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If at first you don't succeed; try, try again!!!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Well, here I am climbing back up on that pesky wagon once again. I know that it really doesn't matter how many times I fall off as long as I get back up again every single time, but I am really tired. Like, exhausted. However, I refuse to let that stop me. I may very well fall off the wagon again 1000 times before I ever reach my goal weight, but that's okay. As long as I never stop trying I can live with myself.

I am not going to make grand promises to myself that will just make me feel worse if I do fail. I am not going to say that this time will be different than all the other times, because it could very well be JUST LIKE all the other times. I am not being negative or pessimistic, because I do know that I will get where I am going one day. I know that for a fact. It may take 6 weeks, 6 months or 6 years, but my day is coming.

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JUDITH316 8/30/2014 6:14PM

    emoticon emoticon Indeed if at first you don't succeed try try again, my Grandma and Mom always said that phrase, it encouraged me to keep pushing on, just wanted you to know I stand with you and am cheering you on your journey... emoticon

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JUDITH316 7/12/2014 8:13AM

    Good Morning my Friend,

I know this is an old blog posting but wanted to cheer you on your journey, Yes you Can, 1 day at a time...Keep up the great work..

You have the right attitude that will reap great dividends... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROSEPETAL80 9/3/2013 5:57AM

    Great attitude. Take things one day at a time and you're get there.

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CLPURNELL 8/29/2013 8:08PM

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FAVALL 8/27/2013 11:59AM

    Your approach is sensible and will achieve your goals. Take care of yourself by making concious healthy choices throughout each day. Then just enjoy the results on your life.

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METALJEN73 8/27/2013 11:35AM

    You can do this!

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STEPMOM_MJ 8/26/2013 11:06PM

    Glad you're back! Part of the lessons we need to learn involves the process of getting back in the game after a slip. A friend recently told me we are working toward a goal, not perfection.

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WOLFKITTY 8/26/2013 11:04PM

    Hang in there, and move forward.

It's a good plan.

Oh, and make a plan.

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NMINDSEYE 8/26/2013 5:07PM

    I agree. September will make my 3rd anniversary with Spark and but I'm not sad about it. I have fallen off the wagon a few times and recently for these last 2 months with job and serious family issues but I'm not giving up. I'm just knocking the dust off my legs and feet and keep going. emoticon

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FINCHFEEDER80 8/26/2013 4:10PM

    Great attitude!!


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Going to give this another shot....

Friday, March 15, 2013

Well, my weight is down lower than it has been in a very, very long time. That is a great thing. The bad news is, I have hit a bit of a slump and I need to break through it.

I do pretty well part of the day, but then in the evening I cave in and eat things I shouldn't. I also tell myself I am just too tired to work out and I promise myself that I will do it the next day, which never actually happens.

Now is the time to stop making excuses. This weight is not going to just do me a favor and fall off, I am going to have to work at it. Nothing worth having is ever easy. But I am worth the time and the effort, my health is worth it and my kids are worth it.

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LOSTLIME 8/26/2013 2:23PM

    Take it one step at a time. While watching tv, I like to do some crunches,
or leg lifts. I try to do little things while I am cleaning house like squats doing dishes. Dance to some music. Or I do wall pushups when I am in the
shower. I personally don't like to do lunges. I hula hoop sometimes when I
watch tv also. It also has to do with mindset. You need to think positively.
It is not easy(I know). I try to read success stories and think that if they can do I can to!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JUDITH316 8/26/2013 1:18PM

    Came back to cheer you on, you can do it, keep pushing, 1 day and 1 step at a time, remember, baby steps get results, steady as you go... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 4/1/2013 2:15PM

    Nothing like the first of the month to set up a Spark plan and/or a streak that you can commit to achieving! emoticon

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JUDITH316 4/1/2013 2:10PM

    I am with you and will cheer you on your journey, one thing I have found that works for me is to start off small, decide on 1 or 2 goals and stick with those before moving on to the next one, for me I decided I would exercise for 5 minutes and track my daily food with adding more veggies and fruits into my menu plan, after about a week or two of success I added something else. I have found that baby steps get results, taking 1 step and 1 day at a time gets results and I can move on to something else. I never add more goals until I accomplish the ones I've started out with. Here's hoping this will help you in establishing some goals that are doable for you. the bottom line is I'm here for you and will stand with you cheering you on to the finish line... emoticon emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/28/2013 10:43PM

    Try your best to stay focused! Consistency to do the right thing even when it doesn't feel right or bring quite the result you want, will eventually reward you with the ultimate scale and non-scale victories that will have you happy dancing with many great friends. Sometimes when there's a leveling off, your body would prefer that you implement a little something different to increase your metabolism (as it tends to get a little bored if you do the same-oh same-oh) There are so many factors that lead to negative numbers, yet other great things can be happening internally to bless you far greater than any number on the scale. Have a great week! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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FAVALL 3/15/2013 5:17PM

    I have 2 items for you to consider that really helped me get past the evening binges.

I used to sit and watch TV, with all of the food commercials. The result was a pattern of triggers, bad choices, guilt and shame. The self-talk raged with emotions and the disappointments of the day, especially if I was lonely, bored, or tired all evening long building until I ate something. It didn't seem to matter if I had extra calories for the day or not, whatever I ate after dinner didn't satisfy the unrest and cravings.

Now, I have a rule and an action plan that has crushed that old pattern.

Someone on SP explained to me that we need to learn self-discipline and practice setting reasonable boundaries. Too often in the past, we've allowed ourselves to ignore our self imposed guidelines by saying "just this once I'll ignore my plan or commitment" or "I don't feel like following through on what I said I wanted". Those "give ins" lead us into our current overweight condition.

Instead, set yourself a rule as a boundary and then stick to it. This principle applies and works in other areas of our lives and we need to do the same for our health rules. We would never consider breaking the rules for not stealing or not lying or not smoking in bed. They make sense, we understand the personal benefit, so we don't even consider breaking the rules. We need to apply the same non-breakable type rules to our health.

Here is the one I use: I don't eat after dinner.
PERIOD - not even at special occasions, or traveling, vacation, or anything.

This rule makes sense, brings a positive benefit, is reasonable, and will improve my health.

To help me keep the rule, I've schedule a set of activities that occupy my mind and body in the evening. I built a pattern that brings familiarity and comfort to the frenzy and anxiety of my life. I followed this list of activities consistently for 28 days and built a new habit. Its a routine in my life that has really helped to break the after dinner eating binges.

1) do dishes and clean kitchen (once clean, no more messes)
2) 30 minutes light exercise (brings down the blood sugar)
3) pick up my home (clutter down = peacefulness),
4) prepare lunch (less hectic in the morning and utilizes my SP planned meals)
5) pack my gym bag for the next day (planning for future exercise keeps my eye on the long term goal)
7) Me time - take a hot bath with epsome salts and lavender oil, write my gratitude list, pray, and then read until sleepy.

Above all, don't give up on yourself and take care of yourself.

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NEELIXNKES 3/15/2013 3:54PM

    emoticon Start out with making yourself exercise for 5 or 10 min. If you aren't feeling it or aren't able to keep on stop but then go again later or the next day. Getting exercise in is a daily struggle for me but the days I make myself do at least 5 minutes I always feel better. emoticon

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A time for renewal

Monday, January 05, 2009

I have been kinda off the wagon for a bit. Not totally off, but mostly. I have been eating some junk food and not exercising, but as of January 1, that has changed.
I have started exercising again (and let me tell you EVERYTHING on me hurts right now), and I am trying to eat better. I am not going to be too hard on myself, but I am going to try and do better than what I was. I don't want to set myself up for failure, so I am going to continue to focus on baby steps.
I really want to look better and feel better and set a better example for my sons.

I have also recently started going to church again. I am feeling so much better about life in general, and my faith has been renewed.

I am very excited about the new year and the new happenings in my life!!!

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SWEETZMIX 1/6/2009 2:18PM

    Take it day by day, hour by hour, and even minute by minute.

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HEATHERW21 1/6/2009 9:42AM

    Baby steps is all it takes! Glad to see your spirits are up! Take it one day at a time!

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Baby Steps

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

I have been seriously struggling with my lifestyle and my motivation lately, and have tried numerous times to get back on track. The problem is I would sign up for challenges in different groups, but as soon as I messed up I would give up.
I did alot of thinking over the weekend and realized that I am being too critical of myself, and that I am supposed to be taking baby steps, not going from fat to perfect in one day.
I had to remind myself that if I mess up all I have to do is jump right back in where I left off and do what I am supposed to do, not give up alltogether.
So now I am RE-DONE, giving myself a DO-OVER, and trying to remember that I can have all the DO-OVERs I need in order to get DONE!!!

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SHANONBUG 7/30/2008 12:58PM

You can do this....I have had so many restarts.....but I am done this time too...we can do this...even if we have a bad day....take it one day at a time.....I am with ya on the 5k....lets do this!

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HEATHERW21 7/29/2008 10:02PM

    Hey fellow DONE girl & 1 Ton Challenger! You are nto to give up this time! at 1 Ton we all mess up, at least once a month, but we keep going. Baby steps is all you need to get to your destination, once step at a time! I'm not leting you give up on us since you are a newbie at 1 Ton! The next time you mess up & are ready to give up, you write me, I'll help you up, give you a kick in your DONE butt, & tell you to keep moving!!!!

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CILLA0025 7/29/2008 9:49PM

    Jump back on that wagon girl....1 step back, 2 steps forward...

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2BACPA 7/29/2008 2:41PM

    I, too, have been struggling. It just seems like my motivation went out the window. I feel really disappointed in myself, especially since I know that I can do. I have come this far so I don't understand why I am allowing myself to give up.

I think you have the right idea. If we just get through today, and then tomorrow, we won't need those DO-OVERs anymore. Easier said than done right? Yeah, I know.

Well, good luck, I will email you and you email me if you want and see if we can't help one another. Later DONEY, Tina

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Feeling better..........

Monday, July 07, 2008

Ok, so as you all probably know, I have been struggling with my motivation. I have been seriously depressed due to some personal issues that I have been dealing with. I finally went and weighed myself, only to discover that I have gained back 8 pounds. Not surprising, considering that I have been eating like a pig and not exercising.
Well, over the long weekend I did some soul searching and realized that I am going to have to kinda start over at the beginning a bit. I need to go back to the basics, remembering to take baby steps and not give up just because I had a bad day. I am becoming more determined and more organized.
I believe the turn around point for me was giving all of my grief over to God. Since I gave my problems to Him, I feel much more peaceful and happy. Faith is a wonderful thing!!!!
So, now I am pulling my way back up to where I was. I didn't go back to 300-ville, which is a real relief, but it was a very close thing. God is GOOD!!!!

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SPARKLE2011 7/8/2008 8:00PM

    I'm so glad to hear you have turned the corner and you are ready to get back on track. We've missed you at the weekly challenge.

You can do it!!!!



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ABAUSTIN 7/7/2008 11:12PM

    Your entry was very moving. We have been going through a stressful time too and at church on Sunday I kind of got the same message. If we don't actually have true Faith and give our problems to God then we aren't really trusting Him. I, too, am giving my problems to God. Good job on getting back on track! I'm right there with you, girl!
Take care and if you need anything, let me know!

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    Welcome back!! God has been working a lot in my life as well. We can do this, through Him! God bless!!! emoticon

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2BACPA 7/7/2008 3:13PM

    Good job coming back. Sometimes we all need a little time to recoop and get ourselves together. Faith is wonderful!!! God is there even when no one else is. Never forget that and all will be okay in time. Glad to see you back. Hope all is well for you now. Let us know if you need anything. We are DONE forever!!!

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