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Sunday, August 26, 2007

There are natural consequences that accompany every choice we make in life. Some opportunities inevitably pass us by, but we can take advantage of others. Many people feel powerless but this is rarely the case--some opportunities just require a little thinking outside the box. You have the power to create the life you want if you are willing to set goals and take steps toward them. Rarely does fulfilling our hopes and dreams happen overnight, but daily you can take one tiny move towards them.

This is the greatest lesson I have learned from this journey. Not allowing myself to be a victim of food anymore. No excuses and no "I can't" or "I don't"s anymore. It's so frustrating when people ask me "how did you lose all that weight" and then when I tell them what I did they inevitably say "Oh, I could never..." Well that was what I used to say too. I was looking for some easy and magical solution to my obesity, but it never came to me. Instead I finally took charge and did what I knew I had to do, and was capable of doing. No gimmicks, no scams, no surgeries or supplements, no prepackaged foods, or "diets"; just good healthy food and exercise. By putting myself in charge I became the responsible party for my success or failure and because failure wasn't an option, I've succeeded.

So every day when I look in the mirror, I see the person who gave me back my life, looking back at me!

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GOOGLEMENOW 8/27/2007 7:06AM

    You just said a mouthful, and many have trouble swallowing the truth. You've learned so much, that I for one, appreciate you sharing your journey with us. And you've done it with such grace.

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NORTHERNGIRL40 8/26/2007 10:47AM

    That's awesome. I totally agree with you. There is no magical way to lose weight quickly. The only thing that works is diet and exercise. I have tried too many gimmicky things and they never work. Good for you. You have lost so much weight and you look fantastic. Way to go!!!

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Well, I'm not sure what I've done to my knee, but it has me concerned because there is a hard swelling at the top outside part of my knee. I don't know what the cause is, and it's not that horribly painful(since I have constant pain it's difficult to know the difference). I am going to take it easy this weekend and see how it is on Monday. If it's not any better, I'll call the doctor....I didn't like not getting any real exercise today! So I hope this clears up quickly.


Uh oh!

Friday, August 24, 2007

Well today, on the anniversary of the completion of my 52nd consecutive week at the gym without a miss, I'm missing a day. I seem to have a slight injury to my bad knee. This week I started doing leg work again (I have not worked my legs out specifically because of all the spinning and cycling I'm doing and my knee was giving me a problem) and I'm doing a program with maximum lifts to failure. On Tuesday I did lunges(which are very hard with my bad knee) with 45lb weight 4x10, I still did my spinning classes and my quads were sore(especially on the good leg) but I was getting through it - then last night my daughter asked me to go for a bike ride to try out our new clip in pedals, and I did. We had a really good ride the clip-ins work really great, but when I went to get off the bike a lost my balance and landed oddly on my bad it was very swollen and had a hard knot in thequad on the outside of my I think it's best to rest it for today even though I'm feeling guilty about interrupting my lifting schedule and missing a day at the gym..

Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.

- Aldous Huxley, writer
So at least I'm using the lessons learned in my past to deal with this. Better to miss one day than be laid up for an extended period of time!


Wish I'd learned this sooner

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Concentration is the ability to think of absolutely nothing when it is absolutely necessary.

I've always had that ability, I just don't really know why it took me so long to use it to lose weight and get healthy. I'm constantly asking myself why now? How come I didn't do this sooner? What kept me from focusing on this vitally important thing before now? If I had the answer to that I could get rich selling it to those millions of others who are just like me.

But really, the whys don't matter and neither do the hows, what matters is that I'm doing it, and I keep doing it every day.

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DEB0413 8/23/2007 10:30PM

    Hey there! Just wanted you to know that I'm still checking in on you because you are still inspiring me!!

You're right, who knows why?? Guess we just need to live right now, and know that it is just the way life is!

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wow it's been a while

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Summer seems to have far too many things for me to do and keeps me off the computer(that's not a bad thing though). Much is going on in my life and it's a bit hectic right now, but I've kept up my program. The weight seems a bit sluggish, and I could still improve on my calorie intake, but I'm getting there. My body has made so many positive changes that haven't affected the scale numbers, so I'm still feeling very good. I just recently bought a pair of size 6 jeans as incentive only to realize they fit perfectly. So that is a sign of how my lifting and cardio are going. I just finished my 52 consecutive week of lifting weights 3x's a week. I think that's a very admirable accomplishment. I've never stuck to exercise for that long and been so conscientious about it. I can't imagine not lifing and working out, it's just part of my life now.


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