Friday, August 20, 2010
This is what my granddaughter told me over the phone a couple of days ago. You know, she is so right about a lot of things. OUT of the mouths of babes--as they say.
No matter how many resolutions you make, you can't achieve them if you don't persue them. Goodness knows that over my lifetime I must have made the New Year's Resolution to LOSE WEIGHT. I never did it. Every year I would get out my diary and write--Lost Weight. Even when I was only 8 years old that was my want. Did I do it? NO. It took me a lifetime to find out that DIETS don't work. You have to change the way your life style is in order to lose weight.
By that I mean, make eating something you do to live not something you live to do. I can see, in hind sight, that all my life revolved around food. Our family always celebrated with food. Didn't matter what the celebration was about, it always involved food. You didn't go fishing unless you took food. You didn't take a walk unless you had a snack to eat along the way.
Growing up we did a lot of traveling and we traveled to places with great resturants, or towns that had special foods to offer. So it was my way of life.
Now that I am changing, it is sometimes hard to get past that same mentality. When a Birthday comes, I want a BIG CAKE and ICE CREAM. Well, now I think of things we can do without food, like swimming, biking, walking or taking a drive to see the sights we live with and never see. No longer does food rule my life.
FREEDOM is wonderful. FREEDOM from food is even better. Now, if I need to eat, I do but if I want to eat, I stop to see if I really am hungry or just bored. If I'm just bored, I go for a walk or read a book or go visit a neighbor who is shut-in. So--- my message today is for YOU to FIND YOUR FREEDOM!!!!
Good luck on the journey.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
You know, when I was young and my mother put her little FAT child on a diet, I resented every day she sent me to school with hard boiled eggs and veggies in my lunch while others had big sandwiches and potatoe chips. After one year of being on her diet I lost a lot of weight and went from 180 to 125. Over the next years in school and until I got married I stayed pretty much between 150 and 180 pounds. Did I stay on track? Maybe but not really. I was so absorbed in thinking about food all the time that it consumed me day and night. It has always consumed me until I started my latest food change. I don't seem to be so worried about it now because I know I don't have to worry about everything I put in my mouth.
Will I stay on TRACK? YES!!! because I don't have to. Does that make sense? I hope so. I think that over the years of different diets, I sabotaged myself again and again because it was easier to do that then to stay on track and follow thru. I was always hungry and always depriving myself and feeling sorry for myself.
I am a firm believer that if you have to worry about your diet all day, every day, it just isn' the right diet for you.
Diet has become a BAD WORD for so many of us. WE've been on one or another all our lives and failed at all of them. Believe me, if there was an award for being on the most diets and failing, I'd have 1st place.
So far, I have been on my Atkins for 12 days now and have lost at least 1 pound a day since I started. I'm never hungry. If I start to get hungry, I have a piece of meat or cheese or a hard boiled egg and I'm not hungry. Will I STAY ON TRACK? YES!!! Do I think about food all day? NO!!! Am I always thinking about my next meal? NO!!! Do I feel deprived. NO!!!! Am I satisfied? YES!!!
I guess what I am trying to say is -- find the diet or life style for you that doesn't drive you crazy thinking about all day and all night. It has to be something that can become natural and easy to follow and not so different from the rest of your family that you can't possibly stay on it.
I AM ON TRACK to What? A better life style, a happier life style and a better me.
Good Luck to all of you to find the right TRACK for you.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
I am selfish in that I want to be a good person who takes care of herself, her husband and famiily but not to the point that I will make myself crazy if I can't help them all.
ME, I come first and foremost. My husband comes second. My life is important to me and I wll take care of me the best I can. I have made decisions in my life in the past few years that some find horrible. I no longer workout to the point where I feel myself hurting. I no longer walk farther then I know I can do comforatbly and not feel awful when I return home. I eat what makes me healthy and helps me lose weight. I don't complain about my situation in life as much as I used to because I want to make my life better so I try to finds solutions instead of feeling sorry for myself.
I care for my husband. I love him more then even he knows. I make sure he has the things he needs to help him do the things he wants to but I also let my wants and needs be known instead of just agreeing with him and going along with his decisions if I don't feel like it. He is such a good man and he has never told me what to do or how to do it unless he saw I was really going in the wrong direction. He supports me and I support him and we get along as partners should.
Yes, I'm selfish. I care about me. BUT, I care about you too. I hope you can find your selfishness and your soul. Only YOU can make your life good. Only YOU can decided what is best for YOU. Only YOU can make YOU important to YOU.
Keep up the good works and God Bless.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Today has been a rather uneventful day. I've had horrible allergies all day and when I tried to take a short nap my head nearly blew up so I'm up and here.
I'm looking forward to tomorrow evening for a trip on a large ship (large for an inland lake) around Flathead Lake. It is being paid for by my company and I will get paid for my time on the boat. What could be better, right?
I admit it is a nice gesture from the company but those steps leading up to that evening with CORPORATE officials is really something. Now get this, I'm 60 years old and my much younger supervisors are having a meeting to tell ME how to BEHAVE in front of CORPORATE. REALLY???????
I used to be part of corporate America for almost all of my working years. I nt only was a BIG WIG but I did things just like this cruise and I really did behave myself.
After I got over the insult of being told I didn't know how to behave, I realized that those young supervisors who were telling me how to behave had never been involved with any corporate people and they look at them like these holier then thou individuals that need to be impressed all the time.
I hope I can survive my exposure to these GODS of corporate world. If I do, I will let you know how sunburned I got from exposure to these wonderful individuals who can do no wrong and sign your check.
Oh, Well, I'll stop for now because by writing about this situation, it just makes me madder and madder and I might just say something to them like, "Hi, my name is Maryann and thank you for this opportunity to share a few hours with you." Wouldn't that be awful?
Have a great evening.
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