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DECIDE to Just Do It!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Iíve been struggling with what my DECIDE will be for the BLC Just Do It challenge. I feel like it has to be something huge but thatís my own interpretation. Iíve decided Iím going to call it my procrastination with signing up for walks. I walked the Komen 5K 8 years ago and since then Iíve been saying Iím ďgoing toĒ sign up for this 5K, that race, etc., but I never actually do. Since about November Iíve been talking to some friends about the upcoming Colors in Motion 5K here in Houston next month. Yesterday I FINALLY started a team and registered DD and I for the race! My BFF at work is doing it with us with her oldest 2 boys, and all of a sudden there are about 6 others that are interested. I am happy that Iíve ďjust done itĒ and sparked interest in others at the same time!

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MONTHONY 5/12/2013 12:54AM

    Congratulations on all of your accomplishments!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/23/2013 4:40PM

    Congrats! I did a color run in San Diego last year. It was a lot of fun! It sounds like you're sparking a lot of people now. Great job!

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FITNFUNJEN 1/23/2013 2:43PM

    Awesome! Glad you decided!! I did the Color Run as a walk (just like Colors in Motion) with some friends and we had a ton of fun!! I'm sure you'll love it!! Now I just need to get my rear in gear to actually run a 5K since that's been on my procrastination list for a long time!

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NEWCHICK 1/21/2013 12:00AM

    You go girl!!!

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PARASELENIC 1/20/2013 9:40AM

    This is a great do it-- and I'm so happy for you that it's done. It's weird, this self we have that wants to do things but for whatever reason doesn't-- I'm glad you reconciled with your procrastinating self. You even went beyond and created a team-- whoa.

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BUSYGRANNY5 1/20/2013 7:56AM

    Keep on keeping on!! Good for you!!!

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    Love it Emily! It's hard to get people to commit to a team effort!!!! emoticon emoticon

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 1/19/2013 11:56PM

    sounds like a great goal. Sometimes I am so good at procrastination that I need to just do it.

Best wishes on the race. I love it when simple things help others to their goals.

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BLC Goals

Sunday, January 06, 2013

I do NOT set time-based weight loss goals. I know that my body will do what my body is going to do and I really can't control that. What I CAN control is what I eat, what goes on in my head, and how much I move, so my goals are based on those things.


I have a goal of a 100 day tracking streak. Yesterday was day 15. There are 84 days in 12 weeks so that means I will track my food every day. Even the 2 days in February I will be in Austin with the girls. That won't be pretty, but I'll track it.

I always eat a ton of fruits and veggies, so I will continue that. I will also continue to follow the Weight Watchers Simply Filling Technique. This focuses on eating healthy, actual food and minimizing processed, man-made stuff.


I will spend time each day engaging with like-minded people to help keep my positivity and motivation up. I will blog once a week. I will comment on the blogs of others. I will offer encouragement when I can. When my motivation wanes, I will remind myself that commitment is more important than motivation. I will take steps to show I am committed: I will go for a walk, blog, plan a meal, or go to a WW meeting.


I will schedule my workouts using the calendar on my ipad. I already scheduled the workouts for the coming week, looking at what we have going on as a family. I usually get up at 4:30 to do some positive brain work and have decided that i will do the cardio exercise during that time on days when I have cardio (Tues) and on days DD swims (Thurs). My strength training will need to be after work since I do ChaLEAN Extreme and don't think I can lift that heavy without eating first. I may try tomorrow. I can do cardio on an empty stomach but lifting as heavy as she wants me to, I think I need fuel.

I always set a monthly exercise minute goal, excluding the inflated Sparkpeople number that comes from my Fitbit. My January goal is 1300 minutes. I will get better about rewarding myself when I meet the monthly goal. I have no clue what my reward is for January. Probably a new piece of clothing, or some new workout shoes.

So, there is my plan!

What's yours?

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BONNYSPARKGIRL 1/22/2013 11:54AM

Awesome goals, and with your planning I am sure you will reach your goals.
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SUSANCDAVIS 1/14/2013 12:45PM

  Discovered your page and blog posts from the Nutrisystem team - you have a great attitude and have done fantastic with your weight and fitness goals. Looking forward to hearing more from you.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 1/11/2013 8:00PM

    ALOHA Azure sister!
Love your blog. Great realistic goals! My body does the same thing. I can't say I'll lose a # of pounds/inches by... because my body will rebel. If it were that easy I'd be at goal by now. So have fun and keep it moving!

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2LABS2LOVE 1/8/2013 10:36PM

    emoticon goals!

Your pictures are very motivating! emoticon

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EATNBOOGERS 1/6/2013 10:53AM

    These are really smart goals. I like that you are not choosing a time-based weight loss goal. The tracking goal is HUGE. I love the head goal, too--so important to be with positive people. I've been meaning to schedule my workouts on my calendar so I have no excuses--I need to get a clue from you and do it!

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BUSYGRANNY5 1/6/2013 10:03AM

    We each have to do what works for us, good luck with your plan!

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Happy New Year!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

I LOVE a clean slate!!!


My fitness goals for this coming year are:

1. Get to my goal weight!

2. Complete a set of 10 regular push ups. That means on my toes with my chest coming all the way down. There I wrote it!

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How I will achieve my goals:

1. I will accept that I am not now, have never been, and will ever be perfect. I will have missteps and bad days. I will, at some point, make a less than ideal choice. When this happens I will see what I can learn, pick myself back up, and move on.

2. Tracking my food in some manner. I may use the WW online tracker, a WW paper tracker, or a tracker I design. The tracking methods may change, but I must track every day.

3. I will focus on eating foods that are as close to the way they are grown as possible. I will make a conscious effort to minimize processed foods from my diet and my house. This will have the sneaky side benefit of helping my family!

4. I will listen to my body's hunger cues. I will not eat past the "satisfied" stage.

5. I will exercise an average of 300 minutes each week. Some weeks are very busy, but I MUST make working out a priority.

6. My workouts will not be only cardio. I love strength training, especially my ChaLEAN Extreme videos, and I must accept that I will have to do those one weekend day and one day after work at the minimum. Once that is easier to manage, I will add an additional day so that I am doing strength training 3 days a week and cardio at least 3, preferably 5. I already stretch daily because of back issues, so I'm covered there.

7. I will engage in a community of like-minded, healthy people who believe that goals can be met and that people can achieve anything they put their minds to doing.

So, that looks like a lot of steps. Fortunately, I am already doing many of them. That's how I lost so much in the first place! All I need to do is use what I know works to get me to the weight I want to be.

I can do it!

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KRZYKAT3 1/6/2013 12:55AM

    GReat goals!! what an awesome way to start the year!

I see you are a spice girl, have you ever made your own sausage?

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KRZYKAT3 1/6/2013 12:47AM

    GReat goals!! what an awesome way to start the year!

I see you are a spice girl, have you ever made your own sausage?

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FITNFUNJEN 1/1/2013 2:16PM

    I love a clean slate too! Great goals and great outlook! emoticon

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MPETERSON2311 1/1/2013 10:44AM

    great list- I esp. like #1 keep that one handy on those not feeling it days

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

This is the ever-elusive key to lasting success for me in weight loss. I lost weight by beating "perfect" on Nutrisystem. Now, I'm trying to learn how to eat regular food in my calorie range. It's still just as hard now as it was 100+ pounds ago. I think the key might be to just to keep trying and not give up. I'm certainly not going to quit trying. I know where that will get me and I gave away all the clothes that are bigger than size 12. I will NOT buy bigger ones and thankfully I don't need to!

I need to find a way to get back on the healthy eating track after an indulgence and to stop obsessing about a food I've eaten that was unplanned. I need to find out how to do that. I'm open to suggestions!

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BUSYGRANNY5 10/11/2012 8:13AM

    Amen, Lori!!!! I finally get it... this is a lifestyle for me... I will never be to the point where I can say I'm done... I've arrived... I will always have to be active and monitor my diet...

Have a wonderful day!

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PATSYB7 10/11/2012 7:09AM

    As a recovering binge eater, my strategy is to include an indulgence every day. As a result, I no longer feel the urge to binge.

Positive self talk with mindful breathing helps me get through the daily stressors of teaching.

Good luck--I hope this helps. emoticon

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 10/11/2012 6:43AM

    This is a lifestyle - a journey of a lifetime if you will. Not a diet. Not a 30 day or a six month or a pre-packaged and "perfectly" portioned and $$$$$ we are talking about. Trust me; I've done them ALL. Pills, potions, name it. And yes; I found success - MULTIPLE times on plans where I didn't have to make any choices but that wasn't living and that is where we need to find balance. That ever elusive "click" that works on our individual journeys. If you desire something - enjoy it - indulge if you will - a small taste! Tasting portion sizes are very popular right now. And then step away and really know you have SAVORED that "indulgence" and you will find that food becomes something to savor. If it's average - just say NO! If it's AMAZING - savor a taste! You absolutely CAN and WILL! You believe in yourself. You love yourself. You have a support system. You've got this! Together we CAN!!!!! One day at a time.

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One Year Ago Today.....

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

One year ago today I weighed 266 pounds. I was desperate. I had joined NS in August 2010 because I had tried everything else and had failed to lose any significant weight. At 250+, you have significant weight to lose. I've weighed as much as 310 twice in my life and had gotten down to 250 or so on Weight Watchers, but never any lower. I joined Nutrisystem because I had never tried it. I lost 30 pounds from August 2010 to sometime in March when I gave up. I quit Nutrisystem. The food was good, it wasn't that, I had not really truly committed to a healthy lifestyle. Oh, I talked a good game, but at night I'd eat extra desserts, or drink my favorite wine, enough so that I'd want a snack or two....or three before bed. My husband once told me as I was eating my third or fourth snack after wine, "At Least you're still eating the food." I told him, "It's not magic food!" I KNEW it wasn't about the food. It was about what I was thinking and feeling and how I was choosing to react to those thoughts and feelings.

By July 10, 2011 I had regained 18 of the 30 pounds I lost and was feeling very low. My size 18-20 pants were getting tight and I had given away the bigger ones when I lost weight. That evening hubby and I were having some wine and talking. I was leafing through a magazine and saw an ad for Medifast. I told him maybe I'd try that. I didn't care how I got the weight off anymore and I'd worry about keeping it off later. I started texting a friend who I knew was doing Medifast. At some point he brought up Mutrisystem. He reminded me that I liked the food and had said the plan was easy to follow. That was true. I really didn't have to think much about it, just checked off the boxes in the planner. Then he told me how sad it made him to see me give up on myself. Those words cut through my inner BS.

I decided to start Nutrisystem again the next day since I still had food. This time I would actually follow the program 100%. I realized that wine was standing in my way so I decided to give it up, at least until I got to goal. The date was July 11, 2011. I weighed 266 pounds.

I followed the plan 100% through my daughter's birthday, my birthday, our wedding anniversary, my husband's birthday, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Eve, and Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day was, surprisingly, the most difficult holiday. About that time I started feeling resentful, even though it was around then that I got under 200 pounds for the first time since 5th or 6th grade. After being 100% since July I started having some slips in March or April. I was losing my identity as "the fat girl" and if I wasn't the fat girl who was I?

I worked through those feelings. I realized I'm still me, just different in some ways but not in all ways. I'm still kind, funny, a good friend, a great listener, etc. I also am now someone who enjoys, for the most part, exercise. I did not regain any weight during this time.

By the end of the school year, a difficult time for teachers, I was back to NS but having a hard time regaining the 100% streaks that had been easy for me before. I kept doing the best I could, moving forward when I'd choose to have something not on plan and not berating myself for weakness and failure. I wasn't weak and I hadn't failed if I chose to eat something off plan. My food choices do not determine my worth as a person. They determine my overall health and my weight, but NOT my worth. I never got that before. That's the key. That's the magic.

On June 1 I weighed 190.9. Today I weigh 179.4. I am currently on a 20+ day streak of 100% plan adherence. I have not had any alcohol since July 10, 2011. I don't know when it will be worth it for me to have a glass of wine. It may never be. I made it through every holiday without it, so why bother? I tend towards all or nothing thinking so one glass leaves me wanting more, like one cookie leaves me wanting more. Better for me to abstain from some things.

The last year has not been easy. At times it has been extremely difficult. The results of the last year have been so worth it I can't even find the words to express it. I am now wearing size 10 or 12 pants and a medium shirt. I wear a size 11 shoe instead of a 12. I am confident that I have learned a method to maintain the weight once I reach my goal. I'm confident that I will reach my goal.

If anyone has read this far and is thinking they can't ever lose weight and learn how to keep it off I want to tell you that you can. If I can, you can. I'm no stronger than anyone else. I just made a decision to commit and I took it one day, one moment, one bite at a time. When I made a choice to eat outside my plan, I moved forward. I learned new scripts to play in my head to help nurture myself instead of tearing myself down. It's not at all easy. But it so very worth it!

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1966SUNSHINE 5/20/2013 12:16PM

    I liked your post a lot. Especially the part that said, "I just made a decision to commit and I took it one day, one moment, one bite at a time. When I made a choice to eat outside my plan, I moved forward."

I feel like I, myself, have made some good choices but I'm not perfect. When I make a bad choice, I realize that it wasn't worth it and I don't let it flub me up, I just start over right then and there and make a mental note that it wasn't worth it and I won't do that again!

Thanks for sharing your story!!

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VTRICIA 12/4/2012 12:26PM

    For some reason this part really speaks to me: "If I can, you can. I'm no stronger than anyone else." I was expecting you to say something like "I'm nothing special". I'll have to think about that one! Thank you so much for sharing this.

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DEEPIKAK 8/27/2012 4:16AM

    I have soooo given up... I have put on more than I had ever lost... am ~280 pounds :( .. reading this blog was so inspirational.... just makes me think.. maybe i can tooo.... I just need to commit my self completely... I know seeing me in this state is tearing my DH apart.... i can't carry this weight n e more... I have to get rid of it! I sincerely hope I can do this for ME! I really have to!

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    Congrats on your progress and I agree - with commitment and 'one day at a time, one bite at a time, one choice at a time'... emoticon

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SOLONGSUE 7/31/2012 6:48PM

    Losing weight is such a difficult process at times. Sometimes everything is clicking along and you think you can do this forever, but then things start to fall apart and it seems so hard. Finding something that works for you is the key. Congratulations on your success. Thanks for the inspiration!

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FLGIRL1234 7/31/2012 3:11PM

    Just the blog I needed right now. Thanks! emoticon emoticon

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FLEURGARDEN 7/12/2012 7:29AM

    Congrats on achieving all you have achieved so far. You've proven that you can do it, and you will reach your goal. Way to go!

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LIONESS678 7/11/2012 8:47PM

    What a wonderful story! I know you've struggled, but look at the progress you've made. You look wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

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LOVINSHERRY78 7/11/2012 2:11PM

    congrats on breaking through all those barriers! i'm still working on mine but i know one day i'll get to where u are. thanks for this post and good luck in the future!

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LESSOFPMCD 7/11/2012 1:33PM

    Congratulations on your success so far! It is mind over matter and in the end it is up to each of us to do what we have to do to achieve our goals.

Just have to cut through our inner BS as you put it to do so!

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MELINDAKAYE2 7/11/2012 1:18PM

    Great inspiration. Keep up the great work!!!

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/11/2012 11:07AM

    Congratulations to you!! Very inspiring!!! I wish you continued success as you work to maintain your weight loss!

(I love your background picture!))

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PATSYB7 7/11/2012 10:46AM

    Wow! You are an inspiration! You are correct in realizing the mindset of being worthy is so important--good for you for figuring this out. Congratulations and keep up the good work! emoticon Patti

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MAESTRAPLANK1 7/11/2012 9:25AM

    Nine months, three weeks, and three days without alcohol! I can't have one wine of glass either. Sobriety rocks. You can't believe the difference in your body without alcohol! WOOHOO! Visit my SparkPage! The Serenity Prayer rocks also! emoticon Congrats on a tremendous journey of weight loss and change. I am so proud of you. emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 7/11/2012 9:22AM

  This is a wonderful message that everyone can learn from. Never give up! emoticon

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