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Tough Love Got Me Back On Track

Tuesday, September 30, 2014



Today is day 27 of my streak!

I've spent most of this year being off track (and gaining back almost all of the 71 lbs that I'd lost.) I wanted to get back on track, and I tried to do it (many times) but to be honest, my efforts were just plain wimpy. I almost completely stopped working out. And when I did workout, I would just barely go through the motions, and then I'd quit before the workout was done. The slightest bit of exertion would make me get out of breath. My clothes were bursting at the seams, literally. When you hear a tearing sound as you're putting your clothes on, you know the time has come to either start losing weight, or go out and buy bigger clothes.

Unfortunately, I chose to just buy bigger clothes.

I was almost back to my starting size, 3X.

Then, almost a month ago, I got some tough love. It came in the form of a letter in my email. That letter was from myself. I'd sent it from a website called FutureMe.

www.futureme.org/

From time to time, I like to write motivating and encouraging letters from myself using the FutureMe site. But this most recent letter was a real surprise. I don't remember writing it, but it was just what I needed to hear. This is my letter, edited for language and to take out the names of my hubby and sons.

"Dear FutureMe,
Stop lying, stop waiting. Stop going half a&&. Either lose the weight or be prepared to feel like &%$# for whats left of your life. This weight is killing you and you know it. You better start caring. (Youngest son) needs you. (Older son) needs you. (Hubby) needs you.
There is no treat or food on earth that is worth killing yourself for. And the junk food IS killing you. The weight is killing you. You hurt all the time, you have no energy, you get out of breath, etc. Yet you KNOW how good it feels to be healthy and losing the weight. So get back to work, damn it. Stop wasting time!"



That letter was just the wake up call I needed! I started my streak that very day. I cleared all the junk out of the kitchen. I didn't lie to myself and say "Oh, you can keep this, you won't eat it." Or even worse "Just eat it all now so it'll be gone, and then you can start your streak tomorrow. " I knew if I hesitated for one more day, my mojo would get lost, and I'd never get started because I would just keep on saying "I'll start tomorrow."

The re-start was not easy. My body craved junk food for almost 2 whole weeks. Getting back to really WORKING during my workouts was difficult too. I guess I'd been lying to myself for so long, I didn't realize how truly out of shape I'd gotten. It broke my heart to find that my stamina was nowhere near to what it had been last year. My strength had decreased too. I wanted that stamina and strength back, and I knew that in order to get it, I'd have to work for it.

Well, for 27 days, I've been doing just that....working for it! And not only is my stamina and strength increasing, but I'm also losing weight too. I don't know how much (since I'm not going to weigh myself) but my clothes are fitting again. Hubby gave me a hug on Saturday morning and said "Hey, you feel smaller!"

This week for my workouts, I'm doing my usual DDP Yoga and Les Mills Pump. On cardio days, I'm doing this workout;

www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiKXuRlcySU

And right now, I am going to stop blogging, and get outside and mow the lawn! (Its a great cardio workout, you know!)
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SCRAPPYGAMBLER 10/1/2014 11:57PM

    I think I will be visiting that site also! Thanks and good luck!

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UMFF2011 10/1/2014 9:27PM

    Great concept! Think I'll visit the Future Me site. I respond well to a tough love approach so thanks for sharing your letter to yourself - it was just what I needed to get motivated today.

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JSEATTLE 10/1/2014 8:49PM

  Pixie, if anyone can do it, it's YOU! Great plan and good results, keep the streak alive!

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COOKINGIRL 10/1/2014 8:31PM

    I appreciate your honesty and openess for a very difficult subject. You totally rock. Keep on the good path!

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SANDISOCAROLINA 10/1/2014 8:14PM

    emoticon Wonderful that you are going for it again! Streaks don't work for me but if they work to motivate you that's great. It's all about what works for each individual. I'm restarting too as I basically lost nothing over the past year. I've come to the conclusion that I've had a fear of regaining and therefore didn't lose as a defense mechanism to not regain- if that makes any sense at all. I've decided to do what I've done with my other fears- face them and do it anyway. All the best to you in getting it back off and keeping it all off. emoticon

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LILSUZY1057 10/1/2014 7:59PM

    I admire you for getting back in there. It's not easy for me to look at myself as I am when I don't do what I'm supposed to. I do think this is necessary though for us to know where we are and determine where we want to be.

Think I'll send myself one of those future notes. Hopefully I will have learned from you and not be in the same place when I receive it!

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MM11113 10/1/2014 7:06PM

    So, I'm sure that everyone is proud and happy for you. So here is one little tough love rock in the pile. If you have to be on a streak, then you aren't committed to a change of your life. This is it, you either subscribe to healthy eating nearly all the time, or you kill yourself on garbage. So you have 2 children you need you, and learn from how you live, more than what you say. And, your husband wants you more than he needs you. So, I hope you can keep to the healthy creed. I'm old and wish the light bulb would have come on 30 years ago. But, it is never too late, unless you are lying in the hospital bed. Don't go there!

Stay on track, and keep your family on the healthy track.

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CATNURSE1 10/1/2014 6:15PM

    Good to hear! Sometimes it takes someone else's words to make you realize what needs to be done. I'm still waiting for tomorrow, one of these days, when I get a chance, in a minute, wait a second, etc., etc. My mom is upset that they moved The Biggest Loser to Thursday night because that is her motivation -- she has a bible study that she goes to on Thursdays. She sees those people and doesn't want to end up in their shoes. In doing so, that motivated my dad to learn how to record stuff off his computer for my mom. He'd like my mom to stay around for a while, so whatever it takes.

My motivation is my kids. As they get older (23, 21, 19) and start getting lives of their own (how could they!?!), I realize that time is running out to be able to do things with them. The youngest is ten years old, and she'd just starting to get a little more independent. I get those moments that I say, hey, we're supposed to do that together. I've got more free time on my hands, so why not snack? What else is there to do?

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AJB121299 10/1/2014 6:09PM

    nice

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KIM_H_ 10/1/2014 4:57PM

    I'm so glad you're back! It is tough. I know, I'm there, too.

I send myself emails through Spark People's appointment reminders (although I think that's gone) and my outlook email. Gmail does the same.

Great going!

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FRAN0426 10/1/2014 4:15PM

    Fantastic an inspirational keep moving forward and so glad you shared your letter to yourself and the link emoticon

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LOVENHWOODS 10/1/2014 3:54PM

    emoticon Good for you!! Sounds like you are on a great path forward!

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TANGYTANGERINE 10/1/2014 3:53PM

    Thanks again for sharing so much of yourself Pixie - I am so inspired by your blogs!! I think this letter to your future self is great and am going to check it out, thanks for sharing the link. It is something that a lot of us could use I bet. I've been doing the same thing as you for the past year and half and finally got back on board little by little back in June and want to see myself with some streaking too (LOL) .

Congrats on your streak and keep up the good work and thank you for sharing yourself with us.

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NONNAOF2 10/1/2014 3:32PM

  What a wonderful idea in sending yourself a letter! All it takes is that first step forward and then you're moving in the right direction. I was in the same place that you were at in gaining much of my weight back too! About a year ago, I decided that everything had to go into the trash that wasn't healthy. It was a big step for me, especially since I had to convince my 42 year old son with whom I live with, to change his ways also!! It was the best step forward that I had taken for quite some time and with the help of a nutritionist, I have managed to lose 40 pounds this year so far. You can most certainly do it if I can and I'm 68 years old!! :-)

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DEEKELLYE 10/1/2014 3:16PM

    I'm glad you got the kick in the butt that you needed and you are still on track. Keep it up! I don't ever want to go back to 232 again. Once I am below 200 I am not going back. Chin up butter cup!

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C8TSON 10/1/2014 3:01PM

    My heart aches for you feeling so sad about the gain, but I'm very glad you didn't let it beat you. We all have set backs....sometimes major setbacks. But you will come through this on the other side. You are doing great! emoticon

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SISSIE21 10/1/2014 2:46PM

    Love, love, love this blog Pixie. It said everything I have been thinking and feeling. Thank you so much for sharing this. I have no doubt you will make it. You've done it before and you are strong and determined. A winning combination! emoticon emoticon

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FELINA 10/1/2014 2:32PM

    Thank you for an awesome, inspiring blog!

Congratulations on your streak, you are well on your way to fabulous success!

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/1/2014 2:14PM

  oh this blog is so freaking GOOD. It what we all need, a kick in the tush to keep moving.

That turned out to be a blessing doing the future me.

Keep up the good work. You can do this!

All I can say is wow, to what you said, that takes guts.

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MADLILA 10/1/2014 1:51PM

    Awesome!! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING!

I love the letters to yourself. I think that could be a great tool for a lot of us.

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123ELAINE456 10/1/2014 1:24PM

  Awesome Blog Pixie. Well Said!!! Well Done. Keep Pushing Forward. You Can Do It!!! Never Gave Up or Quit Pixie!!! That is not You. You are Our Hero. Keep the Weight going in ONE Direction And that is DOWN DOWN DOWN!!! We are here for you. Congratulations on your Streak. I'm so very Proud of You. Remember Your Family too. They Love You and want you around for a long time to come too. God Blessings Always. Have a Wonderful Week. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!Take Care. My Son Ernie is doing Amazingly Well recovering from the surgery he had. He is on a Low Fiber Diet now. And on Percocet for Pain Control which he is doing well on. We are Thanking and Praising God for bringing him through this. Thank You for your Prays for my Son Ernie. Love the Quotes too.

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LCRUMLEY81 10/1/2014 1:21PM

  Glad you are back

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    emoticon emoticon . You and only you can make the difference! I wish you well! emoticon

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EMMACORY 10/1/2014 12:56PM

    Hang in there. You continue to inspire many of us. One day at a time....slow yet effective. emoticon

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TUTUNAN 10/1/2014 12:54PM

    It is so good to see your really positive post. One day at a time you can and will do it! Way to go, girl!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/1/2014 12:44PM

  Good For YOU, Pixie...........
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I loved the "Letter to Yourself." I think I will put it on my refrigerator (if you don't mind).

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JSTETSER 10/1/2014 12:38PM

    You motivate me!

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WENDYANNE61 10/1/2014 12:34PM

    Lots of hugs, Pixie! Really happy for you!

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NEECOLE09 10/1/2014 12:17PM

    I love how sometimes we get the kick in the pants that we need at just the right moment. Congrats to you for picking yourself back up and getting back to it! I know you can do it, and so do you!

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ALEXZANDRIA999 10/1/2014 11:40AM

  Brillant. I had never heard of futureme. I am going to write one. Thank you for the inspiration. emoticon

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DEBRITA01 10/1/2014 11:36AM

    Time to write another FutureMe letter that tells you how awesome you feel now that you've lost the weight and have kept it off, right? Your blog was inspiring...thanks for sharing! emoticon

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    I have every confidence that someday you will be writing a success blog. You emoticon and you learn from your challenges. No one promised that this journey would be easy and often it isn't but we keep putting one foot in front of the other and moving forward. emoticon and we WILL.

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LSIG14 10/1/2014 11:06AM

  Wow! What awesome insight and what a great reminder of why we need to look back and regroup at times! I am struggling after backsliding and need to recall why I started this journey in the first place. Thanks for sharing!

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SECONDCHANCE58 10/1/2014 10:46AM

    Thank you for your blog. You have inspired me to keep going. there are some days that are hard with birthdays and parties etc. But still manage to keep my weight under control. I can't tell enough people about sparkPeople.com because I would not have been able to do this without God and this tool that the Lord let me find. I have lost 42 pounds and when my clothes are too big they will be passed on to someone else, along with our website to help them. And to pay the clothes forward to empower them with this website and share my testimony of my journey so far. And now I have another curve in the journey to share the website futureme.org. to start sending myself truth support. I will never go back to 258 pounds! I know people never say never but this is a life change journey not a diet for me. With God's help, he will help me repair the vessel he has given me that I have so carelessly forgotten to taken of. secondchance58 (Teresa)

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 10/1/2014 10:46AM

    OH Pixie I really needed this blog. I have been goofing off on my workouts and my eating has been lazy. Thank you for the swift kick and motivation. Hugs Pat.

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MARUKI52 10/1/2014 10:45AM

    Sometimes you've just got to get off SP in order to get exercising again I've found. I have felt, occasionally, that it sorta takes over my life and I realise that it is encroaching on time when I should be doing other things.

I love reading other people's blogs and supporting them but sometimes I just gotta get off the computer and look after myself.

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KOMTRIA 10/1/2014 10:29AM

  Oh my goodness, this is the blog we all need at one time or another. Great clarity, truth spoken without condemnation. Excellent Excellent Excellent

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LOVINGKATE 10/1/2014 9:49AM

  Pixie, you inspire me!! WOW didn't know about futureme.org. I am going to write myself a letter, I really need a good talking too. Thanks so much for sharing this awesome blog.
You are so strong Pixie, I know you can do this.
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Two Weeks On Track

Wednesday, September 17, 2014



Today is day 14 of my streak!

This week has been going really awesome so far. On Monday, I got two great workouts done (Les Mills Pump and DDP Yoga), and then in the evening I mowed the lawn. It felt great to be so active, and to know I was burning away a boat load of calories!

On Tuesday, I went to lunch with both of my sons. We went to a buffet restaurant so we could sit and linger over our meals. I stayed on track with my eating...I had an enormous salad of mixed greens, carrots, celery, onions, green beans and a little bit of garbanzo beans. I brought my own pre-measured salad dressing from home. My oldest son was embarrassed when I pulled that little container of salad dressing out of my purse, lol.



This buffet restaurant has a whole table of assorted desserts, and there is one dessert in particular that has always been my favorite. I've been known to have 2 or even 3 helpings of it back in the old days! (AKA: Two years ago.)
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But I didn't have a single bite of it this time! My sons both got some desserts, but I went back to the salad bar to get some fruit. They had a nice variety, although some of the fruit was covered in some red sugary looking sauce. I passed those fruits by and just had some plain watermelon and cantaloupe slices.

After lunch, the three of us went for a nice long walk in the shopping center. We stopped at TJ Maxx, because I wanted to buy myself something as a reward. I found two shirts that I liked but couldn't decide on which one to get....so my oldest son bought one for me, and I bought the other one. They're both a size 1X and so they're too small for me at the moment. I am currently a size 2x, so my goal is to fit into those shirts by mid October. Wish me luck!





I had a cardio session planned for when I got home, but I got busy doing other things and never did do my workout. Thats not a fail, though. I just counted it as my rest day!

Yesterday felt like such a victory. I survived the all you can eat buffet! I'm at the two week point of my streak, and I am so determined to do my best to keep this streak going.


  
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BAMAJAM2 10/1/2014 11:22AM

  Oh Pixie-- It is great to read your blog!-- You truly have an active fan club here, and you earn congratulations on your determination! CONGRATULATIONS!!
I love the new tops, and by the way, you have a kind hearted & generous son!
HUGS!

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EGMINGA 9/28/2014 8:16PM

    emoticon buffets are hard for me too so rarely go to them anymore. emoticon emoticon

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ALILDUCKLING 9/25/2014 10:34PM

  Good to see you beginning to blog again more frequently!

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MRSRIGS1 9/25/2014 7:39PM

    emoticon a job emoticon ! Cute tops!

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CRUISEGAL55 9/24/2014 5:50PM

    You are an inspiration!
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WRITERWANNAB 9/24/2014 1:59AM

    Good for you! I'm learning to eat out without losing control, too. By the way, I love the colored leaves photo - so pretty! emoticon

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SCRAPPYGAMBLER 9/23/2014 8:04PM

    Way to go!

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EBURGITE 9/22/2014 5:10PM

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LOVINGKATE 9/22/2014 11:52AM

  Good Job Pixie!!!! You can do this I know you can and you will. You have great boys Pixie. They sound like they are on board with your eating and exercise and that is awesome.
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JERICHO1991 9/21/2014 5:15PM

    Good job! Love the quote: "Motivation is a feeling...Determination is a decision..."

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JUNEAU2010 9/21/2014 3:57PM

    Congrats on the popular blog post! Congrats even more on "surviving" the buffet! Even more, rewarding yourself in such a positive way - you have come such a long way! I am so, so, so proud of and inspired by you!

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CICELY360 9/20/2014 7:01PM

  Keep on moving.

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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 9/20/2014 11:02AM

    Glad things are going good for you Pixie...but I am not surprised because of your strength of character I have experienced over the years (when I am here!!!! lol)

best to you
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GOCALGAL 9/19/2014 11:40PM

    WOW!!! emoticon emoticon You are going to look emoticon in those gorgeous new tops! emoticon emoticon

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MAYBER 9/19/2014 8:16PM

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FABISERVANTES83 9/19/2014 7:21PM

    emoticon emoticon 's up! Keep it up.

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FRABBIT 9/19/2014 6:53PM

  Way to go and those are great colors in the tops.

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GOSPARK45 9/19/2014 1:20PM

    Way to go Pixie. You SHOULD be proud of yourself. I know how hard it is to get back on track. You're doing great!

You'll be in your new shirts soon. Good luck!

I did the same thing: bought smaller things, and now I'm wearing most of them! Woo hoo!
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ANNASGOALS 9/19/2014 12:35PM

    Great job Pixie!!!

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JIBBIE49 9/19/2014 3:05AM

    Great to see your blog in the Spark Mail. What an honor.

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BANNERMAN 9/19/2014 1:07AM

  Thanks for sharing

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RAINBOWMF 9/18/2014 9:38PM

    I am with you all the way

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WALNUTT1961 9/18/2014 9:18PM

    Way to go! I have a hard time at a buffet, but you did it! I need your will power.

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CAROLJ35 9/18/2014 8:39PM

    AND WE ARE ALL SO PROUD OF YOU!!!

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LIVELYGIRL2 9/18/2014 8:24PM

  Sounds like you are doing terrific. Also a buffet bar is challenging. It is good to have an outfit to work toward. emoticon

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I love the tops you and your son bought as a reward!!! I feel with your attitude, you will make your goal to fit into them!!!! You are doing so great - what willpower at the dessert table!!! Thank you for sharing - you inspire the rest of us to keep pushing forward even when we don't think we can do it!!!! emoticon

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SPEDED2 9/18/2014 7:43PM

    Love the tops! Good Luck!

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SHKIRK 9/18/2014 5:51PM

  Owwww nice tops !! You have my style !! You will be in them by your schedule for sure !! So nice your son was able to get the one for you. I would not have wanted to leave one at the mall either. What a great prize for your streak and your buffet choices !! You Go Girl !!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon m

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KLMEIRING 9/18/2014 5:18PM

    Thanks for sharing your experience!

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JSEATTLE 9/18/2014 5:07PM

  Buffets can spell big trouble but you had a plan and you stuck with it! I love my salad too, so I always love to go back for seconds of more greens and fresh spinach, mushrooms and cucumbers. YUM!! Love hearing about your 2 week streak, keep it going!!

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AJB121299 9/18/2014 4:39PM

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    Sounds like you're doing great. emoticon

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LCRUMLEY81 9/18/2014 3:43PM

  You sound great

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LISALOSING52 9/18/2014 2:32PM

    You've got a great streak going Pixie and did fantabulous on the buffet! I love watermelon and cantaloupe. They are my faves with oranges and grapes. I love the 2 tops you picked out. Can't wait to see you in them.

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2BDYNAMIC 9/18/2014 2:15PM

    emoticon .......... You DO ROCK!! .......... oh yeah! emoticon

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I am so proud of you!!! It was great that you avoided sugar!!!! Total avoidance of sugar is the only method that works for me.

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7 Days On Track

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Today is day 7 of my streak!

I just wanted to do a quick blog to update how I'm doing on my fresh start. In my last blog, I confessed that I have really done terribly this year and I've gained back most of the 71 lbs that I'd lost. But I'm back on track now and I'm trying to only look forward.

For the past 7 days, I've been tracking my food and working out faithfully. Not just working out, but really putting effort into it for a change! This week I am doing three different workouts. I do DDP Yoga just about every day, simply because I love it. On strength training days, I do Les Mills Pump. And on cardio days, I'm doing this DVD:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KOW49FXYYA

Its too soon for me to have any huge NSV's such as needing smaller clothes, or being able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but I know those big NSV's will be coming soon if I just keep going. I'm looking forward to them, though! I can't wait until I have an awesome NSV to blog about!

Yesterday after I finished my cardio workout, I was sweaty, red faced and exhausted....but it felt great! Its been literally MONTHS since I've pushed myself to work hard when exercising, and I'd forgotten how good I feel after a challenging workout! I hadn't realized how much I missed that feeling. The highlight of my day yesterday was knowing that I'd earned my shower!

  
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    I, like many others, and starting over too. I am struggling to get my feet under me but I am not giving up. I joined the Fall 5% challenge and acountability to the team is helping me get back on track.

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PS: I LOVE your fall background!

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MRSRIGS1 9/19/2014 7:59PM

    You keep at it!! emoticon

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BABECAVE 9/18/2014 8:20PM

    Keep Going Going Going...!!!

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TRYN2SURVIVE 9/17/2014 11:16PM

    way to go! emoticon

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INGBADEN 9/17/2014 11:28AM

    I am happy to see we are feeling the same way and refocussing together. I hit the gym last week for the first time in awhile and was happy with how great i felt afterwards. I am going back today :-)

We can do it together

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SKINMINA 9/17/2014 10:08AM

  Awesome! I am focusing on my Spark Streaks, as well....

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MILLEDGE2 9/17/2014 6:12AM

    You've GOT THIS, Pixie! emoticon

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KENDRACARROLL 9/16/2014 3:32PM

    Good for you Pixie :)
Glad you're back and working on becoming a better you.
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SANDICANE 9/15/2014 10:08PM

    At this rate, you'll be leaping tall buildings in a single bound shortly! Congrats on 7 days on track!

We can do it together!

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FOUNDER3 9/15/2014 5:15PM

    Good for you. I am also starting over for about the few weeks.

I too had lost 70 pounds, and then have gone up and down for a few years. Have had surgeries and physical issues, etc.

I am now working on getting back down. In much better shape, so I am much more optimistic.

Have been working out on a streak myself for these weeks.

Together, we can do this.

Best wishes, and we will all keep each other, keepin' on!

Bonnie

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SCRAPPYGAMBLER 9/15/2014 3:20PM

    Way to go~!!!!

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GENRE009 9/14/2014 5:04PM

    Keep pushing! Thanks for that site. I think that exercising is part of it, but journaling 1200 calories-and writing out that plan with snacks is a big part of it. Learning a new life style really helps-that's why I go to Weight Watchers. they tell you how to eat out, or what to eat during stresss, ect.. eva

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JMARIES51 9/14/2014 4:46PM

    Hi Pixies, Just catching up on your new blogs. So sorry to hear that this year has been so stressful. Life can sometimes take us to our knees, can't it? What is that saying, fall down 7 times, get up 8? Something like that. The most important thing is today. Yesterday is in the past. Now is all we have. emoticon emoticon

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SOFT_VAL67 9/14/2014 4:36PM

    You inspired me. I put in my one hour walk today, but thanks to reading this blog, I decided to do my weights and aerobic workout as well.
Keep up the good work.

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DENNIS2014 9/14/2014 10:15AM

    All of us are on your side - We're in this together -

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AJB121299 9/13/2014 9:30PM

    Keep it up

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MONTREALESTMOI 9/13/2014 6:43PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Keep up the good work!

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    I'm starting over, too. One step at a time! emoticon

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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 9/13/2014 4:15PM

    Just hang in there...you will be rewarded for your hard work!

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AMYSYOKO 9/13/2014 1:56PM

  spark on my friend

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SUN66SHINE 9/13/2014 12:21PM

    Keeping a daily blog is like a dairy but sharing with the world. I would think that keeps a person more inclined to stay on track. Super work!!

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MOMMY445 9/13/2014 11:53AM

    way to go,Pixie!

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JEANKNEE 9/13/2014 9:42AM

    Cheers! ...to many more earned showers.

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AKA_GAMERMOM 9/13/2014 8:48AM

    Seems to me you had many NSVs this week. Good for you!

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NASFKAB 9/13/2014 12:39AM

  great job & you are on spark mail too WOW

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WHYTEBROWN 9/12/2014 10:33PM

    emoticon emoticon I'm so proud of you for your 7 day streak. It's soooooooooooo emoticon!!! 7 consistent days of working out and eating properly IS a HUGE NSV emoticon . I wish I could claim that right now but you know what you've inspired me to get back on track too and get my own streak going! emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon emoticon Pixie!

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    Good job!

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    Awesome week! emoticon

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    kudos

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LITESTORMX2 9/12/2014 1:25PM

    Doesn't it feel great!?! Keep it up!!

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CHARITYAK 9/12/2014 11:54AM

    Keep it up! You can do this. And I love your pages wallpaper! Very fun!

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    Keep up the good work. emoticon

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PACKERMANN 9/12/2014 10:26AM

    good job! great to have you back posting!!

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CFMOSS 9/12/2014 7:32AM

    Here's to a good day today....and then tomorrow....and then....

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    Awesome -- keep it going.

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  good blog

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Fresh Start

Saturday, September 06, 2014






Today is day 3 of my streak!

It has been a while since my last blog...over a month! Truth is, I haven't felt like blogging because I've been WAY off track, and I didn't want to admit it.

Now I'm going to be completely honest. This has not been my year all. I started out feeling highly motivated, though. I had been at a plateau for ages, but I was sure that in 2014 I would break through it and finally reach my goal size. Hubby had given me Les Mills Pump for Christmas, and I looked forward to working out with it. But then at the beginning of January, hubby became ill, and had to have emergency surgery due to a ruptured appendix. I told myself that I wasn't able to workout at all, because I was spending my entire day at the hospital with him...and then when he came home a week later, I had to take care of him. (In addition to taking care of my adult son with autism.) But the truth is, I could have found the time to workout if I had wanted to. (I found time to watch TV and eat junk food, after all!) But I allowed myself to make excuses. Not only was I skipping workouts, I was eating a LOT of fattening food. I could tell I was gaining weight, but I tried to ignore it.

Then at the end of February, just as I was getting to the point where I was ready to get back on track, I got some terrible news. My dearest Spark friend, Lori, passed away. It was such a shock, even though I knew she was in the hospital in serious condition. I just had so much faith that she would recover, so it devastated me (and her many Spark friends) when we got the news that she had passed away.

I was so depressed over Lori's passing, and then it just seemed like things kept piling on in my life. Financial issues, extremely stressful family issues, and then my friend Dot moved away in June. And to cope with everything, I just kept eating. I would try to get back on track, and then I'd have a few good days, but I'd soon be back to my old ways. I was gaining weight so fast! We all know how unfair it is...it takes much longer to lose the weight than it does to gain it! The weight was coming back on and my clothes were super tight. I finally had to give in and go to Goodwill to buy some clothes that fit! I hated going back up in sizes, but it had to be done.

And now the hardest thing to admit. My "prize" for overeating and skipping workouts is that I am ALMOST back to my starting weight. Yes, I lost 71 lbs...but I've gained most of it back. I'm not sure exactly how much weight I've gained back, because I'm not weighing myself, but I know my body and I can tell. I'm very close to where I started, which is obviously not where I want to be!



I'm disappointed in myself, and I'm sure that some of my Spark friends might be disappointed in me, too. But I felt it was important to be honest with myself and my friends. I don't want to hide in shame anymore. I don't want to keep making excuses. And although for a while there I thought it would be easier to just give up, I know the truth. Giving up would just lead me to an early grave, literally. And I don't want to die because of my obesity.



So I am starting over. I'm going back to what works for me. I'm doing a streak of "days in a row" again. Each day that I work out and eat according to my plan is another successful day in my streak. Today is day three! I have a very long way to go. To be honest, it sucks to have to lose all of those pounds over again. But it would suck even worse to just give up! And I will never give up. I have failed, but I am not a failure. I keep reminding myself of one of Lori's favorite quotes, which is;




I am choosing to have a fresh start every day, and although I may fall down along the way, I will do my best to never stay down.




  
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READY551 9/28/2014 8:00PM

  Thank you so much Fresh Start for opening up your heart and sharing your journey. I am going through the exact thing right now. I was down 40 lbs & now I have gained the majority of the weight back as well. My husband had an accident on his job and I have been having to take care of him and not exercising or eating right at all. Of course no excuses, I allowed myself to sink into a hole & its so hard to come out. Haven't talked to anyone about my feelings, just keeping them to myself. Your story really helped me and I pray you have great success on your journey now.

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SUPERSYLPH 9/26/2014 3:29PM

    Thank you! I needed this too!

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SLIPPINGAWAY66 9/24/2014 6:40AM

    Remember failure happens when you give up... you haven't given up. Your an inspiration to us all.

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EBURGITE 9/22/2014 5:12PM

    i understand the re-gain thing. sometimes i joke putting on weight must be my super power. we'll keep pushing through. hoping you find new friends to walk on your journey with you! emoticon

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MAKING-PROGRESS 9/17/2014 2:04AM

    Welcome to the club of fallible humans! So glad you picked yourself up and came back to take care of yourself. You have definitely had a hard time of it, and it is understandable that you slipped into old patterns. I just went through a similar situation myself.

It is so true that you can make a different choice starting at any moment of any day. So just try to think about the long term consequences before you dive into the short term gratification. Sometimes you still need to step off of the ride, but try not to wait so long to get back on next time.

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MRSRIGS1 9/16/2014 7:57PM

    We all know this is a difficult journey. You shouldn't feel shame. I am proud that you NEVER give up! emoticon

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COLLARN 9/16/2014 8:03AM

  I'm so glad you're back! I've missed you.

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SASSYTHING52 9/13/2014 11:03PM

    you can do it i know you can you are a strong woman and you will do it again love yaaaaa emoticon

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TEACH7TH 9/13/2014 8:57PM

    Today is my restart.

I logged back on tonight to reset my Spark account, and stumbled upon your blog. I could have written this and want to thank you for helping me realize I am not the only one who has stumbled and needed a restart.

Thank you.

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KIMBALLITE 9/13/2014 9:08AM

  You can do it! I admire your honesty and though I don't know you I know your story. Emotional eating is the hardest for me so I try to remember that one problem is bad enough... eating over it has never solved anything yet. emoticon emoticon

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WHYTEBROWN 9/12/2014 10:31PM

    I know how you feel. I've been pretty off track myself and I thought this was my year too but hey guess what the ONLY TRUE failure is if we quit trying!! We'll NEVER do that despite how far we may have to go so emoticon emoticon

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DS9KIE 9/10/2014 11:00AM

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LUVTOBOWL 9/9/2014 10:58PM

    Well here is one spark friend that is not disappointed in you at all Pixie. I know you will rise up out of this. Like I always say "we will reach our goals".

Hugs...

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NINAHAPPYHEART 9/9/2014 2:20PM

    I'm awfully sorry for all the pain that you had in the past, hope everything goes well for you now! You're a strong person for getting over you're hard times and deciding not to let go of your healthy coming future. Thank you for sharing your story, there are alot to learn from you! emoticon
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PROPMAN1 9/9/2014 2:18PM

  You've had some rough times but i can tell - You're A Fighter! I'm sorry that your SP Friend passed- hold on to whatever good she sent your way. Your honesty is commendable. Not many would be so brave. Happy to see you're back! Take it one step at a time emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATTISTAMPS 9/9/2014 12:58PM

    Wow! You have had a tough time. I know all about husbands with ruptured appendix... mine had one a while back. Very scary! then he got an abscess. And we had no family around so I was it.

I hate that you have gained so much of your weight back. But we have ALL done that at one time or another. My first round with Spark I lost 40 pounds. But it was not a sustainable loss for me at that time. I was "dieting", and for me that does not work. I am slowly losing the 20 I regained, but I am trying to do it without depriving myself. No, I don't eat everything I want, but I don't say I can never have something. Of course without kids it's easier to have no junk in the house.

I still have 5 pounds left of the 20 I regained. And then I need to lose 50 more. Or so... But as long as the scale keeps trending in the right direction (or in your case, as long as the pants get bigger!) it is OK. I'm much healthier than I was, and I am thinner than I was.

You can do this. You WILL do this! I know it.

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LILYREDCLOUD 9/9/2014 11:51AM

    I'm so glad I clicked on the link to your blog. I'm sorry for all the trouble you have had but you are bouncing back. Bouncing back means there will be ups and downs. Your blog is very encouraging for me. Thank you so much for sharing!
Take good care of yourself.

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AMYSYOKO 9/9/2014 11:47AM

  you have had a lot going on in your life, I am so happy you are not giving up emoticon I am praying for you

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ELAINEANN 9/9/2014 11:17AM

    Thank you for your encouraging, looking-forward blog.
Wishing you courage and persistence and patience as you move forward to your healthier you.
You KNOW now that you can do this.
I admire your honesty and your determination - a day at a time and you will get to where you hope to be.

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WRITERWANNAB 9/9/2014 12:54AM

    Thanks for sharing. I got off track, too, and started over a week ago. I am determined to reach my goal this time! emoticon

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EGMINGA 9/8/2014 11:39PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I like the saying about making a u-turn. I have made many u-turns in my weight loss journey. And your true spark-friends won't be disappointed they will be there cheering you on.

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AMBER461 9/8/2014 11:30PM

  You are very honest and I love that. Thanks for sharing.

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SUCCESSN2014 9/8/2014 10:09PM

    I could have written this blog (minus the specific family hurdles). I had a very rough summer. I had been on this journey since October of 2011 and had lost 55 pounds. Over the course of 3 months I managed to put on 10 pounds due to stress and just other life issues. Like you I didn't exercise and my eating was considerably out of control. September 1st was my restart. I started tracking, drinking water, and getting in small workouts where I could. I'm slowly seeing the scale go down and am anxious to see what it says on my weigh in day.

Keep your head up. You CAN do this!


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SUN66SHINE 9/8/2014 10:01PM

    The turmoil, sorrow and disappointment expressed so eloquently represent so many of us at any given moment in time whether past, present or future. Although the blog was full of grief, there is a hint of hope and purpose. It looks like from the blogs that you have a super team of supporters that are rooting for you, now you just need to root for yourself and you'll be headed in the right direction! You already took the first step, you recognized where you are, now you can take the next step, where you are going. I wish you strength as you recover your footing and may success shine on you soon.
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LINDERVEE 9/8/2014 9:33PM

    HI Pixie! Missed you...
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BOXER-MOM 9/8/2014 8:12PM

    I lived this ..I mean I JUST lived this!
Although the reasons I "allowed" myself.... or should I say "convinced" myself it was okay not to work out or eat are different than yours, I did just that!

And in over a 6 month period I put on 30 lbs :(

My jeans that were nice and loose became so tight that they hurt to wear for any period of time...I was back in my stretchy oversize "fat clothes".

I knew I gained about 25-30 lbs and I had no intention on weighing myself...but #1 I had a challenge group that a bunch of local momma's started here for losing weight/inches. We each pitched in $20 and it's over 3 months, there is 3 prizes, one for weight loss (percentage) one for most inches lost, and one random draw so I had to weight in for that. And #2 I really needed to see what I was doing ....so I knew I need to knock it off! And like I said I was right on the money... 30 lb gain....so depressing after being 30 lbs away from my goal weight I put on 30 lbs!!! What was I thinking??? I wasn't...The challenge started 4 days ago, and so far I am doing pretty good. It is hard once you lose it and than have to lose those same pounds ALL OVER AGAIN!! And not just hard, frustrating and it made me feel deflated! I put allot of work into losing 55 lbs and to almost gain it all back is heartbreaking to a point! BUT I know I can do it, I have done it before and I plan to do it again and than NEVER do this again...it's TOO Much work to keep doing it over and over...may as well do it and stick with it this time!

Best wishes!!!!



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JOYEOUSD 9/8/2014 8:06PM

    I know you are going to make this happen...you are learning as you go. And getting stronger with each determination.... I feel that happening to me. We just have to keep picking ourselves up and keep doing the right things for our bodies!! If success were easy, everyone would achieve it.

I told myself 2014 was going to be my year, and so far I am the same weight,as I started altho I have been dieting all year long!! So I know I just have to work my plan, stay focused and GET 'ER DONE!!

We can still lose quite a bit and make a difference this year with almost 4 months left. Remember winners choose a path and then arenít easily seduced away from it.

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SDEHNKE 9/8/2014 8:00PM

    I know this will be a lifelong struggle. For me, it's one day at a time, one meal at a time. Just like any recovering addict. I've experienced too that I go back to my addiction when the stress piles up. We just have to forgive ourselves and "start over". Even if we have to do it 1000 times it's better than quitting.

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CHEBBA 9/8/2014 6:55PM

    Pixie, there's something you haven't mentioned... you have to know that everyone who has been where you are feels your next successes even more acutely now and they know that you, like us all, are not Wonder Woman, you are like us all... Wonderful Women! Don't stress over what is, just look forward to having aown other opportunity to enjoy the victories, the physical changes, and the support and praise you're going to get AGAIN with every pound you lose! Yup... There is a positive spin on this, and I don't want you to think I'm being flippant because putting on hard-won lost pounds again is a real bummer. But, turn things around and think of the joy of losing weight again and look forward to those feelings of seeing the scales go down and the WooHoo's flooding in!

Sometimes, people who achieve huge weight loss seemingly easily, whilst we admire them and envy their ability... Sometimes, sometimes, it's the truly human ones who have to fight another round who seem to be so much more, well, normal! We can identify with them much more easily and relate to them so much more empathetically.

We're all in this together, Pixie - and for anyone who has achieved, stumbled, is getting back up and starting off again.... Here's a huge WOOHOO! Let battle commence! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OLGA18 9/8/2014 4:42PM

  Hej Pixie! I am sorry you have had troubled times. It's never easy, is it? I am comforted by the fact that you are also on day 3 after 2014 not being your year. It wasn't my year either, unfortunately. BUT...Now we are back on track and let's rock it!!!

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DEEKELLYE 9/8/2014 4:06PM

    I have missed your blogs! I look for them often. I was beginning to worry. I'm not disappointed in you. Losing weight isn't easy and sometimes it sucks when you put in the work and effort and you can't see results. I have wanted to quit. At one point I almost did quit. Chin up buttercup! I can't wait to see how far the streak gets!

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WORLDSERIES11 9/8/2014 2:55PM

    Good to hear from you again Pixie!
I am in the same boat...have regained most of my 75 lb. loss emoticon ...and like you, I'm having to start all over again. It's a struggle, but we both know how to do it... just need to keep at it and not give up!!!
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KIMBERLY187 9/8/2014 2:46PM

    Nothing good in life is easy! I've been there too and it is extremely frustrating. Just keep going and keep believing. You can do it!

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LAPERLE 9/8/2014 2:20PM

  emoticon emoticon You can only fail if you give up completely, so keep starting over as many times as it takes to get to the finished line and stay there!

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GRANDMABOLTON 9/8/2014 1:00PM

  loved your honesty . you are truly an inspiration

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EVRLNGFOO 9/8/2014 12:55PM

    you can do it! starting fresh and getting back on track is way better than giving up! good for you!

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MOMMY445 9/8/2014 12:26PM

    you are definitely not a disappointment,Pixie. you can do this! take care of yourself and your family.

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LOVINGKATE 9/8/2014 11:47AM

  How can your friends be disappointed in you. I feel being honest with yourself as well as your friends is what we are all about. We all have big set backs whether we want to admit it or not. It is about getting back on track an starting again. Life gets in the way and we must fight harder. Some times we don't always have that extra fire to get going again. Sparkpeople is always my go to. Some day I will get this right but for now it is one day and one step at a time. We will get this, I know it. God bless you Pixie.

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ROSEYJO1 9/8/2014 11:26AM

    You are not a disappointment, in fact you motivate me. 11 years ago I was a total success on WW. Became lifetime, then life kept changing faster than I could cope. So I ate and ate, then tried WW again but life was just waiting to derail me. So I gave up and ate again and now am at my all time. high. I start and stop and repeat the process but you encourage me to never give up but to GET up!! Thank you

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TERRIMMIX 9/8/2014 11:02AM

    First of all. It's understandable and human to ditch the perfection every now and then when life gets overwhelming.

I'm working on finding something other than TV to do in the evenings, like doing more writing, sewing, knitting Christmas presents, even reading. In my mind it's the eating even more than the exercising that helps with the weight loss, so I try to get my walking done during the day and at night all I have to worry about is keeping my nutrition in mind and not snacking away my progress of the day.

You can do this. You've got the know-how. Now you just need to find your inspiration. Just like you've inspired so many others. emoticon

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JAXMOMMY 9/8/2014 10:43AM

    Pixie-- How could your friends be disappointed in you? Losing Lori hit us all so hard. Then, recently another Spark friend, not as close to me as Lori was, but on several of the same teams as I died unexpectedly. It makes one stop and say is it worth the effort if we are going to die anyhow? Well, the truth is that we are all goign to die, but why should we rush it along with lack of movement and fatty foods? Because when we are gone there will be alot of people affected by our deaths too. More than we will ever know! We are important and we deserve health and wellness and happiness! We deserve to take a walk and feel good and not winded. You, my friend, are strong and fabulous to write a blog and admit where you are and where you plan to go! We happen to have our own angel cheerleaders guiding us down a healthy path! While we'd rather have them in their wonderful human forms, we still have them in our hearts! They want us to succeed as much as we want it! So, keep that Spark shining and keep streaking! Those 70 pounds will be gone quicker than ever because you already know what you need to do and how to do it and you are already 3, or maybe 5 days by now into it! Know you are never, ever alone on this journey!

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A Non-Scale Victory At The Grocery Store

Friday, July 18, 2014



I got up bright and early this morning to go grocery shopping with my youngest son. I had my list written out, and I was ready to only buy healthy foods. No junk!






But as I walked up and down the aisles with my son, it seemed like at almost every turn, there was some "treat" that was calling my name. My determination to stay on track started to fade, and I thought "I'll just buy one treat....and I'll track it, so it'll be okay."



Well, a funny thing happened. As I shopped, I picked up various treats, and then read the nutritional information on the package. And I would say "Nope, I don't want that, the portions are so small and the calories are enormous" or "hmmm, the calories aren't so high, but look at all that sodium!" or "Yikes, too many sugars in that!"



Finally I decided that if I was so concerned about calories, fat, sugar, sodium, etc....then I'd be better off without such a "treat!" I don't want to put garbage like that in my body. Eating junk food isn't really a treat, after all. The real treat is that little bag of Ranier cherries that I got for myself instead...healthy, low calorie, and most important of all, REAL food!



I'm not going to call junk food "treats" anymore. I'm going to call it what it really is... junk!

I'm proud of myself because I didn't buy JUNK food at the store this morning, and that is my NSV for today!




  
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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 8/31/2014 5:51PM

    So true.

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GOODYBAR58 8/25/2014 11:39AM

    emoticon Thank you for the reminder. There's too much "junk" food around here lately.

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K1TT3N 8/23/2014 10:45PM

    i find myself doing the same thing

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MEREDITHB51 8/21/2014 10:32AM

    Hey Pixie (yes, I'm back!)! Excellent job at the grocery store. I also find that if I really look at the ingredients I also get so disgusted that I put the item back on the shelf. Now I just need to stop making treats out of real ingredients at home!

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GIRLINMOTION 8/17/2014 10:03AM

    Nature provides the best treats and food as long as it stays in its natural state. Once the processing of natures bounty starts, that is when it becomes junk/not good choice.

Reading the labels is always a good idea when buying packaged food. It is amazing how much chemicals are added (to make your brain think it taste good and we tend to overeat it.)

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GENRE009 8/11/2014 12:38PM

    You gave excellent advise. how are you doping on your life style change of eating healthy? just recently I was only 20 pounds from my goal. But at a function, I slipped up and ate something that I didn't know how it was made. It had splenda in it, and that is toxic to me, and causes me to eat non-stop until I detox with a probiotic for that situation. it took me a week and a half to figure it out, and by then I was up 125 pounds! It really brought my ego down, but I am back trying to get back to where I was. eva

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MRSRIGS1 8/8/2014 3:44PM

    That is quite the VICTORY! Woo-Hoo! Cheers to you!

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LISAN0415 8/6/2014 4:17AM

    Great work buying good fuel for your body!

We only get one body, we need to give it the proper fuel to help it run well our whole life!

Great work!

Lisa

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CANDYMOUSE 8/5/2014 11:07PM

    Often lately, I've been telling myself, there is nothing any good in the grocery store. emoticon Wish we could all get back to growing our own food on our own land.

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CHERYLHURT 8/4/2014 7:05AM

  Excellent advice!

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 8/3/2014 9:55AM

    A W E S O M E !!!!!!!

I need you to go shopping with me! emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 8/1/2014 2:47PM

    I have fallen off the wagon since my computer is in the shop and I can't spark. I don't know what it is. It's like I am not being held accountable so I can do what I want. It has to stop before I do anymore damage. I have gained 5.6 pounds but I can feel the difference. I have been eating junk and can feel it. I feel tired and just crappy.

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DEBBIE19580 7/30/2014 3:44PM

    That is awesome Pixie, so pround of you!! emoticon

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ANGELN325 7/29/2014 12:05PM

    Woohoo! Great job!

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JC____ 7/27/2014 1:04AM

    Love the pics you post in your blog. Pictures really reinforce ideas for me, and I like what you've done with your blog post. Great job on facing the facts about your desire for "junk" food!

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THINANDFITEMILY 7/25/2014 12:28PM

    I just got back from a similar trip! I found that I did not go into the store just around the aisles and spent plenty of time in produce- did get a few strange looks too with my carriage piled high with green leafies! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AUNTALICE2 7/24/2014 10:23AM

    I keep it out of the house!! Your blog is spot on!! emoticon

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    emoticon I always enjoy your blogs! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOSPARK45 7/23/2014 5:19PM

    Good for you! I'm finding it easier and easier to say no at the store. I started running a few months ago. Now I ask myself if I'll feel good running with all that garbage in me. I know it'll make me feel sluggish-- poof! I no longer want that junk in me, taking away my energy. Now if I could just keep portion control in better check....

Spark on friend!


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LAILATN 7/23/2014 3:36PM

    This is fantastic. I am at war with myself every time I go grocery shopping. if i reframe my thinking to "junk" instead of "treat" maybe I will be better about resisting.

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GODIV4 7/22/2014 11:32PM

    Victory! Im so glad you fought off the temptation. I have that happen to me every time at the store as well. I almost thought I was the only one. My trick is being extra picky!

I went crazy for a week buying donuts. Gained 5 lbs! I decided I would be a snobby eater when it comes to "junk". Now I only get the donut if its freshly made, chocolate covered and has pecans. (For some odd reason the HEB bakery I go to only makes them once a month, that or they're gone so fast I never even get a glance at em.)

Its tough to stay away. Im glad one of us is winning!! emoticon

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CICELY360 7/22/2014 9:38PM

  Good blog

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QTEALADY20031 7/22/2014 9:18PM

    Good for you Pixie. You are right! junk food is no treat! You should be very proud and you showed your son how you can make healthy choices! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon June

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LUVTOBOWL 7/22/2014 8:38PM

    So proud of you Pixie! emoticon

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CINDYCHARLENE 7/22/2014 6:05PM

    Excellent!!!! I loved this blog. You are amazing. Always were and always will be. Thank you for your wonderful self.
Love, Charlene

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SECONDCHANCE58 7/21/2014 10:57PM

    I call junk food, garbage food. If I'm going to go out for lunch or dinner I plug in the calorie search and that helps me make a wiser choose on where I go.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/21/2014 10:26PM

    hi love this is what i needed at the moment.being in rehab and missing hubby and the kids is tempting me to eat the wronf things luckily i have only given in twice but that is two times too many,lol emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EMMACORY 7/21/2014 10:20PM

    I find reading the labels often prevents me from buying a treat too. emoticon on a great NSV! emoticon

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EJB2801 7/21/2014 9:52PM

    My head knows that these are not treats. Now I have to train my taste buds.
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PJB145 7/21/2014 8:47PM

    WTG! Congrats on a marvelous breakthrough.

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SLIMMINGSHAY 7/21/2014 7:37PM

    That is some fantastic will power! WTG Pixie!

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REALTYLADYLISA 7/21/2014 5:41PM

    good, good, good for you!

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AJDOVER1 7/21/2014 4:57PM

    awesome! I buy my treats at the Farmer's Market. This week I have a gorgeous, organic plum to eat with lunch each day.

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DONNELDA22 7/21/2014 4:02PM

    emoticon You have one a big battle. Congratulations.

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TJMOAG 7/21/2014 4:00PM

    That's so awesome!! emoticon

It's amazing when you really look at what's in the "treats" that it just isn't worth it. I show my kids that stuff so they will learn young and they sometimes are even amazed at how un-healthy some of their treats are.

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