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Half- Way There!!!

Monday, July 22, 2013

We are half-way through the BLC and I am pushing through. I am also half-way to my goal weight for his challenge. I have learned a lot about my body and food going thru this challenge. I have many physical set backs and I am pushing threw it to get this weight off. I can honestly say that I have been much more consistent with my exercising since joining this challenge. I have really grown to love power walking and my body feels horrible when I don't exercise. I may not be dropping as much weight as I like too but I am losing inches. Eating vegetables and fruits, on the other hand, is where I continue to struggle. I am going to try drinking a recipe my friend at church gave me for a fruit smoothie with whey, yogurt, oatmeal and flax seed to get more fruits in my diet. As for vegetables, I'm going to try a new variety every week. I am loving the many things that I am learning and trying to incorporate into a healthy lifestyle. I am ready for the second Half!!!! emoticon

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MSWEEZER 7/28/2013 7:11PM

    Yep, smoothies do help with the veggies. I too am NOT a lover of them and have to force myself to eat them or drink them. You can do it and you ARE worth it!!!

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LILSHINE 7/23/2013 10:21AM

    Hang in there, being half way is successful!!! I love smoothies, I've even had veggies that I wouldn't otherwise consume and with the whey it makes you feel fuller longer. Inches can be much better than pounds as your clothes will fit a lot better. Wishing you much success

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DAS92687 7/23/2013 7:35AM

    Dawn, Smoothies are a great way tog net the fruits and veggies in when you struggle. It's amazing how many servings you can fit into a blender emoticon

I am so excited for you about your progress !!

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CHALLENGER15 7/23/2013 7:34AM

    I have tried new veggies/fruits because of the challenges I have been in along the way. I like butternut squash, but probably would have never tried it if not for a challenge. I didn't like mangos so much, but maybe I didn't have a ripe one. LOL


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LILYGAL 7/23/2013 6:43AM

    You are doing great and making head way!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ELSAT137 7/23/2013 12:04AM

    Great job on being half way to your goal!! You are doing it. Just those small steps make such a difference, right? Jucing is another way to get those fruits and veggies in. My kids love smoothies, too. We have some frozen fruit - most often banana that started to get brown we halved, peeled and put in the freezer, frozen strawberries and frozen blueberries. we toss that in the blender with orange juice and eat some protein with it. Great idea to keep adding new things. Keep working hard!! (I love your Hello Kitty heels!)

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LIVEDAILY 7/22/2013 11:11PM

    Dawn - That's great that you've found your fitness "go to"!! It's important that you LIKE whatever it is that you do; that way you are more likely to actually DO it...lol!

Fruits and vegetables - Trying something new every week is a great idea! Are there basic fruits and veggies that you DO like? Use those as a base - meaning you should try to eat them at least once during the week. Then add your 1 new fruit/veggie. Me? I am thrilled beyond measure that Jersey Sweet yellow corn is available finally!! I'll be having it at least once a week until it ends! I learned that for really fresh corn, you only have to boil it for 8 minutes! I have some sweet cherries in my frig I need to finish, then I'm planning on getting a baby watermelon - sweet!!

I'm glad this has been a good BLC for you! Here's to a great second Half!!

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BLC22 Goals

Thursday, June 06, 2013

I am at a point where I have to change my lifestyle in order to live a more productive life. I look back over my younger life and I miss the energy and how spontaneous I once was. This challenge is what I need to keep me accountable and on track with my journey to a better me. I hope to get out of this challenge, a better outlook to living healthier by eating properly, getting some exercise and drinking enough water daily. emoticon

Goals: Long and Short term
1. Get my psyche right!!
2. Eat healthy.. (at ALL meals)
3. Stay consistent with my exercise.
4. Drink 8 or more cups of water per day.
5. Surround myself with positive people that

How am I going to accomplish my goals??

1. It is a daily struggle to combat my old habits and self doubt. I am listening to people that have been where I am and to those that offer their support and encouragement. I have to say, losing weight/ living a healthier lifestyle is the hardest part of the journey. So I'll learned to take it one day at time and to be HONEST with myself about my actions, thoughts and feelings.

2. Eating, for me, goes hand in hand with keeping my psyche right. I know what I have to eat in order to lose weight and be healthy. I have (and will continue to) commit to eating better and NOT to overeat and lose my confidence when I mess up on a meal or two.

3. I really like to exercise!! I just let my busy schedule stand in my way sometimes. From this point on, I will schedule my workouts in advance and use my free days to get all my errands and other duties done. I plan to start off exercising 4-5 days a week and will try new varieties of exercising.

4. To help me with my goal of drinking 8 cups or more of water each day, I have purchased a big water bottle to carry around all day. I can drink out of it all day and when it is finished, I would've drank more than what is recommended.

5. I plan to surround myself with positive people by participating in the on-line chats from my BLC22 support team, Ivory Falcons. There are also friends and family that know (understand) what I am trying to accomplish in my weight loss journey. I am very receptive to helpful advice and I also offer advice and tips that have worked for me. It takes a village!!

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MSWEEZER 6/7/2013 6:38PM

    Dawn, you've clearly laid out your plan and hit all the nails on the head. Your team is here to help you on this journey and to JOIN you too! We all want to be healthier and together we can't fail.

Great blog!

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LILYGAL 6/7/2013 6:05PM

    This is an emoticon plan!! Follow this and you'll get to your goal by the end of this challenge!! I too plan my exercise. I get up early every morning (including Sat & Sun) and take this time just for me! No one bothers me, no phone ringing, & I can get to the gym and be able to get on an elliptical without having to fight for it!! emoticon I know that emoticon

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DAS92687 6/7/2013 7:20AM

    Dawn, Great Goals!!

I agree that very often it is our psyche that can often sabotage us if we don't take time to listen and respond to it. Often, for me, I procrastinate about things I don't want to do, or am scared to do. It is at those times I overeat.

Great idea about scheduling exercise. I do that, too. I most like joining group exercise classes at the gym. It is a set schedule and makes me get up and head out at a certain time PLUS there are people there who hold me accountable.


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PATSYB7 6/7/2013 5:27AM

    Great plan! I especially love that you're going to schedule your exercise. That is a super idea!

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