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Change (even negative change) can be Good!

Friday, January 07, 2011

I am still sick but I am not down. I am congested, coughing and tired. I have a huge cold sore (yuck!) but I am not down. I can't go out because the cold air triggers my asthma, but I am not down. I haven't been getting in my 10,000 steps a day, but I AM NOT DOWN!

I have reduced my calories from the high part of my calorie range to the low end. I am doing light exercise for 30 minutes a day and light strength training with the 28 day challenge instead of 60 minutes a day of high energy aerobics and ST with machines at the gym. I am sitting indoors most of the day (making myself walk around the house for steps at least once an hour). And I AM NOT DOWN.

I am not hungry eating fewer calories and I have eliminated a few extras like nuts in my cereal and a 100% whole wheat roll with dinner. I have realized how important exercise is to me now that I can't do much. I have lost 2 pounds this last week and broken the 185 barrier that has been there for the last few months SO I AM NOT DOWN.


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WISLNDR 1/9/2011 9:05AM

    Oh, you know what it feels like too!! Thanks for the Goodie and the blog comments and CONGRATULATIONS!!

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AELARLEE1 1/7/2011 5:55PM


Doing the happy dance with you on the weight loss.


Now get well :)

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ILUVTOTAT 1/7/2011 10:03AM

    Wow! You're doing fantastic!


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CARLANNIE 1/7/2011 9:52AM

    Love your self talk - you could talk yourself out of anything!!! WTG on those 2 pounds down, and altering your diet to match your exercise level. You are one smart cookie!

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DIANE2110 1/7/2011 9:38AM

    Sure you're down, you're down 2 lbs. emoticon

Diane : ) ** Make it Happen in 2011 **

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NINJA-NED 1/7/2011 9:30AM

    2 pounds! that's awesome!! emoticon

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DDOORN 1/7/2011 8:52AM

    Yes you ARE DOWN: 2 pounds down...! :-)

Way to tap into your SPARK and pull yourself through this moment of adversity!


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New Year Goals

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Being sick the first week of the New Year has allowed me a little time to contemplate where I am with my new lifestyle and the results are pleasing.

I eat emotionally much less frequently now. I want to increase my awareness of when I am thinking about eating emotionally and develop at least 3 tactics to catch this feeling in the bud and turn it around.

I am much more active. Not just in the amount of exercise I do, but in how often I move my body and how much less frequently I just sit. I want to find 3 more ways to move more frequently on a daily basis.

I have decreased the amount I eat at a sitting. I want to be aware of the extras I eat and stop eating them.

I am not bored any more. I want to find 3 new activities this year.

I am happier. I want to evaluate my blessings at least once a week.

I think that is enough for one year! emoticon

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KARIJO-OSAGE 1/6/2011 7:42AM

    I was going to suggest snowshoeing too! My hubby and I bought some at X-mas and we love them.

We got Yukon's, they have a lightweight aluminum frame and are easy to get on/off. We bought them at Walmart, they ran $79.00

Did you know that snowshoeing burns an amazing 515 calories an hr?! Just think even if you went out for 1/2 an hr you would burn over 250 calories! How sweet!

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JRSWHIMSY 1/5/2011 4:52PM

    You've come far!!!

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AELARLEE1 1/5/2011 2:42PM

    I guess it is enough for a year!! Good job!! I think I will take your suggestion and work on eating less at a sitting, I like that one.

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CARLANNIE 1/5/2011 10:41AM

    Do you have snow shoes? Maybe some trekking around your cabin is called for, once your cold is history. Great goals - print them out and keep them in front of you so you can fall back on them throughout the year.

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WAUSUP 1/5/2011 10:23AM

    Great goals! It is always great to have some good targets to shoot for. Wish you the best in achieving these goals. Take the time you need to rest up and get well and then hit the year full-speed ahead.

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SMILEYBEE 1/5/2011 10:12AM

    Good food for thought for me! (non-fattening food LOL) Thanks for sharing your ideas!

Hope you're on the mend and back up and at 'em soon! emoticon

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1ROCKYMAMA 1/5/2011 9:12AM

    Sounds like you have a great plan, emoticon

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DDOORN 1/5/2011 9:12AM

    New activites: SUCH a biggie for ME as well!

The more enriched my life, the less I am tempted to fill any void within by eating things I don't need!


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ILUVTOTAT 1/5/2011 9:03AM

    That's quite a lot, but it sounds manageable! You're doing great!

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HEATHHILL 1/5/2011 9:02AM

    That sounds GREAT for the new year!! Congrats on your progress and keep up the good work!

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Slow but Moving

Monday, January 03, 2011

Felt a lot better today. Only up to take my asthma meds a couple of times last nite. Had a little more energy and a little less coughing. I did the first 2 Videos for the 28 day challenge. I also got out of the house today. The cold air triggered some coughing but it was nice to get out.

Tonight I marched in front of the TV for 30 min to get my first cardio in 5 days. Woo Hoo! It felt great. The funny thing is that it actually got my heart rate up. I felt like I'm starting from square one, but I know as my cold and asthma improve my fitness will improve.

I got on the scale for the first time in 5 days and while I've been sick, I went down from 186 to 183. Boy, I wish it were real, but I have a feeling its dehydration cause I haven't been eating or drinking well since being sick. I ate and drank well today. I'm not going to record the 183 or weigh again until Friday. This week I will try to eat 500 calories less than I burn each day and hope that this illness was my unexpected plateau buster.


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    On track is the place to be these days emoticon Good for you, Victoria

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AELARLEE1 1/4/2011 3:22PM

    Well...a loss is a loss, so just keep moving a little bit at a time. You are doing better than me, I haven't done the first video yet, but first week back at the office and getting things back into some kind of order is taking its toll, but I will do the first one tonight.

Hang in there friend!

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DDOORN 1/4/2011 10:08AM

    Well you gotta start somewhere and start you HAVE!

Good for you!


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CARLANNIE 1/4/2011 8:57AM

    If you need a little 'push' to get you over that plateau, I'll give you a shove in the right direction. Except wait - you are pushing yourself! 500 less calories a day will get you one pound down. Glad you are feeling a bit better.

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KARIJO-OSAGE 1/4/2011 4:38AM

    Take care and don't push yourself too quickly! Listen to your body and do what you can, you'll be back to yourself before long...

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ETAGGEL 1/3/2011 11:36PM

    So glad to hear you are feeling better! Just watch how you go,take care!


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HINOTO 1/3/2011 11:08PM

    I'm glad you are feeling better! Take your own advice that you gave to me, and don't push yourself too hard!

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KOFFEENUT 1/3/2011 10:42PM

    Take it easy on yourself - cold/asthma will certainly take the "spark" out of you, and you have PLENTY of time to get back your fitness level once you're well!

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MNNICE 1/3/2011 9:58PM

    I have a 30 yr old daughter who has had chronic severe asthma since she was 4 years old, so I understand what you're going through. Take care of yourself!

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Best Laid Plans

Sunday, January 02, 2011

I was ready to start the new year with a bang, but life got in the way, I've had a cold since Tuesday and instead of getting better it has gone in to my lungs and triggered my asthma,. I've been pretty sick the last few days and haven't been able to kee[ up with my plans. I haven't been eating much and its been mainly soup. I haven't exercised since Thursday.

We had to come down from the mountains early cause I just couldn't breath up there. All I've been doing is sitting in a recliner or lying in bed for 4 days. I sure hope I start feeling better soon.

I haven't been able to start my 28 day challenge, but have decided I'll just start it on the day I feel better anhd go on from there.

Darn viruses!

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JRSWHIMSY 1/3/2011 3:44PM

    Stupid life... but it beats the alternative! Hope you get better quick, keep that star in view!

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AELARLEE1 1/3/2011 10:43AM

    So sorry to hear this -- but wise of you to be patient and wait. You can come back after being "down" for a bit, so don't rush it.


Drink your tea and orange juice!!

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CARLANNIE 1/3/2011 9:11AM

    I hate those pesky cold germs. Good idea on the 28-day challenge. I am starting today, after my plan to start Saturday backfired due to bad headache. Hope you feel better SOON!

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HINOTO 1/3/2011 2:46AM

    Oh no, I definitely sympathize with how crappy you feel right now! I really hope you feel better soon Nancy!

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CERIUSLY 1/2/2011 7:54PM

    That was me last week. 10 days it lasted. The only thing to do is rest and get well and get back into things slowly.

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DKELLEY35 1/2/2011 6:29PM

    Get the rest you need over exerting now could be dangerous to your health. take it easy and get plenty of fluids.

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GATOR12 1/2/2011 6:19PM

    Take care and get your health and cold better then you can work on rest, exercise etc.

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SMILEYBEE 1/2/2011 5:50PM

    Rest up and get better! I've had a cold that won't go away since Thanksgiving week and so I understand how discouraging that is. Give yourself time to mend before trying too much exercise. Hope you'll recover quickly!

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RURAL3 1/2/2011 5:23PM

    Go with the flow. Make sure you are better before you get back to the heavy stuff. God is saying this is your time of rest. You will use it wisely. emoticon

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OURELEE1 1/2/2011 5:04PM

  Take care. Just rest. Sometimes that is the best medicine. emoticon

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PJRHOPEFUL 1/2/2011 4:14PM

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I really do feel with you and that is literally. I have had the cold for almost 2 weeks now and am hacking so hard that I almost throw up. I thought surely it will be over so I can start this challenge, but no, I am still not sleeping at night because of the hacking cough. It is disappointing, but I am still optimistic that I will be able to start in a couple of days. I know I would not be up to the exercise at this point. Hope you can start within a couple days as well because it is over the end of January. Thankfully, I believe that everything happens for a reason. Wish you the best in your weight loss program.

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My Most Important Lesson this Year

Friday, December 31, 2010

Is to keep on going. No matter what.

This past year's journey to health and fitness has been different from previous ones in this aspect. I have not given up! I keep on going. Spark and its users have taught me that. I have been on a plateau of about 3 pounds for several months now. Up and down. Down and up. It would be easy to get discouraged, but I am not. Each day is a new day. I just keep on going. I have had a few days of eating mindlessly, but I come right back and start eating healthfully. I refuse to get discouraged. Discouragement would lead to weight gain. Keeping on going has lead to weight maintenance at 185 to 188. That is sure a lot better than going back to the 270 where I started.

The new year is starting and I just joined the 28 day Challenge team to start the new year. I did this last January and lost 10 pounds in the month. I know I won't lose that much this year, but I thought it would be a good idea to jump start the new year.

I am fighting a bad cold. I have asthma and every cold I get goes to my chest so I am feeling kind of bad with lots of congestion and difficulty breathing. I am not exercising and am drinking lots of fluids but I feel rotten (physically not emotionally). I didn't gain any weight this week (I'm at 186) so that is good, but hate the state of not exercising. Next week hopefully I'll be able to get back into the swing of things. I walked my c25k week 9 day 2 on Wednesday but feel too bad to try it today. So my last day of c25k will have to wait til next week.

I hope you all have a wonderful New Year and that you will be back with me to keep on going next year!

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RURAL3 1/2/2011 5:25PM

    Get well and don't give up. Lessons learned

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AELARLEE1 1/2/2011 12:32PM

    Hey friend - I joined the team too and anticipate it helping me get a good start to the year. I love your perspective and plan to make my mantra -- just keep going. I found that this last year I made progress in coming back after little failures as well. I know that will pay off this year.

Blessings in 2011!!

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SMILEYBEE 12/31/2010 4:30PM

    Hang in there Nancy! You're doing great! Happy New Year!

Get well quick and get back on your exercises that you love!

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TRIGFROST 12/31/2010 3:42PM

    Happy New Year SparkFriend...2011 will be a emoticon Year...

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KAELBEE 12/31/2010 1:16PM

    Keep hanging in there. Good luck with your 28 day Challenge.

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ETAGGEL 12/31/2010 10:46AM

    I hope you feel better soon and may the coming year be as successful as this year has been for you.

A very Happy and Healthy New Year!

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CARLANNIE 12/31/2010 10:23AM

    2011 is bound to be a good year for you when you have such a great, positive attitude! Let's shock these bodies of our into high performance! Happy New Year!
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ILUVTOTAT 12/31/2010 10:10AM

    I hope this year is as great as your last year!

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Feel better! emoticon

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DDOORN 12/31/2010 9:04AM

    What an AWESOME year it's been for you!

Keep the SPARK for the healthiest, happiest year YET in 2011!


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