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I need help keeping the plates spinning!?!?!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Ok, I have had success in the past, but get so busy and caught up with things that the wheels come off and I gradually go downhill. So, here I am at the bottom getting ready to climb once again with a smile and a great attitude, but unfortunately, I've taken on additional tasks since the last time I climbed from this point.

I work full time in a small office, I have 2 daughters (a pre-teen and a teenager that drives... hence always needing the car), I'm still in my first year of marriage with a large family, I have a small start-up business and I go to school so I feel like I'm constantly doing homework.

I asked for and received a new ipod for Christmas so that I can walk more, but now, I'm trying to figure out when?!

I also pay my gym membership every month for the past 3 years and I haven't gone in the last 6 months at least.

I could've been walking during the time that I wrote this, but I really needed to get some advice from successors with similar time crunch obstacles!

This is a plate spinning game and I don't want them to all drop and break again!!!

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ESTINYDA 1/7/2011 2:56PM

    Time is one of the biggest barriers for people getting their workout time in. I also, try to break it up throughout the day so that it does not seem impossible. One thing that I have found helpful are the 10 min. workouts/toning seesions on the 28-day bootcamp challenge on sparks. I get home from work, turn on the oven, put in dinner, and do my workout for the 10 mins it takes to make dinner for my family. Also, depending on what your homework entails, you could do reading while using a machine like treadmill or eliptical and kill 2 birds with one stone. Hope this helps emoticon

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POOKEYMOM 1/7/2011 7:46AM

    Time is my biggest challenge too. I have lost weight in the past (with SparkPeople) and I know I can do it. I just know how important it is to get the exercise time in. I am doing it 15 minutes at a time right now. Here and there... but its working. This week I lost all my Christmas weight...... WOOT WOOT!!!

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Foods vs Smokes

Monday, June 07, 2010

Although I've seriously started this journey once before about a year ago, I went into "vacation mode" and never came back. Well, a few months ago, I came back and for a few months before that, I mentally prepared myself to get back on the horse.

As a few of you know, I got married in March to my best friend. He has NEVER asked me to lose weight or said anything about anything that I was eating or anything of that nature. On the other hand, I have NEVER said anything about his smoking. On our wedding night, we were driving and talking about goals and positives and blessings and he asked me if we could make a compromise. emoticon Being surprised and uncertain as to what was going to come out his mouth next, I waited for his proposal.

After talking and sharing feelings and opinions, we came to the agreement that I was done with being heavy and feeling depressed while at the same time, he was done with smoking. We agreed to accomlish this together:

10 lbs lost = no smoking in the house any longer
20 lbs lost = no smoking in the vehicles any longer
30 lbs lost = down to 1 pack / week (amazing for both of us)

By the time I meet MY goal (55 lbs lost), I have no doubt that he will meet his goal of quitting smoking altogether!

I've never had anyone go through such a journey with me and support quite like my husband. He's been an amazing support and he eats just about anything I cook even though he really isn't into the healthier side of things.

With the passing of my mother-in-law a couple of weeks ago, I thought he would go right back to where he was and he thought I would do the same thing. With each other's support, he didn't get too far out on his smoking and I stayed reasonably on track with my eating.

Support is a fabulous thing!!! emoticon

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CACTUS-WREN 6/11/2010 12:14AM

    That's an awesome idea! What a great way to support each other towards your goals!! emoticon

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MULLBEARRIE 6/10/2010 4:08PM

    That is amazing! I think that it is really great that you and your husband are cheering each other on. It really seems like you have a great support system. emoticon

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    Great job both of you. I have lost almost 90 pounds and have 4 packs of smokes left before I quit. Support is a wonderful thing, glad you two are making the best of it

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Amazing feeling...

Monday, June 07, 2010

I started getting serious again last Tuesday (the day after Memorial Day) after being out of whack for about a week to ten days due to my mother-in-laws death. I jumped back into eating right and although I had a couple of "not-so-healthy" choices, I accepted my mistakes and moved on. This weekend, I jumped into my fitness a lot more and really tried to make an impact.

Today is Monday and I feel great! Although I wasn't really off track or completely done with things, it's not even been an entire week yet of being back! With my eating in tact, my fitness being initiated and this site's immeasurable tools, I'm feeling fantastic! I feel positive and aware as well as feeling like my pants are fitting looser today and it just gives me the energy to move onward and push towards those goals even harder!

Thanks SparkPeople!!! emoticon

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    Shelley,I stopped by to say hi and you're doing a GREAT JOB!!!!! I am sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. You're right about the TOOLS on SP!!They rock!!!! My favorites are the Daily Calorie Differential Report and Calories Over Time Report! Both help me to see how many cals. in one day vs. exercise and how diferent months compare!--- emoticonBetsy

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Emotionally Stressed...

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

It's so hard when you think you're on track and making the right moves to incorporate the next step of fitness and workouts to your goals and then life hits you and you don't have the focus, the desire nor the motivation to be where you need to be.

My mother in law, a very, very strong, sweet and spiritual lady, was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago. She did surgery, she went through chemo and she struggled, but did really well. She was in remission when she decided to have reconstructive surgery and that just led to so many other problems over the last couple of years. Her son and I had been together for a few years and were planning to get married on our 4 year anniversary, but then postponed it for a year. She was saddened that it was postponed, but through her illness, she kept hanging in there. She struggled and continued to push herself and although she was very weak, she made it to our wedding on the beach a year later. A couple days of rest after the wedding, then she showed up at Disneyland to enjoy my girls and our family experiencing such a fun event, but we knew how weak she was.

That was in March 2010. Last Thursday, she was taken back to the hospital and although we had more response and activity from her on Friday and Saturday, things have gone downhill drastically since Sunday. They didn't think she would make it through the night last night and now she lie there in preparation for her journey beyond our life.

My eating is out of whack, my fitness is non-existant and my desire is just not there. How does anyone stay on track through difficult times like this??? I just got a really good start and I feel like I can lose the drive in a moment right now, but I have other people and things to concentrate on.

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ARIZONASHELL 5/30/2010 9:43PM

    Wow, I cannot express my gratitude for the thoughts, prayers and great advice that I received after writing this blog. I truly had no idea that anyone would even read it, let alone support me like you all did! From the bottom of my heart, thank you! I will say that, while sitting next to my mother-in-law's bed, I logged in on my phone. As I sat there reading the comments on my blog, whiping my tears, I realized what a wonderful site this really is and the wonderful people that are a part of it!

On Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 10:57 a.m., my mother-in-law passed away while I was at her bedside. I was truly blessed to be with her when she left this life, but more so, I am truly blessed that I got to know her and I am a better person because of her. She added such a value to my life and I will miss her dearly...

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ARGIRLNTN 5/26/2010 9:54AM

  So sorry to hear of your mother-in-laws illness. I don't know if anyone could go through this without leaving behind their own personal goals for a time. Sometime in the future, you will be able to get back to working on those things that for now must be set aside.

If you have a place and can go for a walk, it may help with some of the stress of everything. Sometimes a walk can help clear our minds and help us focus on what is most important, which is your family. If you and you husband could walk together it could be a time of support for him during this extremely emotional time. It doesn't need to be fast paced walk to help you.

Hope it helps you to know that the thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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NANALD 5/25/2010 7:12PM

    I am so sorry you are going through this. You will catch up with fitness when things get back on track in your life. The last thing you need right now is to stress or beat yourself up about it! My dear sister died of breast cancer in 2001. It is a dreadful disease and has a way of coming back just when people think they are getting better. How good that she got to share your wedding and your trip with you and your family. I am sure that was very important to her. There is nothing that makes this type of thing easier but my heart goes out to you and you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. emoticon

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DITZYCHICK 5/25/2010 5:26PM

    So sorry that you've had to put your life on hold to deal with such a traumatic matter. I completely understand what you're going through as my Mom is dying if terminal pancreatic cancer. It's been very emotional and I'm feeling drained. Through it all I've been trying real hard to keep up with my fitness routine as it is time spent on me and gives me a way to work out some of my issues. My nutrition however is a different issue. With all my time spent at her house I'm having to carry snacks. I'm going too long between meals and am getting too hungry. Then I'm just wanting to snack all the time. (Emotional Eating) I don't have any great advice for you except that you're doing what's important right now and you're not alone. Hang in there and just try to make the best of the situation. It'll only make you a stronger, healthier person! My heart goes out to you!

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AMAS92568 5/25/2010 4:38PM

    I'm so sorry you are going through this.

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AMAS92568 5/25/2010 4:38PM

    I'm so sorry you are going through this.

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BLEUETOO 5/25/2010 2:17PM

    Don't beat yourself up right now. Family is so important and there are times that they need us to be available for them. When you're home, try cutting up some carrots or celery and packing it in ziploc baggies to take with you to the hospital. Toss an easy dinner in the crockpot so you can eat when you get home rather than be tempted to eat out. Then pack up the leftovers into containers that can be zapped at the hospital for lunch or snacks. God is faithful! Allow HOPE to take over and guide you. My prayers are with you! I've been where you are at (we lost our son while I was doing weight watchers) and its hard but keep the faith and give yourself some room to be a loving wife and daughter in law. The weight/fitness thing will come together when its time.

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STRONGWMNKATE 5/25/2010 2:11PM

  Trust me when I say you are not alone in this.

It is as important in times like this to focus on YOU as it is important for you to love and care for your family.

Do not lose hope or focus on the end goal. Remember that as painful as it is for a life to near it's end, you have the control you need to be strong, remember you're doing this to have a long life yourself.

I don't know what your beliefs are but she will be in a better, pain free place. And in order to honor the woman she is, was, and will continue to be you need to take care of yourself, and be the strong woman now.

my thoughts are with you

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MEGANC1988 5/25/2010 2:03PM

    Don't focus on your fitness right now, you have enough to worry about. You may decide to work on your fitness and nutrition goals to give yourself some structure, which may help, but don't get down on yourself if you're unable to maintain that this week. My thoughts are with you. emoticon

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