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5 Motivators

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Here are some of the things that motivate me on this weight loss journey:

1) Grandchildren - I want to be around to play with them and enjoy watching them grow up. I only have 1 granddaughter right now.

2) Health - I am healthy on the whole, but my knees ache a lot and I am sure it is because of the weight. Just getting off the pounds will help that.

3) Mirror - being able to look in the mirror and not see the rolls of fat will be nice.

4) Clothes - I'm tired of having to buy plus size clothes. I have a closet full of nice clothes that I don't wear because I don't fit in them well.

5) Myself - I want to feel good about myself.

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DROBLROB 3/1/2010 8:41PM

    THanks for reminding me of the positive things to look forward to along the journey.

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    Losing one pound takes four pounds off your knees!

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JODIRICHARDS 2/28/2010 11:28PM

    If you haven't already you might want to print these and put them where you will see them. If you struggle with mindlessly grabbing food out of the fridge, post them up there is a great, in your face reminder. You are on the right road!

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SMILESRME 2/28/2010 11:01PM

    Thanks for sharing the things that keep you motivated Carrie. I love your honesty.

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ANNEKATHLEEN 2/28/2010 9:49PM

    Awesome motivators! You can and WILL achieve these goals. I believe in you, fellow pink teammate!

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BESTSUSIEYET 2/28/2010 9:10PM

    Right On, Carrie! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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NELLIEC 2/27/2010 9:45PM

    Great motivators! (And as you get older -- as we all do -- the health will be even more important!)

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    You are right on with these motivators. Can't think of any better ones. Keep up the good work.

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SMOORES06 2/27/2010 7:46PM

    Thanks so much for sharing!! I think these are great motivators. You should print them out and hang them where you will see them every day as a reminder of why it is important that this journey is a success!!


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KELLY3305 2/27/2010 12:30PM


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Some good ideas!

Friday, February 26, 2010

I saw this posted on a thread and I thought it was good and decided to share.

1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that
is manufactured in plants..
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy
5. Make time to pray .
6. Play more games
7. Read more books than you did in 2009.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minutes walk daily. And while you walk, smile.

11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their
journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead
invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don't over do. Keep your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need..
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with His/her
mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems
are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra
class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree ...

25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything..
28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends
will. Stay in touch.

32. Do the right thing! Trust God for everything....
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything. In HIS on time....
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change..
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come.. Wait and See...
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it. You have work
to do....
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

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SMILESRME 2/28/2010 10:58PM

    Amen sister! Thanks for sharing and reminding me of these important things.

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LISALOUVIERS 2/27/2010 5:50AM

  WOW! Great things to remember! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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BEVPRESLEY 2/26/2010 6:02PM

    I like your list! Thanks for sharing.

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CARTONIFIED 2/26/2010 4:30PM

    Wow, those are pretty great.Thanks for sharing them. :]

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CHICAGOWINDY 2/26/2010 4:10PM

    We should all aspire to such ideals! Think I'll post that on the fridge! emoticon

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50 Things

Thursday, February 25, 2010

1. What time did you get up this morning? 6:30

2. How do you like your steak? medium well

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Fireproof ( really don't like going to the theater - went to see this one because pastor recommended it)

4. What is your favorite TV show? The Biggest Loser. Monk was tied, but it isn't on anymore.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Colorado - right where I am!

6. What did you have for breakfast? Grape Nuts Flakes,1 T sunflower nuts, milk, 1/2 grapefruit

7. What is your favorite cuisine? Mexican

8. What foods do you dislike? salmon ( I do like other fish though)

9. Favorite Place to Eat? Duke's Steak House

10. Favorite dressing? Ranch (use the low fat one)

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? Ford Flex

12. What are your favorite clothes? I do like to wear nice dresses.

13. Where would you visit, this weekend, if you had the chance? our family cabin

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? half full - though it is usually full!!

15. Where would you want to retire? right here at home

16. Favorite time of day? Afternoon when daycare kids are taking a nap and it is quiet :)

17. Where were you born? Greeley, Colorado

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Figure Skating

19. How many siblings? 3 sisters

20. Favorite pastime/hobby? quilting, reading, cross stitch

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? ??

22. Bird watcher? no

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? Both

24. Do you have any pets? daughter's cat

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? ??

26. What did you want to be when you were little? a missionary

27. What is your best childhood memory? Spending time at family cabin

28. Are you a cat or dog person? right now neither (used to be dog, but I'm done with pets!)

29. Are you married? Yes, 30 years

30. Always wear your seat belt? Yes

31. Been in a car accident? Yes, two

32. Any pet peeves? Definitely

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? Papa Murphy's Mediterranean DeLite or 5 Meat Stuffed

34. Favorite Flower? Daisy, carnation & yellow rose

35. Favorite ice cream? Chocolate & Peanut Butter

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Wendy's

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? Zero

38. From whom did you get your last email? a friend

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? None

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? no

41. Like your job? Yes

42. Broccoli? I like it

43. What was your favorite vacation? Scotland, even though I ended up in the hospital in Inverness with a kidney stone and we got stranded at the airport in London because of the worst storm in 100 years.

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? My husband

45. What are you listening to right now? kids playing

46. What is your favorite color? Blue

47. How many tattoos do you have? NONE and never will!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

48. How many people will fill this out? ??

49. What time did you finish this quiz? 11:50 am

50. Coffee Drinker? Yuck!!

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2BTHINMAMMA 2/26/2010 10:00AM

    It was fun reading this and learning more about you! =D

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ROSEPETALS4ME 2/25/2010 10:30PM

    Glad to learn more about you! As I thought you are a wonderful person! We have many things in common, except that I'm in California and you're in Colorado. emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 2/25/2010 7:20PM

    That was interesting and I feel like I know you better now!! Where is your family cabin? We have one in the north Georgia mtns. and love it except when we get snowed in!!!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 2/25/2010 5:05PM

    Fun to see your comments - some didn't surprise me :-)
Where is your family cabin? I had kind of a love/hate affair with Mom & Dad's cabin near Kenosha Pass -- loved it, but not the "we HAVE to go ..." 2 of my sisters ended up with it after Dad passed away. I am kind of glad they are dealing with the inevitable problems instead of me. I have wonderful memories of times spent there, too.

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MOMFAN 2/25/2010 2:12PM

    We have much in common. I never go to the theater because of the cost and what you see on the previews. I was the one who recommended i to Pastor and bought tickets for 20. Probably won't go again unless they release another one. I really love the movies they have produced. Have a great day.

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Slow but Sure

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The last couple of weeks I have only lost .25 each week. I'm glad it was a loss (I haven't had a gain yet this year and I aim to keep it that way!), but am disappointed that the weight isn't coming off faster. I am sticking to my program of cardio, strength training and keeping within calorie range (have gone under a few times but not over) and drinking 64oz+ water.

So today, I decided I am going to try to do 2 walking DVD's back to back. I just finished doing the Express Walk DVD (30 min) , the Fat Blasting Walk DVD (40 min), then Oxycise 2 for 20 min. That is 90 minutes of exercise. I did strength exercises (bootcamp + the Quilt&Lose Team Strength Challenge exercises this morning).

Hopefully this will jumpstart the weight loss!

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HBCOPELAND 2/25/2010 2:30PM

    You can do it!!! We are cheering you on!!!

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KEEKEE1ST 2/25/2010 8:48AM

    You are upping the exercise, are you sure you are eating enough calories. Sometimes that will slow a weight loss. Just a thought.


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DEBWILLBFREE 2/25/2010 5:04AM

    Perseverance will pay off! It will. If the scale doesn't move soon, tho, you might want to check the type of food you're eating. Some people do better with fewer carbs, others do better with less protein. We're all different and sometimes cal in/cal out needs some tweaking.

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MOMFAN 2/24/2010 11:39PM

    Cheering you on, hoping it works for you too!

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GOOZLEBEAR 2/24/2010 10:51PM

    Wow you really did great today. I too haven't been losing much and I agree with Susie about getting enough calories. I know that has been my problem several different days. It seems strange but if you don't get enough your body goes into the starvation mode. Crazy but true.
Keep up the good work, you are doing really good.

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JANE1216 2/24/2010 9:14PM

    First of all
on your loss -- no matter how small - we LOVE 'em all! Like you said it IS a loss and that's what matters. Sounds like you have an excellent plan for jump starting your weight loss -- good for you! A plan is always good and planning always works -- keep the focus and have a wonderful on program week!

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BESTSUSIEYET 2/24/2010 7:47PM

    Hi Carrie! Just a thought -- sometimes increasing your calorie count just a bit (but with healthy foods) can jump start you losing again. If you're staying at the low end of your calorie range, you might try adding 100 calories or so a day for a week, and see what happens. I know, it sounds wacky -- but I've seen it help. God bless and encourage you!!

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New Pedometer!

Monday, February 15, 2010

emoticon, I got my new pedometer on Saturday and wore it yesterday. I reached 10,000 steps and then some! I did 11,211 steps!!! Walking on the treadmill for 60 minutes and then walking in WalMart sure helped!

Well, time to do some walking emoticon

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    I am taking mine back, what kind did you get?

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SMILESRME 2/15/2010 11:30PM

    New toys are great fun to use on the road to health! You go girl.
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NELLIEC 2/15/2010 10:27PM

    That's wonderful!!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 2/15/2010 8:52PM

    Hooray! I bet it's eye-opening to see just how many steps you take each day (esp. since you aren't like me, sitting at a desk at work for hours on end). Let us know what you find your average to be (as you get started) and what you do to increase it through the coming weeks! Enjoy!

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JODIRICHARDS 2/15/2010 6:03PM

    I just got a pedometer for my friend that I'm trying to help with high blood pressure. It will be interesting to see how she does with it, I pray it is a motivating tool!

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2BTHINMAMMA 2/15/2010 2:58PM

    emoticon emoticonWhat kind of pedometer did you get? The one I have doesn't like to count apparently! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JANE1216 2/15/2010 11:42AM

    A big huge emoticon to you!!!!!

That is just so great ---- emoticon

I've been wanting to get a pedometer too, but just haven't taken the time to go look for one. What a neat little weight loss tool to have.

Keep on walkin'!

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