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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

I was checking out a friend's sparkpage, and I noticed they are just about 100 pounds less than what I weigh at this moment. Wow! That's a lot of pounds down, but interestingly enough, we all share the same struggles, often focusing on the can't instead of the can.

What can I do? What have I accomplished? I am trying to take this attitude with me wherever I go - to the gym, to work and at home. Life is worth celebrating!

Chairs. I could write a whole separate blog about this, but I have chair anxiety at times. God forbid I am supposed to sit in a plastic folding chair. Yesterday though I went to a meeting, and I sat in one of the conference room chairs without issue, and without the chair cutting off my circulation. Big score! :)

The shuttle bus. We were on vacation and I got in and off the bus. Yippee! The up and down the stairs bit is still a challenge, but improving! Yay!

Having success in the gym translates to other areas. I feel stronger, empowered and happy.

It is not all physical. It is mental and emotional. My work life feels like shaken up snowglobe lately, and my workout with my coach last night really helped to shift things into perspective. Sweat equity rules!

Maybe I am saying this part because I will be weighing in again in a couple of days, but the number on the scale is feedback. Tells me if I need to tweak something - do I need to work out with more intensity (like last night)? have a few less carbs? Whatever. I am driving towards the 399's and I will get there. If I don't make it, I'll know the fried gator was a mistake, I ate too many dinner rolls and perhaps that ONE night I had dessert while we were away - and frankly, was not that good, could have been avoided.

I am grateful for so many things I've overlooked before. I got up with a leg/foot cramp this morning at 5am, but I walked it off, and then got in the shower. I walked it off --- no crying, no screaming, just an acceptance of yeah my leg hurts and got up, shook it off and continued on. This buttercup sucked it up.

That's where I want to be - and I see myself moving towards that place -- where interruptions, unexpected turns and changes can come into my life, and I can just accept them, and roll on ahead. Woo hoo! Let's go!

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    What a wonderful blog! Very well said, thank you for posting this. It was the reminder I needed.
    1299 days ago
    You are doing so good! Keep it up! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1300 days ago
  • 68ANNE
    You are absolutely right. It is just a number and we all have pretty much the same struggles. I think that in part, is what makes SP so successful
    1300 days ago
    Another great blog - I love seeing your progress! emoticon emoticon
    1300 days ago
    There are some really good stretches out there that will get rid of a leg cramp within seconds. I used to get really bad calf cramps and would just holler and cry but hubby showed me the stretch to get rid of it-It works! It's hard to describe in text but you basically just pull your toes upward extending your heel down and voila! usually the cramp disappears.

    I used to fear plastic chairs too, I'm shorter than you so my weight was all compacted in my middle and behind on my short frame. So whenever I saw a folding chair I was always worried about it breaking (and one chair did break-I'll never forget it). It's super awesome that you are conquering all of these things!!
    1300 days ago
    Wow. Love this blog. I love the realness. You are fighting for you! Keep kicking ass because you are doing amazing!!!! You are beautiful!!!!!!
    1300 days ago
  • KMW987
    The worst feeling: when you finally break through the guilt and allow yourself a 'treat' and in the end it's not even that good. I've totally been there!

    Love that you're focusing on all the positives, it's the only way to be!

    Good Luck at the weigh-in, I'm sure you'll do great emoticon
    1301 days ago
    You bring me to tears just learning of your struggles. I'm so glad you are overcoming hurdles and have the positive attitude to pull yourself up and keep moving. You are truly and inspiration sweet lady.
    1301 days ago
    Mickey, you are on your way to becoming a Life Changer. Stay positive and keep us positive. You are doing an awesome job. If you really want to up your game plan, talk with your trainer about lowering your caloric intake by 50 - 100 calories or upping your work out intensity. Also talk to your Doctor first before doing anything, he or she will know the best caloric plan for your health. You are a Life Changer and I am so proud of you and all that you have accomplished!! emoticon
    1301 days ago
    Such a great blog positive in the face of what could be negative. You rock!!!
    1301 days ago
    You've made so much progress. I am happy to read your blog and see that you recognize and take pride in your achievements.
    1301 days ago
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    1301 days ago
    Hi Mickey :)

    I always love reading your blogs. You are so right, no matter what we weigh, all of our journeys to better health have a lot in common.

    I get the chair anxiety. I don't have it so much anymore, but about 7 years ago when I weighed about 30-40 lbs more I sat in one of those plastic folding chairs for a financial class my then-fiance now-husband and I were attending. The only empty chairs were near the front and I guess I picked one that had a weakness. Yep, it broke. In front of everyone! LOL! One instant I was sitting in a chair, then there was a crack and the next instant I was sitting on the ground. Now I can laugh about it, and I do because it was pretty funny, but it was embarrassing at the time.

    Also embarrassing to me, but also a sweet concern from the instructors, was the fact that after that session they always made sure they had a real chair for me.

    I also use the number on the scale as feedback for tweaking what I'm doing. It's a huge help to me to monitor myself.

    You are such an encouragement to me! I love your attitude and the way you are learning to look at all of life through this journey :)
    1301 days ago
  • DTHOR6
    Sounds as though you are doing fabulous. emoticon
    1301 days ago
    You are doing great!
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    You have a wonderful attitude! I love your blogs....thank you!
    1301 days ago
  • GLORYB83
    Your title says it all . . . Start From Where You Are!
    Thank you for sharing.
    1301 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Okay okay Mar, I hear you! I'm off to zumba right now, no excuses!
    1301 days ago
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