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Just for today...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

My husband is a recovering alcoholic with 28 years of sobriety. He and millions of others in that community have come to this place one day at a time. He shared with me advice in the form of a question that his first sponsor shared with him many years ago. "You don't have to stay sober forever. Can you stay sober today?" I ask myself that same question. Can you pass on that cookie/candy/extra helping/unplanned morsel of food for today? Yes. I can and Yes I will.

  
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CHICAM 11/13/2014 11:28AM

    Words of wisdom. This is such a important question that in a lot of times we are scared to ask ourselves. Thank you for such a great blog. emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 11/13/2014 8:18AM

  Wow, it makes you look at things differently. Thanks for the words of wisdom!

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What I am capable of

Sunday, October 05, 2014



I'm looking for an anchor to help me get and stay motivated this evening. I've decided this picture is going to be it.

This is me doing something I never expected to do, far surpassing my goal. I decided to get my graduate degree after losing my job. It was more of a necessity than a goal actually. I really needed the credentials to stay in the salary bracket I was in. But once into the program, after I got my first A, I was determined I was going to graduate with a 4.0. Not only did I do that, but I graduated first in my class.

The driver that got me through was an overwhelming desire for those gold cords around my neck. I was single-mindedly focused on having those gold cords. And with that as my goal the program seemed easy enough to complete. Yes it was challenging and time-consuming but there was never a thought that I wasn't going to meet my objective.

Tonight I'm trying to wrap my mind around the idea that my weight and health goals are equally attainable. I just need the same determination.

  
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CRUISEGAL55 10/5/2014 8:52PM

    You can do anything you set your mind to.
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JAMBABY0 10/5/2014 8:44PM

    awesome, congrats

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Perspective

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sometimes you have to look at things from a different angle to really appreciate them. I've been a bit annoyed with myself as I've been yo-yo-ing up and down 5 pounds since mid-December - mostly up. But today I looked at how far I've come since the summer and where I was with my weight loss since this time last year. And, hey the picture is really rosy. Instead of starting another year more overweight, I'm down at least 30 pounds from last year this time. That's a first for me. Usually I start the year just disgusted with my ever increasing bulk. I didn't have to make the usual New Year's Resolution to lose weight this year since I am already DOING IT!! Yes, I would have liked to have been further along by this point but ya know what, I'm okay with where I am right now. I'm making progress. I'm changing my ways. I'm learning to be a different me. And it's going along just fine.

  
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SHARON10002 2/12/2013 11:29PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon That's a emoticon way to start off the New Year!!! Inch by inch, it's a cinch . . .

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SPIRALDOWN 1/22/2013 8:03PM

    i have that struggle myself...So far i am down 12 wks in a row...You Can Do It!

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4LABLADY 1/22/2013 7:36PM

    emoticon slowly but surely---I need to remember this!

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Stepping Out Of My Mold

Thursday, August 09, 2012

I've never been the athletic type. I can remember there was a brief stink, maybe in 4th or 5th grade, where I played soccer for a very short season. I was OK at it. But I never really embraced team sports or sports of any kind really. It just didn't seem like it was something that fit with who I was. I guess because no one in my family did sports so if was kind of a foreign notion to me.

I've dabbled with going to the gym from time to time but again, the fitness bug never bit me like it does some. I watch those folks that have a dedication to it and I think that is just not in my make-up.

But for my own sake, I think I need that to become part of my make-up, part of the new mold I'm trying to make. I'm not gaining the great weight loss benefits of exercise with the casual every once in awhile approach I've been taking. And once I reach my goal weight I am going to need to have a routine exercise program that I can stick with to ensure the weight stays off.

So to that end I've been experimenting with exercise, trying to step out of my mold. So far I've tried doing the circuit training routines, swimming, yoga classes and this past week Spin Class.

I like the circuit training. That is what I was doing the last time I lost a great deal of weight. Problem with that is I really do best with that at one of those ladies gyms and I no longer belong there. The gym I am at now doesn't really have that nice set-up for my kind of circuit training. So maybe someday I'll go back to that but in the meantime something else needs to work for me.

I like Yoga. I can't do all the poses and am definitely doing it at a less that challenging pace. But I'm trying to get the hang of it and think this is something that maybe I can grow with.

And surprise of all surprises I like Spin. I was lucky to find a group and leader that is so inspiring and so positive about encouraging folks to move at their own pace that I think this might be something I could keep at.

So we'll see over the next several weeks what I gravitate to and what I find that I can embrace and add in to my life.

  


Still holding but not quitting

Monday, August 06, 2012

Today was my weigh in day and I'm down .2 pounds, the very same .2 pounds that the scale said I was up last week. So this plateau thing is still in swing. My first thought is that I've wasted two weeks going nowhere with my efforts. Ah, but I am smarter than you Mr. Scale. Instead of getting down in the dumps, I looked elsewhere for encouragement and HOORAY I got it big time. I needed to go to an interview today and when I went prowling through my closet for something to wear I found that the pants I'd last worn to work were TOO BIG. I actually ended up in a pair way in the back of my closet that were TOO SIZES SMALLER. So take that Mr. Scale!

  
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GRAMMYMEL 8/6/2012 9:33PM

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I too am on a plateau. I go up and down. I had to tell myself that I am doing everything right and the weight will come off if I just stay with it. My pants and shirt are no longer tight and muscle weights more than fat!

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