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Unquitting

Friday, August 29, 2014

Quitting is only staying down. If I stumble, and haven't been doing great, in other words, I put on about 5 pounds from my best (recent) low weight, I only quit if I stay down.

I'm worth it, I deserve to be fit and happy and health. I can pull this off. I'm not trying to catch up. I'm starting where I am today. I got up with the alarm at 5:30, got into my workout clothes I laid out the night before, and did a challenging 30 min full body workout. Great workout!

I've recently heard from an online friend. We were in a women born in the year 1960 WW group. A bunch of us got to be really close, and continued on to be Facebook friends. Her daughter is moving to my town, and she asked if she could contact me. I'm thrilled.

But also it reminds me of just how long I've been at this, and I'm still not at goal. I can't change that, but Holy Cats! I don't want to still be struggling along in another 7 years. OK, I'm in a much better level of fitness. Since then I've taken up weight lifting, zumba, trx, and a host of other group fitness classes that I couldn't have done back then. I was just doing diet with WW. I'm also in a better head space. I've ditched the harsh self-judgement, the all or nothing thinking, rebelling against the "plan" as if it were imposed upon me. No, it's my plan, goals, etc.

I never, ever quit.

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Motivational quote:

"I get knocked down
But I get up again
You're never going to keep me down"

Chumbawamba - I Get Knocked Down lyrics

  
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LJCANNON 9/1/2014 1:09AM

    emoticon The things you have Gained along the way are Awesome!! Congratulations!!

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WRITERWANNAB 9/1/2014 12:58AM

    Keep it up! emoticon

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STRONGERLEANER 8/31/2014 11:36PM

    I love your attitude, I love you determination!
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JANEGIBE 8/31/2014 10:46PM

    Good going.. Have to check out Zumba

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DIANNEMT 8/31/2014 9:00PM

    Great!! You are right--you are doing SUPER!

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AJB121299 8/31/2014 8:21PM

    nice

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LUCYCAN7 8/31/2014 8:07PM

  I know you won't stay down,you are a fighter! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TARAZED 8/31/2014 7:47PM

    Same here, I had lost 6 pounds, but regained 4, and I'm unquitting again too! Starting last week I'm doing more walking, and I've come up with a plan to do Spark strength videos, an upper and a lower Mon/Wed/Fri with a 30 minute walk, and Tues/Thurs I'm doing a core video with a 5 km walk, which takes just under an hour. I'm going to do this all September, and see where I am on Oct 1! Weight and inches, one might move if the other doesn't. :)

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MSROZZIE 8/31/2014 6:34PM

    emoticon Never quit! Great blog, thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LADYGSC 8/31/2014 12:42PM

    OK!! We keep pushing!

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EDNJAN 8/31/2014 12:35PM

  You have encouraged me with this post. Good to know that others struggle as well. I have as well lost weight with WW got to where I was fairly content and therefore stopped keeping track. I am now putting back the weight I lost.

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DAWNDMOORE40 8/31/2014 9:55AM

    emoticon There are times when I have felt like "throwing in the towel", but I am so thankful to my Spark People friends who motivate me to keep going! We are worth it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 8/31/2014 8:10AM

    Well said

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TENNISJIM 8/31/2014 6:47AM

    You can do it.

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BESSHAILE 8/31/2014 6:46AM

    Right. You're not down, you're just out on the curve.



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CHARITYAK 8/31/2014 1:11AM

    Pain is temporary quitting is forever!

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MARYJEANSL 8/31/2014 12:58AM

  So right - you only quit if you stop trying. You have made tremendous progress - keep it up!

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CICELY360 8/31/2014 12:29AM

  good blog

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LINDAK25 8/30/2014 9:52PM

    Wow! You've got a fantastic attitude! Good for you!

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SUSIEMT 8/30/2014 9:50PM

    Woo Hoo you! Keep it up!

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IAMLOVER2DAY 8/30/2014 9:30PM

    Thanks for sharing. I needed the pep talk myself. Take care and God Bless.

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KEEPITUP62 8/30/2014 9:06PM

    Quitting is not an option......not if you want to succeed.
Way to go on your awesome BLOG.

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CELLA_P 8/30/2014 7:24PM

    Megaoutstanding!!

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REALTYLADYLISA 8/30/2014 7:02PM

    Love the thought that you can "un-quit"....even if you get to this place where you think you've given up, it's not ever irrevocable...you can "un-quit"!


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EMMACORY 8/30/2014 6:44PM

    Enjoyed your reflection. Thanks for sharing. Blessings on your journey! emoticon

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LCRUMLEY81 8/30/2014 5:12PM

  You are definitely not a quitter

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JERICHO1991 8/30/2014 5:08PM

    Great attitude!

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PATRICIAANN46 8/30/2014 4:34PM

  emoticon on a wonderful attitude!!!

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WOOFERCOALBOY 8/30/2014 3:42PM

    congratulations on your attitude even more than the changes you have made

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JSEATTLE 8/30/2014 3:12PM

  That's right! Keep on going and never, EVER quit! You are working on a lifestyle for forever, and you are making it happen!

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LEWIS314 8/30/2014 3:03PM

    Great blog. I am inspired by your entry and will do everything that I can to never stay down. I will get up. Thanks

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DOLLIE6 8/30/2014 2:47PM

    I agree

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PENOWOK 8/30/2014 2:25PM

    Good for you, and how exciting to be able to do at least some level of mentoring a friend's daughter!

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    Love the quote at the end! emoticon

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MCJOYFUL 8/30/2014 12:43PM

    Absolutely! Never quit! Thanks for sharing.

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Home Gym Pic

Thursday, August 28, 2014


This is MY home gym, not something off Pintrest or some magazine. I got up this morning & worked out with a video on line. It was great!

Kettlebell, jump rope, ankle weights, weighted gloves, dumbell sets 3 to 15 pounds, resistance bands, yoga mat, stability ball, computer for online workouts.

  
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MCJOYFUL 8/30/2014 12:42PM

    Thanks for sharing. I have my equipment a bit scatters at home but your pic shows me a great way to get it organized.

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KASEYCOFF 8/30/2014 2:34AM

    You sparked me - we live in a small apartment, but I'm sure I can find room for a gym like the one you set up...
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LWADE1963 8/29/2014 10:55AM

    I love it. I am in process of converting my extra bedroom into workout room. I have treadmill, stab ball, med ball, Dvd, resistance bands, weights. I hope to get a bench with bar and weights. emoticon

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CARRIE1948 8/29/2014 7:30AM

    Looks like just what you need

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POSITIVEHOPE 8/28/2014 10:01PM

    It's so organized for success. Enjoy your space. It looks lovely and couldn't be more convenient.

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JO88BAKO 8/28/2014 3:22PM

    Awesome!!

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    emoticon nice to have your own personal space to workout, great job!


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LE7_1234 8/28/2014 1:11PM

    Yeeha!! Looks great!!

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68ANNE 8/28/2014 12:48PM

    That is great! Love it

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LIS193 8/28/2014 12:09PM

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It is so nice to be able to have a space to exercise in your own home.. getting to the gym is not always easy, especially in the winter!
Are you getting settled in at your new house?

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PHEBESS 8/28/2014 11:36AM

    Looks great!!!!!! Even colour coordinated!!!

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ICEDEMETER 8/28/2014 10:31AM

    Beautiful!

I love that organized shelving - might just have to do that here, too.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/28/2014 10:03AM

    Very nice!! This will get lots of use!

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FORZACHANDMATT 8/28/2014 9:38AM

    Nice - I love it!!! My stuff is just all over the floor but I might have to copy you!

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Setting up a home gym

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Today after work, I have a little time before dinner and 6:45-8:30 Back to School Night, to get my room unpacked enough to do a workout in the morning. Do you think I can do it in about 2 hours? I'll grab my water bottle & give it a try.

  
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68ANNE 8/28/2014 1:21PM

    You did it!

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PHEBESS 8/28/2014 11:39AM

    Apparently you did!

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CARRIE1948 8/28/2014 8:41AM

    Yes you can. Just think of how much you'll enjoy the room

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PEGGY11 8/27/2014 7:23PM

    You can do it. It will be good exercise just getting it done.


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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/27/2014 4:31PM

    You can do it! It will be a workout but you will. LOL.

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Weigh in

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

I weighed in this morning at 174 (+.6), and was feeling ok with that number, until I saw the video of the ice bucket challenge my son posted, with me pouring the water over his head. I look rather chubby. I want to be slim, fit & healthy. I've reconciled myself to not being a runner. But I love to lift weights, do zumba and other group fitness classes. I have to ditch the excuses, and just do what I know works for me.


(Don't click on it; it's just a screen shot.)

I'm all moved in. It was a stressful, happy "I did it!" time. I love the house. It's really comfortable and quiet. I'm still unpacking and trying to find stuff. I thought I lost my fitbit, but it was in my bathrobe pocket. So happy I found it.

  
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POSITIVEHOPE 8/26/2014 7:08PM

    Happy home, happy life. You look just fine. Enjoy setting things up and making it your own. I look forward to seeing pictures of your new home gym!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/26/2014 3:47PM

    I am so happy you are all moved in. Now you can take your time and set things up the way you want them. Looks like a really nice back yard!

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MYYEAR51 8/26/2014 3:14PM

    It can be stressful to misplace those little activity trackers! I've had three of those episodes and it usually shows up again! I love my spark tracker and I'll bet your fitbit has become a big part of your plan too!
Enjoy your new home!

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LIS193 8/26/2014 12:16PM

    Happy new house! Moving is stressful and hard on the eating plan. You did well gaining only a little.


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CARRIE1948 8/26/2014 10:34AM

    Do what you love is good advice for every part of life

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SLOWANDSTEADY06 8/26/2014 9:56AM

    Don't be so hard on youself, you look great. Just keep plugging away and you will reach your goal.

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Moving day

Saturday, August 23, 2014

It's moving day, and I'm not planning on eating well at all! There's no food in the house, and all the dishes and pots are packed. We're going to McDs for breakfast, pizza delivery for lunch, and oops I forgot to plan dinner. Maybe eat out.

We got a few friends to help. It's going to be a hot one! In the 90s with lots of humidity, which calls for lots of water.

6:30-breakfast
7-9 packing
9-drop off dog at new house (I dropped the cats off yesterday)
9:30 riding lawnmower delivered
10-4 rent u-haul

I need to do some food shopping. Maybe tomorrow. I also need to clean the apartment to get my security back. We're only moving a few miles.

I'll be out of touch for 2 days. The internet is scheduled to be installed Monday.

I'm so excited I get to sleep in my new house! Monday I leave for work and my kids leave for school from my new house.

My bedroom is two 9'x12' rooms with a 5' opening between. I'm going to make one side a bedroom, and the other a home gym. Yoga mat, stability ball, dumbbells, kettlebell, step, and a my computer to watch workouts. I don't have cardio equipment. Just a jump rope.

  
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68ANNE 8/23/2014 11:54PM

    Moving any distance is stressful. I hope you are able to keep the calorie number in your range no matter what you decide to have. A home gym right on the bedroom! Awesome!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 8/23/2014 9:15PM

    It is miserable here as well and hubby is trying to get the air conditioners to work better.

One door opens and another one closes. I hope this part of your journey will be a good one. You are putting down roots and will have a fresh start. I hope you will have many happy years in your home. Exciting times.

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  emoticon On your Home Gym!So happy and excited for you!

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    Good luck with the move!!

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CARRIE1948 8/23/2014 8:48AM

    You will love having a home gym

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    Sounds great!

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GOLFGMA 8/23/2014 7:43AM

    Sounds like you will be burning some calories today and there are some good and healthy meals at McDonalds. Love that you will have your own space for a workout/computer room! emoticon

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TRYINGHARD54 8/23/2014 7:35AM

    good luck on your move today.... :-)

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