Wednesday, January 23, 2013
i watched "ken davis: fully alive" on netflix instant view yesterday. i have enjoyed his humor for years, but this is definitely a must-watch if you're a fan of his. as always, he has lots of humorous anecdotes, with thought-provoking stories as well. he lost weight, did a triathalon, (not an iron-man, he said it was a styrofoam man), and is learning to LIVE fully. if you've got netflix and an hour or so watch it. if not look him up on you-tube. i laughed and cried, learned more about just keeping on....he talked about the reality of changing your life as an older person, and i knew just exactly what he was talking about....like losing weight didn't make him look great--he said, "think of venetian blinds!" i can soooo relate to that! i needed a boost of enthusiasm for my continual journey.
Monday, January 21, 2013
my father-in-law passed away the night of my last blog. his memorial service was yesterday. life will find a new "normal" eventually. there's always emotional stuff to process, and family drama and/or trauma around these kinds of things. i still have weight to drop, but i can see the progress i've made, and how different my life is.....i didn't use the excuse of grief as a "free-for-all" pass to eat sugar or other unhealthy things. i stuck with my normal "diet:" 8-12 glasses of water, at least 7 servings of fruits and veggies, no candy/desserts, low-fat protein, etc. i can't control the events in my life, but i am continuing to learn how to control my reactions to stress...to not yield control to situations. i know that's a mammothly huge victory, so i'll celebrate that.
i'm ready for the next leg of this journey.
Friday, January 11, 2013
it's one of those "get in, buckle up, hang on and shut up" times. sometimes life takes me on a ride that's scary, out of control, and just plain not fun. there are times when i can tell myself, "just throw your arms up in the air, yell 'wahoooo' and pretend it's a roller coaster." for now, i'm just white-knuckling it, and waiting for this particular ride to end.
my father in law was diagnosed with leukemia new year's day, and he just days to live. it's a lot to take in, and take on, but we are doing our best, trusting God will sustain us, and there will come a time when we can get off the ride and find our footing again.
it's challenging to connect with my pollyanna side, but i am doing my gratitude journal, and finding things to be thankful for....some days it feels pretty lame, but i am thankful for the commitment i made...i didn't know what was waiting for me in the new year, or i might not have done this. i know that good and bad comes from every situation, but we can skew it in our mind, and MAKE it one thing or the other, depending on how we choose to continually think about things. i am keeping a careful watch, and need to re-orient regularly, but i will keep moving forward.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
a spark member posted this: what have you lost
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=5197622 and it just blows my mind to think about pounds we've dropped in comparison to daily objects.
i've lost a 2 month old horse.
i found this chart: www.disabled-world.com/artman/publis
i've dropped the average weight of a 12-13 year old kid!!!
it's an interesting way to look at the poundage we've left behind.
Monday, December 31, 2012
2012 is done for all practical purposes...i lost more weight (even though i gained some back); ran at least 5 s, and a ; traveled over 700 miles running, walking or , hiked, forever left the obese category, shopped "normal" size stores all year (which hasn't happened since the mid 80s); felt better than i have in decades; became nearly unrecognizable to those who haven't seen me for a couple of years; i'm continuing to transform how i think about myself; i battled under eating as much as overeating; i've barely been sick at all (WOO stinkin' HOOO!!!).....just to list a few things.
it's been quite a year. i still have lots to learn, and i will continue to work on shedding pounds and gaining health and strength. i may not reach my original goal of 140, but i'm actually ok with that, because it isn't a reasonable goal for me. i don't have a set "thing" that tells me "i've arrived," but i never will....this journey will last me the rest of my life, and it will need to continually be adapted as my body ages. it's all good!
i appreciate being able to say i had a healthy year. when i was young, i had what looked like healthy years, but it was just because my body was strong and able to handle my abuses...what i have now is hard-earned, and i'm celebrating what i've accomplished--even if it's not my picture-perfect fantasy.
for the next year, i'll keep working to get stronger and healthier, rid myself of more excess baggage--poundage and stinkin' thinkin', and accomplish more "i never thought i could" things.
happy new year!
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