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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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MANDELOVICH 4/22/2013 6:56PM

    Lovely Pixie. And you are so right - the best part of your streaks is that you keep going, never giving up. I love it!

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CHANGING-TURTLE 4/22/2013 6:48PM

    You ROCK!!!!!!!!
I have to tell myself to get up and work out and eat right but feel so much better when I do it. I have exercised for over 200 days in a roll and today is day one on eating right one small step at a time emoticon emoticon

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SUNSHINEGB 4/22/2013 6:33PM

    It's great that you share your journey with us Pixie and you 'tell it like it is', no sugar coating, just honesty!
You're a great inspiration to many!
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MSGRANNYMAE 4/22/2013 6:16PM

    You are a inspiration to all of us. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 4/22/2013 5:57PM

    Great blog! Nothing tastes as good as feeling healthy feels!

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SLIMLEAF 4/22/2013 5:29PM

    You are a STAR, Pixie!

I love your inspirational quotes and pictures.

I really admire your determination and perseverence. You certainly deserve to succeed!

I am trying to follow your example.

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PHOENIX1949 4/22/2013 5:12PM

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CAMETHYSTE 4/22/2013 5:04PM

    This is an awesome blog post... thanks for making it! I'm bookmarking it so I'll be able to refer to it often! emoticon

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SISSIE21 4/22/2013 4:35PM

    Love this post! You are such an inspiration to me and many people. I can so relate to your story, it sounds like mine. And I have decided never to regret the time wasted, the years I didn't do it. Because there are people who die before they ever are able to make the changes and I was so afraid that would happen to me.
And only someone who has been there understands the true despair of knowing you are overweight and unhealthy but you can't seem to gather the power to make the change. It is a very lonely place to be...
And then one day, you do! You make the change. And each 10 minutes of exercise and every cheeseburger, donut or whatever food that you turn down and replace with healthy food brings you closer to the person you knew you could be inside. And man, the world just changes in so many ways..
Thank you for sharing your story Pixie, it touches me deeply. emoticon emoticon

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_BABE_ 4/22/2013 3:36PM

    We both are getting better every day! emoticon

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STAREYES723 4/22/2013 3:17PM

    Nice blog and very inspirational. Thank you.

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KITT52 4/22/2013 3:05PM

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YAFENELRA 4/22/2013 2:59PM

    You are an inspiration for sure!!

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TERMITEMOM 4/22/2013 2:53PM

    Great posters Pixie! emoticon

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BLUEROSE73 4/22/2013 2:38PM

    Thank you for the reminder. You are such an inspiration Pixie. I'm so glad you found your path to wellness.

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KATHYJO56 4/22/2013 2:22PM

    Pixie, There is so much more to a healthy lifestyle than reaching a goal weight. You have done awesome and being healthy physicaly, also makes you healthy mentally. emoticon

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 4/22/2013 2:21PM

    You're doing awesome, Pixie! Love all the quotes and graphics.

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WORKNPROGRESS49 4/22/2013 2:20PM

    You are an inspiration!!! I enjoy/love reading your blogs. You continue to inspire/motivate!!
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KARENCRANER 4/22/2013 2:14PM

    Amen, Sparksister!

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SEWISTLADY 4/22/2013 2:12PM

    Thank you again. In one of your blogs you stated something like if you don't feel like exercising do it anyway. It's not something to be negotiated. I've been thinking about that every day and just get up and do it. Thank you again for your inspiration and motivation.
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GINGER_BEAR 4/22/2013 2:12PM

    Thanks for sharing. You inspire!!

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LEWILL1982 4/22/2013 1:58PM

    I wonder if I should streak....I feel like I do great 5 1/2 to 6 days a week and then I blow it up on the weekends typically (never planned) and then spend Sunday mad at myself and Monday and Tuesday doing damage control. I wonder if that would help me find consistency in my weekends so that I dont spend the beginning of each week trying to find balance. Love your blogs and hearing about your streaks, I'm going to try talking to myself out loud!

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DANIE0677 4/22/2013 1:50PM

    I love working out and seldom crave sweets, but yet there are those rare days that just getting started on my workout are kinda a struggle. Like today, I am off work and not able to go to the gym so I have to make myself get up and do it at home. It is nearly 1pm and well I have not done it yet!. I needed this blog for the procrastination issue I have too.

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 4/22/2013 1:48PM

    I enjoyed the positivity and encouragement in your blog, as well as reading all the wonderful comments you've received. I've applied some of your advice to my own journey today. Thank you for taking the time to put such encouragement into words and adding motivational pictures. You add to this SP community in the best way!

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HEALTHY4ME 4/22/2013 1:48PM

    AWESOME and going to Like this one for sure. I had to "steal" your happy poster. So true and so glad that I am learning that too. Granted massage and phsyio is helping with less pain but oh yea healthy is happy!
HUGS

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JEANNETTE59 4/22/2013 1:40PM

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KJELLYBEAN15 4/22/2013 1:34PM

    Two thumbs up Pixie. emoticon emoticon

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FELINEBETTER 4/22/2013 1:33PM

    You're not only beautiful and successful -- you have a fantastic attitude to go with it!

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BARBARAROSE54 4/22/2013 1:25PM

    emoticon for the encouragement

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MARILYNROBERT 4/22/2013 1:12PM

    emoticon Thank you Pixie!

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KTISFOCUSED 4/22/2013 1:11PM

    I love what you're doing. I'm leaning toward the same concept myself. I HATE the scales or should I say the scale hates me. So I've stopped weighing and now I'm trying to do the right things each day. You are so inspiring. If you can do it, so can I. Did you read happywalkers latest blogs? She's doing the same thing.

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KRISSYDUNN 4/22/2013 1:04PM

    You are an amazing inspiration! This is why I read everything you post. emoticon

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BAMAJAM 4/22/2013 1:00PM

  There is so much value to your blog, Pixie!
How true that our bad habits can imprison us; so ver true indeed!
Thank you for your marvelous inspiration here-- and HUGS are sent to you!

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SUGAR0814 4/22/2013 12:58PM

    Your blog is exactly what I needed today! Thanks for sharing Pixie! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALIDOSHA 4/22/2013 12:58PM

    emoticon emoticon your shared experience is a great motivation for me and very timely too. emoticon emoticon

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CHERYL_ANNE 4/22/2013 12:50PM

    Well said, Pixie!


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MSROZZIE 4/22/2013 12:49PM

    emoticon blog. You are an inspiration and really give encouragement to us all. Stay focused on your goals and you will have continued success on your fitness and weight management journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 4/22/2013 12:30PM

  Thank you for this. I am reevaluating what a daily success is. I had a good week last week, but ate out over the weekend, and was less successful. But I was active and happy, and need to consider that fact successful, too.

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FORMYDARLINGS 4/22/2013 12:30PM

   

Oh Pixie. You are a shining beacon for me today. I am at a point where I cannot move very much. I can only walk for 10-15 minutes then I need to sit down. I talked with my doctor and he has prescribed a walker but I have been going back and forth about it. I want to do this myself. There is no real medical reason for me to have a walker. I am afraid if I get one it will enable me to not lose this weight and not work on strengthening myself.
Your blog told me today just what I needed to hear. It is HARD, it HURTS and I won't be able to get far or do much at first BUT, if I keep doing some exercise , every day or so and going for those 15 minute walks, around the buildings here so I am near home to sit down, I can do this.
I actually have tears in my eyes recognizing belief in myself, knowing that someone else, who was as big as me, just went out and did the work. I have a new sense of power in me. Thank you, Thank you for taking the time to share yourself and your journey with us. You have made a huge difference for me.


Love Gini

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FITMOMINNJ 4/22/2013 12:28PM

    Pixie, you are amazing. No matter if you stumble or not, you have a way of seeing the positive in everything:) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BOOKWORM27S 4/22/2013 12:26PM

    Good luck in your weight loss journey!

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--VICKI-- 4/22/2013 12:26PM

  I really wish I had your strength. I'm getting better but have a long way to go. emoticon emoticon

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FUNLOVEN 4/22/2013 12:26PM

    SP is full of inspirational and motivating blogs this week. Right when I need it. Thanks Pixie for being so inspiring, motivating, and for being my Spark Friend emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 4/22/2013 12:20PM

    You're doing great! And your attitude is right on, progress not perfection. Keep making those good decisions so you can look and feel way better!

Karen

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SUSANELAINE1956 4/22/2013 12:17PM

    What an uplifting blog! As soon as I finish Sparking, I'm going to get moving. emoticon

You have been such a success and an encouragement. emoticon

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