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Saturday, February 28, 2009

so

i'm just not feeling as strong as i used to, not sure if it's the time frame, if it's this plateau i seem to be stuck on, it sure was a lot easier to lose weight whe i was 300+ pounds than it is now!

but, i was elected to our union's state bargaining team- first chick in history for the state's security public safety team- so it really is an honor- or- i don't think i would have accepted it- we all know there's no state money for raises, so it's going to be a very hard contract! hopefully it means we can get some good language changes

anyways, it starts this week- just 3 days this wk, but 3 days in a hotel, and of course, i'm the only chick-- i know these guys are party'ers- and the nights will be drinking- and eating-- and i'm going to have to set the tone this week for the weeks and months ahead-- of how i am going to live with them, be part of the group- and not blow the new lifestyle!

not looking forward to hotel living-- and the fitness room they have is a joke- 2 bikes.....so that's not going to save me!

hopefully i can find a cheap laptop so i can at least keep up with spark during these nights i'm gone.....

but i'm rather scared about how this is going to go- and how i'll handle it

how can it be 2009 and this group of union guys has finally accepted a chick? and, partly, i am not turning it down cuz there are no up and coming chicks either.....i don't know where they are!! it took a long time of being TENACIOUS and sticking round to finally get respect from all these tough guys.........

will be an interesting week! i better do good!!!!
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GEEGEE38 3/9/2009 8:36AM

    Hi, thanks for the comments on my blog last week. Way to go on cracking the union. It sounds like you know what to do to stay healthy. Good Luck.


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JLTHIN4EVER 3/7/2009 12:50PM

    I just came across your SP page for the first time and I am so encouraged by you. Thank you!

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MEADSBAY 3/2/2009 9:49AM

    You can do it, kiddo!
My sister is big in her union; she is tough but not masculine; she says they respect her because she never loses her cool and is often the voice of reason in the group.
Sounds like you know what you need to do to keep healthy- you will find a way to do it- you are so worth it!
elizabeth
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BJLANGEL 3/1/2009 12:09PM

    WOW! I am soooo impressed! CONGRATULATIONS!

I can totally relate with you about the slower weight loss. When I started out at 231 lb, the weight literally fell off. I hit 145 at one point and it was sooooo slow getting there. I had a tough summer emotionally and ate too much, drank too much beer at the lake, and started the gain upwards. I am now 25 lb heavier just 6 months later - it sure comes on faster than it goes off, doesn't it?

So, here I am, trudging through the mud to lose this weight again. I am soooo mad at myself for allowing this to happen again. But, I need to stop and remind myself that I still have lost over 60 lb and what an accomplishment that was. Do I want to get that heavy again? No way! I pulled out my fat pictures and told myself if I kept it up, I'd get there again. I have to remember why I started this in the first place and push through those tough times. WHEN you have made wise food choices and exercised on your trip, you are going to feel absolutely amazing with yourself! I've read many of your blogs - it's obvious you are a very strong and wonderful person - I KNOW you can do it

The nice thing about being in a different area is that you are in an area that you haven't seen over and over again. Go for a walk when it's daylight and safe and ride that bike
during night hours. Get excited about the challenges and when it's frustrating, peddle off those frustrations instead of eating. It's so easy to grab junk food and head to the room - DO NOT do that!

Most of all - HAVE FUN!

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IMAGIN8 3/1/2009 5:28AM

  hey! It takes one tough lady to crack that union egg, and that tough lady is YOU. You have what it takes to stay true to yourself in the middle of a bunch of partying guys and a stressful job. No question, you have what it takes. Believe in yourself, we do!!

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GOANNA2 3/1/2009 12:38AM

    Congrats Jewels! You are carrying the load for the womenfolk.
You should be so proud of your self. You just do your thing and remember, jsut drink a soda water with a piece of lemon or lime and just imagine ...
As for the food, do your own tracking of whar you eat. Even doing some squats and dtretches in your room every mornung and night will be a help.
Remember, you are in control and I,m sure all will be better than you imagined.
Go girl!
Cheers
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LIVING_NATURAL 2/28/2009 8:38PM

    Jewells! Congratulations! You're leading the way for other women, young and old, to take on jobs that are male-dominated. You're tough enough to handle them, and tough enough to keep your program going. You got some great suggestions from the other gals.

I'm so proud of you--what an accomplishment!

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P.S.
Yes, the lower your weight, the harder it seems to lose. But you're still getting healthier all the time, even if the scale doesn't show it. Remember that, okay?

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BEAR_GURL 2/28/2009 8:03PM

    Stay strong AND positive...you've come too far to allow anything to get in your way!

Sending positive thoughts your way always...Melissa

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BETRME100 2/28/2009 7:20PM

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It's tough to be the only female in a male dominated job, but you can do this!! Do you have resistance bands you can take on the road? And if you take your lap top, you can exercise in your room to some online videos...and the exercise bike can be a good workout if you can increase the resistance. If nothing else, turn on some music and kind of walk/dance in your room. Just keep tracking your food intake and fitness, this will definitely be an adjustment for you, but you know you're strong enough to deal with it!

Oh, by the way, I'm pretty proud of you for being the #1 chick!! Somebody's got to lead the way for the younger ones, to show them that it can indeed be done!! And it looks like you're that someone!! Nobody better for the job!

Kit

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DEBBIEANNE1124 2/28/2009 6:39PM

    Congratulations, Top chick! That sounds like a terrific job for you
You didn't see my handcuffs blog but i can see you there at the hotel cufing guyys for misbehaving. Yeah!

I'm confident you will do great! You have to. You're jewells.
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HEALTHY4JEANNE 2/28/2009 6:38PM

    Congrats on on being the states first woman on the bargaining team. My what a stressful job you have ahead of you. My father used to be heavily involved in the union and the negotiating. I often wonder what his out look on the present state of the economy would be.
I do know how the boys behaved. I know that if my dad drank he would drink diet coke and barcardi. So be careful of wasteful calories. Also, the stress level in your job is second to none, so use that to motivate you to go for a walk, ride the bike , and fitting in time to eat right. You deserve to be healthy.
Congrats,
Jeanne

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