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  • Sweat Equity

    March
    31
    2008

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    Whew – it’s been quite a week, and I’m happy to be on the upswing of dealing with some very deep and emotional personal struggles with my health and fitness. Fortunately, we all have the power to change the things about ourselves that aren’t what they should be. We just need to reach down deep and find that place that’s broken, and start working a little bit every day toward fixing it.

    Funny, I would love nothing more than to keep the last couple of posts up on top, because the moment it drops down out of sight I worry that it will also drop out of mind. This struggle is my own – and for anyone who thinks I’m blaming someone else for “how I turned out”, I am not. The way I deal with food is my reaction to circumstances that I had no control over as a child. Being teased, going through a divorce, struggling with family issues that were no one’s fault, but everyone’s undoing. It seems this is a common situation, and many of you have shared your own struggles and I can’t thank you enough for making me feel “normal”. I am not the only one, YOU are not the only one.

    I began my week last week with a couple of goals. First, to get to 2 miles on my treadmill within 20 minutes. I’m not a runner by any stretch of the imagination, and I know it’s going to take time to get there. That’s ok – it’s a goal. I’ll get there eventually. If I increase my distance even by 1/10th of a mile each day, or each week – I will be 1/10th of a mile closer to that goal. Always move forward, that’s my only guideline. My other goal was to track my exercise and food again and track my measurements and weight weekly (though I also check my weight daily since I have a 1/10th scale and it helps me stay on track through the week). I would just like to show a decrease – no matter how slight – every week. No big goal there, just down from previous week.

    A little sweat equity will keep me going, I think.

    So for this week, I’m on the right track. I’m up to 1.24mi in 20 minutes and down everywhere else…

    Weight: -1.1 lbs.
    Chest: n/c
    Waist: -1 inch
    Hips: -1 inch

    I took my thigh measurement this week, so I’ll start tracking it as well (Yo, thunder thigh’s the name, remember).

    Now I’ve gotta get to work – I have 10 more blog designs to whip up before the 14th, when I’ll get back out to the studio for a couple of weeks of intense painting sessions!

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    {12 Comments}

    1
    celticbuffy said,

    Yeah!!! I applaud you for your commitment to this goal. Be proud of yourself, not necessarily for any weight/inches lost but for being active about meeting your goals and having a plan to do so. It’s a lifestyle for a healthier you. You go girl! :clapping:

    celticbuffy’s last blog post..Snow Day?!

    3.31.2008 @ 9:55 am
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    pam said,

    GO, Leanne! I’m trying again, and you are an inspiration! :clapping:

    pam’s last blog post..Living with IBS

    3.31.2008 @ 10:55 am
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    pam said,

    OH, that comment was ME, Leanne! Just put my other blog in the form. :wave:

    pam’s last blog post..Life is cheap everywhere

    3.31.2008 @ 10:57 am
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    carmen said,

    :greenthumb: Go You! Yay! It takes a lot of willpower to keep working out. I know. I had surgery, so I’ve been out of the gym for 2 months. Now, going back, I have to start all over again. Must get back into my jeans!

    So I empathize (sp?) and cheer you on. Gimme a L-E-A-N-N-E! Woot!

    carmen’s last blog post..Mandalay Bay Hotel

    3.31.2008 @ 12:54 pm
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    taba said,

    :thumbsup: that’s awesome!!

    3.31.2008 @ 6:30 pm
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    June said,

    Good start!

    3.31.2008 @ 7:05 pm
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    Renee said,

    :clapping: YAY you! You’re doing great and I just might have to join you in all that healthy stuff. course that means a cut into my online time, but I think it might be worth it.
    Keep going!

    Renee’s last blog post..Scattered!!!

    3.31.2008 @ 8:52 pm
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    YellowRose said,

    You go!! :yahoo: You have inspired me….just wanted you to know that. ;)

    YellowRose’s last blog post..Closing the Garden?

    4.1.2008 @ 10:41 am
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    D said,

    :grouphug: Sometimes courage isn’t a loud roar, it’s a quiet voice saying, “I’ll try again tomorrow”… D

    D’s last blog post..Somebody’s Baby

    4.1.2008 @ 2:39 pm
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    Nancy Bond said,

    Hi Leanne! :wave: It’s good to catch up with you again. Your determination really is inspiring. I watched Barbara Walter’s special on ABC last night: Live to be 150. You may have seen it. It was an amazing look at some pretty impressive science.

    It struck me, as I was watching, that so many things in our lives are out of our control — we can’t control the weather; our health insofar as deadly diseases go…we can only minimize our risk; we can’t control world affairs or the price of gas; and so on. But the one thing that keeps me in “virtual chains” IS the one thing that I can absolutely control…and that is what and how much I put in my mouth. It was like a poke in the head! :doh:

    So, I vowed to start making some major changes in the way we eat — way fewer calories, a little red wine, more water, less salt, sugar, etc. Things I knew about already, of course, but I don’t think it ever occurred to me with such force that it could be so easy. Yah, I know, it’s never easy, but if you stop to think about it, it’s pretty simple.

    It sounds like you’re doing very well — I can id with some of your issues in the past. :hug: Now I’m off to toss some lentils in my lunch salad. Continued good luck, girl!

    Nancy Bond’s last blog post..Watch The Birdie

    4.2.2008 @ 9:28 am
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    Lisa's Chaos said,

    Yay you! Go girl go! You’ve done better than I have this week. :)

    Lisa’s Chaos’s last blog post..Wordless Wednesday ~ Wacky Yard Art

    4.2.2008 @ 8:04 pm

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