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One Year Later!

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Sunday, March 03, 2013



Today is day 12 of my current streak!

March first was a special day to me...it was the one year anniversary of when I started stealing my life back!

It was on March 1, 2012, that I started my first streak, which consisted of just making each day as healthy as I possibly could. I was at my highest weight, 286 lbs...and I was as far away from healthy as I'd ever been in my entire life. I was actually scared of dying, because even the slightest effort (such as just walking to the bathroom) would get me breathing hard and have my heart racing. I hurt all over, and even laying in bed was uncomfortable because of my bloated stomach. And I was so ashamed of how I looked. Unless I had to go somewhere, I wouldn't even bother to get dressed most days. I'd just stay in my nightgown, because even my stretch pants had gotten too tight on my belly.



When I finally decided that I needed to make a change, I was pretty scared. I didn't know if I could really do it, but I knew I had to TRY. And I knew I had to focus on health, and not weight. So to get my streak started, I went to the grocery store, and stocked up on lots of healthy foods. I was very, VERY tempted by all the junk food at the store, and I almost gave in and bought some as "one last treat" for myself before starting my new lifestyle. But I reminded myself that if I gave in, I would probably just keep on going down that path, and my plans for a new start would be forgotten until that mythical "tomorrow" that never seems to come. So I resisted all those temptations, and as I drove home with a trunk full of healthy food, I was so proud of myself!



Now that I had the food aspect of my new lifestyle taken care of, I knew that I had to get the workout part of it in line, too. I have a workout for Wii, called My Fitness Coach, and thats what I started with. In the beginning, I honestly could barely get through a 15 minute workout! There would be parts of the workout that were just too intense for me. In the past, I would have just given up when it got too hard. But this time, I didn't quit. If a part of the workout was too difficult, I would modify the move. Sometimes all I could manage to do was just march in place! But I never stopped. And in just a few weeks, I realized that I was making progress! I was able to do more and more...more intensity, more time and more reps! Soon I worked up to TWO 15 minute workouts a day, and sometimes even three a day!



By May, I was able to do two 30 minute workouts a day with My Fitness Coach, and although I enjoyed the workout, I knew I was ready for something else. I discovered DDP Yoga, and started doing that at the end of May. Now I had two great workouts to do each day...a morning session with My Fitness Coach, and an evening session of DDP Yoga.



The yoga workout was pretty hard for me at first...I would be so out of breath and sweaty...my whole body would shake...and there were some moves that I just couldn't do because there was so much extra weight in the way. (Some poses are hard when you have a big belly, I won't lie.) But again, I modified the moves and just did what I could. I kept pushing myself, and the weight kept coming off and I kept getting stronger. I loved seeing and feeling the progress. I loved working out!



I stayed off the scale that whole time, and focused on non-scale victories instead. There were so many along the way, and each one motivated me to keep working. Some of the best NSV's I had were the day my hubby was able to put his arms all the way around me, and the day when my wedding rings fit again. There were lots of other ones too...being able to take a bubble bath without my sides touching the side of the bathtub, going down in clothing sizes, etc. A really huge NSV was the day I was on the floor doing sit ups, and I was able to get up again without having to hoist myself up by hanging onto the furniture!



I was so happy and so proud of myself, that when I finally DID get on the scale in September, the fact that I'd lost 71 lbs was actually rather anti-climactic. Oh don't get me wrong, I was thrilled by that number, and quite proud of myself. But it really was just a number to me. After all, no one looks at me and sees a big "71 lbs lost" sign on my forehead...but when they look at me they DO see that I am smaller and fitter!



I haven't gotten on the scale since September, and I don't feel like I've lost any more weight since then, but I'm really okay with that. I've made so much progress in other ways! I am firmer, stronger and healthier. I have a love of exercise and I love trying new things! For a while, I was doing cardio kickboxing workouts in addition to my DDP Yoga (which I still love just as much as I did back in May when I first started doing it.) After I got bored with the cardio kickboxing, I moved on to Wii Zumba. That one wasn't a good fit for me. I tried to like it, and I started to get halfway good at it, but I just never really enjoyed it, so I gave it up. Recently, I've started doing a beginners kettlebell workout, and I really am loving that one! I can tell that this is a type of workout I'll be wanting to do for a long time!



If you are where I was last March...unhealthy, unhappy but ready to make a change, then I encourage you to get started today! Find a workout that you enjoy, and then do it! Even if you can only last 15 minutes...or less...get started! Start where you are, and keep going until you get better. Because if you stick with it, you WILL get better! You have the power to amaze yourself.







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CATNCAG 11/2/2013 9:48AM

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SUPERSYLPH 7/27/2013 11:23AM

    Congrats on your anniversary!

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MAD_WRITER_TAL 6/13/2013 9:26AM

    I love reading this stuff, puts a smile on my face in the morning. Hope you're doing even better and having oodles of fun still. be well.

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WHITEANGEL4 5/27/2013 9:20PM

    Keep it up you are doing great

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WATCHINW8 4/22/2013 10:09PM

    Thanks for the blog, I need to stay off the scales. emoticon

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ELAINE725 4/15/2013 1:47PM

    Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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MARIONJEANA 3/18/2013 5:50PM

    Very inspiring! emoticon

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ISABELLE31 3/18/2013 3:36PM

    Great post. Thanks for sharing! Love the yoga bunnies as your wallpaper! :)

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SISSYB3 3/15/2013 9:52AM

    You are such a great inspiration! Thanks so much for that! emoticon

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NEWSLKELL 3/13/2013 9:14AM

    Great Story! Thanks for the inspiration!

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223DAISY 3/10/2013 1:08PM

    Love the first quote....("Which hard...") It's so true!

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ZENRYAKU 3/10/2013 5:38AM

    Good on you, Pixie. Thanks for sharing the down and ups. And happy anniversary emoticon

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BARBARAJ73 3/9/2013 4:46PM

    emoticon Congratulations!! emoticon your yoga bunny!

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SEWISTLADY 3/8/2013 7:34PM

    Pixie you are a huge inspiration to me. CONGRATULATIONS! Thank you for the motivation. emoticon emoticon

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PENOWOK 3/8/2013 6:41AM

    good job!

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SWTLDY 3/8/2013 2:29AM

    Wonderful blog...Very encouraging. Thanks for sharing.

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MARY0825 3/7/2013 11:45PM

    As always, thanks so much for sharing!

I noticed you mentioned DDP Yoga. I just got my DVDs and tried the Diamond Dozen for the first time. I feel kind of pitiful since I can't do some of the moves but I really like it so far. It's the first yoga I have tried that I could even "kind of" do and I feel like I can eventually do it. Do you have any tips for me?

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JERICHO1991 3/7/2013 9:52PM

    Happy anniversary. Thanks for the encouragement.

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ELZENAD1 3/7/2013 9:41PM

    I loved this post!!!!! I was stopping by to say hello and came across your blog. Alot of what you were going through is what I am overcoming right now. Three day streak for indoor walking program and I feel awesome. Keep the good new coming. Blessings to you always.

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CHARTHESTAR 3/7/2013 6:58PM

    Way to go! I always love your posts.- So positive.

You do DDYoga- where do you get your program from?

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SATURNGAL726 3/7/2013 3:12PM

    Wow! This gives me so much hope. I have 85 pounds to lose. You are very inspiring!!!!! I hope I am you one year from today. Thank you!!! emoticon

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BRENDAF761 3/7/2013 1:31PM

    emoticon Enjoyed reading your blog! Best wishes for continued success! emoticon

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GRIZ1GIRL 3/7/2013 10:40AM

    Nothing succeeds like success! Way to go!

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AJSTETZER 3/7/2013 9:31AM

  Thank you for sharing your amazing year with us.
Congratulations to all your successes.
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CC3833 3/7/2013 9:22AM

    This was an amazing blog. And one that I really needed! I wrote a blog yesterday about how my approach to exercise is going to be different this time. I am just going to start with 20 pushups a day and work up to a little more week after week. I hope to become like you one day looking forward to my workouts. I hope that I will get 30 minutes during the week and 90 minutes on the weekends. You are such an inspiration to me. As I was reading this blog I could imagine the struggle you went through and how I don't have far to go and you got there in one year. Congrats and keep pushing!!!

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Love your positive attitude!

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RAJANIEMI 3/7/2013 8:36AM

    Pixi,
Amazing...keep going girl...keep working toward YOUNGER NEXT YEAR! emoticon

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TFUNKSGIRL 3/7/2013 8:29AM

    You are amazing, keep up the good work! emoticon

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GGCHET 3/7/2013 8:21AM

    Good for you but...remember there are some of us who Can't Work Out.
Very frustrating but it is what it is. COPD with awful wracking coughing...
the more movement the more coughing!!! Even fast walking.
It is difficult but...don't want to give up cause I can't exercise:)
I am trying to Spark in every other way:)
Keep on Keeping On!!!

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KTISFOCUSED 3/7/2013 7:55AM

    Pixie,
You are amazing! Not only are you a success for yourself but you always encourage me so much so thank you!!! emoticon

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CHERYLHURT 3/7/2013 7:45AM

  Well done!

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MLIPPERT1 3/7/2013 7:35AM

  You go girl. My story is similar. But now I smile cause I feel good.

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KUTEY5041 3/7/2013 12:15AM

    Great blog. Best one I have read ever

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CTMOM2KIDS 3/6/2013 7:50PM

    Congratulations, Pixie! What you have achieved is truly amazing! Keep up the great work!

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FRECKALYMC 3/6/2013 6:26PM

    one word: WOW!!

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  Congrats!

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KATHRYN74 3/6/2013 2:30PM

    You really are something special.Thank you for your post!
You make a difference by sharing your success in a way that we all believe that we too can accomplish our goals!
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