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Looking back on goals over the years and updating...

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

I went to bed last night with the Spark, my journal and a warm Corgi. Propped the pillow up and began to look back through the journal. I have always had a section for goals. A page per goal. I'm went back and revisited each one to see what I'll keep, then leave the rest.
I have the BabyStep Pledge Body Clutter Release Contract from FLYlady( It is signed October23, 2005. I weighed 241. The week before that, I was 245 at the doctor's for my physical. Sort of disappointing at this moment, but I wrote my weight every year on 10/23, and I AM down from the beginning. So I guess it wasn't for naught after all. What the contract has to say is truth. I'll keep it in my journal for encouragement, to show I CAN reach my goal weight AND keep it off! Time IS my friend, not always an enemy.
My Goals for Work page is very specific, and I have completed all but 2 of my goals for the past year. I'll write a new 2012 page. Time to tweak the things I've mastered. Always room to improve. It was very good to see how I accomplished the goals and the notes I wrote about doing it.
The House Dream has been realized in the past 6 years... we moved June 26, 2010 to the house I envisioned a long, long time ago. This page stays to help me remember what it took to get where we are today. I still have things I'd like to do to the house, so they are listed here under 2012 heading. One step builds on another... like building a house.
There are 3 pages of financial goals... from 2005. All but 2 met. I added 4 more to those, and 2012 is ready to be implemented.
It took 5 years to find my Church home. God often has us go around mountains again and again until we are willing to go THROUGH them... I have goals for what I want in my spiritual life, too, for 2012. Much has been given, much is required... Open heart, open mind. Obedience because of love... "We can do no great things, only small things with great love." Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta
SPARKing is going to help me meet my physical goals.
I read and answered the questions from The Spark CH. 1 and 2 that are necessary to understand just where my real motivation is coming from, what my purpose is in this part of my journey. It was insightful. I saw I had gotten away from my initial goals, and was wandering about aimlessly... yes, I was functioning. I have been so FLYwaSHEd (there is a FLYLADY TEAM and a SHE's Doing It TEAM) that the the habits(especially Finally Love Yourself) I have developed over the years have served me well, even if I don't always realize it.
But I AM back on track now, PTL! I have my FOCUS back. Cornerstone 1 is laid.
Chapter 3 is the Cornerstone of Fitness. That is my goal for today. Read and learn.
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SUNNYAUTUMN812 12/28/2011 6:35PM

    I love this post! I'm contemplating and writing out my goals this week. emoticon

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DEDICATED2HIM 12/28/2011 9:00AM

    I love how you are so goal oriented....and how you have accomplished so much as a consequence of those goals. Keeping your goals accessible in a notebook allotted only for that is a great idea.. I just bought this really cool three ring binder (the small size) and I'm going to steal that idea. i have terrible short term memory problems and tend to forget five goals for every four I make! This will really help to remind me and keep me on track.....Of course, I DO have to remember to look in the book !!

thanks for the inspiration...and YOU are a great inspiration to me in general. Thanks!

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MARVEEME 12/27/2011 6:35PM

    Nice work! Stay the course, full steam ahead, Captain!

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Further re-evaluating...

Monday, December 26, 2011

I edited my Spark teams. Going to keep it simple for awhile...
I am going to take The Spark chapter by chapter... and journal about it.
Tonight I used the Book guide, and wrote down the questions I want to explore in the first chapter. I want to really focus on what my REAL goals are, and what my motivation is. I need to re-think the goals I have set so far... they were sort of "getting my feet wet" goals. Now that I have seen what Sparking is about, I can be more confident and truly delve into making goals that have some substance to them, and are attainable.
I realize I do not need to be in a rush to learn everything NOW and to achieve it all today.
Honesty is the best policy.
It will all come together one choice at a time, and I will accomplish more than I ever imagined I could.
I can be impatient with myself. I can also drag my feet.
Somewhere and somehow I WILL achieve balance. Again, it will be one choice at a time.
All of the corny cliches, all of the positive self talk, the "slogans" used to keep one on the straight and narrow... THEY ARE ALL VALID!
God has a great plan for me. With discernment, faith, obedience, and trust I will become the best version I can be!
I cannot do this alone.
SO, on to the next step.

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SUNNYAUTUMN812 12/27/2011 9:10AM

    Great blog! I frustrated myself the last time I was here by trying to learn/do everything at once. This time it's one step at a time and so far I'm loving it!

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YOITLE 12/27/2011 5:59AM

    Step-by-step we will change. Together we can do this, each at her own pace. emoticon

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MARVEEME 12/26/2011 10:20PM

    You are on your way, and I predict a huge success for you. The methodical approach nets great results, and you've got it goin' on!
Many Blessings!

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The Last Week of 2011... refocusing.

Monday, December 26, 2011

I've decided to take this whole week to re-evaluate where I have been, and where I would like to go in the new year.
My copy of The Spark came last week. I just finished reading chapter 2 last night. A good read! Focus is an appropriate topic for me to ponder this week.
I have been "feeling" rather overwhelmed the past month. To cope, I've been floating along, doing just the bare minimum to get by. This is not wise. I know I have to have specific goals for each day. If I float through the day, I lose the day... all of it's beauty, it's wisdom, it's message!
I'm babystepping with The Spark. I am going to pare down to the best basics for where I am right now, and make sure I am building a really solid foundation. One step/streak built upon another will allow me to cover the distance I need to reach my goals in a timely and lasting fashion.
I'm reducing my Spark Teams, for the time being, to those which will touch my core being. The Spark(book) Team will be my guide to developing the best route for me to take on my journey to HEALTHY.
My Spark Class will keep me acountable and help me stay current with those who started their Spark Journey when I did. My Living with Rheumatoid team helps me to know others are Sparking with their RA issues. Catholic Critters will help me stay grounded in my spirit. Walk Away The Pounds will help me get a strong physical foundation to build on. Four cornerstones. I'll add the other wonderful teams back... as I would add another brick to my foundation to make it stronger.
ALL of the teams encourage me to reach my goals. I want to be a worthy contributer to each one, and not spread myself too thin in the beginning. Something very easy to do, at first! So many wonderful things to be involved in!
I am going to redefine my goals, cutting them back to basics, too. So that I can establish strong streaks that will last.
It is going to be a SPARKling New Year! Let the reformation begin!

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MARVEEME 12/26/2011 10:16PM


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PSCHEP 12/26/2011 8:29PM

    Sending prayers your way for a successful 2012!

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YOITLE 12/26/2011 7:56PM

    You sound very clear-headed. That's the best way to honestly evaluate yourself, and make adjustments to your plan for your journey. I wish you a safe and healthy 2012. emoticon

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AFRESHSTART2 12/26/2011 5:02PM

    emoticonplan. I too have decided to use this week to re-evaluate and make necessary changes that will give me more positive results. Here's wishing you a successful 2012!

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Sparking is like riding a bike... once you get the hang of it, you'll always have the ability to do

Sunday, December 18, 2011

When you are a kid, you learn to ride a bicycle(hopefully!) and find a whole new world opens up to you. You find freedom on two wheels... to get you where you want to go, as fast as you can peddle and have a direction to go in. How pretty the bike is isn’t as important as that it IS a bike!
The skill of riding doesn't just occur overnight. Often you start out with "Training Wheels" to help you learn balance. You will sort of get the feel for how riding a bike is supposed to be. Gain some confidence... You build a good foundation so that you will be able to ride well when the TW's come off. It can take hours, days, or weeks to prepare yourself for your solo journey. Riding a bike requires energy. Some real effort on your part. You have to WANT to ride the bike no matter what!
The day finally comes to take off the TW's. You wobble. You may even fall. But when you fall, you do not give up! You get right back on the bike, find your balance and peddle off again. There are days when you ride better than others. It ebbs and flows, as life does. But you never lose the actual ability to ride, if you developed your skills well to begin with.
At some point you may put away the bike, get your driver's license, and only ride the bike occasionally. Maybe even get rid of the bike entirely. But you know in you heart you can always ride again if you need to.
I have peddled a DIET bike off and on the last 20 years of my life. Until I found SP, the only program that worked for me was Weight Watchers. WW was a shiny, expensive bike that I enjoyed. I had TW’s of tracking, accountability, support from others, and knowledge. WW taught me it isn't about DIET, it is about lifestyle changes and good nutrition. I also came to understand becoming healthy is a life long commitment. A journey that doesn't end until your life on this earth is done. I learned that when I choose to go solo and not eat wisely or exercise, the pounds come back. Pretty simple formula.
I put away my WW “bike” because of economic reasons. That didn’t mean I couldn’t ride anymore… I just had to adapt to a new type of bike(SP) and start peddling again. SP is showing me I still have the skills I need to reach my goal weight. The balance is coming back. I fall a bit, but I get right back into the Spark of things. It’s ok to back-peddle , as long as I begin to go forward again after regaining my strength. I have physical challenges now that may mean I need to permanently use the “training wheels” for support. But I am still riding! I still have a direction to go in. The ride to the destination is more important for me now than the end point… although the destination is in sight.
SP gives me the same solid frame as WW to ride on, but I can work on it myself… tailor my bike to MY needs. I may not be peddling in as high a style, but I’m getting to where I want to be none the less!
In fact, I LIKE having training wheels! It means I am on solid ground even when I may not “feel” like it! WOOHOO!

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LJCANNON 12/22/2011 7:01PM

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emoticonNo matter who we are or what our Challenges are, there IS a Bicycle built just for us. I love that you mentioned that we may always need the 'Training Wheels' and there is nothing wrong with that!!
emoticonGreat Blog!!

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MARVEEME 12/22/2011 6:51PM

They DO make tricycles with 26" wheels.
I concur, WW gave me the tools and showed me how to use them, and the minute I put them away in the toolbox, the momentum cycle started breaking down. The more I moved forward without needed maintenance, the further backward I slid.
The water bottle is once again my companion, and my energy level has SOARED. I don't even require my previous 8-9 hours of sleep per night anymore, giving me an extra hour of LIVING to do every day.

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SUNNYAUTUMN812 12/22/2011 8:54AM

    Well said! I'm loving it here so far. emoticon

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_LINDA 12/19/2011 2:32PM

    Well said Leah!! Yes, Sparks works, but only if used as intended. All too often, as soon as the weight is gone, so are the people. Then months or years later, they come back, having to once again, to start over and lose the weight they regained. They are not quite getting the concept that you are in the healthy eating, getting exercise for life business. Sparks is a great community for checks and balances to keep you on track. I never intend to stop using, not only for myself, but to encourage the wonderful friends I have met along the way.
Spark on!
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YOITLE 12/19/2011 8:14AM

    Very well put. I believe that I will reach my goal fitness level. However I have read any number of blogs from people who did reach their goal and then fell off the bike big time, so I'm getting myself mentally prepared to deal with a lifetime commitment to health and fitness of the SP bike. emoticon

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SERENEMOM71 12/18/2011 11:05PM

  Good blog and analogy! We are here to support each other!

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Getting priorities set...any suggestions?

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Somehow I have to get a routine set in place that allows me to get everything in I want to do each day...
I have lived by a schedule/routine my whole life. That is why I have a successful business, and a pretty good day each day... a really good life all the way around. It is why I will succeed at getting the weight off. The routine of WW helped bring it all together 3 years ago, and I noticed the difference when I quit going to meetings,,, my weight crept up 14 pounds. So SP is a great gift from God to put me back where I need to be in the area of taking care of my body. I have all of the tools I learned to use at WW, AND more! For FREE! LOL!
That said, SP can take a lot of your time on the PC! LOL! A good thing, but time gets away and I am left with not enough time...LOL! My choice, BTW!
SO, I have to choose which SP Teams are vital to every day, which ones I can check in with once a week. Do I HAVE to strive to fill in ALL of the sparkpoints items each day? Does it matter how fast I move up in the levels?
The timer is my friend, as FLYlady says... But I am a Sidetracked Home Executive(SHE) who just LOVES to play on the PC! I have a timer in about every room... I MUST USE IT(but not today ;) )!!!

I think the non negotiables are:
My Spark Class team, tracking fitness & nutrition(can use phone APP during the day), my WATP team, my RA team.
Because I have a dayplanner that I "live" by, I am going to add the above mentioned items to the "list" for each day. When checked, I have permission to move to something else, and I can know I have hit the essential SP for the day. When I have the extra time I can add a blog for the day.

As I evolve and progress, my SP interaction will adapt and evolve right along with me.
SP IS important for my health all the way around. I know this.



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BELLALUCIA 12/5/2011 3:54PM

    Five hundred sparkpoints gets u a trophy each month, so don't rush.

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SERENEMOM71 12/4/2011 1:02PM

  You are one organized woman! I do understand the difficulties of deciding how much time to spend on each and every task that we have to do every day. I am glad to hear that Living with RA is a priority as well as exercise and nutrition. We are adding a forum that will deal with nutrition and exercise - I hope that you will let us know what you think as well as give suggestions! Have a great week!

emoticon emoticonAmy, co-leader of Living with RA

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YOITLE 12/4/2011 5:44AM

    I hear you on the juggling of time, commitments and commitment to your own health and fitness journey. SP will be here, we'll be happy to see you when we see you. It will change as all things do, and different parts of SP will become more useful. It's all good.

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