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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

June is always a hard month for me stress wise. It's the end of our fiscal year and tension is very, very high. My past habits would be to sit down and eat an entire bag of chocolate and watch movies. This year I was looking forward to exercising and feeling good about myself. Well I got knocked down by illness at the beginning of the month and I am still fight it. I am slowly coming back and feeling much better.
This last weekend, my husband and I went out taking photos. We ended up walking for several hours on some pretty steep terrain and it felt wonderful. It was nice to be physically able to go out and enjoy the national forest that is only a ten minute drive from my house. We drove for about a half hour and got out and walked. Everything was perfect. The sun was shining, there was a slight breeze to keep us cool and there weren't too many bugs. The views were spectacular.
We are making plans to go out next weekend to another location. We decided that we need adventures in our lives.

  
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JODAFEEN17 6/23/2009 12:30PM

    I am very happy for you, that you were able to make that change from your past habits and instead made a great choice, to be physically active and also walk with your husband. It is always inspiring to read about people who make positive changes to their lives, and it gives me hope that maybe I, too, can make that kind of change. Personally, I'm kind of stuck in this bad mental/physical/emotional state (stress from work/hurt leg getting worse/depressed) and I feel I blew it yesterday by buying all this darn junk food...but today is a new day, so it's time to move forward and just keep on plugging along.
I hope you have an equally great time next weekend, and take some more pictures!
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Really Struggling

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

I feel that even with the diet and exercise that I am not making progress. I know I am...I can see it in my clothes and how I look but I just don't feel it when I am having a flare up. I work hard and try to eat right but sometimes that doesn't even help. I just feel like when I take a step forward I get knocked back a mile.

  
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CHACHAMADURI 5/27/2009 1:16PM

  Hi, I know how you feel. I can't even get started. My intentions are good but my mouth is quicker. emoticon

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CELTICMOTOCAT 5/27/2009 1:06PM

    Hang in there! Don't Quit. It is how we deal with these challenges that make us the stronger person to rise above it.
Flare ups are never fun, and are discouraging, I consider them a speed bump. In fact, I just was thru one. You do the best you can and DON't QUIT!
You are worth it!
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It's All About ME

Friday, May 01, 2009

It hasn’t been an easy journey. At my heaviest, I weighed 235 pounds. I was on steroids for RA and I was in a deep depression. Luckily, I pulled myself out of that funk. When I got off the steroids and got a great job, the weight started coming off. Two years ago, I was exercising but I kept eating the wrong foods. I was starting to creep back up to 200 pounds. That’s when I decided that I need to make some changes in my life.
I have a chronic illness that may cripple me one day, but I decided that I needed to start exercising to make sure that I can stay active my entire life. I used to have to walk with a cane but with the help of medication and exercise, I can go up three flights of steps without any trouble. I walked up a hill yesterday that three years ago, I couldn’t make it up the hill. That showed me that I have made progress.
I have made little changes that have added up to a lot. I have quit, for the most part, sugar sodas. I drink more water that I ever have in my life. I take the stairs all the time. For my morning and afternoon breaks, I walk around. I have lowered my portions and make healthier choices. Even with my morning coffee, I have it made with nonfat milk.
These things didn’t happen overnight. It takes time. I will confess that I do not deprive myself of anything. I still have ice cream, cookies, brownies and all the “forbidden foods” but I don’t look at them in that way anymore. I could sit down and eat most of a half gallon of ice cream or have an entire bag of cookies without blinking. Now I will have a cookie or a small portion of ice cream.
I really couldn’t tell you how much I weigh at this moment. I don’t own a scale, but I can see the difference in my body. My jeans are hanging off me. I swim in my shirts. I have gone from a size 20 down to a size 12 and today I am going to buy a pair of size 10 jeans. This hasn’t happened overnight and there have been several stumbles but I am not on a “diet” I have made a lifestyle change.

  


What is your biggest fitness accomplishment so far?

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

I think my biggest fitness accomplishment is that I am able to exercise. Not too long ago, I could not walk without a cane, I could not lift myself out of the bathtub, and would avoid stairs like the plague, getting out of bed in the morning used to be my major accomplishment of the day. I always took the elevator and I was an emotional eater. Now I opt to take the stairs, I ride my bike, I go for short walks during the day and I try to eat better because I know that all these things will improve my life in the long run.

I know that I have a ways to go, but now I know that I will get there because I have come soooooooooo far from where I was.

  


Another Day

Monday, April 13, 2009

Well it's Monday again and I was sick all weekend. I'm still not feeling well but I am here at work. I feel like I need to get more sleep. My dog kept stomping around the house last night and waking me up. Maybe I'll try to get to bed a little earlier tonight.

  


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