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Empowering

Monday, August 19, 2013

This journey can be very empowering at times. I feel like I've really learned how to eat, how to exercise, how to lose weight. And I'm developing a better idea of what it will take to maintain as well. Here are a few things I've learned:

1) How to cook. My home is a healthy food paradise. Unhealthy foods are seldom permitted to cross threshold and yes, even my husband knows and understands the rules. As a result, binging is way, way down because I am not tempted to binge on fruit, vegetables or chicken breast. The only bingeable food I keep on hand are nuts because, well, they are worth the risk.

2) How to work out. When I started this journey, I knew exercise would have to be a part of it but I had no idea where to begin. I've gone from completely sedentary to building exercise into my daily life and having active hobbies. I used to only do cardio but I now see the importance of taking care of the full body. This must include strength training. And now I am aspiring to improve my flexibility as well. The body is a fully integrated organism, you can't merely focus on cardio and expect the ultimate results.

3) Balance. At home, I purchase and prepare the healthiest food I can find about 95% of the time. When I'm eating out of the home, my mileage may vary. If I'm just grabbing a salad during my lunch hour, I apply the same rules I would at home. But if I'm meeting friends for brunch, I may relax my standards. Ultimately, I am figuring out how to balance the two.

The next few weeks will bring more challenges. This weekend we will be in Mendocino for a friend's birthday. Next week, we will finish our move. And Labor Day weekend we will be out of town for a friend's wedding. I cannot wait to have a fresh start in September. But for the time being, I'm balancing as best I can, relying on the lessons I've learned over this journey, and feeling empowered by my knowledge and track record of success.
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PKCTTS 8/27/2013 11:33AM

    The fact that you know you don't have to be/can't be perfect all the time - and that it is just part of the balance is huge. That's what creating a healthy, happy lifestyle is all about. You got this.

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AMBER281 8/24/2013 7:15PM

    Sounds like you have things figured out!

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PATTISTAMPS 8/22/2013 12:55PM

    It is hard when you are eating away from home, but as long as you are aware of what you are eating, you will do fine. Will you gain weight? Maybe, maybe not, but you get to choose. And yes, September will be a great place to start! You have done so well, and you look AWESOME!!! Thanks for the inspiration!

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LILSHINE 8/21/2013 9:36AM

    I'm glad you posted on my page or I may have never found such a wonderful blog post emoticon

I got inspired just reading this blog and seeing that it's doable without all of the micro eating programs. I can just manage my food better and hopefully gain the success you have had. Great job on the weight loss and graduating law school. I'm adding you as a friend and hope to see you around often! Blessings on your journey.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 8/20/2013 10:39PM

    Love that feeling of being in balance. I am so glad you are empowered and tackling the challenges in life!

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BIGPAWSUP 8/20/2013 10:30PM

    Great job!

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CAPECODBABE 8/20/2013 7:12PM

    emoticon ideas

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MIRMIUM 8/20/2013 3:30PM

    You really are doing wonderfully. What a great reflection on how far you've come in all that you do!

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GETTINFIT-2014 8/20/2013 12:35PM

    Great post, thanks for your tips.

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VIBRANTSTAR 8/20/2013 11:33AM

    I love this! We also never bring junk into the house. Usually when I eat bad its not at home. Its an awesome rule!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/20/2013 8:43AM

    You seem so relaxed about it right now...you are in a good place...I too enjoy reading your blogs. You are doing so great, especially in the "balance" department which can be the undoing of so many of us. emoticon

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SWEETZMIX 8/19/2013 7:39PM

    It sounds like you got this. Once you got your mind right, nothing can stop you. And it's about balance and progress. Girl I feel empowered too! I managed to cook while the baby slept. I mean it was just some whole wheat spaghetti with ground turkey, but it was this or pizza. The boy is demanding lol

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ITSJUSTJOJO 8/19/2013 5:29PM

    p.s. I enjoy reading your blogs... emoticon

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ITSJUSTJOJO 8/19/2013 5:26PM

    You sound like you got it down, Pretty! Awesome!

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FUNLOVEN 8/19/2013 3:51PM

    My junk cupboard is pretty bare right now except for popcorn. Nuts would be a danger zone for me. Even though they are "healthy" I can't have all of that salt. The key for me is to keep the cupboard bare although I occasionally need something sweet and so I keep a stock of dark chocolate squares and marshmallows.

We eat out a lot and I mean 75% of the time. Somehow in our busy schedule I need to learn how to tame this and eat at home more often so I know exactly what I am eating. More menu planning will also help I think.

You have done such a wonderful job on your journey. Enjoy the rest of the month emoticon

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KANSASROSE67 8/19/2013 3:21PM

    I appreciated your insights. Keep up the great work!


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CAROL_31649731 8/19/2013 3:13PM

    Nice blog . . . very insightful. You are up to the challenges! Thanks for sharing the lessons you've learned along your successful journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MJRVIC2000 8/19/2013 2:23PM

    Learning is great but applying what you learn is better. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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