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74 year old Ernestine Shepherd. My inspiration..


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I had a demanding and emotionally challenging couple of years. My good habits fell by the wayside. My weight helped me see that I need to address my lack of motivation and focus. I fell into negative mental and emotional habits, which justified my excuses for forgoing my good habits that kept me lean and strong.
I started eating fatty foods and sugar which I would have avoided like the plague, because I was very far out of my comfort zone. Unfortunately, my body gains weight rapidly now I'm older. I was lax with fattening foods because I had lost my normal levels of optimism. The effort to stay that weight just didn't seem worth it any more. Lots of "what's the point" thinking. Very negative lines of thought, which drained my energy levels and created lacklustre and defeated emotional states.
So basically I have two jobs at hand. The first is to restore the lifestyle and diet that I had when I was 126lb and fit. The second is to re-motivate myself that it is worth making the effort to re-establish the weight and fitness level that feels most comfortable for me to live with. Motivation and focus is key. It is about cultivating the belief that I am worth the effort and my life is worth the effort. My confidence took a huge blow. I was off track and out of focus. I know I can reapply myself because as I was very consistent and managed to maintain very healthy eating patterns and exercise patterns for years. I basically gave up on the effort.
So I consider it an act of self-love to restore the weight and fitness that is most comfortable for me. I believe a strong lean body is conducive to a strong lean mind. I believe the body and mind are one inseparable unit. So how my body is, is how my mind is also. For me anyway. I feel much more emotionally and mentally strong when my body is lean and strong. I am more susceptible to mental and emotional negativity when my body is full of sugar and processed foods. So, in order to restore my mental and emotional strength I need to restore my physical strength and wellbeing. The two go hand in hand.
I firmly believe that positive habits, beliefs and thoughts are the answer to all my problems. I am working to become aware of my negative beliefs and thought patterns and root them out. In the meantime I am willing to ‘act as if’ and go through the motions while I restore confidence and optimism.
I can achieve this because I’ve achieved difficult goals before. I have a strong belief in my ability to overcome all kinds of difficulties, including getting back to my normal weight. I am quite a tough cookie once I get going. This has been an interesting life lesson and I will take it to heart and learn what is necessary in order to get my routine back on track. It's a lesson in emotional honesty, discipline, commitment, hope and optimism. A far-reaching life lesson in my estimation.
I've been very inspired and uplifted by the things other people have written on their pages and I’m really looking forward to taking part in this journey with others here.

Member Since: 9/26/2011

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My goal is to restore myself to the weight I feel most comfortable with, which is 126lb. Not just that, but I'd like a low fat percentage if possible. I want more muscle and less fat. I've done it before and I think weight training is the very best thing for women. Increases bone density and I love the way female bodybuilders look (who do not do steroids) its the best thing for reversing the aging process.. in my opinion anyway.. 72yr old Ernestine Shepherd on youtube is my inspiration :)

My Program:
Green drinks for breakfast with 2 brazil nuts in them. Weight training at the gym to get some muscle and raise my metabolism. Loads of water, and gallons of black Earl Grey tea. Twinings of course :) Omega 3 boiled eggs are good as well with broccoli as a supper. Brown rice with or without beans and Braggs seasoning.. yummy! Udo's oil on rice for my essential oils. Porridge with cocoa powder and honey raisins and almonds if I have a sweet craving. Bread and sugar are addictive. I cannot do them in moderation at all :)

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I'm in London, and have recently discovered how quickly weight goes on when I stop paying attention to what I eat.. Scary!! I had no idea it went on so fast.. For some reason the point at which I start feeling VERY uncomfortable about my weight has magically changed from and extra 14lb, to an extra !! 33lbs.. weird. This means I just don't feel the weight going on till I'm waaaay past where I want to be. I eat like a horse though and I'm sure that has something to do with it. The only way for me to keep my energy levels up when I diet is to eat unprocessed or raw food and do gym an hour a day. Otherwise I get tired and bleh..

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    I am inspired by your story, your program and your drive. I too am a Flour/sugar addict. I am trying to gain muscle and get toned. No gym access so im doing it at home no excuses!!I look forward to visiting your page and blogs for advice and motivation :)
    2059 days ago
    Hello I'm Esther. Pleased to meet you and welcome to Alternative Spiritualities and Philosophies.
    2101 days ago
    Just saying a warm, nice hello to people in the UK, good luck with staying focused and reaching your goals... All the best +Mark
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    I am thankful for another Thanksgiving week at the beach with my family!
    I am thankful for SparkPeople and emoticon s like you!
    I hope you had a totally terrific Thanksgiving!
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    2212 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my Page and sprinkling my Feed with encouragements! Some days it is such an encouragement. You picked that kind of day to stop by. Thanks, SparkFriend. Sending you positive vibes, couragement and determination. Let's SPARK!!!
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