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Momentum, more goals and a reward for myself

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

I feel good. Great in fact! I have been working hard at tracking (which you all know how much I HATE!) but as it turns out, it hasn't been as tedious as I remember it being. Spark has changed the nutrition tracker around quite a bit from the last time I used it which obviously has been a looooooooooong time. It is more intuitive and easy to identify the foods I want to add.

I have been good about sticking within my calorie range and have decided to go for a calorie cycling plan, which has helped me tremendously in the past to bust plateaus. For the time being I am just sticking with staying in my calories and eating clean, I will focus on my macros more later. Baby steps.

I am not good at rewarding myself, but since tracking has been my Achilles's heel in the past, I figured for sticking with it for the last week and building on that streak, I bought myself a new cookbook:


I almost bought it the other day, but held off. Today I decided I would. I figure it will help me get excited about some new recipes. I have a few lined up for this week.

I have decided, since I figure 2013 is going to be MY year, and since I have been so focused on goals with completing the 30 Day Challenge with Chalene Johnson, I have revamped my weight loss goal to be 135. In doing some looking and research, for someone of my build and height, 135 is the ideal weight and would put me at a 21.2 BMI which is right in the middle of where I should be. Currently, I am at 158 and a 24.8 BMI which puts me at the top of where I should be for my BMI. I am not solely focused on these numbers, but I am going to shoot for the moon this year. I am tired of not feeling like I can do it. I am tired of not feeling worth it. I am tired of feeling sluggish and unhappy with myself.

The time has come to just do it. Push myself to be the person I want to be in ALL areas: fitness and health, as a mom, as a wife, as the person mainly responsible for running the house. I have worked hard on the 30 Day Challenge and have a strong balance of all these areas, I focus on my to do list every day. I plan out my list every night before I go to bed, I review it every morning over my coffee, after my workout. I am adding 2-3 tasks on my list that will propel me closer to my goals. I feel good about this. I feel good about my goals. Yes, they're uncomfortable, but they're supposed to be. The status quo just isn't cutting it anymore. As my mom always used to tell me, "if you're not happy, what can you do to change it?" A quote that I absolutely love from her. So true.

So there it is. 135 by my little guy's 2nd birthday (July 28th). That will put me at the lowest weight I've been at since I got married. No more excuses. No more hiding. No more complaining.

Momentum. Momentum builds on momentum. I am not planning on slowing down anytime soon!
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  • KNH771
    I absolutely emoticon Ellie Krieger! I haven't made a single recipe that hasn't turned out well. Enjoy your gift to yourself.
    2433 days ago
  • no profile photo FLGIRL_4EVER
    Yep, another awesome blog! Love your gift/reward to yourself. Love cookbooks :) You got this girl this is YOUR year!!!
    2438 days ago
  • no profile photo CINDYTW
    emoticon Glad to see things are looking good for you!
    2439 days ago
  • LIBRA73
    Nice purchase! I am tracking too! Look at us go! LOL!
    2439 days ago
  • JUSTME29
    that looks like a good cookbook - i may have to follow your lead and buy it too. I'm glad tracking has gotten easier for you. I agree that the tracker here has gotten easier to use in some ways, but there are features I miss from the old version too.
    2440 days ago
    Excellent buy. I love cook books! And as a reward, I hadn't thought of that.

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    2440 days ago
    Still on the go go go Amber. Good to see you doing so well. Keeping up the momentum? Absolutely.
    2440 days ago
    Sounds great! So glad to hear you sound so happy and positive!!!!
    2440 days ago
    That's great you are keeping track of your food! Sometimes I find it tedious lol, but I still do it. Cookbooks are great, so thats great you rewarded yourself! You deserve it
    2440 days ago
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