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Staying on track

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Tracking the input (thank goodness not the output, like I used to do as a hospital orderly). I don't always feel like doing it, especially if I feel that I may be over. But firmly believe that I need to keep on top of that so I know that the choices I am making throughout the day are on the money....it even gives me the freedom to have a little more (please, sir, may I have some more?) if my calorie totals are lower. And, even then, using my head about what I consume. fortunately, there is little around the house that I would put into the category of overly tempting...and I have begun to think more and more in terms of fruits and vegatable in the way of snacks as opposed to breads, traditional American snack foods, etc.

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EASTFALLS 8/11/2010 7:38PM

    Wow, I really feel lucky to come home from work and read all these great comments.

Keep up the fabulous work. Whatever it takes to look in the mirror constantly and use it to guide future actions has got to be a good thing! emoticon

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KFLEMING55 8/11/2010 5:33PM

    your blog made me go keep track of my inputs today.
Sparks really helps us keep account and thus accountability.
I'm amazed at times at how we try to deceive ourselves and others too with our stated desire to change YET, we know how and what would be a plan to act on but we don't do it at least not for very long anyway. Why is that?
Why do we do what we say we don't want to do, which is sabotage ourselves and our plan to get to a desired end. ANSWER? because we do what we love. the truth with me at any rate is that I love not suffering more than I love self control and responsible living and being a person of integrity to do what I say and what I know is right. But there is no one their to hold us accountable to eating...(soon Obama and the nanny state will help us all with that) but until then we are the one...and Sparks helps us and gives us nice little points in the process. I'm thankful for
Sparks and friends traveling the same journey but most of all to learning something about my own heart that deceives me. You see I try to avoid suffering by feeding myself and rewarding myself with "treats" and really I'm tricking and fooling myself into a world of obesity and unhealthiness which has robbed me of so much and I say NO MORE.
Now That's Progress! emoticon

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JMUTCHLER 8/11/2010 12:00PM

    Keep up the good work. We aren't dieting...we are changing our eating lifestyle. You are doing it! emoticon

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Good things come to those who....

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

wait, certainly....but also persevere and plan.
Encouraged by seeing the fruit of resisting the temptations and providing myself with the type of nutrition that my body needs (as opposed to my mind craving). Hit a new low weightwise since July 1 this morning and had a good day yesterday nutritionally. I did 3 miles of Walk Away last night and broke a sweat and am starting to feel less like a klutz although, believe me, I'm sure that I look comical at times, trying to get my arms and legs to move in synchrony. No wonder dancing was never my forte! Nonetheless, I enjoy the positive talk on the DVD - I have tried to do it with the sound off to my own music but the beat is different and really throws me off. It's better for me just to leave the sound on and listen to the banter.
I am still a good 17 pounds heavier than where I was last summer but 15 pounds lighter than I was in June. I can't remember what it was that was so tasty that it was worth gaining my weight back for but I sure enjoy life better heading back to less bulky climes. I am sure that I resorted back to food to address stress issues for me. Hopefully, this older dog can learn new tricks that stick.

Psalm 130:5-6

Wait for the LORD, my soul does wait,
And in His word do I hope.
My soul waits for the Lord
More than the watchmen for the morning;
Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.

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EASTFALLS 8/10/2010 5:27PM

    Wow! 15 pounds since June is a great accomplishment. But the best part of reading this is hearing the effect that your recommitment has on your spirit and your outlook --- as you lift that weight off of you, it's like setting yourself free to start relishing all the fine details of life again. GOOD FOR YOU! emoticon (feel that weight being lifted up and off????)

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Monday, Monday, can't trust that day??

Monday, August 09, 2010

Well, actually I used to be able to trust it to always make me morose but at my new job, that is a thing of the past. For THAT, I am most grateful! And the scale decided to stop reading incorrect numbers like this weekend (har, har)and return to where I was on Friday morning. I really feel that white bread and processed foods make me retain water. I usually stay away from them...don't usually have them around...but succombed to extrafamilial sources for it on Friday (big time) and less so on Saturday. So I am back on goal for August. I did not walk yesterday.....felt real sluggish after coming home from church and eating out in mid=afternoon and then mowing the front lawn and cleaning up the back until the rain rolled in. Did burn off some calories with the yard work.
Today packed my lunch and added a mid-afternoon snack....need to reload on the fruits at the store today because I am just about out! Will do on the way home....maybe swing by Sunflower market which is not on the way but is worth it.
Hope your day is

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EASTFALLS 8/9/2010 5:19PM

    Totally agree with the comment above! The key to your day was movement --- just movement of a different kind!

Sounds like you got your "health-tude" on -- thinking smart, thinking ahead, celebrating the victories, not getting plowed under by the plateaus and deviations.

You're moving and you're going to get there! emoticon

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MRSFARRA 8/9/2010 12:39PM

    Don't know who told you you didn't walk but mowing the lawn and cleaning up sure was a workout that involved walking. Sounds like you are doing well, keep it up. Have a great week.

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Sunday, August 08, 2010

Part of my "New Every Morning" sign-off reflects my desire to look at every day as an opportunity I have been provided with by God to glorify Him through my thoughts and behavior. Admittedly, I do this with variable success and there are definitely times where I seem to "forget" this. Yet, the daily blog-on, regardless of what time of day it is, early or late, affords me an opportunity to reset, to remember, to reflect, to plan and to be thankful. Too many of my days have slid by throughout my life with none of that taking place, almost sleep-walking. What a waste of precious time! Yet God's timing is perfect, even when (actually especially when!) I cannot discern the pattern BEYOND His desire to mold me into Christlikeness and that He works all things for good for those who love Him. Given that all my sins are forgiven, past, present and future and my hope is in Him, how can every day NOT BE new every morning. But, given this human vessel I am in, I need to remind myself of that....kind of like the memorials the Old Testament saints built to remind them of God's deliverence.
SO...looking forward to this day and what it holds and using the help of my loved ones and the extended family that is Sparkpeople to urge me onward in this life of discovery.
On a more mundane level, I would love to "discover" that the scale has bumped downward tomorrow morning!

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PEANIGHT 8/9/2010 9:09AM

    I need a new start this morning in particular, as my sins were so grievious yesterday.......so I am going to embrace the NEW EVERY MORNING....

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Black Friday....calorie and food choice wise

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Ok,,,,I can trumpet my victories....but I tripped on this hurdle. Was at a different clinic for a so-called "training day" Friday, which is shorthand for "we don't do a whole lot of work but have to be here anyway." And staff always brings in LOTS of stuff that is loaded with calories. I made it through half a day then caved. Eventually exceeded my calories by close to 1000 and the scale bounced back up this morning...(?salt). A lot of times I can do well with the temptations and sometimes I don't...it's like a switch goes on that says "OK....I give up...eat as much as possible before I change my mind." So my roller coaster bounced back up a little hill.
How about today??? I AM ON TRACK WITH CALORIES AND FITNESS....pushing up my walk to 3 miles and SWWWEATTTINGGG, GIRL! That despite that this is my volunteer Saturday am, where the free clinic rewards volunteers with......you guessed it....FOOD! What is this? Some kind of conspiracy??? I just screamed...'GET BEHIND ME, SATAN!!!" and threw it on the floor!!! I said "I DON'T CARE IF THIS IS A CHRISTIAN CLINIC!!! YOU PEOPLE ARE KILLING ME!!" Well, of course, that did not happen...what happened was I ate a small portion with graciousness and stayed out of the break room.
OK....living and learning and forging ahead....isn't that what life is about???
I'll beat that scale down with a stick!!

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EASTFALLS 8/8/2010 8:54AM

    What a great blog! When you step back and look at it, isn't it amazing how our culture surrounds us with enormous amounts of food -- and it's not food that we should even be eating!! Cakes and cookies and all kinds of stuff saturated with sugar and processed flour, etc. All kinds of stuff that might be good as a dessert now and then but as regular "FOOD"? It's really amazing we are not all fatter than we are!

So you ran up against a hurdle and then you stumbled and then you picked yourself up and pushed it over and got moving. THAT is critical.... you know because you're a smart guy that all you have to do is keep forging ahead and when you do have blips like yesterday, you have to say "ok, that was interesting -- what could I have done better there? Could I have left the room and gone for a short walk? Could I have made sure I brought some "real food" - fruit, cheese, a big bowl of vegetables, whatever -- that I could have had instead -- could I have had a bite of four of the things that interested me the most and then not worn myself out with the temptations and finally got so worn out that I overdid it?

In "Switch", they talk about how self-control is a finite resourse. You can't overtax it bec eventually it will just collapse and the elephant (emotional side) will run amuk. So you have to make that path as smooth as you can -- get away from the things that max out your self control -- and give your poor "rider" a chance to succeed!

It's something to celebrate that the "rider" in you is so strong and so committed that it could pull that elephant off the floor and get it going again. GOOD FOR YOU. Thanks for sharing your stumbles as well as your successes. There's a lot to be learned in both. emoticon BULLS-EYE!!!!

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