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Looking forward to February

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Not just because I did really well this month, but I put a twist on my daily reward
system. I have a wall calendar that I see many times a day. This January I put one "puffy" smiley face (you know one of those stickers you can use on crafts etc) coming in a rainbow of colors for each day I met my goals.....boy all those faces smiling at me is just so motivating.....For February I found some "puffy" hearts that look like those candy hearts with sayings on them. Didn't read the sayings until today (getting ready for tomorrow) some of them are: "Bravo", "Wow","Way to go", "You did it", "Great job" and "Awesome"....I'm pumped up just thinking about filling that calendar with all that motivation.
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WVAWACKADOO 2/14/2012 7:55PM

    Happy February to you & Happy Valentine's Day too...hang in there...you can do this...& yes...Stickers ALWAYS help...Take care...

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/2/2012 6:14PM

    Love the idea and I hope you month is filled with hearts!!

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PAULA482 2/1/2012 10:21PM

    Fabulous idea Barb! I may have to find some of those stickers! Here's to a Fabulous February!! emoticon

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CIVIAV 2/1/2012 1:40PM

    Yep, you'll make it all happen and enjoy it all along the way. Sounds good...

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KATHRYNLP 2/1/2012 10:19AM

    What an awesome idea. emoticon

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SCHOOLCOOK2 2/1/2012 9:55AM

    I love this idea. Its like when we were kids and got stars for a job well done that day. I am goingout to buy some now.

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ESYLVANTUTOR207 2/1/2012 9:51AM

    I LOVE this idea, Barb. It's a new month, new beginnings! I am looking at my calendar right now and I might just give your stickers a try. What a wonderful idea! Some positive reinforcement for all our hard work and for behaving! Awesome!
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MARBELLA008 2/1/2012 3:12AM

    You know, those *silly* things like those hearts/faces are incredibly helpful! Its another way to make us see that time is flying past so fast and we need to make it count. Good for you. Might try and find something like that too. Am beginning a journal today too. They say (well Oprah said) that journaling is the best way to be accountable. Will see. Good luck and good Februay! emoticon

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MAUITN 2/1/2012 12:05AM

    Great idea!

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MADKAPKID 1/31/2012 9:07PM

    I love your puffy heart sticker idea. What fun it will be to see your calendar filled with those hearts. WOO HOO! Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/31/2012 8:47PM

  I LOVE the puffy sticker idea. GREAT! You have come so far and are dong so well.

Hugs!

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DONNAKOVAC 1/31/2012 8:21PM

    I'm so glad I read your post and I think I'm going to have to try this too! Thanks for sharing - it seems you're starting a great new trend! THANKS!!!!!

It's also a great idea for those of us who can't be on Spark People as much as we'd like due to internet or scheduling issues! Will still help us stay on track and motivated!!!

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FIT2BETHIN 1/31/2012 8:07PM

    Love that idea! I might just have to try it myself!
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DBELLE39 1/31/2012 7:41PM

    What an awesome idea to use a motivatal calendar & stickers. Way to go on a great month!

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WINE4GIRL 1/31/2012 7:08PM

    How Sweet! You're rocking and rolling!
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Doing a Happy Dance

Sunday, January 29, 2012

January in review: Last weigh in for the month: down 6 #'s; hence the happy dance. I have met my goals thus far (28 day streak); hence the happy dance.

This is certainly a strong start to the year of change, my year to make a difference. Back in 2010 when I joined this incredible site I did well...30#'s down.....than I let my other self (I'm a Gemini) take over: results 10# gain. I made excuses and let it happen......Now I'm back stronger and wiser. I have put into practice (almost mindlessly) the things I first learned here at SP. I re-read The Spark helping my spark to rekindle.....hence the happy dance.

Thanks for stopping by; hope you too will do the happy dance......it just feels so gooood! HUGS! to all who read this and have a happy/healthy day. We will continue to take this journey together.

  
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DONNAKOVAC 1/31/2012 8:34PM

    happy dancing right along side of you! (^_^)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/31/2012 4:11PM

    Sounds like you are doing great!! Congratulations!! Keep it up!

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Joining you in the Happy Dance!!!!

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CIVIAV 1/29/2012 5:18PM

    Dancing for you and now with you! Watch out world we're back!

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2FEATHER 1/29/2012 12:19PM

    Love your honesty.....and congrats on the weight loss. YOU DID IT! Since I've only been on SP for 2 months, I'm sure I will learn and relearn like you say.

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JUSTA123 1/29/2012 11:08AM

    What a great end to January! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 1/29/2012 10:58AM

  Doing the happy dance too for you! Great job. HUGS to you!!

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MARBELLA008 1/29/2012 10:23AM

    Fabulous that January went so well for you! That shows you how strong you are and that it´s only the beginning to a fantastic 2012! So proud of you!
Lynda ♥

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PAULA482 1/29/2012 10:19AM

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CONGRATULATIONS! Proud of your accomplishments! Keep on dancing!

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MADKAPKID 1/29/2012 10:14AM

    woo hoo! I am happy dancing for you! The weight loss is super..... as is your 28 day streak! I am so happy for you.... And, ya know what? IT does feel god to happy dance.....that and smile! Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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ESYLVANTUTOR207 1/29/2012 10:03AM

    I am so happy that you are doing the "happy dance." I know what it's like to lose and gain because it happened to me too. I am still in the refocusing stage and getting a better handle on things too. I gained 12 pounds and still have half of that to go. Looks like so many of us follow the same path on Spark but the important thing is to keep getting back up no matter how many times we fall.

You are doing great! So proud of you because I know how hard it is to get back the "SPARK!" We are on a long journey, Barb, with lots of detours, but if we keep the end of the road in sight we will eventually reach it.Lots of hugs to you today for a job well done.
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YELLOW09RED 1/29/2012 9:56AM

    Blessings on this Wonderful journey.
WooHOO for your rekindle.
Hugs & Smiles for your day.

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KATHRYNLP 1/29/2012 9:50AM

    Doing great... emoticon emoticon

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MAUITN 1/29/2012 9:41AM

    Wow! 6 pounds is fantastic. A great start to the year. I think I will do a happy dance with or for you. Have a great day.

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Wonderful strong start to YOUR year!

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FIT2BETHIN 1/29/2012 8:33AM

    Awesome AuntB! You deserve that happy dance! Keep it up and those 10# will be gone in no time!
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THERESAJF 1/29/2012 8:29AM

  Congratulations. Way to go.

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TRYINGFOR140 1/29/2012 8:26AM

    Congrats Aunt B!! Keep with it!

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An "AHA' moment

Friday, January 13, 2012

Not too long ago I read this quote someplace here on SP. I think it was in someones blog or one of those inspirational quotes we share from our Spark page....

"People usually fail when they are on the verge of success. So give as much to the end as to the beginning" _ Lao Tzu

Last year I was doing everything right....tracking food (eating within the calorie range); drinking 8+ cups of water; exercising the way I know I should (and felt good); Sparking every day and enjoying every minute. I was less than 20 pounds from my goal.

Than something happened. Having always "yoyo" dieted, this time I just knew I could succeed........just felt right. With out realizing it I started to spiral backward........further and further away from my goal. I knew I could turn this around, but I (obviously) chose not to. Why? I didn't know, but what I did know is that I kept spiraling backward....got close to the holidays and well just gave up on trying to get back on track. I'm a Gemini and I think my other self took over when I was spiralling down.....it was like someone else was controlling my thoughts and sabotaging me. It really was me, but I believe it was my subconscious mind playing with me. So I thought long and hard and decided a new year a new me.

Having read that quote I think I know what happened. I was afraid of succeeding...could I really continue on this journey for the rest of my life? I never lived like this before....healthier, happier for any length of time. You know the drill.....life just gets in the way and revert back to old habits (cuz it was always easier than).

A light bulb went off over my head and I realized my fear of succeeding and "failing" to do the things I know I should be doing was just plain wrong. This time I am starting out with only two goals (so far) and am definitely succeeding with them. I will add other goals as I go along this journey and when I get back to the "less than 20 pounds" from my goal I WILL get stronger in my commitment so I WILL succeed. I WILL give as much to the "end" as I am in the (new) beginning.

Thanks for stopping by and hugs going out to all who read this. Have a happy/healthy beginning to your journey and remember to give as much to (the middle) and the end (every day here after). And here's hoping that we all have AHA moments through out our journey.

  
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MARBELLA008 1/21/2012 3:55AM

    I loved your blog today....this seems to always happen. We get close, then slack off. Some make it tho, so let´s keep trying. Good luck in this time around.
Hugs,
Lynda

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FIT2BETHIN 1/17/2012 4:47PM

    Gosh AuntB! The words in your blog were in my head....how did you do that? I, too, have gotten so close....only to lose sight of my goals and languish. I've often thought that I am afraid of success, but was afraid to admit it. I'm going to keep that in mind as I plow forward with my "New Year, New Me". Thanks for this insightful blog!
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JUSTA123 1/15/2012 10:20AM

    What great insight! You have definitely pin pointed a problem many of us have! emoticon

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PAULA482 1/14/2012 3:40PM

    I think you hit the nail on the head with this one! Seems like a lot of us can identify with this. I lost 45 pounds by May of last year then summer hit and we were on the go constantly and had company most of the summer and I just fell back into my old ways and it continued until now! I have gained 10 of the 45 back and decided to "start over" with the mind set that I am getting healthier and NOT going on yet another diet!

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ps. You were right about the emoticons! Thanks!

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MADKAPKID 1/13/2012 10:55PM

    Barb, this is a really great blog. IT spoke to me and there are parts of it were as if they were written by me about me. Here is to our "AH HA" moments.... ya know, we can do this! We really can. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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TLRANEL 1/13/2012 9:18PM

    What a great realization, and something I hadn't thought of. I appreciate you sharing this so that I can think about it ahead of time and prepare for when I get there. So glad you recognize the pitfall and commit to avoiding it this time around. You will meet your goal!
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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/13/2012 6:50PM

    It is a great quote, especially since when you get closer to goal it gets more challenging and you can't afford to ease up.

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1CRAZYDOG 1/13/2012 6:37PM

  Oh, you have written a blog full of truth!! Until I decided that I was committed to this, even if I had to do it on an hourly, daily, weekly and/or monthly basis, I left myself room to fail. When I decided I was in it for the long haul (and with any change, that kinda chafes the psyche . . . FOREVER!) I moved forward, I got to goal, I maintained. My point is . . . you'll get there, my dear friend!! Your AHA moment is the beginning. Now you need to write that middle and ending to your story.

I tell you, TURTLEBEAR's wallpaper says, "This is NOT how the story is going to end!" it just spoke to me! I am in charge of how the story goes . . . the beginning, the middle and the end. Empowering.

You are a beautiful sparkling Sparker!!



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KITTYKATGIRL7 1/13/2012 5:58PM

    Yes Barb!! That's exactly it!! I am so excited for you that you've had the moment and that you're moving forward. I did something similar...I lost almost eighty pounds, had Onederland within sight (227) and then I just stopped. I didn't give up exactly, but I started yo-yo'ing and went back up to almost 250. Now, I'm hovering around 235 and I can't wait to get to my low number so that I can begin losing new amounts. Thanks for reminding me what's important emoticon

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CIVIAV 1/13/2012 5:16PM

    Yeah Barb! If I wasn't feeling pre verbal, I might have written this. As it is, I relate. I often will coach my clients that they are rewarded at work for the end of the story - the result. How (un)funny that I forgot it for my journey. I particularly related to your statement about watching yourself spiral and not being able to find the wherewithal to stop yourself. I've been living that.

What's changing a bit for me is that I am watching myself do this and seeing how nasty I've been to myself. I needed to see this again. Another bump on the road toward self loving.

Keep up the good work or even just keep going toward that self loving. I figure it will pay off eventually just because it is my dream...
Happy Friday!
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No resolutions for me....

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Every New Years eve I reflect on the past year. Looking at the blessings I have received, the trials I have endured, the things I have accomplished and the things I have not. After this reflection I put together a list of wants and needs for the new year and say a prayer for the strength to get me through....
I am a God fearing person, so I pray daily...
I am still over weight so I will do better this year to become that healthy person I want to be. I have rearranged my goals for achieving this and I just know (can feel it in my bones) that this year I WILL succeed.

Along this journey of life I have made many new friends and kept the "old" ones in my heart. Without all of you this could be a lonely, boring expedition.

May we all have a successful year, full of love and laughter. Let's try to change the things that we can; accept the things we cannot and above all strive to know the difference. Let's keep the "try" in triumph; forget about yesterday; start anew today and not worry about tomorrow!

Thanks for stopping by. HUGS to all who read this and have a healthy day.

  
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WILDFIREKRISTIN 1/13/2012 2:54PM

    Awesome blog! You are keeping life and our journeys in perspective and living out your own blog. Thank you for sharing!

Hugs,

K

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MORTICIAADDAMS 1/7/2012 7:14PM

    I'm with you, sister. This is our year. We are going to make it a good one.

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KATHRYNLP 1/7/2012 10:59AM

    Hope your 2012 is everything you hope it will be... emoticon

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CIVIAV 1/2/2012 10:11AM

    HNY! emoticon

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ESYLVANTUTOR207 1/1/2012 7:33PM

    Hi Barb....Yes, the New Year is finally here and it is time to re-ignite the Spark and continue on this long and often difficult journey or as you call it an "expedition." I love that word....because an "expedition" is a time to explore and uncover new things and that's what we are doing as we try to become healthier and develop new habits. It is a long expedition and we have much to learn about ourselves and the world around us that affect how we deal with food.

I am still learning and the road is often very difficult, but I do know that I will NEVER GIVE UP! I also LOVE the serenity prayer and I have often repeated it to myself many times when things were difficult.

I am not making any New Year's resolutions either, but I am setting some goals, like you and Karen. I printed out the January calendar from Spark and I am going to try and follow the suggestions that are offered each day.

Thank you for being my friend and I am so happy that we can continue on this road together. Let's make 2012 a year of success, health and a number on the scale that makes us smile.

Lots of hugs.....Martha
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GRANDMA_SANDY48 1/1/2012 7:31PM

    Hugs back to you. I enjoyed reading your blog. emoticon

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MSLZZY 1/1/2012 3:16PM

    This was perfect! HUGS!

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MAUITN 1/1/2012 3:08PM

    I am so thankful for the many friends I have met here on SparkPeople. People that I have never met in person and most likely never will and yet, they become so close, so supportive and so very important in our lives. Thank you for being there.

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MADKAPKID 1/1/2012 1:34PM

    No resolutions for me either....I have set myself some goals...and will work to make them become reality...OR closer to reality. The last paragraph says it all. I am with you on that one! Have a joy filled first day of the new year, Karen emoticon

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FIT2BETHIN 1/1/2012 1:16PM

    You'll do GREAT! emoticon

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KITTYKATGIRL7 1/1/2012 1:06PM

    Beautifully put... Happy New year!!!

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Just had to share

Friday, December 09, 2011

I heard this last night watching one of my favorite TV programs "Bones". Made me laugh at first than thought it really made a lot of sense especially for those of us on this ongoing journey to a healthier lifestyle.
"The only difference between TRY and TRIUMPH is a little UMPH"
If we put a little more "umph" in our journey WE WILL SUCCEED.

On a different note....just love my new washer and dryer. Look out dirty clothes I'm equipped to get rid of you.....

HUGS to all who read this and have yourself a very happy, healthy day!

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JUSTFOXXY 12/29/2011 8:56AM

    That is going on my 2012 vision board. Thanks!

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FITJEANS 12/29/2011 8:24AM

    hey Hey Happy Holidays my friend. Def missed ya so I had to come back and visit ya. Love this post it is the truth. Im going to use this quote to try and motvated me ans some of my friends.

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GRANDMA_SANDY48 12/13/2011 4:53AM

    I like Bones too! Hope the new washer and dryer are all that you expect. emoticon

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THINAGIN2 12/9/2011 9:58PM

    Thanks for sharing this! I try to get a little more "umph" all of the time but am not sure that I do. I like "Bones", too!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/9/2011 9:11PM

    I'm hoping to get a new washer and dryer very soon and have not made my mind up what I want.

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JUSTA123 12/9/2011 6:59PM

    Love it and by the way I just got a new washer and dryer also trying it out now!

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CIVIAV 12/9/2011 4:32PM

    Umph!

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REACHING4HOME 12/9/2011 12:14PM

    Has she had that baby yet on Bones? I don't get to watch it on a regular basis and was really surprised that she was pregnant. I am assuming that the baby is Booth's. Am I right?
Erin

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MAUITN 12/9/2011 10:48AM

    Hugs emoticon right back at ya!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/9/2011 9:22AM

    This is a great reminder that I'll remember. Thanks!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/9/2011 9:19AM

  LOVE that spin on TRIUMPH! Going to use that one!

Look out laundry, here Barb comes!

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MADKAPKID 12/9/2011 9:13AM

    I watched the show last night and LOVED that saying too.....IT is SPOT ON! I am not going off to put a little "UMPH" in my day too! Glad you like your new washer and dryer.... Have a holly jolly Friday and a weekend filled with joy. Karen emoticon

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KELLIGIRL523 12/9/2011 8:52AM

    That's one of my favorite quotes too!

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GAYLLYNNE 12/9/2011 8:47AM

    Great quote!!! Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your laundry, I'm jealous!!

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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 12/9/2011 8:39AM

    Thank you for sharing...makes me more determined to put a little "umph" in my day.
New washer and dryer..the things that just make our days better! Enjoy the battle!

Laurie

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DAWNDMOORE40 12/9/2011 8:30AM

    I am glad you like your new dryer! emoticonfor sharing that note of inspiration! I can always use that every day! God bless you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KATHRYNLP 12/9/2011 8:25AM

    I saw that too and thought.. hmmmm... good one! emoticon

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FLGIRL1234 12/9/2011 8:21AM

    That's cute! Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful day!

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