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Saturday, May 31, 2014

So, I am always up for a dare, up for a challenge, up for an adventure. I love being pushed into trying new things.

I belong to a really great group here on SP and the team leader, Sharon, takes the time to work these wonderful challenges for us that span an 8 week time frame, broken down into 8 mini challenges. They are meant for us to become more focused on our ultimate goal of losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle.

Some of the mini's I find really relevant. One got me back into yoga, something I neglected for years. Another got me examining all of my food choices and seeing if there was anything further I could do to substitute a healthier version of what I would normally eat. Yet another got me researching the validity of it's assertion that when you eat matters. Every single goal has had me thinking. Every single goal has pushed me towards my ultimate goal.

Some challenges were really easy, it was just a continuation of habits I have already installed. Some were really hard, getting back into an exercise routine, staying under 1500 mg of sodium. Some were so hard I just couldn't do it. I couldn't stay off the scale for a week, I couldn't not eat after 7. Even those last two that I didn't complete made me think and come to the realization that they were not important factors in my weight loss journey.

Our final challenge is to write a blog regarding the challenges and if we find them helpful. Here is my blog and my resounding Yes, they are very helpful to me! Thank you Sharon for all the work and dedication you put into these challenges. Thank you for showing my almost 10lb weight loss over the past 7 weeks as an accomplishment more than just a scale reading. Thanks for being a friend and a leader, no matter what circumstances you are undergoing personally.

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GRLTAZ 6/2/2014 1:50PM

    Lizzy, love the hair ! Another blog very well said. I agree !

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    Thanks for your kind words. Just knowing that the work I put in to the team and these challenges, makes my day! You truly get what I am trying to do with the mini challenges. Not all of them are significant to our weight loss journey but may be important to others. You are an inspiration to our team and doesn't it feel good to be a BIG loser!

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STEVEN_D 5/31/2014 2:18PM

    People on SP are so awesome, and your Sharon sounds like a really good source to have. 10lb is good in my book any day. What caught my eye was your hair, very nice.

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I changed my ticker today

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Something clicked inside of me this morning. You Can Do It.

For some reason, I had the "real" goal of 155 lbs inside my head but on my ticker I could only put 160 lbs. I think I didn't really believe I could do it so why bother putting my real goal down. Easy enough to let yourself fail when you won't admit what you are really looking for.

This morning, I was posting to my rv enthusiasts team and I saw my ticker. I realized that I was more than half way, barely, to both my fake goal and my real goal. I have made a fairly easy transition to eating better. I have overcome some exercising obstacles due to health issues and just keep plugging away. I have this fantastic support team with my gals in rv enthusiasts, my wonderful DH and other friends and family. I have a great tool in SparkPeople.

I did a little thinking and figured out I have no reason to be scared anymore. I am going to reach my goal weight of 155 lbs. I am going to be healthier. I am going to continue to make positive choices in my life. It is ok if I fall down now and again because I will get up, if not by myself, with the help of all around me.

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BRENDAF1 8/18/2008 12:56PM

    You can do it!! I can relate to that fear of not making it to my real goals! Thanks for the honestly and inspiration!

Best of luck on the rest of your journey!
Brenda emoticon

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BRONTE7723 7/25/2008 2:16PM

    I did the same today too. Froma goal of 68kg to 65kg. I had to get at least 1/4 of the way there before I could post it up.

Good for you.

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    I have enjoyed reading your page and blog, and seeing the great progress you are making. Many of us set our original goal weight a little high because it's too overwhelming at first to put the goal we may be able to reach after we've been on this journey awhile. We change and evaluate as we go.
My weight has been coming off slow and steady. I know that's the best way to do it, but I get anxious to be where you are, looking back and realizing you are halfway there. It will happen!

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CHANCE0719 6/26/2008 11:30AM

    Halfway there is AMAZING! emoticon I just changed my ticket too (to use my current weight as the starting and stop counting the 40lbs i lost a few years ago). Isn't it funny what a big psychological step it is?

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TERRIEJO53 6/5/2008 12:17PM

    Hi Lizzy ... Congratulations on finding the confidence in yourself to say out loud what you really want. I know you will make it ... you're too determined not to. You are making good food choices and not letting health issues keep you from exercising. All exercise is good, and as your health improves you will exercise more, leading to even better health. I've found it's a wonderful circle! You have your head on straight and that's the first requirement to a healthier, slimmer you. Once you've got it all together in your head, and you follow through with good eating habits and exercise the rest falls into place.

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    Lizzy - I have no doubt in my mind that you will achieve whatever goal you set for yourself! You are a strong beautiful woman and I am proud to be one of your team friends. Keep up the good job - we are watching and you continue to inspire the rest of us.

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MOON_LITSKIES 6/4/2008 12:20PM

    Congrats on the weight loss. Wish my ticker was moving as well as yours. Have hit a bump (more like a wall) in the road. But I'm not quitting either. I, also, know I'm going to make it eventually.
You can make it.
Huggers, Moon

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Becoming a child, again

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

So, I really hate the gym, always have, always stuck it out though to burn calories when I was trying to lose weight. Did I mention I always hated it???? So now that I have decided to make this a lifestyle, I just couldn't stand the thought of spending that much time in a gym but I also don't want to head into the rest of my life this out of shape.

I started thinking about what I enjoyed doing as a kid for exercise. My favourite things were always swimming and riding my bike. I had already incorporated the swimming into my exercise regime a couple of weeks ago, but a bike? It has been more than 30 yrs since I have ridden and the thought was really intimidating. Ok, I was scared. I also thought about my fat butt riding around but then realized that it sure isn't getting any thinner sitting on it! Yesterday, DH and I went and bought me a bike. I got on and almost fell off but I tried again. I got to peddling and almost slammed into an RV on my first attempt at turning so, I tried again. And again. Today I went on a 2.5 mile ride which almost killed me but, it was so much fun!!

I am going out tomorrow to get streamers for my handlebars so I can revel in my refound childhood. It might just be better the second time around,,, Lizzy

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JULIEN* 8/18/2008 12:50AM

    I am exactly the same!!!!! I HATE the gym so I play badminton, hike and swim! I always look forward to recreating (exercise is such an ugly word-jk) because it is stuff I love to do! You're so cool!

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    Good for you! It's a lot easier if you are having fun doing it.

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SHELLY_L 4/19/2008 6:41AM

    Hi Lizzy.
I happened on your page. I LOVE your RV. My DH and I hopefully one day will have one.

I had to comment on your blog because I bought a bike about two years ago. One of my first days out I went about 11 miles and almost died (not really). I haven't really been on it since that summer. You make me want to get it out again. You also made me think about sticking to exercises that make me happy.

Very inspiring!
Blessings, peace, and love!

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MOXIESUE 4/14/2008 9:50PM

    Congrats Lizzy! I know what you mean about the gym, I want to do those things I loved as a child too, I was considered a "tomboy" because I was always being physical, playing baseball, tennis, "foursquare" lol it was all good to me except basketball on a full court I really didn't like the running from one end to the other. Ok so I'm a weenie when it comes to running/jogging. There are lots of other ways to move this body. btw, love the streamers!

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MOON_LITSKIES 4/9/2008 3:17PM

    I can't do a gym either, but made some great thrift store finds. Got an exercise bike and eliptical for the back porch. I so want to get a regular bicycle for later. Like when I have lost quite a bit more. Congrats on finding something that works for you.

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Feeling pretty good.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I have been going steady since Feb 9th with some pleasing results. I have lost 19.5 lbs so far, yayyy!! The other day I went and took three of my skirts to the tailors and she has to take them all in 5 inches, that really tickled me. It also gave me the courage to go shopping for shorts which I was in need of. I got all gutsy and only brought in size 16's which both fit comfortably and I bought. I also tried on two pairs of size 16 jeans, one was a bit snug the other way too big, lol. Have to love shopping when you are a woman. Those small successes have made me realize that I am moving steadily towards my goals. I am eating well, indulging in my wine once in a while and actually enjoying this process,,, Lizzy

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KATHERINE07 4/2/2008 11:11AM

    Yay!!!! Smaller pants!!! There is nothing that feels better than shopping and having to buy a smaller size. Good for you, keep at it, you are doing awesome.

Kathy :)

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YARNLOVINLIZZY 3/27/2008 10:27AM

    Thanks Carol and Lion,,, your kind words mean a lot to me,,, Lizzy

ps not quite ready for a new pic, lol

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CBENOY 3/27/2008 9:23AM

    I didn't realize you had lost quite so much, Lizzy! That is something to be proud of. You have done great...isn't it time for a new picture in those new duds?

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IAMLION 3/27/2008 7:54AM

    Hi Lizzy, You are doing great! 19.5 lbs. down is awesome!!
Shopping can always be an adventure, for sure!

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