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Defining Your Goals

Friday, May 07, 2010

haha! Fooled you with that one, didn't I? I was about 30 or 35 when that photo was taken, and probably weighed in at 114 pounds -- so, NO! that's not my goal. If I tried to get down to a weight like that now I'd look like warmed over death! That's what is meant by having "realistic" goals. We can't expect to look the way we did in our 20's or 30's (unless, of course, we're something like 35 right now!). I'm 71, so even if I stayed at the gym 24/7 and ate only salads, I just won't end up looking like that ever again.

For most people when they are faced with setting goals think strictly in the realm of what they would like to weigh, or; put another way, how much they have to lose. I've read in some of the profiles about how they took off 30 pounds in 5 months, or even 100 pounds over the course of a year! That's great, but I only weighed 162 at my heaviest, and my achievements seem so insignificant in comparison. I've been on SparkPeople a little over 2 years and my weight is down to 146, which is a 16 pound loss. Sounds like I've done practically nothing!

On the other hand, there is a lot more to goal setting than just taking into consideration your weight in pounds. Toning up might be high on your list of priorities. Even 10 pounds can make a huge difference if what you really need is to tighten up those muscles a bit. When you get on a regular exercise routine you'd be surprised at how the shape of your legs can improve. And as the stomach muscles tighten up how much better you look in slacks. So don't just say you "want to lose 25 pounds" -- when in reality what you'd like to do is get out of the size 14 you now wear and get into an 8 or 10! Honey, those inches need to be tightened up and reduced -- and, you want to feel as good as you look.

1. More Energy!
2. A Better Attitude!
3. More Interested in Projects/Hobbies!
4. More of a Social Life!

The list can go on and on, depending upon your particular lifestyle. You see, it isn't just about weight loss, there is so much more that you will develop and learn on your journey to healthy living. It's hard to imagine the old me as compared to the new me. OK, so far it's only 16 lbs but as the weight goal is getting closer and closer there are lots of other changes too!

I'm feeling HEALTHY!

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LIS193 5/8/2010 10:50AM

    Love your current picture! You have a great attitude and you're right: it's not just about the weight, there are so many more things that are more important. Health being the most important.
Some one said : there comes a time when woman had to choose between her face or her derriere...
I think I'm there.... my face look so much better with a few extra pounds on. Never mind my butt - it's my tummy where they show. It's a toss up and I try and be grateful for being healthy and keep my weight in a comfortable zone. Right now I'm above my comfort zone, so I need to buckle down for a bit.

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CATLADY52 5/7/2010 4:42PM

    And you look great as well.

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BLESSED2BEME 5/7/2010 2:27PM

    emoticon You are beautiful - inside and out! Love your blog. That is exactly what I want to feel "Healthy!". Getting there one step at a time. Sometimes two steps forward and one back but I'm getting there!

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IMEOWASWELL 5/7/2010 1:18PM

  Look Great as well!


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Home Sweet Home

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Home Sweet Home! Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home! How true those words are!

I arrived home today and as I stepped inside it seemed as though the peace and serenity of my own place just engulfed me in it's loving arms. Sure, there are probably imperfections and little things I'd like to change, but all in all most of us love our homes. I walked to the patio door and looked out. Sure enough the grass looked like it was a foot high, and all the bushes were covered with flowers and I knew the little varmints had somehow figured out that I was gone and purposely grew-grew-grew! If I'd been home they would have been half that size. And one plant that I was worried about and left in the sink half filled with water? One dead leaf -- that was it, and actually the soil still felt moist. The plant that was too big to bring in and put in the sink had droopy looking leaves and several yellow ones, but I gave it a big drink and 2 hours later it looked as healthy as before.

The lawn is all mowed now, my little Amber (Scottie) has checked out every square inch to make sure it's all still "hers," and everything is looking and feeling wonderful. I went to the store cause the cupboards were bare, got refills on my prescriptions, then layed down on the bed with a big SIGH and fell sound asleep!

I'm feeling great! emoticon

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THPEAKY 5/8/2010 9:37PM

    I just got home from a very short trip...but home is such a wonderful place to be. I can't wait to crawl into bed later! I agree with you about the dogs: I ahve 3 mini dachshunds! (I MUST be insane!)

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IMEOWASWELL 5/6/2010 1:10PM

  I know the feeling! There is no place as kind to us as our own space. emoticon

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PSMITH3841 5/6/2010 11:28AM

    AMEN!!!!! To quote Dorothy "There's no place like home!" emoticon

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ANNANN63 5/5/2010 8:30PM

    I was wondering earlier today if you were home yet. I know you are enjoying being home.

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A Big Woo-Hoo!

Monday, May 03, 2010

emoticon I was soooo tickled this morning when I stepped on the scale. I was scared as my weight the day before was 147.0 and I was thinking "oh no! it's getting really HIGH." And I had not done really good that day because we ate out again, and it was a slice of pizza -- but we did walk around on the strip a lot (you know, casino to casino in Vegas).

Anyway -- I stepped on, fully prepared for some earth-shattering number to roll up, and instead I looked down and saw 145.4 and while this doesn't sound like any big deal, it is to me because I know my daughter's scale is 1 to 2 pounds heavier than mine! I haven't gotten this low in a long while.

I'm feel motivated now. Las Vegas has been stressful, but I have gotten to the gym at least every other day for a good workout and that's a good thing for me!

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CATLADY52 5/5/2010 1:48PM

    emoticon I guess the say "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" has more than one meaning.

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GRANNYOF05 5/4/2010 3:54PM

    Great job.

That every other day at the gym may be the key, instead of
every day.

So whatever, the reason, keep up the good work.

Glad to see you back and now you can get back on to your own

Hugs, Gayle

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PSMITH3841 5/4/2010 11:59AM

    emoticonGood for you...Vegas????Sound like fun!!! emoticonand you still lost..great job!

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IMEOWASWELL 5/4/2010 8:50AM

  Bang ON! emoticon

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ANNANN63 5/4/2010 8:37AM

    Congratulations! Keep up the good work.

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BORTEI 5/4/2010 7:22AM

    That is excellent! Good for you Eve. Well done. I am happy for you.

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BLESSED2BEME 5/4/2010 12:54AM

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CINDYABL 5/3/2010 11:48PM

    woo hoo for VEGAS!!! woo hoo for YOU!!

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Have You Had Your FUN Today?

Saturday, May 01, 2010

emoticon After reading the Healthy Reflections about how we used to have fun as a kid, and if you haven't danced today, then the day could be considered as a lost day; I found myself thinking of when the last time I had fun. My dog is always game for FUN, so I began a game of chasing her around the house. She loves it and it's good for her. She runs up the stairs, around furniture, once in awhile barking in sheer joy and excitement. I, in turn, do the same with my laughter and shouts which I know will spur her on!

Exhausted, we fall into a heap and that signals the end of the game to her. Then I ask her if she wants to go for a walk. Magic words that work every time! She is sooooo excited as I get her leash she can barely contain herself. In fact, she never does! She runs in a circle, biting at her leash and barking until I catch hold of her collar! Then she knows the game is over, we fasten on her leash and we'll off -- her favorite time of the day!

Have you had your fun yet today?

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PSMITH3841 5/2/2010 4:25PM

    Absolutely...I danced while doing my housework (it makes the work seem to go faster) then played a similar game with my sweet Zoey...then, we too went for a W-A-L-K...(you have to spell it if you want it to be a surprise!) Then spent a delightful evening out with friends! It was a pretty good day! Thanks for asking.. emoticon

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IMEOWASWELL 5/2/2010 11:30AM

  It snowed today and is really cold so I just ran up and down the stairs to my family where I made a batch of wine. Love the idea of a Yo Yo Club. That is so me.

Take care

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VITCHY-VICKI 5/2/2010 7:31AM

    Had fun yesterday went fishing took grand dog but she got two ticks and she had to stay a wake all day for she was so excited to get to go someplace and boy did she sleep good last night.
So it was a fun day emoticon

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ANNANN63 5/1/2010 10:38PM

    I walked this morning to an area where we have baby birds. I saw baby moorehens that were not more than 2 days old. Then I saw the two new baby sandhill cranes. They are about a week old. It started my day off right. It was fun.

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Fit & Trim! Ya, right!

Friday, April 30, 2010

emoticon My BF wanted a night out on the town, after all, we are in Las Vegas! After much thought on my part I agreed that we would eat at Mimi's. I knew they had a section of their menu that was Fit & Trim or words to that effect. Only a small selection of items, but it even included some little 'mini' desserts which was a nice touch.

We sat down and ordered a glass of white wine, and I knew from studying various charts that would set me back about 140 calories, not too bad. But then they bring out this basket of bread, one of which happens to be a BIG TEMPTATION TO ME! It is the dark one that is loaded with walnuts, more like a dessert than bread. Of course I took one of the little slices and put some butter on it. When you splurge you may as well make it worthwhile! But the sweet bread didn't mix well with the now-rather-bitter-tasting wine. So; after the first bite I put it aside on my bread plate and chose the French roll, which I cut in half and shared with my BF. It was crusty and good -- delicious with the wine.

Now it was time to order! The petite salmon served with field greens, strawberries and a balsamic dressing sounded wonderful, and only 323 calories. Made me feel lots better about the bread (tee hee). Everything was delicious and we were having a good time observing all the people and making up stories to each other about where they were from, what they did, guessing games, but fun. My BF said the young man who seated us was 7 feet tall, I disagreed and said I thought he was 6'6 (yes, extremely tall and thin). We asked and found I had guessed exactly right. Then we speculated about the little family seated behnd us. I said the woman/girl was too young to be his wife, probably was his daughter or granddaughter. I could not see the other lady well, and there was a young boy, perhaps only 6 or 7 years old. My BF thought the man was much younger than I did. Again, I was right in that the young lady was his daughter, the child was his grandson. The woman I could not see was indeed his wife. It was a fun, idle way to pass the evening, and made us laugh.

This morning was the moment of truth -- weigh in time. Not so bad to see I had picked up an extra 6 ounces with all my splurging! By the way, I had a second glass of wine too!

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CBEVNOW 4/30/2010 2:18PM

    Sounds like you had a fun and relaxing time, which we all need once in a while. emoticon emoticon Caroline

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MYSHARONA6 4/30/2010 11:08AM

    When in Rome....behave somewhat well. What goes on in Vegas...stays in Vegas until you hit the scale at home!!!! emoticon

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