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Day 4: Small goals

Saturday, May 19, 2012

So I have been trying to think about setting realistic goals and what those might be. Today I think I decided that I am only going to think about days 1-14. Two weeks is a small amount of time, and I am not going to think about anything beyond that just yet.

So here they are: small but ACHIEVABLE!
1. No weigh in until June 1st - that is two weeks from my reset. I get so obsessed with the scale sometimes that it becomes a tool to beat myself up with. So to heck with the scale. This is not about numbers, it is about getting healthy. I don't want to see a number for a while.

2. Speaking of numbers, goal number two is going to sound strange, but the goal is NOT TO HAVE A NUMBER GOAL for these first two weeks. I am going to concentrate entirely on behaviors - tracking calories and exercise.

3. Exercise every day. Not optional. It is my best non-food stress management system and it is ok to realize it is something that I need to do.

4. Track calories. I had gotten used to eating more and especially in the beginning tracking calories is the only way I know to keep myself "honest"

5. Last goal: be proud of myself for having little goals and focus each day on something that I am going well or that I am proud of where I am NOW. I am living in the present and I need to be happy here


So there they are! 5 Goals from now until June 1st
I will let everyone know how things are going
By the way, I REALLY appreciate and NEED the support you are giving me right now. I know it takes 2 weeks to form habits and 6 to make them stick. THANK YOU so much for helping me reach my goals. Every comment and post helps me.

Here's to small goals!
Hollynn aka Spunky

  
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SSMITH-BA 5/21/2012 11:52AM

    great small goals!!!! emoticon

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CALLIKIA 5/21/2012 11:21AM

    Love you and love that you're setting reasonable goals to guide you for the first couple weeks. When you do exercise every day, how many minutes is your minimum? I think I'm going to add some walks in or at least a good bit of heavy cleaning (much needed at our house right now! *lol*) on my "rest" days from the gym.

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IAMARMSTRONG 5/21/2012 11:13AM

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Congratulations on starting out. Rest assured, that as the weeks and months progress you will be challenged- you will feel you have failed at times; you will feel like it's not working. Let me be the first to say here that EVERY SINGLE PERSON HERE experienced these feelings and every single person here will help lift you up when you need help.

It's not a race, it's not even a marathon-- those end.... it's a new path you've chosen, full of new challenges, stumbling blocks, but also amazing new sights.

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LOOZINITNOW 5/20/2012 11:46PM

    I love the two week goals! With coming back fresh, I'm thinking this would be a good way for me to look at it also. Less over whelming. You have fantastic goals!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 5/20/2012 1:34PM

    Good luck!

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JAMIELOGICAL 5/19/2012 11:39PM

    I love these goals! I never set a specific weight loss goal/deadline for myself, but I am still addicted to the scale. I wish I could be strong like you and not weigh myself for a couple of weeks. As it is, I weigh myself about 8 times a day!

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I try so hard to make sure I'm focused on what really matters: sticking to my nutrition and fitness, but no matter how hard I try, I end up focusing on the scale as well. Good luck staying away from the scale for a couple of weeks!

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KARVY09 5/19/2012 9:18PM

    I like these. Feel free to check in with me anytime for encouragement!

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FITMARY 5/19/2012 7:43PM

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Tracking helps SO much, and once you get all your favorites on there, it is quick too!
Getting healthy is not easy, but it is really important and that's why you are doing it!
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SHY_BUNNY 5/19/2012 6:16PM

    |Agreed! I love not having a goal weight & stiving for making a lifestyle change!
You can do it!

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BIGMAMAT 5/19/2012 5:30PM

    I love it!!! emoticon I especially like the exercise everyday. I feel great when I exercise. I''m on day 18! emoticon
Keep us updated on your progress!
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BOGUSANNIE 5/19/2012 4:54PM

    I LOVE # 2 the best!!!!

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ROXIT22222 5/19/2012 4:22PM

    Great goals! You are gonna do awesome! Last year my goal was to hike X # of miles a month. It was just that simple. I ended up loosing weight at the same time.

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ROCKMAN6797 5/19/2012 3:20PM

    Great mindset Hollynn!
There is so much more to good health other than the number on the scale. Although I do weigh myself daily my biggest indicator of where I am is how my clothes fit. As long as my clothes fit the same I am doing fine. You can do this and you will!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 5/19/2012 2:23PM

    Those are great goals Hollynn emoticon and we're here to cheer you on!! emoticon emoticon

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BONDMANUS2002 5/19/2012 2:22PM

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Day 3 update - reboot underway!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Day 3 - woot woot!
So I hit the reset button - and I feel really good about it. Perhaps the most positive thing I did was reset my ticker at the bottom. I felt guilty watching the ducky slide backward, so I even changed the backdrop. Now instead of it starting at 286, where I was in 2009, it starts at 229, where I am now.
It feels GOOD!

Today was busy. I was in Pittsburgh for a hair appt, did some office work and then jumped on the stationary bike for 50 minutes. I wanted an hour, but had to get some dinner before headed out for my night shift at the hospital tonight.

I have exercised each day and kept within my calorie range (although yesterday temptation was calling, I went to bed early to avoid it). I am planning to ask people at work to please (PLEASE) not tempt me...there are brownie trays everywhere in hospital it seems and everyone feels bad if you don't "just try one." If I want one, I will try it, but not because of peer pressure!

Hope to get some photos up this weekend - planning to spend some time gardening.

It feels odd to say day 3. but last time I lost 40 lbs in the first 100 days....I would be happy even to see 25 (or 29 lol) gone in this 100.

Reboot, rethink, and challenge myself to find a way to live healthy that is sustainable.

Spunky

  
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CALLIKIA 5/21/2012 11:19AM

    As always, I'm totally rooting for you! ;)

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ROCKMAN6797 5/19/2012 3:17PM

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ROXIT22222 5/19/2012 12:19AM

    You are off on a great new start! You will do great things!

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BOGUSANNIE 5/18/2012 10:44PM

    well done!

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JSTCHLIN 5/18/2012 10:29PM

    Keep up the good work and stay away from the brownies! Enjoy your weekend.

Take care and stay healthy

Mike

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 5/18/2012 7:14PM

    Sounds like you're doing emoticon in every way! Cheers to 3 great days and reset buttons!! emoticon

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MAMADWARF 5/18/2012 7:14PM

    Here's to the reboot!!!

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KARVY09 5/18/2012 6:04PM

    YAY!

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WAY2GOCAT 5/18/2012 6:00PM

    I'm so glad you're back and, even better, that you are being positive. Why can't you lose 40 lbs in 100 days again? emoticon

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KITHKINCAID 5/18/2012 5:52PM

    Happy for you Hollynn. You can do this!

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Cycling, Chicago and Rebooting in General

Wednesday, May 16, 2012



Spunky on Cycling:
No one looks good in spandex. One of my close friends is a hard core, ranked cyclist who has an awesome body and even she looks a little silly. Comfort it key, and the only way to look better in cycling shorts is to keep cycling!
Getting up hills sucks. I live in WV, so trust me I know! The only thing more painful than walking or running up a steep hill is cycling up it... But they are so much more interesting than riding on the flats, and a high heart rate is more likely to lead to endorphins and feelings of accomplishment.


Spunky on Chicago
It was hard! (see prior posts if you don't know what I am talking about). I did great about 50% of the time. I exercised 3/5 days (ok, not great), ate healthy about the same. I did NOT give into M&Ms - woot woot! I did over-imbibe on the celebratory drinks, but I did not stress eat. I came back the exact same weight as I left....A bit of a letdown, but at least not a gain.


Spunky on Reboot
I had another photo wake up moment recently (which for those who have followed me for long, know how this all started). More on that soon when I am brave enough to post it. Regardless, I am here (hubby is along for the health focus as well) and ready and able to do the work needed to regain some healthy focus in my life. I am planning to think about goals more this week. I have decided to do a formal reset on my page. I haven't been 286 in over 3 years, but I have been over 215 for nearly 2 years and currently I am sitting at 229....So here goes the reset button.

Would love to have you follow me down as I head for Onederland again...the more the merrier!

Love ya all,
Hollynn aka Spunkyducky

  
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LOOZINITNOW 5/20/2012 11:50PM

    I love the idea of a reset. I think I am going to hit the reset button also. I would love to join you in the journey to onederland (although it will take me much longer). Count me in!

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FITMARY 5/18/2012 5:56PM

    Not gaining on a five-day vacation in Chi-town, one of the best eating places in the world?
Girl, that's a miracle and testament to your staying power! Give yourself some credit!
Good luck with the reset. Those official start-overs always help, in my opinion.
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CALLIKIA 5/17/2012 5:35PM

    Glad to see both of your happy faces again! I always think about how hardcore you must be to be biking in WV...especially where you are! Phew! Happy reset!

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KITHKINCAID 5/17/2012 2:45PM

    You're brave to hit the reset lady! Sorry we didn't have a chance to meet up in the city, but next time :)

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ROCKMAN6797 5/17/2012 2:10PM

    Cycling in the real world sounds like fun and you seem to really like it! Good job with your Chicago trip and looking forward to your reboot, onederland is within reach but let's not let up once you get there and instead crash through and go far down the onederland ladder!

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JSTCHLIN 5/17/2012 12:19PM

    Always here with you. The downhills are worth the uphills, keep pedaling! No gain when away from home for whatever reason is good news. Reboot, reset, Go!

Take care and stay healthy

Mike

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CAZBRAZ 5/17/2012 11:09AM

    Hi Spunky! Glad you got back safe and sound and well done for returning without any gains. I'm down to 204 now, but it feels like it's taking foreeeeeeeever to get to onederland, so I'll be here for you on the journey! I run (jog more like) rather than cycling as I have my dogs with me so they get exercised too, but we can still work together across the Atlantic I'm sure! Good luck with the reset and here's a goodie to help you! Caryn xxx
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BOGUSANNIE 5/17/2012 9:47AM

    Great job on the cycling...I am saving my sheckles to buy me one of those two wheeled a$$ kickers!! We have plenty of hills here as well and I dread having to confront them.

Resets are great...they help us regain focus and commitment and help change things up a bit.

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JEREMY723 5/17/2012 8:46AM

    Though I wish for a few hills to run on (very flat near Lake Erie) I can't imagine the hills of WV. Great accomplishment!

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KARVY09 5/17/2012 6:41AM

    I'm with you, Hollyn. I'm at 231 right now so right there. Let's work it. I am so not ready for shorts!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 5/17/2012 3:49AM

    That's great that you didn't gain while in Chicago - and you did get some activity in (and didn't cave to M & M's) so kudos on those points for sure!

We all need a reset button every now and again and I'm here with you going forward on this journey to better health!

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1 of 5 done with success!

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Quick Chicago update:
Thanks for rooting for me on my Stay-on-track 5 day adventure in Chicago
I appreciate all the advice including the advice to stay away from steaks and pizza! I have been living out of my hotel fridge so far with oranges, Luna bars and yogurt, but tonight I am going out to forage for some (healthy!) food with a friend - wish me luck!

I made it to the gym for 60 minutes yesterday and an unexpected 80 today. I don't expect to see much sunlight on this trip, but at least the gym is nice.

My big lecture is tomorrow, so tonight is the night I must watch out for stress eating (tomorrow night it will be celebration eating I am watching out for...lol and celebration drinking!)

Glad to hear that I am not the only person who "needs" M&Ms
I only really need the support of all of you!

Cheers from Chicago
Hollynn aka Spunkyducky

**75% of the way through day 2 of 5


  
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ROCKMAN6797 5/12/2012 6:34PM

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Very nice Hollynn!
Keep on doing for you and I hope you knocked 'em dead on Thursday!

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JSTCHLIN 5/10/2012 8:07AM

    Hope you made it through last night. Good luck today during your lecture. Drink water, not alcohol. If there is one thing I have stuck too since the very beginning it's not drinking. I used to drink plenty. It's been so long I don't feel pressure anymore to drink. So pick up that bottled water proud as you can be and while they are all toasting in their celebration, celebrate yourself doing a good job!

Take care and stay healthy

Mike

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HARMONYBLUE 5/9/2012 11:10PM

    M&Ms and oranges go very well together. You are doing fantastic! Do Chicago restaurants have nutritional info on the menu? That's the one (maybe only) thing I love about New York and LA.

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BOGUSANNIE 5/9/2012 8:00PM

    looking good...great job using the 'facilities' emoticon

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5 days of no excuses

Tuesday, May 08, 2012



This blog is my little reminder to myself! Just because I am going out of town does not mean there are "new rules" to healthy living.

Here are a few things I need to remember to successfully navigate this conference in Chicago this week:
1. My metabolism does not change just because I am out of town!
2. Eating out 5 days in a row demands that I make good choices!
3. My hotel has an excellent health fitness center - it needs to get used at least 30 minutes a day
4. Alcohol has a lot of calories - nuff said!
5. I do not "need" M&Ms - no matter what my rebellious mind says when it is bored, angry, stressed or tired
6. Spark exists on my phone, my iPad and my computer - even when I am OOT - calories still need to be logged!
7. Nothings tastes as good as being thin and healthy feels!

I am leaving for Chicago today, back Saturday night
Help me stay on track!!!

Cheers and thanks to my awesome Sparkies!
Hollynn aka Spunkyducky

  
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JEN_BACK2BASICS 5/9/2012 1:58PM

    I love Chicago! Born there but parents moved so I don't remember it - even still, it feels like home whenever I go. If you're by O'Hare, there's a forest preserve near-ish...you'd probably need a car or a ride, but look for it and try to get some hiking in. (Actually, there's a bunch, but Busse looks the best.) If you're downtown, just run the lakefront like the locals do.

Have fun and be healthy!

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JSTCHLIN 5/9/2012 11:08AM

    I never been. I've always wanted to go. I know they have so many beautiful parks to walk in. Take advantage and enjoy. You got this!

Take care and stay healthy

Mike

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SCOTTPILGRIM 5/8/2012 3:28PM

    Good luck! If you're staying in the city, it's pretty convenient to go run on the lake front (if you're in to running), which can be motivating in itself. Just don't fall for the "let's go get giant steaks" bit just because it's Chicago. They're not that special and entirely TOO BIG.

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ROCKMAN6797 5/8/2012 3:13PM

    Great blog Hollynn!
Follow it and this you will be a success for the next 5 days!
Have fun and make good choices!

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BOGUSANNIE 5/8/2012 2:21PM

    OMG...

"My metabolism does not change just because I am out of town! "

That is AWESOME!!!!! I gots ta use that some time!!!

Enjoy the trip and you can do it and come home that much stronger and more proud of yourself!!!

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HARMONYBLUE 5/8/2012 2:07PM

    Also think how icky you will feel if you don't eat healthy and work out on the road!

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KITHKINCAID 5/8/2012 1:51PM

    You can do it!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 5/8/2012 1:44PM

    Excellent Plan!! emoticon

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KKWOOD80 5/8/2012 1:35PM

    lol, I loved your Blog. Im going to have to do this same thing next time I travel. Its crazy how off track you can get just by leaving your regular routine. Hang in there and be strong :)

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PSFITMOMMY413 5/8/2012 1:35PM

    I love #5 an #6...good luck and safe travels!!

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