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"Obsessed is what the lazy call the motivated."

Friday, February 05, 2010

I’m in a fitness class with 3 other women. They are mothers who work a few hours a week and have young children at home. I was recently disturbed by the instructor of this group. She disparaged a fellow fitness club member for working out too much—and the other ladles agreed in unison. What?!!

I admire the people I meet who are dedicated to their workouts. I’m learning to be like them. I am in a stage of life when I can dedicate time to fitness. It is certainly long overdue. If the fitness class ladies talk like that behind the back of one member, do they also talk about me? Well, the quote above helps me stay sane. I am in a different stage of life than they are. I can and will be ‘obsessed’ through the one hundred pound weight loss and beyond. I want to dance. I want to ski out West yearly . I want to water ski, horseback, hike, travel---live long and prosper! I sleep better now and am “criss-crossing” to other areas in my life. I have more energy.

I like obsession.

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EVILKLOWN 2/5/2010 9:19AM

    Ha ha, love the title. I have a similar saying. Whenever I'm concentrating and focused on doing something, others will say something like "you have too much time on your hands." A few years ago I came up with a standard response to this ... "That's what all you underachievers say."

Good luck to you!!

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Create Your Own Luck

Thursday, February 04, 2010

I’m a lucky person. If you took a photo still of my life today you would see a content woman with a loving family. I am blossoming in my field and have accomplished successes beyond my wildest dreams. Luck came with hard work, perseverance, sacrifice, pushing myself beyond my limits, giving up much of my time and part of my health. I have known great stress, disappointments and failures. I have backed up, re-planned and forged ahead. I’ve changed employers, changed fields and reinvented myself. I have tenaciously held to ideals and high levels of performance for myself.

When others see my life as it is now they see the snapshot and not the price I’ve paid to be ‘lucky’. My children are successful. I am a lucky parent. But that happened because of seeking the best for each child. Listening, evaluating and figuring out what is the best course of action for each individual given their unique weaknesses and strengths, building a foundation for family support and pride in one another and not jealousies, creating substantial childhoods for four someday-to-be adults. I saw beyond their cuteness. I listened to teachers, coaches, pastors, youth leaders, scout leaders, chaperones and other adults and accepted their observations or criticisms non-defensively. I saw beyond my dreams for each child and acknowledged their own dreams. I clearly understood the difference in definition between good character traits and good grades, high IQ or raw talent. I insisted on good character because without that, the other stuff looses its importance. I vigilantly protected my children from today’s declining culture while allowing enough exposure so they could be strong on their own. I am both delighted and sad that they have left home: delighted because they are happy living their own lives and sad because I miss them.

I started my 100 pound weight loss journey on November 5, 2009. I was ready. I tell everyone about SP, letting them know my goal of 100# lost by December 1, 2010, and nudging dear friends and relatives to join me. Most are not ready. I don’t know if they have even looked at the website. I understand because I was ‘not ready’ for so long. Happily, I am ready now. I am getting my life back. I am taking the time and energy to change my lifestyle and habits. I recently finished a training program that took all my time. Now that I have finished that, my main focus is my health.


The Value of Systems Thinking

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

John Walker in hacker’s diet “permanent weight control requires permanent attention to what you eat. Life long, permanent attention.”

Peter Senge wrote a widely acclaimed book on the value of systems thinking. Systems thinking is a way of thinking. When you use systems think, you look at the whole system and resolve your problems by tweaking the system.

Creating my new healthy lifestyle to me is systems thinking. I noticed several blogs in which individuals have regained some of their weight. Invariably, they stopped tracking their food.

I would be less in control without my tracker. My tracker allows me to see, to forgive and forget and to move on. It shows me that sometimes my “bads” are not that bad. I can make up for them with exercise sessions and be more vigilant in my eating habits next time.

I sometimes feel “skinny” --which seems funny for a 218 pounds 5 foot 6 inch woman. When I feel skinny I give myself extra food. What I am really feeling is this 123 pound 23 year old woman I once was—I think she is me. I do not see the middle-aged matronly woman I am. That is good. It’s self-protective. But now that I am honest with myself, it puts me in charge of becoming who I want me to be. We are self-delusional. Thus, without a tracker, we eat the wrong foods in wrong quantities for wrong reasons—like what we have done for most of our lives.

I’m going to keep on trackin’.

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EVILKLOWN 2/5/2010 9:22AM

    Yes, tracking is key. I learned a trick with the tracker a while back. You plan and enter your food a few days in advance. This has all kinds of advantages.

1 - you can clearly see the plan
2 - you don't have to run to the tracker after every meal
3 - it's easy to adjust

Good luck!!

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TRIGFROST 2/3/2010 4:35PM

    emoticon You are looking good Lady....

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February Blog

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

I’ve been at spark people for 3 months and love it! I throw myself into projects. I am going nuts over my new healthy and fit lifestyle. I wish the physical changes could happen faster.

I am a happy person. First, I do not live in Haiti. Anything wrong with my life is nothing compared to the suffering there. Second, I enjoy this journey. I learn a lot from others’ blogs and message boards. I like the people here. I like to offer encouragement and it means a lot to me when people encourage me.

I started working out at my local Y on cardio machines and usually do 4 or 5 days a week. In January, I started a weight lifting class. With that class plus my QuickFire Challenge Team, I learned lots of exercises I can do right in my home. The ten minutes a day habit makes a difference. I do 60 to 90 minute workouts at the Y. I also do lunges, triceps workouts, push-ups and squats during breaks in my regular day . One of my weeks, I had to travel a few hours a couple of days and I could not get to my Y—so it was great to fall back on ten minute exercises.

I dropped a pants size! I only bought one pair of jeans in this size because I don’t want to be here long. They are already getting loose.

I got new workout clothes at TJ Max. These will last through a couple sizes. Because I sweat a lot, I like to wear the newer wicking fabric. Wearing the new exercise clothes has given me a boost in self-confidence.

I am so glad I am doing this now.

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LORIBEL1 2/3/2010 11:27AM

    Way to go on losing a pant size. That's great! emoticon emoticon

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O, I Thot You Sed John Edwards Went to Hades

Sunday, January 31, 2010

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