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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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HARTINGL52 9/12/2012 1:05PM

    What inspiration. Your Blog is great!. I shared it with my colleagues I teach with and it inspired them. Thank you!!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DCGAL9 9/12/2012 12:38PM

  That was great! Thanks for the inspiration! Keep up your good work.

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SHARONSUE58 9/12/2012 12:33PM

  I love your upbeat blogs. You have helped stay positive and looking less at the weight than the healthy accomplishments. Overeating on junk is the pits. For me it kills the soul as well as the body. (oops! too serious need to lighten up!)

Really am enjoying another day. Three in a row. This is great. Thanks.

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JUDYD207 9/12/2012 12:25PM

    Great inspiration for everyone. Thank you emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CLAUDEM1 9/12/2012 12:19PM

    YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!
I am going to take up the same challenge... a challenge with myself to start a streak. Thanks for inspiring me.

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MARILYNS66 9/12/2012 12:03PM

    Great blogg - lots of inspiration - gets me thinking of a few different things I am going to work on

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AMBER_DAWN1 9/12/2012 11:46AM

    emoticon Inspiring Woman!! Thanks for sharing!!

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ILOVEMY8 9/12/2012 11:38AM

    Thanks for sharing! I have just started a new journey on sparkpeople. I've learned I have to think of it as a new journey, and not a continuation of the one I started 5 years ago. I will have to set some streak goals to keep me motivated for the long haul!

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SASSYGIRLJENNA 9/12/2012 11:18AM

    You are truly an inspiration! Thank you for posting! emoticon

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CINDYMARIEJ 9/12/2012 11:17AM

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That is so great. I am happy for you. Also it gives me hope for myself, (I'm about where you were in March, only 20 years younger) that it can be done.
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MOMOFAPRIL 9/12/2012 11:10AM

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LINDAKAY228 9/12/2012 11:09AM

    Awesome blog and congratulations on how far you've come!

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LITTLEGIRLSMOM1 9/12/2012 11:06AM

  emoticon What a great blog! Thanks Sparkguy for pointing out this blog to me. Also, "ONE DAY AT A TIME" is what life is all about. emoticon

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JUMPINJULIE 9/12/2012 11:03AM

    thank you for the inspiration and motivation. it is really just one day at a time. You will reach all your goals with that attiude. emoticon emoticon

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POETICJUSTUS 9/12/2012 11:01AM

    Thanx Spark friend. Today is a particularly hard day. My family, my kids don't support me in fact they ridicule me.( I am still fat,) although I try to log on every day. I love the community. I also suffer from Chronic Depression & hate the meds I take. I feel I am walking through mud. The Spark guy shared your link & I feel like today I'm my best friend & I love me, so just for today I will loving care for myself with good meals, rest, prayer & meditation,& if I can't surround myself with people who love me, I can surround myself in love. Blessings to you. Great blog by the way. emoticon emoticon

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LILBIT-2008 9/12/2012 10:58AM

    Thanks Sparkguy for leading me to this blog. Its great post... You are a strong person and a great inspiration... Keep it up.

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NUTZ4HARRY 9/12/2012 10:54AM

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BARBARA-1 9/12/2012 10:52AM

  congratulations!! I'm working at getting to this point. Thanks for the great encouragement!

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LISA_SUMNER08 9/12/2012 10:42AM

    This is such a motivational post! I really needed this! Good luch with your weight loss! You have a great mind set and i have no doubt you will accomplish all your goals! Now I'm going to start setting mine!!

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AMBER2111 9/12/2012 10:42AM

    Great job! Thanks for the blog!

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HOWIEANN 9/12/2012 10:35AM

    Good for you! This is a great blog!

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MARIEGG11 9/12/2012 10:35AM

  I really needed this post, thanks! Have only joined spark people a few days ago and its not going great... it takes me forever to post my nutrition tracker info because I am new at this. I was hanging in there until last night when I got upset and ate a bowl of icecream and two mini-bags of m&ms... oh yeah, and then the "healthy" lol baked doritos I scarfed... It's nice to know this process can work for someone and I am determined to perservere even though I am not breezing through this easily. Thanks! emoticon

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DIVARTISTA 9/12/2012 10:24AM

    emoticon emoticon Great blog!! I needed to read this today~I'd started to feel a slump in my healthier lifestyle. Recently started with SparkCoach~love it! I'm in my 50s as well and no, it won't come off like it used to, but it can be done! Thanks for the brilliant reminder!

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DEBORAHPONZIO 9/12/2012 10:22AM

    WOW...... it's like you were directing this to ME.... just at a time that I really did need to hear it!!! I am going to be borrowing some of your techniques for myself!!!
THANK YOU!!!

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HAPPY2BEHERE2 9/12/2012 10:08AM

    Thanks so much for your motivation. I could have written your blog---the part about "I was just slowly dying of obesity", etc. Many of your words have been my thoughts. I couldn't lose weight until I said "...and just make my health a priority!". Again, thanks for your reminder--one day at a time. emoticon

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GINA180847 9/12/2012 10:05AM

    Wow! You are an example of living the dream. A lot of people just dream the dream and waking up is not so pleasant. Thank you for the inspiration!

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RTHOMAE 9/12/2012 9:47AM

  Thats the way I'm going to lose weight, one day and one workout at a time. I won't get there as fast as when I was younger but I know I will get there. Good philosophy. Will keep me inspired. Be strong.

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NIKI778 9/12/2012 9:44AM

    You are an inspiration and I am going to start with your mantra of staying on track for one more day, I think it will really help me, because I tend to get all gung ho, do great and then fizzel out, but if I get to that stopping point and think, I can do this for one more day, then maybe that will help me keep going. I too like to work out at home and try to do some body weight strength exercises in the bathroom at work, like squats and wall pushups.

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CAMIL_GABY 9/12/2012 9:41AM

    You are great!!! Thanks for your words and motivation. emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 9/12/2012 9:32AM

    Great blog Pixie. You are DOING IT and doing it right. I am so proud of you.

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ANGELBLUE4 9/12/2012 9:20AM

  Thank you for sharing. As Garfield the cat said Diet is Die with a T and I would much rather Live.

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SANJMOM 9/12/2012 9:13AM

    emoticon You're awesome!!!!!

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IMJUST_CAM 9/12/2012 9:09AM

    You are awesome! Your motivation is inspiring! The best advice I've heard is to keep telling yourself just one more day and don't look to far in the future... I think that's been my biggest problem I look to far in the future and give up before I even truly get anywhere... Thank you for this post and thank you for inspiring me to do better, you don't know how much this means to me...

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ASHLEYROXX 9/12/2012 8:55AM

    Keep up the great work! I love your idea of making September your healthiest month. I'm going to join you on that!

Thank you for the inspiring words. This is exactly what I needed to read this morning!

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ANNABELL598 9/12/2012 8:18AM

    Love that idea about the dates on the frig-will have to use that. Thanks for the inspiration. WTG!!!

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CDAIGLE02 9/12/2012 8:11AM

    You are an inspiration! emoticon

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MSANITAL 9/12/2012 7:57AM

    Way. To go such an inspiration keep up the good work
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GABBY-12 9/12/2012 7:20AM

    Fantastic, your words are simple but life changing. Your thoughts have changed your life, your sharing will change many lives. Congrats, and thankyou

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COMPUCATHY 9/12/2012 6:55AM

    emoticon Congratulations! You're doing terrific! Here's to a wonderful and healthy September! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the inspiration! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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ANASONIC 9/12/2012 6:52AM

    What an awesome blog! I love your ideas about your goals and how you are taking it a day at a time. Thank you for the inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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CVRONEK 9/12/2012 6:41AM

    emoticon Pixie! You deserve to have the most popular blog.
Not only are you taking care of yourself, but you always take time to encourage your Spark friends.
Thank you for your motivation, for being a shining example and friend.
I am proud of you and excited, making Sept. the healthiest month of the year.
Hip hip hooray, or should I say...Hip hip, away! emoticon

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POLLYW132 9/12/2012 6:35AM

    love your inspiration especially the possibilities. I will set that up once I close down PC for the night. You are a gem well done and looking forward to 2013 and the big reveal.
Polly

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SPARKABELLA13 9/12/2012 6:31AM

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Great blog! You rock!

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BELI68 9/12/2012 6:20AM

    What an excellent post! Your ideas ( emoticon )to keep you on that awesome streak are great! Thanks so much for sharing! emoticon

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Beli

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KOPSBABY 9/12/2012 6:19AM

    You are doing great. Keep up the good job.

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QUALITYONE09 9/12/2012 5:50AM

    I'm gonna join you to. I love the idea of posting my possibilities on the refrigerator as a motivator of what can be. Also, love the statement...Just live it! Keep up the great work!

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KATHYPETERS1986 9/12/2012 5:46AM

  Thanks for motivating us! You're doing an awesome job!

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TEAMSARA 9/12/2012 5:40AM

  You are so inspiring! I have so far to go but your story has motivated me to keep my focus! Thank you for sharing emoticon

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WATCHMEGO! 9/12/2012 5:38AM

    I love it! Great job!

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MOJOSOUND 9/12/2012 5:38AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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