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Last week was a bit of a rollercoaster ride for me

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I had an outing this Saturday so last week I had set a be good goal for the weekend prior. I like to plan my days that I can't stay completely on course so I can make better choices around that day. Unfortunately the goal I had set for the weekend prior to my outing didn't go as well as planned. On Monday I beat myself up, but tried to let it go too. It did not hep that I had three weigh in's last week.

Then Tuesday rolled around and I weighed in that night at my nutrition class with the fancy scale that measures everything possible about your body. I had dropped almost 9 pounds since the class began and kept the numbers that shouldn't have changed equal and the ones that should have dropped. Basically these numbers let you know if you are losing muscle or just fat. I'm losing Fat!

Wednesday was the second weigh in for the Healthy U challenge and I had dropped 2 pounds from the week prior. Another positive result and I was feeling better. Thursday was my SparkPeople weigh in and I was pleased with hitting the 20 pound mark. I was really happy now.

So on Saturday my planned day at the wineries with the girls I actually made some very wise choices and wasn't as bad as I thought i would be. There was food offered at the wineries to pair with the herb we were receiving. It was the wine and herb event and since I love to grow my own herbs I was all for the trip.

I know I have to work these things into my healthy life because they are source of enjoyment for me. I also need to be patient with myself and keep working on not beating myself up for not being perfect.

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GONNA_BREAKAWAY 5/6/2010 10:38PM

  Great job on losing fat and not lean tissue, and nearing the 20 marker. Keep up the great work!

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    Great job on staying positive! Noone is perfect and that's ok!

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LADYGWEN25 5/4/2010 9:38AM

    great job on the weighins! What are your fav herbs to grow? mine are chives, sage, oregano, thyme and rosemary :) keep up the good work!

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GRAMMACATHY 5/1/2010 12:49AM

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LEAHANNE1989 4/29/2010 11:46AM

    Congrats on your weigh ins emoticon

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DDOORN 4/27/2010 10:23PM


Woo HOO to YOU! :-)


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KENDALL7261 4/27/2010 8:03PM

  Good for you! You are working hard and it is paying off!

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WILLOW49 4/27/2010 6:39PM

    emoticon on the weight loss! You're doing a great job! Remember slow and steady wins the race!

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GUCCI-MOMMA 4/27/2010 2:45PM

    emoticon on your weight loss. Don't be so hard on yourself. Slow, easy and lots of patience my friend. You are doing emoticon

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SMILINGBREYES 4/27/2010 1:57PM

    Great work on the weight loss!!

As for the wineries, sometimes one just has to be a little free while staying on track. One can have low calories days before and after to give calories to the wine tour day.

As for not beating yourself up, I suffer from that too so relax.

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MISTYRIVER64 4/27/2010 12:40PM

    You are doing really well. It's not easy changing your lifestyle and you are right - you have to be patient. (as soon as you figure how to do that let me know) lol lol
Keep up the great work! emoticon

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TRIPLE_EMME 4/27/2010 12:38PM

    All things considered: you did GREAT!!!

This lifestyle change does require patience with ourselves. emoticon

Have a healthy week!

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Buddha Quote

Monday, April 19, 2010

"Each Morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most."

I posted this as my status today because I really needed to make it my goal for today. After thinking about it I decided I needed it available to me at other times so I would Blog about it and then I could always look back at it.

I had set a small goal this weekend which I failed miserable at. Instead of looking at all te positive I did this weekend I stewed about the goal I messed up on. I have been telling myself to let it go, but sometimes that is easier said than done. I am still working on going forward and I'm making positive steps today, but deep inside me I feel ashamed of myself. Sometimes we are our worse enemys.

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HOLISTIC5 5/12/2010 3:26PM

    Love the quote

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LADYGWEN25 4/22/2010 9:42AM

    Well said cara!

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GRAMMACATHY 4/21/2010 1:37PM

    Buddha's quote reminds me of the conversation in the movie City Slickers about "Do Overs". I also have a similar quote in my heading and salutation. The minute we stop trying we have lost. It is just too bad we beat ourselves up over the slip-ups. We need to stay in the moment like Buddha, but then he was an exceptional being.

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GONNA_BREAKAWAY 4/19/2010 10:06PM

  After reaching my 100 pound milestone last week, I spent the weekend wresting with myself about resetting my goal weight to a healthier one and beating myself up about how fat I still am! I felt so disgusted with myself, I took down my pictures.

It is funny how many blogs I came across today with a theme similar to yours...be kind to yourself...more forward today.

Thank you for repeating a message I desperately need to hear. I don't know what has gotten into me, but it is a good time to be reading positive blogs like yours. Thank you! All the best in taking to heart your own message, my friend.

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ARAC76 4/19/2010 9:38PM

    We sure are! The best thing is that tomorrow when we wake up, we have the chance to make different choices!

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I do feel stronger

Monday, April 12, 2010

Yesterday I changed up my workout with a couple of different dance shows on the fitness on demand channel. When I finished I felt pretty pumped and decided to go out in the yard and rake leaves and weed some of my gardens. I have these banks that I keep working my way down by tearing out the weeds and planting stuff along them. It was the perfect day to get out there and make some progress. I would work for a while and then take a water break, go back to the yard and so on. At one point I was resting and I actually thought to myself, "I Feel Stronger". It was a very good feeling. Now today my back and knee are not telling me the same thing, but for that period of time I was sure I have been making forward steps in getting healthier!

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KANSASROSE67 4/16/2010 2:45PM

    I can work for hours in my garden...I just forget myself. Isn't it great?

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SINGLEMOM1960 4/15/2010 12:52AM

    You had an "aha" moment. Wonderful! emoticon

Thanks for the comment on my status. I noticed it happens when I use my laptop only.

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LADYGWEN25 4/13/2010 9:29PM

    I love doing yard work and gardening.. We have a push mower and i love doing the lawn with it.. trying to convince the hubby to get rid of the gas hog and get me one of those push wheel ones.. and isn't it nice when you can say I FEEL STRONGER! It's such and mental and physical boost. Good job and keep up the goos work!

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LEAHANNE1989 4/13/2010 1:20PM

    I need to work in my yard. Pulling up weeds and the like. Tomorrow the sun will be out, hopefully will get out and work in the yard.


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CATTIANN 4/12/2010 1:47PM

    Tomorrow himself is home and we're heading out to clean up the yard. Can't wait for planting, planning and potting.
I LOVE WARM, EVEN HOT!! What the heck am I doing in NY??
Keep on keeping on! Thanks for the noticing!!!!!
cattiann emoticon

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SKINNYPAT62 4/12/2010 12:58PM

    Your blog reminded me that the backyard needs to be raked and the flower bed needs shaping up. More exercise. Something besides dancing! emoticon

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SATYAGRAHA 4/12/2010 12:53PM

    Isn't it a MARVELOUS feeling???

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Challenges and Goals

Saturday, April 10, 2010

I'm very thankful for my challenges and goals that I have going on in my life at this moment. They are helping me push myself harder, eat better and make good decisions. I like competition and in the Positive Vibes Team I joined their April challenge. It has been very good for me as far as making sure I do crunches and squats every other day and it has me counting my water, fruits and vegetables. I always knew I drank a lot of water, but after 8 glasses I use to pretty much stop counting. Now I get points for each glass I drink and every fruit or vegetable I eat. Believe me if I'm feeling a little hungry I think about those fruits that I didn't always get in.

So today I had a 50th anniversary party to attend for my Aunt and Uncle. I knew there would be sweets so I made it a goal not to have any sugar. That is also a point award for the Challenge. I usually have 1 tsp in my tea in the morning so yesterday I bought a different tea which I thought I could drink without that teaspoon of sugar. This morning I started my day with my no sugar tea and then went to the party with that goal set. Someone asked me why I would make that goal today and I said for that very reason, not to have the dessert. So my cousin comes along and plops a piece of chocolate cake right in front of me, knowing very well what I love. I gave my piece away and didn't miss it. Well maybe a little, but I'm usually pretty good at keeping my mind set with what I want to do. There was even an emotional aspect to the whole day being my parents who were in the wedding 50 years ago are no longer with us to celebrate. That was sad, but I didn't give in to my emotional eating either.

This day I won!

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DAVESTOOK1913 4/11/2010 10:45AM

    Congrats on staying strong even when your cousin put the piece of cake in front of you. That shows some really strong determination. I think you have done an awesome job emoticon

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URSULA125 4/10/2010 9:12PM

    W@ow! Impressive! Good for you!

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WILLOW49 4/10/2010 9:12PM

    emoticon Good for you! Keep up the good work!!!

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So far...

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Today marks my seven week and I have lost just over 15 pounds. I track all my nutrition and drink plenty of water. I walk as much as I can at work, I ride my recumbent bike a few times a week, and I have increased both my time and my intensity. I recently bought weights that vary between pounds so I can increase my levels of workouts. I also try to get in variable exercises at home and at work. I'm lucky enough to have a server room where I can go a few times a day and do some wall pushups, squats and calf raises. I have signed up for fitness classes at my local college and have gone from barely making it through to doing ok.

I can see myself improving on multiple levels. I have to continue with the motivational talks and give myself credit for all the positive changes I have made. Some days are easier than others, but in life we will have this.

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DAVESTOOK1913 4/9/2010 10:31AM

    Congrats!!! That is just awesome.

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AMETHYST0809 4/9/2010 9:50AM

    Good going! It's a great feeling to know you are headed in the right direction, and that there are people right there along side of you that know what you're going through (that would be us!). Keep up the good work, SparkFriend! emoticon

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WILLOW49 4/8/2010 10:08PM

    You're doing great! Keep up the good work!
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007JERSEYGIRL 4/8/2010 8:12PM

    Wow! You have accomplished so much in 7 weeks! It should be no problem to think positively about those accomplishments! Plus you can look forward to this momentum of improvement staying with you as you continue to move forward! emoticon

Go you! emoticon

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