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I have a hard time slowing down and staying grounded in the present. I'm on autopilot way too often when it comes to my body. I want to get to the point where I am making conscious choices instead of acting out of habit. I want to be happy and at peace right now, while still having goals to get better.

I am learning how to be more boring in all aspects of life, and it is helping me to regain control. I am learning to say NO to myself and others. I am learning how to enjoy ...
I have a hard time slowing down and staying grounded in the present. I'm on autopilot way too often when it comes to my body. I want to get to the point where I am making conscious choices instead of acting out of habit. I want to be happy and at peace right now, while still having goals to get better.

I am learning how to be more boring in all aspects of life, and it is helping me to regain control. I am learning to say NO to myself and others. I am learning how to enjoy routines and stick to a plan. I am learning how to be happy with less and to stop worrying what others think. I am committed to improving my physical, mental and spiritual health everyday.

I love Elizabeth Bishop's sestina about losing that starts with "the art of losing isn't hard to master." I also love a quote from Alice Walker that goes "Let us be our revolution: to love what is plentiful instead of what is scarce." I am doing this differently this time. I am letting go of things one at a time. No more alcohol. No more sugar. No more rushing to travel when I need to stay home and take care of myself.
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Member Since: 7/26/2012

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My Goals:
June 2013: I want to feel healthy. I want to stop binging and make exercise a priority. I'd like to be able to buy clothes on the "normal" side and get back into the 16's and 14's in my closet. I have a secret desire to participate in a triathlon.

January 2014: New Year, New Goals!

I am officially only moderately obese (BMI right under 35), but I would like to get out of the obesity range altogether.

I have been doing better with dressing up for work, but I would like to wear more fitting clothes and post pictures of them.
1. Blue suit
2. Black suit
3. Blue dress
4. Printed dress

I am very happy with my progress in the area of fitness, but I want to start taking on some of my fears.

1. Run a 5K
2. Go skiing
3. Bike 65 K
4. Do a headstand in yoga

My Program:
June 2013: I don't work for the summer, and I decided to focus on my body. I do nordic walking in the morning, and either walk a second time or swim in the afternoon. I started taking a yoga class. I avoid sugar and alcohol and try not to snack. I'm doing great, but I am nervous about what is going to happen once I go back to work.

September 2013: I am learning how to apply the good habits I developed this summer to a stressful work schedule. I eat breakfast at home and pack a healthy lunch everyday. I do everything in my power to leave work on time and to run or swim for at least an hour each day. I drink one beer or glass of wine each week, and I really enjoy it. I eat out a few times a week, but I eat a reasonable potion and take the rest home. I feel satisfied leaving food on my plate. I plan my meals around vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats. Sugar is no longer part of my life. I plan weekend trips to go hiking or to run 5K races.

Personal Information:
I am a teacher working in an American school in Germany. My mantra is: GO HIKING, DRINK BEER! I'm still single, but I would like to feel good enough to try dating again. I have a dog, but she live in the USA with my parents.

Other Information:
I love reading, watching movies (especially documentaries), walking, swimming, doing yoga and traveling. My guilty pleasure is binge TV watching. Right now, I am addicted to Scandal, Breaking Bad, and Dexter.

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Member Comments:
ZAKNEE
7/29/2014 6:13:21 PM

Thank you for reading my blog and the kind words.



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TAMWIL2
7/20/2014 11:48:56 PM

emoticon for stopping by my blog. I love the idea of preparing food and freezing portion sizes. I need to try this to see if it works for me.



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GLORY63
7/12/2014 2:40:40 PM

emoticon for stopping by my Blog and leaving an encouraging word! It helps knowing others are out there to cheer you on!



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BA5454
7/7/2014 6:23:07 AM

Thanks so much for your comments on my blog--you are absolutely right, weight loss isn't linear and I need to keep that in mind because in a way it's a comforting thought! And I think tracking the ups and downs is important. Thanks again!



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BUTTONPOPPER1
6/21/2014 2:12:28 AM

I'm inspired by your weight loss, and I've enjoyed reading your blogs. Your stories are vivid, and the details are entertaining. I can relate especially to your experience of having a closet full of nice clothes that don't fit! That's my problem at the moment, and I've embarked on a quest to solve it. Like you, I'm in the habit of storing too-tight clothes from many years ago, always hoping to return to a slimmer past. Step by step and day by day, I hope to return to my former size, but I won't be my former self because now I'm wiser and understand why this is important. It seems you're really making progress in all these areas. Thanks for the inspiration.



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