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Reality Check...groan

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

If anyone has visited my SparkPage, you might have noticed that I finally changed my ticker to over 200. Yes, I'm back in Twoterville and have been for a while. I had determined that I wouldn't move my ticker until I could move it down, but it wasn't happening, so I moved it up to the +27 lbs that I gained. I was hoping to move steadily back to Onederland and then on to 190 where I was when the holidays swamped me.
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I also decided to post my real chronological age of 70. It's not that I mind being 70, it's just that it becomes a convenient excuse. I hear it around me all the time. Oh, I can't do that, I'm getting older now. Or, now that I'm older I have to expect to get this or that disease. Well, I'm not having it.
So I tell people that I'm almost 50. (I'm not fooling anyone) It's all about attitude. If I'm not looking in the mirror, it's easy to forget I'm 70. It's just a number after all. But I find it makes a difference when I tell myself I'm almost 50. I act differently and think differently about a lot of things. We really can trick our brains with our words. Even when we are well aware that we're doing it.
I live in a senior apartment building. My friends range in age from about 64 to 91. Every now and then something will come up about how things are now that we're older, and then someone will say, except for Janet, she's only 50.
The other day I was doing my re-certification for my apartment with the manager of my building. I mentioned that I was almost 50. (He just turned 50 this year.) He said, "How did you manage to live in this building?" (You have to be at least 62 to live here.) I winked at him and said, "I have an arrangement with the manager."
So try it. Age is just a number. It's boring to just take the one someone else wants you to have. Choose for yourself. Let them lead their lives. You lead yours.
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    I sincerely believe you are what you think. If you think young, yet behave responsibly, you're bound to have that young-at-heart attitude that keeps you young physically.
    3024 days ago
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    You're fantastic and you don't define yourself by what you see reflected back from others. I am proud of you. You'll get back to onederland and it will be time to celebrate again!
    I am so glad to have met you on Sparkpeople. Have a great weekend.
    3028 days ago
    Many times it is hard to be honest with ourselves about our weight. Changing the ticker is one good step. I know I have done that too. I didn't want to face the fact that I had gained - but when I did I was able to start back to losing.
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    3030 days ago
    I have to echo the other people who would never have thought you were seventy from seeing your picture. I think it's good to have a realistic ticker even if you keep it private.
    3030 days ago
    Youhave a great attitude! We're more than a number!
    3030 days ago
    Gosh I am so proud of you!! I have done the "ticker dance" too... where I keep telling myself no no, it'll be okay, I'll catch back up to the ticker and then I can start moving it down. Then when so much time has past I start to get discouraged. What I do enjoy though after the dreaded "reset" at a higher weight... is I love moving it back down weekly. Now that you have changed it, ALL OF US can celebrate with you when you start moving it back down. We can celebrate all the lost pounds, and root you on like crazy! Because I know you are strong enough to get back into Onederland. I hope I can join you. You know I've been struggling to get there over 6 months, maybe we can get there together and then we can do our best to keep each other from heading back to Twoterville!

    You look fabulous, I would have never in a million years guessed you were 70, and I guess that's why they say you are only as old as you feel. I am proud of you for not settling for a weight that you don't want... you aren't letting anything hold you back and I admire that! emoticon emoticon
    3031 days ago
    Well Mom, I know of what you speak. I didn't like changing my ticker either. I have changed it up a bit to show pounds lost toward a short term goal instead of my weight. I like that idea for now. I change it up from time to time. We do have to change our mindsets to keep things fresh and positive! Although I have been feeling over 50 lately, I am not going to put up with it any longer! I have got to get back to feeling 30 as I like that feeling so much better! I can't wait to see you tomorrow. Not sure just when we will get on the road but I hope to be out of here before 10am.
    3031 days ago
  • JILL313
    Hi Janet, I never wouldn't have guessed your age based on your SP Picture. You can be young at 70 or as old as the Hills at 50--it does depend on how you think about life, etc. I also love your spirit and good attitude. My mil died at 93 years old and she was one of the youngest thinking people I've ever met. So interested in others and life. I sure miss her to this day. . .we were good friends. . .So, you feel young so why not enjoy Life to the Max. I have no doubt you'll be in Onederland again just do what you did before and soon you'll be celebrating your success. Take good care.

    Hugs & Love,

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    3031 days ago
    I love all of you ONEDERFUL people regardless of whether you are in ONEDERLAND , TWOTERVILLE, or whatever. I love you whether you lose a couple of hundred pounds or gain them. This is about friendship and friends are HONEST with themselves because they DESERVE the honesty and are HONEST with each other because they KNOW we all love each other - no MATTER what. You will get there - it would be hard to do until you admitted to yourself that you needed to get serious and make a change for YOU.
    3031 days ago
    And how is that arrangement working for you? You never know...I may need one some day! LOL! It is all about numbers to so many people...age, weight, money, counting this or that. But, you are so right...it is attitude that really makes the difference. Congrats on facing reality, even if it is a number. I'll be doing the same this weekend, and yes...I've been back in Twoterville for a while, too, and I'm not liking it one bit. Working on it....!!! Love, Jeannie
    3031 days ago
    Janet, I don't care if you're 95 or 45, 200# or 400#----I love you just because you' re you. You've been a good friend. You have a great attitude and l love you having an "arrangement" with the manager lol. (hugs) noel

    3031 days ago
    Love that attitude.
    So glad you've updated the ticker. We have to admit the gains, come to grips with it, before we can turn it around. You know what to do next. You can turn this around. I know you will.
    3031 days ago
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