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Friday, September 05, 2008

Someone at work yesterday asked "have you lost weight?" I sadly reported "No, I haven't" and she said "well you look like you've lost weight." Those are the nicest words anyone can say! :-)

While I haven't lost any pounds, I'm trying to make better habits, and perhaps maybe that small step is changing my body slightly. For almost 2 weeks I've been drinking the recommended amount of water each day and I've stopped eating after 9 pm. I'm pretty happy about that!

I'm also happy to have received that made my day.

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RUTHXG 9/9/2008 10:21PM

    Yay! I can bet your better habits are already making a difference. So glad you got that encouragement from your coworker! It really does help.

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How to tell yourself "NO"

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

I recently saw blog on people and how they tell themselves "NO". It's funny to me that we have to make boundaries like that with ourselves regarding food. I think saying "YES" all the time with eating is what got us here in the first place. I find myself trying to talk myself out of things like ...... eating at night! It's hard to say "no" when you are so hungry... I find this to be the most challenging task so far. I will overcome this night time eating! It's so terrible to come home from work and eat a full meal at 10p, 11p, or even midnight and then go to bed regretting that you ate. My new theory that a stable/consistent eating schedule is what I need. Even though my work schedule is unpredictable, that doesn't mean that my eating schedule has to be the same way. I'm going to create some sort of regular eating routine so that I can say "NO" when it comes to eating at night......

What are some creative ways you all say "NO"???

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RUTHXG 8/21/2008 1:56PM

    I've not been too successful at this myself lately, so I'm not an expert. I agree with you & Annie that getting a DIFFERENT routine in place would help a lot, though. Maybe you could plan ahead & take a brown-bag supper on the days you'll be working late. And if you could start a really nice, peaceful winding-down routine for the last hour before bed -- whether you're just gotten home or have had a normal at-home evening -- you could look forward to that & get out of the habit of expecting food at that hour.

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    As I read your blog, I'm thinking there should be a way to turn that NO into a positive replacement behavior for late night eating. Always saying no can make us feel deprived. I'll have to give this one more thought, lol.

Like you, I muscle through those urges by saying no. For 3 months I allowed myself no options with late night munching, and lost weight. If we allow wiggle room in our heads and have to make the same decision every night about eating after dinner, it becomes a struggle. A friend reminded me that 90% of this journey is keeping our head in the game. No options.

Your schedule sounds so busy. Are you getting all your meals in? Are you on a plan to eat smaller meals more often during the day? You said you were hungry at night, so planning healthy snacks for late night may work for you. Planning, and sticking to the plan, makes the difference. Winging it when I'm hungry does not work.

Hope you find something that works comfortably with you.

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that "not so productive" feeling...

Friday, August 08, 2008

Well...I've been hit with the lazy bug. Boy, I'm finding it hard to be motivated lately. Although I did muster up the motivation to clean the house the other day, I'm finding that I'm tired of working. I'm finding it hard to motivate myself to do the things I need to do to prepare for getting a new job (i.e. working on my resume), actually searching for jobs is a daunting task. But I'm currently not happy with my situation and want it to change sooner rather than later... MUST MOTIVATE SELF... what I really want to do right now is play. Do fun things, and forget about what ails me... (i.e. bills, & money).

Well, I'm off to go find some inspiration (although I'd like it to just fall in my lap!!!) HA! Wouldn't that be nice?

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    Definitly DO something that you enjoy. But you have to promise that you won't guilt yourself for doing it later. See a movie, or go out to eat somewhere you've been wanting to go for a while. Buy some nice candles and have a bubble bath. Treat yourself to something, or even make it a reward. You can do it! :)

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RUTHXG 8/8/2008 2:33PM

    Steph, you've landed in a patch of ennui! See, there's a French name for it--now you can feel cool & sophisticated. emoticon Heehee!

I think that weariness is pretty understandable given the big load you've been carrying for a while--classes/projects/exams, two jobs, job search/interviews. Hope you find some refreshment, enough to help you get the GOOD job that you're longing for!

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early morning

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Well, I was not happy when I learned yesterday that I had to be at one at 7:30 this morning (I wasn't supposed to be here until 8:30). An hour makes so much difference...I just hope I don't crash near the end of the day because I'd like to get a walk in tonight when I get home....I'd also like to finish up some cleaning around the house...why is it so hard to motivate yourself to clean? I wish someone would just come do a really thorough cleaning at my house....the problem then is that I still have trouble maintaining it on any sort of a regular basis....(much like exercise I guess)

It's funny how the "patterns" in our lives carry through so many different aspects...."I'll clean tomorrow, I'll exercise tomorrow, I'll eat better tomorrow"... maybe once I can get myself to regularly exercise, the rest will fall into place.

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DAWNER54 7/5/2008 1:14AM

    I hear you about "tomorrow". My husband tells me to just plan to finish 1 small thing each day.... he is a great motivator.

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RUTHXG 6/21/2008 10:01AM

    I think other good habits become easier to establish once we have gotten an exercise routine in place. Having a regular productive routine is so helpful!

A nice thing about housecleaning is at least that you can see results pretty quickly.

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cool air...

Monday, June 16, 2008

Well, I had a productive weekend. Saturday I worked for most of the day, and was able to get out and enjoy the sunshine after work by taking a nice walk around my neighborhood. Then an unexpected visit with an old friend topped off the evening.

Saturday my dad was gracious enough to put in my new window air-conditioners, and we had dinner it was a nice weekend.

Hope everyone had a nice weekend....

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RUTHXG 6/21/2008 9:58AM

    Oh yay--window air conditioners! Gotta keep from overheating this summer!

So nice that you had an unexpected visit from an old friend. I love those.

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