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"Be the change you want to see in the world."~Gandhi

"Do or Do Not. There is NO try!" ~Yoda (my spiritual mentor! Ha!)

"Life is the art of drawing without an eraser." ~John W. Gardner

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself." ~Harvey Fierstein

"Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?" ~Frida Kahlo

"At some point in life the world's beauty becomes enough. You don't need to photograph, paint or even remember it. It is enough."~Toni Morrison

"In a gentle way, you can shake the world."~Gandhi

Towards the end of April 2009, I shifted my approach to health and fitness. I envisioned myself at my goal weight and imagined how I would have to eat and exercise to maintain. My philosophy now is simply to behave as if I'm already at my goal weight~as a fit ME would behave. (I'm 'being the change I want to see' in ME!)

I'm learning to abandon this notion of fitness as a destination rather than a way of being. I've recognized that when I attempt to get fit or lose weight, I usually harbor secret desires for what I can do when I'm done or for what I'll no longer have to do 'when I'm done'. The truth is I'll never be done. Now I'm working on moving past merely paying lip service to this concept.

Since then, I've really revolutionized my eating and fitness routine. I've defined a new 'normal'. And I love it.

My new motto is:
"My life is better this way."

Plain and simple, regardless of my weight, living this healthy lifestyle is worth it in so many ways. I'm happier and livelier!

January 2010
It's reflection time. Refocusing time. And of course, it's Boot Camp Time! I'm renewing my vows to love and cherish me through good and bad.

Member Since: 8/23/2008

Fitness Minutes: 11,031

My Goals:
January 2010 Goals!!

1. Complete Bootcamp

2. Track goals & streaks daily.

3. Reflect daily on plans, goals, and appreciations (things to be thankful for)

My Program:
Exercise Daily.
Set attainable goals.
Be proactive.

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A cozy place with a comfy couch, fuzzy blanket, and the oh-so-soothing (and mind-numbing!) TV!
I come from a more mental, internal place.

To a more active, balanced place where I remember the things I truly care about and act on them! It's great there! I love it each time I visit!

By setting small goals, following through, and rewarding my efforts.
I also must nurture my internal self by planning quiet, peaceful activities ('me time') that are fulfilling rather than mind-numbing!

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    Hello my dear for stopping by again to check up on me.

    I just took off the band-aid to access the damage. The skin is trying to grow back and where it was red raw is much improved. I will be able to treadmill tomorrow if I heavily bandage it, and wear my extra thick anti-blister socks from Thorlo or Wright Socks.

    My period turned up yesterday at long last, 5 days late. I figure it will be like this more or less from now on, until it finally leaves altogether. ( I will be 48.5 next month ).

    I am familiar with Dr Northrup but have not read her books, I did subscribe to her newsletter about 3 years ago.

    The Ramones ??? A great NY band ( I live in Brooklyn, NY ). I would say my favorite of their cds is " Pleasant Dreams "

    I love a lot of their songs. Most especially ' I wanna be sedated ", " It's not my place ( in the 9-5 world ) ", "Poison Heart ", " Pet Cemetary"................

    You can view any of these on YouTube no problem, they are all quite popular songs.

    3 of them are dead now, all dying within a year and a half !! Only Tommy is left from the original line up.

    Have a good nite !!

    Vickie emoticon
    3091 days ago
    Hello dear,
    Thank you so much for not only taking the time to read my blog but to leave such a supportive and encouraging comment.

    I am not going to be doing any walking for a number of days, the skin has been ripped off and I have it all banaged up right now.

    It gets harder and harder as we get older, and I am deeply in perimenopause right now. My period never even showed in May at all, probably causing more cortisol and more hormone issues.

    Sometiimes I feel I will not even get out of the obese range let alone get to goal.

    Sigh ...........
    3094 days ago
  • v PIBODY
    I just wanted to stop by and tell you hi. Today was my first weigh-in and I lost 6 pounds! Like I said in my journal, I know it isn't going to be the norm but it is an excellent start. Like you mentioned in your blog, I'm enjoying the process.

    Take care,
    3123 days ago
    Thanks for your kind comments on my blog. I too love to see the scale move feels so rewarding even when its a half ounce loss that might be just as easily be due to water loss and not fat loss!!

    I think the Slight Edge says it all - if we just stay committed to the process that's the success! The weight loss results WILL FOLLOW - they can't help but come if we stay consistantly committed to the process.

    Keep up the good work!!!

    P.S. I saw your comments about TV on your spark is a totally crazy idea that worked for me for I too was a TV Lover! We cancelled cable...all of it, so we have no TV at all. We can wtch DVD's but no TV channels. It's a culture shock at first I will admit - I was even a little mad at myself for doing it. But my daughter got over no disney channel, my husband got over no sports and I got over no EVERYTHING else in no time! When you can't default to the TV it's amazing how easy it is to what's on my ToDo list: workouts, bubble baths, reading, cleaning, de-cluttering,etc! Just a crazy idea that worked for us!
    3240 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/6/2009 12:27:07 PM
  • v RIVER0

    Welcome back. It's good to remember what you were doing and how it felt when you felt the most like "you". Keep visualizing that. Lots of people here cycle with their weight loss. But you have quickly gotten back into reclaiming control. That's what counts. Good luck to you!
    3262 days ago
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