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Exercise More Control, Celebrate More Freedom!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

It occurred to me while on my treadmill the other day that one of the things that prevented me from tracking my food for so long was a sense of apprehension over feeling so *constrained* by the numbers and logging food.

Yet, now that I'm DOING it, I find a curious paradox: the more I exercise control over what I put in my mouth, the more FREEDOM I feel over my choices, my life!

BTW, a wonderful and solid 5 mph song I LOVED revisiting this morning: "Spain" by Chick Corea and Return to Forever:


Great song with the ever light & sprite Chick at the Fender Rhodes and Stanley Clarke and his propulsive string bass moving things along...highly recommended!

This morning when I chose my only size 40 pants and one of two size 16 1/2 shirts I felt so THRILLED to be able to wear such sizes! This, I thought, must be how Clark Kent felt when he changed into his Superman outfit! Proud as a peacock and dazzling with such a sense of accomplishment! I had received the shirt as a Christmas gift from well-meaning parents two years ago. Couldn't yet fit into it then, but vowed to get there...and here I AM! Woo Hoo!

Everyone have a super and lively day!

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    Congratulations Don on getting into a new size.
    3127 days ago
    great job, doesan't success feel soooooo good. makes you wonder why we don't "just do it"....your page is so inspirational to me, to see the before and after pictures is so motivating.... keep doing what your doing cause its working for you emoticon
    3129 days ago
    Great job Don! I too, had a difficult time with the 'tracking food' thing...but I am doing it! I hope to experience your success soon! I hope you get a ton of compliments on your outfit today...and so then you can say 'yes, and this is a new and improved size!' I'm sending applause your way!
    3129 days ago
    Don, Thanks for another great music link! Woo hoo on fitting your clothing. I remember those days, setting aside all hope because clothing looked (and felt) tight.

    Your day of discovery that you fit is SO worthy of celebration. It's extra nice that the "belief" came through your parents' gift.

    I share your sense of freedom in the food tracking. About to track today's, as part of my Fast Break goals.
    emoticon Sue
    3129 days ago
    I LOVE that you work out to this kind of music!! :D I need to get it together and branch out with some of my other styles of music that I love and get them on my little MP3 player! :D I definitely really feel freedom when I track my food, too. I see the opportunities created by the different choices I make. It also helps me to see that my "BAD" choices aren't as bad as I demonize them to be in my head sometimes, ya know?
    3129 days ago
    Some times we take our new figure for granted. We even forget just how miserable we felt in our overweight bodies. We need to take a step back and realized how our lives have improved because we were committed to make changes in our lifestyle. Lorraine
    3130 days ago
    Way to Go! I still track my food intake even at goal. The thing is that even if I occasionally go over my maintenance amount -- I'm AWARE and not likely to make a habit of it. That does make me feel in control but not obsessional.

    BTW, Clark, - You had better get shopping for some new clothes in your NEW

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    3130 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/27/2009 9:07:24 AM
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    Way to go Superman!
    3130 days ago
    Yeah, that control is really empowering, isn't it? LOL

    I just think about Lance Armstrong. The guy regimented himself down to the last calorie eaten and the last calorie burned. But that control allowed him to build himself into one of the greatest athletes of all time. And that was AFTER surviving cancer...




    ...and since you're in the mental health profession, here's another article about data tracking you might enjoy...
    3130 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/27/2009 10:06:42 AM
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