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A New Week

Monday, January 21, 2008

There's something really cool about a new week. It's a fresh start, a chance to make even more good choices. I've now made very healthy choices for the past 4 days, but it's over now. Today is a whole new week.

This week I will stay within my calorie range for 6 of the 7 days. My reward will be either a new ringtone download for my phone (what can I say....I'm a dork!) or a new nail polish for a manicure.

On my incentive chart (I told you....I'm a dork!) I'm about halfway to having it filled. When I get it filled I'm going to order the Turbo Jam workouts as seen on TV! I'm so excited! I could easily be ordering it by the end of the week!

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MAMASITAOF2 1/27/2008 4:35PM

    Way to go Emily! What a great week you had. I hope you enjoyed your ringtone or nail polish!!

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NU-ME37 1/21/2008 1:57PM

  I think it's great to have mini-rewards set up for yourself. Something you enjoy, something NON-food related and the reward isn't totally out of it sight and seems unattainable...good for you!

Enjoy your ringtone!

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A Letter to Myself

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Dear Emily,
What you have been doing is not working for you. You keep trying to do the same things over and over and hope that you will see a loss at the scale or looser clothes. That's not going to happen. You need to do something DIFFERENT.
You need to focus on today only. Stop reviewing the past so much. Stop worrying about the future so much. You can't control any of that. You can only control what you do today, right now. And if you keep doing what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got. That's even one of your favorite sayings. Listen to it.
You are loved. You love. You deserve what you have. If it's all gone tomorrow (which I know you secretly worry about a lot) it won't change the fact that you are loved at this moment, that you love at this moment, and that you ALWAYS HAVE deserved it all.
Think of all the things you have accomplished despite the odds stacked against you, despite the people in your own family who didn't believe in you. You are strong. You are smart. You are tenacious. You can do anything you decide you want to do.
This is your year. Last year was hard. The death of your mother changed you both in large ways, but also in tiny, imperceptable ways. Move into the light now. Do something different. Make a change!

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MSTUDY 1/9/2008 3:52PM

you know you can do it - you have already made progress.
its just time to renew the commitment and effort.
we are all gonna do great in 2008

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DIVALINDA 1/2/2008 11:34AM

    Emily - Thanks for sharing your letter to yourself. It is powerful. Read those lines: You are strong, you are smart, you are tenacious, you can do anything. Read them everyday.
Think about how amazing our world would be if more women realized how strong they really are.
I lost my Dad two years ago. The realization that I am part of his proud legacy, and that I want to build my own legacy helped push me to change.
You are going to have a great new year.

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KRUSSELL35 1/2/2008 5:49AM

    Good Morning Emily-on my W8W board we are being challenged daily w/new chllenges that are not weight related. Like yesterday we were suppose to welcome a new member-today we are to read another memebers blog and when I looked at the blog page your caught my eye.

Just wanted to let you know that this year I have put myself 1st-I need to do this...forget about yesterday or last week on today for today. You can do it!


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GAVIFO 1/2/2008 2:08AM

    Good for you for treating yourself kindly. You know what needs to be done and I believe that you are going to do it! Build on this momentum and 2008 will be a great year. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

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When is "Enough" Enough?!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

I have been eating out of control for I don't even know how long now. Today I got on the scale and it read 271. Wow. I haven't seen tht number in a looonnnngggg time. I don't care for it. I've been at 239 since I began WW this time around. So my question to my husband was; "Which do I want more; to eat and drink what I want whenever I want, or to be at my goal weight?"

That's the choice. My only choices are to do what I know I need to do or to NOT do what I know I need to do. There's no middle ground. And when I pretend by half-heartedly going through the motions, I hurt no one except myself. So the only question is what do I want more? Am I tired ENOUGH of gaining and losong the same 10 pounds? Am I tired ENOUGH of saying I'm starting over only to "accidentally" eat off plan? Am I tired ENOUGH of not taking responsibility for my actions? Am I tired ENOUGH of paying WW my $$ and not following any program? Is it finally ENOUGH?!

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HAPPYWALKER 12/23/2007 9:48PM

    You are not alone. Since Thanksgiving I've put back on 13 pounds and I don't know how I could have possibly start spiraling out of control after having lost 38 pounds, feeling on the of the world, getting compliments all the time, etc. This is a very tough time of year, so don't beat yourself up. There are a lot of us struggling right now and what we need to do is stop putting extra pressure on ourselves. No guilt trips! Just take a deep breath and start anew. January 1 is a great day for starting with a clean slate. The day after Christmas would be better, but cut yourself some slack and just do the best you can and gear yourself up to dig your heels in and stay steadfast in your plan. This is a lifetime of behaviors that will either take us toward or away from our goals. Yes, it is always a choice. Choose to be kind to yourself and the rest of the good choices will fall into place. Best wishes for your success, and have a joyous holiday.

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MMWILLIAMS1984 12/23/2007 7:02PM

    It is a good thing that you realize that you are at a crossroads situation here. You have to make a clear-cut decision, and you get that. That's a big step right there. I know that you can do this! You just have to believe that you can and desire it badly enough! You CAN do this!

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MKRN2000 12/23/2007 1:54PM

    Wow! I totally know how you feel, and I am exactly where you are right now. I am the heaviest I have ever been and I just keep eating poorly. I am paying for a personal trainer...who bless his heart has not given up on me, but he can't understand why I can't say Enough is enough and beat this thing. I am challenging you to stick with your plan for one week starting 12/26 and I will do the same. We need to keep fighting and not give up!

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One Year

Thursday, December 06, 2007

One year ago yesterday my mother died. I was thinking about the changes I've been through in the days since. There were some dark, dark days. I feel like there is at least a little sunshine on my path now. I enjoy things more. I scheduled my GRE exam for yesterday way back in October. It didn't even occur to me that the date was significant. By the time I realized what the date was I decided that I'd go ahead and take the test and see how I felt. I did just fine on the exam. It seems like last Dec 5 was a very, very long time ago, but at the same time it still feels so new. I've struggled so much with my food this year. I know that because I'm an emotional eater it is to be expected. But it's also expected that I will get it together with the food intake and get back to doing what is healthy for me. I'm still here, and each day is indeed a gift.

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PASUSAN 12/8/2007 12:44PM

    Congratulations on your success- your Mom would be so proud. Keep going forward one day at a time and things will get brighter! Never give up!

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DIVALINDA 12/7/2007 2:34PM

    Congratulations on the progress you are making throughout your life. My dad died two years ago at Thanksgiving. That first year was indeed very dark. I've done things to make it so much brighter and happier this year. Its a slow journey - you can do it!

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A Sign From The Weight Loss Gods........

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Last Friday I was waiting for a parent who had scheduled a conference. The office called to tell me she was on her way and I went out into the hall to meet her. We looked at each other with recognition, but I couldn't figure out where I knew her from, as the family is new to our school. She smiled and said, "You go to my Weight Watchers meeting!" I remembered her then and we laughed. I told her I could tell she hadn't gone in a while if she tought I was still going. She said she'd stopped going and had gained all the 30 back along with a few more.

Yesterday I went to renew my driver's license. I stepped up to the counter and the woman behind it said, "Are you a teacher?" I said maybe I was, why? She said, "Don't take this wrong, but I know you from my old Weight Watchers meeting." I told her she was the second person I'd had say that to me in less than a week and it was surely a sign from God! She said I was HER sign from God and that she was going to rejoin.

So, today I'm following the WW core program the way it is written, no modifications from me.

I swear, when God whispers, you need to listen!

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MSTUDY 10/14/2007 9:41AM

  amazing how that works. and you are so right when the signs show themselves dont miss the opportunity

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GBTRACKIN 10/7/2007 9:41AM

    Just wanted to say hi from Carpe Diem land. Inspiration pops up in the most unexpected places sometimes. Keep up the good work.

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DIVALINDA 10/5/2007 11:57AM

    Wow! Your signs just keep rippling out in the world.

I've always tweaked the Core plan a bit and its worked for me. But over the past two weeks, I've let myself slip into the bad habit of grabbing a spoonful of hummus whenever I walk through the kitchen (like during every commercial).

So I've had to admit the hummus is a trigger food for me right now. After reading your blog post, I called home and asked hubby to throw out the hummus that is left in the fridge.

So I'm recommitting to Core too - staying away from my trigger foods!

Thanks for the help!

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