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Believing that I could have an inspirational story

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Right now, my story is not inspirational in the least. I have actually gained since joining spark people. I'm taking this as a (very) slow learning curve and don't think it's a waste of time. I've learned that I don't have anything wrong with me (thyroid, hormones, etc); I simply eat too much. If I want to lose weight, tracking my food intake is essential. I exercise a lot, but not as much when I eat poorly. Tracking my exercise minutes has shown me this. It's the beginning of the year and the cycle of kooky diets begins, I'm very tempted, but I want to learn how to cook and eat healthy for life. Believing that each step is a learning process will hopefully assist me in having an inspirational story to blog about...stay tuned.

  
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COURTNEYANNEMT 1/2/2013 7:22AM

  Wow, thanks for all the comments. This support is something new and surprising for me. I got teary reading the responses. Thank you.

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MT-MOONCHASER 12/30/2012 10:02AM

    I disagree that your story is "not inspirational in the least".

Just the fact that you are STILL HERE and have been assessing your strengths and weaknesses is inspirational.

Now that you know what things need working on, you can get a plan in place to do it.

I think that everyone who takes the Spark message to heart is inspirational.

Now swap out that dinner plate for something smaller!!!

Personally, I like the idea of "mindful eating" and try to practice it by paying attention to the eating and not be playing computer games or reading Spark blogs or watching tv, etc. while I am eating.

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MIATIA1 12/30/2012 12:07AM

    You can do it, I know you can and will...

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ITSABOUTME2407 12/29/2012 10:06AM

    it sounds like my story but you have been honest with yourself and have seen it as a challenge and have kept going this is usually where i run out on myself thanks for sharing im gonna try one more time emoticon

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DARJR50 12/29/2012 7:38AM

  You have a great attitude. You realize that obtaining a healthy lifestyle is a PROCESS not an event. If you follow the steps you have laid out and use the tools offered by SP you will be successful.

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Health goal

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Working with stress through the holiday. Each present should make a statement, not simply frantically checking off a list. Taking time for quiet evenings and smiling at my family.

  
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MIATIA1 12/19/2012 11:32AM

    Good Ideas and I hope they all work for you.. Have a very happy, healthy holiday!!! emoticon

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LJOYCE55 12/19/2012 10:39AM

  You might also try a 5 minute meditation each day. Good plan and good ideas.

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DLDROST 12/19/2012 7:21AM

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Let's skip it until after the holidays

Thursday, December 13, 2012

After returning from a trip where my mom gained some weight, and my own struggle to keep up during the holidays, this idea sounded very enticing. I realize now that this attitude is not going to help things, and may open the door to a binge. Instead, I'll start off the day with 10 minutes of exercise, more for motivation. I'll look at what my day brings, and try and adjust. Last night at a party, I did well to fill the plate half way with salad, but find myself regretting the pie. Today, I have two celebrations. I'll allow myself desert at the luncheon, and be more frugal at the dinner. And breathe, then get up and do 10 minutes again.

  
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LJOYCE55 12/13/2012 2:24PM

  Thinking ahead and having a plan should really help. I also find if I start the celebration/party/buffet with a warm beverage this also helps me get in control. (but of course not always - its just a way to slow me down). Good luck and hapy holidays.

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SIMOFDIM 12/13/2012 10:46AM

    Having a plan will help so much! Good for you! Happy Holidays!

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CSAGIRL 12/13/2012 8:57AM

    Baby steps forward will be far better for you than chucking it all on a multi-week binge. Good for you to make that decision!

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ELRIDDICK 12/13/2012 8:39AM

  Thanks for sharing

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LATTELEE 12/13/2012 8:27AM

  Whatever works!

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Not what I expected

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Today's Sparkcoach video had us visualize the future 10 years from now. While it did not help my swimming program (I emailed my coach and said I would not be there), it did give perspective. My daughter has a minor surgery today, but I want to be here if she is scared, concerned, or just simply to be there. See, I realized that in 10 years, she is no longer going to be living with us, but out on her own, constructing her adult life. I'm grateful to spark people for bringing that into focus. I can use my home equipment to work out today. This feels healthier.

  
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MISS_CAROL 12/7/2012 6:59PM

    I am finding I enjoy exercising at home also. Children grow up so very fast and before you know it you will wonder where all the time went.

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MIATIA1 12/4/2012 8:11PM

    In life there is always choices to make and we need to look beyond and follow what is right for us. I like to exercise at home for I can dress comfortable and sweat to my hearts content......

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LJOYCE55 12/4/2012 8:14AM

  We sometimes forget that even minor events in children's lives are bigger to them because it is first time they have encountered it or simply that their perspective is different. Taking a second to consider the whole picture showed you where to spend your time today. Good for you.

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SANDYCRANE 12/4/2012 7:47AM

    I see myself in ten years about 65 pounds lighter and off all medications. My kids will be working professional jobs and supporting themselves. Life will be good. Thanks for the blog and have a good day.


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Adventures in cooking

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I'm not a good cook. The spark people is helping me explore cooking more, but I have yet to find that great go to meal. Any and all (easy) suggestions will be tried as part of the adventure.

  
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MISS_CAROL 12/3/2012 2:34PM

    http://www.theyummylife.com/Slow_Co
oker_Pumpkin_Pie_Oatmeal. There are some great recipes for steel cut oats in the crock pot on this website. If you like oatmeal that is. I also do a lot of fresh veggies and spinach salads.

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LJOYCE55 11/25/2012 2:02PM

  My biggest change was to stop frying/sauteing on top of the stove and start putting most things in the oven to roast. This works really well for veggies, meat, and certain starches. Maybe you can update your favorite recipes this way.

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BARBANNA 11/25/2012 1:36PM

    I am a fair cook but I get in trouble because I cook healthy. No one wants to eat food that isn't loaded with all the good stuff. When my husband first met me I steamed everything and he hated it. He started doing a lot of the cooking. Once he got into doing it I educated him to what was acceptable for me to eat. He cooks for my healthy taste and adds the good stuff to the rest of the food. I cook on certain nights of the week and I compromise by cooking with the good stuff for the family and healthy specifically for me. It all works well but the bottom line is healthy is not going to taste as good as a food prepared with the high fat, high sugar receipes. There's a book that was written by a food critic that researched why some foods were addictive to him such as Cinnabons and certain restaurants as he traveled. The three main ingredients that made the food alluring was high suger, high fat and high salt.

Hope you can find a happy and healthy medium.

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 11/25/2012 10:59AM

    Maybe edit your post to tell everyone what you already cook on a regular basis (hard boiled eggs? Spaghetti?) and what you enjoy eating. This would help us give you a few suggestions!
I love to steam veggies, like yellow squash and broccoli. And roasting chicken breasts are super easy and tasty. I do mine like this and cover with foil while cooking.
http://simpledailyrecip
es.com/129/roasted-chicken-brea
sts/
Then I take the foil off and turn the broiler on for 5 minutes at the end to brown the tops.
Looking forward to hearing about your future cooking adventures!
~t.

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