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Frustrated with myself

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

I am having a terrible time accomplishing anything. I am completely off-schedule and need to get myself back on track.

Why is this so much harder to do than to say???

My life works best if I get up at 6:30. I've been sleeping until 8, sometimes 8:30.

My garden is a complete mess, the house isn't much better. I have work things that need to get done. Life always feels like it has several more hours if I just get myself up at 6:30, because I have so much done by 9.

Tonight I will set that alarm. Tomorrow I will get up at 6:30.

Time to be the grownup again.

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TRACYZABELLE 6/6/2012 3:44AM


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CORNERKICK 6/6/2012 1:08AM

  You can do it...good luck!

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    I hear you. Are you sleeping well? Are you getting to bed at night? Why are you sleeping in? When I figure out those things, I do better at getting up in the morning.

Sometimes, I'm keeping later hours. Sometimes, I'm not sleeping well. Sometimes, I'm just extra tired.

I agree, though, that you will do more getting up two hours earlier. You will also have tome morning time to get exercise in before it gets hot.

Good luck.

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DARA52 6/5/2012 5:26PM

    I always tell myself if I get up and get XXX accomplished, I can take a nap in the afternoon. I rarely take that nap but feel like I could as I usually get all my chores done.

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    Tonight make your list of the 7 most important things you want to do tomorrow in order of importance.

Set your alarm and get started. Let us know if you get through all 7. If you don't put them at the top of your list for the next day!

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BLUE42DOWN 6/5/2012 3:22PM


I like what NELLJONES had to say - feet on the floor, wake up as you move. That way you're not thinking about things you want to avoid, things that drive you to pull the covers back up, until you're awake enough to face them.

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KRISTYME 6/5/2012 2:41PM

    emoticon You can do it!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 6/5/2012 1:31PM

    Try to go to bed on time tonight so you can get up at your normal time. emoticon

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APPLESBANANAS 6/5/2012 12:50PM

    Maybe make a list tonight if you have some free time of a few things to do each day in the coming days. A few little tasks each day adds up to lots of work!

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NELLJONES 6/5/2012 11:27AM

    The hardest part of getting up is putting feet on the floor. Think like a fireman: feet on the floor, wake up as you move.

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KURS10B 6/5/2012 10:51AM

  Just don't hit the snooze button.

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NATPLUMMER 6/5/2012 10:46AM


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There's a cage on my chest!!!

Monday, June 04, 2012

For years, I have avoided the underwire bra. They aren't comfortable, and the wires poked me under the arms. When I was last thin(ish), I got talked into buying three underwire bras, but then they say in the closet for years.

Cue my daughter, and her quest to see me more fashionably dressed. As we were going through the closet, I sat aside two tops that I had recently tried on and that were still too small. She looked at them and demanded I try them on again, only with one of these proper bras and actually got "the girls" front and center on my chest.

Wow, those tops look *awesome*.

And she, of course, looked smug. "I told you it made a difference!"

"But I HATE them!" I wailed. "They aren't comfortable!"

She held up her hand with that look that would brook no argument. And so I wore one that evening when we went out.

I had to admit it. It really looked great. But as soon as we got home I FREED myself from that torture device and swore that I would stop wearing it as soon as the daughter went on her merry way.

So why am I sitting here now in discomfort? Why am I torturing my body this way?

Because she is right. It does look a lot better. My waist looks trimmer, everything is properly supported, and my clothes fit better.

It's like she opened Pandora's box. Now that I know, I can't just go back to the way it was before. Oh, sitting around the house I will let myself relax with a softcup bra. But when I tried to wear one out of the house the other day, and looked at myelf in the mirror? Couldn't let that happen.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 6/5/2012 1:34PM

    I have no choice but to underwire. I love the no underwire ones that I used to buy at Target when I was still in that small of a cup size. But I think my underwires are cute, even though they tend to come off as soon as I am in for the night.

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NATPLUMMER 6/5/2012 9:40AM

    They do work and you'll get used to the underwire.

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DOGLADY13 6/5/2012 8:21AM

    I'm big on "foundation" clothes. Properly fitting bras, panties and slips make all the difference in how you look. I can really go on a rant about women not wearing slips anymore, but I'll refrain.

I suggest you go to a good department store where their staff are trained to properly measure and size you for a bra. Then try on every single one until you find one that fits properly and is comfortable. Forget about the price. You will be wearing it upwards of 10 or 12 hours each day. You wouldn't buy uncomfortable shoes to wear every day, so don't buy an uncomfortable bra.

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LILYGAL 6/5/2012 8:04AM

    Funny how some thing that can be so painful can be so nice looking!!! But I will tell you that I found a store that has a certified fitter and she helped me so much find just the right bra and now I won't buy anything but that. And they are underwire!!!

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YDAVIS23 6/5/2012 6:01AM

    I always wear underwire... except when I'm sitting around the house! My aunt calls it "taking her tie off" when she gets home, just like men who wear ties to work have to take them off when they get home.

Congrats on your new found figure!

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PJSTIME 6/5/2012 5:57AM

    I hate buying bras but love the way they look when you find the right one.

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SHARONSPARKLE 6/4/2012 10:51PM

    What we women go through to look good, lol.

Some days I can't wait to get in my jammies and let it all loose!

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HONBAD 6/4/2012 8:36PM

    Sometimes that feeling of extra confidence is worth a little physical discomfort!

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CORNERKICK 6/4/2012 8:18PM

  I hate when my daughter's right ;)

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TUFFYBIRD 6/4/2012 8:10PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Me too!

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Clothing and NSVs

Friday, June 01, 2012

Went to Sears today, because Dear Daughter works there and gets a discount, to pick up a few items of clothing to help me get through the transition time in this weightloss journey. I got a few cute things on the clearance rack, so that's good. By the way, that's the clearance rack in the regular size department. I can fit into those clothes again!

I also am exhausted, with a closet full of empty hangers. DD insisted that we go through my clothes and get rid of the ones that are too big. My goodness the pile of stuff that doesn't fit is LARGE. Some of my favorite things, too, though a few of them can be altered. That's a separate pile from the MOUNTAIN of Just Plain Too Big Stuff.

I also discovered that I can get back into the little black dress I wore as my wedding dress. This is bizarre because I am still 60 POUNDS HEAVIER than I was on my wedding day. It was the last thing in the closet, and on a whim I just wanted to see how close I was getting. When DD zipped it right up without any problem, I was GOBSMACKED. It's a bit snugger around the hips than it was that day, but I'm still easily into it. Talk about your nonscale victories!

But wow, I must have been in appallingly bad shape when we got married! I had peeled off 20 pounds or so with Atkins, and it was the last time I was ever under 200 pounds. If I continue working out like I'm doing now, I sort of wonder what shape I will be when I reach that mark again....

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DOGLADY13 6/1/2012 10:40PM

    That's terrific! My 25th wedding anniversary is in November. My stretch goal is to wear it at the party we have to celebrate. You have given me hope that I might get there yet!

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YDAVIS23 6/1/2012 3:51PM

    That's such a great comparison! Glad you are feeling fit and healthy!

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NATPLUMMER 6/1/2012 12:59PM

    YAY for some new clothes off the regular rack!!
It's awesome that you can fit into your black dress!!! You have a lot more muscle now.

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DARA52 6/1/2012 12:10PM

    Woo Hoo!!! Nice find!! Who would have thought?

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    It just shows that somtimes the pounds dont matter!!! WAY TO GO LADY!!!

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SHARONSPARKLE 6/1/2012 10:29AM

    What a wonderful NSV! It just goes to show not a minute of exercise goes unrewarded. You are so much more toned now and your little black dress proves it! Keep going and I can't wait to see before and after pictures!

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NELLJONES 6/1/2012 9:19AM

    Good for you! Watching a scale go down number by number is the usual creeping goal, but trying on a closet of clothes is a glorious way to suddenly see a big change. Enjoy every minute!

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DANA48131 6/1/2012 9:07AM


I can so totally relate to what you are saying about sizes and weight. I'm MUCH MUCH heavier now than I was the last time I could fit into a size 14... to the tune of about 50 pounds... so I agree... I wonder what size I'll end up in when I get to my goal weight.

A friend of mine noticed the same thing. I wonder if it has to do with our body composition due to exercise, or our age, or a some mystical combination of a myriad of things.

I'm going to go with our age... that Mother Nature is being kinder to us and rewarding us more heartily for our efforts... because if you rewind the clock back to when I was in my mid 20s, I was a gym rat, about 170 pounds, but I was wearing a size 12 jeans (size 10 dresses). If I get back to 170 at this point in my life, I suspect I'll be in smaller sizes given I can get into my size 14 slacks/jeans at 231 (or whatever I am now... monthly weigh-in is this weekend).


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Discovery has Shark Week; I have slug week

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Barely any exercise this week. DD here is a good excuse, but I will have to make up for it next week. Finishing the month with just under 250 miles on my bike. Must do better in June.

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SHARONSPARKLE 5/31/2012 9:47PM

    You'll go at it again feeling fully rested and you've had a good visit with your DD as well.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 5/31/2012 3:46PM

    It happens sometimes. You'll get back to it next week.

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NATPLUMMER 5/31/2012 12:54PM

    A cutback week is good for you every once in a while.

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Enjoying time with my daughter

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

My older daughter is here visiting. She's 26, and lives several states away with her fiance, so we don't get to see each other nearly often enough. She's always been my outdoors/athletic girl.

So it's funny that we've gotten in very little exercise together. Because we've been so busy visiting, and visiting with friends, my focus has been on time together rather than on working out. We went for a long walk on Monday, but it was cut short by the heat and humidity, which was making DH feel dizzy and nauseated.

Tonight we may be going for a bike ride, but as she is not an experienced biker and as my spare bike is slow (and my bike too big for her frame) it will probably be a relatively short ride. Which is okay, because it's more important to spend time with her than to worry about a couple workouts. Keeping these things in perspective is good, and I only get her until Friday.

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CHALLENGER15 5/31/2012 4:02PM

    I think your perspective on the time with your daughter is absolutely correct!

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KATHYSCOLLIES 5/31/2012 2:20PM

    Enjoy her while you have her!

My 2nd youngest chose to do his Ph.D in the US, and got a job there after defending his thesis, so we only get to see him once or twice a year. At Christmas, he was home with us for 3 1/2 days, then headed to Toronto to spend 5 days with friends - apparently his Mommy is no longer the most important person in his world...LOL

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OPTIMIST1948 5/30/2012 9:16PM

    Walk and talk is always good, but you are right. Time together is better than a workout.

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BLUE42DOWN 5/30/2012 4:25PM

    Absolutely right. Balance and the right perspective are so important.

Enjoy your time together thoroughly!

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SHARONSPARKLE 5/30/2012 2:32PM

    You are right on track with your exercise and it's good to keep things in perspective. Spending quality time with your DD is so important, especially with her living so far away. Enjoy your time bonding and squeak in exercise when you can.

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NATPLUMMER 5/30/2012 9:56AM

    Have a great visit!! Yes, keep it all in perspective. You'll get back to your regular workouts when she goes but you need to spend quality time with her.

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