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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Life is certainly interesting. I have started my own blog.

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KELLY19770 3/31/2014 12:02PM

    I couldn't get that link to open, btw

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KELLY19770 3/31/2014 12:01PM

    Hi Carolyn! Hope things are well. Haven't logged in much. Kind of blah here.

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do your best and forget the rest

Saturday, March 08, 2014

that is a quote from Tony Horton, creator of the P90X workout program. After reading his new book I have had to re-examine why I want to change my lifestyle and lose weight. Before it was just to look great (which is still one of my whys) but now I want to do a complete lifestyle change and lose about 60 lbs because I want to be alive to see my grandchildren, and to be able to enjoy life more with my husband and daughter. When they go out to do something, I stay at home because I can not keep up with them. Also I have various illnesses mental and physical which tend to get in the way of living a healthy, happy life. Exercise and good nutrition would greatly improve on how I'm living and feeling.
I'm about to start exercising again and counting calories. Just injured my foot a couple days ago, so I guess I'll get started on nutrition first as of today. Exercise will come in a couple of days. I feel I have nothing to lose, but everything to gain, so I'm going to do my best, and forget the rest!

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STEVEN2GO2 3/12/2014 4:09PM

    Wishes for the best as you refocus on a healthy, complete life!

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STEVEN_D 3/8/2014 1:00PM

    Get going when you can, and soon they will be trying to keep up with you!!

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KELLY19770 3/8/2014 12:09PM

    Glad to see you are back and ready to rock it!

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pressure from another weightloss site

Friday, December 06, 2013

I joined another weightloss site, because I had one of their videos. I won't say the name, but all I wanted was some help, and all I get is pressured to by shakes, suppliments, and tons of other things. All I want is support doing their video. I'm not interested in shakes and suppliments. I prefer getting my nutrition naturally. The reason I liked this website is that you get a one on one coach who corresponds with you constantly. He seems like a nice guy, but he's just trying to make a living. I feel stressed and let down. I have forgotten about spark for the last couple of weeks because of this new site, but I am now going to try to get back into this again, and forget the other site. I don't need the pressure.

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STEVEN2GO2 12/9/2013 6:38AM

    Good thing you realized you should not be pressured to buy shakes or supplements, which are expensive, when you can get good nutrition through what you eat daily and inexpensively! Glad you decide to respark. Sorry I have not been in touch as much as I would like, I have been dealing with Holiday stress, and I AM WINNING! Hope you enjoy your week!


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CELEST 12/7/2013 9:46AM

    Just a thought from the flip side of that coin....sometimes a person themselves goes on certain products and it works SO WELL that they just want the whole world to use them. It may not necessarily be that they are trying to make their living off your wallet. Just send him a pvt message saying I DONT WANT PRODUCTS THANKS. I'm in the herbal game and I assure you I want folks to use it because I have never felt so energized and well not because I want to take their money.

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SOAPSTRESS1 12/6/2013 1:14PM

    I hate pressure sites! Glad you are back with us. We don't need shakes, gimmicks to lose weight! You can do this with smart eating, determination and a little of exercise.

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DOLPHINLADY05 12/6/2013 1:01PM

    Glad you're back on SP!! No one should be pressuring you... that just creates more stress and under-mines weight loss!! Kuddos to you for backing off that site... you've got plenty of support right here.


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TURTLESLOW14 12/6/2013 12:51PM

    I would drop them in a heart beat....more stress is not the best approach to weight loss. Just having support is all we need, I am glad that your back on Spark. emoticon

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SUEPERWOMAN 12/6/2013 11:23AM


No you don't! So happy that you're here.

Love, Ginger

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Strive for progress not perfection

Thursday, November 07, 2013

I read the title of this blog in a fitness magazine. I am a perfectionist, and if I don't think I can do it just right, I won't do it at all. That includes eating healthy, staying within my calorie range, and especially exercising. I have this image in my head of what I want to end up looking like, and it looks like I expect to have some "perfect" fitness model body that has been photoshopped in fitness magazines. This particular quote that I read really got to me. "Strive for progress not perfection" I'm striving for perfection and that will never be an end result that will happen for me. I have decided to strive for progress. First I want to see my endurance improve with cardio, and see some definition in my arms with weights. That's all the progress I'm going to look forward to right now. I want to lose weight through healthy eating and staying in my calorie range, along with regular exercise. That is all I can do. I will not stand on the scale every morning any more, I will go to once a week. What weight comes off by trying my best, is what will come off. I haven't set a goal as to how much I want to see come off every week right now, because I'm feeling overwhelmed enough about the calorie counting and exercise. What happens happens especially during this holiday season. It's stressful enough trying to stop the all or nothing thinking, and the constant scrutinizing that I do to myself every day in front of the mirror. I have been down and out with bronchitis and wrist surgery for the past month, so Monday I start. I still need a few more days to recover from the bronchitis and the wrist still needs a little babying.
So until Monday, I'm logging my food, and eating healthy. I feel a little better all ready.

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STEVEN2GO2 11/13/2013 7:00PM

A change in your attitude is great. Feeling stronger and having more endurance is A LOT more than a number on the scale! i think now you have a great mind set to live your life in a healthy way! I am sure that you WILL make progress. By taking the time to heal, but focusing on your nutrition is a very reasonable way to go. I wish you the best as you strive and succeed!

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DANCINCAJUN1 11/8/2013 11:21AM

    Just a fabulous blog. So true about so many of us Roc

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It's been a long time coming

Saturday, October 19, 2013

I ran across my weightloss scrapbook for the first time in a long time. I made it to put inspirational pictures and inspirational sayings in it to motivate me to change my lifestyle to one of exercise, healthy eating, and liking myself. A few days ago I looked at the cover of my scrapbook and saw the title, "Weightloss Journal 2010". I made it four years ago, and I saw my before picture. In four years I am exactly 20 lbs lighter. I have spent four years for 20 lbs. I'll take it gladly, but I wish I could have finished my journey. I started thinking about how much time I have wasted as It has been about 16 years since I have lost any substantial amount of weight, One thing has changed though. My eating is much healthier now, just need to control the portion sizes. I will take that one thing and run with it. I just had my cast taken off my arm on Thursday, so I can't jump into a huge exercise routine right now, but I can do legs, core and the treadmill. So today and tomorrow I will log my food and Monday I will get on the treadmill and do some exercises (I have a flu bug at the moment. emoticon )
I think today I will also plan out my meals for the week. It's been a long time coming but I can't go another year with all this weight on me. I've had enough. It might take a little longer than a year, but a year is what I'm aiming for right now.

cw 182.4
gw 125

My ultimate fitness goal is to be able to do a boot camp. Right now I can't even climb one flight of stairs without huffing, and my heart racing.
Normally I would wait until after Christmas to get started, but I'm not going to put off my health any longer. I have diabetes and am bipolar so exercise is of upmost importance, as well as a healthy diet. Times are about to change.

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STEVEN2GO2 10/25/2013 1:34AM

    Carolyn, I took 7 years to go from 235 down to 157. I went in spurts, depending on my illness and motivation. By the way, congratulations on the 20 pound drop so far!!! Now that your arm is almost healed and you have the flu take it easy on the exercise and as you wrote concentrate on healthy food choices and portions. YOU know what you need to do, you just have to deal your physical and sometimes emotional limitations and difficulties, but I have faith in you, that you WILL REACH YOUR GOAL WEIGHT!!! Just take it one moment, one choice at a time. You are going in the right direction, just trust your knowledge and believe in yourself. As you know you are not only doing this for yourself, but as an inspiration for your DD, and a future with grandchildren. My father, from lack of health concern for himself, died three months before his first grandchild was welcomed into this marvelous world.

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CELEST 10/20/2013 9:09AM

    I hear you. We all have different time zones to deal with this "weighty" issue. I have been on sparks for 7 year....lost, gained, lost, gained....and busy losing again. Thing is, each year was not a loss, because I learned so much. So much about myself, why I did things, ate things. I learned enough to make other changes each year. I have given up....secret eating, emotional eating (to a large degree) I'm off migraine tablets, Im off high bloop pressure tablets. Im soooo much more toned than I have ever been.
This year, like all the others saw me fighting with a MAMMOTH emotional problem, really serious. When I gained 3.7kgs I thought here I go...each time I have regained everything plus some. But I actually stopped at the 3.7kg gain and THATS A FIRST. So, each year has not been a waste. They were the building blocks to my healthier body.
You just keep building with the blocks you've got. We will all chug to the end of this battle.

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RENLLY 10/19/2013 11:22PM

    This reminds me that I want to start a weight loss scrapbook. Thanks for that

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FITGRL124 10/19/2013 8:29PM

    I know what you mean about setting a plan and not getting there. I've been working on my weight loss since 2008; there have been some major bumps along the way but why wait to reach my goals?

CW: 157 (up from my lowest of 133)
GW: 124

Let's find a way to get there together!



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KNYAGENYA 10/19/2013 3:14PM

    You can do it...I have faith in you.

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