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Dog and Cat Food Bags

Saturday, March 03, 2012

OK, so I haven't blogged daily!! emoticon It's gonna take a bit of getting used to. The last week or so has been up and down, food-wise. I did REALLY good up until yesterday. I had been craving chicken strips for weeks, so yesterday, I had them -- with gravy and mashed potatoes. Now to get back on track. I've done OK today. I am getting in some exercise daily -- not a lot. I'm not doing that good on managing my time. I have walked down to the road and back every day -- that's about 2/10ths of a mile, which isn't a lot, but better than nothing. I was going to walk up the stairs at work every day (I'm on 3rd floor), and just completely forgot about it. SO!! That's my goal next week, along with walking down to the road daily.

I REALLY appreciate the encouraging comments (here and on my Sparkpage). Over the last week, I read something about equating the extra weight with something visibly physical -- something my WW leader mentioned also, and I've done it before, but hadn't thought of it in a LONG time. Today, at the feed store, I got a 35 lb bag of dog food and a 40 lb bag of cat food. At the grocery store, I got 40 lbs of litter. As I hauled these heavy things out of the trunk, I kept thinking that each package by itself was LESS than what I need to lose. I would love to get down to 130, which is about 70 lbs. There is no WAY I could lift the 35 lbs of dog food and the 40 lbs of cat food or litter at the same time, yet that's what I'm carrying around!! No wonder I'm tired. No wonder I don't want to do anything when I get home from work. No wonder my joints hurt. The total weight of those 3 items isn't much more than I weigh now. Holy mackerel. emoticon If I have to go pick up one of those packages daily for motivation, that's what I'll do.

OH!! I've had NO Coke of any kind. Even when I passed it in the grocery store today, there was no "Buy me! Buy me!" pull. Stress levels have been OK. I live in the country on 5 acres -- my own slice of heaven on earth, but maintaining it is stressful. One of my stepsons is great about helping. My work is 35 miles away, so I'm on the road about 2 hours a day. I have 2 large outside dogs, 5 inside cats and several outside (the count varies as dumped cats come and go). I have a 96-year-old mother with Alzheimer's in a very good assisted living facility. She calls numerous times a day looking for dead people (her mother, her Dad, my Dad, her brothers, etc) or non-existent "little ones." Sometimes she calls once in the evening, sometimes she calls 10 times. She's taught me a lot about patience ... emoticon

  
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LINDAF49 5/15/2013 12:28AM

    I love your comparing weight needed to loose with bags of dog/cat food... I like to think of amounts I have lost in relations to bags of sugar, or flour, and when I was loosing the most rapidly, that really worked but my one pound a week average is such slow progress.. But I know I am a visual learner so maybe returning to that idea is a good idea!!!
God bless you as you sort it all out and find a consistent and encouraging way to record, visualize and really make good progress. Hugs of faith and courage.

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GRAMMACATHY 5/10/2013 6:29PM

    I like your analogy. I always thought in terms of ten pound bowling balls. Another ten pound bowling ball gone. Still have five more to go.

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WALKINGGRANDMA 3/3/2012 11:04PM

    Sounds like you have had a good day in "aha moments" and some trials. I think living in 5 acres sounds fun, but I wouldn't be able to maintain it either. It would go completely wild.

I live close to work and do something less than ideal but have a great commute. This morning with the 5 am weekend traffic, I got there in under ten minutes. Normally takes closer to 15. I think I would "read" a lot of books with a commute like that.

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First Blog

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I've decided to try blogging here. Maybe this will help keep me more accountable. I had lost 50 pounds (as of June 2010). My husband died, and after a few months, I started to gain it all back. Now, here I sit, with 50+ pounds back. As of this past Monday, I'm back on track. One of my biggest downfall is Coke -- or Pepsi or Dr. Pepper or root beer ... I'm non-discriminatory! I love sweets too. But since Monday (2/20), I've been on track. This is the longest I've been on track in months. I don't know if I'll blog here every day, but I do want to do this regularly. I don't know if anyone else will read it, but that's not why I'm doing this either. I want a record. I love Weight Watchers but there's not a meeting around here that's good for me now. I'm not even sure what I'll blog about here. Eating, weight loss, but also things that will affect my weight loss journey.

  
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NOCALORIES 2/26/2012 7:28PM

    Glad to see you have a goal and are pushing yourself. Just take it day at a time. I will look forward to reading your blogs and sharing an encouraging word to help you achieve that desire of losing some pounds.You have made it happen before so I believe you can do it again.

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WALKINGGRANDMA 2/22/2012 4:58PM

    Good for you! Blogging is putting your thoughts, whatever they are, to paper (sort of) and in the process you may find out things that will work better for you.

The other good part about blogging is that you get some suggestions, comments, thoughts that may trigger other ideas or plans to be more successful.

You can do this.

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First Blog

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

I've decided to try blogging here. Maybe this will help keep me more accountable. I had lost 50 pounds (as of June 2010). My husband died, and after a few months, I started to gain it all back. Now, here I sit, with 50+ pounds back. As of this past Monday, I'm back on track. One of my biggest downfall is Coke -- or Pepsi or Dr. Pepper or root beer ... I'm non-discriminatory! I love sweets too. But since Monday (2/20), I've been on track. This is the longest I've been on track in months. I don't know if I'll blog here every day, but I do want to do this regularly. I don't know if anyone else will read it, but that's not why I'm doing this either. I want a record. I love Weight Watchers but there's not a meeting around here that's good for me now. I'm not even sure what I'll blog about here. Eating, weight loss, but also things that will affect my weight loss journey.

  
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NEWYEARME 2/22/2012 8:33PM

    I've been on a diet most of my life (the first when I was 8 years old). To look at me you'd never know I've been dieting for 40 years!!! lol

I've learned that diets don't work. Just take things a day at a time. Do the best you can every day. Make healthier choices. Move more. And don't be too hard on yourself when you slip. Tomorrow is a new day.

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WALKINGRED 2/22/2012 3:50PM

    I really like blogging and reading others blogs- I find that it is great motivation, and yes, it keeps you accountable. You're putting it out there- goals, fears, and when you put out questions, sometimes you receive great answers...

I cannot help but comment on EVERY post about soda. Soda is a tough habit to break. I quit drinking diet soda a couple years ago, and then when I decided to get healthier this year, I quit "the real thing," lol. The first week is tough, but honestly if you make your mind up and prepare yourself with lots of cold water (and maybe a couple aspirin), you CAN do it. Best of luck to you!!!
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BROCCOLIROSE 2/22/2012 3:48PM

    My deepest sympathy regarding your husbands passing....that in and of itself can send anyone into a tail spin. But, glad to hear your on your way "up" again and have committed to getting your health in check and focusing on YOU. I did WW too but I'm not like you I really did not like it...to much time being spent on "selling" you something and not enough time on educating you and helping you maintain that loss...but, we're all different! I love SparkPeople, I learn something new about diet, nutrition, exercise and motivation each and every day. If you WANT to learn it's all right here at your fingertips! I think the 1 thing that I learned early on was to not set to many goals for myself....to concentrate on 1 thing at a time and when that became "comfortable" move on to the next one. It was less daunting that way and I have been able to maintain those new found habits because I wasn't trying to "do it all".

Baby steps, 1 goal at a time....and you'll get there! Join some Teams, they are great for motivation and just someone to "chat" with each day. Your Teammates will be there to offer suggestions, a shoulder to lean on and will be there to pick you up if you stumble and cheer you on when you reach a goal!

I wish you a wonderful journey to finding yourself and making yourself healthy!

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