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Celebrating successes

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

To keep on in my positive vein, I wanted to share a few successes I've had over the last few months:

1. I have a little post-it note on my computer, with three of the things I want to happen. One of them is to paint in my office. And after looking at that post-it note for the last three months, I've finally done it. I started painting again this week. It's not easy to carve out the time, but it feels good.

2. I have almost 100% stopped eating with the television on. I have always insisted that we eat dinner at the table when my husband was home, with rare exceptions. But I had a tendency to eat breakfast or sometimes lunch while watching tv. No more. Occasionally I'll have a late night snack (which for me is about 7:30 pm!) in front of the tv, but even that is quite rare, and mainly happens because I want to get to bed at a reasonable (for me) hour. Nightime eating isn't usually a problem for me, so even though I still try to avoid it then, I figure once in a while won't kill me.

3. I had the hardest time when I was flying home. The flights didn't really allow me time to get dinner, although I was able to eat dinner when I got home. But I was really craving something sweet (despite the two luna bars I ate!). I stood in line at a coffee shop at one point, but the line was long and time was short so I left. I did buy a package of peanut butter M&Ms when I bought my water, but they're still sitting in my bag 4 days later. I'll eat them at some point, but they aren't what I wanted then or now. I do love the taste of them, but hate all the junk in them. Wish I could learn to make an easy, healthy alternative.

A recent quote from a Healthy Reflections newsletter I enjoyed:

Stop living life for what's around the corner and start enjoying the walk down the street.

- Grant L. Miller, motivational guru

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MTER67 5/21/2008 8:34AM

    We all have our rituals. One of mine is that every single day I eat 1/4 cup of nuts and 10 peanut m&ms. I am not sure how I started, but I haven't missed a day in a long time. Just like my morning coffee, I take comfort in measuring out my almonds and counting out those m&ms. I am sure that if my weight creeps up, that is one habit I will need to break, given the fat and calories in such a relatively small snack. But for now, I really look forward to it. Good job on beginning to paint again--would you ever consider posting one of your paintings? It would be neat to see.

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Curbing my sweet tooth

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Sweets are, without a doubt, my biggest downfall. I've come a long way from the days when I could eat an entire box of cookies in one sitting -- boy, just writing that makes me feel ill.

But I still crave sweets. Not all the time, but after both lunch and dinner (and sometimes in between!). Most days I satisfy the urge with something small. I don't find fruit to satisfy the sweets craving, either.

I do like fruit (although I like veggies even better), and especially at this time of year. Cherries! Strawberries! Melon! It's so much easier to get in my fruit during the summer. But I want my fruit *and* some chocolate. Or frozen yogurt. I try to stay away from cookies, mostly, because they're still a challenge. I can eat just a few nowadays, but just one little cookie doesn't satisfy me.

One of my favorite treats is my chocolate covered strawberries. I tell myself that it's healthy, that a small amount of chocolate a day is good for you (and it is), but I often wonder if this is what's holding me back from losing weight at a more reasonable rate.

Although frankly, if I had to give up sweets altogether, what would be the point? Food should be more than just fuel, but less than comfort, too. I suppose the answer lies in balance, as always.

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MTER67 5/20/2008 6:24PM

    I draw SO MUCH wisdom from you! How true is that: "Food should be more than just fuel, but less than comfort, too." ? I live by the "Food is fuel" mentality and do try to treat my body right by giving it what it needs, but still--food is so much more than that. Our memories, our emotions are wound up in what we eat! You are right to curb your sweet tooth, but not to starve it. There really is no joy (and not much of a success rate) in eating nothing but diet shakes and rice cakes. Chocolate covered strawberries? YUM!

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WOODLANDMYST 5/20/2008 5:50PM

  Yes, the answer is balance and moderation. If you want veggies, go with carrots for sweetness. I know, it is not the same thing! Dark chocolate is in my menu on occassion.

I saw Kathy Freston on Oprah today. (She's written a book "Quantum Wellness" which I must get) So I have a new mantra that I've borrowed from her - Lean into your lifestyle changes. Do your best. Don't try to do everything at once. You'll only get frustrated and fall off the wagon.


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Accentuate the positive, take II

Monday, May 19, 2008

Yes, so I finally went to a WW meeting yesterday. And since the end of March, I've lost 1 pound. 1 freakin' pound!

Don't worry, it won't derail me, but it's hard to accept. I say to myself all the things I'd say to anyone else: I know my clothes are fitting looser, so I must be building muscle (not that I'm working out any more than I always do); that any loss is to be celebrated; that this was a different scale, different day of the week, different time; that I've lost one inch, too (four inches since the beginning of the year).

And yes, I do have trouble sympathizing with those who are upset because they only lose one pound a week. I'd give my eyeteeth for that!

The hard thing to take is that at this rate, it will take me about a decade to get to where I want to be. Seriously!

Still, I'd like to share a couple of quotes that are motivating:

"If we wait for the moment when everything is ready, we shall never begin."
- Ivan Turgenev

"If you must begin then go all the way, because if you begin and quit, the unfinished business you have left behind begins to haunt you all the time."
- Chogyam Trungpa

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MTER67 5/19/2008 8:31AM

    I am sorry that the scale said you only lost one pound, but like you pointed out, there are a lot of factors that go into that reading: different scale, different day of the month, different time of day. If you weighed in again in a couple days, it could be wildly different--again! I remember that you don't like scales much anyway, but I can understand your frustration. Your clothes ARE a better indicator of your progress, as was the compliment from your hubby. Your head is in the game; you are doing this for all the right reasons--so you WILL be successful this time. You'll get there. And, it won't take 10 years either!

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Accentuate the positive

Sunday, May 18, 2008

It's so very easy to let those negative thoughts creep in there. And while it may seem that there's nothing wrong with thinking "I hate the way I look", it's a short jump to other negative thoughts like "this is taking too long", "I'll never be happy with the way I look", and so on.

Everytime you catch yourself thinking "I hate the way I look" (as I did on the plane home yesterday), you've got to turn that around, which I also did: "I'm working hard to change the way I look".

No one ever got happy by thinking negatively!

Turned out I couldn't find a scale at the spa. I measured today, and it looks like I've lost another inch (only half inch off the hips, though, what's up with that?), but measuring is definitely an inexact science.

I am thinking about going to a WW meeting today. So much else to do before I get the dogs back, but . . . I know it's something I really do need to do. I want to know, but I don't. That little number just holds so much power, even though it shouldn't.

The good news is my husband, unprompted, told me that I feel thinner. My first compliment!

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GRAMMYSKIDS58 5/18/2008 9:19PM

    Congrats on loosing an inch... remember that is so much better than gaining. You are so right about how the negative thoughts come so easy and have so much power. SO now it is time for us to put those thoughts and on the back burner and start believing in ourselves and our inner strength and make those positive thoughts a part of our daily lives!

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MTER67 5/18/2008 8:13PM

    Congratulations on your inches lost. And to think you were on vacation, too! You are right that no one ever gets happy by thinking bad about themselves. They say with parenting: keep your expectations for your kids HIGH, and they will live up to them. If you don't expect much, you won't get much either. The same principle applies to ourselves. If you believe you can do it and celebrate your success all along the way--you WILL do it. And, thank you for allowing the rest of us to share in your wisdom and your journey, Friend!

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VAL503 5/18/2008 4:10PM

    Way to go with losing inches! It is more important than the number on the scale anyway :-) I know it is hard not to pay attention to the scale.. I try not to weigh more than once a week, but sometimes I find myself on it anyway. You're on the right track, bringing the light of awareness to your negative thoughts.. they won't stick around long!
Keep up the good work, we are all pulling for you!

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KARBIE18 5/18/2008 12:52PM

    You're right - nobody ever got happy from thinking negatively. Keep that attitude, and you'll meet your goals. You're also right about that number holding so much power. Don't let it! How wonderful that you received your first compliment! I'm sure many more will follow soon.

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Gym or go it alone?

Friday, May 16, 2008

I miss the gym. I gave it up several years ago when I stopped working. I was very lucky that mine didn't cost that much, but with a new puppy I couldn't justify the expense, nor did I have the time.

I am motivated, though, and I do regularly workout at home (not to mention walking the dogs every day). So motivation isn't the problem for me.

When I was at the Sagamore, though, they have a fitness center, and they offer limited classes. Some locals use this as their gym, so there was always people there for the class.

Working out with an instructor and other people in the class just motivates me to work harder. The instructor pushes you to work harder than you push yourself, and most times that's a good thing.

And even though I'm no athlete, I'm very competitive. So I work my darndest to keep up. And even though most of the ladies were a good 10-15 years older than me, I had trouble making it through the weight training class (which was only supposed to be abs, but turned out to be total body). The step class, while good, wasn't as challenging (but boy, my calves feel it today; it's been years since I've done step).

At home pros:

*Work out any time
*No or low cost
*No self consciousness

Gym pros:
*Work out harder

It's a personal decision. I probably won't be joining a gym any time soon, but I do miss it and kind of wish I was.

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WOODLANDMYST 5/17/2008 9:25AM

  When I lived in PA and now in GA, I don't live close to any gyms. Even if I could afford it, I work out at home. I've become a morning walker and I'm loving it - the sun's just rising, birds are singing, there's hardly any traffic (on the road or the lake). Just peaceful.

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VAL503 5/16/2008 9:02PM

    I am starting to miss the gym too. I like getting my cardio done there, the elliptical trainer is my favorite.. I am ashamed to say that I have a gym membership, and have not gone one time this year. I even went out and spent additional money on yoga classes, which I absolutely love, but still haven't gone to the gym. I always told myself when I lost some weight, then I would go, because I wouldn't feel so self-conscious. Your blog made me really think.. thank you!

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MAXIJOHN 5/16/2008 2:13PM

    I know how you feel. My DH pays major $$ for our gym membership but I just don't like going. I would much rather stay home with Leslie Sansone and Walk Away the Pounds!

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MINDOLLA 5/16/2008 11:53AM

    I honestly wont always do it at home. I give you big props for being able to do it. Luckily I have access to a "fitness center" thats really nice and doesnt cost me anything b/c I certainly cannot afford a gym membership. Its not that convienent though and these ladies at work go at lunch to one you pay for and I bet I would go more but ohh well.

I really liked classes too... and that they were like drop in. I was going to sign up for a class only at the rec center but its ONLY these dates at these times and well life gets in the way you know.

Good points on both.. they both have good and bads... but yeah a gym is nice

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MTER67 5/16/2008 9:49AM

    I did a "fitness boot camp" 3 days a week for 12 weeks last fall, and boy, did it whip me into shape! Nothing like friendly competition and the support of your friends to get you moving! It was also great b/c our instructor showed us a lot of terrific exercises that I never would have conceived of on my own! I also love exercising at home, but sometimes I enjoy trying out a class or working out in the gym.

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