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Summer Challenge

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Here I am at the start of the summer BL challenge. We have to blog about our goals for this challenge. I always have a hard time with this blog, because I have been stuck for so long.
I saw my sleep doctor recently, to talk about my latest sleep test. She said to me she was not even going to talk to me about my weight, because she knows I am doing all that I can and at least I am maintaining. She believes if I was not being so diligent I would be gaining. She really summed it up perfectly.
I make healthy choices, I eat within my calorie range, I exercise consistently, I change things up, I eat mindfully, I drink lots of water, I track all my food and exercise, I wear a fitbit and heart rate monitor, I get plenty of sleep, and I have a hobby I enjoy.
SO I guess my goals for this summer are to keep doing what I am doing.
At times it is hard not to get discouraged. I want to say, nothing I am doing makes any difference so why not just eat something sweet? But then I step back and think about how much healthier and stronger I am from all I have done in the past four years, and how much I have accomplished.
I am happy to say I am still here, still trying and hope to some day get to ONe-derland.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
RUNNER4LIFE08 6/19/2013 12:02PM

    You are doing great! Keep up the good work!!!!

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DSCROW 6/17/2013 11:39PM

    Keep it up, you can do this as evidenced by doing so!,,,,,

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FORBANDE 6/17/2013 7:55PM

    You are living a healthy lifestyle and that's so incredibly important. Just think where you may be if you had given up. You are doing amazingly well and are such a great friend to the rest of us! Without a doubt, you are proof positive that consistency and making these habits "forever habits" is the best approach and that it does work.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 6/17/2013 11:42AM

    Way to keep pushing.

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OSTERA15 6/17/2013 11:16AM

    Your statement about not seeing results and wanting to give up really hits home. I haven't reached the point of being able to say "look how far I've come"yet, but I'm going to keep plugging away until I reach that point. Thank you for sharing your goals and being an inspiration.

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    You've made yourself much healthier. Celebrate that and keep on plugging!

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ANNMACP0212 6/16/2013 10:59PM

    Persistence not perfection...keep pushing!

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MAW_OH 6/16/2013 8:30PM

    Keep working at it ! !

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ORCHIDLADY56 6/16/2013 6:02PM

    Good for you, Ruthie! Healthy choices! You are always an inspiration to me!

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SHANSHE 6/16/2013 12:46PM

Thanks for continuing to be such an inspiration. I know I would have already given up by now if i were in your shoes! I pray that one day and one day soon, your body will start releasing again!

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RAINBOWMF 6/16/2013 11:47AM


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AQUAGIRL08 6/16/2013 11:28AM

    Four years ago, after losing 50 pounds, I was put on a steroid regimen for a health issue. I gained 49 of the 50 pounds back and I felt discouraged. I lost 20 but couldn't seem to lose the remaining 30. I was on that plateau for 2.5 years. Finally I joined Weight Watchers in September 2012. Since that time I've lost 31 pounds. My weight does bounce around due to sodium intake but I'm making progress. The reason I'm telling you this, is because even though I weigh the same amount as I did in 2009, I'm much smaller. My doctor attributes this to many internal changes that my body has made. I think that my internal changes aren't even finished yet! As I continue to lose and change I'm sure that I will plateau again like you. I agree that it is both frustrating and discouraging. My guess is that your body is busy making internal changes. You are most likely much smaller than you were last year even though you are about the same weight. My new approach to my frequent plateaus is to get out the measuring tape, try on clothes that used to be tight and keep pushing forward. You have been so inspiring and supportive to me and to others that I'd like to offer some support to you in return. You are such an amazing woman, Ruthie! I am delighted to see that your photography is getting noticed! You deserve all the accolades that you receive for your wonderful pictures!

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WALLAHALLA 6/16/2013 12:08AM

    Keep being consistent. You are improving your health and your life.

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BARBARAROSE54 6/15/2013 4:58PM

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PILLYWIGGIN 6/15/2013 4:21PM

    Keep working at it Ruthie! Although the scales may not show you what you want to see, your body is being treated in the best way that you can and that is worth far more!
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Good luck with your summer Challenge too.
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JESSICAWALKS 6/15/2013 3:52PM

    You are doing awesome! Keep it up!!!!

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PINKNFITCARLA 6/15/2013 1:33PM

    Hang in there Ruthie! You can't go wrong with all the changes you've made! I know it's frustrating to be stuck, but you are doing all you can do and are much healthier for it!

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BLUEANGELLK 6/15/2013 11:57AM

    I am so glad you have a doctor that supports you! That is so important. You are such an inspiration to me. You are sticking with all your healthy changes even when they don't show the results you would like. You will make it to ONEderland! I know you will!!! I will be rooting for you the whole way!

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PHATPAT18 6/15/2013 11:37AM

    Your doctor has confidence in you, so keep doing what you are doing and you will be fine. I wish you success.

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MISSG180 6/15/2013 11:36AM

    Sleep is definitely key, and I'm glad to hear that your doctor is respectful of what you are doing!

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VALYNN26 6/15/2013 11:31AM

    emoticon emoticon I am sure you will meet your goals! You are dazzling!!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/15/2013 10:40AM

    ((((HUGS)))) sweet Ruthie! You WILL make it. You're goals are centered around a healthier lifestyle, so no matter what you are a winner!

I am so glad that your Dr. recognizes that you're doing what you can. That's always something that has helped me!

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OKBACK2ME 6/15/2013 10:14AM

    Ruthie, I bet once you and your Dr. at the sleep clinic improve your sleep you will get to onederland! You are so right, you are living a healthy lifestyle. It is better to be a healthy heavier person then an unhealthy skinny person. I remember when I joined the gym, I said something about being too emoticon emoticon fat to the owner and he said to me he has seen too many skinny people that can not walk up stairs so don't use my weight to define my level of fitness.

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SASSYLJB 6/15/2013 9:36AM

    Ruthie, you will see your goals of this I am sure! You inspire all of us daily! You are a true diamond a priceless gem! You help me make better choices. Stay the course, change will happen!

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PATTYKLAVER 6/15/2013 9:31AM

    Good job!

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NILLAPEPSI 6/15/2013 9:15AM

    Keep up the emoticon work!!! You'll get to one-derland. I know you will. emoticon

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