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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Through Christ who strengthens me...

Today was my big day. I met with the counselor about my food addiction. We talked for about an hour and I was given a homework assignment. My job actually has an employee assistance program that allows you 4 free visits per year. I have used this service 3 times in the past. The difference this time is that this counselor accepts insurance. I am SO happy and excited about this. I thought I would have to find someone else after the 4 visits were over and start fresh. This is definitely a plus!

Ok, so this is my homework/plan of action. After being asked, my first area in my life that I would like to change or improve is my weight. My counselor then broke that up into 3 goals.

Goal 1~Exercise
Goal 2~Eat healthy
Goal 3~Spend more time on Spark.

With Goal 1, I will plan the days I will exercise at the start of the week and treat it like an appointment. Also, to start with, it will be 3x's a week. I mentioned to the counselor that I was planning to do family walks and she said that's great but that's considered bonus. So that will be in addition to my 3 weekly workout "appointments". She wants me to take some ME time. I really liked that idea! Besides which, I can use that gym membership more wisely and definitely more consistently!

With Goal 2, I will plan out my menu for the week. I will prepare my meals for the week on Sundays and write them in a calendar (need to get one). I also would like to do a food journal in that book I bought last month or in February.

With Goal 3, I will be active 3 days a week on Spark. I want to get back to how I used to be when I first joined and be a more active participant here. I want to support my Spark friends and read more blogs. That makes all the difference. So I plan to do this on my days off.

For right now, my counselor doesn't want me to focus on numbers- be it the emoticon or emoticon So now I'm just trying to change my habits and work on getting healthy so I can keep up with...

my baby girl...Tonight she said to me, "Mommy can we do one of your exercise DVD's?" I truly did NOT want to do one. I said, "How about we do one when Mommy gets home from work tomorrow?" Her response? "We can just do a little bit." It's scary how much she sounds like me. It wasn't so long ago that, THAT would've been ME saying that. So what did I do? I did 1 mile, 12 minutes of Leslie Sansone's 5 mile walk. No, I didn't do it all, but, NO, I'm not in the same shape that I was. I thank God for giving me Emma to keep me motivated and seeing life through the eyes of a 5 year old
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    Aww shes lovely :)
    2535 days ago
    I think these are wonderful goals, and I am thrilled I will be seeing a little more of you. What a beautiful little girl you have. I just know she takes after her beautiful mommy. Big hugs, Di
    2535 days ago
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    Sounds like you have a great counselor - I am finding that keeping simple plans works best for me, too!

    Congrats on doing the mile with Leslie also! You've got such a cute little "motivator" there!
    2536 days ago
    I really hope the counselors advice really works for you! Your daughter is adorable! What great motivation you have there!!
    2537 days ago
    Wonderful attitude! Your goals sound great, and it's so amazing that your daughter is there as support and motivation! What a blessing. =) God bless you and your journey!
    2537 days ago
    Isn't she precious. . . . The work you are doing is beginning to show up in her. Listen to the counselor & I know what you mean about addiction. I gave up red vines for lent but I still eat other sweets. So I traded one thing out for another. Although with red vines I can eat 2 boxes in 1 day. Very bad cause that almost 1500 calories & then having not even eaten real food! Shocking truths about ourselves will help us grow & obtain a healthier outlook on life.

    God bless & enjoy everyday!

    2537 days ago
    beautiful!! i love your attitude and wish you many blessings on your journey!
    2537 days ago
    Your pictures of Emma just warm my heart. She is so adorable! I like the suggestion to take "me" time. I think that is very important. We are here for you!
    2537 days ago
    Tell Emma that Ms Carla said good job! emoticon

    Glad the session went so well! Those are great goals to start working with!
    2537 days ago
    First of all, that close up pic of Emma is precious...what a beautiful, angelic face!
    It sounds like that counselor is really going to be helpful to you...I know you thrive on being organized and having a plan, and that's exactly what she's helping you to do. You will succeed, Simone, I know it. Keep everything in perspective and FOCUS! Planning your meals and exercise ahead of time will keep you on track. I can't wait to hear how things go...I'm here cheering you on and following you every step of the way.

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    2537 days ago
    Emma is such a beautiful girl. You are lucky to have her nudging you along!
    2537 days ago
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