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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sadness & Stressful situations are NOT a friend to losing weight, at least not for me. Some people don't eat if they are sad or stressed. I seem to eat for every reason.. Happy, Sad, Stressed, Relaxed, Social, all alone... it's never ending. I guess I could say... living LIFE just makes me eat :-)

Tonight, I'm sad. My blended family crap really sucks sometimes. I mean... seriously, should we still be walking on egg shells and doing whatever makes his ex not have a melt down just because no one wants to deal with her drama? I thought at some point, people would just speak the truth, come what may of her drama and eventually she'd be forced to "get it" and realize her behaviors don't get the response they once got. She'd realize the world does not revolve around her.... but I suppose tonight I'm forced to understand that her drama is STILL scarier than not doing what keeps her 'ok' than anyone else's feelings. I've been living this stress for 7 years. Used it too many times as an excuse to go stuff the comfort food.... Instead, tonight, I'll just blah blah blahhhh here and I guess just hope that no one I "really" know sees it. Oh well.... at least I'm not eating. Just another reminder that no separation is far enough when it comes to her.... and we won't allow more "reasons" in the future. Sigh... at least I'm not eating. I will remind myself that will just make me feel worse. I must lose this weight and get healthier. My blood pressure if high. I'm not sure if it's because of my weight or what but it must come down or Dr will want to put me on blood pressure meds. Well, thanks for listening and if by chance, as you read this you are sad or stressed... Hang in there! You are not alone. We will not turn to the poor habits that drag us down and add to our problems. We will keep choosing health and build the correct boundaries. Thanks for listening. I will go surf some web pages and try to smile. I usually smile a lot. Tonight.. it's just piling up...you know how that happens. Not the one thing today but just the years of dealing with something I thought would get better or would be cut off... life goes on....

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/11/2013 5:35AM

    I find that journalling helps a lot in dealing with tough situations. It's a great way to release emotions safely. I don't know if you journal, but it might help. Just a thought....

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GOLFGMA 10/31/2013 6:45AM

    You're not eating and that is great! emoticon emoticon

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THRIVE2DAY 10/31/2013 4:34AM

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FitBit One

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Getting My Fitbit charged up and going to start using it! I think it will help me be more "aware" of what I'm doing to get more movement into my day. If you use a fitbit, let's be friends on that site too :-) let's walk it off!


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GOLFGMA 10/30/2013 7:36AM

    I have the flex and have been using it since July. Love it! Know you will too. Makes it so easy at end of day counting for you activities and calories and throughout the day you realize what you need to do to get to goal. emoticon

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TXPATRIOT 10/30/2013 12:53AM

    I have the Fitbit One and I love it!!! It is so awesome!

Just friended you.


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Time to turn this bus around...

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Ok, enough is enough. I'm fatter than ever and I can't keep doing this to myself. Today is THE New Day... new choices. What matters? What do I want? It won't happen overnight. I won't be perfect. BUT... I will start making small changes and moving in the right direction (DOWN on the Scale and Improved Health). When lose 20 lbs, I will just then be at the weight I was at for years and very unhappy with... after I lose 35 lbs, I will be at a weight that I think I'll want to maintain and then improve my fitness. Maintenance is the KEY. I don't ever want to be where I'm at today again... Here I go! Who is "out there" peeking at Blogs? post a quick comment so I know...and Good Luck with your Fitness Goals! WE CAN DO THIS!!!

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XNANNY 11/3/2013 12:58PM

    We each need to see the way for ourselves as you have found. You are not far from your goal! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOLFGMA 10/30/2013 7:37AM

    You're on the right track. emoticon

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BEANIES_MOM 10/30/2013 6:11AM

    emoticon small changes are the best way to build on healthy habits.

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THE_RED_BIRD 10/29/2013 4:20PM

    I can feel your determination to make good choices - you've chosen to begin again and that's awesome! You can do it!!!

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Take the Wheel & Drive (GoPintos has Got it!)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

I read this blog and it's just so Good that I had to copy and post to hopefully SHARE this wonderful post. Sit back and SOAK THIS IN.... And Let's Do it!

from user GoPintos
Friday, January 11, 2013
I write this because I really truly care about your journeys.

Ok listen guys. You have really got to want this and commit to it. It's not about not having time enough in the day to work out. If you are doing dishes at the sink, do some calf raises. If you are loading and unloading the dish washer, do some squats. If you are vacuuming, do it with gusto. I call it Cardio Cleaning. It is possible to squeeze out a few minutes here and there throughout the day, regardless of your situation or your routine.

Work at home, work outside of home. It doesnt matter. Park farther away from the store. Park farther away from the office. Walk past it the first time and circle back around. And throw in some short little bursts. Those little burst of energy can do more for you than many more minutes of mundane cardio. It's called HIIT. High Intensity Interval Training, and you can do it with ANYTHING, even house cleaning!

Moving is good and all, and definitely has it's place in an overall healthy lifestyle, but that is not the real point of my blog. I see so many people start out all gung-ho, making really lofty exercise goals, and then when they can't keep it up, they get all discouraged and depressed. Or maybe they are doing all this exercise and not seeing results, so they get all discouraged and depressed, wondering why it wasn't working. Then eventually they just drop off the face of the earth.

So the real thing I wanted to say, is you have GOT to CLEAN UP YOUR DIET!! I don't mean diet as in something you are on. I mean diet as in these are the foods that you eat. This is a lifestyle, not something you are on short term. So until you wrap your head around that, you are always going to take one step forward and two steps back, because once you revert back to your old diet, (the foods that you use to eat) you are going to gain it all right back.

So SNAP OUT OF IT! You have GOT to cut out the junk. Cut out the crap. All the processed crap, all the fast food crap, all the sugar crap..... there is no place for that in your day to day diet of good healthy eating. Does that mean you can NEVER have it? No it doesnt. I try to follow the 80/20% rule. I save my 20% for birthdays, or evenings out with my girlfriends, you know - special occasions. But it does not have any place in my day to day, choice after choice.

But it wasn't until I got a grip on my hunger and my cravings, that I could even entertain the idea of 20% now and then. Cutting the junk carby crap & sugary crap cut my cravings. You've got to go through the withdrawals, through the carb flu, and come out the other side before you will start to feel better, better than ever. I promise you, you WILL come out the other side if you just give it a chance.

You can NOT out exercise a bad diet. So even if you had an hour a day to devote at the gym, why would you want to negate all that hard work with bad foods?! Now as you get closer to goal, fat loss will slow and you may have to up your game in the physical fitness department. However especially in the beginning, when you are out of shape, your knees hurt, and you are depressed, you have got to clean up your diet so you can clear your head and start to get the fat loss ball rolling!!

By giving yourself healthy nourishing foods, your head will clear, your fog will lift, your motivation will return, and you will have increased energy that will make you want to move more. Our bodies have been so lacking in vitamins and nutrition that it has not been getting from all the crap we have been feeding it. Give it good whole food with vitamins it can use, and it will stop begging you to feed it more. It was only wanting more because it was not getting the nutrition it needed to function properly. So the only thing our bodies could do was to ask for MORE food, hoping eventually you will feed it something it could actually use, something with enough nutrition, rather than just more empty crap calories.

So unless someone is force feeding you, there really are no excuses for a poor diet. This is something that you just have to do for yourself. No one can do this but you, so the sooner that you decide you are worth it, and the sooner you start to do this for yourself, the sooner you will reach your fat loss goals and the sooner you will start feeling better, healthier.

And for Pete's sake, drink your water!! We have been stuffing our bodies with toxins which are stored in our fat. When we start to lose fat, those toxins are released. You HAVE to drink your water and flush it out.

And for crying out loud, sleep!! Do whatever you have to do in order to sleep. Dim the lights in the evening, get dark curtains, maybe you need magnesium or melatonin, but you have to sleep. Our body works with circadian rhythms and it needs time to do it's thing. So feed it well, rest it well, take care of your body, and it will take care of you.

And yes, track! You are given an allotted bank account of calories per day. Budget and use it wisely! Would you just put money in your bank and not pay attention to how you spend it?!! You will learn which foods fill you longer. More bang for your buck. Which foods leave you hungry, which foods leave you tired, which foods make you gasey and bloated. You will learn which foods to eat and which ones you really can live without due to unpleasant side affects or maybe your britches fit tighter. And when you are close to being overdrawn, then you know you just have to eat more veggies!! A big @$$ salad. I feel that you really don't need to count the calories from veggies since veggies provide only enough glucose for their own digestion. So eat up!!! That is like FREE MONEY in your account!!!! There are soooo many veggies. And sooo many ways to fix them. It is FREE MONEY/CALORIES people!! Why wouldn't you want that?! Oh, so you don't like veggies? Have you tried them all?! There are THOUSANDS of veggies in this world, with a fair amount available where you live... and you have tried them ALL? Fixed every which way? Just don't give up until you find those veggies you like, those are your FREE calories that you can fall back on. That is your Ace in the Hole.

Then let's say you really have no choice but to eat a BIG MAC w/fries for lunch with your Boss or else they will fire you. Well guess what you need to have at dinner time?!! Your Ace in the Hole! DH wants to go out to eat? You just have to say No, I can't because I don't have the calories left for that tonight - same as when you just don't have the extra money to go eat out. You just have to wrap your brain around it, and then they will start to wrap their brains around it as well. You have to take this serious before they will.

This is YOUR journey, take the wheel and DRIVE!!!

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GOLFGMA 1/21/2013 7:43AM

    Wow! Great blog and motivator. I like the comment about all those veggies and have we tried ALL of them? lol I agree there are so many ways to fix them and change them and I have so many good recipes I will never finish using them. Thanks for an inspiring blog! emoticon

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GZELLEFRO 1/20/2013 10:47PM

    Nothing like a good kick in the butt to get me going!

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NORWOODGIRL 1/20/2013 10:32PM

    It was great the first time I read it, and I appreciate it now!

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Fluctuations in Body Weight...

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Small Fluctuations in body weight are normal and expected. Many times we get frustrated because of these fluctuations. "The idea of maintaining a lean body isnít to be perfect every single day of the year and have your ideal bodyfat % every single day. Itís really about having smaller swings in weight and bodyfat. Instead of going up and down 30-40lbs (or more) the idea is to pull that range down to maybe 5-10lbs (depending on how tall you are). You stay within a range of succes...
Your job is to find YOUR sweet spot and learn what works for you to stay within a few inches/pounds of it while still enjoying all of the food related celebrations that life has to offer." (LBC)

The above statement is so true. I am on a journey to LEARN HOW TO LIVE with Food and use it for FUEL and manage the amount and choices when I'm using it for something social or celebratory as the author says. Part of me wants to be crazy and do some crazy diet and lose the weight and then start being sensible. The other part of me knows from experience that crazy diets don't really work in the long run. This is about learning how to LIVE and BALANCE and MODERATION.

Yesterday was not my best day...Mexican restaurant out with friends. I ate a little too much and ended up having a bit of a fattening adult drink later but overall...I made improvements on my old habits.

How are you doing with your journey? What tips can you offer or what are your biggest challenges?

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MISTYRIOS 1/21/2013 3:45AM

    Im ok as long as Im at home, but I have a hard time when going out. Im always talking myself into ordering something fattening. It always goes..."well I dont go out everyday and since Im gonna be paying to eat out I might as well order something that I'm really gonna enjoy" so then I order what I feel like eating and completely overdo it. Im not ready to attack the restaurant scene yet, so I am just gonna totally avoid it til I feel ready.

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LULUBELLE65 1/21/2013 3:02AM

    Very few of us got fat on restaurant food. Unless you have a job where you eat out 5 days a week, chances are that you consume most of your calories at home. (In my opinion, fast food eaten in the car counts as "at home"--you're not in a restaurant celebrating, or enjoying, you're simply filling a hole, be if physical or emotional, with junk).

So I try not to worry about restaurant food too much. I try to make good choices, and to not allow the waiter to put the chips and salsa in front of me, but I am not going to eat a salad instead of ribs, if what I really want is ribs. But If what I really want is ribs, then I don't need to eat the cheese fries along side, maybe I can eat a baked potato, or see if there is a steamed veggie option.

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GOPINTOS 1/20/2013 9:51PM

    Great Blog!!

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PEPPYPATTI 1/20/2013 6:48PM

    I agree with you that crazy diets do not work! And sometimes you just have to splurge!
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KACEYSW 1/20/2013 6:18PM

    I am working very hard to maintain good habits wherever I go. It is difficult when going to other people's homes and making good choices when I have no control over the options available. I do a much better job when I am out at a restaurant because I have more available options, so I feel better in that setting because I don't feel obligated to eat whatever has prepared in my "honor."

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