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Sunday reflections

Sunday, March 04, 2012

It's been quite a while since I've taken the time to blog. I've been on spark for over a year now and I'm trying to manage my time better. I found that the first 6 months everything was clicking and the pounds were coming off, I was sparking, exercising, drinking enough water, getting enough sleep and then
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My butt got kicked (other words, life got extremely crazy beyond my control) and I couldn't cope with it all. I had to care for a family member for a few months and my son became very difficult to live with.
Fast forward 15 months .... I've learned alot about myself, my body ... I am getting back on top! I have been exercising consistently (hurrah), I'm back to logging my food (yeah), but still trying to figure out the time factor on the computer. It is so easy for it to suck all my time, therefore I haven't been as "social" on spark. Please friends, I am still here, and I do comment/respond to people but on some days I just take the time to log in and track my exercise and nutrition.
What stimulated this blog was this positive statement I just read:

'When you are consistent in you healthy habits, magic is happening in your body and mind, even if the scale isn't moving.'
I'm ready for the magic to begin!

Happy sparking and have a GREAT and SUCCESSFUL week!
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STACMOMTO2 3/5/2012 7:48PM

  I am a bit late but was thinking of you and saw your post. So glad things are falling back into place!!! I understand the time of setbacks as I am in one of those but trying to peek through it ;) Keep up the great work and you will be at your goal before you know it!! WooHoo!

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WALLAHALLA 3/5/2012 10:08AM

    Its is great to hear from you! It seems like you have your priorities fairly straight. Your nutrition and exercise comes 1st if you want to be successful. The socializing is a good thing, and not to be entirely neglected, but if you are short on time, it should take a backseat. I do look forward to hearing about YOUR "magic"!

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    Thank you so much for the goodie!! Your message was very inspirational and encouraging...I have high hopes for the future!! :) I'm so glad to see that you're still continuing on with the healthy eating and exercise, and you'll get right back into the groove in no time! I hope you have a wonderful week!!

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BEYOURBEST1 3/4/2012 6:42PM

    Hi Jackie,
It's great to see that you keep on going even if things were not 100% at one point. Nobody can achieve 100% anyway.
One of the things that inspired me to Spark was a major load of problems that I was facing. I realized that I was helping the problems work against me and I decided that I would help myself better by getting healthy. It did not solve my problems, but I do healthier things for myself.
Keep on going and never give up on yourself. I hope things are getting better for you.
Have a great week.
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MOTOXMOM40 3/4/2012 4:10PM

    It's true....even during the roughest of patches....if we are consistent with our healthy habits....things are more bearable.

Life can be's how we deal with it that makes the difference.

Happy Sunday..!! emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 3/4/2012 3:47PM

    Loving that all is coming good for you!

Great to know you are still in the swim of things and loving it !!

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PAMATX 3/4/2012 3:27PM

    It is so hard to do it "all"! I feel like I'm always behind on active Sparking. But sister, you are doing the most important parts! Finding balance! Consistent exercise! Awesome! It feels so good to be back on regular exercise. You're a superstar!

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GINAV2 3/4/2012 3:26PM

    I'm glad to hear that things are coming together for you! This was a very inspirational read. Happy Sparking!

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Monday 1/9/12

Monday, January 09, 2012

I've been struggling these past few months. Lost almost 20 lbs. and I've gained half of it back .... what's up with that? emoticon
Was it too easy to lose the 20 (I ask myself) since I couldn't keep it off?
I thought I had learned alot and was taking care of myself. I let my guard down?
Of course, first to go was exercise. Then I stopped logging my food. I struggled the entire 2011 with getting enough sleep. ENOUGH!!

I'm trying to get it together again. Scratch that - I am getting it together again. emoticon

Life has been incredibly hectic but it always is. I must learn to cope with my crazy life. After all, I can't control everything, the only thing I can control is ME.

I just read this "healthy reflection": Something we were withholding made us weak, until we found it was ourselves.

That's me. I'm tired of holding myself back. 2012 is my year!! Anyone want to join me?
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TGEVING1 2/4/2012 1:35PM

    Holidays are over with and now its time for you!

You can do this! You have done it before. You know what to do and how to do it. Also, don't be too hard on yourself. You have been juggling a lot lately. Take it one day at a time and you will get there again.

We are here for you!

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CATWOOMAN 1/31/2012 9:06PM

    Let's do it together !! emoticon emoticon

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STORMYZCAT 1/31/2012 6:52PM

    New you! I have faith in you!

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EUGENIAINSIGNA 1/21/2012 11:04AM

    I would LOVE to join you. Ever since I got this new job I've fallen off on taking care of myself, so I definitely understand how you're feeling right now. But you ARE getting back on track and you have a wonderful attitude--let's do it together!!:) I hope you're having a fabulous weekend!!

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BEYOURBEST1 1/9/2012 10:42PM

    You can do it!
I hope your holidays were great. Keep on Sparking!

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PAMATX 1/9/2012 4:50PM

    I am with you! No more holding back. That is sooo 2011.

2012 is our year!

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Short and sweet for Sunday

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Just read this and plan to incorporate it into my daily mantra:

"we don't always determine the distance, but we can determine the path"

It is all about choices!


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SUSIEPH1 1/30/2012 10:16PM

    Thare are always choices!! we just have to impliment them!!
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PAMATX 1/8/2012 5:31PM

    Love! 2012: The year of great choices!

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Wednesday - weigh in day

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Today was weigh-in day ... lost 1/2 lb. Trying to think positive, better than gaining. I'm trying to develop a pattern in my life ...
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I was tired this afternoon; got off work late and didn't really want to do D2W2 of the virtual exercise run/walk program. Luckily, for me, my husband was outside working on the driveway (we are preparing to have it paved).
I pulled in, put my stuff away from work and meandered upstairs to exercise. I'm so glad my husband is being so supportive, he doesn't complain about the lateness of dinner!
I did it, I only did the D2W2 circuit. I didn't add on as I usually do - but that's ok. There is always tomorrow (is that a song?) lol
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Keep it up and I'll see results again!
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One more thing ... I must say that I'm not being as communicative lately on Spark due to lack of time. I'm still checking in and logging my exercise and food but if I don't respond right away to my friends, please don't worry, I will it is just taking longer than usual. Thanks for everyones patience.
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TGEVING1 11/29/2011 10:48AM

    Any amount of weight loss is great. Congrats!

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BEYOURBEST1 10/20/2011 10:21PM

    Hi Jackie,
You are doing a great job, and you are taking care of what is important eventhough you are very busy.
The most important thing is that you are putting your health first.
Keep on going!

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EUGENIAINSIGNA 10/20/2011 10:39AM

    Half a pound is're right; it's NOT a gain, and it's half a pound that is NEVER coming back!! I'm very glad to hear that putting yourself first is going well, and I definitely understand about being busy...I appreciate you taking the time to be so supportive and it's definitely appreciated! I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!!!

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Counting Carbs now too

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Hello spark friends!

On Tuesday I went to the doctor for my check in on how I'm doing ... I haven't lost much in the last few months. We talked about why and what I am doing different.

Surprise!!! I bought a blender over the summer and have been 'hooked' on fruit smoothies. Boy, they are so yummy. I have thoroughly enjoyed making them and drinking them. Had even shifted from my 'regular' breakfast (yogurt, walnuts and coffee) to a smoothie.
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We came up with a decision. Apparently my metabolism isn't processing fruit/s that efficiently ... in other words, I can't really eat alot of fruit.
Ok, I can do this. I can learn to have a healthy lifestyle and make modifications where by body doesn't help.

I decided that I can have my yummy fruit smoothies 2 times a week (rather than 5) and reduce the amount of fruit adding in it. In other words, smaller servings.

We'll see how that affects me. If I can keep my calories within my range, exercise regularly, drink my water, and get enough rest ... I should see results.

Alright. I'm ready. These past few days have been good.

Besides tracking my calories, protein, and fiber I am also adding tracking carbohydrates. I knew they weren't my friend when it came to pasta and bread, but it's really sad that I have to group fruit into this category too. Oh well, eyes forward, I'll get over it. I can monitor myself. I guess I have to think of fruit as a special item. (Sigh)

My oh my .... the changes we are making. Results, here we come!
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Happy Sparking!

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GINAV2 10/14/2011 8:32PM

    Sugar is such a pain in the tukas! Even when it's tied up in delicious, nutritious fruit. But it sounds like you have a solid plan to cut back on your smoothies without depriving yourself, which is fantastic!

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EUGENIAINSIGNA 10/14/2011 1:46PM

    I absolutely love smoothies. It sounds like you're doing a good job of tracking the results of changes you've made and adjusting accordingly--good for you; keep at it!! I hope you have a fabulous weekend!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GOHUSKERS2 10/14/2011 8:36AM

    emoticon emoticon I like your positive attutude!

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