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Monday, January 28, 2013

That is EXACTLY how I feel lately.


I'm already an upbeat, positive cheery person by nature but I'm probably bordering on obnoxious to those around me now.

Today was the beginning of the fourth week in a row where I've eaten well, exercised, gotten good sleep every night, and just plain taken care of myself. It's a good streak to continue, no?

The crazy thing is that I'm literally swamped. Work, grad school, home/kid-sitting, pet-sitting, eating well, making the time to exercise, going out with friends, spending time with family-just, well, living!

And you know what?

I HAVE SOOOOOO MUCH ENERGY! Seriously, I haven't even lost all that much weight this month but I feel SO. DANG. GOOD!!

I thought I knew this about myself before, but I've come to the conclusion that I am a person that does their best work when they have a deadline to meet. The more I have on my plate, the more organized and determined I am to get everything done. It kills me to think of all that I could have accomplished the year I was unemployed. KILLS ME. But I had all this time, so what did I do? Procrastinate. Or at least do as little as possible (save for applying to over 400 jobs of course). *sigh*

Anyway, as you may or may not know, I am participating in the 21st Biggest Loser Challenge and I just have to say-I LOVE IT!!!! I think the challenges are seriously helping me stay focused and I'm so so glad I signed up for it (thank you, Marji!!!). =D

I was trying to think about how my life will change when I reach my goal weight, and how I'll feel. And you know-I really truly sincerely in my heart of hearts hope that not a lot will change, save for my being able to go sky-diving (can't now-weight limit), pull that airplane seat belt tighter, and fit into all of those dang containers of clothing in my closet. Or, you know, have to buy new clothes because the rest are too big.

I feel like I'm at a really good place in my life right now. I'm working on a degree in a subject that excites me. I'm doing a little work on the side to pay for bills so I don't have to depend solely on student loans. I'm eating well, sleeping well, and enjoy exercising. I'm happy to make time to spend with my friends and family. I've taken control of my relationship and set some new ground rules. I feel like I'm moving forward and I LOVE it.

I just hope that when I reach my goal weight, I'll feel the same about my life-only I'll be rockin' it in smaller clothes and a healthier body. And you better believe I'm going back to being a redhead once I'm gainfully employed in my professional career as a librarian of some sort or another! =D

Hope you all have a WONDERFUL week!!!!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MEKNOX 2/9/2013 1:32PM

    Loved this post! Keep up the great healthy lifestyle!

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MARJIMAC63 2/9/2013 12:32PM

    I like your response to the "how my life will change when I lose weight/reach goal" essay. The essence of who we are persists apart from the size of our bodies. The people--women mostly--who fall for the ugly (and fat) duckling becomes beautiful swan fairy tale will be most disappointed to reach their numeric goal only to discover that they are the same person inside. And if perchance the loss of pounds causes an increase in feelings of superiority over the poor fat slobs who aren't losing weight...well, that thin superior swan has cultivated a very ugly streak in her personality that likely started as self-loathing of her formerly fat duckling self.

I'm glad that you know who you are and to quote Mr. Rogers, "People can like you just the way you are and I like you just the way you are."

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CALLMEPAVLOV 1/29/2013 9:46PM

    Such a great attitude! emoticon

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LOLATURTLE 1/28/2013 1:17PM

    Yay, I'm SO HAPPY TO HEAR THIS!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm very excited for you, I want to hear more about grad school!


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SHRINKING_SARA 1/28/2013 10:37AM

    I'm the same way... give me a time crunch and a TON of stuff to do, I'll plan, I'll work, and I'll get it done.

Give me a few months with no deadlines.... nothing gets done. Oh grad school... its fun, but its a challenge!

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JASI27 1/28/2013 8:25AM

    Isn't it amazing what healthy food, exercise, and SLEEP can do for you! Always makes me wonder why we allow ourselves to fall back in the pit when we KNOW!! I am so so so happy for you! Keep the streak alive!

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FIREFLY4407 1/28/2013 6:40AM

    emoticon Way to go - keep up the great momentum!

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