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Thursday, September 06, 2012

Today is day 190 of my "on track" streak!

What a great day....I love the feeling of being on track! I get tempted to go off track sometimes, but my streak is so much more important to me than any junk food could ever be!

This morning I was thinking about March 1st, when I started my streak, and how much my life has changed since then. (I have progress pictures in my Spark photos if you are interested.) Back in March, I weighed 286 lbs, and I was just slowly dying of obesity. I made many attempts to "diet" and exercise. I even belonged to a women's gym. But I never put forth any real effort into my workouts. I wanted an easy workout, with limited exertion. If a workout made me start to sweat or breathe heavy, I would quit and tell myself that it was too hard for me.

But when I started my streak, I knew that I had to make a change. The same old, same old just wasn't working. I was completely out of shape and unhealthy, and I really wanted to change. I wanted to finally feel GOOD. So I decided to forget about dieting, and just make my health a priority!

So I quit the women's gym and started working out at home. I really had to push myself to get through the workouts at first. I was only working out for 15 minutes a day, but I made sure to make that 15 minute workout a good one! I pushed myself to keep going, even when I was tired, even when I was sweaty and out of breath. I knew I was capable of MORE. And with each passing day, I was more and more determined to stay on track for just one more day. I never looked too far ahead. Just one more day...and then another... and then another. And slowly I started to make progress!

Before long, I was doing 30 minute workouts once a day...and then twice a day. I felt myself getting stronger and my stamina increasing. I even began to LOVE working up a sweat! It felt good to know I was working so hard!

So much has changed now! I don't diet...I LIVE it! (I remember Richard Simmons used to say something like that back in the 80's!) I LIVE every day...and each day I am determined to live it to the fullest, and in the healthiest way possible. I don't eat junk food anymore...and I don't eat "diet" food, either. I eat healthy, real food, because it fuels my body for my workouts!

I workout hard and I see so many changes in myself since I started my streak! Not only am I now 71 lbs lighter, but I am so strong now, and so healthy! My waist is so firm beneath the layers of fat that I am slowly working off. I am burning that fat with my workouts, and building beautiful lean muscle beneath. I am healthier than I have been in years!

My current goal is to make September the HEALTHIEST month of the year so far, and I am doing great at reaching that goal. I have lots of Spark friends joining me in this goal, and its great to know I'm not in this alone! Thank you to all my supportive Spark friends! Let's keep changing our lives, one day and one choice at a time. Let's make this the healthiest month of the year so far. We're not going to diet, we're going to LIVE IT!

By the way, I'm 51 years old, and I workout at least 90 minutes most days now, and sometimes more! No excuses!

UPDATE: (Sept 12) Spark Guy Chris mentioned my blog and I've been getting lots of comments. I apologize for not being able to thank everyone individually but I want you to know that I appreciate your comments and support very much. Have a healthy day!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SANDYDOLLAR201 9/7/2012 7:10AM

    You are doing awesome! I know how powerful streaks can be, they are definitely a huge motivator in themselves to keep us doing what deep down we know we need to do.
Congratulations on your weight loss thus far and keep the streak alive!

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SUNRISE14 9/7/2012 7:07AM

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HOLLY255255 9/7/2012 7:06AM

    Thanks for sharing- you are inspirational!

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    what an inspiration!

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SKRAMER4 9/7/2012 6:48AM

  Great story. I am starting my third day and got excited to see you are on day 190 a still going strong and making great progress. Keep up the great progress and Congratulations!

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ELAINE704 9/7/2012 6:46AM

    What an inspiration! Thank you.



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CATHGREEN8 9/7/2012 6:43AM

    Thanks for the positive, inspiring post. I am only on day four, but I will carry your story today as my inspiration. On to LIFE!

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CHRISTINASP 9/7/2012 6:35AM

    What a great blog post to read. I looked at your pictures and you have gone through such a journey! Congratulations!
I really enjoy what you wrote about just taking steps and starting 'small'. I can relate to how that works well in a person's life. Thank you for sharing.

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ELLEKTRA 9/7/2012 6:28AM

    GreaT GREAT BLOG! Thank you so much for this :) You are a perspiring inspiration! emoticon

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JENNYCAMPBELL19 9/7/2012 5:58AM

  Good on you. I mean to keep going just like you - only 2 weeks so far

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NANA2ANGELS 9/7/2012 5:35AM

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THEIS58 9/7/2012 5:31AM

    No excuses! I love it! Way to go!

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OLIVIANIGHT 9/7/2012 5:18AM

    I love your background!
Good for you, what an amazing streak : )

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MRSTAZMAYO 9/7/2012 4:48AM

    You have an amazing attitude and an amazing plan! Excited for you!

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    So inspiring, thank you!

Debb :)

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CSDAYS 9/7/2012 3:34AM

    You've got the idea!!!

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DKTURNER3 9/7/2012 3:31AM

  Thank you for writing this! You have inspired me. I also started working out but I haven't been as consistant as I need to be. When I work out it makes me feel healthier so I want to eat healthier. The working out is helping more than getting in shape and building muscle, it also helps guide me to eat better. Thank you for motivating me to start an exercise everyday streak. You're awesome!

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MIRFA71 9/7/2012 3:15AM

emoticon for sharing your thoughts and experiences.. you have certainly motivated me to push myself and to believe that i can do it..

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JAZZIE28 9/7/2012 3:05AM

    emoticon emoticon You have inspired me....Thank You!

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MOMOF2GREMLINS 9/7/2012 2:54AM

    emoticon post! Loved the picture with Bob Harper too! So true! emoticon

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ON2VICTORY 9/7/2012 2:49AM

    wow, i have always been inspired by stories of those in their senior years doing something huge, like completing their 70th marathon, finishing an Ironman, or doing what that guy did... What a powerful example of it never being too late. That picture made my night. :)

i wanna be THAT dude when i grow up!

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FIT4MEIN2013 9/7/2012 1:47AM

    It feels good to feel good! Keep it up (er, down?)!

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NADINEL 9/7/2012 12:53AM

    I appreciate your motivation! It really does help me to keep going!
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SASSYTHING52 9/6/2012 11:07PM

    great blog and ur rabbits are so cute

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WVROSE1 9/6/2012 10:49PM

    Wow! emoticon blog! You are such an inspiration! emoticon

I love the refrig posting idea of what your weight could be. Great idea!!!!!

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YAFENELRA 9/6/2012 10:20PM

    You are doing it!!

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HEALTHYIN2014 9/6/2012 10:13PM

    You are showing us that it can be done. emoticon Great blog!

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    emoticon blog!

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    emoticon blog, Pixie!!! Love all the quotes!!! You're doing awesome!!! You're my inspiration!!!



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123ELAINE456 9/6/2012 9:28PM

  AWESOME BLOG!!! You are doing GREAT!!! You are an Inspiration to People All Around The World!!! This is the WAY TO GO!!! Keep It Up. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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PATTIE441 9/6/2012 7:44PM

    Go Pixie go! You are so awesome! Woo Hoo! emoticon Yes, I had that Richard Simmons book. I remember it well! Wow! I am right with you girl! We CAN do this and we WILL and we ARE! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4RASCALS 9/6/2012 7:24PM

    Pixie you are truly amazing. I agree it's not about diet, it is a lifestyle change. It's getting ourselves healthy. Love your poster NEVER UNDERESTIMATE WHAT YOU ARE CAPABLE OF.
It's so true. emoticon for your inspiration. Let keep pushing forward, living life, and getting healthy

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MANDELOVICH 9/6/2012 6:57PM

    Truly amazing. I love how you make us remember that it's never too late. it's also so important to choose the long term happiness of self care! It's such a great feeling!

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ESYLVANTUTOR207 9/6/2012 6:18PM

    Another inspirational blog, Pixie. I started again today because I was feeling, tired, fat and had a lot more pain in my body than I did when I was on the "losing end." So today, I begin again, having lost some ground but determined to move forward again no matter how many times I falter. Eventually this old brain of my mind will stick to it, just like you did. I HOPE this is my last time starting over, but like you, I am only going to do one day at a time. Thanks for giving me the HOPE to start again! Have a great week, my friend.....I've said it so many times, but YOU ARE AWESOME!!!! ((HUGS))
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SUNSHINEGB 9/6/2012 6:16PM

    Great blog Pixie, very motivating!!

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