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I can do it. You can do it.

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The Bible says life and death is in the power of the tongue.  This goes true for everything in your life, including loosing weight and gaining your health back.  Have you ever heard of the quote by Henry Ford, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t your right.”?  Well that’s true.

A few years ago I was a member of a group that had to do with size acceptance.  It is true that beauty is what’s on the inside, but it was difficult to be around people who had such bad attitudes about taking care of yourself.  I realize that some people have eating disorders and stress over every inch they loose or gain, but that’s not what I’m talking about.  What I’m talking about is people who don’t care if they are dangerously overweight and they don’t care and don’t want to try and change their lifestyle one iota even if it means to save their lives.  One woman even stated that since she knew she would gain the weight back she wasn’t even going to try.

Well, after becoming diabetic myself after years of being 125 lb. overweight I realized I needed to make some changes.  My first change was to leave that group.  My second change was I changed my lifestyle and all I had to do was go to beauty school.  Just being up on my feet doing something all day helped a lot.  I lost 30 lbs.the first few months!

Lately changing my eating habits and controlling my portion sizes has caused me to drop another 20 lbs!  I’ve gained a few back but I’m going to start over with a new attitude and I* will* loose the weight.

“Old habits die slowly” is an old outdated mindset.  To replace old habits here are three steps:

  1. Decide what you want to do and the results you want.  Be specific.
  2. Develop actions that would accomplish what you desire.
  3. Examine your actions to see if you are holding back or not, or if you need to make any changes.

Here are my three steps:

  1. I want to loose my next twenty pounds in about four months.
  2. I will include at least thirty minutes of exercise in my day, every day.  I will use portion control and be careful about the deserts.  I will start walking tomorrow.  I will buy a DVD player for my exercise dvds to go in the living room where I have a little more room to work out.  I will get plenty of sleep so I will be able to do this.  I will buy the food I need to make the portion control recipes in my book.
  3. Actions seem good so I’m good to go!

 

 

Having a little bit of a setback but……

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Good morning.  Well, I received the diet program  in the mail and I’m just not motivated enough to stay with it.  I guess its because I don’t like measuring my food .  its a chore.  But its a good program for those who have the will power to measure your food every day.  I guess it could work for some.    But more than anything I think maybe I need to rethink all of this.  Yes, I spent a lot of money on this…..a lesson learned.  But Autumn Calabrese has a good cookbook out:  FIXATE 101 recipes to use with the 21 day fix portion control program.  You can use the recipes in this book to go with your own weight loss lifestyle change program.  I’m not going to measure my food anymore.  Its monotonous and being excessive.

Portion control is a good idea.  It has worked for my Dad and he lost 70 lbs.!  He doesn’t even exercise.  He just eats a small portion- no measuring.

Right now I’m managing to maintain my current weight and keep eating smaller portions.  I’ve got to get back in the groove and get serious again.  I’m still in a size 18 and although my blood sugar has been a little higher in the morning.  Its all because I slacked off and ran out of test strips and sort of lost interest.  Sooooo…….

Will start back my exercise routine in March and continue to do portion control. I don’t think I can keep using the bowls.  Never the less I will get back to using Autum’s cookbook because with each recipe all the measuring is done for you and just have to read and see how much is a serving.  I like the program, just need to modify to be flexible.  And who says you can’t go out to eat while trying to loose weight?  If I focus on small portions like only one trip to the buffet then I’m good to go.  Its going to take me probably a year to loose the weight so I’m not going to go a whole year without eating out is so not enjoying life.  And here is a recent photo of me.  You know, I don’t look so bad for pushing fifty.lol

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A recent photo.

Beginning of fall update and thoughts.

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Trying to get adjusted to new doctor, new pharmacy, new home after i moved from East Texas back to where im from in Texas. It can be a challenge. My habbits have changed; both what i eat and how much. (Mom likes to control my eating and that helps in an irritating sort of way.).

Nonetheless i have been struggling with getting back into the routine of exercising almost every day and when i do im rewarded with more energy and lower blood sugar levels.

I havent really been trying all that hard to loose weight but i have lost about eight pounds since my move back home. I tnink its because i feel guilty about digging in another persons fridge and/or cubbords. Lol. But i am learning that weight loss takes sacrifice and…..
Im not eating near as much icecream and cheetows and other junk food. So moms guarding me has paid off and im getting back to my exercising.

Its helpful that there is a small gym right here in the apartment complex so now i warm up with a brief walk and do about two-three miles on the stationary bike. Blood sugar is great when i work out hard. Im exercising about an hour twice a week but i need to work out at least three times a week. Thats the next step….upping it to three times a week.

back on track and it’s not even spring yet!

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back on track and it’s not even spring yet!

Man i really went for a backslide over the winter, but for a week now i’ve exercised about three times! Ive also lost about four pounds! My goal is to get back into a size 1x.

Im working out with Denise Austins dvd’s ( i have four of them) and she is such an inspiration. I change it up a bit. I get tired walking and like to ride my bike and dance too.

I worked out for nearly an hour today. Its nice to have an instructor who is so inspiring. She has a ton of videos out. I did two of her 30 min workouts today from a dvd called Shape Up and SHED pounds. It had two low impact workouts for beginners. One was mor

The one on the right is the one I did today.

The one on the right is the one I did today.

e aerobic and the other was toning anf stretching. Higly reccamended. The music is fun and a person as big as myself (250 lbs) had no trouble with most of the moves.

Well its getting late and i need to get off here. Keep trying to reach your goals. U can do it!

New Goals For A New Year

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I tried updating my previous post but it got lost.

So here we go….I want to loose 20 more pounds, exercise at least once a day (sometimes twice a day), eat more chocolate, finish building our house, put another shed out back to turn into a studio, eat less calories, walk closer with the Lord.  With my business I want to take my crafts to fairs, events, shows, and create a business plan after reading completely the book: Grow Your Handmade Business.  By the end of this year my goal is to be making an extra $200/month with my handmade business, maybe more.

Rhonda

Getting past the winter setback….an update and goals for the New year

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Well, to be honest with you I’ve majorly slacked off last month.  First, the cooler weather discouraged me, even after bringing everything indoors, buying the exercise dvd’s etc…and then the holidays hit and Lord help! lol….and when I’m at someone else’s house for a vacation-I really loose interest .

But I am in no case discouraged.  We have a new year, and in a few short months (3) I will have been exercising for a year!  So my goal is to finish out the year with NO MORE setbacks.  Time to jump back in and get to work!  So it has been raining all morning but tonight at seven I will do exercise bike, maybe tapes, push ups, squats, arm bands.  Yes!  I WILL do this tonight at 7:00pm.   The days it is not cold and raining I will do my 2 mile walk and finish up with stretching and yoga , my favorite cool down.

Despite not exercising last night, I had a really good blood sugar this morning. It was only 120.  So I’m pleased about that.  But generally when I don’t exercise at night I have a sorry blood sugar in the morning.  So a little exercise goes a long way.

This year I’m also going to challenge myself.  Maybe walk longer or ride my bike for 20 min. longer during an inside work out.  I would consider myself healthier since I decided to start exercising last April-so don’t be discouraged if it seems like your not making progress.  Even loosing 5 pounds *is* progress.

Setting new goals is a good idea.  My goals are to loose 20 more pounds and exercise in some way every day, some times twice a day.  Also, cut back on my calories.  With my craft business my goal is to start taking my art to shows and events (hello Bonham trade days, the fairgrounds, etc…).  With my home I want to get another shed built outside that we will turn into an art studio,  and get kitchen cabinets built and bookshelves. (I’ll provide the money and husband and I will do the work.) What are some of your goals?

Rhonda

staying motivated/change it up a bit

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Hello people. With winter ahead of us and cooler weather/cold fronts it is hard to stay motivated and stay on track. My usual exercise is a two mile walk followed with a cool down of stretching and yoga. But today or this morning I decided I wasn’t in the mood for a walk. When that happens it is better to change it up a bit.

I bought two new workout DVD’s last month and brought the stationary bike into the house. The other day I did what my husband calls “around the world”. It is a series of different types of exercises that became an inside cardio workout. Instead of lifting heavy weight you choose about three or four light weight exercises and do three-four sets of each. My routine went like this: one mile on stationary bike, twenty pushups (can do these on the knees), about twenty stretchy band exercises (I did bicep curls with my arms stretched out to the sides), and then I did about twenty squats using the doorknob for balance. I did about three sets of these. My husband reccamends four sets. Squats are real good for working out the butt and thighs. I try and follow up a workout with some gentle stretching and a little bit of yoga to cool down.

Yesterday I did my walk. But sometimes I don’t feel like walking. Like today so I used one of my new work out DVD’s by Denise Austin. She is such a charismatic, inspirational person. I just love her book, Fit and Fabulous after Fourty-and she has a slew of workout DVD’s on amazon-some very inexpensive.

I have made 7:00 pm my workout time in doors because I’m done with supper and I can work on bringing my blood sugar down so I won’t have to use so much insulin. Tonight I worked out with Denise’s bootcamp DVD and let me tell you it kicked my rear! A good investment. I highly reccamend spending some moola on some basic equipment to help you work out.

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These are an inexpensive alternative to dumbbells

These are an inexpensive alternative to dumbbells

You can do it! If you keep working at it you can reach your goals!