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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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AMANDACOETZER 4/24/2013 6:23AM

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WENDYANNE61 4/24/2013 6:14AM

    Hi Pixie,
thank you for the beautiful blog - so uplifting and positive! Come on, girl - I canīt wait to meet you at the goal posts! emoticon

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JSEATTLE 4/24/2013 3:03AM

  I always enjoy your posts and the graphics you find are just awesome. Thank you so much!

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RAKRHYME 4/24/2013 2:13AM

    hey i liked the streak.. doing something to stay healthy everyday!! great.......congrats.people like you are inspiration to a lot of us...

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You continue to inspire people & do a great job at it!! We all fall off the wagon at times but it is the getting back on that is our challenge. I love the picture of counter pushups. It shows that we don't have to go out and run a race to get exercise!

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ZSTANLEY 4/23/2013 11:25PM

    Wow I'm so inspired!! I'm doing it also, I'm in my 50s and have lost 28ibs I have more to go but I feel so healthy and I won't stop!!!! emoticon emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 4/23/2013 10:22PM

    I love your journey and your accomplishments and your strategies. Changes in thinking during the journey are interesting because they are sometimes unexpected (well, to me anyway!)

Karen

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CICELY360 4/23/2013 10:19PM

  good blog

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I HOPE THE REST OF THE WEEK IS GREAT FOR YOU. emoticon emoticon

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  emoticon blog & pics! Thx for sharing!

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  I have learned to live by the idea of progress, not perfection, so congrats on your streak and positive attitude!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Congrats on the new streatk!

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GEORGE815 4/23/2013 6:57PM

    Congrats on 12 in a row!!

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SUSIEMT 4/23/2013 6:42PM

    Pixie I'm with you! I regret waiting so very long before I started my healthy lifestyle changes! However, I have learned so much I will never regret joining sparkpeople.com. It was like a breath of fresh air coming in and clearing out the cobwebs. WooHoo for us! Very good blog!

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JERICHO1991 4/23/2013 6:26PM

    Yes!

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    WOW! Great blog. So motivating and so right on target! thanks for sharing. emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 4/23/2013 6:19PM

  very, very good blog!

I really anticipate hearing more success soon emoticon .

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SHANNONY84 4/23/2013 6:08PM

    Keep on keeping! mind over matter!

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    emoticon Great blog. Very inspiring

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DOCAHOLL 4/23/2013 4:15PM

    I LOVE your blogs! So motivational! It makes me excited to see where I will be a year from now!!! Thank you, and keep up the great work!!!

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MYJUNIEMOON 4/23/2013 3:48PM

    Yes - Yes - YES!!!!!

Agreed!

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CARLENLLOYD 4/23/2013 3:28PM

    Thank you for your encouragement. You are helping inspire me today!

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THOMS1 4/23/2013 3:21PM

    emoticon I can say the same about myself. My only regret is not doing this sooner. I'm 66 yrs old now and have been doing this for 4 years. Have a wonderful day. emoticon

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    You are truly inspiring - well done on getting to this point - and keep it up! emoticon

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FRAN0426 4/23/2013 2:55PM

    You kkep up the good work.

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BRENNA84 4/23/2013 2:37PM

    your pic of the girl with the weights is soooo cute hehe

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MOMOSG 4/23/2013 2:24PM

    You are going a fantastic job. I really appreciate your attitude. Keep it up!

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KHALIA2 4/23/2013 1:53PM

  A beautiful blog and so inspiring!

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