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It's been a month

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

I can't believe how much has changed in one month. I have gone from feeling winded walking up my stairs and my ankles and knees hurting when I walked down them, barely moving all day, and living on a vicious cycle of eating/guilt to waking up and being ready to get my work-out in, being active all day, going up and down my stairs without giving them much thought, planning delicious meals and feeling no guilt because I know I'm putting good things into my body and eating the correct portions. I don't wear pajamas or sweats all day because my jeans hurt. I wear smaller jeans and they don't hurt to wear them all day. I see a hint of collarbones, my legs and bottom are firmer, my stomach is smaller (although quite jiggly) and I've learned my feet didn't really grow. They were just too pudgy to fit into my old size shoes. And, one last one...don't laugh too hard. I need more water in my bath. I ran my bath and climbed in yesterday to notice that, OMG!, my bathtub wasn't full enough.

I have a very long road ahead of me but I thought I should take some time to write down what's great right now. If I feel this much better in just one month, I can't imagine how great the months, and years, to come are going to feel! Thank you Sparks for showing me my way.

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THEIS58 2/8/2012 9:10PM

    Good for you!

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Monday, February 06, 2012

My husband told me he fixed my treadmill on Sunday. I was very excited to not have to miss a day of exercise. My sister came over early, before I started my workout. She decided she wanted a treadmill and so I was going to let her try out mine...guess what? It didn't work. She and I researched treadmills on the internet and then went off to shop. We found her a really good one (way better than mine) for a great price so she bought it. I also showed her Sparks and told her how much it is helping me. We went to Rumbi Island Grill where I had tofu & vegetables w/brown rice. Can we say portion control? NOT! I ate half at lunch and half for dinner and still had some huge portions. I couldn't find my menu choice calories and nutrition so I used a chicken w/brown rice in my data. Should be pretty close. My husband showed me how to 'fix' my treadmill when he got home. I worked out for 30 minutes before he told me I was too noisy. I know he's trying to help me but I didn't much like him telling me I should use a steady incline to burn more calories. I'm doing the best I can. No wonder I like to exercise without him around. Oh, one more thing - I also bought some new walking shoes. I don't wear sz 8.5. I wear sz 8. I don't think I'll have any more problems with my heels. I got Nike's. I'd forgotten how much I like the arch in them - so much better than my New Balance's and AVIA's. Having a good pair of shoes that fit makes a lot of difference.


Thank you Spark Friends!!!!!!

Saturday, February 04, 2012

I really did miss the support I get from here. I read the comments on my blog and was blubbering and smiling at the same time. It is so wonderful to read your supportive, and very helpful comments. This is a tough undertaking but, when I make up my mind to do something, I will not be stopped. I'm still not too sure what happened to my computer so I'm not staying on too long today otherwise, I would send each and every one of you wonderful people a thank you note and share some of the support I'm getting from you right back atcha! You are the best ever!!!!! emoticon


Wow, did I ever miss Sparks this week

Saturday, February 04, 2012

My computer had a breakdown on Wednesday. I immediately started tracking in a notebook though. I deep cleaned my house, in addition to my workout, on Wednesday and Thursday. I, unfortunately forgot to drink enough water and didn't eat enough. I woke up on Friday STARVING. My stomach was growling so much I ate right after I worked out. I hadn't felt that hungry in a long time. All that housework caught up to me on Friday and only did 35 minutes on the treadmill. I pushed as hard as could for those minutes though. All in all it's been a good week until TODAY! I was ipoding through my workout, almost finished, and WHAM!, my treadmill died. I almost face planted over the top of my treadmill. I am VERY stressed. I finally have an exercise habit going and now what?! I will think of something. I just don't know what yet :(


This sucks!

Monday, January 30, 2012

I 'm a size smaller jeans than I was when I started this 4 weeks ago. I threw out my old jeans and am wearing 2 sizes smaller (I have to wear a big shirt to hide the rolls. therefore, one size smaller). I am feeling so much better. Exercising is a habit now. I pulled out my ipod. WOW! It makes my workout go so much faster. I need more Zumba music. I only have one song but I hit re-play to get me through when I feel like I'm lagging. I'm doing a lot better than when I started. I've done 3 miles twice now, and I am doing 3.5 mph for 40 min per workout. I added 3.9 mph for 4 min today.

I partied with my friend tonight and had 5 oz of whipped vodka. There goes the 45 days of sobriety. My husband doesn't even understand why I'm not drinking alcohol. 375 of empty calories tonight! I'd rather have had my dessert yogurt and felt healthy.

I have more energy. I get up and stay active throughout the day. I'm also caring more about my appearance . I even colored my hair today. It looks awesome. I shower every day. I do my make up and my hair. I'm also wearing 'real' clothes. I was so inactive that I really didn't think I needed to shower every day nor did I get ready for the day I felt like a clown. Who cared what I did to look nice? I told you folks...gotta be real. Anyway, so...I took my daughter out for lunch for her birthday today. (Indian food. I only ate saag-spinach in spicy sauce). She noticed I had different jeans on. and my make-up looked pretty, but certainly didn't say anything about me looking any smaller. I have a long way to go. It sucks. I WILL keep going. I drank my water and stayed on my nutrition...drinking included. I know I'm changing. It doesn't matter what other people think.

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ROCKANDROLL7 2/1/2012 7:27PM

    Sounds like you were in depression so out of it now is good thing. Depression is a dark day that never ends and can
" suck " your title the life from a person and all around that
person too. Knew some one with real clinical depression.
Next time you go to lunch say HAY can you tell I lost some


Congrads on it all.

I am an ostomy lady so I got in habit of buying large shirts

when i need medium. I figured it help hide the appliance.

All it did daughter said was make me gain as i ate more

so i am back on med size and i will deal with any looks i get

too. After all we got ONE life we got to live it for us

some and not worry of others so much.

I am eating more fiber check out you a fiber page it help

to chose higher fiber foods. emoticon

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AURORAMILLET 2/1/2012 1:51PM

    Don't beat yourself up.

You are doing great!

I like that you are avoiding alcohol and staying away from the empty calories. I am avoiding alcohol as well.

It always feels great when you put time into yourself!

Keep it up!!

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ADAM2298 1/31/2012 8:49AM

    You're getting on your way and that is the first step. My suggestion is not to push your running distance too fast and stay with a distance /time for a while. It takes 21 days to make it a habit and time for your body to adjust. You don't want to pull or stain any muscles and be sure to stretch before and after your work out.

Be patient, you will reach your goals. The key is consistency. We get some success and decide that more is better only to slide of the routine.

You should allow yourself a treat from time to time. Otherwise, you feel you are depriving yourself and when given the chance to eat a treat, one goes hog while and off the diet. The trick is to treat yourself with a small portion and feel satisfied with that. But if you feel out of control with some things, then avoid them. I love salty treats and just avoid them because I just lose control. I portion all of my food because if it is there, I'll eat it all.

Don't be hard on yourself, you have made great strides, enjoy the new you and think about gaining more success as you journey on.
I wish you well.

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MOMTHERESA 1/30/2012 11:32PM

  You're doing great! Awesome!

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