Saturday, April 24, 2010

DAY 258 The New Chapter Has Begun! & Challenge Week 5 Update

Hi Journal & Friends!

First, Spring Challenge Business:

 Here is a Summary of the Spring Challenge,   and while it's too late to be eligible for the prize drawing at the end, anyone is welcome to join anytime, if you would like a boost to your journey. The challenge helps me focus, to have clearly defined mini-goals,  offers accountability that gives me that extra oomph needed at times to DO what I need to do, even when I don't wanna!

Spring Challenge Warriors: go ahead and put the link to your weekly update, whatever day you chose, here in Saturday's comment section, so we can be together and find one another.

Overall goal of the Challenge:
"The goal of this challenge is to teach yourself to look at your new behaviors positively, to learn to be nicer to yourself and believe in yourself, to learn to enjoy healthy behaviors and learn some moderation. A little balance. It's important. More important to learn than the extremes - too much and deprivation." --from Mary, at Wistful Nebulae

Okay... on to my own  weekly check-in...

My Spring Challenge goals:

1. Every day for the next 13 weeks, do some kind of Exercise.
2. Every day for the next 13 weeks, drink a Greenie.
3. Check in every Saturday.
4. Tell one thing each week that I like about myself.
5. Save up to buy myself a fun Reward at the end.

My Exercise: Zilch. Still weak, but getting stronger every day. As soon as my lungs clear of congestion, I'm cleared to start exercising again.

My Greenies: Just starting up again, today. I'll admit, it's been hard to eat, since I have no sense of taste. This cold/cough stole my tastebuds! 

One thing I like about myself: I'm happy when others succeed, especially at this weight loss and getting healthy thing. I'm not jealous, but look to see what I can learn from them. There's enough success to go around for every one!

For my Reward: Still tucking away money in my glass bear jar.

Remember, we want progress, not perfection.

Now, I am going to BURST if I don't tell you about the beginning to the New Chapter in my journey. 

I have had a certain goal for the LAST 20 YEARS: to just be "normal", and be able to weigh in at the doctors office on their scale. 

Yesterday, I did it!!

It's hard to explain why this means so much to me... I almost cried right there in the office. To finally, FINALLY achieve this mini-goal is significant to me. It makes it "real". I have busted through my mini-goal of getting down past 350 AND weighing in at the docs office... two for one!! 

Jim was trying to protect me from disappointment, since it was going to be close, and I almost let him talk me into waiting. Then, I remember things that I, myself had written.
To live BOLDLY.

To reach for the moon; even if you miss you will still be among the stars.


I told myself if I try and miss, yes I will be disapointed. But so what?? I'll survive. And will try again. It would only be a delay, not a fail.

But I made it! And here is the proof, LOL!! Can ya tell I'm excited???? :-D

From Dr Phil's book: "Your thoughts powerfully program you."

My verse for today: "When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted."

My quote for today: "When we long for life without difficulties, remind us that oaks grow strong in contrary winds and diamonds are made under pressure." --Peter Marshall

Enjoy the Journey,



Patsy said...

LOVE the new photos of you - you look beautiful and radiant. :o)

Have a fantastic weekend! :o)

Patsy x

BeccaandJude said...

Congrats, Loretta! That is SO awesome! That is not a small accomplishment, trust me, I know. We love you!

midlife_swimmer said...

GIRL!!!! you have me jumping up and down and cheering you!!! you so rock and keep being bold! Love the new pics :)

cmoursler said...

you didn't just 'barely make it' you busted that crap out! Awesome!
Great job.
You look so happy. I am so happy for you.

M Pax said...

Wow, you're whole face is lit up. You look amazing. Congratulations! A million times over, congratulations. Wooooooo!!!

See, patience and persistence pay off [so my husband was just telling me cause of more r-love ... sighhh, they're still using my name though].

My update:

1. Water - not consistent
2. mini workouts - nope. My back is better now though. So I've been able to pickup all workouts again. I switched workouts so as to let those muscles heal and not worry about reinjury. I'm letting them pilates women kick my butt again and doing Bollywood. I love Bollywood. Fun.
3. Continue steps toward getting out there - I have my plans. I keep on. My focus right now is to get the edits done on my first novel. I have a deadline. I'm also trying to get a short done to be included in an anthology with some other sci-fi writers I've met.
4. I think this was something about staying positive. I do my best. Apparently, I've been a topic of conversation amongst Guild members lately. All positive they say. All rejection has come back addressing me by name and naming by story by title and specific to me. This is a big step, apparently. A higher pinnacle of rejection. There are more rungs than I was aware of. I get frustrated. I whine to Husband. Then I do more subs and just keep going. Here is where my stubborn qualities are going to pay off eventually.

What I like about myself: I try to treat folks with respect all ways. Even if I think they don't deserve it. Now I try to attribute snarkiness to me just misunderstanding and that they didn't really mean what they said. Am I right? Who knows, but it makes me feel better and keeps me from getting stuck on negativity. Keeps me moving on.

You go, Loretta. You keep at it. I'm so proud of you. The rest of them mini goals are coming and so are the big ones. :D

Anonymous said...

WOOHOO!!!! SEVEN pounds below 350, baby!!!! Waaahooooweeee!! :D Shouting for joy at your victory and the happy dance commences NOW. :D

That is just huge! Progress happened. You stuck it out, and it gave you a reward right when you needed it. :D I can't stop smiling.

But, I will force myself to move on. :D I will. lol :D

Update. I did well all week. I hit goals 6 days out of 7. On the hospital extravaganza day, I didn't exercise and lost track of my water consumption. I know I had at least 48oz. My food was good that day tho. :) Pretty huge, that. My daily cal average for this week was 1130. :)

Thanks for this challenge, Loretta.

The one good thing. I forgot again, so will have to go back and add it to my post. Hmmm. I like that I live with integrity. It feels good to know that I practice truth and right living.

Groan. Sigh. I promise. Next week I'll take time and think of something a little less serious to like. Chuckle. I wonder if when I get thin, I will be less deep? lol



Shelli Belly said...

I know that GOAL! You did it! CONGRATS!!!! I'm so happy for you!

I love the new picture. It looks so spring-ie.

After this week you're back on track. You succeeded because you took car of yourself. I'm so proud of you. You must be beaming!

I'll post my update on Monday.

Shelli Belly said...

What a week ... Whew

Can't wait to see what happens next week.

Sskar said...

Whoo-hoo! Grats on beating the doctor's scale into submission! And, I love your quote, "To reach for the moon; even if you miss you will still be among the stars."

CinciMom11 said...

Woohoo, you butt-kicker! Great scale victory! Congrats, Loretta!!!!!!

Um, if you had exercised this past week, I would have had to fly across the country to kick your butt. I'm definitely glad you didn't exercise!

Given what you've been going through and the fact that you're still here blogging every single day and giving challenge updates, I think that you should put extra in your jar this week. If anyone deserves a reward, it's you!

How are you feeling, by the way?

P.S. - Love the new pic!! :) I guess I don't have to ask how you're feeling because I can see!

I'll be updating tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

Yay Rhetta! I'm so happy for you!!!! I love your new pictures too!!!

Lindsay said...

AWESOME job on your weight loss so inspiring! I know how hard it is as I myself have lost 112 pounds. Keep up the good work!

ps I LOVE all the pics!

Kat said...

Woo Hoo! Congratulations!! You are doing so great!

South Beach Steve said...

What a great victory Loretta!!

Kat said...

Here is my update. I have been so happy this afternoon for you! You are glowing in the photos - you are a true inspiration!

Here is my challenge update:

karen@fitnessjourney said...

Fabulous! I'm so happy for you. I hope that great feeling carries you through the whole week and that you get over the bug you've had so you can enjoy your victory even more.

Ms. PJ Geek said...

Yee ha!!! that has got to feel really rewarding. love the new pictures

Shelli Belly said...

Here's my update

One thing I love about myself .... I teach. I get to be a kid and then be with kids all day long. I think most days I make a difference in someones life. What an honor.

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