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The stats and the mindset

Sunday, January 10, 2010

I have just completed week one of bootcamp here on SparkPeople. I've been fighting with a 30 pound gain since I had my daughter 9 years ago. After all three of my boys, the weight came off, I stayed fit, and life was good. After her, my mom passed way, my life fell apart and so did I. Tough to raise four children and nurse a dying mom at the same time, but that was my life. Oh, and my 92 year old grandma, who lived with my mom, depended on me too. Excuses I now, know, but then it was my reality.

In the 8 years since my mom's death, I've become an ubber exerciser. I love to exercise and find it satisfying and fun. That having been said, I"ve managed to keep the 30 pounds DESPITE the exercise. So now, it's time to turn this around. My eyes are on the prize, my head is in the right place and I'm cruising forward.

Right now, today, my mindset is amazing. I've fully embraced the no excuses philosophy, and I truly believe that I am exactly where I am intended to be.

I started the week with the stomach flu on Sunday, so I'm not sure this week's stats are realistic, but I did manage to track my food 5 of 7 days, I did all 7 days of bootcamp videos and I snow shoed for a total of 3 hours, burning over 2000 calories (this piece is normal, but the food intake ROCKED this week).

I averaged 1450 calories per day (this factors not eating all day Monday and losing all I ate Sunday). I did cardio 4 days, and strength training 7, and I ate well.

I can honestly say that I feel really well. I am really enjoying the bootcamp videos and I look forward to starting another week. On tap for this week:

A full blood workup so I can know EXACTLY where I stand and an EKG to get a baseline for my heart (both mom and dad were dead or very ill before they were 60).

Well, there you have it, my week in a nutshell. Look forward to moving and grooving in the days to come. Rock on, my friends, rock on!

Faith
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SLAYINGDRAGONS 3/28/2010 11:05AM

    Thank you for sharing all this, Faith. I am sorry I havenīt been by in sooo long. Thankfully things have let up some. I have tons to do this coming week and hope to relax a bit next weekend. I hate it when job and daily life interfere with what Iīd rather be doing!

In the midst of my busy months, I have been grieving over the empty places left when our son was taken in death just over 10 yrs ago. Over these many years, I have found an amazing discovery. I often carry opposing emotions within and keep right on living! It is a choice - to keep living. And I plan to stick with it no matter what.

I can see that you have made this decision too, and I applaud you! It is hard work!
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