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9/20/12 2:02 P

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I'll take a looksy at the article.

I find that if I exercise, even walk in place, first thing in the morning I am motivated from the get-go. The other day I didn't do that and I dragged and procrastinated the entire day. I finally danced, stretched and just moved around 3:30. I felt so much better.

A goal without a plan is just a wish.


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9/17/12 3:50 P

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Just read a great article on SP called "Mastering the Mysteries of Motivation - Part 1"
Understanding Motivation -- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert

Here's the link if you're interested in reading it:
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"If you're holding yourself to a standard of perfection, or verbally abusing yourself for those bad days, give yourself a break. You must accept the fact that, along with the rest of us, sometimes your human appetites or feelings are going to win out over your good intentions—and it's NOT that big of a deal. Allow these occasions to teach you more about yourself, so that you can learn to do things differently."

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3/2/12 1:33 P

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This may sound pretty trite to some, but last night I said -- out loud to DH -- that a dish I'd just microwaved for us was 5 servings. Why is that important? Because in the past, we would most likely have eaten the whole thing between the two of us at one sitting.
This noon I am eating serving 3. No, we didn't get 5 out of it, but even having 4 is progress. I also added some cottage cheese last night for dairy, but today's add will be fruit.

I think this is progress. I think I need to say things out loud to show that I'm trying to change, weird as that sounds. emoticon

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4/8/11 7:15 P

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Made it to Level "9" WOOHOO!!!!


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3/31/11 8:55 P

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emoticon What does this mean? Are you training for the Olympics or an event?

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3/29/11 9:21 P

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I finally got a chance to take my Adult Silver Skating test on this past Saturday and I passed. It was a major goal i've been working and training hard for so i'm so excited i did it!! emoticon emoticon

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3/21/11 11:57 A

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I am officially through with CLX BURN. I did 1/2 of BC2 and all of BC3 this morning, so for the next few days I'm going to do a BBL combo to get my abs stronger, and improve my cardio, then I'll start on PUSH.

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3/21/11 9:49 A

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3/3/11 2:31 P

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Melanie, You've certainly had your struggles with health issues. I had no idea about the lupus and chemotherapy. Is your lupus under control? My daughter's grade school friend's mother developed lupus, and was in a wheel chair for a while.

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Gee Whiz Alex! And here i thought I was strong! Push-ups are still my weak point, so I need to start doing the "10 wall push-ups every time I get up". I can do a few on my toes with my push-up stands, but other than that it's on my knees. And no way can I hold myself up with one arm, much less lift a weight, which is something I'll be doing when I move onto the PUSH phase of ChaLEAN Extreme. I actually USE to be able to do one arm push-ups believe it or not, but that was back when I was running 3 miles, then back home to do strength training. I remember sometime in the 80's they had this cheer leading squad competition, and one of them did a one arm push-up, so that became my goal. I'm getting there though.

I'm impressed with you!

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3/3/11 8:51 A

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Thanks, Alex and Susan. I actually shared an extended version of the story in my blog here: https://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_j
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Great job with the kettle bells, Alex!

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3/3/11 8:37 A

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Oh, I do have something to share!

I use kettle bells as a part of my training. Well, Tuesday was training day and I did double kettle bell swings with a 63 lb kettle bell! I also did pushup rows with two 32 lb kettle bells. The pushup row is where you do pushups but holding on to kettle bells instead of hands being on the floor. Then, in between each pushup you pull one side up to the hip (row): pushup, row right, pushup, row left, etc.

I took a week off last week and came back twice as strong!

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3/2/11 7:15 P

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emoticon Melanie! Seeing the scale move isn't everything, even though we do like those low numbers. So happy for you!

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2/26/11 9:10 A

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Wow, melanie, thanks for sharing! It's always nice to hear about peoples successes! It also gives me hope that someday I'll be able to see, in the mirror, what others see.

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2/26/11 8:40 A

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Yesterday, for the first time ever in all my weight loss journeys (and there have been many), I saw the difference in the mirror.

I have lost 40 pounds before and have not seen it. I've known there was a difference because there logically had to be one since I'd dropped jeans sizes, but I'd never SEEN it for MYSELF.

Yesterday, I looked in the mirror and saw it. I've lost only 4 pounds since rededicating myself to my lifestyle change, but I've focused not only on exercise and nutrition but also on loving myself and focusing on the positive things my body can do. Apparently, it's working. The scale isn't moving as quickly as I'd like, but after a lifetime of struggling, I'm finally well enough to see myself clearly.

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1/28/11 4:12 P

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No, I still have a ways to go before I can actually SEE my hip bones but I am just happy that I can't keep my sweat pants up around my waist.

114 is emoticon emoticon on the weight loss!! It's funny how sometimes we'll see a difference in measurement and no weight loss or the opposite way around. I'd love to do ChaLean Extreme but I can't justify spending that kind of money right now. Maybe one of these days I'll be able to get it or maybe I can get a used copy off of Amazon.com or something. emoticon again on the weight loss!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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That's emoticon Cathy! Can you actually SEE your hip bones? Mine are there, but not totally visible.

I'm actually wearing a pair of stretch pants that were tight at the beginning of the month. AND, even though my ticker shows 116, yesterday I weighed 115 and today 114. I haven't seen 114 in 5 years. I'm not ready to change it yet, plus my measurements don't equate the weight loss, at least not the ones I took last Saturday. So I'll wait till I see it again, then re-measure and see what happens. I've only been doing ChaLEAN EXtreme for one week, but I know the first time I did it in March last year, after three weeks I lost a LOT of body fat, so maybe it is.

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It's been a while since I've weighed or measured myself because it can be too discouraging for me when I think I've lost weight and not. Anyways, I have some sweat pants that I wear once in a while. I've recently discovered that I can't keep them up around my waist. They keep falling down to where my hip bones are. I will have to weigh and measure myself one of these days soon. :-)

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1/24/11 6:18 A

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emoticon Alex! Don't you love fitting comfortable in your clothes! Best feeling ever. Working out, too, does help when do other chores. YEAH for you on getting a new car! I'll be getting one soon, just waiting for the new models to come out.

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I love the topic of this thread and would like to bump it up to the top, lol. Staying positive is so important so sharing successes is a fantastic idea!

Weight achievement - I can fit in my size 8s comfortably now! (from a size 12 a few months ago)

Fitness achievement - Because of my unique workouts, I have not got sore once from the twisting and turning of shoveling snow. In fact, I feel great and enjoy my time outside!

Other achievement - got a new car that is fantastic and AWD which is a bonus in this snowy tundra I live in, lol.

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Did you lose Weight? Inches? Succeed in a goal you set for yourself? Has something spectacular happened in your life (marriage, new baby, new job, a trip)? Share your good news so we can all celebrate with you!

Do you have a secret for motivation? Share here!

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