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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Today I saw a number on the scale that I have not seen in a while. A number that would mortify a 'normal' weighted person, but one I'm happy to see again. Those numbers were creeping up higher than I'd ever seen them this summer. Not pleasant!

So far, I guess I've lost about 6 or 7 pounds total and I'm about 5 weeks in. That's about a pound week that I'll take any day as long as I don't have to be hungry to do it. I've not changed what I'm doing so far. If I'm really hungry one day, I eat 'good for me' things to try to satisfy what my body needs. I don't care to reach for the candy bag or the cookies as much anymore. I've noticed that I crave proteins more these days (even before I started trying to get rid of this belly).

I'm not sure why the change of cravings. Maybe another symptom of perimenopause? Maybe just getting older. I don't really know, but it helps to not crave the sweets so much. Last night I was a little hungry before bedtime. I looked in the pantry and the fridge and didn't find anything either place that I really wanted to munch on, so I just went to bed.

I truly hope by Thanksgiving I'll have lost another 3 pounds or so. Eating most of my calories during the day seems to help the process along better, so I'm going to try doing that more. Bigger lunches and lighter suppers.

Wish me luck!

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HHUSTON 11/12/2013 1:59PM

    Woot Woot! So glad you found something that is working for you!
emoticon MUAH!

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CYNTHIAS50 11/8/2013 10:06AM

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That's awesome Linda! You can do this!

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1SUNSHINEGIRL 11/6/2013 9:08AM

    YAY for you Linda! YOU can do it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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One Step at a Time

Monday, October 28, 2013

It's been a while since I've made any effort at all to lose weight...much less exercise. Today marks one month of 'getting back on the wagon' so to speak. It started out with my stomach being just so huge I couldn't stand it anymore. Hard to believe that when I was a teen, my waist was 22". emoticon So, I decided it was time to put one foot in front of the other and just start moving.

I did not measure myself at all and I sort of wish I did. It was not my goal to 'diet', it was my goal for my pants to fit better and to maybe have a midriff again.

I pulled out a 30-day Plan WATP dvd by Leslie Sansone and laced up my shoes. I only wanted to do the cardio 3 days a week and the toning 3 days a week like the dvd said. I wasn't really interested in cutting back calories at the time I started.

Today, I can definitely say that my pants do fit better. Still a little snug around the waist, but not cutting in and rolling down like a month ago. The seat and legs are definitely looser. My shirts fit nicer. I don't look so much like an apple anymore, but I have a long way to go. I've probably lost about 4 or 5 pounds. I fluctuate a lot, so that's a safe amount to say.

During the course of the month I felt a bit inspired to give up the fast foods so much. I'm bringing my lunch for the most part. I decided to re-do my spark page and re-set my goals. I now have a goal to lose about 10 lbs. by Christmas. I could do more if I wanted to seriously 'diet', but I don't. I love food. I don't like to be hungry. I'm one of those people that will eventually crash and binge if you tell me to give up a whole food group or tell me I can't have something.

I have started tracking my calories and exercise, but I don't stress it if I leave something off or forget to track one day. For the first time in a while I feel like 'I've got this'. I'm not in a hurry to lose a ton of weight. I haven't even set a final goal.

I only want to feel physically and emotionally healthier. So... one step at a time. emoticon emoticon (wasn't there an emoticon of a lady walking a dog at one time?)

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LOUIE-LILY 10/28/2013 3:33PM

    Good for you for getting back on track! We can only put one foot in front of the other so far as I know emoticon
Keep walking - that's the way to do it!
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A Lunch Idea - Not Your Normal Idea

Monday, June 07, 2010

This is the first blog I've done in a while. I'd really like feedback.

One of the things about dieting that I loathe is bringing my lunch to work. It's not the food I bring or the bag I carry it in. There is a nice refrigerator and a microwave in our kitchen to use - so storage is not a problem. What I don't like is not leaving the office. I don't live close enough to scurry home. Our office is small - six people and only two of us use the table in our small kitchen. There are places I could go and window shop, but I've found that sometimes gets me in trouble. LOL!

What I want is a place to go at lunch. Before you suggest it, I don't have any friends in the neighborhood of my office. I could walk at lunch but choose not to because I hate the sweat factor - especially in the summer with the high humidity we have. Gym membership is a possibility, but honestly, I just don't have the extra money for it.

I know I can't be the only person who wants a place to go for lunch where you can bring your own food and just hang out with a book. All I have to do is cruise the parking lots around the office at lunch to see how many people I see sitting in their cars chowing down to know that's true.

There are few local parks around, but, again, especially in the summer, weather is an issue and parking is always an issue.

Here's my idea ... what if there was such a thing as a 'Lunch Park'? What if it was inside where it could be heated and cooled? What if it just had a few random tables scattered araound and some chairs? There could be a few vending machines around for those who forgot their lunch. There could be areas for 'quiet' where people simply eat and read and areas with a television. Maybe a ping pong table? Sign up sheets for people who are interested in playing games? Wi-fi if you want to bring your computer?

I know, I know ... who's going to pay for it and who's going to run it. I guess that's where the problem lies, but public parks have to be maintained by somebody, Why couldn't someone be hired to watch over the Lunch Park? Maybe there would be a nominal admission fee. Something most people could afford.

This is a very baby idea, but would love to hear what ya'll think or ideas on how to make it happen.

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NANAJO43 6/15/2010 1:05AM

    Ditto, I love this idea! The park district, or library are both good ideas, as to who could run it..It puts me in mind of something like an internet cafe. If all else fails, I wonder if you could contact your Chamber of Commerce and see if they might have any suggestions?

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HHUSTON 6/9/2010 2:24PM

    I think that is a cool idea. Indoors makes sense too because even if there is no "sweat factor" year round - there are other weather conditions that could affect you. If you can't find anything obvious nearby, look at the not so obvious - like a Friendship center for seniors (we have PLENTY of seniors down here!!)

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1SUNSHINEGIRL 6/8/2010 10:01AM

    Linda, what an AWESOME know I feel the same as you. I HAVE to get out of the office...otherwise, I'd end up having to work during my lunch, with no pay. Not happening. I think you need to give this some more thought and see how workable it is in your area. You live in a very populated area, so that should be a plus! The only thing would be the time constraint for people who don't have a long lunch break! Of course, in the mean time, you could take a book with you...and eat in your car. I do it ALL THE TIME! LOL!

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UPFORFUN03 6/8/2010 8:44AM

    The lunch park is awesome. Good idea! I think you should talk to your local library. As I was reading the blog, and I totally share all your feelings... I thought you know... the library. If they'd let you bring your lunch in and find a quiet corner, how nice would that be?

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SASSISPRING 6/7/2010 5:49PM

    Interesting concept. I personally wouldn't use a lunch park because I don't want to lunch near other folks. I want to be on my own when I have my lunch and that idea would mean I'd be in a room with other people with possiblity that those folks would want to socialize. I am fortunate in that I live only minutes from my home or the parks are large enough that one can sit far away from others (and not the climate issues that you shared). Still why not throw it out there and see what others think in your area and then as a group, approach city council with the idea. Or another idea would be to start a community garden that had covered open areas to sit down for lunch. You wouldn't have air conditioning, however, you'd have the quiet of the garden and the cover for the sun. Great idea, run with the idea of a lunch park. :)

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STITCHES182 6/7/2010 5:17PM

    I have the same problem, the lunch room is too small! Luckily I work close to a barnes & noble so can walk over there and sit for a while

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KKSTRAIT2010 6/7/2010 5:04PM

    I hear what you are saying, A lunch park sounds neat, but often times, jobs do not give you a long enough lunch period to leave and go somewhere like that and get back in time. You might want to take your suggestion to your town's council and see what they would think.

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HOCKIMAMA 6/7/2010 4:45PM

You have a GREAT idea here! I totally understand your dilemma and think it's a very common one for those who want to get out of the office and away from temptations in a break room where people are eating all the foods you're trying to avoid! How would you get this started? That I am coming up empty on .....however, don't give up on it! They have dog parks, kids parks, but no lunch parks! You are on to something!

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Making Fitness a Priority

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

I laughed this morning when this was the weekly Spark Blog entry. I go in spurts with exercise. For months at a time I'll exercise nearly every day, then all of a sudden, something goes awry and I miss a day ... then two and three until I've completely fallen off the fitness wagon.

Lately I've been trying so hard to get back up on that fitness wagon. Life is so full. I thought once the kids were grown that I'd have more time. That statement couldn't be any more untrue!

I was just about to change my working hours so I could exercise in the morning before coming to work when my youngest son decided he didn't want to live with his dad anymore. I'm happy to have him home again, but that means going back to'mom' mode. Making sure his homework is done, teacher conferences, pushing him to get ready for college next year, etc. My college age daugther has called many a time when I was about to work out needing my help. Her car won't start, she doesn't feel well, she had a bad day, etc. Then there's the oldest, married daughter who just moved back to town. She and her hubby had a hard time finding work, but they finally each have a job, albeit not what they hoped for. In the meantime, it hasn't been unusual for them to stop by looking for dinner.

So you see, life happens. Last night I pulled out my WII Fit for the first time in over a month. It felt good to be active. Dinner was never made though. Is that so bad? I think not. It's give and take and I believe I'm on the end of deserving to 'take' a little sometimes. I don't think anyone will starve if I decide to 'WII' instead of fixing a meal. Besides, I'm not the only one around there that knows how to cook.

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POLSKARENIA 6/20/2009 5:37PM

    Hey Linda!
I see we have a lot in common - I used the WiiFit for the 1st time in months last week. ... this has to change.
You've inspired me to do something - we can both do this, and allow ourselves 'me-time'

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1SUNSHINEGIRL 4/9/2009 4:59PM

    Linda, you DESERVE some me time...and no...they won't starve...they may even appreciate you more because of it. Continue to take care of you my friend!!!!!!

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/8/2009 9:51AM

    Hey, when your kids come over for dinner, then them...sure,,,you make it while I get out my Wii lol. I don't have a Wii yet, but it sure sounds like fun!

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HOCKIMAMA 4/7/2009 3:42PM

    I enjoyed reading this blog, Linda! I'm glad you took the Wii time as "me" time and didn't feel bad about it! You always need to remember that you're worth it, as we all are!

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COMPUTERLADY 4/7/2009 2:53PM

    I agree. No one will starve if you don't cook. They probably can all cook just choose not to.

I, too had found that if I miss a day or two it becomes three, then four, then I don't know how long. That was until now when I was forced to exercise a certain amount of minutes for both this group and FirstSteps. I found that I enjoy the exercise and am not as concerned about how many minutes I have left. I think it is a mindset that we need to get into in order to have success. I really felt bad when I didn't exercise while Tiffany was home. I missed my quiet time walking on treadmill or riding stationary bike while watching TV. I couldn't wait to get back on the track of exercise. This is a new mindset for me. Now I am concerned about going to visit my daughter in Missouri where there is no exercise equipment. I guess I will have to take my cassette player for my exercise tape and do that at least.

Sounds like you have been doing the "MOM" job again. It's nice to have your children back home or needing your help (like my ill daughter) but we both need to remember that we need "me" time to do the things we want to do (exercise, walk, take a nap, take a bubble bath, Wii Fit) and not feel guilty about it.

You will do fine. Just remember to have some "me" time to help you unwind. I know I will.

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Benefits of List Making

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Another one of my Fast Break goals was to start making a list of things I need to do on a daily basis. I tend to have so many expectations of myself that I either do more than I intended, or I get paralyzed with anxiety and don't do anything. Even making a list seems like a chore sometimes. Sad, huh?

What I'm starting to realize though is that it is helpful to 'see' what all I feel I need to do on paper. When I 'see' it, I realize that maybe I don't need really need to do all that's on that list or that the anxiety I'd been feeling was not necessary.

Today I made a list of places I needed to go at lunch and what I needed at each place. This was in preparation for a short trip I'm taking tomorrow and Friday. I sat here most of the morning fretting over it thinking I'd have to do some on the way home. Then, when I left the office I got into a traffic jam (RATS!). Panic started to set in. I took a deep breath and just decided I would do what I could and worry about the rest later. Well, let me tell you, I made it to every place on my list and accomplished all I needed to do. I was 15 minutes late getting back to work, but all is well. I come in early nearly every day and rarely leave for lunch anymore, so no one will say anything.

I'm relieved that part of my list is accomplished and crossing those errands off my list was a joy!

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ARIAL61 10/18/2013 7:41AM

    I think I need to get back to blogging. That helps too.

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ELISADENK 10/17/2013 8:52PM


I think I need to get back to making lists. It DOES help.

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