Monday, August 03, 2009
Whoopee! I'm motivated NOW -- I've got 2 weeks exactly before I'm going to Montana! The Big Sky and cool weather. I've been invited to spend 2 weeks on a ranch just outside Missoula and that has jump-started my motivation; I want to lose as much as I possibly can before I leave! And while I'm enjoying the cooler weather there and with no chores, I want to ride bikes and take long walks and eat right -- maybe I can end up the month down to about 140 and just keep going!!!
So for now, every day that I haven't committed to other appointments I'll be hitting the gym and with a goal in mind it has inspired me to work, work, WORK! Hey! I'll be seeing you in the size 8's before you know it!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
OK, it's not fall yet, it's the middle of summer -- but the photo looks so peaceful! And right now feeling peaceful and content is what it's all about. Like a lightbulb being turned on in my brain, I suddenly realized that the life I'm living "right now" is fulfilling enough to make me happy and content! I don't need a 'companion' or a 'boyfriend' to make me feel that my life is complete.
It is nice, of course, to have friends to do things with, and I do have a certain number of close friends to enjoy lunch with now and then, there is even a retired pastor that I call once in awhile if I feel like going dancing. He's an excellent dancer and has been widowed for a few years. So all those years I spent almost fanatically searching for the right person to share my life are now over. I can relax and be happy with who I am, where I am, and how I want to spent the rest of my life.
Certain adjustments have to be made at times, but that is true for all of us, it is not exclusively the plight of single people. Health issues fill all our lives with uncertainty, and when there is a financial crisis, it affects you equally whether married or single. I know some of my friends are scratching their heads over my recent declaration, but the more I think about it and adjust to it, the more I am convinced that the single life will suit me to a T. And, if fate decides it isn't to be, then I'll just go with the flow and see what new adventures may be open to me.
Friday, July 17, 2009
My dog, Amber, loves me. Unconditional love! Doesn't matter to her if I've gained 10 pounds or lost 50! It's all the same to her. She even looks at me all the time to see what I've got on. Tennis shoes means we're going in the yard or for a walk. Sunglasses usually means the same thing. She has a very sharp eye!
Actually, I have a very sharp eye also, but it's not usually in a loving way, the way it is with Amber. What I'm looking for is new wrinkles, an added roll of fat, I'm actually LOOKING for things that say "I've failed." How stupid is that? You would think I would be the one that would cheer me on, help when I'm feeling low, urging me on and telling myself I look great. I should be my #1 fan! Instead, I'm usually the first one to notice that the scale is inching it's way up and that I can't get into my skinny jeans.
Why don't we love ourselves? Is it just human nature do you think? We are the one constant in our lives, other friends come and go, even our brothers and sisters may not be a day-to-day feature of our lives; but WE are always there. Through fun and games, thick and thin, good and bad. Did you ever stop to think what could happen if we treated ourselves as our "best friend?" Suddenly we would be saying things like "I think you look wonderful today, you've lost some weight, haven't you?" or "I really love the way you're doing your hair now." But instead we're more likely to think "So you've lost 5 pounds -- wonder how long that will last?"
Let's just give it a try for a month! Be your own best friend. Be that little conscious angel that sits on your shoulder and guides your decisions or tells you wonderful things that help you stay on track! Instead of jumping all over yourself when you've gained a pound, look in the mirror and say "boy, you sure do look better than you did six months ago. You are making a LOT of headway." Then smile, and face the day with joy and a lot of self-esteem. And at the end of the month, it will have become a habit. You WILL BE your own BEST FRIEND. You CAN make a difference!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
and when I get back to full speed I'll be better than ever. I didn't fall (fail) I only stumbled and I caught myself. Now, sitting here looking out over my back yard I realized it is something that "has" to happen every so often. It's kind of like sitting back and regrouping, forcing you to analyze mistakes and come back stronger. Without these little stumbles we would plod along never making any REAL progress; but by stumbling we take a big serge ahead and pull ourselves out of that plateau, up where there is new scenery (and maybe a different dress size). It's all out there waiting for us, all we have to do is reach for it.
Don't stick your head in the sand, or look the other way. Just because you stop recording your weight, or you stop entering which foods you ate, honey, that does not mean that they went away! So gather up your resolve, write down the heavier weight, record the ice cream you ate, or the nacho's, and move on with your life. Standing still is the danger!
Saturday, June 13, 2009
To analyze a slump you need to figure out what caused it in the first place. Now it could be lots of different things, as varied as the people we are. Mine usually happens due to some little thing going haywire in my life. Perhaps something didn't work out the way I had expected, or suddenly I had a bill that I wasn't expecting and that wiped out all the "extra" money I thought I had. It really doesn't make any difference what the cause was (but it's good to know) it's how you handle it that is important.
You may not even realize at first that you're in a slump. True, you notice those .2 or .4 increases on your scale, but you kind of shrug and figure it was the nacho's or whatever that you ate the night before. Nope! It would be nice if that is all it was, for the next day would take care of it. I'm talking about when it just seems like no matter what you do, those little .2's and .4's keep adding up on your scale! You don't really notice as you leave the dentist office that you reach in their candy jar and take a couple of those bite-sized Snickers out, and of course pop them into your mouth before you even climb into your car. You forget the little glass of wine you had when you were watching TV (just to settle your nerves). And because you were busy all day and wouldn't have time to cook you grabbed one of those handy 'pot roast' packages that was already cooked and just needed to be stuck in the microwave. You added your own steamed veggies and felt pretty good about it, didn't you? What about the gravy? Ah....yes....it did have a little bit of gravy on it, didn't it? I guess I overlooked that.
When you get right down to it, there are lots of little things that get overlooked when we are in a slump, things that we would notice immediately if we were on our toes. We were just 'too tired' to take that early morning walk with our dog, but 'we'll make up for it this afternoon.' Sure you will. Did you?
Now all of these things probably don't fit each person. We've all got our own little comfortable things that we fall back on when we're trying to comfort ourselves. If it wasn't nacho's it might have been a piece of cake or pie. If it wasn't skipping the morning walk, it might have been that you didn't do your usual 'workout.' But look over your daily habits and you'll see them lurking there in the shadows -- they all add up. Hey! They are part of the .2's and .4's.
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