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Excuse me, I don't think we've met....

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

I went to a retirement luncheon yesterday and ended up sitting next to a colleague I've worked several projects with over the years...not closely, but we did work together. Even though I had acknowledged him when he sat down late at the luncheon, about half way through he turned to me and said, "Excuse me, I don't think we've met." At first I was annoyed and pointed out our past. Then, seeing his embarrassment, and realizing we hadn't worked together in the last year, I continued with, "But I was much heavier then." Left feeling much better!

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SHARON10002 5/18/2012 11:01PM

    I'm waiting too . . .

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NUNZIATA43 5/12/2012 5:57PM

    HAHA! i want this to happen to me! Great story and sharing it helps me remember that it's out there for me if i WORK ON IT! Thanks! Nanci emoticon

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MLIANNE 5/9/2012 8:53PM

    He he. I love this feeling!!!! CONGRATS!!

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    That's emoticon I have a funny story to share about not being recognized. I was looking through pics on my blackberry and came across someone sitting in my living room chair. I didn't remember taking it and didn't know who it was. Imagine my surprise when Meghan said, "Mom that's YOU, I took it when you fell asleep the other night" LOL, that was the 1st time I really realized I had lost weight, but I had to see it in a picture to really believe it. And to my defense, it was sort of dark in the picture and I simply didn't expect to have a pic of myself in my own camera like that. BUT still, that was a pivotal day for me as even though I knew I weighed less, wore smaller clothes, etc., *I* didn't really see what I looked like until that moment. Then you couldn't keep me away from the camera, LOL.

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THJORA 5/9/2012 8:14PM

    That's so great!!! Sounds like you might have to get used to stuff like that. :) I had someone tell me I look like Helen Hunt a couple of weeks ago. First time I've heard that in about 50 pounds!!!! (20 more to go). :-D

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APONI_KB 5/9/2012 1:30PM

    That's really funny.

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AEGISHOT 5/9/2012 1:06PM

    I really wait for a day like that.

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1TRULYBLESSED 5/9/2012 11:31AM

    I empathize with the poor guy -- I have a terrible memory for names AND faces, which was especially embarrassing when I worked in retail and had trouble remembering my regular customers. emoticon

You recovered nicely, and I'm glad you chose to take it as a compliment that you've lost so much weight since the last time he saw you that you've become unrecognizable! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLUEBIRDSFLY 5/9/2012 11:04AM

    What a huge compliment. Of course you look extremely different and for someone who hasn't seen you in months there is a chance that they won't recognize you. As you realized, he meant no harm.
I know it must feel a bit strange but I hope you are feeling real good about this interaction. You have gone through a major transformation and it shows.
Good on you!!! (Did I get that right?) emoticon

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OMMAMA7 5/9/2012 10:57AM

    Nice recovery! ;) Socially and mentally!

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Restaurants Trying to Appeal to Us

Monday, May 07, 2012

Lately you may have noticed some of the ads on SparkPeople are from places you wouldn't expect a health-oriented site to want as sponsors. Places like Cheesecake Factory and Dunkin Donuts. I was actually a little angry when I started seeing Cheesecake Factory ads, because all I could see in my mind were their huge entrees and mountainous cheesecake portions. Then I picked up this month's issue of Cooking Light and read an article on how restaurants are changing...including Cheesecake Factory of all places! I was prompted to do some web surfing to find out if it was true, and came to http://www.thecheesecakefactory.com/chefsC
ornerLanding/chefscornerLanding. Excitement! Now I don't have to dread when friends want to go to CF, where they will indulge, while I'm stuck with a plate of steamed veggies or "a nice salad with dressing on the side." I can plan for success ahead of time.

And CF isn't the only place offering healthier options. Dunkin Donuts has unveiled its DDSmart program. Now, when I'm traveling, instead of getting a fatty breakfast sandwich on the run, if there's a DD, I can get one of their egg white wake-up wraps (with either turkey sausage or veggies) for 150 calories and way less cholesterol than I normally get from the usual 2 boiled eggs I eat most mornings.

So happy more restaurants are jumping on the healthy bandwagon so I don't have to break out in a cold sweat anytime someone suggests we go out to eat.

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    Love the healthier options at more and more places!

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THJORA 5/9/2012 8:18PM

    Me too!!!!! I've been pleasantly surprised at some of the light options at some of my favorite places. Two new favorites are Bonefish and surprisingly, Austin Grill! Lovely grilled fish or chicken with fruit salsa and steamed veggies, etc. etc. etc. I always steer eating out to a place where there is a nice selection of healthy options. Nice to be able to plan ahead. (Jeez!! Who wrote that???? Way weird after being all about the wing night!)

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APONI_KB 5/9/2012 1:34PM

    I guess the trick is actually sticking to the healthy options when you go out and not getting swept up in the moment and going for the usual.

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REBECCAMA 5/9/2012 10:43AM

  Dunkin has had the DDSmart for quite a while. My favorite thing to order there though is the reduced fat blueberry muffin. The egg white sandwiches just don't appeal to me for some reason. Fortunately we don't have a CF near us. I did see something from Outback on SparkPeople a couple of days ago and I wasn't impressed with their offerings. It seemed that a lot of the message was "Take half of it home".

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CRYSTALJEM 5/8/2012 2:49PM

    Thanks for sharing. I guess we really do have to stop making assumptions and start doing the research to see. CJ

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2WHEELEDSHARON 5/7/2012 11:30PM

    Right on! Excellent work, thanks for sharing.

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OMMAMA7 5/7/2012 2:31PM

    Hallelujah! It's about time :) Hopefully people who aren't "trying" to be healthier will make smarter decisions as this keeps occurring and we can get the obesity rate down!!! So glad restaurants are listening to a big chunk of their consumer base AND doing their part to help everyone be healthier!!

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SHARON10002 5/7/2012 11:38AM

    I have been to CF a couple of times in the last six months and have indulged off of their Skinnylicious menu. It is good to see them offering more alternatives for those of us trying to "lose ourselves". Now if they could only get their cheesecake offerings down to 150 calories or less a serving! emoticon emoticon

Didn't know about DD, but that's really good to know! Thanks for the info Celia.

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POINDEXTRA 5/7/2012 11:06AM

    We had an office lunch at CF last week. I had delicious roasted artichoke, and a beet/arugula/goat cheese salad. And, I was so full that there was no room for any cheesecake (and I had to bring half of the artichoke home to finish later).

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1TRULYBLESSED 5/7/2012 10:25AM

    I've never been to CF (just as well!), but HAVE enjoyed DD's turkey sausage & egg white sandwiches -- they're pretty darn good, and far more satisfying than a donut! I'd still rather have fresh, whole foods at home, but at least we're beginning to see more options when we have to eat out. emoticon

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April numbers are in, and they're not pretty

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Doing my Flybaby best not to procrastinate this month, so I didn't want to put off the dismal task of tallying up the April numbers. I'll start off with the successes: I continue to do well with water and meditation goals. As mentioned last month, though, I ditched the goal to sign into the work gym 3X/week. The gym is good for winter, but if I have walking shoes at my desk, there's no need to trudge uphill to the gym in another building just to sign in, since my walking route is in the other direction. Now the rest of the results....

These are for April 1 - 28.
Stayed within calorie range: 17 of 28 days
Met daily goal for calories burned: 11 of 28 days

Walk 10,000 steps 7X/week: zero weeks. Best: 3X (3 weeks); worst 2X (1 week)
Sleep 7 hrs 5X/week: zero weeks. Best 4X (1 week); worst 2X (1 week)
Yoga 2X/week: 2 weeks. Best: 2X (2 weeks); worst zero (1 week)
Strength training 2X/week: All! Best: 3X (1 week); rest met goal
Declutter 7X/week: Best: 7! (1 week); worst: 2X (1 week)

New goal started April 22: Since I can't seem to EVER make the goal to sleep 7 hours a night 5X/week, I am in a 21-day challenge to get at least 6 hours of sleep a night. In the first week of the challenge, I succeeded 5X and came close the other 2 nights (~5:45).

So overall, the results say I can do better. I've been in a slump the last two months, so it's time to motivate myself out of it and move forward again. If you've read this far, thanks!

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MLIANNE 5/3/2012 10:12PM

    I think working on getting more sleep is going to make a HUGE difference for you! That is one thing I'm really, really adamant about! And I always feel better. April was a slacker month for me too :/ Oh well. New month, new opportunity. Worked out for 80 minutes on the elliptical at my mom's today because of all the stress with my visa! AH! I know you can do it, and don't be too hard on yourself!

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THJORA 5/3/2012 2:20PM

    You've bitten off a LOT!!!! And I agree with everyone. You're doing a great job!!! Keeping track of things is half the battle I think. Maybe (don't want to do anything to encourage derailing your plans) if you have a few things you're having a harder time with than with others, you could pick the most important thing and make sure to give it extra focus this month. Then you could pick another one for next month.

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IMLEENEY 5/2/2012 8:46PM

    I hope you're having fun doing all of this! It just seems to me that we make so much more progress when we can align with that part of ourselves that truly delights in what we're doing.

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BLUEBIRDSFLY 5/2/2012 5:19PM

    I am astonished at how bloody organized you are to be able to produce such detailed results at all.
You are very very close to your goal now. In fact you are no longer sitting on G and only on half of O. You have not put back any of your weight. In fact you have lost a little. Perhaps you are moving into a more relaxed maintenance like reality. I don't know if this is what you are wanting to hear, but I think it is ok to find your new rhythym now.
And it seems to be working because again, you are more then maintaining your weight.
Perhaps there will be periods when you are really into it, and others when you pull back. Don't forget you have also not been sleeping well. That could be a factor. In anycase, it's nothing that a big, hot bowl of chicken soup (dumplings optional) will not make right. (couldn't resist)
Celia, my love, you are still very much in the game. Not to worry. You are doing wonderfully. And you are going to slip right into that dress for the wedding.
You'll see!!!

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SHARON10002 5/2/2012 5:04PM

    I think you did great, Celia! You need to reward yourself somehow. (See my rewards blog) You're not giving yourself enough credit where credit is due. You are conscious of what your goals are, and you are working toward them, and evaluating them. You're doing great on the sleep challenge! emoticon The other thing I think you need to take into consideration is that you travel alot. It's hard to stick to a routine, and meet goals when we are not in our familiar surroundings. Just the travel days alone are enough to throw everything off kilter!

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1TRULYBLESSED 5/2/2012 1:07PM

    You're doing emoticon, Celia! You tracked your goals, evaluated your results, and made a few adjustments so you can be even more successful THIS month! Way to go, my friend! emoticon emoticon

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 5/2/2012 12:47PM

    At least you achieved part of it, but that than not achieveing at all

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BILBYGIRL 5/2/2012 12:45PM

    I agree that we need to give ourselves more credit for the successes and when it comes to the lapses have a look at why. Bald statistics paint one picture but maybe a reason pattern would give you something more to work with? It seems that its all too easy to judge ourselves when we just tick and add. Anyway that's something to consider. I'm as guilty of this sort of severe self parenting Celia but I'm not sure that it helps me much. Not to let myself off the hook entirely but to have a bit more information to help with the change.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 5/2/2012 9:22AM

    Those are some fine results for a ” slump”! You're right though, we all have room for improvement. I admire your list, thats where I could use some improvement.
Have a successful month!

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OMMAMA7 5/2/2012 8:38AM

    You're welcome! (I read it all LOL) You did great. I totally understand if you want to do better, but I hope you are also giving yourself credit for what you DID do. None of those were zero for the whole month. Maybe you didn't meet certain GOALS all month, but you didn't have anything where you didn't do it one single time all month. Think of how many people have no goals, don't exercise 1 single time all month, etc. You are still putting forth an effort, and it's great to have goals to works towards. Just wanted to make sure you can look at it in a glass half full kind of way! :) I'm glad you are getting more sleep too! emoticon Have a wonderful May and good luck with your goals - emoticon

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FARRAH511 5/2/2012 8:31AM

    I know you can do better in May.

New month, new opportunity!

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End of April, Still Thinking About March

Monday, April 30, 2012

Cannot believe it's already April 30, and I never looked at the March numbers (sorry, Lianne), so this is just a quick look back. What I did well: water, meditation. Other goals:
- 10,000 steps 7X/week: zero weeks. Best: 5X (twice). Worst: 2X.
- Sleep 7 hrs/night 5X/week: 1 week. Best: 5X. Worst: 3X.
- Yoga 2X/week: 1 week. Best: 3X. Worst: zero (twice).
- Declutter 7X/week: zero weeks. Best: 4X. Worst: zero
- Sign in at work gym 3X/week: zero. Best: 1. Worst: zero (3 weeks). This goal is not working for me, and I knew that in February. I carried it through April, but it's time to let it go.

So March reflected the real start of my fitness slump. It was too much to go day-by-day and count up days and weeks of meeting my fitness goal, because it takes so long for SP pages to load. Maybe in April.

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CANDOK1260 5/2/2012 7:08AM

    Do ou have a iPhone because i find phone app pretty quick

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RAE_LEIGH22 5/1/2012 8:21PM

    May will be great!

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PINKNFITCARLA 4/30/2012 8:46PM

    emoticon I think you're doing awesome! Here's to May being a great month!

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DIVEGODDESS 4/30/2012 8:25PM

    And I thought it was just my internet connection!!
You are going to do great in May!!!

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 4/30/2012 7:54PM

    oh dear, May will be a terrific month for you

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/30/2012 7:44PM

    Slow loading does make it hard to track. Makes me think about putting it on my desktop as a document and then recording weekly or something on SP. Hmmm...
I hope May treats you well!

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Bye-bye mind clutter...the forgiveness project continues

Sunday, April 22, 2012

I've read some very insightful blogs this morning that have me thinking about all the things I do...and do...and do...that save me from having to look inside myself at ugly things I've done or said in the past. If anyone watches GCB, I feel like Amanda. I think of the mean things I said or did when I was younger and wonder how many people still smart from my words or actions. I recall at a high school reunion a classmate coming up to me and making a nasty remark about how I treated him as a teenager, and it made me feel guilty that I not only didn't remember treating him badly, but that he had carried that sting around with him for two decades. It's incidents like that one that I am pulling out to examine in my effort to cultivate forgiveness.

The insight I am gaining is that I can get past the guilt arising from not being perfect. I can cut myself some slack. One of my favorite upbeat songs is Karen Drucker's "Lighten Up" from her "Power of Women" CD. The song has a swinging melody and is easy to sing along to when I'm stuck in traffic, and my favorite line is, "I'm just gonna get out of my own way." That's what I am trying to do this year...make myself get out of the way of looking at my own past. The process has been both emotional and healing as I take memories of actions and words out of their dusty recesses and examine them in the light. I let myself react and feel the guilt if I need to. Then I mentally ask the person to forgive me and forgive myself as well. Sometimes I have to repeat the process, because the feelings are too intense to let go of right away, but it is so freeing to release the mind clutter.

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CANDOK1260 4/29/2012 1:33PM

    I am one of those person who were pick on for years growing up. I can honestly say I forgave everyone years ago, So don't feel so bad you were a kid.s! Congratulations on your 2,000 fitness min

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BLUEBIRDSFLY 4/23/2012 10:19PM

    Its so wonderful to see that now that you have let go of the pounds you are continuing to let go of things that way your spirit down. Good for you, Celia--takes a lot of inner strength and honesty to do this kind of housecleaning.
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IMLEENEY 4/22/2012 9:28PM

    Isn't it interesting how, when we lose weight, it unearths all of this stuff that we probably ate to cover over in our shame. Good for you for confronting it head on. Forgiveness is the key.

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 4/22/2012 5:35PM

    Way to go, sometimes healing from the inside out is what is needed than the outside in!! awesome

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MARYHOLMAN 4/22/2012 5:13PM

    You won't believe how good you will feel when you can let go anger held close to your heart!


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POINDEXTRA 4/22/2012 3:16PM

    Wow - this is powerful stuff. I, too, realized recently that I was still carrying a lot of guilt for some past transgressions (which are very old, and from which I've completely changed my behavior). I realized as well that I really needed to forgive myself.

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PINKNFITCARLA 4/22/2012 1:16PM

    Great insightful blog Celia!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 4/22/2012 1:12PM

    What a wonderful Earth Day challenge! Thanks for sharing this blog, I can always use reminders to lighten the path in front of me with acceptance. Enjoy your day!

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DNJEN471 4/22/2012 12:45PM

    Very insightful blog! Thank you! We all seem to carry baggage around so it's always good to free up the clutter :)

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