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I've got a new attitude....

Monday, October 29, 2007

It's called being motivated again.

I've refocused and rededicated myself to my goals:

Went to, where I've read a ton of articles about nutrition and bodybuilding. Spark is awesome, but I was in a rut and this helped me get out of it.

I'm eating six small meals a day - I've tried this before, but it ended up being grazing for the whole day or eating too much each time. This time, I'm planning it, weighing it, measuring it, and it's going much better.

Biggest current goal is to up my protein, I've really realized I am not eating nearly enough.

Next is MOVING. Getting 20 minutes cardio in a day, whether all at once or bit by bit.

I'm throwing myself into SparkPeople - reading, reading, reading, and searching articles on bodybuilding sites, women's health sites, etc.


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NANDINI/PATTI 10/30/2007 12:15AM

    Yes you will do this! I've found that reading as many articles, books, etc., as I can helps to maintain the motivation. Shaking things up a bit to stay on the ball is also really beneficial.

Good luck on the journey!

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FROLIC838 10/29/2007 11:34AM

    Congratulations on recommitting to yourself and your healthy lifestyle. Educating yourself is one of the best ways to stick with a plan. It is easier to do something if you know why you are doing it. We'll all be here cheering you on!

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Here I am again...stuck in the middle with myself!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

That old song was playing on the radio this a.m. on the way to work, and it seemed fitting.

Been writing with my weight loss buddy about being my own enemy....THINKING about weight loss efforts and dance goals more than DOING something about them....

My thinking patterns are making me fat!

My partner will be going to visit her family out of state for a week, leaving tomorrow. She is an awesome woman who loves me -fat or thin - BUT....there are issues there too. She requires a lot of attention and energy and sometimes seems to compete for both in my weight loss efforts. I want to use this week to really work on grounding myself, making habits and giving myself a little kick start!

I watched "I want to look like a high school cheerleader again" the other day, first time I'd seen it....I really dislike reality tv...but one gal - wow, she made me think. She was almost sent home because she didn't lose any weight. The next week, she could not work out with everyone else, she had to do it all on her own. My first honest thought was..."that would be the end of me." But she worked HARD, really changed her perspective, and got back in stride.

That's what I need - and I'm setting myself up this week to DO IT.

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READYCANADIAN 10/16/2007 10:31AM

    I get the "requires a lot of attention" comment. I have a similar situation plus two teenaged daughters and an aging mother who lives next door. Sometimes it's hard to put me first. But like you, I am committed to start making ME a priority. Good luck!

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Setting Goals

Monday, August 06, 2007

Last week's math class was exactly what I needed to get in the habit of paying attention to what I eat and tracking it. I learned a lot, got focused, and most importantly felt like I really "connected" with someone ~ Made a "Spark Buddy" and hey I lost a pound last week! Woo hoo! That was almost "gravy"! I'm hoping this week's PE class will give me the same boost in the exercise department!

This week I'm working on more goal setting. I finally was able to set a realistic goal last week (lose 10% - 25 pounds) with a tangible reward I really want (new birkies!). This is a huge step for me - I've been more on the unrealistic side...setting goals that are impossible then beating myself up when I don't make them.

Last week's mini goal was to track my food every day. I did it, tho I conciously took yesterday off. My daughter has been very sick in the hospital and I spent the entire day there. Hoping she will be well enough to go home tomorrow....anyway, I gave myself permisson to take yesterday off from tracking.

I want to build on that little streak and so this week's mini goal:
Keep tracking AND walk around the block every morning before work. I have been having a hard time to get motivated to start walking in the a.m. again and I thought, c'mon you can at least walk around the block. Took me 5 minutes to get dressed, lol and 5 minutes to walk around the block! I think I will probably aim for 10 min every morning before work this week, and then add 5 minutes to it every week till I'm doing 30 minutes every morning.

Here's to another Monday!

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A_PRESENCE 8/6/2007 3:33PM

    You are doing GREAT!
Glad to have you in the Senior class :)

Way to set small goals (5 min walks then build on it)!!

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AMANDANCES 8/6/2007 10:18AM

    Sorry to hear about your daughter! :( I know how it is -- when you're stressed and worried, it's hard to think about dieting and exercise, PLUS you struggle to even FIND time to worry about food. You CAN do this! Bellydance will help. We're all behind you! :)

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It's the first day of school...and I'm scared!

Monday, July 30, 2007

The first day of school was always such a mixed bag for me....excitement and dread. Looking back, I can see the dread was probably tied into my perfectionism.

I had no intention of signing up for the Lesbian Cafe Back to School Challenge. Absolutely no way. Too much pressure. Too hard. Too much work. What if I failed? It would be so, that's not for me.

Then a thought crossed my mind.... "yeah, like what you've got going on is working SO well for you." And I signed up, just like that.

Of course, my secret thought was...anything but "math" class....I just don't want to be in math class right away. I'll do anything to stay out of math class...and what did I get assigned to? Well math class of course!

Have I been tracking? Hell no. Be accountable for every bite I put in my mouth? Ugh. Work! Self disappointment leading to self loathing...forget THAT!

Sooooo, along comes math class. Whaddya do in math class? Well track of course and then TELL everyone how many calories?

I started getting nervous yesterday...and this morning...very nervous. But ya know what? it also made me DO it. Which is why it's called a challenge in the first place, eh?

I thought, God, I can't start a day without my coffee (and sugar and creamer!!). I had the "just don't track that" line run through my head and I BANISHED IT! Who am I hurting if I lie to myself and my tracker?? ME.

so i made my coffee...and I substituted Splenda for half the sugar I would usually use..and ya know what? It's pretty good. In fact, I think I could easily sub 2/3 splenda to 1/3 sugar and be pretty good with it for awhile and then eventually switch to all Splenda.

A small success, on the first day of school. I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. I can DO this!!

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OBLIVIA 7/30/2007 12:49PM

    You can definitely do this!!

You know, I've been doing this thing for a while now, and the one key, the one thing that the second I stop doing it, I start gaining or stalling is the tracking what I eat. I've tracked a variety of ways: my palm pilot, here on SP, a lil' notebook... and ultimately, tracking is the one thing that keeps me on track, because being accountable...actually writing down what you're eating.. it does change things... it is that tiny little bit of accountability that often helps me put down the extra serving and most of all it keeps me from mindlessly eating.

I know how scary it is, but you deserve a major pat on the back for following through... Way to go!!

See ya in class! :)

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It's too soon to give up!

Sunday, July 29, 2007

In the last nine days, I've carefully and purposefully increased my steps from less than 2000 to almost 5000 a day...I've been concious of what I ate, how much I ate and how often I ate. I've drank...shudder....water.

No change. No change in weight, no change in measurements.

The part of me that has given up so easily in the past says "see!! it IS too hard! why bother??" had a lot to say this a.m.

But I'm not listening to her. I'm going to keep trudging ahead, one foot at a time, one cup of water at a time.

I went to Seattle the last three days to see my aunt who has been diagnosed with inoperable cancer. She found her soulmate 9 years ago. It struck me right between the eyes...I want more than 9 years with Jodie. I know something could happen to us at any moment...but my health is starting to slip, largely due to my weight. I have to take better care of myself if I want to live a long healthy life...and if I want to be able to ENJOY it! Not getting winded going up a flight of stairs or being too tired to do anything.

So....this week's goals:
1. Make the minimum steps suggested by my profile, track my steps every day, and allow myself to be proud of my progress!
2. Eat breakfast every day.
3. Continue to get my fruits/veggies in every day.
4. Read more about goal setting on SparkPeople and other places and consider my goals and how to make them work!
5. Keep reading spark people articles, keep reading the boards, talking to my weight loss buddy...being active on this site and anywhere else I find support, ideas and encouragement.

I'm not giving up. 'Nough said.


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