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  • How do You Measure Success?

    1/25/2015 9:15:58 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    I don't have much time tonight, but I'm so excited about my progress. I weighed in this morning under almost normal circumstances (different shoes and breakfast). I gained 1 pound. I'm not letting that get me down I've added strength training to my workouts and I can already feel the difference. The... Read more

  • I've got to Believe in Me

    1/24/2015 8:02:04 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    I'm having a hard time today reconciling the need to go work out and not miss a day with the need to let my body recover. I'm trying very hard right now to make a habit out of going to the gym. I need to and I can see the difference after only two weeks. The problem is, depending on who you ask... Read more

  • Home is always where the heart is

    1/23/2015 8:18:26 PM, by CHEFTONITO

    I get to work from home one day a week. I'm stunned how much easier it is to keep to my food plans when the hustle and bustle of the office isn't interfering. I always expected that the proximity of the fridge and pantry would be an issue, but nope . . . it really doesn't know how to call my na... Read more

  • MORE PICTURES

    1/23/2015 7:10:30 PM, by ICECUB

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  • Sometimes Later is Better

    1/23/2015 11:04:29 AM, by LDYSABELLA

    My husband as an IT security specialist taught a seminar in which he pointed out that we all suffer from decision fatigue. The more decisions we have to make in a day the harder it gets to make good ones. I think this is one of the reasons I don't mind exercising in the evenings. I admit I'm a nigh... Read more

  • How Did I Get So Lucky?

    1/22/2015 10:35:32 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    I'm going with the suggestion to list three things I'm thankful for in my life. I'm thankful that my kids are starting to overtly support me in my life style change. They aren't fighting me on dragging them to the Y so much. My daughter saw my son's Burger King lunch bag and quizzed me on what ... Read more

  • A BETTER DAY IS AHEAD

    1/22/2015 9:06:45 AM, by JANNY316

    It has been such an inspiration to be on this site and with the teams that I am involved in. It is hard when you do feel alone and are struggling, but I don't feel that way anymore. The more active I get here, the more I meet people and get encouraged. It is humbling. Today is a better day... Read more

  • The Cost of Being Healthy

    1/21/2015 10:00:54 AM, by LDYSABELLA

    Today I did a Cost Analysis for a TOPS contest we are running through March. It took a bit of time, but it was a very eye opening and useful exercise for me. I wanted to share it here. I think It would really be beneficial for anyone struggling with these life changing decisions. After all, we have... Read more

  • Be Your Own Competition

    1/20/2015 8:34:15 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    I was really terribly excited about my workout yesterday. I finally broke 12 mph on the stationary bike. I'm sure I looked like a maniac while fist pumping, covered in sweat with my face a alarming shade of puce. I'm very happy with myself. My Dear Husband is a cyclist. This will be his fourth ... Read more

  • PRAYERS

    1/20/2015 2:52:11 PM, by ICECUB

    ONCE AGAIN I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU FOR THE MANY PRAYERS I RECEIVE. IT WAS VERY APPRECIATED. BUT I NEED PRAYERS ONCE AGAIN. THE MORNING OF MY SURGERY THEY DID A RKG THAT WAS A LITTLE OFF. MY DR DOESN'T THINK IT IS SERIOUS BUT WANTS ME TO SEE A CARDIOLOGIST NEXT WEEEK TO BE SURE. BTW MY SISTWE ... Read more

  • Trying to pick myself up

    1/20/2015 12:06:26 PM, by JANNY316

    I am trying very hard to stay positive and pick myself up right now. My RA is not letting this be an easy process. But, with all the kind words and help that I have received on this site, I am determined to do this. This too shall pass. It is just a bad time and everything seems to be piling on,... Read more

  • blood pressure is good

    1/19/2015 2:16:32 PM, by SKY13579

    Went to the doctor today and she said my blood pressure is good now. but I only lost two pounds hopefully next time it will be more. Go back in 2 months for a breathing test.... Read more

  • Am I Willing to Pay the Piper?

    1/18/2015 1:46:41 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    I lost 3.2 pounds this week. I'm so proud of myself. This wasn't excess water, it was fat. I can pick up 3 boxes of butter and feel and see the loss. I'm sore from my workout yesterday, but it's worth it. It was my first full strength training session. Unfortunately I woke up in pain a few mor... Read more

  • Dogs

    1/17/2015 5:29:12 PM, by CHEFTONITO

    We have two rescue dogs, and they both have very big personalities. And they both know when you're down. One will lay his head in your leg as if to say "it's OK, I love you". the other sits up and just barely touches you as if to say "I'm here if you need me". And then you can take a deep breath and... Read more

  • HAD SURGERY

    1/17/2015 1:14:03 PM, by ICECUB

    HI EVERYONE. WELL I HAVE HAD THE SURGERY. THR DR SEEMED PLEASED. I GO BACK NEXT THURS. I AM FEELING PRETTY GOOD. GOD HSF BEEN GOOD. I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THEIR PRAYERS AND GOODIES AND KIND NOTES. PLEASE KEEP ME IN YOUR PRAYERS. THSNK YOU... Read more

  • Get Creative and Get Healthy

    1/16/2015 10:46:08 AM, by LDYSABELLA

    I'm very lucky and I know it. Like everyone I know, we've gone through some grim times. My husband finally found a better job and we are fortunate to be able to afford the $90/month YMCA membership for our whole family. Our private training sessions are part of that membership. My mom is getting her... Read more

  • There are No "Ladies" at the Gym

    1/15/2015 10:11:40 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    I saw a video today on what women really look like as they workout as compared to what the media projects. We don't glisten, we sweat. We jiggle. We occasional ripple. We smell bad and make unladylike noises too. Their are far too many of us that care too much about what is expected of us and ... Read more

  • Sometimes motivation comes from . . . . a crushed ego?!?!?

    1/15/2015 6:27:00 PM, by CHEFTONITO

    I had a major "Oh, crap" moment yesterday. All the pictures from our summer vacation were on my work mobile phone (I know, bad idea), and they remotely wiped it when my new one came in. I didn't know and I hadn't unloaded it. All gone. Needless to say, my wife is not happy, as in 120 Decibels no... Read more

  • Eva vs the Treadmill or I'm Entitled to Make a Fool of Myself Once a Day Without Losing Self Esteem

    1/14/2015 9:34:41 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    I didn't think I would be back at the YMCA today, so I did my day off 10 minutes walking at Sam's Club. It felt good and I still had lots of energy so I ended up doing another 10 min at the grocery store. I marked it down feeling satisfied with myself. Then my husband came home and asked me if... Read more

  • I GIVE UP! ...

    1/14/2015 6:30:47 PM, by BLNBIKERIN1

    Since when is giving up really an option? Oh no, another of those melancholy entries! RUN! No, serious. I GIVE UP the need o please everyone else but me. Make time for yourself. I GIVE UP trying to do everything myself. Ask for help if needed. Many hands make the workload light and ... Read more

  • For want of a nail . . . . . (OK, Google it)

    1/14/2015 12:01:15 PM, by CHEFTONITO

    I had an interesting reality check this morning. I grabbed my backpack (so much more convenient for commuter buses then a briefcase) and the handle and one strap promptly ripped free at the seam. Since I also carry a fair-sized lunch box (OK, nylon cordura carrier), carrying my assorted stuff was ... Read more

  • Victory Is Mine

    1/13/2015 9:01:11 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    I did it! I managed to drag most of my family with me to our home YMCA tonight. I'm trying very hard to be a positive influence and example to my kids and husband despite my size. I ran out of my protein meal replacement shakes so it's been a strange day for me. I did alright until dinner when I was... Read more

  • Now The Real Work Starts

    1/12/2015 3:50:24 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    I weighed in at the YMCA in Powell yesterday. I don't know how far off it is from the scale in my doctor's office. I've decided I don't really care at this point. I'll use this as my starting point and weigh at that Y in the same clothes every Sunday. If it's close to my doc's scale, I've lost ... Read more

  • Sore But Satisfied

    1/11/2015 6:32:46 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    I made it back to the YMCA today. I gave my arms a break because after using the elliptical yesterday my upper body is feeling it. I did stretch them out which seemed to help. I got 30 minutes and 5 miles in on the stationary bicycle. It's no where near what I need to do to keep up with the rest of ... Read more

  • Using My Time More WIsely

    1/10/2015 6:08:28 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    It's colder than Mars in my part of the country now. I'm very grateful for my YMCA membership. I had the chance to try out the Y near where my daughter works which is 30 minutes from home so I usually hang at Panera, eat a bagel and get some coffee while I read a wait for her to get done. Instead I ... Read more

  • HURT PAWS

    1/9/2015 7:46:51 PM, by ICECUB

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  • NEED SURGERY

    1/9/2015 7:25:05 PM, by ICECUB

    HI EVERYONE HOPE ALL IS WELL. WELL I WANTED TO LET EVERYONE KNOW I AM HAVING SURGERY NEXT WEDNESDAY. HE WILL REPAIR WHAT IS WRONG. I ADMIT I AM NERVOUS ABOUT THE SURGERY. I REALLY APPRECIATE ALL THE GOODIE MAIL AND PRAYER FOR ME. THEY MEAN A LOT TO ME. THANKS VERY MUCH. PLEASE CONTINUE TO KEEP ME... Read more

  • Tell Them About It

    1/9/2015 12:01:29 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    Four days back on my feet, taking control of my life and I'm feeling pretty good. At 800 calories a day I feel pretty good an I'm not starving like usual. My family is still trying to adjust to the change, especially since I'm cooking for them. They are starting to come around. My eleven year old tr... Read more

  • Getting It

    1/8/2015 1:29:21 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    I think that my family is finally starting to “get it”. I served steak, broccoli, and baked steak fries to my family for dinner last night. They asked me if I was eating and I said no. They asked me why. I explained to them that, as they know, I'm signing up for the RounY gastric. That means I'm pla... Read more

  • Love Myself Now Enough to Change

    1/8/2015 12:49:34 PM, by LDYSABELLA

    I am trying very hard to be positive and love myself. Now. While I'm fat. While I'm struggling. I have a really bad habit of putting myself last and going without for others. I need to remember that I am beautiful and desirable, and worthy and deserving of love. How can I care for someone else if I ... Read more

  • December 31, 2014

    12/31/2014 8:07:54 PM, by DCARMONEY

    Happy New Year Everyone... As my last blog post of 2014 i have decided to dedicate 2015 to building my private practice and finding clients for my practice. I am in the process of working on my business plan including my vision and mission. i have realized that every year i try to start the ... Read more

  • Good Bye 2014 .. Lessons Learned

    12/31/2014 12:20:38 PM, by 4RASCALS

    Some of the lessons that 2014 have taught me are: I am stronger than I give myself credit for I learned to let go of some of my fears. A step in the right direction I'm grateful for the people & things in my life. I am blessed I learned to eat healthier. I still need improvement, that ... Read more

  • New day

    12/29/2014 2:45:49 PM, by SKY13579

    Today is my first day on my journey to lose weight and get healthy so I can see my grandson grow up. ... Read more