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Sunday, September 11, 2011

I set my September goals and was really fired up about them and stuck to them for many days. Well, stuck to most of them. I'm having a heckofatime sticking under my calorie limit lately. For some reason, I feel more hungry, eat a little bit more than usual. It's no wonder I'm not losing! Especially when you consider I'm also struggling with my running (ZERO stamina).

As a refresher, here are my goals for September:

1) Lose 8 pounds . This is highly unlikely now. I'll be happy to lose 4!

2) Stick with my running/workout plans (alternating days). I am still sticking with it!

3) Eat within my SP range each day. This has been tough. I guess the thing is to just DO IT even if it means being hungry. What's so bad about that?

4) Tone every day. I was doing great with this until I went to yoga class on Wednesday, which was a major ab workout. I was so sore, I decided to give my abs a rest the next day, which led to two, then three... "Terrifying slide into obesity" (if you can identify that quote, I'll send you a SparkGoodie).

5) Meditate every day. Oooh, I was doing great with this one too.

6) Make vegetarian meals for the whole family. We are doing well with this one too. Hubby made veggie spaghetti the other night and it was delish.

7) Go to yoga class once a week. YES! Is this the one goal I can say I am doing perfectly on? There's only been one class since the start of September. I love yoga. It combines toning and meditation in such a peaceful, relaxing way.

I guess you could say I'm mildly frustrated because I'm so close to sticking to everything, and the little bit that I've been going over seems like such a little bit that I wish it didn't make a difference. Alas, wishes... Yeah. Reality and wishes don't so much go together.

So I keep thinking about my eating and where I need to cut back. Obviously the lunch-time dessert must go. We get free lunch at work, and it comes with a cookie or brownie. No one is shoving it in my mouth. Well, yes, I am! Time to X this habit or make it a once a week treat.

You know what I'm going to do? I'm going to print out my goals and hang them around the house and carry one in my purse. I think lots of times I plain forget to do some of these things. I'll be in bed, drifting off to sleep, when I remember that I forgot to meditate and tone that day. Duh!

Here's to better goal achievement in the remaining days of September!

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RATFINKROB 9/13/2011 1:17PM

    I am with you Jody,

I always have way too many goals set. I don't even list all of them on the team site for fear of looking like a crazy person. Maybe my wife is right and I'm just a little out of step with normal.

One of my tricks when I am hungry and trying to keep the calories down is to eat a large quantity of something low cal before I make my dinner plate. I have a big salad, or sliced veggies, or a bowl of vegetable soup.

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ENGLISHWIFEY 9/12/2011 9:24AM

    I was also thinking your list of goals was a bit, well, overwhelming!
I hear you though you are wanting to work on everything.

I think you should have sub goals, and choose 2 MAIN goals, you know the most important ones you need to stick to absolutely for 4 weeks. After 3 weeks the brain rethinks and if you can stick it out habits become broken, and it becomes easier!
Here is an idea... take the dessert at lunch, That should be top priority.
Say to yourself "no matter what, today I will give away my dessert at lunch because I would rather lose a pound sooner than later" I will have a cup of tea instead, or a big glass of ice water, or a nice piece of fruit, someone else can have my cookie! It won't go to waist (pun intended)

This is just my suggestion. Something to think about ;-)

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JODROX 9/11/2011 10:08PM

    Thanks for the ideas, TRICOTINE! I, too, thought my goal list was too long... but... It's all stuff I felt was important. I actually have even more stuff that I feel I should be focusing on, but how many can you focus on? I have perhaps 20 items on my self-improvement list, like getting to bed earlier, getting to work earlier..... All stuff I really should be doing every day. Ok, off to bed! :)

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MIIMA-ME-MY 9/11/2011 10:43AM

    I think you didn't do too bad. Keep on trying and you will get there in no time. Hard habits are hard to brake but you are on the right path since you are working on it! emoticon

Maybe, you should reduce your number of goals and work on one or two at the time, so you won't forget what you had planned...(?) Although I have also printed out my list of goals and pasted it in my kitchen, bathroom and gym room as a permanent reminder.

For lunch, think FRUIT, that has helped me tremendously with managing your calories, and even my family has gotten use to it. I still eat ice cream every day but not for desert, but as a mid-afternoon or after exercising snack (how refreshing after a good sweat!) It is a 90-calorie cup though not a huge banana Split, of course but it does the trick; I feel indulged!

Good luck! emoticon

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September goals

Saturday, September 03, 2011

There's something about starting a new month or a new year or a new goal... I just love it! It feels all shiny new and achievable.

My goals for this month are:

1) Lose 8 pounds
2) Stick with my running/workout plans (alternating days)
3) Eat within my SP range each day
4) Tone every day
5) Meditate every day
6) Make vegetarian meals for the whole family
7) Go to yoga class once a week

So far I'm doing great! I'm sticking with the eating and exercising goals. I absolutely need to have goals well-defined in order to stick with them.

Hurrah, new month! Day 3 and going strong!

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SPOKENWORD 9/6/2011 9:05AM

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MSKITYOCAT 9/3/2011 9:36AM

  great idea Blessings to you for the month.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

I woke up this morning with my mind heartily fastened to the concept of choice, the many ways we make our paths in this world, the small choices we make every day that lead to our future comforts or difficulties, the more significant choices that we hope are well reasoned, the emotions that come into play with some choices. Sometimes it's hard to tell what is the right choice. Sometimes it's painfully obvious to everyone else, but not to you.

It's clear that eating healthfully and exercising regularly are the right choices if you want to have a healthy body. And yet, for many of us, we struggle to make those choices. We choose the over-large meal and the fifth cookie. We choose a night of television instead of a good long walk. What are we really choosing? If those are the choices day after day and night after night, then yes, we are choosing to be fat. We are choosing the consequences those unhealthy choices will inevitably reap.

It's a powerful thing, choosing. We really do get to choose what we eat, what we do with our time and our money, who we spend time with, and most importantly of all, our attitudes. That's what it all boils down to. Attitude is the starting point. It almost feels like a miracle to realize this: You get to choose even your attitude!

Sometimes the choices are hard. You forgo salon pampering and cable television to save for a dream vacation or to pay for your kids' piano lessons. You hold your tongue or walk away rather than getting drawn into someone's drama. You decide that someone else's needs are greater than your own. You skip a social event to stick to your workout plans. It's not always easy, but it gets you to your goal. It gives you peace of mind because your choices are in line with what you really want and value in life.

A few years ago, a small reading group that I'm involved in read a bunch of books about choice, starting with 7 Habits, and including Man's Search for Meaning and How We Choose to Be Happy. I can't tell you how many times, since we read those books, I have reminded myself "I choose." When life seems tough and my attitude is going down the crapper, I have to remind myself that I still get to choose!

We face so many struggles over the course of our lives. Some small, some self-invented, some really monumental. Losing my dad has been so incredibly hard. It's knocked me down and pushed me to think about a lot of stuff I probably wouldn't have otherwise. Regrets. What do you do with regrets? I could wallow in them and let them destroy me. I could avoid them and pretend they're not even there. But they are. And I choose to acknowledge them for what they are. Face them head on, analyze them, and forgive myself for my shortcomings. I know Dad would. I wish I had made more time for my family in the last few years. We used to visit so often, but in recent years, with busy kids, we just didn't. I can't change that now. I can't change the past, but I can change the present. I am visiting more now, as much as I can. I think Dad would like that. Oh how I wish he were here with us! But if we can get anything positive to come from this, let us learn something. Turn a regret into better choices NOW.

The same can be said about physical fitness. I regret that I don't look like Cindy Crawford (she's about my age). If I had been fit all my life, I could, even at this ripe middle-age, have a decent figure. But I didn't take care of my body. I regret that and I know that even if --WHEN -- I lose another 20 pounds, I will not have a Cindy Crawford-like body. I'll have a post-fat body. Post-30-years-of-fatness body. I can't change my history. I chose to overeat and be inactive. But I can change my present and my future body. I can choose to be fit and healthy NOW.

I choose.

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OFF938 9/1/2011 1:15PM

    Beautiful post. What a wonderful reminder. I choose to allow your words to inspire me and I choose to move forward again today. Anita would be very happy with my choices.

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RATFINKROB 8/30/2011 9:16AM

    We are the choices we make. we just have to do our best and enjoy the life we choose.

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BONDMANUS2002 8/28/2011 12:44PM

  That's OK - I don't look like Paul Newman.

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Monday, August 22, 2011

It's becoming obvious to me that I am in a state of flux with regard to my dedication to my fitness efforts and my grieving. It's not steady progress.

This I know about dieting and exercising, from a lifetime of yoyo dieting. It was all or nothing. This year was different. I actually stuck with it for 4 months and got myself in better shape. Now, oh boy, am I having a hard time sticking with it for more than a few days at a time. Thank God I haven't gained it all back! As soon as I go up a few pounds, I panic into "behaving" again. Maybe it's just going to continue to be this hard while I'm going through this emotional time.

But that's the other thing. I think I foolishly believed that over time I was going to become less of an emotional wreck, that somehow I was going to be able to cope with losing my dad and be stronger or something. As if it's a steady improvement. I can go a few days without breaking down, though of course he is on my mind all the time. I'm functioning. And then WHAM I have another very weepy, difficult day, and I realize this is how it's going to be. It's not constant improvement until I'm normal again. This is the new normal.

Normal. Such a bizarre concept.

The challenge for me, then, is to finally learn this lesson I've never gotten before. The emotional eating. The stress eating. How to stay healthy through hard times. I think I have the knowledge on how to do this. I'm just not putting it into practice consistently. This week. Can this be the week I stick with it? A whole week of sticking to my August goals. I'm going to give it my best shot again.

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SONYA_BLADE 8/27/2011 10:46AM

    Congrats on sticking to your plan for four months. That's a huge accomplishment that most people never make.

Every day is going to present a new challenge, but I think if you acknowledge these challenges and log onto to SparkPeople that you'll be able to face them.


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RATFINKROB 8/25/2011 9:54AM

    There is no normal, just life and we can make whatever we want of it. You are stronger than you know. I have no doubt that you can meet your fitness goal and do anything you want with your life. My wife is also struggling with the loss of her father and it is taking a terrible toll on her health. I wish you all the best and am always here if you need talk or just a shoulder to lean on.


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Eiffel Tower Mystery Solved

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A few people have asked what's up with my Eiffel Tower picture. Am I French? Do I live in Paris? Am I in love with the Eiffel Tower?

The story is simple. When choosing a picture, I didn't feel like putting my face up for the world to see. I have had a fascination with France for a long time and quite like this particular vintage photograph. So that's why I chose it. No great mystery.

I lived in France for one semester while I was in college and ever since then have been wanting to take a trip back there. Someday..... Until then, I soak up Frenchy stuff when I can and try to revive my French language skills.

Vive la France!

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FRAGILEWRITER 8/20/2011 2:48PM

    Thank you!

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RATFINKROB 8/16/2011 2:29PM

    I thought I could see you on the observation deck in that photo. Now I have to wonder who that woman was :)

I took french in college but never had a chance to go. Alas my skills with the language have faded like my youth. On my last trip to London I wanted to take the Chunnel for a quick visit but ran out of time.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 8/16/2011 10:36AM

    Yes, Vive la France! It's a wonderful country.

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HELLAS2 8/16/2011 10:36AM

    Vive la France! My daughter loves Paris, France, The Eiffel Tower & all things French as well. She is of French heritage on her father's side but has never been to France. But she is dying to go and asked her dad to take her there when she graduates from Grade 12. But she collects anything she can find with the Eiffel Tower on it. She started French Immersion as well which is awesome for her hope she keeps it up. Hope you get to return to France again some day.

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