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And so it begins...

Friday, March 01, 2013

Day one of my new challenge. I cannot tell you how many times I have sat down at the computer, motivated and ready to make the most out of a new month only to fail because I did not remain consistent with my goals. I think part of success is recognizing where you have failed in the past, facing it head on and then moving forward knowing where you can improve.

I need to set aside time each day to log my foods and record my daily results. For me it is key. It may be different for others but for me, logging my daily intake and fitness is what helped me get to where I am today. Speaking of where I am today, I had a hard dose of reality this morning when I stepped on the scale and took my measurements. I am about 4 inches up over all and my weight, well it has increased so much I feel almost embarrassed to say, but I need to in order to move on. I have gained 14.8 lbs since my all time low in 2011 and I have gained 8.6 lbs since July when I was at my leanest. I was heavier at this time but I was strength training and leaner than before, it is my goal to get back to where I was in July by my 36th birthday in May.

I am hoping to lose 8 lbs this month and try as hard as I can to lose another 2 or 3 lbs the month of April....but let's get through March first. 8 lbs in a month is huge for me so this will be an enormous challenge...but not impossible!

As I said yesterday, there is no need to sit and feel sorry for myself. I just need to work hard to do something about it. If April 1st arrives and I have not given my 100%, then I have no one to blame but myself. If April 1st comes and I did my best, I worked hard and left nothing back but I did not reach my weight loss goals, then I can rest in knowing I did all that I could and I will be proud.

Now, blogging does not make the weight come off, it takes ACTION so here is my plan for this next week, then I will leave you, get off of the computer, and head out to enjoy this glorious day with my baby girl and savor this precious time!

I am just now getting well after being sick for a week so if my workouts look short this next week, it is because I am recovering.....

Schedule for 3/1 - 3/8....

Friday 3/1 -
Goal....just MOVE! Head out to walk the trails with my girl. For my ST, my goal is to finish a simple, fast circuit workout just to get my body back to working out....still a bit sick so it will be so very light.

ST for today -
Push ups - 50 military reps
Pull ups - 10 reps unassisted in sets of as many as I can
KB two arm swings - 100 reps
Chops with sumo squat - 100 reps with MB

Nutrition for today -
Clean! Clean! Clean! Stay away from the bread, it does me NO good. Focus on lean proteins, greens and super good fats....avocado, coconut oil etc...

Saturday 3/2 -
Walk/Run 3 miles
Push ups - 50 reps
Pull ups - 10 reps

Sunday 3/3 -
Same as Saturday

Monday 3/4 -
ST workout at gym
Run intervals on tread as part of ST circuit

Tuesday 3/5 -
Rest, stretch and PT

Wednesday 3/6 -
Same as Monday

Thursday 3/7 -
Walk/Run 5 miles

Friday 3/8 -

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SHELBERNST 3/20/2013 2:02PM

    You can do this! I am where you are. I am up 16 lbs from my lowest. So now instead of the 12 lbs I wanted to lose now I have to lose 28. I went on vacation late January and got sick right before I left then came home and 2 weeks later went to Vegas for the weekend then out of town with friends for my marathon. I was so sick I didn't workout from January 21st to March 2nd. I was put on prednisone for my asthma and that combined with no workouts and pigging out on vacations has put me here. I have started over this past week. Tracking everything and working out every day. I am only doing 30 minutes a day because I am not fully recovered but slowly getting back into it. I really want to be at goal by June 1st. That means a little over 9 lbs a month. I can't doubt whether or not I can do it, I just have to do it. I have been trying to reach maintenance for so long now. We both can do it!!!

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BMCKEOW1 3/5/2013 12:48PM

    You've got this, you can do it. You've done it before so you know you can do it again. It just takes getting back on track. I wa out all last week with a cold to, it sucked but now it's time to get back at it.

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MBSHAZZER 3/4/2013 3:28PM

    Always a great idea to begin at the beginning, Jen! :D

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KIMBERLY19732 3/3/2013 4:57PM

    You have been an inspiration to me!

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RUNNERRACHEL 3/2/2013 7:41PM

    emoticon here's to your March challenge!!

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    Awesome plan! Even better?? Your body remembers how it likes to be treated! Hope you have a great rest of the weekend!

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SYNCHRODAD 3/2/2013 12:55AM

    You are in charge, a charging mama going for success. While you're on the month's journey, snap a nice current picture of you little walking partner and post it up. Give us a blessing of cute!

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ANGELA76H 3/1/2013 11:21PM

    You can do it!

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GOING-STRONG 3/1/2013 10:41PM

I'm so impressed that you can do unassisted pull-ups... maybe someday I will be able to but it seems a distant goal for me.

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NANCYPAT1 3/1/2013 7:40PM

    YOU CAN DO IT - Keep up with your plans.

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BILL60 3/1/2013 6:49PM

    Now you are seriously talking. Do it!!

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ANGGEL40 3/1/2013 5:10PM

  Great plan.. emoticon emoticon ..Have a great weekend!

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KATRINAKAT23 3/1/2013 4:03PM

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I am just starting The Plan. I hope to lose some weight, then start walking. Where I live it is still very icy out and don't want to fall and break something.


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ABONDGIRL 3/1/2013 3:06PM

    Sounds like a great plan. I'm there with you March will be a get in shape month. Summer's right around the corner. You Go Girl!!!! emoticon emoticon

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NGCHILD 3/1/2013 2:23PM

    You can do it!!


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MRSP90X 3/1/2013 2:12PM

    Great Plan!! I too am focusing daily what I need to do and blogging a weekly progress report which I hope will help. I am new to Sparkpeople for the interaction and encouragement as doing it alone was not working. You will do it!! Get moving!! emoticon

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SONGS415 3/1/2013 2:08PM

    You so got this! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEEHOLZ 3/1/2013 1:23PM

    Go Jen go!

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CRYSBROWN1 3/1/2013 12:47PM

    You can do it!

You are always so motivated so I know that once you put your goals out there, we'll see your taking action each and every day!

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    Looks like you will accomplish your challenge with a plan like yours.

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MANDELOVICH 3/1/2013 10:07AM

    Sounds like a great plan in terms of diet and exercise.

Just a thought about the weight loss - I'm in a very similar situation in that I've gained a lot and want to lose it all quickly. But I know that losing quickly often leads to gaining quickly and doesn't always work out the way I want. Maybe setting an intention to lose, but without a fixed number in your mind, might be more reasonable. If it is 8 pounds, great. But even if it's 4 that really stay off and you continue to lose next month, won't that be great too?

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GINGERHAWK 3/1/2013 9:46AM

  You have a great plan laid out and I like that you're taking it a week at a time instead of the full month up front - that's a mistake that I make all the time! You can do this!


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SDLEE514 3/1/2013 9:21AM

    "I need to work hard to do something about it" That's my mantra!!! you've got this in the bag emoticon

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GENEVIE5 3/1/2013 9:16AM

    Way to go girl! You go get 'em!

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MSKRIS7 3/1/2013 8:50AM

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BLUESKY_321 3/1/2013 8:21AM

    Our goals for March are almost identical - but you are so much better at articulating them! Planning is the way to go!

You've got this! WE'VE got this!!

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CRYSALLIS1 3/1/2013 8:13AM

    I stumbled back to your page again. I wish you the best with your March goals. Thanks for your honesty in your blog. You are an are living proof that you can really transform your body. Planning and support is all great. But it is action that turns the key.

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NUTRON3 3/1/2013 8:13AM

    Never give up

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 3/1/2013 8:09AM

    I'm in the same boat... our measurements & weight gain are almost exactly the same. I too am starting fresh today with goals & ambition. I am not nearly as mentally or physically as tough as you so I'm looking for 6 lbs gone in March.
Best wishes on your quest!!

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LAWANDMUSIC 3/1/2013 7:58AM

    Keep the faith. You can do it!!

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    every day is a new day!
Thank you for the motivation.

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A*L*P* 3/1/2013 7:53AM

    Facing reality is hard, but once you do it puts fresh perspective on things. I am right there with you and working toward some goals this month. Jumping in head first and am going to get this baby weight off for good!

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FITFOODIE806 3/1/2013 7:52AM

    You are going to have a fabulous march!

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OAKTREE10 3/1/2013 7:50AM

    great job! you have a great attitude! i need to remember this! the great thing is, you are doing what is healthy, but you are also spending time with your baby girl! that is EXTRA points in my book! too often i don't want to work out, since it takes away from "family time", but you just reminded me to do activities WITH my kids. my kids are older (13, and 17) but they LOVE the outdoors, i think a family hike is in order! thank you!

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CCBULLDOG 3/1/2013 7:44AM

    Today is also my restart. I think you have great goals...good luck on your weight loss journey.

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KRISKECK 3/1/2013 7:34AM

    Go for it! I too am coming back after regaining and also like you trying to learn from past experience (what a concept! ;) )



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ANGIE_MAC7 3/1/2013 7:08AM

    Excellent plan and goals! That's a great idea to plan out your exercise regime for the week. I sometimes get off work and think "I need to exercise, what should I do?" I might just follow your example next week!
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    Jen, the fact that you keep jumping back in shows that you will be a success :) Keep it up girl, You can do it...we can do it.

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KELLIEBEAN 3/1/2013 6:39AM

    Excellent plan! You are right, don't wallow in the weight gain, take action steps to move forward. You will do this!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/1/2013 6:37AM

    You can do it! March will be a "start over" for me as well. Stating our intentions is a powerful way to begin the month. I would say good luck but we don't need luck -- how about "Good Motivation to You!"

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GAELENEC 3/1/2013 6:27AM

    Jen, I have faith in you. It takes courage to admit exactly where you are, especially when it's not where you would like to be. That courage has helped you before, and it's going to help you now.

You are so right! Take the action, and the results will follow. Good luck!

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