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Sunday, February 10, 2013

I had my first week of not losing any weight, even when sticking to the program. I am hovering. It amazes me that it is just now that the SparkCoach message is "expect this." How timely. I am not giving up and I am moving forward.

With that said, I had my first "I blew it day" yesterday. Could it be my last? lolol (probably not). I was in charge of Youth Day at church. It started at 9 a.m. with breakfast with the kids. The morning was filled with activites ...and food, of course. In the afternoon, we decorated for the youth sponsored valentine's banquet. The kids practiced their skits. Then, we hosted the banquet. Then, there was clean up. I crawled into bed around 11 p.m.
On the good side, I was on my feet and moving all day. My poor feet still attests to that. I am sure I burned a lot of calories, but didn't even have a clue how to track it...and didn't.
Food? I had intentions of sticking to my diet plan, but didn't. I didn't totally blow it out of the water, but I didn't track and I know I ate too much.

I almost dreaded stepping on the scale this morning. There was a few ounce increase. I am still within that same first three numbers I have been with all week, with little wobbles in the ounces.

Well, on to the next week. I have not lost motivation and determination.

March 18, 2013 - Today's coaching session wanted us to blog about our "all or nothing" moments. I used to have a lot of them. When I would "fall off the wagon" in past weight-loss attempts, I would just give up. I must say that since I started on Sparkpeople, I have had a few days when I went over budget with my calories (reference the entry above), but they have been very few. My attitude has changed. I don't feel like quiting. I just get myself back on track. Tracking my food really helps a lot. Yesterday, I went about 150 calories over my max range. I didn't beat myself up. I did an extra 35 minutes of exercise. Today I am ready to stay with the plan and stay in my calorie range.
Little at a by day. It isn't all or nothing. It is doing something...anything.

April 26, 2013: Today's coaching session wanted us to blog about how we overcome the times we feel defeated. I have gone through a few mini plateaus. I have had a few times that I overeaten (not to a huge extent). I hate those times, but I don't give up. I do not, under any circumstances, want to go back to where I was. If 32 pounds was all I ever lost, I would feel success at maintaining that. But I know if I stay on course, I will reach my final goal.

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BOPPY_ 2/10/2013 11:25PM

    Don't worry about the non-loss weeks; keep after the program and eventually it will all even out. I wrote about this in my blog, today.

How do SparkPeople count their steps? I can't even walk and chew gum! emoticon

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SLACHETKA103145 2/10/2013 7:57AM

    The most critical thing that I found over the years is never give up...whether you are a frog in a pelican's mouth or a tiny engine plodding up a hill!

I think I can
I think I can
Think I can!!!!!

And I did! emoticon

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My FUN goals:

Friday, February 08, 2013

I was assigned to list some fitness goals that would be fun. I am hard pressed to think of something I would like to accomplish beyond losing weight and general health.
I am being successful with:
Drinking enough Water
Exercise 10 minutes a day
Staying within calorie range.
Burning the calories given. I have increased the number once.
I am now doing a sleep journal to see what changes I need to make to sleep better.
I have set some monthly mini-goals for weight loss to keep myself on target to be down 50 lbs. by June 20th.

March 8, 2013
I am still searching for that "fun" goal. I have some possibilities I need to look into: Tennis Lessons, Dance Class, or maybe take Karate. I have to see what opportunities are available in this area.
I am going to have to think about a fun fitness goal.

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CGH-ARTYPANTS 2/8/2013 10:00PM

    No marathon for me. Nope. I will figure something out. Maybe it will be to be able to dance with the Dancing with the Stars DVD I have and be able to go the distance without stopping.

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CARRAND 2/8/2013 4:50PM

    So your goal is not to run a marathon?

Everyone likes different types of fitness. You need to discover what you really like to do. I enjoy weight lifting, yoga and cycle spin classes.

One of my goals was to get healthy enough to do volunteer work, and I'm getting a lot of satisfaction from that.

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Stage 3 - My True Motivation

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Why do I want to lose weight?
I don't want health issues that come with age and excess weight: high blood pressure, diabetes, limited mobility. I want to be able to stay active. The memory of my father, who suffered from these, makes me not want to go there. I had to have knee surgery this past year. My blood pressure was always reading high. I saw myself heading down a path I didn't want to take. I want to emulate my mother, who was very active and full of life to her dieing day.
I want to be an example for my children and grandchildren.
Most of all: I want to honor God. My body is His temple. "Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?" I Cor. 6:19

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My Bucket List

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Things I would like to do one day:
Ride in a Hot Air Balloon
Attend an educator summer seminar at SCAD
A week at a craft school in North Carolina or Tennessee
Have a vacation on a house boat

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CARRAND 1/29/2013 12:35PM

    I like your list! Only I would never do the Hot Air Balloon - I'm afraid of heights.

You can do it!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I am creating groupings of exercises to do using the workout builder. I have a morning routine I plan to do each morning. I tried a video yesterday. Great resource. And even if I get so busy, I can do 10 minutes of something and feel like I was successful.

Feb. 27, 2013

I am consistently going through a sparkcoach session every morning and choosing one of the 10-12 minute videos on the website to do before I start getting ready for work.
I received my SparkPeople videos and I also have some other exercise videos in my library. I am starting a new plan this week. I have created a chart with goals. Every evening I am going to do one of the 10 minute strength training sessions. By the end of the week, I will have worked all muscle groups. I will also add some 15-25 min. cardio when I can.

March 22, 2013
I am still doing my sparkcoach sessions every morning. I have joined the spring into spring challenge and do the assigned video. I am also doing cardio every day...either working outside, walking, or doing a video. I am 23 pounds lighter and feeling stronger. Because I am going to be music leader at VBS this summer, I am starting to learn the videos. These will be good aerobic workouts and I will be in better shape to do them. Yes!!!

April 17, 2013
After finishing the Spring into Shape challenge, I am picking my short morning workout to be a strength training video and trying to work all the major muscle groups at least once each week. I am putting more focus on my core and hips, since that is where a good bit of my extra weight is. I need to tone there the most as I lose weight. Evenings, I do cardio.


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