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ONE HUNDRED POUNDS DOWN!


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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

One hundred pounds down, and what have I learned? First and foremost, “if hunger is not the problem, then eating is not the solution!” I also often repeat the following to myself: “I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday.” And I can assure you of one thing. That is, calories don’t account for everything. Outlook counts too!

Imagine this: instead of waking up tomorrow feeling fat, sick, and depressed; we all wake up feeling proud, energetic, happy, and alive! How to do it? Move your body TODAY! I’m a big fan of joyful movement. Joyful movement can help you navigate the day with energy, vitality and aliveness.

And remember, when it comes to food, just because you can eat, doesn’t mean you should. Check in with yourself and allow yourself to feel stomach hunger before your meals or snacks. Then, listen to what your body is asking for and allow yourself to eat this without judgment. Eat consciously, approaching food with an awareness of your senses. Most importantly, stop eating when you are no longer hungry, before you are too full. Transition to another activity to help separate you from the food.

Take time to enjoy your food. Eat in a calm environment, preferably at a table and not in front of the computer or the TV...definitely not in the car while driving or at your desk or while on the phone. Plan your meal times so you can eat without distractions. The more you savor every bite, the less you’re likely to eat overall. Hunger is not an emergency. Practice choosing smaller portions, and then return again for more food should your physical hunger return.

And finally, respond to your body with kindness -- be compassionate toward yourself each day. Apart from your plate, read or do something each day to expand your vision of self. In essence, learn to feed your mind with knowledge, your heart with love, your soul with self and your body with food.

Self-care is not indulgence, narcissism, or self-absorption. True self-care is nurturing, balanced, realistic, and disciplined. This kind of care benefits everyone, radiating outward from individuals to their entire circle. Think of self compassion as you would oxygen in an airplane emergency. When you help yourself first, you're better able to take care of those in need. When self-care becomes both a mindset and a daily practice, it will change your life. It will free you to be the mother, wife, friend, daughter -- woman – you wish to be.

How to stay the course and stay committed? Recognize that there’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. If you don’t want to do it, one excuse is as good as another. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses. And you get, only results.

This is not to say there won’t be low times, weight plateaus or obstacles as you progress on your weight loss journey. Truly treat each obstacle as an opportunity. A plateau, for example is your body’s means of adjusting to its new size and shape. Your body is steadying itself. You’ve landed on the staircase to your goal. Maintenance is, in fact, a lifelong plateau, so a bit of rehearsal isn't the worst thing in the world.

Never minimize the loss of a single pound, bemoaning that you should have lost more. Perfection is not your destination on this journey. And, expecting perfection will spoil your trip. Recognize, instead, the ultimate truth in the Zen saying, “the obstacle is the path.” And, always, stay true to yourself and your goals. There are no shortcuts, but You CAN do this!!!


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ROCKOSTAR 9/25/2013 10:40AM

  You are so inspiring! Nurture the soul first then the body follows.Thank you for sharing your story.

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INCH_BY_INCH 8/9/2013 9:00AM

  Congrats on your journey. I needed t read those positive words. emoticon

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NO_SNOW_BODY 6/6/2013 2:42PM

    Great blog

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BANNERMAN 5/13/2013 2:36AM

  Thanks for sharing such positive thoughts


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BLACK741 10/4/2012 7:13AM

    thanks, down 95 with 10 to go and have been eating like crazy, yes even when not hungry! need to get back to the basic and get this last 10 off and stay with the program thanks for bringing me back to reality!

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WILDFIREKRISTIN 9/28/2012 1:57AM

    Loving this! Way to go and keep up the awesome work!!!

Hugs,

Kristin

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BABBINA 9/28/2012 1:43AM

    JUST CAME ACROSS THIS BLOG AN DI MUST SAY THAT IT IS EXTRAORDINARILY VERY, VERY WELL WRITTEN! YOU DEFINITELY HAVE A GIFT! I'M ROOTING FOR YOU!

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BONNEYBLUE 9/18/2012 10:18PM

    This was some beautiful writing.....Thanks! emoticon

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MOM-OF-SIX 9/16/2012 9:20PM

    Fantastic positive attitude! Keep spreading the spark!

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SUNSHINE20051 9/15/2012 5:37PM

  I am new to SP...just looking around today...and I saw your post....WOW...what a great blog you have! Thank you for sharing!! emoticon

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Another Blog Filled With GREAT Information! Thanks Again!
Deb

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MANILUS 9/15/2012 10:02AM

    Wonderful points!

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    Another winner emoticon emoticon you all your wonderful insights on this exciting journey to healthy living emoticon

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FAERY_FACE 9/14/2012 6:45AM

    What a fantastic blog! I really love your take on things. I learned a few new things from you today. Thank you!

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DIANER2014 9/14/2012 5:55AM

    This is an awesome blog! Thanks for the wonderful advice and sharing your journey with us. Congratulations on your weight loss! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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-SEVEN- 9/13/2012 1:18PM

    Boy am I glad that you mentioned this blog in your recent one, as I would have missed a FANTASTIC piece of writing from your heart, and a wonderful outlook. What great advice, Barbara! Thank you for sharing this with all of us. I totally agree on the interested vs. committed! I have heard that before, and it is sooooo true.
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JFROGSPYDER 7/13/2012 10:41PM

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LELERS 5/16/2012 4:52PM

    Wow! Thank you.

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CINROSIER 5/14/2012 3:28PM

    Thank you for this.

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BRADIA 4/7/2012 10:03AM

    How I needed to read what you wrote. Thanks a lot
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1STICKBLUES 3/28/2012 1:48PM

    Very well said and much appreciated!
Congrats!

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DOODIE59 3/27/2012 8:47AM

    Beautifully said. Thank you for sharing:) ... and CONGRATULATIONS! emoticon emoticon

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FUSCHIA6 3/27/2012 12:10AM

    Way to go! I have emailed your blog to myself so that I can keep a copy always. Congratulations on your success & thank you for sharing it with us. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TEASCHERTZ 3/26/2012 8:21PM

    Thank you for this blog. It was a message I needed to hear.

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CHERRY666 3/26/2012 11:24AM

    Nice post! Thank you for sharing.

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BANDMOM2012 3/26/2012 11:13AM

    Congratulations!

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    Thank you for the message.
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SEAGIRLRUN 3/24/2012 9:41PM

    loved every word of it! Thanks for sharing! Congrats on your success. Keep inspiring,
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IRONBLOSSOM 3/24/2012 8:33PM

    Well done, congrats!

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Yea!!!! Awesome to hear another success story! Congratulations to your milestone! Thank you
for sharing your story.

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DEBORAHWRISKAS 3/24/2012 1:31PM

    Way to go!

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KAYECAN 3/24/2012 12:59PM

    "the obstacle is the path"....I really get that. Makes sense. Thank you for sharing all the truths about how you got to where you are. You are a very inspiring person. Congratulations on all that you have learned and accomplished.
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DIET-DELIGHT 3/24/2012 3:16AM

    Well said!
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    nice

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GOING-STRONG 3/23/2012 9:08PM

    Great blog... I love the analogy of a staircase as it relates to plateaus... well said! Spark on!

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KBLASEN 3/23/2012 6:46PM

    Thanks, very inspiring post!

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PINKFZZYSLIPPRS 3/23/2012 6:22PM

  I love what you've said here. I use the "if hunger isnt the problem" mantra too, and it really helps. Going to borrow your "closer than I was yesterday" one as well. Congrats on your success!

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KRISTEN_SAYS 3/23/2012 6:17PM

    congrats!

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THJORA 3/23/2012 4:19PM

    Congratulations!!! Great job and a great attitude!!! Best wishes and joy on your continued journey.

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ALIDOSHA 3/23/2012 4:13PM

    Congrats!

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TREASURINGLIFE 3/23/2012 3:37PM

    Awesome!!! Congratulations!!! :)

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LITTLEBRITCHES7 3/23/2012 2:39PM

    I like the whole post but especially the "Perfection is not your destination on this journey. And, expecting perfection will spoil your trip."

Thanks for the wonderful "thought for the day".

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DESERTFLOWERG 3/23/2012 1:41PM

    Nice post! Thanks.

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