Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Knock, Knock....

WEIFANG, CHINA - JULY 24:  Overweight students...Image by Getty Images via Daylife

it's spring! Oops! Just kidding. We had a full day of rain yesterday but then woke today to see this white fluffy stuff again. LOL I knew it wouldn't last but just the thoughts of warmer temperatures stirred my heart.

Yesterday I got back up on that horse (figuratively) and started back to a fitness routine I had a couple of years ago. Go me! I let it go way too long. When I realized that I was only getting in 1500-2000 steps each day I realized why the heck I wasn't losing weight! My goal this week is to reach 3000 each day with a slow build to 10,000. I know I can do this. As my weight continues to creep up I'm feeling like I need to take back control.

Remember I said earlier that my focus this year is BALANCE? Well that means in my physical activity as well. I can no longer sit around and whimp and whine about it.

Join me in finding balance. How do you maintain and sense of stability and an even keel in your life? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Off to enjoy some lunch, do some work and then work out baby!!!

I'm skipping through the snow today. Nothing is going to hold me back. Watch out world, here I come!!

til again
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Guilty free....

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You know, giving myself permission to enjoy the luncheon yesterday has totally freed me. So much so that today I felt no obsession or craving for anything. I am balanced and fully in control. Amazing how letting go of the guilt can make such a difference!

I've enjoyed a salad with fresh sprouts, greens, tomatoes and avocado. I had some raw crackers that I enjoyed with some hummus. Definitely enough for me.

I did have a couple of small pieces of dark chocolate and am currently enjoying a decaf. hazelnut/chocolate tea. I added a wee bit of raw honey and it's good to go!! Actually quite tasty.

My day has been full and rich and still have much more to do.
Til later and again,
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One of those days, one of those feelings

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Ever had a day inwhich you'd really like some evidence that there is more to this world than the four walls around you? Or, that in the manner of what happens in the next few moments or hours, unless life and death...really isn't life or death in magnitude!

So...totally not on program I thoroughly enjoyed lunch out with a friend where we ate some heavenly Italian food! I did NOT over indulge and we both passed up on dessert. I felt full afterwards but not stuffed.

So does it hurt my detox process? Probably set it back some but in the scheme of my life, this is not tragic, traumatic or life threatening. Now, of course, over the span of a few weeks, months and yes years, this could be quite sad indeed. But to have one lunch like this really is not a big deal.

I enjoyed the company, the ambiance and the food! Life is good. I am getting stronger and better every day. Raw or not, meat or no meat...many calories or few, I am in control of my life. It is my decision.

Today I choose a different path. Tomorrow??? The intention is set for a great and wonderful day! How about you??

Let me know what's on your mind.

Hugs til again,
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Monday, January 11, 2010

Moving forward...

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Am I happy today? You betcha! down 1/2 pound since yesterday. LOL Ok, so it's not 5 lbs but enough of a change that I'm happy.

Losing weight for me has become an obsession and one that I really need to work on. I haven't been able to figure out when you cross the line between healthy concern for ones weight and what's over the top!

I'd love for someone to walk me through this. I'm not sure whether it's a good thing or something of therapeutic value that I'm working for an online community of great women whose biggest focus is on food. By the way, I LOVE MY JOB!!

Many times I think it helps to keep me real and honest. Other times it's more that I'm drawn deeper and deeper into the obsession spiraling downward.

Last winter Tera, www.therawdivas.com, did an entire 90 day "don't obsess about your food" blog post series. I know that this obsession is not unique to me and yet there I times I feel like I'm the elephant in the room with a topic no one wants to talk about.

I don't need a food plan friends, I need a good therapist!! Recommendations? LOL

So, I'm moving away from obsession to balance.

My mantra this year is balance. Balance in ALL things and in ALL areas of my life. Definitely balance in my food is top of the list but I guess what I need is balanced thinking about the food choices I make. Nothing radical here, just me being me.

I want to be a well-rounded individual. (rounded might not be the best choice of words there) I want my focus to be on family, friends, food, exercise, internal joy, music, fiber work and play...! All of these in balance, with me tossing the balls into the air in a set pattern that works for ME! Is this possible? I believe so. Might take some work but it's the kind of work that I'm ready, willing, and able to do.

Here's what I plan to do today to get started:

1. clean my fridge (how can I eat a balanced diet with old yucky stuff in there)

2. get on the mini-tramp! (need to get the lymphatic system working as it should)

3. call some friends and set up some tea time (choose a date)

4. stay connect with my family (calls and email)

5. schedule time for music composition (I have a dead-line!)

Have you created a list for yourself today? If so how does it feel for you??

I'd love to know how you are all doing. Stay in touch, create joy in your life and smile 'cause you never know when someone's watching you!

Hugs and love,

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Day 2

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So far so good. Day 2 is moving along well, just as it should be. Way too much snow though. I had no idea how much had fallen since the night of the 31st! Wow! It all looks so beautiful but not nice to get around in. The roads are slick but so far everyone is driving appropriately.

Ok..enough of the weather. Guess I'm like most Canadians in that I like to chat about the weather.

Actually the weather really does effect how I feel. I try not to let it happen but with little success. When it's cold and dark I tend to want to stay indoors, nest and snuggle. I hunker down.

When it's bright, sunny, even a bit cold, I have more energy and joy.

May be it has some scientific basis...the moon, the air pressure etc.

What ever the cause is I know I AM in control of my OWN life and I make the decisions.

So through whatever weather patterns are coming my way in 2010 I am committed to standing firm. I am happy and am resolved to be my personal best.

Off to enjoy a green smoothie and figure out how much fun I can have playing in the snow!

til again,

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Friday, January 1, 2010


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A new beginning!

I think it's wonderful that each year we can start over. The truth is that each day is a new beginning. This year my approach is different.

No resolutions or commitments to huge changes in my body. My weight loss journey has taken me up, down and up again. One might think it's frustrating. I will confess that it's easy to see it that way.

This year is about what I can add to my food plan to make it the best for me. This is not about what I can't have or what is not good for my body. My focus is positive. My life is about balance....in all things!

What am I going to do today to make myself the very best I can be?? That's the ongoing affirmation for 2010.

My focus is on see the best in me and by taking the best care I can of this body that I have been blessed

Never saw the sun.....

Nothing but blue skies will I see!

Frank at some of his best...BLUE SKIES

I just couldn't resist!

Or if you prefer Ella...try this one!

Happy New Year!

til again,

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