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Thoughts about March- the 25% Mark!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

March has been a really dramatic month for me. The really warm weather this month brought Spring fever and thoughts of summer a few months earlier than normal. We were having 80 degree days when we are normally dealing with snow. The weather turned out to be a blessing in a whole bunch of ways.

As I looked through my closet for things to wear, those familiar sad feelings started coming back to me.... I hate my legs in shorts, my arms have gotten so big, tshirts show my tummy rolls....and I haven't done anything to change any of that....again. I just couldn't stand the idea that I have the power to change my life, and here I was...again...not using that power to do anything.

Well, on the random, warm, middle of the week day- March 15- I decided that I had had enough. I didn't make any big announcements or come up with any big plans like I have in the past. I just thought back to what I did to stay fit before and after my daughter (now 8) was born. I looked great then...that was before baby number 4, before my 40's, and before our move to a new town and my mom's car accident. I was not thin...but I had a great shape, I was healthy and I was confident.

What I remembered:
Power walking- almost every morning, was how I started my day. I can't get back to that schedule as easily, but I sure can aim to power walk, even if on the treadmill, more days than zero!

I also followed an Atkins/SBeach style of eating. I did not eat a lot of peanut butter, or cookies, or bread. I was much more aware of eating healthy food because I wasn't always in my car- rushing and driving everywhere!

As a family, we walked more. There was a park in our old neighborhood and the schools were down the street- so we walked almost everyday. I live in a more remote area now, but I can always incorporate more movement in my day.

So, I got out my cute little journal, started pouring my heart out, and also started repeating the history that I had that got me healthy...and I have had some happy success. I lost 9 pounds this month.

But, history is a funny thing! Last year, in March, I also lost 8 pounds. My weights were almost identical to this year...where I started and where I ended. It was in April, when I had the choice to charge ahead or retreat that I chose retreat and gained it all back. I spent the rest of last year wrestling with those same pounds.

April represents a major fork in my road! I can repeat last year and just walk around the block- just keep going in circles. Or, I can choose the road I had travelled so long ago that brings me back to my confident, happy, healthy self....just in an older version!

I am standing at the fork and am walking towards the road to success....but I know it will take a daily effort to keep me on that path, moving forward, rather than returning to the same (and unfortunately) familiar neighborhood where I just walk in circles.

I have a plan.
I have the support of my family.
I have great support here from my teams and friends.

So all I need to add is ME- showing up every day, in every way. I need to keep moving forward, not looking back. I need to be unafraid of failing, or falling, or stalling. I need to believe I can do this.

April will be a big month for me...and I am excited for the idea that it is mine to shape!

25% of the year is already behind us. I am not on track for the goals I set at the beginning of the year....but I am OK with that. What I have is today- to focus on and deal with. I will make loads of progress, and I will look back on 2012 as a year of positive changes...if I can just remember to put one foot in front of the other every day!

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  • RYDERB
    Every morning we have the choice to do "something" to find ourselves again and make ourselves proud or to do nothing. Congratulations on making your choice and making your stand. emoticon

    And you don't have to do it alone. We're all in this together! emoticon
    3251 days ago
  • DYNAMICDEB53
    Yep its all up to you. You sound like you are ready to fight for yourself and that it great.
    I know that sharing even just with me things that get me down or why I am upset is one way to think it though and find a solution.
    So move forward with your plan and take charge. I know that you will have success. This is your time.
    Hugs and smiles
    Deb
    3251 days ago
  • LOTUSFLOWER
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  • SGTSUNNY
    I am here for you! Lets find a firmer shape for our summer clothes! I have complete faith in you.
    3253 days ago
  • SMALLERMELORIE
    Ang, you can move forward and throw away the thoughts that you will regain the weight. If you start to falter, do not stay away from Sparks or Nancy and I....Come talk to us and ask for help. You know that we love you and are here for you and we will do everything we can to keep you on track.

    REMEMBER WE CANNOT HELP IF WE DO NOT KNOW.

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    3253 days ago
  • EVER-HOPEFUL
    wow love i am so proud of you for looking back to see how you can go forward.sometimes we have to do that to get the right assessment of the situation.i know you can do this emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3253 days ago
  • WOUBBIE
    Keep that momentum going! There's a new monthly challenge starting up on the Living Low Carb team and it's about sticking to your plan: the No Foolin' Around challenge. Come on over and post your own personal goals and then check in every day or so to keep you (and the rest of us!) accountable!
    3253 days ago
  • PONYFARMER
    Yep, well said. Now I must say and please excuse the brain fart if I already knew this, but 4 kids. Wow, that has to be hard to make time for you.

    But i believe that you can do it, as do many others. So hit the road girly. Oh and about the cookie jar tossing, guess that is not possible with 4 kids, so sorry.

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    But no matter.... emoticon because you ARE emoticon
    3253 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
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    3253 days ago
  • THEEASYKILL30
    I can't believe a quarter of the year is gone! We may not be able to change the past but the future is ours to mold as we choose. Look at the glass as half-full. There is still 75% of the year left in which to make the changes YOU want. You can do it!
    3254 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10081037
    Awesome, you will take the right fork in the road, because it has become a lifestyle something you are passionate about way to go, you rock!!!
    3254 days ago
  • FIERCEONE4PEACE
    you are amazing! I can't believe a quarter of the year is GONE!
    3254 days ago
  • UNICORN212
    Yes, you can not change yesterday, but you can certainly change today! Let us know how we can help!
    3254 days ago
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