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What do you do to keep motivated when the scale goes up

Friday, August 29, 2014

Hey Peeps,

I recently paid $1100 to start a new exercise/diet program called Precision Nutrition based out of Canada. It is an online program that tries to help keep you motivated with daily workouts and healthy habits everyday. I have been looking at it for probably two years thinking boy that's a lot of money and you can not get a refund unless you stick with it for a year. (which stinks since I return everything if it does not work.)

But this year has been such a struggle on so many levels (personal, professional and body wise) that when they opened up for a new session, I decided to try it and stick with it for a yr. THE Biggest commitment I have ever made to a diet program.

But let me give you some background of how I was doing 2 weeks before I started the program. (around the first week of July) I some how lost 3 pounds without trying and got down to 199. I was so so excited and it got me jazzed about seeing more results and finally getting back to my happier weight of 190-180. So I bit the bullet and decided to pay the $1100 to give the push and tools I need to see more consistent results.

But since starting this program where I have to take bathing suit pictures (Yuck!) once a month and measurements every week (Even worse and way too frequent in my opinion) and daily habits and work outs I need to check off online (not bad) and online articles and goals I need to read every day (tiresome but doable). Yes, it is a lot of work but I don't feel any more motivated to change my lifestyle. The worse part of the program is having to see myself in my two piece bathing suit from the front, side and back angle every time I go to my home page.

So after all those hoops to go through, my weight has still not gone down. It has actually skyrocketed due to a really weird long period this month. I never lost my period weight and I have actually gained 5 pounds since starting the program. Today I am back up to 208 almost 10 pounds heavier in 2 months. Which is really self defeating.

But I don't blame the program, I blame myself for eating so terribly and pretty much going off the rails (food wise) before, during and now after the Period. But this weekend (labor day) where I again have to take my second picture and my fourth turn at measurements, I am going to really work on getting on track.

I am not sure what will turn things around but I need to figure it out and figure it out before I gain anymore weight. It is the end of the Summer and I want to finish off the year at a much happier place than I started. The only fun and saving grace to this story is that once I got down to 199, I started swimming at the Stanford Pool in my two piece. And now go two to three times a week for enjoyment, exercise and a lovely tan. So as long as it fits, I am still pretty happy with my body.

Wish me luck and let me know what you are doing right now to keep you on track.


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

GLAMNGLOWDIVA 8/30/2014 2:42PM

    MJ, you can do this. Take each day as it comes.

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LWILKINS60 8/29/2014 1:50PM

    I think the $1100 would be motivation enough for me to stay on the plan! We all have to do what we need to do, and we are all different. Good luck!

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Summer plans and Summer goals

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hey Peeps,

So it is officially Summer and it is going by quickly. I just got back from Hawaii and am surprisingly happy with my body for once. Ironically seeing all the women in Maui wearing two pieces (that prob. shouldn't ) made me realize I am not looking so bad in comparison. Also I am finally back into some of my tighter items including my bathing suit (a two piece, I might add).

I am still hovering above 200 but a very solid and muscular 200. I was am hoping to dip to the 100's by the end of June but got sidelined by my period and now am at 204. (the week after) So I better get there by the end of July. But as long as I keep seeing some sort of progress I will be happy. I want to renew my passport and have been waiting for my face to thin out before getting the picture. (I know very silly) But those things haunt you for 10 years!

I don't have any other big vacation plans as of now due to lack of company but am hoping I can do some weekend trips somewhere near by. This year has been a crazy roller coaster of depression and sickness that I am finally feeling better both mentally and physically that I want to celebrate with some splurges of vacations.

Let me know what your plans are this Summer.



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ZEN_WOMAN 8/19/2014 5:35PM

    OMG.... It is already Aug. I just started a new program and am in a month in. But actually have gained weight which sucks but it is a yr. long program so it should get better.

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ZEN_WOMAN 7/11/2014 5:42PM

    Yeah me! I finally weighed in at 199 and am planning another trip to Maui at the end of Sept. That means I have 2.5 months to lose 10 pounds, totally doable.

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GARDENQE2 7/1/2014 12:06PM

    Hee! Hee!
I love your reference to people wearing two pieces who probably shouldn't. I have no room to criticize anyone, but it DOES make me feel good to be in the slimmer half of a group!!
Best wishes on your journey to fitness!

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The most amazing video of Harry Shum (dancer)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014


Love, Love,Love this video. So inspirational.


It is getting to be a lot like Springtime.....

Monday, April 07, 2014

Hey Peeps,

What have you been doing to welcome in the Spring? I finally cleaned my small back yard and bought a bunch of mulch and scattered it all around to cover up my horrible clay dirt. I originally was hoping to grow some flowers but my area gets very little sun due to large trees and facing the wrong side for direct sun.

But have bought two big Hydrangas in pots and even am trying my hand at an herb pot. It actually looks really cute but it is a lot of work to remember to water them correctly.

I also got my hair colored this weekend (my roots) and made a goal with my hairdresser to lose 8 pounds by my Hawaii vacation in Mid-May. I am currently 208 and really want to be under 200 if I am going to have to slip on a bathing suit. Plus if I can lose that much weight then I can fit into my old bathing suit rather than having to buy a new one.

I rejoined the Bally's gym a week ago and have been really good about getting into the gym and working out hard by doing my Tabata workouts.

I love Tabata HIIT workouts. This is a short workout that you do intervals of 20 seconds of high intensity and then rest for 10 seconds. The total is 8 rounds of circuits and only last 3 minutes. I generally try to do at least 10 sets of Tabatas and make up different types of exercises to rotate during the session. If you haven't tried it, I would highly recommend googling the term Tabata to learn more about it.



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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 4/7/2014 10:40PM

    Sounds like you're doing great things now that Spring is here. We're finally getting some great weather here and I'm hoping to get out and cleanup the yard this weekend.

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LIS193 4/7/2014 4:54PM

    I have joined a gym and colored my hair too!

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USMAWIFE 4/7/2014 3:02PM

    have not done anything to welcome in spring other than some cleaning.. I really need to color my roots.. they are bad

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PROPMAN1 4/7/2014 2:04PM

  Still a little too chilly for me to get out and plant anything (also the ground is still rock hard). Spring is coming (i think) but not fast enough. My daffodils have buds, crocuses are blooming, and the grass is trying to turn green.
Good Luck with your weight loss. I hope you take off all you want to and that you have a great time on your vacation! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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40 Days of Lenten (What I am doing this season)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Hi Peeps,

Wanted to check in and let you all know I am doing better. I was incredibly sick from January thru the end of February and still have a lingering cough and congestion. But am sort of well enough to go back to work. I was out of work for 7 weeks and have been put on half days while I am still recovering. It was tough being home for so long with nothing to do but watch TV and think of ways to keep me busy. I ended up doing a 21 day juice cleanse and then transitioning to a more whole food regimen. I made homemade chicken soup about 3-4 times while I was out and tried to eat really simply while I recovered. I also went to the grocery store 3 times a week to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables and to get out of the house for an hour a day.

Now that I am back to work, my eating habits have slipped back into one of convenience and I have been eating more and more breads and other goodies that taste oh so good. So rather than give up all these things for Lent I decided to reduce them down and focus more on what I was doing during my "sickcation" get back to a more whole foods pallet.

What I also decided to do was ADD something back into my life during this 40 days which is Prayer, meditation and spiritual readings. I consider myself a spiritual person and go to church semi regularly but have been feeling very disconnected to God over the past few seasons. So instead of fasting or giving up crazy things for Lent, I wanted to reconnect to God in a more meaningful way than ever before.

So far I have been really happy with the effort I have been making. I was reading a Lenten meditation small book from the Episcopal church for the past week (but it was boring) and I have been reading a book called living the God life that I really like. I also started reading a book called Safe People which is about how discern safe people from unsafe people in your life. It is very eye opening. These are all pretty easy reads and will be finished before the end of Lent so I plan to add in more books as the season progresses.

I also want to work on doing a daily meditation or short yoga session to help unwind and quite my mind. I have a great yoga series I discovered called Nameste Yoga and have bought a cd for this purpose.

Let me know what you guys are up to and if you are doing anything new in your life you would like to share.



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FLORIDASUN 3/30/2014 6:21PM

    Wow...that was a long sickness...and I'm so sorry that you had to endure it! Glad you are back on track and feeling better. Hugs! emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/12/2014 1:35AM

    MJ, I'm so glad that you are feeling better. That was quite a long while that your illness stuck around. This year for Lent I'm giving up pop, but I'm also adding in my gratitude journal. I', doing it daily.

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LIS193 3/11/2014 4:57PM

    So glad you are feeling better and are back to work!!
I'm still eating according to The Plan and getting close to my summer low again.

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