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Mission: Zip up the dress

Sunday, September 21, 2014

In just 13 days my son will get married. (It is not an overly happy time for me...long stressful story.) I finally found a dress Friday. It has been a difficult process for me, but I am happy to check that off my list. Now I need it to zip up. It is almost there! I know I can get it up, but want to be able to breathe during the wedding. So I am planning action to make this happen. I have the knowledge to get it done. Here's the plan:

1. Get to bed at 10:00 so I'm getting my 8 hours.
2. Drink that water!
3. Cut out the processed foods.
4. Avoid salt as much as possible.
5. Get moving!
6. Plan for meals and exercise.

By sticking with this simple actions, I know I will see results that will allow that zipper to go up. I just need to stay motivated (like I said, not an overly happy time even though it should be).

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

FLPALM 10/1/2014 11:47AM

    It will work....you are doing so well! Good luck, best wishes to your son, and looking forward to hearing about the great day!

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FRABBIT 9/22/2014 10:10PM

  this sounds like a good plan that you can follow. Good luck!

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REBECCAMA 9/22/2014 5:18AM

  That's a great plan Janine! Good luck!

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IRISHMUM3 9/22/2014 12:03AM

    Good plan. You can do it!

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EILEEN828 9/21/2014 9:45PM

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KATRENIAH 9/21/2014 7:23PM

    You have a plan, and you have the motivation to stick it through. Good luck, and keep us posted! Sending good, positive vibes your way. emoticon

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Getting back on track....

Saturday, January 25, 2014

So after a month of feeling blah and eating junky, I am back on track for healthier eating and being. I cannot say I have been 100% on, but I certainly feel better than before and for that I am happy. I even went swimming for almost an hour today. That felt great! I will definitely head back for open swim next week.

Let's hope I can keep this momentum going.

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FLORADEB 9/4/2014 7:22AM

    I'm in the same place, so hopefully, we can spur each other on!

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JAROL7 1/25/2014 9:08PM

    Back on track ... good for you. DECIDING is 90% of the task ... the other 10% is just following your plan.

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Seeking consistency...

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Has anyone seen mine? How about my willpower? That seems to be missing too. I thought I was doing good and had them both intact, but sadly I was wrong. What is the issue with me? I can go days and be on top of my game and then on thing pushes me to the edge and I jump willingly head first into a sea of food. Then my stomach will ache, reminding me that this food is not a good choice for me. You would think that reminds me not to reach for it anymore. Wrong! Something has to give soon! I do NOT want to go back to where I was.

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TWESTEN1 1/14/2014 8:10AM

    Isn't it odd how that happens to us... we're doing great & feeling great about ourselves and it's like a switch flips some where & we let go. But obviously we're all going to have the slip ups and fortunately we can get right back on track. So here's to a wonderful day ... be kind to yourself (you deserve it!).

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IRISHMUM3 1/12/2014 3:59PM

    I could have written this myself. Totally understand. Be kind to yourself. Let yourself be human, but not for too long. ;) When you eat something that makes you feel awful, start fresh with the next bite. Work on doing better, not perfectly. You will find that you are going longer stretches on the healthy path. We are here for you!

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MDMNINA 1/12/2014 12:55PM

    I am thinking of you.

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PATSYB7 1/12/2014 8:56AM

    I hear you! When I'm stressed, I like to bake. Unfortunately, then I have food in the house that I can't control myself with. Argh! Keep Sparking!

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Tough week

Thursday, August 08, 2013

I have been like a whirlwind cleaning and purging my home of stuff the last two days. The stuff that I have accumulated is overwhelming and this cleaning is long overdue. While the two rooms I have concentrated on are not finished yet, they are in much better shape then before. I am proud of the success so far and thankful to have had the ability to focus on this task.

For the last two weeks I haven't been feeling 100%. My stomach (IBS?) has really been bothering me and I am just uncomfortable. This affects my breathing as well. It hasn't been bad enough to call the dr. but I may have to break down and do it. My sleep is off, my eating is not horrible, but could be better, and I have made it to the gym a few times. I'm not sitting around doing nothing, yet I still feel lousy.

My mood this week is focused on the upcoming anniversary of my brother, Jan's passing. It really is a difficult time for me. I try to keep it from my family because it bothers them to see me cry, but sometimes it just has to happen. To make this all worse, I committed to visiting friends out of town and I really just don't want to go. It's not that I don't want to visit them, but this is a tough week for me. I just want to get through it. I guess I was hoping the distractions would keep my mind busy, but I don't see it happening. It will be a long few days for sure. I hope to feel better so that my mood lifts some.

Sorry to dump....I was hoping to get some of the stress I am feeling out and feel more upbeat about my trip. We'll see tomorrow after a night's sleep. At the very least, Sunday will pass and my mood should lift some. Just in time for school to start in a couple of weeks....ugh.

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OPTIGIRL43 11/18/2013 9:13AM

  HI there...thx so much for the encouragement on my blog.
Have a lovely week and i wish you all the success and happiness! emoticon

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SHAKESALOT 11/4/2013 8:44AM

    emoticon I had a brother pass years ago so know the pain of missing them. Overtime have found the pain has diminished and can now remember the good times. Odd how a scent or something else triggers a flood of good memories. I look at it as his way of saying" hello, I'm okay". Try to keep your spirits up, sure he wouldn't want you moping....no honor in that. Hope you get feeling better soon. More Hugs spark friend. You are doing great!

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REBECCAMA 8/10/2013 7:53AM

  Big hugs to you Janine! I am sorry you aren't feeling well and have this anniversary on hand at the same time.

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SHECHAM 8/9/2013 11:18AM

    Janine, I am sending you big hugs. I really feel for you. Cancer sucks. He would be so proud of all you have done in his name, but that doesn't make missing him any easier. If you need an ear... just call...

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CATHYROSE40 8/8/2013 7:06PM

    IBS sucks. Hope you are feeling better and make sure you call the doc if you have to. As ONLY said, grieving takes years and you have to let yourself heal on its own good time. Pushing it can make it worse. I wish you happiness!!

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IRISHMUM3 8/8/2013 4:40PM

    Big hugs.

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DROSS0616 8/8/2013 10:28AM

    Hang in there. Always here if you need to talk!

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PATSYB7 8/8/2013 6:43AM

    Sorry for your loss. Those anniversaries are tough. Let those feelings out--you need to process them. Sometimes I go for a walk in the woods and have a conversation with a loved one who has passed. That way if I end up sobbing, no one can hear me. There are many ways to grieve. Find the one that works for you.
Best wishes and

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ONLYTEMPORARY 8/8/2013 12:51AM

    Hang in there. The grieving process takes years to get through. Just do your best to keep busy this week, it will help emoticon

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

On January 7th of this year I entered into the Biggest Loser competition at work. Determined to do something this time (I only lost a few pounds the last time we did it), I stuck to good eating habits and tried hard. I have a bad habit of plateauing so I wasn't feeling overly confident over the last 20 weeks so I didn't always weigh in for the weekly appointments. Our school nurse oversaw the program and I know I had some pretty intense competition.

The morning of the final weigh in (last Friday - 5/24), I had a conversation with our nurse. I told her that no matter what, I knew that I had won because I was continuing to work on my health and being healthier. (I also told her that the night before my daughter and I weighed clothes to see what would be the lightest, just in case I needed the extra help.)

Long story short....I won! I was the Biggest Loser! Out of 14 people, I had lost the most weight. (15 lbs in those 20 weeks) I cannot tell you how awesome that felt. It simply reminded me that I had done a good job and I have a right to be proud of it. Then I rewarded myself with a 2-bite square of corn bread at lunch. The taste of victory (and the $110 I won) were simply incredible.

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JILLTBNAGART 6/6/2013 3:56PM

    Woo Hoo!

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MDMNINA 6/3/2013 11:05AM

    Wow! I am proud of you!

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DROSS0616 6/3/2013 10:35AM

    Way to go Janine! Your hard work paid off! Keep up the great work!

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REBECCAMA 6/1/2013 8:31AM

  Way to go Janine!!!

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HEALTHY4UNI 5/30/2013 12:41AM

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IRISHMUM3 5/30/2013 12:07AM

    Wowza! Congratulations! That is awesome.

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JACKIE542 5/29/2013 10:15PM

    Good job emoticon emoticon

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EN10011 5/29/2013 10:12PM

  Congrats Janine! Great accomplishment! emoticon

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 5/29/2013 9:52PM

    Congrats!! Keep up the good work!!

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FITANDHEALTHY67 5/29/2013 9:14PM

  Congratulations for winning. Your hard work paid off. emoticon

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