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Friday, November 04, 2016

I have learned so much these last couple of months. I learned the important steps to losing weight and being healthy. I don't know why it took me so long or if I was just not serious until recently. I think watching JC and being excited about him and showing him has given me back the motivation I need to be successful.

I have reached the 10lb loss mark. 12 lbs according to my doctor. Some of the things I have learned are so simple.

I learned to eat just lean meat and seafood on a regular basis. I still throw in other things every now and then, but they are low fat. If I want a hot dog, it is a lean beef hot dog. Same with bologna. I learned I can have a piece of kosher salami, but I eat only 1 ounce of it.

I learned I can eat out. I just make smarter choices. If we go for Italian, I eat just a little of the pasta and pick out the seafood. I love seafood. I'm not so enthralled with fish. If we go for French, I stick to lean meat like lamb or filet. My mom always said that the only thing that truly burned fat was a filet. She swore by it. My sister has been a huge steak eater her whole life and has been the only one of us who has never had a weight problem.

I learned I can still have sauces and dressings; I just don't need to use the whole sauce. Just putting a bit on the fork works. I also learned that I don't need a whole sandwich or a whole sandwich. Half works. That I learned from my daughter. Even if we bring in burgers, I eat half of the burger and put the rest in the fridge. I always get two meals out of one :)

I also learned that I don't have to deprive myself of things I like. I can just eat them or drink them in moderation. Yes, halloween was tough. I ate some of the fun sized candy bars, but I made sure that I still stayed within my calories.

The biggest thing I learned is that you need others around you working toward the same goal. The daily fitbit challenges with my friends (some of which I have never met) has been such a motivator. I don't like to be beat. I don't like others seeing me fail. The spark people challenges are just as motivating and necessary. I try to do as many challenges as I can to keep me moving and watching calories.

In order to accomplish all these things I have learned, I stick to them daily. I have started to make myself go out back and walk 1 mile every morning. I do a 20 minute mile. My fitbit says I need 250 steps..nope 1 mile to begin the day.

I keep a careful eye on my fitbit. I learned that my calories burned must exceed my calories coming in. I don't know how accurate fitbit is with calories burned, but I use it to help guide me in what I eat during the day and I use the sparkpeople trackers to keep track. Sometimes, I can't track everything I eat, but I have gotten pretty good at making smart choices.

I also learned it is important to set goals that are attainable. I set my daily step goal at 7000 steps (up from 5000) because I know I can reach that. I then strive to go over that goal each day. When I go over it, I feel good about myself and I keep pushing to get over my goal. I work from home so steps aren't that easy. I have made a habit of going out back every couple of hours and walking 20 times around the yard. That is in addition to my regular workout on the treadmill. I have learned that you don't have to kill yourself on the cardio machines. Consistency is the key!

I know this is one day at a time. I am determined to take some yardage off my riding suit before next show season. JC looks fit and fabulous and I want to look fit and fabulous on him!
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