Sunday, January 14, 2018

Day 13 On #TheVirginDiet

I started the program on 1/2/18. Even though my weight is up and I do want to reduce, I started this program because I was not feeling good physically and I have been in a lot of pain the last quarter of 201, maybe a little longer. My low back, my neck and shoulders, my hips, the bottoms of my feet first thing in the morning hurt like they are terribly bruised, and I was not sleeping without the help of sleep aids. I was going to the gym, and that hurt, too. My weight kept climbing, my workouts were getting more painful - even yoga, and it just seemed like I was continually looking for some kind of pill to take to help make the pain go away and make me feel better. It wasn't working. I spent the last 2 years attributing all these negative changes to menopause, which is real, but I don't think it's the whole picture. My best friend had referred me to JJ a number of years ago and I finally made the choice to look at what I have been eating and see where that takes me.

Here I am two weeks in and I'm happy to report that I am feeling really good! My aches and pains have not gone away but I have not had any hip pain in the last 4 days, my feet still hurt in the morning when I get up, but way less, and I have been sleeping for the last 3 nights without the over the counter sleep aid I normally take. I also didn't disclose initially that last year my doctor prescribed me a low dose of phentramine to help me lose some weight. It has not really been effective with weight loss, but it has given me a boost, sort of like most people think of their morning coffee. If I missed a dose I was pretty useless, I would literally sit on my couch doing nothing. Nothing, not scrolling social media on my phone, watching television, nothing, just sitting. The first time that happened, I came to present time and realized I had not taken the phentramine. I went upstairs, took the pill and got about the rest of my day. I'm sure the Rx was contributing to me not sleeping, that's kind of a no-brainer, but I didn't want to stop taking it because even though I wasn't losing weight, I wasn't gaining it either. As of today, not only have I not taken the sleep aids, I've also not taken the phentramine, and guess what? I feel great! I'm not feeling lethargic or like I'm going through any kind of withdrawals, in fact, I haven't had any of those kinds of symptoms at all. I thought for sure I would feel some side effects of cutting out the sugar, but there haven't really been any to speak of.

With all of that said, on January 1, 2018 I weighed 184.4 lbs. I started the program on 1/2/18 and this morning I weighed in at 175.9, that's down 8.5 lbs. I also measured and overall I've lost 4 1/2 inches. The weight and inches is absolutely great, but even better is that I am not mentally foggy, and I am feeling better physically. I'm excited to be able to reintroduce some foods back in because I want to see what my intolerances are, and I don't know that I can give up sugar forever. That remains to be seen, but for now I'm hopeful, very hopeful that I can work on living the rest of my life eating more healthfully, feeling physically better, getting older without growing old.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

A New Perspective For A New Year

Ringing in the New Year at my 2nd highest weight. Not for long!
I love my life, the ups the downs, all of it. Those of you who know me, know I have struggled with my weight and body image my entire life. It seems redundant to keep resolving to make changes when the fact of the matter is, I make changes every day. I don't wait until January 1 of any new year to start, I start when I feel ready to start. With that said, as I get older I am noticing that some things are not adjusting as easily as they used to, or that aches and pains are getting more intense and actually inhibiting my daily activities. I've been looking at the effects of the onset of menopause and thinking that indeed that could be creating some of the drama in my body, but I think it's also time to really look at what I am eating and how it is affecting how I feel.

Today I started the 21 day, phase one cycle of The Virgin Diet. This is the idea that I am eliminating the top 7 body food-intolerances so I can be completely free of them so in phase two, when I start to add them back in one at a time, I can see what my body does and how I feel. I'm really ready to make this change and I will document my journey here, honestly and for better & worse. Feel free to follow along and chime in, I would love to support you in whatever you are planning to achieve this year. Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Scientific Proof About Positive Thinking

My tag line is, "Intentional Winning in Life is victory by design: Creating the journey and the outcome for every aspect of your life by participating in the process."

A big part of that participation element is believing that I can create anything I want. That creation starts with my thoughts, the things I say to myself and out loud to others. Science says that the things we think have even farther reaching effects...take just 5 minutes and see what you think - no, choose what you think! Choose wisely, choose positively, choose happy.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

What Does The Future Hold For Entrepreneurs?

What do you think the future of commerce is? With brick-and-mortar retailers having such a hard time making a profit, and Amazon making it so easy to buy for less, and be delivered to your door next day, what does that mean for the future of jobs and entrepreneurship?
If brick-and-mortar stores continue to close, what will the commercial real estate owners do with the properties? Can we have all service type industries in places like Old Town and Downtown USA?
I’m interested in your thoughts.

Monday, July 25, 2016

What Your Remarks Really Tell

The older I get, the more I realize the things we say are so much more a reflection of us than they ever could be about whom we are speaking. Is it possible to really speak honestly about someone you do not know? Yeah, you can speak about something they did, or did not do and how you feel about that - at least what you think you know about it, but to call them names, to attack their families, well, that really just says more about you... From one who has been told her whole life she talks too much, there is an absolute need to say less and observe more.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Did I Really Say That?

"There is no destination. Your entire life is a journey of starts, wins, losses, stops, joys, sorrows, laughter, loves, and experience. If you are waiting to get "there," you're missing the ride." It turns out I said this to someone in 2009 who sent me a message that it was the most memorable quote of their life. WOW! Great way to start a Friday.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Does Size Matter With Success?

I've been busy this year working with clients to be ready to buy and sell. Finally, we have reached the point that my buyers are qualified and we opened escrow on Wednesday. My sellers are getting close, too, they are finalizing repairs and the new carpet goes in on 8/9 and then we can list! I also have another family who got the promotion they were waiting for so they are meeting with their loan officer again to get their pre qualification so we can start shopping. My last two quarters of this year should be off the hook.

I came across this quote from 2010, it's something I said during a challenging time. I'm sharing it because I love that my girl friend Juli shared an equally important perspective and not only do I want it in my life journal forever, I'm thinking you will all agree that she is spot on!

"I don't think the important parts of life happen when you succeed. I believe they come when you falter, or fall off the wagon and manage to get back up and stay the course. Getting back on track and seeing something through is far more rewarding than doing something that was too easy to begin with."

Here's how the comments went:

 Kathy Partak July 11 at 8:30am · Auburn · "I don't think the important parts of life happen when you succeed. I believe they come when you falter, or fall off the wagon and manage to get back up and stay the course. Getting back on track and seeing something through is far more rewarding than doing something that was too easy to begin with." - Kathy Partak, 2010

Cathleen: WELL SAID. I AGREE 100% Have a great day. 😀

Steve: Absolutely and I agree with this

Lori: YES YES YES!!!! I'm living that RIGHT NOW!!!!

Juli: But it's so much more fun when success comes easily!

Renee: That seems to only happen for a select few.

Kathy: I agree, but I don't think I remember easy successes the same way I do the ones that challenge me.

Juli: We all have success each day -- some large and some small. I think it's important to recognize them, even when they're small, and acknowledge a job well done. For example, last night I was exhausted and decided to clean up the kitchen instead of continuing on a physically demanding project. I got the kitchen cleaned and floor swept. It was a small success but it was good to recognize that I did it instead of just going to bed. I realize you're probably talking more about big successes like job promotions, successful relationships, reaching goals, etc. but don't forget about the little ones that take place every day. It's good to recognize things that may net seem like a "success" and pat yourself on the back. We all have those. Renee, you did a couple of amazing things last week by making a critical meeting happen AND helping your sister. Most people would have just blown off one of them but you successfully did both and did them well.

Kathy, oh my goodness, I see little success happen DAILY with you. Just because they seem to be easy, you should still take the time to recognize them. I know they aren't as memorable as the ones that are hard, but they're still wonderful and amazing. And they add up!

Kathy: You’re the best! I love you and I agree with you 100%!!!!

Juli: Thanks Kathy. Now I have to get back on the physically demanding large project. When I complete that, I will consider it a huge and memorable success! 

Kathy: Renee and Juli, can I put this in my blog? I want to copy these comments and they will read with your full names, is that okay? Oh wait, I can take your last names off.

Renee: Juli thank you for that reminder.You are absolutely correct! It is so easy to get caught up in the bigger issues, that we tend to forget that we have smaller successes on a regular basis. I agree with Kathy, you are the BEST! Yes, Kathy you can include my name and comments in your blog. There is a great lesson in this thread. :)

Juli: I was thinking more about this. In reality, isn't it the small successes that make up the big ones? Kids -- you don't just end up successfully raising a kid. It's the daily, weekly and monthly successes that make it happen. Projects -- it's successfully figuring out one element at a time and completing various pieces of it that make you get to "call it" a success. Jobs -- Each phone call, each email, each communication, each project adds up to a successful career. We can call our relationships "successful" but the success consists of so many individual pieces put together. Without the little successes, we'd never get to the big ones. So maybe we should pay more attention to the little ones? Okay, I'm done now. :-)

Kathy: I agree completely. What's funny is that I am so much more interested in the ordinary but when something really challenges me and I rise to occasion, I feel so much more successful than when I just go through the motions of the small stuff. Maybe it's an illusion or maybe they are equally important. Don't you agree, the little successes, though may not be as memorable, are as or more important to acknowledge than the big ones that require lots of energy and work? I do and I love that many of my friends are like minded and remind me to tune in and be present. In fact, if you know me, you know I love ordinary, I love the moments we laugh cooking in the kitchen, the time Dave snaps a photo of me sleeping on the couch with Spencer, or when we all eat something different because nobody wants to cook and we settle in to watch tv together.

Happy Monday! It's 7/11 and that means free Slurpees at 7-11. I am going to take Mason with me to run some errands, grab some lunch out and get a free Slurpee. Make today great and pay attention to the small successes, revel in them and treat yourself to a Slurpee.