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Let's just forget about last week and start over

Monday, November 24, 2008

9:30 -

Yes, I know it'll be tough this week with the holiday, BUT it's a short week for me (just working Monday and Tuesday), which means that I will be walking Pups a lot (plus a visiting pup) and doing stuff around the house.

Hubby is getting sick, which means that his appetite won't be that great and I'll be on my own finding food (ie, no big meals except Thanksgiving day).

Last week was BAD. Just need to move forward.

I have yet to figure out rewards. Once that's figured out, maybe that will help. I pulled out my WW keychain as a reminder. I'm kind of thinking about either charms for the keychain or a bracelet to add charms to.

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TEENIEWEENIE 11/29/2008 10:50AM

    Hey there LTWB - Keep moving forward - remember you are "Leaving the weight behind"

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KIMDCANDOIT 11/24/2008 11:11PM

    We all have times that we wish we could forget. Just try and get back on track, print up some things that motivate you and put them around where you can see them. The reminders do help. You can do this.

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Making a plan

Friday, November 14, 2008

10 a.m.

Last night, I went through my WW stuff. Now, I've been on WW 2 times - once in 1999 (to 2000) where I got down to my goal weight of 136 and then in 2004 when I went for about 3 month and that was it. Obviously, the 2nd time around, I just wasn't ready.

Anyway, it was motivating going through my stuff. I see that I can make that goal number as I did in 2000 - yes the body was much different back then, and this time around it probably won't be as easy. But what I was really looking at was in 2004. On this date in 2004, I was 186.0 - 4 lbs heavier than I am today. I had kept all of my log books and have the weight through the end of January 2005. The lowest weight I got at that time was 177.5 (on January 27, 2005). So,

emoticongoal #1 - to make it to 177.0 by 12/14/08. I figure 5 lbs in a month is a good goal. Especially if I get serious about this. Here are my (turtle) steps in making this goal.

emoticonStart counting points. (point range - 22 to 29). I think maybe that will help with focusing on the intake. I've noticed that I usually go over the calorie range and I'm hoping with the point system it will make me focus on what I'm putting in my mouth.

emoticonChange the evening routine. I've kind of started this. In the morning, I make a list of things to do in the evening to keep me active and it's helping. The key is to keep busy in the evening so that I don't just sit in front of the TV and snack. When I was going through my WW stuff, this was one of my goals way back then. Obviously, this has always been an issue for me.

emoticon Keeping reminders in view. When I went through my WW stuff, I found a bookmark that has the WW tools for living. I've put this in my calendar pagefinder. Where I will see it everyday.

emoticon Water first thing in the morning. This week, I started filling a waterbottle at night so that it's there first thing in the morning when I get ready for work. Even if I get at least 1 extra cup of water in a day, that's better than not (I have a feeling the one cup will lead to 2; to 3; etc.).

I'm still working on a reward system. I looked through the message board yesterday and found some good ideas. Just need to figure out what ones really appeal to me.

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PATTYB11360 11/21/2008 4:13PM

    Yes it is difficult until you finally make that decision to make it priority to lose this weight and get to a healthy status. Why we wait until we can't stand ourselves is beyond me. Keep moving forward as I will too. Today I actually did a good amount of exercises and will be getting on the elliptical this afternoon. I created a time/task management schedule to keep on track and it is helping to a great degree. I'm a visual learner so seeing what I am doing on paper helps me. Have a great day today and a promising week.



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SANDINB 11/14/2008 10:58PM

    Your doing the right thing with taking some small steps. Great attitude. You are on the right track. One reward I have been doing every day is to literally pat my self on the back and say aloud great job! I started doing it to be smart after I found out that you wasn't suppose to use food to reward yourself. Surprisingly it has some satisfaction in it.

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KIMDCANDOIT 11/14/2008 1:57PM

    I am so happy you have a plan set up. I always say you have to plan to succeed. That I believe you will do. Keep your plan posted up where you can see it through out the day it will help keep you motivated to keep going.
Great job!!!!

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RUBYPMD1998 11/14/2008 12:46PM

    looks great!

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I started the day off right!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

3:45 p.m.
I actually started the day off right today. I had a cup of water! Last night I filled a waterbottle with icecubes and this morning it was probably about 8 ozs of water which I drank while I was getting ready for work.

Yeah for those small accomplishments! So I'm going to start doing this every night and see how it goes.

I think I'm getting to a point that I'm realizing that I need to kick it into high gear if I want to make my goal by March 2009. Now, to make the change to do it (and get the plan in place to do it). Obviously this time is not going to be as easy as just watching the food intake - or it could be I'm just not eating the right food (I KNOW!).

When I was on WW, I really didn't do that much exercise, it was just watching what I was eating and keeping within the points. Maybe I should start there and try that again, but log it on here.

I was just looking at other blog entries and ran across this one - VERY inspirational!


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KIMDCANDOIT 11/13/2008 5:56PM

    Great job on getting your water in and planning a way to do it, I have also found planning for things ahead of time really makes you succeed at what you want. Keep it up and in know time you will find the right path for you!

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Finding Joy

Thursday, November 13, 2008

This was sent to me by a friend. The presentation has a LOT of great inspirational quotes to help with the journey.




You've Gotta Think Like Google

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thought this was an interested article.


You've Gotta Think Like Google

By Douglas LaBier
Special to The Washington Post
Tuesday, November 11, 2008; HE01

What are the keys to success and well-being? Being able to manage the stresses of your work and personal life, right? And to cope with the emotional conflicts you brought with you into adulthood.

In the office, that has meant being clear about your goals and working your way up a fairly predictable set of steps to achieve power, recognition and financial success.

But, like the stock market, that dependable formula has taken a nose dive. It's still important to be able to manage conflicts that could derail your career or personal life, but it's not enough anymore. And it alone won't produce success, well-being or sanity in our globalized, turbulent and interdependent world.

The traits you most need today are to be transparent, flexible, focused and collaborative.

You need to adopt the psychology of Google.

I write as a business psychologist and psychotherapist with 35 years' experience who is being confronted more and more often by men and women who are discovering, often painfully, that the attitudes and behavior they thought would lead to fulfillment suddenly leave them at a loss. They don't know how to keep up -- let alone get ahead -- in a world where the only constant is change and where it seems as if everybody has to be skilled at competing and collaborating with everyone from everywhere about almost everything.

We've all become aware of how widespread turmoil can flow from unforeseen circumstances: entirely new global business paradigms that create upstart competitors or put you out of business; social networking technologies that can confront you with other people's pain just as easily as they can broadcast your own flaws worldwide; turbulent shifts in weather patterns, apparently brought on by global warming; the ill-defined threat of terrorism. It's as if we've all, unwittingly, been given roles in the Brad Pitt movie "Babel," in which the actions of two goat-herding boys have tragic consequences for lives on three continents.

I deal with the fallout almost daily: I see people who've functioned pretty well but now feel as if they're standing on tectonic plates that are shifting beneath them.

There's the Wall Street banker who told me he'd always defined himself by "making it through the next end zone" in his career. Now, with his company -- and career -- collapsing, he finds that in addition to sacrificing time with his family, he has sacrificed his health: He has diabetes and high blood pressure. "Kind of a reverse 'deal flow,' " he lamented to me.

And the management consultant, pressured to ratchet up her travel to keep her career on track. "I'd been coping with everything, I thought," she told me, "though I don't like needing Zoloft to do it." Instead of becoming more predictable as she gained seniority, her career was taking her on an even wilder ride. "Now I don't have enough time for my daughter or my husband," she said. "What kind of life is this? . . . My husband's checked out, emotionally. And what am I teaching my daughter?"

These people were on the kinds of career paths that brought their parents' generation rewards they could rely on. But that linear upward climb has become hazardous. That's because it focuses too much on self-interest, which is an ineffective strategy in today's interconnected world and leaves you vulnerable when forces outside your control create unanticipated upheaval.

Having observed changes in the business model -- as people look for value in their work in addition to profit from it -- I've come to believe that employees today need to subordinate self-interest. Qualities we long admired but never thought absolutely necessary, such as cooperation and altruism, have become both survival skills and keys to competitiveness. A psychologically healthy life involves building those qualities into your conduct -- in a sense, learning to forget yourself.

There are specific attitudes and behaviors that will enable you to thrive and that you can use as a guide for helping children prepare for a future that will be characterized more by change than by stability.

If Google were a person, it would be the model of a psychologically healthy adult. Its corporate culture and management practices depend upon cooperation, collaboration, non-defensiveness, informality, a creative mind-set, flexibility and nimbleness, all aimed at competing aggressively for clear goals within a constantly changing environment.

A psychologically healthy adult embraces the notion that all of us are parts of an interdependent whole, like organs of the same body. He or she learns to become proactive, innovative and creative, and wants to keep growing and developing within a changing environment. She values positive connection and is flexible in situations of conflict.

One couple whom I see revamped their relationship by reviewing what they wanted their "life footprint" to be. They realized they wanted a greater sense of connection between themselves and greater satisfaction from what they did. One began a business that had been a longtime dream; the other moved to a company that provided more opportunity for creative expression but less money.

"Sure, there are trade-offs," one of them said. "But the bottom line is better for our lives."

It's human to have self-serving tendencies; it's healthy to keep them at bay. Here's how:

Focus on what you have in common with others rather than on the surface differences between you. Research shows that you can train your brain to do this, starting by visualizing the world from another's perspective without abandoning your own views.

Reduce the gaps between your public image and private life. Politicians aren't the only people who risk being tarnished in a very public online forum by their private actions.

Don't react emotionally to changes that are not about you even if they affect you. Focus your energies instead on creating a realistic strategy for either improving your situation or changing it.

Google, of course, is not only a technological achievement and business model. It's also a creative process. So think for a moment what your life would look like if it were a work of art. When it's finished, what will the picture look like? What purpose will it reveal for your having been here? Do you want to make any changes?

Right now?

Douglas LaBier, a business psychologist and psychotherapist, is director of the Center for Adult Development in Washington. Comments: health@washpost.com.


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