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#218: Hanging Tough in Tough Times

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Last month on Jan. 4 I began treatment with a new medicine called Byetta, a twice-a-day injectable dose that controls hunger and levels out blood sugars. Until then, my blood sugar readings for the previous three months were irregular and high and the weight kept climbing to an all-time high.

Now, the readings are within the normal ranges.

But the best news? My weight was down 11 pounds! In just less than a month!

To have finally stopped gaining weight and actually have lost some is reinforcing and tells me that progress can happen, even if aided by the marvels of medicine when a plan such as SP's is followed.

While the scale continued its upward climb I tried to be upbeat and encouraging, knowing that what I expressed would settle itself in my mind and feed upon itself.

That, I think, is a valuable lesson to learn: What seeds of thoughts we plant in our minds will sprout and blossom, whether the thoughts be negative or positive.

"Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture." Norman Vincent Peale

So, no matter how bleak your outlook seems, believe with all of your heart and soul that things will get better, that life's troubles will one day lessen. It may seem difficult to do at first. After all, it is easier to be gloomy and sad than perky and upbeat when faced with stress and problem after problem.

But, just like tying your shoelaces or riding a bike or driving a car, repetition soon overcomes the anxiety of uncertainty and is replaced by positive belief in our success at these ventures.

There's an old saying that tough times never last but tough people do.

Constantly tell yourself things will improve. And, as offered several times before, stick with your program one meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time.

For me, 11 pounds down on the doctor's scale and 15 on mine. Either way, success has finally found me. For that I am grateful and encouraged.

So, too, will you be if you just hang tough and believe in yourself.
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    Congratulations Lou! There's nothing like positive reinforcement to help us stay on track.

    A positive attitude can work wonders!

    4041 days ago
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    Success finds those who have positioned themselves in its path!

    4043 days ago
    emoticon emoticon That's AWESOME, Lou!! I'm so happy for you!
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    First of all, congratulations on your weight loss! That's amazing and certainly encouraging as well. Good for you!

    And second, you are so right about the affect a positive attitude can have on a person. I try my best to stay positive when things seem to go all wrong because I know that being negative will only do me more harm. Sometimes it's extremely difficult and I find myself feeling pessimistic, but when that happens I try my best to turn it all around and see the silver lining. After all, there always, always is one!

    4043 days ago
    11 pounds in one month! Woo Hoo! emoticon

    Here is a suggestion I received from someone else that I thought I would pass on to you. Find a picture of your idea body. It could be a earlier picture of you before you became over weight or such a physic you admire. Copy it and lay on your night stand and look at it a few minutes before you go to bed. When you exercise visualize this picture as something you are moving toward. I just started doing this myself. Joy
    4044 days ago
    emoticon So proud of you!! :)
    4044 days ago
    Never heard of Byetta..but sounds like a great medication to me!! Congrats and keeep it up!
    4044 days ago
    Congrats on the loss! That is very exciting. Keep it up!
    4044 days ago
    Way to go Lou! You are an inspiration. I am so proud of you!

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    Congrats and keep up the good work....you are quite inspiring!
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    Lou, this is such marvelous news! I am so very happy for you, I know how disheartening the problem was for you but your attitude has never wavered. You have stayed positive through it all. And it has paid off and I couldn't wish it for a better person! Keep up the good work and keep God in control...
    Thanks for sharing all your journey with us.
    4044 days ago
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    emoticon on the Byetta helping. I'm so happy for you. I didn't lose weight on it. The doctor took me off it. emoticon

    You are so right about positive thinking and belief.

    4044 days ago
    Congratulations! Take care of yourself
    4044 days ago
    I am so glad, Lou. All the work you have done is showing now in ways you can see. I don't doubt that you will do this. You will succeed-in spite of or with the help of the different meds. So, what are you going to do when you reach your goal weight? What have you promised yourself? Besides setting new goals, I mean.
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