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Purpose Driven Life Chapter 3

Friday, February 01, 2008

This chapter asks the questions, What Drives Your Life? My answer to that is others. I try to please everyone else, and in the process, I forget about me. Trying to please others means that I am controlled by what others think of me. This makes me be the "go to" person that everyone needs. The book states that "Many people are like gyroscopes, spinning around at a frantic pace but never going anywhere." This is my life exactly. I am involved in SO much stuff, that I'm just running around in circles, but I feel so overly stressed and tired all the time. This chaptersays to stop dabbling, stop trying to do it all, do less, do only that which matters most. What matters most is in this order: my faith, my family, and me. The rest is unimportant. It matters, but not to the extent that I have led myself to believe that it does. All the extra time I put into my job--I'm missing time with my Lord, and my husband (my kids are usually with me). Then, when I get home, I'm worn out. I've spent all my energy on what matters least!! I need to focus my life on what really matters, those three items listed above.

  
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VMGALLEGOS13 2/1/2008 7:23PM

    I am that way too, but I think that I have learned that I can't please everyone.

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CAPTAINBETTY 2/1/2008 7:05PM

    The book you are reading, Purpose Driven Life, sounds like a real good one, maybe I will pick it up next time I go to the bookstore.
Congrats on your weight loss! We used to do a biggest loser type competition at my work every Jan-Mar but the last few years we haven't done it. I wish we would, I get pretty competitive with it.

I actually joined Jenny Craig on Dec. 28th and have lost 10 pounds so far, so I am pretty happy with that, it seems to be working for me. I have around 50 pounds to reach goal so I have a ways to go, but I will get there, and you will reach your goal too!

Take Care,
Betty

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TERESAJ2 2/1/2008 11:56AM

    I absolutely loved this book! I have read it 3 times and never stop learning from it. The "homework" assignment that it has you to do really help. Keep going and learning...

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GIRLINMOTION 2/1/2008 10:57AM

    Great blog. I too was spending to much time trying to create positive changes for my community. I was going to about four meetings per week (and dragging my son), plus planning and attending community events and I work full time as an office administrator. I was not spending any quality time with my son or myself (doing things I enjoy like reading). When I joined Sparks, one of the first things I realized is I had to start making positive changes for myself. I did not say yes to anymore executive positions on the non-profit societies I belong too. Its me this time I have to work on. As you have adequately said in your blog.

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Biggest Loser Weigh-in Week 3

Friday, February 01, 2008

5.1 Pounds LOST!!! I can't believe it. Last week, on my scale at home, I lost 5 pounds, but our weigh-in scale only showed a 2 pound loss. This week my scale at home showed a .5 pound loss, but the weigh-in scale showed a 5.1 pound LOSS!! YEAH!! I don't know if I'm the biggest loser or not, but I don't care--I DIDN'T HAVE TO PAY IN AGAIN!!

I have been staying within my calorie range pretty steadily this week. I haven't had terrible cravings, but I have been tempted. Just the sight of sweet foot tantalizes my taste buds, and I can't seem to stop with just one. I ate SIX cookies on Monday. I did come home and do some stairs, but I woke up Tuesday morning knowing that I didn't want any more cookies all week long.

Yesterday, I went to the grade school to talk to some teachers and the 1st grade class was having snacks. They had oreos, and I asked for one. Then I read how many calories each oreo had, and it just wasn't worth it. So I put my cookie back. The teacher said, "Oh, take one. I had one earlier." But I didn't, and I was OK with that. By the time I got back to the high school, I wasn't even thinking about that missed oreo. (The high school is across the street from the grade school.) Anyway, she was trying to sabotage my plans!! (She's one of my competitors in the Biggest Loser.)

So, losing that weight was a big bonus for me.

  
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TABALICIOUS 2/2/2008 10:16PM

  Good job!

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CHILDSCRY 2/1/2008 10:54AM

    Good job!

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Been a Little Depressed

Thursday, January 31, 2008

I've been a little depressed lately. I'm not quite sure why. This morning I woke up hoping that we would have 5" of snow so I wouldn't have to go to work. I have been exercising, and eating fairly well (except for the 6 cookies on Monday:), but I've only lost 1/2 pound since last week. On Wednesday, I had actually gained 2 pounds, so I didn't exercise in the a.m. hoping that by changing things up it would shock my boday. Well, it worked. Today I am down 2.5 pounds.

I love to workout outside, but with -0 windchills, that's pretty much unrealistic right now. So...I'm still jumping on my trampoline and working out on the elliptical. Occassionally, I will run some stairs during commercial breaks. I live too far from town to join any sort of gym, so I'm making due with what I have.

Last year during this time of year, the pounds were melting off me. It was amazing--I guess I just want those same results this year. I should be happy that I lost 1/2 pound! I guess I need to focus more on the positive, and not so much on what's going wrong.

I have started reading Purpose Driven Life. I'm on Chapter 2. God didn't make me by accident. He knew that I would be going through these trials at this exact moment. He allows me to have these troubles so that I can grow stronger and more trusting in Him. There are things about me that I don't like (like my BIG nose), but God made me this way for a reason (I don't know why yet, but when I do I will let you know. He gave me my nose to perfectly fit on MY face, and I should be grateful that I have a nose.

  
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TABALICIOUS 2/2/2008 10:07PM

  I'm sorry you've been feeling depressed. Just take one day at a time. You can and will do this.

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VMGALLEGOS13 1/31/2008 8:39PM

    sorry you have been depressed, hope that you can pull yourself out of it soon. When it comes to weight loss you have to be patient you are not going to have the same results every week. You may have had more sodium that made you retain the this week, you may be close to TOM (time of month), You are going in the right direction so don't be depressed about the weight loss. Take what your body is willing to give.


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Biggest Loser Weigh-In Week 2

Friday, January 25, 2008

Well, last week I swore that I would NEVER pay in to the Biggest Loser pot again... and I have been sticking to my guns. I have lost 4 pounds this week!!! I'm not really motivated by winning money, I'm more motivated by not having to spend any.

I have been doing real well not eating in front of the TV, and my family has been eating at the table with me--which has been real nice with two teenage boys. Occassionally I forget and take my plate into the living room and sit down. My oldest son (17) is a health nut, so he'll sit down at the table and this reminds me of where I should be. Bad habits are hard to change!! (But I'm doing it one day at a time.)

I'm trying to find ways to reward myself with consistency. This is one of my goals. If I don't eat in front of the TV at least 4 times each week, for one month, I need to reward myself (at least for the first few months). I'm a real penny pincher, so spending money on myself is hard for me to do. And rewarding myself with an ice cream cone is out of the question :)

I'll figure it out eventually. Maybe a new bra, or some fuzzy socks. Things that I can still use--then I don't feel guilty when I spend on myself.

  
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MYPINUPWITHIN 1/26/2008 5:22PM

    Congratulations!! You're doing FABULOUS! :)

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ALLYSNEWLIFE 1/25/2008 11:52AM

    That's so great on your weight loss!!! Right now we don't have a table so the kids eat at the kitchen counter and I eat in the living room, but we plan on buying one in the next month or so and I want to start eating there like a family.

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Biggest Loser Weigh-in

Friday, January 18, 2008

Last Friday, several faculty and staff in our school started a Biggest Loser competition. I weighed in this morning, and I have not lost ANY weight!!! Because of this, I had to pay into the pot a small amount of money. This was a HUGE motivator for me.

A couple of reasons why I haven't lost any weight.

1--This is my TOM and I want to eat everything in sight. If something even resembles chocolate, I want to eat it. I have been extremely exhausted, and I'm sure this is the reason.

2--I need to cut my portion sizes down and begin working out in some fashion every single day. Right now, I am only working out three times a week. I just read an article regarding SparkStarts. These are small workouts every day to help accustom your body. So, here is my plan. I will get up early each day and do a 5-10 minute workout. Three days a week, I will work out for 20 minutes. After two weeks of this, I will up my 5-10 minute workouts to 10-15 minutes--still doing the 20 minutes three times a week. After two more weeks, I will be working out each day (minus Sundays) for 20 minutes each day. Once I achieve this goal, I will begin to up that time.

I REFUSE TO PAY IN TO THE BIGGEST LOSER AGAIN!!!

  
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TABALICIOUS 1/19/2008 12:20AM

  You can and you will do this!

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 1/18/2008 12:43PM

    You CAN do this!

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MYPINUPWITHIN 1/18/2008 10:54AM

    What a motivator! Think I'll steal that idea (gain/maintain costs me money)!! You can do this!

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BANKGIRLCC 1/18/2008 9:52AM

    Sorry to hear that you didn't lose any this week. But that's fantastic that it has encouraged you to have a plan and look forward!!

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