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Beating the odds!

The Superbowl is over and what a game it was!  My husband, being a Patriot’s fan, was beginning to lose heart. The Falcons were crushing the Patriots, making it nearly impossible for them to recover, or even win.  Nevertheless, a most extraordinary game unfolded!  For the first time in Superbowl history it went into Overtime.  With baited breath my husband and I watched as the Patriots dug deep, and with focus and determination overcame the impossible.  We were astounded!

The Patriots had one goal in mind,  they wanted the victory.  Nothing was going to get them down. They were gonna fight hard, and fight to win. Inch by inch, line by line they got closer to their goal, and created a big upset for the opposing team.  It was incredible to watch.

In a similar way, those of us who are trying to lose weight, eat healthy and get fit, have setbacks that can throw us in a downward spiral.  Feeling defeated, they can stop us in our tracks and self-doubt can hold us back.  The task before us seems impossible to overcome and for many of us we give up.

Watching the Superbowl was encouraging, and there are valuable takeaways that can help us on our journey.

  1. When the mountain seems impossible, don’t give up, victory is just around the corner.
  2. Stay focused, keep your eye on the goal and run for it.
  3. Be determined! Fight hard, fight to win.
  4. Overcome ~ don’t let despair, self-doubt, or defeat get you down.  Remind yourself you can overcome.
  5. Take little steps ~ set small goals, win small victories, and the bigger goal will be within your grasp.

Today, as you bask in the epic game, bask in the victory that is within your reach!  Stay healthy, keep fit, and keep glowing!

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Worth-It Wednesday!

Change is hard at the beginning, messy in the middle and Worth it in the end!  Be kind and patient with yourself.  Creating a healthy lifestyle, making changes to lose weight and shape up takes time.  Setbacks happen, but keep pushing through…it will be Worth It!!

 

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A New Year ~ Starting fresh towards a Healthier Me!

Christmas has come and gone.  What a wonderful time of celebration it was with family and friends.  The food was wonderful and the turkey is a gift that keeps on giving.  Turkey sandwiches, turkey casserole, turkey stew, have all been a part of our eating plan over the last few days in our house.

Homemade cookies, desserts and chocolates have also been part of the celebrations.  I, confess that I did indulge in some of the goodies offered, but did well, considering, the array of sugared treats I had to choose from.

As the year comes to a close, I have time to examine my eating habits over the course of the year and assess how I did, and where I can improve next year.  I am looking forward to a clean slate and as always will make the New Year’s resolution to be a “healthier” me and to “exercise” more.  The key is to keep on track, and stay motivated to attain my goals. I can’t allow the stresses in life, to derail me, which they have at times this year.

2015 brings a fresh start, new hope, and a promise for a healthier me.   I will be keeping myself accountable through this blog and will keep encouraging all those who strive to be healthy on the inside and outside as well.

I know I shared a parody before Christmas, but here is another one for your enjoyment.  I know it’s not a month after Christmas…but it’s never too late to start focusing on making those tight clothes loose again.  Enjoy!

Twas the month after Christmas,

and all through the house,

Nothing would fit me,

not even a blouse.

The cookies I’d nibbled,

the eggnog I’d taste,

At the holiday parties,

had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales,

there arose such a number!

When I walked to the store,

(less a walk than a lumber).

I’d remember the marvelous,

meals I’d prepared;

The gravies and sauces,

and beef nicely rared,

The wine and the rum balls,

the bread and the cheese,

And the way I’d never said,

“No, thank you, please.”

As I dressed myself,

in my husband’s old shirt,

And prepared once again,

to do battle with dirt,

I said to myself,

as I only can

“You can spend a winter

disguised as a man!”

So-away with the last,

of the sour cream dip,

Get rid of the fruit cake,

every cracker and chip.

Every last bit of food,

that I like must be banished

Till all the additional,

ounces have vanished.

I won’t have a cookie,

not even a lick.

I’ll want only to chew,

on a long celery stick.

I won’t have hot biscuits,,

or corn bread, or pie,

I’ll munch on a carrot,

and quietly cry.

I’m hungry, I’m lonesome,

and life is a bore-

But isn’t that what,

January is for?

Unable to giggle,

no longer a riot.

Happy New Year to all,

and to all a good diet! (Anonymous)

Knocked down, but not defeated

I have been off my exercise routine and eating has been difficult.  

It started last weekend when I had a bout of the Stomach flu.  Recovering from that meant Ginger Ale and soda crackers.  Then I was able to add a little bit of chicken noodle soup.  I slowly incorporated more solid food.  However, it became comfort food, which meant all the wrong foods.

After a week of being down for the count and trying to maintain my busy schedule I realized that the week was a bit of a write off. 

Recognizing that this was not a great week I have come up with a few conclusions:

1)      It’s ok to have an off week when you’re sick.

2)      Falling out of routine with food intake and exercise is normal while in recovery mode.

3)      Take time to recuperate and build health and strength. Don’t beat yourself up.

4)      Slowly transition back into eating healthy meals and returning to exercise routine.

5)      Look over your journal to see how far you have come to prevent discouragement.  Don’t derail!

6)      Refocus on your commitment to eating healthy and losing weight.

7)      Jump back into routine asap. 

 

This week is a new week.   Time to pull myself together and return to where I left off.

Staying the course!  Staying motivated!