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Friday, April 30, 2010

Here I sit wondering what to do with my day. As I said to my husband yesterday this vacation stuff would be ok if I had gone somewhere. But i'm broke, and due to my surgery we had to change our plans. So I sit here bored and wonder what to do.

Well I have survived the last couple days. the first I snacked but yesterday I told myself I was not going to do that, so I went shopping. Got a cute summer short set, which I need, and a couple of things at a steal at the goodwill for my porch. That is my project this spring. A new back screen porch. I'm having a time fixing up on a budget but so far because i've taken my time and looked around, when it is done it is going to be awesome and all on a budget.

My journey is a lot like this. I"m learning to take things slow, don't grab at the first thing I see, and planning makes perfect. Funny how things work together. Weight loss and remodeling, diet and budgets. They all work together for the good of each of us. Slow and steady wins the race no matter what we are trying.

So today i'm off to the grocery store and I hope to get only what is planned. I have to be sure I eat before and bring a snack, because if i'm hungry everything looks like a meal. Can't have that.

Lets all have a sparking good day today. I'm going to succeed. It may take me one day at a time but i'm going to reach my goals. emoticon

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IUHRYTR 5/1/2010 12:36PM

    I can sure relate to the grocery shopping. Even though i go with a list and eat before I go, there are so many temptations to pass by. Sometimes it's tough. But, one day at a time. -- Lou

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THE_JULES1 4/30/2010 2:57PM

    I can't wait to see what your porch turns out like. You must take pictures!

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    You will succeed! You have the right mindset for this. Enjoy your staycation!! It's all about YOU!!!

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NUTRON3 4/30/2010 7:50AM

    Have a wonderful day!

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The trouble with boredom

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ok, we all know about boredom, for me it is a means to an end. An end to the food in my cupboard. Now yesterday I got in my exercise, did the exercise of the day with my Alabama team mates, got in my waters, fruits/veggies.....but I also had a couple of snacks...... emoticon emoticon emoticon. Darn hubby and those little debbie snack cakes, and then when he gets home from work he makes english muffin pizzas, In and of themselves they are pretty good calorie wise because I buy the low cal muffins and the sauce isn't bad, but anyhow it is when you have had lunch, had three snack cakes, and you get the picture. Now I did account for all this. It wasn't pretty, but I didn't lie to me. If you bite it you have to write it. That is ww motto and it works for me.

I wrote it, I had the extra points to have these, of course now I will have to be careful the next few days till weigh in because now i'm limited, but that was my choice. I was the one to choose to eat that garbage. And the sad part is as good as they tasted, I felt awful. Not just my stomach, but my mind. I"m in a mindset now where I know when i'm doing wrong, but your body takes over and the mind loses. Maybe it was the other way around I can't be sure.

But i'm up, i'm ready for this new day. I'm getting out of the house today. Sitting around isn't good for me. I have to be doing something. So i'm off to get something done for me, today is my day to take back myself.

I want this, I want to succeed and little debbie is not going to do that for me. So today she is hitting the road. As for me i'm hitting the pavement myself. I need to work off three cakes. lol.

I'm going to get there from here one step at a time. emoticon

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TERESA6262 5/2/2010 9:21AM

    Little Debbie s NOT our friend!

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THE_JULES1 4/29/2010 11:25AM

    emoticonIt happens to us all. Just don't let 1 bad day turn into 2.

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IUHRYTR 4/29/2010 10:41AM

    Nothing wrong with snacks as long as they are within your limits. Sometimes, though, for me, the sugar high versus that from fruit, makes me feel funny. Have fun working them off. emoticon -- Lou

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    Way to go, Michelle!

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KENDRACARROLL 4/29/2010 10:06AM

    Good for you! No Little Debbies today ;)

I used to junk eat like crazy out of boredom and then even more out of frustration. Over time this has improved. Lately I noticed that I've replaced binge eating with watching TV. While I'm not burning calories on the couch at least I don't gain any either. Is it good for me? NO! Better than eating? YES! Wow, I still have a lot of work to do and get myself out of the house in these situations.

Have a great WW-friendly day! emoticon

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You have to want it!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.
- Walt Disney

Last night watching the biggest loser, I heard one of them say to a woman as they were doing the 5k about her losing the weight is " you have to want it". I grabbed a pen and paper and wrote that down. That was a great idea for my next blog....

Truer words have never been reallly have to want change, If you just think you do none will come or they will come for a bit but then we start back to our old ways. I want this. As i'm out walking/running each day I tell myself I really want this. It isn't a matter of hitting the number on the scales for me any longer. It is about getting healthy. I see so much each day as a pharmacy tech and it isn't pretty. Some have surgery and never bounce back, others just never even have the chance to bounce anywhere. It is horrible to see the amount of pills people take to "stay alive". Because without them they would surely pass.

I had surgery earlier this month. By the second day I was up and ready to move. Now mind you moving wasn't an option, but after day three I was out walking again. Not my usual pace but I was up. they told me two weeks, I was back at work after three days. I'm not bragging, but I am saying I owe a lot of this to just getting healthy. Movement is an awesome thing. I do believe to sit back and do nothing is one sure way to kill ourselves slowly. I won't have that be me.

this is a choice. Each day I make the choice to get up and move. To eat healthy foods, I snack on occasion, I even eat fried on occasion. but I don't live on this type of food. I walk daily at work. I choose to give my lunch break over to exercise. I eat for the first half and walk the second. I choose to pack my lunch, I choose to cook at home for me and my hubby. I choose to keep only good foods at the ready and I also choose to keep a small treat in the fridge drawer for just that moment.

Life is about choices. We make them each day. Why not make the choice to live. To be healthy. Forget the scales for a moment. Just do this for you. I do.

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MOUNTAINS2CLIMB 4/28/2010 11:36PM

    ok, I tried to comment this morning but I just kept getting error messages..I'm sure it was quite profound haha! anyway...
This is a great blog. Thank you for sharing. Thanks for reminding me that this is something I choose to do...and believe me, i DO want it!! You have inspired me this morning and I thank you for that.
Thanks too for your encouragement on my blog. The support means a lot to me.
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IUHRYTR 4/28/2010 8:02PM

    I, too want it! -- Lou

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MSLANG1 4/28/2010 9:56AM

  How true, you have got to want it....I waNt it too!! emoticon

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THE_JULES1 4/28/2010 9:27AM

    You have an attitude worth catching! I voted for this blog and hope everyone else does, too!

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    I DO want it!!!

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Being flexible

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.
- Tony Robbins

Staying flexible on this journey is what it is all about. We are committed to getting to a certain weight, goal, or outcome. But if we are so ridged in our approach we will surely break. I know for me this is so true. If I follow my plan to a tee sometimes it leads to behavior not becoming of a woman. YOu know the one, bingeing, sneaking, lazing about. When we allow ourselves to be so strict that there is no room for a little "fun" we lead ourselves down a dark path with no light.

I myself allow me the light the shine. What I mean is if i'm hungry, lord forgive me, I eat. If I want that cake, I eat it too. But if i'm tired I rest. I also know that in this flexability I have to leave a little wiggle room so to speak. I also have to be sure I have the wiggle room. If I follow my plan and make a space for that cake, I can eat it too. If I eat all day long and leave no space.....that is my own fault.

On my journey really I make or break me. I have the power to succeed or fail. I can either win or I can fall down and just roll over. I intend to win. I'm doing that this last week, month, year. I may not always see a difference on the scales, tape measure. but I see the difference in me. I no longer just get up and get ready for work, I set my alarm and I get up at the same time most days. I will allow a day or so to sleep in but then I find i'm up the same time as usual. I get up and spark for a bit with my morning coffee, then it is off to the elliptical or the open road. At my lunch i'm eating, and then walking for about thirty more minutes. Just me and my mp3 player. I have taken to taking a friend along on a couple of my walks, I thought at first this would deter me, but I have found I enjoy it. We chat and the time just flies. Now I enjoy my solitude so it is nice that this is only on occasion. I find I'm counting my veggies and fruits for the day if i'm i'm running short I will drink a v8 to pump it up. Water, or yeah then there is the water.

Where i'm going with this rambling is just that along with the flexiblity comes a bit of habits. One day we wake up and find we are different. We no longer like the taste of oil, fried foods, or greasy things. At least I have. I have also noticed that my "bingeing" is usually on healthy foods. Yeah maybe i'm eating more than I should be it isn't candy, chips, cookies, ice cream. It is nuts, crackers, boiled eggs (yeah I love a good boiled egg on occasion). So we may be the same but we are also different.

Now that i've rambled long enough and really haven't gotten very far, in closing I would love to say I"m going to do this. I am doing this. I like the new me. I love the new body i'm creatiing. I'm starting to notice changes in myself that before I may have overlooked. I have definition in my legs, waist, and arms. I have energy, I get things done. I"m ME. I like me. I'm going to get there from here.

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SLIMPAM23 4/27/2010 9:31AM

    I am working on flexibility!! I don't know when the "all or nothing" mentality took over....but I am aware of it now, and working on it. You are absolutely right about diet changes....while I was overeating all weekend....I kept telling my husband that the food didn't even taste good anymore! I hadn't had mexican food for 8-9 months and we went to our favorite restaurant while the kids were in. I was SO disappointed - it just didn't taste like it used to! AND - I told my daughter exactly what you blogged about. I may overeat now and then....but it is generally MUCH better foods. Almonds instead of potato chips. Fruit instead of candy! I guess we are doing pretty good after all! Thanks for blogging and bringing me back to that flexibility thing that gives me trouble sometimes!

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JZAPRN 4/27/2010 8:15AM

  Great points! Thanks for sharing!!

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    emoticon You are changing in so many wonderful ways ... and it shows!

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BUFFALOGAL1952 4/27/2010 8:10AM

    Interesting blog. You make some good points and give food for thought. Thanks for sharing and best of luck on your Journey!

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new week starting on a great note

Monday, April 26, 2010

I had an awesome sunday yesterday. Got in all my waters plus, fruits and veggies, not a problem, even got in a bunch of execise points to start the week. I was only going to rest but that just couldn't be done. I"m not good at resting. So I shampooed carpets, and then got in a mile and a half walk in the evening. What a great way to end the day.

I'm hitting this new week running. Maybe even litterally. I have been wanting to kick up my exercise and I have been slack on the running portion so maybe this is as good a week as any. After my loss this past week i'm ready for what the next week will bring. I know that now that i have a goal for me in mind i'm all over it.

I would love to lose two more pounds and bring me into the next realm. I'm trying to not look at the big picture but like a jigsaw puzzle put the pieces together one at a time. I'm ready for the next piece of my puzzle.

So i'm up, I"m ready and i'm able. I'm going to do this one day at a time.

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IUHRYTR 4/28/2010 8:00PM

    I like the idea of the puzzle. Good visual. -- Lou

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THE_JULES1 4/26/2010 1:20PM

    Congrats on a great week! Now let's make it two!

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KENDRACARROLL 4/26/2010 10:51AM

    There's just nothing like a loss to kick up motivation.
Have a great week!

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1GROVES2 4/26/2010 8:46AM

    You have up lifted me with your happy outlook. Thank You:)
And have a blessed week :)

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    How inspired you are, my friend! I love seeing you this way!

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