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The Real Enemy is Laziness

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

So, I did get some make-up and haven't quite gotten around to the haircut yet. Haha. Working on getting some finances in order first, but it's at the top of my list! There are just a couple other super important things that need to be taken care of first...you know, like rent and stuff. :)

Moving on to the next item in the article, "23 Things Every Woman Should Stop Doing" from Huffington Post.


4. Viewing food as the enemy.

"Women often receive the message that our ultimate worth lies in our looks. Our hair should be smoothed or perfectly curled, our makeup on at all times -- but natural-looking -- and our bodies bangin’ (read: thin). In the quest to achieve these impossible standards, it’s easy to see food as something to contend with rather than to enjoy. Be cognizant of what you put in your body -- after all, it’s the only one you have -- but try to do away with the guilt. Savor every bite of that gnocchi with gorgonzola or that Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream or those fresh cherry tomatoes. Food should not come with regrets. As Nora Ephron wrote, “I have made a lot of mistakes falling in love, and regretted most of them, but never the potatoes that went with them.”

Oh, how timely. This morning, I finally had the guts to set foot on the scale after months of no activity and eating whatever I want. I am sad to say that I have gained back 30 lbs that I lost last year. That was super depressing to see. But not entirely unexpected. Truth be told, I've felt the changes in my body, in my clothes and how they fit and I've noticed that my current pics don't look a lot different than my "before" pics from last year (before I lost 40 lbs).

The good news is, I'm taking this gain and turning it around. I am, ONCE AGAIN, revamping my eating plan. You know, you'd think that would get so frustrating to start over so often...but, I mean...what other option is there? Keep going the way I am and just get fatter and grosser and feel worse about myself every year? Nah, I deserve more than that. My family deserves more.

My little ones are signed up for swimming at the YMCA starting next week. This is great news because it means I can suit up with them and get a half hour of laps done in the lap pool twice a week while they do their lessons in the teaching pool. I figure, if I'm going to be there anyway, might as well get some fitness in while I wait. I know this is going to make a tremendous difference in my life. And Mr. T and I are also going to begin spending more time active when we don't have the kids. Heck, even if it's just picking up some hand weights or doing some crunches or push-ups while we watch TV at home. It's better than NOTHING, which is what I've been doing.

Overall, it's not the food that is doing this to me. It's my terrible choices in food. And the fact that I can't just have a little bit...I have to devour an entire container or TWO plates full. In addition to cutting my servings, I'll be monitoring and increasing my fiber, so I won't be blowing so many calories on junk that doesn't fill me up.

So, here we go again. If you're still hanging in there with me, I applaud you because I'm not sure I would have stuck around for so long if I were you.

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    We're all in this together....hang in there, no matter what the scale says! emoticon
    1636 days ago
    Whoohoo girl! Keep it going! That 's what counts! You are in inspiration!
    1637 days ago
  • CLP1978
    We are here! I totally understand where you are coming from...discouraged, frustrated, but not hopeless and by no means close to throwing in the towel. One person down there said it best, one day at a time.
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    1651 days ago
    I'm still here cheering you on, Leah!

    And I've finally got around to getting my hair cut this week - I've been meaning to for several months as it was looking more and more like a wild bush! I went to the local college where a trainee cut my hair, with frequent intervention and checking by the tutor. Yes, it took ages, but I got a really good cut and it cost just £7 (including a wash and blow-dry)! I hope you can find somewhere just as good and inexpensive - it does make one feel better about one's self!
    1656 days ago
    I've often thought life is like the game 'Chutes and Ladders'. We go up and we come down, and as long as we hang in there...we will win!
    1666 days ago
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    1670 days ago
    We live and learn! We need to enjoy life! You have this, it is just getting in to the new and doing what we know is right for now. You rock so keep that great life moving! You are an inspiration! Keep moving, one step forward, even if it is backward you are still keeping it going forward! You have what it takes and you are worth it!:)
    1673 days ago
  • GEORGE815
    Hope you make better food choices!
    1681 days ago
    That creeping scale makes me crazy too. I stick around because we are all real people and thus is what it takes. I am also struggling. But I just keep trying.
    1681 days ago
    Love that scale photo. LOL

    And I think we start again every day. I don't believe anyone, even those picture perfect airbrushed stars, gets away with forgetting. They start again. And again. and again and we just have to do it too. Think of yourself as a STAR. emoticon
    1683 days ago
    You can do it!! You have a good plan and lots of friends here in SP. I love that you can swim while your kids take lessons. Perfect. My biggest problem is that I don't exercise nearly enough. I completely understand.
    1683 days ago
    I can definitely relate to the laziness bit. Story of my life. Great that you can get the swimming in - an excellent sport for the whole body. I've never been slimmer than when i went swimming three times a week (to cure a frozen shoulder initially).

    So you can do this, especially with Mr T on board to help you.

    1683 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    I think this happens to all of us "Yay I lost a bunch of weight! Now I can eat what I want and do what I please" So difficult to continue...
    1683 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    I'll always hang in there with you!
    1684 days ago
  • KIPPER15
    Most all of us have been there, done that. hang in there, you can do it!
    1684 days ago
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  • PHOENIX1949
    Multi-tasking at the pool sounds like a great plan!
    1684 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon Hi Leah;
    Way to go girl, You can do this, You just took some time off & now your getting started again. I never gave up on you glad you didn't give up on yourself. I know you'll enjoy swimming again, you taught yourself how to enjoy the pool I hope you enjoy it even more this time.

    Do you & Mr. T ever go for walks??? It's a nice way to spend time with your mate holding hands & talking, planning setting goals. Just a thought to help out a bit.

    Take care & be well, glad your back.

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    1684 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Loved the Nora Ephon quote. Starting over isn't so bad--at least you know how it works! Go for it!
    1684 days ago
    Great article! Nice work!
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    1684 days ago
    Of COURSE I'm still here!!! And I know just what you mean. It really does stink that we gain the weight back... and heaven knows I have done it dozens of times. 3 years ago I lost 40 pounds, gained back 20 and I am STILL trying to get rid of them. I know you will do better than I, simply because you HAVE to chase kids! LOL... But do it now, because the older you get, the harder it gets... And remember... small changes make big results. So don't try to do it all at once. Decide what will work best, and start there. Like... single plate (hard when I am such a good cook, LOL) Or whatever works. You CAN do this! You WILL do this. And hey, you didn't gain it all back, so you are starting in a better place!! emoticon
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    1684 days ago
    Still here, encouraging you to make the changes you are outlining here! emoticon We all have our struggles, unfortunately! I came to the same conclusion as you a few months ago. I did not want to continue watching the weight creep on to me, and that was exactly what was happening and going to continue happening if I didn't take action.
    1684 days ago
    I'm still here, cheering for you! I generally read on my phone and it makes it hard to comment, but I'm subscribed and get excited every time I see your posts. I like them because you're a REAL person, not someone living in a bubble with no life issues! Thank you for being you!
    1684 days ago
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