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Halloween candy challenge

Sunday, September 18, 2011

For me, the fall is like a food obstacle course. Halloween candy, Thanksgiving feast, Christmas goodies. At work, people already are putting out the dishes of candy for the students. I pass one of these dishes every time I go back to my office. Chocolate is the big temptation for me. I know that part of my weight gain last fall was a result of eating too much of that candy from that very candy dish.

I need a strategy. Logging those calories on SparkPeople will help. Maybe today can be the first day of the Halloween candy challenge. I will not dip into that dish for the next month. I'm adding this pledge to my SparkPeople goals!

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NANCYBOAT 9/18/2011 8:21AM

    I need to do this as well. My kids are too big to trick or treat, but we still end up with TONS of candy in the house. And I love it all!!

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BAILEYAN 9/18/2011 8:01AM

    A food obstable course is a good way to describe the holidays. It's though for everyone, I think (at least me anyways). I'm one of those people who with eat pretty much anything if it's there, so I'm kind of trying to think about how I'm going to maintain some control in the coming months and not completely ruin all of my hard work. Good luck!

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Still Flying Despite the Fast-paced Fall

Saturday, September 10, 2011

During the past two weeks, I've struggled to find time for my bootcamp workouts. But, by golly, I've succeeded. Now that I'm in the midst of another very hectic semester of teaching, I remember so clearly why it was so easy in the past to ditch my exercise routines every fall.

I've also managed to keep a handle on the calories, but I'm eating on the run so much. I was much worse this past week about making sure I ate fruits and vegetables. And I still need to work on getting those eight glasses of water in every day. Still--the overall feeling I have is that I can stay on track this fall.

I see now why having a strategy is so crucial to continued success--setting goals and tracking exercise and food have been useful tools. But I confess that something else is helping me stay motivated. I loved the stars and certificates that teachers would dole out for good behavior and performance in elementary school. And guess what--I still like those things. I would really hate to miss a "consistency" award or another bootcamp trophy. These SparkPeople awards remind me that I'm sticking to my plan and that I'm on a positive path for my good health.

Another thing works for me: my brother once told me that I have a kind of stubborn pride--I like to finish something I've started. So I know that once I start a month-long bootcamp, I'm going to finish it. A month is just long enough to get results and just short enough to feel manageable. Month by month I get healthier!

And thanks to my SparkPeople friends for your encouragement! We don't know each other personally--but we help each other so much.

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TOPAZROSE 9/11/2011 9:50AM

    You have articulated how I feel about SP. It's such a great resource. Great to see you being focussed and motivated. Go for it!

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INDICARGIRL 9/10/2011 8:21PM

  Good on you for staying with it and finishing're an inspiration and seeing you on bootcamp helps me stay on track - or get back on it if I've become waylaid.
I also like the positive feedback and encouragement we get from SP and the manageable time chunks.
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Surpassed my original goal!

Saturday, September 03, 2011

I learned about SparkPeople and joined in June 2010 but really didn't do anything with the site. On January 1, 2011, I got on the scale and was at my all-time high weight. So, yes, I did make a New Year's Resolution--and I've kept it.

I originally wanted to lose 19 pounds and yesterday I reached a loss of 20 pounds from what I weighed on January 1.

After being on a plateau for months, I gained a couple of pounds during vacation during the first week of August. Luckily, I joined another bootcamp and lost five pounds in August. I confess that my loss was helped by starting back on my teaching schedule. This past week was so hectic that I barely had time to eat--which meant that I didn't overeat.

After I gained a couple of pounds on vacation at the first of August, I readjusted my goal to lose three pounds more than I had originally set as a goal. Now I'm two pounds away from this final weight-loss goal! Maybe setting a new goal reenergized me.

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G8RGRL91 9/7/2011 6:04PM

  Congratulations!!!! Best to you as you start back with your teaching. It sounds like you've got what it takes to stay on tack with your goals despite the hectic schedule.

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SPOKENWORD 9/6/2011 9:02AM

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INDICARGIRL 9/4/2011 4:16PM

  Congratulations and well done! 20lbs is a lot of weight - 20lbs of butter I'm visualising and you've blitzed it.

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SPBETTERWAY 9/3/2011 7:31AM

    Totally wonderful! emoticon

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NANCYBOAT 9/3/2011 7:11AM

    That's *awesome* - Congratulations!!!!!!

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TOPAZROSE 9/3/2011 6:45AM

    What an awesome achievement to get to where you are now. Thank you for sharing your success. I look forward to hearing about you reaching your readjusted goal in the near future.

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What Got You Here Won't Get You There

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The title of this blog is actually the title of Marshall Goldsmith's book--his subtitle is How Successful People Become Even More Successful.

I learned about the book this week from one of my former students who is now a senior. I was thinking that the book might offer some insights for my students. Often college students start out thinking that the same things that got them into college will be the same things that get them a good job after college. But we all know that good interpersonal skills, a positive attitude, and other attributes can be more important than just getting good grades.

Then tonight I realized that changing past behaviors is how one also becomes successful at maintaining health. For example, I've learned that one has to switch up the exercise routine. Doing the same exercises for awhile can help you lose weight but after awhile you have to try some different approaches to get those results.

And I've learned that when I lose weight I have to figure out a good maintenance routine or I'm going to do what I've done for years: gain weight, lose weight, gain it back, lose it again, and so on.

Out with what got me here--bring on some new habits that will get me there!

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TOPAZROSE 8/28/2011 9:33AM

    Thanks for sharing. We all repeat things until we get them. It's great that you have identified your patterns. I've been the same.


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Fall is coming!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Because I teach, summers are the most relaxed time of year for me. Fall is the craziest time. My daughter went back to school last week. The college classes I teach start next week so I've been very busy getting ready for them.

I'll have to dig down really deep to keep myself on the healthy exercise and eating plan that I've been on since January. Fall has traditionally been the time for derailment. In the fall, I often stop exercising and begin to put on weight--last fall I put on more weight than ever.

So I made a New Year's resolution to exercise and eat healthy and got serious about SparkPeople. If I weren't in a SparkPeople bootcamp right now, I think I would have already begun to slip.

So right now I'm pledging to do better this fall!

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INDICARGIRL 8/28/2011 3:13AM

  Thankgoodness you are on Boot Camp right now! I see you're coming to the end of this one shortly. What are you thinking of doing next? I'd quite like to start another one Sept 1st even though I'll be doing two for a few days. Perhaps we could begin Spring in to spring/fall bootcamp then? emoticon

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TOPAZROSE 8/22/2011 8:41PM

    How fantastic that you have identified your most vulnerable time. Having this understanding will help you develop strategies to work through it. I wish you every success through this time and look forward to celebrating your successes with you.

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