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Progress 9/09

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Well, August proved to be a tough month for me. I lost 4.8 pounds. That really doesn't sound like a lot, but combined with last month, it is over 11 pounds. So, I'll take it with a smile. In total, as of 9/10 (today) I have lost 23.2 pounds. It could have been more if I exersized.

I hurt my shoulder really bad lifting weights. The first couple of days, I could hardly move.....let alone exersize. It ended up bothering me for over three weeks. I let that injury become an excuse for not exersizing. I did close to no extra exersize the month of August. My food choices could also have been better.

Even though I stayed within calorie range most every day, I am still not happy about how I ate last month. I started tracking my sodium and calcium intake and I am amazed at the amout of sodium I eat. Part of it is the salty snacks like chips and pretzels, the other part is all of the processed food that I eat. I need to work on creating healthier meals and bringing lunches to work.

August was a month of excuses and the scale reflects my attitude and effort. I am a little down on myself for it, but as I sit here typing, I know that I have already made positive changes for September and I still made progress. It didn't always feel like that though.

Because the scale barely moved last month, I had a lot of thoughts running through my head. I felt like good fighting evil. One point I started feeling 'what am I doing this for? if I am not going to lose weight, why try?' But, then a favorite quote ran through my head. I don't remember it verbatum, but the general gyst is "Do what you've always been doing and you'll always get what you've always gotten." Well, if I live the way I currently do, I weigh 183. If I stop trying, I go back. Back to 206 and gaining. I can't do that. So, that's why I have to keep trying. If staying at 183 means I have to struggle to try to do it, then that is my burden. One day, it won't feel like I am trying and I will be able to move forward with my goals. I guess that is what Kris meant by the slower you lose the better. It gives your mind and body a chance to really get in tune with each other and move forward....together.

This is going to be a long journey. But, I know I can and will reach my goal.
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    Hi Michelle,
    You blogged this while I was out of town so I'm a little slow responding, but I just want to let you know that even though you might feel like you haven't been doing as well as you had hoped, you are an inspiration to me.....and of course now we know that you've bounced back with the best week ever, so way to go! (Isn't it funny how we are always the hardest on ourselves?)
    4338 days ago
  • VIANA1
    You are doing great. I don't ever lose weight without exercising. The exercise burns the fat and also cuts down my appetite so without it I'm lucky to stay the same.
    4344 days ago

    I was at 182/183 for almost a year before I started losing again. I had gone from 230 to 182 and got stuck there. The biggest hurdle for me in this journey has been realizing that EXERCISE is a must! Find something you love and do it 6 days a week. Challenge yourself with a goal and a reward. I started out doing some sort of exercise everyday for 21 days. It didn't have to be a lot. It could be a 10 minute walk around the block, but it had to be in addition to my daily routine. After 6 weeks of continued exercise I could actually see progress. I started out just walking. Now I run at least 3 days a week. The fist 2 weeks of my challenge my weight held steady. Be sure to take your measurements. You will notice a difference if you do them only once a month. Pounds on a scale are only one measure of health and wellness. There are months that I only lose 3 pounds, but after 4 years they have added up to 72 pounds. In the last 8 months I have lost 20 pounds and 19 inches. This is all due to exercise. I watch what I eat. I have for the most part given up sugar, but there are still days I dive in and gorge myself. I just know that the next day I have to drink my water and run that extra mile. In the game of weight loss, just like life, you have got to make adjustments and choices. If I can do this anyone can. I have great faith in you and know that you will reach your goals. Hugs!
    4344 days ago
    Thanks for coming over to my blog to give me a boost. I've got to get my head back in the game. I think because I'm a teacher, when the bottom drops out on routine (summer!), I just don't watch as carefully. But I am back in school, ready to make that change again, and I just need some support. So thanks again!

    You're doing great. Feel good about the weight you've lost and keep trucking! We'll get there...what a battle this is...but we're going to get there if we take it a day at a time.
    4345 days ago
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    You are doing great Michelle. I do agree with you about the processed foods. I try to stay away from those items as much as possible. After just a couple of days away from pre packaged convenience foods I feel different. My body feels less bloated and my digestion is improved. Convenience foods have alot of sodium and other things that has to affect our bodies.
    Keep up the good work. You are on the right track! emoticon
    4347 days ago
    Well I think your doing GREAT!!
    4348 days ago
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