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Reflection on the January 2009 Challenge

Saturday, January 31, 2009

I started off the January Challenge with a bang! I was exercising and logging my food and exercise on SP and I dropped 3 pounds. I was feeling like I was getting my life under control and I was on top of the world. Then the problem with my foot happened. My mom used to call these moments God's way of reminding us who is in control. She also used to remind me that when you're "leveled" like that, God has other plans for your time. I thought that I'd get really depressed and eat my way through it. But surprise!!! I tried to stay in my range and I designed an alternate exercise program. End result was that I maintained at 245 (I started at 248). Overall I'm very pleased. I've really learned a lot about flexibility when it comes to my plans. Sometimes you have to come up with a plan B, which is what I did for the month of January. I switched the focus from my exercise and food consumption to developing me on the inside (and while I was doing that, nourishing my body). I've been taking a hard look at my childhood and why I do the things I do as an adult. It has been filled with some very painful realizations that have helped me to see and understand just where I'm headed at this point in my life. I have the time to study what makes me do what I do and how I can improve certain aspects of my life. I have found the silver lining in the cloud. I'm not finished yet and I'm starting to write in a personal journal every day - starting Feb. 1st. Every time I write, I'll address what I see as problem areas in me. I will jot down some possible answers, some thoughts and then spend some time thinking about them. Because of the intensely personal nature I won't be doing them on SP as I don't think they would be appropriate. This is something that I've been meaning to do for a long time. I could never find the time within my busy schedule, so God has stepped in and created it for me. It is a golden growth opportunity for me and I fully intend to take advantage of it and grow as much as I can. I'm a little scared and a lot excited about the prospect of beginning this new journey into my personal growth and how it will affect my other journey into weight loss and becoming physically healthy. Undoubtedly, I will be embarking upon a journey that will help me to grow both inside and out - emotionally, spiritually and physically. That's kind of a daunting undertaking. Am I up to the challenge? You bet I am. With God's help, the love of my family and the support of my friends, including my SP buddies, I really feel that I'll be a success.
Well here I go now, off to begin my new journey...........

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/1/2009 12:10AM

    This truly is a journey for good health....body, mind and Soul! All three components must be addressed for total success. Yep, you ARE going to be one of our success stories!

You took a negative....found your focus and turned it around. You did GREAT for January! You will do great in February too. I just know it!

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I drove to the doctor today

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Today I drove to the doctor's office. (I have a removable boot and am allowed to drive for doctor's visits) She wasn't the foot doctor so no news there. It was like being let out of jail!!! I felt like I was in control for the first time in a week. Now I'm back home again but just getting out of the house was great therapy for my soul. That's two days in a row! I'm getting spoiled and I deserve it! lol

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LUCKYDUCK2 1/29/2009 1:44PM

    You deserve every thing positive and good! I am so glad you are getting some mobility and freedom back.

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Hubby to the rescue

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Today, my cabin fever is sooooo much better. I vacuumed and mopped the floors from a chair (whenever possible), cleaned the sinks and toilets in the bathrooms and washed/dried all of the throw rugs and put them back down. Yesterday I did 4 loads of laundry, I can't tell you how many trips it was with the crutches to get all of the clean stuff put away. It was tricky with crutches but I managed. I did my weight training from bed when I was finished with my chores. I slept like a baby last night. Tonight I'll do some more weights and stretches.

Today, my wonderful hubby left work an hour early so he could drive me to the store and I could ride around in a little cart and do grocery shopping. It was wonderful to get out of the house!!! Who would have thought that Wal Mart in the afternoon would be a recreational activity! I am so blessed with the best hubby ever! I'll sleep great tonight too I'll bet! (1/29/09 and I did too!)

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LUCKYDUCK2 1/28/2009 9:48PM

    You have such a strong and positive attitude. You are doing so many things right to make this bad situation work . Wow on all that you got done.

Ya for sweet hubbies! Yours sounds like a keeper. Have a good nights sleep and another great day tomorrow.

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Cabin Fever

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Today I have cabin fever. I'm going to go and do my weight routine and see if that helps. If I'm this way already, I can't imagine what I'll be like in another few weeks. My doctor's appointment on Thursday is looking better and better - if only for an opportunity to be allowed to drive and get out of the house. I know that I need to heal and stay off my foot as much as possible but the inactivity is already getting to me. I feel like I'm sitting and watching my thighs grow fatter every day! lol
Oh well, as my mother used to say, this too will pass. Off to do weights..... emoticon

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LUCKYDUCK2 1/27/2009 3:31PM

    When I hit an obstacle...I remind myself that "all is temporary'. I hear you on the cabin fever. SIGH Me too. Enjoy your workout and you be careful on the ice with those crutches!
Just remembered...your in Florida, right? LOL...forget the ice comment. My cabin fever is Winter snow and ice and below zero temps without wind chill taken into consideration. Double SIGH

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January Challenge Week Four Reflection

Sunday, January 25, 2009

I am pleased with my progress during week four of the January challenge. I haven't lost anything as far as weight goes, but I've maintained my weight. I've found a way to walk with my crutches for aerobic exercise and I've developed a fairly effective "weights from the bed" program. I seem to be sleeping very well even though I'm not getting nearly as much aerobic exercise as I did before messing up my foot. My doctor has also started me on a vitamin D3 and vitamin D program to strengthen my bones and to help heal my foot. My attitude is quite positive and my husband should be given an award for being a prince among men. He has been wonderful!!! emoticon emoticon I am a lucky gal. Life has been good to me this week!

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CINNIEMAY 1/26/2009 7:08AM

    That is wonderful! I hope that you keep up the good work! I am glad that your husband is helping out so well! You both are luck to have each other! I hope that you have a great day!

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LUCKYDUCK2 1/26/2009 12:02AM

    I am happy dancing for you at this end because of your fantastic attitude for dealing with all of this! I hope soon...we can both happy dance. Take care till then.

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