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Summer "Break"And The Lady In The Mirror

Friday, July 13, 2012

I've had to have a lot of conversations with the lady in the mirror the past few days and none of them have been very pretty. I've been pretty hard on her lately and she's getting pretty darned tired of me. She keeps trying to remind me that I'm my own worst enemy, and that I create a majority of my own issues..........AND that I tend to over-think and over-react to even the littlest of things when I get like this. Unfortunately, when I get like this, the lady in the mirror is the last person I listen to and she gets pretty annoyed at being ignored. It ends up being a pretty vicious cycle for us and was one that I *thought* I'd worked through over the past 12 weeks. In her own way, she keeps reminding me that this journey I'm on with her is for a lifetime............. and the lessons we're both learning now are those "better late than never" ones.

With all this in mind, I'm trying today to start focusing on the positives of where I am NOW, where I want to be at the end of the summer, and where I want to go from there.

I first have to say that I owe most of my successes in all aspects of this journey into being *healthy* to the Biggest Loser Challenge Team with which I'm involved and my team-within-the-team, the Amber Amazon Warriors. I've been involved with this team for 5 rounds and each round I've learned something that should not have been new.......but which has finally become a "reality" for me. You'd think that the lessons I've incorporated into my life at this point would have been learned by me by now..............after all, I'm certainly no spring chicken, and, after all, I *am* a nurse. Yeah...........no. I've discovered that we all have to be *ready* to learn...........no matter what age we are. So, "thanks" Warriors - present and past - for all you've done to help me and the lady in the mirror along the way!!

The break we take between BLC's is a bit longer this time around and, while we are keeping on as a Warrior Team between the rounds to keep each other going and supported, I've been pondering what the lady in the mirror and I want to get accomplished this summer during this "break that isn't a break". We have to keep it simple right now because, as the lady in the mirror reminded me this morning, I'm on overload right now and simple is all I can handle. So, here's the plan:

1. Quit pouting about plans that had to be changed. Pouting doesn't make it different, and only makes the misery worse. Look for the silver lining in the cloud and let the lining shine.
2. Participate, participate, participate!!
3. Get back on the bike and ride while the riding can be done outdoors!
4. Track, track, track!
5. Take advantage of all the delicious, fresh fruits and vegetables available now!
6. Don't heat up the kitchen.........heat up the grill.

My goal is to be in 150ville by the time the new BLC Round 20 starts in September, even if it's only by "tenths" of a pound.

The lady in the mirror was quite fine with this plan............and agreeing on *anything* is not something she and I have been able to do recently.

It's a start.
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    I am glad you are working things out with the lady in the mirror. It sounds like she has some good advice and the list you both came up with looks like a good list.
    I am going to be around this summer and will try to encourage you to be accepting while working towards your goal.
    3307 days ago
    Linda, I think you brought up a key point about being ready to change our actions and focus on things we know are good for us. Personally, I knew for years what I needed to do to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle -- I just wasn't willing to make the changes I needed to. Something "clicked" last year and I found motivation.

    That being said, maintenance has almost been harder for me than losing the weight! Your blog is making me think about my plan for the rest of the summer; I have shortened my list of goals for one thing. Thanks for the inspiration.

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    3308 days ago
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