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Ahh my magic Wok pan, I missed you!

Friday, August 16, 2013

You were there working hard when I was working on losing 50lbs. We shared every day together making new and tasty things. You kept me full and satisfied and best of all healthy. Then things changed, you were distant.. or maybe it was me... ok, I admit it, I was cheating on you and every day that I did I felt ashamed. There you sat on the stove, waiting so patiently for me to spend time with you, to create wonderful things with you. But I was busy and couldn't plan ahead. I was too busy to cook and was eating on the run. I was too busy to take care of myself and of you. Soon you moved. The pressure was too much for me to take, to know you were always there waiting for me to make better choices and you were placed in the cupboard in the dark, all alone. As for me, my new friends were those 50 lbs as they slowly crept back on me, as I tried to ignore them, now they were always there for me whether I liked them or not. And me and my extra 50 pounds ate junk food together, sat around and were lazy and had no goals. It was fun at first, to pretend I didn't care and to pretend nothing had changed, but after a while I started to get tired of those 50 pounds (and their other 90 friends). They made me tired and out of breath and they limited my freedom to wear cute clothing, ride on rollercoasters, and fit comfortably in chairs, etc. They were sucking the life out of me.
Then I saw a picture of myself when you were in my life everyday. I looked so happy and healthy... and I realized that I need you in my life magic Wok! You bring out the best in me, you encourage me, you complete me. So I found you again, you were way in the back of the cupboard, you were dusty and hadn't seen the light of day for a long time. I knew we had to start out slow again, so I carefully washed you and placed you back on the stove. At first I added a tiny bit of olive oil, then garlic, then I added something I had never tried before... swiss chard. It was heaven again, just like we had never been apart and I knew that we were continuing on our healthy journey again!!

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AJR2013AJR 8/16/2013 4:38AM

    This is funny! You can do it.....load up on veggies at the store so they are already in the house on busy days. I love Swiss chard. I feel really energetic when I eat it. Good luck! emoticon emoticon

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Winging it

Sunday, August 11, 2013

I think I did pretty good winging it yesterday. I was really mindful of my eating and choices. Still I wish that I could have tracked to the "t" yesterday.
I wonder... after a while of getting to the goal will we always have to have a tracker in hand or will we all just start thinking and eating like slim people always do? When do we get to the permanent point of eating to survive not surviving to eat?

I think it is funny how even the President's wife has made it one of her goals for a healthier America, yet junky food is still the cheapest to buy... I wonder why the leaner cuts of meat and the organic healthier foods are not as within the average to lower income bracket consumers reach as are the less healthier foods?
With the help of my husband, we have made it a goal to find healthier ways of eating within our budget (which isn't much). Due to the rising cost of good cuts of meat, we are seeking non-meat alternatives that meet the healthy criteria. It is kind of fun and we are feeling healthier.

Another thought on my mind.. why can't plus size clothes be inexpensive, well made, and designed to make plus size people look good rather than look like plus sized people in a skinny people design? I wish I had a lot of money, I would design clothing that was flattering to plus size people that didn't cost an arm and a leg and that didn't have unflattering cuts or horizontal stripes. I realize that most of us (at least on here) do not want to be a plus size anymore, but it still would be a great confidence booster if clothing was made more for us in mind that we could afford to buy while we are here.
That is all for my random thoughts today. :)

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DENISE14971 8/11/2013 6:12PM

    That is some really great points you bring up. Why should it cost more to be healthy and to live a healthy life style? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAWANDMUSIC 8/11/2013 6:04PM

    Keep on keeping on!

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Looking at things in comparison...

Monday, January 23, 2012

How much better my life would be, how much more orderly if I looked at things in comparison.

Not me comparing myself to others, but things to things.
Looking at things I want to buy in comparison to how much time it took to earn the amount that it cost.
Looking at something that I desire at the moment compared to the cost in the long run.
That especially goes for food which often is associated with good times and comeraderie.. but I can have this without going off the deep end, I know that I can.

It is looking at that cheesecake in comparison to how long it has taken me to get to where I am right now and how much it will take to burn it off.
It is making good decisions.. going to bed when I am tired instead of bingeing so that I am not afraid to step on the scale in the morning.
It is not stepping on the scale and not knowing therefore possibly backsliding or staying stagnate compared to the Whoo Hoos of success and the bags of clothes that I donate because they are too baggy and finally fitting into the ones that didn't fit a month ago.
It is the forward movement toward that awesome goal that I have set for myself.
Ahhhhh and the sweet, sweet feeling of " I DID IT"!!!!

I have always wanted to go to the beach in something less than clamdiggers and a tshirt. I want to be able to wear that polka dot bikini!
I remember wishing on stars when I was younger, "Star light Star bright, please make me the person that I so badly want to be"
It is the person that is inside, yet it is not. My vision of myself vs. the reality.
It is brutal.
I used to imagine myself to be a movie star when I was younger whenever I wasn't feeling so happy about myself (which was often). I would just imagine that I was as perfect as I thought the beautiful movie stars were.. and then I was ok... as long as I didn't look in the mirror.

So, in conclusion, it is all this compared to all that.

All the reasons why I want and need to reach my goals compared to all the things that hold me back.

There is a breaking point where I separate the person I used to be with the person I want to be. Where good decisions are made by comparing the choices and the outcomes of the choices. Having it be second nature to just do the right thing more often than not, but also realizing that I don't have to always do it right.. just most of the time. To be a healthy trim person on the outside AND the inside.

I will get there!


A great quote I saw!

Monday, January 23, 2012

"The question isn't who is going to let me, it's who is going to stop me?" - Ayn Rand

I like the powerful feeling behind this quote! No one is going to stop me from getting to where I need go, not even myself!


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ROSET491 1/24/2012 6:59AM

    Love this quote!! Thanks for sharing!


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*DMBARKER* 1/23/2012 4:07PM

    I love that quote! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

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Weekends.. ugh

Monday, December 12, 2011

Every weekend... I try to keep track, I don't usually track on Sundays very well because we are usually not home. But I do very well until the night time, then I have homework, stay up late and lose my focus on what I want to be, what I am slowly becoming.. a healthy person physically and mentally. Getting out of the fat mind is hard sometimes. It is that throw caution and care to the wind, the only thing at the moment is that chocolate or whatever is tempting me at the time and then I just give in.
I know that what I am doing.. this change in my life to be a healthy person is what I really, really want and enjoy and I have come so far and because I want it so badly it has not been so hard. My successes have been many.. my goodness, I started this in September and it is December and I have nearly lost 45lbs and I am not starving myself and also feel more satisfied and healthy than I have for a long time. So why do I let the temptation get to me, when I am not even depriving myself in the first place. UGH! I don't want to have a fat mind or body and I know this devil-may-care attitude is what damages my effort and then I have to pick myself up and dust myself off and continue on. I am not discouraged, just disappointed that I guess I can't be "Perfect" all of the time. But also I know that I am healing my sick mind and body and that it is a process and as I go on it will be easier to resist the temptation because I know that whatever it is, I can have it.. just in moderation. And so today is a new day.. well when I finally go to bed and wake up in the morning. It is a new day and a new chance to make the right decisions in a healthy person's mind and body. Because that is who I want to be and that is who I am.

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INSPIRED2ASPIRE 12/12/2011 6:24PM

    Thank you for your comments! You know what I really like? Is that when living a healthy lifestyle most of the time your body changes and this weekend was only a 1/2lb set back, so that is very encouraging to me.. not too much to make up for and also the knowledge that I need to be better prepared next weekend to take on the battle again and succeed!

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NETGYRL 12/12/2011 5:43PM

    This is what I struggle with all the time. I wish I had the answer. If you find it let me know! :) Like you said, you just have to dust off and start walking the right direction again.

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YDAVIS23 12/12/2011 4:37AM

    The difference between a diet and a lifestyle - learning to make this the daily focus on wellness, not deprivation. Thanks for this reminder! PS - I like your background image!

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