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Today, I started the countdown to reaching my goal weight. It is hard to believe that Sunday, December 2nd will mark twenty weeks of me working towards reaching my weight loss goal. Originally, I did not set a goal date for reaching 125 pounds. I figured, I’ll get there when I get there.  However, as each week went by and my weight continued to drop, I began to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Sunday will also be the last day I keep a food journal, at least for a little while. If I can maintain my weight, I won’t have to keep one. The key to maintaining my weight is eating clean the majority of the time, planning my treat meals, and exercising on a regular basis.

Yesterday, I weighed in at 127.5 pounds. I didn’t lose any weight, and I didn’t gain any weight. I’m okay with my results considering this past week included a Thanksgiving feast and leftovers. I ate in moderation, and made sure I kept up with my running and power circuits. This leaves me with 2.5 pounds to go until I reach my goal weight. Can I do it?  

I continue to progress with my running. Check out my sidebar to see my weekly schedule. My friend Ming sent me an article called Running with Rachel: The Importance of Setting Goals. Check it out!

As we wade through the next few weeks preparing for Christmas, consider what brings you JOY. And, I’ll be doing some of the same. Happiness!

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.” ~Rumi

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I cannot believe it has been two weeks since my last post. I’ve been extremely busy trying to balance my home life with my new job. Folks, I’m basically treading water. I’m doing what needs to be done each day; however, I haven’t quite gotten into a routine, yet. Thankfully, I do not have to bring any work home with me. Despite the discombobulation, I’m happy. And, grateful! I have a job, and I have a job I really enjoy. Eventually (I hope), my life will fall more into a routine. I just feel like I’m running out of time each and every day, and I cannot accomplish everything I need to do. 

My theory as to why I am struggling with time, or lack of time seems to revolve around the time change, as well as the cold weather. Before daylights savings time ended and it turned cold, I got up at 4AM. This allowed me to exercise and get a big jump on the day and all the day had to offer. Generally, I went to bed between 9PM and 10PM. All was well with the world. Unfortunately for me, this is no longer the case. I’ve been exercising in the afternoons now because I cannot get out the bed, and I refuse to run in the dark when it’s cold. I confess…I’m a wuss. Saturday, I waited until 12:30PM to go for my run. The day was absolutely gorgeous and the temperature was perfect. During the week, I have to rush to get home and run before it gets dark, take care of pets, take care of Andrew and Andrew-related stuff, eat dinner, take care of household obligations, etc. I find that by 8:30PM, I’m ready for bed. Literally, I’m falling asleep doing stuff. I find myself sleeping more. I attribute this to it getting dark early and the cold weather. All I want to do when it gets dark in the evening is hibernate. Maybe, I’m part bear. When I get home at 4:30PM and go to bed at 8:30PM, I’m not getting everything done.

The good news….it’s okay. I just have to be more creative with my time and prioritize. I refuse to use my new job or the time change as an excuse not to exercise, not to get together with family and friends, not to watch The Walking Dead (although I did fall asleep in the last few minutes of Talking Dead). I could have skipped lunch with one of my dearest friends yesterday and missed out on great conversation, as well as eating squid steak (amazing) and sushi; and stayed home to clean my house. However, the time with my friend was more important to me. I don’t want to take my family and friends for granted. Eventually, my house WILL get cleaned (family arrives on Wednesday…amazing how fast you can clean your house when you have company coming to spend the holiday with you.) I took today as my REST day so I could write this blog post. All is well with the world. The key is to stay PRESENT and enjoy the moment.

I’m getting close to achieving my weight loss goal. Last week, I weighed in at 128 pounds. Yesterday, I weighed in at 127.5 pounds. I have two more weeks to meet my goal of 125 pounds. I’m hoping I can do it. I had an endoscope done on Friday. My last endoscope was four years ago. My gastrointestinal doctor wants to see about taking me off the reflux medicine. My esophagus, stomach, and duodenum were normal. Biopsies were taken from all three areas. I should have the results in about fourteen days. She discovered a small hiatus hernia. I have to continue my medication until I see her in two months. She will prescribe a program to wean me off the meds to prevent rebound reflux. If all goes as planned, I can wait five years to repeat the upper endoscopy. Getting off the medication and preventing reflux is one of the factors to why I lost weight. I dislike taking medication, and I dislike the effects of reflux even more.

My dear readers I must bid you adieu until next time. Thanksgiving is in a couple of days. Let the upcoming holiday inspire you to see the blessings you are given everyday. Happiness!

“Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an action but a habit.” ~ Aristotle

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What a week! A brand new job, evening meetings, Halloween, Wine Auction, and a garage sale set the stage for a busy, but exciting week. Before I even get started, I must express how grateful I am for the gift of my new job as secretary at St. Margaret Church. I officially started on Tuesday, and trained with my friend for the remainder of the week. She starts her new job Monday, so I’m on my own tomorrow, and the next day, and forever; however, I’m ready to tackle my new responsibilities. Happiness!

Today was the day I planned to go shopping for new clothes for work. Simple! Not so simple for me…person who hates to shop. I had my plan for the day all mapped out. Get up early and go run/walk, shower, eat breakfast, grocery shop at Wal-Mart, unload groceries, and then go shopping for clothes. Halt! My plan did NOT factor in rain. I despise grocery shopping, and I despise it even more in the rain. Thus, I didn’t get to Wal-Mart until much later. By the time I returned home to unload the groceries, my hubby and Andrew were back from their Boy Scout adventure in Pensacola. They spent the weekend at the Air Show. No problem. Since it was getting late, Andrew and I decided to go to J.C. Penney so I could buy at least one pair of pants, and maybe a shirt. Afterwards, we planned to go to BAM where I could blog and Andrew could read. Armed with my ten-dollar coupon and high expectations, we went our merry way.

Needless to say, I failed on my first shopping trip since losing weight. I got so overwhelmed that I ended up handing my coupon to an old lady who was shopping in the old lady section, and Andrew and I walked out at power walking speed. I thought it would be so easy. Nope! First of all, I really do not know what size I should be wearing. When I started my weight loss journey, I was wearing a size 10. I’m still wearing a size 10. Thank goodness for belts. Today, I selected size 6 pants. Too big! I selected a medium shirt. Too big! I tried coordinating tops and bottoms, and felt like I had lost all sense of color coordination. I started feeling immense pressure to find something…anything, but ended up with nothing. I’ve never been a fashionista; however, at one time I did dress for success. Unfortunately, the last few years I really didn’t have to spend the time thinking about what to wear. At HGS, I was allowed to wear scrubs. At home, I basically live in jeans and a t-shirt. I never really had to think about clothes. Now, I have to buy a whole new wardrobe for two reasons: weight loss and new job. My friends say this is a good reason to go shopping, but I disagree. So, I have decided to continue wearing my baggy clothes until my BFF from 3rd grade can go shopping with me. I did try to call her earlier today to see if she would go with me; however, she was not home. So, I sit at BAM wallowing in despair at how inexperienced I am at clothes shopping. Enough of that!

Mission Weight Loss Update

Despite the busy week, I did manage to keep up with my cardio workouts. I did NO strength training all week. This is okay for one week. Remember Hurricane Isaac? This week I will be back on track since I will be back to a routine. Amen! My shinsplints are gone. I did run one day with the compression socks; however, I did not like them. They didn’t seem to make any difference. I added a text box to my sidebar that will contain my run/walk schedule for the week. Today, I weighed in at 129 pounds. I am down two pounds from last week. I have four more pounds to go until I reach my goal. I am hoping I’ll hit 125 pounds in the next four weeks.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. As we go into a new week, continue to be grateful for the many blessings we receive daily.

“I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought; and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” 
~ G. K. Chesterton

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