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Week's End...

Friday, August 17, 2012

What a week. I'm so very relieved it's FRIDAY!

Yesterday in my local paper, there was a feature on a local woman who lost 125 pounds. She's related to a cousin of mine in a roundabout fashion and I was curious enough I took the time to read the article.

Her journey started with watching The Biggest Loser and getting motivated, then by doing Jillian Micheal's program for awhile, and eventually beginning to run (along with circuit training and caloric deficit). It was nice to see....success. Success by someone "real" to me - even tho I don't know her personally. To see it in my hometown. To read that she works out often in one of the local parks with fitness trails.

It inspired me to find that particular park for the first time last night to use for my own walk, and it was a really nice location, relatively flat so easy on the knees, beautifully designed to include both natural high desert beauty and more landscaped nature trails.

I'm starting today more motivated because of her story. That's a blessing. :)

I'm almost done with the 2-week free trial of the spark coach program. I really, really like it. I feel more consistent on the site with it, and we all know, it's all about consistency! The price, $2.99 a month (right now they are offering .99 cent first month too) is extremely, EXTREMELY reasonable. If you haven't yet done the free trial, I heartily recommend it!

This week hasn't had the fitness minutes I would have liked it to have had...and my body continues to hurt: Creaky, painful knees; some kind of hamstring thing going on after last weekend's hours of walking around the zoo, stress-induced tight as a drum shoulders/back. My mood has been lower than usual - stress stress and more stress, with a side of stress and guess what? Stress for dessert too! My food has been okay as far as calories, but carb-rich and that makes me feel blech physically and emotionally.

The scale was up 2 pounds this week, but it's not necessarily "fat gain" - I'm well aware I'm puffed up with water retention, and very aware that weight loss, for me, is not a steady downward line, more like jagged up and down up and down up and down. I lost six a while back...and now I'm up 2. I could obsess about the 2, but I don't have the energy, LOL! Too many other things to worry about right now!

Funny how difficulties in life can give us perspective! I'm able to shrug my shoulders and say, "eh, it'll go back down".

That's really quite the gift. :)

Today's goal: 30 min fitness. If I can get that in today, I'll be a happy camper.

  
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GOPINTOS 8/18/2012 3:22PM

    You are doing awesome!

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Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
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Self Love...and why it matters

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

One of the hats I wear is: Dance Coach. I hold dancers hands through stress and worry, hold them accountable for their practice and their attitude, help them evaluate what they are doing well and what needs work.

A common theme among ALMOST all the 12 women I coach - all ages, spread across the country from the West coast to New York, different ethnicities...

Self loathing, in some cases, almost self hatred.

These accomplished women don't think they are good enough. Some of them own their own businesses, hold high-ranking jobs, have successful dance careers....and they can't find a thing they like about themselves.

This translates right back to my own struggles. I remember the first therapist I saw, one day asked me...what do you like about yourself, Lisa?

I couldn't think of anything. Nothing. It took me a week to come back and say "I'm a good friend".

Since then, I do feel better about myself.

But not, I realize, enough. Not enough to be healthy inside and out.

So what do I like about myself?
I am, indeed, a good friend.
I have pretty eyes.
I'm creative.
I have a good work ethic.

What do you like about YOURSELF? Because I think it's important to ask ourselves this - again, and again and again in our journey toward health.

  
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GOPINTOS 8/18/2012 3:38PM

    Great Blog!

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Melinda (gopintos)
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All Better Now....

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Happy to report, today is already much better than yesterday.

I don't feel as overwhelmed and low....back to feeling more positive and ready to go!

Whew. Maybe I just needed to get all that negativity off my mind...that's really why I blog here in the first place....things I don't let out anywhere else.

An interesting note...I really dreaded tracking yesterday's food. It had been such a crappy day..I felt like every food choice was terrible and I probably ate like 3000 calories, etc. But I decided, just do it.

Just suck it up and do it. See the damage and move on. This isn't about one day, right? It's about a million tiny choices. So I tracked.

Within all ranges except one, fiber. Really? I didn't go over on calories? Wow. I didn't have excessive fat OR carbs?

Go figure. Another note to self about the negative bent my mind can take about tracking my food. I was so sure it would be terrible....and in reality - it wasn't.

I did have wheat yesterday. A side effect of being stone cold broke is you eat what you have and I had wheat. But, we all do what we have to do, and it won't be like that every day or forever.

It's not one day....it's hundreds of days of better choices.

I made my goal of walking 5+ miles last week....much to the irritation of my knees. I'm taking the supplements again, but it will take a good month to get to a therapeutic level. So creaky, unhappy knees are reminding me....take care of myself or I won't be able to do the things I want to do.

A powerful message, for sure.

  
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GOPINTOS 8/14/2012 8:58PM

    I have had that same experience, things not as bad as I imagined. Well done!

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Melinda (gopintos)
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TMCK-40 8/14/2012 10:30AM

  OH gosh since I have started tracking every morsel a couple things have happened.

I became very aware.
I am making much better choices and a few days have thought, OH MY I don't want to see this tracking day and it has ended up being perfectly OK.

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WARRIORWOMAN90 8/14/2012 10:15AM

    What supplements do you take? I have had a bad knee for a while now. It hurts to bend it sometimes. I do chair exercises whereas I used to do turbojam and tae bo. WW.

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Thinking, thinking.....

Monday, August 13, 2012

Warning*** rambling whiny post. Not looking for suggestions or needing to hear I'm great, LOL. Just need to vent and to whine. You know, we all need a good rant now and then!

I'm having a day.

I work hard at being grateful for what I have...I may not have a lot, but I'm grateful for what I have. I try hard to view the glass as half full, not half empty.

But sometimes, like everyone, I hit the wall. Too many things in a row go badly and I slump.

Working on still working my program, even if it's not perfect...because I don't want to have to pick myself back up off the floor (and a five pound or more gain) because I let myself wallow, ya know?

Days like this....I wish I had a parent. A parent to call and I'd know they'd listen and make me feel better, as I try to do for my own adult children when they're hurting. But there are no parents. There are no friends I feel like whining to.

Sometimes, you have to pick yourself up. Sometimes, it seems like it would be easier to eat my way through it. I get tired of picking myself up.

But, I know that's not the answer. My eating myself sick tonight will not induce my ex to actually pay his child support, even tho it's been three months since he bothered. it won't fix my partner's foul mood or lighten her own self pity. It won't show my kids how to get through tough times. it won't make my knees stop hurting or make me feel good when i look in the mirror, much less when I weigh next week.

I always work on gratitude - it fixes a million ills. so here goes:'
I'm grateful for my health even tho it's not perfect, I'm grateful for my kids and my partner. i'm grateful for my job. I'm grateful for my lil beater car that gets me too and fro. I'm grateful I have health insurance even when it doesn't pay like I wish it would. i'm grateful for folks who love me. I'm grateful I live in a place where I can choose to live my life as an out lesbian and not be persecuted (those rednecks down the street don't count, lol). I'm grateful.

I'm grateful and I will not eat over the things that aren't great.

  
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GOPINTOS 8/14/2012 9:04PM

    emoticon from me as well.

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Melinda (gopintos)
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P.S. You really ARE great!

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One foot in front of the other!

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Another week has passed and again I wonder where the time went.

Further confirmation of my age, LOL. When I was younger, time didn't seem to fly this way....

Still not eating wheat, and when I do I'm miserable so that continues to be good reinforcement, LOL.

Been taking walks a couple times a week with my partner, that's good. My joints are killing me after, that's bad. Realized I'd gotten out of the habit of taking some of my supplements (chondrotin/gluosamine) and that likely has a lot to do with it.

Doh. I'm 48 years old. When will I become more consistent with those things?

I keep repeating the same loop....."oh, I'm feeling like crap. Wonder what that's about...." A week (month?) later. "Huh, I haven't taken my xyz in weeks....I should get on that". Another week/month later..."Man I really feel like crap. I should take my xyz".

Today, so miserable I couldn't stand it, I went and refilled the G/C supplement and began it immediately.

Again, Doh.

So, the walking - good. Remembering to take the medicine that keeps my osteoarthritis under control so I can enjoy it...better.

Spending the weekend in the city with teenagers, 3 hour trip...hoping it will be fun and not stressful, LOL. Partner and teens tend to butt heads. Sigh. But it will be nice to get out of town and I'm sure we'll do a lot of walking!

  
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UMUCGRAD 8/9/2012 4:50PM

    I wish I'd started taking care of myself BEFORE the arthritis and middle age. Somewhere in my 40s I just got lazy. I tell young people it's really hard to get it back once you've lost it. Hold on to health and fitness. Don't surrender it to anything!

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NANCYPAT1 8/9/2012 3:40PM

    Take care of yourself now. The benefits of taking care early really are HUGE. I find myself taking everything and then taking nothing and wondering why I hurt again. Do what you need to do so you feel GREAT!

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MANILUS 8/9/2012 3:31PM

    Take those supplements so you can enjoy the walking, it is goooooooood!!!

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