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Can I ever stop?

Monday, November 15, 2010

I have tried to lose weight most of my life, with some success. I am about 10lbs over weight now. It didnt just happen! There is no magic wand to wave. Nothing worth while comes easy I have to work at it and still do.
But I am now 78 years old, I am asking myself must I work at losing weight all my life? Can I ever relax, eat what I would like to eat ? Or have a lazy day ignoring my exercise routine? I think I know the answer deep down.What do you say? Ree emoticon

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HALLALUYAH 11/22/2010 7:50PM

    Hey Ree.....only 10 pounds over hey?.......I would love to be in your shoes right now, and I am sure that millions of others would too....10 pounds over!!!......How are you ma'am? I saw your screen name Stitchingnan and I wondered if you liked to sew. I love to sew, I design and make handbags, I am working on some now to donate to the local homeless center. I am going to check out your other blogs and I hope to see you around. You sound like you have taken excellent care of yourself. God bless you.

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VAMANOS 11/16/2010 10:10AM

    At 78 and active, you still have a lot of life to live! I agree with the others that you shouldn't feel guilty if you have a day of no exercise and eating what you want, assuming that doesn't lead to more and more of them. Ultimately how you want to live is up to you. If you want another 10, 20 or even more years of being ABLE to do what you enjoy, you know what's required. emoticon

BTW, we ask my mother (87) to stay at a weight that's a little over the recommended for her height. Last time she had a hospital stay she lost 20 lbs. If she had been at the recommended weight, we feel she would not have recuperated as well. She is now in the best health she's had in the last 3 or 4 years, and before that she could run circles around me!

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MARCHEM 11/16/2010 9:14AM

    Today is a lazy day for me. I didn't sleep well last night--my dh went hunting this morning and his alarm went off at 2. It took me a while to get back to sleep, so when my alarm went off at 5:30 to workout, I turned it off and slept until 6. You are allowed a lazy day. Focus on being healthy and not on the weight (read my blog about my last 3 lbs.).

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GRANNYS5 11/15/2010 6:57PM

    I agree, you nee to have a lazy day now and again, just not every day:)


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ERIECANALGAL 11/15/2010 9:57AM

    I feel like you do sometimes, but I think you have to do it for health reasons. If you want to stay healthy, with it, and alive you have to keep at it.
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PMFISH 11/15/2010 9:40AM

    Ree my daughter is 50 years old and probably in the best shape of her life. She tells me she set aside one day each week as a cheat day. Most of the time she forgets to take it, but she never feels guilty when she does.

Told her 20 years can make a lot of difference, because I can't exercise or walk like I would like to. Isometrics and callanetics are not the same as running, lifting weights, etc. I limit my cheating to special occasions.

Saw a lady the other day she told me she was 80 and she looked great. When I asked how she stayed in such good shape she told me water aerobics. You can always tell when people work out by the sparkle in their eyes.

But at 70 if I am going to feel guilty, I don't do it. Not a lot can make me feel guilty anymore. But I do like breathing without the oxygen all the time, so that keeps me motivated. Probably my best day would not be anymore than your lazy day. Fortunately work is what keeps me going. I had 18 months of having to have some one do everything for me and I never want to be in that position again.

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JUDLEPIP 11/15/2010 8:04AM

    Hi Ree! I do agree of course, but I think the answer is to make success FUN! I (more or less) enjoy doing my healthy life-style stuff now. It feels odd if I take a day off, but it also feels absolutely OK. I no longer beat myself up if I have a 'lazy day'. I also don't call them bad days, that just creates guilt! So my answer would be "of course, you can relax and have a lazy day, do eat what you want to eat, just not every day"! I like your blogs. Keep them up please!!

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Is she mad?

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Its my daughter in laws birthday today. I sent greetings and asked were they celebrating her birthday? They live in Switzerland . Iwas told my ds offred her a choice of a weekend shopping in New York or a weekend painting their little girls room.
She chose the later? What would you choose? As I ask is she mad? Ree emoticon

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MOUSALISA 6/7/2011 10:17AM

    I live in NY, and am trying to escape, wish the offer was a weekend in Switzerland for me !!! emoticon

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STITCHINGNAN 11/11/2010 9:04AM

    A ps to my blog Following on Counytry ladys comments The reason dil wmats her little gils room doing is the baby is still in her parents room and is a light sleeper So big brother moved out of his room to an attic room to make space for 1 year old Kayla to have his room as her own. Its very boyish football related now. Ree.

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COUNTRYLADY26 11/11/2010 7:41AM

    maybe but it shows what a wonderful mum she is

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Sparks taking over.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

I joined Sparks after seeing an ad in a health magazine .I had not realized just how wide spread SP is.
It took time to find my way round the site. I still don't know it all. One big part of my life now are SP teams. I switch computer on first thing every day. I have to see who's commented and what's new in teams. As I live in UK often there's a lot of over night mail come in.
I am so thankful for SP. I have learnt a lot but for me its the friendship aspect that's most important . Support when needed, applause for doing well. We laugh and weep together and never stop learning from each other all the time.
What made you join SP? What are you taking from it? Ree emoticon

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HALLALUYAH 11/22/2010 7:52PM

    I was invited a while ago, by a lady named Spicey......"Hi Spicey". God bless you Ree.
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VICIOUS421 11/7/2010 5:33PM

    Stepping on the scales and seeing I was much closer to 300 than 200 pound! I don't have a lot of money so whatever I did had to be free and I had put a link in my favorites on my computer to Sparkpeople a few years ago so I clicked on it to see if free is really free and it was so I joined!

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DAWNDMOORE40 11/7/2010 5:13PM

    Ree, I love emoticonbecause no one judges you for your past, but wants to help you work towards a healthy future! I have never met anyone on the site, but I bet if I did, they would be just as compassionate and supportive as they are online! Just stay plugged into the website and you will find that success is around the corner! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARCHEM 11/7/2010 4:26PM

    Ree, I joined for the nutrition tracker (a friend of a friend suggested SP for that alone). Now I spend far more time on everything else than the nutrition tracker (confession, I haven't tracked my food in two weeks--just too busy doing other stuff). I'm maintaining my weight. I love all the friends I've made on SP and you all really keep me motivated!

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VAMANOS 11/7/2010 1:03PM

    Ree, I joined for the nutrition tracker, but like you found so much more to love about SP. I can really relate to the title of your blog. So much so that it's even taking over my cross-stitch time! I must learn some balance...


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COUNTRYLADY26 11/7/2010 7:56AM

    Like you Ree i love the friendship aspect of SP.I have 'met' wonderful ladies i would otherwise never have known and love my daily chats and catching up with what everyone else is doing.

Sue x

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

I am full of excuses. How many from my list sound familiar to you ?

Diets don't work for me.

These scales must be wrong.

I am too tired/unwell today to exercise.

I am sure they are making clothes with less material in now.

One of anything dosn't matter.

If no one sees you eat it that is ok.

There are many more we can all add.

I am tellling myself now STOP making these excuses. We have to accept responsibilty for ourselves, no one else can do it for us. Ree

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DAWNDMOORE40 11/7/2010 5:11PM

    I totally agree with you Rhee! It is time to get busy with making our lives more healthy! I hope that our way of thinking will stick with you and carry you through to success! We are here for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARCHEM 11/7/2010 4:27PM

    I so totally agree with your list. Once I stopped the excuses, the lbs. came off. Trust me, if I can find time to exercise and eat healthy, anyone can.

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HANNAHV 11/3/2010 9:23AM

    Oh the tales we spin! great list Ree, so difficult to come clean and admit to those emoticonbut we can do this! onwards and forwards.... emoticon(me)

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LIQUEURLADY 11/1/2010 4:17PM

    {{hugs}} these are the BEST!

My scale was a tyrant last week: up 5 lbs one day, down the next, up again the following day -- I have no idea! And the sizing thing is bizarre...and I felt awful last week....don't know whether I really WANT to add any more, these are more than enough!

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ONICAM 11/1/2010 9:16AM

    who has the time to do whatever needs to be done when there are other things in their life that are required. I know this is one of those times that I am not doing as much with the weight loss because of my classes. I have to also figure out everything that is causing me anxiety. I know school is one, but I have been having the attacks like crazy this past weekend.

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BABYBEE 11/1/2010 6:52AM

    This is a great list! To go along with #4-these pants must have shrunk in the wash! Also if food doesn't taste good the calories don't count!

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Moving the Goal Posts

Sunday, October 17, 2010

My target was 10lbs by the end of 2010. Not much left of the year but the same stubborn 10 lbs still with me. There are no fixed rules in this game .It's not football. I can move the goal pots if I want.
Cheating? Maybe but also encouragement to me. I have a special event next May so that's where the goal is now. Surely with some extra effort I can make that. It's only for my own self esteem and satisfaction, everyone tells me I look ok as I am. I want more than Ok I want Fantastic. Wish me luck. Ree emoticon

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BABYBEE 10/18/2010 7:03AM

    Keep that goal Girl! Not going backwards is success within itself.

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JANDJRICHES 10/18/2010 6:35AM

Ree --- Others may tell you that you look great..which in fact you may very well do - but I know until you feel good within your own skin you'll just not be satified... Wishing you luck for the end of 2010... Is it a wedding anniversary coming up...???
By the way... from your photos.. you do actually look!! emoticon

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JILL313 10/18/2010 1:16AM

    Honestly, you look great just the weight you're at!! I only wish I was as fit and trim as you--way to go!! Keep eating healthy and exercising will help us!!

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VICIOUS421 10/17/2010 6:11PM

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THINAGAIN66 10/17/2010 1:20PM

    Moving the goal is OK as long as you just don't give up altogether. I had a goal for the end of the year and I'm not going to meet it, but I have a 45th class reunion next year, so there is my new goal. I feel like you, I may be OK but I want to be fantastic! Good Luck to both of us!

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