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Change your mindset, the rest will follow...

Sunday, September 14, 2014

I've been thinking about "starting over" a lot this weekend. No...don't panic...not ME starting over...but rather the concept of staring over. It happens to so many of us. We start strong, we make a little or even a LOT of progress, we slip, and before we know it, we are starting over. It sucks.

What if we went into this with the mindset that it was our last chance...do it now or forever let it go? Like jumping out of a plane with no parachute...and nothing to fall back on.

I'm convinced that success in this journey comes from having that mindset. In 2007 I lost 20 pounds, gained it back plus some and had to start over. I cried. I pouted. I felt sorry for myself. I sucked it up...and I started over.

When I started over...I felt like it was "do it or die." It was my last chance work out. I was almost 50, in menopause, pre-diabetic and thinking that if I didn't do it right then, it was just going to get harder and harder and I might as well give up. Thank goodness I didn't give up and went on to lose 60 pounds in 2008. But I had to come to a place where I decided that no matter how hard it got, I could not give in and have to start over again. And, even today, because the risk of blowing back up to 200 pounds is still there, I must still live with a "no starting over" mindset.

Some of us are at goal and in maintenance, some of us are almost there, some of us are struggling to get past a plateau, some of us are working on a summer slip up, some of us are starting over, and some of us are sitting on the outside looking in and wishing we knew where to begin. We are not all in the same place, but we are all fighting the same struggles and battles.

I say it's time to throw away the "I can always start over" parachute. Change your mindset and rest will follow.

  
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BF20PERCENT 9/15/2014 10:41AM

    I binged yesterday thinking that I'll start my diet AGAIN on Monday. I've been doing this how many times and I think that's why I haven't really reach my goal.
Thanks for the blog and I will give my all to accomplish what I set my mind.



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PENNYSAVER2 9/15/2014 8:01AM

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STRUMERCAT 9/15/2014 7:16AM

    Thanks, Carol. I needed to hear that. I have a vacation coming up in a week and the temptation is to let things slide starting now because I'll start over when I'm back. I know I can do too much damage in two weeks with that attitude!

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KANOE10 9/15/2014 6:14AM

    No more starting over indicates a commitment to staying on the course you have chosen. There is no turning back. That was well said. It is a good tool to use to stay focused and to follow your healthy life.

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GOING-STRONG 9/14/2014 10:53PM

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Having a mind set that you are on a temporary plan of some sort lends itself to that frame of mind where you "go off" plan and might as well throw in the towel. When you change your thinking and make it a lifestyle... then there is no starting over... you may have temporary set-backs but you just soldier on!
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DENNIS2014 9/14/2014 8:39PM

    You mean no more "DO OVERS"?

Maybe

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FATSOO51 9/14/2014 4:25PM

    emoticon Great blog!! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I am 55 and soooo need to think this way.


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TX_WILDHEART 9/14/2014 3:54PM

    true that... no ruts to stuck... we will keep on rocking it!

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ADJQUILTER 9/14/2014 2:36PM

    Very true!

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  How true

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ROCK N FLY Half Marathon - In Pics!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

I'm proud of myself for setting this goal and accomplishing it and (mostly) I'm so happy it's over. For years I said I would NEVER do more than 5K...and now I am a half marathoner.
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My respect for those of you who do these races repeatedly...and especially for marathon runners...has grown exponentially. The training and commitment is intense. Kudos to you!
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In contemplating my feelings about my own experience, it is apparent that the challenge of doing a long race is about more than completing a specified distance in a certain amount of time. When you sign up and pay your money, you are agreeing to complete the race on someone else's terms. You start when they say start. You run where they say run. It doesn't matter if you like the route or not. The weather conditions do not matter...nor does the condition of the restroom facilities. You are saying, "I will subject myself to whatever happens, and I will push through my own discomfort to earn the T-shirt, medal, recognition."
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To me, this part of the challenge is far greater than completing the distance. The control freak side of me has a hard time with these terms. I can see very clearly that it's an area in my life that needs some work.
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If you are not challenged, you are not changing.
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My Super POWER Gurlz Pre-race...


My biggest supporter and cheerleader. I love this man!


In the line up ready to ROCK N FLY!


Me at about 9 miles..


Crossing the finish line...3:00:32


Super POWER Gurl Finishers!


Showered, relaxed and ready to ROCK N FLY PARTY!

  
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G.I.JANE 8/3/2014 9:49AM

    Great pics & way to go! emoticon

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SLAYINGDRAGONS 4/6/2014 8:50AM

    WTG girlfriend! Hope the feet are much better.
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NYCALIGIRL 4/5/2014 10:52PM

    Wow, you are so beautiful and going stong...thanks so much for sharing ...such an inspiration this is awesome!

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HOCKEY47 4/3/2014 11:36PM

    awesome!!! emoticon

it is a great feeling isnit it?

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KANOE10 3/31/2014 8:16AM

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You girls look wonderful. Yay to the Super Power Gurl Finishers and to your finishing the Rock n Fly Half Marathon!

Celebrate. You rock!

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Plank Challenge

Thursday, February 20, 2014

I just finished this 30 day plank challenge. I can now do a 5 minute plank. I lost 1.5 inches in my waist. I'm not kidding. I have never seen results like this. This challenge may be over for me, but I will not stop doing planks. It works!



Day 1 - 20 seconds
Day 2 - 20 seconds
Day 3 - 30 seconds
Day 4 - 30 seconds
Day 5 - 40 seconds
Day 6 - REST
Day 7 - 45 seconds
Day 8 - 45 seconds
Day 9 - 60 seconds
Day 10 - 60 seconds
Day 11 - 60 seconds
Day 12 - 90 seconds
Day 13 - REST
Day 14 - 90 seconds
Day 15 - 90 seconds
Day 16 - 120 seconds
Day 17 - 120 seconds
Day 18 - 150 seconds
Day 19 - REST
Day 20 - 150 seconds
Day 21 - 150 seconds
Day 22 - 180 seconds
Day 23 - 180 seconds
Day 24 - 210 seconds
Day 25 - 210 seconds
Day 26 - REST
Day 27 - 240 seconds
Day 28 - 240 seconds
Day 29 - 270 seconds
Day 30 - PLANK FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE!!

  
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CYND59 3/31/2014 9:36AM

    I have been putting this off for a few months now but I am ready to commit. I will start it tomorrow, April 1st to make it easier to remember what day I am on. Guess I need to do some before measurements!

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LJCANNON 3/2/2014 4:15PM

    emoticon Congratulations on the 5 Minute Plank!! That is IMPRESSIVE!!

emoticon I had planned to start a Plank Challenge yesterday, but I forgot! I guess I could count Yesterday as a Rest Day and Start Today, LOL!!

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BIBIANAB 2/26/2014 2:18AM

  WTG! I tried but could only hold the position to the count of 5! Oh my! This is not as easy as it looks. lol But will work on it.

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OHMEMEME 2/21/2014 11:06PM

    Thanks for the info! And congrats to you on meeting the challange. Results are awesome.

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KANOE10 2/21/2014 9:05AM

    That is what my physical therapist wants me to do. You are right. It is not easy. You have inspired me to increase my seconds!


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GOING-STRONG 2/20/2014 10:00PM

    Up until about 6 mo ago, I did a plank every evening before going to bed. It took me a year but I got up to 5 minutes... it was hard but you are right... the results are noticeable. I also did a 60 second side plank (each side), 50 crunches, 50 donkey kicks and 25 step ups. The entire routine takes only 10 minutes and I really increased my strength. I definitely gotta get back at it!

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No longer the new kid

Saturday, February 08, 2014

I am well into my 5th year of maintenance. I know the odds are in my favor that I will keep the 60 pounds off that I lost in 2008. I am fully aware of the struggle, and how awesome it is to be a long term weight loss maintainer.
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Some days I miss the early weight loss triumphs....like the excitement of fitting into a new size that you thought you would never get into, or washing your hair and suddenly noticing you can feel the bones in your skull, or catching a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and thinking, "Is that me?"
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Mostly....I miss the looks of surprise and comments from people you haven't seen in a while. The "oohs" and "ahhhs" and "you look greats" and "how did you do its."
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I sat in a meeting this week and listened as this happened to a co-worker who recently lost 50 pounds. I wanted to shout hey...I've lost 60 pounds and kept it off for over 5 years...but I didn't. This was her moment.
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But it was a realization...the people in my circle have become accustomed to me being a thin person. They don't see me as the overweight person I used to be.
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And...I think I would much rather have that than the oohs and the ahhhs.
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NYCALIGIRL 4/5/2014 10:55PM

    What a great achievement being your 5th year of maintenance... with that said i just want to keep pushing to get to my goals...you are such a strong person to keep going and not give up...I'm truly happy for you and thank you for sharing and making me believe in myself once again.

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    I hope to achieve what you have done. emoticon

I'm in the "ooh and ahh" stage which is very enjoyable, but I want to remain fit and healthy for the rest of my life.

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STSCOTT11 2/10/2014 10:28AM

    First CONGRANTS on signing up for the latest marathon. Woo hoo! You really ROCK.

I understand and SO APPRECIATE WHAT you're saying.
Isn't it something how bitter sweet THAT IS? Still what you shared is a testament of how far you have come to even pinpoint it, realize it and blog about it. Alot of us don't connect with our feelings or emotions. Sometimes it is hard to put into words or even share.

Look at it this way...she is in the same boat as you are...me too and all of us. You set sail sooner than she did and achieved the success she hopes to ONE DAY. ...and for that you can pat yourself on the back over and over again. The true success is...keeping it off. NOT taking anything from myself or anyone who is still on the journey toward our goals.

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MNNICE 2/9/2014 1:53PM

    I so agree, and that's why it's hard to find new goals and motivations when we've been maintaining for a while. Remembering those same feelings though, I do try to always compliment those who are losing weight and tell them I know they've worked hard.

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MILLIE5522 2/9/2014 7:58AM

    Fantastic achievement! I am still learning at the maintenance game & not finding it easy at all!! So glad that SP is here to keep me going when it gets tough.

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NEW-CAZ 2/9/2014 3:11AM

    emoticon but we have other achievements in life worthy of celebration too, however small.

Learning a new skill.
Being able to do more physically.

Think though! You've conquered the dreaded scales and are healthy and happy and that is the best feeling ever. emoticon emoticon

and just to give some emoticon emoticon emoticon we ALL need to hear recognition from time to time.





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GOING-STRONG 2/8/2014 9:42PM

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Yes, having people "forget" that you were once heavy is the greatest victory of all.

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KANOE10 2/8/2014 7:27PM

    Wow. That was a powerful moment. People no longer see you as ever being overweight..but consider you as a normal thin person. Yes, the excitement of losing and people noticing does diminish with time. However, the joy of staying thin makes up for it. After two years, people are still not sure if I will keep this weight off at work. They are getting used to the new me.

5 years is an amazing accomplishment. You are such an inspiration.

Hope you are doing well Spark Friend.



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WORKNPROGRESS49 2/8/2014 6:51PM

    emoticon Happy 5th Year Maintenance Anniversary!!!! You are an inspiration!!!
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LAELL303 2/8/2014 5:51PM

  Keeping that 60 pounds off for five years is absolutely fantastic! You are a success story and proof that it can be done. It is hard to lose weight, especially the amount you lost, but keeping it off takes a tremendous amount of effort.

Your before and after images are very encouraging and motivational!

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My first 15K - Pensacola Beach Double Bridge Run

Saturday, February 01, 2014

I've always wanted to do it, but never thought I could...today I DID IT! Thank you sparkpeople! I would have NEVER done this if I hadn't found this web site and changed my life! 9.3 miles over two bridges and an overpass!



  
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PIR8DAVE 2/7/2014 8:29AM

    Quite an accomplishment and one that deserves a big "Congratulations!" You've done a remarkable job over the years and I wanted you to know that I know that your hard work and commitment have made your transformation and health possible. WAY TO GO!

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    You're the best!! WAY TO GO!!!!! emoticon

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OHMEMEME 2/4/2014 7:58PM

    Congratulations!!! You are fun and motivating! That takes hard work and dedication. Thanks for Sparking!
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    Congratulations, Carol!
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I know so many people that do it every year as well as that did it for the first time this year I think I'll have to join in the fun next year

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KANOE10 2/2/2014 8:05AM

    You are amazing. That is so impressive. You look wonderful!

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Congrats!! That is wonderful!!!!!!!

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MJREIMERS 2/1/2014 9:49PM

    emoticon You look as happy and fresh in your post picture as in your pre! That's an accomplishment in itself! I'm sure this will be the first of many.

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GOING-STRONG 2/1/2014 7:55PM

    Way to go and congratulations. Aren't those medals just so much fun to accumulate? My DH made me a little rack to hang my race bibs and medals. Helps keep me inspired.
Hugs to you,Rhonda

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