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Thursday, July 04, 2013






Oh how things change when YOU make a change! Just a little over a year ago, I was as out of shape as I possibly could be; living an almost completely sedentary life and stuffing my face with lots of unhealthy, fattening food. I was obese, unmotivated and I had just about given up on myself. Simple things like carrying a basket of laundry to the washing machine would make my heart race and have me breathing hard. Exercise? I belonged to a womens gym, but I only went about twice a week. And even then, I barely put any effort into the circuit. I was just going through the motions but with no real UMPH. I was sneaking junk food into the house, and eating it in the middle of the night while my family slept. I really was killing myself, slowly but surely.



But praise God, I finally woke up and decided to live. I made the changes that needed to be made in order for me to live a healthy, fulfilling life. Eating right and exercising became my daily priority. I stopped worrying about how much I weighed. Does that sound contrary to my commitment to being healthy? Well, its what worked for me! Instead of focusing on the scale, I instead focused on just doing my best to make each day as healthy as possible. With no good or bad weigh ins to distract me, I was able to just take each day as it came and to make the most of it. Each day was a victory, because I could always find something to be proud of. If I worked out, that was a non-scale victory. Eating within my calories and choosing healthy food...another NSV. Even when I slipped up and missed a workout or ate something not so healthy, I could find a non-scale victory in the fact that I just picked myself up and got myself right back on track as soon as possible.



Some days were better than others, but I did my best to just keep going and to have as many good days as possible. And now, a year and 3 months after I first started, so much has changed. My most recent weigh in was last September, and I had lost 71 lbs. I've gone from size 3X t shirts to size L. I'm more flexible and toned, and I am strong. And now, here I am, doing the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred! If you'd told me a year and 3 months ago that I'd be doing the 30 Day Shred someday, I would not have believed you! But here I am, on day 4 and I am going strong! Yes, its only day 4 of the Shred, but I've already noticed an improvement in my endurance. Its still a tough workout and I'm still soaked with sweat when I'm done, but I'm getting better. I ALMOST don't feel like I'm about to keel over while doing it, lol.



My life has changed so much, and its because I decided to make a change. I used to be afraid to try to get healthy and lose weight. I told myself it was easier to just stay fat. But that was a LIE. Being overweight is not easy. Its hard....physically and emotionally. Losing weight is hard too, but it is so rewarding. It is possible to change your life, but you have to put in the work. Take it one day at a time, and just do your best to keep going. Perfection is not a requirement...but your best effort is. And you are worth it!







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EFFRAYECHILDE 8/5/2013 8:34AM

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SHERYLP461 7/10/2013 6:25AM

    uplifting

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LIVELYLULU37 7/8/2013 12:16AM

    congrats! Keep it up. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PACKERMANN 7/7/2013 8:52PM

    your blog reminded me of the quote: if nothing changes...nothing changes. :)
thanks for another good one!
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PATRICE_E 7/7/2013 3:58PM

    Fabulous post, Pixie!! And congratulations on the Feature! emoticon

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LOUTOKALAU 7/7/2013 3:50PM

  love this blog! Great job!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 7/7/2013 11:14AM

    This is a great blog, Pixie!!

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HANNAHSGRAMMIE 7/6/2013 6:36PM

    This was such an encouraging blog. I keep thinking....a year from now. Thanks.

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PENOWOK 7/6/2013 3:55PM

    You are so on it!!! Excellent!

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LAFS75 7/6/2013 2:53PM

    WooHoo! Great blog as usual. You do get me motivated. emoticon emoticon

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KICKINGKILOS 7/6/2013 12:45PM

    Pixie how i love your posts. IDK why but I have tears in my eyes. It could be as I three my entire June in the trash.
And since my boys have been ill I have uses it as an execuse to eat my way to soothing myself.
Sigh.
xo

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DEEDAYE 7/6/2013 12:03PM

    Thank you for keeping me believing it is possible when everything in my life & head says, "You can't!" "You'll never do it, what's the use in trying!" You remind me emoticon

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SISSIE21 7/6/2013 10:21AM

    "I used to be afraid to try to get healthy and lose weight. I told myself it was easier to just stay fat. But that was a LIE. Being overweight is not easy. Its hard....physically and emotionally. Losing weight is hard too, but it is so rewarding."

This says it all Pixie. Thank you for sharing your journey, you are such an inspiration! emoticon emoticon

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NANADEE44 7/6/2013 9:26AM

    You certainly know how to jumpstart my morning! Thanks Pixie, tor a truly inspirational, motivating blog. I'm rooting for you on the 30 Day Shred. I love your NSV theory and intend to apply that theory to my own goals. Thanks again

Keep Shredding! Keep Sweating!
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HOLLYM48 7/6/2013 9:12AM

    Awesome blog. I think when we are heavy, we tell ourselves we don't look that bad because as you said change is hard, but so is being overweight as you said and so is losing weight but you are right, I will take the hardness of losing weight any day over being weight again! Thanks for all of your inspiration and for stopping by all the time to share your inspiration with us! You are doing so AWESOME. Keep up the great work and keep on sweating! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SCOUTMOM715 7/6/2013 7:35AM

    Love this blog!! Yes we are worth the effort!! emoticon emoticon on completing day 4 of the 30 day shred!! emoticon

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SHANNONY84 7/6/2013 3:50AM

    Great blog! Very inspirational!

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HEALTHY-SPARK 7/5/2013 11:36PM

    Woohoo!

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GEORGE815 7/5/2013 10:11PM

    Great posters. Thanks.

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SHOAPIE 7/5/2013 5:40PM

    Great

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JOANNHUNT 7/5/2013 5:12PM

    LADY YOU ROCKED IT AGAIN. THANK YOU FOR THE MOTIVATIONAL PICTURES AND COMMENTS. HAVE AN AWESOME WEEKEND. ENJOY YOUR JOURNEY.

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NILLAPEPSI 7/5/2013 5:06PM

    Yep, sometimes it takes that leap of faith. emoticon

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AJDOVER1 7/5/2013 4:58PM

    I love your blogs! That's for being part of this journey with me. I know I'm not at my best every day, but the trend is consistently in a positive direction.

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MOMMY445 7/5/2013 2:31PM

    i agree. change is indeed a good thing! have a fabulous day!

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PATRICIAANN46 7/5/2013 1:29PM

  emoticon Hi Pixie.........YOU are living testimony for doing what is right in order to succeed on this journey.

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MRSRIGS1 7/5/2013 12:43PM

    Very inspirational! Thank you so much!!! emoticon

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YOUAREINCONTROL 7/5/2013 12:37PM

  As always, great blog. You are truly an inspiration to others-I love all the motivational quotes/pictures you've found and shared on your blog! (I even created my own inspiration/vision board from my favorites).
I know you'll succeed at your goals because you have all the right tools-attitude, outlook, perseverance, and positivity! Those things go along way. I've been following your blog for a year now, and it's certainly helped me get through some of my own personal struggles, and I wanted to thank you for that.
I wish you all the best, and look forward to hearing about where your journey takes you :)

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SPARKFRAN514 7/5/2013 12:25PM

    emoticon emoticon we just need to give it all we can and soon we are crossing the finish line . the big thing to remember its takes effort and comment and most of think of it as leaning to eat healthy and not call this a diet.
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MIMIDOT 7/5/2013 12:14PM

    Loved your blog! Thanks for sharing.

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CICELY360 7/5/2013 12:07PM

  good blog

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JSEATTLE 7/5/2013 12:04PM

  Thank y ou for always being so REAL!

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KNITTY_JESS 7/5/2013 11:59AM

    That's so cool! I was noticing my improvement from the month of exercise and my lifestyle changes, last night.

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CLIMBERS_ROCK 7/5/2013 11:07AM

    I always look forward to your blogs. They are soooo inspiring and motivating.

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LINDAK25 7/5/2013 10:55AM

    Yeah, you made it through another day! Keep going!

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