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Punxsutawney Phil Week 3 Challenge

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

So, Phil has challenged us this week to share 5 things we love about our body.

This was a very hard challenge for me. I have a lot of difficulty finding things I like about my body, and Phil wanted 5? Oy!

1. My eyes. I have long lashes that don't really require mascara.
2. My wrists and ankles are very small and feminine.
3. My toes. They are small and tiny. I can't stand long finger-like toes.
4. My face. I have a pretty face.
5. Before my car accident, I would have said my leg muscles. Now, I have enough muscles to stand for 5 minutes. But my arm muscles are benefitting nicely from doing all the work now.

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JENNSWIMS 9/28/2011 9:58PM

    Great list! Thanks so much for sharing!

I've always wanted cute little feet and cute little toes. I have horribly unattractive feet.

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CASSIOEPIA 9/28/2011 9:55PM

    Your body also has the amazing ability to heal itself. You are doing great!

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You aren't the king of anything

Sunday, September 25, 2011

I decided it was time to make a new visual motivator. And I decided to share it with you guys!

A little note: I fully understand and practice the idea of moderation. I don't believe that completely restricting certain foods is the right way to go. This is just for some motivation to remind me that these foods don't control me!

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WKATHLEEN71 12/20/2011 3:54PM

    Great vblog this really hit home....


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LOLAJO54 11/26/2011 11:36AM

    lol love this video ..
my grandson was watching it with me... and when the cookies came up he said oh cookies yum my favorite..he is 2 1/2 years old -already a cookie eater -- thanks for a fun video

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RAINBOWMF 11/26/2011 2:08AM

    This is emoticon and worth sharing.
The music was wonderful, you did it up real good. LOL
I will sleep well tonight emoticon emoticon


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    You're so creative! Great work! And it's so true - sometimes I feel like desserts are this amazing, irresistible temptation. But they have no power unless I give it to them!

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LOSINGLINNDY 9/26/2011 1:20AM

    You are so absolutely creative. I loved every minute of your video. emoticon

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CEKER9 9/25/2011 11:43PM

    That was terrific!!!

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SPOONGIRLDEB 9/25/2011 10:46PM

    Great visuals, and I love the song! I'll have to revisit this one when I'm thinking about all that food that is so bad for me....

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MOINSDEMOI 9/25/2011 8:50PM

    Thanks for such a great visual. Really takes the edge off my chocolate cravings!!

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SUPERSYLPH 9/25/2011 6:09PM

    emoticon They're not the kings of anything!

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My "Whys" for doing this

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Yoovie sent out a challenge to list our "whys" for wanting to lose this weight. She reminded us that your reason for embarking on this journey doesn't always have to be for the neat and tidy reason of "getting healthy". There are so many reasons to do this and each is unique to each person. My main reason, I am proud to admit, has nothing to do with being healthy. Health is a part of it... but surely not my main focus.m

Here is my list, completely honest, and completely me.

emoticonBecause I've never gotten a second look from someone walking down the street and I want it. I'm a wildflower in a sea of roses and I want to be noticed once in a while.

emoticonBecause I want to wear a chic, trendy winter coat and not look like a Puff Marshmallow.

emoticonBecause Breast/Brain/Skin/Bone Cancer runs in both sides of my family. I want to limit as many risk factors as I can. I want to be there for my family/friends past my forties.

emoticonBecause I LOVE dresses and I want to be comfortable wearing one. Preferably short, black, cute... and not office appropriate. emoticon

emoticonBecause I'm getting married and I don't want to be ashamed of my wedding photos (like I was the last time around). I want to display them proudly.

emoticonBecause the doc said I may never run again. I want to prove him wrong.

emoticonBecause I like muscles. I want muscles. I want definition.

emoticonBecause I don't want to be out of breath going up a small flight of stairs.

emoticonBecause I finally put on a pair of shorts and I like it. I want to get where I am comfortable wearing them outside my house.

emoticonBecause I'm tired of being uncomfortable in my own skin. Not mentally... but physically uncomfortable.

emoticonBecause I don't want to be the "fat" girl.

emoticonBecause I'm tired of resenting "skinny" people.

emoticonBecause I'm tired of being annoyed hearing "I just can't get rid of these last five pounds" when I have twenty times that to lose.

emoticonBecause I want to punch the next person who grabs a small bit of skin (not fat) around their middle, looks at me and says "YOU aren't fat, I'M fat".

emoticonBecause I want to look, bombshell-fire-hot sexy.

emoticonBecause I want to buy skimpy lingerie

emoticonBecause plus size clothes just arent sexy.

emoticonBecause I want to LIKE things that are good for me.

And that's my list.... I'm sure there will be more to add to it down the road :)

Edited to add:

* because I may @*#ch slap the next person who asks how far along I am.

* because little kids don't know when to keep their traps shut about calling you fat.

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DEE797 9/19/2011 1:35PM

    Terrific list. Now that you have put your reasons out there...GO FOR IT! emoticon

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DOROTHYBERO 9/18/2011 6:34AM

    Great list - love it!!

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TERRIPAL1 9/17/2011 11:28PM

    Good list!!I forgot about those skinny people, I should have put on mine because I want to be one of those skinny people lol

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CASSIOEPIA 9/17/2011 5:35PM

    Love it!

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JMCADE 9/17/2011 5:03PM

    What a truly great list. You really thought this through. Keep this where you can look back at it and remind yourself of this list when thimgs get a little hard.

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TUTUNAN 9/17/2011 4:45PM

    A really good list. I would add 'no longer having to look for someone fatter than me when I enter a gathering'.

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Woohoo! What a day! (and pmp update)

Friday, September 16, 2011

This has been a pretty good day!

PMP update: So far, I've done an hour and 40 minutes of ST this week. The goal was 2hrs from Mon thru Thurs and then 20 mins each on Fri, Sat, and Sun. I only managed one hour by Thurs, so I decided to split the other hour between Fri, Sat, and Sun.

So I wanted to get in 40 minutes today. And I did. The hardest part about this for me, is finding ENOUGH to make it actually last 40 minutes. But I read some tips, and I think it will be much easier going forward.

I also walked for 30 minutes today. I made it .25 of a mile. I was hot, sweaty, and tired but I made it, and got a chance to chat with my honey because he went with me.

Photo was taken on Tuesday after a fun lil "dance" session in my wheelchair.

I also started a new at home job today. So woot! Soon, I will be making me some moolah! Which is great, since I haven't worked since April. This will be a GOOD thing. Mainly because I can do it in my PJ's, don't have to deal with annoying customers, don't have to waste time driving to and from work, or deal with annoying co-workers.

Now, I'm relaxing while the chicken bakes in the oven. Very good day today. emoticon

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JMCADE 9/17/2011 4:59PM

    WooHoo you look so good. And I can hear the positive attitude in your writing. Keep up the effort.

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JSPIN74 9/17/2011 9:16AM

    emoticon emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 9/17/2011 12:00AM

    That sounds like a great day. Awesome job on finding ways to make your goals work for you.

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FATHINSN 9/16/2011 11:49PM

    What works with me is I sneak in short exercises throughout the day as I know that I will not able to dedicate long workout in only 1 session, what with I'm easily getting pull from all directions to do this, do that (most from other people). I usually do the quickies around my prayers as those are times when I'm more relax, knows that others will not disturb me, hehe. Why don't you try that, find your own quickies, might can help you to complete PMP challenges :D

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TERRIPAL1 9/16/2011 9:35PM

    Nice job you look great keep it up!

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GGMFAY 9/16/2011 9:09PM

    Great progress. Happy that you are again employed. You can feel more fulfilled. emoticon

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My Goals and How I Plan to Get There

Friday, September 16, 2011

First of all, let me say a big emoticon to those who commented on my Milestones and Progress blog. Your comments touched me in a way I don't yet know how to describe. You made my day, so THANK YOU.

Now, however, I must focus my attention on my goal of getting this body leaner, stronger, and healthier. To do that, I need a plan. A plan, you say? Wow, I'm not really good at those... or sticking to them, for that matter. But everything can change, including my habits.

Sooooooo.... here are the challenges I am participating in to get to where I want to be.

And I fully realize I just might be overdoing it a teeeeeny bit.... but most of these challenges have overlap, so it's not really as much as it looks like.

* 1 mile walking virtual walk - I fully believe that I can and I WILL do this. If I can stand in a store for an hour with my crutches, I can walk a mile. True the store was air conditioned, so that plays a big part... but not enough to deter me.

Using the route mapping tool, I figured out that a wide figure 8 pattern around the roads in my apt complex is approximately .5 mile. My goal, each day, every day, is to walk as far as I can (knowing that I will have to turn around and come back), until I hit the .5 mile point. Then, I will either look into changing the route, or simply aim for two figure 8's.

* 5% Challenge with my team Do it. I dare you. Simple goal, lose 5% of weight in 8 weeks. Beginning Monday, I will be posting small weekly challenges aimed toward making that 5% goal.

* PIMP MY (P)RIDE. Weekly challenges. This will be where the majority of what I actually do comes from.

* Punxsutawney Phil Pforty - New team I joined. My team goal is to lose 25lbs by Feb 2. Though I aim to lose more than that, hopefully.


* Complete Weekly Weight Challenge- another team, with awesome weekly challenges.

And that's it! See, most of them overlap!

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FABN50S 9/16/2011 7:08AM

    Good goals I know you can do it.

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SUNSHINEGB 9/16/2011 7:02AM

    Good goals, lots of challenges and a great attitude ... you'll do it, I know you will!

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MDEVILE 9/16/2011 12:43AM

    Awesome goals and great ideas on how to make them happen :) You are awesome! Continue being awesome!

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