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Staying On Track

Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Since getting back on track, I have stayed on track and been working hard, getting results slowly but surely. On Saturday, a very hot day, I had a second birthday celebration with my sister and some friends out at a campsite in town and then later in the evening I drove out to Eau Claire to celebrate some more with my friend Bryan, all of which amounted to a day of drinking probably upwards of two gallons of water since I don't drink alcohol anymore and having a very excellent day overall which made up for the blues I was feeling earlier in the week. It also led to some weight loss. In the interest of keeping this weight off, I've been drinking plenty of water, moving as often as possible, and I bought some Tibetan Sorig Stress incense which helps alleviate mental stress & strains which is what usually triggers a lot of my depressions and weight gain. It seems to be helping.

One thing that's really been helping me to stay on track lately is my UP24. It's been giving me these alerts to let me know things like in the past two weeks I've averaged a yellow Food Score of 7.9/10 which means I've been eating a fair amount of healthy nutrients (eating oatmeal with brown sugar in the mornings and string cheese in the afternoon always brings my score down) so if I add more veggies to my diet my score will go green, and on Wednesdays I always beat both my move and sleep goals. As time goes by it's been learning more things about me and giving me more information about myself and my fitness, sleep, and eating, which is really motivating! My habits have been getting healthier and consequently I've been feeling a lot better, which propels me forward. And I credit a lot of my success lately to just drinking enough water. It's still hard to pass up unhealthy food, but it's getting a lot easier to make better choices, especially when I'm trying to get a good food score for the day.

This is my new mantra. I am really trying to keep in mind that what matters is what I'm doing right now, in the present, and the only way I'm going to lose the rest of this weight is if I continue to take steps towards being healthy right now, not tomorrow. So, when I'm tempted to stray from my meal plan I drink some water instead and think about what I'm doing before I do it, if I really want to do that to myself. Exercise doesn't seem to be too much of a problem these days. I have gotten addicted to walking. I do nine miles and right away I want to do twelve. But, I know I need to make time to do other things, too, but walking is fun!

I am really putting in the work these days. I have learned to stop being upset about not getting results when I haven't worked as hard as I could have. You get out of it what you put into it, so I'm putting in as much as I can. Hoping to reach the 70-lb mark again in the next couple of days, that would make me really happy. And just making a point to appreciate and enjoy every day and whatever it brings.

  
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NANCY- 8/23/2014 10:29AM

    Love your attitude.
Congrats, wish I could think about what I'm doing before I do it. That is Major.

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BESSHAILE 8/21/2014 7:40AM

    Oh so true - that we need to focus on the NOW. I am telling myself that "tonight, if I have a glass of wine, I'll pass on the ice cream" I'm not thinking about the rest of my life. Just for tonight.

cheers for the birthday fun.

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PURPLEBIRD63 8/20/2014 9:42PM

    You're doing awesome!
Do you walk 9 miles a day, every day?

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HONEYBEESBLISS 8/20/2014 6:13PM

    YUP totally agree! You get out what you put in! And it's today that counts! Pretty soon the choices will be habits and pretty easy to keep going!
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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 8/20/2014 4:42PM

    Sounds like you are doing great. I haven't done the best this week with eating healthy. Not really going over calorie limits just not making healthy choices all the time. No wonder the scale is stuck. I have got to do better. So glad you are feeling better. Have a wonderful evening.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/20/2014 4:34PM

    Good attitude adjustment! It is so true, that we cannot expect to see result if we don't put the work in.

Glad that your UP is helping you stay on track a little more. Awesome.

HUGS

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Back On Track

Friday, August 15, 2014



Since gaining some extra on my birthday, I am now back down to 185.0, the weight I was previously at before my birthday, so I am officially back on track. From here I can start focusing on the next pound and moving forward. I am feeling better and doing much better overall. I've really been working on taking it one day at a time, one meal at a time, one workout at a time. And taking my focus off of how far I have yet to go and instead putting it on how far I've come and all that I've accomplished so far. Thinking about how well I'm doing right now and enjoying working to meet my goals. Drinking my 8 glasses of water a day has certainly been beneficial to me; I've felt a lot healthier and more energetic since I started drinking the water and it's something I want to stick with for as long as I can. I just feel a lot better since replacing soda with water. I've saved a lot of calories, too. I've also been working to make my meal plans as enjoyable as possible. I find that I do like having regular meal times, knowing that at a particular time during the day I will have a meal instead of just eating randomly. I am also becoming very dependent on logging my food. In the morning right away I make a meal plan for the day using the Spark nutrition tracker and that gives me an idea of how many calories I'll be eating that day and then I input my food as I eat it on my UP band app. I've been doing pretty well with this lately. I've been staying within my calorie range for the day for the past few days and my weight has reflected that. I feel like I've been making real progress, getting a lot healthier, and I've had the energy to walk nine miles every day the past few days, too. Feels good to get in those fitness minutes.

Another area I've been working on lately is my sleep. I've just hit a five-day streak of getting 8-hours of sleep a night. It's been my goal to develop a good sleep schedule and get the right amount of shut-eye every night. So I feel like being more energized is also due to getting more sleep at night. I've had to bump back my bedtime an hour and a half most nights in order to get the sleep, but it's something I'm working on and I feel a lot better for it.

Mood-wise I've been doing better, but still a little bit anxious. The anxiety is mostly due right now to Fritzy being at his dad's. It's hard for me when he's not home. But, this is something I'm working on, one of the reasons I'm developing this routine with my eating and exercise, sleep and journaling so that I have something clear to focus on when he's not home.

But for right now things are going well and I'm meeting my goals. I can only keep striving to continually do that. To keep on moving forward, little step by little step.

  
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GRLTAZ 8/18/2014 9:13PM

    Feeling great for you. Keep it up !

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BLUEEYESCANADA 8/17/2014 9:36PM

    emoticon You are doing awesome in every area of your life. Keeping looking ahead and not behind will help you reach your goals for sure. emoticon

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Love how you found what is working for you.
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    emoticon emoticon KEEP LOOKING FORWARD

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1CRAZYDOG 8/15/2014 8:45PM

    good for you! Proud of all your efforts.

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    emoticon emoticon on being back on track. Those habits that you're building and working on sound emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 8/15/2014 12:55PM

    As one member already stated ........... "Don't wait until you reach goal to feel proud" ...... Every step is in the right direction and btw: you always have the best pictures on your blogs! emoticon

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HONEYBEESBLISS 8/15/2014 12:52PM

    Good job on everything! You should be proud of how far you've come and how well you are doing! Like one of my fave quotes says "Don't Wait Until You've Reached Your Goal To Be Proud Of Yourself. Be Proud Of Every Step You Take Toward Reaching That Goal." - Unknown

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Birthday Blues

Tuesday, August 12, 2014



In the few days surrounding my birthday and especially on my birthday, which was yesterday, I was feeling particularly depressed. I couldn't enjoy it at all, and I didn't feel well enough to do anything at all. It rained most of the morning, which was apt, but the day was pleasant enough and I should have been happy, but being bipolar I, sometimes I just can't enjoy anything no matter how pleasant it may be. My son got me a singing card and also sang to me, which was very amazing in all reality, and I got jewelry, which I didn't have the emotional capacity to love until this morning, and my sweet cousin got me a food scale which remotivated me this morning and I spent a good chunk of time playing with at four this morning when I got up and made expensive coffee and felt something like human emotion again. I did pay a price for being so unmotivated and depressed--despite medication, which is sad, sometimes--which was gaining a little weight and I think I was depressed to begin with because I hadn't lost a pound that I'd wanted to lose (or maybe not), so one would think gaining some weight would make me REALLY depressed, but oddly I actually felt better this morning than I had in a while. I felt a certain preparedness. I thought about the mistake that I had made in my behaviour and action this birthday week and considered that no amount of guilt could change that, nor would any amount of worry change what challenges were yet to come, but that I had the choice of what I could do next.

And I really think it doesn't matter so much how long it takes me to get to where I'm going as long as I still get there. I haven't given up yet, nor do I have any intentions of doing so just because of an imperfect week. One of the things I do realize I will have to deal with from time to time is depression, no matter how good my medication is or isn't, and if I have to take a couple of steps backwards because of that, I will always make up for it when I am feeling better.

Yet, I am always trying to learn something from my bouts of depression, in hopes that I can deal better with it the next time it comes around. Unfortunately, when it does come around, it's always so all encompassing and deep that I'm never able to manage it much or for very long until the mood itself swells and turns back around, but it's something I've been working on trying to recognize so at least I know when it's there. And, I suppose I'm not too concerned about having gained a little because I'm just relieved to be feeling better so soon (doubtless due to being on medication that does its best in these situations), that it was a short bit of madness, a small price paid, and I have a chance to make up the difference and make some progress again.

  
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REALITYCHECK86 8/17/2014 4:36AM

    I do not have bipolar disorder, but I have suffered from depression. I was depressed for most of my childhood and into my adult life, mostly without realizing it. I know what it's like to have the world not look as bright and colorful as it should. I know it isn't the same, I just wanted to say I can relate to some of the things you mentioned in your blog. I'm glad your medications are able to help you get through the tough times faster.

You always manage to express so much wisdom in your blogs, I think that because of your spirituality and the fact that you take time to think about and write about your experiences, has put you leagues above so many others who suffer from similar issues. It's easy to get lost in the fog of depression and not be able to really reflect on anything. Your writing tells me that you do find a way, even if it's later on, to reflect and understand yourself. I love that you don't let it defeat you! Keep sharing your wisdom, I'm listening.
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2BDYNAMIC 8/14/2014 4:13PM

    Happy belated birthday ........... I am sorry it was disappointing but what a sweet son you have .................. the musical card and singing .................. What a little guy! Sorry I missed your day .......... emoticon

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STRONGERLEANER 8/13/2014 1:14PM

    Happy Belated Birthday!

Sounds like you're doing better now and it's okay to celebrate little-by-little!
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DSHONEYC 8/13/2014 11:22AM

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Depression is serious...but you can get through it. You are loved! emoticon

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NANCY- 8/13/2014 7:22AM

    Belated birthday wishes! Sometimes it is difficult to deal with our perspectives. WTG on sticking with it and doing what you can when you can. You are a ray of sunshine even when it rains.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/12/2014 3:44PM

    Awwww, major hugs first of all.

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy belated birthday to you!

There is something daunting sometimes about thinking about being a year older. I don't know why. Who knows why. But glad you're feeling better today.

HUGS!

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HONEYBEESBLISS 8/12/2014 12:06PM

    Um I dunno why it posted my comment twice, feel free to delete the extra and this one! Sorry!

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HONEYBEESBLISS 8/12/2014 12:05PM

    I love your attitude looking back that you try to learn from it and move on. There really is no use living in the past but we can make right now as good as it can be and we can try to help our future be better. You can totally get that tiny bit of gain back off, no problem! At least you know what's happening. I think it would be worse had you gone through that without that awareness. I hate when I go through little bouts of depression too since everyone does but not like what you experience though with bi-polar. I'm just proud of you that you take steps to make it better and do what you can. And I'm proud of how you are handling coming out on the other side too!
I try to pin point what sets me off as well so I can do better next time or try and avoid it. For me I've noticed since tracking my sleep with my fitbit that my mood is affected by my sleep too.
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HONEYBEESBLISS 8/12/2014 12:05PM

    I love your attitude looking back that you try to learn from it and move on. There really is no use living in the past but we can make right now as good as it can be and we can try to help our future be better. You can totally get that tiny bit of gain back off, no problem! At least you know what's happening. I think it would be worse had you gone through that without that awareness. I hate when I go through little bouts of depression too since everyone does but not like what you experience though with bi-polar. I'm just proud of you that you take steps to make it better and do what you can. And I'm proud of how you are handling coming out on the other side too!
I try to pin point what sets me off as well so I can do better next time or try and avoid it. For me I've noticed since tracking my sleep with my fitbit that my mood is affected by my sleep too.
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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 8/12/2014 11:56AM

    Hope your day is great. You deserve to have a great life and be happy. Being bi-polar in a down cycle is rough. I hope you stable out soon. Sorry this episode had to happen around your birthday. What a bummer. If I had known it was your birthday I would have baked you a cake (only kidding.) I don't bake too many cakes any more. But I would have wished you emoticon emoticon emoticon .

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BLUEEYESCANADA 8/12/2014 11:18AM

    Happy (belated) Birthday to you. Sunday was my birthday and I also gained a pound. I am still trying to figure out how I did that as I ate what I should and no more.
I like you will continue to keep going and not let anything get in the way to my goal to be more healthy.

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IDICEM 8/12/2014 10:57AM

  Depression is tough, but I think it helps that you can talk about it openly. Wishing you a belated happy birthday and a wonderful year ahead!

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GERIKRAGH 8/12/2014 10:53AM

    Good luck. Depression is a hard master.

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ICECUB 8/12/2014 9:48AM

    emoticon emoticon SOMETIMES WHEN YOU LOOK FORWARD TO SOMETHING FOR A LONG TIME YOU DO GET A LET DOWN. GLAD YOU ARE BACK ON TRACK. SORRY YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH THIS.

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GRLTAZ 8/12/2014 9:33AM

    Well said. I am glad to see you not give up. You are so right in the fact that it does not matter how long it takes you to reach your health goals as long as you are still striving to reach them. This is life long which is sometimes depressing to me but I know in the long run, I am treating my body the best I can, whether or not I eventually meet my "weight" goal. I decided this time around I would make several goals towards health, like drinking enough water, exercising a minimum amount of minutes, enjoying the small things, being grateful for all I have, trying to eat things that balance my blood sugars, etc. Keep pushing girlfriend !

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Catching Up With My New Year's Resolutions

Saturday, August 09, 2014



I decided it was time to catch up with my New Year's Resolutions and see how I was doing. In January I had made a little document on my computer and saved a list of the things that I had intended to keep up with this year so I checked in to see how I was doing.

My new year's resolutions:
1) Track my calories every day.
2) Journal/Blog on a daily basis.
3) Exercise daily, even if it's only for ten minutes.
4) Practice Mindful Eating.
5) Make new and interesting positive memories with my son Fritzy.
6) Drink 8 Glasses of Water Daily.
7) Get up on time, Go to bed on time.

Everything on that list I had to renew my commitment on in the past couple of weeks, so for me the new year has really begun again recently, and I made some small changes to that list. Tracking my calories is an important one, I think, and I've made that a big part of my morning ritual. It's one of the first things I do when I get up in the morning, making a meal plan and tracking all the calories for the day.

Blogging on a daily basis. This one I modified to blogging three times a week. Every day is too much of a challenge. Although I do try to write in my journal every morning if I can. And again, even that goal I've only been able to keep up with recently.

Exercise daily, even if it's only for ten minutes. This is another important one. The UP24 helps me with this one. For the most part I've been able to keep up with this goal and recently I've even stepped it up to nine miles on the days I don't have my son.

Practice Mindful Eating. This one has been a big challenge. I've struggled with my eating over the past couple of months and am working hard to get back to a place of mindfulness and healthfulness. A reliable meal plan and practicing mindful eating will go a long way to get things back in gear.

Make positive memories with Fritzy. We're going to Disney World next month and that should make more than a few new and interesting positive memories! But, as far as on a daily basis, I think it's probably time to start getting more creative again with thinking of activities for the two of us.

Drink 8 Glasses of Water Daily. I'm on Day 12 of drinking my water and feeling significantly better for it. Definitely noticing a difference. Obviously not as far along as I should've been at this point, but at least still making the attempt and better late than never.

Get up on time, go to bed on time. I've been getting up actually BEFORE my alarm goes off and lately my UP has been sending me to bed early so I'm making my marks on this one. Not feeling particularly tired so I think I'm in the clear here.

Overall I feel like I made some pretty attainable goals for the year and with some effort I can continue to work on them. I'm making a point to continue to refresh my memory on this list every so often and to keep trying to improve.

  
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WHYTEBROWN 8/11/2014 12:24PM

    emoticon Ciara!! As far as I can see you've done an emoticon job with sticking to those goals!! emoticon Not only that but you've identified all those areas that need revising or more work and made the necessary adjustments. emoticon You're doing emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 8/11/2014 8:38AM

    GREAT!!! So pleased for you!!

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REALITYCHECK86 8/10/2014 5:38AM

    Those are all admirable goals. And the great part is you can start/re-start any time!! We don't really need a special day, like waiting until new years to reform our lives for the better. I think you're doing great. Take one day at a time and make your life whatever you want it to be!
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1CRAZYDOG 8/9/2014 6:07PM

    I like your goals and your attitude of flexibility is great! You can develop a wonderful plan, but if the results aren't happening, that means re-evaluate, correct and re-evaluate, just what you're doing. That's how you attain success.

HUGS

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KATELJM 8/9/2014 4:25PM

    It's good to review goals periodically and learn to focus on what is important. If something is important, yet you find yourself creating obstacles, then examine why.

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HONEYBEESBLISS 8/9/2014 1:05PM

    I think it's good to review goals and see if you want to keep them or adjust as needed and such. You know one of my goals was to increase my flexibility but I haven't really been doing any stretching lately...but I have noticed that my mental flexibility has increased, I find that interesting. I feel more flexible, it's just not in the stretching form!!! HAHA Maybe I should add specific stretching to my goals and pick some to start with that I can keep up realistically!

OH and I think mindful eating has helped me so much. I think before I would eat more of things I liked because I wanted the enjoyment to last but I've found that when you are mindful as you eat it does the same thing as having more would do before. That and exploring and finding more things that I love and really enjoy eating.

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NANCY- 8/9/2014 10:33AM

    Great Idea to go back and review and the renew.
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WATERDIAMONDS 8/9/2014 9:31AM

    Sensible, doable list--and I'm with you on the challenges of eating mindfully. It's my most difficult.

I wish you the best of success, one day at a time.



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RASPBERRY56 8/9/2014 7:44AM

    It's a good idea to recheck your plans from time to time and do a self-assessment.........while I'm not a personal fan of Jan. 1 as a "be all and end all" start date, I have from time to time prepared goals and reviewed them - in fact, I did so recently, and revised my goal for final weight accordingly, and feel much better for having done so (removed the pressure for success, and in light of my frequent plateauing, prevented me from setting myself up for failure)!

Looks like you're doing great - keep it up!

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EVIE4NOW 8/9/2014 7:38AM

  Print your list and tape it near your monitor or refrigerator. You will see it every day and it will remind you to "git er done".

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Where Your Focus Goes, Your Energy Flows

Thursday, August 07, 2014



What I have learned over the past couple of weeks is just how important it is to persevere, and to stay positive and work on actively creating an atmosphere of success, even when not feeling all that successful. As I have been attempting to bounce back from a setback, it hasn't been easy, but I have stuck with it throughout all the bumps and I'm through my second week back in the fitness game and starting to make some real progress now. I've started to lose weight again and I've learned that what you expect to happen shapes your future. You need to act AS IF you have achieved your goal. ACT as if you are successful not cocky or arrogant, but humble and self-assured. Talk, dress, and act like the kind of person who is successful and who YOU want to be, and you will BECOME that kind of person. This is the strategy that has begun to bear fruit for me. This is the strategy that has carried me through the past two weeks.

It has been a rocky two weeks with lots of challenges and I've felt pessimistic at times, but when I come back and think about this, what you expect to happen shapes your future, it makes a lot of sense to me. If you expect to fail, you will. And throughout the duration of July I had begun to get negative and had started expecting to fail. It was only when I started acting like I had already reached my goal weight that I started making real progress again, even if it wasn't a piece of cake making that progress. But I also learned another strategy for those off-days:

You can't let slip-ups that happened in the past effect your behaviour in the now. You have to be able to let go of your mistakes and accept that the situation is over, be able to forgive yourself and forgive the situation in order to move forward. It's really all about attitude. Your mind is very powerful. If you fill it with positive thoughts, you'll find that your life begins changing for the better.

Because it's always your choice. You can either get motivated and move yourself forward or you can choose to be miserable and remain in the same place. But where did doing nothing get us?

  
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REALITYCHECK86 8/9/2014 4:11AM

    Great strategy to live by, thanks for sharing the wisdom. I'm definately guilty of holding myself back and I will try to keep this thought in the forefront of my mind this week.
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    emoticon emoticon with so much of what you've said. Here's to acting like we're healthy lifestyle butt kickers because WE ARE!! emoticon emoticon

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BLUEEYESCANADA 8/8/2014 12:29PM

    This is so true and your timing for this blog is wonderful for me! Thank you so much for sharing. I will be working on this.
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WATERDIAMONDS 8/8/2014 10:17AM

    There is so much to the psychological aspect of changing one's habits, but the essence can be boiled down into what you've written: "Because it's always your choice."

Viktor Frankl spoke so eloquently of this idea when he explained how he survived his Holocaust concentration camp. The guards took his freedom and his health, as well as the lives of so many of those with him, but they never took control of his mind.

His summation: Between cause and response, there is a moment in which we choose our response. Our power lies in that moment of choice.

You're making great choices right now, and I am so glad for you and for us--you're a beacon and a reminder, and we are grateful.



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NANCY- 8/8/2014 9:05AM

    Love the way you think.
"actively creating an atmosphere of success, even when not feeling all that successful"
What is wonderful is that We get to choose.

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KATELJM 8/7/2014 9:26PM

    Ciara, I agree with this strategy. I started imagining what I would do to maintain my ideal weight -- how I would eat and how I would exercise, and I started shaping today's nutrition to be in line with that. The exercise part is more exciting, because I can feel my body building endurance, readying itself to do even more. I am probably at least 6 months away from my ideal weight, but I am using this time to build healthy habits that will sustain me. "Act as if" is a powerful strategy.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 8/7/2014 6:48PM

    Great blog, thanks for sharing. We do get discouraged some times but you are right we have to let it go. Every day is a new say. We can do it. Hugs Pat

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NYKIMMIE 8/7/2014 6:18PM

    emoticon Love the sayings!

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ICECUB 8/7/2014 6:13PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon IT IS ALL UP TO US. emoticon

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HONEYBEESBLISS 8/7/2014 4:02PM

    emoticon emoticon I've noticed that the same is true in my life, the more I focus on what I love, what I enjoy, what I like, and move on from the past and let it go the better things become. I've changed tons and have seen the positive changes that I was wanting to make happening. I can really tell I've had a mental shift towards positivity even more than before, I think I naturally tend to prefer positive stuff, but I still had a lot of negative self talk and such I had to work on. Focusing on what we DO want makes a big difference! Of course we are still going to be faced with negativity but we can always make a new choice at any moment. I really appreciate that!

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1CRAZYDOG 8/7/2014 3:36PM

    Exactly! We need to act humble and confident.

We don't change a flat tire and go back home! We continue the journey. Life is the same.

HUGS You are so wise.

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