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One thing at a time...


Friday, October 01, 2010

Iím 51 and the mom of an 11 year old. YIKES! After a wonderful career in the corporate world, I was laid off over a year ago and decided to pursue my childhood dream of becoming a high school math teacher. I got certified but havenít found a job yet so Iím a substitute for now.

I also hit menopause this past year. Iím always hot and always hungry. It seems my metabolism has come to a complete stop so I actually have to work at keeping in shape now. Itís just too bad that it took me a year and a 22 lb gain to figure it out!

No energy and no routine have really thrown me for a loop. Iím a Lifetime Member of WeightWatchers but havenít had the motivation to attend meetings because, as a substitute, I donít know from one week to the next what day Iíll be able to attend.

Last Tuesday, my dear friend, know to this illustrious group of people as T_Magnolia, worked a PTA concession stand with me. She refused our free concession worker hotdog and soda, saying proudly that she joined SparkPeople a couple of weeks ago and she was really excited about her progress. I told her that I had explored the site over a year ago and it seemed so much more complicated than the WeightWatchers eTools, that I didnít have the time or energy to learn it all. "I know what you mean," she said, "Iím learning just one thing at a time.Ē

Hmmm, ďÖone thing at a timeÖĒ That phrase echoed in my head all that night until suddenly it hit me. What exactly am I doing to make myself healthier? Nothing, nada, zilchÖ Oh yeah, every day I make up excuses for not going to WeightWatchers. Too bad that doesnít burn calories or Iíd be as thin as a rail!

In the past two days, I drank 10 more glasses of water, ate 8 more servings of fruits and vegetables and ate about 2000 calories less than I would have had T_Magnolia not showed up on Tuesday. I also saved myself $25 this week by mowing my own lawn this morning.

So, repeat after me, ďOne thing at a time, one day at a timeÖĒ Thanks T!
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T_MAGNOLIA 10/20/2010 10:41AM

    AW, you're welcome! I'm so glad I was able to inspire you! One thing at a time, one day at a time... one pound at a time. You have a lot less to lose than me, I know you can do it! emoticon

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CELLO23 10/1/2010 4:33PM

    It's tricky when you don't have a routine - but maybe it gives you the chance to plan your exercise as a priority? Then if it it has to make way for teaching, fair enough - but otherwise, it's in the schedule! emoticon

I agree there's a lot to explore here but I suspect these cunning SP people have designed it that way - there's always something new to find out so it keeps your motivation up. emoticon emoticon Best of luck on your journey!

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QUEENIE2U 10/1/2010 3:21PM

    I am a teacher and I find it a little hard some days to get my workouts in...but I do! I am 21 lbs lighter than I was when school got out in June. It can be done.
Good luck on your journey.


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LINDALEE14 10/1/2010 1:43PM

    Great attitude. That's how we get where we want to go...one step at a time. emoticon

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