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I'm laying on the sofa like a bloated PIG!!!!

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Today bunch of us decided to go out to eat after church this afternoon.
I thought to myself, "Hmmm...Maybe Fajitas will be the best choice because the meat is lean and then there is rice, beans, lettuce, a little bit of guacamole, and some sour cream on the side."

So that's what I ordered.

And water.

With lemon. emoticon

Then our chips arrived.

A few minutes later our salsa arrived.

So we started munching on chips and talking. I was eating slowly.

A little while later the waitress came over to take our drink order, and she came back with most of them. So we kept snacking on chips and talking. About 5 minutes later, she came back with the rest of the drinks.

And we kept munching and talking as she came to take our food orders.

And we waited...and munched...and talked...and laughed...and waited...and then someone ordered MORE CHIPS! emoticon emoticon

And so we talked and laughed and waited for quite a long time for our food and I got caught up in the conversation and started munching again.

Our whole group wasn't able to sit together, so I looked over to the other table in the next room where four of us were sitting, and saw that they (who had a different waitress) were halfway through with their food! (We waited a LONG time!)

Finally, one plate of food came out. Then two more, but none of us had any silverware. But we hadn't even noticed until now because we were having such a great time laughing and talking and munching. emoticon

But someone got up and went to find silverware for us all and in a few minutes, the rest of us got our food.

I ate one fajita, along with toppings of guacamole and sour cream, and then some of the meat along with about 1/2 of another tortilla, as well as 1/2 of the beans and rice. When I finished that I asked for a carry-out box.

Then I drove home fat and happy after time out with friends, which I haven't had in months, and haven't had with my husband AND friends since... uhm.... ? (because of his work schedule).

Now I just need for the food to settle a bit so I can roll off this sofa and BELLY DANCE! emoticon (Um, yeah...NOBODY needs to see that!)

So what did I learn???

The NEXT we go, I will have a PRE-PLANNED meal to order and know what it will cost me in calories. (I plan to go to the restaurant this week to look over their menu and count the calories with my smart phone!) AND I plan to fore go the chips while I wait for my meal.

Party on, y'all! emoticon

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HAPPYDOES 4/7/2013 10:34PM

    Thanks, y'all. I am feeling no guilt whatsoever.

The last time I tried to lose weight (6 months ago), this would have totally derailed me with guilt and I would have beat myself up for a long time.

I've finally come to a place where I've decided it is ok to be imperfect, to relax, and to enjoy life.

...and it only took me about 4 decades to do so!

Party on! emoticon

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WHIRLYDERVY 4/7/2013 9:44PM

    Hey, one day at a time, right. You had a good happy day with friends, you have a plan for next time! :-)

Call today a great "mental health" day and keep up the GREAT attitude -- you are so inspiringly AWESOME!

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CHIRPGIRL 4/7/2013 6:38PM

    Well...we've gotta cut loose once in awhile. Sounds like you had a great time and don't spend one moment on regrets. I like your plan to think ahead next time so that you can enjoy your party without needing to think about how to handle the whole "food" thing.
Great blog! Keep 'em coming...
Sharon emoticon

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ROSCOEKR 4/7/2013 4:34PM

    That's fine, we all have to cut loose once & a while. The key as I see it is don;t do it all the time. Which is what I used to do. emoticon

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My Ticker is AWESOME!!! LOL

Sunday, April 07, 2013

I weighed in this morning for the first time and saw that I had lost 3 pounds.
My first weight-loss ticker, when I was named FIGHT4NEWLIFE, was set for my entire weight-loss goal (80 pounds). When I changed to my new name, I also changed the ticker to a goal of only 5 pounds. So when I weighed in this morning and then caught a glimpse of the ticker...

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Talk about ENCOURAGING!!!!

So, I will keep on setting my ticker for 5 pounds at a time until I reach my 80-pound total weight loss goal.



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CHIRPGIRL 4/7/2013 6:33PM

    I am employing a similar strategy. I think it might be working...
Only time will tell. emoticon

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QUADCMOM 4/7/2013 10:32AM

    I never thought of that. That is another way to stay MOTIVATED !!! LOL. You have a great sense of humor. I love it !!! Wishing you a GREAT day !!!

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WHIRLYDERVY 4/7/2013 10:04AM

    Congratulations! I love reading your blog -- it is so encouraging! I have my first weigh-in this coming Thurs, 5 more days to go... I only hope I do as well as you did! You make me smile!!! :-)

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BLUE_48 4/7/2013 9:52AM

    Congratulations!! I agree, it is a great way to track your goals!

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NANCIER 4/7/2013 9:19AM

    That's a great way of breaking down your larger goal. emoticon

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I screwed up

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Today I worked cattle on a friend's farm from 10AM until 7PM. When I was trying to figure out my fitness points, I accidentally put in the wrong number and got a trophy I'm not sure I deserve.

I was trying to approximate my time because I wasn't climbing and doing a lot of active things the whole time that I was there, but I didn't think about that until ha entered the first number and received the trophy for 500 monthly fitness minutes.

I wish I could remove it but I don't know how. I don't like feeling as though I have cheated.

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HAPPYDOES 4/7/2013 8:47AM

    Thank you for laughing, Julie!
That helps me more than anything to get back on the PARTY track!

Will I get 500 minutes by the months end? I don't know. I hope so. That means I need to move about 12 FUN minutes per day for 20 more days before the month is over.


15 FUN minutes per day for 15 days before the month ends.


23 FUN minutes for 10 days...


45 FUN minutes for 5...


Just go help out with the community garden several days! emoticon

If I just keep pushing myself, maybe Fibromyalgia will give up or I'll just get use to the pain and figure out how to keep going and laughing in spite of it.


Thanks for the trophy, my friend! LOL

Party on!!! emoticon

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QUADCMOM 4/6/2013 11:33PM

    I'm sorry but this made me laugh. Don't worry about the mistake. You will likely have the 500 minutes by the end of the month, RIGHT? So you got the trophy a little early. It's ok.


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Friday, April 05, 2013

OK...I'm STILL going to find a way to make weight loss a party!
Even if it is a party in bed or on the sofa for a day or two!
I will stay upbeat and not get discouraged by my body's reaction to two days of dancing for 12 minutes.

Fibromyalgia has no mercy.
And I don't want to admit that I have it.

I can SAY that I have it but in my heart of hearts I am in denial...even after 12 years.

Surely there is a way to have Fibro and STILL live a life full of joy and laughter and FUN!
Surely there is a way to lose weight in spite of Fibromyalgia and without just plain starving myself into weight loss.

I will learn how and I will keep upbeat and happy in spite of this pain.

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HAPPYDOES 4/5/2013 11:22PM

    Thanks, everyone for your kindness and encouragement. It's good to know I'm not alone here.

Julie...I am supposed to do Yoga, which I really don't like. Maybe I should take another look at it though. Gentle stretching is what is recommended for Fibromyalgia patients. How in the heck is THAT supposed to help anyone burn calories?

I want to be a party. Somehow Yoga doesn't seem to fit with a party atmosphere.

I may need to rethink this thing, huh.

Maybe I'll punch holes in each corner of my Yoga mat and tie curly ribbon to it. YEAH!

Party on!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4EVERNESS 4/5/2013 10:21PM

    Wishing you the best! You just brought back some tucked away memories...a friend I had when I was in my early 20's..He had MS..we used to dance together...He did it as therapy.....At first we couldn't stand each other, thought each other were snobs, but both realistic enough to talk about it. I'm so glad we did....

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QUADCMOM 4/5/2013 9:39PM

    I love you outlook. Be carful not to hurt youself. Have you read any articles on Fibromialgia and exercising?

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PARKERB2 4/5/2013 7:10PM

    Sorry the pain is so great. Hope you get lots better soon. Keep a positive attitude.

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Aha! A Plan! (*)

Friday, April 05, 2013

I finally have a plan.

My plan is to add small changes in my daily routine until I get the hang of taking care of myself. I'll do this until I get into the groove to the point that I even WANT to exercise every day, and choose nutritional food as the norm for me. At that point, I will work on increasing the amount of exercise and nutritional food a little more each day until I reach the level that I can maintain it. I will continuously mix it up, adding fun and creativity to my fitness and foods so that it is as colorful and exciting as possible. I'm seriously going to see if it is possible to make losing weight a PARTY!

I've always burst out of the gate before, just like the rabbit in the Tortoise and the Hare, and I've ended up quitting because I couldn't maintain bar I set for myself.

I expect that I will have days that don't seem like a party and that are hard, so I need to begin to gather things to put in my Party Basket that I can draw from at a moment's notice to give me an emotional boost. (I'll be back to add to this blog post as I gather things for the basket.)

(I'm making another list on my "My Makeover" blog entry of ways to have fun while I'm moving.)

Party Basket:
Mardi Gras Beads (bought 4-5-2013)
Curly Ribbon to put on my placemats (bought 4-5-2013)
Paper Umbrellas for my drinks

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NHES220 4/5/2013 10:10AM

    Now you are on the right track! Making small changes that you can maintain are key because those are tings that you can maintain for the long run. Coming out the gate at 150, you will run out of gas and miss all the things you cut out of your life. Remember - slow and steady wins the race. Good for you for getting that!

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WELLNESSME09 4/5/2013 8:33AM

    Well said.
Great plans, emoticon

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DTCATSPARK 4/5/2013 8:28AM

    Great words and plan. (as I burst at 150MPH knowing you are correct)


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