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The Joke's On Me!

Friday, April 02, 2010

I am chuckling at myself, realizing a new factor that has sneaked in.

My friend who is a personal trainer asked me to give a talk about my weight-loss journey, in front of her local Biggest-Loser-style group at church. This was definitely out of my comfort zone, but as I prayed about it, I realized the main reason I hesitated was my own self-consciousness about still having at least 30 pounds to lose.

BUT I wanted to give others the window of hope others gave me, and I knew it was an opportunity to speak of God's astonishing, undeserved grace in my life. So I said yes, and I planned and prayed and wrote and re-wrote and practiced and practiced and gathered my jokes and props.

Here is the part I groan and giggle about. NOW . . . AFTER I did it, since I took a deep breath and gave this talk, I realized with a gasp that I am no longer flying under the radar!

I am OUT THERE now---in this large church---in the sense that people now see me as a weight-loss representative, an advisor of planning & tracking, an advocate for clean eating, surge/interval cardio, strength training, permanent lifestyle change, trusting God, Beck Diet Solution, teaching kids healthy eating . . . . [nervous laugh] I said I wanted accountability, didn't I? Yep, I did.

Now the WHOLE ARRAY of healthy behaviors has to move into the NO CHOICE category!

Plus, now a different group (a group of moms) is working out with me in the church gym once a week at noon! So they have lots of questions (and will be watching me like hawks . . . . I can't let those girls down, either!).

I take duty, obligation, and responsibility to others quite seriously. It is a matter of honor to be reliable and dependable. So now I HAVE TO stay the course. That is a very good thing.

It just strikes me as humorous that I didn't see this coming. My heavenly Father knows what I need before I ask him (Matthew 6:8) and this is going to be a very good thing to keep me on track.

Yes, I was committed to doing it for myself, but this extra oomph will be fabulous.

It's a whole other level of extremely beneficial accountability.

Jesus has promised to lead and uphold His disciples. So I really shouldn't be surprised at unexpected blessings . . . new forms of mercy, for My good and for His glory.

But I can't help but snicker at how my over-cautious, hesitant self was caught off-guard!

  
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INGRACE 4/3/2010 2:48AM

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ANNANN63 4/2/2010 6:29PM

    What I like best in your attitude. You are joyous and excited about a big change in your life. We are all examples for others but most of the time we don't think about it and frequently we don't act like it. You are aware of your opportunities and responsibilities. What you said reminds me of Joyce Meyer. She tells her listeners that she told God she wanted to help people and He told her that every persons she can help is also a person she can hurt. It helped her to realize how important it was to live her life as an example she and God were proud of.

You are doing great and this opportunity is going to open doors and change your life. Embrace it and enjoy it.

Annie

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 4/2/2010 6:06PM

    Your are right, that is a huge step. To put yourself out there and make public declarations is very brave. What a wonderful transformation has taken place in your life.

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MAZZYR 4/2/2010 6:01PM

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MRSFARRA 4/2/2010 4:35PM

    Amazing. That is awesome. I know with God's strength you can do it.

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JOYATLAST 4/2/2010 3:27PM

    You were "set up" for Success!!!!

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AMARAN 4/2/2010 3:06PM

    Gives a whole new meaning to that "great cloud of witnesses," doesn't it? Way to go! Set that example! emoticon

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HIDIANE 4/2/2010 2:56PM

    Good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone! That step was a biggie, but it sounds like those many watchful eyes will also be encouraging voices and friends to help you reach your weight goal (which you are SOOO close to!)

You are making a difference! Great job!


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PRINCESSALICA 4/2/2010 2:52PM

    That's great! I think posting my results on facebook and here keeps me accountable, and now I've had several people notice that I am losing and told me that I am inspiring them. But you know, its about being healthy, and if it helps me achieve that goal, then all the better. Wow! I wish our church had a gym.

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Tax Breaks for Weight Loss

Thursday, April 01, 2010

The Department of Health and Human Services announced an initiative April 1, 2010, to address the growing concern of obesity across the United States. Federal tax credits will accrue to citizens who can document weight lost in each calendar year.

Local municipalities will administer the record keeping process nationwide. Medipro Display corporation has begun installing professionally calibrated scale units in communities beginning with the east coast, where weight-related illness statistics show alarming increases.

For maximum accountability in the data tracking process, scales will be located outside each city clerk's office. The recording device includes a wide-screen LED with 20-inch high numerals which will display the correct amount when a citizen steps on the scale. "This was clearly necessary," said Director Neffah Ben Heffee, "to ensure that fraudulent claims are not registered."

For more information see en.wikipedia.org/wiki/April_Fools%27
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1HAPPYSPIRIT 4/1/2010 8:57PM

    Love a good laugh!!!

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JTEWZANDB 4/1/2010 4:28PM

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KADULAC 4/1/2010 12:08PM

    That's good. LOL

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ID_VANDAL 4/1/2010 11:52AM

    Hey that's great!!! and maybe not such a bad idea!!

Thanks for the laugh.

Vandal

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MELISSALOVESGOD 4/1/2010 10:04AM

    April Fools! Good one!!

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AMARAN 4/1/2010 9:10AM

    Ha!

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Quote Digest 10 - Stress & Solutions

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hold hands. A recent study published in "Psychological Science" found that hand-holding calms the body's reaction to stress. So grab the hand of a friend or loved one when sitting on the couch or taking a walk. from Spark Calendar 3/04/10 thanks to ButterflyEmerge blog 3/04/10

Breathing works:
...to calm me.
...to get me past frustration.
...to stop and make me think.
...to get me past temptation so I can say, "Oh well!"
Over time temptations decrease, but the breathing tool is still useful in everyday situations and worth learning. - from Nancy- see her blog 3/16/10 for details -- www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=3005187


I'd like to blame my hormones, but there are no excuses. Hormones ebb and flow every month and we've just got to learn how to ebb and flow with them instead of blaming them and excusing ourselves from all responsibility. from JLitt62 blog 3/12/10

It is not the slips that are the problem, it is letting them overwhelm us and get us seriously off track. - from ANNANN63 comment on Freelady blog 3/14/10

Stress is caused by focusing on the problem. Relief comes from focusing on the solution. - from Nancy- highlighted by Travelgrrl 3/4 and sourced by ID_Vandal 3/5

While I have been away I have felt so low. I forget how much exercise helps to improve my mental wellbeing and keeps me on track with the eating. - from CALLIEGS blog 3/13/10

Our running shoes are really erasers. Every step erases a memory of a past failure. Every mile brings us closer to a clean slate. Each footstrike rubs away a word, a look, or an event that led us to believe that success was beyond our grasp." - from John Bingham, quoted in DOJORAT signature

You can be pitiful or powerful but not both--you have to chose one. - from Joyce Meyer, quoted by ANNANN63 commenting on Freelady blog 3/10/10

Let's load all of our JUNK into the dump truck and take it on out of our lives. If it could only be so easy. - BIGLITTLEWOMAN comment on Freelady blog 3/10/10

I have learned that putting things into perspective is a sure fire way to avoid negativity. For instance, I have never hit a goal in the time I have allotted for myself. NEVER, not even once. And yet here I sit, 63 pounds lighter.
I could have whined and cried about failing to reach a goal and quit. Instead, I took the results, fine tuned my goal setting techniques and decided that as long as I was losing weight, I still won. Perspective. - from THE_JULES blog 3/11/10

What progress, you ask, have I made? I have begun to be a friend to myself. Hecato, Greek philosopher,

  
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NANCY- 4/1/2010 3:12AM

    I agree with BLW.
And I needed the reminder to breathe.

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JTEWZANDB 3/31/2010 5:37PM

    Great collection of inspirations!! emoticon

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BMWEBSTER 3/31/2010 4:28PM

    this quote digest is so inspiring and such a breath of fresh air. I am going to attempt something new today and this is just what I needed before giving it a try. Thank you for taking the time to put this together. It is an effort that is greatly appreciated.

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SEWINGMEG 3/31/2010 3:41PM

    This was great! Thanks!!

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 3/31/2010 12:18PM

    I love this blog; I like the tennis shoes are really erasers. That will be my mantra as I walk..

Thanks again FL for an excellent Digest of key points from all around Sparkland.

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BUTTERFLYEMERGE 3/31/2010 11:10AM

    What a wonderful collection! Thanks for putting all this together for us!

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ANNANN63 3/31/2010 11:02AM

    You do put together some inspiring quotes. I have been on diet message boards before but they are nothing like SP. This is the most positive place and it is helping me so much.

I know you will celebrate with me. The scale went down again today and I am now in the 150s. This is a weight that I have almost never seen in my adult life. I am so grateful for all the help I have received and you have been special.

Have a wonderful Easter. God is good. Jesus is alive. We have been forgiven and we are the righteousness of God in Christ. Can things get better? I don't think so.

Annie

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Not Necessary to Like It

Monday, March 29, 2010

I am committed to strength training three times a week. I go to a class at church twice a week, and once a week I lead a moms' group.

Tonight we did this: 10 min. stretch, 10 min. surge training (cardio intervals), squats with hand weight thrusts, leg raises, knee-up crunches, lunges, planks, mountain climbers, punch-outs on belly, more surges, more stretching.

Sometimes I can imagine myself as a gymnast or a ballet dancer or a track athlete (I have never been any of those) and sometimes I feel strong and exhilarated. Tonight it was just an effort. I'm usually my own cheerleader, but tonight I had the literal thought, "I don't like this very much."

Thanks be to God. I surprised myself by answering back immediately: "YOU DON'T NEED TO LIKE IT. YOU JUST NEED TO KEEP COMING AND KEEP DOING IT. IT WILL GET YOU WHERE YOU WANT TO BE."

Somehow that took the pressure off. When it didn't matter so much if I wasn't gung-ho, my negativity eased a bit. I guess Beck would say that was my inner rebellious adolescent. At any rate, the sullen teen has calmed somewhat. Big deal. This kid isn't getting out of it, fussing or not!!
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MAZZYR 3/31/2010 12:56PM

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ID_VANDAL 3/31/2010 7:25AM

    Love that response!! Sometimes we just have to do it because it's the right thing to do.

Eventually we get to the point to where we will love it!!

You take care of yourself! Your comments on other blogs are really great by the way!! You should be a life coach.

Vandal

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ANNANN63 3/30/2010 9:17PM

    Great blog. You are so right. We don't have to like things to do them. When I worked I didn't always want to get up and go to work, but I did it because I needed the money and I felt responsible to fulfill my commitments to my job. It is just as important to need to be healthy and to feel responsible to fulfill our commitments to ourselves. You are so doing a great job.

Annie

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 3/30/2010 2:08PM

    HA-HA, great response to self. I remember those words from my childhood. "Who ever said you had to like it?" Very appropriate though for exercise. Sometimes we enjoy it and have fun, sometimes we don't.

You are really leading the way and mentoring. That is such a great feedback of emotions for you. Helping others helps ourselves as we talked about before.

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HGISFM 3/30/2010 10:43AM

    You go girl!!!!!!!!!!!

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NANCY- 3/30/2010 10:01AM

    You have a wonderful attitude.
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AMARAN 3/30/2010 8:53AM

    I'm not into psychology, but I have frequent arguments with my own inner sullen teen, mouthy tween, and bratty toddler. Sometimes I feel like I'm running a daycare in my head!

Anni

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DAY 39: Keep up with Exercise

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Routine is what helps me. On two days I have a strength training class. On a third day I started a moms' workout group at church. We meet once a week to work out with hand weights doing lunges, planks, body walk-outs, squats, and such. I need this structure to make sure I get those sessions in each week.

Cardio is easier for me to work in, though at least 3 days a week DH and I take a 3-mile walk. If the weather is bad, we do a 3-mile route in the nearby mall. We worked out the path years ago, so we can walk fast and chat a bit without having to keep deciding where we're headed next.

I've also given up my cute shoes on most days; I go ahead and put on sneakers so I'm ready for a jog or sprint or stair surge just about any time. I feel a bit clunky sometimes, but getting thin is more important to me right now. A fringe benefit is that I have felt available to join in games and athletics, since my attire is more compatible. I'm having more fun being active!

  
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ANNANN63 3/29/2010 6:11PM

    You are building a new lifestyle not just losing weight. Forget pretty shoes--you can always keep a pair in the car for when you really want them. Getting exercise you enjoy is one of the secrets to staying active and healthy.

Annie

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BIGLITTLEWOMAN 3/29/2010 11:45AM

    I love routine also. I don't always wear my sneakers but I keep a pair in the car. You are right on.

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ID_VANDAL 3/29/2010 10:43AM

    You are such an inspiring person! I need that routine as well.

Super great job on the "moms' workout group" See what I mean about inspiring - plus your dedication to the Beck's process!!

Keep it up!

Vandal

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NANCY- 3/29/2010 9:48AM

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I'm more of a function over fashion person myself. Doing something is better than sitting there looking pretty.

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MAZZYR 3/29/2010 7:59AM

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MONGO2TEN 3/29/2010 5:27AM

    Routine is what works best for me too. I've been out of my regular routine because my Mom is visiting. She goes back next week. I'll miss her, but I'm going to be glad to get back into a regular schedule.

~Nancy

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