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2,000 Fitness Minutes... Initiate Puppies & Rainbows Sequence!

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Friday, March 28, 2014

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I typically reserve the emoticon's & emoticon's for really big milestones... weight loss milestones, hitting a new BMI range, etc. But as my journey has gone on for just over 2 years, I realized the emoticon's & emoticon's can come out on other occasions as well. For someone facing 100+ pounds to lose, it can be a long and treacherous road to get to their goal weight. Not only that, but along that road are lots of bumps and curves, and if you make a couple wrong turns you can end up lost and find yourself in the pit of despair. Then of course there is the Land of Plateaus that we all experience at one point or another. The Pit of Despair is something that we find ourselves in because we have fallen off track, but the Land of Plateaus is far worse because it sucks in unsuspecting and undeserving victims.

You are doing everything right, skipping down the road, eating in your calorie range, doing everything in your power to get this weight off, and before you know it you've found yourself at a dreaded Plateau. With hard work and diligence we find our way out again, but how long we are there is not always in our control.

So with all the various things that can happen on this long journey, I am learning to celebrate the smaller victories. Does that mean I'm trying to brag about my accomplishments? Not at all. For me personally, it keeps me going and keeps me focused. I hit 85 pounds down back at the end of October. I never celebrated a half-sie before (halfway between 80 and 90 pounds), but I figured my chances to celebrate weight loss milestones was dwindling down. I got blown off the course, right into the pit of despair, and am just now finding my way back to 85 pounds down. If I were to start getting caught up on the fact I should be celebrating 90 or 100 pounds down right now, it would send me right back to the pit. So instead, I need to find other things to focus on and to be proud of. I need reassurance from myself that I am doing something right.

emoticon 2,000 fitness minutes for someone else might be a drop in the bucket, but for me it was a goal that I had hoped to reach several months ago. It wasn't until March that it finally happened! I went full steam ahead in the beginning of the month, which managed to irritate my arthritic knees. I had to slow things down after that, but with consistency still hit the fitness minutes. My goal for April is to find a better way to hit the minutes, without irritating my knees.

The other reason I am celebrating this is because I have been learning a lot from my Maintenance Superheroes! emoticon emoticon There is going to come a time where there will be no more weight loss to celebrate. There will be no smaller clothing sizes to celebrate. Does that mean they don't get to celebrate? Heck no! They may have no more weight loss to celebrate because they've already accomplished that, but they can celebrate the weeks/months/years they have been maintaining. So for right now, I have quite a few milestones to get to...

90 lbs lost
95 lbs lost (if I feel so inclined LOL)
100 lbs lost
110 lbs lost
Goal weight 160 (112 pounds lost)

I will probably take it a step further because 159 would put me at the top of a healthy BMI, and 150 or 155 sounds better to me... but I want to celebrate that "I did it" at 160. This is all a mental game people. emoticon

But what happens when the weight loss stops? Nothing excites me more than seeing an all new lowest number on the scale... but there is going to be a day where that doesn't happen anymore. That is the goal of course and it will be it's own reward, but it definitely sounds like an adjustment. That is why I am learning to celebrate physical things, like walking a certain amount of steps/miles, getting in plenty of fitness minutes, or sticking to my 14 day streaks that I've been doing with some of you.

Which by the way 9/10 for sodium and 10/10 for no diet soda, booyah! emoticon

So that is why I decided to bust out the emoticon's & emoticon's today! They are not just reserved for weight loss milestones, they are for victories no matter how huge or small. Share a victory of yours with me below in the comments, I'd love to hear them. And while you are at it, take a complimentary emoticon & emoticon, you deserve it! emoticon




^Most of the time I am even more enthusiastic about others victories than I am about my own. You are all fabulous! emoticon
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WRITERWANNAB 3/30/2014 1:39AM

    Celebrating is never a bad thing. You enjoy everything you possibly can! emoticon

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MSROZZIE 3/30/2014 1:25AM

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JAMER123 3/30/2014 12:22AM

    Great attitude and worth being a motivator!! You are working at weight loss the way you should. I am waiting to see the 2,000 mins. as well. For the first time, this month I have earned the 1,500 and it feels so good. As you say, it might not mean a lot to some but to you and me, it's a milestone!!
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SHOSHANADP 3/29/2014 11:03PM

    Celebrate your accomplishments! Good for you!

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CECELW 3/29/2014 10:57PM

    This is a really good blog! Very interesting

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JAWATKINS 3/29/2014 10:50PM

    Wonderful blog! Just what I needed to hear today!
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REALKIEKEY 3/29/2014 10:20PM

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Always look at how far you have already journeyed when you fall in the pit of despair or land of plateaus.

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JERICHO1991 3/29/2014 9:46PM

    Thanks.


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CLAYARTIST 3/29/2014 9:28PM

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TATTER3 3/29/2014 7:13PM

    Yea you

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KHALIA2 3/29/2014 6:34PM

  emoticon emoticon Congrats on your progress!

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CHARTHESTAR 3/29/2014 6:09PM

    WTG!!

9/10 sodium? that is great!

the soda pop thing just gets easier!

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CICELY360 3/29/2014 5:30PM

  good for you

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PATRICIAANN46 3/29/2014 5:13PM

  emoticon I am a firm believer in NSVs and celebrate each time I experience one. A couple of weeks ago, I even celebrated my wedding ring almost falling off!!! Whatever keeps me going is my motto.

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SPARKBJOK 3/29/2014 5:06PM

    WAHOO!!!

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NILLAPEPSI 3/29/2014 4:58PM

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EMMACORY 3/29/2014 4:51PM

    2000 minutes!!! You can have a emoticon ! I never have hit that mark in one month. emoticon You make an excellent point that we need to find other NSV to keep us motivated for the long haul. Blessings! emoticon emoticon

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MOONGLOWSNANA 3/29/2014 4:30PM

  I'm so proud of you! emoticon s and emoticon s

You are so young and fortunate to have found Spark People and made it work for you. You are emoticon and you are a winner!!! emoticon

Keep up the good work! emoticon Look how far you've come from where you were!!! You're working on mini-goals now and succeeding!!! emoticon emoticon

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WENDYANNE61 3/29/2014 3:54PM

    Brillant, Steph! I walked 12.255 steps today for the first time since I had an op on my achilles heel six weeks ago - I feel on top of the world tonight! Yeah to NSV large and small this weekend! emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 3/29/2014 3:42PM

    So very well said!

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LCRUMLEY81 3/29/2014 3:37PM

  Great blog

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LIVELYGIRL2 3/29/2014 3:03PM

  I really liked what you said! Keep up the good work, and you will find find exciting results by and by. emoticon

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GRLTAZ 3/29/2014 1:30PM

    Awesome blog ! I needed to hear this today since I gained 3# overnight. I am not stressing it but do not like it either. You are very motivating and an excellent example of how to live healthy (food, exercise, and mentally). Thanks for that. Keep pushing ! TC

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LYNNIERN 3/29/2014 1:25PM

    Congratulations my friend. I miss see you and your wonderful spirit. Your blog exemplifies something I read yesterday, "I need to give myself credit for something I'm supposed to do". Congrats on doing that and for 2000 minutes...that is awesome!

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CAROL494 3/29/2014 12:47PM

  Love the quotes! Saved them.

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DIANNEMT 3/29/2014 12:47PM

    You are doing super and I need to learn from you--to celebrate MY STUFF--whatever it be!!

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NONNAOF2 3/29/2014 12:41PM

  Keep up your enthusiasm, I can feel your energy!! Way to go and congratulations on your success!! :-)

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CAZLINR 3/29/2014 12:39PM

  So inspiring! Thanks for the reminder to celebrate our progress, and not hoard our celebration until we reach our goal. It sounds like while you may be losing weight, you are definitely gaining wisdom. Hooray for you!! emoticon

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JSEATTLE 3/29/2014 12:34PM

  You are doing so well, and I am celebrating with you!!

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NIKKIJ55 3/29/2014 12:05PM

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ISABELLE31 3/29/2014 11:33AM

    Great blog! Congrats on your 2000 minutes!

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ARCHIEMITCHELL 3/29/2014 11:06AM

    This was such a happy and motivating blog. emoticon
Thank.
Nancy

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THOMS1 3/29/2014 10:59AM

    emoticon blog Steph, keep up the good work. You are truly a motivator. emoticon

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AMYSYOKO 3/29/2014 10:49AM

  loved your blog and your attitude, you are an inspiration to all of us...keep up the good work

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    Hugs

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