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What's Been Working For Me

Friday, November 11, 2011

Jo asked me to share what's been working for me so I've been giving it some thought this morning. I've had a very good last few months and have lost about 25 pounds since June or July. I don't specifically know why I'm able to make better decisions the last few months. I'm just grateful that I am.

I just became so tired of all the restrictions in my life due to weight and health. I want so much more. Now, I think habits have formed and brain chemistry has changed and sticking to my routine is easier. Going off plan and getting back the next day (or meal) is easier. I've learned to accept imperfection and just move on.

I use the nutrition tracker. If I'm not tracking, I'm eating too many calories. Moderation has always been a big factor in how much I weigh. I drink a lot of water. I found something I can do in the way of exercise. I use a peddler. I peddle and peddle and peddle. I also have hand weights. I lift and lift and lift usually while watching TV in the evenings. I'm generally more active.

My mind is calmer and more accepting. Life was beating me down with so many negative situations. So much loss in so many areas. I had a few very helpful visits with a therapist. I thought I knew all that but I didn't. I stay positive. (I do have those BAD days) I've learned tools to understand the "why this or that's" l don't sit and watch a lot of TV. I do more sewing and just try to be more creative and productive.

Coming here and being a part of this BLC keeps me focused daily. I use the "gym thread" because It helps me to be accountable and I like the visual of what I have done each day. I like to account for everything. I've always been a list maker. A visual goal setter. A checks and balances Libra maybe. I worked as a bookkeeper all my working career. I like numbers on a piece of paper. (or in this case, the computer)

I like the numbers I'm seeing now and I thank SP, BLC, Di and Jo and all my Sapphire Sisters for hanging in there with me on these challenges. I am excited to move on to the winter challenge!

Hang in there all my Beautiful Sapphire Sisters! Persistence, Consistency and Faith in yourself goes a long ways. "Nothing changes if nothing changes"

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    revisited this blog and enjoyed it quite a lot!
    1650 days ago
    Great blog! You really seem to be on the right track. emoticon
    1798 days ago
  • SKY2012
    YOU are one of my hero's emoticon
    2149 days ago
    Wonderful blog!! I bought a peddler and then found I couldn't get my gynormous left leg onto it. So I use it for an upper arm workout.

    Recently I joined a chair exercise team and as I come out of my grieving fog, am slowly adding more exercise into my day. Even 3 minutes, several times through the day are helping.
    2191 days ago
    i'm writing that out in big letters and putting it on my wall:


    thanks for your story,

    2197 days ago
  • KLMEL2010
    Thanks for sharing this. I don't use the nutrition tracker, I've tried and it just isn't something I find helpful right now. I track what I eat in my head, if that makes sense. For me it is more about eating 3 meals a day, no junk food, and no eating at night. I find if I concentrate on that and not on seeing how many more calories I can or can't have in a day, I do better. Change is hard and I am really happy to see you doing so well. Karen
    2197 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/14/2011 6:39:22 PM
    Thank you for sharing and inspiring me to make some more effort -- I need some extra inspiration every so often!
    Bev Anne
    2198 days ago
    YOu go girl. I totally get the nothing changhes if nothing changes! WOO HOO!
    2198 days ago
    I love that you put this in words for us to share...and I hope everyone who is struggling reads it...because it's true that nothing changes if nothing changes...and we all really do want change!
    I'm so proud of you!
    You've been part of my journey for a long time now and I've seen such amazing growth in you the last couple years...through all your trials and losses you have come a long way, indeed!
    Big hugs, Di
    2198 days ago
    Thanks, Kate, for a really great blog. Keep up the good work and congrats on your success.

    2199 days ago
    Kate, this is a wonderful blog. Have a joy filled day, Karen
    2200 days ago
    Kate, this is so great to see. I agree completley with you about tracking and I track every bite, even if it is painful for me to see. How will I learn if I'm not honest with myself? And, you know what else? I just bought an inexpensive peddler and started using it yesterday. our weather has changed so it isn't as easy to get outside, but the peddler doesn't take up any room to speak of and is just great for getting some exercise in. I'm so happy for you that you seem to be making such great progress and you are learning and growing in all the right ways! Keep up the great work! Hugs, Jeannie
    2200 days ago
  • JILL313
    Kate, It's great that your now on your way and have formed healthy habits that are making your goals come true. I am so proud of you--as changing is hard but you've made it doable. Thank you for inspiring me to do more for myself. You are such a creative person and it even shines through in your great blog.


    2200 days ago
  • JANE1216
    loved this post --- thanks!

    2200 days ago
    What a wonderful and inspiring post! You rule!
    2200 days ago
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