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Thursday, April 19, 2012

So, progress is continuing, but I wish and expected it would have moved more quickly. I will not quit, yet there are days when discouragement creeps in and those moments when my emotions attempt to dictate what goes in my mouth makes life more challenging. I want to find the cause of these emotional hinges. Why do I seek emotional comfort from the food around me? Getting the answer to this issue might move me forward significantly. Or it may just be that daily battle that comes with life.
I tend to be prone to discouragement and emotional swings anyway. So hopefully I can learn to just live life in the manner I should and learn to live a disciplined life which is not ruled by these topsyturvy emotions.

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AMYTALBOTT 4/20/2012 8:31AM

    Jazz20 I am finding that as well. I am losing weight, but I have a LONG way to go. And tend to get discouraged easily.

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AMYTALBOTT 4/20/2012 8:30AM

    @Deb_lea I am a stay at home mommy of 4 kids. The oldest is 4 and the youngest is 4 months. So getting out of the house is quite q production. But distractions are a good idea. I have read several places that if you have a craving then distract yourself for an hour and it will probably go away.
Our days at home are usually pretty steady on activities, and I use their nap time to workout which is lovely. But even still I find myself feeling lonely or sorry for myself and seek to medicate with food. But the reality is whenever I go to food when emotions are a struggle, I then feel guilty and the comfort I was seeking isn't there. So then why keeeping falling into that trap? I almost wish I could workout each time I get that way. I feel so much better after a workout.
(I missed my workout yesterday too)

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JAZZ20 4/19/2012 10:25PM

  As I look at my charts, I am behind my goals but still the weight loss is a negative slope. It'll take just a little longer.

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DEB_LEA 4/19/2012 10:25PM

    Look for ways to channel the emotions other than reaching for food. Can you go take a quick walk or go outside and enjoy the weather? What about some upbeat music? (I just bought Bonnie Raitt's new CD has some catchy melodies.) I find that even spending 5 minutes grooming my dog helps me get things under control.

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The complications.....

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Over the past several years, I have dealt with several different health issues. It seems that once I get one thing managed something else pops up to pull at me in another direction. I have been working for almost 7 weeks now on my fitness goals and carefully watching my nutrition. I have been feeling like I had finally found some answers for some of my difficult health problems, and things seemed like a corner had been turned. Then came Easter morning.
I woke up Sunday morning with terrible vertigo. I have dealt with dizziness for years, but not true vertigo. My "normal" dizziness is just a swimmy feeling in my head that passes within a few seconds. This however was different. Very different. I was so dizzy I couldn't see straight and I began vomiting.
Well, Sunday ended with a slight improvement, but not a complete fix. My medical advice suggested it was allergy related and so I began taking suggested medications, and I have seen improvement.
I am very thankful that I have been able to continue my workouts, all be it carefully and with some company. (I am very thankful for the company, made the workout that much more fun!)
I am also thankful that each day, although it begins with spinny rooms, and blurred vision those things don't last long and I can get on with my life.
I am beginning to think that the Lord puts these little annoyances into our lives to direct our hearts towards him. Each moment in my life when I begin to feel self sufficient something else pops up and reminds me I need the Lord's grace to make it through each moment. As is very true with this weight loss journey. I am down 15lbs. Which is a drop in the bucket. But a blessed drop that shows progress. I am thankful for each opportunity I can fall on the shoulders of the one who sustains me.


Getting off to a good start.

Monday, April 02, 2012

This past weekend I got a phone call from a voice I haven't heard in probably 18 years. Apparently it is time for my 20 year High School reunion. Meh. . . I do not want to deal with this situation. The thought of seeing people I haven't seen in 20 years, and having them look at me and point out all my flaws and how much weight I have gained in the past 20 years just makes me feel ill. Can anyone relate?
I have been surprised at how much I have been affected by this issue. I was never the thinnest person in school. I was much thinner than I am now, but even in school I was considered "big". ( For the record my goal weight is what my weight was in High School. I was a good weight then. Who knew! )
I found myself getting very discouraged this weekend because I am not thin like so many of my former classmates. There is such a culture of comparison today. We look at someone and think "Wow! I am glad I am not as fat as they are" I am guilty of this too. I wish I didn't. I wish I could be as accepting, and loving to people as I want people to be to me. It seems that I am guilty of many of the very things I am so afraid of in others. Why are we so hard on each other when we all have so many of the same fears?

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AMYTALBOTT 4/3/2012 9:33AM

    Thank you for your encouragement.

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EBBKATE 4/2/2012 11:24AM

    I can so relate to what you have coming up. I had my 20 year reunion last year and actually helped on getting it together. WOW I was never really involved in school but thought Oh well its been 20 years!!!

I anticipated, what are ppl going to think and what would they remembered about what you did in high school, but the reunion actually turned out great. Our 10 year was pretty bad from ppl that went said. I didn't think 10 years was long enought ;) They said the clicks were still hanging out and several ppl drunk etc. But the 20 year----NO CLICKS. Everyone mingled, talked, brought out old yearbooks and picture albums, danced, ate and it was a hit. I anticipated for nothing.

The only advice I could give would be: be true to you. At the end of the reunion you have to go home with ONLY you. You have your life now and it doesn't involve anyone there (it doesn't sound like) so go have fun and catch up.


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Friday, March 30, 2012

I have about 5 weeks till my 5K. It is an evening race. I think that will be a nice time to run. I just hope that I am ready. I can do the distance. I managed to complete the distance last week, but I haven't had a good workout this week. Not like I prefer to have. The kids have been handfuls at times.
I am looking forward to tomorrow. I should be able to get a run in, as well as some personal time for me. My sweet hubby is giving me some time off. I am not sure I am ready for a full day away from my family. We shall see how the day ends up.


A summer day.....

Monday, March 19, 2012

An odd winter we are having here in the south. The weather has been like mid summer for the past week. I have enjoyed having the house open, but it sure does make my workout much sweatier. (Is that even a word?) Even so I am pleased that I have been able to keep a regular workout schedule. Even with all four kids in the house, and even when I don't have anyone around to help watch the kids.
I think that there are always excuses that I can make not to workout. At times it was that I was too busy, at other times it was because of the kids, and other times it was my health was not well enough to exercise. While all of these excuses can be good and reasonable in their own time, when all I do is make excuses to not workout, there is a problem there.
I won't always have the schedule I do right now, but I am thankful that I am able to make room in my routine each day for some energizing me time.


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