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12/5/12 2:12 P

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Yes, this is a very busy time of year. I will try to remember to put my collage into my sparkpage sometime today or tomorrow. The rest of the goals for Focus are just to make sure your goals match your beliefs/values - done - and write a mission statement. I think I've done this already. At least pretty close to a mission statement. I will start working on Step #2 next week as time allows.

"Never take no cutoffs and hurry along as fast as you can." - Virginia Reed, Donner Party survivor


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12/4/12 10:36 A

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I took a break also its been busy for me but I will start back reading slowly.

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12/3/12 8:36 A

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I took a break from this challenge hoping people would catch up. But it doesn't seem anyone is doing this challenge except me. I worked on a new collage this weekend and will look at the rest of the steps for Focus this week. I'll post by the end of next weekend.

"Never take no cutoffs and hurry along as fast as you can." - Virginia Reed, Donner Party survivor


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11/18/12 9:01 P

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Pay attention to doing one thing at a time.
I simply don't have time to do one thing at a time. I work very hard to be productive all the time. I would love to have a life that didn't require multitasking.

Talk to people who believe in you and your Purpose.
Most people I know don't know that I'm working on losing weight. Now that I've lost 55+ pounds, they're starting to notice but I don't talk about it with anyone but my boyfriend and sister. My boyfriend is supportive, but doesn't understand. He is naturally skinny and doesn't know how hard it is to lose weight. My sister is my best ally. She's been great the last year. She's been jealous of me when I've lost weight in the past and it's really nice having her support this time.

Simplify your life and slow down by eliminating one headache of daily life.
As I said earlier today, I don't know how to simplify any further than I have. I do everything I can to keep it simple.

Update your priorities.
My priorities right now are to get back on track (and stay on track) with my calories. I also have an injured shoulder and need to make sure I keep exercising. Most of the DVDs, I work out to, have you go into plank for part it and I can't handle that right now. So, I plan to walk more and use the elliptical machine in my condo complex's cabana.

Think about recent decisions and if they did or did not correspond to your Values & Beliefs.
I've been struggling with my eating for months now. While I'm overeating, I'm thinking "I don't care. I want to eat." Then, I regret those thoughts especially with the scale not moving now since August.

Practice arguing against yourself. Be your own "devil's advocate".
This is great. This is what I need to work on. I'll be spending some time this week on this. With Thanksgiving this week, this should be challenging.

Draw your vision of an ideal life, or an ideal outcome to a specific situation.
The ideal outcome of this weight loss journey would be me in my ideal body weight range. I don't know how realistic that is, since I haven't seen that weight since high school. But, that is ideal.

Read stories of success.
These sometimes help me and sometimes just upset me. I get really upset at how fast other people reach their goal weight. I feel like I struggle so much more than others. I know that isn't true, but I feel that way when I read success stories. I find true life survival stories much more inspiring. After reading a survival story, I think "If they could survive that, I can do something as simple as losing weight!"

List the internal Reasons Why you're pursuing a certain goal
1. I hate being fat. I feel like a failure when I'm fat. It makes me feel weak and stupid. That's pretty brutal, but it's the truth.
2. When I'm thin, I feel strong, in control, and that I'm really me. I'm supposed to be thin.
3. I want to be strong. I want to prove to myself that my best days/years are not behind me. With a bad knee and ankle, it's easy for me to get depressed about what I can no longer do.
4. I want to be healthy. I want to keep my cholesterol in control with diet and exercise. I want to prove to myself, and my family, that I'm not doomed by my genetics.

"Never take no cutoffs and hurry along as fast as you can." - Virginia Reed, Donner Party survivor


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11/18/12 10:24 A

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Things I'll be thinking about today:

Pay attention to doing one thing at a time.
Talk to people who believe in you and your Purpose.
Simplify your life and slow down by eliminating one headache of daily life.
Update your priorities.
Think about recent decisions and if they did or did not correspond to your Values & Beliefs.
Practice arguing against yourself. Be your own "devil's advocate".
Draw your vision of an ideal life, or an ideal outcome to a specific situation.
Read stories of success.
List the internal Reasons Why you're pursuing a certain goal.




Edited by: TMCLEOD4 at: 11/18/2012 (20:33)
"Never take no cutoffs and hurry along as fast as you can." - Virginia Reed, Donner Party survivor


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11/18/12 10:23 A

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First thing tomorrow, see if you can find five things in your day that you might call a distraction from your goals. Focus on getting rid of one at a time.

I've thought a lot about this. The distractions from my goals aren't things I can get rid of. Work, house keeping (which can be some exercise, at least), running necessary errands, etc. I don't watch much TV, I don't even have cable and only get 2 channels since digital TV started. I watch 1 movie a week on average and spend maybe 1 hour a day watching the news. I'm usually doing other things during that time. I spend all my time working, eating, sleeping, and exercising. That's pretty much all I do.

"Never take no cutoffs and hurry along as fast as you can." - Virginia Reed, Donner Party survivor


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11/12/12 2:39 P

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I haven't had much time lately to work on this. I will work on this some more this week or over the weekend.


Edited by: TMCLEOD4 at: 11/13/2012 (09:00)
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11/7/12 8:27 A

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My main goal is to lose 30 pounds by September 7th, 2013.

This fulfills the "goal" part of Focus. I have other goals as well, as I stated in the previous section.
I don't expect to reach this goal. This would put me at 145 pounds. I haven't been that small since just after high school. I put it this way to hopefully motivate myself to keep working on it and to give it a deadline. I will be thrilled with just half of that amount. Since I've been stuck (my own fault) at 175 for a couple of months, I now have to lose 3 pounds per month to reach this goal. I average 2 pounds a month.
Still, that would put me at 155 by September! I haven't been that weight since 2000. BTW - I didn't gain nearly 100 pounds since 2000, I was 155 in 2000 after dieting for a year and a half.

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11/5/12 8:33 A

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emoticon TMCLEOD4 I see your making progress! I haven't got this far yet.

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11/4/12 8:52 A

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1) At the end of each day, ask "what did I do today to work toward my Purpose?"

I exercise almost every day. So, I can answer this question pretty easily. But, I need to work on staying in my calorie range and maybe I need to make this "what TWO things did I do today to work toward my Purpose?"

2) Sit still and enjoy the blessings that you're working so hard for.

I need to work on this. I think about this once in a while but should be thinking about it daily.

3) Carry pictures of people who rely on you in your wallet or purse.

hmmm, I don't think anyone relies on me.

4) Take a 60 second vacation and become mindful of what you're doing.

This is tied into number 2 for me. Concentrating on what I'm doing, why I'm doing it, and what the consequences will be is one of my biggest obstacles. I'm working on a Mindful Eating challenge right now as well and really trying to focus on the food I'm eating.

5) Avoid using language that contradicts your Values & Beliefs.

This is something I've been working on since joining SP. I CAN DO THIS! I've stopped saying "this is too hard", "it'll never happen", "I'm fat and always will be", etc. Of course, there is always room for improvement. I'm generally a negative person.

6) Have a hero. Ask "what would __________ do?"

Okay, this one just made me laugh! I'll have to think some more about a "hero". I've thought about it quite a bit already and I just don't have one. Maybe I should ask "what would I do?" LOL!!

7) Put your goals on paper, in words or pictures, and keep them in front of you

I made a vision collage over a year ago. I need to do another one. I will work on this, hopefully this week.

8) Create a personal motto in a creative, catchy way. Display it as a reminder.

I'll try to incorporate this into my collage in number 7.

9) Plan your week and day ahead of time in light of your goals.

I have an exercise plan on a blank monthly calendar. I plan my meals ahead of time about 50% of the time. I'm going to work on increasing that percentage.





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10/31/12 10:05 P

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I'm slowly starting Step #1. I wrote a few things down for the start of this step.

Why are you here? Why did you come to this site? Some goal, however small, urged you to learn more about our system for reaching it. What was that goal? Write it down. Keep this goal in front of you every time you come back.

I came to the site to have an easier way to track my calories and exercise.
I want to lose another 30 pounds and be stronger.
I want to lower my cholesterol.

These are pretty generic goals. I'm sure they'll get more specific as I go through the information.

"Never take no cutoffs and hurry along as fast as you can." - Virginia Reed, Donner Party survivor


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10/25/12 8:51 A

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emoticon Please post your progress here and discuss sections from step #1 focus.

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