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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I haven't been as active on the site lately simply because I've been busy with work and my mini killed my laptop at home.

What I wanted to say today is that I put on some new jeans my wonderful hubs bought for me a couple of weeks ago. That in itself isn't the news. The news is that they are 4 SIZES SMALLER THAN LAST SUMMER!!!!. Yep. I was in a 28 in July last year and these are size 20. I'm so excited!

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TRICIA1957 6/11/2014 11:18PM

    That is such awesome news! I know you were super excited. I hope this will motivate you to come back and join in the group. It has been such a big motivator to me to come to this group every day.


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NUTNFANCY3 6/10/2014 5:29PM

    Wonderful news! I know you hubby is proud of you!

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CATTUTT 6/10/2014 1:32PM

    Congratulations on the shrinkage, that's awesome!!

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HILLSLUG98239 6/10/2014 10:10AM

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY! That's so awesome! And think of the extra calories you burned doing the happy dance. emoticon

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Song of the Day

Monday, May 19, 2014

I have found this really awesome song that always makes me push myself just a little bit harder when it comes on my playlist at the gym. I thought I'd share it with you and just a little bit about why I love it so much.

The name of the song is Proud by Heather Small. You can find it on Spotify here. open.spotify.com/track/6mn15kWtqGdQt

It's not really a high energy song, but the lyrics really speak to me:

"So I step out of the ordinary, I can feel my soul ascending. I'm on my way, can't stop me now and you can do the same"

"What have you done today to make you feel proud?"

It reminds me that even if I am a normal person, even when I've had a very boring day (or even when I'm down and feeling like crap) I can do something for myself to bring me up and out of that funk. I can do something to make ME feel proud. Not something that I've done for somebody else. Not that I've done something amazing that will win me recognition. Not even that I've done something that nobody else has done. I've done something that I can be proud of. It really makes a difference in my outlook and it always gives me that extra boost.

Hope you guys at least give it a listen!

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AARONSDAD74 5/21/2014 4:39AM

  I am VERY PROUD of you ! I know I haven't said it enough, but you are doing great ! And you are looking more beautiful now than 21 years ago ! Don't rush it , take it slow and steady and we'll get it off and keep it off together . I really am very proud of you !

Yours always, faithful and true, and stunned by your beauty,

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MNABOY 5/19/2014 11:04PM

    I have had to cut and paste to get it to open, thanks for sharing. About doing good things that don't get recognition other than from your own happiness, it is my belief that when you get recognition from others for your good efforts, that is the extent of the reward. When you get secret pleasure from the good efforts you are continually rewarded.

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MAPFARMS 5/19/2014 3:24PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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Friday, May 09, 2014

I am so frigging frustrated and angry right now that I literally want to sink my teeth into something hard!

I have spent the last hour trying to run a report at work and our system refuses to recognize zip codes that start with a 0. It's really getting on my last nerve and I'm sitting here all but vibrating with frustration. I caught myself clenching my teeth and grinding them together and I had a sudden craving for Cheez Its. I realized that what Linda Spangle said about emotional eating is true - I am craving them because I'm made. I'm not sure if it's a good thing or not that my co-worker had some reduced fat Cheez Its on her desk, but I am now grinding my teeth into them instead of something else.

I did, at least, only get 1 serving instead of a whole box. It's not really fixed the craving; I still want to chew something. But I'm hoping that getting it out here will help some, too. I hate this feeling and I always turn to food. I'm trying to do better, but it's really hard. This is the first time I've been faced with a serious craving since I started changing the way I eat. It's so hard not having that crutch to fall back on. I know if I could eat a bag of chips and rotel dip, or some Bugles, or a few tacos I'd feel better. But I also know that I'd have to face the guilt later from falling off the wagon.

I'm going to take a few deep breaths and distract myself with some other task for a little while. Wish me luck holding off on the comfort of food.

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LIFECHANGZ 5/11/2014 3:49PM

    emoticon I think that strong negative emotions like serious frustration are a huge food craving trigger for me too. It has been the major eating pattern I have the most trouble changing, and I think it will take extra time & practice. Realizing what happened is the place to start, and sometimes step downs like taking 1 serving instead of a box is a good approach. I hope you found some other ways to de-stress the agitation. I've noticed some things work at one time, and other stuff at other times. I think a lot has to do with time of day/tiredness. For example, earlier in the day a bit of vigorous cardio can help me expend the energy, a vent/chat with someone about the issue, but if it's later and I'm tired, sometimes it's a good hot shower... And of course, getting the IT department to code so it takes zips that start with 0 would help too! gl!

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MNABOY 5/9/2014 6:29PM

    Years ago before I gained all my weight, a friend and I would jog every afternoon after we got off work. We knew when one of us had had a challenging day by the pace one would take when the day was being relived. It would lead to a conversation, I said jogging not running, and the aggravation would leave. Exercise is an outlet. I later chose eating and boy did I do a bang up job. Emotions need to be channeled in a healthy direction. Now I need to work on my emotions in traffic with crazy, selfish, ignorant, untrained, soulless, fatherless, unlicensed, impaired, .............. drivers. Oh well we all are works in progress?

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NUTNFANCY3 5/9/2014 5:31PM

    'Search' homemade no back energy balls, these would be great to keep a few in your bag for times like these.

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MCFITZ2 5/9/2014 12:13PM

    I try gum sometimes more that one piece. I have been asked to either not chew or to do so quietly. They don't realize it is soft and quiet compared to the whirlwind of fury roaring inside. emoticon
Hope it has accepted the zip codes by the time you read this.

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HILLSLUG98239 5/9/2014 11:46AM

    You can do this! (Boy howdy, am I a sucker for white cheddar Cheez-Its!)

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HAWKTHREE 5/9/2014 11:45AM

    Zip codes beginning with zeroes reminds me of the times when telephone area codes only had zero or one in the middle and then that changed but software didn't

So frustrating!

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COOP9002 5/9/2014 11:40AM

    Hope the day gets better. So sorry to hear about your frustrations at work.

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MARYAM9037 5/9/2014 11:40AM

  I have the same issues. I get frustrated at work and all I want to do is raid the candy bar. I have been getting up and taking a walk for a few moments. Sometimes it helps and sometimes I still raid the candy jar, but at least I walked first!!

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TRIXYMAHOGANY 5/9/2014 11:38AM

    Sometimes all I want to do is chew stuff, too. Just mindlessly - I have TMJ and an oral fixation (self-diagnosed on that second one) so even though I'm not SUPPOSED to, I've found that gum REALLY helps with that. Or mints. If I'm having that grinding urge, I'll go through a whole pack of gum in a day. I don't do it often, but it's handy to have around.

Hope your day gets better!

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Saturday, May 03, 2014

So, today has been fun but exhausting! DH and I rearranged the furniture, cleaned our carpets and got new furniture for the living room. We ate subway on the way home but I still stayed within my calorie range. Now I'm really tired and just want to collapse but my house smells so much better!

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NUTNFANCY3 5/8/2014 7:06PM

    Feels good huh? New furniture, good smell and being tired!

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MNABOY 5/6/2014 12:25AM

    Furniture moving can be a real workout! Way to go.

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I did it.

Friday, May 02, 2014

So, I've had this vague idea in the back of my head that I would some day run a 5k. I got on the treadmill earlier and tried to run, but honestly, it hurts my knees (both have been broken in the past from car wrecks).

Wednesday I was scrolling through the preprogrammed workouts on the elliptical at the gym and found a 5k program. I thought, 'why not?' and set myself on a decent pace. 47 minutes later I crossed the proverbial finish line. I was sweating so bad my earbuds were barely hanging in there. I really pushed the last have a kilometer because the time was running out, but I DID IT!!! What an incredible feeling to know that my body has the capacity to do that.

I took yesterday 'off' from working out, but still managed to walk to soccer instead of driving. It was good for the mini, the dog and me to get out and get some fresh air. This morning, I did another 5k on the elliptical. I think I was at 49 minutes today but I'm still feeling the burn from Wednesday so I didn't push myself quite as hard.

I am more motivated than ever to keep this going. I am loving the changes in endurance that I can feel, and my boss said he could tell I'm getting leaner. My weight may not have hit major changes yet, but I look like I'm slimming up. It's great!

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OLIVIANIGHT 5/4/2014 5:11AM

    Well done!

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NUTNFANCY3 5/3/2014 10:19AM

    Your are doing great! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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