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Happy Dancing (Virtually anyway) on a Fabulous Friday!

Friday, December 07, 2012

"Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow."
Doug Firebaugh


Woohoo! What a way to start the weekend! 3 pounds down since I started with my new calorie range and choice to dance last Saturday. I know I was going to wait and weigh myself monthly, but I had to see if I was making any progress with this new program!

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I think I may have hit upon my formula, but I may weight myself weekly until January to make sure. After that, I will go to monthly. Gee, a little tweaking and experimenting can make all the difference. It all comes down to What Works for You!

That being said, I woke up with a sharp headache this morning, so I didn't dance. I'm waiting until I can eat breakfast so I can take some meds. (I have to wait about an hour after taking my thyroid medication before I can eat and there is no way I am taking headache meds on an empty stomach) Anyway, I will do my afternoon walk, and plan on dancing later today if my headaches recedes.

We are being treated to a pizza party at work today and I have already planned on one piece and lots of salad. Tomorrow night is our Holiday party, so I will eat lightly today and through the day tomorrow and make smart choices tomorrow night. Maybe I'll dance!

The sky is beginning to lighten into another beautiful morning. It has been a stressful week at work, and as I know it will straighten itself out, I am trying to be patient. I am so grateful I have this job and I am in a place that I actually enjoy going to work each day. Having my job is always at the top of my gratitude list. However, that doesn't mean I can't vent a little about the occasional stress.

Wishing every one a beautiful day! Be sure to do at least one thing today tat brings you joy!

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TOGEMON 12/8/2012 9:14AM

    Congratulations on the loss!

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HEYRED221 12/7/2012 12:33PM

    Hope you are feeling better and have a wonderful Friday!!!!

Carolyn

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 12/7/2012 10:45AM

    Congrats on losing three pounds! emoticon emoticon emoticon

I hope that headache goes away soon!

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ANDREWMOM 12/7/2012 9:25AM

    Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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A sleepy Thursday

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Feeling a little sleepy this morning, even after my 15 minutes of dancing. I thought I slept well last night, but perhaps I didn't really. *shrugs* Aside from the sleepies, it is a spectacularly beautiful morning and I feel great!

Spark Coach has new Consistency and Motivation program which I started this morning. I know the SP program well enough by now and could most likely recite the basic program in my sleep! *Grins* But like so many people, I have trouble with motivation and most definitely with consistency. I'm looking forward to seeing the program unfold and being inspired to even greater levels of success.

One of my favorite avenues of motivation is Spark Radio! I know I have raved about it before, but I absolutely adore Lily and Karen! They are so much fun to listen to every morning and I always feel uplifted after listening to them. Tis truly as if I have my own cheerleading team! *hugs to Lily and Karen*

I did 30 minutes of exercise yesterday and again stayed with in my calorie range! Once I get it under control I may have to tweak the range up a little. I seem to be always hungry. I usually eat until I am comfortable, but an hour or two I am starving. I don't carry change on e as I will head for the vending machines and I only bring food that I log in my food journal for lunch and snacks. I'm drinking my water as well, so I don't know what the deal is.

In any event, I need to go have breakfast and finish getting rady for work. Here is to a splendiferous day!

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 12/7/2012 7:11AM

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HEYRED221 12/6/2012 12:51PM

    emoticon Have an awesome Thursday!

Carolyn

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THEEXERCISER 12/6/2012 10:20AM

    wishing you a great day

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It gets better every day

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 :-)

Carolyn

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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

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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

Carolyn

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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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