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Small Goals

Thursday, May 02, 2013

I have read what feels like a million articles about setting up rewards for hitting small goals when you are trying to lose weight. I know it is something that keeps you motivated because my larger goal is so far away but I still have never really done it. Well that ends today! I'm writing them down and claiming all my goals from here on out.


20% of my goal: New exercise shoes (BRIGHT COLORS!)

30% of my goal: New earrings

40% of my goal: Paraffin pedicure and manicure

50% of my goal: FIT BIT!!!!!!!! emoticon

60% of my goal: Facial

70% of my goal: Workout Wardrobe Overhaul

80% of my goal: Make up trial

90% of my goal: Massage

100% of my goal: Everyday Wardrobe Overhaul emoticon

As I write all these things down I realize I am going to have to start saving for all these things. More motivation!

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TAADIE 5/3/2013 1:09PM

    That is really good advice. I struggled making the list and thinking of things that didn't cost money. I am going to keep adding to my list to make it more complete and more consistent. Thanks!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 5/2/2013 7:56PM

    These are great goals to work towards, but you can go even smaller. Instead of focusing on rewards that cost money, consider non-food and non-expense rewards to celebrate other measures. After all, you control your food intake and exercise but you don't control how your body reacts to what you do and how fast you lose the weight.

Consider rewards for meeting exercise goals for a month, eating within your calorie range every day for a week, learning to control your portions and not taking extra servings, eating mindfully and not giving into emotional eating, etc. These are all things you have significant control over. You're rewarding yourself for learning new behaviors, not for how your body responds to those new behaviors. Your rewards can be things like setting aside time to take a relaxing bath without disruptions, giving yourself (or convincing someone else to) a foot and hand massage, or going window shopping (leaving your money at home and walking from store to store for exercise) for those bigger items you'll give yourself when you meet your big goals.

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MARTYJOE 5/2/2013 2:27PM

    It will be all worth the sacrifices I'm sure emoticon

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

I was looking at my ticker, which I almost never do, and I realized that at this moment I have lost 10% of my goal.


That's progress!

I usually only see the number of pounds lost and don't bother to look at how it corresponds to my entire goal. But I think now I can see it! It's happening.

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GAYLLYNNE 5/1/2013 7:06AM

    Isn't that fabulous!! You are really on your way. Congrats!!! emoticon

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 4/30/2013 7:59PM

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Little Milestones

Monday, April 29, 2013

So I have been back on SparkPeople for 2.5 months. Tracking and working out and trying my best to be healthy. I have increased my workouts to 5x a week. I am getting much better about staying within my calorie range, weekends included. Honestly, I haven't lost much weight. This is usually the point where I get really frustrated and give up.

However, I am seeing little milestones in my weight loss journey that keep encouraging me onward.

Since February I have noticed:

- I can get up off the couch without needing to anchor my body or making copious noises.

- I can get out of my car without having to use both my hands and grip the top of the door frame.

- My thighs are stronger and my cellulite has visibly decreased.

- My calves are officially fantastic.

- It's not a fun workout unless my t-shirt is soaking wet.

- When I enter my kitchen for a snack I take a minute to ask myself "Are you hungry or bored?"

- I enjoy the 20 minutes a week I spend scheduling my workouts.

- When I look in the mirror I see where I am getting stronger instead of just how far I have to go .

- Not eating enough is almost as bad as eating too much. I can now tell in the middle of the day when I need to add fuel to my body so I don;t sabotage myself when I get home.

- 8 hours of sleep is a wonderful, magical thing.

- Working out in the morning is what my life has been missing.

I am committed to this. I want to sign up for a 5k that I can do with my boyfriend. I will keep going until I reach my goals.


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AMESCALBEAR55 4/30/2013 5:03PM

    Great, great list and inspiring as well. I did the Color Me Rad 5k walk/run. When I did it, I did it by myself, when I was done my husband felt bad and knew that he would have be able to do it. Usually if you google the city you are in it will give you a list of what is going on; whether it is races, walk/run or fundraising run they will provide you with a list of 5k run around you.

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TAADIE 4/30/2013 1:09PM

    Thanks everyone for the support! I would completely recommend keeping your own list. I think this is what makes this attempt different from the others. All these things were happening every other time I tried to get healthy but I would not recognize the small stuff. It is important.

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 4/30/2013 12:01PM

    Great job! Those are all great milestones, you are making great progress. I love the one about your "fantastic" calves. I remember when I first made that realization, it was very powerful and totally motivating.

I'm so happy for you! I agree on keeping list and adding to it for the frustrating days.
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2BEHEALTHY2014 4/30/2013 10:46AM

    I like this list. I especially li,e st one about the sweaty t-shirt!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 4/29/2013 10:50PM

    Keep this list close by and add to it whenever you can, so when you feel a set-back you'll be able to look at it and know how much you're capable of and why living healthy is so important.

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New Challenges

Thursday, March 28, 2013

It's been a long time since I blogged but here goes.

I am a part of a fitness challenge this month with the goal of getting more fit (obviously) but also keeping my weight loss on track. I find that joining SparkPeople challenges helps me push myself just that extra bit farther. Whether it is making sure I log everything everyday or drink those 8 cups of water or do that 20 minutes of exercise.

I have not been active in a number of months, falling off the wagon shortly before the holidays. However, I finally got tired of those numbers going up and I am (once again) committed to them moving downwards.

I have started working out 5 days a week consistently. I have a gym membership through work and it's awesome. I added strength training into my repertoire and I can already tell the difference. I am tracking my food again and asking advice from some of my instructors on my eating habits. I am taking it all in and trying to see what works with my life and diet.

One step at a time.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 3/29/2013 12:24AM

    Everyone falls once in a while on their journey. Good to see you didn't stay down and choice to give it another try. Sometimes it's a matter of finding what works for you before the changes will stick.

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A Good Day

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

I went out to a romantic dinner with my bf tonight to a restaurant I have been dying to go to. I picked my meal out online and put it in my tracker so I know I started in my calorie range. I also went to class today and worked out. I feel good!

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REESYK 8/7/2012 9:07AM

    Whoohoo thats great!!!

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EVIE4NOW 8/1/2012 11:10PM

  It's hard when eating out sometimes. Good for you for being a good girl! emoticon emoticon

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