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Thursday, August 19, 2010

I am not the same person as two years ago. Activity seeking has replaced excuse seeking. Craving fruit has replaced craving chips. Hope has replaced regret.

Today's anecdote: Thursday night is regularly scheduled strength training group. I went tonight and gave a great effort. It felt wonderful.

The reason I'm putting this in a blog is that the dermatologist cut a little growth cut off my shin today for biopsy. Probably not dangerous, but the whole process was pretty draining.

Earlier this week I decided I would still go to the workout and just do the upper body parts. But they were able to do a procedure without stitches, and the doctor said no limitations on activity, so I determined to do as much as I possibly could. I would have stopped for bleeding, but that didn't happen.

I am getting in the groove of seeing myself as a strong, overcoming person. Thanks to all you friends encouraging me, and by God's grace, I will push on against all odds and achieve a healthy weight!!

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ALIBROM 8/24/2010 1:29AM

    What a great mind shift to see yourself as a strong, overcoming person. You are doing awesome inside and out! I hope and pray the biopsy is negative.

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NANCY- 8/20/2010 1:11PM

    Wow you are ...

Moving past excuses into action. WTG!

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ID_VANDAL 8/19/2010 11:02PM

    FreeLady - I have only three words - YOU WILL (sorry make that two!!)

Seriously - I know you will - end of story and the good news is I'm going to be there with you!!

Thanks for everything!! You really have no idea how much you have helped me.


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Forward Lunges . . . Finally!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Eighteen months ago I started working out with a small group of women doing strength training, led by an effective volunteer trainer. Slowly I got stronger, and one by one, exercises which had seemed impossible in the beginning entered the realm of possibility. I am still doing strength training 3 times a week--by God's grace and the support of my husband and my buddies.

TONIGHT I WAS ABLE TO DO LUNGES. Real forward lunges. Knee-all-the-way-to-90-degrees-and-back lunges! What an encouragement. It's something objective and concrete to cling to on the days I feel like Eeyore.
[What is a forward lunge? Watch this:

I could tell I was getting generally stronger, with better balance and less fatigue. But although I worked on lunges valiantly, I struggled to get down very far at all, and for so long I was wobbly. But I kept doing them at whatever level I was able . . . while mentally I suspected that lunges must be something in the category of a back flip: not achievable at my age or condition.

But tonight I could do them!! I was so pleased and surprised! I feel a new hope in where I can go at age 52. And a new conviction about the WONDERS which can result from itsy-bitsy teeny-tiny baby steps, over a long period of time.

Yes, I know, I know . . . this concept has been drilled into me for months. Guess I'm a bit stubborn. But for me, this is memorable proof, thanks be to God.

If you are feeling discouraged, hang in there. We all have low points. But gradually, incrementally, we are getting somewhere!!

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FLUENTFROG 8/16/2010 2:24PM

    Your positive perseverence continues to inspire me.
emoticon on those lunges!

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SUCHAHOOT 8/16/2010 10:33AM


Way to stick with it!! What a great feeling of accomplishment!

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PSALM3RD 8/13/2010 11:42PM

    And that is how the weight comes off too. One day you make a goal that seems utterly impossible, but bit by stubborn bit, you chip away at it until one day you see the smaller you staring back at you in the mirror and you have arrived!

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    Wonderful, wonderful. Your reward for being consistent and faithful. I think TG is right. We usually don't stay with the baby steps long enough to see results. Good for you Freelady emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 8/13/2010 7:45PM

    We are so impatient usually that we don't give the baby steps time to turn into BIG steps. Thanks for telling us what we really already knew: IT DOES WORK AND IT CAN BE DONE!

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FLUENTFROG 8/13/2010 3:39PM

    emoticon What a great story and inspiration, Freelady, thank you!

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ID_VANDAL 8/13/2010 2:18PM

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You just made my day!!

Good job!



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SUNFLOWERS4ME 8/13/2010 10:03AM

    emoticon Isn't it wonderful when God surprises us with those little bits of encouragement! May He bless you with many more!

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NANCY- 8/13/2010 9:00AM

    It is amazing what can be achieved with perseverance.

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JLITT62 8/13/2010 5:28AM

    Thank you for that positive blog! Yes, baby steps really do work -- but sometimes it's hard to believe.

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RUNNINGOMA 8/13/2010 12:58AM

    What a blessing! Perseverence pays off!

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Who I Am (Quote Digest 19)

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Another of my daily affirmations: I used to be that way; but now I am different. I value me and I will treat myself as well as I treat my loved ones.
- from AnnAnn63 blog 3/17/10

. . . My first ever 5K run. I refuse to call it a race, because I just want to run the whole thing and finish. I am not racing anyone except the old me. - from The_Jules blog 4/6/10

People tell me that its amazing to watch because it is like I am shrinking before their eyes, which yeah is amazing... But who will I be because I don't know that girl who isn't chubby.
- from PrincessAlica blog 4/16/10

I've never felt so powerless with Mama being so sick, but not blowing all the hard work I've done was the most empowering thing I've experienced in a long time. We're still in the middle of lots of concerns for her...but I know I can do this "taking care of myself" thing AND do what I need to do to help. That's the person I've always wanted to be. - from Begoniac blog 5/30/2010

Who I am really keeps surprising me. - Poet Nikki Giovanni, from RTLisa signature

And you know what, although it is important to take care of this body, it is just a shell. This body is not who I really am. Yes, I have been ashamed of my obesity, but I am proud of the strength that I have found within and that my Creator and Savior has given me to make a change. I am proud of the disciplines that have taken root within me and the growth I have seen within myself by exercising those disciplines. This journey is not just about losing weight; this journey is about becoming a stronger, better person; and I think it is happening, by the grace of God.
- from WarmSpringDay blog 4/29/10

My thighs aren't here to impress others—they're tools for me to use to live my life to the fullest. My thighs are strong. My legs carry me through my day and my life. I'm fortunate to have legs that are able to walk, run, bike and do all the things I enjoy. I should appreciate my legs, including my thighs—for all the reasons that make them great—more often. And I reject the idea that I should change to fit in to some culturally stipulated idea that every person should look a certain way. Just like hair color or height, people's bodies are different sizes and shapes. I'm fine just as I am! - from Nichole Nichols article -

Being actively engaged and applying energy to bring about positive change in ourselves is empowering. I don't feel stress about the weight I still have to lose because I'm feeling good about how far I have come.
- from BigLittleWoman 4/16/10 comment on Freelady blog

Skin is an amazing organ. I dare any genius to create a covering as perfect as skin. It can stretch with us from covering a 7 pound baby to hundreds of pounds and more. It is waterproof and keeps our insides dry, but can release fluid by sweating. It protects us from infections, bumps, falls. It helps us cool down, and helps us keep warm. It can take in medication and create vitamin D. It heals itself when it gets cut or torn. It can withstand a hit, and feel the slightest touch. It is so flexible that it can tolerate stretches and bends over and over again while we move without cracking or breaking. All this, and we complain about wrinkles and cellulite? What are we thinking? - from FitJane blog 3/27/10

We sometimes get a wrong picture of ourselves when we let the words of others control our thinking. That is why it is so important to be in God's Word - which is flawless and never tells us anything that is false. We have to get an accurate view of ourselves from God our Creator. He tells us we are fearfully and wonderfully made, that He has a plan for us - and a wonderful one at that! (Jeremiah 29:11)
-from Mariean 1/6/2010 comment on HeartMend blog

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NANCY- 8/11/2010 2:22PM

    Thanks for sharing. :)

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ID_VANDAL 8/11/2010 10:11AM

    Like BLW & FF say- these are great!

I love how you find these great quotes and then bring them all together for us to share!



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FLUENTFROG 8/11/2010 8:18AM

    What powerful words here. Thank you!

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    I read every word; thank you. This was truly a nurturing affirmation session with wise and strong women. How great they are.

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Graceful or Gluttonous - Choose One

Friday, August 06, 2010

August is for sharpening up on things I had let slide. I had stopped the discipline of leaving something on my plate. Sometimes . . . I had nearly stopped leaving anything in the pan!

Seriously . . . I am gaining strength in the habit of not putting anything in my mouth once I have felt that first nudge of satiety. It is simply a choice: WHAT DO I WANT MORE? Do I want to be healthy and slim and move easily, or do I want the momentary sensation and/or anaesthetic of continuing to chew and swallow?

Letting myself eat more than I need is not true liberty. It is not being kind to myself. Truly being good to myself is doing whatever it takes to ditch this excess weight.

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    It's so important to be thinking of what our intentions are and our goals. When we fail to put them in the forefront of our mind...we fail to live up to them. Thank you so much for the reminder. You inspired me today!!

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NANCY- 8/7/2010 11:45AM

    What a lovely gift you are giving yourself.

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    Let's celebrate the freedom of being good to ourselves emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 8/6/2010 5:59PM

    I love this! "Truly being good to myself is doing whatever it takes to ditch this excess weight."

This is such a positive way to frame healthy eating, instead of feeling "deprived" or "cheated." I'm going to make this one of my cards.

I had to edit my comment to tell you I love your new veggie background and picture!

Comment edited on: 8/6/2010 6:00:26 PM

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2STUBBORN2QUIT 8/6/2010 4:46PM

    Absolutely. We have to tell ourselves constantly the effort is worth it. Keep at it. Refuse to be beaten. when you fall, get back up. Dont let one or two bad days or even a week of falling off your program turn into months of giving up.

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Is this actually you?

Thursday, August 05, 2010

At Wal-mart I had to return an item without a receipt and presented my driver's license. The clerk said, "You look so different from your picture here." I gave a small smile and stood calmly while she processed the refund. "Really, this looks a lot different," she pursued.

"I've lost 50 pounds," I said quietly. She pulled out the receipt and handed it to me with the store credit.

"That is actually you, right?" the clerk pressed. "Cause honestly, you look so very different from that picture. I'm not kidding you."

"Oh, definitely," I said. "That's my license!" and chuckled as I left.

As we went to the car, my daughters said the clerk was right, that my face doesn't look at all like that drivers license photo. One daughter checked the renewal date, which is late in 2011, and sweetly suggested I might enjoy planning to reach my goal weight by that time (so I'd have an accurate photo from then on!).

"Oh, I sure BETTER be at goal weight by then!!" I exclaimed. But it was a good reality check nonetheless. I've come a long way, but I gotta stop puttering around. I gotta get really serious and make good on that boast!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/6/2010 6:01PM

    I have to add my 2 cents worth -- that is WONDERFULL!! Thanks for sharing the story. We all aspire to have a similar one!!

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ID_VANDAL 8/6/2010 11:10AM

    That is a great great story!! You must feel like you're on top of the world and I love your attitude about it BUT caution.

When I was down at 190 pounds once (about 8 years ago or so) I started getting those compliments and for some reason that was enough for my mind to say - okay and I stopped my progress and put it in reverse. So this is just a wake up call that you still have more to do as you noted.

I know you're all over that so keep it up!!



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SUNFLOWERS4ME 8/6/2010 10:11AM

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NANCY- 8/6/2010 9:24AM

    What a wonderful surprise that must have been.
You have a great goal and inspired me. My renewal is in December 2011. It would be grand to look different.
Here's to 2011!

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CUBFANGIRL1 8/6/2010 12:44AM

    What a wonderful feeling that must have been for you! emoticon

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AHAPPYLIFE 8/6/2010 12:07AM

    That is so cool. I have to renew my license here soon and am so happy that I'm so close to goal weight for this one. After all, I'll have it for another 5 years unless they change the licenses again.

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FLUENTFROG 8/5/2010 11:41PM

    What a wonderful unexpected Kudo. Hooray for you!!

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THINIWILLBE21 8/5/2010 9:56PM

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That is so wonderful!! I am rejoicing with you!! Thank God for the clerk in Wal-Mart who made you feel so good -and- praise God for your daughters comment!! emoticon

I agree with BIGLITTLEWOMAN, you do deserve a new picture right now!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LJCANNON 8/5/2010 9:18PM

    My Driver's License expires in 2011 also. I have only had ONE Bank teller comment about the Photo looking different. She actually compared my written signature on the check I was cashing with the signature on the License. emoticon
Unfortunately I think most people don't actually LOOK at the Picture.
I am looking forward to getting my new License Picture too!

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    emoticon I think you deserve a new license now, then when you get your renewal done at the end of 2011 you will have 3 drivers licenses to keep showing your progress.

What a fun day you had!

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FAYE000 8/5/2010 9:01PM

    Thank you for sharing a great moment in your weight loss journey.
I feel your joy.
Wonderful! 50 pounds gone is a big change.

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PEPPERLEAH 8/5/2010 8:39PM

    That's fantastic! Congratulations to you on your success!

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777GRACE 8/5/2010 5:37PM

    Awe, how encouraging, God bless you in your journey!!
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JLITT62 8/5/2010 4:27PM

    It always feels so nice to be validated. Congrats!

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    How wonderful.... good luck reaching your goal!

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