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What I have learned and accomplished the last 10 weeks.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

When I first started this Challenge 10 wks ago I honestly did not think I would make my goal –I had to put a number so I said well let’s try 1 lb a week.. Well along the way I discovered something about myself. I found out I am stronger than what I think mentally. Because let’s face it – losing weight is just as much a mental battle as a physical battle. It all starts with Our Mind! It is very powerful and can talk us into things and out of things. It is a matter of how you train it.

I now automatically make healthier choices. If I get a real bad craving for something not healthy – emoticon I go ahead and have just a piece of it and then I am fine.

I have come to really love exercising. It is a daily priority – right up there with my must do’s like taking my meds. I feel so much better. I am also finding when I get a little depressed – if I do just a little exercise I feel better almost instantly.

I have met some new lifelong friends on this challenge who have kept me accountable to myself and the team.

Yes Yes I actually made my goal of 10lbs. I feel so proud of myself for staying with this challenge right down to the end. I look forward to the fall Challenge. emoticon

My goals for the fall Challenge is to improve my overall Fitness with strength training and balance exercises. The biggest goal this time around is to shoot for not just pounds but inches I want to loose at least 2-3 inches in my hips and stomach along with another 8 lbs.
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I also want to get up to walking 3 miles a day during the work week and 5 miles a day on the weekends. I will be walking/jogging another virtual 5K emoticon here in sparkpeople in September.

I plan on making my health top priority for the rest of this year. And the biggest goal I have of all IS TO COMPLETELY QUIT SMOKING! I do not smoke at all during the day only in the evenings when I get back home around hubby who has no intentions of quitting. But I cannot wait for him I must do this for myself. So my official Quit Date is: Sept 9,2012! emoticon
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    You are doing great and it's fantastic that you are going to quit smoking. I did years ago and I save lots of money and am not sick as much.
    1931 days ago
    You've made fantastic progress! Thanks for sharing what you've learned.

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    1938 days ago
    First, grats on meeting your weight loss goal! You are so right about the role our minds play in this journey, heck in every aspect of our lives. Good luck with your fall challenge, you can do it! Congratulations for deciding to quit smoking, once that battle has been won, you'll find you feel even better.
    1941 days ago
    Deb - sounds like you're on the right page with this, and I support you ALL THE WAY on the smoking issue. Both my parents were smokers and died at an early age from smoking related causes. It's at least one vice I've never had the desire to pick-up.

    Honestly, I think the only way to truly succeed on the weight-loss journey is to fully accept that this is a new way of life. That way there are never excuses. You get busy, you adapt with easier, healthy food choices - you go on vacation, you build in your exercise and again, simply adapt your choices - and going out with friends just means, yup, you guessed it, making the right choices.

    I've learned that just because you have company or are traveling, or off the normal routine you DON'T have to slip into the fast food route or make poor choices. Looking at this as a diet isn't the way to succeed - looking at it as a life choice puts a different mindset altogether.

    And you're emoticon because you've come to that realization.

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    Awesome job!!!!

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    1941 days ago
    Congrats on meeting your goals for summer challenge!
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    Great realizations!!! And you are right, you CAN DO IT with the smoking!
    1941 days ago
    Awesome job!!!!!!! You can do it!!!!!! You are going to feel SO much better not smoking!!!!!!
    1941 days ago
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