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Lessons I learned on my first week back...(on track)

Sunday, January 09, 2011

I was among the many who got derailed during the holiday season. Mine started near the beginning of December and after the first of the year I finally found my brakes. Decided to start fresh....not from the beginning as I did have some progress last year. Weighed in using that number as my new starting point. I knew I was going forward.....made new goals, tracked food intake and calories burned. I will admit it wasn't easy after the downward spiral I chose to take. The worst part was the sore muscles that I neglected for that period of time.
I put in many hours to get my body moving in the right direction with only minimum soreness.
SO..... Never give up on some kind of daily exercise.
I tracked my food, staying within the caloric range; planned for those Badger game snacks, looked up nutritional info before heading out to a restaurant, diligently drank water and made sure I had 5-7 fruits/veggies every day.
SO..... All this "work" truly pays off.........I lost 4.5#'s this week just by doing what I was doing pre-derailment. These pounds are just some of those I gained back, but what a "Aha moment"........My body wants to co-operate as long as my mind doesn't get in the way! I'm off to a good start and don't plan on looking back.
As a good SP friend said "If your mind can conceive it and your heart does believe it, you can achieve it" (Thanks 1CRAZYDOG)
Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Have a healthy and happy day. And remember WE are all in this together.

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STRINGS58 1/14/2011 7:10PM

    emoticon emoticon I think those times of derailment will get shorter -- such success has a way of affecting that!

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CIVIAV 1/11/2011 1:09PM

    AHA! so happy we are starting an upward spiral together!

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LINDAKAY228 1/11/2011 10:08AM

    Way to go on getting back on track and that awesome loss, even if it was losing what had been regained. So many times in my life I gained but didn't lose again. So when we can pick ourselves up now and get back on track that's a marvelous accomplishment!

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JUSTA123 1/11/2011 10:01AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon amazing we all know eating and exercise is the key, but every once in a while we need to stray, but then sanity returns and we realize how great we felt following the plan! have a great day and thanks for stopping by my blog! emoticon

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DOWNTOWN02 1/10/2011 4:17PM

    A healthy mind=a healthy body :)

AWESOME on the preparation with your food choices..I think being prepared is key. In life we will have challenges and choices..but preparation makes a world of difference!

This is a journey...not a destination.

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SMALLONEDAY 1/10/2011 10:15AM

    emoticon you rock

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1CRAZYDOG 1/9/2011 8:54PM

    WOO HOO my dear Spark Friend! You have the right frame of mind to make things work. You KNOW you have all of us cheering you on. And above all, you KNOW you can do it

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MAUITN 1/9/2011 1:23PM

    Great first week! emoticon

Comment edited on: 1/9/2011 1:23:55 PM

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/9/2011 11:16AM

  i love how you admit your body will do it as long as your mind doesnt get in the way. weightloss is so much a mental game but YOU CAN DO IT :)

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JOANNS4 1/9/2011 8:43AM

    We can do this. I have a little book to journal in at night, just quick notes. It helps me right now. Thank you for sharing.
Jo Ann


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Letter to the Editor

Friday, January 07, 2011

By definition an editor is the person who determines the final content of a text....

I am going to be the editor of my journey to a healthier lifestyle.
I will determine if that sweet treat is necessary. I will determine if another exercise is what's needed for the day. I will determine if another glass of water will in deed make me explode.
I will determine what path to take and than walk forward proudly, because as the editor, the final word on the out come came from ME!

Have a good day and enjoy the journey we are on. Hugs to all who read this and thanks for your comments.

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69NURSE 1/8/2011 4:59PM

    Very well said. Now if only I can take it to heart, right? I like editing things so maybe this really does need to be my mindset. Thanks for sharing.

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OPALMOON 1/8/2011 8:35AM

    I like your determination!!

Good for you!

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DOWNTOWN02 1/7/2011 7:55PM

    very creative...what a great EDITOR! ;)

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/7/2011 7:49PM

  i like this! we are the editors to our life! :)

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1CRAZYDOG 1/7/2011 2:53PM

    Well said!!!

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DANCER71 1/7/2011 1:40PM

    Loved the blog! Hope you have an amazing weekend!

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CATLADY_56 1/7/2011 1:35PM

    What a wonderful attitude. You will for sure make you goals when you think like that and take control. emoticon emoticon

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SMALLONEDAY 1/7/2011 10:48AM

    great post thanks for sharing

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MUFFINSKI 1/7/2011 10:32AM

    Great post! It's true that, WE are in control of our lives, not friends, spouses, parents, children and least of all, FOOD!

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What a mistake.....

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

I just had a very tasty lunch. Turkey on grain bread with a little mayo (EVOO type)
Zinger pickle slices.....the hot ones. And than there was a new Yoplait frozen blueberry smoothie packet in the freezer that just called to me. So I couldn't resist.
I made the smoothie.............first time for this brand and let me tell you it was delicious. You are wondering what the mistake was............have a turkey sandwich and pickles OR a blueberry smoothie........not both........I am so stuffed. Although I have my exercise for the day in I will be going for a walk just to "unstuff" my belly.
Hope your day is going well. emoticon emoticon

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FITJEANS 1/6/2011 7:41PM

    Hey dont worry sounds like you made awesome choices to me, Its better then ordering pizza and eating the whole emoticon. Those are bad cals, and sounds like you ate healthy cals. NOw thats awesome. :-D Have a great nite!

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LIZZYGREENE 1/4/2011 3:02PM

  Good for you for talking another walk, anyway!

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AMYRENEE1967 1/4/2011 2:58PM

    But all of your food choices were good ones! Your body recieved milk, protien, fiber and vitamins. And now you know it is one or the other!! I am going to have to check out those smoothies! emoticon

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G1NNY7 1/4/2011 2:57PM

    Ah, we ALL do that. At least BOTH choices were healthy! You can do it!!! emoticon

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Day 1 (again)

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Good Morning, Everyone......and Happy New Year. It certainly will be a happy year.
I am re-committed to this program because I know it works. What you put in to it is what you get out of it. I have sat by the wayside for the past few weeks, but not any more..........I'm going to re-read "The Spark" because I'm sure I missed somethings in the first reading. My goals will be the same as last year with a little change of being more aggressive in reaching them.
I would like to thank all of my SP friends for the support you have shown to me last year and hopefully you. along with any new SP friends, will all continue with me on this journey of a healthier lifestyle.
Hugs to all who read this and have a healthy day.....move a little and stay hydrated.

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FITJEANS 1/6/2011 7:35PM

    hey aunt , def missed ya. I will be here and continue along with you on our journey to our goals in life no matter the goal or dream. We can do this and we will. We deserve this, we deserve to have what we always dreamed or, wanted. To see you reach your goals would make me excited with joy emoticon, so to 2011 cheers emoticon. Have a great nite.

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ESYLVANTUTOR207 1/3/2011 10:39AM

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. I did indeed fall down but I will start again today. Yes, SPARK does work and I am glad you are giving it another try. It's my 2nd time around too. Joined in October 2009,lost 15 pounds, then left and now returned October 2010. I just got the book so I am going to read it as well. Maybe there will be some fresh ideas I can learn that will make this long journey a bit easier. Have a great day!
Martha emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 1/3/2011 8:00AM

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OPALMOON 1/2/2011 5:13PM

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KATHYJO56 1/2/2011 4:46PM

    Barb, You are not the only one starting over. In fact, I think I should reread The Spark again also. There are things that everybody misses the first time around. I am so glad to see you around again. I missed you! Hugs

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    Yes, most of us are probably starting all over again, or at least refreshing our goals. We will all hang in there and support each other!!!

Carol from NE Ohio


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CIVIAV 1/2/2011 12:18PM

    Thanks for the hug! Back at you!

You better believe I'll be moving today - a 17th birthday dinner is to be held and then back to work tomorrow! Did we have a holiday? I think I missed it!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/2/2011 11:28AM

    Happy New Year! This is YOUR year and you know you can do it. You know we're the wind beneath your wings, too, so when you feel that "blah" we're here to lift you up.

Stay well, my SP friend!

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MAUITN 1/2/2011 10:08AM

    I am so thankful to have so many friends starting this program over with me. We can make this a really good year.

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SHARIKBONNER 1/2/2011 9:04AM

  I am so thankful I found this program. I have to do this! Your encouragements are so wonderful. Don't feel like I am the only one that isn't a size 2!!! emoticon

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FIFTYLIFFE 1/2/2011 9:00AM

  I'm just committing to the program here. I joined many months ago but didn't follow the programs. I"m committed now and I'm glad to see you back on track emoticon

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LOSTLIME 1/2/2011 8:59AM

    I am with you! I think that I missed something too! But I am going to do something about it this year! This is my year to finally reach the goal I set for myself.
Good luck to you on reaching your goals!

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ROSIE204 1/2/2011 8:54AM

    Congrats to you!!!! I think there are a lot of us that went by the sayside the last few weeks. However, the good thing is that we all can re-committ and know we can do it!!!!! Continued success to year and may you have a joyous, prosperous and healthy New Year!!!!!

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Not Sparking like I did before.....

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

I have not been sparking for the past few weeks like I used to. I have been here half heartedly. Not proud of this, but I take total responsibility for my actions or lack of them.
I feel like I'm sabotaging myself. I won't make any excuses, but I will say tracking has gone be the wayside and that in itself is how I have "failed" myself. I am not "beating" myself up, just stating some facts.
As I reflect on this past year I will say I am proud of the accomplishment of getting rid of a total of 25 #s since February.....15 on SP. I have learned what I can do if I put my mind to it and what truly worked for me: Sparking, tracking (everything), exercising regularly, being here for others and drinking plenty of water.....
I am going to make a promise to myself and you, my spark friends to come back mentally stronger and to make the commitment to follow through on my goals, even it it means starting with small goals to build up that momentum that got me this far. I will re-evaluate and go forward. I know set backs are only temporary and very much a part of the learning experience to becoming a healthier person. I need to challenge myself more and remember to take this journey one day at a time. To leave yesterday in the past and forget about tomorrow, just strive to be the best I can be today.
Hugs to all who read and comment on this blog.......May you have a very Blessed and Happy Holiday to those who celebrate Christmas. And for those who don't, have a happy, healthy week. Looking forward to the New Year!!!!!
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KAKIPOPUP 12/23/2010 4:04PM

    Sometimes we need a break, to get some perspective on the journey and to figure out where we need to go from here -

We'll be here when you get back - and thinking of you while you rest -


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GEMINI-SKY 12/23/2010 8:49AM

    Hi Barb...Good For YOU ! ! ! ! Back on Track....
You've got the tools and the desire...You Can Do It ! ! !
And Happy Holidays to you, Too...
Here's to Great 2011

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FITJEANS 12/22/2010 9:20AM

    I love the fact that you realize your down falls and that you havent given up completely on your self. Your willingness to still fight for yourself and take it to the next level awesome. I still believe in you and know that you can do this. YOuve accomplished alot this year. 2011 is gonna be a great year becuase you are gonna do the dang thang woo hoo aunt lets bring the new year in with a bang.

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SMALLONEDAY 12/22/2010 9:14AM

    i am right there with you need to get back in the swing of things wish my hubby would now when y=to keep his mouth shut :) you can do this and way to go on losing 25 lbs

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MSLZZY 12/22/2010 8:39AM

    We all lose our momentum at times for a variety of reasons. Just make an effort to get back on track. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OPALMOON 12/22/2010 7:11AM

    It is only natural to have ebbs and flows in life, and this is just one of them. Sometimes it is good to have a break and then bounce back renewed, refreshed and ready to go for it. I am sure you will get your 'Spark' back again!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/21/2010 8:25PM

    There are just times we have to sit back and look at the journey we've made so far and not travel (so to speak!) But when you're ready, you'll be on the path, strong, and ready to move. In the meantime, you know where we are here!

I wish you ever blessing this holiday and throughout the coming New Year. You are a very special person; don't ever forget that!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CIVIAV 12/21/2010 12:09PM

    Think of you while you are here and while you were remote.


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ANN777 12/21/2010 9:07AM

    Good job. I bet that you'll do great next year after the holidays!

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SUPERCLAM 12/21/2010 8:48AM

  It's a hard time of year for dieting. Take it easy now, make careful choices & watch your portions, and then jump back in after the new year.

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