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Yay, the spring challenge has begun!


Saturday, March 17, 2012

I'm starting out saddled with what I've decided to call "divorce weight," reflecting the emotional eating I allowed myself over the past couple of months as I was facing lots of stress related to discovery (assembling HUGE amounts of financial documentation) & X's delusional expectations to reap lots of $$ from me to pay off his ever-accelerating credit-card debt. BUT I managed to get 3-4 of those divorce pounds off already this past week, just by diminishing my sugar consumption. And just as I have benefited from my Lenten discipline of not worrying about the outcome of the divorce trial, I am taking on the new 5% challenge as a gift to myself. Instead of resorting to sugar, I will deal with stress by getting sweaty every morning & eating foods that make my body slim down & gain energy.

I'm going to try really hard to get to bed early enough every night to get good exercise time in the morning--& to squeeze in extra walking whenever possible the rest of the day. In a few minutes I'll fast-walk to the market to get veggies for an Indian dish I want to try:
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And for a Thai salad to contribute to our building potluck tomorrow night:
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It's 80F in my Chicago neighborhood today--crazy warm! I do love drinking water, which is our first Living the Good Life challenge. I spent 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at a church brainstorming/planning meeting; not because of the challenge but because I felt the need, I filled my water glass repeatedly throughout those hours--& the day's not over yet. It will not be hard to down 10 cups.

Last but not least, I present to you my granddaughter on her first birthday!



She does NOT have issues with sugar--normally she gets nothing with added sugar--but she thoroughly enjoyed the vegan cupcake her mom made to celebrate! The rest of us did too, of course.
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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/19/2012 12:13PM

    Way to go on battling the sugar! And what a cute pic of your granddaughter! I'm so glad the challenge is back, too!

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HELLODANAE 3/19/2012 11:58AM

    oh how cute!!!!she is a emoticon
Es bueno saber que estaras despierta temprano para hacer ejercicio eso me motivara para hacer lo mismo!!! emoticon

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SHANSHE 3/19/2012 8:40AM

    You will do GREAT on this challenge and will lose all your "divorce weight" in no time at all!!! Your granddaughter is BEAUTIFUL!!! Glad she enjoyed the cupcake!
Hugs,
Shan

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COLLINSCJ2012 3/18/2012 11:26PM

    Beautiful Grand baby. So sorry that the divorce is still dragging on. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. So cliche I know.

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BABY_GIRL69 3/18/2012 4:57PM

    So glad that you are living the blessed life. Do what you are supposed to do to get to where you wanna be. Not to say that your life isn't that great but I know that you are walking into the newness of life daily.

God bless,

Dee

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AMYLONGHORN 3/18/2012 4:39PM

    And we're off! I KNOW we are going to ROCK this challenge!! Thanks for sharing the pic of your sweet granddaughter...what a cutie patootie!!

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KAREN_NY 3/18/2012 2:40PM

    A beautiful start indeed!! And that Thai salad looks great!

Off to refill the water bottle.... lol.
K:)

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REBECCAMA 3/17/2012 11:16PM

  Happy birthday to your granddaughter.

I've been looking forward to this Spring challenge too. Good luck!

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 3/17/2012 10:12PM

    Wishing you luck to get through your divorce without too much damage. You already have a good attitude towards your future and wanting to lose weight and feeling better. Wishing you all the BEST!
Let's have a successful challenge.

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CTEMPLE 3/17/2012 9:33PM

    Great pic of B. Congrats.
Good luck with he challenge!
Claudia


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BEATLETOT 3/17/2012 7:50PM

    I'm super-excited about the 5% Challenge, too. And I'm glad some of the weight has come off already. I love your approach to this journey! And I love you! emoticon emoticon

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