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C25K

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Forget about weight I've gained, meals I didn't track and workouts I missed. Yesterday is gone. All I can do is win today. I already did my C25K W2D1 run. (couch to 5k week 2 day 1). And sure, I could beat myself up about all the times I've tried C25K before & never completed it, I'd be running a marathon by now if I stuck with it, blah blah blah. Today, I'm proud of the workout I've done, taking control of my life & my fitness because I'm worth it and I deserve to be slim, fit & healthy. myrunningmate.com/5k101/

Today, I'm making an offer on a house! Me, single mom, buying a house. Booyah! This is going to change my life completely. I can't tell you how proud I am of myself.

  
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WOMANWITHGRIT 7/27/2014 2:59PM

    Best of luck on the house offer. Let us know. emoticon

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LUCYCAN7 7/26/2014 10:04PM

  Good Luck emoticon

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68ANNE 7/26/2014 9:47PM

    I always liked that picture.....very cute
Good luck on the offer

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/26/2014 9:10PM

    That is so cool about the house!! You are doing fantastic in so many areas of your life!!

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MIDNIGHTER1 7/26/2014 12:32PM

    Today is the most important of all days. You have the ability to not look back and feel guilty about yesterday and the things you did not do. Look at what you did TODAY. You are taking big steps today ( House buying) You seem like a very smart,driven woman who is independent and have a strong sense of accomplishment.
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PEGGY11 7/26/2014 12:20PM

    Good for you. Having a space you can really call your own is a big step and so worth it. Put in a bid you can live with. Hope you get the house.

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LIS193 7/26/2014 11:59AM

    That is so exciting!!! Good luck!!
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GAYLLYNNE 7/26/2014 9:23AM

    How exciting for you!! I hope you get this house and it's the one of your dreams!! Good luck!

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Win Today, Win Tomorrow

Thursday, July 24, 2014



Focus on one day at a time, rather than obsessing over the weight I have to lose, or mistakes I made in the past.

I can win today by tracking my foods, portion control (no second helpings), dessert only once a week, nailing my daily workout, walking 10,000 steps, smiling, thinking about my motivation, relaxing, getting enough sleep.

I can win tomorrow by getting my water bottles ready, having healthy snacks, plan meals, set my workout clothes, schedule my workout, and go to bed so I can get enough sleep.

Oh, it can be overwhelming when I think about all the pounds I have to lose. It seems like it will take forever. It seems like it took me too long to lose the 40 pounds I have lost so far. I have to shift my focus to the present.

What do you do to win today and tomorrow?

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Motivational Quote:
"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose."
-Lyndon B. Johnson

  
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BEACHCALSIX 7/25/2014 10:52AM

    Seems like losing weight takes for-ev-er! but when the progress finally happens it doesn't feel like it was that long! You are right, take it one day at a time. It's hard for me not to focus on the work I still have left. thanks for the reminder, you always have great posts!

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LUCYCAN7 7/24/2014 6:47PM

  One Day at a Time!!!Great Quote.Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/24/2014 5:29PM

    I buy healthy foods so that I don't have to fret about what I'm going to eat. I can open the fridge and it's bursting with good stuff.

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CARRIE1948 7/24/2014 4:37PM

    Start each day fresh - putting the day before or the week before out of my mind.

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LAILATN 7/24/2014 2:40PM

    Fantastic post. Staying in the present is SO hard! But you are a reminder that we WIN each day moment to moment, decision by decision.

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2BDYNAMIC 7/24/2014 12:00PM

    I LOVE this blog ................ (and the poster) .......... great ideas and are so simple ......... any of us should be able to do! emoticon

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LALATIDAH 7/24/2014 11:51AM

    Wow! You got it going on the road to success!! If you don't mind, I may start using your plan for success! I LOVE IT! emoticon
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How Much Exercise do you REALLY Need to Lose Weight?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


I did Zumba today, and it was so much fun, and effortless exercise because it's fun. Tomorrow, I'm doing Pilates. Not my fav, but the instructor just came back from maternity leave, and she's really nice and she asked me to come.

How Much Exercise do you REALLY Need to Lose Weight?
www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp?po
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I unhitched exercise from weight loss. I exercise daily to increase my mood & energy. It's a great stress reliever. Exercise is also great for bone & heart health. So definitely people should exercise. Any calories burned are a bonus.

Nutrition is more important for weight loss. Have a small caloric deficit most days. I like to focus on portions control, especially not having second helpings at dinner. I also only have dessert once a week. Besides saving 500 calories a day, it's more of a treat when I have dessert on a Saturday night. If I really need a sweet after dinner, a nice piece of fruit or a yogurt will do.




Motivational Quote:
"With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

  
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68ANNE 7/24/2014 12:39PM

    I need to change my thinking on this. I've been convinced my weight loss has been stalled because I don't do enough fitness. I also thought the SP nutrition ranges for me are too high.

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LIS193 7/24/2014 11:34AM

    Thanks for sharing the article. I lost the bulk of my weight without doing a lot of exercise, gentle yoga and walking, that's it.

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SANDICANE 7/23/2014 10:10PM

    Yep, even Dr Oz says we don't have to exercise to lose weight. It's great to eat on plan and then to exercise to be healthy, happy and more firm!

Thanks for the blog!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/23/2014 7:45PM

    I totally agree about the diet and exercise.

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BEACHCALSIX 7/23/2014 6:45PM

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I have had some problems with over exercising because so many programs say exercising is key to losing weight. Trying to pull back now and lose weight in a more healthy way. Thanks for the post!

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WATERMELLEN 7/23/2014 6:02PM

    Great blog: my experience also bears out the 80/20 division, and for me too exercise is important but not so much about weight loss . . . more about mood and cardio fitness and healthiness and flexibility and strength and all that stuff which is also very very important.

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LUCYCAN7 7/23/2014 4:03PM

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Thanks for sharing.

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AMARILYNH 7/23/2014 3:57PM

    I've heard it said that weight loss is 20% exercise and 80% nutrition and I believe that - at least that is the way my body seems to work. That said, it seems when I keep my exercise under control, it seems easier to keep my eating under control. WOW I am SO borrowing that graphic!

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SUNSET09 7/23/2014 3:50PM

  Thanx for sharing and exercise has become a part of what I do. I no longer look at it as work. It a means to never ending results! emoticon and emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Weigh in day 7/21/14

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I weighed in yesterday at 170.8 (-1) I owe it all to portions control, including not having second helpings at dinner, and dessert only once a week. If I have to have something sweet, I have a fruit or yogurt (if calorie range allows!).

Saturday night I had a very nice dessert of French silk pie. It was so good. I had a second portion. But then I was stuffed full. Or maybe it was all the wheat I had that day. I seem to be ok with a small portion of wheat, say 1 oz, like a slice of bread. But too much and my stomach is in distress. My stomach growled so loud it scared the cat!

So I decided to give up wheat for a week. That lasted less than a day! Well, I revised my goal to 1 oz (or less) of wheat a day. See how my stomach feels.

I went to Zumba yesterday at lunch time, and it was effortless. Today is circuit training. Tomorrow is Zumba. Thursday total body workout, Friday circuit training.

Some surprising good news. DS22's girlfriend decided to Couch to 5K! (her dad & I are already doing C25K) DS22 is going to do it with her. I'm so happy she's taking an interest in fitness. And what she's interested in, he's interested in. I worry about how much weight they gained in college, but I zipped my lip about it. They know and don't need me giving flack. All I can do is work on my own self, and maybe set a good example, or inspiration. They're flying to California today, and DS22 starts his new job on Monday.

So I have to find time for C25K 3/wk. Maybe after work M, W, F. Or T, Th, Sa. Anyone want to join me?
myrunningmate.com/5k101/

Besides losing a pound with week, I also had a non-scale victory (NSV). I bought a pair of size 8 shorts as 'goal pants' and they fit! I am in a single digit size! Of course, my negative voice pops up saying they're just cut big, but I'm also wearing 10 and 12, and besides I don't have nice legs. I'm kicking that negative voice to the curb.

  
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AMARILYNH 7/23/2014 4:46PM

    Love that graphic! ANY time you fit in an 8 is a GREAT time! How do you know its the 8 that is sized big? Maybe its the 10 (and its certainly the 12) that is sized small!! You are doing great!!

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BEACHCALSIX 7/23/2014 12:10PM

    I love that photo, I let my negative voice chime in too often. Gotta punch it away lol
Great job on the loss this week! Dessert is sooooo hard to avoid for me :D

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/22/2014 2:06PM

    Sounds fantastic on so many fronts.Congratulations on the weight loss and on the size 8s!

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LIS193 7/22/2014 12:35PM

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Going wheat free or low wheat is a great experiment. I find even one slice of bread or 1 flour tortilla causes inflammation and packs on a pound :( My tummy (and weight!) has been much happier since I cut it out with only the odd splurge for which I pay shortly after.

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ROBBIEY 7/22/2014 12:23PM

  emoticon You're doing it!!!

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PEGGY11 7/22/2014 12:23PM

    You are doing great. you are right kick that negative voice to the side. You don't need it. emoticon

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TGIF it's all good

Friday, July 18, 2014

I was planning on circuit training class at lunch, but it was cancelled. Boo! I walked the track a bit instead. Well, it's ok, my booty is still sore from all the weighted squats & lunges yesterday.

8pm I went out for a 45 min walk to get to my 10,000 steps today. I didn't have seconds at dinner for 8 days in a row! Tomorrow is my once a week dessert night. We're going to visit DS22's girlfriend's family. They are really into civil war re-enactment, and there's an event this weekend. And then I'm leaving DS22 there, because the kids are flying out to California early Tuesday so my son can start his new job as software engineer at Yahoo! My baby! I'm so proud of him, but I'm going to miss him, too. I love the girlfriend, and her family too. It's all good.

  
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LUCYCAN7 7/19/2014 4:36PM

  It sounds like to me your Baby Son will be fine Dear!! I can see why
you are a Proud Mother and I understand as a Mother how you will
miss him,that is part of being a Mother!Your plan sounds like it is
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LIS193 7/19/2014 11:29AM

    Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy your dessert - hope it is a great one!

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 7/19/2014 9:07AM

    Yahoo is giving him a temp apt & rental car for a month, so he & his gf can look around. His salary is blushingly generous.

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THINFITFEMINIST 7/19/2014 6:52AM

    Well Yahoo! is a step in the right direction. Does he already have an apartment to live in? The rent will probably be inflated beyond the normal California rates. Hope he doesn't have to use 2/3rds of his pay check just to pay it.

I'd be proud also.

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USMAWIFE 7/18/2014 10:10PM

    Enjoy your weekend

COngrats to your son

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SUNSHINE99999 7/18/2014 10:03PM

  Yes, have a great weekend. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/18/2014 10:01PM

    It sounds like your son is going to start a fantastic life!! Right out of college too. It doesn't get much better than that!

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