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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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    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

  What a sweetie!

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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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    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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    Amen!

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    What a precious gift you are to each other


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    keep on keeping on

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    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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What works for me

Friday, December 21, 2012



Today is day 6 of my on track streak!

I originally started streaking on March 1st, and I managed to go for 290 days before breaking that streak. When that streak ended, I was disappointed, but not as much as I thought I would be. Mostly, I was just proud of myself for lasting so long...and I was especially proud of myself for starting over instead of giving up once it ended.

When I started my streak in March, I got a starting weigh in and then I stopped weighing myself. I stayed off the scale until the Rootin' for Ruby Labor Day Pound-a-thon challenge in August. This morning, I got a Sparkmail asking me how I managed to stay off the scale for so long, so I thought I would blog about that today.



Staying off the scale should have been difficult for me, because I have always been scale obsessed. Even when I wasn't actively trying to lose weight, I would weigh myself a LOT. At least once a day, and sometimes multiple times a day. If I was trying to lose weight, I would get on that scale and if I didn't like the number, it would ruin my day. I would console myself...with food! If I liked the number, I would be happy and I'd reward myself...with food! If I wasn't trying to lose weight, I'd still get on the scale and then beat myself up for how high the number would be. Then I'd go console myself...with food!

So when I started streaking in March, I decided to just forgo the scale as much as possible. Once I got my starting weight, I was done with weighing in all the time. Instead, I just decided to focus on my health. I challenged myself to make each day as healthy as I possibly could. This involved all the obvious things, such as drinking water, tracking my food, and working out. I also eliminated processed foods as much as possible.



At the beginning of my streak, I worked out for 15 minutes a day. I know that doesn't sound like a lot, but it was all I could do. I was working out with a video game for the Wii, called My Fitness Coach. I pushed myself hard during those workouts, and although I had to modify the moves a lot, at the end of those 15 minutes I would be drenched in sweat and completely worn out. I was actually shocked by how out of shape I really was. I had always told myself "For a fat girl, I'm in pretty good shape." Wow, what a lie! I had been living such a sedentary life, even just walking across the room would leave my breathless, but somehow I had convinced myself that I was "in pretty good shape." Now I was facing the reality....I was in terrible shape! I weighed 286 lbs and a 15 minute workout was exhausting to me! But I knew that if I kept working out every day, those 15 minutes would increase.



So every morning, I would get up and do my 15 minute workout. After a couple of weeks, I added a second 15 minute workout in the evening. I began to notice that my clothes were getting a little looser, and that the workouts weren't quite as exhausting to me. I increased my workout time to 30 minutes, twice a day. I was still working out with My Fitness Coach, but after about 6 weeks of that, I was getting a little bored. I knew I had to find another workout to do. I eventually discovered DDP Yoga, and I mentioned it to hubby. He surprised me by ordering it for me!

When I got the workouts, I was so excited, and so eager to try something new! But boy, when I first tried that workout, it was harder than I thought it would be. I had to modify the moves a LOT! And even with that, the workout was still so difficult for me. But I knew I had to keep pushing. I knew that if I kept at it, I would get better. So I stuck with it, and I did get better and better. As the weight came off, not only did I go down in clothing sizes, but I went UP in energy, strength and stamina. As the inches melted away, I was able to get deeper into the yoga poses, and my flexibility increased.My workouts increased from 15 minutes a day to 30 minutes a day to where I am now, at 90 minutes a day (broken up into three workouts.) What awesome non-scale victories!



When the Pound-a-thon challenge started on August 13, I was finally ready to weigh myself. To be honest, it was hard for me to step on that scale! But I did it, and I was so happy to see that I'd lost 65 lbs. And at the end of the challenge, on Labor Day, I weighed again and found that I'd lost 6 more lbs, for a total of 71 lbs lost since March first!

I haven't been on the scale since then, though. I find that it is easier for me to stay on track if I don't have to worry about weighing myself. For me, what works is focusing on being healthy, not on weight. I do feel that I am at a plateau, because my clothing size has not changed in a while. But I'm fine with that, because I STILL have NSV's all the time! I can do so many things now that I couldn't do when I started my streak. I have so much energy, and I feel so much younger! I feel HEALTHY. And I know that this plateau won't last forever. I know that I will eventually reach my goal, to be a size 8. Right now I'm a size 14, so I'm close!

Maybe staying off the scale isn't for everyone, but its what works for me.



  
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    Love this!!! I too struggle with the dreaded scale and am going to try this approach! Thank you for this blog! emoticon

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    emoticon You are awesome!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this blog!!!

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KATIWONT 12/26/2012 12:33PM

    Very inspiring! Isn't it funny how if the scale is up we turn to food and if it's down, same thing. We sabatage ourselves. Congratulations on overcoming that hurdle!

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ADELE66 12/26/2012 5:41AM

    Great blog - I think your story is so helpful and inspiring to people.

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CHICCHANTAL 12/26/2012 2:52AM

    Staying off the scale works for me too - I find it much easier to concentrate on doing the right things if I'm not obsessed with my actual weight!

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FAT2GAINHEALTH 12/25/2012 11:20PM

    I enjoyed your blog. I too have a hard time if my number on the scale is not what I like!!!!

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THOMS1 12/25/2012 1:03PM

    emoticon JOB! THANK YOU FOR THIS BLOG AND HOW YOU WENT ABOUT IT. I WEIGH ONCE A WEEK AND EVEN THAT SEEMS TOO MUCH . I MAY TRY THIS. THANKS AGAIN. emoticon

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JELLI-LEAN 12/25/2012 12:50PM

    Love this blog Pixie! We all have to find what works for each of us!
I am soooooo proud of all that you have accomplished this year!

{{Hugs}}

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SHARODJAY 12/25/2012 10:55AM

  Inspiring!

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STEVIEBEE569 12/25/2012 3:54AM

    Awesome blog! This is very encouraging! Thanks for sharing!

Also, congratulations on your weight loss, NSVs, & the streak!

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SNEAKY 12/24/2012 11:21PM

    Awesome blog. I have just challenged myself to 90 days of some small but smart changes and was just thinking about committing myself to stay off the scale until March 22. You have convinced me!

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TREE57 12/24/2012 10:58PM

    What willpower and determination you have!

Thank you for sharing your success story.

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ABRANNEWME2014 12/24/2012 7:45PM

    Amazing blog thanks for sharing

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SUSIEMT 12/24/2012 6:58PM

    Yea you!!! Thank you telling us how you did it! My sister is one that really needs to keep off the scale. I will have to make sure she reads how you did it. Again thank you!

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HOLLYBDR 12/24/2012 10:07AM

    So glad that you found what works for you. I think I am the opposite, if I stop checking up on the scale I tend to get off track. emoticon emoticon

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KATHIC2 12/24/2012 8:27AM

  Awesome attitude and accomplishments!!!!

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DRB13_1 12/24/2012 2:05AM

    You have become our wise guru, my dear!
Thanks as always, for sharing!!!!!!! (am I emphatic enough?)
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SLFGOLF 12/24/2012 1:03AM

    What a great job! Glad you found what works for you.

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The streak is for you... you are on track to winning!!

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DIANNEMT 12/23/2012 10:06PM

    Congrats on the first streak AND on the beginning of the 2nd!! Wonderful!!

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    Thanks for the great story - you are very motivating!!!!

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    Great blog! Merry Christmas! emoticon

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H20-LADY 12/23/2012 9:02PM

    You're an inspiration! great blog on why one does not have to step on the scale every day. I limit myself to once/week. Thank you

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    Congrats on your success! Thank you for sharing!

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CHANGING-TURTLE 12/23/2012 5:49PM

    Good job staring over and sharing it with us, you know you inspire me so much. Keep up the good work!!!!

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SAPHRAEL 12/23/2012 4:01PM

    Oh, I really love this. First of all, congrats on all the hard work. You had a good, manageable plan and it paid off. Awesome! Second, thanks for the inspiration. I think I might try shelving the scale for awhile and just focus on healthy. After all, weightloss is merely a bi-product of a healthy lifestyle, right?

Happy Holidays!
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    nice

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Happy Holidays!

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    Way to go!! Thanks so much for sharing your journey.

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FIRECOM 12/23/2012 12:42PM

    May God's blessings be upon you this Christmas. Thanks for a great blog.

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    Love your attitude!

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PENOWOK 12/23/2012 9:24AM

    Awesome job, Pixie!! Your nsv's are so much more powerful anyway!!!

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LELERS 12/23/2012 8:36AM

    Wow! You are very inspiring! I only work out in the afternoons and evenings right now, but it shows me how much you can get done even in the 15 minutes every morning. Thank you!

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Thank you for sharing your Inspirational journey!! I have a love hate relationship with my scale and have felt like kicking it down the hall many times. emoticon

I too have a Hard time not rewarding or soothing myself after weigh ins with food. I use the scale a Lot less now. I try to live a healthy lifestyle and make as many consistent , healthy choices as possible.

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This time of the year is SO challenging. I have found yoga to be one of my best tools in my journey. I am going to look up DDP yoga. emoticon

BRAVO on your Fantastic Streak!! I can never keep one going for very long but... Winning is Not quitting! Keep up the Good work! emoticon

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WATERDIAMONDS 12/23/2012 6:59AM

    I got off the scale 17 months ago, and my health, particularly my mental health, immediately began to improve. Thus far, I've dropped multiple dress sizes and regained a peace and joy I had forgotten rightfully belonged to me.

Thank you for your great blog on this subject. The quotes have gone into my motivation book.

Best of continued success to you!
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    Great blog. Thanks for sharing



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    Great blog. Read mine about Light!
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Today is day 3 of my on track streak!

Here are some funnies...because laughter burns calories. Enjoy!





















































  
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KAYYAK1 12/26/2012 10:17AM

  Good laugh to start my morning. Thanks

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JIBBIE49 12/24/2012 3:07AM

    That one about Carl the Snowman working out is cute.

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YAFENELRA 12/21/2012 8:49AM

    Laughing burns calories. Thanks, Pixie!!

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SPARKFRAN514 12/20/2012 10:02PM

    Thanks for the smile today i needed I messed up and ended my no eating at the computer with a sugar cookie so needed you laugh to day and restart my streak tomorrow . no eating to night but tomorrow will be the first of n eating at the computer and some of your funnies will be my encouragement thanks

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MARGARITTM 12/20/2012 2:46PM

    Thanks I AM passing these along

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KAIDAKANTRI 12/20/2012 2:43PM

  These are great! Thanks for sharing!

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LJOYCE55 12/20/2012 12:57PM

  I am not sure which I like most, but the bird on the bending bough is near the top. Thank you for sharing.

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IMAGINE46 12/20/2012 12:13PM

  Those were great. Thanks!

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JUDYAASH 12/20/2012 12:04PM

    Thanks for sharing

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MOMMACASSEY 12/20/2012 11:21AM

    Thanks--I have to try to share these with my coworkers. emoticon

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CHEETARA79 12/20/2012 10:20AM

    Cute stuff.

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FIRECOM 12/20/2012 9:31AM

    The only way to start a day is with a hearty guffaw. Thanks for getting me started.

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KATHIC2 12/20/2012 9:25AM

  LOL!!!

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NEWMOM20121 12/20/2012 9:16AM

    Love them

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PENOWOK 12/20/2012 9:04AM

    Very funny!! Thanks, Pixie!!

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ASHPATCH11 12/20/2012 8:52AM

    yoga .....love it

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STILLHERE1111 12/20/2012 8:33AM

    Like the yoga Santa in your background! Great funnies, thanks.

Happy Holidays!! Have a great "streak"!!
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    Sparking can be such a serious venture. trying to get the most points one can. Thanks for making us laugh. Glenn

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    Funny!!!!

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    LOL. Thanks for the laughs! Also, I love your background - Santa in tree pose. :) That's awesome.

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    Thanks for the chuckles! I, too, am just too short. My sis used to say she was just picked before she was ripe :)

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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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    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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  The point is you started! Congrats!

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    Pixie - you rock!

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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
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  Congratulations on your day one!

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    every day counts!

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    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

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EBURGITE 12/26/2012 11:52AM

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NERDLETTE 12/26/2012 9:50AM

    You rock!! I needed to hear this today!

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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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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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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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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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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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    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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