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I know it’s been awhile since I blogged regularly…….it’s the last thing on my mind during the holidays, but I thought I’d give you an update on my progress with losing weight in 2009.

I started at Thanksgiving of 2008 with managing my food intake. For me, that meant smaller portions, drinking water, not sodas, no french fries, grilled chicken instead of crispy chicken and cutting back on snacks, sweets, etc.

I started taking green tea pills as an antioxidant, they really seemed to help with weight loss.

I struggle with exercising consistently and I don’t like to go to the gym to work out, so I tell myself that a little bit of exercise is better than none. In the summer, we went for walks a couple times a week and did some swimming, even though it was just once in awhile, I could tell that I lost more weight the weeks we went for walks than I did when we didn’t get any exercise in. I also count mowing the lawn as exercise…..that counts…..right ? 🙂

My other approach was to work on my weight goals 5lbs at a time. I didn’t work on the total number I needed to lose, just the next 5 lb goal. I was on the scale 3 or 4 mornings a week monitoring my progress to the next goal and cheering myself on!

The grand total lost in 2009 was 35 lbs! It felt so good to see the numbers on the scale drop and to drop to clothing sizes…..but it was a daily process and little bits of progress here and there.

My goal for 2010 is 20 lbs (5 lbs at a time of course) and then I’ll be where I need to be.

Those of you who are working on weight loss……you can do it! Find what works for you, and work on it little by little.

You know what they say….”Slow and steady wins the race.”

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Sorry it’s been a LONG time since I posted anything!  As my mom would say “real life is what happens when we have other plans”  these last couple of months have been good.  Busy, but good and some “real life’ has been going on for us.

Anyway, here are some updates and I plan to start posting regularly again…..thanks for your patience.

#1, I’ve lost 21 lbs since Thanksgiving!!!  (Yea for the green tea!)

#2, Grace is doing FANTASTIC in her swimming classes.

#3, God has been so good to us, despite the economy and state of our nation, He keeps sending me business.  I now have 25 piano students on my schedule and ebay is keeping me very busy as well.

#4, I am learning more and more every day that the center of God’s will is the only place to be happy and to receive God’s greatest blessings.

#5, We’re packing our bags and getting ready to take a LONG OVER DUE vacation in June 🙂

Thanks for your prayers and emails eventhough I’ve not been posting.
-Beth

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Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years were so nice this year, very laid back and I was glad that Grace and I got to do several fun activities together to really enjoy the holidays.  I also got a lot of things done in the past two weeks with the extra days off.  (yea!)  Now I’m groaning that it’s back to regular schedule starting Monday, the nice thing is that it looks like I rearranged the classes I teach and it looks like I’ll have Friday’s off this semester!

So, I promised to keep you updated on the Green Tea pills I started taking to see if they really do help with weight loss and…….not only did I not gain any weight over the holidays, but the scale confirms that I LOST 3 lbs in the last 2 weeks!  I think the green tea is helping.  Just 2 more lbs and I’ll have another 5lb goal met!!!

Anyway, the tree is put away now for another year, so I guess it’s back to regular life now.

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Good news!!!  The scale confirms it….I’ve reached my 5lb goal!  Now I only have 5lbs left until I reach my next goal!  (You can read about my weight loss goals here.)

I seemed to be on a plateau in weight loss and you know how you beat yourself up for it…….anyway, I kept telling myself…..”This is crazy….you have to get this baby weight off!”  So, in my attempt to figure out how to get the last half of the weight off, I read almost every article I could find about weight loss in women’s magazines. 

I don’t go for diets where you have to eat weird things to lose weight and I don’t go for weight loss pills, so most of the diets I read about I discarded…..then I came across a diet article that said you can lose weight by drinking tea each day.  It gave all of these great ways to get your tea consumption in.  While I was reading it, I thought to myself…”It sounds simple enough, but I’m not a tea drinker.”  (I cannot stand tea…..anyway…) so I was about to discard this diet too when I saw that it suggested that if you’re not a tea drinker, you can still use the diet by taking Green Tea Pills.

I hadn’t heard of Green Tea Pills, but I thought I’d check it out the next time I went to the store.  I also ran it by a friend of mine and she said that she takes them and thinks they help with weight loss and energy.  They’re all natural, so I thought I’d give it a try.  I’m on day 2 of the green tea pills, I’ll let you know in a couple of weeks if I think they’re working.

Another encouraging thing I read about weight loss this week is that any form of exercise, even if it’s for only 5 minutes helps you burn calories.  The article said that 5 minutes of exercise a day, 6x a day is JUST AS EFFECTIVE as 30 minutes at the same time.

I like the 5 minute concept, just like I like the setting goals to lose 5 LBS at a time, it makes it not so overwhelming.

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