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Full Rounded Healthy

Friday, June 22, 2012

What does healthy mean to you?

Healthy is more than the physical component. Healthy has a total of six components -- physical, spiritual, emotional, social, environmental and mental.

In the last year, I have been focusing on mere ONE component of healthy -- physical. I measured my maintenance success by my scale. If I was above 160, I failed. If I was below, I was successful.

Well, today as I was reflecting on the last couple heart wrenching weeks, I realized I am really healthy. Yesterday, a guy I really, really liked, who stayed with me for a week, told me how his ex-girlfriend of two years wants him back and he certainly was not opposed to trying it again even through they broke up two years ago. Well, I was/am heartbroken, to say the least. I was the most open and trusting like I haven't been with anyone else (but my family) before. It's suffice to say that I will not be able to trust him with my feelings like I before so whether he's with her or not, I do not know if I can be.

But, my heart break isn't the point. The point is how I dealt with my broken heart. I turned to family and friends to talk about it. I asked for hugs. I cried. I did NOT turn for food. This was the THIRD time this week I dealt with my feelings instead of trying to hide or eat them. Sure, I worked out today but I didn't eat my feelings. This is a HUGE victory for me.

And, this helped me understand I am a truly a healthy person - eating right, exercising, dealing with feelings and stress without sabotaging myself, and having the maturity to deal with these situations. Maybe TODAY should be my maintenance date as today is the FIRST day I feel sincerely full rounded healthy -- physically, emotionally, mentally, and even socially.

Are you full rounded healthy? Are you working on all your components or just one?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JPGSMOM 6/30/2012 10:16PM

    Savannah, I am so proud of you! And, you are so right about all of the aspects of being healthy. You are wise beyond your years! Love ya girl!

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PATRICIAANN46 6/24/2012 10:03PM

  Hi Savannah.........
emoticon!!!!! You are definitely healthy in so many ways and this is something you can display for all of the people you work with to see. You are and will be a wonderful inspiration.

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YDAVIS23 6/24/2012 9:18AM

    Great post. I am going to take each piece of the puzzle and do my own reflecting - thanks for sparking me!

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DOGLADY13 6/23/2012 6:55AM

    I am doing better at using exercise to rid myself of frustration, anxiety and anger. Eating food for comfort hits deep in the reward centers of our brains and re-wiring the brain takes a lot of conscious effort. Keep it up. It'll get easier every time.

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EMFRAPPIER 6/23/2012 6:00AM

    emoticon Dealing with emotions without food is so hard. I'm definitely still working on it. Good for you!!

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NATPLUMMER 6/23/2012 12:55AM

    Yes, you are healthy!!
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EJOY-EVELYN 6/23/2012 12:53AM

    Congratulations -- What a great message! You now have what I like to call "achieving balance."

My written goals now reflect measurable action in areas of faith, family, friends, food, fitness, and fun in an attempt to finish with my ultimate goal to achieve balance.

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OPTIMIST1948 6/22/2012 5:49PM

    I know exercise has helped me come out of a deep 2 yr depression from loosing my job...

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Northern Minnesota Flooding

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Hello Sparkers!! I just wanted to send out a quick note that I am fine. Many of my sparky friends know I live in northern WI/MN and may be worried. Today we have some flooding going on with some major roads being closed, like the bridge! Guess I won't be going to work today. At least the power is back on. The Internet, though, is not, so I am writing this via my new IPhone! Anyhow, I am safe and sound. I could use a boat if anyone is building one or has connections with Noah.

If you are interested in what it looks like, google Duluth, Mn or Duluth News Tribune.

Stay dry!!!

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PATRICIAANN46 6/22/2012 6:13PM

  Hi Savannah........
I am glad to read that you are safe. Our oldest son lived in Duluth for a year and has always said what a beautiful city it is. Mother Nature can be very cruel at times.......
Stay dry.....

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SHERYLDS 6/21/2012 1:35PM

    stay safe and sane. hope you get relief quickly

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/20/2012 3:08PM

    Stay safe! Thanks for letting us know you're okay--hope things get better in that area SOON!

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NATPLUMMER 6/20/2012 1:27PM

    Glad you're safe. Be well!!

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MYLADY4 6/20/2012 10:45AM

    I saw footage from up there. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!! Glad to know you are safe and sound.

So sad about the zoo animals. The campground we usually camp at is about 6 blocks from there and I wonder how that is fairing.

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MNGIRLIE 6/20/2012 10:40AM

    stay dry! I just read that Don Ness declared a state of emergency. Yikes.

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    Glad to hear you are ok. I work for the cable company and we have techs in the Duluth/Superior area. Sounds like some very bad circumstances going on. Hope things turn for the better for all of you! Or, that you learn how to build a boat!

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/20/2012 10:36AM

    Stay comfy and enjoy the day as best you can. I can't wait to get out to Amnicon Falls after all this rain again . . . should be an even more incredible site. By the time I wait a couple weeks for Gooseberry Falls, it should be back to normal, again. I see all the schools public and 4-year colleges are closed and the two major Bridges to Minnesota are closed. The pictures on the news of cars under water or in sink holes are something else. Hope to get out (locally) for lunch today!

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Emotional Eating Progress!!!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

I made progress!!! Sometimes it takes another person's blog to help me realize I have made progress in my own journey. This time is was my progress with emotional eating. Since the beginning of this journey, I have struggled with this but overall, have been making some slow progress.

This week I had a break through!

In the last couple days, Sunday and Monday, I dealt with a couple situations that ended up with me crying. Obviously, I was sad and/or hurt. In a nutshell, one was that my guy friend, Z, who I romantically like that stayed for a week left. The other was a bit more complicated. More than a week ago, I broke it off with the guy, N, I was FWB because I was really started to like my friend, Z. After Z left, N said some hurtful things like asking if Z was better in the sack than he was, or that he was disappointed in me or that I was hanging all over him. It was like being slapped. Since this conversation was online, I was able to sit down and cry it all out.

The point of this blog isn't to tell you how I was hurt. But, to point out, I didn't EAT my feelings!!! I let myself FEEL my feelings, good or bad. Progress!!!

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PATRICIAANN46 6/22/2012 6:10PM

  Hi Savannah........
Good for YOU!!!!!!! That is amazing progress. Emotional eating can be an awfully hard habit to break.!!!!!!! I am proud of you.

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ERLYWA 6/19/2012 6:54PM

    Good girl! I had an experience yesterday of helping myself to not eat emotionally too, and it is such a powerful thing! I'm proud of you for putting yourself first even when someone had hurt you.

keep up the great work!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/19/2012 6:37PM

    So sorry about the situations with the guys, but it is great that you were able to feel things without turning to food for comfort. You will find the guy who loves you for who you are, and it will be worth it when you do.

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    that is great progress! good for you hon, seriously crying is better for you than a chocolate bar (or whatever your emotional food of choice) it gets toxins out and then you can look at things with more clarity.

*hugs* don't let N get you down, he is obviously insecure and looking for an outlet for those feelings; they should not be directed at you. ever. I'll kick him in the jimmies for you if you like emoticon

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MYLADY4 6/19/2012 2:14PM

    Bad that all this happened, good that you are able to deal with it without feeding the feelings with food.

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NATPLUMMER 6/19/2012 2:05PM

    Yes, that is progress. I'm sorry it's been such a hurtful time.

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OPTIMIST1948 6/19/2012 2:04PM

    Good for you, feeling your feelings. Use the time to heal your emotional wounds and use some good old-fashioned endorphins to help you recenter.

You'll find the right guy, they are out there. Its the whole "Gotta Kiss alot of frogs" thing....

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KKINNEA 6/19/2012 1:54PM

    Sorry to hear about these troubles but glad you were able to deal with them without compromising health and fitness.

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Weight Loss Checks and Balances

Monday, June 18, 2012

With only being one month away from maintaining my weight at 160 for exactly one year, I realized I treat my weight loss like my checkbook.

When I was trying to still lose weight, I would eat in my calorie budget. Even through I wasn't exactly hungry, I had to spend (eat) those calories. This is actually one of the reasons I do not track the calories but rather go by how I actually feel.

Now, that I am in maintenance, I realized I treat my daily weight the same way. Let me explain. Earlier this week, I was down to 155. Before I knew it, I was telling my friend that stayed for the week that we could for chinese and I was having fried chicken. I cannot even blame him. I suggested chinese and he completely respects my lifestyle. But, because I was five pounds below my maintenance weight, I could spend the hard work of losing those pounds. Now that I am above my maintenance weight, I find I am like I have to be strict with myself by eating right and exercising.

It was just an observation I have noticed. It makes perfectly sense now when I haven't gone below 160. In the past, it was afraid of being under 160. As of today, I do not think that is my issue. Honestly, it is alot of hard work, being strict with myself day in, day out. Right now, I prefer to maintain while splurging a bit.

Maybe this means I made an investment in myself and now can retire, hehe?

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SHERYLDS 6/19/2012 9:41AM

    confidence and discipline.... emoticon
you've come a long way Lady

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YDAVIS23 6/19/2012 8:11AM

    People who are naturally thin don't really think about it - they just eat reasonably most of the time and eat larger when they're celebrating or socializing. I think it's completely normal and commendable to find this groove for yourself, and congrats on the maintenance! That's awesome!

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XRSIZE18 6/18/2012 11:09PM

    It's SO hard to remember that it's a lifestyle and not just something that you can do until it's DONE. There is no finish line, unfortunately. No end date. But staying within the same basic weight category is a GOOD thing. Keep reminding yourself of what's really important and you'll do it. You are so strong.

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/18/2012 5:20PM

    Interesting observation. I don't think there is anything wrong with occasional splurges once you're maintaining successfully. It's a matter of making sure the "occasional" doesn't become the "regular" for me!

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NATPLUMMER 6/18/2012 5:06PM

    Maintain while splurging a bit is definitely the way to go :-)

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No Grandma's Marathon for Me

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Grandma's Marathon was today.

[Not sure why it won't sure upright as it is before I upload it.]

Months ago, I registered for the full marathon and after a couple months I started to experiencing signs from my body to rethink it. It wasn't until a month ago that I decided it was best to not run the marathon. After making that decision, I planned on volunteering. This week, I decided against that. In the end, I went to the the expo with my friend, Stephanie (who recently joined Sparkpeople). Here is her page:

I still want to do Grandma's Marathon but thinking I should work my way up to it. Next year, the half marathon (as long as I get into the lottery) will be in my future. The following year, if I feel better about training and have more time, maybe I will give it another whirl.

I know people are wondering how I participated with Grandma's Marathon this year so there you go. Tonight I am not feeling so happy due to some guy relationship stuff. So, I am going to leave it to be a short and sweet blog. But, i f you are wondering what is next for me. I am starting to look at the Ragnar Relay races. Anyone else?

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GETFIT2LIVE 6/18/2012 5:18PM

    I can't say I blame you for deciding not to do the full; I had planned to do the full for Seattle Rock'n'Roll this year, but training basically did not happen, so I dropped to the half. Listening to your body is always the right option!

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PATRICIAANN46 6/17/2012 10:12PM

  Hi Savannah.......
You have to do what is best for you at this time and I think that you have done just that.
There is always another time.

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OPTIMIST1948 6/17/2012 11:36AM

    Dissapointed yes, I can hear that in your words. But better to listen to yourself than not.
Next year...

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MYLADY4 6/17/2012 10:11AM

    Agree that it was for the best to listen to your body. It was a really hard thing to do.

I am hoping to get in on the lottery next year too. I have a high school friend that wants to run it so I hope we get in. Even though it will be a week before the big 40, I would still like to do it.

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NATPLUMMER 6/17/2012 10:02AM

    I know it was a difficult decision to make but I'm glad you listened to your body.

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LALAFLOWERS 6/17/2012 7:52AM

    Sorry that you couldn't run it.

But.. you have the right attitude!

Only question: could you have dropped to the half this year??

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