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The Spark Solution

Monday, May 20, 2013

Well, last week I started The Spark Solution (Spark People's new book/program: ). I have been on Spark People for awhile but not using it as much as I should. I purchased the book hoping to get back into the program.

It was interesting to go through the first week and try to make changes that my family wouldn't mind also. I made the One-Dish Dinner: Southwestern Chicken and Rice for my children (12 & 17) and myself and was nervous that I was going to have to make them something else. It turns out that everyone loved it. They even talked about trying different salsa (something spicier) the next time I make it. I think that was a big break-through for me; there are healthy recipes that the entire family will eat. I don't have to do this alone.

And the Insider Tip on Day 5, "Keep Your Eye on the Prize" spoke to me. "Being a good example for by kids matters to me. My daughter tells me she wants to run with me when she gets older (she is just under four) and that makes me feel like a million bucks." Marissa, 90 pounds lost. I found my kids watching and trying things with me. I wasn't too excited about trying spinach in my eggs but I did and found I liked it. My daughter asked if she could try it for breakfast too. So I repeated the breakfast and doubled it for us. I have seen both of them grabbing fruit for a snack and my son drinking water instead of soda. All of these small steps mean so much to me. I am finding the more I do for myself the more I am helping my family. Even if I don't lose as much weight as I want (which I am not giving up on), I know that I am seeing results in my kids' habits. And that is worth everything. And that is what the program is all about, making small steps.

This week I am looking at taking more small steps and see how I can help my family. I know that if I continue with these small steps, everything else will fall into place.


Getting Back after an Injure

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

This has been a rough year for me. I've had 3 injures in 3 months (bruised my tailbone in Jan, sprained my left ankle in Feb, and strained my right hamstring in March). After my last injure, I finally took some time off.

Not only is it hard to take the time off, it is so hard going back and not being able to do what I did before. Tonight was the second time back on the mat. It's frustrating that after stretching, I am still struggling with a lot of my kicks.

I know that it is just going to take time, and that I really need to listen to my body and not push too hard. But I really enjoy what I do at tae kwon do and want to see how far I can go.

So here I go, one day at a time.



Saturday, January 01, 2011

Two years ago, I did very well losing weight for my brothers wedding. But afterwards, I wasn't tracking what I was eating (and drinking). So I backslided and am back where I started.

I know what I need to do and I know that I can do it. I did it before.

I took the first step and updated my weight for the first time in over a year. I am taking control. I will start off small with drinking more water and a little exercise each day. Taking each day as it comes.

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CINZAR 1/1/2011 11:08AM

  yes, recommitmet is a great word. I feel exactly like you. I am really going to focus on myself and not let other factors get in the way. I need to really take care of myself to be a better parent and spouse. Recommit that is what I am going to do. emoticon

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Small Victory

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Last night after TKD class, I was feeling runned down and still needed to get the kids ready for the next day. I was headed to the frig to grab a soda as a quick burst of energy, but I turned around and said that I didn't need it. A small victory, but hopefully there will be more to follow.

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HCARTZ1964 11/9/2010 11:46AM

    all those little steps will continue you on the path to your healthier lifestyle.

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WANT2FEELPRETTY 10/14/2010 10:05AM

    Baby steps! Good job! emoticon

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BSAZAMA 10/14/2010 10:05AM

    Those small victories add up to large ones! Keep it up!

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It's been awhile!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I was doing so well at logging my food and watching what I ate and generally being healthy until the end of summer. Then I fell apart. Vacation, getting the kids ready for school, going back to the active fall schedule, my brother's wedding. There seems to be an endless number of excuses. This is also the first school year that my husband is working full time during the day. I know that these are only excuses and that I need to overcome them. I know that I need to take one step at a time. It is so easy to say these things. But when you are in the midst of it all, the little voice in my head seems so faint.

So hopefully by putting this in writing, it will serve as a reminder that I need to set time aside to do this. I guess the first step is to step on the scale to see what the damage has been. I know that all is not lost. I know that I can do this. Just remember, one step at a time.

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PAULABEANS 10/21/2009 2:55PM

    I'm in the same boat. It's time for a Fresh Start. Good luck. You can do it, just like you step at a time.

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