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Vacation Mode

Saturday, March 21, 2009

For the past couple of days I have not been listening to my body. I have been eating too many calories, and they are empty calories, from wine, pretzels, etc. I have not excerised once this spring break. Not once. I need to learn from this and have a plan for the summer! I do NOT do well when left with too much unstructured time. I know I have trainings off and on scheduled for most of the summer so that will help.

I will not berate and bemoan my choices of this past week. That would serve no positive purpose. I will move forward, learn what needs to be learned, and plan to take a different path the next time I'm on vacation. Vacations are good! I need to find a way to make them good for me!


Well, I'll Be!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I'm stunned! I did Weight Watchers for years and stayed roughly the same weight. I think I'm the type of person who wants to "cheat" or try to "get away with something" when I follow someone else's program. So, I've been following my own program for the past 4 weeks or so. In that time I've lost 6 pounds, so I think I'm on to something!

I gave up sodas (even diet ones!) in early January. I eat mostly "real food" as close to how it comes in nature as I can. I eat when I'm hungry and I've been working on stopping when I'm not hungry anymore. Notice I didn't say when I'm full. There's a difference. I've recently learned that.

I feel freed! And it's working! Who knew?!?!

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    You know yourself best. It looks like you have a good plan going.
Eating when hungry (stomach, not head) and stopping when approaching full is a dynamite plan. It works. The hardest part is conquering the urge to satisfy head hunger and emotional eating.

Comment edited on: 3/25/2009 3:32:40 PM

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SIRIRADHA 3/18/2009 11:41AM

    Congratulations! Amazing how we resist change for the better just because we don't want it to be somebody else's! emoticon

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Long Time No Post..........

Monday, March 02, 2009

You know, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

I know I will always be interested in living a healthy lifestyle. I know I will always enjoy good food and wine. I know I will always feel better after I exercise. I've been in love with this food plan or that food plan for years, then hated the same plans later. I've finally had a realization.....

It's not about any plan. It's just me and my decisions every day. That's all. No magic. No cheating. No getting away with something. No being good or being bad. It's just BEING.

I think that's the key. It's just about me.

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    How true. I could have written some of the same things.
Having a daily plan, even of our own design, with foods that we look forward to helps fuel our commitment. It's not a diet. It's a change to healthy living.
This is daily. Bottom line is our willingness to change.
Today is yours.

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"Mommy's belly is SOOOOO big!"

Sunday, August 17, 2008

That's what my 5 year old daughter said earlier today. Wow. I was stung, of course. I told her that my feelings were hurt and that it's not polite to comment on how others look. Then I went into the bathroom and cried.

I cried because she's right. My belly is big. I remember deciding to do something about my weight when she was born so she would never know that I was fat. I was ashamed of it and didn't want her to be teased because she had a fat mom. I cried because I only want to be beautiful in her eyes. I cried because I felt like I had failed her-and me-by sliding through the past 2 years at roughly the same weight despite tracking food and exercise. I cried because I felt like a 3rd grader being teased again. I cried because I have not been working my program fully and the time has not waited for me to decide to be serious about it.

I know she had no malice in making that comment. I know she doesn't understand why Mommy seems so sad now and why Daddy spoke to her again about hurting feelings. I know I am beautiful in her eyes. I know she loves me for the person, the mommy I am, regardless of the size of my body. I know all of that.

I also know I feel like a failure right now. I know I'm not a failure, but I feel like one at this moment.

I also know that I am the only one who can change any of this. I cannot change the size of my belly at this moment in time, but I can make choices that will change it so that next August I will not be at this same weight. That's why I wanted to post this. To try to move my hurt feelings in a positive direction.

I'm going to go cuddle with my precious little girl now.

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JENNI_BELLE 8/18/2008 11:56AM

    I am so sorry you had to go through that! My son saw my spark profile the other day (he is 4) and when he saw my pictures he pointed to the bottom one and said "Look there's FAT Mommy" and he pointed to the top picture and said "And there's skinny Mommy" I had to have a talk with him as well about not pointing out peoples appearences. That it really hurts my feelings when you say fat mommy.

on a funnier note I was laying down on ther floor the other day with my knees bent and feet on the floor, he was laying under my legs. he started hitting my inner thighs and said to me "Mommy your liegs are like marshmellows!" I could not help but bust out laughing! It's true my inner thighs are not toning up b/c of some loose skin and they are very soft and kinda are like marshmellows! But there again we had to have a talk about hurting feelings.

You are not a failure!! you are doing great ! Keep up the good work.

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MCASE96 8/18/2008 10:17AM

    I know what you're feeling. My 4 yr old son asked not too long ago if I had a baby in my tummy. I wish that was the reason! I couldn't get upset at him, because he didn't mean to be hurtful, and he's really wanting another baby anyway. But it does sting regardless. I have been "cheating" quite a bit lately, and I've stalled out on my weight loss. Not really up, but not any down, and I know that an "up trend" will come if I don't do something different. All I know to do is keep trying. I can't give up and give in, because that just got me bigger than I've ever been in my life.
So, keep adjusting to try and make it a lifestyle. It's so hard, I know. Rejoice with the smallest victories and don't dwell on the downfalls, learn from them and go on. I'm speaking as much to myself as I am to you or anyone else.

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Interested or Committed?

Sunday, June 29, 2008

This was on a Weight Watchers message board. I've seen it other places, too, likely here on Spaerkpeople! I like it so I'm posting it!

"If you're "interested" in losing weight...
--You stick with it only until something better comes along (such as doughnuts)
--How you feel determines your outcome. If you don't 'feel like it,' you stop your efforts.
--You need to see results. When the scale doesn't move, you lose your motivation.
--You blame everything else (people, travel, circumstances) for your struggles with staying on your diet.
--Whenever you face challenges in life, you give up and plan you'll start your diet again tomorrow.

If you're "committed" to losing weight...
--Nothing stops your efforts. You stick with your diet, "no matter what."
--Emotions don't control your actions. You stay on track even when you don't feel like it.
--Your motivation isn't linked to the scale. You assume that if you stay motivated and work hard, you'll eventually see results.
--You don't depend on other people for your success. You know it's up to you, not them.
--A bad day or a lot of challenges don't affect your efforts. You keep going in spite of it."

Hmmmm, appears I've been more interested than committed for a while. Time to walk down the aisle of weight loss and stop sitting and chatting with the guests!

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STARGAZER1010 6/30/2008 9:05PM

    This post makes you stop and think. I am happy to say that I am committed.
Thanks for the interesting post

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DIET_FRIEND 6/30/2008 8:31AM

    I really like this post and will save it for later!

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JLITT62 6/30/2008 7:57AM

    Thanks for posting this!

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