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Getting on the Right Path

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

I have truly been in a slump. I was swimming this summer and lost 8 pounds, but have not been exercising the past couple months and the weight is back on. I really need to get back on track but I am not feeling the Motivation so I am gonna give the SparkCoach a try. I think it might help to have to be accountable to someone or something.
As a Christian, I am accountable to God. I read a devotional the other day that likened the Christian walk to a narrow path going along the mountaintop. If you go overboard, you are going to fall and end up in a gully and if you don't do enough to stay on track, you are going to fall.
It is similar in the health journey. If you go overboard, you are never going to stay on the path every day and if you are too lax, you are not going to make it either. You have to find that balance that keeps you on the path and making headway.
I am pulling myself up and getting back on the right track. I have already restarted my daily Bible time and I am going to restart with my small goals for Sparkpeople, eating right and exercising at least 10 min a day. I am not a child. I am in the medical field and a seasoned Christian, so I need to walk upright and be a good example to others.

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D7TOHIM 1/13/2013 5:34PM

    Lovin' reading your blog. I have been sick with a cold, and have not been exercising as well. So, I wondered what to do. Where I live (NYS) the winters get wintry and I shudder when I think about going out to walk. Finally I reminded myself that our church has a gym. So I am going to go up a couple days a week and walk up there! Hope to hear how you make out. - Diane - emoticon

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DANCINCAJUN1 11/6/2012 11:20PM

    same here .... been stagnant too long and started a 15 day plan that I have to prove to myself that I can stay on without fail .... Let's get this done .... golly, this is just not easy ..... you go !! Roc
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MJRVIC2000 11/6/2012 9:25AM

    I love to swim...it's great exercise! But swimming or any exercise alone is not enough. We must eat right and make lifestyle changes along with exercise if we seek a healthy life. You can do it! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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This Means WAR!!!!!

Friday, July 20, 2012

I grew up with two brothers. There was only 14 months between my older brother and I so we played together more often than not. Sometimes one would do something that upset the other person and when the rivalry escalated, one would sometimes declare," This means war!" We would then really try to do something to "get" the other person.

Well, I started out on the 8 week diabetic challenge and did well through the first week or two, then have been easing up, not tracking the food, not drinking enough fluids, which leaves more room to eat. Hence, my weight is up 3# and my blood sugars have not gone down like I hoped. One of the problems is that I eat too late at night and the majority of my calories end up being later in the day.

Things are going to change. I am staying with the challenge.It is war on the glucose levels, war on the food intake and war on the weight!


THE WAR IS ON !!!!!!

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KAYWEB555 7/27/2012 10:36AM

    War is on ! You got the spirit, you have the tools, you have told us of your problem area, now to get you back on track !

Great blog, and we all know of those things that keep us from making our success reality. We all stand with you and when you think of eating something that you have not planned think of us !

Tracking for me is something I know that I have to do if I'm going to make this happen. It all starts with that first 32 ozx of WATER !!!!
That is something that I do right out of bed. I get that jug of cold water from the fridge and before I can eat I have to have that water gone. It does help to fill up the belly from the fast over night.
Thiinking of you as you declare WAR against Diabetes ! I know that you will come out the winner.

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DANCINCAJUN1 7/20/2012 2:08PM

    13 months between me and my bro .... we were like attached at the hip until he found "girls" ... yuck !! LOL ... he is a severe diabetic and thank heavens I'm not even close to having a problem .... you can get there .... just keep positive thoughts and actions going and keep track of that food in the chart ... it works !! Roc
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CINEMAVEN 7/20/2012 9:16AM

  You can do this! Especially if you get back to tracking...some days, having to put my food into the tracker is the only thing that keeps me on the right road.

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KSCRAP363 7/20/2012 8:52AM

    YOU CAN DO IT!!! You may lose a battle here and there, but YOU CAN win the WAR!!!

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VCRUMP11 7/20/2012 8:40AM

    I also grew up with two brothers and am struggling with diabetes. I was closer to my younger brother. Keep fighting Sista!

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ELRIDDICK 7/20/2012 8:03AM

  Thanks for sharing!

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OFFWITHTHEOLD 7/20/2012 8:02AM

  YOU GO , SP friend. You can do this. emoticon emoticon

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Creating a Motivational Collage

Sunday, July 01, 2012

I have been with SP since Jan. 2011 and never did a motivational collage until now. I had all kinds of excuses like " I don't need one, don't have magazines where I could find the right pictures, and I don't know where I would put such a thing." The bottom line was that I just felt foolish doing it and I did not want to take the time. Okay, okay, the real truth~I did not want to make the bold statement.

Well, I have been exercising faithfully now and am into week 2 of the diabetic challenge. I have not lost a lot of weight but I am really not discouraged. I FEEL better and I know that I am converting fat to muscle.

Tonight I got the sudden inspiration to DO it! I had been thinking about making the collage the past day or two but tonight I did it. I am really excited about it. I had fun doing it and I am already inspired.

I entitled it HEALTH and subdivided it into 4 sections- eating well, getting the look, entering the age of healthier snacks and gaining serious strength through exercises. I included at the center of it a picture of a couple because I would like for both my hubby and I to live healthier. There is a pic on the other side of a young well built young man, because I would love for my son to get in better shape. At the botton of the page, I included a dog because I would like my dog to be more of my exercise regime so she can lose a little weight.

The only thing lacking in my picture is an important one and that is a cross, because Christ is the center of my life and He is my Rock and strength. I hope to add that to the picture of the lady meditating because we are to meditate on the Lord day and night.

I am inspired by the collage and I am sharing it in hopes that you will be too!!

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KAYWEB555 7/2/2012 10:53AM

    Interesting how we put the best things off and once we do it , well I was ready to do another one on a different area of getting into a healthy lifestyle.

I did mind this year with a team member from one of my other spark teams. We try to get together once a month and do healthy things.

Congrates on your Motivational Poster ! I have mine in my living room where everyone can see what I'm working on and this time I'm serious about the whole deal. !

Wishing you all the blessings Our Father has in store for YOU ! He is my strength when I'm weak.

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    sometimes it atkes time to build up to the collage i spent alot of time wondering how and what to put in mine. it is still a work in progress but i have it under photos on my home page.

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DANCINCAJUN1 7/1/2012 11:06PM

    must admit i never did one myself .... been here same amount of time too .... yours is fantastic .... great ideas and descriptions .... Roc

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KSCRAP363 7/1/2012 10:29PM

    I am new to SP and had not heard of the motivational collage...just reading your description has me wanting to do one now. I might make that a goal to complete this month or next month at the latest. THANKS for sharing!

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Queen Anne's Lace

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Some of the stories I remember best are the ones that have been told over and
over about funny incidents that occurred to different family members. How could one forget about the time Grandma hurriedly changed clothes after church on Easter and arrives wearing one open toes sandal and one closed
toe shoe? We never let her forget it!!!

Well I grew up in a household where kids had to work. One hot spring day yours truly was sent out to weed the strawberry patch. I worked fervently
to rid the garden of all weeds and then faced the parental inspection. I had weeded all but what I thought was beautiful carrot plants. There were several beautifully flowered carrot plants in the strawberry patch. It ended up that those beautiful plants were Queen Anne's Lace and a big deal was
made out of it because I mistook a weed for something important.

Walking today and passed some of those delicate lacey weeds I could not help but realize how that weed was like my feeling about exercise in the journey to health. I make a big deal out of a 10-20 min walk when actually it was something enjoyable and beautiful. I enjoyed it enough that I just might start getting up a little earlier to take the dog for a walk on the mornings before I go to work!!!

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Luke 12:27

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TBOGENER 8/13/2012 4:44PM

    Lovely picture! You're the Queen Anne of lace.

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DANCINCAJUN1 6/26/2012 10:08PM

    what a lovely blog .... just love all those memories that we've made through these many years .... what fun we had ! Roc

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DIANE7786 6/26/2012 10:00PM

    It's easier to do anything when we stop thinking of it as a dreaded task and find the joy in it.

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Keeping your Marriage Together

Thursday, June 21, 2012

On June 14th, my husband and I celebrated our 37th anniversary! We are still madly in love with each other and still on our honeymoon. It is only that way because of decisions we have made so I thought maybe it would help someone else if I shared those thoughts with SP in a blog. There has certainly been times in our marriage when we both thought about hiring a hitman or just plain hitting the road. Marriage is not a momentary commitment, but a choice that takes work and commitment.

First, I don't know how any marriage can make it without the Lord. There are so many influences that would tear a marriage or a family apart. It is not good to blab all your dirty laundry to others when things are not going right with the marriage, though a good trustworthy friend can sometimes help you gain perspective. God is the one who is ALWAYS there for you and will see you through difficult times. He is the Head of the family.

Never degrade your spouse in front of others. If there is a dispute between you, give it some time. Women want to talk things out. Men need to go to the man cave for awhile. "I'm sorry" goes a long way, even when you don't feel that you were at fault. You can be sorry that there is a problem between you. There is a scripture that says never to let the sun go down upon your wrath. In other words, if there is a problem or hurt between you, work it out or at least let the spouse know that you still love them and you are sorry that there is a hurtful issue between you before you go to sleep.

Money and kids can tear a marriage apart with arguments. Try to work out a budget and stick to it. Try never to spend more than you can pay off in a month. We are primed by society to think we have to have all the latest and greatest things but the fact is that we don't need a lot of those things. Buying STUFF can get you in debt fast and then it is hard to get out of the hole.
Kids will test you and wherever there are 2 people, there are 2 ideas of what is right- those ideas are not always the same. That is where the charge person of the house idea helps. It keeps the kids from playing one parent against the other. If the child asks to go to somewhere, then discuss it with the spouse or at least let the spouse know your decision so you can back each other up.

Learn to love your family- and your spouse's. Your inlaws may be some real crazies, but you have one thing in common- your love for their child or family member. They don't have to be your best friends, but you have to love and respect them. Otherwise it will cause a chasm in your relationship with your spouse.

Lastly, prefer each other. It is important to spend time together without the interference of friends or family. Do little things to please one another and reassure one another that you love him/her daily.
Have a Happy Life!

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VHALKYRIE 6/21/2012 5:23PM

    Happy Anniversary!

Thank you for sharing your wisdom, it all makes sense to me.


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JAGRIF 6/21/2012 11:45AM

    Beautifully written.

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DANCINCAJUN1 6/21/2012 11:34AM

    emoticon love and communication .... great words from you today. Roc

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JEWELLE217 6/21/2012 11:13AM

    Great words of advice! Thank you!

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DDOORN 6/21/2012 10:08AM

    Congratulations and thx for sharing your super advice!


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    Good points to preserve any relationship

Make it a great day!

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