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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Omigoodness, I had forgotten how much i LOVE to dance! When I first started SP, dancing was my exercise of choice. I started out with 15 minutes and worked up to 45 and sometimes even 60 minutes. It made me feel so good and I'm sure I was experiencing an endorphin high in addition to just feeling proud of myself. I remember one night coming home after an especially bad day at work. It affected everything and I couldn't bring myself out of the bad mood I had fallen into as a result. I turned on my music and danced my heart out and by the time I was done I was back to my cheerful self. What an eye opener!

So, I woke up a little cranky this morning and as I was getting dressed to exercise, I felt the overwhelming need to dance. Since my illness, I have tried to dance on occasion, but never had the umph to keep it up. It always winded me after just a minute or two. Well, I made it through 15 minutes this morning and it felt great! I'm going to have to find my old play lists and revamp them them.

I kind of laugh in frustration as I deal with my lack of balance. Due to my surgery and instant menopause, my weight has been distributed so differently and I hate it! y center of balance has shifted and I seem as if I am often off balance. Now that I am dancing (YAY), I'm hoping I can find my balance again.

Work was really rough yesterday as they are reworking my department's workflow. n addition to trying to make the new process work, I had a couple calls from upset referring physicians that added to the sense of chaos. Surprisingly, I handled them very well, for me. I tend to take calls like this personally even though I know the doctors are not mad at me per se. Unfortunately, it is me that they are yelling at and I get all defensive and argh! Well, I kept telling myself that they aren't mad at me and to be pleasant, understanding and gracious. It went much better than usual.

I stayed within my calorie range yesterday, even with a birthday cupcake from a friend (I passed up cakes and cookies and was happy with the cupcake!) & got in my 30 minutes of exercise. Today it will be more as it is a strength training day.

Looking forward to a better day today and wishing everyone a Happy, joyful, productive Woohoo Wednesday!

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HEYRED221 12/5/2012 9:18PM

    I need to start dancing too. It does bring great pleasure and is so much fun!

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AWESOMECHELZ 12/5/2012 6:01PM

    Your blog reminds me of how much I love listening to music (and even singing sometimes) and "forget" when I am down and depressed. Thanks! Chelsea

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BETHV10 12/5/2012 11:22AM

    Dancing sounds like fun. I hadn't thought of it as exercise...,... good idea

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LRK4CHRIST 12/5/2012 9:46AM

    Sorry to hear about the job difficulties but thank God for the job. Don't let them stress you out. You have much to live for. Be blessed!

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Terrific Tuesday!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Well, I am back to work today. I'm looking forward to seeing what the day holds for me.

Yesterday I was in my calorie range and did 30 minutes of exercise! *And there was much rejoicing!*

I was up at 4:30 this morning (a wee bit on the grumpy side) and did my Walk away the pounds. Now I'm not grumpy and am ready to face the day. I will meet my caloric needs today and walk an on one or maybe both of my 15 minute breaks.

Be happy, be healthy, be the best you today!
You are loved!

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AWESOMECHELZ 12/4/2012 5:51PM

    Pretty cool attitude. emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 12/4/2012 4:20PM

    Keep up the good work!

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HEYRED221 12/4/2012 4:11PM

    You are doing great!!!! Happy Tuesday :-)


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SUNSHINE192DAY 12/4/2012 10:43AM

    emoticon You are doing it! Good work!

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MLYN92 12/4/2012 10:26AM

Its always awesome when you can say you were in caloric range AND worked out for 30+ minutes! Great Job!

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A New Day with new possibilities!

Monday, December 03, 2012

Yep...Yesterday was a wash! My nap wrung me out, if that makes any sense. Didn't eat much, didn't move much at all, and worst of all, I didn't sleep 'cause I napped too long. Yesterday is done with and I am looking forward to a bright and shiny new day!

I have pondered my difficulty of eating with in my calorie range(or even hitting the lowest end). I looked at my weight goal, I looked at my exercises, looked at my motivation. I set my weight loss goal too far in the future for me which which even with exercising gave me a lot of calories to play with. When I first started SP, my goals were a lot simpler (not easier necessarily, but simpler). I experimented with a couple of different goals (10 pounds at time or 10% of my weight...etc.) Both were good.

Since I am working on smaller goals, I have decided to set monthly Healthy goals from first of the month to first of the month. In setting my first goal with a goal date of January 1st, it dropped my calories down to what for me, is a much easier range. So between my new calorie range and a commitment to at least 10 minutes a day moving(but shooting for 30) I should see a wee bit of a difference.

Speaking of when I first started SP, I was reading some of my first blog posts. WOW~ I was SPARKED! My second goal to reach by Jan 1 is to find, ignite, and burn with that Sparkling energy. I can do it! I have already started actually as I feel more like the Spark person that I was, jeeze! Almost 6 years ago come January!

So now, I am off to work on my bedroom. I am feeling overwhelmed with my living room, so I am moving on to my sanctuary. Not as much to do and I need to feel at least one more full sense of accomplishment before I head back to work tomorrow. First I need to put clothes in the dryer and throw another load in the wash.

Have a spectacular day!
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KITT52 12/3/2012 8:37PM

    a new day , have a good one

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HEYRED221 12/3/2012 5:05PM

    Happy Monday emoticon


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TMCK-40 12/3/2012 4:18PM

  Stay strong!

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TOGEMON 12/3/2012 4:15PM

    I'm glad the calorie range thing is sorted out... I'm under mine too every now and then, and I very rarely go over, so I can see where meeting it can be hard!


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Well okay then...

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Apparently my body had other plans for me today. I had a late breakfast, tidied up my kitchen, spoke with my best friend for a while, got my trash bags and a couple of boxes to weed through. Then I sat down to work and promptly dozed off! *shakes head* Both my fur baby and I had a nice long nap. Well, heck...slept through lunch, have yet to exercise, have no get up and get. Good thing I don't have to work tomorrow. Something tells me I am going to be up late.

Sometime before dinner, I will get up and move my tush. Maybe I'll walk in place and lift my little weights while watching my favorite version of "Little Women" on TCM!

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3016DEBRA 12/2/2012 10:24PM

  Chelsea said it best! Glad you had a relaxing day emoticon

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AWESOMECHELZ 12/2/2012 9:20PM

    I have learned that our bodies are very wise. You needed the rest and got it. Good for you! emoticon

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Enjoying a peaceful morning

Sunday, December 02, 2012

It is such a beautiful morning! It's quiet, peaceful, and filled with promise. I am looking forward to see what it has in store for me.

I didn't hit the low end of my calorie range again yesterday. Sometimes I feel as if I'm eating so much as it is, but my stars! I have to laugh at the fact I am not eating enough! Who would have thunk it!?

I got my exercise in! *Yay Me!* It wasn't "Walk Away the Pounds," but I walked in place for 15 minutes while watching a movie.

The motivational quote I found is "You don't have to go fast, you just have to go." I love this! It reminds me of the immortal words of Nike: "Just do it!" It doesn't say "Do it as fast or as long as you can or don't do it all..." it says "Just do it!" This isn't an all or nothing message, but get of your tush and do SOMETHING healthy message! *LOL*

So today my goals are:

Eat at least the minimum calories in my range.

Move at least another 15 minutes

Rethink my goals and set them down in writing

Continue to work on my living room

Oh! I have added another food I can't have in the house...not that I ever mentioned my original one! The first one is Nutella! I can eat it by the spoonful (especially with peanut butter!) I don't know what it is about it, but I cannot have it anywhere near me. There is a Spark recipe for a home made version that is so much healthier I'd like to try.

The second thing I can't keep in the house is nuts. I bought a small can of mixed nuts a couple of weeks ago and found myself noshing on them until they were gone, without my even realizing it. The smart thing for me to do would have been to get some snack bags and divided them up into single servings and putting them in the cupboard. Take one down and when it was gone, that was it. I will try this again one day and see if I can do better.

Well, I better go have breakfast and jump into my day. Gosh I love feeling this good and content.

Bright Blessings,
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CAGMUAHFO2 12/2/2012 5:27PM

    Glad your are having a wonderful morning!!

I rarely ever meet my ranges either. I feel so yucky when I eat the amount I'm supposed to. I'm looking up recipes for smoothies and stuff like that so I can reach my limits and not feel so over stuffed.

emoticon on getting in your sexercise!!

Love the quote!! I'm going to print that one out to add to my list that I have on my wall.

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INNER_PEACE 12/2/2012 2:36PM

    Nuts and Nutella are both delicious! I have a hard time with gnawing on cashews all the time. I like Nutella on top of a banana, and just slicing off pieces of banana with a fork. :)

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AWESOMECHELZ 12/2/2012 1:06PM

    I really like your hopeful blog this morning and this thought too--"You don't have to go fast, you just have to go." Yay! That gives me hope too. emoticon Continue to enjoy your day and I will too. emoticon

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