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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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TREEBELLA 4/8/2011 10:39PM

    Aww shes lovely :)

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DIFROMWYOMING 4/8/2011 9:47PM

    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

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LEAH57 4/8/2011 9:16AM

    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!

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MELISSAJUSTINA 4/7/2011 1:59PM

    I really hope the counselors advice really works for you! Your daughter is adorable! What great motivation you have there!!

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TEMPERANCE88 4/7/2011 12:04PM

    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!

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BABY_GIRL69 4/7/2011 9:08AM

    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!

Dee

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SOBERSUGARHED 4/6/2011 10:59PM

    beautiful!! i love your attitude and wish you many blessings on your journey!

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LOOZINITNOW 4/6/2011 10:28PM

    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!

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PINKNFITCARLA 4/6/2011 10:26PM

    Tell Emma that Ms Carla said good job! emoticon

Glad the session went so well! Those are great goals to start working with!

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JETSOX 4/6/2011 9:16PM

    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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DJS-DEBBIE 4/6/2011 9:11PM

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

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