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This is YOUR journey, take the wheel and DRIVE!!!

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Friday, January 11, 2013

I write this because I really truly care about your journeys.

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Ok listen guys. You have really got to want this and commit to it. It's not about not having time enough in the day to work out. If you are doing dishes at the sink, do some calf raises. If you are loading and unloading the dish washer, do some squats. If you are vacuuming, do it with gusto. I call it Cardio Cleaning. It is possible to squeeze out a few minutes here and there throughout the day, regardless of your situation or your routine.

Work at home, work outside of home. It doesnt matter. Park farther away from the store. Park farther away from the office. Walk past it the first time and circle back around. And throw in some short little bursts. Those little burst of energy can do more for you than many more minutes of mundane cardio. It's called HIIT. High Intensity Interval Training, and you can do it with ANYTHING, even house cleaning!

Moving is good and all, and definitely has it's place in an overall healthy lifestyle, but that is not the real point of my blog. I see so many people start out all gung-ho, making really lofty exercise goals, and then when they can't keep it up, they get all discouraged and depressed. Or maybe they are doing all this exercise and not seeing results, so they get all discouraged and depressed, wondering why it wasn't working. Then eventually they just drop off the face of the earth.

So the real thing I wanted to say, is you have GOT to CLEAN UP YOUR DIET!! I don't mean diet as in something you are on. I mean diet as in these are the foods that you eat. This is a lifestyle, not something you are on short term. So until you wrap your head around that, you are always going to take one step forward and two steps back, because once you revert back to your old diet, (the foods that you use to eat) you are going to gain it all right back.

So SNAP OUT OF IT! You have GOT to cut out the junk. Cut out the crap. All the processed crap, all the fast food crap, all the sugar crap..... there is no place for that in your day to day diet of good healthy eating. Does that mean you can NEVER have it? No it doesnt. I try to follow the 80/20% rule. I save my 20% for birthdays, or evenings out with my girlfriends, you know - special occasions. But it does not have any place in my day to day, choice after choice.

But it wasn't until I got a grip on my hunger and my cravings, that I could even entertain the idea of 20% now and then. Cutting the junk carby crap & sugary crap cut my cravings. You've got to go through the withdrawals, through the carb flu, and come out the other side before you will start to feel better, better than ever. I promise you, you WILL come out the other side if you just give it a chance.

You can NOT out exercise a bad diet. So even if you had an hour a day to devote at the gym, why would you want to negate all that hard work with bad foods?! Now as you get closer to goal, fat loss will slow and you may have to up your game in the physical fitness department. However especially in the beginning, when you are out of shape, your knees hurt, and you are depressed, you have got to clean up your diet so you can clear your head and start to get the fat loss ball rolling!!

By giving yourself healthy nourishing foods, your head will clear, your fog will lift, your motivation will return, and you will have increased energy that will make you want to move more. Our bodies have been so lacking in vitamins and nutrition that it has not been getting from all the crap we have been feeding it. Give it good whole food with vitamins it can use, and it will stop begging you to feed it more. It was only wanting more because it was not getting the nutrition it needed to function properly. So the only thing our bodies could do was to ask for MORE food, hoping eventually you will feed it something it could actually use, something with enough nutrition, rather than just more empty crap calories.

So unless someone is force feeding you, there really are no excuses for a poor diet. This is something that you just have to do for yourself. No one can do this but you, so the sooner that you decide you are worth it, and the sooner you start to do this for yourself, the sooner you will reach your fat loss goals and the sooner you will start feeling better, healthier.

And for Pete's sake, drink your water!! We have been stuffing our bodies with toxins which are stored in our fat. When we start to lose fat, those toxins are released. You HAVE to drink your water and flush it out.

And for crying out loud, sleep!! Do whatever you have to do in order to sleep. Dim the lights in the evening, get dark curtains, maybe you need magnesium or melatonin, but you have to sleep. Our body works with circadian rhythms and it needs time to do it's thing. So feed it well, rest it well, take care of your body, and it will take care of you.

And yes, track! You are given an allotted bank account of calories per day. Budget and use it wisely! Would you just put money in your bank and not pay attention to how you spend it?!! You will learn which foods fill you longer. More bang for your buck. Which foods leave you hungry, which foods leave you tired, which foods make you gasey and bloated. You will learn which foods to eat and which ones you really can live without due to unpleasant side affects or maybe your britches fit tighter. And when you are close to being overdrawn, then you know you just have to eat more veggies!! A big @$$ salad. I feel that you really don't need to count the calories from veggies since veggies provide only enough glucose for their own digestion. So eat up!!! That is like FREE MONEY in your account!!!! There are soooo many veggies. And sooo many ways to fix them. It is FREE MONEY/CALORIES people!! Why wouldn't you want that?! Oh, so you don't like veggies? Have you tried them all?! There are THOUSANDS of veggies in this world, with a fair amount available where you live... and you have tried them ALL? Fixed every which way? Just don't give up until you find those veggies you like, those are your FREE calories that you can fall back on. That is your Ace in the Hole.

Then let's say you really have no choice but to eat a BIG MAC w/fries for lunch with your Boss or else they will fire you. Well guess what you need to have at dinner time?!! Your Ace in the Hole! DH wants to go out to eat? You just have to say No, I can't because I don't have the calories left for that tonight - same as when you just don't have the extra money to go eat out. You just have to wrap your brain around it, and then they will start to wrap their brains around it as well. You have to take this serious before they will.

This is YOUR journey, take the wheel and DRIVE!!!
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ONE6OH 1/15/2013 1:50AM

    A great motivating post. I really needed to see this. Thanks

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ICANBESLIM2 1/14/2013 7:24PM

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BECCA315 1/14/2013 4:04PM

    Thanks for all the reminders!!

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    emoticon thanks for the advice.

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SOUTH_FORK 1/14/2013 2:05PM

    Wish I could say you're preaching to the choir, sister, but I need to reevaluate my approach to several of your points. Thanks for the reminder...

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LINDA! 1/14/2013 1:40PM

    Great advice!

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LIVELYGIRL2 1/14/2013 1:00PM

  OH MY GOSH, so pep talk. Your good t it girlfiend.

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JLEMUS1 1/14/2013 12:37PM

    Heck yeah!!!

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TERRIJ7 1/14/2013 12:34PM

    Right on all counts!

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LACYGIRL10 1/14/2013 10:58AM

    You're awesome...nuff said.

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FARIS71 1/14/2013 9:50AM

    Holy straight talk Batman! That food thing hit me square between the eyes. I can't out exercise a bad diet. Nutrition is the name of the game!! Gotta get my game face on. . . . .

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CJYOUCANDOIT 1/14/2013 9:41AM

    Thank you for this terrific blog. You really hit the nail on the head several times. It is so easy to play the blame game and get caught in the head games of food and weight loss. We just need to take responsibility and do what we all know we need to do. It is great you begin with the need to make this a complete priority in our lives. Once we allow other things in our lives to become more important we begin to head down the wrong path for success. Focus and choices. I just have to get over being afraid to make those changes completely.
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HAPPLYEVERAFTER 1/14/2013 9:34AM

    Heal the mind! It's impossible to stay on a program if your mind is not in it. Retrain the brain to eat to live, not live to eat. Great blog!

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GOANNA2 1/14/2013 5:45AM

    Awsome blog.

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YMWONG22 1/14/2013 5:13AM

  Rather the rude awakening call.
But it is true. I am clear on what I am doing and more importantly .... why.
I am going on my weight loss journey. I am doing it for myself. It is my choice and I am in control.
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MISTYRIOS 1/14/2013 4:36AM

    Well Said!!!

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THEIS58 1/14/2013 4:09AM

    Responsibility for self is critical. We are not victims. You said it so well.

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SHANNOSH 1/14/2013 12:39AM

    Love this blog... very helpful & informative

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SEBRING8 1/14/2013 12:30AM

  emoticon -My V8 moment when I read this: "You've got to go through the withdrawals, through the carb flu, and come out the other side before you will start to feel better, better than ever Thank you!


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SHEILA8383 1/13/2013 11:15PM

    Great blog!

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ARUSHING2 1/13/2013 11:08PM

  Very straight forward and true.

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MISTY4U 1/13/2013 10:09PM

    OH MY GOD !!!! I LOVED YOUR BLOG. emoticon

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-SHOREIDO- 1/13/2013 9:38PM

    Great stuff!! Thank You!!! emoticon

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TINJEN 1/13/2013 9:37PM

    This was so right on thank you for writing it. And I am glad to know I'm not the only one who feels the same way about "free veggies". emoticon

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HBURN7 1/13/2013 9:23PM

  Getting through a carb flu right now.... thank you for the term. Great blog!! emoticon

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 1/13/2013 9:19PM

    Great blog! You are so right! Congrats to you, for this blog and all of your successes so far!

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LDAVENPOR4 1/13/2013 7:39PM

    emoticon That was the talk I needed to hear! I intend to refer to it when I think things are getting lost and unforcused.

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FAT2GAINHEALTH 1/13/2013 7:35PM

    you are so very right!!!! It is time I take to heart that I am in control of my body. I can choose health and I will succeed in the end! emoticon emoticon

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REENIE131 1/13/2013 7:25PM

    Great blog...thanks!

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BOXER-MOM 1/13/2013 7:09PM

    I remember when I started my Journey and started to track my food...1500 calories went way too fast and I was never full! :( YOU are completely right about "Learning" about food and what foods work for you.....After a while of learning about foods, new foods, calories, fat, carbs etc I now find that 1550 calories in my bank to spend every day makes me a rich person! :) ....I usually have 3 meals that all together equal 1000-1100 and that leaves me LOADS of Calories for Snacks! I never feel hungry and sometimes I just don't eat a couple snacked I have "budgeted" for and tracked because I am too full already! :) It does get easier with time...and humans are habit forming so one just needs time to kick bad habits and time to form good ones!!! What you wrote is completely true although starting out it is hard to see it .....in time one will...just give yourself some time people...your worth it!

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WENDYJM4 1/13/2013 6:48PM

    great blog

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YA_YAYA 1/13/2013 6:31PM

    Awesome blog and some great common sense points. Thank you.

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LANDWALKER 1/13/2013 6:21PM

    that was AWESOME!

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TUBLADY 1/13/2013 5:58PM

    You said it loud and clear. It's kind of like tough love.
You voiced a lot of what I have been saying for some time and it's nice to hear it from someone else
Be strong, stay positive.
If a person really wants to change , wants health and fitness over the moments of eating foods, then they will make the change, come hell or high water. I believe some have to hit absolute rock bottom before they are able to change. That was mine situation. But change I did, from 335 to 135 in 18 months. And enjoying maintenance for 18 months. Hard?? YES!! Worth it? YES, YES, YES.!!!
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DEBBYFROMMT 1/13/2013 5:52PM

    I love the analogy between calories and money. You have to budget your calories just like your money. Very good! I have to do better at tracking!

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SUSIEMT 1/13/2013 5:48PM

    Thanks! I needed that!

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LOGOULD 1/13/2013 5:44PM

    emoticon Just the kick it the pants that I needed! Not that it's anything that I've not heard during my three years of Sparking, but you put it SO WELL. Gonna save this one, maybe personalize it and read it to myself everyday for a while until I'm moving full speed ahead!

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AJB121299 1/13/2013 5:43PM

    Nice blog

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PARKERB2 1/13/2013 5:10PM

    What a great blog! Thanks for sharing and giving us a pep talk that was serious and informative.

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    emoticon LOVE this blog!! Thanks for posting.

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    emoticon I love this blog. emoticon This is going on my desktop to refer to as often as needed...everyday. Thanks again.

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