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Goals and The Trials of Keeping Them

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Changed my goals in October. I did pretty well...logged five pounds lost and then three more which, I hesitated to log.....our upcoming vacation was just around the corner and I had a feeling this trip, would trip me up. We left the day after Thanksgiving. Took the train to California and had a lovely time. I did not exercise as much as I would have liked and of course, ate wonderfully indulgent food, gaining back what I lost. At least I had that cushion.

So now.....Back to my five a day veggie plan. Back to exercising outside of my job, teaching Aqua Fit. Back to feeling the high that comes with feeling good. I will put the holiday and back from vacation stress behind me, move my body, choose food wisely and drink my H2O.

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JEEPINRED 12/27/2011 5:12PM

    Back to it... you can do it!

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Changing My Goals

Thursday, October 13, 2011

I've tried a lot of different things to lose pounds and maintain the weight loss. They all work until a surgery, injury or medication sets me back to square one. It's easy to blame one thing or another but, so much harder to find the solution that will make my goals not only attainable but also, permanent. So, I've made some changes to my goals. Nothing too radical, just mostly common sense.

First of all, I've made my current goals an easy reach................... Lose 20 pounds (down 2 lbs so far). Strive to eat five veggies and three fruits a day. Drink my quota of aqua. Maintain good sleep habits. Reduce stress. Exercise outside of my work teaching 6 - 8 aqua fitness classes a week. My body is used to what I do at work so, cross training is a necessity. Some days, this is hard because, I might teach three classes in one day....and I am WIPED OUT. So, I give myself a pass on those days.

I've been doing well with some of my original health blood pressure is great, cholesterol levels continue to improve, digestive issues are mostly gone and asthma/allergies are under control.

Back and joint issues....I'm much improved but, I have a ways to go. PT is a must and weight loss can only help there.

I'm no longer worried about logging food, exercise, or points except for reporting on my Team challenge (less stress). When I eat all that produce and drink all that water, I don't crave treats like I use to. I'm changing my habits and patterns and plan to make these changes permanent....logging all that info is a temporary measure and I'm done with that.

One last goal.....laugh, daily.

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SARAWMS48 10/13/2011 4:08PM

    My whole diet plan consists of never eating sweets and trying to eat 5 fruits and/or veggies a day. I allow myself an occasional cocktail--maybe once a month. I let myself have pizza, grilled cheese, mozzarella sticks as a treat. I do some type of aerobic activity for 30 minutes/5 days a week. I am losing like a turtle, but it is staying off. Hope your plan works for you. The water aerobics sound like fun. emoticon

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Without a Trace......

Sunday, July 17, 2011

To all........

You may have noticed that one the members of our teams, "Trace", better know as Steelers Girl (different spelling), has been absent. She is not currently on Spark. I've been in contact with her and she wanted me to say hello to all and tell you she hasn't moved to Costa Rica and is still on Planet Earth. I miss her brainy wit and acerbic humor within these threads.

Spark is a better place when people share ideas, rants and laughter. In every success, every frustration, every goal realized, every challenge met, we share a basic human need for communication and validation. The genuine camaraderie we have, whether we agree or not is nothing less than wonderful.

I hope, the powers that be, do not underestimate the value of constructive dissent among the masses. The best part of any social network is the individuality of the personalities that reside within. I learn something new, all the time, from all of you. Even if the original purpose of our foray into Spark was to learn healthy habits, it has certainly morphed into much more than that, for many of us. It's one more piece of the puzzle, another avenue to pursue and one more way to interact as humans.

I've made friendships here that I hold dear. Some people, I've actually met. Others, I hope to someday. In a million years, I'd have never thought I'd be part of an online community such as this. We'll all move in and out or move on, eventually. Miss you, Trace. You're one of a kind.

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CARLI_MAE 9/20/2011 5:13PM

    Well, this one's a gettin' back to this here thing ... Yup, I do miss Trace ... I thought her page was just offline, not totally gone. Had emailed her a couple of times, but wow ... is she really in Costa Rica? No mo' Mooville??????? emoticon

That there is one strange comment ... "my name is blessing?" ... aday? ... I'm a waitin' fer somebody to come round an' offer ta "pray da gay away" fer me any minute now ... help, help !!!! emoticon

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COACHPENNY 7/17/2011 4:20PM

    From post below...........

BLESSINGX1 7/17/2011 3:18PM

How are you today?
My name is blessing, i saw your profile here today and it was interested and nice. I think we can click and become friends i will like you to reply me back through my email address ( for more introduction and exchange of pictures if you don't mind. I am waiting to see your reply.
Yours blessing

My reply...........

Dear Blessing,

It is very nice of you to comment and ask how I am. However, I am not comfortable exchanging personal email information with a total stranger. I find this very forward and inappropriate. In checking, I can't even find you on Sparkpeople so, I am not even sure if you are a legitimate member of Spark.


Comment edited on: 7/17/2011 4:21:21 PM

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BLESSINGX1 7/17/2011 3:18PM

  How are you today?
My name is blessing, i saw your profile here today and it was interested and nice. I think we can click and become friends i will like you to reply me back through my email address ( for more introduction and exchange of pictures if you don't mind. I am waiting to see your reply.
Yours blessing


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Feeling Better and It's Good To Laugh

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

I've been down lately because I blew two disks in my lower back, L4 and L5 to be exact. I haven't worked or driven or exercised for a month now. Thought this was going to be a two or three week thing at the most...just a little sciatica, see the Chiro, heal up and be back at it. It has been an excruciating, frustrating, down for the count, kick in the pants.

After seeing all the docs, MRI, exray and various opinions and meds, I am having decompression treatments. This pulls the spine to alleviate the compression and allow the the disks to return to their proper place. It's working but, it's a slow process. I finally started to feel better last week but, still having a bad day here and there.

Besides the pain the bad part has been this lack of physical activity. I can't teach water aerobics or swimming, can't work out, can't garden and except for my Chiro visits, don't get out much. The good news is I haven't had much of an appetite so, I have not been gaining. I haven't weighed myself this week yet, the scale is upstairs and mostly, I am not.

I have tried getting in my pool a couple of times, my Chiro said to BE CAREFUL! Today, I actually moved around slowly for an hour. It felt GREAT! So, I am hoping that I will be back in the game by August. In the meanwhile, I am feeling better and more positive and even ready to laugh again.

On that note, a funny story.................

Hubby grilled a whole bunch of chicken Sunday evening. Enough so we could have leftovers all this week. We LOVE chicken! So, we had dinner and put everything away except the chicken. We decided to walk outside in the backyard for a few minutes and put the chicken in the cold oven so our cat, Felix wouldn't get at it. Felix LOVES chicken!

Well.....hubby had load to up, get up early to head to Wisconsin on business the next morning. I fell asleep early. He got back late this afternoon (Tuesday) and we were going to have chicken for dinner.

Did you guess? It was still in the oven...since SUNDAY!! The funny thing is we both smelled chicken this afternoon and thought the cat had gotten into the garbage or something. No but, all the chicken had to go into the garbage. What a waste!

I guess this means we're eating out emoticon

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CITYZOZO 7/27/2011 4:08PM

    we've done that.. doesn't it suck to lose food.. really yummy food? yikes...

great attitude.

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Visualize Your Goal

Friday, April 22, 2011

Dream up a visual of yourself (or use a photo) of the weight you'd like to be. Every night before you go to sleep I want you to see that picture in your mind. I want you to see yourself walking barefoot, in a beautiful meadow. The sun is shining and you feel the warmth on your skin. A soft breeze is blowing through your hair. You feel content and serene. Take this feeling into your dreams and believe this is who you are.


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