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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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CCEE31 12/3/2012 12:24AM

  Excellent inspiration.

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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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2BDYNAMIC 12/2/2012 4:00PM

    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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AJB121299 12/1/2012 10:18PM

    Kudos

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    Wonderful blog! emoticon

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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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BARBANNA 12/1/2012 4:20PM

    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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NAOLEE 12/1/2012 12:43PM

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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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THE_SHAKESHAFT 12/1/2012 4:46AM

    Awesome work!

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FAT2GAINHEALTH 12/1/2012 4:35AM

    I ALWAYS ENJOY YOUR INTUITIVE BLOGS.


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L1ZB3TH354 12/1/2012 12:48AM

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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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Love Mary

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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.

Love and hugs,
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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.

You are doing great!

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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
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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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I love NSV's!

Monday, November 26, 2012



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

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



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

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



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



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

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



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

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

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




  
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YULLABELLE 12/6/2012 8:58AM

    NSV are great and getting healthier is even better.

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CROWLEY123 11/30/2012 7:55PM

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

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TRUNKJUNK 11/30/2012 5:06PM

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

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CHERRY666 11/30/2012 3:59PM

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

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GOCALGAL 11/30/2012 3:50PM

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Thanks for sharing your inspirational journey!

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IN102WIN 11/30/2012 11:16AM

    emoticon NSV!!!!

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EAGLES_WINGS 11/30/2012 7:03AM

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

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

Congratulations on your streak!

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MISSB8604 11/29/2012 3:51PM

    Fantastic!!!

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CAROLINAKIWI 11/29/2012 1:02PM

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

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KSUITS 11/29/2012 11:00AM

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

Katrina

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KJELLYBEAN15 11/29/2012 10:50AM

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

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PUNKADOO 11/29/2012 9:57AM

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

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FROMNDTOGA 11/28/2012 7:20PM

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

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

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IAMAGEMLOVER 11/28/2012 9:30AM

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

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COOKIE_AT_51 11/28/2012 5:31AM

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

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PCASEY7 11/27/2012 11:53PM

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

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KARRENLYNN 11/27/2012 11:40PM

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


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NEWCHINELO 11/27/2012 11:05PM

    Congratulations!

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SKYVALLEYGAL 11/27/2012 10:41PM

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

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ROCKYCPA 11/27/2012 10:23PM

    Good for you - keep pushing!!!

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REENIE131 11/27/2012 9:59PM

    Fantastic!

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CHARTHESTAR 11/27/2012 9:47PM

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

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TONYTHETSANGEL 11/27/2012 9:18PM

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

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NEWTINK 11/27/2012 8:55PM

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

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JIBBIE49 11/27/2012 7:07PM

    emoticon Glad to see you featured in the Spark Mail.

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

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/27/2012 4:40PM

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

So GREAT!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 11/27/2012 4:29PM

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

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/27/2012 2:48PM

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

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WORLDSERIES11 11/27/2012 2:41PM

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

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SMILEY3826 11/27/2012 1:50PM

    me,too! i also love nsv's!

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DNRAE1 11/27/2012 12:21PM

    Fantastic, Pixie!!! Inspiring!

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SJKENT1 11/27/2012 11:58AM

    you are so right!!!

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REGILIEH 11/27/2012 11:39AM

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

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The first part of "workout" is WORK!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012




Today is day 259 of my streak!

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

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



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

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

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


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

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



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





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






  
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EATVEGAN 11/19/2012 12:54AM

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

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    Great!

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    Good for you - keep pushing!

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    AWESOME!!!! You Go Girl!! emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 11/15/2012 6:07PM

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

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KARRENLYNN 11/15/2012 5:31PM

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

Good job, keep going! :)

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TERRIJ7 11/15/2012 4:29PM

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

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

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ALIDOSHA 11/15/2012 3:55PM

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/15/2012 3:42PM

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

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NASFKAB 11/15/2012 2:46PM

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    Awesome!

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NEWCHINELO 11/15/2012 12:21PM

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

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RAINBOWMF 11/15/2012 10:39AM

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

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FUZZIEBEAR3 11/15/2012 10:10AM

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

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DABLUECAT 11/15/2012 10:10AM

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

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

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KOOKYCOOKIE 11/15/2012 9:48AM

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

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MOMMY445 11/15/2012 9:48AM

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

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JOANNHUNT 11/15/2012 9:41AM

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

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NEWTINK 11/15/2012 9:34AM

    Great blog as usual .. you rock emoticon

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FARIS71 11/15/2012 9:34AM

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

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PENOWOK 11/15/2012 9:16AM

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

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DJSHIP46 11/15/2012 8:56AM

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

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    Good for you. Keep it up.

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DIANNEMT 11/15/2012 7:34AM

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

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JANEMARIE77 11/15/2012 7:28AM

    you are doing it great job

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BESSHAILE 11/15/2012 7:07AM

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

Thanks for the inspiration.

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Two NSV's

Monday, November 12, 2012



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

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

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



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

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




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

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

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



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

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



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

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





  
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SLIMMINGSHAY 7/24/2013 2:36PM

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

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ELIZABETH5268 7/24/2013 2:25PM

    Yay! Good for you!!

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SUPERSYLPH 7/5/2013 10:10AM

    Great Victories! emoticon

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DRB13_1 1/2/2013 3:19AM

    going back through the "Best of" Spark emails and came upon this gem again!
Delighted at all you are doing, not only for yourself but to inspire all of us.
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NLYR20 12/6/2012 1:39PM

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

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EFFRAYECHILDE 11/27/2012 8:22AM

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ZIGGY122 11/21/2012 5:10PM

    emoticon Your the best at inspiring me

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AMANDEES76 11/21/2012 11:12AM

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

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JIBBIE49 11/19/2012 12:08AM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark mail. emoticon

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SHOAPIE 11/18/2012 6:19PM

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NEWCHINELO 11/17/2012 3:09PM

    Congratulations!


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CICELY360 11/16/2012 10:19PM

  Good blog

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HYATTI1 11/15/2012 9:09AM

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DIDMIS 11/15/2012 2:44AM

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

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ALLENJOSEPH 11/14/2012 10:52PM

    So happy you're wearing that shirt again, and very happy you threw the rest of those chocolate treats away. "Good going!" emoticon emoticon
emoticon emoticon emoticon You will reach your goal!

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PCASEY7 11/14/2012 10:13PM

    Great willpower!

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A-NEW-NURSE 11/14/2012 7:39PM

    Keep up with the SMART goals! emoticon

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PURPLE180 11/14/2012 7:37PM

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CHERYLSBUTT 11/14/2012 6:02PM

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

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SJKENT1 11/14/2012 2:57PM

    Victory!!!!

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/14/2012 12:42PM

  Your doing great!!!

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

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 11/14/2012 12:25PM

    I'm such a newbie that I had to look up the meaning of NSV. lol! Congrats!!!!!
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LOVINGKATE 11/14/2012 11:24AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon So proud fo you. Thanks so much for sharing. I wrote some of the words you wrote to hang on my fridge and bathroom mirror. God Bless.

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LINKYSD 11/14/2012 7:36AM

    Love you tip! Hang in there and good luck on meeting your goal emoticon
Barb in SD

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LEANMEAN2 11/14/2012 6:42AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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SLIMLEAF 11/14/2012 5:50AM

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

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SHARON10002 11/13/2012 10:55PM

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

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

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ROCKYCPA 11/13/2012 10:27PM

    Good for you -- keep up the good work!

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JERICHO1991 11/13/2012 10:08PM

    Lots of good reminders. Great job!

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MJ7DM33 11/13/2012 10:04PM

  Congrats! Thanks for sharing!

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BABYSTEPS123 11/13/2012 9:09PM

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

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LDAVENPOR4 11/13/2012 8:52PM

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

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4KWALK 11/13/2012 7:52PM

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

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EUEK098 11/13/2012 7:50PM

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

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    I am proud of you emoticon

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MYJUNIEMOON 11/13/2012 4:50PM

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

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PATRICIAANN46 11/13/2012 4:05PM

  You SHOULD be VERY proud of yourself. emoticon

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