These Women Inspire Me!

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It hasn't been the greatest week, health wise. My baby (he's 3 now, but he's still my baby) had a double ear infection and we were up with him for 2 nights in a row, then a fever/cough for the night after that which means I skipped 3 days of exercise because I didnít get up early in the morning and I didn't make myself go in the evening. I also had the "my body wants something, I don't know what it is", so I'm just going to eat.î Ever have that? I know I was tired, and I could have used a good nap instead of chocolate animal crackers and stale tortilla chips (with cheese), which were totally NOT worth the calories, but. they were there.

But this is life! And, I've got to deal, because circumstances will never be perfect for eating right or exercising. I picked myself up this morning and met Jillian downstairs and it felt SO good. It always does. When it's over, that is. That you DID it even when you really, really didn't want to. And let's be honestÖ.who ever does? So, I'm going to get back on the wagon.

This week, since I wasnít so motivational, I really want to share some inspiration from real women in my life. I love talking to people and hearing their stories and what worked for them. And by hearing them or reading them, they help me discover things that might click for me.

And do you know what? Not one is exactly the same, but they are all similar in one way: they decided it was time to change and they WORKED for it. None of them said it was easy.

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* My sister-in law, Maryn, (32 years old) decided it was time for a new beginning when they moved to a new city. She lost 20 pounds by following Body for Life, exercising 6 days a week, weight lifting, watching protein/carb ration, and drinking lots of water. She's kept it off! Favorite snacks: chocolate mint protein shakes, clif bars, granny smith apples with peanut butter.

You can read more about her journey on her blog.

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* My mom (59 yrs old) has lost 21 pounds over the past 5 years by joining Curves, walking, eating smaller portions, and listening more to her body.  Favorite snacks: special k light chips with jalapeno yogurt dip from Costco, 1/2 cup nonfat cottage cheese mixed together with a little fruit cup, sesame rice crackers with laughing cow light cheese, light pudding cups,  slice 1/2 of banana and mix it with 2 Tbs. lite chocolate syrup some fat free cool whip.

my mom (in the middle) with my sil and sister {below}

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* My friend, Cari (below, 28 yrs old) lost 57 pounds last year!! She cut calories, drank almost a gallon of water per day, and bought a treadmill. She slowly started walking for 30 minutes, and worked up to running over an hour. She didn't tell anyone in her family and they didn't even recognize her at the airport when she came to visit! Favorite snack: strawberries with a handful of spanish peanuts or a sugar free chocolate jello for a treat.

cari pics

*my mother-in-law, Danielle, (60 yrs) lost had great success with weight watchers and using a 1/4 carbs, 1/4 protein, and 1/2 vegetables ratio on her plate. She had a knee surgery, so she really worked on her eating since she couldn't exercise vigorously. She lost almost 20 pounds over the past couple of years and tries to avoid white bread/rice/pasta and focuses on whole grains. She also makes the most amazing chocolate cheesecake, but I watch her and she just has a small slice and she's satisfied with that. Favorite snacks: nuts, sugar free protein bars, fruit, greek yogurt.

my mother in law, Danielle

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Some more encouraging stories:

Amanda @ Kevin & Amanda

Jennifer Hudson on Oprah!

Shelley @ House of Smithís

Melissa @ Melissa's Heart and Home

Aren't they inspiring? I hope they have encouraged you like they do me. Will you tell me what ìclickedî for you in the comments? What keeps you going when your workout shoes and leftover chocolate cake are sitting there?

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