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It takes what it takes, Babycakes!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I would like it to be easy to lose weight and feel great. I really would. I want someone to whack me over the head with a magic wand and VOILA! Fat melts right off into a big pile of goo, and I just walk away from the mess and the madness of being fat. Um, yeah, it doesn't actually work that way. It takes what it takes. It takes accepting my part in the mess. I can't change my DNA, and I can't fix my own thyroid (though I cooperate in the fixing attempts, by taking the tests an the various medicines and the various doses of medicines that have been prescribed over the past couple years), and I can't change my age (53 heading rapidly towards 54). I can, however, not eat like an idiot. That is the hardest part for me. Exercise is hard but I am willing. Eating sensibly is hard but I am often NOT willing (except in the morning, my most sensible time of day). Drinking lots of water can be annoying but I am usually willing. Getting enough sleep is difficult (I have struggled with insomnia for much of my life) but I am always willing. But, in the meantime, I say prayers of gratitude for the body I have. I take better care of it than I often give myself credit for, but there is room for improvement, for sure. My body is not out to get me. It does not stay fat because it is punishing me. It is not overweight because I am being punished. I am not heavy because I am unworthy. I simply take in more fuel than I need. Taking in less food than I want is very uncomfortable for me, but it takes what it takes, babycakes emoticon emoticon
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    1675 days ago
  • DOODIE59
    I like your line that your body "is not out to get you", and well, everything you said after that. There is no morality attached -- it's just a matter of too much in. Ugh! That's a hard beast to wrassle to the ground! All we can do is keep trying until we find the formula that works -- and then work it:)
    Good luck,
    1676 days ago
  • DEE0973
    I pray that the throyd issue gets resolved and your blogs always speak to me. And to think I was contemplating writing a blog about how I know the facts but seem unable, unlikely or not willing to apply it consistently to that I can eventually reach my goal weight. Stay strong my friend and since this is a journey we can fall plenty as long as we get back up and keep moving.

    I've missed hearing from you. Take care
    1676 days ago
    If it was easy... everyone would do it.. right? Press on!

    1677 days ago
    Yep, that's what it takes! Short and 100% true!
    Mornings are the most sensible times of day for me, too. At least we get a chance to start the day the right way, right?
    Thank you for the morning motivation, Carole! (See? My morning sensible self even drives me to read the most appropriate blogs!)
    1677 days ago
    Yup, it does!

    And as someone who has had sleep problems since childhood, it was a revelation to figure out that exercise helps me sleep better. Really. Who knew? That long walk after work started out as a way to melt pounds. Eventually, I realized I was sleeping better as well. Now that I'm newly retired, I still walk, though for sightseeing - and for sleeping.
    1677 days ago
    very perceptive. as always.
    1677 days ago
    Having just returned from a cruise to Alaska where I thought the object was to out eat everyone else (and from the looks of it they did too) I understand what you mean! Exercise can be difficult (try it with a pastry in your hand), but can be a lot of fun too! I have had some awesome runs where I didn't worry about time and just enjoyed the run!

    You have a good grasp of the situation, and a great attitude! Awesome blog as always!
    1677 days ago
    Simple and yet so hard... emoticon
    1677 days ago
    What a great blog: tough but true. It takes what it takes, and I will refrain from repeating that c word!
    1677 days ago
    Did someone say "cake"?

    LOL That's what I got from your blog.

    Nah, not really. Yep, it's hard. Ugh. But I've found lately that if I eat a good breakfast the rest of the day falls into place. Mostly. So at least you start off the day on the right foot.
    1677 days ago
    Yep. emoticon
    1677 days ago
    You're totally right! And I'm with you...I do the exercise, but don't completely have the eating part under control yet.
    1677 days ago
    Just think, evolutionarily speaking, we would be the survivors in famines. Sigh
    1677 days ago
  • OOLALA53
    My eating mentor actually says in his introductory blurb, regarding his recommendation that one can deviate from his suggested plan weekends and two extra days a month, "Don't be an idiot." Giving yourself permission to eat in a more permissive way periodically doesn't mean eat all you fit in. But you know, a lot of eating to the point of being too full was on the way to not doing that very often, and eating in a more orderly way in between has contributed to my getting full on much less food. But I'm still not as thin as most of my age/height peers think I should be. I won't starve for them or even for myself.

    You have a gift for sharing a story that reverberates. Yay for us! emoticon
    1677 days ago
    I was excited to see a new blog from you! True as ya,
    1677 days ago
    there are thousands of us nodding agreement here

    hope you get that thyroid under control soon
    1677 days ago
    I love this blog! It's the story of my life! emoticon
    1677 days ago
    The weight loss industry is a billion dollar a year industry for a reason. Everyone wants a fast easy fix. But luckily we know better and we have what it takes, emoticon for as long as it takes to get it DONE. It's a lifestyle.
    1677 days ago
    Oh lord love a duck, having a thyroid challenge (I have it too) is NO piece of cake!) the thyroid is directly involved in the production (or not) of our hunger hormone (ghrelin) and our "I'm not full" hormone (leptin). IF those 2 hormones are out of what, so is our hunger and satiety! THEN add in insomnia, you've got a double whammy to the "hunger" and "full" hormones, because those are made while we sleep. If you don't sleep right, the body produces loads more ghrelin (making you hungry) and lots less leptin (helping you sense when you're full). NOT a pretty picture indeed.

    BUT I'm here to tell you, you CAN reach your goals and you're sooooooo right . . . it takes YOU to do that . . . your determination and hard work. As you say, it takes what it takes, babycakes!

    So glad to read another of your fabulous blogs. Hope things are good for you this summer.

    HUGS and smiles.
    1677 days ago
    You are totally right!

    1677 days ago
    " I can, however, not eat like an idiot. That is the hardest part for me. "

    Truer words have never been spoken. Oh how I have uttered these sooooooooo many times!
    1677 days ago
    Sigh, I know.....
    1677 days ago
    A great blog. You know what you have to do and with that you will do it.
    1677 days ago
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