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My NSV for today!

Wednesday, January 02, 2013




Today is day 5 of my current streak!

I just had a great NSV and I had to share it! It just happened and I'm still so psyched.

I've been working out and eating healthy foods since last March. I workout every day and I love it. I do cardio, strength and yoga. (Yoga is my favorite. I don't like cardio, but I do it anyway!)



Since last March, I've really changed my body. I've lost 71 lbs, and I've gotten stronger and more flexible. I've built muscle. Beneath the layers of fat that I'm still working hard to burn, I can feel the muscles and firmness.

Yes, I can FEEL the muscles, but I can't SEE them. There is just too much fat covering them, but I'm not discouraged by that. I know that if I keep working hard...doing that dreaded cardio and building muscles through strength training....I WILL burn that fat away and reveal the muscles beneath.

Well, just a little while ago, I was in the kitchen making a cup of tea. I'm wearing my "warrior gear" (as I call my workout clothes)....shorts, t shirt and a bandana. Hubby came in and said "Wow, look at your legs!"

I said "What about them?" and he said "I can see your calf muscles!" Well, I immediately had to go look at myself in the full length mirror, and he is right! My calf muscles are visible!



Finally, after almost a year of working out, I have muscles that I can see, not just feel! I still have enormous upper arms, and a bit of a Santa Claus belly, but my calf muscles show...and that motivates me to keep working hard, because I know that eventually those stomach muscles and arm muscles will make an appearance too!

And that is my NSV for today!


  
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NASFKAB 2/21/2013 2:54AM

  awesome way to go

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BRIDIEGAL 1/10/2013 5:42PM

    Three cheers for you for not falling back on old habits!! emoticon

I can relate to your horror of the "F" word, and I can only say that I admire your strength at being able to forgive your hubby for using it. I don't know either of you, but just from what you've said in the blog post, he knows you well enough to be aware of the impact of his words (at least after the fact). I believe that we're like animals in that we lash out at people when we are threatened/insecure with whatever comes to hand.

This post really touched me, and I'm just so darned happy to read how you weathered this with stength and style! emoticon

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MARYHENNIG 1/8/2013 3:29PM

  Yeah, calf muscles!!! Way to go!!!

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CM_GARDNER78 1/7/2013 11:56PM

    emoticon emoticon Go calf muscles!! That's great! Keep working!

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STACYR31 1/7/2013 10:16PM

    Great NSV!

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    So AWESOME!! emoticon

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STHOMAS1009 1/7/2013 11:57AM

    Good Job!

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SKINNIESOMEDAY 1/7/2013 11:28AM

    that's great Pixie !! You have worked so hard for it and deserve it !! those NSV are just as great as those scale ones !!

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SKIRNIR 1/7/2013 11:18AM

    Great NRSV! I rather love the NRSV more than the scale victories. Much more motivating.

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HEIDE69 1/7/2013 8:32AM

    emoticon Keep up all your hard work!!!!!

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GLODES 1/7/2013 1:31AM

    awesome!

how did you add the pictures to your blog??? post

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LZY0108 1/7/2013 12:03AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Your doing it!!

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    emoticon emoticon Awesome, you go girl! emoticon emoticon

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GRATTECIELLA 1/6/2013 6:29PM

    This is so awesome. I know just what you mean about having muscles you can feel but not see! Congrats on your great stems!

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CTMOM2KIDS 1/6/2013 2:31PM

    I am so happy for you!!!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 1/6/2013 2:13PM

    woohoo! That is awesome!

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MA_KING69 1/6/2013 12:36PM

    Fantastic. Keep sparking . Keep blogging it helps the rest of us

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DAVIDSONEJ123 1/6/2013 10:26AM

  First, congrats on your accomplishments!!! Looking to be there with you.
second, for those of us who are computer challenged. I went to google to find out what NSV was and was told it was a machine gun.,LOL LOL. Wiki says same AND that it is Non scale victory. Hope this helps emoticon

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JANAMP09 1/6/2013 9:42AM

    NSV = Non Scale Victory.

Congrats. I know the frustation - I cannot firm my arms no matter what I do - I keep working away at it. You prove it can be done! emoticon

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RITAROSE 1/6/2013 6:56AM

  You have done a phenomenal job in such a short time! If you keep it up 2013 will be the year you see your muscle def in all parts of your body! You'll be a lean machine!
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1DRWOMAN 1/6/2013 4:47AM

    Congratulations!

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MANILUS 1/5/2013 9:48PM

    You are right, if you keep working all the muscles will show! It is a hard concept to fathom but it takes a long time to come forth. Congrats!

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PLITIN 1/5/2013 6:52PM

    I had to ask wikipedia what "NSV" was, but apart from that.... congratulations!!!

I've been waiting for my collarbones to appear, but so far no luck... but I will keep on working out.. and one day I'll see them again! ;)



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    emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep up the good work:)
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FIRECOM 1/5/2013 12:20PM

    I wasn't sure what an NSV was till I read diane's comment. Interesting. I will pay much closer attention to NSV's from now on.

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OHIOSTAR58 1/5/2013 11:49AM

  Go girl. What a great NSV. emoticon

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SHIRE33 1/5/2013 11:28AM

    My sister in law from Portland was visiting. I was in my work out pants that hit just below the knee, and are fairly close-fitting. She said, "Wow, you have runner's legs!" Well, given that I had gained 33 pounds and was feeling really low about myself, this was a welcome compliment. It reminded me that I only gained 33, not 93, and that I am going to get back to where I was in August. That I'm not gross again. Sometimes it's the little things. Congratulations! Savor it!


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FIRESTARINFINI 1/5/2013 10:05AM

    Whenever I stretch I can feel my hamstring muscles underneath the layers of fat I have. I know they're there and that they are powerful, now I just need to work hard to get that fat off of them!

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COTTONTAIL62 1/5/2013 9:47AM

    Way to go PIXIE ! You are a warrior.

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L1ZB3TH354 1/5/2013 9:34AM

    So happy for you Pixie! Keep up the good work!

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  congratulations on your NSV!! You deserve it with all the hard work you do. emoticon

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    Go Pixie!!! Sooooo happy for you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARITIMER3 1/4/2013 5:52PM

    You've worked very hard and deserve this NSV - and I think your husband is great to have noticed and commented.

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PYNNER 1/4/2013 12:02PM

    Way to go, what an inspiration!

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DAWN14163 1/4/2013 11:31AM

    Wow - calf muscles! Going great, Pixie!
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LISBETHSALANDER 1/4/2013 11:23AM

    You are an inspiration. I know exactly what you mean. Can't wait until I actually see some of these muscles -- I can feel them and they keep me going!

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2012 was my last fat year!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Today is day 4 of my newest "on track" streak!

On one of the teams I co-lead, Progress Not Perfection, I've posted a new challenge. Its for NSV's, and trying not to be too focused on the scale...to actually avoid weighing in for as long as possible. Thats an easy challenge for me...my last weigh in was on September 3rd, and I like it that way! I find that I do a lot better and have an easier time of staying on track when I don't have the scale to worry about. If figure that as long as I eat right and exercise, I will make progress. And I see progress all the time, in the way my clothes fit, in my strength, and in so many other ways.

I know that going "scale free" isn't for everyone. Some people NEED to weigh in more often, in order to keep themselves on track. What works for me might not work for you, and vice versa.



On another team I co-lead, Rootin' for Ruby, we're getting ready to have our annual Fresh Start challenge. It starts tomorrow and I'm really looking forward to it. This challenge is about support and refreshing all the good, healthy habits that we need to have in order to reach our goals.

This morning when I woke up, I was so psyched for a new year! This is the year that I am going to reach my goal! And 2012 was my last fat year! I didn't get started until March first, but once I got started I made great progress! I went from wearing size 3X t shirts to size L. I went from being a sedentary junk food junkie to a healthy, active vegetarian! I discovered yoga and I love it!



When I think back to where I was and who I was at this time last year, it amazes me. I am so completely different now. When I posted my new profile picture a couple of days ago, a lot of the comments I got were "You look so happy." And I truly AM happy, for the first time in years. When I look at my progress pictures, the main thing I see is not the change in my body, but the change in my face. There is happiness there, and it shows. My life is not perfect. We can barely pay the bills, my hubby is out of work, and there are other stresses. I can't control those things, but I can control me. I can do something every day to make progress. Even small progress is worth celebrating.




I am healthy, and I am on my way to my goal. It is possible that I can be at my goal size by summer, and that is so exciting. I am still fat on the outside, but on the inside I am healthy, fit and strong. And I know that if I keep working hard, the outside will catch up to the changes that have already happened inside.

2013 is going to be awesome, because I'm going to make it awesome!





  
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MYRTLE811 1/18/2013 1:13PM

  You are doing so well and I like your philosophy; this was the last year you had to contend with weight issues! May 2013 be all you want it to be; look at how far you've come; not such a long road to travel anymore!

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AVONWITHJENN 1/7/2013 5:11PM

    Inspiring as always!

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MANDELOVICH 1/5/2013 10:13PM

    Pixie, this is such a great blog and you have so much to celebrate. I love that you have embraced all the good, all the joy in your life. I love that you see how happy you are, even when there are financial problems. That is beautiful. I long for that kind of joy!

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STEVIEBEE569 1/5/2013 6:20AM

    I'm committed to make 2012 my last fat year as well! I'm looking forward to great things ahead as well. I cannot wait!

Much success to you on your weight loss journey in 2013!

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GINGERD03 1/4/2013 10:55PM

  emoticon emoticon Congratulations on all your success-you so worked hard for it-WTG!!!! You have a positive outlook on everything-even though life is not perfect you are seeing the good in it all. This is my goal year as well. I went from size 32/34 (4X) clothing (which I was getting ready to jump to next size very soon-already had my 5X clothing bought on a sale. ) to now a 18/20 top & a 22/24 pants & 100.8# less. This Christmas I should be at my goal weight-and it's maintenance weight from there. So looking forward to this year as well. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REENIE131 1/4/2013 10:31PM

    Great blog!

My brother has lost a lot of weight since June of last year. I can't tell you how much, because he hasnt' stepped on a scale at all! He just goes by how his clothes fit. He's gone down SEVERAL sizes, but he refuses to get on the scale. I would lose my mind, but it's working well for him.

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RANEYDAY21 1/4/2013 9:48PM

  This is day 4 for me. I never heard of SparkPeople until last week! I do feel that it is an inspiring site and with the ability to read posts like you made it becomes more inspiring! Today was an extremely awesome day for me! I felt so strongly motivated to keep busy and I manged to get my office space at home all set up just the way I have wanted it for over a year! Until today I had the desire but not the energy and everything was strung out in several different rooms of the house! I am so happy with how I am feeling so quickly! Now my desire is to lose the 48 pounds this year! emoticon

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FRANCIEVW 1/4/2013 9:39PM

    Congrats on your decision! It's terrific. Keep up the good work!

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TONYTHETSANGEL 1/4/2013 8:57PM

    I'm so glad 2012 is gone!! I'm looking forward to accomplishing a lot in 2013 including meeting goal weight by end of year! We can do this thing!!!!

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So glad you are happy!!! There's nothing like love & happiness!

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ELMLOUISE 1/4/2013 8:21PM

    Very Encouraging, Yes 2012 is gone and who knows maybe this being an odd numbered year (13) especially will be our year all of ours. Good Luck Everyone. emoticon

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DARLENESMI 1/4/2013 8:02PM

    Loved this post. Very motivational and inspiring. I too am trying to make 2012 my last fat year. It is so hard to keep eating healthy when you are on a very tight budget and the healthy food is what costs more. If I can get all that under control and start being able to buy the right kind of food on a regular basis, I know I can succeed. Good luck to you.


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NEEDBU66 1/4/2013 7:41PM

    I don't get on the scale until I am pretty sure I'll be happy with the number.

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Congrats on getting there!!

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PORTIAWILLIS 1/4/2013 5:45PM

    You are such and inspiration to me. Our lives sort of mimic each other except I could never be vegatiarian. I have decided to make this my last fat year also. I really believe that with all the help and giudance from Spark.com and the people who are so brave to post their struggles and their inspiration I will lose the 5olbs and get healthy this year. Good luck

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2TIGRE 1/4/2013 3:50PM

    BRAVO!!! WTG!!! I loved reading this post, especially the part about not be a slave to the scale. I too decided to give up the scale, to some degree. While I no longer weigh myself every week like I did for so long, I do use it occasionally, for now. These days, I only weigh myself once a month but once I reach my goal, I plan to give up the scale. Wish me luck.

Keep up the good work - you're an inspiration.
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NATUREGUIDE 1/4/2013 3:19PM

  You will do well. Just make sure to have adequate amounts of recipes and raw foods to ensure you ultimate success. Me and my wife along, with co workers, are using recipes from different books and videos on (thehealthymarket.blogspot.com). There's hundreds of others sites out there, but the links on the site are guaranteed success. Good health to you.

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AJB121299 1/4/2013 2:57PM

    Nice

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WARMSTRONG2 1/4/2013 2:41PM

  Me too. Two years ago I lost 50 pounds and with Spark People I haven't regained it but I need to lose another 50 to be at goal and this is the year I am going to do it.

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MANILUS 1/4/2013 2:24PM

    I have made the same goal, 2013 I want to be down with weight loss! Congrats to you for all your hard work even with issues. SO happy you found your happiness! All the best in the New Year!!

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TREE57 1/4/2013 1:48PM

    I'm with you Spark Friend! This is exactly how I feel. I didn't start until August 2012 and what I have accomplished in that short time is amazing. TOGETHER WE CAN DO IT!

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LOVEMYBODY2012 1/4/2013 9:01AM

    Fantastic! I'm going to join your team!

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I love the idea of not weighing! Sometimes it is disappointing when I know I have been doing the right thing, know that my clothes fit differently and know that I feel better - - but there isn't "scale confirmation". I am going to join your team.

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ZIGGY7611 1/3/2013 9:33PM

    Nice! Thanks for sharing!


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LISAN0415 1/3/2013 9:04PM

    Love this blog, and I agree I pledge with you that 2012 will be my last year Unhealthy- my last not focusing on my health and weight and well being, my last year not looking and feeling the way I know I can, and deserve!

Best wishes for a fantastic 2013!

This truly deserves to be a Popular blog post! Great work!
Lisa

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HDHAWK 1/3/2013 8:03PM

    Fantastic blog! I have no doubt you'll reach all your goals this year!

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FAVORITEAUNT84 1/3/2013 4:58PM

    Awesome! I think I need to join that team...

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LEANIE64 1/3/2013 2:29PM

    Love your outlook and stamina..Great motivator..Thankyou !!

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    An inspirational blog - you go for it! emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 1/3/2013 1:07PM

    You sound really happy! I hope 2013 is everything you want for you and your family!

Karen

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FATHINSN 1/3/2013 8:10AM

    That's interesting, too hold off weight-in for as long as possible. I tried several times but I found that it made me harder to be in control with my food.

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STALEYK 1/3/2013 8:01AM

    What a great way to start off the year!

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Non-scale Victories of 2012

Sunday, December 30, 2012



Today is day two of my on track streak!

The year is coming to an end, and I am looking forward to 2013 with so much hope, positivity and anticipation! 2013 is going to be the year I reach my goal size, thanks in part to all the hard work I've done in 2012!

The first two months of 2012 were a wash, to be honest. I didn't do anything to help myself get healthy. I was at the highest weight of my entire life, 286 pounds. I was hoarding food and binge eating while hubby slept. (Yes, its very embarrassing to admit that! But I want to be honest and let you see how far down in the pit of obesity that I really was.) I was so depressed, so unhealthy and so out of shape. And I often thought "I should just give up. I have so much weight to lose, it will take me FOREVER to lose it so why even try?"




Thank God, I didn't give up. Finally, on March first, I started streaking...doing my best to see how many HEALTHY days in a row I could have. I forgot about the scale and about weight. I knew that if thought too much about how much weight I needed to lose, it would only discourage and overwhelm me. But I knew that if I just did my best to make each day as healthy as possible, the weight would come off!



I have had many "less than perfect" days during the past year, but thats okay. I've had to start my streak over twice, but I've had more good days than bad ones, and thats what matters most. And I have seen so much progress! I have had a LOT of non-scale victories this year, and I just wanted to list as many of them as I can remember!


My wedding and engagement rings fit me again.

I have gone from size 3X t shirts to size L.

When my husband hugs me, his arms can go all the way around me quite easily.

I have energy, stamina, strength and flexibility.

I feel so much younger than my age. I'm 51 but I feel better now than I did in my 40's.

My stomach doesn't touch the steering wheel anymore when I drive.

The bed doesn't creak when I get into it.

I can do yoga! I can even do crane pose, although I still don't have the strength to hold it for very long.



I rarely have plantar fascia pain anymore.

I can wear jeans with a button and a zipper! As a matter of fact, I no longer wear elastic waist pants unless I'm working out.

When I clean the kitchen, I can walk between the chair and the wall without having to turn sideways to fit.

My sides don't touch the side of the bathtub when I take my bubble baths.

My hips, back and knees don't hurt all the time anymore.

When I go to a restaurant (which is rare), I can sit in a booth without my stomach being pressed against the table.

I can ride a bicycle!

My glasses fit me better. Back in March, they sat on my cheeks and squeezed the side of my head on both sides. Now they fit loosely! They don't squeeze my face anymore, and I'm saving up now so that I can get new ones, perhaps this summer.

I can walk up and down the porch stairs without having to hang on to the railing. (I like to show off and skip up or down them when hubby is watching, lol.)

I can reach into the bottom of the shopping cart without having to stand on my tippy toes just to get my belly over it. (I probably didn't explain that right, but maybe you get what I'm trying to say.)

My blood pressure is no longer in the danger zone. I don't have to take medication anymore.

I've only had one GERD attack since March. (I used to have attacks several times a month.)



So those are my major NSV's, at least the ones that come to mind right now. I've had so many more little ones along the way, and I look forward to having more in 2013. I also really look forward to reaching my goal size. I'm not aiming for a certain weight, I'm aiming for a size 8. And its so exciting to know that I am so close, and that I WILL reach my goal in the new year!

I hope you will join me in working hard to make 2013 a healthy year! We are really worth the best effort we can put forth!





  
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CATNCAG 8/21/2013 12:12PM

    Love the blog! Way to go on your NSV's! We can do this!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SIMONEKP 1/30/2013 9:22AM

    I'm joining you.

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WHITEANGEL4 1/20/2013 11:39PM

    GREAT you qill mKW IR

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FERFEY02 1/7/2013 11:09AM

    Congrats!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 1/4/2013 5:53PM

    WOOHOO! Congrats!

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NEWCHINELO 1/4/2013 12:15PM

    So touching!

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ESCHLETZ 1/4/2013 9:30AM

    Reading success stories like yours is what makes me keep dusting myself off and making myself keep trying, each and every time I stumble.

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TRAVELTEACHER10 1/4/2013 8:19AM

    Thanks for the reminder about "Healthy Days". It's more about keeping healthy with good habits of eating healthy foods and regular exercise. I liked your idea about "streak" days. I have re-started my food log recently and have been pretty good about regular exercise (gym for resistance/weight machines and stationary bike at home in front of the TV with a good DVD to keep me from getting bored). As a retired teacher I'll reward myself and keep track of my healthy days with stars on my calendar. With a trip to sunny, warm, sunny emoticon Florida coming up I will have no excuse for not taking daily walks. Thanks for your inspiring ideas and have a great 2013!

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PANDASPLACE 1/3/2013 9:30PM

  thank you for being willing to share. It helps to know there are others out there in similar situations. great read!

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LISAN0415 1/3/2013 9:05PM

    Woohoo! This totally inspired me, thanks for sharing and most of all congratulations on all your progress!!

Lisa

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TERRIJ7 1/3/2013 3:42PM

    Great blog--very inspiring!

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VALERIEBARBER 1/3/2013 3:02PM

    WOW!
CONGRATS!...
MY GOAL IS ANOTHER 40 LB FOR 2013!

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EENLIGHTENING 1/3/2013 2:47PM

    I love you for your honesty and courage to be vulnerable about your self. WOW, look at all the success. Way to count your blessings! Everyone can be inspired by your blog!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STEVIEBEE569 1/3/2013 12:55PM

    Awesome NSVs! Way to go! Continual success to you in 2013!

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MELISSAKAY78 1/3/2013 10:36AM

    I really enjoyed your blog, it is nice to hear someone not focused just on the scale, I myself have not lost anything since October I gain and lose a pound or two all the time, but I have become stronger, I can run a mile now, I used to only be able to run for 2mins. This year is the year i am going to try harder, I will not cheat myself no more, I have had a taste of what feeling good about myself is like, and I want to feel that way some more. Thank you for your blog it helped me appreciate my accomplishment outside of my weight loss.

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JERICHO1991 1/3/2013 10:23AM

    It is time for my best. Thanks for the reminder.

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    congrats

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    CONGRATULATIONS! I AM NEW TO "SPARK," AND HAVE BEEN TRYING TO DO THE "WW" DIET ON MY OWN AS I CAN'T AFFORD THE MEETINGS. STARTED ON MOTHERS DAY 2012 AND AM DOWN 38 LBS, BUT MY WEIGHTS NOT MOVING FAST ENOUGH FOR ME AND I'M FRUSTRATATED. I RIDE AN INDOOR BIKE (WINTER IN NEW ENGLAND), USE A GAZELLE GLIDER AND A HEALTHRIDER, AND AT TIMES, "WALK THE MILE" DVD WHICH I HAD TO STOP BECAUSE I PULLED A DISK OUT. I'M DOWN 4 SIZES IN JEANS, BUT I DON'T SEE MUCH HAPPENING AT THIS POINT, AS MY WEIGHT HASN'T CHANGED SINCE NOV. I DO 'CHEAT" A LITTLE.. BEING ITALIAN AND THE HOLIDAYS, HARD NOT TO. YOUR BLOG IS INSPIRING AND I'M GLAD I SIGNED ONTO "SP." I HOPE I CAN GET SOME UPLIFTING IDEAS AS TO HOW I CAN IMPROVE MY PROGRESS AND MYSELF. THANKS MUCH,
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ARW715 1/3/2013 7:39AM

    Love this list! Thanks for sharing!

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MILLEDGE2 1/3/2013 6:59AM

    Thank you for reminding me of the things I need to be celebrating. I really smiled over the statement about your belly not touching the steering wheel! My seat belt is easier to hook and unhook and I need to rejoice about that, every single time I get into or out of the car!

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KAREN91 1/3/2013 12:49AM

    You motivate me! I can relate to a lot of your befores example constant back and knee and plantar fashiitis pain. Also sneaking food and not having my rings fit. You have motivated me to try for more nonscale victories of my own. Thanks for telling your story! emoticon

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LAWANDMUSIC 1/2/2013 8:08PM

    Wonderful. No, WONDERFUL POST!!

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    Way to go ! thanks for sharing the sucess

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    I'm overjoyed for you! Congrats!

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    Excellent!! Great NSV's!!

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RUBYEAGLE134 1/1/2013 11:33PM

    Way to go on your 2012 NSVs! I like 2 of your posters up there ~ one that says "I am a strong, healthy & fit woman" & the other one that says "This is not a New Year's Resolution; it's a Lifetime Revolution."

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JEN9ERV 1/1/2013 11:22PM

    I love this!! Great attitude and AWESOME graphics!

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    Great post. Love your attitude.

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  Great Blog. Congratulations.

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MWILS91 1/1/2013 9:02PM

    Thank you for sharing...so inspiring...gives me hope that I too can do this.....

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GUITARWOMAN 1/1/2013 5:15PM

    this is so inspirational!

I'm with you right there with the secret eating, been there, done that...

Thank you for this blog!

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    Thank you for helping me get my spark relight and my hiking boots on for this journey we are starting this New Years Day. thanks for being so honest I know that is a hard thing to do it much easier to write down what we should eat not what we put in our mouth.here is to a good hike together on the healthy life style trail. emoticon emoticon

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NOMORENOMORE 1/1/2013 4:17PM

    So inspirational!!

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    Wishing you continued success for 2013!
Congrats on all your hard work and progress!

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    Nice and Happy 2013

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    Fabulous post today! Thank you so much!

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    Oh you explained it fine.. I known what you mean.You have done so well. enjoy skipping down the stairs. emoticon

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GODSBEST 1/1/2013 2:58PM

    Big congrats on your 2012 success. Looking forward to even more in 2013.

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    Standing ovation! I like how you started, not worrying about the scale and trying to accumulate as many health days you could.

Amazing! Continued success!

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I may fall down but I'll never stay down

Saturday, December 29, 2012



Today is emoticon of my current streak!

On March 1, 2012, I decided that I was sick of being obese, unhealthy, lazy, uninspired and unmotivated. I was sick of being embarrassed by how I looked, sick of breathing hard with just the slightest bit of exertion, sick of my back and knees hurting all the time. I was so tired of being uncomfortable in my own body whether I was sitting, standing or laying down. I was tired of feeling bad ALL of the time.

I decided it was time to join my Sparkfriends Arlene and Debbie, trying to build a streak of good days in a row. I didn't know if it would work for me, or if I would be able to get beyond day one. But I knew I had to try. Doing nothing was getting me nowhere, so what did I have to lose by at least making an attempt to change things?

So I started. I was totally committed to just getting through that first day. I woke up on March first and I got out my personal journal and I planned my meals and snacks for the day. Then I went into the living room and I worked out with My Fitness Coach for Wii. I weighed 286 lbs, and was so out of shape! In less that two minutes (no exxageration) I was out of breath, sweating, and wanting to just go sit down or have a snack. It would have been so easy to quit, but I kept pushing myself. I worked out for 15 minutes, and for that entire time, I wanted to give up.

Part of me was saying "Just stop....you can try again tomorrow."

But there was another voice saying "You know that if you quit now, it will be MONTHS before you start again, and you know it!"

So I kept going, and I got through that 15 minute workout. And when I was done, there was a new feeling, one I hadn't had in a long, long time. I was PROUD of myself! I felt such a wonderful sense of accomplishment and...hope. I had worked out! I'd persevered! Yes, it was only 15 minutes, but I did it! I stood there in my living room, breathing heavy, my shirt stuck to my back from sweat, and I couldn't stop smiling. And I knew that I wanted to feel this way again!

That was the moment when my streak really began. And from that small beginning, I worked my way up to more and more days in a row. I worked my way up from 15 minutes of exercise a day to 30, to 45, to 90.

I got to day 290 of my streak two weeks ago...and then I got off track. I was disappointed in myself, but I didn't waste time beating myself up over it. I didn't let one bad day lead to two bad days or a bad week (or bad month.) I got right back on track...and this time my streak lasted for 13 days.





Yesterday, I got off track again. I binged on a LOT of food, to the point of feeling sick. And when I went to bed last night, I was feeling very remorseful and angry with myself. But today is a new day, and the start of another new streak. I got up this morning and I worked out! I did two 30 minute DDP Yoga workouts, and then I had a healthy breakfast. I planned my food for the day, and so far I have been on track. I just finished a 30 minute Zumba workout, and I feel great! Yesterday was a bad day, but it was just ONE day. Today is a good day...and yes, thats just ONE day too, but I'm determined to keep going, to day two, day three and beyond.



I don't know how long this streak will last, but one thing I do know is that I will never give up. I may fall down, but I will never stay down. I'm not the same person I was before I started streaking in March. I am strong, determined and healthy. Not perfect, but definitely making progress!



  
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CATNCAG 9/4/2013 10:30AM

    That is awesome! U totally inspire me! I'm going to have to breakdown & do an exercise streak!!!
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    Love it, all of us stumble.Those that get back up again are the champs:) emoticon

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NLYR20 1/8/2013 12:49PM

  Great approach. It's inspiring to me. Starting my streak from this morning. Your blog is motivating me to go forward. emoticon

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SJKENT1 1/5/2013 10:05PM

    Putting one foot in front of the other...

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    Thanks for motivating me to start a streak. emoticon And, to keep starting a new streak every time I screw up.

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CUINPARADISE 1/2/2013 10:50PM

    You're an inspiration for all of us to just keep pushing forward!
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FOREVERFITCHICK 1/2/2013 11:25AM

    This is the post I needed....Day 1 of new Streaks!

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SFREY217 1/2/2013 8:39AM

    Thank you for sharing your inspirational story. I really needed it this morning !

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PENOWOK 1/2/2013 8:11AM

    I sure love your post-its and your postings!! You are right on target...no need to be mad at yourself for yesterday, only be smarter today!!

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/1/2013 10:50PM

    Thanks for sharing and for inspiring me to begin another streak!

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JUSTDOINGIT101 1/1/2013 4:22PM

    Day one looks like day WON to me! Excellent post.

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SHARONSIZE8 1/1/2013 1:05PM

    Your blog has inspired me to begin a Spark streak of my own. Thanks for sharing your struggles and victories!!! You are such an encouragement and inspiration to me!!!
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    Thanks for a great blog. emoticon I too have lapses at times, but each day is a chance for a new beginning.

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    emoticon emoticon thanks for the inspiration.

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    emoticon blog! I felt like I was there with you! emoticon You will win!

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LAWANDMUSIC 12/31/2012 9:08PM

    Failure? NOT!! We pick ourselves up and carry on!!

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    emoticon Awesome streak! And even better keep going! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  Nice job. Keep up the good work.

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IMAGINE46 12/31/2012 1:47PM

  Excellent blog. Very inspiring!

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BARBARAWEBSTER 12/31/2012 12:46PM

    I loved this! I've been "off" the wagon for months, and now ready to start over because I've gained so much weight back! THANKS FOR THE MOTIVATION!!!

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FIRECOM 12/31/2012 11:11AM

    Incredibly inspiring. Thank you.

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BRANDIM_81 12/31/2012 10:51AM

    If you have never failed you have never lived.

Way to go on getting back up and not going back to the place you were. The only real defeat is becoming the people we are trying to forget about. The fat, unhappy, unsatisfied, embarrassed, tired, unmotivated people we were. You obviously are not going back there! Way to be a motivator! Thank you for the blog!

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MOMOSG 12/31/2012 10:37AM

    Congratulations on picking yourself up right away and not wasting time lamenting over it! That is very hard to do.

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LJOYCE55 12/31/2012 10:32AM

  Thank you for sharing your ups and downs and how you coped with it. It nice to read that we all have small failures along the way.

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    emoticon emoticon So proud of you Pixie!

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JMARISK 12/31/2012 9:59AM

    Two "bad" days over the course of 300....WOW! I wish I could manage that feat. You are amazing. Thank you for reminding me that it is possible. We can surprise ourselves and nothing beats that feeling of pride after a workout.

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KATIWONT 12/31/2012 9:53AM

    No one is perfect, except the Almighty. You are doing exactly the right thing, with exactly the right attitude while inspiring us all. Happy New Year!! (and thanks!)

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1STARVINGARTIST 12/31/2012 9:24AM

    You have amazing determination and a great positive attitude. You are going to be successful! Thanks for an inspirational and encouraging blog.
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My Christmas gifts!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012



Today is day 10 of my streak!

Merry Christmas, everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful, healthy holiday! I am preparing a nice meal for my hubby and son....I'm making their favorite, crockpot meatloaf, from a recipe I got on the Food Network website. Since I'm a vegetarian, I won't be having any of it. But I WILL have a treat today, just a little one! I bought the cutest little cake from the grocery store yesterday. Its supposed to be 2 servings but I will cut it into three so that we can all have some. I have already written it in my food journal, and although I will be at the higher end of my calories today because of it, I will still be on track. I know that one little treat won't ruin my whole day, and it doesn't have to turn into a binge. I'm going to enjoy that little piece of cake!

Last night, I just couldn't wait...there were two gifts under the tree for me, and I just had to open them! First was a gift from my Sparkfriend Janesloss. She sent me a really pretty tea mug (I drink tea all day long) and a box of spicy orange tea. Normally I go more for the "dessert" type of teas...my favorite is French Vanilla, and I would love to find some chocolate tea someday! So this tea from Jane was not something I normally would have chosen for myself, but it sure is good! I will definitely buy myself some more of it when this box is gone. Thanks for the mug and the tea, Jane....and for getting me to try a new flavor instead of the same old, same old!



Also under the tree for me was a gift from my hubby. Since he is unemployed right now, money is tight and we agreed that we wouldn't exchange gifts with each other. Well, he surprised me! He sold something from his sports memorabilia collection so that he could buy me a Wii workout...Zumba! This is the one he got for me;

www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIa357zToww



I have already worked out with it three times since I opened it last night....and I don't look ANYTHING like those women in the video when they workout, lol. I look more like Curly from the 3 Stooges! I feel like such a lumbering klutz when I do the workout, but I just laugh and keep going. I may not look graceful when I Zumba, but it sure does get my heart rate up, and its a lot of fun! Plus, I know I will get better at it if I stick with it.

That is one thing I've learned this year....just keep going and you will get better! When I first started streaking on March 1, I was working out with My Fitness Coach for Wii, and every workout I did was hard for me. I wanted to quit about a million times. But I stuck with it, and the workouts started to get easier. Then I realized...the workouts are not getting easier. The workouts are the same. But I'm getting better! That realization was such an eye opener to me, and now whenever I struggle with something, I just remind myself that if I keep trying, I'll get better.



When I first started my original streak back in March, a 15 minute workout exhausted me. Now I workout for at least an hour a day (and usually more.) When I first started DDP Yoga in May, it was so hard...but I kept at it and I got better. Now I have my Wii Zumba workout, and just you wait...I'm going to get better, and one of these days I won't look like a clodhopper when I do the workout, lol.



  
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  Hi Stash Tea has 2 chocolate flavors - Chocolate Hazelnut and Chocolate mint. Most grocery stores have it. Congrats on your weight loss and great blogs!

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CAMSEDGE 12/30/2012 12:11PM

    You are very motivating...thank you

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CHRISTINASP 12/29/2012 4:39PM

    That's adorable that your husband got you that gift!
I looked at the link and also at this video - don't understand the language but it seems they have great fun! Is this what you do?
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2BHEALTHY46 12/29/2012 2:21PM

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I also like your catchy enthusiasm! Hmm, I like tea too.

Exercising for just 15 minutes daily will encourage all of us.

Thank you Pixie! Happy New Year!

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DRB13_1 12/29/2012 1:59AM

    love love love this blog!!!
You have a gem of a husband! ! ! The Gift of the Magi all over again... he is affirming you and that is the BEST gift of all.
Thanks for the great inspiration and pictures - they are right on time.
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PENOWOK 12/28/2012 9:11AM

    I've been off for several days so have missed your delightful blogs!! I have that Zumba but no TV set so its on hold for now. We are unpacking from a move and hopefully will find the wii stuff but we'll need a tv. Gave the old one away-too heavy for us to tote.

Thank you for your sweet note!! You are fun to follow and we are all so proud of how far you've come and what an example you are!

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SUSANK16 12/28/2012 5:36AM

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MANILUS 12/27/2012 9:09PM

    Zumba is my favorite fitness activity, you will get better with time! I drink chai tea and love it.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/27/2012 2:22PM

    Oooh, I have Zumba for the Wii and I love it! :) It's a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy it!

AND I love chocolate tea! If you ever see the brand Stash in stores (I've mostly just seen it in Krogers so far), they make a decaf chocolate hazelnut tea that is soooo good in the evenings after dinner. Or anytime, really. :) Add a little Splenda (or not) and MMMM it's such a nice way to have a hot satisfying treat without the guilt.

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JANESLOSS 12/27/2012 10:58AM

    Oh Pixie,
Congratulations on the featured blog!!

You are so sweet to include me!

Your hubby is so sweet. Zumba sounds like fun!

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FIRECOM 12/27/2012 10:54AM

    All friends are important. Here is a quote from a movie. Maybe you can guess what movie this comes from.

"George,

No man is a failure if he has friends,

Clarence."

Enjoyed this very much. A great way to start my day.

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NEWTINK 12/27/2012 10:47AM

    That was so sweet of him ... Congrats you are doing great !!! Happy Holidays to you sweetie emoticon

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KJELLYBEAN15 12/27/2012 8:07AM

    what an awesome gift. You just reminded me that I need to get my Zumba Wii game out. I haven't been on it in forever. I'm not a graceful dancer playing this either. I guess that makes it even more fun. One day though and we will be a pro. Happy belated Christmas.

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    Thanks for sharing!

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    Congrats on your progress and success! Yea!

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KARENCRANER 12/27/2012 1:22AM

    Great blog! From the touching bit about your husband to the use of the word clodhopper to the great inspirational messages and images, it's a winner, just like you!

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MARYJEANSL 12/26/2012 10:53PM

  It made me smile to read about your husband's special gift for you. That is so beautiful! Keep up the good work you are doing, and thank you for your blogs, which I always enjoy.

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    I'm glad you had a great Christmas. Wonderful gift from your hubby. Have fun! emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/26/2012 5:12PM

  I checked out your link. That looks fun, even if a person isn't real coordinated. It makes exercise seem alot for FUN. How sweet of him!!!!

Keep on good girlfriend. You will pass your original steak and by that time, will have accomplished ore than you hoped.

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KARRENLYNN 12/26/2012 5:10PM

    I love that your husband supports you by giving you a gift that helps you get healthier. And what a cool friend you have, giving you a gift of tea and a pretty mug to go with it.
And your gift to yourself - realizing your getting stronger and better. Enjoy your cake and stay on track and may 2013 be awesome for you!

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SANDYCRANE 12/26/2012 5:01PM

    I will have to try that Zumba. There is a tea shop in our area called Chocolatea. They specialize in chocolate and tea. Great blog, have a happy new year.

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CVRONEK 12/26/2012 4:28PM

    Very nice Christmas gifts!

Ashley gave me some Chocolate Mint Rooibos tea. It smells as good as it tastes!
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DIANNEMT 12/26/2012 3:48PM

    Very nice!!

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PCASEY7 12/26/2012 2:39PM

    I love Zumba and don't care how I look. Glad you're already using it! Happy New Year!

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KARENLEIGH32 12/26/2012 2:08PM

    Amen!

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PEGGYO 12/26/2012 11:59AM

    keep on keeping on

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EBURGITE 12/26/2012 11:56AM

    just keep dancing like no one's looking! have fun.

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TRYINGHARD54 12/26/2012 11:40AM

    I got a Wii just dance 4 video. i need to get moving.

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POINDEXTRA 12/26/2012 11:12AM

    What a wonderful hubby you have! And there is indeed chocolate tea:). Republic of Tea makes Chocolate Coconut, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Strawberry, and Red Velvet Teas. I've tried them all, and like the Chocolate Coconut the best. It's a little pricey, but a real treat!

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JOANNHUNT 12/26/2012 10:42AM

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SHOAPIE 12/26/2012 10:28AM

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WALLINMW 12/26/2012 10:09AM

  Nice gifts!

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