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No thank you, Cheesecake.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

There's an ad on SparkPeople that comes up all the time lately from a Factory of some kind (hint hint).

In BIG letter it says:
MOM WANTS
CHEESECAKE

And I have to laugh because I know she doesn't. My mom doesn't. She was inspired by my weight loss, and The Spark book that I left at her house, and wanting to enjoy herself around her new boyfriend so she ditched the NutriSystem and other unhealthy habits and exercised her way to her goal with healthy foods.

I've only seen her progress through a couple of incidental pictures on Facebook, but I'm sure that she's feeling great. I watched her struggle with her weight all through my childhood, sometimes succeeding at dieting. Mostly miserable with food choices, and unhappy with her body.

I hope that she's happier now. That's all I really want for her.
(But it doesn't include cheesecake, especially not A WHOLE GIGANTIC one for her 1-person household.)

And that's what I want for me, too. Cheesecake, no thank you.
(Anyway, I had a taste of cheesecake at a brunch last weekend- the tip of a small serving they had at a buffet. It really, truly was enough.)

Anyway, I need to post the new Done Girls and then go to work! Enough rambling. Haha.

  
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JOYFULJUDYLYNN 4/30/2012 9:34PM

    lol at the inappropriate ad. I ate a "cheesecake shooter" at Applebees this weekend. I was sick for hours. My tummy can no longer handle that high fat stuff.

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KRYSTL719 4/30/2012 9:20PM

    I thought I was the only one who noticed that. Today there was M&M's on the ads, why, lol. Thanks for blogging it though. I posted my status about it the other day.

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DANCINGELEPHANT 4/29/2012 2:00PM

    Haha - I saw that ad today and thought the same thing! Maybe not the best advertising tactic conceived since it leads to an automatic "nope, nice try." :)

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CAROLISCIOUS 4/29/2012 11:18AM

    Saw that ad too...NOT for this mom either! My mom passed away from weight-related heath issues. I don't want that to happen to me, and I want to be a good example for my daughter and granddaughter.

Good for your mom...and for you!

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LULUBELLE65 4/28/2012 5:44PM

    I've never liked their cheesecakes particularly, too gloppy and not very subtle. Now, my own cheesecake? That's a different story, but at this stage in my life I am only making it if I can eat one or two bites and leave the rest of the cake at someone else's house.


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XPHOENIX 4/28/2012 3:24PM

    Those desserts I used to LOVE and overeat and really go for... are just too sweet for me now. Thank God! Nothing tastes as good as the first bite.. and that's all I have now :D YAY!!

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JESPAH 4/27/2012 10:21AM

    I'm finding it easier and easier to tune out ads like that. I figure they're like crack dealers.

Annoying that they're on SP (mixed messages, anyone?).

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ZURDTA- 4/27/2012 8:43AM

    Nah I don't do cheesecake. Alas my mother kinda does.

She has always been overweight and you cannot tell her anything about nutrition... no matter how sensible. She is from the '70s generation of moms who lived on half a grapefruit and black coffee.

She has only lost weight twice in her life - the first time via a milkshake meal replacement diet that she said tasted disgusting (1981) and then when she divorced she joined the gym with me and we ate healthy meals together (2001). Unfortunately she mis-remembers the thrice weekly gym visits and healthy food and claims she ate nothing and it must have been the St John's Wort she was taking.

Right now she has healthy issues - gall bladder - and has been told by her doctor to lose weight. I hae been telling about Spark for years...

She claims she never eats anything...

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FATHINSN 4/26/2012 11:55PM

    I always feel suprised that now i can satisfied with small pcs cake instead of whole bakery-size piece.i think what's important for handling craving is take smaller portion instead of deny yourself completely.that's the baby steps and overtime,you will realized it's easier to say no or eat small bites occasionally what u once crave like crazy :D
i wish u n mom will continuosly live the healthy,fit lifestyle,supporting each other

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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 4/26/2012 10:46PM

    Amazing! I am inspired by you! You have done so well!!

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THOMS1 4/26/2012 10:18PM

    emoticonI am so happy for you and your mom. emoticon

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ME_FIRST 4/26/2012 8:06PM

    Just a little taste, which will make you smile, is so much better than a whole cake, which will make you feel bad. Who needs to feel bad about having cheese cake or anything else for that matter. A little taste is all it takes to feel you're not deprived. Hope you're enjoying your new job!!

Yvonne

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 4/26/2012 6:28PM

    Yeah. I emoticon cheesecake as much as the next person, but that doesn't mean I want a whole one (not anymore, anyway!) I LIKE the way I look and feel these days, way too much.

It's kind of cruel and inappropriate, advertising stuff like that on a site like this, I think. But lately the ads on here have been more and more intrusive, so I can't say I'm surprised.

:-/

Glad the PEOPLE here are still enough of a draw to keep me here!

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OOLALA53 4/26/2012 4:01PM

    You know, when I was in my 30's, you could get a version of cheesecake at some of the better Italian restaurants that was more cake-like than creamy, and I've never forgotten it. I prefer it, too. So most of THAT RESTAURANT'S desserts are lost on me.

However, that is not true of Karen Krasne's Extraordinary Desserts which are thankfully not in my budget (money or otherwise) often. But it's not what we do once in awhile that is the problem.

In any case, good for you and Mom!

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ROCKYCPA 4/26/2012 3:43PM

    What an accomplishment - not only you being successful but getting your Mom on the bandwagon. Kudos to you!!!

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BEATLETOT 4/26/2012 2:14PM

    Are you serious? Because it is SO taunting me, and I'm not normally a cheesecake kinda gal...

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DDOORN 4/26/2012 1:58PM

    Way to pay your Spark up the family tree! :-)

Don

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KNH771 4/26/2012 12:40PM

    You know I hadn't been to that restaurant in years and went there with a friend last summer. I bought a piece of what used to be my favorite cheesecake, and I couldn't eat it at all. WAY too sweet! My tastes have changed too. emoticon

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HAPPYWRITER7 4/26/2012 12:24PM

    Hehe, I noticed that ad last night. I agree with you, my mom also does NOT want cheesecake! Good to see you!

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ABB698 4/26/2012 11:54AM

    That's so awesome you inspired your Mom, Joce! emoticon

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SWEETZMIX 4/26/2012 11:32AM

    I have not see this ad. But I do enjoy the Cheesecake Factory more than Cheesecake itself.

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LJCANNON 4/26/2012 11:12AM

    emoticonI've seen that Ad, too, and you are right - Mama Don't want the Whole Cheesecake.
emoticonBut I do enjoy the Small piece or taste of it every so often.

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HHB4181 4/26/2012 11:07AM

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100 days, 100 miles

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

April 9th was the 100th day of 2012.

Shortly before that, my mileage on the Nike+ GPS app hit 100 miles. And it got me thinking... I WISH I could say that I did those 100 miles in 100 days, but I did NOT.



At least, not as much as I know. I haven't been diligent about tracking my fitness minutes or miles. I don't always use this app, often I use another one, sometimes they don't work and I don't have anything. The SparkPeople tracker could easily be the thing that ties all of my other tools together, a home for my fitness. I want to use the power of having that tool.

But, 100 miles is a big accomplishment... It made me start to think about the next 100 miles, and the next 100 days.

I seriously contemplated making a goal of doing 100 miles in the next 100 days. I decided that I don't want to do that right now. It wouldn't take much more walking/running than I am scheduled to do currently - 3 times a week. However, I'm not sure where I'll be living or how I'll be exercising in the next 100 days. And I didn't want to take on that commitment.

I think I will keep it in the back of my mind, though. I might be able to pull it off after-all. We will see!

  
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CINDYSDAY 5/4/2012 10:14AM

    It is always great to have goals! Mine for this month is 1000 minutes of cardio!

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ZANNBEE 5/4/2012 9:25AM

    100 miles is a great accomplishment.

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35ANGELS 4/25/2012 2:20PM

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100 Miles is huge!

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MAVERICK59 4/18/2012 1:13AM

    What an excellent idea!
Something for me to think about for myself.

Congratulations on your excellent weight loss status to date!

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JESPAH 4/13/2012 10:10AM

    Whatever works for you, at whatever pace - that's what's right.

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LJCANNON 4/13/2012 9:50AM

    emoticon100 miles is a HUGE Accomplishment, no matter where or how you track it.
And having that Goal is VERY Motivational. I am currently at Day 364 of 1,000 Days of taking at least a 10 minute Walk every day. That Goal motivated me to keep walking through my Gall Bladder Surgery back in October. I even walked for 10 minutes--with my I.V. Pole!--on the evening of my Surgery. It was very S-L-O-W and I didn't go very far, but I didn't want to break that Streak!!

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FITWITHIN 4/12/2012 11:31PM

    You going need another pair of sneaks in another several hundred miles. Keep up the great work. You rock or should I say walk. Lol

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ADZY86 4/12/2012 6:41PM

    I might have to take this idea myself! I'm coming up to my 3-month anniversary (well, kinda, I 're-started' in January) so I think this would be a great way to take me into the summer. Thanks for the idea. Keep up the amazing work. You are awesome.

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RADFEN 4/12/2012 5:01PM

    emoticon I was using my Garmin until my friend challenged me on Nike+ and now I take my iPhone everywhere I walk/run. I prefer my Garmin, but I can't track it the same way and meet the challenge goals. I wish it would track biking and fencing, too...

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ANTOSZEWSKIA 4/12/2012 3:28PM

    That sounds like an awesome Idea though... Might have to do that sometime!

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SWEETZMIX 4/12/2012 3:22PM

    Joce I know you can do it. But then I know how it feels to set a goal knowing that you might not be able to make it. I say try for yourself and see how far you can get in the next 100 Days!

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RUSSELLORAMA 4/12/2012 2:57PM

    That is so amazing!

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DDOORN 4/12/2012 10:21AM

    I can "see" you accomplishing that goal when you are ready and am already hearing your whoops of VICTORY!!

I just know that when the time is right you are gonna NAIL THIS! :-)

Don

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MZSASSY 4/12/2012 9:49AM

    That is a good challenge. I think 100 miles in 100 days seems something I can do.

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MISSCUS 4/12/2012 9:09AM

    You have done so well! That's bcause you are a DONE GIRL. Good to have a new goal. Awesome goal to have. I might just do it myself.

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ZURDTA- 4/12/2012 5:32AM

    Always good to think about the next 100 days and 100 miles... because once you are settled... then you can perhaps challenge yourself to do 100 miles in 100 days. It is an excellent idea in fact.

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COREY219 4/12/2012 12:19AM

    i use a pedometer and in a day i walk 10,000 steps and i didn't even realize it-they have them at Walgreen's for$.01 now as a promotion for the Apprentice show. emoticon

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XPHOENIX 4/11/2012 11:57PM

    I would LOVE to join you in a 100 miles in 100 days challenge whenever you were ready for one. This is amazing!! :) Proud of you. XOXO

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Exercise Medicine

Monday, April 02, 2012

I've called it that before.. "Exercise Medicine": There's nothing like exercise to help with healing, especially stress-related illnesses. But it also works for sore muscles, and hurting backs, and headaches, and cramps... all kinds of aches and pains.

So if exercise is so great, how come when I need it the most, it's the hardest to get up and do? Why, when I could use a little mild walk do I only want to lie around in bed?!?

It doesn't make any sense. By Saturday I was worn out from working a 14 hour day Thursday, and another on Friday. I still didn't sleep enough that night, and ended up being overly tired, emotionally wrecked with mood swings. (I was giggling in the store with Heather for a minute, and then laughing so hard I cried for no reason, and while trying to catch my breath behind a display immediate started crying with real sadness, inexplicably, before I admitted that maybe I was still tired.) I was dehydrated and feeling like I had run a 5k I was so achy.

I avoided exercise that whole day, though it might have helped a little. I know that what I really needed was rest.

On Sunday, we went to go have our normal run, but I had a head-splitting ache and more severe than normal back pain. I can tolerate a lot of pain, but during our warm-up walk it felt like I couldn't take another step, much less start to jog.

We ended up finishing our lap, and then hiking up a trail with a steep incline. My heart rate skyrocketed, my lungs were working overtime and so were my legs. Blood was pumping everywhere, but mostly hurting my head even more as all the circulation was helping my lower back feel better. I stopped just long enough to slightly catch my breath, and wait for my heart rate to slow just to ease pressure off of the headache, then forged ahead with the pounding beat.

By the time we got to a stopping point, my headache was feeling better. It didn't come back the rest of the day (although the espresso dessert drink afterward helped a little too).

For many things, exercise really is the best medicine. But so is having a positive attitude during, getting adequate sleep, and eating healthfully. These are the cornerstones of my Wellness Life. And the enjoyment I get from feeling better from all of it, and being able to do more contributes to my Adventure Life.

It's definitely worth that first bitter taste of exercise to feel the healing that comes from it. And it always gets easier the more I do it! So in the morning we will do the run that I missed Sunday; except now it'll be in the cool pre-dawn hour instead of sunshine. ;)

  
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XPHOENIX 4/7/2012 12:37AM

    LOVE this blog! Sometimes getting up is THE hardest thing EVER for me, but I always feel better when I do it. When I tell people it's my time of the month and they know I just worked out.. they are like "What!?" hahaha I'm like "It eases my cramps" and they look at me like I'm CRAZY but.. they just dont know ;) Too bad they are too stubborn to give it a shot. This blog rocks babe! So proud of you! XOXO

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JESPAH 4/4/2012 11:09AM

    It is so easy to forget that this all works, eh?

One thing I have found, as the minutes have piled up, is that now I work more toward eliminating certain aches and pains. It used to be that my inner thighs were killing me a day or so after a 5K. Just brutal. Now I've been doing Bulgarian Skater Squats and regular squats every day and that doesn't happen anymore. Hmm... ;)

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VEEJAY3 4/3/2012 7:06PM

    Happened to me today!!! It's been 80 degrees in Denver, then suddenly, we had a plunge back into winter. I'd been biking every day, but with snow and cold today, I just wanted to put on a big sweater and grab a book and SIT. Just now did an hour on the stationary bike, ONLY because the hubs was here and he works out like an automaton, and I felt all guilty just sitting. Well, 10 minutes in, I felt GREAT. Was so glad I got off my arse and did it.

I guess guilt can be as good a motivator as any ...

BUT!

What really moved me to comment on this blog is "my Adventure Life!"
Ohmygosh, that sounds so awesome. LOVE it. I love that you LOOK at your life like that. Because it is an adventure, isn't it? Thanks for the reminder!

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SWEETZMIX 4/3/2012 6:22PM

    Very true. I think we forget how good exercise makes us feel and how much it takes away the pain and stress until we stop. Once we stop, we feel like loads of crap and then as soon as we exercise again, we feel way better. Free drugs, that's all it is lol

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HHB4181 4/2/2012 3:11PM

    So true!! I've come to NEED exercise. I find that if I don't get exercise, I get cranky. Last week was a tough week for me. I only went to the gym on Monday and Saturday. I missed Tuesday thru Friday. I was sooo cranky by Friday, so I did a 2 mile walk at lunch and I did feel much better.

Enjoy your pre-dawn walk!!

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BECKYB73 4/2/2012 12:30PM

    Oh I feel you...this blog coulda popped right out of my head...why IS it so darn hard sometimes?!?!?

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HIPPICHICK1 4/2/2012 10:50AM

    Working two 14 hr days back to back is not "normal." It's an assault on the mind and body. I know this is a new job for you so I'm not going to tell you that it's time to move on, but it's a lot to ask of an employee to work more than a half week in two day's time.

Sure you broke down. I can understand why. Employers no longer treat their employees like people. We are treated as a means to an end - profit at year's end. They will use you up and spit you out when you are done. These people are human too, but with inhumane ways of treating others.

Exercise is indeed medicine as is rest and sleep and eating real food.
Here's wishing you a better week ahead.
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RAINYFRIDAY 4/2/2012 10:28AM

    Great blog. I hope the new job is treating you well (in all other aspects, since those hours you're keeping are crazy!!) Keep up the great work and amazing attitude.

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DDOORN 4/2/2012 9:44AM

    Re: "So if exercise is so great, how come when I need it the most, it's the hardest to get up and do?"

Whew! Have I ever "been there, done that!" Just yesterday, as a matter of fact...rainy day, no where to go. Treadmill upstairs gathering dust. Just couldn't push myself to take care of business...kept distracting myself with 1,001 miscellaneous things to do.

At least tonight I have a full line-up of strength training and Spinning after work! :-)

Don

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ZURDTA- 4/2/2012 5:24AM

    So glad you feel the healing of exercise. Stress is a killer and with all those headaches you get and everything, you know what your body needs. Rest in the right places and exercise in the right places. Balance.

Go girl, you rock!

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NEEDS_MUST 4/2/2012 1:44AM

    I know what you mean. I've learned to crave that moment when my knees warm up and feel fully lubricated when I'm working out.

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Reminder to Self: Progress

Monday, March 26, 2012


Me before at about 375 and recently about 250.


Now (250) and when I was 17 (under 200).

Today was International Waffle day. I thought I'd get a waffle after running for nearly 30 minutes straight this morning, with more fitness minutes walking before and after.... Instead I ended up going straight for the waffle. Belgian, at a local place. It was fun but I missed the running.

But between that and the sweetened White & Black Mocha coffee, syrup, fruit... I went on a major sugar high, and crashed. Then didn't eat lunch, snacked on some Trader Joe Roasted Seaweed squares, and PB M&Ms, showered and napped. Had a late dinner of white rice with Thai food for dinner; along with some caramel chocolate chip cookies I made. I mean, YES, we did over an hour of yard/garden work in there, but still....

My interpretation of the day is low on fiber (eek), low on protein, high on sugars, calories.

THAT is why I'm posting these comparison pictures. I am taking a step back, a deep breath, and not going to allow myself to come up with reasons that I want to eat this or that (instead of reasons that I want to live a fit life).

The week ahead is going to be a big challenge. I will succeed. I will come out of it with the triumph of knowing that I did the very best I could, and gave myself the healthy fuel I needed to do it.

After a challenging first day, and learning a lot the 2nd day, this will be my first full week at work - and it's their busiest. Being that it's financial, the end of the month rigmarole is their difficult time. I'll be going in 4 hours earlier than normal (as in, be there at 5 a.m.) for a couple days, and putting into practice processes I will learn on Monday (I hope). :D Plus, that 5k is just a little more than a couple weeks away. We are going to have to hit every running day planned from here until then.

This is not the time to throw fitness and feel-good eating out the window. When I say "feel good eating", I mean healthful eating that makes me FEEL GOOD. *REAL* feel-good eating. Hrmph, that's IT! I'm tracking my food 100%, darn it!

SO that's the plan, man. And I'm on it.

  
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RUSSELLORAMA 4/2/2012 2:32PM

    We all definitely could use a reminder of how far we've come!

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KNH771 4/1/2012 7:57PM

    I read this blog at just the right time... I really wanted some simple carbs instead of a healthy dinner, but your reminder changed my mind!

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SAPHRAEL 3/31/2012 12:29AM

    Yes, do remember to be good to yourself. You deserve it!

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KSANDIEGO 3/29/2012 12:45PM

    Hi there girlfriend - how ya been? Long time no talk to - well reading this blog makes me think you need to get out walking and huffin & puffin again - and yes "stickin with the plan" just like you say - 100%!

Good luck!
- Kendall

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DOGLADY13 3/29/2012 8:55AM

    Great blog! Make sure you go back and read the end every time you feel discouraged. You can totally make all your goals.

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TRACYZABELLE 3/29/2012 1:30AM

    You are looking good girl! Keep up the good work!!

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GLACIERLILY 3/27/2012 11:46PM

    You are beautiful and strong! Stick with it~

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HHB4181 3/27/2012 11:06AM

    Yikes 5:30... best of luck. Plan plan plan your food!
You can do this!

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SUNNYSIDEUPMARY 3/27/2012 10:59AM

    I like your definition of "feel good eating"!

You can do this - the feel good eating eating, prep for your 5K and learn a new job!

- Sunny

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FITWITHIN 3/27/2012 9:00AM

    Nice blog my friend. It's always nice to have those progress pictures to keep us focused when we need it the most. I just went thorough weeks of uncontrolled eating, but I'm finally back on the saddle and focused on my 5k in exactly 4 weeks. I plan to finish strong and run the entire course. Good luck to you on race day.

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BEFEARLESSNOW 3/27/2012 7:19AM

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We all falter, we just pick ourselves back up and start over new! You can and will do it!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/27/2012 7:11AM

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LESLIES537 3/27/2012 12:56AM

    Truly inspirational! I love a girl with a plan! emoticon emoticon

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LILSHINE 3/26/2012 7:09PM

    First congratulations on the awesome accomplishment, you look great!!! Great way to keep your motivation and keep your focus. Very inspiring!!! Thanks for sharing

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JILLYBEAN25 3/26/2012 2:49PM

    YEAH! You are so on it! Your comparison pics are always so inspiring, and YOU are always inspiring! Track that food, get that workout in! I'll be cheering for you doing your 5k!

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HIPPICHICK1 3/26/2012 2:12PM

    Have you seen this free documentary online?
http://www.hungryforchange.tv/o
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You'll be a changed woman overnight. Well, I became one and plan to work it and work it good.

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JESPAH 3/26/2012 1:23PM

    You got this.

It's a transition, and an adjustment, and those can take a few tries.

Yanno, you look, right now, like you did when you were a teen.

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MARIPOSAGALAXIA 3/26/2012 12:35PM

    It really is amazing how one day can unravel so quickly. This weekend we had a waffle breakfast fundraiser with the church youth group, so I had waffles for dinner Saturday night (making sure I got the recipe right), waffles for breakfast Sunday morning, and a big lunch with my family on Sunday afternoon. It was amazing how crummy I felt! I still stayed in my calorie range, amazingly, because I was tracking, but man, I didn't feel up for anything and I had a stomachache.

You have come too far to let something like this get you down. You are inspirational, Wolf Kitty, and you are going to be okay emoticon.

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XPHOENIX 3/26/2012 11:45AM

    OMG I'm so glad to read this! It really helped me see that I'm not the only one that does this. When my first meal of the day is low on nutrition, high on sugar and other junk, I tend to be really lazy all day and not want to get back on track all day. I usually force myself to, but.. that sucks.

Your progress pics are amazing!! You have come so far and I think you look better/more radiant/beautiful right now than in your 200 lb pic. Could just be that you are happier in your life or your journey, but.. I think you're just gorgeous :)

Heck yeah for tracking your food again! You freakin' go girl! Woot!

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MCJULIEO 3/26/2012 11:37AM

    Fall down six times , get up eight!

We're rooting for you!!!!

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SWEETZMIX 3/26/2012 11:31AM

    Joce you have come so far. Good reminders in picture b/c they don't lie. Keep to the plan and take it one day at a time. Good luck at your first week of work!!

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LOTUSFLOWER 3/26/2012 11:10AM

    You've made amazing progress. I am so proud of you!

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TAZIAH 3/26/2012 10:46AM

    emoticon emoticon I've had success these past couple of weeks by being more mindful about when and what I eat. I have also felt so much better by only eating healthier foods. I read an article that said the first three bites of any food are the most satisfying. I'm holding onto that thought, and if I feel the urge to eat something, I take a bite or two and leave the rest. It's really working for me! You've got a great plan, and I also know that you've got this! emoticon

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DDOORN 3/26/2012 9:34AM

    Wonderful to remind you of your strengths and accomplishments! Be your OWN best inspiration! Woo hoo!

Don

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MAPLECANDY3 3/26/2012 9:31AM

    We all have days like this, even skinny people. you have a great plan and I know you are totally capable of acheiving it!! YOU GO GIRL!!!!!!!!!!

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SPRINKLEMELOLA 3/26/2012 8:25AM

    Good for you for getting back to it and not allowing yourself to fall into bad habits again!

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ELLEJAY7 3/26/2012 7:31AM

    So glad you posted your before & after pics. You are very inspiring. Keep reminding yourself how far you've come! Keep up the good work. emoticon

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ZURDTA- 3/26/2012 5:35AM

    When I say "feel good eating", I mean healthful eating that makes me FEEL GOOD. *REAL* feel-good eating.

Excellent!

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TERRIFICLYFIT 3/26/2012 3:22AM

    Some days you just gotta give yourself a break...but those breaks can only be few and far between. Hmph. Well, good for you for not beating yourself up too much and instead doing a self-affirmation. That's awesome! And you are looking great!!!

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Nervousness is just...

Thursday, March 22, 2012

I start a new job in the morning. I haven't had a daily office job in a few years now, since I was laid off. I have so many mixed feelings. There are a lot of unknowns that will be answered in the morning (I hope).

But it brings some fresh unknowns, about what will happen next. This is really the start of (I hope) a little bit of security, a time to make decisions, changes. Financially, it will not afford me the freedom that I dreamed of (my own apartment), but it is a start. It just means that I need to come up with other ideas, all of which are better than being unemployed and homeless, for sure! I will simply try to plan and deal with the rest as it comes, that's all I can do.

That doesn't quiet the nervousness.

But as I told a friend recently (who was nervous to go to some parties and meet new people with me): NERVOUSNESS is just from the adrenaline, which is there to prepare you for the challenges ahead!

I must be *really* ready. LOL.

  
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MALCONTENTION 3/31/2012 12:13PM

    Great news! I hope the new job works out well and leads to many more good things for you!

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DMPRIDER 3/27/2012 4:06PM

    I just caught up with this post. Congratulations on your new job! I hope everything is going well. Best of luck!

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FITWITHIN 3/27/2012 8:53AM

    I'm so happy that you started you new job. It's just the beginning of my more blessing that will come your way. Best of luck to you on a new door opening.

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ME_FIRST 3/26/2012 7:20AM

    Congratulations and good luck at your new job. You'll do great. I just started a new job 3 months ago and I know how stressful it is. Take some time after work to de-stress and pamper your self.

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TERRIFICLYFIT 3/26/2012 3:23AM

    Congrats on the job!! Do let us know how you're faring!!!

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SARAHSTARTSOVER 3/25/2012 11:29AM

    Congrats on your new job! I know you are nervous but I know you are going to be great and while it takes a while to adjust (I always tell new employees to give it at least 90 days before they feel comfortable) once you do you will look back at this blog and wonder what you were so nervous about. emoticon

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XPHOENIX 3/25/2012 1:57AM

    I haven't worked since my son was born... 9 years ago. I'm so nervous.. but going to go back to work soon.. You can do it. Happy for you and proud of you. Baby steps. XOXOXOX

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/24/2012 6:43PM

    so how did it go?

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LUVUJENNA 3/24/2012 1:08PM

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SUNNYSIDEUPMARY 3/24/2012 12:21PM

    Best wishes to you~ hope it's going well! :)

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HELLO_KITTY_ 3/24/2012 12:19PM

    So how did it turn out? I hope it went very well for you :)

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FIT_TERI 3/24/2012 12:08PM

    I get nervous starting a new job, too. Congratulations - and I hope you had a great first day!! Starting a new job is hard....so be kind to yourself as you get to know people and get acclimated. Let us know how it went!!
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NUTTYSNOOPYFAN 3/24/2012 11:20AM

    emoticon on your new job! I hope your first day went well and your nerves calmed. I know you'll do a great job and kick ass!

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BRDGT262 3/23/2012 9:02PM

    Congratulations on the new job! I hope it went well for you! And it is definitely a start! I like your view on the nervousness...lol...I get nervous over such silly things and then when I'm done I'm like...well that wasn't nothing to get worked up about!

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SASSYWIFE_06 3/23/2012 2:49PM

    Congrats on your new job!!!!

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SWEETZMIX 3/23/2012 11:45AM

    Joce I hope everything went good. Let us know how your first day went!!

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RYDERB 3/23/2012 8:09AM

    I hope your first day was perfect!
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FITNFUNJEN 3/23/2012 12:01AM

    How did it go for you? I hope your first day was great!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 3/22/2012 11:29PM

    I hope you had a wonderful first day!

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ABB698 3/22/2012 10:20PM

    Hope your first day was fabulous!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 3/22/2012 8:50PM

    COngrats on the new job! Have a great first day

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SERENEART 3/22/2012 8:42PM

    Congratulations on your new job!
Just remember to take a no. 2 pencil with you and you will be fine. emoticon

j/k....

Good Luck on your first day!

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DENESTIA 3/22/2012 6:51PM

    Congratulations on the new job and positive attitude!

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JESPAH 3/22/2012 3:45PM

    W00t here's to being REALLY ready. ;)

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FITKITTYMAMA 3/22/2012 12:57PM

    Having done so many new things in the past year I am well acquainted with nervousness!! You are going to excel in your new job and be completely amazing!!

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HHB4181 3/22/2012 12:40PM

    Best of luck to you in your new job! It's good t be nervous. It means you care.
Remember to bring healthy snacks so you don't give in to the vending machine monster.

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CHELAGETSFIT 3/22/2012 12:25PM

    I'm sure you're doing an amazing job at your new job this morning!!

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NINJA_SMOO 3/22/2012 10:53AM

  I hadn't ever thought about the nervousness / adrenaline thing before. Very cool :)

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DDOORN 3/22/2012 10:44AM

    Cheers to employment, building security and investing in yourself!

You're gonna do just SUPER! :-)

Don

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HIPPICHICK1 3/22/2012 10:40AM

    Yay!! I'm so happy for you! Ready or not, here it comes!!
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TESSABEAR428 3/22/2012 10:35AM

    Good luck! Hope you have a great first day!

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LOTUSFLOWER 3/22/2012 10:28AM

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DELHSI 3/22/2012 9:38AM

    This is a 'good' nervousness emoticon. Before you know it, it will be as if you have been there forever - knowing the ropes and the people. Congrats, again, on getting your job.

Have a great day!
Della

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KROLES55 3/22/2012 9:01AM

    Wonderful! Praying that everything works out and it will great start moving forward.

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ZURDTA- 3/22/2012 7:44AM

    Good luck... it is nerve wracking going back to work. However, just think, this time next month you will know what you are doing, will have sussed out your new colleagues, and you will be doing okay...

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ZIRCADIA 3/22/2012 7:39AM

    You got the job!!!! :D I remember seeing you had an interview. WOOHOO! :D You're getting started, girl. :) I'm soooo happy for you.

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KIMMYLOU4 3/22/2012 5:31AM

    Good luck! You'll do great. emoticon

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SHAWNKELL 3/22/2012 4:48AM

    Good Luck!

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RUNNER12COM 3/22/2012 2:22AM

    You deserve all the good stuff coming your way!

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ABB698 3/22/2012 1:31AM

    Congrats on the job, Joce! It's finally happening, and just like your spark journey, the timing might not seem where you envisioned it at the moment, but the end results are amazing! Go get em girlie! emoticon

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SAFETYSUE 3/22/2012 1:18AM

    Congratulations, you deserve this new start! You will do great!
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SYZYGY922 3/22/2012 1:08AM

    Good luck!

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RUNBAREFOOTMAMA 3/22/2012 1:06AM

    You'll be fantastic!

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STREO2004 3/22/2012 1:02AM

  Congrats!! Sounds like you are aware & looking forward to your challenges ahead! Be great & keep us posted.

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TRACYZABELLE 3/22/2012 1:00AM

    Congrats sweetie! We do have to start somewhere!!

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