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9/28/12 4:47 P

Hey Tula,
I finished my dissertation last December, right around when I decided that I had run out of excuses and that it was time for me to get in shape. It is a good time for it. You have time to study up and to concentrate on meaningful changes.

It sounds cliche to say it but the two most important things for me have been a) super strict and proper portion control and b) a switch to whole foods. No packaged and preprocess foods, no ma'am. I've gone from a size 14 to a size 6. I have never been not overweight in, well, my entire teenage or adult life and this is great. I just wish I did those two things sooner.

All the best!

TULAA3 Posts: 308
9/28/12 3:29 P

Thanks for the comments-I managed a great run and felt good about it, even if I did keep peeking around for old high school classmates to pop out of the next tree to taunt me! Kudos on facing your fears, one day at a time. It only gets easier!

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 49,696
9/27/12 1:19 A

I faced the fear of getting TOO OLD - birthday was yesterday and I was feeling under the weather and the temptation to let myself feel DOWN and TOO OLD was there - I beat it though and had a pretty good day, even though I am creeping up toward social security.

HEIDIANN-50 Posts: 41
9/27/12 12:39 A

Good luck Tula, you'll do great! And kudos on your dissertation...what an accomplishment!!

My fear is speaking my truth in a kind way, and sticking to my convictions, regardless of the fallout......this is the stuff I eat at. And I haven't so far today. yesterday I did some eating at the fear, but I didn't continue with it today so as to avoid a 'relapse' I guess this right word.

So kudos to me, too!!

TULAA3 Posts: 308
9/26/12 4:10 P

I have recently moved back home to finish my dissertation, the last piece of my graduate program requirements. It takes a special sort of strength to move back home as an adult and deal with all the insecurities that come with it. Thus far, I've been doing fine, mostly helped by the fact that it has been 11 years and most of the people I knew in the painfully awkward high school years are 1) moved away or 2) faces I don't recognize any more.
Since I have extra down time during the day, I have started exercising. Up to this point, I have only been brave enough to do a few elliptical workouts in the basement and cardio DVDs with the blinds closed.
Today is different. I need to lose the 30 pounds I gained on internship last year, and develop some healthy habits. That isn't going to happen without some major changes and some scary challenges, such as running outside past my old neighborhood.
I am overweight, I am slow, and I can't manage to jog more than a minute at a time. But that is still something. And there is no way I am going to get up to running my goal of a 5k unless I drag my butt outside and do it.
So here is to facing my fears, one slow, jumpy step at a time...wish me luck!

What fear did you face today?

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