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Just Turn Around

Friday, July 29, 2011

Turning around things is easier than you think. It is easy to get so overwhelmed at times, that you get ready to throw in the towel, and think you are never going to be able to do it.


All you need to do is an about face, and take one step in the right direction. That's it. Just put one foot in front of the other (like Kris Kringle) and just go.

That's how it happens for all of us. We all struggle from time to time. The victory is not in the being perfect, it is from getting up from when you have fallen down again. There is no bed of roses waiting. It is all in the journey. The journey can be full of thorns and missteps, and do-overs, but it is all okay. Just start over and go from there.

I challenged myself this week to do something different. Something I never ever thought I could do. And I did. I waved the white flag. I surrendered and did the once unthinkable thing for me.

I asked for help.

And you know what happened? I got it.

Just what I needed. A fresh perspective.

A perspective that made me stop and say, Yeah, I can do this and I am perfectly capable of having the victory myself.

Yes, I am capable.

Yes, I have fallen, (but I have gotten back up.)

Yes, I am exercising.

Yes, I am keeping my sugar under control.

Yes, I am losing.

And I am doing it one step at a time.

If I can do it, so can you. There is room for all of us in the winners' circle.

Hope to see you there.

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GEORGIA_KAY 8/6/2011 1:32PM

    You're doing all the right things to make your dreams a reality! Love this blog :)

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MUGGLE_MOM 8/1/2011 5:33PM

    Great blog! You have such great insight.
Keep up the awesomeness. I love your open mind and your perspective. You can do this!!!!

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PEPPERLEAH 7/31/2011 10:03AM

    What a wonderful blog! So true that we can all get back up and start again. I love this blog!

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SUZWARNR 7/30/2011 6:33AM

    Nice blog. Great job for heading back in the right direction.

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    I'm on my way! emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 7/29/2011 9:58PM

    Me, too, Mar...me, too!
Hugs, Di

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WINTERSMAGIC29 7/29/2011 9:35PM

    Oh i love that song from Santa Clause is coming to town! And you're right!
I've always struggled with asking for help and i'm glad you asked for help!

Sounds like you've had an ah ha moment! Keep it up! I've been struggling a great deal lately and I'm working towards turning things around!

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Three Best Tips,....please

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

OK, I am struggling here, mostly because the scale keeps going up. I know why: I AM EATING TOO MUCH, and frequently TOO MUCH of the wrong thing. In some ways, my head is in a good place, but I am easily derailed, and distracted and wonder WTF is going to happen next. I am losing my grounding. My blood sugar is good, in fact, better than ever, but not only is my weight a problem, I am now the highest I have ever been in recorded history. (That, of course means, I had many days of never setting foot near a scale, so who really knows.)


Please share your 3 best tips with me for getting IT done!

This is not the time to hold back, ... if you want to give me your version of shaken Mickey syndrome, then do it. Sometimes, we all need a kick in the pants. This is my time.

T H A N K Y O U !!!

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    1) Watch Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead (linked on my blog)
2) Plan a menu of veggies for a week for lunch, and a menu of veggies for a week for dinner. Only buy the ones you like.
3) Buy them, and prep them ahead, and if applicable cook them ahead. Then you only need to warm them up.

You really drop the weight. But this will be especially beneficial for you as a diabetic.

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KIKI0531 8/1/2011 11:30AM

    (1) Start off with just setting yourself at least 15 minutes a day to exert your body (your choice - if your just beginning try the Spark DVD's or Leslie Sansone - I did these when first starting out).

(2) Have a bottle of water with you at all times and drink. I have 1.5 liter bottles that I know I want to drink at least 2 of throughout the day .. and if I drink more than thats even better !!

(3) Hardest one, but really made a difference in me losing once I stuck to it. I do not eat anything after dinner (only water) - my dinner is usually around 630. Kitchen is closed. Once I started this I really noticed the loss. Takes about 2 weeks or so to get used to AND YES, I slipped up on occasions.

You can't be perfect. Just move more, drink more (water), and make better food choices.

Good Luck. I will be checking on you !!

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 7/28/2011 6:23PM

    First, good for you for not giving up. I know how tough this is. But you can do it!

1. Weigh and measure everything, even if you're eating beyond your calorie range! I use a digital scale that weighs to the gram.

2. I could be wrong here, but I'm guessing you're eating too many carbs. Try to kick as much bread, pasta, and rice out of your diet as you can. Get your fiber with more freggies.

3. The two weeks are the hardest. Nothing breeds success like success. Gain and acknowledge your victories, no matter how small. Don't be shy to blog them.

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DOMINICKSMOM05 7/28/2011 1:09PM

  Here are mine-
1. eat fresh as much as possible- for me if it is processed or prepackaged the sodium kills what I have done on the scale! So just try it for one week- buy everything fresh and see what happens- you will see lower numbers and feel better.
2. Decide your food the night before- pack it into your six small meals ( I can only average about 300 per meal and 100 per snack now but everyone is different) Get yourself a cool lunch bag that you like- throw in a frozen pack- take it everywhere and only eat what is in the bag!!!!
3. Water water water. I only have water- if i am getting stressed or loosing I have a small cup of coffee (splenda and sugar free flavoring) Once I start with the soda my whole day seems to go down hill even if it is diet soda- the bubble make me feel bloated and that leads me to bad choices.
Here is what I would do- write all of these things in a journal- or at least the ones that you think will work for you. Then choose one each week to try. If you see the numbers go down and you feel good then keep it. Each week add a new healthy choice. It is manageable in these small steps and you can keep it up for life that way!

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MOTIVEDME 7/28/2011 12:11PM

    Don't Weight Yourself Everyday Pick One Day Out Of The Week To Do Your Last Weigh in Of The Weeek And Begging Of The Week As A sTARTING wEIGH iN fOR The Week! Cause If You Keep Weighing Yourself Then Your Weigh Would Keep Going Up Or Down And It Will Make Your Self Esteem Feel Depressing. IHave a Filter Water Bottle I Guess I Can Put Lemon In It To Right? i Workout At Home And Listen To Good Music Along With It To Be More Motivated To Do It. And Eat Lots Of Fruits And Veggies. Stay Away From Junk And Faten Foods And Sweets !

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NEHITA 7/28/2011 12:02PM

    my 3 tips would be:

get a good water bottle to carry with you at all time and keep it filled with water, I like mine with a splash of lemon juice because it helps cleans toxins out of your body

walking, either with music you like or just the sounds of nature

have a positive attitude even when you mess up, because you are going to mess up - no one is perfect except God, so we are going to mess up, but its your choice to get back up and dust yourself off and get back on track and also remember WHY you need this and WHY you decided to do this

So, much success to you and I'm here for support.

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 7/27/2011 6:36PM

    I decided to share 3 blogs that might be helpful. I've been struggling myself so I've done a little soul searching. I hope these help some.

1. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p

2. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p

3. http://www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_p

I KNOW you will get this! Your heart and mind are READY!!!!! Thanks for opening up and allowing others to speak into your life! I can tell you're a dear person!!!!!!

Huge hugs, Susan

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KSERRANO67 7/27/2011 6:18PM

    I think I am going to just repeat what has already been said, but here it goes:
#1: Track/measure/weigh everything....yes everything. Don't fool yourself into thinking that one little piece of cracker or scoop of peanut butter does not count. Believe my giggling thighs, it ALL counts.

#2: Stay within recommended calorie range. No exceptions.

#3: H2o! At least 8 glasses a day.

#4: Get the body moving...something, 5-6 times a week...anywhere from 10-45 mins/day.

You can do this. You can do this!

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BESTSUSIEYET 7/27/2011 5:05PM

    MOVE for 10 min first thing every morning. It can be walking, squats, marching in place, bicep curls, wall push ups ... Mix it up, but do it before you do anything else. Gets your mind and body into the "I've decided to make healthy choices today" mode.

Eat a small breakfast, with protein

Plan your foods for the day to stay within your range, planning in small snack mid-morning, mid-afternoon, and evening (if that's a hard time for you), track them, and then eat that! Not anything else. (If you do eat something else, track it. Don't lie to yourself that those little bites didn't count!)

Ok, i know this is #4 --but I also think that finding new Spark recipes to try helped me a great deal. The thoughts of food were geared to new, healthy options, and we found so many thing we like! Trying to eat the same things as in the unhealthy days, but in smaller portions, just didn't work for me. I had too much memory of large portions of those unhealthy foods. I honestly did not struggle with physical hunger when I ate the right things, in the right amounts, spaced throughout my day.

I remember when YOU sent me a message inviting me to the Quick Fire team. That meant a lot! And working in those small amounts of Fitness Minutes was very helpful in me reaching my goal! God Bless You, friend!


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CAPERGRRL 7/27/2011 4:23PM

    1. Track EVERYTHING! Track before you eat something. That will keep you very aware of where you are at for the day.
2. Make GOALS! It's important, it make's you accountable to yourself.
3. Think positively, it will do wonders for your motivation!


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PARKERB2 7/27/2011 2:52PM

    1. Track, Track, Track.
2. Drink, Drink, Drink
3. Move, Move, Move emoticon

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MOJAVEMAMA 7/27/2011 12:19PM

    Start small. Everytime I have tried to come back to SP I gave up because I wasn't hitting my goals. The fact was that my goals were not realistic.

Then I cahnge my strategy by setting am achievable goal each day. This time around my first goal was to drink 8 glasses of water a day. Then, it was to blog on SP at least once a day. Third goal exercise 10 mins per day. As I achieved each of these goals, I move on to new ones. When I quit focusing on the weight and focused on my goals, I started to see the weight come off again.

You can do this!!! You have a alot of spark friends supporting you.

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MAMADWARF 7/27/2011 11:05AM


y, it is just deciding.
Decide you WANT to
Decide you are worth it
Decide your meals in advance
Decide you are going for a walk (even if it is 5 minutes)
Take it one day (or hour or meal) at a time.
Just dont quit.

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CHANGE_4_ME 7/27/2011 10:55AM

    1. Start a food journal. Log your food, the time you ate and your feelings at the time, if neccessary. I know it sounds like alot but I actually do it in a 5x8 calendar/planner that has the months and weeks. If it'll help I'll try to get a picture of it online.

2. Read "This is why you're fat" by Jackie Warner. It has some really good info in there and exercise models. Or anything else that can keep you inspired on the daily. You can do this!

3. Have a buddy you have to report to. I have struggled with this. Yesterday I had a new Spark friend agree to do that for me. I knew she'd be expecting to hear something from me today so I actually made it out the door to walk yesterday. I will gladly do it for you.

4. Water! As much as you can stand to drink. Add a little lemon juice. It's supposed to be a natural diurectic. I have started doing this one just recently. I can remember when I'm home most of the time. So I'm working on it. Drink Water.

Good Luck Girl! One mistake does not ruin a whole day. Don't let it become a domino. Hang in there!

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TREASURINGLIFE 7/27/2011 10:42AM

    Weigh/measure/track everything you put in your mouth - no matter what!

Stay within your calorie range - no matter what!

Drink at least 64 ounces of water every single day - no matter what!

Do those things and you absolutely WILL lose weight. Period. :)

- Michelle

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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 7/27/2011 10:25AM

    Three tips huh?

For me, it is all about one tip. Make one good choice. Sounds so simple but that one good choice almost always leads to a second. Once you make the second the third is around the corner right, because why blow it now.

My good choice always starts with getting up and putting on my work out cloths. Even if it means I have to get up at 4am because I have an early meeting and since I hate HATE HATE to work out, so why eat the candy bar when I am feeling so good about getting the work out in.

Hope that helps!

Terri =)

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CMA444 7/27/2011 10:14AM

    I know where you are coming from. Here are my tips. I hope they help you!

1. Log all your food. Regardless if you stayed within your calorie range.
2. Eat as many natural foods (fruits, veggies, whole graines, lean meats, etc) as possible.
3. Don't deprive yourself. If you cut out something completely then you will want it more.
4. Exercise can be your friend. Start easy. Walking is a terrific exercise. As your endurance gets better you can try other things. Find things that you like to do and that are easy to fit in your life.
5. Be realistic with your goals. You aren't going to lose 100 lbs in a month.
6. I think this is the most important one. Figure out what is causing your eating and confront it. There are lots of sparkteams for emotional and stress eating. Maybe look into Overeaters Anonymous or something like that to help with what is really causing the overeating.

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SARAWALKS 7/27/2011 9:35AM

    You just want three? That's tough, lots of little changes have gone into this...

1 - walking or doing Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds DVDs every day, no matter what - but it took me a while to be consistent with this

2 - food logging - it makes you think & realize where you may be cheating yourself on a nutrient category you NEED, like fat or carbs. We need those guys, just in proportion.

3 - more veggies and fruits, less protein and starch, although I love steamed potatoes and have started hash browning them with no-cal spray-on oil. Great when you need a carb...

Above all, realize these are big changes and you can't make them consistent all of a sudden. I like the idea of "a focus a day" that someone mentioned.

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SLFRISBEY 7/27/2011 9:31AM

    I also have that problem. One thing I have noticed about myself is if I start the morning off right, I make better decisions all day. If I have something bad, like a McD's breakfast sandwich for breakfast, look out, it's all over. If I have oatmeal, I am much better with the following decisions. Not sure if that helps but it's my secret :)

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/27/2011 9:03AM

    1. Eat a healthy breakfast within 45 minutes of waking. Include 3 food groups, especially protein. It should be 300-400 calories, roughly. This one tip doubled my rate of weight loss.

2. Log all food! No matter what it is, no matter how you feel about having it documented, just do it. You will find patterns, and if you log before you eat it, you just might convince yourself it's not worth having.

3. Plan menus, but stay flexible. Prepare your foods ahead of time and have them with you at all times. If you are presented with a food situation (such as an unexpected lunch outing), try to keep your choices similar to what you already have. You'll be less likely to be tempted if you know you'll be wasting food you've already prepared.

Good luck!! Hope this helps you out.

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DOODIE59 7/27/2011 8:57AM

    Mickey, just don't quit.

As I have stalled out for three months ... I am not a shining example of discipline, but as I have said before -- weight not regained is a victory.

When I struggle, I give myself one rule a day and it can be different each day -- just so I stay connected to a system that works if I let it:)

One day it will be 8 glasses of water; another, adhering to the five fruit/veggie challenge. It might be a three-day dog walking commitment. ANYTHING, really, that keeps me aware of the "program" I need to be on. How about a five day run of creating a new Supper Salad for dinner each evening? Just thinking and planning for it each day might just help you "refocus" on what you need to do healthwise. There are so many delicious salads ... brown rice asian inspired salad w cashews, lime juice dressing black bean and corn salad -- one of our favourites and really refreshing.

Just remember you are doing this for YOU, and it is a good thing. Don't let the scales bully you into quitting -- look at what you've done to your blood sugar. There are many ways to measure the success of your efforts so far.

As my husband keeps reminding me, if you lost 25 pounds a year (and I've already lost 25), I'd be 100 lb lighter in 3 years. Is that not a victory? It doesn't have to be fast to be good ... you just have to keep trying:)

I wish you the very best, Mickey; if you'd like those two recipes, let me know and I'll try to get them to you.


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KEKEIKO 7/27/2011 8:56AM

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CIVIAV 7/27/2011 8:56AM

    Interesting, I am having difficulty coming up with suggestions of how to handle the eating end since that seems to be the issue.

Seems to me I don't have this worked out yet but that being said here are a couple of thoughts that I've used with some success.

First, commit to eat at the suggested calorie limit and then log everything. This simply helps with focus. Second, minimum 10 minutes of walking or exercise each day. This will help you ramp up activity.
Third, here are a couple of suggestions. I love to mix my foods but it seems to increase my desired portion sizes. If I keep them separate and only eat a food until I am satisfied I want less. This helped me be aware of where I was eating mindlessly. I don't do it now though.

Also, when I crave foods, I will picture myself eating them, FULLY. I revel in the virtual experience and it seems to help with the craving.

All this being said, I have the fitness end handled much better. The extent of my food work has been on portion awareness and working to find healthier foods in the mix. I don't really eat any fast food anymore after logging and seeing the impact it had on my intake of the various nutrients.

Hope this offers some 'food for thought'!

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HOAGIE22 7/27/2011 8:46AM

  "Git Er Done!!!"

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What Ever Happened To.....

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Whoa. I just did a little clean up on my sparkpage, and inventoried (for lack of a better word) my friends. Some people have been MIA for months and I did not know it. I wonder if they got sidetracked, or overwhelmed, or didn't think it was working, or just gave up? I wonder. I would like to think that they stretched their wings and are soaring high overhead, completely cured of overeating, and now just exercise without putting another thought to it. Alas, if it were true, it would be lovely.

For me, I sustain myself with the support and encouragement of my Spark friends. I get as good as I give. I enjoy the camaraderie as well as the nudges to work a little harder or to pat myself on the back a little stronger.

I've had patches of roughness and bumps in the road, too, sparkfriends, but I am stronger for having you here with me. Thank you for all of the advice, kinship, and cheering you have done on my behalf as I inch closer to my goals.

Woo hoo!


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MUGGLE_MOM 8/1/2011 5:36PM

    I have to agree whole heartedly!
I can't imagine where I'd be without my Sparkies. Its so hard on this road, and my Sparkies make me realize that I'm not alone and that it can be done.

Hang Tough Mickey!

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    Ahh, the guilt in me forces me to raise my hand! emoticonI get so far behind when it comes to the social aspect of Sparking! This is a really good problem to have, I should think, because it shows me I am blessed with many friends! However, when I can't reciprocate the support I receive from my wonderful SparkFriends, it really doesn't seem fair at all! I hope you know that I appreciate you VERY much and am glad that we are friends! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BJWESTON70 7/27/2011 1:50PM

    Right back at ya Mickey!!

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TINYDANCER 7/27/2011 7:52AM

    I agree that spark love and encouragment means so much. we are all in this together. have a great day.

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SARAWALKS 7/26/2011 6:12PM

    You're welcome, Mickey, and the same to you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KSERRANO67 7/26/2011 5:37PM

    It is so true about fellow Sparkies...funny, I was just thinking how awesome Sparkpeople is and how amazing that SOMETHING FINALLY WORKS!! You are so right on about giving back and encouraging others...it makes all the different when we build connections. I don't think I would have made it this far without all the support from my fellow Sparkies! Keep up the great work and we CAN do this!

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Working the Plan

Monday, July 25, 2011

I recently went on a staff retreat where we determined our personality types through a poker style game. My own preferences and thoughts about myself indicate that I am a "planner" and I do my best when I am working the plan. A-HA! There IS a method to my madness, after all. It is good to know that I am able to keep on track best when I not only have a plan but I am following it. It is true. I have noticed I am much better at towing the line when I know where the line is and less likely to veer off course.

Back up to last night. I filled my water bottles, and prepared the ingredients for my breakfast smoothie and I chucked them in the freezer to be ready to go for the blender. Woo hoo.
I went to bed about a half hour earlier than usual. I set a series of alarms for this morning, starting at 4:45am, Sometimes it takes me a little bit to get rolling. I was on the road to the gym by 5:15am. I'm going to have to tweak that so I get an earlier start, but all in all, not too shabby.

I told my DH that I would go with him to the store tonight (left over from yesterday's agenda) but in order to do that, I promised myself that I would get my own stuff out of the way first. So, off to the gym to work out. Woo hoo. Had I not gone, I could see the scenario where I would prob blow the gym off and then be mad at him for not letting me put myself first, when in reality, I would just be using that as an excuse not to go.

I have crossed the line in the sand to myself. Hurrah for me. I rode the bike for 30 mins and met my cardio goal. I was tired, but I did it anyway. I reinforced the thought to myself that there are people of all shapes and sizes in the gym, and that movement matters. I am on track, and actually already AHEAD of schedule for my cardio goals for the week. Woo hoo.

Mental note that I had the seat a little too high (at a 7 instead of a 6) and that made the ride a little less than perfect. I'll be sure to pay closer attention to the height next time around.

I checked my blood sugar before I left the house and it was 93. When I came home after exercising and before eating it was 89. I am amazed by the difference a half hour of moving can make on your blood sugar. If that is not a ringing endorsement for exercise, I don't know what is.

I know what I need to do in order to be successful. This is not my first rodeo as they say. I am making the steps day by day, and I am counting on my fitness to add up so I stop feeling like I am lugging myself around in this heat. I know I will get there. I am well on my way.

Have a happy day! Stay cool!

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CHANGE_4_ME 7/26/2011 12:18PM

    I'm so proud of you! Keep up the good work!

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BAYBELIEVER 7/25/2011 7:55PM

    Good for you. Knowing that you are a planner is great then to keep you planning and on plan! Keep up the great work and the movement.

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PARKERB2 7/25/2011 5:13PM

    I guess I'm a planner too as I make notes and do them one at a time as best I can. I feel better when I can get them done step by step. Keep up the good exercising as you say it's good for you. Have a great day. emoticon

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TINARENA2 7/25/2011 1:11PM

    Getting to the gym that early is a real accomplishment. emoticon

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KEKEIKO 7/25/2011 10:09AM

    Yes you are on your way! Congratulations for dragging yourself out of bed early! Prep at night for the morning is a terrific idea. You did great today! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/25/2011 9:56AM

    Love those moments of clarity. I'm with you. I'm a planner. If I don't, well . . . it just doesn't get done!

I second the total benefits of exercising for ANYTHING, but as a diabetic too, I see how it hugely impacts (for the good) my blood sugar. I'll never stop moving!

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DIFROMWYOMING 7/25/2011 9:26AM

    Woohoo! What a wonderful moment of clarity...and I am a 'planner' too...and am happiest when ON PLAN, whatever that is for any given day. Thanks for the reminder as I need to get moving to stay on my plan for today!
Hugs, you're doing wonderful!

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Making It Happen

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The switch is being flipped and I am working on centering my life around me. DH wanted to go to the store today, and I told him I could go, but I would need to a) go workout first, and b) go pick up some produce. So he went to the store by himself and I went and handled my weight training (woo hoo) and stopped to get strawberries. I am proud of myself for not taking myself off the docket. I am also proud of how I got through the exercise. I rocked it!

Overhead press, chest press, row, arm extension, bicep curl, and drumroll please, ... the lat pulldown. It is an easy exercise to do and it does get strength and tonight for your back and delts, but the one issue I have struggled with is getting up after the lift. My legs are weak compared to rest of me and it is hard for me to get up without having something to push off of. I concentrate and focus on making my legs spring up and it helps me get up - 4 times in a row. (The last time getting off the machine.)

Patting myself on my back - I am proud of my actions and that I am rocking my plan.

Woo hoo!!!!

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DOODIE59 7/25/2011 8:53AM

    Wonderful news, Mickey. Funny how quick we are to accommodate others' schedules -- they wouldn't expect us to -- we just drop our needs in an effort to "get along". Often, those people don't know we've neglected our plans to join in; they just think we had nothing to do and that's why we're free to tag along.

Congratulations on factoring your needs and wants into the equation:)

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CHLOE453 7/25/2011 7:03AM

    Wow I can feel your energy through your blog which is helping to motivate me this morning. Great job sticking with your plan!!! Keep up the fantastic work that you are doing. Kelly

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KSERRANO67 7/24/2011 8:43PM

    Great job! Bravo for sticking to your plan!! A+ day for you!! Keep it going! emoticon

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PARKERB2 7/24/2011 8:05PM

    emoticon Glad to hear your doing so well. Keep up the good work.

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