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September


Monday, September 02, 2013

I've a million things to do today, but I'm going to take a minute to think about this month ahead.

I set a goal for myself to be at my target weight by September 30, my oldest daughter will be 22 that day.

So far I'm on track, but I'm really going to have to use all the habits I've been working on, especially those I've learned from the 5% Summer Challenge.

Why? Because I've been here before, at least 10 times, losing the same 10 pounds. You'd think I'd learn! This time around I've acquired a few new skills.

1. Constantly focusing on the positive. For example, I like to exercise but I don't always remind myself that I'm very committed and consistent with this positive behavior that improves my life. Been working on that.

2. Little changes add up. Each week of the 5% challenge, I've worked to make the one little change. From there I've established some great routines for drinking water, eating veggies and now eating off a smaller plate and eliminating 100 calories a day.

3. Tracking! Oh how this is hard. But I remind myself to track food, exercise, habits, goals so that I don't just feel the drudgery of the food tracking.

Already my clothes fit (again!) and I'm looking forward to putting up a maintenance ticker. I love seeing my buddy Deb's, it's a total inspiration.

Happy September to all!
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FLORIDASUN 9/5/2013 8:16AM

    I'm SO PROUD of you my friend! You have done so great on the 5% Challenge...I LOVE those challenges..they really push me to step it up on the exercise so we can propel our team forward to cool destinations! Love that it's helping so many! This go round I'm a motivation leader for the Teddy Bear Team and it's been a HOOT! It gets me to the computer early to cheer my team on!

Keep on keepin' on...PROUD of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/2/2013 7:37PM

    Great job with all you've learned in the 5% challenge! They are tools you can use to continue your success.

Sometimes I forget to focus on the positives and start making excuses for skipping exercise. But when I do I lack energy...so I have to remind myself I must make time to workout in order to keep my energy up.

Thanks for sharing your tips and I know you'll continue to use them as you move forward this month! emoticon emoticon

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TWNOMWE 9/2/2013 5:32PM

    The small good habits add up and the rewards are great.
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