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It Feels So Good to Be Healthy!

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Monday, April 22, 2013



Today is day 12 of my current streak!

A few people have asked me what my streak is about. Well, basically its just doing my best to make each day as healthy as possible. Its not about being perfect...its just about putting forth my best effort. Obviously, some days will be better than others, but as long as I'm doing the best that I can, then it counts as a successful day on my streak!

My first streak started on March 1, 2012 and lasted a LONG time....290 days! I'm really proud of that streak, but what I'm most proud of is that although I've fallen off the wagon a few times and had to start new streaks, I've never given up. I'm proud of myself for just starting over when I need to.

Do you know how GOOD it feels to get healthy? When I first started streaking, I was just about as far from healthy as I possibly could be. I weighed 286 lbs and I lived on junk food...lots and lots of junk food! And I was almost completely sedentary. I hurt all over, and had no energy. I'd felt that way for so long, it actually seemed normal to me. I'd forgotten how it felt to be healthy!



But once I started streaking last year, things changed. I began to eat healthy, real food. I cut down on processed food as much as possible, eliminated JUNK food from my diet, and started eating lots of freggies. I started exercising, and although at first I could barely do a 15 minute workout, I pushed myself to do it anyway. I posted motivational quotes on the refrigerator, on the bathroom mirror and in the living room (where I worked out.) Those quotes said things like "Train insane or remain the same"...."It hurts now but someday this will be your warm up" and "If you quit now you will regret it forever."



At first, I was in pure misery! I won't lie about that. It was so difficult to stay on track! My body craved junk food and lots of it. And so many times, I was tempted to just skip my workouts. I can't tell you how many times I had to talk myself into staying on track. That inner voice in my head would say "Go on...have some candy. You can start over again tomorrow." Or "Its okay to skip your workout today, you can do double tomorrow."

But I fought back. Everytime that voice in my head spoke to me, I would say out loud "NO...I am going to stay on track NOW." I would say "NO...I don't want to eat that junk." I would say "NO...I am not going to skip my workout." I don't know if this would work for everyone, but it worked for me. Speaking out loud made my positive voice a lot stronger and louder than the negative voice in my head.



And as the weeks went by, I got stronger and more determined. I craved junk food less and less, and I actually started looking forward to my workouts. Oh, there are still times when I have to talk myself into exercising. For some reason, just getting started is always the hardest part, because I'm a real procrastinator. But once I do get started, I love every sweaty, heart pounding, hard breathing moment of it! I love knowing that I am getting stronger. I love seeing how much I am capable of!



Most of all, I love how GOOD it feels to be healthy. I can do yard work and walk up and down stairs without feeling like I'm going to keel over. I have energy and stamina for days! I am strong, flexible and super positive. No, my life is not perfect...and yes, although I've lost 71 lbs, I'm still far from my goal weight. There is still plenty of room for improvement. But when I look back to where I was a year ago, it still amazes me how far I've come. I'm a totally different person now! I could barely do step touches and crunches a year ago. Now I do yoga, kettlebell, and more. I can do things that I once would have never imagined myself doing.




My only regret is that I waited until I was in my 50's to get started. But I'm not going to waste too much time with regret. I can't change the past, but I can definitely change the future. I'm making my life and health better, one day and one step at a time.




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MARYGOLD5 4/25/2013 10:39AM

    emoticon Thank you for a very inspirational blog. I have been on a plateau so long, maybe I need to start talking out loud to myself . I had never thought about that, but it just might work for me too. Always love your blogs. Congratulations on your success.

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SHOAPIE 4/25/2013 10:35AM

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SMILLS9 4/25/2013 10:33AM

    emoticon - I am in my Fifty's too and tell myself' "Better late then never"

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IDICEM 4/25/2013 10:18AM

  Great motivation! Thanks. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARILYNROBERT 4/25/2013 9:12AM

    Thanks for being part of my motivation team! emoticon

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 4/25/2013 9:10AM

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MISSBOOBOOKITTY 4/25/2013 8:30AM

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BABYSTEPS123 4/25/2013 8:23AM

    Amazing! You rock!

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WALLPER26 4/25/2013 8:14AM

    emoticon Keep on keeping on!

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CHERYLHURT 4/25/2013 8:13AM

  Great blog!

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MILLEDGE2 4/25/2013 7:48AM

    As always, emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 4/25/2013 7:41AM

    Great blog!

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LEANMEAN2 4/25/2013 7:25AM

    Thanks for sharing

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CARBHEADKM 4/25/2013 7:16AM

    wow!!!!! you may not feel perfect but You Have The Perfect ATTITUDE. WOOHOO# emoticon emoticon !!!!!

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AMARILYNH 4/25/2013 7:13AM

    No regrets!! You are living your journey in GOD'S time - and His time is always the right time!! You inspire me every day to be my best, and I know I'm one of many!! emoticon

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PYNETREE 4/25/2013 7:04AM

    Great Attitude! And Good Advice! emoticon Thanks for Sharing!!

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THEIS58 4/25/2013 7:00AM

    Way to go!

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BANNERMAN 4/25/2013 2:07AM

  Thanks for the positive encouragement

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MISSCUS 4/25/2013 1:05AM

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MSFROGGIE 4/24/2013 11:07PM

    Keep up the GREAT work!!

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SCRAPBECCA 4/24/2013 10:54PM

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OTA_2012 4/24/2013 10:33PM

    Thanks so much for sharing! I've been doing so good but have had a slump the last two weeks so this is great. And yes it feels awesome to become healthy and fit!

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KATRINAKRAUT 4/24/2013 10:29PM

    yup. Yup. Yup. You got it. Way to go!

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CHIRPGIRL 4/24/2013 9:39PM

    Great post, Pixie. I love the idea of yelling at myself -- I think I'll give it a try! emoticon

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WOMANWITHGRIT 4/24/2013 9:01PM

    Thanks for this post. Terrific blog!

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AJB121299 4/24/2013 8:33PM

    great job

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IAMTOLOSE 4/24/2013 7:47PM

    Another great post! Thank you.

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NEWDAYTODAY111 4/24/2013 7:31PM

    Thank you for your inspirational words!

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AMBERZADE67 4/24/2013 6:34PM

    Great blog!! I like the streaks idea. emoticon

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JEFFC1985 4/24/2013 6:30PM

  That post was very inspirational to me. I'm just started to try to lose weight and get healthy and reading things like that really do help.

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GETTINGINNYFIT 4/24/2013 4:50PM

    You ROCK! Thank you so much for this post! I am in my fifties also and trying to make myself start again, after losing 35 pounds a year ago and gaining back 20. It is so hard to get going, but you are so right, IT FEELS GREAT to be healthy and strong. I feel motivated just reading this today! thanks. emoticon

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WORKNPROGRESS49 4/24/2013 4:47PM

    Enjoy reading your posts!!!! emoticon emoticon

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JLLOVETT 4/24/2013 3:43PM

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ETERNAL_FLAME 4/24/2013 2:04PM

    Congrats on your progress so far - I love reading such inspirational stories! I'm just at the start of my journey & I hope I can remain as positive as you are. Best of luck with the rest of your journey :) E_F x

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SUNFLOWERVAL 4/24/2013 1:47PM

    THANK YOU FOR THE INSPIRATION TODAY :0)
i WILL ALSO TRY TO START SAYING NO OUTLOUD TO THE vOICES IN MY HEAD!

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1STARVINGARTIST 4/24/2013 12:46PM

    Thank you for the inspiration--your blog is awesome! Keep going, you are doing it, and helping others along the way!
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MBEHNKEN 4/24/2013 12:07PM

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CAROLLEE57 4/24/2013 11:54AM

    Thank you for sharing, I love your blog!!!

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TFMNOW 4/24/2013 11:18AM

    I like the streak idea. Think I will try it! emoticon

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KAB7801 4/24/2013 11:08AM

    Thanks for the inspiration

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SARANOW 4/24/2013 10:41AM

    Awesome!

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BUFFYSMOM2 4/24/2013 10:07AM

    Pixie:
This was so inspirational. Thanks for sharing your tips with us. emoticon

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 4/24/2013 9:25AM

    Pixie, you are awesome!!!
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CHESAKAT41 4/24/2013 9:06AM

    You are a total inspiration not only to me, but to everyone who reads. Thank you for being there for us all...
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VUKELK 4/24/2013 8:52AM

    You are an inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

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AME4IT 4/24/2013 8:13AM

    you're doing a great job. emoticon

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CFMOSS 4/24/2013 7:09AM

    Good new streak - good healthy living.

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BRASKIN 4/24/2013 7:06AM

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STHOMAS1009 4/24/2013 7:00AM

    Hi Pixie ... thanks for the push. I am where you were. I need to start my own streak.

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