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FEBRUARY = FOCUS


Thursday, January 30, 2014

January is almost done and although I started the month out strong, last week I started to fizzle out in keeping my stride going. And why? Because I had a bad day at work and all the feelings of negative self-worth came floating to the top. I went back to my previous coping mechanisms of comfort food, not exercising and negative thoughts. In three weeks, I had lost almost 10 pounds. More than I have in recent times and I could not let that find me again. I needed to get back on track. Work does not define me. I define me and I know what I can do and others do to. ONE person’s comments cannot bring me down.

I had a few days…okay a week of wallowing in self-pity and whoa is me but then I started to catch myself. YOU HAVE LOST ALMOST 10 POUNDS!! Like hello??? Again…you have lost almost 10 pounds!!! Why are you so ready to just give up and put that back on? Because work was bad for a day?? Really?

So I have decided to make February my Focus month. Focus on what is good and what I can control. I can control what I eat. I can control my activity level. I can control the amount of exercise I get each day. All I have to do is focus. Shut out all the negative things that bring me down and make me go back to previous coping mechanisms. This chick is going to have different coping tools and focusing on what is important is one of those tools.

How will I focus? I will make a pledge to myself for February. Actually it will be a list of things I am pledging to do to focus:

I pledge to focus on getting up early to go to spinning class on Tuesday mornings.
I pledge to focus on starting P90X3 on February 1st
I pledge to focus on planning all meals and snacks
I pledge to focus on tracking all that I eat…every bite, lick and taste
I pledge to focus on something good each and every day

My long term goal is to lose 20 more pounds by July 1st and break out the summer clothes I have not been able to fit in, in awhile. With the above pledges I can do it. All I have to do is FOCUS!!!

February watch out! Here I come!!!!

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SARIANEC 2/4/2014 1:49PM

    Way to go.

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JAZZYFROG333 1/31/2014 5:35AM

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We needed to start with that because 10 lbs is worth celebrating!!!! You deserve the big cheers for that amazing accomplishment!

It's so awesome that you saw what was happening and pulled yourself out of that slump and are ready to put it behind you and FOCUS on what is in front of you. I love your plan for February! I know you're going to have a successful month! I'll be here too cheer you on through it all. I'm very proud to call you my friend, my dear Pirate Sister!
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CASTIRONLADY 1/30/2014 4:04PM

    Ooooh, I am so glad you caught yourself before the 10 and/or more was packed back on. Looking back at the weight I lost and have gained back is discouraging but it doesn't have to be that way. Congratulations and FOCUS, FOCUS, FOCUS. emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 1/30/2014 3:08PM

    First off, congrats on the nearly 10 pounds. emoticon

Secondly, congrats on RECOGNIZING what was happening and pulling yourself out of it. emoticon

People don't have power over us UNLESS WE GIVE IT TO THEM. It is easy to internalize negativity but it is bad for our health and our goals, so we just have to stop that negativity dead!

You have a wonderful focus for February along with some new-found awareness. Just put one foot in front of the other, keep stepping positively toward your goals!

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JANET552 1/30/2014 1:33PM

    Great plan!! Listen to yourself. You're the one who knows best for you!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 1/30/2014 12:49PM

    You can do it!!
I know what its like to allow a bad work day or period deter you from your healthy goals. But keeping your focus on what you can control really does make a world of difference.
You got this girl!!

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ARKPLE 1/30/2014 12:39PM

    Jeannie,
I love that February = FOCUS for you. I will follow your lead. Also, wonderful, realistic and very do-able pledges to yourself. And yes, you have lost almost 10 pounds. I'm glad you can now own that! What a major accomplishment! xo

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WATERDIAMONDS 1/30/2014 12:23PM

    Oh, Jeannie! You don't know how much good it does me to read your blog today. I too had a negative situation in a work-related arena last week, and I let it get me down to the point of almost giving in to the crappy food. I SWAM in negativity and stress and I honestly think both contributed to my becoming sick!

THANK YOU so much for helping me refocus my own energy on what I CAN control.
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