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ONWARD AND UPWARD ~ Avoiding Sabotage

Friday, May 24, 2013

Where I go to church we have some of the best cooks! I knew someone had the talent because cooking is not my strongest forte. Every week there is a family meal on Wednesday and mouth watering foods displayed on the long table of the Fellowship Hall. The desserts are eye-popping with aromas that tantalize some of the strongest of wills.

When confronted with situations such as these; what's a gal to do (or fella)? Chocolate, not just any ol' chocolate, makes me weak at the knees. You know the kind I'm talkin' about, oh yeah. I did really good cooking my food and taking it with me, making certain I had a treat of my own. This way I didn't miss out on visiting with all my friends before the lesson of the night. I didn't even gander over at the dessert display. People do sit with you, oh yes, with platefuls of dessert and then it happens.... yummy rich, decadent chocolate that resonates with flavor and you haven't even put it in your mouth!

Game Plan time. Yes, I held to my willpower and plan. I didn't fall to the temptation even though I was yearning to. I may have not been able to be as successful the next time. I have chosen to not attend the dinner. I eat at home and get to the Fellowship Hall just about the time I'm fairly certain many of the people have cleared their plates away. This gives me several minutes to say hi and enjoy my friends and maybe meet some new ones before the lesson begins. This plan is working for me.

Most of the people in my life are supportive and are helpful. I have friends who are extremely active and burn more fat and calories than they put in and sometimes they forget, but it isn't on purpose, so a kind answer or reminder is sufficient. I have other friends who eat for all the wrong reasons and this is where they are in life. I avoid being around during snack and food times. That way I protect me and I don't offend them. I love those around me and those I come into contact with too much to want to bring an unnecessary offense to their lives or hurt them in any way. I believe they return that love.

In reading the tips today of how to reply with a kind answer on "food pushers" I have come up with a couple more ideas from that and I am building my arsenal should I ever need it.

Continuing Onward and Upward...

Here's to Sparkin' with you!

  
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DEEEBEE 5/24/2013 11:37PM

    Fellowship is so important for a church...but too often the fellowship revolves around food. There were a lot of potlucks and barbecues at our former church, and I just made myself eat only a little of each...still too much, and it was awfully hard to avoid some scrumptious desserts. (Actually, I couldn't.) The church we attend now has salad luncheons for the women about six times/year, and I find those more manageable, diet-wise. And, then, every Sunday people baked cookies or coffee cakes or brought doughnuts or treats from the grocery store. The baking duties rotated, and when it was our turn, I had to bake something. I'll bet church potlucks and desserts after Sunday services are a big temptation for many of us.

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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ONWARD AND UPWARD ~ Lessons and Goals

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Inspired and intrigued by the challenges SparkPeople has proposed to me through the coaching program I am moving onward. I have learned I do not have to do it all at once and even with the diseases and condition of my body I can "DO" and should. I feel better and more alive. There really are no limits to a body in motion; we can move on even though it may be one small step at a time.

I have learned to listen to my body and I am learning to pay attention to it so I may continue in my exercise the next day and keep moving. A body in motion is so much better than the alternative and SparkPeople is helping me acquire a 'CAN DO' mentality.

What motivated me to improve this body of mine is the loss of being able to do all those things I so enjoy. The last straw was the inability to weed my flower beds and plant beautiful flowers and shrubs. I am striving to build my body's health in such a way that I can get back to that. Who knows, maybe I will even get back to camping. All things are possible with a "CAN DO" attitude.

A moving and healthier me is my goal and I am already seeing a difference.

Here's Sprakin'!

  
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CRITCHFIELD1 5/22/2013 6:52PM

    Thanks BECCAZEN7!

Oh, IKACEY, I don't weed a whole garden, just a little section, but my goal is to be able to weed my flower bed in a day with doing a little at a time. Not there yet, but I am so encouraged by what you have accomplished! WOW! Now I can see me weeding and planting!!

You too BECCAZEN7! A 5K! You GO girl!!!

I CAN do this, YES I CAN!

Thanks for all the encouragement!

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BECCAZEN7 5/22/2013 6:35AM

    Good for you! I have developed a more positive attitude also thanks to Spark. I wouldn't say it comes naturally, you have to nurture it constantly. As you do open up to more positive measures you will naturally be more open to more experiences and actually more likely to participate in outings, or events that you never even thought possible. Look at me - I did a 5K! I freaking did it! If you would have asked me just 6 months ago if that would be a goal or even a possibility - well, I probably would have laughed and said NO WAY! But I am doing it. I really believe that we ARE what we BELIEVE we are. We can DO what we BELIEVE we can do. The mind is a very powerful tool so let's use it! Now get out there and spread that spark!
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Becca
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IKACEY 5/22/2013 3:21AM

    What awesome and positive lessons you are learning. I know from being on SP and running the Diabetic plan they gave me that I can do my nutrition and it works. I have learned from their Just Move it approach that even a little helps a great deal and from the Chair Exercise Teams videos and challenge to motivate me that I can move and each movement leads to the ability to do more. I still couldn't stand to weed a garden but I have gone from 10 steps of walking and 10 minutes of slow gentle range of motion exercises to over 1400 steps daily plus almost an houre of workouts, in small chunks of a bout 20 minutes each, so I know it CAN be done! emoticon emoticon emoticon
IKacey co-leader of the Chair Exercise Team

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CRITCHFIELD1 5/21/2013 7:27PM

    BARBANNA, Jessermovick and Reaching4stars thank you for the encouraging comments. They strengthen me in my efforts.

Here's moving onward to success!!!

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BARBANNA 5/21/2013 12:48PM

    That's the attitude. We have to start somewhere. It's amazing how many others have achieved their goals and you can do it too! You must have faith!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONWARD AND UPWARD ~ Little Steps at a Time

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Learning to pace myself and avoiding the temptation to over-do on a project is a challenging journey for me. It is one I find myself not fully successful at as yet. I have not given up and I will continue to pursue a healthy balance. In fact, I have placed a timer in the one room I tend to have my little mishaps in. I am learning that the only time I truly fail is the one in which I would choose to quit trying. Since I continue to pick myself up and move forward, I am still in the running, (so to speak).




I do have my exercise room organized now; my timer is on the desk as a great reminder that the best progress is for Glo to move slow through one step at a time and the momentum of forward movement will continue with less down-time.

On the road to moving Onward and Upward.

  
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IKACEY 5/21/2013 5:47AM

    Its awesome that you are not letting this challenge defeat you. Learning to pace yourself is a very important step! Its also vital you do this so you don't get burnt out and quit altogether, but it sounds like you have a handle on it and the right attitude to proceed with emoticon
IKacey co-leader of the Chair Exercise Team


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KALLIE1958AR 5/20/2013 8:02PM

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JESSERMOVICK 5/20/2013 9:26AM

    emoticon So proud of your determination and planning! You can do this!

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LJCANNON 5/19/2013 10:12PM

    emoticon I know that you will Rock this Challenge. You made a Plan and you have your Space organized. Now, Success is just One Workout Away!!

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ONWARD AND UPWARD ~ Virtual Trek in Australia

Sunday, May 12, 2013

In this virtual jaunt we have some lovely accommodations. I'm writing my blog from what I call a sunny veranda, a tall cool glass of mint tea by my side, (with an umbrella of course and a sprig of fresh mint for garnish), and reclining with my laptop propped up.

Varied were our excursions today consisting of a leisurely walk through Perth, strolling on the beach, swimming and sunbathing with the sea lions, not to mention swimming with the dolphins and visiting the penguins. Don't tell anyone but I did sneak a sardine or two in. A most appreciative penguin slid right in a gobbled it up before the others took notice. I'm not too certain about the snorkeling, I saw mostly sea weed but there is always next time. Oh the secrets those dolphins shared. Oh what's that? No, no, I can't say a word, I was sworn to secrecy; certainly can't break a confidence like that.

With all this virtual activity, I actually accomplished my warm up, stretch, got in 500 steps today, made lunch, and cleaned dishes.

Spark on!

  
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CRITCHFIELD1 5/13/2013 6:54PM

    Thank you all for your encouraging comments on my Trek blog. Yes, DeAnne, it's a great vacation in virtual cyber. We have a lot of fun and only spend virtual $$$. Really easy on the pocket book! I'm learning to use imagination in a virtual world. The others on board are making it easy for me. =)

Thanks Gail and IKacey, you all make it easy. Looking forward to getting to know everyone.

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DEEEBEE 5/13/2013 1:09PM

    Wow! You had a fun, relaxing vacation without spending a lot of $$$!

DeAnne, Missourians Team

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IKACEY 5/13/2013 3:31AM

    Good blog! I like the way you really jumped in to the spirit of things. emoticon on getting your goals done today! emoticon emoticon
IKacey co-leader of the Chair Exercise Team

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TORTILLAFLATS 5/12/2013 9:51PM

    Hi trekker, welcome . It will be fun getting to know you as we travel through Central Australia. I enjoyed reading your blog. Sea you in Perth

Hugs, Gail

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EMMABE1 5/12/2013 3:52PM

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You are getting the idea well . If you comedown to the trek discussion thread you can join in with us as we travel along - almost hour by hour!! LOL!! but its great fun

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ONWARD AND UPWARD ~ Plateauing a little on that upward swing

Saturday, May 11, 2013

It's been a busy week with acute pain and I'm trying to follow the doctor's orders, so that means the exercise gets cut back to light stretching. On the up-swing, I've not been retiring to bed and I am continuing to move around. Sparkpeople has been instrumental in this positive mode.

Tracking my stress level in Stress Busters is helping me discover where my stressors are. I am reminded of something I've heard termed as The Serenity Prayer where it states changing the things I can change and accepting those things I can't change. The latter is a difficult challenge for me. I need some work in that area. Oh gee! I'm not perfect. lol I lost at perfectionism a long ways back. I have finally learned that to be an impossible goal, but one to make strides towards because I can always attempt to grow and do better. Sparkpeople is teaching me that too.

I am learning the goal in this journey to a healthier me is to do it one step at a time, but never quit. Any movement is better than no movement so this body continues to be a body in motion no matter how little and slow. Go with the flow Glo!

Continuing to Spark!

  
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CRITCHFIELD1 5/13/2013 6:57PM

    Thanks Becca. Yes we are all works in progress and you are so right, a good support team is invaluable!

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IKACEY 5/12/2013 4:59AM

    Yep any movement is better than standing still. Perfection is a fantasy and a bad one at that! This journey is all about movement, you take two steps forward then maybe one back but then you take two more steps forward, and step by step you achieve your goals, both the little ones short term you set and that large goal to reach a point where you can do things in a healthy way again, with some weight loss thrown in for good measure. Be patient and follow the Drs advice. There will come a time you are ready to work at it again. emoticon Be Well!
IKacey co-leader of the Chair Exercise Team

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BECCAZEN7 5/12/2013 3:29AM

    Glo! Glo! Let's go! Love it!
We are all a work in progress and good for you for working on your attitude/perfectionism. It isn't easy to change but having a good support team is very helpful. You go girl!
Becca
Missourians! Team

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