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What Got You Here Won't Get You There

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The title of this blog is actually the title of Marshall Goldsmith's book--his subtitle is How Successful People Become Even More Successful.

I learned about the book this week from one of my former students who is now a senior. I was thinking that the book might offer some insights for my students. Often college students start out thinking that the same things that got them into college will be the same things that get them a good job after college. But we all know that good interpersonal skills, a positive attitude, and other attributes can be more important than just getting good grades.

Then tonight I realized that changing past behaviors is how one also becomes successful at maintaining health. For example, I've learned that one has to switch up the exercise routine. Doing the same exercises for awhile can help you lose weight but after awhile you have to try some different approaches to get those results.

And I've learned that when I lose weight I have to figure out a good maintenance routine or I'm going to do what I've done for years: gain weight, lose weight, gain it back, lose it again, and so on.

Out with what got me here--bring on some new habits that will get me there!

  
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TOPAZROSE 8/28/2011 9:33AM

    Thanks for sharing. We all repeat things until we get them. It's great that you have identified your patterns. I've been the same.

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Fall is coming!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Because I teach, summers are the most relaxed time of year for me. Fall is the craziest time. My daughter went back to school last week. The college classes I teach start next week so I've been very busy getting ready for them.

I'll have to dig down really deep to keep myself on the healthy exercise and eating plan that I've been on since January. Fall has traditionally been the time for derailment. In the fall, I often stop exercising and begin to put on weight--last fall I put on more weight than ever.

So I made a New Year's resolution to exercise and eat healthy and got serious about SparkPeople. If I weren't in a SparkPeople bootcamp right now, I think I would have already begun to slip.

So right now I'm pledging to do better this fall!

  
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INDICARGIRL 8/28/2011 3:13AM

  Thankgoodness you are on Boot Camp right now! I see you're coming to the end of this one shortly. What are you thinking of doing next? I'd quite like to start another one Sept 1st even though I'll be doing two for a few days. Perhaps we could begin Spring in to spring/fall bootcamp then? emoticon

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TOPAZROSE 8/22/2011 8:41PM

    How fantastic that you have identified your most vulnerable time. Having this understanding will help you develop strategies to work through it. I wish you every success through this time and look forward to celebrating your successes with you.

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Self esteem and beauty

Thursday, August 18, 2011

My teenage daughter was watching What Not to Wear the other day and wanted me to watch a TV show with her. The woman they were helping began to realize during the show that she was wearing big t-shirts and jeans all of the time because she was embarrassed about her weight. I appreciated that the show's hosts never tried to tell her to lose weight. They tried to help her to use clothing, make-up and hair styling to look her best as she was. They tried to help her love herself.

Magazines, etc. are often guilty of airbrushing faces and using photo tools to shrink waistlines, etc. to produce a perfect and unrealistic look that no woman could achieve. So we have many women hating their imperfect bodies--and women feel this way no matter what they weigh. It seems that lots of women feel "fat."

While we shouldn't over emphasize looks, we do need to help people love their bodies and take care of them. To me weight loss should largely be about treating your body in a healthy way, eating foods that are good for you, and exercising to keep yourself strong.

Then no matter what size you are, dress in a way that makes you happy as well as in a way that fits with your career aspirations, lifestyle, etc. Mostly clothes should be an expression of feeling good about who you are--not hiding who you are. And sometimes make-up, clothing, and hairstyles can help people look in the mirror and see a person they feel good about. Mostly though, the change in self esteem needs to come from within. You have to love yourself. When you are happy and joyful, your face will be radiant and you will be beautiful to those who love you even if you aren't magazine perfect.

Self observation: I've noticed that when my weight is closer to where I want to be I pay more attention to dressing sharply. It's like I feel good about the person I see in the mirror. When I don't like my weight, I shop less because I don't like what I see in the dressing room mirror. We really need to love ourselves no matter what the scale says and enjoy what we wear no matter what.

I want to keep the weight off primarily to be healthy--not to be magazine perfect.

  
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SANGSRAI 8/18/2011 7:32PM

    You have analyzed human psychology very well. I absoluletly agree with your and INDICAGIRL's views that we never get to see the true pic till a lot a time is lost. However I am so glad to share synergy with people who think alike. Thank God for all his mercies.
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INDICARGIRL 8/18/2011 6:21PM

  Another great blog! This is so true what you say...when I look back at photos of me 20 years ago I see now how slim I was-a healthy weight....yet I remember thinking back then how fat I was/thought I was. (Now I really am!)
I agree we do need to love ourselves no matter the scale...I know I achieve more in the caring for myself mindset rather than the self-loathing one.
I read the other day that one magazine cover had trimmed Kate Middletons waist to make it look even smaller in her wedding dress. Crazy!

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Back to my own kitchen!

Sunday, August 07, 2011

We returned from a week's vacation, and I realized I gained 2.5 pounds in one week--even though I was walking a lot and continuing some of my exercise routine.

The calories that were coming in from the restaurant food were more than I realized. I'm pretty good about ordering the right things from the menu but one never knows how a meal is prepared. When I'm on a trip I like checking out the local restaurants (as opposed to the chains), which makes it harder to know how many calories are in a dish.

Loved the trip though and ate a couple of memorable meals. However, this vacation illustrated to me very vividly why eating out too much is dangerous for the waistline.

Not only am I glad to be back in my own bed--but I'm also glad to be back in my own kitchen where I can make sure that what I eat is healthy.

I'm hoping the bootcamp I joined will help me take off those added pounds. When you work so hard to take it off, you hate to think you'll put it all back on again. I'm staying with SparkPeople to help me maintain the loss I've achieved.

  
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INDICARGIRL 8/8/2011 3:36PM

  You are sooo right! Vacation's great but there's no place like home sweet home.
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Are you a "Tigger" or an "Eeyore"?

Saturday, July 16, 2011

If you've never watched the "Last Lecture" of Randy Pausch on YouTube, I recommend it. He died a few years ago of cancer but gave a very inspiring last lecture to students, which Oprah had him give again on her show. The lecture was not about his struggle with cancer but was rather about how to achieve your childhood dreams.

How do you achieve your dreams or goals? Randy recommends that you approach life like "Tigger" instead of like "Eeyore." If you are familiar with these characters, you know that Eeyore takes a pessimistic and gloomy view of life. When you are thinking like Eeyore, it's hard to break down barriers or walls that are in your way. Tigger, in contrast, is cheerful and has confidence in himself. And with all that bouncing that he does, Tigger must be physically fit.

We all have days when we feel like Eeyore. For me, it's sometimes tough when I hit a plateau. However, I hope to think like Tigger on most days. Tigger bounces back. I like his exuberance and joy for life.

  
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SANGSRAI 8/9/2011 10:42AM

    That is an interesting analogy. I am so glad that I read your blog, it is very subtle yet precise way to shift the paradigm that we seem to trap ourselves without realizing. emoticon
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TOPAZROSE 8/7/2011 10:08AM

    Thank you for this blog. Lets laugh, play and celebrate as we all have so much to be grateful for even when things are bumpy.

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INDICARGIRL 7/16/2011 8:41AM

  This is so true - enjoyed your blog. I'm having an Eyore moment about New You Boot camp so will turn it round to a Tigger time. Thanks!!

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GREENEYES2020 7/16/2011 4:41AM

    I love this! Too often I am an Eeyore. Maybe having a visual thought of Tigger will give me more of a happy outlook on life! Thank you!

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