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Planning For An Awesome February!

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Saturday, February 01, 2014



Today is day 7 of my current streak!

Its a new month, and I am going to make the most of it. I am on a challenge to make as much progress as I can by the first day of Spring, and I am excited about the possibilities. As of today, February 1, there are 46 days until Spring. Thats plenty of time to make some real, measurable, HEALTHY progress!



I've been thinking about what I need to do in order to make this challenge a success for myself. Of course I know that I need to eat right...plenty of fruits and veggies, and no processed junk. I know I need to exercise, and I've got my workouts for the month planned out. (I'll be doing Les Mills Pump and Coach Nicole's 28 Day Boot Camp DVD.) But in addition to those things, I know I need to get myself re-focused on WHY I started this journey in the first place, in March of 2012.

Back then, I was at the highest weight of my life (286 lbs) and, although its a cliche, I really was sick and tired of being sick and tired. I hated the way I felt and the way I looked. I wore a size 3X, and I bought most of my clothes from the Big Men's department. (That way I could pretend I was buying them for someone else. I was in such denial.) I had no energy for anything. Just the slightest exertion made my heart race and had me breathing hard. I wanted to lose weight and get healthy, but I was scared to try. I knew it would be hard. I knew it would be uncomfortable. But I also knew that if I could just get started, I could get better.



Instead of going on a diet, I decided to go on a LIVE it, and to just do my best to make each day as healthy as possible. I promised to love myself enough to eat right and work out, and to struggle on instead of giving up when it got tough. I had to fake that love quite a bit in the beginning. But a funny thing happened...I started to actually have real love for myself! Not the kind of love that is arrogant or conceited, but the kind of love that made me realize that I deserved to live a healthy, fit life.





Over time, though, I kind of lost the focus of being healthy, and loving myself. I started thinking more about "the end", when I would reach my goal. I got in a huge hurry to get there, instead of taking time to enjoy the journey. And then I hit a plateau. Instead of just staying on track, I allowed that plateau to lead me to occasional binges. I stopped putting forth my best effort with my workouts. I started trying to diet. There were times when I would practically starve myself in order to try to beat the plateau. And then when the plateau seemed to be ending, I'd reward myself with food. I started to feel kind of frantic, thinking everyone knew I was a failure.

But I'm not a failure. The only way to be a failure would be to give up, and I haven't done that. I've taken some wrong turns on my journey, but I'm still here and I'm still trying. And now I'm going to stop worrying about reaching my goal. I know I'll get there eventually. In the meantime, I am going to go back to what works best for me, and that is simply loving myself enough to make each day a healthy one. I won't be perfect and I'm not even going to try. I know some days will be better than others. But I also know that some days are going to be totally awesome! And no matter what kind of day I have, I promise to love myself enough to be patient and to enjoy the journey.




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LORIVIOLA 5/15/2014 9:43AM

    this is wonderful, Pixie.
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GRAMPIAN 4/22/2014 9:46AM

  Very wise. emoticon

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EBONYSOL 2/21/2014 5:47AM

    Pixie, your blogs are inspiring and touch my soul. Thanks for not being perfect. Thanks for just being you!

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MILPAM3 2/14/2014 5:33PM

  I think you have really thought things out and are on the right track! emoticon

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JOYEOUSD 2/11/2014 4:29PM

    You are doing great! I think we need to make each day count and do our best and not look to the "end" there will never be an "end" to being and staying healthy, right?

I have been make 2-3 lb goals for myself. Right now if I see the next lb lower on the scale, I will be very happy. You can do the same with your looser clothes, or whatever else you look to for success!



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I believe in you too !

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    emoticon as always a great blog thanks for sharing emoticon

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AJB121299 2/4/2014 5:29PM

    Nice

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HAPPYMENOW58 2/4/2014 1:42PM

    You can do it!! Loved your blog...Here's to a healthy February! Hugs! emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 2/4/2014 11:29AM

    It's great to read that you are not letting the difficulties win. You are strong and determined and a great source of encouragement to many of us.

Keep up the good work!

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MYAKAYAH 2/4/2014 8:32AM

    Pulling for you Pixie to get back on track, I know it was a difficult time with your husband being ill. Thankfully he is on the mend~

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    Love your blogs To those who can emoticon emoticon

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CAROL_31649731 2/3/2014 4:51PM

    Love your blogs, Pixie! I don't blog much, but earlier this afternoon I blogged something similar, but you just said it here so much more eloquently. Thanks for taking the time to inspire. emoticon emoticon

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GEORGE815 2/3/2014 4:35PM

    Great!

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FRABBIT 2/3/2014 3:43PM

  Another great inspiring blog!

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MARYELA 2/3/2014 3:28PM

    AWESOME BLOG emoticon

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LUVTOBOWL 2/3/2014 3:07PM

    emoticon Pixie, I needed to read those words.

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BUFFALO63 2/3/2014 2:15PM

    I am so with you! February is going to be an excellent month living life to it's fullest adn being the healthiest we can be!!! emoticon

Girl Power!

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GOSPARK45 2/3/2014 2:01PM

    Great blog!
I'm back on track. The great thing is each time we know more and more about what we need to do, so it's easier to get back on.
We're doing it!

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HAVASUJULES 2/3/2014 12:17PM

    With your positive attitude you can do anything!

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MRSRIGS1 2/3/2014 12:06PM

    Wonderful! Wise words for us to live by. Thank you for sharing Pixie! emoticon emoticon

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SCOTTYPAL 2/3/2014 12:03PM

    You said it perfectly .Thanks for saying how we should be with ourselves. I would never speak to a friend the way I speak to myself. I'm trying to be kinder to me.

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AJB121299 2/3/2014 11:47AM

    Nice

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    Another great blog Pixie. Thank you for motivating us! You'll definitely rock February! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 2/3/2014 5:07AM

    Good for you! You CAN do this!

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BANNERMAN 2/3/2014 2:11AM

  Great goals, thanks for sharing.

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ANGELFMABV 2/2/2014 11:13PM

    emoticon You are quite the inspiring lady. I know you can do this!

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GRLTAZ 2/2/2014 9:19PM

    Way to refocus Pixie. Give yourself a hug and remind yourself why you are worth fighting for. TC

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AMBER461 2/2/2014 8:09PM

  Great blog, thanks for sharing everything you said is true you must first love yourself to succeed in your endeavours.

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TREV1964 2/2/2014 7:06PM

    I love the comment I am not on a diet I am on a Live it - great stuff.

Cheers

Trev

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    emoticon Thanks for sharing!!

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SPARKBJOK 2/2/2014 6:27PM

    Great blog!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/2/2014 6:24PM

    I've lost 40 pounds...but it's taken me over 2 years. It really isn't straight down journey. Just keep doing the right things, as often as you can. It will happen! Bless your heart, you are doing a grrrrrreat job!

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