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Battle of the Scales

Friday, July 18, 2014

Just a couple thoughts about those scales. Scales are great for showing a weight loss but they can be so disappointing and even ruin a perfectly good day.

Today I woke feeling good - good about the choices I've been making with eating and working out. I know I'm doing all the right things and I can feel it in my body. I thought about weighing myself but decided against it because if the scales didn't confirm what I was feeling I would be disappointed and then have to deal with those feelings.

I would rather feel good knowing I'm accomplishing my goals then feel bad because a certain number didn't come up on those scales.

The scales have their place as an indicator but my body is a better measuring stick. How am I eating? How are my work-outs going? Can I feel how my body is responding to the healthy food I'm eating and the work-outs that I'm doing? Yes, I actually can feel my body responding to all the good and healthy things I am doing. My body was made for specific things and because I'm doing all of those things it is responding. I feel strong, I feel thinner, I feel healthy, my skin is more vibrant and I'm more alert. It's working. The scales can't tell me any of those things - only my body can tell me those things and that really is what I should be "listening" to -my body. It is the best indicator of what is going on. The number on the scales will naturally reflect what I'm doing eventually but it shouldn't be the goal - it should just be a small device I consult once or twice a week and sometimes not even that often.

And being honest with myself is important. If a number on those scales has the potential of bringing me down if it's not just the right number then I need to stay away from them. It is only a number - that's a reality. But when that number can have the power to change my mood, make me eat the wrong foods because "It doesn't matter anyway," or decide to skip a work-out then it's time to put those scales in their place - which is NO place at all!

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KOFFEENUT 7/18/2014 8:22PM

    Good for you for figuring out what's REALLY important! I actually put my scales away for awhile because I had NO control over what they did. Instead I focused on things on COULD control (Yes, I CAN eat 2 servings of vegetables today! Yes, I CAN exercise 5 minutes more than last week!). By focusing on things I COULD control I found myself motivated to accomplish my goals.....and eventually the scales even cooperated!

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Skinny from the inside out.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I've been thinking through some things lately. Some have been hurtful but I'm letting them be used in a positive way in my life to bring healing and health. A few weeks ago someone I know made a comment that hurt me. It was said with a smile but was basically letting me know that they thought I had put weight on. I was shocked and hurt. I knew I had put some weight on and my clothes were tight but having someone point that out to me was hurtful and felt like a slap.

As bad as I felt I decided to use it for good. It was a slap alright but it woke me up that if I didn't start to make better choices and stick with my healthy lifestyle that I would end up putting the weight back on. I have worked way to hard to not just lose the weight but to gain a healthy life-style.

The next day I journaled a few thoughts. They were basically remembering that for every second of the day I have a choice to make. And every choice leads me to something and away from other things. I was using the analogy of wanting to go to the mailbox how do I get there? I take a step towards the way that leads to the mailbox. If I take a step towards the living room then that is where Ill eventually end up which is not the mailbox. So, I need to intentionally move towards the mailbox one step at a time. Maybe it sounds weird but the mental picture worked for me.

That is how I need to be in getting and staying healthy. One step at a time. One bite of food at a time - 30 minutes of exercise at a time etc. And I also realized that once I am making these decisions that I have the mindset of a healthy skinny person. I dont have to be skinny on the outside to be skinny on the inside. It is a renewing of the mind. I make healthy choices which reflect a healthy mindset. Eventually the inside will be revealed by my outside. I am a skinny healthy person already!


New Exercise Equipment! With pictures!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

I finally was able to get my dream elliptical! We have been saving money from birthdays, anniversary and other gift money to put towards a Sole elliptical and finally the day came...yesterday!!!

After "lusting" after the Sole elliptical it is difficult to believe that it is actually set up in my house! Rereading that last sentence makes me laugh. Me, coveting exercise equipment! I can't believe it is me loving exercise and exercise equipment. I used to exercise in spurts and then lose interest and not do it again for years. But since starting Sparks in January 2010 my life has changed - I have changed!

I now know how important eating right and exercising is for me and everyone. It has become a priority and not for weight loss, although that is a wonderful side benefit, but because it is healthy and life-giving. It is the way we are suppose to live. I also learned a difficult lesson...even if the pounds are no longer coming off, I must always continue to exercise and try to eat right. I must do it for me, my body, my heart, my organs, my blood vessels and all that is beneath the skin that I cannot see but is so important. We only see the weight that we carry around, we don't see the most important things which are hidden inside our body. That is a tough lesson and one I have to focus on daily.

So, after almost 2 years on Sparks and constantly pursuing exercise and healthy eating I have proved that I will be consistent and will use my exercise equipment...I could finally justify purchasing a quality piece of equipment that I will use almost daily. I have created my own workout room that I love and go to for health and to get lost in the world of adrenaline and sweat and I love it! It feels awesome! My space, my world, my pursuit of health. It calls to me every day and I respond most of the time with enthusiasm and those days that I am dragging my but down there because it is the thing to do; it is only a matter of a few minutes when I'm in that zone of energy and adrenaline. It is ALWAYS worth it!

So, here are some pictures of my dream machine and you can see a little of my small exercise space which I have packed a lot into. I have a used weight machine that I just purchased a month ago off of Craig's List and a nice stereo system that was my last Christmas present. I max out the volume on that and it really moves me to my burn-the-fat world.

So, thanks for reading my blog and looking at my pictures. I am so thankful for my fellow Spark friends who can identify with what I'm saying and encourage me to always move forward. It is great to be on this journey together!

The huge box that the elliptical came in...all 310 lbs of it!

Husband helping me (well, he did most of the work) put it together...half way there.

Me trying out - not in my exercise clothes..yet. It feels great though - nice and smooth! See my stereo system in front of the elliptical? Love it!!

The screen - it has lots of programs and I can program my own workout if I want.

This is my "new" used weight machine which I really enjoy using.

I also have a treadmill that folds up when not in use. I have a stepper that is leaning against the wall and I like to use that when I'm switching up my routine. I have been using a Gazelle but just moved that to the basement to make room for the elliptical. Wish I had more space!

There's my Zone where I lose myself in the exercise world. A lot happens here but thankfully doesn't stay there...I take all that work with me! =)

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DREAMDIVA1 11/1/2011 5:48AM

    WOW you are awesome! Such an inspiration! Have fun...........

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Why Did The Chicken Cross The Road?

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Why did the chicken cross the road? SARAH PALIN: The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, he's a maverick! BARACK OBAMA: Let me be clear, the chicken crossed the road because it was time for change! The chicken wanted change! Real change!... Change he could believe in! JOHN McCAIN: My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road. HILLARY CLINTON: When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure, right from Day One, that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn't about me. GEORGE W. BUSH: We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not. The chicken is either with us or against us. There is no middle ground here. DICK CHENEY: Where's my gun? COLIN POWELL: Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road. BILL CLINTON: I did not cross the road with that chicken. AL GORE: I invented the chicken. JOHN KERRY: Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken's intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it. AL SHARPTON: Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens. DR. PHIL: The problem we have here is that this chicken won't realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he's acting by not taking on his current problems before adding new problems. OPRAH: Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I'm going to give this chicken a NEW CAR so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens. ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road. NANCY GRACE: That chicken crossed the road because he's guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks. PAT BUCHANAN: To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American. MARTHA STEWART: No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer's Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information. DR SEUSS: Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I've not been told. ERNEST HEMINGWAY: To die in the rain, alone. GRANDPA: In my day we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough. BARBARA WALTERS: Isn't that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heart warming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish it's lifelong dream of crossing the road. ARISTOTLE: It is the nature of chickens to cross the road. JOHN LENNON: Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace. BILL GATES: I have just released eChicken2011, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken2011. This new platform is much more stable and will never reboot. ALBERT EINSTEIN: Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken? NANCY PELOSI: Chicken...thats my favorite word.....Chicken, it sounds so wonderful. COLONEL SANDERS: Did I miss one?
(By: Allan Henry)

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DREAMDIVA1 5/20/2011 7:04AM

    Oh My I should have waited til I finished my 1st cup of coffee...LOL have a good day

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Happy Mother's Day

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Wishing all my Spark friends a happy Mother's day whether you are a mom yourself or a daughter w/a mom to honor.

Here are some spring pictures to celebrate the day. These tulips are from our yard which my husband planted for me last fall.

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DREAMDIVA1 5/8/2011 6:03AM

    Happy Mothers Day to you as well my friend. What a wonderful Spring treat to awaken to the sight of your tulips! Enjoy your day with the boys
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