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My Non-Food Reward


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Tuesday, November 26, 2013




Today is day 44 of my streak!

As of today (November 26) there are 35 days until New Years day, and I am feeling so determined to stay on track and to make as much progress as possible in that time. In the past, I would go completely off track during the holiday season, and gain at least 5 lbs...usually more! Then on New Years Day, I would make a bunch of resolutions to start eating right, exercising and losing the weight.

But I don't want to start 2014 that way. I want to make progress NOW! And I am thrilled that some of my Sparkfriends who feel the same way have joined me on a private Healthy Holidays Challenge team. Their support has really helped me to stay on track!



One of the threads on the Healthy Holidays Challenge team is for posting NFR's (Non-Food Rewards.) This thread was inspired by a blog written by my Sparkfriend Susan (PGHP31CK). Thanks Susan!

Last week, to give myself a NFR, I ordered a new workout DVD, and it should be here tomorrow. I sure look forward to getting it! Its a Pilates workout with a mini ball;

www.youtube.com/watch?v=
gUE2f8bkbCI


You know, its kind of amazing that I am actually looking forward to getting a workout DVD...and that I consider it a reward! I used to be obese, unhealthy, lazy and a couch potato. How incredible it is to me that I am no longer that person! I'm 52 years old, and I'm more physically fit NOW than I was ten or even 15 years ago. And it started with making the choice to get up off the couch and to start working out, even though it was difficult and uncomfortable.



There were so many times when I wanted to quit, but I pushed myself to keep going anyway. It wasn't easy, and there were so many things I couldn't do. But I gave myself permission to be a beginner, and I gave myself time to get better.





I've lost 71 lbs so far and I have about 70 more pounds that I still need to lose. I still struggle with workouts, but I truly accept that my struggles only make me stronger. I am going to keep fighting, and I will do my best to stay on track throughout this holiday season.




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LORIVIOLA 4/13/2014 11:10PM

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NASFKAB 12/27/2013 1:59PM

  great you will DO IT

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BJPENNY70 12/7/2013 8:47PM

    Pixie I really relate to this blog. I too have about 79 pounds to lose. I have lost quite a bit, too. I struggle everyday. Pushing forward is the only way. Even if it means pushing through struggles or pain. I salute you. Keeping on going. We can do it.

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KIWIANN 12/1/2013 9:46AM

    You have a such a beautiful attitude!! Thanks for being an inspiration to me and to so many others!! emoticon

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KLMEIRING 11/30/2013 10:14AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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GEORGE815 11/29/2013 9:59PM

    Alright!

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JMARIES51 11/29/2013 9:42PM

    Another wonderful, inspiring Pixie blogs. You are my hero -- and I follow your lead. emoticon
p.s. I don't want you to feel pressure from this, just want you to know that what you write about in your blogs really speaks to my heart. Actually I am my own hero, but you are also my hero! Thanks for being here on this journey.

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DIETER27 11/29/2013 9:23PM

  Thank You..............

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STINAMARIE86 11/29/2013 7:51PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I loved this blog! You couldn't have said it better! Thank you for posting this! I love the winner vs loser picture!

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1DRWOMAN 11/29/2013 6:21PM

    Loved this! Awesome!!!

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HOLLYM48 11/29/2013 4:23PM

    We are stronger than we think! I know that sometimes I have to tell myself I can do anything for one minute and then one minute more until I get thru the entire workout.
Sometimes you have to break it down, but whatever works!
Great job Pixie! Keep up the awesome streak!

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GRACILU 11/29/2013 3:53PM

    Thanks!

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INGMARIE 11/29/2013 1:05PM

    emoticon another good one. Thank you.
I will follow in your footsteps I am starting December 1st. as day #1
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JULIAMOONCHILD 11/29/2013 10:47AM

    You continue to push forward and to conquer all influences that might wish to turn you back from where you came. You've got grit and I admire and respect you for it!

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    nice

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MYAKAYAH 11/29/2013 1:03AM

    Yeah, I like non food rewards, I'm due for a few on Sunday when I reach my goals for November! Then onto December's goals~
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FISHINGLADY66 11/28/2013 9:12PM

    emoticon Happy Thanksgiving.

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ALIDOSHA 11/28/2013 4:36PM

    HAPPY THANKSGIVING

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KATTREE 11/28/2013 4:28PM

    Great attitude. Enjoy the Thanksgiving.. I plan to do the non--food reward for over the holidays its good to hear there are others out there striving also.

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ARTICWOLF28 11/28/2013 3:55PM

  Love this!!!! I'm new and can use all the encouragement for the Holidays!

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MRSRIGS1 11/28/2013 10:44AM

    You inspire me! I had neck surgery two weeks ago. I was told I could walk and that it would be good for my recovery if I did. At first, my walks where out the door, down the walkway and back around the sidewalk to the driveway. My husband, mom or step-day would help me because my legs were like a brand new baby's. I read blog like yours and they inspire me to work harder. I am now walking 2.1 miles (by myself) and doing it in 33 minutes! I am amazed at what we accomplish when we set our minds to do so! Continue on your streak! emoticon emoticon

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JENJENN7 11/28/2013 9:29AM

    I am so impressed with you Pixie! Thank you for sharing! These holidays, together, emoticon

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MISSPUV 11/28/2013 8:04AM

    Love reading your blog. You inspire me. Way to go! Reading this is helping me consider how I want to approach the Holiday Season...

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DEEKELLYE 11/28/2013 5:57AM

    I look forward to going on walks and getting exercise DVDs from the library (now that I have discovered that I can get them) and going to the fitness center. Losing weight is a struggle. Just remember we didn't put on the weight over night and we won't take it off over night. Chin up butter cup. You are doing great!

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LIVELYLULU37 11/28/2013 4:50AM

    Awesome!! Keep at it, and before you realize it, you will reach your goal of 70 more! If you ever need support, I'm here, Have a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!! Jen emoticon

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ASCIESZKA 11/28/2013 3:11AM

    Thank you for sharing!

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