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It's not time to feel guilty

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

I feel like the kid whose mother is confronting her about whether or not she ate the last cookie in the cookie jar. I wanna just hang my head and shuffle my feet. I feel guilty.

There's a good time for guilt and there's a time where it just doesn't work with whatcha' gotta do. It's time for me to let go of the guilt. It's been taking my power away.

I've gained 20 lbs. How did that happen? Short and simple...changes.

I'm gonna be a little kind to myself on this one. Just a little bit. Yeah, I'm gonna except responsibility, too. I definitely stopped working out like I used to. I definitely need to track my food, drink my water, ramp up the cardio, and other stuff that I was better about.

But, I've also been downsized from my job. This downsized me from my exercise support group. Before that, I was downsized from a tiny romance. Nothing ugly. Just something that needed to happen. But of course, you still feel it a little bit. And, all this while going thru menopause and anemia. Yeah, I'm gonna use that excuse too.

I'm not trying to be about the excuses. I'm just trying to get at exactly what happened. I'm gonna sum it up by saying my set up changed and it's time to make needed adjustments.

My new place of work has a great place to walk and I'm gonna track down some walking buddies. I know I'll find them. Meanwhile, I'll take any cheering I can get.

As I live and breath, I gotta do it healthily.


Back to the drawing board...

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Over the last 2 months, I've had to work more, went to visit my family in Detroit and got sick. Prefacing all of that, I had a big life change at the end of last year. It was a positive change, but nevertheless, a change.

All that has done a number on my spark. I feel like the needle on the scale has been nailed in one spot. Grrrrr!! It's making me angry. I don't normally see anger as a positive emotion. But, I think this time, I'm gonna use this anger energy for all it's worth!

The way that I'm gonna do that is just start all over. Back to the drawing board! I'm gonna take a fresh look at my schedule. Identify the best way to get in a 5-day workout week like I had in the past. Look closely at the way I'm eating by using the tracker loyally. And, add in additional opportunities to move around. I have a desk job. Also, I'm going to take a look at any stressors I have and make sure I'm taking time out to relax. And, while I'm at it, I'll look at how many hours of quality sleep I'm getting and how much water I'm drinking.

Whew! That's a lot! But, I know you'll help me Sparkfamily.

As I live and breathe, I'm starting fresh.

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MYBULLDOGS 6/4/2011 8:45AM


this might sound crazy , but find foods that work with your chemistry.

i make this mixture for breakfast , lunch and dinner. i have lost 6 pounds in a week. i cook

4 large portabella mushrooms sliced, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, 2 large onions sliced, 2 large green peppers, 2 cans green beans and 5 sliced chicken sausages.

it makes enough for at least 2 days, three meals a day. sounds crazy but it taste good and most importantly it's working. good luck emoticon

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I can't go on without you!

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Here's the thing...I had all these life changes, see? And, you know...sometimes success makes you think you can do it on your own, right? Well, I was wrong. I'm admitting my error. I've been on this stinkin' plateau (which I do cherish having learned how not to gain weight). But, I'm SICK OF IT!!

Anyway, I can't go on without you, Spark Family. So, from now on, I'm trackin' my food and fitness. I'm huddlin' and a-bloggin'. I'm postin' and spinnin'.

As I live and breathe, I need you by my side to live healthily.

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BETHSHEALTH 6/2/2011 2:50PM

    I'm leaning in that direction myself. I however have been moving back up on the scale. Grrr...

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MOSTMOM1 6/2/2011 12:22PM

    Sparkin' by yourself is no fun at all. Let's do this!!

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LJCANNON 6/2/2011 10:51AM

    I wouldn't want to go on without my Spark Family!!
emoticonSpark Friends really do make a HUGE Difference!!

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GOSPELCLOWN 6/2/2011 10:46AM

    I have to agree. Same for this gal!

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MPENNE 6/2/2011 10:37AM

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Just wanna let you know I haven't forgotten you

Saturday, March 19, 2011

This blog is just a hello. I just wanna let you all know that I haven't forgotten you.

I've had a lot of changes in just a few months. Whew! What a whirlwind! It's been great! So, of course, trying to keep up with the blogging and all,...well...I couldn't. But, I'm still working at keeping a spark.

I've moved into a suburb so I had to figure out what my workout routine would be. Something easily accessible and convenient. I managed to talk some of my co-workers into working out with me. Some have started to lose weight and so they spread the word. Now, I have co-workers asking me about working out instead of me having to approach them. They see the results that I'm getting and want to know my secret. But, then I tell them, "It's no secret. It's what they've always told us, but we didn't want to hear. Eat right and get exercise."

Anyway, I've now lost 86 lbs! Thanks for all the support.

As I live and breathe, I still spark!

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NWLIFESRC 3/19/2011 7:28AM

    Way to go

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I Amaze ME!

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Repeat this with me fellow Sparkers: I amaze ME!

I've lost 80 lbs. If this weren't awesome enough, I've maintained a healthy lifestyle for over a year with no sign of stopping. I've had a lot of changes during that year. But, through each changed, I've nestled in tightly into my daily routine, how I was going to stay healthy thru it all.

I've tried different workout routines, played different sports, changed the way I look and feel. I got rid of high blood pressure. My co-workers are now wanting to workout with me. Me! A former couch-potato!

I've spent over 20 years of my life in the super-obese category with no end in sight to my weight gaining capabilities. While still needing to lose a chunk of weight, I'm now seeing numbers that I haven't seen since my early 20's. By the way,...I'm 46.

I've overcome plateaus, inspired others, made my family proud and me too. I've dropped size after size and gained strength in muscles once dormant.

You cheered and inspired me, SparkFamily! Thank you and say it with me...because I know you have done the same and more...I Amaze ME!

As we live and breath, we act healthily!

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CATANTIGO 1/5/2011 10:56AM

    Congratulations!!!! You are a true inspiration to yourself and so many others.
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MISTYLADY321 1/5/2011 9:18AM

CONGRATULATIONS! You ARE amazing. 80 lbs lost is an incredible success. Good for you. I know the transformationfrom couch potato isn't an easy one.
Keep it up, and I'm sure, you'll help many others also proclaim, "I amaze ME!"


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