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No longer starting over & no longer looking for motivation...

Friday, August 31, 2012

Disclaimer: This is just my way of thinking on my journey, and I understand different things work with different people.

With that said, I used to be someone who constantly felt the need to start over. "Oh I had a bad day, I will start over tomorrow. Well ACTUALLY today is Sunday, but I'm going out to dinner with friends on Thursday, so I might as well wait til Friday to start over. Well that's stupid, might as well wait until the new week starts to start over... so I'll start over next Sunday." I have taken it even more extreme than that in the past... "Well, today wasn't so great, but I AM going on vacation in 3 weeks, so I might as well just wait until I'm back from vacation to start over."

As you can imagine that spelled disaster for me. Since I "started" (over) my journey on March 20th at 262, I have not started over once. This in itself is a miracle. I was not in it whole heartedly during March or even April. In fact, I didn't even start exercising until May, but there is no more starting over. If I have a bad day (or in recent cases 2 bad days), I don't consider myself "off the wagon". I used to constantly do that. Then I felt like I needed to make such a huge effort to hop "back on the wagon". I don't know why, but that terminology made me feel like it was much harder than it had to be, like it took even greater effort to start over.

This time, I just dust myself off on move on. Bad meals, or bad days are just bumps in the road now and a part of my journey.

I also no longer LOOK for motivation, or feel the need to find motivation. With that said, I LOVE hearing motivational stories, I love seeing motivational quotes and pictures, and I have them around my house. I love being motivated by other members and getting so much love and support. I absolutely do. But what I mean is, when there are days that I am not feeling motivated, I don't sit around whining like I used to, saying I need to FIND my motivation. No I don't. For me, motivation isn't required to get up and do what I have to do. It just has to be a decision, it's black and white. I either eat right and track, or I don't. I either get off my rear and exercise, or I don't. So feeling motivated or not, I have learned I have to do what I have to do.

That is just two reasons that this time is different. I have been floating between the same pound for 2 weeks now. In the past that would be a reason to "throw in the towel", but not this time. I just keep moving forward one day at a time, and know the scale will do the right thing eventually. I hope you all continue to do the same. I heart ya'll! :D


credit: arthlete.tumblr.com (Told you I am a sucker for motivational pictures, but I never use lack of motivation as an excuse to do the wrong thing). :)

  
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BIGJIM5 9/6/2012 1:19AM

    Great blog. we all need to get our head thinking that way! Nicely put. I hate the mindset i get at times of "o well my day is shot. lets just shovel some more in"UUgggghhh, I am getting much better, growing wiser, not wider!! whooo hoooo!!!

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PRINCESSAMY 9/5/2012 10:14AM

    emoticon I can totally relate. Good For You! Changing your mind set is one of the hardest things you can do!!

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IMSOOZEEQ 9/4/2012 2:29AM

    And the winner is....STEPH!!! You go girl! I think you have been doing some serious thinking about your journey! I am so proud of you and I KNOW that you can do it!

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GEMINIGEM6 9/3/2012 9:47PM

    I love this. I can relate to it so much. :)

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HEATHERFREE 9/3/2012 2:49PM

    I LOVED THIS. I was doing so good with not starting over...thats how this time was different for me too, and then most of July and all of August, I kept "starting over" and failed miserably!!!! THANK YOU for your blogs, because today was my start over day and now its just a day in my life moving forward

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GRACEMCC45 9/2/2012 7:45PM

    You're totally right. It's not always about motivation and oomph and tra-la-la amazingness.

Sometimes it comes to weighing out the consequences of actions.

If I do A, and don't do B, C will happen.

But if I don't do A but do B, D will happen.

You do it, or you don't. Not every day needs to be choirs of angels singing and a made-for-TV movie.

Get 'er done!!

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JESSICA_STULTZ 9/2/2012 1:35PM

    Oh I hate that idea when your stuck at the same weight. I was stuck around 213 for about 3 weeks. Was a little discouraging but I knew not to give up. I even talked to my mom and she said that I'll get on the scale one of these days and it will just drop. Still a little frustrating when you just want to lose the weight NOW. I only look for motivation every now and then. Something that just helps me stay on track and keeps me in the right mindset. You have an amazing mindset though. It's not really something we just should do.. but something that needs to be done no matter what. Even if it's not for weight loss. It's good for us. At least when you know you will be eating out ahead of time you can kind of plan your other foods around that. It helps me a lot that way.. and I can generally figure out what is the best food choice before I go. Hope you start seeing results soon if you are still stuck! :)

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KAESEA78 9/2/2012 12:41AM

    You are awesome! I just want you to know that

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KASTASTROPHY 9/1/2012 8:08PM

    seriously i know i blogged about this in the past and i swear its the same thing!!!! JUST PUSH THROUGH AND WE WILL MAKE IT TO THE END TOGETHER!!!

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GREGNY 9/1/2012 5:18PM

    Good Job, keep it up emoticon

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JACOBSBELOVED 9/1/2012 3:02PM

    First, that first paragraph about "Well, I'm going on vacation, so I'll wait till I get back" "It's Sunday and I'm going out with friends on Thursday, so I'll wait till after then" is all too familiar. I felt like that was something I wrote lol

Second, everything you said up there proves that THIS TIME IS DIFFERENT! You're not giving up, you're not starting over, and you're finding what works for you. The WANT to do this is the strongest feeling you have and that's fantastic!

Keep it up, girl!

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NIKKICOLE83 9/1/2012 8:47AM

    I don't think what you are saying is controversial at all. I think your miindset perfectly describes the attitude of every single person who finally comitts to changing their lifestyle for good. When you really want to lose weight and get healthy you have this huge burst of energy and motivation in the beginning. Then you start feeling the pain, you start missing lazy nights on the sofa. But real winners get up and workout because they HAVE TO not because they want to. It becomes a part of your routine, almost like personal hygeine. I get up and take a shower without even a second thought. The same goes for working out. I get up and put on my gym clothes without a second thought. And every once in a while, I decide I am going to sleep in and forget exercising. Just like showering, that only lasts for about a day until you realize that showering and exercise are two things that can only be pushed aside for so long before you start to feel like a slob. I love your mindset. I love your winning attitude and I await your success!

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JENNIEQKA 9/1/2012 5:24AM

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just the right attitude for a winner!

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BETHIEBOOPS 9/1/2012 3:06AM

    YES YES YES YES YES! This is the attitude of winners right here. I'm SO proud of you and can't wait to see you at the finish line when we BOTH make it! As per plateau, don't let it break you- setting exercise goals has really helped me focus on something and ignore my weight. Of course, you should check that you are accurately counting your exercise calorie loss, you calorie intake and that your range still creates the deficit you want :) The hardest part of my plateau has been not letting too many "cheat meals" in- I used to fend those off thinking I wanted to see how much I could lose in a week- but now I have to shift to "that's not the best thing for my body". It's a much less sexy answer :)

You are doing so well and I am overjoyed about your "new" weightloss attitude! There is no wagon :) Keep going girl! Keep going!

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COURTNEY055 9/1/2012 1:50AM

    You got it, girl! Keep on going..You got this! Best of luck to u! And, hey if u need motivation, save this blog and re read it! emoticon

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CORTNEY-LEE 8/31/2012 11:48PM

    Keep working for those goals!
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HWNHMMBRD 8/31/2012 10:45PM

    Your words are so TRUE! And they sound sooooo familiar. Keep it up, and remember to look at your NSV as well. emoticon

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"OMG you're shrinking", and fessing up to 2 bad days...

Monday, August 27, 2012

So the highlight of the day was a fellow coworker saying "OMG you're shrinking!!" Today was free dress so I am in jeans and t shirt and it is much easier to tell than when I am swimming in my too big uniform. She even said that "OMG, it's so noticeable, it is impossible to tell in the uniform but I can totally tell, good for you." She was with another coworker who chimed in "So how are you doing it?" I laughed and said "Not eating all the crap I used to eat". They seemed pleased with this answer. She then asked "are you excited?" I said "Well no, not really..." and shrugged. She said "but why, if it were me I'd be so excited." I had to give an answer, and working in the shark tank you can not allow people to know your blood, sweat and tears. I refuse to let these people how hard I work on this, and anyone who understands my coworkers agree that is the best idea. I said "Well I think it's just because it comes of so slow, like oh yay half a pound, EFF you half a pound." They laughed and I was off the hook.

I desperately needed some positive reinforcement today, because for two days I have been a train wreck. Friday was a 3400 calorie day, which included a fast food meal. *DOH* I chalked it up to a bad day and was determined to make Saturday a great day.

Wrong, OH SO WRONG. I was determined not to eat the pot luck party food at work, wrong again. I wound up eating 5, YES 5 pieces of garlic toast and two servings of lasagna. All while still having a hot pocket later in the day even though I was painfully full.

It was definitely an eye opener for me. An eye opener that for me, one bad day can easily slip into 2 and even more. It was also amazing how sluggish and icky I felt with all that food in me. Not a pretty sight. I have totally accepted those 2 days, and I am moving on. Today is a great day and I am determined to make it a great week and keep on going.

I like to blog both at really good times, and really bad time, just so when I look back I can see the struggles as well as the progress. So this was really just important for me to write out. :)

  
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PURPLEPEONY 8/31/2012 10:39PM

    Today I was off track on my calories & ended up eating around 2300. I`m not gonna fret, I`ll just get back on track tomorrow. I`ve learned to just take one day at a time...
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KKTODAY 8/30/2012 9:55AM

    Glad your coworkers were able to give you a little positivity! It's so nice when people notice your hard work! :) And totally know what you mean about the bad days multiplying. I find that if I go one day without tracking/paying attention to what I eat, it easily turns into a week. We just have to keep on guard, and when we don't, forgive ourselves and move forward.
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THESHELBSTER 8/29/2012 9:57PM

    Love you. :0) You know how I feel. True success is getting back on the horse when you fall off and you do that repeatedly so yay for you!

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JESSICA_STULTZ 8/28/2012 1:14PM

    Don't let a couple days get you down! That just means you need to give yourself a push in the right direction. Success stories always help me. I've read most of them SP has on here.. so I google weight loss success stories. It helps to read stories of people who struggled like me. Usually if I can find someone who started above or near my weight it helps because I know they have felt the same sort of struggles and succeeded so I can too. Today is a new day so it's time for you to get back to kicking butt at losing weight! :)

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MEGS4148 8/28/2012 12:20PM

    The bad days are just as much a part of the journey as the good days. Good job on acknowledging where you went wrong and working to correct it.

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IMSOOZEEQ 8/28/2012 12:15AM

    Steph! I was right there with ya. It wasn't lasagna and garlic toast but I had other stuff.

You are right about blogging the good and the bad. It makes a difference and it keeps us accountable not just in the good days.

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CARMENB66 8/27/2012 7:24PM

    You should be proud at your progress and good for you for not allowing those two days to turn into three and so on. Keep up the great work!!!!!

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GUNNSGIRL91303 8/27/2012 7:19PM

    emoticon Makes you feel great when people notice your hard work paying off!
We all have bad days, for me they are usually more like bad weeks. We just move forward and do our best. Overall you've done emoticon and in the big picture 2 days don't mean much at all.


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TRACY31502 8/27/2012 6:18PM

    Yep girl those 2 days are behind you! Have a fantastic week girl! You got this!

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SCARJOWANNABE 8/27/2012 11:27AM

    Stay strong, you can do this!

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TEKRU1 8/27/2012 11:18AM

    Woo-Hoo! Enjoy the compliments - you've earned them! And don't be so hard on yourself for failing - you are realizing that heavy junky food makes you feel bad -and you've pulled yourself out of two days of off track eaitng. Remember how GOOD you can feel when you fuel your body right and it WILL get easier to make the right choices, even at fast food joints and those treacherous office pot lucks! emoticon

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22CHUNKY 8/27/2012 9:52AM

    I can sooooo relate to your "caving/craving" experience. I, too, had a "not so good" weekend. When I fixed homemade chicken salad with LOTS of mayo and sour cream, breakfast casserole, pear cobbler, I really messed up. To top that off my little daughter-in-law baked BROWNIES!!! Chocolate is a definite downfall to me.

However, one weekend will NOT destroy my mindset or set me back on my mission
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I will not deny how delicious any of my indulgencies were. But, now back to the goal at hand.

I do not want to "find" that which I have "lost.

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BETHIEBOOPS 8/27/2012 8:48AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Woohoo on the compliments! I'm so excited with you! :) You've done a GREAT job and deserve the extra attention!

I'm sorry to hear of your bad days too. Saturday/Sunday were pretty crappy for me too- I went a lot overboard on increasing calories and made BAD choices. I'm suffering today. Won't lie. It sucks.

Way to pick up on the bad and make the rest of the days awesome. 2 days won't derail you- nothing but potholes to navigate around.

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CHICAT63 8/27/2012 6:23AM

    Yeah that people are noticing, good for you !!!! emoticon We all have our good days and our bad, today a new day, a new week.... emoticon

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BABBINA 8/27/2012 2:02AM

    Yr doing the right thing. So keep on keeping on. When u reflect back on these blogs, you'll see how far along you've came, reminisce and laugh along so...

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JACOBSBELOVED 8/27/2012 1:41AM

    It's too bad you can't be excited with your co-workers. Unfortunately they have made themselves untrustworthy and snarky.

I'm glad you blog about the bad days as well as the good days. You're being honest with yourself and with us, and personally find that kind of freeing when I'm open.

There's always tomorrow because tomorrow is a clean slate. You can leave your bad days behind and focus on the good that you can do in the next few days. Just take it one day at a time and it doesn't seem so daunting. :)



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ANGELWENDYMAMA 8/27/2012 1:35AM

    emoticon It is awesome when people start noticing!!

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SHRINK_U 8/27/2012 12:56AM

    That had to feel good having your hard work noticed :) I had some no bueno days food wise this past week, too. So happy that you had a good day and are determined to make it a great week!!!!!

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LINDSEYKRISTEN 8/27/2012 12:42AM

    I love the feeling when someone finally notices, lol. So hurray for that!

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SLUNDQUIS 8/27/2012 12:39AM

    Keep on going!

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Yay Me! (Letter to self and nsv's)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Hey Pretty Lady,
Stop looking around, I'm talking to you, yes you! Don't be alarmed, I know the last letter I wrote to you may have been a tad harsh, but you really needed to hear it. Someone needed to tell you to get a grip, and that you did!

Can you believe you are doing this? I looked back at your records, and you have been doing this 5 months now. Yes 5. I know what you are thinking, you are thinking about how the first month you weren't really serious yet. You weren't even able to step away from the fast food. You still ate it but tracked it and tried to make "better choices". But you and I both know even the "better choices" at fast food places aren't good choices. You no longer go out and get fast food, and only indulge when planned with friends or family.

You no longer say "I am not exercising when I work, a 12 hour shift is too much to fit in anything extra like exercise". Instead you utilize your break to take your walks at work. Yay!

You always bring your meals to work so you aren't tempted to order whatever awesomely greasy thing everyone else is. Yay!

I know you aren't seeing numbers drop very drastically on the scale right now, so I think you need some Non Scale Victories for a little pick me up!

emoticon You can paint you toe nails. Your stomachs are no longer blocking you so much that painting your toes is not an option, you are rocking some pink toes as we speak.

emoticon You walked 5 consecutive miles with Walk Away The Pounds. You, the girl that could barely make it up 10 stairs without getting winded.

emoticon You did Sweatin To The Oldies last night, you hadn't done it in YEARS. In fact the last time you did it you were at an even LOWER weight and would struggle to finish it. But last night you did it with flying colors, in fact it was "too easy".

emoticon One of your BFF's could not stop telling you how fabulous you looked the last time she saw you, people are definitely starting to notice!

emoticon You consistently listen to your body and only eat when you are hungry, no longer because you are bored, tired, stressed etc.

emoticon You have turned down cupcake after donut after cheesecake at work and it is getting so easy to say no. Booyah!

I know I can be really hard on you sometimes, and I am working on not beating you up as much anymore. But you know I will still have to call you out on your BS if it comes down to it. Not to be mean, but I just want to see you succeed! You are so close to Onederland you can taste it (tastes like chocolate;)... don't lose focus of what you want so badly. I know you don't like to get too mushy, but you need to work on celebrating hard work and success instead of just beating yourself up for the mistakes.

XoXo,
Your inner skinny girl

  
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PURPLEPEONY 8/31/2012 11:37PM

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SHINYZALATA 8/28/2012 1:12PM

    u r amazing indded :)

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GEMINIGEM6 8/27/2012 12:20AM

    Awww. I love this! And congrats also! You should be so proud of yourself!

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JACOBSBELOVED 8/25/2012 2:49PM

    Yes! I love the non-scale victories! We can't always measure our success based on the scale and I'm glad you realized there are other ways to note progress.

Keep it up, girl! As you always say, "WE ARE DOING THIS!!!" Right now, we are doing it and we will continue to do it until we reach our goals.

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THESHELBSTER 8/24/2012 8:51PM

    Loved this blog! You are so awesome! This was so great to read. It made me happy. You have come such a long way!

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BOREDIMSO 8/24/2012 6:21PM

    Awesome Awesome Awesome!! What a great idea to write something to yourself.

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SHRINK_U 8/24/2012 4:05PM

    Aww -- I love this :) I have been adding Sweatin to the Oldies into my workouts, too.. yay! ONEderland.. here you come!

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BETHIEBOOPS 8/24/2012 3:51PM

    EEP! Love this! You are doing so incredibly great! I love that you aren't afraid to tell it like it is, but with love :)

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SCARJOWANNABE 8/24/2012 12:34PM

    Wow, those are some amazing NSVs!

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CHICAT63 8/24/2012 12:25PM

    This awesome, happy for you !!!!! You are rocking this & then some Onderland will be here soon enough:) emoticon

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LAHUDSONCHEF 8/24/2012 11:30AM

    Very encouraging! Thanks for writing this, my inner skinny girl is cheering! emoticon

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ZELDABEE 8/24/2012 9:14AM

    loved this :) your doing so great and I am so proud of you!

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ALICIALYNNE 8/24/2012 8:00AM

    YES YES YES! What a wonderful blog post!
Keep on rocking!

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TRACY31502 8/24/2012 7:42AM

    love this!!!! great letter to self pretty lady!!! have a happy Friday!

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OLIVIANIGHT 8/24/2012 5:26AM

    Aw that's lovely! And definitely emoticon for so many NSVs!

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IMSOOZEEQ 8/24/2012 3:23AM

    Steph, that was fantastical! I love it! These letters are so positive but yet there is the reminder that somwtimes a butt kicking is needed to get moving!

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Faking It Til I Make It...

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

So I would be lying if I said I was feeling 100%, but I'm getting closer each day. In the mean time I am simply faking it til I make it. I am going through the motions. I am tracking, and I actually did 5 miles on my Walk Away The Pounds for the first time ever, so that is really helping me to get my exercise mojo back!

I am learning how to deal with "bad days" much better, thanks to all the advice from my Spark Friends. It's funny, because I forget skinny and fit people have problems and bad days too. But they still do what they gotta do don't they? They don't sit on the couch and binge for days and days. They learn how to cope with stresses and low times in healthier ways and I am trying to learn to do that as well.

I peeked at the scale today (my weigh in day isn't until Friday) and I saw 229 for the first time in over a year. July of 2011 I weighed about 228 after I broke my leg, but I lost a ton of muscle. I did lose legitimate fat also, but some was attributed to muscle loss. So getting back to this weight is exciting because I am definitely stronger and my body is much different. Seeing just a glimpse of the 220's got me excited again. I hope it can stick around til Friday so I can legitimately say I am in the 220's. *Fingers crossed*.

Thanks again to everyone, because if I would have gone off the deep end this week like I wanted to, I would not be close to even MAYBE seeing the 220's this Friday. emoticon

  
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SHRINK_U 8/24/2012 4:06PM

    You got this :) I am a firm believer in the "fake it til you make it" mantra.

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SCARJOWANNABE 8/24/2012 12:36PM

    Keep on Sparkin', you'll get to Onederland soon enough!

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JURORI 8/24/2012 12:07AM

    Hey, long time no talk, but I'm glad you're feeling a little excitement at least. I'm sure that for regular fit people they have days where they don't want to (or just plain don't) exercise or eat right and whatnot; it's what all of us do. It's just a matter of frequency, of how extreme you go, and whether you can find other outlets for potential frustration or stress.

Look at what you've done so far; you can do this. You've got this. :)

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_MOBII_ 8/23/2012 10:32PM

    Fantastic!!!!!

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GEMINIGEM6 8/23/2012 12:39AM

    Go girl! Congrats! You can do this!

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JACOBSBELOVED 8/22/2012 5:54PM

    220's?! AWESOME!!!! I think a little peek at the scale this week actually helped more than hindered. I think now that you've seen that you are in the 220's, you'll have the motivation to keep up your good routine and secure your spot in the '20's.

Keep it up, girl! You've come so far and you're getting closer everyday!

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LAHUDSONCHEF 8/22/2012 1:41PM

    thanks for sharing your struggles...it proves that this can be done! Hang in there, and keep up the good work! emoticon

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BETHIEBOOPS 8/22/2012 1:25PM

    Awesome! You are so right, there is nothing wrong with "going through the motions". Not every day is going to be a party. Not every day is going to be an awesome one. But we still can keep going. :)

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IRONBLOSSOM 8/22/2012 12:07PM

    Nice! Stay focused!! Think about all the great things that will come with weight loss. And I don't just mean having a "hotter" bod, my personal #1 thing...NO more heartburn! I didn't really "get" that all the heartburn I was having was due to the way I was eating and my weight, but almost the moment I started losing weight and eating better it vanished. It was just about a miracle.

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IMSOOZEEQ 8/22/2012 11:48AM

    emoticonThat's what I'm talkin' about!! 220s!!!! Yippee!!!

emoticon Onederland is calling your name!!! Hey, it is CALLING you!! Will you take the call?

Let's do this thing because I need to have that virtual party!!!

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KIMBERMCC1981 8/22/2012 10:59AM

    YAY! Great work :) emoticon

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TRACY31502 8/22/2012 9:37AM

    Yay for you....keep up the good work!

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ALICIALYNNE 8/22/2012 8:17AM

    Never forget that YOU CAN DO IT!
Keeping my fingers crossed that you get the same number (or even less!) on Friday!


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COCK-ROBIN 8/22/2012 8:17AM

    Good for you! You're going about it the right way, and I'm proud of you!

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MAERETH 8/22/2012 7:25AM

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COURTNEY055 8/22/2012 6:52AM

    Awesome! It feels so good,huh, to reach a mini goal! I know I try to set some for myself just to remind myself how far I've come. You're gonna do great and you should reward yourself for losing..You've got a great view on things and I know you're gonna keep on losing! Just keep on moving and burn those calories right off, girl! You're fabulous and you got this!! emoticon

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IRISH421 8/22/2012 6:23AM

    Keep up the good attitude. You can do it. emoticon

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Why This Time Is Different & Thank You's...

Monday, August 20, 2012

This time is different because of YOU GUYS! emoticon emoticon

I mean seriously. When I wrote my blog, I almost didn't post it. The reason I didn't post it is because I think part of me knew that I was being ridiculous but I didn't want to admit it to myself. I knew you all would set me straight and that is ultimately why I chose to post it. Sometimes I need someone to say "stop the madness" or "listen to yourself". Last time on Spark, when I wasn't feeling super motivated or doing well, I would just stray from here. Out of sight out of mind. This time is different, I need to be on Spark during good days and bad days. I need to not run away when I'm not doing good, in fact that is when I need to reach out and be here even more.

All of the comments I received were so important, the ones that asked me questions and forced me to think about what I was saying were extremely important. So thanks to everyone who made me THINK about it and realize that it would have been a huge mistake.

I want 199 by the end of this year, and that is not going to happen with taking a week off. As someone mentioned, this is for LIFE and I don't get to skip out on a week! So I'm just going to emoticon

  
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JACOBSBELOVED 8/22/2012 5:48PM

    Yes! I'm glad you had some revelations and I'm glad you turned to your fellow Sparklers! I think we all want honesty from our friends here on SP, and I think we will also give it in return. I think everyone is a little bit tougher on each other here than our friends and family are in our everyday lives. I don't know if it's because we feel safe behind our computer screens and we say how we really feel, or if we personally want the honesty so we give it in return. Either way, I'm glad people on SP tell me "No" or "That's not the best decision". And I can tell you like it and need it as well.

Keep pushing! That 50 lb lost mark will come up fast and you'll be glad you kept going. :)

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HEATHERFREE 8/21/2012 9:57PM

    Ugh thanks for this blog! I have been putting space between me and my spark people and not even logging in...I have all this stuff going on here, and a new relationship happening.....tons of weird things and I have been eating crap every single day and I was all motivated to stay on the wagon and then I hid myself away from here even more, so thanks for this blog because I know I don't want to do what I'm doing!!! I NEED to keep going and get crap straight!


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SHRINK_U 8/21/2012 6:55PM

    You soooo got this!!! Great attitude, girl :) I know this time is different for me, too.. and it is because of spark friends!

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BETHIEBOOPS 8/21/2012 1:02PM

    Woop Woop! Way to GO! One-derland or bust!

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PUNKY100 8/21/2012 9:54AM

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That's why this time is different for me too!!!! There are so many positive people it's hard not to want to keep going!! :-D

It's so easy to take a week off, but I can almost guarantee that you'll feel horrible afterward, and no one wants you feeling horrible!!! Keep on sparking and we'll spark you right back!!!! :-D

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ALICIALYNNE 8/21/2012 8:16AM

    We're always here!
Glad you've got some moxie back!

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LIBELULITA 8/21/2012 2:08AM

    That's the attitude....and 199 by the end of the year isn't onlly a great goal but totally doable too. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EATVEGAN 8/20/2012 9:40PM

    I like the way you're talking. Now that is some positive self-talk. I love it. Great going! emoticon emoticon
Janet emoticon

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TRACY31502 8/20/2012 9:10PM

    Woohooo! :o)

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DUMBBELLE84 8/20/2012 8:46PM

    Yah! This is why I love SP. You can do it!!

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JKWH72 8/20/2012 8:44PM

    I have over 100lbs to lose and i just keep telling myself that whether it is a good day or a bad day it is still one day at a time. come see me if you ever need a friend, shoulder etc. emoticon

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IMSOOZEEQ 8/20/2012 8:44PM

    Now that is just what I want to hear!

"I want 199 by the end of this year, and that is not going to happen with taking a week off. As someone mentioned, this is for LIFE and I don't get to skip out on a week! So I'm just going to emoticon"

You need to post that in places around the house! That helps me. There are a few motivational quotes that I like that I plan to put on post its and/or posters to put up around the house so I can keep my focus.

You can do it Steph! emoticon

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