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First Week of "my" Challenge

Saturday, April 05, 2014

That's me, trying to do some of the ball exercises. As you can see, I'm a klutz! It's the main reason I stick to walking as my primary exercise.

When my weight hit 140.4 after having stayed in the 130's for over 2 years, it drove me to formulate my own challenge. Somehow it seems more personal then, and I am not doing it to please or impress anyone except myself. It may sound strange but as I am doing it strictly for myself, I am more driven, after all, who wants to let "yourself" down, you are your own best friend and supporter.

Now my weight is 138.2 not anything spectacular, but at least down into the 130's again. And this challenge is teaching me something. I seem to have 2 parts to my brain, one part (the devil) is telling me it won't hurt to skip the walk today, I don't feel all that great, and it's hot, cold, or whatever outside. The other part (the angel) bless her little heart is trying her best to point out the good parts about going for a walk. Think of how invigorated you feel as you put in step after step. Remember how good it feels to step on the scale and see the lower number. Remember how it feels to slip into your pants and just have the zipper glide up with no struggle.

Most of the time the angel wins! Hurrah! Good dominates over Bad! But once in awhile if I'm already having a bad day with arthritis the devil wins. But he brings with it the guilt, depression and none of the good feelings. Another funny thing, did you notice that the devil is male, the angel is female. Hmmmmm!

Today I'm excited as the Wickenburg Art Community, local artists number over 200 in all, have decided that one way they could help the people in Yarnell who lost their homes and all their belongings; would be to do whatever their specialty is, and donate the products to those people. The event is today, and I'm really excited to see if I manage to get a painting, a sculpture, or just what I will end up with. After looking over all the donations, numbers are drawn to see what order you can go up to make your choice. Decisions, decisions! I just hope I don't draw one of the numbers that make me go up after everyone else has had their choice first. But I'm sure the piece of art I do get will be beautiful, and it will be a reminder of how the community has pulled together to help all the victims through this tragedy. God Bless Them.

So that's the plan for my day today. I guess the excitement caused me to wake up early -- adrenaline flowing through my veins, just looking forward to something. And I do hope that all those people who suffered depression and trauma due to this disaster will find a little relief from those feelings at todays gathering.
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    1291 days ago
    I'm reading this after the other blogs and after seeing the results of your choices at the art event. What occurred to me is that your first choice (total perfection) is not at all necessary. Whether in choosing your exercise, your food, or ------artwork!, you can achieve great things with the opportunities you have. You are doing very well, Eve! Progress, not perfection.
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    1292 days ago
  • LIS193
    I am a klutz on the ball as well :)
    Way to go getting back in the 130's! I was int he same boat in January and Feb 1st was my start point. Losing has been slow and I have a week or 2 of social time - not very helpful but so much fun!
    Back with the program again!!
    1292 days ago
    emoticon this little devil is in my house and in my head but I need to put this little emoticon in my head to be good again - and I will be good again for I am really going to try out a new plan I have in my head - thanks for all the support
    1292 days ago
  • DALID414
    Hope you got first pick
    1293 days ago
    Oh Eve, you wouldn't look that bad on the Swissball. emoticon I learned to use one for some of my exercises, so I know you could do it.

    You have had a lot going on in your life lately, don't beat yourself up. You do a fantastic job. Hope you had a great time at the event today.

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    1293 days ago
    You're going to do great on your "personal challenge"!!
    How nice about the art!! I am excited to find out what you get to put back into your brand new house in Yarnell!!!
    Our weather today has been gorgeous! Sunny, low 70's and a slight breeze. Walked almost an hour and will repeat that in a little while with DS! WooHoo!!
    You know, I think I told you that I had gained 10 pounds since Christmas and when I weighed in today to begin the 5% challenge, I had lost 2 since I last had weighed! Yay! I sure hope I can kick more than the 5% to the curb this time b/c 5% will take me back to my lowest weight so far and I would love to be in the 140's!!
    Well, gotta run!! Have a fabulous evening!! (((HUGS)))

    P.S. Belly rubs to Amber!! Cuddles to the kitties!!
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