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I managed to get in three workouts this week...

Saturday, January 01, 2011

May not seem like much to some but I've been struggling for time and energy and the last while I've gone weeks at a time with no exercise. So I'm celebrating...

I feel like I've found my resolve recently to stop letting my job demands rob me of a healthy life. However, I must confess I'm worried too. The owner is coming on Thursday for a few weeks and I will be run ragged during this visit. I'm afraid I'll end up not sticking to it and lose the momentum I've finally managed to get back.

I have to make a plan and I may even have to have it out with him about needing time to exercise when I actually still have some energy.



Time to find my backbone...I know I left it around here somewhere.

Friday, December 31, 2010

Okay enough is enough. I have a million very valid excuses...but the reality is I have gained back13 pounds of my weight over the last year and all my healthy habits and exercise have fallen to the wayside. Its the first 13 on my way back to 206 or worse and I swore I was done being that girl in a previous post.

A lot has happened this year and I have been soooooooo busy and sooooooo tired I just couldn't seem to get in the exercise and would open my mouth for whatever junk was being passed around because I was too tired to cook and plan for my own meals. I was promoted to General Manager for the hotel I work for and that has been a major change in my life.

LIke I said I have a gazzilion reasons errr excuses....for why this has happened. Its a lot more complicated now for me to achieve a healthy what! Right! I can sit around belly aching about it and comforting myself with all the reasons why I'm not exercising or eating right while gaining all that weight I worked so hard to lose back and be totally miserable. I don't think those excuses will comfort me much then.

Its time I sucked it up and lose the excuses and do what I need to do to get back to my healthy groove and feel good again. Not just about career achivements but about my whole life and being. I want that balance back again and the only person who can make that happen is me.

It comes with making a decision...I'm worth job is worth losing your health over, and no job should be your whole life. I'm going to take the time I need to exercise and I'm going to plan my meals and have them cooked on sundays so i can just heat them up. I will get back to goal, and my goal is once I'm at that original goal...I'm gonna set a new goal and go down to 145 before 2011 is out.

I'm going to look good and feel good while celebrating my 25th wedding anniversary in the Domincan this year.

I did it before under easier circumstances, but I can still do it again. It comes from making the decision...and I've just made it. What about you...have you made it. Your worth looking and feeling your best....don't let the obsticals defeat you...there is always a way around. Sometimes, we just have to locate our missing backbone and snap it back into place.

I worked toooo hard to get to way am I gonna throw it all way. It felt to good and I want to feel that way again. I'm going to get back to my perma grin place.


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SWILLIAM621 1/11/2011 8:50AM

    Such a good blog and attitude! We can do this, I am right there with you girl!

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MWRIGHT8 1/1/2011 12:58PM

    Girl I am sooo with you! I have made all the excuses too in the past year and swore I wouldn't gain the weight back, and here I am again!
I will take little steps along with you this year. I will get my backbone back too. Greater is He that is within me than he that is in the world!!!

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JONIRO6 12/31/2010 7:30PM

    I found my backbone but it seems to be in small parts. I'm piecing it back together again like I would a jig-saw puzzle so I can say I have my resolve back again as well. I have lost weight and found it again several times. My doctors aren't real thrilled about it. I don't like the way I look. I don't like the way I feel. I don't like the way I feel when I go up the stairs. Just think all the things I don't like are the things you avoided by finding your backbone after 13 pounds. Hurrah that it wasn't the whole thing and then some.

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Back to Baby Steps.

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

AFter struggling with exercise for quite some time now due to an insane work schedule, gaining 10 pounds and trying to recover from a knee injury. I'm back and going to try to make Sept. Count. I managed to get up at 4:30 am this morning....groan....but I did and I managed to get in a 40 minute walk/run interval work out in for a total of 5.32 km. Not a lot but its a start. Hopefully I can stay awake and alert at work today. Really could use some encouragment and support as I try to get back in my healthy groove.

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SHAWNEINFL 12/5/2010 8:13AM

    Remember "baby steps" is the ONLY way to make it happen.

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REJ7777 12/2/2010 5:49PM

    It's a challenge to work up the emotional, mental and physical energy required to prepare healthy meals and exercise with an "insane work schedule". But it feels so good once we've done something for ourselves and exercised! It doesn't have to be all that long, and I always feel more energized after some exercise. emoticon

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ICANCHANGE1 9/6/2010 6:44PM

    Great job getting up at 4:30!! What's your secret? :)

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MWRIGHT8 9/6/2010 12:08PM

    Hey Lady! I am so there with you. I have been so derailed. I thought I was back and then got discouraged and disappeared again. I set my goals too high and then can't do them. I need to get back to reading the Spark and starting at the beginning again. We can do it!!

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JUNEPA 9/1/2010 12:03PM

    baby steps and interval running rock

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SWILLIAM621 9/1/2010 10:21AM

    I am right there with you girlfiend! Restarted the 100 day challenge yesterday as I got too busy last week and broke my 20 odd day start. Planning on running my next 5K on 9/11 but not overly optimistic about how I will do as I have not been training due to the heat. I figure something is better than nothing and with the heat breaking maybe I can get in the groove. I too have regained some pounds and inches, really had a groanfest over the weekend when I realized how many inches I put back on. emoticon for getting up early and getting your time in, I rode my bike for 10 minutes while watching the weather before getting ready and was going to walk at work with a couple of ladies but it was raining so will get down to the gym at lunch time for some extra workout. We can do this!

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MNTNGRLL 9/1/2010 8:55AM

  nothing wrong with baby steps. They work. Good for you. emoticon

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WALKMAMA 9/1/2010 6:56AM

    Hurray for baby steps! You can do this. Have a super day!

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    You CAN do this!!! I am also "starting over" and taking baby steps. They may seem small compared to what we used to do, but they do add up!! Hang in there!! I believe in you!!

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Haven't blogged since Nov. 2009

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Today I read my last blog post "EEEEWWWW done being that girl!
It was good for me to read it and remember.

The reason I haven't been blogging, or participating regularly, or even exercising regularly was because of a promotion to Sales and Convention manager at the hotel where I work. I was promoted and next thing I knew they laid off many essential staff people. So I have been trying to do my job and about 3 others. Life has been crazy!!! I have simply had no time and no energy.

Since then I've watched 6 pounds creep back on. I come home to tired to exercise and just open my mouth for whatever happens to be available.

In the past 2 weeks I think I've exercised one time. Its been so frustrating and I have to tell you I don't feel good. I keep remembering how well I felt when I was eating right and exercising.

I'm not beating myself up though, I know the cirucmstances I have been in were extreme and sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. I am seeing some light at the end of the tunnel as they've hired another girl for front desk and I will soon regain 2 days of my time and I'm hopeful I can work out an appropriate eating and exercsing schedule again.

Once your in that zone of healthy living there is nothing like it. Life just improves exponentially. You have more energy, your more creative in problem solving, your happier, you feel more fullfilled...its just plain better. All work and no play defiinitly doesn't have a good effect on people.

Guard your healthy lifestyles, cherish them. If however your in a similar circumstance and feeling like you've been run over, just make plans for how your going to regain it. Don't waste time beating yourself up over things you can't control.

Reading that blog, I remember all the excitement and happiness I felt.

I'm getting that job is worth going back to being "that girl" in my previous blog.

We can do this.

Heather Dawn

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SHANTRA 4/5/2010 2:31PM

    Great to see such an inspiring blog.

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PERSISTENT_GIRL 3/15/2010 9:29PM

    great to hear from you and your new goals!! You can do this as we are in it for the journey! Keep up the great work and keep remembering You as that girl!

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KAYDE53 3/6/2010 10:46AM

    Congratulations on the job promotion and welcome back!! Hope your routine comes back to where you can concentrate on You!! emoticon

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COFFEYBEAN 3/6/2010 10:03AM

    I wondered what happened to you....I knew when I quit the team that I should still be getting some blogs, but I got nothing....glad to see you're still alive and kicking. You just keep trying'll work it out...yes, day to day work does hamper your schedule, but you got to think outside of the box...I hope work tames itself for you and you can get back on track.

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HSMOM2FOUR 3/6/2010 9:34AM

    Welcome back!!! Hope everything settles down for you soon, and that you get back into your healthy routines!!

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EEEEWWWWW!!!! Done being that Girl!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Looking thru some old photos my sisterinlaw had and came across this picture of me. Its about 8 years ago. I just shuddered when I saw it, because over those 8 years my weight went up and down but the smallest I got was 183. When I decided to get serious with spark last year I was back to this weight 206. I didn't have a before picture because for years I had avoided having my picture taken unless it was just a head shot. I look at this picture and honestly my stomach feels sick. Who is that girl! I just look absolutly miserable and sick even.

I showed it to my sons girlfriend who has only known me since I lost the weight and she just couldn't even get her head around it. Can't blame her I can't get my head around it. Why, why, Why...did I ever live like that, when it was really easy to get it off, it was just a matter of eating right, exercising , being patient with the weight coming off slowly and not giving up.

I honestly can't imagine ever going back to that size. Its soooo awful...all I can think of is EEEEEWWWWW no way...never again!

I hate this picture and really didn't want to share it, but I remember at the beginning of this journey I really couldn't believe I could ever really be at a healthy weight and feel attractive again.

So if this horrible, awful, terrible, make me shudder picture can help someone make the connection that it can be done, then its worth the humiliation I feel posting it.

It may take some took me a year...but you can get yourself back.

There have been so many changes, so many victories along the journey.
1. I learned to eat healthy.
2. I went from being a coach potato to a regular exercise routine and recently completed a 10 k run.
3. I went from not being able to shop at my favorite store to being able to put on and like anything I want there. No more crying in the dressing rooms.
4. I was promoted into a PR position at work and it was no secret how I was looking and the confidence I was displaying was a large part of that. My skills remain the same.
5. I love the surprise on peoples faces who haven't seen me in a while.
6. I love being able to tell them what I did and encourage them that yes...they can do it too.
7. The other day I said something about being cold at work and one of the guests said well I'm not surprised dear...your such a tiny little thing. hahaha
Well I'm far from a tiny little thing...but I was so thrilled when she left I shut my office door and burned a few calories doin my happy dance. hahaha.
8. I feel like a new door has opened on my life, new opportunities are coming my way and life is an adventure again.
9. I'm even starting to think I may try a half marathon.
10. I may be a little vain, but when I catch a glimpse of myself in a mirror, store window, car window, puddle...I can't help it...I smile

Don't give up until you get to goal its way too much fun.
Heather Dawn

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KUNGFOOD 4/15/2010 8:08AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEAGLASSQUEEN 2/8/2010 10:09AM

    Go for it! Run a 1/2 is an amazing journey of stretching your courage and determination.

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YATMAMA 11/16/2009 11:07AM

    You give me such hope, such encouragement. My journey is a lot longer than yours and I'm STUCK beyond words for a month now, but I know that as I continue to treat my body with the respect it is due, the weight will come off, more victories will occur, and my own happy dances will become more plentiful. Thank you for living the dream in front of me, my friend. You bless me so much!!



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MWRIGHT8 11/16/2009 7:39AM

    Way to go! Thanks for being such an inspiration!

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PRINCESSNURSE 11/16/2009 4:54AM

    Coingratulations on your weight loss and new lifestyle. You are an inspiration!

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CRYSBROWN1 11/15/2009 6:49PM

    WOW, what an impressive transformation! Congrats on all of the positive things that have come along with it!

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GLORYB2014 11/15/2009 4:51PM

    Congrats on reaching your goal. This blog is really impressive, thanks for sharing

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EMACFAR 11/15/2009 4:45PM

    Excellent work! That is so inspiring :) Keep it up!

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VGIMLET 11/15/2009 4:43PM

    Congratulations on reaching your goal, and the changes you've made in your lifestyle.
It's good to remember how far you've come.

As someone still on my way to my own goals, it helps me to see the before and after photos others have posted.

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