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I have a hard time slowing down and staying grounded in the present. I'm on autopilot way too often when it comes to my body. I want to get to the point where I am making conscious choices instead of acting out of habit. I want to be happy and at peace right now, while still having goals to get better.

I am learning how to be more boring in all aspects of life, and it is helping me to regain control. I am learning to say NO to myself and others. I am learning how to enjoy routines and stick to a plan. I am learning how to be happy with less and to stop worrying what others think. I am committed to improving my physical, mental and spiritual health everyday.

I love Elizabeth Bishop's sestina about losing that starts with "the art of losing isn't hard to master." I also love a quote from Alice Walker that goes "Let us be our revolution: to love what is plentiful instead of what is scarce." I am doing this differently this time. I am letting go of things one at a time. No more alcohol. No more sugar. No more rushing to travel when I need to stay home and take care of myself.

Member Since: 7/26/2012

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My Goals:
June 2013: I want to feel healthy. I want to stop binging and make exercise a priority. I'd like to be able to buy clothes on the "normal" side and get back into the 16's and 14's in my closet. I have a secret desire to participate in a triathlon.

July 2015: I never did meet my goal of getting under 200 pounds and then getting out of the obesity range, but I've had a difficult few years, so I am happy with not gaining weight. I'm striving for moderation and a healthy lifestyle. I'd like to be able to run a mile in under 10 minutes and keep trying new forms of exercise.

My Program:
June 2013: I don't work for the summer, and I decided to focus on my body. I do nordic walking in the morning, and either walk a second time or swim in the afternoon. I started taking a yoga class. I avoid sugar and alcohol and try not to snack. I'm doing great, but I am nervous about what is going to happen once I go back to work.

July 2015: I swim in the morning, then go back to the gym mid-afternoon to lift or run. I decided to hire a personal trainer to help me with lifting and to help me keep the intensity up once I go back to work in August. She's making me drink more water, run intervals and work on flexibility. I notice that when I exercise I eat better. I'm still completely sugar free, but I still have problems with binge eating. I've gone back and forth about drinking, but right now I am avoiding alcohol and bread. Developing a lifestyle I am happy with is more important than losing more weight, although I would still like to weigh what I am supposed to w

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I am a teacher working in an American school in Spain. I am trying to make a healthy life while living abroad. I enjoy traveling, reading, participating in Toastmasters, watching movies and documentaries, running, swimming and (this is new) lifting at the gym. I may never be thin, but I am determined to be strong in all areas of my life.

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  • v TAMWIL2
    emoticon for stopping by my blog. I love the idea of preparing food and freezing portion sizes. I need to try this to see if it works for me.
    2417 days ago
  • v GLORY63
    emoticon for stopping by my Blog and leaving an encouraging word! It helps knowing others are out there to cheer you on!
    2425 days ago
    I'm inspired by your weight loss, and I've enjoyed reading your blogs. Your stories are vivid, and the details are entertaining. I can relate especially to your experience of having a closet full of nice clothes that don't fit! That's my problem at the moment, and I've embarked on a quest to solve it. Like you, I'm in the habit of storing too-tight clothes from many years ago, always hoping to return to a slimmer past. Step by step and day by day, I hope to return to my former size, but I won't be my former self because now I'm wiser and understand why this is important. It seems you're really making progress in all these areas. Thanks for the inspiration.
    2446 days ago
    Thank you so much for the comment in my blog.
    I think I may try the music idea. emoticon
    2472 days ago
  • v KEYTA180
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. I will definitely try asparagus, its one of the veggies I don't think I really have given a fair chance to emoticon emoticon
    2473 days ago
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