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Everyone Can Teach You Something

Friday, May 23, 2008

Isn't this the truth? I am reminded by this in several aspects of my life -

In dance: Maybe I don't particularly care for their style of dance, but I can appreciate their energy, their passion for the dance, their costuming, if nothing else, I can see what I don't want to do!

In the workplace: This was presented to me so clearly yesterday. There's been a VAST amount of trauma/drama at work this week, and I realized someone I liked and trusted was pretty viscous behind people's back and not trustworthy or willing to be accountable, while I realized someone I don't particularly care for at work - at least what you see is what you get with her, there is no pretence.

At home: Being a parent means modeling behavior - the good, the bad, and the ugly behaviors of being a human "bean". Seeing one of my children exhibit a behavoir I dislike, and then realizing that's because they've been watching ME do it...well, there is a lot to be learned from that!

I strayed from my eating plan yesterday. A Sonic Drive in opened here, and Jodie has been frothing at the mouth to go, lol, having missed it after moving here from the South. I made a concious decision I would go, and I would have anything I wanted on the menu. You know what? I learned two important things. One, my appetite has really diminished. Where before I could have polished off my food and half of anyone else's, I felt quite full at not even eating all of mine. Two, it didn't taste good. I don't mean the food was bad...just that I have not been eating fast food, fried food, sugary food, what have you...and it tasted...gross. Wow. That's pretty cool!

here's to a weekend of dancing, sweating, and having a little R&R.

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SPARKLE2011 5/27/2008 12:58PM

    I love your insight!

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JLITT62 5/23/2008 10:55AM

    Isn't it funny how after eating healthy for a while your tastebuds really do change? For me, it was pepperoni pizza. In college, I practically lived on it. Now I don't even like the taste of it. Too greasy.

I think you learned a really valuable lesson there (Sonic's salads, btw, are pretty good).

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I got a new attitude....

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Well, somewhat. The last three days have been one thing after another, and I wanted to just hide under the bed!

They're not all fixed, and in fact I think I have to face some icky stuff at work yet again today, but I'm feeling really motivated nonetheless!

My back is much, much better - I was able to do 10 min on the ellpitical pain free. I've managed to be binge free the last three days despite trauma/drama.

I read the profile of the gal who is going to be on Good Morning America this a.m., and was so totally inspired...she weighed about what I weigh and wow, has she DONE IT! So that really lifted my spirits - again seeing real people have success is very inspirational!

So, todays goals:
Track every bite - I've been slacking. No weight gain, but ....I've been lucky cause I haven't been tracking!

BAck on the elliptical, 20 minutes or until I feel it in my back, whichever comes first.

Water - boy is that one a hard one for me!

Lastly, and probably most important, I will speak my truth today, I will not bottle my feelings up inside and/or eat them up. I will be concious to be polite, professional, etc. I will acknowledge my own errors, but not wallow in what a terrible person I am or allow others to treat me poorly.

Here's to a much better end of the week than it started!

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SUZY6281 5/22/2008 3:26PM

    Sometimes you just have to stand up for yourself. Good for you. The ultimate revenge would be to be healthy, thin and happy..

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KELLY@50 5/22/2008 10:07AM

    Good for you! I hope you have a great end-of-week!

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Can old dogs learn new tricks?

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

My back is out
Car went from $378 repairs to $1700 repairs
Had to ask for draw
Bookkeeper came up to our office TWICE when I was not there and talked to coworkers about me getting a draw and how was I going to pay it back etc.
Coworker went behind my back complaining about the way I handled something, but is sugar sweet to my face.
I lodged formal complaint against bookkeeper for talking about my financial issues to my coworkers and about coworker, and there will be two meetings today to "deal" with it.
Jodie's car died this a.m. in my work parking lot, and will not start.

I want to eat everything. I want to cry. I want to run away.

The not eating everything...that is huge. I have stuffed food in my mouth to stop the hurt a million times. I'm not sure I know how to do something different. Feeling angry is....hard. I haven't FELT my feelings in a long time...I stuffed food in my mouth to hide them. Without the food, I have to FEEL them. It SUCKS. But I can't keep doing it, it's killing me slowly.

So...instead of holding it all in - I lodged the complaints. The bookkeeper has done so many ugly things to me in the last 10 years I've worked here, I 've lost count. Complaining about it got me no where - so I just stuffed it. But today, I'm DONE. I will speak my truth, demand that my financial info be kept confidential and I will not eat my way through it. I will face the coworker and say, If you need to talk to me about how this department is being run, talk to ME - not everyone else here. And, I will not eat through that.

I liken my addicton to sugar to an alcoholic. Well, right this second, I have more sympathy for the alcoholics I've known. It's FREAKING HARD not to give in to the addiction.


Trying to light the fire....

Monday, May 19, 2008

It's Monday, which while not usually one of my favorite days I'm pretty happy to see it.

I have had to face that weekends are a huge problem for me. My routine is out the window on weekends...and apparently, I thrive on routine. Having the family home, food that is not included on my plan, exercise seems to get pushed to the wayside...

Call me crazy, but I'm glad to see Monday where I can be in my routine and focus on what I need to do!

So, no weight loss last week (yet - last weigh in was tuesday). But, no gain either, so...I can live with that. I need to up my enthusiasim again tho, and make SURE I am getting my scheduled cardio in ALL WEEK - no slacking! I need to make sure I am tracking every bite again, cause it's soooo easy to justify in my mind "oh it's not that bad....".

Here's to Monday, rekindling the fire, being positive and PROACTIVE. This is my LIFE...this is my HEALTH..... This is my BODY -which I want to sustain me for about 60 more years. Yes, that would make me 104 at the end of that time span, but I have the genetics to do it - so why not go for it!!?? And a happy and HEALTHY 60 years is what I'd like to achieve - so here's to lighting the fire one more day....

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KYRRDIS 5/19/2008 10:59PM

    I usually find weekends easier to handle, oddly. More time to exercise, and my wife usually has more time to cook/prepare healthy food. I am afraid I don't really cook.

Vacations provide more of a challenge, when we are traveling and food choices become more limited. We just returned from a trip to New England, and there were some days we went over. We did take some portable healthy foods with us, like fruit, cheese sticks, and 100-calorie packs, but those do get old after a while.

Dieting is easier when you have a routine, that's for sure.

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SPARKLE2011 5/19/2008 9:36PM

    Well, I guess that is a positive way to look at Monday. Usually I get a little blue because the weekend has past and I have to get back to "real life" but you know what, you are right... the routine goes out the window and it doesn't seem to matter how great my plan is... it doesn't happen.

So, Happy Monday!!!

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HUSKY__HANK 5/19/2008 1:29PM

  I am with you. I am a creature of habit and routine. I am really bad on the weekends.

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Deep thoughts in a shallow mind....

Friday, May 16, 2008

Emotional eating has been the hallmark of my adult life. Happy? Eat. Sad? Eat. Deprssed? Eat more.

Facing emotions without stuffing my face is.......freaking hard. A last minute dinner out coupled with yet another phone conversation with my dad that really upset me lead me to facing a menu filled with things I don't eat anymore....and an empty heart that wanted to be filled with binging.

I didn't binge, and in fact, was totally able to stop eating when I was full. Nor, lol, did I order dessert. So it was not a disaster...but yet another wake up call to how conditioned I am to put food in my mouth in the face of having to deal with emotions.

As well, the desire for instant gratification is sure close to the surface right now too. That I've lost 12 pounds in about 2.5-3 weeks should be ENOUGH - but I found myself belittling it when a student commented I looked like I'd lost weight. I still want to wake up tomorrow and look the way I want to look.

Not going to happen. It's going to take many many more days of tracking my food, abstaining from sugar and making my body move and sweat.

I suspect this is about the point I usually give up. But, not today. Today, I'm going to track my food....journal my feelings....and move my body. Today is the most important day in the battle to end my obesity. The next meal, the next workout are all that matters.

Today, I will allow myself to be "good enough". I will allow myself to have feelings and hurt and heartache and I will FEEL them and deal with them, and not cover them up with a sugar-coated haze. I can't face the weekend, next week, next month or the rest of my life and my battle with food and laziness - but I can handle today.

I'm reminded again of seeing the trainer on BL literally scream at the guy who was sooooo freaking lazy saying "I'm resting" - "YOU'VE BEEN RESTING FOR YEARS!"

No lazy today. I have no control over tomorrow, but today? No lazy. Period.

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2STOPW8GAIN 5/26/2008 9:53AM

    emoticon blog! Thank you for sharing! I really can relate to this. Great job putting it into words! Keep up the good work!

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SPARKLE2011 5/17/2008 10:39AM

    Wow ~ that is truly profound. I love that you realize what triggers you and that you are fighting those demons. It's so hard, but you are doing great. Keep going... and even if you do fall down here and there, just always do your best to pick yourself back up and get back on track.

I love this blog entry. I think it says what many of us feel, but don't always know how to put into words.

Thanks for sharing.

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FREESPIRIT1966 5/16/2008 2:30PM

    Woo hoo, I really needed that today. Thanks so much.


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SANDYASHMEG 5/16/2008 10:43AM

    That is so awesome! It's amazing what a journey to self discovery this is. Giving yourself permission to take care of yourself, learning that food isn't really your friend if it makes you unhappy. So way to go! Have a great weekend and be proud of yourself!

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KELLY@50 5/16/2008 10:21AM

    Brava, that's the spirit!

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SUZY6281 5/16/2008 9:59AM

    Don't give up. You are doing so well! I understand the giving up part, I've done it so many times. The fact that you did not binge is a sign that you are beginning to know your triggers. That is wonderful. With the help of everyone here that can so much relate to the struggles that you are facing, you will do it! I know you will.

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