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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

"When you catch yourself saying "I can't" what you believe will manifest, but fortunately the opposite is also true, when you believe in yourself and are determined positive goals will manifest for you as well. Take your energy and consciously direct it towards positive thoughts and actions at this time and you will get a lot accomplished! " - Christin

I wholeheartedly believe in this. This journey with Sparkpeople that has me at a 70 pound loss right now has been amazing, and when I found myself saying "I can't" I also found myself stuck. I used to love the saying "It's mind over matter. I don't mind so it doesn't matter." That is not a true statement in all things though. I didn't mind being morbidly obese, but it certainly DID matter!! It mattered to my body, my health, my mental well being. It's all connected, and it isn't until we realize it that we can do anything positive about it.

I walk more now. I eat better. I don't look at anything and say "I can't have that". I most certainly can, but moderation in all things is the key. I used to eat fast food and it didn't bother me. Now if I eat fast food my body doesn't feel well for days afterwards. It's not that I can't have it, it's a matter of do I want to feel crappy for a few days afterwards. It's a totally different mind set for me now, and I don't want to go back to the way I was before.

I like this new me very much.

  
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CAROL_31649731 9/20/2014 9:27PM

    Totally agree . . . I try to catch myself immediately, when those negative thoughts pop into my head occasionally (as they always do). Positive thinking can certainly turn things around very quickly, if we can remind ourselves of how far we've already come & how we've gotten here. Thanks for an informative blog! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/16/2014 2:48PM

    YES! YES! YES! Well said. emoticon

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Words of Wisdom - Temperance

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

To me, temperance is finding balance, moderation, being on "an even keel" emotionally so that I learn to act and not merely react to my circumstances/emotions. Right now I need to find balance in my life. I don't want to do anything hasty at this time, or I may end up regretting it. Do I need to step back for a bit before taking action? Moderation, harmony, and balance are the keys to success. Why do I need this right now?

The answer to that question is many layered. First off, Plex and I have finally found a rental home and will be moving at the end of the month. It's 30 minutes from where we are living now with my MIL. It will be 5 minutes from my job. This is good! We are very excited to be moving, and I am realizing all the things we will need once we are moved. Things like furniture that we didn't move with us from RI. A washer/dryer would be a good thing too. The downside is that we won't have any money left for emergencies after we make the move. So right now, I need to make my lists of Must Have, Need to Have, and Want to Have. Three very different lists, to be sure.

I came to the realization yesterday that since my diagnosis with type II diabetes, I have lost a total of 70 pounds. I never realized I carried that much around on my body every single day. It's a hell of a wake up call. I am nearly half way to my goal. This is where I also need to learn temperance. I want to rush to get to my goal, but I know that doing so could set me back. So learning to be patient, everything in moderation, having patience and overall harmony in my life right now is what I need to do. So yeah, it's on my list!

I have a lot of positive going on in my life. I am grateful for it all.

  
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CAKAROO 9/11/2014 6:00AM

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1CRAZYDOG 9/10/2014 11:14AM

    So happy you've found a rental! AWESOME! It's trying to move, but sounds like it's a winning situation for you and Plex.

MOderation, for sure the key.

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WAYSOFGRACE 9/10/2014 9:32AM

    I am so looking forward to making my own bread again! My poor breadmaker has been in storage for almost a year, along with my Keurig! I miss them!

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DSBRIDE 9/10/2014 9:20AM

    You are doing so great. Losing slowly teaches you how to keep it off. Getting your own place will take a lot of stress off of you. It might be tight in the short term but well worth it. There are lots of consignment shops that have beautiful furniture and household items at a fraction of the original cost. Check them out. I got a brand new bread machine for $6. and it works great. Good luck!

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Celebrating the little things

Saturday, September 06, 2014

I discovered an NSV today. I can put my jeans on without unbuttoning them and without unzipping them. I need a belt to hold them up! I am LOVING this feeling. I love it almost as much as realizing that I have lost 70 pounds. I am below 250 pounds, which I didn't think I would get to for quite some time. I did this. I made positive changes, and I made it work for me!

It's been decades since I was this small, and I am on my way to being smaller, and healthier! If I can do this, anyone can!

  
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GOLFGMA 9/7/2014 7:02AM

    We all celebrate with you. Awesome job and you should be proud of your accomplishment! emoticon emoticon

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MARYANNSQUEST 9/7/2014 12:22AM

    emoticon Love it!! That is an awesome emoticon feeling! Congrats on your NSV!
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I highly recommend going shopping for a new size, even if its just one pair. I got rid of all my clothes that were too big except one pair of my biggest jeans. Those I plan on holding on to at least until i reach my maintenance weight. I actually put them on a couple days ago and pretty much fit in just one leg of them!
You're doing so awesome, keep up all the hard work, you are soo worth it!
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DSBRIDE 9/6/2014 9:53PM

    Yippee!! That is so great, I'm so proud of you! 70 lbs is a huge amount and you should celebrate with new jeans or something you've wanted for a long time. You've been a huge inspiration and I look forward to seeing your journey continue.

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56ROSE 9/6/2014 9:40PM

    emoticon emoticon You are doing a great job! Keep up the good work!

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MCFITZ2 9/6/2014 9:12PM

    Yea. That is a great feeling. Soon you need to donate them to someone. emoticon

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Top signs I should have stayed home today

Thursday, September 04, 2014

After a restless night full of extremely bizarre dreams, I got up this morning feeling blah. Of course the only time I actually entertain the idea of staying home from work is when I am EXTREMELY ill, so the thought didn't enter my mind.

While getting ready for work, I was pulling clothes out of the closet and placing it on the bed. Now Plex is still sleeping, so I try to do this as quietly as possible. He proceeded to kick my clothes off the bed and on to the floor. Thanks Plex for starting my day off with some stretches.

After getting dressed, I went into the kitchen to make my lunch. My MIL was up, as she takes my niece to school in the morning, and she asks me if I am wearing two different shoes. I look down and yup...wearing a work shoe and a sneaker. *sigh* Thank you, MIL, for pointing that out so I could get a matching pair on before making a joke out of myself at work.

As I was travelling up the highway, a large white van came speeding off the on ramp and cut me off. Stopping quickly on a highway normally means accident, but luckily the car behind me saw this coming and made sure there was space between us. Thank you, white van for making sure my morning dose of caffeine had kicked in.

Then as I was travelling the last half mile on my route to work, a white truck on my right (this is a four lane divided road, for the record) decided to run his red light, to get to the other side of the divided road. It wouldn't have been so bad if I hadn't been doing the speed limit (45mph) AND about to pass through my GREEN light. Thank you, white truck, for getting my heart pumping this morning.

So while I work off the shakes from that last VERY near miss and wait for the time when I will begin praying to the porcelain god because of the adrenalin, I think I might get some meditation in and some slow stretches.

While I do that, I will also thank the higher powers that I made it to work, in one piece. I still think I should have stayed home...

  
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JLOVESDOGS 9/5/2014 1:07PM

    Ya not a good way to start your day. Hope it got better!

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AMYWRIGHT78 9/4/2014 8:58AM

    My goodness!!! Glad you are okay!!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/4/2014 8:39AM

    OH heavens, my dear. You had a VERY rough day! HUGS and hope today is better. Wow, your Higher Power definitely was looking out for you!

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MSFROGGIE 9/4/2014 8:23AM

    Wow!! Thank God you made it work safely!! Some people shouldn't be driving (people in White vans)


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Words of Wisdom - Mind over Matter

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

"The sun represents the ultimate power in its purest form. It is the sun's energy that gives life to all creation. You are also an energy source. The mind is a powerful creative force. Do you like what you've been creating? Never underestimate the power of your mind to shape your experiences - for better or worse. What you believe will become a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you believe you are "unlucky" or destined to fail or be hurt etc. that is the reality you will help to manifest. If on the other hand you work to consciously redirect the mind to empowerment you will find that you have creative energy and power beyond measure." Christin

This goes well with positivity. We are what we create in our mind. I never really stopped to think about what I was creating until I started on my healthier path. Now I am liking this very much!

  
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1CRAZYDOG 9/2/2014 12:06PM

    The self-fulfilling prophecy for sure.

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