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Making little goals

Saturday, July 19, 2014

I've never been one to make little goals. For example, I am treasurer of my church and we have had the opportunity to purchase two different properties adjacent to the church. When we met to talk about it, I said we should buy them both, because the opportunity may not come around again for a long while and putting our faith in God that he will keep our church strong and that we will have need of both properties. Needless to say, we are only hoping now to buy one of the properties.
When I lost weight 5 years ago, I made one big goal...to lose115 lbs in less than two years. And I did it...for a nanosecond.
Today on NPR (This American Life if you're interested in finding it online) the host was talking to Diana Nyad about her incredible swim, and they also talked to researchers studying what makes a champion. They said that the champion's focus during trains was not the big race, but for example what they were doing between mile 3 and mile 4.
This made me think...hmm...in order to be a champion (i.e. KEEP the weight off) I need to focus on the little things like eating healthily and getting exercise and maintaining a positive attitude and the big things will take care of themselves.

  
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BESSHAILE 9/2/2014 6:43AM

    I need to do exactly the same thing.


Though - I do think the church should have popped for the 2 properties. LOL

I'm afraid I am a "high bar setter" too. thanks for reminding me that what counts is right now - not 6 months from now.

Hope the new school year turns out to be your best.

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KSNANA2 7/19/2014 11:56PM

    It's those little things that trip me up every time. Like my mother's favorite thing to do is eat out. That puts a little weight back on me every time. Yet at 86 I want to please her. Just went out to eat today so that was on my mind when I read your blog. Yes, I could make better choices. A little advance research and thought would go a long way. Thanks for reminding me to look at the here and now!
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STUDLEEJOE 7/19/2014 7:02PM

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What the heck is a Burn Baby Burn Challenge Trophy?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Because I won one today...I don't even remember signing up for such a challenge!

Today was a day of lost and found.

Lulu and I went out for a walk this morning at 6. Since I didn't have to work this morning (working tonight) we went for a long walk. Somewhere between four and five miles. At the end of it we stopped at the farmers market so Lulu could get love and I could get blueberries and onions and (bad Ann) an Apple handpie. Then we continued to walk home, arriving about 7:40. I went into the office so my SparkTracker could sync with the computer, and looked down and my tracker was GONE! emoticon
I had tripped over crappy sidewalk on the walk (and hand planted with resulting scrapes), so I thought "Ah, that's where I lost it..." so I went back there and looked, but no tracker. I came back home, took Lulu to the groomer, and then did a bunch of errands. I also ordered a new tracker. On to work at noon.
When I got home from work, I took Lulu out for a potty walk. As I was coming back and turned to go up my steps, my tracker was sitting there at the top of the steps! I don't know if it was there all along, or if someone found it in the yard and just put it there, but boy am I happy, particularly since it showed I did 10, 264 steps before 7:40 this morning! emoticon
This is the second time I've lost and found the tracker. Somehow I don't think my luck will hold again.

  
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LUNADRAGON 7/18/2014 8:26PM

    So glad you found your tracker! I love my fitbit, and would be lost without it!
Deborah

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SEDONA0410 7/17/2014 6:32PM

    I too got the burn baby burn award and have no idea what it is!

Glad you found your tracker.... emoticon

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Regarding blogs I read today.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Today I read Sparkguy's blog where he talks about his new 10 minutes a day streak. It's the consistency that is important. Doing 10 minutes a day isn't impossible for anyone, and it doesn't mean you can't do more, it just means you need to do SOMETHING. And then I stole this from GABY1948's blog:


So what did I take from today's SP reading?

1. Do something,
2. Do it consistently
3. Do it forever.

Pretty simple. I did it before, but eventually forgot about the forever part. Time to try again.

  
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BESSHAILE 7/19/2014 8:08AM

    emoticon Yeah. It's the forever part that trips ya up.

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KSNANA2 7/14/2014 8:52PM

    I agree wholeheartedly! emoticon

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REBECCA7436 7/14/2014 10:43AM

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I agree

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Summer 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Good Morning!

I was reading some of my old blogs andrealize that I haven't been very good about consistently writing about what's happening or not happening in my life.
When I lost weight in 2010-11, I thought that regaining it was never going to happen because I was doing the weight loss thing on my own, and really for myself. Yet after reaching my goal weight for a nanosecond, I started to gain it back. I'm now about 60 pounds above where I'd like to be.

But, there are some good things happening. I have been walking with the dog regularly, and now that she's not a puppy, she has become a pretty good walking companion. I have reached my walking goal of 11,000 steps (with the SparkTracker) for almost two weeks. Yesterday I tracked everything that went into my mouth...and I stayed within my calorie range.

I am a bit crazy at work, trying to get ready for fall in the next two weeks, because on July 28th I am going to India! One of my colleagues in the College of Education is Indian, and last summer she and a couple of other colleagues went to India for her daughter's wedding. After they came back and were talking about it, I said that I would love to go to India sometime. Voila! My Indian colleague is leading a short term study abroad class to India this summer! I expressed interest, and when it turned out that they were a person short of the class "making", I said that I would go. We will be gone for a little over two weeks, and plan to visit Delhi, Amritsar, Hyderabad, Jaipur, and Agra. Yes, we'll see the Taj Mahal...

So, I'd better get back to work so I can leave for the trip with a clean conscience and an empty desk!

  
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BESSHAILE 7/19/2014 8:09AM

    Oh what fun! I can't wait to hear all about it.

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KSNANA2 7/12/2014 9:44AM

    Have fun on your trip! That sounds like great motivation to watch what you eat between now and then. Would love to hear about it when you get back. The food should have a lot of very healthy choices for you while you are there. So happy to hear from you and that all is well with you.

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NHES220 7/11/2014 3:47PM

    Glad you are back on track and India should be a great experience!

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WIFE48 7/11/2014 11:04AM

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It's Working!

Monday, March 24, 2014

For anyone who doesn't know me, I lost over 100 pounds between August 2009 and June 2011. And then I gradually put half of it back on, reaching 205 lbs. last month. Finally, the wake up call I needed! That, combined with terrible arthritis in my hands, led me to eating much more healthy and eating small meals every 3 or so hours. (See previous blog.) I also happened to see a show on my local PBS station (during their fund drive) that talked about an anti-inflammatory diet. The women who developed it is JJ Virgin, and the diet is called the Virgin diet. You can look it up through Google.

Anyway, it is an elimination diet...for three weeks, you don't eat wheat, dairy, eggs, sugar, corn, soy, or peanuts. So I'm eating hummus (homemade...most of the store ones have soybean oil), coconut oil on my gluten free toast (actually really good!) fruits, veggies, and chicken and fish. And since I'm eating every three hours, I'm not getting hungry! And during this time, you see how your inflammation responds. If you cheat, you have to start over. emoticon

I cheated with cheese on Saturday, so I had to start over yesterday, but even with the cheat, my hands already feel much better. I wake up in the morning and they aren't like claws! Amazing. I bet the food that is causing the problem is sugar, but I'm going to make that the LAST food I add back in.

Anyway, on Wednesday I weighed myself, and I was at 201. This morning (Monday) I weighed myself again and I'm at 198.4! I know that is losing fast, but I am eating about 250 calories every 3 hours which adds up to about 1800 calories, when SP recommends for me a diet of 1550 calories. I do need to drink a little more water though.

Also, the mindful eating is going pretty well except that when I eat, the dog is sitting there looking so woeful that she takes my attention away from the food. Guess I have to lock her outside!

  
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BESSHAILE 5/5/2014 3:22PM

    Wow!! that's fantastic. Not just the weight loss which is ALWAYS fantastic - but that you're seeking out the healthiest choices you can find. I knew things were tough for you - have been for some while. So It's wonderful to hear that you're ready to pick up the threads again and live that healthy life you deserve.

I'll be interested to hear what you finally add back and what you eliminate for good.

This is such a happy post!

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PURPLE_ROSE_BUD 3/25/2014 1:37PM

    Sounds like you're doing great! The weight loss is an added bonus. emoticon I'm sure sugar is the culprit in many of my aches and pains but I'm not ready to give it up. emoticon

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BLONDEDOG 3/25/2014 8:39AM

    Wow! Awesome blog. It sounds like you are working very hard to help yourself feel better. Congratulations!

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KSNANA2 3/24/2014 11:41PM

    Hope you get your answers to improve your health. I should probably do the elimination diet again because I keep getting very itchy rashes and I know it is allergies. That is what I do. But I haven't been able to pinpoint the food that I am eating that is bothering me. Or journaling. Wow! Thanks for the little "talk"! Made me stop and think about my own problem and find possible solutions! emoticon

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GOBLACKHAWKS 3/24/2014 6:42PM

    This is some good info. sometimes my hands feel swollen. Thank you for sharing.

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VONBLACKBIRD 3/24/2014 5:18PM

    Sugar makes my arthritis flare as well.

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PERFECTVELVET 3/24/2014 3:04PM

    Congratulations! You can do it!

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CHULA1754 3/24/2014 2:48PM

  Congratulations. I read about this diet also, is similar to the one Dr. Hayman is prescribing. All has to do with the food we put in your mouth. I cut on salt and sugar drastically and now I can make a fist without feeling my skin stretching tight; it really makes a difference. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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CLASSYLADYMAY 3/24/2014 2:29PM

    That's awesome!! Your doing great !! Sone don't understand but a lot has to do with diet !! Thanks for sharing. Keep going !!

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