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Motivation is about making promises to yourself and keeping them...

Saturday, November 14, 2009

I still weigh 234.3. And that's a good thing, 'cause after all the sodium I had yesterday I thought I might go up in weight. Today I will drink a vinegar shooter and lots of water and low sodium and probably will show a lower weight tomorrow. I have been tracking intake and the totals look good.

I have a firm resolve to stay focused and keep track of what I eat and exercise 3-4 times a week in the pool and walk on treadmill or outside on the days I don't swim. This past week I walked an hour and swam 45 on the same day and did notice the next day feeling better mentally and physically. I have to stay active or my knees get so stiff (one recent knee replacement and the other is bone-on-bone). Getting the walk in when I swim in the evening is going to be easy. I save $1.25 on parking meters and I am able to walk in the skyway and not on the street after dark and as winter gets deeper, I will be indoors for the walk, also, when I am slightly damp, so why would I consider parking 1/2 block away at the meter?

Motivation, I have decided, is making promises to yourself and keeping them. You know how you feel when someone makes a promise to you and doesn't keep it? I feel betrayed. Why betray yourself.... I will make those promises to myself to exercise and eat the right things...and I will like myself more and trust myself, too. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARCHMAID 11/14/2009 2:14PM

    I think you're on to something about the promises. I am always breaking the ones I make to myself. I wonder why that is.

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CATLADY52 11/14/2009 11:04AM

    I think you summed everything up in just a few words there. Stay motivated and you won't betray yourself. Thank you.

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CHATERJOY 11/14/2009 10:36AM

    That is soooo true. I am finding myself really trying to work on this issue also. I tell myself I am going to get things done around the house..and then I don't do them. I am really good at work and I am good with my diet and exercise...but, when it comes to home responsibilites...I sometimes fall down.
I will definitley "like" myself more if I follow through. I know exactly how you feel. We CAN DO IT!

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TEDDYTEDDY 11/14/2009 7:53AM

    Canjor asked what a vinegar shooter is. It is an ounce or two of cider vinegar drunk plain (and down quickly, a shooter) I always follow with a cup of water to get rid of the aftertaste and shiver that goes down my spine when I have a vinegar shooter. It helps to flush sodium out of the system. I have an extreme sodium retention problem and have been advised by my doctor to limit sodium intake to 1,000 mg a day which just is not possible every day. I also take a prescription diuretic and I often think it does not help...until I forget to take it for a day or two and gain 5 to 10 lbs overnight (not exaggerating). Drinking lots of water and avoiding sodium in the first place is the best way to keep myself at my "dry weight." emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ORANGE_MAMA 11/14/2009 7:14AM

    I too nd to make a promise to myself to kp away from eating processed snacks. Nd to kp to fruits/vegs. I hope u don't feel like I am a stalker, but your blog was so timely for me. emoticon

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CANJOR 11/14/2009 7:12AM

  What is a vinegar shooter?

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MSLZZY 11/14/2009 6:53AM

    You can be your own best friend or worst enemy so keep remembering your promises and focus on your goals. You have such a positive attitude and you can do this! emoticon

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Woke up and weighed again to see if I was dreaming.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Last night I woke up at 1:00 a.m. and said I wonder if I still weigh the same...and I did...I probably will weigh myself every day for awhile just to make sure I don't retain sodium again and bounce up in weight....today is a little high on the sodium as I am having canned salmon for lunch but the rest is pretty good...planning out lunch and tracking before leaving for work. speaking of which I have to leave in 15 minutes and haven't taken a shower or gotten dressed yet...bye.... emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/13/2009 2:15PM

    WTG! Have a fantastic Friday the 13th and an awesome weekend!

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MSWEEZER 11/13/2009 11:50AM

    Congratulations indeed. Have a great weekend!

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EDWARDS1411 11/13/2009 10:56AM

    WooHoo - your hard work is paying off - keep it up and you'll reap the rewards!!!!

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CRUZINCARIL 11/13/2009 9:23AM

    thats great. looks like the loss is here to stay!! why getting up in the middle of the night? i ask cuz i have the same problem i just wake up then have to try go back to sleep. but great going on the wt!

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So excited....woke up at 2 and weighed in...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

I woke up and weighed myself. My goal was to be 234 on Nov 12th and I weighed 234.3 which is plenty close enough to make me happy I lost about 5 lb in the last 30 days. It has not been easy but I am sure watching what I am eating and staying away from the ice cream places (and my freezer) was a big part of this.

I looked at my weight chart for the past year and I gained the most right about the time of my knee surgery which is not surprising. It was hard to stay active and I had a very healthy appetite.

I am determined to lose 5 lb a month until I reach my eventual goal of 150, but right now I am focusing on the 5 lb a month and admiring my pictures of myself at 180. It was amazing and I know I will be there and I am not going to "beat myself up" about the weight I am at now. I am grateful I did not get any heavier than I did. I am close to 10 lbs lighter than my highest in the last couple of months and I can tell it in my clothes.

Besides tracking my food, I am sure that walking and swimming more often is the other thing that has helped me achieve my goal.

Hip, hip, hurray!!! emoticon emoticon

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CRUZINCARIL 11/12/2009 2:12PM

    thats just great! wish i could lose even half that much..keep it up!! emoticon emoticon

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MINNESOTATT 11/12/2009 11:23AM

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I just can't get over how you woke up at 2:00......

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CATLADY52 11/12/2009 10:33AM

    You can really be proud of yourself. Five pounds a month is nothing to sneeze at and it is very sensible. emoticon

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MATTRIXMSP 11/12/2009 8:56AM

    You can do it! Good luck!

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MSLZZY 11/12/2009 7:27AM

    You set yourself a goal that was attainable and you reached it! WTG!
Success feels so good! Keep working on your next goal and focus on it. It is so easy to be overwhelmed by the big picture and then, get frustrated because it isn't happening soon enough.
You can do this! BELIEVE! emoticon

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LINDA25427 11/12/2009 7:15AM

    WOW you are doing great keep up the good work and you don't have anything to beat yourself up for 5 lbs amonth is great .I wish you the best . God bless. emoticon

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CELETA 11/12/2009 7:09AM

    WAY TO GO!!! ON MEETING YOUR GOAL. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BEAMISH7 11/12/2009 7:01AM

    Great, good news and I love your positive attitude.
A big congratulations on the loss and your goal setting.

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MILDEXSPI 11/12/2009 6:35AM

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Congratulations on meeting one of your goals. Celebrate your success with a walk in the park. .

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MUSIC66 11/12/2009 3:22AM

    teddy teddy way to go.awsome emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on your weight loss.

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Up and at 'em on Wednesday....

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I get up every day at 4:30 even though I swim before work only 2 days a week. My body says get up! and get going. Sometimes my cat wakes me up and I hate her walking on me. Today is Wednesday and swimming is after work instead of before so I COULD sleep in, but I am wide awake so I might as well get up, have some coffee and Spark a little. Now if I want to feel better I will get on the treadmill for at least 15 to 20 minutes...if not this morning, I will do it on Friday. Will add to blog later if I actually get on the treadmill. Is there some way to eat a small breakfast, take a shower, get ready for work and do 15 minutes on the treadmill in less than 45 minutes? Depends on how motivated I am.... emoticon

It turned out that I ran out of time for shower (had one last night) and treadmilling...but promise to walk a mile to and from swimming this evening to save $1 for parking and get some exercise, too.

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ELAINESHAFF 11/11/2009 4:49PM

    I enjoy getting my exercise done in the morning. I then have the rest of the day left to do "me" things.

Teddy, you not only save a dollar by walking to swimming, but get some other exercise in before and after swimming. Good thinking.

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CRUZINCARIL 11/11/2009 9:33AM

    im an early riser too, but you ladies are way ahead of me with all the exercising so early. im not ready for exercise or walking until ive had some breakfast and been awake a few hours. of course im retired and so dont have the pressure of having to run off to work (wish i did tho)..hope all have a good veterans day!!

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MSWEEZER 11/11/2009 7:44AM

    Another early riser here as well. I'm usually on the treadmill by 4 a.m. and do a full hour before getting for work. If I don't, I struggle to get it done and exercising in the evening does not do me well. So, if I falter, I have to work harder during the day and I have a very sedentary job but it does make me think and move more often.

Enjoy your swim and your day!

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MYGEORGE 11/11/2009 7:32AM

    I am also an early riser. Eyes open and there is no falling back to sleep. Morning work outs are the best. Getting on the treadmill yawning wondering what the heck am I doing but once I get going with the music and pace I forget about the why and just do. Have a great swim and a great day.

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11-RENEWAL-20 11/11/2009 7:31AM

    I love getting up early and having quiet time...I get up just before 5 am every morning...now I need to work out a few exercises to do early to get my day started right. If I didn't eat the first bite of anything in the morning; I'm sure I could go all day without eating, but that is not the healthy way so, I've got to get back to balancing my nutrients before I gain everything back...I'll never quit trying!! Sounds like you've got a good plan going! emoticon Sharon

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MSLZZY 11/11/2009 7:28AM

    I always get up early! Mornings are the best time of the day! It is quiet and I can focus on me and the goals for the day before life takes me on a roller coaster ride of busyness! Good luck! emoticon

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Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be bent out of shape...

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

It might be redundant, but I like that quote.... I see people around me at work upset because things change, but after almost 20 years with the same company, it is a given. There is no way around it. Our duties are constantly changing and we are always being "trained" to do something new and/or different. I appreciate the variety because doing the same thing over and over is not only boring but causes more neck and back discomfort for me. It would be nice to be able to walk around a bit more within the scope of the job because sitting static in front of a computer monitor is not a healthy thing. I think taking a 5 minute break every hour is not unreasonable and I know I am going to remember to do some chair stretches throughout the day to see if my neck feels better in a week or so. emoticon emoticon

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BIGT_56 11/13/2009 10:24PM

    I like to learn new things too, but sometimes I just wish they would leave me alone for just a little while and relish in the things I have already learned. Just when I think I am getting the hang of things, things change! I think I am just at an age when I want to be the one to dictate what I learn and when.
I know what you mean though, Teddy. I took the job I have now mostly because it got me out of the control room. Twelve hours of sitting and looking at controls was driving me crazy. Now I can get out and walk whenever I choose. I am no longer tied to a control panel. It sure has been good for my weight loss program.

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ELAINESHAFF 11/13/2009 7:45PM

    Love the title of your blog!!

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07SOJO 11/10/2009 12:36PM

    I love your saying. I have neck problems too so I can totally relate. I sit in front of a computer all day myself. Hope that neck gets to feeling better.
It's good to bend, just not to get bent out of shape!

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RDARLING 11/10/2009 10:21AM

    Enjoyed reading your blog! Very true points you make! Hope your stretching helps your neck.

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CATLADY52 11/10/2009 10:15AM

    When I still worked, I would make a run delivering paperwork to people all around the building during the day (it was a very large building) and go for a walk during the morning break. I also did chair stretches to keep my neck and back more flexible. Since I retired, all that exercising has become a part of my past. I'm trying to get back into it, slowly.

Good luck with the changes, if they are for the better.


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    You really do need to stretch once an hour from sitting in front of the computer. Make sure you "stretch" your eyes. You must look away and up and down or you will have severe eyestrain. Do some chair exercises. emoticon

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MSLZZY 11/10/2009 8:11AM

    The world is constantly changing and we need to change with it. No one said it would be easy but a little relaxation in the rules would be nice. Short breaks inprove productivity. It would be nice if this thought showed up in the workplace more often. Do what you can to work those stretches in. It is so important to physical and mental health. emoticon

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BEAMISH7 11/10/2009 7:41AM

    So very true. Hey...if you haven't checked out the QuickFire team, it has those short little break ideas to do throughout the day. Keep up the good work!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/10/2009 7:19AM

    I used to think I was pretty open and flexible about change. The older I get, the less I'm willing to invest in learning something new simply because it IS new, when I have a lot to get done. However, change is inevitable, and learning to adjust is one of the best things we can do for ourselves!

Good for you... hope those walk and stretch mini-breaks will do the trick for your back and neck.


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GOING2LSEITNOW 11/10/2009 6:19AM

    Change is good but only when the ones that are changing everything actually know what they are doing. I don't like change just for change sake. If it makes sense , fine but most of the time in my job it is just stupid changes.

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