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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!
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WENDYMUNASHE 9/14/2012 6:19AM

  totally feel inspired emoticon

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SBNORMAL 9/14/2012 5:09AM

  Wow, wonderful job!!

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CTHOMURE 9/13/2012 10:59PM

  Wow, great job, I hope I can be a success story some day. Keep going!

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DEBBYNATION 9/13/2012 9:10PM

    Wonderful! I'm 52 & spent a couple years eating unhealthy but now I'm back on track & feeling great! Your blog inspired me! :)

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ALISHAFISH1 9/13/2012 7:27PM

    Thank you for this blog - it is a good reminder to those of us who struggle. :)

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SEAJESS 9/13/2012 5:13PM

    You're amazing.... thanks for the inspiration I"m really needing to get back on track.

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THOMS1 9/13/2012 5:01PM

    emoticon You are an amazing inspiration and I really needed that today! emoticon

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KIMI_SILVA 9/13/2012 1:30PM

    Way to go! You are such an inspiration. BTW, I love your background page. Where did you find it?

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HEYITSAPOSSUM 9/13/2012 11:32AM

    Wow. Just... wow. :)

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KO1215 9/13/2012 11:22AM

    Thank you....I can't begin to tell you how I needed this blog at this moment...I'm choking up. Thanks...

Hugs,

Keri

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REDJ76 9/13/2012 10:16AM

    You have an amazing attitude! Thanks for your inspiration! emoticon

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JSELLINGTON 9/13/2012 10:03AM

    Wow this is a great Blog!! You are so totally focused! Oh and I love the rabbits - Too cute!!

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11TERRY20 9/13/2012 9:56AM

    After reading this wonderful blog and all the comments I am renewed in the belief that yes! This is how it works! emoticon

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AZTLAN777 9/13/2012 9:52AM

    Awesome report and motivating blog!

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NEWNAC304 9/13/2012 8:24AM

    I've been struggling to stay on track and needed to read some encouraging words. Thanks for sharing!

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SHUFFEL 9/13/2012 6:54AM

    Thank you! I really needed to read this, you are an inspiration for sure.

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RNBASEBALLMOM 9/13/2012 6:11AM

  What an inspiration..........Thank you for sharing your journey.

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CAROTEX1 9/13/2012 12:55AM

    You know what? You have just saved my life, I was gonna give up just too hard watching my efforts only to see the scale go up instead of down! You are such an inspiration to me in this moment, I will go to bed now and know I too can do this! I am 68 , have a Cochlear implant after being deaf since age 3, and I did that so this too will happen! Hugs! Caro emoticon

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KRISTINEC39 9/12/2012 11:11PM

  You are an inspiration! Thank you!

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KARENCRANER 9/12/2012 10:32PM

    Sparksister, you are rockin' it! I love your attitude!

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SUSIEMT 9/12/2012 10:07PM

    Good job! Keep up the great work! You are a true inspiration!

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MYOHMYIM40 9/12/2012 9:56PM

  Wow, great blog!

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NANCYMOORE4 9/12/2012 8:50PM

  Your story is similar to mine, but you are MUCH more dedicated to exercise. Good for you! You are doing a fabulous job.

One question. If you aren't weighing yourself until New Year's Day, how do you know you've lost 71 pounds?

Of course, it doesn't matter. What a wonderful change you have made in your life.

Congratulations!

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MOM-MOM8 9/12/2012 8:17PM

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TERRIEHICKS 9/12/2012 8:00PM

    emoticon Thank you for sharing! This is great!

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THETROUT 9/12/2012 7:56PM

    Great perspective. One that will work for the long run.

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MAUTREYR 9/12/2012 7:30PM

    Congratulations! I agree to LIVE healthier and not diet as well. Thanks for the motivation!

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SHAWFAN 9/12/2012 7:08PM

    emoticon Motivation! Thank you!!

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LITTLEMISSWITCH 9/12/2012 6:38PM

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Thank you so much for writing this, this is so motivating! I'm glad to hear that you're working so well toward your goals!

Thanks again!

P.S. I love the bunnies!

P.P.S. Who uses P.S. on the internet? Lol!

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JOYEOUSD 9/12/2012 6:25PM

    Yep, Pixie I love the idea and when I get back to Orlando and get real serious, I a, going to clear off my fridge and put nothing but encouragement on there for myself...congrats for your special blog!!


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ZZYYGGY3 9/12/2012 6:23PM

    Yes indeed great job. Keep on going.

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VEEVANS 9/12/2012 6:18PM

  I've never felt like it would help to be part of an online group. But now--after reading your blog, I feel motivated. I like your thought process of "one day at a time" and staying on track. emoticon

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MSLZZY 9/12/2012 5:32PM

    Fantastic! What an inspiration! HUGS!

Comment edited on: 9/12/2012 5:32:52 PM

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FOXFIRENDTS 9/12/2012 5:29PM

    This was emoticon thank you for sharing, such a great inspiration.

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JAXMOMMY 9/12/2012 4:16PM

    Hi Pixie! Remember me, Melissa? I was so excited to see this was your blog highlighted by Spark Guy! How cool is that? And just look at all the resposnes you got! Congrats on your pounds shed since March and on your Live It attitude! I belong to probably that same Women's Gym, but I work it! I don't do the bare minimum and then I also do other workouts during the day! I am firm under my fat too and so glad to shed the fat now to get to that beautiful lean muscle! I'm so proud of you! Way to go! I'm in on making this the healthiest month yet! One day at a time.... Thanks for the motivation!

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POLSKARENIA 9/12/2012 4:10PM

    Well done Pixie!
Brilliantly written and very motivating with such good ideas...

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WHOLLYHEALED 9/12/2012 3:42PM

    Great motivator for daily change! Thanks! emoticon

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CARIOLA 9/12/2012 3:05PM

    Great blog--and I love the yoga buns!

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    Thanks just what I could use emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WESTIEGAL1 9/12/2012 2:47PM

    Wow, you are quite an inspiration. I'm struggling with finding time to workout and know that it's going to have to be in the mornings for me in order to get it done since I work during the day and have activities in the evenings. That means getting to bed earlier so I'm able to get enough sleep which is my challenge. If you can do it so can I-thanks!! emoticon

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JO28352 9/12/2012 2:39PM

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TMCK-40 9/12/2012 2:38PM

  Well said!

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JCD1127 9/12/2012 2:31PM

  Good for you-keep up your positive attitude emoticon

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CMFARRELL36 9/12/2012 2:20PM

    Great idea - thanks for sharing!
I agree with you on the strength of streaks - it just becomes so important to keep the streak intact.
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SIMPLYBNME 9/12/2012 1:56PM

    WOW!!! Just what Dr ordered

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MELISSAHALL08 9/12/2012 1:17PM

    You are amazing! You are going to exceed the goals you've set for yourself by far!!!! You are motivation for me; someone who tends to give up very easily. emoticon

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LUVSBULLDOGS 9/12/2012 1:13PM

    I loved this blog and your attitude. Great wallpaper.

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