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Hope Springs Eternal

Well, I am updating...again. It's important to take stock of where you are and where you've come from so you can see how your journey is progressing and how it is affecting you.

Here it is, October of 2010, and I'm now, officially, 50 years old. Funny, I thought I would be an old grey grandmother by now when I was 30. I look back on my 30-year-old self, stick my tongue out at her, and tell her she should have got up off her butt and done some stuff cuz I'm leavin' her in the ...
Well, I am updating...again. It's important to take stock of where you are and where you've come from so you can see how your journey is progressing and how it is affecting you.

Here it is, October of 2010, and I'm now, officially, 50 years old. Funny, I thought I would be an old grey grandmother by now when I was 30. I look back on my 30-year-old self, stick my tongue out at her, and tell her she should have got up off her butt and done some stuff cuz I'm leavin' her in the dust!

What am I doing? Well, I'm down at least 30 lbs. I measured that in flour at the grocery store here a while ago and THAT'S HEAVY!

I bought a coat last night that was just an XL...down from a 3XL at the beginning of this year.

I bought a belt from the REGULAR sizes rack at WalMart and there is very little room on it to take it in. Oh, I'm just wasting away, hahaha.

My doctor is pleased as punch at my progress and comments on it regularly. My podiatrist even mentioned I looked great...was I losing weight? I hugged him!

My favourite accomplishment in the last month is that I have earned a yellow belt in Meibukan Goju Ryu Karate Do. I WAS an orange belt in the last center I was in, but they turned out to be a bunch of male chauvanists, and who needs that? I love the dojo I've joined, I'm accepted, I'm encouraged, and I'm welcomed. No one laughs at me, no one pushes me beyond my capabilities, and I am one of SEVERAL adult women. I was the only one in the last dojo. Tell you anything?

I don't let people push me about anymore. I don't get conned into more work than my vehicle needs because I have that authority. I can do that. I can say no and not feel guilty about it.

My BIGGEST accomplishment in the last few months has been the realization that no, I might not be Superwoman, but I am strong inside where it counts. I am a worthwhile human being, and I am capable of a great many things. They might not be earth changing, but they are of value to me and to those dear to me, so that makes them important, period.

I have also learned to accept myself as human. I will make mistakes. I will screw up. I will slide off the wagon once in a while and I will occassionally drag my backside when running to catch it again. I accept my failings as part of being human. I learn from what mistakes I make and get back on that wagon (eventually), and I forgive myself.

It's a work in progress, but it's working!

Baby steps!
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Member Since: 4/12/2010

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My Goals:
My goal? Wow, that's easy, lose weight! Be healthier! Get my allergies under control!



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I'm working hard to meet that goal with daily tracking of my intake, exercising as often and as eagerly as my health and my work schedule allow, and working steadily on progressing through the ranks with my karate training.

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I'm in Saskatchewan, and no, it's not COMPLETELY flat! Yes, we have more miles of road and highway than Ontario AND we have more lakes than the rest of Canada. I've been on both coasts of this country, and about as far south as Minot, ND. I've been married to my husband now for just over four years, I've known him for 8, and I can't imagine my life without him. I study Meibukan Goju-Ryu Karate Do and I LOVE it.

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I'm a sucker for a tear-jerker movie, but I also like off-beat humour. Let's face it, I laugh until I cry at shows like "The Big Bang Theory" and movies like "The Coneheads".

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VHALKYRIE
6/13/2011 9:16:09 PM

Thank you for your words of encouragement! I have only just recently discovered that all the breads, pasta and rice I was eating was derailing my fitness goals. I'm definitely glad I was willing to take the plunge against "conventional wisdom". I feel like my eyes have been opened, and I won't shut them again!



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KARATE_KID
5/25/2011 11:43:37 AM

Thanks for your comment - it made me laugh!

As to "how I did it" - I had just finished a qigong session so I must have been in the proper zen state of mind.

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FITFABJENN
5/5/2011 10:03:59 PM

Thank you SO much for your comment on my blog. I really appreciate it!

Spark on, friend! And stop by my Spark page ANY time!



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KARATE_KID
2/25/2011 3:24:03 PM

Well, whaddaya know; people DO eat those critters. http://wildliferecipes.net/game_recipes/Sm
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Mind you they've got to cook for an hour before you even put them into the pie so I don't know how tasty they are. emoticon



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AML05030
2/25/2011 1:37:58 PM

Thank you for your comment in my blog some time back! I am just getting around to thanking people (such a slacker I can be). Hope your journey is full of rewards!

God bless you,
~AB



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