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Failing is not an option! Whatever it takes, I can do this! And as a very smart guy once told me - You are doing this for you and no one can take that away from you. (Thank you "very smart guy"!)

"Continuous effort -- not strength or intelligence -- is the key to unlocking our potential."
~Liane Cardes

You're on the road to success when you realize that failure is only a detour. - Anonymous

You haven't failed until you quit trying. -Anonymous

Life is short!! Break the rules, forgive quickly, kiss slowly, love truly, laugh loudly, and never regret anything that made you smile.

~Fear lasts only for a second...regret lasts forever.~

Smile and be confident that what you're doing today will get you to where you want to ultimately be - and act as if you're already there...

"If your mind can conceive it, your body can achieve it."

As if putting my actual weight out there wasn't paralyzing enough...I'm going to keep track of my measurements here too. Gasp! (Okay, so I chickened out and am only putting my inches lost.)

Since February 2008, I've lost:

Arm = 1
Thigh = 3.5
Calf = 3/4
Chest = 3.75
Waist = 2
Hips = 4.5
Shoulders = 4.5

Starting Body Fat = 43.7
Current Body Fat = 34.1

**last measured on 6/7/08**


I've seen similar posts on other Spark pages, so here's my take on "secrets to success".

1. There is no quick fix. There is NO magic pill. The only magic that will bring you success is hard work and determination. You have to create this magic within yourself and commit to it. Every single day.

Instead of wasting your money and time on the abundance of "miracle" weight loss cures out there - focus on proper nutrition and exercise. It works every time, for everyone.

2. Plan your meals. Track your food. ---- Failing to plan is planning to fail! (I love that saying!) Plan a week's worth of meals, including all meals and snacks & stick to it. You will make better choices, without a doubt . Tracking my food here on Spark has been one of my greatest weapons. I can clearly see when I'm not hitting my marks on protein, fiber, fruits & veggies - whatever.

3. Schedule your workouts as if it was a doctor's appointment or a meeting. You won't get anywhere by waiting for the mood to strike you! Make it a priority. Obligate yourself. YOU ARE WORTH IT!

And get the most out of your workouts - push yourself. You will only get out of it what you put into it. Challenge yourself - you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish.

4. If you don't have a heart rate monitor, get one. (Angel, where's yours?) It will totally change the way you exercise. I have a Polar F6 and love it! Get a notebook and track your daily exercise. It brings me such a sense of accomplishment to keep track of all my calories burned. I don't go to the gym without my notebook and a plan laid out. When I'm doing weight training, I check each one off as I go - kind of like a "to do" list. It seems so simple, but it keeps me going.

5. Track your progress. I weigh in every Sunday morning. It keeps me on track. Did I work hard enough or do I need to step it up? Keep track of your measurements too. For me, the scale doesn't always move as fast as the measurements so it's a nice pat on the back. Set goals - short term and long term - and reward yourself when you meet them!

6. Be your #1 fan. This journey is a long one, physically and emotionally. Reward yourself for overcoming obstacles. Smile at the progress you see in the mirror. Be proud of yourself and your effort to change.

Have faith in yourself and what you can achieve. You can accomplish whatever you put your mind to.

Remind yourself that you won't get to your goal overnight. It will take time but it WILL happen, as long as you remain disciplined and focused on your goals. Focus on progress, not perfection. You will find yourself getting stronger each and every day.

Member Since: 1/24/2008

Fitness Minutes: 12,749

My Goals:
Short term goals:

1. Eat more veggies
2. Start running
3. Do Tae Bo without dying.
4. Master the elliptical

Long term goals:

1. Run 5K in April for Autism Awareness Walk
2. Do a spin class and look like I belong there.
3. Kickboxing

My Program:
I'm doing weights every other day and cardio every single day. I aim to burn 1000 calories per day (or 7000 per week) ....LOVE my heart rate monitor! :)

I've really struggled with caloric intake - as in how many calories I need to take in and still lose weight but yet accommodate the amount of exercise I do daily. Through A LOT of trial and error, I found a good balance.

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To live each day Strong, Focused and Determined.... And teach my children to do the same.

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