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Monday, July 11, 2011

It's time for me to recommit to myself! I've been on summer break for almost a month, and I have have lost 1 pound. My goal was to enjoy the summer, work out a lot and continue making healthy choices while eating. Well I've enjoyed my summer, and I've been working out a lot, however somehow I've lost my control and things are not going well. I'm still making healthy choices when possible, however, I've gone out to eat more, I've had more alcohol, and my diet soda intake has increased. All of his is what I can attribute my recent weight gain to.

My sister and mother, who have been great supports and are fellow sparkers, have been experiencing some of the same frustrations. After talking about our frustrations we decided to spend some time using spark, tracking and making good choices. In the meantime The scale and I are taking a break. We've been fighting a lot and I think we need a little space. So I am going to take 6 weeks to get myself back on track and then the scale and I have a date set for August 21st. I write this blog so that all my other spark friends can encourage me to get back on track. My commitment is decrease my alcohol and soda intake, and finally cook more meals at home.

I also need to set my July goal. Yes, I realize it is July 11th, however I've been working on it and I think I'll be able to make it. I've read articles about the benefits of working out in the morning, so my goal for July is to work out in the morning at least 3 times a week. Stay tuned...
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    There is nothing better then catching yourself....and recommitting to your healthy lifestyle! I think its great that you are taking a break from the scale....I think that sounds like a good idea for me too.. I do have a very hard time staying off of it...cause the moment that I realise that I am doing well following all the rules..I really want to see my progress...I guess "the instant gratification"....then I turn around and weigh myself day after day...and then I get frustrated. So, I am also going to set "a date" with the scale too. (monthly) I have been exercising every morning since last Wednesday...I love it talk about setting you up for the rest of the day on such a mental high. I get up when my hubby kisses me bye and leaves for work..5:45am ...get up ...washroom break...water...Elliptical slow..once warmed up go go is boring...but either way...that 30mins will pass. watching videos..listening to music or just day dreaming about your new body and what it means to you. Then when finished I enjoy another glass of water...then have my yogurt, and oatmeal....then shower....get dressed...make a coffee sit outside on the deck for awhile..Enjoying the breeze...finish my getting ready for the day and I am ready for whatever comes my way as early as 7:00am or as late as I want to be. I really enjoy this time because I have made time for myself and there is no silly rushing around in the morning...I used to wake up ugly as a bear every morning...not anymore...I really love this! I went into great detail on the morning thing because there is nothing that can really mess up my morning routine...If I went to workout after work..I would think of 100 excuses not too. I was sick all last year battling colon was awful...I got thru it and I am tired of being the procrastinator that I was....I know you will do this! And I will too! Keep up the excellent effort! emoticon emoticon NO EXCUSES
    3076 days ago
    Way to go!!! You can do it!!!

    One way to make sure that you eat at home more often is to create a menu. Just the main meal you typically like to cook for. For example, I plan dinners. The leftovers are then used for lunches. Go shopping once or twice a week for the items needed. The food is there and if you vary it enough you will not get bored. One fun thing I try to do is try at least three new recipes a month.

    Good luck on your morning goal. I fail at this one, so I know how hard this may be. One trick I have heard works, is to make yourself get up and workout for 10 minutes. If you are still super tired and have no energy allow yourself to go back to bed. Usually, you are awake by then and feeling good:)
    3076 days ago
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