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ridding negativity

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

This journey requires eating properly and exercising to drop pounds and get healthy. But I keep coming back to the most important tool, our brains. You can be your own biggest enemy because if we don't believe in ourselves, we'll never reach our goals. The key is using those unconscious thoughts to our advantage.

Be positive. Sometimes just thinking something over and over can make it come true. For example, if you believe weight loss is impossible, you'll never do it. Retrain your brain: Every time a negative thought pops into your head, change it to an upbeat one. Soon the new way of thinking will become second-nature.

Get visual. If you don't have a clear image of what you want to achieve it's harder to be successful. Close your eyes and see yourself as if you've achieved your goal. Every time you do this your unconscious becomes a little more convinced that it's possible.

Keep a happiness list. It's easy to dwell on disappointments, but paying attention to only what goes wrong can make you feel like a loser and sap your energy. Change your focus by writing down what you're grateful for. As you start to see all you've been blessed with, you'll feel more compowered to actually go after what you want.

My happiness list for today is:
1. I'm grateful for my husband! He's my best friend and partner. He's made everyday of my life happier and more fulfilling. I wouldn't change one thing about our life together!

2. My children. Each of the five has a special place in my heart, and has made our family complete.

3. My two grandsons--who knew they could fill your heart with such joy and happiness! Jackson and Jamison are such a joy!

4. My parents, who have shown me by example what love is. Watching my father care for my mother during this past year, without complaint, makes me realize what a special relationship they have.

5. My health--at 55 I'm fortunate to be able to exercise and do the physical things I love!



Monday, January 31, 2011

So my weigh-in today didn't give me the results I expected. I lost only .6 pounds for a total of 7.5 since January 1....I not certain why so dismal (0 last week and .5 this) I'm accurately tracking my food, and I upped my cardio significantly last week while sticking with my strength workout 3 x's....I get all the variables, like I'm not in horrible shape, and I get that I'v e been eating healthy foods all along, and my diet isn't changed all that much as far as quality, just quantity....but the numbers don't add up on my tracker....not completely discouraged however, as I can see the physical changes quite clearly, and my clothes fit better as well....Just wish the scale would move.....

That being said, I was a little late for spin this morning, so I stayed and did an additional fifteen minutes and then decided to try and change things up so I did 20 minutes on the elliptical machine...Tomorrow I'll try 20 on the treadmill after spin class....hopefully this will amp up my metabolism...

It feels good to be sweating again! I love knowing I'm doing something good for my body...and seeing myself getting stronger and fit is also awesome! I don't want anything to get in the way of my gym time again. The feeling of success is too good to forgo...

It's really interesting how much eating right and exercising can do for our mental image and well-being. For the past 6 months or more, I've just hated myself, and felt like a fraud and failure because I wasn't hitting the gym regularly and had let my calorie count escalate. It was a snowball affect that I allowed to happen little by little, until I really despised myself!Just regaining control and making the daily effort to get to the gym makes me feel good about myself and even if the pounds aren't melting away, I finally am proud of myself again!


Great Sunday workout!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I've been making Sunday mornings a lifting day and meeting my daughter at the gym tow work out with. It's really such fun to work out with her! She pushes me, and I don't even realize it while it's happening. So we had a totally awesome workout! In whole, this past week has been awesome. I felt as if I was on my way back at week's start, and while faced with a few challenges aka snow, didn't stop me, or even, slow me down for that matter...a sure sign that I'm returning to form, so to speak...but Saturday's spin class, and today's strength session were both totally awesome in intensity and the end result was an almost euphoric feeling. That feeling is something that I wish everyone could experience. Exercise has so many benefits beyond making your muscles grow and burning fat! I hope I never find reason to forget that again!

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My Saturday...

Saturday, January 29, 2011

My day started by picking up my DIL to go to spin class...of course I got to get a big hug and kiss from Jackson and three week old Jamison...a very nice perk...spin class was awesome, I feel so much stronger and back to my old self. Saturday class is an hour long, and I love the effort the spin instructor puts into the class (she fills the room with disco balls and turns the lights off), I am not a fan of her practices (doing exercises on the bike, etc), however I like her intensity, so I adapt my workout to fit was nice to go with my DIL--of course I got to spend some time with my little buddy when I dropped his mommy off--he's such a joy! Home for a shower, and lunch got a call from my dad my mom spilled her coffee on herself and her bed and needed to get cleaned up. It was a very gratifying visit tending to her needs, I got her up in her recliner chair(the first time in months)where she was so happy and comfortable...changer her and got her washed up....stayed with her while my dad ran some errands(think he just needed a break)...she was very much out of touch, but had a good bit of strength and was very talkative(even if she was confused)...fed her some lunch around 2:30 then headed home....lazed around most of the afternoon watching HGTV with my daughter and surfing the internet....around 5:30 got another call from my dad he needed to run into town and get her a steak sandwich so I needed to stay with her again...this time I was just laughing out-loud at some of the things she was saying, made her laugh as well...all and all it was a nice day for her, as she was much more alert than over the past week or two. I'll take what I can get at this point.....


Reason or season

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Yesterday I never got to lift at the gym. As I was dropping my bag in spin class one of my gym friends came in and I gave my normal greeting and started out of the room, she then stopped me in my tracks with the news that her mom had succombed to the cancer she'd been fighting for the past year and a half. Emotions spilled out as I tried to comfort her and related with her experience. Another gym friend joined us and comforted us both. I use "gym friend" as I onlyhave contact with these women in the gym, and yet they share some of my most intimate feelings. This revelation brought to mind the highly circulated Internet item "Reason or Season"

People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you figure out which one it is,
you will know what to do for each person.

When someone is in your life for a REASON,
it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty;
to provide you with guidance and support;
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually.
They may seem like a godsend, and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.

Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON,
because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it. It is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons;
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person,
and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.


These women have come into my life out of need, we talk together, share life stories and experiences, cry together and sweat together. We see each other without makeup and don't judge. I have no really close friends in my life-besides my husband, and it's nice to have met these women.

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TATTER3 1/29/2011 7:17AM

    I am impressed. You did the right thing. Too many of us are so focused on our own lives that we forget where the improtance lies. Step by step if we reach out to others, the flow of life will come back to support us as well. I don't even know you but there's a feeling of pride in reading your post. Just keep Sparkin!!!!! The world needs more of your attitude!

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