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A breakthrough?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Why have baked goods lured me back for seconds, thirds, and fourths? It happens too often. Because moderation hasn't worked well for me, I decided to just say 'no' to baked goods for a while. I threw in no fried food just for kicks. The goal is to go a week and maybe a month without. The hope is that baked goods will lose the hold they have on me.

I keep forgetting, so I've gone only a couple of days. Yet I had one good day where I remembered to say 'no'. I was at an amusement park, where they display gooey desserts at every chance. Hackers walk around with giant pink donuts...for only $5.25 each! I had the impulse to get one of those or what looked like a giant mallomar or even a cinnabon! I wanted them because I was tired, cold, and feeling noble for spending the day showing my nephews a fun time. It was a long day.

When I finally dropped them off at their home, I stopped to get something to eat. I wanted a donut or something sweet. I didn't do it! That is a great feeling. It reinforces that I can say no to a habit that uses baked good to reward and comfort me. I don't need that. I can just feed the real need--hunger, thirst, or exhaustion with good food, water, or sleep!

...and then I forgot and had potato chips the next day...I thought fried foods was going to be the easy thing..Oh well. Day 1 again.

  
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RUDITUDI2000 12/20/2014 12:00AM

    You can do it! It takes time to break the old , and make new habits.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/16/2014 10:59AM

    The nice thing is that we can always start over again... as long as we do.. we are not giving up. YOU are worth the effort!

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MIRAGE727 12/16/2014 9:03AM

    The easiest way is to take it one day at a time. Practice builds habit! Keep damage control to a minimum and focus on who you want to be!
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BETTERNANCY 12/15/2014 2:22PM

    I think it's especially hard to give up on baked goods at this time of year. Kudos for making it through he day at the park! You can do it!

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2BDYNAMIC 12/15/2014 1:53PM

    I quit eating sweets the last several days and it is amazing how much more energy you have and feel good overall! ...... It is well worth it; as sugar robs one of more than we know! Best to you!

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All I want for Christmas is to give relief to my pants' seams.

Monday, December 01, 2014

It is December. Already. It is time to look at 2014 and to think about 2015. I am reluctant to examine my accomplishments for the year because it feels like it was one stumbling block after another. Right now I have a sore right forearm and a cut up left index finger that keep me from meeting certain fitness goals, like swimming and pull-ups. Also, my weight is up.

Weight vigilance is difficult. I want to abandon the focus on weight, but I certainly don’t want to be 200 pounds. I guess constantly being aware of my choices is the best option until some day when my fantasy of living instinctively comes to realization. I am in awe of those that can balance their energy needs without going overboard on indulgent foods. I would like to do that also. Some day. I hope.

I gained five pounds in October. It was a mesh of a heavy load at work, discord at home, and too much access to baked goods. My husband seems to finally understand that baked goods need to stay out of the house. He kept his stash in his office out of sight for most of November. That helped me stable off the weight gain. Now I need to unload these five pounds, plus three more to be back where I started 2014.

Eight pounds in one month is not my style, even when I am going 100% at this. The best I can hope is that my pants are not too tight for Christmas. I can do that.

I made a rule about no baked goods at home. Up to now I have been reluctant to make rules that have ‘no’ in it. Maybe ‘a little bit’ isn’t my style. Maybe I need to just say ‘no’…forever. I know there are both types of people. I thought I was ‘a little bit’ type, but I haven’t been able to make that work. Maybe I’m the type that needs to say ‘never’ so that I can get this to work like I would like.

I’m looking forward to figuring out this challenge so I can get back to losing the last ten pounds.

  
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CHRISTINEBWD 12/2/2014 2:44AM

    Baked goods are a temptation for me as well. I hope your wonderful DH keeps them out of your house and then you can kick butt on your goals! emoticon WTG on no tight pants! Oh I don't like them! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JO88BAKO 12/1/2014 7:48PM

    I'm right there with you. Let's make this a good month

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/1/2014 7:43PM

    Reboot & move forward. Success can be yours. Are you sure you don't want in the Winter Freeze Off challenge.

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REALTYLADYLISA 12/1/2014 6:57PM

    Even NO doesn't have to be forever...but it may need to be the rule for a while....the time for exceptions to the rule will come, and then only in moderation, when you are able to make controlled informed choices...you CAN do this!

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LEANIE64 12/1/2014 6:34PM

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What now?

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

October was another tough month. I did ok with some of my goals, and not so good on others. I neglected the garage clean up because I need my arm and back in top shape for that. Something happened to my back and then my forearm. This also impacted my workout goals. I let it get the better of me and I was bummed out most of the month.

I need to find my mojo again. It is tough because the year is almost out and I have to think hard to find things that are better than in the beginning of the year. I feel like I've gone backwards a bit. I've even gained some pounds. In the last years, even when I didn't lose, I didn't gain.

Now I need to see what I can do with the rest of the year. At least I can find my way to move around because even if it is only a walk, exercise feels good. When I'll fit the other stuff, I don't know.

  
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CHRISTINEBWD 11/4/2014 9:28PM

    Hiya Goriana! Yeah my mojo has been a bit rough too. I finally started turning it around and lost one pound last week. Still up by two. We can do this! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/4/2014 9:18PM

    Hoping you find your mojo quickly. Sad to read that you're leaving the Limes after this challenge. Please always know you will be welcomed with open arms anytime you want to return.

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PJMX18 11/4/2014 6:05PM

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AJB121299 11/4/2014 5:27PM

    nice

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ELRIDDICK 11/4/2014 5:24PM

  Thanks for sharing

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Oct. 2014

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sept. was ...long and hot.

My honey thinks that because I was grumpy once Sweet September was bust. I disagree. I know that hunger or sleepiness or feeling frazzled are not good states for me. He gets that, but he thought magically I would be sweeter even at those times. Overall, I was. One day I wasn't. I'm human. I'll keep being as sweet as I would like others to be and I know that there will be times I miss the mark. Oh well. That will make me prouder for the times I hit the target.

My garage is cleaner than before and still needs some work. I'll work it in a weekend or two during October. My in laws are visiting at the beginning of the year for an extended stay and it is time to start making a space for them. The guest room has junk. First, the garage, though.

During September staying away from dark soft drinks was quite easy. I am a big Coca Cola fan and I am proud that I stayed away from it all month. Now I must decide if I want to reintroduce it. I'm not sure I need to because I do like water better now than I did at the start of the month. I also know that I can't say 'no' to Coke for ever, because deprivation and I don't mix well.

Now I want to focus on nutrition:

Eat meals prepared at home.
Eat protein and produce for breakfast.
Eat snacks that have fiber.
Finish organizing the garage.
Eat Fish.
Eat a salad for one meal.

For the first week, I'll see how often I do these things in one week. and the next week, I'll aim higher.

First week/Next week's goal.
Ate 10 home made meals this week. Week 2: 14 home made meals.
Had protein + produce 2x week. Week 2: 4x
Fiber snacks 5x week. Week 2: 5x
Garage is still undone. Week 2: spend 30 minutes on it.
Ate fish 1x week. Week 2: 2x
Ate salad 4x week. Week 2: 5x week.

  
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 10/5/2014 9:58PM

    Love your goals. Keep up the good work my friend. You're doing great!

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KATELJM 10/4/2014 6:30PM

    Perhaps your sweetness goal could be 90%. Face it, we all mess up once in a while, but it shouldn't kill the whole month's effort.

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REALTYLADYLISA 10/1/2014 12:08AM

    Now that seems like the best way to change your diet: track for a week and aim higher each week after...I like that!


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CHRISTINEBWD 9/30/2014 10:38PM

    Hiya,

I think your goals are awesome! Also good to hear how you are doing! emoticon

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GEORGE815 9/30/2014 8:48PM

    Your focus looks like great behaviors to follow.

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The Art of Happiness

Thursday, September 25, 2014

"Everything that happens to me is the best possible thing that can happen to me."

--Chris Prentiss from "Zen and the Art of Happiness"

Somebody recommended this book to me. I appreciate the message that it does no good adding negative thoughts to every situation. The author suggests we should ask ourselves "What good will come of this?" when we get into situations that might seem negative, on first look.

The thing that confuses me about this way of looking at things is how do you move forward with the idea that what is happening to you is the best thing for you? How do you grow? How do you change when it would benefit you, if now is the best thing for you?

I've been thinking about this and I was going to discuss it with the person that suggested this book. I was to meet with her yesterday, but she hurt her back. I can't ask her. Should you happen on this blog, perhaps you have an idea and want to share.

  
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REALTYLADYLISA 9/26/2014 10:05AM

    "How do you change when it would benefit you, if now is the best thing for you? " This is an interesting question. I think that sometimes now is the BEST thing for us BECAUSE the circumstances of NOW are what makes us WANT to change...and THAT is the good thing in that particular moment. I've also come to believe, that even when it doesn't look like it, CHANGE is always GOOD! It is bringing us further on this path called life, and even when the circumstances seem less than good, what those circumstances do for us in changing our hearts, our souls, our motivations, etc. that change is working IN US for good!

Good questions!

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TORTISE110 9/26/2014 6:24AM

    I like the idea of trying to be more flexible of how I think of difficult things. I think accepting that life is hard is as important as seeing that what's difficult can also be incredibly interesting and engaging too. I think of raising a child, or caring for a sick person, as examples.

I don't know anyone who can rid themselves of negative thoughts, but I know we can add new perspectives if we want.

This is a small example and not very important, but I walked in the rain yesterday, looked a mess and had a great time because the rain was soft, I got in some exercise which made me feel better and took a shower afterwards which was lovely.

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CHRISTINEBWD 9/25/2014 10:44PM

    I think i need to read the book, but does he mean that what happened is a direct result of our actions? Or is this a Zen way of accepting our lives? Boy you have me, not sure...

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