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The 100 day challenge

Monday, January 13, 2014

If you GOOGLE "100 Day Challenge" right now all kinds of awesome articles and YouTube videos come up - people losing weight, learning to dance, changing their life just by committing to something new for 100 days. For me its nothing new (except I'm never this consistent) - just committing to 100 days of checking in on Spark People and logging my calorie count. I am still exercising and drinking water but my MAIN focus is on being accountable for my food intake. I even decided for fun to reward myself for smaller milestones - 30 days = professional pedicure, 60 days = 5 new pairs of panties, 100 days = a facial.

Silly as it sounds this is kind of a big deal for me to commit to do something for 100 days in a row. I'm a slacker. Big on dreams and often low on stamina for the long haul. Not this time though - its only 100 days right? And so far I've done 3. Just 97 more to go...


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ON2VICTORY 1/13/2014 1:57PM

    Consistency is key, better to keep a promise to walk for 20 minutes than to promise an hour workout and not deliver. each successive accomplish builds your momentum. It's the little "wins" that add up and creates the current that carries you along.

you can do it Tracy. :)

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Get Back

Monday, September 23, 2013

Although not one of my favorite Beatles' songs, there is a lyric that went running through my head today:

Get back, get back.
Get back to where you once belonged

This thought crossed my mind because I happened to go into my SparkStreak records to see the longest I'd tracked exercise, logged in, tracked my calories, drank my water etc. My longest streaks? From back in August through October of......2010. Talk about a downer. I've been a member of SP since August of 2010 and in those first 1st months I was practically consumed by my desire to lose weight and feel better. If I'd kept that path up I'd already been to goal by now.

But in the three years since then I've been what I guess could be classified as a "drive-by". Sure I'll check in on SP and log my stuff for a day. Or two. Maybe even a week. I signed up earlier this year for SparkCoach and that has helped me log in a LITTLE more often. But as far as consistency? Motivation? Dedication? I have not put in the work. And consequently have not seen the results. Recently I was even bemoaning that I'd been "trying to be better" since the first of the year and was sad that I had only lost a few pounds. Trying rarely makes it happen, that comes with DOING. This website won't do the work for me - although it has killer tools and super support at the ready. The truth is I have to put in the effort.

Its time for me to get back to wanting to exercise more than I want to sit on the couch. For me to get back to wanting to eat right more than I want to indulge. For me to get back to wanting to be accountable more than I want to "drive by" SparkPeople. For me to get back to where I once belonged.

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GOLFGMA 9/23/2013 4:38PM

    You are right. It is doing it that counts! emoticon

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Start from Where You Are

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Its been awhile since I checked in - had a rough Christmas because my only daughter and I are at odds. Then January rolled around, I stopped exercising and sparking. Lost my job of 14+yr on January 13th (downsized but not down any sizes, ugh) and have spent the last month so intent on the job search that I still avoided Sparkpeople as well as exercise.

Here I am so here is where I'm going from - thankfully only up about 5 lbs from last check in. I decided that I can't possibly live life to its fullest if I am ignoring what was making me feel better. Exercise and eating better. Sparking with my friends.

I have a few job prospects and am hopeful. It finally dawned on me this week I won't be able to truly give a new employer my best impression if I'm not taking GOOD care of myself. Nice resume, nice interview clothes, and a winning smile are great. Except if underneath all those things I'm feeling like a FAT, BLOATED SLUG then I'm not doing anyone any favors.

Here is where I am and starting from here is as good as any place.

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ON2VICTORY 2/24/2012 2:43PM

    awwwwww, THAT's MY BUDDY!!!! you can do it. yes you can....

there is something about a redhead on a mission.....

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CARRIGANSJOY 2/24/2012 10:31AM

    *hug* so sorry about the stressors right now but you have a great outlook, a positive attitude and you're making things happen.

Keeping you and your daughter in my prayers!


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2DAGGERS 2/20/2012 9:39PM

    You have the right attitude going on.

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REBECCA431 2/20/2012 4:57PM

    emoticonJump on in and set some goals and get to work on finding your smile! emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 2/20/2012 4:44PM

    Glad to have you back!!!! emoticon

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PAPAMIKIE 2/20/2012 10:53AM

    We all start where we are and each day that is a little different than where we were. Take care.

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BILL60 2/20/2012 8:39AM

    Great plan. Go out and impress the hell out of them The best of luck to you.

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Off the Beaten Path - My Weight Loss Journey is Like Wheeling in the Jeep!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Saturday my adventurous boyfriend and I went off road in his Jeep Cherokee, followed on the trail by our friends in their Jeeps as well. It was a crazy ride but I think I may have found some similarities of that experience with my weight loss journey.

1) The road is often bumpy. On the trail there were half mile stretches of nothing but rock filled trail. Not gravel, not stones, but big teeth jarring rocks as we drove over them. My journey is also far from smooth - the number on the scales goes up and down, my motivation is often shaken, and it keeps me off balance. However on the trail and on my journey there are periods of level ground, not something you take for granted.

2) Sometimes you feel lost. Our friends had a GPS but the signal wasn't always strong because we were so far out. In my weight loss journey I am striking a path I've never successfully gone, so it is uncharted territory. Occasionally I'll go in one direction only to find out the road is blocked - backtracking until I get back to the fork in the road where I can try another direction. The key on the trail and in weight loss is to keep moving.

3) We need to listen to our friends...let them spot for us. On the trail we were first in line, however at one point we stopped because we weren't sure we could make it over a steep angle where one slip of the tire and we'd roll down an embankment. Our friend who was behind got out and voice guided my boyfriend, a few inches at a time. Same goes for my weight loss journey - it really helps to have a friend with a different perspective who I can count on to be honest, even more importantly to listen to that friend. If we always do what we've always done then we'll always get what we've even gotten. Trusting someone else to watch for us is key.

4) The scenery along the way can be beautiful even in the scary places. The trail was often the most beautiful in the same places it was the most treacherous. And in weight loss the times that try our patience, work us the hardest, stretch our abilities are also when we see our inner beauty come out. Taking our time, not rushing through the scary stuff will allow us to experience what we'd never imagine.

5) The sun might be setting, and the trail seem like it'll never end, but once it does you'll be glad you drove it through. Although I'm far from over my journey I realize that I'm not limited by the sun or any other time constraint. I often feel like I am going to run out of time or that I'll never see this through. So it helps to remember that others have already made it to the other side, reading their success stories can keep me focused. We didn't have a success story to go by on our trail, but we did see tire tracks so we knew we weren't the only ones to go that way. I'm never alone on the Sparkpeople journey either.

Oh and just like on the trail, it helps if you don't mind getting a little muddy!

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SHIRNEST 11/28/2011 1:28PM

    Fun! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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ON2VICTORY 11/28/2011 7:52AM

    looks like its time for another monster truck goodie!!

good to hear from you again, this is certainly not a journey that we can make just ourselves... keep at it :)

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DESERTDREAMERS 11/28/2011 12:45AM

    Good analogy!

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Lessons Learned from 5k (with pictures)

Sunday, October 02, 2011

Yesterday I raced in my 2nd ever 5k, the Runway 5k at the Asheville Regional Airport to raise money for mammograms for uninsured/underprivileged women. It was amazing - the start line in the general hangar area with old and new planes on display, a health fair, getting to race for 1st .6 of the course ON THE RUNWAY. All in all it was an unforgettable experience I'm so glad I decided to participate.

However it wasn't all fun - the very chilly temps and high winds, plus some bothersome shin splints seriously hampered my time. In training I'd done at least 4 minutes faster. But at the race I made some newbie errors - here's five things I could've done better:

1) I shouldn't have worn day-old shoes.
2) I should've dressed better and maybe my legs wouldn't have felt like stumps the first half mile - what was I thinking wearing a running skirt in 40 degree, high wind weather?
3) I drank too much before the race and even going 2x before the start felt a telltale wet spot near the finish line - aargh!
4) I wish I'd be able to train in cold/windy conditions but this was our 1st cold front of the season.
5) I shouldn't have let faster runners psyche me out - but watching runners lap me at the half way mark made me start second-guessing my own pace.

Not to "should" all over myself though I did learn some lessons of things I did right at the race:

1) I was glad I had new shoes despite having not broken them in properly. My old shoes were three years old and as I have become more active again really become noticeably ineffective in helping my overpronation.
2) THANK GOD for Body Glide-absolutely NO road rash between my thighs - that was amazing.
3) Cute running clothes make me feel more confident - however see #2 above in things I did wrong, where I learned fashion can't trump warmth when muscles are involved.
4) Really happy I followed the sparkpeople 5k My Way training program to get me from fast walking to adding jogging intervals.
5) This race I was very lucky to have my super handsome, super supportive cameraman and coach, my boyfriend there. He even surprised me by arranging for another of my friends to show up at the start line to cheer me on. That really helped me.

These lessons learned will help me for my next 5k which I'm already dreaming about. I've been so inspired by my sparkfriends like ON2Victory, Pixiemom13, and others who started doing races BEFORE they get to goal weight (especially ON2Victory's recent marathon - woohoo!). It has encouraged me not to wait on weight loss to push the envelope on fitness goals. I can keep doing my best and getting better - those are the lessons that mean the most to me.

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SHAWNEDA 10/18/2011 12:34AM

    Awesome post! You're doing great! Keep sparking!

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ON2VICTORY 10/2/2011 10:42PM

    Finally back home from work. Thanks for posting the pics, its awesome to share in the accomplishment. You have also done great in taking the good with the bad in the race and made some notes to improve for next time. thats what its all about. You got out there in less than ideal conditions, ran in the rain earlier because you knew you needed to, not because everything was just perfect. that is what makes you a runner. it would have been easy to push it off until things were more ideal but no, you went out there and did it.

You are really making progress. you keep training and believing that you can do it, you will be doing 10K's before you realize it. it IS possible.

thanks for the honorable mention :)

BTW, the whole lesson of running the marathon is that if I can do it at 285 lbs, anyone can. All it takes is consistency, not perfection.

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PIXIEMOM13 10/2/2011 9:06PM

    I think you did a great job and really rocked the running skirt! (Okay, maybe 40 degree weather wasn't the place for it, but it WAS cute... I want one of those eventually - tho mine will have to have capris to combat the "chub rub") lol

And wow.. when I saw my name mentioned there in your blog I was so touched! Especially in the company of Ontovictory -- he totally rocks!

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KKINNEA 10/2/2011 6:38PM

    Awesome job! I think we have all made the "should" mistakes you have although the corrections sometime seem bizarre to your friends and loved ones - I think I hit the restrooms and porta potties 4x before my marathon started!

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NUTSNUTSGETEM 10/2/2011 5:26PM

    Nice job! Now the new running shoes have been broken in 3.1 miles! They'll be much better for the next race. Don't wait to sign up. Find something 3-4 weeks away so you stay motivated. Wear your crossing guard outfit for a Halloween race!


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MOMONTHERUN1 10/2/2011 4:52PM

    Great job! You rocked it and keep on striving for success!


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SWEETBEETL 10/2/2011 2:18PM

    Great job:D

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LETTINGGO85 10/2/2011 1:37PM

    Congrats! What an awesome accomplishment.

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