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More than the Galloway Method

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I'm told this is Jeff's idea - make your run (or walk) mailbox to mailbox or landmark to landmark - you pick whatever it is. Good for you, Jeffy! I'm sure it's a great book, and one day when I am ready, I'll whip that puppy out and become a true believer.

Let me say this. Mailbox to mailbox. Nope. Not today. It was scorching hot out there. I made it shadow to shadow. Shade to shade. Seriously, it felt boiling hot. Who was wearing winter pants? (albeit MATCHING, well-coordinated pants) but hotter than you know what. Geez!

At one point, I decided to sit on a cement slab bench. Are you kidding me? How does cement conduct heat? I thought I was going to cool my rear with a nice little icy break. NO! It felt like I was being branded, only warmer, and I did hop off that bench mighty quick! Yowsa!

I had a planned outing for today - and was meeting up with 2 staff members that I was buying a thank you lunch - they picked the place but it was filled with excellent healthy choices. I stopped by for a couple of errands while I was out, but the heat was stifling! Yes, I know it was not even technically summer yet! Ha ha!

I enjoy the heat, but I melt under its rays. Shady spot to shady spot - shadow to shadow. I got an extra walk in and came home tonight and did the Wii. Woo hoo.

Glug, glug, glug,....no problem getting in the water today.

Keep cool, sparkies!

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DOODIE59 6/21/2012 8:30AM

    Hi M
My daughter and I joined a Discount Fitness place near us. All I do so far is walking on the treadmill (I do have a plan, though:)). We put on a TV show to distract us and during the ads we bump up the mph speed -- we're not watching those ads anyway, and it's usually a 4 min or so burst of effort that we can handle. Sort of what you are aiming for, once the sun cools it a bit:) ... Interval training:)

Be good!

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RAINBOWFALLS 6/21/2012 8:26AM

    It is only 8:30 and I have 4 glasses of water in already - I am not a fan of this type of heat!

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TAMPATINK67 6/21/2012 8:08AM

    The consistency will pay off- just hoping everyone remembers to stay safe and listen to their bodies during the extreme heat!

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BERRY4 6/21/2012 1:34AM

    It is sometimes difficult to do, but the early AM (before 8) will help get the exercise in w/out heat stroke. (or branding...LOL)

Best to you in your journey towards health and fitness!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 6/20/2012 11:43PM

    "I felt like I was being branded."

I think I just pee'd myself.

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MUGGLE_MOM 6/20/2012 10:02PM

Super Duper Well Done Today!
Awesome job taking care of you in our crazy heatwave.

As far as mbox to mbox, I've used it. Light post to light post, driveway to drive way, tree to tree, whatever it takes, it works, I use it for walking, the kids used it for running.

Make tomorrow as awesome as you made today!

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Owning It

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Owning It means taking care of myself and recognizing that I am the only one with keys to my place. I am responsible for feeding me good stuff, taking out the trash and knowing when I have had enough and it is time to stop:

Staying in Toxic Relationships
Taking on too much
Letting myself off the hook too much

It is a challenge to take care of oneself while keeping your eyes on the prize. It may seem easier to let it all go to pot and let whatever happens happen, but what happens when you come to the end. There is a price to pay for all of those missed opportunities.

I am through just blowing through life like nothing matters --- like I don't matter. I am continually turning my ship around and heading for deeper seas --- where my life has meaning, where I have a purpose in my life and a zest for living.

It is up to me to make changes in my life and live up to the goodness in me. It is up to me to keep a light shining so that I am able to recognize where I should be headed and illuminate how I am going to get there. It is up to me to help others along the way, but to always remember that I have to pull myself up first before I take care of others.

Today, I am owning it by taking bigger baby steps to stay on course, and do what works for me. I am eating fruits/veggies and getting in some walking time. I am doing squats and push-ups and remembering that I am earning my body and making those muscles appear. I am owning it - the good and the bad and the end result will be a life and a body that I am proud of and have worked hard to earn.

What are you owning, sparkies?

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CONTENTCHRIS 6/20/2012 12:20PM

    You are doing well as well my friend. I enjoyed the fact that your ridding yourself of toxic relationships. I am completely out of any bad relations now and am working on teaching my kids to complain less and cause less undo stress to others. Stress was always the Camel that broke my back to give in to the late night snacking and thus feeling of self worthlessness...


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DIFROMWYOMING 6/19/2012 10:40PM

    I agree, Mar, we need to own who we are, who we can be, and BE that. It is easy to say and not always easy to do, but I am with you....I am done telling myself it's okay to fail because it's hard.

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KKINNEA 6/19/2012 6:40PM

    I am owning all my new responsibilities while keeping my good habits!

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DOODIE59 6/19/2012 2:10PM

    Good for you, Mary. Own it. That is one "possession" that can be freeing:)

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ELLEJAY7 6/19/2012 1:31PM

    Absolutely Great Blog! Thanks!

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MUGGLE_MOM 6/19/2012 1:25PM

    Whooo Hooooo!!!!
Great attitude MickeyMax!
You can do it!
You have what it takes!
No excuses.

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LESSOFPMCD 6/19/2012 1:04PM

    How true - we are ultimately the person that is responsible for the decisions we make.

We have to take ownership of ourselves - including our faults - stop blaming others etc. We may not be able to control everything that happens in our lives but we can control how we react to it.

We are worth being on this journey to getting healty - just have to realize this and then do what it takes to obtain your goals.

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 6/19/2012 12:58PM

    Good for you! I talked to a fitness mentor of mine recently and she said we all barely scratch the surface of what we're capable of. I think we all need to remind ourselves of that and strive to be better and value our worth!

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MILPAM3 6/19/2012 12:50PM

  Good for you. Honest with self. Honest with others. Honest with God. It's all good. emoticon

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Less Swelling

Monday, June 18, 2012

Not much to say tonight, but I am revelling in have a smaller (less swollen) foot. My left foot tends to swell if I sit too long at night, and I have notably been moving around more tonight - including doing 35 mins of the wii and taking out the trash. WOO HOO!

My little steps are paying off!

I am happy!

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DOODIE59 6/19/2012 8:44AM

    It is exactly that kind of good health we are working today -- good job keeping moving -- Yay!!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/18/2012 10:52PM

    Glad you are feeling a bit better!

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LOOZINITNOW 6/18/2012 10:09PM

    Keep at it!!! emoticon

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MUGGLE_MOM 6/18/2012 10:00PM

    You Go Girl!!! Whooo Hoooo!!!!

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DIFROMWYOMING 6/18/2012 9:41PM

    Good job Mar! I know how miserable swollen legs/feet can be and having some improvement there is reason to celebrate. Keep going, emoticon

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Temptations all around. No wonder "they" say don't go to the store on an empty stomach! Temptations were certainly calling me. However, God all put other distractions in my way: the woman at the checkout line in front of me who could not get all the items out of her cart without my assistance. She had some very creative ideas of how to jostle her cart, to reach those items which mostly worked, but I provided an easier solution.

I can be tempted and still "safe" by buying the stuff for my hubby and buying an alternate more manageable snack for me. IN this case, I bought him a cheesecake, and me 2 single serving frozen treats. Yeah, I can live with that - a lot easier than I can with either not buying anything (setting myself up for bigger cravings) or buying non portioned items which sometimes sends me a signal to go hog wild - neither of which happens when I am in control.

I am happy about my "happy medium." I am making choices that work for me without limiting others, or giving others power over me. I just feel happy with where i am. I have made some progress and I am continuing to make it, and I can also see where I am not -struggling to get stuff from my cart. All in all, I am making small changes over time which are leader to bigger gains: gains in my self esteem and not on the scale.

I just have one thing to say: woo hoo!

How do you pass up temptation, sparkies?

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 6/18/2012 3:36PM

    I do the portion control thing that you do and it usually works. LOL I have to have treats or I think my inner brat would revolt and I'd have a big mess on my hands. I just try to choose wisely.

Sounds like you've got a great plan in place!


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TEDDYBEARGIRL 6/17/2012 10:37PM

    Some days are better than others. I am lucky that I live alone so I only have to buy for me

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CANDY58 6/17/2012 7:42PM

    I can usually talk myself out of treats until it comes to ice cream emoticon
that is my big down fall.

emoticon on your success today!

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

We went out to dinner tonight and as usual did the squeeze into the booth. It is STILL a tight fit, but it no longer feels like I am using a vise grip around my middle to get in and out of the booth. I ate too much, and I am still feeling overstuffed an hour plus later, but I am also feeling good about my choices and the teeniest bit of wiggle room I had.


Because they are improvements. It is progress in the making. That's how my success is built - one smidge at a time. I had fish and a baked potato. I had a salad and unsweetened tea. As far as those choices went, it was stellar. I just ate too much of it all, but it is freaking good progress.

Another area of progress for me is getting out of my car. I am also climbing in with less thoughts of how am I getting in and out and just doing it, which is the level of comfort I had hoped for --- liked it used to be --- how I would do it, and have no thought about how I did it.

Now though, it is still a bit of a struggle to get out, but I am faring much better than I was say a month ago. I am getting more exercise, being more agile, and eating better. All pluses and definitely MORE THAN A STEP in the right direction.

I am proud of myself for the changes I am making, and as a result, I keep making more of those good choices.


Here's to all of us continuing on this good road to improvement. Let's roll Sparkies! WOO HOO!

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DOODIE59 6/17/2012 9:15AM

    Stellar choices -- yeah!!
I still chuckle when I remember the first time you told the story of trying to get out of your car at a certain moment. Getting out more easily is DEFINITELY a tangible and satisfying measure of the improvements you're making in your life. Here's to bouncing off the seat and right out the door, even before it's fully open:)

Baby steps are still steps, right ... just keep making those good decisions most of the time, and your life will just keep getting better.

Enjoy your Sunday:)

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 6/16/2012 9:13PM

    emoticon I am proud of you too!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 6/16/2012 8:55PM

    Good for you for recognizing achievements like this! I think it is so important to see the little things, like fitting in a booth easier. Way to go on your hard work paying off!

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