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I am changing, so my journey must change also...


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Saturday, August 31, 2013



When I started off losing weight, the smallest of changes were able to get the weight rolling off. Although there is nothing easy about weight loss (at any size), small changes in my eating, and being slightly more active resulted in big losses. As time went on, I walked more and more, and I lowered my calories and made even better choices, and the weight continued to come off. I overcame many plateaus, and I started walking farther and farther, but I've never consistently made big changes to my plan.

The plan that worked for me when I was over 200 pounds does not work as effectively now. Sometimes I think my body is so confused... I am around 195, there is still PLENTY of weight to lose, especially in my stomach, but my body seems to worry that we are wasting away. I've known for a while now I need to up my game. I've known I've needed to do additional exercise to add on to my walking (Because Sparky needs his walks no matter what emoticon), but I've been all talk! Just as I often am with my strength training. I know first hand that my arms need work, and more importantly I know how important strength training is but for some reason I refuse to get on board and do it consistently.

So September is going to be the month of change for me. I have gotten too comfortable in my routine, and despite my "feeling fat days", I am quite enjoying my 195 pound body. But I am not done losing weight, for health reasons and vanity reasons (hey, at least I'm honest emoticon), There is nothing wrong with being comfortable, I have worked really hard to lose 77 pounds and I definitely deserve to be happy and comfortable in my own skin... and I definitely am. But as my buddy Annie on here says, good things happen when we get a little uncomfortable. Uncomfortableness can drive us to change and push even harder, and I'm ready for that next step in my journey.

I recently ordered Hip Hop Abs and I love it! Absolutely love it! At my weight abs are the least of my worries, but getting in an awesome work out and working on my core strength (which I really need to work on) is definitely my cup of tea! emoticon For the first time ever I printed up a workout schedule, and September is going to be my month of actually doing what I say I'm going to do!

I am also working on cooking more healthy meals and relying less on processed food. I took the time to plan out my calories, because I know with more exercise comes more calories, but not so much so that it undoes all the efforts put in with exercise. I am going to work on tweaking the calories until I can find the sweet spot.

Here is my calendar and my goals for September:


emoticon One thing not on the calendar is my walking, that happens everyday with Sparky or at work, it's a given and I didn't need to put that on there, but it is still a huge part of my goals. emoticon

emoticon Hit 2,000 Fitness Minutes for the first time ever! I came close this month but didn't push it, so I fell short.

emoticon Continue to try new, healthy recipes until I get a good amount that I can rotate and incorporate into my weekly routine.

emoticon To follow my workout calendar the best that I can, with special attention to the strength training for my arms... that is what always seems to get forgotten.

emoticon Pay attention to my body. I have arthritis in my knees, a metal plate in my leg and screws in my ankle... I need to listen to my body and if I feel like some of the exercises are too much or I'm facing a flare up, I will scale it back.

emoticon I also want a huge focus to be paying attention to my body in terms of hunger. Eating when I'm hungry, stopping when I'm full, you know, all that good stuff. emoticon

Let's all join together and make September a good month! If August was great, use that momentum to propel you right into September! If August wasn't everything you hoped it would be, or was just down right horrible, let's just forget about it and start off fresh for September! emoticon

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MRSRIGS1 9/12/2013 2:55PM

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your idea for a workout calendar!!! Here's to a GREAT and AWESOME September!

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    emoticon for the motivation!

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DAY2DAY45 9/2/2013 8:54PM

    Great Plan! If you past success has any insight as to how September will be you will do wonderfully! emoticon

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AMDODSON12 9/2/2013 6:59PM

    You are so inspirational!

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MOM3GRTKIDS 9/2/2013 5:07PM

    way to go!

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TOKIEMOON 9/2/2013 4:53PM

    Count me in on your plan to revamp eating and exercise attitudes and activities. Three months post-op back surgery, I am now allowed to start PT this week! Talk about a need to work on core muscles! emoticon

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SUZIPAM1 9/2/2013 4:32PM

    congrats a lot - have you ever tried spinning?

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NANA-B-FITZ 9/2/2013 3:35PM

    Sounds like a plan to me!!!
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JACKIE542 9/2/2013 12:18PM

    Really good goals. I need to focus on my strength too this time. emoticon emoticon

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FIRECOM 9/2/2013 11:50AM

    Sounds like a great plan. I was doing better at strength training and then CANCER. Now I am in chemo and I am dedicated to continue the training when this is over.

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 9/2/2013 9:32AM

    Great post

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DUKEFAN86 9/2/2013 9:08AM

    Great post! Thanks for the inspiration!

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ITSABSURD 9/2/2013 8:37AM

    So true!

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SKC123 9/2/2013 8:16AM

    You can do it--you have some great goals! My goal for september is to get 1000 fitness minutes. I had over 800 in August, so I think i can do it. I also want to find indoor fitness activities that I can do during the winter. It's not here yet, but will be soon and I need to have an alternate to swimming and walking. Good luck on reaching your goals!

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BOODIGGETY 9/2/2013 6:49AM

    "Do Epic Sh#t. Go forth and be a force of the awesome." I'll post the photo on my Spark page since I can't send it to you here. Remember..."If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you." I'll kick it up 3 notches this month if you will! Let's do it. I'm ready to crank this Lamborghini into high gear! emoticon emoticon

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CHRISGORGME 9/2/2013 6:28AM

    Great blog!! My goal for September is 1000 minutes!
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JACKIE15108 9/2/2013 3:58AM

    Good plan Steph-Knee.... emoticon and congratulations on the 77 you have lost so far!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 9/2/2013 12:36AM

    Woo hoo! Looks good! I need to do more strength as well!!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 9/1/2013 11:31PM

    Awesome!!

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    AWESOME.

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JSEATTLE 9/1/2013 10:47PM

  I love your enthusiasm and dedication! Thank you for the encouragement!

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You have some great goals to work towards!! Go for the gold!!

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SIMONEKP 9/1/2013 6:14PM

    great goals Steph. I tried hip hop abs and found it not to be my cup of tea but others love it.

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SUSIEMT 9/1/2013 2:44PM

    Woo Hoo to you!! Keep up the good work Steph!

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DIANNEMT 9/1/2013 2:36PM

    Great plan!! You can do it!!

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    You are doing a great job-keep up the work!

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  Good blog

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