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Life Will Not Be Sacrificed Any Longer!

Monday, July 30, 2012

I wanted to write a long blog today but since it is way past my bedtime already I'm not going to be able to do so.
Right there you have my problem. It's always too late!!Something always takes longer to do or something comes up and I don't get to bed when I need to.

I've been wanting to get up in the morning and do it but that requires getting to bed earlier.
Well that just wasn't happening either-getting to bed at a reasonable time.
So I challenged myself to set the alarm and just get up and do it.
And I did it and it felt great! It was only 10 minutes but the important thing is that I did it.

So I just decided I would start setting my alarm five minutes earlier each day and make myself get up.
Eventually I'll get to the point where I have to go to bed at a time to be able to do this.

What prompted me for this challenge? It was a statement at the end of one of my emails from coach Nicole. Which said something to the effect: "make working out in the morning easier- sleep in your workout clothes."

Well I'm not going to do that because I've recently just started sleeping in my underwear. I think it does the body good not to have clothes confining it all the time. It needs to breathe.

I am one who needs plenty of sleep and I have sacrificed a lot of things to sleep. While writing this I started thinking about the things I've sacrificed or that I was sacrificing.
Then I had pivotal moment!
I realized I was sacrificing my life. And that was just too big of a price to pay.

You need sleep for your body to repair and rejuvenate. This is as important just as good nourishment and water is.
But like most things-- too much is not always good.

I was not changing my bedtime to fit my priorities so my priorities were falling to the wayside. So I'm changing around how I'm doing thing.

My priorities have to come first- which does includes sleep.
So other things in my life at the moment have to take a backseat.
I've been spending way too much time reading and and responding online.
So until I can get something figured out where I can do both at the time my computer time will be sacrificed.

So the length of time spent on things not necessary (like being on the computer for hours every day) will be sacrificed.

My life is necessary and will NOT be sacrificed any longer!

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CURBUR 7/31/2012 9:27AM

    I struggle with the same problems. Something always seems to interfere with getting to bed early and then I can barely crawl out of bed in time to get ready for work. Exercising before work seems impossible, when the snooze button is readily available. I just might have to try the five minutes at a time technique myself.

You definitely have the right frame of mind. Keep up the great attitude and hard work and I know that you will succeed!

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Saturday, July 28, 2012

I find articles and blogs I would like to save to my favorites. Many times I can not find the 'save to favorites button'.
Wrote and asked for advice but haven't heard anything yet. Anyone have any ideas?

There are so many wonderful articles available- and there are just some you would like available to easily find.

I have many past emails I am looking at after doing the email for today.
I regret I didn't keep up with spark after I first joined so I am trying to make up for lost time in catching up with news.

If you have any special articles you would like to share with me- include a link please!

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    Sometimes you have to really look, but I've always been able to find the 'Save' option to get these good articles saved to my favorites. There is so much wonderful info that you can get lost in it!! Best of luck! emoticon

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Sweet Tooth Challenge (STC) week 1, blog 2

Friday, July 27, 2012

Well- not getting three in this week but that is ok. It has been a busy week for me because I had family in the area from Tennessee that I drove and hour each way to see on two different days. Plus drove to Indianapolis one day and worked 5 days.
Some days I did really good by not having products with any added sugar (that I know of) other days I had a small amount - like to day I had 2 fresh baked PB cookies. they were small. and I love PB and the protein it gives me.
I haven't cut everything out but I didn't have any candy this week or pop and some days I didn't have anything on the sweet side at all so I consider myself doing good.!


Sweet Tooth Challenge (STC) week 1, blog 1

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I joined the Official Tame Your Sweet Tooth Challenge. And I am supposed to journal or blog at least 3 times a week on my progress. SO- here is my first blog and progress report.

I had been doing o.k. with this on my own.
For months I didn’t have any pop. Then I cut our fruit juice on most days. I still have to cut out all the sweets stuff. There are days I do well and days I don’t.

Wednesday at work- not so good. I didn’t have any of the donuts or bagels that we had available. I did however have a few strawberries and then on break I had some frosting of a cinnamon roll, and about 1” by 1” piece of chocolate bunt cake. That started it- so then I had a couple of Oreo cookies too.

Today the only sweet things I had a banana and some Almond butter which did have organic unrefined cane sugar in it. I say that is good. I think the bodies’ ability to tolerate and deal with natural sugar is not a problem and even the other types of sugar on occasion. The problem is that it is not occasionally that we ask that of our bodies. We, as a nation, ask our bodies to deal with other kinds of sugar 100’s of times a day between the sugar in salt, soda pop, and most processed foods.

So by cutting out most processed foods I believe I will be fine with sugar in my everyday life. By Processed foods: foods that have over 4-5 ingredients or if those ingredients are processed in a way that makes them not have any nutritional value (like white rice).

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CHARTHESTAR 7/20/2012 5:45PM

    Thinagin2- You are correct about the unsweetened fruit passing the test. I had just done some reading and it said to have juices moderately also because you are not getting any of the fiber along with the juice. So granted it is a natural sweetened drink- it doesn't have all the benefits of eating a piece of fruit.

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THINAGIN2 7/20/2012 5:28PM

    Nothing sweet, not even fruit? The cake and Oreo cookies I understand but I would think that unsweetened fruit might pass the test!

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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”
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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