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Friday, November 02, 2012

I have been a mess for the past couple of years. I'm just pulling out of it really and I think a LOT of it was caused by my neck stenosis, which I had surgery for on 6/6 and am currently in PT recouperating from. My biggest issue is that I've had a really hard time sticking to anything and doing much at all because of the pain, fatigue and depression. So, my biggest issues right now are being addressed by doing the Spark People Fuel For Improvement program. Another team's leader and I started a group for it (called Spark People Fuel For Improvement) and we have started with a 8 step "fast break" goal 14 day streak challenge. I have set my Fast Break and Short Term goals which I am really hoping will help get me through this difficult time.

Fast Break Goals:
Drink 64 oz of fluid a day

Take my meds EVERY day

Do something creative at least once a week

Move at least 2 hours a week

Stress reduction! Physical & Mental

Short Term Goals:
Get down to 240 and keep it off
Reduce blood sugars to consistently under 180 am fasting
Clean kitchen
Clean living room
Clean hallway and bathroom
Clean out car
Have 6 outfits clean and ready to wear to work before 6pm Sunday

  
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SURENDERISNOTME 11/3/2012 1:14AM

    Lou, emoticon blog. Good luck with your goals. They all sound like good goals.

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Debbie

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DBELLE39 11/2/2012 9:09PM

    I know the feeling. My motivation is just not what it used to be, just hard to stay on track when I can't get out & walk or anything exercise where I have to be on my feet. With the cortisone shot in my foot, my dr has again sidelined me for a few days.

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LOSINGLINNDY 11/2/2012 8:27PM

    I'm hapy to seee you have added doing something creative to your goals. We really need to do things that make us happy. So sorry that you are going through so much pain. emoticon

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BARBIE176 11/2/2012 8:27PM

    emoticon blog and emoticon goals which should be totally achievable. The Fuel for Improvement team sounds interesting. I will be checking it out.

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CRAFTINWIFE 11/2/2012 4:09PM

    emoticongoals!
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BECCABOO127 11/2/2012 2:14PM

    Whoa! You could have been blogging about me, even right down to the weight loss goal. My issues are/were slightly different, but the end result is about the same.

Our end result is that we will feel better, and have achieved all our goals, including the weight goal.

Then we can have fun setting & achieving new goals.

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CHARLIESGIRL69 11/2/2012 11:42AM

    I know how you feel. I had disk replacement surgery on 6/1 on my neck. It has been a long hard process. I am sure that with determination and persistence we can get back on track. Good luck to you!

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Learn to Love Your Body: Heal Negative Body Image

Friday, October 12, 2012

I read this response in a HELP! posting. I think it is awesome!!

Learn to Love Your Body: Heal Negative Body Image

1. Don't Compare. When we compare ourselves to others we always lose. The realities of our looks and theirs don't even matter. When we look at others, we see how perfect they are. When we look at ourselves, we see how imperfect we are. We feel we can never measure up, no matter what. Society makes matters worse by worshipping an elusive fantasy body that only a few women on earth could ever naturally attain. By avoiding comparisons to others, we save ourselves lots of grief and can work toward making our body the best it can be.

2. Focus on Your Accomplishments. Instead of nit-picking your body, try focusing on your positive traits. Are you loving, kind, and considerate? Do you visit your grandmother regularly? Do you get good grades? Are you a wonderful mother and/or spouse? Are you known for the fun parties you throw? Can you draw? We all have talents and attributes that make us wonderful human beings. So what if your thighs aren't pencil thin. You make a difference in the world, and that's what really matters!

3. Learn to Take a Compliment. Many of us dream of the perfect look. We want to be beautiful, to have others stop and notice us. Yet, when someone gives us a compliment such as, "You look great in that dress," we say something like, "This old thing!" The very thing we are looking for -- recognition -- we brush off. Practice saying "thank you" when someone gives you a compliment. Don't over analyze it, or judge the giver, or make light of it; instead let it soak in and allow yourself to feel really good.

4. Self-Talk. Listen to the chatter that goes on in your head. Are you saying nice things to yourself? Are you being complimentary of your body? Are you using words of encouragement? Chances are you answered "No" to these questions. Many of us go around with a negative tape recorder playing in our head all day. When we stop and listen, we hear things like "Why did you do that? You are so stupid!"; or "I can't believe you actually said that; it sounded so dumb!" Replace these negative thoughts with praise, such as, "What a good idea; that was a good way of handling the situation"; or "That was a real accomplishment; I'm so proud!" By shifting from words of criticism to words of praise, you begin to change your life.

5. Affirmations. Along with self-talk, giving yourself positive affirmations is a powerful way to change the way you feel about your body. Find a part of your body that you like and accept, even if it's your eyes, hair or smile. Write an affirmation about it. For instance, "I love the way my hair shines," or "I love the way my eyes sparkle." Look at yourself in the mirror every morning and repeat your affirmations to yourself. Say them with enthusiasm. Believe it! Even if you have to "fake it till you make it." After a few weeks of doing this, you will come to believe and know that what you are saying is true. Then move on to another body part. Even though giving yourself compliments may become progressively more difficult, continue through until you LOVE YOUR BODY!

6. Learn to Compliment Others. In learning to compliment others, you learn the law of reciprocity. As you give, you do receive. By learning to acknowledge the good in others, you can learn to notice the good in yourself. Remember, to be loved, give love. To be accepting of your body, be accepting of others' bodies.

7. on the Positives. Hating the body can become a bad habit. All our negative feelings are instantly transferred to the body. Instead of dealing with the problems that create the negative feelings, we just shove those feelings deep inside our body and end up hating it more and more. Learning to focus on the positives gives you a whole different perspective. It allows you to see the world half-full instead of half-empty. Focus on the good in your life. Admire the beauty of a sunset, walk along the water, stop and smell the roses. Begin to focus on your body. See the good in it. It gets you where you are going. It is a faithful companion. By focusing on the positive we begin to heal our negative body image.

8. Stop Fantasy Thinking. Do you ever hear yourself saying, "If I'd just lose 10 pounds I'd be happy," or "If I had thinner thighs I'd be asked out more." Stop those thoughts now! That is fantasy thinking. The truth is that there is room for all shapes and sizes in this world. People are attracted to others for a variety of reasons. Yes, sometimes attraction has to do with body, but that might be a smile or overall appearance. Others are attracted to another based on the energy they give off or their laugh or because they are funny. Your body is not the reason you are miserable. You were miserable first and took it out on your body. Get on with your life. Be loving, and you will attract loving people.

9. Heal Your Relationship with Food. If you are afraid of food, you will always be afraid of what it might do to your body. Will you become huge? Will you start eating and never stop? Will you go hungry? Be Stuffed? Explode? To heal your relationship with food, start by selecting a food to eat which is slightly out of your safe zone. One that is only a bit challenging. Sit in a quiet room and take a few deep breaths. Now eat that food. Stop any negative thoughts that enter your mind. Replace those thoughts with positive ones. Say your affirmations. Learn to enjoy the taste of food.

10. Body Movement. The body was designed to move. To walk or run or jump or dance are normal activities. By reconnecting yourself to your body, you might be amazed at how incredible it really is. Yoga is a great way to reconnect with your body. It is a noncompetitive, gentle stretching program that will relax you and make your body feel wonderful. If you do not want a structured program and hate the gym, go for a walk. A walk in nature is especially comforting, and nature is nonjudgmental. Experience how your body feels on your walks. Be aware of your breathing. Do not force yourself to exercise; allow yourself the opportunity to move.

11. Support. The struggle to heal your negative body-image is an ongoing battle. It is often wise to seek the professional help of a therapist and a dietitian. There are self-help groups available at no charge as well. Many books and articles have been written on the subjects of food and body. There are seminars available as well as church and temple groups. Talk to a trusted friend or relative. All of us need support. We are constantly barraged with messages about the fantasy body. We are given negative messages about food and weight. It is extremely hard in our culture to have a healthy, positive body-image. You need support. You deserve it!

  
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JAZZGIRL2 11/13/2013 8:11PM

    This really hits home.

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KMEYERRING1 10/28/2012 7:06PM

    Love this blog. I'm printing it for motivation !! emoticon for sharing.

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GOLDIELOCKSBEAR 10/15/2012 10:13AM

    Thank you for this. 9, 10, and 11 hit home. I am almost 42, still 100 pounds above the top end of my 'healthy weight' and fast tracked for diabetes because of my weight (my dad's mom had it and my dad has it for the same reason=being too heavy). But when stress rears its ugly head I use food to cope. I go to school, we struggle with bills, and my older son is autistic and has chronic medical problems so bam I eat. While my excuses are reasonable my body doesn't care and I remain heavy and I need to be healthy for not just me but my kiddos. Why can't my brain hear that! emoticon

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AGK3112 10/14/2012 11:29PM

    NICE Blog.. emoticon for sharing with us

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BECCABOO127 10/14/2012 1:14PM

    Wonderful! I am sharing this with my sisters and my pals!

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BARBIE176 10/13/2012 1:38AM

    emoticon for sharing. I enjoyed reading it.

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LUCINDARW 10/12/2012 10:55PM

    thanks for sharing great advice!

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TRYINGHARD1948 10/12/2012 4:08PM

    Right on! hanks for sharing this great advice.

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TKRYSTINA 10/12/2012 2:44PM

    Thank You I needed to hear a lot of these things said by someone else that is going through what I am. emoticon

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CRAFTINWIFE 10/12/2012 1:32PM

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ROXIGIRL 10/12/2012 11:57AM

    Thank you. Really enjoyed reading this.

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3 years and still fighting!!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

I just responded to a "HELP!" post someone posted because she is having a lot trouble sticking with it. I liked my response so I'm blogging it :)

I just celebrated my 3rd anniversary on Spark and guess what? I'm 1 1/2 lbs lighter than when I started. LOL! I lost a lot of weight, got depressed (unbeknownst to me I had a nerve being pinched in my neck and fibromyalgia and that's what got me depressed I think) and gained all I had before plus 20 and now I'm down 21 1/2 from there. So... yes, life sucks sometimes. But the race isn't won by those who sprint and collapse from exhaustion. It is won by those who do a little bit each day to improve their life and just keep adding from there. I rarely eat chips anymore and I used to eat them ALL THE TIME even for dinner!! I rarely drink pop and I used to be addicted (I'm talk 2 2-liters worth a day, at least!) so yeah, just keep going a little by little and EVENTUALLY you WILL get there :)

  
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CAROLIAN 10/13/2012 11:24AM

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CANDOK1260 10/12/2012 5:51AM

    emoticon for sharing happy spark anniversary
When in doubt, make a fool of yourself. There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth. So, what the hell, leap. - Cynthia Heimel


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CATHYGETSFIT 10/12/2012 12:21AM

    Great response!! I'm still here too! LOL

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MELLABELLAS 10/11/2012 9:13PM

    You're right, it's not a sprint. One day at a time I always say.

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SJACK06S 10/11/2012 8:28PM

  You've got a great point. Those are very motivating words for everyone. It's a lifestyle change not a sprint to the finish!

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DRUIDPRINCESS 10/11/2012 6:05PM

    Thank you for your words of encouragement - it can be easy to lose focus and become dis-spirited at times. I realised, when I read your blog, that we are all here for a life change, not a week change or a special-event change. Thank you for being there with me on my journey! And positive energy back at you for your continued journey!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/11/2012 4:10PM

    I'm still here too. LOL. emoticon

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TRYINGHARD1948 10/11/2012 4:00PM

    Great response.

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ihate itunes

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Wow. Is it just me or does the world center around Apple Corp? What does my 15 year old (today) neice want for her bday? An itunes card. What does my 9 yo niece want for Christmas? An itune card. What does my 8 yo nephew want for Christmas? An itune card. I never even heard of itunes until like 3 years ago!! What's up with that? What happened to make-up or a barbie doll or clothes or the other stuff we had when we were kids? Why are they all about itunes and technology now? I think I need to go find some Amish wood hand carved toys and lock all the kids in my family in a room with them for about 3 days LOL!!

  
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DRUIDPRINCESS 10/11/2012 5:32PM

    I wish my kids would be that easy to please, but now that they are adult it is impossible to find something for them. So we have this deal : I give them some money so they can buy what they want, then they have to come back to me, give me a hug, make me a cuppa and sit with me while they tell me all about what I "bought them" for their birthday! No pressure on me; they get what they want; and I get a hug, a cuppa and some precious time with my children!
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TRYINGHARD1948 10/11/2012 3:58PM

    The future belongs to the young, and it looks like Apple has cornered the market, at least for the time being. (Written on my iPad) emoticon

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CRAFTINWIFE 10/11/2012 3:33PM

    I agree! My niece and nephew are both under 3, but even their toys are getting more tech-y. (Have you walked down a toy isle?)
So for holidays, we (the whole family) get them a mix of "current" toys and other stuff like books, puzzles, etc.


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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/11/2012 3:30PM

    Don't ask me. I want an IPod for Xmas. LOL. emoticon

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Commit-2-Fit

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

emoticon My office has come in 2nd place for the first week of the local October Commit-2-Fit fall challenge :) We are very small, only 15 employees and not all of them are full time, and we have 10 people (I think) particpating so that's pretty huge buy-in. I opened the list file just to see who got on it and was shocked! to see us there :) We're all riding high right now!

  
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IZZYBEBOP 10/11/2012 12:37PM

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SILVERANGEL6 10/11/2012 4:13AM

    WOW...Well done you.... emoticon
Also, Becca, that was a great story, too....you really all need to be nicer to yourselves, love yourself more, give yourselves a break, there....it's all about Love, self Love, You are the most important person in the World right now, so look after yourselves, always keep saying to yourself, like I do..."I Love you, Sylvia' all day, until your self gets it!!!!!!

Love & Light

Sylvia xoxox

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/10/2012 10:00PM

    Congratulations!! You guys are doing great!!

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BECCABOO127 10/10/2012 5:54PM

    I think that is a fabulous idea, and probably works very well in small offices, as you tend to bond more with your team mates!

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I read that peoples habits (good or bad) tend to rub off on other people, literally. If you are around people trying to eat healthy, then you tend to eat healthier. I never knew that at my old office that I was a motivator until one of my old work pals told me so. I was kind of shocked when she told me as I was over 100+ pounds overweight but trying my best to eat healthy. We would share healthy treats with each other, too, and that kept us both from either the junk food machine, or Starbucks, as late in the afternoon, we always wanted to split a Starbuck's treat (at around 1400 calories per treat). I never knew it was SO caloric! We thought we were doing well to split it--lol!

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SPICEMWE 10/10/2012 4:05PM

    That's fantastic! Congrats on your success!!

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