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Done with OPP!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

I am done worrying about Other People's Problems (OPP). Today, I have to make decisions based upon what is necessary for me to be and become the vibrant, active, loving and free spirited person I know I am.

I will no longer refrain from an early morning exercise because I am afraid of the fuss my downstairs neighbor will make about the noise. Truthfully, I did not place the hard wood floors in my condo and I do not feel it to be fair that I am held hostage in an effort to be a good neighbor. I have carpeted the floor and selected a 10-minute cardio workout that does not require a significant amount of jumping. And I pray that God will stand in the gap because He knows my desire is to lose weight and to improve my overall health. That is what's most important.

In my office, like any other work environment, many things are not as "I believe" they should be. Many others in the office share the same feelings BUT if the people with the power and responsibility to make changes lack the courage to do so - that is not my problem nor my concern. I will no longer try to work in the background to hold people accountable and to make them do what is right. We are all adults and must make our own decisions. When our decisions are wrong them there is a natural consequence for that. I can no longer use my time and energy trying to help nor to make others do right. I will use that time and energy to make sure that I am doing what is right for me.

NO more stress, no more sleepless nights, no more emotional eating, no more losing my hair, and no more OPP! I am moving on to a happier and healthier me. (Thank God for the Stress Buster Challenge and the journaling exercise that helped me to open my eyes to these areas of my life where I needed to make a better choice.)

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BOOKWERME 1/31/2014 2:27PM

    T-Tapp is a great (deceptively easy!) work out that doesn't involve jumping. Basic workout is 15 minutes. If you visit the T-Tapp website, there are "sample" videos. Some on the SP T-Tapp team have cobbled together an entire workout from the freebies. The moves in the Basic Workout must be done in the correct sequence. anyway, worth looking into. No thumping on the floor to disturb downstairs neighbors.

Wishing you success.

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CELEST 1/31/2014 8:26AM

    Getting OPP out of the way will leave you space to handle some of your own issues. Good for you on making that decision. Btw remember that exercise is only 20% of weight loss....it reshapes the body and helps for after burn...good thing, but eating right is 80%. One cant out exercise a bad diet, but one can lose weight with a good diet and no exercise. Pilates is a good exercise program that is not based on jumping at all....but still very effective. Wishing you an amazing weight loss journey.

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HDHAWK 1/7/2012 4:14PM

    emoticon Sounds great!

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LIVINGFREE19 1/7/2012 3:59PM

    These are great ideas. It is easy to be sucked into other people's problems and then our own suffer.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, friend!

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VICKLET31 1/4/2012 10:36AM


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    This is a great plan. I struggle with OPP on a daily basis, so this was a wonderful reminder to focus on my goals!

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MRE1956 1/4/2012 4:58AM

    emoticon attitude ya got there - you'll definitely go far and have incredible success!

Now if only OTHER PEOPLE would take your advice and not get caught up in OPP themselves (you know - "MYOB")!


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JWAYBOER 1/3/2012 11:06PM

    Sounds like a great plan! good luck and I'm sure you'll do amazingly!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/3/2012 10:41PM

    I really like this idea! I need to do the same.

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Monday, January 02, 2012

I have been away from the site for about a week because I needed to take the time to assess what is really important to me. I had to look at my visibility board and ask myself - are these things just nice things to have and to do or are these things reflective of my core values and my true heart's desires? I am a goal setter! But I had to take time to review my goals and ask myself if I was focusing my time, effort and energy on the things that really matter or was I just spending time. Am I partaking in activities that are helping me to grow and move towards my long-term goals or am I just "talking the talk".

I realize that if I am not intentional about applying all of the principals and knowledge that I have learned through my year on the site then I am not investing in a strategy to improve my health, I am not committed to reducing my weight and increasing my joy. Instead, I am just spending time - a hamster on a wheel.

Realizing this, I had to take an inventory and I had to make some hard decisions. Once I made these decisions, I needed to write down my plan and put them into action. I have started making these adjustments with Sparkpeople.com and ALL OF YOU as my companions. Today, I claim victory. Keep reading my blog for the decisions I've made AND for the success I will achieve in 2012.

#1 GOAL: Out of the 200+ club before my birthday. The counter says August 17th but I am going to work hard and achieve that goal before my birthday (August 9). Watch me disappear!

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CELEST 1/31/2014 8:32AM

    You can do it. I lost 24.1kgs in 10 months and now working on the next 20kgs this year. I'm not even 100%..there is no such thing. I work well and hard all week long, but Fridays is my "cheat day" which I eat cinnamin buns or whatever and Saturday I always go to the farmers market where I eat a schwarma. I have still lost weight with the 90% rule. But truthfully even the 10% rule will work...just slower.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/3/2012 10:17PM

    You CAN do it!

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RENMO99 1/3/2012 12:13PM

  Keep going! You can do it!

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SONGOFJOY63 1/2/2012 11:22PM

    I recently had to do the same thing about the direction I have been on. Sometimes I think we become busy doing, so busy that what we doing is not as effective as it could be if we focused on what we are truly wanting to achieve. I am glad you have taken the time to refocus and ready to take to path of successs. Good luck to you---you can do it.

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PJBONARRIGO 1/2/2012 11:16PM

    I think you can do it! Go for it- WHOO HOO!!

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

Lots of transition going on right now but I am NOT going to stress about it. I am going to stay focused on what is important to me and trust that God is control. When I surrender to His will - then ALL things are possible. I had the pleasure of going to lunch with a good friend today. My nutrition tracker was a little "over" in an area (crazy, but I don't remember which one now. I think calories) STILL I am happy with the progress I am making. It was not challenging at all for me to begin my meal with a large veggie salad (no egg, cheese, meats, etc.) then I was already more than half full. I then went for a few shrimp and a baked potato topped with broccoli and a little cheese - no sour cream and no butter. (We went to Golden Corral) I think I made wise choices - I left happy from the time I spent and content with food and portions I chose. Today was a GREAT day!

No more stressing, and no emotional eating. That was yesterday. Today is a new day. emoticon

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ENLIGHTEDNOW 12/28/2011 10:47AM

  Thanks for referring us to Sparkpeople. I look forward to meeting others who share the same challenges and interests as I do.

Great job with reflecting on your choices.

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VICKLET31 12/13/2011 1:35PM

    Great job! Glad you had a great day =) emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 12/12/2011 10:53PM

    Sounds like you made great choices!

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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

I feel like I have lost almost an entire month. I had many changes and a few challenges in the month of November. I feel like I "checked out" of a lot of things just to survive. I struggled for the motivation to get back into the habit of coming on the site. If I were to be completely honest (with myself) I have to acknowledge that I did miss being here. What I have come to realize is that this process helps me to maintain a proper focus, a healthy work/life balance, and the determination to persevere. So, I'm back and it's really good to be here. emoticon


Happy Monday!

Monday, October 24, 2011

I had a number of changes to my weekend plans that impacted my getting enough to eat and drinking enough water. Largely because I was on the road driving far more than I had planned for which left me without the things I needed. Rather than give in and allow myself to have a bunch of junk - I had nothing. I realize neither was a good choice but I figure "nothing" is easier to rebound from than allowing my pallet to desire more sugar or things I should not have.

My goals for this week are the same as last week. I figure, if I maintain the same goals until mid-November of for a full month then they are more likely to become positive habits. I will change them IF I achieve the goal. In that case, I will celebrate with fewer goals and still wait until mid-November to add something else. (Little by little. . .)

These are my goals for the week:
1, I will wake up at 6am and read my daily devotional.
2. I will do the 15-min stability ball workout.
3. I will complete 1 overdue assignment and a 1 reading assignment each night so I can be back on track by Wednesday.
4. I will drink a cup of hot decaffeinated green tea before bed.
5. I will go to bed by 11 pm.

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