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Friday, March 21, 2008

What a day today was! Yesterday, I blew it big time, by eating candy that I shouldn't have - a lot too much - PLUS burger and fries. Oh well. Today, as I started to say, was completely the opposite.

Okay, I did have more candy (I can't bring myself to "waste" it - go figure), but the rest of my meals were good, healthy options. I worked out HARD this morning, and followed it up with a huge breakfast, a moderate lunch and a light dinner.

Sometimes, that's all it takes, hmm? I _was_ tentatively supposed to go out to dinner with some friends, but they cancelled, so dinner wound up being a mango. A yummy one.

_And_ the rest of the day went well, too - got lots done, hosted another webinar, and basically just had a really GOOD day.

Tomorrow will be a great day, too, I've decided. :)


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POISONMOM 3/22/2008 11:56PM

    Ok now lay off of the burgers and fries and everything will be great. I know that you can do this. A burger once in awhile is ok I guess. But the fries have got to go. Keep up the good work though.


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JENNA2007CANADA 3/21/2008 10:44PM

    Sometimes - SOMETIMES being the operative word - actually going over your calories will help if you are on a plateau as it fools your body. However, as you know - too much of a good thing goes on the hips, the rump, the stomach .... well you get the picture. And tomorrow won't be just a great day it will be a fantastic day - enjoy! Jenna

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Starting over - once again!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

So, again, I was coasting along, doing okay on diet and really well on exercise. And then, for some reason, I stopped.

On the non-Spark part of life, there was added stress - too many goals, not enough time, and not seeing results "quickly enough" in my business ventures. So, for a week, I did almost NO exercise, and have been eating over my allocated calorie range.

Yesterday was yet another turning point. I realised that we're almost at the end of the current "Challenge" for my SP-class team - and I've actually GAINED a couple of pounds. I'm hoping to trim off at least one by weigh-in date.

But looking over my nutrition and fitness entries for the past week, it's obvious - the days I don't exercise, I'm also not motivated to eat as healthy as I should, and I wind up overeating! Plus, those are also the days that I wind up not taking as much action on the business side as I should be doing.

So, yesterday, I made ONE small change: I exercised first thing in the morning (if I put it off, it just never gets back on my priority-list).

That made ALL the difference: I wound up staying within my calorie range, I took action on a few business issues I'd been putting off, made some calls I needed to get done, and WROTE OUT A PLAN to achieve my business goals - I already had a long-term plan, but now I have a one-week plan as well - this way, I have something to measure against! Weird - I used to do this for work, but haven't been doing it for business!

Okay, I've learned something from this latest dive into near-depression. :)
I _am_ capable of bringing about change in my life, if I'm willing to work at it! If I won't work at it, I really cannot complain about the results I get!

So just for THIS week, I resolve to stay focused on my goals - I'll be looking at them every morning to plan my day, and every evening to evaluate how that day went. I'm not going to be unrealistic in terms of what I can accomplish each day, but I definitely want to see progress every single day! :)

Wish me luck!


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*MADHU* 3/18/2008 1:18PM

    You said it on my sparkpage - " I guess I need to get really serious about diet and exercise if I'm ever going to look remotely as good as Sushmita "

There's your INSPIRATION !

All the best !

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DENAKAY74 3/18/2008 1:10PM

    YOU CAN DO IT MAYA!!! Keep going!
It always just makes me sad when I fall out of the pattern, and it's so true, that everything else slips a little, too. There are so many days that I just want to have fried food or something nasty, and the best way I get over it is telling myself repeatedly that I will not be able to sustain a workout of any kind based on how bad food makes me feel. ...unfortunately it doesn't always work.....
Seriously, you can do it, just rope yourself back in! It'll probably happen again, and every time, you'll get better at getting back in line quicker than the last and the little slip-ups won't affect you as much the quicker you learn to curb it-- It's o.k. Don't beat yourself up!

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JENNA2007CANADA 3/18/2008 12:15PM

    You CAN do this! Jenna

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Good days, bad days - and then there was yesterday!

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

So, some days (like Feb 29th this year) go PERFECTLY.

And some others, like March 1st and 2nd, I can barely work up the enthusiasm to brush my teeth in the morning! Which means I wind up doing the whole emotional eating thing - even though I'm AWARE of what I'm doing. :)

And the weight goes UP. Oh, yes, it does. My body is more finely tuned to my choices than my brain is. :)

But then came yesterday. I was sick and tired of feeling blah about my choices. So I made one more choice: yesterday was going to be about ME.

I turned off the phones and didn't respond to emails (I couldn't resist checking them, though!). I had a leisurely lunch. I did laundry. I just chilled and watched a couple of movies on my laptop (no, I don't have a TV - I gave up that time-waster years ago). I went out to dinner with a couple of friends and had a blast!

That seems to have done the trick.

Today, I'm raring to go. I've got my wanna-do-today list all ready to go, and I've already ticked off the "work out HARD, both cardio and weights" item.

What's remaining is getting my paperwork ready for the business loan I'll be applying for this week, and then cleaning up my condo again - I'd cleaned it last week, but then pulled out every piece of paper I own in order to get my book-keeping up to date. :)

Today is going to be another fabulous, fun-filled, over-achiever kind of day.

I'm going to do a Bollywood dance workout this afternoon, too, just to get my "wanna-dance" item taken care of. ;)

My challenge to anyone reading this: what are _you_ doing to appreciate yourself today? It may be the most important aspect of your motivation!


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REVRACE24 3/5/2008 12:35PM

    Good for you!!!

Since I started SP I have a new philosophy, It's all about me!!! I'm the only one that can change me and I have to want it bad enough to do it.

Keep up the good work!!!

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JENNA2007CANADA 3/5/2008 11:04AM

    I have joined a Challenge on one of my teams to define our weakness and then try to conquer it - I gave up so many food weaknesses but the one thing I want to conquer is finding that all elusive balance in my life between work, Sparks, obligations, fun, love, and all those drugeries like housekeeping etc. So I'm honouring myself by not spreading myself to thin and by taking time out during the day to just be. Thanks for reminding me how much we all need to look after ourselves. Jenna

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I love Feb 29th!

Saturday, March 01, 2008

For some reason, yesterday just WORKED!

You know those days where everything just happens "right"? Feb 29th, 2008 was one of those for me.

Started it by going to the gym and doing 75 minutes of cardio, followed by a good upper body strength workout (I'm just a little sore today, thank goodness) and a great stretching session. The cardio in particular was amazing: I ran for 30 minutes at 4.3 without feeling really exhausted by the end, so I upped the speed to 4.7/4.8 for another 15 minutes! Still not exhausted, but sweating nicely, and ready to go hit the weights. I _love_ that kind of cardio day. I guess today I'll be trying to up it to at least 4.4 for 30 minutes!

Got back from the gym, showered and changed and ran out to run some errands. Discovered that my former employer was will to try to get my bonus cheque into an RRSP-eligible physical cheque for me to pick up - had to wait till they called. Finished off some banking I'd been procrastinating on. Got a call at 3:30 that the cheque was ready ... I don't drive, and it usually takes me an hour to get to them. Well, it had been snowing for a couple of hours: but I hadn't noticed _how much_! I only got there at 6:15 (and the bank was to close at 7!).

Fortunately, the HR lady waited for me - what a doll!- and I rushed over to the bank. Where I discovered that the cheque should NOT have been made out to the bank, but to ME, c/o the bank. Dang. But that's what THE BANK TOLD ME TO DO, when I called it earlier in the week to ask!

Looked like touch and go for a while there, but finally one rep decided to "make an exception" - figured out how to make it work. Phew! That was a BIG cheque, I wouldn't have enjoyed paying tax on that extra amount for last year!

Wound up the evening by snoozing at a different Korean BBQ restaurant than my usual: my graphic designer friend chose KB as her fee for doing my business cards - except, because of the snow, it was almost 9:30 by the time we got there! And almost 1 a.m. by the time I got home!!! :)

Oh, well, it was still the BEST day of the year so far - filled with lots of achievements! Now I'm wishing every day could be so productive! Sad to realise that that is entirely my own doing - I _can _ make each day just as good as yesterday was!

- Maya

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JENNA2007CANADA 3/1/2008 9:49AM

    I'm like you I love those days when everything just goes right - I try hard to make each day my best day ever - get up in the morning and make that my plan - doesn't always work but sure find that if I start off in the right frame of mind it is more likely to occur than not occur. You are doing fantastic and continue to inspire me with your enthusiasm - thanks for that - it is appreciated by me - big hugs - Jenna

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Motivation is a WEIRD thing!

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

It's funny. I've gone to the gym every single day since Sunday. (Okay, that's only four days, but still ...)

I went to the gym this morning, planning to do a half-hour workout. Weighed in (today is the official weigh-in day for my SP-class challenge that I'm in).

Found I've actually managed to stay at 205 for a whole week.

Turned right around, walked out of the gym, took the elevator to my condo, and sat myself in front of the computer.

Who knows how my brain works? Not I, that's for sure. On the days this week when the scale said I'd gained (anywhere from 206 to 208, depending on the day), I still worked out. Today, I've apparently "lost" weight and there goes my motivation!

Oh, well.

Topped it off by eating out (Korean BBQ) and worse, adding a candy bar to boot!

I guess tomorrow I'll see a gain and start working out properly again. :)

Some people are just weird and I'll never understand what makes them tick. I'm one of those people. :)

- Maya

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FITPRADS 2/29/2008 6:10AM

    hey Maya,
U cant be sabotaging yourslf that way!!!
werent you trying for a bod like sush? :)

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JENNA2007CANADA 2/27/2008 9:50PM

    Sounds like you might be in need of a boot to the butt and if you are I'm only too willing to provide one - keep movin girl or beware - challenge yourself to get over that big "fear of success" hurdle - go for it! Jenna

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