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Update on goals

Sunday, April 11, 2010

This last week, I had three goals.

1. Lose 2 pounds.
2. Do the 30-Day Shred every day
3. Stay in calorie range every day

I lost just under one pound this week, so not quite the 2 pounds I had planned. But, I'm okay with it. It's a loss!

I've done the 30-Day Shred every day this week! Two more days and it'll be 10 days straight! Woo Hoo! Good thing I had this goal. There were a few days that I really didn't want to do it, but didn't want to break the streak either!

I was over on calorie range two days. BUT...one day, I was only over ~200 and the other day ~400. AND, I didn't use the excuse that since I was over, I might as well just eat everything I see.

So, I'm calling the week a success. That's what happens when you set your own goals. You get to name your own successes too! LOL!!

Goals for next week. I've decided that I will not set a weight loss goal. I cannot control whether or not my body will let go of the poundage. I can only control if I stay in calorie range, if I exercise and if I get enough rest. So, those will be my goals.

1. Stay in range 5 out of 7 days this week (already out today!)
2. Work out 6 of the 7 days this week. A sub goal is to burn the number of calories I have listed in the fitness section.
3. Average 7 hours of sleep each night. Starting Saturday night. This one will be a struggle. During the week, I am usually in bed about 11:00 and up around 5:30. Will need to get to bed earlier!

BTW, when it comes to menus, I do get input from my family. They are also allowed input as to the timing of some of the foods. For example, would you rather have hamburgers or hot dogs tonight? Whichever one is picked, the other will be eaten later. However, if I've made the food or started it, that is what's for dinner. If you do not like it or do not want to eat it, that's fine. You may have sleep for dinner. emoticon emoticon I definitely do not run a restaurant and they do not get to order from a menu. I'm just tired of the complaining. Oh well. Maybe I'll break a bone and they'll have to wait on me instead. Tee hee!

  
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BKNOCK 4/11/2010 9:46PM

    Great plan for this week! I am not sure a broken bone would be too good. Why put your self in pain? I think you need another plan!

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AUNTIEANNE22 4/11/2010 2:59PM

  Good job with your goals. do you really believe a broken bone would get you off cooking duties? Don't try it just to find out.
I'm glad you're not running a restaurant. I was brought up the same way. Eat what's put in front of you or go to bed hungry. Obviously, I didn't go to bed hungry.(LOL)

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CARLANNIE 4/11/2010 12:06PM

    I love your thoughts about the weight loss goal - you can't 'will' your body to drop a pound, but you can control what you put into it. And how you care for it. Congrats on the one pound down and for completing all your workouts!

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Let's see if we can empty the brain tonight

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Did the 30-Day Shred again tonight. Day 7. Three more to go. DS made some smart aleck remark (I know, who'd a thunk that a kid of mine would have a mouth! emoticon) about me being out of breath. I told him that if he thought it was so easy, he should do it with me. He did. Sorta. He wasn't able to keep up the whole time, nor did I expect him to. But he did try! And, he distracted me enough that the workout wasn't AS hard as normal. But just barely.

I will try to post a picture of my in my wedding dress tomorrow. Will try to do 20 years ago and this year. Just gotta get someone to button the buttons and take the photo.

Tomorrow is grocery shopping day. Tried to get the family to agree on the menu. DH did NOT want to play. Told me to use his list that he already made. I explained that his list was not perfect and we needed to compromise. (Yep..made the list pretty much on my own.) DH made the comment that there was no way that they would all agree on every night. I agreed. Then said that I just got tired of hearing the noise (I made it for him...tee hee) and tired of feeling like some members of the family didn't understand that I was trying my best, even though I couldn't please everyone. He got very quiet. I don't think I'll hear the noise as often...at least for a couple of weeks. emoticon emoticon

HUGE list of things to do tomorrow and places to go. DD has softball practice at 9:00. Have to meet someone at the city fields at 10:00. Groceries with at least two stops, maybe three. DD wants me to take her to the mall to shop for her friend's b-day gift (this one may not happen). Gonna workout. Library day! Need to (okay, want to) make GF bread for the boy (and me!) to try. Gonna have potato soup with it. Yummy. DD needs black SB pants.

Speaking of the softball pants, that's gonna be a treat! Or not. emoticon DD is built like me in that she has a waist and hips and her legs are not skinny. She's not overweight at all, but she'll never be a size 2 either. Because of her body shape, to get pants to fit in the hips, the waist gaps. So pants shopping is painful. Now, imagine it's softball pants. Meaning baseball pants...built for boys...who don't have hips. I am not looking forward to this at all. Sigh...

Went to Subway for breakfast this morning. I was planning to take myself out and get one of the fast food sandwiches at ~2000 calories apiece. Then I read the SP blog about Subway serving breakfast. (Man! They are good!) I decided to give that a chance. Two 90-calorie English muffins with egg, ham, pepper jack cheese and tomatoes. No sauce. Toasted. Yummy!! I would eat that again. emoticon

Sent out my e-mail to my Bunco ladies to see who was going to be able to attend next weekend. Out of the seven people who responded today, six could not make it. emoticon Can you say "reschedule"? Polling everyone to see which of the next three weekends works best for the most people. Sad cos I like Bunco and want to play and see my friends. Happy cos I have at least one more week to clean!

Just remembered, I need to get my oil changed tomorrow too. That might have to wait until Sunday.

Deep breath. Pause. Yep, I think this did it. The brain is emptied out and all is quiet. Of course, that may just be the quiet before the storm! LOL!

  
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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 4/10/2010 6:48PM

    I think you're very tolerant to get everybody's opinion on what YOU should be cooking(!) If I was in your shoes, they'd be told to eat what was put down to them or go hungry. When they start cooking they can decide on the menu! (Yes, I am a hard ass, and proud of it!)

Good luck with the pants shopping. My friend is built like you and your daughter (more due to her weight training than anything) and had huge thighs and a tiny waist. She has to buy trousers 2-3 sizes bigger than she actually needs to accommodate her massive quads. I'm sure she'd sympathise with your predicament.

Great job on the 30-Day Shred. Keep up the good work (and keep showing up the boy!)
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IMCONFESSIN 4/10/2010 12:13PM

    Glad to read a positive Subway breakfast review. Can't wait to try it!

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 4/10/2010 8:57AM

    Sounds like it's gonna be a long week, but you are doing all that in one day! OMG. You got me out of breath just reading your blog, LOL

Enjoy your journey as best you can. We can tell that your health is coming around. Awesome that you can wear that wedding dress from 20 years ago. I'd offer to help button it, but back when I was single, my expertise was to unbutton, ROTFLMAO.

HAPPY WEEKEND

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BKNOCK 4/10/2010 8:51AM

    Wow, what a life! My list is not quite as extensive for today. I hope that you achieve it all and still have time to rest!

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AUNTIEANNE22 4/10/2010 8:42AM

  who needs exercise with your schedule! Just out of curiosity, do you wear a pedometer while you're running around?
I will be sitting with a client from 10 o'clock this morning until 9:30 tomorrow morning. Then I go to a second client. Both are wheelchair bound so not much exercise involved. Sometimes I can get the second one out for a walk when the weather is very warm. I have been known to push her for 3 or 4 miles.
Don't you just love Subway breakfasts? The flatbreads are really good too. I like the prices too.


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STEELERCRAZY 4/10/2010 1:07AM

    Yes, cuz we all know there's a tornado in there turning at all times! LOL! Get some rest!

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SANDIE4HLTH 4/10/2010 1:06AM

    All this and you're doing the 30 Day Shred, too?! No wonder that wedding dress from 20 years ago still fits you! I hope you're able to post the picture. I'd love to see it (I love weddings, wedding dresses, wedding flowers,...).

Good luck with all your goals tomorrow.

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MEDDYPEDDY 4/10/2010 12:59AM

    Wow - there was a lot in there. I am impressed by your energy!

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I's gots me some more thoughts tumblin' out!

Friday, April 09, 2010

Someone mentioned that they wanted to try on their wedding dress to see if it still fit...or if it fit again. I started to think about that. My memories of my wedding day are all good, even feeling a little queasy before heading to the church! However, it seems to me that I was heavy when I got married. I don't think I was fat, but definitely I weighed way more than I do now. Cos I've always been heavy, right? So...I tried on my wedding dress. And it fit, very nicely!

Now, I suppose I could have decided that since I was fat (notice it's fat now, not heavy?) on my wedding day and my dress fits, that must mean that I am fat now. The whole wedding dress experiment could have caused a derailment on this healthy journey and perhaps even a binge. Or at least the gloom and doom of depression or "poor me's".

As you've probably guessed by now, that isn't what happened. Instead, I had to rethink my body image from 20 years ago (yes, my 20th wedding anniversary is this June! I got married when I was 9? emoticon ). I happen to think that I look pretty darn good right now. Yes, I have spots that are not my favorite (belly, thighs, bags under eyes), but overall, I'm happy with the way I look and the way my body can get me through the day....even after I abuse it. (Think 5 hours of sleep cos I stayed up too late Sparkin') That MUST mean that I WASN'T fat 20 years ago! emoticon

Now, don't get me wrong, I had my moments of fatness. Some of them could be "credited" to pregnancies, but the rest were just me making poor food choices. Yep, I likes me some french fries! LOL! But, I had this image of me as fat even when I wasn't! How sad is that? I really hope that my daughter doesn't go through this. What kind of life is that? Wow. Deep thoughts and I don't think I'm tall enough to figure them all out... emoticon

Okay, so maybe that's only one thought, but it's a doozy. Didn't help to let it out, though. Brain is still too full. We'll see what tomorrow brings.

  
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GEEMAWEST 4/9/2010 9:56PM

    Yep, body image is everything. Now I want to see a picture of you in your wedding dress. Come on, girl, show us!

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 4/9/2010 1:11PM

    You are awesome.
There is NO WAY that I could even think about fitting into MY wedding dress!


OK OK, not in my suit either.

Keep up your great work and happy anniversary (20) in june a little early. Just think, soon you will be the big 30 years of age. LOL

Have a wonderful weekend!

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RWETHAIRYET 4/9/2010 12:00PM

    All my life I heard from my mother about how she was always fat...always! Now, I've seen photos and sometimes she was a little heavy, sometimes not. But there's one thing I know for sure.
A few years ago, my mother gave my daughter Rikki, the dress that she had bought oh so many years ago for her first formal "date" with my dad...late 50's era, black satin, full white chiffon skirt. It was a dress that I was never able to get into, nor my sisters, nor even my oldest daughter. But my 5'5", not 100 lb soaking wet size 3 daughter fit into it perfectly. So much for always being fat.
I always thought I was "heavy" too. But I look back at those photos of me in a bikini when I was 18...I might have been "curvy" but certainly not fat.

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BKNOCK 4/9/2010 10:43AM

    It is amazing when I look back at pictures of me and see how thin I really was and how I thought I was so fat too! I am glad that you have a good body image of your self now and I hope that some day soon I will too!

Thanks for sharing!

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CARLANNIE 4/9/2010 9:17AM

    Yes, I've gone through that whole body image thing, thinking I was 'fat' during my teenage years when in fact, I was just right! I was the right weight for my height, but my track coach was always telling me, "If you could lose 10 pounds, you'd be 'really' fast." What a bad thing to do to a teenager! Anyway, when I look at a photo of me in my first year of marriage, I can't believe I thought I was fat then. My goodness our minds do awful tricks to us.

Congrats to you for pulling that dress out and wearing it so well!

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AUNTIEANNE22 4/9/2010 8:38AM

  I don't have to worry about whether it would fit or not. I sold it after my divorce. It was a size 10 and I'm not there YET.

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 4/9/2010 8:09AM

    I stumbled across a photo of myself aged 16. I was always called "Fatty" at school, but when I look at the photo I'm bloody not! I wish I was that "fat" now, but I've got a long way to go before I get there (I have to lose at least a small child before I'm even close!).

Fat is relative - what you think is fat isn't necessarily so. Times have changed a lot since I was 16 and these days I'd be considered "normal" (whatever that is).

I'm glad you got into your wedding dress, though. Do you have plans for a renewal of your vows? You could get a second wear out of your dress.
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LMB-ESQ 4/9/2010 7:31AM

    This is great! I wonder if I'd fit in mine? I don't even know where it is, to be honest. It wasn't a traditional wedding dress, it was just a dress that my mom made for me. It was very nice and I loved it, but it wasn't like an heirloom that you would go to special pains to store and then pass on to someone else.

I think I'm smaller today than on my wedding day too (or at least I'd like to think so!) Hmm... maybe I'll have to go dig it out of hiding.

Thanks for sharing! I love your random "tumblin' thoughts" !! emoticon

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DUTCHIEKIWI 4/9/2010 1:35AM

    On this journey we truly learn to love ourselves.
Body and soul, and I tell you, I really needed that!

Not there yet, but certainly on my way.

You look great!, I'd love to see a wedding pic though!


Dutchie
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SANDIE4HLTH 4/9/2010 12:43AM

    Body image is such a huge issue for so many of us women, including me. It takes a lot of work to mature into accepting ourselves, curves and all. I am glad you realized that you weren't fat then, you're not fat now -- you look great!

And congratulations on fitting into the wedding dress you wore twenty years ago. You have worked hard and you should be patting yourself on the back.

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Some of the thoughts going through my head

Thursday, April 08, 2010

I worked out tonight, about 9:00 this time. Day 5 - straight - L3 of the 30-Day Shred. REALLLY didn't want to go upstairs today and work out. But this dang goal is pushing me! emoticon

There is part of the DVD that you cannot skip, cannot fast forward through, cannot ignore...at least not completely. So, today, in my trying to get ready funk, I slumped on the futon while I waited for the workout to begin. DD comes in with the dog's while I am slumped. I told her "Go away, I'm working out." She just laughed and proceeded to tattle on her brother. go figure.

This week, I'm going to have my family decide what we are eating for the next two weeks. DH provided a list of 14+ meals that he would eat without the sound. You know, that noise they make when you tell them what's for dinner and they don't like it, but they've learned not to say anything if they ever want to eat again? Yeah, that sound. Anyway, it's a great list. Except for a couple of small things. One, no chicken. Not one chicken dinner on there. Lots of red meat, pizza, pork and red meat. Two, some of the kids' favorites are missing (i.e. lasagna). Three, when I bought groceries based on his list, I spent between $40 and $50 more at the store. emoticon Apparently, we need a compromise. My compromise is that the family will agree on the menus so I won't hear the sound! LOL!

DS might be getting a cell phone. DH told him that if he showed that he was responsible, could clean his room and keep it that way, and could show some maturity, DH would consider getting phone for DS to use so he wouldn't have to share with DD. Since DD is a teen, DS gets to use the phone when DD is asleep, out of the house or grounded from the phone. He REALLY wants his own phone. And, it looks like he'll get it.

A boxer wearing a diaper is a funny sight. She's still in heat, but is handling the diaper much better than she did at first.

When it rains, it pours. Told the boss about a month ago that I had some extra time and could take on more work (politically correct terminology for "bored off my rocker!"). Just had two more things added to my overflowing plate today. Yippee!! emoticon In all actuality, I am thankful I have a job, especially one that I like. Plus, I'd rather be busy than bored ANY day!

My name is Brad. No, not really. At a meeting, the organizer called me Brad (we've worked together for about 10 years and I do NOT look like a Brad. Charles, maybe, but not Brad!). The other guys in the meeting have called me Brad ever since. It's been three days...may be here to stay.

There are more thoughts in my head, but it's probably best they stay where they are. Time to shower and pack my lunch for tomorrow. Nite!

  
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RWETHAIRYET 4/8/2010 1:51PM

    Aw, heck, Brad, those are much more pleasant thoughts than what are rattling around mine today.
funny, I call my youngest daughter Fred (Her name is Rikki) Goes back to when I was helping coach Little League for my son, and would often bring Rikki along with me...one of the little Ricky's on my team objected to me calling her that, lol, so I told him it was short for Fredrica...and she has been Fred ever since.

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ANGELHANS 4/8/2010 12:22PM

    Good Job, was a great read. I would of not giving them a choice on what to eat, what is on the tabel is what you eat, I would consider what they would like and go from there but try to make it a healthy way. Good luck I know its not easy, I have a diebetic husband that hates to stop and eat while he is working and loves his red oh well any meat :)

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STEELERCRAZY 4/8/2010 12:06PM

    Hmm. If you're Brad, is DH Angelina?

You are a brave woman (?) for letting the fam pick out meals. I had an insurance conference in Virginia once and was gone for a whole two weeks. I came home not only to a trashed house but the kids were bouncing off the walls. In between their daily meals of hot dogs and frozen pizza, they were allowed all of the Oreos and fudgesicles they wanted. And DH had the nerve to look peturbed AT ME? Good for you on L3 of the Shred. It sounds like an awesome title for a horror movie.

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BKNOCK 4/8/2010 8:00AM

    That is pretty scary going from Barbara to Brad! Are you dressing like the guys?

Wow, you are doing great on the exercise, I am very impressed!

Thanks for the humor, it always helps!

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LMB-ESQ 4/8/2010 7:04AM

    LOL... funny! Thanks for the humor to start my day!

Oh and good luck with the family "sound." I used to cook every meal at home (that was another lifetime) and if they didn't like it, they didn't eat. They learned! And yet somehow, I was the only one who managed to put on weight. Hmmm.... emoticon

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ELYMWX 4/8/2010 2:33AM

    Btw, Brad's not the worst; in my office we had a Scoot and a Rebort there for quite a while. One if the guys is a horrible typer, and for some reason his misspellings for Scott and Robert stuck...

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ELYMWX 4/8/2010 2:28AM

    Here's what we do, Brad: we have a small whiteboard on the fridge with the week's dinner menus on it. My wife and I together fill in 3 or 4 slots, and then the kids get to fill in the rest. We reserve veto rights, and in case of a disagreement, they vote. We also get to cast the tiebreaking vote in case if a three way tie.

We do this on the weekend and then that's the guide for the grocery shopping trip at the beginning of the week. We've lots of different tastes and preferences in the family (my wife is vegetarian, I'm not, and the kids are 9, 7, and 4) so we try to make the meals consist of many individual items that everyone can pick and chose. There is always fresh fruit or veggies on the table, and almost always the makings for salads, in addition to proteins, cooked veggies, and starches. The kids know that whenever they put somehing on their plate, they have to have fruit or veggies.

Good luck!

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SANDIE4HLTH 4/8/2010 1:09AM

    Dear Brad...I mean Charlie...uh...uh...

Congrat
s on five days straight of Level 3 Shred. I'm sure it's a butt-kicker so I greatly admire your consistent effort. Reminds me to keep on pushin' on.

When I still had kids at home, I always found it a challenge, too, to come up with meals that the family wouldn't make "that noise" about (good way of describing it). I hope you're able to come up with a compromise because it doesn't sound like your family's choices match very well with yours. I wasn't surprised, though, to read they'd chosen much red meat and pizza. My ex-hubby and my children would have done the same thing -- plus lots and lots of McDonalds. Good luck on this!

Thanks for sharing such a range of entertaining thoughts (...the dog one is particularly amusing -- the visual). I really enjoyed your blog.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 4/8/2010 12:47AM

    Good luck in reaching all of your goals. Take care, and hang in there.
HUGS
Pam

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GEEMAWEST 4/8/2010 12:36AM

    Awesome blog, Brad. Even if Dutchie didn't know what you were talking about, I did.

Oh My!?! what does that say about me? Never mind, Don't think I want to know.

P.S. If you ever get your family to agree on a menu you deserve a medal of some sort. Not sure what sort, but some sort.

I'm so glad that you are still showering.
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DUTCHIEKIWI 4/8/2010 12:29AM

    Great blog, I cracked up about the 'bored off my rocker'
Love it, wanted to use it, then rememberred I can not remember when I actually had a chance to BE bored of my rocker... bugger!

Bit confusing with all the DD DS DH DF and all, as this was all new to me not long ago ( thank you spark ;0) )

You got me fooled as well as when I read the 'brad' thing, I scrolled to the top if I was on the right persons page LOL...

Duh!!

Love ya!

Dutchie

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USFBULL 4/8/2010 12:24AM

    Thanks Brad, lol emoticon

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Every morning, you have to make a decision

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

I'll tell you what that decision is in just a minute. First, I need to explain. (As always! LOL!)

When I read, it is for pure entertainment. If I learn something while reading a book, it is purely on accident. I do NOT seek out great works of art, tomes to make me think, anything remotely educational is out! If I think while reading, it is either an accident or I'm thinking about what's for dinner. Well, Lenny48 recommended the book "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett. It is set in the early 60's, has two black maids and one white woman as the main characters and involves something that they do that changes their world.

That right there is enough to keep me from reading it. Sounds way too much like a lesson is going to be taught and I do not want to learn it! LOL! BUT, a friend recommended it and therefore I will read it. Always open to new authors and stories. Always.

Well, not even 100 pages into the book (page 63, to be exact) one of the characters learns a lesson and I listen and learn too. (dang it... emoticon)

The decision we each have to make every morning? Are we going to believe what others say about us? Are we going to let the people in our lives, or even the ones on the periphery of our lives, tell us what to believe? We are each our own person and we each have the power to choose what to believe.

I, for one, have decided that I am in charge of what I believe. No one else. I'll listen. I'll consider. And then I'll decide. Just me. Nuff said.

  
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SANDIE4HLTH 4/8/2010 1:20AM

    This is SO true!

I spent most of my younger years fretting about what others were thinking and saying about me. Slowly, over time, this bad habit became less and less of a habit. I guess to some degree I grew a thicker skin. Now I know a lot of what I was worried about simply didn't matter -- AND (worse) that I'd made a lot of it up in my head. Once I realized that, I learned how to pretty much stop this waste of energy dead in its tracks (a majority of the time). I am much happier for it, too. And I have more room in my head for productive thoughts.

Thanks very much for such an insightful blog.

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RWETHAIRYET 4/7/2010 3:26PM

    heehee, one of the songs on my morning run playlist right now is
Montgomery Gentry's "What Do You Think About That"
"Some people worry bout what other people think, worry bout what they say. Let a little gossip coming from a loose lip ruin their perfect day. Saying blah, blah, blah, just a jackin' their jaw, gonna let it roll off of my back. I don't give a durn what other people think. What do ya think about that"
So you're preaching to the choir here, sister!!!

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RWETHAIRYET 4/7/2010 3:19PM

    heehee, one of the songs on my morning run playlist right now is
Montgomery Gentry's "What Do You Think About That"
"Some people worry bout what other people think, worry bout what they say. Let a little gossip coming from a loose lip ruin their perfect day. Saying blah, blah, blah, just a jackin' their jaw, gonna let it roll off of my back. I don't give a durn what other people think. What do ya think about that"
So you're preaching to the choir here, sister!!!

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GEEMAWEST 4/7/2010 12:24PM

    Well said!

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AUNTIEANNE22 4/7/2010 8:19AM

  I learned it from a job and taught it to my father. You can teach an old dog new tricks.

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LMB-ESQ 4/7/2010 7:19AM

    Great blog! And yes, it is wonderful to finally realize you don't HAVE to listen to other people's opinions and "helpful" comments, isn't it? The only question is, why does it take us so darned long to learn the lesson????? Sheesh, I'm gonna be 50 and I'm still learning it!

Have a great day!

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BKNOCK 4/7/2010 6:35AM

    Too funny! But good answer! Something happened to me in my early 40's, I woke up one day and stopped caring so much about what other people thought and decided it was time to do what I thought and you know what I am a lot happier now!

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DONNAORLENE 4/7/2010 2:17AM

    Didn't even have to read it to know what you'd say! LOL! Two peas in a pod - no bodies gonna' tell me either. That's why I wonder sometimes why people try so hard to make others see things the way they do and they always want to be right. Be a pretty boring world if we all thought and felt the same way, huh?
Oh well, I guess that's life! LOL!

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STEELERCRAZY 4/7/2010 12:57AM

    And there it is. That's the ONLY way to be happy with yourself. Great blog!

WOOOOooooo! Still haunting you.....LOL!
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