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I have allowed "life" to become an excuse to procrastinate becoming the strongest & healthiest I can be.

This time, I'm doing it for me.

Hopefully along the way I can be a healthy example for my children, emphasizing physical & emotional health over societal pressures.

My children need to learn earlier than I did that you CANNOT be there for your family if you do not take care of yourself. Period.

Member Since: 11/16/2012

Fitness Minutes: 0

My Goals:
**Quit smoking
** Minimum Alcohol
** Nourish my body
**Exercise daily


So.... once I get more specific I will report back!

My Program:
Since emotions can influence behaviors, I am using my experiences in DBT therapy, namely the PLEASE MASTER skills to reduce my emotional vulnerability.

P & L (Physical Illness; treat, see dr, rest, etc)
E (eating in balance)
A (avoid mood altering substances)
S (sleeping in balance)
E (exercise--do it!)
MASTER(Y) --build it! (Do one thing every day that makes you feel competent & in control) Could be ANYTHING!! Related to work, home, kids, hobbies, family, friends, etc.... what are you good at? Do it & acknowledge it!!

Feel like resorting to old tricks in order to deal with things? Try doing the OPPOSITE! (Take a walk instead of a nap; If you're afraid, try it; If your impulse is to hide, get out there!)

Personal Information:
I have Borderline Personality Disorder. BPD "borders on" but lacks the criteria for other diagnoses. At one time it was extremely difficult if not impossible for BPD patients to find therapists willing to treat them.

DBT therapy has proven to be highly effective; it validates the client & requires skills practice to improve relationships, reduce suffering, & cope with emotions in healthy ways. DBT was developed by Dr Marsha Linehan, who recently revealed her own struggle with BPD. As described by Linehan, "People with BPD are like people with third degree burns over 90% of their bodies. Lacking emotional skin, they feel agony at the slightest touch or movement.”

BPD can be misdiagnosed as a form of bi-polar, such as "Not otherwise specified" or "Rapid Cycling." Meds help slow down impulses or "even out the rough edges," but therapy is necessary.

Other Information:
I will sometimes share things that have helped me. Take it or leave it! It may not be specific to dieting--it will usually apply to trying to make ANY change. I'm no guru. I make a choice every day.

Has something happened that makes you want to give up?

Improve the Moment:

I magery (go to "safe place")
M eaning (find meaning to event)
P rayer/ Meditation
R elax
O ne thing in the moment
V acation (even if it's just a 1 hour mental vacay--not too long or one that will make you feel worse)
E ncouragement (affirmations, favorite quotes, support from others that are non-judgmental, etc)

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    The victory is yours, if only you choose, to do what is right, so that you can lose!

    Just keep moving ahead, doing things to keep you fit, not allowing distractions to keep you from it.

    Don't focus on things, that will hold you back, just shove them aside, to keep you on track!

    If you look back, and see what brought you down, you will find what it is, that can turn around!

    Keep your heart, and mind focused on to your goal, there is plenty of stuff, that is good for your soul!

    Be happy with the steps, that you take every day; don't get stuck in the traps, that will pull you down out and away!

    I thank you for your encouragement, it means much to me! Keep moving forward, and soon you will be free!

    2451 days ago
  • v BETHS60
    Thanks for your comment on my blog, and thanks for the laugh!
    2572 days ago
  • v SUSANNAH31
    Thanks for the welcome to the team. I plan to use that crockpot this winter.
    2579 days ago
  • v no profile image CHERIBA1967
    Oh cool I guess we did join really close together. Im looking forward to supporting each other. Heres to our journey!!!! ;-)
    2580 days ago
  • v RG_DFW
    Thanks for adding me, I've done the same. Your goals look realistic and I'll be looking forward to reading about your successes in the coming months!
    2580 days ago
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