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Yay! New Low

Monday, March 01, 2010

I am happy! I weigh 157, down 1.5 pounds this week.

What's REALLY worth celebrating is that this is the second week in a row I've weighed in the 150's. I've had a great deal of trouble STAYING in the 150's -- it's been a real psychological barrier/mental roadblock.

So now I'm there. YAY ME!

TC's dad is having open-heart surgery on March 12 and as the retired one, TC was asked to come up the following week and chauffeur his mother back and forth to the hospital each day. His dad will be in the hospital for 1-2 weeks and then will need lots of care at home because his mother has dementia and pretty much can't be in charge of anything.

TC and I decided he would NOT fly to Michigan the week of the 15th -- his three siblings & their spouses who all live 5 miles away would just have to work it among themselves. And we called yesterday and you know what? They did. Unfortunately, the burden is falling on just TWO members of the family because everyone else is "too busy". I'm especially disgusted at the 30-something grandchild who doesn't have a job but yet STILL has not been asked to pitch in. His parents defend his busyness. WHATEVER.

To do our part we will go up the following week, March 22-26, which is my spring break.

Of course my first worry is the food. TC's family, like most Americans, eats a lot of processed food and takeout. The funny part is they aren't really big people, they just eat crappy food in small amounts. Fruit is practically nonexistent and vegetables are an afterthought covered in sauce. SO...I'd like to take our trailer so I can be in charge of my own food! But -- it's Michigan in March, so it's really dependent on the weather.

While I am reluctant to get outside my food comfort zone, we'll just have to cross that bridge when we get there! Thank you BLW, for the image of the inner-tube, I like that! I may just have to strap on my inner-tube and float with whatever happens. And I can always take my own apples, carrots, etc. This may be a good test to see how far I've REALLY come with my quest to "think like a thin person"!

This week will be very challenging--I will work late every day this week. I have to work 9-9 today, so I've got my lunch AND dinner planned and packed. I'll have to get on the treadmill before work.

I feel very motivated to continue the downward trend. I'm at 27 pounds lost and have 13 to go! YAY ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • HIDIANE
    We're taking a trip to Michigan in the summer for wedding and I am afraid of the same thing. Is it EVERYONE up there that doesn't eat well?? Oh yea, our kids were born there and we lived in Michigan for 9 years...I am like a former smoker with this SP thing! I hope I can overcome the eating habits of my past when we are around extended family.

    YOU, however, have your act together! Everything on your page and in your blogs tells me so! March may not be the right time to camp in a trailer, but you'll make it work with a trip or two to the grocery store. You are determined and strong, and you have made such progress that you will be an inspiration to the rest of the slackers. You are doing the right thing by going up there, and your heart is in the right place. Hopefully the rest of the family will wake up and pitch in. If not, you can rest easy knowing that you have done your best and made a difference.

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    3519 days ago
  • TRAVELGRRL
    Thank you everyone, for your kind words AND great suggestions! All of a sudden I don't feel so panicky being out of my own house. I think I CAN do this!!
    3520 days ago
  • BIGLITTLEWOMAN
    I just know Freelady is ready to pen her own version of a self help manual. Hey, I just remembered when you, Vandal and I thought about a radio call in show. Who would tune in?? Well, all these millions that pursue Spark.

    You are really on a positive roll. I can feel your energy and determination and it is infectious. Don't let this trip to Michigan interfere with your progress. It is one more challenge coming your way. You will have to equip yourself for this sooner or later and I know you are up for it. You can consider it a controlled test run.

    With your father in law's medical condition, he will need to eat healthy and maybe you can help Mom with how to do that. Your cooler of fruits, veggies and whole grains can be a healthy example, i.e. lesson. Maybe bring a Heart Smart cookbook as a gift. Presented gently of course. Show them that eating healthy can taste good. You and TC can whip up some of those great meals. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3520 days ago
  • VALERIEMAHA
    WOW! Great accomplishment TG! And what wonderful, practical juicy wisdom from FreeLady! LOTS of stuff I can use for sure. At some point I'm really going to have to explore the Beck approach!

    Blessed be!
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    Maha, a *fellow* Arkansan dweller (but NOT native, I quickly add)...oh, and "Hey there!" to AR friend SuchAHoot just below me!
    3520 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/1/2010 12:14:41 PM
  • SUCHAHOOT
    Yea!! 150's rock!! It sounds like you are on top of things with your mind set and your necessary travels. I know it well be a stressful time, but you sound ready for the challenge. Good luck & I will keep all of you in my prayers.
    3520 days ago
  • MAKAMBO
    Congrats on the "low 157"!! I think we need to be prepared for those times when ilness or some other "thing" comes up and breaks our routine. Life is testing you...As a teacher to another, remember that you don't have to have 100% on your test. Aim for %85 and I'll be very proud of you!!
    3520 days ago
  • FITJANE
    Hi-
    Good luck with your turmoil and family drama. It sounds like you are up to the challenge and are making provisions to help you through.
    Thanks for the message on my page. It is the 3rd time in about 1 hour that I heard of the Beck Solution. I had heard of it before, but not looked into it. Today, I think I am getting a message. I read Dr. Phil's book which I liked and may be somewhat similar, but I plan to hit the library tonight and see if I can find it.
    Thanks again.
    Jane
    3520 days ago
  • NANCY-
    Your awareness is amazing. Knowing that you can provide yourself with other options is a great step. Being prepared will keep you on track with your goals and help you with the in-laws.


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    3520 days ago
  • FREELADY
    I know you will be able to do this. The scale is just reflecting your scads of positive steps. You have great motivation and you are not going to forget WHY you are making each choice, the medium-hard ones and the tougher ones!

    Great job packing lunch and dinner. You may have to do that every day this week, but it will be worth it!

    Even if you don't take the trailer to Michigan, you could take a cooler and food box. I love how Beck says, you would not hesitate to make your own food arrangements for a food allergy or diabetes or keeping kosher or for diet like her son's who has epilepsy. Your health is just as important. If you are cheerful and matter-of-fact about it, others will accept it before long. Depending on the situation, I try to come up with a pleasant phrase to use repeatedly when I'm asked about why I'm not at the same trough as everyone else. When I have a little "script," I'm not as likely to get flustered or defensive, the subject is quickly past, plus, the next time you have alternative food, the explanation may rise to the surface in their brains. "I have to eat a little protein with this snack," or "My goal for March is to eat a lot of vegetables," or "Healthwise I have to eat a lot of fruit," or whatever seems comfortable & sensible to you.

    I know you are crazy busy but when you can grab a second, make yourself 3 script cards especially for this trip, things to tell yourself to keep you on track in that situation.

    I am so impressed with the sensible and compassionate plan you came up with for how to work out helping in Michigan. I will be praying for you and TC and the clan. Keep us posted!
    3520 days ago
  • BETHDISCOUNT
    keep up the good work hope your dad does ok
    3520 days ago
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