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Setting Myself Up For Success

Thursday, January 03, 2013

This morning, I took the time to plan out my breakfast, lunch and two snacks. The snacks will go with me when I leave to go to water aerobics this morning. By doing all of this, I have kept several of my 2013 goals and set myself up to have a successful day. I will also carry two bottles of water with me in the car. One bottle I will take with me when I exercise. The other bottle will stay in the car and be available for me to drink after I'm finished with my morning workout. Both bottles are 20 ounces. By the time I get home I will have consumed 40+ ounces of water! That doesn't even include what I will drink before I leave the house in the morning. I know that by planning out 2/3 of my eating, that I have set myself up for a successful day!

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JOYFUL78 1/4/2013 10:41PM

    frantically begins packing my bag, careful not to forget my swim suit and plane tickets cause I am going swimming with Aqua Girl, yeh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol emoticon

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    Awesome! I really need to think about this everyday. Setting myself up for success! Thanks for the inpsiration!

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SLENDERELLA61 1/3/2013 7:20PM

    Very impressive!! More planning would help me do even better. Thanks for reminding me. It isn't always easy (at least for me) to be that organized. I so like to be spontaneous, but organized definitely is more conducive to success. Good for you!!!

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ADELCASALE 1/3/2013 5:05PM

    emoticon emoticon Way to go!

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JUDITHANNIE 1/3/2013 8:52AM

    good for you

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CATHGREEN8 1/3/2013 8:44AM

    Good plan! When I cook, I plan on several meals and for me, lunch and dinner are pretty interchangeable. Just keeps me from lazily grabbing just anything.

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My Goals For 2013

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

I am setting my goals for 2013. By sharing these goals, I will be forced to be more accountable. So, here goes....................

1. I will lose 30 pounds or more in 2013 by continuing to use the Weight Watchers program
I will achieve this by losing .5 to 1.5 per week between now and December 31, 2013.

2. I will weigh in at Weight Watchers once a week and attend a meeting 3+ times per month
I will not let other people get me to do other things instead of staying with my Weight Watchers routine. I will weigh in the day before or the day after if I have to miss my regular day.

3. I will earn 25,000+ fitness minutes in 2013
I will achieve this by exercising 5- 6 days per week. If I choose to exercise on my rest day, I will do only an easy workout and force myself to rest my muscles and avoid injury.

4. I will continue to drink 64+ ounces of water per day
This has been helpful in 2012 because sometimes I'm just thirsty and not actually hungry. It is easy to confuse the two. This worked for me as a tool to fight overeating in 2012 and I will gladly use it again in 2013!

5. I will take a snack plus a fruit or veggie with me whenever I am away from home.
This is one of my Weight Watchers goals. The combination of eating a fruit or veggie with every snack actually gets rid of hunger between meals and makes me feel satisfied!

6. I will plan out what I am going to eat for breakfast and lunch every day.
This will help me monitor what I'm eating in the early part of the day. It will also keep me from skipping meals and overeating in the evening.

7. I will calculate the number of points in food before putting it in my mouth
This is a Weight Watchers strategy that I think will be a good goal for me. I'm already getting into the habit of doing this. I want to get so good at this that I will make healthier food choices in 2013!

8. I will pay attention to the pain/ fatigue signals that my body gives me
This goal needs a lot of work! Instead of pushing through pain and fatigue and/or ignoring it, I will pay attention to my body's signals. This means either following my current treatment plan, seeking new treatment or just resting to allow my body time to repair itself.

9. I will not treat chronic pain with food
I will seek appropriate treatment for pain instead of just living with it and trying to treat it alone by eating my way through it. This is a goal that I started in late 2012 and I think it is a good one to continue to use in 2013.

10. I will go to sleep when I'm tired - 7+ hours per night
Instead of pushing through fatigue to complete one more item on my "to do" list, I will stop and rest. If this means that I'm not active on the computer for a day or so, then that is what I need to do. I will use rest to combat fatigue instead of food. I will give up those late nights packed with activities that can wait until tomorrow!

These are my goals for 2013. I will post these goals where I can see them at home. I will review the goals every 3 months to see how I am doing, then analyze my behavior and post my progress.

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ADELCASALE 1/4/2013 6:12AM

    25,000 Fitness minutes!? Wow! You go girl! I like your sleep goal. I probably should add that one to mine as well.

Cheering you on!

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SLENDERELLA61 1/2/2013 7:10PM

    Great goals!! They are challenging, but you can achieve them!!

I used to use food to treat pain, especially headaches, but even TMJ pain, which is just wrong. Chewing hurt and I'd just do it anyway because I wanted the food. Addressing the pain makes so much more sense. You can do it!! -Marsha

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L*I*T*A* 1/2/2013 6:08PM

    great doable goals!!
blessings and hugs..........lita

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    These are great goals! emoticon emoticon

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I'm Ready!

Monday, December 24, 2012

The packages are wrapped and around the tree, the ham is cooked and sliced in the refrigerator, the turkey is thawed, the stockings are filled and the house is clean. I am ready and life is good.

To all my spark friends, have a safe, wonderful Christmas filled with cherished memories! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DONNABRIGHT 12/31/2012 7:57AM

    Hope you had a great Christmas!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/26/2012 7:16AM

    Hoping it was just wonderful!! You are so organized and together -- as usual!!

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L*I*T*A* 12/24/2012 10:33PM

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!!!
blessings and hugs..............lita

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SPIRALDOWN 12/24/2012 10:13PM

    Merry Christmas

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Proud Of Myself!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

I'm so proud of myself this week! So far I've lost over 17 pounds with Weight Watchers. I've not only been maintaining over the holidays, but surprisingly enough, I've continued to lose! I sure hope that I can continue the losing trend throughout the rest of the holiday season.

The other thing that I'm proud of is that I was able to swim laps today, for 70 minutes. I'm very tired tonight but I've always wanted to be able to swim laps. Swimming laps is a way to change up my workout routine and still be in the water. (I normally do some form of water aerobics or water jogging)

If I'm not too sore when I wake up tomorrow morning I plan to do a brief workout at the pool before we join our family for a holiday get together. Eating healthy at the dinner shouldn't be a problem because we're going to bring a veggie tray along with a turkey. I'm already planning my day accordingly.

I wish all of my Spark friends a very Merry Christmas!!!

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DONNABRIGHT 12/31/2012 7:58AM


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SLENDERELLA61 12/24/2012 5:31PM

    Congrats, Cyndi!! You are doing fantastic!!

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L*I*T*A* 12/23/2012 10:52PM

    merry Christmas to you too........

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Giving Is What It Is All About!

Monday, December 17, 2012

This Christmas, hubby and I decided to try to put more emphasis on helping those in need instead of buying too many gifts, that we don't really need, for each other. We adopted two angels from the Salvation Army Angel Tree at the mall. These are children of all ages who have gotten caught in the middle of an economic down turn and who are too young to be able to fight their own way out. We have given money to those without, bought breakfast for the elderly who had trouble paying their bill at a restaurant and helped those who couldn't take care of themselves. Meals on Wheels did a collection for poor, elderly or disabled, housebound men and women in our area. Over this past weekend, hubby and I made up six boxes of personal hygiene items - three for men and three for women. The fact that these individuals have difficulty preparing meals and taking care of themselves saddened me greatly. I wish we had the means to do more; maybe someday we will. Today I drove to a neighboring town to deliver the six boxes. My elderly neighbor went with me and the feeling of thankfulness and joy affected him too. Later, this afternoon, I took him to the doctor. He was thrilled to have me go with him to his appointment. Even though it meant that I would miss my exercise classes, he needed me, and I felt happy to help him. I can go to the gym to work out tomorrow, but he needed me today!

Throughout all of these activities, I have experienced an increased awareness of the meaning of Christmas. I can actually start to feel the message of the season begin to take hold in my heart. There is a smile on my face and my friends have commented on how happy I seem. They are right, I do feel happy and thankful for all the gifts that I have in my own life. This inner happiness (my inner spark) stems from the joy of giving to others and the hope of a brighter tomorrow. I've read Spark People articles about being thankful and how it can affect your mood and outlook on life. I can tell you now, from personal experience, that being thankful and caring for others can make you a much happier person. I have always been a fairly happy person but assuming an attitude of thankfulness and giving to others has brought me a sense of peace and purpose. We may have taken the opportunity to give to others this season but we were the ones who received the biggest gift of all. We received the gift of joy in return.

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DONNABRIGHT 12/31/2012 7:59AM


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SLENDERELLA61 12/20/2012 11:53AM

    Beautiful. So good. Thanks for all your do. Great to see you got to your water class this morning, too. We can live healthy and accomplish a lot, too!! Sometimes we sacrifice an opportunity to workout, but usually we can find another good time. Take care, Cyndi! Proud of you for taking care of kids and elderly as well as yourself!!

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L*I*T*A* 12/18/2012 12:31AM

    joy is the true gift which in turn create happiness !!!
awesome reminder to carry this through all year long........
blessings and hugs........lita

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