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Focused on small goal to break a slump

Saturday, March 08, 2014

So I've been in a slump. Had a bad week and didn't feel like exercising, eating right or even getting on SP. Unlike my last post - even snapping my finger didn't produce the "magic" I needed. So back to the basics. Decided to focus on 1 goal today which is reaching a minimum weekly fitness minutes. I realized that to make my minimum I would have to exercise for 75 minutes today. I put on my tennis shoes, got on my elliptical and turned on the TV.

I did it! I feel so much better & I believe I've broken my slump. I didn't focus on ALL the things I've been slacking on - but just 1 goal that I could achieve and get back on track. Yeah!! And now have the "luck of the Irish" to combine with my own actions and get March back on track.
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MOONGLOWSNANA 3/12/2014 2:43PM

  One step back and two steps forward! Keep stepping!

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CAROL_31649731 3/9/2014 10:54PM

    One step at a time . . . add another now! emoticon emoticon

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MNNICE 3/9/2014 7:44PM

    I'm a firm believer of those smalls goals. "It only takes a spark to get a fire burning!"

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MEXGAL1 3/9/2014 5:54PM

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IAMBIZI 3/8/2014 10:44PM

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CAPECODBABE 3/8/2014 9:42PM

    Congrats, you are over your slump!!!

Glad you are doing so well, funny, I was thinking about you today. An omen???

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YOYONOMORE1 3/8/2014 7:11PM

    Love the shamrock back ground. You did good today, take it one day at a time and one step at a time.

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NANCYPAT1 3/8/2014 5:24PM

    We sometimes just have to narrow our focus to get back on track.

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THINFITFEMINIST 3/8/2014 4:42PM

    You did it and it made you feel better. Just continue and you'll be out of your slump. When you start feeling a slump come upon you, go out and walk or get on a machine or swim or dance. Continue that everyday.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 3/8/2014 3:50PM

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NWESCH24 3/8/2014 3:04PM

    small goals is what gets us where we want to be! You did good!

Wishing you a wonderful St. Patrick's Day from a fellow 1/2 Irishman :) - Mom was Irish and Pop was German, but he loved St. Patrick's Day as much as Mom!!!

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TRAVELGO 3/8/2014 2:50PM

  Baby steps, baby steps!!

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Losing weight is...MAGIC

Monday, February 10, 2014

Don’t we wish we could waive a wand and have the scale suddenly show a number we want?

Wouldn’t it be great if weight loss was magic? But what is magic really other than “the art of producing an illusion.” Something that seems impossible but is just a trick.
So, unlike a real magician, I will tell you the secret: if I work hard at eating better and exercising more, the weight will come off. I will become “the incredible shrinking lady.”
As for my next trick – I will burn 300 calories while watching TV as I work out on my elliptical.
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BE-THE-CHANGE 2/11/2014 11:55AM

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CAROL_31649731 2/11/2014 9:01AM

    Sorry, I'm having trouble believing. But I have a stationary bike in front of my TV, and it should be that simple. I did enjoy your blog, though!

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MEXGAL1 2/10/2014 11:08AM

    Go for it!!!
Have a wonderful week.
Sallie

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IAMBIZI 2/10/2014 9:34AM

    i believe..... emoticon

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JODROX 2/10/2014 9:04AM

    Yeah... losing weight is magic like gaining weight is magic. Such a mystery!

Not.

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GOLFGMA 2/10/2014 9:01AM

    Wishing the weight away would be nice, so would taking that wand and moving the bulges to other places to balance everything into perfect sizes according to the manufacturers of clothes. Oh well, back to sweating and counting calories, fat, water consumption, etc. Thanks for the thought. emoticon

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-BLESSINGS- 2/10/2014 8:43AM

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Wishing you an AWEsome Week ~Deby

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American Idol is my new fitness buddy

Friday, January 31, 2014

Studies show that having a fitness buddy helps us reach our fitness goals.
My buddy lately is

Thanks to my DVR and elliptical, I've been watching this season's show while working out on my elliptical.
I love the judges this year - Harry Connick, Jr is so funny and the interactionwith Keith Urban and Jennifer Lopez has been great. I don't watch much TV but this year's show has captivated me and I just can't wait to get on the elliptical to watch.
My weekly fitness minutes went way up this week and I lost another couple of pounds.
Hey - whatever works - right?
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MEXGAL1 2/1/2014 9:58AM

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CAROL_31649731 2/1/2014 9:42AM

    Wonderful way to get in your exercise! I kinda do the same thing, but my "workout buddy" is Dr. Oz. I dvr his daily shows & look forward to watching them later in the day, while riding a stationary bike (in front of the TV). You don't even realize you're working out, right?!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IAMBIZI 1/31/2014 9:42PM

    congratulations on the weight loss. YOu are making some progress!!!!!!!!
way to go.
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CA-IN-SAPPORO 1/31/2014 5:36PM

    The show just started last week here in Japan, and I'll be watching it tonight (Saturday). Although I live in a one-room apartment with no space for equipment, I want to do some jogging in place or exercises like sit-ups during the show. Thanks for the inspiration!

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JODROX 1/31/2014 4:51PM

    That's great! I listen to music or podcasts while I run/walk/tone/etc. It does make it more enjoyable!

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HOPEFULHIPPO 1/31/2014 4:46PM

    that is an awesome idea. LOL I don't think my living room fits a treadmill....

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Fall...get up...dust off...move

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I was thinking about my life as one loooong walk. A journey that includes amazing scenery and surprises around the bend. Sometimes it rains or even storms. It can get cold and sometimes I'm just too tired to walk very fast. Sometimes I'm walking alone, sometimes arm in arm with friends or family. So it is natural that I may occasionally stumble (and catch myself). Or just outright trip and fall.

The KEY is to get up, make sure I haven't hurt anything, dust myself off and get moving again. No guilt or condemnation, but more of a determination to press on (and not look back but know that I've come a long way so far)

Orange you glad there is humor on our journeys?
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HOPEFULHIPPO 1/15/2014 11:36AM

    I LOVE that pic!!!

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MEXGAL1 1/15/2014 9:59AM

    Yes humor is such a good thing to maintain. Smiling is so healthy.
Have a terrific day
Sallie

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CAROL_31649731 1/14/2014 8:01PM

    Love the "orange" humor!!! Wonderful message, too . . . thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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JAYDEE1211 1/14/2014 4:27PM

    Thanks for your message. I certainly know the feeling. Best wishes.

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REALLY_ROBIN 1/14/2014 11:37AM

  Thank you for your blog...it was awesome! Have a great day!

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RX_2_RV 1/14/2014 10:11AM

    You HAVE come a long way and your great attitude is the reason...that, and lots of hard work. Thanks for the inspiring words.
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IAMBIZI 1/14/2014 9:32AM

    great blog post!
happy days!
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GRAMMAALI 1/14/2014 9:07AM

    What a great visual!! I only have oranges and cuties in my fruit drawer right now. I will definitely be reminding myself of your words as I eat them!!
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GODSCHILDAMYB 1/14/2014 8:46AM

    That is exactly what I have learned to do. Instead of just thinking there is no use, I reflect what I did wrong and then tell myself I can and will do better and then try all the more. It pays of later when we are checking in on ourselves and keep on pushing.

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MOSTMOM1 1/14/2014 8:20AM

    Amen, sister! I feel like that orange right now. lol

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Put away the Christmas boxes AND the extra pounds gained

Saturday, January 04, 2014

The task of "un-decorating" after Christmas is daunting. Hauling all the heavy boxes upstairs & switching holiday decorations with the old mundane knick knacks that usually adorn my home. The whole thing is depressing to me. But I've found that if I attack it in one day and stay focused until I'm finished, it is better. Like pulling off a bandage quickly - shorter duration of pain.

Wouldn't it be easy if losing the holiday weight was so quick and painless? A pill I could take so that the 3.2 lbs would just come off in a day? I realize that isn't possible but decided this year to attack my "reset" with the same intensity I did as the redecorating. I started tracking at the end of December so it would already be a habit by New Year's. I attacked that 8 glasses of water and upped my exercise minutes. I'm finding the joy again in having a SP streak grow day by day.

Sneaked in a peak at the scale (against my better judgment to wait until Monday) but fortunately it DID drop a couple of pounds. Whew. I know the tracking and streaking works - it is how I lost weight to begin with a year ago. Now just have to stay focused and keep up the work!
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MAUREENREDUX 1/5/2014 12:48PM

    I've reset as well but will stay off the scale until the end of the month so I can focus on good whole foods and exercise. Hope I get to those Christmas decorations down before then...


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IAMBIZI 1/4/2014 11:08PM

    congratulations!


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    I did not put up any decorations this year and right about now feel like that was such a great move! LOL! emoticon

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CAROL_31649731 1/4/2014 11:50AM

    emoticon Undecorating is the pits. We'll probably do tomorrow (having big turkey meal today for my in-laws today, since we didn't see them on Christmas), so still in Holiday mode a little. Seriously, though . . . Kudos for the tracking & streaking! So very glad itt has paid off for you!!! emoticon

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HOLLYM48 1/4/2014 9:57AM

    Great plan! I too hate taking the decorations down but once it is done, feel like a whole new person uncluttered!

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MOSTMOM1 1/4/2014 9:44AM

    Atta girl! I gotta get back to tracking, portion control, freggies and water too. I'm with ya.

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MEXGAL1 1/4/2014 9:31AM

    Sounds great to me! Tracking for me is so vital to maintain my weight loss.
For me, I am just going to put hearts on my iron Mexican tree and let it decorate until Valentine's Day.
Have a terrific day
Sallie

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DADDYS_GIRL6 1/4/2014 9:25AM

    What a good way to work on it!! You go Girl!! I am proud of you!!

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