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No obstacle too big - Tales from 100# Down

Thursday, September 26, 2013

I'm doing a blog for a team challenge on the obstacles ahead, any fears about them and my plan to overcome them. I've talked about many of these things before but a fresh look is always a GOOD idea.

The interesting thing is my obstacles have changed three years into this journey. What used to be a HUGE stumbling block is now smooth pavement: fast food temptations, church pot lucks, grocery shopping on Sample Saturday, etc. I've conquered all those successfully. So what ARE my obstacles now?

BOREDOM - Three years into this journey I have to be more creative to keep things fresh. I just purchased some new workout DVD's that I'm beginning on Sept. 30 with some friends. I'm trying some new spark recipes to add variety to my diet. I'm doing NEW things in my life - new authors to read, new games to play, new crafts to make, etc. I can't allow boredom to be the catalyst to eating off plan.

HOLIDAYS - We have that running food fest of Fall Carnivals, Ocktoberfest, Halloween, Thanskgiving, Christmas and New Year's ahead and in that mix my birthday, my husband's birthday and our anniversary. I have to carefully plan and make WISE choices on special food days. Adding cardio to higher food intake days is a way to keep my "balance".

COUPONS/DEALS - Restaurants have become quite crafty at finding ways to get us to return. They offer ups deals on "complete meals - appetizer, entree, dessert". While these "deals" are a lot of food for the $ they are not deals for our journey. Any one of those three items is probably more calories than we should consume at one meal. MY strategy is to split a normal entree with my hubby and that's just right. So we save $ and calories.

BAD WEATHER CARDIO - I will admit that I love walking outdoors. I'm going to try walking outdoors even as the weather turns unless it's raining/snowing. I have double knee implants and can't afford a fall, but cold should not stop me. This means I will have to PUSH myself to get dressed and bundle up and go. Now I do have indoor EQ and a gym membership so I have many options but I feel that I get my best workout when I actually pound that pavement outside.

FEARS - I really don't have too many fears. Oh I DID back in the beginning, but now I'm confident that this journey is just about endurance and I'm closer to the destination than I am to my originating point.

I HOPE to be down another 10.6 pounds by Jan. 1st.

Away I go....

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HOLLYL7 10/1/2013 12:36PM

    My boss told me that there is no such thing as bad weather, only being poorly prepared for the weather. I took that under consideration a year ago and asked for all sorts of "outdoor prep" gifts for Christmas that year: under armour shirt and pants, spike type things to put over my shoes, a good hat and winter buff. I found that she was totally right - the weather didn't stop me at all with a little prep!

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KAZZIE531 9/28/2013 9:23AM

    Suzanne...I am right next to you will all these obstacles. You have made tremendous strides to get to where you are today. I think the ten pounds is a piece of cake for you. You got this. I am right next to you. emoticon for inspiring me to do better and find a way. You are my " Diana Nyad". emoticon

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LETHA_ 9/28/2013 9:13AM

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DEEGIRL50 9/28/2013 7:29AM

    We all will be facing the holidays and weather change. Thank you for posting your plans so others can see how you're handling them.
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JOYFULSPIRIT920 9/27/2013 7:59AM

    You got this!

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/27/2013 5:24AM

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WATERDIAMONDS 9/27/2013 1:24AM

    What a well-thought-out list. Thank you.

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MARMAERT 9/26/2013 11:18PM

    I love your confidence, which is also something new that you may not have had when you began your journey! you WILL get rid of that 10.6 lbs. and feel even more sure of yourself than you do now! emoticon

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NASFKAB 9/26/2013 9:47PM

  so glad started reading your blogs so inspiring

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DRADDIE 9/26/2013 9:46PM

    Yay for bad weather outside walking- that's one of my goals this round too!!! Last year treadmill...this year BUNDLE UP!

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TIRED49 9/26/2013 9:41PM

    You give such good advic! So thankful I started reading your blogs emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 9/26/2013 7:33PM

    You are so right to look at ALL the Fall holidays!! So many!! But, like you said, planning ahead will make a HUGE difference. Your blog is wonderful and I think I will also list my blocks and make plans. emoticon emoticon
LOVE, CHELSEA

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LYNMEINDERS 9/26/2013 7:12PM

    Woohoo...go you...
You are such an inspiration and example...

For somew reason your blogs stopped turning up in my in box however I have sorted that now and I just love the example you are to everyone on spark...

I am picking thta you have just started a BLC challenge????
I have been doing the 5% challenges and really enjoying them but I nam sure I willo hook into a BLC one again....
Have a great day

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L*I*T*A* 9/26/2013 6:43PM

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LUVSBULLDOGS 9/26/2013 5:53PM

    Outdoor walking is the best. Gf and I start at 6am, so dark. We walk a hill and it takes 1 1/2 hour. I wear a reflective vest so cars can see us.

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BABYSTEPS123 9/26/2013 4:12PM

    Boy, you struck the nail on the head for me ... BOREDOM! I have also found I need to change things up, but don't always know how to do it. Thanks for giving me some ideas. Of course, holidays are another challenge that I hope to handle better this year. Hope I can gain some perspective and confidence as I continue this lifetime journey. It's inspiring to read about yours!

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KLONG8 9/26/2013 2:46PM

    Nice perspective. Things that used to be a problem and what are challenges now. Thanks for sharing. And I"m a big lover of outdoor wallking too!

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GOING-STRONG 9/26/2013 1:28PM

    I agree about exercising outdoors. It is soooo much more enjoyable than being indoors. Nothing like a little Mother Nature to improve your mood. Love the sound of Fall leaves crunching underfoot.

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COCK-ROBIN 9/26/2013 1:24PM

    You can do it!

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TKTMTA 9/26/2013 1:11PM

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JEANNETTE59 9/26/2013 1:08PM

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