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Motivation, encouragement, and laughter for myself and others on the health and fitness journey

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Almost half way there

My third week of my 7 week fitness challenge had some ups, and some downs. I am doing great on my fitness routine. I went to the gym twice, and have an appointment with a trainer on Thursday.The little muscles on my arms are starting to pop out (love the rowing machine) and I have achieved some of my goal levels already. I made an appointment with a trainer at my gym for a fitness test. I know that I need actual numbers to help motivate me, so this is just one more gimmick to help me stay on tr

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Two weeks down

The second week is done and I'm slightly ahead of my goal. I only made it to the gym once but I am already feeling stronger and fitter. We had some crazy weather so I'm glad I did get all my cardio in for the week. My eating was better this past week as well, I am hoping to continue that this coming week. Usually the first couple weeks of a goal are easy, you have the motivation from a new beginning. But the following through part can be tough. I am hoping to get a day of cross county skiing in

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First week - still on track

I made my fitness goal for the week - did better than goal actually. And I made it to the gym twice. So far so good. I have been keeping track of my fitness hours in a Google spreadsheet, and I just finished planning out the coming week. It really helps to plan out every day, and have backup plans if something doesn't work out. My goals for week 2 include doing a little more than I did last week, and also cutting back on the sweets a little more. I need to remember my goal when I find myself at

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New fitness challenge

Today starts my new challenge. I was so successful the last time I did this blog last summer. Even though I don't know if anyone will read this, I was surprised how motivating it was to check in every week and report on making my goals. My target date for this new challenge is the first weekend of May. I will be seeing some family then, and I want to be healthy and fit and look great. That gives me 7 weeks, and instead of trying to do 10 hours a week of exercise, I'm going to shoot for 7 and m

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Final week of my 8 week challenge

Wow, I can't believe I'm starting my final week and I have less than 10 hours of exercise to hit my goal. I even got to 153.8 on the scale yesterday morning so I'm going to count that as 4 pounds lost in 7 weeks. I'm hoping to maintain that in the next week, which is a good goal for pms week. I am feeling great - had a hard time getting to my exercise goal this past week because of a big work project, but that was done Wed. morning and I am now back to a somewhat normal pace. And I even lost wei

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Wacky world of restriction

I've had good restriction for over 6 months now, and it still surprises me how much it can change from week to week. And what's funny is that I seem to forget this every month. Two weeks ago I was wondering if I should get a very small fill just to help me with these last 10 pounds. Then this past week I am so tight I have to watch how fast I drink my water and I'm down 2 pounds in one week (154.4 today – yay!). It seems to happen every month, about a week before and a week after my period I hav

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Starting week 7

I have been so busy with work the last 2 weeks I haven't had a chance to write my blog. But I have been keeping up with the exercise even though I've had to do a lot of driving to meetings and classes. I started teaching a summer class at night, which really screws up my schedule. I'm thinking this is why I have such weird night time eating habits. But… no excuses. I am so happy my band keeps me from eating huge amounts of food at night on the drive home. I will be ending my 8 week challenge exa

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Celebrating small victories

I am feeling very good today. I finished a big work project last night and what was even better was that I didn't do a lot of stress eating this week. I took a lot of little exercise breaks instead of lots of big eating breaks. Working at home can be tough, but I found that it really helps to have fruit and other healthy snacks. My plan to get back to band eating rules has also really helped. I don't crave carbs as much, and then I don't have the sugar rushes and crashes if I eat too many carbs

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Week 4 - almost half way there

I have been very busy with work so I didn't do my normal weekend update. I'm doing great on my workouts, it's only Thursday (2 days into week 4) and I'm already over 35 hours. I have got a very good habit for getting my 10 hours per week, so I'm not even going to plan my daily goals there. What I need to work on is my eating plan. I've still got a few more weeks of intense work stuff (which sometimes causes stress eating), so my goal for the next week is to continue starting my meals with protei

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Starting week 3 - learning as I go

Today marks the beginning of week 3 of 8. I met my exercise goal of 10 hours for the second week in a row. Hooray!! My weight, however, has remained at 159. Which is either good or better, considering this is PMS week and I usually gain 2 lbs in water weight before my period. I've also had a couple of chocolate binges this week. It's so weird how chocolate makes me feel better. One thing I have done to limit the calories on my binges is to not just eat chocolate by itself. Too much of a slider,

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Why having a big goal is so important

It's Sunday morning, and I'm half-way through my 2nd week of my 8 week big goal, which is to lose 8 pounds and log 80 hours of exercise. I learned about big goals from the fitness coach I hired last November. It was such a good investment. I'm pretty good at setting goals anyways, but she taught me the value of having daily/weekly plans and goals that lead up to a big goal. She also taught me how important it is to have some kind of public accountability. So that's what this blog is, and I'm sur

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First week results

Week 1 down, 7 more to go. I am thrilled that I actually exceeded my 10 hour exercise goal. I had over 10 hours by Monday, so it was nice to really take it easy on Tuesday and just do 2 regular dog walks and nothing else. It was cold and rainy yesterday and there is supposed to be more of the same the rest of this week. But I got a new workout from Blockbuster in the mail yesterday. We increased our Blockbuster online plan from 2 movies at a time to 3 and now I just make sure I always have a wor

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Appreciating my dogs

I did 1 hour and 45 minutes on my dog hike today. Thank goodness I have two young dogs who love to hike in the woods as much as I do. My hardest thing with exercise is getting started and they have no problem letting me know when it's time for a walk - 3 times a day, every single day, rain or shine. It was actually snowing this morning when we took off. I figured I would do an hour, but we just kept going. 1 hour and 45 minutes - woo hoo! I already updated the ticker, but I still have two more w

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Off to a great start

It's noon on Thursday and I had a great nsv (non-scale victory) today. The scale has stayed the same over the last month or so, but today I tried on a pair of pants that have been too tight in the thighs. I only tried them on because I didn't want to wear my baggy jeans and I it was too cold this morning to wear my capri pants. Surprise, surprise, they fit! And they didn't fit two weeks ago, so I've lost inches even though I haven't lost pounds. I am so happy. This is exactly what I needed to he

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8 pounds in 8 weeks

This is my very first blog post. I don't know if anyone will ever read this, but I'm going to use it as a motivational tool for the next two months. I realized today that I have exactly 8 weeks to go before I take a trip in July to see some work colleagues who I usually only see once a year. Last July I was pretty depressed about my weight and hadn't made the decision to be banded yet. I got banded in Sept. and am really happy with the results right now, 8 months later. I'm at 158 pounds right n

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