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The End of Funk City

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Well, that was a complete drag. I just spent about a week slouching around doing nothing and then feeling sorry for myself for my lack of accomplishments. (That is a handy little circle: kick a brick wall with bare feet and then blame God for your swollen toe.)
But here are two items of good news, speaking for myself: (1) a three-mile walk in the cool of the night can go a long ways toward turning things around (that was Thursday), and (2) the power of support from online friends - people you've never met - is quite something! I got back on here to find some Thumbs-Up (likes), a SparkGoodie and comments on my page... that and the walk, and maybe the cooler weather and some sleep - it's all good medicine. And meditation doesn't hurt, either.
So, THANK YOU! Onward and Upward!
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MOVING2LOSE 8/22/2014 9:39AM


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BARBERCHECK 8/20/2014 2:40PM

    We all have a pity party now and again, what differentiates us is those who recognize and get up and going again, as you did, and those who don't. One day at a time! emoticon

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BA5454 8/18/2014 3:44PM

    emoticon for getting back on track--and I'm a big fan of late walks in the coolness of the evening ;-). Hope the rest of your week is terrific!

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YA_YAYA 8/18/2014 12:37PM

    I am right there with you...getting back on track after a period of self-pitty and doing nothing about it. Good luck. All we need is some willpower and know-how right? emoticon emoticon

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ALMISSE 8/18/2014 12:17PM

    I get in those moods too, especially in winter. Good for you for breaking out of it, sometimes it just takes a jump start to get going again.

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SUEARNOLD1 8/17/2014 8:56PM

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You're back on track!


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    Well said! I can really relate, here's to onward and upward!

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EDDYMEESE 8/17/2014 8:46PM

    Nice job, keep at it! It is amazing what a little encouragement can do!

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DAWNDMOORE40 8/17/2014 8:37PM

    emoticon Don't let some bad days set you back! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBIGENE 8/17/2014 2:00PM

    I can relate but for completely different reasons .....

My Mom passed away on the 13th and I too have been in a funk, a sad funk but a funk none the less. I am allowing myself to do what they call grieve for my loss and feel the sadness, all the while trying to continue to eat healthy. That has not been hard but my activity level is at a very low point. Yesterday I went peach picking with a friend and that was the most activity I've had in these past few days. Tomorrow I will return to work and my daily routine will begin again. That alone requires me to get 15 minutes of walking and stair climbing each day.

I agree that routine is medicine and as well as all the love and caring support that I have received from those SP friends that I am close to has been a true blessing. I know that every day for the next year is a new day without her but it will get better.

God bless.

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RYDERB 8/17/2014 11:32AM


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    I thoroughly enjoyed your description of "the mood" would can get. I agree that cool temps and exercise are meds for this mood.
Thanks for a fun and useful commentary.

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BONNIEB1947 8/17/2014 8:18AM

    LOL I like your analogy about kicking a brick wall and blaming God for sore toes! I kicked that wall myself this morning when I saw that I had not lost (trying not to weigh myself except once a week). I was depressed and upset - I KNOW that I have to just keep on keeping on, and I am expecting my Spark Tracker to arrive this week, will stick that on and see just what I'm NOT is hard, but I guess there's no alternative; being easy on ourselves and expecting the weight to magically fall off is how we got this way in the first place right!
I agree, it is such a help to log on and find out I'm not alone in my struggles! Thanks for keeping it real for me today!

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WENDYANNE61 8/17/2014 2:28AM

    Hope things are looking up and that you can reach some short term feel-good goals soon! emoticon

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_UMAMI_ 8/16/2014 11:52PM

    Life has its ups and downs, and that is what makes us relish the better moments. I'm sorry you had a down spell. Sometimes they can be useful, say, for writing bad poetry.

Are you doing your yoga? I haven't been, but when I feel out-of-sorts and do it, I feel better. Gets out the kinks.

Maybe make a list of things that make you feel good, and change it up now and then? I try to do that.

Also, my friend and I sometimes email Five Good Things each day (or 5GT), a glass-half-full thing, to keep our spirits up. Find Five Good Things!

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HIPPICHICK1 8/16/2014 5:04PM

    That is emoticon news!!
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Six Months to 60

Thursday, August 07, 2014

It's so energizing to have a Day One! It's my Six Months to Sixty challenge. Probably I should nail down some specifics, huh.
Well, I plan to make a blog entry once a week, to weigh twice a month (more than that makes me crazy), to lose 5 lbs a month, just over a pound a week, for the next six months. That's 30 lbs, which will put my weight at 136. NICE!
I was telling my darling daughters about the big plan, which also includes stuff like Spotlessly Clean House and No Debt, in addition to the above. Of course, they're too well-bred and polite to guffaw. Molly said, "Uh huh. And monkeys will fly out of your butt, too!" (I guess perspective never hurts..)
Anyhow, I'll be back with details - the bane of my existence, along with that "discipline" thing people do - later today.
And PS, is anyone joining me with their their own 6-month goals? I remember ahem - someone - wanting to lose 40 pounds, a chewing at mealtime goal, and a sleep goal. Should we start a little team and post there?

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SKMCCLELLAN1 8/19/2014 2:08PM

  Enjoyed reading your post! You have realistice goals and plans in mind. Very inspiring--I am going to aim for 5lbs a month also. Originally had bigger goals, like 2 lbs a week, but I think this is more realistic. emoticon

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RYDERB 8/8/2014 12:07PM

    So does that mean your Birthday is Feb. 7th?

I like setting long term goals, but need shorter goals too. So I will have to break my challenge down to make it work, and to feel like I'm making progress. Valentine's day is my 18th Wedding Anniversay. And I've had A fabulous red dress to wear for years, but have never felt I looked good in it. So my final goal will be to wear that dress. I'll weigh in and take pictures on the following dates.
August 8th Start. 
Sept 19th 6 weeks
Haloween 12 weeks
Nov 21st 15 weeks. (Thanksgiving is the 27th.) 
Jan 2nd  21 weeks.
Feb 13th  27
now to figure out specific steps and goals.  

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HIPPICHICK1 8/7/2014 5:12PM

    Good Luck with your goals!
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TJMOAG 8/7/2014 4:19PM

    Sounds like you gotta plan!!! emoticon

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Anyone up for a challenge? Want to suggest one?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Two weeks from now will be six months from my 60th birthday. I don't do well with goals (eww) or vows or declarations, but what about some fun? I'd like to hit 60 at my goal weight. I mean, my desired weight, which is about 30 lbs less than my current weight. YOU do that math haha. Okay, I'll do the the math. 30 lbs divided by six months equals something with a 2 in it. There's a reason I don't teach math. FIVE. 5 lbs a month. I can do that.
Anybody want to go for 5 lbs a month with me? August 7 to February 7? Other suggestions for a low-key six month challenge?
Don't be shy! Let's do it! (After we figure out what it is.)

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BONNIEB1947 8/17/2014 8:28AM

    This is a good idea. You're right, 5 pounds a month is (I hope) doable. So I just turned 67 in August, a 6 month challenge for me would be (thinking as I type) Feb. 2015, and 5 lbs. a month although right now seems IMPOSSIBLE...would be 30 pounds off. Spark People said I could lose 25 pounds by Christmas. I've been doing this for 20 days (about) and have lost 3.
Ok have to go now and work out! LOL. Where are we checking in on this challenge?

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RYDERB 8/3/2014 3:40PM

    I need a new challenge too. I have a new Whole30 starting tomorrow. A 90 day fitness challenge, and a 7 hour per night sleep challenge. What did you decide to do? Hopefully I can join you.

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_UMAMI_ 7/30/2014 7:46PM

    If I start 8/5, I will be 8 months 'til my birthday. I will think on this and get back to you. (Wow, I could lose 40 pounds! That might be scary. As scary as putting my photo online. )

BTW, it's so nice to *see* you!

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MEL_HONEYBEE 7/23/2014 10:17PM

    Challenge #1...Post a picture of yourself...honest up! Don't hide...Post a new picture of yourself every 30 days! It will help hold you accountable. emoticon

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MEL_HONEYBEE 7/23/2014 10:14PM

    I've got it...chew 60 times between bites!
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Cold Blue Torch Reality

Thursday, May 29, 2014

It's a great phrase and it describes what I've just been slapped with. I was digging in my purse for something - a bill, I think - and I came across "exit instructions", or whatever they're called, from a doctor's visit of last week. In one box is the notation, "Obese." OBESE!!!!!!!!!! (Eff him, man, I'm finding a new doctor. Yeah! The messenger's the problem!)
The thing is, I like to run the "I've lost 30 pounds" mantra. Why didn't he say THAT in his little notes, huh? But it is true that I've been resting on those particular laurels for months now. They're fat laurels at this point. I need to get off of them.
So I'm obese. Chit.
I was seeing that doctor because I did something painful to my leg that wasn't fixing itself, and it was preventing me from walking. I love to walk and it's my only form of exercise (besides yoga which is another piece of the past I like to pretend I still do).
Anyhow, so now that I know I'm OBESE, the second thing I'm doing, (after firing that doctor haha), is charging up the Fitbit and getting back to what worked before. SparkPeople, my 12-Step program, walking (gently, if necessary, but consistently), eating and sleeping like an adult (as opposed to a toddler having serial temper tantrums)...
Will check back.
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RYDERB 6/27/2014 11:04PM

    Hope by now your leg is doing better, and getting back to your 12 step program has been working for you. emoticon emoticon

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JANEDOE12345 6/11/2014 6:21PM

    Maggie, the above comments by own dear Umami are so on point. You do need to find empowerment and hold fast to a goal. It is difficult, but you are healthy and smart so now you can get going.

Thanks for the goodie - I'm okay.

Take care and stay in touch, wouldja?

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_UMAMI_ 5/29/2014 9:33PM

    Good grief. And, in the news, they say 13% of Americans are Obese.
Because you need to be SCARED.

How about, you take this Chit from your Doc, and, let it inform and empower you. Yeah, it's annoying. But you went to him (? OMG, I'm assuming it's a him, my BAD!), because you had an issue, and then, instead of just addressing the issue, you got a LABEL.

Yeah, EFF that. I understand their (doctors') possible need to do such, but...not very patient-friendly.

THAT SAID, what can you DO, to take this CHIT, put it under your skin and get MOTIVATED? Also, don't take the numbers to heart---aim for the point where you feel GOOD again!

One of my best friends just got a camera for her 50th birthday. She'd been feeling good about her life, her Self, then saw some pics from her birthday and got to feeling down. She looked Fat, in her opinion.

Well....what do we do? Is it a wake up call? Do we starve ourselves? (NO!) Do we not have photos taken? (NO!) Do we think...hey, maybe I do need to put a little more effort into X, Y, or Z (food/exercise stuff)) (Yeah!). Do I need to wear more flattering clothes? (HELL YEAH!)

Ok, that last one was mine alone, and has made me happy the past few months when work has taken precedence (as well as more public interactions!).

You'll get there and EFF the doctor, or get a new one.

We are all here together in support.

*hugs* (heh, typed huges! We all feel that way sometimes!)


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The Wages of Sin

Thursday, March 20, 2014

You know, just because you see the glass half full doesn't mean you're an optimist. What if you look at it and think, "That's probably toxic waste" ..?
I can still truthfully say I've lost 23 pounds. But it was 32 lbs before winter set in. (I like saying it that way - like I'm a pioneer woman who sensibly added some weight against the ravages of a raw season.) I've been sunk in sloth and overeating for weeks. On the other hand, gaining 9 lbs beats the hell out of gaining 15, which I've been know to do.
And now it's Spring! New lease, etc. I'm taking a really cool class from a woman named Kathy Abascal - some people might have heard of her. She's put together a way to eat called TQI for "To Quiet Inflammation". Last night was the first night of this class and we got all the rules. No more coffeemate for me-!! (Which is sad, as I love me some petroleum byproducts in my mud.)
I weighed myself this morning for the first time in a month and a half, which is how I got the bad news about the logical consequences of my pro-inertia choices. And made a new ticker to reflect Day One - always energizing!
Onward and upward! Glass full! (Of crisp cold fizzy water with lime!)

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RYDERB 3/31/2014 9:35AM

    March was not a good month for me, and today is a new emoticon So, I'll be here cheering you on! No more backsliding for either of us!
Good luck with your TQI.

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