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Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of refocusing.  In that process, I have used some inspirational quotes to help me through.  I’ve listed some of my favorites below.
Do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.” – Thomas Huxley

This quote has really helped me the past two weeks as I have gone from only walking once or maybe twice a week to walking every day and pushing myself.  I’ve been so glad that I’ve done it after the fact.  At night when I don’t feel like walking because it’s been such a long day, I think about this quote and know that it’s what I should do so I go ahead and press on.  Last week, I walked 52,400 steps which is approximately a full marathon.  I was so proud of myself.


“The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” -Randy Pausch

This quote is now a favorite of mine because for so long I’ve said I wanted to lose weight, but haven’t gotten there yet.  It’s a brick wall I’m standing behind and I have to think about the fact that it’s just a chance to show how badly I really want it instead of thinking of it as an uncrossable barrier. I want to show people I can do this.


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Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile.  Life has just been crazy and I admit I’ve let it take me for a loop.  However….

Yesterday, I had a great day!  I completed my first 5K in quite awhile.  I did the Aflac IronGirl 5K in Clearwater, FL and then saw that I was at about 6,000 steps on my pedometer.   I got excited because I have been tracking my steps for quite awhile now and my steps normally are about 2-4,000 a day.  7,000 on a really good day.  I’m doing this program called Virgin HealthMiles for work where I can earn money for my steps throughout the year.  If I got to 20,000, I would earn an extra 300 points for my program.  I knew this was my chance so my husband and I took off for Orlando and walked IKEA and then Downtown Disney and then came home and walked the neighborhood.  Never have I walked so much and my sciatica was acting up a little this morning, but not bad!  I am so proud of myself.  This has given me renewed confidence.  Yeah ME!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day everyone!  It’s been awhile since I last posted.  I’ve had a few weeks of feeling frumpy.  Time to move on.  I’ve thought about posting and then thought no, I didn’t do anything good today….however, I’m posting anyways to say I’ve not been doing well.  I intend to start anew tomorrow morning.

As Chubby Chick posted in her “Keepin It Real” entry, honesty is the best policy and I needed to get it out.  Sometimes it just feels frustrating admitting you’ve messed up yet again.  Well, I have.  I’m not giving up though.  I’ll figure it out and I’ll come through in the end.

Tomorrow’s plan is to start out with breakfast at home at 6AM instead of McDonald’s drive thru.  Then to eat a snack of yogurt and cereal at about 9AM at work.  Lunch at noon – soup and cheez-it crackers.  Afternoon snack of popcorn at 2PM and then dinner at home about 7PM.  I am going to walk the dog tomorrow evening and then do my new Biggest Loser Yoga Video.

I’ll let you know how I handle the day.

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Sold the Road Bike

Okay so I’ve been in a little funk and yesterday, I broke down after selling my road bike.  I listed it on Craig’s List since I have not been able to ride it due to the stupid sciatic injury.  I have ridden a whole 28 miles in the 2 years I’ve had it.  That was $1200 sitting in the garage.  I just couldn’t see letting it sit there when someone else could use it.

I felt really great about who we sold it to.  It was to a family that is very involved in triathlons and cycling, running events.  Their oldest daughter was in need of a road bike and they bought it for her.  I couldn’t have felt better about it.

However, on the way home I got very emotional about how I felt like selling the bike was like giving up.  I can’t run anymore, I can’t ride my road bike and I can’t do my triathlons.  God, I am whiny tonight or what….

I’ve been trying to be more positive and tell myself that I just have to start again with my activity and learn how to do things that won’t hurt my back.  There are things I can do – walking, swimming and some cycling on my comfort bike.  I did 16 miles on Valentine’s Day.  I can also continue to lose weight and maybe be able to pick up some of the harder forms of activity once I am a smaller size.

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I really want each of us to challenge our negative thoughts and words.  Let’s not whine and complain, but rather face our battles and venture forth with a winning attitude.

Our words are powerful beyond our imagination. They can heal us or hurt us, so let’s choose them wisely!

This quote came from fertilehealthy’s blog entry “the power of our words.”  In it she lists negative thoughts and words and how we need to adjust our negative words into realistically positive words.  I thought I would try this out with some of my own negative words.

I can’t seem to keep track of my food correctly.  It is hard to keep track of food, but I can do it and I have the tools on my iPhone.

It’s taking forever to lose my weight.  I am losing weight slowly and am learning ways to do better through this process.  I am more likely to keep the weight off due to the things I’m learning.

Because of my sciatica, I don’t know if I will ever be able to run again.  I can walk, swim and ride my bike. I can work on doing Pilates and stretching out my muscles to make my core stronger.

I have too much to overcome with my weight and money issues.  It’s too daunting facing the crisis we’re all in.  I need to focus on what I’m doing each day to make things better.  I have to create small goals and be proud of myself when I make good choices.  Each good choice gets me closer to my goals.

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I have had a rough couple days lately and I’ve let it mess up my food tracking and exercising sessions.  I hate being an emotional eater, but it’s gotten to me again.  I was doing so well too. Frustrations of life lead to me feeling depressed so I eat more and don’t track because I don’t want to see it thus I don’t lose weight and get mad.  Oh the endless cycle!

Most of my frustrations the past two days are fears of mine about the future or worries about what other people did or said.  I got quite emotional just this evening about some friends of mine who are just starting off running and are doing a great job, but one of them is signing up for a half-marathon that is going to be in two weeks.  This girl just started a couch to 5K program at the beginning of the year.  I was so upset because it did not seem fair that I had to work for over a year to build up to that distance and she just starts off and does so well.  Why do I have to work extra hard to combat everything and others make it look so easy?

When I lost my 2.6 pounds the other night at Weight Watchers, I was ecstatic, but knew the people in there didn’t understand how excited I was because it had been a year and a half since I had been able to lose past that point.  It was a huge breaking point for me.  HUGE and yet there are new people coming in losing their weight quickly.

Got to break out of this madness before it gets worse. I did not track my food the past two days.  Tomorrow is a new day and I’ll post tomorrow night.

Saw a sign today that meant a lot to me: It said In trying times, don’t quit trying! Got to keep that in mind!

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Boxing GlovesSo tonight I made a step toward my weekly goals by going to kickboxing class.  My first one ever.  I had a great time.  As I watched myself in the mirror, every fat person’s nightmare, I kept thinking that I was fighting my former self.  I pushed myself very hard and I’m proud of hard I worked.  I told my husband that I kept hearing Jillian in my head pushing me forward telling me that if I really want this, I have to push.  Crazy how Biggest Loser gets into your head so much!

I also found myself at the beginning of the class worrying about whether or not I was going to hurt myself because of the problems with my sciatica.  This is the first class I’ve taken in over a year and a half.  It’s been a long time that I’ve babied myself and it’s time to step up.  I remember that when I first joined a gym how worried I was to push it at all because I thought I was going to have a heart attack or faint.  However, I had to push past and realize that I couldn’t worry about everything.  If I did faint or had a heart attack, at least I did it trying.  That is what I had to tell myself tonight.  If I’m back in physical therapy, at least I did it trying to win my life back.  Go me!  I’m stepping towards my goals.

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