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What losing 130 pounds is equivalent to ...

Sunday, March 26, 2006

Here are a few fun things about losing 130 pounds of fat. It means 455,000 calories burned. That is the equivalent of 14.74 gallons of gasoline. If you could dump this many calories into the tank of a Honda Civic, you would be able to drive it about 499 miles before running out of gas!

Cutting 455,000 calories is the same as saying "no" to 3,138 baked potatoes, 328 pounds of ground beef, 1,409 Snickers bars, 3,273 cans of Coke, 883 Quarter Pounders with Cheese, 1,936 slices of pepperoni pizza from Pizza Hut.

To burn 455,000 calories a 190 pound person would have to walk for 1,734 hours at 3 mph straight (73 days), walk 5,230 miles, or jump rope for 554 hours (23 days straight).

To safely lose this much weight would take 43- 130 weeks. It has taken me 60 weeks with an average weight loss of 2.16 pounds per week. Woo hoo!

The above info all came from this website ...


Friday, March 24, 2006

You feel like you're being pulled into a thousand directions.
Everywhere you turn, you're shoved this way and that.
Your life becomes fragmented into a million little pieces
and you wonder if you'll ever be able to put all the pieces back together.

Take a deep breath. Let it out.
No one can do everything at once.
You can regain control one piece of the puzzle at a time.
Every day, you will feel yourself getting stronger and more in control.
Just do one piece at a time.

Losing weight may be one of the pieces of your life
that you're ready to deal with right now.
For some people, it will be one little piece.
For other people, it will be a lot of big puzzle pieces.
One day when you least expect it,
you will see how one part relates to another part.
Then another, and another.
Eventually, all the pieces can be put into place, one by one.

Don't give up hope
if all you can see in front of you
is a mountain of seemingly unrelated little pieces.
Start with the things you can manage,
for example, the foods you choose to eat.
As you gain success in one part of your life,
you will feel stronger about tackling other more difficult problems.

(The above was written by a friend of mine and used with her permission. I found it inspiring and hope you do, too!)


What are you worth?

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

What Are You Worth?

Seriously. What do you really think you're worth? This is not a rhetorical question, so take a moment to answer it. Do you think you're worth a certain amount of effort? A certain amount of time? A certain dollar amount? Do your actions, and how you live your life, reflect the answers you just gave?

In case you don't already know it, you're priceless, and when you start there, investing in yourself becomes a no-brainer. There's no one who can be who you are, or do what you do, the way you do it, any better than you can—you are irreplaceable, and you need to believe that if you want to succeed. Yes, while it may seem silly, you do need to see yourself as valuable if you want to lose weight. There's a definite connection. Just look at what happens if you don't.

If you don't see yourself as worthwhile, you don't make time to plan ahead for your meals; you don't bother to get to the grocery store or be prepared; you don't make the effort to check in with your counselor or your bulletin board buddies; you resent spending the money on good, healthy food; and you think if there's anywhere to "cut corners" and save money and time, it's with you. This kind of thinking will sabotage your weight loss efforts. You won't be prepared and you'll set yourself up for failure.

However, if you begin at a place where you first and foremost truly value yourself, then everything you need to do to keep yourself thriving simply becomes second nature, something you just automatically do, the normal way you live your life. When you approach life as centered, then of course it's important to take time to get to the store or to order your food; of course, it's important to take thirty minutes every day to exercise; of course you need to log on to this website and find encouragement and motivation—it's just what you automatically need to do to reach the goal you've set for yourself and to become the person you want to be. (And believe it or not, everyone else in your life will benefit when you focus on yourself, too!)

Realize that you're priceless and start prioritizing yourself. Everything else will fall in line.


If you want to comment ...

Saturday, March 18, 2006

please feel free to stop by my Community Journal which is linked at the bottom right of this wonderful Sparkpage. I love to hear from those who read what I have to say! Thanks.


What I Like About Me

Saturday, March 18, 2006

(In one of my favorite threads here at SP, another member Suzyhomemaker, asked us to give one physical characteristic we like about ourselves and why. She also asked us to list five non-physical characteristics. This is my response to those questions as posted in the thread.)

My favorite physical characteristic about myself is my fingernails. I know you're laughing, but it's true. I have nice natural nails that when painted with clear nail polish look like I've had a French manicure. I've gotten comments on them and people thinking they're fake, but they're mine. I keep them neatly trimmed and shaped (especially important for all the time I'm tapping on my keyboard).

Five non-physical characteristics that I like about myself and why ...

1. I am who I am. I never pretend to be someone I'm not. When people meet me, they are meeting the genuine me. I figure people will either like me or not and that's okay with me.

2. I care about others and treat them as I would want to be treated. I'm quite proud of this. So many go out of their way to hurt other people and it's not necessary. We all know we're far more critical of ourselves than anyone else ever can be. Treat others the way you'd want to be treated or the way you'd want your family to be treated and the world will be a better place.

3. I am a loyal friend who can be trusted with anything. I treasure my friendships with others. If told something in confidence, I can keep it to myself and no one need worry about anyone else getting information from me.

4. I am a good listener who uses active listening skills so I know I'm getting the whole story. I can give opinions and advice and not have my feelings hurt if others don't listen to what I have to say. Sometimes I'm right and sometimes I'm wrong. Either way, I do the best I can do in any given situation to help others.

5. I know who I am and where I'm going. I know that I am going to reach my goal one day. I realize it's not ever going to be as quickly as I want but I can live with that because every day I'm working on it. I'm not going to give up. I'm determined to succeed with this weight loss and be in total control of my life. I'm proud of my accomplishments and have no problem sharing them with others. If I don't tell my story, someone else may not know that they can be successful, too. Every day I'm happy to wake up, breathing and healthy enough to live another day. I'm thankful for the little bit I have and know that it's enough. I may not have everything I want, but I do have everything I need. I have my faith and it never wavers though I may slip toward doubt a little bit from time to time as everyone does, but I always come back with renewed faith every time.


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