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Motivation... Take 2

Friday, December 30, 2011

So in my last blog that I wrote many moons ago, I said I was happy with myself, happy with the choices I was making, and didnít really feel motivated to try much harder. Iím still quite happy with myself, but I have not been making the healthiest choices latelyÖ I havenít exercised regularly since Thanksgiving and I donít think I said ďnoĒ to any Christmas goodie that was available. I donít feel really bad about that because I know that a New Year brings new possibilities. I have gained a couple or so pounds, but nothing too distressing for me. But I canít feel really satisfied with myself knowing Iím not putting forth any effort at all.

I have, since my last blog, found something to motivate me. I want to lose weight because I work with people who also want to lose weight, but they donít seem to have any idea how to do it. I know a lot about losing weight, thanks to SP, and I feel I have a lot of information that could help them. I have made suggestions, such as ďYou really shouldnít drink so much Coke. Why not try Coke Zero?Ē But all my advice seems to go in one ear and out the other. I do realize that itís easy for me to give advice about not drinking Coke because I donít like Coke, or any other carbonated beverage, at all. However, I also think that my advice would hold more weight (no pun intended) if they could see results in me.

As I write this, I canít help noticing a parallel in my spiritual life. The people I work with also want peace, love, and freedom. Whether they ever say so out loud or even realize they want and need these things in their lives, they do. And I know how they can get them through Jesus Christ. I can tell them all about it, but will it mean anything to them if they donít see the results of a relationship with Jesus in my own life? Itís easy to tell when someone has lost weight, and that makes you want to ask them how they did it. It should be as easy to tell when someone has been with Jesus, and that should make people ask about it. I want people to notice a difference in me, to see something in my life that they want in their life. The difference is Jesus.

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SKYBLUEGIRL 1/20/2012 10:22PM

    Well said! He is the difference. emoticon

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Lately, I've been thinking, Do I even want to lose weight? I know I probably should because I would be healthier if I did. But I feel healthier already. I exercise just about every day. Most days I workout 20-30 minutes, but some days I'm running late and only do 10 minutes. Most of the time, I make healthier food choices. But I'm not losing any weight. I know it's because I'm not attacking the problem aggressively. I'm not willing to abandon my efforts all together, but I also don't seem to have the motivation to work harder.

I like myself the way I am... my husband loves me the way I am... I don't have any serious health issues related to my weight. Why change?

I go to the doctor in 2 weeks and will be weighed. I suppose the number that appears on the scale will determine my future motivation. If it's higher than I think it is or than it has been, then I will be motivated to re-double my efforts. Because, for goodness sake, I don't want to GAIN. But if it's less or about the same, I doubt I will try any harder than I am now...

I guess a post like this will never get me voted a Sparkpeople Motivator! emoticon

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SPCRAIG 9/21/2011 1:46PM

  You said why you need to work out - to be healthier. Does not matter what the scale says, right?!

You will find motivation, not excuses. You need to find a friend and make time to meet. Go for walks (at a good pace). Catch up, reconnect, and get healthy.

What about taking dance lessons with your husband? Spice things up, have fun. When it is not a chore, you will be motivated. emoticon

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BLACKROSE_222 9/21/2011 1:28PM

    Doesn't matter what the blog does - I'm still glad you wrote it. The funny thing about losing weight is it only works if you give it your all - and if you are happy and healthy and like the choices you make, then that is AWESOME. That is the goal - to be happy with you and your body. Not a number on a scale.

Good for you for realizing this. Best of luck!

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This time it's for real

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I've been overweight pretty much my whole life. But despite being overweight, I'm otherwise generally healthy so I've never been really serious about losing weight. I would start trying to exercise and eat better from time to time, but was never really motivated to stick with it. My husband Jay, on the other hand, has type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and has suffered a minor heart attack. You would think that all of this would be enough to scare a person (and his wife) into getting serious about their health. However, neither of us really took his condition as seriously as we should. We were content to continue our lifestyle as we always had as long as Jay took his insulin and about 6 other pills, who cares about diet and exercise?

Now, he has recently been informed that he has a fatty liver, which can lead to cirrhosis of the liver. He was advised that avoiding such a fate was all up to him. His doctor said he had to lose weight because apparently there aren't any drugs to fend off cirrhosis. She recommended the South Beach diet. I love my husband very much, and I want him to be around for a long time so I took what the doctor said very seriously. Don't ask me why I never took any of his other doctors seriously, but this time I did. Maybe because weight loss was the only option she offered, unlike the other doctors who have all prescribed medication in addition to weight loss.

So now we're both on the South Beach diet, and so far it's going much better than we expected. We've already discovered that Jay doesn't need as much insulin to keep his blood sugars within his target range. It's also kind of fun to try new things. The book includes meal plans for all the phases of the diet, and many of the meals call for foods that I normally wouldn't eat. I always thought I didn't like asparagus, but it turns out I do... salmon too. I'm cooking a lot more than I used to, which is a bit of a challenge because I've always hated to cook. Cooking is still not my favorite thing to do, but it's giving me something to do instead of sitting in front of the TV... and that's never a bad thing.

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FAB4EYED 7/30/2010 4:20PM

    I am so glad that you guys are going to take major steps in losing weight together and I'm sure that's the most important thing. You're such a great wife to do it together..shows much partnership. I would love to follow your blogs to see how you guys are doing... Making a life long goal is what it's all about.. Congrats!!

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Disappointed by Old Navy

Thursday, June 07, 2007

My mom and sister came to visit us this last weekend. We had three days together to go shopping, hang out, etc. My mom has had gastric bypass surgery and has lost significant weight. So now we can't just go to Lane Bryant like we used to, we have to go to stores that carry her new skinny sizes also. Old Navy seems like the perfect compromise since our local store has started carrying plus sizes as well.

First let me just say how excited I was when our local Old Navy started carrying plus sizes... oh a couple of years ago I guess. Granted, the section is small, but they usually had some cute stuff and reasonable prices. It's so hard to find this combination anywhere. Lane Bryant has super-cute stuff, but they are pretty expensive. Wal-mart has the great prices, but their plus sizes are not that trendy. But Old Navy has both great clothes at great prices... perfect! Right? Wrong...

We entered the store, and I made a beeline for the plus size section. I found that it was now only one "cubicle" instead of two like it used to be, and half of that was filled with flip-flops! Hmm... well, I started looking around anyway, and soon noticed that most of the merchandise appeared to be on clearance. Well, that's kinda cool... I looked at a few things, but most of it was stuff I already had or wasn't really interested in. I left the section to go see what my mom was up to and sort of wandered around the store. I found myself again in the vicinity of the plus size section and noticed a sign I had not noticed before. It said (paraphrase) "Beginning this summer, Women's Plus Sizes will only be available online!"

*Gasp* What!? That stinks! Well, that explains why the section is now so small and why everything is on clearance. Then I was struck with a thought so insidious it made me almost ill. I felt like Old Navy was saying to US (those of who wear plus sizes) "Go home and shop because we don't want to have to look at you and we don't want our 'pretty' customers to be uncomfortable because they have to look at you, too. So stay home and shop online... because we still want your money, we just don't want to look at you."

Then, I started thinking some more... my husband can shop at Old Navy... in the store, not just online. He's also "pleasantly plump" but they carry his sizes at Old Navy. This makes me think that Old Navy must be run by a bunch of Old Frat Boys with beer guts. "Hey Fellas! Come shop at Old Navy because we've got YOUR size and a bunch of hot chicks! That's right... no need to worry about running into the fat chicks at Old Navy... only hot, skinny girls here."

I'm probably over-reacting, but this type of consumer relation gets under my skin. I don't plan to be the size I am now forever, but chances are good that I will always be a "plus" size, even if it's a smaller plus size. I think I should have the chance to wear cute clothes at affordable prices just like my skinny counterparts without having to shop online... you can't try anything on that way. Hopefully, Old Navy will find that they are missing out on a large (no pun intended) segment of the market and bring the plus sizes back to the store... until then you'll find me at the Lane Bryant just down the way.

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KATIERANCK2202 9/25/2007 8:34AM

    I know exactly what you mean. I was appalled when all the plus sized things went online-exclusively (happened at Christmas time at the store I stopped in). Thing is, the clothes at Lane Bryant are much more expensive, so I really don't know what to do anymore. However, I did find the LB Outlet at Lebanon Prime Outlet, so that might be nice.

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LYNDSAYJT 9/16/2007 3:30AM

    hmm, i think my old navy still has a plus size section. i'm not sure, but i know they still carry up to a size 20, and that's not in the plus size section. i always thought old navy has done a pretty good job on this front, actually. their sizes run big, and what other store carries sizes 00-20?

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BUGG05 9/14/2007 10:01PM

    HI, first of all glad to meet ya.
Second I am with you on the old navy deal, I am A SIZE 14 MOST OF THE TIME, NOT A 4 NOT A 6, i AM WHAT THE NEWS CALLS AVERAGE SIZED TODAY. I just got here tho after losing around 70 pounds, anyway. I too found myself staring at 1 rack of clothes, trying to make myself like it. I got really bored with the whole thing fast. and what is up with the flip flops?I like shoes real shoes. not the same cheap thing in every color. ever been walking along and that thing between your toes breaks? theres just no continueing on with what your doing untill you eiather go home or buy shoes, anyway I dont think its an overreaction, we are just as beautiful and just as important. have a blessed day and good luck on your weight lose journey. bugg05

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