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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

  awesome thought provoking

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CINDYBEL 2/26/2013 10:33AM

    So true

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EFFRAYECHILDE 2/19/2013 8:31AM

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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

    I completely understand. emoticon

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!
Lisa



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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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    I'm looking forward to your seeing results very soon, emoticon

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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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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!

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    emoticon but please be very careful at first.

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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Friday, January 25, 2013




Today is day 28 of my current streak!

The week got off to a great start...I was exercising, being active throughout the day, and eating right. Then on Wednesday, back pain hit! I was able to do my morning Zumba workout, but by afternoon when I was trying to do my upper body ST, the pain was getting worse. So I decided to just skip that workout, and also skip doing my evening workout of DDP Yoga. Hubby gave me a back massage, and I was so sure that I'd be feeling better on Thursday.

Well, I woke up on Thursday morning and my lower back was really hurting. Just walking was kind of painful. In the past, I would let back pain make me retire to bed with a heating pad and lots of comfort food. But that was the old me. The new me doesn't do that! So instead of laying around on the heating pad, I got up and did some stretches for my back. I wasn't able to workout, and I was so bummed about that. (A year ago, if you had told me that I'd be bummed about not being able to workout, I would have laughed my head off!) But I know that sometimes, the healthiest thing we can do is to REST. So no workouts for me on Thursday. My eating was right on track, although hubby offered to go get me a milkshake and fries! He knows that in the past, I would have loved to have a "treat" like that when I was laid up with back pain. But I said "no thanks" and asked him to make me some tea instead!



This morning when I woke up, I still had back pain. I'm sorry that I have to miss my workouts again today! But I know that if I forced myself to do them, I'd just make my back feel worse. So for now, I'm just doing stretches. But my fingers are crossed, hoping I can resume my workout schedule either tomorrow or Sunday! I really MISS my workouts!

So although I haven't been able to workout, my streak is still intact...because my streak is not about exercising every day. My streak is about making each day as healthy as I possibly can. And right now, taking it easy is the healthiest thing I can do for myself!


  
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CINDYCHARLENE 1/28/2013 1:23PM

    Excellent blog Pixie! I do pry you are feeling much better and kudos for not turning to junk food for comfort. You are really on a roll. Congratulations for your perseverance. And thank you for your great example.

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    Thanks

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  So balanced!

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DEEGIRL50 1/27/2013 10:34AM

    I hope you're feeling better. Passing up the milkshake and fries deserves a
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BEAUTY_WITHIN 1/27/2013 1:22AM

    Good job listening to your body. Keep it up. Sometime the best thing you can do is rest.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 1/26/2013 11:10PM

    As always, I love your healthy attitude. Hope you're feeling better soon!

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    I understand what you are saying. Back pain isn't something you take lightly and the wrong movement can certainly make it worse. I am glad you are taking some time to take care of yourself. Hope you feel better soon!
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ROCKYCPA 1/26/2013 9:30PM

    Take care of yourself - you are so smart to know what your limitations are. Feel better soon!

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L1ZB3TH354 1/26/2013 9:10PM

    Hi Pixie, I am in the same boat you are. I injured my calf, jump roping. I was an idiot for not warming up first. Anyway, that was a week ago. It feels like someone punched my calf really hard. I am resting it, but everytime I walk it hurts. I have taken a whole complete week off from exercising. You are doing it the right way, baby steps! Maybe tomorrow I will do some ab work or upper body exercises. Thanks for the inspiration as always! Have a great weekend and feel better soon. emoticon emoticon

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4RASCALS 1/26/2013 8:49PM

    Glad that your taking care of yourself. Hope you feel better soon


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DIANNEMT 1/26/2013 8:23PM

    Hope it is feeling better!!

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  You are doing the best thing for. I admire someone that knows the right thing to do. You are also making great choices which is also admirable. Keep it up and emoticon

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CVRONEK 1/26/2013 5:52PM

    emoticon Pixie.

I love that you are making every day the healthiest you can make it with the circumstances you are given. emoticon

I, too will be doing that. On a roll, with weight lifting, but I will have a tooth pulled on Monday.
No lifting. I will be off my game, but it is OK! I will do what I can!

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CYND59 1/26/2013 4:51PM

    I know how you feel about being down in the dumps when you cant exercise. I have been having some medical issues that keep me from running which is my go to exercise. I have had to walk for now and I cant even do that every day like I want to!

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KARRENLYNN 1/26/2013 4:49PM

    I've had back problems that took me a year to straighten out, trust me you don't want to do that!!

Sometimes the better part of valor is to step back from your regular exercise routine and take care of your back pain. A little time off now is better than a year off later.

And you choosing tea instead of fries and a milkshake - good job!

Hope you're feeling better soon!

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PATRICIAANN46 1/26/2013 3:31PM

  Hi Pixie..........
You are a very smart girl!!!!! You don't want to mess with back pain and resting it is what you should be doing now. If it isn't better after a few days of rest, it might be good to consult a doctor.
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    emoticon I hope you feel better real soon and congrats for not falling back into the past behaviors emoticon

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CICELY360 1/26/2013 2:16PM

  good blog

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EBURGITE 1/26/2013 2:09PM

    love the visual of beating our heart.
i think when we get to the point where we are actually caring for our body, not beating it up by punishing it with exercise when we need rest, we can say we are getting healthy. it's a HUGE lesson to learn. we used to mistreat our body by over eating and no exercise...it's really not better to under eat or over exercise.
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NILLAPEPSI 1/26/2013 2:05PM

    Yowza! Makes you stop & think. Glad I chose something very healthy at IHOP this morning. emoticon

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JOANNHUNT 1/26/2013 1:55PM

    When my lower back starts to hurt I use VOLTAREN EMULGEL JOINT PAIN . I get my granddaughter to rub my lower back with it and the pain subsides. I get to the point the pain is in my hips and going down my legs. This works wonders. I don't know if you can get it where you are as I am in Canada. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARYJEANSL 1/26/2013 1:49PM

  Gosh, I hope you feel better soon and are able to exercise more!

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LIVELYGIRL2 1/26/2013 12:58PM

  Your still doing well, because you are conscious of your choices. Your doing what you have to do.

Last night I saw a piece called, Sit and Be Fit. Depending on the situation, this could be an option ....hope you feel better soon.

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ANGJENN822 1/26/2013 12:44PM

    I hope you are feeling better this morning.
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LAINIESNEWLIFE 1/26/2013 12:09PM

    Pixie, I'm so sorry you're in pain. I pray you get better soon. Take care!

Hugs,

Lainie

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GLINDAW 1/26/2013 11:22AM

    Hope you are feeling better soon. You are doing the right thing resting so you don't further injure yourself and set yourself back longer. Try moist heat on your back. I found a back wrap at the drug store that you heat in the microwave that is amazing.
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MIMIDOT 1/26/2013 10:41AM

    Hope your back is better soon. You are right, rest is the best thing for it. Thank you for sharing your great blog!

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Sometimes I Feel Insecure

Wednesday, January 23, 2013



Today is day 26 of my current streak! (Previous streaks; 290 days and 13 days.)

There are only 55 days until the first day of Spring! I have a certain t shirt that I am hoping to fit into by then. Its hanging on the outside of my closet door, so I see it every day to remind me to keep working hard.

On February first, I'm going to have hubby take front and side pictures of me. I'm pretty nervous about that, because to be honest, I don't think there will be much difference since my last set of front and side photos were taken last August. I haven't weighed myself since September 3rd, but I just don't feel like I've lost much weight since then.

The reason I don't weigh myself is that I know my weakness, and that weakness is this; if I weigh myself and have a bad result, I know I will be tempted to comfort myself with food. If I weigh myself and have a good result, I'd be tempted to reward myself with food. This has always been the way I've reacted to the scale in the past, and although I'd like to think that I'm stronger now and would NOT turn to food...well, I just don't want to tempt fate! So for me, staying off the scale and just looking for NSV's (Non-Scale Victories) seems to work best.

I am working so hard to lose this weight. I focus every day on eating as healthy as I possibly can. I've almost completely eliminated processed foods from my daily diet. I eat between 1200 and 1500 calories a day. I workout, and I try to do different things. I still do my DDP Yoga every day, but recently I traded in my cardio kickboxing workout for Zumba instead. I do all the little things, like parking further away when I go shopping, and dancing while I do housework. But I just don't feel like I've lost much weight since September.

My body has firmed up in some areas, though. I have (slightly) visible calf muscles. My thighs, buns and waist are firmer. And I definitely have become stronger, more flexible and more energetic. I feel healthier than I have in years!



But I'm also feeling insecure. When I post my new front and side pictures on February first, will people be let down that I'm not thin yet? And when I weigh myself on March first, what will people think of me if I haven't lost much weight since my September weigh in?

Since I started my journey last March, I've shared it here in my blogs and I've gotten so much support and encouragement, and it has meant the world to me. So I know I don't HAVE to post pictures or weigh in results....but I want to. Good or bad, I want to be honest.

If I don't like the way I look in my upcoming February 1st pictures, or what the results of my March 1st weigh in will be, I will be disappointed. But I won't be disappointed in MYSELF, because I can honestly say that I have been doing my best. And with God's help, I will keep on trying, and trying, and trying. I know I will reach my goal eventually, as long as I never give up on myself.


  
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  You have made a lot of progress. Your Spark family believes in you and supports you. I was actually have some of those thoughts and need some encouragement when I picked your blog. You are a winner. emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 2/10/2013 2:48PM

    You don't have anything to worry about! You've been working hard, and that's what matters!

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CYDNEYLEECH 1/30/2013 7:46AM

    No one will judge you. Everyone will be inspired and feel that you have done something very brave and awesome. Or at least I will.

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THINNYMINNY 1/29/2013 7:31PM

    Pixie,
You are a gem! Just be and love YOU!

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IMAGINE46 1/28/2013 3:03PM

  In my eyes, maintaining is a victory just as much a losing the weight. Be proud of yourself. You are doing great!

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JSTHIESS 1/28/2013 12:08PM

    I am 100 percent positive that all the support you have gotten will not fade based on your results! good or bad:) and the fact that you have changed your lifestyle and done what you can and are proud of yourself for the effort you have put in is victory enough! if you are disappointed with your results... you just keep pushing until you get the result you want and it WILL come because of your consistency!!! and it's good to learn new ways to deal with disappointment because it's going to come at some point in our lives and you'll just feel it and move on. it won't trap you, it'll just be there and then gone because you are CHANGING YOUR LIFE and DOING A GREAT JOB OF IT! Congratulations on all you have accomplished thus far and do not let fear of other people stop you from pushing through! i'm excited to hear about your results:) you're gonna ROCK IT!

-Jaclyn

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MONIQUE432 1/27/2013 2:10PM

    Hi, I have learned not to be caught up with what the scale says. There are other ways to measure if we are as healthy as we desire to be. I just read this blog post which really puts things in perspective. I thought I'd share it with you as a source of encouragement http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p
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SHIRE33 1/27/2013 12:45PM

    You know, you might also have your vitals taken Feb. 1 -- blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, etc. Then in six months have them taken again. If you had done that in September, I bet you'd see TONS of improvement by now! Just think of how much *healthier* you are INSIDE. So there's no way you have done anything but succeed. : )


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BRENDA_G50 1/26/2013 10:22AM

    Dear Pixie, whatever the scales or pictures say or look like, it doesn't matter!!! YOU are what matters and YOU have been my inspiration. YOU have also inspired a bunch of other people just like me. I love your never quit attitude!!! Hope your back starts feeling better REAL SOON.

emoticonand NEVER STOP BELIEVING IN YOURSELF!!!

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ADELCASALE 1/26/2013 9:07AM

    Pixie: You cover the full gamut of what it is like to be on the journey to health. I have not lost much since September. I did just recently use the data of the last 5 months to readjust my program. The loss started up again but very slowly. I take satisfaction that in where I am now compared to a year ago. But you already know that. You have it in you!

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JIBBIE49 1/26/2013 7:00AM

    Once again you the Star.

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LADYABIGAIL627 1/25/2013 9:53PM

    Pixie, you are an inspiration. Even if the numbers don't move, the work you do and the healthy choices you are making speak volumes. Keep up the great work!

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HOLLYM48 1/25/2013 9:15PM

    We could never be disappointed in you! This is not a race, this is our life! One step at a time, one day at a time. You are doing awesome, we are women and as we all know, the weight loss is a hard won victory but the number doesn't matter because every day, we are getting healthier, stronger, better and so what if the scale doesn't tell the whole tale, we know the truth, we know how hard we try, how hard it is not to eat certain things, or to much of certain things. Don't be so hard on yourself, you would be the first to say that we should not be hard on ourselves if we posted pics and were disappointed in what we had not lost!
We are each others champions and we will always be here to cheer you on and to keep on pushing right along beside you!!
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ANNASGOALS 1/25/2013 12:51PM

    Pixie no matter the number on the scale you are already winning at the weight loss, your working out every day, staying focused on eating healthy...you are a success! You are more, much more then that your ability to be so open and honest with your post on SP is a blessing to us out here struggling each day to stay on track with our food, exercise...

Thank you and God Bless you my friend!

Be Fierce!

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KDJUAREZ 1/25/2013 7:54AM

    You are such an inspiration! I wish I could be as strong as you and not weigh in, but alas, it's my daily reality check. I don't let it affect my eating though, or at least that's what I'm working on.

You are doing a great job, and when you post the pics Feb 1 (if you decide to) just appreciate how far you've come. It's so easy for us to be so critical of ourselves when we shouldn't be!

I look forward to keep reading more and more about your journey!

-Kelly

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MILLEDGE2 1/25/2013 7:45AM

    I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures! I feel quite sure that your own eyes may be blurring what you see and that the rest of us will be able to give you a sharper focus. Please allow us the honor of helping you see your progress in a clearer way!

You have done so much for yourself and for the rest of us. Let us do something for you!

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NEWTINK 1/25/2013 7:35AM

    When you wake up in the morning and you feel like the insecurities are there ... Look in the mirror and dont think of what tomorrow is think about yesterday and how far you have come not how far you have to go. Insecurity is just your mind reminding you of all the evil that is out there so have enough courage to let it go and be brave enough to continue on the path you are on. emoticon

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ILIKETOZUMBA 1/25/2013 12:33AM

    None of us will think anything negative if you haven't lost as much weight as you're hoping - the important thing, as you know, is that you are living SUCH a healthy lifestyle! That's the only thing we sparkfolk should care about. :) And your efforts are truly amazing; I have so much admiration for you, regardless of weight loss!

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PENOWOK 1/24/2013 9:57PM

    Pixie, you certainly don't need to be worried about any of us!! You have done and are doing an amazing job with being who you are and telling us about it, being faithful to your commitment and challenging us to do the same!! No apologies now or anytime!! You are fearfully and wonderfully made and getting better every day with NSV that are obvious and other that are more subtle. Have faith, m'dear!! You are terrific!

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ZIGGY122 1/24/2013 6:59PM

    emoticon is what you are Pixie!...you pay it forward with your blogs and encouraging you friends weekly . We love you for who you are not what a picture shows or a number on the scale. emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 1/24/2013 4:59PM

  Pixie, we all at some point, put trips on ourselves with expectations . Obviously, parents, society, work, others can do this too.

Once I heard a lady say, I'd rather meet only 1/2 of all these expectations, than never
have dreams, be passive, or hope for anything.

You have some miles on your journey, the only way you could possible fail, is to completely get off the trial and never return, and park it. WE DON THINK YOU WILL DO THAT

We are cheering for you.

Maybe, you won't see a dig deal in numbers, but feeling good, not being sick, keep doing he right thing,

That speaks volumes.

You know what... if you didn't live in another state, it would be cool to have lunch with some of us.

I can barely wait to see your before and after pic.

I 've never met you personally, but I am glad for you.

Also it seemed you mentioned something about God. He can help you also. emoticon

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SIMOFDIM 1/24/2013 4:33PM

    I often feel that way myself. Stick with it! Keep up the good work and it will all pay off!

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SAD64PSYCH 1/24/2013 4:18PM

    You are doing great. Don't worry about what others think - you know you have been working hard, and that is what counts! I admire your ability to ignore the scale. I have a love-hate relationship with mine. emoticon

We all feel insecure at various times in our life..... it is part of being a typical person!!!

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PATRICIAANN46 1/24/2013 2:19PM

  Hi Pixie.........
This is your journey and how you feel about yourself is what matters. I can hear your pride in your NSVs and you are feeling so much healthier. That has to be more important than a number on the scale. You are doing a great job. emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 1/24/2013 2:13PM

    How you feel is so much more important than how you look - keep pushing! !

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TRYINGHARD54 1/24/2013 1:41PM

    dont worry. you will and do look fantasic !

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BESSHAILE 1/24/2013 1:27PM

    The closer you get to you goal - the smaller the visible changes. YOU know your waist is firmer, your calf muscles are shaping. If you aren't happy with the photos - then look at the real thing and rejoice.



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AME4IT 1/24/2013 12:28PM

    I'm here to support and encourage you on your lifestyle through the good, bad, ugly, tiring days - regardless of what the pictures look like or the number that shows on the scale. You have achieved so many amazing NSVs and have great goals.
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KARRENLYNN 1/24/2013 11:46AM

    If people are disappointed in the pics, it's their problem. I know it's hard for yourself not to be disapointed by pics or scales, but I've learned personally that NSV's are very cool because they still mean progress forward. They just aren't always visible to others.

It's a lifestyle choice, not a sprint. Results and progress need to be framed in a positive way. Each better choice you make is a bad choice you didn't .

Just remember, you're doing it for you, not for us and that's what counts!

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KWING517 1/24/2013 11:45AM

    First of all, I have to state the obvious - NO ONE is/will be disappointed in you!! I, for one (and it looks like many, many others) am so proud of you and so aprreciative that you share your journey with us that disappointment couldn't possible even happen :)

I struggle every day. Especially right now when it's dark and cold out and I can't exercise at night because kids have too many activities so all I do is drive, wait, drive, wait....all night and every weekend. So, my weight loss has slowed down, and I have the same thoughts - will my co-workers notice and be disappointed? Will my husband be disappointed? What about my parents, my kids?

You know what they ALL say to me, every day? "Wow, you look great today!" and "I'm so proud of you" and "MOM! That's MY shirt! Get it off!!" Hehe, I love that last one :)

Your journey is for you, not for us. We're all proud of you for being here and trying to make a better life for yourself - we don't care what the scale says!!

Have a great day!!

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DIANNEMT 1/24/2013 11:42AM

    It is okay to feel insecure. It is NOT okay to be paralyzed because of it! As long as YOU are feeling better, more energetic, more muscular--then you are moving in the right direction!! Don't get discouraged--just keep working out!!

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BMCKEOW1 1/24/2013 11:38AM

    I've had these same thoughts a million times. But then I realized something when I saw a picture of myself recently. In those pictures I an see a difference. Maybe not that I'm suddenly thin, or that the scale shows huge weight loss. But what I saw was my happy. I look better, there are some little muscles in my arms, nothing to write home about but for me they are. My skin looks better, and I'm smiling. I look confident. Sure I can still rip that picture apart for all the bad things I see but for once I saw some good things first.
When you see those pictures it doesn't matter what anyone else thinks, just you. You know you've put the work in, you know you have been giving it your best, so when you look at those pictures challenge yourself to find something great about them before ever letting something bad enter your mind.

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READY2GET-FIT 1/24/2013 11:20AM

    This is so well written and I have felt this exact way. But Pixie no matter what pictures show YOU will never be a disappointment...you are such an inspiration to me!! You are always there with encouragement and advice. You have always been honest about your successes and your failures, which keeps me going and gives me hope that I can lose that 70+ lbs too. You said it yourself, you are more energetic, more flexible, more toned.... so take those pictures and CELEBRATE girl...YOU ARE A SUCCESS!!!

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CATHGREEN8 1/24/2013 10:38AM

    You are such a strong, sassy, uplifting person, and then you post about your insecurities. Take the pics, enjoy them mightily and know that no matter what...in ten years you will look at them and say, "damn! I was looking fine back then!"

Love you, Pix. Thanks for all you do for all of us.

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DJSHIP46 1/24/2013 9:26AM

    Don't be afraid... whether you are losing weight or not... you are gaining health & strength... Decide that you want it more than you fear it and just keep pushing!!!

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YULLABELLE 1/24/2013 9:10AM

    Stop for one moment and read what you wrote. You feel better than you have in along time. You are more toned. You feel healthier. You are eating better and moving. What's on the scale is just a number. It can not measure health and should not affect your happiness.

Your body is a vessel and the outside is just the covering. It's wonderful when it looks good but it's what's on the inside that really counts.

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UWPALUM 1/24/2013 8:52AM

    Your words gave me goose bumps this morning because I have those exact thoughts. I've been more vocal about my new healthy lifestyle, but I still worry that I won't do enough for people, or I'll let them down. But in the end, I have to work on remembering that I'm doing this for me and no one else. Period. The support and motivation I find on SP has been amazing, and based on the comments already on your blog, you have motivated and inspired so many other people! Keep that in mind, even if your results are not exactly what you want...as long as you are keeping YOUR goal in mind, no one else's, right?

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WALLINMW 1/24/2013 8:46AM

  Amazing!

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MIMIDOT 1/24/2013 8:37AM

    You can do it! We're all behind you. Keep up the good work! Hugs!!!!

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JANEMARIE77 1/24/2013 8:36AM

    You know you judge yourself way harder than we would ever think to Be kind to yourself when you being to judge yourself ask would I think,say and act like that to a friend ??? be your own best friend we are all behind you loving your effort and courage

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Comparing my Sparkpeople t shirts

Friday, January 18, 2013



Today is day 21 of my current streak! (Previous streaks; 290 days and 13 days.)

This morning after my healthy breakfast (steel cut oats, poached egg, 2 clementines and some green tea) I went grocery shopping because we were out of everything! There are 3 different grocery stores in the same general area, so I went to all three in order to take advantage of sales so that I could get the best prices on everything. I stocked up on so much, we almost didn't have room for it all, lol.

As I was walking through the grocery stores, I was just marveling at how easy it is for me to walk! This time last year, walking was so painful for me because of my weight. I would have to park super close to the store, and then lean on the shopping cart as I limped up and down the aisles. I would have never gone to THREE different stores in one day....it would have worn me out completely! But now that I've lost over 71 lbs, things have changed. I no longer park as close to the store as possible...instead, I actually challenge myself to park as FAR from the store as I can! I don't lean on the shopping cart anymore, and I don't limp. I actually walk with a bounce in my step! I'm so happy that I can move so freely, and I think it shows!



This time last year, I wore a size 3X Sparkpeople t shirt. Now, I wear a size L. I have kept that size 3X shirt, and today I thought it would be fun to take a before and after picture....of my shirts, lol. So I laid my red size 3X Spark shirt on the floor, and then put my green size L Spark shirt on top. The difference astounded me! It actually brought tears to my eyes. I look at the difference in the two shirts...at how much bigger the red one is...and I am so proud and amazed that I went from being that size to the size I am now. Its almost hard to believe that the red shirt really did use to fit me!



I have a size M Sparkpeople t shirt hanging in the back of my closet...and by Spring (which is 60 days away) I hope to be able to post a picture of myself wearing it!


  
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CATNCAG 8/26/2013 10:39AM

    U r doing so wesome on your weight loss journey! I am trying to do just as well! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOGOULD 4/7/2013 4:58PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! Those kind of victories are better than anything you could see on the scale!

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JANIGURL 1/25/2013 4:18PM

    So happy for you Pixie, you really are doing it !! I know about pain too, and sometimes my knee gets so bad it's unbearable. But even losing 5 lbs so far has helped my knee greatly :) You are a motivating person indeed !! I appreciate all your support and your kind words on my page. I will have a great time at my grandson's party, and I will behave myself ; I know there will be cake LOL ! Take care emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 1/25/2013 3:58PM

    You are doing great Pixie, keep up the good work. Hope your back is better really soon.

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EATVEGAN 1/24/2013 1:49AM

    To put this in perspective, my beautiful slim 13-year-old granddaughter wears an M. Doesn't that just add spice to your being able to wear an M? Whee! You go, girl!

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 1/23/2013 8:51PM

    emoticon Pixie!!! Keep up the great work!!

Hugs,

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CLARAELIZABETH1 1/23/2013 3:20PM

  What a creative way to inspire -- I love the visual of the T-Shirts! Way to go with the weight loss! :-)

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RAINBOWBRITE152 1/22/2013 8:02PM

    That is awesome! Keep up the great work! emoticon

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KA_JUN 1/22/2013 2:16PM

    Awesome job, inspiring! I really enjoyed the visuals of your 2 shirts...wow, a very visible and concrete illustration of the journey you've been making and the progress you've made! Kudos! emoticon

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EBURGITE 1/22/2013 12:28PM

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DIANER2014 1/21/2013 10:08PM

    That is fantastic! You will be in that medium in no time! emoticon emoticon

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You WILL be in that shirt !
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SPRINGBABY80 1/21/2013 8:01PM

  fabulous, keep up the great work

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NADINEL 1/21/2013 6:55PM

    You worked hard and earned every one of your goals! I have no doubt you will get to the next (smaller) size! You GO, Girl!

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RAINBOWMF 1/21/2013 3:57PM

    Great visual.

Makes me feel fuzzy all over.

Hugs Mary

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ISABELLE31 1/21/2013 2:41PM

    Wow--what a great visual! :) That's a great reminder for those days when you feel like you're not making progress, or if the scale doesn't show the number you want. Knowing how far you've come can inspire you to keep going!

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BMCKEOW1 1/21/2013 1:28PM

    You are doing great keep up the good work. I love the t-shirt pic, it's always fun to see where you've been and where you are going. Good luck

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SHEENADEE 1/21/2013 10:58AM

    I love the t-shirt pic! What a cool way to show your progress.

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SPARKGUY 1/21/2013 10:29AM

    Woohoo -- congrats on your great results and thanks for sharing to spark others!

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MARIANNE9855 1/21/2013 10:01AM

    great idea with shirts! My goal is to get around the grocery store without leaning on my cart and needing to rest outside before I walk to my car- if you did it-so can I emoticon

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WILDFLOWERMA 1/21/2013 9:38AM

    Great blog, I can't wait to post a clothing pic like that!

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YMWONG22 1/21/2013 7:12AM

  WOW!!!! Double WOW!!!
Congratulations and well done!!!
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This shows what everyone can do when it is something we really wanted.
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JULIERAE41 1/20/2013 11:36PM

    This is awesome, Pixie! I am so super excited for you! Yee Haw!

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AMYABELL 1/20/2013 11:36PM

    You are amazing! You will fit in that Med. size shirt for sure;)

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FATHINSN 1/20/2013 11:20PM

    I like your progresses - walking much easier and the t-shirt comparison :D

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    You have come so far ... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUSIEMT 1/20/2013 10:44PM

    Yea you!!!

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CYDNEYLEECH 1/20/2013 10:17PM

    Way cool. Keep on keepin on.

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    Insp emoticon iring!

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GODSBEST 1/20/2013 7:41PM

    You can do it - looking forward to the picture of the M shirt over the L shirt over the 3XL shirt!

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CINDYW1102 1/20/2013 2:36PM

    What a great visual testimony to the journey you've been on! Congratulations! emoticon

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40PUDDLEJUMPER 1/20/2013 2:03PM

    what a wonderful blog - thankyou

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FIRECOM 1/20/2013 2:01PM

    Great blog as usual. I always enjoy your writing. I also have gone from a 3X shirt to a Medium. A really great feeling.

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SANDRAJOAN1958 1/20/2013 1:34PM

    Great visual. I'm parking farthur from the doors now too. It makes me feel like I'm doing that extra little bit to meet my goal.

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ILIKETOZUMBA 1/20/2013 12:04PM

    Hooray!! I know how awesome it feels to have more energy and stamina to do longer outings of any kind...and what a great idea to keep the shirts and take that comparison photo! :)

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/20/2013 11:15AM

    How wonderful! Congrats!

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