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In need of a little patience

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I need a little patience today. I gained Ė not a lot and it could be just water weight or the fact that my floors are not level in this apartment (seriously nothing is level here - I swear sometimes itís like living in a little crooked house) but nevertheless I gained. Granted I haven't been working out as much as I should but I was on track for calories, every mouth full has been tracked so Iím a little discouraged and trying really hard not to let that discouragement put me in a bad place for this week.

Iíve been a little stressed out because I have an exam on Saturday plus I should find out soon if Iíve been accepted into my program at school for the fall. I could really use a mental heath day from work but I just canít afford it right now.

The plan today is to stick to the plan, make the meals I had already picked out and tracked and try and muster up a positive attitude. I knew going in that there would be weeks like this but that doesnít make this any easier to deal with.

On a happier note, we got a new kitchen table over the weekend and a new pantry. When Davidís mom gets home from her trip she is going to make use some new place mats for the table and itís actually starting to look like a kitchen. We have recently started putting up more pictures and posters as well (only took up 6 years). I guess as Iím getting older I like the apartment to look more homey Ė not that batman posters and framed video game maps would be homey to most but it feels right for us.

emoticon Lacey

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HEATHERFREE 6/19/2013 9:38PM

    ha love your guys' home decor! really I love it! I too am always struggling with impatience....I want to see five pounds gone in two days to tell me if what I'm doing is working, and I always screw it up on days three and four and five and then get angry when the scale has an even worse number. We just need to keep our minds on today and thats IT. Then the good will come.

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STEPH-KNEE 6/19/2013 9:07PM

    You are awesome and that pic you posted says it all! I need to remember that too. I am so anxious to get to Onederland that I get discouraged that I can't get there fast enough and it's frustrating. But we have to remember we are in this for the long haul and the ups and downs are something we can't always control. Just keep your head up and keep doing what you are dong and you will get where you want to go! emoticon

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ELLABELLE87 6/19/2013 7:57PM

    Love that image! Patience is so important for success. It's just a shame that we don't have more of it. lol. Don't feel so bad about the scale today. I know I'm not going to have lost as much weight as I had hoped this week -if any! Scale definitely crept up a little a few days ago (I think I was retaining water) -When it starts to look like my weekly weigh in might disappoint, It helps to remember my monthly goal or a longer term goal and remind myself that I'm still a day closer to getting there and another day ahead of where I used to be. -Just keep being awesome! Don't over-think it! You'll get there! :)

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JAMIELOGICAL 6/19/2013 3:14PM

    Hang in there. I know how much a bad weigh-in can bring you down. I have dealt with MANY myself and as much as I KNOW I should keep calm, my irrational side kicks in and it becomes VERY hard not to give into binging and emotional eating. Just try to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

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EMELEE82 6/19/2013 11:11AM

    No worries chicakadee!

Our bodies fluctuate a few pounds everyday.Even more for us ladies on some days.

If you are getting the nutrition part down that is GREAT! Don't let yourself get down about it.Maybe view it as a challenge? Like, "Oh really, Mr. Scale? Well I don't think so! Watch this!"

Take a walk, Zumba, Yoga, bike - do YOUR thing. It will come off and you'll know it before you even get on the scale or take measurements. You got this!
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PS: Hooray on new furniture! :D

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WVWISHIEFAY 6/19/2013 10:44AM

    I, too, have had a couple weeks like this! I was one weigh in away from stuffing my face with all the food I could find. I talked myself through it--I'd come too far to take it in reverse. A gain here and there, a plateau...they are bumps in the road, but they don't mean we can't meet our goals. We just push through and keep doing what we know is good for us! Stay strong and don't be discouraged!

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    An appropriate prayer: "Lord, give me patience.....NOW!"

Sometimes we gain a little. Look at the big picture, a pound heavier than last week, five pounds lighter than last month! Do not get discouraged and keep on keeping on.

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life!

emoticon So Far!

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A blog from my yoga mat...

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I'm written this blog from my yoga mat...because I don't have the energy to stand up at the moment. See I decided to strap on my heart monitor and try out the diamond dozen for DDYP yoga which I have been meaning to try out for a very long time. I meant to do this last night but life happened...

ANYWAY It's really a tutorial on how to do the moves correctly and I thought (I could be completely wrong!) that I did pretty well consider..(considering I'm an accident waiting to happen) and when I was finished I felt like - hey I could do more and today is the last day before weight in so I probably should do more so I decided to continue on to the first work out...

and what a work out is was! I pretty sure I used muscles that I haven't used since childhood (or lets face it, ever!). I had to do some of the modified moves, but hey I was still doing the moves and I only had to go into the safety position twice so I feel pretty good out it. I'll be sore tomorrow but I'm going to call that victory pain.

Here's a picture post work out...I'm a hot sweaty mess...

but a happy hot sweat mess!


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JAMIELOGICAL 6/12/2013 10:08AM

    Revel in your soreness! Just be sure to give your body a break.

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OLIVIANIGHT 6/12/2013 7:32AM

    Wow, well done! Looks like you had an awesome workout.

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STEPH-KNEE 6/12/2013 12:38AM

    You are amazing and you are a beautiful sweaty mess! emoticon emoticon

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WVWISHIEFAY 6/12/2013 12:15AM

    Didn't know you could sweat doing yoga--I'm impressed!!

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JERSEYGIRL24 6/11/2013 9:56PM

    Great job!! And you look great post workout emoticon

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HOPE4NESSIE 6/11/2013 9:16PM

    AWESOME. gonna have to check that out..

also what heart rate monitor do you use?

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DISTRESSEDM 6/11/2013 9:06PM

    Kick butt and take names!!!!! I'm gonna post my own sweaty pic later, you've inspired me haha! emoticon

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ANGGEL40 6/11/2013 8:47PM

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BLC 22 - My S.M.A.R.T Goals

Sunday, June 09, 2013

So I was going to do this yesterday but I got sidetracked by life and ranted instead - better late then never! Here are my goals for BLC 22...

emoticon I would like to lose 15 - 20 pounds - Now I know that sounds like a lot and I'm not usually one to hang my hat on a specific number however I believe it's doable. But the goal is to get as close to a 20 pound loss as possible.

emoticon Be accountable - this means tracking every BLT, staying within my calorie range and being caution of my sodium intake. This does not mean I won't have chocolate or burger for the next 11 weeks...it just means that I am aware and comfortable of the choices I am making.

emoticon I also wanted to make a goal to try new things - at least one new recipe a week. This is a little daunting to me but again I feel it's doable and a little push outside my comfort zone wouldn't be a bad thing. See I have never been what I would call a good cook - I mostly just heat things (I'm a excellent heater upper) and I think this has contributed to my weight, well no...I KNOW this has contributed to my weight among other things. I am willing to learn though and I think this goal with push me in the right direction!

emoticon This may seems like an easy one but it's a biggie for me. No soda except for my off/treat day(this is Sunday for now).

emoticon Walk somewhere (anywhere!) at least three times a week.

emoticon Get in some strength training as least three times a week, at the gym or at home. Even if it's only for a few minutes on my lunch - make an effort!

emoticon Take some times to relax during the week. Maybe yoga or some simple meditation to reflect and remember what's important.

So that's about it, I still have mini goals for the day/week that I like to met but those are the major goals I would like to stick too. (Most of them are just a repeat from my june goals blog). I'll leave you with this picture (Ignore the mess and the zombie poster lol!) of me in my new apron - a gift to myself to help with goal number three!

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JAMIELOGICAL 6/10/2013 8:22PM

    Those sound like great goals. The one to try new recipes is one I should add to my July goals. I might steal it!

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STEPH-KNEE 6/9/2013 8:21PM

    Your apron is awesome and I love your goals! emoticon emoticon

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KRITTEN1 6/9/2013 7:58PM

    Great apron!! I hope you find many new foods that you enjoy eating!

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ALESTRA 6/9/2013 7:57PM

    Awesome goals!! Write down every victory! =) It makes the hard days easier to take! I love that apron! =)

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    what does blc 22 mean? Good luck with your S.M.A.R.T goals! They sound good! emoticon

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Skinny VS Heathy

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Disclaimer: This isnít a blog that bashes people who are skinny or who want to be skinny. We each started our weight loss journey for different reasons and that its perfectly okay! I respect everyone choices, this is just a blog about my own personal feelings about the pressure to be skinny Vs the promotion of being healthy.

I recently made a fresh start in my weight lost journey Ė I has lost approximately 30 pounds by the end of last summer but then life happened, things got complicated and I got off track. Iím not berating myself for it; Iím just stating the facts. As a result of this fresh start of mine I decided to revamp my motivation board (I made another blog about that) and when I was looking for inspiration/motivation quotes and pictures I kept running across this one particular quote that bothers meÖ.

This is not the first time I've see this but the more I learn about myself the more it bothers me. What does skinny even mean? Everyoneís body is so different; we come in all shapes in sizes and I think that is so beautiful! I think this quote can set unrealistic expectations and be potentially harmful to self esteem not to mention it promotes a very unhealthy relationship with food. If our self worth is all wrapped up in the idea of being skinny (what ever that is) and we never achieve the ďidealĒ skinny version of ourselves, dispute the fact that we are eating healthy, getting active and changing lifestyle then does that mean we failed? Uh, I say No!

Iím tired of unrealistic expectations. Iím tired of looking at advertisements that tell me what ďsexyĒ should look like and setting me up to fail because the girl in the photo doesnít actually look like that!

(Doesnít she still look amazing on the right?!)

It seriously pains me to see pictures like this one;

There is a lot of pressure to be skinny, to look like a super model and to aspire to look like the paint brushed versions of people we see in magazines. But what about promoting healthy body image? What about striving for health? What about fitness?

Maybe itís a bit naÔve but I think that promoting health over the elusive ďskinnyĒ is the way to go.

emoticon Lacey

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HEATHERFREE 6/11/2013 6:31PM

    love this Lacey.....it truly messes up EVERYONE with all the pictures in magazines and stuff. The women get low self esteem and the men are busy looking at that stuff, which makes us feel even worse about our selves. All the spray tanning and fake everything makes it all worse. You are right on, the sad thing is it is only getting worse. I can't imagine how it will be for our own kids down the road.

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HINK2013 6/8/2013 2:02PM

    Great Blog!! I agree completely- the pressure to be "skinny" or to fit into a BOX,be a certain weight for your height is INSANE!! Every body is different, what is ideal for one, is not ideal for everyone.

Keep your focus on healthy, u are on the right track!!

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CORTNEY-LEE 6/8/2013 4:23AM

    I agree with the poster that said this mantra can be found all over the pro-ana sites.

My own mantra "nothing tastes as good as the first bite" might not be too far off the mark either, but I use it to remind myself that there is no reason I "need" to down hald a pan of brownies. That first bite is the best they are going to taste, so there is no reason to keep eating (junk)

I like the idea of being healthy or rather fit than being skinny. Skinny implies that I am weak and little.... I want to be strong!

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JERSEYGIRL24 6/7/2013 12:14PM

    This hits home for a reason that most of us cannot relate to. My mother is 85, and I believe she displays certain anorexic type behaviors. She has a small, skinny frame, but she has very little muscle, so I believe that any excess weight is in the form of fat. She does have a bit of a pot belly. She had heart surgery two years ago, and how did she prep for it? She lost weight!! In a post-op visit, the cardiologist told her to gain some weight, and she took offense. She eats very poorly (a lot of carbs and relatively little protein). This obsession with being thin (which I think is just a number and has nothing to do with how she looks or feels) has affected her health (she has poor balance and at this point I think she is more likely to die of a fall than of internal problems) and looks.

Somehow I could never relate to that mantra (nothing tastes as good as skinny feels). Seriously, they are empty words for me.

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ADARKARA 6/7/2013 10:02AM

    The comparison image speaks volumes. She is stunning in her natural state! Why do we feel the need to make her smaller?

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JAMIELOGICAL 6/7/2013 9:56AM

    I think it's amazing you posted this blog, because I was JUST thinking about how much I hate that quote two days ago. It's just completely ridiculous in every way and, if anything, I really think it just promotes anorexia.

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STONECOT 6/7/2013 9:20AM

    I think it always sounds like a soundbite for anorexia! On the other hand, it also irritates me on TV programmes, where girls that I think are slim, but at a reasonable weight for their height, are told to put on weight, and one was told that she shouldn't have a 24"waist! Why are people herded into this one size fits all mentality? We're all unique, and should be allowed to find our good health in our own way. There are enough unhealthy but thin people too. Fat is not always unfit, and thin is not always healthy.

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OWL_20 6/7/2013 8:50AM

    I like the 'healthy is the new skinny'--because it's so true! I will never be skinny, it's not in my solid, muscle-y, good peasant stock genes. But I can be strong and lean. So woo-hoo for the change in mind-set, I need to stick that saying somewhere I can see it, too. Thanks for the post!

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STEPH-KNEE 6/6/2013 6:33PM

    You are awesome and I think you have a great perspective!! When my focus changed from just wanting to me smaller and to wear cuter clothes than to worrying about my health and wanting to impress the doctor with decent numbers for bloodwork, I knew I was really in this for the long haul. The cuter clothes are a huge perk but they aren't the only reason for me anymore lol. You are awesome and you got this! emoticon emoticon

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ALESTRA 6/6/2013 5:20PM

    Good for you!! Far too much emphasis is put on being skinny. People who are rich or famous or anything that we see in the media is photo shopped, cropped and made up to be an impossible image.

The sadder part is that most people who are skinny are not even healthy. Not that being slim is bad, but promoting it over healthy is.

"Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" is something I saw all over pro-anorexic sites I used to frequent. These ideals of beauty in the media and the lack of healthy education in the school systems lead to disasters, both physically and mentally.

So way to go! Yes! To you!! Focus on healthy. The rest will follow suit. I promise. =)


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SARIANEC 6/6/2013 3:19PM

    My goals are to get healthy, fit and strong. My image of beautiful are the strong ladies of cross fit. Not necessarily because of the way the look, but because of their power and determination.

I'm a good bit older than you, but I know that if I want to have a successful and active senior life, I need to be fit and strong now.

The picture of the your girl in the 'skinny' shirt is a bit disturbing.



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