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Dr Seuss & Weight Loss

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

As a teacher, Dr Seuss and his wonderful words of wisdom come into my life daily.
As a weight loss success story (I'm maintaining my weight after losing 85 pounds) there is one quote from Dr Seuss that I truly enjoy:

"Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So...Get On Your Way!"

For awhile there I wasn't very active, on Spark or in real life. Life had thrown me some major curve balls and I wasn't able to keep up as well as I hoped. I did what I could, but ultimately I wasn't very happy with what I was doing.
I then remembered this quote and used it in my BLC Inspirational Duty of the Day and thought about how I truly did my best during the last couple of months when I had a lot going on. I may not have climbed to the top of my mountain each and every day, I may not have gotten in 1,000+ fitness minutes during those crazy months. But I did what I could. I took hold of each day as a new day and found ways to reach my goals, even if I was only a step closer.
Goals though? I reached my weight goal right before life went crazy. Did I have goals? What was I working for?
Honestly, during those months, I'm not sure I had any long term goals. I had basic daily goals. Drink enough water. Go for a walk. Don't go insane. Pretty much my way of making sure I did SOMETHING without having to add any more stress.
About a week-two weeks ago life slowed down again. I was no longer working 65-70hours/week (yes, I did this from March till mid-June). I didn't have to worry about 22 preschool evaluations, 14 preschool graduation books, or any major wedding stuff (still had some small things to handle, but nothing outrageous in that category).
I was finally able to breathe and make more progress. Not necessarily on my weight, as I am where I want to be scale wise, but on other personal goals.
I want to run in a color 5K - Registered for the Color Vibe run coming to my area late September
Now, I have something to work for. Having a goal is so important. If I didn't have goals, I'd probably not care as much and wouldn't be as active because "I'm at my goal weight, I have nothing more to do." So wrong. Just like the quote, every day is a new day, there's a mountain waiting to be climbed. Even if we only get a foot up the mountain, it's better than sliding back down.
And, of course, some days we do slide down and thats OK. The important thing is to treat each day, each moment, as a new opportunity. I may have had a snack that wasn't so healthy yesterday mid-morning. Doesn't mean the rest of my day has to be unhealthy. I can change my habits around within a day.

We have the power to make our days great. We make the choices to achieve personal daily, weekly, monthly, and longer-term goals. Even when life throws us curve balls, we are able to get back on track. Achieving weight loss goals is essentially like a mountain. Some days we may feel like we are on top of the world, eating all the healthy food, getting in decent exercise minutes, and even sharing our success here on SparkPeople. Other days, some may feel lower on the mountain, having to find the strength to get even a little bit closer to their goals. Everything we do, every step we take towards our goals, makes us that much closer. Even if some days we are on the bottom, it just gives us more room to improve.

So, what are my goals for today? What steps can I take to make myself better?
- Eat a healthy breakfast. Goal Met
- Drink 6+ cups of water
- Have leftover homemade pizza for dinner
- Goto the gym this afternoon OR walk/run outside
- Eat 2 more servings of freggies, at least (already have 1 in)

I may be maintaining my weight, but that doesn't mean my goals stop or that I have nothing more to work towards.
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GRANDMABABA 7/24/2013 10:05PM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing.

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 7/24/2013 6:11PM

    Excellent post

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AALLEY2 7/22/2013 4:23PM

    I can't believe I haven't seen your blog before now, but it is very inspirational! emoticon

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ROXYCARIN 7/22/2013 2:50PM

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SANDICANE 7/22/2013 9:30AM

    Yep, maintaining IS a goal. You are doing fabulous. Onward we go....onward we go....


"Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So...Get On Your Way!"

Cheers,
Sandi

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-SHOREIDO- 7/21/2013 2:23PM

    You are so right on!! It's the goals that keep us going!! Carry on my friend and we are all behind you!! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 7/21/2013 12:08PM

    Wonderful inspiring blog. Great job and keep up the good work.
Have a great Sunday.
Sallie

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GOOD-ENOUGH-NOW 7/21/2013 9:11AM

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LOUTOKALAU 7/20/2013 9:42PM

  great!

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JENKAY76 7/20/2013 4:50PM

    Love Dr. Seuss

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SUSIEMT 7/20/2013 12:42PM

    Wonderful Blog! Keep up the great work and you made such a lovely bride! Congrats to you both!

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CELIAMINER 7/20/2013 9:39AM

    So glad this is a featured blog. Life at my end has been quite hectic this week, and like you, I resolved to take one day at a time. Even so, I needed the reminder from your words that I'm not alone and that others also make daily (or hourly or minute-by-minute) choices to do what is right for themselves.

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MICHELELYNN777 7/19/2013 1:37PM

    Somehow missed this when you posted it~congrats on getting a popular blog award! You truly are an inspiration!


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PAULALALALA 7/19/2013 11:16AM

    emoticon Love the quote from Dr Seuss and emoticon blog on setting goals!

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KANOE10 7/19/2013 9:29AM

    Excellent blog. You are so right. Making new goals for yourself daily keeps you on track and focused. You also did a great job of staying on track while extremely busy at work.

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MOONCHILD8 7/19/2013 7:00AM

    Wow! You did it! You climbed that mountain and took control of your life. Congratulations and best wishes on your continued success. Linda from bean town emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANNEROUSSEAU 7/19/2013 5:31AM

    Great insight...so true!

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WATERMELLEN 7/18/2013 9:44PM

    Love Dr. Seuss, loved this blog!! You have great goals and are doing a great job!

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3AUSSIES 7/18/2013 8:05PM

    Great Blog...motivating to me as I am on a quasi maintenace plan at the moment...thank you for your words of wisdom!

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OOLALA53 7/18/2013 7:43PM

    Maintaining IS a goal.

I'm especially impressed that you did not lose weight all in one swoop. I may not be right but I think your odds of sticking with the changes are better because you've been able to adjust and recommit.

All we can really do in any one day is practice supportive behaviors. If we do that, we can rest in that no matter what else is true.

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MILLIFRED 7/18/2013 6:42PM

    A great reminder of our need for ongoing goals. It is too easy to make a goal and then feel like it is an anticlimax and not know where to go next. You said it very well! Thanks

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_LINDA 7/18/2013 6:27PM

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Fantastic insight onto what should be done after losing the weight!! So glad it was brought to the attention of my team, certainly deserves a wider audience!
Keep up the amazing work!

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ELLEKTRA 7/18/2013 5:28PM

    Great read, thank you so much for sharing

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SLENDERELLA61 7/18/2013 4:07PM

    Having goals is motivating! You are so right. Congrats on a great blog. You definitely deserve to be a highlight of the At Goal & Maintaining Plus... Team!! -Marsha

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/18/2013 3:00PM

    emoticon I am in maintenance too, and have to come up with some new goals. For 23 months my goal was to lose the weight. Now I feel lost.

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SLIMMINGSHAY 7/18/2013 2:51PM

    This was such an amazing and inspirational blog to read! Thank you for sharing your goals, successes, struggles and for providing us with something to think about. Truly amazing! Great job and emoticon

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MOMMY445 7/18/2013 2:46PM

    such a great blog! you have made so much progress. you have some great goals! you can do this! you are worth it!

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RICKISMOM1 7/18/2013 2:24PM

    GREAT blog and SSOO true!!

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ELIZABETH5268 7/18/2013 1:31PM

    I llike that quote. Good job on your goals and mainanence!

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MANILUS 7/18/2013 11:15AM

    Congratulations on having a great attitude and working towards goals!!!!!

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1TRULYBLESSED 7/18/2013 11:14AM

    Krystal, I'm so glad Bev brought this blog to my attention, as I somehow missed it before -- what wisdom you share here!! I hadn't really considered before how reaching our goal weight can suddenly leave us feeling, "OK, I'm done, NOW what?". Like you, I was just focused on doing what I've been doing: drinking my water, tracking my food, exercising at least 30 minutes each day...but haven't given much thought to setting NEW goals. Today, that will change. Thank you for showing me that there are still mountains waiting to be climbed!
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SHESMITH1 7/18/2013 10:44AM

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Thank you for being an inspiration and motivator for us in The Book Club. It's amazing what you have accomplished!

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FELINA 7/18/2013 10:39AM

    Great blog ! Great reminders ! Congratulations on reaching and maintaining your goal !
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SWEET_CAROLYN 7/18/2013 10:27AM

    Thank you for this! I am getting closer to reaching maintenance and want to be able to sustain my loss - not bounce back!!

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TORTISE110 7/18/2013 10:23AM

    Important info! Well delivered too (-:

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WENDYDANCER 7/18/2013 10:08AM

    Great blog & words that we can all do well to remember!

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AEHEGE 7/18/2013 10:05AM

    Great blog! So well written and such words of wisdom. emoticon

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JANCARD 7/18/2013 9:59AM

    Krystal,

You are truly inspirational!!! Loved this blog, and it is spot-on to where I am now. Acknowledging that goals need to continue in maintenance since this is a new lifestyle. It's not about hitting some number and then going back to the bad habits that got me where I once was.

I, too, have lost over 80 pounds, thanks in part to YOUR challenges on the Book Club Team. With everything else you do, it's hard for me to fathom how you work that into your schedule too, but I am so grateful that you do!! Yesterday I couldn't fit in exercise minutes, but I did those WE pushups and achieved that goal.

Thanks again!!!
Jan




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CRUISEBOUND2014 7/18/2013 9:50AM

    Great blog! I made goal 20 some years ago and then did a total back slide. Now that I am at goal again I am going to do everything possible to stay there. It won't be easy, but it will be worth it! Thank you for sharing and being such a great inspiration!

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_JODI404 7/3/2013 1:23PM

    Great blog Krystal!

I agree, it is a one day at a time journey, and the choices we make will determine our success or lack of success.

You did an amazing job maintaining your weight with such a heavy workload. I don't know how you did it all!

I'm so happy life is settling back down for you now. You deserve some normalcy for a while!!

Some days are better than others... that is just natural. I love your quote! Each day is a clean slate, so make the best of it!!

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JMCADE 7/2/2013 10:06AM

    Great blog. You are so articulate and organized! Great goals and having been with you these past weeks, I know that these are attainable goals for you. GO conquer that mountain today!

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ELSAT137 7/2/2013 8:41AM

    Awesome! You have made such great progress and congrats on sticking to things even when life got super busy. I think those small daily goals sometimes keep us going more than the long term. The future seems so far away but that healthy choice we can make right now. Great blog and great goals! emoticon emoticon

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