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Sunday, December 30, 2012

  
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FEDGIRL4 1/4/2013 2:09PM

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GOSPELCLOWN 1/3/2013 1:38AM

    Great reminder!

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STEVIEBEE569 12/31/2012 10:48AM

    Absolutely!

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PATTYKLAVER 12/31/2012 8:09AM

    Especially today, the reminder is perfect. Time for a new start! Happy New Year!

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/30/2012 7:17PM

  I'm working on that, about breaking projects into steps of one whole.

In the past I'd have an ideas of goal on a list or in my head,but no concrete plan o accomplishing it. emoticon

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OLIVIANIGHT 12/30/2012 5:17PM

    I keep forgetting that at the moment. But of course I didn't put the weight on overnight so it's not going to fall off overnight either!

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MARYJOANNA 12/30/2012 5:12PM

  How true it is!

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EDITOR 12/30/2012 4:52PM

    Will be working toward my goals day by day! THX

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FRAN0426 12/30/2012 4:39PM

    Some of the best advice for all of us.

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JENAE954 12/30/2012 4:34PM

  Very well said.
Thanks

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Today's Motivational Quote

Thursday, December 06, 2012

  
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JENAE954 12/7/2012 5:34PM

  Fantastic!
Please keep them coming!
Really look forward to blogs like these.
Thanks

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GOSPELCLOWN 12/7/2012 10:57AM

    WOW-- where did you find that?!?!

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SCHECK5 12/7/2012 7:24AM

    awesome quote!!

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NUTRON3 12/7/2012 7:06AM

    good one

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PATTYKLAVER 12/7/2012 6:43AM

    Great quote again! Thanks.

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EDITOR 12/7/2012 3:52AM

    Works for me--thanks!

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My Day of Organizing My Former Sized Wardrobes

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Organizing wardrobes in 3 messy closets was a major challenge but giving away several 50 gallon bags of clothes seemed like an impossible task. Thankfully, my friend came over & although I had no energy, I started in one closet & got momentum to finish the task. Talking about my weight gain & my frustration at bingeing & not making enough progress was easier than if I tried doing this task alone. She wanted me to get rid of all the clothes I can't fit into & start anew but I explained that would be giving up. I fully intend on wearing those favorite dresses & casual outfits of my former size. So she came up with a splendid idea: let's go through & you pick out your favorite jeans, dresses, outfits & then decide if you even want to keep the other clothes. This involved a different mind set for me: remember when I was my former sizes. If I could fit into these clothes, would I wear them anymore? Then I tossed the clothes I no longer liked in a big pile to be given away to thrift store. I kept a large bin of clothes for each size. The closets look much better & are practically empty & my friend took all the donations with her. I don't even remember what I gave away. However I certainly remember what adorable, stylish & beautiful clothes I kept! I absolutely can't believe I got this done in only 3 hours. Of course, I paid my dear friend for spending 4 hours folding all the clothes to be donated as well as the clothes to keep & organzing my current clothes. I told her she has a talent to organizing & gently encouraging to view things practically. I definitely could not have done this myself. I would've left those big piles of clothes all over & then eventually throw everything back in the closets. As I looked at the bins, marked size 4, size 6, size 8, size 10 & size 12, I realized there was enough in each bin to wear without buying anything additional. However, I will buy a couple new outfits as a celebration when I get to my former self at size 4. As I decrease in size, It'll be easier to give away the larger sizes since it's so organized. Most of my absolute favorites are in the size 4 & size 6 bins.
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Here's what I learned today:

1. Have a trusted & supportive friend help you. Essential to keep you motivated to finish.
2. Remember how it felt to fit into former size & choose what outfits you'd wear immediately if you could fit into them right now.
3. Give yourself a time limit to think about clothes. If you hesitate, put it aside. Work on giving away the clothes that never quite felt right or looked the best on you. Think about how someone could enjoy these clothes instead of them beng stashed in a closet.
4. When tempted to feel sorry for yourself for not being able to fit into your favorite clothes, stop & think I WILL fit into these clothes soon! Don't waste time & energy on getting angry at yourself or analyzing why you got so fat. Plan what exercise you'll be doing together later to burn some calories.
5. Don't take a break until it's all done! Just keep plugging away with a time limit. My friend could only stay until 2pm. I could only stay home (before working) to do my sorting until noon. We began at 9am. We were constantly looking at the clock from where we were sitting. (My fear was that this big mess we created from emptying these closets wouldn't get finished & then I'd get depressed in a disaster area.
6. Praise yourself for managing to let go of so much while still holding onto what's valuable.
7. Don't dwell about money wasted. Be careful with spending in the future.
8. Keep Focused on the task! Do not allow interruptions (phone, email, visitors, etc.) Make this a priority.
9. Thank your friend & pay her for being your personal organizer because your realize her expertise & time are valuable (I paid her because I couldn't help her organize in return for her help because she's already organized).
10. Delight in all the space in the closets & show them off to your spouse later (& assure him you didn't touch his clothes at all). :)

Now it's time to stay with my workout & eating goals daily to wear those lovely clothes!

  
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GOSPELCLOWN 12/7/2012 10:59AM

    It's my turn next!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 12/6/2012 12:08AM

    First things first: I really LOVE the little bit of the art work background that I could see. My browser would not let me view it as a separate tile (maybe you have it blocked to prevent downloading?). Wondered if you had drawn it. And I need to get back to drawing too.

Secondly, that's wonderful the progress you have made with your closet! Wonder if I can hire your friend!! (all my friends have the same kinds of issues with their closets as I do...).

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HDHAWK 12/5/2012 6:04PM

    I did the same thing a couple weeks ago. I have everything organized so I can find what I need as I go down in sizes AGAIN!

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ANGRITTER 12/5/2012 4:57PM

    What an encouraging blog! I have never been a size 4 or 6, so I have no idea what it looks like to keep single-digit clothing in my closet! But what a great friend you have for keeping you focused and in the moment.

Can I borrow her? LOL


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SUECHRIS50 12/5/2012 2:19PM

    So,you had some light bulb moments...that's awesome!!


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TIEDYED69PEACE 12/5/2012 1:51PM

    Wow that's awesome! I don't have a lot of clothes; I often donate stuff I haven't worn within half a year or so to the Goodwill... but I too have that bin of clothes from former sizes I just couldn't give up! :) I think it is a fantastic idea! Mine might only be an outfit or two in a couple different sizes, but can you imagine how it will feel to put them on again!?! :) :) :) :) Can't wait til (you and I) get there!

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GOPINTOS 12/5/2012 1:10PM

    Great Blog!

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IAM_HIS2 12/5/2012 1:07PM

    Congratulations!! Awesome news!!! emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 12/5/2012 12:56PM

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GOLFGMA 12/5/2012 9:22AM

    Good job and good friend. Wishing you much success now getting to your size 4 again emoticon soon!

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LOVESTOWALK49 12/5/2012 8:57AM

    Congrats

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PATTYKLAVER 12/5/2012 8:03AM

    Sounds like you have a great friend and that you were able to accomplish and learn a lot. Good job. Can I borrow your friend?

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NUTRON3 12/5/2012 7:25AM

    good job!

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STITCHINGNAN 12/5/2012 4:13AM

    What a great blog, so emoticon positive and inspiring. Good luck Ree

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EDITOR 12/5/2012 2:39AM

    Good for you and soon size 4 on your way!

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WACFIT 12/5/2012 1:18AM

    Good job. I recently did the same thing and it felt good to get things organized. Can't wait to start getting rid of the bigger sizes...soon! Good luck on your journey.

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Success

Thursday, October 11, 2012

  
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GAYLLYNNE 10/12/2012 7:20AM

    Perfect!!!

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NUTRON3 10/12/2012 6:13AM

    So true

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JANTWO 10/12/2012 12:25AM

    Well said!!!!

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FLAMENM 10/11/2012 11:24PM

    repeat, repeat, repeat

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ROCKYCPA 10/11/2012 10:19PM

    Absolutely!

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LHLADY517 10/11/2012 8:12PM

    So true

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Shredded Wheat Kept Me From Bingeing

Monday, October 08, 2012



I was starving today & I almost succumbed to sugar cravings today. I roamed & meandered the supermarket until I happened upon my childhood & teenaged favorite: shredded wheat cereal: the kind that you crumble into your cereal bowl & then pour the milk. I ate 2 bricks of it & am now satisfied. Sometimes breakfast for dinner is nice. Hooray!

On other news: I'm still doing Nordictrack for 30 min. a day plus I've started riding an exercise bike for 30 min. a day. My knees hurt on stairs again though so I may need to do less bicycling.


  
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SPARKFRAN514 10/10/2012 12:31AM

    thanks for the reminder that Cereal is just not for Breakfast emoticon emoticon

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GOSPELCLOWN 10/9/2012 11:38PM

    GREAT Choice!

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NUTRON3 10/9/2012 8:26AM

    It's funny my husband and I was just talking about shredded wheat and if they still make it!

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ANGRITTER 10/9/2012 8:23AM

    Oooh, I used to love that stuff - but then I was putting sugar on it. Now I would need to try it with or without to see which I can tolerate. I know it would give me all the fiber I need in a day!

Maybe I will experiement on the next shopping list! Thanks for the advice aand remindern and

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VIMVIGOR 10/9/2012 1:31AM

  I have love shredded wheat since I was a child. One of my favourite treats.!!!! emoticon

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JANTWO 10/9/2012 12:29AM

    Love shredded wheat!!!!

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NANCYPAT1 10/8/2012 9:29PM

    I have a new twist on the Shredded Wheat treat - I get the Shredded Wheat and Bran and although they are smaller pieces instead of nice BIG bricks, they have a whopping 8 grams of fiber and I like the taste even better than the originals.

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LAURANCE 10/8/2012 9:21PM

  Shredded wheat! Yes! One of the joys of life! And I never put sugar on cereal. I far prefer the savory grain taste.

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CARRAND 10/8/2012 9:21PM

    The shredded wheat is a good idea. It just sounds really healthy. Congrats on the exercise, too!

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