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Fresh Start & Other Things

Sunday, April 20, 2014



Today is day one of my streak!

Actually, its day 41... but I'm going back to day one because I just felt like I needed a fresh start. I've been on track, but it feels like I've gotten a little careless over the past week or so. I haven't been truly putting forth my best effort. I've just been doing "good enough." But why should I accept mediocre, when I am capable of so much more?

Don't get me wrong. I'm not trying for perfection on this journey. But I do expect myself to put forth my very best effort each day. I started this streak STRONG, and I'm proud of that. But after a while, it gets easy to let things slide just a little. Instead of weighing and measuring my portions, I've been eye balling them. I haven't missed a workout. But I haven't been challenging myself to work a little harder, even though I know I could.

So this fresh new emoticon means that I am going to stop phoning it in. I'm not going to put in a half hearted effort. I know that some days will be better than others, but I'm really determined to make each day as awesome as possible.




Last month in my blog, I confessed that I gained back 31 of the 71 lbs I'd lost, and that my clothes were way too tight on me. I said I didn't want to buy any new clothes, though, because I was going to lose the weight again. But....sigh...on Friday I went shopping to get a few new things to wear. Although my clothes have gotten slightly LESS tight over the past 41 days, they still don't fit, and I was just tired of looking like a sausage, lol. So off to Kmart. Ouch, it really hurt, because I had to shop in the Plus sizes section. I had thought I was out of there for good, but now I'm back to a size 1X. Trust me, that was a big old wake up call! As I shopped for a couple of shirts and a pair of capri pants in the Plus section, I looked longingly at the Misses department and made a solemn vow that I will be shopping there again soon!

In other news, I have become team leader of a great team called "Exercise & Fitness DVD Addicts." If you workout at home and love workout DVD's, come on by and check the team out!


  
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SWEETLILBLUEYES 4/23/2014 5:48PM

    Great job staying on track. The one person we never want to fool is ourselves. It's always a good reminder to go back to basics.

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ENRGEE 4/23/2014 4:31PM

    Great job and thanks for the reminder that we all need to reset and keep challenging ourselves. Easter certainly is making me hit the reset button emoticon .

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GENRE009 4/23/2014 1:28PM

    Doing my best, is always fighting my habits. If I give into them, then I trying to just adjust. eva

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LANCER1984 4/22/2014 10:39AM

  Your blog really hit home for me. I had to question whether I have truly been given it my all and I can't say I have. Maybe I also need to look at my goals and decide what Im going to do about it.

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QUEENIEBELLE 4/22/2014 10:35AM

    It's good to challenge ourselves to do a little better in all areas of life...including this slice of life called fitness and nutrition. It all goes together. I sure hear ya about giving in to the clothes thing....I recently did the same thing. Last summer I was down to a size 12, headed towards a 10. Now my few pair of 14's I didn't get rid of were getting ridiculous- I kept washing them over and over not wanting to give in to getting more. Finally at Costco last week I found some capris in 14 and got 3 colors (I would've gotten 4 but they were out of one color) They have a hidden slight stretch to the waistband and are still a little snug- without the stretch I'd probably be a 16. Because I'm so short that's more like a 1X or 2X. Anyway it's nice to have something that fits and it's good that we did this for ourselves! The other smaller sizes will eventually fit...but in the meantime we can feel comfortable and look presentable. Thanks for sharing your journey here. emoticon ETA- PS I'll check out your team!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 4/21/2014 6:46PM

    emoticon Was completely off track for Easter Sunday. I planned for it. My Mom was cooking. emoticon

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CHEBBA 4/21/2014 5:53PM

    Well done - I felt a similar thing myself recently. Nothing serious, no damage, it was just a bit untidy and I felt as if I was coasting and not making enough effort and that, if I carried on, it could lead to a glitch. So, I read various articles, success stories, upped my exercise, thumbed through my Spark book and my Leptin diet book and listened to SparkRadio, and it really put me back into proper gear.

Good work - thanks for sharing.

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LOVINGKATE 4/21/2014 5:31PM

  emoticon emoticon I need a reset as well. Thanks for sharing Pixie. You WILL be in the Misses section very soon. Hang in there.

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SLLYONS51 4/21/2014 3:16PM

  I am with you Pixie. This is emoticon for me. I need to refresh everything eating exercise and me!

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JOYEOUSD 4/21/2014 3:14PM

    So you pushed your reset button! That means you are staying focused! You will make a big difference this year as long as you keep that up...you are doing GREAT!!

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PATTISTAMPS 4/21/2014 1:45PM

    Hang in there! You know you are on the right track! And yes, you WILL be back in the misses section soon!

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SLIMMINGSHAY 4/21/2014 12:15PM

    Sometimes, a fresh start is what we really need to feel re-energized.

Soon, you will be where you want to be and everyday might be a challenge, but we all know you can do it.

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FALLNTENN 4/21/2014 11:30AM

    I know how you feel. I let things slide on automatic pilot for awhile and it's time to take control again.
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SHERYLP461 4/21/2014 9:36AM

    Phoning it is is so much easier for us. I have found myself guessing a 1/2 cup. You have brought new insight into my actions this am. I am measuring again!

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MYTURNNOW2013 4/21/2014 8:39AM

    Confession is good for the soul! Soon you will be donating those almost new plus sizes to charity. I believe in you, you believe in yourself, you can do it!!!!

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DEEKELLYE 4/21/2014 7:57AM

    A fresh start can bring new perspective and a new insight on things as you look back on what you've been doing and can change things up a bit. Good luck on your fresh start.

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CFMOSS 4/21/2014 7:45AM

    I personally think that although starting at day 1 again is fine that you should keep a parallel track of day 41 and on so that you can see just how far you are going! The clothes, well they'll fit again as you persist, but it is frustrating. Glad for your dvd team....this is a good thing. Keep up your good journeying. Thanks for responding diligently when we post to your post. Big hug with some encouragement as you keep going.

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NILLAPEPSI 4/21/2014 4:13AM

    Sometimes a fresh start is just what we need to keep things going!! emoticon

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EBONYSOL 4/21/2014 3:39AM

    Good luck on your journey!

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WENDYANNE61 4/21/2014 1:49AM

    Hi Pixie,
Spring is in the air and is living proof of the power of renewal! You can do it too! Hope you have a great new week and stride forward towards the next size down! emoticon

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BETRHO48 4/21/2014 1:16AM

    You CAN do it! NEVER give up!
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SNOWYOGA 4/20/2014 11:57PM

    Pixie emoticon emoticon emoticon And thanks always for all you great blogs!

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LINDAK25 4/20/2014 10:26PM

    It's always good to refocus yourself. Good for you!
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CHRISTINEBWD 4/20/2014 10:09PM

    Don't worry you can take clothes "in" but you can't really take clothes "out".

I love working out to DVD's! Can you send me the URL?

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KATESCAPE 4/20/2014 9:22PM

    I love the idea and completely get where you are coming from. I just had 20 strong days, but today choose to let it go. I am hitting the reset button. Cheers to doing your best!!!!

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LAINIESNEWLIFE 4/20/2014 8:49PM

    You can do it, Pixie!

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MAPFARMS 4/20/2014 8:47PM

    Great! You can do it! Sometimes I catch myself phoning it in too. Just get back on track. emoticon emoticon

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    I know emoticon Pixie! emoticon

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FLSUNSHINE31 4/20/2014 8:32PM

    Pixie, you can do it. Keep up the good work. Hope you had a good Easter.

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HOLLYM48 4/20/2014 8:27PM

    Way to go Pixie! You know you can do it, just hang in there and take it one day at a time, one choice at a time and you will be in the misses section again!

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AJDOVER1 4/20/2014 7:32PM

    thank you so much for this!
I get caught up in the obsession of continuing a streak. A Fresh Start can begin at any time -- not just after a failure. Each day is a new day and I respect the way you are looking at this new opportunity!

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1CRAZYDOG 4/20/2014 7:14PM

  Good for you!!!! It is sometimes just exactly what we need . . . getting back to the beginning, getting back to the basics! HUGS!!!

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    You are doing great. I will check out your team. emoticon

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RUDITUDI2000 4/20/2014 5:36PM

    I love your determination! :)

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    You know you can do it, just keep pushing and do your best (quoting your own words)

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FINNLANA 4/20/2014 4:48PM

    You are doing it girl!! I am so glad to have you as the leader of "Exercise and Fitness DVD Addicts" things are going to rock with you at the helm! I am still in the 1x 2x sizes and would love to just be an XL again! emoticon emoticon

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I'm Not A Quitter Anymore

Tuesday, April 15, 2014



Today is day 36 of my streak!

Thirty six days ago, I issued myself a personal challenge...to get myself back on track and commit to STAYING on track for 90 days. I got out my calendar and marked the date when this challenge would end; June 8th. And then I got my personal journal and wrote down my plan, because I know that when I write my plan down, I'm more likely to stick to it.



I don't weigh myself very often, so I didn't give myself any type of weight loss goal for the challenge. Instead, I just committed to making each day as healthy as possible. And I'm proud to say that for the past 36 days, I have been completely on track. I haven't skipped a workout, and I have been vigilant in measuring my food portions and drinking my water.

It feels great to be on track again. I have more energy for my day, and I can feel my strength and stamina increasing with each workout I do. Unfortunately, though, it doesn't feel like I've lost much weight. Its frustrating to get dressed every morning and nothing fits right. Everything is still too tight. I've been on track for over a month and sometimes it feels like I don't have much to show for it!



Once upon a time, I would have given up at this point. But I'm not a quitter anymore. I promised myself that I'd stick with it for 90 days, and I'm going to keep that promise. I still have 53 days left on my challenge, and I am going to do my best to make each day as good as possible. My clothes may not be any looser right now, but there are other NSV's to celebrate, and I'm sure there will be more of them in the next 53 days.




In the meantime, I'm going to go ahead and buy myself just a couple of t shirts that fit me NOW. I had originally said I wasn't going to buy bigger clothes, but I've changed my mind. Its depressing to have to wear clothes that are too tight every day. My mother in law gave me $20 as an early birthday present, so I think I'll go to Kmart today and get a couple of shirts that fit. But hopefully I will be able to donate them (and those elastic waisted jeans that I hate) to Goodwill soon!


  
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IMLOCOLINDA 4/23/2014 4:39AM

    You should check the Goodwill for shirts that fit! Save your money for the good stuff at a smaller size.

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PFARRAR65 4/22/2014 6:18PM

    Keep up the good work. Slow and steady and One day at a time.
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EMMEELIZABETH3 4/22/2014 3:03PM

    Cheers to all of us out here who want to take control and get back on track :)

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WOOFERCOALBOY 4/19/2014 5:14PM

    We're rooting for you!

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KLMEIRING 4/19/2014 7:14AM

    I have had to do the same thing, Pixie. Thank you for sharing your journey!

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    Because of you, I did the same thing! emoticon emoticon

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CHANGING-TURTLE 4/18/2014 6:33PM

    emoticon emoticon You will get rid of those fat girl pants before you know it and the Goodwill will get those shirts just keep doing great like you have!!!!

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JAYDEE1211 4/18/2014 5:33AM

    Yay for you! You will reap the benefits. Best wishes.

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MAYBER 4/18/2014 1:02AM

    Thanks for sharing your great attitude it is encouraging and motivational
Best wishes as you continue on your journey
One day at a time God Bless Love Prayers Peace
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KMRJPR 4/17/2014 11:14PM

    Great blog Pixie! Your words are always so perfectly timed for me and always speak to me when I need to hear them!

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EBONYSOL 4/17/2014 10:51PM

    The important point is you are sticking to your plan. After Day 90, you may want to tweak it and go for another 30 days and then look at it again. You get the picture. In this case, practice makes progress.

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    Congrats to you!

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    Go Pixie! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAMMYJO3 4/17/2014 5:40PM

    Hi there! I am on day 37!!! So we are very close on our dates! Good luck to you! Remember YOU are worth it!!! Before you know it, the 90th day will be here! Have you thought about what your next 90 day goal is going to be??? :)



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JENNSPON 4/17/2014 3:33PM

    Thanks for a shot of motivation! I had a good streak of commitment going and then was feeling successful so I started to "cheat" in small ways. Just a few minutes ago I was thinking that I can feel those starting to steamroll and landing me back where I was. Then I read your words. Thanks for helping me rise about the little monsters in my brain that want to carry me back to my old habits :)

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    Keep on keeping on

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JAVAGAL47 4/17/2014 1:36PM

    Wow!! See how many you have rooting for you?? Wonderful, I am so proud of you. You have inspired many I am sure to keep on keeping on, no matter what the scale says or how your clothes feel. Sending best wishes and lots of hugs, Betty emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SANDON1 4/17/2014 1:20PM

    You sound so much like me with not buying large clothes. We have a local thrift shop at a church nearby and I have bought myself a couple of good t-shirts to tide me over during this journey. That help give me some variety to the black I always wear as well. I have just signed up to a 6 month challenge to lose 10% with a couple of friends and find the friendly challenge is good. There is also money involved and that keeps it interesting. I can't wait to get into some of my smaller clothes and feel better about myself. By the way did you take measurements as sometimes the inches come off before the pounds. Keep up the amazing good work. emoticon

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BUSMOM27 4/17/2014 12:33PM

    Great job sticking with it for 36 days. That's awesome! I have trouble staying on track for one week. emoticon emoticon

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PT.JEFFGIRL 4/17/2014 12:01PM

    You are doing GREAT sticking to your plan 36 days and going for the 90. Measuring your food, doing your workouts every day and drinking your water are things you should be very proud of-you are getting into habits that will serve you well. I expect it has been discouraging not to see the progress you hoped for, but that could turn around at any time. I also think it was a good move to buy a couple of T-shirts to fit you NOW. It's no fun not to have some "breathing room". Good Luck to You. I think you're doing super! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HYATTI1 4/17/2014 11:31AM

    No you are not...you are an inspiration.

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RADIOACTIVEGN 4/17/2014 11:01AM

  Congratulations on your streak and on your commitment. It sounds like you're in the right mindset to keep doing better!

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PYNETREE 4/17/2014 10:41AM

    You've got this Pixie!

You are more than 1/3 of the way into your 90 day personal best challenge.

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DIANITAH 4/17/2014 8:41AM

    Sounds like things are going great.

I'm still about 40 pounds from my goal weight but getting rid of all the elastic waistbands was one of the greatest parts of losing. Love having a real waist!

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CHARVONNE40 4/17/2014 8:07AM

    Sounds like you are on track to accomplish your 90 days - stay positive and you will fill good on day 90 because you finished what you set out to accomplish!

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    emoticon emoticon Keep pushing Pixie girl :) ... one day, one choice, one step at a time.

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Change of Plans

Thursday, April 03, 2014




Today is day 24 of my streak!

Have you ever heard the old saying, "The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray"? Well, I laid out a success plan for the month of April, and it has already gone astray. So here is another saying..."Be stubborn about the vision, but flexible with your plan." (John C. Maxwell)

Part of my success plan for April was which workouts I would be doing. I decided to keep doing DDP Yoga and Les Mills Pump. I also decided to do Chris Freytag's 10 Pound Slimdown Xtreme DVD's. Its a 28 day plan and although the workouts were more advanced than I like, I thought I could still do them, with modifications. I started day one on March 31st, and realized quite quickly that I would have to modify a LOT. Not just the various workout moves, but also the pace. Chris Freytag moves along very fast, and I knew I would hurt myself if I tried to keep up with her.

On day two, I was really struggling with the workout, and starting to think that maybe I had bitten off more than I can chew. But then I remembered how difficult DDP Yoga was for me in the beginning, and how I stuck with it and got stronger. So I decided to keep going with the 10 Pound Slimdown Xtreme. But yesterday, as I was struggling to keep up, I felt a sudden pain in my upper back. I think it was my lat. All I know is that it hurt so much that it literally took my breath away! I stopped the workout right away and put an ice pack on the hurt area. Hubby gave me such a lecture when he got home, which is something I could have easily done without. But I know he did it with love. He reminded me that I'm almost 53 and I shouldn't push myself so hard to keep up with a workout that is so difficult for me.

So I reluctantly have to admit that I can't do that 10 Pound Slimdown Xtreme workout...yet. Maybe someday I can try it again. But right now its just too hard for me, even with modifications.



In order to stay on track and stay flexible in my approach, I have chosen a different workout to do this month. Its Crunch; Fat Burning Ab Attack. I have done this workout a couple of times before, so I know that its challenging for me, but also doable.



I'm still determined to make April a rock star month!


  
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NEW_ME_2014 4/18/2014 7:55PM

    I am also almost 53, and am a repeat Sparker, but this time to stay. I also injured myself trying to "fix this fat" too quickly. My body responded with a stress fracture. Then I broke a toe in the same foot. Then I re-injured the stress fracture. Sometimes the Universe uses a whisper, and sometimes a sledgehammer or three.

Honor what your body is telling you, and remember this, which has helped me: This is for life. This is not a quick fix. Don't do anything you can't sustain for life. Because the same energy you expend to attain something is the same energy you will need to expend to retain something. I think about that, and I think: what do I want my LIFE to look like? Not what do I want ME to look like. And I want to live a healthy life, a fit life, an active life. I am taking it slow and steady, and yes, I intend to get a hot body in the process, but I don't care how long it takes. I'm doing this for life.

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SWEETRACHEL313 4/10/2014 2:03PM

    You always have the best quotes! I love the one that you start out with, about our VISION as opposed to our PLAN. It really helped me to sort out what I am working on for my fitness plan, as opposed to my vision. Thank you!!!!! emoticon

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  April WILL BE a rock star month Pixie. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GUINSMITH 4/7/2014 12:23PM

    you can get there and one day it will be easy peasy.

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LIVINGFREE19 4/6/2014 10:07PM

    You are so inspirational! You fall and get back up, dust yourself off, and try again!

You will succeed, my friend!

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MOMMAKNOWSBEST 4/6/2014 5:49PM

  be flexible yet stay consistent:)

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SLIMLEAF 4/6/2014 5:02PM

    Sorry to hear about your shoulder muscle pain, but you're definitely doing the right thing by modifying your exercise plan.

I love the quote in your blog that says "If the plan doesn't work, change the plan, but never the goal." I think I'll have to remember that one!

Have a great April.

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NYCALIGIRL 4/6/2014 11:53AM

    What wonderful affirmations you have here...I really think that these will help motivate and push through to keep things going...i really love this

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KITTYLADY1259 4/6/2014 9:54AM

    Pixie,

I hope you didn't do any serious damage. Yay to you for adapting your plan! You never, ever give up and I admire that so much! I am trying to adapt and find the "plan" for me. It is a trial and error thing.

Glenna

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    You will succeed Pixie! The wisdom to adjust the plan not quit the plan is going to keep you on track! There will always be detours in life the secret is not to give up and I know you have the secret!

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    Plans are adaptable for a reason. A good and wise friend of mine uses this quote:

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LANCER1984 4/5/2014 3:10PM

  Sometimes we have to accept our own limitations. Just because one thing doesn't work doesn't mean you can't try something else. I'm glad you listened to your body and stopped before you really hurt yourself. Your husband is right we have to consider the condition our bodies are in and do things that will challenge us but not overdue it. I know it was the last thing you wanted to hear at that point because you had already realized that but under your breath you can say "Okay he was right" (you don't have to actually tell him that emoticon

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SWEET-SUE 4/5/2014 2:09PM

    You have some good ideas...I am "taking notes" from your experience! Glad your husband has "got your back"!

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    emoticon that you hurt your back & had to change your plan but emoticon on not giving up. Also your attitude is TOTALLY INSPIRATIONAL to me. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MULTIMOM 4/5/2014 10:56AM

    Way to go! Listening to your body is wise.
Exercise and fitness should be fun.
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IMEMINE1 4/5/2014 9:27AM

    I do the Ultimate Yogi work out and Travis always says to honor what you feel. You can always modify the move or even go into child's pose.
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    Owie!
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    emoticon so sorry you hurt your self.

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ENRGEE 4/4/2014 11:47PM

    You only fail when you give up. Bravo for being flexible and changing your work out. Hope you are feeling better soon.

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LIVELYGIRL2 4/4/2014 11:30PM

  Changing plans isn't giving up... it's just a differant way of accomplishing things. Go for it!!!

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LOLAJO54 4/4/2014 11:22PM

    You did great ...
-- I like the one about work in April to see it in May

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    Pixie, I'm sorry you got hurt doing that workout. I hope you are feeling better now. You will get there!
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TERMITEMOM 4/4/2014 6:54PM

    Pixie, I am so sorry you hurt yourself! Not fun. I am glad you have other DVDs so that you can continue with exercise, but in a gentler way. I am sure you will be able to go back to that one later.

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My Success Plan For April

Monday, March 31, 2014



Today is day 21 of my streak!

I am going to make progress in April.

I'm not going to just dream about it or hope for it. I'm going to WORK for it.

One day and one choice at a time, I am going to put forth my best effort to make progress towards my goals. I know I won't be perfect, and I'm not even going to try. But I WILL try to make each day as good as possible.



I'm going to be 53 years old at the end of April. Its hard for me to believe that! It seems like I was a teenager not so long ago. Time sneaks up on you. I wasted too many days (and years), sitting around and dreaming of what my life would be like if I wasn't overweight, instead of getting up and doing something about it. But I'm not going to waste even more days by regretting that. Instead, I'm going to keep getting up every day and doing something that will help me make progress towards my goals.

I've already got three weeks of being on track under my belt, so I might as well keep on going!





So in order to make April a rock star month, I am committing to working out every day (except for my regularly scheduled rest days) and to eat right. I will eat real food, and cut down on processed foods as much as possible. I will weigh and measure my portions.



My April workout is 10 Pound Slimdown Xtreme with Chris Freytag, and its a 28 day workout plan. Its a tough workout, and I will have to modify the high impact parts. But I will still be working hard! In addition to that workout, I will also be doing Les Mills Pump and DDP Yoga on alternate days.


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My big goal to reach by the end of April is to get rid of those elastic waist jeans and be able to fit into my regular jeans again. Of course, I will also be on the lookout for some NSV's along the way!


  
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    Love your blogs Pixie! You are so Motivating. Have a great week. Miss you on PNP!
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    wakeup/wonderful sound s like a good idea so you got a bday coming up wowwwww
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    You are so awesome!!!

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    Thanks for sharing yourself; very inspiring!

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    Love your April plans

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    emoticon your on a roll, keep up the great job during the month of your birthday----my birthday is on the 26th of April, what date is yours Pixie?

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MOMMYTEACHER 4/2/2014 9:29PM

  My inspiration is "This time next year you will wish you had started today." Found this after finding that I first signed up for Spark People in 2006-eight years ago. Somehow a switch was thrown and so far I'm on Day 33 of tracking. emoticon

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    Have a great April, Pixie!

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    Thanks for sharing! April is one of my favorite months and I am looking forward to making progress.

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STARRD616 4/2/2014 10:11AM

    Great! Inspiring! So on point. You put in words my own thoughts and feelings (I have been tracking for 21 days now and will be 53 in June this year). I especially liked the part "I know I won't be perfect, and I'm not even going to try. But I WILL try to make each day as good as possible."
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AMYSYOKO 4/2/2014 7:59AM

  I am with you my "young" friend, and you are right what are we waiting for???? I turned 59 this year and want to be awsome at 60. I am already much stronger and healthier since starting this lifestyle change, it can only get better

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  Have a very Happy Birthday Month! I also turn 53 years old this month and have been working on my weight loss for a while. Going through the change which has been rough with gains but I am trying. Happy Birthday to Us! emoticon emoticon

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    One day, and one pound, at a time. It will happen.

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  Happy Birthday Month! I think this is going to be a great month for you!

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    Love the blog! thanx babe!

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LAFROGGIE 4/1/2014 9:32PM

    This is my first blog I have read. I just want to thank you for the encouragement you have written here. I will lift you up in my daily prayers and take from your words support that I have been looking for in my life. God be with you.

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    you are a Rockstar Pixie!
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    I just finished telling my husband that I will be 52 in May and I cannot afford not to take charge of my health. I need to surround myself with determined people like you! You can do this! WE can do this!

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Not The NSV I Had Planned On..

Saturday, March 29, 2014



Today is day 19 of my current streak!

It sure is great to be back on track, but yesterday I was feeling a little bummed out. As some of my Spark friends know, I was off track for a while and ended up gaining back 31 of the 71 pounds I'd lost. My clothes were super tight, so I broke down and bought one pair of elastic waist jeans. I absolutely hated having to do that...but the truth of the matter is, I HAD to do it. My regular jeans were so tight, I could no longer squeeze into them anymore.

So yesterday, I decided to try on a pair of my "regular" jeans. I knew they would still be tight, but I thought that I would at least be able to put them on and button them without TOO much trouble. After all, I've been back on track for over two weeks! I've been tracking my food and watching my calories. I've been drinking my water. I've been doing my best to move more. And I've been working out faithfully...cardio, strength training and yoga. So surely those regular jeans should be a little closer to fitting me again, right?

Wrong. Those jeans are still way too tight! I could get them over my hips a little easier, but I had to suck in my belly in order to button them. I stood there, looking at myself in the mirror...with my belly oozing over the top of my jeans...and I felt pretty discouraged. I'm so sick of wearing that one pair of elastic waist jeans that I bought! I want to wear REAL jeans again! So I was feeling very discouraged.



There was a time when I would have allowed that feeling to lead me straight into a junk food binge. And to be honest, I almost did do that yesterday as I stood there looking at myself stuffed into those jeans. But then I stopped myself. I realized that my very next move would either take me one step further from my goal, or one step closer. The choice was up to me.

So I took off those jeans and put them back in the drawer. I put on my workout pants, and I went into the living room and I worked out. And as I worked out, I realized that I'd just had a non-scale victory. It wasn't the one I had planned on, which was having those jeans fit again. But it was still a NSV worth celebrating, and that NSV is that I didn't give in to the temptation to binge. I chose to workout instead, and that workout brought me another inch closer to my goal.

Those jeans will fit me eventually, as long as I keep making the choice to step towards my goals, instead of away from them. I look forward to that particular NSV, but in the meantime I am going to enjoy the journey!



  
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6LHAAS 4/9/2014 12:21PM

    Wow! Our stories sound so similar! I gained back 30 of my 75# loss and am trying to get back on track. emoticon !! Your blog made me get up and fill my water bottle to get an early start on my water for the day. I've gotten into the bad habit of drinking coffee until lunch and then hitting the water. Today I filled my 35oz water bottle @ 9 and am halfway through it! Thanks again & keep up the great work!!!
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    Love it ~ Love you ~ You ARE amazing!

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    Just take your NSV and keep on smiling, you will get there..
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BESSHAILE 4/2/2014 6:58AM

    YAY!

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IMMORTALDEBRA 4/1/2014 12:04PM

    I have a huge pile of jeans that don't fit and only three pair to wear! I'm with you. I'm going to keep working hard until I get into the next smaller size. I have every size available to me when I get down to it. Keep it up! good job!

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NANA2-3 4/1/2014 8:50AM

    That's awesome. It also gives me encouragement when I'm not loosing as quickly as I want. I have gained 25 of the 28 pounds I lost and just 3 days ago started getting back on track. I appreciate your honesty. Keep up the good work!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NHEMBERGER 4/1/2014 8:45AM

    Great choice Pixie! Stay on your streak & you will be in your jeans again, comfortably! I just know it!
The weather's finally breaking, I walked outside this morning before getting ready for work instead of going to my basement. Now we need to figure out how to dodge the rain!
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KARLEIGH66 4/1/2014 8:13AM

    Well done!

I always find it harder to fit back in to those jeans when moving back down in size. I think you get used to having your jeans feel looser in the bigger size and you can't imagine squeezing yourself in to clothes so tight after experiencing that looser feel. But it is great that you didn't let that get you down. They'll fit soon enough and maybe instead of fitting back in to those old jeans, you just need to go out and buy some new ones in the smaller size!

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OLGA18 4/1/2014 4:03AM

  This is a such a great post...Really helpful to get me back on track again. Thanks!

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LJCANNON 4/1/2014 1:10AM

    emoticon Fantastic NSV!! Sometimes it is the ones that sneak up on us that are the most meaningful!!

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MARIAJESTRADA 3/31/2014 11:21PM

    I put my size 12's in a closet I rarely use. Every now and then, I see them, but I don't let them bum me out. I too have a muffin top that oozes over (who knew 6 pounds would make such a difference?), but I made my peace with that increase. They are there and if they fit again, fine, if not, I will just keep on and keeping on. I know in truth I have lost muscle mass, but I am back on ST and keeping my calories on the lower end. I am just happy to do sit-ups again and work out on a regular. Clothes don't define us.

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POSITIVEONE2 3/31/2014 8:51PM

    Great job and very inspiring blog.

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CALLMECARRIE 3/31/2014 8:50PM

    Thanks for sharing this, this was helpful to me.

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JNEWBS 3/31/2014 5:20PM

    I have THAT drawer too. I'll get back there, but in time.

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MARTHA324 3/31/2014 3:26PM

    That is great! Not only are you back on track, but you didn't let a disappointment derail you. And I bet those jeans fit better than they did 19 days ago so look at the progress and how far you've come instead of how far you have to go.

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KOMTRIA 3/31/2014 1:54PM

  You had a MAJOR VICTORY, you had a choice and made the right one not the emotional one. I want to be more like you when I grow up. This is huge!!!!

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CAROLMAID 3/31/2014 1:51PM

    Nice job! That's definitely finding the silver lining in the proverbial storm cloud! Keep going pixie...each little thing counts towards your goals. You can do it!

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MICHNOE 3/31/2014 1:01PM

    Inspiring! Every NSV should be appreciated!

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SHEHULK86 3/31/2014 12:32PM

  You go, Girl! Great job and thanks for sharing the inspiration.

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ANAKIE 3/31/2014 12:06PM

    You can do it!

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MISTYSMOM06 3/31/2014 12:00PM

    Good job Pixie! emoticon I too had gone off track and regained 20 of the 33 lbs I had lost. I had to buy a new shirt because the other ones were to small. I cried because I felt so fat! I am now back too. I can't always get on the Internet to always track but I'm doing what I can! emoticon

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ANDREAG89 3/31/2014 11:40AM

    Amen to this, sister!!! Making the move in the right direction is a HUGE victory! THanks for the reminder...that when I am active and NOT eating, it is a victory at this stage in my game!!!!

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PATTISTAMPS 3/31/2014 11:13AM

    You didn't mention when you stopped wearing those jeans, but I bet it was a few pounds ago. You WILL get into them, and it won't be long. But the victory you had is even more sweet. It was a true brain victory! So give yourself a pat on the back, and keep on moving. And when those jeans fit, strut them!!

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JODROX 3/31/2014 9:47AM

    Yeah, these things take time. I was just thinking yesterday that 5 pounds don't make much difference in how your clothes fit -- that's been my experience anyway. I've lost 13 pounds since Jan. 1, and now finally some jeans that were too tight fit me. It was so tempting to try them on again as the weeks went by, because I was making progress, but honestly it took 10+ pounds before they were wearable! Keep up the good work, and you WILL get there!!

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MJEFFERSON23 3/31/2014 9:31AM

  That's a great Non Scale Victory and one that will pay off, you'll see!
Thanks, I needed that!

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LEESA-B 3/31/2014 9:25AM

  Great motivation, Pixie!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 3/31/2014 7:27AM

    That's so awesome!! Way to make a good choice!!
You have all the keys to success available, way to make use of them!!

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    Strength is more than muscles. Strength is also character. Your internal character helped you make the best choice and keep you on track. emoticon emoticon

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SIERRAGOLD 3/31/2014 3:03AM

    Thank you for sharing your NSV with us Pixie! I think these sort of victories are what have also gotten me through the tough times. This is why I finally took the time, last week, to log a couple dozen measurements into my tracker. It also includes my body fat % and BMI. I have a Omron monitor to help me with those numbers. For me it's a good motivating tool for tracking those numbers, when the scale is not showing what's really happening.

You did so well with your choice to go workout. Lately, when I feel frustration I use that energy to fuel my workout, and go with it until I'm exhausted. It's very difficult, but I know how great it feel afterwards. I love that 'after workout high'. If you can remember how proud you are after doing it, then it's easier to make that decision the next time it comes up.

Keep up your streak! You can do this! You help keep me going and on track too!
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