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Recap of Leaves of Change Challenge

Friday, November 16, 2012

Well here we are at the end of another challenge. I fell into a dark hole this challenge and let it suck me down. I pulled a muscle in my back so had to stop excerising to let it heal. Then got the news about my dad having eyelid cancer. The combition of these two things just have set me back a little bit. I need to stop being so negative and depressed and start climbing back out of the dark hole. I have to stop making the excuse that tomorrow will be a better day to eat healthy and start excerising again. I hope to have my head on straight after they remove my dad's tumor from his eyelid and tell us about the spots they found on his lung and kidney. I am praying that they turn out to be nothing.

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TWNOMWE 11/22/2012 9:31AM

    Praying that the spots turn out to be nothing to worry about. Keep up the faith. emoticon

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ALL-IS-AMAZING 11/19/2012 9:06AM

    emoticon It's difficult when life around you gets crazy. I was there a year and a half ago when my dad was ill. Take time for yourself :) You can do it!

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PATSYB7 11/17/2012 10:33AM

    I'm praying all goes well with your dad. Interesting coincidence--I just read another blog where the person asked, "If not now, when?" Today is the day you climb out of that hole. We're waiting here in the sunshine to welcome you back. Visualize it...and it will happen. emoticon emoticon

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    I hope they turn out to be nothing too.
emoticon I know what you mean about tomorrow- I do it too we have to start today. Don't let your mind talk you into anything else- you are worth starting Today and renewing that promise every day!

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8 months until the big 40 birthday!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Hi all,
It just dawned on me today while I was taking a walk, that my 40th birthday is in 8 months from today. So I thought about what I would like to see happen in those 8 months before I turn 40. I would like to continue to add more strength training into my workouts. I want to continue to eat healthy and lose weight. But I also want to become a more active, loving person and give back to others. So I think I am going to start looking for charity walks in my area and particpate in them. Plus I read about the food pantry idea. For every pound you lose, put a can good in a basket and after you fill it up or get say 20 to 25 cans in it, you take it to the local food pantry to donate it. So I am going to start doing that. I bet I could help a lot of people this way. I think at times we get so wrap up in our own lives that we don't think about others who need a little joy and sunshine in their lives.
I would love to be close to 175 by the time my birthday rolls around. So here goes to a great 8 months of still being in my 30's. Looking forward to the journey.

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ZACEVETOB 9/18/2012 7:22PM

    A awesome plan, you can do it!

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Leaves of Change Challenge Week 1

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Here is the list of five things that have held me back in the past from sticking with my weight loss and fitness goals:

1. I always looked at losing weight as a diet. I would go gun-ho for awhile and then slid back into my old eating habits. But in order to really lose weight, I need to look at it as a life style change and not a diet. I can still eat the foods I like just in moderation. (Learned this tip from reading The Spark this summer)

2. Excerise- I hated to do it with a passion. I would have to force myself to do 30 minutes of it a day. I use to make excuses for why I couldn't workout (didn't feel good, tired, something better to do).

3. Surrounded myself with negative people in my weight loss journey. I listened to their not so nice comments and attitudes towards overweight people and I started to believe it. Also joined TOPS for a while, but it was just a bunch of old ladies who liked to complain about their weight on meeting nights and then go to the chinese place or pizza place after the meetings.

4. Bought into my grandma's excuse that people on her side of the family were just big boned structured people. Thought if grandma said it must be true!

5. Loved the convience of fast food while going to college. Then carried over that bad habit into my working career.

Now I know that I let a lot of bad habits help put on the extra weight. Now that I have gotten back with SparkPeople and read The Spark, I now have the tools and know how to lose the weight and keep it off for good.

Now I plan on:

1. Looking at my weight loss as a life-style change. I will keep changing my eating habits to make them healthier and learn to really appreciate what goes into my body now.

2. Excerise- I have learned to love it. I do some form of excerise 7 days a week for 60 minutes or more. I even have craved it at times. I turn to excerise when I am really feeling stressed or waiting to do emotional eating. I have even joined a gym with a friend.

3.Now I surround myself with positive people. I have a great support system in my family, a few close friends and my SparkPeople family. I don't listen to the negative talk anymore. I am always looking at the positive side of my weight loss and fitness journey now.

4.Now know that I have no excuses for the way I look today, other than I was slowly eating myself to death. I am working hard to become a slimmer, trimmer person. I would love to be a role model for someone who is struggling with their weight just like I do.

5. Now I take the time to prepare my food. I also measure out my food and eat only the portion size now. My dh and I eat most all of our meals at home. But if we must eat out, I will pick something off the menu that would be the most healthiest. I don't get sucked into eating the fast food like I use to. If I do now, I actually get sick to my stomache and have bathroom issues.

I think I have the knowledge and tools to reach for the stars and lose this weight once and for all.

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CANDOIT54 9/10/2012 11:28AM


You made me think about my reasons and some of yours are true for me too.

So thank you for the ideas and good luck with your goals.


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TWNOMWE 9/10/2012 9:33AM

    You have really nailed those issues down and I love you plan. It is simple and doable.
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JERZGURL_NAN 9/9/2012 10:48PM

    WOW Kerry - you have done a fabulous job at identifying and redefining each point. I am so excited for you - just think at the legacy you are building for YOUR Grandchildren someday. How awesome. It's a whole new beginning!!!

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GOOZLEBEAR 9/8/2012 4:47PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon great blog and I know you can do it!!!!


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My goals for the Leaves of Change Challenge

Monday, September 03, 2012

Here later this week I will be starting the Fall Biggest Loser Challenge called Leaves of Change Challenge. I have been thinking about what I want to accomplish this challenge. Here are my following goals:
1. I want to lose 10 to 15 pounds this challenge. (Lost 12.2 in the summer challenge). Would be sweet to beat my summer challenge weight loss. But I will take what pounds I lose as a precious gift to myself.

2. I will workout everyday for 45 mintues to 60 minutes. I plan on doing my 28 day Spark People boot camp dvd, Wii Cardio Boxing, Just Dance 2, my other workout dvds, going to the gym with my friend (treadmill, excerise bike and ellipcital) and going for walks weather permitting. Any extra workout time I will look at as a treat.

3.I will log in every bite of food and swallow of liquid that I take on my nutrition track. I hope to stay within all of my ranges 5 out of 7 days.

4.I will stay postive and support my other teammates on to victory.

5.I would like to lose some inches from my thighs, arms, and waist.

6. I would like to improve my sleeping habits during the challenge too.

So I hope to have a great Leaves of Change Challenge. I am looking forward to bettering my health and seeing the pounds fall off of me. I hope to cruise into Thanksgiving light as a feather and not eat as much as I use to. I think now that I have made a commintment to lose this weight by my 40th birthday in May 2013 and try to reach my goal weight by then, I have a strong desire to accomplish my goals and not let life side track me.

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ZACEVETOB 9/6/2012 12:39PM

    Awesome goals, You can do this!!

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MICAROO 9/5/2012 6:43AM

    You have a great plan for a successful fall!

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    Hello May baby- my birthday is in May too! I am about a decade older though emoticon
Awesome Goals-very well thought out!
I am looking forward to sharing our victories on the emoticonTeam!
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I am on back on track!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

I am on the right path with my eating again. I had several days this past week, were I went over my calorie range limit big time. I know when I went to my mil's family reunion, I should have eaten a salad or veggies before going. Then I would have been full and only eaten a little bit of the food there. That started my week of over indulging! Then I went to school on Tuesday and they provided us Subway for lunch and cake for dessert. So naturally I had to have a piece of cake with my lunch. Then I ate another piece before my friend and I left work that afternoon. On Wednesday, they had cookies in the teacher's work room. So I just had to sample 3 of them at lunch time and 3 after school. Then I came home and had a piece of birthday cake with the next door neighbor's great granddaughter. So I have really overeaten in the last couple of days since last Sunday. Yesterday and today were the first two days that I have been back on track. I gained a pound this past week and I know why. So I am going to move forward and do better tracking my food in coming days, weeks and months. I really want to reach my goal weight by my 40th birthday next May. I know that I have lost 15 pounds since the end of May 2012. So I just need to watch what I put in my mouth, track every bite and stay away from sweets at certain times of the month when I get stressed, etc. I also will continue to workout five to six days a week anywhere from 30 minutes to 60 minutes a session. I have started to do some ST so I can tone up my arms and not have the flabby arms going anymore. LOL So I here now delcare that I am swearing off sweets for awhile and going to eat fruits, veggies or a salad before going to family reunions, family get togethers, parties or banquets where I know there is not going to be any healthy food. I want to take off the pounds and not put them back on. I have felt so much better since I started to eat healthier and workout again. I am more active, get more things accomplished at school, sleep better and don't feel like a negative person anymore. I hope the next nine months are a great lifestyle changing journey for me. If I don't reach my goal weight by my 40th birthday, I won't be upset. Just hope to be thinner and trimmer than I am now!

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VALYNN26 8/26/2012 11:01AM

    Great! emoticon

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