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1/21/08 5:43 P

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I may need to get back on my treadmill as well although I much prefer to go walking and enjoy the sights and sounds.

"Love God in front of others, and love others in front of God."

"The most self-destructive thought that any person can have is thinking that he or she is not in total control of his or her life. That's when, 'Why me?' becomes a theme song."

"Kindness is the language that the blind can see and the deaf can hear."
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1/21/08 10:09 A

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Tracey,

Great suggestions. Continue to strive towards your success! Much success to you, girlfriend!

Ladies, Please share your goals that were successful for your weight loss.

For myself, I did the following and will continue to press into what worked for me. I know different things work for different people. But, some things will work, no matter who you are. Here's my successful goals:

1. Increasing my fiber intake.
2. Zig zagging my calories.
3. Eating 5-6 meals a day every 2-3 hours. This one really works, because it revs up your metabolism.
4. Looking for different ways to get more cardio/activity. For example, parking my car further from the door or taking stairs instead of an escalator or elevator.

Now, these helped me extremely as well as working out of course. This time around I am pushing myself with my weight-lifting. So, I hope these ideas as well as Tracey's works for you.

Sincerely,

Steph

Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

No one can do what you are called to do, but you!

Great works are performed not by strength but by perserverance. - Samuel Johnson


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1/21/08 12:29 A

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great thinking tracey - i have an unused treadmill myself. Maybe i'll make that ten minute committment also ... emoticon

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1/20/08 4:29 P

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CONGRATULATIONS TRACEYLBR! I am going to try to follow your example with setting reasonable goals for myself.

"Love God in front of others, and love others in front of God."

"The most self-destructive thought that any person can have is thinking that he or she is not in total control of his or her life. That's when, 'Why me?' becomes a theme song."

"Kindness is the language that the blind can see and the deaf can hear."
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1/20/08 4:07 P

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Thanks for the support!

When I worked full time, it was so hard to beat the temptations; business dinners totally did me in. Plus I never knew if I was going to be home right after work or late. It is so hard when life is like that.

I hope you can pick out some small things that will make you feel good about travelling towards your ultimate goal. Set yourself up for success! For so long now, I've set myself up for failure by asking way too much of myself from the start, and making up rules that I am never going to be able to stick to (like "never eat chocolate again" - yeah right!).
Hang in there! Keep up your good work and remember to let your plan evolve as you do!
Tracey

"It's vital to remember who you really are. It's very important. It isn't a good idea to rely on other people or things to do it for you, you see. They always get it wrong" - Rincewind in Sourcery by Terry Pratchett


 
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Congratulations Tracey! well done :-) I am suffering from a bit of burnout at the moment....so your words on small goals are great. My life is absolutely full of temptations...ie social things...so it can be hard to keep up....but i will do it bit by bit!

Keep up the good work Tracey :-)

wanting to be healthy and happy and comfortable in my own clothes and skin : )


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1/20/08 1:49 P

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Hi everyone! I want to share my success with you because I am hoping that what has worked with me can help you.
Just weighed myself and I've lost 3 lbs since Jan 1. YAY!
I usually get hyped up about eating right and losing weight and try to do intense, difficult workouts at first. I ultimately burn myself out in a few weeks and then end up in the same rut of eating badly and not doing any exercise. I decided to make up a plan for 2008 where I set myself up for success rather than doing the usual burn out plan. I made the rules very simple for me to stick to and I made up goals for myself that I could attain even when circumstances are stacked against me (the baby is crabby or if it is a weekend where my hubby is home and the routine changes, etc).

My goals are:
1. have my 8 glasses of water a day. I measure this in a large 32 oz Nalgene bottle that I keep in the fridge. I can just keep filling my glass and it's easy for me to keep track of drinking 2 of these a day.
2. I have a glass of V8 each day. This keeps me mindful of my goal of eating more fruit and veggies. It makes me focus on doing something good for my system.
3. I do 10 minutes on the treadmill. I started by walking for 10. Then I started a 30 second run at the 4 and a half minute mark. I've progressed this to doing 3 - 15 second runs at the 3, 5, and 7 minute marks. I am going to gradually increase my time on this as well. I've made a rule though that all I HAVE to do is 10, because 10 is better than nothing. It seems like a joke to have a goal of 10 min/day. But if you add that up, it's 70 minutes of focused exercise per week that I did not do prior to Jan 1, so it is a success.

That is all I started with, but since then, new "rules" have come up. I don't eat chocolate or candy during the week. Sunday, I can have whatever I want. Turns out, I don't really want that much chocolate on Sunday anyway. Almost like I don't crave it anymore. A friend invited me to go to Aquasize with her so I started going. That is helping too. I love belly dancing. I'd way rather do that than treadmill, so I give myself credit for doing some belly dancing as exercise during the day (the baby thinks it's hilarious too).
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This success has even spilled over to my "work" life. I make jewellery (or try to when the baby is napping) and there are many days when I just can't get it together to go down to my studio and do anything. I've set a mini goal that I do something jewellery related for at least 15 minutes a day. As with my treadmill goal, it isn't much, but it's better than nothing! And it's working.

So I hope this can help you too. You don't have to jump in headfirst and start doing 60 min workouts a day right off the bat (I've tried that, and I get discouraged from the start). You can do it slowly and build up.

All the best to you! I hope this helps!
Tracey

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