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A Lifelong Lifestyle Commitment To Health

Starting a new eating and exercise plan can be totally overwhelming, at least it is for me. I had to make a big adjustment to my thinking about diets in general. This isn't a diet, it is a healthy way of life. I had to get used to the fact that my new eating plan is forever. This adjustment involved some mental temper tantrums, I am embarrassed to tell you. Eventually, I have adjusted but it isn't always easy and it can be a real struggle.

For some reason, I thought that just ...
Starting a new eating and exercise plan can be totally overwhelming, at least it is for me. I had to make a big adjustment to my thinking about diets in general. This isn't a diet, it is a healthy way of life. I had to get used to the fact that my new eating plan is forever. This adjustment involved some mental temper tantrums, I am embarrassed to tell you. Eventually, I have adjusted but it isn't always easy and it can be a real struggle.

For some reason, I thought that just losing weight would make my life the life I have always wanted. I thought all of my personal issues would just float away and life would be a fairytale. That is a pipe dream! I have to learn to love myself as I am at any weight first. Exercise will make me feel good and give me confidence but the major part of weight loss is mental. Getting into the nitty gritty emotional issues and changing my thoughts about myself is my biggest challenge.

I am not perfect and there are times that I have lost my way. Old habits are hard to break. Getting back on plan as soon as possible is the key to being successful. The other thing, I had to give up, is beating myself up over making mistakes. The self criticism has to go! I would never talk to a friend like that, so I can't allow myself to do negative self talk either.

It is reassuring to read the blogs of successful Spark members and see that they had slip ups too and were still able to reach their goals. Mistakes and bumps in the road are all part of the journey. I have read several blogs by INDYGIRL, SLENDERELLA61 and RUTHIEBEAR and found that they all experienced slip ups and plateaus. Since all three lost 80 pounds or more, this gives me hope for being successful on my own journey and you can be successful too!

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Member Since: 8/4/2008

SparkPoints: 284,503

Fitness Minutes: 197,518

My Goals:
Learn to eat for nutrition instead of medicating myself with food
Log food daily

Learn to pay attention to my body's pain signals

Lose 5% of my body weight Achieved on Nov. 30,2012

Lose a total of 25 pounds
Achieved March 7,2013

Achieve the addional 10% loss Achieved April 5, 2013

Lose a total of 30 pounds by June 4 Achieved June 25,2013.

Lose a total of 35 pounds

Lose a total of 40 pounds

Lose a total of 45 pounds

Lose a total of 50 pounds

Earn 100,000 Fitness Minutes. Achieved 4/3/2012

Earn 100,000 Spark Points
Achieved 2012

2013 yearly goal of 20,000 fitness minutes Met 08/ 2013

Earn 200,000 Spark Points
Achieved 10/20/2014

Earn 200,000 Fitness Minutes

My Program:
I will use food to nourish instead of using it to medicate myself.

I will drink 8 + cups water daily.

I will eat 5+ fruits/veggies daily.

I will choose foods by their nutritional content.

I will add anti-inflammatory foods to my eating plan .

I will do some sort of cardio for 10+ minutes 7 days a week .

I will keep a food diary daily either written or online.

I will stay away from processed foods.

I will get 7+ hours of sleep per day.

I will pace my activities daily.

I will pay attention to pain levels daily.

I will rest and use pain reduction techniques instead of medicating myself with food.

I will be kind to myself if I slip up and will get right back on my program.

Personal Information:
I'm a retired teacher who still loves to learn new things.

I am an optimist and refuse to dwell on the past. It is better to learn from it and move on.

I love animals. Their love is unconditional!

Doing creative activities always lifts my mood and I'm already a happy person to begin with!

Other Information:
I enjoy:
Reading, photography, crafts, helping other people, music, creative healthy cooking, exercising in water, using my brain, being creative, acting silly/laughing, and learning new things.

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SHARON10002
2/2/2016 6:36:32 PM

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The number on the scale may go up and down every day, but that’s OK. This is about living a healthier and happier life, not just fitting into a certain pair of jeans or a specific clothing size. We all miss workouts, and deal with setbacks every day. Just keep your eyes on your goal, and you will get there.
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SHARON10002
2/1/2016 10:44:03 AM

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F - Forge ahead no matter how small the step.
E - Each new day offers the chance to start anew.
B - Believe in yourself and all that you are, and wish to be.
R - Remember the reason why you started this journey.
U - Unless you move, the place where you are is the place you will always be.
A - A bad day is only as bad as you let it be.
R - Roll with life’s punches, and rise again.
Y - You are loved . . .
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Thanks for stopping by and joining me for Friday Happy Hour blog. Hope your February is fabulous! Each day that passes is one day closer to returning to a better quality of life with your new hip!



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RUTHIEBEAR
1/31/2016 8:58:13 AM

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COngratulations on being in the top five for team fitness minutes this week! emoticon
I know it takes determination and hard work - but you are doing it! Here is a little something that will hopefully make you smile :
I really don’t think I need buns of steel. I’d be happier with buns of cinnamon.
- Ellen DeGeneres

Have a great week!
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RUTHIEBEAR
1/24/2016 2:32:04 PM

As I look out my window I am seeing over 2 feet of snow. It is a bit overwhelming.
I see you were not overwhelmed this week because you are in the top five for team fitness minutes.
Keep up the strong start to 2016!!!!!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357
1/21/2016 2:49:50 PM

I hope you are feeling well after PT. Hang in there it will be worth the work and exhaustion. I remember watching my mom go through PT for her shoulder. She did a good job and has more use of her shoulder than her dr ever expected.

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