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MY VERY OWN TRACK STAR!!

Monday, July 16, 2012

I thought to myself “Maybe I will start tracking something else so I have more than one indicator to tell me what is going on.”
You don’t take a test and only have to answer one question to pass a course. Answering one question about chemistry doesn’t make you a chemistry wiz. Neither does one number always tell me if I am making progress or not in my ‘Get Fit and Fabulous goal for my Fifties!

I have been cutting down and eating healthier so quite a while and it has helped me in becoming slightly healthier overall. Yes- I had my weight numbers to go by but the problem with just tracking weight is that muscle weighs more than fat even though you look thinner. I know this. Still you want the numbers to go down. So adding another indicator besides the weight is something I need to do. I know this too. Last year I lost 15 inches in 4 months. That is great you say! And it was. However, I didn’t loose one pound. So what did I do? I quit working out the 4 days a week I had been dedicating myself to working out. How did that help me? It didn’t.

I have been listening to the book “The Four Hour Body” fourhourbody.com/
by Timothy Ferriss on CD. He is not a fitness or health geek. He is a numbers guy. No, he is more than that he is a time management guy. Nope that is not it either. He is a RESULTS kind of guy. Do what you can, with what you have, in the least amount of time, for the MOST RESULTS. I have listened to it once a while ago and started some of the suggestions. Now I have borrowed it from the library again and I have listened to the first CD MULTIPLE times. He talks about how important it is and how it motivates you. He also said that 5 is the magic number. If you track something a couple of times it really doesn’t tell you that much. BUT once you track something for five times- you are sort of hooked on what the numbers are telling you.

I listened to this book last year and thought to my self “Well that is fine and good for you but I am just going to do my own thing.” Well, I have been doing my own thing for the past year and I really haven’t gotten very far. So a tracking I will go.

I think all of us have a competitive side to us. That includes beating ourselves!!
So that is what I am going to do. I am going start writing down specific healthy indicators. Then I am going to challenge myself to beat that number. Now anytime I beat my last tracking number I AM MY OWN TRACK STAR!

  
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LDRICHEL 7/16/2012 9:43PM

    Sweet!!! Whatever it takes to motivate! Believe me, I use ALL SORTS OF TRICKS!!! All you have to do is meet small goals and your brain begins to realize that you are capable...and eventually you are doing things you never imagined you could do. So proud of you for challenging yourself and can't wait to see your growth in the days to come!

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time for everything

Friday, July 13, 2012

How do you do it? I just can't seem to get all I want accomplished everyday. I don't watch T.V. and lately I don't even watch anything online. I check email (95% I delete without even reading- Post about my daily challenge and sometimes respond to my connections posts,

Then I am trying to catch up on my e-mail from spark- I didn't read any for about a year. finely deleted mail notifications and updates on groups and I am doing the current days plus working off the first ones (which I which I had read when they were sent to me) So very helpful- I guess even though I singed up I still wasn't ready to commit.

I track my food, water,fitness and other goals. try to get extra spark points. Then I am supposed to write in my journal? I don't do that. I am lucky to do a blog(which for now I am considering the same thing- you have to start somewhere).

Then do the things that have to be done around the house add in the extra stuff you have to do- it is past the time you wanted to get to bed. AND EVERYTHING IS STILL NOT DONE.

I just get frustrated by how long doing what I want to do takes.

I would love some suggestions. emoticon

  
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BROWNCOFIDDLER 7/14/2012 8:03AM

    You're right. It IS frustrating and so often it does feel like there isn't enough time in a day to finish up the to-do list. Just do the best you can, set priorities and let the chips fall where they may. Make lists. It's hard for all of us. I totally understand and think most of deal with it. emoticon

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FALCON_MONICAB 7/13/2012 9:30PM

    If I have time before work and/or on my lunch break, I get on and try to do things on the website. If I don't have enough time, I log all I eat, drink, & excercise in a small notebook I carry with me. I don't get caught up on all my emails either, but I know that I'll get to them eventually. At least I hope I do. emoticon Anyway, hope this helps! Have a great evening and weekend! emoticon

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What happens when ‘First things First' doesn’t work anymore?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

When I have so much to do and only so much time I usually do what has to be done first. The problem there is I never get to the things that need to be dealt with – even though there is not a time limit.

So Now-I am on a time crunch-
I have about six tote bins, big chest, and five boxes at least of stuff to go through yet. The local animal shelter, it’s called pet refuge, is having a sale and I'm donating everything I don't want. (except for clothes because they don't want those). I have them scheduled to come Saturday morning to pick up my stuff so far I have five boxes of stuff, a lawnmower a couple automatic kitty boxes for them to take. (5 bags of clothes which will be going to good will) I just want to pitch every thing. And that is what I am going to do. Take a quick look- pull out the most interesting or useful things and just get rid of the rest.

My mom has had things here for years. 10’s of years. Some things have been in this house that were my grandmothers from 50 years (or more) ago.


My mom came over and actually went through some stuff. She threw out 3 small glass jars, a plastic lid and took home one thing. she said it is just so emotional. My grandfather made a record of my mom crying when she was an infant.
and my grandmothers yearbooks, my dads yearbooks, a postcard from the very early 1900's. She feels depressed because there is no one to give them to that would want them. I told her- I can only keep a few items that are 'family heirlooms'. If there were a bunch of children in the family to split them up it wouldn't be a problem but there is only me. and you only need so much. A lot of the things that were my great grandmothers are really cool- still you only have so much space to keep things that you don't use .Anyway... so she is depressed now because I don't want them and my daughter only wants a couple of things too. she thinks my daughter doesn't care about our family But she does. she just values different things- mostly things that hold memories for her.
The other problem is I had a very bad water problem in the basement and things are very musty smelling. some even have mold on them. What do you do with musty smelling books? Even if they are 1st additions signed by the author? My daughter only wants a couple of things too. she thinks my daughter doesn't care about our family But she does. she just values different things- mostly things that hold memories for her.
The other problem is I had a very bad water problem in the basement and things are very musty smelling. some even have mold on them. What do you do with musty smelling books? even if they are 1st additions signed by the author?
I don’t even want to go down there. I know she got most things OUT of the cabinet but now they are just sitting out on the workbench. NOT what I want either.

If anyone has idea on what to do with things- I am open for advice. There are also Raleigh coupons and TrueValue coupons that you can’t turn in anymore. There are S&H green stamps that you can actually send in and trade them for S&H GreenPoints and then get gift cards and other merchandise. Every thing requires so much time to deal with. I just don’t want to give the stuff more time.

I hate to just give away all this stuff but I don’t want to have a garage sale or take the time to sell it. Sometimes peace of mind that it is done is the most valuable. I just need to get that across to my mom. Sometimes she is so smart. She will say “It is only worth what you can get for it.” A collectors book might list something for $200 but you can get $20 for it today. You can hang on to it for another 30 years but what is the point? Take the $20 or in this case- donate the stuff and take it off of your taxes and LET IT GO.

  
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LOOKINGUP2012 7/11/2012 11:02AM

    Yep! This house has been in the family since the early 30s. Lots of stuff. I'm not a stuff person, but I'm taking my time as my sister and I try to cut back, a little, here, there, something. Some people say Craig's list. I don't know. I'm not much into selling, I'd rather donate. It's tough. emoticon

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JOLEON 7/10/2012 11:36PM

    I am a minimalist and I hate having junk around the house. My mother never wants to go through anything so i bag it all up and take it to the salvation army. I have also rented a dumpster a couple times for things not donatable. It's a great feeling to free the house up from all the clutter and bulging closets and overflowing basements.

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Once a week is enough! (For number tracking)

Monday, July 09, 2012

O.K. So I did it twice this week. What did I do twice this week? I weighed myself. For a several weeks I only weighed myself on Mondays. And most of the time I stayed the same or the numbers moved down. Last week- I felt I was doing great- weighed myself on Friday and had gained in the numbers department. Got back on the scale on Monday and I had lost 2 pounds from the week before.

Earlier in the week I told my self I wasn’t going weigh myself except for first thing on Mondays. But I did it anyway. I weighed myself before the week was up. The number had gone up again and my mood went DOWN.

I also know the weight is only one indicator of how you are doing getting your body back to healthy. Physically I was feeling great. My clothes were looser. What more do I need to know?

This was supposed to post for Sunday July 8th. i guess I need to find out what time zone Spark People is!

  


A missed opportunity….Never again.

Saturday, July 07, 2012

My first Blog.
I had my first blog all planned out. I was going to write it s from my families 4th of July get together today at Bass Lake. Our family has a place there as long as I have been alive. That cottage is my favorite place in the world. I have gone every summer to this cottage and I haven’t missed many 4th of July gatherings either. But I missed today. Now I am crying for my missed opportunity. All because I wanted to sleep, and I didn’t feel that great and I had a headache. All these excuses that got me nowhere!
Earlier this week I wasn’t keen on going- just because. Because if was a hassle with my work schedule, getting there (it is about an hour away), I have so much to do around the house and I didn’t want to be tempted by all the wonderful food.

Ha! Now that is stupid because I have temptation staring at me everyday I go to work.
I work at one of the best buffets I have ever been to. (While we don’t have super fancy food everyday like prime rib and shrimp we do have a great selection of hundreds of different items every day). Yep that’s right HUNDREDS of items to choose from everyday. And I couldn’t go to a family get together where there would be maybe 20 -30 different items. How chicken is that?? Was the food going to be better? Some of it may have been. The difference here was I could have a meal and then I could munch. And then munch some more. And I just wasn’t up for the challenge.

So for my first blog I wanted to write from there saying I was being successful! That I took healthy food options and choose mainly healthy food options. I had planned on this being my one indulgence day for the week. I just wasn’t going to go overboard in doing so.
Instead, I ran away from the challenge and missed seeing my wonderful extended family in the process.

My mom said earlier this week that I didn’t want to miss it because you never know whether it will be the last time you might see some of these people again. Which is true a very true statement. But I really hate it because she is right so much of the time!

So I missed a great time with family. I didn’t accomplish anything except for being mad at myself. Never again am I going to miss an opportunity where I know I would be happy.

  
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HEALTHYOTTER 7/8/2012 12:02PM

    You're on a journey to change yourself. Sometimes the path is clear. Other times it's not. You listened to your gut: take it easy, stay home. Maybe next time, you'll make a different choice. Believe in yourself! emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/8/2012 9:05AM

    Holidays are rough. We have never had a 4th family celebration, but Thanksgiving and Christmas start my hardest time of the year. I love summer weight loss and I can understand your fear if you see a hurdle ahead. Every day on track is one thing. Family time on track is another. Maybe you will just have to do it and pay the cost until you have more confidence to be on track with them. emoticon emoticon

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IMREITE 7/8/2012 1:23AM

    i live 3 hours from family and it is unpleasant to not see them as often. i have learned to bake muffins or cookies out of whole grain flours or use applesauce instead of oil and then take them along so i can much and know i am getting something that is good. i also put my energy in visiting and not helping as much around the kitchen.

some of your relatives may also have food issues. maybe you can team up next time to bring healthier dishes or plan some physical activity to burn some calories.

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JAZZ20 7/7/2012 11:39PM

  Don't beat yourself up. Learn from and have success in the future. (You need to know I am saying this as a hypocrite, I do it to myself all to often. Anyway it is true).
Good luck

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BONDMANUS2002 7/7/2012 11:34PM

  listen to your Mom

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