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Why am I doing this?

Thursday, November 06, 2014

I cannot seem to get back onto a good eating and exercising program this fall. I am still about 10 pounds over my good weight and I find myself trying to understand why I even care. One of my most motivating reasons is to fit into my clothes. Right now I am not fitting into most of my pants. Skirts are still fine. But really, is this a reason to spend so much time and energy thinking about my weight? I am starting to feel like it is sinful, for lack of a better word, to spend so much time focusing on how I look. I don't think I will ever find the consistency I want without honestly answering this question.

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GREENEYES_42 11/7/2014 4:27PM

    Baby steps... take baby steps when it comes to making life altering decisions as far as healthy eating and exercising. Good luck!

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TCANNO 11/7/2014 4:19AM

    Maintain your weight is hard and that is a fact. You just have to keep trying .

In always say mind into gear before you eat and also go for a short walk help.

You will get there but don't keep thinking about it as life goes on.

Good luck

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WHITECAT19 11/7/2014 1:28AM

    Hey! Glad you're back! emoticon

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WHITECAT19 11/7/2014 1:25AM

    It seems like we all have our hard questions. Why do I eat stuff I know is bad for me, even when I know that it will actually make me feel bad? The self-control issue is big for me. Whatever it is we struggle with, there is always a spiritual dimension to it. I will keep you in my prayers. emoticon

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The first casualty of war is the plan

Monday, June 09, 2014

I have decided to try some blogging--more for myself but maybe you will find something that helps you too. I have just returned from a week long vacation with a friend, leaving my husband and kids at home. I am still trying to decide how the trip went from the standpoint of keeping on my program. I did great on the exercise front. I did not keep on track with eating as much as I wish I had--but certainly it could have been worse. We were on a cruise and so there was just so much food and alcohol available. Truthfully, I am disappointed but the scale was up just under 2 pounds so it was not an absolute disaster.

I need to make some very specific plans for when I am eating out as I will be traveling quite a bit this summer. That is the main thing I am thinking today. I need make a plan. Probably for me it is better just to make some things off limits or to set a limit like one alcoholic drink per day, a dessert every other day, etc. I am usually good at sticking to particular resolutions like these. So check back in and see if I have made this plan. I have company coming on Friday for a week so this is also a danger zone for me.

Thanks for reading!

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TCANNO 6/12/2014 3:48AM

    No plan, just watch what you eat. Don't forget that you can have a bad day but remember it is just a bad day. Just forget it and move on and I am sure you will be fine.

A tip for going out:

It is not always possible to order the healthiest of options so look at the plate and put half away and don't eat that side.

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C2BFIT 6/10/2014 12:58PM

    emoticon I'll be looking forward to your next post & see what you came up with that's doable for you.

Best wishes in deciding your next step.

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WHITECAT19 6/9/2014 10:39PM

    Yeah, if you have a plan, at least you have something specific to aim for. If it has worked well for you before, it is and especially good idea. Hope your summer goes well!


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GOLFGMA 6/9/2014 7:16AM

    Making a plan is always good! emoticon

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GHOSTFLAMES 6/9/2014 4:52AM

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Ready to have a new routine

Sunday, June 30, 2013

We are going on out of town Tuesday for about 10 days and I am not really looking forward to it. I am ready to get into a new routine for the summer and this is the last obstacle. I guess that is a good thing. It is hard for me to function well when I have too much freedom. I obsess about eating too much and let all my worries overwhelm me.

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TAMMYAND 7/1/2013 9:45PM

    You have been very successful in the past. Keep those positive experiences and thoughts in mind and enjoy yourself. You are a winner!!!

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    The goal is to ENJOY your vacation. If you stress too much over what you are eating, you are defeating the purpose of going on vacation. Don't forget to take some healthy snacks along for the car/plane ride and take a water bottle with you and fill it up often. Try to eat lighter for 2 out of your three main meals a day.

Have fun!

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KNYAGENYA 6/30/2013 12:53PM

    Enjoy the vacation and try not to dwell too much on the food. Don't give it power over you.

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On the road again

Friday, June 28, 2013

I have been coming to Greece with my husband for 20 years and finally last night I drove somewhere for the first time. I don't know how to drive a stick shift car which was what my father-in-law has. I have tried to learn (even took driving lessons in the summer) but with the crazy traffic here and all the hills I never had the confidence to go out. I drove with my husband a few times but that was more even more stress! So last week we bought a car with automatic transmission. We got a great deal on it due to the financial crisis--lots of people are parting with their cars. It is a Ford Maverick which is the European version of the Ford Escape, the car I have at home. The kids wanted to go to a movie last night and so I drove them. It was only a 5 minute drive from my house and so a good first trip. I imagine it sounds completely pathetic but I was so proud of myself. I usually feel so trapped here at the house and now I feel the world opening up.

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KNYAGENYA 6/29/2013 8:38AM

    emoticon I drive a stick shift and I love it. I feel like a race car driver.

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GHOSTFLAMES 6/28/2013 4:56AM

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PICKIE98 6/28/2013 4:55AM

    I totally understand. I had to learn how to drive a stick-shift back in the 80's because I was going to be spending a month in California with kids I used to baby sit years ago. I learned ho on the back farm roads in a junky, nine year old Chevette!! It was very scary and it took me a month to learn.

I did not have to drive on the opposite side of the road, but the shifting thing is traumatic in your home town, let alone a different place. I drove from San Jose, CA to San Diego and back while I was there, plus daily driving with my 6 year old all over San Jose.
I think you will enjoy your vacation there much more now!! Go out, get lost, discover new places and people!!

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Where to begin?

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

My family and I have moved to Athens, Greece for a year. I don't know how to explain this whole story to you, so I will just jump in. The neighborhood where I live is built up the side of a mountain. Athens is actually situated between several small mountains. I arrived on Monday and finally this morning I got out for a walk. I have to say that I love my walks here. First of all, there is hardly any humidity which is just amazing. I already notice that my skin feels drier but I can use some extra moisturizer. Second, I get a great work out walking up and down the hills. I need to focus on the positives one day at a time. I also need to fill my day somehow so I don't eat out of boredom.

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MISSYGEEN 6/28/2013 5:08PM

    sounds like a beautiful place to go walking. Perhaps a hobby will keep you from eating. Or maybe even making over some of your favorite snacks.

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PICKIE98 6/28/2013 4:57AM

    What a beautiful place, and the most gracious people on earth!!!!!!!! I took a cruise on a Greek ship back in the 70's. The whole staff was wonderful!!
I have Greek friends and they make you feel like family immediately.
Enjoy the blessing of the family this year!!!

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FEMISLIM 6/27/2013 9:53AM

    Sounds like a fun place to be!!!

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TAMMYAND 6/26/2013 2:13PM

    God bless you and your family. This sounds like a wonderful opportunity. Please keep up posted on how you are doing!

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EMMACORY 6/26/2013 9:40AM

    WOW! Greek must be amazing! I hope your time in a new culture opens your eyes to many new wonders. Good for you good getting your walks in. June emoticon

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    Wow, what an amazing time you'll have! Be sure to take (and post) lots of pictures so those of us who have never been there can live vicariously through you!

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