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This is Bijou....

Friday, April 04, 2008

This 8-week old bundle o' fire is our new family member. I can't express how much joy and pleasure he has brought us already - tho I well remember the last puppy in my life and the toll it's care can take! But, I believe he's worth it many times over....and here's to hoping for many, many walks for us!

My partner has struggled with depression the last few months and had wistfully mentioned several times how much she loved our friend's little dog and how much she'd like to have one. So when this fella came up on Craigslist yesterday - well, there you have it.

Me? Uh.....long hours at work this week - two people out, I did get a little sweat going last night directing troupe practice, but no "outside of bellydance" exercise. Sigh. Hopefully TONIGHT!

Food? Mmmmm not in control. Not outrageous or anything, but not under control by any means.

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ROYALETBONE 4/4/2008 11:28PM

    Awwwwwwww- I want one!---to visit?

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GLORYTOGLORY 4/4/2008 9:26PM

  cute puppy!

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HUSKY__HANK 4/4/2008 11:26AM

  What a cute pup.

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Just doing it....

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

In my quest to "just do it" - I set my alarm 10 minutes early and got up and did a 20 minute workout.

Over and over I've read it takes around 21 days to build a habit...whether I am a slow learner or just obstinate, that has not really held true for me. More like 35-45 days to build that kind of habit - like early morning exercise. Do I feel better when I do it? YES! Do I still hit snooze most days and NOT do it? YES!

So, setting the alarm a little early and just making myself do it was a great first's to "just doing it", ala Nike.

I put a sticker on my calender for every workout I do, usually at 30 min increments so 1 hour = 2 stickers. Looking back at was totally random. 2 or 3 days on...2,3, or 4 days off. A day here, a couple days there. Yep, it DOES all count, but consistency is really important so I was really happy to join the latest LC challenge focusing on exercise. I need that little boost!

Procrastination = regret. I have 23 days till my next performance. I'd like to LOOK like I've been doing something! I'd like to not feel breathless after we perform! I have 75 days till I compete - and a new costume being made for the competition. I'd like to REALLY look like I've been consistent by then...So I'm just going to keep saying it so I keep doing it....JUST DO IT. Just get my "path of least resistance" butt off the couch and DO IT.

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AMANDAHE 4/1/2008 3:31PM

  Thank you for the reminder, 10 minutes isn't much, but it sure does add up to something.

Off to do my Pilate's DVD now! :-)

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Waiting for the sunshine....

Monday, March 31, 2008

Sun is almost up this a.m.....At my desk, will start work as soon as I finish this post. Feeling....a little blue.

That it's another Monday in my life and where am I? Have I made the best choices? Why do I constantly feel like I'm starting over - not only in weight loss efforts, but in so many areas.

I truly believe every day IS another chance to get it right and that there are ups and downs and blah blah blah. You just have to get up, dust yourself off and keep going.

Today, that just feels ....old. What would it be like to get up....and know you are on top of what you aspire to? That you've done the work consistently and are reaping the rewards? Emotionally? Financially? Physically? Professionally?

Wow. All this introspection is not making me feel any better, lol. it is...another Monday. Another day to work on getting the business of life right. I'm grateful I HAVE another day to work on it. So.... Happy Monday!

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AMANDAHE 3/31/2008 4:35PM

  And then the question that I ask is, why do we always make ourselves feel bad about these "downs"? Keep in mind that you have to experience the lows in life to fully appreciate the highs.

I hear you, and I do understand where you are coming from - one of my friends has this tacked to her fridge door "nothing tastes as good as being thin feels" - she has been on the weight watchers program and reached goal weight (around three years ago), she keeps this on her fridge door to remind herself of her goals. I'm not aiming for thin, but it always reminds me of my goal - maybe I should pin it up on the pantry door!

Hugs, hope your day gets better.

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AGODDESS_INSIDE 3/31/2008 12:59PM

    How depressing would it be if you got up every morning and didn't have anywhere to go? Getting there is half the fun!! Happy Monday!

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HUSKY__HANK 3/31/2008 12:16PM

  Happy Monday!!

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HOWEDELITEFUL 3/31/2008 12:15PM

    Happy Monday back at ya!

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SPRINGBOUND 3/31/2008 10:55AM

    And happy monday to you.

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Another day, another dollar

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Another Tuesday. I stepped on the scale this a.m., and nothing had really changed. For once I didn't get frustrated or beat myself up. I said, oh well and I went and did my morning 20 minute workout.

I'm doing the Walk Away The Pounds DVD in the a.m. - at least the 20 minute one if not a longer one, and some nights I'm doing a 30 minute one. I'm being more mindful of what goes into my mouth and WHY it's going there. Am I hungry or am I bored? Upset? I remind myself, "we eat because we are hungry....not to entertain ourselves."

What the scale says is starting to ever so slightly not matter anymore. Even when I wasn't getting on it...I was obsessed with what it might say the next time...but I'm soooo slowly getting to the point of "eh. Oh well, I'll keep on doing it anyway". To expand my energy, to increase my health, to lengthen my life. Yeah, I still have obsessed days...and I work hard to not even get on the scale. Period.

I started this journey many times to lose weight. I'm continuing on it to LIVE.

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STARRTWINKLES 3/25/2008 11:58AM

    Hi there You sound so positive it's very refreshing. Good for you You have a great outlook. Stop by my page and keep me posted God Bless Starr

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Life marches on, with or without you

Thursday, March 20, 2008

My aunt passed away yesterday after a short bout with cancer. By the time they knew she had it, she was riddled with it. Saving the long and drawn out story, I believed she was my real mom for about 10-12 years of my life. She wasn't, but believing so helped keep me sane in the same house with a crazy mother. I'm so sad I'm having a hard time functioning. I made myself work out last night, and I'm glad I did - it was good to sweat and let go.

After thinking about some of the comments left last post on odor, I took a hard look at my closet. Hmm, those black pants? At least 5 years old, likely older. That knit gray dress shirt? about the same age. I have tended to not purchase clothes for myself unless in dire need. Yes, I laundered them and again, I really DO have good hygeine, but when I really sniffed hard at the fabrics in these poor (really shabby when I looked at them) clothes, I could smell that funky odor my partner was mentioning. These clothes are cheap and have a high nylon/polyester content, which I suspect has absorbed the everyday odors over the YEARS I've been wearing them...they seem to be clean when laundered, but I suspect after a couple hours of wearing/body heat/moisture/whatever, they are releasing their smelliness. I've been better the last year or so about purchasing more clothing for myself, but obviously, who ever mentioned "retiring" some of my outfits was right on the mark.

Made me feel a little better, no one wants to be "Pigpen", you know?

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SCARLETTZADE 3/23/2008 5:47PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your Aunt.

Odor? I don't think most of us know what we smell like.

My significant other loves to smell herself though. It's funyy. She has this whole ritual where she lathers twice (at least) and then she layers different colognes (mens).

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SERIALKNITTER 3/21/2008 7:47AM

    I am offering you my sincerest condolences. I am glad that you exercised anyhow - the best way to honor your passed loved ones is to live well for them.

A friend of mine has a job where she occasionally gets sweaty and my husband is a cook. I know that both of them have things that they have to toss after a certain amount of time because of the smells that just won't leave. It happens to the best of us - I'm sure that you are not an unclean or smelly person.

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HUSKY__HANK 3/20/2008 2:50PM

  I am sorry for your loss. Sending warm thoughts your way

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KATIE781 3/20/2008 10:45AM

  I'm so sorry to hear about your Aunt. My Aunt passed away 5 years ago of Cancer as well. I was close to her too. The pain never really goes away, she's always here and I think of her everyday. I hope that you can find peace that she's not hurting anymore. That's what I had to think about, but I still miss her.

Good luck going through your closet and have fun purchasing new clothes!! How exciting.

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