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Reward for 60 pounds

Saturday, February 07, 2009

No, I haven't reached that but maybe if I pick out a reward then it'll come more quickly.

I am going to buy a new watch.

There it is...a watch. I didn't know what I wanted but that thought came to me so distinctly when I started thinking - a watch it is.

Here's hoping that I don't have to make it a joint birthday present in August :)

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TNDARLINGTON1 2/12/2009 2:37PM

    Rewards are the best. I reward myself, it is a good pat on the back. Once I reach 3 more pounds down, then new running shoes for me. SO each time I put them on I remember I am making progress one day at a time. emoticon

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BRINDOLYN 2/7/2009 8:09PM

    Rewards do help. I wish the best at reaching your goal!

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HUSKY__HANK 2/7/2009 2:21PM

  You can do it!!

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One week with no exercise

Monday, January 26, 2009

Leads to a very hard Monday morning workout! My legs were hurting, my breathing seemed to be harder - I should know that no exercise for a week has more detrimental effects than the obvious of no exercise for a week!

My goal is 4 times this week. If I do it for two weeks in a row I'm going to download OAR's cd from iTunes! Not until then.

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HUSKY__HANK 1/26/2009 9:14AM

  You can do it!!!

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Here I thought I could add

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Calories in my head.

I had a hectic day at work yesterday - 4 hours of meetings so I had a really late breakfast of cereal and then lunch a couple hours later. I was starving by dinner. We went out to dinner and I figured I had a lot of calories left. I opted for spaghetti and meat sauce (senior portion so it was small). I ate a salad and half of the garlic bread.

Still think I'm quite fine - I get a cookie from Target and then a when I get home a pudding.

I sit down and enter into Spark - close to 1600 calories. Good thing I didn't stop for dessert somewhere!

Now, I know that's an OK number. It was more an eye opener that I still need the tracker! Either that or I need to start paying more attention to totals that come up for certain meals so my mental addition is better.


One Year with Spark

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

I posted this on a message board yesterday but today I thought I'd like to keep my thoughts until next year and it'll probably be gone from the message boards by then!

It was a year ago today that I found Spark and what a wonderful year it's been. I was hoping to see 162 on the scale on this day but 165.5 is going to have to do. WOW, 57.5 pounds all from eating less and moving more! No crazy things, no pills, just using the great tools of Spark People.

Looking over my blogs and thinking back on the past year, I've learned a few things along the journey

1 - Treating myself as a friend is the greatest gift I can give myself. Loving, encouraging and reassuring myself are such useful things when some days are difficult.

2- There's always tomorrow - no, not to start but to improve! Having a bad day whether it"s at work, with your kids or with a partner happens all the time. We don't quit a job, stop parenting or walk out on a relationship - why do we allow ourselves to stop better eating or taking care of ourselves just because of a bad day?

3 - Succeeding in one area of my life makes me want to succeed in all areas. Confidence is an amazing feeling to have.

4- The scale - is what it is. It isn't something I can control so, although I check it daily, it can't determine my mood. No matter how much I want my metabolism to burn weight more quickly, it'll work on its own time line. All I can do is continue feeding it well and exercising and eventually it'll catch up with my efforts.

5 - Eating is all about balance! If I know that I'm having a big dinner, I have to eat a smaller breakfast and lunch. It's simple and something I should have put into practice years ago

6 = By telling myself "I'll try" gives me an out to fail. Switching my mindset to "I will" took a little getting used to - but I will take care of myself is now how I think of this journey. (Some days, "try" creeps in when it comes to exercise, but I'm working on it)

7 - 3500 calories equal a pound of fat! Gosh, that's such a simple fact but so powerful! It helps me put things in perspective if I want to have an unbalanced day.

8 - There are no bad foods - there are some that just need to be eaten in smaller quantities or on occasion.

9 - A food scale is the best investment one can make. Measuring food is a little bit of a pain but knowing exactly what I'm eating can't be beat.

10 - Eating chicken can be just as satisfying as a hamburger. The taste of food only lasts for the meal and then maybe a few hours later until it's time to eat again. Why waste calories if the satisfaction is so limited?

11 - 3.1 miles is a pretty decent distance but it is able to be jogged. Maybe slowly, maybe with a small break - but it can be done. Setting a goal and sticking to it is more satisfying than a hot fudge sundae!

I could probably go on but that's enough for now. I'll have to remember this post on January 2009 when I'm sure I'll even have more to add.

My thanks to Spark is twofold: one, for providing me the tools and resources that aid me on my journey and secondly, for educating me on how to become a better me, both physically and emotionally. I'd like to say I could have done it without Spark - but I can't. While this year may have not been my best year of all time = it's definitely in my top 5!

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BLUSTAR 2/14/2009 2:48PM

    Congrats to did great.

Glenda emoticon

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CIRCE1202_BE 2/3/2009 1:20PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing. I can recognize myself in many of the things you said. A great inspiration that will keep me motivated.

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LKOPACK 2/3/2009 10:25AM

    Congratulations on turning your life around. It is great to read about your success and the inspiration you provide for people like me who are beginning the journey. Laura K.

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GEORGIA_KAY 1/24/2009 9:36AM

    Very insightful-and heartfelt--blog.

You've done a tremendous job in changing your life and health for the better and have embraced all the really wonderful things that make SparkPeople so special!

Great job on the Pounds Lost too!



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PLUNGER 1/17/2009 7:56AM

    I wanted to thank you for your blog post!
I understand what you were saying.
I am one of the most positive people on this planet!
Folks call me the cheerleader. LOL
I was actually getting sick, am better now and I am back in the groove.
(I have FM and it occasionally knocks me for a loop)

Thank you again! It did mean somethng to me.
I wish you the best!!!!
Go BAM! (how cute is that!)
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SCOOTER_LADY 1/6/2009 8:30AM

    Wow, what wonderful inspiration you are to other Spark Members! As a newbie, I hope I can come back here next year and post the same. All you've mentioned is great advice, most importantly, loving ourselves. As women, we tend to worry about everyone BUT ourselves, so I think treating ourselves well is extremely important.

Thanks for posting this and keep up the great work; you are really an inspiration!


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One last negative blog

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

And then it's back to my positive self I seemed to be a few months ago.

Why do I step on the scale when I know it's not going to be good. I know I haven't exercised in way too long, I know I had more sweets in the past few weeks to feed a small village in Africa, I know I haven't drank enough water or gotten a good amount of sleep...but I'm addicted to the scale! I no longer can attribute the higher number to pure water gain - I need to go adjust my tracker! For the first time this year - I need to make it higher.

For 10 months this year I stuck to a plan - now I can even seem to think of one much less stick to it. I know, I know, the holidays make us all crazy - but holidays shouldn't matter if I really made a lifestyle change like I thought I had. I don't expect perfection from myself - at all - but I should expect some good decisions over a month's time - and I've had very few.

My year's anniversary is coming up in 6 days - time to get my head back into this journey!

OK, I feel a bit better now that I've vented a little


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