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Great Tip for New Year's Resolutions

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

WOW, it has been a long time since I have blogged!!! Maybe because the holidays are here, and I felt I was having to work so hard at keeping off what I had lost! LOL!

I am working on my goals, and I thought I would share a secret to succeeding in yearly new year's resolutions. Many years ago I added my goals to my prayer list. It really does help to pray about your resolutions/goals at least once a week... It keeps it before you, and with asking God for help and wisdom in achieving them... it works! No, I don't do EVERYTHING I set as goals, but I get a WHOLE lot more done that I used to before I started praying about them!

I will blog again in the next few days, to share my weightloss goals... and possibly other goals with everyone!

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ROZEEROZ1 12/30/2009 7:34PM

    Great idea - will try it.

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MOTHERDUCK3 12/30/2009 2:40PM

    What a great idea.

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HAPPY1049 12/30/2009 11:39AM

    What a great tip! I don't know why I never thought of praying specifically for those new year resolutions for myself. I will do that this new year.
Prayer works wonders!

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LAURIE5658 12/29/2009 9:01PM

    Jim and I have added prayer to our daily ritual and you would not believe the many blessings we have recieved since. Prayer indeed works!!!!

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New Goals

Saturday, October 10, 2009

My new goals that start on Sunday, October 11, 2009:

1) Stay in my calorie and fat range - NO EXCUSES!!!
(Which means I have to log all food with no exceptions.)

2) Do 35 minutes of Cardio 5 days a week - NO EXCUSES!!!
(With only 5 days, it does give me one day off besides Sunday. This will help, since my schedule is a busy one!)

3) Strength Training 3 days a week - NO EXCUSES!!!
(This is probably my biggest struggle... sigh... Keep me accountable friends!)

4) Work hard at getting to bed on time, so I can get at least 7 hours of sleep each night - NO EXCUSES!!!
(Always a challenge, since there is always so much for a mother/wife to do!!)

5) Drink my 8 cups of water - NO EXCUSES!!!
(I have found I love water!! I don't always get all 8 cups in each day though!!)

I am excited about where I am right now and look forward to this next week! I went through winter clothes and I was able to fit into things I have not been able to fit into... including clothes that my daughters got rid of that were too big for them! How exciting is that???

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ILOVEFALL2009 11/13/2009 8:34PM

    Reading your goals was an encouragement to me. emoticon
Thank you! :) Hope your weekend is very blessed.

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GMASANDIE 10/11/2009 4:31AM

    Those are great goals. I am starting over again Monday. Mainly to exercise more and I need to do the NO EXUSES thing as well. I also need to get to the Y at least twice a week. You arfe an inspiration tous all.

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PRINCESSAMY2001 10/10/2009 10:27PM

    Wowzers keep up the good work! It feels so nice to fit in clothes that we haven't fit into in a long time. On the contrary....I've been growing out of my clothes and hoping to turn things around! I keep telling myself, "you have so many clothes you could wear if you would just lose a few lbs." I don't want to go out and buy new ones, and I refuse!!!

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HSMOM2FOUR 10/10/2009 9:23PM

    Great goals! I know you'll be able to do it - No Excuses! :) I'm looking forward to seeing all the results that come with it! Enjoy the process as well as the results!

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CHANTELLE15 10/10/2009 5:04PM

    I love the NO EXCUSES approach that you've taken!! I know that you can do it! You're going to reach your new goal in NO TIME! :)

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LAURIE5658 10/10/2009 4:43PM

    Margie, I am so very grateful that you lost the 3 lbs. because I can tell you are invigorated again. I will bet that when you try the clothing on you will get even more excited. That is where I am now. I went to the mall today and I was actually excited with what I saw in the fitting room mirrors!

You can do this, Margie, AND YOU WILL!!!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/10/2009 4:25PM

  Your attitude sounds great and that is so important. Stick to your goals.

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RUNNINGOMA 10/10/2009 4:16PM

    Wow! That IS exciting! Today we were talking about what we are going to wear for Christmas and decided I need to alter what I have to fit and maybe cut old dresses up to make a new one for my daughter. It's a good feeling to make these accomplishments!
I love your goals too. I have not been too good lately, even though I haven't gained, I haven't lost either. I have a plan in place - which also involves NO EXCUSES.
I'll be checking on you like you asked so be prepared!

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GIGGLZ89 10/10/2009 4:00PM

    Good luck I know you'll do great

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Lost 3 pounds in one week!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Okay, for those that do not know me... I was struggling to lose weight the past month. After eating right and exercising for 8 months, my body had decided to STOP losing. I am losing weight that I have not been able to lose in many years!! SO... I went on a low carb diet for an experiment for 7 - 10 days. Today is my 8th day and I was actually going to go OFF of it... but... I have lost 3 pounds and after very little the past month, I am sooo excited about losing again! I have decided that I may stick to it a few more days, then go back to the normal. The weird thing is... I have not had the time to exercise!!! How could I lose without exercising too?? WOW!!!

I met my goal of 25 pounds lost with Spark People (Plus 4.5 before Spark People, and the extra 2 pounds I lost the past two days) ... and now that I see that I really CAN lose... I want to lose another 20 pounds. I went back and forth with whether I should lose 20 or 25 more... but decided at 43 years of age.. I do not want to get TOO skinny just yet, and I want an attainable goal! So.. it has now been added to my tracker!

My plan is to stay on the low carb for 2 more days, then go back to my regular way of eating right and exercise. I enjoyed the foods I could eat for a while (bacon, sausage, fried eggs, cheese and more cheese), although I am really craving a bowl of cereal or toast with home made apple butter!! LOL

I am not yet advising anyone to go on this... until after I go back to normal and see if I gain the weight back... that is a small fear I have and I will let you all know how it goes then! Thanks everyone for your continued support and encouragement!!

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GRACENOTES 10/9/2009 6:39AM

    Groovy, cool, awesome, out of this world no matter what generation we all know that is GOOD NEWS!

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DZDUKE54 10/8/2009 6:43PM

    Hi, I, too, have been low carbing it this week after seeing a plan by Wendy Chant, I believe, about carb cycling. I think particularly when you have certain issues going on that involve your metabolism you have to change up the way you eat -- my only problem is staying low carb!! Wendy's ideas involve starting with 4 days that are low carb, 2 days that are carbing up and one baseline day (some carbs) the first two weeks. Low carbs seems to be the only way I can really make any progress anymore. Congrats to you -- keep us informed on how it goes! Diane

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THEFITNUTLIFE 10/8/2009 6:37PM

    Congrats! Great job :)

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PREBRAENIKAE95 10/8/2009 5:30PM

    emoticon Great Job! Boy, when the weight starts to drop, it is such a good feeling! I am so proud of you for working through it and NOT giving up. Enjoy and savor this moment. emoticon We too can overcome! emoticon

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HSMOM2FOUR 10/8/2009 4:35PM

    FANTASTIC!!!! I'm so glad that it's working so well for you to use the low-carb to get off your plateau!

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EFFIED 10/8/2009 4:35PM


That's great!!!

God's Blessings!

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LAURIE5658 10/8/2009 4:28PM

    Good for you, Margie and CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your body is saying...WHAT IS HAPPENING HERE?...cuz you confused it! that will kick a plateau in the rear every time!! I am so happy for you!!


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BARB827 10/8/2009 3:43PM

    that's awesome!!!! emoticon

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CHANTELLE15 10/8/2009 3:42PM

    I'm so proud of you!! I love you! :)

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New Focus...

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Well, after three weeks of eating right and the past week of consistent exercise... I have only lost a half pound. I am treading new territory, since I have not been this size in many many years, and to think about losing more is hard for me to believe, and evidently my body does not want to let that weight go either. I have had no motivation the past 5 days, and have been SOOO discouraged!! I talked to my husband about it this morning, and he thought that maybe I needed to shock my body a little bit! I was thinking about a 3 day fluid cleanse, and he thought I should try the low carb. 12 years ago I once lost to where I am now using a low carb diet, and kept at this weight for over 4 years after I went off the diet! Unfortunately, right now I am not content at this weight... I really want to lose more (even though I know my original goal is only 1 pound away.) BUT, I decided to try his suggestion. I am not a big one for low carb, because I LOVE LOVE LOVE fruit and whole wheat bread soooooo much. Even so, we decided to try it for a week to 10 days and then go back to my balanced diet after that time. I started today, and I must say, I really enjoyed eating a piece of sausage for breakfast. I have not eaten sausage in FOREVER!!! And today for lunch, instead of eating just two little spare ribs... I ate 5!! LOL!!! I also enjoyed a nice salad and some green beans too (that had a little butter on them... wow did the butter taste good). Emotionally I can see that this may be what I am needing... but I sure hope it shocks my body the right way... LOL... I can't see eating like this and losing! REALLY!!! I will let you all know how it helps, or how it may not in the days to follow... My fingers are crossed!!!

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PREBRAENIKAE95 10/2/2009 1:15PM

    I want you to know that I am bringing your name before our Heavenly King as I write this. Discouragement is a fiery dart. Be watchful, dear one. I am praying for the Lord's wisdom and discernment to be upon you. You can do all things through Him who gives you strength. Take up you shield of faith and know that you are loved by a King:) today and always!

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HSMOM2FOUR 10/2/2009 8:47AM

    Great thinking!! You are so right - sometimes we just need to shake things up a bit! Plus, it's a great way to satisfy some of those cravings in a healthier way! I'll be looking forward to hearing all about it!!

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RUNNINGOMA 10/1/2009 3:49PM

    Can't wait to hear the results.

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Weekly Report

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Well, the past two weeks I have not been able to do a weekly report, because we have been so busy and I always have one or two days each week that I miss a meal... The bad thing is, I have done SOO well on my nutrition, that it makes me sad that I can't show everyone how well I have done! sigh... I will work hard to complete it all this next week and stay focused. It was SUCH a busy week, that I also could not exercise as much. (Which is a good thing that I kept my nutrition in check!) I look forward to the next week, and plan to add back in strength training, since I have not been able to keep up with that with all the busy days! I love new weeks and new beginnings!! I am really looking forward to this week! How about everyone else???

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*DMARIE* 9/22/2009 2:40PM

    You're keeping up the good habits, and that's what matters. Have a great week!

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T.MAESPARKLES 9/22/2009 7:18AM

    It is hard to stay focused during times when our schedules get busier than the busy schedule we already have!!

Good job on reaching those nutrition guidelines.

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KIDSATHART 9/21/2009 5:33PM

    Hey, that's great that you have done so well with your nutrition. And getting back to your exercise and strength training is just the right thing to do. Have you read "You On A Diet?" I'm reading that right now and learning tons. Have a great week!

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GMASANDIE 9/21/2009 7:08AM

    Chantelle, "refocusing", that is a good thought. Something I need to do. I have missed going to the Y because of this Plantar Fasciitis, but planning on going today pain and all. I have missed two weeks. My food choices were bad while I was at my daughter's. This is a new week and I am going to get it together again. It is difficult for me to prepare real meals for just me. I will do better! Have a great week everyone!

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CHANTELLE15 9/20/2009 11:20PM

    I am looking forward to the coming week and refocusing!! I'm so impressed that you kept your nutrition in check during these busy weeks...

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