I am so ready to take my life back. I have done so much for others. That I am no longer doing what I feel I don't have to. Getting organized, making rules stick and lessoning the chaos. This way I can focus more on myself.
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On November 16th I am flying into Austin Texas to go to a conference. I got 2 scholarships to the conference. For the NASEC conference on the 16th and 17th of Nov. I will be learning how to start a syringe exchange in a rural area. They paid for my flight and the two nights in a hotel, the Bay Bridge Suites.
The HRC conference on the 18th to the 21st, is a conference all about harm reduction, the stigma of being an addict, homelessness, housing, overdose, HIV, drug policies, Hepatits, sex work are just a few of the topics surrounding the conference. They will have a film festival when the lectures arent taking place. They paid for a hotel @ $169 a night at the Hampton Inn in Austin. Of course I have to share my room with another scholarship recipient. I am looking forward to it and will tell you all about it when I get back.
I just joined the team a minute ago. My name is debby aka devora4 My husband tries to treat me like his father treated his mother. She was like a dish rag and I am NOT going to become like her. NEVER EVER. I am a reflection of my mother and no one has the power to try and change this. I, therefore, pledge I am taking my life back.
I just joined today, and I'm ready to take my life back. I've had a difficult year...in July 2009 my beloved dog Sadie became ill, and she died in August 2010 at 9 years old. My husband and I don't have children--she was our child. It's been very difficult, and in my grief I essentially gave up on myself.
But I want to turn that around and get back on track. I'm hoping this team will help me with that.
~ Pattie ~
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"Courage doesn't always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'" Mary Anne Radmacher
Hi, I am glad to know everyone. Stephanie, your trip to Italy sounds like a wonderful time, and a great focus for your desire to be healthier. Your comment makes me think of a neat real-life example. I have a really good friend, who in turn had a good friend who lived in another state. My friend's friend was planning a walking trip through Scotland and England. The friend's friend was about 150 or more pounds overweight. My friend lovingly pointed to her friend that she would be very challenged to enjoy her trip, with that much walking, at her weight. Something clicked with this woman, and she began following serious weight loss and exercise plan of her own design. She ended up losing a great deal of weight in the 9 months before going to England, and lost all of the rest of her weight. I have since gotten a chance to meet my friend's friend, and she looks and feels wonderful. She actually met a neat man and she is now happily married after leaving an unhappy marriage of many years. She is a real-life inspiring example of what a person can do when they really make up their mind. You have some months ahead and you can use this time to get as healthy and fit as possible so your can enjoy your trip to the fullest. We will all work together to figure out how we can get our heads in the right place. That's what I need to do, at least. I have had the focus and the willpower in the past, but am having trouble getting it now and holding on to it. I need to, because I have 150 to 170 pounds to lose and I feel absolutely miserable. You would think that that, alone, would provide the motivation, but it doesn't.
I think what elle said, about finding out what's really important, is a key. I can see that I focus on the "short-term" important thing, satisfying myself in the moment, but am neglecting to define for myself what's really important.
Wow, pipermarie, your pointing out all that you have given up strikes a chord with me. I have a family wedding in Florida next May, which I probably can't afford to go to anyhow, but I already thought to myself that I'm not flying (which I love) at this weight. I would have to wedge myself into a seat and would overlap dramatically on the people next to me. It would be nice to be able to fly, given the chance, without being embarrassed and miserable in the process. The last time I flew I was thinner than now, and I still had to ask for a seatbelt extender. Lost self-respect for sure.
So, what is the most important aspect of life for me to reclaim? As I sit here and think about it, I believe it is my belief in myself--that I can lose this weight if I set my mind to it. I think that I have become discouraged and haven't been seriously been trying because it seems like too big of a task. So, as my first step here, I'm going to work on ways that I can bolster my belief and vision.
Where are all of you in this process? Do you believe you can do this? If not, we have to work together to get ourselves into that place? Comments or ideas anyone? Sue Ellen
I have been under a lot of stress lately, which has been affecting my health (I have fibromyalgia). I am planning a trip to Italy with my best friend for May 2011. I'm really excited, but I need to get myself in gear. I want to lose weight and destress so I can be more healthy. I don't have a lot of support from the people around me here and I am having some relationship issues at home. I would love suggestions!
If you're ready to get back in control of your own life, welcome to this team. We have given our power away for too long--to food, to weight, to other people, to our jobs, to our families, to negative emotions, the list can go on and on! Please jump right in and introduce yourself. Share your thoughts on what aspects of your life you'd like to reclaim!
We're looking forward to getting to know you. A sincere welcome. Sue Ellen
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