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Lucky 13

Lucky 13. This is the year. I had an awesome end of 12 to start me off but 13 is lucky. This month has been consistent in weight loss & fitness. My pre planning of meals and fitness routine has paid off. My kids and I are more active.

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A Successful Year

I set out to make this year my healthiest yet. For the first time in years I can say I succeeded. I am 31 pounds lighter than the start of this year. I have visited doctors for all the tests you should get when reaching 40 (gulp). I have new routine in exercising and nutrition that have stuck. One of the routines being a 5 am workout, something I never thought possible. Most importantly I have let my kids take pictures of me and with me. I have inserted a couple my son has taken of me. Do not get me wrong I am not done but I am determined. Going to run now ( literally). Tell me what goals you achieved this year.

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year!! What’s that you say? It is only September. Let me clarify. Happy Mom New Year. After a whirl wind summer with the kids September brings new beginnings. After we buy the new backpacks, school supplies, and whatever else the kids’ need, we send them on a bus. What does that bus bring Moms? FREEDOM. Freedom to think about us once again. This year I sent my baby on that bus to full day kindergarten. For the first time in 12 years I am truly free. Ironically this is also the first September in 12 years that I am thinner than I was at the beginning of the summer. That is a story for another post. For now I am going to reorganize my houses & amp up my workouts. I am feeling better already. How do you take care of you when your kids go back to school???

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Summer of success

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I know I should not be surprised but I am. Not only am I losing a lot of weight but I am very active. Activity is not on the back burner. I have not missed a day of exercise all summer. And you know what? The summer is almost over. There have been days that I just went on a long walk but I still got out there and did something. I have tracked points consistently and gone to all weigh ins at Weight Watchers. My kids have not suffered because of any of this. I always thought in the past that the summer was all about the kids. I now enjoy getting up at 5am to workout before they are up. If only the kids would just let me clean the house on a regular basis. One step at a time. Next moving on to a fabulous fall! Wish me luck!

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A Big Leap

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The scale has never been my friend. I hate stepping on a scale, a task I complete every Saturday. Walking into my weight watchers meeting this week I did not know what to expect. I have been losing steadily a pound a week but this week I really stepped up my fitness. I went to the gym five days and took three spin classes, ran some serious miles, & lifted weights. I sweated hard. Even better than the fitness? I ate very clean. In social situations I ate more vegetables than not. So I knew I worked hard but it never prepared me for the results on that scale. I lost….wait for it. 5.2 pounds! Can you believe it? The lesson here is stick with it. That scale will move when you least expect it.

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Family Affair

Sabotage. Enabling. Words that describe my Husband’s behavior when I am trying to be healthy. Not anymore. I have officially pushed my husband aboard. Happily aboard. He is walking on the treadmill and I am packing him a healthy lunch to bring to work. The best news of all? We are active with the kids. Taking them on walks, swimming with them, and hiking every Sunday. I knew eventually my getting up at 5 am would rub off on him. It just takes time. I see a future of healthy living as a family for years to come. How do you stay active with your family?

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Losing while winning

I am losing it! Pounds that is. I am back on the right track. I am doing it slowly at 1-1.5 pounds a week but I am happy. Past summers I neglected my health to take care of the kids. This summer it is about me. I have not missed a day of exercise. It may not always be a sweaty heart pounding spin class or run but I do some form of exercise everyday. The secret to my success? Get it done early. Most days at 5:30 I get to the gym for a spin class or a run. The others a 7 am walk. My second secret? No sitting down all day. The kids are active, I am too. Losing while winning is the way to go. What are your weight loss secrets?

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Rough

Rough. That is the only way to describe this summer. Being a Mom is never easy but the summer months it is magnified. It has been so hot here on the east coast so keeping the kids busy has become a challenge. My running has taken a back seat. I am still spinning 3-4 days a week at 5:30 am but I hate the treadmill. Running in this heat is not for me. Interval training on the treadmill keeps me a little interested as well as the elliptical. I keep active all day with the kids. Swimming is a favorite activity that can last for hours. It has been rough so far, let’s hope it gets better. How do you stay safe and active in the summer?

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Just do it

Just do it. We have all seen the logo. But do we truly understand what it means? I think I do because I am doing it. It being reaching my fitness goals. Every morning for over two weeks I have hauled myself out of bed at an ungodly hour and into a workout. Sometimes it is a quiet run over my hilly streets or an intense 5:30 spin class. Whatever the workout I just do it…everyday. When the workout is over I have a big smile on my face. I feel high, happy, proud. Why? Because I Just Did It. How do you feel when you are reaching your goals?

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Daily Fitbit stats

My fitbit #fitstats for 6/12/2012: 8,947 steps and 3.6 miles traveled. http://www.fitbit.com/user/22P5YJ

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