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Feeling invincible! The secret to true happiness!

Sunday, February 06, 2011

As I was riding home from the gym I realized that I have found "it"- the true feeling of happiness! That feeling is all dependent upon exercising every day-yep that's right, I said it, all those experts really do know what they're talking about! Exercise releases endorphins, that is true, but it also gives a feeling of confidence, a feeling of accomplishment, and subsequently gives the ego a much needed boost. We all know the health benefits, and the physical changes (which by the way are amazing as well), but the mental benefits, and mood enhancers are off the charts as far as I'm concerned. How I forgot this is beyond me! We could do away with all the prescription mood enhancing drugs if everyone would get up and exercise!

I understand that all the fatigue I was feeling was due to the guilt I felt over choosing not to follow all the healthy habits I had adopted, that led to my success in losing 143 pounds. I suppose that I did make enough changes to find my way back to those ways, and bring a stop to my failings of late. The old me-the 2006, 299 lb me-would have just continued to spiral and undo all that I had accomplished over the past 5 years. So today I am proud of myself for recognizing these things and for all the good things I have learned and adopted.

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DDOORN 2/7/2011 12:44AM

    Kudos to stopping the spiral!

I'm right there with you! :-)


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    My feelings exactly! Good for you for realizing this and staying so strong and focused!


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A Perfect Week!

Saturday, February 05, 2011

This morning up bright and early--fighting my way across my ice-coated back step--off to the gym for some cardio...fifteen minutes of an interval workout on the treadmill and then off to a grueling hour long spin class....felt totally amazing after. Then off to a family dinner at my parents' and got to spend a great afternoon with my grandsons--a perfect afternoon...back home watching RED with my son now...

Today's workout marked gym day #7-6 spin classes 4 strength training days! Loved every minute.

I realized today that I was falling into the same old pattern of passing the blame for my slide on everything/everyone else besides myself. I was merely making excuses for my lapses and in turn felt guilty, and had a lot of self-loathing--which all was detrimental and allowed the vicious cycle to continue.

Taking responsibility and not making any excuses was step one in retaking control and getting back on track. Realizing that I could make whatever steps necessary to make sure I get my exercise and eat properly regardless of what life threw my way. Of course things are quite simple right now since I don't have to babysit my grandson and it's the off-season for umpiring so I'm not dealing with excessive knee pain, so it's pretty simple to embrace my personnel time and workouts. But, I feel as if I'm better prepared to meet those challenges when the are presented after this experience. I also have a bit of a dangling-carrot in the upcoming wedding of my daughter, on May 5, 2012 and that will help keep me focused on the prize, so-to-speak...


Great workout today!

Friday, February 04, 2011

I was really ecstatic after my workout today. First I didn't even hesitate when the alarm went off--it's important to get to the gym early on Friday's if you want to take spin class-it fills up fast, and I also wanted to do my strength training off I went listened to some newly downloaded music and did an awesome bi/tri/ab circuit workout and had some time to burn before spin class so I did 15 minutes of interval running on the treadmill. Then had a totally awesome spin class to finish the gym time off. Then we got to spend time with the two little ones again! Came home did some laundry and then off to get my nails done...spent the evening scanning old photos onto the computer--some good memories and then some stark reminders of where my weight was for so many years! It's great motivation to keep on this path and stay focused. I'm going to have to add some of these pics to my SP to have as a visual aid in the event my enthusiasm starts to was quite interesting seeing the various sizes I was during my past 35 makes me have a better image of myself now, even though I'm not where I want to be yet!

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DODDSE 2/4/2011 11:09PM

  Sounds like you had a great day! Stay positive and true to your path and you will succeed.

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On a roll :)

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Busy and interesting day today. Started at the gym for my leg day lift and spin class...both went very well; showered at the gym-off to the hair salon, where on a whim I changed my hair color and style...kind of like it....then off to visit my mother and found her having an excellent day! We had a great visit, talked about the two babaies, Scarlett's wedding planning and her catichism and she was clear, lucid and sounding very strong all this after she was able to get showered for the first time in ages! She was able to enjoy having the newspaper read to her by the volunteer and ate three meals today. My dad was able to get out of the house to do some shopping and then go to the gym, which made my mom happy! So I'm sitting here tonight feeling extremely happy and savoring good days like this....I know I wont always have this but for today it was good!

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TIRED49 2/3/2011 11:32PM

    So glad you had a great day! Cherish all your moments with your parents.

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Thankful for my life!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

What a nice day today! It started with a great spin class (actually the class was so-so, I used my own music and did my own workout including 10 extra minutes) from which I left soaking wet with sweat! Home for a quick shower, and then spent the next few hours with my two grandsons and my husband! We had such a wonderful time together. Jackson is 16 months and an absolute joy!! and Jamison is 3 1/2 weeks old and was awake the entire time with us. It really is a blessing to be able to spend such time with our grandsons! We are so fortunate that they live near-by and we are so lucky to have a wonderful daughter-in-law who allows us such access to the boys!

The day was finished off with a visit to the possible wedding reception venue with our daughter, future son-in-law and his parents, followed by dinner out (Applebees so I could eat healthily). Again, we are blessed that our daughter has found a wonderful fiance whose parents we enjoy spending time with. The wedding is sure to be an event to remember!

I'm still not seeing my hard work showing up on the scale. I'm more than a little confused by this, and hoping that things will soon change. I'm not getting derailed by this, but I am getting a bit distracted because of it. If the weather ever changes (thankfully we got a lot of rain today instead of the predicted snow) right now it's entirely too messy and slippery to do any running outdoors.

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LODYANGEL 2/3/2011 1:33PM

    Hang in there! All the hard work will pay off and the scale will start moving soon!

Where do you live?? I have a hard time getting in the running I want to do because of the wintry weather. We missed the big snows too and just got rain (And a tad bit of snow this morning, but not enough to cause problems!). So you must not be too horribly far from me. emoticon

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TIRED49 2/2/2011 10:29PM

    Don't be discouraged! You have come so far.
This will pass and you will begin to see the progress you are making now.

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