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Feeling Great!

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Recently I've been making some very positive changes in my life and I wanted to write some of them down to help me remember them and stay motivated.

The 2 main things I wanted to record today:

1. On Tuesday, my boss, Deanna, called me the poster girl for making healthy choices! Wow! Yes, she said that about ME! No longer do I need to define myself in negative and derogatory ways. What an amazing change - and what she said really motivates me to keep on making all of those SIMPLE healthy choices I've been making!

2. Last night, after a full day of work, plus my commute to & from work on the bus, I went grocery shopping. Not only did I have the stamina and energy to buy lots of fruit, veggies and other healthy things - but after I came home I brought EIGHT heavy canvas bags into the house myself, and put them all away! (My son was in the shower, so instead of waiting until he was finished and having him do it, I did it myself without any problem.) That's HUGE progress for me!

So I'm writing these things down to remind myself that not only is it possible to change my life --but I AM DOING IT!

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_CYNDY55_ 10/8/2014 11:04PM

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FPALIWODA 10/6/2014 1:30PM

  Great job!!!! Every victory is still a victory, no matter how large or small. I was happy with myself yesterday just because I didn't visit the dessert table at a wedding shower. Victory!

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SANDSGIRL26 10/5/2014 12:25PM

    Good for you! I know you heart had to be filled with pride hearing the comment about being the poster child for health!! Way to go!

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MOONGLOWSNANA 10/5/2014 12:42AM

  WooHoo! for NSV (non scale victories!!!)

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MOODYKEYS 10/4/2014 7:12PM

    fantastic .i know what you mean. I live on a mountain like area that holds my house. in other words it is all up hill to the side door we use. I use to go little way up and have to stop because I couldn't breathe good. now I truck up it like there is no tomorrow. with or with bags in my hand. just walking to the mailbox( 1111steps). I would have to stop part of the way. I walk it all the time now. it really feels good to know things are getting better with my body.

great idea to write these down to motivate yourself. congratulations.

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GRACED777 10/4/2014 4:56PM

    Really great -And for your boss to notice and acknowledge... emoticon

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MCLYMORE 10/4/2014 4:22PM

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Great job!

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PILGRIMHEART 10/4/2014 2:54PM

    I can totally identify with this blog post! Good for you, you have a lot to be proud of! :)

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JEB03253 10/4/2014 1:26PM

    Good job! emoticon

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REBESANCON 10/4/2014 10:40AM

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FUZZYBEEZ 10/4/2014 7:54AM

    Great job with the accomplishments. You, yes you, inspired me this morning. I hope to one day be able to bring my own groceries in and actually put them away at the time. Right now I get them inside and the cold stuff in the fridge but then it's the next day to put away canned and dry goods because I am so worn out. One day I'll be like you and be able to do it all myself. Thank you for the encouragement.

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SETTIMIA 10/4/2014 2:23AM

    Great job you are doing so well

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MANOLY 10/3/2014 10:43PM

    I love to hear that !!!!Congratulations and keep going.

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MARYHENNIG 10/3/2014 6:44PM

  way to go!

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SPASCAL 10/3/2014 6:11PM

    So happy for you... You deserve the recognition from others and from yourself! Keep on keeping on! emoticon

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LILSUZY1057 10/3/2014 5:20PM

    Isn't it great to have more stamina?! You should be very proud of yourself. Pats on the back from me to you.

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GRANDMABABA 10/3/2014 1:16PM

    Way to go! Continued great success to you!

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LOVENHWOODS 10/3/2014 11:15AM

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Congratulations on making these great healthy choices!



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CAERLEEDS 10/3/2014 9:57AM

  I love you picture. Cats and books are two of my favorites also.

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PGAINES 10/3/2014 9:51AM

    Awesome! I am proud of you! Everyday we get stronger and realize how great it feels! Keep up the good work and great attitude! emoticon

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DTHOR6 10/3/2014 9:47AM

    Awesome and congrats! It always feels good when someone else notices and comments!

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RITAROSE 10/3/2014 9:44AM

  LOVE IT!! Congratulations on making healthy changes in your lifestyle that have yielded more energy and ability to do what was difficult or impossible before those changes! Keep up the good work!!

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56ROSE 10/3/2014 9:43AM

    Writing is a powerful tool! It can keep you focused & motivated! emoticon

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OSDOWNS 10/3/2014 6:42AM

    Yay you!!

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EVIE4NOW 10/2/2014 7:50AM

  Awesome. You CAN do it!

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Wednesday May 28

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I slept too late to walk early this morning, unfortunately.

So tonight after work I went to the pool immediately, so I wouldn't procrastinate and get lazy. Because there were several families there this time, I was very self-conscious - so I only swam for about 15 minutes. However I did 20 times across the width of the pool, and 2 times the length of the pool. So the same amount of exercising as last time, but in much faster time.

And WOW I'm really feeling it much more today too!

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Tuesday May 27

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Got 10 minutes of walking in this morning. I'm planning for 20 minutes of water walking and swimming tonight after work.

Last night I joined a team that seems doable and helpful - amazingly the team leader responded within a very short period of time, which was great. I know I need to use accountability with other people as part of my workout plan.

I think I'll give a friend at work (or maybe even 2) permission to ask me how it's going with my workouts now and then. I've never tried that before, and it certainly can't hurt!

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Later in the day ... I couldn't swim tonight because it was not only cool & raining, but it was really STORMING. So I decided to just make SURE I swim (or take a long walk if it's raining).

And I did ask a friend at work to check in with me once or twice a week to ask me how it's going. So now I HAVE to stay committed to working out often!

  


Monday May 26

Monday, May 26, 2014

Today I decided I'd better get off my rear and do some swimming. There's a pool in my apartment complex, so near the end of the day today I walked down there. I haven't been in a swimming pool, or a bathing suit, for at least 2 years. I waited till 7:00pm - it had just rained & there were no other people in the pool because it was pretty cool outside. I spent about 20 minutes at the pool.

It doesn't sound too impressive, but I swam the width of the pool 20 times, and the length of it 2 times. Nothing fancy because I don't really swim "correctly" - I swam some on my back, some on my front, and some just walking in the water. But the main thing is that I got out there and did SOMETHING, which I feel good about.

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I Need A Shot Of Motivation!

Friday, August 02, 2013

Okay, so I've been kind of struggling some lately, and I decided to give myself a shot of motivation. Since my Dad died and all the activity connected with that subsided, I guess I've felt kind of blah and like "is this all there is to my life?"

When I was in California and Dad's caretaker, I had a purpose and felt like I was make a difference in his life - and every day I made him so happy just by being there with him. After he passed I had to get rid of all of his stuff, (and BOY did he have lots of STUFF!), and get his home ready to sell. Then I had to pack up his car with everything I was keeping and drive back to Wisconsin (the longest drive of my life - I'll never do something like that again).

But now that's all in the past, and though I have many good memories to cherish from my time with him, I just don't know where to go from here. My nest is almost empty - except for an almost 15 year old son who really ISN'T into spending time with Mom these days. Plus I'm aging fast and feeling like a failure in several areas of my life.

Anyway, this morning I contacted a couple of Spark friends who I've walked with in the past (okay it's been a couple years, but still). I SparkMailed them, gave them my phone number, and hopefully at least one of them will walk with me this weekend.

Eventually I should probably aim to walk with someone on both days of the weekend every weekend - that would get me off my butt and out of the books I'm always reading! Honestly, reading is a wonderful thing - but sometimes I need to put the book down and actually LIVE a little and connect with friends!
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KNAUGHT61 8/4/2013 7:38AM

    I tried calling on Friday - will try again today! We can do this! K

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JOHNMARTINMILES 8/2/2013 8:47AM

    Just put one foot in front of the other!

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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