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Huge inspiration!!

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

I went to the store today to buy some new jeans. Usually this is a rather traumatic event, but today I tried on my normal size and they were too big, so I tried on the next size down-- THEY WERE TOO BIG, TOO! So I ended up buying the same brand and style of jeans that I always do, but two sizes smaller!! I'm soooo excited!!! emoticon

  
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JENAE954 3/5/2013 9:43PM

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CAPECODLIGHT 3/5/2013 8:22PM

    What a feeling! be proud of yourself.

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PARKERB2 3/5/2013 7:04PM

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NSPIXIE 3/5/2013 7:01PM

    That's awesome! There's nothing like wearing a new smaller pair of jeans!
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Breakfast!

Monday, November 26, 2012

I've decided to set a challenge for myself. My goal is to eat breakfast every day, but the trick this time is to make it a substantial breakfast! Whenever I eat breakfast, it ends up being a few bites of leftovers, or a couple nibbles of cheese. It's never anything with any staying power. By the time lunch rolls around, I'm so hungry that I always overdo it and generally eat a bunch of crap. Well, the other day I was watching Ali Vincent's show, "Living Big" and she was talking about the benefits of truly counting calories and making those calories count. It was all stuff I'd heard before but the way she put it was so tangible that I decided to give it a go again. I went out and bought a nice food scale (which I've been wanting for a long time just for baking!), broke out my measuring cups and spoons, and off I go!

What struck me when I was watching it was just how satisfying a meal could be if I did what she suggested. She was advocating for three meals of 500 calories, and two 250 calorie snack. When I thought about actually eating 500 calories for breakfast, my mind was blown! Maybe I wouldn't be STARVING HUNGRY all day if I actually did that! So this morning, I got started and made some oatmeal, and piled on a cut-up apple, almond milk, a serving of pecans, and a tablespoon of maple syrup. All of that ended up being 450 calories (how is it that I can eat 450 calories of chips/cookies/etc with no problem, but I had to cram my 450 calorie breakfast down my throat?!) Well, I'm happy to say that it's 10:30 and I'm still quite satisfied from my gigantic bowl of oatmeal! Maybe this habit will stick!

  
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MAYBER 11/26/2012 5:51PM

    Great discovery
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SEATTLE58 11/26/2012 12:01PM

    Wow, that is so cool! Good job! That's what I need to do. Thanks for the inspiration! emoticon

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Good advice

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I was talking to my mom the other day about how sometimes I just don't feel like I'll ever lose the weight when she said something that was, for me, very profound. She said when you strip away all of the emotions, feelings, etc, that so often bog us down and you simply look at the facts, of course you can lose weight! It's really as simple as finding the right balance of diet and exercise. The problem comes when you start attaching all sorts of baggage to yourself. That was such a tremendous help to me; ever since then, I've been treating this like some sort of game or experiment. It really keeps things from getting too serious and it makes it a lot more fun!

  
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THEBETH43 9/25/2012 9:06PM

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P0KERS0PH 9/23/2012 4:03PM

    That is excellent advice, really makes sense too.

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NIKKICOLE83 9/23/2012 3:20PM

    We all need your mom in our pocket for when we get into our emotional selves.

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UMBILICAL 9/23/2012 3:15PM

  Thank God for Moms.

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JENAE954 9/23/2012 3:14PM

  Thanks to your mom.

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LADYJNAR 9/23/2012 3:11PM

    emoticon Great advice. Thanks for sharing it.

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MAGGIEVAN 9/23/2012 3:11PM

    What wonderful advice. I agree with you mum. Good on you for making your journey fun. Congrats.

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MIDROAD 9/23/2012 3:07PM

    Your mom is very wise! How lucky are you....?

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The constant struggle of negative self-talk

Friday, September 21, 2012

This is my second Spark People account. I deleted my first because it was too depressing to see all of those failed attempts at a "new me"; I needed a fresh start. Because this really isn't about a creating a "new me." My old me is just fine; I just need a little tweaking. I really find it frustrating, though, to constantly cut through all of my negative self-talk. I'm constantly catching myself saying little things like "this is just like all of those other times... you'll never do this" and I actually find myself physically rolling my eyes at myself. I know that I need to get over that crap before I can actually move on and get on with my life. The problem is that I just don't know how. I try to combat those thoughts with positive responses, but I just keep getting more and more jaded.

Does anyone out there have any advice at getting over this damaging and frustrating practice? Any tips, books on the subject, etc?

  
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NMINDSEYE 9/21/2012 3:13AM

    I remember being told that whenever I have negative self-talk to ask myself if I had a friend who were going through the same issues, would I say these negative statements to them? I know I wouldn't say those statements to my friend, so why would I say it to myself? Also, maybe placing positive statements around the house might help. emoticon

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WORTHART 9/21/2012 1:08AM

    It has helped me in the past to have a substitute for my negative talk or obsessive thinking. Sometimes I'll say "blessings be", or "may you walk in beauty" when I'm thinking negative things about myself or another. Once when I was struggling with a bad breakup I would tell myself over and over "may he walk in peace". You gotta have backup words or sometimes just say very loudly in your head NO!, or STOP! When I quit drinking I was always telling myself I could not drink just for today. Now I gotta tell myself that about food. Good luck and may you walk in beauty.
Donna in Montana

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SUNPANTHER 9/21/2012 1:03AM

    I faced this very thing today. It's hard I know. I wish you all the best. I have been learning that I can't 'outrun' this talk, nor though, am I willing to wait until I no longer hear it (never happens) One of the things that helps me is to treat that negative talk 'like a person'. I am the adult, and I talk to this 'person' respectfully, but as if they were a difficult, wounded child. I might say something like, 'I hear you, and I feel saddened that you think this, but I am the adult and I shall be doing this anyway. I would like you to come with me.' Or, 'Actually, I think you'll find I CAN do this. Don't be frightened, and watch. You'll see that it's okay.'

I am learning that I am the adult and this negative talk no longer serves me, but sabotages me. I am learning to take back control, respectfully and carefully.

It may not happen everyday, and this wounded, difficult child might scream and spit self-hating words at me. But day by day I am being more the adult, and living regardless of what it says.

Will be thinking of you. Good luck in the re-sparking! My tip? Get yourself a structured routine of your daily essentials (including your wellness programme) stick to it as much as possible, and fit your to-do list around it. This has become my rock, my life-saver.

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