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maintaining in different circumstances

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Three weeks ago I had gum surgery. For the first week, I allowed myself to eat ice cream every day. Normally, this is a special once-a-week treat during the summer. As I ate it every day, I felt afraid that I had broken the good habits that I had established.

Last week, I spent 7 days visiting my kids in Chicago. Although my gums were still healing from surgery, I stopped eating ice cream and continued to eat protein shakes, Greek yogurt and applesauce, and soups. The combination of not being at home and having to choose soft foods was challenging. Walking and climbing the stairs to their apartments was my exercise.

When I came home, I weighed what I had when I left despite eating out more and exercising in a different way. The best part was discovering that the choices I have learned to make to stay healthy stayed with me even under different circumstances.

  


Looking back 5 years

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

By using the tools on this site, I discovered that I now weigh within a couple of pounds of my weight in 2009. Back in 1997 when I weighed 283, I would never have believed that I could maintain nearly an 80-pound loss for five years. So, 204 it is. Nothing to brag about except that I have maintained for five years. I have struggled to stay under 204, going as low as 195 at times. In a perfect world, I would have met my goal by now. This is not a perfect world, but it is a world that I am proud to be in. Maybe the next 5 years will see a loss.

  
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~THERESA 9/19/2014 4:10PM

    It's interesting to look back - those tools are great!. Congratulations on maintaining your 80lb. loss. To my mind, keeping it off for five years is greater accomplishment than the loss it's self and (believe me!) losing 80 lbs. is a huge accomplishment!

~Theresa


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IWANT2DOTHIS1X 9/17/2014 7:36PM

    Great job! You haven't given up. You can do it!

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Recovery

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Yesterday I weighed what I had before my anniversary and birthday celebrations. It feels good to find out I can regain control after eating sweets and having wine. More importantly, my cousin and two friends reminded me that being home is good. After I leave my five kids who live in Chicago, I often feel sad that we're three hours apart. Today we're off to help with my daughter's kids. It's time for me to get over my fear of being alone with her son without her. He is 2 and a half months old and in daycare. If he can go all day, we should be okay while she runs some errands.

  
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~THERESA 9/19/2014 4:11PM

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GRANJERRY1 9/13/2014 1:19PM

    Good luck & God Bless

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    Have a great day!

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Overcelebrating

Monday, September 08, 2014

My anniversary and bday are only 4 days apart. I have been on a non-stop overeating, wine-drinking celebration for the last 10 days which obviously means I pre and post-celebrated the events. My weight is nearly 3 pounds more than it's been.

The good news is I spent 8 days at my daughter's babysitting her child who was home from daycare due to a rash. Each day after my daughter got home, I walked two miles. Some days, I also pushed the stroller to the park so her child could get some sunshine and fresh air.

Yesterday, a friend gave me a special bday gift of help digging in my yard. I am unable to dig easily due to the surgery on my arm 10 years ago for bone cancer. We had fun talking and working together.

Unfortunately, I ate over 2500 calories. Today is a new day. I am determined to get this weight off before it becomes permanent.

  
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~THERESA 9/9/2014 9:46AM

    With two celebrations so close together, I can understand how easy overcelebrating would be. I hope you enjoyed yourself and had a good time and are not overly remorseful about indulging yourself. I hope by now you trust yourself to get back on track with no harm done.

I'm happy you had quality time with your granddaughter. She's a fortunate little girl to have her grandmother stay with her.

Your walking and gardening go a long way to burn calories and keep you in shape. I'm always impressed and inspired by your motivation in this area.

God bless,

Theresa

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Judging women by their looks

Friday, August 15, 2014

My daughter, my 9-year-old granddaughter and I had an interesting discussion yesterday about whether women should be valued for their looks that began with a contrast between Michelle Obama and Hilary Clinton. My daughter who is a lawyer believes that women should not have to wear make-up to work or should not be valued on their appearance. I like to wear a little make-up most of the time. After my kids were in school, my career consisted of being a teacher and working as a victim advocate. During that time, I realized I was the only woman not wearing lipstick. Most of the teachers also had polished nails.
The thing that had struck me back then was how names varied. The women lawyers had "serious" names like Elizabeth, Mary, Jane. The other women seldom did. It seemed like they lawyers parents had named them for serious careers.
Another of my daughters is also a lawyer who might well make an argument for all of the conventional ways of being feminine, from wearing dresses and jewelry to having beautiful hair. She is successful in her law practice yet enjoys dressing up.
It will be interesting to see where my granddaughters choices take them.

  
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~THERESA 8/17/2014 2:57PM

    It sounds like you had an interesting conversation. I like both looks, nail polish & lipstick and earth-mother. God bless, Theresa

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CARRAND 8/15/2014 8:48PM

    I never wear makeup any more. I'm getting older and it doesn't seem worth the trouble. I think it should be up to the woman whether she wears makeup, does her nails, or dresses up. But the truth is, women are judged by their appearance, whether they like it or not.

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ROBBIEY 8/15/2014 9:32AM

  Too me it is a personal choice has to how you want to be perceived. The main thing is to be true to who and what you are. I workout and eat fairly healthy because I like to have a good looking body. I don't do it for anyone else but to please myself.

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JOHNMARTINMILES 8/15/2014 9:20AM

    Whether women should be judged by their appearance is irrelevant. They are, face it! But...the saavy woman uses it as a weapon.

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