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Victory!

Monday, February 11, 2013

I planned last night for 2 pieces of pizza. I ate them. I enjoyed them, mostly. The crust was a little sturdy, but still mostly enjoyable. And then I stopped. I think I threw hubby for a loop by just having those two slices. Nope. I planned for two and that's just what I am having.

Victory!

Every night is not a 2-slice night, but there is victory in progress!

What are you doing for yourself that gives you a little victory, sparkies?

  
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NICOLERZ 2/16/2013 11:31PM

    Way to Go! It's hard stopping at just two slices of pizza!

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MOMMAOF1BOY 2/15/2013 9:39PM

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Great job!!

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FELINEBETTER 2/15/2013 10:24AM

    Well done! I can see why you've been voted a motivational page! Very inspiring!
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IMEMINE1 2/15/2013 6:33AM

    Good for you. I am staying off fries and potato chips.Doing a 40 day streak. emoticon

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MSHOPPER63 2/13/2013 8:35PM

    Woohoo Mickey so proud of you girl emoticon

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RAINBOWFALLS 2/12/2013 4:12PM

    emoticon Pizza is one of my favorite meals. Great job on setting a goal and sticking with it! emoticon

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CTURCOTTE 2/12/2013 1:51PM

    Great job!
I would have to say my set my mind has to be worked on.
I keep trying thats my mini sucess!

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BRADIA 2/12/2013 9:33AM

    My everyday victory is to track my meals and measure all my food portions.
Congratulations on your two slices of pizza, I understand it could have been more. I personally do not care much about pizza, but all kind of tacos make me fail my compromises.
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MAVERICK59 2/12/2013 8:50AM

    Excellent self control.
You first saw it happening in your mind and then you made it happen.
Thoughts are powerful.
Great NSV!!!!

Belinda

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MICKEYH 2/12/2013 12:35AM

    If I can have 2 slices, I would cut them in the middle and eat 4 slices !! emoticon
Great job !!

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MAMADWARF 2/11/2013 11:39PM

    Excellent...I'm proud of you!!!

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DIFROMWYOMING 2/11/2013 10:56PM

    Woohoo Mar! Good job.
Today I avoided buying ANY of my trigger foods despite shopping when hungry!
That makes it easier to not eat them...
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_KATHY 2/11/2013 6:28PM

    I am impressed ! :) Planning and succeeding in a plan makes those pleasure centers in the brain happy too!

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NORWOODGIRL 2/11/2013 2:21PM

    Now that was a plan! Well thought out and even better - well executed! emoticon

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ATTACKFATCAT 2/11/2013 11:06AM

    Like you said, every night may not be a 2-slice night, but enjoy the victory when you do have one. Keep them up and 2-slice nights will become the norm before you know it!
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RANDOMLY_HONEST 2/11/2013 10:48AM

    Great job! All those little victories add up!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 2/11/2013 9:50AM

    Good on ya girl!!

Last night I had the Mr take back some Easter candy he brought home that completely threw me for a loop.

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JESSBOND 2/11/2013 9:34AM

    That's great!!! Pizza is my biggest weakness. I hope to do that well next time I have a pizza night!
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CMRAND54 2/11/2013 9:23AM

    Good for you! Planning and executing good eating habits is the secret. Sometimes I'm better at it than others.

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SKINNIESOMEDAY 2/11/2013 9:15AM

    WOW that is so awesome !! Doesn't it feel great to be in control ? It will enpower you to do so MUCH more !!!!

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63KEEPONGOING 2/11/2013 8:53AM

  Great job! to be able to plan and not go overboard. I am not at that point yet where I could eat my missed pizza! I would indulge and maybe not return. (unsure).
I do go to the steak house for steak, baked potato and salad. I look forward to this every few days.

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DEAE82861 2/11/2013 8:51AM

  Good for you! Keep it up!

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MJRVIC2000 2/11/2013 8:50AM

    Small victories will lead us to greater victories...You are on Your way! Don't forget to Thank God! In His Grace! Vic.

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WALLINMW 2/11/2013 8:49AM

  I can't so no to pizza. Keep blogging!

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DOODIE59 2/11/2013 8:48AM

    That is definitely a victory! Follow the plan, and you'll get results. I find thinking about what I'm eating while I chew really helps me appreciate not just the food, but the amount and the reasons why I'm eating it. ... Mindful eating:)
Hugs to you,
Deirdre

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Point A to Point B

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

When you limit your vision (as I have), sometimes all you can manage is getting from Point A to Point B. Lately, my life feels all about work, and what I can do to get ahead, and I am getting ahead. The deal is not yet inked but I have taken on tons of new responsibilities and once the re-org shakes out, out pops the title and level I have been working for.

Great. All great.

But, what else?

What else is there? I have a tendency to terrorize myself when I am faced with new challenges with a head full of doubt. I have a tendency to think I don't matter in all of this when I know the exact opposite is true (I matter the most.)

Yesterday I was having a meeting with one of my new direct reports and he suffers from lack of self. Deeply. In my head, even I am not that bad, and actually I am not, but I started looking at myself through his eyes, (or rather my perception of his perception ...back up while I get a little deep) and I started to see myself in a new way.

I wanted to shake, rattle and roll my body. I need to be able to breathe more easily, move more freely, do more without major planning of where and when I need to be somewhere. Oy, there are some difficulties, but really all is well if I build myself a better life and a better way of living.

That's just it, the end result will be something I want because I will have put all of the pieces into place. I can't get there from here without taking all of the steps in between. There is no shortcut to Point B. I will get there when I get there.

  
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IMEMINE1 2/15/2013 6:29AM

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RAINBOWFALLS 2/12/2013 4:11PM

    You will get there. I like your deep thoughts.

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MAVERICK59 2/10/2013 9:01PM

    Mar,
Lead and we will follow.
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JESSBOND 2/7/2013 10:51AM

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Be strong!!

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DIFROMWYOMING 2/6/2013 9:09PM

    You're doing just fine, Mar. I see all these changes in you happening along the way- and they're all good ones. Congratulations on the new responsibilities! :)
They do come with their own burdens, but are usually so worth it!
Time for both of us to spend more time on US and enjoy the flowers along the way.

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NORWOODGIRL 2/6/2013 6:55PM

    Congrats on your career advancement! There you have plotted how to move from A to B - all the way to at least X.

You will do the same thing with yourself starting by moving to B. You can do it - with all the focus and skills you have! emoticon

You deserve it.

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DOODIE59 2/6/2013 5:01PM

    That's a very clear minded view of the situation. And it's not just about your self perception, but your plan for the future, not just for parts of you (your mind) but ALL of you:) It's all about better health so you can make the most of what you've been given.

Another sparkfriend, who has fallen prey to a debilitating illness, has said, "Oh I wish I had enjoyed my body and made full use of it when I had it, instead of grousing about what I didn't have (perfect weight)" I'm paraphrasing a little here because I can't remember her exact words, but her point was that it is important to enjoy what we've got, be grateful for what we've got. I do believe that it is easier to get healthy from that standpoint. Hugs and support:)
Deirdre

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ADIPOSEROSE 2/6/2013 11:08AM

    I play from that same sheet of music, Mick. Neither of us are shrinking violets professionally--but when it comes to self-esteem? On the other hand, being Type As, we are goal-driven, and easily discouraged when we stumble or otherwise divert ourselves from the direct path to Point B. One nice thing about getting older is that you realize after a while that no matter how well you plan or how hard you try to control the progress of destiny, it has a way of putting its own "English" on things, and sending you down paths you never anticipated. Even when you roll with the punches--**you're still rolling**--and even if you aren't making a lot of progress, you're not out of the game. I think most of us neglect ourselves when the demands become too many and the mental energy to respond to them diminishes a little more with every new mandate. Remember what your parents told you when you were little: JUST DO YOUR BEST. That's all any of us can do, every day of our lives. The trick is to accept your best as a good thing, and not weigh it down with perceptions of failure. (I need to remind myself to do that, too!) I'm proud of who you are and what you've accomplished, and know you to be a good and loyal and supportive friend. I can count on one hand the number of people about whom I can say that--put that in your self-esteem and smoke it! emoticon

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HEYITSLISA 2/6/2013 10:38AM

    Wonderful blog. My self esteem is non-existant on my best days, but I'm working on it. It takes time and you are obviously moving in the right direction. emoticon

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_KATHY 2/6/2013 9:56AM

    Mar, You will indeed get there. It's difficult to change one's inner perspective. That, along with new responsibilities, takes time and constant learning. You are doing that. And just as you develop confidence in what you know and do about your new job, you cultivate and nurture your self image. Affirmations will help grow your roots deep and solid. Also, until you have that deep confidence in yourself personally, believe people who do have that confidence in you. You are more than you think you are! :)

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CMRAND54 2/6/2013 9:37AM

    You can do it!

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MICKEYH 2/6/2013 9:17AM

    Sometime life could get you overwhelm feelings. Time like this, I always step back a bit and take it one step at a time. No need to rush, defiantly short cut is not the way. (*^^*)
Glad to hear from you. Hope you been doing well take care.

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MJRVIC2000 2/6/2013 8:08AM

    Let You Heart Reveal Jesus! Our future is always in front of us and not behind us. Turn your eyes upon Jesus. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Ring Toss or Reason 74

Saturday, January 19, 2013

How's this for inspired post? It's 2:30am Saturday morning and I just climbed out of the shower.

Reason 74 for shedding the weight, getting healthier, etc is RING TOSS.

Pardon me if this is TMI, but a reason like this is a motivating factor for me. Why is it so hard to bend over and get my underwear on? Seriously. The heavier I am, the less agile and flexible I am and the harder it is to get those darn things on without sitting down. Even then it is not that easy, but standing up, it resembles a three ring circus.

I am so tired of trying different tactics, rolling them up, tossing them on the floor to step through. It is embarrassing, even though I AM THE ONLY ONE THERE. How weird is that? I am embarrassed in front of myself. Go ahead. Wrap your head around that one. And while you are it, drop by for some ring toss. : )

  
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ATTACKFATCAT 1/29/2013 11:42AM

    Oh, I was there. At my highest way it was difficult to put pants on and tie my shoes. I was also unsteady on my feet, which I hated with a passion. I wanted to hike, but I was so scared I'd fall and hurt myself. I managed to start hiking with a walking stick for balance. I also found a yoga-based core stretch video at my local library:

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I used that video at least 3 times a week. That video is a very light stretch yoga that is good for anyone who has balance issues and helps with flexibility and strengthening your core.

The combination of those two things really made a difference in my balance and confidence. It also allowed me to start doing other stretches that made it a little less difficult to tie my shoes or put clothes on.

You can do this. You can win at ring toss :) And then you can move on to more entertaining games.

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PATRISNA 1/23/2013 4:29PM

    I have to lean against the door frame or the vanity counter or I will topple over even putting on jeans.

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/21/2013 7:58PM

    I sit to do mine....almost have to unless I want to bend in ways I'm not meant to!

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MICKEYH 1/20/2013 2:02AM

    Mickey, I know it is hard on you right now to just get thing done. But I see your hard effort day in and day out. I have confidence in you and I believe in you. You will get there. keep pushing. You can do it.
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NICOLERZ 1/19/2013 10:33PM

    I am embarrassed of myself, too, so I understand.

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DOODIE59 1/19/2013 9:35PM

    Yessss, that is one of life's little details, and just one of the many perks of being a healthy size. Just THINK of the things that would be easier with less stuff in the way:)
Be good to yourself!
Deirdre

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NORWOODGIRL 1/19/2013 8:57PM

    Yep. Been there, done that. Seems like I carry way too much fat in my belly. It is darn hard to get past it.

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CMRAND54 1/19/2013 7:35PM

    It's true. Now that I've lost weight, I can stand on one leg and get my other leg through my pants. I can even stand up and put socks on after my yoga class.

Of course, the yoga class helps with balance and flexibility, too.

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MAVERICK59 1/19/2013 2:34PM

    Why not just go commando??? emoticon

I feel ya.
Right up there with cleaning oneself after tolieting.
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HEYITSLISA 1/19/2013 10:57AM

    I can feel you, really. I used to have to sit down and put my undies on. Now I can stand and put them on one leg at at time! It's my daily reminder of how far I have come! emoticon You will get there!!

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_KATHY 1/19/2013 10:48AM

    Never thought of it that way but it's true. At least a 2 rings circus. You are right though... pretty soon we will put our undies on like a lady :) standing and one leg at a time.

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OLIVIANIGHT 1/19/2013 7:19AM

    Oh you make me laugh : ) Keep it up and you'll get there, and ring toss will be no more!

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RAINBOWFALLS 1/19/2013 7:13AM

    Great reason to keep trying! emoticon

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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/19/2013 3:06AM

    You're so hilarious!

(I like being fat just fine, but I admit that one benefit of getting thinner and more flexible is that I can reach to put on my panties and tie my shoes, both of which were harder when I was fatter and less fit.)

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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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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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VEUVEGIRL 1/18/2013 9:33AM

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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

    emoticon I love spinach and tomatoes in a salad. emoticon

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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

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