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Friday--A day I usually overeat--BUT NOT TODAY!

Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday is here and I am so happy. For some reason this seemed like a really long work week.

Now, Friday's have always been my "down" days. Even way back in college. After classes were over, I did NOTHING but relax the rest of the night. My Friday relaxing continued into my 30's, 40's, and now I hate to admit 50's except that I seem to have added to the relaxation take-out for dinner and happy hour.

NOT TODAY! I have the whole day planned out. First I made time for breakfast: Oat bran with blueberries. Second, for our lunch meeting today we are having chicken parm, pasta alfredo, and antipasto salad. NOT ME! I stopped I bought a healthy garden salad with grilled chicken. Tonight--NO TAKE-OUT.....baked cod (quick to cook fish especially on a busy Friday), stewed tomatoes, and green beans (hubby will have mashed potatoes too).

Happy hour? I have planned ONE--yes say it again Charlene--ONE glass of white wine. I made my work colleague promise to keep me honest today.

So I have a plan. The trick of course is to not give in to any temptation and stick with it. I put all of these goals on an index card that is like a post-it and I keep sticking it on my notebook, my ID, my phone.....whatever I'm carrying around so I remember my plan for the day.

I'll let you all know how I did tomorrow! emoticon

  
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SWEETNEEY 12/19/2014 8:56PM

    Can't wait to hear how your plan went.

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LUCYCAN7 12/19/2014 7:49PM

  emoticon stick to your plan!

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TWESTEN1 12/19/2014 6:27PM

    I have faith in you chickie!!! Sounds like a great Friday :)

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KALANTHA 12/19/2014 5:21PM

    Good planning and EXCELLENT reminders! My money's on you being successful today!

Way to go!

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 12/19/2014 12:24PM

    What a great plan!! You are doing it Cheeny! You are really doing it. Before you know it you are going to be living your goal life!!!

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ERIN_POSCH 12/19/2014 12:13PM

    =)

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NHES220 12/19/2014 12:11PM

    You have an awesome plan - way to go! Looking forward to your report! TGIF!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/19/2014 11:58AM

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CRACKERS4554 12/19/2014 11:39AM

    Congrats! Looking forward to reading how you do today! Keep the notes present!

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MSHEL7 12/19/2014 11:34AM

    I do hope today goes really well for you, most of the time if I have a plan in place the day goes so much more smoothly. Good choices, good goals!!

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I'm baaaacckkkkk....and 6 lbs lighter!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Hi SparkFriends! Last time I blogged, things were not going so well. But with all of your encouragement I am feeling much better--although really flustered with all of the holiday things on my "to do" list.

Here is a pic of the 68 lb count-down chart I blogged about. Notice those 6 red "X"'s! 6 lbs down since Dec 7. This is now on my refrigerator where I can see it every time I walk in the kitchen or open the refrigerator door. It has stopped me from eating several times!

I've really begun focusing on 3 meals a day--correct portions. That's harder than it appears. I'm a late sleeper so I'm always running late for work and often just grab coffee. Well, I am really working on eating a good healthy breakfast. Lunch too is hard. My job gets crazy. Today for example we had budget meetings and it was 2 PM before I even looked at the clock--so I at least had a quick GNC Total Lean shake. Now it is going for 5 PM here on the East Coast and I'm still at work. I won't get home until 6 PM or so. But I am changing into my work-out clothes so I'm ready to hit the bike when I get there and then I"ll have a good dinner and nothing else for the night!

I'm also focusing on getting back into my exercise routine. I was doing really well when I changed into my work-out clothes at the end of the work day and wore them home. I am not an early riser so working out in the morning does not work for me. But putting them on at the end of the day and exercising as soon as I hit the door at home does. So we do what works, right?

Hoping for a 2 lb loss this week! emoticon emoticon

  
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SWEETNEEY 12/17/2014 10:46PM

    A change is gonna come

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TWESTEN1 12/17/2014 9:10PM

    That is fantastic!!! Congrats on the weight loss :). You are doing a great job and getting the workouts in too. Awesome!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/17/2014 6:10PM

    Well done.

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MSHEL7 12/17/2014 5:57PM

    Good for you, I'm so happy for you to have found something that is working for you again. emoticon

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NHES220 12/17/2014 5:47PM

    Wow, congrats!

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COFFEEMUG2009 12/17/2014 5:22PM

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COFFEYANGEL 12/17/2014 5:09PM

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Just look at you go! So proud of you, & wishing you every success you're hoping for. This week, & each one after!
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Things not going too well

Sunday, December 07, 2014

This is one of those blogs posts that I think we all make now and then we have really messed up for a while and are feeling really sorry for ourselves.

I've not been on Sparkpeople checking in with my friends consistently. I stopped tracking my calories. My exercise has gone to nothing. And I've been out with friends and drinking way too much again. And I gained 6 lbs back since Thanksgiving!

I hate to blame the holidays, but the hectic schedule, the decorating, the shopping, the parties,----I let myself get away from everything that is good for me when I promised myself I wouldn't do that. When I stepped on the scale this morning, I cried--literally.

After a few boo-hoo-hoo's. I pulled up my big girl pants and promised myself that I cannot let myself and my health take a back seat to thses holidays.

I immediately, created a huge poster this morning using large post-it paper. One block for each of the 68 lbs I need to lose. I put it right in the kitchen where not only I but my husband can see it too! That should keep me honest.

I emailed my weight loss team and admitted that I had gained 6 lbs! That was hard since I am the team leader. BUT I also told them we have 4 more weeks and I'm determined to lose my goal for those 4 weeks even if we don't win the competition.

And then I totally restarted Sparkpeople! I reset my weight loss goals and I redesigned my Sparkpage to motivate me. New background, new colors.

Now I'm admitting my flubs over the last few weeks to all my friends and sharing my struggles and how I am going to make today better than the last two weeks, and then the next day and the next and the next.

Now I am going to church this beautiful chilly Sunday and to thank God for keeping me safe and asking him to direct me on a good path.

Have a great day everyone!

Charlene

  
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COFFEYANGEL 12/12/2014 2:49PM

    The first step to being back on track is admitting things & taking responsibility! You've done that, you've recommitted, & you're all set to go! Baby steps ~ one day at a time. Our slip-ups & flubs are not what should define us, it's how we rebound, how we come back from them, choosing to get up & dust ourselves off, & then what we choose to do to succeed. You chose to confront things head-on. You chose to make that poster to hang for anyone to see. And you chose to come here for support. Sounds like a WIN to me!
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SWEETNEEY 12/8/2014 8:48AM

    emoticon let's get back on the bike and ride it.

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MSHEL7 12/7/2014 6:42PM

    I'm glad you posted, cause we can't help if we don't know what is going on. I hope to be able to support you in your new goals. I like your poster board idea, that's great and the changes to your page. Sometimes we need a reset. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and your week, we can beat the holidays, we can do it!

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KALANTHA 12/7/2014 3:41PM

    Good for you!

You're regaining control before you've gotten too far off track!

I love your new page design and color (similar to mine) emoticon

You are taking responsibility, reminding yourself of your goals and what you need to do to be successful, and going back to basics.

Good plan!

I KNOW you can meet your goals for the rest of the month!



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LUCYCAN7 12/7/2014 3:20PM

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TWESTEN1 12/7/2014 12:00PM

    Aw sweet girl - its so easy to do...the weight that is so hard to get off slips back on almost effortlessly. But look at you!!! Taking control of the situation & turning it around. I'm proud of you & know you can do this :)

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1CRAZYDOG 12/7/2014 11:22AM

    emoticon now move forward!

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We have it all backwards.......

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Last night, on Thanksgiving Eve, I was reading the OA Twelve Step book to psych myself up for a healthy Thanksgiving meal and to motivate myself not to give in to temptation today.

One of the concepts that really hit home at this holiday was the idea of deprivation and how those of us with eating issues often feel we are depriving ourselves when we have to give up foods that we like. But OA says we have it backwards.

When we eat our problem foods to excess, we think we aren't depriving ourselves. But we are! We are depriving ourselves of energy, health, our self-esteem, and more. The FOOD is actually depriving us of feeling our best, looking our best, and being our best healthy self.

When we abstain or refrain from eating our problems foods, we aren't depriving ourselves. By not eating those foods we are GIVEN energy, health, our self-esteem, and more. Choosing to abstain from eating our problem foods is not depriving ourselves but enhancing ourselves and the best people we can be.

We gain great things by eating healthily, and we deprive ourselves of great things when we eat unhealthily.

I am going to remember this today and every day. When I go to put that extra spoonful of stuffing in my mouth today, I am going to remember the real things that spoonful is depriving me of and then I'm going to put the spoon down!

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone! and remember everything you are giving yourself by eating healthy today!

  
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SWEETNEEY 11/28/2014 8:03AM

    So true.

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TWESTEN1 11/27/2014 8:58PM

    Oh, I like that! What a great way to look at things.
Should have read that before the dinner... but I think I did okay. Alright, I did have some stuffing, but only a small spoon full!
Hope you had a wonderful day!

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JMARIES51 11/27/2014 3:56PM

    It is so true. Foods that are unhealthy really are depriving us of a healthy life. It is all a matter of perspective, isn't it? Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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PINKIE78 11/27/2014 10:07AM

    What a great perspective!!! I will remember that. Thank you so much for sharing.

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MSHEL7 11/27/2014 10:03AM

    emoticon I think that is a great way to look at it, great insight here. Thanks for posting it.

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No Better Day Than Today

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

I was at a funeral dinner yesterday, and my cousin was in front of me in the buffet line. She said to me that she was going to eat up because the holidays are here, and she is not going to worry about her weight over the holidays. She said, "I'm going to enjoy the holidays."

Focused as I am on my eating, I found that interesting. She related "enjoy the holidays" with food.

I have not been good lately. Last weekend I visited my sister and there is no other way to say it: We pigged out. Wine, pizza, cheese steak, etc. Foods that I recently put on my "naughty" list and said I would do anything to avoid. Why? Being honest with myself, I do believe that I associated food with "fun" that weekend. I didn't even think of what I was putting in my mouth. More importantly, I turned to the foods that I have no control over.

That one weekend totally got me "unfocused" and I had said to myself, I'll re-start after Thanksgiving on Thursday.

Well, I'm not going to do that. There is no better day than today to get back on track and refocus. And so that is what I am doing. No apologies for last weekend. I can't go back and eat well last weekend.

But I can today. And tomorrow. And the next day.

  
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MSHEL7 11/26/2014 10:04AM

    Agreed!! No better day that today!!

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TWESTEN1 11/26/2014 9:52AM

    What an inspiring blog... and what a key to success. Changing your thinking as you are is a sure fire way to succeed. Too often in life I've done the same thing as your cousin... going to enjoy this time... with food. And the results are NOT good!!! So, I am super proud of you for making the choice to start over & eat well now. That is brilliant!

Hope you have a beautiful Thanksgiving!

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NHES220 11/26/2014 9:43AM

    Funny, it takes another person to say something and you have that Aha moment. You are right, there is no better day than today. For me, Thanksgiving is about family. I do look forward to the food, but do not want to be stuffed like the turkey!

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SWEETNEEY 11/26/2014 8:57AM

    You've made the first step for change. emoticon

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CINDYPRAY 11/26/2014 8:48AM

    Every good choice you make this week will have you ahead of the game. If you enter the week with total abandon...it will be so much worse.

Strive for good choices with each food encounter... I bet you will end of many many of them!

Enjoy Thanksgiving...
Enjoy it for the beauty of the decorations, enjoy the people you encounter, enjoy being thankful for the desire to make good choices.

-- Cindy

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