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My plan for beating a four month plateau

Monday, February 26, 2007

My ticker has not moved - at least for the past two weeks it has not. It is very frustrating, esp. with all the work I have done to get this far, only to die on the threshold of 200 lbs! I have been close, within 6 or 7 lbs of 200 since November, 2006 and here it is almost March, 2007 -four months!

I have done some more soul searching and decided that I was taking in too many calories. Oh, I can stay on track with eating smart and doing the fruits and veggies and substituting poor snacks with healthy snacks...... about 90% of the time. It is that 10% that is the killer. So... I said, hey, learn to live with the 10% because that is just who you are, a 90%'er! Actually, the 10% is a huge improvement from where I was two years ago - I was probably a 40% to 50% pure junk food addict back then. OK, so I am going to mess up - guaranteed, about 10% of the time - which equates to about 1,400 bad calories a week. Those 1,400 are empty calories of pure junk - like wine, candy, nuts, salty-fat snacks, ice cream. So, what do I do? I decided to cut my regular intake down by 200 calories a day, so I can have my 1,400 bad calories a week (out of 14,000 total). So now, my plan is a maximum of 1,800 calories a day, not 2,000. Because the 2,000 leaves no room for error - and I error about 10%, or, 1,400 calories a week. The 1,800 calorie plan will not be easy, but it is achievable, by eliminating one of my three daily snacks and about 40 calories at each of my three regular meals, (1/2 oz. of my protein, cutting my starch or grain in half, it can be done! So, from now on I am not going to go crazy every time I have a piece of candy, or a couple extra glasses of wine, or cake WITH ice cream at my grand daughters birthday party - it is now OK, it is part of my plan!!! This is not an excuse to go junk crazy, just not junk guilty! I will still track everything and stay focused!
So there it is, now lets put it in motion!!!!!!


Stepping closer to the light at the end of the tunnel

Saturday, February 24, 2007

In the depths of winter, I finally found there was in me an invincible summer.

- Albert Camus, author

Hard times are inevitable--death, financial struggle, family problems, the loss of a job, depression--all of these tough times are just seasons. Abraham Lincoln once said, "This too shall pass," and you can apply it to both the good times and the bad. The thrill of a new relationship won't endure forever, just as the grief of losing a loved one won't either. So endure the hardships of life, knowing that time will eventually heal your wounds and you will make it through. Think about what struggles have occurred in your life and what they taught you. No matter how dim the light at the end of the tunnel seems, it is still a light. Each day is an opportunity for that light of hope to get closer and closer, until eventually the clouds above your head part and you feel the forgotten sunshine on you again. Overcoming pain makes you stronger and better equipped to handle the next valley.


A little fun - Words Women Use

Friday, February 16, 2007

1.) FINE: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

2.) Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five Minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

3.) Nothing: This is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine.

4.) Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don't Do It!

5.) Loud Sigh: This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statement often misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to #3 for the meaning of nothing.)

6.) That's Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That's okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

7.) Thanks: A woman is thanking you, do not question, or Faint. Just say you're welcome.

8.) Whatever: Is a women's way of saying F@!K YOU!

9.) Don't worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking, "what's wrong", for the woman's response refer to #3.


Success & Patience

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no result, one day a light that is in exact proportion to them will flood the soul

- Simone Weil

Even if our efforts of attention seem for years to be producing no result, one day a light that is in exact proportion to them will flood the soul
- Simone Weil

What we can learn about patience from a diamond

Trying and persevering--but failing--to see your goals realized can be frustrating. Margaret Thatcher once said "You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it," and she was absolutely right. You''ve got to believe that you will succeed! Never admit defeat as long as time and effort remain. Our greatest asset is patience; our greatest weakness is throwing in the towel. Banish discouragement and feelings of impossibility by working hard, doing more, and not giving in! A diamond was only made beautiful after hundreds of years as a lump of coal

My thoughts: Success requires a lot more besides patience.... it requires a great deal of faith, faith in one's abilities, faith in one's path, faith in one's strength. and...... a very positive attitude through it all. and...... a sense of adventure; at least treating our journey as an adventure. and.... the ability to enjoy the adventure with a sense of joy, of humor and wit. and..... be willing to share the adventure with those that you hold dear.


  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

TUCKERVILL 2/14/2007 5:18PM

    Hey, thanks for being so open with your story! I've been searching SP looking for success stories like yours, and it's very inspirational.

I get disheartened when I go through message boards and Spark Pages and find people who have a gazillion Spark Points but have still only lost 8 of the 100 pounds they have to lose! I don't want that to be me! Looking forward to reading your blog.


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If you think you are beaten you are.....

Saturday, February 03, 2007

"If you think you are beaten you are,
If you think you dare not, you don't
If you'd like to win, but you think you can't,
it is almost certain you won't
For out in the world we find,
Success begins with a person's will
It's all in the state of mind.
You have to think high to rise,
You've got to be sure of yourself before,
you can ever win the prize.
Life's opportunities don't always go,
to the stronger or the faster man,
But sooner or later the person who wins,
is the one who thinks he can"

author unknown


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