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The healthy living side effects

Thursday, May 13, 2010

When I was reading "The Spark" and taking all this in, one of the things that popped out at me was that changing my life to this new healthy lifestyle will start affecting me in other areas of my life and I have started to see that.

Granted, some of the things that I have going on are things that I have been doing for a long time. A couple of years ago I was one of those people that just had more credit card debt than they knew what to do with. I went to a place here called Credit Card Counseling of Montana and changed things up. I dumped all my cards and as of about March of next year, I will finally be free of that plastic hell that I created and I'm not going back.

I started thinking about that and weight. They both can really be sneaky in the fact that if you don't pay attention, they can get out of hand. Now that I'm on this road to better health, I also feel better knowing that my wealth is not far behind. The third thing of happiness comes from within and the other two have helped up that level as well.

I could relate to Daris on Biggest Loser because I have been "that guy". The funny fat one that was always smiles and joy on the outside, but not so much inside. I had those dark times that just about destroyed me. I learned how to put on a mask that made others think all was fine. I would even do whatever I could to please others at the expense of myself.

Now, things are different. I love life. I'm happy both on the outside and the inside. I have had people at work give me compliments about how good I am looking. They tell me that they can see a difference in my attitude and energy.

There are still days that I am low, but that is actually OK now. I don't stay there. I allow those bad days to exist because that is normal for us humans. I also know that I won't stay that way. It's like when I work out. I may be tired, and a bit sore but by the next day I'm going 100% again.

Devora4 helped me set and hit a new goal for cardio. She made a comment in her blog about doing 2 hours of cardio a day. Although I won't be able to do that daily, I'm shooting for 3 days a week. As of yesterday I did my first 120 minutes! I was tired, and a bit sore, but I did it! To think back to December of last year I was struggling to do FIVE minutes of cardio a day. If you would have told me then that I could do 2 hours worth, I would have fallen on the floor with laughter. Now I can do it and feel awesome about doing it!

These side effects are fantastic! Feeling better about myself. To have my self esteem grow, and know that I have self worth again. It's wonderful to have the energy and know that my body can do whatever I want to do now. I know I'm no spring chicken and I have to be reasonable, but there is nothing holding me back now.

Life is indeed what you make of it. Stopping the downward spiral is the hardest thing a person can ever do. The really cool part is that an upward spiral brings SO much more to the table, I cannot even think why I would have gone down the dark road in the first place.

Have faith in yourself. Forgive yourself when things get rough. Take time to appreciate all the little things that are in and around you. Know that despite everything, you have that inner energy and drive that can push you to new limits. Allow for bad days and revel in the good ones. Hug more, and tell those in your life how much you love them. Thank the higher powers that have given you this body on this time on this earth.

And keep on moving forwards...


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SLIMTHICK2 10/2/2010 10:26AM

    emoticon enjoyed your blog.

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JILLLIIIAN 9/18/2010 11:55AM

  Thanks for the inspiring words..

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LIFE_IS_SO_GOOD 6/15/2010 7:22PM

    This is YOUR time. Keep up the work and the rewards will be endless! emoticon

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NHAEFELE 5/29/2010 8:07AM

    Thank you for sharing this inspirational blog. Success in one area of your life does tend to spread to other areas. I also have had financial difficulties and I have learned that the process of recovery is identical to weight loss- track everything and learn to make choices. Do I need to eat that? Do I need to buy that? It is simple but not easy/

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NANASAMM 5/23/2010 12:10PM

    Great blog. What you do in one area of your life does affect others as well. Glad you figured all this out and are on your way to good health and happiness! emoticon emoticon

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TANSHAN1 5/22/2010 1:23PM

    Thank you for a wonderfully insightful blog.

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DEVORA4 5/21/2010 11:16PM

  Hi Ed I just read this blog for the very first time and I want to thank you so very much for the honor of putting my small efforts into your masterful blog. If I have touched your life it is great for me. You have MORE than made my day. emoticon emoticon

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DORSKI 5/20/2010 6:25PM

    Wow you have accomplished a lot in just one year. emoticon I too feel better since i have joined SP. I have more energy, i take time to exercise first, then if i run out of time for everything else i planned for that day, i don't sweat it there's always tomorrow. You have a lot to be proud of.

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DESERTFLOWERG 5/19/2010 12:09PM

    I can truly relate. Keep on enjoying life!

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SPARKANN 5/18/2010 10:24PM

    Thanks for sharing...

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GARYJAN 5/18/2010 7:24PM

    Way to go! emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 5/18/2010 5:04PM

    Great to read about the changes you have made in your life. I am grateful for this life I have been given and I do believe an attitude of gratitude has changed my outlook even when I face obstacles and disappointments along the way.

Congrats on your success!

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SOPHUNIQUE1 5/18/2010 1:51PM

  i also am totally inspired by your blog!! i have no desire to do 2 hours of cardio a day, but i do 60, and do some yoga and strength training. keep up the hard work and keep writing. i'm loving it!

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_TRIXIE_ 5/18/2010 11:25AM

    Thank you so much for sharing your journey.

You wrote: "To think back to December of last year I was struggling to do FIVE minutes of cardio a day. If you would have told me then that I could do 2 hours worth, I would have fallen on the floor with laughter. Now I can do it and feel awesome about doing it!"

This TRULY spoke to me because I felt like I've turned a similar corner and wow -- what an amazing feeling! Keep up the amazing progress and PLEASE, keep sharing on your blogs! I love to come by and read for motivation! :)

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NEGRI5 5/18/2010 11:14AM

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NEWLY_IMPROVED 5/18/2010 4:50AM

    Good for you Montana Ed as the blog says on the top. We share some side effects of daily iiving including feeling better about ourselves, having renewed energy, and a better, thinner lifestyle. Isn't it just the greatest feeling ever? Congratulations, you are an inspiration! I have discovered that my worst day thin is better than my best day heavy. Keep up the great effort! This is a great blog with many real and inspirational thoughts. Thanks!

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MY-2-GIRLZ 5/18/2010 4:11AM

    Thanks for the encouragement.

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NEXT30YEARS 5/17/2010 10:29PM

    Love the friend in your picture.

Your blog is inspirational. Someday I hope to be able to do 120 minutes of cardio daily.

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NEXT30YEARS 5/17/2010 10:29PM

    Love the friend in your picture.

Your blog is inspirational. Someday I hope to be able to do 120 minutes of cardio daily.

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REBECCAGOOD27 5/17/2010 2:02PM

    Thanks for this blog -- it's always so important to reflect how far we have come and the value of life changing decisions in our lives.
Just watch out witht he 2 hour workouts -- if you overtrain, you can injure yourself and have to stop exercising for (sometimes up to) two months! If you are going to do 120mins of cardio, be sure it's light to moderate. Just like food, which is essential in moderation but harmful in excess, too much of a good thing (like exercise) can be BAD!

Way to go on all your progress!

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SLURAAS 5/17/2010 12:43PM

    Thanks for the encouragement! emoticon

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MISSYGEEN 5/17/2010 12:05PM

    I know what you mean. With the help of the spark community I have seen interesting side affects. Advise from NANCYANNE55 to keep a workout appointment with yourself has helped me to focus more at work knowing I have to leave at a certain time. I feel good about myself and it shows. I am single and people are asking me if I have a new man in my life because I am glowing. No new love, unless you count loving myself. These are the side affects that I can live with.

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MSAEBARRON 5/17/2010 12:04PM

    your comment - "I would even do whatever I could to please others at the expense of myself. " really spoke to me. I often suffer for other people's needs. I don't want to be the friend that gets ragged on for not coming out to the bar when friends come in from out of town. I don't want to be the person that has to turn down an offer to hangout because I already scheduled a work out for later in the day. I don't want to be the person holding back when everybody else is digging in and repeatedly having to justify my actions. But really, I DO want to be that person. I want to start taking care of myself without regard to what other people may think or say. I'm the fun party girl of my group and it has been really hard breaking out of that shell - people expect me to act a certain way, but my actions have put me in this predicament. It's hard to change when I'm getting so much push back from "friends".

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LAURA9021 5/17/2010 8:45AM

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CCEDILLE 5/17/2010 7:55AM

    Congratulations! It must feel so satisfying to accomplish goals on many plans of your life, and I hope it's a great motivational propeller to accomplish even more! I'm impressed by two hours of cardio! :)

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PERRYR 5/17/2010 6:44AM

    Amen, Brother, Amen.
Great blog! Thanks.
The side effects of exercise are great. For me it's how great I feel, able to handle stress, better mood, lots of energy....
Somehow this doesn't affect those that don't exercise. They don't seem to get it

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LYNNLOSING150 5/16/2010 8:54PM

    Your blog made me sit back and think, when i eat properly and exercise i feel so good, and when i dont i am almost to the point of feeling sick and not well, my how the sayig is true food is our medicine.

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JIBBIE49 5/16/2010 5:09PM


JACK LALANNE is 95 and works out two hours every single day of his life. He had heart surgery for a valve in January and is doing great. He was on the TV Show "THE DOCTORS" last month, telling how exercise has kept him young. emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 5/16/2010 3:36PM

    thanks for sharing.........great blog........
blessings and hugs..............lita

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HAKU695 5/16/2010 2:53PM

    Congratulations on all your progress! Your blog really inspired me! emoticon

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SKINNYROBIN100 5/16/2010 1:33PM

    I enjoyed reading your blog. Good luck to you on your healthy journey and self discovery!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NYARAMULA 5/16/2010 1:12PM

    great blog, thanks for sharing.

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AIMEEM77 5/16/2010 10:02AM

    Great blog! I dont know that I have ever taken the time to tell you how much I enjoy your blogs and your writing style. I too know that acade of which you speak. I really am happy and always have been, but when I was troubled the happy face still went on for the world-and probably always will. It's a dealing mother refers to it as "Alice in Wonderland Syndrome" I call it pretending everything OK...prtend lond enough and eventually...well, not healthiest thing but it seems to work for me.

It seems you have come such a long way and have so much to be proud of...good for you. You're just going to keep going until you are the best you you can be! Thanks for inspiring me!

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JANNISH 5/16/2010 9:55AM

  Thanks for your blog. 2 hrs. of exercise seems like a lot to me but I admire your determination!

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CATHERINEL66 5/16/2010 9:46AM

    Changing a downward spiral to an upward one takes a major force of energy! congrats on naming that!

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HAPPYNSMILING 5/16/2010 8:01AM

    Your blog is awesome...I agree with you totally. I have often tried to put my feelings into a blog about how I feel now, but I just couldn't quite put it in words. Thanks for doing that for me.
emoticon Also, congratulations on Popular Blog Post...very deserved.

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CSDAYS 5/16/2010 6:28AM

    You have found and now even doing the secrets of keeping life worth living. Good job! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LITTLEFAY 5/16/2010 2:54AM

  I thank you for your encouraging words. I have gone down that road as well. It is a physical response so don't feel guilty about depressive feelings. It won't always be a smooth road. Life is full of ups and downs, but I like your what you say about the small stuff. I just need to be reminded once in a while. So, thanks.

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KRISTY_704 5/16/2010 1:30AM

    Great blog!

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IRISHLASS117 5/15/2010 7:45PM

    You pulled it all together and put words to thoughts and feelings not often shared. Thank you.

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Your doing Great and you look so much thinner already!
Keep on Keeping On!
Loved your idea about the 3 days of extra cardio. Sounds like something I should do!
Thanks for sharing your story with us, and Best of Luck to you!

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WANDAC2013 5/15/2010 1:47PM

    Onward and upward!!! Great job and great blog!!!!

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LASARRE 5/15/2010 1:37PM

    You are doing emoticon thanks for sharing!

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RENECHAR 5/15/2010 1:26PM

    What a great blog! Really inspiring and thoughtful.

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CLAIREMZM 5/15/2010 12:37PM

    I agree wholeheartedly! Good choices overflow into other good choices; conversely, bad choices lead to more bad choices. So why would anyone choose the bad?

Good work! Thank you for inspiring me today. Even though I know these things, I need reminders.

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    Everything meshes. One part of our life affects another, and affects those around us. If we can get all the parts working in harmony, think how dynamic that would be. Nothing stopping us! You weren't talking about this, but it makes the journey very difficult when there is disunity inside ourselves, sabotaging. I think eating right and exercising work off each other too. It's easier to stay on plan eating when I exercise. It just happens. And Sparkers are great encouragers, pushing us toward excellence when we might wimp out.
Congratuations on the positive changes you have made and the wonderful results.

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GRANDMAAMIE 5/15/2010 10:50AM

    great blog
thank you

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GINGERVISTA 5/15/2010 10:03AM

    Nice blog. Thanks for being an inspiration. emoticon

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PJGABRIEL 5/15/2010 9:57AM

    Thanks for sharing your inspiring journey, and days do vary but it is different as you go through this journey to be the best you can be.

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A healthy lifestyle is no game

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Last night I was watching Biggest Loser and they had the winner of Season 3 on. He had gained his weight back and I realized something. This new lifestyle, this new mindset that I am choosing has to be full on 100% all the time. This is no diet. This is no reality game show. This is the real deal.

I blogged about how the body creates new fat cells and they just don't go away. While this at first sounds like a no-win situation, it really isn't. All it tells me is that I have to be more diligent about my lifestyle. There are no "rules" that I have to follow on this - it is just matter of fact that if I am not exercising as much, then I need to change my eating habits. It means that the things that I DO eat should be healthier for me and not all the pre-processed foods that I had been eating. (I think pre-processed and I think of babyfood, bleah)

I am like many other people that go through this learning process. I too have tried diets and failed. I have "tried" to exercise, and failed. As one of the best lines uttered by Yoda from Star Wars "Do or Do not, there is no try." We look at ourselves and say "but life just gets in the way sometimes." Oh? Really? That is very true and I'm not dismissing the fact, but as much as life gets in the way, death is final. There is no "do over" or "try again".

It may seen harsh to say that - but I have pretty much dug deep within myself to come to realize that I needed to make a change. I have read lots of self help books and studied things like cognitive psychology and while doing that there was another statement that has stuck in my head. "There are football teams that play to get to the Superbowl, and then there are teams that play to WIN the Superbowl." That has made an impact on me because I am not in this game of life to just "get there", I want to win! I want that extra time in my life that I can go out and enjoy things. I don't want to cut things short because I choose to over eat or not exercise.

As I have said before - this is a personal choice to have a healthy lifestyle for life. I can't change others and they can't change me. The change is from within. It's deeply personal and sometimes we have to go pretty low before that change happens. For me it was stepping on the scale and seeing 400 pounds!

I just know that things are never easy. Heck, I don't WANT things to be easy. If life was easy, it would also be boring. All I know is that things are great. I'm going to continue on and be more aware of the food that enters my body. I'm going to exercise and sweat, and be sore, but the next day I'll feel better. My blood pressure will drop, my cholesterol will drop, my weight will drop, my energy will increase, and I'm going to have FUN!


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LYNMARI 5/15/2010 8:42AM

    I discovered your blogs today and have been reading them, and I appreciate your way of thinking and sharing it with the rest of us. You are going to succeed in your new healthy lifestyle. emoticon

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007JERSEYGIRL 5/13/2010 4:00PM

    Great blog! Great way to think things through. I am fascinated with psychology too, and it amazes me how we can know things, but need to discover them, or need to remind ourselves of what we know. Keep it up!


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BRENDY_28 5/13/2010 6:58AM

    I agree with everything you wrote. :) This is a lifestyle change and we will be doing this forever.

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HAWAIILINDA 5/12/2010 6:44PM

    I like your attitude, wow how hard it would be to do the work to lose the weight and then to gain it all back again. I think that is part of why the "lifestyle change " is so important to me. This is forever and it is not about deprivation as diets are. It is about making livable changes one small step at a time.
The next few days are going to be hard for me, I've caught a cold and just want to revert to comfort, which for me is eating. I also have no energy to exercise. So I've set a goal to maintain over the next couple days and with the first twinge of returning health to get on my stationary bike and pedal, maybe I can sweat the rest of the cold out of me by then.
Sop keep up the great blogs, I'm going to be on SP every chance I get over the next couple days to keep me as motivated as possible.

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POETIC_SPIRIT 5/12/2010 6:02PM

    I wrote a similar journal entry just today. The title was Today is a New Day. The gist of the entry is, I am in this for the long haul and in order to stay in it, I have to learn to forgive myself for the mistakes I've made...acknowledge them, learn from them, try not to repeat them and start each day as if it is the first day of my healthy life. If I treat every day as a new day...the first day...then I go at it with the excitement and energy of a newbie, not someone who is tired of trying, tired of failing or just plain tired. Thanks for the public blog on a subject I've been keeping personal. It helps to know there are others out there looking deep in to their own conviction to live a healthy life. emoticon

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THINRONNA 5/12/2010 2:10PM

    I am completely with you! I was actually thinking about this today. Wow! Thanks for the really great blog. emoticon

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CAALAN23 5/12/2010 12:28PM

    Just what I needed to read today. Thanks!

I felt bad last night for basically kicking my 10 year old son out of the room while I was on the treadmill but I could tell the minute I did it that the workout started "working." Sometimes you have to tell Life not to interrupt, there is a transformation in progress. Kid got over it, I think it was one of those "hurts me more than it hurts you moments" my parents always talked about. LOL!

Keep blogging, this is good stuff. :)



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CATHERINEL66 5/12/2010 12:13PM

    Good blog, Ed! Funny, that the healthy eating and fitness IS life, it's not a 'cure' for it or some kind of antidote. A co-worker and I were talking about running (we both run) and weight issues. She commented that she can't believe that we'll always have to work this hard ... Ummm, yep! Only if we want to live long and prosper -- which I sure do!

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SUZIAND 5/12/2010 11:42AM

    Well said, Ed!! Well said!

To the point ... honest.... direct. I love it!!!!


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PRINCESSNURSE 5/12/2010 11:37AM

    Great blog! In the end it is all about consistancy for me--exercising and eating healthy CONSISTANTLY on bad days as well as good days. It really is a lifestyle.

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BARBROCKS 5/12/2010 11:30AM

    You are right, there are no "do-overs" when it comes to our lives. After going through my cancer treatment, it made me realize that I am mortal and you should make the most of my life. I wasted a lot of my life being fat and letting that hold me back (or just plain using it as an excuse) living my life to it's fullest. I have always wanted to ski and scuba dive and I am going to. I haven't been to Europe and now I have applied for my passport. You rock, Ed!

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CRIS76 5/12/2010 11:27AM

    Great blog and so true. I was really touched by the Biggest Loser last night - the 'talking to the new self' videos, realizing the winner from season three has gained it back....

there is so much to learn and yes, it will be a lifetime commitment to healthy living.

Oh - and oddly enough, I quoted yoda in my blog today too *laughing* we were meant to be spark buddies :)

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KARVY09 5/12/2010 10:56AM

    Yep, you just gotta learn to love eating healthy and exercising (with a few treats here and there) and make that your lifestyle for GOOD. I felt bad for that Erik. I hope he can get some of his zest for life back.

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BLESSED2BEME 5/12/2010 10:53AM

    My biggest issue I believe is that I let "life get in the way". I really have to work hard on that even sometimes just minute to minute.

Contrats on getting to this point! Thank you also for sharing! I needed to hear this and now I need to take action to make it happen.


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Vanity talking

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

OK - I know that I started on this journey to a healthier lifestyle because I was tired of just being over weight. I got fed up with not being able to do things that I wanted to do. It also helped that my doctor pretty much laid it on the line of lose weight or die.

However, there is the vanity side of me that helps drive me to lose weight. I look at myself in the mirror and think "Oh geesh - look at all these jiggly parts that shouldn't be so jiggly". I poke, I prod, I even do things like pull the skin back from my face to try and find that thin me inside.

Then of course there are the dating sites. Granted, I have dropped them all for now because I need to concentrate on ME. I have pretty much decided that trying to pursue a relationship at this time isn't in the cards. I'm not sad about that, heck - it's a decision I have made that I'm happy with. The thing is that I want to be able to list myself as "fit", or even "average". I want to have pictures of me that show the inner thin me that is showing on the outside as well. It's a vanity thing - but I want to be more attractive to others.

In the past I think I have gone out with others that - shall I say - were not as driven as I am now to be healthy. Sometimes the relationships were even caustic to me, but I felt that I needed to "help" them. Um - no, that doesn't work with me anymore. I know that I can be supportive but the power to improve has to come from within each and every one of us.

So - all in all, I want to be better looking in this body of mine. I want to buy clothes from places other than "Reliable Tent and Awning". I want the strength and stamina to enjoy the better things in life. I want to buy that suit that gives me the "James Bond" look. I already have the confidence within, I just want that to show externally as well.

It's not all about just feeling better, eating healthier, and getting exercise. As I have seen stated somewhere else before - I just want that "I look better naked" thing! LOL It won't happen overnight, but it WILL happen. I know it because I'm in control of this body and it's going to get there.

Who knows - then I might even try and date again. Name: Ed ; Body style: Average. Sounds good to me!


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CATHERINEL66 5/12/2010 12:16PM

    Someone once told me that life is a beauty contest. It's not totally true -but being pretty never hurts. Vanity has an upside, and being motivated by how I look may not be as lofty as my cholesterol level -- but it's true! We're visual creatures!

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MISHKALA 5/11/2010 10:27PM

    Ed, you are a gifted writer and a wonderful person. You write what so many of us feel, it's uncanny. We all have an inner ego and it's about time I made friends with mine. Thank you, again, for your thoughtful insights. You're a beautiful/handsome person, inside and out, now and later. Take care! Mish emoticon emoticon

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HAWAIILINDA 5/11/2010 8:59PM

    I'm already feeling somewhat healthy, but I'm looking forward to the day when someone say's. Your looking good, you've lost some weight. Need that vanity recognition.

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POETIC_SPIRIT 5/11/2010 6:02PM

    Initially I truly believe I was in it for the health and wellness aspects. I couldn't breathe. I had to wear a mask at night in order to sleep. All my numbers were going up...bp, cholesterol, blood sugar..etc. So that was my initial motivation. It wasn't until people started noticing my weight loss that I even thought about the aesthetic changes that were taking place on my body. Admittedly, I liked the attention. I started buying fitted clothing. I started working to tone specific parts of my body (abs, butt and upper arms). I've even started talking about skin removal surgery and a breast lift..things I swore I didn't care about when I first started on my weight loss journey. I am still in it for my health, but I am going to listen when Vanity Speaks to me and keeps me from eating seconds or skipping the gym. I am, for the first time in a long time, making friends with my inner ego! Thanks for the great blog and allowing us to acknowledge our inner ego just a little!

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GROGGYFROGGY 5/11/2010 3:54PM

    Another great Blog. You are always writing things that make me stop and think. I use to try to drag my friends to the gym so I could help them, but you know what it just bogged me down. They were not into it like I was, it just made things harder for me. Thanks for helping me see that I am not the only one that tries to help people, but just ends up hurting myself in the long run.

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KAHOLLIDAY 5/11/2010 1:45PM

  AWesome as always!! I know exactly what you mean about people aren't as "driven" as you! I've tried to "help" people, too. The reality is, though, that you can't help people who don't or won't help themselves. Everyone has to find that drive inside that we FINALLY found when we decided to kick it into high gear and take losing weight seriously. I get so frustrated when people see me, congratulate me, then proceed to talk about how they need to do this and do that. If you need to do it, then do it!!

But anyways, sorry, off my soapbox...there is nothing wrong with wanting to lose weight to look good as well! I think that is part of the reason we all want to! Onwards friend!! emoticon

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BARBROCKS 5/11/2010 12:42PM

    Sometimes you sound like the male version of me. Vanity isn't a bad thing. When you feel better about yourself, you make better choices of partners. My best advice in life is, "Be happy by yourself before you try to be happy with someone."

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CARRIEMT 5/11/2010 12:03PM

    I don't think you're vain at all. I know my husband loves me, but I want him to lust after me when the honeymoon stage is done.
You know you're eventually going to look sexy in a suit and when you see yourself that way- others will too. emoticon

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SHARONGD 5/11/2010 11:01AM

    You can do it! I get all the healthy side effects that go with the lifestyle change but you're right it does feel so much better to be able to pass the mirror naked and not cringe.....yikes!
lol - that alone is motivation! You can do it! emoticon

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BRENDY_28 5/11/2010 10:34AM

    Apart from wanting to have a healthy lifestyle, I also am losing weight because of vanity. Who doesn't want to look good? :D

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40PLUSANDFIT 5/11/2010 10:22AM

    Sounds like you have a mission and a plan. As far as the dating, it'll happen when it's meant to be. Make sure you are happy with YOU. and we all have some inner beast that wants to come out. Mine is the forgetting I'm not young any more. I think like a 20-30 something, shouldn't I look like one?

How's the toe?

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Do you know were fat goes?

Monday, May 10, 2010

I was doing some reading this weekend and found out something that I wasn't aware of, so I thought I would share it.

(addendum: This info was in a newsletter that was put out by our county health department, hence - no links)

Have you ever thought about where fat actually goes when you lose weight? Well you may or may not know that our body has these little cells that increase in size as they store fat (fat cells). When you burn more calories than you eat, your body uses triglycerides for energy. This makes those little fat cells shrink. There is a whole process that explains how things break down but the end result is that this produces things like water and carbon dioxide. This is another reason that we sweat when we work out.

Now here is the kicker. Those little fat cells shrink down, but stay in place. The bad part is that when you gain weight, you get MORE fat cells and THEY DON'T GO AWAY. They sit there like little sponges just waiting to fill back up again. The average man has about 26 billion fat cells and a woman has about 35 billion. When someone gets obese, that number jumps to as many as 270 billion!

So in my mind, that explains some things. That explains when you go on a diet, and come off it and start eating "normal" again, the weight comes back. We need to get moving as well to get that "burn" going on.

It also explains to me why a healthy lifestyle is what is needed. Knowing that even though I lose weight, my body is just waiting to suck up fat again really inspires me to not only lose, but to keep it off. This isn't an overnight thing and isn't just "for a while". This is for the rest of my life!


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DIXIED88 5/12/2010 2:18PM

    Ok, well if I can't make them go away, I'll just be determined to make them get so small that it's almost like their gone!

Take that fat cells! I think I hear them...*I'm shrinking!* emoticon

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POETIC_SPIRIT 5/11/2010 6:07PM

    It's a little depressing to know that I have several more million fat cells than my husband and that I am that many times more likely to regain my weight...ugh! If you have liposuction, will you get those fat cells back? Just wondering!

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SHARONGD 5/10/2010 8:11PM

    Sounds like you really get it! I figured it out too after several years of yo-yoing by not changing my lifestyle! WooHoo! emoticon emoticon

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FOWLSPACE 5/10/2010 1:14PM

    Well.. I guess we're all doomed then. ;o)

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BARBROCKS 5/10/2010 1:06PM

    I probably have about 800 billion of those little suckers in there with all the weight I have lost and gained. I will never gain my weight back again... I have made that vow to me. Thanks for your blog, Ed. You Rock!

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AIMEEM77 5/10/2010 12:39PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this...good to know-if a little bit scary!

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CRIS76 5/10/2010 12:39PM

    Ok, that's depressing ... not that it is a 'whole life' thing, but that those cells don't go away :(

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HAPPYNSMILING 5/10/2010 11:25AM

    Thanks so much for sharing...encouragement to continue my new lifestyle.
My 1-yr Sparkversary is tomorrow, and I am still going strong. I feel great due to eating right and regular exercise.

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SPARKLE1908 5/10/2010 11:20AM

    Thanks for sharing..that's interesting to see how the fat cells just "wait" on us to feed them!!!!

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JULIE2719 5/10/2010 11:19AM

    Why can't those extra fat cells die of starvation eventually? Seems unfair.

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BRENDY_28 5/10/2010 11:09AM

    I always learn something new everyday. Thanks for sharing :)

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BLESSED2BEME 5/10/2010 10:49AM

    Finally figuring out that this has to be a life style rather than a temporary diet is what has finally made me succeed up to this point. It is an amazing journey, isn't it?

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CATHEITE 5/10/2010 10:22AM

    I've read this before too. It's a little depressing. I'd like to think the fat cells disappear or evaporate when we lose weight, but that's wishful thinking and doesn't help anyone. Thanks for posting and making others more aware.

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SHELYNDA 5/10/2010 10:21AM

    Thank you for posting this information. I think I will have to do some more research now that you have brought this to my attention.


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KARVY09 5/10/2010 10:15AM

    Great blog and reminder. I probably got a ton of those little suckers. I gotta make sure they don't fill up again! Blech!

Thanks for the reminder!

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JRMORFORD 5/10/2010 10:11AM

    Great post, but I really wished you would have given a few links for me to do further research.

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PARKERB2 5/10/2010 9:58AM

    So, it just don't disappear. I wondered. Good to know we have to deal with them even as we lose. emoticon

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    Wow--thanks for that! I knew fat cells got bigger and smaller when we gain and lose weight. But I didn't realize that we got so many more fat cells when we become overweight or obese!! That visual really helps inspire. Thank you!

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THINRONNA 5/10/2010 9:40AM

    Fabulous blog! I learned a lot. I have noticed those little fat pockets! Now I know...Thanks! You have the right thinking on a healthy lifestyle. emoticon emoticon

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The good, the bad, but no ugly

Friday, May 07, 2010

Stepping on the scale this morning was bitter sweet.

The good news - Mr. Plateau is gone. The bad news - I gained 5 pounds.

However the not so ugly thing is that I'm OK with that. I KNEW I was busting my butt on exercising as normal, but my eating kind of slid off the radar. Then yesterday I didn't get to do my weights as normal, but I was rewarded with learning that my BP is actually lower than I thought! It's almost in the "normal" range and THAT in itself was a huge amount of good news for me.

So I shrug my shoulders, and resolve to get back into a better eating habit, and move forwards. I LOVE the fact that now I just take this all in stride. No more self flagellation about how "bad" I have been and then throwing in the towel and ditching the diet.

Why is that? Well, no diet for one thing. Hard to ditch a healthy lifestyle! I know that weight loss is like life. Since I love cars, I tend to think in those terms. There is no flat road like across the desert. There is no drop off like the edge of a cliff. It's rolling hills. Kind of like what I grew up with around my home town. The road may have it's tops and valleys, but it's always toward the direction that I wanted to go.

So - I gained five pounds this week. I can accept that. It's fine with me. I know I have the power to get back with it and it will be just fine. I'm a good person and love myself and I will just continue,


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POETIC_SPIRIT 5/12/2010 6:07PM

    Good for you for not beating yourself up over the weight gain and recognizing the health gain (in the form of normal blood pressure)! I am working on seeing the bigger picture, but admittedly have an issue with self-loathing when it comes to the scale and food...but every day is a new day and I've going to start each new day with a clean slate and a new attitude!
Congrats on getting it right!

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CITYZOZO 5/9/2010 9:25PM

    rock on..great blog...zo

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LYNNLOSING150 5/7/2010 11:56PM

    Just think how good the scale will look next week.

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BRENDY_28 5/7/2010 11:34PM

    Great attitude. :D Good luck on next week's weigh in

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HAWAIILINDA 5/7/2010 10:23PM

    No ugly, another day in learning a healthy life style, the scale is not all powerful, does not have the final word, there are many ways to know we are successful. Great on the blood pressure! In the past I have not cared much what the BP numbers said, but now know how very important it is and what a great success to keep BP in the healthy range.

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GEORGANNE39 5/7/2010 4:23PM

    You're a real winner, Ed! emoticon

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MANDABEAR11 5/7/2010 1:11PM

    Can you bottle your attitude and send it my way?? Great job, you should be proud of how you reacted, I sure wouldn't!

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OWENZZOO 5/7/2010 12:46PM

    Way to find that silver lining! emoticon

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KARVY09 5/7/2010 12:34PM

    Good attitude. You can rock it next week!

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BLESSED2BEME 5/7/2010 12:25PM

    emoticon Way to celebrate the exit of Mr. Plauteu! I'm not touching the scale today after the bad week I've had. Good for you being able to handle that!

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DEVORA4 5/7/2010 12:18PM

  emoticon regarding blood pressure. You sound so calm and cool and that is emoticon

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CRIS76 5/7/2010 12:17PM

    Love this attitude. Heck, who says its a real 5 pounds anyway. All other systems are go in indicating you are changing your life, so the scale doesn't have to ruin all the progress you've made.

Good for you!

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