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Growth Points are a Blessing

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

I am blessed to be learning something new every day, whether it be by way of meeting new people or by experiencing new situations. I have learned over time that, regardless of the nature of the learning (be it happy accident, sorrowful happenstance, or any other emotion in between), I get to become stronger as a human and am better able to give to others in need. I cannot put a high enough value on that and am grateful for it each day!

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Bringing it home!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Me before SparkPeople

Next week it will be a year that I began working once a week with my personal trainer, who helped bring my total fitness to a new (read never-before-seen) level and my total weight loss to 199 lbs. It will also be my 1 year-8-and-a-half-month anniversary with SparkPeople.

There are few words that can truly express my gratitude. Without my success and progress with SparkPeople, I never would have had the courage and motivation to seek out a personal trainer. The man I found (who has been an incredible miracle in my life with his support, understanding, and encouragement) has been an amazing mentor, coach, and friend.

Ross Gilbert - My Amazing Trainer

This is how I look today. It has been an incredible transformation laced with many phenomenal experiences and more "firsts" than I can mention, but they include taking a silver medal in my first Strongman Competition, competing in my first 5K, accomplishing tasks I was told I would never be able to do, and emerging into the world of "dating" after over 5 years of widowhood. While this journey to a healthy weight and an active life are far from over, I know full well that, without SparkPeople (and the amazing fellow travelers I have met on this site), I would not be standing where I am today!

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KACEYSW 4/15/2014 6:53PM

    Thank you so much for your positive comments. Your support means everything to me!

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JTREMBATH 4/14/2014 2:50PM

    You look great emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 4/14/2014 12:16PM

    You look great! What an inspiration!

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REALLY_ROBIN 4/14/2014 11:48AM

    You look fabulous...Congratulations on such a fantastic improvement in your health and life! Hugs...Robin

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Wow, it has been a long time...

Monday, March 24, 2014

I checked the mirror this morning and found the face of a perplexed woman staring back at me. I saw that I looked a wee bit confused and had to ask myself what was causing that look. Glancing down at my body, I noted that I was not carrying myself as positively as I had 4 months ago and that my posture was slightly off center.

The scale said that I was 12 pounds up from my lowest weight thus far. Maybe that is the reason for the face in the mirror and the change in posture. I looked back at what I have and haven't been doing since my surgery in January and the correlation between that, my weight, and how I am feeling.

The biggest change of note (besides having surgery and not being able to do much for almost 5 weeks) is that I haven't blogged in a darned long time - some 2 months. Blogging is how I have always helped kept myself on track and kept myself honest. It is my form of self-examination and self-checking, as well as a means to get the advice and opinions of the people on SP whom I trust and respect. I find, as I write this, that I have the sense that I let myself fall off my own radar by not blogging and putting my thoughts into much-needed words so that I can see and process what I am doing on my journey.

I have actually felt a bit guilty for not blogging, as well. I am still learning that guilt is a destructive emotion that causes me to feed into negative behaviors, so I find that it is something I must keep a fervent eye on. I must do that to keep myself in a healthy mindset and keep moving forward.

I realize nobody's journey is static and all have their ups and downs. This has to be my wake-up call and I need to use it as such.

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DJ4HEALTH 3/26/2014 9:26PM

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REALLY_ROBIN 3/24/2014 5:50PM

    It's nice to have you back! Just remember it's one step at a time just like in the beginning! Hugs...Robin

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WALLAHALLA 3/24/2014 5:02PM

    emoticon I' ve missed your blogs!

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Seeking the golden ring

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

I have had to spend some serious time reviewing what I am doing overall to see what I can tweak to reset my brain and I think I have found it.

What I need is a new target. You see, my big goal was to surprise my family at Christmas with the New Me! That went off perfectly, but I began to seriously flounder after that with food, exercise, and depression. It took some major soul searching, but I believe I have found my new target. Chaperoning Prom!

I know that sounds crazy, but if I meet my goal, I get a new dress and shoes, and I will allow myself to have new pictures done, as well. As part of that, I will donate all my old dressy wear to Cinderella's Closet.

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REALLY_ROBIN 1/16/2014 12:14PM

    Sounds like a great plan! I think when we get that much positive affirmation from our family and friends, we get complacent, like hey I've got this under control. When in reality we will be fighting to maintain the rest of our lives...and that's a good thing. Our health is worth it. We have this notion that skinny people don't have to work at it and in reality most do. I love the idea of a new dress, shoes and pictures! What a great reward!

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WALLAHALLA 1/15/2014 10:21AM

    That sounds like a worthy target to me! Can't wait to hear you've hit the bulls emoticon eye!

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EBURGITE 1/15/2014 8:38AM

    great idea! we have to keep refining our goals and plans. keep it up! emoticon

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NEMESIAS76 1/14/2014 8:04PM

  What does that mean"chaperoning prom". We don't have proms in Australia and chaperoning is an activity here that nobody does any more.
It does not sound very strenuous unless... I visualise you running around after young people stalking them behind bushes and trying not to be seen. I can't imagine how this activity is done.

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_RAMONA 1/14/2014 6:49PM

    THIS is SO AWESOME! YOU are beyoind inspiring to me!

I don't think that your goal is at all silly, and your choice of recipients is inspired.

THANK YOU for this uplifting moment to my day!


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Trying to Right the Ship

Monday, January 13, 2014

For me, Get Up Get Dirty (with warm-ups + activities) consisted of a total of 10 kettlebell swings, 10 body-weight squats, 10 sit-ups, and other assorted warm-ups plus 105 20lb kettlebell squats, 50 ring rows, 50 toes to bar, and 2800 m rowing.

Going to get some laundry started and kip for a bit before I head to my water aerobics class at 3 PM. If that is not enough physical activity for one day, then I need a new gauge.

I have also followed the advice of a great SparkFriend and purged the house of things that previously were not triggers...

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WALLAHALLA 1/13/2014 9:04PM

    emoticon Looks like you are in it to win it!

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