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No Ray of Sunshine

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Most of you that know me can vouch that I am usually a very positive, go-getter, motivated, generally smiley, happy person. Well today, I must have woke up on the wrong side of bed, that is when I finally crawled outta bed. Slept in an extra 30 minutes, skipped the morning workout, got on the scale and no good news there (really depressing), went to work with no make-up (that's kinda scary), spilled my coffee all over my mouse pad and now sitting here searching SP for articles on how to break plateaus. I know how, I just needed to read other people's experiences, and no magic solution. I am so frustrated, I know I am doing everything right, but that darn scale refuses to move. So now ray of sunshine here today. emoticon

  
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TEETYSON 6/3/2010 11:20PM

    I can say I know how you feel. I am so a numbers chick... but then again don't let a negative attitude for one day or a scale start a downward spiral of deterrence. YOU HAVE DONE IT, YOU ARE DOING IT, AND YOU WILL CONTINUE TO DO IT. Everyone is entitled to a bad day every once in a while.. your entitled day just happened to be
June 3, 2010! Tomorrow will be better.. Just believe it

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PERSISTENT_GIRL 6/3/2010 6:54PM

    Well, today you can sit there and be upset and you can also create a new plan, refresh the plan you have and find new determination somewhere inside of you! Tomorrow is emoticon and emoticon

Be patient with yourself, eat less, move more, keep it simple :)

The scale is not always our friend so make sure you know you are succeeding with workouts minutes and intensity, with eating healthy, with energy levels, with supporting spark friends like me! emoticon

Hoping tomorrow is a better day for you!
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POLKADOTREVIVAL 6/3/2010 6:50PM

    Don't get down! Think of all the progress you've made so far; you are looking great!

Have you tried interval training? Switch up your routine and really push yourself.

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GRACIELA_ELENA 6/3/2010 5:37PM

    You sound very frustrated but realize your body is trying to catch up with all the great work your doing and will get you where you need to go. Chin up and hope you realize how important your story is for those of us starting out (again). You can do it with a little perseverance and patience...something I also need to have right now. thanks for your words of encouragement!

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CSIENK 6/3/2010 12:52PM

    I'm sorry to read that you're frustrated... but I have the articles you're looking for. Stand by - will send you an email.

I broke my plateau - and you can break yours. emoticon
Cindy

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KMKILROY 6/3/2010 11:07AM

    Hang in there, kiddo. I have the same problem. Working out really hard makes me gain weight too. My muscles store more water in order to replenish glycogen stores. I also add muscle quickly which also ups my weight.

Drove me crazy until I finally figured it out: I have to build muscle NOW and lose weight LATER.

My advice: Don't rely on the scale alone. Take your measurements as well - it will tell you the WHOLE story.

BTW: I think you LOOK FABULOUS! To hell with the scale.


KEEP THE FAITH!!!

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DDOORN 6/3/2010 8:33AM

    Hey, don't give your scale the power to make or break your day!

Sometimes being more stubborn than those pounds involves a little PATIENCE and ACCEPTANCE.

Also don't forget those OTHER markers of progress...inches, blood pressure, feelings of health & wellness, things you can enjoy doing that you couldn't do before...

You'll get there!

Don

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JLITT62 6/3/2010 8:24AM

    My scale moves all the time -- up & down, & up & down, and so on and so forth. It just won't seem to go below a certain number.

Mama said there'd be days like these. It's ok to be grumpy once in a while!

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LYNNDE 6/3/2010 8:12AM

    Sending some sunshine your way...the day is just beginning. Just think the rest of your day will go swimmingly and that will be sure to make you smile!

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Focus on the Other Half

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Last night I attended the Body Sculpting class again, and boy was it tough for me for some reason, but I gave it 100% effort and finished. The only thing that helped me and pushed me through was something the instructor said. We were doing step aerobics and doing arm raises with weights at the same time, my arms were killing me I thought i was going to have to put the weights down and just do the step part but then the instructor says "focus on the half that's not hurting, meaning my legs. So once I decided to shift my focus to the bottom half (legs), which is somewhat easier then holding those weights up, life didn't seem nearly as bad. So from now on, I'm going to work on focusing on the other half. I believe this strategy can be used in many areas of our life. FOCUS on the OTHER half.

  
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GRACIELA_ELENA 6/3/2010 12:48AM

    Thanks for the great insight and for your continued visits and words of support! Keep up the great work!!

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CHRISTINA217 6/3/2010 12:15AM

    That is great advice.

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JESLES 6/2/2010 12:34PM

    great message! i agree! Glass half full, glass half full! Great reminder!

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BUDRFLY31 6/2/2010 9:24AM

    I am going to think about today and give it a try! Thanks!

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WAFFIE80 6/2/2010 9:06AM

    I like that advice! Thanks for sharing.
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HOKIEJEN13 6/2/2010 8:47AM

    I have found that if I just let my mind wander it helps me. I don't think about what I'm doing at that time (running, lifting, whatever)...rather I think about my goals, myself, my day....or I just hum a little song in my head. That helps too. But, I think that I shall give 'The other half' a try the next time I need a boost! Yay for body sculpting!

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JLITT62 6/2/2010 7:41AM

    Very interesting thought -- thanks for sharing!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 6/2/2010 7:39AM

    What good advice!

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Not a Lot, Just Enough

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Hubby, my sister and I went out for dessert yesterday. One piece of chocolate cake with a half scoop of vanilla ice cream, hot fudge and sprinkled with walnuts, served with three spoons. Yep, we split it three ways. I didn't eat all of my 1/3, just a couple of bites.

Not too much - so I don't have anything to feel guilty about and...
Just enough - to have a taste and walk away guilt free, willpower intact.

Now that's the way to have dessert. emoticon

  
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ALYFITN 6/1/2010 1:32PM

    That IS the way to have dessert!! Great job! emoticon

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JLITT62 6/1/2010 1:15PM

    I wish I could do that. I have no trouble sharing, we always do, but I always want more than just a couple of bites!

Good job.

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JESLES 6/1/2010 1:05PM

    perfecto! I like it! Sharing is fun too, because it always feels like collaberating, like everyone is agreeing on something good! emoticon

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SEEAMANDARUN 6/1/2010 12:49PM

    I always find that if I don't share a dessert, I just feel uncomfortable afterward. Sounds yummy!

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Experienced the Twilight Zone

Thursday, May 27, 2010

I am feeling the aching muscles from my body sculpting class on Tuesday this morning, sore, but not too sore. (DOMS) So what does my sister do? she wakes me up at 4:30 this morning to workout with Bob (Biggest Loser). I was looking at her, thinking to myself, SERIOUSLY, is she SERIOUS. Oh let me tell you - she was serious. She said she was still sore too, but tough crap we're doing it anyway. So I knew there was no getting out of it. Surprisingly enough, I made it through and actually felt pretty good, muscle stiffness/soreness was eased up by more exercise. This morning there was an article on SP about keep on working your muscles, even when they are sore. Hmmm, how does SP know that I really needed to read that this morning? I'm in the Twilight Zone, fFunny how this site seems to always tell me exactly what I need to hear, hmmmmm. I love SP and thanks sis for keeping me going, couldn't do it without ya.

  
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JESLES 6/1/2010 1:06PM

    I wish I had a sister or friend like that! It's fun to have encouragers!

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PRINCESSKIANE 5/31/2010 7:16AM

    SP is great! ive beeen having sore aching body too, and it feels better to exercise :)
keep it up, your doing awesome !!! : )

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PERSISTENT_GIRL 5/30/2010 11:28AM

    awesome! you're doing so great! emoticon

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GRACIELA_ELENA 5/27/2010 9:57PM

    Sounds like you have a great sis to keep you going. THanks for coming by to lend you support. I am biding my time until I can get back in the swing of things and just wish I had someone like you and your sister to keep me motivated too. Keep up the great work!

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BUCKINGS5 5/27/2010 12:42PM

  WOW! Very impressive! I get up at 4:30 to get ready for work but I don't see me ever getting up early enough to work out upon waking...Good for you and Good for your sister for making it happen!

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Here's Your Sign

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

I have been snacking after dinner, not awfully bad, but just enough to see that it could be potentially dangerous (a handful of peanuts here, a couple potato chips there). I decided to remedy that situtation with some strong intervention. I posted signs on my kitchen cabinets and refrigerator and also included a picture of myself at my heaviest (yuck). Signs say...
"You are not hungry, just bored, find something to do"
"Danger, keep out - hazardous to your health"
"Is this helping me or hindering me"
"I will not eat mindlessly"

And I posted a short term goal... "Leave 160ville by July 1 - no excuses"
I came home last night to find that my daugher had written "GO MOM" in huge letters on my goal sign. Made me feel good to know she's cheering for me.

Sound Silly? kinda, but hey it's working. Just simple little reminders to help me along the way and to keep me in check. I am doing whatever it takes to lose 100-pounds. - only 18 to go! Where's YOUR sign?

  
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MOM2HMER 5/26/2010 10:32AM

  Well, now I have to try this! Thanks for the great tip! I love it! Good luck to you! emoticon

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HOPEISHAPPENING 5/26/2010 9:35AM

    Wow wat to go! I`m having the same problem with snacking and thats a great idea!YOu look fabulous!I want to join your cheering squad!
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JLITT62 5/26/2010 8:54AM

    Doesn't sound silly at all, and I think I need to do this because I've been having munchy attacks lately too. Mostly tired. How silly is it to think that eating junk will give me more energy?

Thank you, great blog!

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HOKIEJEN13 5/26/2010 8:24AM

    Creative...and it seems to be working! Fabulous job! Kudos to your family for being huge supporters!!!! Thanks for sharing...

I have a few signs: '5 weeks, 10 lbs, let's do it.' And 'Run baby run!'

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KOZLOVIC2 5/26/2010 8:16AM

    l don't have a sign, but maybe l should. By far my eating needs to be improved big time, just can't help it. Hate myself afterwards, then l wonder why l don't see results.....l need help..:)

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BANDMAMAPC 5/26/2010 7:57AM

    What a great daughter you have! My sign is on a bathroom wall, above the scale to remind me that the scale is a tool, not your judge and jury. I too snack a few hours after dinner, I usually grab a banana or make a salad. Last night, I wanted to munch on something and rather than doing that, I just grabbed my water bottle of tea and drank instead. It helped a bit and before I go to sleep, I justify my chocolate craving by taking my chewable multi-vitamin that taste like chocolate. You look great by the ways! emoticon

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VEGANVICKIE 5/26/2010 7:56AM

    Very cool !

Whatever works !!!!! emoticon

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