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July Initiatives: Update

Sunday, July 07, 2013

I've been at this long enough to know one week does not a success or failure make. I know too that if you look for the positive in anything you can find something to build a foundation upon. I don't know who sang the song, but the words say "Keep smiling, keep shining, knowing you can always count on me, for sure. That's what friends are for." (Pretty long preamble, huh?)

I lost one half pound this past week and I am truly not upset.

Positive things that occurred that lead me to know I am on the road to success:

--When Joan hugged me yesterday she said "I can tell you are starting to slim down."
--I was mindful of what I ate and made the best of it when I didn't have too many food options that worked in my favor.
--I laughed a lot.
--I exercised at least 30 minutes everyday last week even though there were two days I was kicking, curing and screaming all the way!!!
--Considering we had the DGD, Independence Day and our son Matt's 35th birthday party yesterday on top of the natural stress of being on vacation I handled it pretty well.

I WISH I'd done better but you cant build a house without a good foundation and that's what this week was for, laying a foundation. Next week I flow back into my regular routine and I'm hoping to fortify my routine even more.

Finally, thanks for all your love through your Spark Mails, your Goodies and your notes. They are, as always, greatly appreciated.

Maybe you had the kind of week I had last week. Maybe you did a lot of things right and they didn't pan out the way you planned them too. Hold your head up high. There are millions of people who don't even make an effort to be healthy, even millions more who don't get within a mile of a gym, pool or walking track in their lives. You are sacrificing today for an amazing tomorrow and there are millions of US right there with you. Be proud that you are a positive example to me and millions more

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LYNMEINDERS 7/8/2013 5:30AM

    Go John...thats awesome....any loss is a victory

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NASFKAB 7/8/2013 1:31AM

  thanks for helping me by your positive blogs

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    I'm working my butt off but don't think I'm really losing any weight yet. I'm not weighing right now. I'm just trying to do the best I can and not obsess about numbers on a scale. If I do what I need to eventually things will fall into place. Celebrate your half pound loss. It all adds up.

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GEEMAWEST 7/7/2013 6:53PM

    I am so happy to be on this journey with you. And I totally agree - "There are millions of people who don't even make an effort to be healthy".

I'll keep checking in with you often.

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AJDOVER1 7/7/2013 4:08PM

    Being mindful of what you eat through a holiday and vacation time is a great non-scale victory! Congratulations!

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TRIPLE_EMME 7/7/2013 3:31PM


You lost half a pound this week -- and that is GOOD! Most people are happy to maintain on vacations / holidays. So, I would count this as a huge success.


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POINDEXTRA 7/7/2013 2:31PM

    Good job! I was thinking of you all week, and wondering how it was going. I think losing .5 during vacation/holiday is a terrific success. And the 30 minutes of exercise every day is wonderful, too. Just think - if you keep just that much up, you'll be 26 pounds lighter a year from now, and that's nothing to sneeze at!

In my mind, consistency in "small" ways is the most important thing, because eventually, we need to keep this up for the rest of our lives to keep the weight off. Slow is just fine - it's the trend that really matters in the long run, and allows us to adjust physically, mentally, emotionally, AND spiritually to the new healthy habits that we're trying to build..

Looking forward to hearing how you're doing this week

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JEANNETTE59 7/7/2013 1:27PM

  I believe Dionne Warwick sang the song.... emoticon

emoticon sometimes the push is a baby step, sometimes it's a leap and sometimes we're just keeping that boulder from rolling over on us. That's What friends Are For emoticon

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HDHAWK 7/7/2013 11:32AM

    You're on your way John. I made a plan last night to start moving in the right direction. I can't take this extra weight any more; the way I feel and look is frustrating. I leave on vacation next Sat. too so that will make it harder, especially when I'll be sitting on a motorcycle most of the time. I intend to make the best food choices I can and walk when I can as well. Keep up the good work!

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ANATASHIKI 7/7/2013 10:41AM

    every week with no gain is a victory emoticon

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KELLYFIT123 7/7/2013 10:27AM

    "The natural stress of being on vacation" -- Stress on vacation?

The real win (to me) if your wife noticing real change!


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SLIMLEAF 7/7/2013 10:22AM

    Well done, John - that's really good!

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REGILIEH 7/7/2013 10:17AM

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HAPPYSOUL91 7/7/2013 10:01AM

    Sue did like to read about your major points:
mindful of what you ate, exercised daily and the best of all:

" --I laughed a lot. ", this alone is a major accomplishment

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TERMITEMOM 7/7/2013 9:28AM

    With all these celebrations, losing half a pound is quite a victory! Hurray for you and keep your positive attitude!

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BBECKER1955 7/7/2013 8:54AM

    Nothing wrong with any "positive" result in the weight loss column, no matter how great or small. Sounds like you had a busy week!
Bill B

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