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11/30/15 4:50 P

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Yeah, I meant 138. Apparently my brain was already on vacation. I was able to lose half a pound before leaving so I was at 138.5 on the 20th and then 143.5 when I got back. I gained 5 pounds while on vacation for 8 days. I guess it could have been worse. I'm right back at it now that I'm home, and lost half a pound yesterday. I'm an ambitious girl and still hoping to get back down to goal weight. It didn't happen before Thanksgiving, but maybe by Christmas? It will be my gift to myself.

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11/19/15 5:33 P

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Well, yesterday went much better and I was able to get right back on track and lose 2 of those 2.5 pounds. I'm hoping to lose another pound today to be down to 148 tomorrow morning, which would be 5 pounds to goal! I fly out for vacation tomorrow evening, so I'm trying to figure out how to weigh while I'm gone.

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11/18/15 12:42 P

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Or, I can just totally blow it, eat everything in the house, and gain 2.5 pounds! Not my brightest moment. emoticon However, today is a new day, there is nothing I can do about yesterday, and I will move on from here. I packed healthy food for the day, I'm going to the gym after work, and then I'm not eating before bed tonight. Things will look brighter tomorrow.

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11/17/15 6:37 P

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Down another pound to 138.5 this morning! Soon, I'll actually only have 5 more pounds to lose! Friday is approaching fast and I don't think I'll lose 5.5 pounds in the next 3 days, but if I could get to 135, that would be awesome! Or 136 would be really great. Or 137 would be decent. We'll see what happens, but I am definitely motivated! Can you tell I'm a numbers person? I am going to continue to eat healthy and get in some exercise when and if I can, starting with Curves after work today. I've got a lot going on in the next 3 days, but I'll do what I can.

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11/16/15 6:59 P

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I've been doing fairly well, and Monday is almost over, THANK GOODNESS!! I'm at 139.5, up .5 from yesterday. People need to stop giving me cake and brownies and cookies, and muffins! But at least I only gained half a pound this time instead of the 2 pounds I gained last time. Onward and downward!

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11/14/15 3:07 P

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UGH! I felt so prepared! And then I felt the need for a snack and I ditched my plans and went on a bit of a binge last night. I had planned to be aware of my hunger signals and take a nice candle lit bath to end my week, but no. I ended up sitting in front of the TV all night with my husband and eating ice cream, chips, and popcorn instead. GRRR.... Today is a new day, I'm back on track, went to Curves and am determined to undo the damage and learn from my mistake.

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11/13/15 2:54 P

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I love it when a plan comes together! It's Friday and I have shed 4 pounds in the last 3 days. emoticon I am rewarding myself for my successes and enjoying the journey. I am determined to continue to do well over the weekend and drop as much weight as possible before leaving for Hawaii in a week. emoticon

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11/12/15 4:25 P

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I can do this. I have to work all day and then I have school conferences at 5:30. I packed my lunch, snacks, and dinner at home this morning so I would be prepared, eat healthy, and even fit in a workout between work and conferences. I'm going to be consistent this week!

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11/11/15 2:04 P

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In the last 4 days, I've lost 2.5, gained 2, and lost 2. I definitely need to work on being more consistent! I have a plan for exercise for the next few days, I just need to make sure I stick to my eating plan, whether people bring over cake and brownies or not.

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11/7/15 2:37 P

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I'm afraid I've gained 6 pounds since my last entry 5 days ago. I felt sick, tired, sad, depressed, and I ate anything and everything to try to feel better. No more. I am getting back on track, eating healthy, and exercising so I can feel better. I'm hoping that the pounds will come off at least as quick as they came on. I've still got my goal to be down to goal weight by Thanksgiving and I leave for Hawaii in 13 days. I'll just do the best I can, that's all I can do. And remember that I haven't failed until I've given up!

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11/2/15 4:25 P

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I'm finding success mostly sticking to my plan except for a few halloween treats and I've lost 1.5 pounds since my last entry 5 days ago. Unfortunately, I had a massive allergy attack yesterday and I still feel groggy and tired. I'm hoping to avoid the rest of the halloween candy and keep making progress. Sleep is going to be a priority today so hopefully I will feel better tomorrow.

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10/28/15 4:06 P

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Yeah, well the evening went to hell and I didn't get any exercise, any reward, or time for anything for myself. That, and I gained half a pound from eating too much out and not ordering it the way I wanted. I am making me my priority today and am going to make sure that I get in plenty of gym time and then I am going to soak in a nice relaxing bath before bed. Then I am going to get a good night's sleep and hopefully everything will look rosy again tomorrow.

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10/27/15 4:57 P

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Day 3, 4, 5, and 6 were also very successful and I have now lost 6.5 pounds in the last 6 days and have enjoyed 5 rewards! Not only that, but I'm back into the 130s at 139.5 as of this morning!! I'm going to enjoy an extra special reward tonight! WOO HOO!!

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10/23/15 2:52 P

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Day 2 was also successful and resulted in a 1 pound loss. I made it to Curves, ate well, and stayed on track. I also enjoyed my first reward and have picked out my second. Bring on the weekend! I am motivated!!

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10/22/15 4:49 P

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Day 1 was successful. I did make it to the gym and the scale was down 1.5 pounds this morning! Now to decide on my first reward!

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10/21/15 4:26 P

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Sheesh, I spoke too soon. Here it is, Wednesday, and I've gained 3 pounds so far this week! It's time to put that to an end, right now! I wrote out a list of rewards I'm going to give myself for getting back on track. I am at 146 today and I am going to work my butt off to earn those rewards! I am going to start by counting every calorie today and getting a good workout at the gym, which I haven't done in forever. I'll be back down in no time.

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10/19/15 4:06 P

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Hmmm, interesting. I lost half a pound the following day and 2 pounds the day after that. Both days I stuck to my plan like glue. It could be due to the end of that time of the month, or the unexpected exercise I got Friday afternoon building a fire and burning the branches and wood in the back yard. I was at it for about 5 hours! Or, perhaps it was a combination of both. Unfortunately, I gained weight during the rest of the weekend and am sitting here on Monday at the same weight as Friday morning and last Monday. However, I believe that the dreaded plateau is over and if I can get my head back in the game, I should be able to lose a fair amount of weight this week. And I definitely have to come up with a plan for dealing with weekends!

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10/15/15 5:48 P

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It must be either that time of the month still messing with me (on day 7) or a plateau, because I followed my plan to a T (pretty much) and didn't lose a thing yesterday! So unusual! We shall see what tomorrow brings...

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10/14/15 6:18 P

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Huh, I stuck to my plan, got exercise, ate healthy, and still the scale went up this morning. I hope things turn around soon!

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10/13/15 5:21 P

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I did so well yesterday, and then it started to rain and rain and rain and I didn't get any exercise because it was too wet and I didn't think about jumping rope in the garage. I ate healthy, had a small dinner, and then was hungry at bedtime and I ended up eating too much right before bed. Hopefully I will be able to stick to my plan and do better tonight.

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10/12/15 6:44 P

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Well, the weekend is over, Monday is here, and it is time to ramp up my efforts. It is that time of the month and I gained 2 pounds last week. Not the direction I was trying to go! However, now that the majority of the work has been done at the old house, I should be able to take more time to eat healthy and exercise. I discovered the beautiful trails in the woods in the back of my house yesterday. I am definitely going to enjoy my hikes so close to home.

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10/9/15 7:05 P

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It has been a few weeks. I've been super busy! We've been sleeping at our new house for a week now, but still have a lot to do to get the old house ready for sale and finish moving. All the packing and moving has helped with the weight loss. I'm down 4 pounds over the last 2 weeks. I've been exhausted, but took a few days to recover and am ready to hit it again. We're hoping to get everything we want out of the old house and get it ready for sale this weekend. Wish me luck! I need to get back on track with counting my calorie intake and not eating at night. And hopefully I can catch up on sleep now that the "new house excitement" is wearing off a little bit.

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9/25/15 4:40 P

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Grrr...seller won't let us move in after all. However, I borrowed a vehicle from work so I can load a bunch of stuff and get ready. Yay! However, before I start, I need a nice long walk after work tonight. I'm feeling out of sorts and a bit sore still, but being inactive, like yesterday, is not helping. I need a good walk and a good night's sleep and hopefully I'll be good to go!

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9/24/15 6:26 P

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I did it! I went to the gym and worked out for an hour! I'm a bit sore today...but definitely on track and that feels great! We closed on our new home today (Thursday) and were told that we could get the keys and move in tomorrow. However, the bank decided not to fund until Monday, so now we're hoping the current owner will let us start moving in so we can do it during the weekend when we're not working full time. I am going to be super busy this weekend but hopefully that will help me stay on track with my diet and exercise (moving and packing)!

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9/23/15 7:02 P

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Yay! I went to Curves and I woke up a pound lighter this morning! Now I'm going to really challenge myself and see if I can make it to the gym for some cardio!

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9/22/15 3:33 P

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I had a great day yesterday, got in a lot of exercise, ate right, drank water, had plenty of sleep and only lost half a pound after gaining 2 pounds the 2 days before. Normally, I would have lost at least a pound and a half? Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining! I am very grateful I lost half a pound. However, it is confusing the way the body reacts one way one time and another way another time. Maybe it is because my husband made dinner last night and used too much salt? (It was very salty.) I guess time will tell. My Curves membership came out of my bank account this morning. I can't remember when I last went. I should really try to get there today. I haven't been doing any strength training at all. Hopefully I will make it and continue my downward journey!

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9/21/15 5:19 P

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It is now Monday and the weekend did not go as well as planned. I ended up going out to dinner for the first time in forever and ate too much and then went home and had dessert because I blew it anyway. Then, yesterday, my son and I made homemade pizza and it was yummy and I was watching the Seahawk game and I ate too much. And then my son made a new breadstick creation and I had to try one! *sigh* I ended up gaining 2 pounds in 2 days. However, today is a new day and a new week, and I can get right back on track and make it great. I still ended up losing 2.5 pounds last week, which is really pretty good! And I also exercised both Saturday and Sunday, which has not been happening hardly at all lately, so that is another success.

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9/19/15 4:44 P

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It is Saturday and I've had a pretty good week so far. I've lost 4.5 pounds since Monday morning. So far I am on track today as well with eating and exercise. My son and I played tennis this morning for over an hour. I am working on consistency and am doing pretty good. Hopefully I can keep it up!

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9/17/15 3:43 P

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Thank you so much for the encouragement! I sincerely appreciate it! I am on a roll at the moment and doing pretty good, if I say so myself. emoticon

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Keep up the good work!! We're here for you!!



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9/16/15 6:34 P

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I've been doing well for a few days now, just need to keep it up!

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9/15/15 5:41 P

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Still working on consistency. I've joined a few challenges in which I am part of a team. Hopefully that will help keep me on track and motivated.

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9/2/15 5:03 P

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I need to be more consistent. I was doing so great and then came the weekend. Ugh. I am going to try to Spark more often and make myself a priority and be consistent about healthy habits, rather than doing really good for a bit and then really bad for a bit. I seem to be losing and gaining the same pounds over and over again. Slow and steady wins the race, right?

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9/1/15 6:44 P

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Thank you so very much for taking the time to congratulate, support and encourage me! I appreciate it very much and I think that is what SparkPeople should be all about!
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Yes - I read and care - CONGRATULATIONS!! Yes - you are worth it. Excellent response, BTW, to that totally uncalled for remark from the other poster. So, I'll stand up with you and say "Oh no, you don't!" There is too much negativity and hate around. I hope you continue on your weight loss journey feeling great! emoticon

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I don't know if anyone will ever read these posts or if anyone will ever care, but dang that felt good! Since writing my last post, I have lost 5 pounds (in 3 days), am the lowest weight I've been for the last 10 months and 3 weeks, and I feel great! It's interesting. Maybe all I needed was the opportunity to stand up, realize my value, and tell the world, that, "YES, I'M WORTH IT!" Because, let's face it, life is going to get difficult for all of us at one time or another. Wouldn't if be great if, when someone tries to knock us down, we all stand up, say, oh no you don't, and proceed to reach our goals like rock stars. Yes, yes it would!

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Okay, I've given this a lot of thought. I thought about finding a way to delete my journal. I thought about deleting my SparkPeople account. I thought about giving up on weight loss altogether. I felt judged and I didn't appreciate the comment. Here is my response. I don't keep this journal for anyone but myself. If someone would like to read it and it helps them on their journey, great! However, what I write comes from my heart and my desire to do the best I can to be healthy. It is not for anyone's entertainment or an invitation to judge. If all the many people participating on SparkPeople felt they were being judged, I wonder how successful it would be? I am a 42 year old woman with a wonderful husband, 2 fabulous kids, 4 step sons, 3 daughters in law, 8 grandchildren, 2 parents, 3 living grandparents, 1 brother, 7 living step siblings, many nieces and nephews, etc. I have a full time accounting job making more money than my husband, who is 13.5 years older than I am. I am very active in my church where I am responsible for helping 12 and 13 year old girls live up to their best potential twice a week every week. I love and support my husband who also works full time and has an even busier church calling. (He is the bishop of our ward for those who know what that means.) I am always there for everyone in my family, but especially for my 15 year old son who still lives at home. As you can see, I have a very full and very busy life. I am not sure what exactly was meant by the post that bothers me so much, but I am not about to resolve every issue that might stand between me and my weight loss goals. I chose a long time ago to "have it all," to be a working mother and to be the very best person I can. That is not about to change. We all have struggles in our lives and we all have priorities. My life is a result of the choices I have made and will continue to make. They aren't about to change because 1 person I have never met made 1 comment online that seemed to imply that I don't have my stuff together. I was valedictorian of my high school class, graduated summa cum laude from a 4 year college with a degree in accouting, passed all sections of the CPA exam on my first attempt, have been working and successfully supporting myself and my family ever since, and have managed to lose over 30 pounds and maintained my health. Granted, I've gained some weight back, but I am not a quitter and am doing the best I can to return to a healthier weight and lifestyle. Don't judge me. You don't even know me. I wish each and every member of SparkPeople the very best of luck on their own very individual journeys to good health and happiness. I expect the same in return.

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It seems your weight is a symptom of a various interesting existence. From reading your 'blogs' it appears like your weight is the last issue you should be working on.

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Today I am 149.5, 1 pound less than I was at my last post 2 weeks ago. I have a tough time being consistent with all the change and stress going on in my life. However, now that my son is back home, my oldest seems to be on track, and I am seeing hope for the future, I think I can get back on track. I didn't realize how much I missed my son until I got him back last night!

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7/28/15 6:07 P

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Ugh, the weekend didn't do anything for my healthy eating and weight loss plan. I've gained 2.5 pounds and have been eating anything and everything and haven't been exercising. I'm trying to get back on track. I've found the house I want, but now I have to be patient to see whether or not they will accept our offer. I'm not a fan of patience. I'm now dealing with a health issue as well, making it hard to exercise, but I will do what I can. I should be better in a few days.

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I haven't checked in for awhile. Life has been extremely busy lately. I went on vacation, then came back and had to get caught back up at work. I've been spending a lot of time looking for a house. I'm down 6 pounds from my last post, which is great. I haven't been Sparking much, but I've been exercising a lot and eating pretty good. I haven't weighed this little since 9 months ago. That's pretty cool. And it's Friday, so that's awesome! I'm a little sore from my Curves and Jillian workout last night so my plan for today is to walk and talk and work some things out. I sure am looking forward to the weekend.

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6/26/15 6:50 P

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I was feeling all great yesterday and decided that I didn't really need to exercise because I was still sore from the prior day's exercise. I decided it would be fun to just relax and enjoy time with my husband and it was hot out so we decided to eat out. And I was relaxed and happy and ate too much. And then we went home to watch some TV downstairs where it's cooler and I ate an entire pint of Ben & Jerry's, some watermelon, some nuts, and then went to bed late. I gained 3 pounds and I don't feel very good at all! Today, however, is a new day and I will pick up where I left off, go to Curves, eat at home, and hopefully stay on track!

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6/25/15 2:52 P

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I ate good, went to the gym for an hour and lost a pound! I was able to jog much longer than I thought I could and burned 577 calories according to my pedometer. It was a good day indeed! I'm feeling great today. After work I plan to go to Curves or go for a walk depending on how sore I am. Or maybe I will do both. I plan to eat the leftover salmon at home along with some watermelon. Hopefully I will continue to see progress.

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6/24/15 3:00 P

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I ate at home and went to Curves. However, I was feeling hungry and wanted to eat late last night and probably ate more than I should have. Nevertheless, I lost that half a pound. Today is a new day, I am back on track, and I'm going to the gym after work for the first time in quite awhile. It is going to be a good day!

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6/23/15 2:26 P

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I ate great yesterday, exercised and gained half a pound. I would like to cook more at home. I think eating out is making it harder to lose weight. I am going to start by cleaning out the refrigerator, eating leftovers, buying some ingredients that I need, and making an effort to cook more often. I'm also determined to get to Curves tonight. It has been awhile and I miss it. Hopefully the scale will be more kind tomorrow.

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6/22/15 2:18 P

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I had a great week and lost 5 pounds! I broke through and finally weighed in under 153 this morning at 152. I had a good weekend but I'm discouraged because I felt like I did what everyone else wanted to do and didn't really get a chance to do much that I wanted to do. My goal for this week is to be a little more assertive, do things that I want to do and take the time for myself to get in workouts that are a little more challenging. I'm getting tired of walking and want to get back to Curves and try a few things to switch it up a bit and avoid another plateau.

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6/19/15 4:53 P

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Wow, so I have lost 4 pounds in the last 4 days! I developed a chart to help me stay on track and so far it seems to be working! I am so glad it's Friday. It has been a long week, but fairly successful. Today after work I get to go on a date with my hubby so we'll have a healthy dinner and probably go for a walk afterwards. I am really looking forward to sleeping in!

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6/18/15 3:25 P

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I am still sore from Tuesday's workout 2 days later! I also got only 5 hours of light sleep last night. I wasn't able to fit in much exercise yesterday because of my schedule, but I did play a little ping pong and was pretty active running after kids. I stuck to my eating plan though and lost another pound! My son is on his way to his dad's for the summer, so I should have plenty of time to catch up on sleep and find time to exercise. Considering how sore I am, I think some walking would be a good idea today, followed by a good night's sleep in my own bed!

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6/17/15 5:06 P

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I had such a stressful day yesterday! However, I did not eat any cake, I ate healthy, I worked out hard and I lost 1.5 pounds! The next few days are going to be challenging. Today, I work until 4, have a Young Women activity from 7 to 8:15, need to get my son to the airport in time for his 6:50am flight tomorrow, fit in healthy eating and exercise somehow. I'll do my best.

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6/16/15 4:16 P

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I am doing well. However, it's my coworkers birthday and I think she is going to insist on shoving cake in my mouth. She won't let it go! I think I can fight her off though. I lost half a pound yesterday. I thought it would be more. I need to remember that losing it slowly is best. Hopefully it will stay off that way! I am going to stick to my plan and know that I am getting healthier.

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6/15/15 1:58 P

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*sigh* I have gained 3 pounds since my last entry 2 weeks ago. Consistency has always been such a struggle for me. It is Monday again and I have several things going for me at the moment. My son leaves for the summer on Thursday so I will have more time and fewer distractions keeping me from exercising and eating right. I just bought tickets for a trip to Kauai in November so I have a lot of motivation to look better in a swimsuit! I have GOT to get back on track! Life has been very challenging lately, but I can't keep letting it derail my efforts to get healthier. I am going to come up with a plan and stick with it!

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6/1/15 2:51 P

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I'm not feeling the greatest today. I worked out hard Saturday and my ribs hurt pretty good today. It's Monday. I'm up a pound today because I went on a binge last night and stayed up too late. However, it is Monday, the start of a new week, the first day of the month and a chance to start over fresh. I know I can do better. And maybe gaining a pound will help me get over this plateau I've been on?

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5/29/15 5:19 P

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I'm still the same weight today, but to be honest I am relieved. I ate a bit much for dinner last night and then gave into a chocolate truffle craving after 9:00pm. Hopefully I will be able to behave a little better today. I would really like to see the scale continue to move in a downward direction! I will probably take a break from all the exercise today and maybe take a bit of a walk if I can find time between working, getting dinner and babysitting my new grandbaby.

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5/28/15 3:46 P

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I'm back down to 153 this morning. I seem to be able to get to 153 periodically, but it has been really hard to get any lower lately. I'm not about to give up though! I've been doing all the right stuff and I'm feeling a whole lot better. The scale will reflect my progress soon enough, I am sure.

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5/27/15 3:36 P

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It was a very disappointing weigh in this morning. I ate great, drank a lot of water, went to Curves for 30 minutes, walked for 30 minutes, and gained a pound. Either I'm gaining muscle or the dinner I ate out had more calories than I thought or? However, I will stay positive and hope to see better results soon. I am going to make today a good day and go to the gym and get some good cardio in.

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5/26/15 3:01 P

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Well, vacation time is over and I'm back to work. I weighed the same this morning as I did Saturday morning so technically didn't gain weight during the long weekend. Ha! We were blessed to be able to go for a beautiful 95 minute walk along the beach in the sunshine before leaving Oregon. Ran out of time to eat much, but that helped with the weight loss, so it's all good. The long weekend was definitely challenging, food wise, but I learned a lot and I didn't give up on my weight loss goals! All in all, a success! I'm glad to be back to work and on a more healthy eating routine. Now I just have to find time to exercise!

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5/24/15 11:32 P

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Had a great day today. My husband and I hiked for an hour and 45 minutes on the beautiful but challenging Oregon Coast Trail. We also went for a nice 30 minute walk on the ocean beach. I tried hard to cut back on my food intake today and I hope the scale will be more friendly tomorrow. It told me I gained 1 1/2 pounds this morning. Imagine how much exercise I could get if only I retired! LOL

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5/23/15 5:19 P

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I am enjoying my Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. I got a wonderful surprise this morning when I stepped on the scale. According to the scale, I lost another 2 pounds yesterday! Woo hoo!! My husband and I spent an hour and 15 minutes so far today walking along the ocean beach and another 15 minutes walking along the river bank. It was so much fun! I'm not sure I'll be able to do very well with the rest of my vacation because of all the eating out, but I'm going to do my best.

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5/22/15 2:17 P

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Yesterday was a great day as well. I was able to make it to Curves and had my teenager go to Taekwondo while there. I didn't get quite as much sleep as I would have liked, but thankfully it is the weekend and I should be able to catch up. This morning's weigh in reflected another pound lost. My muscles are a little sore today. They're not used to exercising much. Today will be a rest day as we are traveling, but hopefully we will fit in a walk or two. I am hoping I can stay strong and healthy throughout the long Memorial Day weekend. We will be eating out a lot, but hopefully I can keep it healthy and we can get plenty of exercise!

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5/21/15 4:38 P

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Well, I had a great start yesterday! I ate healthy, tracked every calorie, exercised for an hour, drank lots of water, got enough sleep and the scale reflected a 2 pound weight loss! I feel so much better already. I am doing well so far today too. After work I plan to get more exercise, hopefully circuit training at Curves. I have a plan B to go for a walk. That was yesterday's plan, but I ended up riding bikes and playing frisbee with my teenager instead. That is definitely a good thing! Not only am I giving him my time and attention, but we're getting healthier together at the same time! I wish I would have come back to Spark and worked on getting my health back sooner. I am just so thankful to be here.

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5/20/15 4:14 P

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Today is day 1 of my journey to get my body back. I am 158 pounds, only 5 less than when I originally started almost 8 years ago. I've lost over 30 pounds and gained most of it back. I'm sitting here watching my weight go back up and wondering what happened. I quit taking care of myself. That's what happened. I was working so hard to take care of my family that I just let myself go. That can't be a good long term strategy. I'm realizing that eventually my teenager is going to grow up and I'm not going to have any control anymore anyway and I'm going to be overweight and unhappy. Then what? It is better to work on it now, be a good example to him, and be healthy enough to live long enough to be there when he finally decides that he actually wants to hear my thoughts and opinions. I'm a long way from losing those last 5 pounds, but I will get there again.

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10/28/14 7:28 P

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Wow, well I went on a 3rd antibiotic, developed tendonitis, am hoping the sinus problem is gone, because I had to stop taking antibiotics. I also have to stop exercising. Yikes! I've gained 6.5 pounds already because I haven't been running or jumping since starting the antibiotic because I knew tendonitis was a possible side effect. I guess it's time to really watch what I eat!

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I'm still doing pretty good eight days later. I've lost another 1.5 pounds. I had 3 days in there that weren't so good. (I gained 3 pounds.) However, I am back on track and continuing to exercise and eat healthy. I feel so much better. I had a CT scan because of the sinus infections and it was normal. I have an appointment with the ENT specialist on Monday morning so hopefully he can help me so I don't get these headaches all the time. I plan to keep up with the healthy habits through General Conference weekend. It may take a little creativity to overcome the 8 hours of sitting on my butt, but I can do it!

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9/25/14 3:22 P

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I feel great! I've lost 6 pounds in the last 10 days. I've been eating healthy, I've been exercising regularly, and I feel so much more hopeful about my health. Tonight I am going to Curves after my son's orthodontist appointment and perhaps a walk around the lake too! I've been enjoying the exercise, even if I'm a little bit sore today.

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Yesterday was a great day, I exercised, I ate right and I didn't lose any weight. Just have to remember that that will happen sometimes! Today I plan to go to Curves and continue eating healthy. If it's not raining, maybe I will even sneak in a walk around the lake?

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What do you know?! It worked! I lost 2 pounds over the weekend! I'm definitely making good progress. I am going to keep it up by eating right and getting in some exercise after work today. I'm hoping to go for a walk with my family this evening.

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Had a good day yesterday and lost half a pound. Back on track! It is Friday! I need to come up with a plan to get through the weekend without gaining weight. I plan to get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day, eat healthy, portion controlled meals, and drink lots of water.

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Two steps forward, one step back...I did great yesterday, but I had a hair appointment right after work and had 30 minutes between that and Young Women, so I had a quick salad for dinner. I was so hungry by the time I got home, I ate way too much junk food and never did find time to exercise. At least I didn't gain any weight and I can get right back on track. I went to the doctor this morning and am now on another course of more potent antibiotics to try to get rid of this stupid sinus infection. Hopefully it works this time! Tonight I am going to Curves and will do my best to eat a healthy dinner out with my boys and not eat too much!

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9/17/14 5:20 P

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It felt so good to get in a workout yesterday! After my workout, I wasn't craving unhealthy food so I had a healthy dinner. According to the scale, I lost 1.5 pounds yesterday and I feel much better today. I still don't feel great, but better! If I can keep motivated, hopefully I will feel great soon.

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9/16/14 6:29 P

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Almost 2 months later, I have gained 6 pounds. I've been sick with a sinus infection, I haven't been exercising, I've been eating all sorts of junk and I feel terrible. I just finished antibiotics and I think I still have a sinus infection. I have heartburn. I can barely zip my pants. I desperately need to find that person who lost 30 pounds, ate right, and exercised regularly. I remember I rarely got sick when I was taking such good care of myself. *sigh* Where did that girl go? I still haven't gained that first 10 pounds I originally lost, but I have gained the last 20. Somehow, I am going to find that girl again and get healthy.

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7/18/14 4:01 P

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I had an awesome time fishing but gained weight because I ate a ton and didn't get any exercise. However, I ate right, exercised and lost 3 pounds yesterday so I'll just have to try to stay on track and get the rest of the weight I gained back off. Today is Friday. Yay! I have 2 softball games again tonight and hope to protect my legs a little better this week. Tomorrow I have a youth temple trip so hopefully I'll figure out a way to get exercise since I'll miss my usual Curves workout. I like what someone said recently. Weight loss is 80% food related. I just have to find ways to prevent myself from continuing to constantly stuff it in my mouth!

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7/15/14 4:41 P

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Thanks, UKNOWITNOW! Well, I did play 2 games of softball and not only did we lose both, but I brought home 2 big swollen and painful softball sized bruises on my right lower leg. They are more painful today, 4 days later, than they were when I got them! I lost 1 pound that day. However, I've gained 5 since. I'm just having a really hard time staying motivated. Tomorrow I'm going on a guided fishing trip and so all my usual routines are out the window. I guess we'll just have to see what happens.

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7/12/14 10:06 P

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7/11/14 5:19 P

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It has been 3 days since my last post and I have gained half a pound. Grrr.... If there is one thing that I know for sure, it is that I am determined. I am not going to give up until I get there, even if it's a year from now! Tonight I get to play 2 games of softball in the 90 degree weather. I'm looking forward to it! I'll be exercising, drinking lots of water, and hopefully losing some pounds!

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7/8/14 5:18 P

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Whoa, I guess it has been 11 days since my last post. During that time, I have lost half a pound. Well, I lost 2.25, but gained some back. It is so hard to be consistent, especially during long holiday weekends! I'm working at it though and I'm not giving up. My plan today is to go to Curves and then to the batting cages for some hitting practice before Friday's games.

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6/27/14 2:49 P

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I'm back! I had a good day and the scale says I am down another 1.5 pounds this morning. I am glad the weather cooperated so I could go to softball practice. Unfortunately, only 2 of us showed up. However, I knew of another team practicing elsewhere, so we joined them and had a good time. Never give up, right? Today we have a double header and I really hope the weather can help me out again! It doesn't look good according to the weather reports. If it is rained out, I am going to go to the gym and get a good workout since I missed Wednesday and my husband has plans. Hopefully I can stay active this weekend and keep up the healthy momentum!

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6/26/14 1:57 P

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Phew! I made it through the day yesterday and managed to eat healthy, fit in some exercise and see a 2 pound loss on the scale this morning. It's about time I had some good news! I'm looking forward to doing some strength training at Curves after work. I hope the weather will cooperate so we can practice softball tonight.

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6/25/14 6:18 P

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*Sigh* Yeah, that didn't happen. I did end up in the break room at work and ate everything I could find, was too tired to exercise, went home, ate some more, got some sleep, but not quite enough, and gained another 2.5 pounds. Tonight is normally my most vigorous exercise of the week. However, I get to go to a meeting instead so it looks like tonight will be another disappointment. However, I do think I can prevent myself from eating too much so hopefully I can get that back under control, get to bed at a decent hour and maybe even fit in a little bit of exercise. Tomorrow should be better. I have nothing planned but Curves and softball practice after work.

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6/24/14 3:44 P

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Well, crap, life happens, doesn't it. I had a plan written down and I was going to eat right, exercise, and go to bed early to make up for the lost sleep the night before. However, I left right from work to go to Seattle to pick up my grandson who was stranded and didn't get dinner until late and I was starving and had to grocery shop and went home and went to bed. No exercise and no extra sleep for me. I am so stinking tired right now. I'm resisting the urge to go into the break room at work and eat everything. I plan to go to my hair appointment after work tonight and then concentrate on getting lots of exercise and then go home and go to bed!

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6/23/14 4:36 P

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Well, the weekend went pretty good until I still wasn't able to talk to Justin after getting him on the bus at 4am Wednesday morning and getting a text at 10am saying, "On the road" when he should have been in the air for 2 hours by then. I called, I left messages, I texted, and he never got in touch with me until this morning. Anyway, I was a mess and ate everything I could find resulting in a stomach ache and a 2 pound gain this morning. However, everything is okay now and I should be able to get right back on track. I am still hoping to weigh 140 or less by the 4th of July. That leaves me 12 days to lose 4.5 pounds. I know that is a lot to expect, but 2 of those pounds should come back off really quick considering they went on in the matter of a few hours. I am determined to do my best!

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6/20/14 1:30 P

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I'm on a roll! The scale was very kind indeed and I lost another half a pound. I may even make it into the 130's by the 4th of July! My goal is 140 and I have 3 pounds to go. I've been really good at sticking to my eating and exercising plans lately and it shows! Tonight I have a double header so I'll get in lots of exercise, especially since we may be short women. The weekend will be a good test to see if I can stay on track. That is definitely my plan!

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6/19/14 1:23 P

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Ta da! The scale showed a 1 pound loss this morning! I followed through with my healthy plans yesterday and am seeing progress. I hope to keep it up by getting in a workout at Curves after work and probably attending softball practice this evening. I'll keep eating healthy and drinking lots of water and hopefully the scale will continue to be kind. emoticon

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6/18/14 1:01 P

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I got unstuck! Now I'm at 144.5. I got lucky because, though I did eat at home last night, it wasn't nearly as healthy as it should have been. I also didn't get nearly enough sleep because I had to get up at 2:30 am to get my son off to DC for a school trip this morning. I'm going to get in a great workout this afternoon, go to bed early tonight and see a magically lower number on the scale in the morning!

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6/17/14 12:28 P

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I seem to be stuck at 145 at the moment. The scale hasn't moved for 3 days. I'm hoping to lose 5 pounds by the 4th of July. I've been eating pretty healthy and exercising quite a bit. I just need to try to slow down a little and eat more meals at home. I think I've been getting too much salt when eating out. A little more sleep would be nice too!

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6/16/14 2:43 P

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The scale showed a 2.5 pound loss after the weekend! emoticon I wasn't able to get in as much exercise as I would have liked but I ate pretty smart and still celebrated Father's Day with all the dads in my life. All in all, it was a wonderful weekend! I am glad it is Monday so I can come back to SP and continue on my journey with all my Spark friends!

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6/13/14 3:31 P

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I made it to Curves, ate fairly good, maintained motivation, and am looking forward to the weekend and opportunities for exercise and healthy living.

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6/12/14 3:20 P

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Two weeks later, 3 pounds heavier... I celebrated my son's birthday with him, got stressed out about lack of time to prepare, went on a camping trip and all good habits escaped me. However, I am back on track now. I hope to make it to Curves tonight and continue making healthy choices for me and my family.

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5/29/14 3:56 P

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I got in a great workout yesterday, didn't eat quite enough calories, and lost 2 pounds! 11 more to go. Today I am going to get that Curves workout in and continue with the good eating habits.

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5/28/14 1:46 P

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Perhaps I should have started a new journal since I actually have 13 pounds to lose at the moment, but this is my journey and my journal and I'll just keep at it. I had a good day yesterday. I had hoped to go to Curves, but my sweet son made a mess of my plans last night. I still need to work on insisting that my needs are met too, but it is so hard when I am already balancing parenthood, a full time job, church callings, a husband, housework, paying the bills, etc. Despite the lack of exercise, I managed to bake brownies with frosting for a boy scout court of honor tonight, bake banana bread for my family, stop myself from eating that stuff, and lost 3/4 of a pound. All in all, not bad. Today after work I am going to the gym for a good 60 minute cardio workout and will make up for my skipped workout yesterday. I'll go to Curves tomorrow and get back on track with the strength training.

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5/27/14 4:52 P

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The long weekend went pretty good and I lost 1.25 pounds! Yay! I drank lots of water, ate pretty good until my husband made enchiladas last niight, and got in some exercise. I hope to continue to make healthy choices and lose weight throughout the week. Tonight I want to make it to Curves and get in some strength training which I haven't done in 5 days since they were closed Saturday.

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5/23/14 6:47 P

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Yesterday was much better, I met my goals, and lost a pound. I am hopeful that I will be able to find a way to stay on track this weekend and continue to lose weight instead of gaining it back. I made it to the gym today after work in order to start the weekend off right. I am going to track my food and exercise over the weekend, stay active, and remember why I am doing this and take the time to take care of myself!

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5/22/14 3:41 P

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Apparently not. It is 3 days later, and I've gained an additional pound, putting me back exactly where I started 1 week ago. *sigh* Why is it so hard to get back on track and even harder to stay on track, and so easy to completely fall off? It was hard this week because my 13 year old son had his wisdom teeth taken out and I was concentrating on his health instead of my own. I guess it's going to take commitment to myself and my health. I think I need to change my mentality and put myself first instead of last?

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5/19/14 4:18 P

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I did so great Friday and lost another 2 pounds. I was so excited to report my progress, got up in the morning, went to get online, and my internet connection wouldn't work! I started my day out healthy enough, by standing up to my hubby and asking to eat at home instead of going out. However, we ate lunch and dinner out, came home and had ice cream. I gained 3 pounds Saturday. Yesterday wasn't any better and I stumbled again after trying to get back on track for another half pound gain. Therefore, I lost 4.5 pounds and gained 3.5 pounds in the last 4 days. It is Monday and I just have to get back on track and work harder to stay consistent. Hopefully I can be stonger when my family wants to sit around and eat junk food.

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5/16/14 6:37 P

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I stuck to the plan yesterday and the scale reflected a 2.5 pound loss this morning. I got in a walk today (unexpectedly) when I locked my keys in my car. I've been tracking my water and food intake and making better choices. I know that consistency is key and plan to keep it up through the weekend. I still need to work on getting at least 8 hours of sleep, but should be able to do that easier during the weekend. Good luck to me and all of you!

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5/15/14 4:16 P

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3 weeks later...up 3 pounds. I have been overwhelmed with life lately. I feel like I have no time for myself, no time to exercise, no time to eat right, no time to get enough sleep, etc. After constantly eating everything in sight yesterday, I have decided to take control of my life and take the time I need to take care of myself. I can't remember when I last worked out so I am going to make that a priority and go to Curves tonight and get in a session. I am going to track everything and make sure that I get back on track!

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