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I feed my dog better than I feed myself

Thursday, December 31, 2009

I just had that ah-ha moment. My puppy is about 11 months old and since the day we got him we did lots of research on what was good for him. We won't think about getting him grocery store brand food because of all the corn and fillers in it. He gets very, very little people food. If he does, it would most likely be carrots or an apple. Yet yesterday I had tator tots for lunch (sure the calories were fine - but do they have an ounce of nutrition in them?)

I had the realization that he's probably had more apples lately than I have. That has to change. I am a big believer in everything in moderation - but I think I'm fogetting what moderation is. I need to refocus on ME!

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GET-FIT-NOW 1/1/2010 4:26PM

    I wish I could have a dog but my landlord says no. I am happy you have a dog to be concerned for, but do give some time and attention to yourself too. Best Wishes for reaching all your goals in 2010. Paula

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REVJVH 1/1/2010 12:34PM

    Sigh. Tater Tots are one of "Nature's Perfect Foods" as far as my wishful thinking goes. I so understand the temptation. Maybe you should shop for your dog and have your dog shop for you! emoticon

Anyway, great aha! moment. May it guide you towards your goals in 2010.

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JIBBIE49 1/1/2010 8:52AM

    emoticonHappy SECOND Sparkversary! What a fantastic accomplishment.

emoticonHappy 2010 New Year. This begins a new DECADE, so let's make it our best ever!

Set a goal to exercise five minutes each day, because the hardest part of exercise is getting STARTED. emoticon

This EFT clip from YouTube is helpful.

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Z_IDEA 12/31/2009 9:45PM

    Good point, I am always more careful of what my dog eats than of what I eat myself.

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MUDMOUSE 12/31/2009 6:23PM

    Yup - the puppies somehow take priority. But I am catching up, and feeling better. I now have enough energy to mess with them!

Happy New Year's Eve!


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JWILLY11 12/31/2009 2:37PM

    I had that same ah-ha moment the other day as well when I was feeding my dog! It really made me realize how much my focus had shifted off of caring for myself!

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Something wrong with this picture

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

That's if there was a camera (thank goodness there wasn't)

I chuckled at myself as I walked out of Dunkin Donuts this morning (coffee and donuts in hand) wearing my SparkPeople polar fleece jacket!!! I sure wouldn't be a good walking advertisement for this place, today.

There are no bad foods - I keep telling myself that. I'll just have to have a better day the rest of the day.

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SASSYFIED! 12/27/2009 6:13PM

    This is great! Thanks for the smile. Best wishes!

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KALISWALKER 12/23/2009 11:36AM


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ANUT4DISNEY 12/23/2009 11:09AM

    Too funny.

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I am worth being late to work for

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

For some reason time escaped me this morning getting ready. By the time I took the dog out for a second time and was gathering some last minute things from upstairs, I realized I was 10 minutes later than I usually am in my morning routine.

I ran downstairs knowing I didn't pull my breakfast together yet. I paused and thought, "well, I have to run to the grocery store to get creamers for work, I'll just picked something up there." I ran through my grocery store options as I was taking my medicine and thought maybe I would see if there as any frozen breakfast meals that were healthier than a donut.

I then paused and thought - be late for work and get the cereal. My Kashi would be better for me than any frozen meal or donut (which I'd probably grab, knowing myself) would be and ...

I can be late to work, I'm worth it.

Although, it was a hectic morning it was also a good morning for me

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MUDMOUSE 12/15/2009 2:29PM

    Cool! You are worth it, and staying in your comfort zone is amazing! Congratulations!

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NOREGRET2010 12/15/2009 1:25PM

    WAY TO GO! I do that way too often...and then regret it.

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KALISWALKER 12/15/2009 10:33AM

    Yes, it's a slipperpy slope when you start 'making changes'.

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KAMINLENA 12/15/2009 10:27AM

    Congrats on putting yourself first!!!

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PRYDEQUEEN 12/15/2009 9:49AM

    Healthy thinking!

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RITEEBEE 12/15/2009 9:26AM

    you are right you are worth it!! great epiphany! emoticon

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Return to Spark, Return to Me

Monday, October 12, 2009

A lot of Spark emails come into my email every week. They have for about 18 months now and I read some, others are still waiting to be opened. What are opened all the time are the ones from my fellow Spark members. Every few weeks, I get such nice emails related to the article I wrote back in January about my first year on Spark. I am always happy to hear that others enjoy it but at the same time, I am reminded that I have slowly gotten away from who that person was back in January.

My exercise has dwindled to almost nothing, my food habits have not been the best (not totally awful which has really kept me going) and my focus on myself and being the best I can be is becoming blurry. Because of this, I've gained about 10 pounds, feel lethargic and am more inclined to say, I'll start tomorrow.

So starting today, I going to put those 11 Things back into practice. I know how to be healthy, it's all about being committed to myself. I tracked my food, took the dog for a walk, visited the message boards and drank my water. It was a good day

Thanks to all who sent the emails - I feel as though they were message sent from the "Spark Gods" telling me to get my butt in gear. Thanks for continually reminding me that this is a life long journey (not that I didn't know that).

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SHANJHENDERSON 12/27/2009 4:48PM

    I think it is a good reminder for all of us.

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MSSUNBUG 10/14/2009 4:03PM

    Welcome back into the swing of things. It's really easy to stray of course, and I think most of us can really relate to that (LORD knows I can, lol). What's good here is that you're catching it before things get totally out of hand, and before your life gets too negatively affected a la weight gain, etc. I wish I'd done that any of the fifty+ times that I'd slipped up and faded out.

But I always remind myself it's just good to be here, to still be moving forward, onward. It sounds like you're committing to doing that, so BIG TIME kudos to you.

I'm a big fan of the perspective that the universe sends you the messages you're ready for when you're ready to hear and see them. It sounds like you were ready for the call to return to your healthiest self.

Glad to see you back!

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MOMBUCK3 10/12/2009 8:57PM

    Sometimes we think we are completely ready to start our journey to being the healthy, happy person that we need to be. And then life jumps back at us and overwhelms our intentions and we get lost again. Look deep into yourself and find the reason for your fall off the wagon. Finding it and facing it head on is the only way to truly find your way. I believe that you can and will reach your goals. Good luck and best wishes in your journey.

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Tomorrow is the first day of my new job

Sunday, July 19, 2009

I have been in the same job (for the most part) for 8 years ... tomorrow I start a new position. It's the job that I didn't get a year and a half ago - the one that sparked me into something to improve myself. I'm not even nervous - I know I can do the job and am hoping that pretty soon they are thinking they wasted a year and a half without me on their team.

I'm excited. Now if I can only find a nice laptop bag - my gift to myself for getting the job. Who would think they would be so hard to find (well not a boring one).

I can't wait for the new adventure

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MEEKMARY 10/9/2009 4:41PM

  Just found your blog. Hope your new job is working out well and is everything you want it to be. Did you find a "not so boring" laptop bag?? Keep up the good work!

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PSUMATHGIRL 8/27/2009 8:02PM

  A little late - but congrats on the new job! I have to admit that's another reason I'm determined to lose weight - I want to start looking for a new job soon (and am probably to have to in about a year because my position probably won't exist this time next year) - and have always been afraid that my weight has caused me to not get a job. I read some of your other blogs and really liked the list of things you would never do and did (and do) - such an inspiration!

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PRINGLE12 8/21/2009 8:00PM

    great article! congrats on your new job.

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LEGALLYBLONDE81 8/21/2009 1:06PM

    I loved your article (11 lessons learned). Everything you said was very true. What an amazing feeling. Congrats on the job, weight loss etc etc!

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CECHONE 8/3/2009 1:27AM

    Hey, I also wanted to add that I read your a\article and it was awesome! emoticon

Comment edited on: 8/3/2009 1:30:29 AM

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CECHONE 8/3/2009 1:27AM

    Congratulations on your promotion. I can't help but think that maybe you faced discrimination in not getting the job the first time. People are that way to others who are overweight. Looking back I'm sure that doesn't matter and because you didn't get the job a while back you found spark people and a better you! Good luck! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSSUNBUG 7/19/2009 7:10PM

    Congratulations for getting the job--I remember you talking about this back a year and a half ago. Good luck at the new position and have fun--you DESERVE it!

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