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Determined to get off the merry-go-round!!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

A few weeks ago I saw a post on Sparkpeople about being on a merry-go-round with weight loss. You are motivated to lose--lose some--go back to old habits--gain weight--repeat. I can identity with riding this merry-go-round since I have done it for quite some time. I WANT OFF THIS RIDE NOW AND FOREVER!!

I have so many Sparkfriends who have lost weight, are working hard to reach their goals, and are encouraging me and others to do the same. If they were ever on the merry-go-round, they found a way to get off of it. Now it's my turn to get off and encourage others to do the same. I am tired of losing and gaining back the same pounds, I am tired of trying to find clothes to camouflage my muffin top, I am tired of being tired of being tired of this viscous cycle that is like rocking in a rocking chair--I can do it forever and get nowhere.

I have been my own worst enemy. The problem lies with me--so does the solution. If it is to be it is truly up to me. I am getting off this merry-go-round today by taking the following actions:

1) Committing to reaching my weight loss/health goals daily, hourly, minute by minute if necessary--I have set reminders in my phone to go off to remind me daily of how many days are left in this year for me to work towards my goals. I am joining a Sparkfriend in working hard through the end of the year so that we are on track with our weight loss goals when 2014 begins.

2) Staying within my daily calories!!!!!!!!!!!!! This has been my achilles heel--no more!! I am going to research, plan my meals, and stick to the plan!!!

3) Continuing to exercise regularly--getting a minimum of 1000 minutes of fitness monthly--this has been relatively easy and really blesses me.

4) Drinking water, water, water, and more water. Got to stop drinking my calories!!!

5) Connecting with my Sparkfriends a minimum of once per week--I need the accountability and support

6) Reaching out to help others who are struggling with the merry-go-round too. There is a quote that I love that says--"When you help someone else up the hill, you help yourself up the hill too." author unknown. This is so true!!

7) Repeat, repeat, repeat. Maybe this action plan can be my new merry-go-round. I saw Rick Warren, author of the Purpose Driven Life, on Oprah's Lifeclass, and he said that instead of fighting your temptations replace them. This merry-go-round is much better than the old one. I may need to add some things to the ride, but it has the potential to get me to my weight loss/health goals unlike the old merry-go-round. Sounds like a good replacement to me!!

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LYNETTEMOM 1/3/2014 1:23PM


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CLPURNELL 9/24/2013 4:36AM

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TEMIWUMI 9/21/2013 11:38PM

    Am with you, I need to do the things you mentioned above. This is a lifestyle and to reach the goal, there are certain things we will have to stick to. I am committing myself to stop the merry-go-round also. emoticon

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PGHP31CK 9/21/2013 8:16PM

    You CAN do it, YOU can do it, you can DO it!!! You've got a plan, and you can make it happen! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 9/21/2013 2:17PM

    Great blog! Love your insight and determination. You can do it!!!

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JERSEYGIRL24 9/21/2013 11:46AM

    Good for you!!! I hope you can do two things: first of all, achieve your goal and get off the merry go round. Second of all, after you do it, please share your secrets with me!!! In addition to everything else you mentioned, I see myself as the queen of self-sabotage. I am the classic person who rewards a weight loss with an ice cream sundae. Well, maybe not exactly (though at times I have), but when things seem to be going good, I seem to get lax and lose all my progress.

What is key though is not to beat yourself up. Dust yourself off and get back in the game!! emoticon

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CLASSYLADYMAY 9/21/2013 11:36AM

    Good for you !! Just don't comparing yourself to others. We all go at a different pace. And this is a journey ! as we go thru it we learn and grow. !! I know you can do this!!! Hugs!!

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Still learning--still growing!!

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

I can't believe it has been nearly a month since my last blog. So much has happened it seems: my son deployed to Afghanistan, work issues, lost then gained weight, strained my calf muscle running--rested it for two weeks--started running again--re-injured it yesterday, family drama, lost 5 pounds, and the list goes on. I am certain that everyone has a list of their own--those list make up this journey called life.

I have a metal wall hanging that has the quote "Life is a journey not a destination" on it. That is so true!!! My journey has taken me places that I never dreamed of going and would not have visited if I had a choice. But those places, the people, and the lessons learned have shaped me. Maybe that is why I am still working on my weight loss goals. This time with more determination than ever before.

Unfortunately after taking the "What's Your Exercise Personality Quiz" on Sparkpeople today I learned that I have to channel that determination in a better manner. My quiz results said that I am a Hardcore Exerciser--guess that is why I got addicted to running. I do like to push myself physically--unfortunately I think that led to my calf injury a few weeks ago and the re-injury last night.

I have been focused on exercising, but I haven't been focused on my eating and tracking. I know that isn't the formula that is going to help me reach my weight loss goals, but somehow it was the formula that I was working with. Not anymore!!!

I am faithfully tracking my food intake in myfitnesspal on my phone, staying within my daily calories, drinking plenty of water, and planning my meals. Losing 5 pounds in one week is pretty motivating!!!!

I suppose I am truly a work in progress--still learning--still growing--continuing to move forward on my journey.

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MICHELELYNN777 8/8/2013 9:32AM

    emoticon on your 5 lb loss! You are making positive changes and continuing to move forward and that's what matters. Hope your calf heals quickly so you can get back to your running.
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CLPURNELL 8/6/2013 11:01PM

    We are all a constant work in progress and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.

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MNABOY 8/6/2013 9:49PM

    Weare all work in progress until we die.

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MIDROAD 8/6/2013 2:32PM

    Stay the course, you are rocking this thing!

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BRADMILL2922 8/6/2013 10:57AM

    Yes! We are a work in progress and we are still learning and growing! I love the quote that "Life is a journey, not a destination" because it is so true. We have our ups and downs along the way like you have recently, but we keep pushing! You keep pushing and I am happy to call you my friend and I am happy to be on this ride with you :)

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KNLILLA 8/6/2013 10:56AM

    Sending prayers your and you son's way!!


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I'm addicted!!!

Monday, July 08, 2013

I never thought I would be saying this, but I'm addicted to running!!! Not in a way that will cause harm to me or anyone else, but in a good way. Let me explain.

I have been running three days a week since I completed the Couch to 5K training plan in June. Last week after reading an article on helpful weight loss tips I decided to begin running 4-5 days per week. I ran Tuesday through Thursday and planned for Saturday's run to be my fourth for the week. Well, when my alarm went off on Saturday it was pouring rain. I have been caught in the rain while working out, but I have never started out in the rain so I decided to wait for the sky to clear. I kept peeking out the window and going outside to check the conditions. When the sky finally cleared I got so excited that you would have thought I was a child on Christmas morning!! I got in my run and didn't even mind getting caught in a downpour as I walked back to my car.

Today my alarm didn't go off at 5:00 am. I had forgotten to reset it after I changed the time to 5:30 am on Saturday. At 5:20 am my eyes flew open and I realized that my alarm hadn't gone off. I got up and got moving so that I could get in my run and get to work on time. I did it and got to work a few minutes early!!

I feel so energized!!! I love this feeling!! I love the blessings that are coming from running. Last week I went to the doctor for refills and was told that it was obvious that I was taking care of myself. Running is helping me take care of me!!! I can't wait to get up and get in tomorrow's run!! I am addicted!!!

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SUNRISE4LV 10/18/2013 8:38PM

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I am looking forward to the day I can go on a daily run...

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WADINGMOOSE 7/23/2013 10:07AM

    Nice. I love my running addiction too!

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SPARKCHANTAL 7/10/2013 7:50PM

    oh don't I know what you're talking about.
it was running way back in my school years, then it was dancing.
now it's sparking.

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CLPURNELL 7/9/2013 4:08PM

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LIZ324_NYC 7/9/2013 9:40AM

    That is so great! I'm happy for you! emoticon

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BRADMILL2922 7/8/2013 6:26PM

    WooHoo! Addicted to running is awesome! That is so much fun to read how it makes you feel. It made me smile! Keep it up!

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SHARON10002 7/8/2013 3:45PM

    Gotta love those endorphins!!! emoticon It's so much easier when we find a form of exercise that doesn't seem tedious, and that we enjoy so we can look forward to doing it tomorrow. emoticon

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CAROLJEAN64 7/8/2013 11:53AM

    I understand what you atre talking about. For me it is yoga. I have been practicing for quite a while, but started a regular practice with a skilled teacher going to 6AM clssses 5 days a week. Now I wake up before the alarm... and I never was a morning person.

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MIDROAD 7/8/2013 8:39AM

    I'm so happy for you! Good job!

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Stumbling block or stepping stone

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

I love to watch Joel Osteen. He always reminds me that I can either let situations be stumbling blocks or stepping stones. Right now I am facing difficult situations. I am sure everyone who reads this is facing difficult situations too. A friend told me that Rick Warren (pastor of Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life) says that you are either in a storm, coming out of a storm, or going into a storm. Sometimes it seems that all three of those things are happening to me at the same time--this is one of those times.

In the midst of all of my challenges, I have completed my Couch to 5K training, created a Sparkpage and began blogging, fell off the wagon with my eating and tracking a few times, got back on the wagon, cried my eyes out, wiped my face and kept going.

Today when I finished my run and began stretching the tears began to flow. I might not have been able to contain them if I had not made the decision to let my challenges be stepping stones. After I pulled myself back together I looked up and saw a rainbow. You may be thinking what is the big deal about seeing a rainbow--well I asked God to please give me some "delight" (something I learned from Beth Moore's Bible studies) last night and I believe that rainbow was His answer. It was so cloudy but there in the sky was a rainbow to encourage me. When I saw it I remembered the scriptures in Genesis 9:12-17 about the rainbow being a symbol of God's covenant. Tears came to my eyes just typing that and remembering how my day began. These tears are different from the tears that I cried after my workout--these tears are tears of joy not sadness--these tears are my favorite kind of tears. I hope to cry more tears of joy and less tears of sadness as I keep moving along on my stepping stones.

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BRADMILL2922 7/8/2013 6:29PM

    You will keep having more tears of joy and not tears of sadness! You are doing so great! Just keep going!

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CLPURNELL 7/3/2013 9:52PM

    You are doing awesome. This journey isn't only about weight loss but personal growth as well. You are doing awesome!

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Praying and running!!!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

I got in a run today WITHOUT listening to my music. That is a big deal for me since I love music and enjoy listening to it while I workout. I had my ipod attached and the earpieces in my ears for the entire turn, but never listened to one song. Today I used my run time to clear my mind and prepare for a meeting.

I started a new job last year. My boss is a person that I have known for a few years and to make a long story short I have come to realize that I can't trust her. I knew that I could not trust her prior to taking the job, but it has become more apparent now that I have worked with her for a year. Part of me is wishing that I hadn't taken the job, but I needed the additional income when I took the position and still do. On Monday she informed me that she had found a new job and that she would be leaving in a few weeks. Over the past few days it has become apparent that she is leaving because her accomplishments over the past 3 years are being questioned by board members. It has been brought to my attention that my wonderful boss may have tried to "throw me under the bus" to take blame for her some of her shortcomings.

I have experience in leadership roles so I have worked hard to make sure that I never gave my boss the impression that I was out for her job. She "jokingly" questioned me about wanting her job more than once. Well, in today's board meeting I plan to make sure that all board members know what I have been doing and exactly what my role in the organization is--I was brought on through a grant to work directly with the families that the organization serves--not sure that the board or my boss have ever really had a clear picture of this. The assistant director wrote the grant to get the funds to hire me specifically, but the boss changed the grant to include goals that she has not worked on which has created problems. These problems are what she seems to be blaming on me in an attempt to save her reputation.

During my run I was able to clear my mind and think about what I need to share in my update to the board at today's board meeting. I also thought about how I need to share this information--my wonderful boss is still the boss until her last day so I need to be mindful of that. I had planned to apply for her job in hopes of quitting my other job, but I am not sure that I can do anything more than keep my current position with the agency.

All of this had me upset yesterday. This morning I didn't feel much like working out and wondered if I could complete my 30 minute run. But, once I started running, I prayed, then I began thinking and strategizing how to deal with my situation. I am so glad that I started running. Before I knew it I was done with my run and ready to take on the meeting. I am not sure what the outcome will be with my job, but whatever it is I will face it and I will keep praying and keep running.

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BRADMILL2922 6/28/2013 3:21AM

    That is pretty cool that you were able to do it without music! I don't think I could but I do like the idea of it clearing your head. I mean, even if it wasn't in prep for a meeting, it might just be nice to do from time to time to clear out all of the craziness of a day. I need to try it!

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CLPURNELL 6/27/2013 8:20PM

    Running is an awesome way to clear the mind and get your thoughts in order I really hope everything works out at work.

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CARMENB66 6/27/2013 10:41AM

    I pray that your day goes well and everything turns out for the better.

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WADINGMOOSE 6/27/2013 10:07AM

    Good luck in the meeting and a great use of running time :)

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