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Friday, February 26, 2010

What does it mean to be consistent?

For me it means that I am doing it so much that it becomes a habit.

Remember when you used to make excuses for eating a whole package of chocolate chip was late in the evening and you really hadn't eaten a meal and you decide that the chocolate in the cookies was healthy because it looked like that "dark" chocolate. Saying that too often becomes consistent, then it is a habit.

Remember drinking that can of soda because the water coming out of your faucet is so "nasty" you wouldn't give it to your dog, but of course you don't have a dog so why didn't you just buy some water and not the soda. Drinking all those sodas daily became consistent then it has formed a habit.

Remember going to Subway and eating one of those $5 footlongs because Jarred did it and lost over 100 lbs but you forget that when he did it they were 6 inch mostly veggie subs w/out cheese and you stacked your sub with jack cheese and extra ranch and ate the entire 12 inch sub because you couldn't wait to eat the other half when you got home for dinner. That was a consistent lunch option that became a daily habit even on the weekend.

These types of consistent behaviors leads to the over 50 pounds that you need to lose and you consistently look in the mirror telling yourself that "today is the day" and you do this everyday for the first week in a month and this becomes consistent but form a habit of not following through because you fear change although change can be good but you don't want to really change your eating habits because you have become accustomed to over eating and why should you change anything any way? Besides my husband said he would love me no matter what.

The story you just read was not based on anyone I know. It was not based on me. It could remind us of some of the bad habits we have/had. But why does it matter? Being consistent in beneficial actions is a real good thing. Making, bad behavior, habits will lead you toward the wrong path for your life. Your husband might say he loves you no matter what but what would you do in his situation?

Just food for thought as I use my imagination because we must decide to become consistent in doing things that are healthy for ourselves and the people around us to encourage them to jump aboard that road to good health and fitness.

Enjoy your last days of February!
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PAIMONIA 2/27/2010 10:32AM

    very true. ive still struggling with breaking my bad habits. i do have so very many of them... thanks for the motivation!

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SISTER_KATHY 2/26/2010 6:32PM

    Hey are you sure this is not about me? LOL. This is right on point and very true. Just like I created unhealthy habits I can create healthy ones! Great Blog!

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PEPPERCORN2 2/26/2010 5:45PM

    You hit it on the nail that's what it means to me too. emoticonIs that you how cute.

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LETIHANA 2/26/2010 5:44PM

    Very motivating blog post!

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Dancing Machine

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Recently A&E showed the "reality" show about The Jacksons. The Jackson 5 minus Michael. These men, all over 50 years old were getting together to perform together again after so many years living their own individual lives and families. Marlon, who seems to be the only one married to the same woman for over 20 years was my favorite until he married. Then of course I had to go for Michael. So I watched him dance as he performed the faster hits. "Dancing Machine" was one of my favorite.

Growing up I could dance. Yes I could! emoticon And I not only could dance, but I jammed and I was overweight and could jam. I would picture myself on "Soul Train" and even "Dance Party USA" the latter is where I first saw Kelli Ripper dancing. Any way, when I was 13 years old my doctor put me on this diet. It was not a new way of living, it was called a diet and I believe it was only 1000 calories. No bread after 2pm and only 2 slices, no sweets, no fried foods, eat a lot of veggies on the free list like cucumbers. During that summer I lost 20 lbs and I did it by following my doctors diet plan and closing myself up in my room dancing to this big stack of records that I had. emoticon emoticon

I knew, at 13 years old, that I could use something that I loved to help me lose some weight. I was consistent and it was fun. Sometimes I would just wear my raincoat and some shorts so I could sweat as I danced. I had routines for all my playlist and I never missed a day. It was fun and I lost 20 pounds. I go back to that fun at times when I just want to free style dance and it's fun. I was a Dancing Machine and I didn't care who saw me. I knew the steps and moves and was a fantastic dancer. I did not let the weight hold me back from dancing.

I am sharing all of this to tell you that in order to work out consistently it's best to choose an exercise or activity that you enjoy and then you can build up consistency in it and others will follow. I did this at age 13 and I know I am doing it now at my "young" age. I still love dancing around and doing those belly dancing moves and it helps my waiste line too. Dancing is something that you don't need a video to view or anyone to teach you. Just get up and move like a Dancing Machine. Laugh and enjoy yourself and you will forget about those extra pounds and find yourself having fun at "working out". It's fun to remember those old times because I think about standing in front of my mother's dresser mirror and pulling my stomach in and it was flat. That was the only time in my life that I experienced a flat stomach. But that is not the last time. I am working to do this again in 2010. You can do it too. Be the Dancing Machine in your living room!!!
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BABY_GIRL69 2/10/2010 10:33PM

    Gone Girl with your bad self!! You can still can dance too! I just know it!

Blessings & thanks for sharing!

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Minding my own business on a bright sunny day in the little big city of Euless in Texas, USA I decided to log in to the Library computer. Noticing all of the kudos I wondered..."What's up!!!" A big smile was on my face as I kept saying quietly outloud..."OMG!!! OMG!!!" He loves to surprise me and He did through SparkPeople friends and more. What can I say? I am tongue tied which is baffling for me who is almost always long winded and if my blog was published each one could be 5 pages long...or more LOL but I do in humility appreciate the spotlight today. Happy is not a great word for how I am feeling today...I feel the word JOY exploding in my soul.

Words can't fully express the many thanks I owe all of you who voted for me to be the Spotlight Motivator of the Day--January 26, 2010. I am elated and bubbling with so much JOY I could burst and that would not be a bad thing to happen. Glory to God for all the love that has been shown on my page. Many blessings to all who past by my way and no that you all help me to motivate as you also motivate me each and every day. I love Spark so much and I truly love you all. This is not a journey that is full of pain but a journey of enrichment in every part of our lives. Let's continually enjoy it. Thank you from inside of my entire being!!!!!!

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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sometimes we do things not realizing the effect it may have on our day to day lives. Other times we do things knowing the effect it will have on our lives. Why? Maybe because deep inside you our afraid of the change that is coming and you sabotage yourself to lose the battle that you have been fighting all of your life. Did I do this? Why did I do this if I did? Puzzle? No!!! I know the truth and the truth is I did every thing I knew how this year to get to my first goal of 145 pounds so that 2009 would be mine. Saying it all to rhyme and be a success. That did not help. So I missed my goal...again. I have been like this since 2007. I became a member in July but I did not start the journey by action until September. The weight came off as I exercised and lowered my food intake. More than that I logged on the Spark daily and kept my laptop on this site while I had it on. Then 2008 did not get to my goal but I had lost 50 pounds by the end of the year. Of course I had a couple of months where I gained and had to do double duty losing pounds that I had previously lost. I felt great because I had conquered quite a few demons that year and knew exactly where I wanted to go. Then here comes 2009 and the victory I thought could be mine. But it did not happen. Why?

I started the year running. I participated in many different forms of exercise and even started running as I walked daily. Pounds were coming off again and I had my food intake in control. I entered two bootcamps on Spark and that also helped with my success and team spirit. I really love Spark because this site was given to me by God to help me conquer this journey of a life time. I was able to log in each day. Then my laptop broke down and I could not log in daily as I had become accustomed to. Thank God there was a library close by but the time it takes to acquire a PC were long at times and the hour per session seemed to fly by so fast. It was hard to read articles or other people's blogs and then to blog myself. My momentum had slowed although I continued to racer toward the Finish line.

Then my birthday approached and on November 22 of 2009 I found out that it was not mine. Oh I lost weight and made great strides in my workouts but I still had many things to conquer with my eating and the inner voices that were not mine nor the Lords that did not lead me to do the right thing with food. I decided to become a baker. I checked out 7 cookbooks from the library and made the determination to make the best cake ever...and eat the best cake ever. I can't remember how many cakes I did make this holiday season but I tell all those of you who watch Paula Deen that her Gooey Butter Cake Recipe is the bomb and I think i ate 2 of them by myself. Thus that weight gain of seven pounds in one month November to December. So, I am stepping up to say I sabotaged my success this year. yes I did some great things too but I could have been closer to my goal if I would have made the cakes and let others eat it. I could have stayed away from butterfingers. I did not have to eat and eat and eat when I could not sleep and peanut butter was my weapon of choice during those nights. I kept it in my room. Handy to use against my weight loss thus far.

Yet I have the courage to confess and continue on this journey. I am not a superwoman. I can't do this by myself and I know that the Lord has been whispering in my ear to not eat this and stop eating that but I refused to listen. I heard that a hard head makes a soft behind and that's why I was not successful again this year. No, it was not just the cakes and pies and cookies I baked for the holidays. This happened when I decided I could keep sugar in my diet when I knew it was my enemy. It may be comforting to others and you may be able to eat just a nibble but I have to admit publicly that I can't eat just one tiny piece of cake or one of the eight butterfingers in the small pack. Addiction comes in many forms and mine is sugar.

So I welcome 2010 to start this again but this time I WILL WIN. I am not giving you a pity party but I am confessing what is true for the world to see. There is something more to me than what you see. I have to get this giant of weight off my back so I can do the things I love and go up higher in them and I can't do it without taking this weight off. Well, I can do it but I need this weight off of me. I don't desire to remain overweight and I never had. This is a gorilla on my back that I am taking off for good. I love you fellow Sparkers and thank you for all of your encouragements and kudos that you have given me. Success in weight loss is hard work and sometimes we will slide back. I thank my God that I did not slide back to the beginning. That would have truly devastated me.

So I am asking for encouragement from all of you my friends because I need you every day. My computer is still on the fritz and I am praying for a miracle because SparkPeople is a must in my this journey. Without your help I can not finish. I know I have the help of multitudes and I say Thank You!!!

I am in this to win it and you can count on me to give you the motivation you need to get to your goals!!! God bless and lead you on your journey to success in 2010 because I know He will lead me the right way so that in 2010 I will WIN!!!

Love to you all!!!
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NEWDEBBIE 1/3/2010 7:04PM

    Your blog is so true. Yes, any one of us could have witten this because we all fail, and unfortunately we beat ourselves up too. Not this year. I do not usually make resolutions, but this year is different. I need to strengthen my body, soul and mind. So I am resolving to exercise daily, read my Bible daily, and read more good books and watch less tv this year! I am not going to beat myself up when I fail, because that is when I quit, and I am not going to quit!!! Thanks for the blog.

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REALTYGIRL18 12/31/2009 9:58PM

    Deb Thanks for the honest blog. I am right there with you. Eating stuff I knew I shouldn't be eating, drinking, etc. I was doing so well, the first four months of the year, and it all went down hill after that!
We will reach our goals in 2010!!!!! I am so looking forward to the new year and we will work towards our goals together!!!!

Peace, Love, & Blessings....


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SHIRLEY906 12/31/2009 6:54PM

    Thank you for your honesty, but I too could have written those same words. I do what I don't want to and don't do what I truly want to do. But, like you, I refuse to give up. I cheat way too much. This year, I"m going to try and follow the sample menus that sparkpeople provides. I cannot do this by myself, just because I don't put my intake on paper, I'm still obviously overeating. I would track until I met my caloric intake for the day, then just keep eating without tracking. Gee whiz, I'm only hurting me. We're in this together; and with Christ's help, WE WIN!

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JANDELL 12/31/2009 4:28PM

    This is a totally awesome holds barred...just the plain truth. And that is a winning attitude. You know the know that you have sabotaged yourself...but you are learning, and you WILL be successful! I have been on maintenance for a year, and I am here to assure you that you will continue to see failures as well as successes. The fact is that you will always have good days and bad days...but the good days will keep overcoming the bad ones...and that IS maintenance! I have eaten too much through the I also have to have a lot of good days to make up for it...but I WILL. On maintenance, the weight gain is not so overwhelming, cause you know you don't have that much to lose to get back to goal. A few days of overeating cannot undo two years of eating (almost) right. I too have a sugar addiction. I NEVER eat one candy bar or a piece of cake...I know that, so I have to work with it. When I let temptation win out, I eat...but then I get right back on my good eating. It's all a matter of a week of good eating will make up for that one bad day. One of these days, I would love to be able to say I don't have any bad eating days, but I doubt that's a realistic expectation. Instead, I think the success comes from BALANCING. Tonight should be my last day of "cheating eating" for a while. I am going to a family gathering tonight and I am bound to eat things I shouldn't. That's the truth and I know it now. But in the morning...the first day of 2010, I am back to the good eating. It's worked for a year now...I know it works...and it's realistic. God Bless you in the New Year. He will show you the way!!!!

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Who's That Skinny Woman?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hello Spark People!! I know you all are busy running forward in your journey to get rid of those pounds that you do not want around and I thank the Lord for His helping you achieve every goal.

Last Friday I heard from an old friend and he came over to see my son and myself. I had to go out to my parking area to show him where I was at. After he was in the house we caught up a little and then I cooked breakfast for the guys. We had a little conversation about how I was loosing weight. I told him that he had not been around to cook so the weight I gained from eating his food I lost and then some. He did not recognize me when I was out in the parking area and he drove by me. He asked himself, "Who is that skinny woman?" Well, you know this made a sista's day! emoticon

That's the best compliment to hear from anyone, especially a male. I am not that skinny yet but if it looks that way, Praise the Lord!!! I am so proud of the leaps I have made during this journey. I have been determined to turn up the fire because I know that it is in me to do just that. All of us have that power to get where we want to go. People are successes because that is what they choose to be. We should not let anything hold us back from reaching any goals. Not race, gender, religious beliefs, or economic environment. There is nothing impossible to them who believe. Take the first step and the next steps will be easier. I did just that and I am proud of where I am today. I started at a size 24 and some 26 but now I can put on a pair of size 15 jeans without laying on the bed to zip them up. That's a blessing and I only had 1 pair of jeans when I was a 24. If I can do it anyone can do it.

I still have some more pounds to lose but I will lose them and they won't be found by me again. Be encourage everyone and HAPPING LOSING!!!
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CHRIS471 11/3/2009 2:26PM

    I was just looking around and found your page, Girl the Lord is truly good I needed some encouragement today and you have done it. Proud of your weight loss, I too believe that with "God all things are possible" Keep up the good work.

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MSPROVERBS31 10/27/2009 8:22PM

    Praise God!!!!!!

I'm right withcha shinny sista!
You''re awesomer. Thanks for sharing. And bye bye to those lost pounds!!!!!

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TEACHINMOM 10/27/2009 5:53PM

    CONGRATS!! You have every reason to be proud of yourself and that is a hard earned, well deserved compliment you got yourself!! Your attitude is awesome! You are on the road to more SUCCESS!!! Keep up the great work!!

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KLOVELYJ 10/27/2009 5:52PM

    Congrats it!!!!!!!

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BABY_GIRL69 10/27/2009 5:20PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonon being that mysterious skinny woman!


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