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One Year Later

Saturday, January 07, 2012

How can time pass so quickly? I'm surprised it's been a year since I've been on site. What happened? Basically a whole lot of nothing. Stalled weight loss and regaining pounds lost. I feel physically worse, days with a variety of aches and pains. Am I tired of this yet? Am I going to make change?


Begin Again

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ok, I'm back. I have to do something. I haven't really been happy with myself since I resumed old patterns and eating habits. I think maybe I overwhelmed myself. I couldn't sustain what I really wanted to be a "lifestyle" change. I'm happy to say that I have continued to eat local, fresh and organic....well with the exception of junk food. Amazing how I can excuse myself when it comes to food. I took my blood sugar this morning and was disappointed. Not suprised but disappointed in myself for not honoring my health.

I believe I am beginning again. Today's food choices are healthy ones so far. I was really tempted to pick up fast food for lunch but I didn't. I ate my healthy, locally grown and homemade soup. I'm satisfied and pleased with my choice. I can do this.

I want to feel better. I want to lose weight. I can do this.



Sunday, April 18, 2010

Part of my journey is that while knowing I'm on a path of progress, I still must accept who I am and where I'm at in my journey. This I hope will allow me to not be discouraged and sabotage my efforts.

I walked a 5k yesterday. I can't remember doing this in years except that I may have completed one in 2002. Before that, I'm sure I did one in childhood...some kind of "walkathon" as they were called. I did my walk in 1 hour and 4 minutes. I didn't set out to make the 3.1 miles a cardio event as I wanted to complete the walk without a great deal of stress. I walked with my workout buddy and had great conversation. I am happy that I completed the event but the reality of where I finished and how my pace compares with others is disappointing. Most completed in 45 minutes. That's 5 minutes off each mile. I'm just not there.

I have been pleased with my efforts. I have seen progress as I increase my elliptical time and increase my intensity on the treadmill. I feel physically better than in years. It is however difficult not to compare myself with others that I perceive to be my age or in my weight range.

I must accept where I am and the progress that I have made. My only competition is myself. My challenge is to continue my own growth and my own progress. I did a great job yesterday.

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SMILINGDAISY 4/21/2010 2:16AM

    Wow! I think its just great that you did it, honestly. You had a good time, you finished it to the end and I bet you felt better too. Isn't that worth a lot? DON'T COMPARE IT'S NOT FAIR - to anyone else and especially not to you. Thanks for posting on my blog. I really appreciated that. emoticon

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BSKTCON 4/18/2010 1:28PM

    You have to also remember to give yourself a pat on the back when you deserve one, and you certainly deserve one for completing this 5k. I've learned that I really shouldn't compare myself to others, because I don't know where they are in their fitness journey. Maybe they have been at it much longer than I have, or maybe they don't have the medical limitations that I have.

You're definitely right to be pleased with your progress, and to look at how far you've come! I can see so many changes in you! I hope that you see them as well.

Congratulations, my friend. I am sooo impressed!
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Friday, April 02, 2010

I'm really feeling positive today. My weight loss is on track and I'm feeling good about my workouts. I also am wearing a pair of jeans today that I haven't worn for at least two years because they got so uncomfortable. I'm looking forward to getting my spring/summer clothes out this weekend and seeing how they fit as well as passing on baggy winter clothes. I'm confident that I will never wear the larger sizes again.

Another blood sugar issue last night, only this one was in the evening after my workout and before dinner. Good thing my MD appointment is coming up because these episodes are becoming more frequent and are disturbing me. I want to be able to follow my good eating routine without an added focus of having to up calories at specific times to prevent these issues. I'm already eating healthy and consuming an appropriate number of calories throughout the day. I truly believe it's become a med issue.

Happy SparkDay!!

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BSKTCON 4/5/2010 12:51PM

    Sounds like we working on the same project this week-end. Isn't it great to get the summer clothing out??? I hate Winter!

I'm so sorry you're having those blood sugar issues, and I hope your doctor can shed some light on the problem. We have enough issues in this life without being bothered by additional health problems.

Have a great week, my friend!

Oh yeah, try to plan to come to book club next week. I miss having you there!


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THINMOMMAGN 4/2/2010 11:12AM

    Sounds like you are getting on track and your clothes are liking the change!! Good luck with the food issues... emoticon

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THINMOMMAGN 4/2/2010 11:12AM

    Sounds like you are getting on track and your clothes are liking the change!! Good luck with the food issues... emoticon

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2010 Goals

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

I'm not sure I actually wrote goals for this year. In the past when I used the Franklin Covey system, goal setting was a regular part of my life. As I think back on those goals, most are still viable..maybe my progress or steps have changed. Anyhow, I think I'll use my blog to get this process going again.

A. Be healthy
1. Exercise minimum of 5 times per week.
a) YMCA for strength, 4 times per week.
b) YMCA or outside for cardio, 5 times per week.
c) Zumba on Wednesday's.
d) Adding Pilates on Monday's (4/19)
e) Wii Fit Plus for supplement and FUN!
2. Avoid/eliminate all processed foods. (I've eliminated almost all, need to
3. Follow eating lifestyle. (Currently 1500 calories per day)
a) Continue with local, organic and fresh.
b) 3 meals and snacks every 2-3 hours.
c) Assure every meal includes vegetables. (Should be easier since the
growing season has arrived.
4. Maintain normal blood sugar level. Advocate for decreasing meds on 4/16.

B. Cabin in the Woods
1. Develop timeline with Martin.
2. Establish savings plan towards cabin.
3. Improve savings plan towards getting current home "sale ready".
4. List specific improvements towards "sale ready".
5. Establish an approximate location. (At least pick the state/locale)

I think this sums up my focus for the year. Work is stable. My social life is stable. I'm happy with family interactions. I'm happy with relationship. I'm on the right track, just need to solidify the above.

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CHWABE 4/1/2010 7:45AM

    These goals have been around for so many years without success...this year is DIFFERENT. I have a new found energy...gotta hand it to Spark and friends like you! Thanks..:)

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BSKTCON 3/31/2010 9:28PM

    Wow. I'm impressed, and feel somehow inadequate at the same time! LOL! You are awesome, my friend. My goals are a bit simpler:

1. Get out of bed every morning
2. Get to work every day
3. Don't screw up more than absolutely necessary

That's about as far as my goal setting has gone so far. Maybe I should work on that a little more?

Hang in there lady, you're on a roll!

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