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I love my friends, my family and myself

Monday, February 16, 2009

One thing I am working on while on my journey to getting healthy is my self-esteem that was damaged after years of being told I was no good, worthless, would never make anything of my self, stupid etc. I really do not believe that I am any of those things any more and I realize that I am a really good and caring person.

I tell myself I am a good friend, mother, wife and a woman who deserves to be healthy and happy with her life. For the most part, I am happy with my life and just need to keep focused on reaching my goals. I have come a long way and done a lot to improve myself. There are many more things I want to do and I will not let any of those old feelings get in my way of reaching my goals.

I use daily affirmations to boost my self-esteem and the support I get from Sparkpeople and other friends really helps me too. I tell myself that I am strong, and that I am and will continue to be successful!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CONNIED53 2/16/2009 9:07PM

Your comments on my blog page reminded me that I'd promised myself a massage. Wow, I'd totally forgotten in the overeating blur I've been going through. Thank you, thank you!!!

Big hugs!!!


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MICHARM 2/16/2009 8:49PM

    Positive Self Talk is great for you! Don't ever let people tell you who you are! You are an important, unique person!!!!

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I am so excited!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

I finally weighed in today and I have lost 9 pounds since September! I was surprised, and excited that even though I got off track a little during the holidays that I did not gain weight. Now I need to keep working my program and keep moving forward.


I am in control

Friday, February 06, 2009

- of choices I make. No one can make these choices for me.

- of how I let others actions affect my emotions.

- of my journey to live a healthier, happier life.

I won't reach my goal of "Fit by 40" and I am coming to terms with that. My therapy is going well and I have had a few good revelations that are helping me to deal with the past and start to move forward. Overall, I am happy with my life and just need to take things one day at a time.

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MICHARM 2/6/2009 11:19PM

    I totally agree with your writings...we must make the choices in our lives! Keep on striving towards your goals.

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Susan's POA updated - December 2008 and a lesson learned

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

I was doing so well with exercising and eating healthy. Then my schedule got hectic with holiday plans and family visit, son's birthday and I got off track. It is scary how quickly I got off track. I am back on track, and I have learned a good lesson. No matter what is going on in my life, I need to make time for myself. I feel better when I exercise and now I have to work extra hard to get that energy back! It is worth it to me to work hard, I deserve to feel good about myself and to look good. I am commited to my POA and not going to let anything get me off track again:

December 17, 2008

1. Nutrition. Plan my meals daily and commit to my meal plan. Post EVERYTHING on my nutrition tracker or write it in my food journal. Measure food and stay within ranges.

2. H2O. 80 oz. minimum, more if I am spending time outdoors. NO soda!

3. Exercise. Do at least 30-60 minutes of cardio exercise a day, every day! Alternate Strength training with cardio every other day.

4. Validation. Size 16 casual pants. I can pull them on but not button or zip them. No more too tight clothes!

5. Goal to lose 40 pounds by my 40th birthday in February!!

6. Set up a reward system for small goals reached.

7. Use daily affirmations and before pictures to keep me motivated!

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WYOFRED 12/21/2008 12:09AM

    I can totally relate to this topic. Because of the XMas parties for my job, my hubby's job, and all the other parties going on it is amazing how fast time can go by and the next thing you know it has been 3 days since you have exercised and feel "off". Off track that is.

That is why tonight I made myself get on that treadmill and work up a sweat. I'm glad I got back on track.

I should have woken up early on some of the days that I knew I wasn't gonna have time to come home and work out.

Good post, Continued Success to you,


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My Thanksgiving plan

Thursday, November 20, 2008

First I will give thanks for all the blessings in my life.

Craft activity with the children

The dinner
Smoked tukey with pepper
Cornbread dressing (Spark Recipe)
Cranberry dressing (my recipe - use less sugar and natural orange juice)
Sweet potato pone' (my recipe - use less sugar and more spices)
Steamed asparagus and garlic
Zucchini bake
Whole wheat dinner rolls
Pumpkin pie - use less sugar and more spices
Apple pie - use less sugar and more spices

After dinner: Plan an outside activity with the family (walking or a game of tag)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone!!

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 12/7/2008 4:33PM

    How wonderful!

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LISAMA1981 11/22/2008 8:33AM

    Sounds great...I'd love to hear about this cranberry dressing recipe... :)

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