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Warning Exercise

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Could give you energy! LOL After my morning walk I had so much more energy that I came home and swept and mopped my kitchen and bathroom. I think I will tackle the cleaning out of the fridge next! So, unless you want a clean house don't exercise first thing in the morning emoticon

Carol

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FUNZ81 6/25/2014 12:44AM

    That's kind of scary! LOL I like morning walks the best, too. It makes my whole day go better. emoticon

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STEVEN2GO2 6/24/2014 8:42PM

    emoticon A clean sweep!

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PINKPANTHERS 6/24/2014 1:34PM

    Woo - hoo go you! emoticon I could use that morning energy boost for sure. Tho I would hate to waste it at work! emoticon I did get a lap in at break (10 am - I work on top of a high hill and we walk the circle down and up at breaks) and took a walk at lunch on the trolley trail nearby. Wish I was at home right now and could tackle some major cleaning! I'm considering taking next week off so maybe morning workout will help me get some work done then!

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SINFULLYQUAINT 6/24/2014 12:19PM

    Way to go! Now that is the kind of warning everybody needs to hear emoticon

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QUEENIEBELLE 6/24/2014 11:26AM

    Love this warning! emoticon Sounds like a great idea and glad you shared. Now- will you come over and tackle my chore list? emoticon SO proud of you for your commitment.

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ROCKPORT9 6/24/2014 9:49AM

    I'm hiding from 92 degree heat index at 8 am and the dogs agree. We will have to face it soon for our morning walk. Your morning sounds so energized! emoticon

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Summer 5% Challenge Diet Commitment

Friday, June 13, 2014

I try to follow the 80-20 rule...eating healthy at least 80% of the time. I eat 3 meals a day and 2 snacks. I try to keep calories between 1200-1500. I eat lots of protein, veggies, fruit, and try not to eat too many carbs. I also heard fat doesn't make you fat sugar makes you fat! So, I have been reading labels. I will work on portion control, and drinking more good old plain water.

I am always looking for good and easy and cheap healthy recipes, and Spark has so many! I have been following this eating plan for over a year so I have most everything I need in my fridge, and I just finished my grocery list for this weekend, and I am shopping this afternoon. My eating is a little different on the days I work. I do need to work on my cooking skills or lack of okay maybe I can cook, but I don't like to cook, lol.

I just cleaned my kitchen the other day, and I bought a new bright red dish drainer. You would be surprised at how that pop of color in something so cheap and simple brightened up my kitchen!

Carol

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QUEENIEBELLE 6/24/2014 11:29AM

    You have a great plan going on and working it great too! Your dish drainer sounds nice- I love red.

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ROCKPORT9 6/15/2014 6:35PM

    Great nutrition plan! emoticon

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NHES220 6/13/2014 1:43PM

    I stick between 1200-1550, but I am usually on the higher end. I justify that since I am usually exercising every day - running/elliptical and strength training a couple of days. I am happy with my weight loss, so I am not going to change at this point. I am low carb too and it is working for me. We do what works and stick with it!

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Summer 5% Challenge Exercise Commitment

Thursday, June 12, 2014

1. Walk emoticon everyday (weather permitting) starting out 20 minutes and increasing my time and distance.

2. Swimming! emoticon the pool is now open emoticon I will look up pool exercises, and do them instead of just laying on the raft.

3. I will keep moving everyday doing yard work, mowing, gardening, housework, etc. I will allow myself to relax, but just not all day!

Carol

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QUEENIEBELLE 6/24/2014 11:31AM

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HARROWJET 6/13/2014 8:44AM

    Good goals. emoticon

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KAKAY56 6/12/2014 6:02PM

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N2IT4LIFETODAY 6/12/2014 10:57AM

    emoticon plan! emoticon

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COLLEENCONQUERS 6/12/2014 10:42AM

    great plan !! and yes emoticon

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ILOVEROSES 6/12/2014 9:34AM

    emoticon Carol! I especially like your #3! emoticon

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This journey can be hard!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Today I guess I was feeling discouraged since I am struggling to keep the pounds moving down as fast as I would like. I made a list of all the reasons why this journey is sometimes hard. It felt good getting all those bad thoughts out of my head and on paper. Then I thought well you know what?....It was a lot harder carrying around those extra 60 pounds you just lost! It was hard to walk, climb stairs, etc. It was hard finding clothes that I liked that fit. It was hard feeling physically bad and depressed. Guess what I did next?...I tore that bad thoughts list into tiny pieces and threw it in the trash! Yes, this journey can be hard sometimes, but not as hard as being overweight, out of shape, unhappy, and unhealthy! So, I will continue to emoticon

Carol

  
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QUEENIEBELLE 5/18/2014 5:18PM

    Great blog Carol! No wonder you are almost at goal- great attitude.

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IMLOCOLINDA 4/14/2014 2:16AM

    emoticon It's certainly not easy, but it's worth it!

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NHES220 4/14/2014 12:52AM

    Great blog Carol! It may not happen as fast as you do not have as much to lose, but look how far you have come! Do not lose sight of that! If you ever feel discouraged, go back and read your anniversary blog.

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POSITIVEHOPE 4/13/2014 10:51PM

    Discouraged means you need more courage. It will come off as quickly as it can. So glad you remembered to find your gratitudes to make yourself happy with the journey.

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WIFE48 4/13/2014 6:06PM

    You are so right. It is hard to get it off and harder to keep it off. We all need to remember that this is a lifelong journey.

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1 year Anniversary

Friday, March 21, 2014

Well, yesterday was the first day of Spring and marks my 1 year anniversary that I started this journey. I have lost almost 60 pounds, walked in my first 5k, lowered my blood pressure, and found a breast lump that I couldn't feel before the weight-loss that thank God turned out not to be cancer! I have been able to help my hubby with all the outside yard work like planting and taking care of the garden, mowing, raking, and this winter I helped him with firewood, walking thru the woods carrying logs, loading and un-loading it from the truck, and stacking it. I can walk up stairs without feeling like I might have a heart attack (which was my main reason I started this journey). Of course there is the added benefit of looking better, wearing smaller clothes, and feeling good about yourself. It has been a win win situation both mentally and physically.

The other day my husband and I were at the park with our 3yr. old granddaughter and she was playing on a big wooden fort that had stairs and tunnels and slides, and hide outs, she yelled come on up here and play with me grandma, and I climbed up to the top, and we had so much fun playing hide and seek. On the way home I looked and hubby with a big smile and said that was why I did it, so I could play and laugh with my granddaughter!

I still have more weight to lose more life to live so my journey continues. If anyone asks me what my secret is I would tell them to find what motivates them and remind yourself everyday why you are doing this. Make everyday a little better than the last, don't give up your favorite foods try figuring out how to make them low fat or still have them in moderation. My favorite food is pizza, and I can't eat just 1 piece more like 1 pizza, lol so I would buy a "diet" frozen pizza, and add my own mushrooms, green peppers, onions, etc. to it, and that satisfied my craving. If I find myself sitting to long I remind myself to get up and move. Don't let the scales define how you are doing or feeling, only you know this. I haven't been perfect, but I didn't give up, and that is the secret!

I just want to say emoticon to all the wonderful people I have met here this last year. Your support has meant so much to me, and has helped me thru the good the bad, and the ugly.

emoticon and you won't be sorry you did!

Carol

  
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QUEENIEBELLE 4/5/2014 11:40AM

    Congratulation!! What a wonderful and uplifting blog. emoticon for the tips of what has helped you along the way. I wish EVERYONE here could read this blog- written by someone who has done it and still doing it. Love that you got to play hands-on with your granddaughter. Another Sparker had written that she doesn't want to be a "lap grandma" like her grandparents were. Wants to get down and PLAY. You are definitely not a "lap grandma" LOL. Thanks for sharing how the weight loss has helped you with your everyday chores and life. That is very encouraging. Thank you- big HUGS. You are appreciated. emoticon

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SHAKESALOT 3/25/2014 9:03AM

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IMLOCOLINDA 3/21/2014 11:01PM

    Sounds like you've got it going on!! I'm so relieved to hear that the lump turned out to be benign. I think it's wonderful that you got such pure joy out of playing with your granddaughter. I think anyone can lose weight and get fit if they just find what motivates them and decide to "never give up what you want the most for what you want at the moment"!!
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NHES220 3/21/2014 10:14AM

    Happy Sparkversary! You should be so proud of all you have accomplished. And so happy for your "all clear"! How fun to be able to run around at the park with your granddaughter and just enjoy life. And you and I are proof that this is not a diet. You do not really have to sacrifice or give things up. It is really just a commitment to moving more, eating better - most of the time and change will happen. Good for you and let's continue our journey!
Noreen


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