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4/6/14 10:53 P

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I finally got some welcome goodies sent to new members. I'm sorry that I haven't been staying up with this. Not sure how to encourage more involvement.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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2/25/14 1:17 A

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Amanda-Congrats on all the walking and your presentation.

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2/25/14 12:26 A

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2 workplace successes today! emoticon

1. The last of the 3 staff meetings requesting my mail presentation (the one I developed, created my first PowerPoint slide show on, & presented to supervisors and managers) never got onto my calendar. It was today, and I was reminded a few minutes before it was to start. I pulled it together & was able to offer a decent (not fabulous) presentation for the small group that attended. Not my best effort, but I didn't take the supervisor up on the offer to reschedule, and I'm OK with that.

2. I did have a meeting on my calendar with one of the agency trainers, who is doing workshops at our location over a few days including one on Effective Interviewing I'm taking tomorrow. They stopped offering a class "Take Charge of Your Career" that I had been very interested in, so talking with him was intended to take the place of that. We communicate differently, and I often had to struggle to translate his generalities into concrete actions I can take. I didn't lose my cool, though I felt mildly frustrated and confused through most of our time together.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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2/6/14 11:18 P

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I proud of the fact that even though the temps have been in the 20s the last couple days, I'm still walking on all 3 breaks at work! emoticon emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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12/22/13 9:09 P

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The last card was hand-delivered yesterday, and I just finished wrapping the last gifts to be hand-delivered also! I can actually put a few things away now. I'm deciding on my last couple of work outfits & accessories for the next 2 days. Now I can totally relax & enjoy the last couple of days leading up to Christmas. Oh joy, joy!
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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8/11/13 11:51 P

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I got my laundry done first this morning, then used the time before my friend got here to clean in stages, in between rounds of Dreams of a Geisha (computer game). I got quite a bit done, and what I didn't get to--was OK.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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6/28/13 11:07 A

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Hugs Team!

I hit 500 fitness points this month! I feel amazing and I am really proud. You can do it too! every single minute helps.



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Keep believing in yourself. Be your own #1 fan. Make one good choice each day for You. You deserve it. Be kind to yourself.

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6/27/13 10:28 A

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Another pound and another 1/2 inch from my waist! Woo Hoo.



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6/26/13 7:30 A

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woo Hoo! only 112.5 more fitness hours to go for my goal for the month and I still have 4 days. I think I will make it. I am really excited about this.

Wish me luck gang!



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Keep believing in yourself. Be your own #1 fan. Make one good choice each day for You. You deserve it. Be kind to yourself.

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6/25/13 9:42 A

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How are all of you doing? What progress have you made in your life. It doesn't have to be strictly weight loss. Have you finished that little project that has been nagging at you? If so share it here. We would all love to rejoice with you in any accomplishments you make.

I finally put a dent in the organization of our dining room / my work area for my beading business. We are eventually going to set up a more permanent area in the basement for my business. But to do that we need to install better lighting and more efficient cooling/ heating down there. For now I work at the dining room table. I have a large bookshelf on top of an old stereo cabinet. Plus floor drawer units. I have a LOT of beads, wire, hemp, findings, focal components, etc. I also make paper beads so I have a lot of scrap booking paper. I finally got the stuff organized and arranged in a better to find what I am looking for way.



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Keep believing in yourself. Be your own #1 fan. Make one good choice each day for You. You deserve it. Be kind to yourself.

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6/16/13 9:15 P

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I've been noticing I often don't get around to Sparking until kind of late at night, and by then I'm tired, and don't always feel up to joining all the discussions. I'd like to break my sessions up (the home set-up is definitely not so good ergonomically) and not leave it so late. I tracked and huddled in the early afternoon, and I'm starting to post on teams in the early evening--so that's progress!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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I did a bunch of work in the dining area today. Pulled out recycling, items to donate, put a few things away. I lowered the height of the stacks on the card table in the corner, and emptied a couple of boxes in front of & underneath the card table. There is still a distressingly large number of boxes and amount of old mail, files, papers, office supplies & assorted items, but the quantity is less than it was. I *AM* making progress!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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3/7/13 12:15 A

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Got the taxes figured last night, with the refund I'll be getting. I now have them copied, attachments stapled, envelope addressed, sealed stamped and in my bag ready to be mailed tomorrow! I also have a birthday check that came yesterday ready to deposit and the thank you card & letter ready to mail. Yay for not procrastinating! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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3/1/13 12:54 A

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I reported this on the BB Success thread, and thought it applies here as well. During an investigative interview with HR & a manager (not about me) I kept pretty calm & was as truthful and as perceptive as I could be, including acknowledging my own filters and those of others; plus I made some points outside what they were asking about that I strongly feel affect the way we all feel and behave at work--as in too much focus on the negative, and not nearly enough encouragement, appreciation or support! And even when I occasionally got choked up, I merely allowed them to see how much I have been adversely affected by the culture of complaint and criticism and the rampant gossip. I thought I gave a pretty thorough and balanced accounting of what my experience has been.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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1/5/13 9:14 P

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I'm tooting my horn emoticon over a couple phone calls. I was disappointed this morning that I brought a calendar I received as a gift that I'm not that fond of (bless my brother, he tries, but Garfield does nothing for me), hoping to exchange it. I was told I couldn't without a receipt. This afternoon I called and spoke with a different sales person and was told I could exchange it based on it's price now (50% off)--which is fine, and what I had expected. I got her name, so if I get the same inexperienced person tomorrow, I will let them know Mary assured me it could be done.

I also called to make an appt for a haircut at a place in the mall I hadn't tried. I did go in last week to ask their price for just a haircut, and was told $25. After making the appt by phone, I confirmed the price, but was told women's cuts are $27-30. I was taken aback and questioned her, letting her know I had specifically asked, was only interested in a cut, nothing else, and could wash my own hair if that raised the cost. She consulted someone else, and it turns out the cut & wash are $25, with a blow dry it's $27, and styling raises it to $30. I assured her *all* I want is a decent cut. I hadn't been happy at the cheaper places the last few times, and since my stylist left Penney's, I had one too short cut there, so want to try something else.

I'm glad I was assertive in each case, without having to get worked up or just giving in.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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12/20/12 1:32 A

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emoticon Small steps taken often get you farther than giant leaps once in a while.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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12/19/12 11:37 P

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I did an exercise video today when I got home from work. It was a walking one and I almost said to heck with it since I thought it was not enough of a workout but I did it and feel much better.

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I was tired last night; I had been up since around 4 am, struggling emotionally with issues that came up in kung fu class the night before. I had been sluggish and sometimes sleepy at work. I was already in my jammies and about to get in bed when I thought about not doing any strengthening exercise that day. So I practiced the 4 kung fu forms I know (a choreographed series of movements) to help me remember all the steps, a few times each, then did some exercises for the core and arms. I went to bed feeling stronger and better about myself. Then this morning, I made sure I tracked those exercises on my fitness tracker and Other Goals for yesterday!
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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11/30/12 1:37 A

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Got more done today: Wrote my holiday letter while the car was getting a minor service (plus I went for a short walk), put a get well gift in the mail and bought stamps, bought the last couple of gifts to mail, checked jewelry that arrived to insure no defects (orders from my party) & met my sister to pass on orders for her and a friend who lives in her area, rushed home to change and skedaddle up to Seattle for my kung fu class. I put lights on the tree earlier, and after dinner decorated with ornaments emoticon --I just love me pretty tree! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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11/28/12 11:15 P

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Today I got lights and ornaments in my bedroom window that overlooks the walkway in front of the apartments. (I exchanged the autumn wreath for an artificial evergreen one with gold beaded garland and big maroon bow over the weekend.) I wrestled the small tree into the stand--hadn't realized the trunk isn't straight when I bought it, so it has a crazy tilt! emoticon

Gathered the few gifts I have already, made a list of what I still want to get, and got a few ordered. emoticon Began making plans for delivering jewelry and made an appointment to take the car in for a minor service. I had neglected to take exercise breaks, so took a nice walk with hills around the neighborhood before dinner. All in all a successful first day of a working vacation! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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11/23/12 10:04 P

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I've cleaned off the coffee table where the tree goes--now I just have to buy one! emoticon Last year I ended up with one that hardly had any smell--very disappointing, as it's one of the reasons I prefer a real tree!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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9/30/12 5:03 P

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Before going shopping and to lunch, my sister and I took measurements (it's harder to be accurate when you try to do yourself, I think). It was about 5-1/2 months since the last time we did this. So even though it took 3 full months to drop my last 5 pounds, the inches have been coming off steadily.

Since mid-April, I shed a total of 7 inches from waist, hips, thighs and arms (I didn't count legs and arms twice, are you supposed to?)--which explains why I dropped another clothing size, even though my weight hardly changed. emoticon Feeling pretty good!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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9/3/12 1:11 A

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I put together the last of my 9-cube organizers. (It was sitting around in its box for quite a while!) I rexchanged it with the first one I made, on which I attached the 5 sqare backs for some of the cubbies. That way all four of the side-by-side, back-to-back cubes now have no cubby backs, so long items can go through all the squares. The old one is in the hall for more storage. Now to finish purging the unused items in the entryway, and establish clear homes on the various shelves and in the cubbies!

I did some shopping today, got some more size 10 pants--slacks and jeans, and everything has usuable pockets this time! That was my reward for dropping another 5 pounds (took me 3 months) to an even 70 pounds lost. emoticon emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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6/26/12 11:58 P

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My success is that I'm feeling sad and blue, and I'm not comforting myself with food. In the old days I would have been drinking--probably a bottle of wine by myself. I had a big salad for dinner, I'll watch another Leverage episode on DVD and have a mini ice cream cup for dessert. I don't need to stay home from work to sulk; I'll just deal. And I will remember that what others think of me is none of my business.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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6/23/12 6:48 P

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My sister (and co-leader on the Babysteps Brigade) reported a week ago or so that she had created an Oasis of Order (a BB term) in her car, which she shares with her DH. I was very envious, and a bit embarrassed, as I have quite a bit of clutter in my car. No, it's not all clean yet, but I've been grabbing an item or 2 most days to throw away, recycle, put away, and today I swept the front carpets of tracked in dirt and pine needles. It's an ongoing project, but it's looking better!
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Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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I had a nice acknowledgement at the meditation class yesterday. I think they do it once a month at the kung fu studio. I guess it is usually led by the woman who founded the school (whom I haven't met). But since she was out of town, the instructor who led Thursday's class, and with whom I had emailed a few times, led our small group of 3 (including me). Since it was my first time there, she asked about my experience with meditation. I mentioned I had once taken a TM class, over 15 years ago, but hadn't kept that up. I've read a bit, including some Meditation for Dummies, and lately have been pretty regular with short sessions of 5 to 10 minutes morning and/or evening.

I was a little embarrassed that I don't sit longer (some people recommend 20-30 minutes morning and evening!), but also glad it was coming up. Since the class was from 1:00 to 2:30, I had no idea what was in store for me! Michelle's response was "Awesome. That's more than I do." And we did a number of activities, none of which lasted too long, including a pretty cool guided meditation. I really enjoyed the variety, though I picked up the other leader does more traditional Buddhist meditation. Another participant enthused how much she got out of this session, so maybe Michelle will lead again. emoticon emoticon

Oh, and I was *really* happy to see a few chairs set out as well as mats and cushions. I normally sit up in bed with my back against the wall, so a chair was much better for me! emoticon

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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I did it! I gathered up my courage, did some research on a woment's martial arts school, communitcated with them, got more information, got my directions for driving into Seattle (ack!) and finally went to observe a beginner class tonight.

I was a little bit nervous about it all, but it was so helpful to get a sense of the place and the people (very positive) and the many components to a class. The only down side is that another beginner series doesn't begin until July. There's a "try a class" open house in June, which I definitely plan to attend, and I may go by a meditation class they are having this Sunday! I'm excited, still nervous, but really glad I went!

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Thanks Amanda!

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My two cents here is that it's fine to view food as more than fuel. I like eating! I like the tastes, the textures, and the smell of foods! I've been replacing the crunch of chips with celery and apples, and going for the lo-cal roasted seaweed snacks (which I really like, though not everyone does) over those high-cal rosemary & olive oil Triscuits. And I have never given up my 2 daily cups of gournet coffee with honey & half-and-half. Some things are worth the calories to me!

Like you said, Emmy, it's a matter of retraining ourselves and learning to find the pleasure in eating healthy foods in moderation. And on an individual basis we have to decide if there are certain substances we need to abstain from for our own well-being. For me it's alcohol, whereas I will consume sugar, but not artificial sweeteners if I can help it.

The more we understand our patterns and become aware, the more choices that open up for us. Keep up the work, Emmy! emoticon

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Yes but my packing stems fom the food depreivationi suffered from with my dad i know my binging came from that always filling the comfort side as well as being afraid of not having enough. So that is what i really want to change my mindset from. No one keeps me from food but myself so i have to remind myself of good foods to put into my body and not more then needed. That is why i know it wll be hard to reverse my thinking but am up for the challenge!

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Emmy I honestly think anyone who struggles with being obese sees food as more than just fuel - you're not alone. I've been stressed and I've been eating.
Did you know that research has shown that the hybridized wheat grown in the U.S. actually affects the brain the way opiates do? It's the only food that affects brain chemistry and it really is is addictive. We instinctively want comfort food like cookies, cake, pasta and bread when we're down because it temporarily makes us feel better.

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Thank you Gabby & Amanda! Really working hard at it. We are now moving into a part of how to heal my relationships with food from the abuse. I haven't binged in 287 days trying to make it a year but i still struggle with portions. Example of my worped thinking, i will pack my breakfast but always a few extra things like more fruit or a protein bar or peanuts. Lunch i'll make two sandwiches when i only need one. Sometimes i leave it and other times i eat part of it. So i am being really careful this past few days and packing just what i need to see how i feel. having extra is always a security thing. My homework is to get a book called intuitive eating which frees you fromthe diet mentality. I really just wish i could see food like others to where it is just fuel not comfort or security... This will be the hard work!

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Emmy I read your blog and wanted to comment on it to tell you how much it touched me but I got distracted so I'm letting you now here that I thought what you wrote was excellent.

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Emmy, you are doing emoticon It is so good to hear from you and to read about these accomplishments! emoticon

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1. Wrote letter to sister in form of a poem.
2. Wrote Poem reflecting my changes this past year and blogged.
3. Completed a 5k in 1hr 4 mins. even with injury. I may have come in last but i finished. I knew my sister was with me while i was waking the 5k against child abuse. In my solitude came the letter in my head understanding more then i ever did before.
4. Read both poems to my therapist and let her in. We now begin working on my relationship with food to make it healthier. I told her i still struggle on portions and packing more then i need at times because of that fear of not having any..

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@Amanda - that is so great! emoticon






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I got the nicest compliment today from a stranger at the gym. I was on my last weight machine exercise of the morning, when I heard a woman near me say "You look really good." I glanced over to see if she were addressing me, which she was, and I wondered if she was talking about my form for the exercise I was doing.

She said she hadn't come in a couple of months, and when she saw me she just went "Wow!" I acknowledged that I've lost a total of 60 pounds so far--over a year and a half--and thanked her. What a lovely feeling to have someone I've never spoken to share that, and to know that I'm demonstrating to others that it can be done safely and naturally.
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On my extra day off today, in addition to the overdue laundry and grocery shopping, I got a long way toward setting my bedroom to rights. I have things in each of the 9 organizer cubes (categories, not a mishmash), and I rearranged some stacking drawers to make room for the organizer. What I'm proudest of is that the piles are gone between the bed and the shelves! emoticon

I haven't assigned homes for every single item, but most stuff is where it belongs, and there's still a short stack of stuff between the dresser and shelves, but the floor is clear and vacuumed, and the space feels so open and calm! I'm really pleased with my progress!
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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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I think taking self defense classes for women is such great idea for you. It may give you a different type of self confidence to enable you to deal with certain situations better.

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This morning while getting ready in the morning, I dealt with 3 single tiny items, moving them to where they belonged. It felt good to do something at a time I usually don't--becasue I think I don't have the time. But really, each thing only took a very few seconds! emoticon I did a little bit more this evening after work. I don't have anything planned this weekend, so I like to get a bit more progress in decluttering as well as looking for those cubbyhole-drawer-organizer things.

A different thing I'm proud of is that last weekend I finally did some looking online for self-defense classes and found a women's group in Seattle. I emailed them and got a reply today. I read that and wrote back even before logging onto SP. I am so nervous about it, I realize it could trigger my PTS, but they are very aware of the issues and seem to take a good, supportive approach. So I had some specific questions, and will hopefully be able to visit and wartch a class, to get a better idea of what happens, and just give myself a chance to experience it in a very limited or safe fashion.

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And I love myself just the way I am."

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Ladies - emoticon

I'll try to have something positive for tomorrow!






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I journaled my feelings and did letter to sister. Had a great therapy session!

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I completed my taxes and copied the form on my spiffy new printer! It will go into the mail tomorrow, and I'm getting money back!

I got one thank you card completed with a report of how I spent the birthday cash.

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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Thanks Amanda! Now I just have to stay on track for my food plan and I can mark March off as a success. I still have a few more weeks to work at that.






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Congrats, Gabby, on making progress on several fronts. emoticon

I think I got all the holiday stuff into the balcony storage closet finally. (It had just been sitting around on the coffee table.) And I finally began going through a few week's accumulation of mial--one of my serious procrastination issues! emoticon

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Good for you Amanda - keep it up! I forgot about this topic.

I rode the exercise bike again yesterday for 15 mn despite not feeling up to par and used the rebounder 2x. I read 1/2 of a self help book and I spent time the past week decluttering my desk and taking care of financial matters. All on my list of goals for March.






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I spent extra time in the dining room this evening while doing my daily SPERD. I broke down boxes & set recycling by the door to go out tomorrow. I consolidated piles and moved boxes, and I now have much more open space, which feels emoticon

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
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Exactly!! I can't wait either!! Hugs!!

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emoticon Emmy! I know you are excited! Having your life change in concrete ways--like fitting into new clothes emoticon --is the true definition of success. emoticon

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I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

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I think that clothes fitting better are a much better measure than the scale. emoticon
Think how nice it will be to wear smaller teeshirts when camping!

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Success not measured by a scale my girlfriend gave me a box of shirts and tops that are 2x's and guess what i'm wearing one woohoo and my rolls do not show up lol!

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Just took a few minutes to do some work with arm weights this morning before work. It had been a while, so I felt these. My legs are strong and pretty toned from all the walking, but the upper arms are a bit flabby, so I want to get more consistent with this!
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WOOHOO AMANDA way to go!!

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Went back to the dentist for a full set of X-rays and my first professional cleaning in 12 years. I'm so glad I was able to work through the PTSD reaction and get past the terror brought on by that long ago experience. Things went very well, and the hygienist said she couldn't believe my teeth and gums were in such good shape without dental visits! The dentist spent just a few minutes looking in my mouth and at the X-rays and pronounced "No problems. See you in 6 months."
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@ Amanda - I am soooo proud of you!! You must be feeling absolutely fabulous!! Now treat yoursefl to something special like a new outfit to wear to Hawaii!
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be my guest, my other one was Party in my head!!! hehe!!

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2/12/12 9:17 P

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emoticon Emmy! I like that phrase "Party in the house"--I think I'll borrow it!

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

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2/12/12 5:41 P

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Woohoo!!!!!! Amanda way to go!!!! Party in the house woohoo!!!!

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"Your Fitness is 100% MENTAL! Your body WON'T GO, where your MIND doesn't PUSH IT!!"

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Holiday Half 2013 Time: 4:02:06 Pace: 18:11
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2/12/12 3:04 P

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Hey, just had to toot my own horn here! emoticon emoticon

My weight loss has slowed considerably, and I've been hanging around 157-158 pounds, which represents a total weight loss of 57-58 pounds. I was thinking it would be nice to nail that 60 pounds lost by vacation time (we fly out 2/29 to Kauai emoticon ), but given how long I've hung out at this point, I wasn't sure it could happen.

I only adjust my weight tracker down in full pounds, and only after I've maintained a new weight for 3 days in a row. (I admit I step on the scale every day emoticon , and pledge that I *never* beat myself up over the numbers) I finally got to move my tracker down to 157 a couple days ago. And after 2 days of registering at 156-point-something, yesterday saw 155.4, this morning the first time was 155.2, and after the gym and groceries it was down to 154.8!
emoticon I haven't weighed this little in over a decade. I *know* I will not only reach my original Spark goal weight of 150 emoticon but that I will eventually drop 10 pounds beyond that and reach a healthy BMI again! emoticon It doesn't matter how long it takes me. I will get there.

Blessed Be, Amanda

"I love myself the way I am, and still I want to grow;
But change outside can only come when deep inside I know:
I'm beautiful and capable of being the best me I can,
And I love myself just the way I am."

[by Jai Josefs in his amazing song I Love Myself the Way I Am]

Co-leader of the Babysteps Brigade (BBs), A Gathering of Goddesses (GGs), Survivors of Abuse (SAssies) teams.


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2/11/12 11:00 A

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Thanks Gabby as i blogged about it alot of it is how i see myself then i did a year ago and also using hte techniques that were given to me but mostly is the support systems i seemed to have been building for myself before i got into therapy and after. It has really helped.... my anniversary will in July! My water gain is starting to subside slowly but it is hoping to have it off by this week's weigh in. Really working on drinking alot of water today! according to my doc half my body weight in water emoticon that is 17 cups of water give or take i can do 8-10 i have add that many more. YIKES!!

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"Your Fitness is 100% MENTAL! Your body WON'T GO, where your MIND doesn't PUSH IT!!"

Rogue Run Half Marathon 2012, Medford Oregon 9/23/2012 4hrs 20 mins - 19:55
Rogue Run Half Marathon 2013 Time: 4:04:34 Pace: 18:41
Holiday Half 2013 Time: 4:02:06 Pace: 18:11
Vernonia Half 4-13-2014 - Attempted with Asthma - unable to complete - blisters and Asthma attack. Completed 8 miles and was extremely happy i was able to do that. Consid


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2/11/12 10:53 A

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Emmy that's fabulous! They say it takes 3 months to get rid of a bad habit and establish a good one. You're way past that hurdle with 200 days of success. I'm very proud of you.

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