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My Success Plan for September

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Friday, August 30, 2013




I am ready to make my success plan for September, but first I need to look back at the past few months and acknowledge the things I could have done better leading up to now. Normally I would say "never look back, because you're not going that way." But if you can look back and LEARN from it, then it's a good thing, right?

So looking back, I have to admit that it has been a long time since I had my eating under control. That is the part of this healthy lifestyle that I struggle with the most. I have developed a love for exercise, and I do some sort of workout every single day. But I need to control my fork a little better! I did the 30 Day Shred in July, and I'm proud of myself for that. I built up my strength and stamina, and I'm pleased with that result. But I negated any possible weight loss simply by eating too much. Usually not a LOT too much, but just enough to keep myself in maintenance mode, and that's not where I want to be right now.



When August started, I had big plans to get myself on track...and the month started out pretty good. But after the first week, things went wrong. I started having migraines. I got a backache that wouldn't let up. I just sort of ached all over, really. So I stopped exercising, and I stopped even trying to watch what I ate. The middle of August was basically a free for all! I ate whatever I wanted, as much as I wanted. I sat around most of the time with a heating pad or ice pack. When the backache finally went away, I still sat around. I kept saying to myself "I'll start working out again tomorrow." Tomorrow would come, and I'd say it again.



Even though I don't weigh myself, I could tell that I'd gained weight. I estimate at least 10 lbs, based on how my clothes feel. To have lost 71 lbs only to gain back 10 lbs so quickly...that was scary! And depressing. I never thought of giving up, but I was having a really rough time getting started again.

What worked for me was to blog about it. Just publicly admitting that I was off track and gaining weight really seemed to help. I wasn't being hard on myself or beating myself up over it. I was just making myself accountable, and that was the first step towards getting back on track. Today is day EIGHT of my re-start, and so far so good! It wasn't easy to start over again, to be honest. The extra 10 lbs or so that I've put on, combined with almost 3 weeks of inactivity, really made a difference when I started to workout again! I discovered I'd lost some of my strength and endurance, and that made me sad. It also made me determined to get them back!



So for the past 8 days, I have been working out again, and I have also finally gotten my eating on track. I have been staying within my calorie range, and I have not had any junk food. As the days go by, I crave it less and less. This morning I woke up craving a nectarine! I'm going to end August much better than I started it, and I'm going to try to keep doing my best in September.

So for September, I will try to continue eating as healthy as possible, and to stay within my calorie range. My September workouts are these;

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And of course, I'll be continuing my DDP Yoga!



I hope you have a great September success plan set up too! If you've gotten off track and taken some steps backwards the way I did, turn around! Don't keep going the wrong way. It's never too late to make a fresh start. Remember, you are always worth your BEST effort!




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MRSRIGS1 9/11/2013 2:38PM

    It's NEVER too late to start over, if that is what you need to do. NEVER give up on yourself. Remind yourself how much better you feel when you make better choices. Keep pushing Pixie!

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WHITEANGEL4 9/11/2013 2:37PM

    Sounds like a great plan. You can succeed

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LADYGODIVA_0202 9/6/2013 11:18AM

  Where do you get your "posters"? I really like the "posters" you use for your blog and would love to be able to get some of them for my walls. Thank you!

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PYNETREE 9/2/2013 10:58AM

    I have made a goal to Move more . I need to copy that "20% exercise and 80% good nutrition" poster.

Thanks for sharing!

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SISSIE21 9/2/2013 8:36AM

    I can totally relate Pixie, the same thing happened to me and it has only been in the last week that I have been able to get back to a reasonable eating plan. So proud of you for opening up about your struggles as that is the true story of a spark journey. We succeed, we sometimes fall but then we get ourselves back up and continue on. Good luck with your September plan. I'm in!! emoticon emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 9/2/2013 4:35AM

    That's what all of us need to do; plan our successes!!!! emoticon

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JSEATTLE 9/1/2013 10:24PM

  I love how you've already planned your workouts for Sept. Best of luck to you!!

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 9/1/2013 4:34PM

    I have a general plan in mind but want to tweak it a bit here and there with the same reasoning in mind.

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JOANNHUNT 9/1/2013 4:19PM

    AWESOME LADY AWESOME. YOU GO GIRL. YOU CAN DO THIS.

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SUZIPAM1 9/1/2013 3:30PM

    keep up the great work

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ALIHIKES 9/1/2013 3:08PM

    Great blog Pixie, thanks for sharing. I have been stuck in a rut and needing to make changes also. So I appreciate your perspective on what each of us could be doing better. emoticon

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LIVELYLULU37 9/1/2013 2:19PM

    I can't begin to tell you how much your blogging means to me. I try to read them when I can, and they give me SO much inspiration!! He is a heart felt "Thank you" emoticon

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AJB121299 9/1/2013 1:00PM

    nice

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SCHNOOTIE 9/1/2013 12:24PM

    Fabulous blog post. Thanks for the inspiration. I am heading out to lunch with hubby now. I am thinking a few good food choices are lurking in the corners of my mind. Let's liberate them and put them to good use :)

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DISCOVERLLH 9/1/2013 11:53AM

    I love your determination! emoticon

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KIMALEE54 9/1/2013 11:39AM

    You are so forthright in your blogs. You continual hit upon those things that face many of us here, in shades of gray of course.

I agree with this one in particular. Those backsteps wreak havoc. I do best when I think of real life like the movie "Groundhog Day". Every morning is another do-over, another chance to live more fully and true to myself.

Thank you for continually sharing your process with SP.



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SUNSETSMILE 9/1/2013 9:32AM

    I am in the same boat. Maintaining but eat too much to lose. It is hard. Really hard. I have been realizing though that the food I cheat with doesn't really taste that good. Hoping that will really start to sink in. Best of Luck. emoticon

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SKC123 9/1/2013 8:24AM

    Great job getting back on track! Keep going--you can do it!

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LRSILVER 9/1/2013 7:28AM

    Great. Reset yourself and push forward.

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CHARTHESTAR 8/31/2013 8:52PM

    Great Blog Pixie!
I too have gained some- I could feel it.
Took a couple pounds off now need to to more.

I love: YOU CAN'T OUTRUN YOUR FORK!
It is a great reminder of the 80/20 rule.
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CAROLHARMON 8/31/2013 7:14PM

    Loved the post. For the last two months I have battled the need to lose weight, quit smoking and getting my heart surgery on schedule. Well let me tell you, I have been on this viscous cycle. Since June I have tried to quit smoking,so I have eaten more of the wrong foods, I want to exercise but very limited because of heart, so i eat more and smoke more. And start the cycle all over again..I know these are all excuses but i am an emotional eater under a lot of stress. On Sept. 10th I will be getting my surgery. 6 weeks later I will start rehab and I pray this roolercoster ride stops, because i do not like roolercoasters. so you hang in there and do your best when you can and if you fall start over again. emoticon

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PENOWOK 8/31/2013 6:55PM

    Thanks for your honesty!!

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  Good blog

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HAPPYMENOW58 8/31/2013 4:07PM

    Great job, Pixie friend! You are already back on track and ready to rock and roll! You can do it!! You are a contender!! You are a hero And motivator because you put into words what many are thinking and feeling.....Thank you for your candid perceptions on your healthy journey....Best wishes for a happy weekend! I am going bike riding with an old friend tomorrow around a lake...Then we are having a healthy picnic...! Hugs....Spark on!

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SUSIEMT 8/31/2013 3:18PM

    Good for you Pixie! Glad that you are still on track. Also glad to hear you are tracking your calories.
I know you don't weigh yourself but when is your next weigh-in day? Non-scale victories are great but knowing where you stand might help in choosing the correct calorie range you should be in. Just asking! I know you have a great deal on your plate of life and I have to tell you that I do pray for you. Keep on keeping on girl!

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/31/2013 2:38PM

  your really good at giving us and yourself a great pep talk. Now go out there and accomplish it.


I'm looking forward to hearing the eventual results.

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    I appreciate your brutal honesty. Very timely to read your blog.

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LINDAK25 8/31/2013 10:30AM

    Do you think your migraines are partly brought about by the food you eat? I sometimes wonder about that for myself. I feel so sluggish and tired when I'm not eating right. I've finally gotten myself back on track. It's hard work, isn't it? Every choice matters--that's what I tell myself.

Congratulations for making it to Day 8! Have a wonderful September.

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