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To Focus or Not Focus...that is the question

Friday, July 18, 2014

And the answer is...not focusing makes you get off course. You trip up, you fall...but you know what? You can get back up again!
I started SparkPeople in December 2012. My highest weight had been 234. At the time I signed up I weighed 228. I had been told that my blood pressure was starting to stay elevated. I had minor knee surgery. I had no stamina. I had visions of my father, who towards the end of his life suffered from high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, and borderline diabetes. He could hardly do anything. He could walk, but used a wheelchair for any kind of distance. Then there was my mom, who stayed active and fit all her life. Cancer took her life, but she stayed active until the day she died. Here I was about to turn 60. How did I want my last years to look like...my father's or my mother's? That answer was easy...I had to change.
I used Spark Coach to guide me through that first year and I stayed focused for the first half of the year. I actually dipped to having lost 50 pounds...weighing 178, but my average, and a midyear plateau had me hanging around 182. Not bad....but not where I needed...or wanted...to be. I was no longer shopping in the Women's department. I was out of the "obese" category, and I was wearing a size 16. But we had a tragedy in the family and I lost focus.
We can always find excuses and blame this and that. I was in and out of SparkPeople and off and on with exercise and tracking my food. I learned how to eat correctly and doing that most of the time, and I was more active because I was not so overweight, but I was not moving towards my goal. In fact, I was creeping back up the scale.
When I read SparkGuy's blog about his personal stress when his mother was ill and what he did to keep at least 10 minutes a day in his schedule, it made me think. Everyone has struggles. Life happens. But you can't lose sight of what is best for your health. I needed to focus and get back on track. So where was I?
I am currently at 195 pounds. ouch!!! BUT I can still fit in my size 16 jeans...though they are snug. I am NOT going to shop for a larger size. I am NOT going to see 200 on my scale again. I am re-focused. In my email I saw a link to a walking plan and I have started it this week. I just completed day 4. It is a 28-day plan. I WILL do all 28 days...that will get me started. I am starting to track my food, but not completely. That is about to change. I am going to get more consistent with that. What worked for me before will work again.
I think about my friends, family, and people in the community who have seen the improvement in me as I lost weight. Some have even started their own plan to get healthy because they saw me making changes. I don't want to let them down. I don't want to let ME down.
So...I am choosing to be FOCUSED.

  
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OVERACTIVEELBOW 7/18/2014 2:33PM

    Being "FOCUSed" That is a really good choice!

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MAWMAW101 7/18/2014 10:18AM

    Great blog Cheri....... emoticon

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NANCYPAT1 7/18/2014 8:15AM

    Great attitude and a good reminder to stay focused. You can do this.

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My 2014 plan

Thursday, December 26, 2013

I am at my one-year anniversary with SparkPeople. I lost 50 pounds, but gained about 5 back while not paying attention, and giving into temptation over the holidays. Isn't it about paying attention? But I am so happy about the 45 pounds I have lost and how much better I look and feel. I am NOT going back to where I was.
My goal is to lose 5 pounds a month.
So here is my mini-goal calendar:
Current weight: 184
By January 31: 179
By February 28: 174
By March 31: 169
By April 30: 164
By May 31: 159
By June 30: 155 - Goal weight
Maintain my weight after that point

  
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MRSTN123 1/26/2014 9:50PM

    Wow! You are so organized. I need to do this detail work as well. emoticon

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CHINAGAL 1/1/2014 11:46AM

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Sounds like a great plan. 2014 will be the year!
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MAWMAW101 12/26/2013 10:14AM

    Wonderful goal plan!
I am excited to continue this journey on Spark--it has been a very good year for me. Looking back I have only missed 12 days this year of checking in and using the site and I am much healthier and happier than a year ago..It has not always been easy but it has been worthwhile.
Now to make a new plan as we go to year two. All the very best to you.
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JOHNMARTINMILES 12/26/2013 9:43AM

    A workable plan. Happy New Year!

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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Weekly weigh-ins - part 2

Monday, August 12, 2013

So, for the first 7 months of this year I have gone from 228-182. I have gone from wearing size 22 to wearing size 16. Now onward to the last stretch.

August 3 - 181
10 - 181
17 - 181
24 - 182.
I have been on the same 5-pound weight range (178-183) for the summer and all this month. The longest plateau I have ever experienced. Need to adjust my plan. Gotta bust this thing!
31 - 182. Let me revamp my mini-goals.

September 7 - 182
14 -181
21 -182
28 - 181
Mini-goal: 175
October 5 - 180
12 - 179
19 - 178
26 - 178
Mini-goal: 169
November 2 - 179
9 - 178
16 - 180
23 - 179
30 -
Mini-goal: maintain at 178
I have decided that my goal for the rest of the year will be to maintain my 50 pound weight loss. I will celebrate any weight I happen to lose.
In January, I will set new goals and finish getting my weight off.

  
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BOPPY_ 10/27/2013 10:46PM

    You're doing well, over all, so CONGRATULATIONS!!

You're at a plateau. May I suggest that you walk (if you can) and think about how to improve your program and results.

The walking (and contemplation) will help in many ways.

You're succeeding, and of course, we expect that from you.

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MAWMAW101 8/12/2013 5:26PM

    Wonderful! You are doing such a great job! No doubt you will finish. Your fellow teachers and family must be so proud of you.
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PEG2584 8/12/2013 4:37PM

    Great goals! You've done great the first half of the year, I'm sure you'll do great the 2nd half too!
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OVERACTIVEELBOW 8/12/2013 1:47PM

    Great goals.
I have faith in YOU.... you will succeed.

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The changes 46 pounds make

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

I have more energy and mobility. I can kneel and get up easier. I can do exercises and activities I would have found difficult or impossible to do before.
My knees and feet don't hurt.
I can keep up with my grandchildren and play with them more.
And I love the fact that I can bypass the Women's section and shop in the Misses department. It is easier to find clothes.
I am wearing shorts and a bathing suit again.
My blood pressure is back to normal.

I still have about 30 more pounds to go, but I am so happy with the progress so far. I don't ever want to go back to where I was.

  
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CHINAGAL 8/20/2013 9:20AM

    Wow, you have done amazingly well!
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MAWMAW101 8/7/2013 9:51PM

    You are a true inspiration. Good luck in the coming school year.
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CGH-ARTYPANTS 8/6/2013 8:17PM

    Vic, absolutely! I do thank God for all my blessings. I want to glorify Him more than anything else by taking care of this body He gave me.

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PERSIANINTRIGUE 8/6/2013 5:07PM

    This is such a motivating post! Excellent, excellent, excellent job! emoticon

It's nice to hear all the benefits of weight loss, especially such a significant amount. Go you! I'm glad that you're continuing on your weight-loss journey!

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MJRVIC2000 8/6/2013 5:03PM

    Don't forget to thank God for the healthier life. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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Letter to Self

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

I have been hard on myself for so long. I have been my own worst enemy. I have lived with chains of self-doubt, poor self image, and bad habits. I hid it so well. On the outside I appeared to be so "together," talented, and strong. Yes, I let my weight get out of hand, but I had everything else together...so it seemed.
Thank you, God, for making me look at the hard truth. Thank you for making me face the demons of my past and giving me a health scare that made me evaluate where I am. Please help me as I dedicate myself to living a fuller life. I know I am 60 and have more life behind me than before me, but I will make the best of the life I have remaining.
I am so excited about how far I have come since January. Losing 45 pounds has given me more energy and stamina. I still have about 30 more pounds to go, but I know I can do it!! I am enjoying compliments on how I look. I am inspiring others to look at their health and determining to make changes. My husband and children are very proud of me. My blood pressure is back to normal.
I have lots of talents to share. I am stronger - mentally, spiritually, and physically. As I put away the self-doubt and put myself to the task of simplifying and de-cluttering my life, I know that I will be able to accomplish a lot in my last years. I am very excited at the prospect!
Thank you, God. I praise You with my life!!!

  
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CHINAGAL 7/5/2013 6:01PM

    Well said! You've done extremely well and I know that you will reach all your goals!
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TEACH4110 7/3/2013 10:36PM

    SO much to be thankful for!

Joyce Meyer says....I'm not where I want to be but...thank God I'm not where I used to be!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 7/3/2013 6:31PM

    Great "Letter to Self" !! Thank YOU for sharing !!

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GOODLANDGAL3 7/3/2013 6:16PM

  Nice blog... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MYUTMOST4HIM 7/3/2013 4:53PM

    emoticon You put it into words wonerfully

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