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Week 1 DONE - ahhhh

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Last night at midnight ended my 1st week back on SP, my 1st week back trying to eat well, my 1st week back trying to exercise, my 1st week back getting off my butt and most importantly my 1st week to a new healthier me.

Since I've been on hiatus from life for the past 5 months I figured I'd take it slow and build up so that I wouldn't fail. I set my first weeks goals as this:

Week 1:
Walk - 20 min/5 days
Wii Fit - 2 days
No fast food

Here is what I achieved:

Week 1:
Walk - 20 min/3 days, 30 minutes/2 days
Wii Fit - 2 days
No fast food - 7 days
Weight loss - 1/2 pound

It's not a lot; but it meant that there was time I wasn't sitting on the couch. I didn't eat as well as I should have as I made the mistake of buying 3 lbs of my favorite locally made cheese and then eating it all in 3 days (ugh). I also did a bit of "carbo loading" - okay it wasn't like athletes do it was just me craving carbs and shoving them down my throat.

I am proud of the making it through the 1st week and am heading into week 2 with gusto.

  
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SILVERUNICORN15 9/10/2010 11:11AM

    Okay, so you weren't perfect...But you're definitely back on track! Way to go!

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KAPOWILICIOUS 9/8/2010 5:18PM

    You did awesome! I'm trying to walk every day now too. I started out walking, and was pretty successful. When I started all that fancy crap (P90X every day of the week) I eventually got burnt out and just...quit everything. Back to the basics :)

Way to go on finishing your 1st week, and I'd say a 1/2 pound is serious cause for celebration.

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MOLS626 9/8/2010 1:07PM

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CWYNN01 9/8/2010 12:34PM

    emoticon emoticon You did good for your 1st week back on track. Don't dis-credit what you did b/c something is always BETTER THAN NOTHING!!

Keep it up Amy!

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CHRIMSONFYRE 9/8/2010 11:58AM

    Congrats on your first week success! 1/2 pound is something! Remember it's baby steps, we can't change everything over night, so work on small things one at a time!
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I'm Back

Thursday, September 02, 2010

As some of you know I have had a rough twelve months and took some time off of SP to find my way again. Well I don't know that I found my way, but I have found more time. Time that I need to dedicate to myself.

When my life went to heck I threw myself into some non-profit work that I loved. However since I can't ever seem to say no to anything I went from doing odds and ends for them to working 40-50 hours a week for them on top of my paying 40 hour a week job. Along with that came stress, bad eating, no time for exercise, no time for anything really. For awhile it was all good, it's easy to not think about your life or how you are treating your body when you are that busy. A comment from my mom about never being able to get in touch with me finally brought me back to reality. I took a breath and realized that I was using all this work as a stop gap to keep myself from having to really deal with the bad things that had happened in my life. While I was breathing I realized that I had put on 25 lbs in the last 12 months; I had started smoking again; I was really, really tired; my entire body ached; and I couldn't remember the last time I had a good nights sleep.

So I cut back on my non-profit work to just a few hours a week, tossed all the "bad food" and dusted off my tennis shoes.

I've decided to start off slow and work upwards. Small goals for each week, no major long term thoughts so I don't get discouraged.

I've missed you my SP friends and can't wait to spend some time catching up!

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KAPOWILICIOUS 9/8/2010 5:15PM

    Totally missed this post! Glad you are back. I just re-started stage one of SP about 2 weeks ago :) Try, try, and try again!

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CWYNN01 9/4/2010 5:35PM

    emoticon Happy to have you back Amy!!!

Glad to see you re-join us.

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DIFROMWYOMING 9/3/2010 5:36PM

    Well THERE you are! emoticon
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.
Yeah, I haven't done anything real positive since you left here, either. I'm here...but I'm not sure that is always a positive thing!
I'm happy to see you back, and I will hope we both can get ourselves sorted out!
Hugs, Di

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MOLS626 9/3/2010 1:10PM

    WELCOME BACK.

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SILVERUNICORN15 9/2/2010 11:07AM

    Good to see you back!

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EMMAJEAN50 9/2/2010 11:00AM

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It is good to see you here! welcome back ! start slow and mean it and you will be fine..
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I'm Leaving

Friday, April 09, 2010

I often wonder about people in my groups who disappear from the SP radar. I worry about them and hope they are okay. I wonder if they met their goals and stopped SP or if they gave up completely.

That being said is why I am writing this blog. I have been on vacation for the last week and it gave me the downtime I haven't had in almost a year to decompress and to reflect on the last year. I came to the realization that SP isn't working for me at this stage. It has become a chore that I do every day, it has lost it's spark for me and I feel pressured to complete it.

I have decided I am going to take the summer to go back to the plan I was using when I started loosing weight. Watching what I eat and my simple mileage/time/speed excel chart to track my cardio.

After summer is over I will come back to SP and hopefully be able to find the things that I once loved about SP.

  
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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 5/10/2010 11:54PM

    I know what you mean about SP not working at this stage.

I know there are people who really work the program using SP, and lose weight and keep losing weight or keep off what they lost. But, there are so many who just get so caught up in SP that it takes over their life, and then their whole program goes down the drain. After all, a sedentary life does not make for a slim and healthy body. An active life will get you further towards your goals than sitting.


I still can't wholly disengage from SP, but have cut way back, and am making nice strides in making the changes I want to make in my life. I must say that less computer time has made for a happier, more fullfilling life. I often feel like I am missing out on something here at SP, but if I spend a lot of time here then I am missing out on living my life. I figure when the 'final day' comes it isn't gonna matter if I spent a lot of time sitting at a computer screen. It is more important I am out there in the 'real world', living the most of life while I have it. I figure there isn't enough time for everything I want / or need to do, so I really have to better set priorities. So, the time I do spend on SP I make priority. I am here briefly each day, and then I am off to live life in the 'real world'. And it is really nice.

I think your vacation is a really good idea. You may find that you really don't want to spend too much time sitting in front of a computer either.

Amber

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KLEONIKI 5/10/2010 8:27AM

    I kind of relate to this "SP holidays"
Enjoy your holidays then and take care!
Hope you will inform us for the fine results in the future!
k.

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MEDDYPEDDY 5/10/2010 2:00AM

    I wondererd what happened to you and somehow missed this! Hope you find what you need and hope to see you again!

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K10BFIT 4/18/2010 11:32PM

  Sorry I've missed this post too! I look forward to hearing from you again and hope the time away is good to you.

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QUEENCHRISWALSH 4/17/2010 8:48AM

    Take care of yourself and I hope you find what you need :)

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JUNEBUG1944 4/14/2010 10:38PM

    Good luck to you! Come back soon!

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SILVERUNICORN15 4/14/2010 2:05PM

    Amy, we are definitely going to miss you around here. You should still have my personal email. I hope you will keep in touch. It may not be the daily contact we had on Spark, but I consider you a friend and hope you feel the same of me.

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KAPOWILICIOUS 4/13/2010 5:04PM

    Dang! I've been away from SP for the last week or so and totally missed this post! I can relate to it though, I'm finding it harder and harder to find time to log on here. I haven't logged my food in probably a month. But I do know that SP has helped me start many healthy habits, and I know I'll be keeping those up whether I have time to log on or not.

Anyhow- you message me when you get back! :)

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MSJULIANA 4/13/2010 8:50AM

  I hate that I missed you. We don't know each other, but I'm also a huge Douglas Adams fan. I saw a reply on a poll question, and you had the Don't Panic logo, so I had to come see your blog. I remember listening to Hitchhiker's Guide on BBC Radio. Please look me up when you come back. Towel Day is coming up!

Kai'leen

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RAMPANTPANDA 4/10/2010 7:33AM

    A break may be just what you need :) Good luck!

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CARTOONB 4/10/2010 12:18AM

    I'll miss you! I'm glad to hear that you have a plan and you're doing what is right for you. Hope to see you when you come back. Enjoy your summer!!

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EM_ORTIZ 4/9/2010 11:46PM

    Take care of yourself, sweetie!

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NANC304 4/9/2010 9:53PM

    I'm sorry that you're leaving, but I understand that you need to do what you need to do. Good luck. We'll miss you.

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EMMAJEAN50 4/9/2010 1:25PM

    I want to say I appreciate all the hard work and challenges you have done with the team, and I will miss you while you are gone. you should never feel like this is a chore or work, so hopefully a few months away will bring the spark back for ya! emoticon

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ROLLER-GIRL 4/9/2010 12:07PM

    I agree that this shouldn't be a chore. Only you know what's right for you, and Sparkpeople isn't a requirement for living a healthy life. I appreciate all of your support!

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WILDFLOWER- 4/9/2010 11:51AM

    We all have to do what we have to do. I'll miss you and I thank you for the supoort you've given me in the past. I appreciate it and I need you to know that you've helped me on my journey.

Best wishes to you! Chores are not fun - life is too short - so enjoy my friend!

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DBELLE39 4/9/2010 8:06AM

    You will be missed --hope you find the success with your other weight loss plan. See you when you return!

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MOMMYOF2CUTIES 4/9/2010 8:01AM

    I hope that wherever your journey leads you, that you will be successful. I found I had to leave here for a while too once it became a chore rather than something I needed and enjoyed. I have now been back for a few months and I am enjoying it now. I hope that is the case for you, as you will be missed. But wherever the road may lead you, may you be healthy and Blessed.

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GERRY_BEAVERS 4/9/2010 6:33AM

    you seem to have done well with SP but I understand if it starts to feel like a chore. I hope you reach your goals in whatever way works best for you and know that you have friends here to support you if you want to come back later! The biggest advantage I have found with SP over other things is all the great people here wanting to help me in whatever I am doing. Good luck!!!

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PICKIE98 4/9/2010 6:23AM

    I saw your blog and was sad that you are not staying a Sparker, but you know what is best for you. Not to lecture, but maybe the teams you are in just do not inspire you! I belong to a team that gets together every once in awhile, some of us visit each other..(We all live within 50 miles of each other) If there was a local team, like one in your city, could you get together with some of them to walk, share victories or goals??
The beauty of this site is nothing is set in stone; if all you need is the food tracker or videos, so be it..
Nuff said, but I wish you speed and good health in the new lifestyle, and hope to see your new you" pics laer on, if you choose.. Linda

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EEKTHECAT 4/9/2010 6:23AM

    Best of luck on your journey. Getting healthy shouldn't be a chore. It's good to take a break if you feel you are just going through the motions. If your heart isn't in it and it doesn't bring you the motivation it used to, it's time to try something that will work for you. Maybe when you come back with a new perspective, like you said, you can find something that "Sparks" your interest again.

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WAY2GO5 4/9/2010 6:15AM

    We loved the pleasure of your company and wish you well on your journey to slimness. Come back refreshed and renewed! and may God bless you.

Way

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Snow, Sun, Food, Fun

Monday, March 15, 2010

So I had a wonderful weekend and wanted to share a little Idaho beauty with all of you.

Saturday was my friend's birthday I let her pick where we wandered to for her birthday. Now she is the outdoorsy type, loves camping and hunting and stuff; unlike me likes to look but not be actually touched by nature - you know dirt and stuff is, well, dirty (sometimes we wonder why we are friends). But she is the greatest friend so I told her to pick whatever. So bright and early I was up and out of bed to be greeted by white fluffy snow (which doesn't happen much in Boise), got in the car and picked her up with no plans what so ever. So we opened the map and decided to drive north into the mountains towards a little town called Stanley (population 100). Now they get a ton of snow up there - the road leading to the town is closed for about 4 months of the year - those of you who know me know that I love snow, so this was bound to be fun.

30 minutes north of Boise on Hwy 21 this is what we found:





It was nature in all of it's glory and about 27 degrees. We got out of the car and walked in the snow (silly me wearing tennis shoes spent the rest of the day with wet feet) and took some photos.

Then back on the road we went further up the mountain, when we passed the snow line we came across this wonderful find:

Yep a hot spring flowing into the river and us with no change of clothes (we are going back later in the year to go soak up the heat).

Further up the road we ran into the 1st of 9 giant herds of elk (we counted almost 500 elk, 150 deer and 20 wild turkeys that day).


Again back in the car and up the mountain we went and stopped to hike along the beautiful clear river:


Then we turned around and stopped a little place called Haven Hot Springs where you can rent a cabin with a private hot springs tub right outside your room. While we didn't stay in the cabins we did eat lunch there. And can you say UMMMMMM.

After that it was back to Boise down the other side of the mountain where the sun was shining and the sky was blue!

What a perfect day filled with snow, sun, food and fun!



  
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MOUSEWEILER 3/23/2010 1:30PM

    This is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing the photos -- I am inspired, calmed and jealous all at the same time! emoticon

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RAMPANTPANDA 3/16/2010 8:40AM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. What a beautiful place!

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ONMYWEIGH 3/16/2010 2:24AM

    Love the pictures. I'm from Montana and grew up with views like that. Thanks for the walk down memory lane!

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SILVERUNICORN15 3/15/2010 5:17PM

    What a wonderful day! The pictures are beautiful!

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KAPOWILICIOUS 3/15/2010 4:36PM

    Very jealous! I am itching to get up north (Duluth MN area) and go hiking :) I have to ask- you said you got two puppies adopted- do you work in a shelter?

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CREATINGAMANDA 3/15/2010 1:04PM

    Beautiful pictures and it sounds like a great day! Do you like nature a TAD more now? (I mean being in it, not looking at it)

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I Did it - Day 1

Friday, February 26, 2010

First let me just shout out my thanks to all my SP friends for all the encouragement the last few months.

THANKS THANKS THANKS SPers!!

With all of you surrounding me (I swear you were all standing in my bedroom last night) I went home from work and walked on my treadmill. I kept you all in my head reminding me that something is better than nothing. I just kept saying to myself at least do 10 minutes. Well guess what I did 31 before the pain in my foot got the better of myself. When I glanced at the time on the tread I let out a loud WOO HOO (scared the cat). It's been since about November since I did much of anything so I was so thrilled that I did those minutes without thinking about it. And guess what else? I felt good. I feel better today than I have in a long time and I'm looking forward to going home tonight and walking a little more.

Thank you all for your caring support, I would have just thrown in the towel without you there encouraging me.

  
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MOLS626 3/1/2010 12:51PM

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I am soooooooo proud of you!

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KAPOWILICIOUS 2/28/2010 4:31PM

    GREAT!!! Way to get back in there! This blog is definitely my motivation for exercising today (because I would much rather curl up in bed and take a nap...).

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CWYNN01 2/27/2010 8:40PM

    emoticon Diva!! Glad you pushed thru the Pain, that's the Diva I know!!! YOU ROCK!!! Just 10 minutes a day is better than 0 minutes a day!!! Take it every other day or even every other 2 days if you have to but just push yourself a little at a time!

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CRUZIN2LOSE 2/27/2010 9:19AM

    Double emoticon!!! Just a little each day and before you know it you'll be doing marathons! Great work. Keep it up!

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NANC304 2/27/2010 9:15AM

    That's great! Keep it up! You can do it!

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They all apply and I'm very proud of you! Keep it up!!

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MAMATOBI 2/26/2010 8:19PM

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IILAAD65 2/26/2010 3:16PM

    Sounding very upbeat!! Remember how this feels and want more!

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ROLLER-GIRL 2/26/2010 1:36PM

    LOL at scaring the cat! Good for you for getting back to it!

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SILVERUNICORN15 2/26/2010 1:34PM

    Hey, I think I see a little of that pep showing! LOL

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CREATINGAMANDA 2/26/2010 1:26PM

    Yaaaay for you! That's so exciting! I always feel so much better when I exercise too. Keep it up - every day, a little bit! emoticon

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