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Stop by and see us at the Portland Womens Expo, Saturday March 15

Friday, March 14, 2014

Hi, All!

If you are in the Portland, Oregon, area and go to the Portland Women's Expo on Saturday, March 15th, stop by and say "hello!" My husband, Bryan, will be in booth number 1028 for his company, Lk13 Development & Coaching, and I will be in booth number 1026 telling people about Mental Toughness Coaching for Weight Loss. We both have some great raffle prizes and it's always a great show.

See you there!

SlimmingSuz

  
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_LINDA 3/14/2014 7:39PM

    I am in Canada, so too far away! Wishing you both success with your sales/goals..

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Do you see exercise as a privilege or a chore?

Monday, March 10, 2014

I'll admit, when I first started exercising again, I didn't really look forward to it. In fact, there were days when I simply dreaded going to the gym (or even going for a walk). But, over time, I really started to enjoy it - focusing on things that I liked doing helped make it easier, and I found the clarity in thinking (and sometimes a little time to myself) became something I really looked forward to. And, now I find I miss it if there is a day when I don't get some exercise.

Recently, a good friend was in a climbing accident that left her paralyzed from the waist down. While she is making amazing progress in rehab and has started walking again, literally against all odds, there are some interesting observations she has made - including around balance. She often feels like she has to lean really far forward in order to feel upright, but when looking in the mirror, her posture then looks perfectly normal. It's an interesting connection between the brain and her physical body.

It got me to thinking about how exercise really is a privilege, not a chore. I am blessed that I am able to use my body without having to think about my posture (at least as much as she does), and I should be taking full advantage of that and enjoying it every day. I am no longer going to take this for granted, and instead, enjoy it.

My friend has a lot of people praying for her (literally around the world), and she has such an incredible attitude that I have no doubt she will make a full recovery. And, she has taught so many of us so much through all of this. So, Laura, I want you to know that I thank you and I think about you and pray for you every day. And, I want you to know what a positive influence you are having on so many people. Thank you for your continued inspiration.

And, I ask the readers of this blog post - how do you see exercise - as a privilege or as a chore? How can you reframe it in your mind so that it really is a privilege and something you enjoy? It's amazing how much easier it gets to stick to your routine when you see it as anything but a chore.

Just some thoughts for today.

All the best,
SlimmingSuz

  
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MARTHA324 3/11/2014 3:03PM

    You got me thinking and when I started walking more I think I thought of it as something that I "should" be doing and when I started cardiac rehab I knew I had to do it. Now exercise is something that I look forward to and after reading hyour post realize it is a privilege that I can do it.
Thanks.

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MJ7DM33 3/10/2014 6:34PM

  Great blog! Sending prayers to your friend! emoticon

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MUFFIY831 3/10/2014 3:32PM

    Well said, and a fantastic perspective. I wouldn't say that I look forward to exercise, but I always feel good when it's over, and I do sometimes marvel at the magnificent machine that is the human body. It's a chore to keep it healthy, but it's also a privilege to have a healthy, capable body TO keep healthy.

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HIPPICHICK1 3/10/2014 3:00PM

    I often see it as both, depending on my mood, but like you, if I don't get some exercise each day I miss it.
Healing vibes to your friend Laura!
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SKIRNIR 3/10/2014 2:38PM

    You know, I don't see it as a privilege, but I think that is more word choice. I do see exercise on occasion as a chore, when it drags me away from my family or when I am tired. But most of the time, I look forward to walking, especially when it is outside. I did pump up my bicycle tires and I am looking forward to trying out my bike sometime soon. I don't like biking up the hills in this city, but I am so looking forward to being outside in this newly 60 degree weather. Recently, I was loosing my desire to exercise a bit, and well, then I went for a walk with a dried straight weed and my ipod shuffle. I was dancing around the sidewalk, swinging my stick like weed like I was a kid again. It really did help me to enjoy exercise again. Now this beautiful weather is helping too. But there will always be days I dread it a bit, but then I do it anyway and I somewhat live for the days that I am looking forward to it. Now if I could just get more people to join me in my walks, I would look forward to them more. Have been occasionally joining a local dog walking group, even though I don't have a dog. I like the company and they are willing to do a 4 to 5 mile walk at a good pace.

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STITCH4EVER 3/10/2014 2:26PM

    UNFORTUNATELY, I SEE IT AS A CHORE. I KNOW I HAVE TO DO IT, BUT I DON'T LIKE IT. PROBABLY BECAUSE I CAN'T DO WHAT I WOULD REALLY ENJOY - WHICH WOULD BE TO SWIM. HERE, YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR ANY HEALTH CLUB SINCE MOST OF THEM ARE IN REHAB FACILITIES. AND THERE ARE NO LAKES ANYWHERE NEAR WHERE WE LIVE. SO I JUST DO WHAT P.T. TAUGHT ME AND AM BORED TO DEATH DOING IT.
ERIN

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MSBEAUTIFUL360 3/10/2014 12:50PM

  I don't see it as a chore. I view it as a Life style incorporation. It is something that you need to do to get healthy, be healty and stay healthy. emoticon

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Adjusting from weight-loss mode to maintenance-mode

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

For those of you who watched the video linked to last week's blog entry, you'll know that my husband and I were surprised (wouldn't be a stretch to say, shocked) to find out in January that I'm expecting a baby in September. We are beyond thrilled. But, honestly, we had moved on. I turned 40 on January 15. We've been married for almost 18 years, and we tried for many of them, so we just thought having a child wasn't in God's plan for us.
I was looking forward to crossing the 100-lb mark by April of this year, and reaching my goal weight (a total of 165 pounds lost) before the end of the year. This was the year I would finally reach my goal weight (for the first time ever). But, all of that is now changing, of course, for a very good, wonderful reason. We are so incredibly excited and we feel so totally blessed that God would choose us to become parents, and we are over-the-moon about becoming a family of three now. But, it does change everything. Our normal busy travel schedule will take a big hit (hey, on the positive side, maybe I'll finally get everything unpacked from moving into our house last May). And, since we both work full-time, we have a lot of figuring out to do around how childcare will work (I had always thought if/when we had kids, I wouldn't need to work, but that is not currently the case). But, as my husband always reminds me, we're good at figuring things out, and that's exactly what we'll do.
I'm also not without worries about the baby. Of course, with this being our first child, combined with my age and the fact that I started out still in the morbidly obese category (even after losing 82 pounds), I worry about the health of the baby and whether everything will go well. We had to go public with the information last week because we publish a weekly weight-loss blog and I felt it was time to share our news with everyone to provide an explanation as to why it seemed like I was suddenly not that motivated to lose weight. But, this means that should something happen, that will also be very public, so it's a bit of a risk. So, from a mental-toughness standpoint, I'm doing my best to stay focused on a positive outcome (which means I've stopped doing internet research because all that does is freak me out anyway).
On the weight management side, I had originally thought I would just try to maintain my weight, and after meeting with my doctor, she thought that was fine as long as the baby was growing properly. But, at the same time, the nurse who did our orientation and nutrition class also reminded us that during this time, you can't always control how your body will react. And, I've had some trouble trying to figure out how many calories to track against given that I'm now trying to maintain and not lose. I will also admit that I let all of my emotions and thoughts derail me a bit. So, I have gained a few pounds, but, overall, am still on track. So, I'm trying to be realistic - working hard not to gain too much, but also not being too hard on myself. After all, this is a completely new experience for me! To add to that, my husband mentioned that he was concerned about the toxins that might be released by my fat cells if I tried to lose a few pounds. He probably has a point (thought it would also be a great excuse for me to use if I wanted to just eat whatever sounded good, so I'm trying to also avoid a sense of delusion).
It's an interesting situation to be in. I'm absolutely thrilled that we are having a baby and I'm so excited to meet him or her and move forward as a family, but it has definitely taken an adjustment to not be disappointed about not reaching some of my initial goals for the year.
The overwhelming feelings I have are certainly of gratitude and if I just stay focused on love and abundance (rather than fear and scarcity), I'm sure everything will work out great. After all, as my husband says, we really are great at figuring things out. :-)
All the best,
SlimmingSuz

  
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SLIMMINGSUZ 3/5/2014 3:29PM

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments! emoticon

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SUNSET09 3/5/2014 5:25AM

  emoticon on the news! emoticon God is in the blessing bidness and He has not brought you this far to leave you! Your Doctor will be there with and for you so many of your questions can be answered by him/her! Take care of yourself and with a supporting husband, there's nothing to fear but fear itself as God did not give us the spirit of fear! emoticon Again, emoticon on the emoticon emoticon

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LINDAM.1 3/5/2014 12:14AM

  What a blessing. I did fertility pills, temp every morning. corrective surgeries. I am not a Mom. emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 3/4/2014 7:58PM

    Yes it is a worry at your age and weight, and you should be closely monitored by your Dr. who would also be able to consul you on appropriate weight gain or loss as well as watch for signs of gestational diabetes..
It is a precious gift to be bringing a new life into this world and with your healthy habits already on board, you will be giving this new one a great start!
Take care of yourself and enjoy this new journey!





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Big news this week!!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

My husband and I were finally able to share our big announcement last night via our weekly video blog. You can view it here: mtwlb.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/video
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HHOLT6 3/3/2014 1:57PM

    emoticon this is so so exciting! Congratulations! Wow! I hope that my husband and I could make a similar announcement this year!!!

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_LINDA 2/26/2014 11:35PM

    emoticonon your exciting news -doubly good! Wishing you a problem free pregnancy!

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ALIHIKES 2/26/2014 9:39PM

    CONGRATULATIONS! emoticon

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HAPPYJUNEBUG 2/26/2014 8:08PM

    Congrats on the baby! :)

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GINALAUGHED 2/26/2014 2:12PM

    That was a side effect for me as well over 11 years ago! I was only 30 pounds down then and everything came to a screeching halt. Isn't it refreshing to buy smaller size clothes? ;) Very exciting news for you!

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NICOLES0305 2/26/2014 1:13PM

    Congrats!

I discovered that side effect too, after losing 60 lbs more than six years ago. EXCITING!

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KSWENSON8 2/26/2014 12:43PM

    Awww Congrats!!! Super exciting news! :)

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Hamburgers and fries at the gym?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

A friend of mine shared with me that she recently joined a new gym. We were talking about a good approach for her to get going. And, then she mentioned something interesting. This particular gym serves free pizza and free bagels once a month. They even have tootsie rolls on the counter where you check in! Apparently, their philosophy is that you just finished a great workout, and you deserve a treat. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that you can't have pizza, bagels, and tootsie rolls, but it just doesn't seem to go along with the overall philosophy of a gym.

At another local gym, they have a full restaurant that serves hamburgers, french fries, and fully-leaded sodas (not to mention alcoholic beverages). They have "taco tuesdays," and even sell cinnamon rolls at their coffee stand. OK, so maybe they are going for the "club" feel, but I just don't get it. Why not have a good juice bar and some healthier food choices instead?

So, my question to you is... what am I missing here? Or, do you agree that this doesn't seem like the best match?

All the best,
SlimmingSuz

  
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SLIMMINGSUZ 2/21/2014 6:35PM

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't get this. I thought having to watch food commercials on the TVs while working out was bad, but I can't imagine working out while smelling these tempting (but generally not-so-healthy) foods! I'm with those of you who said they wouldn't be a member of one of these gyms!

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HHOLT6 2/21/2014 6:20PM

    I do not get it at all.

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HAPPYJUNEBUG 2/20/2014 9:51PM

    That's some pretty crazy stuff right there! Wow, hamburgers and fries INSIDE a gym? LOL.

I would not be part of that gym. Too much temptation. In my opinion, you can't have it both ways. Either one or the other.

Sorry to hear such places exist.

Now, I'm not saying it's bad to ever eat these sorts of foods, but this definitely makes other gyms look bad.

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_LINDA 2/20/2014 6:58PM

    I have seen some small cafes that offer that stuff in my public gyms, but one actually closed down, so people brought their own stuff in then, but mostly just coffee and small snacks. I am guessing its because of the high numbers of kids using the facilities, they demand treats after swimming. I would rather see some healthy options offered too..

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LAILATN 2/20/2014 4:28PM

    Maybe you eat that stuff all the time, you don't lose any weight, so you keep working out and re-enrolling... that's the cynic in me talking!


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FITWITHIN 2/20/2014 4:03PM

    That would be the last thing I would want to see or smell at the gym. After a butt kicking workout, that's not the way I want to reward my hard work. Give me a green smoothie beverage. I would not be a member of that gym.

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ARMYWIFEKASS93 2/20/2014 3:53PM

    I don't get it either, the gym by my house has a fresh fruit smoothie stand in it, that sells other things like muffins and granola bars, but that is it. I think that is a way better option cause that is what your body needs after a workout, not junk...

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