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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 11

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Well I skimmed through the book. Now I have to go back and reread it and apply it, not only to weightloss but to my business and personal life as well. I am a real procrastinator when it comes to something I don't want to do, organize my company files for 2010, end of year accounting for 2009, changing my print ads to reflect the new year, finding new clients, etc. etc. I don't think I am ready for the new business year just yet. I 'm still in vacation mode as we go to Disneyworld with family for 4 days this weekend. When I get back next week, then it will be time to organize or else.

I'm having too much fun getting organized with weight loss goals. I got on the scale this morning and it was hovering around a 1 or 2 lb loss. My scale is not accurate so I probably need a new one but not yet. At this point, lb loss isn't important. Sticking to my goals and food plan is. Last night, I briefly considered a klondike bar after dinner and I stood over my husband as he ate his. He offered me a bite but I declined and had a cup of warm cinnamon milk instead. It is still freezing cold here in Florida. I don't know how you snow bunnies do it. All my elephant ears are dead and my blooming hibiscus has succumbed to the cold. It comes back every year so I'm not worried about it.

I did not do my boot camp exercise yesterday! I simply made the decision not to do it. It might have had something to do with getting unbundled from the sweaters and coats and blankets I'm wrapped in and not wanting to bare myself to the cold. Today, I am going to try and do twice the exercise. It shouldn't be difficult, just have to take the time. I didn't get to walk the dog yesterday until after 4:00. As a result, we didn't go too far, the temp was already going down. I ought to consider adding shivering to exercise.

There is something in the book about getting points for reading each chapter. I'll have to delve into that part further. I can already feel my stomach is flatter. I concentrate on that roll of fat at the waist and it just feels flatter. Also, I am not stuffed with food as I often am. It's all good. Until tomorrow.

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KASEYCOFF 1/6/2010 12:00PM

    I meant to ask you about the SparkBook: is it basically the website distilled into a book, or has it got much more to it? More advice and suggestions? Or about the same? etc.

As for procrastination, I got myself a 'Procrastination Workbook' for some intensive self-help. I just haven't got around to working in it yet. (Now, where's that ROTFLMAO emoticon when I need it?!?)

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TRIGFROST 1/6/2010 10:33AM

    Be like the Post-man, Push through no matter what. Get up and moving. Keep that feeling in your stomach, it's a great motivation, for yourself. emoticon

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    you have a great mentality in re: to the scale. You are right...it isn't important. :)

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JAGRACER 1/6/2010 9:47AM

    I can relate to the excitement of getting organized with weight loss goals - although, I haven't started that part yet - I am reading the book and spend as much time as I can on the website. I have found it is giving me a renewed desire to get healthy. I also know what you mean about the cold and motivation, I live in Colorado and it hasn't been warm and it's supposed to start getting colder today...ick!

All the best on your journey!

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    you have a great mentality in re: to the scale. You are right...it isn't important. :)

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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 10.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

I woke up early this a.m. to 22 degree weather in Florida! BRRR! I have an early morning meeting so I'm blogging now because I'm excited to get it down in writing. I'm reading THE SPARK, and I'm in stage 1, Fast Break. My action step is to write my goals as clearly as possible, long-term, medium-term and short-term.
As I lay in bed last night, I visualized some goals that I must put down right now.

1. I want to lose 30 pounds in 7 months (end of July) I think this is reasonable. I started out thinking a year but I think I can do it in 7 months.

2. I want to learn to love exercise. I dread the E word and will do anything, make any excuse to avoid it. But once I get into it, it feels great so why the dread? That's why I love the 10 min challenge. I can do 10 min. It is over before I start looking at the clock.

3. I want to reserve dessert and sweets for special occasions, not an every day treat. When I was growing up, my mother cooked healthy meals and we only had dessert occasionally. When I got married, my mom-in-law was a baker and a cook. She always had fresh baked pies or cakes or cookies and when she served them, one pie would only yield 6 pieces. And she would plop it down in front of you and you were expected to eat it, no matter if you were dieting or what. So I got really used to having dessert all of the time. Now she is 90 and unable to cook and bake so I am not faced with temptation. I want to learn to reserve dessert for special occasions again.

I can't believe I am actually falling into this website with so much enthusiasm. It sounds like I am taking on a lot but really, these goals I am setting are wishes and hopes I have had for years but was unable to do anything about. Maybe I am really ready to make that lifestyle change I've been hoping for.

My fastbreak goals are simple, cook dinner 5 out of 7 days this week, avoid desserts, and eat 2 fruits a day. The avoid dessert is one of my long-term goals so I can do that. Nothing in the house except Klondike bars anyway and I've left them in the freezer. After dinner last night it briefly crossed my mind that I would like one and then I immediately pushed it away and had nothing and didn"t miss it.

Sunday night I cooked a porkloin so last night I combined 3 asian recipes from this site to make stir-fry pork, peppers, cabbage, and onion with a sweet and sour sauce over noodles and it was delicious. Tonight is chicken, green beans and brown rice. Planning is key and having healthy food in the fridge available to cook. Today's lunch is leftover from last night.

And the exercise part, not so bad with the boot camp video and I've promised to walk the dog every day this year and she won't let me forget it.

So I'm moving along. I think I'm going to go ahead and let this blog post to facebook. If everyone knows about this, I guess I have to stick with it. Hope it warms up before I have to take the dog for a walk. We who live in Florida don't really have a lot of warm clothing stored up for cold days. Until tomorrow.

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KASEYCOFF 1/5/2010 9:58AM

    I know what you mean about having had these goals in mind for a while. I never really wrote them down, but I've had some of these same ideas the last couple of years. Twenty-ten and the new year seem as good a reason as any to kick-start them. You have my support, 100%! :-)

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    You're on the right path. I think your goals are all on point and therefore doable for you! Good luck on your journey.

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    You'll do great. I think 7 months is doable, but you will definitly need to do some strength training to help!!! Especially as you get closer to your goal weight.

Trick yourself into loving exercise...instead of saying you hate it SAY YOU LOVE IT! And remind yourself that while you are doing it!!! I feel so good afterwards, that is what keeps me going!!!

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NANCYBFULLER 1/5/2010 8:20AM

    I love your goals. This is the year you are going to succeed.

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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 9

Monday, January 04, 2010

WOW! I've been reading the Spark Book and there is so much to do! If you do everything, there isn't time to eat so you naturally lose weight! Yesterday I set some goals for myself and today I am setting one very important goal. By 9:00 a.m. I will have finished my spark blog and exercise and I will have showered and dressed, ate breakfast, read the paper and I'm sitting at my computer running my business. I have 54 min to accomplish this goal today.
Last night I read the Positive Force chapter of the book. One of the reasons I have been successful in business is that I like to help people.
" If you help enough people get what they want, you'll get what you want!"
Quote from my regional director, Windy Pugh.
Chris Downie says in the book, "Working closely with another person to develop his or her spark can inspire both of you to reach new heights."
I want to be a spark leader, coach, role model, etc. and it will take some time but I will get there. I don't want to be in charge of anything, I just want to help.

I hope that I am committed to this program. So many times, I have done the yo yo dieting saga only to lose and gain it back. I don't want that to happen this time. I am already visualizing a flatter stomach and comments from people like, Wow how much weight have you lost? And you look great! I don't want to fall off the wagon this weekend in DisneyWorld and eat too much. I don't want to get off track and lose contact with Sparkers. I really want to be a success story, not a failure. So I am putting myself out there, on the line. On my first blog post, I listed 10 goals. I have already met those ten goals, I just have to keep it up! Got to go, only 45 min left.

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    you are doing very well! But please make sure you have time to eat and time for yourself. My biggest mistake starting was I went in hard and got burnt out. That is why I start out small...10 minutes a day, the next day 15 minutes, then stay there for a while. That way you don't totally kill yourself trying to get in shape in a week. It didn't take a week to gain the week, so it won't come off that fast either.

But I think you are doing great! Keep up the good work!

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4DOGNIGHT 1/4/2010 10:48AM

    Thanks Girls! It took me about 2 or 3 months of lurking on Spark to decide what to do and how to participate. I really like the book. That's usually how I get motivated, to read and do.

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KASEYCOFF 1/4/2010 10:34AM

    Carol, YOU are doing GREAT! It sounds as tho you have even more energy than before. Sometimes I think the more energy you use, the more you increase it, if that makes sense, lol... :-)

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AFIFE0878 1/4/2010 9:21AM

    Wow u are inspiring, and by 10 am I hope to have my workout finished.

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How I became slim, trim and healthy, Day 8

Sunday, January 03, 2010

We spent the night in Biloxi and saw the Beach Boys perform. It was fantastic! I never saw so many 60 somethings dancing in the aisles and swiveling their hips. OUght to be able to count that as exercise! Two of the guys were original and "old" but they sang and performed for 1 hr and 45 min! A great show. They are coming back in October for Cruising the Coast whatever that is. It will be at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS.

I've been reading my Spark Book and I'm on the Fast Break Part. When I got back at 11:00 a.m. today I went right to the computer to check on my spark mail. I've been here for 3 hours. This is ridiculous. There is so much to do, I don't have time to eat. Maybe that is the key. It took me a while to find the Bootcamp video but when I did, I jumped up and kept up with it. Should have had shoes on though and the dog thought it was time to play. After I found it I didn't want to stop for any reason or else I would have lost it again.

It is cold here in Florida, 32 degrees this morning and that is not usual!!! And I promised to take Panda for a walk daily so I'll have to bundle up at some point. The Week 1 first Action step is to set my fast break goals. I'm supposed to start modestly to get off on the right foot. I already drink enough water to sink a ship, never a problem for me. I'm already committed to the exercise so these are the 3 goals I have set up for my first week.

1. Cook dinner at home 5 out of 7 days. (We eat out sometimes 3 or 4 times a week so this is a good goal for me.
2. Avoid dessert at least 5 out of 7 days. No ice cream, klondyke bars, cake, cookies, etc.
3. Eat 2 fruits a day.

We will be going to DisneyWorld on Friday for 4 days. This is the annual Walt Disneyworld Marathan and we go every year with our son and his wife, 2 grandsons, and her parents. Last year my hubby did the full marathon and completely burned himself out on exercise for several months. He is back into it now again. Erin and her dad will be doing the half marathon and I will babysit. One year, I attempted the half marathon. I really wasn't in the best of shape and so at the six mile point, I decided I wasn't going to feel any better at 13 miles than I did at six. In addition, I had reinjured my left ankle so it was best I did quit. I think after I get into sparking, I might be able to do this next year or the year after. Walking of course, not running. Until tomorrow.

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KASEYCOFF 1/3/2010 4:25PM

    The peanut gallery says way to go on those goals! An idea that may (or may not!) have occurred to you: we frequently have fruit for dessert. One-half of a small melon with fruit salad, berries, or even canned fruit... a baked pear-half, cored and maybe stuffed with granola... even canned peaches with a dollop of low-fat yogurt makes a nice light dessert. :-)

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CAPECODBABE 1/3/2010 3:55PM

    I've seen the Beach Boys, they put on a great show.

Looks like you are realing taking control. Stay motivated and you'll be at goal before you know it!!!


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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 7

Saturday, January 02, 2010

We are off to Biloxi today to see the Beach Boys in concert. If you don't know about the Beach Boys, you aren't old enough to read this blog. I attend an annual conference with my company and we always have a dress up party of some sort. One year we were in Las VEgas and the theme was to come dressed as someone who would have visited Vegas in the early days. I decided we would go as Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, not thinking that they probably would never have gone to Vegas. Too sleazy for them. Anyway, I made a suede skirt for myself and had shirts with fringe, etc. and I needed a pair of boots. I found a pair at the local mall and I asked the girl next to me, "Do you think Dale Evans would have worn these?" She said, "Who's Dale Evans.?"

While we are gone tonight, I'll have another meal at eating out for dinner and again at breakfast. Always a challenge but I will peruse the menus for the healthiest choices. Panda is sitting next to me waiting for her daily walk, one of my goals this year is to take her every day! I'm adding another goal right now, spend 15 min every day on a clean up task. I am such a slob, it overwhelms me and I vow to do something about it this year. 15 min doesn't sound like much but after reading the chapter on fitness in the book, it is enough to get me in the habit. I absolutely hate to exercise. I will do anything I can to avoid it. It feels so good after I do so why put it off? I am thrilled to know that 10 min is all that I need. I can do that. Just walking Panda takes care of 10 min but I need to add another 10.
I think my aversion to exercise goes back to when I was a kid. I was never good at sports, even my sister picked me last for the softball team. When President Kennedy established the Presidential Fitness Program, I was really embarrassed when I couldn't do a sit-up. I just laid flat on the floor and my body would not move. Everyone else was sitting up and down, but not me. How embarrassing for a 13 year old. When I played field hockey, I sat on the bench. In basketball, I missed the basket. I absolutely hated gym, especially the showers. All these tiny girls would prance off naked and not be ashamed but I was mortified to have to do that. The only thing I was ever good at was an individual activity, like band, or attending an aerobics class and learning to dance. I can walk or dance or do yoga. I can swim, beautifully I might add.
Learning that 10 min is all I need I am thrilled! I can do that!

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4DOGNIGHT 1/2/2010 12:37PM

    Every Saturday morning, Sky Masterson, Roy and Dale, Gene Autry, etc. Those were the good old days.

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KASEYCOFF 1/2/2010 10:57AM

    Are you SURE we didn't go to school together? You've described mine to a T, lol... If it makes you feel any better, I thought Dale Evans was great. I watched her 'n' Roy (and what's-his-name with NellieBelle) every Saturday morning, without fail. 'Happy Trails to you...'

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