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Food blog #1

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

This week's team challenge is to make some food blogs:

Breakfast: Cereal, Juice, & bagel with low fat cream cheese





Lunch: apple, crackers, & PB





Dinner: One stuffed green pepper, Diane's spark recipe



Snacks: fruit snacks, oreo, and sparkling ice





And my 8 glasses of water


A couple of artifical things in there, but the cookies were in my calorie limit. I would eventually like to start eating more fruit and veggies and smoothies, but I believe I am doing a lot better than I was in the past. One step at a time, I am making better choices.

  
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    I never thought of doing a photo food blog. really cute.

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    I love food blogs! And if the oreos fit into your daily calorie range, more power to you! I find that my problems with eating cookies is I can't stop after just a couple...



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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/10/2013 9:15AM

    Good job on blogging your food! Keep at it!

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/10/2013 7:48AM

    Mmm I love stuffed peppers. And don't worry about the artificial things, we can't eat 100% perfect 100% of the time!

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    Congrats on doing better - getting into the habit of reading food labels has helped me to make good choices, too emoticon

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    We do what we can...and change things as we go. emoticon

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JADED_CHICK19 7/9/2013 8:09PM

    Looks like you had a healthy day! I've always wanted to make stuffed peppers but never have..that might have to be my Saturday creation :)

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 7/9/2013 7:29PM

    The stuffed peppers look great!! I might have to make some of those myself. You have also reminded me that I have not had a bagel in ages.... yum, might have to pick one of those up as well!!

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SNOOPYMOMMA72 7/9/2013 6:44PM

    The oreos would do me in. I can't have them in the house because I will eat it all in one sitting. Cookies are my enemy! I love cookies! So I don't buy them!

Good luck and you are doing well!



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SOPHIEDO13 7/9/2013 6:08PM

    It's a good start ... I like the sounds of breakfast and dinner

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SGTSUNNY 7/9/2013 5:42PM

    Good job getting the blog done! Glad you used my recipe!

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    It is nice to plan out your meals, so you don't go over your limits. emoticon

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    You are braver than me with the Oreos.....Delicious blog. emoticon

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RIGEIN24 7/9/2013 4:03PM

    That lunch and dinner looks especially yummy! I may have to try that Sparkling ICE, sometime.

You mentioned wanting to get into smoothies so I thought I'd share my favorite with you! I'm addicted to this thing. It is so good.

http://www.eatingwell.
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no more excuses!

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Okay, it was kind of strange. Last night I had a dream that said "this is what's going to help your weight loss." In my dream I was writing down all the common excuses I make, and writing down why they are not true. I'm going to look at this list every time I feel guilty of that type of thinking. I thought I would share it. Hope this inspires you. emoticon

Excuse # 1: I just can't do this.

Stop right there. Yes you can. The simple answer is within a question: Why Not? There are people of all shapes and sizes who have lost weight. There are people who have been twice or even three times your weight, and THEY have done it, so why can't you? If you are getting the "I just can't do this." feeling, go read a spark success story, that will turn your thinking around. emoticon emoticon



Excuse # 2: It's just too hard.

Yes, it is hard, it is going to be difficult some days, but you are strong and you still have what it takes to go through all the way with this. If it feels like it is just way too overwhelming, maybe its not that it's "too hard" but you are just 'pushing' yourself too hard. You can do your best, and still be kind to yourself, give yourself with little rewards along the way. Stop thinking about how hard it is, and start thinking about the rewards, how GOOD it feels. emoticon emoticon



Excuse # 3: I messed up, so now I have to quit and start over later.

Whoa. That mindset just does not work. So you overindulged a little too much. Make it a learning experiece, not a quitting experience. Tomorrow is always a new day. Go a little extra on the bike,but don't beat yourself up about it. Beating yourself up, has that done anything for you in the past? No. It's only normal to have some misteps along the way. Get back up again, and dust off your shoulders. Keep going! emoticon emoticon



Excuse #4 The scale isn't cooperating. What's the point?

This is NOT all about the scale. This is about FEELING GOOD. The scale is not always going to say what you want it to read every time you step on it. You don't need to be stepping on it everyday anyway, because it should not be the prime focus. Make feeling good your prime focus. Quit stressing over the number. The number will change if you stay strong and keep going, emoticon



Excuse # 5: I can't stand it!!! I need to eat!

Maybe you do. What type of hunger is it? Emotional, or physical? If it's actual physical hunger, eating something healthy, and eat it mindfully. If it's emotional, you know you've dealt with these cravings before. Try a low cal version of it and look up a good recipe, or, try these affirmations. "I enjoy eating healthy." "I am fully nourished." If you are going to feel guilty and you know it after you eat it, is it really worth it? emoticon emoticon



Excuse # 6: Is this worth it? maybe I don't need to lose the weight after all.

YES, it WILL be worth it! Look at all the things you will gain: better health, self confidence, more energy, more self esteem, going to the beach without feeling self conscious. Whenever you feel this way, just imagine and daydream about all of the things you will gain when you loose. emoticon emoticon emoticon



Excuse # 7: I am ugly and it wont make any difference. I will still not like myself.

You are not ugly. You are beautiful. You ARE going to feel a lot better, but self esteem and how much you like yourself should not be all about looks. Make this journey about finding yourself, learning to love yourself, and embracing who you truly are. This can be a fun journey, it doesn't have to all be a struggle. Calling yourself names, hating yourself, putting yourself down, will only make you feel worse. You ARE beautiful, at any size. This isn't about looking perfect, it's about better health and feeling good! emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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    Great blog! This journey isn't easy, but it's worth it!

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    Excellent! In our dreams, we can truly "work up some great ideas!" I believe this from the bottom of my heart.

GREAT BLOG!

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NANCYPAT1 7/2/2013 9:50PM

    Lovely blog and a really motivational one -

I COULD write a story about any of these excuses - have used every one of them myself BUT . . .

I want to share a story related to you #4 excuse - This is a true story and is currently happening to me.

I ONLY lost a whopping .2 pounds in the month of June. I have been eating well, exercising insanely, eating a bit more to cover the excess exercise, etc. Following the logic of excuse #4 - one I often find myself fighting, I MIGHT be pretty ticked off, right? . . . .

BUT here is the rest of the story - I have lowered my BMI and my body fat percentage and when I do the math, since April I lost 12.2 pounds and of those pounds, the most conservative estimate is that I have lost more than 10 pounds of FAT. That works out to at LEAST 80% of my weight loss since April when I last had my BMI checked, has been FAT - I REALLY REALLY TRULY am gaining muscle and the more muscle the more calories I burn AND the thinner I look. (for the curious, how I came up with those numbers is that although I don't have an exact number for my previous body fat percentage because it was listed as "ERROR - GREATER THAN 50%" - so I don't really KNOW what it was but it was AT LEAST 50% so that was the number I used for my starting FAT weight. I used the actual number of 48.4% fat to calculate my CURRENT FAT weight and the difference between them was more than 10 pounds.) So if that isn't a GOOD reason not to get upset, I don't know what is . . .

However, it is NOT my most exciting reason. Since last week I have been off my insulin with healthy blood sugar readings consistently - I have been able to stop taking my insulin for the first time in more than FIVE years - BUT I SHOULD BE UPSET, right? After all I didn't really lose in a WHOLE MONTH - after all how much is 2 tenths of a pound?

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DROPPINGWEIGHT 7/1/2013 7:16PM

    You are so Awesome!!! I needed to hear that today as I have been deciding when the right time will be to start my program. There always seems to be an excuse.... right... I know you can do it! Support is all around us!
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    Super and empowering blog - love the positive message emoticon emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 7/1/2013 12:49PM

  I hope this was very motivating and helpful. it must certainly was to us. We all have cop outs and these warped rationalizations. emoticon emoticon

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STEFIGURL 6/30/2013 4:51PM

    awesome, awesome blog!
so grateful for you on this journey, Amy!

love,
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REFFIE1 6/30/2013 2:58PM

    Thanks for the great motivation. We all make excuses and have these old negative tapes that run through our head. It is good to stop and counter the negative with some good old positivity. Awesome blog! emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/30/2013 10:33AM

    Good job on debunking all of these excuses which hold many of us back!

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MLDRLD 6/30/2013 10:33AM

    Well thought out blog! Your responses to the excuses are spot on and something many of us need to be reminded of from time to time! emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 6/30/2013 9:37AM

    What a wonderful, awesome, TRUE blog! You hit the nail on the head with the answers to all those excuses!
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MOTHEPRO 6/30/2013 9:32AM

    Great blog!

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BLUEROSE73 6/30/2013 9:25AM

    I love it. You need to know what the roadblocks are to avoid them.

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CHERYL_ANNE 6/30/2013 9:00AM

    Very inspirational and motivating - thank you so much for sharing with us!

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DAWNSJOURNEY 6/30/2013 8:52AM

    Beautiful blog my dear. and How Awesome you shared with us.. So true it is easy to make excuses..

this is a very good idea.. one I might have to borrow.

Hugs,
Dawn

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FELINEBETTER 6/30/2013 8:39AM

    Excuses! Excuses! Really & truly: a simple bottom line is "positve thoughts bring about positive results." Or that old adage, "Whether you think you can or you think you can't -- you're right!"

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AWESOMECHELZ 6/30/2013 8:36AM

    What a GREAT blog and so insightful. Your dream was very powerful and I thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas. Have a wonderful week! emoticon
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    Great blog! Thanks for sharing!!

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IMREITE 6/30/2013 1:52AM

    i make a lot of excuses too, i have started to bust some of them because i have some goals that i want to reach and i am sick of feeling lethargic and huge.

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RIGEIN24 6/30/2013 12:31AM

    Thoughtful as always...I feel we all rush too much in life. I think that's our biggest downfall, especially when trying to better ourselves because setting a time limit for that is folly. And we do not realize how much we can change, too stuck in our mindsets. We are always capable of achieving great things, every one of us.

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FLEMIDG 6/30/2013 12:08AM

    What a beautiful blog. Thanks for sharing. I can see myself in there. I have used these excuses as well. Thanks for the motivation to keep going. Keep up the great work.



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in the zone

Sunday, June 23, 2013

One of the things I really like about spark is that this site always stays interesting, it's never boring! There is always some new article to read or new message board to post on. Very cool. When it comes to the journey this time around, I am doing several different things, but not overwhelming myself with it, just enjoying all of the support and good tools on here.

I love my Sunny Gal's team! We have new little challenges each week pertaining to health, and I feel bad I have not kept up with my goals with this in the past. This time, I AM NOT going to cop out. The new season just started and I am ready to stay in the zone. Having the right frame of mind is so important when it comes to well, any kind of goal in life. When I think of how many times I have walked into things thinking "this wont end well" that has gotten me nowhere. pretty much, I am just very sick and tired of being a slave to my feelings all the time. Today's affirmation was: "I will do the right thing no matter how I may feel." -Joyce Meyer

If I feel like sleeping in, I will do the right thing, and get out of bed for yoga! If I dont feel like exercising because I am depressed or feeling sorry for myself, I will exercise anyway because I know that I will feel better in the long run. And if I feel addicted to weighing myself, I am going to remember that this is the lifestyle I want to live, not a quick fix to hurry to the weight loss finish line.

  
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STARLIGHT615 6/25/2013 9:18AM

    Love the blog!!! And your totally right just because life gets in the way doesnt mean we have to push everything else to the side!!

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    emoticon blog. Keep that positive attitude.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/24/2013 5:55PM

    Sounds like you are in a good place!!

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AWESOMECHELZ 6/24/2013 12:35PM

    I SO much love your blog!! It is SO true that whenever I step out of my comfort zone and give just a little, BIG things happen to make my day GREAT!! I am proud of you in that you haven't given up and didn't use the excuse to not do your exercise just because you hadn't been doing it. You are emoticon Keep up the GREAT work and good luck with your new goals. emoticon emoticon
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SGTSUNNY 6/24/2013 10:23AM

    Just keep in mind you can do anything you set your mind too! I have faith in you.

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DAWNSJOURNEY 6/24/2013 9:30AM

    Amy,

You are so right.. we don't have to listen to that voice that tells you .. you can't or you should sleep in or eat this.. funny it our own voice .. but hey we don't have to listen to it...

This site does have much to offer and support abound.. Step by Step much success on your Journey..

love,
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SIRENSONGS 6/24/2013 8:57AM

    It sounds like you're in a very healthy, mindful place right now. Awesome! I hope you stay "in the zone" as long as it takes you to meet your goals, and then visit as much as possible afterwards! :)

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    Wonderful blog. Thanks for sharing.



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ILOVEMALI 6/24/2013 12:20AM

    Awesome. Simply awesome!!!

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    loving that sticky note!

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RIGEIN24 6/23/2013 10:32PM

    emoticon Reminds me of one of my favorites: "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right."

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    great site

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STEFIGURL 6/23/2013 9:46PM

    Word up! Love this...just because we can, doesn't mean we should. It's a life lesson!

thanks, Amy!

love,
stephi

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    I enjoy this website too. Like you stated there is always something that we can learn. Good luck on your journey. emoticon

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Baby steps

Monday, June 10, 2013

Last week was a really bad week. I felt like I had absolutely no will power to do anything, let alone exercise. I was not getting along with someone because of them being pushy and not supportive towards things. My phone has been off for a few days now, and I will check it when I'm ready. Do you ever miss the old days when there were just land line phones, and people didn't hound you or get mad if you didn't answer their voice mail or text right away? Every once in awhile I believe everyone needs a break from the phone.

However, when it comes to the weight loss journey, I felt really good after I made myself get on that bike. A spark friend once told me if you at least try, even if it's only 10 minutes and that's all you can do that it still counts. Because of my weight I have really bad lower back pain, but lately even after this one little week of June I have noticed improvement, doesn't hurt too bad at all, and all I have been doing is riding a stationary exercise bike, and a little bit of basic yoga off the television each morning. That's not so difficult once you get into the habit! I also remember that spark quote, that I believe has stuck with so many people: "Wow, I really regret that workout -No one ever." Or, "You'll only regret the workouts you don't do."

Let's face it. For many of us, exercise is not always fun. You don't ALWAYS feel like doing it. And some days all a person wants to do is eat comfort food, and take a nice nap. But there is truly no better feeling going to bed at night, knowing you accomplished what you set out to do that day. Maybe you weren't perfect in your efforts, but just knowing you did your best makes the journey worth it. That's what I believe anyway.

I decided to transfer my progress picture of me on my camera to my computer, and I edited in paintbrush where i simply added the words above me: Starting weight: 330. At first this depressed me just looking at it. I didn't look too enthused in this photo. But this inspires me at the same time. I can not WAIT to add more progress photos. For every ten pound lost comes a reward, and a progress photo. I can't wait until I get to that point, and I can't wait to share them. If I loose 10 pounds each month, at Christmas I could really look a lot different. If only I had done this sooner....but I can't think that way. I feel I have all the tools and support I need, and the umph and motivation level are at an all time high. Nothing can stop me now. emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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ILOVEMALI 6/18/2013 3:05AM

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AWESOMECHELZ 6/15/2013 3:46PM

    I really like that saying "body under construction....."! emoticon I am sorry you are being hurt and I am glad you feel supported here. I do take breaks from my phone (and computer) once in a while and I think it is very good for the soul. emoticon
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RIGEIN24 6/13/2013 9:53PM

    "There is truly no better feeling going to bed at night, knowing you accomplished what you set out to do that day. Maybe you weren't perfect in your efforts, but just knowing you did your best makes the journey worth it." I believe that, too!

That's also spot-on advice about doing at least 10 minutes. Often I think people get to that point and realize, hey I can go a little longer! It's all about just getting up and doing it, you'll feel better once you start.

I hope your situation with a certain someone improves. You shouldn't feel obligated to talk to someone if you're just not in the mood or need some "me" time.

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    You are so right, baby steps!! You have this down girl!! You will succeed and reach your goal in no time!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SGTSUNNY 6/12/2013 11:22AM

    Your in the right place mentally to lose that weight! I will be checking back for those progress pictures, I know you will be posting soon.

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GLAMIT 6/11/2013 12:44PM

    But there is truly no better feeling going to bed at night, knowing you accomplished what you set out to do that day.

This is the feeling you need to believe in and throw down those doubts. Quitting is not an option.
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NANCYPAT1 6/11/2013 9:24AM

    Love your message - I started at 350 and my body is changing as YOURS will too. Once it really clicks in your heart - no, NOT your brain, but your heart - that you really want to make this happen, it will start to come together and you will see progress (oh, that's right you ALREADY HAVE SEEN PROGRESS IN JUST ABOUT 10 DAYS) - I am up to swimming between 1 and 3 miles almost every day in addition to my water aerobics classes. The first time I tried swimming about 3-4 months ago, I was so proud of doing 1/6 of a mile. Now, I have the lifeguards egging me on to do THREE miles today - these thin, athletic young men think I rock because I can swim so long and so far - they have even started counting my laps. LOL YOU CAN DO IT.

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SIRENSONGS 6/11/2013 8:57AM

    I'm sorry to hear that you had such a rough week last week, but it sounds like you're bouncing back with a vengeance. I love your attitude! I'm so happy that you've already noticed a decrease in your back pain from your exercise. Keep it up darling!

For awhile, I was taking progress pics every ten pounds I lost, but I haven't done it for the past 30 pounds. I think I'm going to try and take some pics this weekend. There's nothing like noticing the difference in progress pics to fuel motivation.

Oh, and I'm totally with you about the whole phone thing. I'm terrible at keeping in touch sometimes, and cell phones only seem to make the problem worse. Sometimes it's just nice to hide from the world.

Here's hoping that this week is much better for you, and your progress continues!

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OLIVIANIGHT 6/11/2013 2:28AM

    You can definitely do it : ) I like the idea of a reward and a progress pic, that'll be awesome to look back over in the months to come!

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FLEMIDG 6/11/2013 12:17AM

    You can do this. Don't give up on yourself. Take one day at a time. We're pulling for you.

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VIBRANTSTAR 6/10/2013 11:42PM

    There are bad weeks and good weeks! I had a bad workout week last week because I could NOT get motivated but as long as I go back eventually I will be proud. Just gotta keep chugging along. :) I know the feeling about the phone. I also turn my phone off but then I don't want to turn it back on because I know I will be bombarded with things. lol Its a win/lose thing for me. :) :) Keep at it hun. You got this!

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    Love your Body Under Construction message! You've got this! One day at a time, gets the job DONE!
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June goals

Saturday, June 01, 2013

I know that I have really gotten off track and quit coming on spark for almost the entire month of May. I really don't know what to say other than the fact that I get overwhelmed way too easily. I try to take on too many goals at once and then I seem to just withdraw and people wonder where I went. I know that from now on I need to break this spell, and start to let go of my perfectionist attitude once and for all.

If I don't do all my exercises that day, eat the exact foods according to my meal planner, or even remember to track everything...It seems I have gotten super frustrated with myself and just say well, I might as well give up and start over the next month. This just does not work. In this book I am reading it tells you to focus on the small accomplishments you make through out the day so that you can gradually work your way forward, and I feel that is the very thing that I need to do. I don't understand why I feel like I have to do things perfectly in order to be considered acceptable. This mindset makes me feel like my efforts are going in circles.

Does anyone else struggle with perfectionism? Do you have any advice for me? What's helped you get through that type of thinking? I really tried not to exhaust myself with thoughts today, and all in all, it went pretty good. I did not do perfect today, but I am trying to focus on the things I did accomplish instead of thinking "I should do better."

My goal for this June is to really start coming on spark everyday, just really truly using the resources on here, reading the articles, and taking in the support that is on here, as well as being a friend to others who need support too. I know I've said it before but I am really beyond tired of starting over at this point, so like the quote says, "If you want to quit starting over, stop giving up." Here are the four goals I am focusing on and that is it, I am not overwhelming myself anymore.

1. Daily water 8 glasses emoticon

2. Get in some kind of exercise each day/every other day emoticon

3. follow my list of "things to do instead of overeating" when I need them emoticon

4. keeping up with Spark and staying in contact with friends on here emoticon

  
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OKIE30 6/8/2013 10:29PM

    Keep plugging away!

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GLAMIT 6/6/2013 10:05AM

    Just be accountable for what ever happens. Honesty with yourself and a good kick in the pants. It really is a lot harder to start over then it is to keep going. We find excuses to give up cause really the work is to keep going. Try to think of it as a new way of life. Expect to slip up but know that the answer is to always get back on track.
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    Great goals!

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WHYNOTJ1 6/3/2013 11:17AM

    Lots of us struggle with the perfection thing. Hang in there!

Harness your powers for the forces of AWESOME!

When you feel like you may as well give up, try doing one mini-step that is positive.

An example of one of my mini-steps: Say an affirmation, such as: I get my body moving every day, or My life is now filled with joy and beauty, or I am strong and healthy and beautiful.

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RYDERB 6/2/2013 9:34PM

    Perfectionism is a tough battle, but your'e on the right track. At the end of each day, I try to focus on the good choices I made and the ways I made myself proud, and let go of the rest. Good luck with your June goals.
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ILOVEMALI 6/2/2013 4:41PM

    Let's make this month count! We Can DO IT!!!

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CHERIJ16 6/2/2013 1:55PM

    I was always a perfectionist and then I heard a psychologist on the radio who said that being a perfectionist is a form of procrastination. I realized that was true of me. I would put things off until I could find the time to do them perfectly. Consequently I would miss out on things because I never did find that perfect time.

I did well academically in high school and college but I put myself through a lot of unnecessary work trying to be perfect. I also did that in my diet. If I didn't get it perfectly right I would stop the diet and eat, eat, eat! Then I wouldn't start again until the time was just right! That's how I gained 50 lbs. and became a diabetic!

Spark People has helped me realize that I need to take one day at a time and not to beat myself up if I am not perfect. I also realize the faulty thinking of "Oh well. I blew it at lunch so I will eat whatever for the rest of the day. I like the analogy of the flat tire.
For exercise; the 10 minute rule has really helped me to just do it! Usually when I get into it I do more that 10 minutes but it helps to know I can just start with 10 minutes if I really want to. emoticon Good luck.

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AWESOMECHELZ 6/2/2013 11:24AM

    I used to be THE perfectionist and the way I got away from it was by doing things imperfectly and seating with the feelings - feeling them, writing about them, walking the frustrations off - whatever helped me to let go. It is actually liberating!

Also, each day is a new start and each Sunday, is my day to reset goals if I need to. That's liberating too. Thanks for sharing here and the best to you this week. emoticon

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JMC155 6/2/2013 7:26AM

    emoticon wish I had the magic wand to wave and we could have what we want. I understand your struggles as May is a month I want to forget. June is a start over month for me also. emoticon

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REFFIE1 6/1/2013 11:05PM

    Hi, glad to see you back! About perfectionism maybe this analogy will help. I think I read it on Sparkpeople. If you car breaks down because you have one flat tire, you fix that tire and move on. You don't go and puncture all the other tires because one needs fixing. So, don't throw the baby out with the bath water. Start with doing some small things and go from there. That is what those spark streaks are for. You are perfect for awhile, fall down, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start a new streak. Even when I do poorly, I try not to beat myself up and think about what I have done right even if it is the past. Be kind to yourself. All the best for a new start. emoticon

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FELINEBETTER 6/1/2013 8:22PM

    Hi Amy!
Your goals for this month sound very good and reasonable. For me, the whole key has been "baby steps," and one bad decision doesn't have to lead to another. If you don't exercise one day (for whatever reason), rather than beating yourself up about it -- just tell yourself that tomorrow you will do better -- and do it. Spark suggests you commit to 10 minutes per day. When you think in terms of 24hr -- that's really nothing. If you don't feel like doing anything vigorous - -just walk for that long. Every little bit counts.

I think you're well on your way. Just above all -- try to get out of the shaming/beating yourself up for anything less than perfect. You can always do better, but do what you can.

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KYLIECAT1 6/1/2013 8:15PM

    It sounds like you have a good plan , I think I share your problems with perfection , I just watched last night on Netflix a documentary called American the Beautiful 2 The thin commandments. It gave me something to think about , Its all about the diet industry and how eating healthy should be a life style not a diet , Last night I went out to eat it was so hot I just ordered a turkey sandwich but then had a large sundae , I was already to say I BLEW it but when I got home and tracked I still had 23 calories left ! :D So sometimes you dont do as badly as you think , Good Luck ! emoticon

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