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Victory Is Mine!

Friday, January 18, 2013


I was loving my lunch time salad choice so much, I decided it was a good match for dinner. I frequently leave work after many folks have enjoyed their supper. So last night, I stopped into the same cafe (on my floor) and ate the same: spinach and tomatoes with a couple of cuke bits for dinner. Again balsamic vinagrette. Cash-wise, it is a little more out of pocket, but it is lifetimes better for my health.

Here is the best part: I did not snack when I got home. I drank another liter of water but that was it! SWEET! I am so proud of myself. I went to bed feeling very proud (nearly smug) that I was able to ride that train of goodness.

My small steps are starting to give me a little locomotion and I am loving it!


  
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IMEMINE1 2/15/2013 6:31AM

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NICOLERZ 1/19/2013 10:34PM

    Way to go!

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MAVERICK59 1/19/2013 2:29PM

    Mar,
I love reading this!
I am so happy that you have found something that pleases you.
You may become a vegan yet emoticon

I would love the company!
Belinda

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NORWOODGIRL 1/18/2013 5:39PM

    I am so proud of and happy for you! What a terrific start you are making emoticon

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MICKEYH 1/18/2013 4:27PM

    Hi Mickey, Sounds like you are right on track to become healthy and fit. Way to go. After encouraged by you blog , I had my garden chicken salad last night. I am planed to have same thing again tonight as well. I am so proud for both of us. (*^o^*) We are making great choice for our healthy eating and life style. Before you know it, we are going to look so great and healthy. Take care and have a safe and productive weekend !!

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KWING517 1/18/2013 1:34PM

    Great job! Keep it up - you're worth it :)

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_KATHY 1/18/2013 11:57AM

    Awesome! How can you compare that feeling of your head hitting the pillow clean, light and happy. Vs...feeling like crap because you treated yourself like crap. It would be wonderful to do that every night. We can do this! And you are right. Victory is yours!

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CMRAND54 1/18/2013 10:08AM

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You are really on a roll now. No snacking, even. I need to be strong like that.

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That's What I am Talking About

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Take a look at this:

It's beautiful!




It is organic spinach with tomatoes with balsamic vinagrette. Perfectly delicious!

I did everything the same for lunch today, but I did this one thing differently: I ate this for lunch! I feel great! I am not weighed down by heavy carbs. I ate nutritious and delicious food. I was so happy with this choice.

One little success can beget more. YAHOO!

  
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PATRISNA 1/23/2013 4:30PM

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MAVERICK59 1/19/2013 2:27PM

    Excellent choice!

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GEORGIA_KAY 1/19/2013 7:03AM

    LOVE the salad, and even more do I love your wonderful enthusiasm!
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_KATHY 1/18/2013 12:13PM

    yum!

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MUGGLE_MOM 1/18/2013 6:35AM

    Wow! When can I do lunch with you? It looks super yummy!

I am so glad that you're taking pride in your choices to take care of yourself!.
Whoooo Hooooo!!!!



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NORWOODGIRL 1/17/2013 11:12PM

    May you have many more successes! emoticon

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DOODIE59 1/17/2013 8:31PM

    HI Mickey
I'm in the middle of a cleanse for a couple of weeks, so I've been eating lots of greens. I usually make my carb quinoa because it also has a protein component and a good serving of fibre. Normally I would cook it in broth instead of water for more flavour, and then it makes a good base for lots of things, but most certainly it would add a little "staying power" to my lunch salad. Cuz it does seem like a long way to supper:)
Have fun finding all kinds of lunch salads. They can be a real treat.
Deirdre


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NICOLERZ 1/17/2013 8:17PM

    Way to go!

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COPEMA 1/17/2013 7:11PM

    Good for you, Mickey! Salads are so refreshing, they're my favorite meal. Sometimes I think I'm part rabbit!

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CMRAND54 1/17/2013 6:51PM

    Your salad looks great! I love fresh salads with a light dressing, but I usually eat some kind of carbs with it. You did good!

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HEALTHY-SPARK 1/17/2013 5:55PM

    Looks YUM and so fresh. Great success for the day!

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MICKEYH 1/17/2013 5:45PM

    I agree with you!! emoticon emoticon

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Why I did not eat chocolate (tonight)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Easy question.

I couldn't get off the couch. Sure, I can blame it on sagging couch cushions, a lack of strength in my legs, socks sliding on the worn carpet, or I could face facts.

I am fat.

I want think I want the taste of something sweet in my mouth, but the cold hard truth is that if I eat the chocolate, getting off the couch is only going to be that much harder next time.

Grrrr. I did not eat the chocolate, tonight.

I am back at square one or so it seems. BUt this is a good starting point and recognizing that I can CHOOSE something different and not have the chocolate is a physical step in the right direction.

So that is what I am doing. Taking baby steps in the right direction. UP and away we go.

  
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CMRAND54 1/17/2013 7:24PM

    Good job in not having the chocolate! You can do it!

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MAVERICK59 1/16/2013 3:42PM

    You are not at square one my friend.
You have lost more than 20% of your goal weight.
Our minds can take us to the worst place immediately.
I know mine does, especially with the weight I have gained back recently.
But truth is, We are both better off than we were at our highest points.
You got this Mar,

Hugs,
Belinda

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BROADBRUSH 1/16/2013 2:06PM

    it is good to recognize what you have to do - but then making a plan to succeed is the most important component -
allow yourself to indulge in some chocolate - preferably dark chocolate which has been proven to be beneficial.
when you plan your day with your meals and snacks clearly spelled out - there should be something in there you can look forward to enjoying.
if you feel a 'taste' will make you crave and send you binging - first make sure you have only a little available so you cannot overdose - but be sure to have the real thing - we all know from experience that substitutes DON'T WORK and make things much worse.
perhaps you can enlist a buddy and have moral support - someone to call and speak with -
look to other things for fulfillment - reading, blogging, phone a friend, organizing things in the house etc.
keep in touch - i know you will be ok

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PATRISNA 1/16/2013 10:12AM

    emoticon Baby steps lead to bigger steps. Good for you Mar!

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ADZY86 1/16/2013 7:35AM

    Fantastic! emoticon It's about taking each day as it comes. Today, you resisted the chocolate. Hig five to you for that. All you have to do it repeat that kind of mentality and you'll have this figured out. emoticon

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_KATHY 1/16/2013 1:47AM

    you are doing it. no different than any one of us. one baby step at a time. one decision at a time. one foot in front of the other. the results happen when we stop waiting for them and start the action part. those baby steps we take. I know you can do this!

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JESSICAMAE83 1/16/2013 1:33AM

    Baby steps is my main motto emoticon

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GEORGIA_KAY 1/15/2013 10:07PM

    Hey Mar, I'm baby stepping right here beside you girl!!
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DIFROMWYOMING 1/15/2013 10:03PM

    Good job, Mar. One step, one moment at a time.
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NORWOODGIRL 1/15/2013 9:57PM

    I love baby steps. Looking at the final goal is often daunting, but much smaller goals feel more attainable.

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NICOLERZ 1/15/2013 9:52PM

    YAY for not eating the chocolate! You did great!

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MICKEYH 1/15/2013 9:48PM

    emoticon congrats for taking a baby step. Step by step, you can do it.

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HEYITSLISA 1/15/2013 9:44PM

    emoticon emoticon Baby steps are better than no steps at all!

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MUGGLE_MOM 1/15/2013 9:43PM

    It doesn't matter why you didn't eat the chocolate. All that matters is that you didn't. Huge kudos to you. Take your next baby step. And your next. You got this.

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DOODIE59 1/15/2013 9:28PM

    Call that a victory, cuz it is. Baby steps, a thousand times baby steps:) It's only frustrating when they go backward:)

This is one of the hardest battles there is, and the only thing I know is that we cannot quit. So your baby steps are good ones. One day at a time, make a few good choices ...
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When Downhill is Uphill

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Yesterday, a staff member walked out the door in slow motion, or so it seemed.
After she left, I was exclaiming, "nooooooo" as I realized an important document was left behind.

I had a lot on my plate yesterday (and, in fact today as well - ha ha). I didn't think I could spare the time out of the office as every waking minute was accounted for and paired with a task. But, it had to be done, and I did not have anyone else available who could do it, so off I went. It seemed as if I was transported there in no time. It was a cool, brisk walk.

On the way back though, I realized, drats that is a steep uphill. It was even more annoying that I dropped my fitbit 2 days ago and it is among the missing. It's not in the house; it is somewhere in the world. I do not foresee myself replacing that little number. I huffed and I puffed but I made it back to my desk. It was not without considerable effort though.

Here's something great that came out of this interlude. I CAN DO IT! I DID IT. I AM DOING IT. I see myself from the outside in. I have turned the corner. I am right on the brink of success when I was on my biggest losing streak ever. IT IS BEAUTIFUL! I AM BEAUTIFUL! (WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL!)

Take a moment to humor me, sparkies: Tell me something beautiful about yourself. If you are stuck ask me, I will tell you!

HAVE A WONDERFUL DAY!

  
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TJCADDO 11/20/2012 2:57PM

    Something beautiful about you is your big big heart and sense of humor and making others feel good about themselves.

Me.... I have a good smile! emoticon

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GEMINIGEM6 11/15/2012 4:33AM

    That's great! You did it! :)

Something beautiful about me-I never quit...even when I feel like giving up...I find I'm still kickin' months, years down the line. Lol. Thx for asking that question to make us say something positive about ourselves. :)

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MAVERICK59 11/13/2012 11:21AM

    You are a blessing to us.
Hugs,
Belinda

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MSHOPPER63 11/9/2012 9:03PM

    Mickey this is FANTASTIC !! The revelation that you can DO IT !! I am soo proud of you my dear.

Something beautiful about me -- My caring personalities.

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TONYVAND1 11/7/2012 9:57AM

  emoticon emoticon I would replace that fitbit right away I love mine. emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 11/7/2012 6:18AM

    Great job getting it done! We had a sneak of sun yesterday and I made it outside for a walk. emoticon

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NORWOODGIRL 11/6/2012 10:48PM

    Not replace your fitbit? Horror of horrors! My addictive personality would have great difficulty living without it. emoticon

Keep that losing (winning!!!!!!!!) streak going.

Your blog is so great to read. Very inspirational.

Hmmm....somet
hing beautiful about myself? I am empathetic and caring.
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DMSPEER93 11/6/2012 10:19PM

    How inspirational! You can do this! We must always look for the positive in everything! God bless your efforts a hundred fold! emoticon

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DOODIE59 11/6/2012 7:49PM

    I just might have to purchase a fitBit. It sounds so motivating. Congrats on the change in you:) Same person, but BETTER:)
Take care
Deirdre

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DIFROMWYOMING 11/6/2012 7:15PM

    Wonderful Mar. You ARE beautiful. Hmmm....I think that trying to be someone who gives back to the world instead of taking- is beautiful. So I suppose that is me! emoticon

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MICKEYH 11/6/2012 5:25PM

    You are so beautiful in and out, I am so beautiful, we are so beautiful !!
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CMRAND54 11/6/2012 5:09PM

    You ARE beautiful.

I spent the last few weeks canvassing for my favorite candidate. Today I spent almost 6 hours walking around the neighborhood knocking on doors of supporters to get people out to vote. Three year ago I couldn't have lasted even an hour of walking. I've lost weight and increased my exercise and now I have the energy to do the things that are important to me.

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FUZZIEBEAR3 11/6/2012 11:36AM

    I am strong, and every workout makes me stronger and amazes me that I perservered and I can do it.

I love the rainbow of leaves in the background here.

You are beautiful, you can do it. emoticon

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_KATHY 11/6/2012 9:45AM

    You are awesome and I'm so proud of you. About me? I was thinking this morning while still in bed, that I am a deeply caring person who cries at the news and touching movies. So, I think that is beautiful :)

Have a great day and stay safe!

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 11/6/2012 9:26AM

    Sometimes God slips in gentle reminders that we can do it. Good for you. I hope you find your Fitbit. I've misplaced mine several times since I purchased it 5 months ago and when I realize it's not clipped on my pants, a frantic search ensues! I've managed to avoid flushing it down the toilet so far (a worry of mine!) and would have to replace it if I did such a thing. I love the accountablity it gives me.

Keep pushing and always take the time to love yourself. Thanks for posting, Pat emoticon

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ONENEL 11/6/2012 7:42AM

    We never know what we can accomplish until we try-once we Do It- we feel that sense of accomplishment. Congrats. Remember that feeling.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 11/6/2012 7:31AM

    I am proud of you! Spark on GF!

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Breaking News

Saturday, November 03, 2012

This just in! Newsflash!

My body likes to move. It a-p-p-r-e-c-i-a-t-e-s movement. I can't believe how much in this past few days I have realized how much better I feel when I am up moving around. It is not just my body. It is my spirit. It bleeds into my emotional well being. I feel happier. I am lifted. It is all because of moving around more that I realize that I am gaining momentum and rediscovering the awesome woman that I am.

I like myself more. I am giving myself a pat on the back for not only moving, and yes, burning calories, but feeling good about how I look, and what I am doing for myself to get myself to that place. Of you all know that place: the happy place.

Lately, I am there more often than not. and why? Well for one, I am not stiff as a board for having just parked it one the couch and sat around like a bump on a log all day. Same goes for my desk at work. I find myself standing more and having meetings elsewhere, not just in my own office, but places to get out and about.

I am calmer. I am better peace with my decisions. I am taking time to think things through instead of coming up with a rash answer and a one size fits all approach. It definitely does not, and hey, I am okay with that.

Let's all move around a little more sparkies. What is your newsflash?

  
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CHRISBEM 1/8/2013 7:54PM

    Moving can be so good for the soul. When I get really down, I'll go for a super long walk and always come back feeling better.

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 11/5/2012 11:37AM

    Good for you - go, go go! Great rewards - Pat

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_KATHY 11/4/2012 10:36AM

    You are indeed in your HAPPY PLACE and that makes me happy :)

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NORWOODGIRL 11/4/2012 8:08AM

    Your enthusiasm is contagious. I'm going to post this, leave the computer and GOYBAD (Get Off Your Butt And Dance) to some music. emoticon
Congratulations on loving your body!

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CANDY58 11/4/2012 7:59AM

    How wonderful for you emoticon Keep it up!!

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RAINBOWFALLS 11/4/2012 5:03AM

    emoticon Great job getting to that place! Exercise is a wonderful thing!

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MICKEYH 11/3/2012 11:21PM

    Wow!! I am so glad, you have found the joy of moving again!! Me too. So, I feel your happiness. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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DOODIE59 11/3/2012 10:36PM

    Your newsflash is wonderful:) Live it.
Deirdre

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DIFROMWYOMING 11/3/2012 10:32PM

    Mine is too depressing to post...:)
I'm glad you are feeling so GOOD, Mar. That is awesome.

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BRACEYM1 11/3/2012 10:23PM

    I am so happy for you. Congrats!

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