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Off to a good start

Sunday, January 01, 2012

OK, last month could have been better. I'm not in One-derland yet, and in fact gained a little this last week, BUT:

I weigh about a pound less than I did on Dec. 1, which, given the temptations and disruptions of the season is nothing to turn my nose up at.

AND, I have done well with food today, AND have done a lot of cleaning and sorting in the garage. Boy, did that ever need done!! I still have to finish the second side of it tomorrow, but have things cleared to the point where it will be do-able. It looks like the weather will hold, so I want to get all my flower pots rinsed out and ready for spring tomorrow, plus rinsing off other things that are just dusty, and have time for them to dry before it gets dark tomorrow. It isn't that other parts of the house couldn't use some TLC (they could) but for some reason the garage has been bothering me, so that is where I started. I do so much better when the house is clean and neat, and at the same time that is what I tend to put off doing. Resolution: have a place where I am comfortable to come home to each day, because when the house is neat already, I get more stuff done that I just want to do--like crafts, writing, etc.

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3HOUSTONS 1/2/2012 12:48AM

    Sounds like you are still doing well. As most will say, when you get done there come on down!! I have plenty here to clean! :0 Hope you have a wonderful year full of exercise and healthy eating.

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Sure am glad I joined that gym

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

I would never have gotten it done today without that gym I joined a few months ago. The day was long and frustrating, the weather wasn't bad, but it was getting dark by the time I was out of work and ready to go, and, to be real about it, I wasn't ready to go. I had to really fight myself to get to the gym and do an hour on the treadmill. Usually, once I am there it is easy enough to keep going, but today that hour seemed to last all evening. Blech. None-the-less, I did it. There is no way I would have gone for a walk, or walked on my old el-cheapo treadmill here, or even turned on the WiiFit if I had managed to get all the way home without "doing it". So, Yea, Go, Gym, you rock!! And to think I have always shyed away from gyms, thinking they would be hard, boring, and embarrassing. Best way I ever spent $32 a month.

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KEISHARENEE 12/28/2011 10:29PM

    Great investment! emoticon

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Proud of myself for being back on track.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Did well all day today, in spite of the dreaded Holiday Potluck and Ornament Exchange at work. I took a veggie tray, and someone else brought a fresh fruit salad, so I loaded up on those, and had a few of the little meatball and weiner thingies that don't even seem to be an option in the tracker. I resisted all of the chips and dips, the ham salad sandwiches which were more bread than anything, and those little rolled up taco with cream cheese things. Even resisted, in spite of urging from the woman next to me to "just have a sliver" (Hah!! Like that would happen!!) of the "cinnamon roll cake". I did take a bite of candy, but it was a small, contained bite, and I've tracked it religiously. Then I actually cooked a real dinner tonight, instead of going to a restaurant. It helps that I changed into shorts at the gym, and didn't want to change back into something I wouldn't mind being seen wearing in public. Did an hour on the treadmill at 3.2 mph. No incline today, but the entire hour was at the highest speed I have done yet. I did wimp out on the strength exercises. It has been rainy and miserable here, and my arthritis is telling me about it. I did OK on the treadmill, but trying to step off of it was a challenge. I know it can't be more than six inches, but still, when the knees and hips are aching, it feels like a mile. Stretched out, and decided I was strong enough for today. Anyway, after two weeks of fighting to maintain even a semblance of control, I feel as if I am back in control of the entire situation, and ready to travel on down well into One-derland at my earliest opportunity.

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KEISHARENEE 12/28/2011 10:23PM

    Glad to hear you are making wise decisions and getting closer to your goals. Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon

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MINANCY 12/21/2011 5:28AM

    You've been doing great keeping on track! Congratulations.

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SLIMLILA 12/20/2011 11:58PM

    Well, great blog and a great success at the Possible Feeding Frenzy!!! I did make it to One-derland last year and slowly and sneakily, it crept back on and I have not been able to get back there, no matter what. I do a couple of good days and I blow it... I have been more persistent with exercise, but the food always gets to me... Keep up your great work, and maybe I will see you into One-derland again very soon... emoticon

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I can still do this.

Monday, December 19, 2011

OK, I promised myself that I would be in One-derland by Jan. 1. Then I got side-tracked and have NOT been doing what I need to most of the time for the last two weeks. Oh, woe is me. Instead of needing to lose three pounds in a month, I now need to lose at least three pounds in the next two weeks if I am going to keep that promise. I can do it if I really work at it. If nothing else, I have been far enough off track that I am likely to have the "initial" weight loss that is mostly water as I go back to eating better. Only fell off the wagon slightly today (gave myself a McDonald's mocha frappe as a bribe to get myself to the gym), and did a full hour on the treadmill, taking it up a little, and then several arm type strength machine things, so I'm feeling pretty good about that. And, with a little finagling, I have managed to stay in my calorie range for the day. Plus, I was able to go to the grocery store with a list, and stick to it, which means I came home without cookies or candy, even though I was sorely tempted.

What it boils down to is that I am near losing 10% of my body weight (which happens right at 200 lbs), and historically this is when I tend to get discouraged and quit. Not this time!! I can still make it to One-derland by Jan. 1 with a little effort, and I intend to do it. Hold me to it, Sparkers!!

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IMREITE 12/20/2011 12:30AM

    keep working. you are close to your goals, and it does get easy to lose heart. we all fall, but the successful get back up.

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Need to open my eyes again.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

This was an absolutely horrible weekend. Helped with a friend's memorial service, and while I was there was asked to help with "heavy housework" for another member of the church. When I got there, I found three other people who were trying to figure out where to start. The person we were trying to help is a hoarder, and DFS was going to take her children on Monday if she didn't clean up the house over the weekend. Doing it all, even with a number of us helping over two days, was not possible. All we could do was our best.

The upshot of it is, I ate out Saturday night, but still managed to eat healthy, but on Sunday...I ate lunch at McDonald's and dinner at a local fried fish place. And, of course, I didn't exercise either of those days. (I was physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted, but no cardio.) Didn't sleep well on Sunday night, so yesterday I was tired and headachy all day, and yes, you guessed it: I ate out again, and didn't go to the gym.

Today I need to cope with the refinance of my house (the foundation is giving out, and it is going to cost $66,000 to fix it!! Like I have that kind of money lying around!!), but I made myself weigh this morning (up about 1.5 pounds since Sunday AM), forced myself to bring my lunch instead of buying it here (it's a hospital. Healthy doesn't exist.), and have promised myself that I WILL go to the gym this evening, no matter what else is going on.

In the meantime, I need to finish what needs to happen to get ready for next Sunday's church service (I'm leading it), do some holiday shopping (haven't really started yet), and get my head back together in general.

Do I sound stressed? Who, me? Nah, I'm not stressed. Well, yes, I am, but I am still NOT going to stop this time. There is always stress, even if not usually this extreme, but I am NOT going to use it as an excuse to go back to my old, comfortable, self-destructive ways. So, there.

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KEISHARENEE 12/15/2011 9:12PM

    You are so on the right track. Don't give up! I think it's sad that hospitals don't have healthy food on the regular basis, I guess sick=$ so why not make food unhealthy. You are doing great, the failure is in given up not in given in to temptations every now and again!

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3HOUSTONS 12/15/2011 8:06AM

    Sounds like you had a time of it. I hope things are getting back to normal for you. Really hard now at the holidays. I am struggling too but back on track as I went t0 the gym for the first time in a week last night. So here is to you and me and back on track.

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