I've actually gone on a hunt for the elusive bachelors degree as well as starting the weight loss programme. I wish that one was more measurable or satisfying than the other, but both are equally foot-draggy. At least I'm doing something, right?
Goalsies: 160 - new handbag 150 - new tattoo, botanical print. 140 - new pants. Nice ones not just cheapies from Target. 130 - Two or three new outfits including shoes. Mmmm...shoes...
Oh, I forgot about the nail-biting thing...I've become so much better about this as well. (Maybe something about getting control over our food intake and emotional eating helps us not be orally fixated on smoking, nail biting, etc?) I still do it when they get too long (then I usually realize it and trim/file them) but nowhere near as bad as it used to be. The only nails I DO still bite and kinda look like sh*t are my ring fingers!?!?!
My biggest non-weight-loss-related change is the fact that I don't pull my hair anymore... I just decided that I wasn't gonna do it anymore, and I haven't. Of course, it continues to come out on its own and I don't know why, so that kinda sucks, but hey! No more pulling!
I also got out of a relationship that I wasn't happy in, which is a huge step forward... even though I'm still living with him because I can't afford to live on my own. =\ But we're getting along better now that we've broken up than we did for the last six months or so of the relationship.
Next on my list are the grad school application and the Praxis exam. Job hunt's there too, but that's an ongoing thing. Why are entry-level sales jobs the only ones who seem to want me? I don't want them!
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I quit smoking too (a little over 2 months ago), and found I'm in the same place. I've lost a piddling amount of weight for the amount of work I've done, but that's ok because I've improved so much in other areas.
I can run a mile in less than 10 minutes without wanting to puke.
I can run a mile, period. (5 miles, even!).
I've stopped biting my nails (this is huge for me).
I go to the gym everyday.
I'm more aware of what I put into my body, and how it effects it.
I've learned other ways of coping with emotions than smoking (even though I still suck at it).
Yup - you should be VERY proud of yourself for not gaining while you quit. From what I've heard from people, that's darn near impossible.
I am in my last semester of graduate school, which I dreaded b/c I always procrastinated so long and then pulled allnighters with Diet Coke, coffee, and Red Bull. None of that any more. I still sort of procrastinate, but not nearly as bad, and even though I get a late start, I pace myself pretty well.
For a while I was better about budgeting, saving, and not blowing $ on eating out, drinking, and buying records, but I'm starting to get back to doing that again. I have always been a compulsive list-maker but now it seems like I actually do stuff on it rather than just copy it from week to week.
Wow, congrats on quitting smoking---I know how hard it is. I quit, MANY times. :-) It's hard! And it sounds like you're making leeway in other areas as well.
I've let my house totally fall by the wayside while I've focused on getting my Self back. Now that I've got the hang of this new lifestyle (I think), I'm starting to focus a bit more on other things.
I do think that, having set this goal for myself, and being---thus far---succesful, I'm more encouraged to tackle some other formerly daunting projects. I think it's because I have more self-confidence now.
And speaking of self-confidence---throw a few caps in there---it might give you a little more of a boost. ;-) (I always tease one of my friends that I can tell when she's down when she types in all lower-case.)
good job, and you don't need to tackle EVERYTHING at once!
Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath. -Michael Caine
hello there, not sure if i've really posted in this forum before. but was curious what other incidental changes folks may be going through, aside from the weight loss. and if you find yourself building other non-weightloss "to do" lists that may dovetail with all your weightloss life style changes. any sucesses, failures, lingering frustrations, surprises?
personally i haven't really lost much weight. but i have prevented a weight gain after quitting smoking. it's been three months now--smokefree--and i think i've only lost a net total of 6lbs, tops. but i've found that i've also started running almost daily, joined a credit cleaning service, went and got my learners permit for driving, and i'm just about ready to sign up for online classes.
i'm still finding that my most pressing to do items are not changing/budging/moving... things like job hunting, the weight loss, house hunting, bringing in more income to pay for school. this has it's own frustrations. i now find myself jumping back and forth between "wow, look what you've done" and "WTF, why are these (latter) to do's still here." it's sort of hot and cold. but i'm hanging in there.
bleh, this was a really unfocused tangent. apologies.
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