Thursday, November 17, 2005

Thank you and good-bye

Firstly, I would like to say a big thank you for all the lovely comments and e-mails which I have received over the past few days - it has been very good for my self esteem right now. Thank you all for your support over the past few months - I know that I would not have achieved the success that I have without you, and for that, I am very, very grateful.
Secondly, I want to say good-bye (for now). I have done a lot of thinking over the past few days and I think that I need to take a break from blogging. I am not coping very well with Al being away this time. I thought it would be easier because it was only 4 1/2 weeks until we were together again - but it isn't easier and, for some reason, I am battling more than I have the other times.
I am tired of coming on-line and saying how I wanted to watch what I was eating, but I didn't. I do not feel like I am in control of what is going into my mouth. I know I should be, but I'm not. I know that no matter what I look like on the outside, I will always be fat inside and I need to work on changing that attitude.
I would like to say that this is goodbye until next week but I don't know how long it will be - I am feeling tired - not only sleep deprived tired, but exhausted. It doesn't seem to matter how much or how little I do - I feel like I have just had enough of everything. I am sure that it is an accumulation of many factors but I think that I need to take some time out and concentrate of getting myself feeling like I am loving life and all that is happening around me.
Take care everyone - please look after yourselves. You are all such special people. I have enjoyed sharing in each of your journeys and I look forward to catching up with you all in the future - hopefully all closer to your goal weight as well as closer to the ulitmate challenge of living a healthy life-style. Be good and go safely.


Blogger Emily said...

Hey Linda, so sorry to hear that you're not handling Al's absence, must be very tough!

Enjoy your time-out, I hope you find the happiness you are looking for. You're a lovely person and you deserve good things.

Take care of yourself - you know where to find us when you decide to come back online, and remember that I'm only an email away if you want to chat about anything.

All the best xxx

4:29 AM  
Blogger flutterbye said...

Hi Linda

I am one who can definantly sympathise with not handling spousal absences well. With BJ in the Army there have been a few times where he is away for months at a time.

Please take care of yourself and take one day at a time. Its always tougher when you look at the absence as a whole amount. Break up the 4 weeks with little challenges and treats (massage, haircut, pedicure).

Talk to you again soon


8:23 AM  
Blogger another sarah ... said...

Hi Linda

Must be tough being without Al. I understand not wanting to blog either, it does get time consuming and I know that I feel repetitive after blogging for a while. I would definitely recommend stopping for a while just so you can have that time out and relax. Do you do yoga or meditation? I find that helps a little when I'm feeling tired and just over everything. It just helps me cope a bit more than I ordinarily would.

Look after yourself, I hope I hear from you one day in the near future. Thank you for all of your supportive comments and advice.

:) Sarah

8:24 AM  
Blogger Briony said...

Dear Linda, I would also like to thank you for your wonderful advice and support in the short time I have known you. You have been on of the biggest influences in my journey and I am so grateful for that.
But you do need to look after yourself and make yourself a priority, especially with Al being away. I hope the time goes quickly and that you can be back with him before you know it.
Take care, you know where we all are if you need a chat or to vent.
I will miss you!

8:47 AM  
Blogger Yummy Mummy said...

Take care and will miss reading your blog... I can not imagine what it would be like without my husband here every night... you seem strong and in control of what you are thinking... I like the idea of litle rewards over the next few weeks to make the time fly...

Take care

11:00 AM  
Blogger Sue said...

Linda love, you do whatever you need to do to take care of yourself. I find the separation from my family more difficult each time I travel, so I hear what you're saying.
Kia kaha.

12:33 PM  
Blogger Philippa said...

Take care Linda - I will miss reading your blog, but I completely understand how you must be feeling, and you've got every right to take time out to deal with what is going on in your life. I think you've been so incredibly brave and strong since Al has been away. I hope the time flies for you so you can be together again very soon.

Thank you for all your supportive comments and advice over the past few months.

Wishing you peace and happiness for your journey ahead.

xxxxxx Philippa

12:35 PM  
Blogger Jodie said...

I will miss you soooo much. You have been great support for me during many of my tough times and I will miss your input. It has truely been an honour sharing my life/journey with you. Please take care of yourself and never forget the road already travelled. I understand that you need time out and I only hope that you find the mojo you are looking for. Have a lovely Xmas if we don't hear from you beforehand and Merry Xmas to K & Al also. XX

12:54 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

LInda, I am sure this is only a holiday from us but just know that we are here for you just as you have always been here for us. I feel that you have become my friend and I will miss you. More importantly I wish I could help you in some way. You hav emy email address please get in touch and we can continue that friendship.

1:45 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I'm sorry you are feeling like this, it's not a nice place to be. I guess in times like this you are used to turning to food to comfort you, but maybe it's time to think of lots of other nice things to do to nurture yourself and help yourself cope. Then you won't have that helpless feeling you get when you eat emotionally. Thinking of you, and do come on here and tell us all about it when you feel able. Big hugs!!

5:19 PM  
Blogger Slim Suzy said...

Thankyou for your comments to me too Linda. I hope you feel better about things soon and please take care of yourself. You work so hard and it must be very tough when Al is away. Look forward to your reunion with him and hope everything goes well until then.
Just remember you look FANTASTIC and you have worked very hard to get there so be good to yourself.
We will be here when you need

11:42 AM  
Blogger Leighanne said...

We will all miss come back real soon:)

4:13 PM  
Blogger M said...

Noooo. Can I be selfish and say I don't want you to go. I am going to miss you a lot Linda. I have come to rely on you being here and being around. Very very selfish of me.

So I take it all back (but am not going to delete it :D )

I hope the trip to Taiwan and the confirmation of the end of the contract does much to lift up your spirits. Each part of our life is made up of stages and this journal was just one little stage of your journey. You used the tool well and you have achieved your goals. A break is probably the best thing in the world for you. Then, when you are ready, you come back and start a maintenance blog, and we can come back to loving every entry again - no matter the tone.

I feel I have made a friend here and as such I wish you all the very best for your life. Lots of love to K and A and especially to you.


We will speak again :D

11:24 PM  
Blogger Kt said...

take care of yourself girl! I will miss reading your blog. I will check in regularly to see if you are back. Enjoy Taiwan if you are not back before then!

12:02 PM  
Blogger Paulene's Journal Journey said...

I will miss you so much :(
I feel for you so much with Al away and I can only imagine how hard that must be??
Do what you feel is right for the time being and take the break you need.
But do come back ok!! :)
We'll be right here waiting!

Cheers P

2:20 PM  
Blogger Jules said...

Hey old mate, sorry I have been gone for so long. Get back and see you may need a well deserved break too. Can I suggest you go to the local health store and ask for the Bach Flower "Olive". It is for mental and physical exhaustion and may be just the ticket for you at the moment old buddy old pal. Keep on looking after yourself and I hope the long distance relationship thing works itself out in the near future.

2:30 PM  
Blogger Kellee said...

You poor love. It must be so tough with Al away. I hope that the break is just what you need to feel better, and that we are able to help you when you come back.

Take it easy and know that we're here for you if you need us.

4:48 PM  
Blogger LeisaB NewMe said...

Linda - I am sad that I won't be able to catch up on what is going on for you. You have been truly inspirational and supportive to me and I really really thank you for that. Don't forget to email me if you want to catch up. Take care and enjoy the countdown to your trip at christmas. Hugs Lb

7:45 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Hi Linda! Just checking in to see how your first week without us is going. Hope you're well and that everything is looking a bit happier in your world.

Hope you're taking care of yourself :-)

11:48 AM  
Blogger Lynda said...

Don't be gone for long Linda.. we don't care what you write about - we don't need to hear how good or bad you have been. You look so terrific in those photos so please think carefully before you 'blow' all your hard work. I look forward to your return.


7:45 PM  

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