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Motivation Assignment from 5% Challenge Team

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Questions from 5% Challenge: What do you want to change? How do you want to look? How do you want to feel? What things will you be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body? And list all the OTHER things that you want to change!

I think the biggest thing I want to change is how I feel. I have gradually slowed down in my moving over the last year and it greatly impacts my whole life. When I first found Sparkpeople and was more active, I felt so much better. I had a lot more energy. I felt like doing things with my family. I didn't sit around on the computer or my Kindle. I didn't take naps. Along the way as my moving has slacked off my energy level has plummeted. So my bottom line is I want to feel good! I want to have energy! I want to move! I want to be able to play with and keep up with my kids.

Other things I want to change:
emoticon I want to feel comfortable and confident in my clothes again!
emoticon I want to see Onederland for the first time in decades!
emoticon I want to do a 5K this year!
emoticon I want to draw and paint more this year as art is a huge stress reliever for me!
emoticon I want to be active and have fun with my family!
emoticon I want to worry less and laugh more!

That's a pretty long list. But I've got a brand new blank book called 2014 in front of me! The possibilities are endless! All of these things are definitely doable! God has great plans in store for 2014!

Let's make 2014 the happiest and healthiest yet!

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FITANDFAITHFUL1 5/1/2014 10:17PM

    What a great list! AND I LOVE TULIPS! I have things in common with you which encourages me. I'm gonna post on your Spark page. emoticon

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EMSSBEARS 1/2/2014 6:05PM

    Sounds like a great list to me!

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BUTTERFLY-1976 1/1/2014 5:10PM


When does the new challenge start??

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 1/1/2014 1:41PM

    Have a healthy new year!

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Just being honest...

Monday, December 30, 2013

Can I be honest? I haven't been honest with myself for a while so I think it's time to get honest. I think of the ostrich with its head stuck in the sand when I start to think about how I've been lately.

I have to go way back to figure this out. 44 years ago... emoticon just kidding! Not quite that far back! Though I was an 11 pound baby which has always seemed to me the place to start looking at my journey.

Instead I want to look back to 2010. I was 40 and had a hysterectomy in June. I suddenly felt amazingly better. Within 2 weeks of my surgery I had more energy than I had had in years. I was up and moving! No more napping for me! I felt great! I was swimming, walking, dancing, and more active than I had been in years. I found Sparkpeople in July of that year. Over a period of time I lost nearly 60 pounds going from my highest (261) right before my surgery to my lowest (204) in decades!

Today I weighed in for the first time in a couple of months. I was sad by what I saw on the scale but not surprised. I've gained back nearly 30 pounds of what I lost! emoticon So all day I've pondered...what happened? where did I go wrong? and most importantly...what do I need to do to get back on track?

I don't have all the answers to those questions. But I'm being honest here, right? Well, somewhere along the line I quit moving so much. My exercise has been in peaks and valleys but never consistent. I quit keeping up with my food. I've never been one to follow calorie intake faithfully. Never ever ever. But when I was being successful I was watching what I ate, keeping a journal of it, making better choices. My sparkpage says that my program is no fried foods, sodas, sweet tea, second helpings. But that is a lie! Somewhere along the way I've let all those things sneak back into my life. They have become my normal again. emoticon

I've been lying to myself for a while now. I bought new shoes and a Fitbit in 2013. I would do just enough to convince myself I was ok. I have been walking my dog for 2 months now and trying to convince myself that a walk around the block was enough. It is not! that I'm being honest...where do I go from here? Well, I guess I need to get back to what worked 3 years ago.

MOVE...I need to start with 20-30 minutes a day as my goal. Walk the dog, yes, but then get on the treadmill to burn more calories. Aim for getting the 10,000 steps each day that I bought the Fitbit for.

EAT...I need to go back to what it says on my sparkpage. Cut out fried food, sweet tea, sodas, and seconds. Go back to keeping up with my food and aim for 5-7 freggies a day.

And finally I am going to be accountable. I am going to go back to getting on that scale each week instead of living in denial.

A brand new year is in front of me. I can do this! I want 2014 to be the year of my success!

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WESTIEGAL1 1/8/2014 5:24PM

    Great Blog! I need to do the same. Brutal honesty sometimes works the best!!

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CATIATM 1/3/2014 9:24AM

    They say honesty is the best policy and admitting is the first step. I think you're on the right track! emoticon

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EMSSBEARS 1/2/2014 6:09PM

    Thanks for the accountability - you have made me rethink my goals as well.

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MLH148 12/31/2013 12:09PM

    Thanks! I have been where you are and am so happy Spark is always willing to take us back and get us back on track. Have a great 2014 (love the background, btw).
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PIXIE-LICIOUS 12/31/2013 7:06AM

    Being honest with yourself is a big step in the right direction. Now you can start moving in the right direction. Have a healthy 2014!

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SHAKENMA 12/30/2013 10:09PM

    You can do it! emoticon

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RUFFIT 12/30/2013 9:11PM

    Awesome blog. If you want to join BL Challenge let me know. It helps me with being accountable and active. Don't forget to drink water. That is also key for me. We can do this.. huge hugs Moni. emoticon emoticon

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To quit or not to quit...that is the question

Friday, September 13, 2013

Definitely need a warning emoticon at the beginning like a disclaimer...I haven't blogged since July and I have been composing this blog in my head for emoticon now if you don't want to read a long one! emoticon

I am a mess! Literally a HOT emoticon mess as I sit here having a hot flash while I type! But I am also a mess on my healthy journey. I am not just off track. I am down in the ditch, rolling around in the mud, and feeling pretty nasty and stuck. I have had a lot of moments in the last while that I feel like I should just quit totally. Leave Spark People. Give up the fight. Accept that I am an obese women. Stop feeling defeated and guilty.

To figure out how I got here, I have spent a lot of time recently playing a rewind in my head. I won't go all the way back to when I was a baby. Can I get an amen? emoticon Even though I was an 11 pounder! But weight has been a struggle for me my whole life. Nothing would ever work for long. I wasn't willing to make permanent changes.

It all changed for me in 2010 when I had a hysterectomy. Suddenly I felt better. I had energy. I wanted to move! And the increased activity got things moving in the right direction. The pounds started coming off that summer. As they did I started making healthy food choices too. I found Sparkpeople in July of that summer. I continued to make healthy choices and lost 40 pounds before I went back to school in August. My heaviest was 261 in April 2010. By August I was in the 221 range. I kept doing fairly well considering how stressful back to school time is. Somewhere along the line I got down to 204 and was excited beyond belief because I don't even know when I was last that close to Onederland. It was the lowest weight I have been in my 20+ year marriage.

So...what happened? Somewhere along the way I stopped being as active. I stopped being as faithful in my food "rules". Heck...I think I threw the rules out the window. I inched my way back up to the 220ish range and have been stuck there for over a year now. emoticon I will get serious and lose a couple but then they seem to come right back. The devil tells me I am doomed to be a 220+ woman forever. My changing hormones and body caused by menopause definitely don't help. Am I fighting a losing battle?

I have had different bursts of starting over but I just can't seem to get that motivation back to go the distance. emoticon Last week I decided to walk. I doubled my time of walking to 2 miles. Which doesn't sound like much compared to when I first got on SP and was burning some serious fitness minutes. But 2 miles was a lot compared to nothing! So last week I walked every stinking day! Even if I didn't want to. On those days I walked a minimum of 1 mile, but more days were 2. So I thought on Saturday when I weighed in for my 5% challenge team I would have at least gone down a pound. Nope! I went up! GRRRRR! emoticon And so basically this week I have felt like just throwing in the towel and quit this madness!

I am definitely done with 5% challenges as I have participated in several and have never lost the 5%. I am 43 years old. I have been overweight, obese most of those 43 years. I was super active, making healthy choices 1-2 years of that life. But right now it feels like the other 40 years are winning. How do I break habits of a lifetime? And how the heck do I know what diet is best for me anyway? Do I need to give up dairy? Wheat? Carbs? Sugar? Do I need to be on a special menopause diet? I know! I know! I know! It isn't suppose to be a diet. It is suppose to be a lifestyle. Well, most of my lifestyle hasn't been healthy. So...I feel lost, confused, lonely, hopeless... emoticon

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DEDE824 11/29/2013 10:46PM

    HI! Thanks for the Thanksgiving greeting. Hope you had a great day. Just read this blog today and want to encourage you to stay the course. I liked what Marybeth had to say about being healthier even if the scale doesn't go down the way you'd like. The sleep, exercise, water, and healthy foods will make you healthier no matter what the scale says. That is our #1 goal. God values each one of us for who we are in Him, not for the way we look on the outside. Remember Whose you are and relax in Him. That is much better than a lower scale reading!! emoticon

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JEWELS231981 11/24/2013 8:21AM

    We all get to points were we fall down and it seems like we can't get back on track and out of the maze. I have been dealing with this for several months.. Well ever since my grandma passed away. I finally got back on track, but I think sometimes we fall off the path- but with support and family we find our way back. I hope you are doing well and pushing through the maze. Sending you hugs! emoticon emoticon

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TEACHEROF4TH 11/3/2013 11:48AM

    Glad to see you're definitely staying in the game! Never give up!


Today will be a successful day!



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STARDUST_1970 11/3/2013 10:02AM

    Hi, i fell onto your blog because of a new challenge today and felt the need to say something. We all have our own little challenges that drive us crazy. We have the strength to work through them. You can do this.
You said you were working out like a champ a while ago and doing good. Maybe your body needs to get back to that fitness level before you can see any results. Sometimes our bodies get used to a certain regimen and doing less brings less results. Maybe watch your salt intake.
Anyway, i just wanted to wish you the best and give you hope to never give up. We here at sp have a need to help each other through the struggles. Don't give up on yourself.
you can do it. i promise

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CRYSALLIS1 10/28/2013 9:07PM

    All your past accomplishments and defeats were practice to get it right. I don't think it's in you to quit something that deep inside you know that you are capable of. I'm familiar with the guilt & even embarrassment of talking the talk but somehow not walking the walk. Each day is a new day. Hugs.

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SPARKFRAN514 9/28/2013 9:29PM

    I hope you don't give up I would miss you and your colorful page. there are so many quotes that are floating around telling us
its a journey not a one day hike
its not a contest its learning how to eat healthy and do mini work outs if we can't do long ones
I was getting discouraged that the scales was stuck or going up and down .
Decided to work on NSV getting my water in each day getting my fruit and veggies one meal at a time.
I agree that challenges can be stress to lose so much weight in x amount of days to much like a contest. I do the four season challenge where we just complete with our selves and see how we improve over the weeks and them the month. its fun seeing the improvement and not stressing to see if a can beat a team mate. I am challenging my self to see if i can get my salt in take under 1500mg. we each work on a personal goal. hang in with us on the spark trail emoticon as a team helping each other and soon we are heading across the finish line. emoticon instead of working on hug goals and several things at once pick one and then move on. the answer is not to quit that is the answer .

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BUTTERFLY-1976 9/16/2013 2:41PM

    Don't give up...Keep Pushing & work throu this tough time. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARYBETH4884 9/15/2013 8:44PM

    The whole purpose of this site is to lead a healthy lifestyle. If you eat healthy non processed foods and don't lose weight you will still be healthier. If you walk daily even slowly for 10 minutes you are healthier than sitting for those minutes. Little changes over time really do make a big difference. No one eats perfectly or exercises everyday like there is no tomorrow. We all have bad days, weeks or months. The point is to come back here day after day to track our progress good and bad. To get a virtual hug, pat on the back or that bit of motivation to skip the donut at breakfast or push for 15 minutes of exercise tomorrow. Hormones, our internal systems, and natural abilities sometimes fight our efforts, but we need to strive, we will live healthier and actually happier because we made the effort and we support each other in that effort! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANGELN325 9/15/2013 12:56PM

    I know how you feel. Both 5% challenges I've done hasn't helped me lose 5%, but I still love them because it has helped me get out there and exercise. Sometimes we get so caught up in the end results the goal that we forget about the journey. It's almost like we have this perception that what we are doing is a temporary thing when it really is a lifetime thing. To me, weight loss is no longer the goal. I don't do the 5% challenges to lose weight anymore. I do it to learn and add to my knowledge. I'm learning what my triggers are. The no junk food challenge coincided with my TOM so I was binging all that week. It was like an extreme trigger. I had to eat all the junk food out of fear I would never have any again. I didn't understand it was TOM until yesterday when it came. Ahhhh...that's where the tape worm came from! I learned that this is one challenge that I will have to approach differently. For me, I have to tell myself I can have the junk food to not eat it most days except for TOM. One of these days I will figure it out and that won't be such a bit issue anymore, but until then, I have a mental note about it and I will work through it like I do everything else. I hope you don't give up. I hope you tell yourself a different message. I hope you tell yourself that it doesn't matter what the scale says. It matters what you are doing. Walking is good for your lungs. It helps build bone density. You aren't doing this for a look. You are doing this for your health. Hope that helps. emoticon emoticon

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NADINEL 9/14/2013 9:53PM

    Do NOT give up. Sometimes one of your blogs makes a huge difference for my day or week.
Slow down and just change one thing a week. Just one. Then add one more thing the next week (or month) until you are happy with your choices.
I understand not joining challenges. I seem to paddle backward as soon as I join one (instead of moving forward).
I usually lose during the summer. But not this past summer. I decided I am going to try to get healthy not slim. Yeah, I need slimmer to get healthy. I am 5 feet 1 & 1/4 inches and weighed in at 234. 3 this morning. That's with a 2 pound loss in the last week. That's just too heavy for me. It is taxing my heart. I feel old and awful most of the time. So I am challenging only me. I will move 10 minutes a day 5 or 6 days of the week. Increase my fruits and veggie intake AGAIN to 5 per day. I will aim for my calorie range, but I am not going to stress about my salt and carb intake for now. ONE step at a time.
PLEASE do not leave us. I would really miss you.
Take a deep breath and tell yourself you are an amazing woman who loves the Lord and is making a difference in this world!! That's the truth! God does not make any mistakes. You are a beautiful, loving woman. Many emoticon

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SPEEDY143 9/14/2013 9:21PM

    Never Quit sweet girl... YOU are worth every effort emoticon This moment of doubt will pass and you will never regret Sparking On emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 9/14/2013 1:47PM

    My health issues have put a complete halt to many of the Spark ideals. I have no control over what I can eat. I stay in starvation mode and am stuck at a certain weight no matter what I do. I am limited on my activity possibilities. I decided that my goal was to be as healthy as I can as long as I can. I value the friendships I have here and the support and encouragement of Spark Friends. That is why I stay. emoticon There is just is no support like Spark support for me. I hope that you can find what YOU need. I would love for you to stay but the decision is yours. emoticon and emoticon my friend!

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CMFARRELL36 9/14/2013 8:53AM

    I know exactly how you feel!
I started putting on weight shortly before I got married. We celebrated or 35 Anniversary earlier this year.
And I'll celebrate my 60th birthday this coming Friday.

I topped out at 262lbs, a few years ago, a while after findings SP. then I found the 5% Challenges. This is now my 9th or 10th and, for the first time, it looks like I'll achieve my goal.
Along the way, I have learned a lot about myself, a lot of it from the weekly Living The Good Life challenges. Having said that, in the first several Challenges, I hardly bothered with the weekly challenges, apart from reading about them. I did the ones I knew I could do - sleeping, drinking water (though it started as a continuation of a challenge on another team). Now I accept the challenge each week, and try my best.

Hot flushes are no joke, either. Even just feeling warm could bring them on for me.
I have since discovered that weight loss is more difficult during the menopause - it is more likely to be weight gain. But eating healthy and drinking water certainly help, as does whatever exercise you can manage to get in.
Energy starts coming back as the hot flushes and other symptoms and changes start to recede, though.

So, no. Don't quit. You may feel you're rolling in a muddy ditch, but at least you're alive and kicking. And just remember - all that kicking can count as cardio, so remember to time it!

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MARIANNMC 9/14/2013 12:38AM

    I just want to say God bless you and know that I am praying for you that you can treat yourself with kindness and compassion and generosity.

I encourage you to do things that are life-giving -- like eating healthy foods and drinking water and moving.

Don't let the scale condemn you and don't you condemn you.

Don't give up.

Maybe the 5% Challenges don't help you, but I know they help me. I won't make my 5% this time and I didn't make my 5% last time. But I DO weigh less and I AM healthier than I was before I started SparkPeople. With each challenge I learn something -- about myself and about how to take care of myself. I get a little stronger, mentally and a little smarter about nutrition and fitness.

It really is a longggg haul. It's for the rest of my life. But that's OK.

I know that if I give up, I won't just not-lose. I will gain. And gain. And gain. I will get more and more sick. My world will get smaller and smaller. And so, I keep at it. I'm far from perfect. I'm still scared about failing. But I am grateful to SparkPeople and to people like you who so honestly share the struggle.

God bless you.

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FLEMIDG 9/13/2013 11:51PM

    Please don't give up on yourself. You are worth the effort of getting yourself back on track. Take one step at a time if you have to. Make sure you drink your water each day. Weigh and measure food portions. Make sure you get some form of exercise each day. Add more fruits and vegetables. Start with one thing and gradually add the other things. You can do this. We're all cheering for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    HI Hon !! I do EASILY remember you. And I LIKE YOU !!

With the 5% it's WAY MORE than "losing the weight". It's about making TINY Changes little by little. NONE of us are perfect and many of us do NOT make the 5% chal range. However, over the challenges,,,and for some of us,,it's BEEN MANY challs we've been in,,,,, we at some point, when not losing, get to where it is ur at. I HAD !! Like you, I had gone DOWN ,,,though mine was 174,,,than I went BACK UP To 222. I needed to ask "Am I though a leader,,, WASTING MY time? ENErGY In belonging to this team? Or should I RETHINK things and start to REALLY DO the challenges they put up? Esp the water and freggies,,, those 2 are my WORSE !!

So the chal before this one,,,,I FINALLY took the water chal SERIOUs,,, I DId NOT WANT TO, but I ALSO did NOT want to keep gaining. I DID NOT LIKE WATER,,,felt as if ,,,,and this will make NO SENsE,,, as if it were gagging me. Who WANTS THAT?????? NO ONE !!! BUT !! I kept on reading the entire challenge which we as CL's post,,,on WHY we needed the water,, the benefits,,,and the drawbacks if we do NOT drink thenm. It had a link in that chal post,,,on soda vs's water,, even if diet soda,, which mine was,,,and I LOVED IT !! TO THE MAX !!! I had Already given UP Pepsi, and was now drinking dt sierra mist. I figured that was FINE. but !! UPON that reading material,,,I SAW I NEEDED to make changes. Hon,, ever since I was also at birth,,, I FLATLY REFUSED to eat good food... emanding mostly JUNK Food,,,,and so that is how I had lived most of my 54 yrs. I am oldah than you. :P

So my choice,,,,, drink water and get healthier,,,or NOT ! I decided to DRINK IT !!! I DID NOT LIKE IT,,,, for about 4 weeks,, than I realized one day,,,i was actually ON PURPOSE reaching for it. Now ,,,it's been close to 3 months,,, I NO LONGER Drink Soda ! WOOHOOOOO !! that's something I NEVER THOUGHT would Happen. Do you remember how much I do NOT LIKE FREGGIES??? I am now slowly working on this also,,, its mostly "My Mind over my taste buds,,,and do I WANT to LOOK LIKE THIS ALL of my LIFE?" That answer is a FLAT NO !!! I have 2 SPARK buddies,, who are both succeeding,, this is a GREAT encouragement to ME !! I WAN T to ALSO wear smaller pants,,, when WILL THIS HAPPEN?? I HAVE NO CLUE !!! and that IS DISCOURAGING hon, for strangely ENOUGH ,,,I DID make the 5%. It's been a SLOW WORK in progress.

Can you ALSO DO THIS??? It's a MIND Game,,, not cos we've both have eaten HORRIBLY in my case,, til SPARKS I NEVER HAD ANY FREGGIES !! It was about ALL JUNK FOOD,,, DAILY and A LOT !!! so I am in the same boat as you on that ! do you need a 5% er partner? Would not you LOVE to join us? I aM WILLING !! Just start to write to me daily on my page,,,, I DO look at it and RESPOND to all who post on it,,,,, and I WILL YOU ALso of course !!

It's UP TO US !!! if you have any children,,, you set them the example,,,if you have any nieces/nephews they ALSO look at you as an example,,, even with the "FEAR" of "NOT Wanting to look like Auntie,,,,, " but as we lose,,,it's STRANGE and WRONG to me,,,, but suddenly I am STARTING to GAIN THEIR Respect. do not you also wish this,,,,if your WILLING TO GO FOR IT,, we are HERE FOR YOU ALL THE WAY !!!

Ur VERY FORTUNATE over me,,,in that you CAN WALK !! I use a power chair for the most part. Today around the house,,, cos I am just FINALLY recovered from my 16th surg on feet,,,, I decided to sweep the floors. ONLY took SEVEN mins,, but tonight I am in bed,, feet on ICE , knees ALSO (back of) and lower back ALSO. The pain is UNREAL !! I am on morphine,,,and this is NOT touching the pain it's that bad from such a SIMPLE THING ! I DO find exercises I do laying down,,, tightening my stomach ,,, weights while laying down,,, and when I CAN sit up (won't be tomorrow !),,,, I do some small chair exercises for a limited amount of time. Ur not in this condition. do U WISH to be??? IT CAN EASILY HAPPEN with the older you become hon. That's just being REALISTIC.

I had a stroke last yr,,,, ,, when ur heavier,,, it DOES happen. do you wish this? It was AWEFUL trying to get my speech back,,,,, I did NOT get my lf arm back all the way,,, can only lift it about elbow level,,,and when tired,,which I dO EASILY,, my leg/foot drags on lt side. This can be ur reality if you DO NOT FIGHT For health.

Its up to you, but from the responses,,, U can see UR LOVED,,, so PLZ FIGHT and REJOIN the challenge,,,even again PICK THE DAWGGIES, so we can WORK DAY TO DAY !!! HUGS !! Diane

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PURPLESPEDCOW 9/13/2013 10:30PM

    okay my friend. I am in the same place you are but I decided that it is a life style change here. That means taking small steps to silence that voice that says it is yet another failure. I put away the scale for this month and focused on one thing only. I am doing well with that one thing. Next month I will add another thing to do. I read some of the success stories and I get discouraged because they were able to lose the weight on their schedule. Something clicked for them. I never got anything to click. So I am going to keep going, keep moving, and keep trying. As long as I am trying I am not failing. I ask you to keep trying with me. You started walking again, so that is your starting point. That is your goal this month. Next month we will add another step. We can do this and we will on our schedule, not someone else's. Stop trying what worked for others and focus on you! Plan a balanced three meals each day. Get ready of all your goals. Start fresh with one goal to walk every day. That is your assignment this month. I am walking along with you. emoticon

PS go read what you wrote on my blog in August about walking the walk. emoticon

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KIRSTENLYNN62 9/13/2013 10:25PM

    Don't give up! emoticon

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SNOOPYBABYMOM 9/13/2013 10:19PM

  I have been overweight for the past 10 years and, like you, I've tried many different ways to lose the weight and it seems like it sticks for just a little while and then I'm right back to where I started before long. I discovered SP a couple years ago and I did it for a while, but then I even stopped doing that.

About a month ago, I decided I was done being overweight and out of shape. I got up, put on my running shoes and hit the street. Those first "runs" (mostly walking with some jogging thrown in!) were not fun. Every day got a little easier. Every day I went a little farther and it was a little easier. I joined a gym and started working on the treadmills and going to classes I was interested in.

I started watching my portion sizes and really concentrated on eating fresh fruits and veggies and cutting out processed foods. I stopped drinking soda for the most part and I swapped low fat items for their higher fat counterparts. I still treat myself but I look for things that I really really want and I savor those little treats.

After a month, I took my 1 mile run from almost 20 minutes down to just over 12 and I've dropped 10 pounds. If I can do it, I have faith that you can too. You're already part of the way there because you're on here. Your goals are within your grasp and I believe that you can achieve them. Take every day one step at a time. We didn't put on the weight in a day so we're not going to get it off in one. Keep your head up and keep going. emoticon

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MARMAERT 9/13/2013 10:09PM

    you did well for a while because you wanted to. you wanted to change your body, your weight, and your health. stop thinking of this as a diet - this is a life change! It takes 2-3 years to make your brain adjust to eating/exercising. like an addict, your brain will fight for the "junk" it's been getting, because your brain chemistry changed to accomodate the bad foods. please don't give up! please remember it all takes time and try to be patient with yourself. Your walking was a good start, but you don't have to do that long of a walk. Try smaller walks, maybe 1-2 a day around the block. Try a seated yoga video on SP and take your time. you didn't put all this weight on at one time - it will take time to lose it. emoticon

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ROBBIEY 9/13/2013 9:53PM

  You're not hopeless. Pick yourself up, dust your self off and start all over again. It does not matter how many times you have failed, but how many times you have tried. emoticon

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July 12 Day 12

Friday, July 12, 2013

Today is one of those grumpy, grouchy, frumpy days that I really don't want to blog about. But for that reason I probably need to.

Woke up kind of grumpy as I didn't sleep well last night and hubby was kind of short with me. My emotions definitely had an impact on my choices today.

Breakfast: Frosted Cinnamon Toast Crunch with milk
Lunch: Banana with a spoon of Nutella
Dinner: Gobbled down 2 burritos because I was angry (washer broke in the middle of a load AND no groceries that I wanted in the house AND hubby didn't offer to just pick up dinner)
Dessert: 4 Oreos with all of my grumpiness and grouchiness I definitely didn't want to exercise. But a fitness streak is on the line here. My goal is to do a minimum of 10 minutes of movement on those days when I don't want to move. So I decided to take the easy way out and do 10 minutes of Wii Fit Plus Yoga. Well, my Wii wouldn't work! Grrrr! Luckily my 16 year old son had more wisdom than I at that moment and he informed me I knew the yoga moves well enough to do them and he would time me for 10 minutes.

Self reflection and accountability: Emotions definitely play a role in my choices. I have got to do a better job of keeping healthy choices on hand. I did at least start my closet project today.

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TEACHEROF4TH 8/10/2013 2:12PM

    Congrats! You made it through a tough day, AND you enjoyed time with a cool, understanding son, AND you kept your fitness streak going! Woohoo! Today is a new day, enjoy each moment!


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NPA4LOSS 7/12/2013 10:46PM

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July 10 & July 11...Days 10 & 11

Thursday, July 11, 2013

It is amazing how easy it is to slip up when you are in the baby step stage of making new habits to replace the old. Yesterday was a busy day and I didn't blog. I thought no problem I could catch up today. Earlier tonight I got on SP to put my exercise minutes in and didn't feel like I had time to blog and caught myself thinking oh I'll do it tomorrow. So now it is almost tomorrow (11:37 pm) emoticon and I am back to blog. I really feel like this daily blog is a new habit that is good for me to put it all out there and hold myself accountable. It's hard to hide stuff when it's posted on the Net!

Yesterday was a fun day in which I got to visit with a dear friend that I haven't seen in a long time. We met for lunch. I was very careful to not go wild with the chips and salsa that was on the table. I did not order the salad I should have though. Unfortunately poor choices continued to tempt me as the day turned into night because her son spent the night with my kids which ended up with all of the kids wanting pizza. emoticon I did go walk on the treadmill while my hubby went to get the pizza.

Today I was determined to make better choices.
Breakfast: dry chex cereal, coffee
Lunch: 1/2 of a piece of cheese pizza
Dinner: banana, almonds, protein bar, frozen yogurt

Got on the treadmill this evening

Self reflection and accountability: Ok so I didn't make the best of choices yesterday...but I didn't totally blow it either! So...lesson learned is to not throw in the towel just because of a couple of poor choices! Today's food choices weren't the best, but this is an area I need to continue to work on. I am trying! I am proud of the fact that today is day 11 of making sure I move for a minimum of 10 minutes to keep my movement streak going. Most days I am doing about double that. I know I can continue to increase that time too. But my goal right now is consistency and habits!

I can do this! I will do this! I must do this! Let's do it together friends!

Hugs and blessings, Leisa emoticon

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GYPSYROVER 7/11/2013 11:58PM

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