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A push OFF the couch! Denial be gone!

Monday, August 11, 2014

I was chatting w/ my PT while he worked on my foot. He suggested walking/light swimming in a pool to exercise it. I asked about some basic cardio classes & ST. Then (silly, pretentious me asked) "What about Zumba? Or Zumba Gold?" (Good grief..I haven't done "real" zumba for a few years; I switched to lower impact zumba gold & then had to give that up with my foot pain. What a bold-faced faker I was being. Yuck!!)

He paused. Then he said, "You could do the lower impact zumba gold for the socialization & fun. But if you were doing it for another reason, like to lose weight, there are much better ways to lose weight." I hadn't said ONE word about" losing weight." But he had found a nice way to suggest the simple concept..your foot might hurt less if there was less weight to carry.

He didn't say it...but I knew. In fact, I've said those very words to myself (and thought them about other people) ....but I needed a straight out SHOVE. So I went home...miffed, embarrassed & DETERMINED to lose weight. That was last Monday.

I've just had the best week of exercise & eating I've ever had ... ever. And now I'm starting my second week. And it's working. And you know what else? I feel better & am happier than I've been in all those weeks of eating & drinking my old junk food...thinking it made me happy. Sure..watching the scale go up & my pants fit tighter always make me happy. NOT!

I say this every time, don't I? Well, it's true. I just haven't LEARNED it . My life would be so much easier & so much happier in SO many ways if I'd change my lifestyle.

My deepest thanks to my loyal SP friends who have stuck with me. You are my engine! And facts are facts....let's get this show on the road, shall we!!!

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IRON_RESOLVE 8/16/2014 4:47PM

    last commenter here, so I'm the Caboose!

here's a push of the sofa, and shove down those train tracks

Let's get this train outta the station!!

YOU CAN LOSE WEIGHT, resulting in less foot pain, & EAT BETTER & FEEL HAPPIER ABOUT IT.

Let's GO !! Chugga Chugga - Choo Choo!!

Remember, there is POWER IN MOMENTUM!

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CANNIE50 8/14/2014 2:23PM

    Well, that was a healthy response to a difficult thing to hear. I am happy for you, and proud of you. (Continue to) take care!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 8/12/2014 5:44PM

    I'm glad you are getting back on track! That's great.

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IDEBORAH 8/12/2014 7:46AM

    Well here we are: having do overs for lessons we thought we had already learned. But the good news is HERE WE ARE. Congratulations for learning from your successes. And I know that last week was just the beginnings of the rewards for your healthiest lifestyle.

You're engaged; you show up and you do the work. Victory is yours!
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I'm right here with you. Gonna learn this until I learn this.

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SANDRALEET 8/12/2014 7:40AM

    Eat less healthy food Do exercises that do not hurt you walking

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LIS193 8/12/2014 12:37AM

    Way to go! Your week of better eating shows how you can feel..
Hang in there.
I tried Zumba once and my knee did not like it at all... I could barely walk for about a week, so that was the end of that.

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VISUALLYRICS 8/11/2014 9:19PM

    Here's your engine stopping by:::.... emoticon emoticon Lol! I am so glad you had a emoticon moment and you're making progress!!
emoticon ...:::me too. Tonight my foot is throbbing, but for about 2 weeks, it was fine. I have been ever so careful. I will continue to do so.

emoticon emoticon ~ Laura

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coach's assignment: list 3 achievements

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Yesterday I dodged the spillng-over refreshment table at a big meeting.
Walked 2 miles even though foot is sore
Avoided the so-called "reduced fat" cookies & ate carrots instead.
The Food Traps are lurking everywhere!

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B-LESS-ED 7/30/2014 7:51PM

  Good accomplishments!

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CANNIE50 5/28/2014 12:49PM

    Your comments on my blog made me happy, as usual. You are such a sweetheart. I am glad to hear how well you are doing, and that you are making progress through your injury. Sometimes I think the point of injury is to remind us we are not in control, and to teach us patience. Haven't we learned enough already?!? Thank you for welcoming me back with enthusiasm and open arms emoticon

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JAZZEJR 5/21/2014 10:44AM

    You're doing MUCH better than I at staying with your program -- I lose all self-control while on vacation...intentionally :) Will get back on the wagon TOMORROW!!

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    Every good choice is a step closer!

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LIS193 4/20/2014 2:38PM

You are doing great!

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VISUALLYRICS 4/20/2014 1:34PM

    emoticon Wowsers! you blasted clean thru those challenges!
I declare you a emoticon..... emoticon

STRONG Ends! ~ Laura

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BUSYGRANNY5 4/20/2014 1:21PM

    Good for you!!! Keep on keeping on.

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SANDRALEET 4/20/2014 12:22PM

    I save fruit for deserts cheese and crackers for snacks milk and one once meat for second snack

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GEORGE815 4/20/2014 12:16PM

    Keep up the good decision making. Happy Easter!

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I'm standing on the tracks of an oncoming train.....

Monday, April 14, 2014

DH & I are on the last leg of our " brutal-weather escape" trip. After many weeks of home-cooked meals, exercising as much as dr. allowed, avoiding the fun touristy culinary spots, our brains/hearts seem to "know" that Paradise will soon be a distant memory. Soon we'll return to our "Sat. lunch out" routine.
The bad part is we have enough time remaining to do some really serious damage to all the good work done in the last 2 months! NOOOOOO!

The last piece of "fun" seems to be trying all the unique, outstanding dining opportunities --and they're NOT famous for their salads! I was successfully ignoring, with no problem-o, all the temptations. Did you notice the past tense in that last sentence? "WAS". Where did all that discipline go?

Perhaps the key is to drill into my brain that this is NOT my last chance at eating well. Great food TRULY IS available at home...even if I have to drive 100 miles one way to get it. I can get it...I don't have to eat it all NOW or never.

Your suggestions (besides shouting"Grow Up, Woman!" ) are welcome! I think you've already helped me see how self-destructive this is. Action, not words, that's what I need.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/16/2014 7:01AM

    I don't know what to say....I think there is a time and place for everything.

If I try to be overly strict with my eating, I start to feel sorry for myself. On the other hand, I don't like feeling like I'm not caring for my body when I eat something I consider "bad".

Lately, what has been working for me is to take a bite or two (or three) of the "bad" foods when I feel like I want them, but stopping when I find I'm not really savoring/enjoying the food. If I'm not really getting true enjoyment out of it, it's just not worth it to me to eat any more of it.

I don't know if that helps any. I think we each have to find our own way.


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VISUALLYRICS 4/14/2014 10:22AM

    Moderation is your key word....::::let the fellowship be major, and the consuming of food take a minor place in your last special occasions.
ENJOY the unusual cuisine! emoticon Just be mindful that it is, after all - simply just food....which in turn is fuel.

Have a grand time, and I hope you enjoy any food your heart desires...mindfully.

Have fun! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SANDRALEET 4/14/2014 8:09AM

    Nothing is not out of your life in moderation once in a while Then easier not to go overboard

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A Day on Columbine's Roller Coaster!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

After burying myself in genealogy research for days, I finally forced myself to the gym today. I'm n-o-t a "gym rat." But I always leave feeling bubbly, refreshed and proud. Next was my "yoga for active seniors" class. What a great workout wrapping up with 10 minutes of unbelievable relaxation.

Then....DH wanted to try out a new pizza place. I haven't had pizza in a year, soooo .. you guessed 'er, Chester! And then, because it was sooo spicy, we really "needed" something cool down. To the ice cream joint. I had raspberry sorbet.

Then I walked a mile home.

Tomorrow: Lunch out en route to meeting friends to visit beautiful gardens and then.....dinner out w/ friends. H-E-L-P ! Does Dramamine help on a roller coaster ride?!!

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JAZZEJR 5/21/2014 10:46AM

    I've always LOVED roller coasters. Heck, gotta have SOME fun!

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KANSASROSE67 4/10/2014 8:40PM

    It sounds like you have lots of wonderful fun planned...enjoy and do the best you can to eat well. Life is for living!

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READNKNIT 4/10/2014 7:57PM

    Good for you on the gym and yoga! And hey -- if you haven't had pizza for a year, you've gotta be OK with that! You're not supposed to DEPRIVE yourself! Same with the ice cream! My kids and I stopped for ice cream after school today after I made my daughter practice parallel parking. (she did a great job!)

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SANDRALEET 4/10/2014 6:23AM

    Eating out is hard for me to

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LIS193 4/10/2014 12:27AM

    Way to go getting to the gym and doing yoga!!

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VISUALLYRICS 4/10/2014 12:12AM

    I'm stompin' proud of you for heading to the gym, eating pizza in moderation and choosing the lower fat sorbet over a banana split! . .That's my perspective. Lol! emoticon Go Nancy! . . . : : : emoticon keep the fitness coming and enjoy life! emoticon

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Gratitude.....nothing but gratitude!

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Phooey! I want to exercise (I never dreamed I'd EVER in my life utter those words!)

This started out as a moany, groany blog..but I've deleted it twice. Sigh.

What if we lost everything we have, but take for granted? Think about it. Vision, hearing, breath, legs, arms, health, family, jobs, friends, roof over our head, food (even if it's not our favorite ice cream!), freedom, shoes, M&M's, flowers, teeth, natural beauty, sunsets, the Rocky Mountains, elk in the yard....

OK, so I don't get to exercise until my tendon heals. And then I'll have 4 toes operated on & won't get to exercise. Think of how lucky I am to have 2 feet and 10 toes...even if they are crooked!

I'll exercise my body later...for now I'll exercise my gratitude & track it, too!!

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READNKNIT 3/6/2014 6:26PM

    You are absolutely correct, Nancy! I hope your tendon heals soon! My husband has terrible bunions, and he has been putting off surgery on them for years. He finally had to quit P90X because it aggravated them so much!

Anyway, I hope the surgery will heal whatever ails them and you'll be back riding bikes and exercising before long!

Keep up your good spirits!


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    Attitude is everything. I like that quote that says it doesn't matter what happens, it's how you react to it. I truly believe that. No one likes a Debby Downer, lol!

Good for you for remembering the silver lining in this situation.

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KANSASROSE67 3/5/2014 9:27AM

    You are so right! I've tried to keep that thought in mind ever since my dad was diagnosed with ALS and lost the use of almost every part of his body.


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SANDRALEET 3/5/2014 8:21AM

    True my friend

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    This is so true about how much we take for granted.

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VISUALLYRICS 3/5/2014 12:33AM

    emoticon emoticon My sentiments exactly! You are a dear!

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