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ONE Thing - Blood Pressure

Monday, November 10, 2014

I was listening to a podcast the other day and the author of the book ONE Thing was on discussing focus. As someone who repeatedly sets multiple goals and barely accomplishes any of them lately his concept really hit home to me.

Today I had an outpatient surgical procedure and my Blood Pressure was 148/88. I know it's been trending high but this is the worst it's ever been.

So I've decided my ONE THING is getting my blood pressure back to an acceptable level. Not just back to 138/83 where it was the last time it was read but my goal pressure would be 120/80 or better yet 115/75.

I know to get there other areas of my life will have to be resolved. Weight, diet, consistent exercise but the main goal right now is to not have to take blood pressure medicine.

Tonight I'm making home made spaghetti made with quinoa noodles, mushrooms and zucchini. As of today I commit to no more fast food... not even my Chipotle :( for the rest of the year.

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DENAMARIE1 11/11/2014 10:13AM

    You got this!! I think focusing on one thing is a great method of reaching your goals. Miss ya!!!

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MONTREALESTMOI 11/10/2014 9:53PM

    I wish you the best of luck!

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CHRISTINEBWD 11/10/2014 9:09PM

    emoticon I know you can do this!!! I am with you all the way!!

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Stepping out on Faith!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

I've been a member here since 2008 and for about that entire time I've participated in challenges. Biggest Loser, 5% and a few others. Here I sit 33 pounds heavier than when I started.

Something needs to change. Setting goals hasn't worked because as my previous blog alluded to I've gotten too comfortable being Fat. I'm ok with the excessive weight or I would do something different.

This is the start of a self correction before the end of the year.

Still flushing out what that means and before the end of the day I will have a sustainable plan in place that includes a heavy focus on diet. Something I haven't had in a long time.

Here's to my REBIRTH!!

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GLORYTOGLORY 10/25/2014 2:06PM

  I am happy to say I restarted too. There is no time like the present You can do this!

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A-STRONGER-ME 8/24/2014 8:47AM

    Chelle - is the plan to paper yet. To you have a start and an end and obtainable goals? I'm rooting for ya!!

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FITMARY 8/12/2014 6:48AM

    Congratulations on your start-over! I love start-overs cuz they bring new energy and new commitment. Good luck!! You can do it! The "just 10 minutes" of exercise really helped me, as did adding fruit and vegetables instead of always taking away. All the best!

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MTN_KITTEN 8/10/2014 9:04PM

    Hmm ... I started and stopped and started and stopped and ... well you get the idea.

This time I made a written list of WHY I wanted to change my weight. Then I made a list of WHAT I would need to change to achieve that.

You are worth the time, effort and energy to achieve anything you want.

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CHRISTINEBWD 8/10/2014 8:28PM

    I am trying to come up with a new plan myself... so I will be following your ideas closely to see if they can help me get back on track too. emoticon

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ROBBIEY 8/10/2014 3:39PM

  Here's to your rebirth. Start with diet. Tracking food has helped me tremendously. It is not so much what you eat, but how much you eat. Start cutting back slowly, i.e. drinks. I don't drink my calories, whether it be soda, juice, coffee or tea.

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The Problem with Comfortable

Saturday, August 09, 2014

The Problem with Comfortable

July 25, 2014 by takethestairs

You say you want more.

You say you want better.

But you are lying to yourself.

The fact of the matter is you are perfectly comfortable where you are at right now.

If you wanted more then you would be doing something different to get it.

But you’re not.

You’re choosing to be comfortable. You’re choosing to do what you’re used to doing.

And then you carry a litany of reasons of why you’re version of “more” never worked out.

But the real reason you never achieved you’re version of “more” isn’t because of any of those things.

The real reason is because you didn’t want to change your method. You didn’t want to work harder. You didn’t want to get uncomfortable and do something different.

You say you want more money but you still spend money on stupid things.

You say you want to be in better shape but you eat whatever is most convenient.

You say you want to be more successful but you continue to put in mediocre effort.

The truth is that you don’t really want “better” as much as you want “comfortable.”

If you really wanted something different you would do something different. You would become something different.

I’m not mad at you.

I just want to shoot you straight and give you the truth. And frankly I’m fine if it makes you a bit…



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CHRISTINEBWD 8/9/2014 1:08PM

    emoticon That makes perfect sense to me!

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MARYBETH4884 8/9/2014 12:10PM

    So many of us have been there!! This journey. if done correctly and patiently will take us somewhere else much better!!

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PINKEUROGIRL 8/9/2014 1:00AM

    You can do it . Just take that first step

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BLC25 - Goals - The Plan

Monday, May 05, 2014

After looking over previous blog entries I find myself hesitant to create a new "plan" for the current challenge. If I remember correctly I've been around 18 BLC challenges.

So what's different? I'm heavier, yep heavier than when I started this journey. I'm not as fit, I feel old and I continue to bomb time after time.

This evening while waiting in line at Chipotle there was another woman of color standing in front of me. Her legs were so swollen mine started to ache. I thought to myself this could be you if you don't finally get your weight under control.

I also had to purchase an outfit for a conference tomorrow and all I could see was fat. Gut, butt, jiggly arms, etc.. you get the visual.

Ok now that's I've dumped all the negative emotions I will get back to my plan.

Really basic, really simple.

I want to lose 15 pounds. Considering my current weight that's totally doable.

I want to get back to being able to walk 7 miles at one time. I know my hips will ache, my shins won't be happy but long distance walking has always kept my thighs under control.

Treat my body with respect. That means stop the madness with the sugar, eating out and random munching. I know what to do.

Now's the time to just do it!!

Go Warriors!!

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JMOUSE99 5/6/2014 3:51PM

    Oh yeah, I hear you! I have been gaining and losing the same 5 to 7 lbs forever!


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    emoticon It's not easy, but we can do it!

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NUTZ4HARRY 5/6/2014 1:58PM

    You painted a picture of me!! We can do it together!! We are strong!!

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A-STRONGER-ME 5/6/2014 12:31PM

    Add alcohol to the list of controls. I do not drink a lot, but it really plays havoc every time I do.

Chelle - you know what to do, you just need to stay focused on realistic goals and chipping away at them every single day.

The visual you painted was effective. With all the crap going on in my work life right now - I have been on an eating frenzy. We MUST stop the madness! Let's stop it right now!

I go on stay-cation come Thursday - and I am going to totally regroup. Should I poke you every day or two to see how you are doing??

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DENAMARIE1 5/6/2014 12:29PM

    I have had these "aha" moments and know exactly how you are feeling. You can do this, we can do this, so lets do it!! We just never give up and that is what is important.

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FITMAMAOF1 5/6/2014 8:57AM

    You can do this! It just takes one step at a time, one day at a time.

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SUNPANTHER 5/6/2014 3:47AM

Very doable. We are with you. Even on the days you've given up - we haven't given up on you.

BTW - if you look at my past blog posts - you will not feel alone. Mine are so full of goals and dreams and plans and rants...for 7 years now. And I'm not giving up. I don't want you to, either.

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SEEMAINE1 5/6/2014 2:02AM

    You can do it and we can do it - together as WARRIORS! emoticon

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FULLOHOPE 5/5/2014 11:45PM

  Carpe Diem! I too am one who's butt, gut and arms jiggle WAY too much! But nothing is going to change unless WE change it! You go g emoticon irl, you've got this!!

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 5/5/2014 11:17PM

    You can do this!!! We can do this!!! Speaking as someone who has a " gut, butt, and jiggly arms..." the time has come to take care of ourselves. We can do this! emoticon emoticon

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October Pantry Challenge - Inventory

Saturday, September 28, 2013

I'm participating in a challenge where I use staples from my pantry to reduce my grocery budget. My goal is to not spend more than 50 a week during the month of October. Yikes wish me luck and any healthy meal suggestions based on the inventory are appreciated.

My Pantry Inventory -

1 Box of Quinoa
5 Boxes of Orzo
2.75 Boxes of Farfalle
1/2 bag of Brown Jasmine Rice
1 Box of Penne
1 Box of Long Grain Brown Rice
1 Canister of White Corn Grits
1 Canister of 10 Grain Oats
1 Bag of Farro
1 Bag of Wheat Berries
1 Bag of Steel Cut Oats
1 Bag of Rolled Oats

1 Box of Multigrain Baking and Pancake Mix

1 Carton of Low-Sodium Chicken Broth
1 Carton of Vegetable Broth

1 Bag of Blue Corn Chips
2 Bags of Seaweed

5 single serve bags of trek mix

1 small can of Green Chiles
1 can of Wild Alaskan Salmon

2 jars of Chipotle Salsa
1 jar of Corn, Black Bean and Pepper Salsa
2 cans of Fire Roasted Tomatoes

2 cans of Kidney Beans
1 can each - Garbanzo, Black, White Kidney and Grilling Beans

1 Bag of Chia Seeds
1 2oz Bag of Pine Nuts
16oz Bag of Raisin Medley

5 Bags of Frozen Fruit - 1 Mango, 2 Strawberry, 1 Pineapple, 1 Blueberry

1 Bag of Fire Roasted Corn

1lb of Pork Shoulder Country Ribs

1 Carton of Almond Milk

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LADYJ6942 10/3/2013 8:40AM

    Looking like a lot of carbs but it sounds like an interesting challenge. Good luck and I look forward to hearing how it goes.

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A-STRONGER-ME 10/3/2013 8:17AM

    oh my - so many carbs - you are supplementing with some protein - right??

Do love beans and salsa - YUM!

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JMOUSE99 9/30/2013 6:27PM

    You've got a lot more food in your pantry than I do and it all looks very healthy. Good luck!

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SPARKLINGHOPE 9/29/2013 8:40AM

    Sounds like you have a really good pantry to accomplish your challenge. Best wishes!!

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BABYSOX 9/29/2013 7:48AM

    I did a similar challenge in June. I definitely had to be more creative, Good luck.

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LOOKINGUP2012 9/29/2013 6:05AM

    Great challenge! Have fun : )

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PKCTTS 9/28/2013 11:31PM

    You're gonna need some protein. LOL I could definitely put the beans, quinoa, tomatoes, corn, and one of the salsas in a pot together and eat on that for a week. Good luck.

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TERRY0217 9/28/2013 11:09PM

    You have a very healthy pantry! I'm sure you'll be able to achieve your challenge

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MERRYMARY42 9/28/2013 11:06PM

    you sound like you have a months worth of staples easily, I think you can make it with money left over,
how fun, and me too, why don't I use what I have instead of adding to it all the time, great challenge,

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EMMACORY 9/28/2013 9:32PM

    You could make some meals out of the beans, rice and salsa. I am not a part of this challenge but I have been working on decreasing amount in my freezer and pantry. Good luck! emoticon

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ROBBIEY 9/28/2013 9:26PM

  You have a lot of food in your pantry.
I need to make a list and do the same thing.
Thanks for the inspiration.

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