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That lovely little "1"

Sunday, December 16, 2012




Today is day ONE of my brand new " on track " streak!

My previous streak ended yesterday due to a binge. I had been on track for 290 days! Wow, what a huge number, huh? And I am very proud of myself for it. But you know what? I'm even more proud of myself for TODAY! Yes, its only day one of my new streak, and 1 is such a small number compared to 290. But I'm proud of that lovely little "1", because of what it represents.



In the past, a binge would mean that I was totally off track. One bad day would ALWAYS lead to two bad days....or a week of bad days...or a month of bad days....or even several months of bad days. Falling off the wagon always meant a huge struggle to get myself back on the wagon again, with lots of self disgust and anger...and then giving up for a while.

But not this time! This time my binge was just one bad meal....not one bad day. I was angry and frustrated with myself for giving in to the junk food, but I picked myself right back up and got right back on track again. I didn't beat myself up for the slip. I didn't starve myself for the rest of the day to make up for the binge. I forgave myself and realized that it was just one moment of weakness. I realized that one bad moment didn't have to lead to one bad day.



When I woke up this morning, I had almost forgotten all about yesterdays binge! (I was reminded quickly, though, when I logged on to Sparks and saw that my blog from yesterday was a featured blog, lol.) But I didn't feel any regret for what I did yesterday. I actually felt optimistic and eager to start on my brand new day one!

This is my lifestyle now. Its not just a temporary diet. There will be bad days from time to time, but I know that I am strong enough to get back on track when those bad days happen. I know I will never give up on myself and my quest to be as healthy as I possibly can. I have no idea how long this new streak will last, but in the end it doesn't matter. As long as I keep putting forth my best effort to have more good days than bad ones, I will reach any goal I set for myself.



  
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KLMEIRING 1/6/2013 2:10PM

    Yesterday was day one of fitness for me after a long stretch of none. Today was day one of day two of fitness for me. Haven't seen that in a long time either. Here's to making each day count - one day at a time! emoticon

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MISTY4U 12/29/2012 12:48PM

    emoticon 1 is the magic number. Today is day 1 for me as well, eating healthy food. I am already planning for day 2. Thank you for your honesty and inspiration about your day 1. Carry on

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NERDLETTE 12/26/2012 9:47AM

    Awesome, Pixie!!!!

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CM_GARDNER78 12/23/2012 12:26AM

    That is awesome!! I'm in the same boat as you, but with my fitness streak. Back down to little old 1. I was really upset about it - but I started over either way. Now I will use your blog as inspiration for what that 1 actually represents! :-) Thank you!!

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LAWANDMUSIC 12/22/2012 3:14PM

    Thanks for sharing. You are an inspiration!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 12/21/2012 4:22PM

    Great post

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LHISABOE 12/21/2012 7:19AM

    Good for you!! I am inspired not to let my slip-up from yesterday derail me!!

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AMANDACOETZER 12/21/2012 5:09AM

    Thanks!

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LISAN0415 12/21/2012 12:58AM

    I voted for this Blog to be a "popular Blog post"

Really so many people have 1 bad day, or maybe a little longer- and it turns into a streak of bad months- years.

Good for you for realizing that even if you veer off the healthy lifestyle journey path, it always welcomes you back- you can get right back on and keep walking towards your ultimate goals!

Thanks for sharing!
Lisa

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PORTIAWILLIS 12/20/2012 11:08PM

    Wow what an inspiration you are. I was a little disappointed to be starting over after 59 days. Today is day 2 for me and that's ok. Wishing you luck and thanking you for your thoughts. They are helping me retrain MY THOUGHTS.

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JERICHO1991 12/20/2012 10:08PM

    Thanks for the motivational reminders.

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DATMAMA4 12/20/2012 6:36PM

    What a wonderfully healthy attitude! One binge does NOT cancel out 290 days of being on track!

Celebrating your Day 1 with you!

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PLITIN 12/20/2012 4:14PM

    Thanks for your thoughts, they are a big motivation for me.
I only just started here, but I have the tendency to binge - and hating myself 'forever' for it. Frustration - more food - more frustration.... u get it...

As easy as it may sound to some, it's sometimes hard to remember that we are not perfect, and make mistakes from time to time.
Occasionally I do have the mental strength to say "okay, I tripped, so what?"... then I get up, push my crown back from my forehead to the center of my head, take a deep breath and walk on gracefully ;)
Just wish that would happen more often... but you are so right, even a "1" can be a great number - from the right point of view.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 12/20/2012 3:53PM

    Thanks for the motivation! And wtg for getting back on track!!

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FIT4MEIN2013 12/20/2012 10:57AM

    What a motivating blog! I actually got goose bumps!

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WALLINMW 12/20/2012 9:01AM

  The point is you started! Congrats!

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CHERYL_ANNE 12/20/2012 8:04AM

    Pixie - you rock!

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SJKENT1 12/20/2012 6:21AM

    Spark on... emoticon

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MSBEKANATOR 12/20/2012 2:29AM

    "This is my lifestyle now. Its not just a temporary diet."

Such a truth! Love it!

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JULIERAE41 12/19/2012 10:50AM

    Way to go! I am so happy for you! I know exactly what one binge can do. You Rock!

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1DRWOMAN 12/19/2012 6:13AM

    1 meal in 290 days!!?? Wow! You're a Rockstar! That one meal will never derail you! Congrats on being in a great headspace! Xo

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SHINYZALATA 12/19/2012 1:17AM

    Wow thats the spirit thank you for sharing , so luved the blog and the motivation quotes, i saved them on my PC for reminding myself :D
way to Gooo

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FATHINSN 12/19/2012 12:21AM

    Bad things happen, we just need to face them bravely and move on!

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LUVTOBOWL 12/18/2012 11:54PM

    I'm so proud of you Pixie......

Hugs, hugs, and hugs
Tammy

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BOOKWORM2004 12/18/2012 9:00PM

    AWESOME!!! emoticon

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NOMORENOMORE 12/18/2012 8:19PM

    You are wonderful!!

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    Great blog thanks for the words of encouragement. emoticon emoticon emoticon .


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AJB121299 12/18/2012 6:12PM

    nice

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RASIRE 12/18/2012 4:49PM

  Congratulations on your day one!

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NELLBELLA26 12/18/2012 3:51PM

    great attitude.

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ASHPATCH11 12/18/2012 12:44PM

    every day counts!

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LESSISMORE2010 12/18/2012 12:21PM

    Love this! Thank you for sharing!

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HOLLYBDR 12/18/2012 12:18PM

    This is a lesson I too am beginning to learn. One little set back is not the end of the world keep on pushing and working at it. I would imagine that those that have been successful in losing and KEEPING off the weight have to do this many times over and over; that is what makes them successful. emoticon

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GODSBEST 12/18/2012 11:55AM

    Congrats on your 290 days and Congrats on your Day 1.


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Failure is the opportunity to begin again....

Saturday, December 15, 2012




"Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently." (Henry Ford)

On March first, I started streaking, doing my best to make each day as healthy as possible. At that time I weighed 286 lbs. I was living a very sedentary lifestyle and living on mostly junk food. Every day was full of pain; the physical pain of obesity from sore knees, hips, feet and everything else...along with the emotional pain of being embarrassed by how I looked and by my own lack of control over food. When I finally just got so sick of myself that I couldn't stand it anymore, I decided to make a change. I just wanted to try to do as much as I could to reclaim my health and self esteem. So I decided to start streaking. My goal was to just make each day as healthy as I possibly could.



When I started my streak, I had no idea how many days in a row I would be able to go. I thought for sure I would have to start over...and over...and over. But a funny thing happened. I found that with each successful day I had, I gained strength and determination to just keep going to the next day, and the next. I would wake up every morning feeling proud of myself for the hard work I'd done the day before. Each workout made me feel strong and confident that I could keep going, that I could do more. Each time I ate a healthy meal, it felt like my body was thanking me for treating it with respect. As the days turned into weeks, I started building up my workout time, from 15 minutes a day to 45...to 60...to more.

I was losing weight and inches, but more importantly, I was gaining LIFE. I've said this before but I'll say it again...as my body got smaller, my life got bigger! I stopped thinking of this as a streak, and started thinking of it as a lifestyle. I became a completely different person...not just thinner, but happier, more confident, more optimistic, and healthier. I was thinking that it would be possible for me to make my streak last for an entire year!




Unfortunately, my streak ended today. I let stress and money worries get to me, and I binged...a HUGE binge! Afterwards, I felt so remorseful and sick. The weight of that disgusting junk food in my stomach made me feel physically ill. It amazes me that I used to binge like that all the time! How did I ever live that way? It does not feel good to gorge yourself on food.



So my streak has ended...but a new one is starting. Am I disappointed that my streak has ended? Yes, I am. But I'm not beating myself up about it. It was a mistake...and I have learned from it. I've learned that I do not EVER want to go back to the old me. I know what I want...I want to be healthy, fit, and trim. And I know what I need to do in order to make that happen, so I am getting right back to work. I have a light, healthy dinner planned. I am not going to starve myself to make up for that binge. I'm just getting myself back on track, and looking ahead.

I am never going to give up. This was just a setback, not the end of the road.


  
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CATNCAG 8/13/2013 3:03PM

    Way to go Pixie! That's my motto for obtaining the new me: I WILL NEVER EVER QUIT NO MATTER WHAT!!! Good for u - I'm very proud of u! U go girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon I agree! No good comes from beating yourself up!

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CTMOM2KIDS 12/28/2012 9:17AM

    I am so very proud of you for know that there's no shame in falling, but that glory comes from rising after we fall!!

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MARIFLOWER 12/26/2012 6:38PM

  Absolutely awesome!
tomrrow is so much better when we are thankful for each day regardless!


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LETHANIA 12/26/2012 3:17PM

    I needed that!! emoticon

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EBURGITE 12/26/2012 11:52AM

    thanks for sharing the challenges. emoticon

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NERDLETTE 12/26/2012 9:50AM

    You rock!! I needed to hear this today!

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IMEMINE1 12/24/2012 5:57PM

    emoticonLove your blog.

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CATHOLICCORGI 12/24/2012 4:37PM

    Thank you for saying just what I needed to hear today! I began a new Streak today. There IS joy in the journey!

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AMANDEES76 12/21/2012 3:18PM

    If you have only had one bad day since March 1st I would say that your streak is still going but good for you for not letting that one binge take over on your journey. Sometimes we just need that little bit of a slip to remind us why we started down this path in the first place. Knowing that you know longer get the satisfaction out of binging you won't want to take that route again in the next bout of stress that comes your way.

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YAFENELRA 12/21/2012 8:47AM

    You are still doing great, Pixie. One binge will not be your downfall. You picked yourself up and that told me what I already knew~~~~you are one in a million.

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GALINAZ 12/20/2012 12:13PM

    I know the feeling too of have a streak broken. I was logging every day and then through carelessness broke that streak. I was so angry! Silly, I know, but that was my honest feeling. I think I went through the stages of grief (shock, denial, anger, depression) and finally ...acceptance. I am human. I make mistakes. It's getting back up and starting again and realizing a streak is not a challenge to perfection but a challenge to persistence.

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ROXIGIRL 12/20/2012 7:30AM

    One bad day in your journey would not make your journey bad one. Its ok to make mistakes. Its what we from time to time. As long we learned our lesson.

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MSBEKANATOR 12/20/2012 2:19AM

    Words of wisdom I needed to hear today! Thanks!!!!

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ELLIE381 12/19/2012 8:59PM

    WooHoo! Pixie. Great right back at it. You are doing wonderful job!! emoticon

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MISSCUS 12/19/2012 8:24AM

    Be strong, Live strong. It's a good life. Especially when you feel good.


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PRAIRIE_MUM 12/19/2012 8:22AM

    I am sending big huge hugs to you! No single one of us is perfect and I believe that sometimes we have to take a good hard look back at where we came from. Your binge is a reminder of those old habits that don't work for you anymore. You know what success feels like. Now the lesson here is to remember that post-binge feeling next time you're tempted to go down that road again.

You are honest, inspiring and wonderful!

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WILSONWR 12/19/2012 7:28AM

    Words of wisdom. I am just having to restart a long streak myself...

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BELDONDOG1 12/18/2012 9:46PM

    I have been needing some motivation--thanks to your blog, I think you have just given me some!!

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RASIRE 12/18/2012 4:51PM

  Thanks for sharing your journey and inspiration!

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BANDMOM2012 12/18/2012 12:25PM

    Always smart to keep looking to the future!

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FIRECOM 12/18/2012 11:49AM

    BULLSEYE!!! I am a devotee of using motivational phrases and images and you have hit it out of the park.

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BEATLETOT 12/18/2012 10:57AM

    You are an inspiration, both in action and attitude.

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LIFETIMER54 12/18/2012 6:58AM

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SLFGOLF 12/18/2012 1:03AM

    Thanks for sharing. I find I learn more about myself in how I handle challenges, than how I handle the good times.

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JENNIK2 12/18/2012 12:15AM

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ANGIEMEL 12/17/2012 10:56PM

    ... I just happened upon your post. Hm. If you're not giving up, I won't either.

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HEALTHYWANNABE 12/17/2012 10:28PM

    Beautifully said. I feel like I beat myself up over my failures far more than I ever celebrate my successes. I will try to take away a little message from this to be kinder to myself. Thanks for the post.

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KATRINAKRAUT 12/17/2012 10:14PM

    You said it. "It does not feel good to gorge yourself on food". End of story. Time to write the next chapter. The rest of the story has been great so I know you will want to finish the tale. yeah!

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FUSCHIA6 12/17/2012 9:46PM

    I love it! Thanks so much.

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SPEEDY143 12/17/2012 9:12PM

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POWER2XCEL 12/17/2012 8:43PM

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OVHENDERSON 12/17/2012 6:13PM

    You've got the right (winning) attitude! Keep looking forward. "Never look back unless you're planning on going that way." -H.D. Thoreau emoticon

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AJB121299 12/17/2012 5:55PM

    great job

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MSROZZIE 12/17/2012 5:01PM

    Excellent blog! emoticon emoticon
It's OK to have a setback, but don't let it get you down. Remember, YOU are worth the effort. Stay focused on your goals! Keep Sparking!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PENOWOK 12/17/2012 4:00PM

    Good for you, Pixie!! Back on it!! One day is not the end of the world!

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FIT4MEIN2013 12/17/2012 3:47PM

    We only fail when we stop trying. You, WE, can do this!

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NEWTINK 12/17/2012 3:31PM

    I am sorry that stress happened to you but it happens to us all ... you have a great attitude and you will get back on the wagon and move forward ... emoticon

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JOSEY98 12/17/2012 3:16PM

    Great blog! What a great attitude as well. One faulty step does not have to push us into failure! emoticon emoticon

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A Sparkly Non-Scale Victory!

Sunday, December 09, 2012



Today is day 284 of my on track streak!

I'm celebrating another NSV!

In 2007, hubby surprised me with a beautiful wedding and engagement ring. Nothing huge or fancy, but it meant the world to me, because it was the first wedding and engagement ring set I ever had! This is my second marriage (my first husband was killed by a drunk driver) but I've never had an engagement ring or wedding ring before.

Anyway, hubby was so proud when he presented me with the rings back in 2007, and I was really touched. I wore those rings with pride...but then I started gaining weight, and the rings got tighter and tighter. Eventually it got to the point where I just couldn't wear them anymore, because they were so tight that it hurt! So I sadly put the rings in my jewelry box. I could tell hubby was hurt and disappointed that I had to stop wearing them....and I felt very ashamed of myself.

In March, when I started my streak, one of the things I most looked forward to was the day when I would be able to wear those rings again. I started trying them on once a month or so, and always felt a bit disappointed when they just didn't fit. At first, I couldn't even get them back on my finger at all. But as time went by, I was able to squeeze them back on, but they were still just too tight for me to wear them comfortably.



The last time I tried them on was at the end of October, and they ALMOST fit. I was tempted to wear them, but I knew they'd just cut off my circulation! So I reluctantly put them back in the jewelry box.



Well, I guess you know where this is going, right? This morning I decided to try the rings on again...and they fit! They fit perfectly! Not too tight at all! I can wear them comfortably, and I think they look darn good on me! So that is my NSV for today...I can wear my rings again!

I actually had another NSV. When hubby saw that I was wearing the rings, his face lit up. He looked so happy, and so proud of me! Seeing that look of pride on his face just made my day!



  
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NERDLETTE 12/26/2012 1:53PM

    Just an update - I wore mine to Christmas Eve service!! As I said above, I haven't been able to do so for a couple of years. I was getting all dressed up for church, and I thought I'd try them - and they fit!!!! emoticon

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SHARJOPAUL 12/24/2012 7:31AM

    Wonderful!!!
And a rea big pat on the back for your husband in showing pride for all the effo you put in to make him happy.

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DOLLFACEDX 12/23/2012 5:19PM

    Great!!

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FIRECOM 12/23/2012 12:44PM

    Your altitude is determined by your attitude. Your are in that rarified air.

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SJKENT1 12/18/2012 6:59PM

    What a beautiful story! Congrats

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EFFRAYECHILDE 12/18/2012 8:28AM

    emoticon emoticon Best NSV ever :)

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PEACEHOPE1 12/16/2012 10:50PM

    That's terrific! What a great milestone to celebrate. I just love how your husband was excited over your wearing the rings again - so sweet. Congratulations!

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JIBBIE49 12/16/2012 8:41AM

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CHRISGORGME 12/16/2012 1:04AM

    Wow you brought tears in my eyes with your words. emoticon

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RUFFIT 12/15/2012 8:38PM

    Good for you!! Wear them with pride!!

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OFGREENGABLES 12/15/2012 2:22PM

    what a gift to yourself and your husband!

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TDEMAIO2 12/15/2012 6:41AM

    emoticon what a GREAT uplifting story : ) Thank you

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AMOMENTSNOTICE 12/14/2012 10:38AM

    Excellent! Good for you. Good for your hubby. Good for your relationship! --And I love the pics you posted here, too.
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COMEONMA 12/14/2012 8:27AM

    That made me smile so much. You should be so proud, and what a great gift and memory that smile is!
congratulations!

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KARENLEIGH32 12/14/2012 12:55AM

    Loved your blog! I recently had the same problem, not being able to wear my rings. I was told by someone that your fingers don't gain weight as you do. I had to disagree, I know I have swelling due to arthritis but also some weight gain in my hands. I have made a promise to myself to be able to wear my rings again!!

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CM_GARDNER78 12/13/2012 11:54PM

    OH MY GOSH - I had tears in my eyes reading this!!! This is a HUGE goal for me as well!! Aaaaw!!! I can't wait for that day either! :-) Thanks for sharing this with us! :-)

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1DRWOMAN 12/13/2012 7:10PM

    YEA!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!! Enjoy your extra sparkle! :)

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NERDLETTE 12/13/2012 6:20PM

    That is AWESOME!!! I'm in somewhat the same boat - I haven't been able to wear mine for a couple of years. They're getting close - not this month, but maybe next! I'm VERY happy for you! emoticon

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CAMAEL100 12/13/2012 12:40PM

    That is a beautiful story, congrats

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MALA77 12/13/2012 11:37AM

    That's a AWESOME story. I have to say that this is the 1st time I've ever seen NSV. Non-scale Victory, that's cool. I like that!!

GREAT JOB!!!!

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OPTIMIST1948 12/13/2012 10:39AM

    What a wonderful way of keeping track of how far you have come!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 12/13/2012 10:26AM

    Congratulations !
Thank-you for sharing your inspiring story !

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FANCYFREE15 12/13/2012 9:44AM

    Congratulations! What a wonderful Christmas gift to yourself and your hubby! emoticon

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TANYA602 12/13/2012 9:23AM

    What a wonderful way to celebrate the holiday season. Your husband must be thrilled, and you can be so proud of how far you've come!

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FARIS71 12/13/2012 9:16AM

    That has to be one of the biggest and best NSVs ever!!! Yay for you!!

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PENOWOK 12/13/2012 8:56AM

    Ohhhh!!! That made me cry!! That is such an awesome story! How proud we are of you, Pixie!!

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WALLINMW 12/13/2012 8:40AM

  Love the skinny Santas!

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WALLINMW 12/13/2012 8:40AM

  Stay on track!

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AMARILYNH 12/13/2012 7:46AM

    Congratulations on another HUGE NSV!! You are my hero!! emoticon

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CHRISTINASP 12/13/2012 7:45AM

    Wow, congratulations!
You just gave me an idea... I suddenly remembered because of your blog, that I still have a ring that my parents gave me for my 21st birthday. I'd put it away because I haven't been able to wear it for a looong time. Got up and tried it. I hadn't expected it BUT... I can wear it! But not comfortably, yet. So the ring will be a motivation for me now as yours are for you! Thank you so much for your post.

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STEVIEBEE569 12/13/2012 7:28AM

    Great quotes within your blog! I have to keep these in mind! Thanks for sharing!

Also, congratulations on the NSV! Continue the good work!

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CINNAMARIE 12/13/2012 7:02AM

    Congratulations! The best NSV I've read in a very long time! What a beautiful present at this time of year and it wasn't even under the tree! It didn't have to be! :-)

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    Good Girl, Pix! We all knew you could do it! I am so proud of you! You are truly an inspiration! emoticon

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    Now that's a victory ! emoticon

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    Great blog -- touching story. YOU ROCK!

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FIRECOM 12/12/2012 11:57AM

    If its to be, its up to me. Words that I live by every day. Not always easy but necessary.

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    Congratulations! A wonderful story!

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    Fantastic NSV!!!

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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

    Such a great message.

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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

    Yes yes yes!!!

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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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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

    YES!

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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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    Wow! Good for you! emoticon

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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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LASSKERR 12/5/2012 2:28PM

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

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    So true!

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    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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    Awesome, Pixie!
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JUSGETTENBY42 12/5/2012 9:35AM

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PENOWOK 12/5/2012 9:14AM

    We are SOOO proud of you!!

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NAPLESNANCY 12/5/2012 8:59AM

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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

  Stay motivated!

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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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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 12/5/2012 8:03AM

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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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