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Committment Issues

Sunday, June 01, 2008

I am having a hard time committing to one eating program. I know Weight Watchers works, but I'm intrigued by the South Beach Diet. It seems easier to follow and I like the focus on healthy, whole foods. I cannot stand the thought of counting points for the rest of my life. My concern with the total switch is this: last summer I dropped my monthly pass with Weight Watchers and when I rejoined in July I had to start all over. I lost the records that said I had lost 25+ pounds and I had to start all over. (I've not even lost 5 pounds since then, though!) I'm wondering if I simply get disillusioned around this time of year. I also like the face-to-face WW meetings where we talk about weight issues. I do know that I'm in need of a crappy food detox so Hubby and I are on Day 2 of Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet. Maybe I need a change. Last summer I didn't stick with it so maybe I need to committ to the Beach for the summer at least. I just don't know what to do about the Weight Watchers monthly pass thing. Do I cancel or keep paying the $$ and go to meetings anyway to get face-to-face support?!?! I'm so confused!!!!!!!

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MAMASITAOF2 6/6/2008 6:54AM

    Hey Emily. have you figured out what you are gonna do?

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Great Workout!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

I just finished a new video I got at Target yesterday, "Ultimate Fat Burn" from Women's Health. I burned 944 calories in just under 40 minutes! WHOO-HOO!!!!!! I feel fantastically proud of myself!

I did not meet my goal of staying w/in my calorie range 6 of 7 days last week, so no new nail polish or ringtone for me. :-( Oh well........I have a new chance to get it this week!

I'm going to Austin for a teacher's conference Wed-Fri. I really doubt I'll stay w/in my calories. Lunch is provided for us and the hotel has the free continental b'fast thing. We'll be going out to dinner and also enjoying the complimentary happy hour and other assorted beverages as well. I plan to take Kashi cereal bars and apples for a healthier less processed carby b'fast. I may grab some shelf stable soy milk singles, too. I can certainly control the other 4 days of the week, though. I can be sure I workout M-W, as well as Sat and Sun. I can also make it a goal to stay w/in my calorie range M, T, Sa, and Sun.

So, those are my goals for the week! My reward will once again be the polish or the ringtone.

I'm only 4 stickers away from being able to order Turbo Jam!! I'm very excited!

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IAMSUCCEEDING 1/28/2008 9:01AM

    Congratulations! That is so awesome! Keep going you are doing fantastic!

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BLUEEYES0512 1/27/2008 8:43PM

    Keep up the great work. And Turbo Jam is a great workout too.

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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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