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Self-loathing: not just for the fat!

Monday, April 16, 2012

I am amazed when I hear people I consider to be attractive, interesting, and "together" just spew forth with gouts of self-loathing. If they are curvy, they think they're fat. If they are thin, they point out every tiny, perceived flaw. Everyone seems to go around wishing that they were something other than what they are.

I think it's sad that we are all spending so much of our precious time hating ourselves. Each one of us is a unique, wonderful person who probably has an interesting story to tell, and each one of us deserves respect and consideration. Particularly from ourselves.

  
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HONBAD 4/17/2012 1:05PM

    During one of the first times I ever did yoga, the yoga instructor talked about "being gentle on yourself" during the meditation portion. It really struck a cord with me. I stop negative thinking about myself as soon as possible by telling myself that. And I know I am a happier, nicer person because of it! Great blog!

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NATPLUMMER 4/17/2012 11:37AM

    Women especially seem to be hypercritical of themselves.

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CASEYTALK 4/16/2012 11:16PM

    Laughing! I was all set to come here and tell you, "Now see HERE missy! Don't you start holding yourself to standards you'd hold no one else to! Don't you go finding only fault in yourself!" Then I read the blog and learned that you're not speaking of yourself.

It's a good point you make. Also, I agree with ApplesBananas. When someone pays you a compliment, you say, "Thank you." Even if you don't agree, it was a nice thing for the other person to say and the least you can do is thank them for saying it. It's polite. When I give someone a compliment and their immediate answer is to negate it, what are they saying? That I don't know what I'm talking about? That I have no taste if I like their things? That I'm a fool? That's not a nice thing to do to someone who has just said something nice about you. As she said, it's really simple -- "Thank you." So, good blog post Miss G!

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 4/16/2012 11:06PM

    Well said and so right.

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APPLESBANANAS 4/16/2012 10:13PM

    Great blog! I remember reading somewhere to always say "thank you" if someone offers you a compliment, instead of pointing out your own flaws. Not only is it polite, but it also helps you take a second to realize the compliment that is being given.

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DWHARLOW 4/16/2012 8:13PM

  I think that you are right. We should give ourselves a break. We all deserve love and respect from ourselves. Have a GREAT DAY!!!!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 4/16/2012 7:56PM

    We're taught it young. There's a reason the beauty industry makes so much money. If only we could all go around makeupless and not care about our looks, I'd bet the world would be a nicer place to live in.

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Burning 5000+ cardio calories a week

Saturday, April 14, 2012

At least according to Spark People. The long bike ride did the bulk of it, of course.

This is two weeks in a row that I've burned over 5,000 calories. I hope I can keep it up through the summer months. It's a bit harder in the winter, since the long bike rides are what really do it. I would like to be at least 20 pounds lighter by the time Pedal to the Point rolls around at the beginning of August. The less of me there is to haul over all those miles, the better! I've been averaging 7 pounds lost per month, so that's not an unrealistic goal. Slow and steady wins the race!

  
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NATPLUMMER 4/15/2012 8:59AM

    WOW!!!

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DOTTIEJANE1 4/14/2012 8:22PM

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KARENDEE4 4/14/2012 6:27PM

    Good for you!!

I love bike rides too! I might have to do one Sunday

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CAKEMAKERMOM 4/14/2012 5:50PM

    You're really working your butt off!

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AMANDASHRINKING 4/14/2012 5:11PM

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thats so awesome

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HONBAD 4/14/2012 4:22PM

    Wow, that's impressive!!! Good for you! Sounds like you are well on your way to meeting that goal. There is no stopping you! I'm glad the weather has cooperated this early in the year for you to get a head start.

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27 miles, and ready for bed

Friday, April 13, 2012

I went for my first truly long ride today--27 miles. I'm working to strengthen my knees, so I rode in lower gears and kept my pedalling "soft." It helped my knees get through a 2 hour and 16 minute ride without complaint.

But, oh, my patootie! Even with padded bike shorts, I was definitely feeling the strain on my "back 40." I know that, just like the rest of my body, it will get acclimated to the longer rides. Right now, though, it is not the happiest place on earth, not by a long stretch.

I have three and a half months to train for the Pedal to the Point ride. I will be mixing up short, fast rides with long rides in order to build my stamina and increase my pace. I'm currently riding at an average of 12 mph, which I'd like to see if I can push to 14. It may not seem like much, but it would made the ride an hour shorter.

And I hope to lose at least another 20 pounds. The less of me there is to haul around, the easier it will be!

But for now? I'm pleased with what I accomplished but oh my heavens am I tired!!! My father-in-law is visiting, and we went to a late lunch today. I had a grilled chicken spinach salad that was delicious, but eating it wore me out!

  
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CYCLEGIRL5 4/14/2012 12:20AM

    I did the pedal to the Point for 10 years. It is a great ride. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 4/13/2012 6:25PM

    WOW!! I can't ride more than 40 or so minutes before my butt calls it a day.

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Doing better today

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Spreading out my food seems to be effective. I was down 3 pounds today. No one thing will ever work forever, but I'm shaking it loose for now. Woot!

  
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CORNERKICK 4/13/2012 4:47PM

  I'm hoping that spreading out my food/calories throughout the day will help me lose those last 5 (OK, maybe 10) pounds

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BLUE42DOWN 4/13/2012 4:04PM

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I definitely like the many small meals approach. I've seen studies that show it doesn't change our metabolism, BUT it just feels better to be regularly fueling my body so it doesn't need to store excess blood sugar as fat in the first place.

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NATPLUMMER 4/13/2012 1:31PM

    Yay!

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AMANDASHRINKING 4/13/2012 10:16AM

    glad its working for ya hun

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MISSG180 4/12/2012 10:17PM

    My auntie Flo isn't due for another week and a half, but I'm sure it was mostly water weight. Still, nice to be moving again!

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OPTIMIST1948 4/12/2012 9:46PM

    Good for you! Although 3 lbs in just a few days is alot. Perhaps just water weight? Any "friends" coming to visit?

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I think I see part of the problem

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

At the suggestion of a couple people, I took my measurements. They've hardly budged.

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But I think I've identified at least one issue. I have been eating in my calorie range, yes. But I have been hardly eating at all during the day and eating heavily at dinner. Which is probably not doing kind things to my metabolism.

I just forget to eat until it's time to make dinner. I need to stop doing that. So now I will plan for eating meals and snacks, as is proper.

Hoping that will shake things up a bit.

  
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KARENDEE4 4/11/2012 6:47PM

    Sometimes my measurements do not change much. I am lumpy and bumpy and have some loose skin that causes a problem for measuring. I also have one calf bigger than the other so I have to be sure to measure the same one each time.

Keep trying!! You are making the effort it will happen.

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NATPLUMMER 4/11/2012 4:20PM

    It's worth a try. I don't know how people can forget to eat.

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CORNERKICK 4/11/2012 3:50PM

  This is something I need to do AND I'm starting today!!

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COOPQUILTLADY 4/11/2012 12:13PM

    I have the opposite problem! I forget to quit eating!!!! LOL emoticon

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OPTIMIST1948 4/11/2012 12:11PM

    I find I do much better if I have my calories spread out over the day too. Its worth the time investment to have everything planned out. You do all the "thinking" at once and then its just plug-n-play.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 4/11/2012 11:12AM

    I sometimes do that, the life schedule just sometimes gets in the way.

I have been going on a toddler schedule... eating about every 2 hours, between 8 and 9 am, then 10:30-11, around 1 pm, 3pm then dinner at 5. Sometimes I end up with an 8 pm snack too. It may sound like a lot, but at 200-300 calories per meal, it turns out pretty good.

Good luck!

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SHY_BUNNY 4/11/2012 10:46AM

    I'm just as bad. I seem to be skipping either breakfast or lunch & I've had to make a real concentrated effort to eat when I wake up. I'm working at using my day off to make meals for the week to help stave off mindless eating. Good luck with your journey! & Thanks for sharing!

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