings and helping us to feel like we can be successful at these healthy changes we are making in our lives!!
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Day 279

Tuesday, December 04, 2012




Today is day 279 of my on track streak!

Well December is off to a great start for me...how about you? I have made a plan for what I'm going to do this month, because I know that the work I put in THIS month will decide who I am NEXT month! And I sure do want to get to January feeling healthy, strong and PROUD of myself for doing my best in December!



I've been on track since March 1st, and aside from losing at least 71 lbs, I have made SOOOO much progress! I feel completely different in so many ways....I'm not the same person that I used to be. The old me was depressed, unhealthy, and slowly dying from obesity. The new me is optimistic, strong, flexible and getting healthier one day at a time. I am changing my life. My progress may be slow sometimes, but I will never stop working for it.

When I started my streak, I was only able to workout for 15 minutes at a time, and even that was a HUGE struggle. I wanted to quit so many times! But I pushed myself to just keep going. I posted motivational quotes on the edge of the TV, so I could see them everytime I worked out. I'd change them up every week. They were sayings such as "Train insane or remain the same" ..."Results or excuses? You can't have both!" ....and "HOW BAD DO YOU WANT IT?"

I would sweat and pant like a dog during those workouts, and there were lots of times when I had to modify the moves or go at a slower pace, but I didn't stop. And slowly, I built up my strength and endurance. There were times when I literally surprised myself with how much better I was getting! I started increasing my exercise time, and then I started looking for a new workout to do.



I thank God that I found DDP Yoga! When I first heard of it, it was through a very motivational video I saw on Youtube, of a man named Arthur Boorman who completely changed his life by doing DDP Yoga. The video brought tears to my eyes, and made my heart beat faster. I thought "I want to try that! I want to do that yoga too!" Here is the Arthur Boorman clip, its really worth watching. Its one of the most inspiring things I have ever seen, and although I've watched it many times since I first saw it back in April, it still inspires and motivates me.


www.youtube.com/watch?v=qX9FSZJu448

In May, hubby bought the DDP Yoga workouts for me, and I began to do them right away. I loved the workout...but boy was it hard! To be honest, when I first started doing the workouts, I thought I'd never get good at it. But I stuck with it, modifying the moves whenever I needed to. And as time went by, I got better and better! I'd found a workout that I absolutely loved, and to this day I still love it. Here is a sample clip of a DDP Yoga workout;

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aw8sxBpoROI

By the way, if you want to know what Arthur Boorman looks like today, he's in that sample clip. He's the guy wearing the maroon shirt in the background at :16 and :19.

I'm not trying to promote DDP Yoga. It works for me, and I love it. You might not. The important thing is to find a workout that you enjoy, because then you will actually do it!



Have a healthy December, everyone. Keep pushing to reach your goals. Don't wait to get started. If you start today, you will reach your goals one day sooner!





  
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ALLENJOSEPH 12/8/2012 5:25PM

    I had too many times to be away from the computer this week. I just completed reading you 279th day. WOW! What a wonderful, inspiring and very motivating blog. I had tears in my eyewatching the video "Never, ever give up! Thank for taking all this time to share your journey of growth with us. It was so touching to read this young Veterans journey of faith too. It's a beautiful transformation of seeing how his believing in himself, transformed his body. We don't give up, and we believe in ourselves. I did watch a couple of those videos, but I haven't seen one yet on yoga itself. I will though. Thank you foe letting us know how you modify things when you know hthat is how it will work for you at that time. I'm very interested in seeing it.
I'm going to get caught up as soon as possible on your blogs,
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ANNASGOALS 12/6/2012 8:58AM

    Hey Pixie love the blog. I remember seeing the Arthur Boorman video and thinking how amazing he was. Then in the back of my mind the thought process was that there is no way I could do that and here you took it completely in a different direction. Goes to show how believing in something is the first step in doing it.
I'm believing in myself a lot more these days! :)

Thank you for the great posting

Be Fierce!

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NEWMOM20121 12/6/2012 8:44AM

    Great blog. You should be proud of how well you are doing. Such a motivation.

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TONYTHETSANGEL 12/5/2012 11:40PM

    Wow, makes me want to get up & workout again now!! I saw the YouTube video of Arthur's story a couple months ago when I was surfing for more workout videos. His story is amazing, isn't it?

Thanks for sharing! I was curious about DDP Yoga.

Thanks for the December motivation! January will definitely get a kick start!!

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PCASEY7 12/5/2012 10:59PM

    What an awesome you tube video! Great blog!

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MARYJEANSL 12/5/2012 10:51PM

  Excellent motivational quotes!

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    Thanks for sharing!

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  good blog

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    Grats on your success! AWESOME!

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L1ZB3TH354 12/5/2012 8:52PM

    Thanks Pixie!

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    emoticon Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. Happy Holidays. emoticon

The best yoga videos are by Rodney Yee who is Iyengar trained.

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SJKENT1 12/5/2012 4:57PM

    congrats - you inspire us!

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MOMMY445 12/5/2012 4:08PM

    such a motivational blog,Pixie! thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day!

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DIANNEMT 12/5/2012 3:56PM

    Thanks for another workout idea!


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LASSKERR 12/5/2012 2:28PM

    I love your blogs! They keep me moving and motivated! Thank you for that! :)

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NEWCHINELO 12/5/2012 2:27PM

    So true!

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KARRENLYNN 12/5/2012 1:39PM

    Very inspiring, thanks for sharing your passion with us.

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    Love it!

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    Thanks for the motivational blog Pixie!!

I wish we lived closer and could work out together!

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PATRICIAANN46 12/5/2012 10:07AM

  Hi Pixie........
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    Awesome, Pixie!
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PENOWOK 12/5/2012 9:14AM

    We are SOOO proud of you!!

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RUNNING-TURTLE 12/5/2012 8:53AM

    You sure have inspired me. I will keep going because I want to reach my goals sooner not later. Great blog.

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242WILLNOTDO 12/5/2012 8:48AM

    You have blogged my thoughts EXACTLY - the only difference is the start date and the amount of weight lost so far. I couldn't have said this any better! I think we might be 'spirit' sister twins!

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WALLINMW 12/5/2012 8:45AM

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MIMIDOT 12/5/2012 8:23AM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing the clip of DDP Yoga. I'd never heard of it. You're doing great! Keep sparking!

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SANDYCRANE 12/5/2012 7:50AM

    Train Insane or Remain the Same. What an awesome quote. I will have to change my attitude when I can barely do a pushup. Its all in the attitude. I'll keep the DPD video in mind but I am still struggling with Coach Nicoles video. Thanks for some additional motivation, I can always use more. Have a great day.

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NCSUE0514 12/5/2012 7:49AM

    WTG!!

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JANEMARIE77 12/5/2012 7:39AM

    checked out a few of his video look like a great work out glad you found something that inspired you Its been P90 for me Up to P90X2 and still loving it

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KATHIC2 12/5/2012 7:25AM

  Thanks for the great resource!!!

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BESSHAILE 12/5/2012 6:52AM

    Yeah - sounds like your hubby is a keeper

and thank you for inspiring me daily - I'm off to make my own December Plan!!

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FARIS71 12/5/2012 6:20AM

    Will be looking to implement some different wellness in 2013 so will check it out!

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Healthy December!

Saturday, December 01, 2012




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Happy December! Today is day 276 of my on track streak!




Its a new month....and also the last month of the year! So what are you going to do with it? I've read that the typical weight gain for the holiday season is around 5 pounds. I don't know if thats true or not, but I do know that the holiday season brings extra temptations and extra struggles.



In the past, I would treat December as a free pass to eat, eat, eat! After all, there are so many goodies around now that are not around at any other time of the year. So I always felt that I just had to have them all, and in huge amounts!

But this year is going to be different. I am NOT going to graze and graze all month long. Yes, there are special treats around, but that doesn't mean I have to have them all. I don't need to gorge myself. I'm not going to throw away any of the progress I've made since March. I've worked too darn hard for it!




I'm not saying I won't have a treat here and there. But I will stay strong. I will limit the amount of treats I have, and I will continue to exercise every day. I will track my food, and I will try to eat as healthy as I possibly can. I am going to enjoy this holiday season, but I am also going to remember that its not just about the food.



What is your plan for December? Whatever you do, don't throw in the towel and turn this month into an all you can eat buffet. Do your best to stay on track. Even if all you can do is maintain your weight this month, then do it! On January first, you will be so proud of yourself for staying strong!




  
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VOLLEYGIRL77 12/7/2012 10:45AM

    Great blog! If only everyone knew waiting till January 1st doesn't work.

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ELLIE381 12/5/2012 11:06AM

    Great Pixie. I plan to do the same as you. Keep on pushing. emoticon

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KAREN_NY 12/5/2012 10:04AM

    Love it -- who wouldn't like Health and Hotness for Christmas? ;)

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YULLABELLE 12/5/2012 9:50AM

    Excellent

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TORTISE110 12/5/2012 6:38AM

    So true. Now is the time to focus.

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SHEILA234 12/5/2012 12:34AM

    Great encouragement; thank you. And Way to Go on your amazing journey this year!! :)

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SJKENT1 12/4/2012 3:38PM

    No grazing for me either!

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    Great advice - thanks for sharing!
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    thanks for another inspiring post. emoticon

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PENOWOK 12/4/2012 8:48AM

    I absolutely LOVE your inserts!! ...AND your attitude!! You are a winner!!! Thank you for being such an amazing role model!

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DEBPRE16 12/3/2012 2:28PM

    Greta advice - I am glad you said about having some treats but not all of the treats. I want some treats too. Here's to a healthy December and a healthy New Year too.

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KARENCRANER 12/3/2012 1:23PM

    I love it! Enjoying the holidays is not just about the food!

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FIRECOM 12/3/2012 10:15AM

    Know what we may be facing during this challenging calorie month is the first step in planning our control strategy. Thanks/

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FATHINSN 12/3/2012 7:38AM

    It's a month before new year, let us make the last days of 2012 spectacular!!!

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FARIS71 12/3/2012 6:51AM

    So true. Doesn't have to be a month (or more) feeding frenzy.

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PCASEY7 12/2/2012 9:38PM

    Great advice Pixie and I'm sure you'll be following it! Thanks for a great blog!

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MARYJEANSL 12/2/2012 4:03PM

  Well said! I know I won't be able to resist all treats - I will even make a few myself, though I expect my kids to eat most of them - but I also know I am not going to binge on them. You are doing great - keep up the good work!

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LOGOULD 12/2/2012 3:06PM

    I am adopting a healthy living attitude this holiday season, but one of a healthy LIFESTYLE, something that I can live with FOR LIFE! Although I would still LOVE to lose a couple more pounds, I will not put myself under those demands at this time of the year. What I will insist upon is enjoying the season in moderation, maintaining my weight and committing myself to exercise - at least one mile (or ten minutes) every morning or more later in the day whenever time permits. I have even joined up with a couple of running groups and an old running buddy so that we can keep ourselves accountable,

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WILDASTER 12/2/2012 2:16PM

    I agree, I wrote a blog to myself about December too.

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SIMOFDIM 12/2/2012 1:48PM

    And a Healthy December to you too!

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MOMMY445 12/2/2012 1:15PM

    here's to a great December,Pixie! we can do this!

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PATRICIAANN46 12/2/2012 1:11PM

  As usual, your advice is gold!!! emoticon for being such an inspirational Spark Friend.

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BRAVENEWGRL 12/2/2012 12:06PM

    Thanks for the reminder. It's long overdue that I learn to find some balance during the holidays...

Great blog!

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SEATTLE58 12/2/2012 11:49AM

    Good plan! Good Girl! Thanks for inspiring me once again! For December:

1. I will track absolutely everything that goes into my mouth!
2. I will eat 4 freggies/day.
3. I will drink at least 8 glasses of water/day.
4. I will exercise at least 35 min. 3x/week. At least 10 min. on non-days. With my RA, that's pretty darn good! = )
5. I will maintain and try hard to lose 2# amidst the goodies! ya!

Hugs, Karen

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MIMIDOT 12/2/2012 11:46AM

    Right on! Start now and stick to your guns. We can do it!

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BRENDA_G50 12/2/2012 11:34AM

    You did it again!!! You inspired me emoticon of course you ALWAYS inspire me!!!

My plan for December is:
(1) To continue not smoking (I just got back down to the original weight I was at when I first started SP and don't want to mess it up)
(2) Continue tracking everything I put in my mouth (INCLUDING ALL THE GOODIES!)
(3) Continue exercising (even if it isn't one of my favorite things to do since I started going to the gym instead of Curves because of the costs...I couldn't afford Curves but I enjoyed the FREE WEEK...Thank you SP, I really enjoyed it emoticon )
(4) Continue tracking my water

Happy Holidays & Hope you have a very Merry Christmas
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NEWMOM20121 12/2/2012 11:34AM

    You can do it.

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I'm gaining...HEALTH!

Thursday, November 29, 2012



Today is day 274 of my on track streak!

Yesterday I was feeling a bit overwhelmed about things... worried that I wasn't making progress fast enough, and fearful that people would think I wasn't trying hard enough. I was really stressing about the scale....and I don't even own one, lol. I have a Wii Fit, and I can weigh myself with that if I want to....but I DON'T want to. I haven't weighed myself since September 3rd and I don't have any plans to weigh myself again this year.



I'm glad I posted a blog about my feelings yesterday, because it really helped me to get things off my chest. I was feeling so insecure and stressed, but as always my wonderful Sparkfriends were there for me. Thank you to everyone who commented on my blog. I appreciate your support, encouragement and wisdom.



My Sparkfriends reminded me of WHY I started my streak. It wasn't really about losing weight. It was about gaining health! And you know what? I am a success in that! My health has improved so much since I started my streak. Yes, I've lost weight. I'm not going to say that losing 71 lbs isn't important or that it doesn't matter to me. I am thrilled that I've lost that much weight!



But I'm even more thrilled by how much healthier I am, and by the many non-scale victories I've had. Since starting my streak, so much has changed in my life! I no longer have high blood pressure. I have only had GERD once since March. I am strong, I am flexible, and I have endurance. I rarely have plantar fascia pain anymore. My heart doesn't pound when I walk across the room. My knees don't ache when I go up and down the porch stairs. (I can actually SKIP up the stairs now!) My stomach doesn't touch the steering wheel anymore.



When I wake up in the morning, I don't have that awful feeling of disgust and regret over how much I ate the day before. I wake up with enthusiasm for the day, because I know that every day is another chance to push myself closer to my goal. Some days are only baby steps. Some days are giant leaps! (And to be honest, some days are barely a crawl.) But every day is a new chance to make progress, and every little bit of progress adds up.



So in the end, who cares what the Wii Fit might reveal when I finally do weigh in? Whether I've lost ten pounds or twenty pounds...or even less...I have made progress and I am proud of myself for it. And I am so grateful to all my Spark friends who have supported and encouraged me along the way. You guys rock!




  
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NASFKAB 1/15/2013 5:22AM

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    emoticon for sharing your awesome new look at life. You are so right health is so much more important than weight. emoticon you will reach a healthier you

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ZOIEBETH 12/2/2012 7:40PM

    I was feeling a bit angry at myself for being a little off my schedule of 5 small meals and eating 3 larger meals yesterday and today until I read your blog! Thank you for sharing your story. You are one of those inspirational Sparkers that helps keep us newbies going! AWEsome! emoticon emoticon

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CAMSEDGE 12/2/2012 6:01PM

    Managing your health for yourself is the most sure way...since you are the main factor that will not change....I have done it too many times for other people which just aren't around anymore...I am..lol

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GRAMPIAN 12/2/2012 4:32PM

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PARKERB2 12/2/2012 4:25PM

    Wish I could stay away from the scales. You are a good example.

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    emoticon and thanks for sharing! .............. Keep up the good work! .... emoticon

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LANAHAUTH21 12/2/2012 2:50PM

  I loved your Blog. Thank you for sharing.

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CTMOM2KIDS 12/2/2012 8:24AM

    You have given me so much enthusiasm that my heart is soaring! You are so awesome!! emoticon

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THEIS58 12/2/2012 7:43AM

    Awesome!

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MANDELOVICH 12/2/2012 7:15AM

    Yes!! You are gaining health and so much more!!
You are amazing!

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SWEDE_SU 12/2/2012 7:03AM

    great post, great inspiration! emoticon

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JSTETSER 12/2/2012 7:01AM

    great post Pixie!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/1/2012 11:38PM

    Hooray!! Glad you're feeling better about things. :) And those are indeed some FANTASTIC NSVs! Congrats!

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KKSUB7 12/1/2012 9:14PM

    Thank you thank you thank you....I needed to read that.

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LAWANDMUSIC 12/1/2012 8:59PM

    GREAT Attitude. You inspire me!

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OLLIESGRACE3 12/1/2012 6:15PM

  Exactly! Way to be a friend to yourself ...and use the tools that are (FREE) and so available to us on this site. Keep doing the next right thing!

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KRISTEN_SAYS 12/1/2012 5:45PM

    I love your attitude! Great blog, thanks for sharing!

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NOMORENOMORE 12/1/2012 5:17PM

    What a great blog! Wonderful to hear your health has improved. I'm with you-no scales for me!
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DUSTYPRAIRIE 12/1/2012 4:32PM

    I would never think of you as not trying!

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    Thanks so much!

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MARYJEANSL 12/1/2012 4:06PM

  Good for you! And congratulations on all your successes!

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MELAFYAIYAI 12/1/2012 12:51PM

    Awesome post, and awesome attitude! My own has been approaching that as well. It's not just about the pound decrease, it's about the health INcrease!

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HOPE4LOSS1 12/1/2012 12:30PM

    Really enjoy your blog posts. You've done awesome! Keep up the fabu work.

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NEWTINK 12/1/2012 11:33AM

    You have the most amazing attitude .. you inspire me emoticon

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 12/1/2012 9:30AM

    Amazing post

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ACHOCOLATEWOMAN 12/1/2012 9:06AM

    Streak on! Much luck with your journey.

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LISBETHSALANDER 12/1/2012 9:03AM

    So glad to hear you've beat back the blues. We got to give you a little bit of the inspiration and support you've given to us. Forward!

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1935MARY 12/1/2012 8:32AM

    Awesome. Sometimes I get discussed with the weight thing, but you are right , as long as you have the getting healthier it is worth it. It's worth it's weight in gold. Really feeling better and getting healthier is priceless . We all get down, and have bad days,but we have our sp friends that goes out of their way to help us. I love them all . I am thankful for the progress I have made but sometimes I feel I am not going anywhere . I have to think of what I have accomplished and that can not be measured on a scale.

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LYNNA1968 12/1/2012 7:45AM

    emoticon . Fantastic job @ keeping yourself focused!

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TORTISE110 12/1/2012 7:34AM

    Wahoooo! Lets hear it for your health and all your great consistency.

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CSAGIRL 12/1/2012 6:28AM

    I love your attitude!
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THEIS58 12/1/2012 5:24AM

    Great blog!

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    Awesome work!

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FAT2GAINHEALTH 12/1/2012 4:35AM

    I ALWAYS ENJOY YOUR INTUITIVE BLOGS.


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One of your motivational posters said "Fitness is not a numeral on a box you stand on." You are doing great, and you are an inspiration to a lot of sparkers. Keep up the great work! No pressure from us at all!

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RAINBOWMF 11/30/2012 11:45PM

    Rock on, you make my day!
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Confession

Wednesday, November 28, 2012




Today is day 273 of my on track streak!

Confession time...I am feeling overwhelmed and a little embarrassed. I'm so afraid of letting people down, and I have been putting so much pressure on myself.

As many of my Sparkfriends know, I started this streak on March 1st, and I stayed off the scale for months. My streak has been about getting healthy, with weight loss as a bonus. I have been eating between 1200 to 1500 calories a day, and also working out every day. Staying off the scale was the best thing I ever did, because it allowed me to not worry too much about numbers. Focusing solely on my heath has helped me to stay on track, because I could see progress almost every day.




When I started my streak, I could barely get through a 15 minute workout! I would be so exhausted, and I'd be covered in sweat...but I felt so good and so proud of myself! I would tell myself "I did it...and now I know I can do it again tomorrow." And as the days and weeks passed, I got stronger and better. My endurance increased, and I was able to add to my fitness minutes. When I weighed myself on September 3rd, I'd lost 71 lbs! But more importantly, I was healthier than I'd been in years, and fitter too. It felt great!

I've had so much support and encouragement from my Sparkfriends, and it has meant the world to me. It has helped me to stay strong and to keep going. But....there is pressure too. I sometimes feel like I'm just not doing well enough. You see, I've been at a plateau for a couple of months now. I am still on track...still eating right, and still exercising. I'm drinking my water. I'm staying active throughout the day. I am switching up my exercise routine every two weeks. I'm not weighing myself, but I can just tell that I have not lost much weight since September.



I'm not discouraged, though. I know that plateau's happen, and I'm willing to keep on working even though I am not feeling like I'm losing weight. After all, I am still making progress. I am still getting healthy, and getting healthy is what my streak is all about. I have NSV's (non-scale victories) fairly often, and I celebrate them. When I am able to do one more pushup than I could before...when I am able to hold a difficult yoga pose longer....when I am able to walk long distances without becoming completely exhausted...when I have more energy and stamina than I did before...I KNOW I am making progress. Even if the weight loss has stopped for now, I know I am healthier than I was this time last year.

But I worry that I will disappoint people. I have said that I will weigh myself again on New Years day, but I sure hope no one will think I'm some kind of fraud if I haven't lost a huge amount of weight by then. I don't want to let anyone down. Sometimes I feel like running away and hiding!



Well, I feel better now that I've gotten that off my chest! I am not at all discouraged that the weight doesn't seem to be coming off because I know that if I just keep going, it will happen eventually. And I know that I am healthy, and that this has truly become a lifestyle for me. I don't want to ever go back to my old ways...eating tons of junk, and sitting around all day. That way was just leading me to the grave. I love my new lifestyle! I feel so much better now, and I will never stop being amazed by that.

So when I weigh in on New Years day, I am going to be happy no matter what the scale says. I just hope no one is disappointed in me.




  
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LUVTOBOWL 12/3/2012 9:33PM

    emoticon girl, I know you can do it. I would never be disappointed in you, you are my inspiration! A number on the scale could never measure up to the hard work and dedication you have put in. Oh yeah, and not to mention your NSV's.

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COTTONTAIL62 12/2/2012 8:04PM

    Hi Pixie, so amazed at what you have accomplished during the year, you have come along way baby, not only have you lost weight and are healthier, but the inspiration you have brought to others through your honesty on your journey is outstanding, it has been for me at least.

I have not been online much, a very busy time for me, and have knee restrictions from over doing things. I try to make wise food choices and exercise as much as I can, I am still at a 25 lb weight lost from back in May, but have not lost any additional, it is the events that do me in, but I keep trying, I continue to read your blogs when I get time to log in, b/c they encourage me to keep going. You are a shining example at what can be accomplished through hard work and determination. Sending you positive vibes my friend. emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 12/2/2012 3:47PM

  Don't worry about disappointing anyone but yourself. And if you are doing your best, you shouldn't worry about disappointing yourself. You are doing great - even if that translates into a plateau or a slowdown of weight loss. Keep up the great work!

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EAGLES_WINGS 11/30/2012 7:19AM

    You are so healthy and it is OK to be honest. I think we all have moments where we wonder about how we are doing. My big NSV is that I can walk up and down my sister's stairs without my knees losing it. Last year it was awful and this summer it was better but not great. Last week, i had barely any pain.

You keep up the great work. Your whole body is improving even if you are not losing as fast as you were. You are doing an awesome job of keeping up your streak.
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LISAN0415 11/30/2012 5:21AM

    You should be sooooo proud of yourself, and wow, look how far you've come!

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PCASEY7 11/29/2012 11:57PM

    You're doing this for you not others and it shouldn't matter what the scale shows on Jan 1!

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CICELY360 11/29/2012 11:52PM

  good blog

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ROCKYCPA 11/29/2012 11:16PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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-BENI- 11/29/2012 10:10PM

    Pixie,
We have only chatted a few times, I have enjoyed those chats.
So listen...
This is not to be put on your shoulders. Each person is responsible for themselves. This means you as well. You do this for you. You set your own goals. We were just talking about you being able to lift your leg a little higher than before - its progress be happy with it!! We always want so much from ourselves, be glad for what you have done. Embrace it.
We will take care of ourselves.
We will visit you as a sparkfriend, we will admire your work and use it as an incentive and even ask questions or advice but that's all. It is up to us to do our work, it is not for you to feel the pressure for what we want for ourselves. Our bodies don't like stress - so no worries!!!
We hit plateaus we all know it. This must be your time. Continue doing the things you are doing - it will continue on.
You have done and are doing amazing. Continue on your journey, we'll be here to cheer you on and help you out in any way friends can.
Glad you wrote. xo Beni


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WIFEALF 11/29/2012 9:42PM

    you rock....you dont need to prove anything to anyone except yourself..keep doing what you have been doing you are doing awesome...to stay you have streak for so many days like you have is a big plus....its hard for me to get through 1 day you have come a long ways be proud of that...hugs!keep doing what you have been doing you are doing awesome....

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CHRIS3874 11/29/2012 8:54PM

    Wow you have NOTHING to be ashamed of - and you are RIGHT its the non scale victories that matter.

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LYNNA1968 11/29/2012 8:42PM

    you aren't disappointing anyone, you have made such progress & you will again, you said it yourself, it happens & it will pass. Head up!

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PEGGYO 11/29/2012 7:58PM

    keep on keeping on

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You will not disappoint anybody if you haven't lost alot since September. We all have experienced a weight slow down on our journeys. Keep your head held high and be proud of what you have lost no matter the amount. Enjoy. emoticon emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 11/29/2012 4:06PM

    Hi Pixie,

There are 2 important things you need to know and remember.

1. This journey to better health is all about you and no one else. You make choices that are good for you regardless of what anyone else thinks. We are all here to support you, but you aren't going to let anyone down if the scale doesn't give you the number you think someone thinks you should have.

2. For you it's about better health, with a weight loss bonus. If you're doing this for the long haul then plateaus, while frustrating, are just a temporary speedbump that's all. I learned this time around how important NSV's are to stay on track and not quit. So have you.

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MEREDITHB51 11/29/2012 3:22PM

    No pressure Pixie! This is exactly the scale anxiety that you were trying to escape. Don't let it creep back into your head. We all think you're a wonderful success for taking a stand against that stupid voice in all our heads! Banish it, now!

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JUDYAASH 11/29/2012 3:05PM

    Jusy keep up the work and you will be rewarded.

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LASSKERR 11/29/2012 2:35PM

    Remember the scale and age are just numbers...do it fo rhte feeling. Do you feel better? Do your clothes feel better? Does your life feel better? Are you proud of yourself? Then we will be proud of you too :) You could never let us down.

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PILLYWIGGIN 11/29/2012 2:22PM

    Who could be disappointed in you Pixie! Don't you DARE let anyone diminish your remarkable achievements - your numerous non-scale victories and your persistence are up there for the rest of us to aspire to. Too many of us are still hung up on the numbers and that is so often the reason for our inability to see the other benefits of living a healthier lifestyle. You ROCK!!! Whatever your scales say on New Years Day you know in your heart how far you have come in so many different ways. Keep going Pixie - but do it for yourself!
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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/29/2012 1:41PM

    Anyone who knows anything about this journey that we are all on knows that plateaus happen. You don't owe anyone anything except yourself. This is your journey. Do it for you. I went out for pizza with a friend in May and made the mistake of telling my Mom. She let me have it for 5 minutes. I don't owe her an explanation, though I did give her one. I can eat what I want. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/29/2012 1:24PM

  I think plenty of us, get what your saying.You want to please yourself for all that hard work ad effort.

You've become an example, and people are following your journey. Perhaps there is the tendency, for it to cross ones mind, that others will think we are faking, or secretly stuffing snacks or skipping exercise, if the numbers slow down or stop.

HOWEVER, from by your courage to say it like it is, that proves by thousands of examples on Spark and real life, that for a variety often unknown reasons, people get stuck and plateau , even if the place they are currently, isn't the optimal spot yet.

You obviously aren't going to give up, so isn't that, THE BIG DEAL "

Also you do seem like your looking into being reasonable and using wisdom by asking professionals .

I have heard that in some cases, that people lose more by eating more calories, and making other modifications. But I don't really understand it. I do happen to think, that this one reason, that one size fits all, doesn't work,.... our bodies are unique.

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GAILSMAILS 11/29/2012 1:13PM

    Pixie - I agree with the many responses you have received on this blog. NO ONE HERE WOULD BE DISAPPOINTED WITH YOU!!

I look forward to your blogs and updates. They motivate and inspire me.

If you are feeling that much pressure - throw that scale out the window and forget about what the number. You started this streak for the best reason - your health. You aren't going to stop taking care of yourself because it is January 1st or 2nd. You aren't going to say, "I thought I would have lost XX number of pounds and since I didn't let's go get donuts!"

Your followers care about you and want you to be happy! Stop your worrying and just keep moving!
Gail

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BLUE42DOWN 11/29/2012 12:48PM

    Anyone who would dare be disappointed in you would be measuring the wrong things.

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RUTHIEBEAR 11/29/2012 12:48PM

    I will never be disappointed in you. As you know I have been struggling for two years to get losing again. In the meantime I have gained, while doing all the right things. I have been eating 1200 - 1500 calories for months now. My doctor and my trainer insist I am not eating enough to support my exercise level. I am scared to eat more, hoping people will not judge me if I gain. I guess we both suffer from the need for approval. Hope you know I am always rooting for you!!! Love you.

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EBURGITE 11/29/2012 11:38AM

    you said you're eating 12-1500 calories a day, and exercising lots. are you sure that's enough calories? if you eat too little, you'll quit losing, which is exactly what happened to me. if you've built a lot of muscle, and you're expending a lot of calories in exercise, you may need to boost your calories. i'd encourage you to look at your intake and output, and make sure you're only shorting yourself the correct amount for a 1-2 lb weight loss/week. i speak from experience...i hit a plateau, then actually gained. when i increased my calories, i dropped weight. it's hard to find the balance when you're changing EVERYTHING. hang in there!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 11/29/2012 10:20AM

    It's easy to get frustrated I'm right there too. Just keep looking towards the future!

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DIANNEMT 11/29/2012 9:58AM

    I was "stuck" from Jan to October--so just keep doing the right things!! YOU are the only one you need to please and the non-scale victories sound like they are pleasing to YOU so don't worry!! Congrats, keep up your streak for YOU and you are doing great!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/29/2012 9:27AM

    I too worry about disappointing people, but you know - we really shouldn't. It's not about other people! It's OUR journey. Not theirs. And they can't understand what it is to be on our particular journey, just as we can't understand their journeys. Putting yourself in someone else's shoes can only go so far. So anyways - please don't worry about disappointing people! If you are satisfied with your health and your progress (and you should be happy with it, you're doing great!) then that's all that matters and the people who matter should get that. I know those words are a lot easier to type/read than to internalize, but it's still true. I struggle with it, but I'm trying to make myself really learn that it's not about other people.

Anyways. FANTASTIC work so far! Whatever your weight is on New Years, you SHOULD be happy with it, and you should be proud of yourself!:)

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MOMMY445 11/29/2012 9:27AM

    i agree,Pixie! you only need to worry about yourself. have a wonderful day!

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MIMIDOT 11/29/2012 9:21AM

    You shouldn't worry about letting anyone else down, your doing it for yourself. And that is what counts. Keep up the good work and SPARK ON!

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PENOWOK 11/29/2012 9:03AM

    You are such a great role model, NO ONE will be disappointed in you! Just make sure you are eating enough to continue the weight loss. Touch base with the SP experts regarding your intake. If you eat too little, it backfires and your body thinks you are starving it. Also, don't forget you need some fats in your diet for good organ function. I don't know what you are eating but those nuts and avocados help me with the good fats my body needs.

You will not disappoint anyone no matter what the scale says. We are very PROUD of you and know you are giving it your all!!! Focus on you and those NSV's and don't worry about what the numbers say...what you are doing is RIGHT ON!

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DJSHIP46 11/29/2012 8:59AM

    No pressure from me (the girl stuck for over two years now!). I hope you are very proud of yourself (if not believe that I am proud for you!) It would be so easy to quit when we know we are stuck, but it is an enormous accomplishment to just keep going knowing that even if the gains are small... you ARE gaining on your goals with every little bit of strength and stamina you add... AND you are incredible!!! One of my sheros :)

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SANDYCRANE 11/29/2012 8:45AM

    You are still the person who most motivates me on this website. I agree that if you keep with your plan the weight will come off at some time. I have been retired since August and every month I get together with former coworkers. They all know how much I have been exercising and I think each time they see me they are are looking to see if I lost more weight. I have lost 8 pounds but I have been stuck there for a long time. I am keeping up with the exercise as it helps my diabetes and I feel so much stronger and better. I know it is tough but keep on focusing on your non scale victories as you have many. I am cheering for you Pixie, your pictures that you post show that you have been doing a great job. Have a happy day.
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CATHGREEN8 11/29/2012 8:34AM

    You are so stinking cute, Pixie! Would you be disappointed in me, or any of us, if we kept an amazing healthy streak going for so long and the inanimate scale, the one that you don't respect anyway, failed to reflect some number to impress? No, you would tell us to go celebrate our healthy selves and that is what your streak is to me... One big, badass celebration of life at its absolute best. Weigh yourself or don't, post the number or don't... You have already won this race.

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JUSTJOSS 11/29/2012 8:16AM

    No offense to anyone ... but the only person who counts is you. You are here every single day, fighting the good fight, that is what is important. You have to do this for you.

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DNRAE1 11/29/2012 7:54AM

    When you start worrying about what others are thinking.....stop.....and think.......What would I think of someone like me who has done what I have been doing on this streak? Would I be disappointed in them?

And is that a resounding "NO" I hear from you? So don't underestimate your friends and enjoy your wonderful successes that you have achieved!

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JANEMARIE77 11/29/2012 7:42AM

    this is about you, always has been, always will be (hard but deep down true) we can't make you feel anything or anyway. Look only to yourself

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JOYCRN 11/29/2012 7:27AM

    Are you kidding, Pixie-licious! You are the most encouraging voice of sanity! We all need to do healthy things to take care of ourselves and let the weight be a side effect. Maybe it is just because I too have not lost weight, but feel harder, healthier and have people asking me if I have lost weight so I must look healthy (even if the scale and my waistband so not agree). I do know that I plan to thoroughly enjoy the holidays with my friends and family and that will include some special holiday foods, but I will also exercise regularly as that makes me feel good!

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SUNNYLIFE72 11/29/2012 6:48AM

  Congratulations on your weight loss! I admire you for staying off the scale for so long!! You are working hard. The only person you have to worry about disappointing is yourself! Boost yourself up. Look at how far you have come all of these months, you have accomplished so much. I'm not talking about numbers on a scale here, that's just a bonus. You are making your body stronger, now start working on making on your mind and self confidence stronger. You can do it!

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BESSHAILE 11/29/2012 6:27AM

    Hey sweetheart - you don't own ANYBODY anything!!

I look at plateaus as giving my body time to get to know a different self. Learning about maintenance. Learning who is the Bess who weighs Less. I never hurry my body away from maintenance. I know I'll get where I want to be someday.

hugs to you
Remain faithful to you alone.

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FARIS71 11/29/2012 6:23AM

    You are so NOT a fraud. The weight is coming off and no one can say all the positive changes that are happening inside your body and mind too. I think maintaining through the holidays is a huge accomplishment.

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