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I'm Working Through...

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

When I opened up the Daily Motivator for this morning, the message hit me like a ton of bricks...

Work Through

When your efforts bring disappointment, the worst thing you can do is abandon those efforts. Keep making the efforts, and eventually you’ll work your way to the results you desire.

Quitting won’t end your frustration or despair. On the contrary, quitting will just lock the frustration and despair permanently in place.

Instead of giving up, make the commitment to work through. Work through the disappointments, work through the discouragement, work through the frustration and work your way toward success.

When you feel like stopping, like you’re hitting the wall, keep going. Keep going and you’ll get through that wall into a more creative, productive state of flow.

You’ve worked your way this far, and you certainly have it in you to work on through the problem, or discouragement, or disillusionment or whatever. Your focused, committed effort will get you to the other side.

Engage the ability you have to work through. And nothing will be able to stop you.

— Ralph Marston


My SparkJourney has been winding around the mountain of success... depending on which meaning of "success" I am referring to. If I am considering the success of being consistent when it comes to checking in to SP, I have reached the summit. The "number on the scale" is a winding path... mid-way to the top there. Getting back into a more consistent "routine" of exercising is off the beaten path right now, but I manage to get a foot on the path every once and awhile.
The point is that I keep walking on, taking whatever size step I need to in order to put one foot in front of the other. I don't have to always be moving forward, just moving. Some days I feel as if I am marching in place. Other days I step more to one side of the path than the other. Yet I seem to always find the true path again, especially when I stop and really look inside myself and see how blessed and loved I really am. I chose the path I am on because I want to be healthier, fitter, and become the best person I can be. I will deal with whatever obstacle that comes across my path...
I'll forgive myself when I fall, and keep pushing forward. I'm worth the effort!
emoticon emoticon There is no failure, only feedback!

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ILOVEJIM851991 7/12/2014 9:00AM

    I love your attitude emoticon It reminds me of what I need to keep doing to be successful emoticon emoticon

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JEANNETRAYLOR 7/9/2014 12:22PM

    This is indeed an awesome message! I'll refer to it often to remind myself that it IS all worth it in the end!

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_LINDA 7/9/2014 11:35AM

    emoticon emoticon
Never give in and never give up I have to keep reminding myself!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 7/9/2014 8:56AM


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KANOE10 7/9/2014 8:18AM

    That was a great inspirational post. I like the may be difficult, but it is not impossible, and I will find a way.

Thanks for reminding us to keep working through whatever life gives us.


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Finally FLYing... a newly arranged and beautiful sunroom for me!

Sunday, July 06, 2014

It took a few hours, but the room turned out so nice!
We don't heat or cool this room because of the high ceilings(costs a fortune when we do!)... but when it is nice outside, I can open all of the windows and enjoy the fresh air. Spring and Fall is the time to use this wonderful space! My Corgi grooming area is a real gift...
We can now do a jigsaw puzzle on the table and leave it to work on as we please.

Working with a timer one can accompliSHE anything! 15 minutes at time is all it takes!

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SMITHKRISTI 7/8/2014 10:37AM


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    When can I drop Dixie the fluff off for a groom?

Enjoy your awesome new space!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 7/7/2014 3:12AM

    emoticon That's wonderful!! Looks fantastic! emoticon

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DSJB9999 7/7/2014 1:20AM

    wonderful emoticon

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_LINDA 7/7/2014 12:51AM

    Wow! What a wonderful place!! Incredible view and so much light! You are blessed to be able to enjoy this room!
Have fun!

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SEATTLE58 7/6/2014 10:18PM

    emoticon and just the perfect place for you when you need it!! emoticon

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The Snow

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Here are a few photos of the snow we've had. These were before we got the last 5 inches...

The pasture across from my house...

Outside my MamaCave window...

Front of house

Bird feeders at dogwood tree...

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GOLFGMA 2/14/2014 9:05AM

    Looks a lot like the snow we had and I think all of NC must have gotten 10 - 16 inches. Finally the snow stopped here about 3:00 yesterday. Still not much traffic on our road. emoticon

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FOREVERSUNNY1 2/13/2014 1:28PM

  It is beautiful! Hope everyone is safe and warm.

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SEATTLE58 2/13/2014 1:17PM

    So beautiful and we're getting more snow now too, along with a white-out blizzard!! Not any travel around here today! emoticon

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Embracing the truth...

Saturday, February 08, 2014

It's taken me two years, but I have finally embraced the truth that my body does not process carbohydrates very well, and I can manage my RA and other autoimmune issues better if I eat wisely. It's not just about the "weight"... it's about the healing and wellness of my whole person!
The New Year has been interesting for me. I began a new eating plan on the 10th of January. After much prayer and research, I decided I HAD to do something to counteract the weight gain from the wrong medication combination last year. When I analyzed my nutrition I realized I was eating within my caloric range, but it wasn't really balanced. The carb numbers were very high. (The SP food tracker is a great way to see just how you are eating, if you are honest as you track) Two articles came to my attention(God-incidences!) about utilizing a lower carb food plan to help get your weight loss going in a more balanced direction. I've also researched the Paleo way of eating. There are parts of Paleo that make sense to me, as does the low-carb method. Both of these methods present ideas that I can put to use in my daily life and benefit from.
My weight had gone up drastically and STUCK, for months, no matter what I did. My doctor even told me to not worry about the weight gain, as all of my tests and “numbers” were the best they have been in years. (Thanks to SparkPeople!) I knew the extra weight was not good for my joints!
Weight loss is like a puzzle. It takes all of the pieces fitting together correctly to be effective. I was eating in my caloric range. I drank lots of water. I thought I was eating healthy, but I wasn't being honest with myself. I was NOT eating balanced nutrition. I was eating a lot of "healthy" processed foods. I wasn’t cooking at home at all… eating out with DH and using frozen meals/bars for meals at work every week. I was dancing down the slick road of convenience and ease. (There is nothing wrong with “healthy” convenience foods… in moderation.) My exercise/movement was limited, partially due to health issues, partly to sheer laziness.
I'm putting together a nutritional plan that works for ME, and is one I can live with for the rest of my life. Balance and moderation still seems the best way to do anything... With sensible, reasonable guidelines, I can reach my goals. Taking small steps towards increasing my moving daily will enhance the eating plan.
In the past month I have taken what I thought were the best parts of the new Atkins program, and the Paleo philosophy, and I’ve implemented them into my daily lifestyle.
I’ve adjusted my Tracker to reflect how I am eating now. The new SP Start page has been very useful in helping me focus on my new goals. I am using my SparkPeople Activity Tracker daily, and am increasing my movement literally one step at a time. I am taking advantage of Spark Teams that offer support and encouragement. My DH and I eat more at home. My sugar and gluten consumption has dropped dramatically. I am not drinking any sodas. I've not been hungry nor felt deprived. I eat three meals and allow myself planned snacks daily. Does it take more work, more thought and effort? You bet it does! Growth hurts! I am stretching beyond my comfort zone again... and it feels good.

I have lost ten pounds in the past four weeks… which is far more than I hoped for! I am aware that this is just the result of my body finally getting what it needs, and the weight will not drop as rapidly probably from now on. That won’t keep me from reaching for more success! Progress is more important than the pounds lost! The improved health AND fitness I gain as I continue my SP journey is what truly matters.
The New Year really was a new beginning for me. It doesn’t matter so much where I have come from, but where I want to go. It’s great to have a plan in place, but it is only a “plan” unless it is lived! Actions speak louder than words… Life always has problems and takes turns we don’t anticipate. I’m going to live my life in the now and accept the “present” as it is! emoticon
If you are heading in the wrong direction, you can always choose to turn around! Over and over again, if need be! It's OK!

One of the great things about SP is that it gives us the tools to explore how we can become healthier and fitter... and stay that way in every stage of our lives. SP has resources to keep us educated and informed about nutrition, fitness, mental health, etc. so we can make sound decisions for ourselves. The Spark Teams offer support for everyone! emoticon
Knowledge is power! It helps us to change and become the best we can be! We may not choose the circumstances we find ourselves in, but we can choose how to react to them! It’s not impossible to change, it’s I’m-possible to change!

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CREATIVEHEART5 4/11/2014 8:42AM

    I am at the same place in my journey. emoticon

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_LINDA 2/10/2014 7:43PM

    emoticon Getting a healthy lifestyle is a never ending journey of experimenting and figuring out what really works for your body. It looks like you are getting the idea. May your journey continue to be successful!
You go girl!!

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PLMITCH 2/9/2014 8:43AM

    Sounds like you have come up with a great plan that works for you.


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SEAGLASS1215 2/8/2014 6:40PM

    Awesome blog! I could have written the first part and I am, like you, figuring out my plan and what I need to do to make this work. Having just suffered through (not enjoyed) my last (and final) binge yesterday, I made it through today with no junk, no processed food, and no bread (!) -- feeling pretty darn good about myself too!

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4EVERNESS 2/8/2014 4:58PM

    YAY!!! Sounds great. I was frustrated with potatoes and rice..nutritionally sound, great for potassium, trace elements, etc...eating in moderation...but the weight wasn't coming off when I did...oops, somehow with my metabolism, it does come off, it just takes two to three days after eating potatoes or rice to notice it....weird..but we are all different...custom designed with you in mind..your bod....Keep up the great work!

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RHOOK20047 2/8/2014 11:49AM

    Glad you found what works for you, I am still looking and trying. I have knees that need to be replaced, so my exercise is very limited as well. Fortunately, I have a lot of walking in my job, so I get my steps in most days, but by the evening, I am in quite a lot of pain. I am finding things that help and changing things up tor better results is a good thing.

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NOILEDNWAD 2/8/2014 10:34AM

    Very nicely stated! I'm struggling with the nutrition part this time around. I either don't get enough protein, or too many carbs or not enough calories in the day. I haven't found the nutrition niche I need yet. That's what I'm working towards now. Love your blog! emoticon

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SEATTLE58 2/8/2014 10:32AM

    Good for you for listening to your body and finding out what works best. I know that I really need to do that too, with having RA, etc. emoticon emoticon

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NEPTUNE1939 2/8/2014 10:18AM

    Since I stopped drinking sodas, eating many processed foods, and sugar I feel great. I'm big time into strength training too. But I still enjoy beer. emoticon

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My SPARK Lanyard Idea

Monday, November 04, 2013

I found the little clippie in my desk, threaded the hair elastic through it, then slipped the SPARK clip on the loop that was opposite the clippie.
This is what it looks like on the house slipper.
I think it will work well on a waistband or tennis shoe, too.
Anyway, I believe it will help me not lose my SPARK!

Here's another idea, using a better clip...

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BABCIATEA 2/2/2014 3:09PM

    thanks great idea

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MULTIMOM 1/10/2014 4:48PM

    Thanks for sharing your idea! I will come up with something too!

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SEAGLASS1215 12/2/2013 4:19AM

    Very clever!

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VON810 11/28/2013 3:41PM

    Love this idea! thanks for sharing! emoticon

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SLIM242 11/28/2013 6:42AM

    Thanks for sharing! Great idea!


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NOSNACKER-57 11/8/2013 8:15AM

    Great idea, thanks for sharing!

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IMREITE 11/6/2013 1:00AM

    It is good to give yourself reminders that will aid motivation

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CALIDREAMER76 11/4/2013 10:57PM

    great idea and thanks for posting a picture for us visual learners!

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    I have had a leash on my pedometer for years. Saved many a pedometer from a watery grave when I'm in the little girl's room. Sadly, that is the place I tend to struggle the most keeping the thing on. I have a leash on my Spark tracker as well.

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_LINDA 11/4/2013 6:36PM

    Good for you!!
I gave up on pedometers and such because I always lost those clip on types. Too bouncy and active for them to stay put :P

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CATSERVANT 11/4/2013 11:38AM

    Great! I think I'll try it! Thanks!

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KIWIANN 11/4/2013 9:10AM

    Smart idea!

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CATHOLICCORGI 11/4/2013 8:55AM

    There are so many kinds of elastics, you can choose any color you'd like to match anything...

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