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Saturday, September 05, 2009

I've had a very sloppy summer in terms of my calories consumed, my tracking and logging in here at SP and my participation on the forums. I've gained weight and have to begin the process of calorie control again. I know I'm willing and able to do this, I've just been vacationing, though unintentionally, through the summer months. The problem began when softball ended and I wasn't getting the additional workouts from umpiring. I never adjusted my calorie intake and thus have gained weight. It's an example for all to know that I've not eaten anything unhealthy but still find myself in a gaining situation. So to remind myself of how I found success here's a Healthy Reflection that I like.

The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves.

- Anonymous

Winning victory against yourself

No one likes to lose. The thrill of victory after competition is hard to match. But the wins that leave the most significant, long-term impressions are the ones where you win against yourself. Beating a friend in a game of hoops is much less meaningful than setting a personal best time while running. We live in a highly competitive world, and everything around us screams that we've got to be number one in order to feel successful. Truly though, the best measuring sticks are your past and your potential--not against someone else's standards. Raise the bar for yourself!

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JULFITZ 9/17/2009 12:08PM

    Great post. I love your attitude. You're honest with yourself and know what to do and are setting out to make it happen. No looking back and beating yourself up. You're just moving forward from here. This is a great example for me as I am returning to SP after a 3 month hiatus. Thanks for sharing. I know you'll be back to where you want to be in no time.

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KAMEL622 9/6/2009 8:56AM

    Great insights! It is awesome that you see where you've struggled and know where to come to get back on track!

....Enjoy the day...make it Sparkle! ......kath

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EGR2BEME 9/5/2009 10:20AM

    The true measuring sticks are your past and your potential. And what wonderful things you have accomplished along the way! We all have moments of complacency...but you can and you will do it.

I added you as a friend so long ago, and OFTEN come back to your page for inspiration.

I have struggled long and hard, and at the moment, I am in a very good place - weight loss is so very slow, but I am being persistent.

Just wanted to wish you all the best and thank you for the motivational support you have provided - without even knowing it!!

Ellen emoticon

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LWINTER 9/5/2009 9:58AM

    Hi, Di,
The good thing is that you know what to do to get back on track and you have learned that through the years of experience in taking control of your life.

It's so instructive to learn how quickly those old habits (or non-habits) come roaring back, though, isn't it? I recently went on just a 10-day vacation, overate & underexercised, and it was hard getting back in the groove. But I knew I had to do it.

BTW, I've lost 115 pounds now! My shoulders are starting to look like yours! (LOL you never knew people admired your thin shoulders!).

Don't worry, you'll be back where you want to be real soon!



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Victory over Trials

Friday, August 21, 2009

Adversity and loss make a man wise.

- Welsh Proverb

One of the most important things I've learned from my journey is that the hardest things, make success over them all the sweeter. From all the many trials I've experienced I've earned that I'm a very strong and capable person. For all too long I allowed myself to believe that I was somehow unable to take control from food, and take control over my lack of activity, and so became a victim of my weight. Al of this is a mind game that we play with ourselves, we feed into the vicious cycle by allowing our difficulties to control us and defeat us, instead of taking the power back for ourselves. With every step I took and every bite of healthy food I ate, I felt myself becoming the one who had power. I found that I was wallowing in self-pity and feeding the cycle of failure. So, I learned how to become the victor, the winner, the one who overcomes and finds ways to win even the toughest battles.

Every day is still a battle of wills, as far as food is concerned. It would be so much easier if we didn't ever need to take a bite. Because for me, if I didn't need food to live, I could live without food. So, I'm not going to lie and sy this ever becomes easy, it doesn't, but I won't allow food to defeat me. I work out too hard to make it will worthless time spent.

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_BECA_ 8/21/2009 8:20PM

    AMAZING! i really needed to hear this today so thank you for sharing your inner thoughts, this really helps as I feel we reach a point in this journey that the honey moon is over so to speak and the reality of just LIVING IT daily comes into play. I am proud of YOU my spark sister keep on being you.

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Owning our emotions

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up.

- John Maxwell, author and public speaker

Breaking the world's control over your emotions

A lot in our past can be chalked up to inexperience, youth, and happenstance. But now, as an adult, you must claim your choices and their consequences as your own. Negative attitudes affect your life by creating cynicism, a pessimistic outlook, and often a lack of confidence. Take note of the ways you are escaping responsibility for your attitude. Do you continually blame situations, friends and family, or life in general for your poor mindset? The world has influence, without a doubt, but growing into a mature person means taking control of your emotions and attitude. Own them!

This is probably the best advice for those of us who struggle with emotional eating. Own up to it, take control over them, and stop the cycle that has brought us to obesity and depression in one form or another. The empowerment from gaining control can do more for you than you can even imagine! That sense of control allows you to realize that you are the one who decides what to feel, think, do, eat, whatever, only you can be responsible for the choices you make.

Today, I choose to stay within my calorie range, so far so good. Tonight will be the challenge, but I have no excuse for failure. I can choose to do something besides mindless eating and stay within my calorie range. I worked hard at the gym this morning in spin class and I'm not going to make that count for nothing!

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CATJE1977 8/5/2009 3:18AM

    Good blog, actually just what I needed today. I hope today will work out for me, I must choose to be back on track today

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    During a recent sermon at church, our Pastor actually talked on a similar subject...blameplacing...we all tend to do it but once it was discussed, I have become much more aware and try so much harder to NOT do it...Good blog...we do have choices and we are the people we let down or lift up.

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LGOLDY2 8/4/2009 11:53AM

    Well said. Accept the things we can't change, change the things we can and have the wisdom to know the difference.

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NANA600 8/4/2009 11:45AM

    Great blog. How true! Taking responsibility and staying on the plan helps to walk through the low places and maintain a useful attitude.

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re-evaluating commitments

Monday, August 03, 2009

All too often we find ourselves losing sight of the prize. Allowing things to disrupt us or change our paths and level of commitment to our goal. It's all too easy to give ourselves points for summer activities and call it "exercise". While it's great to be active and keep moving, don't be fooled into believing that it excuses you from the 3-5 days worth of focused and planned workouts that we all should have incorporated into our daily routines, and of course, no less important are our strength training sessions 3-5 times per week. Saturday and Sunday are good times for our functional exercising that involve summer activities, but we can't skip our other more rigorous workouts either.

I understand how fortunate I am to have nothing(no one) to interfere with "my" time. But I recently read in Runner's World magazine of a woman who lost 100 pounds that has run a multitude of marathons and continues to train to lower her times and hopefully run an ultra-marathon in the future. This woman has a small child and works full time as a corrections officer, she refuses to skip the time she dedicates to her passion of running and gets up daily at 2:30 am to log the necessary miles to train. She's leaving the gym drenched in sweat when most folks are just hitting the snooze button on their alarm clocks. I find that totally inspiring and laudable and it says that we can all find the necessary block of time we need to dedicate to being fit and healthy if we are truly committed. We all have the same number of hours in our day and how we choose to spend it is what separates the dedicated folks from those who are just going through the motions.

I know that I can certainly use a newly focused approach to my eating and calorie intake. That means I must get back to logging my food and making sure I get more than the 8 glasses of water that are a minimum requirement.

I need to remember how hard I push myself in the gym, and think twice/three times before deciding to eat extra calories. Because my workouts are really still awesome. I can't stress enough how important it is to keep changing the strength training programs you use. Today, I started a new lifting program after I completed 5 weeks of the previous one. It's amazing the difference I feel in the way my muscles have been pushed and of course my mental approach. Keeping my mind on the muscle is also important and it does help immeasurably in making gains in strength and muscle tone.

I'm planning on making the most of what's left of my summer by remembering what got me here and making the effort needed to stay at my fittest.

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19PITSY53 9/8/2009 5:41PM

  I've been working my exercise program through my Wii. I need to challenge myself to do other exercises besides the ones I enjoy. I've been doing this for almost a year with several days that I have skipped. I do try to aerobic walk 2.5-plus miles per day.

Now I need to get my brain and body into watching the junk food and counting the calories. I have done it before but I was 25 years younger and had 4 children to keep up with; they are all grown and have families. emoticon emoticon

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Thank goodness for friends!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

this morning I was seriously going to skip my gym workout, but alas, I knew my spin friend would be waiting for me at 8:15. So, I dragged myself out of bed and made sure I got to the gym by 7:14 in order to get my strength training completed before class. Had I not had someone waiting there for me I would have rolled over and pulled the covers up to my chin and gone back to dreamland. Instead I refused to let my friend down and got an awesome workout in return. To my great surprise I was greeted with a big hug from another spin friend who has been MIA due to having foot surgery in June. She came back today for the first time and it was really great to see her. Being able to see these girls, along with another girl who no longer spins, but comes to lift daily, lifts my spirits and keeps me motivated to continue working hard.
Sometimes we are unaware of how much we mean to others until they speak up, and likewise we never know how much another person might truly need to hear how much they mean to us.. I alwaysmake a point of telling the girls how gret they look and how their hard work is showing itself, because I know how important it was to hear those things (and still is) as I was progressing on my journey. Be sure to always say kind words before you part, show sympathy during hard times and affection during wonderful ones. Life would not be the same without positive friendships. Express your gratitude to someone today who has made a difference in your world!

Todays's workout was pretty awesome. I had started a 30 minute total body workout 5 weeks ago. I finished the 4 week plan and now I'm tweaking the program to keep it fresh. I like that this workout only takes about 30 minutes so I'd like to continue it for the rest of the summer, but changing things up are vital to keep progressing. I'll give this a try for a couple weeks and see how it works.

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19PITSY53 9/8/2009 5:53PM

  Due to the economy, I'm not able to afford an exercise class to meet friends to help me along my journey. I hope that the Wii will sustain me and reading the words of encouragement on SP.

Thanks everyone and keep the encouragement coming....I really need it right now as there are lots of other challenges in my life that can put me in a depressed mood and that doesn't help me conquer my excess weight.

I'm trying some of the menus that SP has available. I only hope that I will be diligent in logging and tracking my exercise and food intake on SP. ANy and ALL help is greatly appreciated. emoticon emoticon Bye

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CATJE1977 7/31/2009 12:53AM

    Hi Bamom!

What a great workout you had! I wish I could get a workout so early in the day, I would love morning workouts! But alas with 2 small children and no babysit, I must wait till evening when husband returns from work.
Keep at it!!!

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BIKERCHICK74 7/29/2009 5:27PM

    What an amazing BLOG!! WOW
It touched my heart, thank you!
I know the feeling... NOT letting our frends down... WOW powerful. I am so happy to have a close friend IN VA and even though we are apart we are always keeping in touch and make sure we get to th gum or/and run.


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FITCHICK421 7/29/2009 2:26PM

    I liked reading this blog. I have a few friends at my gym that I see regularly in my classes. It's always better to be tortured by the instructor with someone else. :) I have a friend in WA (the other side of the country from me), who even though she isn't physically with me, keeps me going at the gym. I don't want to let her down, so I push through. Friends are very important.

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DEEJACKSON 7/29/2009 1:35PM

    It is great that you are a friend to those you count on! They need you as much as you need them!

Congratulations on getting out of bed and celebrating your accomplishments!

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DREMARGRL 7/29/2009 12:04PM

    "Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
l woman,
That's me."
From Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR HARD WORK!!!! And knowing HOW IMPORTANT OUR FRIENDS ARE TO OUR WELLBEING! Have a magnificent day...Your Sparkfriend, Mary Ann emoticon

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MITCH1964 7/29/2009 12:01PM

    I agree that friends are very important to have around.

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