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Reflections on a Journey!!

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Time to reflect on where I started this healthy me journey and where I am. Tomorrow will mark 8 months with sparkpeople. So far I have lost 33 pounds or 22% of me! I have gone from a size 12 pant to a size 4. This is still hard for me to believe. Friday I bought 2 pairs of shorts at costco and had to take them back because they were too big. I wear a size 6 dress now. I purchased 2 new small belts last week. I was just having my husband make new holes for me(he must really love me to do these silly things for me). My bra size has gone from a 38D to a 34C (this is good my back doesnít hurt any more). I now wear a medium shirt. When I started this I thought Iíll lose a few pounds and then go back to my old ways. That hasnít happened yet and at this point I doubt it will. I have learned a lot along the way. Below are some of those things (not in anyorder):
1. My husband is the most supportive and encouraging person in my life. He is the cook in the house. He has modified the majority of the old family favorites to make them healthier for all of us. When he doesnít want to modify for all he will modify for just me. He understands when I go to work out in quiet and doesnít complain about it. He actually encourages me to do it.
2. Losing weight is a very hard thing to do, but not impossible with the right support system. Spark has been a blessing. I love all the tools and information that I find here (I learn something new here every day), but to me the people are what make the site work. This is from the members to the staff. I know that no matter what or when I can find support and encouragement out there.
3. Plateaus will happen! This is a hard thing to deal with. You are doing all the right things but the scale wonít move no matter what. Iíve learned to measure success in other ways than a scale. That pair of jeans suddenly fits again. I can do a longer work out. DH can put another hole in a belt as it is to big? Iíve learned to claim success in just knowing that I made the right food and exercise choices. If I change up my work outs and keep making the right choices the scale will catch up.
4. Donít compare yourself to others. Everyone is different. Donít measure your success by that of others. Challenges are a good thing, I love to participate in them, yet I see it as challenging my myself. So as I push myself to do something new that is a success to me. Comparing my one pound loss to someone elseís 4 pound loss, is to set oneself up for failure.
5. I can find the time to exercise if I really want to. No more excuses for not moving. Exercise is a choice! There are days that I donít want to move. That is all right it is my choice. No more beating myself up for it.
6. I enjoy exercising once I start, especially cardio (still working on the strength training but getting better with that as well).
7. I have willpower! I have the ability to make the right food choices! Iím by no means perfect but I can make the correct choices about 90% of the time. That is a vast improvement for me. If I stray then tomorrow is another day and I will begin again fresh.
8. The answer to mental or emotional issues is not food. This was a hard one for me to deal with at first. As the good choices became habits it became easier. So now if Iím starting to melt down I go to work out and think. I always feel better and more relaxed when Iím done.
9. By getting healthier physically, I am healthier mentally, spiritually and emotionally.
10. I have gained self-confidence not just by feeling better about how I look but by traveling on this journey and rediscovering me and the things I am capable of doing when I put my mind to it.

I have not yet met my ultimate weight loss goal but I am well on my way. I am more determined than ever to get there slow and steady. I have noticed that as my weight goes down I have to work harder to burn the calories. That is okay by me though as I am a stronger person now for deciding to start this journey to a healthier, happier me.

I want to thank spark and all the people along the way who have helped me to make it this far. Many of you donít even know it, but when I was feeling like I couldnít do this I was always able to find an inspirational and motivational blog, webpage, board or article that pushed me forward. A special thanks to all my teammates.

Leslie

  
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RKJ1969 7/8/2009 5:39AM

    Congratulations!! emoticon

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MAKINGTIME4TONI 7/6/2009 9:05AM

  How exciting! A new "YOU!" YOU are worth the effort you have put behind developing a healthy lifestyle! May you continue to reach for the stars and shine brightly!
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PAIGESMAMA 7/5/2009 5:45PM

    I can see you have made a lot of progress in your journey. Keep up the great work. You will make your goal.

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FITKAT2010 7/5/2009 5:18PM

    Sharing your journey with your SparkFamily is gratitude enough. Your success is our success. Your inch towards health and fitness is ours. Each achievement you succeed in and share is someone else's encouragement to do the same.

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Wii Active 30 day challenge Day 2&3

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I'm really enjoying this program. I finally figured out how to put the nunchuck in the leg strap correctly. This makes things work much better. Yesterday I worked lower body and played tennis, I also did curls, lunges and squats. Today I played tennis as well but with the added workout of the balance board. I can say I am not a tennis player. I'm not real coordinated so to follow the moves with both my arms and legs and the hit ball is a challenge. It is fun though and hopefully with time I will get it right. Day three also had running, kick backs and knee ups. Today I got introduced to cardio dancing as well. This is another exercise that requires you to move your arms and legs. This incorporates the balance board as well. I was more coordinated on this as there was no ball. Today's workout took 36 minutes and burned 147 calories. Today was supposed to be a rest day according to the program but I pressed anyways. I prefer to take rest days in the week as something always comes up with teenager in the house.

I'm liking this program much better than the wii fit. It is more like circuit training and I don't feel I have the lag time to maneuver the menu like with wii fit. I also feel the workout is better I'm dripping in sweat by time I'm done and have started taking a towel with me when I work out. The challenge is currently running me through 18 different exercises per workout. I'm not sure if this will increase as I get further into the challenge or not. All I know is that I'm excited about what tomorrow will bring for my challenge workout. Of course I continue to work on other cardio exercises as well.

I also did Leslie Sansones 5 fatburning miles as well today. It has been a while since I did a LS DVD. I love her stuff but I hit a plateau and needed to change things up to kick my body into action. I added some weights to this workout today and burned over 600 calories in 68 minutes. I think it is time to start reincorporating her stuff into my work out.

  


Wii Active 30 day challenge Day 2&3

Sunday, June 14, 2009

I'm really enjoying this program. I finally figured out how to put the nunchuck in the leg strap correctly. This makes things work much better. Yesterday I worked lower body and played tennis, I also did curls, lunges and squats. Today I played tennis as well but with the added workout of the balance board. I can say I am not a tennis player. I'm not real coordinated so to follow the moves with both my arms and legs and the hit ball is a challenge. It is fun though and hopefully with time I will get it right. Day three also had running, kick backs and knee ups. Today I got introduced to cardio dancing as well. This is another exercise that requires you to move your arms and legs. This incorporates the balance board as well. I was more coordinated on this as there was no ball. Today's workout took 36 minutes and burned 147 calories. Today was supposed to be a rest day according to the program but I pressed anyways. I prefer to take rest days in the week as something always comes up with teenager in the house.

I'm liking this program much better than the wii fit. It is more like circuit training and I don't feel I have the lag time to maneuver the menu like with wii fit. I also feel the workout is better I'm dripping in sweat by time I'm done and have started taking a towel with me when I work out. The challenge is currently running me through 18 different exercises per workout. I'm not sure if this will increase as I get further into the challenge or not. All I know is that I'm excited about what tomorrow will bring for my challenge workout. Of course I continue to work on other cardio exercises as well.

I also did Leslie Sansones 5 fatburning miles as well today. It has been a while since I did a LS DVD. I love her stuff but I hit a plateau and needed to change things up to kick my body into action. I added some weights to this workout today and burned over 600 calories in 68 minutes. I think it is time to start reincorporating her stuff into my work out.

  
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SILLYGIRLZAM 1/28/2011 8:23PM

    I just finished my 30 day challenge! Hope you got through your as well.

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Wii Active 30 day challenge day 1

Saturday, June 13, 2009

I started the 30 day challenge on Active on 6/12/09. It took me 36 minutes to complete a 20 minute work out yesterday as I had a little trouble figuring out how to place the nunchuck in the leg strap. Hopefully today will be better. The program seems to have a lot of variety in it. I ran and walked in place. I did lunges and squats. My favorite were in-line skating and cardio boxing. These 2 exercises use the balance board. By the time I was done I was a sweaty mess. I'm not sure what the program has in store for me today but I know I'm looking forward to it. I'm hoping that this change of work outs will make my progress move a little faster. My weight as of 6/12/09 is 116. I'll be interested in seeing where I end up after the challenge.

  
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FITKAT2010 6/13/2009 2:24PM

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DISCIPLEAD33 6/13/2009 1:27PM

    Good for you. Drenched in sweat is a good thing when you realize what that means for your fitness. Hello sweat, goodby calories!

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What is next? Not sure I can take much more!!

Monday, June 08, 2009

My husband, My sister and I were in an automobile accident yesterday. Luckily everyone is okay for the most part. Although it wasn't our fault it is always a shock. The gentleman in the other car had a black out and crossed into our lane. My husband, who was driving broke his foot. My sister suffered a concusion. I have seat belt injuries. I'm sore and achey but other wise okay. My GMC Envoy on the otherhand is not doing well at all. The patrolman says it is totaled. I thank God that we were able to walk/limp away. I am also glad that we were in the Envoy and not my Hubby's car. I think if that were the case we would not have all been here today. Between this and the recent loss of my Mother, I am at a total loss. I'm sure how much more I can handle. I know that He has a plan for me, I just don't understand it currently. I hope things start looking up soon!

  
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MUDDY1976 6/9/2009 7:52PM

    hang in there. I hope you are feeling better today.

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RKJ1969 6/9/2009 2:05AM

    I'm so sorry that happened - but so glad you are all ok! emoticon

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NUTMEG1125 6/8/2009 8:13PM

    I am so glad you are all okay. How scary!!!

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TESSIENINA 6/8/2009 7:37PM

    It just amazes me the place I see my Mother or hear her voice. She always told me growing up "Don't worry Leslie God never gives us more than he knows we can handle." Thanks Ladies I needed to see the bright side

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FITKAT2010 6/8/2009 6:40PM

    You count your blessings hon. Nothing really happened that bad. You walked away. You are a bit sore, but think what could of happened and count your blessings.

It is a shake up though. So glad you weren't seriously hurt-any of you.

You only get what you have the inner strength with faith to handle.

Hang in there.

Hugs

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PAIGESMAMA 6/8/2009 3:35PM

    When I lost my pregnancy at 18 weeks everyone told me you aren't given more than you can handle. At the time I wasn't so sure about that. Things will get better. I am sorry that you were in an accident, but al least no one was killed. My thoughts are with you. Keep your chin up things will get better.
Teena



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OBSHORTIE 6/8/2009 2:47PM

    Thank God everybody is o.k. and really, that is all that matters! Hopefully the old man is o.k. as well? And their is a plan although sometimes we cannot see or understand it currently. I am sorry to hear about your Mom, I lost my grandmother a few months ago to cancer. Very rough time, so I can sympathize emoticon

If you ever need to talk, vent, whatever, I am here! I am a good listener and LIKE to think of myself as a good giver of advice as well.....hehehe.

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