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Saturday, February 23, 2008

When I get discouraged about a number on the scale, I always have to have a talk with myself. Usually, it's because I did not lose as fast as I wanted to. Of course, I wish there were a magic wand that would just take the fat away immediately. *poof*

That is not going to happen. Are there any genies out there?

Well, that's when I have to stop and do a little bit of math. If the scale this week or month is disappointing to me, I get out a pen and paper and look how far I've come. Today, was a measly little .2 pound loss. I know I'm retaining fluid but I also know that I have lost 12 pounds in the last two months. I had to remind myself of that though. So, all in all, I think I'm right on track for my diet and activity level.

I would love to just throw away the scale and not have to weigh in. I don't know many people that have that kind of discipline though.

I reread: 3 Ways to Stop Negative Thinking
Don't Let Negative Thoughts Sabotage Your Efforts
-- By Dean Anderson, Behavioral Psychology Expert

It is listed in my favorites because I know that I will have to refer to it several times in my journey.

My next project is to research sodium. I've read so much about lowering salt intake but my logic just has not wrapped itself around it yet. I can't understand why it would be a problem for me or how it can 'permanently' change your body weight or composition. To me, it has always been a temporary thing so I don't see the importance of it. But I'm curious so I will research it more.

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~~LILA 2/23/2008 12:05PM

    Always look for the "silver lining" in every cloud! For example, Lost .2 pounds? Woo Hooo! better than gaining .2!

Just keep on keeping on, we all knew it was going to be a loooong journey when we decided to take that first step. But it is going to be oh so worth it in the end!

Good luck in all you do and the choices you make,

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Things I'm Looking Forward To:

Friday, February 22, 2008

I decided to start this blog as an add-on blog so I will be adding things to it as they come to me.

Being able to look down while standing and actually see my feet.

Being able to take a bubble bath and have the water cover my belly!

Hiking in the mountains!

Hiking in Ireland! or Scotland even! Hmm. I just realized that I love to hike and see beautiful country. What a nice way to lose weight and get exercise. I need to plan a trip!

Running: I want to be a runner. Not an addict but just to burn off excess weight and build up my endurance. I want to breathe!

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TAKNANGEL 2/22/2008 2:30PM

    What a great idea. I look forward to sharing your milestones with you. I love bubble baths, but unless I loose more than half my breasts I don't think I will ever see my feet. LOL Best of luck Sam'sMom!

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Thursday, February 21, 2008

A diagnosis from my doctor last summer for neck and shoulder problems I'd had for 7 years finally revealed that I had arthritis and bone spurs which they are not going to do anything for. I was diagnosed with arthritis in my cervical spine also which leaves me really stiff. Last year was when I also decided that I was going to take my health into my own hands.

I got tired of going to doctors and having tests and more tests that showed I had heart and lung problems and high blood pressure and arthritis...yadda yadda yadda. I was taking 2 antidepressants a day; a pill for high blood pressure; a puffer and a pill for asthma; and 2 pills for heart problems. I developed hives...go figure. It was totally frustrating.

Ok, so enough was enough. I suffered enough and was just sick and tired of being sick and tired. I started eating healthy and then I joined a weight training class. Last August, 2007, I could not run at all. Walking left me winded. I kept at it. I could not do much of anything in class. I was the oldest one and the weakest link I guess you could say.

Today, was the first time ever that I have been able to do sit-ups. I have always done crunches but never a sit up. I discovered it by accident when doing our circuit training and instead of a crunch, I came all the way up! I know that sounds like nothing to alot of people but to someone with arthritis, it means alot. My back is getting stronger; I'm running now and I can do sit-ups! My shoulders no longer hurt. I'm getting stronger by the day.

I no longer take meds for my asthma, depression, or heart problems. I do still take a high blood pressure pill but I think I even have that under control and plan on talking to my doctor about it.

Today, I'm most proud of the fact that I can run and do sit-ups. I am no longer that fat little third-grader who hated to run relays and I am no longer the decrepit old lady just trying to keep up the pace and avoid the pacemaker.

I am me....I am woman...hear me roar! LOL

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TAKNANGEL 2/22/2008 2:22PM

    WTG!!! I think that is wonderful. It is amazing what positive thought and belief in oneself can do. You are an inspiration. Keep up the amazing job, it will only get better!!!

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LVDLPHNS 2/22/2008 11:57AM

    That is awesome, you are amazing...keep up the great work, one of these days, you wont have to do the BP pills either. Good for you.

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~~LILA 2/22/2008 7:01AM

    EX - CELL - ENT!!!!!!!!

Great job! Good for you! I am proud of you! Keep up the good work. I am at "crunch level" right now also. What an inspiration to know that one day I may also be at "sit up" level.

I never thought to make that a goal, but now, I suppose it's another one to add to my list! Thank you!

Good luck in all you do and the choices you make,

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BUGLET- 2/22/2008 12:52AM

    Kudos to you. You are an overcomer! You are amazing...
Have you read on Dr. Johnson's site about the health benefits of JUDDD? If not, go there and I know it's good for asthma and blood pressure but didn't have any health problems so I didn't really pay attention to what else it helps...You can do this, you ARE doing this..

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

Balance in all areas of my life is what I keep striving for every year when New Year's comes around. I keep that foremost in my brain every year as I try to think of a new resolution. I don't like making resolutions for the most part because I think they are just made to break. I like to look upon it as a reflection instead...a reflection of where I have been and what I need to do to get me in the direction I want to go.

My life and self are much more than just weight-loss even though that seems to be my main focus all the time. I'm learning that the more I focus on ONE thing, the less balanced I am in other areas of my life. I cannot be totally obsessed with this part of my life and be healthy.

So what does it mean to be balanced? I think that is different for each of us but here are some of my ideas on it. I adopted this from another site but it is just good advice.

1) Go home from work on time.
You need to look after yourself. Contrary to what the current culture will tell you Ė we are not machines. You need a healthy balance between the time you spend at work and the time you spend outside the work place. You need to be constantly reminded that there is more to life than work. (Although there will be some times you might have to work late in case of emergencies but they should be the exceptions and not the norm.)

2) Donít be a yes person.
This follows on from point number one. You will find it easier to go home on time when you donít agree to every single thing that is asked of you. Your inbox will never be empty Ė only agree to things that you can manage and that do not interfere with point 1.

3) Go to bed and get up at the same time everyday.
Treat this as your foundation for a more balanced life. Creating a natural rhythm to your day will go a long way to creating balance in your life. You will feel more rested and grounded in reality and less overwhelmed by events that happen during the day.

4) Slow down.
Consciously slow down. Walk slower, drive slower, talk slower. Notice things as you walk. Notice the tree that you pass by each day on the way to work and how it changes color with the seasons. Notice the fresh smell of morning and feel the warm sunshine on your face during the day (or the rain pelting of your face if you live in Ireland) :). Become more aware and awake in general and take your time over your day. Practice some form of daily relaxation exercise such as meditation, yoga or progressive muscle relaxation. Slow down - it is not a race you know!

5) Donít buy into the culture around you if you donít want to.
24-7 News (mostly bad news), the pressures of work, the go go go of modern life Ė this is what the media likes to tell us about our culture. That is not MY culture. I donít agree with it and I donít buy it. I am a human being and unique with my own feelings and needs Ė I donít have to buy into something if it violates my values.

6) Create your own sub-culture involving your friends and family.
Surround yourself with people you like and who like you back. Create you own subculture of activities. Leave the couch and TV and go out and meet people be it through reading groups, charity work, nature rambles and more!

7) Recognize you have the right to be healthier than those around you.
Again donít buy into the bad habits of other people. If everyone else around you drink too much coffee Ė that doesnít mean you have to. If your colleagues at work love to eat fried foods at lunch Ė that doesnít mean you have to. If your peers donít bother to exercise that doesnít mean you have to. Look after yourself!

8) Do something meaningful with your spare time.
Volunteer and do something that suits your personality. Not everyone can have the qualities that are required to go visit and talk to the elderly for example. Find out what skills you have (everyone has them!) and see how you could use those skills to help others.

9) Let go of the need to buy the next big thing.
If you let go of the cravings to keep consuming and buying things you donít need then you might not feel you have to work such long hours. Why do you need that car? Is it something you really NEED or just something you think would be nice to have. Donít forget about all those items you bought and you thought they were great to begin with. You were feeling empty and you thought that this might make your life more exciting or make you feel a bit better. Then the novelty wears off and you have that empty feeling inside that you had before you bought it in the first place. Why do you feel you need to keep up with the neighbors? If they get a big 4 X 4 does that mean you have to? Ask yourself why you feel you have to do that?

10) Develop compassion, patience and tolerance for your fellow people.
Happiness comes from relationships you have with people. We are all very complicated and can have our negative aspects. Developing compassion, patience and tolerance for others will go a long way to having better relationships with people. Accepting how different we all are is the starting point the rest is up to you!

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SLSOTAK 2/19/2008 7:24PM

    Thank you for putting that in your blog! I think we all need reminders of that stuff! Of course, it's funny that I'm reading this as I am currently working late! :) But don't worry, it's not a norm for me! :) Keep up the good work! You're doing great!

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~~LILA 2/18/2008 10:35AM

    That is some very good advice! Can you imagine how better a place this world would be if EVERYONE followed those 10 things? It's almost unimaginable.

Thank you for posting that, I believe I will incorporate some/most of them into my every day life.


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How I see myself vs. what others see

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Yesterday, I saw a picture of me with my friends on my Spark Page and I had to look at it twice. Then I thought that I'm really not as fat in that picture as I see myself in my head. Granted, I have been slimmer and I have been alot bigger too. It seems strange that my brain cannot see me as others do. I wonder if it will ever catch up to reality. Even when I was my skinniest, I never saw myself as being slim.

It also reminds me of what someone said on Biggest Loser this week that made me cry (i'm glad i was watching it alone). I can't remember his name. Anyway, he was talking about his girlfriend who was supporting him all the way in his weight loss and on Biggest Loser. He said, "She never saw me as being fat. She always saw me as being the most handsome man in the world." That is what my husband always says about me. I hope some day that I can see myself in a better light.

I guess it's time to start loving myself as I am now so that I can move forward in my weight loss. I guess alot of us do that sort of thing. I wonder when we actually lose weight in our minds.

I need to make an effort to practice positive affirmations every day.

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XENCHANTX 2/12/2008 10:18PM

  I have a bad habit of comparing myself to other women. Sometimes, when I am with my BF, I will see another woman, and ask him.. "Am I bigger than she is?" Or, "Am I about that big, or bigger?"

Usually he looks at me astounded, and tells me I am not even close to their size.

I see other women who are large, and I guess I feel like I am their size, when actually I am not. It has taken a lot of time for me to even realise that even though i am 200 pounds, I am also 5'8'' tall, and I do carry my weight evenly. So when someone tries to guess my weight, they usually guess 175 180. It's hard to see ourselves for what we really are, when it has been so long since we really felt good about ourselves.

I do not know... like you say, if we will ever see ourselves how others see us. But one thing is for sure, as long as we feel good, and know that what we are doing is right, and healthy for us, then, as my daughter says... "It's all good."

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TIREDMOMOF2BOYS 2/7/2008 10:07PM

    P.S. Love the daisies on your background--my favorite flower.

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TIREDMOMOF2BOYS 2/7/2008 10:07PM

    I agree. No matter what improvements we want to make on our health, weight, life, etc., we have to learn to love ourselves and accept ourselves with our real shortcomings first. I learned this the hard way. For many years, I was my own worst enemy. I sabotaged my own progress without realizing it. I believed I was a loser and that became a self-fullfilling prophecy. Sounds like your hubby is a great guy. Believe him. You are a wonderful and you are worth it!

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