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Are You Fierce?

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Monday, August 13, 2012

It occurred to me yesterday that, in a couple days, I will already be halfway through my time in the walking boot. Two weeks down and two to go. My ankle is feeling a lot better, but then again, I haven't tried to necessarily put any weight on it. Still...it's healing. And, no, I do not walk around my house with the boot on 24/7, so I do have *some* idea of how it's doing...it's not like it's a full cast where I'm losing muscle mass daily, etc. It just feels...normal. That's a good thing, I think.

What's interesting is that I really haven't had much time to fret over the healing of my ankle. Yeah, I freaked in the beginning. But my ortho couldn't have been more merciful in putting me in a walking, removable boot.

I've been doing literally every other form of exercise that is non-weight bearing that I possibly can. My arms are RIPPED, y'all! For now, elliptical and bike are still out...but I have become more familiar with water than I have in a long time.

To be honest, I sort of dreaded water workouts, because it just seemed like a huge pain in the neck to figure out a schedule, then DRIVE to a pool and get my workout in. To be sure, it is a little more complicated than walking out my front door and running for an hour...but, it's amazing how simple things become when you are fiercely determined to do them.

Before this injury, I wouldn't have even considered going to the faculty/staff deep water exercise classes that are held from 5:30pm-6:15pm every single day after work. Don't want to miss an extra hour with my kids!!! Guilt city there! But...as it turns out...my family understands my desperate need for a workout right now and they don't really care if I come home an hour later than usual. They know this makes me happy and better able to serve them.

Do you know how long my kettlebell sat in a corner after I bought it? But you better believe I dragged that sucker out and it has got some use this past two weeks...along with my resistance band and my 5 lbs hand weights.

Do you know how DIFFICULT it was for me to make good food choices before this injury? But, hell...when I begin to feel desperate and realize that this is the KEY to continuing to lose weight, even while injured, suddenly it doesn't seem AS hard to make healthy choices for myself.

And, lo and behold, the scale is finally honoring the combined effort of exercise and diet that I am all-out fighting for these days!

I thought I was dedicated before. I thought I had a great program before. I really thought I was making the right choices before. And I really was...up to a point.

But this little injury/setback has taught me that there was a lot more I could have been doing. I didn't even SEE it! I just couldn't understand why I wasn't losing weight!

Well, truth is...I hadn't truly decided to...I wasn't 110% all in. And I didn't even know that I wasn't all in. How's that for helpful? Lol.

There was an initial switch in my brain that flipped back in April when I began running. It was the switch to accepting and working towards a healthy lifestyle.

And then there was this most recent switch...as Emeril would say, we kicked it up a notch. This was the switch to making that healthy lifestyle happen. There's something fierce about this switch.

If there's another on the horizon....well, that's almost frightening.

What about you? Where are you in your journey of fitness and food? BE HONEST. You don't have to tell me, but for goodness sake, be honest with yourself.

Are you fierce?





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DEEDEE1081 8/19/2012 9:31PM

    Love your story! The switch has happened to me too, and I am so thrilled with each and every day! Good Luck in your recovery, and thanks for the inspiration. emoticon

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SUNSHINE65 8/19/2012 3:19AM

    Thank you for the blog. Never thought of my determination in this way...this may turn me around! I copied it onto a page on my desktop to review frequently. Thanks.

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WHITEANGEL4 8/18/2012 10:32PM

    Great blog....glad you found there are options when you think there are none

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SKINNY2FAT2FIT 8/18/2012 9:06PM

    I will be FIERCE!!! emoticon

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REY_WOWW 8/18/2012 6:43PM

    Great!

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JIBBIE49 8/17/2012 6:31PM

    Great to see your blog featured in the Spark Mail. What an honor. emoticon

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SERASARA 8/17/2012 6:06PM

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Thank You, You really are an inspiration. Thank You!

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GODDREAMDIVA1 8/17/2012 2:19PM

    I'M fierce!

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CHERYLSBUTT 8/17/2012 12:40PM

    I am fierce in my dedication to a healthy lifestyle.
It means I fight the urge to chill and push for the urge to workout and eat well.
It is the me I want to be and I am pursuing her!
Good luck and praying for a speedy recovery!!!

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TAKINBACKMYBODY 8/17/2012 11:11AM

    Love your blog!!! -Shanna emoticon

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JANEMARIE77 8/17/2012 7:42AM

    I am so happy for you! I believe and hope that you will find many more kick it out a notch places along your weight loss path we should always honor where we are today but we are so much stronger than we think keep pushing

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LESLIE56 8/16/2012 11:08PM

    Good blog...I'm doing very well, on my weight loss and fitness journey. So far, I've lost 20 lbs. and only have about 5 to go. emoticon for sharing. I feel I am well on my way to Fierce!

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GOIN4GR8 8/16/2012 7:54PM

    Thanks for this blog. I'm getting new knees on Monday, and you helped me see things from the RIGHT perspective, which is to focus on what I CAN do vs. what I can't.

Good for you!!!

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SHERMOR13 8/16/2012 5:34PM

    Good for you! You know we often think that when something happens to us, like your ankle injury, it seems like the worst thing that's ever happened to us. But as many of us know, often what we think is the worst thing, causes something to happen in us & somehow that horrible thing becomes one of the best things that has ever happened to us.

FIERCE - that's what came out of it! Good for you - hang in there!

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TKADEEPBREATH 8/16/2012 5:10PM

    Fierce . . . YES!!!! Thanks, I loved this . . . let the games begin . . . and never end!

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PENOWOK 8/16/2012 4:51PM

    You are strong and now you are fierce!! You help the rest of us feel strong and powerful! We're proud of you!!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/16/2012 4:46PM

    Congrats! Keep it up! And thanks for the inspiration!!

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JANETTEB553 8/16/2012 3:56PM

    Wonderful to hear you managed to overcome the setback and make it work for you. That is a REAL lifestyle change... good on you.

I am doing well but have a way to go as I am only at my first goal and have a lot further to go.

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LADYTSUNADE 8/16/2012 12:06PM

    Thanks for sharing! I am currently working om getting my Fierce back!

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DRKYASHI 8/16/2012 11:54AM

    emoticon ! emoticon for sharing!

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LISA_FRAME 8/16/2012 10:53AM

  good post

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TMCK-40 8/16/2012 9:13AM

  I love soing and using different tools

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NCSUE0514 8/16/2012 9:11AM

    Woo Hoo

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INGMARIE 8/16/2012 8:43AM

    awesome, yo go girl, or maybe you swim girl emoticon

and i am working on fierce. Thank you for a great blog emoticon

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WALLINMW 8/16/2012 8:42AM

  Fierce, baby!

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WILSON1926 8/16/2012 6:44AM

    Great blog, as usual.
Keep up the good work beautiful
Michael

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THEIS58 8/16/2012 5:35AM

    Fierce!

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NANA2ANGELS 8/16/2012 5:15AM

    I Am Fierce!!!!

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MSMOSTIMPROVED 8/15/2012 10:56PM

    You better believe it! Fierce is my middle name. I love that you are trying all these old and new activities to stay fit while you heal. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
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KNEEMAKER 8/15/2012 8:24PM

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HFAYE81 8/15/2012 4:23PM

    You are AWESOME!!! So proud of you! Way to go, not letting injury defeat you!!! emoticon emoticon

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POLSKARENIA 8/15/2012 11:55AM

    Brilliant - great approach to your injury!
Keep it up!

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JIM12490 8/15/2012 11:40AM

    WOW! Fantastic way to approach your injury and a great guide for life. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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NKOUAMI26 8/15/2012 11:34AM

    Good for you for not letting injury stop you!

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THEIS58 8/15/2012 11:02AM

    Excellent!!

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DOTTY7267 8/15/2012 10:51AM

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BANDMOM2012 8/15/2012 10:27AM

    I love how we are invited into your life with such honesty emoticon You inspire me with each blog!

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NEWMOM20121 8/15/2012 8:34AM

    Glad you are doing so well. I love the blog it is what I needed today.

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GIGI1953 8/15/2012 8:15AM

  Awesome resonse to a set-back. It would have been so easy to have a 20 pound pity party but you examined what you could do instead of focusing on what you couldn't do. Great attitude!

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GOOSIEMOON 8/15/2012 7:42AM

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WARMSTRONG2 8/15/2012 6:01AM

  fiercely made lemonade out of lemons

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JAZZEJR 8/15/2012 3:41AM

    I may not be fierce yet, but people like you inspire me to keep working toward it. emoticon

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MANILUS 8/15/2012 12:57AM

    Congrats on discovering your full commitment! I am Fierce!

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SHERYL_B 8/15/2012 12:30AM

    Fierce!

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AJB121299 8/14/2012 9:53PM

    nice--keep it up

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