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Make A Plan

Well it’s been a while since I been on here and it’s been a busy time here on the homestead!

So busy that I’ve not been to the gym lately but I have been working outside a lot and using my workout machine so it’s not all bad!

How about you? What’s your plan? Do you slow down come summer or quit the gym and workout at home? I think its good either way as long as you don’t quit totally!! I also have some weights sitting near my chair to remind me to get lifting!! It’s been a long journey with a lot of ups and downs and that’s normal we all are going to have weeks with a gain ! We just have to shake it off and start new the next day believe me I know how easy it would be to just say who cares anymore I messed up so why try anyway!! Been there done that!

Gain 2 pounds, lose 3 and sometimes plateau for a month!! That was hard on me knowing I have only 30 pounds to go and man it’s been the hardest! But I’m NOT giving up I think about it this way ; where was a I a year ago? A lot lighter ! Well there you go so why throw in the towel when you have come this far and done so good ! See what I mean , Look at it from where you were and then where you would like to be!!

Have a plan make a strategy like what will you do when you have a gain ? What’s your plan? Write it down then go back to it when you need it. And you will need it , We all do!!

So pull up those big girl or guy pants and hang in there you come to far Baby!!

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Hows The Work Outs Going?

Hopefully your still at it!  Are you getting bored?  Hows your routine doing?

Well you might say something like this “I’m bored with it, I’m tired of doing the same things or I can’t just get into it like I was”.  These are all familiar statements when we work out and a-lot of reasons why we QUIT!   But we can’t have that!  So let’s talk about it see what we come up with and I’ll give you some tips and things that helped me.

Is your energy low? Just Dog Gone Tired or  feeling down and just want to stay home and sit on your butt?

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I hear ya!  I’ve been there done that several times and IT DID NOT HELP ME!   It put me in a bad place of feeling like a  failure or defeated and ,  I  just gave up!

Listen we are not going to QUIT!   REPEAT NOT QUITTING!!!  So then How do we get our mojo going??  Well one thing that worked for me was a Buddy System, finding someone who will work out with you at least several times a week, or maybe if you live long distance from them set up phone call times to support each other and talk about how the day went, what kind of workout you did, maybe you tried a new work out or machine, what you ate or plan on eating for dinner etc.

I still do this today!!  I have a cousin and one of us call daily to report to each other and  pump each other up we maybe share some healthy recipes,  Hey we have bad days but we don’t give up!  Tomorrow is another day and just get back to it!!

Maybe you like to work in a group setting or meeting new people like a gym or yoga class or maybe a hiking or walking club and don’t forget Zumba!  That will shake things up!

Spring and Summer are coming how about joining a sports league like baseball, or soccer.  Something I like to do is listen to an audio book while I work out and I actually look forward to the workout because the book keeps me coming back to exercise and the book pulls me in if that makes sense.   Speaking of Spring to get more steps and workouts on my own I worked in the garden this past week, I helped revamp a shed to my chicken coop, raked and cleared out garden area and built raised wood boxes anything to keep moving and burning some calories!   Do you have a fit bit or I watch that can track your movements/steps?  Some even have workouts you can pick and reminders to get up and move!  Not from couch to fridge, But move and walk around a few min!  A few years ago I bought one of those BIG bouncy balls you sit on and etc, Well I sat on it and bounced my butt around while watching tv and at the same time to arm workouts!  Needless to say I fell backwards and hit my head on the floor!!  OUCH!!  Do I still recommend it?  Heck Yes!  It was fun and changed things up a bit (and my head) lol.

Not sure I ever mentioned this, but I’m not a young chick!!  But Dang I’m not dead either so If I can do this stuff so can you!!  I have faith in You!

Something cool I like to do to get me pumped up or in the grove is to go buy new workout cloths!  But be careful, Its addicting man!   I also like to check out the workout equipment and weights not that I can afford it all but I also keep my eyes open on the for sale pages you see on-line or garage sales!  That where I purchased my first exercise bike!  The options are out there we just sometimes have to think outside the box and see things in a different perspective.

This is my all time favorite machine and If I had the room I would get one for home!

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    My Favorite Workout Machine for my arms, shoulders and gut!

If you’re a gardener like me I love walking around the town and checking out their gardens and flowers, I also love walking in the woods or forest, I’m a nature kinda girl I love my trees and birds.  I guarantee it will clear your mind and give you a sense of renewal and energy!

 

Think about someone who could help you out and support you in your activities toward your workout goals, someone who would help you get out and move more.  Write your goal down and what activity you’re going to do AND how you are going to accomplish it!  Don’t write a whole bunch of goals be specific and take it one step at a time.

Your Buddy plan:

One Strategy you can try this month:

Who will join you:

One step: I will do this week:

 

Now go find your buddy!  Be it a physical person  beside you or a phone buddy!  It makes it fun and you can help each other with accountability  and new ideas!!   Try something new and get out in nature!!   You got this!!!  I’m right beside you all the way!!

 

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Still Working It

Not giving up or giving in!  I got this!

As you can see I’m still working out and working on my health and It has been a long road now!  It has been almost a year since I started and I have seen a lot of changes and I’m proud to say all for the Best!  Looking back to a year ago I thought or Didn’t think much about making these Life Changes or what I could or should do; I just put it to the back of my mind ignoring it hoping it would go away!  Then I would pass a mirror and see myself and it hit like a ton of bricks man!!  Why, What, How, How was I going to change things, I know I must but crap it’s so hard and I don’t know where to start.

THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF A 150 POUND PERSON AND A 250 POUND PERSON

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See  how the fat in the body of the 250 pound  person is smothering the organs, limbs, knees, heart, even the neck and spine !  No wonder I couldn’t bend!

This is a wake up call for sure!!  

Tears whelled up along with shame, guilt, discuss, you name it!   BUT I KNEW I had to do something!   I was on blood pressure medication, short of breath with exertion, couldn’t bend over and tie my shoes with out getting out of breath, couldn’t cross my legs for YEARS!!  Belly Flaps, (disgusting but true) and spent years shopping in the Big Girl departments always feeling ashamed to be there and did not like going out in public in the first dang place!   I know this all my seem hard to understand unless you have experienced yourself  but it is real!!!!    I needed help and support!!!  Thats when I joined a weight loss group and was given the guidance to eat right, move and be accountable for what and when food went into my mouth!!!  Was it easy?  Heck No!!  Did it work?  Yes If I worked it!!   It all boils down to I LOVE FOOD!!!!  But I had to find a way I could eat to live NOT Live to eat!!!    Don’t get me wrong here folks I’m not preaching here;  I’m hear to share my story and hope and pray it will help someone else!  I’m not perfect by no means!  I have slip ups all the time man!!  I may eat too much bread one day or maybe not watch my portion control. ( that’s a big one for me). again I love food!   Or maybe it’s a holiday, birthday, funeral, wedding, OR maybe its just a dang day you feel like eating!!

(this page is linked to my other health page where you can see my before). 

I know I have to workout almost everyday and watch what I eat plus I can eat anything I want as long as I do it wisely and not over indulge myself!  I can’t tell you how many Diets I have been on or off and all the tricks and trades you hear about these days, but I will tell you lay off the sugar and drink lots of water!!!  And exercise too!  You have to move or do something an by moving I don’t mean  move to the refrigerator and back to sit down!!  You, Me. Have get off our butts and move along with  some kind of work out!  I will tell you once you start you will begin to see in increase in energy and the desire to do more!   Just don’t over do it when you first start;  work up to it slowly and gain strength and momentum, Your body will thank you!

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I Love going to the gym now and hate to miss a day!  I love the weight machines, and treadmill the most  LOL (thats all they have there basically) But it works for me!  I have weeks I lose a couple pounds and then I have a plateau and again maybe a gain!  Hey I’m human and it happens I face it and start a new day and Not give up!!  I can’t!   I have come too far and have had too many good rewards to quit now!   What rewards you might ask?  Well all kinds of them,  It’s not just the scale!  Think about it!. Rewards come in so many ways;

  • weight loss
  • smaller sizes
  • cross your legs
  • more stamina
  • able to work out or work out more
  • able to say NO THANK YOU
  • smaller ring sizes
  • less appitite
  • compliments
  • confidence
  • more social
  • big one!  Off medications
  • more energy
  • run
  • workout
  • gardening

So see theirs so many rewards other than the scale, and I’m sure you will think of more to add to the list.

Well I hope this has not depressed you but has give you some momentum to carry on in your Health Journey!!  I know it has me and It will continue the rest of my life!

Remember NEVER GIVE UP OR GIVE IN!!! YOU GOT THIS AN I’M CHEERING YOU ON AND MYSELF!!!

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Pamela ♥

 

 

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Healthy Living At Least Trying

HEALTHY LIVING AND WORKING AT IT

♥ I WON’T LIE THIS HEALTHY LIVING HAS BEEN ONE OF MY HARDEST IF NOT THE HARDEST JOURNEY I HAVE BEEN ON AND PROBABLY THE REST OF MY LIFE!   ISN’T THAT THE POINT TO PROLONG OUR LIVES MAN SOMETIMES IS NO FUN!  BUT WE MUST, I MUST !!

A LITTLE HEALTH HISTORY

HAVING BEEN OVER WEIGHT MOST ALL MY ADULT LIFE!!  4 C-SECTIONS ( OLD FASHION WAY) THEN BIRTH CONTROL PILLS, RAISING A FAMILY OF 6 BEING A STAY AT HOME MOM, WELL YOU KNOW WE EAT ALOT OF CARBS!!!  ITS CHEAP RIGHT? RIGHT….  BUT NOT IN THE LONG RUN .   I HAVE BEEN PAYING FOR IT SINCE THE LAST CHILD AND STILL PAYING FOR IT!!  TO LOSE IT THAT IS!! LOL. THIS IS NOT HEALTHY LIVING!!

 LOSE, GAIN, LOSE KEEP IT OFF A YEAR MAYBE IF I WAS LUCKY!! AND THUS THE CYCLE BEGAN!!!  

AND STOPING AND STARTING  OF WW’S TOO MANY TIMES TO COUNT!!   TOPS, ATKINS, PALEO

THINGS CAN CHANGE!

WELL SOMETHING CHANGED IN ME MARCH 2018  NOT SURE BUT I DECIDED TO CHANGE MY LIFE STYLE AND START HEALTHY LIVING AND  DID A HIGH PROTEIN DIET FOR 3 MONTHS AND BEGAN LOSING, BUT ALSO WAS TIRING OF THE SAME OLD FOOD, THEN WITH SOME FAMILY PROMPTING I WENT BACK I SAY BACK!! TO WW AND JOINED WITH A DETERMINED ATTIDUDE TO FINALLY ONCE AND FOR ALL TO GET RID OF THIS FAT THAT WAS KILLING ME, MAKING ME HIDE IN MY HOUSE, NOT WANTING TO SOCIALIZE, SHOP, BE SEEN AND HATED MYSELF AND THE BAGGY CLOTHS THAT NOT TO MENTION WERE NONE TO STYLISH!!

“THIS IS THE  BEFORE GETTING HEALTHIER!”

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I ALSO BEGAN GOING TO A GYM TO WORKOUT ON TREADMILL  AN WEIGHT MACHINES 4-6 DAYS A WEEK AND BEGAN LOVING IT!!  I FELT STRONGER, MORE ENERGY, LESS HUNGRY,AND. AND,  WAS LOSING WEIGHT!! ME!!! LOSING WEIGHT!  DID YOU HEAR ME MAN!!   WELL I LOOKED INTO A WELLNESS COMPANY AND BEGAN USING THEIR NATURAL MINERALS AND VITAMINS AND DRINK TO CURB APPETITE  AND MAINTAIN A HEALTHY BLOOD SUGAR, EVEN THOUGH I DIDN’T HAVE DIABETE

NEW NUMBER AND SIZES!

THIS IS NOVEMBER 2018 AND TO THIS DAY I HAVE LOST 51 POUNDS! AND 4-5 SIZES!!

 FEELING  LIKE A DIFFERENT WOMAN WITH CONFIDENCE, STRENGTH, NOT SCARED OR TO EMBARRASSED BE IN PUBLIC AND… NEW CLOTHS THAT ARE IN STYLE MODESTLY!

AND THE  MOST RECENT NOV 2018. AND I STILL HAVE 35 LBS TO GO!!!   ITS BEEN THE TOUGHEST!!  BUT I GOT THIS!!!   WE GOT THIS!!!♥

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YOU MAY WONDER WHY I’M ADDING THIS TO MY BLOG, BUT I’M SO EXCITED AND WANT TO SHARE AND GIVE COURAGE AND HOPE TO ALL THAT HAVE BEEN WHERE I WAS AND HOPING AS WE GO FORWARD TOGETHER WE CAN SHARE AND GROW  ON THIS ROAD THAT NEVER SEEMED POSSIBLE!!!   

STAY TUNED I WILL BE ADDING SOME COOL HEALTHY TIPS, RECIPES TOO!  STICK AROUND LETS SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER AND NEVER EVER GIVE UP!!  HECK IT TOOK ME 30 YEARS TO WAKE UP!  WITH FAITH AND GOD WE CAN DO THIS!!!

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AND BOTTOM PIC IS MOST RECENT NOV 2018. AND I STILL HAVE 35 LBS TO GO!!!   ITS BEEN THE TOUGHEST!!  BUT I GOT THIS!!!   WE GOT THIS!!!♥

Healthy TidBits

Have you ever been shopping for Healthy Food to find Its so expensive to eat healthy!!??  DID ANYONE TELL US HEALTHY LIVING IS EXPENSIVE!   Happens all the time and it shouldn’t be that way so I decided to try and make alot of my snacks and meals using healthy ingredients and tweaking some abit!  Remember we need all the food basics and the Good Carbs with fiber, easy on the oils and I use Olive Oil and real Butter sparingly cuz I love it so!!

Going  to a big grocery store that carries a lot of variety and seems to have more healthy choices is a great idea!

  Myself I tend to stay away from breads unless their high in fiber and low in gluten.  I also Love Love the Flat-out oblong tortilla like wraps that I can use for a sandwich, a wrap, tacos, breakfast wrap and they don’t have alot of points or bad in ingredients in them and come in a variety of flavors!!!  Also those Petridrige Farm multigrain bun type sandwich thins are good to for sandwich making, toast etc. They are  in the bread section at stores!

 Oh and don’t forget the Flat Out Artisan Pizza Crust!  Their a life saver when hubby wants Pizza!!  And only 5 points for whole thing!  Can’t beat that.


Well the Holidays are over and I survived!  BUT.. I’m sure I gained a couple pounds;   Tried to be  good with the main meal, but the cookies!  well that’s another story!  must of had at least 6-7 within a week period!  SO I’m owning up and facing the scale this week!

Hey we can’t quit now just buck up and start a new day!!!  

We got this! 

Back to the gym tomorrow!   I missed Friday and Monday!!  Thank goodness I have my Gizzel  sp

Thats one thing I cannot quit is my workouts; AND NEITHER CAN YOU! If WE’RE  NOT  doing them I fear WE won’t keep the inches off that WE WANT TO  LOSE AND and KEEP LOSING

Myself down  5 Sizes man!!!   Never felt so good and had fun wearing different cloths!   But mainly I feel good about me and like me!! haven’t  felt that in many many years!

Hey anytime you want to share to talk just give me a yell here!

********REMEMBER WE’RE NOT ALONE IN THIS

HEALTHY LIVING JOURNEY******

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Hello All!!

Well I faced the scale today at my workshop today and I gained a half pound during the Holidays and I will own it!!

How did you all do over the Holidays??

Not going to beat myself up over it and start a new day! I pumped up my workout routine🏋️‍♀️ added more water to my diet and prayed for more strength 🙏😉.

These days will happen and just don’t give up! Hey we’re only Human right?? Right!!

Going to try some more healthy recipes so stay tuned and stay strong!!

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Getting a Work Out in the Winter!

Snow and more snow, ice, sleet!  Hard for a girl to get her workouts!

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Well I made it to the gym today finally!  I’m over all this winter stuff!  How about you guys?   So what’s a girl to do when you can’t make it to the gym?

Hopefully you have a device to use at home (lucky I do) but no weights, friends or the cool sweaty workout environment!   I know you must be thinking she’s NUTS!  But hey whatever it takes to get this weight off right?    Ok so you don’t have the machine or weights at home now what?  Well guess we better improvise huh!  And how we going to do that you say!   Well lets start with getting in the mood first!

Work out clothes, check.  Us girls love buying and wearing them, not to mention shopping for them ( thats another story) lol.

Music or I Pods to listen to while working out, check

Locked door to keep unwanted visitors out, such as husband, dogs, cats, or Whatever!  check.

Oh and how about Please don’t eat before you work out!  Man thats hard to vamp up the energy after eating, But do drink your water!  check

Ok We are in the mood now right??!!  OK so next step.

No machine No weight NO PROBLEM!    Floor exercises now don’t moan or cry we got this!!  And how about some good Ol Richard Simmons or Zumba or MY favorite  Body Groove which is free style dancing and moves to music and hey they even have one for Seniors!!  Dig that Man!!

How about free style weight!  You know those ones like you get at discount stores in different colors and sizes,  And if you don’t have them lets just fill up some milk jugs or grab some cans of food, your dog, cat, husband,  oops forgo the last one!! lol

So do what you have to do and not give up or give in!  Theirs always a way just think outside the box a bit and YOU GOT THIS!!!

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Another day Another step closer to my goal!

More water more steps more work outs!! This past weekend was out of town and out of my normal workout routine! I managed to do treadmill and some different leg weight which put my knee in frenzy for a couple days !! A little Lavender oil rub, deep blue and rest I got through it !

I caught myself wondering why do I do this!!?? The pain, The time, all the negative nelly thoughts creeping in!

I know I’m not the only one who has ever thought this! This is why we give up when it gets tough !! THIS is when we regroup and remind ourselves why we started this journey in the first place! Is it about losing weight, a medical issue, to get healthy , or maybe gain weight??

We each have our reasons and can all be different for each of us .

So what is your reason I ask?

Did you set a goal?

Do you have a plan to obtain that goal?

What if you have a set back? (we all do eventually) we’re human.

For me my goal is to lose weight and get healthy!

I have had little goals I have reached along the journey such as getting off meds, increased strength, endurance, walking , less joint pain lol till the other day!

Smaller sizes, decrease appetite and remember all these little goals lead to the ultimate goal your working towards! For me I feel these small goals is what gave me the Determination to keep going for my main big goal!!!

So think about it a while, ask your self what little goals can I work towards while you keep going for the BIG GOAL!!

Maybe you need a support person or group ? I did and glad I still do! Or maybe a workout Buddie , Books, DVD’s (workouts)

Do whatever works for you my friend and never quit and remember you will have down days but just pull up those big girl or big boy pants and keep on keeping on!!! I’ll be cheering for you!!!

Author-Pamela Marston

WOW! What a workout that was!

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Getting over the Hurdles

It’s been a little over a year now since I have been on this healthy Living journey and it’s been an exciting and no so exciting times !

After losing 40+ lbs it was like my body was yelling enough is enough! And it seemed like no matter what I did I just could budge so I re-evaluated my situation and decided ok this is it! I can’t quit now and I made some changes such as increase my water intake change up my work out routine like increased the weights and duration plus added a few new machines ! I know I must not be the only one who has hit a wall! Right?? So this past weekly weigh in I was finally down 1.5 lbs. not a lot but no gain or scale freeze! I’ll take it man! I keep looking at all the non-scale victory’s and you might wonder what these are or like me just think of the scales victory’s but it’s more than that!!

Like… crossing your legs, tying your shoes, smaller cloths, more energy, compliments, more stamina, more oxygen, no cravings, smaller notched belt, watch, loose jewelry and hey what about getting off medications!

Less or no more joint pain. Think about it if you have been here or here right now you are truly Blessed!! You can do it so don’t give up! It took a while to get unhealthy and it takes a while to get back to healthy!

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