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1/26/12 12:58 P

This morning I could not wait to get outside and go for that walk! This is such a great feeling and i sure hope it continues.

I thought I took a 4 mile route and came home in 50 minutes, but after coming back here and tracking the actual route, it shows that the route I took was about 3.44 miles but it still says I did it in 4.1mph so that is good.

I was hating it around the final 15 minutes. I only ate a small banana and found out that isn't enough to keep me going for an hour. Now I know :)

Came home and ate half an orange and some eggs, and now I'm feeling great and ready for more!

1/25/12 7:53 P

Today I got on my gym clothes and hit the pavement! I had Jillian Michaels in my ear and the sun on my skin. It felt great and made me pay attention more to what I ate for the rest of the day. It's amazing how the two go hand in hand, but they do.

I'm starting to feel that motivation come back and I love it! I just have to make sure it stays and no matter what, I need to get a workout in every day. Fingers crossed that this is it and yesterdays shopping experience/eye-opener is all it took to keep me focused :)

1/25/12 11:04 A

Thank you so much :)

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1/24/12 9:55 P

Welcome to the spark. Don't give up. I'm only starting too and I hope that if i have a day that I feel like quitting, I'll have the strength and courage that you did to at least let us know so that we could just encourage your socks back on. You will do it!!!!!! emoticon emoticon

1/24/12 7:12 P

I'm not proud of this, but I thought about just quilting all together with this site and bogging.

Why would I do that? The reason is simple...I have not worked out since my last post and I have been off and on with the eating healthy! I got so mad at myself as well as embarrassed, that I figured I would just stop blogging and no one would notice. Truth is, I notice and I matter, and I know the truth! Suck it up, get back to the site, and admit my faults. So, that is exactly what I am doing. I am not hiding nor am I running. I'm looking at myself full-on and putting it out there that I have slacked off!

I had a big awakening today and I think it's what I needed to get my butt motivated. I went shopping! I tried on the cutest dresses, jeans, and tops this morning and what I saw in the mirror was not what I wanted to see. I was thicker in the waist, the arms were not shaped like they used to be last year, my hips have some extra spillage going, and my butt was not tight. Yep, the clothes would have looked so much better if I were toned! I was disappointed in myself and only walked away with a few items. This has got to change, and change before summer gets here! I don't care about wearing a two piece swimsuit, but I do care about my body getting back into shape where I would look good in one if I wanted.

After I got back home, I put on my gym clothes and hit the weights. I have not lifted in months and it felt real good. I didn't go over board, but I hit every muscle. I am going to lift most days of the week for sure and the cardio will come...

I will get these last pounds off and I will achieve that by spring!

1/17/12 12:04 P

Yesterday went very well, but there were a few things I needed to change to make myself more successful.

I was going to journal everything I ate, measure and all, but I found myself not wanting to eat much of anything because I "had" to measure. Well that wasn't going to work for me, so I have decided to just put the healthy stuff into my mouth and then I'd know I was getting enough food that was not high calorie. I stuck to fruits, veggies, nuts, eggs, cottage cheese, oatmeal, and just loaded up my salad with lots of yummy yet healthy items. The stress disappeared and I was able to focus on eating only when I was hungry! So for me, journaling does not works at this time. Don't get me wrong, I used to journal when I needed to get back into reality of what a serving looked like, and when it comes to carbs, I still will measure out the serving because I know how easy it is to consume way to much, but for now, I need to stay away from the white carbs and eat a little bit of the complex ones instead.

I also took a 4.2mph walk that took 35min and I felt great the rest of the day. Today I work, but will make sure to either get a weight workout in or some cardio...maybe even both :)

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1/16/12 11:29 P

Hi Colette, welcome to sparks!!!! Stay positive and get motivated! Take something up you like,like a sport or if you like to dance try Zumba,it's so much fun!!! emoticon

1/16/12 3:22 P

Hello Everyone,

I'm new to this site and I'm still finding my way around. I have started a blog here, but then saw this area where we can journal, so I'm going to do both :)

I am 44yrs old and have gone to college taking so many health and fitness courses, so I know what to do and how to do it, but my motivation has gone out the window for a year now, which is why I'm here. I have ten pounds to lose, which doesn't seem like a lot, but when I've been saying this for a year and still nothing has changed, it's a problem. Ten pounds changes the way you move, how your knees feel, heck it changes your over-all being! I miss being the active person I once was, and the one who everyone around came to for advice. I know my stuff and can tell anyone else what to do, but myself is another story.

I look forward to meeting new people here, sharing what I know with others, and getting feedback as well.

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