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Visualizing Potential

Friday, May 16, 2014

One of my co-workers told me, very matter of factually, that he knows I can lose weight. After all, I did it before... It hit me that I doubted him when he said that. I also found myself couching my goals - saying that I'd try to lose 1 pound a week instead of pushing myself to lose 2.

So I'm going to do a little exercise here in visualizing my potential. Yes, I did it before. I didn't lose 2 pounds every week. I had a tendency to lose 1, then 1.5, then 1 and then (Bam!) 4 pounds. That is still almost a 2 pound average.

This was me at my heaviest, about 220 pounds. This was my Before picture the last time I had had "enough".

This is me now. Yes, it's a fuzzy shot - because I don't pose well at this point. I'm 217 now.

I felt horribly fat at 185, but it's now my end of Summer goal. It might be more realistic to say Mid Autumn for reaching the goal - but I don't want to sell myself short.

I was 155 on my 40th Birthday. I would Love to be 155 again. I hope to be that weight by the start of 2015.

I was about 140 pounds on my birthday in 2007. I would love to be that weight by my next birthday, February 23 in 2015.

That works out to 40 weeks to lose 77 pounds. I know that might not be possible. But I bet I could be at least to the 40th birthday picture of 155 pounds.

And THAT would be wonderful.

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MSLZZY 5/16/2014 9:14PM

    You have the tools and the inspiration. Just look at those pictures and know you can be that again. HUGS!

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JSPIN74 5/16/2014 1:24PM

    Good CAN do this!

"What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?" Vincent van Gogh

"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." Dale Carnegie

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16 Days Post Op

Friday, November 15, 2013

It's been a long time coming. I had so much pain. It just kept getting worse and worse. First they said I had arthritis in my spine, which I do. But the PT made it worse. I finally insisted on an MRI. Turns out a lot more was wrong - including a little itty bitty cyst on my spine.

I resisted surgery - tried a chiropractor to open up the spine and help with the 4 bulging disks. It helped at first... But then that darn cyst just wouldn't give me a break. I was in agony, on pain medicine, trying to take care of my husband; all of his medical and legal issues, my full time job and all of my pets and the household. I was near collapse.

I said to myself - I don't have time for surgery! And then I finally made myself see a surgeon and find out what was REALLY involved.

Turns out the worst of it would be 2 weeks of recovery at home. No lifting, carrying, bending, sitting or much of anything. I realized that I had to give myself this relief. I didn't have time NOT to have surgery.

The cyst had grown. It was much bigger by the time he cut it out. But now I know I wasn't crazy and imagining all the pain. I had stocked up on food and had friends helping with meals. We let the house get a little messy - my husband pitched in where he could.

I'm back to work now. I'm on light duty; lifting no more than 5 pounds, still no bending and I can only sit for 20 minutes at a time. I'm walking too. I'm up to 13 minutes before it begins to hurt. I tire pretty easily. My husband found out that he feels better when he pitches in.

The best part? That horrible stabbing pain in my back is GONE. GONE!!!! Halleluiah and God Bless. Every day feels like a new beginning. A chance to make something wonderful happen.

I wish for anyone reading this that same opportunity to take a chance, take care of yourself and have a wonderful new day, each day.

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PURPLEPEONY 11/15/2013 11:32PM

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MSLZZY 11/15/2013 10:52PM

    And I am so glad you didn't wait any longer! You are on your way to better health and no pain!

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Glorious Day!

Sunday, June 09, 2013

I have been blessed today. Yes, I still woke up with pain. Yes, the dogs had made an awful mess during the night. Yes, I still have a butt-load of work to do around the house.

But the sun is shining. I walked to church and it was a lovely sermon. I walked to my husband's pharmacy to pick up some meds for him before they closed. I bought myself a skinny iced caramel latte from Dunkin and took a break at Peace Blossom Park on my way home.

There were lovely and delicious smelling flowers throughout my walk home. 3 plus miles of walking and I felt wonderful. For a brief bit I didn't even feel my pain.

I made a nice lunch (using lots of that fresh produce), did dishes and now am enjoying a guilt free moment of rest with my husband. I hope all of my friends feel as content as I do right now!

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JANTWO 6/10/2013 12:55AM

    That is awesome!!!!

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MSLZZY 6/9/2013 9:32PM

    I am so glad you had such a wonderful day of peace and joy! HUGS!

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LESLEYANNE11 6/9/2013 6:13PM

    I hope you have plenty more of these lovely days. emoticon Have a great week love.lesleyanne. emoticon

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MCFITZ2 6/9/2013 5:47PM

    What a wonderful day.

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    emoticon What a wonderful day you had. And there will be more of them ahead. emoticon

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I made it through another week!

Friday, June 07, 2013

Wowzers - It's been tough lately. But I've jumped over one hurdle: Today is payday! Yayyyy! I can go food shopping. Last night was rice, onions and mushrooms for dinner. I could have added some frozen fish - but really I was full. I'm dreaming of the fresh fruits and vegetables I can buy - LOL. I really do miss them now when I run out. Looking forward to spinach, cucumbers, red peppers, tangelos, maybe a mango?

I made it to the gym this morning. The treadmill does hurt my back but if I concentrate on leaning a little forward it doesn't hurt as much. I need to give myself a break and be ok with just 150 calories burned... It's way more than I burn sitting on the recliner at home! This weekend I plan on spending some more time there each day - maybe trying the elliptical to see if that hurts. Maybe spending some time in the massage chair - aaaaaah.

I hope my friends are having a wonderful day~

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LIVELYGIRL2 6/8/2013 6:20PM

  We got fresh produce at Sprouts on sale. Nice selection this time. You appreciate it more when your stock gets low... emoticon

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EDITOR 6/8/2013 4:39PM

    Returned from FL and had two mango smoothies. They run a dollar a piece in the Farmer's Market there. My daughter had workers take them for free from her tree. Twelve hundred pounds worth and they were so grateful! We take for granted so much. Have a great time exercising and take it easy.

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    emoticon I'm dealing with foot pain but still exercise in a way that doesn't make things worse, hopefully. Exercise makes me feel so much better. Enjoy your produce!

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ANGGEL40 6/7/2013 12:56PM

    emoticon Have a great day and weekend!

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MSLZZY 6/7/2013 11:30AM

    WTG! Restock those fresh fruits and veggies. Sometimes I wish they lasted longer but if they disappear, it means they have been eaten and not thrown away. Do what you can and make the most of your day! HUGS!

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New Fruit of the Day

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I've been bored with my standard apple/banana rotation. I even turned to canned fruit in juice to break up the boredom. Then I found these beauties.

They must be in season, as they were the same price as regular pears. They were called White Pears, but I understand they are also called Asian Pears.

More fiber, less sugar and so crisp and juicy! They reminded me a little of an apple, especially due to the crispness. Yum - a real treat.

Just wanted to share

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MSLZZY 6/6/2013 10:10PM

    If you ever get the chance, try white peaches! Absolutely the best!

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AVANELL 5/23/2013 7:48AM

    Glad you found a fruit that you really like. I have trouble getting enough fruit in my diet. I'll have to try this one!

May God bless you with great success on your journey to healthy living!

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KBEHNKE81 5/22/2013 6:54PM

    I haven't met a fruit I don't like. These look delicious. Soon you might find blueberries and strawberries at farmers markets. Don't miss out on those!! emoticon

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TXTOAD9970 5/22/2013 3:48PM

    Sounds yummy - I will have to check them out. I too am getting a little sick of apples/bananas/grapes. I got peaches last time at the market. They are a little under ripe, but still good.

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MAGGIEVAN 5/22/2013 3:41PM

    Yes, they are yummy especially when they are ripe. We also call it Asian fruit. Enjoy your hunt for new fruits to eat.

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KATTREE 5/22/2013 3:41PM

    those look yummy.. will have to try them the next time I go to the store.

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RSSSLHB 5/22/2013 3:40PM

    looks good emoticon

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PATJOONWW 5/22/2013 3:37PM

    Wow that's different thanks
Much success on your journey! emoticon

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