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Fighting the Head Game and Winning!

Friday, May 06, 2011

I'm one more pound down. You know the saying, inch by inch...it's a cinch...yard by yard...it's very hard. This journey is definitely going inch by inch. This has been one of my toughest week's mentally. I've really been fighting the head game all week. I've been fighting discouraging thoughts mostly...thoughts of "You'll never make it"..."You won't lose any more weight"..."You're stuck here...might as well give it up." I don't know why they were so strong this week but I did not give in to them. I spent some time journaling my thoughts in the private journal here on Spark. That helped.

Whenever I write, I always try to be honest in the beginning of the writing...really say what's on/in my mind. Then, as I write, I try to reason through it and come up with a resolution. This really works for me.

Yesterday, it occurred to me...the only way to fail at this, is to quit. I'M NOT QUITTING!!!

DD from Wyoming is coming home in two weeks. Our city has city-wide garage sales that weekend and it's a big deal. People come from all over to go to the garage sales and traffic is a crawl to get in and out. She's going to come and walk around with her sister and do some shopping. Also, there is a baby shower that weekend that she wants to go to. I'm excited about having her home for 5 days..woo hoo!

Today is a Y weigh-in day, too. I think I will go there before work, do the weigh in, and get a protein shake. I should be down 1-1/2 lbs at the Y...since it's been 2 weeks in-between weigh ins for them. The girl that calls and does the reminders about the weigh in was so nice yesterday. She called and left me a message...This is a message for the new and improved Cathy. I thought that was cute. Encouragement is such a nice thing.

Hopefully, we will have a dry day at some point this weekend to cut the grass again. We've had so much rain. And the grass LOVES it. Hope you all have a great Mother's Day! Spark on! emoticon
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    Have you read Operation Beautiful before? It's amazing and think it would really inspire you on days like this :)
    3738 days ago
    You go Cathy! You are doing so great! Keep up the great work! You will be acheiving your goal(s) soon! Good luck with the weigh in! emoticon
    3739 days ago
    Yeah, you are going strong. I love your inch by inch thing. Never heard that one before, but it is very encouraging. I get easily back into the "so much effort put in , so little accomplished" mentality, so this is a great one to remember. emoticon
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    3740 days ago
    You have it right! The only way to fail is to quit. Life doesn't stop while we work our way toward goals. We have to find ways to nurture and support our dreams while living our lives... and the simplest rule is: don't give up, don't quit!

    emoticon Have a great visit with your daughter. Happy Mother's Day.
    3740 days ago
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    You're doing GREAT with your weight loss and journaling:-) You're fighting your demons and you're going to WIN! emoticon emoticon
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    Stay strong! I know you will!
    3740 days ago
    First, you are doing so awesome and are such an inspiration. You're strong and a fighter. Quitting isn't an option.

    Second, enjoy your time with DD!!!

    Thirs, please send a little of that rain our way. Pretty please?
    3740 days ago
    Don't quit, you can do it!
    3740 days ago
    you rock girl! me too , I'm not quitting , I'll do this even if it is the last thing I'll do!
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    3741 days ago
    Keep the faith!!
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    emoticon I have no doubt! You have learned such good skills and have come so far! I like your inch by inch,,,yard by yard method. You know why? Because taking it off is the easy part! When you get to maintaining you will just have to look back at your journal and you'll have a self help book that you created yourself!!!! emoticon You can do it Cathy, AND I know you WILL do it!! You are an inspiration and a motivator to so many of us. It's ok to move inch by inch. Have a great weekend and HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! Enjoy family and make bonding moments to TREASURE!
    Hugs, Karol emoticon
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    I have no doubt that you will succeed. When the scale isn't moving and you're feeling discouraged try focusing on your fitness. Think about how much stronger and faster you are, how well you move, how much more flexible you are now. And also remember to keep in mind that just because the scale isn't moving doesn't mean you aren't losing fat. It just might mean that you are gaining lean, beautiful muscle. You are definitely a winner!
    3741 days ago
    Way to go!
    3741 days ago
    Can I please have a few drops of your rain??? emoticon

    I wish there was a garage sale like that around here! That sounds great! emoticon

    I am doing the inch by inch, too, but I do think we're going to be coming out winners! emoticon

    Have a great weekend, Cathy, and keep sparking! emoticon
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    emoticon Love that 'inch by inch' saying! I love the 'new' Cathy...she is pretty darn awesome!!

    CONGRATS on the loss this week...you are doing this my friend!!
    3741 days ago
    Never heard that saying, love it
    3741 days ago
    "New and improved Cathy" both physically and mentally!

    I love your "a-ha" moment, too. It's so true and so simple. I'm going to stash that in my head for those times when I'm having hard mental times!

    3741 days ago
    Don't you dare to Quit!!! You are an inspiration for so many and you have come so far and done so well. It's fun and easy in the beginning as the weight seems to almost fall off. Then we hit the place where we have to dig in and really fight for every pound. You are there and working hard so it will pay off. You are a strong woman who will fight for what she wants - you go, girlfriend!
    3741 days ago
    Inch by inch is the best way. Never, ever give up!! :) GREAT job fighting back against those negative thoughts that plagued you this week. Woooo-whoooo!

    And enjoy your weekend and time with your daughter.

    - Michelle
    3741 days ago
    emoticon I'm sooo HAPPY for you! emoticon

    And I LOVE the self talk! Feed yourself POSITIVE messages whenver those doubtful thoughts crop up! You CAN do it! You're worth the effort! You're deserving! I LOVE that you journal too! It's a great coping strategy! You're a WINNER Cathy! And an inspiration for me!

    Enjoy DD's visit! And Happy Mother's Day! emoticon

    Wishing you emoticon & warm temps! emoticon

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    Anytime those thoughts come in, just remind them about the changes from there to here. Burning 600 calories vs sitting. Well, I need to do that. The scale will not always be loyal with the numbers and I like to think of it as jealous of the improvements.

    Each happy moment counts :)
    3741 days ago
    YAY for small victories!!! I had a business teacher once who used to say, "Take care of the pennies and the dollars will take care of themselves" and I find it so true with weight loss as well! WAY TO GO!
    3741 days ago
    You don't want to lose yards there wont be anything left of you!!
    So glad you lost this week! I know exactly what you mean about the mind playing games with you, mine has been doing that all week I guess we'll see if it really is tricks or if I have gained...

    Have fun with your DD!
    3741 days ago
    You are doing so emoticon ! Your pictures are amazing. You are an inspiration to the rest of us.

    This blog about "head games" rings true with me. I have to continually remind myself that I CAN do this (even though it is taking longer than I expected and I most likely will not reach my final goal in August as I anticipated)and the exercise, healthy eating, etc. is worth it. This will be a lifetime commitment not just a few months.

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    "New and improved Cathy"! I love it!

    Enjoy having DD home...I am spending time with mine tomorrow, too, so let's both enjoy! emoticon

    Have a great weekend, Cathy. Congrats on the loss!
    3741 days ago
    You are right inch by inch is the way to go and encouragement- internally or externally - is the BEST! Enjoy your time with family.
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