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My story is about figuring out how to live a higher quality of life. I'm not very comfortable with how I'm spending my time and energy. I've embraced convenience over quality. Couch time = my downtime. I am succeeding in just about everything... except taking good care of myself.

The hardest part is just rethinking those daily habits and choices.

I have succeeded at creating a healthy lifestyle in the past. But then things changed (new job, new house, etc). This is more about finally putting it ALL together and creating a lifestyle that supports me feeling my best... not just me getting all sorts of stuff done.

** leaving some older info here because it still resonates

The one WINNING piece that has stayed with me, despite having regained much of the (impressive, for me) 20+ pounds I had lost? The shame is gone. Maybe it's part of getting older and more accepting too... I think having PROVEN TO MYSELF that I COULD DO IT (yay!) has changed the script and negative back talk in my mind for the better. Now, instead of insisting that I'm lazy or incapable or worthless... I see more clearly that I am busy, or focused on other priorities, or doing my best.

My goal is to take this positivity--along with all the great things I learned about changing my lifestyle--and forge a new daily routine (around my new daily challenges and schedule) that will keep self-care and health do-able... even though they are not (sorry, they just aren't!) my top priorities right now.

For me to succeed as brilliantly as I did last year, weight loss needs to be my TOP priority. And it isn't right now. So I need to accept that what I'm searching for here, for now at least, is less ambitious. Not steady loss... but more focus on better health, stress management, etc. (And really, last time around, focusing on those things rather than the scale were a huge part of my winning attitude.)

So... not weighing in and owning up to the weight regained. Yet. (Probably will in the coming weeks or months.) NOT setting any specific goals yet, other than the simple goal of exercising MOST days. Drinking my water. And getting 5+ veggies and fruits.

And cutting back on empty sugar.

Here are my "OLD" notes (which is still a good summary of my basic approach):

I'm stringing together more and better health habits, from confronting my sugar addiction to focusing on "real food" to reshaping my body (and spirit) with physical activity.

Regular exercise works as my building block. When I exercise, I'm more likely to stick with ALL my goals. Tracking my food is the ONLY way I've successfully lost weight. My biggest challenge is an "all or nothing" attitude. I need to strive for consistency and sustainability... NOT perfection.


REALISTIC goal setting (storing long term goals here). 1 lb per week loss is realistic and achievable. Some weeks will be better. Some worse. I always seem to go 2 steps back; 1 step forward.

I also like setting smaller (less than 10 lb) incremental goals. I'm an achiever. Regularly feeling like I've reached a goal keeps me motivated. Staring at a months-long endpoint defeats me. So... my plan is:

Goal #1: 12 lbs lost (211 to 199) deadline: July 20th
ACHIEVED! 199 ON JULY 6TH!!!!!!!!
Goal #2: 9 lbs lost (199 to 190) deadline: Sept 21st
ACHIEVED!! 189 ON AUGUST 12TH!!!!!!!
Goal #3: 8 lbs lost (190 to 182) deadline: November 16th
ACHIEVED! 182 on October 14th--long plateau broken at last!!
Goal #4: 7 lbs lost (182 to 175) deadline: January 4th
Goal #5: 6 lbs lost (175 to 169) deadline: February 15, 2016

Member Since: 5/5/2009

Fitness Minutes: 9,832

My Goals:
Quality of life, mindfulness
More energy, positive vibes
Less anxiety and depression

My Program:
Nutrition: 6 weeks of no sugars / empty carbs, starting April 15

Fitness: Exercise 3 days per week, plus "active" fun

Personal Information:
Excited to be mid-40s and in a life I'm deeply happy with... just need to make that final, critical connection to higher quality of life by taking care of my health!

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    965 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my page, so nice to see you emoticon
    We were going to get to Devil's Lake yesterday, but didn't think we'd have time (it's 2-1/2 hours for us), so we went to a closer state park for some hiking. What a gorgeous weekend!
    It's hard to get back into the swing of things. I seem to rotate doing well in one area, then struggling in another - it's cyclical, I guess. I think staying healthy and not worrying about the number is key.
    Have a great week!
    973 days ago
    Hey there - did I see that you updated your profile last month? I hope all is well with you, and you're enjoying the fall colors! We're thinking about a trip to Devil's Lake this weekend, I'm sure it's beautiful! emoticon
    978 days ago
    Wishing you a fabulous day!!!!

    Sending you lots of sparky hugs :)
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    The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
    ~William Faulkner

    Just little stones, not boulders. You've got what it takes to move little stones! Stay strong!!

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