NICKI109   29,534
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No More Excuses!!

I have finally committed to getting healthier and losing the extra weight. I want to be able to keep up with my kids, and be healthier for them. They deserve to have me around nagging them for a long time to come :)
I have finally committed to getting healthier and losing the extra weight. I want to be able to keep up with my kids, and be healthier for them. They deserve to have me around nagging them for a long time to come :)



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 current weight: 141.4 

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Member Since: 12/30/2009

SparkPoints: 29,534

Fitness Minutes: 28,984

My Goals:
Well, new year, new goal!!

2012 - In 2011, I got down to the 130 I had previously written in here. Isn't it amazing how once we get somewhere we say "this isn't exactly what I was thinking". So, my new goal is to keep working on strength training and cardio to find something that works to trim down my hips and thighs. Don't get me wrong, 130 is great for me, but I just think I can get more in shape instead of being at a number!!

My Program:
I am trying to get to the gym at least 3 times a week, and adding in a workout at home on occasion. I have a ton going on right now, so if I could control my eating, and work on my ST, I think I could reach my goal!!

Personal Information:
I live in Michigan with my husband and 2 daughters. We have 2 dogs. We all love to be outside as much as possible. Life is starting to get even busier and the kids are getting into activities so finding time to work out and eat right is sometimes difficult.

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Member Comments:
12/13/2013 10:26:09 AM

“Progress, not perfection, is what’s important.”

Chris Downey said that in the SparkCoach video I watched a few days ago and it made me stop and think about how I was “beating myself up” because I ate too much and ended up over my calorie range. As usual, I was thinking my usual “I’ve screwed up so why bother thoughts.” I’ve done well the the past 2 weeks but and was letting these thoughts guide my feelings and actions. Why do we do this to ourselves?
I need to rewire my thinking to concentrate on progress and not perfection. How about you?

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12/8/2013 4:41:10 PM

A new week begins - enjoy every day of it.
emoticon Drink lots of water . . .
emoticon Make healthy food choices . . .
emoticon Exercise . . .
emoticon Stay connected with your friends . . .
emoticon Do something you enjoy ("me" time) . . .
emoticon Get enough sleep . . .
i wish you the best week you can possibly have!

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12/5/2013 11:02:51 AM

The following tips come from an article on WebMD. They are helping me cope with the urge to overeat so I thought I’d share them with my friends.
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Pause and Breathe: 
Try this: breath in deeply, hold your breath slightly, and then release. Repeating these simple steps helps you calm and settle yourself. By feeling more grounded, you can then make more conscious, rather than mindless, food choices. 

A Powerful Question: 
Ask yourself:  "How do I want to feel one hour (or one day) from now?" 
This question helps you anticipate the results of your choices. Do you want to contaminate the next hour or day of your life with guilt and regret, or do you want to feel strong and confident?

Carry a Symbol of Inspiration:
 Find a special object to help you feel grounded and inspired. (I have a little stone with “Just For Today” on it.) 
Keep your object visible and easily accessible. When feeling triggered, hold onto or look at your object as a reminder of your strength.

Write a Supportive Note:  Buy a beautiful card and, as your own best friend, write yourself an encouraging note of unconditional love and support.
Praise yourself. Review your goals. Include in your note reminders to use specific coping strategies to manage overeating. Keep your note with you and when you feel the impulse to overeat, find a private space and read your note.

Forgive yourself. Being accepting and gentle with yourself helps you confidently manage stress and emotional eating triggers. The tendency to be upset with yourself for overeating melts away when you accept you did the best you could and let it go.

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12/1/2013 11:17:43 PM

I don’t know about you, but 2013 was a rough year for me and I’m striving to end it on a positive note to set the tone for 2014.

“None of us can change our yesterdays but all of us can change our tomorrows.” ~ Colin Powell

What a wonderful quote to keep in mind as prepare to work toward our goals and meet the challenges of a new year.

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11/8/2013 2:23:32 AM

I wanted to stop by and say hello! I am so sorry I disappeared again :( But, I'm back. Life has been crazy for me lately and I'm going by the whole when you're at rock bottom can only go up kinda thing, so I'm trying to get myself focused on me and getting healthier and getting my life together! How are you? I hope good!!! I will be checking in now, I promise!! :)

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