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Another wedding, another goal!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Weddings are happy times, and I'm happy to have a reason to get motivated!!!

My daughter's wedding was this past summer. I didn't reach that weight-loss goal, but, I DID make progress that I wouldn't have otherwise made. Since the wedding, I've been immersed in five college classes and regained about half of what I had lost.

I count that as STILL AHEAD!! :-)

Now I have a sister's wedding coming up in early February. I'm excited to fly out to see her, and I'd really like to look my best. And so.... NEXT GOAL, PLEASE!

17 pounds in 8 weeks. Difficult enough to have to stay focused, but short enough to not burn out. Can't wait to meet my better-looking figure in a couple of months!!

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FITN2014-TSP 12/3/2010 12:11AM

    Good luck with your goal. I hope you are successful.

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Are You Happier Than You Realize?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

While reading the article "What Happy People Know"
, I began doing a mental check to see if I was on course. Are these traits of healthy people present in your life?

1. Body Wisdom. "Their keen awareness and long experience allows them to visualize how their cells are revitalized by specific foods, how the bunched and inflamed fibers of a calf muscle are elongated and soothed by stretching and kneading, how their flagging brain cells will respond to strong sunlight or a power walk with a mood-boosting squirt of dopamine."

2. Physical Pleasure. "Work and love... Freud said if you can be successful in both even if the work is really hard you'll be happy."

3. A Moral Obligation to Good Health. "Life is a gift, they feel and one that can be rescinded at any time. To live irresponsibly is to dishonor that gift."

4. Embrace the Tough Things in Life. "That is, when you suffer a blow ... redirect the energy from the pain you feel to help you handle whatever you're facing."

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TEACHEROF4TH 6/17/2010 4:32PM

    Love your blog... thank you!

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FITN2014-TSP 6/16/2010 3:59PM

    Thanks for the blog. Very insightful. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOLAINSC 6/16/2010 9:14AM

    They missed the most important secret of happiness--an attitude of gratitude, aka counting your blessings. Happiness is not having what you want but wanting what you have. Gratitude frees you from the toxic emotions such as pride, resentment, envy, jealousy. Most importantly it connects you to God, who provides His children with joy, purpose, and meaning greater than petty desire. How good it is to focus on the things that enable us to say "thank you."

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JAZZYJAS 6/16/2010 9:07AM

    Looks like quite the mental exercise to be happy.

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Exercise Debate

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Does exercise increase appetite and therefore make losing weight difficult as some articles claim? Or is weight loss difficult to achieve without exercise, as we've always been told?

Based on this past month, I'd have to say it's both.

Exercise: I've been walking and exercising for one to two hours a day. Some days my appetite just won't abate, and it's very hard to resist having an extra meal. Luckily, I've heard the nerves to the stomach eventually get retrained to stop complaining so much, so I've been able to just push through it, for the most part.

No Exercise: When I came down with a cold I missed around 4 long walks and a couple of exercise classes. Weight loss slowed to a crawl that week.

My conclusion: Exercise is indeed necessary to lose weight, yet it does make it harder.


3/15/2010 entry moved here

Saturday, June 12, 2010

I had this posted on my main spark page and decided it should be a blog entry instead:

Last month, my mom's health took a dramatic turn for the worse. I've been caring for her at my parents home in New Hampshire, along with my siblings, and brought along Lean Cuisines and fruit for my meals. But in all the commotion, I often didn't get around to eating. I've made some headway with the weight loss, but now that Mom's passed away, I'm going to have to be watchful to not turn to food as a comfort. I think it'll work out, though. God granted such peace at Mom's passing that I'm sure he'll also provide strength for this time of transition. I've dropped the extracurricular school activities, and I chose Google Groups for that website I was going to build, rather than try and re-invent the wheel. It's nice to be busy, but no need to whiz through life in overdrive!


1/25/10 entry moved here

Saturday, June 12, 2010

I had this posted on my main spark page and decided it should be a blog entry instead:

1/25/10 (It's been a year): I haven't been paying attention, and crept back up to one pound shy of starting weight. My daughter is getting married next summer. That got my attention! This semester I'm taking 6 college classes, serving as a student government rep, activities coordinator, on the technology committee, building a website for my ladies' investment group (we each invest 20 bucks a month lol - it's for fun and learning), and leading music at church on occasion. Sounds like a lot, but I do all of these things because I enjoy them.


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