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Setbacks are just temporary

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Now that I've stalled on my weight #, I've had to ask myself a couple of times, "So, what's the point of trying?"

I saw this today & it reminded me that giving up is not an option:

Just because I forgot to brush my teeth at night doesn't lead to "Oh, well, I slipped up . . . guess I'll never take care of my teeth again!"

I wish I was seeing more progress in July, but maybe my body has gotten used to the new "set point" and I just need to mix things up again. I'll keep chipping away at it!

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KAT321123 7/27/2014 9:36AM

    Love this blog entry. I have two thoughts...

One is that, even though it's hard, it can be helpful if you can find the reward and joy in taking care of your body (the journey) rather than the weight loss (the destination). Our bodies don't always cooperate and do what we want them to do, but if we find some happiness in just knowing we're doing our best, it can help...and it can lower our stress levels which helps with weight loss. Easier said than done, of course.

My second thought is that sometimes even if the scale is not rewarding us, our body is rewarding us in other ways. My weight loss has been minimal in the last several months, so I was surprised when I measured myself with a tape measure and had lost a LOT of inches since my last measurement. And my body fat (according to my scale) has gone down. The scale is definitely not the end all be all.

Keep on keeping on. With your positive energy and attitude you'll get there...and until you do, just enjoy the ride.

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LINTPICKER 7/27/2014 8:24AM

    totally normal for the body to readjust. In time the scale will move again!

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NELLIEH1 7/26/2014 11:29PM

    That's a good thought! We can keep on keeping on..even when we see no progress...or we just might lose the ground we have already gained. Thanks for the reminder and sharing the good quip.

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one "tiny" pound

Sunday, July 20, 2014

My goal all along has been to get to a healthy BMI for my height. At 5' 1", I don't have a lot of extra space for love handles.

For the past two weeks I've been "stalled" & bouncing around with 2 pounds. I really want/need/should get rid of 1 pound to get me to a better place & probably more momentum.

Sounds easy . . . but it's not, right?

So, I'm not looking for a particular dress size or an overall weight --- I just need 1 pound to get some of the momentum back. This is where it feels like more of an inner battle than an external one.

Reminding myself I can do it -- not quitting because I've stalled -- not giving up completely & saying "I'll never make it". My inner strength is going to help me with my outer health.

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NEENSTER1 7/21/2014 3:57PM

    emoticon yes I know exactly what you mean. emoticon emoticon at a time Be Encouraged.

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LINTPICKER 7/21/2014 8:51AM

    each pound is a victory. You are doing great!

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GRANJERRY1 7/21/2014 2:46AM


Remember we are all rooting for you

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THEEXERCISER 7/20/2014 10:26PM

    You can do it!

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Towards & Away From Motivation

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Renee Stephens wrote a very powerful book called "Full Filled" where she talks about "diets" and our ongoing relationship with food. One of her ideas that has really stuck with me is about "away-from" and "towards" motivation.

It's pretty easy to think of reasons to "move away" from being overweight: I look fat; I have health conditions; I don't like how people look at me. I want to get away from all of those negative things in my life . . . Well, Renee proposes that our motivation will be stronger if we also think in terms of something positive that we are moving towards.

I saw this quote today and it reminded me of what I had learned in her book:

so I spent my walk today thinking of away-from & towards motivators.

*I am moving away from a potential future of diabetes.
*I am moving towards becoming a healthy/fit person who is able to take the stairs without being winded.
*I am moving away from fat clothes.
*I am moving towards fashionable, comfortable clothes that are flattering for my slim figure.
*I am moving towards eating the right amount of food that nourishes me.

When I have the "both/and" mentality, I know that it strengthens my resolve. Getting healthier with every step . . .

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KEELYDEUS 7/18/2014 8:34PM

    What a great way to look at it! Thank you for sharing! Might implement this myself!

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COCOA99 7/17/2014 11:45PM

    Well said!! THanks for the post!

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LINTPICKER 7/17/2014 8:09AM

    This is so important!

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NELLIEH1 7/16/2014 2:22PM

    sounds really good! ...Reminds me of a scripture...Ephesians 4:22 "...put off your old self, which is being corrupted by deceitful desires; made right in the attitude of your minds; and put on the new self, created to be like GOD in true righteousness and holiness." Blessings, Nellie

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KITT52 7/16/2014 12:19PM

    sounds like a good way to reach a goal...thinking positive is always the best way

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GRANJERRY1 7/16/2014 2:45AM

    emoticon A positive attitude makes all the difference.....

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SUNSPIRIT33462 7/15/2014 11:25PM

    I think your spin is the best spin. In a way these are affirmations. So many have heard the negatives for too long. It up to you and me to ask everyone to get on bright side of life!!!

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I need a kick in the butt today . . .

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Why do we go around spending so much time avoiding change, when we know deep in our heart, it's what we really need to do?!? I've got some challenges & potential changes coming up this week -- I want to meet them head on!

Staying the same is not an option. Staying in the cocoon is not an option.

p.s. Does kicking myself in the butt count as exercise? emoticon

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NELLIEH1 7/14/2014 12:05AM

    have a good ride on your "roller coaster" this week...hope the lessons are too full of hard knocks!

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KITT52 7/13/2014 7:05PM


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    Here is another 👞

It is so hard to move forward sometimes but you can do it!

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TERRY0217 7/13/2014 5:36PM

    Here you go....


Been there...done that...I know how hard it is to make changes...even though we know it's better for us...we feel safer in our present situations...
I do hope everything works out for you..
Love you sweetie...

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I vow to always tell myself the truth

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I like to art journal ideas & things that inspire me. I heard this phrase the other day & found some elements to decorate it.

There are "stories" that I've told myself for a LONG time . . . I'm not athletic. I'm kind of a geek. I'm a chocoholic. I'm not a morning person. I don't like veggies . . . and on and on and on.

How about I tell myself the truth? I can exercise & there are some things I enjoy doing: walking, DVDs, riding the stationery bike. Even geeks can exercise . . .
I'm not REALLY a chocoholic. I do enjoy a good piece of chocolate once in awhile, but I'm also a person who can moderate my pleasures.
I may not naturally be a morning person but I can make exercise a priority -- regardless of what time I get up.
And when veggies are prepared well -- they are quite delicious. I can eat more fruit & veggies without any regret.

So, I'm going to try living with truth & not excuses.

p.s. to all of the Christians who may be reading this, Psalm 51:6 NIRV is a great verse to meditate on.
"I know that you want truth to be in my heart. You teach me wisdom deep down inside me."

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NELLIEH1 7/10/2014 9:36PM

    I really enjoyed this blog! I'm so needing to hear your message in the areas of my life where I just kind of make excuses. Truth and wisdom are vital to living...both from GOD! Thanks.

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C2BFIT 7/9/2014 8:49PM

    emoticon I love that Scripture. It's not about truth just floating around us, but apparently something so deep in our heart that is entrenched. A lot of what I've been processing comes down to that one concept . . .TRUTH. I really love what you have to say here. Thank you so much for sharing from your heart.

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KITT52 7/9/2014 11:04AM

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TERRY0217 7/8/2014 11:14PM

    Good for's hard to be honest with ourselves...

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DJ4HEALTH 7/8/2014 10:50PM

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GRANJERRY1 7/8/2014 9:35PM

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Alice that is some honesty... go for it big step towards a fitter you

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