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The Challenge of Being Alone

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

My DH is leaving this am for a week hiking in Utah with his brother. They've been doing this for about 3 years now. I'm really happy that he is healthy and active enough to do this and that he has such a good relationship with his brother. My only concern is that usually I spend this week eating as much of all the foods I want as I can. Usually I sit around watching TV and reading isolating myself. This year will be different. I have 3 goals: 1) stay on track with my eating 2) do 30 min of cardio a day and strength train 3 x week 3) keep in touch with my friends.

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DENRNAJ 9/9/2009 4:22PM

    The power to choose is all yours.
Focus on your goals and make a promise to yourself that since you are worth it you can do it!
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FUNNYGRANNY71 9/9/2009 3:45PM

    I know you can do this. I think the key is staying busy. When my hubby goes out for the day to play golf., usually I go out with my girlfriend and do lunch and a movie. I feel we both deserve time to ourselves to do what we want to. Make it a great time to only have to think about yourself. This can be a reward for you.
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PATRICIA441 9/9/2009 12:42PM

  Where is it you want to go?Do you have children you could visit with or a girlfriend who you could take day trips with. My DH is talking about going with one of his brothers on a boating trip and I am making plans to do some day trips with friends. How about cleaning out closets or the basement. Make up projects to do.Walk in the park, work in the yard,keep busy! Enjoy some "me" time! Hope this helps. Hugs Pat

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RURAL3 9/9/2009 11:08AM

    good for you. I am sure that you will be able to do this. You have a good track record now and you have a goal in mind.

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JHADZHIA 9/9/2009 8:33AM

    Parking it in front of the TV is probably responsible for more junk food eating then any other activity around. If you can stay away from it for the week, that would be a good thing. Think of activities that would keep you busy, could be mudune, like cleaning out a closet or cupboards, and getting rid of stuff you don't need. A project you wanted to get on, but didn't have time for. Get out of the house and garden, walk, help a neighbour, what ever you can think of for busy work. Make sure you don't buy anything that is not healthy to eat, that is a biggie, so you only have good things to snack on and eat.
Spend time on here, posting and talking, its hard to type and eat at the same time!
I wish you luck with this, its going to be hard!

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NANCYBFULLER 9/9/2009 8:22AM

    When I am home alone for long periods of time, I like to go for long walks.

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YOYONOMO3 9/9/2009 7:52AM

    Keep your eye on the prize and keep reviewing your 3 goals in your head. Most importantly know that you can do it!!!

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What Size am I?

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Its time to start another week and continue on with my journey. I was disappointed with my picture showing my 20 lb weight loss. I truly didn't "see" my size until I looked at the picture. I guess I feel smaller than I am now that I am losing weight. When I am eating and gaining I feel huge and ugly. When I am losing I actually feel "slim". I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing, its just a truth. I didn't know I was as large as I am. I am not going to let that discourage me, I want it to motivate me to look as slim as I feel. I do feel great now that I am healthier and more active. Its just going to take time to let my body catch up with my feelings. I am so glad I have a place like SP to document this journey. I think this realization of how I look could bring me down if I didn't have SP friends to keep me motivated. Onward and downward (with the scale!)

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WATERMELLEN 9/8/2009 6:16PM

    Smaller is good -- and you have done very well. Pat yourself on the back and keep on going!!

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NANCYBFULLER 9/8/2009 9:17AM

    But isn't that thin feeling a wonderful feeling. Don't let the pictures fool you. They are only one moment in time.

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PATRICIA441 9/8/2009 8:27AM

  I know when I lost my weight I had no concept on how I looked. I would go walking and ask my DH am I that thin , no my DH would say you are thinner. Congrats on your weight loss. You are doing great.

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GRANDMAZ23 9/8/2009 8:05AM

  I definitely can relate! I've only lost a little over 7 pounds since I started, but I feel like I've lost 50 and when I see myself in the mirror I'm wondering who that fat lady is! Don't let the mirror fool you -- you ARE smaller and absolutely ALOT healither!
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SVENTRELLA 9/8/2009 7:53AM

    I think the same way, big when I am eating and slim when I am losing. It is my way (and yours too!) to keep you motivated and keep your self esteem up when you're transitioning your weight loss. Keep up the good work. A 20 lb weight loss is absolutely fantastic!

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Labor Day Weekend

Monday, September 07, 2009

We're back from the cabin. Had a great weekend! Only went over calories x 1 on Friday. We hiked a lot and I will be adding a couple of pictures to my gallery later. I missed my spark. Sure wish we had internet in the mountains!

  
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ANNETHELL 9/7/2009 10:40PM

  Great news that you only went over your calorie count on one day. I didn't do to good this weekend, but tomorrow is a new day. AnnE

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NO_SNOW_BODY 9/7/2009 8:59PM

    That is good to do so well on your nutrtion, congrats.

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My Rewards Day

Friday, September 04, 2009

I had a great day yesterday. When I went to the Rec Center to swim, I found out that it was closed for a week for annual maintenence. I stopped for a second, then remembered that the old city pool was available at the North end of town--so off I went and swam for 1/2 hour w/o stopping. emoticon

On the way home, I stopped and used a Christmas Starbucks gift card to buy 2 Grande non fat, decaf, sugarfree vanilla lattes (1 to give to DH) for 130 calories. So we sat and sipped and chatted. Its great to be married to a friend! emoticon

DH got my bike down and pumped up the tires. I haven't ridden my bike for 2 or 3 years so it was pretty dusty. I rode for about 1/2 hour to a place near our house that is a "planned development" with lots of little shops, boutiques and "artsy fartsy" places. I hadn't been there because I don't have the money for places like that but it was fun to ride around and enjoy.
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Then I went out to Rumbi's grill with a friend and remembered to print out the menu to made a decision on what I would eat. Lunch = 500 calories.
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We spent the afternoon shopping. I wasn't going to buy anything but ended up buying a top for $5 and a pair of white capris for $15. While I was in the dressing room I saw a sign for a "lingerie fitting" by a specialist. So what the heck, I went and had a fitting and found out I was wearing totally the wrong size. Of course I had to buy a couple of new things there.
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I also bought some resistance bands which I've been wanting for a long time.

By the time I got home, it was too late to head up to the mountains so I read for the evening. Nice Day -- Can't wait to do it again! emoticon

  
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FUNNYGRANNY71 9/5/2009 2:24PM

    I just love days like the one you described. I also agree that it is great being married to your best friend. They just seem to love you with warts and all. Now I am in the mood to have a day like yours, but I must catch up on my emails.
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RURAL3 9/4/2009 8:38AM

    sounds like the perfect day Nancy. Now I'll bet you want to lose some more so you can reward yourself again. emoticon

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One Busy Day

Thursday, September 03, 2009

I am so lucky to have a job which allows me to walk around. I walk quite a bit during the day and am usually close to 10,000 steps on my pedometer by the time I get home.
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But today was exceptional. All sorts of unusual things happened and I was on the move all day. I didn't know just how busy the day would end up being when lunch time rolled around so walked my usual one mile stint around a nearby park. Then after lunch I had an unexpected chore and had to walk another 1/2 mile and back to the nearby hospital to take care of a problem. The afternoon was filled with activity and requests and I didn't stop. By the time I got home I had put more than 18,000 steps on the pedometer.
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I only had a few minutes to eat lunch so I just had a ham sandwich on whole wheat bread and ended up the day eating only 1200 calories which is below my target number so I ate 2 light yogurts as a bed time snack.
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The interesting thing (and a lesson to keep on learning) is that even with extra exercise and a low calorie total my weight was up 2 pounds this morning. I don't feel badly at all. I am learning that the scale reflects a moment in time and that my body is adjusting in some way. I know I haven't overeaten this week. I know I am exercising at least 290 calories worth (my goal) a day. So I know I am not gaining weight.

I am on a journey with ups and downs, hills and valleys and the journey is enjoyable.

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RURAL3 9/3/2009 9:06PM

    emoticon great job on all those steps and eating right. But an even greater job of keeping it in perspective with the supposed gain. I am sure it will be off again. emoticon

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DINAH-MITE 9/3/2009 10:50AM

    WOO HOO! Way to go! My grandmother used to tell us girls " Walking makes Beautiful Legs" And that memory comes from 50 years ago!! The disappointment in the scale NOT budging after a wonderful day of exercise is tempting, but we know on this journey that results are usually NEVER instatanious, and you will reap your reward soon. The most I've done on the ole pedometer in the past 2 weeks is a little over 12K so I can definately appreciate your effort!!!!

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NO_SNOW_BODY 9/3/2009 8:16AM

    That sounds like a great day of fitness and nutrition. I understand the 2 lbs gain, Our bodies adjust to so many changes and it probably is holding onto a little extra water in your muscles for the added steps, emoticon

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