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Friday, December 09, 2011

This was forwarded to me by my mom, and I thought I'd share it on here:


1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a beggar.
3. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
4. Live with the 3 E's -- Energy, Enthusiasm and Empathy.
5. Make time to pray.
6. Play more games.
7. Read more books than you did in 2011.
8. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
9. Sleep for 7 hours.
10. Take a 10-30 minute walk daily. And while you walk, smile.


11. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
12. Don't have negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
13. Don't overdo it. Keep your limits.
14. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
15. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip.
16. Dream more while you are awake.
17. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
18. Forget issues of the past. Don't remind your partner with His/her mistakes of the past. That will ruin your present happiness.
19. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Don't hate others.
20. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
21. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
22. Realize that life is a school and you are here to learn. Problems are simply part of the curriculum that appear and fade away like algebra class but the lessons you learn will last a lifetime.
23. Smile and laugh more.
24. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree....

25. Call your family often.
26. Each day give something good to others.
27. Forgive everyone for everything.
28. Spend time w/ people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.
29. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
30. What other people think of you is none of your business.
31. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.

32. Do the right thing!
33. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
34. GOD heals everything.
35. However good or bad a situation is, it will change...
36. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
37. The best is yet to come..
38. When you awake alive in the morning, thank GOD for it.
39. Your Inner most is always happy. So, be happy.

Last but not the least:
40. Please Forward this to everyone you care about, I just did.

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RNCMOM4 12/9/2011 2:00PM

    Love it, this is how I have been trying to live my life in 2011 and plan to continue for the rest of my life.

Thanks for sharing!!

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Negative Self Talk = Stop It!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

I've been bored at work today, so I've been reading a bunch of blogs... It seems like a lot of people on the site have had a negative image of themselves for awhile. I know I definitely do, and I'm working on changing that.

I don't know why I started gaining weight when I was little. I was a stick until I was about 8, then I don't know if pre-puberty kicked in or what, but from 4th grade on I went from being the 'chubby' kid in the class to the 'fat' girl in high school.

I think everyone has been tormented in some way if you were a kid that was overweight. Fortunately for me I had a really great group of friends, and sarcasm was my second language. When idiots would pick on me, I would verbally harass them right back and make them look stupid. While everyone else around me probably thought it didn't bother me, laughed at the bully, and that I had "won" that fight -- it was really damaging to my psyche.

So ever since high school I never really felt pretty. I mean I know I'm not ugly, and everyone can leave supportive comments -- but until it sticks in your head, you never really feel pretty. I've always been stylish with hair and makeup (as long as we don't look back at the photos from the 90s!) -- but I have never, ever been hit on by a guy that was decent. Honestly I have been hit on by 4 men in cars at stoplights smoking pot. The first one was weird, the second one was like--woah deja vu, and the next few just got annoying.

None of my guy friends ever saw me as a woman, but now that I've had my epiphany -- I'm taking control of my life and getting rid of all of that negative self talk. Part of this confidence boost has come from online dating. My friends basically forced me to join, kicking and screaming. And now I have a date with a lawyer and an engineer this weekend... Its crazy to go from zero interest to being double booked in one weekend! So my self-confidence has gone off the charts.

I have officially banned negative self-talk. There won't be anymore coming out of me! So I am officially raining on everyone's pity parties. Stop the negative self talk! You are beautiful, you are great, and you can continue to make changes that will make your life better!

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RAYVEN01 12/7/2011 10:55PM

    Great attitude! I think you can really tell the difference in someone who is really comfortable with themselves and self-confident. Rock something like that blue dress and I'm sure you'll have the lawyers and engineers interest!

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Progress Photos

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

I posted in my last blog about my cousin's wedding and my new motivation boots. Well below is the dress I wore to my sister's wedding at the end of May. Its and Igigi dress (she's a really great San Francisco designer for sizes 12-30+), that's a size 16 (but Igigi's tend to run large).

Now this dress is my new Max and Cleo size 14 -- tight dress. I literally couldn't breathe deeply, but it was so pretty I had to buy it. I'm waving to my mom -- how does my waist look in this!?

And now for motivation boots... As soon as my calves are small enough to wear these comfortably -- I'm going to find a great dress (there's some at Torrid I have my eye on), and rock these boots!

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FINDING_MELISSA 12/7/2011 4:46PM

    Love the dresses and the boots are phenomenal!

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FITBY40-2015 12/6/2011 7:44PM

    you look great! emoticon

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KARIDIAN1 12/6/2011 7:37PM

    Great job! Post pictures of your dress with the boots.

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VENISEW1 12/6/2011 7:35PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonon your progress!

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I managed to lose weight while on vacation and during the holidays!

Monday, December 05, 2011

So I haven't weighed in for two weeks. I was imagining a terrible weigh-in, or at least a so-so weigh-in. But... I didn't! Sometime in the last two weeks of stress/cleaning/Thanksgiving 1/traveling/Thanksgiving 2/my cousin's wedding/early X-mas ... (yea, I've been busy!) -- I managed to not only maintain, but continue to lose.

I tried to be very conscious of my eating, especially since all of the food was made for people who didn't care about their weight. But I did indulge in chocolate. Maybe I should just add that to my daily intake to see if it helps :-)

I had to go through a lot of stress with my mom this past week, who has food issues, and try to show her SparkPeople. She just doesn't understand it. She's semi-computer literate, and totes her iPad everywhere, but she just doesn't understand about adding food and how the trackers work. And her portion sizes are all ridiculously underestimated. She asked for a food scale for X-mas like mine, so hopefully she'll use it. She also ate almost an entire box (wait, scratch that) between two boxes of candy, she ate more than one box of chocolates just by herself. I helped a little, but it was See's and we only get that once a year a X-mas.

My mom and I did have quite a successful shopping trip last week. I said earlier I wasn't going to splurge on clothes and stuff for myself... but I did. Major shopping overload. I found the cutest (and very tight!) size 14 dress at Nordstrom Rack for my cousin's wedding. I could barely breathe, but I looked great, so I was fine with not being able to sit comfortably. I'll put a pic up later.

And I found my new motivation. I got a $350 pair of knee high, leather Ugg boots (the cute designer kind, not the slipper kind) that just baaaarely fit for $120! I'm a size 12 shoe, so if I find a cute shoe/steal like that, I can't miss it. The problem is -- right now they really don't go all the way up to my knee. My calf is still slightly too big = motivation to keep going, so I can wear my boots!

My last post was about how awful my first thanksgiving was -- this second round with the entire family was better. The family was invited to the rehearsal dinner for my cousin's wedding friday night. My aunts fawned over me, telling me how good I look. One of them complimented my butt -- weird. Another raised my arms, and said, 'oh that's the only place you can still see you're...' -- and then my grandma said, 'you know you look a lot better than you used to.' For a second I felt like I was in Sixteen Candles... awkward family moments!

Then Saturday before the wedding we had a big family thanksgiving with all of the aunts and uncles from out of town. I did good, didn't eat any dessert (since i wanted wedding cake that night), and managed to get through that debacle with a decent calorie count. Then it was a mad dash to get ready, when my sister (who had to wear a size 16 dress) threw a hissy fit. She hated her hair, she hated her outfit... yada yada yada = she hated herself for gaining weight and was lashing out. I let her husband deal with her and got into my new dress.

The wedding was fun. Since I didn't have to do anything (like at my sisters' 2 weddings this year) it was relaxing... but there was a candy bar... and dinner wasn't for 1.5 hours.... so I ate a lot of gummy bears... and some Hershey kisses... but dinner wasn't that great, so I didn't eat much of it (everything was drenched in butter and salt, ick). So after my candy binge, I was a little worried about the weigh-in today.

When I got back to my house yesterday after being gone for 9 days -- I was just happy to be able to relax. AND to get back on my treadmill. I had only been doing core workouts while I was gone, so my abs are fine, but my calves weren't up to snuff. I didn't get as far as I usually do, but I'll get back by the end of this week.

Now today. I'm planning a baby shower for tomorrow. I bought the usual candy bars to go in the diaper bit -- but I don't feel like wasting the entire candy bar... so either I'm going to be tempted like mad tonight, or I'll bring the other half of the candy bar to the shower. Hui wants an ice cream cake too. I could usually make a cake, but I'm going to go to the professionals for this one. I know Coldstone Creamery makes good ones, but the calorie counts are staggering. Trust me, once you real their nutritional information, you'll second guess your next trip there. I think I'll go with Baskin Robbins since its close to work, but does anyone know if DQ is healthier? (as healthy as chocolate and ice cream and cake can get anyway)

So I'm in a fantastic mood. SUPER motivated after this morning... and I will be cashing in a ticket to ONEderland by the end of the year!

So yay me! (Sorry if this is annoying, but I'm in a really great mood!)

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Let's see those boots! :)

You are doing such a great job. Way to go mama!!

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TINKSMOM1 12/6/2011 8:15AM

    Great job! All that going on, and still managed to keep it together... Gold Star! Isnt it funny how when you lose weight, family feels like they can just comment on anything? Oh well, thats family for ya...Keep up the good work! Glad you found some motivation, clothes always work well for me too! And what a deal! emoticon

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MAPLECANDY3 12/5/2011 12:05PM

    losing weight with such a busy schedule is FANTASTIC!!!!!!!!

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TATYPREZ 12/5/2011 12:04PM

    WAY TO GO!

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DOINIT4ME2DAY 12/5/2011 11:41AM

    That is so awesome! You're doing so great!!!! Keep up the good work, you're such an inspiration! Can't wait to see the pics!

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So Thanksgiving is supposed to be a happy time, right?

Monday, November 28, 2011

So Thanksgiving is supposed to be a happy time, right? 'Cause it was awful. We technically aren't having Thanksgiving until next weekend -- but my parents still made me come home, not directly, but basically through guilt. My sisters got spared the fun...

My parents apparently got in a fight, expected me to play referee, and did nothing to help cook or clean. So I cooked, so we would at least eat something together. I made some healthy sides to go with the ham -- which I didn't know that a cooked ham needs to bake for 4 hours to caramelize. Who knew a cooked ham, had to be cooked more -- I only put it in for 2.5 hours... it was okay, but not great. But while this was going on, my dad was cursing and throwing stuff -- my mom, who doesn't drink, had 3 beers and wouldn't talk to anyone -- and I just put on really loud christmas music on Pandora to drown both of them out.

So I got through the day, started to get ready to go to bed, and I realize I left a really important bag at my house -- 2 hours away, so I didn't get any of my allergy meds that night. Since I had to fly out Saturday morning for my vacation, I got up super early and spend 5.5 hours in a car going back home, grabbing my bag, and driving back to my parents. It was fun, let me tell you...

So the next day my mom wasn't any better -- her depression has really got her in a funk. My dad was crabby because he had gotten up at 3am to go spend waaaay too much money at Sear's Hardware and Lowes... I needed to get out of there!

But then on Saturday I flew up to Chicago -- hung out with my old college roommate -- saw the Muppet movie (btw--its amazing), and then had a really fun game night...

The next morning, I saw yet another one of my former roommates and we hung out for a bit as she drove me up to visit another college friend (Chicagoland is huge). That friend then drove me up to Ann Arbor, MI with her since she was going back to school. I have had the best two days. I am so glad I took the time and money out to visit these girls.

And my MI friend convinced me to start online dating... so *eep* here goes nothing! I definitely would not have done this 70 pounds ago. Or hell, 40 pounds ago. So its definitely interesting. We'll see how this goes...

I'm trying to be good while I am here -- eating smartly, but there are no calorie counts on local restaurant menus or snacks people brought to game night -- so I'm trying to be sensible about what I'm choosing. I've had to deny food a lot though. They know I'm losing weight, but they just don't understand how deep choosing what you eat goes. I'm not going to be the friend that splits a fried appetizer anymore. I don't care if you feel guilty for eating most of it... I'm not joining in. No I don't want more churros after we had a full dinner, I'm good. So I'm trying, I'm working on it, and I better damn well make it to ONEderland soon.

Here's to hoping this weekend's family thanksgiving/cousin's wedding doesn't kill me from stress!

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ARCHIMEDESII 11/28/2011 12:25PM

    I'd say that considering the circumstances, you showed quite a bit of restraint.

While the holidays are supposed to be a joyous occasion for families, I've found the reverse to be true i.e. lots of families get into fights at the holidays. So, much for good will towards man.

I hope your parents don't repeat their behavior at this weekends celebration. Goodness knows, you're entitled to enjoy yourself. Hopefully having your other siblings around will help keep the peace.


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WHENDERFUL 11/28/2011 12:17PM

    Sounds like a lot of heavy stuff at home. I'm sorry it was such a stressful weekend. Here's hoping the upcoming week will be better...with more family around to help you out.

Keep up the great work...making the right choices while hanging out with friends is not always easy. You are doing a great job. Enjoy the rest of the vacation....

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DOINIT4ME2DAY 11/28/2011 11:29AM

    You're doing great! Keep it going...

If you're interested there are a lot of sites out there that help with calorie counting when you are at restaurants.

It takes some preparation and some work, but you can be pretty good at keeping your calories under control if you plan ahead!

Here's hoping that your next week won't be too bad!!

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MARKSTIPANOVSKY 11/28/2011 11:28AM

    Thanks for taking the time to write some stuff to help me on my journey of becoming fitter, healthier and stronger. Have a wonderful day. All the best Mark

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