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For Brenda.....

Saturday, April 12, 2014

My first experience with online friends was on the website for the Biggest Loser back in 07. It was very new to me and I was very fortunate to find two groups to be apart of. We all wanted to be there...I mean...it cost money to do so! We all had a purpose and .....I was so lucky to make the friends that I did.

One of the groups was the Vanishing Vixens. Once a Vixen...always a Vixen. I cannot tell you the fun we had supporting one another in weight loss as well as in our personal lives.

It was with great sadness this am I found out that we lost our very own Brenda. She had been fighting cancer for really....a short period of time. When she thought she had it beat...it reared its ugly head and returned with a vengeance.

Brenda loved life....her family......and was such a good friend.

Every Monday Night....even though it was past my bedtime.....Lisa, Brenda and I would chat on messenger. We supported her move from Minn. to Florida. Brenda was a nurse..found employment as well as an apartment. She flourished in Florida. How could FLorida not embrace such a good person?

She met the man of her dreams that treated her well. She tried sky driving and loved to sail.

The chats stopped after awhile, but the ties of FB kept us close.

I guess I was in denial for I truly thought she would be alright. I did.

David and Brenda were on the way to her daughter's wedding when she fell ill again. She wasn't able to attend after all, but they set it up so she could still be there thru skype. Her spirits were always positive.

It was hard to read of her passing this am. She lost her battle last night.

I feel so much for her family and close knit friends.

My heart truly is breaking.

RIP my friend....RIP......I shall one day see you again.......

and.....that will be COOL BEANS!


***I always ended our chats with COOL BEANS....and in time....the three of us would try to beat the others with that expression.

  
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MABELL1WFTX 4/20/2014 2:08AM

    Mary, so sorry for your loss. It must be terrible to lose a cyberfriend. There seems to be a special bond between people through cyber. I know I have one fo those friends. She must have been a wonderful person. She was your friend - true blue friend. My love and prayers to you, my dear friend.

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GRLTAZ 4/14/2014 12:17PM

    Mary, It sounds like you were lucky to have each other as a friend. My condolences for your loss and her family's loss. ((hug))

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SHARONSPARKLE 4/14/2014 11:17AM

    Mary - my heart is heavy just reading your blog. She truly was a wonderful friend and I truly am sorry for your loss. I am glad she had you as a friend right 'til the end. And you will always have wonderful memories of her. Until you meet again....

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JAMER123 4/13/2014 11:56PM

    So sorry for her loss. My thoughts prayers are with the family and all her friends.
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GRANDMASHUNGRY 4/13/2014 10:50PM

    emoticon So sorry to hear about your friend.

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FUN2READ 4/13/2014 11:39AM

    So sorry for you loss. It's a terrible thing to lose good people!

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SUSANPEI 4/13/2014 8:11AM

    I'm so sorry to hear about this Mary. Brenda sounds like a lovely woman - this is very sad news. emoticon

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A-STRONGER-ME 4/13/2014 6:43AM

    Very sorry for your loss.

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JAXMOMMY 4/12/2014 11:27PM

    Oh Mary! I am so,so very sorry for the loss of your precious friend, Brenda! So hard to lose an online friend! So sad to lose anyone to that vicious cancer! I so hate she had to mis her daughter's wedding, but I'm sure she kept that positive attitude about it! Funny about cool beans.... My friend and I laugh every time we hear that expression wondering where it came from and why it is a good thing! I wish you peace and comfort during this difficult time. RIP Brenda and cool beans!

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HEARTOFCHRIST 4/12/2014 6:45PM

    emoticon I'm so sorry.

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JD394471 4/12/2014 3:39PM

    Beautiful tribute , Mary and so sorry for your loss and the family, also.
She sounds like a beautiful person.

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Power of Suggestion....

Friday, April 11, 2014

I really try to go to two different weight watcher meetings per week. I like both the leaders and the members that attend each one. Since January, I have not been able to make the 2nd meeting. A number of factors...my teeth with dental appointments...and swear each week...bad weather arose. Yes, we had a harsh winter. This week...I was able to attend the 2nd meeting.

Yes...it was good to see the regulars....and lots of new people too! You could tell they were close...and I was actually happy to see that. I realize that membership has dwindled due to many factors, so this was positive. They even set up a walking group that commences once the meeting is over. Very positive.


The meeting was NOT what I expected. It was more of a social hour/gathering than a meeting.

I am not even really sure what the meeting was suppose to be about......that is how off it was. There was a traffic light on the board....red...yellow...and green. What foods were green...good to go.....yellow....precede with caution.....and red....stop!

Okay....fine and dandy.

RED was an issue. People started talking about the actual FOODS that were RED LIGHT for themselves. It wasn't even food, but sweet treats......drinks....etc. They were specific.....they were exact. They laughed ...they shared...their eyes lit up with excitement as they mentioned their treats....indulgences. Kayleen was on my left...and this other woman was on my right......they kept leaning forward over me....discussing red licorice.....jelly beans. I wanted to pop them with my fist. I wanted them to lean back and quite frankly, shut up.

I was appalled that this was happening. I kept waiting for the part where you can either...substitute....do moderation.....ANYTHING but this carried on conversation. I tried to say something......

and Kayleen told me that no one wants to hear it..they want to talk about these foods/treats.....it was fun and I should lighten up.


Okay............


I just sat back.

I think that weight watchers missed the boat on the TRAFFIC LIGHT. I would have still used the system....but used the lights ON HOW to proceed...NOT WHAT FOODS were the colors of the lights. Perhaps other meetings did...but this one didn't.


When it was over....Kayleen asked for a hug. Asked if I would start walking with them.
I gave her a hug, but declined the group walk. My goodness....my immediate thought was after the walk they would go get an ice cream cone.

I instead went to the store since we needed fresh items for the night and next day. I grabbed the small hand held basket.

Spinach.....check.
eggs..........check
tomatoes..check
peppers....check
ff cheese...check.


Oh MY.....look what I came across! .....at one of the END isles......EASTER CANDY! emoticon

With all the selections on display....my eyes immediately caught chocolate covered marshmallow eggs!

Forget about Hedonic Hungry....it was BEYOND that. My mouth watered like Pavlov's dog......I went insane. It was 2 for one dollar. I grabbed TWO of those bad boys.

I must have had some sort of inkling that what I was doing was wrong...because I hid them...HID THEM...under the bag of spinach. Yes...I did.

I looked back at the rest....I wanted more...I almost GRABBED more.....but....some sort of decorum must have over came me, for I realized I had better get out of Dodge while I still could.


I would LOVE to be able to tell you ....that I put them back on the shelf ...or that once home...I put them away......

I would LOVE to be able to tell you that.....

BUT.......

a renewed found FRENZY over came me. I have NEVER eaten in the car......NEVER......but I tore open BOTH eggs...and.....ate them.

Actually...I am not even sure I ate them.....they barely hit my teeth and they were gone.


Once home.......

it hit me.

I sat in disbelief in the garage for the longest time.

What happened?


For 8 straight weeks...I have been following the simply filling tech. I have. I LOVE it. I have NOT missed a single day tracking on etools. That is RARE for me and I have grown to love it. I have not even wanted chocolate...my desire ....was GONE. Yes...I do have an indulgence once a week...PLANNED. I have plenty of weeklies left and my activity points to more than cover that.

I now eat my food VERY slowly. I SAVOR what I am eating.

I have thought ahead for every social situation I have encountered and planned accordingly.

I have had a loss 7 out of the 8 weeks.

In one FLASH.....I ........became a frenzy maniac.......My goodness....I don't even think I tasted those Easter treats.


I know.... I know......

it isn't the end of the world. I have more than enough weeklies and activity points to cover that....moment. I do.


It still horrifies me to no end......it does.

My saving grace.....is that I tracked it....in the past...I probably would not have.

I still ate my lunch of salad and chicken with one hard boiled egg. I did not lose the rest of the day.......or....take on the attitude that...well...now I may as well do this or that...and start fresh on Monday type thinking. I continued on ...that very next meal.

Why did I go ......crazy?

I didn't pause to think first. I think the meeting just minutes prior set me up.........In all the spaces and routines....it never has it been mentioned that a meeting was a place to conqueror. NEVER.

It is sort of like AA......you don't go there to discuss drinks ...bars...and parties. You just don't.


It wasn't the meetings fault...it was mine....but......STILL........STILL....STI
LL I SAY!


So..........this am....at work....I decided to approach my husband about Saturday night. We always have pizza that night.....(allotted for)....and played up to his.....manhood of the GRILL. I complimented his bbq skills and said that since SPRING has SPRUNG....let's GRILL some chicken in lieu of pizza night! His eyes lit up and he agreed. All day long he talked about his grill! LOL!

YES.....I have MORE than enough points for that ....breakdown....but....I felt I had to gain CONTROL back...MY control back.....and this was how I could let go of that FRENZY moment I held.

Was it the meetings fault?

Was the meeting the worse meeting I have ever been at?


It was my fault......

Was it the worse meeting ever?

Perhaps not....unknowningly ........it taught me a valued lesson.

I have learned a lot....I have...and I have applied that knowledge....in time.

What I learned...that....I can fall back......and in such a way...worse than I have ever been ...ever been....but I can bounce back...SINCE I WANT TOO...with the lessons PRIOR to the TRAFFIC LIGHT.










  
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JAXMOMMY 4/12/2014 12:39PM

    OK, you've got this! A frenzied moment that left you shocked and dismayed, but you took control back and thought about what you did, not with altogether shame, but with questions... Then you tracked it. It was a slip, but you regained your control and took it back! And, you took it as the moment it was, not a failure, but simply a slip up! I'm impressed. I don't know I have that kind of control yet and yours impresses me! Good for you! Hope the grilled chicken was delightful! So glad your hubby is right on board with you! Thanks for sharing. So much to learn here for all of us! You know, I kinda have this idea that things happen for a reason in our lives and perhaps this meeting was an example of why you have been missing them! Doesn't sound like what you are looking for in WW!

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FUN2READ 4/12/2014 11:06AM

    good blog! Well thought out.
Really could have been the meeting- the fact that you got nothing good out of it.


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HOLDINGMYOWN 4/12/2014 8:29AM

    emoticon I was chuckling about you hiding the eggs under the spinach bag! been there...Done that in other ways like thinking if nobody saw me eat this/that~~then I did not really eat it! right? emoticon

Sadly....the one and only WW's meeting I have here to attend is *always* like the one you went to this week. emoticon

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GINILEE4 4/12/2014 4:09AM

    It is so great that you took the time to analyze this situation. Was it the meetings fault? Probably not. More so it was the meeting that built up the images in your mind. Appropriate for a WW meeting? NOT. You stumbled a little, but what a great learning experience. I doubt it will ever happen again, as it really shook you and woke you up. Great Job on recovery.


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XXMILAXX 4/12/2014 1:08AM

    emoticon at regaining control.

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HEARTOFCHRIST 4/12/2014 12:12AM

    Been there done that. I had to laugh about hiding the chocolate under the spinach. I've done the same thing.

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MABELL1WFTX 4/11/2014 9:46PM

    I HATE THIS KIND OF MEETINGS. You never know who is watching us and using us as their example. You were so strong to stop where you did instead of going on into a train wreck. You could have done much worse and bought a dozen eggs. But you knew when to stop and that takes inner strength. So the power of suggestion really did go very far with you. A real inspiration to us all.

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PEGGYO 4/11/2014 8:49PM

    Maybe you should have been at my meeting after that one. Our topic was "Is this worth it"

She gave us an assignment know the points plus value of whatever we eat this week.

Glad you got some knowledge from this meeting.

Keep on keeping on the way you have been. Grilling sounds great.

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In a Year's Time.....

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Almost a year ago to the date, our weight watcher meeting was on Hedonic Hunger. Our leader Sherry made the comment that she couldn't wait to see what I would write about our meeting.

To be frank, I wasn't going to write anything. I wrote BLINDED BY SCIENCE a year ago dealing with Hedonic Hunger. What more could I say?

I thought about that....for the longest time. I remember just questioning these so called scientists that came up with Hedonic Hunger. I didn't think they were for real.....or if they were.......what a scam to come up with more explanations to rationalize the foodie society we have become and make a profit in doing so. I wondered if a grad student was writing a thesis for his school.

Hedonic Hunger is for real. It comes from the word of DELIGHT. Hedonic origins goes as far back to ancient Egypt with their bountiful feasts.

I totally understand Hedonic Hunger......where it comes from....what it does....the cause and effect syndrome....and the CONDITIONING.

I actually think of Pavlov's dog/bell experiment when I think of this subject matter.

For us...it may have started as babies...we cried...parents came in...fed us. We fall down and we get rewarded with a cookie stating that it is alright....everything will be alright with our food treats. Hedonic Hunger takes on many forms.....when we are bored...sad....celebrating...etc.


As I sat in our meeting.....I felt rather ........

reflective.........


I DO recognize its existence......I DO. It is a reality that exists.......


and I felt ......humbled......and sober.



I think what bothered me was the realization ....that healthy habits.......weight loss....balance......nutrition....fitness.
......IS SO VAST.......that it takes YEARS to FULLY COMPREHEND the WHYS...HOWS.....SUGGESTIONS...BALANCE....L
EARNING of ONESELF....that a few meetings ...are NOT enough.


It is a balancing act we must learn for ourselves with many trails and error.

THE THEORY/REALITY of HEDONIC HUNGER does NOT give us the excuse to continue forth with excessive pleasure......but to be recognized....and dealt with....and to keep at bay that is comfortable to oneself.

I am not always one for the theroms of life...but the solutions......

As I sit here typing this....I am lost in thought.

I have attended many meetings these last three years. I am NOT your stellar role model for weight watchers in a sense that it HAS taken me so long to get where I am now. In the PUREST sense.....I have learned...I am learning..........

and....I feel sad for those ...that haven't stayed around LONG enough to experience this novelty......the awe......the awareness....the tools ......


and THAT is also HEDONIC HUNGER ....with the PLEASURE of .......grasping the concept of peace of balance......without the food concept.

  
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JAXMOMMY 4/10/2014 10:40PM

    Oh, it is real all right! I am living proof. I eat for the pleasure of it, not for the nutrition or need. I've got to find my way to a WW meeting and get busy learning!

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RAINBOWMF 4/10/2014 6:45PM

    emoticon thank you

Mary

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HERMIEME 4/10/2014 7:14AM

    Very interesting! Good for you!

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GRLTAZ 4/9/2014 1:54PM

    This is indeed deep but I can also see you really have learned and you continue to educate others as well. Thanks for sharing.

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BELLSES 4/9/2014 11:45AM

    I had not heard this phrase, but it makes a lot of sense!

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FUN2READ 4/9/2014 11:23AM

    You are always giving me "food for thought!" thanks for the interesting blog!

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HOLDINGMYOWN 4/9/2014 8:48AM

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EMMACORY 4/9/2014 6:40AM

    I have never heard this term before. Thank you for sharing. It gives me something to think about. emoticon

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123BITES4ME 4/9/2014 12:09AM

    interesting & well put...thanks...food for thought!!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 4/8/2014 11:29PM

    Very Good Blog! My Weight Watcher Leader has talked a lot about Hedonic Hunger too.

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MABELL1WFTX 4/8/2014 11:08PM

    DD ~ well written. I hooked on to Hedonic Hunger right away, but that is because I recognized that 98% of my food entake is Hedonic Hunger. We have discussed this twice in our meetings and I can identify with all the "excuses" for Hedonic Hunger.

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HEARTOFCHRIST 4/8/2014 9:28PM

    wow!

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PEGGYO 4/8/2014 9:20PM

    This is one for "deep thought"

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apples and oranges......

Friday, April 04, 2014

I have never understood why some people have to put down others in order to feel superior. I don't think they truly understand or realize how they sound when they speak. Perhaps they do...but I prefer to think they do not.

I truly comprehend how personal and touchy one can become when struggling......obtaining a healthy lifestyle. The trick is to find other mind like people as oneself. I love to be around people that are similar to me in my approach...if not stronger. It keeps me on my toes body ....soul...and mind.

I have several friends I follow with their fitness routines.

My good friend Kim goes to the gym every morning before work. I see her status updates on her ....bootcamp...her elliptical....her walking.....and sauna time. I am rather envious of her SAUNA TIME! LOL!

Seriously....I hit like when I see her posts....and I am proud of my friend.


My friend Shannon always posts her workouts with her trainer. I again.....am proud of her and hit like.

Do they make me want to join a gym?

NOPE.

BUT...I am PROUD of them all the same. I am HAPPY for them. I know there are days when they wished to NOT go........

What do I do?

I mainly walk.

There...I said it.

I mainly walk. I do some jogging...but truth be known, my miles are for walking.

I like walking and when pool weather arrives...I shall swim to my hearts content.

For strength training, I do it twice a week. Should I add more? Probably, but for now..it is two or nothing. I choose to do the two times. I have it scheduled in....I am committed to those days and times.


Not sure why, but several people have made the comment that walking is not REAL exercise. I get this more than I should I feel.

I have to be honest.....it makes me defensive......and I should NOT feel this way. I find it odd that the people that make this comment are rather large themselves. Obviously whatever program they are doing....is not working. So....why put me down?

To make them feel better about themselves? Do they realize?


I have NEVER compared myself to others. My gym rat friends......they found what is working for them...and should be commended. I would never rain on their parade for working on improving themselves to be fit..and healthy.

Sometimes I fear my steps are low......I average 100 miles per month.....they are walking steps...not biking nor running steps...they are walking at my pace steps.


At our weight watcher meeting a few weeks ago...I member shared that she now stands during commercials instead of sitting down.

okay.........

That is a step for her. Standing does burn more calories than sitting. By standing..she is not sitting and perhaps mindless eating. In time, she may add a few marching in place steps as she stands. The point is....she is doing what she can ...and what she is ready for. Who am I to judge her? Who are you to judge her? Good for her.

Exercise......movement....activity .....are a lot like fruit. Apples and oranges are in the same category, but differ in benefits...the fact reminds..they are still in the fruit family......like EXERCISE...your preference....your taste.

Are my friends athletes?

NO...not in the purest sense of the word...but they are rockstars.

They are no different than the woman standing during commercials....

We all have to start somewhere .....

we all have to build on that......

and no one has the right to try to tear that down...unless...we let them....I let them.

Apples and oranges my friend.....apples and oranges.






  
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PEGGYO 4/7/2014 8:52PM

    You know my favorite thing to say

Keep on keeping on!!!!!!

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MIZFIREZ 4/6/2014 12:30PM

    Thought about this all night, and there is a difference between sharing ideas and/or encouragement from someone assuming and telling us what we ought to do. We are adults, and have the responsibility for what we do. Unless they are a policeman or our boss or hired us to do what they want. I think a lot of people mean well but step over this boundary all the time. The ones I have the most problem with are the ones who do it regularly and/or insist you/me comply when in reality it is not appropriate at all because they are not the boss of us. It is ok to kindly/non-aggressively draw the boundary, and sometimes it can be hard to determine how and if it is worth it. For me, it becomes worth it when/if someone consistently is yanking me. Other people do this all the time, but I was always silent and ate food when I had a reaction. For me, this is partly about learning how to take care of myself. I think it touches on what is the most difficult for me; dealing with difficult people. Thank you for posting the blog. It gave me a lot to think about.

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TANYA602 4/6/2014 11:14AM

    Very well said! I'd be crushed it I had heard that because walking is my number one go to, and truthfully, the only two times in my whole life that I felt good (and looked good) were when I was walking like I am now. This morning, DH told me I need to add a pillow to my undies because my butt is flat. WHAT?! I have walking to thank.
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JAXMOMMY 4/5/2014 10:17PM

    Walk on my friend, walk on! Walking is a great exercise and anyone who hasn't huffed and puffed their way thru a mile wouldn't know! Walking is my go to exercise and I do enjoy it and isn't that what really matters? Doing what makes you feel good will keep you moving! I don't understand why some feel it necessary to put others down for doing something healthy! As you said, obviously their program is not working for them! And while standing for commercials may not seem like much to you or I, it means alot to that woman in your WW group! She is accomplishing something she never did before and good for her! Why would anyone ridicule her efforts? People. Great blog! Thanks for sharing.

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GODZDESIGN95 4/5/2014 4:52PM

    We all have to find our own way of doing things even if it within a team. Our journeys differ. Never let any one put you on the defense. I learned that I HATE the gym. I am a germophobe and I saw things I did not like. Like people wiping there faces then placing there towels on the workout equipment EWWWWKKK! I never compare me to anyone else. I had to learn that the hard way. Rock it your way. God made us all us different. go and do your YOU and rock those miles. emoticon emoticon . God said we are fearfully and wondrously made. Hey he can not lie. emoticon

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TRUNKJUNK 4/5/2014 4:05PM

    Forget the naysayers - do what works for you.

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A-STRONGER-ME 4/5/2014 12:44PM

    I felt a blush come over my face and then realized I have nothing to be ashamed of. I have on more than one occasion said "Walking is not enough FOR ME" This kinda angered a dear friend of mine. I DID NOT say it was not enough - I said it was not enough FOR ME. So I am glad you went on to say that everyone needs to find something for themselves. I know quite a few that "only walk" - and do quite well manage their health and weight.

We do need to be less critical of others when they do not meet our expectations or beliefs, regardless of the issue.

I'd love to be able to call myself a "gym rat", but alas I am not - doesn't make my effort any less - just different.

You go girl - keep those steps a clicking and do what is best you Mary. No moss growing under your feet.

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FLASUN 4/5/2014 7:44AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Blog Mary!!!! I'm also "JUST" a Walker.....but throw a little dancing in on the weekends. emoticon

I always hear that "Walking is the emoticon form of exercise".....and Let's just keep doing what we like!!!! emoticon emoticon

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MARYBETH4884 4/5/2014 7:00AM

    I've lost 145 pounds in less than 2 years doing exactly what you are doing!! Walking will do it!! My theory is just keep moving and eating right!!

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GINILEE4 4/5/2014 4:27AM

   

Nice Blog, my friend. I read all the time that to gain any exercise quality from walking it has to be so many minutes at such a speed. I just walk. I can only go for 15 minutes without a walker but when I started I couldn't walk at all without a walker. Have I improved. DUH!!!!! You are so right. This is my journey. You are on your journey, they are the same but oh so different. DOn't let anyone rain on your parade unless they plan to dance in the puddles with you.



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JAMER123 4/5/2014 12:53AM

    Thanks for a great blog!! I think walking is the best form of exercise as well. That's my major weight loss program and it has done me exceptionally well..
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HOLDINGMYOWN 4/4/2014 11:26PM

    emoticon emoticon Mary...

To me walking is the *best* exercise there is...I hate walking on my tredmill but love walking outdoors and cannot wait till I can get back to that again.
I also love swimming but I am not a * fast lap* swimmer and I call my swimming leisurely....HEY~~I am moving even if it is slowly.

For me....besides walking and swimming~~ the most *fun* exercise is shoveling snow/clearing snow off the roof/chopping ice off the drive/playing in the snow....then as the season changes I will be raking the yard/mowing the lawn/pulling weeds from the garden/

Point is....I AM moving when I do all this! Even my housework and the Spring cleaning is exercise to me......and they are fun to me.

Going to the gym/ walking on my tredmill....are not fun to me and therefore I do not do them much....and there are times I wish I DID like them better ( I have tried...it is just a no fun go for me )
I envy people who love this and love things like zumba and yogas....BUT~~ it is not me either....

I DO LOVE my Line Dancing and my newest...Scottish Country Dancing~~

YOU ROCK MARY~~ and walking to me is what you do with vigor and push! emoticon

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GRLTAZ 4/4/2014 10:28PM

    Mary, I agree with you and I have to often remind myself we are all unique and we are all on our own personal journeys through life. It has taken me many years to get to this stage of my life and I too walk. It is what I like and feel comfortable with at present and it is exercise. I sometimes slip and become negative about what is said behind my back or what is said about others, or even what is happening around me and I have to really notice that and focus to reorient my personality to the positive so that I can continue to grow. Thank you for sharing. As usual, you have great insight.

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MJ7DM33 4/4/2014 10:18PM

  Walking really does work! Keep doing what works for you!

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KELLYFROG 4/4/2014 10:10PM

    Great post! Walking is truly a great exercise and I enjoying walking as well!!

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HEARTOFCHRIST 4/4/2014 10:09PM

    Walking beats sitting on the couch! Studies have shown that a brisk walk is very beneficial. I like to wog...I run a little walk a little run a little walk a little. My sister is practicing to do the MS 150 bike ride (150 mile ride from Houston to Austin) My sister does a ten minute plank. I do a one minute plank. I love bikram yoga, she loves pilates. Is she better than me? No. am I better than her? No. We are just different.

I am proud of you for getting your steps in. I am proud of you for doing all that you do. You give 100 percent in whatever you do...whether it be working, walking, or taking a nap. That is what counts not what someone else feels counts as exercise.

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MALAMI518 4/4/2014 9:44PM

    Mary, I love to run and I love to walk. I hope I never made it sound like I don't think walking is real exercise. I know that sometimes I say that I "just" walked or "only" walked to indicate that my whole workout was walking, not to make it sound like walking was the lesser choice. I will keep my wording in mind for the future. :)

I agree that walking is terrific exercise! Since walkers spend more time out there per mile, they are definitely working longer, too. Before I discovered running, I spent hours and hours walking, and it definitely brought me great strides (no pun intended...well, maybe a little bit intended) in my fitness.


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-SEVEN- 4/4/2014 9:23PM

    Everyone is different- that's the beauty. You too are a rockstar. emoticon

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KRUSSELL35 4/4/2014 8:32PM

    WONDERFUL! You made valued points and I hope everyone sees this and thinks twice before speaking! I also want to say THANK YOU for mentioning me...I wish you were in the sauna so we could be chatting it up! YOU MY FRIEND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK ON WALKING and WEIGHTS!

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SHANTODD420 4/4/2014 8:22PM

    Thanks mary I love that I am becoming a gym rat. I feel bad when I can not get there lol but sometimes life gets in the way. This week will be challenging for me since the kids are home on spring break. Have a great weekend and walking works no matter what others think.

Hugs,
Shannon

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Leash on Life.....

Sunday, March 30, 2014

It has taken me quite some time to find MY way in becoming/being healthy. Just this past week, someone made the comment that "results not typical" as a disclaimer was made in reference to me on weight watchers. Sort of funny, perhaps a tad cruel, but a lot of truth in that statement all the same. I personally, don't care for I have TRULY found MY OWN way and I couldn't be ...more satisfied nor complete.

On February 4th, my friend Kim and I both purchased our active links. I texted her that I had mine and she texted back......she was getting hers that evening at her meeting! If you could FEEL the smiles in our texts...you would understand.

The assessment period of 8 days was too long, but a necessity all the same. We are now in week 7 of our first challenge of 12 weeks. I have soared. I still wear SPAT to see my steps. I can safely assess that for each activity point earned, one mile has been completed. The active link does not calculate steps/miles, but movement. I LOVE THAT. I DO. I didn't realize just how much until a day warranted that fact.

One day we worked for almost 6 and 1/2 hours straight without stopping. I was beat. My active link showed that I hit my base by 100%. (right now my base is 2 aps). The SPAT showed that I had UNDER 3200 steps. I would say that was FAIR in that assessment. At work I cannot tell you how many side steps, back steps I do. I also bag and tag and carry heavy objects at times. The SPAT does not take that into account. Like most pedometers, it only recognizes FORWARD steps. The active link.....registers...MOVEMENT.....ACTIVITY
...... At the end of the day...I had just over 10000 steps...which normally would have been 3 earned activity points. The active link...gave me....SIX. Huge difference.......and I felt more accomplishment and pride with the active link.

I have named my active link MORGAN...after my first dog back in high school. I loved MORGAN...and still do in fact.

Soon...if Mother Nature cooperates, warmer weather will indeed arrive. Most of my shorts do not have pockets. My bathing suit does not. I want to continue to WEAR Morgan. Not a fan of the clip and so my dilemma began. A necklace would work, but didn't want it to be too long nor flop on me.

My husband surprised me today and got me one of those plastic necklaces that have a clip at the end ...to wear around your neck.




IT is CAMO in color! LOL! My fight to be fit!

It makes me smile...it makes me feel whole!

For the longest time, I felt lonely doing weight watchers. I wanted others to do what I was doing. It was only recently that I realized that I had to do what I needed/wanted to do on my own. IF others choose to do so...then great......if not....I was okay to stand alone.

BUT you know what?

In the end...I am NOT alone. Yes, for awhile it was truly MORGAN and ME....but others around me...they are changing too..they are doing as well.

My biggest obstacle was home...my husband. Since I have TRULY 100% been doing simple filling....he has too. When we had shrimp stir fry, he wanted white rice. I told him that with brown rice, he could have what he wanted without measuring. MORE FOOD! grabbed his attention without measuring and feeling cheated.

We are eating less, but filling full and not deprived in any way.

I have lost weight every single week since Morgan and simply filling.

My circle of friends......we share a weight watchers group on facebook. We are all at different stages, but we are working together with lots of sharing and laughs.

I did this.....and friends are joining in.

My new camo necklace....I call a LEASH for Morgan..........and smile.....

and then.....I realized that it also reflects.....more than a leash for Morgan....but a LEASH on life....for me.

THANK GOODNESS....RESULTS ARE NOT TYPICAL!



  
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PEGGYO 4/1/2014 9:06PM

    I love, love, love simply filling

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GRLTAZ 4/1/2014 1:25PM

    Mary, indeed, results not typical. How wonderful to see your personality shine through here and see your determination. I am so happy for your new activity tracker morgan and the positive reinforcement you get wearing it. You are unique so why SHOULD you be at the same place of your journey that everyone else is ? Keep that wonderful focus and keep us informed. I love seeing your results ! emoticon

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FUN2READ 3/31/2014 12:18PM

    I understand compeletly what you wrote about. It is a journey that you have to really do on your own & find your way by yourself. However, have friends to help/guide/support you while on this journey!!!! Everyone needs encouragement to get to on their own pace of losing/eating healthy/ etc...

Keep on being you!!! You are wonderful just the way you are -changes and all!

Remember HOPE - BELIEVE - CHANGE....

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A-STRONGER-ME 3/31/2014 11:38AM

    I have finally joined again and doing rather well. This week was a challenge and Thrusday will tell the tale. Keeping my fingers crossed. Keep going!

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GRANDMASHUNGRY 3/31/2014 9:39AM

    You are doing such a great job!
At the beginning of the BLC we were about the same weight but where I kind of get stuck at a weight you continue to lose.
I don't know what active link is but I'm going to look into it.
Congratulations on all your hard work and success. emoticon

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NELLJONES 3/31/2014 7:51AM

    Many congratulations! WW really works!

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KELLYFROG 3/30/2014 10:33PM

    Great post and great Job!! So glad you are enjoying Morgan!

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JAXMOMMY 3/30/2014 9:33PM

    Outstanding!!

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HEARTOFCHRIST 3/30/2014 8:23PM

    Yea, I'm so glad to read this!

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MALAMI518 3/30/2014 7:02PM

    emoticon emoticon

The only way that we will ever be successful is to find our own way. That doesn't mean that others can't offer suggestions and encouragement or that we have to re-invent the wheel totally on our own. You have found your way and now are definitely leading by example. That is fantastic!

You don't need to be alone even if others are doing things a little bit differently, but it certainly helps to have a group that is working in the same way.

My best friend had a lab-mix named Morgan, and my co-teacher has a daughter named Morgan. It's a great name. Enjoy that tracker!

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KRUSSELL35 3/30/2014 6:47PM

    Yet another excellent post! I'm so glad we're doing the active link together...there are others in my mtg that have one, but never talk about it...it definitely makes me rethink my days...can't wait to see what it says after 12 wks!

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SOCALIF 3/30/2014 6:34PM

    I enjoyed reading your blog Mary! Congratulations! You are doing it!! and seeing GREAT results! There are no magic pills!!

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MABELL1WFTX 3/30/2014 6:27PM

    WONDERFUL blog and so to the truth. I am proud to be counted as one of your friends. As you know, I just received my activity link and have just been assessed with 0 points. Don't know if I will even have any baseline points in 12 weeks, but that is okay. The link has given me a new "LEASH" and has given me more encoutagement to get in line and on track. Thank you for the push to emoticon to jump in and set my focus in the right direction. A true friend indeed.

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