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Enjoyable exercise

Sunday, February 27, 2011

While eating is still a challenge, my exercise is going well. The diabetes dietitian said I would have to exercise for an hour to lose weight! I am actually doing it on some days and it is a pleasure! Who knew.
Saturday did an hour of Curves Zumba (OK after that one I was stiff) and this morning the dog and I went for a walk in the woods for 45 minutes.Lovely big white flakes of snow and a workout plowing throught the fresh snow. Dog loved the smells and I liked the fresh snow on the trees.
At the end, Knave lay down and I had to encourage him to head home! Even the dog needs to get into shape.

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KASEYCOFF 2/27/2011 3:05PM

    Excellent! You're doing terrific!

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AJB121299 2/27/2011 2:01PM

    keep this up

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My Vision Statement

Saturday, February 26, 2011

In order to continue my excellent ,happy, exciting lifestyle I must remove how food and its inappropriate rituals dominate my life. I must continue my new pursuit of enjoyable exercise.

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JANEMITCHELL12 2/26/2011 12:26PM

    Just did an hour of Zumba dancing. What a workout and what fun!

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DIANESMILES 2/26/2011 9:40AM

    Everything must balance out. Food does have it's place of course afterall we eat at LEAST 4 or 5 times a day and it's MEANT to be enjoyed ! But if your focus is to much on food and not on other things its to much then. Sounds like your enjoying other things also,,, YEAH !!!!!!! CONGRATS on doing the excerise,,,what do you enjoy the most?

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My Vision Statement,Preparation.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

In the mind body series of articles, there is an article on my Vison Statement for losing weight. It's not what I thought!! And may help with my fight with the scale as the be all and end all of my weight since I was 15 years old and 115 pounds. (think how sad that is, that I know my weight through my whole life. Has it helped keep my weight down.No NOT A BIT)
Anyway. Here is my Vision Statement. Not worrying about if it is short like a mission statement.
What do I want my life to look like in 10 years
1 An active retiree who doesn't need a walker, whose legs and knees don't slow her down. Still able to move about quickly like I am able to lately. Blood sugar and blood pressure under control. Not on insulin. Able to play with my grandchildren, volunteer work,writie with a clear mind, Alive, no heart disease slowing me down.

What would my ideal day look like.

Up in morning after a restful night
Walking the new lively dog for half hour even when there is ice.
Eating good wholesome food.
Blood sugar test great
Taking grandchildren on a trip to a museum or play area
Visiting daughters
Writing my next novel
Doing some housework
Going to my book club
Out for a healthful lunch with my husband or girlfriend
Appreciating nature
Tai Chi for 20 minutes having memorized the moves finally
Croheting or knitting a hat.
Making healthful meals
Visiting the farmers market with my grandchildren
Or on a trip to the sunny south, able to do some of the activities like sight seeing or swimming or snorkeling.
Values important to me:
family, human connection, independence, variety, interest, excitement, contribution to society.
What needs to change:
I need to change how I deal with food and the rituals around it.
I need to continue increasing my exercise with an emphasis on enjoyment.
I need to keep in mind that not changing how I deal with food leads to depression and health problems that restrict my life.

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TBRANTNER3 2/26/2011 9:35AM

  thanks for the reminder, I need to get this done. yours is so great, it gave me a lot of good ideas.

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EDITOR 2/26/2011 9:33AM

    What a busy day/vision. I pray God grants you the desires of your heart.

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DISNEYKIM 2/26/2011 9:29AM

    What a wonderful vision! I hope every single thing that you wish for comes true, and that your future is exactly as you hope it will be. emoticon

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Emotional Eating Sucks in so many ways.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

As you can imagine, my job as a local politician can get very stressful. Especially when I have to do the unfeminine (!) thing and take a powerful (at least he thinks so) politician to task. Many good reactions from the public, not so good from those who believe him in his town.
Anyway, my anger and my standing up for my city, leads to stress and the "beast" emotional eating.
But I am now in touch with my emotions enough to see that overeating or missing my exercise makes me feel depressed, which leads to more eating,etc.
Yesterday I went out to lunch with my friend for Mexican. A little over but not bad in the whole scheme of the day's calories. Then we popped by Tiny Cakes, a place with thimble cupcakes. But I couldn't stop at just one, that would have been alright.
When I got home, the stress eating and the "oh well, I've overeaten, don't write down my calories" sydrome kicked in.
Today, I have to start all over again.
My goals:
Remembering the positive steps I took.
I did exercise yesterday for 30 miutes.
I did stay on track on Sunday and Monday, more or less.
Heck, I even bought new workout pants that look GREAT, because my old ones are too big!

I will work on staying within my calories each day, taking it one day at a time.
I will read and take to heart the 10 step Sparkpeople article series on Mind over Body
I will do this finally for good!


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4EVERFIT011 2/23/2011 8:11AM

    emoticon When I blow my eating for the day, I usually go ahead and track my calories for the day. It gives me a realistic look at how many calories are in certain foods. It also reminds me that that sort of food is what I was normally consuming. Which is a back door way of making me feel somewhat better about my "bad" day. Keep at it and you will have the success you want. I definitely don't envy your job. Politics is tough!

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RIDLEYRIDER 2/23/2011 7:37AM

  Remember, if it is to be, it is up to me! Just keep that in mind and you will succeed!! emoticon

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NUTRON3 2/23/2011 7:19AM

    Have a great day!

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People are Noticing

Sunday, February 20, 2011

At Curves yesterday, one of the members asked me if I had lost weight! I didn't think it showed yet.
I've been working out by walking, tai chi and curves and I'm gaining muscle. I've lost 5 lbs since January but the BIG thing is, that when weighed and measured at Curves, I have lost 4, count 'em 4 pounds of fat.
I was depressed when I went to Curves but can't miss Zumba! This is because I messed up on my eating this week. But that 4 pounds of fat gone boosted my morale.
Once again, need to kick that fluctuating scale to the curb!
My goal for this week, only weigh once a week. I think I will add that to my Spark goals.

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DAPHNE_RUNS 2/20/2011 1:01PM

    We all mess up on eating. I have a funny story to tell. I am on my way to pick up my race packet when on the way to and from the car, there is a burger restaurant on the corner that I have to pass. I was so good on the way to the store, but one the way back to the car, my kids were pointing at the burgers and fries that people were eating at the tables next to the sidewalk. Of course we went in and had a hotdog, fries, soda, and a bag of cookies. My willpower stopped at the door.

Just remember 4 lbs. of muscle takes up less space than 4 lbs. of fat. It will show in inches first. So, see, you are doing great!!!!! I have not tried Zumba yet, but I hear it it lots of fun. Thanks for sharing.


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