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Beginning Again...

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

I can say that I haven't been accountable lately. I've not been eating properly... starting to get back to it and haven't been doing exercise... not getting back to that! I have been accountable in other ways so I've not been totally inept.

Starting today, Tuesday, May 1st 2012, I'm beginning again... I have spent the last year half-heartedly doing a program for weight reduction and I was getting half-hearted results. In November I retired and thought I should get adjusted to retirement before giving a program my full attention. Well, itís now been 6 months and itís time to get serious again.

I've gotten serious enough to hire a nutrition coach. Had the initial contact. Our first session actually begins on Thursday. I decided since I've been given some information, I will make the commitment for the 1st of the month. They have a list of 12 things that I can start... "little bites" at a time. Nine of them are pretty well handled, just some minor adjustments and I'll be good with those, one of them I'll have some trouble with --- eating chocolate, and the last two are BIG bugaboos for me... cooking good meals and exercising. I have only myself to cook for so I'm not really good at cooking meals. I'm from the "old" school that cooks meat and potatoes and bakes up a storm and need to change my style if I'm going to get healthier and slim down. And exercise... argh! that is painful for me... both physically and emotionally so I have some major work (mentally and emotionally) to do there.

So... here I go! Off on another adventure!!! I do know that if it wasn't for SparkPeople, I would have given up a long time ago again! And wouldn't have gotten serious enough to even hire the coach. I will also say that Iím a feisty old lady that only recently learned what a blog is and itís not in my current bag of tricks. That said, Iím going to aim to do *at least* one blog a week and I trust more. Posting is more my thing, but Iím aiming to let this ďoleí dogĒ learn new tricks.

Till next time...

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RISINGBLUESTAR 5/13/2012 12:43AM

    I always find myself starting again but at least you have the drive to begin this journey again. That a good start.

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WINDO4 5/11/2012 4:05PM

    Good luck on your go around this time. I'm in the same boat. We can sail together! emoticon

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LES24601MIS 5/2/2012 5:56AM

    having recently re-evaluated myself, I feel your journey. Blessed Beltane! emoticon

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MIDDLTEACH 5/2/2012 12:56AM

    Good for you for taking the initiative to get focused. Good luck learning lots of new tricks!

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It's really intelligence

Thursday, November 10, 2011

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GOLTHANON 1/16/2012 2:09PM

    Haha! I've got a very smart belly! emoticon

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FAIRYWINGS5 1/10/2012 1:20PM

    Love this! emoticon

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INSEARCH4MYSELF 11/19/2011 3:29PM

    LOL now I know :D

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Special Day

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Today has been a *very* special day... it is my 70th birthday. I can't believe that I'm that old. I have been taking better care of myself this year, and although I haven't lost much weight (if any), I have gotten healthier so I look at this last year as successful! Ten - fifteen years ago I was much sicker and had trouble getting around. Now, I can work all day and actually be able to function after work and on weekends; I'm meditating and exercising occasionally (I plan to do more after I retire in a week).

I celebrate this 70th birthday! I am well and getting healthier and happier *every* day! I am becoming that healthy, feisty old lady I knew I would be years ago...

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INSEARCH4MYSELF 10/22/2011 7:20PM

    happy birthday!!!!!!!
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RAMALEX 10/22/2011 8:33AM

  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 10/22/2011 5:58AM

    emoticon HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! emoticon
May God continue to bless you with many more happy and healthy ones!!!

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BLUE42DOWN 10/22/2011 3:14AM

    Happy Birthday!

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Hot Popper!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

This is for those of you not living on the west coast. I hear it's hot out there. Today here in the Oregon Valley, it's in the 80. Our first day out of the 70s for a while, tomorrow it may hit 90 and then Monday back into the 70s.

I wish each of you suffering from the heat the cool thoughts from the west coast!


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ANNIDAVISON 7/29/2011 3:38AM

    We're getting 60's and 70's here, but almost constant rain, too; the humidity is what's getting us. I've had a summer cold on the chest for a week because I feel like I'm breathing in a sauna all the time :-(

I'm not a summer bunny, lol!

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LOSINGLINNDY 7/24/2011 11:06PM

    Love this. 109 degrees here today and humid. Ugh!

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SOFT_VAL67 7/24/2011 10:21AM

    i have always wanted to visit that area of the country, here in eastern kentucky, it has been very humid, i can stand the sun, but the humidity is overwhelming....thanks for all the nice words about my dog on my blogs.

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DIZZYDOC 7/24/2011 6:28AM

    I loved your corn.... emoticon It says it all.

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BLUEPATCHES 7/23/2011 6:37PM

    thanks for the cool wishes and the hot humor! We have had a heat index of around 115 for the past few days and I just hope the weather breaks soon!

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WALKING_WONDER 7/23/2011 6:25PM

    Well, you're lucky to have such cool weather. I'm on the east coast and it's been over 90 for three days straight, which is a heat wave. Today is the last day of it, thank God. It's going to finally get down into the 80s this coming week. We made some records lately too. But, I guess I'll take the heat and humidity over snow and freezing cold weather any day!

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Spiraling into Success?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Well, itís about time that I ďStart AgainĒ... My journey of becoming healthier and weighing less is not going very well lately . I focus on one area that needs to be worked on and another area falls apart. My juggling ability was never that good. I get *really* excited when I start working on a new area and it gets stronger and I learn something and things start getting better. Then inevitably my world falls apart when one of the weaker areas falls apart. It feels like Iíve failed again. Devastation sets in and it gets harder and harder to start again.

There has to be a solution...I turn myself into knots trying to think of some way to figure out a solution. All of a sudden the knots smooth out and I come up with an idea ó working on all the areas at one time. ďYeah sure! That will *never* work.Ē And yes, if I donít try it wonít ever work! So how do I get several areas all working at one time?

As I was thinking of a solution the picture of a spiral comes to mind. The spiral has a beginning and an end but unlike a circle it is open and ever expanding. Like a circle each time the spiral comes around to the ďstarting placeĒ it expands to the next level. I am in approximately the same place but with the knowledge and experience Iíve learned. Now, I am ready to expand to the next level.

Since the next level of a spiral isnít an ending and doesnít stop where the beginning was, there can be many ďstartingĒ points. With a spiral there is no need to juggle, when I feel secure, I can weave something else in and weaving gives stability. Getting out of balance only happens when I try to weave in more than a few things at the same time.

That gives a whole new meaning to starting over again. Iím not at the same place I was when I started the first time, or the second time, or the umpteenth time, I have the knowledge and experience I had when I started and I have the knowledge and experience I gained in each and every preceding cycle. I donít have to start over again, I only need to recommit, putting into practice what Iíve already learned.

Weaving more than a few strand in at a time will throw things off balance... you can see the bulge in the weave, but if I weave a few strands in at a time it will weave smoothly and balanced. For example I will spend several weeks adding in daily drinking 8 glasses of water until I feel balanced and comfortable. Next I may cut down on the amount of chocolate I eat until the lesser amount feels satisfying. Next I will add in 10 minute of exercise 3 days a week. I will probably have to do that particular one for a month or longer before I feel balanced or comfortable with that one. Exercise is one of my bug-a-boos. I have fibromyalgia and I can stop exercising in a half a heartbeat when Iím hurting.

This may seem to take me a lot longer than if I did it all at once as Iím wont to do, but from experience, that was the juggling method and not the spiral weaving method. The spiraling method may be slower, but it will be sure and stable and I will be building on success until it becomes natural and I will have reached my goal.

Iíve got the idea and the plan, now... can I follow through?

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KERLIN26 7/22/2011 12:13PM

  I agree with Kate...there are some strange comments here. Your plan sounds very reasonable and I've heard of many others who have started their journey this way. Set your mind to it and count on your sparkfriends to help you. Wishing you the best of luck as you rejoin your journey!

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KATEINMICHIGAN 7/22/2011 10:05AM

    Hi! First of all, there are some WEIRD comments here. Did you say anything about limiting yourself to 500 calories? Did I miss something? And you don't seem like you're obsessing. Just self-aware.

Your writing is fantastic. I love the spiral idea. I'm a musician, and I have found that inspiration and being productive is very cyclical. If I fight the cycle of 'down time' I just prolong it, and if I see it for what it is -- processing time, rest, recuperation -- I get the benefits and move on.
You're right about weaving in the threads a few at a time. It's so much FUN to go whole-hog in and change everything at once, but that doesn't ever seem to stick for long.
I am impressed by your insight into your self and your thoughts and needs. Thanks for posting.

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VOMDAM 7/19/2011 4:46PM

  I enjoyed your blog, and I try to encourage people on this website.

However, if I read that someone is doing a diet plan that dangerously limits their calories, such as the 500 calorie a day HCG diet, I will not post encouragement for them to stay on that plan, but inform them about the dangers of continuing with that plan of action and sometimes suggest better alternatives. That makes some people mad, but this is a healthy living site, and some people do need that kind of a wake up call when they have put their faith in a dangerous eating plan that sounds too good to be true.

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STRINGS58 6/26/2011 7:07PM

    follow through requires attention. It's actually easy WHEN we just get up and do it. Sometimes letting the goal activities be that thing that we really want to do today . . . it can make it happen!

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NEHITA 6/21/2011 9:10AM

    Awesome blog. I love the description of the spiral. Just remember you are not where you use to be. You are the most strongest person I've ever met and your words of wisdom have blessed me in so many ways and I thank you for that. emoticon

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JAZZYDJ1017 6/19/2011 10:20PM

    Oh I know about the starting and stopping circle- two days ago as you know from the forum that I started two days ago - again. With thoughts of starting over. Although the last few days I have been eating better, drinking more water.. and have had fun with exercise. its keeping with it, When I start feeling better I stop doing the t hings that are good for me. I am working hard to keep and change just one habit at a time. Drinking water seems to be the easiest thing to change first. Good luck and don't quit!!!!

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    Hi hun. May I recommend one thing? STOP OBSESSING! This is NOT about perfection. It is about progress. Once I accepted that and I stopped picking my every action apart....it just sorta clicked.

If you don't log your food yet, please start with that. That way you can see where your calories are going. It makes you feel proactive to see the food plan. Then you can look at it and say hmmm that day I ate 2 candies, but I had no fruit, maybe I can subsitute a piece of candy next time for a piece of fruit. Or you can see that you only had 2 glasses of water and say darn tomorrow I need to try and get in three.

If you ate within calories, but ate a piece of chocolate and drank your water and exercised it is a SUCCESSFUL day!

Every day strive to do better than the day before.

STOP using the scale on a regular basis. I swear something about the scale reminds me of my father. He was never satisfied with anything I did. Nothing I did was ever good enough. Now, I focus on my plan that I have outlined in my blogs and I don't weigh. I don't care what I weigh! I know I am doing the right things right now. Eventually it will pay off.

Do your measurements on the first of each month. If you haven't done them yet, do them right now and log them on the weight tracker. Then you can do it again July 1st and see the change.

I find seeing my inches melt much more satisfying than some fickle number on the scale.

There is no right or wrong way. As long as you are stepping forward you are succeeding. Its when we just sit there and obsess and lament that we are failing.


Sorry so long...

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