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Today's Reflection

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Today I spent the morning cleaning out my garage. I didn't get started as early as I had planned but fortunately it didn't get extremely hot. I try and tackle it every Labor Day. For the last two years I have not been able to get to it. Two years ago Labor Day I was recovering from surgery and last year I was in the hospital also. So as I cleaned I thought about how much my health and just life in general have improved since I decided to take control of it. It sure felt good to just do a simple thing like sweep without pain in my knees from holding up all that excess weight. There was one point in the day that I was actually enjoying the sweeping. In the past working like that would have practically killed me. Those days are gone forever if I have anything to say about it. Nothing tastes as good as thin feels. Life is good and getting better all the time! emoticon

  
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MPRESS56 9/13/2009 6:50PM

    That's so awesome. I know the feeling of no pain. When we first built our house with stairs. I had a very difficult time going up and down the stairs. 95 pounds later I can climb up and down without difficulty or pain. I am very proud of you and your accomplishment. emoticon
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WOLFKITTY 9/12/2009 1:18PM

    That's awesome!! And isn't this what it's all about?! The whole point is to be able to glide through our daily tasks without the fears and pain that we once had.

Good for you!
Jocelyn

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LILHLFPINT 9/10/2009 12:37AM

    (yeay! it's totally all about the little victories, isn't it?)

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WILLOW49 9/9/2009 12:04AM

    Just goes to show how much can change in just 1 year. Great that you could get that garage done with so much less pain! Keep up the good work!



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MOMMAROLEMODEL 9/8/2009 1:59PM

    Way to go! I am so glad everything is looking up for you. HOw is the new job?

Timberlee

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DAISYBELL6 9/8/2009 8:13AM

    Wow, what a great outcome from cleaning a garage. It goes to show you how important the little things are. So much can change in a year. Congratulations on your lifestyle change!

Nancy

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HUMLADY1 9/8/2009 8:03AM

    Isn't it awesome when we realize the things we couldn't do a year ago - or more? I love those discoveries. They are some of the most rewarding moments in this journey, because THOSE accomplishments probably are not the ones we focused on at all to get more healthy. I'm pretty sure you didn't decide, "Let's see, I want to be able to sweep the floor on Labor Day, so I think I'll go on a diet."

I'm so proud of you and what you have done and that you continue to find the joy and rewards in unexpected ways! I, too, want to experience, "Nothing tastes as good as being thin feels."

Have a wonderful day!

~~Jocelyn Newton~~

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MCAUDI 9/8/2009 12:57AM

    Congratulations to you. Simple things are priceless when you can do them instead of just wishing you were healthy enough to do them. I am so excited to hear you were able to spent this holiday weekend a lot more healthy than the past few ones have been.

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I Have Come A Long Way

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Today I have come to realize that I sure have come a long way since I started on my weight loss journey. I have been given a opportunity to try out the local 24 Hour Fitness. Tonight was my first time ever to go into a gym. The trainer who was there to show me the ropes had also lost over 150 pounds. I felt very comfortable because I knew that she could totally relate. She said that she started going to the gym at 4:00am because she was embarrassed about her size them she first started to get into shape. I felt a little intimidated at first until she showed me how to work several different machines. I was a little disappointed because I can't workout on the stationary bikes because my knee won't bend without pain. I did use the elliptical for 11 minutes which is pretty good for me. As I was working out and sweating and huffing and puffing I became more relaxed. I started looking around at all of the others there. Everyone was busy working out, minding their own business. I didn't feel like I was any different than anyone else there. After an hour I walked out of there feeling pretty good about myself. I am so looking forward to going back tomorrow evening. Only thing I am worried about is how stiff I will be in the morning. Life is so good and getting better all the time.

  
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MOMMAROLEMODEL 9/8/2009 1:57PM

    Way to go-- how exciting! I am super proud of yourself.

Timberlee

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 9/7/2009 7:20PM

    Congrats! And how cool that you have a trainer who knows what the struggle is actually like! Keep up the great work!

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MCAUDI 9/3/2009 8:47PM

    That is great! You have come a very long way and we are so proud of you.

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MPRESS56 9/3/2009 6:06PM

    Awesome, you have come a long way. Hope to get there also. Keep on working, you looked really great at the reunion.
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JUST-AMY 9/3/2009 9:25AM

    I'm glad you are in the gym. I am betting within the trial period that you may find you really love it. Don't worry about other people looking at you--they're worrying about people looking at them, and you are there for you! Everyone has his or her own issues....focus and watch the progress soar as you build some muscles now. I'm excited for you!

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MPSWEET1 9/3/2009 7:58AM

    Yes!!!!!!!!! You deserve to pat yourself on the back because you are doing an awesome job.

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DAISYBELL6 9/3/2009 7:53AM

    I could just feel your happiness and sense of accomplishment as I read your blog.

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ANGELLACOLE 9/3/2009 3:48AM

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WILLOW49 9/3/2009 1:07AM

    What a great blog! I'm hoping to join a gym in the near year (make a great Christmas present from hubby, don't you think?!) Keep up the great work! emoticon

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MSPUDGE 9/3/2009 12:53AM

  You go! That is such an uplifting blog, I am heartened by it. Stay on track emoticon

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SUZIEQ511 9/3/2009 12:41AM

  I had a total knee replacement about two years ago and the first time I got on the stationary bike I could hardly make it 5 minutes but the next time it was easier. Now I stay on for a full burn calories 20 minute workout. Keep it up a little bit goes a long way with stiff muscles.

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GEE-KNEE 9/3/2009 12:36AM

    I am glad you enjoyed your gym visit. Hopefully you feel fine in the morning.

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What I have Learned

Saturday, August 22, 2009

As this summer began I set a goal of losing 20 pounds over the course of 3 months. Sounded reasonable if I lost 6 pounds a month. Well summer is over on August 25 because I returning to work. I did not reach that goal. I lost 10 pounds though. I am pleased that I lost that much because I really did not exercise as much as I could have. I did go down from a 14 to a 10 though. That's the smallest I have been in at least about 18 years. It does feel good. I can move around so much easier. I can get so much more done in a day than I used to be able to do. I sleep more soundly and wake up rested too.
I did learn that if I go back to old eating habits,I will pay. I learned this by gaining 8 pounds while at my high school reunion in Las Vegas. Eating at a buffet and drinking really can pack on the pounds. I have been paying for it all week. I am finally down to what I was before I left. I ask myself was it worth it? I sure is an eye opener to the fact that you can never go back to the way of overeating and no exercise if I want to maintain my weight loss permanently.

  
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LILHLFPINT 8/25/2009 11:00PM

    (::hugs::)

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JUST-AMY 8/22/2009 10:49PM

    I appreciate you sharing your experiences while at the reunion.

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GRAMIAM7 8/22/2009 9:55PM

    Congratulations on the 10 pounds and especially the size 10. That must be a thrill.You have worked hard and have earned it. emoticon

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GEE-KNEE 8/22/2009 9:02PM

    From a size 14 to a 10 with only a 10 pound drop? Sounds like you may have gained some lean muscle mass, hmmm? Good job on both of your 10s. Hope you had a great time at the reunion. Sometimes it's okay to enjoy yourself and then work it off later.

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KITT52 8/22/2009 8:42PM

    You are so right, we can never go back to eating as we did.

Great job on loosing the 10 pounds.

Have a healthy week end.


kitt

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MSMAHM1 8/22/2009 12:36PM

    I, too, appreciate your sharing your learned lessons on weight loss. Keep at, and you'll be so much happier and healthier.
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GRAMTOTWO 8/22/2009 12:08PM

    I was never under the impression this LIFEstyle journey would be any other than LIFE. But when I reach my goal and think "Oh just a little of this or that" once and awhile won't hurt,your blog will play back in my head and tell me different. Yes, it will hurt but not as much if I get right back on the program. Was it worth giving in for a 35 year reunion that took a week to revamp - I say YES! The smiling picture tells me it was. You have done great and I admire your accomplishments! Psst - maybe at the next reunion (70th) you should have a little less to drink! LOL

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CASSBORN 8/22/2009 11:51AM

    Thank you for sharing what you have learned. The only success I have ever had with getting and keeping a healthy sized body is with food journaling and exercise. My own judgement on food is altered and I use a food scale and measuring tools so that I can eat proper portions.

I am getting back on track after straying off course for a few years. SP is a great help.

-Cass

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Changes Can Be a Good Thing

Thursday, August 13, 2009

So after the shock of a pending transfer, I decided to get some answers as to why I am being moved to another school. I took a deep breath and made a call to HR. I was then refereed to the director of our district's special ed department. I am being transferred because that school hired a brand new teacher and they needed an experienced assistant. School starts in a little over 2 weeks and there wasn't any time to ask if anyone would like the position. Besides there is a hiring freeze so they had no choice but to use me. I am not going to make any judgments about the situation until I get there and find out what it is all about. I am hoping that every thing works out fine. I do know that I am in a much better position to change jobs now that I have shed 147 pounds. I can stand and walk without difficulty. I can fit into the student desks and I don't have to worry whether I can walk down the rows of desks in the classroom without bumping someone with my big butt. I know that sounds funny but it is true. Anyway, I must remember to always be flexible. Life is good!

  
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JUST-AMY 8/22/2009 10:55PM

    What a relief! I read the first blog and wasn't sure how to comment, as I'm new to your blogs. This one is great news. I saw that one of your friends had commented to take a deep breath and not let the fear get you. How true! There was goodness in this change! They polished up their best apple for the new teacher! Great deal! You have proven you have patience and perseverance for change!

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MOMMAROLEMODEL 8/17/2009 12:19PM

    Thanks for the update on the situation and I am thrilled you are turning this into a positive situation. I hope the fresh start is something that you find refreshing and welcoming, and maybe it was something that you needed and didn't realize it.

Hope you have a great day!
Timberlee

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DAISYBELL6 8/17/2009 7:35AM

    Love your attitude! Life is good!
I can just tell you will make the best of the situation no matter what it is.

Nancy

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CELLEBRUCE 8/14/2009 8:48AM

    Changes can be a great thing!! Like losing 147 lbs! Wow! You are awesome and I have a feeling will do great in this new position. Good luck!

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MEME102 8/14/2009 6:56AM

    Well #1 I"m jealous b/c you don't start school for ANOTHER 2 weeks!!! We've been in school 8 days now! As I'm sure you know schools' can pretty much do what they want....and usually do! But you've got the right attitude and now the right body as well -- good luck and I know you'll do well!

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S2BEMPTYNESTER 8/13/2009 9:24PM

    I just got laid off and I am telling you it helps to look at change in a positive way. Just remember better things are in your future. And it sounds like you were picked because they thought you would be a great person to help in the transistion. Congrats! Hope it all works out great for you!

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ANITAWPG 8/13/2009 8:15PM

    Look on this as a good thing - when they needed someone experienced they turned to you

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KRZYKAT3 8/13/2009 8:14PM

    WOW! This sounds like a good challenge to try out the you! And you have just the right attitude, looking for all the good things about the situation! emoticon

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Sometimes Life Just Sucks

Monday, August 10, 2009

Today I returned from a trip to see my friend in Arizona. I had a great time, but I was also glad to be home again. One of the first things I did when I got home was to go through a week's worth of mail. There was a letter from my school district stating that after 8 years at the same school, I am being transferred to another school. Not budget cuts, or doing away with my position but an "administrative requested transfer" I have absolutely no idea why. Now I can only wonder until I talk to someone in HR. I don't know if I will ever get a truthful answer. Now how I will handle this upset if a true test of whether I will go off the deep end or keep to my weight loss program. I have a little over 2 weeks until I start at my new position. Who knows maybe it will be a much better position that I have now. Like I said sometimes life sucks.

  
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HUMLADY1 8/13/2009 5:40PM

    Lori,

It has to be disappointing the way you received this notice. But remember, most of the time the fear/dread/anger/anxiety, etc. we experience are only because we do not know what lies ahead. Our security blanket gets ripped out from under us and we just get all topsy-turvy. I will pray for you that you may find this to be a wonderful time of growth through change!!

Your Friend,
Jocelyn Newton

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SHANTODD420 8/13/2009 3:13PM

    Good luck and keep pushing even though there was a curve ball thrown at you. Look how far you have come so far. Keep it up.

Hugs,
Shannon

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MCAUDI 8/12/2009 10:06PM

    That's not a pleasant surprise but my best wishes your new job will be the best one ever!

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MOMMAROLEMODEL 8/11/2009 10:04PM

    We are here for you and yes that just plain sucks! I have faith in you that you are stronger and will be able to handle this situation better now that you have gone on this journey! You will survive and pull out on top, b/c you have so many people willing to give you that support. You can come her and vent and let it out instead of turning to food--which can't talk back or lift you up, it will only drag you down.

Keep your head up, keep a positive attitude, and know your the best at your job and more then likely someone else felt threatened by your strength and beauty and it made them do something mean but karma will get them.


Good luck
Timberlee

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AHARONA 8/11/2009 11:28AM

    It can feel really groundshaking when change comes that we don't expect. Hang on!

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MPSWEET1 8/11/2009 10:55AM

    Hated to hear the news of your transfer but stay strong. Life is full of change and we must learn to accept the changes when they come, even if they seem hard. God does not give us things that we can not accomplish or do as long as we look to Him for guidance. Who knows you may like this position a lot better and be able to accomplish great things. Stick with your program and accomplish all the goals you have set for yourself. I know you can do it! Just remember to look to God for guidance!
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DAISYBELL6 8/11/2009 8:44AM

    It's an old adage but very true "When one door shuts another opens."

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GRAMIAM7 8/11/2009 8:00AM

    That is exactly what our district does. My colleague and car pool friend taught 1st grade for 22 years. They called her in the summer and said "by the way you are moving to 2nd grade. Then after 5 years they moved her to another building grade 6. She was devastated both times wondering what she had done. She took it so personal. I hope you don't take this personal. It just very may be that God has a student that he wants you to help.

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.DUSTY. 8/11/2009 2:40AM

    WOW, nothing like giving you notice! Stay strong! You'll get through this! emoticon

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MORNINGSUN52 8/11/2009 1:12AM

    This is a test...this is only a test...if this were a real emergency...blah blah blah...you CAN do this i know you can. You have come to far to stop and turn back now...what would you tell your students. Have faith in yourself...you know what you need to do, you are prepared in what you need to know. Its just a matter of putting yourself first and putting what you know into practice. gee that sounds so simple lol wish i could do it myself this week. Hugs you may find this is actually something that you will be thrilled about in the end. Give it the benefit of the doubt. Might just be a silver lining in there you don't see yet. Hugs good luck!

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SWEETROLLER 8/11/2009 12:30AM

    LORIELP,
I know this can be upsetting, no one likes change. this could be good for when one door closes another opens and brings new opportunities.

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GEE-KNEE 8/11/2009 12:03AM

    Lorraine,

I could see where this might be upsetting, but maybe it won't be so bad. Perhaps it's a better position and needs someone with more experience. Definitely inquire, but don't let it get to you. Sometimes, change can be good.

Best wishes,
Jeannie

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HOLLYS_HERE 8/10/2009 11:52PM

    Good luck to you! Sounds like you're in for a new exciting chapter in your life. Enjoy it.

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IMREITE 8/10/2009 11:47PM

    Yes life can really suck! Sometimes all you can do is find the simple thingd that can make you feel better.
The new position may be a great chance to reinvent yourself as the healthy person. Plus you are getting rid of an "administrative" issue that would have made the new school year hirriable.

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LAVENDARJ 8/10/2009 11:46PM

    I know that sounds very upsetting.. but keep on your program.. you don't want to be upset with work and upset with yourself.. to easy to fall into a depression.. just go to the new job and do the best darn job ever and who knows it may be a blessing. keep your head held high and keep moving and eathing right.. you will feel much better about yourself if you stick with it. So sorry about the job..

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