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Progress Pics/Start of BLC 20 Pics...

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

So this isn't like a huge milestone progress pic blog. I wanted to take some super honest starting pics for BLC. But since I had to do that, it's always fun to compare them to where I have been before. :)
SW for BLC: 227
GW for BLC: 209

Start of BLC 20. 227 lbs:



A blast from the past, 260ish:


272ish:


  
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GEMINIGEM6 9/15/2012 1:19AM

    Look how far you've come! You're doing great! :)

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CARLA393 9/13/2012 9:06PM

    Amazing difference. You rock!

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PUNKY100 9/13/2012 11:23AM

    Sorry this comment is so late, I've had this page up for ages meaning to comment and haven't had the freakin time!!!

You are looking awesome and I can't wait to see the pics after the BLC!!! :-D

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THESHELBSTER 9/12/2012 7:44PM

    You are making such amazing progres.s I am so excited for you. Your before and after is amazing. You are relaly rocking this baby girl!

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PRINCESSAMY 9/12/2012 1:56PM

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LRSILVER 9/12/2012 12:38PM

    You are making great progress. If it was easy we wouldn't need to work so hard. You have lost 40 lbs (which is a whole small person). Good luck with BLC20, I know we will be successful.

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JECKIE 9/12/2012 8:48AM

    Doing great! Keep it up - I can't wait to see what the next 12 weeks brings for you!

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BETHIEBOOPS 9/12/2012 7:51AM

    Look at your progress so far! I'm totally impressed :) AND I can't wait to see how much you will change in 8 weeks! You're doing just great!

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AELI2468 9/12/2012 7:31AM

    Way to go on rocking your journey so far! BLC20 will only help you! So glad you are a Sheriff!

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LIBELULITA 9/12/2012 2:08AM

    Big difference.Good luck on the challenge and look forwards to seeing the update photos of an even healthier you emoticon emoticon

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HEATHERFREE 9/12/2012 12:58AM

    woohoo! Huge difference already. Your gonna kick butt on this!!! I'm gonna take some pics this week, maybe 2mrw!

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KATI5668 9/11/2012 11:25PM

    each step you take is a victory!

this is gonna be a great challenge~~let's give it our all

Do our best ~~ thas all anyone can ask...& OMG the changes we will see & feel.

Looking good is important~~feeling healthy is the ultimate!!

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DUMBBELLE84 9/11/2012 11:21PM

  You're looking awesome! Good luck with your BLC challenge - I know you'll do great!

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JUDYAMK 9/11/2012 11:00PM

    Good for you emoticon .Like my husband & I both talked about the other day it was easy putting it on but oh so hard taking it off. Keep us updated I am going to be making a whole big change starting Thursday .Watch for my blog I have had it with all this cheating myself of a healthier life style all because of the portion size I eat.
Take care
Judy

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JACOBSBELOVED 9/11/2012 10:55PM

    Yay! I love progress pics!!!

I'm really excited to see what you will accomplish during your BLC!

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RAFF73 9/11/2012 10:47PM

    emoticon on losing about 40 pounds! You can really tell a difference! Keep up the great work. Look forward to seeing more updated pictures. All the hard work is going to pay off big time in the end!

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Ready For BLC 20 - Shamrock Sheriff's! :D

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

I am super excited to be a part of BLC 20. I am also super dooper nervous, because I've never participated in one before, so I am the total newbie! The Sheriff's have a no nonsense approach, and I am really excited to be a part of the team! They have also been very welcoming to the newbies like myself, and have made it clear that if I have any questions there are more than enough people to provide me with an answer. I look forward to 12 awesome weeks of sweating, eating right, and dropping some pounds!

I thought long and hard about my goals for the challenge, and it is so easy to just shoot for 2lbs a week and say I'm going to lose 24 pounds in 12 weeks. But I also don't want to shoot myself in the foot. My weight loss is at a point where I really have to fight tooth and nail for every ounce that comes off of my body. I decided 18 pounds in 12 weeks was the perfect goal for me. 1.5 pounds per week. It isn't taking the short cut of 1 pound per week, but it isn't setting myself up for total disappointment shooting for 2 lbs a week. I think it is the perfect balance that will cause me to push myself without getting disappointed by an unreasonable goal.

Starting Weight For BLC 20: 227
Goal Weight For BLC 20: 209

I'm looking very forward to Wednesday to get this ball rolling! emoticon

  
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THESHELBSTER 9/12/2012 7:42PM

    You are gonna so rock this. I have no doubt whatsoever you will meet your goal and then some.

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PRINCESSAMY 9/12/2012 2:00PM

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DUMBBELLE84 9/11/2012 8:46PM

  I'm rooting for you! You can totally do it... by the time your BLC is done, you'll be SOO close to onderland!!

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HEATHERFREE 9/11/2012 8:17PM

    Awesome! You can do this!

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LRSILVER 9/11/2012 9:42AM

    Great goals. I think planning for slower weight loss is a better idea, because then you are happy when you meet them. My weight loss is never straight, I lose, plateau and then lose. I hope you achieve your goals. I know you will do great.

I am a newbie also, and hope that I can meet the challenge.
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MSNOMOREFLUFFY 9/11/2012 8:13AM

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AELI2468 9/11/2012 7:33AM

    Great goals!! You will have to push and challenge yourself to get there, but I KNOW you can do it! emoticon

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IMSOOZEEQ 9/11/2012 6:19AM

    emoticon You can do it!! I can tell that you put some thought into it to come up with your goal for the challenge. That is awesome! You will rock it! No doubt!!! I love how you work it all out in your mind and that you don't just go with the obvious. Way to be smart and know your body and not set yourself up to fail but still setting yourself up to do some work!

Well Sheriff Steph, this Mocha Hunter is ready to get the party started!! We can do it!!!

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LIBELULITA 9/11/2012 5:17AM

    Well done for taking up the challenge...I've never joined anything like this because I feel too shy I think.I don't know why i haven't,but you are braver than me and you can totally do this. emoticon emoticon

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Shoutout To My Peeps! I heart ya'll.

Thursday, September 06, 2012


My ghetto attempt to give a quick shoutout to my peeps, I have no webcam, so this was the best I could do. I have this urge to redo it but if I do it'll be 100 times then I won't post it LOL. emoticon

I really do heart ya'll, and I know it didn't say much but I think you are all awesome!! :D

  
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KASTASTROPHY 9/29/2012 4:05PM

    I could have sworn I commented on this!!!!! You are so hot!!!! I'm so proud of you!!!! yay yay yay yay yay!!!!

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GEMINIGEM6 9/10/2012 5:46PM

    Oh man....why am I the only one who can't see this? It's just blank where the vid should be and not even nothing to click on. :(

But judging from everyone else's comments seems like it was a cute vid! :)

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TEMPESTKITTEN 9/10/2012 9:15AM

  You're beautiful and its great to see your still at it!

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WEIGHTING4BABY 9/9/2012 10:18AM

    yay!!! after what, two..three years? I finally get to see/hear you!! lol

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SHRINK_U 9/7/2012 2:58PM

    Way to step out of your comfort zone :) I haven't been able to get my spark on in over a week! So happy to come back and see you in a vlog. Nice job.

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PRINCESSAMY 9/7/2012 8:35AM

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GRACEMCC45 9/7/2012 3:31AM

    You are so frickin adorable!!! Technology (ghetto or not, lol!) certainly makes the world a lot smaller!

Thanks for this, we love you too!!!!

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LAHUDSONCHEF 9/7/2012 3:07AM

    I was lamenting not having a webcam...maybe I can do the same thing you did. Hmmm...

Good idea!
Laura

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DUMBBELLE84 9/7/2012 1:30AM

  Looking great!! The audio on your camera turned out to be pretty good!

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BETHIEBOOPS 9/7/2012 12:28AM

    Look at how cute you are!!

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IMSOOZEEQ 9/6/2012 11:27PM

    YOU ROCK!!!! You look awesome girlfriend! I am so glad that you stepped out of your comfort zone to shout out to me and the others. I heart you too! The vlog was great. I bet you will do it again some time down the road. I didn't think I would do it after the first one and look...I kept going.

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Much love!



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JACOBSBELOVED 9/6/2012 11:25PM

    I got all giddy when I heard my name :D I feel all special now!!!

It's actually really nice now to put a voice to your face! It's kind of funny how much we all communicate but I don't think I've heard what anyone sounds like.

I'm so happy to have you as a part of my support group and I'm glad you feel the same way as well. Your progress is inspiring and I can't wait to see how much you accomplish!



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HEATHERFREE 9/6/2012 11:22PM

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EEEKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!! I AM SOOOOOOO FLIPPING EXCITED ABOUT THIS! I want you to do it alll the time!!!!!! This was great!!!!!! So glad to hear your voice and see you moving instead of just loving your words and seeing your pics!!! BTW you def look waaay smaller!!!!!

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Wait, PMS and cramps DON'T entitle me to eat EVERYTHING?! (No boys allowed)

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Well, boys are allowed, but I am pretty sure the title was able to make them run screaming from the room.

Whenever TOM comes to visit me, I get the worst cramps. Okay, so I can't really claim the worst cramps, because I am sure there is always someone who has it worse. But let's just say I did not cry when I fell down the stairs and broke my leg and my ankle. I cried 3 hours later out of frustration that I was STILL in the waiting room of the ER meanwhile my foot had completely flopped over cuz my ankle wasn't really attached to my leg, but I digress.

But I get period cramps that will bring me to tears. I will take even 4 midol (not all at once) and it's like nothing helps. For years I have allowed myself to eat anything and everything, and I thought it was rightfully so. Funny how that kind of thinking got me to 272 pounds at one point.

Obviously eating badly a couple times a month didn't do it... I felt that attitude spread to so many other things. "I am really tired, so I DESERVE to get fast food because I'm too tired to cook"... "I am just so stressed, a burger will make me feel better", the list will go on and on.

I am really learning so much from everyone here, and how my attitude in life has needed to change big time. You guys get me to think things through, and I really learn more about myself everyday, and for that I thank all of you. emoticon

Oh and P.S., baked sea salt ruffles and Nature's valley salty & sweet peanut bar are my favorite "time of the month" things LOL. ;)

  
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JESSICA_STULTZ 9/7/2012 12:02AM

    When I had really bad cramps awhile back my stepmom gave me some calcium tablets. It was like tum antacids type thing. They seemed to work really good for cramps.. so when I get cramps I try to drink lots of milk. Worth a shot if it will help any! Hope it's gotten better since it's been a couple days since this post.. I've been pretty busy this week but I do try to keep up with your blogs and posts! :)

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THESHELBSTER 9/6/2012 10:43PM

    I so get it. I am right there with you babe. But as always you kick a$$ and take names and I see you grow every single day and I am just so proud to be your friend and I heart you!

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PRINCESSAMY 9/5/2012 10:56AM

    I totally understand.

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CORTNEY-LEE 9/5/2012 4:42AM

    I used to get really horrible cramps too. In fact, all I had to do was call my doctor's office, and I got an excuse for school many years ago.

Do you use Birth Control of any type? I know that once I got on the pill (also many years ago) it really helped ease them. They actually make pills now that you don't have to stop taking them, which means you never get a TOM - I don't know how you feel about stuff like that, but you could check into it with your doctor if that might be something you are interested in.

Currently, I have Implanon, and I do not get a TOM. It is the best thing... well... ever

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HEATHERFREE 9/4/2012 11:10PM

    Some months my cramps bring me to tears too, I feel so woozy like I'm gonna hurl from the pain! And I always give in to whatever I want as far as food because of it. I'm a very scary person during TOM.....so emotional, irrational, stubborn and a cry baby. But TOMs not going anywhere so we just gotta learn to work with it.

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JACOBSBELOVED 9/4/2012 4:21PM

    Good job for being aware during your TOM! You know that during this time it would be easy to give in to things you shouldn't be having but you know how to handle it.

During my TOM I only have one day with a couple of mild, tolerable cramps so I don't really have any good tips other than a heating pad. Although I don't know how apt you are to using it since it's still hot outside. :)

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NIKKICOLE83 9/4/2012 12:56PM

    I completely understand the desire to binge on TOM. I also crave sweet and salty. One thing that has always helped my cramps has been hot black tea. The caffeine in it plus the heat really helps.

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COURTNEY055 9/4/2012 12:20PM

    emoticon....Good job! It is great to hear that you're not giving in to temptation and you're taking control over food and not letting food control u! That's going to get u so far on this journey! You are an inspiration, I agree with Bethie! Best of luck to you, my SP friend! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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ZELDABEE 9/4/2012 9:37AM

    I am so with you, the only time I had ever missed work if bc of TOM pain and this month I got two period due to a mix up with birthday control - ugh. I'm so proud of you!!!!

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BOOKWORM27S 9/4/2012 6:35AM

    I experience this, too! I used to binge on salty popcorn and M&Ms. Now I've been able to satisfy my salty/sweet cravings with a really sweet banana cut up in cottage cheese.

All the best! This is always a tough time for us to stay on track....

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KAESEA78 9/4/2012 5:26AM

    You are awesome and these small, but at the same time HUGE, changes make all the difference. So proud of you!

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BETHIEBOOPS 9/4/2012 4:48AM

    Ah! Wow! I love that you are taking back control over your body! Circumstances are no longer controlling your eating - you are! WOW!!! That is a HUGE victory! I am so so so SOOOOOOOOO proud of you sparkfriend. You are making serious strides and I am just blown away at how much growth you are embarking on. You are such an inspiration!

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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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