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Simplifying my plans

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Back from vacay with a new resolve:

I can succeed and have planned my meals for breakfast and lunch for the week, and having planned the types of food I'll have for dinner for the week. Woo hoo. It is doable --- and I know I can handle the 10,000 steps per day. ON vacay, we walked on average, 14,000 steps per day. I think we came close to 20,000 steps at Busch Gardens. Of all days to forget my pedometer, but I did good otherwise. My eating was not in check, but I gave myself that leeway.

Vacay was good except for breaking out in hives the second to last day. Good thing I keep cortisone handy and was able to stop the itch quickly. Still not sure what it was, possibly even heat rash.

Had a good time, but glad to be back home, where I feel more in control of my life, for many reasons...did not get to the pool, but managed quite well otherwise. I did tons of walking!!!! WOO HOO!!!!!

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CHERKYLE 5/3/2010 9:59AM

    Hope you have a great month!

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LADYLOCKS54 5/2/2010 7:27PM

    Good job! emoticon

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JOKNOWS 5/2/2010 7:22PM

    Sounds like a great vacation complete with fun and exercise. emoticon

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PEGGO45 5/2/2010 10:06AM

    emoticongood girl!!! emoticon

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PLAYBLUES22 5/2/2010 9:42AM

    Nice job

great vacation emoticon

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RIPPEDPAUL1 5/2/2010 7:43AM

    Sounds great! emoticon

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AIMEEM77 5/2/2010 1:11AM

    Glad you had a good vacation...and way to go taking control!

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BEAR_GURL 5/2/2010 12:44AM

    Sounds like you're kickin butt; ) Good luck throughout your journey and STAY positive!!!


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MINDYJ1 5/2/2010 12:30AM

    Glad you had a great time on your vacation. Sounds like you got an action plan for you eating and exercising! emoticon

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How Do you Know Me?

Thursday, April 22, 2010

I went to a farmer's market and was talking to a student/staff member of mine. I don't even recall the topic of conversation though it may have been job related. Another girl standing nearby approached and asked, "Are you .....?" Um, yes.
We had been corresponding by email and I have been helping her on a project.
I was so surprised that in a workforce of thousands I could be singled out and recognized.

Ever the inquisitor, I asked, "How did you know it was me?" She stammered some story about the director bringing her around to meet people, but she didn't think I was in that day,....and then we both changed the subject.

Here's where OM (Old Mickeymax) would have reeled: She's gigantic with glasses and brown hair as if some other colleagues were describing me. Or it could have been she has a really loud laugh (totally true), loves students, and likes sweater. Possible --- or more likely the scenario - googled me or looked me up through our own web page - all viable.

I don't want to be associated any more with the #1 choice.

The truth is I do feel gigantic. I am done with feeling out of place. I want to run, swim, bike my way to better health. In the past I walked off 70 pounds and I am completely capable of doing it again! Who's with me?!!!!!! WOO HOO!

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DTCELLO 4/28/2010 12:25AM

    How encouraging! good for you! Yep, we all work together to help each other DO THIS!

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/23/2010 5:55AM

    I am totally with you!!

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ANGELAT125 4/22/2010 9:27PM

    I am with you!! we can do this!


Angela emoticon

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MUGGLE_MOM 4/22/2010 5:18PM

    Can I join you too?!?!
I know you can do it!
Keep the uber awesome attitude!

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JOKNOWS 4/22/2010 4:00PM

    I'm right there -- let's get it done! Love your enthusiasm and yes, you did it before and emoticon again!

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DATARN 4/22/2010 2:10PM

    We are in this together. You go girl!!!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 4/22/2010 12:57PM

    I'm with you! I don't ever want to be identified as "the big one" again. We're on our way - let's do this!

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TABITHA08 4/22/2010 12:15PM

    I'm with you!! Yes, you can do this. Keep on Sparking!

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BLESSED2BEME 4/22/2010 11:33AM

    I'm with you! Way to go! Your attitude is awesome. Thanks for encouraging all of us! emoticon

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STARRPARENT 4/22/2010 10:51AM

    I'm with ya on this one! When I lost 91 lbs. I went from 26/28 to 18. Felt incredible. I see clients where I work. It had been a year since I'd seen some of them and one day one client walked in and swore that I wasn't her worker. She said my worker wears glasses and is heavy set.

I had switched to contacts and lost all that weight. I grinned the biggest grin ever and assured her I was her worker.

Man! I wanna feel that again. Like you, I've gained once lost weight back. We can do this!!


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YESITSDEB 4/22/2010 10:41AM

    I'm with you! emoticon

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GRANDMAAMIE 4/22/2010 10:37AM

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KATIEGREINER09 4/22/2010 10:17AM

    I AM :) CONGRATS and BEST OF LUCK with your new Adventure im right here with you if you ever need an open ear.... ok well eye ;)

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Esther Williams

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I bought a speedo swim cap tonight! I'm going on vacay next week and I am planning on swimming! HA!!!!!!! I can't believe I did this --- I am so amazed with myself. I am planning to wear a bathing suit in public and GO SWIMMING, and I can't wait!!! ha ha ha


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LOOZINITNOW 4/22/2010 9:22AM

    Strut your stuff and walk proud! You deserve it! emoticon

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JOKNOWS 4/22/2010 7:57AM

    emoticonGood Job. Have a great time on your vacation. emoticon

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RIPPEDPAUL1 4/22/2010 7:26AM

    I can't wait till I see you post you've joined a syncronized swimming team

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AIMEEM77 4/22/2010 12:59AM

    Good for you...no fear! I never did stop wearing mine!

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MUGGLE_MOM 4/21/2010 9:59PM

    You are too cool!!! You go Girl!!!

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Another Phase

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

I went to the bank (about a half mile from my office) and I was remembering there was more than one day where I planned to come in late so I could park at the bank to be there when it opened. The same bank I walk to. I actually had a "good" excuse, I was not very mobile after pulled my hamstring. Be that as it may, it is nice to know there is progress when you make an effort.

I was chatting with a colleague about his teenage daughters this morning, and we talked about how they go through phases. That made me think about how I go through phases too. Right now, I am trying to turn myself into having a healthy phase, one where I walk frequently, take stairs instead of elevator and eat processed things less often. I'm really starting to dial up the fitness because when I have had success before, it most often came from this area. Also, less cake helps. The key will be turning it into something longer lasting, but that will come in time as I do more and more positive steps for myself.

I had a good walk and I am happy with myself today. :)


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REDWITCH78 4/20/2010 11:09PM

    Great attitude and awesome effort!

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JOKNOWS 4/20/2010 3:23PM

    emoticonYou are doing so well. Realizing baby steps add up. Pretty soon, the walking and other things will just be routine where you want even think about it, just do it. emoticon emoticon

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YESITSDEB 4/20/2010 3:06PM

    I see this as a lifelong phase for you! Keep up the great choices. emoticon emoticon

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BLESSED2BEME 4/20/2010 11:15AM

    emoticon emoticon So happy for you! I too am working on turning what is usually a "phase" of living healthy into a lifetime of it...one step at a time.

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Imperfect Plans

Monday, April 19, 2010

I like everything all sewed up. That is just my nature. I like things to either be perfect, or to not be at all. That thinking has not done so well for me in the past. I realized (last night) that I can have imperfect plans. Things don't have to be just so, or perfect to be fine. Sometimes I get paralyzed into thinking things are not good enough and I get stuck in not being able to improve them so I give up. It's weird even as I talk about it, but I am also realizing things can be different.

Here's my improved baby step.

I wrote down what I was having for bfast and lunch today. This morning oatmeal and I took my vitamins. Check. I followed through. I wrote down: bagel thin, Cottage cheese, string cheese, banana, pudding and water. Made another note that my water bottle was in the fridge. I do tend to remember things better when I write them down.

Genius! I packed my lunch this morning, according to plan and ate the oatmeal. I stayed on track with my commute time, (leave at 6:30am) and made notes for my work day also.

The imperfect part for me is that I have always thought that I "SHOULD" have my meals mapped out at least a week in advance,.....and have never done it. This is much more manageable for me. I can do this. It actually felt really good to get this done and do it well. WOO HOO!!!! Mission accomplished! emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/20/2010 4:44AM

    Lots of us are having similar thoughts today. I just wrote on someone else's how I have this need to be perfect all the time, which leads to procrastination trying to figure out how to be perfect, and then finally imperfection as I rush to get it done. I just read another one about the collision of intention vs. reality. I think your baby step is a great one!

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DTCELLO 4/19/2010 12:50PM

    Your blog is so encouraging, because so many of us struggle with accepting life the way it is, which is, of course NOT perfect! Thank you for sharing!


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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 4/19/2010 10:44AM

    Your not alone in the all or nothing; I have let that get to me when it comes to food for as long as I can remember. The planning your food can be a tremendous help. I post a dinner menu on the fridge for the week and every morning log my days food on my Spark tracker so that I know exactly my calorie and nutritional ranges for the day. For me it takes the guess work out or trying to play catch up on in the evenings to finish food and has been my key to the transformation to a healthy lifestyle with food.

Your doing SO well and have so much to be pleased with and now, you can add your baby step!!!

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JOKNOWS 4/19/2010 9:49AM

    Great for you, giving yourself some leeway and wiggle room and for taking baby steps to reach your goals. I don't have the perfectionist mindset, but I can see how it could be limiting. It's good to see that you are accepting yourself, flaws and all, and working toward being the best you that you can be. emoticon emoticon

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DONNAEDA 4/19/2010 9:33AM

    perfection got us all in the mess we are in today, we have to change our attitude and way of thinking that we are not perfect and there will be times that we will mess up but we don't beat ourselves up over it and we just take the next step and get over it. Easily said but harder to do. Congratulations you have done it.

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BLESSED2BEME 4/19/2010 8:34AM

    emoticon I think the exact same way and my need for it to be "all or nothing" has gotten me nowhere. I've really learned over the last couple of months how to do just what you are doing. That is awesome for you!

It is so easy to fall back into the need for perfection. Remember your baby steps!

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