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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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WORKNPROGRESS49 3/29/2014 9:31AM

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PENOWOK 3/29/2014 9:23AM

    You deserve a celebration!! You can celebrate every day you stay on your streak!!!

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SCRAPBECCA 3/29/2014 9:20AM

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You have so much to celebrate friend! WTG on the 2000 fitness minutes!! Thanks for reminding me to celebrate the small things too. Today no diet soda 7/7, I want that monkey off my back for good! emoticon

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SHERYLP461 3/29/2014 9:03AM

    2000 fitness minutes is a great reason to celebrate. Celebrate the ability to do it (bet you couldn't before) Celebrate your heart is now pumping at a rate for a healthy person) Celebrate the enthusiasm you now have for life!! Way to go

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IDICEM 3/29/2014 8:59AM

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HAPPYMENOW58 3/29/2014 8:52AM

    Way to gooooo! What an inspiration you are!

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CARRIELYN56 3/29/2014 8:39AM

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DJSHIP46 3/29/2014 8:31AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon ... Hope I'm able to join you one of these days!

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DJSHIP46 3/29/2014 8:30AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon ... Hope I'm able to join you one of these days!

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2B4EVERFITAT50 3/29/2014 8:28AM

    Awesome blog as always! My (what probably appears to be tiny to others) huge milestone that I hit a couple of days ago was actually believing that I could be a runner one day. I always believed that would never be part of my plan because I just can't run (too out of breath, too much pain....). I had been a swimmer, but the pool is 20 mins away and not the best option for daily exercise. So I joined the C25K program a couple days ago and did day 1 without a problem. Even if I don't end up being able to do a 5k (chronic pain may limit me), the fact that I currently actually BELIEVE that I can and REALLY WANT TO is huge - for me.

So I will celebrate with you!

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CFMOSS 3/29/2014 8:22AM

    Oh yeah....celebrate!!!! That's not only a milestone but it's progress. Good job.

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LRUSSELL6 3/29/2014 8:22AM

    Great job and great encouragement to look at the whole picture instead of focusing on the numbers. I just hit my 200 life time miles and I did a fun 5k walk which I completed in an hour (did my very moderate pace) and I felt no aches, pains and was not tired at the end as I was in the past. emoticon

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PT.JEFFGIRL 3/29/2014 8:17AM

    All things should be celebrated. Good for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TREE57 3/29/2014 8:07AM

    Well done!

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SNOOPYLINKOS 3/29/2014 8:06AM

    Your blog today reminds me of that saying (somewhere out there in cyberland) that the journey can be far more interesting than the destination. We may not always enjoy some of the stops, but the destination will make it all worth while. Now take that sweet little puppy out for a walk and enjoy the rainbow! emoticon

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VAINVT 3/29/2014 7:58AM

  Great to set all kinds of goals.

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TINAJANE76 3/29/2014 7:49AM

    Congratulations, girl, and good for you for soaking up the wisdom from our Rock Stars of Maintenance here, lol! It's awesome that you're focusing on what's ahead in the shorter term, but are also getting an idea of what lies ahead once you reach your weight-loss goals. The transition can be tough for people to make, but I have a feeling you'll manage it like a superhero too!

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CELIAMINER 3/29/2014 7:47AM

    I read your story on your Spark page. Congrats on your accomplishments! Looking forward to reading your "at goal" story, and I know you'll get there. What an inspiration!

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SHARON7464 3/29/2014 7:36AM

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You have much to celebrate! I'm celebrating following my exercise plan, getting in my steps, and juicing two meals a day M-F.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 3/29/2014 7:29AM

    2000 minutes! Wow! Congratulations.

I agree with Maree. The "At Goal & Maintaining..." team provides the support we need when approaching or reaching goal.

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SANDYCRANE 3/29/2014 6:28AM

    Congratulations on hitting the 2000 fitness minutes. That is awesome. Keep up the good work.


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MAREE1953 3/29/2014 5:36AM

    Yaay! Your blog provides the perfect opportunity to let everyone know about the SP team "At Goal & Maintaining + Transitioning to Maintenance". Some have said it was hard to find; lots of resources for dealing with a new frame of mind when the " woo hoo" of scale dropping and compliments about weight loss stop and your into the more boring land of Keeping It Off This Time! It has made all the difference in the world for me and I've finally stopped that dang yo yo! Go Sparkers!!

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DIDMIS 3/29/2014 4:49AM

    Great blog and great loss.
I wish I knew how to put all of those pictures on my blogs. I am bad with pictures.

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KIM22211 3/29/2014 3:41AM

    I am with you! Florida trip is coming up soon isnt it? you have a whole lotta motivation right there! Remember you are going to coming thru Missouri and see me right? lol

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LYNMEINDERS 3/29/2014 3:28AM

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I have stuck to my plan now for 22 days.....woohoo...am so stoked....
Thanks for asking me to join your challenge....
The scales haven't always reflected this however i have kept going and am sure they will catchup.....

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WEBEZE 3/29/2014 1:51AM

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That is so awesome. How cool that you hit 2000 minutes the same month I hit 2000 miles.
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You must be slightly taller than me. The top end of a healthy BMI for me is 136. The last time I weighed anywhere near that I was 12. LOL
Doesn't matter I am on the healthy road and will be there again.
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ADVENTURESEEKER 3/29/2014 1:50AM

    All unaccompanied weight-loss peeps get a free puppy and a rainbow!

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Way to go :)

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MJ7DM33 3/29/2014 12:33AM

  WTG! Keep it up!

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POSITIVEHOPE 3/28/2014 11:24PM

    Loved this blog. I hope you will take this as a compliment that it's meant but I will be paraphrasing this and posting it in my own words so I can use it as a personal reference for the journey. I've taken a curve too wide and followed the road to The Pit of Despair myself. I've endured the Land of Plateaus, too. You really added the tools I lacked when I stopped my first journey. I feel so empowered just by reading this. I celebrate your victories right along with you.
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KOHINOOR2 3/28/2014 9:59PM

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MALAMI518 3/28/2014 9:44PM

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I have been in both the Pit of Despair and the Land of Plateaus. You are right. The Land of Plateaus is so much worse because you don't know what you are doing "wrong." As I enter maintenance, I sometimes wonder about what I'll still have to celebrate. I like your ideas.

Your streak is fantastic, and it is helping me a lot!

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LYNNWANNABE 3/28/2014 6:57PM

    I really needed this Stephanie, I need to break completely out of my stinking thinking and renew myself.. the pit is no where to be!!! emoticon

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BRENDA_G50 3/28/2014 6:23PM

    Have I told you lately how emoticon you are? Well, it's true!!! Thanks for the emoticon & emoticon emoticon

My NSV is that I am now doing both Physical Therapy (for the pinched nerve in my leg) and Occupational Therapy (for the fractured shoulder)!!! emoticon

They both are feeling better even though after the therapies I am so sore that I can't see straight but, at least I know I'm getting my range of motion back in the shoulder and my leg seems to be getting better. Both of the therapist gave me exercises to do at home in between therapy sessions which are twice a week (same day, back to back). Yes, they hurt some but I will make it through them!!! emoticon

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JENMC2012 3/28/2014 4:26PM

    emoticon Steph, you are beautiful inside and out! Thanks so much for your honesty and sincerity. You really make a difference.

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SLLYONS51 3/28/2014 3:29PM

  I am celebrating reading an inspirational blog with emoticon and rainbows. emoticon

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SUSIEMT 3/28/2014 2:37PM

    I would like to celebrate the fact that I hit 10,000 steps last night at around 10;30! For some reason it took me FOREVER to get those steps. I don't know what I didn't do that I normally do but my SPAT didn't seem to be capturing all of my steps! I now know what "other" people feel like when they fight for those steps! From now on I will be more compassionate when hearing their woes!

Keep up the good work Stephanie! I enjoy your blogs so much!


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CHRISGORGME 3/28/2014 1:38PM

    Wow!!!!! So many accomplishments to celebrate!! I don't want to stress you but you are an inspiration to so many of us!! You are on the right track to success! Yes you have every right to celebrate every big and small accomplishment of yours! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 3/28/2014 1:02PM

    Stephanie you are amazing and so inspiring to me and so many others.
Yes lets celebrate those puppies and rainbows. every one is worth it.
Hugs,
Angela


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MARYBETH4884 3/28/2014 11:35AM

    Love your attitude!!

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LINDAK25 3/28/2014 10:44AM

    2000 minutes is AWESOME! Definitely worth:
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Don't have any of my own right now, but I'm working on it.

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UWPALUM 3/28/2014 9:58AM

    Congratulations! 2000 minutes is amazing, don't down play it at all!

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BEANIES_MOM 3/28/2014 9:50AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon What a great accomplishment! Perfect for puppy dogs and rainbows!!!

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