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Monday, February 28, 2011

A co-worker mentioned that one of the popular diets, when you go to your weigh-in, if you go over or do not lose weight, you pay them money.

This got me to thinking.... So I am trying the 23847th thing and hopefully this one is the LAST ONE.

My friend Amy and I are going to weigh in each Wednesday morning with pictures to prove.
We have set a 2 lb goal for each week ending on 7/13/11 for a total of 20 weeks.

For each lb lost, we get $5 in our "bank"
For each lb gained, we lose $5
If we stay the same, we get $1
For every inch we lose, we get $0.50

The idea is that on 7/13/11, whoever has reached their goal of 40lbs, the winner gets bragging rights.

The person who fails to reach their goal has to pay the amount of money they lost plus the amount of money the winner accrued.

If we both lose, which will NOT happen, than we both owe money to a third party.
If we both win, quite possible, than we both ARE 40 lbs THINNER!!!

My friend and I are quite competitive with each other so it has already started with a bang with lots of smack talking.

I have to say I feel quite comfortable because I know 2 lbs is doable, it is just enough to keep me going on the right path but with none of the overwhelming tension.

This wednesday will be our first weigh in. I feel very positive with how it is going and I hope I can keep it up.

I am ready to live my life - really live with energy and positivity and creativity.

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DARWINISTA 3/8/2011 12:55PM

    I am also interested in how it goes. Is the third party a charity?

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FLORIDAGHOST 3/6/2011 4:15PM


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EGRAMMY 3/1/2011 3:12PM

    Let us know how this works for you and your friend.

This is a lifelong journey of healthy living so it should be your last and forever. emoticon

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STRINGS58 3/1/2011 6:49AM

    I hope you enjoy the game. I'm not very good at that kind of stuff. My body likes to hang on to fluid tooo much. I'm enjoying EFT (emotional freedom technique) for changing my motivation towards food in a very good way

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GETTO10 2/28/2011 3:46PM

    Great idea so you will have funds to buy your new clothes with :). Good blessings.

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CATHRINE2010 2/28/2011 1:34PM

    This is a good idea to start with. However you need to think of lifestyle changes that last.I am rooting for you to succeed forever in your weight loss. Good Luck!! emoticon

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Feb 2011 - Into Month Two - What are you waiting for?

Monday, February 07, 2011

I hope I am back. My waist line can't afford any more trips down the candy aisle.
I can definitely FEEL what my lifestyles is doing to my body. That is what getting older is about. I can feel the bad choices. I am out of breath, have no stamina and now for the first time - heart burn.

I went to a meeting and the little girl asked me if I had a baby in my stomach right in front of everyone. Ok, I think this is my very very bottom of the barrel. I ate all the sugar and now it is just me stuck in this barrel to fat to get out.

I bought myself the spinning bike from tv. I could buy it in installments so I went with that one. I lost 35 lbs before by plopping myself in front of the tv on the bike. So my tv rewards can actually be my productive fat burners. I wish it would come today. I get so excited and jazzed and then my excitement wans before I get it.

I am going to make this happened. I don't know how yet. I don't know anything except that I am not going to be this way anymore.

I am better than this. It is not about emotion or pleasure. It is about sustenance and life, passion, growth.

Tonight, I am going to do P90X, yoga and some gravity rider reps.

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STRINGS58 2/14/2011 7:28AM

    Welcome back! I've had that comment happen -- and I don't wear that style of shirt now! Hope you enjoy how you feel after working out! emoticon

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JRSTERP 2/12/2011 7:39PM

    emoticon Hope you are enjoying your spinning bike. I've tried the P90X...tough workout. You go girl!

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WALKING2011 2/10/2011 4:00PM

  emoticonI'm hearing u roar!

love the word sressplosions. very thoughtprovoking blog on that. think u r on 2 something there.

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JESSIEJUICE 2/7/2011 2:28PM

    You go!! It's great you know what works for you- I wish I had space to exercise in front of the tv! emoticon

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I have been trying to spend my time pushing myself past comfort zones. While doing this, I have been trying to focus on reflection instead of blind action. Instead of eating two whoppers, sit back and really reflect if the whopper will be my best choice in this moment.

I have noticed that I tend to put so much pressure on myself. I write up a to do list with 42 things on it and get stressed and start mentally punishing myself and then puffing up like a windbag trying to let out steam before I collapse. It isn't a healthy way to exist.

I need to find a way to be productive, go with the flow and be happy.
I do not get bonus points if I make a big stink over what I should have done but didn't.
Nothing I say or feel is going to change the situation, help it or complete any of the tasks for me.
It also isn't going to make life any easier. Instead it wastes my time and upsets the people around me.

Last night I ended up staying up until 1AM to finish a report. So I didn't finish laundry and now my clothes are wet and need to be rewashed. I didn't drop check off at night deposit at the bank. I didn't get gas before the big storm. Instead of getting myself so worked up and having a bad day at work. I don't have to say oh no big deal but I can let it all go. Do what I can and what I need to as soon as possible. Don't lose my cool. Stay aware, Stay focused. Let go.

I end up getting more done and being more useful to myself and creating a lot less stress, so a lot less stress hormones, so a lot less fat.

I need to stay focused on awareness and reflection. That is the biggest key and through that I am learning to change my life, real change.

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FLORIDAGHOST 1/16/2011 9:10PM

    I, too, think you should take a few minuts for yourself. Do nothing. Then do one thing on your to-do list. Then be proud of yourself for getting something accomplished. You'll get there. Sometimes, I "bundle" things on my to-do list. Like laundry day is laundry and clean the laundry room, which in my case is huge and that means emptying the trash can, taking inventory on the supplies, cleaning the cat box, other things. It works out well for me. I put "Laundry" on my list and it takes care of all of it and my list does not overwhelm me. Besides, I'm closer to the washer so I don't forget to throw it in the dryer at the end of the cycle. I save money by not having rewash my clothes and I save on clothing that I didn't wash to death. I used to have those problems all the time because I would overwhelm my to-do list and then never get through it all and kick myself all day - week. Try it. You might like it. I wish you success in reaching your goals.

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AEMILIA 1/15/2011 10:36PM

    Have you seen the Getting Things Done book? I'm not religious about it, like some people, but it really is a practical guide to organizing your time so you're not overwhelmed all the time by the pressure of what needs to be done. I really recommend it.

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STRINGS58 1/14/2011 6:57PM

    hmmm, I'm wondering if you need to spend a little time doing nothing (just a few minutes, maybe up to 20) and then do one thing after the do nothing.

I've found some binaural beat apps for my eye-phone and I used one designed for alertness or critical thinking or something similar because I was fuzzy headed and had to write a report. I felt much better at the end of the report.

I hope you are finding some comfort zones that are in line with your goals.

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Living a life with purpose.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

"You must learn not to be afraid of the world, to not take any notice of it." - Howard Roark

I find that when I am busy running around I lose a sense of creativity. Almost like a wall has built up around my insides and I have so much stagnation to weed through to find any semblence of a connection to the words I feel inside.

I feel like the past few months things are brewing and changing.

I want to culitivate myself and be proud of my producing and creation.
I want to be the direct representation of all of my greatest ideas and all the people I admire.

"Nothing can be done in life without an idea"

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JPR-ARTIST 1/12/2011 6:10PM

    WOW. I love this!!! Will save it and reread again and again today!!!

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EGRAMMY 1/10/2011 8:18AM

    emoticonThank you for your thoughful blog

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Okay, Breathe... It is just one more thing.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Last week, I decided to get back in the swing of things. But since May I feel like I have some kind of crazy monkey in my life just flinging all kinds of challenges and poop my way.

A few times I prayed to an angel and then things got worse. And I keep thinking wow, every time you try to improve, everything in the universe positions itself to make sure you don't succeed.

And I know this is counterproductive so I have been trying to think of yes changing my life will be challenging because of breaking bad habits and life isn't out to get me.

Monday, I did an ugly cry all the way to work.
Tuesday, I again called out to the angels to help me. Tuesday at 3pm, I found out my nana was in the hospital.

My nana and I have this amazingly close relationship and everyone knows this. I spent most of my childhood with her, taking care of things for her, and her taking care of me. My aunt took my nana to a lawyer and paid for everything and said, I will be your executor.

Funny thing this aunt has terrorized, manipulated, picked on etc family members for years.
She is the least diplomatic, nice, forgiving etc. She is the most vindictive, stubborn, alienating etc person.


We go to the hospital - It is serious. Her only option is Triple Bypass and her survival chances aren't the best. My nana tells me to take her clothes, purse etc to her house and pick up some pads etc for her. She also told me to stay at her place, eat some cho chos and sleep with her bear. Now, giving our history, i was like sure. After leaving the hospital late, we went to nana's house to sleep, grab the items and go back to the hospital.

My aunt came in at 7am and had the management guys come in and attempt to kick us out.
She stated we were squatters and ....

It was literally a Jerry Springer segment in my nana's house. My aunt yelled and lied and acted as if we were the worst scum and not even family. The management guy was like Maam, she has the keys. I can't even go into it.

I just can't believe she is executor and I am scared how she will try to keep playing that card to keep us away from my nana.

I work over 40 hours a week, i have multiple obligations and here I am driving back and forth over 1.5 hours one way to handle this issue. My aunt who is retired and hardly visited nana in the hospital.

I am not sure when surgery is. Probably Friday or Monday and I am exhausted, emotionally drained and am just barely hanging on my the fingernails.

I really could use a boyfriend right now, or a hug or ....

I will not let this derail me. It might bang my butt up but I shall not be derailed.
But please life STOP IT, I got enough for now. lol

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SNORFSNORKEL 12/5/2010 6:22PM

    emoticon (((((Erica))))) emoticon

I lost your blog, probably because you changed your name - but I like the new one!

It's been a while since your last post, but I hope everything has turned out well, and the drama has settled down. Wishing Nana a speedy recovery. Sending prayers and good thoughts your way (and hers)!

Amazing how people get greedy over the issue of an estate - 2 of my 3 siblings did, when my Mom passed, some years ago, and Dad moved into the retirement home - actually, it began many years before, when my parents gave us an opportunity to put a claim on household items - the others got first dibbs, as I live quite far away, so I feel like I got short shrift - just as well, as I need to get rid of things and simplify my life.

A previous poster has it right: an executor shouldn't have any interest in an estate - I served as an alternate for an elderly friend, with no interest whatsoever, solicited by a mutual friend, an estate attorney, who wrote his will, and explained it to me.

Again, sending you several great big emoticon

Joe emoticon

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SASSAGAIN 10/22/2010 7:14PM

    Hugs, sweetie. That is terrible. Any chance, like Kate asked, for you to have Nana change the executor? some family friend that can be trusted? And not abuse the situation? or at least see if your Nana can write down some of her requests (like you staying at her house) and have a lawyer, a nurse or Dr at the hospital sign to say that they witnessed it?

Hope everything goes well for Nana's operation! Fingers are crossed, and dear, think positive! Your Nana WILL get better, she WILL change the exectuor, you WILL be happier soon.

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CANOGAPARKGAL 10/21/2010 6:00PM

    Here's many hugs. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Is there a non-family member you can talk to? emoticon

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KATELOSS2009 10/21/2010 1:40PM

    oh, honey - I'm so sorry to hear about your Nana. :-(

any chance you can get that executorship voided? or get a new one done up? the executor should have no benefit from the will...

I'll be praying for you, sweetie - sometimes life does truly suck, but you WILL get through this ok. you are strong. you are kind. you are smart.

I'll be praying...

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