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Day 2, 5% challenge

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Well, without the challenge, I don't think I would have moved myself to exercise two days in a row. Even when I was working out regularly, I usually took one weekend day off. Normally I don't like running two days in a row, but it's too cold still to bike, and so I did a run/jog to take it a bit easier on my joints and still get in a good workout.

Hub and I went to the bike path with our dog, Kimber. She did great! We let her out on her lead because there were so few people on the path. But I wanted to see how she'd do with a short lead, so I locked it at about 3 feet. She stayed right with me as I jogged along. I corrected her when she crossed left and she figured it out pretty fast. I actually think I could take her out when it is busier on the path.

I thought she'd get tired, but she didn't. We did about 4 miles total, and I'll tell you one thing. She likes a STEADY PACE! No "doggin' it" for this pup! Keeps me honest.

So, I've got a solid week in now of being good. On Feb. 16 I weighed 199.2 and today I weighed 195.8. Yay. Wish I could keep that up. It'll drop off, of course, to 1-2 pounds a week, but it feels good. I was going to bed at night just disgusted with myself. I have to get to a point where eating what I want just isn't worth it. I love waking up knowing I worked hard the previous day, looking forward to getting on the scale. It just starts the day off positive.

It bothers me that I let myself get off track for 6 months. I know I can lose these next 40-some pounds again, plus 12 more to reach my goal. But then what? I know what healthy eating looks like. Why do I get so far off for so long? I still don't know the answer to the big question: maintenance. But that's a worry for later. One day at a time.
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    Interesting blog, and it sounds like our journeys are fairly similar. I am in the process of re-losing the 28 pounds I had regained when I got about 15 pounds from goal. I have been wondering why I allowed myself to reverse course when my goal was almost within reach. I can't allow myself to do that again this time. Anyway, thanks for a great blog and looking forward to this 5% challenge with the firecrackers! emoticon emoticon
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    Comment edited on: 2/25/2013 5:08:54 PM
    Glad that Kimberly has become your motivation.
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    1825 days ago
    Do you know TINAJANE76? She's one of the leaders of the Maintenance team, and her blogs have talked a lot about how she yo-yoed for years because she never knew how to make maintenance work, and then how she changed things around this time and has been able to maintain for a year this time. She has a lot of really good insights. I highly recommend reading her stuff if you haven't already. I'm sure you'll be ready to start worring about maintenance again in no time!
    1825 days ago
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    "I know what healthy eating looks like. Why do I get so far off for so long?"

    If someone ever figures out the answer to that question... they'll be rich! emoticon

    I've been having the same problem for a couple months but especially since I went on vacation a couple of weeks ago... vacation gets me every time.

    Just today my husband came home from a long, exhausting day (for him, not me) and said "so, what do you want to do for dinner?" I said "I want to save money and eat healthy..." to which he replied "so, no Donato's pizza?" And... we ended up with Donato's pizza and now I feel gross. And I'm annoyed with myself - ugh! If it was just this once, I'd be fine but this happens all too often.

    I know I should have planned better and I had plenty of time to do so...

    But I'm going to get back on the wagon starting right now. I'm going to become a regular here on SP again, plan & track my food, and my workouts. I can do it and I know you can too! You were my biggest SP inspiration during this time last year - I remember how you were motivated (in part) by your daughter's wedding. Do you have any specific events this year that might help?
    1825 days ago
    Keep up the great work!
    1826 days ago
    What a fun day.
    1826 days ago
    Dogs are good for the body and the soul. Glad you have a partner with you.

    You've done this once before. I'm betting the learning curve is much faster this time around. You already know everything you need to do as well as what works for you. It's a matter of putting it into action...which you're doing beautifully. Keep it up.
    1826 days ago
    Me too for me maintenance is a long way off, but my issue is to change my mindset and know that I can do it, Imagine what I will feel like, look like, what I will be able to do differently. I have a very very hard time with it and then will start worrying about " if you always do what you always did... and how will I do this etc.
    Glad I went to the naturopath and what she is getting me to do, cos then I know better ( even though I pretty well knew all she said) and I have to be accountable, hoping that after a bit it will be a I want to be accountable for ME too.
    Glad the challenge has gotten you moving! and your puppy did better than Alile would! She can be quick but loves to sniff and pick up everything so she has done well with PUT IT DOWN lol
    1826 days ago
    It's fantastic that your doggie is keeping the pace! Having her along must add a fun element to your exercise!! Keep up the good work.
    1826 days ago
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