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ONWARD AND UPWARD ~ Who's Counting on me to be my Healthiest

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

While working with my coaching program this morning my motivational picture caused me to stop and ponder.



I don't have a spouse anymore who depends upon me, son and family are across the nation living their own lives and are not dependent upon me. Who is counting on me? That's a good question.

I do have people that have stated they look up to me. Yeh, I'm still pondering their statement. I have those who say I have to stick around and can't leave this world with out them, and since I've started targeting those areas of my life which weigh me down, my friends also have started taking charge of their bodies to take off the excess and unwanted weight and living healthier; some even drastically so with Bariatric surgery.

We do make impacts on other people's lives with how we live our life. I want to make an impact on others that will spur them towards healthy improvements towards the benefits of joy, better endurance and physical strength that enhances their lives, but not solely physical; I'm interested in them as whole people which includes their mind, emotions and spirit.

Who's counting on me? I've discovered there are quite a few people who look to me as a guide in their lives. Maybe when I figure out the why to that, I can be a better me, but for now I not only have a responsibility to them, I have a responsibility to myself to continue working towards a healthier me.

Who's counting on you to be your healthiest?

Here's Sparkin' with you

Have a great day!

  
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IKACEY 6/27/2013 5:54AM

    You have the long and the short of it! You are counting on you to be your healthiest to live your life better, and your friends are counting on you to take care of yourself to be in their lives for as long as you can. We are all responsible one to another even if sometimes we can't see it, and you never know who's life will be the better or changed for the good for you having been in it, even for a brief period. emoticon realizations!

IKacey co-leader of the Chair Exercise Team

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DEEEBEE 6/27/2013 1:07AM

    Nobody's counting on me, either. I do it for myself.

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DeAnne, Missourians Team

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KKKAREN 6/26/2013 8:45AM

    You most definitely are needed!

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ONWARD AND UPWARD ~ When the Goin' Gets Tough the Tough Hang in There

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Recently I am experiencing a little bout with my body and health. I had made some commitments which were easy enough to handle, but then a few wrenches got thrown into the works. Being one who doesn't take her commitments lightly, I fulfilled my commitments as well as taking care of the little emergencies that mosied their way into my life.

These are temporary set-backs and do not have to alter the course or goal of my life upon which I have embarked. Sometimes temporary set-backs may feel all is lost, so why continue. It doesn't have to be that way. In today's world there are so many extraordinary helps and aids that give us opportunities to succeed at accomplishing our goals. We may not arrive at them the way we started out, though that is not the determining factor. The goal remains and our focus should always be in completing that goal and using what we have in a creative means in order that we may complete that goal with success and pleasure that we gave it our very best.

The above image was one of my motivational pictures I chose for myself today. I hope it will inspire you too.

Here's to Sparkin' with you.....

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CRITCHFIELD1 6/20/2013 1:33PM

    DeAnne, Thanks bunches!

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DEEEBEE 6/18/2013 6:31PM

    Love your attitude and optimism!

Best to you!

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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STITCH4EVER 6/18/2013 5:03PM

    YUP! I AGREE. BUT THOSE TINY CHANGES CAN ADD UP TO A HUGE DIFFERENCE. WHAT I HATE IS WHEN MEDICATIONS HAVE TO BE ADDED THAT CAUSE WEIGHT GAINS. FOR ME IT'S STEROIDS. NOW THEY HAVE ADDED ANOTHER AND I LOOK LIKE A MOONCHILD. SOMEONE ASKED ME IF I HAD THE MUMPS. DOES NO ONE UNDERSTAND?
ERIN

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UPWARD AND ONWARD ~ Moderation and Those Trigger Foods

Monday, June 10, 2013

I learned today that “all things in moderation" does not always work for some people like me. In an article I read today listed in my Spark Coach Program, “How a 'Bad Food' Attitude Can Backfire- Make Peace with Your Cravings to Drop More Pounds”, Megan Coatley, Behavior Expert, wrote: “…Sweets, salts and alcohol all cause biological reactions in the body that are hard to ignore. And, if you’re someone who responds strongly to these reactions, even one small bite can trigger you to continue sampling similar goodies. … Noting which tempting foods are your triggers can help you arrange your environment so that you don’t overindulge.” That certainly is me! A little potato chip; a bite of rich decadent dark chocolate like a truffle or dove bar sets me in a tail spin.

I did learn that I can still have that but to do it in a way that I’m in an environment that is void of more such tempting treasures. While taking my time and enjoying the small serving I have given myself I can be satisfied and not over indulge. I wouldn't trust myself to do this too often yet. It is my trigger food, but even so, I do not have to deprive myself forever of it.

One of my tricks, when I’m still wanting more of a favorite food, is to brush my teeth and gargle with Listerine or some such mouth wash…. Not the sweet tasting kind, but the apothecary tasting stuff. It helps me break that cycle. If the flavor of this favorite food is still in my mouth, I want more. It seems more is never enough. Remember that old song, “I’m gonna wash that man right out of my hair…”? I don’t know if that ever worked for the writer of those lyrics, though washing that taste out of my mouth does help to stop the triggering of the food. We have to do what works for us in the moment and hopefully it will be something that helps us keep our focus on our new healthy lifestyle and the reason we chose it for ourselves.

Each and every day in every way I am getting better, better and my better becomes my best.

Here’s to Sparkin’ with you!

  
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DEEEBEE 6/10/2013 10:53PM

    I love your attitude! Brushing my teeth works for me, too. Thanks for sharing.

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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I_WILL_ROCK_125 6/10/2013 1:22PM

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ONWARD AND UPWARD ~ Weight Loss not a Priority

Monday, June 03, 2013

Today on my coaching program it was discussed about the stress that the scale can bring while straining toward weight loss. There was a time in life where weight loss for me was a high priority and, yes, it created strain and stress in my life. There are many people who have been challenged with greater scale goals than I, yet for my small frame 194+ lbs on top of the serious problems with my back and neck seemed impossible to overcome.

Remember in another Blog I stated that attitude is 90% of the problem? My attitude had a lot to do with it back then too. I hated myself, the mirror was my worst enemy and I loathed looking at myself. I discovered that I can't be kind to me unless I would love myself as I loved my friends. I had friends that had far greater challenges than I did in life, yet I thought they were beautiful. Why couldn't I look at myself that way? In some way I felt my body betrayed me. I had to put on my Big Girl Panties and get over it.

Life throws us a lot of challenges and a lot of losses. I don't know where I adopted the saying from, but it's been a part of my "mantra" (if you will), for several decades; "When various pains and losses come, we can become b"I" tter or b"E"tter." Bitter or Better, it is our choice. No one makes us that way. I've joined a good company of people. Like many, I have been trusted with a challenge in life. I can laugh with it and accept the challenge and move forward or I can choose to be bitter. Tongue-in-cheek; "This is your mission, should you accept it. The tape will self destruct in 10 seconds." Remember the Mission Impossible Series, or have I really dated myself now? LOL I've joined the mission with the other agents in life that know all things are possible. Believe it and move forward.

When I say weight loss is not a priority, I am not saying it isn't part of my goal. I am saying that my priority is health. I press toward the goal of improving that which I can improve in my body, strengthening what I can, accomplishing a stronger gait with surer balance, more flexibility and endurance. While I am working on extending those times of cardiovascular exercise to strengthen my heart, the weight loss will happen, the smaller waist line will take place and I won't have to focus on it forgetting my original purpose of becoming the healthiest me that is possible.

What is my focus? How's my lung capacity today; was I able to follow through with my cardio? What was my endurance; is it improving? Was I able to keep up with the instructor? From my beginning date, have I noticed improvement? When I first began, my lungs were puny. I wasn't able to keep up with any of the routines I've chosen for myself; and believe me, they were the most simple of routines. They are still the most simple ones, but, I am keeping up with some of them now; even though if that means I'm a little tired before I finish, I am keeping up. That's improvement! That IS my focus. I am better than I was when I started in April this year. My hope is that in time I will be able to let go at least one blood pressure medicine, but my desire is to get off of all of it. All things are possible; keep that Spark alive.

So this morning I kept up with Leslie as we quickly walked through 500 steps in 5 minutes and I kept up with Nicole as we did our seated arm and shoulder weights for 9 minutes. I also did the senior stretches and did my warm up with Jill. Guess what, I surpassed my 10 minutes this morning!!! WooHoo!

Here's to Sparkin' with you all!!

Have a FANTASTIC day!

  
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CRITCHFIELD1 6/4/2013 2:52PM

    Thank you all for spurring me on everyone! I couldn't accomplish this without the support of me Spark friends.

KACAR51 thank you and I know you can do it too! We just keep hanging in there with each other and we can succeed.

BECCAZEN7 I am so glad I'm not the only one who loves Mission Impossible and that tape self destructing. Thanks for all your encouragement! I agree with you on the brain. We do have to rearrange our thinking and apply a Can Do Attitude. I think we can surprise ourselves with what we truly can accomplish.

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BECCAZEN7 6/4/2013 5:35AM

    I love Mission Impossible! I love when the tape self-destructs! And I am not old so you are not dating yourself. LOL.
You are moving and improving! I too am not seeing anything happen on the scale but that is okay, I am focusing on the positives like you are - I can do more of the exercises and I can breathe a little easier. Do what you can and then modify what is challenging until you CAN do it. I think most of this is a game with our brains and we have to push thru and show that brain that we CAN do it.
Keep up the great work. I love reading your blogs. Hug yourself for me.
Becca
Missourians! Team

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KACAR51 6/3/2013 8:11PM

    Awesome! I hope I can do the same! emoticon emoticon

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MILLYMOUSE1 6/3/2013 7:59PM

    emoticon girl adopting the attitude of being BETTER... you do have to love yourself to be able to lover others you know YOU are worth it

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LJCANNON 6/3/2013 10:36AM

    emoticon Congratulations on all you are GAINING!! The Knowledge, Self Acceptance, and Better Endurance are Phenomenal Achievements!! They are the Foundation of the Rest Of Your Life!!

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I_WILL_ROCK_125 6/3/2013 10:27AM

    emoticon Each day you will get stronger, and have more endurance. You are doing emoticon . Keep moving forward, weight loss will come with it, but being able to do things you couldn't before is amazing. I know. emoticon

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ONWARD AND UPWARD ~ The Goal Continues

Saturday, June 01, 2013

There can be so many journeys in life. I bet you can name off a few that you have labored through and some you have danced through. I don't know about your journeys and how you tackled them, but there have been some journeys I sang all the way through; they were fun and enjoyable and came to a natural end.

Attitude is 90% of the battle. To win the battle in attitude, I am learning that I absolutely must put a song in my heart and a smile on my face. I have heard it said that laughter is a good medicine that reaches down through the marrow of the bone. Music soothes the savage beast. To change my attitude from thinking of something as hard and grueling I must surround myself with people and things that make me laugh and sing.



I walked with Leslie Sansone this morning on line. She has a video that I can exercise with and she leads people in a 5 minute 500 steps routine. It is fun and she is full of energy. The first time I worked with the video I could not keep up with her no matter how hard I tried. Talk about feeling discouraged! This is a gal who used to hike up Castle Craigs to the base of the dome. It was thrilling for me and exhilarating. I changed my attitude to I CAN DO THIS with practice and time, I WILL DO THIS.

Today I did my stretch and warm up, then turned the video on and walked with Leslie. Guess what.... Ah shucks, you guessed. Yes, I kept up with her and the fast paced walk was over before I knew it. I just might walk through that video again sometime today.

I proved today Attitude is 90% of the battle. What's 10% when you've conquered the 90%? A piece of cake, that's what!

Here's to Sparkin' with you!

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CRITCHFIELD1 6/2/2013 4:34PM

    Thanks BECCAZEN7 I will keep on Sparkin'!

Thank you all for your wonderful encouraging words. We keep the Spark alive in each other!!! You are all FANTASTIC!

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BECCAZEN7 6/2/2013 4:51AM

    You are so RIGHT! Good for you! It isn't easy to stay positive or to remember to "talk" nice to yourself - we all need to practice that. Good job on the walk! It is great to see progress in yourself - isn't it?!
Keep sparkin little sparker!
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Becca
Missourians! Team

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KACAR51 6/1/2013 7:31PM

    Awesome! emoticon

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LJCANNON 6/1/2013 7:25PM

    emoticon You have a Beautiful Attitude!! Keep On Stepping and you will be climbing Mountains every day!!

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COOP9002 6/1/2013 12:51PM

    You can do this.

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