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Monday, March 22, 2010

Monday use to be a dreaded day, you know back to work, getting kids ready for school, etc....... That's all still there, but now I look forward to it as another start to a week of improving my health and wellbeing. I know, that may sound a little weird and out there, but not only am I seeing changes but others are too.

I have more energy.
I feel better.
I enjoy my workouts, especially if I'm able to get outside.
My clothes are fitting better.
My blood pressure has never been not only this normal, but also on the low end of normal in my life.

They see the weight loss.
They see I have more energy.
They're asking what I'm doing. I give them all the information to get to the Sparkpeople site.

So now, rather than having a negative connotation to Mondays, I think I'll start looking at them in a more positive way now. This isn't an easy journey and there are bumps and curves, but it is a journey that can be completed with hard work, prayer, and support.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

WILDCARD1 3/24/2010 8:48AM

    WTG on getting it done! I love that you are inspiring others to start on the road to a healthier lifestyle! Keep up the great work!

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NIKI778 3/23/2010 8:24AM

    Yeah!!! All the hard work is paying off, not just with results but with a change in your attitude. I think that can be the hardest thing to change, eating the right things pretty simple, actually being active simple, but changing the negative thoughts in our heads to positive ones is much harder. Hope you have a great week!!!

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KATHYJO56 3/22/2010 10:49PM

    First of all, congratualtions to you for doing so well. You should be very proud of yourself. I know that your teammates are. Monday gets such a bad rap. I know they are sometimes hard because of the rush of a new week, but all days are a gift from God to be grateful for.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

I set up my schedule last Sunday for the week and it went well. I'm going to follow through with the same schedule this week. Having it outlined is so much simpler. I don't have to hurt my head trying to think. emoticon

As I posted on my status, this has been a busy Sunday, good but busy, and this body is ready to rest.

Good luck Lady Bugs on our third week.

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WILDCARD1 3/22/2010 6:22PM

    Woohoo!!! You have a great plan for getting it done!!! Good luck!!!

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HEALTHYMOMMY2B 3/22/2010 11:40AM

    Planning is definitely key!!! For food as least for me. I planned out my workouts for the next 3 months!!! (did a spreadsheet this weekend) Foodwise I have to be better, though.

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NIKI778 3/22/2010 8:43AM

    Great job on the planning, having a well thoughtout plan makes all the difference!!

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JOY0921 3/22/2010 6:32AM

    Have a great week! emoticon

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

This Spring that goes for me too! There's a new me emerging by pounds and inches. Just like when we plant flowers or vegetables in the garden and have to work the ground, we have to work ourselves to see "the growth". Somedays are harder than others, we have to deal with weeds (temptations) and dry spells (not getting enough water). But, in the end we have something to show for our efforts.

That's going to be me this year. When we work through Spring, come summer there's going to be a new me. But the work won't stop there. I'll still have to continue working "my ground" so I can extend my growing season throughout the summer. I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to this year's growing season more than ever!

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WILDCARD1 3/21/2010 10:52PM

    Woohoo!!! Love the analogy!!! Keep up the great work!

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SHAGGINABIT 3/21/2010 12:26PM

    I'm looking forward to it too! emoticon

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JOY0921 3/21/2010 8:50AM

    Very true! emoticon

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Friday, March 19, 2010

Prior to this week I had hovered around the same weight for about three weeks. I was a little out of sorts about this because I was really working hard in both my workouts and tracking my food. I did see some inches down, but still.......

During that time I read several articles and blogs here on SP about making sure you eat enough calories so your body doesn't go into starvation mode. So, I went and updated my workout times and guess what, I wasn't eating enough according to the recommendation. So now after 10 days of adjusting my calories, I've got 3 lbs gone this week.

I'd always been of the mind, eat as few calories as possible and work out as long as possible, but this is not healthy. Your body will think you're starving it and hold onto the fat as long as possible. So, if you've increased your workout time and not double-checked your recommended calories, do it. You may be happily surprised! Thanks SP!

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NIKI778 3/20/2010 11:37AM

    It seems strange that eating more can actually increase your weightloss, but it is super important to make sure that you are eating enough for your activity level.

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WILDCARD1 3/20/2010 9:50AM

    Thanks for the reminder! I wonder if that is what I have been doing?

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MONARCHCT 3/20/2010 9:29AM

    I am going to give this a cautious try as I have been plateaued for 6 weeks while still doing "everything" right.

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JOY0921 3/20/2010 7:29AM

    Good advice and so true! Thanks for sharing your experience!

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SEYSARAH 3/20/2010 6:52AM

    Found that out the hard way too. It's still a balancing act for me...but I keep to the mid to upper range for hard workout days and the lower range for normal workout days. One day I will get this entirely figured out! Not holding my breath!!

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SIGLED 3/20/2010 12:27AM

    Thanks for sharing that testimony!

The starvation mode is very real and your body will stop losing if it thinks it is starving.

You have proven once again that good nutrition plus good workouts equals lost weight. emoticon

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CDGOLDILOCKS 3/20/2010 12:04AM

    It seems like an oxymoron to eat more calories to lose weight, but it works.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Got to enjoy a beautiful day outside while doing my workout. Husband went with me and able to share this with him. He hadn't seen me when I've been working on the C25K. He was impressed and to be honest it made me feel really good. He's been very supportive since I started this journey and as all of you know having your family, especially your spouse or significant other supporting you and not sabotaging (intentionally or unintentionally) your efforts makes a big difference. I know I'm very lucky to have this and I most definitely will not take it for granted!

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NIKI778 3/19/2010 7:56AM

    emoticon A supportive partner is the best!!

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