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It started out ALL about losing weight 9 months ago

Thursday, November 18, 2010

First and Foremost I am proud of where I am today. I have made less progress than I had hoped to 9 months ago, but I have a much better overall outlook today about that progress. I am a determined person so when I set a goal I want to make sure that I make that goal. That determination may get the weight off, but it will not keep it off.

When I first started this journey I was at the end of a year where I had suffered from bronchitis 5 times. I was getting very scared that there was something severely wrong with my lungs. I couldn't take a walk without coughing up a lung. Today I was walking with my co-workers and I felt like I was walking too fast for them. I thought back to those days of barely being able to keep up with them, coughing as I went. It feels Fantastic to be in better health!

I have learned that I don't need to hurry up and lose weight. We all want that, but we need to get our minds around the fact that this is for Life, not just until you reach that goal weight. You will be so much better off if you make smaller changes that you can live with, not drastic ones that you won't stick with. Also, be patient with yourself. None of us are perfect and we need to forgive ourselves when we don't do everything perfect. I am learning to live the life I like and want while I make healthier choices doing it. This is what has slowed down my weight loss, but this is also what will help me keep off what I've lost.

The best thing I've learned in the last 9 months is that this is about making overall changes for my life, not about losing some weight. As I make these healthy changes I will lose weight and I will gain strength, I will get better results to blood tests and blood pressure measures. I will be sick less often and have more energy. I will be happier and healthier in body and more importantly in mind.

I was told by a co-worker today that I look so much healthier than when they first met me. To think I've aged a few years since then too.
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Now I just need to work on my feelings about that Spark Wheel and why I feel bad when I get low numbers! emoticon emoticon

  
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NATIVE_ONE 12/4/2010 7:43PM

    That was a fantastic and inspirational blog!

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SUNNY2010 11/19/2010 12:52PM

    Great blog! I am so happy you started your journey the same week as I did so I have you as our class Team leader! You are inspiring and very dedicated to your own journey and our team!
Congrats on the amazing 9 months!!!!!
Here is to the next stretch to 1 year Anniversary!

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LINDYPAINTS 11/19/2010 5:43AM

    Excellent blog... and I so agree with everything you said! Thanks for sharing and good luck as you continue on... and I'll be right along side you! emoticon

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TOTHEFUTURE1 11/18/2010 10:56PM

    Thanks for sharing. Well done! emoticon

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COACHKRYSTIE 11/18/2010 9:04PM

    Fabulous blog! just what I needed to read tonight!

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TAFFIN2000 11/18/2010 7:58PM

    I agree with making small changes! Changes you can stick with! Congrats on sticking with your changes for nine months! Thanks for being a great class leader!

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VMASSEY1 11/18/2010 6:55PM

    I like what you wrote Val it is very inspirational. I too get upset with that wheel. But today wasn't bad. I hope that you are having a good evening. I ate too much today at work. We had Thanksgiving at school. I did not think I had until I got home and felt sooo bloated. So I did not eat any dinner tonight. emoticon emoticon you words of wisdom.

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DONNAJZ4241 11/18/2010 6:02PM

    I loved this blog! Thanks for sharing this with us. Change is what's necessary to lose our weight and keep it off and it will happen gradually if we work on it. emoticon

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WILLOW49 11/18/2010 5:55PM

    Congrats on 9 months! emoticon emoticon

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PHYL220 11/18/2010 5:50PM

    Great blog! You have come so far and have such a positive attiude. Congratulations on 9 months. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOBETTAMERF 11/18/2010 5:13PM

    Congratulations on sticking with this for nine months! I think you're absolutely right about making this a healthy lifestyle change and not a quick weight-loss fix. With all of the diet and exercises plans and gimmicks out there, it's clear that people are looking for a quick and easy solution. It's also clear that that idea doesn't work since so many people try those gimmicks over and over again without success. You're doing things the right way and have learned a lot on the way. It must have felt great to hear the compliment from your co-worker. Sometimes it's hard to tell how far you've come until someone else points it out to you. I wish you all the best with your healthy life and congratulations again! emoticon emoticon

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BELLAWHIMSIES 11/18/2010 5:10PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing what you have overcome.

The line that resonated most strongly with me was:

"we need to get our minds around the fact that this is for Life, not just until you reach that goal weight."

You have a terrific outlook!

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MBSKIT 11/18/2010 4:35PM

    emoticonon 9 months! You have come a long way! Your co-workers will just have to keep up with you.

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LIBBYFITZ 11/18/2010 3:55PM

    Especially when there is a chance of getting a 100 points and you get 2! emoticon

Yes this is definitely the journey of life and losing weight just happens to be 1 facet of the journey! emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 11/18/2010 3:31PM

    A big WAY-TO-GO from another member of the Slowest Loser Club! I'm coming to see things exactly the same way you describe. Great blog!

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IWILLRUN100 11/18/2010 3:23PM

    What a great blog and good advice! Congrats on your achievements:) Also, I get mad at the SparkWheel too when it gives me low numbers...

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MARIA_VIGS 11/18/2010 3:16PM

    Happy Sparkversary! Congratulations on your achievements!
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TRIGFROST 11/18/2010 3:12PM

    the Journey is yours... emoticon

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MELTING2SVELTE 11/18/2010 3:09PM

    emoticon great post.

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-MAHONEY- 11/18/2010 2:43PM

    Fantastic, it sounds as if you have made great progress, learning along the way on your journey to a happier, healthier you.

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POKIEFUZZBUCKET 11/18/2010 2:27PM

    Congrats on your 9 month sparkaversary! I agree with everything you've written here - wise advice!
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I hope you have a great day!
Patti

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MISSY0356 11/18/2010 1:18PM

    What am important lesson you have learned, I too am a slow loser and at times it is frustrating beyond belief, but you are so right, these are life style changes that we have made which is so much more important and valuable than any quick results from the latest fad diet. Keep up the good work!!

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Nakita Marie and Me

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Nakita Marie is my Siberian husky, a beautiful dog but she has a little ADHD. That is why she has a middle name; sometimes you have to use it. Iím not really sure who is walking whom, because we both fight to be the one in control. When we walk it is at an average pace of 3.5 Ė 4 miles an hour. I use a garmin to track our miles on new routes and to track the time and distance.

The last three days have been so beautiful here in the northeast for November days. I decided early in the week to take Friday off and maybe get a little me time. As it turned out my me time consisted of washing clothes and hanging them out in the sun shine to dry, scouring the bathroom, doing the dishes, going grocery shopping and picking up my granddaughter from school. The only true me time was walking, Nakita and doing a little bit of yard clean up. However, the evening was spent with a little chimnea fire while we cooked our steaks out on the grill - once that sun goes down that temperature drops too.

On Saturday I took Nakita for another walk to get more cardio time in and to enjoy the sun. We walked a nice route of almost 3 miles and it took us up and down hills. I can feel the muscles in my legs working. It really feels great. As the sun was setting tonight we ventured out again and even though our beautiful streak of days is coming to an end I found peace in the sunset with the clouds rolling in. I accept that if it was always blue skies and sunny I wouldnít appreciate the great days as much. So for these last three wonderful days (even if they didnít go as planned) I am thankful.

  
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KAT7457 11/21/2010 4:51PM

    what a beautiful dog to walk with , grilling steak yet oh how I wish. glad you enjoy them and your walk.

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GRAMMACATHY 11/17/2010 1:49PM

    Nakita Marie just rolls beautifully off the tongue. I am sure she doesn't listen even when you use her middle name. Is she a talker? I hear the Siberian Husky's love to carry on conversations.

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KARDUH114 11/17/2010 11:44AM

    LOVE Nakita's middle name!! That my middle name...sounds like your days are been awesome...jealous to my core of ya'lls weather!! Just sounds great as a whole...good blog!!

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LINDABENEDICT 11/16/2010 7:34PM

    Nakita Marie sounds like a child ! She is beautiful ! ENJOY !

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PHYL220 11/15/2010 9:29PM

    Beautiful dog!

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LIBBYFITZ 11/15/2010 6:17PM

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ALASKASKY 11/15/2010 11:10AM

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MBSKIT 11/15/2010 9:11AM

    It's it funny how we take me time and end up doing this for the house. So glad you were able to get out and walk with your beautiful puppy!

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LUREAH21 11/15/2010 8:15AM

    Nakita is beautiful, glad you had a nice weekend in the sun!

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WILLOW49 11/14/2010 7:58PM

    What a beautiful dog! Lucky you to have her to walk you ;)

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IBECCA 11/14/2010 7:32PM

    sounds like an amazing day to me! thanks for sharing
Nakita is a beauty =)
Blessings
Becca

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MISSY0356 11/14/2010 6:16PM

    She is certainly a beautiful dog, and it must have been great for her to be able to take such a long walk with you

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Top Ten Reasons NOT to Turn Back Your Clock

Monday, November 08, 2010

10. You'll get the best parking space at work!
9. You'll see the sunrise every morning!
8. You'll have an hour to get your exercise routine done!
7. You'll avoid the morning rush hour!
6. You'll avoid the evening rush hour!
5. Your kids will never be late for the bus...or school!
4. You get to practice your math-all day long so you aren't late for
appointments!
3. You don't have to "spring" the clock ahead in the spring!
2. You live in Arizona....or Hawaii!
1. That extra hour of sleep....it's over rated!

  
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GRAMMACATHY 11/17/2010 1:51PM

    Excellent Plan!

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SARAHTAIT 11/10/2010 11:17AM

    I hate the clock turn back idea! While getting am hour extra sleep is a good idea losing it in the spring is the pits!
hugs,
Sarah

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ALASKASKY 11/9/2010 12:33PM

    Cute.

I agree. I try to keep my clocks 10-15mins. fast all the time. It bothers everybody in the house, but It helps me keep on time.

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SMARGED 11/9/2010 12:50AM

    Liked your blog! Gave me a smile when I needed it!
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NELLIEC 11/8/2010 11:09PM

    Well, I turn back the clock, but I keep the same body clock time. Phooey to Congress for this foolishness!

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CHERN009 11/8/2010 10:41PM

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THATPASTRYGIRL 11/8/2010 10:26PM

    I live in Arizona so I never have to worry! emoticon

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CRESSY237 11/8/2010 8:38PM

    emoticon. Great reasons.

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ROBKIM1 11/8/2010 8:26PM

    I wish we didn't have to turn back the clocks. emoticon

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HOT4FITNESS 11/8/2010 8:07PM

    Whats with Daylight Savings Time anyway?

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LIBBYFITZ 11/8/2010 7:43PM

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KAYDE53 11/8/2010 6:43PM

    Sounds good to me! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY2010 11/8/2010 6:40PM

    I love all 10 reasons!

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PHYL220 11/8/2010 6:29PM

    emoticon emoticon Loved them! emoticon

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KLT5057 11/8/2010 5:35PM

    i live in hawaii. no turning the clocks back for me!

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BKWHITE3 11/8/2010 5:13PM

    emoticon blog

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FIRECHIC09 11/8/2010 5:10PM

    I absolutely LOVE this emoticon

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BECKYLYNNE77 11/8/2010 5:07PM

    love the blog

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PURPLESPEDCOW 11/8/2010 5:06PM

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JUDY1676 11/8/2010 4:58PM

    emoticon loved them!

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SLIMMERJESSE 11/8/2010 4:35PM

    Very cute! Thanks!

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BARBARAWEBSTER 11/8/2010 4:31PM

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this! Thanks for the much needed laugh! emoticon

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HEALTHYFIGHTER 11/8/2010 4:14PM

    Cool!

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MARTY728 11/8/2010 4:13PM

    Great post! emoticon It brightened my day! emoticon

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SWISHSTARNAN 11/8/2010 4:05PM

  great post!

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FANGLE 11/8/2010 4:04PM

    Awesome!

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LINDYPAINTS 11/8/2010 3:58PM

    Love this! Thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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New Month - New Goals- New Motivation - New Incentive - New Challenges - No Excuses!

Monday, November 01, 2010

This is my mantra for the month.

Goals - I will focus on getting those fruits and vegetables in everyday. I will eat within calorie range - I will exercise 6 days a week

Motivation - new pants that are already hanging in my closet!

Incentive - My new BOSU ball will keep me going through the winter! I love new equipment.

Challenges - I've joined a November Fitness challenge with one team, A Sassy Santa challenge which runs until December 22 with another team, and a two month Turkey Trot at work! These ought to keep me busy and moving through the winter months!

  
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TRIPLE_EMME 11/3/2010 10:12AM

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I wish you well on reaching your goals this month!!!

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LIBBYFITZ 11/2/2010 5:50PM

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KARENE10 11/2/2010 9:07AM

    emoticon I'm with you! I'm going to kick butt this month emoticon

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LINDYPAINTS 11/2/2010 8:52AM

    Great plan! I will join you in a week's time... after I get over my "birthday week"... LOL

with such a positive attitude, you WILL succeed!

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ALASKASKY 11/2/2010 7:57AM

    Good luck with your challenges.
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JMCADE 11/1/2010 11:30PM

    You can do it. Have fun while you stay on track!

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DEE107 11/1/2010 11:06PM

    you will be busy keep moving Hugs

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YOUNGNSMYLIE 11/1/2010 8:59PM

    You can do it! Have fun with you Bosu ball :)

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JUST_JENNA 11/1/2010 8:58PM

    Good luck! I'm sure you will do great!

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    Woohoo emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonSal

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Happy Birthday Present to Me!

Sunday, October 31, 2010

No, today is not my birthday and neither was Friday but when I arrived home on Friday night there was a package on our porch that was suppose to be my birthday present. I had asked hubby for an early birthday present but I was thinking more like the beginning of December when my fitness classes ended. My birthday is five days before Christmas so he does his shopping early to spread out the cost. I tried to pretend I didnít see it so he didnít have to give it to me, but it was a large box with large print. You really couldnít miss the BOSU written on the box. I am so excited! He was a little pissed that it wasnít even suppose to ship yet. I wonder if he would have given it to me early or not.

I have other inside exercise equipment, but there is nothing like a new piece of equipment to make you excited and keep you going. The college where I take my fitness classes doesnít offer them after the first week of December through most of January and the weather makes me move indoors more than not. A double workout whammy! I now have my BOSU to conquer Ė It is a challenge to just stand on the thing. It will definitely help me improve my balance and that is something we should all work on as we age.

  
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TRIPLE_EMME 11/3/2010 10:11AM

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LINDYPAINTS 11/2/2010 8:54AM

    I don't know what a BOSU ball is... I will do a search and find out though, because I am a sucker for "new" stuff... helps keep me motivated!You are a lucky gal to have such a helpful hubby!
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CAROJONES 11/1/2010 9:35PM

    WOOHOOO!

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KRITTERKEEPERS 11/1/2010 12:29PM

    They are also great for doing pushups! Flip it over so the flat side is up and do pushups!
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MBSKIT 11/1/2010 8:58AM

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REBECCAMA 10/31/2010 11:42PM

  I had to do a Google search. Is a BOSU the exercise ball?

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LINDABENEDICT 10/31/2010 11:25PM

    WOO HOO !!!

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WANDA68 10/31/2010 9:30PM

    Happy early birthday! enjoy!

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PHYL220 10/31/2010 9:28PM

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KARLY47 10/31/2010 7:03PM

    GREAT... emoticon

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CHERN009 10/31/2010 5:48PM

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JUDY1676 10/31/2010 3:38PM

    A great Bday present!

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LINDA! 10/31/2010 3:10PM

    Great!!

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ALASKASKY 10/31/2010 3:07PM

    emoticonHave fun using it.

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LIBBYFITZ 10/31/2010 2:55PM

    What is a BOSU?

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