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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 13

Friday, January 08, 2010

Almost 2 weeks on Spark and I've made lots of friends already! This will be short today as we are off to Disneyworld for the marathon and to see our son, his wife and 2 grandsons and her family. We go every year at this time. One grandson is 4 months old and I've only seen him once so that will be lots of fun!!!
My goal this weekend is to have FUN! and eat sensibly. When we go out I will make a healthy choice and I'm sure I will be getting lots of walking in. It is supposed to be cold, in the 40's. Most of the time we are in shirt sleeves down there at this time of year. The first time we went to DIsney years ago, it was so cold, everyone in the park had a disney sweatshirt. Stores were selling them like hot cakes. Might get one myself this time.
My scale is iffy but it looks like I've lost maybe 2 lbs. I can feel it in my stomach fat, flatter there. And I'm not stuffed with food and my acid relfux problem is in remission.
Have a great weekend everyone. If my son brings his laptop, I'll be checking in.

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    Have fun at the marathon!

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    Have fun at the marathon!

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KASEYCOFF 1/8/2010 9:24AM

    You have a great time! And be sure to get some mouse ears to go with the sweatshirt - post pix when you get back!! :-)

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CUPCAKE954 1/8/2010 7:49AM

    Have fun! emoticon

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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 12

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Moderation is the key! And with that in mind, I have decided to drop the Boot Camp as one of my goals and put the exercise goal off until February or until it warms up here in Florida. It seems like such a small thing, just 10 min a day to exercise but for me, after missing 2 days deliberately, I've decided that I need to let that goal rest for a while.

You see, I own an Interior Decorating Business and I have yet to begin my recordkeeping files and tasks I need to do for 2010. I work from home, by myself, and this is Tax time for small businesses. I have put it off all week, instead spending time on Sparkpeople so something has to give. I attended the first meeting of our local Chamber of Commerce this morning and I see that the vacation is over and I must get back to work. If it's to be it is up to me and I feel some enthusiasm coming back for the task.

I feel good about the decision to stop boot camp for now but I am continuing the dog walking which Panda loves. As it warms up, we can walk farther. Also, I have a friend and mentor, Pat, who started me walking about 3 years ago. I went from huffing and puffing after 1 mile to being able to walk 3 easily while having a conversation. We try to walk 3 mornings a week, but again, the weather, and family health issues have put that off. I look forward to resuming our walks when the weather warms in a few weeks. There are numerous walking and running events in this area and I intend to join some of them. I have done several with Pat in the last couple of years so I'm not exactly a couch potato. Tomorrow my family is off to our annual treck to Disneyworld for the Walt Disney Marathon. My daughter in law and her dad are running in the half marathon. My husband did the full marathon last year, first and last and is not participating this year. Who knows, maybe I'll want to try for that half marathon again. I finished 6 miles once and had to drop out due to an ankle injury and not enough conditioning.

So for today, I'm continuing the journey to be healthy, and will do my best to keep my goals over the next 4 days. I've been most successful at eliminating a dessert or sweet after every meal. If I can break that habit, that is a real milestone. Have a great weekend!

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CAPECODBABE 1/7/2010 6:26PM

    Keep up the walking!

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KASEYCOFF 1/7/2010 12:45PM

    I completely agree with how you're going about things: you will get back to the training / fitness goals. This is postponing, not cancelling. I'm still looking forward to the time when I can walk AND talk at the same time--! :-D

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    moderation is always key. And I cannot stress enough how important it is to take baby steps when starting something like this. I get overwhelmed very easily, so it is best for me, at least.

Good luck with our business and good job keeping up with te walking.

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TLFINNEY1 1/7/2010 11:58AM

    Thank you. I just became a SP member and started out gung ho. I have a bad habit jumping before looking. I think it was too much too soon, baby steps. You gave me inspiration to step back and reevaluate my goals. I do not want to fail as I have many times before. I want to be healthy and if losing weight is a benefit, GREAT. Thank you.

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4DOGNIGHT 1/7/2010 11:42AM

    Thank you for reading my blog. It means a lot!

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SPATTEN2001 1/7/2010 11:27AM

    A hard decision for you I am certain but ... sometimes, we have to prioritize and do what we know we can. Actually, an erratic EKG was my eye-opener to stop being overcommitted and tend to the business of taking care of myself. Hang in there ... don't give up ... we are here for you!

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JLCAMBURN 1/7/2010 11:22AM

    It's important to keep our priorities in check and take on what we know we can accomplish. Good for you!

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Fond memories of my mother.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Two blogs in one day! But I was thinking about my mom this morning and I wanted to share. She died when she was 60, I was 30, so I never really got to know her as a mother-daughter relationship. We had a tumultuous relationship as it was so it was sad she died so young. I am going to be 62 in March so I can't imagine what she went through. She had leukemia and was in a hospital about 5 hours drive from me and I had 2 small babies and I wasn't there.

But I learned a lot from her. Back in those days, when I was growing up, women actually cooked dinner for their familes. Every night we had a balanced meal, meat, a starch and vegetables. When she was working, she would often leave instructions for cooking dinner for my sister and I to complete so it would be ready when she came home. She was a good cook and my sister and I are as well. I followed her example and always had the basic 3 at our family dinners, which were most nights. My sons talk about family dinners to this day and they are in their 30's.

My mom was alway diet conscious. Not necessarily on a diet but conscious of not eating too much and eating right. We've lost that as a nation now, too much fast food available. I also learned to sew from her. I used to make all of my clothing and even sewed for my husband and my boys. That too is a dead art. What I didn't learn from her was how to keep house. Oh, she taught me to dust and vacuum but somewhere along the way I decided to give it up. A famous decorator (Mario Buatta, the prince of Chintz) once said, "Dust is a protective covering for your furniture." Thank good ness for my husband who vaccuums nearly every day and keeps things organized. And the cleaning lady who comes every other week.

I could go on but time is wasting and I have a client to see this morning so must go. Until tomorrow.

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KASEYCOFF 1/6/2010 11:58AM

    The women in my family claim good housekeeping skips a generation: my great-grandmother always had her hair falling down and a book in her hand, even sometimes when she was stirring something on the stove. But the house was (shall we say) messy. My grandmother, her daughter, was a great housekeeper, everything neat and tidy. My mother was just like her grandmother: if there was a flat surface, you could bet there were things piled on it. Me? Seems like every decade I change direction. First I was like my grandmother, then when the kids were small everything was a mess, then when they were older I was a regular Martha Stewart, then things got messy again... Bob will be so pleased the 20teens seems to be a neatness decade, lol...

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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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