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I've Got Goals To Reach

Tuesday, December 09, 2014




Today is day 97 of my streak!

Its been a couple of weeks since my last blog. Even though my streak has continued, I have to admit that my motivation has begun to fade lately. We got some bad news last month, which is impacting us financially. That, combined with the fact that I've been at a plateau for about a month now, has really been a mojo killer. But motivated or not, I know that I have to eat right and exercise. I've got goals to reach, and if I let myself give up every time I get bad news or hit a plateau, then I'll never get to where I want to be. Sometimes I have to literally force myself to workout or to pass up unhealthy food...and while I may resent it at the moment, I always feel proud of myself at the end of the day for staying on track.



I'm already looking ahead to the new year, and I'm giving myself a 90 Day Challenge starting on January first. The focus of my personal challenge will be to make noticeable progress by April 1, 2015. I will have hubby take a front and side picture of me on New Years day, and then again every 30 days. And to keep myself accountable, I'm going to post the pictures in my Spark photos. Yikes! Its a little scary, (especially since I'm working hard right now, yet at a plateau) but I think the fact that I'm putting myself out there like that will be a strong motivation to do well!

This upcoming challenge doesn't mean I'm giving up right now. I am definitely still focused on staying on track through the holidays! Who knows? Maybe I'll have beaten this plateau by the time I start my 90 Day Challenge. I am certainly going to try!





  
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SANDICANE 12/17/2014 7:10AM

    Hoping that your mind is believing and your body is achieving!

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BOROFITGIRL 12/17/2014 12:25AM

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DAKARISAH430 12/15/2014 3:42PM

    You have a great attitude. You can do it!

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EDDYMEESE 12/14/2014 10:54PM

    You can do this!

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TREYONE 12/14/2014 9:36PM

  So glad to see you posting again!!! You are always so inspiring because you talk about things we can all relate to and I know it motivates me to look past the set backs and see what I have already achieved!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LACOOK2014 12/14/2014 7:39PM

    I am glad to hear you are working through this stay strong !

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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 12/13/2014 2:48PM

    So Pixie I was just reading about what to do with plateau's and beyond plateau's and thinking, "why am I reading this?" I am nowhere near this and I guess I was reading it for you!!! lol

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CAROL3SAN 12/13/2014 12:12PM

    Just seeing this blog today Pixie...it is so inspiring. I truly appreciate you posting it.
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BEAUTYINGRACE 12/13/2014 11:35AM

  Love this post! I am most definitely struggling to find some motivation right now...ugh! Setting goals is a good idea! I think i am going to set myself some small doable short-term goals and go from there.

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PHHHISC 12/12/2014 5:59PM

    Great!

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TRIM180 12/12/2014 5:19PM

    emoticonyou are the emoticonest

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WIFE49 12/12/2014 2:44PM

    Awesome blog. Keep up the good work.

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LADYGSC 12/12/2014 12:39PM

    Sounds good!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 12/12/2014 8:51AM

    great post

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FORZACHANDMATT 12/12/2014 6:57AM

    Good for you!I

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AMBERSMANUEL 12/12/2014 6:53AM

    Great attitude! Life has its ups and downs...whenever it goes down, you can be certain that it will swing right back up again! Love the idea for your challenge. I may just join you!!

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LIFESTYLE12 12/12/2014 6:41AM

    emoticon sorry to hear that you're going thru a rough spot right now but know we're all in this together on the healthy lifestyle side and will stay strong!

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MYAKAYAH 12/12/2014 12:40AM

    great quotes and on having a good attitude about sometimes struggling, be proud always~

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1STBUCKETITEM 12/11/2014 11:55PM

  Keep up the good attitude! Loved your quotes and saved some for myself when I need a little more inspiration. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ERGAR31 12/11/2014 11:55PM

    Your comments are a true motivation. I needed to hear your words. Thank you!

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1HOTFUDGEMAMA 12/11/2014 11:36PM

  keep the faith!

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INITFORLIFE3 12/11/2014 11:30PM

    Watch me! was my favorite phrase when I was kid - usually my response to "you can't do that - you're a girl." Thanks for the reminder. It's time to shout out "Watch me!" again. emoticon

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TAYGRL 12/11/2014 11:14PM

    This was a great read! Thanks for the inspiration!

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EMMACORY 12/11/2014 9:23PM

    You continue to motivate a whole family of followers. emoticon

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DJC2021 12/11/2014 9:22PM

    Love the attitude! Great blog. Best of luck. emoticon emoticon

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REBESANCON 12/11/2014 8:37PM

    Great job! Keep up the streaking ;)

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VICKIE_A 12/11/2014 8:03PM

    Keep on Living! You are doing very very well! emoticon emoticon

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DONNA_W 12/11/2014 7:06PM

    Love the saying "The body achieves what the mind believes"

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AJB121299 12/11/2014 6:50PM

    nice

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SWEETTOOTH712 12/11/2014 5:56PM

    Great blog with excellent ideas and action plan. It sounds like you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. Best of luck on your 90 day journey!

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JENNIK2 12/11/2014 3:43PM

    Great ideas!

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PURPLEGIRL22 12/11/2014 3:22PM

  Keep it up. I liken this to a journey: you will have peaks and valleys, but you will do it. Keep moving forward one step at a time.

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PHHHISC 12/11/2014 1:48PM

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FRABBIT 12/11/2014 1:42PM

  Way to go with sticking with your streak. You are going to do great in the upcoming year.

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MOMMY445 12/11/2014 11:09AM

    that's a fabulous streak,Pixie! i'm rooting for you on your 90 day challenge,too! have a wonderful day!

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BARCELONAME 12/11/2014 11:06AM

  Awesome post and wishing you the strength to succeed. You can do it.

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LORIVIOLA 12/11/2014 10:14AM

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Thank you for sharing.
I am sorry you have had bad news as of late.
i hope that gets better!

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i really like the last pic.
and i like the idea of your 90 day challenge starting on Jan 1.
you are BRAVE!

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ARAZA30 12/11/2014 9:27AM

    You and I can relate. My financial situations right now are in the toilet. It's hard to keep your head above water. A goal without a plan is just a wish. You can do it. I've reached mine 2 months ago. You are stronger than you thought! Go You!

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/11/2014 9:13AM

    Great Goals! emoticon

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SANDISOCAROLINA 12/11/2014 8:32AM

    It's great you're getting a jump on things before the holidays and New Years. I'm on a mini spark staycation until after New Years but I still check in from time to time and still trying to make my dreams come true too. (I like your posters) Have a good one.

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TENNISJIM 12/11/2014 6:30AM

    You can do it

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JSEATTLE 12/11/2014 1:42AM

  Great going on your streak! So sorry to hear about your news but I know you will overcome.

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CAROL_31649731 12/10/2014 11:18PM

    Your positive attitude under such duress is inspiring! I, too, am plateauing, and trying to stay in my healthy routine regardless of feelings of defeat. And you are a brave woman to consider posting pictures . . . my hat goes off to you! Thanks for the inspiration today. Needed it!!!

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Instant Gratification, Or Something Worth Waiting For?

Saturday, November 15, 2014



Today is day 73 of my streak!

I've been having non scale victories (NSV's) left and right lately! I love it when I get in the car and I can slide right into the drivers seat without having the steering wheel pressing against my stomach anymore. I love it when I pull my jeans on and they glide over my thighs, and I love it when I can get deeper into yoga poses because my belly has gotten smaller! I don't weigh myself, but I can tell that I've lost weight. Not only are my clothes fitting better, but I just FEEL better all round. I'm loving how much energy I have! Just goes to show what working out regularly and eating a healthy diet will do for you. I'm looking forward to seeing what NSV's await me in the coming weeks and months!

This streak I'm on started in September, and since then I've been really committed to living a healthy lifestyle. I challenge myself every single day to try to eat as healthy as I possibly can. Some days are better than others, but I make sure that there is some good in every day. Progress, not perfection! And on top of eating as well as I can, I also workout 6 days a week. I used to really hate cardio, but over the past 73 days I've actually started to kind of like it! And I definitely love the results. In addition to cardio, I do yoga and Les Mills Pump. Hubby has even started working out with me sometimes, so its great to see that my lifestyle change is having an effect on him too.



This time of year does make it hard to stay on track, though. So many food temptations out there! You can't shop anywhere without the treats (or threats, as I now call them) being displayed right in your face. Its hard to say no to them. There are some people who can say yes to just one, and be satisfied with that. I'm not one of those people. One bite almost always leads to one big binge. So I know that I can't even start. I need to stay strong.

I have a choice to make each time I'm faced with temptation; do I want instant gratification, or do I want something worth waiting for? If I eat the junk food, I know it will most likely cause me to binge eat, and easily undo a weeks worth of progress in one day. It will feel good while I'm eating that fattening food...but the feeling won't last. (And I will suffer the shame and remorse later on.)

But if I don't eat the junk food? I might have a few moments where I feel deprived, to be honest. But I also know that every time I say NO to temptation, I am taking a step closer to reaching my goals. Every time I choose to stay on track with my healthy eating plan, every time I workout when I'd rather chill out and watch TV, I am creating positive changes in my body and in my health. And I know that if I just keep going, I will get healthier, stronger, and I will eventually reach my goal. That is definitely something worth waiting (and working) for!

  
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FUNLOVEN 12/10/2014 8:01AM

    After being stuck for so long, what I like the best about your blog is that you have kept you streak up for 73 days! AND your attitude has remained positive all the way. I can remember blogs from you a while back that were not this way when you were going through a period of struggle. Well, I do believe you have found your groove, girl, so keep up the good work!

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JERICHO1991 11/30/2014 5:38PM

    Thanks for sharing the great news of your NSV successes.

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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 11/29/2014 3:19PM

    YOU are emoticon

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CAROL_31649731 11/27/2014 7:50PM

    One of your best blogs yet, Pixie! Very well said! I can already tell this is one I will come back & re-read when I'm tempted (or see a "threat") this Holiday season, and need inspiration.

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LORIVIOLA 11/27/2014 8:50AM

    emoticon blog!
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CHEENY 11/26/2014 9:06AM

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SUPERSYLPH 11/24/2014 7:46PM

    You can do this!!! I'm rootin' for you!

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WRITERWANNAB 11/23/2014 6:43PM

    Way to go!

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KALANTHA 11/23/2014 11:02AM

    Excellent! I recently read a quote that might apply to your desire for immediate gratification. I went something like: Don't confuse what you want now with what you want most. That's not exactly right, but it makes the point.

You're doing GREAT! Those NSV's are the best! I can't wait to be enjoying some of those myself. I'm looking forward to the day when my bath towel reaches all the way around me, without anything hanging out.

Spark on, Pixie!

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AMBER461 11/22/2014 10:12PM

  An excellent blog, thanks for sharing.

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GIGALENA 11/22/2014 6:37AM

    Powerful! Thanks

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OTHERSIDEOFK 11/21/2014 11:30PM

    It's about "Progression not Perfection" I love that!

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JUNEAU2010 11/21/2014 9:11PM

    A perfect blog to share with your SP family right before Thanksgiving! emoticon

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SUNGIRL822 11/20/2014 3:35PM

  :)

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123ELAINE456 11/20/2014 3:50AM

  Awesome!!! Keep Pushing Forward!!! WTG!!! I'm Safe. Thank for this Inspiring Blog.

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SUNGIRL822 11/19/2014 8:45PM

  I really enjoy your blogs. Thank you!

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STEELER71 11/19/2014 2:59PM

   
Hi My Beautiful Girl
You make this old lady so proud. You're strong willed and determined and an all around awesome person. Keep up the good work. You can do it.



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SUMMERDAYS2014 11/19/2014 1:13PM

  This is a great blog. Thank you for sharing.

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HOTDEENOW 11/19/2014 10:49AM

    I like how you find something good in every day! Positivity goes a long way :)

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DEEKELLYE 11/19/2014 10:08AM

    Some things I can have one or two of, like chocolate, but then there are stuff like pasta where I can eat my weight in pasta which is why we don't have it very often. I love eating fruits and veggies especially an orange for breakfast. I always feel better when I eat stuff like fruits and veggies. Good job on keeping the streak alive and going. I think it's the biggest I've seen you do. That's a NSV within itself. Chin up buttercup!

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KATBWIN 11/18/2014 7:24PM

    emoticon I am becoming reliant on the NSV because the scale is not moving as fast as I want but I know I am changing. This was a great blog very reinforcing for me to keep doing the things I know will make me feel better. emoticon and blogging

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KLONG8 11/18/2014 6:30PM

    As always, you are RIGHT ON TRACK! A moment's discomfort when you say no to yourself or a backsliding day and feeling like crap? Choose the moments discomfort!

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MUNOZ2806 11/18/2014 4:59PM

    I'm really trying to get hold of these concepts. I know it has to be true because so many people have stated how these ways of measuring success has really helped them stay on track. Ummm...something to think about. emoticon

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Keep it up!

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    keep up the good work!you are doing emoticon

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    absolutely spot on emoticon

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SNANCHOR 11/18/2014 2:49PM

    Nice insight! Thanks for sharing all your NSVs! Way to GO!

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-SHOREIDO- 11/18/2014 2:01PM

    emoticon You're doing it!! Oh yes you are!!

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VANGO79 11/18/2014 12:32PM

    emoticon keep that streak going! Woohoo!

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KIRSTYRE 11/18/2014 11:22AM

    This a great piece of motivation, thank you for sharing your experience and wisdom!

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DAKARISAH430 11/18/2014 9:19AM

    Thanks for sharing!

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PJMX18 11/18/2014 9:03AM

    There are so many NSVs to work for! Great blog!

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CONWA30 11/18/2014 7:44AM

    Thanks I needed this today. Great Blog!

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MARIANNE9855 11/18/2014 12:29AM

    Great message and what I am trying to remember every day and every "threat" I encounter in person on tv etc!

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K1TT3N 11/17/2014 8:54PM

    awesome

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    Nice, nice, nice! emoticon

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FRAN0426 11/17/2014 8:33PM

    Great blog, great job with your streak---keep up all the great work you have been doing.

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A Treat? Or A Threat?

Monday, November 10, 2014



Today is day 68 of my streak!

Sunday is usually my grocery shopping day. I like to go in the morning, before it gets crowded. There once was a time when I could just blaze right through the grocery store in record time. That was back when I just loaded my cart up with garbage....frozen processed meals, salty junk food of every kind, lots of sweets, and many cans of high sodium soup. The only thing I cared about back then was to stock up on enough crappy, unhealthy food to feed my addiction for another week.

Grocery shopping takes me longer these days. I like to take my time choosing fresh produce. And now I don't buy anything in a can or a box unless I read the label first. Not just the serving size and calorie count, but also the sodium and sugars. I'm not perfect, but I try to really pay attention to what I'm buying. If something has an entire days worth of sodium in one serving, it doesn't go in my cart! Those foods that I used to see as "treats" don't appeal to me anymore. Nowadays, instead of seeing them as "treats" I see them as "threats" to my health. This saying is so true...........



I had a real struggle at this grocery store this past Sunday. Before I even got in the door, I was approached by Girl Scouts selling cookies, and some other group selling popcorn. I said "No thank you!" as I speed walked past them. Once I was inside the store, I was no safer, because it seemed like everywhere I looked, there was a holiday "treat" (or threat) in my face. Even in the produce section! Some of it looked darned good, to be honest. There were a couple of things that I actually picked up and considered buying. Until I read the label, that is!

I kept reminding myself "eat according to your goals!" It did help me to stay strong. I felt so proud of myself when I finished my grocery shopping and there was not a single treat/threat in my cart!

As I was driving home, I was thinking about those holiday "foods" that I'd passed up, and I didn't have a bit of remorse for not buying any. For one thing, they're not really food. They're just a bunch of processed ingredients that I don't need.

I know that this is just the start of the holiday season, and I'm going to have these temptations in my face whenever I go grocery shopping. Not just at the holidays, either. There are temptations all year round! But for some reason, if you put the words "holiday" or "Christmas" on a food package, its more compelling to buy it. (At least for me.) But I am determined to keep my streak going and to make this holiday season as healthy as possible.
I'm going to do my best to avoid the threats to my healthy lifestyle. And in return, I'll be treating myself to a healthier body and no regrets on New Years Day!


  
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CICELY360 11/22/2014 12:44AM

  good blog

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WRITERWANNAB 11/20/2014 7:21PM

    I am an avid label reader, too. emoticon

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MOMMYSAHRI 11/17/2014 2:22PM

    I love the treat or threat idea! It's a great way to think about things in the grocery store.

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RUTHIEBEAR 11/16/2014 2:12PM

    I am going to remember this as I grocery shop for the next few weeks. Treat or threat? I crave results! Thank you Pixie!

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LACOOK2014 11/16/2014 11:52AM

    So true. I wish I could get my husband to be more conscious of what goes in his mouth! I enjoy doing things with him, but grocery shopping is not one of them! I finally got him and our kids use to eating ground turkey or ground chicken so guess I am slowly making progress!
Thanks for sharing, I always enjoy reading your blogs.

Lisa

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SHARSUE 11/15/2014 12:05PM

    Everything you say here is so true...we think we are "treating" ourselves with these foods, when really we are just damaging our bodies.
Thank you for the reminder that "treats" are really "threats" in disguise!

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DS9KIE 11/14/2014 7:33PM

    love your blog

I really like "I used to crave chocolate"

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COTTONTAIL62 11/14/2014 9:33AM

    Great words of wisdom....especially approaching the holiday season....

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MOMTO6CUTIES 11/13/2014 1:56PM

    awesome blog :)

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WENDYANNE61 11/13/2014 1:49PM

    yeah, no regrets on New Years Day sounds great! Go for it, Pixie!

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TANGYTANGERINE 11/13/2014 1:31PM

    Thanks again for another great blog!! I'm going to come back and read this a couple of more times - TODAY STARTS THE FIRST DAY OF THE REST OF MY LIFE!! Thanks for the motivation.

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NSCARNEY 11/12/2014 8:35PM

    Gotta love the Girl Scout Gauntlet: cute kids with cookies! I either give them a donation or buy cookies for our deployed military.

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BECCASU 11/12/2014 7:32PM

    Well said! ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿข๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿท๐Ÿป๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿต๐Ÿ


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CHEENY 11/12/2014 4:56PM

    I take a long time shopping too. In fact, I love to go food shopping, but I've learned to really walk through certain sections of the store and not even stop to look at them. The bakery, the ice cream aisle, the processed and canned food aisle. I just close my eyes!

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1DAATATIME 11/12/2014 1:15PM

    Bless you for your inspiration x

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PENNYSAVER2 11/12/2014 12:15PM

    Great job! Keep it up.

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PATTISTAMPS 11/12/2014 12:09PM

    Yea Pixie!! Good for you! I had the same thing on Saturday. Some of those things were SO tempting, but not buying them didn't make me feel deprived. More like victorious! Keep that streak going, girl! You are ROCKING it!

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DAKARISAH430 11/12/2014 11:54AM

    Awesome. Thanks for sharingโ˜บ

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1HOTFUDGEMAMA 11/12/2014 9:38AM

  way to go!

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DEEKELLYE 11/12/2014 9:23AM

    I'd rather have homemade soup than soup in a can. At least with homemade you know what exactly is in it and you can always add a little bit of salt to it. Good job at the grocery store! I'll be going this weekend.

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SHANTODD420 11/12/2014 8:44AM

    Way to go on passing up the items you did not need. Keep pushing Pixie you are an amazing strong woman.

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REBESANCON 11/12/2014 7:42AM

    emoticon and emoticon Keep up the good work!

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BUG1965 11/12/2014 7:22AM

  just what I needed this morning! Thank you!

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MYAKAYAH 11/12/2014 6:45AM

    Good reminders Pixie on a healthy lifestyle! A good rule of thumb also is never to go shopping on an empty stomach. I can never eat samples in a grocery store because I am a germophobic type!

In terms of Girl Scouts and the like forget it I'm not interested in their cookies or popcorns either~

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LAMILLER365 11/12/2014 6:05AM

  Perfect timing for me. Great reminder.

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LUVSBULLDOGS 11/11/2014 11:02PM

    Good blog, Pixie.

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WALNUTT1961 11/11/2014 9:23PM

    I'm with you! I put items back on the shelf too. I go to the fresh produce isle first now. We can get through these holidays eating healthy food! Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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JANISMKW 11/11/2014 9:10PM

    That is how it's done. Thank you.

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  I love your last picture. How True! I have never had a sweet tooth so much as a salty-fat tooth! I love chips and anything crunchy crispy like chips. I love my popcorn. I exercise each day and still need to pay attention to what I eat, and that is all the time.

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  Great job at the grocery store! This is a hard time of the year for many of us, especially with all of the holidays ahead. I just had a birthday and let my children eat the planned dinner, I only ate the steamed asparagus with my usual brown rice and beans and let them eat the small birthday cake. I blew out the candles for a picture and I was happy that I really didn't miss anything, especially the foods that are like "poison" to me. I know that if I gave in, the 47 pounds that took all year to lose would just put the hard earned loss of weight on a destructive path to return, especially since I know that I have addictive food problems if I don't stay on track. We plan on a nice Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner together and I will do the same, I will focus more on family being together and focus on sharing our time, not on the food that will be like a loaded gun for me! :-) Day 68 of your streak is fantastic, you are on a roll!! You are amazing!! Keep up the good work!! :-)

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Don't Forget To Be Your Own Hero

Thursday, October 30, 2014



Today is day 57 of my streak!

I don't know when the "holiday season" officially starts....but according to the stores I shop at, it must have started in September! My local grocery store has had Halloween candy right next to Christmas candy for weeks now. And coming soon, we'll be inundated with Thanksgiving and Christmas commercials for all sorts of tempting food.

I know there is more to the holiday season than food, of course. But doesn't it seem like FOOD is at the forefront of every holiday event? And to be honest, for most of my life, I looked forward to the holidays simply so I could eat and eat and eat. And every year, I would start a diet the day after New Years Day, to take off those holiday pounds. But the diet would end within a week or two, and I would keep most of the holiday weight I'd gained. (And then gain more next year.)

But I'm not going to let myself go crazy this holiday season! I'm going to do my best to stay on track and lose weight. I might have a small cheat meal on Thanksgiving and Christmas day, but just those two days! After all, a holi-day doesn't have to turn into a holi-week or a holi-month, right?

Luckily, I'm on a great team with some wonderfully supportive ladies, and we're going to get through the holiday season together. Some of us will be trying to lose weight. Others will be trying to maintain. But we're all going to be focusing on trying to make this holiday season as healthy as we possibly can! It will be like getting a running start on having a healthy new year!



Last night as I was falling asleep, I was thinking about Christmas, and what gifts I wanted to get my family. I've already purchased a few things...and as I was recalling what I'd already bought, I suddenly thought of one thing in particular. I'd bought my hubby a 6 pack of his favorite kind of candy bar. As soon as I remembered those candy bars, my eyes flew open and I was wide awake. I don't even really like this particular candy bar very much, but suddenly I wanted one!

Hubby was asleep. I wanted to get out of bed and go to the spare bedroom closet (where I hide the Christmas gifts) and get that package of candy bars. There are 6 in the package....and they are individually wrapped. I could eat one, and no one would ever know. I was so tempted! After a few minutes, I got out of bed, put on my robe and flip flops, and headed to the spare room. I got that package of candy bars out of the bag. I sat on the floor and had a good talk with myself. I had to be honest and admit that if I ate one candy bar, I'd end up eating the rest. Not all at once, but they'd have all been gone within 2 days. I knew I couldn't sabotage myself like that. I told myself "Don't forget to be your own hero."

So I took the package of candy, and I put it (unopened) on hubby's desk. When he woke up this morning and saw it, he asked me why it was there. I didn't tell him about my moment of weakness. I just told him that I thought he'd like to have them for when he's in the mood for something sweet. Unlike me, hubby won't eat all of those candy bars in a couple of days. He has no problem with having one every once in a while. But he knows there are 6 in the package. I can't sneak one of them now!

I'm proud of myself for not giving in to that temptation, but I know I face a lot more temptation in the next couple of months. But I'm determined to make this holiday season the healthiest one possible.

  
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VICKIE_A 12/11/2014 8:16PM

    I had to fight off temptation on some extra carbs this morning. The power was out, so coffee, which I savor quietly in the morning first thing was out til the lights came back on unless I dug out the sterno stove or the single burner coleman and tried it out . I wasn't too sure I had a safe place inside for either one. So I didn't get either one out and just waited. ( My friends down the street may have a propane stove, but I wondered if they could light it) . Ok..... well the power came back on after about an hour. I ignored the easy to open cans in the cupboard.
I did get my coffee, managed to cook a chicken patty in the little toaster oven, and then later after another round of grid off, cooked my two pieces of bacon. Then I tracked it, and found out I had had enough carbs. Rats. NO getting away with maybe making even one small pancake ( and I really wanted a pancake today. )

And no room to drink any Tang either for vitamin C. Ok, that was not good. It's so boring to take a pill, lol.

Through out the day here in the Northeast, the power has continued to fluctuate due to the heavy wet snow fall.

I was good. I could have gone to the store and gotten something but I am saving my money for Christmas .

Another day not trusting the oven will stay on if I try to bake something.

I managed my Italian tomatoes and some carrots , and a small portion of heat up and eat Uncle Bens Wild Rice and am Proud I Did Not Eat the Whole Thing. I really wanted to. Added a boosting protein and selenium, potassium filled tuna to that . Easy peasy.

So, I too behaved, all day so far! Trying to figure out a quick dinner with low carbs and more Vitamin C . I will drink my milk with that!

Thanks for the blogs, you are doing great. I like that you are honest and I think you are a true Inspiration for all of us Spark People!

Thank you for pausing so thoughtfully to write to all of us.

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MCJULIEO 11/24/2014 10:04AM

    I need to read this every day!

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    I am PROUD of you and emoticon for sharing this.
I've done that too- and regretted it later. I love that you sat down and had a chat with yourself.
DONT FORGET TO BE YOUR OWN HERO!

Thank you for the reminder.

Have a great day!

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LIMOM2TWINS 11/16/2014 8:21AM

    I know that this is a older blog but I wanted to say thank you!! You see I have been there - holding the candy fighting with myself about it BUT i have to admit I usually give into it the temptation - then immediately feel disgusted - and proceed to eat even more of it! UGH!!

BUT when I read your blog - I was so proud of you (even though I do not even know you emoticon) and I know that next time I am fighting that binge (because in my case that was what it would have become) - I am going to remember your blog and the feeling I had for you once you decided NO - and grab it and take it so that I can also have the best feeling in the world - the one of being IN CONTROL!

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TTWETFOOT 11/10/2014 9:00PM

  Love ur post.good job.u r a inspiration.

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CANDIGIRL029 11/9/2014 9:34PM

    Great job at not giving in to temptation. A little self talk goes a long way!!!โ˜บ

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SHARONCAPPS 11/9/2014 6:45PM

  Good for you and you can do this. Keep up the good work.

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    Loved this post; awesome job; i'm inspired. emoticon

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    Great job! Woohoo!

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I am glad you reminded us to be our own hero. No one else can do for us what we can do for ourselves! Way to go with the candy bar!!!

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LJKSHS 11/6/2014 1:55PM

    I love your blogs. ๐Ÿ˜„ Always very educational, not sure I would have not eaten one of those bars.. Good For You!

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TANGYTANGERINE 11/6/2014 11:39AM

    I love coming to your blogs, especially when I am struggling. I know I can always find something inspirational and honest. Thank you so much for sharing the way you do Pixie.

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KATBWIN 11/4/2014 3:01PM

    I am amazed at your will power. I have decided to watch my calories so that I can occasionally have a chocolate something. But I do have to watch that I do not keep eating until it is all gone. I can consume thousands of calories in the blink of an eye. LOL


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NHES220 11/4/2014 10:21AM

    Good for you! That is why I bought full size candy bars for Halloween. If I bought the fun size, I would have said, I'll just have one and they are so small. I probably would have had 20! But I could not bring myself to open a whole candy bar. We still have some in the house and they need to go, but I have not had any yet. Luckily the Twix went pretty quickly and we don't have any left.

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CAROLJ35 11/4/2014 3:42AM

    The desserts won't bother me since I am on my second round of "100 Days with NO Sweets" and without planning it this way, it happens to end on New Year's Eve. It has become easier and I bake for DH and others, always have candy on counter and I do not taste anything. I do allow myself an occasional slice of nutbread since I make it with flax seed, whole wheat flour and half Splenda and various fruits.
I would like a cookie with my evening tea, but ignore that feeling.

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MUSCLE-UP 11/3/2014 9:14PM

    That was sweet. You turned temptation into an unexpected gift for your husband. Goodwill and good cheer to you.

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MADAMES 11/3/2014 7:08PM

    Very inspirational!

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ONTHEPATH2 11/3/2014 2:37PM

    Awesome job! You are right - one is NEVER enough if I know there are more! I had a friend give me a good visual that I think of all the time - if you get struck by a train - its the FIRST car that does the most damage. If I can avoid that first one, it is so much easier to avoid the others! Great job not giving in.

This time of year there are so many festivities that seem to be centered around food. It is a wonderful season, but a difficult one.

Now to work on being MY own hero!

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FERGSGIRL2 11/3/2014 12:16PM

    Great blog!

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FUZZIEBEAR3 11/3/2014 10:48AM

    Unrelated to your post ... but I love your candles and pumpkins picture in the background of your page.

Congrats on your strength in every way ... keep it up, you can do it!


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CARINEVE 11/3/2014 9:48AM

    I think it is very good that you had that talk with yourself!
I should do that more often myself, instead of kidding myself.
If I start eating candy bars I won't stop if I know there is more where that came from.
I am sure you will be able to be your own hero in the coming months as well, you are so focussed!
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TEDDYBEARSGIRL 11/3/2014 9:39AM

    I am so sincerely Happy for you!!!!!! this was a great post and I just wanted to say thankyou!!!! i hope i can get this strong.. im still kinda on the weak side... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KRICKET57 11/3/2014 9:09AM

    Good for you. Good luck staying strong!

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KEEPITSIMPLE_ 11/3/2014 7:01AM

    Great attitude, great job! We are going into a tough season, over the past couple of years I've started to be more mindful of this in Oct and I have tightened up on avoiding sweets except a few, taming my sweet tooth a bit. Also portion control.

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SONYALATRECE 11/3/2014 12:33AM

    Great attitude and motivation! Keep up the positivity!

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KELAN5 11/2/2014 9:00PM

    Well done!!! An important reminder that we have control over our choices.

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    We're all in this together, and we're all going to make it.
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SHENDERSO1 11/2/2014 5:38PM

    Very nice!

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BONNIE626 11/2/2014 5:36PM

    Keep that mindset and you have it made. You are doing a wonderful job.

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PATTISTAMPS 11/2/2014 4:35PM

    Oh that is SO good! I have the same issues. My DH can leave sweets alone for months at a time, whereas they CALL me. Thank goodness he has no desire to eat them, because I don't have to have them in the house! I am really inspired that you actually took them out, looked at them, and didn't have one. Wish I had read that earlier... LOL. Keep that streak going - you are one AMAZING woman!!!

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JUDYKATIE 11/2/2014 4:18PM

  LOTS of admiration for YOU!!!

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    Congratulations, Keep up the good work! ๐Ÿ‘

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DEBI-K 11/2/2014 1:40PM

    Good for you!! I know that couldn't have been easy ... I'm the same as you are but myself personally, I'm pretty sure I couldn't have just had one if I broke into the bag. I'm proud of you - keep up the good work!

(P.S.) Congratulations on your streak. I just signed up yesterday and as of now, I have a 2 day streak going but I hope to follow your lead! : )

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DAVENPLK 11/2/2014 12:45PM

  It is so hard to have self-control. My husband has it, and I don't. He can buy a package of candy and leave it on the table. He'll take one, and he's satisfied. He tells me that he has self-control. I don't.......I'd eat the whole bag once it was opened.

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FILTRE 11/2/2014 11:20AM

    Your holiday food experience had me sitting here nodding. Very familiar. I think I've gotta set my rules for the season ahead of time, so I don't have to make any decisions as I'm at the table. Thanks for reminding me of that mine field which I really need to tackle already!

And wow, that candy bar experience. Brilliantly well done! It's the kind of willpower that has you on a 57-day streak!

57 days...wow. You're really an inspiration! Awesome work!

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My Workout Appointment Book

Monday, October 27, 2014



Today is day 54 of my streak!

I'm ready for a healthy week, and I hope you are too. My day got off to a great start. I had a healthy breakfast and a protein drink, and then I hit the gym (er....my living room, that is) to workout with Les Mills Pump.

Hubby got me the Les Mills Pump home set for Christmas, and it came with the barbell, weights and 7 workout DVD's. Today was my first time doing the "Pump Extreme" workout DVD, which is 58 minutes long! Hubby said "If you need to pause and rest a time or two, just do it." I said "All aboard the pain train!" (a Seinfeld reference) and got to it.

There were a couple of times during the workout where I did have to slow down, but I didn't stop. Afterwards, I was exhausted, but feeling great. I had to take a couple of moments to look in the mirror and admire the sweat stains on my shirt before I took my shower, lol. You know its a good workout when even your hair is wet with sweat!






My workout plan for this week is two more Les Mills Pump workouts, plus DDP Yoga (4X) and cardio (4x). The cardio I'll be doing this week is this one:



www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2Kx93QE7Fg

I usually don't like walking workouts (no offense to any Leslie Sansone/Walk Away The Pounds fans) but this one seems challenging and fun, so I thought I'd give it a try for a week. I've liked almost every Jessica Smith workout I've tried in the past, so hopefully I'll like this one too.

When I started my streak last month, I was thinking about this;



So I went out and bought myself a pretty blank notebook (because pretty things always inspire me the most), and I used it to make a weekly workout plan, all the way up to March 1, 2015. Each page in that notebook has a weeks worth of workouts posted. Every morning when I get up, I check my "workout appointment book" to see what workouts I have scheduled for that day....and then I keep my appointments!

Having it written down really helps me to stick to it. When I finish each workout, I make a big red check mark next to it in my notebook, and that gives me such a sense of pride and accomplishment. Since starting this streak 54 days ago, I have only missed two "workout appointments", and that was due to back pain. There have been days when I wanted to miss a workout due to pure laziness or lack of motivation, but then I'd check my workout appointment book and it would SPARK me to go workout anyway, so I could earn another big red check mark!



I'd love to know what motivates you to workout! Do you schedule workout appointments too....or do you have another motivator?


  
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KMRJPR 11/22/2014 8:51PM

    That's awesome Pixie-Licious!

I write everything else on my calendar, i really should schedule AND keep my workouts.

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    LOVE this blog. Great job! emoticon

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CICELY360 11/14/2014 10:05PM

  Good blog.

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HERBETTE1955 11/9/2014 9:35PM

    Love this idea. Getting an appointment book!

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KATBWIN 11/4/2014 4:11PM

    great blog. Right now. I am walking 10,000 steps a day. Somewhere I read that was equivalent to 5 miles. I am only 5 days into this walking but it is a start. emoticon

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JERICHO1991 11/3/2014 7:25PM

    Exercise is good.

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FORZACHANDMATT 11/3/2014 7:45AM

    Great job!!

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LACOOK2014 11/2/2014 10:42PM

    Great idea I think I will do that for myself I do write down my workouts for the week on a white board but I like the red check mark idea and a streak that isn't erased each week.
Thanks for sharing :-)

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KELAN5 11/2/2014 9:08PM

    I love this idea! I work out first thing in the morning and my reward is breakfast & coffee! I watch a favorite show while on the treadmill at an incline. This has been a true blessing.

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PATTISTAMPS 11/2/2014 4:32PM

    I love your idea! I do work out 5 to 6 days a week, and I am pretty hard wired to that now. But I usually take Sunday off to give my body a rest. And then on Monday I am back at it! Keep those appointments with yourself, because who could be more important???

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MOMTO6CUTIES 11/1/2014 8:31PM

    I'm so proud of you.

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MYAKAYAH 10/31/2014 3:37PM

    emoticon for making it through the Pump Extreme! Only having to slow down and not stopping is pretty good. I'm just getting over being ill so I have to build back up to my normal level of exercise. Looking forward to seeing if you can manage the yoga and cardio this week, heck, let me see if I can manage it!

I made up my notebook for November/December 2014 for the exercise appointments and I think it will help keep me on track to see what I need to do beyond walking, strength training and yoga!

Happy November~

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CAROL3SAN 10/31/2014 9:42AM

    Great plan Pixie. I'm aiming to exercise twice a day...mornings and early evening. The written appointed time is an excellent idea. I only do the simple chair exercises for now. I used to do the treadmill workout but I've regressed in my weight loss journey, plus the arthritis has gotten worse...so for now I'm happy to do the chair exercises. emoticon

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KYLARHONE 10/30/2014 10:04PM

    Love this idea.โ™กโ™กโ™ก Going to get my own workout schedule book and get started.

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LUBDUB1122 10/30/2014 3:29PM

    This is a great idea, something I really think may inspire me. Thank u. Thank u. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/29/2014 7:18PM

  That is a good long streak. Your getting stronger and better.

Did you mean, that you've never done the DVD's you got for Christmas, or just that particular one/ It's good you have all this variety. I'm impressed at how your making this a habit.

I just got back from vacation. I did a few walks.

I did get end up doing less and less, then got sick, and that derailed me. I'm looking for new stuff. I've been doing the same stuff forever. I want to see I I can do Pilates. I'll be checking that.

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REBESANCON 10/29/2014 11:15AM

    Great job - keep up the good work!

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NYARAMULA 10/29/2014 1:40AM

    You are doing really great and it will definitely pay off. I also treat my workouts as appointments. I keep reminding myself that if it is really important for me, then I will make time for it - no excuses! Keep up the good work.

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JSEATTLE 10/29/2014 12:20AM

  What works best for me is to get my run in first thing in the morning, the earlier the better. It gets my day off to a good start having accomplished something right out of bed and gets my blood pumping. Then I reward myself with a delicious cup of coffee because it doesn't get any better than the first cup!

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JIBBIE49 10/28/2014 9:56PM

    Hugs.

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    So proud of you pixie! emoticon emoticon

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JAB2010 10/28/2014 8:34PM

    emoticon Congratulation of your streak!! Love your workout plan. I do well with classes, but so well with home workouts.

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FINNLANA 10/28/2014 7:50PM

    You are doing so great Pixie! emoticon I have a calendar for workouts completed so they can serve as a visual for me to see how I've been doing. Whenever I had made a scheduled workout, I would for some reason or another postpone it emoticon so I keep up my motivation with workouts done and count at the end of the month (it's been working, up until my sciatic nerve started to act up) Now I'm happy just walking and logging my steps with my FitBit, for now emoticon

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SHANTODD420 10/28/2014 6:44PM

    Way to go Pixie. I lost my streak because we went on a mini vacation last weekend. I am back on track and streaking again.

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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 10/28/2014 6:19PM

    I love the journaling. I really have to get back to that...

thanks for the suggestion/reminder.

best>barbara

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  emoticon Pixie, you have an emoticon attitude! Great suggestions.
Thanks for the JS walking tip. Her seated cardio, strength, and stretching exercises (and SP's Nicole's seated exercises) really motivated me in the beginning of this journey towards good healthy habits. When I started I couldn't climb the stairs or go around the block at a snail's pace. I now walk 2-1/2 miles a day and do 50 minutes of exercise videos a day and 15 minutes of Qi Gong before I go to bed. It is really working!
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NONNAOF2 10/28/2014 3:50PM

  Good for you!! Be sure to give yourself a reward at some level for all of your hard work, too! :-)

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HOPEFULHIPPO 10/28/2014 3:29PM

    I like the notebook idea and may try that...with a few stickers. LOL

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IAMAGEMLOVER 10/28/2014 2:20PM

    I am still struggling with my motivation. Somedays I have a little somedays I have none. It is a work in progress.

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WHIPPETWALKER 10/28/2014 1:43PM

  Find something that you like to do. That is the secret. I was living in an apartment when I got my first dog. Walking is a requirement for a healthy, happy dog. I found it was so satisfying, relived my stress after a long day at work, and elevated my spirit. Canadian winters can be a bit of a challenge, but that's not going to stop me. I don't think of it as exercise, it's just what I DO. You have inspired me with your Less Mills Pump to get some resistance bands! I will be using the bands to work out during commercials when I watch TV. Thanks for the great blog!

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KITT52 10/28/2014 12:22PM

    great job Pixie

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  emoticon Pixie...........You always have such emoticon ideas.

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