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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 18

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I'm late with my blog today. Had an early meeting, a decorating appmt and take mother and me to get our hair cut. Always a necessity. But I did take Panda for her walk and I've clocked my food intake so I'm still on track. Yesterday was my ah ha moment day. I realized that you can't lose weight and keep it off without changing yourself. What a revelation!
I'm a reader and an analytical person. Not with numbers but I want to read and learn about things and analyze them to death. So I am reading anything that sounds like it goes along with this plan. This morning we had Relish Magazine in our newspaper, www.relishmag.com. It talked about the famous Senate Bean Soup that is made from Navy beans and the reason they call them Navy beans is because the Navy used so many of them. DUH!
I read more of the SPARK last night when I went to bed. It is interesting how the cornerstones of the plan have a criss cross effect in all aspect of our lives. I find I am applying things to my business and the way I do things and it works. It's like there is a record player going around in my head from one thing to another, all criss crossing each other.
I have not lost weight yet and I'm a little moody about that. But I lose weight very slowly and I must concentrate on establishing the program and the weight loss will come.
I find myself eating between 1200 to 1500 calories a day. Is this right? Also, when I run my diet analysis, my pie chart is very similar to the recommended pie chart. So I know how to eat a balanced diet.
One of my major goals is to cook dinner 5 out of 7 days a week. We were finding ourselves going out 4 or 5 times a week instead of cooking. In the Relish Mag this morning, Harry Balzer, a top food marketing researcher offers a brilliant diet plan. "It's short, and it's simple. Cook it yourself!" Doesn't that make a lot of sense. I've been browsing through the recipes and trying them out. There are so many, I can't wait to try as many as I can. Maybe I should set a goal, Okay, how about 2 Spark recipes a week! I've already had potroast last night and I'm sure I tried two others last week.
Until tomorrow.
"You can't lose weight and keep it off unless you change your life. "


How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 17

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I came back from Disneyworld with so much enthusiasm, I can't type fast enough to share it. I've been excited about other diet programs in the past, the most recent being the Sonoma Diet. And it is a good one and I still follow the principles. I had an 18 pound weight loss but never got to goal and last year, I slowly gained it back. Why? Because Sonoma Diet and all other diet programs out there focus only on one thing, Weight loss. YOU CANNOT LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF WITHOUT CHANGING YOURSELF!
Whoa, did I really say that? You cannot lose weight and keep it off without changing yourself!! It just rolled off the keyboard and it's my new mantra!!!!!!!! I believe it!! For the first time in my life, I KNOW I have to change to be thin! I understand, I get it!
Losing weight is not depriving myself of the pleasure of eating anything I want. If I want to lose weight, I have to give up some foods temporarily and then learn to eat them in moderation, for the rest of my life!

Honestly, I didn't know that when I began typing this morning that I was going to have such a profound revelation! I read my horoscope everyday and this is what it said for today:

Pisces: If the opportunity that's presented to you is not exciting enough, create your own. Ideally, it will be something in line with your long-term picture. Where do you want to be in five years?

Boy, if that doesn't go along with what Spark Guy says in the book! I've been working on setting goals and where I want to be in five years is something to look forward to. On the 8 hour drive back from DIsney (yes, we live in Florida and it is still an 8 hour drive) I formulated my first long term goal in my mind.
" I want to be a good grandmother to my four grandchildren and be able to spend time with them and travel when I want to. "
In order to be able to travel when I want to, I have to set some goals for my 25 year old business. I am an interior decorator and this type of business has been hit hard by the economy. I've seen many go under, just last week hearing about 2 interior decorators locally who have folded up. I"m not ready to give up, I still have lots of giving to do, to share my knowledge with my clients, to help people get what they want and need for their homes. I have two credit cards I use in my business. One of them has a small credit limit and I manage to keep the balance down each month and occassionally get it paid off. The other one carries an amount of debt that is impossible to pay off in one or two months. It would take a solid year of not using it and sending a hefty check each month to pay it off. I would really like to be able to pay off these two credit cards and be completely debt free by the end of this year.
I can do that. All I need to do is stay committed to running my business just as I have always done. Being creative, providing quality products and great service to my clients and being mindful of my expenses. I can do that. Thanks Spark! I'm already on the way to achieving my long term goal of being a great grandmother and being able to travel. Have a great Day!!
I will.

"You cannot lose weight and keep it off without changing yourself!"

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GODDESS_OF_GO 1/13/2010 1:41PM

    Nice blog entry. You have been doing a lot of thinking.


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    What a great blog!! Keep up the positive attitude, we're with you emoticon

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CAREWREN 1/12/2010 7:25PM

    You get a BIG AND HEARTFELT Woo Hoo! Thank you for giving me a great mantra! I have a Sparker friend with whom I trade mantras. I can't wait to give her this one! Good for you!

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POOH_BEAR_69 1/12/2010 7:19PM

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I'm so happy you had your "AHA" moment today!

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ORGOLDENDUCK 1/12/2010 6:46PM

    You GO girl!!

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KIMBERLICIA 1/12/2010 6:12PM

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    I'm so glad that you had your Ah moment!
I had one today to. Not to over exercise, or I will burn out!
Thank you for sharing, and lots of luck to you with your business!

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FOODDIVA1 1/12/2010 5:05PM

    emoticon on your emoticon aha moment! I love it when I get my own moments like that. They seemingly come out of nowhere, but I believe that the back of our minds our constantly developing them and then one pops out into our conscousness at just the right time.


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SHARONSPARKLE 1/12/2010 4:02PM

    Now that's a great A-Ha moment. Your eyes are open and you are on your way! Enjoy the journey.

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EDWARDS1411 1/12/2010 4:00PM

    Yup - I think you got your "aha" moment and it was a good one. Luv your new quote too - keep it in mind all the time and success is yours!!!

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ARABELLES-MIMI 1/12/2010 3:25PM

    I couldn't have said it better - your blog was just the motivation I was needing for today!

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ASDELONG 1/12/2010 3:14PM

    Congratulations on your revelation! It really is true that unless we make a lifestyle change, whatever we are doing on Sparkpeople, or the Sonoma diet, or weight watchers, or adkins, etc., etc., etc., is just the 'thing' we are doing now that will eventually pass unless we design a lifestyle for us that we can maintain! Good for you in finding your way!

Have you ever heard of Dave Ramsey? He is the absolute TOPS in money management, debt retirement, etc. Check him out at http://www.daveramsey.com/ He might give you some good insight on your business situation!

Thanks for the blog and for sharing your thoughts!

Allison in NC

PS - I LOVE WDW! My 24 year old son says I've been to WDW more than any other kid in the world! Only five times! And ready to go back!

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SMLARSON13 1/12/2010 3:05PM

    Good for you!!! Yes, this has to be a PERMANENT, healthy lifestyle change - and lifestyle includes ALL of life!!!! Keep up the good work and good luck with your business!!! I sell cars in Michigan - 2009 was quite the challenging year - VISA hates me!!! Just kidding!!! Well actually..not really...

Thanks for sharing!!!

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STEPH*LOUISE 1/12/2010 3:03PM

    Wonderful blog and mantra!

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DONNAEDA 1/12/2010 3:00PM

    you have wonderful goals and yes I lost 72 pounds with the realization that this is a lifestyle change not a diet. See my sparkpage and see my pix. On my team page, WW Support team I have a sticky about "My Success Story". I recommend that you read that for additional motivation. I am 71 so age doesn't matter.

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MADSERO 1/12/2010 2:50PM

    Congratulations on the a-ha! And thanks for sharing it with the rest of us, some of us who need it too!

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/12/2010 2:44PM

    Good for you. You can do it. I put my CC in a lock box that we own and only take them out if I absolutely need them. It really helps me not spend money as freely and keeps the balances in check. You can do it.

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SPOOKIEDO 1/12/2010 2:42PM

    emoticon I wish you much success in all phases of your life. Keep going, you're on the right track.

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GRAMECLM 1/12/2010 2:38PM

    What good thoughts and goals. I'm finding SparkPeaple is more about changing yourself and taking control of our life. The more we do, the healthy we become.

Thank you for such good thoughts and insight! emoticon

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LLBEAN75 1/12/2010 2:30PM

    Good for you for realizing this!! It makes all the difference, doesn't it?

The most powerful thing that we have in life is the ability to choose who we want to be and to make those goals happen. So if we want to be healthy, we CAN do it! We just know that it takes work to get there.

I recently read a quote somewhere about how if you want to accomplish something you've never accomplished, you have to do things you've never done. Boy, that really hits you hard in the heart doesn't it! Trekking new territory in life is the only way to accomplish these things we have never done before!

Thanks for the blog comment and writing this blog!

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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Days 15/16

Monday, January 11, 2010

Got back from DIsney around 5:00 this afternoon. Still cold here too! Our electric bill doubled last month! The grandsons were adorable and the baby was just precious! So much fun to have 2 babies at once. My oldest son who lives near has a 2 month old, Brandon and Ethan is 4 months old. I'll have to visit Brandon this weekend to see how he is coming along.
Yesterday was my 37th Wedding Anniversary! 37 YEARS with the same man! Unbelievable. We got married in Bangkok, Thailand on Jan 10, 1973. We were both in the Air Force and I was stationed in Panama CIty, Fl. Flew over there to get married so we could be stationed together when he returned to the states. We've had a wonderful life.
This blog hasn't much to do with the title but I have to catch up. Tomorrow, I will be back concentrating on the program. It is hard to follow a diet when you are eating out at Disney four days.
One noticeable thing, I have not had any trouble with acid-reflux and heartburn since I have been with Spark the last 2 weeks. Today, after a couple of days of not so great food, my stomach was acting up again. I don't like it. It is telling me that I shouldn't be eating fried and fatty foods and probably chocolate, too. So, tomorrow, I will get back on track and eat healthy.
I did take the book with me and my daughter-in-law has just joined Sparkpeople too. Lots of people I run into are sparking. i'm reading the book chapters again and in part 1, it is important to learn about the four cornerstones and how they interact with each other and with other area of our lives. I learned it was okay for me to drop my exercise boot camp in order to concentrate on my business and on the healthy eating part of the program. I'm ready to go to bed. Tomorrow!


How I became sliim,trim and healthy. Day14

Saturday, January 09, 2010

I'm at Disneyworld with family and it is supposed to stay in the 30"s today with sleet and snow possibly! Not my idea of a Dsney experience. SSOOO, I volunteered to stay home with 4 month Ethan so he would not be exposed to the cold so I am nestled in a nice condominium, 3 BR with kitchen and all amenities at Bonnet Creek. Oh, Darn! And with the baby all day. He lives in N.C. so this is only the second time I've seen him so what an opportunity f or me! There isn't much to eat here and I'm really missing my veggies and protein. We had spaghetti last night and we were munching all night looking for something satisfying to eat. I WANT A SALAD! I brought the spark book with me and I can reread it. It is amazing how eating healthy for almst 2 weeks has inspired me to want to keep it up. There is all kind of jumk here and I want a salad! With that said, I will sign out. I'm on my son't laptop and I'm not used to a laptop. Have a great spark day!

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AFWIFE0805 1/10/2010 12:54AM

    I still can't get over the fact that it's almost snowing in Orlando. That's just insane...I know how hard it is while on vacation, but good for you keeping motivated. I always have a hard time. Hope you enjoy your time with Ethan :-)

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KASEYCOFF 1/9/2010 12:03PM

    Snow? in ORLANDO?!? eGAD, but that really is weird weather! Global freezing, mebbe? :-)

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    That is great that the book has inspired you and that you get to stay warm in the condo! Have fun with Ethan!

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MA2DAPPLES 1/9/2010 10:50AM

    LOL Great that you crave a salad. Changes are happening. Odd to think of Disneyworld having sleet and snow. We are in a deep freeze here and have had a lot of snow. Normaly we get a lot of ice but we have so much snow this year that we might beat the 1918 record. Stay warm, enjoy Ethan and I hope you get back to Disneyworld tomorrow.

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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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    Have fun! emoticon

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