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I lost my way and trying to get back! Day 42

Saturday, February 06, 2010


I have this analytical personality and I'm always trying to figure out what happened and why and when. When I started blogging 42 days ago, I was so excited to have found Spark and so excited to read the book and set goals. The enthusiasm must have spilled over because I had lots of readers and comments on my blog. Then about 20 days ago, my blogs turned negative and people stopped reading. I went back to see when and how that happened. Basically I had dropped out of society by trying to lower the dose on one of my medications. i missed 4 social engagements, stopped talking to my best friend Pat, slept a lot, and accomplished nothing. Things were working well for me. How could I have been so dumb to try and make changes in meds like that? At least I was smart enough to figure it out and got back on the blue pill immediately. And I'm better in my head.
Now I have to climb back up to the level of excitement I had when I started and also catch up on my personal and business life. Always playing catchup.

The most inspiring post I had written was January 12, 2010, I printed it off to keep. That is when I realized that other diet programs didn't work because they only focused on diet. And Spark focuses on every aspect of your life. I was so excited about that discovery, I was a featured blog post that day. Now I want it back. Time for some new goals.

1. Become a postive blogger again.
2. Go for 10 days straight with nutrition tracking and keeping my calories in control while eating more fruits and veggies, at least 5 per day. (start date 8 Feb 2010.)
3. Cook five out of 7 dinners at home per week.
4. Keep desserts and sweets for special occasions.
5. Walk at least once for 3 miles with Pat. (week)
6. Do at least 3 10 min spark exercises per week.
7. Walk the dog daily.
8. Clean off my desk and file papers.
9. Gather up tax information for the accountant.
10. Attend meetings I am supposed to attend and chamber activities.

There. That is a good bunch of goals for me to do in February. Some I just have to keep doing. And some will make me feel better about myself, like cleaning off my desk. Thanks spark buddies. I need encouragement.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CRYSELLE 2/6/2010 12:57PM

    You have awesome goals for February, and sometimes when we slip, getting back into the positive frame of mind can be hard, but we can do it, I know we can! You're on the right track!

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CRYSELLE 2/6/2010 12:57PM

    You have awesome goals for February, and sometimes when we slip, getting back into the positive frame of mind can be hard, but we can do it, I know we can! You're on the right track!

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GRLSCOUTMOM 2/6/2010 12:26PM

    Sounds like you have set yourself some great goals, and that you'll be moving in the right directions in no time. Don't waste another second!

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SARADOLL81 2/6/2010 12:26PM

    Hi there!

Good to see you're picking yourself back up and coming back with renewed energy! I've had some rough days myself, and know what you mean about negative energy... its hard to pull ourselves back up, but with the help of others and support we get here, we can do it!

You've got some great plans in place - I really like the ones about walking your dog and getting organized. I find that time outdoors, in the fresh air, and being organized does wonders for my peace of mind and my inner "calm."

Keep up the great work, and the great attitude - I think it makes all the difference!

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Friday, February 05, 2010


Last night I took that whole little blue pill and I felt better today. Even my client that I saw today said I look better. I could feel my face was more relaxed so I guess my effort to reduce my meds was just an effort but something I learned from.

I must get back on the Spark Wagon. I want to set out some new goals and redefine the ones I didn't achieve yet. The weather is warming up I hope but it keeps raining. At least we don't have snow up to our ears. Tomorrow is supposed to be nice so I will be walking with my friend Pat for about 3 miles. I also need to go back to my promise of walking the dog every day. She's been missing out. And those 10 min exercises.

I did achieve some big goals. I am cooking dinner most nights and eating out less. I am eating more fruits and vegetables. I have cut down on desserts and sweets, way down. We used to have some kind of dessert every night but not any more. I'm trying to reserve that for special occassions. I am tracking my food most days and eating more fiber. So If I can get the food and exercise together, maybe I'll lose a little.

This week is Mardi Gras weekend here in our llittle part of Florida. Red Beans and Rice, King Cake, Shrimp Etouffee, Bread Pudding, etc. Really healthy stuff. So I might as well enjoy myself. Oh, and Super Bowl Sunday. Did you know that New Orleans postponed a mardi gras parade for Sunday because of the Super Bowl? Nothing ever delayed a Mardi Gras Parade. Geaux Saints! I'll be back tomorrow.

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GIVWIG 2/5/2010 9:33PM

    Glad to hear you're feeling better! Be glad it's only rain there. We're in the middle of a snowstorm that could leave 1-2 feet of snow. That's right I said 1-2 feet! I guess it's indoor exercise until the snow stops around this time tomorrow night. It's amazing the that New Orleans postponed a Mardi Gras Parade. I didn't think anything interrupted that party!!

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    Sounds like amazing progress already, you can get back in the groove. emoticon

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Thursday, February 04, 2010


Do you know why Moses wandered around in the Desert for 40 years? Because he didn't want to stop and ask for directions! Ha Ha Ha! So true about men.

Being a member of Spark is about asking for directions. We need directions to figure out what's going on and how to put it all together with the desired result of weight loss and health. I've been stagnant the last week or so. Looking back on my first weeks, I was so excited and enthusiastic and I tracked my nutrition everyday. I haven't done that for a few days but I will get back to it. I've had to take a break.

I've been going through medication withdrawal and I think my body is finally getting used to it. Oh, it's hell on earth. The last half of January I was so out of it, couldn't concentrate on anything, didn't want to, dropped out of social situations. And this from a tiny little 25 mg pill. I've had diagnosed depression for 15 years and I am really good on top of everything or I'm not. Yesterday I had a decent day and actually got some things accomplished. So I feel like I'm coming out of it, still a tiny little headache over my right eyebrow. My Doc is in on this so don't try it on your own.

I have a secret goal. I want to do so well on Spark that I become motivator of the day. I've already had one of my blogs highlighted and a post on the diet and nutrition site. That was so exciting. I've got a long way to go. First I have to get back on track, tracking my nutrition that is. And I will do that, and soon. Maybe today even. I have lots of things to do. Later.

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CAROLYNVIL 2/5/2010 3:23PM

    You seem to be doing well. Keeping on top of everything. keep up the good work. carolyn

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GIVWIG 2/4/2010 3:57PM

    You are already a source of inspration and motivation to all who read your blogs!!

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    Wether or not you become a motivator of the day, you sure motivate me just as you are.

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Wednesday, February 03, 2010


Well, this journey is taking longer than I anticipated. I'm not much slimmer or trimmer but I am healthier, at least in the way I eat. I woke up this morning to lots of Spark e-mails and congratulations for perfect attendance and earning 500 points. Whoo Hoo! What are the 500 points for? I'll have to dig into that. There was also an article entitled "Do you succumb to laziness?" Well, yes. I have these 3 by 5 cards posted all over my house that say "Do it now." Unfortunately, I see right through them but the article hit the nail on the head. It even included one of my favorite quotes, If it's to be, it's up to me. I know that so why am I such a procrastinator? One reason would be that I haven't been feeling up to snuff the last couple of weeks due to medication adjustment for depression. My and the doc's choice to try it and it has been a little tough. But I'm plodding through it. I have a bit more energy and enthusiasm today and I have a lot of things to accomplish today so I will get on it as soon as I finish this blog.
Shuffling through the papers on my desk, I found the 10 goals I posted at the beginning of this journey. I've achieved some, but not all. There were 3 important ones that I have achieved, 1. Cook dinner 5 out of 7 nights a week. This is a big thing as we were going out to eat at least 3 or 4 times a week. So to cook more at home, not only saves money, but it enables portion control and healthier eating. Check.
2. Avoid desserts and sweets and save them for special occassions. This is a biggie. We were having dessert after every meal and now I rarely have any at all. Except maybe a small piece of chocolate broken off of a large bar. We have ice cream at the moment left over from hubby's birthday and I will finish that off tonight. That is my nemesis so no more in the house for a while. Check.
3. Eat 2 fruits a day. I have come close to doing this on most days and this is good. Also am eating more vegetables and more variety. Check.
I have fallen down on the exercise goals but I blame a lot of that on the awful weather. Rain and cold. I've taken the dog for more walks this year than in a long time. And I've posted daily. I have to establish some new goals but I need to get to work. Got some things I need to accomplish today work related so my goal setting will have to wait. I'm proud of myself for getting this far. Especially with the mental set back and floundering I did in January. So onto a new month! Until tomorrow.

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GIVWIG 2/3/2010 11:04AM

    Awesome! That's what The Spark has been teaching us, setting small achievable goals. Even with the issues with your meds you have been able to focus and achieve some of the goals you had set! What a great inspiration for the rest of us!! emoticon

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010


It's Groundhog and day and the groundhog saw his shadow so we have six more weeks of winter. It was a beautiful sunny day here in FLorida today, nice and warm, in the low 60's I think. Hope tomorrow is the same. It is so nice to get out. I don't have much to talk about today so I'll just keep it all til tomorrow. See you then.

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GIVWIG 2/3/2010 10:59AM

    The groundhog got it right for us. We had 4 inches of snow last night and they are calling for more this weekend and again next week. Come on April!!

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