January 1 2017 .. starting photo .. keeping it clean, and wearing (one of) my "Wish tops" ...
The Royal Princess has spoken !!!! :D
Again, we come to January, (2017) another year has passed .. I have worked for the last 2 years reorganizing my life, and removing the stressor's that I can, and learning how to work with the stressor's I can't. The successes I have made over the last year are I have learned that yes -- not even "I" can do it all. I've learned that sometimes simple things like sleep are more important than multitasking. I've learned that I can do things.
I had been afraid of exercise .. and took that step off of the edge and actually joined a gym. Planet Fitness had been the best psychotherapist during times of extreme need, when I would have normally turned toward food that was not needed; and turned toward exercise. It proved to me; even at coming up to 60 years old .. there is not any age in which we can not exercise .. even if it's just gentle exercise.
I've stepped out of my comfort zone a number of times through the year ... I "tried" instructing at puppy club, finding I'm not ready for that .. It created stresses that I really am trying to avoid, but I tried it .. I proved to myself that I can do things if I chose to work hard at it. I have discovered things about myself, that I forgot were there. Sometimes the magic word has to be said "no" .. and the world continues to turn.
My doctors tests came out perfect in my December physical, proving to me that if I try hard enough, I can feel better ...
This year, I have been doing studying and had a talk with my happy hubby. I am working on my belly .. This is the last step. I spoke with my husband and he is willing to be support for me .. Even try and lose some weight himself. I have been studying the last week and feel this first week of January will help me put things into place. I have put up a new STARTING photo .. as painful as it is .. I'm planning on taking a photo on the first of every month .. If I have to "show myself" to the world, I feel I will try harder on my end.
The photo shows my "wish top" .. one of many that I have in my closet .. The good news is this 'growing up' I have not gotten rid of my small clothes .. so as I shrink (and I will) I will feel like I have new clothes .. my "big" clothes can then turn into "cleaning clothes".
I can do this .. I know I can .. Between hubby and here .... these will be the only places I'm telling of my goals. If I tell others, I know what will happen. I will be put under a microscope and while successes may be noticed, failures will be pointed out.. (been there done that) .. if failures are pointed out, self image decreases, and continual failure can't be avoided .. so this is our secret ..
So -- that is my plan .. and yes -- my goal for 2017 is to lose weight .. I know -- cliche .. but I will succeed ... I need to knock Dr B on his keester come my March appointment (bloodtests again) .. I know I can I know I can I know I can !!! I KNOW I WILL !!!!!
Once again the new year comes around. January 1, 2016... This is the year for me !!! Me learning how to be healthy again. Me building up my exercise. Me to be ME !!! I have slipped horrible, and am now at 75 ish pounds to lose to get back to where I want to be.
75 pounds is very intimidating, so if you read my goals, I have cut them down to "mini goals" .. 5 pounds at a time .. the "rewards" increasing more and more each time I reach those 5 pounds .. BUT in order to get my reward, I must hold that 5 pounds (I can lose more in the proces) for 3 weekly weigh ins .. because I have lost 75 pounds ... over and over and over and over again .. 5 pounds at a time, but as soon as that 5 pound mark shows up .. I seem to relax, and *bweeeeee* there is goes .. lol .. That will be the most difficult part of this journey. My automatic response is "treat with food" .. Well Sally -- treating with food is what got you here ... Let's change up the anti .. and "treat with non-edible things" ..
So my journey continues .. the only difference between 2015 and 2016 .. will be there will be success in 2016. I'm not guarenteeing to myself that my goal of 75 pounds will be reached, because I lose very very slowly ... but I will have a loss !!! I will be able to exercise !!! My medical tests will improve again !!! I WILL SUCCEED !!!!
May 25, 2015 .. It's about time to start reposting here again. I've spent the first 6 months of the last year feeling sorry for me with pain, and learning how to de-stress. I have left my position at Puppy club (volunteer) after 12 years of organizing the Monday night (public) training program. Within the last 5-6 months, I have regrouped, and figured, I will always have the pain following me, but since it's not going to kill me .. I have to learn to work through it ... so I have reset myself a goal for this summer. I thought of it while taking a long walk the other night after a stressful day at work. I am going to work back up to my 3 mile walk .. I used to love walking around the outside of the subdivision. I love to walk .. it clears my head .. Even though I walk slow now .. I still love to walk, but unfortunately the pain after the fact detoured me .. My will power has to be stronger .. it's not like I can't do it .. I just have to do it slower ... I WILL SUCCEED WITH MY GOAL !!!
Unfortunately ... I have gained my weight back yet again .. it came back with friends .. oh heck .. it came back with a WOODSTOCK group of friends .. so we're on our trek for getting rid of that again .. However, I have been working with my eating habits again, (why is it when you get yourself into a funk, you tend to eat more :( ) and hope that with the added small walks (to turn into a big walk) will start chipping away at them .. I don't need a Woodstock anymore .. My Woodstock is over !!!!
So I re-continue once again ...
July 6, 2014 ... The last 12 months have been loaded with many changes .. some good ... some bad ... but we must move on. Stress seems to be on the forefront, but working on making the changes to rectify that .. these have and will be major changes in my life, and I think in the long run they will make a difference ... None have been easy -- and some out of my control .. but what it is it is ... and my new favorite saying is "God doesn't put any more on your shoulders than you can carry .. boy .. He must think I'm pretty darn strong .. " :) ...
March 1, 2013 .... Time to step back .. Things I've discovered over the last 28 days is ... I can't do everything .. I can't do it all .. time to start deligating .. Stress may be the result of my weight gain (see my blog of today 3/1). Menapause may have started it, but the sequence of that and life becoming overwhelming with obligations may have made it continue ... (again .. see my blog of 3/1 where I let it loose .. :) )
February 1, 2013 ... Life begins to become overwhelming. Between work, social engagements, commitments; my ME time seems to be pushing farther and farther into the background again. Where are all of the other commitments going to be if my health suffers. I needed to step up and take a deep, long look at where I am going .. I stopped doing a few things that I felt were "beating me down", and started looking yet once again, at what is best for Sally. Slowly I'm crawling out of that hole again, and it's only a bit longer, before Wisconsin STOPS being an ice block, and turns back into springtime, and fresh air time !!!!
January 1, 2013 ... My NEW 3 month Tracker is out of it's bag, and my NEW daily journal is ready for the first entry .. Going to keep my stickers handy for putzy journaling .. :) Practice session is done .. this is the REAL THING !!!!!
January 2013 ...
And yet I begin again .. 2012 is a year I'd rather forget. I am back hovering around 200 .. and not a happy camper. Not only did I get hit with excess stress of 2012 .. but menopause has hit as well. I don't have any extreme reasons in which to be on hormones, with the exception of I regained all my weight yet again.
I have read articles in weightgain and menopause .. and have read that there are connections, and the solution is to eat more and excercise less .. Whoops .. I mean eat less and exercise more.
Now this is one of the challenges that 2012 has thrown at me .. My favorite exercise, walking .. I now have to do with a cane .. I got slapped with a horrible case of psyatica and since then I have been able to only walk a half mile without the use of a cane. It got very depressing, and I stopped.
2013 will be different. I don't care that I have to use a cane .. I will start up my walks come the warm weather .. that is my goals .. cane or not !!!!!
January is always a clean fresh feeling .. Always a chance to make changes .. a chance to leave the slush of the old year behind .. I am going to succeed again in the year of 2013 !!!!!!
My weight has increased, partly because of life, partly because of me ....but am staying determined, still religiously going to my WW meetings, and still haven't had to buy higher that size 14 pants .. so I'm hanging in there .. but I think it's time to start blogging more again ..
12/25/09 --- As 2009 comes to a close, I can honestly say (after re-reading my previous book ;-) ) that I have accomplished my goals of the year ... My only goals for the upcoming year, is to take time for me. Enjoy each day to the fullest, try tolearn something new each day, and never regret when the day is over ... because a new day and new adventures will begin again when my head lifts from the pillow.
I'm close to goal now, and I plan on learning to maintain. There have been some changes in my life, but nothing that can't be adapted to, and as far as I'm concerned, nothing in comparison to what others may have to go through.
I'm thankful that I still have a job, I'm thankful that I still have a husband that loves me with all my quirks, and I'm thankful that I have a life that is enjoyable, and friends (real and cyber) that "have my back" no matter what the situation.
With that being said .. On to an even more prosperous 2010 !!!!!
Reached WW goal!
After celebrated 3 years of WW (as of 2/27) I have become a LIFETIME member !!!! Now the trick will include maintaining this status !!!!! I WILL DO IT !!!
January 2008 ....
Here I am again. Since joining WW; I have currently lost approximately 25 - 30 pounds. Currently I am at a stall; so it fluctuates, but I'm proud to say my frustration hasn't let me go any lower than 25 pounds. This is where I had stalled before on my way down, so it was expected. It will get tired, and give in, as long as I am stronger than it is .. ;) So since the beginning of the year (2008) I have been at least re-losing those couple of pounds put on during the holidays.
I am currently what I call a "Core Plan Trainee" .. It scared me, but then entire month of December I worked on my eating habits to bring my mind and belly together .. I now have the knack of eating slow enough to get my belly to catch up with my brain .. and being the President of the Clean your plate club -- leaving food on the plate because you are comfortably full, is VERY VERY difficult .. but I'm working on it .. :)
The holidays of 2007 were actually quite easy for me; as I had NO absolutely NONE, commitments. Considering my normal lifestyle, this was a wonderful break. My normal lifestyle consists of running constantly; and for the most part enjoying it .. but it also makes the eating habits suffer as well. So the solution for that is to make sure I have plenty of grab and run food available.
My goals for 2008 are as follows, besides the obvious of the want to lose weight and exercise more....
-Spend more outside time exploring parks with my little maltese -- this in turn will give me fresh air; and exercise as well as her.
-Take my weight loss in very small increments ... after 5 pounds (as alittle inspiration because I AM at a stall) treat myself to a day of shopping, a day at the spa, buy myself a new outfit, something other than the clearance rack of Walmart .. :) After the next 10 pounds .. (because after the loss of 5 pounds - that will mean THIS stall is over) give myself something special .. I want to make my rewards something NOT food related .. This has been a problem all my life; something bad happens, turn to food, something good happens, turn to food; something stressful happens, turn to food ... well -- I'm learning there are other things out there that are just as nice as food .. and just as rewarding .. especially if one has to work to get there .. At this point I should be getting close or at lifetime at WW .. so I don't know what it is that I want for reward, but trust me -- it will be something WONDERFULLY special .. and something I truly WANT!!!
-Take at LEAST one day a month for ME ME ME ME !!! This was a problem in 2007 -- between work; home; social; puppy club .. I was not taking time for ME !!! Me -- the want to play in the yard with gardening; and get into mud up to my elbows, and get all sweaty that only a good long shower would solve, Take a day with puppy --- and explore outside towns -- This will help with getting her re-familiar with walking in strange areas again .. (because the vet wants her to lose alittle weight too .. but when you are overweight at 7 pounds .. Hmmmm ??? I think she only needs about 1 pound to bring her back to where the vet wants her -- even though she IS within AKC guides still) but that would give both her and I exercise and fun, to spend the day together !!! window shopping ... :) But take 1 day a month for ME --- do something that "I" want to do .. :)
---I want to sign up for more classes with my girl .. We had to miss our January show (which I just worked at instead of participated in) because I didn't have the time in 2007 to work with her (even though I do believe she would have done better than some of the people that did sign up .. but you have to understand that's just a proud mom talking here .. :D) but I want her to be more active WITH me .. I missed that last year because alot of the time, I just wanted whatever was going on in my life to just be OVER .. I looked forward to the next day that I had nothing planned, which unfortunately sometimes was 2 weeks away .. *sigh*
So I've learned from my errors of 2007, but my focus is on the future of 2008 ... and my ability to control what is going on in my life !!!!!!!!! (see the determination here :) )
These are my thoughts to start 2008 .. I have decided to reactivate my account at Spark -- because for some reason the WW site doesn't like to play with me .. so since I want to maintain a regular journal .. I thought that I would reinstitute and update my Spark page ..
Welcome to anyone that wants to take the time to read my babbling .. :)
2016 - and another year upon us. My 2015 goals have gone by the wayside, and 2016 is starting fresh.
-Obviously -- lose weight
--less sitting more moving
--pay attention to my hunger
--work for interim rewards.
5 pound increments
15 pound increments
--a nice outfit to help me through the clothes changes
50 pounds ...
--Brother Scan and Cut as an addition to my card making
FINAL REWARDS/ GOALS (currently 75 pounds)
--the feeling of success to:
--be able to go up the levels of Holy Hill church lookout
--Lapham Park and the ability to climb the tower
-- be able to walk around our entire subdivision (5K)
-----and able to breath through it all !!!
The success of my medical tests coming back "NORMAL" ...
2016 -- I am watching what I eat .. paying attention to how much I eat, and my TRUE hunger. Is it truly hunger, or is it thirst ?? I try thirst first ..
I find the more I move the more the joints do NOT hurt ..
As of 2.27.2013.. I have cancelled my membership with WW. I have complete respect for them, but I need to stop and take some time for Sally.
As of 2.27.2007 I have joined Weight Watchers, and having wonderful success with it .. averaging about 2-2.5 pounds per week ... Currently as of 4.2.2007 I have so far lost 11.8 pounds .. This is a safe reduction, and my clothes-o-meter is WONDERFUL!!!!
As of 12.25.09 -- I am currently less than 1 pound away from goal !!! What a happy new year it will be if I hit my goal by my next weigh in of 12.29.09 !!! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ME !!!! :D
Lookout world .. I've come back !!!!!
2013 -- back up 40 pounds .. back to square one, but still continuing in WW. It worked before, it will work again
My real name is Sally, and I live in Wisconsin ... I have a little Maltese and have been enjoying "obedience showing" with her. I have been married since 1978 very happily .. I'm stuck with a lucky one .. he gives me ANYTHING within his power .... I have no wants !!!
I have worked as a corporate controller / systems adminstrator in a small family business since 1976 ... In fact I've been here so long, I've been "adopted" into the family .. :)
2013 -- due to recent changes made in 2012, I am currently up to 6 what could be considered full time positions .. and doing them to the best of my ability .. Is it time for retirement yet ??? :)
Thought of life:
Handle every stressful situation like a dog.
If you can't eat it or play with it,
pee on it and walk away.
Secrets of Success
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