Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Tell Me Tuesday

Welcome to Tell Me Tuesday.....First off the title is a bit deceiving.....it really is not about you telling me anything.... but answering a question truthfully and maybe telling yourself a little something you had not thought about.

I'd love for you to join me each week, and copy the question onto your blog and answer the question....and link back here. I am sure it will be interesting how there will be many different answers to the same question.....and hopefully give each of us something to think about as this new year progresses. My thought is so many people (including myself) are looking for some answers to various things. I have a feeling that the answers are inside needing to be jiggled loose and maybe a question posed a certain way will have a cause and effect in a good way. We will see how it goes! I have committed to this once a week for the whole year of 2012. I'd love for you to take the challenge with me!

I am keeping the rules simple...I'd love to watch this grow as the year goes on.

1. Grab the button on the sidebar if you like so others can find this new writing experience each week.

2. Once you link in, visit the person who linked in before you and leave them a comment. It would be great to visit and leave comments for as many as you can. But at least try and leave the person ahead of you in the link a comment of support.

3. Please link back to my blog and mention Tell Me Tuesday somewhere in your POST. That is it....easy.

Most of all, look at this writing experience with an open mind. Sometimes the questions will be hard...and require some thought. That is a good thing. Other times it will be easy. ( This week...I think is easy....but I can not promise that each week ) You can add photos, or whatever you like to your post. It is about you after all. ~ Thanks for joining me.....I hope you enjoy this each week.

Week One Question: ( In keeping with the new year)

What is your number one goal for the next six months?


The number one goal for me for the next six months is as cliche as it can be. I almost hate to say it, but here goes....to lose weight. I have struggled with this for so long and have had little success in making any progress at all. In fact, I have gained more in the last few months than I feel comfortable sharing. I feel like I have failed myself by not trying harder, by not pushing myself in doing things I don't like to do, by allowing myself to be lazy and staying too comfortable. The weight is a big hindering factor in a lot of areas of my life. It is time to take my life back.

The not so funny thing about this weight issue is that lately, I have had nightmares that something was wrong with me. Each dream I have had has been different in nature, but the theme is the same. My weight has caused the problem and could have been avoided. That is a very uncomfortable feeling.....even more uncomfortable than going to the track and making myself walk or exercise.

The truth is hard....I really have to forget there are others going to read this and still hit publish. My goal is to lose at least 50 pounds in the next six months. I know it is a reachable goal and I am not being unrealistic. The real problem lies inside my head and lacking the motivation to start. This time, I am feeling someone is trying to tell me something through my dreams....and I am a little bit afraid to ignore the warnings.

Six Months......50 pounds lighter........my number one goal!

Now.....it's your turn!!


  1. Suzanne,you will do it,because you have already made the first step. That is to admit to yourself that you have a problem.
    I don't say I'm going to go on a diet,I say to myself I'm going on a healthy eating plan. Usually this time of year after indulging. We'll be here for you.

    Love this idea, should be fun xx jeanetteann

  2. OK Suzanne, I'm giving this a try. My post today is too wordy. How can I have only one main goal? Maybe that's what has been my problem all these years - I need to just make one change at a time... I'll get back to you on this.

  3. There is a very good reason why the vast majority (and it IS now the VAST majority) of Americans - both old AND young - are overweight, Suzanne. Everything in our environment - from the air we breathe, to the chemicals we use to clean our homes, even the foods we eat - works against us. I would highly recommend that you, and anyone else who struggles with weight OR health issues, watch the movie "Fat Sick and Nearly Dead." I watched it on Netflix. Also, take a look at these websites: http://www.fatsickandnearlydead.com/

    Happy New Year to you and may your goal be met with flying colors!

    Liz @ The Brambleberry Cottage

  4. I found your site, Suzanne, from reading "Joy and Comfort". Was intrigued by your "Tell Me Tuesday" and decided to join in. Great idea!

    Years ago, when I was much younger, I gave up the idea of resolutions but instead create a list of dreams for the year. I always felt like if I didn't fulfil a resolution, I had failed but in my own mind, a dream can continue on, at a pace that makes it achievable. Cheating perhaps, but it works!

    So my dream for the next six months is to get back to being the authentic me. I'm a creative, artistic, free spirit but find myself on a daily basis, when I step outside my cozy nest, challenged by others on everything from the way we live to what I do for a living. I truly don't fit into a mainstream society, truly don't want to but have found myself slowing moving in that direction, just to please others. Now I'm working on finding me again and letting the idea of measuring up to others go. Feels good already. The first thing I did on the 1st? I reclaimed my last name. It was hyphenated when we got married but that seemed to bother others, so I dropped my maiden name. Never felt right. Added it back in on my work website and my business cards. Boy, do I feel empowered! Not sure yet what my next step is but believe the path I'm supposed to be on will begin to unfold, instead of forcing something I don't really want to follow anyway.

    Yup, the new old me!

    Thank you Suzanne. Looking forward to following this each week.


  5. Suzanne I really love all of your features, however this one is interesting! I'm going to wait a while...mull it over then, see how it goes. I look forward each week to your post... Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

  6. O...Suzanne, I started the "lose weight" goal too, back in August 2011. I've had some losses and gains since then. Along the way I started posting each Saturday about motivational helps to eat and live more healthy. I try to do a simple healthy recipe. AND, at the end I report my week's exercise, eating, and weight loss (or gain). It helps me to be accountable. I hope it also might help one or two other people. =)

    TEll Me Tuesday is a great idea. I hope to participate, in the weeks to come. =)


  7. Hello Suzanne,

    This is my first time to visit your blog. I clicked on a link at a blog you had visited recently. Your 'Weight Loss Journey' category caught my eye, and I read about your goal and decided to leave this comment.

    Two years ago, weighing nearly three hundred pounds, I decided I needed to take losing weight more seriously for a while, wrote out a couple of lists for myself and printed them out and tacked them up so I could read them every day. Simple motivations in my own words, and reminders that even if I slipped up sometimes, to not take the usual route of beating myself over the head with guilt and an "Oh well, I blew it, so I'll give up". I decided that a slip up wouldn't be a 'total failure', and I'd just keep going forward.

    I kept to my chosen diet plan during the week, and on the weekend I allowed myself a break and went out for a 'normal meal' with my husband as a sort of reward to myself for sticking with the plan. Then I'd start the plan again for the week and take another simple reward meal on the next weekend. One week at a time was all I needed to work on, not concerning myself with 'how far I still had to GO', but with 'how far I'd already COME'! That simple change in my perspective made a huge difference to my ability to keep going through the inevitable plateaus when you just stay at a weight for a while. Those plateaus are normal as your body resets itself for the next losses. If you can stay with yourself during those times and not be discouraged by them, the weight will come off again when your body says "Okay, lets do this again!"

    After about five months I had lost 50 pounds, and I decided to stop and let my body settle. Believe it or not, the weight stayed off. I'm still pleasantly surprised by that, even though I haven't gone on to lose the hundred pounds I still need to lose. But this is the year that I need to get serious and lose those hundred pounds, because the doctor says I'm diabetic now and I can't put it off any longer. So I've got my goal and I know how much better I feel with those first 50 pounds gone from my body... feeling better that is a great motivator!

    One week at a time I can handle. I wish I'd done this decades ago, but I can't think about that. Now is what I've got, and now is when I can make this happen. I'm actually looking forward to the challenge again, one little week at a time.

    I wish you wonderful success, Suzanne!

    Eileen in Little Rock

  8. I've struggled with losing some weight, too.
    Several weeks ago, I decided to give up junk food, fast food, and most sugar. It was hard the first week, but now It is not difficult. I eat more fruit, yogurt, and make healthier choices. I've lost eight pounds, and feel so much better.
    Just tell yourself, you will not any candy or cookies, and stick to it.

  9. I've gained weight in the last 3 years and I just started January 3rd., 2012 to put myself on a regime of no pasta, like breads and spaghetty. No sweets, such as cakes and cookies of any kind. No oils in nothing and tomorrow will be a month and I've lost a little more than 5 pounds. I want to lose 15 more, I hope it's 5 a month! Just start sweet lady, that's all it takes and will power, which later it becomes easier and easier. Lots of fruits and veggies and cooked or steamed meats and fish. Lots of green tea, all day. I offer my struggles to God and it helps; I tell Him to help me and He does. Happy weekend.


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