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Friday, February 01, 2013



Today is day 35 of my streak!

(Previous streaks; 290 days and 13 days.)

My personal theme for the month is to be my own Valentine! I am going to treat myself with "outrageous kindness" all month long...and beyond! So to get my month off to a great start, I treated myself to a haircut at the salon today! I was way overdue for that...my last visit to the salon was in June. With hubby still out of work, I just didn't feel we had the money for me to spend on a haircut, so I've been living with my hair either tied back in a ponytail, or covered with a bandana. So I was really excited to finally get a haircut today!

I've been going to the same stylist for about 3 or 4 years now. I never mentioned to her that I was trying to lose weight. Well, when I saw her today, she looked kind of surprised and said "I don't have to ask how you've been doing...you look great! You have a waist, girl!" It made me feel so good that someone has FINALLY noticed my weight loss! She asked me how much I'd lost, and how I did it. After I mentioned that I've lost at least 71 lbs now, I had the attention of the other stylists and customers in the shop. Of course, I told them all about Sparkpeople. So maybe some of them will join!

After I got my hair cut, I came home and styled it so hubby could take new front and side pictures of me. I have not weighed myself since last September, and I don't plan to weigh myself again until March first. But I will be having new front and side pictures taken every month from now on to help me see my progress, to keep me motivated and to keep me accountable! So here are my starting pictures from last March, and my newest pictures from today. (If you want to see my "in between" photos, they are in my Spark photo gallery.)
















I still have a long way to go on my journey to my goal size, but I am fine with that. I am in no rush...I am making the most of each day and doing my best to enjoy the journey!




  
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NEED2LOSEN2010 2/6/2013 6:46PM

    Awesome ! You can see your progress, keep up the good work!
By the way Ihave the same shirt; the 1 with the horse.

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SONYALATRECE 2/5/2013 9:26AM

    emoticon You look great!
Liking the new do!

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IMEMINE1 2/5/2013 5:43AM

    You look beautiful.

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MSBEKANATOR 2/5/2013 4:52AM

    Wonderful pictures! You look beautiful!

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COTTONTAIL62 2/4/2013 7:33PM

    Amazing progress, Pixie !

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JUNEBUG4967 2/4/2013 6:25PM

    Fantastic! You are showing the 71 lbs gone! Congrats!

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AME4IT 2/4/2013 2:42PM

    These before and after photos tell your story and speak to your hard-earned effort of those 71 pounds. emoticon

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1DRWOMAN 2/4/2013 5:19AM

    Wow! Congratulations! Fabulous!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 2/4/2013 2:16AM

    emoticon You look GREAT!!
Keep up the good work and keep on enjoying the journey. Also, enjoy your valentines month of loving yourself!!!
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FIRECOM 2/4/2013 1:33AM

    Success is where you find it. Congrats.

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    Congratulations on your success! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATHEMARIE 2/3/2013 11:13PM

    emoticon Fantastic! Your new haircut looks good.

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BLUEROSE73 2/3/2013 12:35PM

    You are making great progress Pixie. Keep up the good work

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RUTHIEBEAR 2/3/2013 12:08PM

    I love seeing progress photos - yours are amazing. What a difference! You stay strong, girlfriend! emoticon

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BRENDA_G50 2/3/2013 11:28AM

    WOW!!! emoticon You can sure tell the difference!!!

You look fabulous, happier and I love your new hairstyle. emoticon

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WILSON1926 2/3/2013 10:17AM

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Keep up the great work
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ELLIE381 2/3/2013 10:07AM

    You look soooo happy! emoticon emoticon

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    FANTASTIC!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BESSHAILE 2/3/2013 7:56AM

    Yay You!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 2/3/2013 7:12AM

    emoticon Beautiful inside and out! PixieLUCIOUS!

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    great .you can definately see the differance emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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  You look great!! And you can see in the pictures you FEEL great which is a big part of it. emoticon emoticon

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SIMONEKP 2/2/2013 9:08PM

    such great progress!

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PEACEHOPE1 2/2/2013 9:00PM

    Wow, you are looking great! I love the response from your stylist - how fun! Love the new hairdo, it's very flattering on you. Keep up the awesome work!

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ZIGGY122 2/2/2013 8:50PM

    emoticon Good God Pix... I didn't recognize you when I checked my Spark page today. You always inspire me... and I am starting to get a little stronger and keep up a little more with the DDP Yoga You are the best emoticon

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TREE57 2/2/2013 7:01PM

    You look fabulous!!!! Love the new do!!!



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ROSAMARCELLE 2/2/2013 5:58PM

    Love the new hair cut and congrats on the weight loss. Makes such a difference when people notice. emoticon

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GOSPARK45 2/2/2013 5:48PM

    Rock on! You look amazing!
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SIMPLYABUNDANT 2/2/2013 5:26PM

    emoticon I double dog dare you to say you don't notice the difference. Wow! Love the new 'do. You look amazing, Pixie!

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SNOWYOGA 2/2/2013 4:37PM

    Wow you look great and love your hair cut! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CTMOM2KIDS 2/2/2013 2:17PM

    Aawww!!! You look fantastic, Pixie!! You are beautiful inside and out! Keep up the great work!

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    emoticon You look great!

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FALLNTENN 2/2/2013 1:08PM

    You look wonderful. The haircut is really cute on you. Congratulations on your weight loss.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 2/2/2013 11:22AM

    Oh I see such a difference. You look emoticon You are doing such a great job. emoticon you have such a positive attitude.

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NADINEL 2/2/2013 11:01AM

    You are doing great! I can really see the difference. I like your haircut, too! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAMAEL100 2/2/2013 10:02AM

    Love the hair cut! It is nice to get spoiled every now and then!!

There is a huge difference in your before and after pictures. You are doing great and have a great attitude to it!



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SHARJOPAUL 2/2/2013 9:56AM

    WOW!!!
Congratulations.

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I love your positive attitude!
You look great.
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RAINBOWMF 2/2/2013 9:50AM

    Have you started to see the change in you now? Do you see it in the mirror?
You are looking great. emoticon m emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon the last one is me doing the Happy Dance for you.

Love Mary

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LISBETHSALANDER 2/2/2013 9:28AM

    There is such a difference. You've lost the weight and you look positively toned! Even your wrists look better. I hope 'm right behind you. Happy Valentines month and a good idea to be your own best valentine. I'm copying it. Forward!

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SATCHMO99 2/2/2013 8:37AM

    Wow, Pixie, you look fantastic, and it was worth treating yourself to your haircut. Even though money may be tight, think of it as your reward for not eating all the costly calories (costly to your health, well-being and bank balance). You are SO worth it :-)

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MILLEDGE2 2/2/2013 8:08AM

    All your friends on Sparkpeople are rejoicing at these pictures of your TREMENDOUS ACCOMPLISHMENT to this point and cheering you on toward your finish line! Have a great weekend! emoticon

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GRUMBLEGIRL 2/2/2013 7:49AM

    You look awesome!! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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DEEGIRL50 2/2/2013 7:41AM

    You inspire me to do better. I love your phrase "outrageous kindness." I hope you don't mind if I use it too. You have the very best Valentine!

Joy on your Journey! Day after Day.
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FITMOMINNJ 2/2/2013 7:32AM

    You can see a huge difference:) Your really rockin it gf:) emoticon

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    emoticon You are looking great

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NANFACEMIRE1 2/2/2013 7:07AM

    WOW......WOW.......WOW........You look absolutely emoticon . You ARE doing it. I am so proud of you.......

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Sincerely Yours

Thursday, January 31, 2013



Today is day 34 of my streak!

Tomorrow I'm going to get a much needed haircut! I can't afford to get it blow dried and styled, but I'm pretty good at doing that myself. (I used to be a receptionist at a hair salon, so I learned a little bit about how to fix my hair!) Also, I'm going to have hubby take new front and side pictures of me. I asked him to be honest and to tell me if I look any different from the front and side pictures I had taken last summer. He said, no, I look about the same. Oh well! In my "I've Been in Denial" blog, I opened up about why I've been at a plateau, and now I'm ready to move forward and start being a loser (instead of a maintainer) again! I'm going to have hubby take front and side pictures of me EVERY month from now on, because I know it will keep me accountable and make me work harder!

I am co-leader of a team called Progress, Not Perfection. Starting tomorrow, we're going to have a weekly challenge...to post one thing every day that you love about your body! This might be kind of hard...but I'm going to do it. Its sad, but I've always found it easy to put myself down and insult myself. "Oh, I'm so fat"...."I'm so ugly"...."look at how HUGE my upper arms are" etc, etc, etc. But I'm not going to do that anymore! Why should I waste time hating on myself and my body? Of course my body is not perfect, but it sure is improvable!

Besides, this body is the same body I will have when I eventually reach my goal. It will be smaller and it will be firmer but it will still be MY body. I have neglected my body for years, but those days are done. I am going to love, appreciate and respect my body for all that it is, with all its flaws and imperfections, even as I work to make it better. My body is a gift from God, and He never intended for me to treat it so badly with a sedentary lifestyle, junk food and overeating.

There's a Christian song from the 90's that I love, its called "Sincerely Yours." Its not about weight loss but lately I have found that the lyrics really speak to me in that way.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7Bc2kyd2Io

I've spent too long wasting the gift God gave me of a healthy body.I'm the one who made my body out of shape and unhealthy. Now I dedicate my life and body back to Him, and I am going to do my best to reclaim my health and to appreciate my body.



  
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    You're a good inspiration!

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EENLIGHTENING 2/4/2013 6:18PM

    Thanks for sharing authentically. It really inspires others when you do that. Good for you for letting go of negative self talk. We are our own worst enemies and it is true that we cannot love others unless we love ourselves first. Yes, embrace the gift God gave you. emoticon emoticon

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AME4IT 2/4/2013 2:33PM

    You've done an amazing job thus far - 71 pounds - SEVENTY ONE POUNDS. That's remarkable.

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Yeah when they do it at the salon it is only nice for one day. When we do it ourselves we can look great everyday. HAHA LOL

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SHERYLDS 2/2/2013 7:24PM

    It's all good....go for it

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SJKENT1 2/2/2013 6:54PM

    You can do it!!

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ANNESYLVIA 2/2/2013 8:16AM

    Best of luck with your new team.

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    Keep up the good work - love your new photo!

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 2/1/2013 9:40PM

    Keep up the great work, Pixie!!!

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KARRENLYNN 2/1/2013 9:34PM

    You have such a great attitude! I am learning personally that mindset and beliefs play such a great part in my lasting success or failure in my journey to better health. I find it much easier to lose weight and treat myself better if I'm not also having to fight my negative inner tapes at the same time.

You are doing great, and you are so worth it, keep going!

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    way to go

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NEWTINK 2/1/2013 4:04PM

    I am a firm believer that you will not get forgiveness from anyone or any thing till you forgive yourself .. I hope that you are finding your way to sincerely forgiving yourself emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 2/1/2013 1:51PM

  What great advice, Pixie........... emoticon

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JANESLOSS 2/1/2013 1:48PM

    Way to go Pixie!

I'm trying hard to recommit myself and get back on track. I love the new challenge!

Big Hugs,

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JIBBIE49 2/1/2013 1:45PM

    emoticon 71 pounds gone.

Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail again. What an honor.

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CHRISBEM 2/1/2013 12:57PM

    I like the challenge!

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SPECIALGURL7 2/1/2013 12:42PM

    It really depends on what we believe and how we accomplish the goals we have for ourselves. Our bodies are the temple with which God gave us and we should not destroy what He has given us by treating it badly. Thanks for bringing this out. emoticon

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    emoticon enjo that hair cut.

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MIRANDA1115 2/1/2013 11:06AM

    I'm also a 'work in progress' and appreciate your honest blogs. You are doing a great job and are a great Spark Friend! Thank you!

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DJSHIP46 2/1/2013 10:45AM

    Can't wait to see the new pictures! Thanks for sharing your song... loved it!!

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JOYFULMOMTO5 2/1/2013 9:31AM

    Great blog! I need to apply some of these things to myself. I just may have to go check out your team! I can tell you that I've only known you a short time on here & I am so thankful for your caring, encouraging heart! ~ praying this month of loving yourself allows you to learn how to be that with yourself..you are worth it :) emoticon
(P.s. 71 lbs!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon )

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WALLINMW 2/1/2013 9:20AM

  Stay Motivated!

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    Another wonderful & inspiring blog Pixie!! emoticon

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    Wonderful blog.

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    a great,inspiring blog! have a fabulous day!

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    awesome blog

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    what a beautiful post. thanks.

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Outrageous Kindness

Wednesday, January 30, 2013



Today is day 33 of my streak!

January is just about done...and as of today there are only 48 days until Spring! I am thinking ahead to where I'd like to be by that time, and what I need to do in order to make it happen. For the first time in years, I am looking forward to warmer weather! Just saying that I am looking forward to something....it brings tears to my eyes. In the past, warmer weather was something I dreaded because it meant putting away the bulky coats and jackets that I wore all winter to "hide" my obese body. In Spring and Summer, I would wear my stretch pants and t shirts, and I would feel so unattractive, so "un-feminine", so fat, so old. Whenever I would go out in public, I would pull my hair back into a ponytail, slap on a baseball cap, and pretend that I didn't care (or didn't know) that I looked so unhealthy, unhappy and so overweight.

But I did care. Behind my smile, I was crying. I was ashamed of how I'd let myself go. And to comfort myself, I'd buy a bunch of junk food, hide it in my purse, and then sneak it into the house....and then eat it in the middle of the night while hubby was sleeping! And every morning, I would wake up just hating myself for being such a weak person. Oh, the names I called myself! I said such horrible, hateful things to myself every day!



Its different this year, though. I look forward to warmer weather, because I am not ashamed of myself anymore. Its not just about looks, its about ATTITUDE. I don't hate myself like I used to. I LOVE myself! No, I don't think I'm the worlds greatest or anything. But I have finally learned the truth...you can't take care of yourself and reach your goals if you don't love yourself.

I have had such a bad past. But I'm tired of living in the shadow of that. My life is ahead of me, and I don't have to be a prisoner of my old thoughts and feelings. I am looking forward with hope and positivity.

"Don't look back - Yesterday is over, today is a brand new day
Don't look back - It's not the answer, no it's not the way
You can't go forward when you keep looking back
How can you think about the future
When you're haunted by the past?
God don't want you to live like that
Put your hand to the plow and don't look back."
("Don't Look Back" by John Schlitt)



February is almost here, and my goal for the month is to be my OWN Valentine! I hereby pledge to treat myself with "outrageous kindness" all month long...and beyond! I will love myself enough to put my health first...I will love myself enough to eat healthy foods (and to weigh and measure them!)...I will love myself enough to exercise and look for ways to add movement to my day...I will love myself enough to keep working hard to make progress!




And when Spring arrives, I will not be at my goal weight....but I will be closer! I will not wear stretch pants or hide underneath a baseball cap. I will smile, and it will be a genuine smile of happiness and pride because I have worked hard, and I know I am worth the effort!





  
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CATNCAG 9/14/2013 12:19PM

    Congrats on your awesome weight loss! I am so glad u love yourself! That is something I am in the process of learning! U make a great role model!
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SUPERSYLPH 7/20/2013 11:36AM

    Go you! Love yourself!

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    Wonderful....great blog

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MONTREAL12 2/25/2013 11:41AM

  A beautiful testament to your future. You are so right. We cannot undo the past; however, we can influence and even change our future. In addition a story such as yours has a direct impact on all who have the privilege of reading. Thank-you for your courageous sharing of your personal journey towards accepting and loving oneself! I hope that you had a great valentine's day and that Spring, which is less than a month away, proves welcoming emoticon

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FRABBIT 2/8/2013 9:30AM

  Way to go! Keep up that great attitude! It is inspiring!

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    So Inspiring! I am going to try to apply this to myself as well. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HYATTI1 2/7/2013 12:56AM

    Well of course you are going to get a lot of comments on this blog...Loving yourself no matter what is the number one objection or obstacle you have to reach in order to accomplish anything. So my dear you are well on your way to a better life. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your thoughts through this blog.

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KRISKECK 2/6/2013 9:01PM

    I borrowed your idea and decided to be my Valentine this month too! Thank you!!

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KRISKECK 2/5/2013 1:46PM

    Beautiful blog....thank you!

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TAFODIL24 2/4/2013 7:39AM

    You are so beautiful ~ thank you for sharing & keeping me inspired
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    How inspiring!! Thanks for an uplifting blog. Keep up the awesome work!!!
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    emoticon Thank you for posting. Your posts are always inspiring.

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CHRISGORGME 2/3/2013 2:39PM

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MANILUS 2/3/2013 12:25PM

    The ultimate is loving ourselves, way to go!

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you motivate me every day
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DEFININGMYSELF 2/3/2013 8:33AM

  So great, love your post. Enjoy the spring and summer. You deserve all good things. God bless you :)

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WENDYSWEIGHTWAR 2/3/2013 5:01AM

    Awesome :) and true, thank you for sharing!

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KERI414 2/3/2013 1:41AM

  Very inspirational!

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RISAMEANSLAUGH 2/2/2013 7:42PM

    Keep up the good work! You're right, love is stronger than hate -- so keep loving yourself!!

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CHERYLSBUTT 2/2/2013 6:03PM

    Good for you
Love is so much more fulfilling than hate
be kind to others and they will helpyou be kind to yourself!!!

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GOD-IM-TIRED 2/2/2013 8:37AM

    You are such an inspiration!!
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    Love this blog, especially about being your own valentine:) emoticon emoticon

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JOYFULROAD 2/2/2013 12:34AM

  What a lovely blog - I totally get where you are coming from, I have been down the same road but NO MORE! i am now committed to being my own best friend, no more abuse - lots of love - outrageous love - going to start using that word - thank you for sharing

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    Been there. Great blog, thanks. emoticon

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GRAMMAP1 2/1/2013 11:25PM

    71 lbs. is fabulous. emoticon Your one paragraph about self hate descibes me totally, but I am working on that. Thanks for your insights and a fine blog! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Great blog, I think you've hit the heart of the matter...., it's all about taking care of ourselves! Thanks for being so inspiring!!
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LAINIESNEWLIFE 2/1/2013 9:41PM

    Great blog again, Pixie!! Love all the quotes!!

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GODSBEST 2/1/2013 7:45PM

    Great blog. Especially like treating myself with "outrageous kindness" all month as I reach my goals. Love it.


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ROBB1N 2/1/2013 7:05PM

    I love your attitude!

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BUBBASIS 2/1/2013 6:45PM

  I am just starting out and this was such a inspiration to me. I have felt this way for years.

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AURORAMILLET 2/1/2013 5:13PM

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!

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RORYLYONS 2/1/2013 3:04PM

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KATHRYN74 2/1/2013 2:52PM

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Keep going.
The positive thoughts help too.

When you start being able to love the YOU both the inside and the physical, that's amazing!

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JAMESU2 2/1/2013 2:30PM

  athank you for posting such a good post. I have often felt the same way also. I refuse to by a new swimming suit because of the way I look right now. So I am trying to loose weight before I buy a new one. Keep up the good work.

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I've Been in Denial

Tuesday, January 29, 2013



Today is day 32 of my streak!

I am co-leader of a great team called Rootin' for Ruby. Today, one of the other leaders of the team (Healthyhappydeb) posted a discussion topic and she asked, "Do you think you could be in denial regarding any aspect of your issues with weight?"

My first instinct was to answer that question "no." But something made me pause. I took a moment to think that question over....and I realized that the answer was actually "yes." I have been in denial.

For weeks now....actually, MONTHS....I have been saying that I am at a plateau, and that I don't know why. But today, I really was honest with myself. No more denial. I know why I'm at a plateau. I haven't wanted to face it or admit it to myself. But I have been sabotaging myself.

Although I know how important it is to weigh and measure my food, I have not really been doing that with any regularity. Oh, I break out the food scale or the measuring cups & spoons every once in a while, but most of the time I just make "guess-timates." And I lie to myself. I say "Oh, that looks like a tablespoon of peanut butter", but in reality it is more like two tablespoons, or maybe even three. Or I say "That looks like a one cup serving" but deep down inside I know its a bit more.



I have lied to myself by saying "a little bit more won't matter in the long run." And that might be true, if the "little bit more" was just every once in a while. But its not. Its an every day occurrence. A little too much for breakfast...a little too much for lunch....a little too much for dinner. And it all adds up to a LOT too much.

Another way I have been sabotaging myself is that I have become lazy with tracking my food. I have been in denial about that, telling myself that I don't need to track my food, because I know how much I'm eating.



And the sad thing is, I know better. I KNOW I need to measure and weigh my food. I KNOW I need to track my meals. I exercise every day, but exercise is not a free pass to over eat. Sure, the food I eat is healthy food. I have eliminated junk food from my daily diet. But even eating healthy food can make you gain weight (or put you at a plateau) if you eat too much.




Its time for me to stop living in denial. I know what I want; I want to keep losing weight, I want to be healthy, I want to be fit and strong. And I know what I need to do in order to make it happen; I need to measure my portions, I need to track my food, and I need to stop lying to myself about how much I am eating.



I have lost 71 lbs since last March, so I'm a long way from where I started, but I still have a long way to go to get to where I want to be. And I will never get there if I don't start getting my nutrition in line. Starting today, I am going to do the things I know I need to do to get over this plateau.

Starting today, I will remember what my ultimate goal was when I started this journey last March, and that was to be as HEALTHY as I possibly can be.



  
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NASFKAB 3/25/2013 5:44AM

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CINDYBEL 2/26/2013 10:33AM

    So true

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TERRIJ7 2/18/2013 11:13PM

    OOUUUCH!!!! That blog NAILED me! Okay--back to the weights and measures....

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PCASEY7 2/6/2013 10:40PM

    Great blog and self realization! You'll do this just like everything else you've accomplished!

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BELDONDOG1 2/4/2013 7:19PM

    Good Blog! I think you have everyone thinking. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us!

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FALLNTENN 2/2/2013 1:16PM

    This blog made me realize that I am doing the same things. I'm at a plateau of my own making. It's time to face reality. Thanks for the wake-up call (blog).

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MISSLISA1973 2/1/2013 11:33PM

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Lisa

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POINDEXTRA 2/1/2013 10:15PM

    SO True! I've maintained a 50-60 pound for almost 10 years, and the sole reason is tracking. I STILL do not have an intuitive sense of what is a proper portion or when I have had enough (though I have improved in that area). The measuring cups, scale, and food tracker are my friends!

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GODSBEST 1/31/2013 1:57PM

    Wow! I could have written this blog myself. emoticon

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MASTERPIECE8 1/31/2013 12:40PM

    emoticon Great blog.

After reading this - oh, yes, I'm in denial too. Thanks for the 'wake up' call.

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PABA77 1/31/2013 12:24PM

    Thank you. I was just having this argument with myself today.

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FIRECOM 1/31/2013 12:09PM

    I absolutely loved this post. I am sure that many, of not most, of us have gone down this path at least once.


thanks.

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FARIS71 1/31/2013 8:39AM

    Oh dang that was a little reality check for me. So (painfully) true!

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STEVIEBEE569 1/31/2013 6:39AM

    Awesome blog! With the equation of 80% nutrition, 10% exercise, and 10% genetics, I made a decision to clean up my eating habits. I purchased Eat Clean Recharged by Tosca Reno as well as the new Sparkpeople Cookbook. I'm going to start planning my menus as well as cooking more! So, this weekend, I will be going shopping as well as getting rid of food items that are not good for my new lifestyle. Your blog with the pictures, definitely tells me that I'm on my way! So, thanks again for sharing your thoughts!

You're amazing! Keep up the good work!

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LISAN0415 1/31/2013 5:00AM

    Great Blog!

I have been remining people about the 80% and 20% weight loss tip.

Matthew McConaughey the actor recently lost over 30 lbs for a role- now his is not what I would call a healthy weight loss, but he mentioned in an article that he has always done lots of cardio (and there have been pictures of him for years running on beaches) But he said to lose the weight hetried exercising more, and didn't lose much, it was mostly due to what he ate.

I know we can all get a little "lax" about measuring, but the truth is, it only takes a few second to put our food in a meauring cup, or an a scale, or get out the meauring spoon, and it makes such a difference. It's great you recognized this, now more progress is coming!
Best wishes!
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PLITIN 1/31/2013 2:40AM

    reality check.... yes, you (again) held a mirror right in front of my nose...

....and the best thing about it you always seem to be able to guide me along with your words! Thank you, Pixie!

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NETTYDAWG 1/31/2013 12:04AM

    What a well written blog and so so true. I've been on a "plateau" for the last year. Yes I've discovered there were psychological reasons but also I've been sabotaging myself and it was only this week that I truly realized. Now to turn things around. Tracking, scales, and measuring cups are the tools required. We will all make this work for us when we are honest with what we are truly doing. Thank you for a wonderful blog.


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NEWTINK 1/30/2013 10:20PM

    I am on the flip side of your issue .. i know what i am eating I just know also that I am not coming anywhere close to my nutrition goals a day. I am expected to eat a lot more than i actually do and yes i know that my body will think it is starving and store whatever to keep it energized but it is so hard to eat when you are not hungry at all .. You can do this I believe in you . you have come a long way already so just look as perfecting the your plan just one more thing that you have to do get to where you want to be. emoticon emoticon

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DIANNEMT 1/30/2013 9:55PM

    I have not been measuring either. And yes--I do not make good estimates.... So I need to either measure or over-estimate on my tracker..... I'll get out the spoons and the cup measures. I promise.

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CINDYAST 1/30/2013 9:00PM

    Excellent blog and one I can relate to. It's so easy for me the just "guess" and not do the work required to get the results I want. Thanks for your honesty and reminding me to be honest with myself.

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LEPETITCHIHUA 1/30/2013 7:44PM

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SPEEDY143 1/30/2013 6:25PM

    Where's the I LOVE THIS BLOG button???? Because YOU hit the nail right on the head and have driven home a message we all can relate to emoticon emoticon

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LINDAK25 1/30/2013 5:33PM

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I've often wondered what will happen when I get to maintenance. How will I do if I don't track and weigh my food? My nutritional balance was so off before Spark and I wonder how will I keep things in balance? I envy people who can do this without tracking. However, if you're on a plateau and you don't want to be there, tracking and weighing your food really is the only way to go.

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BLUE42DOWN 1/30/2013 5:31PM

    So easily could have been written by me, though I have yet to actually claim to be on a plateau because I ~KNOW~ when I'm pulling those food sabotage tricks on myself. (Amazing how big an eyeballed tablespoon of peanut butter can get!)

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TERMITEMOM 1/30/2013 5:25PM

    Portion control... HUGE challenge. Not measuring accurately doesn't help.
You are right on the money Pixie!

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SUSIEMT 1/30/2013 5:07PM

    Pixie this is the very BEST blog you have written since forever. Hats off to your co-leader for posing the topic. It hit home for me! And I use my measuring cups faithfully but when it comes to that peanut butter I always fail to bring out the tablespoon. Hmmm! I need to bring it out and USE it.
Thank you! Spark on!

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BLUEROSE73 1/30/2013 4:52PM

    Good for you for facing what's going on. You can do this. I know you can

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PATRICIAANN46 1/30/2013 4:08PM

  Good for you, Pixie. You are facing your challenges head on!!! emoticon

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HUNGRYWOMAN2 1/30/2013 3:49PM

    Thank you for the important reminders/! emoticon It is difficult to be truly honest with ourselves, but once we are amazing things can happen.
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TUTUNAN 1/30/2013 3:13PM

    Oh, my, Pixie, but the truth hurts. I can add a ditto to everything you said. Thanks for having the courage to say it.

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SPECIALGURL7 1/30/2013 3:02PM

    Thank you for this. It has helped me to look at myself and what I am doing. I realize I could do better than what I am doing. emoticon

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SHELLBELLE43207 1/30/2013 2:40PM

  This helped me to open my eyes about a situation of my own. Thank you for sharing.

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JANEMARIE77 1/30/2013 2:02PM

    great job one more step in the equation to a life time of health


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LIVELYGIRL2 1/30/2013 1:25PM

  Your a gutsy lady. The truth be said, it's ca be pain and nuisance to measure. I guess if you can eat more often, or choose thins so you don't feel hungry. Maybe, it's more tan being hungry... food can fight boredom, stress, inner longings... that is also something to consider... Hang in thee, you still have come a long long way. Just that you came o this conclusion, says alot. Good for you PIXIE. We believe in you! emoticon

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PANDORABERRY 1/30/2013 1:17PM

  Well Done!!! I was doing the same thing a couple of months ago doing what you were doing. I decided to track my food and measure and do what I suppose to and since then I have been having a weightloss every week!!!

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TORTISE110 1/30/2013 1:17PM

    You have reminded me that honesty is the antidote to denial and it's not easy to keep it honest with ourselves, our food and our exercise. Thank you!

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JANESLOSS 1/30/2013 11:45AM

    WOW!
OK Pixie I confess, this has been my problem since October and I'm fooling myself in thinking that weight won't creep back on and be even harder to take off. I almost made it yesterday, but I was alone and lonely last night and ate more calories than I should. They were healthy foods, just too much. I need to make a commitment to myself and start weighing and logging everything. Thanks for sharing. I thought I was alone in this problem.

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HAPPENING101 1/30/2013 11:32AM

  Hey.....who put you in charge of reporting what I'm doing?? Lol! That was so similar to what I do all the time. Glad to hear I'm not the only one who does that. Good luck to you and thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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TAKINBACKMYBODY 1/30/2013 11:10AM

    OMG - I'm reading your blog and seeing my own issues in print in almost every sentence!!! I'm rooting for you, I know these issues with food are die-hard habits that are going to take lots of effort, focus and work to change.....here's to conquering the bad eating in 2013! emoticon

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Working out again!

Monday, January 28, 2013




Today is day 31 of my streak!

I was sidetracked by back pain last week....unable to workout since Wednesday afternoon! I did some stretches, but that was it. I sure did miss being able to do my regular workouts, but I knew that if I pushed myself to do them in spite of the pain, it would just make things worse. So even though my back was starting to feel better by Saturday, I made myself wait until today before I resumed working out.

It felt great to get up this morning and put on my "warrior gear" (as I call my workout clothes) and head into the living room to start my day with Zumba! But boy, missing those few days of working out has made a big difference! I was out of breath so quickly! I managed to do a 20 minute Zumba workout but I was exhausted at the end of it!

After lunch, I did my core strength workout, but only 15 minutes instead of my usual 30 to 45 minutes, because I don't want to overdo it on my first day back. Tonight I will do my DDP Yoga workout, which is my favorite workout of the day.

I'm so happy that I am able to workout again....I really missed it! Thank you to all my dear Spark friends who kept me in prayer for my back pain!
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CINDYCHARLENE 1/29/2013 5:47PM

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EBURGITE 1/29/2013 10:53AM

    woohoo for feeling better and moving again! yay.

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JANESLOSS 1/29/2013 10:36AM

    Pixie,
I'm so happy that your back is doing better. You are smart not to push it too much at first. I love your pictures in this blog. Very motivating!

Have a great day!

Big Hugs,

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    emoticon but please be very careful at first.

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SANDYCRANE 1/29/2013 9:50AM

    Glad you are back to your routine. Take it easy and keep up the good work.

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SIMPLYABUNDANT 1/29/2013 9:12AM

    Glad your back is feeling better. Ease back into it and you'll be full throttle again before you know it. "Warrior gear..." Love it!

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BESSHAILE 1/29/2013 7:15AM

    Hooray for your return. I'm sure it f emoticon eels great to be mobile again.

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IMEMINE1 1/29/2013 5:27AM

    Happy to hear you are on the road to recovery.

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HAPPY_TRAVELS 1/29/2013 12:56AM

    Glad your feeling better and now you can get back to your workouts. Just take care that you don't over do it.

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DRB13_1 1/29/2013 12:05AM

    every day, there's something we CAN do...
wishing you the best of health and no pain

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L1ZB3TH354 1/28/2013 11:24PM

    So happy you are feeling better. Take it slow and easy. (((Hugs)))

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KTACKEBE 1/28/2013 11:22PM

    I haven't worked out the last 2 days because I'm all stopped up and yucky. Everytime I get my heart rate up I start coughing and if I bend over I get dizzy, so I'll be trying to watch the calories and waiting a few days before working out too. Great job getting back to it! emoticon

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TAFODIL24 1/28/2013 11:10PM

    "There is nobody else like you in the world and this is worth celebrating rather than searching for faults." ~Madisyn Taylor

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WEEPINGANGEL74 1/28/2013 10:52PM

    Congrats on overcoming the back pain and getting back into working out. I can't wait until my stitches are out so I can get back to strength training and boxing so I feel your pain. Great Job!!

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 1/28/2013 10:46PM

    Glad your feeling better,,,love the quotes!

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PATTYSPENCER 1/28/2013 10:00PM

    Glad you're feeling better!

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GINGER_BEAR 1/28/2013 9:54PM

    Glad you are feeling better.

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MANDELOVICH 1/28/2013 9:52PM

    So glad you are feeling better! Go Pixie!

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4RASCALS 1/28/2013 9:13PM

    Glad that your back is better. Don't over do yourself. I'm so impressed with the amount of exercise you do. It shows that you have formed new healthy habits that will last a lifetime.
That is the healthy way to do it. Continued success.

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MICKEYH 1/28/2013 9:06PM

    Yay !! Good for you !! I'm happy to hear you back is better now. Congrats!! But take it easy for now. Have a wonderful and productive rest of your week. Take care.

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DALID414 1/28/2013 9:05PM

    Yay! Glad to hear you're back at it!

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    Good for you for being patient and taking care of yourself. You rock!!
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SAGELADY2 1/28/2013 8:44PM

    Good deal, glad you are feeling better.

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JANE1216 1/28/2013 7:55PM

    I'd say some good strong habits have been formed in your workouts! It just had to feel great to "miss" them --- something you probably never thought you'd say back on those first days of starting your exercising program --- WTG and carry on . . . . . . .
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SEWISTLADY 1/28/2013 7:30PM

    Sounds like a sensible return to workouts. Good for you!
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KITT52 1/28/2013 6:25PM

    glad your doing great..... and back to your working out..rest sometimes is the best medicine

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LITTLE_QUEEN 1/28/2013 5:30PM

    GLAD YOUR BACK IS FEELING BETTER AND YOUR BACK TO WORKING OUT DON'T OVERDO IT THOUGH AT FIRST, THAT IS MY BACK PAIN CAUTIONING YOU, LOL!

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MATTEROFHEART 1/28/2013 5:15PM

    So glad your back is feeling better! You're right, it really makes a big difference if you miss a few days of your workout!

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GOSPARK45 1/28/2013 4:51PM

    Glad your back is better. I have the same problem at times. Not always sure what makes it get bad again.
Do you have a good Zumba tape you can recommend? I'd like to try it.

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GLORYB2014 1/28/2013 4:40PM

    I'm really glad your back is feeling okay now, I know how much you like to do your workouts!
Way to go Pixie, can't keep you down for long!
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KARENLEIGH32 1/28/2013 4:40PM

    I know it was good for you to take a few days to heal, but I DON'T know how you stood it. I decided to take my 'day off' for the 1st time in a couple of weeks yesterday. I did the treadmill for 10 mins. so I could keep my streak. I was worn out last night, so glad today is here so I can go back to 'normal'!

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KJELLYBEAN15 1/28/2013 3:20PM

    Happy to see you are getting back. And it is a smart choice to take it slow. You'll be back to normal soon.

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