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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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New Lease / New Ambition

Monday, February 24, 2014

Well! I was referred to an endocrinologist due to high testosterone. To my surprise, I'm told I haven't gone through menopause yet - !! (Both ovaries are intact but no uterus here, so I didn't know.) I'm 59, for the love of God!
This is making me feel suddenly young and full of energy - silly maybe, but I can't shake it and might as well enjoy it. Also I feel the press of time in a good way - I mean, eventually, I'll have to hit menopause, right? Most of my friends are on the other side of this milestone and tell me, "It's all good", and so it will be, I'm sure. But for the moment - well, as Satchmo said, "If I'da known I was going to live this long, I would've taken better care of myself."
So I'm adjusting my weight goal down to 138 (Withings tells me this is a good weight and will result in an ideal BMI), and my exercise up. Ten thousand steps is not that many, rain or shine, and this goal starts today.
Cheers and thanks for reading ~

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RYDERB 2/27/2014 6:41AM

    I'm glad you're feeling better. Congratulations! Good luck reaching your new goals. emoticon

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_UMAMI_ 2/24/2014 10:26PM

    That is a surprise!

Haha! And now I've noticed you've gone from bongos to a much GIRLIER background. Seriously?! Don't lose your balls!

And you will be 60 next year---good for your Chinese Astrological sign.

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2 Steps Forward, 1 Step Back

Thursday, January 30, 2014

...and now it's time for a solid ten steps forward.
I backslid, hit the carbs, drank something called a "Manhattan", did myself in with sugar, and guess what, it ain't worth it. I didn't even get to wallow in the shame pool I used to call home. I just felt crappy. For a week and a half.
So three days ago I cleaned it up, starting with the baby step of a walk. With my most excellent doggie. This was followed by three happy, healthy meals that day (no grains, plenty of good fats and protein, lots of green things). Now I'm back on track and very VERY happy to be here.
Birthday in a week. I will be weighing myself, which I only do once a month, due to scale-induced insanity otherwise. It better be acceptable.

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PEGGY11 1/30/2014 6:09PM

    Good for you. emoticon Giving up is not an option no matter what that scale says. emoticon They lie. When you never give up you will eventually get there. emoticon There will be ups and downs but progress just the same. emoticon

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LAILATN 1/30/2014 4:33PM


Good for you for getting back on track! I am trying to do so myself.


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Yesterday and Today

Friday, January 10, 2014

Yesterday was Day Three of Paleo. It's supposed to be a hard one but it really wasn't for me, possibly because I 86'ed both sugar and gluten from my diet months ago. I am definitely sleeping better - this is a big deal! - and I'm not hungry between meals - also a big deal!
Today is Day Four. Here's what's real clear to me: I need better planning or it'll all come crashing down.
I love love love the "Weekly Meal Plan" thingie on The Clothes Make the Girl website. It's not meal-by-meal. Instead, it's step-by-step on how to cook a bunch of dishes at once. Help where you need it (organizing a cooking bout) and flexibility about when to serve them - also necessary for many of us. It's genius!

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AUGUSTDRAGON 1/15/2014 9:41PM

    Interesting web site, I'm going to have to peruse it more. Thanks.

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RYDERB 1/12/2014 11:32PM

    You're doing great! The weekly cook up does make life easier. Congratulations! Sleeping better is fabulous!

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EELS4PEELS 1/11/2014 6:45PM

    You got this! I'm on Day 10 and I already feel better! I did my first Cooking day last Sunday and it helped immensely with staying on track even if it didn't last but a few days. I gotta a hungry boyfriend! Good Job so far!

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CAPECODBABE 1/10/2014 5:58PM

    emoticon emoticon You're doing it! emoticon

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