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Woke up feeling B.L.A.H.

Friday, August 13, 2010

I woke up this morning feeling b l a h.........

B - Bewildered: emoticon can I make it through another hot, humid day.
I love living in Wisconsin, having the four seasons, but sometimes the
seasons just go on and on and on.........

L - Lethargic: emoticon can I muster up enough "get up and go" to
mow the lawn today.........it's just way too long. Did I mention it's hot?

A- Agitated: emoticon another day of not being able to just go for a walk
and "smell the roses"........again becuz of the heat!

H- Heavy : emoticon like in dense or maybe it's a feeling of being bloated.
You know when you drink a ton water and it decides to cling to every inch
of you just to keep you hydrated.

Having said all of that........I will "practice what I preach" Today is going to be a good day. A new adventure into the journey of my lifestyle change.

I WILL think of those cold, snowy days of winter when you can only go outside to shovel (that should cool the mind) in the heat.

I WILL get out and mow the lawn (takes care of my exercise for the day)

I WILL take a couple of deep breaths and just accept what I cannot change (that should calm the agitation)

I WILL continue to drink my 8+ glasses of water today, after all I can't retain it forever (or is that even possible?)

Hope everybody who reads this has a good day and appreciates (like I do) what SP has done for me. Learning how to make lemonade out of a lemon "attitude"

P.S. Just noticed today is Friday the 13th......could that be a "blah" day?
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HOPEFULSNAIL204 8/28/2010 2:38PM

  I like your description of BLAH and your skillful use of emoticons!
Thank you for this (not BLAH ) blog. Blessings emoticon

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GEMINI-SKY 8/23/2010 8:54AM

    We Must have the Same Scale ! ! !

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MAGPIE74 8/13/2010 6:13PM

    The humid weather this time of the year gets really old, really fast. B l a h is a great way to describe it. But you have given yourself a great pep talk out of it.

If you are in the same weather pattern that we are in Minnesota, the humidity is suppose to break Sunday. I will make every effort to pass the dry air your way emoticon

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MSLZZY 8/13/2010 4:55PM

    I have to laugh at my aunt who said she really believed in all the Friday the 13th ideas. But I knew she was teasing. I can see now that you have the same sense of humor she did!

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GEMINI-SKY 8/13/2010 2:44PM

    Hope the day is going better than this morning.
Stay strong and do what's on your list...What's the Nike saying??? JUST DO IT ! ! !
OXOX

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MSLZZY 8/13/2010 10:55AM

    Friday the 13th is never a blah day! Just do the best you can and tomorrow, it will be a memory! Make it a good one! HUGS!

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QUOOTIE 8/13/2010 9:50AM

    The heat should lift soon, if just for a day. I am in Saskatchewan and today is cool and cloudy. I think your weather comes from the north west. Anyway... keep going your blog was great, it made me smile. I was struggling with those same feelings until this morning--but I cheated and paid a kid to cut my grass and I went to work out in airconditioning. You have a much better attitude!

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Just reset my program.....and gave myself a pep talk

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Boy am I bummed..... emoticonI was on the 5 step program and decided to switch over to the Spark diet program.

Lost all my menus from the past 9 weeks.
Lost the 11.5 pounds (on my tracker) that I already lost....... I knew I was going to start over...just didn't think it through completely.

I was having trouble finding the correct calorie count I should have daily. I kept going under the lower range. Come to find out the 5 step plan was actually a maintenance plan. I misread the whole thing...........my fault.

This will have to be a new beginning for me on paper......my first new beginning started back in May when I started SP and started finding all the great friends I have made so far. I've learned a lot along the way and I know I will continue learning (and helping) when and where I can.

I should have done this Sunday.......to start the new week...Maybe I'll just do that..........go under the radar until Sundays weigh-in. The only person who will know what I ate, drank, whether I really did do the exercise or read the motivational articles....................gee that would be me.

If I learned anything from my Spark friends is I will be accountable for my actions or lack of. So I will be here doing what I've learned to do in the past 9 weeks..................10+ minutes of exercise daily, 5+ fruits/veggies daily and don't forget about the 8+ glasses of water......................

Thanks for listening................I feel better already. emoticon

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HOPEFULSNAIL204 8/28/2010 2:34PM

  Thanks for the hug. emoticon back at you.! I can REALLY relate to that " just didn't think it through completely " thing.
Blessings emoticon

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GEMINI-SKY 8/11/2010 1:50PM

    I love your blogs. And your dedication...Sorry you lost the past 9 weeks of info, but you'll do great...

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MSLZZY 8/11/2010 8:24AM

    Being accountable is great but so sorry you lost your info. Just do the best you can! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Results of daily weighing....

Sunday, August 08, 2010

About three weeks ago I decided to experiment with daily weighing........read an article about the pros and cons so I thought I would try it. One 'pro' to this would be less stress than weekly weigh in's....................
I found it easier to say "Let it go Louie" when the number stayed the same or went up. Did a little more self pep talking (sometimes in front of the mirror for visual effect)
Even after having a great day of food tracking and exercising and water drinking the number on the scale didn't move, but my attitude did..............."it's only a number" not a scale of my achievements.
They say you could see a pattern in your weight loss (or not) and make some kind of adjustments with food etc. The only pattern I saw was 2-3 days of staying the same and than go up or go down by 1/2 pound. Didn't see a need to change what I was doing.
Now the question is will I continue?
I think so................working hard everyday and being consistent in my goal of a healthy lifestyle doesn't lie solely in a number that shows up on a device that has no sense of humor. Or maybe it does have a sense of humor and the joke is on me..............HAHA! I'm going to keep emoticon and laugh at the emoticon when I need to......
Hope you all have a good day and don't let that scale rule your lifestyle.......

  
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FITJEANS 9/28/2010 10:10AM

    So i love this blog i love how you experimented. i find that im one of those people who ways in everyday, the scale is my friend once was afraid of it but realized its just telling me what ive been doing. if its up its because i havent been doing everthing that im suppose too and i had some pizza emoticon yeah that will make it go up but if im eating right it shows me how much of a good job that i have been doing and it gives me a new number that makes me happpy. The scale once was my enemy it made me feel bad at times but not no more. like you said the scale can not rule your life and it doesnt ne more. I emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 8/9/2010 11:32PM

    Whatever it takes LOL! Some weeks I avoid "Sam" like the plague and the next week, he is my best friend.

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WILLITWORK1 8/9/2010 5:27PM

    Great Post! I've fought with the scale enough that I don't freak out either way. Thanks for stopping by my blog and being so encouraging!

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MAGPIE74 8/8/2010 11:07AM

    I read the article about daily weigh ins as well. It's nice to read the results of someone who tried this method out. I am glad it is working for you. But which ever method one uses concerning weigh ins the important lesson, and the moral of your blog is your concluding line "don't let that scale rule your lifestyle"

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GEMINI-SKY 8/8/2010 9:51AM

    What a Great way of looking at the scale. Mine has a Huge sense of Humor....

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ABC's about me.

Saturday, August 07, 2010

Found this on a Spark friend page, copied it and put in my info.............you might want to so the same and pass it along............good way to get to know some things about a person........ have a good day!
A - Age: 63
B - Bed size: Double
C - Chore you hate: Scrubbing the bathroom
D - Dog's name: No dogs yet
E - Essential start your day item: one cup of coffee
F - Favorite color: Green
G - Gold or Silver: Either
H - Height: 5'4"
I - Instruments you play: Piano (not real good at it)
J - Job title: Retired General Inspector - manufacturing
K - Kid(s): son and step son (both adults)
L - Living arrangements: Living with husband Chet
M - Mom's name was: Frances
N - Nickname(s): Schnookums, dear, "B", Barb
O - Overnight hospital stay other than birth: Appendectomy
P - Pet Peeve: People on cell phone instead of paying attention to the road
Q - Quote from a movie: "Play it again, Sam" Casablanca
R - Right or left handed: Right
S - Siblings: 2 brothers
T - Time you wake up: 6 AM or so
U- First word that comes to your mind for "U": umbrella
V - Vegetable you dislike: Okra (sorry okra lovers)
W - Ways you run late: always on time or early
X - X-rays you've had: chest, mammo, teeth, spine
Y - Yummy food you make: fish w/lemon butter, chicken tenders, 5 hour beef w/noodles
Z - Zoo favorite: Giraffe emoticon

  
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HOPEFULSNAIL204 8/28/2010 2:24PM

  That's an impressive list! Thank you for the info. You are quite interesting! Blessings emoticon

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MAGPIE74 8/8/2010 10:59AM

    It's nice to get to know you better. I think I'll do the same on my blog soon. I'm not sure if I can beat snhookums for a nickname but I will come close!
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GEMINI-SKY 8/7/2010 5:12PM

    Hi Barb Schnookums, So glad you did this. It's nice to know a bit more about you.
Thx for sharing. emoticon

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Another month has gone by

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Well, here we are a new day, week and month all together. Day started out gloomy........looked outside could barely see my back yard the fog was so thick.
Sun started coming out about an hour later and now the sun is just smiling down on us.
Back in February I was doing e-diet on line. It worked well for me and I lost 10 pounds. Than while searching the net I found "Sparkpeople". Went through a lot of the site and decided to give it a try. Here we are a couple of months later and I have lost another 10 pounds, but gained so much more. Before "Sparkpeople" I was just dieting..................you know the routine...........eat too much, feel guilty maybe eat some more. Exercise once in a while, after all I was still losing weight.
Now I'm working towards a healthy and happy lifestyle. I bought "The Spark" and read it. I'm pleased with how things are going. I understand more about what and why in the caloric intake and I understand the what and why about daily exercise. I feel more energized.
But the most important part of this journey are my new friends.........spark people just like me working towards the same end, feeling my feelings, and always there. Day or night I could get on my computer and some one would be there with "words of wisdom" I'm so glad I made the switch to "Sparkpeople" and am truly looking forward to this month and many more....... emoticon
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HOPEFULSNAIL204 8/28/2010 2:21PM

  emoticon,too. It's emoticon that we have found Sparkpeople! I feel like a part of the CHOSEN people!
Blessings emoticon

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KAPERK1 8/7/2010 5:21PM

    Well said.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/1/2010 4:59PM

  Barb --

I feel exactly the same way! Diet is a four letter word to me now -- it's LIFESTYLE. And even more importantly is the dear people on this list like yourself! Just makes the day brighter!

Yes, it was extremely foggy out here, too. But it started brightening up around 9 am. Now it's sunny and pretty out. Guess we're in for hot and humid the next couple of days. Wow!

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GEMINI-SKY 8/1/2010 4:46PM

    So Glad You came into my life, also. You as well as the others, really help make this New Lifestyle Journey a pleasure to do.

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MAGPIE74 8/1/2010 4:36PM

    How wonderful emoticon

I feel the same way. I'm not sure if I would still be 'dieting' with out the support and encouragement of my spark friends like you. But because of this community I feel strong and am focused on my goal. I am not 'dieting' I am changing my life style.

So - Thank You for being my Spark friend.

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INDIANA_SWEETIE 8/1/2010 4:29PM

    Hi Barb! You have been a true inspiration and a very special addition to spark people! Thanks for all your encouragement and being a good friend!
Glad your enjoying the sunshine!
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Marlena


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