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Making Progress the Slow and Steady Way

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The key to success is in my hands. It's up to me to make the changes I need to make.

I have set four goals for myself:
* To eliminate chips of any kind for this month.
* To be willing to try new foods
* To start reducing my intake of processed foods

* To exercise for 3 days a week for at least ten minutes

* To listen to a self improvement tape every night
* Learn to love myself

* To meditate every night

Well those goals have been met. I plan to continue with those goals for the
remainder of the month. My surprise was exercise. I have a really hard time
getting myself motivated to do it. Always an excuse, my body hurts, RA has flared up
I'm tired. Well I have decided I'm going to get healthy. Yes my body hurts, yet ten
minutes is not a lot to ask of myself. I have so far this month exercised EVERY day,
for at least ten minutes, some days much longer. The thing I learned is I feel better
for having done it. I now realize that I am capable of so much more.

As for food I have tried Kale. Found it wasn't so bad, added it my spaghetti sauce.
I have refrained from eating chips as I gave that up for lent. I am using more whole grains,
& eliminating a lot of processed foods. My next quest will be to reduce sugar. (Next month) & continue to explore new veggies.

I have been trying to meditate every night. At first my mind would wonder. Now I'm getting a little bit better and staying focused. I find holding a crystal helps me.
I n addition to meditation I'm also listening to self improvement tapes. I want to eliminate my negative self talk that I have carried around far to long. I feel I've made progress, much more is needed. Every day is a new opportunity to get it right.

I've learned is that I need to be consistent . It seems to be working for me.

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 4/14/2014 8:53PM

    Your plans sound great. I went outside and meditate in the yard. I block my thoughts out while listening to the voices of the birds singing. emoticon

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December 18, 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

So much information today. I continue to reflect on this past years & years gone by. What I have realized is that I truly am stronger than I give myself credit for. In the past eight years I have taken steps to improve my health. I'm now a non smoker, I no longer drink soda. My beverage of choice is water. These to me are huge steps in the journey to getting healthier. Eight Years ago I didn't belong to Spark People, yet I was beginning to realize & accept the fact I needed change.

When I joined Spark People in 2011 it was due to a diagnosis of Diabetes. My Diabetes Educator felt I didn't have enough support, suggested I check it out. I did, but was in denial. I wasn't ready, & didn't put in the effort until recently. Shortly after that more health issues arose, again I went in denial. It wasn't until this year that I truly started getting my act together. I still have a long way to go, and as more health issues continue to confront me, I now know that I must get serious .. get consistent ..& find a way to deal with things I can't control.

Reflecting on this year I do have accomplishments. I have lost 25 lbs this year. That number may appear to be small when compared to the amount I still need to lose. It's proof that small changes do work. With this accomplishment under my belt I will aim to lose another 25 lbs in 2014. I may lose more, or I may lose less, what I have gained in knowledge is priceless.

I'm starting to be intrigued with the idea of juicing. It seems like a good way to get your fruit & veggies in. That's a problem area for me. I plan to explore more on this.

Yesterday I did 20 min's of walking in place. Didn't feel like it, but my Fit Bit said I needed more steps to reach my goal. Mission Accomplished!!

I still have a long way to go. Each day I am learning more about myself. I feel I'm getting stronger. Trying to reduce stress by doing Meditation. Right now that seems very hard as my mind wants to wonder, but in this I will be successful. I'm learning to be grateful & appreciate everything that comes into my life. I am blessed!

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GRANDEFILLE 12/19/2013 9:19AM

    not loss is small... A loss is a loss is a loss....

You've changed things and it is working. Keep going in that direction and eventually you will have lost what you want to lose

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MATTEROFHEART 12/19/2013 9:18AM

    I am so proud of you!!! emoticon

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    emoticon Those are amazing accomplishments! You should be VERY proud of yourself!! emoticon emoticon

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TUPPERWARE1 12/18/2013 11:54PM

You are doing just emoticon .I am also diabetic and It is tough to handle sometimes.The fitbit sounds like a good idea.I have a pedometer.Exercise is the key to helping weight loss. emoticon

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August Review

Sunday, September 01, 2013

I have successfully achieved my goal of staying "Chocolate Free" for the entire month. Feeling very proud of myself for that. It started out hard but as time progressed I finally began to accept it. I embraced the fact that this was a step toward getting healthier. To make the process easier ... I avoided that isle in stores. Now I am looking forward to my reward, which will be a 26 lb. Kettle Bell.

I have made the decision to continue to stay chocolate free for the month of September. I have seen my A1c test results go from 6.4 down to 5.4 in a short time. If I can continue at that level I hope to be able to come off my diabetes medication in the near future.

In the past I have used chocolate as a way to comfort myself. This month I lost 6 lbs. I believe that by eliminating the chocolate it helped make the difference. I am going to take this one step further this month and eliminate Fast foods from my diet for the month of September.

For the past six weeks I have been listening to Kelly Howells "Secret Meditation" The suggested listening period is six which that also concluded the end of August. I feel more positive, calmer, and have reduced stress. For September I will listen to another of her tapes.

Another goal for August was to Exercise at least thee times a week. In the beginning I started doing maybe 10 minutes, then just stopped. I let the pain of my health issues prevent me for a week. Happily by the third and final week of August I had my act together.
I am now up to 30 or 40 min's daily. I use my Fit Bit, and love that it sends my phone a reminder that you have so many steps left to achieve your goal. Once you get there, it sends yet another message to tell you that you met your goal.

This month I would like to start tracking my foods. This is something I struggle with. So far today I entered my food both in Sparks and Fit Bit. Guess I just need to keep working at it till it gets easier.

Other goals this Month include:

Increase my steps to 5000 daily
No Fast foods ... Also want to eliminate junk food
Exercise daily for thirty minutes or more
Work on more fruits & Veggies
Continue to work on keeping a positive attitude
Love myself no matter what happens

What I have learned is I can work through pain. I refuse to let RA, OA, Fibro, and other issues prevent me from getting healthy. I am stronger than I give myself credit for.
I will continue to seek guidance from a higher source.

Step by step I will get there. Each day is a new lesson learned.

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GRANDEFILLE 9/4/2013 8:45AM

    good work! you are on the right track. one step at a time is the best! I have my bodymedia and I am Lucky enough it synchs with Spark to I track my food on Spark and synch it to my bodymedia.

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RIBKNIT 9/1/2013 10:19PM

    Congratulations!! you are doing amazing :)

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Moving forward

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The start of a new week begins today. This is the last week of the month, so I would like to finish it with some positive results.

So far this month I have taken responsibility for my actions, and am moving forward in my journey. No, it's not been perfect, but it's more about taking steps to improve my over all health. I have made steady progress, and I'm proud of how far I've come. Learning from our mistakes is part of the journey.

Still on my quest to remain chocolate free. So far I have accomplished 25 days of chocolate free. Honestly I didn't I could do it, however I'm learning that I am stronger than I give myself credit for.

Exercise is progressing, again not perfect, but steady improvement. This is an important component in my journey. With all my health issues, and possibly more to be unveiled next month, exercise is key. I will strive to be more consistent in this area.

This week I will focus on my life, being happy, not worrying what others think. I have let other peoples opinions of me, upset me, & disrupt my journey. That is my past, I will now embrace my future, even with flaws, as no one is perfect.

I continue to work on self improvement. I have been listening to a tape for the past few weeks. The suggested listening period is six weeks which concludes Saturday. Not sure if I will listen a little longer, but I definitely want to start another tape. It is a sublimeral tape by Kelly Howell. Feel it is helping.

Tonight I did thirty minutes of walking in place. To break it up a bit, I mixed some lunges, toe touches, and squats . Even used my weight for a short time. Totally exhausted, my whole body hurts. I will not give up.

What I have learned is "Small changes can make a big difference in our lives" I don't know who said that, but it's so true. Have to keep pushing myself forward to reach my destination. It will take awhile to get there, but it will be so worth it.

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GRANDEFILLE 8/30/2013 3:36PM

    Congratulations! that is the right attitude! keep going you're doing great!

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RIBKNIT 8/26/2013 1:56PM

    You are doing great! I think small steps are the best thing ever. Congratulations on going without chocolate; I'm sure it's not easy but you are doing it :)

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NVR2LATE2BFIT 8/25/2013 10:55PM

    You definitely are moving forward! Thank you for sharing with us!
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Route called CHANGE

Sunday, July 07, 2013

Fresh Start. This begins week 2 in my quest to a healthier lifestyle. My journey has had a lot of obstacles, some of which I now realize that I placed in the way. Today I continue taking a different route. This route is called CHANGE. Change can be difficult but it can be maneuvered towards success. It just takes some determination & a willingness for something better. When I hit a detour or roadblock, I will make better choices. I will not give up. I will instead look for another way to reach my goals. I can & will do this.

Exercise: I have promised myself that I will do something this week. It will be for a duration of three days, for a minimum of ten minutes. Just remember that RA doesn't like you using your joints, but I will and will get stronger & stronger.

Negativity: This is another hard challenger. It's been with me my entire life. It's now time for us to part company. Positive thoughts are what I am going to think from now on. It will take some time, but will be worth the effort. I am going to learn to love myself, and appreciate what I have. As with the exercise goal I will get stronger, & wiser. The past is the past. Looking forward to my future. I will ask the angels to guide me in all my goals. I will listen to Kelly Howell and Louise Hay. They offer plenty of elf help options. Again I can and will do this. It may not be today, or even tomorrow but it will happen. I open my arms & heart to the universe. I show gratitude for what I have.

The hardest goal is to reduce my sugar intake. I know that I am capable of doing this. I have faced strong challengers in the past. I am now a non smoker, and free of Diet Pepsi, or any soda for that matter. I managed to make the change by drinking water. I do not plan to eliminate sugar completely, just be aware of how much I am consuming. The real problem is chocolate. It's my comfort food. so I will need to replace it with something healthier. Again this won't happen over night, but I going to try hard to cut back.

I can do this
I believe in myself
I will not fear the changes
I will embrace them
I will experience new things
I will continue to move forward
I will conquer my goals
Because I am worth it
Because I love myself enough to make these changes

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KML410 7/10/2013 9:00AM

    You are definitely on the right road, stay strong you can do this! Congratualtions! emoticon

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GRANDEFILLE 7/8/2013 9:21AM

    that is great! You CAN do this. You definately are on the right track

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    You go, girl! You are getting stronger and making better choices everyday! I believe that the mind is the biggest obstacle to losing weight, and sounds like you are getting that one under control! Great job!

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MJRVIC2000 7/7/2013 5:10PM

    Know the difference between a decision and a commitment! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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