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here's to a better week

Sunday, November 01, 2009

last week was horrible! i didn't work out, i ate ok, but in no way great. i can't repeat that this week! here i sit on sunday evening wondering what tomorrow will bring. hopefully me getting up and working out.
everytime i've stepped on the scale for the last 3 weeks it's been the same number. yes, i realize that is better than a gain, but it's still highly frustrating when i'm trying to find my motivation. i am pretty darn sure i'll have a gain tomorrow. maybe that will help me out!
i'm mostly disapointed by my performance, or lack therof, last week because i've been doing so well in oct and sept. i joined sp in may and i've just been kind of lurking and testing the waters. i was too busy over the summer to do much for myself. everything settled down in sept and i focused on myself. i got into the message boards, reading blogs, commenting, etc. and it was all very helpful to me. last week i felt like i was back in july where i was just going through the motions wishing i could have the success everyone else was seeing.
tomorrow when my alarm goes off i do hope i remember how i'm feeling now, disapointed and a bit depressed, and get out of bed to help do something about it. cause no one else can.

  
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MAGA99 11/2/2009 8:57AM

    every day is a chance to start over


I thank God for that

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AMYCRAFT05 11/1/2009 11:42PM

    Hey there!!!! Tomorrow is a new beginning. Lets have a rockin week. I promise to workout in the morning every day this week. How about you? I want to lose 5 by Thanksgiving. We can do this. We know what we gotta do. I'm here if you need a boost-----Amy

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BGMUNCHKIN 11/1/2009 11:29PM

    You can do it for you! Don't let last week effect this weeks performance.

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cougar or not, this mellencamp song inspires me!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

See the moon roll across the stars
See the seasons turn like a heart
Your father's days are lost to you
This is your time here to do what you will do

[Chorus:]
Your life is now your life is now your life is now
In this undiscovered moment
Lift your head up above the crowd
We could shake this world
If you would only show us how
Your life is now

Would you teach your children to tell the truth
Would you take the high road if you could choose
Do you believe you're a victim of a great compromise
'Cause I believe you could change your mind and change our lives

[Chorus]
Your life is now your life is now your life is now
In this undiscovered moment
Lift your head up above the crowd
We could shake this world
If you would only show us how
Your life is now


Would you teach your children to tell the truth
This is your time here to do what you will do

[Chorus 2x]

  
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FATSHIONISTA 10/29/2009 11:02PM

  Love him. Most of what he writes is thought-provoking. Great choice.

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to drink or not to drink

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

thanks to those of you who commented on a my last blog. you gave me a lot to think about. and thinking i have done!

as i've mentioned my goal is to not drink any alcohol until new year's eve. i've been pretty successful so far. the weekends are tough. i'm gonna buckle down this weekend and survive!

what i've been thinking about is what i'm going to do after new year's eve. drinking fits so nicely into my lifestyle. too nicely sometimes. i drink at pretty much every social gathering i attend. every weekend, every thursday(that's just some wierd habit i've picked up over the years) and basically every day in the summer. to say alcohol helped my weight gain is an understatement!

my ideal plan would be to only drink once or twice a month. and by drink i mean one or two drinks and then stop. stopping is my problem now. once i get a buzz i just want to keep going. that's so horrible for many reasons. it affects everything i do. i stay up too late so i don't want to work out in the mornings. i eat more if i'm feeling hungover. i consume hundreds, maybe even thousands, of calories in one night. my only saving grace is my water addiction.

what i really want to do is give up alcohol entirely. but if that were to happen it would take a very long time. people expect me to drink. when they see me not drinking they ask me why. i should try being honest, but i usually make up some excuse. it's just easier. i think maybe if i slowly ween myself away from drinking people won't expect to see me drinking. i gave up alcohol for lent and when i ordered an arnold palmer people didn't even realize it was non-alcoholic. that worked out real well! my biggest problem with going without is that my husband loves seasonal beer. he buys it and wants me to try it with him. he'd totally understand why i didn't drink a whole bottle. but he doesn't always like to drink alone so i feel bad for not drinking any at all. given time, he'll get over that. at family dinners we usually have a cocktail or two before the meal. i'm not sure how long i could avoid that situation. but if that were the only time i drank i would be very satisfied! i believe those situations would be easy. it's the going out with friends that would give me troubles.

when i'm out with people and someone is drinking water or soda i never question it. if i even notice. i assume they are driving, sick, hungover, etc. but when i don't drink i'm always questioned. and rarely do people want to hear, and accept, my excuse. someone suggested doing without those 'friends' which would be doable for the most part if some weren't family. i guess i could avoid people for awhile. it's getting to be winter afterall. maybe after some time and they see how i've changed they will just accept that i'm not drinking for obvious reasons.

what i really need to do is face up to my demons and accept that i'm an adult and don't have to cave to peer pressure. i need to put myself first and tell people that i just don't want to drink. now, can i really do that?

i have made some progress. my drink of choice is captain morgan with diet dr. pepper. it's so yummy! but i gave up soda for my 2009 new year's resolution and i have not had any since i was chugging my last rum and dr. pepper at 11:59:58 on new year's eve. that is quite an accomplishment. i was drinking a liter of soda almost daily before that. and i would go through lots of capt morgan. i could easily drink half a bottle in a night then the rest the next night. and i'd do it again a week or two later. i'm very proud of not only my no soda accomplishment, but also my severe cutback in rum. but i have drank a lot of beer and wine in it's absence.

next year i will really work on revamping my drinking habits.

if there is anyone who is reading this that has given up drinking entirely i would really love to hear your story!

  
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LOSE2WIN10 10/25/2009 3:52PM

    I went through similar situations regarding drinking. My friends and I are very social people, and we associate being together with needing to drink! I have finally realized that I HATE the way I feel after drinking, and we always eat SO MUCH when we drink. I gave up drinking almost entirely. My friends started out questioning me, telling me to drink, and would make a big deal about it to other people. I just told them all that I can have fun without alcohol and it just isn't that important to me. The next day when they feel like crap and complain about everything they ate and how they feel so fat, I say "that is a huge part of why I didn't drink" I still drink occasionally, but right now losing weight and being healthy is just way more important than a few drinks. If you are surrounded by people who care about you, they should understand and accept your decision to drink/not to drink. I hope my rambling has helped!

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CHAIMANN 10/21/2009 12:16PM

    As with anything else that you feel is risky for you - food or personal space or over-commitment or whatever - you need to let others know what your boundaries are, and then expect them to honor that.

You can decide how much background information to share on a case-by-case basis. Ultimately, though, you should expect that people would honor your needs, especially if you aren't asking them to change their own behavior. Anyone who continues to pressure you is thinking of her/himself more than you. You deserve to surround yourself with people who respect and support you, even if your choices are not the same ones they would make.

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the easy way to lose weight? no thanks, i'd rather work hard!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

well last week was interesting. i really got into my no alcohol til new year's eve goal. i was fighting a cold with a bad cough. it hurt to breathe in all the way and i had a coughing fit everytime i tried. difficult to work out when you can't breathe. i don't drink when i'm sick, so that made my goal pretty easy! through all my suffering i lost 4 lbs. yea! i know this is connected to being sick, loss of appetite and no alcohol. but it still felt good to see that low number on my scale! i haven't weighed less than 225 in over a year! this week i'm feeling better, still coughing, but i can almost breathe normally again. i don't plan to see a drop like last week when i step on the scale monday. working out is still not easy and my appetite has been a bit more normal this week. being sick can really help you lose weight. but i think i'd rather workout and eat properly. i may be killing myself with a work out, but it feels a heck of a lot better than death by coughing.

as for my no alcohol goal: i'm still doing well! i'm planning out halloween now. it may prove to be a challenge. this weekend could be a bit trying as well. but i think i'll use my 'getting over a cold' excuse. if any of you have friends who normally drink and suddenly aren't, don't pester them as to why. for some reason the last reason people want to hear is, i'm trying to lose some weight. anything works better: i'm sick, i'm driving, i'm hungover from last night...it's kind of sad. i've given up alcohol for substantial amounts of time before and people never accept the truth. whatever it is. so i make up an excuse and they usually leave me alone. maybe i just have really unsupportive friends?

  
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GREENSHADE 10/28/2009 9:47PM

    I've been coughing all week and not working out, but I've stuck to eating better - I'm still a newbie here. Avoiding alcohol to lose weight is kind of new to me. I never drank all that much but I had just gotten to where I could enjoy beer - now I have pumpkin beer in the fridge and won't drink it. Thanks for posting about staying strong - that's really hard to do when you're sick!

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GREENSHADE 10/28/2009 9:47PM

    I've been coughing all week and not working out, but I've stuck to eating better - I'm still a newbie here. Avoiding alcohol to lose weight is kind of new to me. I never drank all that much but I had just gotten to where I could enjoy beer - now I have pumpkin beer in the fridge and won't drink it. Thanks for posting about staying strong - that's really hard to do when you're sick!

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GREENSHADE 10/28/2009 9:47PM

    I've been coughing all week and not working out, but I've stuck to eating better - I'm still a newbie here. Avoiding alcohol to lose weight is kind of new to me. I never drank all that much but I had just gotten to where I could enjoy beer - now I have pumpkin beer in the fridge and won't drink it. Thanks for posting about staying strong - that's really hard to do when you're sick!

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CLALIZ 10/19/2009 12:47AM

    Hope you feel better soon! And yes, you do get tired after a workout but that feels better than having no energy at all :(
And as for insisting friends and alcohol, I know something about that. Although I have lived away from where most of them live for a few years, but when I was near they would try to get me to drink whatever they were drinking. A headache was the excuse I would use, honestly some of the drinks I didn't like. My husband doesn't drink, so that makes it easy, and he is pretty good at refusing people's drinks, he just says 'no thanks, I am fine for now". and that works for him. Although, I can see that when they are your close friends they could easily insist more. How about sharing your goal of no alcohol and tell them that this is important for you and that you are fine without it. :)
Best of luck!!!
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BGMUNCHKIN 10/15/2009 12:34PM

    good luck with the Alcohol. I know it is hard when what you have been doing is going out with friends and then don't want to drink with them. I don't feel bad going into the bar and ordering water or cranberry juice. I don't need the extra calories and I don't need to spend the money. think of all the money you can save to buy that new wardrobe with. emoticon

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PAG2809 10/15/2009 11:59AM

    Y'know, this issue was one of the things that led to my giving up some friends when I gave up drinking permanently. We may have completely different situations, so take this with a really big grain of salt (luckily, one that will not create sodium issues for you)... but the short version of this story is that when I quit drinking I dropped some friends and I'm still careful about making new ones. After this many years, there is no temptation to drink. I just find hanging out with hard drinkers either boring or annoying, depending on where they are in the evening.

Of course, whether your friends support your life goals is the overarching question. If they don't support you losing weight, do you really need them? Its not an easy decision to make, I know.

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i will not let this weekend ruin my success

Friday, October 02, 2009

dark, heavy german beer. sausage. cheese. fast food. hotel room.

yup, that about sums up my weekend! oktoberfest here i come! sounds scary, eh? it is. especially with monday being my weigh in day. that scale will not be my friend! but i'm going to try to not anger it too much. i have packed healthy snacks to help avoid the fast food and sausage. i brought sandwhich stuff so i won't have to worry about meals. and there's a nice safe subway across the highway. the hotel offers a decent breakfast. i should be okay...but i did mention german beer. some of that stuff is like a meal in a cup. good quality beer was afterall a meal back in the day. i'm going to limit myself and drink slowly. i have this thing, probably cause i drink so much water, where i have to constantly be drinking something. so it kind of messes me up at bars cause if i'm already in too deep i don't think about ordering ice tea or water. nope, more beer for me! so if i drink slowly i'll hopefully think of drinking water instead of another beer.

oktoberfest is in a small town in wa state (leavenworth, if you're wondering) and once we get there we park the car and walk. so i'll get a lot of walking in. sadly, some of it is to the candy shop and cheese cellar. which is soooo good! but i'll be strong! plus, we just bought a house and we don't have much money to spend there. so that's a bonus!

i will not let this weekend ruin me. i will have fun and not feel guilty for overindulging. cause i will behave! i will, for once, be in control of what i put into my body. usually i'm like, vacation! lets have some fun! but after my poor september performance i must keep october in check.

  
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ONEKIDSMOM 10/3/2009 8:55PM

    Good for you! A healthy lifestyle has room in it for the occasional celebration. You have a plan, you know the possible outcomes... and when the party's over, time to get right back to the "normal" program.



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TWARGO3 10/3/2009 4:38PM

    You can do it!!! You DO have a plan in place.. and you are in charge of your choices.. You go... remember it is a lifestyle and you know when you can give in for a treat. Besides... you got tomorrow to work it off, right?

Hoping for your success ;o) emoticon

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DIVAGURL 10/2/2009 2:33PM

    Way to go - making a plan BEFORE you go! Be sure to get in lean protein at breakfast. Maybe pack some nuts to snack on. Happy walking and festing!

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TONYA_JO 10/2/2009 11:11AM

    you have a great plan in place! Have a great time :)

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SOMASLIM 10/2/2009 10:47AM

    I'm German and Octoberfest is a big deal in our community too.
It's not like you are going to drink beer and eat bratwurst 24/7.
Enjoy your evening(s) .... because tomorrow is another day!

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