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The Safety of The Comfort Zone

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013




Well, today is day one of my current streak! Yes, I had to start over...again. But I am not upset about that at all. I actually think that day one of a streak is just as worthy of celebration as day 15 or day 90 or day 200, etc. Day one represents a fresh start, and shows that I'm not a quitter. Going back to day one doesn't mean failure. The only failure would be to quit. So since I am not quitting, I am giving myself a big emoticon for starting over!

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Actually, my streak didn't end due to a binge or anything. My streak ended because I decided to be honest with myself. I haven't been making as much progress as I would like. Seems like I've been stuck in the same place for ages. I've been eating right and working out. So WHY am I not making amazing progress lately?

Truth is...I've been holding myself back, in the safety of my comfort zone. I've been pretty much content with the progress I've made so far, to the point where I just wasn't pushing myself to go further.



After all, I HAVE lost 71 lbs. I've gone from size 3X t shirts to size L. Not only have I gotten smaller, I've also gotten healthier and stronger. When I think back to where I was on March 1, 2012...it just makes me feel totally in awe of how far I have come! Sometimes I cry when I think of where I was last year. I was a prisoner in my own body, due to obesity. I couldn't even walk across the room without limping in pain. I was always out of breath, and so ashamed of how I looked. Even my size 3X clothes were getting tight on me. I would spend most of my time wearing a nightgown, because it was the most comfortable thing to put on my body. Hubby had to help me up and down the porch stairs. One day, the kitchen chair I was sitting in broke because of my weight. I wasn't living. I was just going from day to day, feeling miserable, unhealthy and unhappy.

But my life is so different now. I'm not a prisoner of my body anymore. I am FREE! Oh sure, I have aches and pains sometimes, but those aches and pains are nothing compared to the daily pain of obesity. When I wake up in the morning, I still marvel at how GOOD it feels to be healthy. I can walk without pain. I can move easily. I can do yoga! I have the stamina for cardio workouts. Yes, I struggle with workouts sometimes, but whenever it gets too hard, I remind myself of how far I've come....and it helps me to stay strong, because I know I am capable of going even further.



Yet..I have really NOT gone as far as I'm capable of. I've come a long way, and it feels so good. It feels awesome! Compared to last year, I am a totally new person. Compared to last year, I feel reborn. Its been easy and comfortable to just stay here, right where I am. After all, its about a million miles from where I was last year!

But I know I need to start pushing harder. I know I need to leave the comfort zone behind, and start making progress again. Where I am now is GREAT. But I am capable of getting to someplace even BETTER. I know I can get stronger, fitter and smaller.



So today is emoticon of my fresh start. Yes, I've made great strides and have changed my life so much. But I can do more, and I will do more. I will do better with my food choices, and I will put more effort into my workouts. I am moving out of the comfort zone, and going forward to even more progress...one day at a time!





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CATNCAG 5/15/2014 3:38PM

    Excellent blog Pixie! U r always so inspirational! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TERRIJ7 8/25/2013 12:47AM

    Excellent!

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SUPERSYLPH 8/12/2013 10:54AM

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NASFKAB 8/7/2013 1:48AM

  how inspiring great job thanks

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CTUPTON 6/27/2013 3:55PM

    You are inspiring me! I work out but I have not yet controlled my food. thank for giving me hope and inspiration! Chris emoticon emoticon

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MAREANNIE 6/27/2013 12:35AM

    emoticon for YOU!!!

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CORNERKICK 6/21/2013 8:59PM

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2WHEELER 6/21/2013 8:29AM

    Love your attitude!!

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VBA2009 6/17/2013 1:49PM

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SUNGIRL822 6/17/2013 10:48AM

  I've started over a whole bunch too. As long as we keep going, it will be worth it!! emoticon

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CFMOSS 6/17/2013 7:58AM

    When I'm on a roll it's easy - I have momentum and it keeps me going BUT when I'm not, I have to start and restart and restart which is where I am right now - so thank you for sharing your journey including starts and restarts.....etc. Thanks.

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SMAILEH 6/16/2013 12:58PM

  Thank you for posting this. Very thoughtful and inspiring.

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ROXYCARIN 6/16/2013 10:46AM

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LEANMEAN2 6/16/2013 8:07AM

    Good blog - thank you for sharing!

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LIVELYGIRL2 6/15/2013 10:45PM

  Ok Pixie, I expect to hear you know over that plateau emoticon barrier. I love your blogs.

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ELINTY 6/15/2013 7:56PM

  good for you great post

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AUNTJAM 6/15/2013 7:37PM

    I was in a comfort zone too. I saw a Dr Oz episode about your metabolism, so I took his advice and changed up the food I was eating. I was happy to make a change too. So tired of the sugar free, carb free. I'm allowing back a few foods that I've been avoiding as if they were poison, like bread, pasta, cereal, but choosing the complex version of course. Plus eating very light 2 days/week. It's made a big difference and moved the immovable plateau. All the best to you with your changes.
Staying strong together! emoticon

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EMILY0724 6/15/2013 5:20PM

    I'm in a comfort zone, too. Thanks for inspiring me to push a little harder!

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FIRECOM 6/15/2013 4:15PM

    Your altitude is determined by your attitude. You are heading for the stars. Thanks.

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BRENDA_G50 6/15/2013 9:15AM

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MILLIE5522 6/15/2013 3:46AM

    emoticon I love your positive attitude! emoticon emoticon

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CHERIJ16 6/15/2013 12:32AM

    I realized emoticon after reading your blog that I have been hanging out in my comfort zone! I have lost about 30 pounds since last year and 21 pounds since I joined SP in February 2013 and I feel great! BUT I have been sitting at this weight for at least a month now. I still have 10 pounds to go and I need to get a lot more cardio in. Thanks for inspiring me to move forward.

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GWINNER1 6/15/2013 12:24AM

    Loving this blog Pixie-Licious! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JERICHO1991 6/14/2013 11:48PM

   
great, positive blog. thinks.

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1SALMON1 6/14/2013 11:26PM

    This blog makes me think about lifting 3 lb dumbells years ago, and fussing at the trainer that it was hard. Now I lift heavier ones and it's easy, & I feel smug and self satisfied... truth is I've been putting off going heavier yet because I know it will be hard again. Thank you for the timely push in the right direction!

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MISSBOOBOOKITTY 6/14/2013 11:09PM

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VIENNA61 6/14/2013 9:22PM

    Wow. You're doing great. I relate to feeling like a prisoner in your own body, dragged down. I'm just getting started, but what motivates me to make that extra push is the desire to not just wish I felt better, but to actually get there.

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SHILLEE 6/14/2013 9:14PM

    Stepping out of our comfort zones is usually the hardest part of any journey, but the rewards are usually the sweetest

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GOCALGAL 6/14/2013 8:56PM

    OMG!! Another emoticon blog that is even more inspiring than ever!!

Today is my Day 2 but I have been stuck on Day 1, it seems like forever.

emoticon So much for sharing this. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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AJB121299 6/14/2013 8:47PM

    Nice

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BAMAKIM13 6/14/2013 8:32PM

  Congratulations! Today is my start over as well. Thank you for sharing your story. emoticon

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RENATA144 6/14/2013 7:43PM

  emoticon for the wonderful inspiration !!! emoticon

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ZIGGY122 6/14/2013 7:42PM

    When I read your blogs I always get inspired Thank you for being a friend emoticon emoticon

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KAYYAK1 6/14/2013 5:01PM

  What a great attitude!
You will succeed.

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LOSERKATE4 6/14/2013 4:23PM

    Loved your blog, Day 2 for me so thank you for the inspiration I needed to get to day 3. The first few days aren't always easy for people but I have a 100lbs to go so if you have already lost over 70, WOW! At least I know it can be done and it is ok to have blips. Thanks you and good journey. emoticon

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SKATEBLADES 6/14/2013 3:08PM

    Keep up the good work! You can do it! You've already done great so far! emoticon

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HEALTHYMLB 6/14/2013 3:06PM

    Wow love yiur attitude and yiur inspirational message and pictures !!!!!!! emoticon

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KICKINGKILOS 6/14/2013 2:23PM

    I just love your blogs.
It reminded me, that I have not squeezed the most out of me.
I tire easily and give up easily.
With limited options of working out at home too I have not done much.
I can try. Sure.
(Can you pls send me a link to your blog where you spoke aboit ypga)



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ARLAFAYE 6/14/2013 2:03PM

  This blog was amazing and I thank you .Lately I've been in a slump as my weight loss efforts have decreased due to lack of motivation from getting NO WHERE in the past two weeks. My initial months were spiraling in the right direction, having lost 15 pounds in 7 weeks, now..I have not lost an additional pound, yet gained 2 of the 15 back. I am depressed as I was so excited initially, motivated, seeing the weight gain has put me back in a slump.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me and your post put that into perspective. emoticon

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ELMA1913 6/14/2013 1:31PM

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KJUNGURL 6/14/2013 1:15PM

    The way I look at things you are not starting over but moving on to the next level of your quest. If you were starting over you would have wiped out all your progress and you certainly haven't done that. I like the way you recognize your accomplishments and are taking the right steps to continue to your goal. Well Done!!! emoticon
I had a boss once who encouraged me with these words "We can eat the elephant, we just have to do it one bite at the time"

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MARILYNROBERT 6/14/2013 1:08PM

    emoticon I know I can come to you for inspiration!

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