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Motivation Collage

Monday, July 22, 2013

I'm hanging by a thread, guys, but I will not quit! This motivation collage was fun, I hope I find it motivating this week! I chose to use old pictures of myself that I love, some that I wish I could change, and the pictures of people who were important to me, along with some quotes I find inspiring that brighten my day!

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/23/2013 1:35PM

    I hope you find it motivating too, I did!

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FATASHNOMORE 7/22/2013 1:37AM

    This is the bomb diggity! emoticon

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USHA_V 7/22/2013 1:35AM

    That's a nice collage. Perhaps get it pinned somewhere near and let the visuals of your love ones motivate you emoticon

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VLADNDEE 7/22/2013 1:34AM


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STEVEN2GO2 7/22/2013 1:31AM

    emoticon emoticon

Now when you focus on your collage you should be in a great motivated mood to do what you want to do to reach your goal(s)!

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Accountability Report

Thursday, July 11, 2013

This accountability report challenge could not have come at a better time. I have fallen almost completely off the bandwagon and only have a finger left grasping onto the edge. The only thing that is saving me right now is my workouts, but even they aren't as good as they were a few weeks ago. I'll blame it on a week out of town and the stress that has packed my life in the past week.

Just an update, since Monday I have accepted two new jobs (one for the summer, and one for the next school year), and agreed to relocate to an unfamiliar town about 6 hours away in about a month. I'm super excited, but the change is wreaking emotional havoc on the good choices I was making at the beginning of the summer!

I've only lost about 4 pounds, so I'm way off schedule. We're halfway through the challenge, and I wanted to lose at least 10 overall. I hope I haven't fallen too far behind.

My water intake has been down, and I can feel it. I think that's part of the reason my workouts have been wimpy. I'm waking up dehydrated, which is affecting my performance at the gym.

My personal challenge has been going terribly. I've challenged myself not to eat in front of a screen (TV, Computer, Phone, etc.) through the challenge, because I know that causes me to overeat. However, I've been eating in front of a screen at every meal that I'm not eating with other people.

Through all of this, though, I'm still better off than where I was. And I am determined not to go back there. This is a turning point, and I am choosing to turn back to where I was 3 weeks ago, rather than back to where I was 2 months ago. I'm not giving up this time.

Here's what's going to happen-it's time to set some new mini-goals:

-At least 5 servings of fruit or veggies per day. When I'm eating produce, I don't have the time or desire to eat crap.

-At least 10 glasses of water per day. These 10 glasses need to be in before I drink any other kind of beverage. I was feeling SO much better when I was drinking plenty of water.

-At least 30 minutes of cardio during gym time. No more "I'll just do 20 minutes today, so I can get out of here and on with my life." 20 minutes leads to 15 minutes, which leads to 10 minutes, which isn't enough. I have got to keep the workouts up to keep feeling good.

I'm taking a step back and starting again. Who's with me?!

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NUTKINNB 7/14/2013 10:52PM

    I think you're doing great in terms of weightloss! I think it's totally doable for you to still lose the whole 10lbs before the end of the challenge. It'll be tough though.

I'm so happy to see you staying positive with this and recommiting. It's so easy to fall off the wagon and harder to recommit, but you're doing it; right on!

Wow! I can't believe all the intense changes happening in your life right now. It really makes sticking with this and refocusing even more impressive & I'm proud of you!

Good luck with the mini-goals! I can't want to hear hope you're owning them!

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PHILLY_DANIELLE 7/11/2013 1:51PM

    Way to refocus yourself!

This is a long journey that we are on. We must take it one day, one step, one choice at a time!

Way to get yourself back on track.

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ARRREAGLES 7/11/2013 6:48AM

    for the screen time, you could try grabbing a good book and reading that at the table while you eat your meals. I recently re-picked up Walden, and am very much enjoying the way eating forces you to slow down your reading pace, and I'm getting a lot out of the book. You don't have to substitute for all the times you're in front of a screen either -- maybe just one or two. Start small!

Good luck, and keep up the starting up. Remember, we only have to quit quitting one more time than we quit to be on the right track :)

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Cheesy Chicken Pitas

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

I invented one of my FAVORITE new recipes yesterday (and all by myself, too!). It is super easy and quick, so it's been my new go-to post-workout lunch! Check it out!


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NUTKINNB 7/6/2013 9:53AM

    That looks delicious & super easy!! :)

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BETHSWORLD 7/2/2013 8:48PM

    OH My....YUMMO!!

You go girl!

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SUMMER2203 7/2/2013 8:15PM

    yummmmmmmmmmm doing this!!!!!!!!!!

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Monday and Tuesday Check-In

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Oh boy...this weekend REALLY threw me off. I was prepared to do my best to make it a somewhat healthy weekend, but I also considered the reality that I might have some tough choices to make. Yesterday and today were rough, because my schedule is all out-of-whack, but since part of our Summer Challenge this week is posting what we ate...here it goes.

Monday 6/24

Breakfast-Peanut Butter Energy Bite
Lunch-Southwestern Pita Pocket (though, I only ate half of it because it didn't taste right)
Dinner-Omelet with Spinach and Artichoke Hearts
Snack-Chips and Salsa (I made salsa for the weekend and it ended up coming back home with me. Now I don't remember why I keep it around the house...)

Tuesday 6/25

Breakfast-Peanut Butter Energy Bite

Then...I sort of snacked on chips and salsa periodically throughout the day...Bad bad bad

Dinner: Tacos on multigrain tortillas with Spanish rice

Snack: Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwich

So yeah, as you can see...not very organized and not the best choices. BUT I have been keeping up with my workouts and they feel great! So in order to not repeat my same crappy day tomorrow, I am going to go plan out my meals so that I'm ready to make better decisions when it comes to my nutrition!

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Summer Challenge Goals

Thursday, June 20, 2013

I've taken some time to figure out what my goals are for this summer challenge, and I think I've gotten them all set:

1. Lose at least 10 pounds.

Truthfully, I was hoping to lose more, but lately it has been a REALLY slow process. I can, however, notice my body changing, and I know that the slower it comes off, the easier it will be to keep off.

2. Visit the gym and complete my sister's workout at least 4 days per week.

Since my sister (a college softball player) is home for the summer, she has gotten this wild idea to make me her new project. Basically, I get a personal trainer for free! While some of the stuff she puts me through makes me want to throw her in the lake, I am thankful for the help, because when it comes to weight training, I have no idea what I am doing. I'd like to accomplish this goal, and continue on with it even after she leaves to go back at the end of summer.

3. Make my new eating habits a lifestyle.

I'm tired of referring to this as a "diet." It's not a phase, and it's not a set "plan." Making good choices about my eating is a habit that I want to create and have for the rest of my life.

I have a lot of little mini-goals (drinking more water, tracking my food, etc.), but those are the three biggies for the challenge!

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BEBARB149 6/21/2013 1:19PM

    Sounds like a good plan for the summer. I hope you've planned some less serious things too. Good luck.

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