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I remember when I weighed in at 225 lbs...That was 6/7 years ago.  Back then I used to say "if my weight is the only part of my life that I'm dissatisfied with...then I'm living a darn good life."  And I was! (And still am!)  However, my 35th birthday was fast approaching and I began to think that if I was going to do anything about my weight..."now is the time".    

My goal then was to loose 35 lbs before my 35th birthday...and I did.  I embarked on a 12 week program of eating 6 small meals a day and working out 6 days a week.  Sunday was my day to eat anything I wanted...and I did.  After the program I kept loosing weight and by May of that year I was down to 165 pounds.  

For a couple of years 175 lbs was my marker...whenever I saw that number on the scale...I would adjust my eating and exercise and loose that 10 pounds in 2 weeks.  Then I met my husband! Yeah!  He wined and dined me so much that 175 became my base and 185 my marker.  Then my daughter, who was 8 when I left Trinidad, came to live with us...she was 13...that's another story...but, my marker went up.  I too am an emotional eater.

Every year I gain and loose about 20-25 pounds.  The truth is...I know what to do to loose weight...because I have done it all before.  Exercising and eating to maintain my desired weight does not come easy...it takes a hell of a lot of effort...and “my life was meant to be effortless“.  So...I make the effort to loose weight when it feels effortless.  I hibernates in the winter...lol!  By the time March hits I begin to get spring fever...and that's when my energy is high and exercising and doing what is needed to loose weight becomes effortless.  I usually achieve my goal or very close to it.

Then summer comes along and I have a whale of a time.  I usually go home to Trinidad for 2 weeks to a month and enjoy my family, friends, food and fun in the river and on the beach.  I maintain my summer weight by taking early morning walks...checking out my old neighborhood.  If I happen to be near a beach...then I go for walks on the beach...plus, swimming in the sea and enjoy the waves provide a good workout.

My approach to eating  in Trinidad is like this...if I eat a lot of heavy foods one day, the next day I do my best to keep it light...with mangoes and fresh fruits.  I'm usually able to keep up with this for at least the first half of my vacation.  Also, I don't have a car there...so I walk and take public transportation everywhere I go.    

During the summer I'm always on a natural high.  When I'm back in the US...I spend most of my time outdoors (when I'm not working that is).  I enjoy concerts in the park with my neighborhood friends...take a road trip...or two.  I live close to the harbor...so most evenings I walk along the water with my girlfriend or my Sweetie.  

Before you know it summer is over...I may have gained 5-10 lbs and lost most of my motivation to exercise.  Thanksgiving and Christmas take care of the rest...so by the time January arrives, trust that I have regained my 20 or so pounds.  While I never look forward to the work involved in me loosing that 20 pounds before the next summer, I'm pretty sure that if I had my summer to do over...I wouldn't change a thing.



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      Cindylouwho1966 wrote Mar 13, 2009
    • Michelle, as long as you are happy with yourself, that is what matters. I bet your summers are wonderful!



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Mar 13, 2009
    • Michelle, did you say Mango?  I love sweet juicy mango....yes, fruits and vegetables are THE best.

      Yes, like Lou said, “don’t worry, be happy”  now sing with me.happy



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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 14, 2009
    • I could teach a class on weight loss....I’m an expert.  I just can’t do it myself!!!  It’s called “having no will power“.  I am powerless when it comes to weight loss.  Plus...I don’t exercise.  But I’m trying to move in the right direction on the exercise.



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      Michelle Bodycombe wrote Mar 14, 2009
    • Oh! Cindy! My summers are fantastic!  I actually wrote this on a positive vibe...I’m happy!  I don’t think there is anyone who loves me more than me.  I embrace my emotions...just like I embrace every other aspect of my life.

      Thanks for commenting on my blog.

      Have a Fabulous weekend!



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      Michelle Bodycombe wrote Mar 14, 2009
    • ‘...don’t worry...be happy...don’t worry, be happy!‘ooh ooh ooh oohoohoohooh!  don’t worrry be happy!’

      CD! “don’t worry, be happy” is a very popular phrase in Trinidad.  Yeah!  We don’t worry much.

      And...mangoes are the best!  I always wish I could bring some back with me because I get hand picked, ripened on the tree (many different types too!)...and they are sooo good, I can’t ever get enough.

      Have a Fabulous weekend CD!



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      Michelle Bodycombe wrote Mar 14, 2009
    • Maryclark...left on my own...I probably would not exercise either.  I guess I’m blessed and every year I find a personal trainer who loves the idea of trading personal training for massages.  My PT is who keeps me going...my present one is really good too...she doesn’t let me get off the hook.  She lets me know that if I don’t come to her house, she’s coming to mine.  No excuses.  She also tells me that I’m one of the biggest whiner she knows.

      Maryclark!  Keep at it...and remember to be gentle with yourself.

      Have a Fabulous weekend!



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      Mary Clark wrote Mar 14, 2009
    • Bodycombe:  Right now...I could use a major massage....LOL

      When I get to the gym I usually do great and glad I’m there...it’s the getting there that is a mental thing with me.  Why is it so hard to make myself get dressed and get in the car to drive five minutes away from house to work out?
      My brain needs to be re-wired is all I have to say.  

      But I’m going to keep trying...one day something will click with me.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Mar 14, 2009
    • I love your zest for life, Michelle! A few pounds here and there? A few pounds gained and lost? All in the spirit of enjoying the life God gave us to live, works for me!



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