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That Special Place

Friday, April 23, 2010

I finally remember what it's like to push through the pain and reach that place on the other side. That place where you feel like your legs are moving and you're just along for the ride. That place where you feel an invisible hand pushing you from behind, a voice in your ear whispering "better, faster, stronger, harder." That place where you feel 20 pounds lighter, the wind at your back, the troubles of muscles stretching and pain melt away. That place where you know that in 10-20 minutes reality will snap you back and remind you that your legs are sore, your left middle toe is numb, your breathing is strained, and there is a small fire building in the lower half of your body. And you know that moment is upon you, but you don't care because all that exists in that place is that moment...the feeling of weightlessness and ease...the feeling that you can and will do anything today. It's all about that moment in that special place.

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DLEE27 4/24/2010 12:11AM

    Love this! Totally know what you mean and that feeling rocks!!!!

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WEIGHTWAR 4/23/2010 2:46PM

    emoticon That's awesome! I'm so happy for you! yay! emoticon

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AXISLADY 4/23/2010 2:01PM

    When I did my walk video on Wed. I thought I would have to push really hard. I had not done it for several weeks because I could walk easily in FL. Now I am home and have to get started, and I was amazed. So, I am not as out of shape as I thought. Your blog makes one think of aerial things.

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Finding my way...slowly - Day 3

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Not completely done with today, but I found a way to reward myself for my good deeds - Sobe lifewater! I love the stuff, but I refuse to drink it all the time because I think regular water keeps me on track better. However, now and again, it's nice to know that I can reward myself with this little (naturally) sweet treat and still feel like I'm following the plan! (Much better than the peanut butter cup that was staring me down all day!! I threw it across the room to the other side of my desk - fyi!)

I'm still having that lull feeling during midday, but it was later today - around 4pm or so, so I think I'm on the right track. Can't wait to plan next week's menu and finally do my first shopping trip for this new lifestyle! When I started this week, I kinda just had to find what I could in the fridge and pantry because we'd already been shopping. This week is different. I know what I should be eating and I should be able to find things that will accommodate a lot better!

Might squeeze in that 20 minutes of exercise I missed from yesterday...but only if I can get my work done in enough time (had to bring some home or I'd still be at that desk). This assignment is due tomorrow so I have to make sure it's completed (or at least 90% done) before I head to work tomorrow.

All in all, another good day of learning and feeling good! (My digestion problems are starting to get better as well...SCORE! I knew they would once I started eating the right things...I just had to make myself take the time to do it.)

  
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SUSIEMT 4/22/2010 9:28PM

    You can do it sweetie! Good job. Keep up the good work! Remember you need to come first. Put the paperwork aside do the exercise and you will feel refreshed and then get back to the work.
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RAVENSONG37 4/22/2010 8:03PM

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Keep that motivation going!! Finding healthy ways to REALLY reward yourself is SO important!! And think about how you want to reward yourself for your accomplishments too...new haircut, new workout outfit...something you are really looking forward to!

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DLEE27 4/22/2010 7:51PM

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I sneaked a peek...

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I interrupt this program to bring you a special announcement.

Alright, I admit it...I sneaked a peek at the scale tonight. Truth is I'm exhausted (and full) and was getting a little anxious waiting around for Sunday...so I hopped on, knowing I probably shouldn't because it could be really discouraging. Well, the scale says I'm down almost 5 lbs already! I'm not counting all these chicken eggs as chickens yet...I swear I'm not. I'm just hopeful that I'll add a pound before the end of the week, or at least stay at this weight so I can have a little celebration (sans food) on Sunday when my OFFICIAL weigh in day rolls around.

I now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.

  
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WEIGHTWAR 4/22/2010 1:09PM

    emoticon that's awesome!

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JAKI1027 4/21/2010 10:38PM

    CONGRATS! doesn't it feel great!? I wish i could weigh in MORE! i'd probably end up weighing in every day though haha! I don't have a scale at my dorm, and im not sure if there is one at the gym because i don't use it!!! I use exercise tapes. I don't like public gyms really emoticon

Hopefully I can find a scale by sunday so i can weight in. I hope to do so every week

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RAVENSONG37 4/21/2010 10:27PM

    I check almost every day (at the same time every day - that's SUPER important). It just keeps me on track - but I'm not super fixated on any specific number and I don't get upset if it goes up...so many things affect our weight...so don't sweat it too much! If you are doing the right things every day(okay, most days) you will see the results you want.

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CRIMSCOUT 4/21/2010 10:00PM

    Great job on the weight loss, and good luck! Keep on Sparkin'!

Brian

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1YEAR2ONDERLAND 4/21/2010 8:38PM

    Thats great, I must admit, I am a peeker too, it helps me stay motivated

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DLEE27 4/21/2010 8:12PM

    That's awesome! You rock!
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PRESHA911 4/21/2010 8:04PM

    Congrats on your weight loss! Keep up the good work.

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Do What You Do

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Too many times a day people of a larger size say, "I wish I could do [insert activity here], but I can't because I'm too fat/not in shape/have no energy." But when I stepped on the scale years ago and saw that 466.6 staring me down, I made a conscious effort to question myself everytime I said this. "I wish I could go swimming, but I can't because I'm too fat." What? That's just stupid. "I wish I could go running, but I can't because I'm not in shape." Really? But you'll never get in shape to do it if you don't start moving.

Recently, my husband's college basketball team (and mine by default) made it to the Final Four of the NCAA Championships, a feat they hadn't accomplished in more than 50 years. When a few coworkers at the Charleston Gazette ran an article about the team's motto - "Do what we do" - I found myself wanting to know what exactly that meant.

The story goes a little something like this. WVU Coach Bob Huggins said that when he first went to the school and started training (and at the beginning of training every year since) he encouraged his teammates to show him everything...to show off. They spent a few weeks trying to make free throws, 3-pointers, nabbing rebounds, etc. They dribbled their fancy ways, passed like a Harlem Globetrotter, and put on quite a show it seems. After those three weeks were up, he sat his players down and said, "Alright," he said, "now I've seen what you can't do...now show me what you CAN do."

His point was simple. Too many times in a game, especially in those high stakes, winner take all type of games, players want to show off for the crowd or for NBA scouts. You'll have a player who isn't exceptionally good at making 3-pointers taking every basket from 'behind the paint', as they say. Now this same player may be very good at blocking, or at grabbing a rebound, but he's putting all his effort into those stupid 3-pointers, of which he seems to miss more times than not. If that same player would just focus on what he COULD do, and not try to do the things he can't, well he'd be known for being a pretty darn good player and the team might actually win a few.

Good story right? And sound logic. Logic that got the team to the final four for the first time in half a century. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that we should all be trying to follow this motto. "Do what you do."

If I've learned anything, I've learned that there are two rules to live by. The first is "Do what you do" and the second is "don't be afraid to try something new." Now, we don't have to be afraid to try things we can't do because we're not playing a championship game. Want to see if you can row a boat for an hour? Try it...could be a blast! (Or you could hate it completely. I honestly love it, though my kids tend to get bored pretty quickly.) When we try new things we often find we can do more than we thought we could and our list of things we "can do" grows. But when that little monster creeps back into your head saying, "I wish I could..." push him away with a "Hey, I can't run no marathon, you're right about that...but I can walk a mile this week and maybe make it a mile and a half next week!"

Don't sit by thinking about what you wish you could do. Do what you do.

  
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BOMBSHELLBEAN 8/31/2011 10:24PM

    Love this!!!

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MIGHTYFINEWINE 4/21/2010 12:03PM

    LOVE THIS!

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DLEE27 4/21/2010 11:28AM

    Love this! What a great motto and what a great idea...I'm going to start a "Can Do" list of my own! Thanks for sharing this awesome story!
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Still Feelin' It - Day 2

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Yesterday I was reminded of the luncheon we have each semester...a luncheon scheduled for today. Crap! I thought...here I start this new thing and now all the temptation surrounding me... (did I mention DQ is running a buy 1 blizzard get one for a quarter deal...a sign for which I must pass on my way home from work every day?). Screw it, I thought...I'll just eat what I want and leave the rest...so what if I go over? It's just one day, right?

And then I got there and my motivation got the better of me (love that!) and I walked through the line getting tiny bits of anything that looked good or that might be somewhat healthy. I asked questions. I made the best choices I could, and I let myself have a coconut macaroon cookie just because. I was so good it was scary! And when I put in the stats on my Nutrition chart I realized...I did alright, in fact...I'm still within my limits! Yay me! I did so well I even measured my dinner out for myself and used a little plate.

Now I know I'm not exactly eating "healthy" according to most people's terms, but I'm within my limits and I feel fine, I have food in my belly, my legs are still sore from yesterday (though I may work out my arms on the arm cycle tonight to fill my "15 min exercise while watching TV" quota)...today is a good day.

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CALLIKIA 4/21/2010 8:45AM

    DLEE, you made me giggle last night! "If I see that Dairy Queen commercial ONE MORE TIME..." My husband was even laughing at the comment after he had me read it to him (I was laughing too hard and he wanted to know what was so funny.)

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DLEE27 4/20/2010 10:49PM

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Good for you! Such a great feeling to know you made good choices and put together a great day for yourself even against some adversity.

A big emoticon for your comment on my blog. The encouragement really means a lot and I totally appreciate it.

emoticonIf I see that Dairy Queen Blizzard commercial one more time today I think I might scream...I scream for Ice Cream! Haha emoticon

Keep up the stellar work! You are rocking it girl!

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FATHOMGREEN 4/20/2010 10:12PM

    "Eating Healthy" is a myth they use to try and sell whole wheat bread and salads. Anything can be part of a healthy balanced diet, even coconut macaroon cookies.

Having too much of anything, even "healthy" foods, can be bad for you. (Did you know too much fibre can reduce your body's ability to absorb nutrients?)

You're doing just fine. You're making smarter choices and eating things in moderation. That is exactly what a healthy diet is!

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