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No Excuses

I have something important to talk to you about today.

Something very important to me.

Grab a coffee or tea and settle in to read because you are going to be here for a while (this is a long post compared to most of the ones that I write).

Confession Time

Many of you that read here don’t know that I am severely over weight.

Well, you know now (and you still love me just the same, right?).  

When I look back on childhood pictures I was a pretty average size compared to everyone else, nothing that a little exercise couldn’t have fixed, but I always thought that I was really fat (it’s all about perception of yourself). 

None of my adult life has been lived at a normal weight. This weight came with me from childhood and multiplied. It has not been a fast gain, but a slow gradual increase. Let me try to explain.

Here Is My Story

After my first child (Elisha) was born eleven years ago, I required surgery for a 3rd degree tear which took a a long time to recover from. 

Then came another child (Moses). 

Then my first miscarriage. 

Then another child (Malachi). 

Malachi brought with him a gift for me in the form of symphysis pubis separation from about month six in the pregnancy. This included a great deal of pain, reduced movement, no lifting, etc. After his birth I had a uterine prolapse which brought with it more no lifting. During this pregnancy, I also had a bad fall (straight down on my behind) which brough with it a back injury and a great deal of pain.

Another fall (straight down on my behind again) a few years later and it was discovered that I had new and old compression fractures on my spine as well as osteoarthritis in my lower back

It was around this time that we discovered our oldest child (Elisha) had ADHD and Autism (and was highly gifted). This brought with it a complex set of challenges including avoiding crowds or environments that we couldn’t control for him to minimize behaviour and sensory outbursts. He also has ongoing sensory issues with food which are enough to drive me crazy.  

Then two more miscarriages. 

I took a chance and started to work on my weight. I worked really hard. I was just getting started and I lost a few pounds fairly easily.

Then I got pregnant with the twins.

I had no back pain during the pregnancy (I think they realigned my back for me) and not too much back pain after. I was not allowed to lift during the pregnancy and ended up on bed rest during the last week of my pregnancy. Then I had a c-section which was a very painful and slow road of recovery for me.

For the last three years, I have spent many hours each day (and night) breastfeeding my twins, which I love, but it has involved a lot of sitting. 

The truth is, I have not actually struggled with weight loss for most of the last 12 years. I have not even tried to lose weight (except once or twice). I have been satisfied. I eat when I am hungry, stop when I am full, and not much in between.

My weight gain has not been all about food. I don’t believe that I am overweight because of a consistent pattern of overeating. I believe that I am overweight because I don’t eat enough of the right foods and I am not as active as I should be. Pain has been a major contributor to inactivity. 

I have not always been inactive. I used to play baseball, bike ride, and swim when I was much younger. 

I have been relatively healthy for my weight. I don’t get sick very often (usually), but I do deal with chronic pain and arthritis on an almost daily basis. The old fractures in my spine, from a few falls, flair up when the weather pressure changes. 

Decision Time

I got Strep Throat in January and was finally able to knock it out after three rounds of nasty antibiotics. Then, I had a knee injury in February that has limited my mobility for almost 4 months. 

That knee injury is what made me say, enough is enough. 

I don’t want to be overweight anymore. 

My body is falling apart. I need to fix it before I can’t.

I have made a decision.

I have been thinking about it long and hard. I have been weighing the pros and cons (no pun intended). I have been discussing it with Jonah.

It is time.

There are only two more years until I turn 40.

I don’t want to enter my 40′s severely overweight, obese, supersize. 

There are so many things that I can’t or don’t enjoy because I am overweight.

I have lost weight before – and I know how to do it  - for my body. I just need to do it.

I am ready.

I want to go into the next 40 years at a healthy weight.

Digging Deep To Find Myself

If you know me in any way shape or form, you know that I love people. I love chatting and making friends. I am an out going person. I don’t think I come across as insecure and self consious, but I could be wrong.

The online community has been an amazing way for me to really be who I am without worrying about what people think about how I look. This is freeing. (Thank you to all my online friends for taking the time to get to know the real me!)

Making Changes

Last week, I pulled out my walking videos and I sat and watched them to see which one I wanted to start with. I actually sat and watched the workout. My husband didn’t understand why I was sitting and watching them, but I needed to watch it before I committed to doing it. Whatever works, right?

When Things Don’t Go As Planned

One day this week, I was wanting to have my daily coffee time with my hubby and then do my walking video, but the twins decided they wanted to have a nursing nap. Then they slept on my bed while I did school with the big boys. 

I was sitting thinking before dinner thinking about some things that I wanted to write in my journal. I was also thinking about wanting to do the walking video.

I decided to get up and do the video instead of writing about how I felt about doing the video (making positive changes).

Starting Simple, Pushing Hard

I had already made the decision that I would only attempt the warm up – about 5 minutes, but I ended up walking the whole mile.

Did you hear that?

I walked a whole mile (about 13 minutes)! I haven’t done that in 3 years.

There will always be something that I can use as an excuse to keep me from exercising. It wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought and I even ended up walking the whole mile. 

My First Walk

Now, I have to tell you a story about that actual walk. I have not put on the walking video since before the twins were born, so the big kids have never really seen me exercise before. 

Elisha (11) was encouraging and jumped right in with me and then proceed to finish three more miles after I finished my one. I was so proud of him.

Moses (9) stood and watched us for a bit and then proceeded to the basement to inspect the ceiling and came back to report that we were cracking it from our exercise. That and his pacing back and forth between Elisha and I, was a bit distracting, but I didn’t stop.

Malachi was oblivious on the computer in the basement.

Zion was off playing somewhere.

And sweet Hosanna, you know what she was doing? She was kicking my bum from her place on the couch. She thought it was very funny to gently nudge me with her feet every time I got close enough. 

More Walking 

Another night this week, I was determined to push past my physical pain and walk anyways. I told my self that I HAD to do the warm up, but I didn’t have to do the mile if I didn’t want to. I knew that once I was up and moving that I would most likely finish the mile, which I did. 

This walk was character building for me. Daddy had come home from a long walk with some of the kids, so we were having a late supper. I had wanted to get my walk in before the meal was served, but it didn’t happen.

I did it anyways. 

So there I am, the entertainment for dinner.

Walking video on, doing my thing.

Kids are moving all around finding seats, getting seconds, etc.

Our living room simply is not big enough for that much excitement.

Zion, bless his heart, spilt his water all over the crummy floor (that didn’t get vacuumed after lunch) where I was trying to walk.  

So now I am walking on wet crumbs. Yummy. 

I did try to move to another area of the floor just as the one mile ended. Isn’t that always the way it goes. 

No Excuses

  • I can’t afford to eat properly
  • I don’t have the energy to exercise
  • I don’t have the time to exercise
  • I hurt
  • I am too tired

There cannot be any more excuses for me. I am working through all the excuses. There will always be some excuse that I could use, but I am making the choice not to. There are no more excuses.

There will always be excuses, but what I do inspite of the possible excuses that I could use will show me what I am made of.

I need to change my mindset. I think changing my mind is going to be the hardest thing. I need to work past excuses. 

My Top 3 Excuses

  1. physical pain
  2. fatigue
  3. it’s too hard

I think those three have to be my top 3, regularly used excuses and I will be diligently watching for them to come up and pushing through them. 

But I Did It Anyways

I was hurting before my workout – but i did it anyways

I was tired before my workout – but I did it anyways.

I was thinking that the work out was too hard – but I did it anyways

Thinking About Tomorrow

I don’t want to be sitting here 2 years from now (turning 40) and still be in the same place as I am now. Overweight, in pain and tired all the time. 

  • What is my excuse and what can I do about it? 
  • What can I choose to do to be more active?
  • How can I change my life?

My Goals Right Now

  • walking one mile once per day (working up to 3 times per day)
  • drink more water (I love water with lemon)
  • increase my vegetables (I really do love vegetables)
  • make all my food colorful, tasty, and fun to eat

How Am I Doing Wih My Goals?

  • I have walked 4 days in a row now, and 1 day a few days before that.
  • On the water front, I was doing well until we ran out of fresh lemons. And now I am going back to – no excuses – and drinking it anyways. (We have lemons again now, too). 
  • I have been doing really well on increasing the veggies. We have been adding salad greens and extra veggies to every meal. I have even been replacing some starches with low carb veggies.
  • Right now I am also trying to focus on making everything that I eat be colorful, really yummy, and extremely enjoyable.I am making an effort to make eating more of an experience. I am trying to focus on color and flavor so that I am not just cooking anything, but really taking the time to think through the food choices.

Choosing A New Path, One With No Excuses

I was thinking last night that changing my whole life is not going to be an easy task and I will need to push harder through times when I want to make excuses.

I’m not telling you

it is going to be easy,

I’m telling you that

it is going to be worth it.  

I printed out that quote above to hang on my wall and I will be printing out this scripture too. 

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

This Is Who I am Now

June 1 2011
June 1 2011
June 1 2011

I will be completely honest with you. When I saw these photos for the first time, I wanted to cry. We don’t have a full body mirror in the house and I only ever get to see my face in the bathroom mirror (or the odd photo). It is time for change.

Are You Coming Along For The Journey?

This is a whole journey to discover who I really am. You are welcome to tag along if you wish. I would love the company. I can assure that it won’t be pretty. It will actually be quite messy most of the way. There are destined to be good days and bad days and maybe some in between, but in the end it will all be worth it. 

I am linking up this post with Weight Loss Wednesdays, Weekly Weigh In, and See Jamie Blog.

 

HoneyBrown

Jesus follower, wife of 1, mama of 5, homeschooler, writer, painter, graphic designer, crochet lover...

Comments

Kris
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Congratulations, Honey! That kind of attitude is what will make your success happen. I know how hard it is to start, but it won’t be long until you’re looking back and thinking how very glad you are that you got started. You can do it!

Honey
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Hi Kris,
Thank you for all of your encouragement. It was hard to start. I am really looking forward to looking back.

Kris
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Sometimes taking that first step and making the decision to do something about your weight is the hardest part. I can’t wait to watch you succeed!

Honey
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Hi Kris,
Thank you for your continued support.

Jenn
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I am so, so proud of you my friend! YOU are an inspiration! xxx

Honey
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Hi Jenn,
Thank you so much for being such a supportive friend. It means a lot to me. I love how we were able to pick back up after all those years. So cool.

Dawn
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I am so proud of you for deciding to take charge of your health. I have had the same awakenings, although granted I’m not as far behind as you are, but I don’t want to be too crabby/sore/tired/overweight to enjoy my kids or my life in my 40′s. Just one step at a time, you can do it! Just a thought too: Have you talked to your doctor about it? There may be a program or something that would be covered, that would help you along. ;)

Honey
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Hi Dawn,
Thank you for joining me in my journey.

With regards to seeing my doctor. Thank you for the advice, but here are my thoughts.

I have an aversion to doctors because they see every health concern as weight related, even if it is not. I have tried low calorie diets before and they don’t work “for me”. My doctor has only ever suggested low calorie diets or the cabbage soup diet.

I know everyone always suggests that you see your doctor first and while I agree with that, if I waited until I went, I would never start.

I know the foods to eat to help me lose weight. I don’t want to go on any kind of weird diet plan that I can’t carry through with forever. I want a new relationship with food. I want to really experience it instead of just eat it.

I know what exercise is safe for me to do. I have a knee that is healing from an injury, so the safest thing for me to do is walk in my living room (as long as the floor is clear of toys). I do have every intention of moving on to other exercises (like swimming and biking) and I dream of doing that, but this is where I start.

Sue
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If I know anything about you Honey, it’s that when you set your mind to something, it gets done. I can not wait to see what God is going to do in you and through you as you “walk” down the path with Him!!!

Honey
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Hi Sue,
I am really excited to see how God is going to change my whole life through this journey. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Diane R
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Dear Honey,

How brave & strong you are to share your journey with us! I know you will loose the weight you want! You are doing it right with walking & the water is terrific! My adult daughter who is 30 (& on a journey like you) has lost 85lbs by walking, she walks &/or runs 3miles 4-5 days a week. She also stopped drinking sodas & now drinks water. Speaking of water… how about getting a bottle of lemon juice to add to your water when you run out of lemons?
Congratulations on your journey!

“I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me!!”

big hug & love, Diane :)

Honey
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Hi Diane,

Thank you for reading. Congratulations to your daughter.
I have noticed that the more water I drink, the more I don’t like the sodas and even my coffee.

I have actually tried the bottled lemon juice. We always have it in the house to make lemonade for the kids. It just doesn’t taste the same.

Today I tried orange slices and that was yummy too.

Sam
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Congrats Honey!!! I’m so proud of you for posting this and your pictures! I normally follow you through my homeschooling blog posted with my comments, but feel free to check out my general/weight loss blog mykidsmydietmylife.blogspot.com. I’ll be working right with you. Excuses are my problem too HUGS!

Deana
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So proud of you Honey! You are going to do great! So brave to share what you struggle with with your readers. I would love to join you on your journey!

Honey
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Hi Deana,
It was a very hard thing to share my struggle and especially the photos. I look forward to having you join me on this journey.

Carletta
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Honey, you are making great progress already! I also think it is awesome that you are going about this in a way that WILL result in long-term health and weight loss success.

I can really relate to seeing a picture of myself and realizing I was totally out of touch with how I looked. It was depressing, but at the same time, a good motivator.

I am blessed to have you as an accountability partner. Thank you for being so honest and transparent!

Honey
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Hi Carletta
I was so out of touch with how I really looked, it was shocking. Mind you, I can only see my face in the mirror and my feet. The rest (my bigger parts) elude my view unfortunately. It was a very good motivator.
It has been a blessing to me also to have you gals as accountability partners. I am so thankful for all the love and support I am getting from my online friends.

MamaLaundry
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Honey, I am so proud of you and so thrilled for you. And I really admire you – you are making huge strides to change your life. Your list of excuses got me thinking about my own. ‘It’s too hard’ and ‘I’m too tired’ top my list daily.

We are here for you, friend! You’ve gotten an excellent start.

-Lauren

Honey
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Hi Lauren,
The excuses have been the things I use to talk myself out of making change. Now, I talk myself out of excuses.

Jamie
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You are off to a great start, and you have clearly thought it all through and have your wonderful reasons set out before you. You CAN do this! I’m eager to follow you on this journey, and cheer you on as you go. (hugs)

Honey
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Hi Jamie,
Thank you for the positive affirmations. I am really excited to get to the end of the race, but I am going to enjoy my transformation journey along the way.

Cheryl@SomewhatCrunchy
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Honey – thank you so much for sharing your journey and baring your soul. I am so excited for what changes will be coming your way, when you start to see the fruit of your labors! I love your quote, I am going to use that too. I will be praying and rooting for you as I work on my weight loss too! Congrats Honey!

Honey
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Hi Cheryl,
I really did feel like I was baring my soul. I am excited about all the changes too. I have a collection of awesome quotes that are encouraging me along with my cheering section (you) here. Thank you.

Honey
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Thank you for your support.

Kristina @ With God's Help
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I’ve only been following you for a short time. Even though I don’t know you personally I know what it’s like to be a busy mom and how hard it is to just keep pushing and do what’s good for ourselves. I loved that you kept walking on the “crummy” floor and made no excuses and did things anyway. I feel proud of you, a complete stranger :-) I am praying that you will feel proud of yourself even on the days when you “fail” – and that you will know that God is proud of you too :-)

Honey
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Hi Kristina,
Thank you for following me. It is hard to take time to look after mama. Thank you for your encouragement. I am working on doing hard things.

Alicia The Snowflake
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I’m so excited for you!!!! You can do this my friend!!!! And we’ll be right here with you every step of the way. You are an amazing woman. And I can’t wait to see how much more amazing you become through this whole process. Big (((hugs))) to you!!!!

Honey
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Hi Alicia,
It is so nice to know that there are so many people supporting me on this journey. This is not just about losing pounds or inches, but getting to know who I really am and all that my life can be.

Melissa
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I just wanted to send a note of encouragement to you! You are making a fantastic decision… just remember to wake up each morning and make that decision again because sometimes that’s what it takes. I think it’s great that you are being open and honest… most importantly to yourself! Sending hugs and prayers for the beginning of your journey! :-)

Honey
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Hi Melissa,
Thank you for the reminder that each day the decision needs to be made a new. That is so true. Thank you for your encouragement.

Angela @ Homegrown Mom
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Whoo hoo! I am so proud of you! You will always remember this day, the day you MADE the decision and shared it with the world! We will be here, cheering you on and you have really inspired me to stop making excuses! I am seriously going to go walk right now!
:-)

Honey
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Hi Angela,
Yes – June 1, 2011 is the day I decide the change my life. I am so excited that I was able inspire you. How did your walk go?
I usually do my walking video sometime before dinner and before bed. I still have to do mine today.

Nicole
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I think you are a really brave and generous woman to share this with all of us. Brave for having the guts to start something, and generous for letting us follow along! I am fighting with some of the same issues, and so I thank you for sharing:)
Know that there are tons of people rooting for you! (including me, and I will help in any way that I can)

Honey
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Hi Nicole,
I am so thankful that you will be able to share in the experience of my journey. Thankful for your encouraging words and your support.

paige
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wow, honey – you are so brave to write all that out. i know when i start something i am always such a coward to share ’cause i wonder if i’ll follow through.
i’m excited to watch your journey. *40′s gonna be awesome!*

Honey
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Hi Paige,
Thank you so much for taking the time to read. It took a lot of courage to write all that down and lay it bare here for the world to see. I am so thankful that I have encouraging and supportive friends who are willing to take this journey along with me.
I am looking forward to really and truly enjoying my 40′s and onward.

Sara at Saving For Someday
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Honey,

Success will be yours! It’s always what’s on the inside that matters. But the truth is, what’s on the outside is what causes our knees to ache, our breath to be labored and our movement to be slow. Along with all the other ladies who already posted, I cheer you!

It is so important that you’re doing this for YOU. Not for anyone else. Because if you want it, you can do it! You have a support system that is here if you need us.

I, too, have decided to make some changes in my exercise and eating. And the one thing I remember from being at Weight Watchers is that sometimes we don’t lose weight because we’re not eating enough. Crazy as that sounds, it is true. Which is why I love that you’re focusing on a colorful plate!

It will be a long journey, but you’ll get there! Take it one step at a time and know that as long as you keep working toward your goal you’ll get there!

I know this must have been a difficult post, but you’ll never regret it!

You friend,
Sara

Honey
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Hi Sara,
I am being selfish and doing this all for me, but everyone can enjoy the benefits. I am so thankful for the support that I have in my blogging friends.

I totally understand about not losing weight because we aren’t losing weight. A colorful plate is way more interesting and usually more tasty depending on the cook.

I know it will be a long journey, but if I sit and wait, I will never get anywhere. Three years have passed since the twins were born and the time has gone by so fast.

It was a very difficult post to write, but I knew that it had to be done.

Thank you for your support.

Lynn Schott, Founders Academy
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Let’s encourage each other. I had the same conversation with myself last week. As you know, we went on vacation, and I’m shocked at the way I look in the photos. I will be 50 next February, and I don’t want to be in the same place I am now when I get to my next birthday. Here’s to lots of prayer, walking, water and veggies! And trimmer, cuter selves for our hubbies.

Honey
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Hi Lynn,
I am excited that you are joining me on this journey. I don’t know if you have noticed, but there are not very many pictures of me on this blog. I am usually the one behind the camera for a reason.
Lots of prayer, walking, water, and veggies, sounds great to me.
Cuter for my hubby sounds really good too.

Sheri
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I am so very proud of you….
keep on keeping on….
I too, battle with my own image in my own ways, and walking is so beneficial for me, not only for the exercise, but it helps with my attitude and mental clarity too.
(((hugs)))
~Sheri

Honey
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Hi Sheri,
I have found the walking has really helped me. I am actually starting to enjoy it .
Thank you for your encouraging words.

Emily
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This is inspirational and makes me feel like such a dork about my own failure to do something about my weight. My excuses are far flimsier, I’m sure.

I’m rooting for you even if I’ve only read a couple of your posts.

Honey
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Hi Emily,
I am glad I was able to inspire you.
DON’T feel like a dork. We all have our own issues to work through. I have spent a lot of time thinking about doing this, but now, it’s time. I have to.
I am glad to have you cheering me on.

Mandy
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I am rooting for you 100%! It’s a hard battle to fight, but you have such great attitude about it. I can’t wait to read more of your journey. :)

Honey
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Hi Mandy,
It is a hard battle to fight – which is why I have mostly avoided it for the last 12 years. I am happy to have you come along on my journey.

Jules
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hey there:) This is my first time here, and I’m so inspired !! Deciding to change is a big and scary decision to make-congratulations on making it :) Praying for your success in your new endeavor :)

Honey
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Hi Jules,
Thank you so much for visiting. This decision was big and scary, but now, I am facing my fears head on. I look forward to you visiting again. Thank you for your prayers.

Angie @ Many Little Blessings
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I’m so proud of you, Honey! I know this had to take a lot of courage to write (and especially to share pictures). I really feel you on so many of these things, and began trying to work on my weight and health with some seriousness at the beginning of May. I’m down about 9 pounds so far. I just can’t wait until someday when I can go into a regular store and buy clothes, and not somewhere like Lane Bryant or CJ Banks. I’m tired of those kinds of stores.

Honey
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Hi Angie,
It did take a lot of courage to write and definitely even more to share the pictures.
That is so exciting about losing 9lbs. Congratulations!
I totally hear you about shopping at those plus size stores. I will say the designs are getting better, but no where near they could be. I am tired of those kinds of stores too. I really want to choose clothes that reflect my personality and I have not been able to do that for the last 15 years or more… so pretty much forever.
Thank you for joining me on this journey. We can encourage each other.

Taunya
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Oh Honey, you are so brave to share your honesty! That’s the first step in changing and healing! You can do it! I’ll do what I can to cheer you on!

Honey
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Hi Taunya,
I appreciate your comments. Thank you for being there to cheer me on.

Brenda
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My daughter told me to read your site as she was so motoviated by reading it and happy for you. As you know we have both had problems with our weight forever but are really cheering you on.
You have already down the hardest part by really looking deep inside yourself and making up your mind change your life style. I know that you are a really strong person and because you have really commited to this you will lose the weight. I really believe in you Honey .You are such a smart and beautiful person already. Praying for your journey.

Honey
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Hi Brenda (and say hi to your daughter for me),
Thank you for reading and leaving such a kind and encouraging comment.
I am looking forward to the rest of my life without all this weight.

Jennifer
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I came to your blog looking for workbox information, but when I saw this post I had to comment. {{Hugs}} I wish you the very best of luck. I started my weight loss journey a year ago weighing in at a whopping 435 pounds. You can read my blog if you’d like. You can do this!

Honey
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Hi Jennifer,
Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. I popped into your blog for a short visit and I am really impressed with the huge amount of weight that you have lost. Thank you for joining me on this journey.

The Mom Pledge
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Good for you for making the commitment to make a positive change in your life! It sounds like you have a great attitude and the right approach. Best of luck to you! I know you will be successful. :)

Honey
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Hi,
Thank you for your encouragement. I am really thankful for all the support from my blogging (and real life) friends.

rebecca
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wow! you have really inspired me to get off my bum and do something. I am a homeschooling mom of 3 and seem to have become increasingly bigger as the years go. My biggest fault is wasting food and so i tend to pick at what ever the kiddies leave on their plates. but starting today I am going to make an effort to lose 100 lbs this year! I will definately be checking your post. Thank you for the encouragement!!!!!

Honey
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Hi Rebecca,
I am so glad I was able to inspire you. We can encourage each other on our journey. I look forward to getting to know you.

B
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I’m right there with you Honey.
I’ll be 40 in 4 short years & I don’t want to enter my 40s the way I am right now.

Best wishes to you in your journey. It is a long tough road, and sometimes the end will feel out of reach, but we can do it!

Honey
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Hi B,
We can do it. I would love it if you would join me on my journey and we can walk this road together.

Cindy
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Honey, I am so PROUD of you! You’re going to do this, and I’m a great big fan. Just don’t give up. Ever. <3

Honey
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Hi Cindy,
Thank you for cheering me on. I look forward to the reward of all the hard work.

Joy
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Honey, I am so glad you you posted this. I had been following Kris and a couple of other bloggers on their weight loss. I started a couple of years ago and lost 50lbs. Due to medical issues with pain, I stopped exercising. I was diagnosed with arthritis and fibromyalgia. They put me on some medication and it has helped. However, I still made excuses. I have gained some of the weight back and I am miserable. How much have I gained back? I am not for sure because I haven’t been in a scale in a few weeks. My clothes are tighter and I am tired a lot more now. After seeing myself in some pictures from a ladies weekend retreat and then from our homeschool picnic this past week, I told myself, no matter what, today would be the day of the rest if my life. I will do this. I will get this weight off. I know it would make my life so much easier getting around. I have logged into http://www.myfitnesspal.com and have started logging my food again. I will also be tracking my exercise. I did it once before and I will do it again. I am claiming the same verse you shared. I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthen me. Blessings to you my friend!!

Honey
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Hi Joy,
You can do this! Let’s do it together. No more excuses.

JaNell
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Hi Honey,
This is the first I’ve read of you. You are an inspiration. I identify with so much of your journey. I am 3 years away from being 40 and am trying to figure out how to get this excess weight off me. I don’t have a quantity, or emotional tie to food either. I just simply haven’t moved my body enough to keep it healthy. I could list all the many reasons why I haven’t been active enough to work off what I’ve eaten, but that would be pointless. Bottom line is I have 100 lbs on me I want off like yesterday, and after that goes then trimming another 20-30. So Walking daily, swimming 4-5 times a week. Swimming is an excellent activity since it renders you weightless, so the pressure is off your joints making it easier to move. (although, for me getting into a swimsuit is going to be a big slice of humble pie) And increasing water consumption.

Girl, you are on the right track that’s for sure!!!!!

Honey
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Hi JaNell,
Thank you so much for leaving a comment. Let’s do this together. I love swimming. While I could find a swim suit that would fit me locally, I am not ready to endure the stares and the ridicule that I would find at the local pool. I will swim again someday. I really hope you will visit me again and let me know how you are doing!

Jenny
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Hi! I actually just started my own Weight Loss Wednesday on my blog. It is new and so there is not alot of action over there yet, but I would love to have you link up weekly on Weds. I just had my 7th baby and have a good chunk I want to lose. Let’s encourage each other!

Honey
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Hi Jenny,
I have decided that I am going to be putting up my No Excuses posts on Thursdays, but I would be happy to come over and link up once they are up. I would love it if we encourage each other.

Jenny
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That would be great!!

Amy
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Honey,

I’ll go along with you on your journey. I had our fourth blessing last September and because of extensive scar tissue, it took a while to recover from my c-section. I haven’t gotten the “baby weight” off yet! I have at least forty pounds to lose. I am going to go on this journey with you, and I’m going to stop making excuses about loosing the weight. I was walking in to lose the weight (2 to 3 miles…four times a week), but aggravated an old knee injury and just stopped. I’m gonna get out there today and knock out at least a mile (probably more…b/c I’m like you…once I start moving, I don’t want to stop!). I look forward to hearing about your progress!!!! Thanks for motivating me!!!!!

Honey
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Hi Amy,
I am so glad you are joining me on my journey. I am also happy that I was able to motivate you. I am looking forward to sharing my progress here each week. I am happy that you will be joining me.

Tammy
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Wow! What an awesome attitude you have! I am so proud of you. Seriously. Thank you for sharing your journey with us all. You can do it! It is very brave of you.

Honey
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Hi Tammy,
Thank you for leaving me such encouraging words. I hope you will follow along on my journey.

jenn
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i am in tears!! i love every word of this – what an awesome attitude you have! God is going to (already is) do great things through you, honey! thank you for being so REAL! on the hard days – PRESS ON! know that God is cheering you on (& so am i)!
love you, girl!

Honey
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Hi Jenn,
I didn’t mean to make you cry. Thank you for the encouraging words. On the hard days, I will come here and read all the comments from people who believe in me. Come along with me on my journey.

Cheryl@OntheOldPath
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Honey you are indeed very brave and I will join with you. I will turn 38 this year so I feel very connected to the desire to be healthy by 40. I am also concerned at the example I am setting for my children. I am so encouraged by your determination. Praying for you through this journey.

Honey
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Hi Cheryl,
I hope you will join me on my journey and make whatever changes you need to in your own life. No more excuses. 40 will be here before we know it and we won’t be able to redeem the time. Thank you for your prayers.

Robin in New Jersey
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What a great post! I will be here to cheer you on. I myself need to lose at least 20 pounds. 30 would be better. I just turned 51 and for the past 5 years I have been saying, you have to lose weight. Then I had all the excuses , I’m too tired, I have too much to do, I hate sweating. I also hate carrying around the extra weight! Now my BP is too high(I always had low BP) and the doctor put me on meds. Enough!
Let’s get moving!

Honey
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Hi Robin,
Thank you for being here to cheer me on. I can cheer you on too. The excuses are so easy to fall back, but no more. You can do it. I look forward to seeing you here every week.

Stephanie
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Congratulations,Honey! I got frustrated after baby #6 and my husband helped me lose a ton of weight but now i need to do it again :)… It does get easier! I’m cheering for you!

Honey
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Hi Stephanie,
We can cheer each other on. I long to be more active and take hikes and have adventures like your family does. I just need to keep that as my motivation (to have a better life for myself). Thank you for being there to cheer me on. Each day that I work hard will bring me one day closer to my goals.

Teresa
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Honey,
Clicked on link at Above Rubies. I am in a similar place with my weight, but am 42 going on 43. I had made some small goals, but find myself making excuses, or “forgetting”. Thank you for your post. I look forward to future posts and count me in!

Honey
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Hi Teresa,
Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to comment. I hope we can encourage each other to stop making excuses and take charge of our lives. It is so easy to “forget” until it becomes a habit.

Grandma Jess
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I am not very mobile now also, due to the pain. I am wanting to walk a little every day, even if its just around the block. So, I’ll be right there with you! Since I’ve gotten the fibro I’ve put on so much weight. I lost really well before when I cut carbs. So, that is what I’m doing.

Honey
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Hi Karla,
It is hard to push through when the pain is something you feel with every step. I encourage you to check out the Leslie Sansone video here
http://www.walkathome.com/try-walk-at-home/
because then you can walk in your living room. Not as much fun, but also not as much risk of injury.
I also lose weight really well when I cut out or even cut back on the carbs. I am not really focusing on the food aspect right now (yet), other than eating more veggies (low carb veggies) and more colorful foods.
Blessings Honey

Grandma Jess
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Oh and when I was in Orthopedics, we sent people needing to lose weight and in pain to the Arthritis water exercise programs. I want to get my finances situated and try that also.

Honey
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Hi Karla,
I do hope to get to the place where I can do water aerobics because I have done that in the past and really enjoyed it. I also can’t wait until I can swim laps again. I miss the pool.
Blessings
Honey

Noodle
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(Here via Eclipsed)

We used to sing a little song in Sunday School — “Excuses, excuses, we hear them every day. The devil will supply them, if from church you’ll stay away!” Here’s my version: “Excuses, excuses, I make them every day! But I’m here to tell you, on this path I’ll stay!” Yeah, it’s cheezy, but I sing that to myself quite a bit.

GOOD FOR YOU on making that healthy decision and sticking with it!

Honey
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Hi Noodle,
I had not heard that song before, I like your version.
Blessings
Honey

willie mitchell
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Honey, I have been eating gluten-free for 2 weeks and watching what I eat and have lost 7 pounds. You have nudged me to try very hard to walk daily. I am 63 years old, morbidly obese, have fibro and have had bursitis in my hip. But I’m going to start singing Noodle’s little ditty to keep from making excuses. Thank God, I found this post throught eclipsed!

Honey
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Hi Willie,
I am so glad you found my blog too. Congratulations on the 7 pounds. Eating gluten-free is a challenge (we did it for 2 years – gluten-free and dairy-free).
How is the walking going?
Blessings
Honey

Jenny
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I’ve never read your blog b4, but am subscribing right now. I’m in a similar boat, only I’m older, turning 50 in a few days. I found out that if I don’t schedule time to walk (I use Walk Away the Pounds) then the day goes by and it doesn’t happen. I set my phone alarm to go off at 10am for walking and at 3pm for swimming. I’m on week 2 and already feel so much better. Your post today is vary inspirational! Keep up the HARD work and keep posting about it! It helps to not feel so alone on this lo-o-o-o-ng journey.

Honey
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Hi Jenny,
I am glad you found me. I have been thinking this past week that I really need to have scheduled times for my walking videos.
I am thankful that my post was inspirational for you. Sometimes the journey does feel very long and lonely.
Keep checking in and letting me know how you are doing.
Blessings Honey

Jill
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Hi. I found your blog via Eclipsed. I am so glad I did. I just read this post and just knew you were going to help me on my journey. Your voice just spoke to me and I feel so inspired. I am in the middle of a 6 year journey. I have lost 80 pounds-(which I am so very proud of) but continue to struggle. I am queen of making excuses. I am going to re-read this post every morning. I look forward to following you along your journey!!!

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