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Feeling Awesome!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Yup, one small step leads to another. Pretty soon, I won't even remember the hole I was in a couple of weeks ago! I'm keeping up on my schoolwork, which makes me happy. I'm on day two of making great food choices and walking as much as time allows, which makes me feel strong. Levi got a job, which makes me praise God. My loan guy said we'll sign Friday or Monday, which makes me hopeful (But, I'll believe it when I see it!). Taking little steps to ameliorate what seems overwhelming really DOES help! Whoo-hoo!

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JULIA_211 11/17/2012 1:19PM

    Woo-hoo is right! emoticon

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COURTNEY055 11/17/2012 5:13AM

    Love the positivity you're giving off! Best of luck to you and congrats on the great past few days! emoticon

Best of luck to you!

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MEGANM_07 11/15/2012 5:56PM

    Woo-hoo! Way to go! You are doing such a fantastic job, keep up the great work!

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ELRIDDICK 11/15/2012 5:34PM

  Thanks for sharing

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Giving Up Control.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

For the last month or two, I've rarely met my recommended calorie window. I've still tracked almost every bite, but I quit trying to meet that goal. I attribute my actions to two main factors. First, I gave myself permisssion to eat whatever I wanted. "I'm stressed," was my excuse. I decided that it would be okay to eat whatever I wanted as long as I still tracked and still met my fitness goals. Second, I struggle mightily with portion control. When I've been most successful at meeting my calorie window, I've still eaten a bunch, just chosen healthier items to feast on.

It's not working for me. I need to take control, not give it up. I'll feel better only when I take charge of my life again, make healthy choices, and not let stress rule my reaction to it. I'm in charge of my behavior, even if I'm not in control of outside factors. So, today I WILL meet my calorie goal. The first day of a new, positive streak.

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MEGANM_07 11/15/2012 5:17PM

    I know that you can do this! It can be a hard thing to admit what we need to do to get back on track. Congrats to you!! Just know that you got this and an occasional slip-up isn't the end. You can get right back to it. Positive thinking is key and it looks like you are on the right track!

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PCOH051610 11/15/2012 2:58PM

    Hi! Sorry I've been out of touch. Tracking is the bane of my existence. I detest doing it and often simply don't! However, I have learned that I need to track if I want to lose. Plain and simple!

I'm still getting back into the exercise bit and once I have that under control I will track my food. Right now I am focusing on 1) walking 10 km a week, 2) getting my water in each day and 3) only eating Reese's mini peanut butter cups once a week. I was eating a full bag (yes, you read that correctly) every single night!!!!

Take care!

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GAYLLYNNE 11/14/2012 4:58PM

    The start is the hardest. Once you get going it seems second nature. I think it really takes about two weeks. If you can just get through those first two weeks, the next ones will fly by and you will be on your way to success. I'm rooting for you to win!!

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Praise God!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Levi got a job at Dollar Tree!

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CINDYSDAY 11/14/2012 11:21AM

    emoticon prayers answered

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A Little Update!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I just wanted to give a little update on how things are going, to let you know how I'm dealing with this month's stressors.

First and foremost, my loan guy says that everything looks good, underwriters have no issues, and the contract writer is working furiously. He predicts the home loan to come through Wednesday. I've heard this before, so I'm not too excited, but I am hopeful.

Levi, the stepson, had an interview on Thursday. I've quit buying food for him. He's spent the last few days with friends.

I've gotten a bunch of schoolwork finished, made it through parent-teacher conferences with flying colors, and I'm almost ready for classes next week.

My landlords spent a week with us, and they were most gracious about extending our lease as necessary!

My nutrition choices haven't been stellar, but I've been pretty active hunting and cleaning house.

While not on cloud nine, I'm better!

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2ABBYNORMAL 11/13/2012 12:19AM

    It sounds like everything is headed in the right direction. Stay positive.

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It Exploded When I Hit It!

Friday, November 02, 2012

I was driving to work on Tuesday in the pre-dawn wet gloom after a ton of rain the night before, minding my own business. I'd just gotten off the phone with my brother, Edward, who lives in Texas and was contemplating the advice he'd given me. I'd failed to flip the brights back on after passing an oncoming car on the winding country road that I drive every day, and I was totally surprised by the tree that had suddenly appeared across the road in front of me. It had recently fallen. The tip was in the opposite lane, and the roots off the road to my left. The trunk was about 5 inches in diameter right in front of my windshield, and branches dangled to the ground. I didn't even have time to hit the brakes! Rather than decapitating me, however, the tree exploded when I hit it. It was rotten, thankfully, and pieces of it littered the area. I was shaken but not hurt, and I don't care what my bumper looks like.

Reflection: I guess work, landlord, arthritis, stepson, and dwelling issues aren't that bad; at least I'm still hear to face them. :)

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PCOH051610 11/6/2012 3:05PM

    So glad to hear this story had a happy ending! Life is so short and that could have been a fatal accident but you thank goodness it wasn't! Hugs!!!!

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2ABBYNORMAL 11/5/2012 2:29PM

    When things like this happen, it leaves you in shock, surprise and awe.
I'm glad the tree was rotten and you were able to continue on your journey.
But 5 years from now, I bet you'll be telling this story and laughing about it.
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TIRED49 11/2/2012 11:05PM

    I'm so glad you are all right! Scary! We have lots of deer around here (at least six are in my neighborhood at any given time) and always running across the road.

Puts things in perspective doesn't it.
Have a great weekend and drive safe.

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AQUAGIRL08 11/2/2012 8:17PM

    Oh my goodness, how scary for you! I'm glad that you weren't hurt. It sure does put things into perspective doesn't it?

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