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Winding down or Amp it up

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The final weigh in is on September 4th.
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That's just 15 days away.

Last night at WOW (workout of the week) we were half joking about fasting to get better results on the scale. With my meds, fasting is out of the question. I am not near my goal, so should I chuck it all in, NO. I have made progress, I am more fit. Yes folks, it is easier to get off the floor. Do I want to go back to where I was in mid-June, NO!
Yes I still have to work on work on resisting temptations. And other areas need work, too. So I will keep moving forward and begin getting my next steps in place.

  
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ID_VANDAL 8/21/2014 4:47PM

    Every step in the right direction is a success. String enough together and you get to your goal! You're doing the right thing and I think it's okay not to fast to get to the goal unless it's part of the overall HEALTHY plan that you are following.

Slow and steady wins the race!

Vandal

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/21/2014 12:50AM

    Progress is so AWESOME. You will continue that is great. Keep being positive.

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/21/2014 12:49AM

    Progress is so AWESOME. You will continue that is great. Keep being positive.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/20/2014 9:11PM

    Good good good attitude! For sure, looking in that rear view mirror, you know you don't ant to go back to where you were and so one foot in front of the other you move forward. Awesome!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/20/2014 12:21PM

    Progress, not perfection!

We will never have this thing "down to perfection." It will always be about doing the best we can every day, and over time that gets us closer to our goal. I too have to remind myself once in awhile of how far I've come instead of ALWAYS thinking "I haven't met my goal."

I think the ToF has been a marvelous jump start for you!

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/20/2014 10:39AM

    You are doing so well. Good job!

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Gotta learn not give in to impluse/temptation

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Great news... this week's weigh in I was down. Now it's a total of 12 pounds. There are only three more weigh-ins left. My original goal was to be down 27 pounds over the 12 weeks. Sure I could probably drop 15, but it probably would not be healthy. Besides working toward a sustainable lifestyle is my goal.

Logging my food although a great idea, really hasn't happened. I do plan my meals and maybe should put more of a focus on that.
Yesterday's trip to Costco, lead me to make, alright I choice to make some choices I should not of made like beef jerky, Way too much sodium. Overall most of my choices were healthy, bananas, peppers, eggs, PB.
so I should be kinder to myself. I am not perfect. So what can I do to prepare for temptation. Yes I have a list.
Yes I have luscious fresh peaches, organic blueberries at home.
Yes I have food rules that I have been mostly following.

But my inner rebel/child rears her head upon occasion and insists on leading me astray.

I did make my own junk food and dehydrated 5 trays of peaches. What a sweet treat and so are the cherries that were done earlier. The good news is that I do not mindless eat these treats, I savor them and am satisfies with just a bit.

So am I upset myself and ready to throw in the towel, of course not. What is needed is a way to deal with this speed bump.

  
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ID_VANDAL 8/19/2014 6:33PM

    Great job - 12 pounds is super!!!

I know about that internal voice that just can hammer you if you don't keep control of it. You're doing great and keep it up.

Vandal

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LJOYCE55 8/17/2014 10:22AM

  As far as junk food goes, dried fruit has to be one of the healthiest. And you enjoy each bite, so good for you.

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WIFE48 8/16/2014 4:01PM

    I agree. I need attainable not perfect. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/16/2014 1:23PM

    Being patient with yourself is a key component when you hit a bump in the road. You're doing fab.

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TRAVELGRRL 8/16/2014 12:35PM

    And, 12 pounds is AWESOME. It is really important to occasionally look back and see how far we've come, rather than to always always always look at how far we still have to go!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/16/2014 12:34PM

    I don't know if we'll EVER lose that internal rebel! You could have written this blog in response to my blog this morning...I too made "bad choices" yesterday, but "oh well." We pick up and start again.

I think "sustainable" is THE most important goal. Which makes me think even harder about my decision to continue this Whole30!

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WATERMELLEN 8/16/2014 12:24PM

    Something I have to learn over. And over. And over.

No magic, at all . . . I just then start over. And over. And over!!

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My Dear Spark Friends, you may be right.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Right about what you may ask? Looking forward to that boot camp that I swore never to return to.
The last few day I have had much better fasting blood glucose numbers. Stressing, building muscular strength and endurance, oh my!



There are only three more weeks that I can use the Ton of Fun passes.

  
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WATERMELLEN 8/14/2014 6:27PM

    Wow, how cool is that?????

Any chance of a permanent free pass??

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TRAVELGRRL 8/14/2014 1:13PM

    Wow, I am sooooooooooo impressed! You, the woman who last year (or maybe 2 years ago) was proud to be walking a mile during your son's bowling session? And NOW YOU ARE BOOT CAMPING????? AWESOME doesn't even begin to cover it!

I know you will make the most of the three weeks of passes of you have left. When that is over, I certainly hope you will consider buying a membership as an INVESTMENT IN YOURSELF. We are always talking that talk, but can you walk the walk? emoticon

I really am excited for you! This Tons of Fun has been a major push in the right direction.

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ID_VANDAL 8/14/2014 1:01PM

    Keep it up!! You're doing great.

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WIFE48 8/14/2014 11:31AM

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 8/14/2014 10:54AM

    You go girl! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/14/2014 10:48AM

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FORZACHANDMATT 8/14/2014 8:59AM

    Awesome

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BILL60 8/14/2014 8:35AM

    Way to go. Hang very tough!!

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/14/2014 8:32AM

    Wow, that's terrific!

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CORKYTHEMOM1 8/14/2014 8:31AM

    emoticon Nancy! You Go Girl!! emoticon


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Achy Breaky

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

My body has been asking "What the heck are you thinking?" since last Friday. The aquatics workout left me feeling sore all weekend and finally on Monday the soreness abated a bit. But it was time for another aquatics session. Awoke Tuesday morning with soreness yet again. ARGH!!! so I though I would take it easy during my Tuesday Aquatics session and just go and observe the Bootcamp session at Work In Progress(WIP). My aquatics instructor states she noticed changes in the shape of my body, more fit looking. :)

As soon as I jump into the pool, (yes I do jump into it, I fully commit to the water) I am transformed from sluggish to vivacious. Energized my thoughts of keeping it low key are vanquished as the water supports my body and movements. Okay taking it easy didn't happen, but I feel good and will just go and observe at WIP. I get there and find familiar ToF faces, offering each other encouragement. Alright I'll give it a go. Soon I'm putting in effort, Jump rope? What... it's been at least three decades. I've had enough... my fellow ToFers bring me a workout band and a weight and tell me this is the end and I can do it.
Crap! I'm sucked in and finish the workout.

Good news I survived.
We'll see how my body feels later.

  
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WATERMELLEN 8/13/2014 8:43PM

    Isn't that amazing, that you persuaded yourself to start and to keep on going!! Yay you!!

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ID_VANDAL 8/13/2014 5:52PM

    Love that you got it done in spite of what you thought you were going to do! Like Travelgrrl said - be careful you might actually start looking forward to it!!!

You are making progress in the right direction - I need to take a page out of your book!

Vandal

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TRAVELGRRL 8/13/2014 11:32AM

    Wow, that is AWESOME! If you don't watch out, you are not only going to ENDURE your exercise sessions, you are actually going to start looking forward to them!

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And how encouraging was that comment from your instructor? Undoubtedly -- when we exercise our muscles become stronger which means they take up less space, and make us look leaner even if we haven't lost a pound! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/13/2014 10:01AM

    To borrow the vernacular, that's GOOD crap! emoticon

You know, our little voices in our head (OMG, I hope I'm not the only one with that! LOL) are sneaky devils just whispering, "It's all right. You don't have to do it. You deserve a rest." HA! Take THAT you little rat. You showed that voice . . . with the encouragement of your friends, you did it! Very proud of you!

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/13/2014 8:56AM

    Wow, good job! You are doing great.

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MCFITZ2 8/13/2014 8:49AM

    That the way. Get there and get into the flow. emoticon emoticon

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ANDREWMOM 8/13/2014 8:47AM

    emoticon I get ya!!!! I do the same thing all the time!

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The Giver

Monday, August 11, 2014

I was raised to be a giver. I have always given to everybody, except to me. My needs were considered secondary. It is not selfish to take care of oneself.

What do I need for my own well-being?
What to I need to give to myself?

These simple questions need answers that I was not taught. Now I need to answer and give to myself what I need. Slowly I have been making the shift and making myself a priority.

It is time to commit to me and put myself on my to-do list.
Time to honor me.

  
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ID_VANDAL 8/11/2014 10:37PM

    Well said and I know exactly what you mean. We have to learn to put ourselves and our health at the front of the line.

People will take all you will give. Some selfishly others just take without realizing you are not giving anything to yourself so it is up to you isn't it?

I like Nancypat1's word - SELFING! Let's give it a try.

Later,

Vandal>
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WATERMELLEN 8/11/2014 8:24PM

    Very important blog -- so many of us were socialized to be "givers" above all (and if we weren't much disapproval . . . . )

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EVIE4NOW 8/11/2014 6:25PM

  Oh I so agree! It has always been all for everyone else and none for me. Now, it's my turn.

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TRAVELGRRL 8/11/2014 3:00PM

    Absolutely! Plus, I am sure that your "giver self" has been reinforced by having a special-needs child. There hasn't been a time when you've had an empty nest so had nothing else to do but care for yourself. That being said, you are right: you need to MAKE the time, and treat it as seriously as you would any other commitment. Easy to say, right? But with practice, everything becomes easier. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/11/2014 9:19AM

    You may want to start with simple pleasures; so simple, that they sometimes sound silly when I enjoy things like bubble baths, new pj's, comfie pillows, reading time, any block of time just for me to think/dream, etc. I've always been a giver too. But I know how to give to myself as well as to others. The only thing I have a hard time giving to myself is forgiveness.

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NANCYPAT1 8/11/2014 8:46AM

    You are so right, I was raised much the same way - I have created my own word to replace the word SELFISH - I call it SELFING - that means taking care of myself so that I can better take care of others too. VERY different image than SELFISH.

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PATTYGIVENS 8/11/2014 8:38AM

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