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Tuesday, July 09, 2013



There was a great quote in the Best of Sparkpeople email on Tuesday morning;

Paul the SparkPeople programmer says:
"There is no one-size-fits all solution for anything in life—certainly not for fitness and nutrition. Keep trying to find what works for you!"

That quote is so true! We are all individuals, and what works for me might not work for you...and vice versa. We all need to find our own way to go. As long as it is healthy, there isn't really a wrong way to lose weight and get fit.

For example...exercise. There are lots different types of exercise and workouts available. I enjoy hearing what others have had success with, and I love to try new things. Sometimes though, I will try an exercise that someone else has raved about, only to find that I personally just do NOT like it. I gave Zumba a shot, and Walk Away the Pounds, too. But neither one really appealed to me. There was nothing wrong with those workouts. I just didn't find them to be my cup of tea. So instead of forcing myself to do them anyway, I just moved on and tried other things.



I discovered that I like kickboxing well enough...but that I liked DDP Yoga, kettlebells, Pilates and stability ball workouts even better! And because I like these workouts, I am more motivated to do them than I would be to do a workout that I don't like. There is such a huge variety of workouts out there, so why force yourself to do something that doesn't appeal to you? It makes no sense to try to be a square peg in a round hole, so to speak.





There are also a LOT of different eating plans and weight loss programs out there...Weight Watchers, TOPS, etc. Again, as long as it is healthy, there is no wrong way to eat. My own eating plan is simple calorie counting, and trying to eat as healthy as possible. For me, eating as healthy as possible means eating lots of fruits and vegetables, tofu and beans for protein....and no meat or processed food. Its what works for me!



Another thing that works for me is not weighing myself. I would much rather stay off the scale and just focus on non-scale victories, such as the fit of my clothes or my endurance during workouts. I don't even own a scale, although I could weigh myself on my Wii Fit if I wanted to.



I'm not anti-scale, though. I believe the scale is a useful tool. Its just one that I prefer not to use. In the past, the scale would be a real motivation wrecker and self esteem killer for me. I would put too much emphasis on the numbers. I was so worried about those pounds and ounces, I never took the time to notice my progress in other ways. I was too busy beating myself up for "only" losing a pound. A bad weigh in would affect me for days, and sometimes push me into a binge. A bad weigh in would make me feel like a bad person...ugly, unworthy and like a failure.




But I know that some people need the scale, and I don't think there's anything wrong with that. If you're someone who needs (or likes) to weigh in, then go for it! My only caution regarding the scale is to not let it destroy your self esteem. It really is just a number. If you are eating right and working out...if you are doing all you can to be healthy...then you are on the right track. Look for non-scale victories, and appreciate your body. Love yourself no matter what the number on the scale says!



Have a healthy day! Keep doing what works for you. And if you haven't found what works for you yet, keep looking! Be open to new things...and don't ever feel like you have to do what anyone else is doing. You know YOU the best. So don't try to be a square peg in a round hole!




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MOMMY445 7/10/2013 10:50AM

    so well said,Pixie! have a fabulous day!

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ROCKYCPA 7/10/2013 10:38AM

    Thanks for sharing! Great blog!

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IDICEM 7/10/2013 10:35AM

  Thanks for the reminder that "different strokes for different folks" is true everywhere! emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 7/10/2013 10:32AM

  Great advice Pixie............. emoticon

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SHOAPIE 7/10/2013 10:23AM

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NADINEL 7/10/2013 10:01AM

    Thanks for the encouragement. I needed the reminder!

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WALLINMW 7/10/2013 9:57AM

  Yay! Keep going!

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REN3741 7/10/2013 9:43AM

    Awesome blog. I love reading them. Always as great message.

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JSEATTLE 7/10/2013 9:37AM

  So true. Whatever works for you!

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BRENDA_G50 7/10/2013 9:36AM

    Thank you Pixie emoticon

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DJSHIP46 7/10/2013 9:29AM

    Hoping you have a healthy day too!!! Thanks for sharing emoticon

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MIMIDOT 7/10/2013 9:00AM

    You've done it again, Pixie. Great blog. You're always right on the mark. Thanks for sharing.

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CICELY360 7/10/2013 8:59AM

  That's the key. You have to find something you like no matter what another person recommends.

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WATERDIAMONDS 7/10/2013 8:44AM

    I love, love, love the blogs you write and the great little illustrations you find.

Thank you for brightening my day and encouraging my resolve.

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OFGREENGABLES 7/10/2013 8:27AM

    I always enjoy your blogs!

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/10/2013 7:57AM

    Great blog!! You are absolutely right!! Thank you.

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TRYINGHARD54 7/10/2013 7:00AM

    great blog... thank you for sharing

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CHERYLHURT 7/10/2013 6:54AM

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NILLAPEPSI 7/10/2013 6:54AM

    emoticon I like the butt one!! emoticon

Let's do this!

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BESSHAILE 7/10/2013 6:27AM

    You go girlfriend

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JUST_BRENDA 7/10/2013 5:10AM

    Thanks so much for this blog. Words of wisdom!!!
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DESTINEE318 7/10/2013 5:04AM

    love love love it!

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ANGELN325 7/10/2013 4:59AM

    I loved this blog and you are so right. I've also learned that weight loss is a very individual journey. I, too, will sometimes try things to see if I like them or not, if it works for me or not, but I don't ever feel bad if it doesn't work for me. There was a time I wanted to be a runner because it seemed like everyone kicking butt was a runner, but my feet won't let me be a runner. My back won't let me be a runner. The best I can do is interval training/alternating between walking and jogging so once in awhile I will do that to shake things up, but I've learned to love my walks, riding bikes, dancing and the things that I enjoy...like gardening. Same with food. If something doesn't appeal to me, I don't force myself to eat it because that will just set me up for a binge later. Food is mainly fuel, but it's supposed to be enjoyable too so finding healthy foods that make my mouth water is the trick. I love my grapes. Others might not get excited about them like I do and that's okay. I don't get excited about pomegranate or kiwi. LOL

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 7/10/2013 2:21AM

    Fantastic blog! emoticon

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KARRENLYNN 7/10/2013 2:01AM

    You're right, we're all different and need to find our own path to good health. I do like hearing what works for others and applying what I can to my own journey.

Have a great day,
Karen


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CMCGRUN 7/10/2013 12:10AM

    Thanks for the advice. I'm going to try new workouts in the future!

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KNITTY_JESS 7/9/2013 10:06PM

    Your blogs always seem to hit home. I've tried things before because other people were doing tem and they just didn't work for me. I agree with you about the scale, it can really effect the way a person feels. I know it does for me.

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SEWISTLADY 7/9/2013 9:34PM

    Great post! I always learn something good from you!!!
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LORI3679 7/9/2013 9:15PM

    Great blog!

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MT-MOONCHASER 7/9/2013 8:47PM

    You hit the nail squarely on the head.

Great blog.

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HUNTETOWN 7/9/2013 8:34PM

    thanks for the nice comment on beautiful quote on my page! emoticon

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JAMER123 7/9/2013 8:29PM

    Great blog Pixie. It is so true that some need the scale and other don't. Portion size is so important!!
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YANDI4LIFE 7/9/2013 8:27PM

    I really enjoy reading your blog posts. They're the best!!!

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TREV1964 7/9/2013 8:24PM

    Hi Pixie,

The sheer amount of replies should show you just what a great blog you have made here today.

Great stuff Pixie, this blog is definitely one to be very proud of.

Cheers

Trev

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SUNSHINEGB 7/9/2013 8:23PM

    WOW! Excellent blog Pixie!
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KATHYJO56 7/9/2013 7:58PM

    This blog is awesome, Pixie! It is full of great advice and great motivation. When people asked me how I lost my weight, they usually just say that they can't do that. But, it is exactly what you said, what works for one person, doesn't necessarily work for another. I hope that this blog helps a lot of people, because it holds the key to anybody and everybody's success. emoticon

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123ELAINE456 7/9/2013 7:56PM

  Awesome Blog. Each and Everyone of Us need to find out what works for the best for us. As You said something may work for You while it won't work for someone else. We need to find these things out for Ourselves. I Love the other things You said in the blog. It is very Inspiring and Motivational. I Love the Pictures with the Captions on them too. Thank You for the helpful suggestions and for sharing this with Us. You are Amazing Pixie. Keep It Up. God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Great Day. Take Care.

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2014ISTHEYEAR 7/9/2013 7:39PM

    Great blog! You are so right! It is important to find what we really like doing and it will help keep us motivated to do it. I also liked what you were saying about the scale. I definitely put too much emphasis on that sometimes and let it dictate how I will feel. My weight is constantly fluctuating. Maybe I'll try just staying off the scale for now and concentrate on everything else for now and see what happens:-) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PARKERJEAN 7/9/2013 7:36PM

    LOVE your blogs --- they are soo helpful to make a person feel positive!

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TIGTAZ325 7/9/2013 7:32PM

    Another great blog Pixie! I am still in the search phase of the best workout for me. I've dabbled in several but so far haven't found the one I can commit to for any length of time. For now, I do different ones each day...or take my favorite exercises from different ones & make my own routine.
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BLUEANGELLK 7/9/2013 7:07PM

    I love this. It is so true. I have heard you mention DDP yoga before and I am wondering what it is. Could you message me and give me an idea? I might want to try it out.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/9/2013 6:54PM

    Well said Pixie. I spent all of high school trying to fit in. Remember palazzo pants, hip huggers had to have all the latest styles. Good thing my Mom sewed most of my clothes.

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SEATTLE58 7/9/2013 6:34PM

    I love this, thanks for reminding me that we can try so many different exercises that would work. We can get pretty stuck in doing a couple of things. That's what I've been doing now because of RA. So I want to be more open to more ideas of what others have successes with, with even having trouble moving around with pain. Thanks again for a good one!

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